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Snippets– James Wilson and Nelson Syme — Appleton

Snippets– James Wilson and Nelson Syme — Appleton
Photo- SEE below– Women’s Institute
SYME, Nelson Aberdeen Peacefully after a lengthy illness at the Carleton Place Hospital on Monday, November 20, 2006, at the age of 80. Loving husband of Emma (nee Howie) for 56 years. Dearly loved father of Glen (Ellen), Karen (Lonny Lytle) and Audrey Syme. Proud grandfather of Travis, Trudy and Jordan. Predeceased by his brothers Orville and Milburn and his sister Lois. Friends may call at the ALAN R. BARKER FUNERAL HOME, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, Ontario on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service Thursday in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. For those who wish, a donation to the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

Back row standing:  Nelson Syme, Karen (Syme) Lytle, Murray Lowry, Keith Lowry
Front row:  Inez McCoy’s nephew, Beth (Lowry) Nanne, Allan Drummond
Nelson and Emma resided at this farm located at 406 River Road beside Appleton Village.  Son Glen, now operates. read-The Story of the Appleton Sleigh Ride–Audrey Syme

406 River Road beside Appleton Village
Original and Subsequent Owners: An 1829 Crown Patent, for all 200 acres, was granted to the Canada Company. In 1842, they sold the same to James Wilson for $550.00. 14 February 1851, James Wilson sold 65 acres of the West half of lot 3 to William Wilson for $1.00. Four months later, William & Flora Wilson sold to Albert Teskey for $64.00. 26 Jan 1883, Teskey sold to Duncan Miller for $95.00. It has been owned by various owners since that time. From Hot off the Press–Sarah More

ON another subject you can also read: Please take the Devil Out of Me? Rev. James Wilson of Lanark

Information about the Wilson Farm came from:

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Gravelle Toshack Almonte Farmer Killed By Train

Gravelle Toshack Almonte Farmer Killed By Train

Added by David T
Ottawa Journal Saturday 20 April 1929

Almonte Farmer Killed By Train
Gravelle Toshack Meets Instant Death When Horses Are Frightened
ALMONTE, April 20. – While crossing the railway line at Wylie’s crossing, Almonte, this morning, Grevelle Toshack, a prosperous farmer of the distric, was knocked down and instantly killed by the 10.17 C.P.R. train.
Mr. Doshack was driving a tam of horses and ad stopped at the Producer’s Dairy to wait for his son. As the train approached the horses, evidently frightened, ran right into its path and the vehicle was shattered. One of the horses was cut in two, while the other escaped.
The victim was well known in the township of Ramsay, where he had been a farmer for many years

Ottawa Citizen 20 April 1929.

Farmer is Instantly Killed by a Train!
ALMONTE, April 20. When his horses became frightened at the Pembroke C.P.R. train and ran onto the railway track at Wylies Milling Company here shortly after 10 o’clock this morning, Gravelle Toshack, a farmer in the township of Ramsay, four miles from here, was struck by the train and instantly killed.
Mr. Toshack was thrown about fifteen feet from the track and when picked up was dead. One of the horses was also killed and the wagon completely demolished.
Mr. Toshack with his son had come into town and had stopped at the Producers’ Dairy, which is close to the track. His son went into the dairy and during his absence the train passed through the town. The horses became frightened and started to run away. Mr. Toshack, not realizing that the train was so close, did not jump from the wagon.
It is likely that an inquest will be opened this afternoon.
Name:Greville E Toshack
Birth Year:abt 1872
Birth Place:Ramsey, Ontario
Marriage Date:24 Jan 1899
Marriage Place:Canada, Lanark, Ontario
Father:John Toshack
Mother:Janet Young
Spouse:Annie Snedden



Greville Ewen Toshack
Gender:M (Male)
Birth Date:20 Mar 1871
Birth Place:Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Death Date:20 Apr 1929
Death Place:Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery:Auld Kirk Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Mississippi Mills, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?:Y
Father:John G. Toshack
Mother:Janet Toshack
Spouse:Annie Toshack
Children:Annie Marion ToshackRobert Ewen Toshack

1929, Friday April 26, The Almonte Gazette front page
Community Stirred by Tragic Death of Well Known Ramsay Farmer
Horses Bolted Over Track In Front of Train Greville Toshack Unable To Control Team and Was Killed
Team was Standing When Train Whistled Engine Crashed Into Wagon and One Horse Was Killed
Remarkable Concourse at Funeral and at the Auld Kirk Cemetery Where Interment Was Made. Mr Toshack
Was Fine Athlete in His Younger Days.

