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Movin’ on Down the Road — The North Lanark Museum 1979

Movin’ on Down the Road — The North Lanark Museum 1979

Appleton Museum 1980 Fire


North Lanark Historical Society (NLHS) this year. A streak of good fortune and some very generous donations have made it possible for the society to purchase a fully constructed, portable bungalow to be used as a museum for the society’s historical artifacts And last Friday, the home was moved on a flatbed by Drumond Brothers Ltd to the site of the old Appleton school museum, which served as the society’s museum before it was destroyed by fire last summer.

The NLHS is endeavouring to have the home, which came fully equipped, insulated and fitted so it could be heated, operational as soon as possible. Once operational, the society plans to move its archive, presently located in the Mini-Mall on Bridge Street (Almonte), and those artifacts of the museum that survived the fire, to the new museum at the corner of Concession 11 and High Street, Ramsay Township. With Almonte’s centennial next year, museum curator Dawn Leduc says it was important for the society to have a working museum in which to display Lanark’s historical artifacts to the influx of tourists and former residents expected during the Centennial year.

The society still plans to rebuild the old Appleton schoolhouse for museum purposes, however, it has resigned itself to the fact it may not realize those plans for several years yet. The new museum building, worth $30,000 in material alone, was re- .cently bought on behalf of the society for $10,000 by Drummond Brothers from Campeau Corporation in Ottawa. The society has, in turn, paid the Drummonds back thanks to two major donations. The first donation has been in the hands of the society *for some time. It’s the $6,000 insurance cheque turned over to the society by the Lanark Board of Education which school museum. The board still owns the property upon which the old schoolhouse stood.

A second donation of $5,000 came more recently from a friend of the society who wishes to remain anonymous. However, the donations alone would not have allowed the society to purchase a replacement building so soon had it not been for the contribution made by the Stewart Drummond family of RR 3, Almonte, particularly, that made by the family’s mother, the late, Doreen Drummond,after whom the society has saw fit to name the new museum. Apparently, in securing the house at a low price for the society, the Drummond brothers, Dave and Gib, were fulfilling a promise they made their mother before she died. According to the brothers, one of the last places their mother visited before she died was the ruins of the old schoolhouse which had burnt down while she was in the hospital being treated for cancer.

After visiting the ruins, the brothers say their mother asked them to promise her that they would do what they could do to help the society rebuild its museum. Mrs Drummond died in October. The brothers began by offering the society to be on the lookout for a portable building it could use as a temporary museum. Their first idea was to get the” society a portable school room which they are often involved in relocating: however; something better became available just a few weeks ago. A portable house used as a sales office by the Campeau Corporation at Barrhaven Meadows was put up for sale. Having been called in to give an estimate on moving the house, the brothers were aware of it going up for sale. At first, they thought of buying the building for themselves and reselling it at a profit, but then they realized the house would make an ideal museum for the society because of its layout. As a former sales office, the 44 by 22-foot house has a number of features that lend themselves to displaying. For instance, the main room takes up three-quarters of the space in the house making for a large display area. The same room is lit by spotlights fitted into the roof and contains a display wall which has spotlights especially trained on it. Other features include washroom facilities, a kitchenette, and a real fireplace.

Also read-The Re-Opening of the North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton) 1980

Movin’ on Mill Street– Supertest Building

Well, We’re Movin’ On Up to Franktown Road

The House that Skated to Carleton Place — Kennedy House

An Update to the Kennedy House — Harold “Ozzie” McNeely

Things You Didn’t Know About the Moore House — or Maybe you Did

While You Were Sleeping —-The Storyland Bunny Moves to the Hi Diddle Day House

North Lanark Museum

William Wylie Cabin — The House that Seniors Saved — North Lanark Regional Museum

The Re-Opening of the North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton) 1980

Appleton Museum 1980 Fire

Update — Teacher Fired in Appleton School May 1931 –Annie Neilson

Appleton Map and Odds and Ends — Clippings of Appleton

Moving Appleton Community Hall, photo by Irene Thompson


Circa 1980


Appleton, Town of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada


Courtesy of Irene Thompson

Photographer: Irene Thompson

William Wylie Cabin — The House that Seniors Saved — North Lanark Regional Museum

William Wylie Cabin — The House that Seniors Saved — North Lanark Regional Museum
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Photo Millstone News Before

Photo- Dawn Morrison– After

The Pioneer Log Cabin located on the grounds of the North Lanark Regional Museum has always been a popular tourist destination for many years. The cabin has not only local historical importance, but is architecturally an excellent example of rough-hewn log settler’s home. The construction is typical of log homes found across the Ottawa Valley in the early half of the 19th century.

