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View photograph of George Goodson Pretty and first wife Agnes Bellamy.
View photograph of George Goodson Pretty and second wife Janet Evans.
at the Lyon Nursing Home, Carleton Place, on Wednesday,
July 16th, 1961.
Beloved wife of the late Joshua SCOTT,
dear mother of
Mary (Mrs. Walter TerMARSCH), Toronto;
Grace (Mrs. Lawrence HICKEY)
Marjorie (Mrs. Gerald HARDY) of Renfrew
Lloyd George, deceased
James Oswald, deceased
In her 82nd year
Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home,
McArthur Ave., Carleton Place.
Service in St. James Anglican Church on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Interment St. James' Cemetery.
Friends and acquaintances please accept this intimation.
|SCOTT, Mellie - (sp??) at the Lyon Nursing Home, Carleton Place, on Wednesday, July 26, 1961, Mellie (sp??) PRETTY, widow of Joshua SCOTT, in her 82nd year. Resting at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, McArthur Ave., Carleton Place. Service in St. James Anglican Church Friday at 3 p.m. Interment St. James Cemetery.|
|PRETTY, George Abraham - At Almonte, Ont., on Monday, July 11, 1960, beloved husband of Helen POXON and dear father of (Marjorie) Mrs. MILLER, of Ottawa, in his 62nd year. Resting at his late residence, Clayton, Ont. Funeral service will take place Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m. in St. George's Anglican church, Clayton, Ont. Interment Clayton United Cemetery.|
|FUNERAL CARD||SCOTT, Oswald - In Ottawa Civic Hospital on Wednesday, August
8th, 1934. Aged 23 years.
The funeral will take place from his parents' residence, Albert Street,
Carleton Place, on Friday, the 10th inst., at 1.15 o'clock, to St.
James Church and from thence to the cemetery. Service at the church at
Friends and Acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
(from an Ottawa
Saturday, June 10, 1939
PIONEER MARKS VISIT OF KING AND QUEEN
His father, Daniel Pretty, hailed from Wiltshire, England; his mother, Margaret WARK, from Scotland's hills, and looking back over the years it seems now that one hundred acres of rough land covered with millions of stones were inadequate compensation and poor gratitude for a lifetime of army service. But military men then knew little of land values and officials who made the allocations apparently cared less.
That farm in Darling, cleared of stone and overburden, is today productive, but the thick fences made from these boulders, picked by both men and women with infinite patience and toil, provide evidence eloquent and abundant of what some of these earliest settlers endured before they had sufficient clearances to grow even potatoes or corn for their own subsistence.
And this elicited the interesting information that Mr. Pretty was one of fourteen children. That's almost unheard of in this more advanced era. He is the last of the fourteen and he can reminisce long and interestedly on the evolution of locomotion from the stoneboat to the airplane. His intellect is still keen and he marvels at all the scientific progress he has witnessed. He thinks science has in some respect lessened initiative in the rising generation; in his early days they had to know how to tan a hide, convert it into leather and have it ready when the itinerant shoemaker came into the district "whipping the cat," a term applied to the wandering maker of the family's footwear.
"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray."
(from an Ottawa
The "grand old man of Darling township" was born in the Tatlock section. That part of the township was settled by his father, Daniel PRETTY of Wiltshire, England, and other pioneers demobilized from England's armies following the Napoleonic wars. His mother, Margaret WARK, came to Canada from Scotland's hills. His boyhood was filled with the hard work and healthful living of the farm, one of a family of 12 children. He is the last of that family.
Educationed in that district, Mr. Pretty continued to live on the family homestead and in 1880 he married Agnes BELLAMY of Clayton, Ont. who died three years later. In 1886 he married Janet EVANS, also of Clayton, whose death occurred Feb. 4, 1943. The late Mr. Pretty left his farm soon after and came to Ottawa, where he has resided with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William PRETTY, ever since.
A man of genial personality and splendid character, Mr. Pretty never used tobacco in any form but he did use liquor sparingly, he told a reporter when last interviewed. He was proud of the hard work he had done during his long life. He had helped clear the land on his farm, labored long in lumber camps when lumbermen thereabout found most of their virgin pine in the vicinity of White Lake and in Lanark county. He ploughed the rough land with oxen and harvested his meager crop with a reaping hook. He saw the first wagon in that district and to his farm came the first binder. He walked or rode horseback for miles to attend church. The farm he labored so hard to build up is still in family hands. His son, Aldon, resides on it.
Surviving, in addition to Aldon and William, are four other sons, Ellwood G. PRETTY of Ashton; R. Preston PRETTY of Chicago; George A. PRETTY of Clayton, and James E. PRETTY of Carleton Place; three daughters, Mrs. Joshua SCOTT of Renfrew, Mrs. Dorcas COUR of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. William TRAIL of Lanark; seventeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, several nephews and nieces; three sister-in-laws, Mrs. Lewis PRESCOTT of Smiths Falls, Mrs. Kate YOUNG of Western Canada, and Mrs. Richard EVANS of Kemptville.
The body is resting at Young's undertaking parlors, Lanark, from where the funeral will be held to Guthrie United Church, Clayton, on Friday for service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Clayton cemetery.