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Class Photos from Cedar Hill School

Class Photos from Cedar Hill School

S.S. No. 1 Pakenham – Lower Cedar Hill School270 Cedar Hill Side Rd., PakenhamThe Cedar Hill Community Centre, formerly S.S. No. 1 Pakenham, was the third schoolhouse on lot 6W Concession 8 Pakenham Township. In 1842, James O’Connor taught in the first log schoolhouse, but it wasn’t big enough, so a second one was built to accommodate 120 students. From 1874-1968 children in Mississippi Mills attended the third schoolhouse shown here. In all, there were 56 teachers over 126 years. George Berlinquette was the first in the third school, and Isobel Sample was the last. The schoolhouse was given heritage status in 1999, and is preserved by The Friends of Cedar Hill School. It is now used as a community hall.

Sept 1911 Almonte Gazette

I took all these photos in 2018 at the Cedar Hill School. All the photos were on the wall.

Cedar Hill School–from Almonte.com- no names
Cedar Hill School- Early schools were cold in the winter! The only source of heat in a one-room school came from a wood stove located in the center of the room. Some families supplied the school with wood for the stove. The children had to walk to school carrying an armful of firewood. Each morning a different child was responsible for starting the fire before the other children arrived.

Cedar Hill School–Each morning students walked to school swinging their lunch baskets and tin pails. Their lunches often included homemade bread smothered with jam. Donuts were a tasty treat – if they didn’t get mushed in the lunchpail! Some children brought pie for dessert. Most pies were like turnovers with thick crusts and juicy fruit filling.At some schools, children took turns bringing a pail of milk to school each day. At lunchtime they placed the bucket of milk on the stove. Students looked forward to having hot cocoa with their lunch. Sometimes they forgot to loosen the lid of the pail, which caused an explosion that sent scalding milk flying to the ceiling. Fortunately, these accidents rarely occurred.In the wintertime many students carried half-baked potatoes to school. The potatoes, which had been heated before the children left for school, kept little hands warm during the long, cold walk. Students finished cooking the potatoes on the wood stove at school.

Cedar Hill School-Since students shared the same classroom for as many as eight years, they heard the lessons of other classes year after year. They remembered these lessons long after they finished school. It was difficult to work when the room was filled with the screeching and scratching of slate pencils against slates.
The ringing of the teacher’s bell signalled the beginning of the school day. As the children entered the school, they ‘made their manners’, bowing and curtsying to the teacher. Opening exercises began with the Lord’s Prayer, Bible readings, and roll call. Anyone who was not present during roll call waited outside until recess—even on bitterly cold winter days!

Cedar Hill School-Students had a short recess break in the morning and afternoon. They rushed outdoors to play games, talk, or explore the nearby woods.Settler children made many of their recess toys from items they found at home or in town. Yarn that came from old unravelled sweaters was rolled into balls for playing catch. Thick twigs were carved into whistles. Barrel staves became the runners of speedy sleds called SKIPJACKS. Younger children enjoyed singing games such as “Ring Around the Rosy” and “Farmer in the Dell.”“Bad” behavior led to any one of a number of punishments. Sometimes children were ordered to memorize long passages or write lines over and over. Teachers also shamed their students by making them wear a “dunce cap” or a sign around their neck. Some students were forced to balance on a block of wood in a corner of the classroom. One of the most common punishments was getting a whipping with a hickory switch or a birch rod. Sometimes the strapping was so severe that students went home with red marks across their legs.

Cedar Hill School–Equipment as we know it today was almost non-existent. The old coal shovel was perhaps the most versatile too!…it not only scooped coat into the scuttle..it also dragged ashes and clinkers from under the furnace grates..bulldozed paths to the little houses out back..and chopped snakes that were bold enough to sun themselves by the door. The grading also was different..a child either KNEW his facts..he partially knew them..or he DIDN’T know them…it was as simple as that. Many educators deride the mastering of factual knowledge as being dictatorial or even useless, since things keep changing. But all facts do not change, and many basic facts serve as posts from which to hang lines of imagination and from which to evolve one’s own personal philosophy

Cedar Hill School- Keeping the schoolhouse clean was not an easy job. The teacher had to ensure that the chimney was clear of soot so the class would not be ‘smoked out’. Each day the floors were swept and the blackboards cleaned. The windows of the school, which allowed in the only light in the room, needed frequent washing.
The teacher assigned chores to the students. Most children enjoyed helping. When a fresh supply of drinking water was needed, it was a chance to take a stroll outside. The wonders of nature often distracted the water fetcher! Not all children were willing workers, however. Sometimes the teacher assigned chores as a punishment!

Cedar Hill School –Settler students did not have pens as we have today. Instead, they dipped sharpened goose feathers, called QUILLS, in ink. Keeping quill pens sharp was one of the duties of the teacher, but sometimes this job was done by responsible, older students. Writing with a quill pen left a lot of wet ink on a page. To prevent smudging, students covered the page with blotting paper after they finished writing. They pressed the paper down on the page to absorb the extra ink.Slates and pencils were made of hard rock. Students wrote by scratching the slate with their pencils. After several years, a slate was covered with hundreds of scratches. Modern chalk is much gentler on blackboards.

