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From Allan Ferguson to John Ferguson– Lanark to Montague–1850— thanks to Grant McFarlane and Melanie Johnston Mason

From Allan Ferguson to John Ferguson– Lanark to Montague–1850— thanks to  Grant McFarlane and  Melanie Johnston Mason

Thanks to Melanie Johnston Mason for sending and please note that Grant McFarlane in Lanark is the owner for credit purposes

The letter writer Alan, was writing about his father Thomas’ death which occured in 1846.The letter writer Allan also had a brother named Thomas and  this brother had a son named Alexander……And Alexander had a son named Allen. I am not related to the Ferguson’s but I have studied that lot, lot 26E, Concession III Dalhousie – and those are my findings thus far without delving into the genealogy of the family.

Info provided by: Melanie Mason – 

Dear Brother and Sister:

I received yours on the 17th of March. I was down in Lanark when I received you letter and on the way home, I was taken suddenly bad with pain in the stomach and bowels and in that state it was tight times with me to get the home of Hugh Hunter on the night of the 17th and on the 18th we found it prudent to send for Dr. Murray for we was afraid it was inflammation but on his arrival he dispelled that doubt for he said it was a windy colic and I am getting better. Mother and Mary is in some measure of health when I parted with them on the 19th, for Mother has been with Mary since the death of our Father and for a considerable time before it. Thomas came home from the shanty on the 17th of said month and he has not been very well since for I expect that it is the cold he has caught. You wanted to know if Thomas was at home the time of the storm. No. He was at the shanty, likewise you want to know all the particulars concerning the death of our Father.

He was at Hunters all the time of his illness. He, for 2 days after he arrived at Hugh’s, his throat swelled but the swelling fell immediately after and on the Wednesday before he died he was considerably better for he was reading at Chambers Journal more than the half of the day but on the day following he was much worse for he complained of stitches in his chest and body and on Friday he was still getting weaker and Friday night Hugh left home and came up to inform us that he was making worse and on Saturday morning Hugh and I left home to go down but to our great surprise when we arrived he was gone; a lifeless corpse so there was no person there but mother and Mary and the 2 children when he died., on the night of Friday after Hugh left home, he began to think that death was approaching but had no idea that it was so nigh at hand for he was quite and considerably composed. He would not lie in the bunk nor bed but to have his made at the fire. It was between 12 and 1 o’clock when Mother lay down to take little repose for she was tired out. Mary lay down with the children for they were both badly at the time and she spoke several to her Father but he give all at the times a sharp answer and Mother rose after Mary had spoken to him but he had drawn his last breath and this was about 2 o’clock in the morning and we removed his corpse home on the 1st of March and he was interred on the 2nd on the third line of Lanark beside his son James. We received a letter from Aunt Love on the 28th of February. John Love is in very poor health, likewise Aunt Taylor and there are some more particulars concerning Uncle Williams’ death and widow but I have not time at present to write them down. I wrote a letter——–this time a good way on to Mysena to (Jane) Telling her what has happened likewise I sent one to George (Sheare) and one to John Love and I was going to write to Uncle Nathanial but you informed me that you was going to write to him which will save me the trouble. I now commence to inform you that our Father died without making any will and you will be heir according to law; so I want an immediate settlement for Mr. D that is in Quebec, the creditors are pushing me pretty hard for it but I will keep them at bay till I get things settled so I only hope you will consider the matter and come up and we will make a definite settlement so I add no more at present so I remain your Brother until Death.   Alan Ferguson.

At bottom of letter written with different pen and ink and maybe by a different person, Allan Ferguson of Dalhousie 1850, John Ferguson, Thomas Ferguson, James Ferguson, Sarah Ferguson, Mary Ferguson, Jane Ferguson.

The original letter is in the possession of  Grant Davis McFarlane R.R. #1, Lanark, Ontario.

Mary is in the 1851 Census, age 70, living with her daughter Mary Ann and son-in-law Hugh Hunter. In 1861 she is back on her original homestead, living with her son Allan who has inherited the farm. The homestead has returned to forest and only a small excavation remains to show where the original house stood. Flowers and rhubarb still grow in the overgrown clearing. The St. James Ferguson Cemetery is located in the churchyard of the abandoned St. James Church on Concession Line 2 in Dalhousie.

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Thanks, also to Amelia Jean ( Ferguson ) Allen, who transcribed the original letter, and to Lila McFarlane, who brought the original letter to her attention. This letter describes the death of Thomas Ferguson, who arrived ( from Scotland )with his wife, Mary Barr, and their children in 1821. It should be noted that the cemetery beside St. James Church is actually called the Ferguson Cemetery and the cemetery at the original Ferguson Homestead is the Thomas Ferguson Cemetery.

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
13 Dec 1911, Wed  •  Page 1

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The Mysterious Picture

The Mysterious Picture



Mr. George Evans does not smile, nor does Miss Mary Evans, because they had an experience in 1924 which has made them ready to believe that equally strange things happen.

Miss Katy Evans, aged 24, died in her father’s home from tuberculosis. Just ten minutes before her death strange thing happened. Miss Mary Evans, the sister, was a witness of the queer occurrence. At 12:45 noon Miss Evans was sitting in the room chatting with her sick sister; who seemed cheerful, but weak. Suddenly a large religious framed picture which hung on the wall of the room fell with a crash.

