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1905 Old Home Week - return to table of contents

From The
Perth Courier
May 26, 1905.

LOCAL MATTERS.
MORROW HOTEL CHANGES. -- Mr. Peter Munro has bought the hotel business of D.J. Morrow at Maberly.
RENFREW'S ASSESSMENT. -- The total assessment for Renfrew Town this year is $1,293,143.55. Last year it was $1,115,410.
Promenade concert in the Town Hall on June 6th. Keep the date before you and watch for particulars.
INTERESTED. -- An old Perth boy says: "Send me the Courier. I am interested in the lists of former Perth residents you are publishing."
Make out your list of old friends to whom you would like to have Reunion circulars sent, and send this list to the secretary, C.F. Stone, Perth.
APPOINTED INSPECTOR. -- Mr. J.H. Boyd, of Merrickville, has been appointed fishery inspector, his territory reaching from Smith's Falls to Manotick.
R.W. Marks announces that all seats will be 10c on the lower floor next Saturday night, the 27th, at the Opera House. No higher.
BOUGHT PERTH HORSES. -- A Pembroke liveryman bought P.J. McGarry's team of blacks and a bay mare from G.A. Jackman.
WOOL WANTED. -- We are paying the highest price in cash for any quantity of good clean wool. -- Shaw & McKerracher. Tweeds, yard and blankets in exchange.
CANOE CLUB DANCE. -- Dr. Meighen and Messrs. Frank Hicks, H. Wilson, H. Scott and J.E. deHertel attended the canoe club dance in Smith's Falls last Thursday evening.
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FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY. -- The fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Dr. Crombie was celebrated in Smith's Falls on Tuesday by a special meeting of Lanark and Renfrew Presbytery.
MISSION OF MABERLY AND BATHURST. -- Services on Sunday next in Bathurst at 10:30 a.m. and in Maberly at 7 p.m. Service will also be held in St. John's Church, Rokeby, at 2:30 p.m.
OATS WANTED. -- We are prepared to buy any quantity of good, clean, white oats for which we will pay the highest price the markets warrant. We are always ready to buy whether we advertise it or not. -- Arthur Meighen & Bros.
INJURED. -- While P. Haughlan and his son, of Burgess, were returning home from Westport, their team of horses ran away, and the elder gentleman, who is 75 years old, was thrown out and suffered a fracture of the shoulder-blade.
ABUSED A HORSE. -- Some time ago a young man hired a horse and rig from M. Drennan. He changed buggies at Jackman's and drove to Smith's Falls, abusing the horse in a terrible manner. The buggy was also damaged. Word was received here last Wednesday that he was in Carleton Place and Chief White went after him that afternoon. He settled the bill in Carleton.
GRANOLITHIC IN SMITH'S FALLS. -- Last fall it was asserted that the Smith's Falls Council laid granolithic walks at between 16 and 18c a foot. A private citizen got his bill from the corporation for some granolithic walks and he was charged about 22c per foot.
BANK ADVERTISING. -- The old-fashioned ideas that it would be contrary to the ethics of banking for a conservative financial institution to make a public bid for new business through newspaper advertising, has been pretty effectively exploded. Bank advertising is almost as common nowadays as shoe or grocery advertising, and equally effective. It is as easy to influence people in the disposition of their savings as it is to guide them in their spending.
HIS PLUCK REWARDED. -- Last Thursday night the young men of Lancaster showed their appreciation of the pluck of Mr. von Metzke, the teller of the Merchants Bank, who recently foiled the attempted bank robbery. They presented him with a gold watch chain and a diamond locket, accompanied by an appropriate address. The locket bears the following inscription: -- "To Hermon[sic] von Metzke, from Lancaster friends. In appreciation of his bravery in discharge of duty on April 25th, 1905."
