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Robert Bryson and Stuart Dunn — Canoeing Down the Timber Slide

Robert Bryson and Stuart Dunn — Canoeing Down the Timber Slide
Victoria Mill Slide- Almonte.com

Almonte Gazette

That fine old Scotch couple, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bryson, once of Union street, had an interesting chat about the days long gone by, and learned of an incident which he takes the liberty of telling the readers of this paper. It was away back in 1835 or there about that the  first “ timber slide” was built in Almonte, for the purpose of avoiding the great height of falls which the lumbermen had to overcome in some way. 

In 1835  Hon. (then plain Mr.) George Bryson and Mr. Simon Dunn established shanties throughout-Ramsay in the neighbourhood of where the Drummonds and the Kennedys and other pioneers lived then, as some of them still do. In those days the logs were hauled to a point opposite Messrs. Timmins & Co’s present store, and were left there until the river opened in the spring, when they were put down the slide into the Bay below. 

At that time the slide extended from the Bay up to the lower end of Mill street. When the logs had all been put through the slide in 1835 there was great talk among the shantymen about running the slide in canoes, to avoid portaging, but when it came to the point most of the men thought twice.   

However, Mr. Robert Bryson, then a sturdy young fellow of 18, decided to risk the trip, in company with his brother’s partner, Mr. Simon Dunn. They had a splendid large pine log canoe, and ventured on their risky trip, full of courage, both being skilful canoeists. The canoe and its occupants shot down the steep decline at a rapid gait —as rapidly as a toboggan goes down its slide in winter—and all went well until they came to the fourteen feet of a drop from the end of the slide into tho Bay.

As soon as the canoe left the slide it split into two pieces—right down the middle—and the two passengers were immediately submerged in the rapids below. However, they were soon- fished out and given attention, and were none the worse for their involuntary endeavour, and they were many a time afterward congratulated on their nerve and daring expedition and established a record for the first trip by boat down the Almonte slide. They lost a fine canoe, but that was a small matter compared with the fact that they accomplished what none of the other men dared to attempt. Afterwards “ aprons’ were put on the various slides, rendering them navigable for canoes when skilfully handled. 


Vintage logging – flumes and sluiceways click

Remembering the Old Log Timber Slide

The Boathouse- Centennial Park Boat House- Glenda Mahoney

The Boathouse- Centennial  Park Boat House- Glenda Mahoney

We went for a walk this morning at Centenial Park and went into the boathouse. I was amazed at what great shape the building is in. There was very little graffiti and no damage which is amazing but it is off the regular path.Also read- Before and After at Centennial Park


Also built with alot of asbestos so not mentioned in any guide books. Lol. Glenda Mahoney Photos and text

Building the Bradley Boat House — and Update!!

It was the Boathouse that Went On and On….

Was a Boldt Castle Boathouse Once in our Midst? See the Home of the Daphne!

Glenda Mahoney stories

Cora Munro Yuill — Arthur Yuill — For Glenda Mahoney with Love

What do the IDA and Hallmark Have in Common? by Glenda Mahoney

Drummond Cemetery Photos by Glenda Mahoney

The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood

The Oldest Cemetery in Drummond

Faeries on the Malloch Farm

A Time Capsule on the Malloch Farm

The Malloch Barn and Other Things

Vintage Murders in Lanark County — Documented Titles

Vintage Murders in Lanark County — Documented Titles
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
06 Nov 1895, Wed  •  Page 2
The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
20 Apr 1934, Fri  •  Page 1

read-Dr. Wilton Pratt — Murder of his Housekeeper in Smiths Falls

I had a lot of people ask me about vintage crime in Lanark County, so if you look below you will find a series of titles that will interest the crime reader

Related reading….

The Tragic Life of Mary Paul–Hood’s Settlement- Mary Beth Wylie

The Story of Wild Bob Ferguson of Dalhousie Township

Dr. Wilton Pratt — Murder of his Housekeeper in Smiths Falls

Murder on Island Street — Henry Gray

The Deacon Murder—Away Back in Clarendon and Miller

The Buck Lake Murderer

Was it Murder?

Murder or Accident — Bates & Innes Flume

Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel

Not Guilty in the Murder of His Grandmother –George Watt Jr.