Miss Evan Investigated. To her surprise the found the wire unbroken and the hook  still in the wall. But stranger still, she found the loops in the wire where they had been around the hook, still circular in shape, giving the impression that some hand had lifted the picture off the hook without disturbing the wire in any way.

Ten minutes later the sick girl took a sudden turn for the worst and  passed.  Neighbours who were called in when the girl died, saw the broken glass and the condition of the hock and wire. They wondered. Miss Evans says she is not superstitious, but can find no explanation – for the falling of the picture.

The picture with a new glass was re-hung in the room of the dead sister. Miss Evans says that ever since the peculiar occurrence, both she and her father asks: was the falling of the picture a “warning”?


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


Getting the Family Paintings Home– Dr. Harold Box

Looking for the Artist of this Carleton Place Painting

Found the Artist–Vera Alice Shaw (Morrison)– Lanark Children’s Haven

Zombies in Lanark Village? 1871

Zombies in Lanark Village? 1871



Lanark Village 1871–This is a true story-it’s so insane how could I make it up? I am creative, but this is one for the books LOL

Almonte Gazette

It is asserted in the village of Lanark that a man named Jones was bitten by some man with whom he was quarrelling a few weeks ago, and that the the circumstances has taken a tenacious hold of his mind. When he was first seized with one of those terrible, *paroxysms, last week it is said he inflicted a savage bite on his companion while the latter was endeavouring to aid him. The parents of both young men are in humble circumstances, and the condition of the unfortunates was kept concealed for some days after Jones was first attacked.

In the latter’s malady is— that immediately on recovering consciousness after one of his agonizing fits of madness he eagerly asks, “Where’s Gus ?” and then adds, “Gus is in a fit now.”

The patients, although greatly weakened, felt tolerably comfortable yesterday, but it is the approach of night when the malady seems only to develop itself. Those living in the vicinity of the stricken youths have become so alarmed for the safety of themselves and their families—that an application to the authorities has been requested for someone to patrol the neighbourhood each night to ensure everyone’s safety. All is not well in the Village of Lanark.



*Paroxysms (Your word of the day)–a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity

Can you get sick if someone bites you?

Infections. Human mouths contain high levels of bacteria, especially of the variety that can infect human tissues. And bites quite effectively transfer these bugs. “The bacterial inoculum”—that which can be grown out and detected—”of human bite wounds is rich in oral flora, containing as many as 100 million organisms per milliliter that represent as many as 190 different species

Hepatitis B and C. Both of these viruses, but especially Hep B, can come from a bite
Herpes. Oh great, you can get herpes from a bite. Several studies said this was possible; no specific case reports turned up. It of course stands to reason this could happen since the herpes simplex virus is carried in saliva.

Rabies. This may seem like the obvious one. However, though “human-to-human transmission by bite is theoretically possible,” it has never been confirmed.



Okay I am a Walking Dead fan– what if one was a zombie? Humour me here:)

You’ve been bitten by a zombie. Can you survive it or are you going to turn into a flesh-eating ghoul yourself? The short answer is I hope you never have to find out. If we think of zombieism as an infectious disease just like any other infection, it stands to reason that where you get bitten will have a big influence on whether or not you can successfully treat the bite. You may have a shot to cut off a limb, cut off a hand if you’re bitten on the hand, but chances of that working are really slim. The examples of zombies infecting other people is that it’s so toxic, so infectious, that if you’re bitten, you’re essentially doomed.For instance, a bite on the bottom of your foot may lead to you becoming a zombie more slowly than a bite on your neck. If we look at a disease like rabies as an example, that holds true. The further you are bitten from your organs, from your heart, the longer it takes, often, for that disease to spread.




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Perth Courier, November 1, 1918

Denzell Howard, the son of James Denzell, Ramsay, died on Sunday, October 20 from pneumonia at the age of 22 years. He was on leave from the Ottawa military camp when taken ill. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon to the Methodist Cemetery at Boyd’s.

McGonegal—The death occurred at Carleton Place on Friday, October 18 of Mr. Noble McGonegal, at the age of 32 years at the home of his sister Mrs. T.J. Leskey(?). He was taken ill at Woodroy, Quebec with influenza which developed into pneumonia. Deceased was the son of the lat John McGonegal, Flower Station. The funeral took place from the home of his sister to Calabogie for interment.

King—The death occurred of Albert King on Wednesday of last week following illness from pneumonia. He was in his 24th year. Deceased was in the west for the summer, returning a short time ago. His parents, two brothers, and a sister survive; Archie and Russell at home and Mrs. McDougall of Brightside. The funeral took place Thursday to the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sloan—Pneumonia claimed a prominent citizen of Smith’s Falls in the person of Thomas Sloan, former proprietor of the Arlington Hotel. Since retiring from active business, he has devoted most of his time to a small farm just outside of town called Doneybrow Farm. He was 56 years of age and a former member of the town council there. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.



Currie-Mills—Mrs. (Rev.) Currie-Mills died Saturday afternoon, October 19 at the Methodist parsonage, Sharbot Lake, leaving her husband and three young children to mourn her loss. Deceased was ill but a short time with influenza and pneumonia. Rev. Thomas Brown of Perth was in charge of the funeral service. Deceased had been very zealous in attending those who were ill.

Barker—Sunday afternoon, October 20, Dr. Barker died at Sharbot Lake only being confined to his home a few days from pneumonia. He leaves a wife and young child. Deceased was 33 years of age and previous to being taken ill was very busily engaged attending to the wants of people who were ill, the village having been gripped very severely in the remorseless hand of the prevailing epidemic.

