The School House Innisville, Ontario–The Municipal Review of Canada in October of 1928.
The School House is Section 17 in the Village of Innisville (also read Bill Armstrong and The Innisville Museum) at the head of the Mississippi Lake, about midway between Perth and Carleton Place in the county of Lanark. That is how the location was described in the issue of The Municipal Review of Canada in October of 1928.
Actual Invitation to the event at the Innisville School August 17th, 1928 in the journal
On the 17th instant, the people of this section gathered at the school grounds to mark the Centennial year, and to receive a suitable donation from an old scholar of 65 years ago. Mr. T. A. Code of the Town of Perth presented a playground equipment, viz, a swing, teter, and a soft ball outfit. He outlined changes that he thought would contribute much to the community life of the district, viz, to secure ample grounds in addition to the school for soft ball, croquet, etc. and to be used during the vacation for general meetings. He also suggested that each head of family plant a shade tree along the outline and supply a rustic seat, each done without proper upkeep, you will fail in your objective.
Richard Ruttle, George Crampton. J. A. Code (centre) William Armstrong, James Churchill, Miss Darcy (teacher) , Master James Crampton-The Municipal Review of Canada in October of 1928.
R. Richard Ruttle has this development in his charge and will answer any questions as to his progress on request. All this may be a suggestion to some old boy to like wise, as many, no doubt, would like to mark the place of their early training and boyhood days.
Editor-The Municipal Review of Canada in October of 1928.
Thank you Letter to T.A. Code from Master James Crampton
August 21, 1928.
Dear Mr. Code:-
I received your present yesterday and was surprised and pleased to get it. I wish to thank you very much for the gift and now I will be able to spend many pleasant hours playing softball with my chums.
Master James Crampton who write the above letter
August 17th thank you note to Thomas Alfred Code
T.A. Code Esq.
August 17, 1928
On behalf of the rate payers of S. S. No. 17 Drummond, Innisville, we the undersigned wish to extend to you our most sincere gratitude and thanks for the playground equipment which you have kindly donated for the benefit of our pupils.
We now accept them in trust for the use of all students who may attend this school. We know that the pleasant thoughts of your old home school will be greatly increased by the knowledge that the children are now enjoying healthy recreation.
Again we thank you,
William J. Armstrong
Dated this 17 day of August, 1928.
Next- Letters from Mother
*Golf Club Photo–Shanty lunch given by Mr. T. A. Code at the Links O’Tay Golf Club, October 3rd, 1908. —Perth Remembered--Some of the people in the photo included; Robert Burris, James “Gummy” Allan, F.L. Mitchell, Capt. Matheson, James Craig, W.P. McEwen, J.M. Walker (owner of Perth Courier), Eardley Wilmot (played the first game the Ottawa Rough Riders played), Boyd Caldwell (lumbering), T.A. Code (owned Codes’s Mills) R.S. Drummond, Frank Hicks,, C.F. Stone (Perth Expositor), W.B. Hart (Hart’s Bookstore), Nat McLenaghan, J.A. Ferguson. Photo: Perth Courier 1948.
*Lamb’s quarters, fat hen, or goosefoot, was an introduced weed which is one of the plants my Grandfather Crittenden talked about eating when he was a kid, though oddly, no one in the family ever fed it to me. My Grandmother would point it out when it was growing in her flowerbeds, and pull it out. Grampy Critt claimed not to know that much about edible wilds, but get him talking and quite a bit came out. Some folks used to call it “Poverty Food”.
Note—When the post office opened in 1851 a clerical error resulted in the community being called Innisville. The error was never corrected.
The first industrial process on the site was operated by the Kilpatrick family beginning in 1842 and established as a tannery shortly thereafter. In 1882 a new owner, Thomas Alfred Code, established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998.
51 Herriott – The Code Mill is actually a collage of five different buildings dating from 1842. T.A. Code moved to Perth in 1876, and bought this property by 1883. Code spent 60 years in business in Perth. The business started with a contract to supply the North West Mounted Police with socks, and continued for many years manufacturing felt for both industrial and commercial uses.
Code Felt Co today– Click here..
In the 1883, Mr. T. A. Code established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998. The following year, John Stewart began a major restoration and introduced new uses for this landmark. This impressive limestone complex with its central atrium now has an interesting mix of commercial tenants.-Perth Remembered
How did I get this?
I purchased this journal online from a dealer in California. I made every attempt to make sure the journal came back to its rightful location. Every day I will be putting up a new page so its contents are available to anyone. It is a well worn journal full of glued letters and newspaper clippings which I think belonged to Code’s son Allan at one point. Yes there is lots of genealogy in this journal. I am going to document it page by page. This journal was all handwritten and hand typed. Read-More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island
How did it get into the United States? The book definitely belonged to Allan Code and he died in Ohio in 1969.
Allan Leslie Code
1896–1969 — BIRTH 27 MAR 1896 • Ontario—DEATH JUN 1969 • Mentor, Lake, Ohio, USA
Andrew Haydon–He was the author of Pioneer Sketches of The District of Bathurst (Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario) (The Ryerson Press, 1925) and Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party (Allen, 1930).
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