Sadly, the cabin has been closed for almost three years owing to its state of disrepair and accessibility issues. Major repairs were required to preserve the exterior and to maintain the cabin and its contents in a safe condition.

Photo- Dawn Morrison

The cabin was originally built circa 1840 on Lot 15 Concession 11 of Ramsay (near the present Almonte Roundabout), by the William Wylie Family who resided on that lot from 1837 to 1853. The building was also owned by the Lockhart Family for several generations, and finally by the Thurston Family. It was donated originally to the town of Almonte. A few years later they decided that they did not have use for it and the North Lanark Historical Society in 1983 by Don and Britt Thurston and moved to its current location. The historical society set up a committee in 1983 to oversee the cabin project, with members Grant Anderson, Helen Davidson, Stewart Drummond, Ernie Giles, Victor Kellough, Dawn Leduc, Frances McLean, Norman Paul, Jean Steel and Gerry Willard.

They cut the ribbon!!!

Stones for the fireplace and chimney came from the local Don Duncan farm. The cabin was rebuilt over the next two years with funds from a New Horizons Grant and volunteer labour from the NLHS. It opened as part of the museum in the summer of 1985 and has since been a popular attraction for visitors of all ages.

With files from The Millstone and the North Lanark Regional Museum.

The Wolfe family –we were asked as a school if we could attend and answer questions about log cabin construction historical tools and common repairs or restorations as well as anything about what we teach. I (Stuart Morrison) of the Morrison family am currently head instructor of our school and Brian and Dawn are the Owners of the Pat Wolfe Log Building School. Stuart Morrison

Thanks to my BFF Kevin Mitchell from Valley Sheds for help with the new holding shed


In an age where I constantly am faced with watching one older building after another torn down for new development –yesterday gave me great joy to see this building loved and finally restored. The fact that every step of the way was organized by a group of seniors from conception to end made my heart proud.

We Celebrate





All donations will be recognized and issued a charitable tax receipt. Donations may be sent to the NHLS by regular mail or you can donate online electronically.

Donations can be made online or by cash or cheque in-person at the Museum or by mail:

North Lanark Regional Museum
P.O. Box 218
Almonte, ON
K0A 1A0

Cheques can be made payable to the North Lanark Historical Society

All you need is love, some elbow grease, and never give up. Thank you to all who did. May developers one day realize heritage matters.

Mississippi Mills Councillors John Dalgity, Bev Holmes and me Linda S…. Councillor for Carleton Place..

Mississippi Mills Deputy Mayor Rick Minnille, Councillors Jhn Dalgity and Bev Holmes

Now take the kids and family to visit this amazing log cabin

Admission fee is by donation


We’re on the outskirts of the pretty little village of Appleton, about 10 minutes from Almonte. The collection is always available for researchers by appointment. 


Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also open weekends starting in June


The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
24 Dec 1918, Tue  •  Page 8

The Re-Opening of the North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton) 1980

The Re-Opening of the North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton) 1980

The Doreen Drummond House was officially opened Saturday, July 19, 1980 on the site of the former North Lanark Regional Museum, near Appleton. Stewart Drummond cut the ribbon on the building named by the North Lanark Historical Society (N LH S) in memory of his late wife. Doreen Drummond House replaces the former museum building which was destroyed by fire exactly one year ago, July 19. 1979.

Tentative plans have been made by the NLHS for further expansion as finances permit. After a drive to the museum before her death Mrs Drummond had requested her sons help the Historical Society in their efforts to replace the museum building. Drummond Brothers Limited found a building 44 feet by 22 feet, completely insulated, the wall-to-wall carpeted floor reinforced with three full-length steel beams.

The building had been used as a mobile office by the Campeau Corporation of Ottawa. For $10,000 Drummond Brothers set the building on piers on the grounds of the former museum. Ramsay Township Council waived the $200 building permit. The building was paid for with $5,000 from the insurance on the former schoolhouse turned museum.

