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I Found My Thrill on Hall’s Hill

I Found My Thrill on Hall’s Hill

The Lanark Era –24 Nov 1915

The exhilarating pastime of bicycling down Hall’s Hill is one that appeals to the youngster looking for thrills. The momentum that a bicycle gains excites the rider, but the bump end, the whack that greets the poor pedestrian toiling upwards end onwards are not the things one expects in Lanark.

There ia a law which says you can’t run down yonr neighbour indiscriminately, and if this law is to be disregarded the Chief will play his part. Complaints are frequent and the public is long-suffering, but a peaceful citizen can’t be expected to restrain his temper if bicyle riders are allowed to behave like Huns.

Hall’s Hill is not a roller boller boaster by any means. If any person thinks it is, let him keep on thinking so and he will land at the end of his wild career with a charge against him that will take a lot of explaining. Our advice is to forsake the cement sidewalk and pedal to more congenial stretches where the going is good and pedestrians venture not.

So where was Hall’s Hill?

Robert Milotte

Halls Hill is the hill on Main Street right at the dog groomers the old Dairy Bar.  It was named after a gentleman named James Hall he was one of the first wave of settlers in the village from Scotland and had a big hand in erecting the first school in the area.

Susan M. Storie

 The dairy bar house was built by John McLean postmaster in the late 1800’s. My grandmother was adopted by Mr. McLean and then when she married, she and my Grandfather, Wallace Storie lived in the house, where they raised their nine children. They eventually sold it.

Susan M. StorieRobert Milotte so it is Hall’s Hill…. thank you so much for sharing this information. đŸ™‚ How is this not more known… I wonder…

Susan M. Storie I’m not sure Perhaps this information got lost as part of the history of the village because it was named for one of the original settlers in the 1820’s

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
12 Jul 1905, Wed  •  Page 4

Isobel Foster– Fiddler’s Hill –Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Stories From Fiddler’s Hill

Fiddler’s Hill— Where the Green Grass Doesn’t Grow in Lanark

Did You know they Wanted to Cut the Bay Hill Down? And Other Stories

The Egg House on the Hill — The Duncans

No Memories of Boot Hill — Comments

The Church On the Hill in the Middle of Hood

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

Chatter with Gerry Townend 2001 — Rev. Bruce Dawson and Mike Montreuil


Ray Paquette

When I was growing up on Rochester Street, Herb and Dot Townend and their two boys lived beside me and were good friends of my family. I recall the night that Gerry was injured while working in one of the town woollen mills, Bates and Innes I believe, during the evening shift. Gerry later joined the army and had an excellent career in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, attaining the rank of Master Warrant Officer. His eldest son Guy attended RMC and followed his father in the Signal Corps.

I also remember Reverend Dawson and his wife, who was at Stonebridge Manor at the same time as my mother.

Long-time sports columnist died Christmas Day

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian GazetteWednesday, January 4, 2012

A Carleton Place man who was well-known in the town simply as “Chatter” died on Christmas Day.

Gerry Townend, who penned a sports column for the Carleton Place Canadian community newspaper for nearly 30 years, passed away peacefully at Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital after being in declining health for some time. CLICK

Related reading

Chatter with Gerry Townend — Fred Trafford 1983

Documenting Maryann Morley — Extraordinary Hockey Mom

Running the Toll Gate on Scotch Line– Mary Scott Reynolds — The Buchanan Scrapbook

Running the Toll Gate on Scotch Line– Mary Scott Reynolds — The Buchanan Scrapbook
The Old Toll Gate – Heritage Place Museum

Stock photo

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

With files from Mary Ann Chabot

My grandmother was born Mary Scott, daughter of William Scott Sr. of Fallbrook,Ontario. She married my grandfather Richard Reynolds who was a lumberman. They both emigrated to Michigan in the early 1800s and a few years later they returned to Ontario in May of 1889.

The family settled near St. George’s Lake ( Oso Township) and my grandfather went to work at Allan’s Mills near Glen Tay. ( read- Allan’s Mills— Lanark County Ghost Town) Saturday was part of the work week in those days and it was very hard to spend time with family and he tried to find something closer. The new mill at Glen Tay opened up and it was busy which made housing very scare. However, they found a home that no one wanted– a haunted one. Rumour was in the area that this particular house was ‘badly haunted” but her grandparents decided to rent it, haunted or not. They lived in that house until 1883 when they moved to the toll house on Scotch Line.

