I posted this story the other day on Tales of Almonte on Facebook and I got a tag on the posting.
Linda Mills — Linda, can you tell me the year this happened. The young man in the article was my Father in Law and I’ve heard this story more than once. The toe is buried at St. Michaels cemetery in Corkery. I then checked everywhere and could not find another burial of a toe. So this is one in the Odd Stories in History.
As you might gather from all the other answers, “Headstones” are far more common than are “footstones” At least they use to be. In some cemeteries they still are. And in many rural and small-town cemeteries, the graves are laid out with the feet all to the East, with the symbolism that all will be facing the rising sun on resurrection day. More modern cemeteries are not so picky, and lay out the graves so as to most efficiently use the available space.
Before embalming came into practice, the deceased were bathed, dressed, and were buried the same day or the morning after. Often times a family member would place a wooden cross, or something along that line, marking the grave. Footstones were placed at the end of the grave, with the initials of the deceased engraved at the top. When a headstone was ready to be placed, months and even years later, the footstones were sometimes the only record of burial. The metal funeral home markers we see today are basically evolved footstones. But again, do webury toes?
Shortly after hia admittance to the Perth Memorial Hospital suffering from severe injuries from an unknown cause, although it was presumed he was struck by a “hit and run” motorist, Mr. Frank Hunter, aged 75 years, prominent farmer residing on the Perth Lanark highway at Mcllquhams Bridge, on the Mississippi River, died at an early hour this morning. He had been visiting a neighbor on the tenth concession of Drummond. and on his return home was struck by some object as yet undetermined.
He managed, however, to walk to the home of Mr. Wm. Davidson, whose son Alex had previously heard a car pass by, then heard someone moving about the farm yard near the house and on going outside found Mr. Hunter, in a serious condition. A Lanark doctor was quickly summoned and the victim of the accident moved to the Perth hospital in the ambulance.
At the hospital it was ascertained that the man had received a severe blow on the right side of the lace and the right ear was crushed. Both hands were injured, but none of the bones of the body were fractured. Deceased is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. Dr. A. W. Dwyer, coroner, empanelled a jury to hold an inquest which was opened at noon today at Blair’s undertaking parlors with the following Jurymen: Messrs. W. E. Thornton, foreman. R. A.- Patterson. A. V. McLean. J. H. Devlin. C. P. Doyle. A. M. Johnston. Arnold McCulloch and J. J. Smith. After viewing the body, the Inquest was adjourned until 7.30 o’clock on Tuesday night next in the Perth town council chamber. November 1929
The driver was never found.
Frank Hunter, age 75. Presumed to have been struck by a car on the Perth-Lanark highway. ( Nov. 15, 1929, p. 2 )*IndexDeath IndexLinkArnprior Chronicle p. 2
8 Nov 1929
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:
April 15th 1892
James W. McDonald who kept a general store at McIlquham’s bridge, Drummond, has made an assignment for the benefit of his creditors. Too much expansion for the amount of capital, his liabilities are over $6,000.
It seemes like damages to an accident would be about $22,000 in those days.
Hi, I regularly enjoy your bits of local history. I recently recalled a tragic accident that happened on McIlquham’s bridge on the Ferguson Falls road by where Mal’s Camping is. A boy fishing on the bridge was struck and killed by a truck. I think it was likely the summer of 1962. I think his name was David Yaner(spelling might be wrong). Anyway I was thinking that remembering what happened to him(accurately) might be appropriate.
Approximately one mile downsteam from Bridge #1 is McIlquham’s Bridge #2. There was a ferry in the early days or some other method of crossing as the settlers and pioneers would have to cross the river at this point when travelling between New Lanark and Carleton Place.
In front of Okilman’s in 1926 would be right in the empty area next to the Roayl Bank on Bridge Street. In the 1911 census Margaret was not yet born (1920). William Henry Whitcher was very prominent in the family that were Carleton Place house painters. He worked with his brother Charles. Willian McIlquam was the Carleton Fire Chrief.
(Old Pizza Pizza building where Bistro Polo is now)
12-14 Bridge Street-This land was part of the original land settlement in Carleton Place that the Crown granted to Edmond Morphy. In 1839, the property belonged to Edmond Jr. and it is not clear from the information from the Land Registry office who sold the property to a Mr. Whitcher. The possibilities include James L. Murphy or a Mr. Cameron, but it is from the sales of the land after Whitcher’s ownership that are clear about the land transfers that result in the Salvation Army ownership of the property in 1922. In 1916, Whitcher sold the land to a James Steele and in 1920 Steele sold the land to Bates and Innes. The year 1922 was the year that Bates and Innes sold the land to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army may have been located at 12 Bridge Street since 1907 and rented the building and in 1922 bought it.
