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The Bear in the Middle of Clayton November 1944

The Bear in the Middle of Clayton November 1944

In the old days a farmer was liable to find his wagon sitting astride the roof of his barn when the sun came up the morning after Halloween. This entailed more work than the boys would have cared to do in a legitimate cause. Many a young man who shined at hoeing potatoes didn’t mind doing a lot of heavy work in the interests of hilarity. The mysterious occasion—Halloween—passed off quietly in Almonte. The weather was good and the children indulged in the modern pastime of calling on their neighbors looking for treats. Owing to wartime conditions they did not fare so well this time. It was difficult for people to get candies and the old standby—peanuts —were out of the question. 

Those who were fortunate had a store of apples on hand but they were expensive this year and it was impossible for most people to hand them out with the old time prodigality. So far as is known the town was free from the old time tricks—tricks of a destructive nature. In years gone by it was the practice for the town constable to swear in a number of deputies to keep down rowdyism. Nothing like that was necessary on that Saturday night. Chief Wm. Peacock had no trouble coping with the situation because, as it turned out, there was no situation to cope with. The Clayton Bear in Clayton however was one funny incident that people there were still chuckling over. 

A well known practical joker of the village decided he would give the children a scare. In town they were going around visiting the various houses. This young man got under a buffalo robe and walked on all fours down the Road accosting the crowd of youngsters. He growled like a bear and hoped in the darkness he would be mistaken for the real McCoy. The boys and girls listened to the ferocious grunts emanating from under the buffalo robe and then they got wise. 

Arming themselves with sticks and stones they chased the bear off the road helping him along by applying kicks to that part of the robe under which they surmised a certain part of his anatomy showed. The growls of the bear changed to genuine howls of pain as the robe and its contents sought safety in flight. It is said one of the sad experiences of the bear was that his forepaws passed over a spot where cows had recently mooched along in their homeward journey with consequences that can better be imagined than described. 

And that wasn’t all. A vicious dog decided to take a hand in the game. That was the last straw so far as Bruin was concerned. He suddenly emerged from under the robe and the last seen of him he was going over a fence with more speed than any bear ever could display. 

Taking it generally the war had its effect on the observance of Halloween this year. There were fewer entertainments on that night than of yore and in the towns the absence of young people in the armed forces and in positions -which made it necessary for them to Jive, in the city was painfully apparent. 

Photos from

Rose Mary Sarsfield

 There are still a few copies of my book available for those who haven’t gotten a copy yet, or as a Christmas gift to someone with ties to Clayton. They are available at the Clayton Store, the Mill Street Books or from me. rose@sarsfield.ca

This is Ramsay –History of 1993

This is Ramsay –History of 1993

John Ibbitson Citizen staff writer

No one would want to spend a glorious spring Saturday cooped in a church hall debating planning issues. So the 70-odd people who gathered at Almonte United Church to tussle with the question of Ramsay township’s future may all have been a little mad. But then, the people of Ramsay Township care about the place. And Ramsay Township must soon choose its fate: to preserve itself, or let itself be transformed into a suburb.

It is an old township. People started coming here in the 1820s; people still live in houses built more than a century ago. Part of the land valley farmland: fairly flat, criss-crossed with concession roads, dotted with farmhouses and barns. The rest to the west is Shield: the roads meander over hills and around rocks and through the maple bushes that are the only crop. It is a place of split rail fences, dirt roads, stone houses; of tiny villages created around the grist and saw mills that once exploited the rivers but now have vanished or are in ruins; of families that go back seven generations and remember all of it.

It is also a place of ranch-style bungalows that look as though they were plucked from Barrhaven and tossed, haphazard, onto the protesting landscape. It is the place of Greystone Estates, Mississippi Golf Estates, Hillcrest, Carlgate, Ramsay Meadows suburban subdivisions of monstrous homes on big lots. There’s no place in Ramsay township that’s more than an hour’s drive from downtown Ottawa, and that fact has started to sink in.

“If you have a house going up here, a house going up there, that’s one thing,” protests Clarence Gemmill, who has run the Gemmill’s General Store in Clayton with his wife Betty for nearly 19 years. “But you get these subdivisions, they’re different. People are just there to sleep between trips to the city.” Ramsay Township, like so many within driving distance of Ottawa, is in danger of losing its identity as a rural Valley place, and turning into something of which only ; a Nepean politician would be proud.