When I moved to Glen Tay with my husband and family in 1961, my mother, Elizabeth Jones, with the help or Mr. Guy Leonard was able to show me almost exactly where the toll house once stood. It was on the west side of the straight stretch of the road just before the Y where the Scotch Line separates from the paved road. The road past Dr. Allan’s farm was referred to by my mother and Mr. Leonard as Kingston Hill. The toll house had been a light coloured, two storey frame building sitting very close to the road with a twin stile between the house and the gate. The gate itself was a wooden one with a box of stones on the back end to make it easier to operate.

The gate was to be closed as much as possible on the weekdays and when closed must be attended. It was left open for funerals or when there was no one around to attend it. The toll was 5 cents for a single horse vehicle, ten cents for a team and walking was free through the turnstile.

The first 7 dollars collected monthly went to the local council and anything over that was my grandmother’s wages beside the rent-free house. If the gate was closed at night, a lantern was lit, and placed on the gate post. This was left to my grandmother whether she wanted to stay up and tend to the gate. One story was told how a gypsy caravan paid their toll at night and went quickly up the Kingston Hill with a stolen neighbour boy. In short time riders from all points rescued the boy from the gypsies.

A travelling medicine road show came through the gates once and they told her to tell everyone about the show that was going to be right near Mr. Kelford’s home. Many people came to see the show and hear the music. However, the main event was a trained bear and that very evening he became angry and killed his trainer on the spot. The women and children ran from the place and someone shot the bear. The body was loaded into a wagon and they buried the man and the bear side by side in the grove of trees across from the road from the turn off.

There were weddings and loads of young people going to the dances in Stanleyville going through the gate. Some would tell my grandmother they would pay her on the way back knowing full well she would be in bed by the time they came back. But sometimes she would stay up and wait for them if there had been a good bunch going. She also told of an Irishman who kept a general store in Stanleyville but drew his wares from Perth. She recalled that most times he was the worse for wear on his trip after frequenting the drinking establishments in Perth. One trip made at Christmas that year a case of hard candy was spilled and a path of bright candy lay on the snow. My mother remembers picking them up and having the most candy of her young life.

Sometime in the mid to late 1890s my grandparents sold the toll gate and settled in the village of Crows Lake. As my grandmother grew near to the end of her life she would cry out sometimes and call in a clear voice you could hear her say,

“Open the gate Mrs. Reynolds!” and we would know that in her dear confused mind she was once again the keeper of the toll gate on the Scotch Line.

Editor’s Note- It has been reported that there was a second toll gate on the Scotch Line just past Rogers Road.

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..


In the mid-1850s the Scotch Line Road Company established a toll-road from Perth
westward along eight miles (12.9 Km) of Bathurst Concession-1, the town line between the
Townships of Bathurst and North Burgess. The Scotch Line toll-road later came under the sole
proprietorship of Brockville businessman John Wardrope (1816-1893) click here

The Tay Valley township comprises the communities of Althorpe, Bathurst Station, Bells Corners, Bolingbroke, Bolingbroke Siding, Brooke, Christie Lake, DeWitts Corners, Elliot, Fallbrook, Feldspar, Glen Tay, Harper, Maberly, Playfairville, Pratt Corners, Scotch Line, Stanleyville and Wemyss.

Originally settled in 1816. Stanleyville is now a quiet little Hamlet with a small number of homes, farming and a big church.

Was there a Hazelton’s Furniture Ware House in Stanleyville?

The photo below of a Hazelton Furniture store, provided by a local contributor, is thought to have a Stanleyville connection, according to the caption. Specifically, the caption reads:

“My great-aunt Evelyn Dooher (1888-1974) wrote on the envelope containing this tintype photograph: “Hazelton’s Furniture ware room Canada about 1870”. Mother always kept this. I think they were cousins as she had pictures of the Hazelton girls.” Evelyn’s mother was Mary Ann (McParland) Dooher (1861-1939), who was born and raised in Stanleyville, near Perth, Ontario. If this photo was taken in Stanleyville, I wonder if the church to the right rear of the store could be St. Bridget’s.” —From the Perth & District Historical Society

well that is wrong –Karen Prytula said-

Hi Linda

I answered the question about the Hazelton furniture store a few years ago. It is in Newboro, not Stanleyville. See caption below the pic. It is right beside the church as you can see the church in the background on the right. I came across this information when I was doing some paid research for a McCann family in Ireland. [image: image.png]

