The Aberfoyle Village News

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wagon Shop in Full Blast

Brock Road, Puslinch

 

The subscriber returns his best thanks to his friends and the public for their support during the past two years, and informs them that he has commenced the waggon making and blacksmithing business, which he intends to carry forward on the most satisfactory principles.  He will employ experienced workmen, and Farmers, Teamsters, and others may always depend upon being furnished with a first rate article.

 

Waggons always on hand

 

Carriages, cutters, railway carts, wheelbarrows, etc.

Made to order, on the shortest notice.

 

Paul Ross

Aberfoyle, Puslinch, April 1852.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Sleighs and Cutters

 

The undersigned respectfully informs the inhabitants of Puslinch, Guelph, and the neighbourhood, that at this season of the year he is directing his attention more particularly to the construction of

 

Fancy Cutters and Business Sleighs,

 

A large stock of which he constantly has on hand, and which he flatters himself, for quality and price, will give general satisfaction.

 

A general assortment of wagons also may be inspected.

 

Orders for sleighs, wagons, and carriages, promptly executed.

 

The Blacksmithing Business in all its branches.

 

Paul Ross

Puslinch, November 29th 1852.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Hands Wanted

 

Wanted immediately, a blacksmith and also a wagon-maker.  None but experienced hands and good workmen need apply.

 

Also wanted, an apprentice to the blacksmithing, he must be a strong youth and not under 16 years of age.

 

Paul Ross

Puslinch, Nov. 29th 1852.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Puslinch

Blacksmith, Carriage, and Wagon-Making Establishment

 

The subscriber, in returning his grateful acknowledgements for the very liberal support that he has received since his commencement in the above business, begs leave to intimate to his customers and friends that he is now carrying on the above business on a much more extensive scale.  Having on hand a large stock of choice seasoned lumber and under his employ the most experienced hands that the province can produce, he flatters himself that he is now able to compete with any establishment of the kind in the province both as regards price and quality of work.

 

He has also supplied himself with a quantity of material adapted for buggies, carriages, &c., and is determined to turn out cheap and substantial articles adapted for farmers’ use.

 

All orders punctually attended to and neatly executed, on the shortest notice.

 

Paul Ross

Aberfoyle, Puslinch.

May 24th 1853.

 

N.B. — All kinds of farming stock and produce taken in exchange.

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Two Apprentices Wanted

 

The undersigned is prepared to take two apprentices, one for the blacksmithing and the other for the wagon-making business.  Stout youths, not under 16 years of age, will find this an eligible opportunity of learning the business.

 

Paul Ross

Aberfoyle, 24th May, 1853.

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Puslinch Brick Yard

 

The undersigned respectfully informs the inhabitants of Guelph and the neighbouring townships that, having discovered a very superior bed of clay, he will be prepared to turn out

1,000,000 bricks

next year, of a quality hitherto unknown in this part of the country.  He has procured a machine that performs its work in a very superior manner and will be an immense advantage to purchasers. 

 

Still on hand of this year’s make,

50,000 bricks,

 which will be disposed of on reasonable terms.  Parties intending to build will confer a favour by leaving their orders at once at King’s Tavern or with

 

George Schatz

Puslinch, November 28th 1853.

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

List of Letters

In the Aberfoyle Post Office 1st of March 1854.

 

Beattie, Margaret

McKinsor, Esq. D.

Bay, A. M.

McKenzie, Donald

Cross, Wm.

McKenzie, John

Cockburn, Miss Janet

MacKay, Alex

Cassin, Hugh

McCurley, Thos.

Duncan, Peter

McCoy, Peter

Earls, Arneathy

McPhalin, Jas.

Fleming, Alex

McCormick, Alex

Hill, H. P.

Parks, Alex

Hewer, William

Stewart, Donald

Lowden, Robert

Scott, Thomas

Lamont, W. K.

Smith, John

Lynch, Thomas

Tailor, George Jr.

Matthews, William

Wilkinson, John

Mackinson, Mr.

Wilkinson, Neil

McDonald, Roderick

Willoughby, Chas.

Morrison, Duncan

 

 

S. Falconbridge

Post Master.

 

 

 

 

 

List of Letters

Remaining in the Aberfoyle Post Office 26th August 1854.

 

 

George Bolt

John McDermaid

William Blue

Peter McNaughton

William Comfort

Lachlan McMillan

Messrs. Martin & John Cantwell

Daniel McTaggart

Abraham Cad_

John McCallum

William Halligan

Alex McKenzie 2

Andr. Harrower

Mathew O’Farrell

John MacKormick

John Ray

Hector McKinnon

Duncan Stewart

William McCormick

Alex. Wilkinson

John McGill

Paul Wingard

 

Alex Watt

 

 

 

 

S. Falconbridge

Postmaster

 

 

 

 

 

New Bricks

 

The Subscriber is now burning a kiln of brick which will be ready for delivery on the 27th inst., from which date he will have a constant supply of red and white brick on hand, at his yard, on the Brock Road, seven miles from Guelph.

 

George Schatz

Puslinch, 15th June, 1854.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

August 3rd 1854.

 

 

In our list of deaths will be found the name of Mr. Shatz, who died of cholera, whilst attending on some German emigrants.  With small means but great energy and perseverance, Mr. Shatz made the most of a small water privilege that he purchased about 12 years since on the Dundas Road, 7 miles from Guelph.  In addition to his sawmill, he commenced a foundry, but this not succeeding to his expectations, he turned the building into a tannery, wherein a business is now being carried on.  He also opened a brickyard, turning out both red and white bricks, which provided a great convenience to many of the inhabitants of this town last year.  Mr. Shatz also knew the advantages of a populous neighbourhood and had sold building lots and collected around him quite a settlement, which includes a tavern, extensive wagon-maker’s shop, tailor, and various other trades.  Had he been preserved, it is probable that in a few years a steam flouring mill and other means of building up a village would have been erected as the result of Mr. Shatz’s energy and foresight, but human calculations are vain and the prospective wealth of Mr. S. is of little consequence now.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Bricks for Sale

 

The undersigned offers for sale, at Shatz’s Kiln, Brock Road, about

 

100,000 of Brick

 

of excellent quality and at liberal prices, for cash.

 

James McMeekin

Puslinch, 1st Nov., 1854.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Canada Directory

1857-1858 edition

 

This directory contains the names of professional and business men and the principal inhabitants in the cities, towns, and villages throughout the province.

 

Aberfoyle — a village on the Brock Road leading from Hamilton to Guelph; distant from Guelph, 7 miles, stage fare 37½¢, and from Hamilton, 24 miles, stage fare $1.25; daily male population, about 100.

 

1.

Cavah, William — general store

2.

Falconbridge, S. — Postmaster and general storekeeper

3.

Hart, Jno. — shoemaker

4.

King, Thomas — innkeeper and saw mill owner

5.

McKenzie, A. — blacksmith and farmer

6.

McLean, Reverend A. — Free Church

7.

McLeod, R. — shoemaker

8.

Ross, David — Wagon-maker and blacksmith

9.

Scott, Peter — merchant tailor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from the “Weekly Advertiser” newspaper for May 6th 1864.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puslinch Mills, Aberfoyle

June 25th 1864.

 

We are happy to be able to announce to the inhabitants of Puslinch that these mills are now complete in every department and in full operation, as will be seen by advertisement.  The enterprising proprietor is prepared to pay the highest market price for wheat and oats or to exchange oatmeal for oats as well as to chop and grist to any extent.  The kiln, which is a necessary adjunct to the manufacture of oatmeal, is finished in the most approved style.  Everything in and about the mills has been got up in the most approved manner, regardless of labour and expense.  We hope that the proprietor will receive that patronage from a discriminating public, which his establishment so well merits.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from the “Weekly Advertiser” newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court of Chancery

November 16th 1865.

 

This court opened on Thursday last, the Hon. Chancellor Vankoughnet presiding.  As there were several intricate and lengthy cases for hearing and in most of them, a great many witnesses to examine, the business of the Court was not finished till Monday.

 

Mahon vs. McLean: ─ This is a case of great importance, and as it is of special interest to the people of Puslinch, we give the particulars pretty full, in order that the public may understand the merits of the case.  The plaintiff, who is a farmer in the immediate vicinity of Aberfoyle, sought to cancel the patent held by the defendant to the land and mill privilege on which his grist mill, also in Aberfoyle, is erected.

 

In 1832, the Government had a sale of lands in Puslinch.  At that time the only known mill privilege was in Aberfoyle.  It was offered for sale by public auction, with the conditions that the purchaser should erect a saw and grist mill within a certain specified time.  The mill privilege was bought by the plaintiff on these conditions, and the rest of the land in the township was sold on the distinct understanding that these mills would be erected in Aberfoyle within the time mentioned in the conditions of sale.  These conditions were never complied with in any respect by the plaintiff. 

 

In 1842, he succeeded, by misrepresentations to the Government that no mill privilege existed on the property, to get the conditions attending the purchase cancelled.  After having done so, he sold a mill site on the identical property to the late George Schatz, guaranteeing ten feet of head, where he had made the government believe no such privilege existed.  After Mr. Schatz purchased the land, he erected a saw mill and constructed a dam, but never raised it to the height promised by the plaintiff, in consequence of continued annoyance from him.  He was repeatedly subjected to these annoyances in the shape of lawsuits both in Hamilton and Guelph, to recover damages alleged to have been done by the dam, but really for the purpose of keeping the privilege from being of any practical use to the people in the township.

 

  Mr. Schatz died in 1852, leaving Messrs. Cockburn and Black as his executors.  They attempted to carry on the business of the tannery and saw mill for the ten years following, but were also subjected to constant annoyance and lawsuits from the plaintiff.  In the early part of 1863, Mr. Geo. McLean made an offer to the executors, that if they would procure a patent directly from the Crown, for the privilege in question, he would purchase the same from them, and guarantee the erection of a good grist mill for the benefit of the public. 

 

A petition, signed by almost every individual in Puslinch, was transmitted to Mr. Stirton, M.P., and by him, presented to the then Commissioner of Crown Lands, urging upon him the propriety of cancelling the sale as originally made to Mahon.  A petition from the executors, to the same effect, was also sent down.  Through the untiring efforts of Mr. Stirton, who was acting in behalf of his constituents and the public at large, and who laid the whole facts of the case before the Commissioner, action was taken upon the petitions.  The sale to Mahon was cancelled, and a patent issued to George McLean, giving him the same privileges as were originally sold to Mr. Schatz in 1842.  Mahon, it must be borne in mind, during all this time, had never paid more than one or two instalments on the land, and consequently had forfeited the conditions of the original contract.  He now brought this action to quash the patent granted by the Crown to the defendant, on the ground that the Commissioner had not been informed of all the facts when granting it.

 

It was proved during the examination, however, that the Commissioner had been put in possession of all of the facts, and that the plaintiff was aware of that, from the fact that he had sent a letter to the Governor-General, calling his attention to what the Commissioner was about to do, which was precisely what he complained of.  A great many witnesses were examined, among others, the member for the South Riding, the Warden of the County, and many of the most respectable farmers in the district.

 

     The Chancellor gave his decision on Monday, which was that the bill be discharged with costs, thus leaving Mr. McLean in full possession of all the rights and privileges granted him under the patent from the Crown, and putting the plaintiff in for all costs.  We congratulate Mr. McLean on the result of the trial.  Amid many difficulties and in the face of many obstacles, he has put in operation a first-class mill, which is of the greatest service to the farmers.  We also congratulate the people of Puslinch on the result, for it settles, we hope forever, a dispute in which they have been deeply interested.  But for the energy and enterprise of Mr. McLean, and the efforts of Mr. Stirton, they would not be so advantageously situated as they now are.  We hope that Mr. McLean will long live to enjoy the reward of his toil, and the farmers of Puslinch to enjoy the benefits that such a mill confers on the township.

 

 

 

 

 

News from Puslinch Township

December 27th 1866.

 

 

Puslinch Agricultural Society — The annual meeting of this society will be held at Johnston’s Hotel, Aberfoyle, on Tuesday the 8th of January at 2 o’ clock p.m.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Burning of the Aberfoyle Mill

(from the Galt Reporter newspaper for Friday August 13th 1869.)

 

On Sunday morning (August 8th), between two and three o’ clock, the grist mill belonging to Mr. Geo. McLean, in the village of Aberfoyle, Puslinch, was discovered to be on fire in the upper storey, and within fifteen minutes after the alarm was given, the fire had made such progress as to prevent all access to the building, which had to be given up to the devouring element.  The scales, about half the flour that was in bags, some of the elevators, and a tool chest were saved.  The remainder of the flour, a large quantity of wheat, and all else in the mill had to be abandoned. 

 

The work of destruction was completed, and soon charred timbers and crumbling walls were all that remained of the splendid mill, the pride of Aberfoyle, and the establishment that had sent the prize oatmeal and groats to the Paris Exhibition.

 

The mill was three and a half stories high, and was built part of stone and part brick.  Mr. McLean estimated his total loss on the mill at $15,000, and thinks that he is insured for two-thirds of the amount.  The drying kilns, adjoining the mill, which were not insured, were by great exertions saved.  The origin of the conflagration is a mystery; there had been no fire in the building all summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Concert at Aberfoyle

February 16th 1872.

 

The charity concert last Thursday evening at Aberfoyle was a grand success and reflects much credit on the committee of management.  The large hall was filled with a most respectable audience.  Mrs. Budd, with her usual good taste, presided at the piano.  Miss Leslie, of Puslinch, sang “Nothing else to do”, “I have lost my bow wow”, Miss Jennie Fraser, “The march of the Cameron men”, Miss Black, “The Lover and the Bird”, and Miss Johnston, “Her bright smile haunts me still”.  Their songs had a most happy effect, and they were respectively encored several times.

 

Messrs. W. and T. Black gave a comic duet, and contributed much to the evening’s entertainment.  Mr. D. McFarlane sang “Castles in the air”, most admirably.  Conspicuous among the rest was Mr. T. H. Taylor, who sang “Barney Mavourneen”, “The man that couldn’t get warm” and several others, with his usual good taste and humour.  He threw his soul into his songs, which had the effect of bringing down the house with thunders of applause.  He was also encored several times.

 

Mr. J. P. McMillan entertained the audience by a very amusing account given by a man from the country that went to Edinburgh, and went into a place where there were seven pipers in one room, playing at one time, and each his own tune.  This man thought it the most heavenly music he ever heard.  Before leaving the stage, Mr. McMillan gave them “Alister McAlister”, and imitated the bagpipes, much to the amusement of his listeners.

 

A social dance followed, and a large attendance of young people remained until an early hour in the morning.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

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The Aberfoyle Concert

February 21st 1872.

 

The committee, who had this concert in charge, has had the great satisfaction of handing over to the person for whose benefit it was got up, $92.00, certainly a very handsome sum.  They request us to return their sincere thanks to the singers and others who gave their valuable assistance on the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Items

February 12th 1874.

 

The people of this village and vicinity have now quite recovered from the political excitement of the late elections, and every point having been fully considered, nothing remains open for debate by our local politicians.  The Tories have retired with a wail for their deserted Mr. Hatch, and nothing is heard from them, save an occasional groan from the background, while the Reformers rejoice over the splendid victory in the election of Mr. D. Stirton.

 

Annual Ball ─ The young people held their annual ball immediately after the political contest was over, and the Town Hall had scarcely lost its political echoes when it resounded with music and dancing.  The hall was decorated with gallant young men, and illuminated with blushing damsels.  The dance and the song and the mirth continued till early dawn, fully maintaining the reputation of Aberfoyle for a “good dance”.

 

Oyster Supper ─ On the evening of Thursday last, an oyster supper was given to the managers of the late ball.  Mrs. Mooney, of the Aberfoyle Hotel, prepared a splendid table, with oysters, rich pastry, fruit, et cetera.  Having feasted to satisfaction, speeches, songs, and toasts followed in rapid succession.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Stallion Show

Thursday April 16th 1874.

 

 

This show was held at Aberfoyle on Tuesday, the 14th instant, and though the weather in the fore part of the day was unpromising, and no doubt kept many exhibitors away, the affair was very successful.  The following is a list of prizes awarded in the different classes:

 

Heavy draught

1st — Donald McCaig — $7

2nd — F. W. Stone — $4

3rd — William Graham — $2

 

General Purpose

1st — Malcolm McCaig — $7

2nd — Peter Beaver — $4

3rd — Wm. McKenzie — $2

 

Roadster or carriage

1st — Charles G. Cockburn — $7

2nd — S. Cook

 

Messrs. James Aikens, John O’Connell, and J. B. Moffat acted as judges.

 

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Church Dedication in Aberfoyle

Thursday January 3rd 1878.

 

On Sunday last, the dedicatory services in connection with the Methodist Episcopal Church, Aberfoyle, were held.  Services were held at 9:30 and a sermon was preached at 10 o’ clock by Reverend E. Loundsbury, of P. E., at 2:30 by Reverend J. Reynolds, of Barton, and at seven o’ clock, p.m., by the Reverend B. Bristol, of Saltfleet circuit.  On Monday evening, a tea meeting was held in the town hall to raise funds for the building of sheds.  After refreshments had been served, the chair was occupied by Mr. D. Guthrie, M.P.  Addresses were delivered by Reverend Messrs. Loundsbury, Clements, Bristol, and Mr. Jas. Massie, M.P.P.  The music, furnished by a very efficient choir, was nicely rendered.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Highly Esteemed Mr. Burdette

Thursday April 11th 1878.

 

 

A surprise — On Friday evening, Mr. Burdette, of Aberfoyle was surprised to have a visit from a number of his friends from that village and Moffat, both being appointments which that gentleman fills as local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Churches.  The visitors comprised both ladies and gentlemen, and with them they carried baskets of provisions and delicacies.  After some time had been spent in social enjoyment, the ladies of the party spread the tables, and all partook heartily of a sumptuous repast. 

 

Mr. Mason, on behalf of those present, presented Mr. Burdette with a purse containing $17, at the same time expressing to him the high esteem in which he was held by them.  The recipient feelingly replied.  This is the second token of esteem he has received since he has resided in Aberfoyle.  The gathering broke up with singing and prayer after a very social evening had been spent.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Local News

January 13th 1880.

 

About seven years ago, a son of Mrs. Mooney, of Aberfoyle, left for the southern United States.  After his departure, he did not write home and his relations thought him dead.  On Monday night, the first letter was received from the absent son, from Texas, where he is working on a railway and doing well.

 

 

 

 

 

Accident at Barn Raising

July 10th 1880.

 

Mr. Jas. Scott, assessor for Puslinch, met with a severe accident while assisting at a barn raising on the farm of Mr. Joseph Smith, Lot 21, Concession 7, Puslinch, on Friday afternoon.  He was using a hand spike as a lever to raise a heavy piece of timber, when the piece slipped and feel on his right foot, crushing it frightfully.  After everything, that could relieve the sufferer, had been done, he was driven home.  The accident will confine him to the house for some time.

 

 

 

 

 

A Fine Building

October 9th 1880.

 

Mr. Jas. McLean, of Morriston, has just completed for Mr. S. Falconbridge, of Aberfoyle, a commodious storehouse and stable, 42 feet by 44 feet.  The basement or stable is built of stone, and the second storey is frame.  The basement has room for ten horses, the stalls being arranged on each side of the passage, in which, there is a pump and two conductors leading from the upper storey, for oats and bran, or chopped stuff, and the hay is also fed the animals from the same passage.  There is also a horse stairway, leading from the lower storey to the upper.  On the upper floor are several apartments, which can be used for grain or as a storehouse, while there is ample room for driving in two or three vehicles.  In the second storey is erected a platform  about ten feet from the floor, for the purpose of storing away carriages or sleighs, when not required.  A convenient stairway also leads to this platform.  Taken altogether, it is the most complete combined storehouse and stable that we have ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

April 27th 1881.

 

Mrs. Hugh Cockburn Senior, an old and highly respected resident of this township, departed this life, aged seventy-five years, last Sabbath.  She will be greatly missed, as she always had a good word and was a very charitable, open-hearted and kindly disposed old lady.  She has been ailing for a few weeks past, and Dr. Orton, of Morriston, has been attending her.  Sabbath morning she complained of feeling worse, and after considerable persuasion, she allowed a messenger to go for the doctor.  She was up, moving around the house, and provided her own breakfast.  Shortly after 10 a.m., she laid down on the lounge, and Mrs. Doughty, looking through the door, thought that she was sleeping, but instead she had passed peacefully away.  She arrived in this country in 1834, and has resided on the old homestead since 1835.

 

Mr. D. C. McLaren, hotel keeper in this village, also died on Sunday.  He has been ill for a long time with dropsy, and the people in this vicinity and the travelling public, by whom he was widely known and greatly respected, will miss the genial face of the deceased.

 

It is unfortunate that the friends, of each of the deceased above, fixed on the same time, unknown to each other, to inter the remains.

 

  The Niagara Conference of the M. E. Church met in London this year, and has just come to a close.  The Reverends B. L. Cohoe and Kennedy have been appointed to this, the Flamboro circuit, for the ensuing year, and we are sure that they will receive a hearty welcome from all.  The church in this place has made rapid progress since the Reverend E. L. Clement started the appointment in October of 1876.  They have a nice little chapel, clear of debt, and the young people, in connection with it, held a meeting last December, and purchased a fine-toned organ, and have succeeded so well that it is nearly all paid for.  There is a good choir, for the practice that they have had since organization, and last, but not least, a first class organist in connection.  We hope that they will continue to prosper, and that it may be the means of much more good being done.

 

 

 

 

 

The Queen’s Birthday at Aberfoyle

May 25th 1882.

 

The Queen’s Birthday was spent in a jolly manner in this village.  From every side road could be seen the youth and beauty of the surrounding country wending their way to the fair ground to take part in the festivities of the day.  The games and sports were well contested.  The fat man’s race brought three men who tipped the beam at 700 pounds, and their elephantine tread, as they travelled the course, alarmed the residents for miles around, who feared that a dynamite explosion or an earthquake had occurred.  The following is the list of prize winners.

 

Standing jump:

Nesbitt, 11 feet, 8¼ inches, A. Carrey, 11 feet, 7 inches, D. Gowdy, 11 feet, 1 inch.

Three standing jumps:

A. Carry, 31 feet, 11 inches, S. Nesbitt, 31 feet, 6 inches, W. Petrie, 31 feet, 2 inches.

Running jump:

A. Carry, 18 feet, 2 inches, H. Mason, 18 feet, 1 inch, A. Grace, 17 feet, 10 inches.

Running, hop, step, & jump:

A. Grace, 39 feet, 1 inch, R. Brown, 38 feet, 2 inches, A. Carry, 37 feet.

High jump with pole:

H. Mason, 8 feet, 7 inches, S. Nesbitt, 8 feet, 2 inches, R. Brown, 8 feet, 1 inch.

Throwing light stone:

W. Fritz, 38 feet, L. Singular, 37 feet, 2 inches, T. Carraher, 36 feet, 11 inches.

Heavy stone (21 pounds):

W. Fritz, 33 feet, 8 inches, L. Singular, 33 feet, 7 inches, T. Carraher, 32 feet, 11 inches.

One hundred Yard race:

F. Hood, A. Grace, John Dawson.

Fat man’s race:

L. Singular, T. Ingram, T. Foster.

Boy’s race, under 12 years:

Jas. Cockburn, J. Cockburn.

Quoit match:

Ingram & Haron, Geo. Atkinson & S. Nesbitt, G. Doyle & John Cockburn.

Three quarter mile race:

H. Devlin, ___ Bowles, John Foster.

Trotting race:

Thos. Ingram, Thomas Carraher, L. McGibbon.

 

The following were the judges: Messrs. M. Todd, of Guelph, Allen McIntyre and Alex McLeod, of Aberfoyle.  The judging in all cases was satisfactory.

 

 

 

 

 

Accident at Aberfoyle

July 16th 1885.

 

The other day, a resident of the Aberfoyle neighbourhood took a horse and buggy belonging to Mr. Roos, of Hespeler, out of Mr. L. Singular’s hotel shed, at the former village, for the purpose of exercising the animal.  He drove down to Morriston and back again, as fast as the horse could go, aided by the whip.  By the time Aberfoyle was reached a second time, the drunken driver had fallen down in the buggy so that he could not be seen over the dashboard, and some of the inhabitants imagined that it was a runaway.  With this idea, Mr. D. McGibbon tried to stop the horse, but was violently thrown down and struck by one of the animal’s shoes in such a way as to tear the skin off his arm all the way between the elbow and shoulder.  The wheels of the buggy also passed over him, bruising his legs considerably.  By the time that the owner of the rig got hold of the driver, his horse was almost ready to drop, but he could get no satisfaction from the driver who was so saturated with whiskey that there was no room left in him for intelligence.

 

 

 

 

 

Auction Sale of Farm, Tavern and Village Property

near the City of Guelph

February 20th 1886.

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The following properties will be offered for sale by public auction

At the City Hall, in the City of Guelph, on

Saturday March 6th 1886.

 

Parcel No. 1:

Farm ─ The northeasterly half of Lot No. 22, in the 7th Concession of the Township of Puslinch, containing one hundred acres, more or less, most of which is cleared and free from stumps.  On the southerly end, there is a quantity of excellent hardwood timber.  The never-faling spring creeks cross the Lot, which, with its proximity to Guelph, only 7 miles distant, makes it an excellent farm for pasture.  The Lot adjoins the village of Aberfoyle.