Fame and Murder Came to Balderson in 1828

The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County

Murder in Carleton Place –Peter Cairns

The Buck Lake Murderer

The Media Then and Now–Johnny Gillies Had a Gun

Shocking Murder in Almonte–Michigan Charlie

Murder on Maple Island

Bitten by the Kissing Bug — A Shocking Conclusion to the Life of Carleton Place’s Daniel E. Sheppard

The Tale of a Pirate named Bill Johnston with Pirate Dog Supermodels

Assassinated Gossip about Lincoln, Payne and the Thousand Islands

The Man Who Would Be The Revenant

Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel

Did Samuel Pittard of Ashton Murder His Wife?

Here She Comes —Miss Almonte High School January 1958

Here She Comes —Miss Almonte High School January 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Downey of Pakenham announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Ada (Downey), to Mr. David Snedden, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Snedden of Almonte. The wedding will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., in St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Pakenham. Miss Downey is on the teaching staff of the Ontario School for the Deaf, Belleville, and Mr. Snedden is a 1961 graduate of Queen’s University in civil engineering.


Miss Kathleen Downey was chosen as “Miss Almonte High School ” at the regular meeting of the Almonte Lions Club held in St Mary’s Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening in the form of a banquet at which time the six contestants in the contest were guests of the club. Judith Scott placed second and, Marilyn Robertson third in the contest which was jointly sponsored by the Almonte Chamber of Commerce and the local Lions Club.

Others vying for the honour of being the “queen” were Gayle Mohr, Dorothy Walters and Donna Rintoul. Col. E. D. P. Taylor, president of the Almonte C. of C. was present and said that this was the first time th at Almonte had ever been entered in a contest such as this. He said the winner would now go to Perth for the contest when the winners from the various towns participating in this event would try for the title of “Miss Eastern Ontario.”

His Worship, Mayor George Gomme presented th e winner and the two runners-up with suitable gifts for their part in this affair. The Mayor was acting on behalf of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce in this capacity. Under the chairmanship of Lion Harry Gunn the judging was done by Mrs. Anigus Morrison, Almonte; Mrs. Clarke McGlashan of Bell’s Corners and John Robertson of Ottawa In the contest points were given for the following: Poise, Personality, Dress, Natural Beauty, Academic Standing, Athletic Prowess and Outside Interests.

Guest speaker for the evening was John Clarice McGlashan, of McGlashan Silverware Limited, Bell’s Corners, who was introduced by president W ard McGill and thanked by Dr. Jim Coupland. The speaker who attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conference on “LabourManagement Trends,” gave a brief but interesting talk on the subject. One of the topics brought out in his talk was on “How to live, with Unions and visa versa.” Lion Stewart Lee, speaking foi the committee in charge of thel annually sponsored Public Speak-, ing Contest, announced that the event this year would be on Friday, Jan. 31st when the contestants would battle it out for the T. A. Thompson Trophy and the Almonte Lions Club prizes. The area finals are to be held in Smiths Falls in early March. Dr. Otto Schulte, speaking on behalf of th e gathering, thanked the ladies of St. Mary’s Church for catering to the banquet. Jan 1958

Sandy FranceMarilyn Syme, Mary Snedden, Rosalyn Robertson 9 read Remembering Rosy Robertson
), Iris Guthrie, Gwen Egan, ?? , Noreen Armstrong–Photo- Thanks to Isabel Fox

Iris Guthrie May Queen Almonte High School around 1959

Miss Almonte 1975

Still Looking for Memories of Theresa Galvin –Miss Almonte

Mr. Mississippi Beauty Pageant 1982 Joe Banks

Jean Duncan Lanark Dairy Queen

Remembering Rosy Robertson

1970s Lanark County Beauty Queens

Here She Comes Miss Almonte — Karen Hirst and other Notes

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

The Dark World of the Miss Civil Service Beauty Contests

  1. Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos
  2. Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade
  3. Glamorous Marilyn Allen Miss Snow Queen and Others 1950s

Remembering the Martins — Hardware Store Almonte

Remembering the Martins — Hardware Store Almonte
January 1957 Almonte Gazette

Two popular residents of Almonte received felicitations from their fellow citizens on Saturday, Dec. 29th in the persons of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Martin. It was the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding milepost comparatively few people live to observe. They spent the occasion quietly at their home on Bridge Street with their family and friends dropping In to tender congratulations.

Mr. Martin retired from business as a hardware merchant, and heating equipment contractor only last May. In his time he was a colorful, public spirited man having served for many years as a school trustee and as fire chief. He was an ardent supporter of all outdoor sports taking great interest in hockey, baseball, curling, and in his youth was a lusty- lacrosse player.

