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So What Happened to Gertie Nixon? Tragedy at Idylwyld Park

So What Happened to Gertie Nixon? Tragedy at Idylwyld Park

In the July 13th issue of the Carleton Place and Almonte papers the folks of 1900 were besot with what was going to happen to Gertie Nixon. Gertie did not live around these parts but lived in Orangeville, Ontario. People followed her story as she was on death’s door for days.

Ottaway Hunter, whose name was Herman Ottawa Hunter and not Ottaway loved Gertie Nelson like not other. Ottawa was 17 at the time but had fallen in love with young Gertie who had barely turned 15. For two years, even though they came from different areas he pursued her relentlessly.

By the time of the shooting, Gertie was 17 and had moved to Toronto, and Ottawa the infatuated followed her. She had found work as a dressmaker and they had returned separately to Orangeville the day before the Dominion Day festivities.

On Dominion Day in 1900 he went for the gold at Idylwyld Park in Orangeville, Ontario and demanded her love in return. Gertie wasn’t having of the sort and so when he said he was going to shoot her, she told him to go ahead., so he did, in the back, and then shot himself. The young stalker shot himself immediately and Gertie… well read at the bottom what happened to her.


.The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Jul 1900, Wed  •  Page 3

The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
13 Jul 1900, Fri  •  Page 5
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Jul 1900, Sat  •  Page 9
The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
20 Jul 1900, Fri  •  Page 5

No matter what the media said the paralysis never left Gertie and she needed a wheelchair. But where had she gone? Had she ever given her heart to another after all that? Betty Franklin, a volunteer researcher at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives who is familiar with the story, discovered an obituary. Gertie passed away in Toronto on July 28, 1948. She was 65. She had continued in her career as a dressmaker, used a wheelchair all her life, and never married. Do you blame her?

Name:Herman Detawa Hunter
[Herman Ottawa Hunter
Birth Date:abt 1881
Birth Place:East Gerafreld
Death Date:1 July 1900
Death Place:Dufferin, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Suicide

1891 Census

Name:Hermon Hunter
Marital status:Single
Birth Year:abt 1882
Birth Place:East Garafraxa Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Caledon, Cardwell, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Son
Religion:Free Church
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Father’s Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Name:Elizabeth Hunter
Mother’s Birth Place:Ontario

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