FOUND HANGING IN STABLE. -- A 13 year old lad, Robert Baird, son of Mrs. S.W. Baird, Hopetown, in Lanark County, was found dead, having hung himself in his mother's stable. It is considered that the hanging was purely accidental. At school the boys played a game where a rope was noosed around the player's head, and the player hanging longest without becoming dizzy was declared the winner. It is thought maybe the lad was practicing this and the noose got about his neck.
Marks Bros. Company in new up-to-date vaudeville and the latest moving pictures at the Opera House Saturday night, the 27th May. 10c to all seats on the lower floor.
HANDY TO HAVE. -- The advertising department of the Frost & Wood Company Limited, Smith's Falls, in charge of Mr. George G. Scott, a Perth boy, have issued a couple of advertising books that should be in the hands of the farmers. One is a folder in book form dealing with the several implements the firm handles; the other is a vest pocket manual and note book. The big implement company are pushing for business harder than ever, as must be apparent to all from their advertisements which are appearing weekly in the Courier on page 3.
The Woman's Association of St. James Church will hold a promenade concert in the Town Hall on Tuesday evening, June 6th. Rummage table, work table, candy, flowers and a good programme.
FIFTY DOLLARS AN ACRE. -- The Grand Forks Daily Herald, of April 12th, reports the following item that will interest Perth readers : Thomas Campbell closed a deal yesterday for the sale of 480 acres of land near the university, known as the school section, to Daniel Perkins for a consideration of $24,000 -- $50.00 per acre. This is one of the largest realty deals recorded in this section of the state in many years. Mr. Campbell and Mr. Perkins have been neighbors for thirty years, and the 480 acres which Mr. Perkins has been farming for many years was originally purchased of Mr. Campbell, he having bought all of his land of that gentleman, who has in turn sold no land to any other person. Both are practical farmers and made the greatest kind of success since coming to North Dakota, and probably no two men could be found who have more faith in the future of the state or the wealth that is stored away in its rich soil. Mr. Campbell is by no means retiring from farming, as he still owns in the immediate neighborhood 920 acres and will occupy his time in caring for that. Mr. Perkins has four grown sons and is in position to manage very easily a farm such as he has now since his recent purchase. Mr. Campbell will move to the home farm, the residence on which is located near the golf grounds. He is already arranging for beautifying the grounds surrounding the residence with rows of shade trees, and he will convert it in a few years to one of the most desirable residences in the state, located as it is but a few blocks from the paved district.
FROST. -- It is reported there was a light frost Saturday night and Sunday morning.
PROVINCIAL TREASURER. -- Hon. Col. Matheson was in town Sunday and Monday, and discussed among other things his position regards the Winn By-law.
FIFE AND DRUM BAND. -- The newly-organized fife and drum band paraded Monday night fifteen strong, in red tunics and service caps. They played their first open-air concert of the season. It was well received and merited the applause it got.
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CHEESE BOARD OPENED. -- The cheese board opened in Perth on May 19th for the season, with 400 boxes. Bissell, Webster, Patton and McVeigh were buyers present. All cheese sold; prices paid, 9½ to 95/8c. A year ago 8c was paid on the opening day.
HORSES WANTED. -- Mr. Hector Lefebvre, of Montreal, will be at the Allan House, Perth, on Friday and Saturday of this week, May 26 and 27th, to buy a carload of heavy workers, and first class drivers -- good prices for good ones. A Cameron, agent.
WILL BE AT HICKS HOUSE, -- Perth, on Saturday, June 10th. Ladies and gentlemen, see Prof. Dorenwend's beautiful wigs, toupees, bangs, wavy and plain fronts, switches in every length and shade, etc. His hair goods styles when properly adjusted protect and ornament the head, soften and beautify the expression of the face and consequently tone up aged appearances. Prof. Dorenwend has for this season many new and pretty designs. He has added a number of New York, London and Paris patterns. Be sure to see them and don't forget day and date.
