Tag Archives: Lanark-County

The Perth Canning Company — Factories That Are No More

The Perth Canning Company — Factories That Are No More
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
22 Jul 1896, Wed  •  Page 1

Perth Remembered

PERTH CANNING COMPANY. This label is from a product that was canned by the jPerth Canning Company Limited, which operayted in Perth from 1895 to 1902. The cannery closed because of lack of enough vegetables for canning.The premises were located on was was known as Park Avenue, know now as Rogers Road. The building was bought by a creamer company in 1902 and in 1929 became Land of Lanark Creamery until closing in 1960. Location of the Huntington Green Condominiums today.

Wendy Stanton-Gray

I lived on that street from 1954 until 1967 it was known as Market Street. The old Creamery building was all closed up and it was a great place to explore and play when we were kids. A lot of the old offices and production lines were just as they were, like they just locked the doors and walked out. I loved that place and spent hours exploring with other neighborhood kids. We never damaged anything, we just used our imaginations and amused ourselves for hours, great memories!

THEN&NOW–Perth Remembered
Aerial View of the Code Factory on Rogers Road at Harvey Street. Perth Creamery is seen across the street. In the top right of the photo you can see the original Haggart & Herron Grist Mill at Haggart Dam. This building was destroyed by fire in 1948 and the ruins leveled in 1956.
In 1893, R. Gemmill & Sons, woolen mills moved from Port Elmsley to a new building erected at the corner of Harvey Street and Park Avenue (Rogers Road). They manufactured fine quality Canadian Tweeds. In 1898 The Perth Woolen Mill Co. Ross and T. A. Code took over Gemmill’s mill. In 1899 the woollen mill changed to a felt mill. In 1985 the mill ceased operation with felt still being made at the Herriot Street plant. In 1987 the mill was sold to be converted into apartments but because of too much oil on the floors it was not feasible and the buildings were all demolished and in 1990 Ashley Chase apartment complex was built.
Note: In 1963 at the request of International Silver the street name was changed from Park Ave. to Rogers Road for the Rogers Silver trade name.
The building in the picture to the left across the street from the mill was originally the Perth Canning Company 1896 – 1902. The factory liquidated in 1900 as they were not able to get enough vegetables for canning. 1902 The Creamery Co. purchased the Canning Co. In 1914 it becomes the Perth Creamery until 1960. For the next 12 years the building was home to Millard Electric.

The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
26 Apr 1900, Thu  •  Page 3

The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
26 Feb 1896, Wed  •  Page 2

The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
04 Jul 1901, Thu  •  Page 3

The Kingston Daily News
Kingston, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
12 May 1896, Tue  •  Page 4

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
20 Jan 1897, Wed  •  Page 1

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
05 Aug 1896, Wed  •  Page 5

Oh Woe is Addie Stewart from Perth

The Perth Gaol 1876 Almonte Gazette– Names Names Names..:)

Did Wampole Ever Move to Lanark Village?

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

The Ups and Downs of the Northern Button Co. in Smiths Falls

Wilbert McKay Barn Raising

Wilbert McKay Barn Raising

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert McKay, Clayton Road who lost their barn and grain in a fire caused by lightning on August 22nd are gradually repairing the damage with the whole hearted assistance of their neighbors as well as the members of the farming community far and wide. On Saturday, Mr. McKay assisted by the neighbors, held a bam raising and a frame barn was erected.

It was like the old fashioned barn raising with the men doing the carpentry work and the ladies visiting and assisting in the pie and cake department. Supper was served to sotrne 80 persons on Saturday evening. On Monday a silo was erected and it was expected that it would be filled on Tuesday p.m. Besides the assistance given with the building Mr. and Mrs. McKay were presented with a purse containing a large sum of money and donations of hay, straw and grain were also received. Mr. and Mrs. McKay are highly appreciative of all the kindness and assistance given them which will help to alleviate their crushing loss.

sept 1960

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Feb 1982, Sat  •  Page 65

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
29 May 1912, Wed  •  Page 5

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

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
13 Jul 1910, Wed  •  Page 5

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

William Craig Smithson Barn Fire 1950

Three Years of Barn Swallows– Signs of Spring–Stuart McIntosh

Patrick Doyle Lanark County Barn Raising Ireton

The Lowry Barn on Highway 29

The Bank Barn of William Goth

Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?

