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Gillies Mill Sand Point Braeside…. Fires etc.

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Gillies Mill Sand Point Braeside…. Fires etc.
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the day after the fire 1949-The Gillies Fire Braeside July 4th 1949

John built his first sawmill on the Clyde River, 3 miles north of the village of Lanark, Ontario. In the early 1870’s, John sold the Gillies Mills at Carleton Place to John Herron and bought the sawmill at Braeside from the Hon. Asa Foster (who had previously purchased it from Rev. Henry Usborne).

In 1867, James came to Carleton Place as manager for John Gillies (his father) and Peter McLaren (later Senator McLaren) where he oversaw the operations of the sawmill. James also maintained his partnership with his brothers (William, David, and John Jr.) who had moved to Braeside.

John Gillies (1811-1888) came to Canada in 1821. In the 1840’s, he built a water-driven sawmill five miles north of the village of Lanark, at a place then called Gillies Mills (now known as Herron’s Mills). In 1862, he purchased the Gilmour limits on the Mississippi River and a sawmill at Carleton Place for his sons; he enlarged this sawmill to a capacity of 20 million feet. (This sawmill was later purchased by the McLaren and Edward’s interests and operated under the name of the Canada Lumber Co.). In 1872 or 1873, Gillies bought the Braeside sawmill (which came to be known as the Gillies Bros., Ltd.) from the Reverend Henry Usborne (an absentee English proprietor who built the mill in 1869 on the completion of the Canada Central Railway to Sand Point, 2 miles west of Braeside) and also purchased 200 square miles of timber limits on the Coulonge River in Quebec.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Aug 1910, Thu  •  Page 6

On July 4, 1910, a fire destroyed the west lumber yard containing 29 million board feet of lumber at Braeside; the sawmill was not damaged. But, in 1919, there was another fire and the sawmill was destroyed. However, by 1920-1921, a new electrically driven brick and concrete mill was erected. At that time, it was the firstfireproof mill of its kind in Canada.

There was also a fire in 1949- see The Gillies Fire Braeside July 4th 1949

Braeside Archives

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
31 May 1915, Mon  •  Page 9
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Otter Lake Man was a Small Man — BUT!!–

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Otter Lake Man was a Small Man — BUT!!–

 

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There was a man in the 1860s who was not half native but also hailed of German descent named Norman Bernhardt. He was a really strong man and hailed from Otter Lake and worked for the John Gillies Lumber Yard in Braeside. Although he strong as no other he only measured only 5 foot 8 inches. One of the tales that is still carried on to this day was that he lifted three pork barrels end to end. A barrel of pork weighed 240 pounds in those days, but he mastered this very impressive feat.

On another occasion while working at Bertrand Lake, he carried 14 bags of oats a distance of a mile and  a half over a portage. The oats averaged 72 pounds a  bag. That would make the weight he carried a little over nine hundred pounds.

A well known Ottawa Valley lumberman who told this story but did not want his name used, for fear he would be branded as a stretcher of the truth says that six or seven of the bags were carried by means of a *tump line and the remaining bags were piled on top of the man’s head and shoulders. Believe It or not.

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The third and last feat of strength credited to this gentleman took place in Otter Lake. It is alleged that on this occasion that he carried a weight of 2.200 pounds of wheat a distance of over 100 feet. Hard to Believe.

I kind of have to think twice at this story, but there were undoubtedly some remarkable men that existed in our local history. and Andrew White of Pembroke, the millionaire lumberman of Pembroke, and champion lifter of of the Ottawa Valley.  So we put the feats of this man in the records in the legends sections.

 

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*A tumpline (/tump-lyne/) is a strap attached at both ends to a sack, backpack, or other luggage and used to carry the object by placing the strap over the top of the head. This utilizes the spine rather than the shoulders as standard backpack straps do.

 

Andrew White of Pembroke

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The Gillies Fire Braeside July 4th 1949

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A few days after the fire in Gillies Bros. lumber yard. 17 Aug. 1949

 

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The day after the fire

 

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The Mystery of the W.G. Hill Store Continues….