The other $5,000 was a gift from a friend of the North Lanark Historical Society, who wished to remain anonymous. There was no charge by Drummond Brothers for the move. Ramsay Township Council purchased the site from the Lanark County Board of Education for five dollars. Since last spring the new building was put on a permanent foundation. Doreen Drummond House is set further back on the lot than the former schoolhouse. A screened in veranda has been built on the back. There is a small kitchen with cupboards.

Dawn Leduc, Blakeney, Curator of the North Lanark Regional Museum, after a few brief remarks, asked Stewart to cut the ribbon, and unveil the name plaque, declaring Doreen Drummond House officially open. Frank Taylor, chairman of the museum building committee, expressed thanks to the Drummond family, the sons of Dawn Leduc and many others whose help had made possible the reopening of the museum in the new building. He especially praised Jean Steel, N LH S president, for her leadership. Before and after the opening ceremonies, visitors toured the museum, inspecting the various exhibits. Some members of Appleton Women’s Institute served refreshments on the soon-to-be completed veranda.

The time has come to celebrate the official grand reopening of Almonte’s historic pioneer cabin located at the North Lanark Regional Museum!
Join us anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 23rd (2022) as we welcome guests and visitors once again to tour through this fascinating landmark. We’ll have classic lawn games like horseshoes, pioneer toys, and crafts for kids. All day, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the cabin and the ways pioneer families lived their lives, and between 1:30 and 3:00, you can take a tour with our most active volunteers who will explain the process of restoring our historic building.

Stop by from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy a live performance by a local fiddlers’ group. At 1 p.m. we’ll begin our official opening ceremony and twine cutting! Alex Gillis, president of the North Lanark Historical Society will say a few words, and cake will be served.

Lemonade and cookies baked from recipes in our museum collection will be available while supplies last. We encourage visitors to bring their own picnic, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs.
There is no admission cost to participate in the re-opening festivities, but donations are always welcome to assist with our ongoing restorations and programming costs.

The heritage Almonte cabin was built near the current roundabout in the 1840’s. It was moved to its present location in 1983 by the North Lanark Historical Society. The building has been displayed over the years in ways that reflect the lived experiences of pioneer settlers to Lanark County, showcasing a range of artefacts that were important in pioneering times.

This important building has been closed to the public throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, giving the Historical Society a fantastic opportunity to undertake much needed restorative work. Through the generosity of a community that responded in earnest to our fundraising campaign, we have successfully raised the building off the ground and placed it on new footings, repaired some exterior logs, and re-chinked and resealed areas between the logs. We have also been able to complete significant repairs to the attached side shed, install new doors, and clean the interior to provide better and safer artefact display.
But there is still work to be done to complete this project. The North Lanark Historical Society plans to build a third external building to complement the existing pioneer cabin. This third building will be used as a display area for large agricultural tools and machines currently housed in the North Lanark Regional Museum collection, many of which had temporary homes inside the pioneer log cabin.

To donate to this ongoing fundraising campaign, visit our website at www.northlanarkregionalmuseum.com
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The North Lanark Regional Museum is owned and operated by the North Lanark Historical Society with the goal of collecting, preserving and displaying the history of Mississippi Mills. The museum features several exhibit spaces including seasonal exhibits, permanent local history exhibits, and a pioneer log cabin. The museum is the perfect destination for families with young children, retirees and history buffs in general.

The museum collection focuses on local history and includes: artefacts, photographs, documents and books. Our research library contains local history books, family histories and original copies of the Almonte Gazette.

647 River Rd, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0 (Appleton)

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Appleton Museum 1980 Fire

Update — Teacher Fired in Appleton School May 1931 –Annie Neilson

Appleton Map and Odds and Ends — Clippings of Appleton

Do You Remember the Barrel Float?

Do You Remember the Barrel Float?

Appleton swimming 1970s


On Sunday morning, June 3rd an empty, sealed barrel will be tossed into the Mississippi River just below the village of Appleton. A guessing contest is being held to estimate the length of time it will take the barrel to float down the river to the Maclan Bridge in Almonte. The distance is approximately four miles.

The barrel will be accompanied on its journey by at least one man in a boat and should it become lodged in trees or weeds along the shore, the accompanying boatsman allows it to remain stopped for only two minutes and after that time he will drag it back out into the stream. Mr. E. H. Farnham, Principal of the Church Street Public School, and Mr. “Gord” Kilburn, president of the Almonte branch of the Canadian Legion, has agreed to act as official timers for the “Barrel Float.”