The Day a Barn Raising Went Wrong- Meredith Family Genealogy

The Barn on Lot 25 Concession 10 Beckwith –Donna Mcfarlane

So What are the Mysterious “diamond cross” cut-outs seen on barns in Lanark County?

Stayin’ Alive During Partridge Season 1958

Stayin’ Alive During Partridge Season 1958

The partridge and duck hunting season opens on Saturday, Sept. 27 and if the present weather prevails there will be a large exodus to the woods and lakes. Up Sudbury way, the first hunting casualty is reported. A man engaged in the innocent passtime of picking mushrooms was shot and killed a few hours after the season opened. The killer ran away.

Commenting on this tragedy the Sudbury Star advises hunters to stay out of the woods in masse this year and make Queen’s Park tighten up on the regulations about firearms. At the present time anyone can buy a license, be he a maniac or an idiot if he has $1.

The local issuer of licenses, Mr. Russell Dodds, has sold 100 to date. He says there is a new form this year, much like a driver’s licence which must be filled in with name, address, age, etc. This is a step in the right direction! but is scarcely enough in the larger centres where the applicant is unknown to the issuer.

“Stay Home and Stay Alive” says the Pembroke Observer where 11 were killed in a few days in 1957. It reminds one of the old rhyme “Drinking water is as risky as the so-called deadly whiskey. Some say it’s a mistake to breathe the air.” It is especially, alarming about the poor mushroom man as we don’t want our friends Baldy, Cliff, Bob and Oral to have their heads bopped off and our supply o f mushrooms too. Sept 1958

Almonte Hunting Parties — November 1941– Names Names and more Names

Where Did the Wild Geese Go?

The Tale of a Teacher, a Duck, and the Mississippi River

Stories of the Mississippi River — Elk, Rice Beds, and Corduroy Roads

WHO’S AFRAID OF BIG BAD BEARS? Louis Peterson and Harvey Scott

Sometimes You Just Need to Remember– Reggie Bowden

Burnside 101 – Tidbits You might not Know

Burnside 101 – Tidbits You might not Know

Sue Winslow-Spragge-—The woman wearing the pearls is my grandmother, Lois Sybil Winslow-Spragge. She and her husband Edward were one of the people who owned Old Burnside.  The other woman is Linda Nilson-Rogers mother–Hilda. Those silver earrings were her favourites!

Sept 1960

Lt.-Col. E. D. Taylor has sold “Old Burnside” to Dr. Morgan Martin who is a member of the Staff of the Federal Department of Health and Welfare, Ottawa. He and Mrs. Martin and their three daughters are expected to move here this week. Col. Taylor and Mrs. Taylor have moved to Ottawa where they will reside at 124 Springfield Road. They have been most highly regarded residents of Almonte for over six years and their departure is greatly regretted. Their twin sons, Peter and Anthony were honor students at Almonte High School and are now attending school in Ottawa.

Their younger son, John, is attending Sedburg School at Montebello, Que. On December 1, 1958 the Board of the Rosamond Memorial Hospital appointed Col. Taylor, who was chairman of the General Hospital Committee, to select a committee and proceed to build a new General Hospital for Almonte and District. The hospital, as everyone knows will soon be built. P & L Taylor resigned from the committee on July 19, 1960 as he planned to leave Almonte and was succeeded by Mr. R. A. Stewart. Col. Taylor also served on the Almonte Town Council for two years. Mrs. Taylor was an active member of the Almonte Women’s Hospital Auxiliary.

