Adin posted the photo of the can in his collection and today I began to put the story together. Give me a name and I will try and find their story..LOLOL
1997, Wednesday May 7, The Almonte Gazette page B3 Howard P. Giles A life-long area resident, Howard Giles, passed away peacefully in the Rosamond wing of the Almonte General Hospital April 5, 1997. He was in his 90th year. Born on Sept. 24, 1907, Mr Giles was raised on a farm on the Clayton Road by his parents, the late William Giles and his wife Margaret Pritchard. he received his education at Ramsay S.S. 6 and 7, Almonte High School and Guelph Agricultural College. During his life time, Mr Giles was a beekeeper and operated a honey-making business, was a linesman and installer for Bell Telephone and later, operated a business, Giles Auto Parts, on Mill Street in Almonte. He also served terms as property assessor for Almonte and building inspector for Ramsay Township. Always and active in the community, Mr Giles had particular involvement in the North Lanark Agricultural Society, the Ottawa Winter Fair, Almonte United Church, the Auld Kirk Cemetery Board, Almonte Lions Club, Almonte Business Association, Almonte Credit Union, Almonte Fish And Game Association, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, and the Department of Lands and Forests. In later years he particularly enjoyed his involvement with the Renfrew County Old-Time Fiddlers’ Association and various senior citizens’ groups. Mr Giles married the former Olive H. McKay in Arnprior Sept 4, 1935. They resided in homes on Martin Street in Almonte until 30 years ago, when they moved to their home that Mr Giles had built on the Clayton Road. Mr Giles will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by Olive, his wife of 61 years, his children, Beverly (Steve) Summers of Etobicoke, Harold (Rosalyn) Giles of William’s Lake, B.C., David (Diane) Giles of Dorchester, Ont., and Donald (Roxie) Giles of Vancouver, B.C. Also sharing in his loss are nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A private family funeral service was conducted by Rev Ted Colwell at the Kerry Funeral Home in Almonte April 8, followed by cremation. Interment will take place late in the spring at the Auld Kirk Cemetery.
GILES, Olive H. (Nov. 23, 1908 – Dec. 19, 2004) Of Almonte Peacefully at Almonte Country Haven, Almonte, Ontario on Sunday, December 19th, 2004 at age 96. Olive H. McKay, beloved wife of the late Howard Giles. Dear mother of Beverley (Mrs. Steve Summers), Forest, Ontario; Harold (Rosalyn) Giles, Williams Lake, BC.; David (Diane) Giles, Dorchester, Ontario and Donald (Roxie) Giles, Vancouver, B.C. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by one brother Thomas McKay and by two sisters Laura Baker and Ethel Duncan. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Kerry Chapel on January 19th, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barry Goodwin officiatinog. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment at Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte with Howard in the Spring. Donations made in memory of Olive to Almonte Country Haven or charity of your choice would be most appreciated by the Giles family.Published on December 21, 2004
Stuart McIntoshHoward and my dad were good friends.. have a good story for you about a hunting trip up the Little Blac Donald. Olive supplied teaching at ADHS when I attended. Sorry to learn of your mom’s passing.
Kim Dean–My mom grew up in Almonte and I have many, many memories from there, have enjoyed following your page for a little while. Mom was known growing up as Beverley Giles, daughter of Howard and Olive. She passed away just about a year ago and in going through her belongings, there is an album with photos she kept from years past before meeting my dad (Allan Valkonen) and marrying. I thought I’d pass along these labelled ones to share if any other family might see here and enjoy. I do have more but will need to decipher the names first, if I can, as they are not so easy to read. Mom is not in these photos but in several of the others…
Karen LloydBob Morton was Stan Morton’s son, and went on to be a highly decorated and highly ranked RCAF officer.
Alan ClouthierI noticed Ken is wearing white buck shoes. The photo from 1957 takes me back to grade school and all the rage at the time was white buck shoes made popular by Pat Boone.
Marilyn Lindhard-Would love to see more pictures of your Mom Bev.I think she and Ann may have been my classmates ,along with Bev Smithson.Marilyn Cox Lindhard.