The person guessing closest to the official time will receive $25.- 00. Second prize is $10.00 and third prize is $5.00. The proceeds from the contest will be used to help purchase a new backstop, bases and mowing the ball diamond for the Almonte Town Softball League. Tickets are being sold at 25 cts. each of 6 for $1.00. All local and district sportsmen are asked to help support the project.

May 1956


Draw tickets being sold to raise funds for the local Softball League are bringing a wide variety of answers as to the time it will take a barrel to float from Appleton to the first bridge in Almonte. This novel guessing contest is not entirely new; it had been employed before for worthy purposes in other places and on other rivers. But this is the first time it has been tried out here. Mr. Harry Walker, one of the promoters of softball, says that guesses written on tickets sold run from all the way from one hour and twenty minutes to 200 hours.

Hydro employees who know the speed of the current cannot agree either because they do not know what the speed of the barrel will be when immersed in the water. In this case the container to be used in the novel contest is not an old fashioned wooden barrel but a sealed steel drum of the usual commercial variety. This barrel will be placed in the river early Sunday morning, June 3rd and will be followed in a boat to see that it does not become snagged along the shore. If it does it will be allowed to rest for not more than two minutes and then will be pushed out into the current and sent on its way.

The two gentlemen ushers of the barrel will be Messrs. Harry Walker and Archie Julian who propose to do a little fishing on the side as they keep their eye on the empty cask. Meanwhile, Councillor Thorpe Kelly will return from the launching ceremony in the bay below Appleton and will get into a boat driven by an outboard motor to rejoin his colleagues on their way down the river. Official timekeepers are Principal E. H. Farnham of the Church Street Public School and Mr. Gordon Kilburn, President of the local branch of the Legion. Those who haven’t already done so are urged to buy tickets and’ help softball in the coming season.

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May 1957

The second annual barrel-floating time-guessing contest will be held on Sunday, June 2nd. Owing to the low water and also to the change of distance from last year’s contest, the barrel will be dropped into the Mississippi River approximately two miles from Almonte. Two boats will accompany the barrel on its journey and should it become caught in weeds or marooned on the shore, the chaperons will allow two minutes before freeing it. Mr. Laurie Morton, president of the Town Softball League, will again act as official timer. The proceeds of the guessing contest will be used to help purchase softball bases and other equipment for the local softball association.

EDITOR’S NOTE— With Councillor Kelly and Messrs Harry Walker and Archie Julian in charge of this enterprise it deserves watching. How do we honest gamblers know where or when the barrel will be dropped into the river? It might be slipped in at the NLAS grounds or suddenly be launched under the bridge at the finishing line.

June 1957

Early last Sunday morning the second barrel drifting contest was started on the river opposite the Andrews farm which is a couple of miles in the Appleton direction, where the wires cross the Mississippi. The purpose of this contest is to raise money for the softball league which has five teams in it this year. Tickets are sold and those buying them are asked to write down their guess as to the time it will take the barrel to float from a certain point to the first bridge in Almonte.

Last year the rain poured down and those who believe there should be no such goings on as barrel contests on Sunday said it was retribution on the sponsors who are headed by Councillor Thorpe Kelly, Harry Walker and Archie Julian. These gentlemen point out they are trying to raise money for a worthy purpose and that no one has to do any work in connection with the contest except themselves, and as it is confined to dropping the barrel overboard from a power boat, no harm is meant.

One of the three put it this way: “after all, the barrel propels itself—it isn’s rowed or paddled although there is plenty of rowing and paddling and other things done on Sunday.” They also point out Sunday is the only day they don’t work. Be that as it may; the promoters of the great barrel contest were again met with bad luck last Sunday and again it was from an agency over which humans have no control. This time it was the wind. It was blowing up the river against the current at such a stiff rate that the barrel starred back toward Appleton instead of floating down to Almonte.