Greville E. Toshack, prominent Ramsay farmer, was instantly killed at the C.P.R. crossing on Main Street on Saturday morning shortly after 10 o’clock. His team had been standing at the Producer’s Dairy which is close to the railway track, which the east-bound local came along. The whistle of the locomotive evidently startled the horses. They bolted up Main Street. The engine struck the wagon. One of the horses was killed. The details of the tragedy were considered at the inquest on Monday evening. It seems that this team all winter had made the trip almost every day from the Toshack farm to the Producer’s Dairy and had never shown signs of uneasiness at the passing of trains. On the fatal occasion Mr Toshack was sitting sideways on the single board between the front and hind wheels of the wagon. He held the reins and was waiting for his son Robert who was inside the Dairy building. At the curve, which is some 600 yards from the crossing the locomotive whistled and, according to Mr Andrew Cochrane, of Almonte, who was talking to him at the time, the horses started up. They stopped for a second or so and then bolted across the track just as the train approached. Mr Toshack’s back was toward the incoming train. Apparently he did not hear the whistle, and was bestowing all his attention on the effort to control his horses. The locomotive whistled, the bell was ringing continuously, and the emergency brakes were applied but the tragedy could not be avoided. Mr Toshack was thrown from the wagon on to the siding at the Wylie Mill and his head struck the steel rail. He died instantaneously.

One Horse Escaped.
It is curious that the horse nearest the locomotive escaped, and it is conjectured that the tongue of the smashed wagon hit the farther horse and killed it. The wagon was broken into splinters and part of it carried on the cow-catcher of the engine until it was brought to a standstill. Mr Toshack was very widely known and the tragedy caused the deepest regret in the community. He was 58 years of age, the eldest son of the late John Toshack and his wife, Janet Young, and a descendant of that Greville Toshack one of the pioneer settlers of Ramsay who came from Scotland over a century ago. He was born on the farm where he spent all his life. As a young man he became very well known throughout sport. He was a fine lacrosse and baseball player as well as a runner and had the happy knack of making and keeping friendships. he never lost interest in games in his later years and he was a familiar figure amongst the spectators at local sports.

Leaves Four Sons
Thirty years ago he was married to Miss Annie Snedden, who survives with a family of four sons, Robert at home, and John, Greville and Fred, of Prescott. One daughter Annie predeceased him some years ago. He is survived by one sister, Mrs W.A. Snedden of Blakeney, and to them all the deepest sympathy of a very large circle of friends is extended. The funeral which was held on Monday afternoon from his late residence on the ninth line of Ramsay was attended by an extraordinary large gathering of mourners. The cortege was about a mile and three quarters long. Interment was made at the Auld Kirk cemetery where most of Mr Toshack’s relatives have been laid.

Masonic Funeral
The funeral was conducted under the auspices of Mississippi Lodge A.F. and A.M., of which Mr Toshack was a member. The service was conducted by Rev J.R. MacCrimmon of Bethany United Church and Mr A.M. Woottor, of Blakeney United Church. The pallbearers were Messrs Alex Barker, George Graham, John McGill, John Lindsay, Oswald McPhail, and Oral Arthur. Amongst those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr Thos Harris, Montreal; Mr George Graham and Mr S.H. Ogden, Ottawa; Mr Wilfred Snedden, Toronto; Mr and Mrs Stanley Everett, Prescott; Mr James Wilson and son of Renfrew; Mr and Mrs Robert Buckham, of Kinburn; Mr R. Moir, Mr and Mrs C. Baker and Mrs George Etherington, Arnprior; Mrs T. Wilson, Fitzroy; Mr and Mrs Wm Young and Mr and Mrs Andrew Young, Clay Bank. It was a touching sight at the Auld Kirk Cemetery when the four Toshack boys and the four Snedden boys surrounded the grave of their father and uncle as he was laid to rest.

