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From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series Part 7 — The Mica Mine

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From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series Part 7 — The Mica Mine

 

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Did you know…
John Mahon was the owner of a mica mine in the early 1900’s. Located just north of Murphy’s Point Park it was along the cross-country ski trail and called the Mahon Occurrence. Originally producing phosphate John took over in 1908 mining mica. According to government records nearly $4000 worth of mica was removed in just a few months. In today’s dollars that is the equivalent of $89,000. Give or take a penny or two.
The exact location will be on the self-driving tour map distributed during the Family Reunion.
On a personal note, I remember mum talking about family rowing across Rideau Lake to work the mine. I wonder if they sang “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go” during the crossing. —

Dublin to Drummond 200th Mahon Family Reunion

 

 

 

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The merry men of the Mahon Mine Occurrence. I believe John Mahon is the fellow on the far left. Other faces look familiar but if anyone can provide names please do so. —

Dublin to Drummond 200th Mahon Family Reunion

Jo-Ann Rogers My Grampa, Joe Mahon used to bring me to the mica mine. I was fascinated with the ability to peel off the layers. Grampa was so proud of the mine and the family history that belonged with the mine!

 

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Mahon Mine

Location: Lot 10, concession V, North Burgess township,

Lanark county.

Minerals

Present:

Development

Geology:

Apatite, phlogopite, pyroxene, calcite.

An old phosphate producer the mine produced

mica in 1908 under the direction of J. Mahon of

Rideau Ferry and continued intermittently until

  1. The mica workings lie a few hundred feet

southwest of the old phosphate pits, on a small

gully which has been worn out by water along a line

of pockets in dark green pyroxenite. A shaft

was sunk to a depth of 30 feet.

The mica occurs in pink calcite bodies in

fissures and pods in green metamorphic

pyroxenite. The mica is of good quality, but

small in size, the average being 2 by 3 inches.

The lead strikes N75OE.

Reference: de Schmid (1912, p. 166)

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This property belongs to Mr. J. Mahon, of Rideau Ferry, and 

lies about a fourth of a mile to the west of Mr. Smith’s mine on lot 9. 

Formerly an old phosphate producer, the mine lay idle until 1908, when the 

present owner commenced work with three men, and has continued inter- 

mittently up to the present time. The present workings lie a few hundred 

feet southwest of the old phosphate pits, on a small gully which has been 

worn out by water along a line of pockets in a dark green pyroxenite. These 

pockets or chimneys connect horizontally by narrow fissures and are filled 

out with large bodies of pink calcite in which the mica crystals are dis- 

seminated. The latter are of fine quality, dark mottled-amber in colour, 

and of rather small size, the average being 2″ X 3″. A depth of some 

30 feet has been reached in a small shaft sunk on the largest of the pockets, 

and several smaller openings have been made along the line of lead. The 

direction of the chain of pockets is W. 15° S.,and indications tend to show the 

existence of similar cavities to a considerable depth. The fact that water 

never accumulates in the workings, but sinks away at once, is a very favour- 

able sign. A little phosphate accompanies the mica. The present operator 

lias taken out mica to the value of $4,000 in the space of a few months, and 

there is little doubt that the mine would repay more extensive development.
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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Oct 1899, Tue  •  Page 2

More tomorrow

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Stay tuned for more as:

All are welcome, all are welcome,

All are welcome in this place.

 

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 1

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 2

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 3

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 4 — The Family Photograph!!!!

 

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 6– Do you Know These Unknown Folks?

From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 1

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From Dublin to Drummond- Mahon Family Reunion — The Series –Part 1

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The Welcoming Committee

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About a year ago Cheryl Moss asked me if I would attend the Mahon Family Reunion in Perth. Seeing my family consists of just a right hand of folks, I was quite excited to attend this function and document one of Perth’s noted families for posterity.

They call our language the mother tongue because the father seldom gets to speak– so welcome to the Mahon Family Reunion series of blogs from a mother related to no one in this family line. There is no way I could do just one.

I write and document history for my WordPress site and the following Facebook pages: Lanark County Genealogical Society, Tales of Carleton Place and the Tales of Almonte. I don’t write about the politicians and the once leaders of the towns, I write about the community, the little people that made our towns and villages prosper.