Ralph Barrie isn’t your typical Lanark County farmer. Now heading into his fourth year as head of the 25,000-member Ontario Federation of Agriculture probably the most active farm lobby group in Canada and certainly the largest direct membership farm group Barrie feels he’s learned his trade as a farm leader. The 54-year-old dairy and beef farmer doesn’t mean he’ll try to hang on to the OFA presidency ” forever. When he was first elected president at the 1979 convention, he decided to plan on being president for three years. From now on, it is a year-by-year decision.
“Sometime before next November, I’ll have to decide whether or not there are things I can still do for the OFA,'” he said during an interview in the comfortable stone house on his farm near here.
Barrie said the OFA has made great strides in its credibility as lobbying group for the farm industry and in the strength of its membership base. While there haven’t been any dramatic breakthroughs, Barrie believes there’s been progress with the OFA’s two major concerns affordable credit and profitable pricing. “Progress comes a small step at a time. Events force issues,” he said. “The farm economy will force governments to look at better ways to ensure income and to provide a better long-term financing package than we have now.” He’s hopeful a national stabilization program will come out of federal-provincial discussions and Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan will be successful in persuading his cabinet colleagues on the wisdom of agri-bonds a type of tax-free investment that would draw money into farm financing at much lower interest rates.
Barrie said it takes something like a depression to change public attitudes. “We should recognize the depression was a necessary evil to force us as farmers to look at the value of increased efficiency and productivity while making sure there’s the means to absorb that production at prices to compensate us adequately.” Farmers have been too involved in production and should have been more aware of the importance of the political side, Barrie believes. “We have to do both together. Farm specialists have learned how to use the tools of fertilizer, pesticides, machinery and genetics to improve production. “Now we need to learn to use the tools of lobbying and political action.” .Barrie said the controversy over Canagrex the proposed agricultural export corporation is n example of the politicians get-ling in the way of what the farmers want. He said Canagrex is necessary if Canadian agriculture is to take full advantage of the world marketplace but it’s being used as a partisan political issue.
Choosing the route of farm organization activist is not a decision Barrie regrets although he estimates he would be worth at least $100,000 more if he had stayed home and developed the farm. Barrie was born in a log house in Dalhousie Township north of Perth, youngest of four children of a poor dairy farmer. His father served in both world wars and bought the present Barrie farm under the Veterans’ Land Act in 1947. Ralph took it over when his father retired and has since added an adjoining farm. He enjoys weekends at home but being OFA president is pretty well a full-time job.
He spends most of every week in his Toronto office or on the road speaking at farm meetings, service clubs and other organizations. Sometimes wife Verna travels with him but more often she’s at home managing the farm. Two of the five Barrie children Brian, 23 and Doug, 28 help work the farm where there are 35 cows to milk and a heard of young steers and heifers being fattened for beef. Including some rented land, the Barrie family farms about 400 acres which produces all the feed for the dairy and beef operations.
Youngest son Paul, 20, lives at home but works at Balderson Cheese Co. Eldest daughter Shirley, 29, also works at the cheese company while daughter Diana, 24, lives in Perth. Barrie says there are a lot of people farming simply because they fell into it when their farmer-parents passed on or because it’s the only lifestyle they know. The farm leader has always had interests outside the farm. He served on the local fair board, on the board of stewards of his church and as president of Balderson. In the early ’70s, he turned his interest to the OFA first as Lanark County director, followed by two years as second vice-president and three years as first vice-president. He felt ready to move into the presidency in 1979 when Peter Hannam stepped down. A factor Barrie says could influence his decision concerning the OFA presidency next fall will be provincial and federal elections. “I’ve never been a card-carrying member of any party. I’m flexible. But I feel like a winner. I want to go where I’m needed.” He recognizes the two members now representing his area Paul Dick in Ottawa and Doug Wiseman at Queen’s Park are secure as long as they want to stay. “I’m not a constituency man. I’m more interested in policy development.” Barrie isn’t attracted by the possibility of becoming president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture or of getting involved in the International Federation of Agricultural Producers. “The structure of those organization limits what you can achieve.”
