Tag Archives: Journalism

What Happened if the Newspaper Caught you Kissing the Hired Help?





Much as been said about fake news-but, I don’t write news, just history. Sometimes stories that I have written have received comments such as:

Not a true story- been debunked- stop spreading fake news.

But these are the stories that have been told for generations and also recorded on national historical sites. According to Wikipedia folklore is: the body of expressive culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. These include oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and jokes.

Personally I feel these home-grown stories make up part of our local culture, and I for one am not going to stop telling them. But- journalism in the old days was all about selling papers and here are a few I definitely call in the fake news category.


1901-Almonte Gazette-“Fake Offer”

The editor of a Kootenay, British Columbia newspaper, who was unmarried, offered to send his paper free of charge for one year to any maiden who would send her address and a lock of her hair before 1 Jan. 1901. He now has the largest circulation in the district and enough hair to stuff a mattress.

February 1906-Almonte Gazette-“Fake Intimidation”?

An editor of the Almonte Gazette once published the following:

“If the married man who was seen kissing the hired girl doesn’t come in and pay his subscription, we will publish the name. The next day, 25 married men paid their subscriptions and told the editor he should not pay attention to such silly stories.

Feb 14 1890-Almonte GazetteShawville Equity

A strange story was related to us a few days ago, in connection with the death of a horse owned by Mr. Andrew Havilin, of North Clarendon, VT. which occurred about ten days previously. It seems that early in the summer the animal was observed to be afflicted with some trouble, the cause of which baffled all attempts to discover. The only thing peculiar Hr. Havilin noticed about the horse, after he took sick, was his frequent efforts to swallow something that seemed to rise in his throat.

The animal gradually declined until death relieved its sufferings. On examination being made, the partly  remains of a large snake were found in the windpipe, thus explaining the mystery of why the horse was sick. mystery. How the reptile took up its quarters in such a singular lodging-place remains to be explained.

True or False?


Poor Journalism or Mistaken Identity?

Local Newspapers–Yellow Journalism

The Maggie Murphy Potatoe Hoax in Carleton Place

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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Poor Journalism or Mistaken Identity?


Town Hall front.jpgPerth Courier, September 10, 1880


Pat In Trouble:  The only and original Pat Flaherty of North Burgess was brought before the mayor on Saturday charged by Chief Constable Stone with having been drunk and disorderly the previous day. The charge was fully satisfied and the unfortunate Pat was fined $2 and costs.  This was paid.  (Author’s note:  Another case here of poor journalism, common of the time.  See the story in the next issue, a case of mistaken identity.)

Perth Courier, Sept. 17, 1880

Correction:  The party who was fined at the Mayor’s Court last week for being drunk and disorderly was not Patrick Flaherty as was stated but Terry Quinn of the same township.


Chief Constable ROBERT STONE was born about 1836 in Ontario, and died 27 January 1893 in Perth, Lanark, Ontario, Canada. He married SUSANNAH LITTLE in St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian Church, Perth, Lanark, Ontario, daughter of JOSEPH LITTLE and

More About  Chief Constable  ROBERT STONE:

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, Lanark, Ontario, Canada

Occupation 1: Chief Constable, Perth, Lanark, Ontario

Occupation 2: 1851, Cooper

Occupation 3: 1861, Cooper

Occupation 4: 1871, Cooper

Occupation 5: 1881, Chief Constable, Perth, Lanark, Ontario

Runway Train Vs. Asiana Plane Crash – and the Media – Zoomers



Runway Train Vs. Asiana Plane Crash – and the Media – Zoomers.


“Last night I watched the news unfold for each tragedy with sadness and curiosity on both American and Canadian cable news. While the Canadian news was careful about any assumptions on both topics CNN immediately played up the fact that 60 were considered missing for the Asiana plane crash. On the other hand Canadian news said they would keep the population informed about the missing and dead.”