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The Hagarty Township Hippies 1981 – The Buchanan Scrapbooks

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The Hagarty Township Hippies 1981 – The Buchanan Scrapbooks

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

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Sep 1981, Wed  •  Page 49

KILLALOE Along the rural concessions of Hagarty Township, you can still hear them called “hippies.” Even after more than 10 years, the newcomers who came here in the late 1960s to escape the cities and the Vietnam War and start new lives still find a gap between themselves and the lifelong residents. The community includes some 200 families who began taking over abandoned farms in this rugged area 150 kilometres west of Ottawa and gradually developed a working if not always harmonious relationship with the natives.

They’re the survivors the families who stayed on through the hard years. Neighboring farmer Jack MacDonald says there are fewer of “them” around than there once were. “It used to be that you couldn’t look up but there were three or four of them on the road.” And he still wonders why they came in the first place. “They thought they could make a go of the farms. But if good men couldn’t do it, how could they?” Phyllis Kirby-Hershoff, from Cleveland, who lives here with husband Lester, a canoe builder, admits that while there’s a nucleus of city people who came here several years ago, and new ones continue to move in, many return to sublime urban living.

“After a while, this no-hydro business gets you down.” That’s part of what Renfrew North MLA Sean Conway, who owns land in the area, calls the “intangible gap” that still exists between the new and old residents. “After all,” he says, “they’re coming at the world from pretty different points of reference.” Retired farmer Gordon Schleen confides, “There are lots of hippies around here,”when asked why his neighbours along the back concessions draw so much police interest around harvest time every year.

Farmer MacDonald claims the smell of marijuana is so powerful during the Killaloe Craft and Community Fair that “you can get drunk on it,” and adds: “I just wish they wouldn’t grow that marijuana. It’s illegal.” While Conway, 30, says the disfranchised city slickers are among his most astute constituents, he wonders about the lifestyle. “Some of what goes on along those back concessions is a little beyond the pale . . . benign neglect.

“Collections of cars which long ago gave up the ghost are a trademark of their homes. Large gardens and livestock feed the families, members of which live largely by their wits. Home decor is self-expressive among the “hippies.” One unpainted frame house has a large exterior mural covering one wall. In contrast, farms of native residents have manicured lawns wrapped around tidy houses. Morning Glory Farm is a collage of battered trucks and weather-worn buildings in these hills. At the end of a rutted track off, a township road, the faded farmhouse looks like it might belong to Ma and Pa Kettle.

Mere mention of the commune-style farm draws a knowing smile from Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Ben Burchat, a lanky Polish-Canadian from nearby Wilno. He admits the police helicopter has dropped down for a close look at activities there. It seems everyone around here knows about Morning Glory Farm. A back-to-the-land stockbroker who now lives in the Killaloe community says its residents are transient, “mystical,” not typical of other hill dwellers who are more.

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Every year, a police hunt for grass A policeman’s lot: Sergeant Ben Burchat ‘harvested’ this marijuana spotted by helicopter f KILLALOE The Hagarty Hills “hippies” are churned up about the helicopter buzzing local farms in the annual police hunt for marijuana plots among the jackpines. “If someone was peeking into your backyard, you’d get your back up too,” says woodsman Terry Walsh, 34. “They flew over my place. I just hung a moon at them.” Members of the counter-culture readily admit there’s grass growing in them thar hills. The terrain, climate and cover are ideal, they say. But they claim no large-scale trafficking originates here.

Rather, small amounts of the drug are grown for personal use and distribution among neighbors. “A small amount might be grown with the potatoes and tomatoes,” says Walsh. Some of the hill people many of the natives still call them “hippies” calmly dismiss the regular passes by the police chopper. “It’s a seasonal inconvenience,” says Shelley McCarthy, a former Toronto legal-aid worker who moved to a farmhouse in this rugged area four years ago. But others, like the onetime Toronto stockbroker who came to the hills eight years ago to start a new life of “fresh air, healthy food, and honest work,” feel the sweeps are an invasion of privacy. “The cops are inflating the whole thing to justify the chopper,” says the 36-year-old resident, who wants to remain anonymous for fear of police harassment.

“The value of the marijuana has been grossly overrated.” Some of the more established residents agree. Gilbert Coulas, a lumber planing-mill operator who has lived in the hills for 50 years, can see how a low-flying helicopter detracts from the usual serenity. Residents complain the chopper’s buzz invades their privacy but admit nearly all smoke dope “You couldn’t have a party in your yard without them knowing everything that was going on. So far, says Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Ben Burchat, the chopper has pinpointed nine marijuana plots in Hagarty and surrounding townships, two of which had already been harvested.

Street value of the grass picked and destroyed by police has been estimated at more than $200,000. No charges have been laid. The hill people scoff at the police estimate and claim much of the pot pulled in by police was punch’.css wild weed. The former stockbroker says much of the marijuana growing in the hills is perennial and was used by early settlers to make hemp. He says the police chopper makes his horses and cows skittish, and the machine’s roar scares his two young children. He’s just as angry at the legislation which outlaws marijuana as he is at the police method of enforcing it.

“Almost everybody smokes dope around here it’s part of the lifestyle. We don’t tell the cops not to drink scotch.” If the problem is so acute, residents wonder, why don’t police mount surveillance at the marijuana plots they unearth and nab the culprits? Burchat says such surveillance would be too costly. The former stockbroker suggests the helicopter hunts may be in retribution for criticism the OPP received for enforcement procedures during the Killaloe Craft and Community Fair, an annual celebration staged and attended by members of the counter-culture. Organizers complained of roadblocks, vehicle searches, and over-zealous application of liquor laws. Burchat strongly denies the suggestion of retribution, and other residents point out the helicopter tours have occurred in previous years. In one way, Burchat says, he can sympathize with people who claim the helicopter infringes on their rights.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Sep 1981, Wed  •  Page 49

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The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby

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The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby

Photo from the Christina ‘tina’  Camelon (married John Buchanan) thanks to Diane Juby

This week I received a few scrapbooks from Diane Juby wife of Mississippi Mill councillor John Dalgity. John had contacted me about them and I vowed to record as much as I can from the scrapbooks with Lanark County history and then after they could decide where to donate them.