May16th marks the 60th Anniversary of the accident. Could you post again please. These are my father in laws father and brother and sister in law. Barb McPhail
Everyone needs to be remembered.. Honoured to share this
May 16, 1961 Almonte Ontario, Canada ARTICLE
Three Ramsay People Die In Level Crossing Accident As Freight Train Strikes TruckOne of the most tragic level crossing accidents in the history of Almonte occurred about seven o’clock, Tuesday evening, when three people lost their lives as a west bound freight train plowed into the half-ton truck in which they were riding, at a point on the 10th line of Ramsay, some three miles from this town.Dead are Robert Timmins McPhail in his 62nd year; his son, Kenneth Oswald McPhail in his 28th year, and the latter’s wife, Georgette Alaine (Ottney) McPhail in her 28th year.
The accident happened when the trio were returning to their farm home, and were passing over a crossing in the lane leading to the McPhail residence. It had been necessary for the truck to pass over a public crossing on the 10th line of Ramsay only a few hundred yards from the point where, they turned into their private roadway.Kenneth McPhail was an employee, of Simpson-Sears in Ottawa and commuted back and forth to work each day; his wife, the former Georgette Ottney was employed in the law office of Mr. C. J. Newton.
Robert McPhail, a well known farmer, had come to town to drive them home for their evening meal. He picked up his daughter-in-law first and then proceeded to the corner of Ottawa and Martin Streets where his son was waiting for him. They drove, out Martin Street to the point where it reaches the town boundary and becomes the 10th line.Mr. McPhail was driving a new truck and as there was a high wind at that time, it is conjectured that the windows might have been closed.
It is said he was slightly hard of hearing but it is difficult to figure why the young people, did not hear or see the approaching train because the crew said that the engineer blew loud blasts on his whistle, when he saw the truck was not going to stop. There is a good view of the track in both directions at this crossing.The freight train, pulled by two locomotives was a long one and while it had passed through Almonte only a few minutes before, it gained speed rapidly and was travelling at a fast rate when the accident occurred. It is said that the truck was carried on the front of the engine for a considerable distance before the engines and cars could be brought to a standstill. Dr. John King of Almonte was called to the scene as was Dr. A. A. Metcalfe, coroner for Lanark County. Constable Martin Brindle of the OPP, Perth, is investigating. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McPhail left five young children, Kenneth aged 11, Ross 10, Harold 8, Frank 7 and Shelley 5.
Almonte Farmer Killed By Train Gravelle Toshack Meets Instant Death When Horses Are Frightened ALMONTE, April 20. – While crossing the railway line at Wylie’s crossing, Almonte, this morning, Grevelle Toshack, a prosperous farmer of the distric, was knocked down and instantly killed by the 10.17 C.P.R. train. Mr. Doshack was driving a tam of horses and ad stopped at the Producer’s Dairy to wait for his son. As the train approached the horses, evidently frightened, ran right into its path and the vehicle was shattered. One of the horses was cut in two, while the other escaped. The victim was well known in the township of Ramsay, where he had been a farmer for many years
Ottawa Citizen 20 April 1929.
Farmer is Instantly Killed by a Train! ALMONTE, April 20. When his horses became frightened at the Pembroke C.P.R. train and ran onto the railway track at Wylies Milling Company here shortly after 10 o’clock this morning, Gravelle Toshack, a farmer in the township of Ramsay, four miles from here, was struck by the train and instantly killed. Mr. Toshack was thrown about fifteen feet from the track and when picked up was dead. One of the horses was also killed and the wagon completely demolished. Mr. Toshack with his son had come into town and had stopped at the Producers’ Dairy, which is close to the track. His son went into the dairy and during his absence the train passed through the town. The horses became frightened and started to run away. Mr. Toshack, not realizing that the train was so close, did not jump from the wagon. It is likely that an inquest will be opened this afternoon.
1929, Friday April 26, The Almonte Gazette front page GREVILLE E. TOSHACK INSTANTLY KILLED AT THE MAIN STREET RAILWAY. CROSSING Community Stirred by Tragic Death of Well Known Ramsay Farmer Horses Bolted Over Track In Front of Train Greville Toshack Unable To Control Team and Was Killed Team was Standing When Train Whistled Engine Crashed Into Wagon and One Horse Was Killed Remarkable Concourse at Funeral and at the Auld Kirk Cemetery Where Interment Was Made. Mr Toshack Was Fine Athlete in His Younger Days.