“Hughie” as he was known affectionately by a large circle of warm friends and admirers was a hearty man—they don’t come much better in this little world. Both Mr. and Mrs. Martin are natives of Arthur, Ont., and they were married in 1896. Mrs. Martin was the former Miss Florence Magee.They were married by the bride’s uncle, Hev. H. S. Magee, assisted by an uncle, John Fisher and the minister, Rev. A. W. Tonge.

Following their marriage they resided at Brantford, Bradford, Toronto and Ottawa prior to coming to Almonte in 1909. Mr. Martin served his apprenticeship in the plumbing and tinsmithing trade with his father at Arthur, Ont., From 1909 until 1940 Mr. Martin was in charge of the plumbing and heating department of the former Taylor Bros, store in Almonte.

From 1940 until May, 1956, he conducted a plumbing and heating contracting business of his own, on a large scale, and also operated a hardware store on Bridge street. He found time to serve for 25 years in the Almonte Volunteer Fire Department, 15 years of which were spent as chief of the brigade. He also served from 1915 to 1956 as a member of Almonte School Board and latterly as a member of the Lanark East High School Area Board.

Mr. Martin played on the Almonte lacrosse team for a number of years and managed the local team during the time they won the intermediate championship of Eastern Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Martin are members” of Almonte United Church and prior to the union of Trinity and Bethany churches, belonged to Trinity Church. Mrs. Martin has brought up a family of four girls and two boys. She also-found time to take a keen interest in flowers. She took an active interest in all church work. The couple have four daughters, Mrs. W. D. Denyes, (Alma), Mrs. G. S. Boardhurst (Estelle), and Mrs. James Clemons (Isobel), all of the United States, and Elizabeth Martin, who is a teacher in Toronto; two sons, Jefferey of Almonte, and Robert of Toronto, a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Of the immediate family present for the celebration were. Elizabeth, Alma and Jefferey. Both Mr. and Mrs. Martin are in good health and many congratulatory messages were – received. Jan 3 1957

NIvan and Elizabeth Pretty Anniversary and Poem — Audrey Armstrong 1966

The First Burns Anniversary Supper Almonte 1830 notations Of Bairns and Burns

Mrs. T.C. Smith Dies Day After Marking Diamond Anniversary Genealogy

Mr. and Mrs. George Lashley 59th Anniversary Lanark

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Oct 1972, Sat,  Page 42

People of Almonte —Dr. Guy Burton Halladay Dentist 1940

People of Almonte —Dr. Guy Burton Halladay Dentist 1940

January 1940

The people of Almonte were shocked, Tuesday, to learn that Dr. Guy Burton Halladay one of the best known citizens of the town, had died at his home shortly before noon. Dr. Halladay had been at his office that morning and it is thought that the exertion of working over his car, which refused to start because of the cold weather that prevailed, brought on a heart seizure. The late Dr. Halladay, native of Elgin, Ont., was born there 49 years ago, son of Mrs. Elisabeth Halladay, and her husband, the late Edward Halladay.

He acquired his high school education at Athens and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1921. For three years he practiced in Elgin, then he moved to Arnprior in 1924 and five years later moved again to Almonte where he had been ever since, building a large practice and identifying himself actively with the Canadian Club, the One Hundred Club, the Curling Club and as member of the board of managers of United church.

Surviving are his widow, the former Ida Ferguson of Rockport, Leeds county, one son Bernard, and his mother at Athens, Ont., and one brother Leonard Halladay of Elgin. Halladay served his country in World War of 1914-18. He went overseas with the 156th Battalion and when it was broken up in England, he was transferred to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, one of the most distinguished units that the Dominion sent to France. That was on March 5th, 1918. The Doctor passedon active service and on July 5 was demobilized and returned to Canada to resume his studies at the Toronto Dental College.

Several years ago Dr. Halladay was appointed clerk of the Division Court here. He served on the Board of Education for some years and was a member of the Library Board at the time of his death. Dr. Halladay was one of Almonte’s popular professional men. He filled an important place in the community and his death is a loss to the town. He had an engaging personality and his interest in public spirited movements is too wellknown to need further mention at this time.

The Doctor was above all a friendly man who could recognize everyone by his first name and his sudden passing has created profound sorrow. Tlie funeral, which was largely attended took place from the family residence, Reserve Street, to the Auld Kirk cemetery. Services were conducted at the home and the vault by Rev. C. D. McLellan, pastor of Bethany United Church.