 

Parcel No. 2:

Tavern Stand and Village Lots in the Village of Aberfoyle ─ The tavern stand Lot and property, Lot 4, on the southwesterly side of Dundas Street, Lots 2, 3, and 4, on the east side of Mill Street, in the second range of Lots, southwest of said street, and Lot 5 on the west side of Mill Street, also in said range.  There is a two-storey frame, plastered tavern, a large frame driving shed, and an open shed on the property.  In rear of tavern, there is also a frame, plastered cottage.

 

Terms:

One-tenth of the purchase money to be paid at the time of sale, and for the balance, the terms will then be made known.

 

For further particulars, apply to:

 

Kenneth McLean,

Barrister, Guelph.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

March 15th 1886.

 

John McDonald, of Aberfoyle, has sold his house and lot in that village to J. H. Doughty, of the same place.

 

from the Galt Reporter newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Local News

June 19th 1886.

 

Mr. August Miller, of Aberfoyle, brought fifteen pounds of beautiful trout to the city today, which he sold to one of the fish dealers of the city, for a good price.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

March 10th 1887.

 

Barn burned — The barn used by John Lewis, teamster, Aberfoyle, and owned by Joseph Smith, was discovered to be on fire at about one o’ clock this morning.  When the alarm was given, the building was almost in a sheet of flames, and nothing could be done to save it.  With considerable difficulty, Mr. Lewis managed to get out his three horses from the building, but nothing else.  The harness, a quantity of feed, a cutting box, and other articles were consumed, the loss of which will amount to about $100.  It is understood that there was no insurance.  The barn was an old one and is not valued at much.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Stables Burned

June 2nd 1887.

 

About two o’ clock this morning, the hotel stables of Mr. L. Singular, of Aberfoyle, were discovered to be on fire.  It is said that they were totally consumed, together with a horse, buggy, harness, and other articles, and about four tons of hay.  The building belongs to Colonel Higinbotham, who has an insurance of $150 on it.  Mr. Singular’s loss and insurance has not been fully ascertained.

 

 

 

 

 

The Local News

April 6th 1888.

 

The Guelph checker players have received a challenge from Aberfoyle and neighbourhood to play 16 or 20 men in Aberfoyle for an oyster supper.  The challenge is likely to be accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel for Sale

January 26th 1889.

 

That excellent property known as the Aberfoyle Hotel, at present in the possession of Mr. Lot Singular, and one of the best stands on the Hamilton Road.  The outbuildings are all new, and the hotel recently painted.  Price reasonable and terms of payment easy.  Apply to Jackson and Hallett, Guelph.

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Sold

January 28th 1889.

 

On Saturday, the Aberfoyle Hotel, more commonly known as Singular’s Hotel, was sold by private sale, to Mrs. John Doran, wife of Mr. John Doran, of the Central Hotel, Guelph, for $2,000.  Mr. Singular has a lease of the hotel and will still remain as tenant until some other arrangement is made.  The property was bought cheap.

 

 

 

 

 

Auction Sale

of valuable Real Estate in Aberfoyle and Morriston

_______________

There will be offered for sale at the Market House, Guelph,

Saturday, 28th of January 1889,

at 2 o’ clock p.m.

 

No. 1

That property known as the Aberfoyle Mills, 4 rows, built of stone and white brick, water between eight and nine months in the year, 52 H.P. Corliss engine, manufactured by Inglis and Hunter, capacity from 80 to 100 bbls, one of the best wheat growing sections.  Distance from any other mill, 7 miles, distance from Schaw Station, C.P.R., 3½ miles.  There is also a brick building convenient that may be used for oatmeal kiln, cider, or evaporating purposes.  A good dwelling house opposite the mill, storehouse, stables, and sheds.  There is about 48 acres of land , more or less, including the dam and water courses.

 

No. 2

A gore lot, adjacent to the Aberfoyle Town Hall, suitable for tradesmen.

 

No. 3

Village Lots 11 and 12, west side of Dundas Street, Aberfoyle, half acre, more or less, on which is a good frame dwelling house and stable, now occupied by Mrs. Wm. McDonald.

 

No. 4

A Lot, about one quarter of an acre, more or less.  Frame house thereon, now occupied by Mr. Joseph Roach.

 

No. 5

A Lot adjoining No. 4, containing 1½ acres, more or less, suitable for market gardening, the soil being a rich black loam, seven miles from Guelph.

 

No. 6

Thirteen acres, more or less, in a good state of cultivation, in the Village of Morriston, to which is attached village Lot 34, on which is a good barn, 30 feet by 60 feet.

 

No. 7

Village Lots 20 and 21, quarter of an acre each, on which is a fine orchard.  The best building lots in the village of Morriston.

 

The above will be offered on the day, hour, and place mentioned, if not previously sold.

 

Terms of Sale

Ten per cent on day of sale, the balance of half or four-fifths when papers are completed and the remainder may remain on mortgage at six per cent interest, payable half yearly, say for 3 or 5 years.

 

 

R. B. Morison, Proprietor.

James Taylor, Auctioneer.

 

 

 

 

 

The Local News

June 22nd 1889.

 

Singular’s Hotel, at Aberfoyle, had a narrow escape during the thunderstorm yesterday, when lightning struck the telegraph post in front.

 

 

 

 

 

Local News

Thursday Evening, June 27th 1889.

 

Messrs. Day and Hammersley, of the Aberfoyle Mill, have just put in a new smutter and wheat dresser.  This will make the mill one of the best in this neighbourhood.

 

 

 

 

 

From the Nassagaweya News

June 21st 1892.

 

There was a stirring time at the residence of Mr. John Lamb on Wednesday last, on the occasion of raising his new barn.  The building is 56 feet by 70 feet and is constructed according to modern plans and conveniences.  The Messrs. Black, of Aberfoyle, have the contract, and as it is their first raising, they succeeded in getting everything ready in first class order.  After the raising, the young folks spent the time dancing.  The occasion reminded one of the Nassagaweya fall fair, so many being present.  Mr. D. Hutcheon and Mr. Jos. Little were captains.  Mr. Little’s side got its supper first.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle I. O. Foresters

Wednesday October 5th 1892.

 

 

The Court of this order of Foresters in Aberfoyle is in a very flourishing condition and on the invitation of Mr. P. Falconbridge, C.D.H.C.R., a reporter had an opportunity of inspecting the fine new hall which they have leased for ten years and are well on the way towards fitting up and decorating the interior.  The beautiful carpet with emblems of the order woven in, especially manufactured for the Court by Burrows Bros., Guelph, has been laid, the curtains hung and the furniture placed in position.  The walls have not yet been decorated with pictures and emblems of the order, which when done will give the court room a very pleasant and home-like appearance.  The Court, which was organized on the 1st of February 1888, with 13 members, now has 56.  This is good progress indeed.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

June 17th 1893.

 

Handbag Lost — This Saturday afternoon on the Brock Road, between Aberfoyle and Guelph, a lady’s black satin handbag, with two purses.  Finder will be suitably rewarded on returning to H. F. Hammersley, Aberfoyle, or this office.

 

from the Guelph Mercury and Advertiser newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

July 5th 1893.

 

The first of July passed very quietly in our town.  The principal amusement was a game of baseball played in the afternoon and an ice cream party at Mr. J. Worthington’s in the evening..

 

There is some talk of a football club being organized in our village.

 

The ice cream social held in the town hall on the 26th ultimo was quite a success.  The music was quite amusing to young and old alike.

 

The High School entrance and Public School leaving examinations for the Township of Puslinch were held in the Aberfoyle School on the 28th, 29th,and 30th uiltimo, Mr. MacKenzie, of Marden, taking charge.  The Public School examination held on the 23rd ultimo was well attended and a very pleasant time was spent.

 

The dance at Mr. R. McCartney’s last Friday night was well attended by Aberfoylists.

 

Mrs. (Dr.) Willoughby, of Toronto, is visiting her son, the Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby.  Mr. and Mrs. N. MacEachern, of Mount Forest, are visiting Mr. M. MacEachern.  Mrs. MacKenzie and Miss MacKenzie, of Bruce, are visiting Mr. A. McDiarmid.  Mr. and Mrs. Zeeman are visiting Mrs. E. Taylor.  Mr. and Mrs. Nicklin and Mrs. Thurtell, of Acton, are visiting Mrs. R. Nicklin.  Rev. G. T. A. Willoughby left Monday morning for Listowel.  Miss E. M. MacDonald, of Schaw is visiting Mr. W. Reid.  The citizens of Aberfoyle were pleased to see the genial face of their old friend, Mr. J. Vollick, of Hamilton, in the village last Sunday.  Mr. John McDiarmid, of Teeswater, is home for vacation.  Miss N. Davidson, of Hespeler, is visiting her sister, Mrs. E. Taylor.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

August 22nd 1893.

 

Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby joined a party of friends from the north on a trip up the lakes.  In his absence, his pulpit was supplied on Sunday evening by a local from Guelph.  Mr. W. McEachern will conduct the teachers’ meeting on Thursday evening.

 

The entertainment given by Professor Suda was quite a success, all who attended being quite satisfied.

 

The Harvest Home Festival at Brookville, on Friday evening, is anticipated to afford a pleasant evening to all who attend.

 

Mr. W. Reid is erecting a new store in the village, and purposes shortly starting business.

 

Personals ─ Mr. Arkell, of England, is visiting Mr. B. Falconbridge.  Mr. J. A. Cockburn, of Hamilton, is home for his holidays.  Reverend H. Caldwell, of Marden, was in the village last week.  Mr. J. McDiarmid left on Friday for Teeswater, there to resume his duties as school teacher.  Mrs. and Miss Robertson, of Michigan, are visiting Mrs. R. McLeod.  Miss N. Black left on Saturday for Peel.  Miss J. A. Cockburn returned on Saturday from a trip to Elora.  Mr. M. McBeath and his daughter, Mrs. C. Stewart, left last Tuesday for Dakota.  Miss N. Davidson, of Hespeler, is visiting Mrs. E. Taylor.  Miss McKenzie is visiting Mr. D. McKenzie.  Mr. Geo. McBeath, of Eramosa, spent Sunday in the village.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

September 12th 1893.

 

Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby returned on Saturday, but on account of illness was not able to preach on Sunday.  His pulpit was supplied by Mr. Waldron, of Guelph.

 

Mr. Wm. Couzens is having his house painted and some improvements made, which will add greatly to the appearance of the place.

 

Two of the lively citizens had quite a skirmish last week over some poultry.  It was settled, to all appearances, satisfactorily.

 

The citizens all along the line were much pleased to see the genial face of Mr. Krause on the mail coach again.

 

Mr. P. Falconbridge is back from Chicago.  Mrs. T. Day is visiting friends in Toronto.  Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, of Hamilton, have been visiting Mrs. R. McLeod.  Mrs. And Miss Robertson leave today for Michigan.  Miss M. Black returned last week to Toronto.  Mrs. M. Howe and Master Will Howe, of Guelph, are visiting at Mr. Jno. Tawse’s.  Mrs. Geo. Sparks and daughters, of Westover, were visiting friends in the village last week.  Mrs. And Miss Black have returned from Peel.  Mrs. Brown and Master Brown, of Acton, are visiting Mr. R. Nicklin’s.

 

Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

December 12th 1893.

 

The annual Sabbath School entertainment in connection with the Aberfoyle Sunday School will be held in the town hall here on the evening of December 21st.  A fine programme of music, readings, et cetera is being prepared by the children, also some noted talent of Guelph.  Addresses will be delivered by Reverend Messrs. Robertson, Finkbeiner, Caldwell, Willoughby, and others.  Admission is only 15 cts.

 

Reverend S. J. Livingstone, Sarnia, agent for the Upper Canada Bible Society, gave a very able address to the South Wellington branch of that society in the church here a few nights ago.  He also occupied the pulpit here on the following Sunday afternoon.

 

La grippe is very prevalent in this district.

 

Mrs. (Dr.) Watson and daughter, of New York, have been the guests of reverend G. T. A. Willoughby.

 

Miss M. Little, of Guelph, is visiting at Mr. M. McBeath’s.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

January 9th 1894.

 

The Patrons of Industry will hold their annual social in the town hall here on Friday evening, the 12th instant.  A fine programme of music, et cetera is being prepared, which ought to draw an immense crowd.  A social hop will follow the social.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., will hold their annual concert in the town hall here on the 19th instant.  A pleasant time is anticipated.

 

Church News — Reverend J. Edge, of Acton, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church here next Sabbath afternoon in the interest of the Superannuation Fund.  A union prayer meeting will be held in the church here on Thursday evening, conducted by Reverends Robertson and Willoughby, subject, “Missions”.

 

Personals — Mr. Appleton, of Rochester, is the guest of Mr. P. Falconbridge.  Mrs. And Miss McLeod left last week for Michigan.  Miss J. McKenzie, of Marden, has been visiting Mr. W. MacEachern.  Mr. D. McKenzie, of Lucknow, spent a few days with Mr. A. McDiarmid.  Miss M. Cameron, of Hamilton, is visiting Mrs. R. McLeod.  Miss Lizzie McDiarmid spent a few days in Guelph.  Miss N. Davidson, of Hespeler, is the guest of Mr. E. Taylor.  Mr. Hamilton, of Carlisle, is the guest of Mr. J. Mason.  Mr. N. Sparks, of Westover, passed through this town on Friday evening on his journey northward.  Messrs. F. and H. Lundy, of Winterbourne, have been visiting Mr. W. Reid.  Mrs. H. Doughty and daughters spent Sunday with Mr. Jno. Worthington.  Mr. A. Crosby, of Marden, paid Mr. W. MacEachern a flying visit last week.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

January 23rd 1894.

 

The Court I.O.F. concert was a grand success.  A large crowd was in attendance.

 

Quite a number from here attended the Corwhin tea on Monday evening.

 

The Royal City Jubilee singers will give one of their grand concerts in the town hall here on Tuesday evening, the 30th instant.

 

Church notes — Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby gave the first of a series of sermons on the prophet Jonah, last Sunday evening.  The quarterly services will be held in the Moffatt Church next Sabbath at 2 p.m.  Reverend J. W. Robinson, of Nassagaweya, will conduct the service.

 

Personals — Reverend E. L. Flagg, B.D., of Varney, and Reverend H. Caldwell, S.T.L., of Morden, both former pastors here, were renewing old acquaintances in this town last week, accompanied by Mr. B. Blight, of Orillia.  Mr. W. Mullen, of Galt, is the guest of Mr. Jno. Foster.  Miss Case, of Dundas, is the guest of Mr. Jno. Worthington.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

March 7th 1894.

 

Owing to the condition of the roads in this part of the country, work is almost at a standstill, but the frost last night makes business somewhat livelier today.  People are wishing for more snow, as the wood is not all hauled yet for summer.

 

Church notes — Reverend Mr. Brier, of Acton, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church here next Sabbath.  On account of the rain on Tuesday night, not many from our town attended the lecture delivered by Mr. Faulkner, on Africa, at Morriston.

 

Notes — Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby left on Monday for Listowel.  Mr. and Mrs. King left on Monday for their future home at Eden Mills.  Wood cutting is quite the fad just now.  A number of wood bees are reported as on hand.  The school scholars are very busy just now preparing for the examination that will come off in a couple of weeks.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

April 14th 1894.

 

Sickness is still very prevalent in the village.  Our two young blacksmiths, Mr. J. Bickley and Mr. P. Clark, are both sick, but we hope, nothing dangerous.

 

Accident — The third daughter of Mr. C. MacBeath met with a bad accident while playing with her sister on Saturday evening.  She fell down stairs and injured her hip joint.  It is hoped nothing very serious.

 

Sugar-making is still in progress.

 

Church notes — Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby preached another very excellent sermon on “Jonah” on Sunday evening to an interested audience.  Prayer meeting is in the Methodist Church on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Personals — Mr. N. MacEachern and Mr. C. Sparks returned to high school in Harriston on Monday.  Miss Saunders, of Erin, and Miss T. Little, of Guelph, paid a visit to Miss B. MacBeath.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

April 17th 1894.

 

Removal — One of our townsmen, Mr. Thomas Whyte, is moving to a farm in Little Germany, where he purposes commencing farming.

 

It is reported that we are to have new citizens shortly.

 

Mr. Falconbridge, who has purchased the lot opposite his residence, is having a new wire fence put around it, which is quite an improvement to the town.

 

We have still to report that illness is no respecter of persons and regret to learn of the illness of Mr. B. Falconbridge, who took sick on Saturday, but are pleased to know that he is improving.  Master Willie Mason is also sick.

 

Quite a number from here are attending the sale at Mr. A. Mason’s, Schaw.

 

Dr. Hilliard, of Morriston, in accordance with the instructions from the provincial Board of Health is vaccinating the scholars at S.S. #4.  This afternoon quite a few are being vaccinated.

 

Church Notes — Mr. Jackson, of Guelph, occupied the pulpit in the Methodist Church here last Sunday evening.  Reverend Dr. Henderson, Guelph, will preach here next Sunday, 3 p.m., in the interests of the Educational Fund.

 

Personals — Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby left last Friday for Listowel.  Mr. A. Appleton, New York, is the guest of Mr. P. Falconbridge.  Mr. and Miss Moffatt, Campbellville, are the guests of J. MacDonald.  Miss A. Patterson, Guelph, spent Sunday with Mr. G. Leslie.  Mr. Lunn and Mr. D. MacDiarmid, both of Galt, paid a visit to Mr. A. MacDiarmid last week.  Mrs. J. King, Eden Mills, is home on a visit.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

May 2nd 1894.

 

The very beautiful weather prevailing just now makes glad the hearts of farmers and gardeners, who are very busy.

 

We have yet to record that sickness is prevalent in our town.  Mr. H. MacDiarmid is very ill.  Also Mr. N. MacEachern, who is attending high school in Harriston, came home Saturday on account of ill health.  We trust that neither will prove very serious.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I. O. F., are making preparations for a great jubilee on the 24th instant.

 

The regular quarterly meeting and Sacrament was held in the Methodist Church last Sabbath morning, conducted by Reverends Bryers of Acton and G. T. A. Willoughby.

 

The new blacksmith shop is now in working order and makes business quite lively.

 

Quite a large number from our town attended the G. E. Church in Morriston last Sunday evening, it being Reverend C. Finkbeiner’s farewell address.

 

Personals — Mr. B. Falconbridge has returned from a trip to Casterville.  Mr. J. Taylor, of Guelph, spent Sunday in the village.  Mr. R. Sparks, Westover, paid a visit to our town on Sunday afternoon.  Miss A. McIntyre leaves this morning for St. Thomas.

 

Accident — The youngest daughter of Mr. J. Worthington, while jumping on a wagon on her way from school got her foot caught in the wheel.  The wagon was stopped and it is hoped before any serious harm to the foot, but am not able to say yet if it is broken or not.

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

May 22nd 1894.

 

Great preparations are being made for the 24th instant by the I.O.F. here.  At 1 p.m. a game of baseball will be played between the married and single men belonging to Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., followed by games by the children, who will be awarded prizes by the Foresters.  In the evening an ice cream social and concert will be held in the hall, to which all are invited.

 

The Aberfoyle Sunday School picnic will be held on the 16th proximate to Victoria Park, where a fine time is expected.  In addition to the usual attractions, a number of Reverend gentlemen have been invited, which ought to add to its popularity.

 

At a meeting held in the church here last Monday evening, it was decided that the Township Sunday School convention should be held in Arkell on June 22nd.  A number of talented speakers have been invited to take part.

 

There is still sickness in our town, but it is abating.

 

Personals — Miss C. Folker is staying in Guelph.  Also, Miss Z. Reid is spending a few days in the Royal City.  Mr. E. Watt, of Galt, was in the village last Sunday.  Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby and Mr. B. Falconbridge attended a district meeting in Georgetown last week.

 

Notes — On account of the severity of the weather last Sunday afternoon, there not being a very large number out to church, the usual mode of service was varied, and instead, Mr. Willoughby conducted a Bible class, which was much appreciated by all present. Next Sabbath evening Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby will continue the subject “Jonah”.

 

Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby taught the school last Tuesday in the absence of Mr. McEachern.  The scholars were perfectly delighted, which allows that Mr. Willoughby is a great favourite among the younger people.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

June 12th 1894.

 

The re-opening services of the Moffat Methodist Church were held last Sunday.  The Reverend J. M. Wright, of Sheffield, occupied the pulpit and gave very excellent addresses.  The church now ranks highly on the list of fashionable country churches, with a great many improvements in the line of painting et cetera.  A few from here attended the tea meeting on Monday evening and report an excellent time.  Mr. C. Waldron, of Guelph, occupied the pulpit here last Sunday evening.  Quite a number from this town attended the picnic last Friday; others left off going until the afternoon and then got afraid of the rain, and it is reported, stayed in the city.  Don’t forget the picnic of the season, at the park, Guelph, next Saturday.  The public school examination and picnic will be held on the 27th instant.  The scholars are very busy preparing for the High School leaving exams, which will be held in the school here on the 28th, 29th, and 30th instants.  Mr. H. Reid is having a windmill erected on his property for the purpose of having water from the spring below his farm brought up to the house.

 

Personals ─ Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby and Mr. B. Falconbridge returned from Goderich on Thursday.  Miss Mina Black, of Toronto, is home on a visit.  Mr. and Miss Nicklin, of Ponsonby, paid a visit to the home of Mr. R. Nicklin last week.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

July 3rd 1894.

 

The 2nd passed off very quietly in our town.  A few couples went to the Royal City, but the majority celebrated the day by working.  There were two ice cream parties in the town in the evening.  Miss E. Bickley entertained her Sunday School class at her home.  The other party was at the home of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

The Public School examination and picnic, which came off last Wednesday, was a success.  A large number turned out and a most enjoyable day was spent.

 

The High School entrance and Public School leaving examinations, conducted by Mr. Dick, of Fergus, were well attended, a number from Morriston, Badenoch, 10th Concession, Hespeler, and here taking part.

 

The summer vacation began this week.  The scholars seem very glad of their freedom on account of the warm weather.

 

Reverend Mr. Mathers preached his introductory sermon to a well-filled church on Sunday afternoon.  Reverend G. T. A. Willoughby left for his new field of labour on Friday, with the best wishes of his many friends at Aberfoyle.  He will be greatly missed.

 

Our town is still looking up.  It is reported that Mrs. T. D. Day will have ice cream parlours on Saturday evenings during the summer.  It will be hailed with delight, among the younger people at least.

 

Personals ─ Mr. and Mrs. P. McBeath, of Hamilton, are the guests of Mr. M. McBeath.  Mrs. C. Morison, of Morriston, is visiting Mr. J. McLean.  Miss M. Davidson, of Hespeler, is the guest of Mr. E. Gaylor.  Mr. J. Earon is away on a trip to Brantford.  Among the numerous visitors to our town last Sunday were Miss A. Bickley, of Guelph, Miss J. Gawse (possibly Tawse), of Paisley Block, Mr. Kirp, of Guelph, and Misses A. and F. Leslie, of Arkell.  Mr. and Mrs. W. Salmon, of Toronto, are the guests of Mr. J. Blair.  

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

July 17th 1894.

 

Everything is very quiet around our town at present.

 

The farmers are very busy, harvesting having commenced on account of the exceedingly dry weather.  The crops this year, it is feared, will not be up to the average.

 

Raspberry picking has commenced.  The berries will not be very plentiful this year.

 

Mr. J. Worthington met with an accident a short time ago while laying sidewalk.  Some of the heavy planks fell on his foot, breaking some of the smaller bones.  It will be some time before he can continue his work.

 

Miss Zelia Reid has been sick, but is improving.

 

A number of the Aberfoylites purpose attending the lawn social at the manse grounds next Friday evening.

 

It has been reported that a spirit of reform has taken possession of our town boys and that they intend to rid the mill pond of stumps, logs, et cetera, and then get boats instead, which would be more useful.  It is a bright idea and will no doubt be carried out, as the Aberfoyle boys are very enterprising.

 

Personals — Master Will MacEachern is off on a trip up the lakes.  Miss Maud P. Smith, of Pickering College, Mr. Neil MacEachern, of Harriston, and Mr. J. A. McDiarmid, of the G. C. I., are home for vacation.  Miss K. MacKenzie, of Marden, is the guest of Mr. W. MacEachern.  Miss Webb and Miss Madehurst, of Toronto, are visiting Mr. T. D. Day.  A gay party from here left for Westover a few days ago.

 

Two very pretty ponies passed through our town a few days ago.  Some young ladies have not yet recovered their usual good humour, having missed the pleasure of trying their speed.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

July 31st 1894.

 

A number from this village are attending the picnic at the manse this afternoon.

 

A few of the young men in the employ of Mr. Stratton, in his planning mills, seem to have caught the spirit of the Chicago strikers, and are now off on strike.

 

The first threshing of the season in this vicinity is being done at the farm of Mr. C. MacBeath today, with Mr. D. Black’s machine.

 

A number belonging to our town purpose taking in the excursion to Niagara Falls, next Monday, the 6th of August.

 

Berry picking is booming just now; even the “spoons” are moy left out.

 

We are pleased to note that one of our residents, Miss M. Smith, who has been attending Pickering College for the last year, has successfully passed an examination and now swells the ranks of lady school teachers.