After some time the three-man crew decided that it was no dice and they retrieved the barrel and returned to town. The time for putting on the contest has not been announced but it is understood the men behind the scene are taking counsel with the weather prophets and waiting for a favourable wind. Since the above was written Mr. Harry Walker, correspondent for the well known news agency mentioned above, has sent us a dispatch which arrived at 8.40 this Thursday morning. It appears that the wind was in the right direction Wednesday night for the masters of ceremony. Messrs. Kelly, Julian and Walker again dropped the barrel into the river at Andrew shore line. The barrel was put in at Andrews’ farm. Laurie Morton was official timekeeper at the first bridge.

The results were as follows: Dave Sterling, Almonte won the contest: official time, 3 hrs: 33.22. He had 3:33:33. Next man up was Owen Callahan of Ottawa, 3:33:10; Third, Len Kennedy, Almonte and Harold Deugo, Carp, (tied), 3:33:3.

The Seven-Barrelled ‘pepper box’ Revolver — Rosamond Fight — July 1875

Did Anyone Find the Lost Barrel of Silver Coins That Lies at the Bottom of the Rideau Canal?

My Personal Story About Royalty

My Personal Story About Royalty

Before the storm at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton. Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry and Lanark County MP Scott Reid and myself

A Royal of a Story Linda Knight Seccaspina– Sherbrooke Daily Record Column

The late Prince Phillip was once quoted “that when a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either because it’s a new car, or a new wife”. My very proper British grandmother Mary Louise Deller Knight was never a fan of his, but one thing she definitely was– was a top fan of the British family. So was my Grandfather who listened religiously at noon each day to the BBC News. If anything came on about the Royal family Mary was quickly summoned from her lunch preparations to sit with him listening to details. After that great discussion was had over lunch about what was going on with the Royal family. 

For years I wondered why we had such close knit conversations about the Royal Family and one day, when she felt I was old enough my Grandmother told me. The story stemmed back to my Grandfather’s side living back in London, England. His father was a music publisher and ran British music halls and his Grandfather Henry was a barrister. Henry had a sister that was what Grampy called “worse than Princess Margaret”. 

Louisa was actually a lady in waiting for Queen Victoria and it seemed she was doing more than waiting on hand and foot. In my Grandmother’s terse diction Louisa was said to have “loose skirts”. For years I imagined Louisa wearing baggy skirts until one day while drinking a cuppa tea I figured it all out, and then proceeded to choke with laughter.

Sad to say Louisa was banished from court, but I wish to tell you just in case you are concerned at all– that she ended up marrying quite well. Louisa married a Duke of Essex and her descendants down the line owned the trucking company that hauled the milk for the Nestle Pudding Company. It goes to show you that the proof is always in the pudding as there definitely are no instant pudding stories in my ancestry.

After Harry and Meghan’s vs The Royal Family presentation on Oprah I wondered to myself what my grandparents would have thought about it. I know that my Grandmother would not have put up with it. If you were raised in a British family: it’s a stiff upper lip, even if they chop your head off. My Grandfather would have taken a quick trip to the basement, had a drop of sherry and been totally mortified. He would have looked at my grandmother and said, “Well Mary, they mucked that one up!”

I honestly don’t think they would have understood today’s modern royalty. They also would not have been amused to see their own granddaughter (me) frequently wearing tiaras to the grocery store or for council meetings. But, you know my dentist told me I needed a crown one day and I was like, “I know right?” 

A phone call would have been immediate to their granddaughter who was also writing about the history of  ‘taking sexy back’ with Brothel Bertie (King Edward the VII). My grandparents had a hard enough time with me liking the Beatles, let alone write about King Edward the VII who was secretly called “The Prince of Pleasure”. His royal highness routinely gave his mother Queen Victoria, a royal headache with his frequent trips to the Parisian brothels. They say he literally killed his father when dear old Dad found out what a “luster buster”  Edward was. 

Honestly, there’s nothing really more to say except I am grateful that my Grandparents were not alive to watch The Crown. They would not have been amused, and my Grandfather would be rolling out the Encyclopedias every ten minutes fact checking.

Anyways, the sign of a true Queen is that she holds respect for others, as well as her crown. I agree with Queen Elizabeth, some days you just have to throw on a crown and remind everyone who you are dealing with.

We send to Your Majesty our heartfelt wishes and pray that this year will bring happiness, good health and many blessings as the entire Commonwealth pays tribute to you for your constant service and duty to us all.

God Save the Queen!

