The News from Corwhin







Donation Soirée in Puslinch

June 10th 1864.


The “Donation Soirée” given to Mr. P. McLaren, teacher in School Section No. 10, Puslinch, came off in Mr. Campbell’s barn on Thursday, the 2nd instant.  The children attending Mr. McLaren’s school were all present along with many of their parents and others interested in the cause of education in the section.  Among the company, we also noticed the trustees, Messrs. D. McFarlane, D. Campbell, and Robert Beattie.  A temporary platform had been erected at one side of the barn, where the chairman, Mr. D. McFarlane, the speakers, and the choir were seated. 


An excellent tea, with plenty of cakes and other nice things, was served by the young ladies and gentlemen who were instrumental in getting up the soirée.  This part of the business having been satisfactorily performed, the choir favoured the company with one of their best pieces, which was sung in a most creditable and efficient manner.  During the evening, the choir sang several other pieces between the speeches and were repeatedly and deservedly applauded. 


Messrs. Alexander Campbell, teacher, David Watt, and J. Innes then addressed the company on subjects suitable to the occasion.  One and all congratulated Mr. McLaren on this manifestation of his success as a teacher in the school, and paid him a high compliment, bearing testimony to his efficiency and assiduity in the discharge of his onerous and responsible duties.  That these had been duly appreciated was evident from the demonstration that evening, and they expressed the hope that he would be long spared to carry on the good work, and aid in advancing the material and intellectual interests of the section. 


Mr. McLaren made an appropriate and feeling speech.  He thanked the young people for getting up the soirée, and their elders for heartily assisting them, and hoped that in the future his labours would be more beneficial than in the past.  After a vote of thanks to the chairman, the company broke up shortly after sundown, all feeling highly gratified with their pleasant meeting.  We understand that the committee intends to purchase a number of books with the proceeds of the soirée, which they will present to Mr. McLaren.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Picnic in Puslinch

July 7th 1869.


The examination of Mr. P. McLaren’s school, in section No. 10 of Puslinch, took place on Friday in the presence of the trustees, a number of the parents, and others.   The examination was most satisfactory, and gave abundant proofs of the ability, perseverance, and assiduity of the teacher. 


At the close, the company adjourned to a grove on Mr. John Laing’s farm, where a very pleasant picnic was held, and was attended by quite a number of people besides the pupils.  After refreshments, various amusements of a pleasant character were indulged in; speeches were made by Messrs. Wm. Black, A. Laing, and Mr. Robbie; a recitation was well given by Mr. Donald McKenzie, and there was some pleasant singing by the ladies.  The picnic was very successful and passed off to the entire satisfaction of all.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Tea Meeting

Thursday December 14th 1882.



A tea meeting will be held at the schoolhouse in section No. 10, Puslinch, on Tuesday evening, December 19th.  A number of ministers will deliver addresses; recitations, dialogues, etcetera, will be given by the S.S. (Sunday School) Scholars, and music by the choir of the M. E. Church, Aberfoyle.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Presentation in Puslinch

Tuesday January 2nd 1884.


A very sociable gathering took place in the schoolhouse in section No. 10, Puslinch, Monday evening, the 24th instant, when the parents and the pupils of the section met for the purpose of showing their appreciation of Mr. James Duncan, who has taught very successfully in the section during the last four years.


Mr. Peter McLaren was called to the chair, and after making a few appropriate remarks, called upon Mr. Andrew McRobbie Jr. to read the following address:


Dear Teacher,


We, the parents and pupils of S.S. No. 10, Puslinch, take the liberty of meeting you tonight to express our appreciation of your past services as a teacher.  The interest that you have at all times taken in educational matters, your kindness to the pupils entrusted to your charge, your strict attention to duty, and your interest in the future welfare of the pupils are worthy of praise.  Your promptness in the discharge of your duties and your exemplary conduct merit esteem.  These and other good qualities prompt us to ask your acceptance of this chain, locket and inkstand for the services that you have rendered to the people in this section.  Hoping that these gifts may remind you of your residence among us, and the pleasant as well as profitable days we have spent together during the past four years.  Our earnest desire is that you and the pupils entrusted to your charge, and all of us, may be pupils of our great Teacher, Our Father in Heaven.



W. Kerr, John Hardie, P. McLaren, C. Cameron


During the reading of the address, Mr. W. Kerr Jr. and Malcolm Gilchrist presented Mr. Duncan with a beautiful gold chain, lockset, and inkstand, after which Mr. Duncan made the following reply.


Words fail to give expression to the feelings that are rising in my breast at this presentation.  It is true I am not taken unaware, though I am surprised.  I am surprised that you have made me the recipient of such valuable gifts and of such a flattering address.  Valuable as the gifts are, and I value them highly, let me tell you that the kind words which your address contains and the motives that prompted the giving, I value in a far higher sense.  As I wander back in imagination over the four years now drawing to a close, and as scene after scene passes in rapid succession through my mind, I am led to say that I have made many mistakes.  Perhaps, I have not been so watchful at all times as I might have been, perhaps too, not so zealous in the discharge of my duty as I should have been, but friends, by your kind act tonight, I am assured that whatever my shortcomings, I have your forgiveness.  As my mind reverts once more to the 2nd of January 1880, the day on which I first entered this house, and as I note the changes that have taken place from the above date to the 21st of December 1883, I have to say that this section should be truly thankful to God.  It is true that death has entered some houses and taken near and dear ones.  In one it has taken a mother and in another a father, but the children have been spared, and these very occasions have been the means of drawing my heart closer to the children of this section.  I can sympathize with such for I have lost near and dear ones, and my sympathies flow out to all such, whether high or low, rich or poor.  I have endeavoured to treat you all alike and to know no difference and if I have allowed any imprudent or unbecoming word at any time to pass my lips, I hope that it may be forgiven and forgotten, and as I go from this house tonight, with the past unfolded to my gaze, and the future dark, I go praying that God may bless you one and all.  Let me again thank you for your valuable presents, which are very significant to me.  The chain attached to that which shows me the time of day shall be a reminder of the pleasant time that I spent at S.S. No. 10, Puslinch.


The remainder of the time was spent in appropriate addresses from W. Kerr and John Laing, who each expressed deep regret at Mr. Duncan’s departure.  Mr. D. McKenzie sang “The Maple Leaf Forever”, after which, all joined in singing “Auld Lang Syne”.


The goods were purchased from Mr. Pringle and gave excellent satisfaction, Dec. 26th 1883.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Tea Meeting

Thursday December 14th 1882.



A tea meeting will be held at the schoolhouse in section No. 10, Puslinch, on Tuesday evening, December 19th.  A number of ministers will deliver addresses, recitations, dialogues, et cetera, will be given by the S.S. (Sunday School) Scholars, and music by the choir of the M. E. Church, Aberfoyle.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Corwhin Station

April 24th 1889.


Some time ago the residents in and around Corwhin sent a petition to the C.P.R. authorities in Montreal asking for a platform at that station on the Guelph Junction.  This week the section men erected a platform 82 feet long by 6 feet wide and the work was completed today, Wednesday.  Mr. Charles Campbell, storekeeper, is having a sidewalk run from the station to his store, a few yards distance.  The platform will be a great convenience and those who were instrumental in getting up the petition are loud in their praise of the promptness of the C.P.R.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Tea Meeting at Corwhin

December 24th 1890.


The annual tea meeting of the Methodist Sunday School at Corwhin was held on Tuesday evening.  In spite of the stormy weather there was a good turnout, and the tea was thoroughly enjoyed. 


Reverend John Hough, pastor, then took charge of the after meeting.  A contingent from the Dublin Street Methodist Church choir, Guelph, and friends, furnished the music, several anthems being given in fine style, together with solos by Mrs. D. C. Lambe, Miss Day, Mr. T. E. Rudd, a duet by Messrs. Payne and Rudd, a recitation by Mrs. Payne, and a reading by Mr. R. E. Nelson.  Seven of the scholars of the school also gave excellent recitations.  Good speeches were given by the Reverends Harvey and Cohoe.  The proceedings were brought to a close at 10:30.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





The Local News

June 8th 1891.


Mr. James E. Laing, near Corwhin, had a colony of bees that swarmed on the 21st of May, and another of the same colony completed its swarming on the 30th.  The drought has checked swarming for the present.






Local News

April 9th 1894.


The house that burned on Lot 19, near Corwhin, recently, belonged to Mr. David Watt and not to Duncan Campbell, as was stated.  Mr. Campbell was only the tenant.  There was no insurance on the building.


Guelph Mercury newspaper





The Corwhin Items

March 26th 1895.


At the annual meeting of the Corwhin Sunday School, the following officials were elected: Daniel Barbaree ─ Superintendent, John Kitching ─ teacher of 1st class, Geo. Kitching ─ teacher of 2nd class, Edward Calvert ─ 3rd class, Miss Watt ─ 4th class, and Mrs. Simpson Senior and Mrs. Simpson Junior ─ 5th class.  On motion, it was decided that a new clock be purchased for the use of the church and school.


A Brampton cattle buyer has been in this neighbourhood, buying cattle.  Prices range from 4 t0 5 cents per pound live weight.


Miss E. J. Kitching has returned home from attending college at St. Thomas.


Some of the young men have, and others are starting to work at their new places, Wm. Ross at Geo. Kitching’s, Geo. Black for John McKenzie, and Wes Barbaree and Amy both go into Eramosa.  They have the best wishes of their friends.


Seed peas are selling at barns at from 75 to 80 cents per bushel.






Corwhin News

September 9th 1895.


The fine showers that we have had the last few days were very much needed here.  The pastures were getting quite dried up, but the rain will revive them for a while again, as well as turnips, corn, et cetera.  Water is very scarce, many wells having given out, and quite a number have to drive their cattle some distance to water.