 

Church News ─ The usual quarterly meeting of the Aberfoyle circuit will be held in the Methodist Church, at Arkell, Sabbath morning, at 10:30, conducted by the pastor.   Reverend F. Maithers will preach service here at 7:30 on Sunday evening.  Don’t forget meeting for prayer and Bible study on Thursday evening at 7:30.

 

Probably the proudest and happiest man in this vicinity at the present is Mr. R. McCartney, who was presented with an heir to his heart and home a short time ago.

 

Personals ─ Miss B. McEachern, Miss B. MacBeath, and Mr. H. Worthington are visiting friends in Hamilton.  Miss B. Black is visiting in Toronto.  Miss Maud Bowker, of Toronto, is spending her holidays at the home of Mr. T. D. Day.  Mr. and Mrs. R. Hauf, of Guelph, are the guests of Mr. G. Leslie.  Mrs. Ella Nixon and family, of Teeswater, paid a visit to the home of Mr. W. Reid last week.  Miss Mary Tawse is away on a trip to Toronto.  Mr. C. Callum, of New York, paid a visit to friends in the village last week.  Mrs. W. Black is visiting friends in Peel.  Mrs. W. MacEachern is away on a trip up north.  Miss P. Weir, and Miss Little, of Walkerton, are visiting Mr. T. Weir.  Miss Salmon and Misses M. and B. Hamilton, of Toronto, are visiting Mr. J. Blair.  Among the numerous visitors to our town last Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Doughty, of Guelph, Mr. and Mrs. J. King, of Eden Mills, and Miss N. Armstrong and Mr. N. Sparks, of Speedside.  Mr. A. Brown, of Acton, is spending his holidays at the home of his grandfather, Mr. R. Nicklin.  Miss L. Doughty, of Guelph, is spending her holidays at the home of her grandfather, Mr. J. Worthington.  Mrs. E. MacDonald, of Guelph, is visiting her sister, Mrs. R. Nicklin.  Mr. T. Mooney and family, of Freelton, are visiting Mr. J. Foster.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

August 7th 1894.

 

There will be a garden party held in the town hall grounds here on the evening of the 29th instant, under the auspices of the Methodist Church.  Don’t forget it.  It promises to be the event of the season.  Further particulars will be given later.

 

A gratifying number from here attended the quarterly meeting at Arkell last Sunday morning and were not disappointed in the service.  Reverend F. Maithers preached an interesting and practical sermon to a crowded house here on Sunday evening, the fine evening enticing many out.

 

Personals — Miss Marion Cameron, of Hamilton, and Miss N. Roberts, of Michigan, are visiting Mrs. R. McLeod.  Miss K. Falconbridge is visiting in London.  Miss Grace Bickley is visiting her sister, Mrs. A. Kurp, of Guelph.  Miss R. Davidson, of Hespeler, is visiting her sister Mrs. E. Taylor.  Mrs. Fleming and daughters, of Galt, are visiting Mr. P. Mahon.  Mr. W. MacEachern is visiting friends up north.  Miss F. McKay is spending a few days at Mr. A. McDiarmid’s.  Mr. and Mrs. A. MacIntyre and Mr. P. Mahon took in the excursion to Toronto, on Monday.  A number from here went to the falls on Monday.  Mr. W. MacKenzie and Miss L. MacKenzie, of Marden, passed through our town on Monday afternoon.  A great number of bicycles passed through our town this week on the way to and from Hamilton for the Civic Holiday.  Miss F. Galbraith, Guelph, spent Sunday in our town.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

August 21st 1894.

 

As before announced, a Harvest Home Festival, under the auspices of the Methodist Churches of the Aberfoyle Circuit, will be held on the Exhibition grounds here on August 29th, gates open at 3 p.m., when there will be games and amusements.  The “Scotch Hills” will play the Aberfoyle baseball team.  Dinner will be served from 5 p.m.  A programme in the hall will commence at 8:30 p.m., consisting of music, speeches, et cetera.  There will also be music by a brass band.  For further particulars concerning the programme, consult the posters.

 

There is some talk among the young people of a private picnic to the lake shortly.

 

Personals — Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Easterville, are the guests of Mr. B. Falconbridge.  Rev. G.T. A. Willoughby, of Fullerton, paid a visit to friends here last week.  Rev. C. J. Curtis, of Bedford, Quebec, was visiting in the village last week.  Mr. N. MacEachern has returned from his trip up north.  Miss Floss Reid accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Alf. Leslie to Niagara Falls last week.  Rev. F. M. Mathers returned from a trip to Toronto on Saturday.  Mrs. Brown and son, of __aton, are visiting Mr. R. Nicklin.  Mr. John Foley, of Montreal, is home on a visit.  Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sparkes, of Westover, spent Sunday in the village.  Mr. H. Lundy, Winterbourne, was in the village on Sunday.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

August 28th 1894.

 

Bush fires are raging in this neighbourhood at present, and between smoke, dust, and heat, the air is almost intolerable.

 

The farmers will hold a picnic to Puslinch Lake on Friday.  A most enjoyable time is anticipated.

 

A quiet wedding took place at the manse last Wednesday at 6 p.m., when Miss N. Black and Mr. J. A. Ord, both of our town, were united in the bonds of matrimony.  We wish the young couple every joy and prosperity.

 

Reverend H. Harvey, B.D., of Hespeler, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church, here, on Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

 

Personals ─ Mr. P. Falconbridge and Mr. N. Amos have returned from a trip to Peterborough.  Master M. McBeath has returned to Hamilton.  Mr. and Mrs. J. Little, of Guelph, paid a visit to Miss B. McBeath, last week.  Messrs. Fleming, of Dundas, were in the village on Saturday.  Miss M. Black has returned to Toronto.  Miss K. Falconbridge has returned from a trip to London.  A jolly load from Galt spent Sunday at the home of Mr. J. Foster.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

September 4th 1894.

 

The harvest home festival held here last week was a great success.  Large numbers turned out in the afternoon to watch the baseball.  It was a pretty even game, however, victory rested with the Aberfoyle team.  In the evening, the hall was crowded to the doors, not all being able to get in.  The programme, though rather lengthy, was very interesting, and all returned home quite delighted with the day’s outing.

 

The following day, the usual cleaning up took place, after which, Mr. B. Falconbridge entertained the workers in a royal manner, with ice cream, cake, melons, et cetera.

 

Quite a large number from here attended the farmers’ picnic to the lake last Friday.  It is reported that some of them lost their way coming home and did not turn up until the following day.

 

Reverend H. Harvey, B. D., of Hespeler, preached a very eloquent sermon to a crowded church on Sunday evening.

 

Reverend J. W. Kitching, of Corwhin, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church here next Sunday afternoon.

 

Refreshing showers are rejoicing the hearts of everyone at present.

 

Personals — Mr. Neil MacEachern left Saturday for Elora where he attends the Model School.  Miss M. Smith left on Monday for Pickering College.  Miss C. Blain of Morden Manitoba is visiting friends in the neighbourhood.  Miss Fannie Bickley is home from Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mr. Fred and Miss Nellie Blair and Miss Z. Reid are spending a few days in Burlington.  Miss Marion Cameron has returned to Hamilton.  Mr. Hugh and Miss Lizzie MacDiarmid are attending the G.C.I.  Miss G. McLean is visiting with friends at Lucknow.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

September 19th 1894.

 

Great preparations are being made to the Exhibition grounds here for the coming World’s Fair at Aberfoyle, which promises to add greatly to the usually large attendance.

 

A large number are passing through our town this morning on their way to the Exhibition at the Royal City.

 

A load of young Aberfoyleites intend joining a picnic party to our beautiful township lake on Friday.

 

Quite a number from here attended the fruit festival at Corwhin last Friday evening and report a very pleasant time spent there.

 

Reverend F. Mathers preached a very earnest and practical sermon to a large and interested audience on Sunday evening.

 

Mr. A. Cooley, of Marden, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church here next Sabbath at 8 p.m.

 

It is reported that the long-delayed baseball game between the married and single men will come off on Saturday afternoon.

 

Personals — Rev. L. W. Reid, of Wardsville, is home on a visit.  Reverend H. Caldwell, S.T.L., of Acton, paid a flying visit to our town on Tuesday.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

September 26th 1894.

 

On account of the rain on Saturday evening, the baseball game, that was progressing famously, had to be postponed at the sixth inning.  It is not yet decided when it will be finished.

 

There will be a reception given to Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Mathers at the parsonage on their arrival on Thursday evening.

 

A large number of willing workers turned out on Tuesday and took in hand to clean the church, which they did thoroughly.

 

Mr. A. Crosby, of Marden, preached an acceptable sermon in the Methodist Church here on Sunday afternoon.

 

An attempt at burglary was made on Mr. B. Falconbridge’s store and post office late on Wednesday night.  They succeeded in entering the cellar but were unable to get higher that way.  They next attempted to raise one of the windows in the rear of the building but were heard by Miss Wakefield, who gave the alarm.  Happily, they got nothing for their trouble.

 

Rev. L. W. Reid left on Friday for Montreal to attend the Wesleyan Theological College.

 

Miss C. Foster is visiting friends at Galt.

 

Miss E. Mathieson, of St. Thomas, is visiting Mr. W. Reid.

 

The “social hop” at Mr. M. Cassin’s last Thursday night was well attended.

 

Heavy frost last night.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

October 2nd 1894.

 

A large number turned out last Thursday evening and gave a hearty welcome to Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Mathers on their arrival at their new home.  We wish the young couple every happiness and a pleasant stay among us.

 

Mrs. R. MacLeod Sr. is very ill.

 

A number from here attended the sermons and lectures delivered at Guelph by the “Black Knight”.

 

Reverend F. Mathers preached a very eloquent sermon on Sunday evening in the church here.  Prayer meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 

A large number of labourers have been at work preparing the exhibition grounds for the fair that comes off on Thursday.  The new quarter mile race track is completed and will be a great improvement on the former track.

 

As usual, a social hop will be held in the hall after the fair.

 

Farmers are busy threshing.  The crops are turning out fairly well.

 

Miss Taylor, of Milton, is visiting Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Miss L. MacDonald has returned to Guelph after an extended visit in our town.

 

Mrs. Wm. MacEachern spent Sunday in Freelton.

 

Miss P. Smith is visiting friends in Hamilton.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

October 16th 1894.

 

Baseball is quite the fad around here at present.  The game played last Saturday afternoon turned out 13 to 26 in favour of the Aberfoyle boys.  They go to Arkell next Saturday afternoon to play the decisive game, when they expect to take the cup.  After the game, they repaired to the Foresters’ Hall, where a sumptuous repast was provided for them by the ladies of the section.

 

A large number from here attended Freelton Fair last Friday and although they had to come home through the rain, they were, judging from the noise, in as good humour, if not better, than on their way down.

 

Next Sabbath, at 2:30 p.m., there will be a children’s service in the Methodist Church here.

 

Reverend F. Mathers preached a very eloquent sermon last Sunday evening from the subject “Paul’s idea of a Christian Minister”.

 

Reverend J. Hough, of Guelph, is visiting old friends in the village this week.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Freelton Fall Show

October 16th 1894.

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Puslinch Prize Winners

 

 

At the Freelton Show, in Durham cattle, Mr. A. J. Black took the following prizes — Bull calf under 1 year — 1st prize, bull, any age — 1st and 3rd prizes, heifer, 2 years, and heifer, 1 year — 2nd prize, in each, heifer calf — 1st prize, and for herd — 1st prize.

 

In Ayrshires, W. B. Cockburn, for heifer, 1 year — 2nd prize, aged cow — 2nd prize.  In Grades, aged cow — 1st prize, heifer, 1 year — 1st and 3rd prizes, heifer, 2 years — 1st prize, heifer calf — 1st prize, herd of four females of any age — 1st prize, fat steer — 1st prize.

 

Geo. Kitching took 3rd prize for long-woolled ram.

 

Other Downs — Aged ram — W. B. Cockburn — 1st and 2nd prize, ram lamb — 1st and 3rd prizes, aged ewes — 1st and 2nd prizes, shearling ewes — 2nd prize, ewe lambs — 1st and 2nd prizes, pen — 1st prize.  S. Barbaree, 1st prize for shearling ewes.

 

In hogs, Berkshires, Thos. McKenzie and Geo. Kitching took the principal prizes.  In Yorkshires, T. McKenzie took a 1st and 2nd for boars.

 

Ducks, coloured — W. B. Cockburn — 1st prize, Hamburgs — Thos. McKenzie — 1st prize.

 

Home manufactures — five yards, white flannel — Mrs. D. Gillies — 1st prize, rag carpet — 2nd prize, pillow shams — 1st prize.  Counterpane — Mrs. G. Erwin — 1st prize, patchwork quilt — 2nd prize, handmade button holes — 2nd prize, Ottoman — 1st prize.

 

Carriages, et cetera — lumber wagon — Fritz Bros. — 1st prize, Huether & Elfner — 2nd prize.  Democrat wagon — Fritz Bros. — 2nd prize.  Buggy — Fritz Bros. — 3rd prize.

 

Citrons — G. Erwin — 1st prize.

Single carriage horse — J. H. Starkey — 1st prize, 2-year old filly — 3rd prize.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

October 30th 1894.

 

Mr. John Foster is away on a trip to Muskoka.

 

Mr. H. Arkell, of Teeswater, spent Sunday with Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

The usual quarterly service of the Methodist Church here will be held in the Moffat Church next Sabbath at 10:30 a.m.  There will be no service in the church here next Sabbath.  Sunday school is, as usual, at 2 p.m.  At a meeting held in the church here on Monday evening it was decided to build a porch in front of the church and also to have a lamp for the convenience of the people bringing horses.  These are necessary improvements that we are glad to note are to be attended to.

 

A pleasant time was spent at Mr. P. Worthington’s last Thursday afternoon, a rag bee being on hand.

 

A number from here purpose attending redistribution at the G. C. I., on Friday evening.

 

Mr. E. Taylor met with a painful accident a few days ago, a hot iron cinder penetrated his right eye.  It was removed by a prominent physician before any serious damage to the sight.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

November 6th 1894.

 

The first snow of the season fell this morning.

 

The farmers around here have about finished taking up turnips.  They report the crop as very good.

 

A party was given at the residence of Mr. John Worthington last Thursday evening in honour of his son Charlie’s 21st birthday.

 

Hallowe’en passed off very quietly in this neighbourhood, not much mischief was done on account of the quiet set of boys around here.

 

Posters are out for the anniversary service in Duff’s Church on the 18th inst., also lecture by the reverend D. Strachan, of Hespeler, on the 19th inst.

 

Service in the church next Sabbath at 3 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Reverend L. M. Mathers, S.T.L.

 

Mrs. (Dr.) R. Orton and family are visiting Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Miss K. MacLeod left last week for Owen Sound.

 

We are glad to see Master Will MacEachern back to our town after a summer spent in the north.  He is greatly improved in health.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

November 13th 1894.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I. O. F., is making preparations for a big time next Saturday, shooting match in the afternoon and supper in their hall in the evening.

 

A very pleasant time was spent at the residence of Mr. John Tawse last Thursday evening, a taffy-pull being on hand.  Among the numerous guests were Mrs. W. Howe, of Guelph, and Mr. Will Krouse, also of Guelph.

 

It is reported that a jolly load from this vicinity drove to Westover one night last week, where they were royally entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Sparks and family.

 

The young folks of the village are looking forward to a pleasant time tomorrow, Wednesday, evening at Mr. John Ord’s.

 

Reverend T. Rankin, of Eramosa, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church here next Sabbath at 7 p.m.

 

Miss N. Davidson, of Hespeler, is visiting her sister, Mrs. E. Taylor.

 

Miss Y. Reid has returned from a week’s visit to friends at Mountsberg.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

November 20th 1894.

 

A number from here attended the lecture delivered by Reverend D. Strachan, B.A., of Hespeler, at Duff’s Church, on Monday evening.

 

Rev. Thos. Grandy, of Eramosa, preached an acceptable sermon in the Methodist Church here, on Sunday evening.

 

Mrs. C. MacBeath took sick on Sunday evening with pleurisy.

 

Taffy pulls are so numerous in this neighbourhood at present that it is hard to keep track of them.  A most enjoyable evening was spent at the home of Mr. J. MacDonald on Friday.

 

The new porch at the church here is about completed and is a great improvement.  The lamp post is also in its place.

 

Mr. Geo. Leslie is having his residence bricked, which adds greatly to its appearance.

 

The I. O. F. shooting match on Saturday was well attended.  The captains were Messrs. P. Falconbridge and W. Amos.  Mr. P. Falconbridge came out two or three hundred ahead.  An oyster supper will be given in their hall on Thursday, Thanksgiving evening.

 

Mr. P. Foster left last week for Muskoka.

 

Reverend J. H. McBain, and his sister, of Guelph, paid a visit to Reverend F. M. Mathers, last week.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

November 27th 1894.

 

Thanksgiving Day passed off very quietly in our town.  The sportsmen were all at the woods, and came home rather quietly, with not so much of a load as they took with them, being minus the ammunition.  The oyster supper at night was a success.

 

Mr. C. Waldron, of Guelph, will occupy the pulpit in the Methodist Church next Sabbath at 7 p.m.

 

Mrs. C. MacBeath, who has been suffering from pleurisy, is improving.  Mr. Robert MacDonald is also sick with pleurisy.

 

A number from here are attending the meetings conducted by D. L. Moody, at Hamilton.

 

Mr. J. D. Day is away on a trip to Woodstock.

 

A couple of young men from our town spent Sunday in Paisley Block.

 

Messrs. Frank and Charlie and Miss May Lundy, of Winterbourne, are in the village this week.

 

A meeting will be held on Tuesday evening to make preparations for the Sunday School entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

Local News

Thursday November 29th 1894.

 

A horse attached to a light wagon, from the Aberfoyle Mills, fell on the slippery crossing in front of the Guelph and Ontario Investment and Savings Society Bank, at noon today.  One of the shafts was cracked, and a strap of the harness broken.  The horse lay perfectly quiet until it was released from the wagon.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

December 5th 1894.

 

Great preparations are being made for the Sabbath School entertainment, which will be held in the Town Hall here, on the evening of the 20th instant.  Do not miss it.  It promises to be the entertainment of the season.

 

A number from the village attended the meeting of the East Puslinch Branch Bible Society, held in Duff’s Church, on Tuesday evening, and enjoyed the addresses delivered by Mayor Smith, of Guelph, Reverends S. Sellery, B.D., of Guelph, and F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., and also solos by Mrs. Mathers and Miss C. MacKenzie.

 

Mr. C. Waldron, of Guelph, preached an earnest sermon to a well-filled church here last Sunday evening.

 

Mr. John Foster is having his residence re-boarded outside, which adds greatly to its appearance.

 

Mr. P. Clark, who has been learning his trade with Mr. E. Taylor, blacksmith, left last week.  He will be greatly missed, as he was well liked in the village.  It is reported that he purposes starting up shop in Badenoch.  He has the well wishes of the community for his future success.

 

Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Mathers have returned from spending a few days in Hamilton.

 

Messrs. Taylor and Easterbrooke, of Galt, are the guests of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Mr. Robt. MacDonald is able to be around again.

 

Several from here attended St. Andrew’s concert on Friday evening and were much pleased with the concert.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Items

December 10th 1894.

 

The Township Association, the “Patrons of Industry”, held its usual monthly meeting in the Council Chamber, Aberfoyle, on Friday evening last.  The principles of “Patronism” were discussed.  The “salt” and “binder twine” questions were also taken up.  The latter question was held over for further discussion at the next meeting, the first Friday in the New Year, when a good turnout of the members is expected.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Items

December 18th 1894.

 

Hollenbeck, the German phrenologist, will lecture on the greatest minds of their age, in the schoolhouse here, on Wednesday evening.

 

A very pleasant evening was spent last Friday at the house of Mr. J. Tawse.  Popcorn and taffy pull.

 

There is quite a bit of excitement over the fruit social and Xmas tree to be held in the hall here on Thursday evening, when a large crowd is expected.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers will preach a Christmas sermon in the church here, on Sunday, at 7 p.m.

 

The Township Sabbath School Convention will be held in Duff’s Church on January 4th.

 

Mr. W. and Miss B. McBeath spent a few days in Hamilton last week.

 

Mr. R. Sparks, of Westover, is visiting friends in this vicinity at present.

 

Mr. Geo. Sparks, of Westover, and Mr. N. Sparks, of Eramosa, passed through the village today.

 

Rumours of weddings are floating in the air.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Items

December 25th 1894.

 

The Christmas Tree and fruit social, held in the Town Hall here last Thursday, was a splendid success.  As usual, a large crowd was on hand, and although some in the crowd were just a little too noisy, the entertainment was, on the whole, one of the best of the kind ever held.

 

A number from here attended the tea meeting at Badenoch on Friday evening, and also, the Xmas Tree at Morriston, on Monday evening, and report them as very good.

 

The famous O’Banyoun troupe will give an entertainment in the Town Hall here on next Friday evening; those who attend will enjoy a rare musical treat.

 

Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Mathers are spending a few days in Toronto.

 

L. W. Reid, who is attending McGill University, Montreal, is home for vacation.

 

Miss J. M. Cockburn is in Toronto, attending the wedding of her brother, William John, this week.

 

Miss B. McEachern is visiting friends at Marden this week.

 

Miss M. Smith, of Pickering College, is home for vacation.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Items

January 1st 1895.

 

New Year here was ushered in by ringing of the town bell.  Watch service, conducted by Reverend J. Salmon, of Toronto, was held at the residence of Mr. James Blair, and was largely attended.  On account of the absence of snow, the day was rather more quiet than usual.  Our town boys played a lively and interesting game of shinny on the mill pond in the afternoon, and B. McQuillan held his usual New Year’s hop in the Town Hall at night.  Why can’t we organize something to develop our heads as well as our heels?

 

The entertainment given by the O’Banyoun troupe was fairly well attended.  Those who failed to come missed one of the good things of the season.

 

The I.O.F. concert will be held in the Town Hall here on Thursday evening, January 10th.  The managing committee intend making it the most successful one on record.

 

Don’t forget the Sabbath School Convention to be held in Duff’s Church on January 4th.  Provincial Secretary, Mr. Day, is expected to be present and deliver addresses in the afternoon and evening.  Don’t miss the treat.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers preached a practical sermon on Sunday afternoon from the text, “Adam, where art thou?”, and appropriately alluded to the advisability of knowing at the beginning of the year where we stood in regard to the most important question of life.

 

Our village is becoming a favourite resort of those who seek happy seclusion from the society of Toronto.  We are pleased to welcome to our town, Mr. and Mrs. Sherlock, who are spending a few days with their brother, Reverend F. Mathers.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Adams, who are home for a few days, are visiting Mr. Tawse, and Mr. and Mrs. Cockburn.  We wish the happy parties every success in life.

 

Personals — Miss Eva Bickley, who has been in General Hospital for some time, is home again.  We hope soon to see her in her accustomed place. 

 

Mr. P. Mahon left tonight for Ottawa. 

 

Miss M. McFarlane, who has been spending Christmas holidays in Hamilton, is home. 

 

Miss Nellie McQueen has bee spending a few days at Mr. W. Reid’s. 

 

Mr. P. Foster, who has been in Muskoka for some time, got home Saturday.  He prefers Wellington to that region. 

 

Reverend W. Caldwell, of Adson, spent a few days visiting old friends on this circuit last week. 

 

Miss Nellie Davidson, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. E. Taylor, returned to Hespeler this week. 

 

Reverend L. W. and Miss Flossie Reid left on Friday morning for a trip to visit friends at St. Thomas and Port Stanley.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

January 8th 1895.

 

No elections here Monday.  These are hard times, so the electors of Puslinch, like sensible people, elected their council by acclamation, thereby saving the expense usually incurred.

 

Week of Prayer ─ The first meeting was held in the Methodist Church last evening and was largely attended.  This, Tuesday, evening there is a union meeting in Duff’s Church, the Reverend Mr. Mathers assisting the pastor.  On Thursday evening, there will be the usual meeting, and on Friday, there will be another union meeting in the Methodist Church, when the Reverend Mr. Robertson will take charge.

 

There was a fine turnout to the Sunday School convention, held in Duff’s Church, last Friday.  Many good suggestions as to the work for this year were made and discussed, and all feel that the time was very profitably spent.  Mr. Day’s lecture in the afternoon and the question drawer, conducted by him in the evening, were very much enjoyed.

 

Reverend Mr. Truax, of Ponsonby, will preach a missionary sermon in the Methodist Church here, on Sunday next.  A large attendance is requested.

 

Mr. John Ames, of Morriston, was called to the village last Wednesday to sharpen skates for the Aberfoyle club.  We believe that they all got a grind, and after the work was over, a large crowd assembled on the mill dam, where, after a great fire had been kindled on the centre of the pond,  some very “swanlike” evolutions were witnessed by the onlookers, who are of the opinion that our boys are somewhat ahead of the renowned Mr. Winkle.  Nobody hurt, but Mr. Ames may call again shortly.

 

Mr. Peter Leslie and bride, of Shabona, Michigan, who have been spending their honeymoon here, left for home on Monday.

 

Reverend L. N. Reid, of McGill College, who has been home for the holidays, has returned to Montreal.  We wish him every success.

 

Mr. Mathers, of British Columbia, has been visiting his brother, Reverend F. Mathers.

 

Mr. J. McDiarmid, who has been to Teeswater, attending the funeral of his niece, Mrs. J. McKenzie, is home.

