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The McKellar Train Derailment 1913

The McKellar Train Derailment 1913
Photo from Charles Dobie’s page and LAC

I saw this on Charles Dobie’s history pages and really had to find out the story behind this photo. If you love photos from the past this page of Mr. Dobie’s is the place to check out.

So where today would this location be? Thanks to

David C Elgear – well, the tracks actually hit the SJAM just past the beach (where the Transitway merged). I would assume it was a little further along. Lawn Avenue is also in the story….it is up parallel to Carling Ave just past Carlingwood…..a little bit of a hike

Ottawa Journal Thursday 26 June 1913

Saw Train Wrecked; Tells Thrilling Story of the Scenes After the Crash
Westboro Resident was Watching Express from Electric Car

Four Coaches Suddenly Jumped Outwards Into the River – Terrible Scenes Immediately Followed.

Mr. H. Hill, of Westboro, witnessed the wreck. Mr. Hill and his wife had taken a car ride to Britannia. He says: “Returning, when near McKellar Townsite, between McKellar homestead and Mason’s mill. I noticed the train coming. Two track-layers had just stood aside to allow the train to pass when suddenly four coaches upset. Two fell inwards and two outwards into the Ottawa River.  The two which upset towards the shore side of the tracks fell on the two track men. They must have been killed.

“The engine and first three coaches and the last two did not leave the rails. The engine and first three coaches broke away from the wreck and went forward. Then the last coach of the three broke loose again from the engine and front two cars. The last two coaches stood on the track. They did not telescope. Two of the cars, the ones which fell inwards, buckled and fell nearly lengthwise. We got one man out from right underneath one of these cars. His chest was badly mangled and he died immediately afterward without gaining consciousness.

“The cars in the river were only half submerged and when the rescue party arrived we broke in the windows and commenced to pull out the people in these cars'”

“Some of the dead came from these cars. Whether they were pinned down and drowned in that way, I do not know. They may have been stunned and drowned in this manner.

The first people we took out of the cars on the bank were a man and a boy with their hands badly injured. They were placed in the ambulance and hurried to the hospital. The first doctors to arrive on the scene were Dr. I.G. Smith and Dr. Kidd.

We took a Salvation Army girl out of the first coach to go into the water. She was uninjured and was taken to the Salvation Army headquarters in the city. Another old gentleman, his wife and five children were in the last coach to overturn. The old gentleman broke a window and climbed out. They were all uninjured. A girl of about seven years of age and her brother of fifteen years were on their way to Edmonton, to meet their father. They were with their mother and she is as yet unaccounted for. They were taken from a coach which overturned into the water, and the supposition is that their mother was drowned.

“There were quite a number of foreigners, Russians, Scandinavians, and others in the colonist car which overturned into the water.

From what I could see they will be unable to find just how many are in the cars which went into the water until the wrecking crew lift the cars. One of the cars broke of its trucks and fell in the stream nearly turning upside down. It finally lay on is (sic) side.

photo- citynews.org and LAC

Old Man’s Story

“The old gentleman with the five children told me his experience of this wreck. ‘I was standing up’, he said, ‘when I felt the car going over. After the first shock I braced myself and fell into the corner without any injury. I was merely shaken up. Although it happened in a second it felt as if it took the car half a minute to fall on its side. The Salvation Army girl was thrown violently from one side of the car to the other side of the car but was uninjured.

“The first men on the scene were the section men,” continued Mr. Hill “I and some other people in the car ran across the fields to the train, but the section men commenced the work of rescue immediately.

“Two girls who live close to the wreck, the two Misses Barrie, did heroic work in attending to the injured. They carried pails of water and stimulants around to the injured, helped dress wounds and assisted the surgeons.
“Mr. Dunning, who lives close to the scene of the wreck, telephoned to the Chief of Police, also for ambulances and doctors, and it was due to him that ambulances and autos to care for the injured reached the scene of the wreck so quickly. He also provided linen to dress the wounds received by the injured. The first ambulance arrived about 15 or 20 minutes after the wreck had taken place.

