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Remembering John Drummond Sr. of Clayton

Remembering John Drummond Sr. of Clayton
The sawmill was rebuilt after the great fire at Clayton in 1875 when the mill and all the lumber piled next to it burnt.  1959 was the final recorded year of operation of the saw mill. Photo– 1955.

Almonte Gazette

November 24 1881

Another Ramsay Pioneer Gone to His Rest – On Monday last Mr. John Drummond, of Clayton, passed away to his final rest, at the very advanced age of 87 years. He was born near Stirling, in Scotland in the year 1794, and emigrated thence to the township of Ramsay in 1822, and was thus one of that band of hardy pioneers of whom but few are now living, whose steady perseverance, unceasing industry and strong common sense raised Ramsay to the position it long held as premier township of the county.

As an illustration of the difficulties met with by those men, and the manner in which they were overcome, it may not be amiss to relate the following anecdote of Mr. Drummond: During the summer of 1822 he unfortunately broke his axe, and set out on foot to Perth – 20 miles distant – to buy another. On arriving there he found that the merchants (or merchant) had none in stock, but expected a supply within a week.

This, however, did not suit Mr. Drummond, who started for Brockville , bought his axe and returned home, walking the whole distance! In 1864 he removed to Clayton bought the Bellamy property and rebuilt the mills, but retired from active life, leaving the management of the business to his son, D. Drummond, Esq. late Reeve of Ramsay.

Before the formation of county councils he took an active part in the management of local affairs, but since that time he has always declined public office and manifested little interest in politics beyond voting for and steadily supporting the Reform party at every election for a member of either House. Mr. Drummond was well known as an honest, industrious and straightforward man, and the esteem in which he was held was fully exemplified by the large number who attended his funeral, which took place on Wednesday to the Clayton cemetery.

From Rose Mary Sarsfield’s book

“Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” sold out the first printing of 200 copies during the first week. If you want to purchase a book please email me at rose@sarsfield.ca or call me at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

Snippets– The Drummond Farm — Aida Drummond

What’s In a Name? Lanark County 101– Or What’s What in 1934

What’s In a Name? Lanark County 101– Or What’s What in 1934

Lanark was a provincial riding in Ontario, Canada, that was created for the 1934 election. In 1987 there was a minor redistribution and the riding was renamed to Lanark-Renfrew. It was abolished prior to the 1999 election. It was merged into the riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke.

In 1933, in an austerity measure to mark the depression times, the province passed an update to the Representation Act that reduced the number of seats in the legislature from 112 to 90. The riding of Lanark was created from parts of Lanark North and Lanark South and consisted of the townships of Beckwith, Bathurst, Burgess North, Dalhousie, Darling, Drummond, Elmsley North, Lanark, Lavant, Montague, Pakenham, Ramsay, Sherbrooke North and Sherbrooke South. It also included the towns of Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, and Smith’s Falls and the village of Lanark


W H A T ’S in a Name? Sometimes very little. Scores of townships in On- ” tario are called after old-time members of the Provincial Legislature big frogs in the little political puddles of their day—whose names mean nothing to this generation. Sir John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, gave his own name to one of our counties. Lady Simcoe claimed a share in the work; and to this day three of the townships in that county bear the names of her pet spaniel puppies, Tiny, Tay and Flos. •

 But often in the place names of a community there are suggestions of its ” early history and the origin of its pioneers. The Highlanders who settled Glengarry county have left proof of their love for the old land in the names we find there—Lochiel, Dunvegan, Lochinvar, Dalkeith, Athol, Glen Roy and a dozen others. The Highland emigrant never forgot. 

Lowlanders who came to our own country in 1811-1822 for- or fail to renew in Canada the names of shires and streams and towns which they had known a t home. Lanark, county, township and village,—the Tay, the Clyde, Kilmarnock, Clyde Forks, Glen Tay, the Scotch Line, all remind us of the districts in Scotland from which thousands of our first settlers came. But now our townships, for the most part, preserve the names of the great or near-great men then concerned, in their colonial government or their friends. 