Knox—Mr. J. Clark Knox died at Smith’s Falls on Wednesday morning of last week from pneumonia. For over a year he had been editor of the Smith’s Falls News but gave it up to take a position on the Ottawa Daily. While getting ready to move he and the whole family fell victims to the influenza. Mrs. Knox and six children made good recoveries but his attack was more obdurate. He was born at Carleton Place, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. David Knox, being in his 39th (?) year. He was engaged in western Canada in newspaper work for some time. His death is extremely bad, leaving as it does a wife and six young children. Interment was made at Carleton Place on Thursday last.


Cameron—After about only a week’s illness from pneumonia, Miss Catherine D. Cameron died on Friday morning last at the home of her brother Dr. W. A. Cameron. Her death was not unexpected but it caused keen regret among people of all classes in town by whom she was not only intimately known but universally respected. Miss Cameron was active in all matters pertaining to the public. Deceased was born in Drummond Township near Perth and she came when quite young and here she resided until the end. She is survived by three sisters and two brothers Mrs. D.H. Cameron at Ottawa; Mrs. Castiglione of Carbon, Sask.; Mrs. C.J. Bell of Winnipeg; Dr. Cameron, mayor and Mr. J.A. Cameron of this town. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon in the Arnprior Cemetery and was largely attended. Rev. H.W. Cliff conducted the services at the home and the pallbearers were Messrs. J.S. Gillies, H.A. Jamieson, N.S. Robertson, James MacPherson, Dr. Steele, and J.E. Thompson. Arnprior Chronicle (Deceased was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ewen Cameron who owned the farm on the 2nd Line Bathurst, now the property of Wellington Best.)

The epidemic is abating in Perth but is still reported to be quite prevalent throughout the country. In town, however, it is on the downgrade and there is cause to believe the worst is over. Last Sunday, the request to the churches to remain closed was lifted and services were held in all the churches with the exception of the Baptist and St. John’s Church. Rev. Father Hogan has been indisposed lately. Sunday school was held, however, and while it is expected that all the churches will be open for both services on Sunday, the Board of Health does not wish that Sunday school be held at any of the churches feeling it is not in the best interest of the community to bring bodies of children together at the present period of sickness.

Service was held in Zion Church on Sunday after having been dismissed for three weeks due to the flu epidemic.

Franktown: The public school will reopen in the village and the other sections throughout the township on Monday next. They have been closed by the Beckwith Board of Health for the last five weeks.

Park—Died, at North Battleford, Sask., Tuesday, Nov. 5, Mary Ellen Lorimir wife of Lorne E. Park, 37.

Pretty—Died, at Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Oct. 31, Corp. Robert Pretty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pretty of Hopetown, 28.


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Death by Influenza 1918- Any Names you Recognize?




There were many deaths from the Spanish Influenza in Lanark County, and it was not the influenza that killed so many, but the pneumonia that followed.  The Spanish Influenza spread in Canada from east to west via the railroad and returning soldiers from World War.


This was just a few in the Perth Courier

Perth Courier, Nov. 8, 1918

Palmer—After an illness of ten days from pneumonia, Walter Palmer died on Friday morning last at his home in North Elmsley at the age of 48 years.  Deceased was a prosperous farmer and well known in the community. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon from the deceased’s late home at 1:30 to the Scotch Line cemetery.  In religion the deceased was a Presbyterian.  A wife and two daughters survive.  George Palmer, of town, is a brother of the deceased.

Harper—After an illness of ten days, Ida Lawson Harper of Walhalla, North Dakota, passed away on Monday morning, November 4 at 2:00.  Influenza and its complications were the cause of this untimely death.  As is the case with the disease no one thought the patient was in such serious condition.  Deceased was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Gibson of Balderson.  She was born in Lammermore July 25, 1886. She received her education in the public school there and in the high school at Lanark after which she taught for four years.  On October 19, 1910 she married Hugh Harper of Lanark, living in that community for two years. Six years ago she moved to Walhalla, North Dakota with her husband and her little son John.  Two more sons, Russell and Wallace were born.  Mrs. Harper was a quiet, loving woman, a kind mother and a thoughtful, loving wife.  Through a long period of ill health, she was brave and strong, always taking her share of the family responsibility.  She is survived by her husband and three children and three brothers–John of Harper, Willie at Lammermore and Herbert who has been overseas for nearly three years.  Four sisters—Mrs. Joseph Paul of Poland; Mrs. T.E. Ashcroft of Sinclair, Man.; Clara V. Gibson and Mrs. Jane Gibson of Walhalla, North Dakota also survive.  A small funeral conducted by Rev. Mr. Wood was held at the undertaker’s parlor and her body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Walhalla.  Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wilson of Cavalier attended the funeral.

Troy—Miss Josephine Troy daughter of Mrs. Mary Troy of town, died at the Water Street Hospital of Ottawa on Friday last from pneumonia.  Deceased had been ill but a short time and was in her 19th year.  She was born at Westport.  For the past four years she and her mother had lived at Perth.  She was employed upwards of a year with the Perth Expositor after which she took a position with the civil service in Ottawa and had only been employed there about three weeks when she contracted influenza which developed into pneumonia.  Many regretted to hear of her demise.  She leaves to mourn her loss her mother and one brother, Walter, with the Canadian forces in France.  Her father, the late Daniel Troy died several years ago.  The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon last to St. Bridget’s Church and Cemetery in Stanleyville from her mother’s late residence on North Street.