“There was a lady and her daughter taken from the first car to turn into the water. The lady’s head was badly crushed. Her daughter was uninjured but hysterical. The most pathetic incident was that of the two children bound for Edmonton. They searched the faces of each injured person taken from the wreck, looking for their mother.

“Whether the accident was caused by a spreading rail or not I do not know. When I got there one of the rails was turned clear of the ties altogether. I do not know what the section men were doing at that spot but I imagine that they were engaged in laying new ties.

There is no curve at that spot, so I imagine that the track was weakened in some way and that the weight of the engine spread the rail and the swing of the back coaches would strain the weakened track and bulge it to one side. I didn’t hear any of the officials discussing the cause of the wreck.

The insides of the cars were very badly wrecked, although the cars themselves were not telescoped. The seats were ripped every way , all torn from the floor. The floors were not turned up, but the sides on which the cars fell were caved in and smashed to splinters. I think that the majority of the people hurt were on the side which fell and that the fall of the heavy seats, torn from their fastenings, caused quite a number of fatalities.”

Ottawa Journal 26 June 1913

Over 5,000 visited scene of wreck. Inquiry is ordered.
Enquiry into the cause of fatal wreck ordered injured recovering
Death list now totals 8, and injured sixty-five

CPR will open inquiry tomorrow – woman believe dead is found alive – woman passenger disappears.
The inquest in connection with the tragic wreck of the Imperial Limited at McKellar Township yesterday afternoon was opened by Coroner Dr. Craig at noon today. The jury met at Rogers and Burney’s undertaking parlors, Laurier Avenue, and adjournment was made till tomorrow night in the courthouse, Nicholas Street.

All that took place today was the formal identification of the body of John Peace, Glasgow, Scotland by his chum, a man named Cutt of the same place. The inquest will be nominally into the death of Peace, but will really concern itself with the whole tragedy and it cause.

Messrs George Hodge, general superintendent, and C Murphy, general superintendent of traffic for the CPR arrived in the city this morning, and the company’s inquiry into the circumstances will begin tomorrow at the Broad Street Station. Superintendent Gilliland of the Ottawa – Chalk River division of the CPR on which the accident occurred is here from Smith Falls.

Seen by a Journal reporter, Mr. Gilliland denied the report that any section men have been killed, but admitted that section men had been working on the right-of-way in the vicinity of the wreck.
“I don’t know how the report that section men had been crushed to death had his origins,” he said.
The Montreal – Ottawa division of the CPR over which superintendent Spencer has jurisdiction and responsibility, has its western limit at the end of the Broad Street terminal yards, or about 2 miles east of the place where the derailment happened.

The monetary loss to the company will not be great, according to opinions expressed this morning. While the two cars that went down the embankment into the river are now of practically no value the other two that were twisted into the opposite direction can, according to Mr. Gilliland, be still repaired and used.

The track was cleared by 6:30 this morning and a great part of the morning was spent in raising the four cars. This will take some time.

There are several changes in the list of fatalities. Mrs. Bunting, of Winnipeg, and her little child were reported this morning to have been among the killed. As a matter of fact they are stopping at the home of Mr. E. Hurry, of Woodroffe. Mrs. Bunting and her four children came through the accident with no very great injury, although the mother has slight injuries about the back.

The body supposed to have been that of Mrs. Bunting proved to be that of Mrs. McClure and Edmonton woman, of about 52 years of age. She was on her way out to Edmonton after a visit. The child found and said at first to be the daughter of Mrs. Bunting is the granddaughter of mrs. McClure. Its mother who escaped from the wreck with only slight injuries is at 131 Lawn Avenue, the home of Mr. John Sarsfield.
Woman disappears.

Strange things can happen at times of great excitement, such as that which prevailed after yesterday’s accident, and strange things did. One of the most remarkable was the sprinting away of a woman who had come through the wreck physically unscathed but with her nervous system badly shaken. She was standing beside the cars sobbing her sorrow for the less fortunate friends, when a helpful woman took her, and led her away. Those taking the names of survivors failed to get a record of this woman’s identity, and since the accident she has not been heard from. Superintendent Spencer of the CPR is anxious to get in touch with her.
John Donnelly of Glen Island, has left St. Luke’s Hospital fully recovered. He was pinned under a seat and nearly drowned.