Greville E. Toshack, prominent Ramsay farmer, was instantly killed at the C.P.R. crossing on Main Street on Saturday morning shortly after 10 o’clock. His team had been standing at the Producer’s Dairy which is close to the railway track, which the east-bound local came along. The whistle of the locomotive evidently startled the horses. They bolted up Main Street. The engine struck the wagon. One of the horses was killed. The details of the tragedy were considered at the inquest on Monday evening. It seems that this team all winter had made the trip almost every day from the Toshack farm to the Producer’s Dairy and had never shown signs of uneasiness at the passing of trains. On the fatal occasion Mr Toshack was sitting sideways on the single board between the front and hind wheels of the wagon. He held the reins and was waiting for his son Robert who was inside the Dairy building. At the curve, which is some 600 yards from the crossing the locomotive whistled and, according to Mr Andrew Cochrane, of Almonte, who was talking to him at the time, the horses started up. They stopped for a second or so and then bolted across the track just as the train approached. Mr Toshack’s back was toward the incoming train. Apparently he did not hear the whistle, and was bestowing all his attention on the effort to control his horses. The locomotive whistled, the bell was ringing continuously, and the emergency brakes were applied but the tragedy could not be avoided. Mr Toshack was thrown from the wagon on to the siding at the Wylie Mill and his head struck the steel rail. He died instantaneously.
One Horse Escaped. It is curious that the horse nearest the locomotive escaped, and it is conjectured that the tongue of the smashed wagon hit the farther horse and killed it. The wagon was broken into splinters and part of it carried on the cow-catcher of the engine until it was brought to a standstill. Mr Toshack was very widely known and the tragedy caused the deepest regret in the community. He was 58 years of age, the eldest son of the late John Toshack and his wife, Janet Young, and a descendant of that Greville Toshack one of the pioneer settlers of Ramsay who came from Scotland over a century ago. He was born on the farm where he spent all his life. As a young man he became very well known throughout sport. He was a fine lacrosse and baseball player as well as a runner and had the happy knack of making and keeping friendships. he never lost interest in games in his later years and he was a familiar figure amongst the spectators at local sports.
Leaves Four Sons Thirty years ago he was married to Miss Annie Snedden, who survives with a family of four sons, Robert at home, and John, Greville and Fred, of Prescott. One daughter Annie predeceased him some years ago. He is survived by one sister, Mrs W.A. Snedden of Blakeney, and to them all the deepest sympathy of a very large circle of friends is extended. The funeral which was held on Monday afternoon from his late residence on the ninth line of Ramsay was attended by an extraordinary large gathering of mourners. The cortege was about a mile and three quarters long. Interment was made at the Auld Kirk cemetery where most of Mr Toshack’s relatives have been laid.
Masonic Funeral The funeral was conducted under the auspices of Mississippi Lodge A.F. and A.M., of which Mr Toshack was a member. The service was conducted by Rev J.R. MacCrimmon of Bethany United Church and Mr A.M. Woottor, of Blakeney United Church. The pallbearers were Messrs Alex Barker, George Graham, John McGill, John Lindsay, Oswald McPhail, and Oral Arthur. Amongst those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr Thos Harris, Montreal; Mr George Graham and Mr S.H. Ogden, Ottawa; Mr Wilfred Snedden, Toronto; Mr and Mrs Stanley Everett, Prescott; Mr James Wilson and son of Renfrew; Mr and Mrs Robert Buckham, of Kinburn; Mr R. Moir, Mr and Mrs C. Baker and Mrs George Etherington, Arnprior; Mrs T. Wilson, Fitzroy; Mr and Mrs Wm Young and Mr and Mrs Andrew Young, Clay Bank. It was a touching sight at the Auld Kirk Cemetery when the four Toshack boys and the four Snedden boys surrounded the grave of their father and uncle as he was laid to rest.
Perth Courier, August 24, 1877
California Correspondence—In last week’s and this week’s issue will be found most interesting letters from California by Mr. Gavin Toshack, lately engaged on the editorial staff of the Almonte Gazette. Mr. Toshack has told the story of his voyage there in very graphic terms and we hope to publish his experiences in the “land of the gold” in the shape of equally interesting letters in future issues of the Courier.
The accident took place on Hwy 17 between Cobden and Haley Station Rd. There were six of us in the car (Chev wagon) I was driving, Beth sitting beside me in the front seat and my 7-8 month pregnant sister, Eleanore beside her (loved those bench seats). The three children in the back.
