June 28, 2021 · Writings from the autograph book of Eleanor McIntosh 1934. Thanks to Stuart McIntosh for sharing. Mrs. M. S. Code was Mrs. Matthew S. Code, (Mabel Penman, later married Thos. Price). Mrs. Jimmy Shane was the first Mrs. Shane, Violet Moore. Notice how these ladies signed their names. It was common at the time to go by the husband’s name. Even when I was first married in 1971 my mother used to write to me and address the letters to Mrs. Brian Sarsfield.
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The question of what kind of meal should be furnished to transient guests in Almonte lock-up was discussed at the council meeting on Tuesday night. At the present time the caretaker, Ed. Little, gives these men a breakfast that costs the town 35 cents. It was felt they should get plainer grub at not more than 25 cents and after a good deal of talk Thomas Reid, the new chairman of the police committee, was asked to interview Mrs. Little on the subject and report back to council at a special meeting, Friday night.
This matter was brought up by Councillor Montgomery who was on the police committee last year. He pointed out that many of the men who were out of employment and sought a night’s lodging in the local jail went around saying they did not get the kind of breakfast they were entitled to when they honoured a town such as Almonte with a night’s patronage.
This caused talk that was unfair to Mr. and Mrs. Little. Mr. Montgomery thought some set bill of fare should be arranged so as to relieve the caretaker and his wife of any responsibility and criticism. Someone suggested that Mr. Reid was the very man to draw up a menu for the unwelcome overnight/ guests the town is forced to entertain.
It was hinted that if he made it plain enough the word might spread and there would be fewer calls on Almonte’s hospitality. Mr. Reid refused to accept responsibility. for arranging what the transients were going to eat. He thought though that a meal suitable for them could be served for .25 cents and still leave enough to reimburse Mr. and Mrs Little for their trouble. Mayor Comba felt there should be nothing fancy about the food served to these gentlemen of the road. While he did not believe in turning them out in the winter months with nothing to eat. He couldn’t see why the town should go to needless expense in the matter. His Worship instanced the case of Smiths Falls where it was decided that such transients spending a night in the lock up should get tea without milk and sugar, bread and butter. “Yes and in the end they didn’t get anything,” said Former Councillor LeMalstre who was sitting In the audience. “I guess that’s right, ” replied Mayor Comba amidst laughter. Jan 1933
In 1935, the Star published a recipe for coffee “cream” that combined egg yolk, sugar and water. The Canadian Woman’s Cook Book of 1939 contains six recipes for fake foods, including almonds made of croutons, a bisque with tomatoes but no shellfish, cherry pie with cranberries and raisins, and a mock sausage filled with mashed beans and bread crumbs.
One of Kraft Food’s most requested recipes is Mock Apple Pie, which substitutes 36 crushed Ritz crackers for apples, baked in a pie crust along with two cups of sugar, butter, lemon, cream of tartar and cinnamon. It was introduced in 1935, one year after the Ritz cracker, according to Jean Anderson’s American Century Cookbook.
Dough for double-crust pie
18 saltines, halved
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate.
Layer crackers in shell; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Carefully pour over crackers (filling will be very thin). Cool for 10 minutes.
Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom crust; flute edge. Bake until crust is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. click for more here..
Though the financial situation facing Almonte and other towns in 1933 may not be as bright as could be desired there is always a silver lining to every black cloud. This was demonstrated, so far as Almonte is concerned, on Tuesday night at the first regular meeting of council, when the following letter from J . P. , Orr, Carleton Place auctioneer, was read By the clerk:—
The Greatest Freak “
To Mayor and Council, Almonte, Ontario, Canada—
“Dear Sirs—“I am In possession of the Greatest Freak Animal on earth that I purchased last year from a farmer of Franktown, Ont. “I have named this animal ‘Queen of the Forest,’ its mother was a cow’.and its father a buck deer.
It is 1 years old, stands 38 inches high and weighs 211 lbs. “You have no doubt read about this animal in the papers. Everyone that has seen it says, it the strangest freak they have ever seen.
“1 am going to show this animal in different towns this winter, and every town I show this animal in I propose to turn over 40 per cent of the money taken in, to the Mayor and Council to aid the unemployed of their town this winter.