The township needs to update its official plan. Two years ago, a planner hired by the township proposed a new plan at a public meeting. There was so much anger and criticism that the township council promptly scrapped the plan and started again. “It was presented as ‘Here’s what we’re going to do to you,’ ” remembers Cliff Bennett, one of the organizers of the Saturday meeting. ” ‘Over our dead bodies.”

People were angry, not so much with what the planner had planned, but that no one had asked them what they wanted. So now there are committees, and subcommittees of committees, and there are forums and discussion papers and polls and presentations. ; “You’ll have as much public participation as any municipality in the area,” promises Ben James, a township councillor. This time the people are going to be heard. Some people at the planning seminar talked about ending strip development single houses on lots along the concession roads. Some talked about clustering houses together, off the road and out of sight to protect the natural look of the place.

Some talked about imposing rules on what houses should look like. Julian Smith, a heritage architect who lives in Appleton and works in Ottawa, pleaded for a re-thinking of the planning philosophy. Forget about zoning, he argued: Forget about densities and land uses. Simply apply this rule: “Any development should be shown to improve what’s around it.” But little of what the group proposed sat well with Brian Keller. Keller is a truck driver who lives in Clayton. He came to the workshop because “I wanted to see that it was more of a full consensus of the whole population.” Everyone was going on about housing clusters and setbacks and protecting this environment and that environment.

“They’re all typical city ideas, that people are saying can work rurally,” said Keller, dismissively. The last thing he thinks Ramsay needs is more restrictions on the rights of property owners. His wife’s father has been trying to sever his farmland for years, so the children will have a place to live. But the township won’t let him. “He told me, I can’t give my land to my own family. I’ve got to wait for a politician to tell me.’ ” Councillor James understands Keller’s concerns. “Over the past hundred years, individual landowners have had autonomy in what they do with their land. And you don’t want to curtail that too much. You have to let people do what they think is best, within certain limits.” But if some people want to see controls on development, and others want to protect the rights of property owners, can there be any real hope for consensus? “Not likely,” James acknowledges. “Not in total.”

The Duncan family has been farming on the Ninth Concession since 1821. But no more. There isn’t any money in it, and the latest batch of kids are pursuing different careers. The Duncan home, built in 1870, is being turned into a bed-and-breakfast. But Don Duncan doesn’t feel like offering any heart-in-the-throat eulogy to a dying way of life. “The Ramsay township of the past doesn’t have any future. The question is, what kind of future will there be?” The township council hopes to have its new official plan by 1994, maybe 1995. There will be more meetings and more presentations and more groping toward consensus. Three new subdivisions were recently approved.

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada12 Apr 1993, Mon  •  Page 17

Ramsay W.I. Tweedsmuir History Book 1—SOME EARLY RAMSAY HISTORY

Stories of Ramsay Township– Leckies Corner’s – James Templeton Daughter’s 1931

Conversations with Brian McArton– Henry Wilson of Carleton Place and the McArtons of Ramsay

A Trip Along the Ramsay Sixth Line –W.J. Burns

Charles McNeil Tanner in Clayton

Charles McNeil Tanner in Clayton
Photo from-Almonte Gazette Fake News- Rosemary Sarsfield Sets it Straight

On Thursday, November 13, death claimed one of the oldest and most esteemed citizens of the village of Clayton, in the person of Mr. Charles McNeil, aged 87 years. He was the eldest son of George and Jane McNeil of Arbroath, Scotland, and was born in the year 1813. He came to Canada with his parents when he was a lad of 12 years of age. They settled in Quebec for some years, later moving to Renfrew where Mr. McNeil received his education. During his early manhood years he went to Kingston where he learned the trade of a tanner and currier. At the age of 21, he with his parents came to Clayton and purchased the property on which he resided during the remainder of his life, from the Jno. Sutherland, of Union Hall. –Almonte Gazette, 1930

From Rosemary’s book-Almonte Gazette Fake News- Rosemary Sarsfield Sets it Straight

George McNeil bought the Tannery property on 2879 Tatlock Road from John Sutherland Sr on June 4, 1866 and was a widower. In the 1871 census it states he was born in Scotland as was his son Charles , age 27. Charles was also a tanner and this was a long established business by the McNeil famil in Clayton. By 1882 only Charles is listed as George is now an elder in his 70s. Charles advertised The Tannery for sale in 1882 which included 2 acres of land. For some reason the Tannery was never sold and the McNeil family lived on the property until the 1950s.