Cedar Hill School The most popular readers of the nineteenth century were the Eclectic Readers by William Holmes McGuffey. This set of six readers began with a primer. Each volume increased in difficulty. Children in the one-room school advanced through the readers at their own pace. Not only did the McGuffey Readers teach children how to read, they also taught values such as honesty, courage, charity, and good manners.The McGuffey Readers were first published in 1836, and more than 122 million copies of the readers were sold by the 1920s. In some areas only the Bible was more popular than the McGuffey Reader.

Cedar Hill School Every Friday, school ended with a ‘spell-down’, or ‘spelling bee’. Two of the older students picked teams. The children took turns spelling words that were read aloud by the teacher. If someone misspelled a word, he or she was out of the game and had to sit down. The bee ended when only one person was left standing. The winner was a school celebrity until the next spelling bee. Everyone admired the person who could ‘spell down’ the entire school.
Near the end of the school year the students were given an oral examination by the teacher. Students had to spell, solve arithmetic problems, and answer questions on a variety of subjects.
The last day of school was a happy occasion for feasting, games, and dancing.
Shirley DeugoYup there’s George… these oral exams made for great students!
George could do math & spelling like a pro!

The Piano at Cedar Hill School–The teacher did more than teach the children. He or she also had to keep order in the school. With children of all ages learning different things at the same time, good behavior was important. It was the responsibility of the teacher to punish children who misbehaved.After the students went home, the teacher made sure the classroom was tidy for the next day. Teachers rarely had enough time to teach more than three subjects. The three subjects, or the “three Rs,” of early education were reading, writing, and arithmetic – or “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.”

Cedar Hill School–Proper desks were purchased to replace the shelves and benches of an earlier era. The girls sat on one side of the room, and the boys on the other. The youngest children sat at the front of the classroom, close to the teacher. Behind the teacher was a blackboard. A wood stove heated the classroom.Early teachers did not have the special training that teachers have today. Many male teachers were retired soldiers who knew how to read and write and needed a job after leaving the army.

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Maples of the Cedar Hill School House

LOST in Cedar Hill

The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill

Clifford Stanley May 4 1933 — Rescued Photos from Clayton Hall

Clifford Stanley May 4 1933 — Rescued Photos from Clayton Hall

I find odd names in the Almonte Gazette or the newspaper archives and I want t find out more about them. I believe everyone needs to be documented and has a story. So I found this ad from 1933 and I wanted to find out more about him. Clayton Stanley.

Auction Sale of Farm Stock and Implements

I have received instructions from Mr. Clifford Stanley to sell by Public Auction at his residence, Lot 19, Con. 3, Ramsay, on

Thursday, May 4, 1933–Almonte Gazette

The following – 5 milch cows, in or coming in; 1 heifer, 3 years old, 2 calves, 1 bay mare, 7 years old; 1 brown mare, 7 years old; 1 grey colt, 4 years old; Massey Harris Binder, Deering Mower, Horse rake, spring tooth cultivator, 1 set of harrows, Percival plow No. 7, Adams wagon, set sloops, double sleigh, single cutter, single buggy, 2 sets heavy harness, complete; Hay Fork and chain and pulley complete, Chatham fanners, root pulper, wheel barrow, 1 set scales, set power horse clippers, buggy pole, cream separator, 600 lb. capacity, dairy churn No. 4, Chains, forks, whippletrees and a lot of other articles too numerous to mention.

TERMS – $10.00 and under, Cash; over that amount six months’ credit by furnishing approved joint notes.

As Mr. Stanley has sold his farm, everything will be sold without reserve.

Sale at 1 p.m. sharp, CHAS. HOLLINGER, Auctioneer.

Lisa Stanley Sheehan

April 5, 2018  · My grandfather and grand mother’s wedding pic. Clifford and Annie ( Rath ) Stanley December 24, 1912….and i Love her necklace 🙂

Stanley – Rath

(24 December 1912)

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at 2:30 on the 24th inst., in St. George’s church, Clayton, by Rev. Mr. Turley, when Mr. Clifford Stanley, a prosperous young farmer of Cedar Hill, and Miss Annie Rath, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs., Alex. Rath. were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The bride who was given away by her father, wore a gown of cream duchess satin, with a long net veil prettily arranged over her hair, and carrying a prayer book richly bound In white. Miss Maggie McMunn acted as bridesmaid, and wore a dress of shot silk, blue and green, with large black hat, and carrying a bouquet of pink carnations

and maiden hair fern. Mr. Herbert Stanley, cousin of the grown, performed the duties of groomsman. The presents received show the popularity in. which the young couple are held, among them being substantial cheques from friends of both the bride and groom. The groom’s gift to the bride was a handsome fur-lined coat and to the bridesmaid a gold brooch. After the ceremony the bridal party, accompanied by the near relatives, drove to the home of the bride’s parents, where a sumptuous wedding dinner awaited them. After full justice had been done at the tables, the bridal party, with a few of the young people, drove to the home of the groom, where a reception was held and a few hours of social pleasure were spent. The bride’s traveling dress was of navy paillette silk with large black hat. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley wish them a happy and prosperous journey through life.

