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Desperately Seeking Effie Elsie McCallum — Part 2 — Jaan Kolk

Desperately Seeking Effie Elsie McCallum — Part 2 — Jaan Kolk
Historian Jaan Kolk

Part 1- Click here..Effie McCallum —- Missing Milliner

Yesterday we ended our story with little hope of ever finding Effie McCallum and I emailed historian Jaan Kolk hoping he might come up with something and he did.

Jaan Kolk

“I did not get anywhere with my first attempts, but since you had found the McCallum-Neilson wedding, I thought I would try to find who attended. Guests from out of town included Mrs. Garnet Sheppard and Master George of Lansdowne”. From the Ottawa Citizen, Aug. 26, 1921

Thanks Jaan!

So I found Esther Margaret McCallum on Ancestry because thanks to Jaan. I know now her name was Esther. In 1916 she married Daniel “Garnet” Sheppard in lived in the village of Lansdowne in Leeds Grenville. So Effie did not stay long in Chicago and there was no mention of her owning a millery store. She had Garnet, fell in love, married and moved to Lansdowne.

Name:Daniel Garnet Sheppard
Birth Year:abt 1888
Birth Place:Lansdowne
Marriage Date:4 Oct 1916
Marriage Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:William Sheppard
Mother:Emily McCullaugh
Spouse:Esther Margaret McCallum
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Feb 1919, Tue  •  Page 13

I found this social clipping and it mentions George, her son. George was born in 1917 and it says he accompanied her to visit Mr and Mrs. Robert McCallum who were her parents that lived Carleton Place. What’s interesting is she and her husband Garnet named their only son after her brother George McCallum. His full name was George McCallum SHEPPARD (see history below for more info about their son George)

Husband : Daniel “Garnett” Sheppard

Name:Garnett Sheppard
Racial or Tribal Origin:Irish
Marital status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1888
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:79
Residence Street or Township:Prince St
Residence City, Town or Village:Lansdowne
Residence District:Leeds
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse’s name:Esther Sheppard
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Religion:Church Of England
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Months at School:X2-40
Employment Type:3 Employer
Nature of Work:Green B
Municipality:Lansdowne Village
Enumeration District:98
Sub-District:Front of Leeds and Landsdowne (Townships)
Sub-District Number:33
Home Owned or Rented:Owned
Monthly Rental:BB
Class of House:Single House
Materials of Construction:Wood
Number of Rooms:7
Enumerator:W.G. Johnston
District Description:Polling Division No. 6 – Consisting of all those parts of the 2nd and 3rd concessions of the Township of Lansdowne lying east of lot No. 14. Landsdowne Village
Neighbors:View others on page
Line Number:37
Family Number:80
Household Members:NameAgeGarnett Sheppard33Esther Sheppard27George Sheppard3

Her husband Garnet had a garage business in Lansdowne, Ontario and came from a family of 10 children. From one of the clippings and I found this note from the iconic Miss Dixon’s column.

Mr. L. Moxley, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Moxley, has purchased Mr. Garnet Sheppard’s bakery, store and dwelling March 22, 1922 ( Miss Dixons column)

Garnet Sheppard was also one of the initial shareholders of the Lansdowne Rural Telephone Company. It was also known as the Thousand Island Telephone Company and formed January 13, 1892 and incorporated under the provisions of the Ontario Joint Stock Company Letters Patent Act, June 13, 1892. There were 50 shares of which Garnet owned one (He was number #303) and one share cost $50.00.

They had also they had moved from Lansdowne to King Street, Gananoque and Effie died in 1941 when she was 46 years old. It looks like he was still in business for himself.

Name:D Garnet Sheppard
Residence Date:1949
Residence Place:Leeds, Ontario, Canada
Street address:King Street
Electoral District:Leeds
Reference Number:M-4839


Frank O’HearnA PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF LANSDOWNE, ONTARIO–Pictures provided by the Sheppard family.
Near Ivey Lea …
That would be Garnet Sheppard on the oars …

Pictures provided by the Sheppard family. Esther McCallum Sheppard?
Near Ivey Lea …

Frank O’HearnA PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF LANSDOWNE, ONTARIO–Pictures provided by the Sheppard family.
Near Ivey Lea …

Esther Margaret McCallum Sheppard

BIRTH1894 Carleton Place, ON
DEATH1941 (aged 46–47)
BURIALUnion CemeteryLansdowne, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
MEMORIAL ID205484648 · View Source