Perth Courier, August 24, 1877

California Correspondence—In last week’s and this week’s issue will be found most interesting letters from California by Mr. Gavin Toshack, lately engaged on the editorial staff of the Almonte Gazette.  Mr. Toshack has told the story of his voyage there in very graphic terms and we hope to publish his experiences in the “land of the gold” in the shape of equally interesting letters in future issues of the Courier.

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Clippings of Mrs. Joseph Yuill – Margaret Yuill

Clippings of Mrs. Joseph Yuill  – Margaret Yuill


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Margaret was the daughter of Andrew Cochran and Isabel Erskine, both of whom came to Canada from Glasgow, and were among the first settlers on the seventh concession line of Ramsay at the very genesis of that municipality named for General Geo.Ramsay, ninth Earl of Dalhousie, who fought under Wellington at Waterloo.

They established a home on lot 22, and It was there Mrs. Yuill, the 4th child of that union, was born in 1844. Mrs. Yuill attended Black’s School in the days when the educational facilities were meagre and was fortunate in gaining the rudimentary principles ofeducation. In 1864 she was married to Joseph Yuill, son of another pioneer family.

Rev. Dr. McMoran of Almonte, performed the ceremony. The couple settled at once on the present seventh line homestead, they ultimately acquired fix hundred acres and one-third of that property is still owned and operated by the family. 

On that fine terrain, about three miles from Carleton Place, Mr. and Mrs. JosephYuill upheld the best traditions of the Canadian pioneers for their ability to achieve success over great obstacles, and by precept and example to encourage others towards the higher attributes of their calling. They made their farm a recognized centre for Ayrshire cattle, and. with the late A. A. Wright, of Renfrew, organized the first “travelling dairy” and gave public lectures and demonstrations on butter-making as far afield as Manitoba.



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Before and after–Black and white photograph from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum of 56 Front Street. Known as the Joseph Yuill house from: Standing on Front Street

Mr. Yuill was one of the founders of the Patrons of Industry, a fluent speaker and an ardent worker, while Mrs. Yuill helped establish the first Women’s Institute organizations in this district. She spoke from many platforms throughout Ontario, was the first president of the Carleton Place branch, and latterly was honorary president of the district of North Lanark. She did splendid work for the W. I. and the Red Cross and in 1917 both organizations presented her with life membership badges.

She was also a valued member of the United Farm Board. For a time the Yuill farm was a government fattening station where fowl were prepared for the British market and in the summer of 1901 Mr.- and Mrs. Yuill visited on the Old Country and studied the needs of that market.

A great many of their primary methods in the raising and preparation of fowl for export and in the dairying industry are in pretty general today. In church work Mrs. Yuill was as equally industrious, first in the historic little “Auld Kirk” in Ramsay, but in later years in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church in Carleton Place.

Mrs. Yuill witnessed tremendous changes during her lifetime of nearly a century, in her time agricultural facilities developed from the simple sickle and the reaping hook to the present impressive and all-embracing scientific achievements. She lived long before the trains, telephones and telegraph were known in her native land and witnessed the tremendous growth of the textile industry in this country.




The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 May 1936, Sat  •  Page 12







The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 May 1936, Fri  •  Page 17

 - The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
22 May 1936, Fri  •  Page 10

On Christmas Day a wedding occurred that linked a member of each of two of the leading families in Ramsay, Mr. W. J. Paul, son of Mr. John Paul, of Mont Blow Cottage, was married to Miss Bella Yuill, daughter of Mr. Joseph Yuill, of Meadow Side Farm, the leading stock raiser in Ramsay township. Over 100 persons helped to consume the wedding cake. The Rev. Mr. McNair united Miss Yuill and Mr Wm. Paul in a contract for life on that occasion.

December 28,1894



Photo- Laurie Yuill

You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.