The price I charge to see this animal is 10 cents. “All I need is a small empty store some place in town with electric lights. . “If the Mayor and Council are interested in this, kindly let me know and I will call and arrange for some Thursday, Friday and Saturday.—
Yours very truly, J. P. Orr,
Reading of the above ‘communication produced a deep impression on the council. The idea of getting 40 percent of the gate appealed to municipal legislators who know not where to turn in their search for revenue. Mayor Comba was glad to learn that the spirit of P. T. Barnum still lived even though the great American showman had passed to his reward.
What Barrmm Said “I believe there are a couple of vacant” stores in town,” said His Worship, “though I do not know whether they would be suitable to serve as temporary quarters for. such a splendid animal as “Queen of the Forest.”
He thought Mr. Orr’s letter ‘ should be answered but felt It was no part of the council’s business to provide ‘ a stopping place for “The Queen.”
Memories of w hat Barnum said about “one being born every minute,” may have flashed across the “Mayor’s mind because he concluded by remarking that Mr. Orr seemed to want to saddle some responsibility for the show on the council.
Apparently Mr. Comba wasn’t going to see the new council in the class indicated so contemptuously by the sarcastic Bamum. Councillor Montgomery suggested that the old bar In the Belmont Hotel would be an excellent place to exhibit “Queen of the Forest.”
He offered to act as doorman and take the money if Mr. Orr wished to bring his protege to town. It was agreed, finally, that a letter be sent to Mr. Orr from the council giving him permission to exhibit “Queen of the Forest,” but declining to take any responsibility in respect to providing her with quarters while she was a guest of Almonte.
Ed Pelletier with his nephew Bill and the farm dog. When Bill was born, Ed and his wife Beckie wanted to adopt Bill as they had no children. Grandma kept Bill however and raised him along with his 8 siblings. This photo was taken over 100 years ago. From Stuart McIntosh
Just to add This pic of Bill in 1952 holding a nephew. Bill married late in life and had no children of his own. — From Stuart McIntosh
On the evening of January 10 th, Errol R. Stanzel of Carleton Place met a tragic death when he was killed by the westbound C . P. R. Dayliner about 7.10 p.m . on the level crossing on the eastern side of Almonte on Andrew ‘s Bros, farm . The crew of the train said he was standing on the track in front of his stalled car and appeared to be waving. So far no one seems to know why the unfortunate man was where he was at that time. One guess is that he missed the turn at Perth Street and continued along Country Street and in some manner stalled on the track. It could easily be that he underestimated the speed of the Budd car. He was in his 70th year and retired a few years ago after conducting a successful retail shoe business in Carleton Place for many years. Dr. J. A . McEwen, County Corner was called to the scene of the accident. The funeral was held by the Fleming Bros. Funeral H om e, Carleton Place to St. James A nglican Church on S at.. Jan . 13 at 2 p.m. Interment was in St. James Cemetery.
Read the last entry in the classfied ad– “PUBLIC WARNING” —James Reid was about 17 at this time, and if you look at the family; it was certainly a huge family and things must have been tough. I can’t figure out the age of consent, but his father was from the old country and he probably had his own idea. Children and youth were important contributors to the family economy. Most children learned by working alongside adults. Children’s work, both paid and unpaid, was crucial to their own and to their families’ well-being and survival.
Trying to track James down I found out that he stayed in the Lavant area and had a farm. Eight years later after this ad was placed in the Lanark Era, he married Margaret Closs who was seven years younger than he and had six children.
The people of Almonte were shocked, Tuesday, to learn that Dr. Guy Burton Halladay one of the best known citizens of the town, had died at his home shortly before noon. Dr. Halladay had been at his office that morning and it is thought that the exertion of working over his car, which refused to start because of the cold weather that prevailed, brought on a heart seizure. The late Dr. Halladay, native of Elgin, Ont., was born there 49 years ago, son of Mrs. Elisabeth Halladay, and her husband, the late Edward Halladay.
He acquired his high school education at Athens and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1921. For three years he practiced in Elgin, then he moved to Arnprior in 1924 and five years later moved again to Almonte where he had been ever since, building a large practice and identifying himself actively with the Canadian Club, the One Hundred Club, the Curling Club and as member of the board of managers of United church.
