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Agnes Jane Larocque Cameron and Stopping Houses

Agnes Jane Larocque Cameron  and Stopping Houses
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Nov 1955, Tue  •  Page 4

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Agnes Jane Larocque Cameron
17 Sep 1876Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
21 Oct 1955 (aged 79)Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

Hopetown Cemetery
Hopetown, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

So what was a stopping house?

It was private residence that also offered room and board, located on early pioneer trails particularly in western Canada. 

A stopping house was essentially a private residence that also offered room and board, and were located on early pioneer trails. They were similar to the coaching inns of Britain and Ireland except that they were not located on well-travelled routes, but on frontier tracks. Generally the stopping houses were built in areas where the grass and water was plentiful, and vegetable crops could be grown. Most were 10 to 20 miles apart and in some cases there was one every three or four miles.

Stopping houses often became the nucleus of newly formed communities. The stopping houses provided shelter from the elements and the hazards of the trail, a good hot meal and the chance of a friendly chat. These stopping houses were somewhat crude, but what they lacked in comforts they made up in hospitality.

Quality meals and accommodation were expected and poor stopping house establishments soon lost their trade. Prices remained standard for accommodations at a stopping house. For many years a meal or bed for one person was 50 cents and 75 cents. The meals served for breakfast, lunch and dinner did not vary substantially from each other. Breakfast included oatmeal porridge and thick farm cream. The rest of the meal consisted of juicy steaks, fried potatoes, eggs, hot cakes, and coffee. The construction of stopping houses added a great deal of comfort for the miners, and stage travellers in those early days.

They generally disappeared after the railway or highway reached an area, and were replaced with railway hotels and motor hotels in the 20th century.

S.S. No. 3 Lanark (Bulloch School) 35, 95

60 Years Ago ~ 1955

An unfortunate accident occurred to Mr. Gordon Taylor of the village. Mr. Taylor fell under the back wheel of a truck driven by Mr. Ronald Sweeney and had his leg broken about six inches above the knee.
Mr. Wellington McDougall has leased the rink for the 1955-56 skating season.
Cameron – At McCue Nursing Home, Perth, on Oct. 23, Agnes Jane Larocque, beloved wife of John G. Cameron, in her 80th year.


John Gardiner Cameron

John Gardiner Cameron1865-1958Marriage: 4 NOV 1895Lanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada

Agnes Jane Larocque

Agnes Jane Larocque1876-1955Children (10)

Thomas Cameron

Thomas Cameron1888-

Robert Maxwell Cameron

Robert Maxwell Cameron1896-1968

James Merville Cameron

James Merville Cameron1899-1968

Annie Marie Cameron

Annie Marie Cameron1901-1985

Agnes Mae Cameron

Agnes Mae Cameron1903-1993

Olive Cameron

Olive Cameron1906-1989

Joseph Leary Cameron

Joseph Leary Cameron1908-1982

John Benjamin Cameron

John Benjamin Cameron1910-1982

Nellie Cameron

Nellie Cameron1912-

Lawrence Vincent Cameron

Lawrence Vincent Cameron1915-1978


Travels With Trevor Barr — O Solo Mio Italy — Part 4



What is Italy known for? Pizza, pasta, Verdi, and the Coliseum? Where to begin, where to go? When life gives you twists and turns, Italy is the place to go. It’s a young country, formerly made up of independent city states – now called regions. Each area has its own personality, its own dialect and its own cuisine. Moving from region to region – and sometimes from town to town – introduces travelers to new local specialties, and it’s a shock to those of us who think we already know what Italian food is. Like Trevor said,”they must have had 99 different kinds of pizza”. French fries on a pizza? Honestly? Is this really Italy?


In Italia, they just add work and life on to food and wine naturally. Everything you see you owe to pasta. Fresh pasta that tastes like nothing like it does here, and the list goes on. The Barrs flew from Barcelona to Turin. It was again a game of “what would we like to see next?”  Once they arrived at a destination they hoped there would be WiFi.  Each destination arrival was a place to make yourself comfortable while Dad scouted around to see what was available. Trevor said they always seemed to find a place to stay within 30- 60 minutes. Turin the capital of the Piedmont region is a city that has fantastic architecture, and after the Winter Olympic Games of 2006 the city has been restructured and once again gained its splendour.

Turin is also a city of mystery, because it is called “the city of the devil” and has one of the most celebrated relics: the Shroud of Turin.  After Turin they traveled to La Spezia where you can purchase an all day train pass that also allows you to hike the Cinque Terre trails. What is Cinque Terre? As Trevor said, the following pictures are not photoshopped. Incredible!


The main attraction of the Cinque Terre is the landscape. Mediterranean herbs and trees grow spontaneously from the top of the hills down to the water level. Well embedded in this magnificent natural scenery, one can admire the intense human activity of the ancestors, when the wine terraces were built.

It must have been an enormous work of transportation, carrying all the heavy stones on men’s shoulders and women’s heads. It was a project of love through the centuries. In fact it’s estimated to have taken about 200 years to build the entire stone-wall network. Its total length has been calculated to be at least equal to the Great Wall of China.


Walking is very popular, especially on the main coastal paths. It’s worth exploring some of the higher paths to Volastra (above Manarola), Monte Negro (above Riomaggiore) or paths that begin outside of the park such as the trail between Levanto and Monterosso.

Traveling by car is by far the worst way to explore the Cinque Terre, because there is little parking. To get from one village to the next involves driving all the way up to the high road and back down again. Sounds dangerous to me and not very enjoyable!


The leaning tower of Pisa really needs no introduction. Together with the coliseum in Rome, I am convinced that many people see the tower as the total image of Italy. The work on the tower commenced in the 12th century, and it began to tilt to an angle even before it was fully completed. The tilting is attributed to the poor foundations which the tower was built on. To get in, you pay around 15 Euros, or  you can admire the tower for free from outside. There’s no looking at a normal building again, especially after seeing the tower of Pisa.


Next it was on to Florence where I personally would have headed immediately to the Gucci Museum. Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David,” while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation

On to Venice and what Napoleon once called the “the drawing room of Europe”– What does that mean? You will have to find out next week!


A photo preview of Venice where they celebrated daughter’s Kaceys birthday in St Marco square during a fireworks festival honoring long-ago plague survivors.  However, the family told Kacey all of Venice was celebrating her birthday. They were not far off as, nothing ever seems straightforward in Venice and what a wonderful thought for her to remember for the rest of her life.

Part 1- Travels with Trevor Barr–The Overture

Part 2- Travels with Trevor Barr Sous La Ciel De France

Part 3- Running with the Barrs through Spain