GOOD ROADS MONEY. -- The Ontario Government will introduce an important change in the system of granting aid to Provincial County Councils for the work of making good roads. Under the former Good Roads Act the sum of $1,000,000 was apportioned for the purpose, to be distributed among the different counties in proportion to their population. Under a new Act, introduced by Hon. Dr. Reaume, the Government agrees to pay one-third of the cost of effecting good roads in various counties, the plans for which have been approved by the Governor-General-in-Council. The time limit within which counties are allowed to submit their application is extended for one year.
RAILWAY FOR LANARK COUNTY. -- The bill to incorporate the Toronto, Ottawa and French River Railway Company was given its second reading on May the 11th in the Ontario Legislature. The railway will have two lines, one extending from Toronto to Ottawa and the other from a point on the Georgian Bay at the mouth of the French River in a direct line to Hawkesbury passing through the City of Ottawa. The line from Toronto to Ottawa will run through the Townships of South Sherbrooke, Bathurst, Drummond, Ramsay and Beckwith, the Town of Perth and the Town of Carleton Place in the County of Lanark.
Why take the trouble of wrapping and posting the Courier to your friends when we will do it all for one dollar a year delivered to almost any part of the world?
SATURDAY ENTERTAINMENT. -- The best moving pictures, all new, and vaudeville up to date was presented by Marks Bros. Company at the Opera House last Saturday night to a good house. Mrs. May A. Bell-Marks again scored in new songs finely illustrated. Mille Bell-Millard sang two new songs; George Marks rolled hoops besides his regular specialty; Irene and Mary Gay were well received. The entertainment billed for May the 24th has been changed to Saturday, the 27th May. New features will be presented every Saturday.
LEMON BROS. CIRCUS. -- We had been a long time preparing to announce the coming of a big circus to Perth. But the day and date is now positively fixed for the appearance of the great Lemon Bros. Shows. Reports from our various exchanges along the line of which the big show is coming tell wonderful tales of the glorious and triumphant march of this marvelous tented amusement giant. A mere newspaper notice, no matter how extended, can't tell a tenth of the wonders which the great tents are credited with holding. There is a splendid monster menagerie, which by the way is entirely distinct and separate from the wild beast show, which consists of all kinds of savage brutes exhibited in startling performances in a huge steel barred circular cage, the same as seen in European capitals. Then there is a real Roman hippodrome, and a world of wonders which space forbids a detailed account of here. All in all, the Lemon Bros. shows are held to be a most surprising and pleasant unification of all that is new and wonderful in the great circus world, and our people may expect to be agreeably surprised at the marvelous exhibition which will be seen here on Saturday, June 3rd, two performances.
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A BANNER YEAR. -- Marks Bros. No. A-1 Dramatic and Vaudeville Company -- Joe, Alex. and Ernie Marks, Joe Marks manager -- is perhaps one of the most successful dramatic combinations on the road to-day. They have toured Canada for the past four seasons and have not played to a losing date. Ernie Marks, the young and versatile comedian of the company, has become a prime favourite with the public and is termed "the people's pet," and is capable of playing any part in the comedy line. This has been a banner year for No. A-1 Co. They have played to a capacity business in the principal towns and cities in Ontario, breaking the house record at almost every engagement. They are now making a tour of Northern Ontario, breaking in new territory and meeting many old friends and making new ones. They return to North Bay where they close the season, cancelling their time down the Ottawa Valley. They intend to visit New York City to secure new plays and talent for next season, after which they will return to the Lake for the summer and be present at the old boys' reunion.
SINGING OF CHILDREN. -- M. John Bowman, D.Sc.R., contributed the following letter to the Smith's Falls News: "Before leaving the charming town of Smith's Falls, where I have been serving the interests of the Independent Order of Foresters, I desire to pay a tribute to the charm and talents of the young ladies who contributed so much to the success of the public meeting of our order. I refer especially to the beautiful singing, and instrumental work of the three children of Mrs. J.C. Lister. Young Miss Violet is a rarely gifted child with a voice of remarkable purity clear as a silver bell, and capable of every shade of expression. Her renditions were indeed charming, added to her vocal gifts, were the varied powers of a true artist. The citizens of Smith's Falls have great reason to be proud to have such a talented family in their midst. Miss Pansy, but twelve years, gave selections on the violin, and Miss Lizzie, fifteen years of age, accompanied her on the piano. All the children have exceptional musical gifts; and I predict for them a great future. I feel this expression of appreciation is due to them, and I shall watch their future with the greatest of interest. Thanking you for your courtesy."
