I had previously printed two other letters from his Mother, but I found this one tucked away in the journal- Original posting–The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 14- Code Family–Letters from Mother Elizabeth Hicks
Innisville, November 11th (no year)
(No idea who Jessie is)
My Dear Son,
As I am sitting here all alone tonight I thought I would drop you a line. I was glad to hear to hear you went up to see the last of Jessie once again. My poor dear child I am very sorry she was taken from us so soon. My dear, if you had only known her, she was the soul of kindness, you would have only known her to appreciate her. I have lost a good child as she was always that to me.
I know it is very foolish for me to grieve so much for her, for at the best my time will not be very long, but she showed me every respect when I was there last winter. They are the kindest people I have ever known. I hope that poor Jim will get on staying with them for awhile anyhow, poor fellow. He is well respected there and keeps good company, and I believe poor Jessie did not forget him at the last.
One thing we cannot say that he was a slighted husband for whatever he said was alright with her and what she said was the same with him. I often thought you might have driven out with Jennie ( Leslie maiden name T. A. Code’s wife) and the baby ( Dorothy Leslie Code later Mrs. T. R. Caldwell, Oshawa) while Jessie was well. It would have shown her a little respect if nothing else. Tell Dorothy she has a grandma in the country who thinks as much of her if not more than any grandchild she has, but I don’t see much of her. Remember me in the finest manner to Jennie, and if she had known Jessie better she would be sorry for her too.
From your Affectionate Mother.
After I read this, I knew that it does not matter what era or year it is, Mother’s think the same. Elizabeth Hicks Code, Thomas Alfred’s mother, was not happy the way the death of this dear girl she loved was handled by her family. Sentences like: “if she had known Jessie better she would be sorry for her too” proved to me that Elizabeth was unhappy the way her son had handled Jessie’s death, and these gentle words she wrote was how she felt. These days, maybe more emphatic words would have been used, but that was the sign of the times.
Dorothy Code- Thomas Alfred Code’s daughter, he also had a son Allan.
Canada Census, 1911
Name Dorothy Code
Event Type Census
Event Date 1911
Event Place Lanark South Sub-Districts 1-37, Ontario, Canada
Age (Estimated) 19
Marital Status Single
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Birth Date Jun 1892
Thomas Code Head M 57 Ontario
Dorothy Code Daughter F 19 Ontario
Allan Code Son M 15 Ontario
Barbara Hutchinson Housekeeper F 42 Ontario
Maggie Gamble Domestic F 22 Ontario
Mary Stewart Domestic F 44 Ontario
Dorothy married T. R. Code in England and lived in Oshawa.
- In the 1883, Mr. T. A. Code established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998. The following year, John Stewart began a major restoration and introduced new uses for this landmark. This impressive limestone complex with its central atrium now has an interesting mix of commercial tenants.-Perth Remembered
How did I get this?
I purchased this journal online from a dealer in California. I made every attempt to make sure the journal came back to its rightful location. Every day I will be putting up a new page so its contents are available to anyone. It is a well worn journal full of glued letters and newspaper clippings which I think belonged to Code’s son Allan at one point. Yes there is lots of genealogy in this journal. I am going to document it page by page. This journal was all handwritten and hand typed. Read-More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island
How did it get into the United States? The book definitely belonged to Allan Code and he died in Ohio in 1969.
Allan Leslie Code
1896–1969 — BIRTH 27 MAR 1896 • Ontario—DEATH JUN 1969 • Mentor, Lake, Ohio, USA
Andrew Haydon–He was the author of Pioneer Sketches of The District of Bathurst (Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario) (The Ryerson Press, 1925) and Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party (Allen, 1930).
Hand written insert or advertisement for an ad to be placed in a newspaper owned by James C. Poole. Paper my have been Lanark Herald or the Carleton Place Herald, Lanark County, Ottawa, Canada. A & G Code were clothing manufacturers in Innisville, later in Perth
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4b – Innisville — Coopers and “Whipping the Cat” 1860-1870
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4e – Innisville — ‘Neighbours Furnished one Another with Fire’
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 5- Code Family– “Hawthorn Mill was a Failure, and the Same Bad Luck has Followed for at Least 50 Years”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 6- Code Family– “Almost everything of an industry trial character had vanished in Innisville in 1882”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 7- Code Family–“Thank God, no member of my family has disgraced me or the name!
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 8- Code Family– “We got a wool sack and put him inside and took him to the bridge”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 9- Code Family –“I had much trouble in saving myself from becoming a first class liar”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 10- Code Family – I conjured to myself: “You will know me later!” And Peter McLaren did.
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 11- Code Family –“I continued with bull dog tenacity for 12 years without salary”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 12- Code Family–“Had I the course to go over again I would evade outside responsibilities beyond my share, even if it cost more”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 16- Code Family-“The fish would shoot back and forth and at time hit their legs causing them to fall”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 17- Code Family–“A reaper with the sickle and danced all night”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 19- Code Family–“Michell was never known to have any money, excepting at or after tax sales”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 20- Code Family–“Whither Are We Drifting?”– The Perth Public School
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 21- Code Family–Franktown Past and Present Reverend John May
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 22- Code Family–Field Day at “The Hill” (McDonald’s Corners)