From Badenoch, for 1897, the news.






The Badenoch News

January 5th 1897.


The shooting match at John R. Clark’s on the afternoon of New Year’s Day was well attended.  Some very good shooting was done.


Wedding ─ When Badenoch goes about celebrating a wedding, it does it in the good old Scotch style, which the mind, of one who has taken part in them, finds it hard to improve on.  The residence of Mr. Neil Campbell was the scene of the latest event of this kind, when on Wednesday, the 30th ultimo, his eldest daughter, Jessie, was united in marriage to Mr. Neil Campbell, of Lucknow.  The ceremony was performed by Reverend Mr. Blair, of Nassagaweya, in the presence of about fifty friends and relatives of the contracting parties.  The bride was becomingly attired in a costume of light fawn, trimmed with lace and spangles, and was supported by her cousin, Miss Margaret Doyle, who also looked charming in light grey, with lace and spangled trimmings.  The groom was supported by his brother, Alexander.  The “Wedding March” was played by Miss Eva Bickley, of Aberfoyle.  After the ceremony, the guests sat down to tables literally groaning beneath their load of good things.  The handsome and useful gifts bore testimony to the esteem in which both bride and groom are held.  The young people from miles around had been invited to the dance, which was kept going merrily until 5 a.m., when the participants left for home, feeling that the good fame of Badenoch hospitality had certainly not suffered at the hands of the host and hostess.  We cordially join with their many friends in wishing the happy couple a long and joyous life, their joys many and their sorrows few. 






Badenoch News

January 12th 1897.


The wife of Mr. Angus McDonald, of a daughter, on the 2nd inst.  A little stranger girl arrived at the home of Mr. William Martin on the 4th inst.  The smile with which William welcomed her has not yet faded away.


The wife of Mr. Charles Taafe Senior is at present suffering from a severe attack of erysipelas.


The Badenoch Sunday School has had a leaf cupboard made for its library.  Messrs. William Stratton & Sons were the makers.


All Badenoch intends taking in the Sons of Scotland concert.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

January 26th 1897.


Obituary — It becomes our sad duty this week to chronicle the death of one of the best known and most respected residents of the section, Mr. John D. McDonald, who died on the 22nd instant, from congestion of the lungs and pleurisy, probably rendered more fatal by asthma, from which he has long been a sufferer.  Deceased was a sawmiller by profession and was born in the Township of Puslinch, where he has continued to reside up to the time of his death, having been connected with the Forbes Mill for the past thirty years.  He leaves behind him a wife and three children, to whom the sympathy of the entire community will be extended in this their sad bereavement.  Mr. McDonald was a member of the Sons of Scotland and the funeral, Monday afternoon, was conducted with the impressive rites of the order.  Deceased was born May 9th 1853 and was one of a family of seven, of whom, two sisters and one brother survive him.


Sickness — Many of the people of this section are at present more or less seriously ill.  The wife of James McPherson is suffering from a serious attack of heart weakness.  James Dow had an attack of inflammation of the bowels but is said to be now out of danger.


All Badenoch was at the S.O.S. (Sons of Scotland) concert in Morriston on the 19th.  An exceedingly good program was given, the stars of the evening being, of course, Jas. Fax and the Highland dancers.  The hall was altogether too inadequate to contain the crowds who sought admission, and nearly one hundred found it impossible to gain even standing room.  An excellent ball was given after the concert, and the whole affair, although entailing a very heavy expenditure, was a financial success.






The News from Badenoch

February 9th 1897.


Mr. Frey has brought to a close the singing school, which he has been conducting in the schoolhouse during the past three months.  The remarkable interest in musical study which the young men of the section so suddenly developed, will now have to find vent in some other form than scale exercise.  Why not organize a literary and debating society, or something similar? 


The trustees of the Forbes’ estate have appointed Mr. W. A. Kribbs, of Hespeler, as manager of the Forbes sawmill, formerly run by the late John McDonald.  It is likely that the son of the late lessee will act as overseer.