HOTELKEEPER CHARGED. -- Inspector Barnes was in Smith's Falls on Saturday last and laid a charge against a hotelkeeper there for violation of the law.
Oranges this week 20c and 35c per doz. -- Shaw & McKerracher.
HORSES WANTED. -- Mr. H.S. Conn, of Ottawa, will be at the Allan House on Monday, May 29th, to buy a carload of horses from 15.1 to 16 hands high, weighing 1,050 and upward. Must be sound and in good condition.
Catsup 5c per pint bottle Saturday, May 27th. -- Shaw & McKerracher.
PASSED HIS EXAMS. -- Dr. G.A. Wood[ru?]ff, of Winnipeg, formerly of Middleville, has passed his exams in medicine in Manitoba University. The doctor made a creditable showing and is gaining a large clientele.
NEEDLE IN THUMB. -- While housecleaning Mrs. Francis Allan, 4th line of Bathurst, had the misfortune to run a needle in her right thumb, which unfortunately broke off before it was extracted. A local doctor was consulted on Saturday evening and removed the broken piece of steel.
MATTER CROWDED OUT. -- Owing to a call for extra advertising space, accounts of Empire Day celebrations at Balderson, Prestonvale and Hopetown are held over; also correspondence from Lanark, Hopetown, Prestonvale and McDonald's Corners. A full account of how Victoria Day was spent by Perthites will be found in next week's Courier.
ACCIDENT. -- Mr. Frank Consitt met with an accident on Monday which will necessitate him being laid on the shelf for a few weeks. He was driving a milk wagon from Glen Tay to his home, and having the horse hitched too short, coming down a hill it struck its feet several times against the wagon and ran away throwing the driver to the ground. His knee struck a stone and received a hurt.
You will be sure to see just the thing you want to buy at the rummage table at the promenade concert -- June 6th.
HOTEL IMPROVEMENTS. -- Mr. Thomas Barrie of the Barrie Hotel, has made a big improvement in his hotel by having it papered and painted throughout. The Barrie House has been the old stand-by hotel for many years, where many of the old boys used to put up and mine host says he will not be behind times when they arrive. The hotel yards cannot be beaten. Mr. Gamble has the painting in charge.
Good programme at the promenade concert on June 6th. Don't fail to see the tableaux. They will be more than worth the price of admission.
A LAUGHABLE NIGHT. -- Those who accepted the invitation of Messrs. Hicks and Johnson to "Maloney's Wedding," in the Opera House last Thursday evening were kept in roars of laughter for two hours and a half. There is just the mere suspicion of a plot, the time being filled in with olio[sic] entertainers. Jokes were cracked repeatedly, good yarns were spun and the singing was very good. The performance was cean[?] throughout.
VISITOR FROM INDIA. -- Miss Margaret O'Hara, M.D., recently returned from India, will speak in St. Andrew's Church on Sunday morning next and in Knox Church in the evening. Dr. O'Hara is one of our own representatives in British India. A native of Lanark County, she took her college course, graduating B.D., in Queen's and entered upon mission work in India in 1891. She is home on a three months' furlough. The public generally will be welcome to the benefit of her addresses on Sunday.
H[IS?] TRAVELING COMPANION. -- In a rush of news last week, an item referring to the presentation to Mr. Thomas Elliott prior to his departure to the West was misplaced. A number of Mr. Elliott's friends assembled in the Revere House on Tuesday and summoning their unsuspecting friend presented him with a fine traveling case and some complimentary remarks. The recipient was wholly taken by surprise, and thanked his friends for their remembrance of him. Mr. Elliott is a Perth boy, and has been prominent in business circles and in secret society circles in town all his life, and his departure is regretted. He has also been an ardent supporter of our amateur sports.