Bye for now Karen Prytula

Church of St. Brigid Stanleyville

Circumscription: Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kingston

Type: Roman-Rite Church Church

Rite: Roman (Latin)

History: 1889

Population: 160

Location: 87P5RM5R+92 Google Maps

Address: 869 Stanley Road, Stanleyville, ONTARIO

Country: Canada 


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For Whom the Toll Gates Tolled– Revised

Armstrong’s Corners: Cross Roads of History

The Toll Gates of Lanark County on Roads that Were Not Fit for Corpses

Allan’s Mills— Lanark County Ghost Town

Lanark County’s Toll-Roads

Name:Mary Reynolds
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1861
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Bathurst, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Wife
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s Name:Richard Reynolds
Father’s Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Birth Place:Ontario
Division Number:1
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipRichard Reynolds33HeadMary Reynolds30WifeWilliam Reynolds13SonSophia Reynolds9DaughterEdward Reynolds4SonElizabeth Reynolds2Daughter
Name:Mary Reynolds
Racial or Tribal Origin:Irish
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1861
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1 Jun 1921
House Number:130
Residence Street or Township:Oso
Residence City, Town or Village:Township of Oso
Residence District:Frontenac
Residence Province or Territory:Ontario
Residence Country:Canada
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Spouse’s Name:Richard Reynolds
Father Birth Place:Ontario
Mother Birth Place:Ontario
Can Speak English?:Yes
Can Speak French?:No
Religion:Church of England
Can Read?:Yes
Can Write?:Yes
Enumeration District:8
Sub-District Number:7
Enumerator:J Wesley Thomlison
District Description:Comprising the whole township of Oso. Sharbot Lake, Oso station, Clarendon, Crow Lake
Neighbours:View others on page
Line Number:23
Family Number:141
Household MembersAgeRelationshipRichard Reynolds63HeadMary Reynolds60WifeLloyd Reynolds22SonHarold Reynolds19SonEber Reynolds16Son

June Dalgity 1999 Almonte Gazette Clippings and Comments

June Dalgity 1999 Almonte Gazette Clippings and Comments

Theresa Fritz 😦
December 10, 2020  Âˇ 

I found this gem today and thought it was a good one for TBT. This is the Almonte Gazette staff in the mid 1990s – from left Gena
Gibson, me, Debora Dekok, June Dalgity, Kerrine Lyons and Jeff Maguire. I believe this was the staff photo for our Christmas supplement. Good times!

When you talk about the Almonte Gazette that once rolled out every week, chances are the name of Joan Dalgity might come up. One would say she was the chief cook and bottle washer that kept that paper going as she was known to be the editor, reporter, photographer and sometimes even the advertising manager. For 18 years she worked there and finally in 1999 she decided to retire.

Would she miss dealing and chatting with the local merchants and figuring out who was who in the photos that rolled on to her desk nameless? As an avid curler and golfer she had no issues handing over her position over to Marjory McBride as advertising manager. McBride was no novice having built up the Arnprior paper’s weekend edition and also did advertising for the Carleton Place Canadian for a year.

One time editor Joe Banks gave June her initial job at the Gazette as he knew she would be great even though she didn’t think so. One incident that stuck out in her mind was when a summer storm drove the paper’s staff down to the basement under the Gazette’s office. One could imagine that the terrors that old basement might have held was far more scary than the tornado that was supposed to be rolling through.

June Dalgity retired December 17, 1999 and sadly passed away in 2005

With files from Debora Dekok 1999

-This photograph around 1912 features Arhtur and Catherine Weatherdon and their daughter Agnes. Agnes was known to Almonte residents as Agnes Brown, mother of local residents June Dalgity and Art Brown- MIssissippi Mills fire chief. Photo thanks to Lucy Connelly Poaps scrapbook

John Dalgity

July 14, 2018  Âˇ My grandfather Gerald Brown’s parents… a few genes passed down there too

John Dalgity photo of his mum June

Corey LoganThere wasn’t a sole in Almonte who didn’t know her and didn’t love her! Amazing how one woman could be loved that much- pretty incredible.-You were definitely blessed with an amazing mom. She sets the bar pretty high

Mariel VaughanYour mom was such a nice person and had a great laugh! Maria has great memories of hanging out with “Nora and June” when she visited Almonte. She is missed by many.

