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The White Cross Vibrators 1913

The White Cross Vibrators 1913

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada28 Oct 1913, Tue  •  Page 13

During my regular researching of newspaper articles I came upon this article from 1913 in the Ottawa Journal. I immediately wondered how this vibrator with its many many uses was successful in the treatment of various diseases. Or, was it just another invention to scam the folks.

This has to be my favourite vintage ad I have ever seen, below. “Abundant nerve force” oh my god hahaha. That thing looks like a jackhammer 😬 Notice how, at no point in this dissertation of an advertisement, does it ever specify how to use this device. You have to order the free book.The book actually suggests vibrating your eyeball to improve vision. Close enough! Sounds like a good way to go blind, and though I’m not an opthamologist but the creepy thing looks like a blow dryer.

It didnt take long to turn electricity into a good time.

From the National Museum of American History

Vibrator. 1985.0146.01.

The Chicago firm that manufactured and sold the White Cross vibrator boasted that it had a high grade motor. And, while it met the requirements of the medical profession, it was also suitable for family use. The inscription on this example reads “WHITE CROSS ELECTRIC VIBRATOR / MANUFACTURED BY / LINDSTROM, SMITH CO. / CHICAGO / VOLTS 100 A.C. & D.C. / NO. 96581 / MODEL 2 / CAUTION / DO NOT USE THIS VIBRATOR IN BATH TUB OR / WHEN THE BODY IS CONNECTED WITH A WATER, SEWER, OR GAS PIPE OR WHEN STANDING ON WET FLOOR.”Ref: Lindstrom, Smith Co., Illustrated Catalog of the White Cross Electric Vibrator (Chicago, 1918).


Yes, you can purchase one today on Etsy-1910s Antique Vibrator – White Cross Electric Vibrator – Lindstrom Smith Co Chicago click

CLIPPED FROMThe Tacoma Daily LedgerTacoma, Washington20 Jun 1915, Sun  •  Page 36

Vibrating Chair Free With the White Cross Vibrator. You can make a splendid vibrating chair out of any chair. A chair which will give you the same results as the kind used in the biggest hospitals and sanitariums.

TheWhite Cross Vibrator gets at the cause of disease. It sends the rich, red blood leaping and coursing through your veins and arteries straight to where the disease begins; and where there is rich blood it is impossible for disease to remain long. It tones up your nerves and-muscles, and every vital organ. It makes you fairly tingle with the joy of living. Don’t neglect the FIRST symptoms. If you feel “run down , out of condition —if you just feel “out of sorts” general!’ something is wrong. The most serious diseases creep upon you unaware. The White Cross Electric Vibrator aids in filling our body so full of vigorous, robust health that pain and disease have a hard time finding a foothold.

CLIPPED FROMNew-York TribuneNew York, New York02 Mar 1915, Tue  •  Page 9

Part 1- Dr. G. S. Howard of Carleton Place — Just Call Me Master!

The Shenanigans of Dr. Howard of Carleton Place – Part 2

Did You Know Who was Cooking in Back of Lancaster’s Grocery Store? Dr. Howard I Presume! – Part 3

It’s Electrifying! Dr Scott’s Electric Corset

Notations About Our Brave Little Toasters– Jaan Kolk

Was the Butter Tart Really Invented in Barrie, Ontario? Jaan Kolk Files

The Oldest Appliance in Carleton Place

The Inventor’s of Carleton Place –Robert Metcalf

Thomas Sloan Inventor Baby-Walker Carleton Place

John Dittrick– another Lanark County Inventor

Who Invented the Highway Traffic Lights? Evan J. McIlraith Hopetown

Lots of Laundry– Lassie Come Home!!!!

Remember Halo Shampoo?

Remember Halo Shampoo?

Hair products. Halo Shampoo. 1985.0460.126, 1985.0475.187, 1984.0351.325. https://americanhistory.si.edu/

There were limited shampoo choices in the 1950’s and 1960’s; Halo, Prell, or Breck The 1970’s ushered in many many new shampoos to choose from–loaded with gimmicks, promises and lures.  It conjures up images and smells of bath time when I was small.

I wanted my Mom to buy Halo shampoo because the model was blonde, and she had a pageboy hairdo, that “swished” when she shook her head. I thought that my hair would swish if I used Halo shampoo When I entered my teens I used to buy Prell because of the pearl in the shampoo.

In 1938 the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company in Jersey City, N.J., introduced Halo, the zero soap shampoo. Their slogan was “Soaping dulls hair, while Halo glorifies it.” The product came with a double-your-money back guarantee. Advertisements claimed that the lack of oils and harsh chemicals made the product clean-rinsing and safe for children.Over the years the Colgate-Palmolive Company used celebrities and program sponsorships to endorse their product. In the 1940s, the product jingle, “Halo, Everybody, Halo,” was introduced on the radio and early TV. Through the following decades, many celebrities and recording artists, including Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Eddie Cantor, sang the Halo jingle. Halo was still being sold in the late 1970s.While the Halo bottle retained its distinctive shape, at the end of 1954, Colgate-Palmolive introduced this new blue, white, and gold packaging. In 1956, their ads claimed they were “America’s #1 Selling Shampoo.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
24 Mar 1940, Sun  •  Page 89

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 May 1947, Thu  •  Page 10

read–Flour Shampoo

The Stack Perm or the Disco Wedge ? 1970s Hair Fashion

Why Were These Folks Facing Backwards?