Old Burnside, 218 Strathburn Street, Almonte–From Mississippi Mills PDF
Compiled by Linda Hamilton for the Mississippi Mills Heritage Committee, May 2015
Dates: Built 1835-40
Style: Georgian with a Gambrel roof
Architect: Unknown.
Original Owner: James Wylie (1789-1854)
Current Owner: Mr and Mrs Howard Campbell.
Construction: Limestone ashlar.

Notable Features:
This is a grand and imposing stone mansion that is one of the first homes built in the area. The home
features limestone quarried on site, multiple bedrooms and fireplaces, and many original features. The
grounds of this home are also exceptional. It sits on seven acres of forest and garden, enjoys private
river frontage, and has a private stream with a bridge and a waterfall.
The original owner of this home was James Wylie (1789-1854). Wylie was a prominent local citizen in
what was then Shipman’s Mills. He was a merchant, Rideau Canal contractor, postmaster, farmer, and
county agricultural society president. He was also a member of the Legislative Council of Canada.
Wylie came to Perth from Scotland in 1820 and opened a mercantile business. In 1822 he purchased
200 acres of land in Ramsay Township on the Mississippi River from the Protestant Church and built a
log home. This was one of the first homes in the area. He named his property Burnside after the stream
and waterfall that run through it. A ‘burn’ is a small waterfall and this one reminded Wylie of his native
heath. Wylie’s ten children soon outgrew the cabin, so Wylie built the new home to accommodate his
large family. The old log home was incorporated into the second house as a dairy. In the mid 1800s
Burnside was not yet located within the town. It was a small settlement unto itself which included a
general store, a dairy, and a Scotch whiskey distillery.

In 1841 a traveller to Shipman’s Mills made this report of his impressions of the settlement at the falls:
“James Wylie, Esquire, a magistrate and storekeeper, has erected a fine house, his son (William G.
Wylie) another. About half a mile from this, Mr. Shipman’s spacious stone dwelling, his mills and
the surrounding buildings, present a bustling scene. There is one licensed tavern here, and a

In 1848, Wylie built a larger home, named “New Burnside” next door at what was then 255 Hamilton
Street (now Strathburn Street) and moved there. James Wylie’s eldest son, James Hamilton Wylie
brought his bride to the first house (see Appendix B: 1881 Census) and later lived at New Burnside, too.
Two of his six children, John and James lived at Old Burnside as adults as well. In 1912 Old Burnside
was rented to Dr. and Mrs. Macintosh Bell.

Dr James Mackintosh Bell rented the home for two years and bought it in 1914. Born in St Andrews East, Quebec in 1877, Dr. Bell was the grandson of the prominent Presbyterian minister Reverend William Bell of Perth. Dr. Bell was a soldier in WWI and a scientist, geologist, geographer, author, painter, and lecturer. He grew up in Almonte but travelled all over the world. He was very involved in the mining industry and is credited with discoveries in that field. Known as Mack by his family and friends, he studied at Queen’s University in Kingston where he got his MA in 1899. While exploring the Canadian Arctic in 1900, Dr James Mackintosh Bell noticedrocks stained with cobalt and copper on the shores of McTavish arm of Great Bear Lake. He noted this in his notebook.

This eventually led his guide at the time to the discovery of enormous uranium
resources in that area. Radium was so important at that time, that the resulting mine made a fortune. He
was made an honorary member of the Royal Geographical society in 1901 and received his PHD from
Harvard in Geology in 1904. He was named as head geologist to the New Zealand Mines Department
in 1904. While there he met and married his wife Vera Margaret Beauchamp, daughter of one of New
Zealand’s most prominent businessmen. Bell fought in WWI where he was gassed and suffered from
trench fever. After returning from the war, the Bells moved into Old Burnside. They made many
improvements to both the house and the garden, and Old Burnside became known as “Bell’s House”.
Dr. Bell died in 1934 at the age of 57 in Almonte. An article in the Ottawa Citizen at the time of his death clearly reveals what an important and respected person he was in his community. Several hundred people attended, including most of the prominent citizens of the day.