BURGESS, probably from the Bishop of Salisbury, school-mate and friend of Prime Minister Addington (Did you know that North Burgess is now part of Tay Valley?) read- McLaren’s Phosphate Mine — BurgessWood Housing– Anglo Canadian Phosphate Company

ELMSLEY, after Hon. John Elmsley, second Chief Justice of Upper Canada;  Read-A Town Called Barbodies–Port Elmsley 101

BECKWITH and MONTAGUE after Commander J. Beckwith and Admiral Sir George Montague who were friends and guests of Earl Dalhousie Quebec during his term as Governor; – Read-The Beckwith McGregors or readThe Barren Lands of Montague?

DARLING, after Col. H. C. Darling, Military Secretary to Lord Dalhousie for whom he made an inspection and report regarding the Perth and Rideau settlements in 1822. By the way, many years ago I was told by one of the ‘oldest inhabitants’ that this township was named in honour of Grace Darling, the heroic lighthouse girl who, alone in her frail skiff, rescued nine sailors from the wrecked schooner, “Forfarshire” in the storm swept North Sea. Every school reader fifty years ago contained the story of that braV’e deed. One would like to : believe that the township owed its name to her; but she was only eight years old when the survey and naming were completed, and the more commonplace explanation must be accepted.  Read-People are Afraid to Work– Jennie Majaury- Darling Township

DRUMMOND—Sir Gordon Drummond was born a t Quebec .where his father was paymaster of the military forces. Sir Gordon entered the army and served with distinction in Holland, Minorca, Egypt and Gibraltar before coming back to Canada in 1813 to take a gallant part in the war against the United States Read-Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

SHERBROOKE—Sir John Cope Sherbrooke followed Drummond as Governor. Perhaps in Quebec he might have worked out some peaceful solution of the troubles and conflicts, even then becoming acute, between the French Canadians, and the British minority there. But the shuffling policy of the British Colonies office convinced him that the task was hard, and his failing health hastened his resignation.  Read-What’s Happening at Christie Lake June 23, 1899

LAVANT—Sherbrooke was succeeded as Governor by the Duke of Richmond. Richmond Village, the Goodwood river (commonly known as the “Jock”) and the townships of Fitzroy, March and Torbolton in Carleton county get their names from the Duke’s family or estates, and our township of Lavant recalls a village near the Goodwood racetrack on the Duke’s estate in Sussex, England. Read-The Lavant Station Fire 1939

Driving between Ottawa and Franktown one passes a cairn on the roadside in memory of the tragic death there of Charles Lennox, fourth Duke of Richmond. 

The story has been often published with varying details. But the account written by his son, Lord William Pitt Lennox, has not, I think, been reproduced in recent years. It may be of interest to read his own words:

That a far cry from the glitter and glamour of his vice-regal courts at Dublin and Quebec, from his sumptuous entertainments at Goodwood, from the gorgeous ball at Brussels where the Richmonds entertained Wellington and his officers on the eve of Quatre Bras and Waterloo, to this poor crazed Charles Lennox, running madly through a Canadian swamp, and dying at last on a pallet of straw in a back-woods cow byre. “He was born in a barn, and he has died in a barn” said the gossips, when the news reached England. Which was true. Read-The Haunted Canoe from the Jock River

Immigration/ settlers stories

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

Plans For the Lanark County Townships, 1827, with Names Names Names

How Did Settlers Make Their Lime?

Mothell Parish familes that are in the 1816-1822 1816 – 1824 Beckwith Settlers Names

The Old Settlers Weren’t so Old After All

Dear Lanark Era –Lanark Society Settlers Letter

Ramsay Settlers 101

Beckwith –Settlers — Sir Robert the Bruce— and Migrating Turtles

Come to Canada– the Weather is Fine — Immigration Links

Lanark Settlement Emigrants Leave Scotland

Sheppard’s Falls — Shipman’s Falls — Shipman’s Mills –Waterford — Ramsayville Victoriaville and Almonte — Senator Haydon

ROCKIN’ Cholera On the Trek to the New World — Part 4

Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1

It Wasn’t the Sloop John B — Do’s and Don’t in an Immigrant Ship -Part 2

Riders on the Storm– Journey to Lanark County — Part 3

Looking for History on this Home – Earl and Ann Somerville?