During the afternoon and evening the Ottawa Electric Railway carried about 5,000 passengers out to the wreck. Cars from every service in the city were rushed on to the Britannia line to accommodate the overflow.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Jun 1913, Thu  •  Page 7
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Jun 1913, Thu  •  Page 7
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Jun 1913, Thu  •  Page 1
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Photos from the train accident

Ian Steup

This derailment was put on Postcards back in the day. Found these in my Grandfather’s collection.

What is Expected of a Husband — Ottawa Citizen 1913 :)

What is Expected of a Husband — Ottawa Citizen 1913 :)

June 1913

The other day The Citizen published what were thought to be valuable pointers for the June bride. In answer to it a suffragette reader writes as follows:

We think it is unfair, in these davs of equal suffrage, to demand so much of a woman. What we would like to know is. What is expected of the groom?

To which the editor replied:

Well, Jones is supposed to love, honor and keep his bride and pay the freight. It is his duty to labor early and late to provide for the household. He is the family meal ticket, if he has to beg, borrow or steal the wherewithal to settle with the landlord, the grocer and the butcher.

At a wedding ceremony the bride crowds tbe limelight, while the groom is an inconsequential individual who is openly congratulated and sometimes secretly pitied. After marriage the groom is expected to love his wife and earn a living without losing his equilibrium.

He should know that to retain the affection and respect of his dear little wifey it is necessary to groan inwardly if supper is late and the dinner dishes arent washed. He should hide his chagrin if the steak is burned as hard as a concrete pavement. He should smile and look pleasant if wifey spends ail his money on dresses and overlooks such trifles as paying household bills.

UK to Canada Genealogy: British Man deserts wife in Canada 1913

He should beam in radiance if his partner confesses she never learned how to sew or knit. He should order a big box of creams if his bride has an attack of “nerves” and threatens to go home to mother. He should bow down and worship the idol of his eye if the pie crust is as tough as sole leather and the cake turns into molasses or proves unyielding to anything softer than a pick axe.

He should he forgiving and gentle; stern when occasion demands it and as tender-hearted as a chicken when he sees the wind blowing the other way. The main thing, however, is to come across with ample funds to run the house and a little change on the side for spending money. It is an unpardonable sin to act up stingy and play close to the cushion.

Give a bride all the money she wants, stay home at night occasionally and treat yourself like a general nuisance that is a fairly safe prescription for a successful husband, including the new-fledged variety known as a groom. He can best cultivate his own happiness by constant courtesy and attention to the charming creature he has made his bride.

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Marriage is a mutual affair. As a successful concern it should be run on the policy of toleration and moderation, reciprocity and co-operation. But the groom should always remember to be Johnny-on-the-spot the same as he was in courting days. With these few remarks we beg to be excused from discussing the subject until next June.

and then……….

The Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
12 Oct 1914, Mon  •  Page 1

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Lanark Village 1913 — Clippings Old Boys Week

Lanark Village 1913
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Jun 1913, Sat  •  Page 4

A century after the first wave of settlement in Lanark County, many men and women from the Lanark & Drummond areas had moved in various directions; some went on to settle the west including places like Reston Manitoba; others had taken temporary residence on a Harvest Excursion.  The 1913 “Old Boys Reunion” was imagined as an encouragement to entice subsequent generations to see the area as a permanent “home”

Lanark Village 1913, looking up George Street– Perth remembered
Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
07 May 1913, Wed  •  Page 10

Archie McDonald’s store and Mrs. M. Cargar’s millinery shop. 1913, in Lanark. the building, three stories with an Empire-style roof, was destroyed by fire in 1959. Photograph by: Lanark & District Museum, The Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
05 Jul 1913, Sat  •  Page 4

Lanark Village Old Boys Reunion 1913 Names Names Names

UFO Sightings in Lanark County 1982 — Lanark Village

John Strang Lanark Village

Lanark Village Social Notes– Hot Weather and Names Names Names 1900

More Tidbits About Lanark Village

Debunking a Postcard 1913 — Strange Ephemera

Debunking a Postcard 1913 — Strange Ephemera



Postcard from the collection of Doris Blackburn/ Karen Black Chenier

On July 9, 1913 Earl Thias, 16, was instantly killed when struck by a bolt of lightning during an electrical storm. He was seated on a wagon in a barn and lightning travelled down a rafter, striking him on the head. A crowd of men who were in the barn at the time, and each one of them was burned and shocked. A heavy gold watch worn by Abe Fielder was melted. Six horses, one cow and a mule valued at $2,000 were killed within a few feet 1913 of the men.