The house was subsequently sold to the Winslow-Spragge family. Theirs was another large family. A
wonderful account of life at the house is reproduced below (Appendix A). This was taken from a book
by Anne Byers called Life and Letters: Lois Sybil Harrington and Edward Winslow-Spragge (2000).
The Montreal Gazette, March 31, 1948, shows Old Burnside for sale for $30 000. Describes features
and gives brief details.

Morgan Martin and his family lived there next and they sold to the present owners, Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Campbell in 1972. The Campbells raised their seven children there. According to an article in
The Millstone from July 20, 2012, the Campbells “spent their lives travelling the world as members of
the Canadian foreign service. But about twenty years ago the couple decided on a new challenge: They
would convert their rambling, 19th century mansion (which The Ottawa Citizen once referred to as
“one of the most exceptional houses in the Ottawa Valley”) into a bed-and-breakfast.”

Apparently there is a story of a “ghost horse” at Old Burnside. The legend is that long ago, during a
winter’s storm, the horse took refuge in the passageway formed by the double wall built two feet thick
to protect the northern exposure, and, unable to turn about and make his escape, was trapped and
starved to death. Its’ hoofbeats can still be heard on winter nights.

Hollywood actress Tori Spelling stayed at Old Burnside for five days in July of 2007 while filming the
movie “Housesitter” with her husband Dean McDermott. Spelling confirmed a rumour that the couple conceived their son during that time. Old Burnside was the setting for the movie “Housesitter”, 2007.

Construction History and Current Building:
Please note that I was not able to go inside this building at the time of research. Information is from
observations from the exterior (road) and from articles and photographs.
Construction: The main building is symmetrical in the Georgian style. It is three full stories high. It faces the river (northeast). It has additions on all sides but the front (see images) which match the house
in style and cladding. However, the limestone ashlar on the main building is coursed, while on the
additions it is irregular. On the northwest face, a main floor “flower room” has a sun porch above which
can be accessed from the second floor. The “day wing” on the southeast houses a library, music
room/study, and has a second floor. This was a more recent addition to the building. Older photographs
show no addition at all, and slightly more recent photos show only a single story addition.

A third addition projects from the back of the building. This was presumably the original log cabin that was then converted into a dairy.

It is clad in limestone as well. A large outbuilding on the property has garages and more living areas. A bridgecrosses the waterfall/stream directly to the northwest of the main building.

Walls: The walls are light brown limestone coursed ashlar. The limestone was quarried on site and is
used both outside and inside. A huge slab of rock is also used as a “stage” that leads southwest into the
sunken garden. The wood for the framing of the structure was also apparently sourced on site.
Chimneys: There are four end chimneys, two projecting from each flat end wall. Although these
chimneys appear to have been modified over time, they are in their original position. A fifth chimney
has been added more recently on the northwest corner. Other modern pipes and vent stacks are also
Doors: The front door is protected by a wood frame enclosed portico with a transom fanlight above the
doorway and a landing with a balustrade on top (see image: 02front portico). This portico was altered
as well; it was a two story portico at one time, with only the upper portion enclosed. At the rear of the
house, three sets of arched double french doors with 12 panes each lead out from the “day wing” onto a
sunken patio area.
Windows: At the front, the second and third story windows are double hung sashes with two over two
lights while the ground floor windows are four over four. These are evidently more modern
replacements of the original windows but they can be seen as they appear today in photos dating from
the 1920s. Older photos show three windows on the upper floor projecting from the roof with shed
styled dormers overhead. The outer two windows have now been converted into gabled dormers while
the central one has been framed with a gambrel shaped roof moulding above it and the wall has been
extended up to incorporate the window. Most of the windows have storm windows on the exterior. At
the back of the house a few original windows can be seen. They are 12 over 12 lights, double hung
windows. Some other multi-paned original (or copies of original) windows are also visible (see image:
05rear of building). Various other windows are present as well. A notably beautiful arched, multi-paned
window can be seen on the southeast side (see image: 04window of southeast wing). The shutters seen
in older photographs are no longer present.