Looking for History on this Home – Earl and Ann Somerville?

This house was vacant in 2015–I have admired this old house on Drummond Concession 2 since I first laid eyes upon it. The house sits vacant now. Karen Prytula

Author’s Note-

I wish to know if this home is still standing…

Anyone know the history??

Thanks Linda

This could be the original house at the back, or else a summer kitchen added at a later date.

Yes, Once I pin down the actual lot and Concession number….The road is concession II, but I believe the house and land is on concession

Every weekend during the summer the owners were having a yard sale, and were dragging stuff out of the barns and house. I never had the opportunity to stop, the property comes up on you pretty fast, and there was only parking on the side of the road. I almost always had too much traffic behind me to safely pull over. So, I missed my opportunity to talk to the owners. One slow November day, I did pull over, and with no one around, I snapped some pics. These items were left on the porch.

Rose Mary SarsfieldIf this home is the same one as the renovated one in the other photo and it seems likely that it is, this would be Lot 10 Con 2 Drummond. According to land records it was in the Hands family from 1885 until at least 1981.. There appears to have been some severances so without reading all the documentation it is hard to tell whether they owned the entire lot beyond that date. If indeed these are the same properties, the renovation was extremely well done. Land records for Lanark County properties in some cases to the early 1990s may be found online at ONland.ca by searching the Almonte Registry office and going under Historical Books.—

Claudia TaitMaybe a McDonell ?

Ottawa Lumber Kings — Alexander & Janet (Young) McDonell

Posted on December 6, 2014 by BJ MacDonald

Years ago Elaine sent me a newspaper from Chapeau and in that newspaper was a very interesting article about early settlers in the Chapeau and Chichester area.  Elaine would be interested in the Jewell Family and me, well I was interested in the MacDonnell Brothers that the article shared about.  Elaine is the author of the book about the deaths and burials of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Chapeau and a Burns descendant.

Julie LoveI actually think there are two names on the mailbox if that house. We also stopped one day. It will be a shame to watch it rot away.

Darcy MaloneyMy GGgrandmother lived on Colbourne I believe. She was pretty poor! Could not have lived in such a grand home!

Lois WarkYeah Cherie it was the 2nd line you lived on….it so looks like Earl and Ann Somerville farm ??? I’m thinking 😉

Dannette WarrenA friend of mine says it looks like the Sommerville farm house

I`m sure it could be, but it has been my experience that the township really does not want to give that information out. However, this house is right across the road from a couple of other houses, and if there had of been someone outside at the time I was taking the picture I would have approached them for some information. However, no one was around at the time. I will go back. Pretty sure I have some history on the old place, i.e. the original land owner…and if not, I can get that info from the Archives Lanark. I am hoping a reader will come forward and say “Hey, that`s my great grandparents old place” – that would be handy! KP

Cheryl4 hours

Hi Linda,
The last family I knew to live there were the Sommervilles. It was vacant for a number of years until it was bought maybe three years past. The new owners have done a wonderful job restoring the grand dame. YAY!
Cheryl 🙂

Jennifer E Ferris
21h  · 

and here is google street view May 2012

Sherri IonaIt has been totally renovated over the past year at least on the exterior. New Windows. They’ve done a great job.

