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Updates on The Witch of Plum Hollow — Susan Fulford

Updates on The Witch of Plum Hollow — Susan Fulford

Mother Barnes– The Witch of Plum Hollow

Susan Fulford wrote:

Hi Linda, I came across your post on Facebook this morning with lots of articles on Mother Barnes, witch of Plum Hollow.  My cousin Doug McCarten posted a thank you.  One of the articles posted was titled “Witch of Plum Hollow Carleton Place Grandmother “.  I should have noted the name of the person who posted this but I didn’t. 

There are several errors due to the fact that there are two Amy Buchanans. Mother Barnes granddaughter was Amy Barnes Buchanan, daughter of Sam Barnes. She was born and raised in Smiths Falls.  Her father was a blacksmith and carriage maker and the family were quite well off.  This Amy was my grandmother, also grandmother of Jan McCarten Sansom and Doug McCarten, my cousins.  Amy Barnes Buchanan went to Queens University for a year and then became a teacher.  She taught at Snow Road.  She met and married George Buchanan, a farmer near Maberly. 

They had three daughters, Agnes, Hilda ( my mother ) and Amy ( Jan and Doug’s mother ).  When my mother was six ( 1917 ) George sold the farm in Maberly and bought a farm in Appleton ( now owned by Edith Clarke ).  He sold that farm in about 1923 or 24 finding it too hard to get labour after WWI.  The family moved to Carleton Place and rented at least two different houses, one on Flora opposite the end of McRostie Street and another on High Street.  The year they moved to CP, my mother Hilda,  started high school on Lake Ave., this school having been built the year before.


George Buchanan became an insurance agent and after all three daughters had left home, he and Amy bought the lovely stone house on Bridge St. opposite the end of High Street.  Daughter Agnes married Archie Colvin and lived in Connecticut, daughter Hilda married Lorne MacRostie and lived in Ottawa, and daughter Amy married Vern McCarten and lived in Toronto.  Amy and Vern moved to Carleton Place about 1949 to help George Buchanan with the insurance business as George had cancer.  They initially rented a house on Joseph Street and later bought the house on Bridge Street from Amy Buchanan.  Amy Buchanan lived in several rented apartments, the last one being the top floor of the brick house on Charles St. at the corner of Emily.

So Mother Barnes was the mother of Sam Barnes, Sam was the father of Amy Barnes Buchanan, Amy Barnes Buchanan was the mother of Agnes Colvin, Hilda MacRostie and Amy McCarten.  The three sisters were very close and the MacRosties and McCartens had Sunday dinners together often, either in Ottawa or CP.  The three families rented cottages together on Hay’s shore for several summers. 

My family MacRostie is also related to the McRosties of Carleton Place.  My grandfather James was a brother of Fred, Winnie McRostie’s father.  At some point, James and at least one other brother changed the spelling from McR to MacR.  We don’t know why.  I keep in touch with Winnie’s niece Joan, we are second cousins.

My children and Jan’s children are close.  Jan and I are five years apart in age, Jan’s daughter Diana and my daughter Stephanie are five years apart and Stephanie was born on Jan’s birthday.

Another coincidence – Mary and Wally Cook’s wedding attendants were Dr. and Mrs. Kendall, the parents of my friend Jane, whom I’ve known since grade seven at Connaught School in Ottawa and our teacher that year was Leta Andison of CP.

Sorry, Linda, I got a little carried away with the family history.  My grandmother Amy Buchanan was a teacher, I was a teacher and spent the first six years of my career at Caldwell School in Carleton Place and lived in Mississippi Manor next to the hospital, and my granddaughter is at Queens doing ConEd to become to become a teacher. 

John Morrow

1 day ago

I might note: the building at Black’s Corners is the Beckwith Township Municipal Offices; Goulburn is a few kilometres east (I believe), starting at Ashton.