The Best Little Chin Hair Post on the Prairie

Lois Lyman–A Hair of a Blunder!

To Die Dying Your Hair

More Updates– Mitchell’s Your Independent Team March 20, 2020 –2:53 PM

More Updates– Mitchell’s Your Independent Team March 20, 2020 –2:53 PM

March 20,2020

From Mitchell’s Your Independent Grocer
To Our Community:
As you can understand, our response to this situation is growing daily, based on the latest information we have available. While we are doing our best to support you sometimes we need to adjust course.
Social Distancing
Mitchell’s Your Independent Grocer will be limiting the number of customers in our store effective March 20, 2020. The maximum amount of people allowed into the store at any time will be 90. Unfortunately at this time there will be no exceptions.
We will be monitoring the number of people who come and go into our store, and if we reach a point where social distancing may be impacted, we will limit entry.
Thank You
Mitchell’s YIG


March 19,2020

Attention valued customers: 

Our business is changing daily–below are some changes that will be in effect starting tomorrow.

Our senior shop is still in effect (8-9 am) ( this will also apply to immune suppressed customers)
We are open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Sunday hours will be from 8:00 7:00 pm. Our pharmacy will now open at 8:00 am.
We are strongly encouraging you to pay with debit/credit as this encourages less cash handling. We are removing the charge for plastic bags, and effective immediately, we will no longer be bagging for customers who choose to bring in their reusable bags or bins. You are still welcome to bring them in but you will have to bag them yourself for the safety of our cashiers and clerks. 
We have eliminated offering loose bakery bulk items and we will only be selling packaged bakery items. We are continuing to stock all shipments as they arrive and are experiencing delays from deliveries 12-24 hours behind schedule. I can assure you once our deliveries arrive we will work quickly to have these items stocked for you. 
Please do not call the store asking when shipments will arrive, as unfortunately at this time as we cannot answer that question for you. We continue to impose limits on numerous categories. We appreciate if you can please respect these limits to ensure everyone is able to purchase what they need. 
We appreciate your patience and support during this very difficult time. We will try to keep you updated with any other changes as soon as we are aware. 

Mitchell’s Your Independent Team



The Smallpox Scare of 1926

The Smallpox Scare of 1926



In May of 1900 Smallpox broke out in Carleton Place and Almonte. Almonte advised against any travel to Carleton Place. But in 1926 smallpox broke out and there was nothing in the local papers, and the town of Almonte denied it in the city newspapers.

In 1918 the world faced a pandemic. Within months Spanish Flu had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history. It struck fast and was indiscriminate.



November 15, 1926


SMALLPOX IN ONTARIO Almonte, Ont., Nov. 16 1926 Dr. A. A. Metcalfe, mayor of Almonte, stated to-day that the smallpox situation in the town had steadily Improved. The epidemic was now on the wane. –

SMALLPOX IN ALMONTE  November 13, 1926 –-Churches and Schools Closed and Meetings; Cancelled Almonte, Out., November 12. As the result of an epidemic of smallpox in this town, which started during the summer mouths, and reached its maximum this week churches and schools here have been closed, while all public gatherings and social events in the town have been cancelled. According to Mayor (Dr.) A. A. Metcalfe, every precaution has been taken to prevent the spread of the disease, and everyone believes that the epidemic is now under control. So far no deaths have resulted, although at the present time there are about thirty cases of smallpox in Almonte. In the township of Ramsay, in which Almonte is situated, there are also three isolated cases.


December 20,1926— This smallpox rumour possibly gained strength from a smallpox scare which spread in the camp on December 14.  A man from Almonte, where a small pox epidemic had been prevalent for some time, obtained work at the Templeton plant (Hull ). He remained there until December 10, and then returned to Almonte, and it was learned that four day later he was taken down with smallpox.
Immediate step were taken at the camp to protect the men: the roommates of the man were placed under quarantine, and police still are maintaining; a strict Quarantine over them. They have shown no signs of the disease, and and there was no outbreak at the camp.
It seems a disgrace for an enlightened people to continue to be harassed with small epidemics and endemics of small pox each year when we could forever banish it from our midst if every one would be vaccinated.







The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Nov 1926, Sat  •  Page 1

 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Nov 1926, Tue  •  Page 15






Think the Smallpox issue on Outlander was far fetched?

Smallpox in Carleton Place — Did You Know?

The Great White Plague

Union Almonte & Ramsay Contagious Hospital (Pest House) — Looking for Information

Married on Porch of Pest House

Dark Moments in Ottawa History- Porter Island

Small Pox in Almonte

Fear and Loathing of the School Inoculations

Fear and Loathing of the School Inoculations

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Photo-Missisquoi Genealogy The Old Town on Main Street in Cowansville, Quebec


I remember the Spring sunshine peering through windows at the back of the old Town Hall on the Main Street in Cowansville, Quebec. The wood floors were glistening as I kept staring down at them, quietly shuffling my feet, fearful to look anywhere else. A local girl sat in a wheelchair with her head down, and the hem of her dress kept lifting each time the breeze from the door opened. I heard my mother tell someone else that the girl in the wheelchair had felt ill for a few days and then she lost control of her legs. Now she sat there with both her legs in a cast after being diagnosed with polio.

