This paragraph about the Greer Mines was in the Ottawa Citizen coming from Carleton Place and Almonte. Mines and getting rich quick were hot in those days. Now you can find old historical maps and info by clicking on the link below.
Historical Mining Claim Maps– CLICK HERE
Before Claim Maps were available online, in which current and active claims may be viewed, claims were drawn on linen, paper and, later, Mylar sheets. Despite their age, there continues to be interest in the information provided by these historical mining claim maps.
Recently, the maps were scanned and saved as image files. Maps were assigned file names based on the township or area they covered and, where possible, the year that the map was produced. Image files for the same township or area were combined into a single PDF for that location.
Historical Mining Claim Maps are now available online.
Looking for the Artist of this Carleton Place Painting-The Lime Kiln
Bathurst Courier news item reprinted from the Carleton Place Herald
Fatal Accident in California – It is our painful duty to announce the death of our townsman Mr. William Moffatt, who left this place about eighteen months ago, in search of a fortune in California. It appears by what we have gathered from those who have returned, and by letters which have arrived, that he was one of a party of twelve (ten of whom were from this neighbourhood) who had been unsuccessfully prospecting for the precious metal, in the unsettled region, in the northern part of California. The day preceding the accident, they met in with a party of native Indians, who were about commencing hostilities with another tribe, and were anxious to procure the assistance of our adventurers, which they properly declined to give. read– Lanark County Residents involved in the California Gold Rush
William Muirhead was born at Paisley, Scotland, in 1812 and at the time he headed for the California goldfields, at the age of 38, was living in Beckwith Township. He did not marry until the age of 50 when he was married to Catherine McEwan at Carleton Place in 1862. The father of two sons and two daughters, William Muirhead, yeoman, died near Franktown in 1870. Read Killed by Zulus — Duncan and James Box
Nathaniel McCaffry was a Carleton Place man, possibly the brother of Absalom McCaffrey who operated a hotel, bakery and wine shop in Carleton Place in the mid 19th century. Nathaniel was married, in 1842, to Elizabeth Sheldon. He went to California with the first rush of men in 1849, returned, and then went back to California with the ‘Ogdensburg Company’ in 1850. By 1852 he was home again, living in Beckwith Township. read-OFF TO MANITOBA 1879– Local Lads Names
Peter Cram, born in Beckwith Township in 1831, was the son of James Cram and Margaret McPhail. He lived on the family farm until, according to his obituary, at “… twenty-one he became filled with the gold fever, the rush to California being then almost at the height, and he joined in the procession westward”. He remained in California for two years and on his return went into partnership with his brother John F. Cram in a “tanning and wool pulling business” at Appleton.
In 1857 he married Margaret Campbell and the couple had five children. The family later moved to Perth “to provide better educational facilities” for their family. In 1882 Cram purchased and moved to a farm in Beckwith Township. Peter Cram died at Carleton Place in 1920. William Moffatt, who accidentally shot himself to death on a Californian mountainside in 1852, was born in Beckwith Township in 1824, the son of David Moffat and Elizabeth Nevin. A carpenter by trade he married Anne Chambers in 1847 with whom he had a son and two daughters, the youngest of which was born in 1851 the same year he left for California– Peter Cram of Beckwith Perth and High Street in Carleton Place
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- The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 6- Code Family– “Almost everything of an industry trial character had vanished in Innisville in 1882”
When I was doing some research about John Code from Perth I fell upon this article about he sent money to help fund Wild Bill’s monument after his death. Like a lot of folks in Lanark County he went out West to prospect. He had the chance to meet Wild Bill in Cheyenne and who knew that his cousin T. M Code was laid to rest a few feet from Wild Bill. John Code returned to Deadwood even though he said he should have been at Homestake. The Homestake Mine was a deep underground gold mine located in Lead, South Dakota. Until it closed in 2002 it was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America. The mine produced more than forty million troy ounces of gold during its lifetime.
I wonder if his ancestors still have a piece of stone that he used in jewellery as a keepsake from Little Big Horn.
There is a book about his life….
- The Daily Deadwood Pioneer-Times,
- 27 Nov 1928, Tue,
- Page 4
Thomas Code was another uncle of Thomas Alfred Code who wrote the journals I am transcribing and also a forty-niner. In company with Absalom McCaffrey of Carleton Place and others, he joined in the gold rush to California. Returning home a few years later he purchased the Innisville store business of Michael Murphy, who left and settled in Carleton Place. He continued until conditions got very much impaired in the village, and having a large family decided to try his fortune in the West; this was in the middle 1870s. He took up land near a place called Elgin, south of Brandon, Manitoba. He and the family suffered great hardships on the early stages. He told me when I visited him in 1883 that only for the people of Ontario, the country would have never been settled. They were living in a sod house, and the outbuildings were built with sods– one of them an excavation on the side of the knoll. I again paid him a visit in 1902 and found conditions about as we find them at home- good houses and barns. Other facilities had changed the whole situation. Some of the family are farming there yet.
