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What Happened to Claude Taylor?

What Happened to Claude Taylor?
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
24 Mar 1897, Wed  •  Page 1

I could not find a lot about Claude, but I did find these clippings from the Lanark Era– He did fully survive and sure loved being in the Social Columns. See all the social columns below…

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Jun 1898, Wed  •  Page 5
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 Jan 1901, Wed  •  Page 5
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
14 Aug 1901, Wed  •  Page 5


Name:Claud Taylor
Marital Status:Single
Birth Year:abt 1883
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Lanark, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Son
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Father’s Name:John Taylor
Father’s Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Name:Jane Taylor
Mother’s Birth Place:Ontario
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipJohn Taylor54HeadJane Taylor55WifeGeorge Taylor23SonRachel Taylor20DaughterAgness Taylor18DaughterEffie Taylor15DaughterClaud Taylor8SonRobert Mcinnes23Domestic
Enumeration District:83

So What Happened to James Reid — Lavant

So What Happened to Miss Eva Reid of Renfrew?

What Happened to the Riddell/ Montgomery Doors? Three years later…  Sherri Iona (Lashley)

What Happened to Earl Hyde France ?

Survivors of the 1906 Fire– Mr. William Edward Scott Tom Comba — What Happened to Them?

What Happened to Lottie Blair of Clayton and Grace Cram of Glen Isle?

So What Happened to Miss Winnifred Knight Dunlop Gemmill’s Taxidermy Heads?

What Happened to Harold McLean?

What Happened to Basil Flynn’s Ducks.. ahh Geese?

What Happened to the Towels in the Soap Box?

The Stewart Mill Hopetown –Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings


With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Stewart Carding Mill
  • E 1/2, Lot 17 Conc 2 Lanark Township (near Hopetown), on a tributary of the Clyde River.
  • Duncan Stewart was operating a carding mill by 1849, but it is not clear how long it operated after Stewart’s death in 1857.
  • Mill Ruins, 5475 Highway 511 — Directly behind the church, the remains of Duncan. Stewart’s millpond can be seen.

Honey and the Andersons of Hopetown

The Hopetown School

The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories

Lot 645, Canada 1800s Lanark County postal history, sold for $920

Lost in Hopetown — A Photo Essay

Paradise in Hopetown

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

Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?

Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory

Hopetown Blacksmith Shop-Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Hopetown Blacksmith Shop-Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

Hopetown Blacksmith shop from the 1984 book Lanark Legacy by Howard Morton Brown- Have you read it?
Hopetown Downtown- Perth Remembered
Hopetown Hotel–Perth Remembered

Did you know? From the Lyn Museum

Lyn’s Main Street General Store

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The former Miller General Store on Main Street , 25 Main St West, was first owned by A. T. Trickey, who was a drug store general merchant. He ran it until approximately 1890 when it was purchased by Mr. Gardiner. Mr. Gardiner did not have a druggist pharmacy license so he hired a fellow from Tamworth, Ontario by the name of C. M. Taylor. He went to work for Mr. Gardiner, later married Mr. Gardiner’s daughter and eventually took over the store. They eventually took over the Gardiner house, which is north of the United Church. They lived there for many years and had one daughter who lived there until approximately the 1950’s. Then Eldon Coon took over that house and built a new house for Miss Taylor. The Coleman’s originally built the house, and it was said that every brick in it had been wrapped in tissue paper and shipped from England and all the steel rims around the outside had been made in France by the same people who made the Eiffel Tower. When John McCready took over the store it became more of a grocery store than anything. He sold ice from the ice house behind the store. Stack’s hotel that was next to it burned in 1928 and what was left of the walls remained there until the late 1940’s. He ran the store until the late 1940’s when he sold it to his son Dave McCrady. Dave ran the store for a couple of years and then sold it to Frank McCrady, his brother. In 1947 Frank sold it to Earl “Dusty” and Cleta Miller. They took over the store, enlarged it, fixed the apartment upstairs and lived above the store. They built a building beside the store from which they sold appliances. They ran it until 1985 when they sold it to the Pourier Brothers. Under their ownership the business didn’t survive and they left. The store was sold to a fellow from Hopetown. He started to renovate the inside but it caught fire and burned through the roof. The lot remained empty until Ursula Veltcamp bought it and built the little restaurant that is now there.

