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.
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
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
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
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
21 Aug 1890Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
2 Jan 1940 (aged 49)Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
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.”
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.
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!?
The proof is in the pudding my friends–the Gnomes are afoot!
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.
Steer A castrated, male bovine.
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.
Buck Male goat.
Buck Mature, male deer.
Buckling A young, male goat (teenager).
Chevon Meat that comes from adult goats.
Chick The term for a baby chicken (male or female) until it is about three weeks of age
Cockerel A young male chicken.
Colostrum 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.
Sow An adult female pig that has given birth.
Wattle The reddish-pink flesh-like covering on the throat and neck of a turkey. It helps to release extra body heat.
Weaned This term is used to describe the stage when animals are taken off their mother’s milk and fed solid foods, like grasses.
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
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.