Barrie, Ralph James Ralph passed away in Perth, on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at the age of 88 years. He was the beloved husband for 18 ½ years of the late Denyse Marion-Barrie (2012) and loved father of Shirley (Barry) Armstrong, Douglas Barrie, Diana (Norm) Dobbie, Brian (Jean) Barrie and Paul (Cathy) Barrie and step-father of Denyse’s sons Martin and Mathieu Lacroix. Ralph was the fond grandpa Dan (Currie) Armstrong, Lucas (Steph) Armstrong, Krista (Jon) Dobbie-McFarlane, Dustin (Brooke) Dobbie, Craig Dobbie, Angela (Jonathan) Tooley, Ashley (Adam) Barrie, Samantha (Eddy) Barrie and Hannah Barrie and great-grandfather of Aidan, Arianna, Noah and Zackary McFarlane, Reid, Ethan and Chase Tooley and soon to join the family, baby Barrie-Rayner. Ralph was predeceased by his parents Henry and Nettie (Davidson) Barrie, sisters Evelyn Gemmill and Eva Spence and by his children’s mother and former spouse Verna Barrie. He will be sadly missed by his brother Gordon Barrie and Denyse’s siblings and their families, his numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Ralph spent his adult life in the field of agriculture, first as a dairy farmer, when he took over the family farm near Balderson, Ontario, then becoming involved in local farm organizations, and eventually rising through the ranks of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) becoming its president for several years, during which time he travelled across Canada and abroad as a spokesperson. Afterwards he worked with government marketing boards, until his retirement when he continued to enjoy travel with Denyse, along with skiing, biking, swimming and his beloved golf. Ralph remained a “country boy” at heart, always content to watch and enjoy nature
MACDONALD’S CORNERS Down a winding road and up a long ..twisting laneway from here is a place called The Farm. The young people who live there describe The Farm as a “spiritually-oriented rural co-operative community.” The locals call them the “hippies.” Both the word “hippies” and the young men and women at The Farm have their origins in the social “movement of the 1960s.
And while much of the merit of the hippies’ probing of society was lost when the movement degenerated into an excuse to misbehave, people like those at The Farm kept in mind the original purpose. Not only did they keep it in mind, they acted upon it. One member of the community, Norman Ayerst, calls The Farm one of the ‘”good spiritual things that came out of the ’60s.”. A look behind the long hair and beards reveals some fairly conservative people with some down-to-earth ‘attitudes. To the 21 adults at The Farm “”(about 25 kilometers from Perth), plain, old-fashioned work is the key “to personal satisfaction.
They are deeply committed to their lifestyles, having taken a vow of poverty (they call themselves “voluntary peasants”). They work to supply themselves with the necessities, but no effort is wasted on acquiring luxuries. Extra time and energy are put into helping neighbours, community projects, or into a charitable organization. At The Farm, the family unit is strongly believed in and supported. Parents are directly responsible for their children, but other adults are like aunts and uncles to the little ones. Divorce is unacceptable: “Once you’re married, you’re committed to each other for life,” explains Norman. “We don’t believe in abortion, and courtship is kind of formal,” he said. “We do have a moral structure considered conservative by some.”
All the members of The Farm are vegetarians and none of them smokes or drinks. At The Farm, says Norman, “We act like a family. All things are held in common (all income is pooled in one bank account). “We’re trying to pay attention to the real things,” he said. “And we’re trying to create an alternative for people who don’t have anything else.” The group wants The Farm to be a sanctuary which can “take on certain people who don’t have a place to go. “We had one guy probated to us instead of going to jail,” he said, explaining that members of The Farm went to court with the offender who was subsequently released to their care.
Because they live so near to each other and their lives are so closely allied, members of The Farm have to be serious about their decision to become part of the community. “A lot of people come through The Farm to check it out,” says Sarah Ayerst. “We like them to visit and stay for awhile to soak it in so they can see if they like it before committing themselves to it.” The soak-in period can last a couple of weeks or a month. If the newcomer comes from a large, loving family, notes Norman, he’s not likely to have any trouble. But if he’s an only child and spoiled rotten, “he might bump up against a few things.” When a person decides to become part of The Farm, he must give up his large possessions. He puts whatever he has into the common pot. If he has debts, they are paid from the pot. Obviously, communication within such a unit has to be good,, or it could fall apart. “We believe heavily in telling the truth,” says Norman. “We keep a running, truthful commentary on what’s going on.”