These scrapbooks were made by Christina ‘tina’  Camelon who married married John Buchanan. I am over the moon that I can share all this with you thanks to Diane Juby. These are national treasures.

Diane wrote:

Hi Linda… these are my grandparents. Christina ‘tina’  Camelon married John Buchanan. He died late 40s from TB and worked for railroad at Glentay. The bottom pic has my dad in it. Allan Buchanan. Please enjoy and if you want more info contact me . Thanks so much for doing this… maybe you could say they were from her scrapbooks. She was a widow early on in life…. great at baking and sewing .

Diane

Photos— don’t forget to send me your family photos so we can document your family’s life- From Diane Juby

Thanks to Diane Juby who is the granddaughter of Christina– this is the keeper of the scrapbooks I am working on with great happiness.

Photo of Christina ‘tina’ Camelon (married John Buchanan) (sitting) — She is sitting next to her sister Annie Yuill who is standing. Thanks to Diane Juby and MM councillor John Dalgity for dropping them off yesterday. I am in heaven here..Stay tuned!!

Her grandmother grew up n Middleville, Ontario.

Most of these photos were taken in Middleville and Perth

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This pic has my dad in it. Allan Buchanan

Laurie ClowaterLaurie Clowater originally shared this on 06 Apr 2019 ancestry


Christina Camelon
Gender:Female
Birth Date:8 Feb 1902
Birth Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Archibald Camelon
Mother:Ellen Somerville
Name:Christena Blanche Camelon
Gender:Female
Age:29
Birth Year:abt 1902
Birth Place:Middleville
Marriage Date:29 Jul 1931
Marriage Place:Canada, Ramsay, Lanark, Ontario
Father:Archibald Camelon
Mother:Ellen Camelon
Spouse:John Alexander Buchanan
Name:
Christina Buchanan
Birth Date:
1902
Death Date:
1989
Cemetery:
Elmwood Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:
Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada





1921 Census
Name:
Rena Camelon[Tena Camelon]
Gender:
Female
Racial or Tribal Origin:
Scotch (Scotish)
Nationality:
Canada
Marital Status:
Single
Age:
19
Birth Year:
abt 1902
Birth Place:
Ontario
Residence Date:
1 Jun 1921
House Number:
16
Residence Street or Township:
Ramsay
Residence City, Town or Village:
Township of Ramsay
Residence District:
Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:
Ontario
Residence Country:
Canada
Relation to Head of House:
Daughter
Father’s Name:
Archie Camelon
Father Birth Place:
Ontario
Mother Birth Place:
Ontario
Can Speak English?:
Yes
Can Speak French?:
No
Religion:
Presbyterian
Can Read?:
Yes
Can Write?:
Yes
Municipality:
Ramsay
Enumeration District:
97
Sub-District:
Ramsay (Township)
Sub-District Number:
39
Enumerator:
James Stule
District Description:
Polling Division No. 4 – Comprising the 7th and 8th concessions, from lot no. 15 to lot no. 27 inclusive; and also the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th concessions, from lot no. 16 to lot no. 27 inclusive
Neighbours:
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Line Number:
21
Family Number:
16
Household Members
Age
Relationship
Archie Camelon
62
Head
Agnes Camelon
22
Daughter
Rena Camelon
19
Daughter
John Camelon
17
Son
Ann Camelon
13
Daughter






Her husband John A Buchanan

1921 census
Name:
John Buchanan
Gender:
Male
Racial or Tribal Origin:
Irish
Nationality:
Canada
Marital Status:
Single
Age:
13
Birth Year:
abt 1908
Birth Place:
Ontario
Residence Date:
1 Jun 1921
House Number:
100
Residence Street or Township:
Bathurst
Residence City, Town or Village:
Township of Bathurst
Residence District:
Lanark
Residence Province or Territory:
Ontario
Residence Country:
Canada
Relation to Head of House:
Son
Father’s Name:
Johnson Buchanan
Father Birth Place:
Ontario
Mother’s Name:
Margaret Buchanan
Mother Birth Place:
Ontario
Can Speak English?:
Yes
Can Speak French?:
No
Religion:
Presbyterian
Can Read?:
Yes
Can Write?:
Yes
Months at School:
9
Occupation:
Student
Municipality:
Bathurst
Enumeration District:
97
Sub-District:
Bathurst (Township)
Sub-District Number:
1
Enumerator:
George Korry
District Description:
Polling Division No. 1 – Comprising 1st, 2nd and 3rd concessions of the township of Bathurst
Neighbours:
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Line Number:
6
Family Number:
100
Household Members
Age
Relationship
Johnson Buchanan
49
Head
Margaret Buchanan
45
Wife
William Buchanan
23
Son
Verla Buchanan
20
Daughter
Calvin Buchanan
18
Son
Margorie Buchanan
16
Daughter
John Buchanan
13
Son
Cliford Buchanan
8
Son

Spouse:
John A Buchanan
Name:John Alexander Buchanan
Gender:Male
Age:23
Birth Year:abt 1908
Birth Place:Snow Road
Marriage Date:29 Jul 1931
Marriage Place:Canada, Ramsay, Lanark, Ontario
Father:Johnston Buchanan
Mother:Maggie Buchanan
Spouse:Christena Blanche Camelon