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Was it the Germans Or UFO’s that Invaded the Ottawa Valley in 1915?

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In 1915 it was said that some of the folks in Brockville and the surrounding area were returning from church and spotted something lit in the sky on February 15, 1915.  When the mayor of Brockville and three constables also witnessed this incident word quickly spread up and down the valley that the Germans were invading Canada.

Vivid flashes in a minor lightening storm gave credence that German aircraft were possibly passing over the area. To make matters even more interesting the mayor of Gananoque also said that two invisible aircraft were heard flying overhead. Parliament Hill went dark at 11 pm that night and the city of Ottawa and most small towns in the outlying areas followed suit 20 minutes later. I have no doubt that many of our local citizens spent a restless fearful night.

Newspaper headlines of: Machines Crossed Over St. Lawrence River: Seen by Many heading to the Capital–Fireballs Dropped appeared quickly the next day. Explanations from government officials were demanded by the local newspapers. Was it really a few of the Morristown youths playing pranks some asked when a paper balloon was found on the ice of the St. Lawrence River near the town? What about the remains of a few more balloons that were found with fireworks attached to them near the Brockville Asylum? Soon after these items were found; the media that had been so intent on causing hysteria scoffed at their reader’s fear in print.

Opinions differed as to the nature of the mysterious objects.  Of course Ottawa had to chime in to assure everyone that Germans aircraft had not flown their planes over Eastern Ontario as the headlines persisted. The Dominion Observatory agreed, adding information about local wind direction and added that everyone just had  war jitters. But, in all honesty the generic comments from the Observatory  and the government did nothing to quell the fear of the locals. As gossip spread and the story transfer expanded to new highs the German bombers became very real to the public. No matter what the media and the government had said in their morning statements the lights still went out all over the Ottawa Valley and guns were set up on various rooftops that next evening.

If you ask some today they will tell you it wasn’t the Morrisburg kids trying to be funny, but in reality it was UFO’s. This story which has appeared in a number of paranormal books  says that as the Valley was “preparing for the arrival of Germans ” these strange lights were apparently spotted in towns all over Ontario and in provinces as far away as Manitoba.

When I was a kid I used to let balloons go up in the sky and I always hoped that maybe an alien would find it and it would make him or her smile. Maybe the pranks of those Morrisburg kids caught someone else’s attention in the sky– I guess we will never know will we.

Almost out of the X-Files isn’t it?

With files from The Almonte Gazette and the Ottawa Journal February 1915

 

historicalnotes

In May of 1910 during the great fire of Carleton Place three young ladies residing in a house in one end of town were suddenly awakened at 3 am by the cries of fire and the illumination of the sky. They thought that Halley’s Comet had passed that night and had produced the end of the world. The three rushed outdoors in their night clothes waving their arms and crying in despair. They thought it the end of the time was near. It took awhile to get the ladies under control and understand what had really happened. No doubt they had read the newspapers that very day about the coming of Halley’s Comet.Then there was the phantom lights Sid Annable wrote about on Mississippi Lake. Were these all yarns or fact?

 

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Lanark Era Vignettes-

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Apparently these are pictures of soldiers who lived in the Franktown, Ontario area in Lanark County. Read one of the Lanark Era Vingettes–Lanark Era Vignettes – Oct. 27, 2015— Go visit the The Lanark Era Facebook page
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Lanark Era Vignettes – Oct. 27, 2015
Soldier has socks and handkerchiefs stolen in trenches
100 Years Ago ~ 1915

Letter from the front from Capt. T.R. Caldwell:
“…letters and cablegram were delivered while we were in the trenches and you can imagine how much they helped to keep up the smile…We have finished our first term in the trenches. We were relieved and are now in the rear, five or six miles from the front line, in which they call a rest camp. It is quite an experience being relieved – everything so quiet and in the dead of night. If the enemy knew what we were doing they would cause serious losses to our troops. But my what a relief to be able to walk around in the open and feel you can keep your head up. The first night out we spent in tents without blankets, being afraid we might have picked up some friends in the trenches. In the morning the baths are ready, and what joy…. I did not have my clothes or boots off for seven days so you can form some idea how we felt after a bath and clean underwear. The men are all issued clean underwear, and, although it may not be new, it is clean, and that counts. It has rained for two days and the mud is simply awful. One gets covered from head to foot, especially in the trenches. It is the kind of mud and clay that seems hard to drain, and, while you may be able to get rid of surface water, it does not seem to dry up. The Major and myself have a nice tent to ourselves and have managed to get some straw which keeps us off the damp ground. I have my kit bag, Hudson Bay Blanket, and the Donegal rug, and I tell you these cold damp nights you need them all. During our stay in the trenches someone got into my kit bag and took all my socks and handkerchiefs, so at present I am rather hard up. Long ere this you will have received the good news. It is some distance from where we are; so far we have not been drawn in, I can’t say any more or my letter would not go through, but I can say this, that just at present the Allies are winning.”


Trafalgar Day has come and gone with its appeal for assistance to the British Red Cross Society’s funds. From early morning until late at night our worthy councillors in turn, assisted by representatives of the Women’s Institute, sat at the receipt of gifts, taking the amounts that were gladly given until, when the day was done, $883.90 had been handed in. This was a splendid response, reflecting great credit upon our citizenship and giving just cause for gratitude for what has been done.


Mr. John Legary left for Englehart, where he has secured a situation as barber.
Mrs. Henry Shillington is confined to her home near here with an attack of typhoid fever.
Butter making will be commenced at the Lanark and Drummond factory on Nov. 1.
The new 6-ton boiler for the Clyde Woolen Mills is en route from Perth. The bridge over the Mississippi had to be strengthened to allow it to pass over.