Surviving are his widow, the former Ida Ferguson of Rockport, Leeds county, one son Bernard, and his mother at Athens, Ont., and one brother Leonard Halladay of Elgin. Halladay served his country in World War of 1914-18. He went overseas with the 156th Battalion and when it was broken up in England, he was transferred to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, one of the most distinguished units that the Dominion sent to France. That was on March 5th, 1918. The Doctor passedon active service and on July 5 was demobilized and returned to Canada to resume his studies at the Toronto Dental College.
Several years ago Dr. Halladay was appointed clerk of the Division Court here. He served on the Board of Education for some years and was a member of the Library Board at the time of his death. Dr. Halladay was one of Almonte’s popular professional men. He filled an important place in the community and his death is a loss to the town. He had an engaging personality and his interest in public spirited movements is too wellknown to need further mention at this time.
The Doctor was above all a friendly man who could recognize everyone by his first name and his sudden passing has created profound sorrow. Tlie funeral, which was largely attended took place from the family residence, Reserve Street, to the Auld Kirk cemetery. Services were conducted at the home and the vault by Rev. C. D. McLellan, pastor of Bethany United Church.
Honorary pallbearers were: Messrs. J. D. McCallum, A. C. Wylie, W. J. Stewart arid Dr. W. M. Jolirieon. The active pallbearers were Messrs. F. S. Hogan, N. S. Lee, John Lindsay, M. J. Black, Grant W. Dunlop and W. R. Pierce. Among the many floral tributes were pieces from the following organisations: Renfrew Presbyterial W.M.S.; Almonte Branch of the Legion; Robertson Lake Hunt Club; Executive of the Women’s Association of Bethany Church; Almonte Ladies Travel Club; staff and students of the Almonte high School; Board of Managers of Bethany Church; District 16 of the -provincial Lawn Bowling Association; the Canadian Club; the Men’s Bowling -Club; the Ladies Bowling Club; The Auld Kirk Cemetery Committee.
Guy Burton Halladay
21 Aug 1890Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
2 Jan 1940 (aged 49)Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Enclosed please find $3.50 for the Gazette for another year, and believe me I get more pleasure from that money in proportion than any other I spend. I realize there are not many of my age left, but I enjoy hearing of all that goes on in the town and surrounding country.
As usual I am sending some cards showing the beauty of the country. With the exception of M. B. Rock those scenes are all between here and Los Angeles. If there are any cards showing the Auld Kirk, I would be so happy if you would send me one.
Our rector of the little church pictured in this stationery collects cards of churches and I would like one for him. Either my grandfather or my great grandfather helped haul stones to build that church, I have forgotten which one though. (grandfather)
The little church shown on this stationery was the first Protestant’ Church in all San Luis County and is more than 90 years old. The other church was one of the Missions built by the Mission Fathers in 1773. It is still in use and in good condition. Our little church shown here is in good condition ■and is very beautiful inside with all stained glass windows. It is only one block from my home. There are additional buildings built since this picture was taken.
Best wishes for the Gazette for another year.
Sincerely, Isabel Ranney
The early days of the Auld Kirk, St. Andrew’s, in Ramsay, when Rev. Fairbairn and Rev. Dr. McMorran were the ministers. Recollections of the long services, which lasted from 11 o’clock till one. There was the red velvet bag attached to an inner handle In which the collection was taken in.
Instead of children going home with their parents they used to eat their lunch in the church yard and wait till Sabbath school opened about 3 o’clock. The Sabbath school, like the church services, was severe. Each child had to learn during the week and repeat on Sunday, 4 to 5 verses of Scripture. For special occasions they were asked to learn a whole chapter. After school the children walked home. Religion was very severe in those days and the children “couldn’t do anything.”