Honorary pallbearers were: Messrs. J. D. McCallum, A. C. Wylie, W. J. Stewart arid Dr. W. M. Jolirieon. The active pallbearers were Messrs. F. S. Hogan, N. S. Lee, John Lindsay, M. J. Black, Grant W. Dunlop and W. R. Pierce. Among the many floral tributes were pieces from the following organisations: Renfrew Presbyterial W.M.S.; Almonte Branch of the Legion; Robertson Lake Hunt Club; Executive of the Women’s Association of Bethany Church; Almonte Ladies Travel Club; staff and students of the Almonte high School; Board of Managers of Bethany Church; District 16 of the -provincial Lawn Bowling Association; the Canadian Club; the Men’s Bowling -Club; the Ladies Bowling Club; The Auld Kirk Cemetery Committee.

Guy Burton Halladay

BIRTH21 Aug 1890Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
DEATH2 Jan 1940 (aged 49)Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALHalladay Burial PlaceElgin, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada

Name:Guy Burton Halladay
Birth Date:21 Aug 1890
Birth Place:Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Death Date:2 Jan 1940
Death Place:Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery:Halladay Burial Place
Burial or Cremation Place:Elgin, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?:N
Father:Edward Elkins Halladay
Mother:Elizabeth Halladay
Spouse:Ida Alvira Ferguson
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Jan 1940, Wed  •  Page 9
The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Mon, Jul 22, 1935 · Page 3

We Are No Longer in Gnome Man’s Land — Do You Gnome What I am Saying?

We Are No Longer in Gnome Man’s Land — Do You Gnome What I am Saying?
There’s no place like Gnome; and they are popping up all over Ottawa. 
Finding one could be good luck for you.
Miniature Gnomes, about the size of a loonie, are making themselves at home all throughout Ottawa.
There have been over 400 since last June, according to their creator; who is asking to remain anonymous.
“I try to put one out every day,” they tell CTV News Ottawa.
You could call it Ottawa’s own Gnomey Banksy, but the creator laughs when asked. Read the rest here– click

Thursday January 6th, 2022.

For years I have asked– no begged for someone to do this.. It began in Oakland California when I lived there

To those interested in gnomeourism here is how Oakland did it.


From a posting I did in 2013—

There are now over 2,300 gnomes that now populate the hills and flats of Gnome Mans Land, California (Oakland). Until recently, they had pretty much managed to keep their presence a secret but then word got out in 2013 and there were fears that even Gnomeland Security might get into the act.

Word on the street is this population was descended from a shipment of gnomes bound for Oakland’s famous Fairyland in 1928 and escaped when the delivery truck tipped over.  But really, gnobody gnows where they came from. You can find them at the bases of telephone poles and they gnever gather in groups. They hate low altitudes and heavy traffic, and live off the energy found in the telephone wires.


More than a year ago, a mysterious man wanted to do something nice for his neighbours near Lake Merritt in Gnomelandia. He found some scrap wood from old fences and cut them into wooden blocks 6 inches tall, and painted the mythical creatures on them. Then he anonymously screwed (not nailed) the guerrilla installations to wooden utility poles (never trees), at sidewalk level.

The first batch of about two dozen went up in January, 2012. The artist’s greatest joy is walking the streets of Oakland (“tending herd” as he calls it) to make sure none have been removed.

A woman posted on a Facebook page:

“We need some Gnomes in East Oakland around Eastmont Mall!! Magic is something that can grow.”  Her neighborhood?  When one hears about shootings in Oakland, probably 1/3 are within twenty blocks of her home. And there’s an elementary school there with four telephone poles in front of it, two on its side.  They are getting every gnome [in stock].  She deserves them for believing in magic.”


At Fairyroom.com they figured out that “the gnomes on the streets close to the lake’s edge are wearing pants. But as the streets angle up the hill, the gnomes on the telephone poles change their wardrobe to kilts. The gnomes of Oakland’s higher elevations are plainly Highlanders, a bit of dry humor everyone heartily appreciates.”

Then one day San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Jones blew their cover. PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) spokesman Jason King said he had never noticed them on their utility poles, although he jogs around the lake. Sticking to the company playbook, he told her a crew would be dispatched to remove them from gnome mans land.

His exact words: “We can’t have anything that would compromise the integrity of our equipment. The concern is that the gnomes could inspire additional people to place things on our property.”

“Save the Lake Merritt Gnomes” Facebook page popped up. Calls poured in. The Twittersphere exploded. Negotiations ensued.

We are holding peace talks for the 2300 gnomes in a secret mushroom patch near the Rose Garden,” said Zac Wald, chief of staff to City Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney, whose district includes the preponderance of the gnome population. “People love the gnomes, and they are District Three residents.”