Charles’s wife’s name was Anne and they had 10 children: George, Archibald, William, Thomas, Charley, Mary, Ann, James, Agnes,and Robertson. By the time Charles died 6 of his children had predeased him. Charles was also heavily involved with the Presbyterian Church involved with the selling of the old one and building of the new one. He was a strong man of temperance and when Union Chirch came he joined it without question. He was secretary treasurer of the Guthrie Unied Church for 27 years and served as the janitor for 52 years. He worked on providing sidewalks along with others for the village of Clayton and was instrumental in securing telephones for the hamlet.

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George Sadler — Clayton Doctor

Do You Remember Yoshiba’s Retreat? Clayton

Clifford Stanley May 4 1933 — Rescued Photos from Clayton Hall

Silas Shane Shoemaker Lanark, Clayton, Almonte

J. Paul’s Store in Clayton –Putting Together a Story — Joseph Paul and Margaret Rath Paul

Eldon Ireton Talks About Joe Baye- Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Eldon Ireton Talks About Joe Baye- Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Joe Baye

Joe Baye — Donna Sweeney Lowry

The Legend Of Big Joe Baye — How Much Do You Know?

The Baye’s Of Lanark County

Eldon Ireton

Documenting Eldon Ireton — The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Innisville Crime — Elwood Ireton of Drummond Centre

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

George Sadler — Clayton Doctor

George Sadler — Clayton Doctor
1973-Photo from Joy Sadler Baetz-Dad Norman Sadler owned and operated NT Sadler Ltd out on Highway 29 in Almonte–

Rose Mary SarsfieldSelena Sadler was Marilyn Snedden’s grandmother. George Sadler became a doctor and was the doctor in Clayton from 1904-1917 when he went overseas to care for the wounded in WWI. When he returned he went to Combermere to be the doctor there for the rest of his life.

George Sadler was born in 1875 and he’s likely be about 10 or so in this photo.

He moved to to Clayton in August of 1904 from Craigmount and would remain in the village until 1917. He lived in the house at 1258 Bellamy Mills Road and in 1907 he erected a fine poultry house and in 1910 had a cistern put in.

From – “Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” by Rose Mary Sarsfield–If you want to purchase a book please email me at rose@sarsfield.ca or call her at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.
Name:George Saddler
[George Sadler
Birth Year:1875
Religion:Church of England
District Number:112
District:Lanark North
Sub-District Number:C
Household Members:NameAgeThomas Saddler54Elizabeth Saddler45Mary Saddler12Scelina Saddler10Thomas H. Saddler8George Saddler6

1881 Census

Name:Selina Sadler
Birth Year:abt 1871
Birth Place:Pakenham, Ontario
Marriage Date:21 Jan 1903
Marriage Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Thomas Sadler
Mother:Elizabeth Nuthen
Spouse:John Henry Timmons
Name:Selina Saddler[Selina Needham]
Marital Status:Single
Birth Year:abt 1821
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Pakenham, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Daughter
Religion:englis church
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Father’s Birth Place:Ireland
Mother’s Name:Eliza Needham
Mother’s Birth Place:Ontario
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipEliza Needham71HeadAnney Elvina Needham26DaughterEmmeline Needham24DaughterThomas Saddler60fathElizebeth Saddler52WifeMarey Saddler22DaughterSelina Saddler70DaughterThomas Henry Saddler18SonGeorge Samul Saddler16SonEdmond Gilbert Cooper21LodgerShow more

1891 Census

Needhams also in this photograph book- Mr and Mrs George Needham-

A Sad Tale from Sadler’s Creek -Emotional Content

Mae Morphy’s Quilt — Julie Sadler

More Memories of Wave’s Inn- Julie Sadler

Bob Sadler’s Boat Rides –Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Saunders and Sadler — Genealogy

Bruce Sadler Photo and Memories of the TV Antenna — Thanks to Ruth (Casson) Sawdon

Mini Minute Memories from Earl Sadler

Looking for Information on the Native Fort Farm of Fred Sadler of Almonte

The Peden Family- Genealogy– Peden Saunders Sadler

Saunders Family Photos and Genealogy Carleton Place and Area –Debora Cloutier

Do You Remember Yoshiba’s Retreat? Clayton

Do You Remember Yoshiba’s Retreat? Clayton

In 2001 Yoshiba, which was a Christian Spiritual Retreat was invited persons or groups to cintinue the ministry orvided by its Anglican founders Frank and Robbie Anderson on the 20 acre property near Clayton.