Related reading

Sam Kelford Blacksmith- The Buchanan Scrapbook

The Last Blacksmith Shop –R. J. Neil

Nelson Affleck Blacksmith Clippings and Genealogy

Need “BLOOD-LETTING’? Head on Down to the Blacksmith!

  1. The Witch of Plum Hollow and the Blacksmith
  2. The Curious World of Bill Bagg — The Gillies Blacksmith Shop
  3. Walter Cameron the Famous Blacksmith of Fallbrook
  4. The Blacksmiths of Lanark County

The Story of Grace Patterson

180 Forge Works – Artisan Blacksmithing – 180 Forge Works ..

The Cannon on Union Street Hal Kirkland

The Disappearance of Frank Bates

The Disappearance of Frank Bates

Almonte Gazette 1955-05-05


People in this part of Ontario were pleasantly surprised on Sunday morning to hear an announcement over C.F.R.A. to the effect that Mr. Frank Bates, clerk-treasurer of Lanark Township, who had been missing from his home at Hopetown for over a month had communicated with his relatives.


It appears that Mr. Bates, who was suffering from amnesia, was at the Empire Hotel in Winnipeg when he telephoned his brother in-law, Mr. James Wiliis of Lanark Village. Mr. Willis and his sister, Mrs. Bates, left at once for “Winnipeg and Mr. Bates came home with them.


The man whose disappearance caused such a mild sensation is a veteran of the last World War and added to the strain of his period of service, was a head injury which he received some five years ago when he was kicked by a horse.


In addition to his duties as clerk treasurer of the township, he had a farm and he was also on the staff of the unemployment insurance office in Perth. Just before he disappeared, an order had -come through from the civil -service commission making his post permanent.What puzzled the police and his friends, who prosecuted a search for Mr. Bates, was the absence of any motive. His books were in good shape and he had no more serious domestic and social anxieties than other people have in this fast moving age.


He was seen in Toronto by a man who knew him well enough to recognize him and that was the last that was known of his movements until the welcome message came from him at Winnipeg. People in this county were very sorry for his family, especially his wife. She was made acting clerk treasurer of the township during his absence and carried on the duties in a way most satisfactory.





The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1955, Tue  •  Page 31



The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1955, Tue  •  Page 24



The Case of the Missing $900

  1. Maybe We Should Film Oak Island in Carleton Place? The Day the Money Disappeared

  2. Photographer Finds Money in a Local Abandoned Home

  3. The Boy Who Disappeared From Beckwith–Gordon Taylor

  4. Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives

  5. Whippet– Whippet Good! What Happened to Arthur Milton Gunter?

  6. The Man who Disappeared– Stories of Dr. G. E. Kidd

  7. The Strange Disappearance of Bertha Sumner of Carleton Place

    The Man of the Walking Dead of Maberly





NAME: Frank Joseph Bates
BIRTH DATE: 08/04/1916
BIRTH PLACE: Poland Lanark County Ontario Canada
DEATH DATE: 21/08/1988
DEATH PLACE: Poland Lanark County Ontario Canada
CEMETERY: Hopetown Cemetery
BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Hopetown Lanark County Ontario Canada
SPOUSE: Merle Edith Bates

The Hopetown School

The Hopetown School





Jennifer E Ferris

Finding an old negative in the floor in an old house, cool, although hard to see. Figuring out who it is, and when and maybe where, much harder. Discovering your camera, when shooting a negative in negative mode, of course creates a positive. Voila. Yon photo becomes a regular pose. Anyone have any thoughts on the time frame, or perhaps a suggestion for the occasion of this pic? I wondered about either church or a social gathering? How many boys/girls?”

IF the photo of the Hopetown school, 1906 from Norval Wilson on Anna s link , is the one in this photo, then the siding was redone also since 1906 to abt the 1920’s or 1930’s in this photo? (the 1906 photo looks to be board and batten, but this one looks like clapboard horizontals). The windows in the 1906 appear to match (4 wide by 3 high, times 2 upright sliders), considering that they appear to be open one whole pane level in the 1906 photo



S.S. No. 13 Lanark, 1946 – Courtesy of Mildred Stead Munro. Back: Mr. Clifford Beach, Edith Lalonde, Mildred Stead, Eleanor James, Barbara Woods, Shirley Miller, Marjorie Wilson, Jean Lalonde 2nd Row: Lois Gibson, Evelyn Bowes, Darlene Caldwell, Beverly Machan, Beverly Shipman, Eileen Simpson Front: Charlie McDougall, James Lalonde, Russell Lalonde, Danny Bothby, Leonard McIness, Leonard Stead, Wilmer Pretty, Lorne Wilson



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

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


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The great American idea is “I am going to do what I want and the hell with the other fellow.” Any skilled engineer can prepare the [traffic control] plan … but building the groundwork is a mansized job.