The Sons of Scotland, with their usual promptness, have already paid the beneficiary certificate held by the late John McDonald, for $1,000, to his widow.


Mr. Alex McLean, Springfield Farm, has purchased from the Forbes’ estate, lot 32, front, concession 10, consisting of 100 acres.  The price paid, we understand, was one thousand dollars.  Mr. McLean intends putting men at work at once to clear the south half of the lot.


Miss Maggie Taafe has just returned home from Philadelphia, Penn., where she has been for the past five years.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

February 16th 1897.


Mr. Duncan “Dick” Clark has leased the Donald Hanning farm.


A very enjoyable dancing party was held on Friday evening at the residence of Mr. William Kerr.  Nearly all of the young people of Badenoch were there, and in addition, two sleigh-loads from “The Tenth”.  The party did not break up until after 4:00 a.m., when the dancers left after spending one of the most pleasant nights of the season.


The wife of Mr. Thomas Buchanan, on Saturday last, presented her husband with a boy, and Tom is correspondingly elated.


Where are the promoters of that concert we were hearing so much about after the annual tea-meeting?  If it is to be held this season, some definite steps should be taken at once.  “What ye do, do quickly!”


The roads in this section are not as bad as might have been expected after Friday’s blizzard.


Last Friday evening, two large sleighloads of young people of section No. 10, Puslinch, drove down to the residence of Mr. William Kerr in Badenoch, to their old friends who moved there last spring.  A terrible storm of wind and snow prevailed most of the day, completely blocking roads in some places, and making heavy sleighing all the way; but this did not discourage the Tenth people, for quite undaunted, they gathered up their loads and set out, all in the best of humour.  In due time, they reached their destination, where they were warmly welcomed, and where were gathered to meet them a goodly number of the young people of Badenoch.  Singing, dancing, parlour games, and other amusements engaged their attention till well on into the night, when all returned to their homes, thoroughly satisfied with their night’s fun, and resolved to meet some other day.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Badenoch News

February 22nd 1897.


Correction — In last week’s notes an item appeared stating that Mr. Duncan Clark had leased the Donald Hanning farm.  Your correspondent desires to say that this was not written by him, but that probably the item referred to, was intended to read, “Mr. Duncan Clark has leased his farm to Mr. Donald Hanning”.


Dancing Party — On Wednesday evening, a surprise party consisting of two large sleigh loads of young people from here, drove to the residence of Mr. John Martin of Guelph Township, where a merry night was spent in song and dance, the jovial crowd arriving home barely in time to get ready for work by sunrise.


The yard at Forbes’ Mill is being rapidly filled with logs, and the prospects are good that Mr. Kribs will have a good season.


Mr. Peter McLean, “Burnside”, received an ugly scalp wound while working in the bush last Saturday.  However, no serious result is apprehended, although Mr. McLean had a narrow escape.


Wood “bees” appear to be the order of the day.  Several have already taken place and there are more to follow.




from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Badenoch News

March 2nd 1897.


Mr. William Ferguson, of Dumfries, Scotland, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy.  Mr. Ferguson came by way of London, England, where he has been for the past year, in the dry goods business with his father.


This surely is a season of surprises.  Never a week passes that we are not called upon to record one of those nocturnal excursions to various points, more or less remote, setting out as darkness falls, but, in this section, usually preferring to return when there is no possibility of losing one’s way on account of darkness.  A merry party of some thirty young people of the section paid a surprise visit to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Morrison of Strabane on Wednesday evening, where dancing, et cetera was kept up until about 4 a.m.  The host and hostess succeeded in making all feel perfectly at home and a very pleasant time was spent.


The wife of Chas. Mast presented him with a daughter on the 23rd inst., and he appears to be in the seventh heaven of delight just now.


There will be a meeting in the schoolhouse tonight to make arrangements for the projected concert.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

March 9th 1897.