According to Rosemary’s book Clifford Stanley and his wife moved into the village of Clayton in the 1940s. ON pages 373- 375 there are various homes on Bellamy Road where the Stanley’s lived. In 1914 The Stanleys after getting married in 1912 lived in 1914 on Tatlock Road. In 1933 he sold his farm in Cedar Hill and moved back to Clayton around 1936-1940. He is recorded as living on Bellamy Road in 1936. He was a square dance caller along with Jack Drynan at the old Union Hall and also part of the Clayton Recreation Club. In 1966 there was a fire at the Clayton Hall and Clifford was the one that rescued all the old photos and important things off the walls. Today those photos still exist because of him.

With files from Rose Mary Sarsfield book-****Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” If you want to purchase a book please email Rose Mary Sarsfield at rose@sarsfield.ca or call me at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

This family portrait features the Edward Stanley family, taken sometime in the early 1900’s. In the back row (left to right) are Elizabeth (Dean) 1880/1963; William 1878/1906; Edmond 1886/1946; Caroline (Richards) 1883/1972. In the middle row are (left to right) Jane Ann (Drynan) 1874/1935; Ellen (Jackson) 1876/1944; Edward 1848/1909 and Elizabeth (Whalen) 1849/1934. In front are (left to right) Jessie (Ritchie) 1888/1984 and Clifford 1891/1972.
Thanks to Isabel (Stanley) Drynan of Almonte for sharing part of her family history with the Almonte Gazette readers


Annie Stanley 6th in the back row- with the black bow on her dress.


In hospital Almonte, Ontario on Monday, January 7, 1985 in her 92nd year, Annie Rath, beloved wife of the late Clifford Stanley. Dear mother of Isabel (Mrs. Gordon Drynan), Keith Stanley both of Almonte, Ontario. Predeceased by 1 son William. Predeceased by 2 sisters Esther (Mrs. John Erskine) and Evyleen (Mrs. Edgar Hudson). Survived by 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin St., Almonte for visiting on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. R. J. Way officiating. Entombment Auld Kirk Cemetery Vault. Interment St. George’s Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers Donations made to Fairview Manor would be appreciated.

Alexander Rath


Mr. Alexander Rath, of the second line of Ramsay two miles from Clayton, died very suddenly on Saturday. He was at the blacksmith’s shop with his horses and had only been there a few minutes when he dropped dead. An affection of the heart was the cause. The funeral took place on Monday and was largely attended.

The late Mr. Rath, although of a quiet and retiring disposition had many friends. He was a faithful member of the Anglican church and was a Conservative in politics. He was 67 years of age.

He was a son of the late James Rath of Ramsay and was born on the farm on which he lived until his death. About 36 years ago he was married to Miss Elizabeth Paul, daughter of the late Robert Paul, of Clayton. His widow with three daughters survive. The daughters are; Mrs. John Erskine, of Ramsay, and Mrs. Edgar Hudson and Mrs. Clifford Stanley of Clayton.

He also leaves three brothers and one sister; Henry Rath, of Innisville, James and John Rath of Clayton; and Margaret, Mrs. Joseph Paul of Almonte.

Rev. Mr. Bruce conducted the funeral service and the pallbearers were; Messrs; John S. Bowland, John McIntosh, Mac Richards, Henry Richards, Thomas Rathwell and John

January 13, 1972Mrs. Richards Dies89 Years  

        In hospital at Carleton Place, January 13, 1972 , Caroline Stanley, daughter of the late Edward Stanley and Elizabeth Whalen in her 89th year; born at Cedar Hill In 1883.  She was married December 30, 1914, in St. Paul’s Church, Almonte, to Charles Norman Dunlop of Grande Prairie, Alberta. When he passed away suddenly in 1921 she returned to Clayton, Ontario with her two daughters. In 1923 she married John McMunn (Mack) Richards. They farmed near Clayton until his death in September, 1951. She was a member of St. George’s Church, Clayton. For the last 20 years she lived in Carleton Place and attended St. James Church. She is survived by Wilhelmena (Mrs. Gordon James), R. R. 1, Carleton Place, Caroline (Mrs. Kenneth Hudson), R. R. 2,Clayton, Ont.,  four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one sister (Jessie) Mrs. Wm. Richey of Union Hall, one brother, Clifford Stanley of Perth; predeceased by Jane Ann, (Mrs. Wm. Drynan), Ellen (Mrs. Thos. Jackson), Elizabeth (Mrs. Emerson Dean) and by brothers William and Edmund Stanley. The funeral was held from Fleming Bros. Funeral Home in Carleton Place, with Archdeacon J. A. Salter and Rev. H. Brown officiating. Burial was in St. George’s Cemetery, Clayton. Pallbearers were two grandsons, Gary Hudson and Charles James; nephews Edgar Drynan, Keith Stanley, Norman Dunlop, and Arnold Jackson.  