The Queen’s Cousins — Locked in a Mental Ward

Taking Sexy Back with Brothel Bertie aka Edward the VII

Communicating About History with Humour? — Jim Sharp Comments

Tales of the Queen’s Underwear and all those “Accidents”

FACT – The Queen is Not Affiliated with Freddie Mercury
Taking Sexy Back with Brothel Bertie aka Edward the VII
The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899
Should we Change the Name of Victoria Day? Another Assault on Dead People

Appleton Map and Odds and Ends — Clippings of Appleton

Appleton Map and Odds and Ends — Clippings of Appleton

Map of the Appleton Community 1930-1940, Drawn from Memory




Appleton, Town of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada


North Lanark Regional Museum (Library)

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Apr 1900, Sat  •  Page 11

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Apr 1935, Sat  •  Page 2

One whose memory carries back almost to the pioner davs of this little hamlet and who retains vivid recollections of the scenes is Mrs. John Reid. presently residing’ with her daugh’er, Mr D. M Chambers, at 195 Howell avenue. Mrs. Reid. who is a daughter of the late William Young, who con- ducted a tailoring establishment In Appleton for many years, was born eighty-four years ago on a farm on the ninth concession of Ramsay, but she was very young when her parents took up their residence in Appleton. Mm. Reids mother wss Agnes Templeton. daughter of the late James Templeton, one of the pioneer settlers in Ramsay township.

The Templetons and their daughter and son-in-law emigrated to this country from England in the early 1840s. They came over in one of the old-time sailing vessels taking nine weeks to make the crossing. When they reached Montreal thev had to drive to Smiths Falls and then walk the rest of the distance over blazed trails through the forest, carrying their belongings with them.

At that time there was nothing but virgin forest where the village of Appleton stands today. When the Youngs moved into the village of Appleton In the middle 1850s, several industries had already been established there, mainly through the enterprise of the Teskey family, who were among the most prominent and influential citizens of the district at that time.

Robert Teskey ran the sawmill and Adam Teskev was in charge of the woollen factory. The only other industry at that time was a tannery, conducted by J. and P. Cram. There were two blacksmith shops, presided over by Martin Manho. Read more below…

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Jul 1935, Sat  •  Page 2

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Jul 1916, Sat  •  Page 16

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Jun 1929, Tue  •  Page 7
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Sep 1917, Tue  •  Page 13

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Mar 1947, Thu  •  Page 17

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
26 Dec 1900, Wed  •  Page 1

Unraveled and Threadbare

Fumerton Family– Appleton

Local News and Farming–More Letters from Appleton 1921-Amy and George Buchanan-Doug B. McCarten

Update — Teacher Fired in Appleton School May 1931 –Annie Neilson

Convictions: Moonshine in Darling, Party in Appleton and Firetrucks 1948

Mr. Allen’s Chickens– Appleton

Appleton–Memories of Arthur Robinson –The Federated Women’s Institutes of Eastern Ontario

Snippets– James Wilson and Nelson Syme — Appleton

Another Memory of the Cavers family in Appleton

Fumerton Family– Appleton

Fumerton Family– Appleton

Almonte Gazette

September 15, 1882

Death of an Old Resident – On Sunday last about 10 o’clock Mr. John Fummerton, of Appleton , in his 94th year, passed away and went to “join the majority.” The deceased, was the last but one of the first settlers, Mr. William Hamilton being now the only survivor. Mr. Fummerton was born in Paisley , in Scotland , and was considerable of a traveler in his earlier years, having visited among other countries, Greenland and the West Indies .

It is nearly 70 years since he first settled on the farm on which he died and to which in the early days of the settlement he carried flour and nails all the way from Brockville on his back. Subsequently he sawed the lumber by hand and himself built a boat with which he went to Montreal for provisions. His family consisted of eight children, who are all living but one. Up to within a few days of his death he walked daily to the village of Appleton to get his mail matter, the distance being about one mile. He took his last walk on Thursday the 31st of August, and on returning fell in the lane leading to his house, and on being found was removed thither, where he died on Sunday last.

The funeral took place on Tuesday and the length of the procession, over a mile, testified to the respect in which the deceased was held. The remains were taken first to Appleton Church and thence to Cram’s Cemetery. Comparing the present with the past, what a peaceful revolution was accomplished in the neighborhood in his lifetime.