Roof: There is a gambrel roof on the main building clad in teal coloured tin. The additions to the
southeast and southwest (rear) have hip roofs clad in the same teal tin. The main roofline has been
altered through the years. Older photos suggest that the current gambrel roof was created by raising the
central peak of the previously extremely shallow upper roof slopes.
Interior: Old Burnside has many original and beautiful features inside as well. Articles written to
describe the home as a bed and breakfast go into great detail about these elements. The main house has
four bedrooms and a sewing room on the third floor and four bedrooms on the second floor, three of
which have fireplaces and views over the “burn”. On the second floor, at the top of the staircase, is an
archway with a fanlight and sidelights leading to the rear of the house. A tiny staircase serves the kitchen area and a room that was reportedly Wylie’s office. The paneled dining room immediately to the right of the main doorway and hall, was the original kitchen and the old fireplace with its original iron crane still exists. This kitchen hearth, 18 feet of solid rock, is the base of an enormous chimney There is apparently a bake oven hiding behind the butternut paneling beside the fireplace.

Also read- CLICK

Cedarbrae — Winslow Sprague– Old Burnside

Recipes, Clippings and Ephemera — Old Burnside

Did you Know Old Burnside has a Ghostly Horse?

In the Flume of the Almonte Flour Mills Ltd

In the Flume of the Almonte Flour Mills Ltd

Swimming in Almonte

Boys who are good swimmers are having a great time these hot days in the flume of the Almonte Flour Mills Ltd. This is a great place for swimmers who can look after themselves because it is deep and clean and affords facilities for diving and jumping from the railway embankment. The flurne has been a popular place for swimmers over a long period of years. It is said in the old days some of the good divers used to climb up on the roofs of boxcars on a standing train and take headers into the river. They would have to be good to do that. Whether they are a nuisance to the proprietor of the plant is unknown but not likely they are as their howls of enjoyment will be drowned in the sound of the machinery.

Also read-Robert Bryson and Stuart Dunn — Canoeing Down the Timber Slide

My mothers name was Victoria Lee-Cavers,my grandparents were Everet & Pearl Lee they were the Janitor of the Post Office in Almonte.I am so glad to see the Superior Restaurant is still there. I go home every year to put flowers in Auld Kirk Cemetary .I miss the old days. Jumping off the bridge swimming in the Flume, Chip truck , the movie theatre. squashing pennies under the train wheels —

Jenn Mckay I knew the Flume to be the deeper water by the mill (the fancy one where people live now)

Jn Mck

Anna Nitschke, I thought so. Just saw the pic was of the bubble. Lol

Russ Thompson

The bubble was the shallow side the flume was the deeper area by the mill. What a great childhood fry and gravy at the soup or the old hotel a swim in the bubble a jump from the bridge to the flume then head to Peterson’s for ice cream. Life sure was better back then.

Russ Thompson

The river always smells when the water drops been doing it for as long as I can remember. I remember as a kid swimming at the bubble bath ( train tracks for those new to town, that’s when the town had tracks and trains) and there would be green slim on the rocks every summer when the water levels dropped. Eventually the sun would dry it out. 


Martha Sheldrake

It might be somewhere on ‘the island?’ Or maybe the lower river looking at the bottom of Bay Hill? It’s definitely a bridge – which might be the railway bridge, but I can’t remember any tall structure like that in the background in town.

Ken MacDonald

Maybe if the photographer was standing on the bridge by flour mill looking downstream with the island on the left and the dairy property on the right.

Along the left side of photo next to the edge might be a lamp post on the bridge. The power plant to the rear of the photographer on his left and flour mill to the rear right. Depending on the time frame maybe a smoke stack or chimney from one of the mills in the background.?????

If you drive across the bridge today and look down stream the new replacement bridge should be there!

Sean O’connor

Lana Lackey when you take the riverwalk path from old town hall parking lot heading down to when you get under the old railway bridge the chutes between the pillars where the small drop in river churns the water up that’s the bubble bath. The picture is just upstream of the bubble bath.