Mr. John Johnson of Watson’s Corners was taken to Kingston, suffering from appendicitis. An operation was performed in the General Hospital there and the latest reports are that he is progressing favourably towards recovery.
Mr. Clifford Watt of Winnipeg, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Watt of this place, underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Winnipeg General Hospital. He is doing as well as could be expected.


Accounts are being mailed this week to subscribers who are in arrears for two years or more, and we trust that all who receive them will respond promptly. We need the money. The amount due from each is small but when multiplied by hundreds the aggregate due us is large. Kindly examine label on your paper and if you are in arrears, please remit.
Mr. Thos. L. Closs, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Closs, Prestonvale, has heard the call of the Motherland, and gave up a good position with a railroad company to enlist with the 1st Canadian Pioneers at Prince Rupert, B.C. The battalion was mobilized in British Columbia, but is now at Winnipeg, where a few more recruits are being taken on. Only miners, lumber jacks, prospectors, railroad construction men and others accustomed to a rough outdoor life are accepted. The Pioneers expect to come east in a short time.


Dr. A.B. Roberts, a native of Lanark and a well-known practising physician of Saskatoon, received word of his appointment in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and will leave to join his new regiment at Camp Hughes. He expects to be sent abroad with little delay.


Mrs. F.A. Drysdale and daughter Hilda left for their new home in Renfrew.
Miss Annie Craig, daughter of Mrs. Andrew Craig of this village, who has been employed as stenographer in Lindsay’s Store, Ottawa, is now a clerk in the Department of Naval Service.
The weather has been delightful; bright, sunshiny days and clear, frosty nights.


Tatlock News:
The good road work carried on by Mr. James Caldwell is now completed.
Some of the men around here are preparing to go deer hunting this season.
Mr. Wm. Easton of Marble Bluff is at present employed with Mr. John Guthrie.
Messrs. James Yuill and Albert McGonegal, who have been employed with Mr. James Caldwell for the past few months, have returned to their homes.


Hopetown News:
Mr. Arch Gibson, who went to Saskatchewan with the harvest excursionists, has returned home.
Mrs. Stewart Baird and daughter, Miss Edith, have returned home from an extended visit to Antler, Sask.
The hum of the threshing-mill is heard near our village, and the granaries are better filled than they have been for a number of years.


Births:
Dopson – In Drummond, on Oct. 10, to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Dopson, a son.
Kehoe – In Drummond, on Oct. 19, to Mr. and Mrs. A. Kehoe, a son.
Marriages:
Stedman-Couch – In Drummond, on Oct. 16, by Rev. Mr. Huxtable, Evelyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Couch, to E.R. Stedman.
Towle-Mitchell – At Perth, on Oct. 19, by Rev. W.E. Reynolds, assisted by Rev. W.M. Grant, Jennetta Mitchell, daughter of Mrs. Andrew McArthur, to William H. Towle, all of Perth.
Cox-Tullis – At Perth, on Oct. 20, in St. James’ church, by Rev. D.T. Clayton, Edith Tullis, daughter of Mrs. W.F. Devlin, to John W. Cox, of Toronto.

75 Years Ago ~ 1940

The Local Government Extension Act, introduced by the Hepburn Government, would go into force in local municipalities Jan. 1 unless voters decide otherwise.
Marriage:
Publow-Noonan – At Sacred Heart church, Lanark, on Oct. 28, by Rev. J.G. Clancy, Catherine Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Noonan, Bathurst, to Wilfred Publow of Perth.
Deaths:
Pennett – In Drummond, on Oct. 22, Louis J. Pennett, aged 75 years.
McDiarmid – At Ottawa on Oct. 24, James R. McDiarmid, formerly of Carleton Place, in his 86th year.
Munro – At Clayton on Oct. 25, Martha M. Shane, relict of Thomas Munro, aged 77 years.

60 Years Ago ~ 1955

An unfortunate accident occurred to Mr. Gordon Taylor of the village. Mr. Taylor fell under the back wheel of a truck driven by Mr. Ronald Sweeney and had his leg broken about six inches above the knee.
Mr. Wellington McDougall has leased the rink for the 1955-56 skating season.
Birth:
Roberts – At the G.W.M. Hospital, Perth, on Oct. 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Roberts of Lanark Village, a daughter.
Deaths:
Bartraw – In Lanark Village, on Oct. 24, Mary Dunn, beloved wife of Joseph Bartraw, in her 84th year.
Cameron – At McCue Nursing Home, Perth, on Oct. 23, Agnes Jane Larocque, beloved wife of John G. Cameron, in her 80th year.

50 Years Ago ~ 1965

Vernon S. Ready, a former Lanark Village student and son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ready who resided in Lanark for a number of years, has been appointed dean of McArthur College of Education in Kingston.
The Central Mississippi Conservation Association was formed with Albert T. Miller as president.
Birth:
Thomson – At the Ottawa Civic Hospital, on Oct. 19, to Alan and Ruth (nee Affleck), a son, Paul Andrew.

25 Years Ago ~ 1990

A Lanark resident’s solution to Lanark’s water problems could be to bottle the water from the Paul Drive well for drinking. Each residence would be supplied by enough bottles to last one to two weeks. The resident’s own well could be used for bathing, washing clothes, etc.
The Lanark Figure Skating Club is off to a good start with 125 skaters registered for this ye