I wondered why she wasn’t in a hospital, but I knew expert help was hard to get in rural areas, so you made do with what you got. Soon we were all told to line up, and the slow moving line wound around the large room while mothers stood beside their children almost as nervous as we were.




That was an odour in the air that none of us could place until someone whispered that it smelled like rubbing alcohol. Most of the children had facial expressions of horror not knowing what their fate was as nurses began to call names. There was complete silence as I advanced to the front of that room until one child let out a huge wail and suddenly similar cries filled the town hall until it felt like the whole building was going to explode in pain.

Fear and trembling followed me and then I was instructed to sit down and roll up my sleeve while a large syringe approached my arm. My Mother handed the nurse her written consent cautiously for the brand new Salk vaccine. Terror had gripped our parents who were haunted by the stories of children who were stricken suddenly by cramps and fever, and then Polio. It wasn’t that the inoculations hurt so much, but the anticipation was worse than the reality, and the end result was a lollipop to soothe our experience.

The mandatory vaccines were the result of something called Polio. The government had decided that every child in Canada had to be inoculated, and this was not to be the last of it. Once again we would get inoculations, and then those turned into long tables bearing neat rows of cups half filled with a substance similar to bitter orange juice. Each child drank the elixir and returned to class until the next year when we were given dosed sugar cubes.  We baby boomers were lucky enough to live in a time when vaccinations were available, and the only imaginary fault lines running through everyone’s lives after that was fear over Communists, a possible Atomic Blast, and Howdy Doody.

Although we can look back with humour on the inoculation process, it was a deadly serious procedure for those that lived through the height of the polio scare. When Dr. Salk’s miraculous vaccine spelt the end of this hideous disease we could say goodbye to life threatening fevers and once again look forward to summer without the fear of polio–Ray Paquette




From the Carleton Place Canadian– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Three years later, in the late 50s my Mother could not feel her legs from the waist down and they at first thought she had a form of polio. We found out when my sister died she actually had lymphoma on the spine.

My uncle who is not pictured here died at the age of 19 and they blamed it on a vaccine. We will never know why he died so young.


 - Mother and Daughter Stricken With Polio...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  06 Sep 1949, Tue,  Page 5

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  06 Aug 1949, Sat,  Page 7



Doug McCarten–I do indeed remember! Although the polio vaccination came too late for me as I had it at 2 years old! Apparently I was within 24 hrs of paralysis…..when I was getting better, I have a vivid memory of visiting the patients who were in Iron Lungs and talking to them in the mirror attached above their head! The room was lit only by the afternoon sun but with the curtains pulled so the light that did enter was muted….



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

Come 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.





Remember Polio?

What Do You Do if You Just Can’t Walk Right In?

Remembering one of the “Tom Sawyer’s” Of Cowansville Quebec



Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street in Carleton Place (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour walk with stories of murder mayhem and BOO!.. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!!

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Did You Know They Moved St. Paul’s Cemetery?

Did You Know They Moved St. Paul’s Cemetery?




photo-– Scott Reid– 175th Anniversary of St. Paul’s

Reverend Michael Harris travelled afar setting up local parishes as early as 1819 in Lanark County, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church was one of them. Set in the midst of the original cemetery overlooking the Perth Highway, the church partially built in 1852 celebrated its 175th anniversary this year.

The mission of Lanark dates from 1819 when the Rev. Michael Harris began ministering to the people in the community. St. Paul’s was built in 1842 on land donated by Mr. James H. Manahan. A new parsonage was built by 1899 and renovated in 1906 at which time the church was enlarged.  It missed being damaged by the Lanark Village fire  in 1959 but was considerably damaged by fire in 1945 and while repairs were being made, services were held in the Congregational Church. The parsonage was sold around 1990. 

It hasn’t changed much except for the small hall to the right that was built in 1964, but the belfry, porch, tower, sanctuary and vestry were added on in 1906. It thankfully escaped the Lanark fire of 1959 but it suffered fire damage to the roof and interior in 1945.

Their first organ was an old pump organ and then the United Church gave thenm mone that was powered by a hand pump. In 1953 someone willed the church their home and the contents and after the house was sold it bought Sr. Paul’s a new pulpit.

The cemetery in the churchyard was closed in 1917 and a new burial ground was obtained. St. Paul’s Church celebrated its centenary on June 28, 1942. The dead were buried strictly in the churchyards in those days, but back in 1917 local health officials requested that the original old cemetery built on the hill next to the church be closed and moved two miles out of town.  People worried about risks to public health and they came not only from the dank odours of the churchyards, but from the very water the people drank. In many cases, the springs for the drinking supply tracked right through the graveyards of the original churchyards.