Bobby Gallant
I swam there and at the bubble bath and at the flume all my child hood and through my teens. Played a lot of a game call earth and also a game called tv shows at the Almonte beach
Phot othe millstone

Ron Finner

Spent many a day at the flume just swimming and enjoying being a kid !! 😎🤠

Laureen Horton-Robinson

As a girl we weren’t supposed to but I swam at the flume and the bubble bath as well. Loved it.

Darrin Bree

Lots of swimming at the bubble bath. Jump in behind the fire station and slid down to the bubble bath .then floated to the post office jump out and started over again

Robert Bryson and Stuart Dunn — Canoeing Down the Timber Slide

Young Girl Nearly Swept into Appleton Flume — Mahon

Murder or Accident — Bates & Innes Flume

Remembering the Old Log Timber Slide

Scum on the Water —- Carleton Place 1958

Scum on the Water —- Carleton Place 1958

Sept 1958

With the intense heat and the dirty hot water in the river it is probably a good thing that supervision at the bathing beach ceased some time ago, and that attendance at school will discourage children from swimming in that part of the river. An item in last week’s Carleton Place Canadian stated that there was a scum on the water there which made parents forbid their children to bathe in it. If the water is that way there it will be the same here. While the cause of polio is obscure there is a general belief “which may or may not have any foundation that it dan be induced by dirty water.

There may be nothing in this but certainly it is not healthy to swim in water that is lukewarm and smells of weeds and other vegetable matter. When the river level is high the fact that it is not too deep, at the bathing beach is an advantage but when it drops and there is a heat wave it makes swimming there less desirable. The river above the main bridge looks very dirty at presentwith weeds showing up and little “islands “which are submerged at high water level to be seen.

Most people would not care to eat fish out of the river now that the heat wave has lasted so long. It would be strange if they did not have worms and any who do go for them should skin them and cook them well. Even water in the lakes has become warm and the weeds are showing up everywhere. One thing this has done is make it less difficult for people who like summer resorts to break away from them and return to their homes.

Dan Williams

Seems to me that closing beaches on the Mississippi at times has been a thing as long as I can remember. Especially after a heavy rain. I’m 73 now and I spent every sunny summer day at the beach in CP when I was a kid. Still go for a dip now and again.

1963 Riverside Park — Stills from a 8 MM Movie Camera — Larry Clark

Riverside Park Comments Larry Clark ‘The Dip’

St. Mary’s and Riverside Park 1969

When Were Some of the Trees Planted in Riverside Park?

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

The size of a Minivan Sitting 30 Feet Offshore— The Big Rock of Carleton Place

Let’s Build Cabins at Riverside Park!

When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Tug of War 1970’s Riverside and Centennial Park Carleton Place

Just Beat It! Carnival Riot in Carleton Place at Riverside Park

Before and After at Centennial Park

So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?

It was the Boathouse that Went On and On….

The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.

Before Centennial Park there was.. 1900

Memories and Clippings of the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Memories and Clippings of the Old Farmer’s Almanac

photo Adin Daigle

“Twenty years ago, it wasn’t the law of the land, so to speak, in farming, but it was used in a big, bigway,” Rice said. “Farmers still scan it, but they don’t completely sink their teeth into that information. There are so many other sources of pretty doggone good factual information that’s on target.” Now, the National Weather Service has become the go-to place for weather forecasts. Because of this, the almanac’s audience has begun to change. Duncan said they are getting more urban people who are just curious about the publication.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 Feb 1910, Wed  •  Page 6

It’s the bread and butter of the friendly rivalry between the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Fanner’s Almanac, which for almost 200 years have been making long-term weather forecasts. And they’re pretty good at it, both claiming about 80 percent accuracy. This spring, for example, both publications predict warmer temperature with around normal rainfall through June.