Ralph and Iris Yuill

The Life and Times of Cora Yuill

Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter

Fire Caused Strange Scene Near Portland

Fire Caused Strange Scene Near Portland


Portland, Ontario


In the year 1870 fire caused consternation among the wild things which inhabited a strip of uncultivated land on the north side of the Rideau across from Portland. The land was in North Burgess and was partly rocky, partly stumpy (had been cut for timber) and partly beaver meadow.

The land in question had a frontage of about a mile on the lake. The year 1870, as most people know, was a very dry year and fires broke out everywhere. Something started a fire in this “bad land.” The fire came from the north and the denizens of the “bad lands” could not escape that way.

The fire drove them towards the Rideau River. One day the residents of the south side of the Rideau witnessed a strange scene. They saw red foxes, coons, ground hogs, squirrels and rabbits jump into the river and swim towards the south side. It was a scene never before witnessed.





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  1. The Burlington Free Press,
  2. 07 Sep 1870, Wed,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 2

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.


The Drought of 1871 and the Mills on the Mississippi River

What Do You Know About the Burnt Lands?

When Crops Failed — Lanark County Went Manitoba Dreamin’

Run Pig Run–Shake it Off! Convictions of 1870

No More Wire Fences? John Drynan– 1908

No More Wire Fences? John Drynan– 1908



Frank Myke has farmed cattle, dairy and beef, all his adult life. He is known across Lanark County as a talented traditional fencer, and has built authentic cedar rail fences with and for  local farmers since 1976–Take his class –Heritage Fencing: Learn to Build a Heritage Fence in Perth–Click here–


Editor Almonte Gazette— January 1908


Dear Sir


I noticed at the last meeting of the Ramsay council a report was received from ex-Councillor Naismith regarding laying down fences on cross roads during the winter season; also recommending that since the ratepayers have decided that cows shall not be permitted to run at large on the public highways at any time during the year the council repeal the bylaw granting a bonus to farmers erecting wire fences along public highways.

Now, Mr. Editor, I think that very few farmers or citizens will approve of such a recommendation, as I am satisfied that the bylaw encouraging farmers to erect wire fences along public highways is one of the best bylaws on record. Many public thoroughfares throughout the county where no wire fences are erected have been rendered impassible during a large part of the winter by being completely filled with snow, and the only recourse has been to take down the farmers’ fences and make a public highway through their farms.

Many of our municipal councillors seem to think it quite proper and right, but if they look carefully into the municipal statutes they will find that they have no authority to use any property for public traffic other than the public highway, at any season Of the year, and that they are obliged to keep the same in good condition at all times. The insignificant sum paid as a bonus towards erection of wire fences is nothing compared to what it will cost to keep these roads in proper condition by shovelling snow.

Farmers are well aware of the fact that there is a large percentage of the farms polluted with various kinds of obnoxious weeds, such as sow thistle, blue weed, and in the winter season the produce from such farms is hauled through clean farms to be consumed in the town, almost invariably -leaving a streak of such obnoxious weeds for a good farmer to dispose of afterwards.

Besides, Mr. Editor, it is not always experts who lay down fences through farms, and they very frequently smash rails and tear down three or four times the amount of fence necessary, and in addition, many of these winter roads pass close to farmers’ buildings, in fact, very often through their barnyards.  Some cases would have some farmers prevent their stock from  trespassing on the public highway and becoming liable to be impounded.

Mr. Editor, the only remedy I see is to encourage the erection of wire fences and compel the municipality to keep the roads in proper condition, and that the farmers see that no public roads are made through their premises.

Yours truly,




John DRYNAN b: 16 March 1850 in Ramsay Township, Ontario d: 27 July 1929 in Fort William, Ontario, buried Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte, and married Agnes SYME b: 22 April 1845 in Ramsay Township, Ontario m: 24 May 1872 in St John’s Church, Almonte, Ontario d: December 1928 in Fort William, Ontario, buried Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. (Note: John was Mayor of Almonte)




Cheryl said:
There is a saying around these here parts on the making of a good fence. It must be pig tight, horse high and bull strong. I guess sheep didn’t matter back then



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






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