Scott SomervilleLiz Mitchell Thanks Liz yes that was my house I sold it to a farmer who disconnected Hydro etc. and let it waste. When a new person bought the land they let me sell the home to Andrew and Kelly James of JAMES construction fame And they are showing my old home the Loveit needs. Contrary to what is mentioned earlier in this article the house was bought by my dad and grandfather in the 50s if not before. There were three houses on the second line that were built for the HANDS family they are all white brick homes Jimmy hands the auctioneer lived in one it has now been sold. There is oneJust two farms up that was the home of Jean and BURTON hands while I was growing up. It’s Lot 16 and 17 Concession one. Number 2771 for the blue number Linda Linda Seccaspina contact me if you would like more info

Kelly James

Hi Linda Seccaspina . My husband and I with our four kids, purchased this beautiful and very much abandoned home last year. We have renovated the entire interior, while keeping some of it’s original character with old doors, trim and other features. We are now living in the house .As for the exterior we’ve cleaned up so much of the waste and landscape and we are still currently working on finishing it up. It’s turning into an absolute dream home and we were so fortunate that Scott Somerville seeked us out to purchase and preserve the property.The history of the home has been talked a little bit about by Scott and that it actually all we know right now as well. We have heard that there is more historical information at Drummond Central school and we will be doing a little more digging once we are done our renovations.Thank you for showing an interest in this beautiful home.

Similar looking home–Jim Hands home

This wasin 2017– was this the same home?

Next up is a grand Victorian double-brick farmhouse at 3560 Drummond Concession 2 in Drummond/North Elmsley Township. Constructed in 1895, Victorian heritage is still reflected in the home’s interior décor and updates have taken into account its history and charm. An original log home also remains on the property.

Legally Dead — But Not Really — Robert James Raine

Legally Dead — But Not Really —  Robert James Raine
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Sep 1906, Fri  •  Page 9

Well, this was not the first nor last time that a husband disappeared in this area. David Kerr from Innisville was away from his wife for 18 years and he didn’t think anyone would find that odd.

Of course women and children were scarcely seen on the gold fields of Alaska or Australia, as conditions were harsh, and it was not considered a place for a lady or children. In the case of Mr. Raines it was Colorado. Read more here about the Innisville incident: When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville and Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

So what is the story of Mr Raine? This was all I could dig up.

When Robert James Raine was born in 1853 in Brampton, Ontario, his father, John, was 24 and his mother, Jane, was 24. Robert married Elizabeth Gardner Ewart on May 24, 1877, in Drummond, Ontario when he was 24 years old and she was 29 years old.

They had two children during their marriage. His daughter Susan was born before they were wed in 1874 in Carleton Place, Ontario and died at age 17 in 1891 in Lanark, Ontario. They had one son ‘Unknown’ who was born May 22, 1878 in Carleton Place and died two days later.

In the 1901 census Elizabeth is not listed as a widow yet and she lives in Drummond, Ontario with her sister. In 1894 the Methodist Farmer/Electrician had disappeared without a trace and she had filed papers to declare him legally dead. In 1901 she received an insurance payment officially declaring him legally dead after toughing it out for 7 years.

In 1911 Elizabeth Gardner Ewart lives in Lanark, Ontario. She is listed as age 62; and relation to Head of House was her Sister-in-law. Her marital status is now listed as Married as Robert James Raine sent a letter in 1906 (see clipping) to say he was still alive. She is no longer a widow on Canadian census as Robert James Raine lived in Las Animas, Colorado, USA, in 1910. No mention if she had to pay back the insurance company who had declared him legally dead 5 years previous.

It seems Robert managed to find his way back to Canada and died in 1922 at the age of 69, and was buried in Perth, Ontario. Elizabeth died from pneumonia on March 17, 1925, in Lanark, Ontario, at the age of 77, and was buried in Drummond, Ontario.

On the 1921 census Elizabeth Gardner Ewart is listed as NOT a widow. However on her death certificate in 1925 she finally got to say she was widowed as Robert died previously in 1922. God rest her soul. Robert James Raine– not so much.


Although marriage was invested with significant personal, ideological, economic, legal, and political importance in late-nineteenth-century America, its endings and beginnings could be more fluid than the law suggested. This study of “contesting widow” applications, where two wives applied for a single soldier’s pension, in Civil War pension files demonstrates these fluid marriage patterns among working-class couples. Some couples separated, and other individuals abandoned or deserted spouses. Short-term temporary separations sometimes lasted lifetimes. Many times the husbands and wives from these informal divorces married others, becoming bigamists

It Pays to Advertise… Classified Ad Brides

Women in Peril 1868 — Mathilda Routh

Did He or Didn’t He Commit Bigamy? Scoundrel Andrew Whitten

The Very Sad Tale of Hessie Churchill

All the Single Ladies?