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The Mystery of the W.G. Hill Store Continues….

 

Jeff Brennan sent this to add to the mystery of the McRae family’s “W. G. Hill Store”.. Some say it is and some say it isn’t and Jeff’s Grandmother is 93 and does not remember it. This page is from the archives of the Ontario Womans Institute. We continue to search…

 

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Found the Location of the W.R. Hill General Store

Looking for Information on W. R. Hill General Store

Found the Location of the W.R. Hill General Store

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Found the Location of the W.R. Hill General Store

 

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Pearl Neill standing in front of the W.R.- Photo McRae Family

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Lila Leach James was the first to mention this, and the more I looked at it I realized  the former W.R. Hill General Store was now Braeside Furnishings. The McRae family member said it was in the Arnprior area and she was right. I cannot find a thing about W. R. Hill but you can see the original windows boarded up and the longer building was definitely renovated and cut down when you look at the parking lot.

You can see the placement of two windows and a door of the original building and a peaked roof was added to it on the longer section. Thanks Lila for all your help.

 

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Photo McRae Family

 

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Braeside Firnishings.

Thanks to all that thought it was the Hill General store in McDonald’s Corners. Definitely not– but a heck of a good guess. 

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Mrs. David Gillies

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Mrs. David Gillies

 

MIKAN 3472267 Poole Miss. July 1879 [103 KB, 1000 X 1561]

Martha Poole 1879 the year she married.

5259-79 (Lanark Co) David GILLIES, 29, lumber merchant, Lanark, Carleton Place, s/o John GILLIES & Mary GILLIES, married Martha POOLE, 27, Carleton Place, same, d/o James POOLE & Elizabeth POOLE, witn: Elizabeth POOLE & George GILLIES both of Carleton Place, 20 Feb 1879 at Carleton Place

 

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Public Archives-Mr. David Gillies’s summer home at Isle-aux-Ruaux. Mrs. David Gillies in the middle lady on stairs née Martha Poole.

 

MIKAN 3550315 Austin B. Gillies, Elsie R. Gillies and Mrs. David Gillies (mother of the other two) beside St. Lawrence River. ca. 1910 - 1920 [89 KB, 1000 X 593]

Austin B. Gillies, Elsie R. Gillies and Mrs. David Gillies (mother of the other two) beside St. Lawrence River. ca. 1910 – 1920 Public Archives

MIKAN 3550334 Centre back seat Mrs. D. Gillies, Miss Elsie Gillies at wheel, Mr. David Gillies Sr. standing at residence on Bridge St. 1912 [162 KB, 1000 X 559]

Centre back seat Mrs. D. Gillies, Miss Elsie Gillies at wheel, Mr. David Gillies Sr. standing at residence on Bridge St. 1912 Public Archives

 

 

MIKAN 3550378 J. Herron's home at Herron's Mills, Mrs. David Gillies in black skirt. ca. 1912 [122 KB, 1000 X 576]

J. Herron’s home at Herron’s Mills, Mrs. David Gillies in black skirt. ca. 1912

MIKAN 3550373 Mrs. David Gillies sitting on front steps of her home, Ross Dhu, Bridges St. [199 KB, 1000 X 1447]

Mrs. David Gillies sitting on front steps of her home, Ross Dhu, Bridges St.

 

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Perth Courier, May 10, 1870–Refusing to Work

John Belisle, charges brought by James Poole (Martha Poole Gillies father), fined $1

 

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David Armitage Gillies –Last of the Old “Camboose” Lumber Men

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David Armitage Gillies –Last of the Old “Camboose” Lumber Men

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David Armitage Gillies with cousin Elsie R Gillies in front seat of car in Carleton Place 1910

 

David Armitage Gillies was born in Carleton Place in 1882 to Mr. and Mrs. James Gillies. He was educated in Carleton Place and in 1901 enrolled as an undergraduate at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Art and graduated as Bachelor of Arts in 1905. In 1947 he was elected by the graduates to the Board of Trustees at Queen’s University and was a member at the time of his death. In 1951, he was appointed to the Investment Committee of the Board, serving actively until 1965 when he was unable to attend further meetings of the Committee.