Threshing will soon be finished; we have five steam machines in the neighbourhood, all anxious for work.  They are all good threshers, and as competition is the life of trade, some big work has been done.  On the farm of Mr. Charles Laing, Duncan Gillies threshed eleven hundred bushels of peas and oats in five hours, without any extra push.  Duncan does not go by spurts but is steady all the time and is never far behind in the end.


The spring crops are yielding better than was expected; the straw, of course, will be scarce but the grain is turning out well for the amount of straw, which will bring it up very near average.


Mr. John Kitching got a prize for fall wheat at the Guelph Seed Fair last week; he has had the honour of doing so for several years past.  Clean, pure seed of all kinds is best in the end even if you have to pay extra for it; this seems to be the neighbourhood to get it.


The farmers are pretty well on with their seeding; quite a number have sown.  Charles Laing sowed nine and one-fourth acres one afternoon last week.


John Campbell, a former resident here, is on a short visit to his brothers, Duncan and D. C. Campbell, after an absence of nineteen years in the Western States; he looks well.


Robert Trousdale was home and out for a drive on Sunday.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin News

October 1st 1895.


The corn is now disposed of and most of the farmers are busy lifting their potatoes, which are a good crop.  Fall ploughing will now be the general work.


There is some talk of getting up a township ploughing match this fall.  The success that attended the Patron ploughing match last fall leads them to think of a more extensive one this year.  These matches are a good thing as they prove a great incentive to make good ploughing at home.


Mr. John Hardie has the mason work for his new building completed and it is now ready for the framers.


Mr. James E. Laing is draining a large pond in his nursery which, when completed, will add much to the appearance and usefulness of the same.


We hear that Mr. H. R. Parker of this place has applied for the position of teacher at Arkell in place of Mr. Kilgour, who leaves shortly.


Reverend J. Little and family of Dornoch are visiting with Mrs. D. McFarlane this week.


Mr. Harper, from Aberfoyle, was visiting at Mr. Alex Fleming’s on Sunday.


The first sale of the season was that of Mr. Wilkinson’s farm stock and implements.  Most of the things were sold much too cheap.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin News

October 15th 1895.


The road leading past here from Nassagaweya was generally crowded in former years on a Puslinch show morning but this year not a hoof was to be seen.  We learn that they were not permitted to exhibit this year.  The reason is not very well known, but it is surmised that they have been taking home too many prizes with them.  If that is so, they have taken an effectual way to stop them, but it seems like a backward step in this advancing age.  We are sure that the feeling in the township at large would favour more social intercourse with our neighbours.


The Corwhin Ploughing Association has decided to open their second annual ploughing match to the townships of Puslinch and Nassagaweya.  It will probably be held about the first of November.  A large number and variety of prizes will be offered and no pains will be spared to induce a large number to compete.  Further notice regarding classes, rules, etcetera will be seen in the advertisement in another column.


Mr. John McFarlane and Mrs. Orr (spelling questionable) leave today for Thanksgiving in California.


Mr. James Hume, buttermaker, is again with his friends of the Tenth.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin Items

October 22nd 1895.

(from an occasional correspondent)


The patrons are talking of holding a plowing match in the near future.


Jno. Toppin left for his home in Parkdale this week.


In passing the Methodist Church, Arkell, a shower of stones greeted a load of our people on Sunday evening.  The attack was wholly unprovoked and without warning.  Such an exhibition of rowdy-ism is, we think, far from the classical and artistic spirit of the reputation won by the people of that church in your last issue.  Hence, we conclude that the stones were not thrown by the Methodist people.


H. R. Parker, of No. 10 School, Puslinch, did not apply for the position of teacher in Arkell School, as reported in our last issue of October 3rd.






Corwhin News

November 11th 1895.


The turnips are all gathered in now; they are a fairly good crop.


Constable Charles Campbell was called to do night duty at the home of Mr. R. Watt on Hallowe’en.  After passing the night in the rain, he was allowed to return home for breakfast without having had occasion to arrest anyone.  I hear of no mischief being done that night.


The plowing match that was arranged to take place on the farm of Mr. George Kitching on the 5th instant, (November 5th) was a great success.  The day being very fine, about two hundred visitors presented themselves.  Twenty-three ploughman took part in the contest and all the work was well done, part of it being very fine.  The ground however was in poor condition, being very dry and not sticking together to make a very pretty job, as it otherwise would.  The “Tenth” made a good showing, carrying away the first in three classes, also the sweepstakes and several other good prizes.


Mrs. A. Leslie has been laid up with a sore throat for about a week but has almost recovered now.  They intend, in about a month, to remove to a house in Valens, Beverly.


Mr. Duncan Campbell lost his valuable driving mare recently.  She gave up at Aberfoyle and was unable to get home.


Mr. John A. Cockburn has suffered severely for about three weeks with a sore arm, but we are glad to hear that it is improving.


The fine, steady rain of Friday and Saturday will do a great deal of good.  Water was becoming very scarce.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin News

Wednesday November 20th 1895.


Mr. John Moffat, Corwhin, agent for the Dominion Musical Instruments left on Wednesday for Omaha City to visit his uncle, Mr. Robert Laing, and other relatives and friends.  He will be absent for about two months.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin News

December 16th 1895.


In the report of the musical entertainment held in the No. 10 schoolhouse on the 6th instant, was omitted mention of the part taken by Mr. H. R. Parker, teacher, in the swinging of clubs.  It was easily seen that Mr. Parker is no novice at this exercise, as it was smoothly and gracefully performed, and was much appreciated by the audience.


The funeral of the late Freddie Dickson took place on Tuesday last, conducted by the Reverend Mr. Amy.  The remains were interred in the Eramosa Cemetery.


Several from around here took in the Provincial Fat Stock Show at Guelph last week.  They say it far surpasses all previous years.  Mr. John Kitching took some good prizes for his Berkshire pigs.


Mr. Chris Moffat, of Nebraska, is home on a visit to his mother, and old friends around here.  His adopted clime evidently agrees with him.


Mrs. Easton, of Simcoe, with her two daughters, is visiting several friends in this vicinity.


Misss Kate Menzies, of Port Elgin, is visiting at Mr. Wm. Kerr’s this week.


Mr. John A. Cockburn is confined to bed on account of a sore back.


There was a large attendance at the No. 10 schoolhouse on Sunday evening.  As Mr. Cockburn was unable to be present, Mr. Wm. Stratton led the meeting; it was done in a very able manner.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





In the Nassagaweya News

January 28th 1896.


The service at Ebenezer Church was withdrawn on Sunday evening, in order that the friends might attend the Sunday School Anniversary services at Corwhin, and hear Reverend Mr. Hough, of Guelph, a former pastor.






Corwhin News

February 24th 1896.


Miss M. M. Kerr, of Cumberland, England, is visiting at Mr. Wm. Kerr’s, of this place.


Miss Janet and Mr. Peter McKenzie leave today to return to their work.  Janet goes east to Rochester N.Y., while Peter goes west to Montana.


The sale of Mr. John C. Smith’s farm stock and implements came off last Tuesday.  The prices realized were fairly good in most cases.


Mr. Wm. Kerr, of this place, has bought the 200-acre farm of the late James Martin, of Badenoch.  The price, we hear, is somewhere near $7,000, which is considered a good price in these hard times.  We are sorry that Mr. Kerr and family will be leaving this neighbourhood, yet are pleased that they are going to such an excellent farm.


The annual tea meeting of the No. 10 Sabbath School was held on Friday evening last.  Notwithstanding the cold, there was a very large turnout, there being 185 present.  Reverend Wm. Robertson occupied the chair, and very ably fulfilled the duties of that position.  A quartet from the Knox Church, Guelph, was present, and well sustained their good reputation in the singing sacred song.  Mr. Glassford, pastor of Chalmers Church, Guelph, was also present and delivered an interesting and instructive address on Sunday School teachers and their work.  Messrs. P. McLaren, W. Stratton, H. Weatherston, D. Barbaree, and Wm. McCrae, also gave short, pithy addresses bearing principally on Sabbath School work.  Ethel and Lottie Ross each sang a solo, which was much appreciated.  Mr. H. R. Parker, teacher, gave an excellent exhibition of club swinging to the accompaniment of an auto-harp, played by Mr. P. Grieve, and two violins, played by Messrs. D. McKenzie and W. Grieve.  Miss C. McKenzie also sang a solo in her usual good style, while two recitations and three dialogues, given by the Sunday School scholars, completed what was a splendid literary programme, while six ladies and their partners served tea and an excellent lunch, in the middle of the proceedings, altogether making one of the most successful entertainments ever held in connection with the Sabbath School.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin News

March 9th 1896.


On account of the snow storm on Sunday, the side-roads were very badly drifted and required a good deal of shovelling this morning.


We are glad to see Peter Hume able to be with us again.  His welcome face has been missed by the community during his recent illness.


We hear that the following have received situations for the summer:  Mr. Peter Hume at Archibald McKenzie’s, Bruce Laing at Wm. Kerr’s, and Mike O’Nesto at Hector Gilchrist’s.  Wages are somewhat lower than last year.


Mr. Charles Laing left here early this morning, in high spirits, going in the direction of Acton.  He goes to see that the marriage knot is rightly tied between two friends.  We sincerely hope he may enjoy himself richly but that what he sees there may not prove infectious.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





The Corwhin News

July 7th 1896.


The Corwhin and Ebenezer Sunday Schools held a union picnic in Mr. Hugh Everleigh’s bush, last Tuesday afternoon.  The afternoon was spent in the usual picnic style.  A football match had been arranged between Moffat and Darbyville, but the Moffat team refused to play unless the Darbyville team played on its side, which, of course, would have made it a very one-sided affair.  However, a match was arranged between Corwhin and Darbyville, in which, Darbyville came out victorious.  Baseball was indulged in to some extent also.  The picnic broke up early to allow some to go to the garden party at the home of Mr. Marshall Holmes, Moffat.






Corwhin Ploughing Match

Thursday November 19th 1896.