My youngest son Keith was lying on the back seat and the other two were way in the back, luggage area (probably fighting?) surrounded by a variety of Christmas presents.
It was dark of night (very black). I had just turned my head slightly to speak to Eleanore, when my attention was drawn to an on-coming car breasting the hill, but one with four headlights-I reacted quickly as two of them were in my lane. Here my memory is rather vague-I must have cranked the wheel severely to the right-and then oblivion. I must have been out for only a couple of minutes and my next memories were of being in a stranger’s car being driven to Renfrew hospital-not sure who else was with me-perhaps the other adults (children?).
Arriving at the hospital, in a state of confusion, I very relieved to find out that everyone had survived albeit with a variety of broken bones , cuts and contusions. The doctor wanted to examine me but I insisted he look after the others first. Later determined the Beth had a broken collarbone and a very large gash along her jawline requiring many stitches (the gearshift lever); Eleanore some bleeding and was being monitored closely (the two of them had numerous small facial cuts from flying glass); Brent a small gash on his face; Aimee and Keith, no apparent injuries.
In the middle of all this, the other driver was brought in but quickly ambulanced to Ottawa with a severe eye injury (I knew him from CP but forget his name, which is why I was looking for the newspaper article). Not a way to meet someone from our home town.
I called my parents with the bad news and arranged for a family member to come and drive myself and the children to my parents as Beth and Eleanore, were being held overnight (in fact Eleanore was being driven to Carleton Place Hospital by ambulance) in hospital. I would regret this decision later when, a pain in my left/ankle of which I had been dimly aware of, manifested itself in an increased, barely bearable throbbing, with which I had to put up with for the remainder of the night.
Throughout the night I had to keep immersing my foot in near boiling water to distract from the throbbing. I did make it through the night and arranged to be driven back to Renfrew to gather the remainder of our belongings, visit the accident site, take pictures of the car and most importantly to arrange for the release of Beth from the hospital. I also persuaded a nurse to provide me with pain pills.
A few days later, a friend (Dave) who was on course in Ottawa, joined Beth and I on a visit to Eleanore in Hospital. It must have been a sight coming down the hall, three abreast as I was limping, Dave was on crutches (broken ankle due to a fall off a ladder) and Beth with a large bandage on her face and left arm in a sling. It was cause for another bit of excitement.
Nine months late, having lost my limp, I was in a very fastidious (didn’t much like him for that reason) doctor’s office for my annual medical (ATC licence) and on questioning/examining me, pulled out a great protractor-type thing and upon applying this gismo to my arm, asked when I had broken my arm/elbow.
I explained about the accident which of course arched his eyebrows and led to a much more thorough examination which alarmed me a little but nothing more was determined other than my arm was 20 degrees from being straight. This, over time resolved itself to near perfection (like the rest of me:)
A year and more later, I attended the trial of the other driver; he was defended by a very good lawyer (one of the Anka’s-Paul’s uncle, I believe) and by the time the trial was over it was hard to believe that the accident had actually happened.
I was of little or no help as I didn’t remember much. The charges were dismissed. However the other witnesses (the ones being passed) tried their best to paint a complete picture. I took them to lunch and it was only then that my memory came flooding back (or at least their version).
I had forgotten that I had cursed the onlookers who had gathered- for not acting quickly enough in getting the kids out of the back seat. I passed the kids, one at a time through the opening that should have been the windshield except that I couldn’t find Keith. He had been sleeping on the back seat and when the other two were projected forward, breaking the rear seatback and covering him when he was forced to the floor. This would have slowed their forward movement so that it had (probably) minimized the effect on those of us in the front seat and reduced or nullified any potential injuries they may have suffered as a result of the crash.
The main witness testimony (a truck being passed) was that when they perceived what was about to happen they pulled to their right leaving their lane virtually clear but the overtaking vehicle. He, instead turned to his left thus colliding with our vehicle (he may have attempted to turn back) thus turning a head-on into a partial head-on??
A sad accident occurred on Saturday afternoon when little David Warren, son of Mr. and William Warren, met death in the Mississippi river at the Bates & Innes bridge. The boy had secured permission to attend the Star theatre and was returning from there at about five o’clock, accompanied by a playmate Jackie Harper, when the fatal accident occurred. The boys when last seen before the accident were playing with a kitten on the lawn before the Bates & Innis mill.