 

Mr. D. Stewart, of Lansing, Michigan, a brother of our Reeve, has been visiting friends here.

 

Personals ─ Mr. Neil McEachern is home again.  Miss B. Mahon has returned from a visit to Toronto.  Miss Lizzie McKenzie, of Marden, is visiting at the home of Mr. Wm. McEachern.  The Misses Little, of Guelph, are visiting at the home of Mr. M. McBeath.  Mr. Nelson Cooley spent New Year’s in Guelph.  Mr. John McDiarmid, of Crieff, spent New Year’s with his son, Allan, here.  The old gentleman is ninety-two years old, but hale and hearty yet.  Miss M. Smith has returned to school at Pickering, and J. and H. and Miss Lizzie McDiarmid to the G.C.I.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

January 1895.

 

The usual quarterly services of the Methodist Church will be held in the church here next Sunday morning at 10:30.  The revival services are still in progress.  Everyone is welcome.  Meetings commence every evening at 7:30.

 

A large sleigh-load of Aberfoylites attended the lecture delivered by Mr. Johnston on “temperance”, in the G. E. Church, Morriston, on Saturday evening.

 

Farmers and merchants have been busy storing ice for the summer.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., held an “At Home” in their hall last Friday evening.  A pleasant social evening was spent.

 

It is rumoured that the “Patrons of Industry” will hold their annual bunfeed in the Town Hall here shortly.

 

Mr. Neil McEachern, who has been on the sick list, is able to be around again.

 

Mr. F. Banfield, of Guelph, was in the village on Sunday.

 

Mrs. B. Kurp, of Guelph, is spending a few days with her father, Mr. A. Bickley.

 

Miss G. McLean was visiting in Morriston last week.

 

Mr. Rob and Miss Ellie McDonald have returned from a trip to Campbellville.

 

Miss Mary Tawse returned on Sunday from a visit to Paisley Block.

 

Miss Eva Bickley is spending a few days at Mr. Geo. Leslie’s.

 

Very cold today, thermometer registering 16 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

February 12th 1895.

 

The special services that have been going on in the Methodist Church here for the past month will be closed on Friday night.  The meetings have been very interesting, and, in a large measure, successful, and much praise is due our excellent pastor, who has worked so faithfully.

 

On account of the severe storm on Saturday, the Communion service, which was to be held in the church here on Sunday morning, was postponed indefinitely.

 

Reverend F. Mathers drove to Guelph on Sunday evening to attend a missionary meeting in Dublin Street Methodist Church.

 

The Quarterly Board of the Aberfoyle circuit met in the church here on Monday afternoon and transacted the usual business for the quarter.

 

A number from here purpose attending the tea meeting to be held in the 10th Concession schoolhouse on Friday evening, the 15th instant.  Those who attended the Corwhin tea meeting last Wednesday were well pleased with the night’s outing.

 

Smallpox has not reached this region yet, but judging from some of the faces seen on our streets, something else that just as assuredly leaves its trace, has been busy among our townsfolk. 

 

The lowest temperature reached during last week was 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero, and we can almost be prepared for a Northwest blizzard soon.

 

Mr. P. Mahon spent a few days in Toronto last week.

 

Mr. J. Nicol, of Hamilton, was in the village this week.

 

Mr. C. Worthington spent a few days with his sister at Eden Mills last week.

 

One of our citizens, Mr. R. McKay, who has been suffering for some time from diabetes, succumbed to the disease on Sunday night.  The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.  The funeral, which takes place this afternoon, is being largely attended.

 

Aberfoyle seems to be noted for good walkers and poor drivers.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

February 19th 1895.

 

The revival meetings, which have been in progress for the last five weeks, closed on Friday evening.  The meetings have been, on the whole, very successful and well attended.  The church was crowded to the doors on Friday evening; some 25 have united with the church here.  A reception service will be held in the church here, on Sunday evening next, at seven o’ clock.

 

The Sacramental service was held last Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  A goodly number were present, and the pastor, Reverend F. Mathers, was assisted by Reverend Mr. Savage, of Guelph.

 

A sad accident happened to Mr. P. Mahon, yesterday about noon, while driving home a load of hay.  It partly upset, causing him to fall on his head.  Dr. Hilliard was in attendance immediately, also Drs. Nunan and Howitt, of Guelph, and everything possible is being done for his recovery, but he is still in a very critical condition.

 

 La grippe is prevalent in this neighbourhood at present.

 

Mr. W. Couzens, who has been for some time past suffering from sciatica, is on the mend.

 

Mr. A. Bickley is still confined to his room on account of ill health.

 

Miss N. Davidson left for Hespeler on Monday.

 

Mr. C. Worthington spent Sunday in Eden Mills.

 

There will be a meeting held tonight to organize an Epworth League, which is a step in the right direction.

 

A high time was spent at the home of Mr. H. Hammersley on Monday evening, an oyster and social hop being on hand.

 

A sleigh load from our town attended the G. E. Church, in Morriston, on Sunday night. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

February 26th 1895.

 

The reception service, conducted by Reverend F. Mathers, on Sunday evening, was well attended, and was interesting and impressive.  Eighteen new members were received, and as some others were unable to be present, another reception will be held in the near future.

 

Our Epworth League has been organized, and we commence with good prospects of success.  The meetings will be held on Friday evening of each week, commencing at 8 o’ clock sharp.  All are welcome.  The League will have charge of the meetings every second Sunday evening.

 

Our village has been visited during the week by the angel of death, and a loved husband and father has been borne away on his swift pinions.  By the death of Mr. Mahon, we feel that we have sustained a loss that will long be remembered.  The sad death of Mrs. Clifford, at the same home on Sunday, gave an added sorrow that seemed almost heart-rending.  The bereaved family has the sincere sympathy of the community in their irreparable loss.

 

 The Patrons’ entertainment of the 25th was postponed on account of the sorrow that everywhere prevailed in the village.

 

Another tiny craft has been launched on the sea of life, and a little baby girl has come to create new music in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Mason.

 

A load of the young people from here drove to Moffat last night to attend the special services that are going on there.  They report a good time, and just suggest that if the roads had not been so high at one side they would have made better progress.

 

Last Wednesday, there was quite a large and busy bee, engaged in cutting and drawing wood for the church here.  In spite of the hard times, we hope to be able to keep warm.

 

Mrs. Mathers left this morning to spend a few weeks at her home in Toronto.

 

Miss Flossie Reid is spending a few days with friends at Mountsberg.

 

Mr. Hubbard, a former clerk in the Post Office here, is visiting at the home of Mr. Falconbridge.  Glad to see you back, Mr. Hubbard.

 

Mr. Friend and Miss May Lundy, of Winterbourne, are spending a few days with Mr. Wm. Reid.

 

Mr. J. Evans, of Acton, who is on a visit to the home of Mr. McDonald, here, is lying sick with congestion of the lungs, but is in no very critical condition.

 

Miss Dawson, of Westover, is spending a week at the home of Mr. Warren, here.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

May 7th 1895.

 

The farmers in this neighbourhood have finished seeding, and the fine shower on Tuesday morning made glad their hearts.

 

Mr. Jos. Roach is having an addition built to his blacksmith’s shop.

 

The Guelph Orioles will play the Aberfoyle Clippers on the 18th instant.  Then, on the 24th instant, the Arkell Hills play the Aberfoyle baseball team.

 

Mr. J. J. Craig, B.A., of Fergus, Inspector of Public Schools, paid his semi-annual visit to the school here on Tuesday afternoon.

 

The Epworth League is progressing favourably.  The literary meeting on Friday was well attended, and a good program was rendered.  Friends from Morriston and Guelph were present, and took part.  On Sunday evening, Reverend L. W. Reid addressed the League, the subject, Psalm 110-3, “Thou hast the dew of thy youth”.

 

Mr. J. A. Cockburn, of Hamilton, is home on a visit.

 

L. W. Reid, who has been attending McGill University, Montreal, is home for vacation.

 

Miss B. Mallon is visiting friends in Dundas.

 

Mr. P. and Miss C. Foster spent Sunday in Galt.

 

Miss M. Cameron returned to Hamilton on Monday.

 

Mrs. T. D. Day is at present confined to the General Hospital, Guelph, on account of ill health.

 

Mr. C. McBeath’s house was struck by lightning on Tuesday morning, but beyond breaking some windows, no serious damage was done.

 

It is reported that the electric road between Guelph and Schaw is to be boomed during the coming month.

 

A load of Aberfoylites went to Morriston on Tuesday night to attend the meeting in the G. E. Church, conducted by Mr. Johnston.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Items

May 14th 1895.

 

The frost of Saturday night and the snowstorm of Tuesday have seriously checked the rapid growth, destroyed the blossoms of the small fruit, and “cut” the early garden stuff.

 

“The Superannuation Fund” was the theme of Reverend F. M. Mathers’ address, in the Methodist Church, last Sunday afternoon.  A liberal collection and subscription was received.  The Young People’s meeting in the evening was in the charge of Mr. Harvey Worthington.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers and Mr. B. Falconbridge attended the District meeting, at Acton, Monday and Tuesday.

 

Mr. C. Worthington, who has been suffering from pleurisy, is able to be out again.

 

Mr. and Mrs. W. MacKenzie, of Marden, paid a visit to the home of Mr. W. McEachern, last week.

 

Mr. E. Mitchell, of Guelph, spent Saturday at the home of Mr. A. McDiarmid.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

June 11th 1895.

 

The Sunday School picnic that comes off on Saturday undoubtedly will be, as usual, a success.  All are welcome.  Come along and enjoy a day’s frolic in the park.

 

The literary meeting of the Epworth League held last Friday evening was a decided success.  The subject of the meeting was “China”.  Mr. Neil McEachern took up the geography of China, Miss L. McDiarmid, the customs and native religions of the people, and Miss Mary Blair, the missionary work of the last century there.  Mrs. (Dr.) Hilliard, of Morriston, sang a solo in a very pleasing manner.  At the business meeting that followed, two new members were proposed.

 

Judging from the spirited game played on Saturday evening, baseball enthusiasm is not abating much in our town.  Messrs. Taylor and S. (Sandy) Tawse were captains.  Sandy came off three ahead.

 

Bicycle riding appears to be an interesting way of spending this lively June weather.

 

A number from here attended Miss J. Martin’s wedding in Badenoch, and report a very pleasant time spent there.

 

A load from Corwhin attended the League meeting in the Methodist Church here on Sunday evening, which was led by Hugh McDiarmid, subject “Book-keeping”.

 

Mr. W. McBeath, who has been home to Hamilton on account of ill health, returned on Saturday and is able to be at work again.

 

Mr. A. Sparks, of Westover, was in the village on Sunday. 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

July 2nd 1895.

 

Reverend Mr. Sherlock, of Toronto, occupied the pulpit in the Methodist Church here on Sunday evening and preached an acceptable sermon.

 

A large number from here attended the S. S. Convention held at Crieff last Thursday and report a most enjoyable time spent there.

 

The literary meeting of the Epworth League will be held on Friday evening.  A good programme is being prepared, consisting of a lecture on “Blood”, being given by Dr. Billiard, readings, music, et cetera.  All are welcome.

 

The Shamrocks from the 4th Concession played the Clippers on Saturday afternoon.  The score was5 to 12, in favour of Aberfoyle.

 

The 1st of July passed off quietly in our town, most of the inhabitants being away.  A large number went to Morriston for the sports.  Aberfoyle baseball team played the Morriston boys, score 9 to 21, in favour of Morriston.  There is some talk on organizing a new baseball team here.  A rest or change of climate might prove beneficial to the Clippers.

 

Reverend Mr., Mrs., and Miss Sherlock, of Toronto, are guests of Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L.

 

Mr. J. A. Cockburn, of Hamilton, was in the village on Sunday.

 

Miss K. Fleming, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. P. Mahon, left for Dundas on Monday.

 

Miss N. Davidson and the Misses Blakie, of Hespeler, are the guests of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Miss McNaughton and Miss Yule, of Guelph, spent Monday at the home of Mr. A. McDiarmid.

 

Miss K. McLeod has returned from a trip to Hamilton.

 

Miss M. Cameron, of Hamilton, is visiting Miss K. McLeod.

 

Miss K. MacKenzie left for Marden on Tuesday.

 

Mrs. W. McEachern is visiting friends in Marden.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

August 6th 1895.

 

The farmers are very busy gathering in the beautiful harvest.  Berry picking is progressing under difficulties, not many to be had this year.

 

A number from here attended the quarterly service at Moffatt on Sunday morning.  Reverend F. M. Mathers occupied the pulpit in the Methodist Church here on Sunday evening.  After the preaching service, ten were received into full membership.

 

On account of the lawn social at the manse on Friday evening, the usual Epworth League meeting was withdrawn.  Those who attended the social report a pleasant time spent there.

 

Remember the League on Friday evening, subject “Carrying out good resolutions”.

 

The race track at the exhibition grounds is being repaired and is expected to be in fine condition by the 4th of October when the World’s Fair comes to Aberfoyle.

 

Personals — Mr. W. McEachern returned Saturday from a trip up north.  Miss A. McIntyre is visiting friends at St. Thomas.  Miss C. Foster has returned from a trip to Galt.  Miss B. McEachern and Miss M. Cameron are visiting at Marden. 

 

Among those who took advantage of the excursion to Toronto and Niagara on Monday from our town were Mr. J. A. McDiarmid, Mr. and Mrs. A. McIntyre, the Misses Smith, and Mr. and Miss Blair. 

 

Mrs. J. King, of Eden Mills, is the guest of her father, Mr. J. Worthington.  Mrs. C. and Miss F. Morrison, of Morriston, are the guests of the Misses McLean.  Miss Baylis, of Hamilton, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Geo. Leslie.  Miss L. Sherlock left Tuesday for Glenallen.  Miss B. Stewart, of Strabane, is visiting at Mr. C. McBeath’s.  Miss McKenzie, of Lucknow, is the guest of her brother, Mr. D. McKenzie.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

August 13th 1895.

 

Baseball again to the front — Mr. J. Worthington has challenged the families of Puslinch for a game of baseball.  Mr. J. Black’s have accepted the challenge.  The game is to be played by the sons and son-in-laws belonging to both families, and will be at the baseball grounds here on Saturday at 3 p.m.  A large crowd is expected.  Mr. J. Worthington furnishes the supper for the players.

 

A number from here went to Galt on Saturday to witness the game played there between the Maple Leafs and the Galt team.

 

The teachers and officers belonging to the Aberfoyle Sabbath School have received an invitation to give a picnic party from Westover to the Model Farm, Guelph, on Saturday the 24th instant.

 

Miss Wilma Robertson has purchase a fine Shetland pony and road cart.

 

Mr. J. Foster has opened the butcher shop again and is now in a position to supply the finest meat at reasonable prices.

 

Personals — Mr. and Mrs. Alex McLeod, of London, paid a visit to friends in this village last week.  Reverend Mr. and Mrs Cook, of Casterville, are the guests of Mr. B. Falconbridge.  Mr. and Mrs. E. Taylor have returned from a trip to Paris.  Mr. J. Patterson, of New York, is the guest of Mr. J. Blair.  Mr. Wm. McEachern has returned from a trip to Hamilton.  Miss Mary Patterson, who has been in Toronto for some time, is home again.  Among the numbers who left on the excursion for the Northwest on Tuesday were Messrs. R. Ord, W. McKenzie, J. Mason, H. Black, D. and R. Cassin, and P. Grant.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Correspondence

August 20th 1895.

 

Birthday Celebration ─ At the appointed time on Saturday afternoon, the Worthingtons and the Blacks arrived at the ball grounds.  Owing to the fine shower of rain that was falling, the game was postponed for some time, but it was of benefit to the players, making the air much cooler.  Crowds witnessed the interesting game from 5 o’ clock until dark.  The score by innings ─ 

 

Worthingtons:

9

3

4

8

8

1

2

0

7

42

 

Blacks:

5

1

0

2

3

2

1

8

0

22

 

 

After the ball, crowds repaired to the home of Mr. J. Worthington, where a sumptuous repast was served on the lawn.  Upwards of fifty partook of their hospitality.  The brilliant illumination of the fireworks, later in the evening, was very fine.  Mr. J. Worthington was made the recipient of a handsome arm chair, from his sons and daughters.

 

Repairs ─ Mr. A. McIntyre, pathmaster, has been repairing the sidewalk, which was much needed.  Mr. B. Falconbridge is having a new platform laid in front of his store.  Mr. E. Taylor is erecting a stone foundation under his barn.

 

Death ─ The aged mother of Messrs. D. and A. Stewart met a sad death, by suffocation, on Saturday night.

 

Mr. H. Reid is confined to his home on account of ill health.

 

“At Home” ─ The Epworth League of the Methodist Church, here, has arranged to hold an “At Home” at the parsonage next Friday evening, the 23rd instant.  A good programme is being arranged.  All are welcome.

 

Personals ─ Mrs., Miss, and Master Arkell, of Teeswater, have been paying a visit to Mr. B. Falconbridge.  Mr. J. A. McDiarmid left on Monday, for Ottawa, to attend the Normal School.  Mrs. J. Foster is away on a trip to London.  Mrs. Little, of Colorado, is the guest of Miss B. McBeath.  Mr. W. McBeath has returned from a trip to Hamilton.  Miss H. Nicklin and Master Percy have returned from a trip to Acton.  Mr. W. Taylor  left on Monday, for Badenoch.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle News

October 1st 1895.

 

Mrs. Parsons, of Lynden, and Mrs. Brown, of Acton, are visiting their father, Mr. R. Nicklin.

 

Will T. McEachern has returned from Michigan and reports having had a fine trip.  He attended one of the leading fairs in that state and says that Canada is, as usual, ahead of Yankeetown.

 

Miss J. M. Cockburn and Miss Belle McBeath are attending the Acton fair this week.

 

Miss A. Steele left on Monday for Galt.

 

Numbers from here are attending the Hunter and Crossley meetings held at the Victoria Rink, Guelph.

 

A meeting of the Christian Alliance was held at the house of Mr. J. Blair on Monday evening.

 

The Epworth League is still progressing favourably.  Two new members were received on Friday evening.  The meeting, which was led by Reverend F. M. Mathers, was very interesting.  Also, a goodly number were present on Sunday evening when Mr. Neil McEachern took charge and read a very excellent paper on “Israel in the Wilderness”.

 

Don’t forget the World’s Fair, at Aberfoyle, next Tuesday.  It promises to be a decided success.  At Aberfoyle, the capital of the fair Township of Puslinch, how could it be otherwise?

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

October 8th 1895.

 

Notwithstanding the very cold weather, as usual, large crowds turned out to the Puslinch Fair, today, Tuesday.  The exhibits were numerous and not in the least behind former years in quality.  The root exhibit was especially fine.  Altogether, the fair passed off very successfully and everyone returned home, confirmed in the opinion that for a good day’s outing, go to the Aberfoyle Exhibition.  The “hop”, given tonight by B. McQuillen, is being well attended.

 

A “taffy pull” at Mr. J. Tawse’s is also on hand for tonight, Tuesday.

 

While attending a threshing last week, Mr. Alex Tawse met with an accident, having one of the small bones of his right arm broken.  Sandy will have to holiday for a time and take care of his arm.

 

Mr. Neil McEachern is spending a few days at Westover, teaching school.

 

Mr. Geo. McBeath, of Erin, and Mr. T. Worthington, of Elora, were home for the fair.

 

Miss N. Davidson, of Hespeler, is the guest of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

A meeting will be held in the church here on Wednesday evening to organize a junior Bible class for the Sabbath School here.

 

Remember the League meeting on Friday night and also on Sunday night.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sparks, of Westover, paid a visit to Aberfoyle on Tuesday.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Local News

October 15th 1895.

 

Mr. Albert Lehman, wife and family, of Aberfoyle, were in the city on Saturday visiting Mr. Louis Schmuck, at Sleeman’s.  The horse was hitched up and left standing while goodbyes were being said.  When the family came to go home they found that the horse had gone home on its own account and left them to foot it.  A portion of the conveyance was found on the road.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

From Aberfoyle, the News

October 22nd 1895.

 

It is with regret that we learn of the departure of Mr. W. McEachern from our town.  He for so long a time has been the valued and excellent school teacher here.  Mr. Forster, of Elora, has been engaged as teacher for the incoming year.

 

Messrs. A. McDiarmid and J. Foster are now in charge of the Aberfoyle Creamery and are now conducting a successful butter business.

 

Mrs. William Foster, who is still very ill, was taken to Guelph Hospital on Tuesday.

 

Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Mathers and Mrs. J. Blair left on Monday for Toronto.

 

Reverend Mr. and Mrs Caldwell, of Abingdon, and Mrs. J. Kitching, of Corwhin, paid a visit to friends in this vicinity last week.

 

Miss M. Clifford, of Hamilton, is home on a visit.

 

The Misses Webb, of Toronto, are the guests of their sister, Mrs. T. D. Day.

 

In the absence of the pastor, Dr. Hilliard and Fred Blair will take charge of the service in the Methodist Church here next Sabbath at 3 p.m.  In the evening, at 7:30, Mr. Hugh McDiarmid takes charge of the League.  The usual Thursday evening prayer meeting is withdrawn for this week.  Epworth League meeting, as usual, is Friday evening at 7:30.

 

Apple, potato, and turnip picking is being carried on in a lively manner this week.  The snow storm on Saturday night made people get a hustle on.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

October 29th 1895.

 

Mr. and Mrs. N. Sparks, of Westover, spent Sunday with Mr. Geo. Laycock.

 

Mr. H. Worthington, of Elora, and Mrs. H. Doughty, of Guelph, paid a flying visit to Mr. J. Worthington on Sunday.

 

Miss H. Nicklin, who was delegate for Duff’s Church Sabbath School to the provincial convention in Toronto, returned Friday evening and was highly delighted with the convention.

 

Last Saturday, three of the Royal City sportsmen paid a visit to our town and put in a big day’s hunting, leaving for home in the evening with well-filled hunting sacks and the opinion that for a good day’s outing and extra fine partridge, come to this neighbourhood.

 

Thursday is hallowe’en.  Be prepared for it.

 

The usual quarterly services of the Aberfoyle circuit will be held in the Methodist Church here next Sabbath at 10:30 a.m.  Reverend F. M. Mathers takes charge.

 

Next Friday evening is literary meeting in the League.  All are welcome.  Last Friday evening, the feature of the meeting was an essay written by Mr. J. A. MacDiarmid, of Ottawa, a former member of the League here, which was read in an excellent manner by Miss L. MacDiarmid.

 

A number from here attended the funeral of the late Mr. J. McLean Sr., of Badenoch, on Saturday.

 

Mr. J. Downs, of Galt, has purchased the house and lot at the south end of the village, formerly owned by Mr. R. B. Morison, and is having a new foundation laid and other necessary improvements, preparatory to moving in.

 

Mr. Wm. Laycock, who has been seriously ill for the past week, is slightly improved, and hopes are entertained of his recovery.  His son, John, of Speedside, spent a couple of days with him.

 

Mrs. J. Blair has returned from Toronto, accompanied by Miss Ann Preston.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Correspondence

November 5th 1895.

 

A goodly number turned out to the quarterly services on Sunday morning.  No doubt, the beautiful weather prevailing tempted the people out.  Several of the young people from here went to Arkell on Sunday evening.  On Monday, at 2 p.m., the annual board meeting was held.  Mr. F. Mason, the Recording Steward, sent in his resignation.  Mr. Geo. Hunt was appointed to fill in the vacancy.

 

Mr. W. MacEachern has been engaged as Head master for the Everton Public School for the ensuing year.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., held its annual shooting match on Saturday November 9th, and oyster supper in their hall in the evening.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., returned from Toronto on Friday evening.  Mr. Neil MacEachern left on Saturday, for Elora, to attend Model School.  Will and Mollie McBeath, of Hamilton, spent Sunday in the village.  Mr. John Mason returned from a trip to the Northwest last week.  He was highly delighted with the country and talks of moving out.  Mr. George Leslie left on Monday for Dundalk.

 

Mrs. R. Haugh, of Guelph, is the guest of Mrs. G. Leslie.  Mr. and Mrs. J. Little, of Guelph, paid a visit to the home of Mr. McBeath, on Tuesday.

 

Dr. Hilliard conducts the League here on Friday evening, subject, “Christian enthusiasm”.  The League is prospering in every department.  The meetings are interesting and profitable, and all who can, should avail themselves of this opportunity of attending.  At the literary meeting last Friday, Reverend F. M. Mathers gave an excellent address on “The Rise of Methodism”.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

From Aberfoyle, the News

November 22nd 1895.

 

Last Sunday evening, in the absence of the pastor, Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., who is attending revival services at Arkell, the pulpit of the Methodist Church here was occupied by Dr. Hilliard and Mr. Wm. Patterson.  Next Sabbath afternoon, the annual sermon in behalf of the Educational Society will be preached.

 

Last Friday evening, the League was conducted by the president, Dr. Hilliard, and an interesting and profitable address was delivered by the reverend Mr. Sault, of the G.E. Church, of Morriston, on  “Essentials to Success in Epworth League work”.  Next Friday evening, Miss Grace McLean will conduct the meeting, subject, “A lively Ambition”, Phil. 3, 7-15.

 

Mrs. (Rev.) Cook, of Caistorville, with her son and daughter, is the guest of her brother, Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Mrs. J. Tawse has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Howe, of Guelph.