I’m Every Woman?

James Watson– Bigamy and Shoes

Begging Your Husband for Forgiveness? What? What? What?

Even if it’s Convenient — You Can’t Marry Your Sister in law

  1. Sixteen Wives– What Do You Get? Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt
  2. I’m so Sick of that Same Old Love — Bigamous Relations in Lanark County
  3. James Watson– Bigamy and Shoes
  4. A Smith’s Falls “Frustrated Young Love’s Dream” Purdy vs Lenahan
  5. She Came Back! A Ghost Divorce Story
  6. One Night in Almonte or Was it Carleton Place?
  7. Bigamists? How About the Much Married Woman? One for the Murdoch Mystery Files
  8. The Wedding of Stanley Alexander Jackson and Margaret Elizabeth Forbes
  9. The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 15- Code Family– Love and Runaway Marriages
  10. Odd Ironic Wedding Stories –Or it was Almost Lonely Valley
  11. Marriage Records Lanark County, Ontario, Canada– Names Names Names
  12. Till Death Do Us Part in Lanark County?
  13. Taming of the Beckwith Shrew?
  14. A Smith’s Falls “Frustrated Young Love’s Dream” Purdy vs Lenahan
  15. Going to the Chapel? Hold on– Not so Fast!
  16. Another Episode in Spinsterdom–The Armour Sisters of Perth
  17. She Came Back! A Ghost Divorce Story
  18. Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?
  19. Go Ask Alice – The Saga of a Personal Ad Divorce
  20.  Bigamy–The Story of Ken and Anne and Debby and Cathy and…

“Sale” Fairs — Crops and Sometimes Fair Damsels

1821-1945 Oldest Family Farm Property –Mcllquham Genealogy

1821-1945 Oldest Family Farm Property –Mcllquham Genealogy


July 21, 1945

Believed to be a record in Lanark county, and possibly Ontario, a Drummond township farm property has remained in the possession of one family representing the fifth generation for 124 years.

At the present time the farm is owned by Rutherford Mcllquham and is one of the finest in the county. It has been in the hands of the Mcllquham family by direct succession, son to son, since the year 1821 when James Mcllquham, immigrant pioneer, chose the site from the primeval wilderness.

During the lifetime of James Mcllquham, his original roof-tree was succeeded by a larger log structure which, until four years ago, remained standing not far from the present stone home. The property was passed on to his son, James Mcllquham Jr., and from him to his son, Walter S. Mcllquham, who in turn was succeeded by one of his three sons. The present owner is one of the best known farmers of this district. He has two sons, Max and Ellis, and a daughter, Margaret representing the fifth generation.

The Mcllquhams are one of the oldest families of Lanark county and have settled in various sections. Several relatives have resided in Carleton Place and at present include Mrs. Walter Mcllquham and Clyde Mcllquham, of the Mississippi hotel, and James Mcllquham.




 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 May 1957, Sat  •  Page 24

 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Jul 1940, Mon  •  Page 15




  1. Down at Old McIlquham’s Bridge

  2. Lanark Carnival Queen–Margaret Mcllquham

  3. Remembering Lucky McIllquham of Carleton Place


Peter Mcllquham William Mcllquham — Mcllquham Geneology

Did You Wear Wool Socks to Bed? From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series Part 8

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 6– Do you Know These Unknown Folks?

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 6– Do you Know These Unknown Folks?















16 seconds of the Mahon Family Reunion- August 2019

More tomorrow


Stay tuned for more as:

All are welcome, all are welcome,

All are welcome in this place.



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

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 1

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 2

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 3

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 4 — The Family Photograph!!!!