According to the story of Jackie Harper the boys, when passing over the bridge became interested in the water plunging over the stop-log at the edge of the bridge. Boy like, they scrambled into the railing and watched the water take the drop. Intensely interested David leaned over the edge of the railing just a little too far and losing his balance fell into the seething waters.
Jackie, alarmed at seeing his comrades’ predicament ran to Mr. Alexander McDiarmid’s for help which was immediately secured but not before the lad was drowned. The body was recovered in less than fifteen minutes.
David George was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Warren. Mr. Warren, who is a traveller for the Mount Forest Carriage Co. was at the time of the accident at the firm’s headquarters in Mount Forest. He received word of the death at 6.30 and by 6.45 was motoring to Toronto where he took the train arriving here early Sunday morning.
The funeral was held on Monday afternoon from the home of the child’s parents to the 8th line cemetery, Ramsay. The services were conducted by Rov. Melvin Taylor, assisted by Rev. W. A. Dobson.
The pallbearers were playmates of the child: Jackie Harper, Clara Syme, Lester Kemp, Peter Donald, Lawrence Virtue and Harold Virtue, As the cortege passed the town hall school the pupils formed lines as a last tribute to their departed fellow pupil.
David, who was eight years and eight months old, was the second eldest of a family of five children, the remaining members of which are James, Jack. William and Isobel.
A large number of friends of both Mr. and Mrs. Warren from the surrounding district accompanied the body to the cemetery, and the flower expressions of sympathy were many.
A large number of friends of both Mr and Mrs Warren from the surrounding district accompanied the body to the cemetery, and the floral expressions of sympathy were many. Wreaths were from Mr and Mrs Stanley McColloch, Tweed; B.Y. Williams and family, Jackie Harper, Mrs Harper and Mrs Jefferson. Sprays from the mother and father; Mr and Mrs W.H. Wood, Ottawa; Mr and Mrs Geo M. Warren; Mr and Mrs F.C. Donald, and Miss E. McLaren, from the little cousins Clara and Myrtle Syme and Helen Naismith, J.H. McFadden and family, Mr and Mrs J.R. Robertson and Miss Olive, and Kathleen Findlay, Cut flowers were received in profusion from Master Harold Lewis, Bert Kingston, Andrew and Russell Cochran, little Lulu and Iona Boale, Miss Edith Hughes, Mr and Mrs Greville Toshack, Mr and Mrs H.M. Snedden, Lena Saunders and little Jennie Saunders and other little school friends.
1929, Friday January 11, The Almonte Gazette front page Wm. J. Warren of Carleton Pl. Dead Well known Sportsman Passes After Brief Illness of Pneumonia William J. Warren died on Monday at his home in Carleton Place after being ill only a few days. He had been under the doctor’s care for some weeks but his case was not considered serious and a rapid recovery was looked forward to. However, a few days ago he caught a cold that is so prevalent and when he developed pneumonia his strength failed him and he gradually grew weaker until he passed away. He was the son of the late James and Mrs Warren and was born in Carleton Place in 1883. He was one of the best known sportsman in the Ottawa Valley and his keenest delight was in horse racing. During the Old Home Week in Carleton Place in 1924 he was placed in charge of horse racing and it was due to his untiring efforts and his keen wisdom and fairness that the event was such a huge success. He was a familiar figure in baseball and hockey and dearly loved both games. For any years he was a member of the executive of both these branches of sport and during all the years he was a member he never missed a meeting, unless unavoidably absent from town. For many years he was the representative for the Mount Forest Carriage Company and in the performance of his duties he travelled from coast to coast. Of a very jovial disposition he had a host of friends both at home and abroad and it has been said that he one of the best known and most popular travellers on the road. In politics he was an ardent supporter of the Liberal-Conservative party and he will be greatly missed the local councils. In religion he was a devout member of Memorial Park Church and was always active in church work. In the political sphere, in sports, in fraternal circles and in all things pertaining to the welfare of the town, his death had made a void that will be hard to fill. He leaves to mourn his widow, three sons and one daughter, a little boy was accidentally drowned in the Mississippi river a few years ago. Also surviving are on brother George M. of Carleton Place, one sister Mrs W.H. Woods of Ottawa. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon. Rev J. Osrhout of Memorial Park Church conducted the funeral services at the home and the remains were placed in St. James’ Vault. Mrs Warren nee Isabel C. Snedden, is a daughter of Mrs D. E. Snedden, of Almonte.