By the way, Linda, you and I met once at a presentation about Mother Barnes at the Goulbourn building at Black’s Corners.  I was there with cousin Jan and daughter Stephanie.  Sue MacRostie Fulford  ( photo above I took)

Clipped from Vancouver Daily World, 18 Oct 1889, Fri, Page 1

This was posted on the Tales of Carleton Place yesterday by Jim Hicks and Doug B. McCarten said Jim Hicks it was extensively restored by the previous owner who just (I guess) sold it! She did a remarkable job! My family is very grateful to her for it had previously fallen into disrepair! She ran it as a museum dedicated to Granny Barnes memory. I wonder what will happen to it now? (home of the Witch of Plum Hollow)

The Plum Hollow Witch 101 – Mother Barnes

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

The Witch Hollow of Lanark County

When Mother Barnes Made a Mistake? Beckwith 6th Line

The Witch of Plum Hollow Files- An Evening in Smiths Falls

Mother Barnes and the Missing Money of South March

Mother Barnes– The Colonel’s Daughter in Plum Hollow

An Interview with the Witch of Plum Hollow–Mother Barnes— The Ottawa Free Press 1891

The Witch of Plum Hollow and the Blacksmith

My Grandmother was Mother Barnes-The Witch of Plum Hollow

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

Plum Hollow Witch and The Mountain Man of Pakenham

The Witch of Plum Hollow — Complete Story File

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #2

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #2

Hi, so I’m going through a closet of old boxes , photos, letters etc from my Mom and Dads former home. So my Mom wrote lots of letters, stories, and got quite a few published. Here is one of the “Almonte is; The Friendly Town”. I kind of laughed because I saw a post about the water tower in Almonte the other day. I’ll send a pic of the scrapbook stories. I have so many pics and stories!

Lizzie Brunton

Lizzie BruntonOkay, here goes, my Nanny, my mom (striped hood far right), my aunt Stella, my uncle Gerald (I believe), aunt Kitty, aunt joanna, or Marion, and maybe Sam as a baby!!!

Lizzie Brunton— awesome picture of Mom and her contagious smile.

Photos and Clippings of Dorothy Meehan- Brunton– thanks to Lizzie Brunton #1

Let’s go Racing Boys — J. A. Brunton –Where was This Sign?

Annie Bella Brunton & Adam Wesley Jones

What Happened to Bill Brunton’s Roof in Carleton Place?

The Runaway Bridesmaid From Rosebank to Huntley (Meehan)

Tragic Clippings from Drysdale’s Mill Lavant

Tragic Clippings from Drysdale’s Mill Lavant

June 27, 1902

Mr. R- J- Drysdale, of Lanark, has purchased the lumbering business of Mr. William Playfair, of Lavant. The sale included mills, residence and a nine mile timber unit.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
26 Oct 1904, Wed  •  Page 1

The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
02 Jun 1909, Wed  •  Page 9

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 Jun 1909, Wed  •  Page 1


Name:James Kay
Birth Date:abt 1876
Birth Place:England
Death Date:31 May 1909
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Suicide Aitting Shroal

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
14 Jul 1915, Wed  •  Page 4

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
31 May 1899, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
19 Nov 1919, Wed  •  Page 5

So What Happened to James Reid — Lavant

Logging Down the Line From Snow Road to Lavant to Carleton Place to Appleton to Galetta

S.S. #3 Lavant Clyde Forks

Thurlow and Lavant Clippings

Dear Uncle Ray — Marian and Ettie Morrow — Bessie and Robert Sproule –Shirley Thomas Lavant Station 1942

S.S. #2 Lavant Robertson’s Lake

The Lavant Station Fire 1939

Did Wampole Ever Move to Lanark Village?

Did Wampole Ever Move to Lanark Village?

 Author’s note

I researched for hours and could not find out if Wampole ever set up shop on Hillier Street.