The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
03 Jun 1905, Sat  •  Page 11

The Weekly Advance
Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
11 Jan 1917, Thu  •  Page 2

Old Wives Tales of Death — Our Haunted Heritage

A Bird Weighing How Much was Found Near Barry’s Bay?

Importing Vampires into Wilno

Alexander Belleville had Eight Wives……

Jealous Wives and Fake it Until You Make it!

Lightening — You Don’t Mess with Mother Nature — Or So They Told Me

Should I Stay or Should I Go?–A Tall Lanark County Tale about Wives, Cattle and Tomfoolery

The Old House on Munro Line –Yuill Family History

The Old House on Munro Line –Yuill Family History

Thanks to Shelly Marriner for all these lovely memories.

We had a wonderful time yesterday with Aunt Dorothy❤ We visited the old house on Munro Line off the Tatlock Rd that was built in 1850. This is where our Great Great Grandfather built their first home on the 100 acres that was granted to them. ( They were the very first people to be granted land in that area).

On the same property, is the newer house that Aunt Dorothy’s Uncle Huey built (Grandpa Munro’s brother). Grandma Yuill moved back with her parents to this house just before her youngest brother Uncle Wilbert was born. Aunt Dorothy was also born in this house and she lived there until she was nine months old.

She then moved to the house on the Darling road with Grandma and Grandpa Yuill. Grandma Yuill had Aunt Eileen,Aunt Alma, and Aunt Blanche (they were all born at home) and they lived there until they moved to the house on Old Perth Road. My mom was the only one born in the hospital in 1945. ( I hope I have gotten this all straight 😀) Aunt Dorothy said to us while we were there ” This is a nice old place, and I don’t know, if it is because I was born here, but I have an attraction to this place. 💕💕 So happy to have had the opportunity to learn more about our family.

Cora Yuill’s Last Poem –The House That Had its Day

Conversations with Agatha Yuill –The Buchanan Scrapbook

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
The Hart Children of Lanark — Laurie Yuill

Notes on Alexander and Joseph Yuill
Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter
Middleville Photos — Laurie Yuill

Turning Back to the Clock Agnes “Aggie” Yuill– The Buchanan Scrapbook

Archie Yuill –The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Hodgins Bros. Ltd Thoburn Mill 1950s

Hodgins Bros. Ltd Thoburn Mill 1950s

September 1958

Hodgins Bros. Ltd., manufacturers of heating equipment and other similar accessories, began operations in their plant here on Monday. They purchased the for­mer Thoburn Woollen Mills building some months ago with the intention of removing certain of their activities from Ottawa where they have been established for years.

One of the brothers, William, was in town for the last few days and he stated that the Company did not expect to employ more than six or seven men for the balance of the year. For a start they are manufacturing tanks, here, mostly for oil and as will be seen from an advertisement elsewhere in this issue of the paper are looking for another electric arc welder.

For the last few months the Company has had one Almonte man on the payroll training him for the job and he will draw his first pay here, tomorrow. It is the intention of the Company to train men for their technical work which is quite particular, as everyone knows, in the case of heating apparatus.

To people walking along Little Bridge Street these last few days it was pleasant to , hear the sound of work going on again in the long idle plant. It was also cheerful to see the windows lighted again and the lurid reflection of the welding machines for several hours in the evening.

Also read-The Sad Saga of The Almonte Furniture Factory


More Tales from the Thoburn Mill

Is Samuel Shaard Lying in the “Cement” of the Thoburn Mill?

Tears From the Old Gears of the Mills

Bits and Pieces of William Thoburn and the House on Union Street

Time for the Harvest Excursion!!!!

Time for the Harvest Excursion!!!!

Thanks to Stuart McIntosh–Although this pic is from the 1939 grain harvest in Saskatchewan, it includes the 2 gentlemen on the left from the Almonte area: Bill McIntosh and Fred Dunlop.

Bill was working for the Steele family of Ramsay twsp. when he left with Fred on the excursion. One of Bill’s sayings to those he drove for was: “If I’m driving ‘em, I’m feeding ‘em. Apparently he felt some farmers didn’t feed enough oats to a working horse.