Moses Embree Milner (May 8, 1829 – October 29, 1876) also known as “California Joe” was an American miner and frontier scout. Click here for more info
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Gold panning locations Victoria Australia
Perth Courier, August 11, 1882
A Romance Spoiled
To the Editor of the Perth Courier:
In your issue of the 28th there appeared an article entitled “A Romance in Real Life” which the writer, with a few lines, intended as an advertisement of my return from foreign parts. It seems somewhat strange that I could not return to my native land without being subjected to such an untruthful article as the one referred to.
It is true that no one knew of my intended departure from Innisville some 19 years ago. I went to Australia as those around here knew, in company with Abraham Code and James Hopkins. I went to the Australia gold fields for no other reason than to better my fortune and acquire by luck and work the equal of that which was rightfully mine.
During my absence I wrote regularly to my wife and friends for some nine years. Then there was an interval of silence of nine years when in March of 1881 the correspondence reopened which continued until I took passage on the ship homeward bound. The statement that my marriage met the disapprobation of my friends is wholly false and shows now, as 20 years ago, that some people never lose the opportunity of playing the part of the “snake in the grass”.
Yours Truly, David Kerr
Innisville, 7 August, 1882
David Kerr was away from his wife for 18 years and he didn’t think anyone would talk? Obviously he does not know Lanark County very well! Of course women and children were scarcely seen on the gold fields of Alaska or Australia as conditions were harsh, and it was not considered a place for a lady or children.
Some men brought their wives and they stayed in Melbourne with little money and promises from their husband’s that they would send money when they found gold. It looks like some stayed at home like Mrs. Kerr, again with promises from their husband’s that they would send money when they found gold. It took Mr. Kerr 19 years to come home. I don’t know about you but his derriere would have been out the door if he was my husband.
Maybe he came home finally sick of the food he ate in the gold fields. The miner’s diet was very simple; it consisted of Mutton, damper (made from floor and water) and tea. The mutton was sold by a butcher, who would have a tent set up in the camp; it was easy to find the butcher’s tent as it was always surrounded by flies which were swarming the mutton carcasses hanging outside. Very appetizing!
When miners first came to the gold fields they lived in calico tents. The miner’s would sleep on makeshift mattresses which were stuffed with leaves. Outside their tent they would have a cooking fire, a bucket of water and something specific to the miners to help them identify which tent was their own, such as a flag. As time went on, bark huts and stone buildings were built to replace tents. The government built camps which consisted of a timber barracks for the soldiers as well as a log jail.
I have no idea why Mrs. Kerr put up with that husband of hers– along with being mortified when he wrote that letter to the editor of the Perth Courier. But, I guess a bad husband was way better than no husband in those days.
Author’s Note– Later I found out more about this scoundrel..
Perth Courier, March 19, 1897
Robert Waugh of Carleton Place, a native of Innisville section, died in that town on Thursday morning last week. Deceased was once in the woolen business in Carleton Place and before that was bookkeeper for Abraham Code. His age was 53 years.
Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.
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Your Historical Fact of the Day–James Black Homestead, half hidden behind mature shrubbery at the intersection with the 7th line of Ramsay. This small but handsome stone home was built in 1852 by James Black and his wife Janet, on the land allocated to his father, Walter, some thirty years earlier. Walter Black, a wheel-wright by trade, left his home in Dumfrieshire, Scotland in 1821 to come to Canada as a Lanark Society Settler. In 1821 he was allocated the 100 acre parcel on which the James Black Homestead now stands.