Did you know suicides, if they were buried in consecrated ground at all, were usually deposited in the north end, although their corpses were not allowed to pass through the cemetery gates to enter. They had to be passed over the top of the stone wall or fence. In the case of St. James in Carleton Place they were buried outside the fence.

They once tried to ban the use of coffins altogether for health reasons, insisting that ‘all people should be buried in sacks’ for sanitary purposes. The Victorians recognized the dangers of lead coffins, and made it mandatory that pine be used as an alternative as it ‘decays rapidly,’ thus allowing the corpse to return to the earth more naturally.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Jan 1945, Tue,  Page 16

Other Churches

May be an image of outdoors

May be an image of outdoors

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church under construction about 1890’s, Lanark Village.
Drovers who transported the limestone for the above church from the W. C. Stead quarry.
Ken Potter

Where was the S.C. Stead quarry?
Blair T. Paul, Artist – Canadian and International

Great photos…where was the quarry? It was believed that at the end of Paul Drive, west of what used to be Playfair’s Planing Mill there was a quarry. We always called it that as kids anyway.
Ken Potter

Blair T. Paul, Artist – Canadian and International Interesting. I live at 121 Paul dr at the end of the road. It is possible that it was quarried out of the side of the steep hill next to what is now Centennial Truss. I know that is lots of limestone on my property.
Doris Quinn

My late husbands ancestors helped build this Church. Bringing the stones etc. At the time they questioned themselves thinking that soon their Church in Ferguson’s Falls would be closed and they would all travel over the hills to Lanark. And so it is. Understandable though as Lanark had a bigger population. Sacred Heart Church in Lanark opened in 1903.
My late husband, James Quinn was direct descendant of John Quinn, one of the seven Irish men who came over from Ireland in 1820. So yes I have always loved this type of history and have accumulated a lot over the years. Now to get it into the book I always planned to write. At it a bit each week.🙂


PAKENHAM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1897– $338.50 on the Cornerstone?

St. Andrew’s Pakenham celebrates 175th anniversary October 9– 2015– Click here–Millstone

For the Love of St. Andrew’s– 130th Anniversary

Who Really Built the Baptist Church in Carleton Place?

Old Churches of Lanark County

Who Really Built the Baptist Church in Carleton Place?

Notes About The First Baptist Church in Perth

Smith’s Falls and District Baptist Church

Memories of The Old Church Halls

Tales From the Methodist Church in Perth

Knox Church– McDonald’s Corners

The Littlest Church in Ferguson Falls

The Beckwith Baptist Church

Old Churches of Lanark County

Before and After — Auld Kirk

Another Example of Local Random Acts of Kindness- Zion Memorial United Church

Hallelujah and a Haircut —Faces of St. James 1976

What did Rector Elliot from St. James Bring Back from Cacouna?

The Emotional Crowded Houses– St. James

A Sneeze of a Tune from St. Andrew’s Church in Carleton Place

The Old Church in Island Brook That Needs a Home

Let The Church Rise– A Little History of St. James Anglican Church

The Church that Died

St James and St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar 1998 -Who Do You Know?

Old Churches of Lanark County

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?

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Don’t Cry for Me Argentina– Heart Disease, Anger and Gnomes

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina– Heart Disease, Anger and Gnomes


For those reading this going through the same thing I just want you to know you are not alone.


They say heart surgery or even receiving a diagnosis of heart disease can change someone’s personality, pretty much like any psychological trauma. Sometimes there can be changes in the brain that cause personality changes, but more often it’s just the shock of recognizing that you have a serious condition.

Every day I sit outside between mosquito attacks dwelling on the lack of time I might have had. When you have cancer in most cases you have time to say goodbye. When I had my strokes I was lucky to be able to talk to my kids. But when you have heart issues sometimes you might not be granted the chance to say any last words when a heart attack hits.

I was briefly told about mood swings, but never to the extent I am feeling them now. Chances are if you angered me 10 years ago, it’s been dug up in the past month and I am mad at you again now. Absolutely ludicrous? I agree– but welcome to my world. Right now there are no solutions for reigning in this rage I have. Talk to someone you say? In reality, years of talking to learned folks never helped me as I am one of the most stubborn people you have ever met. Honestly, I am my own worst enemy, and I listen to no one, and still not about to now.

Today I went all Anthony Scaramoucci on a neighbouring kid. I don’t like having to lock my gates but I have too. The vandalism got so bad at one point in our yard that we had to make a decision to build a gate and fence and basically lock the world out– but things still happen.

This morning I was fuming at WordPress because I couldn’t update anything due to a bug, and then I heard a loud bang outside. I knew trouble was afoot and I recognized the kid from previous events I’ve had to call him out on. It wasn’t a big deal, but he had pushed one of my three foot gnomes over on purpose. You don’t mess with my gnomes trust me.

Instead of just carrying on with life the steam began to rise and I decided to water the garden to calm down. I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls– anger, rage, fear, sadness, and I think that in the course of your life you figure out ways to deal with that. When I asked one of my son’s staff how long it took his father to get over the feelings of anger after his heart attack he looked at me sadly and said–“he never did”. Honestly, I  don’t want to be that person, and really want to stop saying daily prayers to the devil as Bob Marley might say to me.