Situated by the Indian River the woods, stream and labyrinth made this an ideal place for restoration. The home was built in 1974 had been used by many individuals and groups that came for the day or stayed longer. The idea came from visiting the Burswood Angliacn centre for Healing in England and felt a call to develop a sanctuary.

The word “Yoshiba” found in Psalm 23 is Hebrew and means ‘ he restoreth my soul”

There were no fees for daily visits, quiett days etc and only suggested donations for long term stays.

After 27 years in 2001 the Andersons were ready to move on to new challenges.

Frank and Robbie were from Alberta and New Brunswick and met in the army. and their three childen in 2001 were now adults.

They were hoping for a quick response for someone to take over in 2001– so the question is? What happened to Yoshiba as 20 years has past.

Dawn JonesI believe it is now a private residence. on the 10 concession (formerly Darling Twp, now Lanark Highlands.) Frank and Robina (Robbie) sold the property and moved to Almonte. They were good friends to my grandmother Mary. Took her to church many Sundays. They are all deceased now. God love them.

Added Reading

The Hagarty Township Hippies 1981 – The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Anyone Remember The Farm???? The Hippie Years of Lanark County

Constable Frank Rose – Moonshine, Indians, Raids, Drunks and Dances –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Constable Frank Rose – Moonshine, Indians, Raids, Drunks and Dances –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Rose’s funeral January 29, 1948

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Big Frank Rose was six foot, 239 pounds, and born on a farm in Ramsay Township on the Clayton Road in 1896. His family moved to a farm in Pakenham Township where he and his brother were still boys and attended Cedar Hill School until the war broke out.

He enlisted and went overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces stationed in England until in 1919 when he returned to farming. In 1924 he became interested in the lumber trade and travelled to Dryden, ONtario and later Hamilton, Ohio where he worked in pulp and paper.

In November of 1926 he returned to Ramsay to marry his sweetheart Kathleen A. Arthur and they journeyed back to the US. In 1927 Frank became Lanark County’s first OPP officer and they returned to Almonte to await is acceptance. He began with a salary of $100 a month and if he made good it would be raised to $1200 a year increasing gradually to the max of $1800 a month.

Here are some of his diary notations:

January 20,1928

Train fare from Almonte to Cornwall- $4.00

meals- 45 cents

January 21, 1928

Raid on Gambling house.

Made an investigation in case of X impersonating an OPP officer

January 28,1928

Observation of bootlegging and gambling house at 12 midnight– all quiet

Brought X (native) from jail to police court as witness against Y for selling liquour to said native,

About 8:30 Pm proceeded to the scree of an accident..struck a horse and cutter.

Mr. X is charged with doing assault with doing bodily harm to wife

Proceeded to serve a summons but due to bad weather, left car and hired a horse and cutter

February 8th, 1928

Took observations of a number of dance halls, but found no evidence of liquor

Visited the same dance hall at midnight and told them to stop dancing and go home ( Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark)

February 29th, 1928

Proceeded to Smiths Falls Rink and remained on duty there until the visiting team left on the train about 10:40 PM

Had a tip and had to travel a great distance only to seize a half bottle of spirit.

March 2,1928

Proceeded by train to Arnprior to assist Chief Reid of Carleton Place County Police on the cases of foxes from the ranch of X.

Found no clue except a piece of veneer that had broken off cutter as it was turned about. Too late to get a train out but got a freight train about 11:35 Pm

Proceeded to Almonte to take observation of liquour conditions in pool room ( read-It Came Out of Rooney’s Pool Hall)

March 17 1928

Carleton Place to assist Prov officer JJ McGregor to raid on premises of X reported reported to be selling moonshine. No evidence. ( read about Johnny McGregor here-Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s)

April 17,1928

Proceeded to CNR station and found a man drunk in the toilet. Two tramps had lifted his watch and whatever money. Covered all rods leading out of town.