Isabella Aitken Ranney
Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
San Luis Obispo County, California, United States of America
Los Osos Valley Memorial Park
Burial or Cremation Place:
Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, California, United States of America
1940, Thursday June 20, The Almonte Gazette page 4 Mr William Aitken Mr William Aitken, for many years a resident of Almonte, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 16th, at the home of his daughter, Mrs D.J. Thompson, Lanark Township. His parents were William Aitken and Isabella Turnbull, pioneers of the district. He was born at Rosetta, in 1857 and received his education at Rosetta School House. During his lifetime he attended four successive churches on the one site. At an early age he entered public life, taking much interest in church, school and municipal affairs, acting first as councillor in the township and later as reeve. He also was clerk of the Grange, which was held at home of Mr George McFarlane at Rosetta, in the ’80’s. He was married in 1878 to Alice Knapton of Rosetta, a daughter of Silas Knapton and Mary Harrington who died in 1904. There was a family of nine, William of Regina, Sask.; Edwin, who was killed in action at Vimy Ridge in 1917; Jack of South Porcupine, Ont.; …Edwin, who was killed in action at Vimy Ridge in 1917; Jack of South Porcupine, Ont.; Mary, Mrs D.J. Thompson of Lanark Township, Isabel, Mrs A.M. Ranney of Oxnard, Cal; Alice, Mrs F.E. Ranney, deceased; Agnes and Estella who died in infancy and Ella of Santa Monica, Cal. In 1905 he sold his farm at Rosetta and moved to Regina, Sask. where the family resided for four years, when he married Miss Agnes Dick of Almonte, and returned to Almonte shortly after. She predeceased him in 1927. In Almonte he also took a keen interest in church and municipal affairs, being treasurer of the Bible Society Branch, also clerk of the session of Bethany Church. He also served on Almonte Council as councillor and as reeve. Shortly after the death of his wife in 1927, he took up residence at his daughter’s home in Lanark Township with the exception of some winters spent in Almonte. He left 22 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home of his daughter Mrs D.J. Thompson, to Rosetta Church, where service was conducted by the Rev Stanley Smith of Middleville. Many friends and neighbours were present. The pallbearers were six grandsons, Harvey, Edwin, Russell, Malcolm, John and Billie Thompson. Interment was in the Auld Kirk Cemetery at Almonte. Contributor: Gary J Byron (49329383)
1904, Friday December 9, The Almonte Gazette page 4 DEATHS At Rosetta, Nov 26, Alice Knapton, wife of Mr Wm Aitken, aged 50 years.
1904, Friday December 9, The Almonte Gazette front page Mrs Wm Aitken It is not always that the death of a quiet unassuming mother calls forth such widespread sorrow as did that of Mrs Wm Aitken, of Rosetta, who succumbed on Nov 25th. Her illness extending over a period of five months, was borne without a murmur. Mrs Aitken, who was fifty years of age, came with her parents from Newfoundland, when quite young and settled on part of the farm on which she died. She and Mr Aitken lived together for twenty-five years, and to them nine children were born, two dying in infancy. The funeral was an unusually large one, friends coming from Almonte, Clayton, Lanark and vicinity to show their last token of respect to one who was much loved. To the husband and family in their trying time and trust that the Great Comforter may soften their loss which is so hard to bear. Contributor: Gary J Byron (49329383)
One of the many family sagas of emigration to Ramsay township was that of the McDonald family which, after investigating other locations, chose land in the tenth concession of Ramsay north of the falls of Almonte. Long-lived members of this family included the father, John McDonald of the Isle of Mull, who came in 1821 with his wife, three sons and several daughters, and lived in Ramsay till he reached his hundredth year in 1857. His son Neil at the age of 100 had the distinction of living in three centuries before his death in 1901 at his Ramsay homestead.
The Almonte Gazette 1896
We have pleasure this week in giving space to the following sketch on the life of one of Lanark County’s hardy pioneers, who had his share of the trials and incidents to life hereabout in the 1820s and thirties, in the person of Mr. Neil McDonald, father of Mr. Lauchlin McDonald, 10th line of Ramsay (with whom the venerable gentleman resides) and grandfather of Bev. John A. McDonald of Whitnesy, Mr. Neil McDonald of Carleton Place High School, Mr. R. L. McDonald, principal of Almonte public school, and Mr. W. McDonald, student at Queen’s.
Neil McDonald was born at Loch Buy, Isle of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland, in the year 1800. He well remembers Waterloo, where many of his clansmen fought and bled. His father, John McDonald, although in comfortable circumstances, was led to emigrate to Canada to find homes for his sons. Accordingly, in June 1821, he with his family of three sons and five daughters, set sail from Oban in the ship, “ Duchess of Richmond,” and after an uneventful Crossing of five weeks landed at Quebec on the 2nd of August.