Obviously, communication within such a unit has to be good,, or it could fall apart. “We believe heavily in telling the truth,” says Norman. “We keep a running, truthful commentary on what’s going on.” Another way to help keep things running smoothly is “to try not to overreact,” he says. “You try to stay compassionate and nurture the best aspects of each person.” A major involvement of The Farm is a charitable organization it founded called the Plenty Relief Society of Canada. “Plenty is the way The Farm gets out and realizes its obligation to the rest of the world,” explains one member of the community.
The Farm supports itself with its construction firm,: the Rapids Construction Company. Donations which Plenty receives are totally separate from The Farm. Only the people are the same. (Plenty is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations.) It is also a registered charity with the federal revenue department. Sarah explains that “Plenty is an extension of The Farm. It’s the way we extend ourselves and do whatever we can do to help in the rest of the world.” At present, Plenty has people in Guatemala and Bangladesh. Members of Plenty went to Guatemala about a year ago to offer relief to victims of the 1976 earthquake.
The scope of their aid broadened, and they are still there, working with native Indians. “We can go into a country as visitors, and see what we can do and what people need,” says Sarah. “Our hands aren’t tied by different loyalties, and we’re not a political organzation, so we have more direct contact with the people.” As for the amount of time they spend helping with relief work “It’s indefinite; it just keeps growing. “In Guatemala, we don’t try to push technology on the native people. We show them how ours works and how to build one,” she says. “They can step into our culture as much as they want. “We’re very receptive to what the elders see for their people. If we disrupt their way, we could destroy their whole culture.” Plenty volunteers abroad receive food, clothing, medical needs and shelter from the organization. They are not paid. “The money goes for relief supplies.” Last year, Plenty received $32,600 for Guatemala relief. Five per cent of the money went to administration costs, the rest to relief.
It’s a cult, by any dictionary’s description, but it’s no Jonestown. The hippies, back-to-the-landers, comtminalisls, or whatever you want to rail them, live quietly on a 560-acre stretch of rugged land near Lanark called The Farm and follow the doctrine of a nurtured cultural guru named Stephen Gaskin. There are no strange religious riles here; no wide-eyed radicalism; nothing more bizarre than a quiet hour of group meditation and taped Gaskin recordings on Sundays The Farm’s people call themselves “folks.”
The neighbours call them “the hippies” but any wariness has worn off since The Farm took root three years ago. The folks help with one farmer’s haying. In return, he ploughs The Farm’s Garden. The folks and a local youth group put together a benefit for a family whose home burned. And so forth. “1 think they’re way off base with some of their religious views,” says local United Church minister. Rev. Gordon Smyth, “but as for being good neighbours, I can’t fault them there.”
The Farm’s members fit anyone’s idea of what hippies should be like. The hair is long, the men don’t shave, the women wear braids and long, farmer’s wife dresses. Clinging to the dresses, scampering through fields, there are children (11 of them) everywhere. Folks don’t smoke, drink, eat meat, or use pharmaceutical forms of birth control a sort of potpourri of religious conservatism and naturalism. A few members attended Gaskins Monday Night Class, a weekly gathering, in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in the late 1960s where The Farm concept was spawned.
In 1971, Gaskin wound up in Tennessee where he and 1,200 other folks now occupy 1,750 acres, the parent firm of 14 other Farms. The Lanark group is the only Canadian branch. The Canadian folks are a mixed bag of former members of other communal groups, carpenters, an agriculturalist, and a Dalhousie Township councillor. “The word ‘cult’ is misused,” says Farm member Norman Ayerst. “l prefer to think of us as a tribe.”
Folks wince at any comparison of their operation to the Jonestown experience. “One of the biggest differences is that we are here completely of our free will,” says Ayerst. “You really have to want to be here.” “Jim Jones (the Jonestown leader) came out of a fire-and-brimstone sort of thing. We’re not there at all. “We identify pretty strongly with the quote ‘religion’ of the native people.” Though Gaskin is like Jim Jones in that he has a large, devoted following. The Farm’s ties to its spiritual chief, though well-defined philosophically, are more relaxed, Ayerst says. “We pretty much go our own way here.”