The Willows Family Reunions Clippings

The Willows Family Reunions Clippings



A photograph of the Willows family on a wagon circa 1900. Left to right, those pictured are: Alfred Willows, Catherine Willows, Ruth Halpenny, and Sara Halpenny.
Photo from Marjorie Earl.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 Sep 1933, Fri,
  3. Page 18



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 09 Aug 1950, Wed,
  3. Page 9



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 08 Aug 1956, Wed,
  3. Page 4
  4.  -
    Ivy Mohrhardt Alfred is a nephew of my 2Xgrgrandmother Desdimona Flintoft (nee Willows) Catherine’s maiden name was Halpenny. Love this photo!!

    1905-This picture is of Mrs. Ross who visited in the summer months to Mississippi Lake near Drummond Center and stayed in a tent with two young boys, Norman and Jack.  Her maiden name could be Tysick, Caswell, Willows, Code or other.  The boys were probably her grand-sons. The picture seems to be taken at the Flintoft’s farm or Mrs. Ross’ home in Carleton Place.  Anyone have any more information?

    Willow’s Family Genealogy Click here



The Diphtheria Scare Fake News?

The Diphtheria Scare Fake News?

 - CARLETON PLACE PROTESTS. The Medical Healtn...

Carleton Place Herald 1897:  Strange as it may appear, the false report that “diphtheria had broken out in Carleton Place” was only corrected when a man named McCaffery of Drummond about 15 miles from Carleton Place, drove into town with a boy named Jones, son of John Jones of Eganville, who said he was suffering from a sore throat.

He was taken to Dr. McFarlane’s office and after examination Dr. McFarlane pronounced the disease diphtheria and advised the man to remove the boy as soon as possible and gave him the necessary medical advice.  The man left muttering something about leaving him in the hands of authorities and virtually abandoned him to the mercies of the doctor and the town of Carleton Place.

The former notified the Board of Health who – naturally feeling indignant abut the matter—took action at once, securing a vacant house on the outskirts of town which was converted into a hospital, secured a trained nurse and now after a week—we are pleased to inform our readers the little patient is doing well.  It is rather unfortunate that the town should be made to shoulder a case of this kind from the outside.

 - Editor Citizen: As a lavor I ask. you to...

Clipped from

  1. Ottawa Daily Citizen,
  2. 16 Aug 1897, Mon,
  3. Page 7

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Diphtheria in Carleton Place

Life in The House of Industry

Dark Moments in Ottawa History- Porter Island

Think the Smallpox issue on Outlander was far fetched?

Smallpox in Carleton Place — Did You Know?

The Great White Plague

Drummond Cemetery Photos by Glenda Mahoney

Drummond Cemetery Photos by Glenda Mahoney



All Photos Glenda Mahoney

On is the of the oldest cemeteries in Drummond is the Old Drummond Centre Cemetery that is situated on land drawn from the crown in 1816 by Donald McDonald and was deeded to him on march 30,1824.

The Drummond Cemetery. We have always called it the Malloch cemetery. It is very old. 4 generations of Mallochs interred in that beautiful spot. The new  monument of the Ross’s was set in place once the site of the lost children was found. They had been buried there before the cemetery was sanctioned ground.

In 1816 at the first site two children were buried in the field, their grave marked by a Hawthorne Tree. Their name was believed to be Ross, as a family by that name squatted there very early and also drew Lot 23 Con. 5 close to the road. At the second site there are at least 2 graves and a third site containing the graves of 3 children is on Lot. 23 Con. 5 close to the road. These were not cemeteries in the official meaning of the word, but the graves of family buried close to home. This was not an uncommon occurrence but there is no doubt there are more such grave sites through the township that have been long forgotten.




When we were children we spent time wandering the cemetery and marvelling at the dates and names. To say we had a reputation as a wild bunch may be true but we were taught from an early age to be very respectful and quiet in the cemetery.