983, Wednesday December 12, The Almonte Gazette page 6 Isobel Cochran Warren One of Almonte’s oldest residents died recently at Fairview Manor at 100 years of age. Isobel Cochran Warren (nee Snedden) was born on the eighth line of Ramsay township in 1883, and died Dec 12, 1983 after living all her life in this area. Mrs Warren was the daughter of David and Ellen Snedden, both of Ramsay township. She was educated at the Bennie’s Corners school and married William James Warren in 1911. The deceased was a member of the Zion Memorial United Church in Carleton Place. In the past, Mrs Warren represented the Canadian Legion ceremonies as a silver cross mother. A son and a daughter survive Mrs Warren. They are William H. Warren of Rexdale, Ontario and Isobel Robertson of Carleton Place. She is also survived by a sister, Mabel Syme of Almonte. Three children predeceased Mrs Warren, including a son, Sgt Observer James S. Warren who lost his life in the Second World War, and sons David George and John McCullouch. The long-time area resident was also predeceased by three sisters, Laura Snedden, Nell Naismith and Elizabeth Robertson, all of Almonte. She is survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held at the Allan R. Barker Funeral Home in Carleton Place on Dec 14 at 2 pm with Rev Wesley Mitchell officiating. Mrs Warren was buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery near Almonte and pallbearers were D Kennedy, T. Barnett, D Robertson, G. Greer, K. Robertson and A. Marshall.
Ron W. Bates and J.A. Innes took over the woolen mill built by Archibald McArthur in 1871. Located on a man made island in the Mississippi River in Carleton Place, this 4 story stone mill had several owners before they purchased it in 1907. It was built of rubble wall construction – with exterior and interior walls of one foot thick limestone blocks with another foot of gravel between. The turbine wheels are still visible today, mounted on free standing timbers outside the stone walls to prevent the end of the mill from being shaken and damaged.
Our calendar features several well known Bates and Innes logos – they were famous for their “OV Brand”, (Ottawa Valley), “Pure Wool Underwear, Weight and Warmth for the Out-of-Doors Man”. It also advertises “Velvoknit – Distinguished for its Softness and Fineness”.
During World War One, the firm was busy meeting military needs for blankets, underwear, cloth and knitted puttees. They were the first mill in Canada to use flat-lock seams on heavy rib combinations. During the Second World War, the mill ran night and day in all departments, providing military blankets, underwear, puttees and and a long run on a 40 ounce knitted duffle cloth, with water proofing treatment that was used in naval pea jackets. The wheeling yarn department turned out tens of thousands of pounds of yarn for the Canadian Red Cross to be hand knit by the women of Canada into warm socks, mitts and sweaters for the men overseas.
Bates and Innes ceased operations in 1963, due, in part, to the introduction of synthetic fibres. The property is currently for sale and awaits a buyer with vision to restore and operate this historical building.
While returning from church on Sunday evening a number of people were walking on the road because of the slippery condition of the sidewalks. When, near Mrs. Bryson’s residence on Union street the pedestrians were met by a horse and cutter in which were two men, and when passing Mayor Thoburn and his daughter, Mrs. Percy (Annie) Jamieson, the driver struck out at them with the whip, hitting Mrs. Jamieson across the, face and knocking off her glasses. Mr. Thoburn at once followed the rig and endeavored to ascertain who the occupants were but he failed in this. The act was a dastardly one and-might have resulted in serious injury, though fortunately such was not the case. The matter has been reported to Chief Lowry and an effort will be made to bring the culprits to justice. 1898
1955, Thursday June 23, The Almonte Gazette front page Final Tribute Is Paid Mrs Percy Jamieson Mrs Percy Jamieson, a well-known resident of Almonte until seven years ago, died on Tuesday, June 21st., in an Ottawa private hospital, in her 84th year. She was the former Annie Victoria Thoburn, a daughter of the late William Thoburn and his wife, Margaret Lyons. Born in Almonte, she was brought up here, attended the local schools and later graduated from Whitby Ladies’ College.
In 1897 she married Percy Jamieson who predeceased her in 1936. For a year after they were married, Mr and Mrs Jamieson were residents of Ottawa. At the end of that time Mr Jamieson became associated with Mrs Thoburn in the operation of his woollen mills and the couple returned to Almonte. She leave a son and two daughters: William A. of Almonte; Mrs A.W. Wylie (Elizabeth), Chatham, and Mrs G.S. Charlesworth (Mary) of Edmonton. A sister, Mrs A.M. Ivey (May E.) died two years ago.