David Gillies entered the family lumbering business, and insisted on learning the operation from the “ground up”. Beginning as a clerk in the lumber camps at Gillies Depot, in the Cobalt District, he was one of the last to experience life in the old “camoose” lumber camps. He also rode one of the last rafts to go down the Ottawa River, through the Chat’s Falls to the lower reaches of the river. He later went to the Braeside headquarters of the firm, where his grandfather, John Gillies, had moved the lumber business he founded near Lanark in 1842. In 1943, Gillies Brothers published a history of the firm, One Hundred years A-Fellin written by Charlotte Whitton

At Braeside he occupied various office and executive posts and served as President of the firm (Gillies Brothers & Co. Ltd.) from 1938 to 1958. He was also the Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1961. The company reached the status of one of greatest lumber producers in Canada and was sold in 1963 to Consolidated-Bathurst Limited. Read more here..

 

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The following dispatches are taken from the daily papers, and explain themselves:

Arnprior, July- 23, 1897—There continues to be a good deal of talk about the recent death of William Robinson, and possibly a murder trial may be the outcome, although so far no one seems to know anything very definite about the circumstances. Robinson came here from Carleton Place and was an employee of McLachlin Bros, here. He boarded at Mrs. Comba’s boarding house,  on Daniel street.

On Monday evening, July 6th, three young men called at his boarding house and asked for him. He went away with them to Braeside. There they got liquor, and the people were much disturbed by their quarrelling and fighting all night. The next morning Robinson’s corpse was found on the C.P.R. track by some of Gillies’ men, frightfully cut up. An inquest was not held, and the body was buried in the Arnprior cemetery in the afternoon.

One of the men who called on Robinson and went with him to Braeside was employed in Gillies Bros’ Mills. He was discharged the day Robinson’s body was found, and has left here. But it is said the case has been taken up by persons who learned of the circumstances, and that a detective’s services w ill be called into requisition to investigate Robinson’s death thoroughly.

P e r t h , July 25th.— Michael Allan, whose name has been ominously mentioned in connection with the mysterious death of William Robinson, of Arnprior, appeared before the county judge yesterday, charged with criminally assaulting Elizabeth Scobie, a girl 14 years of age. He pleaded not guilty. Interviewed as to his knowledge of Robinson’s death, he said that on Monday evening about six o’clock, he, together with a fellow employee in Gillies’ mill at Braeside, a young chap named Duncan McCrae. and a Frenchman named  “Joe,” started for Arnprior, three miles distant.

 

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There McCrae called for William Robinson, the deceased, at his boarding house, and after a few drinks had been digested the four started back for Braeside on foot. Allan says he was asleep but cannot be sure. The last he saw of Robinson was before he retired. Allan quotes Mrs. Primeau as his authority for saying that Robinson arose about four a.m. and told Mrs. Primeau that he was going to return to his work in Arnprior.

About 4:00 am Robinson’s shattered remains were found a short distance from Braeside on the railroad track leading to Arnprior. Allan says that on the previous night Robinson’s object in coming with the others to Braeside was to look for employment in the Braeside mills, but as Robinson left on Tuesday morning so early he (Robinson) must have changed his mind about looking after it that morning.

 

 

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A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

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A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

 

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I finally have in my hand the death notices of the Gillies family and feel like I have been entrusted to find out as much as I can about each one of them. The death notice of John Stark Gillies was tucked away with a photo of a woman whose image had been taken in Washington D.C. Who was this person? No matter how hard I tried I could not seem to find a Gillies who lived in that part of the world. So while some of this story about the life of John Stark Gillies is factual, the woman’s life is not and remains a mystery.