Ten minutes later I saw the kid come back and he put his arm through the fence ready to push the gnome over again. I went ballistic, and the conversation went something like this:


“What in the hell are you doing there?” (In an off the Richter scale volume)


“Oh, I just want to touch him.”


“No you don’t —I saw you push him over before-now leave him the ^&&*& alone!”


With that he pulled his arm back and ran off to tell his Mother what the miserable woman who lives in the “abandoned house” (as he calls it) across the street did again. I in turn went and moved my gnomes back 4 feet so he couldn’t touch them again.

They say you should never go to bed mad and just stay up and fight. I have sadness in me. I have heartbreak in me, I have anger, and I can’t seem to move forward. I have to accept that I have heart disease which is never going to go away and I have to deal with medication every single day that I hate.

If you have never had a heart attack it’s hard to explain how I feel and how easy it is for some to say that I should appreciate that I am alive–but– I have 206 bones in my body that I can break and only one heart. Every minute a woman dies from a heart attack and heart disease kills more women than all the cancers combined. It could have been me three weeks ago, and at some point I need to learn to draw the line so I can be responsible for myself again.

But, that is easier said than done, and I have no one else to blame– it’s my choice.

For those reading this going through the same thing I just want you to know you are not alone.


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

Come 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.


What Becomes of a Broken Heart?

And Suddenly I Became Sad for NO Reason at All….

Survivor’s Guilt —Set Adrift on a Memory Bliss

I Had a Stroke – I Didn’t Break My Leg!




Is Almonte Now Powered by Gnomes?




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The Peculiar Case of Jeanetta Lena McHardy

The Peculiar Case of Jeanetta Lena McHardy


Distressing Results Following Vaccination—A Young Daughter of David McHardy of Fergus, the Victim—Has Suffered the Most Intense Agony —Doctors Failed to Help her. 

Author’s note–This story about Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills has flashed by me a few times and today I decided to investigate what happened to this young woman who had such a “miraculous cure”. Before the internet, maybe it would not be such an easy access, and what really happened to young Jenneta Lena McHardy of Fergus, Ontario might have never come to light. Another voice asking for their tale to be told?

Almonte Gazette June 18 1897

From the Fergus News-Record

Nearly every person in this section is acquainted with Mr. David McHardy,
the popular leader of St. Andrew’s church choir, Fergus, Ontario. Our reporter called upon Mr. McHardy at his home in Upper Nichol recently, and from him and his estimable wife a tale of terrible suffering was elicited, suffering that has brought a once exceptionally strong and healthy child to the verge of the grave.

The subject of the sketch,(Jeanette)Lena McHardy, is fourteen years of age, and her parents say she has not grown any since her illness began some two years and a
half ago. Her terrible suffering dates from the time she was vaccinated in June, 1894, and what she has undergone has aroused the deepest sympathy of all the friends of the family.

In conversation with Mr. McHardy and his wife, the following facts were
elicited : “Two years ago last June,” said the father, “Lena was vaccinated by a doctor in Fergus. The arm was very sore and swollen all summer, and became so bad that it was a mass of sores from the shoulder to the elbow.”




In October 1894 a large lump appeared on her back, over one of the lungs. The doctor who vaccinated her treated her all that summer, calling very frequently, but the
medicine he gave her did no good and she was growing weaker and weaker.

When the lump broke out on her back another doctor was consulted, who said she was in a very bad state of health. Her constitution appeared to be completely undermined, and her appetite had completely failed. The last doctor called in gave some outward applications, and lanced the gathering, but it did not give the patient any benefit. Nine such gatherings have appeared since that time, but each broke and disappeared of its own accord, only, however, to be followed by another.

The child became very puny, and little or no food would remain in her stomach.
At night ‘She would fairly rave with the pain in her arm and back, and consequently her trouble was aggravated by a loss of sleep. She had the best of attendance but to no avail,and she was slowly but surely sinking.

Friends advised a treatment with Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills and as a last resort they were tried. To the surprise of both parents and friends Lena began to improve soon after beginning the use of the pills. Her appetite returned, she became stronger and her general health with Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills that her parents are looking for a complete cure.

Mr and Mrs. McHardy thank Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills  for the present improved condition of their child, as they have done her more good than the scores of bottles of doctor’s medicine which she took. Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills are a blood builder and nerve restorer. They supply the blood with its life and health-giving properties, thus driving disease from the system.

There are numerous pink coloured imitations, against which the public are warned. The genuine Pink Pills and can only be had only in boxes the wrapper around which- bears the fall trade mark,

“Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People.” Refuse all others.

Author’s Note-

Yes, there really was a McHardy family and Lena was Jeannette Lena McHardy’s second name (she was Jenneta Lena McHardy in the ancestry archives).  Born September 12, 1884.  She died September 12,1898, a little over a year after this was in the newspaper. I looked up her symptoms and and she probably had a form of cancer called neuroblastoma. While the ferrous sulphate ingredient in the Pink Pills would have had a genuine effect against anemia–but they were no cure for cancer. Her cause of death listed was blood poisoning.





