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.
Family MembersSPOUSES AND CHILDREN
John Gardiner Cameron1865-1958Marriage: 4 NOV 1895Lanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Agnes Jane Larocque1876-1955Children (10)
Robert Maxwell Cameron1896-1968
James Merville Cameron1899-1968
Annie Marie Cameron1901-1985
Agnes Mae Cameron1903-1993
Joseph Leary Cameron1908-1982
John Benjamin Cameron1910-1982
Lawrence Vincent Cameron1915-1978