Evan J. McIlraith, 1946

The Surface Lines Engineering Department was reorganized by Evan J. McIlraith, a mechanical engineer with long mass transit experience in Seattle and Philadelphia. McIlraith and the engineers working with him were given a free hand to explore all matters relating to the company’s operations. Since street traffic constituted a very major part of the difficulty confronting the CSL’s operation, the engineers concentrated much attention on the chaos in the Loop and elsewhere. They lobbied for and provided statistical evidence in support of improved traffic regulation and approached the problem of signal light timing from their own perspective



Photo- Laurie Yuill

November 2, 1894 – One of the old landmarks is gone from the township of Darling in the
person of James McIlraith who died at midnight on Saturday, 20th October after little more than a day’s illness caused by injuries from falling while he was running after a sheep in his orchard. The injuries sustained were of such a nature that little could be done beyond allaying the pain and he gradually sank until he died just 36 hours from the time of the accident.


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Middleville– Yuill- Photos Laurie Yuill

Middleville– Yuill- Photos Laurie Yuill


Russell Borrowman, Sam Yuill, W. Albert Craig, Sam Burko, Dr. L.U. Croft, David Burke, Charlie Craig — with Charlie CraigRussell Borrowman,Sam YuillW. Albert CraigSam BurkeDr. L.U. Croft and David Burke.– Photo by Laurie Yuill


 Photo by Laurie Yuill


Jim Bowes, Agnes Yuill, Jane Yuill, & Alex Buchanan Yuill in Hopetown, July 1913
Mr. & Mrs. Archie Rankin– Photo by Laurie Yuill
Archie Douglas in 1914– Photo by Laurie Yuill
Billie Yuill & Jack Rankin– Photo by Laurie Yuill
Roy Yuill in front of Archie Rankins house in Middleville in 1927. He was 4 years old. He grew up to work in Lionel Barr’s General store and at Barr’s sawmill. He later became the local electrician servicing many parts Lanark County.– Photo by Laurie Yuill
Bessie Manson- Photo by Laurie Yuill
Sister & brother, Jean & Walter Yuill from Middleville- Photo by Laurie Yuill
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Submitted by the following descendants:

Janice D. Walcek

Alice McNair

Christine Spencer


Miss Lochead 1894 no other information

The original immigrant family of William Lochead and his wife came in April of 1821 from Greenock , Scotland on the ship George Canning through the Lanark Society Settlers. William’s wife is known by some descendants to be Janet, by others Agnes.  William and his wife were aged 30 and 28 and had the following children with them when they sailed:  one male aged 3 and four females ages 11,9,5 and 1.  William died before 1834 and his wife remarried.  According to an 1834 report on the status of the settlers, it notes she remarried a man named Alex Trowe.  One descendant has notes that show the name as Frier or Frur.  Nothing further is known as to when or how she died or where she is buried.

One descendant has family history information that William’s wife was Janet, the daughter or granddaughter of Hugh McLeod, who came to the Carolinas before the American Revolution from the Isle of Skye and fought for the British, was captured and paroled to a family in Winchester , Virginia and then married that family’s daughter, Martha Crockwell.  They went to Nova Scotia and later returned to Scotland .

Another descendant has information that is somewhat similar to the above, from a book belonging to Agnes Lochead and written about 1930 who references William’s wife as “Jane” and has her as the daughter of a “Col. McLeod”:  Copied from a book belonging to Olive Pearl Harris, nee Currie. As written by her mother, Agnes Currie, nee Lochead about 1930.

“From the Isle of Sky came William Lochead of the Clan Lochead. He settled at Playfair ( Ontario , Canada ) and married Jane McLeod, daughter of Colonel McLeod who was with Wolfe at the taking of Quebec . William Lochead was also a soldier.”