There are, also, seven grandchildren. Mrs Jamieson was a very charitable women and she took a great interest in church work. Originally a member of Trinity Methodist Church, she continued with that congregation after union and at one time or another headed or was actively identified with most of the church organizations. An honourary president of the Alexandra Club, she took a great interest in the hospital. During the first World War she was prominently identified with patriotic endeavours. Some years before Trinity Church was merged with Bethany United Church, Mrs Jamieson presented the former with a very fine set of chimes as a memorial to her father, the late Mr Thoburn.
This is now part of the musical equipment of Almonte United Church. Mrs Jamieson removed to Ottawa when she felt her health was on the decline and for the last seven years has resided in a private hospital there. It was only within the last year, however, that she became seriously ill and was confined to her bed. Many residents of Almonte will recall this kindly lady with affection and regret because she had many good works to her credit. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., at the Comba Funeral Home. Rev J. Ray Anderson, minister of Almonte United Church, officiated, assisted by Rev H.L. Morrison of Brockville, formerly of Trinity United Church, Almonte. The honourary pallbearers were Messrs P.A. Grieg, Q.C.; W.C. Pollack, Jas F. Patterson, F.A.C. Darling, Thorpe Kelly and J.E. Lindsay. The pallbearers were Messrs Jas Wylie, Jos Jamieson, Wm R. Jamieson, Hal B. Kirkland, Milton Cochran and Don Carr. Interment was in the family plot in the Auld Kirk Cemetery.
Abraham Lincoln Morphy was born in 1864 and married at age 23 to Rebbecca Conn. He had 6 children: Hugh Franklin Morphy, Norman A Morphy and 4 others. Abe was the son of Abraham Sr. Of Ramsay and a brakeman for the C.P.R. He passed away in 1899 at age 35, drowning in the Mississippi River below the Appleton Falls –read–The Day the Appleton Bridge Collapsed
April 9 1899 Carleton Place
In April of 1899 Coroner Burns of Almonte held an inquest into the death of the late Abraham Lincoln Morphy, the body being then at the house of deceased’s father, Abram Morphy, corner of William street and the 8th line of Ramsay.
The following Jury was impanelled : Alex. H. Edwards, foreman ; Richard McLaren, Samuel Tetlock, Lachlan, Mccallum, John Taylor, Hugh M. Williams. Frederick Strong, David Moffatt. Benjamin T. Williams. J. H. Greig. Henry Ferguson, Charles Glover, Frederick Hollingsworth, and John F. Halpenny.
Evidence was taken from Milton Teskey, J. A. Teskey and John Montgomery of Appleton ; John Morphy of Potsdam, N.Y. and John Morphy and John Lyons of Carleton Place, the latter witness being the man who so narrowly escaped the sad fate that befel his companion.
After reviewing the evidence the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased Abraham Lincoln Morphy Came to his death by drowning, through the collapse of the bridge across the Mississippi river at the village of Appleton, and from the evidence the jury conclude that the said bridge has been unsafe for over a year, and moreover the Jury was of the opinion that the corporation of the township of Ramsay had been guilty of culpable negligence with regard to, the said bridge.
And that readers is why bridges need to be replaced when they come to that type of condition.
Poor Mrs. Morphy had a young family. What was she going to do for money, so she sued and asked for $20,000. What did she get? Mr. Justice Rose, the presiding judge, suggested that counsel make an effort to settle the matter, and this was done, $2,000 being paid to the widow and $500 to each child —- making a total costs of $4,500 and costs. Two other action arising out of the same accident were pending, being the action by, Mr. Lyons, of Carleton Place Place, who was with Mr.Morphy at the time, and was thrown into the water but escaped. He wanted $1000 and that of Mr. Campbell, whose horses and carriage were destroyed and asked for $550. My Lyons got $312 and $45 dollars cost and Mr. Campbell received $300 plus $45 cost. In December of 1899 the township of Ramsay alerted taxpayers that taxes were being raised to $11,500 to help with the building of the new Appleton Bridge and the costs of the trial.
Mary Ann Bobier Morphy passed away in 1918, at age 84..