On the 23rd of October 1938 John Stark Gillies, age 70, president of the Gillies Company was reported to have had a heart attack at the stroke of midnight. Widely recognized in all parts of the lumbering business, the late J. S. Gillies was president of a family business that bore his name and that of his grandfather, father and brothers.

John was born in Carleton Place in 1868, a son of the late James Gillies and Eleanor Ackland and was educated in the local public and High School and later attended Queen’s University in Kingston Was this woman a friend from his educational days that he had maintained contact with throughout the years?

I envisioned this Edwardian soap-and-water beauty unassuming and funny and actually felt her spirit tripping over something at John’s funeral with her soft laughter heard throughout the building.

On October 9th,1920 John married Margaret Russell of Arnprior who I am sure was aware or was friends with this woman. I looked for signs in the photo and wondered why she was unmarried or had she been? Was she simply a spinster friend of the family?

John Gillies took great interest in the affairs of the Braeside community which was made up mostly of Gillies employees. From that first sawmill that was erected above the village of Lanark on the Clyde branch of the Mississippi in 1842 to later moving to Carleton Place family history was made.

In 1853, Peter MacLaren became a partner of the Gillies and the firm became known as the Gillies and MacLaren Company. The second timber limit was acquired by the company, the Gilmour Limit on the Mississippi River in 1862. To cut the timber for this second limit, a second mill was opened in 1866 in Carleton Place. There the firm operated under the name of Gillies and MacLaren and this quiet but studious deep thinking man was known to have 100s of volumes of books in his library. Did this friend of his past spend occasional summer nights with the family reading books and discussing the affairs of the world?

The death of John Stark Gillies brought a profound loss to his hundreds of friends, not only in Braeside, but throughout the Ottawa Valley. Gillies always had great concern for his employees and was said to have no human failings by friends. What advice, would this woman in the photograph doled out to him if she had the chance to be at his deathbed?

 

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Gillies Grove and House National Historic Site of Canada–412 Gillies Grove–Arnprior, Ontario

 

The newspaper article said more than 70 cars left his late Braeside residence for Arnprior the day of his funeral  to where his interment occurred. Beautiful floral tributes covering areas from floor to ceiling filled Mr. Gillies home. The funeral parlour car was filled to the top with tributes and the cortege followed by many people on foot who slowly left the home for services.

In imagining the mystery female sitting in the sixth row at his funeral, I could see myself in this woman. She had lived a small life, as do most of us, but the world she carefully assembled was rich and meaningful in ways she never grasped, and John S Gillies appreciated her being in his life.

As the pallbearers: Robert Campbell, Brodie and Allan Gillies, and nephews Arnold  and Kenneth Muirhead  walked solemnly into the church carrying the body of John Stark Gillies you noticed that she didn’t quite fit into the family’s lifestyle. I could detect that she was holding something back in the old faded photo now sitting beside my computer.

Among the 100s of floral tributes that grazed the church her single flower revealed that it just didn’t take much for her to make a difference every day. Maybe she didn’t get to say goodbye and tell John how much his friendship meant due to the abrupt timing of his death. There is a lesson there as she probably didn’t need to say anything because her daily life was a kiss of love to all.

Three brothers and sisters remained after he died as well as his wife.  Siblings A. J. Gillies, G. A. Gillies, D. A. Gillies, Mrs. W. J. Muirhead, Mrs. N. S. Robertson and Mrs. K. C. Campbell remained to carry on the Gillies traditions.

I imagined that in the end she was just someone who once bought a ticket to the world of being friends with John Stark Gillies. She is you and she is us and she endured the most painful goodbye of words never explained or said.
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh, I want the truth to be said
I know this much is true

 

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Jul 1910, Tue,  Page 1

 

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Lost Dog — Please Be on the Lookout for Sushi!

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Lost dog headed this way?

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Sushi

”Sushi” was lost July 11th from Dochart Estates in Braeside.  There were many sightings the first week, where she was seen 8 km and heading towards Hwy 17.  There have been no sightings in a week and a half and we are concerned she has traveled much further than the areas that received flyers.