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Dec 1972, Fri  •  Page 38

St. George’s Anglican Cemetery

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Interesting Tidbits About the Drynan Stanley Family thanks to John Morrow and Rose Mary Sarsfield

No More Wire Fences? John Drynan– 1908

A Story to a Picture — Thanks to David Ritchie — Barker Family

A Story to a Picture  — Thanks to David Ritchie — Barker Family

I have out this photo up a few times which was taken by the popular portrait photographer in Almonte named one James Townend. Vicki Racey has given it a home for a very long time and we never could come up with whose family it was until today. This is one of the perks of doing daily history and I thank all of you.

Hello Linda,

I hope you will forgive me for contacting you via this email address. Although, I am NOT a Facebook member, I do very much enjoy your public Tales of Almonte FB page and your WordPress blog!

I am writing because I can identify the J. Townend cover photo that you posted today, March 1. I also have a print of it. The handsome silver-bearded Scottish patriarch centre photo is my great grandfather, James Barker. The mustachioed young man, second from the right in the rear row, is my grandfather Alexander Barker, still a bachelor at the time. Both men were well known Blakeney area farmers. In fact, your Feb. 17 posting of an old Blakeney map shows James as the landowner directly adjacent to the village.

Alex, later owned two other farms on either side of HWY #29, just south of the “big bend” at the Cedar Hill Side Road. One farm extended from the highway all the way down to the banks of the Mississippi. My mother, Vera Barker grew up there. Directly across the highway, on a hilltop, Alex also built a second “hired hand’s farm”. Both farm houses, all barns, outbuildings and fences were built by the Barkers from pine, cut from a 30 acre family bush lot, off of Ramsay Concession #6. In winter, my grandfather and others, felled trees and hauled logs by horse-drawn sleigh across country, more or less as “the crow lies”. You and your readers might visualize the geography better for this amazing feat of pioneer labour when I mention that I sold the bush lot recently, to the well-known neighbouring landowner, Shirley Fulton of Pancake House and Sugar Bush fame. The maples had grown in and long since replaced the original pine.

While I am at it, I should tell you of two other family tidbits relating to famous local history. In the nineteen thirties, my mother, Vera, taught at the same one room schoolhouse at Bennies Corners that James Naismith had attended. Back in the sixties, she told me that her students were still playing a game at recess that they called “duck on a rock”. The game seemed to have devolved from the rock-throwing that inspired Naismith’s basketball, to the use of broken bushel apple baskets for target practice. Sometimes, it became a more common “king of the castle” game, during which the boys rough-housed and tried to dislodge one another from the same raised stone outcrop.

And lastly, I very much enjoyed the Robert & Sharon Newton films on the history of Almonte and their follow up movie on “The Ghosts of Mississippi Mills”. In the latter, the history of Tait McKenzie and the Mill of Kintail is explored. It is mentioned that the McKenzies migrated annually between their home in Philadelphia and their summers at The Mill. Prime Mister Robert Borden even visited with them there and joked about “sleeping in the hired hand’s bed”.

Well, my mother Vera Barker, married a local Almonte town-boy, Lorne Ritchie. Lorne’s younger brother (my uncle) Howard was Tait McKenzies last hired hand. Howard told me that he chauffeured the McKenzies on what would be Tait’s last trip back to Philadelphia. It was my uncle, Howard Ritchie, who rushed to Mr. McKenzie when he heard him fall in his home in Philadelphia. It was a heart attack and Tait McKenzie died in my uncle’s arms before medical help could arrive.

Linda, please feel free to post this information as you see fit. It is anecdotal but I believe accurate history.

David Ritchie

Vancouver, BC.

David, thank you — you made my day!!!

Almonte Gazette 1899

LOST in Cedar Hill

LOST in Cedar Hill


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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill

So Which Island did the River Drivers of Clayton get Marooned On?

Isabel Drynan — Bernard Cameron’s OC class

Isabel Drynan — Bernard Cameron’s OC class



Thanks to the scrapbooks of Lucy Connelly Poaps


StanleyBoysGirls.jpgRead more here..

Interesting Tidbits About the Drynan Stanley Family thanks to John Morrow and Rose Mary Sarsfield



Lisa Stanley Sheehan‎ Clayton Ontario History

Gordon and Isabel Drynan and family



Congratulations to Isabel and Gordon Drynan of Almonte, Ont., on their 55th Wedding Anniversary, on June 30th, 1992. Best wishes from your family.