Devlin—Carleton Place Herald—Last Thursday morning James A. Devlin passed away following that of his wife by a fortnight.  The deceased was born in Drummond township and selected as his life work the trade of a blacksmith.  For about 35 years he had been a resident of Carleton Place.  As a young man he married Eliza Jane Edwards who predeceased him by but a few days both being victims of the prevailing epidemic.  Six sons and three daughters survive:  Charles, Robert, Wellington, and Hugh of town, the latter just convalescing from the same illness, and Mrs. M. Baker of Ottawa, Mrs. G. McKeown(?) of Dryden, New York and Mrs. G. Deaves of town.  One brother survives, Hugh of Bathurst and three sisters Mrs. Kinsworth of Pembroke, Mrs. McLaren and Miss Rachael Devlin of Ottawa.  The funeral took place Saturday morning enterment being made in St. James Church.


Watson’s Corners:  Church service was held in Zion Church on Sunday after having been dismissed for three weeks due to the flu epidemic.

Franktown:  The public school will reopen in the village and the other sections throughout the township on Monday next.  They have been closed by the Beckwith Board of Health for the last five weeks.

Park—Died, at North Battleford, Sask., Tuesday, Nov. 5, Mary Ellen Lorimir wife of Lorne E. Park, 37.

Pretty—Died, at Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Oct. 31, Corp. Robert Pretty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pretty of Hopetown, 28.

Perth Courier, Nov. 22, 1918

Drysdale—Died, at Lanark Village on November 15, Sarah Jennie Bond, wife of R.R. Drysdale, aged 54 years and 7 months.

Ferrier—Died, at Vancouver on Nov. 20, John R. Ferrier, second son of John Ferrier and the late Mrs. Ferrier, Sr., Perth.  Funeral at Vancouver on Friday.

Hartney—Died at Perth on Monday, Nov. 18, James Hartney, aged (illegible).

Livingstone—Died, at Star Buck, Manitoba, Friday, Nov. 15, Robert Livingstone, aged 86(?).

Howden—Died, at Winnipeg on Nov. 18, Mrs. Howden, relict of the late Dr. Howden, and daughter of the late Dr. James Nichol and sister of Dr. Christopher Nichol of Perth.

Lockwood—Died, at Regina on Thursday, Nov. 14, Harold Stanley Lockwood.  No age given.

McIntosh—Died at Burk’s Falls on Thursday, Nov. 14, Maggie Drysdale McIntosh, wife of Alexander McIntosh, aged 54.



McDougall—Died, at his son’s residence near Balderson, on Thursday, Nov. 14, Hugh McDougall of Watson’s Corners, aged 64.

O’Donnell—Died, at North Elmsley on Friday, Nov. 15, Sylvester Joseph O’Donnell, aged 21.

Percy—Died, at Lavant Township on Monday, Nov. 18, Mrs. James Percy, 88.

Strang—Died, at Lanark Village on Tuesday, Nov. 19, Annie Middleton Strang, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Strong, aged 25.

Tysick—Died, in the public hospital at Smith’s Falls, John Hubert Tysick, of Clarendon, aged 19.

Owing to the flu situation in the west, the national Thanksgiving which was supposed to have been observed Sunday, November 17 has been postponed to December 1.

Irving—The death took place on Tuesday night last at his home in North Elmsley of William J. Irving after an illness of ten days from pneumonia.  The deceased was 33 years of age and was unmarried  He followed the occupation of farming with his father.  He was a steady, industrious young man and highly thought of by all of those in his community who knew him.  The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon from his father’s residence in North Elmsley to the cemetery at Rideau Ferry.  The father and mother and two sisters and three brothers survive, Dorothy at home and Mrs. Code of North Elmsley and Thomas, Edward and Howard.


Strong—Much regret is felt in Perth over the untimely death at Lanark on Tuesday morning last of Miss Annie Strang, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Strant, inher 25th year.  Influenza seized her after she had spent a period nursing others ill with the malady.  She was a graduate of Toronto General Hospital.  Besides her parents she leaves two brothers and one sister—John of Toronto, Gertrude and Archie at home, Pte. William Strang who was killed in action was also a brother of the deceased.  The funeral took place Wednesday and interment was made in Lanark Cemetery.

O’Donnell—The death took lace on Friday morning at the parents home of Sylvester Joseph O’Donnell, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah P. O’Donnell of North Elmsley.  The deceased was 21 years of age and born at North Elmsley and lived there all his life following the occupation of farming with his father.   He had been ill only ten days and his death was due to pneumonia.  He was a quiet, industrious young man and highly respected.  In religion he was a Roman Catholic and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters; the Holy Name Society and of the Sacred Heart.  Surviving are his parents, one sister and one brother, Hannah and Fedelis(?) at home.  The funeral took place from his late home Sunday afternoon at 2:00 to St. Francis de Sales church cemetery.  Rev. Father Kelly conducted services at the grave.  The pallbearers were Messrs. Ed Pruner, Willie Faughnan, Thomas lHourigan, J.D. Faughnan, Dan Carroll and Frank McGuire.

Harper—We are sorry to report Miss Mary Palmer has been on the sick list but is slowly recovering.