Time spent with family– even family you barely know is worth every second. It doesn’t matter what story you are telling today you are telling the story of one family- the Mahon family. Enjoy the little conversations you had with everyone because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your family on Saturday. I will never ever forget it. Ever!

Family Basics — The Name

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Wanda (Mahon) Mara and Paul Gordon talk about the Mahon Family History, its significance in the area, and a special family reunion that is coming up soon. You can listen to the radio interview here on Lake 88 to buck up on your Mahon history.

Now when I first saw the last name I  pronounced it MAYHAWN.  Apparently, when some of the Mahon family moved to Toronto  folks changed it and pronounced it MAHAWN. But there are several forms of saying it, and you had better not mess with any of them- trust me. 🙂

James and Ellen Mahon and their eight children boarded the Ajax ship that sailed out of Dublin, Ireland in May 1819.  Just about 44 days later the Ajax under the sail of Captain George Watson arrived in Canada on July 7, 1819. The Mahons’ were among 248 settlers on the Ajax destined to make Canada their new home.

 

The Voyage

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Historian Ron Shaw

Historian Ron Shaw was at the Mahon Family Reunion explaining all about early Perth history and what the early Mahon family would have experienced. The elder Mahon was a mason in Ireland and he would have had to make a total of 22 shillings to bring his family of five to Canada. Since he made 2 shillings a day and had to spend some money for food and rent etc, you can easily access how long it took for him to gather the money needed. Plus everyone had to bring food to survive

 

 

Immigrating to Canada in the late 1800s or 1900s? Even though the average cost of a ticket was only $25, larger ships could hold from 1,500 to 2,000 immigrants, netting a profit of $45,000 to $60,000 for a single, one-way voyage. The cost to feed a single immigrant was only about 60 cents a day!

After you left the boat and immigration you had a landing card pinned on your clothes and then moved to the Money Exchange. Here six cashiers exchanged gold, silver and paper money, from countries all over Europe, for American or Canadian dollars, based on the day’s official rates, which were posted on a blackboard. For immigrants  the next stop was the railroad ticket office, where a dozen agents collectively sold as many as 25 tickets per minute on the busiest days.

All that remained was to make arrangements for their trunks, which were stored in the Baggage Room, to be sent on to their final destinations.  At times, corrupt currency exchange officials shortchanged immigrants, concession operators served meals without utensils, and others operated schemes to deprive the newly landed immigrant of their money. Other examples included a clerk failing to deliver money orders to immigrants, resulting in their deportation, and baggage handlers charging twice the going rate. Railroad ticket agents were not immune and often routed immigrants, not by the most direct route to their destination, but by one that required a layover. Some were forced to buy a fifty-cent or dollar bag of food from the restaurant concession for their train trip.

 

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Stay tuned for more as:

All are welcome, all are welcome,

All are welcome in this place.

 

 

 

 

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The Originals

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Thank you very much to Wanda for sharing this wonderful family moment.

 

Here we have a stunning family photograph of John and Bridget (Loughney) Mahon and their seven children; Edward, Mary, Evelyn, Leo, Joseph, Thomas and Earl. The photograph was probably taken in the 1910’s. This John was a grandson of James and Ellen (Troy) Mahon also known as the Originals.

In 1819 James Mahon, his wife Ellen Troy and their eight children left County Offaly and sailed from Dublin, Ireland across the Atlantic Ocean to their new home in Canada.

The voyage lasted 45 days under the guidance of Captain George Watson and his ship Ajax.

They eventually arrived in Drummond Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada where they received a land grant of 100 acres after completing their settlement duties to the Crown.

James and Ellen raised their family of four daughters and four sons a few miles from the town of Perth.

Over the years the children moved north into Renfrew County when it opened; south to Leeds County and New York state as well as south-west Ontario.

The second generation migrated north across Ontario and Quebec; into western Canada and into the U.S. mainly Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and the Dakota’s.

In honour of the 200 years since their arrival, Mahons from across Canada, the United States and points beyond will gather to celebrate our kinship.

 

 

 

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Stories of Immigration

Lanark County 101 — It Began with Rocks, Trees, and Swamps

Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1

It Wasn’t the Sloop John B — Do’s and Don’t in an Immigrant Ship -Part 2

Riders on the Storm– Journey to Lanark County — Part 3

ROCKIN’ Cholera On the Trek to the New World — Part 4

Rolling down the Rapids –Journey to Lanark Part 5