Henry K. Wampole & Co. Occupy Clyde Woolen Mill Factory Office. Lanark Ontario

The Henry K. Wampole Co. Limited, manufacturing pharmacists with headquarters in Perth, Out. have completed negotiations where, they will open up a branch in Lanark Village. On Monday, Sept 22nd, representatives of that firm were in town and leased from Mr. Caldwell the factory office situated at 113 Hillier Street. ( now a priavte residence)

This office was found to be satisfactory for the companys immediate requirements, and operations have already commenced towards having the building renovated for the new industry. Some time ago the Henry K. Wampole Company announced the fact that they could employ many more in their factory if the housing and boarding problems then confronting everybody in Perth, could be overcome. Parties coming to Perth from outside points could readily find employment with this thriving industry.

They found it practically impossible to obtain board or secure a dwelling house. Consequently the manufacturing pharmacists found it necessary to expand their industry to other towns. Smith Falls was their first consideration but in this town they found that conditions as regards housing and boarding were on a par with that ot Perth. In the meantime Mr. Alex. McIntyre had written Mr. J. A. Stewart, M.P.P, Mr. Stewart controls the Henry K Wampole establishment and Mr. McIntyre explained to him the unlimited opportunities afforded to industries in Lanark Village.

In his letter he eulogized the excellent sites for such an industry and also the ample accommodations which Lanark can provide to outside families and employees. The result was that Mr. J. A. Stewarts attention was directed to Lanark as the field in which his industry could spread with great success and he had his representatives visit Lanark. Mr. Alex. McIntyre is to be con gratulated on his commendable act in being highly instrumental in bringing such a well known industry to Lanark.

The Henry K. Wampole Co. are a thriving and energetic concern and their pharmaceutical products are known throughout the Dominion. It is a growing industry and one which brings prosperity and progressiveness to any town. To have such an industry come to Lanark is, we hope, the advance guard of a tidal wave ol prosperity. At first this industry will be of small proportions in Lanark but we have visions of it being resembled to the acorn which, in a few years, becomes a mighty oak.

The branch to be opened in Lanark Village will specialize on the preparation and *packeting Formolid Throat Ease, a tablet which is strongly antiseptic and used for the prevention and spread of sore throat and bronchial trouble. The employees will be mostly girls, and we believe the industry will start with a staff of twenty-five which will increase as the industry progresses. This is the first new industry to come to Lanark since the burning of the Caldwell Woolen Mills and we hope this will be the nucleus about which many more industries will be established in Lanark Village.

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada24 Sep 1919, Wed


At this time, some of the better known Wampole products were the tasteless extracts of Cod Liver, Grape Salt, Formolid Throat Ease, and more. Our products may have changed, but their quality did not. This rich history allows Wampole to make a claim that only they can do… Being the 1st Canadian Established Vitamins and Supplements Company!–Wampole Facebook


Perth Courier, November 23, 1917

Perth’s Honor Roll


1.)        Pte. Ronald Gamble, killed in action.  Much sympathy is felt in town for Mr. and Mrs. James Gamble in the death of their son Ronald Gamble who was on Monday officially reported killed in action between the 3rd and 4th November.  Evidently it was his first time to go in to the trenches as in one of his last letters he said his unit was on the march and that he would write again when he reached the front lines.  In one of his last letters he said “we have been traveling around the country and have seen some lovely scenery.  There is so much dust here as it has done nothing but rain this week and we are over the boot tops in mud where ever we go.  We will likely be meeting our friends across the way in a few days.”  Ronald enlisted with the 240th Battalion on the 10th September, 1916 and left Canada for overseas with this unit on the 25th April, 1917.  He went to France this past September and thus was there but a brief period before he was added to that long list of Canadians who have their last resting place in France.  He was but 18 years of age and a very fine young man.  Before enlisting at Perth he was employed in the printing and box making department of the Henry K. Wampole Co.   (transcriber’s note, a letter from this company was not transcribed.)

