A young girl named Kate Lang (Ann Katherine Lang), employed at the Commercial House in Almonte, caused a sensation on Monday morning by taking a large dose of creosote, with the intention of putting an end to her existence.
Medical aid was immediately procured and, though she strenuously resisted, she received such treatment as gave her relief and saved her life. She is now likely to recover. It seems she had been drinking on Saturday and Sunday, and when the effects of the liquor began to wear away she was seized with desire to cut short her life. It is said this is the second attempt she has made in that direction. August 1894
1898, Friday August 26, The Almonte Gazette, page 4
In Ottawa, August 23rd, Margaret Alvina Lang, daughter of Mrs John Lang, of Ramsay, aged 29 years.
1898, Friday August 26, The Almonte Gazette, page 8
Miss Lang’s Sudden Death
Residents of this neighbourhood were shocked on Tuesday afternoon to learn of the death, in St Luke’s Hospital, Ottawa, that day, of Margaret Alvina Lang, daughter of Mrs John Lang, Ramsay – familiarly known as “Vinie.” Deceased , who was 29 years old, was a pleasant-faced and pleasant-mannered lady, clever and popular, and the sudden ending of so useful a life has evoked the warmest expressions of sympathy with the doubly bereaved family, who have found of late years that misfortunes have come upon them in battalions.
Miss Lang had been ill for some time, and latterly her trouble was diagnosed as an internal tumour. Two weeks ago she went to the hospital to have an operation performed for the removal of the tumour. Her brother, Dr Albert Lang, was with her last Monday – the day selected for the operation. The physicians made an incision to carry out their plans, when it was discovered that her trouble was cancer, and of such a nature that it was sure to end her life in a short time. The doctors decided that a further operation was unnecessary.
Miss Lang was made comfortable, and was progressing quite favourably until Tuesday forenoon, when she began to sink. That afternoon the relatives here received a message that she was sinking rapidly, followed by another fifteen minutes later announcing her death.
The body was brought home by Wednesday’s Soo train, and the funeral took place this (Thursday) afternoon, to the eighth line cemetery, a very large number turning out to testify their respect for the deceased and to mark their sympathy with the sorrowing mother and her family, Rev R.J. Hutcheon, M.A., of whose congregation deceased was a member, officiated. Miss Lang was a member of Atthewell Lodge No 29, Daughters of Rebekah, Almonte, and the members of that order attended the funeral in abody and conducted their impressive burial service.
It appears that the late “Mr. John Kelly, a stone mason and cattle drover, decided he would go into the hotel business on the side. So he rented the Commercial House toward the lower end of Mill Street, from J. K. (King) Cole who resided in a frame residence on Farm Street, immediate behind the hostelry which he had conducted for so many years and now turned over to Mr. Kelly.
Needless to say both elderly gentlemen were great friends and visited together on frequent occasions. Mr. Kelly had three sons, all of them now deceased: Dr. J. K., a physician; R. N., a druggist and William G. who for many years was secretary-treasurer of the Public Utilities Commission. It is to the latter, with his rather good sense of humor and fondness for reminiscence, that we owe the tale, we are about to unfold.
In March of 1873 Mr. *McManagle, of the “Commercial Hotel” in Almonte had a beautiful porker, killed and dressed, and stowed away in his ice house to be drawn upon as occasion might require, for the supply of his table–When Pigs Fly or Bacon Up is Hard to Do