Birth– Apr 1895

Birth of Brother George Clyde McCullum(1896–)18 Dec 1896 • Lanark, Ontario, Canada 1896-

Marriage–04 Oct 1916 • Lanark, Ontario, Canada

Daniel Garnet Sheppard(1888–)1 Source191621

Residence 1 Jun 1921 • Lansdowne, Leeds, Ontario, CanadaMarital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Death11 Oct 1941 • Leeds, Ontario, Canada1Death (Alternate)11 Oct 1941 • Leeds, Leeds, Ontario, Canada


 George McCallum Sheppard

Sheppard, George McCallum(1917-2007)

Biographical history

George McCallum Sheppard was born in 1917

George McCallum Sheppard

July 5th, 1917 in Lansdowne, Ontario, and lived most of his life in Gananoque. He served as a flight instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War at the No. 1 Instrument Flying School on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Deseronto, Ontario. He died on March 3rd, 2007 in Gananoque and was buried in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Kingston Whig Standard – 5 Mar 2007

George McCallum SHEPPARD
SHEPPARD, George McCallum – (Flight Lt with the RCAF as a flight instructor from 1940-1945) Suddenly in his 90th year at the Carveth Care Centre on Saturday, March 3, 2007. George Sheppard beloved husband of Evelyn Swift. Loving father of Doug Sheppard, Ted Sheppard and his wife Pam all of Gananoque, Marg Mills and her husband Harold of Bowmanville and Mary Goodchild and her husband Steven of Carleton Place. Dear grandfather of Alyson Sheppard-Rose and her husband Jason, Ted Sheppard and his wife Karoline, Tim Mills and his wife Tara, David Mills, Leanne Bowen and her husband Jeremy, Mark, Danny and Laura Goodchild. Also survived by 3 great grandchildren Abby and Kate Mills and Jack Sheppard.


Was the Kissing Bug Real?

Bitten by the Kissing Bug — A Shocking Conclusion to the Life of Carleton Place’s Daniel E. Sheppard

Not Just Laura Secord–Elizabeth Barnett-Heroine




Elizabeth Barnett-Heroine
In 1838, Elizabeth was visiting friends in Clayton ( not Lanark County Clayton) when she overheard plans to attack Gananoque.  She bravely crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River to warn the town.  The town prepared with liquor, guns, men and horses scouting out the American’s progress.  It was bitter cold but the ice was unreliable and some men and horses were lost.  The scouts concentrated their efforts at Hickey Island, close to Grindstone and found there that the Americans abandoned their plans.  Two towns full of friends were saved by a heroine.


Read more about her here..

Murder on Maple Island



It was the early part of the month of June in 1865, and there were as yet few people living in the region, let alone spending summers on islands. A stranger was sure to be noticed right away. The man rowed over from Gananoque in a skiff and took a room at a hotel in Fisher’s Landing. He spent a few days exploring the Islands and fishing, keeping pretty much to himself. Recalled one local man in the sleuthing of the events that were to follow, “He was about 30 years of age, with black hair, eyes and beard, well dressed, very uncommunicative, dark as a Spaniard, and very restless.”

No doubt there were some that warmed to the stranger when he employed a few carpenters to help put up a cabin on Maple Island. The cottage was built on a bluff and had a good view over the river, but was itself screened from view from the water by bushes. The work was done in short order, and again the man kept to himself, with just his books and a violin for company.

One night, there was an orange glow across the water over the island. People in the area assumed there was a fire, but figured that the man would have escaped and that he would show up at the village the next morning. When he didn’t arrive, a party went out to see what had happened. What they saw set the whole village to talking. The man had been murdered. His throat had been slashed and there were cross-shaped knife cuts in a triangular pattern on his chest.

Now as it happened, a week before the murder several men, assumed to be southerners by their accents, had been seen around various hotels. Interestingly enough, they had set out by skiff supposedly for Alexandria Bay, the evening of the murder.

The cuts on the dead man were recognized as a sign for the secret society, the Knights of the Golden Circle. The most popular theory floated in the Islands was that the stranger was none other than the Treasurer of the society, a man named John A. Payne, who had made off with $100,000 of the blood money paid to the society for the assassination of President Lincoln. It appeared that Payne had been hunted down and killed for running out on the society. The murder was never solved and exactly what transpired that night on Maple Island will never be known.

This story was recorded in The Picturesque St. Lawrence, written as a souvenir of the Thousand Islands by J.A. Haddock in 1895


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Assassinated Gossip about Lincoln, Payne and the Thousand Islands

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