April 19, 1928

Received complaint about Mrs. X from Mr. X about a lady who had been living in their home and been making liquor from wheat. She had put all the wheat down the sewer until it filled up and then moved out.

May 1, 1928

Received call from Chief of Police Peacock from Almonte to insist him in break ins in the shops and theft at H H Coles Gents Furnishings. Found out that a strange car from Ottawa, supposed to be an Essex, had been seen. Proceeded to Ottawa and arrested X from Ireland who had confessed to Ottawa Police and brought him for trial back in Almonte.

May 30th, 1928

Proceeded to Almonte to attend picnic by request.

Received word that a band of gypsies were in Perth

July 16, 1928

Went to inquest of Reverend Father Connolly killed at railway crossing at Snedden

Proceeded to take observation of Dollar Day in Perth.

August 15,1928

Obtained search warrant to also keep tab on all trains

Search Hydro camp at Almonte for stolen goods supposed to be stolen from one Hassan Abdullah, Jewish pedlar ( Almonte and Carleton Place) Found some goods, but cold not make a court case.

Nov 19-Dec. 5th, 1928

ON Hunting Leave

Proceeded to cheese factory to investigate theft of cheese and butter.

He was a one man representative of the force and that meant long hours for him and his family. He often brought work home and sometimes he would be fingerprinting criminals on the kitchen table.

He would rather see a guilty man go free than an innocent man charged.

Thanks to Jean McPhail of Almonte, and daughter Barbara Armstrong of Kingston and Margaret Campbell of Balderson for use of the diaries and photos and Steve Forester for research. With files from Adam Fisher

Also read:

Big Frank Rose –The First OPP Officer in Lanark County

Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s

It Came Out of Rooney’s Pool Hall

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Johnny Erskine at 90 — Joe Banks


By Joe Banks, Gazette editor — read Mr. Mississippi Beauty Pageant 1982 Joe Banks

Johnny Erskine pulls another head of celery from the basket and, without losing rhythm, pitches a browning stalk into the “o u t” pile. ‘ If I wasn’t at work I’d be dead,” he says with his trademark grin. “ I get tired o f sleeping, tired o f eating and sitting around, I like to keep busy,” And though the man works away on this day as if ii were any other back in the produce preparation room at the Almonte IGA , he’s aware of ihe interviewer, and cocks his brow higher with each passing question. 

“I think you’ve got more writing there than you know what to do with,” Johnny says, looking from the celery stalk to the interviewer’s face and back. And then he flashes that grin that’s been with him for all of his years, which officially add up to 90 this Friday, Feb 27th, modestly waving off his celebrity status as the oldest IGA employee in Canada and likely North America, il anybody’s counting. 

It’s an exciting day for John. A reporter from the Loeb Gazette, the company’s newsletter, and the local press were up to see him earlier in the day at his house on Union Street. There, he talked about all that he’d seen, all the changes to the store, the town and himself. He’s a walking advertisement against mandatory retirement, this remarkable man who still, as a valued member of the IGA staff working 20 hours a week, can still clearly remember dates, places and names as if they were written on a piece of paper in front of him. 

His interviewers could only blink and shake their heads when he told them about ihe buck he shot this past fall while out deer hunting. And that he got a perfect score on the renewal test to update his driver’s license. And he only needs glasses to drive. He tells his story hesitatingly, walking back and forth from his bedroom to dig out his collection of photographs that help lo spur his memory. 

Tom Edwards
December 2, 2017  · 

I’m not sure but I think this is the Clayton Store when my great uncle Johnny Erskine and Aunt Essie owned it.

Born in 1897 near Clayton, Johnny’s earliest memories in the service business go back to when he was a young teenager of 14. Hard, backbreaking labor was the name of the game, but for a Lanark County boy eager to work, it was a challenge. With wagon and tea and team of horses, the boy drew 40 – 100 pound bags of flour for Wylie’s Flour Mills to locations all around Almonte, and as a driver was expected to then, unloaded them.

“I could shoulder those and walk to the house for my dad,” John recollected, other equally burdensome loads included boxes of cheese weighing 95 pounds each and coarse salt weighing 150 pounds per bag. 

And then there was the wood that John cut and delivered, about 4,000 face cord a year to locations all over ihe area. When he wasn’t drawing lor Wylie’s, John toiled on the family farm. His dad bought the Clayton General Store in 1902, From 1920 until his father died in 1932, young John made his keep in the winter too, cutting ice blocks with Harold Robertson. 