It took me awhile to find anything about this story on the postcard as people spelled lightening different ways. But, it did happen. Yes, this freak of nature did occur, and why they put it on a post card boggles my mind. But I had to document such a rare postcard.

 - .:. ... t!ie L. J. YOUTH KILLED Bl ELECIIIICWI...

  1. Clipped from

    1. The Tribune,
    2. 10 Jul 1913, Thu,
    3. Page 1
  2.  - KILLED BY LIGHNNING. V Earl Thias. Formerly of...

    Clipped from

    1. Jackson County Banner,
    2. 16 Jul 1913, Wed,
    3. Page 1
    4. Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte
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Lanark Village Old Boys Reunion 1913 Names Names Names


 - , LANARK .. . old boys'.. :: REUNION...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 11 Jun 1913, Wed,
  3. Page 9



1913 Old Boys’ Reunion, Main Street, Lanark Village. Photo: Negative No. C-25995, Public Archives of Canada


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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100 Hands Thrown Out of Work –Lanark Village

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Lanark Village News 1887–The $5 Wager and Other Things

Carleton Place 1913- A Fire in the China Shop and…

Carleton Place 1913- A Fire in the China Shop and…


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November 3 1913–Almonte Gazette

It was thought that this fire occurred in 1915 but it was 1913 as I found out yesterday. The china shop was located in the same location Kiddytown was.


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November 1913–Almonte Gazette Carleton Place news

Chief Wilson has telephoned to the surrounding towns for a piano tuner who rented a horse and rig a few days ago in Carleton Place and has since failed to return. The animal is a small black mare and was attached to a top buggy.

An Indian arrow head of copper was unearthed by the water works excavators
at the corner of Victoria and Allan streets a few days ago, and is now on exhibition in Dr. McIntosh’s drug store window.

Mr. W.S. Healey, specialist in motor  mechanism, packed up his household effects on Tuesday and moved to Stittsville, a mile and a half from which he has discovered a
grotto in a spruce and balsam woods, where he has erected a little cabin.
There, all alone, he will put in the winter in the hope of curing a deeper seated case of asthma from which he has been a sufferer for some years. He hopes to emerge- in the spring with a recast breathing apparatus, and resume his work in Carleton Place.

Mr. Richard Finners started out this morning on his regular rounds for Mr. Stevens, in apparently good health. He delivered goods at Mr. William Moffatt’s and on the way to
his rig passed some jocular remarks with Mr. R. Dowdall; then stood and watched the engine and spoke with the engineer, Mr. Playfair, when he suddenly lurched forward and fell on his face. Mr. Playfair hastily summoned Dr. McIntosh, but before he arrived
life was extinct. The body was conveyed to Patterson Bros. parlors. Deceased was about twenty-six years of age and was married but a short time ago.


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Feb 1913, Wed,  Page 3


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This building started out as Leslie’s China Store and was operated by Mrs. Leslie circa 1890.  There was a fire in 1913 but later R.R. Powell operated a grocery at this site. The first of two Powell Grocery locations opened and  chose the Leslie Building, next to Comba’s furniture store.

Mr. Powell was the Sunday School Superintendent and he had three main interests in life: his business, his family, and the Methodist Church (Zion Memorial), which he attended regularly and was a lay preacher. It was a family run store and each helped in the store and he also employed Roy Whyte of Lake Ave East as a delivery boy. The oldest girl was Gladys. (Mrs. John Lashley and her sister Olive was a very popular CPHS teacher) Fern worked as a civil servant and Bert went to college and never returned to Carleton Place. Read more at:  Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger


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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.


The Winners of The Lanark Fair 1913

It’s Your Balderson News 1913

Just Like Internet Dating?— Circa 1913


Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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