The Corwhin ploughing match was held on Thursday November 5th on the farms of Messrs James and John Simpson, Nassagaweya, and Mr. John McKenzie, Puslinch.  The attendance was not so large as last year, no doubt on account of the threatening state of the weather, the mist being so dense that it was with great difficulty that the plowmen got their stakes set.  The crowd kept gathering until 2:00 o’clock when the rain came down so heavily that very few but the plowmen remained on the field.  However, about 3:30 o’clock the sun shone forth for the rest of the afternoon.  The spectators, who had taken refuge at Mr. Simpson’s, returned to see who were the prize winners.


The following is the prize list:

Class 1

---- Those who had taken prizes in previous matches, in sod----first by Tolton Bros., John W. Kerr, 2nd by Arris & Grieve, Arkell, George Jefferson; 3rd, Peter A. Hume; 4th, George Kitching.

Class 2

---Those who had never ploughed at a match before, in sod---1st, John Gould; 2nd, George Black

Class 3

---Between 18 and 21 years of age---1st, James Jefferson

Class 5

---All between 16 and 18 years of age, in stubble---Freeman Barbaree, Bruce Laing, Howard Day, J. Barbaree, A. Cusick---Billings

Class 6

--- under 16 years of age, in stubble---1st by Penfold Bros., J. Simpson; B. Findlay, W. Barbaree

Specials in class 1

---Best feering, by Mr. G. B. Morris, J. W. Kerr; finish by Mr. Peter Clark, Badenoch, J. W. Kerr

Specials in Class 2

---Best feering, John Gould; finish, by Mr. Ed. Taylor, Aberfoyle, George Black

Specials in Class 5

---Best feering, by Thornton & Douglas, Freeman Barbaree; finish, by Mr. W. Burgess, Freeman Barbaree

Specials in Class 6

---Best feering, Thornton & Douglas, B. Findlay; finish, Thornton & Douglas, W. Barbaree.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Social at School Section No. 10, Puslinch

November 21st 1896.


A very successful Sabbath School social was held in School Section No. 10, Puslinch, last evening, the school building being completely filled.  An excellent programme had been arranged by the officers, and a pleasant evening was spent.  The singing by the scholars, under Miss McKenzie’s leadership, was warmly appreciated.


A quartet from the choir of Knox Church, Guelph, ably sustained the reputation of the Royal City in the matter of well selected and well rendered musical numbers.  Violin and coronet duets from friends in the immediate vicinity gave variety to the entertainment.


Mr. John Strachan, of Rockwood, was a host in himself, and his popularity is not decreasing.  Addresses of a practical nature were delivered by Messrs. McLaren of Guelph, Barbaree of Corwhin, and Reverends Blair, Glassford, and Mathers.  Reverend William Robertson filled the chair in his usual happy manner.  Superintendent Cockburn, his officers and teachers are to be congratulated on the interest taken in their noble work.  During the evening, an excellent tea was provided by the ladies.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





The Corwhin News

January 6th 1897.


On Wednesday night, December 23rd, Mrs. Campbell, of the Corwhin Post Office, was awakened from her sleep by a noise, which she supposed came from the stable.  To satisfy herself, she got up to go out to the stable to see everything was all right, but she found that the object making the noise was just outside the door.  She returned and roused Mr. Campbell, to investigate.  He went out and found a man, that far gone with drink and cold as to be unable to call or knock at the door.  With the assistance of Mrs. Campbell, he was dragged to the lounge where he fell as limp as a rag.  With difficulty, his overcoat was got off.  Then they proceeded to take off his shoes, which were frozen to his socks.  When they succeeded in getting off his socks, they found his two large toes frozen hard and solid.  They worked at him for two hours before they got him restored to his normal condition.  The man had been in Guelph, and got intoxicated, and besides what he carried inside, was loaded with a pocket pistol outside.  The night was bitterly cold, in fact, one of the coldest that we have had this winter.  If Mrs. Campbell did not happen to hear the noise that he made falling on the platform at the door, he would likely have been frozen stiff in a short time.  The first basin of snow that she took in, he raised up, put his two hands into it, clutched almost the whole of it, pushed it into his mouth and ate it greedily.  In a few minutes more, he asked for water.  Mrs. Campbell brought him a dipperful, which held over a quart.  He literally poured it down.  In a few minutes more he asked for another one, and he did the same with it.  Shortly after, he asked for a third, but they only gave him half the quantity, which he also greedily drank.  He was sobered up in the morning, and promised amendment, but it only lasted four days, when he was at the old trade again, this time celebrating in Campbellville.


On December 30th, the residence of Neil Campbell was the scene of bustle and merriment, it being the occasion of the marriage of his daughter, Jessie, to Neil Campbell, of Lucknow.  The marriage ceremony was performed in their commodious dining room, which was draped with wreaths of evergreens, interlaced with roses.  The ceremony was performed by Reverend A. Blair, in the presence of only the immediate relations.  The bride was assisted by her cousin, Miss M. Doyle, and the groom, by his brother, Alex.  When the shades of night began to fall, the youth and beauty for miles around came pouring in, till their dwelling was full in almost every corner.  The dining room was cleared, and those wishing to engage in the pastime of tripping the light fantastic, to the enlivening strains of B. McQuillan’s violin, got the opportunity of doing so, and those who preferred a quieter amusement, engaged in games.  Still another apartment was dedicated to a young student, who made a considerable study of palmistry.  He amused and entertained quite a number of the fair sex, reading their hands.  They seemed to relish the sport as well as any of the others.  The wedding dinner was all that an epicure could desire.  The presents were numerous and useful.  The young couple are going to move to their new home.  The bride says that it takes a good deal of nerve today to get the license.  I think that the ladies would be capable of giving an intelligent vote, when they go through the ordeal of helping to get a marriage license.  May they live long and happily together.


Mr. Jacob Wright had a family reunion on Christmas, some of the family members coming all the way from Maple Creek, North West Territories, and some from Marine City, Michigan.  He had the proud satisfaction of having all of his family gathered together, once more, around the festive board.


Mr. John Laing had also a family reunion on Christmas Day, but was not so fortunate, as he has a daughter, a sick nurse, in Syracuse, who could not get home.


Mr. Kenneth McKenzie, of Corwhin, who made his home for seven years in the Northwest, has now come back to stay.  There is no place like home.


Mr. John Stevens, formerly of the Galt Biscuit and Confectionary Company, spent New Year’s at Corwhin.


Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Campbell, of Kincardine, and Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell, of Abbington, are guests of Mr. John Kitching.


Mr. George Kitching and his daughter went to Woodstock to spend New Year’s.   






“The Hills” of Puslinch ─ an explanatory note


In 1906, Mr. W. H. McKenzie undertook a very large literary task, a historical review of Wellington County, dating back to its settlement, which was published in segments in the Guelph Mercury newspaper over an extended period of time, and which has become a landmark historical work.  In his endeavour, Mr. McKenzie solicited and received contributions from many people who were particularly knowledgeable on specific sections of the county. 


In the Guelph Mercury newspaper for February 26th 1907, Mr. William Woods, of Rockwood, provided an invaluably unique perspective on Farnham Plains, and even more so, on an adjacent section of Puslinch Township that was known as “The Hills”.  “The Hills” residents participated substantially in the social life of both Arkell and Corwhin and were frequently and affectionately mentioned in the newspaper columns of both communities.  Mr. Woods’ sage commentary, strikingly well written, is as follows:


“About one mile from the village of Arkell, in a north-easterly direction, a ridge of elevated land crosses the 9th and 10th Concessions, which had acquired the name of “The Hills”, in contradistinction to the lower and more level land of the “Puslinch Plains”.  A short time after the settlement of “The Plains”, a small colony of hardy pioneers from the county of Northumberland and the neighbouring counties of Scotland settled upon “The Hills”.  Their names were Thomas Hume, Adam Hume, and William Hume, brothers, and Craistor Johnson, Duncan Gilchrist, Wm. Scott, Wm. Wakefield, and others, at a later date.


The natural features in this section must, of necessity, have called for greater physical exertions on the part of the settler than in its immediate neighbourhood.  In addition to the removal of the forest, there were large blocks of various kinds of stone scattered over its surface.  Inheriting the pugnacity and determination of the Briton, those obstacles were at length removed, and, at a later time, became valuable as material for the erection of their dwellings et cetera.  As a compensation for the extra labour in clearing, the soil proved to be rich and deep and excellent for wheat and other crops.


Thus, within the space of time allotted to man, has the face of nature been subdued, in accordance with the divine commandment laid upon man at the beginning.  All of these old pioneers have now passed away from the scene of their labours, and the place thereof knows them no more, and a younger generation is enjoying the fruits of their labour.  Such are the changing scenes of that which we call life.”






Puslinch Hills and Dales

June 29th 1897.


The concert at S.S. No. 10 was a grand success, although the attendance was not so large as it might have been, on account of wedding parties.  Dr. Stirton made a first class chairman.  Mr. Alex Stewart, druggist, gave an interesting address on “The Queen”.  Miss Weatherston, of Everton, brought down the house with her comical Scottish readings.


Mrs. Geo. L. Allen and Jessie, of Mount Forest, are visiting at the home of Alex Fleming.


Mr. Parker, teacher, spent a few days with Mr. Jelly, at Schaw, and thinks now that he can manage a wheel with any of the boys.


A large number from here attended the Jubilee service at Duff’s Church last Sunday.


John Smith, of Georgetown, visited his sister, Mrs. Wakefield, the past week.


Miss Eliza Murray has returned home from visiting her sister, Mrs. Stewart, of Clyde.


Mr. John Murray has his old house pulled down, which adds greatly to the appearance of the new one.


Mr. Malcolm Gilchrist, we are glad to report, is much better, the past week.


The boys have been troubling Bob Robinson, and Bob declares he will make them hump for it.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

July 2nd 1897.


