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Blueberry Shortages in Ramsay 1934 and 1894

Blueberry Shortages in Ramsay 1934 and 1894

The blueberry crop was said to be almost a complete failure in August 1894. Fire, thought to have been started by berry pickers burned across some 400 acres and menaced several farm homes in the Wolfe Grove section before it was brought under control by a heavy rain storm.

Although it was said the blaze started on a Thursday no general alarm was
given until the Saturday when the fire had gained considerable headway. Farmers did a lot of hard work fighting the flames and were meeting with little success until rain came to their assistance. Even after the fire was over remaining coals were still smouldering in the burned area and the situation was being watched closely. The blueberry bushes were destroyed.

In August of 1934, serious damage was done to the blueberry crop in the Almonte area as there was a lot of damage done by a hail storm. It did considerable harm through a paper of Ramsay and Huntley.

Several fields of grain belonging to Mr. Arthurs and Mr. P. Syme were badly threshed out by the hail, many of the stones measuring from 4 to 6 inches in circumference. In Beckwith too, many farmers suffered loss, while in North Elmsley the damage done to the the grain and vegetables was serious.

It was reported here that the dwelling of Mr. H. Cavers, Ramsay, was struck by lightning on Saturday.The report was untrue but Mr. Alex. Caver’s dwelling near Appleton was hit. The lightning struck the chimney, demolishing it entirely, and passed through the house, scattering the
plaster from the walls in all directions. The veranda was also shattered and
the posts ripped to pieces. No one was injured. The damage will amount to
about $200.

Other stories about Chimneys in Appleton

Appleton’s Twisted Chimney

Digital Photo, Fall 2012
Donated by Sarah Bennett
This digital photograph from 2012 shows the once famous log cabin cottage in Appleton owned by the Gilmour family (left side of photo). Here is the full story, written by Kenneth Godfrey:

My grandfather, Harry D. Gilmour built this cottage, and put a ‘beehive’ shaped stone fireplace into one corner. He asked Beatty Hamilton, a well-known bricklayer from Carleton Place, to build its chimney, but literally with a “twist”. Beatty was at first not pleased with the idea, as he feared that folks might think it a poor job on his part, but H.D. (who enjoyed verbal and visual jokes) prevailed, and persuaded him to build it as a spiral, and I think it stood for many years until a fairly recent renovation, and alas, the chimney (like many other unique quirks from the past) is no more.

The annual Union Hall Blueberry Tea was held on Sunday afternoon, August 27.   Judging from the feedback at the event, the chatter and laughter, and the smiles all around when the homemade desserts were served, the event was a great success!–https://millstonenews.com/community-enjoys-annual-union-hall-blueberry-tea/

Blueberries also have an interesting history! We’ve read that in Ireland, baskets of blueberries are still offered to a sweetheart in commemoration of the original fertility festival that happens each August 1. Although we don’t how true that is, it does sound lovely! They call it Lammas day, which is also their harvest celebration.

Did you know that blueberries are native to North America? Long before they were cultivated in the early 1900s, they grew wild, and were enjoyed by the Indigenous people. Of interest, they harvested the “star berries”, which are the blossom ends that form at the end of the berry, and is shaped like a five-point star. Thereafter, they ate them fresh or dried them for later use.

Something I did not Know About –Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust — From High Lonesome to Blueberry Hill

Stories From Fiddler’s Hill

Sept 1910 another fire

An Unfounded Rumour Going on at the Almonte Town Hall



Photo from Almonte.com

August 29 1884 Almonte Gazette

There has been great deal of head-shaking and mysterious communication going on during the past few days, and all about the erection of the new town hall. According to some it was sinking gradually and its final disappearance underground was only a matter of time.

According to others it was sliding, and it would occasion no surprise if it was found some morning in the centre of the Mississippi river. A third party knew for certain that the walls were giving way beneath the weight of the rafters, and a large portion of the masonry had sprung.



Photo by Linda Seccaspina

We are glad to say all these rumours are quite baseless and they appear to have taken their rise from an occurrence– not at all unusual of buildings of its kind. We have been told that very few churches are built without encountering the same conditions and that it is not unexpected on the part of the builders and easily remediable.



Almonte Old Town Hall

Since its creation in 1884, Almonte’s Old Town Hall has played many roles. Originally built for town offices and council meetings, it has also housed the fire department, the municipal library, and even some local jail cells– read the rest here-click here



Almonte Town Hall 1959
“The town hall has been renovated and restored and a new enclosed stairs and entrance has been built”.


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