Almonte Gazette--IN 1868 While drilling a well on the farm of Mr. Peter Young, 7th line, Ramsay, Mr. Chas. Tweedy struck a vein of rock bearing gold. He thinks it is there in paying quantities, and a former California gold man says the stuff is the pure metal. Now the people of this vicinity have room to think that this district will prove to be the Canadian El Dorado. (*Author’s Note-the lead mine was on the Ramsay 4th Line)
Saw this photo at an auction last week and someone told me the house was on one of the Ramsay lines-
The seventh line of Ramsay contained William Cobb, John Bowes, Walter Black, John Steel, Lachlan McLean, Neil McQuarry, Robert McLaren, James Bowes, Jr., John McPherson, John Gillan, James Stewart, John More and James Patterson. Lachlan McLean from Old Kirkpatrick, New Glasgow, was possibly the first poet Ramsay Township produced. His “The Dalshooie Feast” was widely known in his day. James Patterson was one of the earliest tailors in Ramsay, having to travel to Brockville to obtain thread during pioneer days. It was said he sometimes had to use the bark of the “mousewood” tree as a substitute. The bark of this tree was also used for bag strings. ( Mousewood” = Dirca palustris a.k.a. Leatherwood-thanks Cp Gardener)
Another historical note: In 1901 About sixty neighbours helped in the raising of a barn of forty feet height at the farm of John McArton in the sixth concession of Ramsay near Carleton Place.
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12 Sep 1899, Tue • Page 3
Looking for the Artist of this Carleton Place Painting-The Lime Kiln
Scottish Glen Golf Course Scottish Glen Golf Course does not have a magnificent clubhouse or manicured fairways but what it does have is a tremendous layout that uses the rolling hills and natural flow of the country side. I would say it's key features are changes in elevation, dogleg fairways and enough water here and there to make it an interesting and challenging course that you can play over and over again and not become bored in the least. It is also a very scenic course. Some times you just look around at the vista and say to yourself “this is beautiful”. The course is a nine hole 3,065 yard par 36. Don't dismiss it just because it is a nine hole. It is challenging enough and a good workout if you decide to walk it. Prices are very reasonable at $15 on weekdays and $18 on weekends. Add $10 for a power cart. Bring cash as they don't take plastic yet. The first hole is a 476 yard par 5. Downhill with a slight dogleg to the right. Trees on both sides and a pond with lots of bullfrogs on the right just before the green. If you can make the top of the hill at about 180 yards with your drive you will be in good shape for par. We shorter hitters just like to get over and a bit down the hill in two. The second hole is a 329 yard par 4. You pull a u turn off the first green to get to the second tee. It is back up the hill to an elevated green. The first 200 yards or so is pretty flat then strait up the hill and on to the green. If I get on top of the hill in two I am happy. The third hole is a 152 yard par 3. Up the path to the elevated third tee. It is a sharp drop down about 35 feet just off the tee. The green is protected by a ball eating pond just in front referred to as Bart's big ball washer. There is a small bunker on the left. Due to the 35 feet drop in elevation I tend to play this more like a 125 yard depending on tee placement. Get on the green and you are good for par or better. Miss the narrow fairway or splash down in the pond and 5s and 6s come into play. The fourth hole is a 375 yard par 4. The fairway is on the side of the hill that dominates the first three holes. If you hit on the left you will have an awkward side hill lie. The fairway doglegs left and you can't always see the pin after your drive. Small bunker on the right of the green. Because of the shape and slant and blind second shot of this fairway most tend to miss the green to the right. The fifth hole is a 508 yard par 5. The fairway narrows about 100 yards off the tee and there are many balls in the shrubs there. I swallow my pride and play from the red tees on this hole. If you go too far right you can get into lots of trouble and I have seen some big scores from that side. There is a sixty degree dogleg right at the end of fairway to make things even more interesting. The sixth hole is a 370 yard par 4. It looks easier than it is. It narrows around 200 yards and there is a small creek there to catch your ball. Watch where you tee the ball as the tee box can slant to the right encouraging a slice into the woods. The seventh hole is a 376 yard par 4. It is wide enough fairway but many balls seem to end up in the pine trees on the right. There is a large swampy area on the left. Scenic but if you put a ball in here you won't find it. The dominating feature of this whole is the pond/creek that crosses the fairway about 250 yards out. You have to decide to layup or go for the glory and try for the elevated green. Many a ball has found its way into the pond by a glory seeker. The eight hole is a 177 yard par 3. From the tee down through a small valley then up to the green. Pine trees on the right and water on the left. There is a small creek about 140 yards out that also eats golf balls. The ninth hole is a 300 yard par 4. Sharp drop off the tee to water and then up the hill to a ninety degree dogleg left. There are trees on the left and you can not see the flag from the tee or if you don't make it up the hill on your first swing. The big hitters try to go over the trees and land it blind on the green. They don't always make it. The green is the hardest on the course. Lots of slope. If you are putting downhill even a slow moving putt can roll ten feet past the hole. Three and even four putts are not unusual on the ninth. They have recently opened a driving range and have a putting green where you can practice your game or just bring the kids to whack a bucket of balls. Scottish Glen Golf Course is owned and operated by Bart and Carol Bennett and Family On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottish-Glen-Golf-Course/176179582456618?fref=ts