The men supplied all of Almonte’s homes as well as Louis Peterson’s ice cream plant, to the tune of 11,000 blocks a year. Each block weighed about 250 pounds and took both men with ice tongs to lift. ” If you can work with the water, they just pop out,” says John, explaining that a delicate balance between the pressure of the water and the weight of the block had to be established to prevent the ice from flooding around the cutting site. After his father died in the early depression years of 1932, John took over ownership of the store. They were tough limes, little money was in circulation, but people bartered for what they had. They were years when, as John’s own accounting books attest, customers could buy a gallon of coal oil for 25 cents and a “roll” of bread, seven cents. You could get six face cord of wood for $30, That was a very tradable commodity to be used, of course, for fuel. At the bottom of one of his account books a notation reads alter a total of $109.90, “Credit on wood got from Lee – $20,” ” I took wood for groceries,” John remembers of his days as proprietor of the Clayton store. “You just had to make a living then,” he reflects with a touch of emotion in his voice. “Nowadays they look alter you if you’re not. I wish some of the younger people could see what we went through then, but I wouldn’t want to go back through it again.” 

Despite the tough times, other business opportunities didn’t go by unnoticed. When the Almonte Fur Farmer’s Co-op, out of which the IGA now operates, went bankrupt in 1947, he bought it. The stone building on the corner of the Heritage Mall parking lot and Mill Street was a cold storage plant, equipped with over 500 lockers in use for storage of meat and government butter supplies. Asked why he decided to buy, John quips, “Well, when I went down the street. I didn’t have a counter to sit on so I decided something had to be done. read-Cold Storage Plant in Almonte- Meat Locker Trivia

Tom Edwards
December 28, 2017  · 

Looks like supper with Grandma Edwards. Mom, Dad, Ruth Craig, Eldon Craig, maybe Josie Symington at the end of the table, next one I don’t know, then Uncle Johnny and Essie Erskine.

Brenda Craig Shewchukfrom left, Ilene, John, Ruth, Eldon, Mr. Symington, (owned the house) Brian Fumerton, Uncle Johnny, Aunt Essie, Elsie, Ray,

He ran the busmens until he converted it to a grocery operation In 1954, he became affiliated with IGA through Loeb Inc and in the store with the help ol Howard Boal and Norman Him until 1967 when he offered a partnership to the two. They jointly owned and operated the business until 1975 when John gave up his partnership in the business. 

Bui between the years of his original purchase and the time his two partners took over, the Almonte IGA had been expanded and renowned seven times. But here he is, still on stall and still pulling in his 20 hours a week. In a world of job disagreements and early retirements, John says keeping active at work is one one of the keys to his long and healthy life. Include in that list the fact that he never smoked or drank “a day in my life”, has a passion for Pepsi (“I never drank a beer but I can’t get myself lull ol Pepsi”) and still revels in his once-a-year hobby; hunting. “ I never missed a fall” he says of the annual deer hunt.

Still likes a good game ole euchre and likes to lead Bill. His wife was the former Issie Rath, who died a few years ago this June. They were in their 64th year of marriage.’She was a good wife,” John said quietly, emotions welling up. And there has been no regrets. ‘I’ve had a damned good hie God has been good to me. Feb 1987 Almonte Gazette

John L Erskine
1992 (aged 94–95)
Saint George’s Anglican Cemetery
Union Hall, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
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Other stories to read

Things You Didn’t Know About Johnny Erskine

Uncle Johnnie Erskine and Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

Cold Storage Plant in Almonte- Meat Locker Trivia

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

Silas Shane Shoemaker Lanark, Clayton, Almonte

Silas Shane Shoemaker Lanark, Clayton, Almonte

Silas Shane

Long Suffering Ended.

Death came as a happy release to the suffering of our village shoemaker, Mr. Silas Shane, early last Thursday morning. Deceased had been afflicted with stomach trouble for a couple of years and for the past three months had been confined to bed during which his suffering at time were almost unbearable. The end, however, was peaceful, for he had became so weak and frail that the last few days he simply slept away. The late Mr. Shane born at Clayton being a son of the late John Shane. He was in his 53rd year.

