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1905 Old Home Week - return to table of contents

From The
Perth Courier
May 26, 1905.

FOUR OBITUARIES, TWO NEWS ITEMS

           These items were transcribed because they happened to be alongside the "Old Perthites" list of names. There well may be other obituaries in other parts of this paper.
OBITUARY.
McGUIRE -- "Your son is dangerously ill." Such was the disquieting statement contained in a letter that reached Mr. Daniel McGuire last week, says the Lanark Era. The letter, dated April 2nd, was written by a member of the Pretoria Hospital staff and told of the serious illness of Mr. McGuire's second son, Daniel, who had been an inmate of the hospital for some time suffering with enteric fever. He was thought to be getting nicely over this when attacked by some internal trouble, and fears were entertained for his recovery. These fears proved only too well founded, as yesterday evening another letter was received by the anxious parents conveying the sad news of their son's death on April 9th. Deceased was born in Lanark on December 25th, 1879, and was therefore in his 26th year. After graduating from the village school he served an apprenticeship at watchmaking with Mr. F.W. Lindsay. Some six years ago he left home and after working for short periods at Sudbury and Eganville went to Ottawa. At the latter place he enlisted for the Halifax garrison. When the last Canadian contingent sailed for South Africa it carried with it the venturesome Lanark youth. Shortly after his arrival in South Africa the war ended, and Dan joined the constabulary, afterwards becoming a railway brakeman, and finally securing employment at his trade. Recent letters intimated that Dan intended coming home this spring, but it is thought illness prevented him carrying out these intentions.

OBITUARY.
PHALEN -- The Lanark Era says: "There died at the home of Mr. Thos. Phalen, Drummond Township, on Tuesday morning, May 9th, at 8 o'clock, Catherine Phalen, in her 70th year. Deceased had been in good health till two weeks ago when she had an attack of heart disease. Till Monday, however, she was going about. She took breakfast and dressed herself early. Tuesday morning Mrs. Phalen, who had been attending her, left for a short while and upon returning found Catherine dead. Deceased was born in Drummond on the homestead now owned by Thomas, her brother. She always made the old place her home. Besides Thomas, three brothers and one sister survive -- John at Pestigo, Wis., William at Eureka, Cal., and Daniel in Kansas. Ann lives in Kingston." The funeral took place Thursday at 8 a.m. from the house. Interment was at Ferguson's Falls.

OBITUARY.
SOMERVILLE -- Mrs. R.L. Somerville, of Lanark, died on Tuesday, May 16th, having been ill since last October. Mrs. Somerville was the second daughter of the late Arch. Penman and was only 29 years of age. Born at Watson's Corners she lived there till about 17 years ago, when the family moved to Middleville, thence coming to Lanark after her father's death six years ago. In 1902 she was married to Mr. R.L. Somerville. Two children -- both boys -- were born, and these, with the husband, survive. A mother, three brothers -- James, William, and George, two sisters -- Mrs. Nelson Affleck and Clara -- are left to mourn the loss of a loving sister.

OBITUARY.
KEAN -- Mr. Thomas Kean died at Oliver's Ferry on Tuesday morning, May 16th. He was an old resident of that vicinity. The deceased was unmarried and lived of late among the farmers of that district. He was about 75 years of age and the greater part of his long life had been spent near Oliver's Ferry. For some time he had made his home at the residence of Mr. W.J. McLean and from there the funeral took place the next afternoon. The deceased is survived by one brother, Wm. Kean, of Gilford, Mich.

TWO NEWS ITEMS
Attempted Suicide by Poison
Carbolic acid was used by Robert Blakley, of Sharbot Lake, in an attempt to end his life. He was found in a dying condition. Doctors were summoned but there are slight hopes of his recovery.
New C.P.R. Line.
Mr. J.W. Leonard has announced that the C.P.R. would next week send out parties to survey a new road from Victoria Harbour to Sharbot Lake.
1905
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