A meeting was held in the school last Tuesday evening, 2nd instant, to make arrangements for the concert to be held on Friday the 12th instant, to raise additional funds for the building of sheds on the school grounds.  Messrs. W. F. Patterson, J. W. Kerr, D. J. McLean, and R. McLaren were appointed to a committee to secure talent and make other necessary arrangements.  The following artistes have been secured for the occasion:  Mr. Bert Hewer, Guelph’s popular comic singer, Mr. Onesti, accordionist, Miss Bolton, elocutionist, Miss McClunie, soprano, Miss Roche of Aberfoyle and Miss law of Guelph, accompanists.  The popular prices will be charged for admission, adults 25¢, children 10¢.  Come and spend an enjoyable evening with us.


Mr. Hall, organizer for the Royal Templars of Temperance, will hold a meeting in the schoolhouse tomorrow, Wednesday evening.  A programme of songs, etcetera and an address on temperance will be given.


Mr. M. McPhatter has been interviewing Messrs. Lachlan Kennedy, Peter McLean, Burnside, and other old residents of the section, as to the early history of Puslinch.  He is writing a book on this subject, which we expect will prove very interesting reading.


The rumour, current some time ago, that W. Telfer V.S. had purchased the house on Victoria Street, Morriston, belonging to Jacob Fritz, has been verified and our teacher, Mr. W. F. Patterson, has received notice to vacate it by April 1st.  Mr. Patterson has not as yet secured another house and is at present living in a state of uncertainty.


The mild weather of the past few days has caused a considerable portion of the snow to disappear and consequently the roads are not in very good condition.


The “Scottish Petition to the Queen” is now being circulated for signatures.  The petition objects to the use of the terms “England” and “English” in an imperial sense.  J. E. Kennedy has received copies for signatures in this district, and all patriotic Scotsmen or descendents of Scotchmen are invited to attach their names to this petition, which is to be forwarded to Her Majesty.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Concert at Badenoch

March 15th 1897.


A concert was held in the Badenoch schoolhouse on Friday evening, in aid of the fund to provide ways and means for the erection of driving sheds for the school.  There was a fair attendance, who evinced a lively appreciation of the excellent programme provided.  Lt.-Col. Nichol occupied the chair.  Mr. Bert Hewer, the local comic singer, was down on the programme a great many times, but he never failed to receive an enthusiastic encore.  The recitations of Miss Lou Bolton and the singing of Miss McClouney were also pleasing features of the evening’s amusement.  Miss Roche is a little tot, but displays wonderful ability, and undoubtedly is a coming star if her precocity means anything.  Mr. McOnesty is a clever performer on the accordion and can produce almost any kind of music.  He brought forth hearty recalls.  Miss Law played the accompaniments with proper discrimination and also contributed an instrumental in good style.  The local contingent got home on Saturday morning, well pleased with the trip.






The News from Badenoch

March 16th 1897.


Social Gatherings — Mr. Geo. Hanning last Tuesday evening gave a birthday supper to a number of friends.  Oysters appeared and disappeared with amazing rapidity, while the more substantial viands were done full justice to.


“Viewfield”, the residence of Mr. Peter McLean, was the scene of a pleasant little gathering on Monday night.  The host and hostess used every endeavour to make all thoroughly enjoy themselves, and the pleased faces of the departing guests in the wee sma’ ‘oors, ayont the twal’, as they bade a reluctant goodbye to their kind entertainers, proved how eminently successful they had been.


Postponed — The Royal Templars’ concert announced for last Wednesday evening has been indefinitely postponed.


The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. William Frank, Nassagaweya, will be interested to learn that a little stranger guest arrived at their home last Tuesday, the 9th.  It’s a girl, we hear.


Mr. W. F. Patterson informs us that he has leased the house presently occupied by Mr. Robert Kennedy Senior.  Mr. Kennedy will move into Mr. Donald Hanning’s house, and Mr. Patterson gets possession on the 27th inst.