After an illness of about 10 weeks, Malcolm Gilchrist passed peacefully away on Thursday, the 25th instant.  The funeral took place on Saturday, to Crown Cemetery.  The following were the pallbearers: R. J. McFarland, Stewart Hume, P. A. Hume, P. Hume, J. W. Kerr, and A. Fleming.


Mr. Murray is busy, pulling down his house.


Philip Castle is mastering the art of the bicycle.  Good boy, Phil.


Quite a number have gone from here to the Badenoch Sunday School convention.


Mrs. Geo. Allen, of Mount Forest, has left for Buffalo, after spending a few days with Mr. A. Fleming.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

July 16th 1987.


What about the weeds on our roads, are they to be left uncut this year?


Mr. Hector Gilchrist finished haying last Saturday.  He is never last with his work.


Mr. P. Cassin purchased from Wm. Roberts, of Eden Mills, a good farm horse, at a fair figure.


Mrs. Joseph Foster presented her husband, a few days ago, with a daughter.  Joe is a happy man.


The long looked for shower on Monday night was pleasing to the farmers here, as the crops were perishing with the drouth.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

September 7th 1897.


Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Robinson and family paid a visit to Mr. and Mrs. D. Atkinson.


Mr. Jno. Hume has returned after spending a few weeks with friends up north.


Farmers are busy sowing their fall wheat.  They rejoice over the fine weather after such a lingering harvest.


Mr. Andy McIntyre has again ploughed the big hill and expects to reap a bountiful harvest again.


Mr. Wm. Rae has erected a porch over his front door, with stone pillars, which presents a fine appearance.


Miss Christie McKenzie and Miss Janet Gilchrist have returned after spending a few days with friends in Flamboro.


Mrs. Jno. H. Keleher presented her husband with a young son the other day.  Welcome to the little stranger.


Mr. John Laing Senior has received word from the directors of Toronto Exhibition to be present to represent the Scottish clan.


Three years ago, one of our young men had the misfortune to get his arm broken from the ball.  This was not lesson enough.  The other day, our young Liberal again received another injury.


The Hills baseball club play the Aberfoyle Clippers on the 17th instant, at the “Harvest Home”, to be held on the exhibition grounds.  Billy Herbert, their twirler, is in good shape.  Look out for him and the southpaw catcher.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

September 17th 1897.


Miss Janet McKenzie, of Rochester, is home for vacation.


Mr. Alex Fleming Senior is away on a visit to his uncle at Woodstock.


Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Davidson are spending a few days with friends here.


Mrs. Kerr and Miss Lizzie Kerr, of Badenoch, paid a visit to the home of A. McIntyre.


Miss Maud Savage left this morning to attend the Whitby ladies’ college.


Miss Flo Lyons left this morning for London, to attend the Helmuth College.


Mr. Will Stratton spent a day in this neighbourhood, renewing old acquaintances.


Quite a number attended the prayer meeting on the 10th, Wednesday evening.


Ho! Ho! How did that bachelor, who has been chief cook for a week, like it?  Girl wanted!


Miss Mary Fleming has returned home, after spending a few days with friends at Blair.


Quite a number from here attended the Toronto Exhibition, and report having a good time.


Seeding is almost over, and the farmers are not sorry, as the weather has been very hot of late.


Mrs. Paul Ross, of Reaburn, Manitoba, is here on a trip to the home of her sister, Mrs. John Murray.


Mr. Jno. McFarlane, Mrs. Orr, and Gladys have left for home in California, after spending two months with friends here.


Sheep worrying is quite common in this section of late.  Geo. Lamb, commonly known as “Ann’s Geordie”, had five killed last Thursday night.






Corwhin Ploughing Match

November 5th 1897.


The ploughing match, open to Puslinch and Nassagaweya, took place on Friday, the 5th instant, at Corwhin, under very favourable auspices, on the farms of Messrs. McKenzie and McFarlane.  The weather was all that could be desired and the land in splendid condition.  There was a good attendance, including quite a number from Guelph.  Although the entries were not so numerous as might have been expected, the plowing in all classes was of superior quality, especially the boys, which had not only more entries than in the men’s class, but also they did their work in a manner reflecting great credit and which brought forth the highest praise from all present.  This is very gratifying as these boys are to be the men of the future and by this means made to look upon their occupation not as humdrum and commonplace but as one of the noblest and the best.  The result of the match is as follows:


Men’s class, No 1.

1st, George Kitchen, plow, Tolton No. 7;

2nd, Peter Hume, Verity 4a.

Men’s Class No. 2

1st, Wm. McPhee, Tolton No. 7; 2nd, Wm. Trousdale, Fleury No. 3; 3rd, George Black, Gowdy No. 4.

Boy’s Class No. 3

1st, F. Barbaree, Gowdy No. 21; 2nd, A. Kerr, Tolton No. 7; 3rd J. Barbaree, Fleury No. 21; 4th, W. Campbell, Goudy No. 7.

Boy’s Class No. 4

1st, A. Cockburn, Tolton No. 7; 2nd, W. Simpson, Goudy No. 21; 3rd, W. Barbaree, Fleury No. 21.

Boy’s Class No. 5

1st, George Carter, Tolton No. 4.


Special given for finish, Wm. McPhee; special for crown, George Kitchen;

Boy’s class, special for crown and finish, Freeman Barbaree



Messrs. Henry Iles, Peter McLean, and A. McQueen


The directors wish to thank the following gentlemen for contributing to the prize list: C. Kloepfer,  J. M. Bond, Thornton & Douglas, Burgess & Sons, G. B. Morris, G. A. Richardson, G. D. Pringle, Goudy Manufacturing Co., Walker Grieve, W. A. Clark, Penfold Bros., Neill the Shoe Man, B. W. Swazie, D. McKenzie of Corwhin, E. Taylor of Aberfoyle, J. Fritz of Morriston, C. McBeth of Aberfoyle.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Puslinch Hills and Dales

November 9th 1897.


Here we are again, not dead yet, as the worthies imagined, just though we’d take a little rest.


Mrs. David Hume (Mountain View Farm) has gone on a trip to Teeswater to visit her sister.


Mrs. Ross, of Manitoba, has returned from visiting friends in the northern counties.


Some farmers’ gates are shy of late.  Where is the doctor’s?


The Rines Bros., evangelists, have gone south, after some successful meetings in the church at Arkell.


The rains of late have made some dangerous holes on the roads; pathmasters should see to these before any accidents happen.


Stop!  Listen!  We hear a sound of wedding bells away down in the dales?  Oh yes, we hear ‘em, but they tingle very softly.


The ploughing match, held here last Friday, proved successful, although the entries were not as numerous as they might have been. 

Class No. 1, in sod:

1st ─ George Kitching, 2nd ─ Peter A. Hume.

Class No. 2, in sod:

1st ─ Wm. McPhee, 2nd ─ Wm. Trousdale, 3rd ─ Geo. Black.

Best fearing in field:

Geo. Kitching.

Best finish:

Wm. McPhee.


Best ploughing in field ─ Wm. McPhee.

Class No. 1, in stubble.

Boys between 16 and 18 years: 1st ─ Freeman Barbaree, 2nd ─ Andrew Kerr, 3rd ─ Barbaree.

Class No. 2, in stubble:

Boys between 14 and 16 years: 1st ─ Cockburn, 2nd ─ Simpson, 3rd ─ Barbaree.

Class No. 3, in stubble:

Under 14 years: 1st ─ Gus Carter.


The South Paw catcher is working with some farmers further south, and is looking pretty well on bachelor cooking.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

December 21st 1897.


Messrs. John Cockburn, D. McKenzie, and Miss McKenzie attended the Elora Sunday School convention last week.


Mr. Ed. Kingsbury has returned from Eaton, after spending a week with friends there.


Master Geo. Murray has gone to Clyde for a vacation.


The much talked about bike has found its home on the hills.


Grain crushers have been going their rounds again.  They are very numerous, one running at Catfish Lake, by P. McLeod.


Mr. Rea and John Murray had a pleasant trip to Clyde recently, visiting the latter’s son-in-law, Mr. Alex Stewart.


Miss Annie Gilchrist was visiting at Ponsonby recently.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

January 11th 1898.


A number from here attended the I.O.F. concert, at Aberfoyle, last Friday night, and report a pleasant time.  They also report the hop as being successful.


Peter Beattie, of Ponsonby, spent a night with Hector Gilchrist, last week.


Wilson Hume, Toronto, is visiting his uncle, Jas. Hume.


Mr. T. Cassin has returned home after spending a few years in Uncle Sam’s domain.


The reports are that the surprise party at A. Fleming’s was a success.


Many are looking forward to the annual baseball supper, which promises one of the best in its history.


Another tinkle of wedding bells is heard here.


Miss Annie Gilchrist is spending a few days with friends on the 3rd Concession.


A sleigh load from here spent a pleasant time at Marden on New Year’s eve.


Messrs. James and Joseph Hume, of Everton, are spending their holidays with friends here.


Mrs. Cassin, who fell and was seriously hurt, is somewhat better.


Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved widow and family of the late Robert Dunn.






Corwhin News

Thursday January 13th 1898.


Tea Meeting at Corwhin


The anniversary tea meeting of the Corwhin Methodist Church took place on January 5th and was a great success.  The sleighing being good and the weather mild made it so that a great many turned out to this pleasant gathering. 


The chair was occupied by Mr. John Marshall of Nassagaweya, who ably filled the position.  The services of the Acton orchestra were very much appreciated and their selections suited very well for the occasion.  The first part of the programme was furnished by the S.S. (School Section) scholars and consisted of singing, recitations, and dialogues, and those present could not fail to admire the way in which the little people did their part. 


Refreshments were then served, after which Mr. H. P. Moore of Acton gave an excellent, illustrated address to the children, dwelling principally on a summary of the book of Acts.  Professor Dean of the O.A.C. then gave an address on “Success in Life” which held out many good points to young people.  Reverend George R. Kitching of North Bay also spoke and gave a solo entitled “There is Glory in My Soul”, which was much uplifting.  Reverend Dr. Scanlon spoke briefly in his lively way, using some of his drawings to make his thought easy to remember.  The tired hearers then returned home, having much enjoyed the good things of Corwhin.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Puslinch Hills and Dales

February 1st 1898.