 

Mr. Chas. Worthington has been visiting his brother in Elora.

 

Mrs. Wm. Foster has returned from Guelph and is much improved in health.

 

Shooting matches are the fad again.  Last Wednesday, on the 2nd Concession, the boys had a bush hunt and an oyster supper at Mr. Roszell’s in the evening.  Mr. J. bell and Mr. T. Pinkney were captains, and although some hunted all day and did not shoot even a crow, Mr. J. Bell was the winner.  A pleasant social evening was spent.

 

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, a tournament will be held in Aberfoyle, 100 turkeys and geese, rifles at 100-yard range, shotguns at 40-yard range.  Everybody is invited.  Messrs. P. Foster and J. Foley comprise the committee.

 

It is reported that the Morriston I.O.F. has challenged the Aberfoyle I.O.F. for a bush hunt or target match, and Aberfoyle has accepted.  Supper in the evening is to be provided.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

November 26th 1895.

 

Thanksgiving Day passed off quietly in our town.  However, notwithstanding the cold weather, a goodly number turned out to the shooting match in the afternoon.

 

Mr. Peter Foster, an employee at the Stratton Mill, met with an accident last Wednesday, having his right hand badly smashed.  He will be off work for some time.

 

Mr. Neil MacEachern, of Elora, was home for a few days.

 

Mr. Chas. Worthington left on Tuesday for Elora, where he has secured a position with Mr. Smith, druggist of that place.

 

Mr. Will Krause, lately of Brandon, Manitoba and Mr. F. Bamfield (Spelling is suspect, possibly Baumfeld.), of Guelph, were in the village on Sunday.

 

Mrs. (Rev.) Mathers has returned from a trip to Toronto.

 

The League meeting on Sunday evening was very largely attended.  Mr. E. Taylor, who had charge, gave a thoughtful address, which was well listened to.

 

Mrs. Geo. Leslie, who underwent an operation on Tuesday by Drs. Hilliard, of Morriston, and MacKinnon, of Guelph, is doing nicely.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle

from the Guelph Herald newspaper,

 December 1st 1895, special illustrated edition.

 

The village of Aberfoyle has a population of about 150, and is situated on the Brock Road, about eight miles from Guelph, and two miles from Morriston.  It contains 1 church, 3 stores, 1 hotel, flour, saw, and grist mills, and a telegraph office.  It is a busy little place and does a larger business than many villages double its size.

 

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Mr. James McLean

 

One of the most prominent figures in Aberfoyle commercial circles is Mr. James McLean, who has lived so long in the place that he is looked on as being one of the natural features of the town.  Not only has long and faithful service made him a familiar figure, but it has also helped to stamp his character forever on the memory of the people.  Mr. McLean has been in the general merchant business for the long span of thirty-two years.  In his store is to be found almost everything pertaining to the general merchant trade, viz., groceries, glass, crockery, hats, and caps.  In fact, his store, which is a large building, is filled from end to end with every article under the sun, and all at the most moderate prices.  The quality of the goods is acknowledged by all to be first class.  Mr. McLean has served his township well and faithfully, in the capacity of clerk, for over 18 years.  It is a pleasant privilege and delightful duty to record his name as one of the representative men of Aberfoyle.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

December 2nd 1895.

 

The heavy snow storm on Sunday night resulted in good sleighing, which makes business livelier.

 

The annual meeting of the East Puslinch Branch Bible Society was held in the Methodist Church here on Tuesday evening.  The Reverend Mr. Blair of Nassagaweya, and our resident ministers delivered addresses.

 

Preparations are being made for the Sabbath School entertainment, which is to come off on the 20th instant.

 

Next Friday evening, being the literary meeting of the League, a good programme is being arranged, Hymnology being the principal subject.

 

Mr. James McLean is having some improvements made to his store.

 

Mr. Robert MacDonald leaves on Wednesday for Acton, where he has secured a position.  Mr. Reuben Sparks is away on a holiday trip.  Mr. John J. Bickley left on Monday for Guelph, where he has secured employment in the Rolling Mills.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

December 17th 1895.

 

A deputation from Hamilton, of railway men, waited on the council here on Monday afternoon in order to solicit a bonus of $25,000 for the Radial Railway about to be constructed between Hamilton and Guelph.  The council decided to submit the request to the ratepayers of the township.  Of course, it will be granted.

 

The Sunday School children are all excitement over the Christmas tree entertainment that comes off on Friday evening, the 20th instant.  Don’t fail to attend.  An excellent programme is being prepared.

 

Mr. Geo. Hunt moved to the village on Monday.  Mr. Hunt has rented his farm and intends to try village life.

 

Mr. Reuben Sparks has come to the village to learn blacksmithing with Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Mr. Wm. Foster is confined to the house with an attack of pleurisy.

 

Reverend A. J. Irwin, of Norval, gave an excellent address on missionary work from the text in John 4: 34-36, in the church here last Sunday night.  Next Sunday, at 3 p.m., the pastor, Rev. F. M. Mathers will preach a Christmas sermon.

 

The funeral of the late Mrs. Amos passed through the village today.

 

Miss P. Smith left Tuesday on a trip to Pennsylvania, where she purposes spending the winter with relatives.

 

Miss Paddock, of Killean, has been visiting the Misses MacDonald.

 

Mr. A. Sparks and Miss G. Sparks, of Westover, were in the village on Sunday evening.

 

The splendid sleighing is fast disappearing and Christmas is almost here.  A number of people are wearing long faces.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

December 31st 1895.

 

The Sunday School entertainment was a decided success although the weather was not very favourable.  A goodly number attended and were well pleased with the programme.

 

Owing to the wet weather the Christmas season is very dull.  On Christmas afternoon the boys chose up and had a game of baseball.  It was a lively game throughout.  Few home runs were made except when the players got excited.  The captain was absent but not forgotten.  Wm. McKenzie was at his old post behind the bat and did some efficient work.  Sandy Tawse’s remarkable drops surprised all the batters.  Mr. Couzens did well but would have done better if he had his bloomers on.  Mr. J. Foster, the lightest man on the ground, did some efficient work in the field.  J. Tawse umpired to the satisfaction of all.

 

Last Tuesday evening, Mr. Wm. MacEachern was surprised by a large number calling on him at his home.  The object of their visit was to express in a slight measure the appreciation of his valuable services during the past ten years as Public School teacher here.  An address was read by Mr. Jas. McLean, and Messrs. B. Falconbridge and A. McDiarmid made the presentation of two fine easy chairs.  A most enjoyable evening was spent, speeches, recitations, and singing, after which refreshments were served by the ladies present.  Mr. McEachern and family leave today, Monday, for Everton, where he has been engaged as head teacher in the public school.  They will all be missed very much from this community.  We wish them every success in the future.

 

Large numbers were in the village today, and a good deal of excitement, nomination day.

 

The Reverend F. M. Mathers and his wife spent last week in Toronto.

 

L. W. Reid of McGill University, Montreal, is home for vacation.

 

J. A. McDiarmid, of St. Thomas, and Mr. L. Sprague, of Port Stanley, are visiting Mr. Wm. Reid.

 

Mrs. A. MacKenzie, of Carberry, Manitoba, is the guest of Mr. A. McDiarmid.

 

Mrs. Parker, of Port Huron, has been visiting old friends in this neighbourhood.

 

Miss N. Davidson, of Hespeler, is the guest of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Mr. and Miss Flemming, of Dundas, are the guests of Mrs. Mahon.

 

Don’t forget the literary meeting at the League on Friday evening.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Village News from Aberfoyle

February 25th 1896.

 

Miss K. Fleming, of Dundas, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Mahon.

 

Mrs. J. Foster spent a couple of days in the Royal City.

 

Mr. C. L. Sprague, of Port Stanley, is spending a few days in the village.

 

Reverend Mr. Cook, of Castorville, paid a visit to Mr. B. Falconbridge, last week.

 

Large numbers are attending the Sunday School Convention this afternoon, in the Methodist Church here.  Misses H. Blair, Z. Reid, and B. Leslie were appointe delegates from the Sunday School here, and the Misses Grace McLean and L. McDiarmid were the delegates appointed by the Epworth League here to attend the Epworth League Convention, held in Berlin on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.

 

Next Friday evening, the Reverend F. Mathers will take charge of the Epworth League, subject “The Christian Life”.  On Sunday evening, Mr. J. A. McDiarmid will have charge of the Epworth League meeting.

 

The many friends of Mr. H. Hammersley are glad to see him able to be out again.

 

Since the thaw on Sunday, the sleighing is excellent, and many are taking advantage of it.

 

Rumours of weddings in this vicinity, very shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

March 17th 1896.

 

Mr. Wm. Foster has purchased the house and lot at the north end of the village, formerly owned by Mr. Frazer, and took possession last Friday.

 

Mr. Chas. Richardson got his foot badly cut on Monday while cutting wood in the bush and will be laid up for some time.

 

Mr. Anderson from the neighbourhood of Owen Sound has rented the farm of Miss E. Munroe.  Mr. and Mrs. Anderson took possession last week.  We wish the young couple happiness and prosperity.

 

Meeting in the Methodist Church every evening, commencing at 7:30 sharp.

 

Next Sabbath evening the pastor, Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., will give an address in the interest of the Superannuation fund.

 

Reverend H. Caldwell, B.D., and his wife, of Abingdon, passed through the village last week.

 

Mr. Reuben Sparks spent Sunday at Westover.

 

On account of the rough weather on Wednesday there was not a very large attendance at the tea meeting held in the town hall here.  Those who did not come missed a treat, as an excellent programme was rendered.  On Thursday afternoon there was a social, which the children all took advantage of, and spent a high time.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

March 31st 1896.

 

The exceedingly bad condition of the roads makes traffic almost at a standstill.  People are pleased to see the snow disappearing.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., are making preparations for a big time Thursday night.  An oyster supper is to be served in their hall.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., closed a four-week series of revival meetings, held in the Methodist Church here, last Friday night.  The meetings have been interesting and profitable.  Sunday evening, a goodly number turned out to the League meeting conducted by Mr. B. Falconbridge.  Next Friday evening being the usual literary meeting in the League, the delegates to the convention in Berlin are expected to give their report.  In place of the review at the Sabbath School last Sunday afternoon, Mrs. (Rev.) Mathers, delegate to the Provincial Sabbath School convention, held at Toronto, gave a very interesting report of the convention.

 

Mr. Chas. Borthwick is moving to a farm in Nassagaweya, and Mr. W. Garbett of the 10th Concession is moving on to Mr. A. McDiarmid’s farm , formerly occupied by Mr. Borthwick.

 

Mr. E. Taylor’s nephew, Mr. R. Taylor, is paying him a visit.

 

Miss C. Foster, who has been confined to the house with an attack of bronchitis, is able to be out again.

 

Mr. Alex and Miss Mary Tawse, Mr. Chas. Worthington, and Miss E. McDonald were among the missing ones in the village on Sunday.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Hunt of Carlisle paid a visit to friends in this vicinity last week.

 

Mr. James Tawse left for Galt last week where he has been engaged for the summer with Mr. Shellard.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Village News from Aberfoyle

April 6th 1896.

 

Miss L. Sherlock, of Toronto, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Reverend F. M. Mathers.  Mr. Wm. McEachern, of Everton, is spending a few days in the village.  Mr. and Mrs. Forster spent Sunday in Elora.  Mrs. Forster, of Elora, is the guest of her son, Mr. J. C. Forster.  Mr. C. L. Sprague, of Port Stanley, is spending a few days in the village.

 

Mr. J. A. McDiarmid, of Puslinch Lake, is home for Easter vacation.  Miss B. Mahon, of the Loretto Convent, Guelph, is home for a visit.  Mr. Hugh and Miss Lizzie McDiarmid, of Guelph Collegiate Institute, are home for the Easter holidays.  Mr. Frank Steele, of Galt, is home for a few days. 

 

Mr. Harvey Worthington, of Elora, was in the village on Sunday.  Mrs. R. H. Doughty, of Guelph, is the guest of her father, Mr. J. Worthington.  Mr. Reuben Sparks paid a visit to Westover on Sunday.  Mr. J. Worthington is moving back to his farm, near the Third Concession, this week.

 

La grippe is prevalent in the village still.  Master Thomas Mahon had his foot badly cut while splitting wood a few days ago, and will be laid up for some time.  Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., oyster supper on Thursday evening, proved interesting and successful.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

May 19th 1896.

 

Last Saturday afternoon an interesting game of ball was played between a Guelph picked team and our Clippers.  Score: 13 to 20, favourable to the Clippers.  Afterwards, the ladies provided supper for the players.

 

Next Monday, the 25th instant, the 10th Concession Hills come to Aberfoyle to play the Clippers.  An exciting time is expected.

 

On the evening of the 25th a concert will be held in the Methodist Church under the auspices of the Epworth League.  Artists from Toronto, St. Thomas, Guelph, Nassagaweya, and Morriston are expected to take part.  Admission free.  A collection will be taken in aid of church repairs.

 

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Township Sunday School Association was held in the church here on Monday evening.  A convention of Normal Teachers will be held in the G. E. Church, Morriston, on the 28th instant.

 

The Public School Teachers Convention will be held in Elora, Thursday and Friday of this week.

 

Next Sunday is Children’s Day in the Methodist Church.  A floral service will be held at 3 o’ clock.

 

Mr. James McLean is having his store painted.

 

Mrs. J. Evans, of Toronto, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. (Rev.) Mathers.

 

 Mr. and Mrs. C. Rolph, of Carlisle, paid a visit to old friends in this village last week.

 

Reverend Mr. Salmon, of Toronto, paid a visit at the home of Mr. J. Blair last week.

 

Mr. Little of Nassagaweya visited Mr. A. McDiarmid’s last week.

 

Miss P. Smith has returned from a visit to friends in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

 

Next Sabbath evening the A.O.U.W. will march to Duff’s Church at 6:30, where the reverend W. Robertson, M.A., will preach the annual sermon.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

June 9th 1896.

 

A goodly number turned out on Saturday afternoon to witness the interesting game of ball between the Aberfoyle Clippers and the Morriston boys.  Batteries — Clippers — E. Cassin, W. McGill/ Morriston — W. Binkley, J. Toafe. (Spelling is suspect, possibly Taafe.)  The game was a very good one. Score:

Morriston

4

0

0

3

0

0

1

2

0

10

Clippers

2

0

3

3

3

2

0

3

x

16

 

After the game, lunch was served by the ladies in the I.O.F. Hall.

 

The children and older ones are anticipating a jolly time next Saturday, the 13th, when the Sunday School is to be held at the Victoria Park, Guelph.  The picnic party is to leave the church here at eight o’ clock sharp Saturday morning.  All are welcome.  Come and have a pleasant time.

 

The literary meeting of the League here last Friday night was very successful. Subject — “Longfellow”.  A biography of his life was read, also selections from his poetry, “Sunrise on the Hills”, “Hanging of the Crane”, “Ladder of St. Augustine”, and “The Builders”.  The meeting Sunday evening, led by Miss G. McLean, was very interesting.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sparks, of Freelton, were in the village on Sunday.

 

Mrs. E. L. Flagg, of Durham, paid a visit to Mr. W. Reid’s on Monday.

 

A number from here purpose taking advantage of the privilege of hearing Laurier tomorrow, Wednesday.  Puslinch is all right.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle News

June 23rd 1896.

 

The Arkell baseball team came to Aberfoyle this afternoon to play the Clippers but the champions of Puslinch proved too much for them.  Score 11 to 17 in favour of Aberfoyle.

 

Mr. Wm. Couzens is confined to his home with a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism.

 

The Epworth League meeting on Friday night was fairly well attended, and those who were there were delighted with the excellent address delivered by the Reverend Mr. Sauer, of Morriston, on Temperance.  Sunday evening, Mr. J. A. McDiarmid conducted the League.  Subject — “Wondrous relationship”.  The meeting was most successful.

 

On Sunday afternoon, in the absence of the pastor, Mr. Fred Blair took charge of the service in the Methodist Church here.

 

Numbers from here purpose attending the Township Sunday School Convention to be held at Kirkland’s Church, Thursday, the 25th instant.  Delegate appointed — Dr. Hilliard, Misses McLean and Reid.

 

Reverend F. M. and Mrs. Mathers are away on a trip to Lucknow.

 

Miss Galloway, of Brantford, and Miss Weber, of Cleveland, are the guests of Mr. J. Blair.

 

Among the voters in the village today, we were pleased to welcome Mr. William McEachern, of Everton, and also Mr. J. Gawse, of Galt.

 

Election today.  Very quiet.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle News

July 8th 1896.

 

The High School entrance and Public School leaving examinations for the Township of Puslinch were held in the Public School here Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Mr. John Strachan, of Rockwood, presided.  The holidays having commenced, the scholars are rejoicing in their freedom.

 

Raspberry picking has started this week in this neighbourhood.  A good crop is the prospect.

 

The farmers have all about completed haying and report a very fair crop.

 

The fine shower on Saturday delighted the hearts of all.

 

Reverend and Mrs. Mathers have returned from a trip to the north.  Their many friends are pleased to see them back again.

 

Mr. A. Champ, of Dundalk, accompanied by Mr. Nixon, paid a flying visit to our town last week.

 

The E. L. literary evening on Friday night was quite successful.  The topic for the evening was “The Roentgen Rays” and was ably handled by Dr. Hilliard.

 

Sunday evening, Mr. Laycock took charge of the meeting.  Next Friday the topic is “soul beauty”, and Miss Zella Reid conducts the meeting.  A special invitation is extended to everyone.  Remember the League opens at 8 p.m.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

July 21st 1896.

 

The Epworth League, in connection with the Methodist Church here, is making arrangements for a picnic to Idylwilde Park in Preston, on the 7th of August.  The League meetings on Friday and Sunday evenings were very successful.

 

On Sunday afternoon the Reverend Sherlock, of Toronto, occupied the pulpit in the Methodist Church here.

 

Mrs. B. Falconbridge and Master Arkell Falconbridge are away on a trip to Parry Sound.

 

Reverend Mr. Sherlock, of Toronto, is the guest of Reverend F. M. Mathers.

 

Reverend J. Hough, of Guelph, spent a few days in the village last week.

 

Mrs. (Rev.) Cook is the guest of Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Mr. and Mrs. T. Forster, of Guelph, and Mrs. Cook, of Toronto, spent Sunday with Mr. J. C. Forster.

 

Mr. and Miss Davidson, of Hespeler, are the guests of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Miss B. McBeath left on Tuesday morning on a visit to friends in St. Thomas, Dakota.

 

Mr. A. Ingram, M.P., and Mrs. Ingram, of St. Thomas are the guests of Mrs. A. McIntyre.

 

Mrs. W. Howe, of Guelph, is the guest of Mr. J. Tawse.

 

 Miss E. McDonald is visiting friends in Killean.

 

Miss N. McCuen, of Freelton, is the guest of Mr. W. Reid.

 

Mr. Will McEachern, of Everton, is visiting friends in the village.

 

Mr. and Mrs A. Sparks, of Westover, spent Sunday in the village.

 

Miss M. McNaughton, of Crieff, is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. McBeath.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

July 30th 1896.

 

On Friday morning last, there passed from our midst the person of Mrs. Alex Smith, one of our oldest settlers.  The deceased was a native of Dumfrieshire, Scotland, and with her late husband came to this country and settled in Puslinch over sixty years ago.  With the energy of the early settler, which they seemed to possess to an unusual degree, they soon made for themselves a comfortable home, where they resided till the time of their deaths.  The old settlers are one by one passing away, but of all those who are gone, none was held in higher esteem than she who has just departed.  By her kindness, she endeared herself to all, and in the early struggles of the pioneer, none gave more liberal assistance to neighbours and friends. 

 

At the time of her death, Mrs. Smith was in her eighty-first year.  She leaves to mourn her loss, two sons and four daughters.  The sons are John A. Smith and Alexander Smith, of Aberfoyle.  The daughters are Mrs. Alex McCaig, of Aberfoyle, Mrs. John Ellis, of Proton, Mrs. D. McCaig, of Collingwood, and Miss Smith, who resides at home. 

 

The funeral, which took place on Sunday afternoon to Crown Cemetery, was largely attended, over seventy carriages being in the procession.  The pall bearers were Messrs. R. B. Morrison, James Patterson, Hugh McDiarmid, Ritchie Bell, Malcolm McBeath, and John Hammersley.

 

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Wm. Herron, who wandered away from home some time ago, has been traced as far as Malton.

 

Reverend Mr. Robertson and family are camping at Puslinch Lake.

 

Threshing has commenced in this neighbourhood.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle News

August 18th 1896.

 

Messrs. P. Forster, J. Foley, D. Black, and A. Stewart left on Tuesday for the Northwest.

 

Miss McKenzie, of Lucknow, is the guest of Mr. D. McKenzie.

 

Reverend L. W. Reid returned home on Friday from a trip to Manitouwaning.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Firth, of Pickering College, paid a visit to J. Smith’s on Saturday.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Brown, of Acton, paid a visit to Mr. R. Nicklin’s on Monday.

 

Miss M. Smith has returned to duties as school teacher.

 

Miss Kate Falconbridge has returned from a visit to Hamilton.

 

Miss N. Borthwick, of Nassagaweya, has been spending a few days with Miss E. McDonald.

 

Mr. Albert Lehman and family moved to Guelph on Monday, where Mr. Lehman has secured a position with Mr. Sleeman.

 

A number from here attended the A.O.U.W. picnic at our beautiful Township Lake last Thursday.

 

The Methodist Church here is undergoing some necessary repairs.  Messrs. J. C. Forster and H. J. McDiarmid have the contract of shingling the roof.

 

The Public schools opened on Monday.  Quite a number of the scholars do not seem to be ready to give up holiday sports yet; consequently the attendance is not very large.

 

Last Sabbath afternoon, the pastor, Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., preached a sermon on “Sabbath Observance”.  In the evening, Miss Nellie Blair had charge of the League.  Subject — “Christ’s prayer for believers”.  Reverend L. W. Reid gave a short address.

 

Decided change in temperature this week, frost Monday night.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

September 8th 1896.

 

Numbers from here are attending the Industrial, at Toronto, this week.

 

Rev. L. W. Reid left Tuesday morning for Toronto, from there, to Montreal via the ocean, to attend McGill University.

 

Miss L. Little, of Guelph, paid a visit to Mr. C. McBeath on Tuesday.

 

Miss M. McLean and Miss B. MacEachern took a drive in the direction of Westover on Monday evening, calling on old friends in that vicinity.

 

Mr. C. L. Sprague, of Port Stanley, is the guest of Mr. W. Reid.

 

We congratulate Mr. H. J. McDiarmid on his successful examinations, primary and commercial, with honours.  Owing to some mistake, his name did not appear among the list of successful students.

 

The Aberfoyle baseball club went to the Royal City last Friday afternoon, but the city boys must have proved more than a match for them, as they have been rather quiet since.

 

The literary meeting on Friday was well attended and very successful.  The programme consisted of music, vocal by Mr. J. C. Forster, instrumental by Miss M. Black, also by Mr. J. Sparks, and an excellent essay on “Literature: what we shall read” by Mr. J. A. McDiarmid, interspersed throughout by the President’s, Dr. Hilliard’s, usual good humour.

 

Next Friday, the subject for the E. L. (Epworth League) meeting is “Secrets of strong lives”, Luke 7, 19-28, led by Mr. H. J. McDiarmid, and on Sunday evening, “What faith can do for us”, Hebrews 11, 1-10, led by Miss K. Wakefield.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

September 21st 1896.

 

A. Mathers, Esq., of Lucknow, is the guest of his son, Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L.  Miss B. MacBeath has returned from a trip to St. Thomas, Dakota.  Mrs. J. C. Forster returned on Monday from a trip to London, Delhi, and other places west.

 

Mrs. P. Falconbridge, who has been visiting friends in London, returned on Saturday.  Messrs. C. MacBeath and J. Smith attended London Fair last week.  Miss P. Smith has returned to Hamilton.  Messrs. John and Robert MacDonald, of Acton, are home for a few days.  Miss M. McLean is visiting friends in Everton.  Mr. R. Bingham, of Toronto, also, Mr. J. Galloway, of Brantford, are the guests of Mr. J. Blair. 

 

Some of our young people purpose attending the Guelph District Epworth League Convention to be held at Fergus next Sunday and Monday, the 27th and 28th instants.  Mr. Geo. Hunt will take charge of the League meeting here next Friday evening, the subject, “Our Refuge”, Psalms 9:9.  Last Sabbath evening, Reverend F. M. Mathers preached a practical and earnest sermon from the text “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man”, Proverbs 21:7.

 

 

 

 

 

From Aberfoyle,

The News for October 7th 1896.

 

Extensive preparations are being made for the world’s fair at Aberfoyle, next Tuesday, the 13th instant.  The exhibition grounds are being enlarged and workmen are busy fencing and cleaning up.  Do not fail to attend.  The fair promises to be one of the best ever held here.

 

The Aberfoyle Creamery has closed down for this year.  The season has been a fairly successful one.

 

The sound of the hammer and saw is heard at the Methodist Church here this week.  Mr. Fizer, of Guelph, takes charge of cleaning the walls, and other very necessary improvements are being made.