His wife who predeceased him five hears ago was formerly Miss Cecelia Nicholson. While at work in a sawmill near Chapleau several years ago, Mr. Shane was caught in the machinery and had one of his legs severed, since which time he had worked at the shoemaking business in Almonte, Ottawa and for the past year in Carp, and was considered a first class tradesman. He is survived by three children, Freddie, Belle and Eva, who were unfailing in their attendance upon their father and did all in their power to comfort and allay his sufferings.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 May 1917, Mon  •  Page 4

The latter had also nursed her mother in her long and trying illness which ended in 1917. He is also survived by two brother and seven sisters as follows; Otto at Clayton; John of Warren, Ont.; Mrs. Thomas Munro, Clayton; Mrs. William McCoy, Smiths Falls; Mrs. Charles Brown, Washago, Ont.; Mrs. Dickson, Haileybury; Mrs. George Garreau, Shoal Lake; Mrs. Fred Little, Montreal; Mrs. Charles Fisher, Janesville, Wis. The funeral service was held at the house at 1 o’clock Friday, service being conducted by the Rev. R. B. Waterman.

The remains were afterwards taken to the eighth line of Ramsay cemetery , near Almonte, and laid to rest beside those of his late wife and two children, Rev. Waterman also conducting the service at the grave. His brother, Mr. Otto Shane, and brother-in-law, Thomas Munro and the latter’s son, all of Clayton, attended the funeral. (Carp Review) July 1918

See rosemarys book- Whisper’s from the Past

Name:Silas Henry Shane
Birth Year:abt 1868
Birth Place:Clayton Village
Marriage Date:28 Sep 1892
Marriage Place:Canada, Lanark, Ontario
Father:John Shane
Mother:Ellen Shane
Spouse:Cecilia Ellen Nicholson
Name:Silas Shane
Marital status:Married
Race or Tribe:Irish
Birth Date:Jun 1866
Birth Place:Ontario
Census Year:1911
Relation to Head of House:Head
Dwelling No.:75
District:Lanark North
District Number:89
Sub-District:21 – Ward 1
Sub-District Number:21
Place of Habitation:Hope
Works at:Saw Mill
Weeks Employed:22
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Family Number:75
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:NameAgeSilas Shane44Cecelia Shane39Eva Shane18Elizabeth Shane8Earniest Shane5Fredrick Shane

1911 Census

Photo and Text 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.

His Father Shane was in the 1857 directory of Clayton and was Clayton’s first shoemaker. John and his wife Ellen lived in a log house on the lot that is now 2886 Tatlock Road ( not the present log house), His shoe shop was east of his home according to the 1863 Walling Map of Clayton. John Shane died in 1905. Read the rest in Rosemary’s book

he Methodist cemetery and site of the first Methodist Church is often considered to be part of Bolger’s Corner.

In 1841, John Bowes bought 4 acres of NE1/2 Lot 21 Conc 1 which was next to the Methodist cemetery.  He also operated the Post Office for a short time.  There was a slot in the door as a place to leave letters for mailing. Patrick Murray, a shoemaker, once lived there and shoe lasts were found when the house was torn down many years later.  In 1850, John Bowes sold his property and moved away.

Bennie’s land (William, John and James), which later situated a crossroads point became the village of Bennies’s Corners less than two miles from Blakeney. In the 1850s, with a population of about fifty, there was a post office and general store, a few residences, a school and tradesmen such as blacksmiths and shoemakers.  William and John Baird owned a grist mill, Greville Toshack owned a carding mill and Stephen Young a barley mill, all of which were located on the Indian River.

Robert Drury’s Harness Shop and House: The leather produced at a tannery usually lead to the establishment nearby of enterprises that used leather. Leckie’s Corners boasted both a shoemaker and harness maker,.

From Mississippi Mills

Also read-Remembering a Shoemaker in Lanark Village–Thomas Wilson

What Does Regal Spell Backwards? Allan’s Shoe Store

Did The Bootleggers in Lanark County Wear Cow Shoes?

James Watson– Bigamy and Shoes

Lanark County Shoe Socials? A Past Fetish or Party Game?

Bristol Stomp Shoes by Charles Jay

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ 1905

Manolo-in” and “Jimmy Choo-in” about Uncomfortable Shoes

Mrs. James Prentice Hatmaker Milliner of Lanark