A number of our Middleville community left, or are going West to the 1956 harvest fields in the prairie provinces, Manitoba and Alberta, namely: Lyall Mather, Harry and Frank Mitchell, Ian Drew, Charles McKay, David Lawson, Lome Somerville and Alden Affleck. Sept 1958

Howard Stoner of Cayuga, Ont., worked for about $2.50 per day in Manitoba in 1908; Bob Yates was happy at $4, while others claimed it was possible to earn as much as $6 or $7 for a day’s work in the mid-1920s.

A large contingent from this section left on the harvest excursion. While one of the trains was at the station here several of the young men on the train indulged in filthy remarks to the people on the platform and Chief Lowry spoke to one of them about his language. The young man went into the train and just as it was starting secured a dish of water and dashed it in the chief’s face through the car window. The chief boarded the train and securing his man, had the train stopped and took him off. He was brought before the magistrate and soaked $7 for his fun and departed on a late train, a sadder, but wiser man.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Sep 1906, Mon • Page 10

Harvest Home women.. Black and white postcard of women in field in Elgin, Ontario around 1905.

. Photos from Aggie Yuill’s photo album.. 

For almost 40 years, harvest excursions were organized in Eastern Canada to assist prairie farmers with the grain harvest. Thousands of men and women were recruited, no experience necessary, and transported out west to work in the fields, to ensure that Canada maintained its reputation as the breadbasket of the world. The excursions were a huge undertaking and were absolutely critical for a successful harvest.First conceived by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1890, the annual harvest excursion quickly became a popular tradition, a tradition that contributed in no small way to the significance of the wheat economy to the western prairies and to the country at large. Harvest of the wheat crop was essential to Canada’s food supply, to consumers at home and abroad, and especially to individual farmers and their families.

The harvest excursions were immensely popular, and by any measure, the numbers were impressive. During the 1890s, excursionists rarely exceeded more than a few thousand each year, but after 1900 and through the middle years of World War I, harvesters headed west in the thousands, over 30,000 in 1911 alone. In 1917, with most able-bodied men in uniform or in the munitions industry, the CPR doubled its efforts with an urgent appeal to the patriotic spirit and succeeded in attracting more than 40,000 men and women harvesters.

Postwar excursions were no less popular. From 1920 through 1928, it is estimated that the number of harvesters averaged close to 39,000 per year with peak numbers of 50,450 in 1923 and 52,225 in 1928. In 1929, the wheat market collapsed and with the onset of the economic depression, the harvest excursion had reached the end of the line.

The annual harvest excursion was important to the CPR for two major reasons: One, it was critical for the prairies, the country at large and the company that the grain harvest be completed in a timely fashion. Two, the company held vast tracts of land on the Prairies and the excursions were an excellent means to advertise the West since every excursionist was a potential settler. In addition, since the CPR was the only transcontinental railway in the country until after the turn of the century, it was the only means of transportation for people and products to move from west to east to west.

Jul 28, 1891: the first annual Harvest Excursion train departs Toronto, carrying temporary workers to help western grain farmers. These trains ran for three decades and were a lucrative source of income for farm labourers and students looking for summer employment.

And history hasn’t taken too much notice of them. No records have been kept by either of the big railways and newspaper files yield a prosaic and fragmentary story. When the excursions were running they were too commonplace to be news.

But tens of thousands of men who went on them still have nostalgic memories—jampacked colonist cars filled with farmers, schoolboys, lumberjacks, factory hands, roustabouts, adventurers; the smell of “Catholic hay,” as French-Canadian home-cured tobacco was called and the smell of sweat and socks; the subdued strains of Seeing Nellie Home on a mouth organ from the other end of the car at night; the talk—cheerful, mendacious, foul, enlightening, but seldom boring; the friendships quickly formed and later bonded with the common experience of aching muscles, alkali sickness, violent bunkhouse East vs. West debates, hard work, sound sleep and (generally) good plentiful food.

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