December 1950 Almonte Gazette

The will in the heart of man to do and dare is not dead nor does life get tedious, not around Appleton anyway, ’tis said. Mr. Howard Fumerton of the 11th line of Beckwith, bought a building from Mr. Elmsley of the 11th line of Ramsay and expressed a desire to move the buiding intact. So with men arid tractors, the procession started. Old Timer ‘Bete’ was noticed standing by sadly shaking his head and murmuring “It can’t be done.”

But through fields, highways and byways the moving proceeded slowly until one afternoon something happened one of the skids and the building settled down in a creek for the night. Mr. Art Fumerton came to the rescue and eventually the building was in Mr. Fumerton’s yard and he firmly believes in the Spirit of Christmas and the old saying “It can’t be done” has changed to “who says it can’t.”


The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Apr 1930, Tue  •  Page 24
Dunlop		George		Lanark		Ramsay				Farmer					Lanark Co., Canada   
Foley		Michael		Lanark		Ramsay				Farmer					Carlow Co., Ireland   
Fumerton	Archibald W.	Lanark		Ramsay		Appleton	General Merchant; Hotel Proprietor	Ramsay Tp., Canada  
Fumerton	Robert A.	Lanark		Ramsay				Farmer					Ramsay Tp., Canada   

St Paul's Anglican Church, Almonte was the scene of a pretty fall wedding on Friday evening, Nov. 4, 1966, at 7 p.m., when Linda Marion Fumerton, daughter of Donald Ernest and the late Maisie Fumerton (Edwards) was united in marriage to Donald Wayne Lowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lowe of Cedar Hill. The Rev. Harry Ploughman officiated at the double ring ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Mr. John Edwards of Carleton Place. She wore a floor-length gown of white silk nylon over taffeta. Her shoulder length veil was held in place by a tiara of rhinestones and she carried a bouquet of red roses with English ivy and white stephanotis. Miss Judy Southwell was maid of honour and Miss Diane Moses and Miss Marilyn Arthur were bridesmaids. They wore A-line floor-length dresses of Old Gold peau de soie trimmed with brown and wore brown accessories.

Their headdresses were of brown with gold net and carried bouquets of gold tinted mums. The little flower girl, Miss Kimberley Harris, cousin of the bride wore an exact replica of the bridesmaids' dresses with brown accessories, and carried a basket of gold tinted mums. The ring bearer, Master Tommy Edwards, cousin of the bride, ably assisted by carrying the ring securely inserted in a white satin heart shaped cushion. The groom was attended by his brother, Mr. Bill Lowe of Cedar Hill, and the ushers were Mr. Brian Fumerton, brother of the bride and Mr. Fred Lowe, cousin of the groom. The choir was assisted by Mrs. Margaret Peppy at the organ, while the bride entered the church to the singing of the hymn, Praise to the Lord, based on 103 psalm. During the signing of the register the choir sang O Perfect Love. A bountiful dinner was served in the church hall to 70 guests by the church Guild and Auxiliary. The Hon. Geo. Gomme acted as Master of Ceremonies and proposed the toast to the bride. Rev. Ploughman made a few timely remarks and Rev. Henley said Grace. A reception sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Art Lowe was held in the Pakenham Community Hall, after the young couple left amid showers of confetti and good wishes a short honeymoon. The bride's travelling suit was a three-piece blue wool with blue fur collar and black accessories. She wore a corsage of pink roses and maiden hair fern. They will reside at 130 Church Street, Almonte.

1894 Jan. 2 Carleton Place Herald
District News – Appleton
“On Wednesday afternoon last the residence of Mr. R. W. Fum?erton was alive
with guests, the occasion being the marriage of his daughter, Miss Jennie M.to Mr. Alex. McRae, of Carleton Place. Rev. G. T. Bayne performed the
ceremony. Miss Bella Fumerton, sister of the bride, acted as bridesmaid, an
Mr. J. A. McGregor discharged the duties of groom’s man. After the ceremony
the happy couple with their friends sat down to a sumptuous repast. The
bride was very popular and was the recipient of over fifty beautiful and cost presents. To Mr. and Mrs. McRae we extend the congratulations of a host of friends here”

Convictions: Moonshine in Darling, Party in Appleton and Firetrucks 1948

Convictions: Moonshine in Darling, Party in Appleton and Firetrucks 1948

December 1948 Almonte Gazette

Lloyd James who lives in Darling near Calabogie was convicted of keeping liquor for sale illegally in the District Magistrate’s court, here, this Thursday morning, and was sentenced to serve 60 days in the county jail.