Perth Courier, Dec. 13, 1918

Olmstead—Following an illness from pneumonia the death occurred on Nov. 25 of George Olmstead, Mississippi Station, at the age of 25(?) 26(?) years.  His death came as a great shock to his many friends as they had no idea his condition was so serious.  He will be greatly missed.  He married in August of 1915 Miss Annie Riddell, daughter of Mr. William Riddell who with an infant survive him.  He also leaves to mourn his loss his parents Mr. and Mrs. David Olmstead, and three brothers—Elmer, William and Thomas and four sisters: Annie, Margaret, Mary and Ethel at home at present.  The funeral took place to Crawford’s Cemetery the service being conducted by Mr. David Riddell of Robertsville.  The pallbearers were Messrs. William Steele, Fred Steele, Donald McDougall, Ansley Gibson, Alex Bartraw and Alex Riddell.

Forbes—Lanark Era:  For the second time in little over a week, death has entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Forbes of this village.  This time it took the youngest member of the family, the bright, clever, lovable and kindly Jean Forbes, in the 9th year of her age.  She contracted influenza about two weeks ago which developed into pneumonia and though everything possible was done through nursing and medical skill she passed away Saturday evening.  Little Jean was a lovely child, a favorite with everyone and gave promise of a very useful and helpful life.  Her going, while particularly sad, was also beautiful, with no regrets or fears but that child like confidence and trust which was commanded by Him who said as He took them in His arms:  “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the Kingdom of Heaven”.  The parents are comforted in knowing that their darling has only been taken tot eh Home above to receive that love and care of which earth’s best is only of a faint type.

Gunn—Death claimed George Gunn of Darling Township on December 3 at the age of 79 years.  Deceased had been ill only about three weeks.  Mr. Gunn was born at Ramsay township and was a son of the late Donald Gunn.  He was a resident of Darling township for upwards of 65 years and won many warm friends.  He was twice married.  His first wife was Jane(?) Robertson of Darling who died some 30 years ago.  There were nine children:  John, deceased; Daniel of Mather, Manitoba; James of Waldville, Sask.; Alex of Arnprior; George at home; Mrs. Charles Moore of Ramsay; Mrs. W. Kingston of Carleton Place; Mrs. William Rintoul of Tatlock; Mrs. W. McDonald of Perth; and Mrs. James Ring of White Lake. (Transcriber’s note, this is ten, not nine).  His second wife was Christina McAllister who survives and this union was blessed with a family of five:  Bert of Almonte; Loyal, deceased; Stewart at home; Ernie and Grant of Perdue, Sask.  The funeral was held on Thursday at 1:00 pm to Clayton Cemetery, Rev. P. Sinclair of Middleville officiating.  Pallbearers were six sons: George, Alex, Bert, Stewart, Ernie and Grant.

Balderson—Died, at Balderson on Sunday, Dec. 1, Dorothy Alice Balderson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Balderson, from influenza followed by pneumonia, aged one year six months.


Brunt—Died, at Hanover, Ont., on Tues., Dec 3, George Brunt, formerly of Lanark Village, aged 70.

Dobbie—Died, at Lanark Township on Sunday, Dec. 8, Margaret Crawford, wife of the late David Dibbie, aged 76.

Miller—Died, at Bathurst on Monday, Dec. 9, Ella Wilson, wife of Harvey Miller, aged 41.

Mowat-Tar—Died, on Monday, Dec. 3, Edmund C. Mowat-Tar, brother of Mrs. James G. Scott, McDonald’s Corners, aged 68

McLachlan—Died, at Victoria, B.C., on Nov. 18, John McLachlan, formerly of Lanark Township, aged 66.

McNiece—Died at 33 Primrose Avenue Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 3, John Y. McNiece, formerly of Drummond, in his 71st year.

Perth Courier, December 20, 1918

Franktown:  Mr. and Mrs. Ross Bell have been on the sick list for some days past but are now recovering nicely.

Buchanan—Died, at Tennyson on Thursday, Dec. 12, Mrs. Duncan Buchanan, aged 82.

Gourlay—Died, at Brockville on Tuesday, Dec. 17, Austin C. Gourlay, aged 37.

Pink—Died, at London on Sat., Dec. 14, George Pink (no age)

Radenhurst—Died, at the Royal Victoria Hospital at Barrie, Ont., on Dec. 14, Annie Campbell Radenhurst, daughter of the late T.M. Radenhurst, Q.C. heretofore of Perth.  Funeral (private) from the residence of her brother G.A. Radenhurst, Barrie

Trace—Died, at Montreal on Thursday, Dec. 12, Mrs. John Trace, aged 99.

Traynor—Died, at Perth on Sunday, Dec. 15, Mrs. Edward J. Traynor, 33.

McCann—The death occurred in Toronto a few days ago of Lames L. McCann, formerly of Westport.  He was ill but a short time from influenza which was followed by pneumonia.  Deceased spent three years overseas taking part in the Battles of Ypres and Verdun.  He was twice wounded and returned home last April.  Besides his wife he is survived by one son aged 13 and five brothers—Alex, Herbert, Harry, William, Archie and two sisters May and Maud.

Clark—After an illness of two weeks from influenza followed by pneumonia, Mrs. Stanley Clark passed away at her home in Edmonton on November 19 in her 25th year.  Deceased, whose maiden name was Edna Bell(?) Paul was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Paul formerly of Poland and now of Peace River, Alberta.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. H.J. Kieth, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. The pallbearers were Messrs. L.A. Craig, Ross Paul, A. Hobson, H. McCreedy, Charles Pennock, and James Hays; interment took place in the Edmonton Cemetery in which a large number of sorrowing friends accompanied the body to its last resting place.