The Appleton Bridge Goes Down and Carries Ab. Morphy, Jr. to a Watery Grave
Yesterday morning, a few minutes after o’clock, a carriage load, consisting of Mr. John Lyons, wife and child, Mr. John Morphy, and wife, and Mr. Ab. Morphy, jr., all of Carleton Place, drove down to Appleton with the object of attending the funeral of Mr. Morphy’s aunt, Mrs. Dulmage. As they approached the bridge at Appleton they were warned that the structure was none too safe, and that it would be better to divide the load before driving across. This they did, Mr. and Mrs. John Morphy and the little boy and Mrs. Lyons getting out, the other two, Ab. Morphy and Mr. Lyons starting across with the carriage. On reaching the middle of the bridge, the structure gave away and allowed carriage, horses and all to drop into the stream below, which at present is much swollen with the spring freshets and very swift. For a moment the carriage remained, stationary, as though on bottom, and Mr. Lyons throw off his great coat and unhitched one of the horses, by which time the animals became impatient and plunged which took them out of the eddy caused by the pier and threw them into the swift current. Morphy, who was a good swimmer, struck out for one of the small piers nearby and just about reached it when the timbers of the bridge struck him and he sank out of sight. He was seen a few minutes later below the falls by Miss Beckett, with a hand upraised, land then sank out of sight. Lyons was carried down the stream with the current and over the falls, where a piece of timber struck him which he caught and clung to until rescued nearly half an hour later away down in the bay by Mr. A.E Teskey.
Mr. Lyons was almost exhausted when taken out and was at once conveyed to the home of Mr. J.A. Teskey, where restoratives were applied and medical aid was summoned He was very much chilled and received a tremendous nervous shock, besides the bruising he must have sustained in his fall and his passage over the falls and through the rapids, but was able to sit up in the afternoon and is almost fully restored the morning.
THE SEARCH FOR THE BODY
A search was immediately instituted to recover the body of Morphy, but it was o’clock in the afternoon before the remains were brought to the surface. They were found about 150 yards below the falls. The body was taken home to Carleton Place. The deceased young man was a son of Mr. Ab. Morphy, sen., and was 35 years of age. He was a brakeman on the C.P.R., and leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sudden call He was a young man of good repute and highly esteemed among his fellows, and the sympathy of the whole community flows out to the bereaved family in their deep sorrow. He was a member of the A.O.U.W. and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen
The bridge was a wooden structure which has weathered the breeze for many spring freshets, being built over forty years ago, and has for a long time been considered anything but safe. Beneath the long spans, bents were placed, but in the spring these would usually be damaged or carried away with the ice. On Saturday evening last the bent beneath the fatal span was taken away with the ice, and the bridge was temporarily strengthened by the pathmaster placing a timber above the bridge and chaining this to the stringer below. On Monday another prop went with the ice. As an evidence of the dangerous condition of the structure, the Ramsay Council at its last meeting receive a petition signed by 75 ratepayers, praying, for a new bridge, and a deputation backed up the petition. The result was a motion to ask for tenders for a new structure, but the action seems unfortunately to have been a day too late.
The funeral has been fixed for tomorrow afternoon, at 3 o’clock, to Cram’s cemetery. It will be attended by the members of the A.O.U.W. and the Railway Trainmen
Both horses were drowned, and the carriage is a wreck. They belonged to Mr. John Campbell, liveryman of this town.
During the afternoon a number of the C.P.R. trainmen went down to Appleton to aid in the search for the body. Mr. J.R. Hamilton, in a conversation with Miss Mattie Beckett, ascertained about the spot where Mr. Morphy was last seen by her with his hand raised as he went down for the last time. He with Frank Towsley, took a boat and went directly to the spot, grappling the body at once on reaching it.
One of the horses was seen floating through Almonte late in the afternoon yesterday.
Has been demanded, and is in progress this afternoon as we go to press.
The Coroner’s Jury Bring a Verdict of Culpable Negligence
“That said Abraham L. Morphy came to his death by drowning on the 17th day of April, 1899, when crossing the bridge at Appleton, over the Mississippi River, the bridge having given way. From the evidence obtained, and after consideration, we find that the said bridge has been in an unsatisfactory condition for the last year or more, and that the corporation of the township of Ramsay is guilty of culpable negligence.”
Thomas Willis is shown by Beldon’s Lanark County Atlas of 1880 to have been an inhabitant of the new village of Morphy’s Falls in its first year, and to have given his daughter in marriage then to John Morphy. John (b.1794, d.1860), another of the family of six sons and two daughters of Edmond Morphy, built his home for his bride at the east end of Mill Street on the present Bates & Innes lands. It stood there for over fifty years after his death, and last served as the watchman’s house of the Bates & Innes mill. The large family of John Morphy and his wife Mary Willis, raised in that pioneer home, included Abraham Morphy of Ramsay, near Carleton Place; and Elizabeth, Mrs. Richard Dulmage of Ramsay, who was born in 1821 as the first child born to the first settlers in Morphy’s Falls.