Mr. D. McKenzie has purchased a fine driving team of horses, and will start on his farm in the spring, but not single-handed, we hope.


Mr. William Stratton took charge of the meeting at S.S. No. 10, in the absence of Mr. Cockburn, and handled the lesson well.


The Ayton butter makers left for home a few days ago, after spending a thre weeks’ sporting tour here.


Miss Maggie Murray, of Rochester, has gone back to perform her duties as nurse, after spending two weeks with her parents here.


Mrs. A. Stewart, of Clyde, paid a flying visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Murray.


Mr. A. Fleming and Mr. Mike Onesto have returned from Chicago.  Mr. F. is full of stories after seeing so many sights there.  Where is the cap, Sandy?


Mr. Ed Kingsbury has returned after spending a couple of weeks with friends in Toronto.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

February 15th 1898.


Mr. A. Fleming had a very successful bee, cutting wood, the other day.  In the evening, young Sandy entertained the young people from here and Little Ireland to a social dance, which was enjoyed very much.


A sleigh load from around here spent a very pleasant evening at the residence of Mr. James Starkey, of Arkell, one night last week.


Mr. Peter Smith, of the Royal City, is visiting friends and acquaintances in this neighbourhood.  Peter looks quite bright after his serious illness.


Oh ho!  One of the fair sex is about to leave us.  What will the poor boys do?


Our south paw catcher is travelling north now.  How do you like him, doctor?


Quite a number from here attended the Sunday School convention, held in Duff’s Church, and report spending a profitable evening, listening to some able discourses.


The ice harvest is about completed around here.


Mr. and Mrs. George Dixon, of Hamilton, have been visiting friends in Guelph and around here.  They left for home on Friday.


Miss Maggie Little is visiting at the home of Mr. Gilchrist.


Vote for Mr. Anderson, the Independent candidate.






Puslinch Hills and Dales

February 18th 1898.


Mr. Thos. Carter, who recently bought and moved onto the old Petty farm, Puslinch, gave a house warming to his friends on Monday evening.  Two loads from the city drove out, while the neighbours increased the number to over sixty.  Altogether, an enjoyable time was spent.






The Puslinch Hills and Dales

February 22nd 1898.


Mrs. Henry Keleher held an “At Home” on Wednesday evening, with the usual characteristic success.


Mr. Wm. Alderson, who was so seriously injured by one of his thoroughbred steeds, is, we are glad to know, improving.


Mrs. Swarton, of Michigan, is visiting her father, David Hume.


Mr. Anderson has been through here.  He will have the entire support of the people of this section.


Mr. A. Fleming’s wood bee was a pronounced success.  About 20 young stalwart hills boys made it interesting for the woods, as well as for the cooks.  They were most royally entertained in the evening, Mr. Fleming having invited about 50 of the young people from this section, while a large sleigh load from Downey’s schoolhouse swelled the throng.  Mr. Jos. Foster’s step dancing was much admired, while Messrs. Quirk and Shaw furnished the vocal music.  Where was the reform bachelor?






Puslinch Hills and Dales

March 15th 1898.


A load of young folks went from here to the farewell dance given by Mr. Shaw.  They were chaperoned by Mr. Andy McIntyre.


Mr. Thos. Cassin leaves for Chicago today to take charge of the training stables at Custer Park stock farm.


Mr. Duncan McKenzie is moving onto the Greenhouse farm.  Girls are at a premium here now, Duncan.


The members of the Puslinch Agricultural Society are to be congratulated on their successful lobbying, as the members of the township council, individually, claim to have been opposed to the recent grant voted by them to that society.  Have we been treated to a dose of municipal boodelism (possibly boodle-ism)?






In the Guelph News

March 15th 1898.


Reverend Wm. Savage, who has been confined to the house with a severe cold for a couple of days, was down town on Monday.  Last Wednesday, he lectured to a large audience at Arkell, and on Friday, he lectured at Corwhin, in aid of the new mission church at that place.  The event was most successful. 






The News of Corwhin

April 4th 1898.


Mrs. R. Dunn, of the 10th Concession, has moved into Mr. George Amos’s house, near Moffat.  Messrs. Jas. Black, Charles C. Richardson, and C. Laing turned out with their teams to assist in the moving.


A very successful wood bee took place at the farm of Mr. Archie Black, on the 30th of March, which wound up the wood bees for the season.


Mr. James Black, of the 10th Concession, has a very prolific ewe, which gave birth to four lambs recently.


The Corwhin prophet is prophesying a cold, backward spring this year.


Messrs. W. Trudal and son lost a fine horse on the 30th of March.  At this time of the year, the loss is badly felt.


March came in like a lamb and continued the same all the way through the month.  Old residents say that it was the finest March that we have had for 35 years.  In the year 1863, the farmers were through seeding in March.  They have not started seeding yet this year.






Corwhin News

May 2nd 1898.


Christopher Moffat is home again.  He has been away in British Columbia the past five years.  He arrived on Saturday night and was welcomed home by his many friends.


Miss E. Laing is taking a trip to Milton for a few days.


Mr. Amy Barberree occupied the pulpit of the Methodist Church on Sunday night in the absence of Reverend Dr. Scanlon.  His discourse was an able one and much appreciated.


Mr. C. Wetheral was the guest of Mr. John Hardy on Sunday night.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Corwhin News

June 13th 1898.


A Mission band was organized in the Methodist Church last Sunday evening.  The following officers were elected:

Secretary: Miss L. Fielding

Treasurer: Mrs. G. Kitching

Herald: Mr. J. Wright


Miss M. C. Laing, late of Syracuse, intends to reside in Guelph in the future.


We are pleased to hear that Mr. M. Onesto is improving.


A heavy thunderstorm passed over this place last Sunday afternoon.  Mr. J. Foster’s barn was struck by lightning and slightly damaged.


A few intend taking in the garden party at J. Starkey’s, Arkell  on the 16th instant.


Mr. C. Laing has returned home from a visit to friends in Acton, Milton, Palmero, and Nelson.


Fall wheat and hay have all appearance of a good crop.


Rumours of picnics in the near future.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Corwhin News

June 21st 1898.


Mr. J. Jefferson is home from Port William for a month or two.


Mr. and Mrs. Meddow are the guests of Mr. G. Kitching  for a few days.


Quarterly review of the Sunday school lessons in the Methodist Church next Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock.


The Epworth League was re-organized on the 15th of June, the following officers being elected.

Honorary President—Reverend R. W. Scanlon P.H.D.

President---William Ross

1st Vice President---Ida Kitching

2nd Vice President---Emily Kitching

3rd Vice President---Mrs. J. Wright

4th Vice President---George Kitching

Secretary---Lulu Calvert

Treasurer---Joseph Wright

Meetings, every Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock.


Reverend R. W. Scanlon gave a very able discourse from Ephesians, 6th chapter, 11th and 12th verses, in the Methodist Church last Sunday.


A number from the tenth went to hear Mr. McPherson of Acton preach in Duff’s Church, Morriston, last Sunday evening.


A number attended the Farmer’s Institute picnic at the Model Farm on the 17th.


A goodly number from around here were at the garden party at Arkell, on the 16th, and enjoyed themselves very much.


A number intend taking in the Halton picnic at the Model Farm on the 25th instant.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Corwhin News

June 27th 1898.


A large number attended the quarterly review in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening, Mr. John Marshall of Ebenezer being the reviewer.


Mr. J. H. Loughead, of Lion’s Head, and Mr. C. Johnston, of Minto, were the guests of Miss M. Laing of Eden Mills, and Mr. J. Laing, of Corwhin, on the 24th and they also paid a flying visit to Dr. Laing, Arkell, on the 25th.  They report good crops up north.


Farmers will be busy with the haying this week as the harvest will soon be here.


Miss G. Ross, of this place, was the guest of her sister, Mary, of Guelph, on Sunday.


 Mr. and Mrs. Trousdale were the guests of their daughter, Mrs. W. Martin, of Badenoch, on Sunday.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Corwhin News

August 1st 1898.


We are pleased to see Miss Janet McKenzie, who is a nurse in a hospital in Rochester, home for her vacation.


Miss Grace Ross left last Saturday for the home of her uncle in Bruce County.


Mr. N. McEachern, our domino, has returned from a trip to Grimsby Park, Niagara Falls, and other places.


Quarterly meeting will be held in Corwhin Church next Sunday at 10:30 a.m..


Mr. C. Weatherall was the guest of Mr. J. Hardie, of No. 10, on Sunday last.


We are pleased to hear that Mrs. Geo. Kitching is improving and will be able to be home from the Guelph hospital in a few days.


Mr. W. Herbet got his hand cut while feeding at the Reverend R. Watt’s threshing on Saturday.


Mr. J. Scramb, of Campbellville, in the employ of D. Gillies, had his hand badly cut while feeding at Jno. McKenzie’s threshing on Saturday.


Mr. M. Smith, of the Scotch Block, was visiting around Corwhin on Sunday.


Miss M. Wakefield, of the Royal City, was visiting at the home of Mr. P. McLean on Sunday.


A few took in the excursion to the Falls on the 1st.


We had a fine shower on Friday last, which was greatly needed.


Farmers are all busy with their harvest, and are all in a hurry to thresh.  Fall wheat averages 30, and oats 40, bushels to the acre.  Peas are an excellent crop, notwithstanding the heavy frost that we had a few weeks ago.  A few intend to be through harvest this week, if it keeps dry.






Corwhin News

August 16th 1898.


Reverend Dr. Scanlon will give an illustrated lecture on temperance on the 18th of August, so come along, for we would like to see a full house.  It will be held in Corwhin church.  The meeting will commence at 8 o’clock sharp.