Gourley—Deep regret is felt in Perth this week over the demise of Austin(?) C. Gourlay, accountant at the local Bank of Montreal.  His death occurred in Brockville on Tuesday evening.  He was in Brockville relieving for a couple of weeks at the branch there and was about to return to Perth when taken ill with influenza on Thursday of last week.  He was taken to the hospital and the influenza turned to pneumonia.  He was quite conscious to the end.  His father was with him in the latter days of his illness.  He was a son of Reginald Gourlay of Picton and formerly of Hamilton and grandson of Sir Henry and Lady Strong of Ottawa.  Deceased was 37 years of age and had been with the local branch of the Bank of Montreal for five years.  He was the embodiment of geniality and good fellowship.  He was an Anglican in religion.  The remains were taken to Picton on Wednesday where interment was made.

Traynor—Following an illness from influenza and pneumonia, Edward J. Traynor died at his home on Brock Street being 33 years of age.  He was a son of Mrs. Michael Traynor.  Another brother, George, who was in Calgary with the Canadian Army, succumbed to this dread malady over a month ago.  Edward Traynor had lived on the 3rd Line Bathurst for the late 10 years coming to town last spring.  Surviving are his mother, one brother John of Rosetown, Sask., and five sisters:  Elizabeth at home; Sarah and Katie in Regina, Sask.;  Mrs. William Kerr of Bathurst; and Mrs. James Menagh of Smith’s Falls.  The funeral took place Tuesday morning at 9:00 at St. John’s Church.  Requiem mass was sung by Rev. Father Hogan.  The pallbearers were Messrs. James Conlon, Jr., Linus Leaver, Leo Lee, Thomas Traynor, Leo Mahan, and Joseph Mahan.

Perth Courier, January 3, 1919

Craig—Died, at St. Mary’s on Dec. 24, David Gemmill Craig, 73 years, youngest son of the late Adam Craig, Scotch pioneer of Lanark County.

Mitchell—Died, at Perth on Friday, Dec. 27, Miss Margaret Mitchell, formerly of Lanark Village, aged 91.

Thomson—Died, at Elphin, on Friday, Dec. 13, Alexander Thomson, aged 48 years, 9 months and 19 days.

The many friends of Mr. E.J. McCaffrey will be glad to know he is recovering from a severe attack of influenza at St. Francis Hospital, Smith’s Falls.

Perth Courier, Jan. 10, 1919

Three weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Alex McLean of Carleton Place announced the marriage of their daughter Bessie McLean to William D. Patterson of Calgary which would take place on Christmas Day.  With that in view, Mr. Patterson came east but on his arrival at Carleton Place was taken ill with influenza.  The wedding was postponed and Mr. Patterson’s illness became severe.  His bride elect who is a professional nurse, and had just emerged from a similar illness, was constant in her care of him. But despite all that could be done, he died at 9:00 on New Years evening and was buried on the following day.  Deceased was born in Carleton Place 31 years ago and of late years lived in the west.  His father was the late W.A. Patterson who died 13 years ago.  His mother, who lives in Vancouver is a sister of George Elliott, barrister of Winnipeg and of James Elliott, formerly of Pakenham, now of Oakville.

Crosbie—Word has been received here of the death in Regina of Robert Samuel Crosbie which sad event took place on Saturday, Dec. 28.  Deceased was the assistant superintendent of the Regina Power House and was 44 years of age.  Death was due to complications following an attack of influenza.  He was well known here and for many years employed at the Glen Tay Power House.  14 years ago he went going to Kamloops, B.C. where he remained some six months, then going to Regina where he has since lived.  He is survived by Mrs. Crosbie and ten children.  Mrs. Crosbie is the former Mary Barr of Renfrew.  The family are Erskine, who has been in France for three years; Mrs. Sam Harper (Alice) of Brandon, Manitoba; Annie, Nellie, Thomas, John and Duncan at home.  (Transcriber’s note, this only accounts for eight)  A sad cable was received from the record office on the Sunday the father lay dead in word  coming of the death of the son-in-law Samuel Harper.  The late Robert Crosbie was greatly interested in automobiles and was a member of the Regina Automobile Club.  His aged father is Thomas Crosbie for many years a resident of Perth, and he survives.  Deceased was a nephew of William Crosbie of town.  The funeral took place in Regina the following Monday, Dec. 30 and was largely attended.  Deceased’s only brother John of Wolsely(?), Sask., was present.  The casket was covered with wreaths.  Interment was made in the Regina Cemetery.

Perth Courier, Jan. 17, 1919

Allan—Died, at Montreal on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Herbert Allan, 28.

Allan—Died, on Jan. 8 at the Homeopathic Hospital, Montreal, Herbert Milton Allan, only son of the late Francis Allan of Perth and dearly beloved husband of Therese Reddy, 2772 Waverly.

Fidler—Died, at Ft. William, Ont., on Sunday morning, Jan. 12, William Fidler, formerly of Pembroke and father of Mrs. F.W. Passmore of Montreal.

Irving—Died, at North Elmsley, Saturday, Jan. 11, Edward J. Irving, aged 28.