The Farm’s quarters are less than luxurious. The folks live in a crowded, cluttered, 130-year-old log house at the end of a winding, bumpy laneway. Two small camper trailers take care of the overflow. A two-storey solar house is going up nearby. Members take a vow of poverty. New folks turn over their possessions to the group but any debts they have are paid off out of the communal holdings. “More people show up with debts than with wealth,” says Ayerst.
Farm bills are met by annual tree-planting jobs in various parts of Ontario for the provincial forestry department. That, The Farm’s small general contracting firm. Rapids, and sales of soybean products to health food stores net-led $32,000 after business expenses last year, enough for 30 people to live on and little more. The folks grow little of their own food. The Farm’s relief work goes far beyond Lanark County. The folks’ Plenty Canada program, as an offshoot of the Tennessee-based Plenty International, sent volunteers to Guatemala after the 1976 earthquake there. One Lanark branch member is still in Guatemala. The Farm here raised about $10,000 for earthquake relief and like causes at jamborees, picnics and other benefits last year. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) contributed another $22,000.
Margaret was the daughter of Andrew Cochran and Isabel Erskine, both of whom came to Canada from Glasgow, and were among the first settlers on the seventh concession line of Ramsay at the very genesis of that municipality named for General Geo.Ramsay, ninth Earl of Dalhousie, who fought under Wellington at Waterloo.
They established a home on lot 22, and It was there Mrs. Yuill, the 4th child of that union, was born in 1844. Mrs. Yuill attended Black’s School in the days when the educational facilities were meagre and was fortunate in gaining the rudimentary principles ofeducation. In 1864 she was married to Joseph Yuill, son of another pioneer family.
Rev. Dr. McMoran of Almonte, performed the ceremony. The couple settled at once on the present seventh line homestead, they ultimately acquired fix hundred acres and one-third of that property is still owned and operated by the family.
On that fine terrain, about three miles from Carleton Place, Mr. and Mrs. JosephYuill upheld the best traditions of the Canadian pioneers for their ability to achieve success over great obstacles, and by precept and example to encourage others towards the higher attributes of their calling. They made their farm a recognized centre for Ayrshire cattle, and. with the late A. A. Wright, of Renfrew, organized the first “travelling dairy” and gave public lectures and demonstrations on butter-making as far afield as Manitoba.
Mr. Yuill was one of the founders of the Patrons of Industry, a fluent speaker and an ardent worker, while Mrs. Yuill helped establish the first Women’s Institute organizations in this district. She spoke from many platforms throughout Ontario, was the first president of the Carleton Place branch, and latterly was honorary president of the district of North Lanark. She did splendid work for the W. I. and the Red Cross and in 1917 both organizations presented her with life membership badges.
She was also a valued member of the United Farm Board. For a time the Yuill farm was a government fattening station where fowl were prepared for the British market and in the summer of 1901 Mr.- and Mrs. Yuill visited on the Old Country and studied the needs of that market.
A great many of their primary methods in the raising and preparation of fowl for export and in the dairying industry are in pretty general today. In church work Mrs. Yuill was as equally industrious, first in the historic little “Auld Kirk” in Ramsay, but in later years in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church in Carleton Place.
Mrs. Yuill witnessed tremendous changes during her lifetime of nearly a century, in her time agricultural facilities developed from the simple sickle and the reaping hook to the present impressive and all-embracing scientific achievements. She lived long before the trains, telephones and telegraph were known in her native land and witnessed the tremendous growth of the textile industry in this country.
On Christmas Day a wedding occurred that linked a member of each of two of the leading families in Ramsay, Mr. W. J. Paul, son of Mr. John Paul, of Mont Blow Cottage, was married to Miss Bella Yuill, daughter of Mr. Joseph Yuill, of Meadow Side Farm, the leading stock raiser in Ramsay township. Over 100 persons helped to consume the wedding cake. The Rev. Mr. McNair united Miss Yuill and Mr Wm. Paul in a contract for life on that occasion.