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Notes on Alexander and Joseph Yuill

Notes on Alexander and Joseph Yuill

Before and after–Black and white photograph from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum of 56 Front Street. Known as the Joseph Yuill house from: Standing on Front Street

Mr. Yuill was one of the founders of the Patrons of Industry, a fluent speaker and an ardent worker, while Mrs. Yuill helped establish the first Women’s Institute organizations in this district. She spoke from many platforms throughout Ontario, was the first president of the Carleton Place branch, and latterly was honorary president of the district of North Lanark. She did splendid work for the W. I. and the Red Cross and in 1917 both organizations presented her with life membership badges.

She was also a valued member of the United Farm Board. For a time the Yuill farm was a government fattening station where fowl were prepared for the British market and in the summer of 1901 Mr.- and Mrs. Yuill visited on the Old Country and studied the needs of that market.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Dec 1893, Thu  •  Page 3
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Oct 1893, Wed  •  Page 6

Joseph Yuill was a Canadian farmer and educator.

Yuill was born to Alexander Yuill and Ellen Aitkenhead in Ramsay Township, Upper Canada in 1838. His father had emigrated there from Glasgow in 1821, and started farming grains, as well as cattle, pigs and sheep. When his father retired from farming, Joseph inherited the farm, which he named Meadowside. On March 10th, 1864, Yuill married Margaret Cochrane. The pair would have a total of nine children.

Name:Alexander B Yuill
Event Type:Death
Death Date:6 Apr 1978
Death Place:Carleton Place, Ontario

The Yuills began breeding Shropshire sheepBerkshire hogs, and Barred Plymouth Rock chickens, but the most important animals raised on their farm were Ayrshire cattle, which they began breeding in 1868. At the time, most farmers preferred cattle breeds useful for both meat and dairy, while Ayrshire cattle are dairy cows. The Yuills’ Ayrshires’ began winning prizes at local fairs, and at exhibitions in Toronto and Ottawa.[2] The farm eventually had a herd of 75 Ayrshires, which Yuill claimed was the largest in Canada. In 1893, one of the Yuills bulls won first prize at the Columbian exposition in Chicago.

The World’s Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair and Chicago Columbian Exposition) was a world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World in 1492

Margaret supervised the dairy, which began producing high-quality butter that attracted notice. The farm produced 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of butter a year.[3] The pair created Ontario’s first “travelling dairy”, giving seminars and lectures on butter making.[1] This began when Aaron Abel Wright, a Renfrew merchant and butter-dealer suggested the pair give a lesson at a Farmers’ Institute meeting in his hometown. The first such lesson attracted more than 600 attendees, and Wright financed a week-long series of such lessons, with two a day. The couple started regularly giving such lessons, to groups at Farmers’ Institutes, the Ontario Agricultural and Experimental Union and the Dairymen’s Association of Eastern Ontario. These would cover subjects such as milk handling, butter making, raising calves and winter care of chickens. Joseph also wrote articles in agricultural journals. He was the president of the Dominion Ayrshire Breeders’ Association from 1891 to 1893.

When Yuill died in 1905, his farm covered 600 acres (2.4 km2), and included two large stock barns and a windmill. The farm Meadowside was left to his son Alexander, and a second farm in Elmhurst was left to his son Andrew. He died on the farm Meadowside, the same place he had been born, and his body was buried in Auld Kirk Cemetery near Almonte, Ontario.

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When the Cheese Crashed Through the Floor

Walter Mather Yuill — Died at age 28

The Robbing of the Honey Pot- Andrew Cochrane Ramsay Yuill

Clippings of Mrs. Joseph Yuill – Margaret Yuill

Ralph and Iris Yuill

Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter

Middleville Photos — Laurie Yuill

  1. Photos of Laurie Yuill- Somerville/Mather Picnic 1937–Charles Home, Lloyd Knowles House–Foster Family Mr. Lionel Barr’s Store Middleville and Other Mementos –‎Laurie Yuill‎