Top stories of the June 7, 1912 edition of The Perth Courier 

Perth gets big new thriving industry
“Perth will have another new industry. For some time, negotiations have been in progress between Henry K. Wampole & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio to take care of the Canadian business for the Jergens company. The Jergens company is the second largest manufacturer in the United States of high class toilet soaps.. the two companies are coming together to handle the soap, perfume and toilet business in Canada. A new company, with headquarters as Perth, is being incorporated to be known as the Andrew Jergens Co. Limited.”

The Original Thomas Alfred Code and Andrew Haydon Letters — Part 28–I Didn’t Swindle Money from the Wampole & Co W.H. Brick

Scrapbook Clippings of Wampole

More Home Adventures from Amy Thom

Perth Flood 1930s Tay River

Interesting Photos- Playfair Forgie from Laurie Yuill

Interesting Photos- Playfair Forgie from Laurie Yuill
This is such a nice photo, I thought I’d include it. Will A. Playfair and sister Emma Playfair

All photos from Laurie Yuill


Fallbrook and Playfair Playfairville 101– Names Names Names

Inhabiting Playfairville Once Again?

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
17 Feb 1897, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
04 Oct 1899, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
17 Aug 1898, Wed  •  Page 5

Barbara Forgie, Mrs. Minnie Playfair, Mrs. Sophie Forgie (daughter of J. J. Playfair) at the opening to Iron Mine, Lot 1, Con 4, Dalhousie

Lt. Col. Playfair built a dam, and established lumber, grist and carding mills, an iron ore mine, housing, stores and a hotel and stable until the iron ore and forests were exhausted. Only the stone hearth chimney of Playfair’s original house and remnants of the dam remain. –Inhabiting Playfairville Once Again? and My Daddy was a Miner — was Yours?

A List of Local Mines

Playfair Mine (Dalhousie Mine; Lanark Iron Mine), Dalhousie Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada44° 58′ 24″ N76° 25′ 44″ W21.5km (13.4 miles)201.3° (SSW)
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1899, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
29 Aug 1917, Wed  •  Page 1

Not sure where this store was located. Hannah & Bert Golding in their store

Related reading

Photos and Postcards of Lanark Village –Laurie Yuill

Dedication to Deachman’s Bridge 1946–Photos— thanks to Laurie Yuill

The Hart Children of Lanark — Laurie Yuill

  1. Photos of Laurie Yuill- Somerville/Mather Picnic 1937–Charles Home, Lloyd Knowles House–Foster Family 
  2. 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 “

Middleville– Yuill- Photos Laurie Yuill

Walter Mather Yuill — Died at age 28

Photos of Men at Work – 1920s — Don’t Forget About Me!

Documenting the First Female Councillor in Carleton Place

Documenting the First Female Councillor in Carleton Place

In 1890 Dr. Preston of Bridge Street, was the first mayor of Carleton Place. I had someone ask me who the first female councillor was. So, who was the first female councillor?

Well, I had a list of women, and documented what Mary Cook said about women being in politics in Carleton Place. (read—It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook)

BUT, how many women have been in Carleton Place government? Thanks to Stacey Blair, Town of Carleton Place Clerk, and Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum for the help!!!

There were only 8 since 1919 when women were allowed to vote in Ontario and they are:

Linda Seccaspina

 Theresa Fritz

Wendy LeBlanc (mayor)

Linda Schmidt

Melba Baker (mayor)

Barbara Walsh

Trudie Dickie

Geneva Anne Tripp (1952)

That’s 103 years for anyone who is counting LOLOL. Thanks to Deputy Clerk Stacey Blair, she found a Mrs. Tripp who became Carleton Place’s first female councillor in 1952. She was known only as Mrs. Tripp at the Town Hall and Mrs. Homer L. Tripp to everyone else. This was 1952 after all. Doing more research I found out her first name was Geneva and her maiden last name was Wilson.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Dec 1951, Tue  •  Page 20

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada31 Jul 1952, Thu  •  Page 17

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Dec 1951, Mon  •  Page 12

Read- Chamber of Commerce Then and Now in Carleton Place

Thanks to Jennifer fenwick Irwin of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for the photo.. Carleton Place Council 1952. Councillor Geneva Anne Tripp on the left hand side.