One of the highlights of the fall in Clayton during years past was the Fall Parade at S.S. # 4 Clayton during the month of September. This photograph of the students of the school was taken at the event during the years 1928 and 1930, complete with Red Ensign flag on the left and the school sign on the right. Photo courtesy Isabel Drynan.
You will note bottom row, fourth and fifth from the right, are Isabel Stanley and Gordon Drynan, showing their love for each other from early childhood until their passing in 1996 & 2002.
This photo at the Rath family farm in Clayton was taken in the late 1920’s, and included (front, left to right) Elizabeth (Paul) and Alex Rath, and (back, left to right) daughter Essie Rath (Erskine), first cousin Rebecca Rath (Peltier) and daughter Annie Rath (Stanley). Photo courtesy Isabel Drynan.

8 Photos — Looking for Hilda Dunkley Lesway’s Story

8 Photos — Looking for Hilda Dunkley Lesway’s Story



To Hilda with love from Millie 1911- Henry Soar Photographer-N. Finchley (London)

All Photos- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin gave me some older photos that the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum were trying to identify. Trying to figure out “who is who” in any photo that is 20 years older or over is tough. That’s why it is so important to put names on photos when you have them, because 15 years from now- unless it is family, no one will know who they are. Photographs are important to local history as they speak volumes about our community, and background scenery gives glimpses into our past.

So after going through the box I found a series of 10 photos that seemed to belong to one family as the name Hilda was on each of them. I finally found a postcard that was addressed to Hilda Dunkley, so I had a name.

Another card was addressed simply “To Hilda and Jim” so I knew someone in her life was called Jim, and indeed found out after she emigrated to Canada in 1911 she met or had an arranged marriage with someone named Jim. It was probably the latter as he was a widower and his first wife was Mary Fulton. His full name was James Lesway, and he was born in Cedar Hill and a farmer in Pakenham. They married in 1914  in Blakeney and was 22 years older than she was bringing his children into the marriage.

Author’s Note- So how did her photos end up in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum? The Lesway family moved to William Street in Carleton Place in 1920 where James became a labourer for the C.P.R. and made $800 a year. They were on the 1921 Carleton Place census with 3 young sons living with them. The family later moved to Napoleon Street.


All Photos- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–These photos came to us from Kathy Lowe, nee Henderson. Her father was Cecil. 


To Hilda- With best love your cousin Bessie — Wishing you a Happy New Year


Hilda Dunkley was living in the Warkton Rectory in Kettering (a town in Northamptonshire, England, about 81 miles (130 km) north of London ) in 1908 and did not immigrate to Lanark County until 1911. She became a boarder in 1911 at the White Residence in North Lanark at the age of 21. Millie ( first photo above) had sent this postcard to Hilda as it was a photo postcard of where she lived also in North Finchley, a suburb of London.

Millie had sent her news that she had found the album Hilda was looking for and hoped Hilda would keep it and Millie gave  her love to Lottie. ( cannot see the date on the postmark)


May 1, 1909 Postcard sent from East Haddon in Northamptonshire, England where she was living with her father as it was addressed to Miss Dunkley c/o Mr. Dunkley. I assume her Father later died as she made her way to Canada in 1911.

Dear Hilda,

Pleased to hear you got home safe. Sorry to hear your Father is not looking very well we have heard. Your coming in hope you come soon near of a place. (?) With love, Mrs. L.  (assume it is the woman below Mrs. Lenentia)



“Grandmother Mary & Marjory”

Posted June 6th, 1913 not mailed

We have come to have a look at you. It was such a nice sunny day when this photo was taken. But, the photographer said our windows looked so pretty he wanted to take the home, so we were in the picture. You cannot see the hanging plant (pink clover) or the lovely geraniums nor long laced curtains because of the deep window seat, but it does look nice.

I have not had an answer to my first letter to Harry and I hope he is getting on nicely. I see you had not gone to him by your last letter. Bessie and Violet came by here yesterday. Mrs. Crutchley was here on Wednesday. (Dad’s birthday) We had Aunt Vin over on Saturday night until Sunday, a fortnight, ago also Uncle Silas, Cousin Jack B? Florrie and a friend came on the same Sunday so we seem to be getting some visitors now, more than we had a week ago.



To Hilda from Auntie Lis 20th october 1919 


Aunt Edie and Uncle Joe Bird plus Baby Edith


To Hilda and Jim from Edie and children ( Aunt Edie Bird & Joe & Edie)


 To Hilda with best wishes from Mrs. Lenentia


From Alese and Nancy May to Aunt Hilda ( Uncle Harry’s children)


From Alese and Nancy May to Aunt Hilda



Thanks to Anthony Tyler Tony Henderson​ we now have a photo of Hilda Lesway to add to my story.. He is searching for more family photos if you have them

back row left to right
william (bill) lesway son of adolphus lesway and susan berry.
waleter sevedson, husband of, edith bell lesway doughter of, john james lesway (as bill)& mary fulton.
hilda maud dunkley, second wife of j james lesway. front row james and hildas children raymond, james, margaret, and mary on james knee pi ture was taken in 1926 or 27