From Quebec they went by steam to Montreal, thence to Lachine by stage. Taking small boats they sailed up the Ottawa to Point Fortune, but failing to secure land to suit them, returned up the St. Lawrence and took a Durham boat to Prescott, intending to go to Little York, now Toronto. Meeting friends they were induced to go to Perth. They were conveyed to Perth by wagon, making that distance in three days.
Perth was then a small village having three taverns, two distilleries and three stores, with blacksmith, shoemaker and tailor shops. Applying to the late Col. Matheson for land, they were sent to Prospect in Lanark, Dalhousie and Sherbrooke Townships, but failing to find a suitable location, rented a farm in Drummond, twelve miles from Perth, from Duncan McNaughton, doing statute labour and paying taxes as rent. It was now fall, and after laying in a supply of provisions, they set to work to clear land.
After a hard winter’s work they got about 12 acres roughly cleared and set to work to plant it, using hoes. They were rewarded with a fine crop of corn, potatoes, and a little wheat and oats. This was all cut with sickles. In the summer of 1822, Neil and Lauchlin went to Ramsay and took up 400 acres of land for father and sons, being lots 22, 24 and 25, now owned by Lauchlin McDonald, John Arthur, Sr., and James Barker, Jr., on the 10th concession, and lot 19 on the 11th concession now owned by Michael Ryan.
The brothers cleared an acre of land on lot 22 and built a shanty near the 10th line. They planted potatoes on it, but the crop proved a failure, and they had but a few bushels. The following winter Neil, with his sister, Flora (afterwards Mrs. D. McNaughton, Drummond) worked on the new farm, and chopped ten acres. They carried hay on their backs a distance of two miles for their cow. In the fall of 1821, all but the parents and Laughlin were taken ill of fever, and Neil’s life was despaired of, but all recovered except Donald, who died about two years later from its effects.
The hard work and severe climate was fatal also to Lauchlin who died within a fortnight of Donald. The bodies of the two brothers were carried from Drummond, a distance of 22 miles, on the shoulders of friends and interred in the place which is now the family burial ground. The other members of the family moved down in May, bringing three cows and two pigs. The father and Neil put in about one acre -of potatoes and one of wheat, and had a good yield of both. They then logged the remainder of the clearing, burning a great many fine pines and oaks.
The next winter his sister, Belle, followed her brothers to -the grave. His sister Sarah, had been married in the preceding April to Mr. A. Cameron of Beekwith, father of Mr. R. Cameron of this town. Flora was married in the fall of 1824 to Mr. D, McNaughton of Drummond, leaving Neil alone with his father and mother. In June of that year they carried a barrel of flour from Morphy’s Falls (now Carleton Place), a distance of twelve miles. This was one of the heaviest tasks of his life.
In December of 1825, he, in company with “Big Neil McKillop” set out to purchase a yoke of oxen and some sheep. They spent fifteen days travelling, going as far as Cornwall and spending the nights sleeping by the firesides of hospitable settlers. In the same year about four hundred Irishmen from Ballygiblin arrived and camped in the neighbourhood. Many of them took up land, but the rest remained and -became the terror of the country. Finally the militia had to be called out to keep the peace, and one of the rebels was shot in an attempt to restore order.
When Neil first came to Ramsay, Almonte was called Shepherd’s Falls after a young Scotsman named Shepherd, who had erected the frame of a sawmill, but who at that time was in gaol (jail) for debt. This and a small shanty uninhabited, were the only buildings erected. Shepherd’s property was purchased by Mr. Boyce, a Yankee from Brockville, who divided the land between his son and his son in law, Daniel Shipman. His son started a carding mill, and D. Shipman completed the, sawmill and married a McLean, near Carleton Place, and after a happy married life of nineteen years she died, leaving a family of -two sons and five daughters Isabel (Mrs. Alex. Bayne of Carleton Place); Lauchlin, living on the homestead; Margaret (Mrs. James Cowan of Pakenham); Catherine (Mrs. Stephen Dickson of Calabogie); and John, Flora and Mary, deceased.
The old gentleman is stil quite hearty, although during the past ftew years he has become almost blind. His mental faculties are quite clear. He takes great pleasure in recounting the varied experiences of his long life. His grip is still hearty, and he has all the appearances of completing his century as his, father did, who lived to be one hundred years of age. We trust he may.