Karen BiscegliaLoved knowing her and working my very first job with her!!! Beautiful person…lots of laughs at the “Supe”!

Jane YoungAs soon as this picture appeared on my screen I smiled…..June was so special.

Donna Vaughan-Telford
September 15, 2015  Âˇ 

Almonte Curling Club
November 2, 2018  Âˇ 
The June Dalgity Icebreaker bonspiel is the first bonspiel of the new curling season where we gather members from our various leagues to come together for a day long bonspiel to curl, eat, laugh and just have a good ole time, just as June would have it!
After the day’s event of this total points spiel, the grand winner for the second year in a row was the team of Cecil DuBois, Brent LePage and Denny Jones. Presenting the trophy are members of Junes family, Alison, Christine and John.
Thank You to everyone who curled and volunteered in this it was a fantastic day, and hope to see everyone back again in 2019.
1999 the Almonte Gazette

Rosalyn StevensTheresa Fritz I think I was a Gazette co-op student around then! Feels like a lifetime ago

Here a super old pic of the old Almonte Gazette team .. my grandfather ran the print machine and put each letter one by one to be printed he is in the front row centre his name is Doug Lorimer just thought maybe it would be a nice share and to maybe see if anyone recognizes some of the other people to the tales of Almonte page Photo from Alicat Dixon
Thanks so much!

Carleton Place Names 1899 — It’s A Good Spicy Newspaper!

Carleton Place Names 1899 — It’s A Good Spicy Newspaper!
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Dec 1899, Sat  •  Page 9

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Dec 1899, Wed  •  Page 2

If you notice that in the first newspaper clipping Dr. Winters said ‘it was a good spicy newspaper’ Who was he? Read Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

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Henry Clement Cured of Rheumatism

Henry Clement Cured of Rheumatism

Dr. Thomas Eclectric Oil was a pain relief remedy and general cure-all created by S. N. Thomas in the 1860’s which was sold until the early 20th century. The newer looking brown bottle in our photo was actually bought at a convenience store in the neighbourhood of our store in 2015 and has been added in to our personal collection of vintage oddities.

Sold in Canada by Northrop & Lyman of Toronto and in the United States by Foster-Milburn of Buffalo, N.Y., 

Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil was a widely used pain relief remedy which was sold in Canada and the United States as a patent medicine from the 1850s into the early twentieth century. Like many patent medicines, it was advertised as a unique cure-all, but mostly contained common ingredients such as turpentine and camphor oil.


he Daily Union-Leader
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
08 Feb 1881, Tue  •  Page 4

St. Joseph Gazette-Herald
St. Joseph, Missouri
19 Jun 1880, Sat  •  Page 4
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Minor burns. insect bites, stings, chapped hands, muscular pains, minor rheumatic pains, neuralgia, backache, aching joints, bruises and sprains. Coughs due to colds, bronchitis, false croup and simple sore throat.

Dr. S.N. Thomas Eclectric Oil
This bottle is worthless!

Experienced collectors recognize this bottle as Canada’s most common antique patent medicine. It was mass produced. Read more here CLICK

Constipation Guaranteed to be Cured in Almonte

Mrs. Chatterton, Prostitutes, and Things You Maybe Don’t Want to Hear

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Sep 1917, Wed  â€˘  Page 14
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 May 1977, Tue  â€˘  Page 44

11616-1905 William CLEMENT, 26, carpenter, Almonte, same, s/o Henry CLEMENT & Catherine ROGER (Rogar?), married Elizabeth GRIFFIN, 28, Almonte, same, d/o Thomas GRIFFIN & Catherine MEANERY, witn: Francis CLEMENT & Victoria LETANG, both of Almonte, 23 Aug 1905 at St. Marys Church, Almonte

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A Beckwith Poem — Beckwith in the Bushes — J.W.S. Lowry 1918

A Beckwith Poem — Beckwith in the Bushes — J.W.S. Lowry 1918


One sentence is missing from the top but this is all that is left so had to document it. from the McRae scrapbook.


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