A DISTINGUISHED MISSIONARY. -- Few have brought more honor to this locality than Dr. Margaret O'Hara, who has been missionary in Central India for fourteen years. Dr. O'Hara, who was born at Port Elmsley, is a graduate in medicine of Queens University, Kingston, and because of her excellent physical health and keen intellectual powers as well as her warm, spiritual and sympathetic nature, has proven one of the best missionaries in India. She stood at her post through famine and plague securing for herself the appreciation and admiration of natives and Europeans alike. At the close of the famine an Indore paper wrote: "At an At Home held at the Indore Residency on the evening of the 3rd instant the Hon. Mr. C.S. Bayley, agent to the Governor-General in Central India, presented the Kaisar-i-Hind medal of the second class which the Government of India has conferred on Miss M. O'Hara of the Canadian Presbyterian mission in Central India for meritorious work during the famine." Dr. O'Hara will speak next Sunday morning in St. Andrew's Church at 11 o'clock and in the evening in Knox Church at 7 o'clock.
PRESBYTERY OF LANARK AND RENFREW. -- At the regular meeting of the Presbytery of Lanark and Renfrew, held in Smith's Falls on Tuesday, May 23rd, a call to the Rev. W.W. Peck, M.A., from St. Andrew's Church, Arnprior, was sustained, and provisional arrangements made for his induction in the event of his acceptance. Representatives from the Presbytery of Brockville were present to support a call from the congregations of Hallville and Osgoode to the Rev. M.H. Wilson, of Scotland and Micksburg. The call was accepted and arrangements were made for the translation of Mr. Wilson from Lanark and Renfrew Presbytery to the Presbytery of Brockville. The resignation of Rev. Dr. Crombie as clerk of the Presbytery of Lanark and Renfrew was accepted and Rev. Dr. Campbell, of Perth, was appointed his successor. The celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Dr. Crombie was made a special occasion in connection with this meeting of the presbytery. The friends of Dr. Crombie in various parts of the presbytery furnished funds sufficient to purchase a beautiful gold watch which was presented to him, together with an illuminated address. A second address was presented from the congregation of St. Paul's Church, Smith's Falls, of which Dr. Crombie is still minister emeritus. The Presbytery of Ottawa and Brockville sent congratulations through deputies. Letters of congratulation were received from various quarters in Scotland where Dr. Crombie had served in his earlier years. An historical sketch of the venerable doctor's life and work was another part of the proceedings which were very hearty. The address by Dr. Crombie in reply was reminiscent and well worded. Application for retirement from the active duties of the ministry was made in behalf of Dr. Campbell and arrangements were made to have the application supported in Assembly's committee and in General Assembly after. Quite a number of Perth and Ottawa people were present at this meeting of presbytery on account of the special features connected with it.
GENERAL CLEANING UP. -- It is pleasing to note the thrift with which citizens generally are displaying in cleaning up their properties and painting and repairing their houses and buildings.
BOUGHT PROPERTY. -- Mr. Francis Troy has purchased the brick house and lot on Drummond Street east from Mr. Robert Brash, and is erecting a summer kitchen to the house proper.
CATTLE RATES GRADED. -- The Board of Railway Commissioners have issued an important order which grades the rates on cattle. The railway companies must substitute rates not exceeding those specified by the board. The rate on cattle from east of Cobourg and Peterboro to Montreal is 15c. Perth is affected by this rate.
FOURTH CENTENARY OF KNOX. -- John Knox, whose name figures prominently in the honor roll of Scotland, was born 400 years ago last Sunday, May 21st, and the fourth centenary of his birth was made the subject throughout the Presbyterian world of a special service on Sunday. The ministers of both St. Andrew's and Knox Churches in town preached especially on Knox.
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