The Concert — It is to be regretted that the inclement weather and the bad condition of the roads prevented a larger crowd from turning out on Friday night.  Where all did so well, it would be invidious to make comparisons but we thought Miss Roche and Mr. Onesti did more than ordinarily well.  Miss Roche has a delivery and artistic expression which only needs training to develop elocutionary powers of more than average calibre, while it is sufficient to say that Mr. Onesti did even better than usual.  Bert Hewer’s songs were mostly very good, while Miss McClunie’s singing must have found an echo in every Scottish heart in the audience.  Miss Bolton did very well, while Miss M. Law, as an accompanist, is all that could be desired.  The chair was ably and well, filled by Colonel Nichol.  The receipts amounted to $19.90.


Personal — Mr. Angus Clark has returned from Toronto, where he has been taking a special course in Latin.  Miss Maggie Martin left for Guelph yesterday to enter G. B. Ryan’s dressmaking department.  Messrs. A. L. and William Kennedy leave tomorrow for Manitoba.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

March 23rd 1897.


Wood Bees — This is the time of year when bees are especially numerous in the country.  The farmer, having drawn home his yearly supply of wood “in the log”, usually finds it more convenient to use this method in converting it into firewood.  During the past week, the following farmers have had bees: Wm. McCartney on Wednesday afternoon, with a dance at night, Peter McLean Sr. on Thursday afternoon, Malcolm Clark on Friday, and today, Mr. Chas Taafe is having one, with a dance at night.


 Death has again been at work in our midst.  On Friday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Buchanan were deprived of their infant boy.  The funeral took place on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and considering the condition of the roads, was well attended.


Ill — We regret to hear that Miss Christie McLean is seriously ill, but hope to be able to report her full recovery shortly.


The mild weather of the past few days has caused the greater part of the snow to disappear, leaving parts of the road in a very miry condition.  The present weather is very spring-like, but we may expect some pretty frosty weather yet before spring comes to stay.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





The News from Badenoch

March 30th 1897.


Spring Moving — An unusual number of changes are taking place, and the processions of household goods that indicate a spring “flitting”, are quite a common thing these days.  Last Wednesday, Mr. Robt. Kennedy was moved into Donald Hanning’s house and although Mr. Kennedy has been confined to bed for over two years, he bore the short trip well, and is apparently none the worse for his outing.  Robt. Rudd has given up Mrs. McCormick’s farm and moved to Aberfoyle.  W. F. Patterson last Friday moved into the house just vacated by Robert Kennedy.


Wood Bees — The following have had bees since last writing, Messrs. Chas. Taafe and Peter Clark on Tuesday, James Black and John R. Clark on Thursday, and Donald Campbell on Saturday afternoon.


Those initiated pronounce this to be ideal maple sugar weather, the clear, cold nights and sunny days being said to produce an abundant flow of sap.


Last Friday was a holiday in the school here, as Mr. Patterson was busy moving his effects from Morriston and held school on Saturday instead.


Notes and Personals — Mr. D. G. McLean has been spending a few days with friends in Erin.  Wm J. Clark leaves today for Assinboia. N.W.T.  Misses Kerr and Meldrum are making a canvas of the section in the interest of the organ fund of Duff’s Church.  Miss M. Little, daughter of Mr. Peter Little, formerly of the Corwhin Post Office, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. William Kerr.  Miss Sarah Burdon, at present in Guelph, was home on Sunday.  Mr. John Martin, who moved from here to Guelph Township last spring, intends returning to this locality.  We learn that a gentleman from near Arkell, a Reformer and a bachelor, has been visiting in the section.


To Contributors — From time to time we receive news items for insertion here, some of which, from their nature, it is impossible to make use of.  Any item of news will always be welcome, but we must reserve the right to use our own judgement in eliminating any objectionable feature.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Badenoch News

April 5th 1897.


Quite a number here are engaged just now in making maple syrup.  Operations in John R. Clarke’s bush are under the expert management of James Dow.


“Wood Bees” — Following is a list of those who have had bees during the past week: — Hugh Clark on Tuesday afternoon, James Devlin on Wednesday, and Geo. Hanning on Saturday.


