Dr Metcalfe–Photo Doug McLean who is a descendant of the Blairs from Clayton. (Rose Mary Sarsfield)
Nov. 15 1926…
Friction, antagonism and’ open quarrelling which are said to have, characterised the proceedings of the Almonte Electric Light Commission during the past year, came to a head at the last meeting of the board in the council chamber when the three members engaged in a free-for-all battle.
One of the members of the commission today bears a badly scarred face as the result of the fracas. Mayor Metcalfe, George L. Comba and F. D. Hogan were the participants In the battle. The two latter have been in opposition to the mayor during all the year, but the latter has always been ready with challenge to their attitude. The trouble culminated at the last meeting when the mayor called for a report in regard to the application of a local firm for a power installation.
This was refused by Messrs. Comba and Hogan. High words and threats began and then began a physical encounter. Mayor Metcalfe in his younger days had quite a reputation as an athlete and managed to withstand the onset of the other two. A chair figured in the early part of the battle and when it was smashed the mayor managed to get hold of one of the rungs which he used with such effect that Mr. Comba had to be taken to a doctor and have his features repaired. One of his eyes was closed by a blow from Mayor Metcalfe’s fist. At the end of the battle the council chamber was a scene of great disorder. There was blood about the walls and floor, chairs were broken and desks thrown into disarray. As an aftermath of the battle Mr. Comba has announced that he will oppose Mayor Metcalfe for the mayoralty at the coming civic elections and a warm contest is expected.
Dr. Metcalfe Guthrie Evoy
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This was when Dad went the gang from Findlays to play hockey in Montreal.-Tom Edwards
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Not only was there a riot in Riverside Park in the 60s and a massive fight at the old Victoria Public School/ Town Hall in 1879- it seems it was a common occurrence to have a few drunken brawls in Carleton Place. I found this stated in the notes of historian Howard Morton Brown.
A similar scene, checked at its onset, is found in James Poole’s press report of the next generation’s Spring Fair Day of 1852 at Carleton Place:
“The Spring Fair was held at Carleton Place last Tuesday. Very indifferent Milch cows brought 20 pounds. There was an average stock of drunken bipeds in the village, some of whom were under eighteen years.
The day was finished with one of those party fights between Orangemen and Catholics, which have been the disgrace and ruin of Ireland and which occasionally break out among her sons in this land of their adoption. We know not what length their passions would have carried them had they not been checked by the prompt and decisive action of Mr. Robert Bell, who was called there by the uproar, where there were about fifty actually engaged, and the whole crowd which filled the street were fast giving way to their passions.”