1911 North Lanark Census

Name: Hilda Dunkley
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Race or Tribe: English
Age: 21
Birth Date: Aug 1889
Birth Place: England
Census Year: 1911
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Immigration Year: 1911
Province: Ontario
District: Lanark North
District Number: 89
Sub-District: 21 – Ward 1
Sub-District Number: 21
Place of Habitation:

Name Age
Thomas R White 66
Christena White 59
Hilda Dunkley 21
Neighbors: View others on page



Name: Hilda Dunkley
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1890
Birth Place: East Haddon England
Marriage Date: 29 Apr 1914
Marriage Place: Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father: Henry Cory Dunkley
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Burrell Dunkley
Spouse: John James Lesway

Geneology of her husband

Name: John James Lesway
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1868
Birth Place: 5th Line Pakenham Township, Ontario
Marriage Date: 29 Apr 1914
Marriage Place: Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father: Adolphus Lesway
Mother: Susan Berry
Spouse: Hilda Dunkley


 - J. J. LESWAY. CARLETON PLACE, May 20. (Special)...

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 21 May 1942, Thu,
  3. Page 4


Name: Hilda Maude Dunkley
Gender: Female
Death Age: 60
Event Type: Death
Death Date: 19 Nov 1950
Death Place: Almonte, Ont
Spouse: John James Lesway
Name: James Lesway
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 54
Birth Year: abt 1867
Birth Place: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name: Hilda Lesway
Father Birth Place: Quebec
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
Province or Territory: Ontario
District: Lanark
District Number: 97
Sub-District: Carleton Place (Town)
Sub-District Number: 46
City, Town or Village: Town Carleton Place
Street or Township: William St
Municipality: Carleton Place
Occupation: Labourer
Income: 800
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
James Lesway 54
Hilda Lesway 31
Raymond Lesway 4
James Lesway 2
Ronald Lesway 1


Kennedy, Mary Kathleen

Mary Kennedy
(nee Lesway)

Peacefully at Stoneridge Manor, Carleton Place with family by her side on Thursday, July 05, 2018, in her 95th year.

Loved wife of the late Leo Kennedy. Cherished mother of Joe (Eleanor), Linda (Richard) Greene, Jerry (Betty), Anthony (Katherine), Carroll, the late Michael (late Shirley), and the late Hugh. Loving grandmother of 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Survived by her brother John Lesway. Predeceased by siblings Jim (Margaret), Ray (Kaye), Ron (Laura) Joe and Margaret (Cecil) Henderson.

Friends may visit the family at the Alan R Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hawthorne Avenue, Carleton Place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Corkery. Donations in memory of Mary to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Stoneridge Manor would be appreciated.

A heartfelt thank you to the Dr. Roger Drake and the entire staff of Stoneridge Manor.

Children ( ones I could find)

 - 1 "Said the private to he corporal" . . . but...

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 12 Mar 1945, Mon,
  3. Page 15

 - . -i Kennedy Lesway Z CARLETON PLACE, Sept 19....

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 20 Sep 1939, Wed,
  3. Page 9

 - Miss Dorothy Hall V Suffers Head Injury Miss...

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 02 Nov 1939, Thu,
  3. Page 15

 - Annie Kelford Weds Raymond Lesway CARLETON...


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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 30 Dec 1939, Sat,
  3. Page 10

The Tragic Tale of Harvey Boal

The Tragic Tale of Harvey Boal


March 1912

Sometimes working for the railroad was not a good thing. The shocking accident that had happened in March of 1912 had greater interest for those who lived in Almonte than those who lived in the Ottawa area. Harvey Boal, son of William Boal (or Boale) ( mother Mary Jane Stanley of Almonte was held responsible for the train accident in Hull. The loss of life and injuries could never be minimized but, had Harvey been habitually careless or inattentive the citizens of Almonte would have understood, but he wasn’t.

In 1915 he had completed a telegraphy course with Mr. W. S. MacDowell and he was noted as being above average in ability. The rapidity in which he achieved promotions from Almonte to the CPR head office and then  sent out west was incredible for someone who was barely 21. He had not been married very long, and did not drink and attended church regularly. He was taking classes so he could rise to a position of  divisional superintendent rather than pound a key.

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Sympathy was expressed for the consequences that this young lad was now going to face after working a 19 hour shift. Fear took over Harvey Boal and instead of waiting to be questioned, he ran way and a warrant was issued for his arrest. In the end he was not the only guilty one, and operator John Francis Cole was also dismissed for issuing the wrong orders. I tried to find out what happened to poor Harvey Boal but the trail went coal. There was another Havey Boal that died at age 41 in an elevator accident in the 1950s, but it was not the same chap.