The children of William Lochead and his wife Janet-or Agnes as known, are:

I.          Robert—nothing is known about him, according to one descendant he was a minister.

II.          Agnes Lochead, married Jacob Boulton March 12, 1832 .

III.         Janet Lochead, who married Charles Patterson on August 1, 1837 .  Their children:

A.        Richard Patterson—Served in the U.S. military in the Philippines , Washington , D.C. and later Florida .

B.        Robert Patterson-died in Calgary in 1895, per death certificate he died at the age of 40 of rheumatic fever, no mention in obituary of wife or children.

C.        George Ephraim Patterson—lived in St. Catharines and later New York and California , buried in St. Catharines .  Helped to invent the electric street car.  Married Alice Ann Harris and later Isabel Carnochan.  The children of George and Alice:

                       1.         Alfred James-Pasadena , California

                       2.         Gertrude Ida-St. Catharines

                       3.         Edward George-Peterborough

                       4.         Maud Patterson Wismer-Albany, Wisconsin , later moved to New York

                       5.         Mary Patterson

                       6.         John Charles-died Feb. 4, 1887 in St. Catharines

7.         William Edgeworth, died Jan. 1, 1887 , St. Catharines , twin of John.

8.         Mildred Ritchscer-Pasadena , California

            D.        William Patterson, Carleton Place , Ontario .  Married Mary Ann Pattie.  Children:

                       1.         William Albert, died Oct. 15, 1926

                       2.         Minnie, married William Simpson

                       3.         Charles, died June 11, 1932

                       4.         Joseph W. married, Ella Flegg

                       5.         David Pattie, died March 11, 1921 .

                       6.         Jennie, married Richard Woolley

E.        Albert Patterson, Cleveland , Ohio .  Married Phoebe Cunningham.  Children:

                       1.         Harry, born 1873, died young.

                       2.         Albert, died young.

                       3.         Roscoe C.

                       4.         Charles A., born 1875

F.         Liza Patterson, married George Francis, Albany , Wisconsin . Children:

1.         John Francis, married Addie Carver, then Nora Nelson-Sarasota, Florida .

2.         Charles Francis, married Wilma Jenny, moved to California

3.         Jennie, married Morris Murray, moved to California .

4.         Emma (born 8-22-1865 , died 2-5-1951 ), married John Tilley ( 8-23-1855 to 1947), lived in Albany , Wisconsin .

a.         Bird Tilley married Adolph Meinert

i.          Harry Meinert (born Albany , Wisconsin ),married Elaine Osmundson

ii.         Christine Meinert married Robert Spencer

5.         Arthur, married, Alpha Graves , moved to Janesville , Wisconsin .

6.         Jessie, married Arthur Partridge, moved to Cleveland , Ohio

7.         Wilford Francis

8.         Bird Francis, married Gene Griffin, Albany , Wisconsin

9.         Nora Francis, married, Harry Atherton, Albany , Wisconsin

            G.        Martha Patterson, married William Wilson, then Robert Cavanagh, Balderson’s Corners, Lanark                             County , Ontario .   Children:

                       1.         Dr. W. Wilson, Edmonton as of 1922

                       2.         Mrs. J. A. Goth, Regina

                       3.         Miss Evelyn Wilson, Stamford , Connecticut



Miss Lochead 1895 no other information



IV.        Martha Lochead, married David Rowat Dec. 15, 1837 , lived in Arnprior, buried in Perth .  Known children:

           A.        Agnes, born June 12, 1844

           B.        William, born Oct. 10, 1846

V.        William Lochead, born in Playfair, Lanark County , Ontario in 1826.  Married, in 1847 in Lanark Township , Lanark County , Ontario , Jane Stewart or Stuart.  It was stated in his obituary in 1908 that he and Jane had 13 children, and two boys and a girl died young.  Known children:

            A.        Jane, born in 1849, who married T. R. Bulloch of Hopetown.  She died in maturity before her father.

                       1.         Robert Bulloch

                       2.         William Bulloch

                       3.         Jane Bulloch

                       4.         Thomas Allan Bulloch

                       5.         John Bulloch

                       6.         Janet Bulloch

                       7.         George Bulloch

                       8.         Charles Bulloch

                       9.         Agnes Bulloch

                       10.       Bella Bulloch

                       11.       James Bulloch

B.        Martha Matilda, 1851 to 1913.  She married James Penman, 1848 to 1927.  She was living in Kingsley , Manitoba as of her father’s death in 1908.