The funeral of Mr. Harbottle on Saturday was well attended.  He was married to a sister of Mrs. William Kerr, and was well and favourably known in this section, where much sympathy is expressed for his sorrowing relatives.  The I.O.F. and A.O.U.W., of which the deceased was a member, took part in the last, sad rites.


Thieving has of late been unusually prevalent in this locality, so much so, in fact, that patience has ceased to be a virtue, and the offenders, when caught, may expect but little mercy at the hands of their long-suffering victims.  Last week, these light-fingered gentry paid a visit to the hen roosts of Messrs. Donald Campbell and George Hanning.  As a result, Mr. Campbell is minus about forty of his best birds while George mourns the loss of nearly as many.  Reports are also current, of others, who without being consulted in the matter, are being relieved of any superfluous grain et cetera that they may happen to have on hand.  Several are preparing to give the scoundrels a warm reception in the event of their calling on them.


Notes and Personals:

— Mr. William Dutton Senior and his son, William, leave Wednesday for the Okanagan district, British Columbia.


— A number from here attended the dancing party at the residence of Mrs. McFarlane of Morriston on Friday evening and report a very pleasant time.


— Mr. John Martin has moved into one of Mr. John D. Clark’s houses on the Brock Road.




from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

April 21st 1897.


The season of wood bees is, we believe, now over, the last being those of Messrs. Duncan Martin and John R. Clark, at both of which considerable work was done.


The maple syrup season is ended here and considering its shortness, the flow of sap was very good.


Some seeding and considerable plowing has been done in the section, although, in general, the soil will scarcely be in a fit condition now for a few days on account of the recent rains.


Public Examination---It is to be regretted that more of the people of the section did not attend the examination last Thursday.  A large attendance of parents is an encouragement to both teacher and pupils, and to those who take an interest in the educational progress of the young, there can be but little monotony in an affair of this kind.  The class recitations were heard by Miss Bond, Reverend Mr. Mathers of Aberfoyle, Messrs. McEachern, Parker, and Kennedy, and the Principal, Mr. Patterson.  The pupils, in general, appeared quite bright, and the answers bore testimony as to Mr. Patterson’s careful training, his Third Class being, in this respect, especially worthy of mention.  During the afternoon, the audience was favoured with a number of selections on the organ by Mrs. William Anderson, Miss Anderson, and Miss Kerr.  Another point that must not be forgotten was the lavish supply of eatables, so characteristic of Badenoch on occasions of this kind.  After the delivery of short speeches by Messrs. Parker of S.S. No. 10, McEachern of Morriston, and the teacher, W. F. Patterson, a very enjoyable day was brought to a close by the singing of “God be with you till we meet again”.


Illness---Mrs. Robt. Watson, who has been seriously ill for some weeks, is now some better.  Mr. A. Elliott has recovered, as has Mr. John R. Clark.


Notes and Personals---Mrs. William Frank, who has been spending a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Gilmour, has returned to her home in Nassagaweya.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Badenoch News

April 28th 1897.


A meeting was held in the schoolhouse last Monday evening to reorganize the Sunday School.  Mr. W. F. Patterson was elected Superintendent, with Mr. John W. Kerr as his assistant.  Miss M. Kennedy, who has so ably filled the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the past two years was again elected to that office.  Mr. John Bickley was appointed librarian, with Miss Lottie Kennedy as assistant.  Miss Kerr was elected organist, with Mr. Robert McLaren as leader.  The school was opened yesterday with a fair attendance, considering the threatening weather.


Mr. James E. McLean, who has conducted the Bible Class during the winter months every Sunday evening, brought his meetings to a close last night.


Mrs. Hugh Clark met with a painful accident a short time ago by falling and spraining her ankle.  She will be confined to the house for a few days yet.




from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Badenoch News

May 18th 1897.