Jiana Daren
The elder Harvey Boal was the brother of Stanley Boal who was the father of the younger’s Harvey Boal. The elder Boal died in Vancouver in 1967 :

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Jiana Daren

The elder Harvey Boal was the brother of Stanley Boal who was the father of the younger’s Harvey Boal. The elder Boal died in Vancouver in 1967 :

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From the Chesterville Record –– Colin Churcher’s page

Five killed. Fifteeen Injured.
Work train let go ahead of time and crashed into local passenger train.
Ottawa March 8.  A train was let go this morning five minutes before it should have moved. The result was a splintering of wood, binding of iron and five people gave up their lives amid the cries of fifteen others injured.
The accident occurred on the Pontiac branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway within three miles of the Parliament buildings.
The Dead.
John Moyles, Undertaker, Quyon.
John Anderson, CPR Conductor, Ottawa.
John Darby, Duke Street, Hull.
Miss Kehoe, Quyon.
E.J. Taber, Contractor, Hull.
Details of injured not taken except Fred Cole, Engineer.
The morning train from Waltham, a little late, had reversed as usual on the Y near Hull, and was backing to reach the Union Station in Ottawa.  This is the way in which it enters the station each day.  A work train was being held at Hull until the passenger train had safely passed. In some incomprehensible way the work train was let go. At Tetraultville it met with a crash the rear of the backing passenger train.
The trains were moving in opposite directions at a fair speed.  The locomotive of the work train came into contact with the first class car.  It was new of strong construction and resisted the shock. The second class car just beyond it was not so strongly built and collapsed like a berry box between the squeeze of the two locomotives.  It was the weak spot and gave.
The result was terrible for those within and the car was half full.  Men and women were jammed with smashed seats. broken glass, fractured woodwork and twisted steel in a mass of dead and injured.  Rescue work was promptly started.  Ottawa was communicated with, doctors and nurses rushed to the spot and the injured quickly conveyed to Ottawa.
The passenger train was in the charge of Conductor John Anderson who was instantly killed apparently from a blow to the head.  The engineer was Joseph Murphy and his fireman Camille Lemieux.
The freight engine was in charge of engineer Cole and William Short, fireman, all of Ottawa.  Anderson was one of the best known conductors on the road.  The accident happened where is a sharp curve and deep cut and it was impossible for the crew of one train to see the other till too late.
Harvey Boal, operator at Hull, whose mistake in issuing an order for a clear track is said to be the direct cause of the disaster, has disappeared and detectives are searching for him.  He is a young man with a good record on the line.
Chesterville Record 3/21/1912  William Kennedy the sixth victim of the railway wreck on the Pontiac line near Hull died at the Water Street hospital at 4 o’clock this morning.
Chesterville Record  3/28/1912  The jury conducting the inquest on the victims of the fatal wreck on the CPR at Hull on March 8, returned a verdict Monday night practically exonerating Harvey Boal, the CPR telegrapher, for whose arrest a warrant has been issued and placing the blame on the CPR.

The official report gave two killed and 15 injured.

This accident was responsible for the installation of the Electric Token Block system between Ottawa West, Hull and Ottawa Union.  The Ottawa Citizen of 24 April 1912 explains:

Since the wreck of the Pontiac train at Hull last month, whereby five(sic) persons were killed and several injured, the C.P.R. has introduced a new block system between Hull and Ottawa which if it is strictly observed, will prevent a recurrence of the accident.
According to the rules of the present system a train cannot leave Hull or Ottawa before the conductor has obtained a staff which is locked and unlocked by an electrical arrangement.  Only by deliberately ignoring the system could another collision of two trains occur between Hull and Ottawa.  The Pontiac train still continues to back in from Hull to Broad Street station, but, by the new arrangement there is little or no danger of an accident.

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( no date ) In the afternoon and evening of May 21st more than two hundred friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Boal to honor them, on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Messages were received from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Hon. John Diefenbaker, the Premier of Ontario, the Hon. John F. Robarts, Mr. George Doucett, MP for Lanark and Mr. G. Gomme, MPP for Lanark. Mr. Boal the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Boal was born near Pakenham. (Cedar Hill)

When a young man he, went West and homesteaded at Davidson, Sask. After a few years he returned and married Miss Letitia Foster of Ramsay. Their love for Lanark County proved to be strong, for after eight years at Deux Rivieres they returned to reside at Cedar Hill and later in Pakenham. During this time Mr. and Mrs. Boal took an active interest in Community affairs. Mrs. Boal has been a keen worker in her church and in the Women’s Institute. Mr. Boal served as Reeve of Pakenham Township for thirteen years and also as Warden of Lanark County. Among the remembrances received was a table with a vase containing fifty golden roses. The tea table was decorated with yellow roses, yellow tapers and centered with a three-tiered wedding cake. All arrangements for the celebration was by the courtesy of the Cedar Hill and Pakenham Branches of the Women’s Institute.