1.         Jean Stewart Penman, born in 1883.

2.         Sarah Ann (Saidee) Penman, born 1884.

3.         Emma Ruth Penman, 1885-1916

4.         Agnes McIlraith Penman, born 1885.

5.         William Lochead Penman, born 1888

6.         Marion Mathilda Penman, 1891-1960.  She married Nathaniel Campbell McNair, 1886-1985.

a.         Ina Marion McNair, born 1921, married Charles Albert Lloyd, 1919-1972.

           i.          Laurie James Nathaniel Lloyd.

           ii.         Lois June Lloyd

           iii.        Ronald Owen Spencer Lloyd

b.         Almer Nathaniel McNair, born 1923, married Norah Muriel Paine, born 1927.

i.          Norah Lee Campbell Alice McNair, married Phillippe Jacques Alexandre Beauchemin.

a.         Alexi Norah McNair Beauchemin.

ii.         Roderick John Campbell McNair

iii.        David George Campbell McNair

                                   c.         Bernice June McNair, born 1924, married Thomas Rees Passey.

           i.          Gordon Rees Passey

7.         John Stuart Penman, born 1895.

8.         Charles Penman

C.        John Lochead, born in 1856, living at Vancouver , B.C. as of his father’s death in 1908

D.        George Lochead, born 1858, living at Yelm , Washington as of his father’s death in 1908.

E.        William Lochead, born 1860, and died in maturity in the Philippines , before his father.

F.         Robert, born in 1863, who died in maturity at Ashland , before his father.  Descendants are uncertain where Ashland is, it may have been Montana .

G.        Agnes, born 31 Aug. 1865, (per one record) or 1867 (per 1881 census) who married  Stewart Currie on 23 Sept., 1885 at Brightside, Lanark County, Ontario,  and was living in Saskatoon as of her father’s death in 1908.  Agnes died 16 May, 1941 in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  Stewart was born 27 May, 1860 in Lamermoore, Lanark County , Ontario and died 5 Aug., 1939 in W. Vancouver , B.C. Canada

1.         William Daniel Currie, born 14 March, 1886 , Brightside, Lanark County , Ontario and died 28 Feb., 1951 in North Vancouver , B.C.  He married Effie King in 1908.

           a.         Ruth Currie

           b.         Ethel Currie

           c.         Mary Currie, married Toby Bulloch

           d.         James Currie

2.         Annie Jane Currie, born 27 May, 1887 , Mud Lake , Lanark County , Ontario .  She died 9 Oct., 1976 at Penticton , B.C.  She married William James Forsyth on 2 July, 1907 .

           a.         Agnes Forsyth

           b.         Ada Forsyth

           c.         Benjamin Robert Forsyth

                       Married Kay Conboy

                       i.          Audrey Forsyth

                       ii.         Robert George Forsyth

                       iii.        Sharon Forsyth

           d.         Alex Forsyth

           e.         Stewart Clifford Forsyth

           f.          George Elwood Forsyth

                       married Dorene Lucas

                       i.          Anne Forsyth

                       ii.         Brian Elwood Forsyth

                       iii.        Leslie James Forsyth

                       iv.        Arnold David Forsyth

           g.         Anna Forsyth

                       married, Edgar E. Elliott

                       i.          Sharon L. Elliott

                       ii.         Carolyn Ann Elliott

                       iii.        Waldo Ernest Elliott

                       iv.        Edgar Melford Elliott

                       v.         Nancy Jane Elliott

                       vi.        Harold Stewart Elliott

           h.         Leslie Forsyth

           i.          Jack Forsyth

3          George Currie, born 25 Nov., 1888/89 , Mud Lake , Lanark County , Ontario and died in 1968 in W. Vancouver , B.C.  He married Jessie Thompson on 31 Dec. 1914 in Arelee , Saskatchewan .

           a.         Margaret Currie

           b.         Marian Currie

           c.         Lucille Currie

           d.         Stewart Currie

           e.         Jean Currie

           f.          Jean Currie

           g.         Robert Currie

4.         John Lochead Currie, born 25 Sept., 1891

           Delorine , Manitoba , died 7 May, 1914 .