Almonte Gazette



Yes, there really is a McHardy family and Lena was Jeannette Lena McHardy’s second name (she was Jenneta Lena McHardy in the ancestry archives).  Born September 12, 1884.  She died September 12,1898 a little over a year after this was in the newspaper. I looked up her symptoms and and she probably had a form of cancer called neuroblastoma. While the ferrous sulphate ingredient in the Pink Pills would have had a genuine effect against anemia– they were no cure for cancer.

Name Jenneta Lena McHardy
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1898
Event Place Fergus, Wellington, Ontario, Canada

Birth Date 12 Sep 1884
Death Date 06 Feb 1898
Affiliate Record Identifier 61538055
Cemetery Belsyde Cemetery

Birth: Sep. 12, 1884
Wellington County
Ontario, Canada
Death: Feb. 6, 1898
Wellington County
Ontario, Canada

Daughter of David McHardy & Annie Thomson.Birth record shows first name as “Janitta Lina”; death record shows it as “Jenneta Lina”; gravestone shows only “Lena”

Death record shows date of death, Feb. 6th; stone carved Feb 8th.

Cause of death: blood poisoning, 14 yrs.

Family links:
David McHardy (1847 – 1937)
Annie Thomson McHardy (1859 – 1932)

Jenneta Lena McHardy (1884 – 1898)
Roy Marshall McHardy (1889 – 1969)*
Lloyd Moffatt McHardy (1893 – 1976)*

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Belsyde Cemetery
Wellington County
Ontario, Canada




David McHardy, the youngest son, who succeeded his father on the homestead, married Annie Thompson and their family included George, Stanley, Roy, Lloyd and Jeanette. (Lena). If you look her up on ancestry.com she is listed as Janetta Lina MchardyGeorge McHardy
George McHardy arrived in Upper Nichol in 1835, when he purchased the farm of Donald Wallace. A native of Perthshire, Scotland, his wife was Margaret Marshall, and their family was composed of James, George, John, Edward, David, Catherine, Margaret and Agnes.

Roy McHardy, who married Viola Allan, had a grocery store in Fergus, and also engaged in the milling business, while Lloyd McHardy, who married a daughter of J.B. Chalmers, was a successful hardware merchant in Fergus.
The following item appeared in the Fergus News-Record of November 1, 1900, under the heading of “Coffee and Peanuts”:
“Who would have believed that fully matured coffee and peanuts were grown within a mile of Fergus this past summer. Well such is the case and the grower of same is David McHardy of Nichol”.
When David McHardy left Nichol, his farm was purchased by James A. Martin



Dr Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People–

There’s another big-business remedy, this time originating in Canada. “Dr Williams” was a brand name, and the pills were manufactured by George T. Fulford of Brockville, Ontario. Born in 1852, Fulford went into the patent medicine business in 1886 and four years later bought the rights to the Pink Pills recipe from Dr William Jackson for $53.01. The Pills arrived in Britain by 1893, and the company had premises on Holborn Viaduct, London.

The Pink Pills included ferrous sulphate, so they would have had a geniune effect against anaemia, but they were weaker and far more expensive than the ordinary iron pills commonly prescribed by physicians.

Fulford, who was appointed to the Senate in 1900, used an “advertorial” style to promote his products. The ads, like the one below,  appeared to be news stories reporting a miracle in some distant town – the miracle always turning out to be a result of someone taking Dr Williams’ Pink Pills.

In 1905, Senator Fulford had the dubious honour of becoming the first Canadian to be killed in an automobile accident, but his company remained in business until 1989.–The Quack Doctor


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Horse Drawn Carriage in front of Victoria Hall (now part of the Great War Memorial) Downtown Heritage Perth


Back in the 1800s doctors had to deal with a number of health problems that we remain all too familiar with, conditions like cancer, diabetes, angina, burns, asthma, and epilepsy. At the same time, however, they also had to contend with deaths caused by such things as apoplexy (a syndrome of fainting spells), spontaneous combustion (especially of “brandy-drinking men and women”), drinking cold water (your guess is as good as mine), and near-misses from cannonballs (yes, seriously – they believed that the close contact could shatter bones and even cause blindness).

On CBC Radio today I heard one of the storytellers today say, “they just died in the old days-everyone died.” And that they did. Here are just a few obituaries.



Perth Courier, July 3, 1896

Wrathall—Died, in Bathurst on Wednesday, July 1, Samuel Bailey(?) Wrathall aged 30 years and 3 months.

Jamieson—Died, at Osnabruck Centre, Ontario, on Thursday, June 25, Evelyn Baker Jamieson, wife of Dr. David Jamieson.  (no age)

McKenzie—Died, at Wabashaw, Minn., Isabella Campbell McKenzie, wife of the late Roderick McKenzie and daughter of the late Patrick Campbell of Bathurst, aged 71.