Name:Geneva Anne Tripp
Birth Date:7 Jan 1911
Death Date:7 Oct 2008
Cemetery:United Cemeteries
Burial or Cremation Place:Beckwith, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?:N
Spouse:Homer Leroy Tripp
Children:William Guy Tripp

TRIPP, Geneva Anne – Beloved mother of Leroy Tripp (Vija) and Brenda Weinberg (Dick), and dear grandmother of Cathryn Flick (Bill), Guy Tripp (Julia), Leslie McClure (Henry), Jacqueline Anderson (Mark), Eric Tripp (Lisa), and Abbie Weinberg (Grant MacPherson), Geneva died October 7, 2008, in Toronto, at the age of 97. ”Nanny” was a loving great-grandmother to Will, Ryan, and Meredith Flick, Michael (Laura) and Matthew Tripp, David Tripp, Freya and Rowyn Anderson, and Cydney and Kylia Tripp. Geneva will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Isabel Bradley (Bill), her brothers, Kenneth Wilson (Audrey) and Donald Wilson (Shirley), and her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Homer ”Hank” Tripp, her infant son, William, her sisters, Alean Prime, Margaret Davis, Pearl Reynolds, Doonie Richards, and Lola Brown, her brother, Bill Wilson (Connie), and her parents, Annie DeMarse and William Wilson. Geneva was a registered nurse who loved working as a school nurse for North York Public Health Department. A talented artist, she was also the first woman to be elected to the Town Council in Carleton Place, Ontario, where she was born. At Geneva’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will take place in Carleton Place on May 30, 2009.

Published by Toronto Star on Oct. 11, 2008

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Feb 1964, Mon  •  

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
15 Oct 1919, Wed  •  Page 1

Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary — Chamber of Commerce 1987– Mary Cook Archives

Chamber of Commerce Then and Now in Carleton Place

It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

Johnny J. McGregor — Still Buster and Mayor

Outstanding Personalities of Carleton Place – Dr. J.A. Johnston — Billy Nichols– William Barclay

David Murr and The Almonte Gazette ” Looking Back” Column

David Murr and The Almonte Gazette ” Looking Back” Column

David Murr

I used to make up events that never happened in the Looking Back column in the Almonte Gazette. One example (which i used the language of the day) went as followed:

I filled the looking back column with impossible events that never happened in the spring of ‘95. It was my private joke.

Hmm, i bought up the reserve copies of my old work, i think it remains on film though..that was the first issue page when i joined as co op student…the date..i cant quite see it but it looks like it says March 8 1996. I thought it was ‘95

Ryland Coyne, June Dalgity, Lois Tuffin, they were my bosses…they were soooo looking forward to my leaving.

A most grievous incident occurred at the home of mr. and Mrs. A. S. Hare. Mrs. Hare was bathing in the washroom as Mr. Hare took care of repairing a picture frame, when his poundings on the wall in the room opposite, as he removed from the wall a miscreant nail, knocked the electric heater from its perch on a shelf into the tub with Mrs. Hare, thus electrocuting her.

Mrs. Hare was interred this Saturday last in the Auld Kirk Cemetery.


I wrote this one I remember Mr and Mrs. James Ekhardt had a fire at the home, the women and children sheltered in the basement preservation room. Mr Ekhardt arrived on the scene and gallantly took to battling the blaze, and getting to the preservation room just as the flames had reached his loved ones, he picked up a bucket and hurled its liquid contents into the fire which had caught onto Mrs. Eckhardt and the childrens clothes. Unfortunately the contents of the bucket was gasoline.