5.         Edna Ethel Currie, born 5 July, 1893 , Mud Lake , Lanark County , Ontario , died in Oct., 1950 Beaverlodge , Alberta

           Married Vince Meraw 17 May, 1917 .

           a.         Maurice Meraw

           b.         Joyce Meraw

           c.         Howard Meraw

           d.         Harry Meraw

           e.         Betty Meraw

           f.          Patsy Meraw

           g.         Diane Meraw

6.         Matthew Ross Currie, born 23 Sept., 1895/96 Lamermoore, Lanark County , Ontario

           Married Eva Jane Woods 11 Feb., 1920 , Ottawa , Ontario

           a.         Thomas Roderick Charles Currie

           b.         Rita Muriel Currie

           c.         William Alfred Currie

           d.         Ethel May Currie

           e.         Hazel Eileen Currie

           f.          John Stewart Currie

           g.         Kenneth Matthew Currie

           h.         Eva Joyce Currie     

7.         Olive Pearl Currie, born 28 Jan., 1897 in Lanark , Ontario and died 12 June, 1961 in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  She married Alexander Harris, born 9 July, 1891 in Earlville, LaSalle County , Illinois and died 3 April, 1947 in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  Their marriage date was 25 Jan., 1917 .

           a.         Aleta Hazel Harris, born Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .

           b.         Mildred Joyce Harris, born Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .

           c.         John Alexander Harris, born Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .

                       Married Darlene Ellen Lindberg

                       i.          John Alexander Harris

                       ii.         Mary Ellen Harris

                       iii.        Thomas Arthur Harris

                       iv.        Nancy Darlene Harris

                       v.         Robert David Harris

                       vi.        Elisabeth Ann Harris

                       vii.       Lynda Jane Harris    

                                   d.         Olive Jean Harris, born in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  She married Everett Gerald                                                 Wood, M.D.,  born in Biggar , Saskatchewan .

i.          Janice Dawne Wood, born in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  She married Emil Joseph Walcek, Jr., who was born in South Bend , Indiana . They were married in North Hollywood , California

a.         Erin Jean Walcek, born in Atlanta , Georgia

b.         Sean Joseph Walcek, born in Atlanta , Georgia

c.         Heather Leigh Walcek, born in Atlanta , Georgia

ii.         Jo Ann Wood, born in Saskatoon , married John Robert Russell in North Hollywood , California

           a.         John Alexander Russell

           b.         James Gerald Russell

           c.         Joel Jordan Russell

iii.        Susan Leigh Wood, born Vancouver , B.C., married Steven Alan Marek in Sunland , California

           a.         Wendy Leigh Marek

           b.         Scott Alan Marek

iv.        Darcy Jean Wood, born Vancouver , B.C.  Married Michael Albert Moore in Chicago , Illinois .

           a.         Olivia Jean Moore

           b.         Justine Ann Moore

           c.         Emmett Michael Moore

v.         David Scott Wood, married Joan Kenegos in Sunland , California .

           a.         Alex Joseph Wood

           b.         Emma Marie Wood

vi.        Michael John Wood, married Tina Louise LePage in Sunland , California

           a.         Lauren Amanda Wood

                                   e.         Nola Dawn Harris, born in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  She married Joseph John                                                     Harrington.

           i.          Leah Dawn Harrington

           ii.         Kelly Alexander Harrington

           iii.        Christopher Todd Harrington

f.          Mary Carol Harris, born Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  She married Donald John Paul.

           i.          Karen Dawn Paul

           ii.         Terri Ann Paul

           iii.        Donald Francis Paul

                       g.         Myrna Grace Harris, born Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .  She

                                   married William Niece

8.         Emma Gertrude Currie, born 10 August, 1899 at Lamermoore, Lanark County , Ontario . She married Donald MacDonald

a.         Beverly McDonald

b.         Bruce McDonald

c.          Neil McDonald

9.         Otto Stewart Currie, born 24 June, 1900 , Lamermoore, Lanark , Ontario .  He married Margaret McCarthy

            a.        Olive May Currie

                                    b.        Mary Ellen Currie

                                    c.        Shirley Agnes Currie

                                    d.        Margaret Jean Currie

                       10.       Arthur Thomas Currie, born 24 June, 1900 , Lamermoore, Lanark,       

                                   Ontario .  He married Ethel Rose Palmer

                                   a.         Douglas Malcolm Currie

                                   b.         Kathleen Currie

11.       Hazel Agnes Currie, born 24 Sept., 1901 , Lamermoore, Lanark , Ontario .  She married Terrance Michael Gannon

12.       Lorna Mary Currie, born 28 March, 1905 , Lamermoore, Lanark , Ontario .

H.        James, born in 1865, living at Baker, Washington as of his father’s death in 1908.

I.          Charles, born in 1869, living at Brightside , Ontario as of his father’s death in 1908.

J.         Emily Jane, born in 1870, who married  W. L. McDonald, and was living in Deloraine, Manitoba Canada as of her father’s death in 1908.