McLenahan—Died, at Drummond, on June 26, Eliza Jane McLenahan, eldest and only daughter of John McLenahan, aged 36




On Tuesday afternoon last Ella J. McLenaghan, only daughter of John McLenaghan, passed away suddenly from apoplexy. About 4:00 the deceased was making ready the tea when she suddenly took a severe pain in the head and sitting down asked for a drink of water.  It was observed that she was ill and assistance was at once obtained but in vain and at 11:00 her spirit took its flight.  Miss McLenaghan was a sister to Messrs Charles and Robert McLenaghan of Carleton Place.  She was the eldest of the family and had lived all her life on the farm with her parents.  She was a lady of high moral character and much esteemed by her numerous friends and acquaintances.  This was evidenced by the very large funeral on Saturday where 120 carriages were in the procession.  The interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery in Perth.  Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Balderson but in the absence of the pastor, Rev. A.H. Scott of Perth officiated.  Four brothers of the deceased were the pallbearers viz:  Charles, Robert, John and William.  The aged parents, both of whom are in their 85th year, are bowed down with grief.  Carleton Place Herald, June 30


Perth Courier, July 10, 1896

North Elmsley:  A gloom was cast over the vicinity on Sunday morning, July 5, by the news of the death of Jane Burns, formerly of Beckwith, beloved wife of Jas. Huddleston.  Deceased had been ill since last Autumn; at first she thought it was only a slight cold and as her health continued failing medical aid was summoned but it seemed to be of no avail.  She was well liked by her many friends and acquaintances as she was a good neighbor helping each one as far as she was able.  She was also a loving wife and an affectionate mother. She leaves behind her a husband and large family all of whom were by her bedside when she departed except John and James who are in the States.  Her funeral, which took place on Tuesday at 10:00 to the Methodist Cemetery was very largely attended by her sorrowing friends and acquaintances.


Perth Courier, July 24, 1896

Watson’s Corners:  It becomes our painful duty this week to chronicle the death of Mrs. Peter Cumming, who passed away on Monday evening, July 13.  Deceased whose maiden name was Margaret Muir was born at Kirkfield a suburb of Lanark on the Clyde, Scotland, on July 12, 1814 and came to Canada with her parents in 1820 settling on the farm now owned by J.A. Craig.  On the 1st April, 1836 she was married to Peter Cumming, she had six children, five of whom survive her.  Her husband died in 1886 a few months after they celebrated their Golden Wedding.  The father of the deceased was Jas. Muir who was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, Lanark.  The deceased’s children went there regularly for many years on foot and she was a consistent member of this church from her girlhood until the infirmities of old age prevented her from assembling with God’s people.  For the past three years the deceased has been a confirmed invalid tenderly cared for by her son and family.  The subject of this sketch was one of a family of nine, four of whom survive her; the youngest of whom is over 70 years of age.  Thus one by one the early pioneers are being removed from among us; those who braved the many hardships of the early settlers and carved out for themselves and children in the then wilds of Lanark County.  Deceased was a very intelligent and highly respectable citizen of this section and will long be remembered by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.  The funeral on Wednesday the 15th inst., was very large.  Rev. J.A. Leitch preached the funeral sermon after which the remains were interred in the village cemetery there to await the judgment morning.


Perth Courier, Aug. 14, 1896

The Central Canadian of August 13 says:  “John Ebbs, one of the oldest settlers of the Scotch Corners area, Drummond, passed away Friday morning at the age of 85(“) 86(?) years after an illness of 18 months borne with patience.  Deceased was born in Wicklow, Ireland in 1810 and came to Canada with his wife and three children in 1843. He settled on the Scotch Corners and lived there until the time of his death.  His wife died 21 years ago leaving him with seven children of whom these survive:  William and John, Mrs. Charles Gardiner and Mrs. Thomas Cooke.  With the last the old gentleman lived for the past two years.  The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon to St. John’s Church, Innisville.  The pallbearers were six of his grandsons.”



Perth Courier, Aug. 21, 1896

Althorpe:  Last Friday morning Mr. Frank Allan with some friends started to pick berries and about noon he became ill.  He started to the house of Alexander Menzies and on reaching the house was much worse so a doctor was sent for.  But cholera had set in and he died on Sunday morning.  Mrs. Allan and daughter were with him until the end.On Friday last Francis Allan of Harvey Street, East Ward, went out to S. Sherbrooke with friends to pick thimbleberries.  He did not feel very well before he started and on arrival there was seized with Canadian Cholera at the home of his cousin Mr. Menzies which rapidly developed into a serious illness.  Dr. Kellock of Perth was sent for but on his arrival the unfortunate man was beyond hope and although everything was done for his relief he expired on Sunday morning.  At the time of his death he was 48 years old.  Fourteen years ago he lost an arm in a threshing machine accident.  Though he tried to continue farming after this he was greatly handicapped by the loss of the limb and some time ago gave up the farm.  He took the local agency for the Singer Sewing Machine two or three years ago and followed this occupation until his death.  His wife was a Miss Kean of the Scotch Line who with several children survive him.  Deceased was a good citizen and a general favorite having no enemies.  He was a Presbyterian.