There was a dance last Wednesday evening at the residence of Mr. Chas. Taafe Senior.  We had supposed that with the advent of spring, the season for this special brand of social gatherings in the country had been almost past, but they still take place with unvarying regularity, and we are beginning to doubt the propriety, even in this staid section, of placing dances in the genus of winter amusements.  However, at the one under consideration, the usual amount of dancing and flirting was indulged in, and, who knows, perhaps the foundation laid for future alliances.


There was also a pleasant little gathering on Friday evening at Mr. John Smith’s, but in this case, dancing was conspicuous by its absence, the said absence being more than compensated for by the additional opportunities it afforded the young men of becoming Cupid’s willing targets.


The Sabbath School promises to be largely attended this year.  Last Sunday afternoon there were some 62 present, with a large number of regular attendants absent.  The assistant superintendent, Mr. J. W. Kerr, had charge of the school, in the absence of Mr. Patterson.


Christening — Reverend Mr. Robertson held a prayer meeting last night at “Springfield Farm”, the residence of Mr. A. McLean Junior.  Kathleen, the youngest daughter of Mr. A. McLean, and Walter Douglas, youngest son of Mr. P. McLean, of “Viewfield Farm”, received the sacrament of baptism at the hands of the pastor.


Notes — Mrs. Duncan Stewart has been visiting in this vicinity during the past week.  She expects shortly to return to Michigan, where her family is now living.  Mrs. Duncan Martin has been seriously ill, but is now somewhat recovered.  Reverend Gilbert McRobbie of Shelburne will preach at Duff’s Church next Sunday.  The farmers here have, in general, finished seeding.




from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

June 1st 1897.


A large number from here attended the funeral of the late Neil Hunter, last Thursday.  Mr. Hunter was a member of the I.O.F. and the Sons of Scotland, and a large number of members turned out to pay the last honours to the remains of their departed brother.  A full report of Mr. Hunter’s death has appeared in recent issues of the Mercury.


The continued cool weather is indeed phenomenal, and it is not so very uncommon to see people driving about coated and gloved, as if they believed that Yuletide was as near as the summer solstice.  There is but little growth perceptible, and the almost nightly frosts have somewhat affected spring crops, notably barley.


Rumour, generally the forerunner of fact, whispers of weddings, and we are inclined to believe her because the ladies popularly supposed to have a sixth sense in this respect look, some of them, as if they know more than they tell, while the rest tell more than ...


Mr. Donald Clark, son of the late Angus Clark, formerly on the police force, Winnipeg, and now living in British Columbia, is visiting friends here.


The following, taken from the “Blenheim World”, and referring to Mr. George G. Martin, barrister, will be of interest to his many friends here:  Mr. George Gordon Martin, of Chatham, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature, has successfully passed his examinations at the present Easter term of the Law Society, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, and was presented to convocation and the High Courts by Bencher Aemilius Irving, Q.C., and called to the degree of Barrister at Law.  Mr. Martin has had considerable delays and annoyances on account of the loss of his articles of clerkship by fire in his father’s house, near Guelph, many years ago, all of which, however, he has surmounted.  Mr. Martin is a fluent, excellent speaker, and as a brilliant writer to the press, he has few equals in the province.  Mr. Martin is a frequent contributor to the “Globe and Mail Empire” on public questions, and his letters are considered of such importance and merit as to be wholly or partly quoted by the Press throughout the province.  In addition to all of this, Mr. Martin is a jovial, whole-souled, good fellow, and we wish him every success in his high profession.


  On Saturday afternoon some forty men were gathered at Mr. William Kerr’s to assist in raising an addition to his barn.  The building, which is 56 feet by 24 feet, is designed in the lower part for sheep and hogs, while the upper part will be used as a straw shed.  Their labours finished, all sat down to a substantial meal served by Mrs. and Miss Kerr, assisted by a number of ladies from this and the adjoining section.  When the wants of the inner man had been fully satisfied, the young men indulged in a hotly contested game of football from which they emerged with even honours.  But the young ladies were, as usual, the centres of attraction.  Being, as to numbers, about evenly divided between residents of this section and the “tenth”, they decided to play baseball.  The ball was not of the regulation pattern, still the bat was not so very wide, and nothing could exceed the grace with which a young lady, as she saw the little sphere approaching in curves that could have astonished a Bradford, would drive it far out in the left field.  The honour of Badenoch was nobly upheld by our home team in the score of 11 to 5.  No errors, of course!