K.        Baby Boy

L.         Baby Boy

M.        Baby Girl

There are two other Lochead families in Lanark County on the 1881 census, living in Almonte, we are unsure if they are related to the above. William Lochead is 80 years old, a retired minister born in Scotland in 1801. His wife, Anna, is 79, born in Scotland in 1802. They are both Presbyterian. D.C. Lochead, who I suppose is William and Anna’s son, is 45, a merchant born in 1836 in the United States . He is also Presbyterian. His wife, Mary, is 32, born in 1849 in Ontario . Her ethnic origin in English. William, their son, is 10, born in 1871 in Ontario ; their daughter Eva is 5, born in 1876 in Ontario ; and their son Daniel is 3, born in 1878 in Ontario.

Bullochs in Hopetown Cemetery Click here..


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.

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




Jonathon Francis and Margaret Carswell– From Scotland and Ireland to Pakenham

The Sad Tale of the Foley Family–Foley, Harper, Sly, Bowes & Elliott

PATERSON Families of Ramsay Township

James Stewart Ferguson– Lanark County Genealogy


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The Harper Family of Perth

The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories

The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories


Hopetown is a “compact rural community” in the former Lanark Township in Lanark County in eastern Ontario, Canada. Since 1998 Hopetown has been located in the municipality of the Township of Lanark Highlands

The first settler in Hopetown, originally Currie’s Mill, was Robert Cannon and as Jennifer E.Ferris told me in 1863 the General Store was once owned by Robert Cannon,  who had a cooperage and was the hotel owner where the General Store now is”.

Hopetown could have been named after the Earl of Hopetown, who was a colonel in the 42nd Royal Highland Blackwatch Regiment, but I think I like the most popular theory. Mr. Currie, who bought some of Robert Cannon’s holdings enjoyed saying “I hope so” when folks asked him if he could grind them a grist. Hopetown was always hoping to become a town and I think the village was built on ‘hope’.


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Hopetown Blacksmith shop from the 1984 book Lanark Legacy by Howard Morton Brown- Have you read it?


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B & T General store

I was fortunate to meet Tracy from the B & T General store in my quest to find out about the McDougalls. Great great gal. I am hoping people have memories of the General store past and present so generations can read them down the line and know how great rural life was.



 Glenda Mahoney--We used stop at the Hopetown store on our way to visit family. Small world for sure. We always stopped in Hopetown to buy a glass bottle of coke. We could hardly wait to finish the soda so we could fill the empty bottles at a little natural spring. The water was the real treat. We thought our dad was magic because we were able to drink this outdoor water. I think it was located in the French Line area. Water came out of a rock crevice.

My brother remembers the spring as well but only remembers it was on a side road off of 511. It ran down from the top of a hill through a crevice in the rocks and could be accessed from the side of the road. Invisible unless


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Cathy Doe —Great breakfasts and excellent pizza. I would be lost out here in the middle of no where, without this store!

Whatever I forget to buy in town, I can get here from the nicest people you could ever meet. Some one complained about the prices, would you rather spend an hour of your time and gas to go back to town, Duuh ? These good people do not have the buying power of Walmart– so please think about that.–David Munro
I agree David.. always support local!
Alexander Clyde McIntyre b. Dec 14 1849 in Hopetown, Lanark, Ontario d. Aug 22 1930 in Bellvue, Alberta m. Sarah Ann Smith, Dec 18, 1881 in Lanark, Ontario photo: Bassano Alberta, 1925
Alexander Clyde McIntyre
b. Dec 14 1849 in Hopetown, Lanark, ON.
d. Aug 22 1930 in Bellvue, AB.
m. Sarah Ann Smith, Dec 18, 1881 in Lanark, ON.
photo: Bassano AB., 1925 from Soul Passages

The government offered 100 acres of land to each emigrating family, free passage, and provisions for their first year of settlementOrganization for transport and housing was apparently chaotic, and even given the pressures of hunger and unemployment, initially there were relatively few takers of that offerEventually, however, several thousand settlers, mostly Scottish, braved the more or less non-existent roads, the blackflies, the uncertain weather conditions and the isolation, and took up land allocations in what is now the Lanark area.