The Old Lionel Barr Sawmill Middleville 1941 — Laurie Yuill



HISTORY OF LANARK TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION –Laurie Yuill Part 3-“There is no use in my joining the Society, as I have nothing to exhibit”

Middleville School Photos- Laurie Yuill

HISTORY OF LANARK TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION –Laurie Yuill Part 4-“the proprietor of a merry-go-round was paid a bonus to bring his machine to the Fair “

Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter

Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter
Before–Black and white photograph from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum of 56 Front Street. Known as the Joseph Yuill house from: Standing on Front Street

 Some Valuable Advice From Mr. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay—January 1, 1890
From the Mercury we learn that the meeting of the South Renfrew Farmers’ Institute, held lately in Renfrew, was by far the most successful ever held in that riding. This success was due a a large measure to the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Yuill, of Ramsay, who have become well-known to be among our best butter-makers.

Mr. Yuill gave an address on “’Practical Butter-Making.’ Be said four things must be done to eusure good butter—two by the men and two by the women. We must have the light breed (Mr. Y. believes in the Ayrshire breed). The food and water must be pure and wholesome. Milk contains 87 per cent, of water, and therefore no dirty water should be given to a cow to drink. The cows must be milked at regular intervals, and not vary, as to time, even as little as five minutes. An inexperienced hand will not obtain as much milk from a cow as one who is skilled in milking. A cow should be milked perfectly dry.

Milk should never be put in wooden vessels, but in tin ones. The milk cans should be 20 inches deep and 8 inches in diameter, and should be placed in water at a temperature of 40 degrees. This will necessitate the keeping of ice. The cream should be dipped of with a ladle, no harm being done if a little of the milk goes with it. The cream is then put in a suitable place to ripen, which will take about 36 hours. If hurried the butter will be soft, and if left too long the cream becomes bitter. He favoured a little butter colouring. Above all things cleanliness should be rigidly adhered to, not only in the case of all vessels used, but also in the food and drink given to the cows.

A brush should be used in cleaning cans, and they should be dried, not with a cloth, but by the sun while they are lying on their sides. About one ounce of salt should be used to each pound of butter. Less salt, is required for butter intended for the English market. When intended for a distant market, butter should be put up in tinnets of about 60 lbs. No pickle should be placed on butter, as it forms there itself.


The tinnet should be made of white ash or oak. No air should be allowed to enter the tinnet through spaceswhile the butter is being packed. The different churnings of batter should be pressed very hard into the tub, and the centre slightly elevated, that the brine may run to the sides. He objected to the practice followed by merchants of piercing the butter, as it lets in the air, and also of running off the brine.

Mr. Yuill gave the following directions for preparing the tub for packing : Do not soak it at the well for several days, or under the drop from the eaves, but soak it in buttermilk for 12 hours, pour this off, wash the tub clean and fill with salt and water and leave it for 12 hours. Change the brine then, and leave it other 12 hours.


Mr. Charles MunroWell known in the Clayton District where he was born in April 10, 1892 a son of the late Daniel Munro and his wife Betsy Rintoul, passed. away early Sunday morning Nov. 25, 1962. He was married Jan. 29, 1919 to Jean Yuill and have resided ever since on their farm in Darling Township. He was a life long member of Guthrie United Church and was active in all church work. The many floral and memorial offerings testified the high esteem in which the deceased was held. Mr. Munro Is survived by his wife the former Jean Yuill and one son Donald and a daughter (Della) Mrs. Thomas Ireton of Ferguson’s Falls and three grandchildren, Charles Munro, and Brenda and Lillian Ireton. Also surviving are two brothers, John A. Munro of Lanark, Robt. D. Munro of Clayton and a sister, Mrs. Archie McNeil of Regina, Sask. Funeral services were held from the Kerry Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Rev. Robert Clarke conducting the funeral services. The pallbearers were six nephews, Daniel Munro, Arthur Munro, Allie Yuill, Wilmer Pretty, Malcolm Stewart and Eric Munro. Interment was in the United Church Cemetery, Clayton.


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