The following left for Manitoba on Tuesday: Robert Black for Brandon, Peter Campbell for Douglas, Duncan Ross for Shoal Lake, Fred Foley and Bruce Laing for Morden.  All start from Corwhin on the 16th of August.  We wish them a safe journey, hoping that they get lots of work.


A number of the farmers are preparing the ground for the fall seeding.


Mr. Stephenson, of Toronto, gave a very interesting lecture here on the “Forward Movement”, on the 14th instant.  Mrs. Scanlon presided over the gathering, which opened with the usual devotional exercises.  During the meeting, Messrs. Kitching gave a duet, “Be Ye Kind to One Another”.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Corwhin Ploughing Match

November 24th 1898.


The fifth annual ploughing match was held on the farm of Mr. David Gordon, of Arkell, on Tuesday, the 8th instant.  The weather being all that could be desired, there was a good attendance to see the various ploughmen contesting for first place on the list.  Thirteen ploughmen took the field, seven in the sod and six in the stubble.  There were two classes without any ploughmen, viz., the green class in sod and those under 12 years of age in stubble.  The following is the prize list:


Class 1, all over 21 years of age, in sod.

John W. Kerr, George Jefferson, Don Hanning, William McPhee.

Class 2, between 18 and 21 years of age, in sod.

John McPhee, John Burdon, Albert Cusick.

Class 1, under 18 years of age, in stubble.

D. McEdwards, G. Bell.

Class 2, under 16 years of age, in stubble.

Gus Carter, Len Barbaree, R. McRobbie.

Class 3, under 14 years of age, in stubble.

Duncan Holmes.

Specials in sod

Sweepstakes and feering ─ J. W. Kerr, Finish ─ J. McPhee.

Specials in stubble:

Sweepstakes and feering ─ Gus Carter, Finish ─ D. McEdwards.

Best outfit:

George Jefferson

Judges on ploughing:

John McQueen, of Acton, Christopher McBeath, of Aberfoyle, and Hugh McIntyre, of Crieff.

Judges on best outfit:

John Kitching, of Corwhin, and George Simpson, of Nassagaweya.


The directors would tender their thanks to the following parties for their liberal subscriptions to the prize list, also to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon for the very liberal manner in which they treated those present: J. M. Bond, Tolton Bros., Gowdy Mfg. Co., J. M. Duff, Bank of Commerce, Chris Kloepfer, M.P., Jas. Goldie, G. D. Pringle, Lillie and Hadden, Burgess & Son, R. Neill, Alex Stewart, chemist, W. H. Millman, S. & G. Penfold, B. W. Swayze, G. A. Richardson, P. F. Maddock, chemist, Duncan Gillies, J. S. Cardy, Geo. J. Thorp, G. B. Morris, H. Weatherston, M. McMillan, J. McCaughan, Levi Elsley, Wallace Grieve, James mason, Peter Iles, Chris McBeath, Geo. Kitching, Peter McLaren, J. A. Cockburn, McIntosh & Galbraith, and the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Corwhin Ploughmen

November 13th 1902.

Successful Match Held in Puslinch on Friday


One of the most successful matches held by the Corwhin Plowing Match Association, open to the townships of Puslinch and Nassagaweya, was held on Friday, the 7th of November, on the farms of Messrs. Geo. Lamb and Jno. Philips, lots 11 and 12, concession 11, Puslinch.


The weather being all that could be desired, the attendance was large, fully two hundred and fifty being present, including a number of the fair sex, also some visitors from the Royal City.


The competition in the various classes was keen, especially in Class No. 1, in sod, where Mr. Albert Cusic, Moffat, carried off the prize.


The prize list is as follows:

Classes in Sod


Class No. 1

Albert Cusic, Percival plow

John McPhee, Cockshut

Geo. Lewis, Cockshut



Class No. 2

Percy Kitching, Percival plow

Lorne Kitching, Percival

W. Simpson, Cockshut



Class No. 3

Peter Lamb, Percival plow

W. J. McLennan, Percival

Geo. Bell, Frost & Wood



Best finish in sod

John McPhee

Best feering in sod

Albert Cusic

Sweepstakes in sod

Albert Cusic

Best ploughing done by Percival plough in sod


A. Cusic

Best ploughed land in Class No. 3 in sod


Peter Lamb



Classes in Stubble


Class No. 1

Benny Taylor, Percival plough

Joseph Moore, Percival

Alex. Hume, Percival



Class No. 2

Murdock Wakefield, Gowdy No. 7

Geo. Stevens, Wilkinson No. 7



Class No. 3

Wm. Gilbertson, Fleury No. 2

Best ploughing by youngest boy in Class No. 3


Wm. Gilbertson

Best feering in stubble

Benny Taylor

Best finish in stubble

Murdock Wakefield

Sweepstakes in stubble

Benny Taylor



The directors wish to thank all parties who subscribed to the prize list, also Messrs. Lamb and Philips for their hospitality to those present.  The judges were Mr. William Dickinson, Eramosa, and Mr. Peter Iles, Arkell.




from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Corwhin

October 16th 1909.




Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wright, of Corwhin,

made recipients of valuable gifts, prior to leaving the district.


On September 28th, between 70 and 80 of the friends and neighbours of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wright assembled at their home to present them with a tangible token of their esteem.  The first part of the evening was spent by the younger members of the party in games and music, the elder members, in congenial conversation.  The host and hostess were then called to the dining room, where Mr. W. Barbaree read an address and Mr. J. Gilbertson and Mr. D. H. Taylor presented Mr. Wright with a handsome secretary and Mrs. Wright with a valuable china tea set, including silver sugar bowl and tea pot.  Mr. Wright feelingly replied on behalf of himself and his wife, and cordially invited those present to visit him in his new home.  He is leaving his old home, having purchased another farm, west of London.  Speeches were then made by several of those present, expressing regret at his removal from the vicinity.  Scotch songs were given by Master John Dick, and Mr. Gilbertson gave a couple of Scotch recitations.  Mr. Wright will be much missed in the Methodist Church, as he was choir leader for some time.  The address was as follows:


To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wright:

We, your friends and neighbours, have assembled  here tonight to ask you to partake of our hospitality, as you have often had us partake of yours.  On learning that you are about to leave our neighbourhood, we think that it is only right that we should show you in some tangible manner our appreciation of you and your amiable partner.  We ask you, Mr. Wright, to accept this secretary, and you, Mrs. Wright, this tea set and sugar bowl, and when you look at them, when separated from us, they may remind you of the friends left behind, and may the God of all love guide and protect you through the remaining journey of life and at last bring us all safe to the haven of rest.








The Corwhin News

June 28th 1910.


The annual picnic and lawn social of S.S. No. 10 was held at the home of Mr. D. Ross last Friday afternoon and evening.  A good programme was furnished by the following: Duets by Miss Ella Richardson and Mr. Len Shepherd, chorus by Mr. and Mrs. Robt. McFarlane, Miss McKenzie, Miss Richardson, Mr. J. and R. Murray, Mr. L. Shepherd, and Mr. J. Hones (?), recitations by Jessie Richardson and Viola Campbell, instrumental music by Miss Jean and Kennie Jones, Miss Jean and D. Hume, Miss McKenzie and Mrs. W. Stalabrass.  A very enjoyable time was spent by all.


Miss Janet and Christina McKenzie leave for a trip to the West today.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Corwhin News

March 9th 1912.


Mr. Pete Richardson left Monday for Regina Saskatchewan.  A number of the young people assembled at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Richardson, Friday evening, and spent a very pleasant time.  The usual games, music, lunch, etcetera were indulged in.  Pete carries with him the good wishes of all in this section who wish him success in the west.


Bon voyage to Mr. John Hands who will sail from Saint John’s N.B., on Friday March 8th, for his home in Glasgow, Scotland.


Miss E. Cameron spent the weekend with friends in Arkell.


Miss Jean Richardson, of the Homewood Sanatorium nursing staff, paid a flying visit to her home on Friday.


Mr. C. Laing intends a new stone house, which when completed will be one of the finest in the section.






The News from Corwhin

April 16th 1912.


Mr. C. G. Little received a very painful injury on Saturday, while taking a cultivator to Guelph, getting his hand badly crushed.  It is hoped that he will soon be able to resume his duties again.


Word was received here last week of the death of Mrs. Charlotte Monroe.  Deceased was well known here, having lived with the late Duncan Campbell, about twenty years ago.  The remains were interred in Acton Cemetery.


D. C. Campbell, the new Postmaster, has secured the agencies of the C.P.R. and Dominion Express companies here.  He intends holding a sale in May, and will devote his time to his new position.


Mrs. J. Atkinson and her daughter left here last week for Toronto.


D. C. Ross has taken up the shipping of stock at this point, lately carried on by D. C. Campbell.


The farmers are busy at the spring work.  Some are going to sow on Tuesday.


William Trousdale lost a valuable sow last week, with paralysis.


Myrtle Campbell has returned from Harriston, having attended the wedding of her cousin, Charles Johnston, youngest son of James Johnston, of that place.


W. C. Laing is preparing to build a new stone house this summer.  It will be up-to-date, with all of the necessary conveniences in it.  Edward Mason will do the mason work, and George Rodgers, the carpenter work.


Mr. Ben Taylor has gone to Guelph Junction as night watchman there.






Corwhin News

August 19th 1912.


Mr. A. Gillies was taken to Guelph General Hospital on Sunday morning to undergo an operation for appendicitis.  His many friends are pleased to hear that he is doing as well as can be expected.


Miss Ella and Mr. Will Moffat, of Brantford, have returned home after paying a visit to their grandmother, Mrs. John Kitching.


Mr. A. D. Hart and family of Cincinnati, Ohio, also Mr. George Laing and Miss Ivy and Mr. Gordon  spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Campbell.


Miss Nellie Hume, of Arkell, left here yesterday to visit her brother at Oak River, Manitoba.