Constable Legate of the Provincial Police laid the charge. James was defended by C. A. Mulvihill, K.C. of Arnprior. While there , was no evidence that money had changed hands the officer was able to prove that there was a great volume of traffic passing in to James’ home and that drinking was going on there.

The Magistrate decided that the rush of business was too great to be on a friendship basis and registered a conviction accordingly, A charge of supplying liquor to minors against a man who resided in Appleton was dismissed. This chap was accused of keeping the house where the long week-end party was held at which two Almonte girls and two Arnprior men working here temporarily, were “belles and beaux” of the ball.

The accused was able to show to the satisfaction of the court that he was not in charge of the house at the time of the lengthy festivities. C. J. Newton, Almonte lawyer, appeared for the accused. This was another provincial case.

M. A. McNairn, Almonte chief of police, had a couple of youths in court for traffic offences. One 16-year-old lad was fined $2 and $3 costs for hanging onto the back of the fire truck while it was returning from a fire. Another paid a like amount for riding two on a bicycle through heavy traffic returning from the fire. Another traffic case was adjourned.

Name:Lloyd James
Residence Date:1957
Residence Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Street Address:R. R. 1, Flower Station
Electoral District:Lanark

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Lloyd James was my grandmother’s cousin who owned the farm next door to hers on highway 511 in Darling Township. Though there was never a firm rule, I wasn’t encouraged to spend time at Lloyd’s place but did anyway. Until reading this excerpt I didn’t know about Lloyd’s ‘sideline’ nor his time as a guest in the county jail. This was never discusssed in front of me though I’m sure my grandmother must have known about it.. she was a tea-totaller and had very strong negative opinions about alcohol.

As a kid, hanging out at Lloyd’s was a lot of fun. A brook ran through his yard where we fished for speckled trout. He tried to teach me to play the fiddle, but my aptitude for that instrument was wanting as was my enthusiasm. One summer he needed to remove some huge rocks that were exposed up into his lane. We had great fun digging down and planting dynamite then seeking cover during the explosions. My parents would have grounded me for life if they had known.

That said, reading Lloyd James name, regardless of context, makes me smile

Run Pig Run–Shake it Off! Convictions of 1870

Throwing a Snowball is Going to Cost you $1- Your Convictions of 1898

To Steal a Barge on Ebb’s Bay— Your Convictions of 1897

Step Right Up- Here are Your Family Convictions-September, 1894

Breach of the Town Bylaws and Other Convictions.. Sept. 11 1888

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–July 17, 1885

Assault Abusive Language and Bridget McNee

The Notorious Bridget McGee of Perth

Down at the Old Perth Gaol

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–Dec. 13, 1898-Who Do You Know?

Auctionering Without a License and Pigs on the Loose

Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in Lanark County

Jailhouse Rock in Lanark County Part 2

The Drunken Desperados of Carleton Place

The Young Offenders of Lanark County

Mr. Allen’s Chickens– Appleton

Mr. Allen’s Chickens– Appleton

Newspapers seemed to control our local towns and it wasn’t hard to sway the townsfolk into some sort of rabble rousing. Take in point some fine fowl, over 325 to be exact, that resided in Appleton belonging to the Herald’s Mr. Sam Allen. The joke was that Mr. Allen’s chickens were so well esteemed they had taken their fair share of prizes at the Almonte Fair. In fact too much so– as there were a few dozen articles about his chickens!

The “opposite side” joked that maybe a visit to “the Appleton hood” by some could relieve him of some of his fair feathered friends. Was this a warning to Mr. Allen that his poultry should enter the KFC Witness Protection Plan? Or, was it to be soon a Winner Winner Chicken Dinner for all in Lanark County? In everything– the rooster, human or fowl made and still makes the most news. It has been proven many times in the Almonte Gazette and the Carleton Place Herald. Trust me!

Anything less than the best is a felony
Love it or leave it, You better gain way
You better hit bull’s eye, The kid don’t play..

‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’? Consolidated Tea Co. Sparks Street

Doin’ the Funky Chicken in Lanark County

“I Like My Chicken Fryin’ Size” said the Pig

Thanks to Stuart McIntosh