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Interesting Photos- Playfair Forgie from Laurie Yuill

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Interesting Photos- Playfair Forgie from Laurie Yuill
This is such a nice photo, I thought I’d include it. Will A. Playfair and sister Emma Playfair

All photos from Laurie Yuill

 

Fallbrook and Playfair Playfairville 101– Names Names Names

Inhabiting Playfairville Once Again?

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
17 Feb 1897, Wed  •  Page 5

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
04 Oct 1899, Wed  •  Page 5

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
17 Aug 1898, Wed  •  Page 5


Barbara Forgie, Mrs. Minnie Playfair, Mrs. Sophie Forgie (daughter of J. J. Playfair) at the opening to Iron Mine, Lot 1, Con 4, Dalhousie

Lt. Col. Playfair built a dam, and established lumber, grist and carding mills, an iron ore mine, housing, stores and a hotel and stable until the iron ore and forests were exhausted. Only the stone hearth chimney of Playfair’s original house and remnants of the dam remain. –Inhabiting Playfairville Once Again? and My Daddy was a Miner — was Yours?

A List of Local Mines

Playfair Mine (Dalhousie Mine; Lanark Iron Mine), Dalhousie Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada44° 58′ 24″ N76° 25′ 44″ W21.5km (13.4 miles)201.3° (SSW)
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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1899, Wed  •  Page 1

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
29 Aug 1917, Wed  •  Page 1

Not sure where this store was located. Hannah & Bert Golding in their store

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HISTORY OF LANARK TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION –Laurie Yuill Part 3-“There is no use in my joining the Society, as I have nothing to exhibit”

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Middleville– Yuill- Photos Laurie Yuill

Walter Mather Yuill — Died at age 28

Photos of Men at Work – 1920s — Don’t Forget About Me!

Almonte Business May 15 1875 Block Sale James Forgie

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Almonte Business May 15 1875 Block Sale James Forgie
April 30 1875 Almonte Gazette

James Forgie

1916, Friday June 30, The Almonte Gazette, page 4
DEATH’S HARVEST
Mr Jas Forgie
Another of Almonte’s very oldest residents has responded to the inevitable call that comes sooner or later to every one, and Mr James Forgie passed beyond this world’s recall. On Saturday he had been about as usual but on Sunday he was taken very ill, and on Wednesday morning he quietly slept away. The late Mr Forgie was born in Ramsay township on April 1st, 1833, a son of the late Graham Forgie and Ann Gemmill. He came to Almonte when he was a young man, and here he engaged in occupation of one kind or another. He was a wagon-maker by trade, but even in those early days real estate divisions were attractive and he purchased the land on the northern end of the town through which Ottawa street is today the main thoroughfare

The Forgie Building on Mill Street in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. It was built in 1873–

From the proceeds of this transaction he was enabled to embark in other enterprises in which his efforts also proved successful, and aided him in making ample provision for his declining years. In 1870 he erected the brick store and dwelling, in which he carried on business for a number of years. On May 5th, 1855, Mr Forgie was married to Miss Isabella Thomlinson, and to them twelve children were born, on two of whom are now living. These are Mr J.G. Forgie, barrister, of Pembroke, and Mrs A.E. Teskey of Winnipeg. On May 5, 1905, Mr and Mrs Forgie celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.

Two years later Mrs Forgie was called away, and on August 29, 1911, Mr Forgie was again married to Georgina G. Smith, who survives him. Two brothers of Mr Forgie’s are still living, Henry at Toronto and Robert at Portage la Prairie. The funeral took place this Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock to the Presbyterian cemetery and was attended by a large number, both of townspeople and others, whose respect and esteem Mr Forgie had won. The late Mr Forgie was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church, and was one of the staunch supporters of and liberal contributors to St. John’s church, when it did not enjoy prosperity that marked its later years. No appeal for truly religious or charitable purposes was ever made in vain to him, and very few knew the amount of the benefactions dispensed by him, as he put into actual practice the scriptural injunction, “Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth.” He was possessed of very quiet and retiring disposition, and it was only as one was taken into his confidence that the true strength of his character became known. He was upright and straightforward in his dealings, in which his word was his bond. His passing away was the closing of a life that any person might well covet possession of.
Contributor: Gary J Byron (49329383)