Chalmers Church choir spent an enjoyable time at Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Little’s on Thursday afternoon and evening.  Games, music, etcetera were the order of the evening.


Miss Matches, of Hamilton, is the guest of Miss C. McKenzie, “Ardenrein”.






The News from Corwhin

September 10th 1912.


Mr. and Mrs. Little, of Seattle, are visiting at her brother’s, Mr. Chris Little.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sweeney and family left here on Saturday evening to visit her mother, at London.


Wedding bells will soon be heard in Corwhin.


Quite a number of the farmers around here have finished their harvest.


Mr. John Barbaree left here on Saturday night to attend the college at Belleville.


Mr. Robinson, of Guelph, gave a very interesting address on missions, at the Corwhin Methodist Church, last Sunday evening.


Mrs. H. Laing left here on Wednesday evening, for Waterdown.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News of Corwhin

September 25th 1912.


Mrs. Albert McKay and son, of Agincourt, spent a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Little, last week.


Miss Jean Richardson is spending a couple of weeks of holidays at her home here.


Quite a number in this vicinity took in the Guelph show last week.


Mr. James McRobbie found a potato in his garden weighing over two pounds.


Miss Myrtle Campbell spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Laing, of Arkell.


Miss E. Cameron spent the weekend with her parents at Waterdown.


Mr. D. C. Ross and Mr. Armstrong, of Guelph, are shipping hogs today.


Puslinch Show will be held at Aberfoyle Town Hall on the 1st of October.  Everybody come and enjoy yourselves.






The Corwhin News

October 12th 1912.


Miss  Florence Boles, of Arkell, and Miss Cassie McLean, of Badenoch, spent Sunday with Miss E. Campbell.


Mrs. Charles Richardson has returned home after a two month visit at her daughter’s, Mrs. Elias Kitching, in Lacombe Alberta.


 The funeral of the late Joseph Calvert took place last Tuesday from his home at Corwhin, to the Ebenezer Cemetery.


Miss Jean Richardson spent a flying visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richardson, yesterday.


Mrs. Elias Kitching and daughter, Helen, of Lacombe, Alberta, are visiting at her home here.






The News from Corwhin

October 30th 1912.


Mr. Gilbert McRobbie spent Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. William Stallibrass.


Miss E. Cameron spent the weekend with her parents, at Waterdown.


Miss Alice O’Brien, of Toronto, was the guest of Miss Erie Campbell over the holiday.


Mrs. William Kitching, of Preston, and Miss Ella Moffatt, of Brantford, are the guests of Mrs. John Kitching.


Mrs. John Laing spent the holiday with cousins at Brantford.


Mr. G. Thorp shipped two carloads of turnips last week.


Miss Annie Richardson spent the weekend in Guelph with her cousin, Miss Eva McGibbon.


Mr. James McRobbie left here, on Friday, for Port Elgin.


Mr. and Mrs. Matches, of Hamilton, spent a few days with Miss Christie McKenzie.


Mr. Percy Kitching was married to Miss Ella Johnston, of Malton, last Wednesday.  Congratulations!






The News from Corwhin

November 19th 1912.


Mrs. Chris Little returned home on Monday night after visiting her daughter at Agincourt and attending the Women’s Institute meeting, held in Toronto last week.


Mr. Leslie Thompson is the guest of Mr. J. W. Barbaree.


The farmers are holding turnips here this week.


Mr. James Laing has returned home from visiting his son, Mr. John Laing, at Toronto.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Corwhin

December 18th 1912.


Mrs. Anderson and daughter, Lizzie, of Manitoba, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. David Taylor.


Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney, of Longwood, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. Sweeney, last week.


There was a large crowd took in the Fat Stock Show in Guelph last week.


Mr. Robert Atkinson, of Pense, Saskatchewan, is visiting at Mr. and Mrs. James Harmer, of Aberfoyle.


Mrs. Brown and son, Wesley, returned home to Winona, after spending a week with friends here.


Miss Belle McKenzie, of Campbellville, is the guest of Miss C. McKenzie.


Miss Isabel Campbell, of Port Elgin, has returned home after spending a few days with friends here.


The social, which was held in the schoolhouse last Friday evening, was very successful.  Mr. Ireland and Miss Broadfoot, of Guelph, Mr. Elliott, of Campbellville, and Miss C. McKenzie, of Corwhin, gave some excellent music.






The News from Corwhin

January 15th 1913.


Mrs. John Kitching and Mr. and Mrs. Elias Kitching and daughter are leaving this afternoon to visit friends in Hagersville.



Mrs. James Harmer, Mr. Bob Atkinson, and Mr. Chris McLaren and son left here to spend a few days with friends in Galt.


Miss Mattie Calvert spent the weekend with friends in Guelph.


Mr. Dalton, of Grimsby, shipped a couple of carloads of hogs from here last week.


Mr. and Mrs. A. McKay and son returned home to Agincourt after spending a visit with her mother, Mrs. Chris Little, here.


Miss McDonald, of Guelph, spent a few days with Miss Christina McKenzie last week.


Mr. Peter Richardson is taking the two weeks course at the O.A.C., at Guelph.






The News from Corwhin

April 23rd 1913.


The shower of rain, which passed over this part last night, was much needed, and has freshened things up again.


Mr. Johnston, of Michigan, spent a short time with his niece, Mrs. P. Kitching.


Mrs. Wm. Trousdale Junior left last week for Toronto to visit her sister, Mrs. Leader, who is ill.


Mrs. Elias Kitching spent a few days with Mrs. Thomas Ellison, of Moffat.


Messrs. James Armstrong and Jas. Mason are shipping hogs here today.


Mrs. H. Laing returned home on Monday evening after spending a few weeks with her daughter, Mrs. John Boles, of Eramosa.


The farmers are all busy with their spring seeding.


Miss Jean Richardson spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richardson.






The Corwhin News

April 30th 1913.


The farmers around here are pretty near finished with their seeding.


Mrs. Thomas Milson spent the weekend with friends at Campbellville.


The Sunday School at S. S. No. 10 opened last Sunday, there being quite a number out, although it was a ___ day.


Mr. John Barbaree spent a few days with friends here this wee.


Mrs. John Kitching left on Saturday to visit her daughter, Mrs. H. ____ (possibly Caldwell), at Hagersville.






The News from Corwhin

May 14th 1913.


Miss Annie Shields spent the weekend with Miss Christie McKenzie.


A sad accident happened yesterday afternoon when Mr. Alex McKinnon was hauling out manure, when his home-boy fell off the wagon and was picked up unconscious, and died shortly afterwards.


Miss Christie McKenzie left here yesterday for a visit with her brother, Mr. Alex McKenzie, of Flamboro.


Mr. and Mrs. Robertson were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. Pinkney, yesterday.


Miss Bertha Barbaree spent the weekend with friends in Guelph.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Corwhin

July 30th 1913.


Miss Ivy Laing, of Toronto, returned to her summer home in Milton after visiting with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Campbell, here.


Miss Alice O, Brien, of Toronto, is visiting with Miss Annie Richardson, during Old Home Week.


Mr. James Armstrong, of Guelph, and Mr. James Mason, of Aberfoyle, are shipping stock today.


Miss Behama Watson, of Hamilton, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McFarlane.


Mrs. Eric Campbell spent the weekend in Milton.






The Corwhin News

August 13th 1913.


Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Barbaree spent the weekend in Guelph with friends.


Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cockburn left here last evening for Halkirk, Alberta.


Miss Tena McKenzie, of Flamboro, spent a few days with her sister, Mrs. John Pinkney.


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Smith and son, Douglas, also Mrs. George Laing and daughter, Ivy, of Toronto, were visiting relatives here, over the weekend.


Miss Annie Clark, of Guelph, was the guest of Mr. John McKenzie, last week.


Miss Barclay is visiting with her sister, Mrs. William Stallibrass, this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Byford, of Guelph, are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Little.


The carpenters of the C.P.R. are busy building a new station here.


Miss Euphemia Laing, of Acton, is visiting relatives here.






The News of Corwhin

August 19th 1913.


Misses Bessie and Ethel Johnston and also Miss Ruth Cheyne, of Malton, returned home last week, after visiting with Mrs. Percy Kitching.


Miss Christiana McKenzie returned home last week, after visiting her sister in Rochester, New York.


Mrs. Bott, of Guelph, spent a few days with her sister, Mrs. Daniel Barbaree, last week.


Mr. James Armstrong, of Guelph, and Mr. James Mason, of Aberfoyle, are shipping stock here today.


Misses Lena and Ella Moffat, of Brantford, are visiting with their grandmother, Mrs. John Kitching, this week.


Misses Mary and Doris Hume, of Milton, are the guests of Miss Christina McKenzie.


Mr. Herbert Elliott, of Toronto, is visiting with Mr. Chas Laing, this week.


Mrs. Walker and daughter, of Paris, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Barbaree.


Miss Viola Campbell spent a few days with her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. William Prettie, of Arkell.


Mrs. Dr. Breckon, of Caledonia, Michigan, is visiting with her brother, Mr. Edward Calvert.


Miss Erie Campbell is visiting with friends in Rockwood, this week.


Mrs. James Kitchen and son spent a few days with friends in Waterdown, last week.


Mr. Geo. Leadley and lady, of Guelph, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Calvert.






The News of Corwhin

August 27th 1913.


The threshing is nearly completed in this neighbourhood.


Messrs. Donald and Peter McLean left here, last Friday, for the West.


Mr. and Mrs. Porter, of Guelph, and Mrs. Mickle and daughter, of Esquesing, spent Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall.


Reverend Mr. Caldwell and daughter, Elizabeth, of Hagersville, are visiting at “Pine Grove Farm”.


Mrs. Charles Little left here for her home, on Saturday last, after visiting her brother, Mr. Chris Little.


Reverend Mr. and Mrs. John Little and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Chris Little.


Miss Aggie Simpson left for Regina last Monday to visit her uncle, Mr. Robert Simpson.