 

Next Sunday, is Epworth League day.  In the morning, a sunrise prayer meeting will be held in the church, commencing at 6:30, under the leadership of the President, Dr. Hilliard.  In the afternoon, at 3:30 o’ clock, a mass meeting will be held, when Prof. Reynolds, of the O.A.C., Barrister Hannon, of Guelph, Reverend Sauer, of Morriston, and others will deliver addresses.  In the evening, at 7:30, the regular League meeting will be held, Mr. B. Falconbridge in charge.  Special evangelistic services will be held every evening next week.  Special speakers are being secured for the meetings.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

The literary meeting on Friday evening was very successful.  Choice selections of music were rendered in an excellent manner by the Misses Morlock, Mr. D. Morlock, and Mr. Jelly.  A report of the District Epworth League Convention, held at Fergus, was read by Miss Zella Reid.

 

We are sorry to lose our friend and 1st Vice-President in the League, Mr. Fred. Blair, who left on Tuesday for New York, to attend Missionary Training College, but we wish him every success in his chosen field of labour.

 

The Aberfoyle Clippers played a return match with the Freelton team on Saturday the 20th, ultimo.  They returned, defeated 6 to 12.  The boys played an excellent fielding game but could not strike the Freelton twirler.  Last Saturday, they went to try their skill with the “Hills”, and the score again turned in favour of the “Hills”, 9 to 5.  Aberfoyle is resting, for a few moments, on past glory, long past.

 

Mr. Frank Johnston has commenced butcher business.  The village can now boast two meat delivery wagons.

 

Mr. John Nicklin is away on a trip to Brantford.

 

Miss B. Mahon is visiting friends in Dundas.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

October 13th 1896.

 

The fair today is being largely attended.  The weather is all that could be desired.  The exhibits are numerous and of fine quality, noticeable among them being an excellent display of pharmacy by the Worthington Brothers, for T. P. Smith of Elora.  The beautifully arranged case of drugs reflected creditably on the druggists.  A. B. Petrie also had a fine display of drugs on exhibition.

 

The bicycle race was not very largely patronized, probably on account of the high fee in order to enter the list of competitors, while the prizes were not accordingly large.  It is the first race, but we trust not the last bicycle race in connection with our township fair.

 

A goodly number turned out to the sunrise prayer meeting on Sunday, and in the afternoon, the church was filled to overflowing.  First, Prof. Reynolds addressed the meeting, taking for his subject “The Epworth League Programme”.  He gave some excellent ideas on conducting League meetings.  Barrister Hannon followed, on the subject “Why am I an Epworth Leaguer?”  He gave numerous reasons why we should have a large membership.  His practical address was listened to with best attention.  In the evening, the League was well attended, when Mr. B. Falconbridge read an excellent essay on his subject “The Christian in the World”.  Mr. Patterson, of Moffatt, assisted with the meeting.

 

Mr. J. R. McKillip, of St. Joseph, Missouri, is visiting his uncle, Mr. James Scott, assessor, Puslinch.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

October 27th 1896.

 

Mrs. and Miss Arkell, of Teeswater, have been visiting Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Mrs. P. Falconbridge has returned from a trip to Toronto.

 

Miss H. Nicklin left on Monday for Toronto.

 

Mr. J. MacDonald is home on a visit from Acton.

 

Miss B. Mahon has returned from a trip to Dundas.

 

The regular quarterly service of the Methodist Church for Aberfoyle Circuit will be held at Arkell next Sabbath morning.  The pastor, Reverend F. M. Mathers, S. T. L., will take charge.

 

The special services that have been conducted in the Methodist Church here for the past two weeks concluded last Friday.

 

On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Mathers preached a very eloquent sermon in the interest of the Superannuation fund.

 

The farmers in this locality are very busy with their turnip crop.  The weather is most favourable.

 

The young people are beginning to talk of Hallowe’en, which will be here on Saturday.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

November 3rd 1896.

 

Mr. M. Shellard, Mr. J. Tawse, and Mr. F. Steele, of Galt, spent Sunday in the village.

 

Mr. and Mrs. John Laycock, Speedside, spent Sunday with Mr. Geo. Laycock.

 

Mrs. Allen Sparks and Miss G. Sparks, of Westover, are the guests of Mr. A. McIntyre.

 

Miss C. Foster left Monday for Hamilton.

 

Mr. Reuban Sparks spent Sunday in Hamilton.

 

Miss Baylis, of Hamilton, paid a visit to her sister, Mrs. Geo. Leslie, last week.

 

Mr. J. J. Craig, B.A., Inspector of Public Schools, paid a visit to the school here last week.

 

Some of the young people of this neighbourhood spent a very pleasant evening at the home of Mr. Geo. Leslie last Thursday.

 

Mr. H. Hammersley and Mr. G. D. Day have entered into partnership in the flour and grist mills of this village.  They purpose putting in rollers and all the latest conveniences for a successful flour business.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Hammersley will move to the village shortly.

 

The Sunday School here is making arrangements for taking up Normal Class work.  The schools in this district are combining forces and hope to have a successful Normal Class.

 

Friday night is literary night in the League.  A good programme is being arranged.

 

Mr. H. Cockburn is confined to his home on account of ill health.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

November 11th 1896.

 

Mr. R. R. Hall of Parry Sound, Missionary for the R. T. of T., occupied the pulpit in the Methodist Church here on Sunday afternoon.  His earnest and practical address was listened to with much interest.  Mr. Hall is endeavouring to organize a temperance and literary society in this village.  The movement is a good one and is meeting with the hearty co-operation of the energetic workers, and there is a good prospect for a flourishing society shortly.

 

The literary meeting of the League held on Friday proved most successful, being one of the best in the annals of this society.  The programme consisted of an essay by Miss S. Calfass, of Morriston, solo from Mrs. (Dr.) Hilliard, readings from Miss G. McLean and Mr. H. McDiarmid, music by the choir, and also a short address from Mr. R. R. Hall.

 

On Sunday evening, Mr. C. Waldron, of Guelph, assisted Mr. G. Laycock in conducting the League meeting.

 

Mr. W. Murray and family moved to Toronto on Monday.

 

Mrs. E. Taylor, who has been ill, is improving.

 

Mr. and Miss Davidson, of Hespeler, are the guests of Mr. E. Taylor.

 

Mr. J. McDonald has returned from Acton, where he was visiting his brother, who has been on the sick list.  He reports that Rob is recovering.

 

On Friday evening a pleasant time was spent at the home of Mr. J. Tawse, a number of the young people being on hand to help boil cider.

 

The first regular meeting of the Normal Class was held on Monday evening in the vestry of Duff’s Church.  A number of teachers and scholars from the Sabbath School here attended and were much pleased with the meeting.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News of Aberfoyle

November 18th 1896.

 

At a meeting of the teachers and officers of the Sunday School, on Monday evening, it was decided that the Sunday School Christmas entertainment should be held in the Methodit Church here on the evning of the 29th proximo.  The Sunday School teachers, with Mr. J. C. Forster, as President, form a committee to arrange a programme.

 

Last Thursday evening, Mr. R. R. Hall, of Parry Sound, conducted a temperance meeting in the I.O.F. Hall.  The meeting was much enjoyed by all who attended.  Mr. Hall is still endeavouring to organize a R. T. of T. Society in this village, and is meeting with fairly good success.

 

Mr. H. Hammersley has moved into the house formerly occupied by Mr. W. Foster, last week.

 

Miss B. Mahon leaves this week to attend Loretto Convent, Guelph.

 

Mr. J. MacDonald, who has been laid up with a sore arm, is able to be out again.

 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Doughty, of Guelph, were in the village on Sunday.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Webb, of Guelph, spent Sunday with Mr. T. D. Day.

 

Mr. Philpot, evangelist, of Guelph, paid a visit to the home of Mr. J. Blair, on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

November 25th 1896.

 

Mr. R. R. Hall, missionary of the R. T. of Temperance, organized a council here, “Milk Creek”, last Saturday.  A goodly number of candidates presented themselves for obligation, after which the following officers were elected.

B. Falconbridge — P. C.

J. C. Forster — S. C.

Grace McLean — V. C.

Reverend F. M. Mathers — Chap.

J. A. McDiarmid — R. S.

Kate Wakefield — Assist. Sec’y

H. J. McDiarmid — F. S.

Maggie McDonald — Treas.

R. Sparks — H.

Bertie Leslie — Deputy H.

Ellie McDonald — Guard

E. Taylor — Sentinel

E. Bickley — Organist

 

The meetings will be held in the I.O.F. Hall on the first and third Saturday evenings of each month.  They have the good wishes of all the citizens.

 

Mr. Appleton, banker, of Toronto, is the guest of his sister, Mrs. P. Falconbridge.

 

Miss M. Black, of Toronto, is home on a vacation.

 

Mrs. (Reverend) Sherlock, of Toronto, is the guest of Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L.

Among the visitors to this village on Sunday were Messrs. J. and F. Hardie, of Winterbourne, Messrs. C. and H. Worthington, of Elora, Messrs. J. and F. Steele, and J. Tawse, of Galt.

 

The beautiful days of Indian Summer were fraught with unusual interest for at least one member of our community.  Last Thursday, in the crimson of the morning, there came to the home of Reverend F. M. Mathers, a tiny baby girl.  Congratulations.

 

The League meetings continue to be successful.  Mr. B. Falconbridge had charge of the meeting on Friday evening, and on Sunday evening, Miss G. McLean conducted the meeting, the feature of the meeting being a solo by Mr. R. R. Hall, entitled “A Song of Trust”.

 

A number from here attended the entertainment at the 10th Concession school last Friday.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News at Aberfoyle

Galt Reporter newspaper for December 9th 1896.

 

Mr. D. A. Hammersley, of Aberfoyle, and six men were in Galt today, with teams, hauling a complete set of new flour milling machinery from the works of Goldie & McCulloch Co. Ltd., to the Aberfoyle Mill.  This addition will greatly increase the capacity of the mill.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

December 29th 1896.

 

Sleigh bells are silent for the present, but in the near future the villagers expect to hear the sound of other bells, wedding bells.

 

We once thought to make our village a famous summer resort and we were partially successful, but we now find that it is more successful as a winter resort, judging from the number of visitors from all over America who gather here during the holiday season.

 

Reverend L. W. Reid, of Montreal, is home for his holidays.

 

Miss E. Mathieson and Mr. P. Spragge, of St. Thomas, are visiting at Mr. William Reid’s.

 

Miss Lou Sherlock and a lady friend, of Toronto, are visiting her sister, Mrs. (Rev.) F. M. Mathers.

 

Mr. James Stirton, of Seattle, is visiting his cousins, Mrs. A. McDiarmid and Mrs. C. McBeath.

 

Mr. James Steele, of Galt, is home for the holidays.

 

Miss Florence McKay, of Michigan, is renewing acquaintances in the village.

 

The Methodist Sunday School holds its annual entertainment tonight.  The children, under the leadership of Mr. J. C. Forster, have prepared a splendid programme.

 

As Monday was nomination day, a large crowd turned out to nominate men for the offices of councillors, deputy-reeve, and reeve.  Judging from the number of aspirants to these offices, somebody must be defeated. 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Village News

January 6th 1897.

 

Wedding ─ On Wednesday, the 29th, at 2 o’ clock, a quiet but very pretty wedding took place at the residence of Mr. Wm. Reid, when his oldest daughter, Azalea Irene, was united in marriage to C. Lee Sprague, of Yarmouth.  After the strains of the wedding march, played by Mrs. Mathers, had died away, the impressive service of the Methodist Church was performed by Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L., assisted by Reverend H. Caldwell, B.D., only the immediate relatives being present.  The bride looked charming in delicate green cashmere, trimmed with biscuit-coloured silk and chiffon, and carried a hand bouquet of natural roses.  She was attended by Miss Mathison, of St. Thomas, and her sister, Miss Flossie Reid, while Reverend L. W. Reid and Mr. E. Sprague performed like services for the groom.  After a sumptuous dinner, the happy couple, amid showers of rice, took the evening C.P.R. train for the West.  A large number of useful presents showed the high esteem in which the bride is held.  Noticeable among these is a handsome dinner set, which, accompanied with a kind address, was the gift of the church and Sunday School, in which Miss Reid was an active worker.  The Mercury newspaper joins in congratulations.

 

The Sunday School entertainment, which was held on Tuesday evening, the 29th ultimo, was one of the most successful ever given in this community.  Great credit is due Mr. J. C. Forster, who had charge of the training of the children.  A voluntary collection of nearly $8 was taken, which will be devoted to the school.

 

At the annual re-organization of the Sunday School, last Friday, Mr. J. A. McDiarmid was appointed Superintendent for the ensuing year, with a full staff of officers and teachers.

 

 A more than usually exciting municipal election was witnessed on Monday.  The results are: Mr. J. Scott ─ Reeve, Mr. Hume ─ Deputy-Reeve (by acclamation), Councillors ─ John Gilchrist, Archibald McKenzie, and Angus McPherson.

 

Miss Sherlock and Miss Cavers, of Metroplitan Church choir, Toronto, who have been assisting in a pleasing manner in several entertainments and church services here, returned to Toronto on Saturday.

 

Miss Stenebaugh, of Walsingham Centre, spent a portion of her vacation with Mrs. J. C. Forster.

 

Mr. Richard Forster, of Leamington, has been visiting his parents, of this place.

 

Mr. C. Baylis, of Morden, Manitoba, paid a visit to his sister, Mrs. G. Leslie, last week.

 

Reverend L. W. Reid returns to McGill University, Montreal, this week.

 

The bills are out for the ninth annual concert of Court Aberfoyle, No. 296, I.O.F., on January 15th.  Excellent talent has been secured  and, no doubt, Court Aberfoyle will hold its reputation, that it has already secured, for having the best concert ever held in the township.

 

The annual meeting of the Aberfoyle creamery is to be held next Tuesday, the 12th instant.  See the “ad” in the Mercury news.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

February 9th 1897.

 

At the annual meeting of the Epworth League, Friday evening, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:

Honorary President

Reverend F. M. Mathers, S.T.L.

President

Dr. Hilliard

1st Vice-President

Mr. B. Falconbridge

2nd Vice-President

Miss G. McLean

3rd Vice-President

Miss Flossy Reid

Rec. Secretary

Miss L. McDiarmid

Cor. Secretary

Miss B. Leslie

Treasurer

Mr. William Couzens

 

Excellent reports were read from the heads of the different departments, proving that the league here is in a prosperous condition.  Misses B. Leslie and F. Reid were appointed delegates to attend the Conference E. L. Convention, at Paris, this month.  On Friday evening, a temperance meeting will be held under the auspices of the League.  Barrister Hannon, of Guelph, will deliver an address.  Readings, recitations, and music will be furnished by local talent.  Come and enjoy a pleasant evening.

 

Numbers from here attended the township Sabbath school convention and report a good time.

 

Mr. R. Nicklin, who met with a serious accident, having his shoulder dislocated, is slowly recovering.

 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Taylor, Mr. A. and Miss M. McKenzie, of Lucknow, are the guests of Messrs. Allen and Hugh McDiarmid.

 

Mr. Alex Stewart, Qu’appelle, N.W.T., is visiting his cousin, Mr. A. McDiarmid.

 

Miss A. Brown, of Acton, is the guest of Mr. R. Nicklin.

 

Mr. Rob McDonald, of Acton, is visiting his brother, Mr. J. McDonald.

 

Miss C. Foster is visiting friends in Galt.

 

The Misses Little and Miss Middleton, of the Royal City, paid a visit to Miss B. McBeath last week.

 

Miss Nettie McKay, of the 3rd Concession, of Puslinch, is spending a fortnight at the residence of her uncle, Mr. John Derby.

 

Numerous sleighing parties are reported in this neighbourhood.

 

Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

April 21st 1897.

 

Miss B. McBeath and Mrs. G. Smith spent Thursday in Toronto.

 

Mrs. Parsons, also Mrs. Brown, of Acton, are the guests of Mr. Nicklin.

 

Miss H. Nicklin has returned from a few months stay in Toronto.

 

Mrs. C. L. Sprague, of Port Stanley, is the guest of her father, Mr. W. Reid.

 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Forster are spending Easter vacation with friends in Guelph and Elora.

 

Mr. W. McEachern, of Everton, is visiting friends in this neighbourhood.

 

Mr. McDiarmid, has his brother and wife, of Teeswater, visiting him for a few days.

 

Mr. H. Worthington, of Elora, paid a visit to our town last Friday.

 

Mr. Frank Steele, Galt, was home for Easter.

 

Miss C. Foster left Tuesday for Hamilton.

 

Mrs. Howe, of Guelph, spent Sunday at Mr. J. Tawse’s.

 

On account of the rain last Tuesday evening, the R. T. of Temperance concert was not very largely attended.  Those who attended speak well of the entertainment.

 

On Friday evening, the social meeting of the league was well attended, and an excellent program of music, also reading, speeches, etcetera, was rendered, some of the duets and trios being particularly worthy of note.  The leading singers were Dr. And Mrs. Hilliard, Mrs. (Rev.) Mathers, Messrs. J. C. Forster, W. J. Couzens, C. and H. Worthington, also the Misses Leslie and Black.  Instrumental music was provided by Mr. R. Sparks and an excellent reading by Miss L. McDiarmid.  An abundant supply of coffee, cake, and sandwich was also in hand, to which all present did ample justice.

 

On Sunday, at seven p.m., an Easter service was held in the Methodist Church. The pastor, Reverend F. M. Mathers, B.D., conducted the service.  The choir gave an excellent rendering of the song “There is a green hill far away”. 

 

From the Guelph Mercury newspaper.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

May 4th 1897.

 

The quarterly services of the Aberfoyle circuit will be held in the Methodist Church here, next Sunday morning, 10:30 o’ clock.  The Reverend James Harris, of Guelph, will assist the pastor, Reverend F. M. Mathers, B.D..  In the evening, Mrs. Reverend Mathers will conduct the League meeting.

 

The many friends of Mr. F. C. Blair are pleased to have him home, after his winter in New York, where he has been attending college.  The League, mindful of his past work, has asked him to address them on Friday evening at its literary meeting, and he has consented to speak on “Liberia”.  All should make a special effort to be out, as his address promises to be more than specially interesting.

 

Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., held an informal meeting last Friday evening, an oyster supper being the chief attraction.

 

Mr. J. J. Craig, B.A., of Fergus, paid his usual visit to S.S. No. 4, on Tuesday.  He reports himself very much pleased with the progress of the scholars.

 

Fishing is quite an industry this month.  Those who know say that supply should be noted more for quality than quantity.

 

 Miss M. MacDonald returned last week from a visit to friends at Brampton and Toronto.

 

Word was recived here that L. W. Reid, who has recently succeeded with his final examinations at the Wesleyan Theological College, in Montreal, was taken to the hospital in that city, on Monday, with an attack of scarlet fever.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

May 18th 1897.

 

The Aberfoyle Creamery commenced work for this season this week.

 

The Epworth League is making preparations for a concert to be held in the Methodist Church here on the evening of Monday, the 24th instant.  On Sunday, the 23rd, the annual flower Sunday will be commemorated.  The pastor, Rev. F. M. Mathers, B.D., will address the children at 3 p.m.

 

Mr. J. A. McDiarmid is taking a few days rest.  Miss L. McDiarmid is filling his place as public school teacher at the Lake School house.

 

Mrs. Mathers, of Lucknow, is the guest of her son, Reverend F. M. Mathers.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Hind, of Guelph, also Mr. and Mrs. Bolton, of Gourock, spent Sunday at Mr. J. Gause’s.

 

Mr. William MacEachern, of Everton, arrived in our town today.  Will has many friends who welcome him to Aberfoyle.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers is attending the District meeting at Acton.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

June 15th 1897.

 

Reverend F. M. Mathers, B.D., returned from Brantford last week.

 

Reverend L. W. Reid, of Montreal, is home for a few days.

 

Reverend Mr. and Mrs. James Harris, of Guelph, paid a visit to this town on Monday.

 

Mr. Rob MacDonald is spending a few weeks at Niagara.

 

Mrs. Wm. Reid returned Friday from a trip to London and Port Stanley.

 

 Miss Baylis, of Hamilton, is the guest of her sister, Miss G. Leslie.

 

Miss Nellie McCuen, of Freelton, is visiting at Mr. W. Reid’s.

 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson, of Ohio, are the guests of Mr. J. Blair.

 

Mill Creek Council, R. T. of Temperance, are making preparations for a concert to be held shortly.

 

The Epworth League is progressing favourably.  Next Friday evening, the meeting will be under the direction of the Temperance Committee.  The Misses Blair, McLean, and Leslie were appointed delegates from our Sabbath School to attend the Township Convention at Badenoch on the 29th instant.

 

The Sunday School picnic has been postponed for an indefinite period.

 

Everything is very quiet around our town.  Farmers are very busy.  The prospects are good for an abundant harvest.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

July 13th 1897.

 

A large number attended the barn raising at the farm of Mr. Alex Smith, last Friday afternoon.  The work was done rapidly and skilfully.  In the evening, the young people had a lively time, till well on to morning, tripping the light fantastic.  A literal old time merry-making was spent.

 

The farmers are about through haying.  The crop is very good this year.  Raspberry picking is again on hand.  The rain on Monday evening is just what was needed.

 

At the League meeting on Friday evening, Reverend S. Couch was appointed delegate here to attend the International Convention at Toronto this week.

 

Miss M. Smith, of Belleville and Miss P. Smith, of Hamilton, are home on vacation.

 

Messrs. John and Rob MacDonald left on Sunday for Acton.

 

Mrs. Hubert, of Galt, is the guest of Mrs. A. Ord.

 

Miss L. McDiarmid is in Guelph, writing on the 2nd class work at the Collegiate Institute.

 

Mr. J. A. McDiarmid left last week on a trip through the Northwest.  He intends visiting Brandon, Moosomin, Calgary, and other places west.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Village News

 July 27th 1897.

 

Reverend S. Couch will give his report of the Epworth League Convention, held at Toronto, at the League meeting, here, on Friday evening.  Next Sunday morning, the quarterly services will be held in Arkell Church.  The Sunday School here will not commence till 3:30 p.m., in consequence.

 

The successful candidates who wrote at the examination at Aberfoyle were: Willie Taylor, Maggie Black, Maria Black, Ethel Reid, and Thomas Mahon.

 

Mr. P. Falconbridge and Misses Kate and Dorothy attended the excursion to Niagara Falls, last Wednesday.

 

Miss B. McEachern, of Everton, is visiting friends in this vicinity.

 

Miss C. Foster, of Hamilton, is spending her vacation at her home here.

 

Mrs. Forster, of Toronto, Miss A. Forster, Master N. Forster, of Guelph, and Master B. Cook, of Toronto are the guests of Mr. J. C. Forster.

 

Miss McCrae, of Guelph, is visiting Miss Maria Black.

 

Miss Nettie Taylor has returned from a trip to Hespeler.

 

Mrs. Mahon and Mr. Wm. Mahon are visiting friends in Dundas.

 

Mr. C. Bayliss, of Chicago, is the guest of Mrs. G. Leslie.

 

Mrs. J. Vollick, of Hamilton, has been visiting Mrs. J. King.

 

Mr. R. Bingham, of New Jersey, is the guest of Mr. Jas. Blair.

 

Mr. and Mrs. K. McKenzie, of Manitoba, paid a visit to Mr. A. McDiarmid, last week.

 

 

 

 

 

Ministers at Aberfoyle


The Liberal Meeting on Friday Evening

October 7th 1897.

 

On Friday evening, the Honourable G. W. Ross, Minister of Education, and the Honourable Jno. Dryden, Minister of Agriculture, will address a public meeting in Aberfoyle.  The eloquence of Mr. Ross, who has brought our public schools up to their present state of efficiency, is well known, and the practical Minister of Agriculture is not a less pleasing and convincing platform speaker.  This opportunity of hearing two of Ontario’s gifted Ministers of the Crown should not be missed.  We can safely predict that the audience will be treated to a plain statement of facts concerning the government of the premier province.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

October 19th 1897.

 

Several of our citizens took in the Freelton Show on Friday and report having a good time and a tremendous crowd present, also a great crowd of fakirs of all kinds.  It appears a strange thing that so many of the residents of Puslinch will ignore the Guelph show, which surely deserves more encouragement than a show in the next county.  If it got the patronage, we would have a better show, as there are so much better buildings and grounds to see everything, and policemen to keep fakirs down and out.

 

Mr. Neil Stewart, of the 4th Concession, received first prize for heavy draught mare and colt.  It appears that his and W. Moran’s are about equal, as they get the prize every other show.

 

Miss J. M. Cockburn was also very successful with her fancy goods.

 

There is a report around that one of our young men took unto himself a wife on Monday.  The bride comes from the Town Line if it is true.

 

Mr. Robert Eason, of Woodstock, spent a few days with his brother-in-law, the popular Reeve Jas. Scott, also looking up old acquaintances.

 

Mr. W. Arkell and sister, of Teeswater, spent a few days visiting Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Last Friday, the thermometer stood at 85 degrees for a long time.  This is very warm for this time of year.

 

Our teacher, Mr. J. C. Forster, has been engaged for another year.  This section has been very fortunate in securing such a good teacher.

 

Dr. J. Kennedy has his little daughter with him this week.

 

Sunday morning, while James Steele and his family were at church, someone entered the house through a window and turned everything upside down to find money.  They were not successful in their mission and left without much reward for their trouble.

 

Several of the young people enjoyed themselves tripping the light fantastic at the residence of Peter Stewart, 4th line, on Monday evening.  All report a good time.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

October 25th 1897.