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

June 8th 1897.


A meeting of the ratepayers of the section was held in the school on Tuesday evening to arrange for the building of sheds on the school property.  Considerable discussion as to the ways and means took place, but the following amended motion was finally carried:  That Messrs. W. F. Patterson, Duncan Martin, and Donald McLean be a committee to confer with the trustees and to arrange for the building of suitable sheds being proceeded with as soon as practicable.  It was also understood that in the event of the funds on hand being insufficient to carry out the work, the committee have “carte blanche” as to further expenditure, such sums as shall be necessary to be realized in a manner similar to that by which the present funds have been acquired.  The committee met on Friday night, materials have been negotiated for, Mr. Archibald Smith engaged to superintend the work, which will commence shortly, and all other necessary steps taken.


Mr. Donald Campbell has recovered all of the young cattle that strayed from home some time ago.


Sunday school workers are busy making arrangements for the convention to be held here this month.


Mrs. Ramsay, Eden Mills, spent Sunday with Mrs. James Clark.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Badenoch

June 16th 1897.


Puslinch Sunday School Convention — The 18th semi-annual convention of the Puslinch Sunday School Association will be held in the schoolhouse here, commencing at 2 p.m.  An admirable programme has been arranged, in which the following well known speakers will take part: Reverends Archibald Blair of Nassagaweya, F. M. Mathers of Aberfoyle, and A. W. Sauer of Morriston; Messrs. S. Pannabaker, John Marshall, J. W. Kerr, W. L. Hilliard (M.B.), James Menzies, Wm. Stratton, W. F. Patterson, Jno. A. Cockburn, et cetera.  Everybody interested in Sunday School work is cordially invited to be present.


We beg leave to call the attention of our readers to the concert in the aid of the Guelph General Hospital to be given in S. S. No. 10, on Friday, the 18th inst.  The programme promises to be well worth the price of admission and those who attend, in addition to spending a very pleasant evening, will have the satisfaction of knowing that their money is helping along a good cause.


Mr. J. Merrikle, head sawyer at the Forbes Mill, had the misfortune yesterday to have part of one of his fingers taken off by the circular saw.  While the accident will lay off Mr. Merrikle for two or three days, it is fortunate that it is no worse, as it might easily have been.


While we believe the millenium to be still somewhat distant, we would like to see some, at least, of the principles, which then must be the rule of conduct, receive some slight recognition, now and here.  Vide:  “Finally, brethren, be of one mind”, et cetera.



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The News from Badenoch

June 22nd 1897.


Our population is steadily increasing.  On the 14th instant, the wife of Mr. D. R. Clark, of a daughter, and on the 15th, the wife of Mr. James Devlin, also of a daughter.


The marriage of Mr. W. Emerson Laiking, possibly Laking, of Nassagaweya, and Miss McFern, of Milton, took place at Milton last Wednesday.  Mr. Laiking and his bride leave this week for their home in British Columbia.


The school sheds are almost completed.  The frame was raised last Friday, and a number are shingling it today.  The committee and all who assisted in the erection of the sheds deserve credit for their quick work.


The Jubilee children’s service in Duff’s Church on Sunday last was largely attended from this section.


Personal ─ Mr. John Martin and children, of Toronto, who have been visiting at Mr. Duncan Martin’s, returned home last Saturday.  Mr. James E. McLean leaves today for Nova Scotia, where he will spend the summer.






The News from Badenoch

August 17th 1897.


Mr. Angus Clark left last Thursday for Vancouver.  Mr. Clark was a teacher by profession and was one of the brightest and most popular young men in this district, and his many friends will join with us in wishing him health and prosperity in his new environments.