Elsewhere in the same paper:

Following an illness of nine days from influenza, the death occurred on Saturday morning last of Edward Mundle Irving.  Deceased was 28 years of age and followed the occupation of farming.  He was well known in the community.  Surviving are his parents and two brothers and two sisters.  The funeral took place on Monday afternoon from his late home at 2:00 to the vault at Rideau Ferry.  Another son (William) of Mr. and Mrs. Irving died a month ago from influenza.

Skelton—Died, on Jan. 14 at 91 William St., Montreal, Jas. O. Skelton, beloved husband of Ellen Cotnam, aged 28 years, 11 months, eldest son of James Skelton and Alice Baudet(?) of Jersey, Channel Islands.

Perth Courier, Jan. 24, 1919

Watson’s Corners:  Death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. John McIlquham on Saturday last and claimed their little four month old daughter after an illness from pneumonia.  The funeral was held on Monday afternoon interment being in the village cemetery.  Rev. R.J. Wilson conducted the funeral services at the house and grave.

Cooper—Died, at Water Street Hospital, Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 23, Mrs. Michael L. Cooper.  Funeral took place from Perth station to Stanleyville Cemetery on Saturday.

Kerr—Died, on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Santa Barbara, California, Jane Kerr, beloved wife of George Kerr of Toronto and formerly of Perth.

O’Meara—Died, at Drummond on Wed., Jan. 22, Mrs. Jas. O’Meara, aged 68.

Wilson—The death took place on Monday of William Emmery Wilson, barrister, formerly of Pembroke.  The late Mr. Wilson was 32 years of age and had been practicing law in Toronto for several years and had attained considerable success in his profession.  He had been ill only a short time his death being caused by pneumonia.  He was the son of the late W.B. Wilson of Pembroke who went overseas as captain of the 224thForestry Battalion and who died last fall shortly after his return.  The body was taken to Pembroke and the funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from his mother’s residence.

Perth Courier, Jan. 31, 1919

Larocque—James Frances Larocque died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Larocque, Wilson Street, on Sunday last, following an illness of about a week of pneumonia.  He was nine years old and the only son.  His parents and five sisters survive.  The funeral took place on Tuesday from his late residence to St. John’s Church and thence to the R.C. Cemetery for interment.

Ormrod—Died, at Toronto, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Miss Lolo Ormrod, 19.

Sweeney—Died, at Montague, on Monday, Jan. 24, Mrs. Anthony Sweeney, 74.

Perth Courier, Feb. 14, 1919

Five deaths in a family at Carleton Place within a few days from influenza makes an unhappy record for the province.  A sister and brother Pearl Trotman and Bert Trotman died within an hour of each other on Sunday. A day afterwards the father Harry Trotman passed away aged 53 years.  A day later Mrs. Bert Trotman and a little daughter passed away.  This was five deaths from Sunday evening to Thursday all in one family.  The brother and sister had a double funeral.  Richard Trotman of Smith’s Falls, is a brother of the late Harry Trotman.

A warning that tuberculosis is an after-menace of Spanish Influenza was issued by the state charities aid association which urges everyone who has been ill with influenza and who has failed to make a prompt and complete recovery to take precautions by being examined by medical authorities.

McTavish—After a very brief illness there passed away at the home of her mother Mrs. Archie McTavish, North Street, on Monday, Lena McTavish, the second daughter of the family.  This is the second death in the home within the last 13 months.  The father died suddenly in January of last year.  The deceased was a young woman of quiet and thoughtful disposition, a true home maker.  She was deeply interested in patriotic work having taken an active part during the war years in Red Cross activities.  She was a member of Knox Church and never out of her place at the Sunday services.  She is mourned by her widowed mother, three brothers, and two sisters and by a host of friends in town and country.  The funeral took place from the family residence on North Street on Wednesday at 2:00 pm, Rev. W.M. Grant officiating at the service, assisted by Rev. J.J. Grieg.

Covell—The death took place at his home early Saturday morning of Herbert R. Covell, after an illness of ten days from influenza.  The deceased who was 37 years old was born in Lombardy, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Covell and lived there practically all his life, following the occupation of farming.  The last two winters he and his family had gone to Smith’s Falls to live the deceased working for the C.P.R. as a brakeman.  He was a quiet, industrious man and his early death is a shock to his family and friends.  He is survived by his wife who, previous to her marriage, was Marion McGillivray, of Smith’s Falls and one little son, Robert.  Four brothers and three sisters survive:  Mervin and Albert of Lombardy; George of Perth; William of Franktown; Mrs. Herb Phillipps of Smith’s Falls; Mrs. Thomas McVeety and Mrs. C.E. McLean of Perth.  The late Mr. Covell was a member of the Masons, the Oddfellows of Lombardy L.O.L and the B.of R.T. and representatives of these societies were in attendance at the funeral.  The deceased was an Anglican in religion and Rev. Canon Bilson officiated at the service at 2:00 yesterday afternoon.  The funeral was held from the residence of Mr. J.G. McLean, 28 Annabella Street tot eh public cemetery.  Rideau Record

Crawford—The following is from a Marquette, Michigan paper and refers to the death of Fred Crawford, son of the late Samuel Crawford of Bathurst, where he was born.  “Pneumonia, which followed an attack of influenza, resulted in the death of Fred J. Crawford, 49, manager of the Crawford Tailor Shop at his home at 812(?) Pine Street.  Mr. Crawford was ill for two weeks but did not summon medical aid until a few days ago at which time little could be done for him by the doctor.  Mr. Crawford came to Marquette about fifteen years ago and entered into the employ of Johann Clothing Company with the late John D. Mangam(?).  He worked for several years for the Johnson Company and later branched out into business for himself at the location of the Smith Millinery Parlor.  After the completion of the Longyear block he moved his business to that place which he managed at the time of his death.  Mr. Crawford is survived by his widow and six children, Roy, John, Louis, Thomas, Margaret and Adeline.  Five brothers and two sisters living in Canada also mourn him being:  George, Thomas, Will, Lawrence, Martin, Mary Ann and Elizabeth.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernia, U.P.O.E. and the Eagles.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 from the house with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  The funeral will be private.