On Monday, the neighbors were startled by the news that Henry Marguerat, Harper, Bathurst, had committed suicide that morning and the facts confirming the rumor were soon in everybody’s mouth.  For some months, Mrs. Marguerat, his wife, had been lying sick with cancer of the stomach and deceased had been sitting up and attending her until mind and body were completely worn out.  Added to this, his daughter had died a few months ago and by this time the poor man’s mental and physical faculties were pretty well unstrung and he became weak in body and depressed in spirit.  Three sisters of his wife were waiting on her on Monday morning she being so far gone in sickness and suffering as to be unconscious.  Mr. Marguerat was in his room at the time and a partition was the only thing that separated him from his sisters-in-law, his wife or son.  Finding himself alone, he placed the muzzle of a revolver close to his head and pulled the trigger, his death being instantaneous.  The noise of the explosion was heard but it was muffled by the closeness of the muzzle to his head so that none in the home suspected that a fire arm had gone off.  It was only when the smell of gun powder invaded the room that they thought of the cause and when they went to his room, he was sitting dead with the weapon close by. Happily, his wife was unconscious and neither then nor yet got the terrible tidings.  Her demise is expected any day.  The remains of the deceased were buried at Elmwood Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Marguerat was a native of Switzerland and was a resident of Bathurst for many years.  He married a daughter of John Oatway of this town and farmed on a small scale making a specialty of grape culture.  He belonged to the “Brethren” as did his wife and family.  The father of the deceased was the first person buried in Elmwood Cemetery here.

The Carleton Place Herald records the death last Friday of Mrs. Hawkins, mother of Mrs. George E. Fife, after but 24 hours of illness from inflammation.  Her husband was the late Esau Hawkins, who died in Lanark many years ago.  Mrs. Hawkins was born in Whitlow, Ireland in 1812 and was among the early settlers of Dalhousie.

Perth Courier, Sept. 4, 1896

Duncan McLaren, an old resident of Drummond, died at his home on the 7th Concession Tuesday morning from inflammation following old age, aged 82.  He was born in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland and came to Canada with his parents in the year 1818, the family settling first in the village of Bytown, destined afterwards to become the capital of the Dominion.  The father, whose name was Neil McLaren, was a plasterer by trade and worked for the founder of Hull and Ottawa, the late Philemon Wright.  While in his employ, he put on the first coat of plaster on lath(?) that was ever done in the infant village.  The family later removed to Bathrust and then to Scotch Corners, Beckwith and finally the subject of this sketch bought the farm on which he died and settled on it.  He married first a sister of Donald MacPhail who lived only about a year after and then Janet Moir(?) Mair(?) of Ramsay who died a few years ago and they had a family of three children:  William, now on the farm; Mrs. McNaughton (deceased) and Miss Christina at home.  Mr. McLaren was a staunch Presbyterian and for many years was an elder in Knox Church, Perth and afterwards in the Drummond Church and altogether was a good man and a model citizen.  He was a Liberal in politics.

Perth Courier, Oct. 9, 1896

On Thursday, Joseph Sloan of the town, was drawing a load of potatoes down the 3rd Line Bathurst and when opposite Patrick Brady’s, took up a passenger coming to town.  When in the act of adjusting a seat on the load for her, he fell off the load and suffered an injury to the spine.  He became paralyzed from the waist down and dies on Saturday.  He was sixty years of age.  He was born in Ireland and came to Canada over 30 years ago.

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Photo by Robert McDonald- St. James Cemetery Walk

Of  any grave in the St. James cemetery these two tombstones I feel the closest too.  These are markers for four young children that died within a few years. If you were on my cemetery walk you know their last name– but I just want them to rest in peace, so  the name is staying with me.

Was it a fire? What was it? Who put the little recent ceramic memorial dogs that lie at the foot of their tombstones?  I found out that it is an old Jewish woman that is fond of this Carleton Place cemetery and became enamoured of these two grave markers like I have. She comes once in awhile and scatters graham crackers all around and gets annoyed if the  birds eat the crumbs. So why is she scattering them? I found out that she is  performing this ritual around the gravestones so the animals will come out at night and protect the children.

So how did these children die? I found out from a family genealogist in Saskatchewan that there was an issue in this particular family that the female bodies were not mature enough to bear children. Lifespan was also shorter, so you pretty much had to have babies very early in life. Having children in quick succession was therefore paramount.

So because the genes were inferior and if a young child was sick they became weak quickly. One local family lost five children in weeks to scarlet fever. Babies and young children were extremely susceptible to illness. In the worst and poorest districts, two out of ten babies died in the first year. One fourth of them would die by age five.

When the fever wasn’t fatal, it nearly always weakened the child who often died months or even years later from complications. Young children were at risk of dying from a lot of diseases that we’ve eradicated or can control in the 21st century, like smallpox, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, and dysentery (to name just a few). Death was a common visitor and no one was immune.

The mother of this particular family had 4 children die very early in childhood:

Emma Dora was 2 years 11 months-1871

Andrew-1 year-1871

Mary-18 days- 1874

Ellen- 11 years 1 month 1887

Birth injuries, genetic defects, malnutrition, infections and other health problems are  likely causes of death.

The mother died a few years later and the father of the late children remarried another local girl.  His new wife had been charged with prostitution while living in Carleton Place, and had two illegitimate children, but he didn’t care. You see, he just wanted to make sure any woman he took in marriage was able to bear living healthy children. They had two other children and on record it showed they survived to an old age.