March 26 1986

Hint to butter makers — A frog fell into a pail of milk in a Connecticut town lately, and in the morning was found sitting upon a roll of butter. A local paper says that “ the sole explanation is that in trying to extricate himself he had, by diligent and continuous strokes of his hind legs he, churned the milk into*
butter.”–March 26, ,1886

May 21 1886

Mr R Tilson set thirteen eggs under his favourite goose and they all produced a gosling except one the shell of which was broken. Inside, a gosling was found which had four legs, four eyes, two beaks and one wing. The little thing was alive for over an hour.

June 1886

An exchange tells of a bear killed in Renfrew Co. lately that was “ II feet high.” The proof-reader must have been pretty high too–

July 1886

A Peterborough man dislocated his shoulder polishing his boots- His wife expressed herself as being entirely devoid of sympathy for him,saying he should not undertake to do such work as belonged to her department. This should prove a warning to men.


The Titanic Disaster according to the Almonte Gazette

The Almonte Gazette in Manitoba

June Dalgity 1999 Almonte Gazette Clippings and Comments

Train Wreck January 21, 1969– Almonte Gazette

Jim Muir — Almonte Gazette Editor

Doug Lorimer Almonte Gazette- Kathy Dunbar

The Almonte Gazette is sold to John Graham of Carleton Place 1965

The Funniest Anti-Dog Letter to the Editor–Almonte Gazette

Tips From the Almonte Gazette “Travel Section” 1874

Hey Even Journalists Can be Sick! Influenza 1918

Stewart Hanna –The “Angry” Journalist of a Rural Town

Eighteen Historic Plaques from the Lobby of the Almonte General Hospital


1. Almonte General Hospital. Erected A.D. 1961. These plaques commemorate the origin of hospital work in this community and to record the continuity and extension of hospital services were transferred from the Rosamond Memorial Hospital on the 31st May 1961.

Hi, Linda ~

Would you be interested in working with me on a project? For a few years now, I have been wanting to take pictures of Almonte monuments and memorials in private collections like churches and the Legion, if they are interested? I wonder if you would be willing to post them on your blog? 

Sarah More

Thank you so much, Linda, for agreeing to document Almonte’s Memorials on your blog! I hope this information will help internet researchers and family historians reconnect with their family’s legacy just in time for our Bicentennial Commemoration.

Would you be kind enough, Linda, to include the attached Google Map and contact information for the Hospital, if that’s ok? I’m sorry some of the photos didn’t turn out well. I will try to visit, again, later.
With the kind permission of Mary Wilson Trider, I am attaching eighteen historic plaques from the lobby of the Almonte General Hospital located at 

75 Spring Street, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0.

Phone: 613-256-2500

Fax: 613-256-8549

Email: info@agh-fvm.com 

Website: http://www.almontegeneral.com/contactus

2. Rosamond Memorial Hospital Almonte in connection with the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada. Erected A.D. 1907.

5. In Memory of Mary E. Cotton. Died April 3rd. 1950. Wife of the late Alexander Rosamond. She was the Founder and Charter Member of the Alexandra Club. Club founded April 25th. 1903

3. In Memory of Dr. John R. Fraser M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.O.C., F.R.C.S. (C). Honorary Chairman. The Almonte General Hospital. His substantial effort until his death October 7, 1959 was a major factor in the decision to build this hospital. The air conditioning and auxiliary power units are a gift in his memory from Mrs. John R. Fraser.

4. In Memory of Dr. James A. Naismith A.B. M.P.E. M.D. D.D. Native of Ramsay and Almonte. 
Physical Educator – Founder of Basketball 1861-1939

6. James Archibald Wylie 
7. Their Names Liveth For Evermore.
In loving and grateful memory of the Almonte Boys who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918.
Endowment to the Rosamond Memorial Hospital by the Almonte Chapter of the I.O.D.E.
May 24th 1926.