Recently I was at the cemetery just visiting with my nephew Ethan who is 7. We wandered from old stone to old stone while he traced with his little fingers the worn names and dates and I read out to him some of the words we could barely see. We picked wildflowers and distributed them. It made me realize once again how important our past is.  Then we walked back to the Farm and spent the rest of the day with family who were very much alive and very noisy. A perfect day.


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 Oldest Cemetery in Drummond

Faeries on the Malloch Farm


A Time Capsule on the Malloch Farm

The Malloch Barn and Other Things

The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood

S.S. 18 Knowles School — Nearby to McIllquham’s Bridge

S.S. 18 Knowles School — Nearby to McIllquham’s Bridge


S.S. 18 Knowles School

S.S. 18 Knowles School was located in a small clearing on the farm of a Mr. Ralston located on Lot 6  Con. 12 built in 1844 nearby to McIllquham’s Bridge. The daughter of a local farmer, Maria Dayton was the first teacher with a yearly salary of $36. Griselda Menna taught after Miss Dayton left to get married and she received every second Saturday off and two weeks holiday.  In 1855 Griselda was awarded an extra $64 a year making her salary an even $100 per annum.

In  late 1854 the school was moved to a better central location at the corner of the Perth Road and 12th Line on land donated by Abraham Jackson. It was said that the old school was dragged to its new home with new additions of new windows, floor and clapboards being placed over the original logs. Of course Miss Menna came along with the move and continued to teach school until 1865. No word if her salary had been increased, and I can not find mention of her or her family anywhere, which is odd, especially with a first name of Griselda.

By 1887 a new school was needed, and a site half a mile north and across the 12th concession was chosen to build a new frame school. The school was in use until 1968, except for the years 1945 and 1953 when the population of the school was only 4 pupils. During those specific years students attended the school in Lanark Village.

A motion passed in 1967-68 by the Drummond Township School Area Board, to close the small schools in the area and to build a large school which would be central for the children in the township. A ten acre field in Drummond Centre was purchased and on this property was built a school which consisted of eight classrooms, a staff room, a library, a health room, a gymnasium, a kitchen, offices and change rooms, as well as washrooms and supply rooms.

In June of 1968 the following rural schools closed their doors:

S. S. No. 3 2 nd Line S. S. No. 13 Drummond Centre

S. S. No. 8 Wayside S. S. No. 15 McIlquahm’s

S. S. No. 9 Code’s S. S. No. 16 Prestonvale

S. S. No. 11 Balderson S. S. No. 17 Innisville

S. S. No. 12 McGarry’s S. S. No. 18 Knowles

These building were later sold and turned into homes except for one, Innisville, which has been turned into a museum. In September 1968, the shiny new school was ready for students.

The first staff consisted of:

Principal: Mr. Walter Kane

Grade 1: Mrs. Carmel Fergusson Grade 5: Mrs. Bertha Livingstone

Grade 2: Mrs. Gladys Thomas Grade 6: Mrs. Verna Montgomery

Grade 3: Mrs. Dorothy Cavanagh Grade 7: Mrs. Laura Thomson

Grade 4: Mrs. Lila McFarlane Grade 8: Mrs. Edythe Moulton/Mr. Kane

Music: Mr. Robert Adamson Art: Mrs. Renals

Secretary: Mrs. Connie Ebbs Custodians: Alan and Marion Wedenmaier

January 17, 1969 marked the official opening of the school with a large crowd with many dignitaries attending, including trustees, John C. Ebbs – Chairman, William J. L. Playfair, J. Barrie Frizell, Thomas J. James, Gordon D. McIntosh, W. Keith McLaren and Lloyd M. Knowles, Secretary-Treasurer and George M. Nobes, Area Superintendent.

The first year saw the building of the garage, donation of plaques and trophies to honor outstanding achievement in various areas, and the graduation of eighteen grade eight students.


Local Knowles Family

 - : . Edith Rae Knowles Dies in Toronto LANARK...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 13 Sep 1949, Tue,
  3. Page 16
  4.  - I ' ' ' Malcolm M. Knowles Lanark Cheeseman...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 23 Oct 1952, Thu,
  3. Page 36

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.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)