It wasn’t till the 1830s, however, that Hopetown itself was settled by Europeans. Many of those settlers had first lived in Quebec, and thenafter the political upheavals of 1837, looked to the newly opened land in this area as a place to re-establish themselves. The town had a school, a church, and a cemetery – and it was at the centre of a rough road network that connected many isolated communities. Given the difficulties of transportation in those days, Hopetown became the central burial place for people from all over the district.

So that explains one mystery: why such a small community has such a large cemetery. The question of how the place came to be called Hopetown, however, remains unanswered: did those early settlers ‘hope’ for growth? Did someone baptize it Hopetown in the depths of a dark winter, to ward off depression? –Middleville Museum





Lot 645, Canada 1800s Lanark County postal history, sold for $920

Lot 645Lot 645 Lanark County Collection, 1823 to Modern on cards and cover in a shoe box, with a few hundred items. A good starter collection which includes Carleton Place 1837 double circle money letter, Franktown 1847, Hopetown 1845, Lanark from 1845, 1882 and 1887 as well as 9 Perth items 1823-1854. Also early items from Ramsay, McDonalds Corners, Pakenham and Poland. Mostly fine or better. Inspect. Estimate $1,000, sold for $800 plus buyer’s premium.


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.


Bankruptcy– Robert Greenshield’s General Store of Carleton Place





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Paradise in Hopetown

Paradise in Hopetown




Photo from 1973


Deep in Lanark County, in the township of Dalhousie, Pollock and Dora McDougall’s rose garden was the talk of the area. Located a hop, skip , and a jump near Wilson’s Corners 100’s of tourists used to visit this rose garden each year.

Local history dictates that owner Pollock McDougall was born right on this property which was originally a crown grant to original settler Ned Conroy that are buried in the family plot on the farm. Pollock’s Dad bought the property in 1886 and it consisted of over 100 acres.

In 1893 the family was stricken with Diphtheria that was being going around Lanark County and a child was lost. William McDougall saw fit to burn down the original home down after that. After exorcising the evil spirits he thought caused the Diphtheria he built a large new clapboard home and painted it yellow. In 1921 Pollock raised a band new home for his new bride Dora White of Poland, Ontario.

Stories are abound about this area and how settlers walked all that way  from Perth with their meagre belongings strapped to their back. There were three main families who settled in this are first: the Conroys, Eastons, and Shields. When the McDougalls retired from farming that was when their first cluster of Red Wonder Roses were planted and they never looked back.

In 1973 there were 415 rose bushes and he decided to specialize in Peace Roses and all were said to be of exhibition quality. There was no doubt that Pollock was proud of his roses and boasted about how many tourists from ‘out of the country’ they used to get. With his still Scottish “burr” it was assumed that there was never anything more impressive than a Scotsman and his roses as he would never be bothered by your thorns no matter what your temperament was.




Arnold Horne You would be looking for Watsons Corners (Ottawa Journal had a typo) off 511 , turn right onto County Road 8 to get there! In Watsons Corners , turn right & follow that road to Sugar Bush Way! Then turn left at Sugar Bush Way & follow that road to where you will come to a crossroad the says Ladore road! Go straight ahead ! Windy road & you will pass a marshy area! The place that used to have all these roses is at the top of hill on right & used to be the Pollack McDougall’s! Now Kevin McLean property! No Roses there now! Hope this helps!



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Taylor Lake is a small lake connected to Clayton Lake. To get there, go west from Union Hall (junction of County Roads 9&16) three kms to Lanark Conc. 12. Turn north to the end of this road (about 11/2 km) to the end of the road at the lake. Launch your canoe at the small boat launch and circumnavigate the lake. Watch out for stumps in the bays. This lake was raised considerably two decades ago, with the reconstruction of the dam at Clayton. On the first point to your left as you launch, you can see a path of downed, dead trees, which were felled by a tornado a few years ago. Directly in a line across the lake from the boat launch is a road leaving the shore. Connecting these two points was a famous floating bridge. It was wiped out by hurricane Connie in 1964 and many of the logs can be seen on the bottom on the lake. There are several places to stop to have lunch (with permission of property owners).

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.




Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?

Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory


Honey and the Andersons of Hopetown



Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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