Among those in this section who leave tomorrow on the farm labourers’ excursion to Manitoba and the Northwest are Messrs. Forbes McPherson and Peter Campbell.


The public school opened here yesterday and nine o’ clock found our indefatigable teacher, Mr. Patterson, with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up, ready for business.


Harvest — The grain crops this year are unusually heavy here, but the grain, in general, is of somewhat inferior quality, owing to the extraordinarily wet season and the consequent impossibility of storing the crops at the proper time.  Roots are not a success this year, except in rare instances.  Small fruit is an average crop, but this will be an “off year” for apples in this district.


Personals — Miss Nellie Taafe, of Hamilton, who has been visiting friends in this vicinity, has returned to that city.  Miss Annie J. G. Elliott has returned from Montreal, where she has been for the past year, and is at present staying with friends in this section.  Miss Annie Cameron, Guelph, spent Sunday with Miss Maggie Clark.


Miss Penelope McLean, Detroit, is spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter McLean Senior.


Misses Ida McLean and Jessie McPherson, Hamilton, are visiting friends here.  Miss M. L. Henderson, Hamilton, is spending a few weeks with friends here.  Miss Maggie Kennedy left Saturday to take charge of the school at Speedside.


Notwithstanding the threatening nature of the weather, the usual good attendance was present at the service in the school on Sunday evening.  Mr. Robertson addressed his sermon particularly to young men, taking as his subject, “The Character of Joseph”.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Burglary in Badenoch

September 20th 1897.


(From our Correspondent) — The residence of Mr. Malcolm Clark was entered during Thursday night and a quantity of pork and $6 cash stolen.  A much larger sum was lying nearby but was overlooked by the thief.  It is said that a suspicious looking character was seen about the premises that night and the culprit may yet receive a well-merited punishment.


The wife of Mr. Peter Clark, blacksmith, presented her husband with a daughter Friday night.


Mr. J. E. Kennedy left Tuesday for Blenheim, where he will enter upon the duties of editor of the publication the “Blenheim World”.




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Concert in Badenoch

November 10th 1897.


A sacred concert was held in the schoolhouse here last Thursday evening which was fairly well attended, and we feel sure that if people had known the quantity and quality of the programme, the schoolroom would have been more than filled.  The groundwork of the concert was a very interesting address by Reverend William Robertson, the pastor, on “The Greatest Hymns of the Church”, giving a brief sketch of their authors, the time they were penned, and some of the circumstances that led to their being written.  This was enlivened by Duff’s Church choir, under the leadership of Mr. J. M. Frey, which sang the different hymns in excellent style as solos, quartets, or in a chorus.  All who can appreciate really good singing or who desire knowledge regarding these hymns, should not miss this concert, which will be re-given in other quarters of the congregation in the near future.




Guelph Mercury newspaper






News from Badenoch

December 9th 1897.


Our annual tea meeting takes place on December 17th, consisting of music, speeches, recitations, et cetera.  An excellent programme is being prepared.  Proceeds in aid of new sheds.  See bills.


The funeral of the late Robert Kennedy last Thursday was largely attended.


Mr. Alex McLean lost a valuable horse today, having dropped dead in the harness.




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Social in Badenoch

December 22nd 1897.


One of the most successful entertainments that has been held in Badenoch schoolhouse took place last evening under the auspices of the school section.  The school was crowded, Reverend Mr. Robertson in the chair.  The musical programme was furnished by Prof. and Miss Kelly of Guelph, Mr. and Mrs. Currie of Freelton, the Nichol family of Badenoch, and McCaig’s string band.  Interesting addresses were delivered by Reverend Mr. Blair of Nassagaweya, Major Mutrie, M.P.P., and Messrs. H. Guthrie and A. Stewart.  Altogether, the entertainment was most enjoyable.  The proceeds, which are to go towards building a shed for horses and to aid the public library, amounted to the handsome sum of $64.



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