 

The beautiful weather of the last few days has put the farmers in the notion of taking in their turnips.  Most of them around here have started the crop.

 

Last Saturday night was regular meeting night of Court Aberfoyle, No. 296, I.O.F.  There was a good turnout of members, which ended up with a salmon sandwich and coffee lunch.  These entertainments after the meetings are being appreciated by the members from a distance, as there is a committee appointed to get up some kind of different lunch every meeting night, and nobody but the committee knows what it is to be.

 

Mr. C. McBeath had a sheep worried by dogs last Friday night.

 

There were more bicycles on the road going every way on Sunday than ever went through Aberfoyle on a single day, before.  It was such a beautiful day that it seemed that everyone who had a wheel was using it.

 

H. J. McDermid took a trip on his wheel to Galt a week ago Friday and stayed away until Thursday.  It is common talk that he went quite a bit further west than Galt, say Port Stanley.

 

One of our young men took his best girl to Freelton show, and for the purpose, secured a buggy from Guelph.  Going back to the city, one of the buggy wheels came off, and can now be seen in a pond not far from Aberfoyle.

 

Mr. W. Johnston has a great eye for bees and honey.  He has had what he thought was a skep of bees in a tree for two years.  Lat week, he thought, Well, we will cut the tree down and take the honey”.  For this purpose, he got some assistance, and they cut down the tree, but William was a little surprised when he found that it was black wasps that he had been guarding so closely for two years.

 

Reverend Mr. Couch preached a very forcible sermon in the church on Sunday.

 

Messrs. McDiarmid and Carter sold the last of the butter, made in the creamery here this summer, on Saturday.  This has been the most successful season that the creamery has had.  They made over 38,000 pounds of butter in the season.

 

Dr. Kennedy, who has been suffering from a severe cold, has so far recovered as to go out and see his own patients now.  All hope that the doctor will not be laid up again for a long time.  Mrs. Dr. Kennedy has been in the village for a few days nursing the doctor back to health.

 

Miss Mary Tawse and Miss E. McDonald spent a few days in Guelph last week.

 

Some of our sportsmen are talking about going to Muskoka to bring home some venison to those of us who cannot go.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Village of Aberfoyle News

November 2nd 1897.

 

Mr. John Black, of the 10th Concession, started for Muskoka on Monday morning.  He has promised us a piece of venison on his return, so we will invite our friends in when we get it.

 

The turnip crop is just about safely housed, although there are a few farmers who think that it is not right to take in turnips unless it is wet and cold enough to freeze their fingers off.

 

Mrs. Pelham Falconbridge went to London on a visit last week and returned on Monday, bringing her mother with her.

 

Mr. J. B. Evans, of Acton, was a visitor to the village last week.

 

Mrs. B. Falconbridge is spending a few days at Arkell, visiting.

 

Mrs. John Carruthers, of the 3rd Concession, was taken with a paralytic stroke last week.  She was in a critical condition for a few days but she has now taken a turn for the better.  Her many friends will be pleased to see her around soon again.

 

The buggy that we spoke of last week as being lost has turned up again.  The proprietor sent a lawyer’s letter to whom he thought were the guilty parties, and the buggy came back that night.

 

The rain of Monday night and Tuesday has made the land quite soft.  Rain was badly needed.

 

Messrs. John Foster and E. Taylor could be seen sneaking around the village on Tuesday, one with a gun and the other with a stick, after something.  When they returned, it was not necessary to ask them what they got. Whew! It was a polecat.

 

Mr. H. J. McDiarmid, the energetic secretary of the Puslinch Liberal Club, has started to the Collegiate for another term.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle News

November 16th 1897.

 

Last Wednesday night, Reverend Mr. Savage, of Guelph, gave a lecture in the Methodist Church here entitled “My Life Among the Indians”, which was listened to with rapt attention.  Mr. Savage appears to be gaining his youth again as he is smarter than lots of young men.  His lecture was made better by some beautiful pictures he showed, which were taken on the scene.

 

Mr. Robert McCartney’s little boy has been very sick but under the skilful care of Dr. Kennedy, he is recovering.  The doctor has been very busy since he came to Aberfoyle.

 

Neil Stewart has almost recovered from his bad attack of La Grippe.

 

Mr. B. Falconbridge has put in a new fire and burglar proof safe.  He purchased it from Mr. E. Carrol, traveller for J. & J. Taylor Safe Works, of Toronto.

 

Misses Ethel Reid and Kate Falconbridge had charge of the League meeting last Friday night and did splendidly.

 

Mrs. Wm. Black, Jr., is going to move to Guelph on Thursday, as her daughters are going to attend the Collegiate.

 

The Postmaster informs us that, from now until the 1st of March, the Post Office will close every night but Saturday night at eight o’ clock sharp, as all the other offices do the same.

 

There is to be a meeting here about the annual Xmas Tree this week.  More particulars next week.

 

Mrs. (Dr. ) Kennedy has now come to the village.  The Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy are boarding with J. C. Forster for the present.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

December 14th 1897.

 

Last Saturday night was the regular meeting night of Court Aberfoyle, No. 296, I.O.F., and there was a large attendance of members.  It was also election of officers but as yet I have not received the names of officers elected.  No doubt, I will have them by next week’s issue.

 

Dr. Kennedy has entirely recovered from his attack of rheumatism and is now busy curing other people.

 

Mrs. Peter Black presented her husband with a bouncing baby boy last Tuesday.

 

Miss Flossie O. Reid returned on Saturday from a three months’ trip around Port Stanley and St. Thomas, and reports having had a very pleasant time.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Johnston, of Michigan, are visiting Mr. Jas. Blair and other friends in this vicinity.

 

A young daughter of Mr. Thos. Milson’s is very low with inflammation.

 

Mr. Allan McIntyre is slowing recovering from his illness.

 

Mr. Harvey Worthington is home from the Toronto School of Pharmacy, for his holidays.

 

Mr. Jas. Tawse has gone to Galt to work.

 

Mr. Reuben Sparks spent Sunday at his home in Westover.

 

There was quite a load of young people from the city came to the residence of Mr. J. McDonald last Friday night, and also a few from around here.  They all went away loud in their praises of Miss McDonald as a hostess.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

December 29th 1897.

 

The Xmas tree entertainment held in the Methodist Church here on Tuesday evening was a decided success.  The music and singing which were furnished entirely by the children were excellently rendered and much enjoyed by all present.  Great credit is due Mr. J. C. Forster who had complete charge of their training.  The recitations by Master Willie Howe, of Guelph, brought down the house.  Aberfoyle Sunday School retains its reputation for a first-class entertainment.

 

Mr. C. McBeath entertained about 80 of his friends at his home on Friday night.  Everyone enjoyed themselves to the fullest extent, especially the young people who tripped the light fantastic to the melodious strains of the violin played by Mr. Mallie McBeath, of Hamilton.

 

No excitement in the nomination at the Town Hall here on Monday, the Reeve and Councillors were re-elected by acclamation.

 

Mr. Alex Cockburn, of Dakota, is the guest of Mr. M. McBeath.

 

Reverend H. and Mrs. Caldwell, of Abingdon, were in the village last week.

 

Messrs. Will and H. McBeath, of Hamilton, spent Christmas with Mr. M. McBeath.

 

Mr. A. McDiarmid paid a visit to friends at Innerkip last week.

 

Miss C. Foster, of Hamilton, is home for vacation.

 

Mr. T. Malone, of Dundas, is spending his Xmas holidays at home.

 

Mr. and Miss Baylis, of Hamilton, paid a visit to their sister, Mrs. Geo. Leslie, on Monday.

 

Miss P. Carew and Master Brittan Cook, of Toronto, spent Xmas with Mrs. J. C. Forster.

 

Mrs. (Rev.) Couch is visiting friends, at Harriston.

 

 Mr. F. C. Blair, of Ottawa, is home for vacation.

 

Mr. R. Arkell, of Arkell, is the guest of Mr. A. Falconbridge.

 

Mrs. and the Misses Black, of Guelph, are spending a few days in the village.

 

Miss M. Ingram, Miss N. Boyd, of Acton, and Mrs. W. Howe, of Guelph, are the guests of Mr. J. Tawse.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Puslinch Farmers’ Club

January 11th 1898.

 

A meeting of the Puslinch Farmers’ Club and South Wellington Farmers’ Institute will be held in the city hall, this city, on Wednesday and Thursday, January 19th and 20th.  As the speakers are above the average, there should be a good attendance.

 

Guelph Mercury newspaper.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

January 17th 1898.

 

Mrs. Darby, of Paisley Block, is the guest of Mr. Ed. Taylor.

 

Miss D. Mahon, who has been visiting in Dundas, is home.

 

Mr. Norman Forster, of Guelph, was in the village on Friday.

 

Mill Creek Council, R.T. of T. (Royal Templars of Temperance), met in its new lodge rooms on Saturday evening.  There was a good turnout and a splendid literary programme given.  An open meeting will be the next on the programme.

 

Court I.O.F. also met on Saturday evening.  It is reported that they purpose having an oyster supper shortly.

 

Friday evening, a very successful League meeting was held, Miss L. McDiarmid taking charge.  At the close, the annual reorganization was held.  The following are the officers elected.

 

Reverend S. Couch

Honorary President

 

Mr. B. Falconbridge

President

 

Mr. J. A. McDiarmid

1st Vice-President

 

Miss C. G. McLean

2nd Vice-President

 

Mr. H. J. McDiarmid

3rd Vice-President

 

Miss Flossie Reid

4th Vice-President

 

Miss L. McDiarmid

Rec. Secretary

 

Miss B. Leslie

Cor. Secretary

 

Miss Lulu Couzens

Treas.

 

A sleigh load from this village attended the anniversary tea meeting at Moffatt last Tuesday evening and report a good time and splendid entertainment.  Several more sleigh loads on hand.  A large number waiting for a drive to Gourock, also one to Eramosa.

 

Last Sunday afternoon, Mr. Fred Blair occupied the pulpit of the Methodist Church here and delivered a very earnest sermon.  In the evening, Mr. Blair had charge of the League and all present enjoyed his talk on his subject, “Faith”.  Mr. Wm. Stratton, who was present, also addressed the meeting in a few well-chosen remarks.

 

Mrs. J. C. Forster and Miss G. McLean are on the sick list.  Colds are very prevalent.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

January 24th 1898.

 

Mrs. A. Ingram, of St. Thomas, and Mr. H. McIntyre, of the United States, are the guests of Mr. A. McIntyre.

 

Mr. H. J. McDiarmid, who has been at Innerkip for the past two months, returned home on Monday.

 

Miss C. Foster returned to Hamilton on Saturday.

 

Miss Annie Leslie, of Arkell, is visiting Miss Ethel Reid.

 

Mr. Chas. Maddaugh, of Schaw, was in the village on Friday evening.

 

Miss J. M. Cockburn and Mr. Alex Cockburn are visiting friends in Toronto.

 

Mr. Wm. McCartney is very ill.  He is suffering from a severe attack of brain fever.  Court I.O.F. No. 296, of which he is a member, is taking every possible care of him.  Drs. Howitt, of Morriston, and Lindsay, of Guelph, are in attendance.

 

Mr. Jas. Campbell has been on the sick list for the last week, but is improving.

 

Dr. Kennedy, who was confined to the house all last week on account of ill health, was taken to the Guelph hospital on Saturday.

 

Miss L. Couzens takes charge of the league meeting on Friday evening, subject, “Working with God”, Phil. 4,3.

 

Mill Creek Council, R.T. of T. (“Royal Templars of Temperance”, possibly), meets on Saturday evening.

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle News

January 28th 1898.

 

Mr. Wm. McCartney is under the doctor’s care, being in a critical condition at present.

 

Mr. McIntyre is a trifle better.

 

Miss L. Ellis, of the Royal City, spent Sunday at the residence of Mr. Chas. Ellis, of this place.

 

Mrs. Campbell, of Hamilton, was in the village last Friday evening.  She is spending a short time at Corwhin.

 

Mr. J. A. Smith, who has been ill for the past week, is mending quite rapidly.  We will be glad to see him out again.

 

As Friday night was pleasant driving, a number took advantage of this, and not the young people only.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

News from Aberfoyle

February 1st 1898.

 

Mr. Chas. Ellis attended the funeral of his sister-in-law at Ingersoll on Friday.

 

“Old Shiner”, the white-faced horse, is getting a rest just now.  This is something new for him since he came to Aberfoyle.

 

Mr. McCartney, we are glad to hear, is considerably better, and under the care of Drs. Lindsay, of Guelph, and Howitt, of Morriston.

 

Mr. McIntyre is about the same.

 

Mr. H. J. McDiarmid is at home again.  There is one that is glad especially, although everyone is glad.

 

There was a tall black horse passed through the village last Wednesday evening.

 

Now, as the fight is on, hurrah for Anderson, he is the boy!

 

Don’t be afraid Anderson, we’ll see that you get into the Legislature.

 

Aberfoyle is a favourite place for the boys as far away as Schaw Station.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

February 3rd 1898.

 

The 19th semi-annual convention of the Puslinch Sabbath School Association will be held in Duff’s Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, 8th of February, commencing at 1:30 p.m..  The speakers for the afternoon session are Messrs. W. Stratton, J. Armstrong, J. W. Kerr, J. A. McDiarmid, and Reverends Sauer, of Morriston, and J. Blair, of Nassagaweya.  In the evening, the speakers are Reverends R. J. M. Glassford, and F. W. Thompson, of Guelph, and S. E. Couch, of Aberfoyle.  J. A. Cockburn is Secretary and Wm. Patterson, President of the association.

 

Next Sabbath morning, at 10:30 o’ clock, the usual quarterly service of the Aberfoyle circuit will be held in the M. E. Church, here.

 

The funeral of the late John Tavernor took place this Tuesday morning, and was largely attended.  The deceased has been a patient sufferer for a number of years, till death came to his release on Sunday, about noon.

 

Mr. Wm. McCartney is still very ill.  Mrs. J. C. Forster, who has been suffering from an attack of pleurisy, is improving.  Mrs. D. McKenzie and Miss G. McLean are still on the sick list.

 

The auction sale of farm stock and implements at the farm of Mr. Robert Marshall, of the 8th Concession, was well attended on Monday afternoon, and high prices were realized.

 

A number of young people from the village spent a pleasant evening, tripping the light fantastic at the home of Mr. Foley, last Thursday.  Mr. J. Foley returns to Manitou, N.W.T., this week.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

February 8th 1898.

 

The ice harvest is here.  Farmers and merchants are busy storing ice this week.

 

About thirty young people went to the residence of Mrs. Mahon last Thursday evening and spent a few hours very happily.  Miss B. Mahon, as hostess, as is her wonted custom, entertained the guests in right royal style.  Music, games, and dancing were the order of the evening.

 

Mill Creek Council, R. T. of T., (Royal Templars of Temperance), purpose having a valentine social in their lodge rooms of the evening of Monday, the 14th instant.

 

Another tiny craft has been launched on the sea of life, and a little baby girl has come to create music in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Taylor. 

 

The quarterly services held here on Sunday morning were well attended.  A very able address was delivered by the pastor, Reverend S. E. Couch. 

 

Mr. Jas. Tawse, of Galt, is home here on the sick list. 

 

Mr. and Miss Fleming, of Dundas, are the guests of Mrs. Mahon.

 

We are pleased to note that the sick are all improving.

 

Numbers from the village are attending the convention in Duff’s Church today, Tuesday.

 

Many are taking advantage of the beautiful weather and excellent sleighing.  Sleighing parties are quite the fad.

 

Aberfoyle has been favoured with three bakers this winter.  However, Mr. Geo. Searl retains his reputation and always keeps his position as a first class baker.

 

George Warren takes charge of the League meeting next Friday evening, the sbject being, “Living close to Christ”, Luke 10: 38-42.  Last Friday, Miss B. Leslie conducted the meeting very efficiently.

 

 

 

 

 

From Aberfoyle, the News

February 15th 1898.

 

Mr. B. McEachern, of Guelph, is spending a few days visiting old friends in this village.

 

Mr. and Miss McKenzie, of Lucknow, are the guests of Mr. A. McDiarmid.

 

Miss E. McDonald, of Guelph, is home on a vacation.

 

Mrs. H. Leslie, of Michigan, is visiting friends in the vicinity.

 

The Valentine Social, held on Monday evening under the auspices of the R. T. of Temperance, of this place, was a decided success.  A mental and physical treat was provided for all who attended.  Mill Creek Council proved itself to be in a very flourishing condition.  New members always welcome.

 

A little boy came to stay at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ord on Sunday evening. Congratulations are in order.

 

The League on Sunday evening was well attended, and a very good meeting was held under the leadership of Mr. Thompson.  Remember the meeting on Friday evening.

 

Rumours of a wedding in the near future.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

February 22nd 1898.

 

Mr. A. McIntyre is very poorly again.  Mr. W. McCartney is worse, and little hope is given for his recovery.  Mr. Chas. Holly, of this place, has traded his favourite horse, “Shiner” to Mr. George Evans.  We do not know which made the better deal.  Miss B. McEachern, of Everton, spent last week in the village.  James Tawse left for Galt on Monday.  Mr. George Lewis left for Iowa on the same day.  Our best wishes go with them both.

 

The Guelph Mercury

 

 

 

 

The Village News from Aberfoyle

April 19th 1898.

 

Mrs. Reverend H. A. Cook, of Woodstock, returned home last week after a visit to her brother, Mr. B. Falconbridge.  Mr. White, of Sault Ste. Marie, is the guest of his sister, Mrs. Reverend S. E. Couch.  Mr. P. Falconbridge spent Saturday in Toronto.

 

Mrs. Earon and daughters, of Woddstock, have been visiting Mr. Jas. Scott.  Mr. James McLean has returned from a trip to Toronto.  Mr. Wm. McEachern, of Guelph, paid a flying visit to our town last Wednesday.  Misses M. Tawse and V. Morlock and Mr. Alex Tawse spent Sunday at Gourock.

 

Mr. and Miss Davidson, of Hespeler, are the guests of Mr. E. Taylor.  Messrs. C. Leslie and G. Collison spent Sunday with Mr. C. Maddaugh, of Schaw.  Reverend S. E. Couch preached a very thoughtful sermon on Sunday evening.  His remarks were addressed to the young men of which there were a goodly number present. 

 

Mr. Jas. McLean has been making some improvements in his store, having new windows, et cetera.  A meeting of the directors of the Aberfoyle Creamery was held on Friday evening.  The creamery will open shortly for the season.  

 

Galt Reporter newspaper

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle

May 2nd 1898.

 

May 1st brought with it the usual number of fishers from the Royal City, and also the usual number of big catches.  Trout are very scarce around here this year.  That is the story that is near the truth.  Two of our local fishermen, big Jas. Campbell and Dr. Kennedy got a very nice lot on Monday, three each, about four inches long.

 

Next Tuesday night, there will be a meeting in the church, addressed by Reverend Mr. Doyle, of Toronto.  He is lecturing on the forward movement of the Epworth League.  All will be made welcome.

 

Next Sunday, there will be no service in the Methodist Church here, on account of the quarterly meeting, which will be held at Arkell, in the forenoon.

 

Master Roy Leslie and his sister, Miss Bertie, and Miss Flossie Reid spent Sunday at the home of Mr. W. Keough, near the O.A.C..

 

Sunday seemed to be the day for bicycle riders, as the Brock Road was fairly alive with them, going towards Guelph in the forenoon, and to Hamilton in the afternoon.

 

There was a very small attendance at church on Sunday night, owing to the threatening condition of the weather.

 

Mrs. Mahon is on the sick list, with inflammation.  We all hope to see her around soon.

 

Mr. Peter Stewart is still very poorly.

 

Wheat appears to be scarce now, when the millers are anxious to get it.  They are paying $1 a bushel here.

 

 

 

 

 

More Aberfoyle News

May 2nd 1898.

 

The regular quarterly services of the Aberfoyle circuit will be held in the Methodist Church, at Arkell, next Sunday morning, the 8th of May.  The pastor, Reverend S. E. Couch, will conduct the service.

 

Reverend J. A. Doyle, of Toronto, will address a missionary meeting in the Methodist Church here, on Tuesday evening.  A large attendance is expected.

 

Mr. John Herbert, of Farnham, has moved into the house formerly occupied by the late Mrs. Jas. Black.  We are pleased to welcome them to our neighbourhood.

 

The directors of the Aberfoyle creamery are having a cold storage put in the creamery here this week.  Mr. D. McKenzie has the contract.  The creamery will open for the season, next Monday, the 9th instant.

 

Mr. Allen, of Hamilton, was in the village on Monday.

 

Miss M. McDonald has returned home after an extended visit to Hamilton.

 

Mr. Wm. McEachern, of Guelph, and Mr. Reuben Sparks, of Strabane, spent Sunday in the village, calling on friends.

 

Miss L. McDiarmid is visiting friends at Puslinch Lake.

 

Mr. Wm. Steele, of Galt, paid a visit to “View Hill’ on Sunday.

 

Owing to the advance in flour, the bakers have raised the price of bread by two cents per loaf.

 

The farmers are about through seeding for the season.  The rain on Monday evening was much needed.

 

Mr. Wm. Reid is loading five cars of telephone poles for the Bell Telephone Company, at Schaw Station, this week.

 

Trout fishing has commenced.  Large numbers are visiting the beautiful fishing ponds and creeks of this vicinity, and consequently there are numerous wonderful stories in circulation of the amount caught, fish stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

June 21st 1898.

 

The South Wellington picnic to the Model Farm on Friday was well attended by people from this neighbourhood.

 

A few of the young people spent the afternoon and evening at Puslinch Lake, and one of the young ladies had a narrow escape from drowning, but the timely aid of two other young ladies prevented any serious accident.

 

Messrs. C. Leslie, M. Steele, and W. McNaughton left on Monday morning for London, to attend camp.

 

No service in the Methodist Church here last Sunday, as the Reverend S. E. Couch was quarantined, as his daughter, Miss Lulu, had the measles.  Service next Sunday at 7:30 o’ clock.

 

Some of the Bruce excursionists to the O.A.C. visited Aberfoyle on Monday.

 

Miss C. Foster, who has been home on a visit, returned to Hamilton on Monday.  Mr. M. McBeath, of Hamilton, was in the village on Saturday.

 

Mr. Fred Blair returned to Ottawa on Thursday.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bayliss, of Hamilton, spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. G. Leslie.

 

Numbers from here are attending the Sunday School convention at Ellis Church today.

 

 

 

 

 

Aberfoyle Village News

August 2nd 1898,

 

A very pretty wedding took place last Wednesday at Corinth, when Reverend G. W. Reid, formerly of Aberfoyle, now pastor of the Methodist Church at Corinth, was married to Miss H. Firby, of the same place.  The bride was assisted by Miss Florence Reid, sister of the groom, while Reverend Mr. Clark, of St. Thomas, attended the groom.  About one hundred guests were present.  Mr. and Mrs. Reid left in the evening for St. Thomas, Cleveland, and other places, amidst the congratulations of their many friends.

 

Miss Bayliss, of Hamilton, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Geo. Leslie.

 

Mrs. Klett and child, of Detroit, spent a few days last week with Mr. and Mrs. John Hammersley.

 

Mrs. D. McKenzie is visiting friends in Acton, this week.

 

Miss Ethel Reid left last Wednesday to visit friends in St. Thomas and Port Stanley.

 

Mr. McKenzie, of Edmonton, Alberta, visited Mr. A. McDiramid, last week.

 

Word was received last week by Mr. John Foster, of the death of his brother, Peter, in New York City.  He had many friends here, who will be sorry to hear of his sudden death.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Village News

August 9th 1898.

 

Mrs. Herron received word last night of the death of her husband in Hamilton.  Mr. Herron has been ill for over two years.  Previous to this, he was caretaker of the Crown Cemetery here.  The remains will be brought home tonight.  Mrs. Herron has the sympathy of the neighbourhood in her affliction.

 

Mr. Jno. Tawse lost his driving horse, yesterday.  It got its leg broken and had to be shot.

 

Puslinch Lake seems to be the favourite place for picnicking this summer.  A number of the scholars of the Methodist Sunday School, with their teachers, drove over on Friday afternoon.  The day was fine, and all had a good time.

 

The melancholy days are come for scholars and teachers.  School begins next Monday.

 

Miss Arkell and Master Fred, of Teeswater, are visiting at the home of Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Miss McKenzie, of Toronto, spent Sunday at the home of Mr. D. McKenzie.

 

Mr. R. Sparks, of Weston, was in the village on Sunday.

 

Mr. P. Falconbridge entertained his friends from Hamilton on Sunday and Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

August 16th 1898.

 

The funeral of the late Mr. Herron took place last Thursday at 10:30 and was largely attended.  Reverend Mr. Robertson conducted the services.

 

A severe wind and rainstorm this morning caused a great deal of damage to buildings and trees.

 

The members of Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., enjoyed a melon feed on Saturday night.

 

Mr. Hugh McDiarmid leaves today, via the C.P.R., for Manitoba and the Northwest.

 

Miss Moffatt, of St. Paul, Minnesota, is spending a few days with friends here.

 

Reverend Mr. Curtis, of Montreal Conference, spent Sunday with friends here.

 

Miss Mabel Smith left last Thursday evening for Fort Stewart.

 

Mrs. I. Patterson, from Ohio, is home on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Blair.

