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Teamsters Horses and Accidents- Stuart McIntosh

Teamsters Horses and Accidents- Stuart McIntosh

Bill McIntosh and Orland Moses hooking up the team. Most teamsters will tell you: the neck yoke gets hooked first and unhooked last. How far the links are hooked from the D/ring depends on your team.

Mr. Salter owned the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place and during the decades, he and Mrs. Chatterton swapped ownership back and forth through the years. Who knew what was going on between the two of them? On the 31st of March in 1932 Mr. Salter was very lucky he did not lose his life that day when he drove Mr. Hambly of Ottawa who was a guest of the hotel to Lake Park on Mississippi Lake.

The horse was going at a great clip as he turned  in to stop at the front door. But the horse had other ideas and turned in sharp and the cutter struck a stone and the occupants were thrown out. Mr. Salter’s head struck the hard road and he was knocked out cold. There was a large gash on his head from back to front and the blood flowed from the gash.

Friends flocked around and he was carried into the Queen’s Hotel and Dr. Sinclair was summoned and Salter’s wounds were dressed and word was he suffered great pain.

These accidents from Untimely Demise by Mr. Shaw from the newspaper archives

Dec. 15, 1871 – A lad of 14 years, Charles Boyle, son of a widow residing in Almonte, came to
a violent death in the following manner. He was attending a threshing machine on Monday
when he came hastily out of the barn and put two span of horses in motion. Before the driver
could succeed in stopping them the unfortunate lad was caught in the coupling which attached
the horse power to the spindle driving the machine, and which dragged him roughly around. His
leg was badly broken also his ankle, his neck badly cut, besides other injuries. He lived only
two hours after the accident.

July 20, 1888- On Friday morning, Findlay and Thomas McIntyre were drawing in hay and the
horses became frightened and ran away across the field, jumping the fence and Thomas who
was on the wagon, was thrown to the ground and dragged for several yards and when his
brother Findlay reached the spot he found him insensible. He breathed only a few minutes and
passed away.

November, 1841 – William Burley, Constable for Division #5, Bathurst District, while on the
discharge of his duties, in returning home at a late hour on the night of Saturday, 13th, was
unfortunately killed by falling from his horse about two miles distant from Fitzroy Harbor on the
road to the village of Pakenham.

Feb., 1870 – A young man named Corkerry, 6th Line Ramsay, was driving a sleigh loaded with
wood and when descending a hill part of the load fell off the sleigh taking Corkerry along with
it. The horses took fright and started off. The young man was thrown in front of one of the
runners on the sleigh and was dragged in that position for some distance when the sleigh
passed over his body, crushing it severely. This accident was witnessed by two men in front
who stopped the horses and went to his assistance. He lingered for 24 hours when death put an
end to his sufferings.

June 27, 1873 – A fatal accident by a runaway horse occurred at Hopetown in the township of
Lanark last week. It appears that the horse, on being tied to a post, became frightened and in
some way pulled out the post and ran off. John Stewart of that place on seeing this ran around
the building for the purpose of stopping the horse but came in contact with it, receiving such a
wound on the breast that it caused his death in a few hours.

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Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through

Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through


Mr. Joseph Halpenny  remembered a time when his father William and his uncle John Halpenny kept a hotel in Pembroke from the 1860s to the early 1870s when the hauling of supplies to the lumber shanties was in full swing. The Halpenny hotel at that period was headquarters for the teamsters from Lanark and Renfrew counties as they passed through Pembroke. Pembroke was an overnight stop. Though Mr. Halpenny was only a boy of about six in 1871 he has a vivW recollection of how at that time his father’s hotel would be crowded with teamsters. Every bed in the house would be occupied and every square foot of room would be occupied by men lying rolled up in their blankets on the floor. Mr. Halpenny recalls these teamsters as being big powerful men to whom the lifting of a barrel of pork was a mere trifle.

Most of the teamsters ate their meals in the Halpenny dining room, but on the other hand, many of them carried their own grub with them in boxes, and ate their meals wherever they could around the hotel. Mr. Halpenny’s greatest delight at that period of his life was to eat with the teamsters out of their boxes and to share their home-made bread, their cold fat pork, and the dainties which their wives had packed in the boxes for them.



Mr. Halpenny recalls an elderly teamster whom he called “Uncle” Robert Livingston, whose box meal he usually shared. “Uncle” Livingston always had doughnuts in his box and these he shared liberally with the boy. Mr. Halpenny says that as many as 150 teamsters have been in his father’s hotel over night. His father had two large sheds and they could accommodate some 50 teams under cover.



Prior to opening the hotel in Pembroke, Willaim Halpenny had kept a “stopping place” two miles from Forester’s Falls in Ross township. The stop of the shanty teams there was a noon stop, Grandfather John Halpenny had gone into Ross township as a farmer in the pioneer days back in the late 1840s.

William Halpenny did not live long after moving to Pembroke, In 1865. He died in 1871, the result of a cold sustained in 1869, when Prince Arthur visited Pembroke. After the death of Mr. Halpenny the Halpenny hotel was sold and became the Munroe House




Pembroke was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1971. It was named seat for Renfrew County in 1861. This set the stage for construction shortly thereafter on the Renfrew County Courthouse, which finished in 1867, and the arrival of many civil servants, much wealth and much construction. In the 20-year period following 1861, Pembroke basically became the city it is today in terms of layout and buildings, although many homes and other structures have been lost to time. A fire in 1918 destroyed much of Pembroke’s downtown.

Other historic buildings that survive in Pembroke include a historic synagogue, two original hospitals, the Dunlop mansion (Grey Gables Manor Bed & Breakfast), the ‘Munroe Block’ downtown, and two houses belonging to the White family. A fire in 1918 downtown destroyed many buildings, including the Pembroke Opera House

As shown by the quotation below, which is perhaps equal parts promotion and fact, the economic atmosphere of Pembroke during the period when our fashions graced its streets and hotels, attracted many people to set up residence here.

“Both for business purposes and residential purposes Pembroke is a most desirable town. Because of its advantageous surroundings, its commercial facilities, its advantages as a shipping and distributing point, its excellent sanitary conditions, and the thousand and one things that make the town a desirable place in which to live, it has attracted, during the past few years, capitalists and business men from afar.
The district surrounding Pembroke is one of the richest agricultural districts in Eastern Canada. The farmers are all well-to-do, while many of them have accumulated fortunes.