At the end of January there was a positive win for the little people:

“We received a great deal of public feedback, so we’re declaring the poles gnome-man’s land. We’re not going to remove them,” PG&E spokesman Jason King said.

I think the gnomes are a sweet reminder that a little magic can go a long way. I’m looking forward to the story spreading beyond Oakland – but for now, the magic remains in Oakland– because– that’s where the Gnomes are.

Also read- Remember those mysterious Oakland gnomes? A new batch of coronavirus-inspired characters are popping up

2016 — Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Ontario


Last week gazing at the Mississippi River in Almonte I spotted something. No, it couldn’t be! But it was!


There, all my himself was a lone gnome in the middle of the dam looking for a pirate ship to escape in because of all the Enerdu construction. I don’t blame him! It instantly reminded me of my former hometown of Oakland, California where the gnomes took over the town and became a tourist attraction in 2013. Could the same thing be happening to Almonte!?

Carleton Place Library Gnome

The proof is in the pudding my friends–the Gnomes are afoot!


Ontario History — What Was Beaver Hay and a Stripper Cow? Lanark Era Classified Ads

Ontario History — What Was Beaver Hay and a Stripper Cow? Lanark Era Classified Ads
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
06 Dec 1899, Wed  •  Page 1

A “Stripper Cow” is an old cow well past her prime. A cow that has nearly stopped giving milk, so that it can be obtained from her only by stripping.

A castrated, male bovine.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
18 Aug 1915, Wed  •  Page 1

Beaver Hay is the rank grass that grows in beaver meadows.

Speaker: Yeah, some places they made them. Interviewer: Yeah. Speaker: Just all round. Interviewer: Quite different. Um- Speaker: Brought them to a peak. Generally went and got a- a load of wild hay from the beaver meadow or somewhere. Interviewer: Yeah. Speaker: To put on the top because beaver hay turned the water much better than the other. Interviewer: Oh that’s interesting. I wonder why that was. Speaker: I don’t know. At that time, you-know, they, ah- they used to have these big beaver meadows that they had to cut with, ah, the scythe. You’ve seen them?

Speaker: Arnold Milford, Gender: Male, Age at interview: 93, Interview: 1977, Lanark County

Speaker: The loft was above and you put up a hand, you-know? Interviewer: Mm-hm. Speaker: You’d fork it up to the loft and somebody would stack it back and spread it back in the mow. Interviewer: Yes. This was wild hay. Speaker: Wild hay, yeah. Interviewer: Yes. Speaker: Beaver w– what they call beaver hay. Interviewer: Yes

Speaker: Alfred Starz, Gender: Male, Age at interview: 72, Interview: 1978, Lanark County

Broiler Chicken
A meat chicken raised to the weight of 2.65 kg or under.

Male goat.

Mature, male deer.

A young, male goat (teenager).

Meat that comes from adult goats.

The term for a baby chicken (male or female) until it is about three weeks of age

A young male chicken.

The first milk that any animal (including humans) produce after they give birth. This milk helps to pass along the mother’s immunity to disease to her offspring.

Roaster Chicken
A larger meat chicken raised to the weight of over 2.65 kg.

An adult female pig that has given birth.

The reddish-pink flesh-like covering on the throat and neck of a turkey. It helps to release extra body heat.

This term is used to describe the stage when animals are taken off their mother’s milk and fed solid foods, like grasses.

A neutered male sheep.

The Farmer is the Man

Eggs 10 Cents a dozen–Farmers Markets of Smiths Falls and Almonte 1880 and 1889

Dating A Farmer — It’s Not All Hearts And Cow Tails

Lanark Farm Life is Not so Bad- 1951

Once Upon a Time on the Farm

Farming Could be a Dangerous Business in Lanark County? Who Do You Know?

She Doesn’t Think My Tractor is Sexy–The Farmer’s Wife 1889

Metcalfe’s Mushrooms and other Toadstools


October 15th 1955 Almonte Gazette

Last week’s torrential rains have brought forth a crop of mushrooms the like of which was never seen in this district before. There are ordinary field mushrooms which are still the most popular variety and plenty of shaggy manes and inky cap’s which make very fine eating as long as they are strictly fresh and white.

But apart from the above varieties there is a patch of mushrooms near Almonte that begs a description. It was located in a cornfield by W. A. Metcalfe. These mushrooms are similar to the field mushroom except that: the gills are pure white. The top of these is also white and they have a bulging thick root. The patch is in the centre of the cornfield and extends the whole length of the- long field. There are thousands of mushrooms in the field.