Also read–Graham Forgie and 65 Mill Street

1901 Census

Name:James T. Forgie
Gender:Male
Racial or Tribal Origin:Scotch
Nationality:Canadian
Marital status:Married
Age:67
Birth Date:1 Apr 1833
Birth Place:Ontario
Relation to Head of House:Head
Religion:Presbyterian
Occupation:Gen Merchant
Hourly Wage:800
Working at Trade in Factory or in Home:N
Months Employed at Trade at Home:12
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Can Speak English:Yes
Province:Ontario
District:Lanark (North/Nord)
District Number:80
Sub-District:Almonte (Town/Ville)
Sub-District Number:4
Family Number:61
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:NameAgeJames T. Forgie67Isabella Forgie65Lila M. Forgie27Goergina Smith44George W. Allan25James McLaren29

The Leaky Chancery Dam –The Forgie’s of Almonte Part 2

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The Leaky Chancery Dam –The Forgie’s of Almonte Part 2

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Oct 1907, Mon  •  Page 10

 

Today the Victoria Woolen Mills stands in business section of Almonte at the corner of Bridge and Mill streets. It is an unusual five-sided, five-storey high stone structure. A provincial historical plaque commemorating “The Rosamonds of Almonte” stands outside the building.

Take a walk behind the mill, following the path beside the building and next to the parking spaces. Immediately one notices the spectacular view of waterfalls, rapids and the limestone rock over which the river tumbles. Look closely and you’ll see the Chancery Dam, Almonte’s oldest structure, dating from the 1820s. This wooden dam was completely submerged in spring but in summer it held water back to the benefit of mill owners upstream, resulting in endless lawsuits with those operators below.

 

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In 1869 Rosamond employees were criminally prosecuted for destroying 60
ft of the Almonte Chancery dam in a case that became known as Rosamond vs. Forgie. James Forgie died at age 83 in 1916  and owned 73 Little Bridge St.  in Almonte. (Mississippi Mills)

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Mary Peden 1920s Carleton Place- Photo property Linda Seccaspina– Rosamond House in the background on Bell Street.

 

Rosamond returned to Carleton Place for two years, operating there for a short while,
and then came back to Almonte in 1836, purchased the present Rosamond property on the North end of the Island, and proceeded to demolish the “Chancery Dam.” This of course would turn the water to the North Channel, and impair all powers adjoining Mill Street. This intolerable situation brought on the famous lawsuit known as “Forgie V Rosamond.”

 

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Forgie owned the old Penman property (now the site of the new Post office) and of course he was out of business if the Mill Street power owners could not maintain the “Chancery Dam.” This suit was a “class action” by all the Mill Street powers. Rosamond
lost this suit and another later on over the same dam.

 

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Photo from Lanark County Tourism–Almonte Walking Tour

 

Further down from the “Commercial House” was a vacant lot. This may have been intended for an extension of Charles Street, which now exists only on the Easterly side of George Gomme’s property. Crossing this vacant space, to the present location of “Harry’s Motors,” was a small building occupied by Robert Drury, a saddler and harness maker. He was one of the several who had “lately removed from Lackey’s Corners” there and “now expects to meet his old friends and make new ones” in Almonte.

From there down there were but two buildings – the Shipman property and James Wylie’s store (above mentioned). Around the corner at the turn to the bay (Gemmill’s Bay) was the first residence of James Rosamond in Almonte. This James Rosamond was born in Carleton Place – his father Bennett Rosamond came to Carleton Place from Ireland. And Bennett Rosamond, known to many present old-timers, was the grandson of the first Bennett Rosamond, the first Rosamond in Almonte, started in the woollen business here close to the site of the Shipman gristmill – across the street from the Public Utilities Commission property. The property was owned by his father Bennett Rosamond (the first) and was sold by him in 1834 to John Baird, with the stipulation that Baird was to have all the benefits of the “Chancery Dam” to run his woollen mill. After selling, Rosamond returned to Carleton Place for two years, operating there for a short while, and then came back to Almonte in 1836, purchased the present Rosamond property on the North end of the Island, and proceeded to demolish the “Chancery Dam.”  (Documented by Fran Cooper)

 

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Oct 1907, Thu  •  Page 7

 

The “Chancery Dam” is really a historic edifice in the history of Almonte, although it is under water most of the time. You may still see it to the North of the bridge below the Dairy property. Waterpower was a matter of life and death to the early industries. There was no electricity in those days.  (documented by Fran Cooper)

 

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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Jan 1907, Wed  •  Page 3

 

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Graham Forgie and 65 Mill Street

Past Parables of the Penman Woollen Mill

Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of Chancery of Ontario …, Volume 26

The Exact Reason Rosamond Left Carleton Place

Rosamonds – The One Carleton Place Let Get Away

 

Entire Dam Above Smiths Falls Swept Away

Swimming at the Dam, St. James Park and Other Things

The Power of the Mississippi River Dam in Carleton Place

This Old Dam