8. This [illegible] was donated by James Kirk in loving memory of his son J. Ross Kirk B.S.A. 1932

9. Lanark Co-operative Medical Services 1947-1970

10. Women’s Institute Clayton, Ontario -1926-
In loving memory of Helen Fountaine Brown [illegible] Rosamond

. In loving memory of Helen Fountaine Brown [illegible] Rosamond

 Furnished by Mrs. Albert Boulter Fort Coulonge
13. Cedar Hill Women’s Institute 1925

14. Maintained by U.F.W.O. 1927

15. Almonte Women’s Institute

16. In Memory of the MacDonald Clan and Mr. and Mrs. Lauchan MacDonald, Pioneer Settlers of Ramsay Township, Lanark County. The Misses Kit & Jessie MacDonald 1820-1966.

17. Hazel Memorial Ward

18. Furnished by Mississippi Lodge No. 147 A.F. & A.M.

Above is a picture of the new Almonte General Hospital which began serving the public on Thursday, May 4th. It is a very fine building with modern equipment and has a capacity of 42 beds. Built of red brick, the new hospital is only about half-a-block from the old one, a picture of which appears below

The Almonte Hospital Hoopla

So What was the Almonte Cottage Victorian Hospital?

Union Almonte and Ramsay Contagious Hospital — “The Pest House”

Sarah More

The Toughest Pair —-Sarah More

Henry & Nettie Barrie —Sarah More — Balderson

Robert M. More — Reformed Presbyterian Church of Almonte– By Sarah More

Miss Ida Paul — Sarah More

Hot off the Press –Old Appleton Post Office & General Store –Sarah More

The Sad Life of Mr. William G. Bates

The Sad Life of Mr. William G. Bates
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
03 Nov 1915, Wed 

June 3, 1914

When William George Bates was born in 1843 in Ontario, his father, George, was 40 and his mother, Sarah, was 26. He married Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane McCreary on July 6, 1871, in Perth, Ontario. They had ten children in 23 years. He died in 1921 in Timiskaming, Ontario, having lived a long life of 78 years, and was buried in Lanark, Ontario.

read more here..

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
23 Oct 1913, Thu  •  Page 1

Son who drowned

When James McCreary Bates was born in 1877 in Lanark, Ontario, his father, William, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 28. He had seven brothers and two sisters. He died on October 22, 1913, in Carleton Place, Ontario, at the age of 36, and was buried in his hometown.


Worked in the Alaskan Boundary Party (Federal Government) in Northern Yukon as a Surveyor.

1913 • Yuko

read more here…

Son Charles and Roy

When Charles W. Bates was born in September 1873 in Lanark, Ontario, his father, William, was 30 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 24. He married Agnes Wilkie Panton Bates on August 10, 1904, in Perth, Ontario. He then married Sarah Evangeline McDiarmid in 1959 in Carleton Place, Ontario. He died on October 6, 1963, in Carleton Place, Ontario, at the age of 90, and was buried in his hometown.

Charles 1902 and Roy Bates on Lanark Village Baseball Team

Charles Bates Residence Carleton Place
Carleton Place, Ontario
Known locally as the Scottish Mansion (but the Bates’ are Irish).

more info click here..CLICK

The Lanark Era

Lanark, Ontario, Canada19 May 1909, Wed  •  Page 1

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada14 May 1913, Wed  •  Page 1

Bates & Innes Financial Report 1955

David Warren — Bates & Innes Accident — Warren Family

Murder or Accident — Bates & Innes Flume

The Saga of Bates and Innes

Roy Bates and His Dog Named Taffy— ahh Paddy

Do You Remember? Memories of the Pengor Penguin

So How Much Time Do You Get for Stealing Wool?