W. A. (Barney) picked a basketful and ate them and phoned us and we did likewise. The field was clay and what it does to the shoes is something else. Because of the dire effects of eating poisonous mushrooms, we telephoned our long-suffering friend, Dr. Walton Groves, of the Pathologist’s Brnach of the Department of Agriculture. He was able to tell us what they were, but we cannot remember the Latin name. By description and the picture in the mushroom book, they may be Horse mushrooms. At any rate, are a good variety, well-flavored and fleshy.

At present, between editions, we are cooking and freezing them. Botanists warn against eating any unfamiliar variety although m ost mushrooms are edible. The most dangerous Is the Death Angel/ Destroying Angel which might grow in a patch of good mushrooms. It is necessary to be able to identify the Death Angel for safety sake and it is not difficult.

The mushroom brick is “grown” by mixing together chopped-up corn husks with mycelium. The mixture is then put into a brick mould and left to grow for five days. The result is a brick that is solid, but lightweight. The “mushroom tower” is then assembled using a custom algorithm to lay the bricks layer by layer. Read- click

Oddities — Lanark County Puffball Mushrooms

Lanark County Medical Advice 1800s – Wear Earrings for a Sore Throat

To Noreen Tyers with Love

To Noreen Tyers with Love
Thanks to the kindness of Noreen Tyers

I have known Noreen Tyers for a long time. Her daughter Teri White used to come visit her mother in law Joyce White across from my home quite a bit and they all became like family to me. Noreen has always written her stories and illustrations and I began sharing them in 2018. Good storytellers are hard to find and Noreen is one of them.

This year she put together this marvellous book of her writings etc. and I was lucky enough to get a copy which I treasure. My favourite stories of hers are the ones from Richard’s Castle, as I have always loved this home. I have put the links to her stories at the bottom of the page that she has allowed me to document for her.

Love you Noreen,and thank you


read–ancestral roofs
Noreen Tyers—Grandparents in front of Richards Castle, in Snow Road
around the 1940’s John and Charlotte (Mavis) Lahey Summer holidays at the Stone House.

Living in the Past from Noreen Tyers

For the Love of Fungi and Leprechauns By Noreen Tyers

Hair Attention — Noreen Tyers

The Handmade Tablecloth — Noreen Tyers

Cutting a Christmas Tree at the House of Old at R. R. # 4 — Noreen Tyers

Making the Fudge for that Special School Affair 1940s Noreen Tyers

The Teeter Totter Incident Noreen Tyers

Childhood Movie Nights at Reliance Motor Court in Eastview — Noreen Tyers

Hats, Ogilvy’s and Gaudy Teenage Years — Noreen Tyers

Sending Thoughts of Winter to You, from my Wee Dog Ruffy Noreen Tyers

A Trip in the Carrying Case– Noreen Tyers

Just Me Growing Up in the Early 1940’s Noreen Tyers

Grandma and the Cute Little Mice– From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Another Broken Bed Incident — Stories from Richards Castle — Noreen Tyers

Lets Play Elevator- Charles Ogilvy Store — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

At Church on Sunday Morning From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Jack’s in Charge-Scary Stories — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Adventures at Dalhousie Lake at the Duncan’s Cottages —- From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

I am Afraid of Snakes- From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Hitching a Ride Cross Town — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

My Old Orange Hat –From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Out of the Old Photo Album — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Snow Road Ramblings from Richards Castle — From the Pen Of Noreen Tyers

Summer Holidays at Snow Road Cleaning Fish — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Snow Road Adventures- Hikes in the Old Cave — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Putting Brian on the Bus– Stories from my Childhood Noreen Tyers

My Childhood Memory of Richard’s Castle –From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Grandpa’s Dandelion Wine — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

My Wedding Tiara — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Art of Learning How to Butter Your Toast the Right Way — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Smocked Dresses–From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Kitchen Stool — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Flying Teeth in Church — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Writings of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Memories of Grandpa’s Workshop — Noreen Tyers

Cleaning out Grandmas’ Fridge — Noreen Tyers Summer Vacation at Richard’s Castle

My Flower Seeds — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

My Barbra Ann Scott Doll –Noreen Tyers

Greetings From Ruffy on Groundhog Day Noreen Tyers

That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

Adventures at Dalhousie Lake at the Duncan’s Cottages — Noreen Tyers

The old Sheepskin Slippers Noreen Tyers