Fournier—On Thursday morning, Feb. 6, one of Stanleyville’s happiest homes was overshadowed in sorrow and gloom when the husband and father was called away, in the person of Thomas J. Fournier, after a long illness.  The late Mr. Fournier was a son of Augustus Fournier and his wife the late Sarah Foster, and was born at Perth 39 years ago.  Early in his life he married a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Quinn of Westport and since then resided in Bathurst where he leaves many lasting friends.  About a year ago he moved to Stanleyville and was nicely settled in his new home when he fell victim to influenza and pneumonia.  Complications ensued and though surrounded by every comfort and attended with loving care, he slowly sank until death released him after four months of suffering.  The late Mr. Fournier was an honest, upright young man and a friend of everyone and universally respected.  In politics he was a Liberal.  Besides his widow he leaves a family of seven children:  Gerald, a student at the Federal Business Collete; Francis, Bert, Carmel, Helen, Verna and baby Shirley at home.  A large number of sorrowing friends and over 50 carriages followed the remains to St. Bridget’s Church, Stanleyville where a solemn Requiem Mass was sung by Rev. Father Keeley.  The funeral then progressed to Perth where the remains were laid in St. John’s vault to await burial in the family plot in the cemetery there in the spring.  The pallbearers were Messrs. P.J. Smith, M.E. Quigley, James Adams, James Russell, Patrick Manion and William Kerr.

Owing to another outbreak of the Spanish Influenza, a special meeting of the Board of Health was called last Friday evening and it was decided to close all public buildings except churches and places of amusement. Funerals must be provided.  This time the type does not seem of such a serious nature and it is principally children who are suffering.

Noonan—Died, at Hotel Dieu, Kingston, Friday, Feb. 7, Mrs. John Noonan, Perth, aged 35(?) 55(?).

Winnett—Died, at Toronto on Sat., Feb. 8, Mrs. Henry Winnett, mother of Mrs. Boyd A.C. Caldwell

Perth Courier, Feb. 21, 1919

Cameron—Died, at Smith’s Falls on Sunday, Feb. 16, James Y. Cameron, Bathurst, aged 63.

Nagle—Died, at Perth on Monday, Feb.17, Michael Nagle, aged 65(?) 66(?)

Quigley—Died, at Perth on Thursday, Feb. 18, Peter Quigley, aged 74.

Whateley—Died, at Great Onalvern(?) England, Monday, Feb. 3, Edward Whateley, brother of the late George Whateley of Perth.

Radey—The Toronto Star published an obituary of Mrs. Michael J. Radey of Toronto, who died Feb. 16 after an illness of nine weeks.  Her maiden name was Elizabeth O’Brien, niece of the late Phillip who lived in the house on North Street, occupying afterwards by the late Henry Kehoe.  Deceased was born in Perth 54 years ago and was a member of the R.C. Church in which she was an active worker.  She leaves a family of three sons and two daughters to mourn her loss.

Lister—Word was received by relatives in town of the sudden death of Elizabeth Jane Bales Lister, beloved wife of James Lister of Rathgore(?) Avenue, Winnipeg.  Mrs. Lister was taken ill just one week before her death and had to be taken to Victoria Hospital to undergo an operation.  Her run down system could not stand the strain and she took a chill which developed into peritonitis.  Mrs. Lister was 49 and was married in Perth 24 years ago.  She had lived in Winnipeg 15 years and will be missed by her large circle of friends.  Besides her husband she leaves a family of five sons:  George, James, Earl, Frank and Willie, and two daughter—Florence and Marion, to mourn her loss.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bales of Clarendon, survive and Mrs. George Burke, town, is a sister.  She was of good Christian faith and a member of the Anglican Church.  Her funeral took place on Friday, 7th inst. To Brookside Cemetery and was largely attended.

The influenza epidemic is again raging in our midst and taking a toll from many families, sparing neither the young or the old.  On Saturday, as a precautionary measure, the Board of Health ordered the closing of schools, skating rinks, etc.  It is earnestly hoped the public will loyally cooperate with the spirit of the order and refrain from gatherings of any description.  Loitering in streets, post offices, rail road rooms for the purpose of friendly chats should be avoided.  Let persons who have no business abroad busy themselves at home, endeavoring to keep fit and well and if attacked by the dreaded flue take every care that the home is practically under quarantine orders.  In this manner, everyone helping, Smith’s falls will soon have a clean bill of health.  Smith’s Falls News


Norma Ford added:Another one Linda – Ziba Talbert Dorman died Nov. 1, 1918 of influenza in Smiths Falls. My Grandfather, my Dad was 3 years 8 months old and my Grandmother was pregnant with her 5th child born in April of 1919



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