 

Mr. M. McBeath returned home to Hamilton yesterday after spending a week with friends in Guelph and Aberfoyle.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

August 27th 1898.

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Prohibition Officers — Arm Broken — Personals

 

A meeting was held last night in the Methodist Church for the purpose of organizing a Township Prohibition Plebiscite Association.  The following officers were elected: President, Mr. D. McNaughton/Vice-President, D. Morlock/Secretary-Treasurer, James Armstrong.

 

Mr. James Steele is nursing a broken arm at present.  There are two bones broken just above the wrist.

 

Miss Mara Black returned to Toronto today.

 

Miss Kate McLeod, formerly of Aberfoyle, now of Toronto, is visiting at Mr. J. Smith’s.

 

Reverend Mr. Couch and family are spending the week in Mitchell.

 

Miss Madge McLean is visiting in Guelph this week.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News From Aberfoyle

September 5th 1898.

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Ankle Sprained — Bicycle Collision — Picnic at the Lake

Sermon to Young Ladies — Personals

 

 

Mr. R. Ord’s horse ran away from the village on Sunday afternoon. It was caught at Mr. Sherriff’s.  The buggy was damaged somewhat and Mr. Ord had his ankle badly sprained.

 

Mr. Geo. Collison was badly shaken up in a bicycle collision in Morriston on Saturday evening.

 

A number of young people of the village picnicked at Puslinch Lake last Thursday.

 

Mr. R. Tait, of London, has been visiting at the home of Mr. A. Ord.

 

Mr. P. Falconbridge and Mr. H. Hammersley returned from Toronto last Friday.  They attended the High Court of I.O.F. and also took in the fair.

 

Mr. James Little and Miss Little, of Guelph, spent a few days last week at the home of Mr. M. McBeath.

 

Mr. B. Falconbridge and his son, Arkell, left on Monday for a trip down the St. Lawrence.

 

Miss Bella McBeath is visiting in Hamilton.

 

Mr. Jas. Vollick, of Hamilton, spent Labour Day calling on old friends.

 

Misses Patty and Cassie Smith leave on Wednesday for St. Catharines, to attend college.

 

Miss F. Leslie, of Arkell, spent a few days with Miss Ethel Reid this week.

 

Messrs. Frank and Will Steele, of Galt, spent Sunday at their home here.

 

Mrs. John Tawse spent last week visiting with friends in Toronto.

 

Quite a number of the villagers are taking in the Toronto Exhibition this week.

 

Reverend Mr. Couch announced last Sunday that he would preach a sermon to young ladies on the 18th inst.

 

The showers of rain yesterday and today are most welcome and will do a great deal of good.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News of Aberfoyle

September 13th 1898.

 

Farmers have commenced cutting their corn.  It is not up to the standard this year owing to drouth and frost.  Potatoes were also damaged by the frost on Saturday night.

 

Puslinch Fall Show will be held at Aberfoyle on October 5th.  The directors are doing all in their power to make it a success.  We have heard a great many remarks of approval in regard to the advice given in last week’s Mercury by the Strachan’s Corners correspondent.  Advice is usually hard to take, but this, if taken, would improve the show greatly.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Weir, of Walkerton, are visiting at the home of Mr. John Weir.

 

Miss M. Ord is visiting in London, this week.

 

Hugh J. McDiarmid, of Woodstock, spent Saturday at his home here.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Couzen were visiting friends in Dundas last week.

 

Mr. Malcolm McBeath is visiting in Guelph and London this week.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

September 27th 1898.

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Prohibition Meeting — Narrow Escape

 Prohibition Sermon — Puslinch Show October 5th

 

 

Reverend R. J. M. Glassford addressed a meeting in favour of prohibition in the Methodist Church on Tuesday evening.

 

Soutar McKeracher, son of Donald McKeracher, formerly of Puslinch, now living in Galt, had a narrow escape on Sunday.  When returning home after church, he attempted to jump on the back of Mr. J. A. Cockburn’s democrat, and in some way caught his foot in the wheel.  Mr. Cockburn stopped the horses as soon as possible and carried the young lad into Rev. William Robertson’s.  A doctor was sent for, and after a careful examination, it was found there were no bones broken.  He was able to be taken home in the afternoon.

 

Reverend R. V. Bingham and Mrs. Bingham, Newberg, New York, are visiting at Mr. Jas. Blair’s.

 

Mr. J. Worthington is visiting friends in New York.

 

Mr. Smith, of Fergus, was the guest of Mr. J. C. Forster on Saturday.

 

Reverend Mr. Couch preached a sermon in favour of prohibition on Sunday afternoon.  Notwithstanding all the sermons and addresses, there seems to be very little enthusiasm about the plebiscite vote.

 

Don’t forget the Puslinch Show on the 5th of October.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Report

October 11th 1898.

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The Fall Fair — Protest Against Old Exhibits

  Inspecting the Schools — Personals

 

 

The Puslinch Show, held here last week, was a decided success.  The weather was disagreeable but still there was a large crowd, the receipts at the gate being larger than usual.  A full description has already been given in the Mercury, so we need not say much now.  There is one thing, however, that might be improved on next year, more particularly in domestic manufactures.  Exhibitors are permitted to exhibit the same article year after year.  New, up-to-date goods should receive the prize, in preference.  This should be one of the rules of the Society.

 

Freelton fair on Friday.  A number from the village will attend.

 

Inspector Craig visited the schools on Monday.  The trustees were in attendance also.  This, it seems, is a new rule.

 

Miss Polly Cassin has been visiting in Detroit for some time.

 

 Master A. Cook, of Woodstock, is visiting at the home of Mr. B. Falconbridge.

 

Mr. MacKenzie, of Lucknow, was in the village on Monday.

 

Reverend J. Patterson and Mrs. Patterson returned to their home in Columbus, Ohio, last week, after spending a few weeks with friends here.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News of Aberfoyle

October 17th 1898.

 

Mr. J. A. McDiarmid’s many friends are pleased to see him home again, after an absence of six months in Manitoba.

 

Mr. John Ord has the contract for gravelling a portion of the Brock Road.  The gravel used for the road is being screened.  This is an improvement on the old plan.  County Commissioner Stewart is well pleased with the work.

 

An accident occurred at Mr. Joseph Smith’s threshing last week.  Mr. C. Jefferson, while cutting wood for the machine with a circular saw, got his arm caught and rather badly cut.

 

Mrs. Stirton, of Dorchester, has been visiting her brother, Mr. C. Ellis, during the past week.

 

Miss Brown, of St. Thomas, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Wm. Laycock.

 

Mr. Hugh McDiarmid returned on Saturday evening, after spending a couple of months with friends in Edmonton and Manitoba.

 

The trustees of the school are advertising for a new teacher.

 

Mr. John McDiarmid died on Sunday morning at his residence in Crieff.  He was 95 years of age.  The funeral takes place on Tuesday at two o’ clock.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

October 31st 1898.

 

Mr. Patterson, of Badenoch, addressed the congregation at the Methodist church on Sunday evening, in the absence of the pastor, Reverend S. E. Couch.  Mr. Couch is holding evangelistic services at Moffat at present.

 

Mr. John Ord has recently purchased what is known as the Reid farm, from Mr. Jas. Sherriffs.

 

Mrs. Thurtell, of Harriston, has been spending a few days with her brother, Mr. R. Nicklin.

 

Those who were present at the party given by Mr. Duncan McKenzie on Friday evening enjoyed a very pleasant evening’s amusement.  There were about 125 present, including guests from Toronto, Guelph, Niagara, and the surrounding country.

 

Dr. Kennedy is visiting friends in Arthur.

 

Owing to the wet weather, farmers have found it difficult to secure their root crops.  A number are busy at their turnips this week.

 

 

 

 

 

The News of Aberfoyle

November 8th 1898.

 

Communion services were held in the Methodist Church on Sunday.  Owing to the disagreeable weather, the attendance was small.  Mr. Couch intends to commence a series of revival services next Sunday evening.

 

Mr. James Mason Junior has bought the blacksmith shop, which he has had rented for some time, from Mr. J. Husband, of Nassagaweya.  He is having the upper flat finished for a dwelling house.

 

Mr. Will Blair met with a nasty accident on Saturday.  While working a traction engine, he had one of his fingers cut off at the first joint.

 

Mr. Wm. Cockburn is spending a couple of weeks with friends in Guelph.

 

Mrs. P. Gregor and her daughter, of Burford, former residents of Puslinch, are visiting friends here.

 

Mr. John Hammersley is ill with congestion of the lungs.

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

November 29th 1898.

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More Members for the I.O.F. — Fever Patients Recovering

Shipping Apples — New Teacher — Personals

 

 

Mr. Robert Tinck, of Barrie, Grand Organizer for the I.O.F., who has been visiting members of Court Aberfoyle during the past week, has been successful in securing a large number of new members for the court here.

 

The fever patients on the 10th Concession are recovering and no more cases reported, as yet.

 

 Mr. Moses Burns had the misfortune to lose a valuable horse on Saturday.

 

Mr. John Archibald’s many friends here were sorry to here of his sudden death at his home in Beachville from appendicitis.  He was ill only thirty-six hours.

 

Thanksgiving Day was spent very quietly by most of the villagers.  A number of the sports were out shooting.

 

The School Board has engaged the services of Mr. R. Ewart, of Wyoming, as teacher for 1899.

 

Mrs. Wm. Reid has been visiting friends in St. Thomas and Port Stanley during the past week.

 

Mr. Hugh McDiarmid, of Woodstock, spent Thanksgiving at his home here.

 

Miss Davidson, of Hespeler, spent the holiday with here sister, Mrs. E. Taylor.

 

Mrs. Hugh Reid is ill with pneumonia.

 

Mr. John Hammersley, who has been confined to the house for the past three weeks by sickness, is able to be out again.

 

Great loads of barrelled apples are being taken to the city this week, by the farmers, for shipment.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle Village News

December 27th 1898.

 

There was a large attendance at the nomination yesterday, and some good speeches made.  Two new men were nominated for councillors, viz., Mr. John Welsh and Mr. Geo. Meldrum.  Mr. James Scott, Reeve, was elected by acclamation.

 

On Thursday afternoon, the scholars of the public school presented their teacher, Mr. J. Forster, with an address and a pair of gloves.  Mr. Forster has been teaching here during the past three years and was a favourite with all who knew him.  He intends moving to Guelph this week.

 

Mr. Fred Blair, of Ottawa, is spending the Christmas holidays at home.

 

Mr. Harvey Worthington, of New York, Mrs. J. H. Doughty, and Bessie McEachern spent Christmas at Mr. J. King’s

 

Mr. Peter McBeath, of Hamilton, spent a few days this week with relatives here.

 

Mrs. William Black and daughter, of Guelph, are spending the holidays with friends in and around the village.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Webb are visiting at Mr. T. D. Day’s.

 

 Miss Lizzie McDiarmid leaves on Saturday for Holyrood, Culross Township, where she is engaged as teacher for the coming year.

 

Mr. A. Barbaree, of Corwhin, conducted the service in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening, in the absence of the pastor, Reverend S. E. Couch, who, with his wife and children, is spending the holidays in Mitchell and Harriston.

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Meeting

December 29th 1898.

 

The annual meeting of the Aberfoyle Creamery Association will be held in the Creamery Building, in the Village of Aberfoyle on Friday, the 6th of January 1899, at 1 o’ clock p.m.  All interested are invited to attend.

 

Joseph Smith, President

D. McNaughton, Secretary

 

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

November 3rd 1900.

 

Miss Ida Patterson, who has been ill for some time, is improving.

 

Misses K. and J. Patterson are visiting at their home on the 3rd Concession.

 

Mr. Ed. Taylor’s sons in Alberta recently sustained a serious loss, having had six horses die from glanders.

 

Mr. Robert Ord also lost a horse last week, it having been kicked by another horse and sustained a broken leg.

 

Mrs. J. Worthington returned last week from a pleasant holiday spent in Brantford.

 

Mrs. Don McKenzie, of Toronto, was a visitor in the village last week.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

October 22nd 1901.

 

The concert, held last Tuesday evening in the Town Hall, under the auspices of Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., was not a success in point of attendance, there being too many other attractions for the week, and the night was dark and wet.  Those who took part in the programme were Messrs. Gordon and Sweetnam and the Stewart family, all from Guelph.  Mr. J. P. Downey acted as chairman.

 

Those from the village who have attended the Buffalo Exposition during the past two weeks were Miss Robertson, Miss King, and Reverend Mr. Bielby and his son, Percy.

 

Mr. Hugh McIntyre and Mrs. McIntyre, of Bellflour, Illinois, are visiting at Mrs. Allan McIntyre’s.

 

Mrs. Green, of Guelph, spent a few days at Reverend Mr. Bielby’s, last week.

 

Last Sabbath was Children’s Day at the Methodist Church.  The service, which was very interesting, was conducted by the pastor, Reverend Mr. Down.

 

Miss King returned last Thursday from a week’s visit with friends in Hamilton.

 

Mrs. T. D. Day returned last week from spending a vacation with friends in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

November 11th 1902.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Sparks removing — Annual Meeting of the Bible Society — Personals

 

Mr. Reuben Sparks, who has been blacksmith at the south end of the village for the past four years, removed with his family to Westover, where he has secured a good shop.  Much regret is felt at losing Mr. and Mrs. Sparks from Aberfoyle, and everyone will join in wishing them prosperity in their new home.

 

The annual meeting of the Puslinch Branch of the Upper Canada Bible Society was held in the Methodist Church on Monday evening.  Reverend Mr. Down, President, occupied the chair.  After a short business meeting, addresses were delivered by Reverend Messrs. Down, of Aberfoyle, Bean, of Morriston, A.C. Miles, agent of the society, and Mr. Robertson of Duff’s Church.  Puslinch is reported to be the banner branch of this district in the matter of contributions, the amount given last year being $74.  The attendance at the meeting was small.

 

Mrs. Cockburn, of Gourock, is enjoying a pleasant visit at the home of Mr. Blair Falconbridge.

 

Mrs. Ord, Senior, and Mr. Robt. Ord paid a visit to friends in Galt on Sunday.

 

Mr. Ed. Taylor is at his old post in the blacksmith shop again.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Village News from Aberfoyle

December 22nd 1902.

 

The trustees of Aberfoyle School section would like it to be understood by the ratepayers of the section that a discussion will take place at the annual meeting on Wednesday, the 31st of December, and also a vote taken, to ascertain the advisiability of joining with other sections in a consolidated school, to be built and furnished at the O.A.C. by a grant that Professor Robertson controls, the MacDonald manual-training fund.

 

Mrs. J. Ellis and Mr. D. Ellis, of Durham, spent a few days last week visiting friends in this neighbourhood.  Miss L. McKenzie, of Lima, is home on a visit to her brother, Mr. D. McKenzie.  Misses Mabel and Patty Smith, of Toronto, are spending the vacation at their father’s.  Miss Cassie Smith returned from Elora last Thursday.

 

Mr. Chris McBeath mad a lucky find a few days ago.  During haying, last Friday, he lost his watch and searched for it without success.  One evening, not long ago, while putting down hay, he came across his old friend lying in the hay uninjured.

 

Mr. Geo. Blair is home from Toronto for the vacation.  Miss Davidson, of Hespeler, is visiting at Mr. E. Taylor’s.  

 

The Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

January 6th 1903.


Methodist S.S. Christmas Entertainment

 Literary Society Affairs — Death of Mrs. (Rev.) L.W. Reid

 

The annual Christmas tree in connection with the Methodist Sunday School was held on New Year’s eve.  The programme, which was excellent, was altogether given by scholars of the school, and consisted of choruses, recitations, dialogues, drills and instrumental music.  The evening’s entertainment closed with the distribution of presents from the tree.

 

Mr. Jas. Smith, of Rochester, who has not visited Puslinch for twenty-six years, is now looking up old acquaintances.

 

On account of the wet weather last Friday evening, there was a small attendance at the meeting called to organize a literary society.  Those present decided to postpone the organization until next Friday evening, January 9th, and appointed committees to arrange a permanent place of meeting, prepare a programme for next meeting, et cetera.  Judging from reports, the movement will receive the support that it deserves.  Everyone is welcome and expected at the next meeting, which will be held in the schoolhouse.

 

Miss Nellie Clifford, of Hamilton, is visiting friends in the village and vicinity.

 

Miss J. Roach is home from Hamilton on a two-week vacation.

 

Reverend Mr. Downs will commence special services in the Methodist Church, beginning on Tuesday evening.

 

     Mr. Frank Cockburn left on New Year’s Day on his return trip to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, after a pleasant two-week visit with relatives here.

 

Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Hume spent New Year holidays with friends in Ayton.

 

Miss Mabel Smith left on Saturday to resume her duties as school teacher.

 

Mr. Fred Blair and bride, of Ottawa, spent the holidays at the home of Mr. James Blair.

 

Mr. T. Douglas, of New Jersey, is visiting amongst old friends.

 

Reverend L. W. Reid has the sympathy of many friends here in the death of his wife, which occurred at Kerfoot on the 31st of December.  His mother, Mrs. Wm. Reid, left on New Year’s Day to attend the funeral.

 

Mr. Alex McKay, of Detroit, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Alex Smith, of the 3rd Concession.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

January 27th 1903.


Interesting Debate — Hand Injured in Straw Cutter — Personal Items

 

At the debate last Thursday night, captained by Messrs. J. A. Ord and T. Mahon, it was decided that annexation with the United States would not be beneficial to Canada.  The meeting this week will be held at the Town Hall, on Friday night.

 

A sleigh load of young people from the village attended the 10th Concession entertainment, last Friday night.

 

Mrs. D. Ewart, of Wyoming, accompanied by Miss Ewart, is visiting at the home of Mr. J. Tawse.

 

The majority about here have secured ice for the coming season and report it of good quality, although not as thick as last year.

 

Mr. Joe Quirk is off work through an accident, which happened one day last week while operating a straw cutter.  The points of two fingers were cut off and the hand otherwise injured.

 

Mr. Isaac Kidd is mourning the loss of his horse, which died of inflammation last week.

 

Mr. P. McNaughton, of Qu’Appelle, was visiting his sister, Mrs. C. McBeath, last week.

 

The Aberfoyle Mills are once more in shape, and are now running by steam.

 

The special services being held in the Methodist Church are to be continued this week.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News Report

August 18th 1903.


Property Transfer — Teachers Back at Work — Personal Items

 

Mr. Edward Taylor has sold his blacksmith shop, also the Nicklin property, which he purchased recently, to Mr. James Gilmore, blacksmith, Badenoch.  Mr. Gilmore will not take possession until the beginning of next year.

 

Mr. Taylor is at Barrie this week as delegate from Court Aberfoyle, I.O.F., to the annual meeting of the High Court.

 

The Reverend Mr. Downs, of Aberfoyle, will occupy Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church pulpit next Sabbath.

 

The teachers for this district are all back at work, Miss Robertson at the 10th Concession, Mr. Griffin, 3rd Concession, and Mr. McEachern, at Aberfoyle.

 

Miss McBeath and Miss C. J. Smith are in Hamilton this week for the carnival.

 

Mrs. J. Foster returned yesterday after a week’s visit to friends in Hamilton.

 

Mrs. McGill, of Limehouse, is staying with her daughter, Mrs. McKenzie.

 

Miss Hunter, of Rockton, is visiting her friend, Miss Gertie Carter.

 

Miss L. Kerr, of Fergus, is spending a few holidays in Aberfoyle.

 

Mrs. Hume, Miss Broatch, and Miss Nettie McBeath spent a couple of days, last week, visiting in Acton.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

September 15th 1903.


Nuptials of Mr. Alex Woods and Miss Wright — Personal Items of Interest

 

An unusually large number from this vicinity visited the exhibition at Toronto, this year.

 

Miss Polly Cassin returned last week after spending two months in Alberta visiting her sister, Mrs. H. Foster.

 

Miss Maggie Cassin left on Saturday to resume her work at Providence, R. I., after spending the summer at home.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bevin, of New York, spent a few days visiting at the home of Mr. Albert Watson.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Will Houston, of Wingham, were visitors at the home of Mr. John Smith, last week.  Mr. Houston was a member of the firm of Houston Bros., which ran the Aberfoyle Mills some twenty years ago.

 

A quiet wedding took place on Wednesday September 9th, at Duff’s Church manse, when Miss Wright, of Eden Mills, and Mr. Alex Woods, of Aberfoyle, were united in marriage.  The ceremony was performed by Reverend Wm. Robertson, M.A., in the presence of a few of the immediate relatives of the contracting parties, after which, Mr. and Mrs. Woods drove to their home near Aberfoyle.  Alex’s friends and neighbours will be unanimous in extending congratulations and best wishes to him and his bride.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle

October 20th 1903.

 

Thanksgiving Day passed off very quietly in our village.  A few shooting matches were the only amusements of the day.  A few from here attended the C.C.R. and R.R. in Guelph, and report them better than ever and more fully patronized.

 

Mr. H. T. Hammersley is having a bee this week, improving the mill race, removing the decomposed timbers, and replacing them with sound ones.

 

There is a bee today, hauling stones for the erection of a new stable on the parsonage grounds.

 

The boys are busy practising for the annual plowing matches, which will be held this year at Mr. John McKenzie’s and Mr. John Simpson’s during the first week in November.

 

Mr. B. Falconbridge has secured the services of Mr. Geo. Blair as clerk and general assistant.

 

Mr. Chas. Hardie, of the 10th Concession, returned Friday after spending the summer in the Northwest.

 

Mrs. Chamberlain, of Guelph, was the guest of Mrs. I. S. Leaman, on Monday.

 

Miss Marry Leaman left today for a week’s visit with her brother, Albert, of Acton.

 

The Township Council met on Monday afternoon, when the usual business was gone through.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Village of Aberfoyle News

October 27th 1903.

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Roadwork — Unsold Horses — A Visiting Minister — Personals

 

The roadwork is progressing favourably under the management of Mr. John Herbert.  This road has the name of being the best in the county, and so wish to still keep it so.

 

About 125 horses, driven by two cowboys, passed through the village on the way south on Monday evening, being the remainder of the stock not sold at the sale in Guelph, on Saturday.  It gave the citizens a bird’s eye view of some western life.

 

Miss Lizzie Smith entertained a few of her friends on Monday evening, it being her birthday.

 

Reverend H. McKay, of Galt, occupied the pulpit, and delivered a very fluent address on Sunday morning at the Presbyterian service, here.

 

We were pleased to see Mr. R. Sparks in the village again on Monday.

 

Miss B. Mahon, spent last week renewing acquaintances in Guelph.

 

Mr. and Mrs. D. Ewart, of Puslinch Lake, spent Sunday with their father, Mr. John Tawse.

 

Miss G. Worthington returned Sunday after spending a couple of days with her brother, Mr. C. H. Worthington, of Guelph.

 

Miss C. Foster returned to Hamilton on Saturday.

 

The smaller boys of the town are expecting lots of sport for Saturday night, Hallowe’en.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The Aberfoyle News

June 14th 1904.

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Women’s Institute Meetings — Children’s Day —Fire — Personals

 

The South Wellington Women’s Institute is holding a series of meetings in different parts of the riding this week.  On Friday June 17th, meetings will be held at the home of Mrs. C. McBeath, of Aberfoyle, at 2:30 o’ clock in the afternoon, and in the Town Hall, in the evening, at 8 o’ clock.  Misses Belva Shepperd, of Ingersoll, and Gertrude Carter, of Guelph, will demonstrate in cooking, and will speak on different subjects relating to Institute work.  A large attendance of members is requested and a hearty invitation is extended to all who are interested in the work.  A good musical programme is provided for the evening meeting, to which, all are invited.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Lauchlan, of Parkhill, are visiting Mr. Ed. Taylor’s.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald McKenzie are spending a few weeks with friends at Attercliffe.

 

Mr. Hugh McDonald, of Goderich, came down on the excursion to the O.A.C. last Saturday, and spent Sunday and Monday in calling on friends in Puslinch.

 

Last Sunday afternoon was Children’s Day at the Methodist Church.  Reverend G. W. Down gave an interesting talk to the little folks, using the blackboard for illustrating.  The church was tastefully decorated with flowers and ferns for the occasion.

 

Last Saturday morning, fire broke out in the kitchen of Mr. Bentley’s house.  There was no one at home, when, just before noon, some of the neighbours noticed the smoke, and by acting promptly, soon had the blaze extinguished.  The fire seemed to have originated in a barrel of rubbish and had spread to some bunches of shingles, which were blazing when discovered.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

The News from Aberfoyle Village

March 14th 1905.

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Farm Purchase — Women’s Institute Meetings — Notes and Personals

 

 

Mr. Ed. Taylor purchased last week the farm owned by Mr. Alex. Woods.  Mr. Woods remains on the farm this year.

 

The Women’s Institute held their March meeting at the home of Mrs. P. Mahon last Thursday afternoon.  There was a good attendance and four new members were received.  The April meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. H. T. Hammersley.

 

Mr. R. Amos has been suffering from the effects of blood poisoning but is improving.

 

Miss Nettie Taylor, of Guelph, spent Sunday at her home here.

 

 A number of our citizens are suffering from la grippe at present.

 

Mr. and Mrs. C. Little, 10th Concession, entertained about 75 of their neighbours and friends to a jolly dancing party, last night in their new home.

 

Mr. Ernest Amos is home from Streetsville.

 

from the Guelph Mercury newspaper