Rosemary McNaughton- Little Red Door Arrives at Bates and Innes

The Disappearance of Frank Bates

Bits Pieces and Clippings of Jennie Majaury

Bits Pieces and Clippings of Jennie Majaury

June 1951

There were high jinks in Darling over the last weekend and there was every reason for a celebration of that kind. Mrs. Jennie Majaury reached the age of 100 years on June 25th which makes her almost equal with the mythical Johnnie McGlorie that they used to tell us about when we were youngsters.

Mrs. Majaury at the centenary mark is a remarkable woman. Her eyesight is still so keen she can knit without glasses and her hearing is sharp enough to detect the sound of a locomotive whistle on the Kingston & Pembroke Railway many miles away. Mrs. Majaury is a native of Darling Township, having been born on a farm within a mile of the one on which she spent all of her life following marriage and widowhood.

Her father was Joseph Crawford, an Irish immigrant who came out to this country in his youth and settled in the northern part of Lanark County. He married Peggy Stewart, an Old Country girl who hit the long trail to Canada in the sailing ship days. Back in the long, long ago Peggy Stewart married Henry Majaury and, as stated before, the honeymoon excursion was confined to about a mile. There was a family of nine children, five of whom are still living.

Mrs. Majaury’s husband died upwards of 70 years ago and she was left to bring up the youngsters. She did it, too, with that grim determination characteristic of the pioneers. She made potash and made a living out of the rough country in which she had been born.

Her immediate family members are. Mrs. Margaret M. Foster, Calabogie; Mrs. Robt. Folkard, Carleton Place; Jas. Majaury, Carleton Place; Tom and Joe of Darling. There are 50 grandchildren; 80 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. At the celebation which continued into Sunday, there were many visitors to the old home.

Mrs. Majaury for all her 100 years was the life of the party in many ways—certainly she was the central point of it anyway. She told of the far off time when she and her sister, Sarah Ann, used to tramp all the way into Almonte to buy supplies for the household. They would make the trip in one day, rest for a day in what then, no doubt, was Shipman’s Mills, and return home the third day with the stuff on their backs.

They felt none the worse, of it and considered the journey a sort of excursion such as some young punks —male and female—might feel today about a motor jaunt to Ottawa via highway 44. Many people from all over North Lanark and South Renfrew called to felicitate the elderly lady on her one hundredth birthday. Among them were John Craig, former M.L.A. for Lanark and Lome Stewart, Reeve of Lanark Township and former Warden of Lanark County. Express Felicitations Letters of congratulation were read out to her from Jas. Dempsey, M.L.A. for South Renfrew; Hon. George H. Doucett, M.L.A. for Lanark and others.

Like most old people, Mrs. Majaury is a hospitable person and has a rule that no one who calls upon her can leave without the traditional cup of tea. On Saturday night, during the festivities, she step-danced with great agility and an 80-year-old lad from Fallbrook (Murray by name) is said to have got up and done the same. As stated before, her eyesight is good. She knits and reads. In the summer she likes to go about iki her bare feet as was the custom in olden times. Like most centenarians, Mrs. Majaury who is a Presbyterian in religion, was asked to what she ascribed her great age. And while this may shock the clergy the Gazette takes especial delight in “witnessing to the truth” as Martin Luther said on one memorable occasion.

Declared Mrs. Majaury—”I go to bed early and always got up early. I like a drink of liquor and I love to smoke my pipe.” It Is said that Mrs. Majaury was presented with 15 pipes during the festivities by those who knew her fondness for the combustion of chewing tobacco which would raise the top of most veteran tobacco smokers’ heads. Truly it is hard to figure out the reasons for longevity. So many people who have no so-called bad habits—we mean smoking —live to be 100. How are we going to figure this thing out? We’ll leave it to Mrs. Majaury. She has more experience than we will ever have. , Mrs. F. O. Somerton of Water Street; Almonte, is a great granddaughter of Mrs. Majaury.



he Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Thu, Jun 26, 1958 · Page 3

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
10 Mar 1909, Wed  •  Page 1

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