Another Harvey Boal in Almonte–

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Almonte Man Fatally Crushed by Heavy Door – (1958)–ALMONTE, August 28. – (Special) – Harvey Boal, 41, of Brae street, Almonte, was crushed to death Wednesday when a 6,000-pound door he was helping install in a bank vault, tipped and pinned him by the stomach against a wall. An employee of Howard Davey, local building contractor, Mr. Boal died in Ottawa Civic Hospital two hours, after the accident. Carman Denny and Alex Spinks were on one side of the seven-foot door and Mr. Boal was on the other side when it I slipped off the roller and pinned the victim against the wall. Twenty men were unable to move the door. He was freed half an hour later by jacks obtained at nearby service stations. Mr. Boal was conscious while pinned against the wall. Attended by Dr. 0. Schulte, he was removed to the Rosamond Memorial Hospital by Kerry-Scott Ambulance where he was given first aid and then taken to hospital in Ottawa. OPP Constable Ross McMartin investigated the accident. Born and educated in Ramsay Township, he was a son of Stanley Boal and the late Mabel Miller. He attended Almonte Presbyterian Church. Mr. Boalserved overseas with the Canadian Army during World War II. He was a member of the Almonte Legion. He is survived by his wife, the former Ellen Green whom he married in 1942. Also surviving are a son, Bill, 15; three sisters, Mrs. 0rville Abbott (Luella), of Brockville; Mrs. Clare Syme (Ione), of Ramsay township, and Mrs. Clarence McInerney (Jean) of Minden. Ont. The body is at the Kerry-Scott Funeral Home, Almonte.

ome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill


Photo –Ottawa Journal 1979

An unsuspecting hunter walking through the woods in the Cedar Hill District could get quite a surprise if he happened to come into a small clearing in the bush and in the middle of that clearing observe not a deer but a white marble monument in a fenced plot. If he walked over to inspect the rather large monument he would read this cryptic inscription cut in the stone: Excerpt from Hal Kirkland Almonte Gazette THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 1968–Read the Almonte Gazette here..

REV. T. J. HUNT P.P.– 



Some of you may know where this gravestone is. It is found in Fulton’s sugarbush which was the original home of Barney Shields. But did you know that he has a connection to Clayton. One of his daughters, Mary Ann, married a Clayton man, Charles Belton and they raised 12 children in Clayton?–Photo and Text–Rose Mary Sarsfield 

There is no doubt that Barney still lies in a lonely grave surrounded by the forest that has existed for more years than all of us put together. He wasn’t a prominent man, he was just like you and me. He owned over 100 acres, but as in most places in Lanark County he only managed to clean less than a quarter of those acres in his lifetime.

So years from now some genealogist will come along and wonder who Barney was and why a graduate of the Dublin University was buried there among the poplar trees. As the story goes a man named Father Hunt found the grave years ago when Barney’s marker was just an old weathered cross. To make matters even stranger there had been a log house fire and everything around Barneys grave had been burnt–yet the old log fence around his grave remained. No doubt the local gossip was that the local Catholic Saints had saved that place for a reason.

Barnie came to Canada in 1830 and became one of only 5 students brought out to work on a survey gang by Rev. Michael Harris of Perth. Well, there are a few stories kicking around about disagreements and such, but I think in all honesty he met a gal and wanted to settle down. Her name was Katherine Bresnahan and she should have told him upon marrying that he should have never taken up farming.

Instead he chose to do “pen work” for the neighbours and even took a stab at clerical work for Robert Dickson, Justice of the Peace while his farm dwindled away. Suddenly Barney and Katherine found themselves with a family of four little girls and a son named Thomas. Like a lot of young women in those days Katherine died giving birth to the last of the Shiels children and the kids were then sent to live with neighbours. It was said when one of his daughters was old enough she returned to help her Dad and even made up a song about the confusion that occurred daily in old Barney Shiels home.


Even though he was poor Barney and his daughter served up a meal to those who came to visit and apparently a lot did. For someone so obscure his last resting place is marked with a monument that might suggest this man had ample means and prestige. But in reality he fell out of favour with the Catholic Church in Pakenham and that is why his inscription reads: “Barney lies here by his own fault”.

His neighbours William Lowe and Robert Dickinson carried out his last wishes and years later the Parish Priest in Pakenham wanted his remains transferred to the Roman Catholic Church Cemetery.  But his son Thomas would not allow it– and instead put up the log fence around his father’s grave.

So now the story of Barney Shiels is part of history– and if only that song his daughter composed was kept– it would be a 360 memory for the Shiels Family.



-Photo–Rose Mary Sarsfield 

Cedar Hill:
The village was built around the first school (L6 C8). It was first called Upper Pakenham. In the Historical Atlas for Lanark County, it is marked Cedar Hill PO.

Bernard Shields -5 years before he died.

Ontario Census, 1861
Name Bernard Shields
Event Type Census
Event Date 1861
Event Place Packenham, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Enumeration District 31
Gender Male
Age 62
Marital Status Widowed
Religion Roman Catholic
Birthplace Ireland
Birth Year (Estimated) 1799
Sheet Number 44
Affiliate Film Number C-1042-1043