 Mr. James and Bella Cameron, also Mrs. Cockburn, of Waterdown, and Mrs. Pinkham, of Brantford, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Pinkney.


Dr. Cameron and bride, of Pennsylvania, were guests at “Ardenrein” last week.






The News from Corwhin

September 10th 1913.


Mrs. John Kitching is visiting with her son, Mr. William Kitching, of Preston.


Mr. James Armstrong, of Guelph, and Mr. James Mason, of Aberfoyle, are shopping stock today.


Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, of Grimsby, and Mrs. Howard, of Toronto, are visiting at Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Barbaree’s for a few days.


Miss Lillie Hume, of Winona, spent a few days with her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Campbell, last week.


There will be a service held at the Corwhin Methodist Church on Sunday evening a t 7:30 p.m.  Mr. McMaster, of Guelph, will give us a speech, and Mr. Howell will favour us with a solo.


The wedding of Mr. Alex Ramsey and Miss Service will take place at the bride’s home, Nassagaweya, this afternoon.  Congratulations.


Mrs. Bracken returned home to Detroit last week, after visiting with her brother, Mr. Edward Calvert.






The Village News, from Corwhin

October 15th 1913.


Miss Christie McKenzie is visiting her brother, Mr. Alex McKenzie, of Mountsberg.


Mr. G. J. Thorp and Mr. D. Little, of Guelph, are shipping turnips from here at present.


Messrs. Armstrong and Mason will ship hogs from here on October 25th.


Word has been received here of the death of Mr. Hugh Stewart, of Morden Manitoba.  The deceased formerly lived here and was well known, having threshed in this neighbourhood for several years. 


Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Corwhin

October 21st 1913.


Miss Mabel Parker was the guest of Miss Annie Taylor, over Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Black spent the holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Marshall.


Mrs. Dodds and daughter, Beatrice, of Guelph, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Dancy, on Monday.


Next Sunday will be the last Sunday School at No. 10 this season.  Special music is being prepared.


Miss Lulu Calvert spent Thanksgiving at Waterdown.


Mrs. Anderson and daughter, of Forest, spent Thanksgiving at R. Marshall’s.






The Corwhin News

December 9th 1913.


Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Kitching and son, Carl, of Woodstock, are visiting relatives here.


Mr. Ben Taylor is visiting with his parents here.


Miss Grant, of Guelph, spent the weekend with Miss Ethel Dancey.


Mrs. Caldwell and daughter, Lydia, of Hagersville, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Kitching.


Miss Annie Richardson spent a few days in Guelph this week.


Messrs. Roy Elsley and Wilbert Bowles and Misses Elva Elsley and Ray Sherwood were the guests of Miss Verna Taylor, on Sunday.


A large number are taking in the Fat Stock Show, this week at Guelph.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Corwhin News

April 8th 1914.


Mrs. Metcalf and daughter, Laura, of Guelph, spent Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. Stallibrass.


Miss J. Johnston, of Toronto, is a visitor at “Pine Grove Farm” during the holidays.


Mr. McMaster, also Mr. Wyan, of Guelph, were visitors at “Myrtle Hall”, on Sunday.


Mr. A. Atkinson left here on Tuesday morning for the home of his brother, in Halifax.


Special Easter music will be given at the afternoon service, next Sunday, in the Methodist Church.


Owing to the condition of the roads on Sunday night, the Campbellville choir did not come to Corwhin, so the Ebenezer choir very suitably rendered the music.  The missionary talk by Mr. T. G. McMaster was enjoyed by all.


Miss B. Barbaree is home after holidaying with friends in Toronto and Streetsville for a few weeks.






The News of Corwhin

July 1st 1914.


Mr. A. Benallick and his sister, Miss J. Benallick, and also their lady and gentlemen friends, of Guelph, visited with Mr. and Mrs. R. Marshall on Sunday.


Mrs. Agnew and her daughter, Annie, of Guelph Junction, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Pinkney on Monday.


Mr. and Mrs. Peter Richardson have the sympathy of the community in the death of their infant daughter, Muriel Jean, on Saturday.


Messrs. Alex McLean Senior and A. McLean Junior are up in Cochrane, New Ontario, for a few days this week.


Mrs. John Foley and children are home again, after spending a few weeks with her sister in Norval.


 Miss L. Kennedy, of Flamboro , was the guest at “Ardindhrean” for a few days last week.


Miss Sommerville was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall over Sunday.






The News of Corwhin

July 29th 1914.


Miss Maye Parker, of Guelph, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. P. Richardson, for a week.


Miss Nettie Calvert has returned home from Milton, after spending a couple of weeks there.


Heartiest congratulations to Misses Lila McFarlane and Ophelia Haugh, and also Master Jack Hohenadel, who passed their entrance examinations.


The Mission Circle will be held in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening at 7:30.  The report of the summer school will be given.


Mr. Frank and Miss A. Marshall, of Everton, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall, last week.






The Corwhin News

May 18th 1915.


Mrs. Weatherall, of Flamboro Centre, visited her daughter, Mrs. James Kitchen, last week.


Miss Jessie Richardson spent the weekend in Guelph with Mr. and Mrs. W. Taylor.


Mr. C. G. Little left yesterday for a trip to California and British Columbia.  He will take in the Panama Exposition at San Francisco.


Miss E. Cameron, of Hamilton, also Miss Creech, of Moffat, were the guests of Miss E. Campbell last Saturday.


Mr. H. Dancey is in Elgin, spending a few days with his mother, who is very ill.






The Village News from Corwhin

October 12th 1915.


Mr. and Mrs. Allison, of “Hopkins Mission”, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, of Paris, visited with Mr. and Mrs. D. Barbaree, last week.


Mr. William P. Kitching, of Preston, spent Thanksgiving Day with his mother, Mrs. John Kitching.


Miss Jean Pinkney spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John Pinkney.


Mr. and Mrs. Parker and Miss Parker spent the holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Laing.


Mr. Ed. Calvert Junior and family and Mr. and Mrs. Laidley spent Thanksgiving at Mr. and Mrs. Edward Calvert’s.


Mr. Leonard Biggs left here last evening to join the 71st regiment.


Mrs. Fogg and Mrs. Leslie, of Toronto, and Mrs. Shepherd and Mrs. Ferguson, of Milton, spent the holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Vipond.


Mr. and Mrs. Elketon, of Guelph, visited with Mr. and Mrs. William Trousdale, on Thanksgiving.


Mr. Thos. Hardie, of Cooksville, spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. John Hardie.


Mr. D. C. Campbell and daughter, Viola, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John Boals, of Eramosa.






The News of Corwhin

December 15th, 1915.


Miss M. Calvert is home from Detroit, Michigan, where she visited for a couple of weeks.


Mr. and Mrs. Carson, of Saskatchewan, are visiting Mrs. Carson’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Wakefield, here.


Mr. J. and Miss B. Cameron, of Campbellville, were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Pinkney.


Dr. W. W. Kearns, Mrs. Kearns, and Miss Margaret spent a week with Mr. D. C. Campbell.


Mr. and Mrs. Pete Richardson, of Cookstown, spent a few days in Corwhin and Aberfoyle, last week.


Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd and child, of Appleby, are visiting at the home of W. Barbaree.






The Corwhin News

December 28th 1915.


Mr. and Mrs. A. Easton, of Appleby, also Messrs. Geo. and Jack Laing, of Toronto, called on relatives here while attending the marriage of Mr. Chas. Laing to Miss Parker last week.


Miss D. Bautinheimer, of Drumbo, will commence her duties in S.S. (School Section) No. 10 on January 4th.


The many friends of Mrs. Wesley Barbaree will be pleased to know that she is recovering from a severe attack of la grippe.


Mr. Pete Richardson was in Toronto, on Monday, on business.


Mrs. Robt. Marshall and two sons, Arnold and Roy, spent the weekend in Everton.


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McKenzie spent Christmas at “Ardrehean”, the home of Miss McKenzie.


Mr. and Mrs. Leadley and children, also Mr. and Mrs. Hill and children, of Guelph, spent the holiday at their home here.






The Corwhin News

March 1st 1916.


Miss M. Menzies, of Christie, is the guest of Mrs. C. G. Little, at present.


The Misses E. and V. Campbell attended the Elgie ─ Jardine wedding, at Elora, last Tuesday.


Miss Jan McKenzie, of Flamboro, is at “Cirdinrahean” for a few days.


We are sorry to note that Mrs. Wesley Barbaree is under the doctor’s care.


Quite a number of our young people enjoyed themselves at a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Marshall, last Friday evening.


Miss Mattie Calvert was in Guelph for a couple of days last week.


Mr. and Mrs. Carson and Miss Ferguson left for their home in Saskatchewan on Friday.


We hope soon to see all of our la grippe patients around again.


The funeral of the late Donald Kennedy took place on Monday, to the Crown Cemetery, and was largely attended.


Mrs. Jno. Pinkney has purchased the farm of Mr. Peter Beaver on the Brock Road and is busy moving.


Mrs. S. Hall and children are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ed Calvert.


Word has been received hear of the death of Mrs. Duncan Campbell, of Kincardine.  The deceased was a …. Jno. Kitching.






The News from Corwhin

September 13th 1916.


Mrs. P. McLaren is visiting her sister, Mrs. Ed. Wakefield.


Miss E. Campbell has returned home after spending a month in the southern states.


Pte. Ross Alexander, of the 164th, Campbellville, spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. Allan.


Mr. Robt. Porter, of Guelph, was at the home of Mr. Robert Marshall, on Tuesday.


Miss Viola Campbell is holidaying at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. Kearns, of Detroit.


Mrs. A. McGibbon, of Guelph, was the guest of Mrs. C. Richardson, over Sunday.






The News of Corwhin

October 11th 1916.


Mr. Robt. Marshall spent the holidays in Flint, Michigan.


Mrs. Jno. Kitching has returned home again.


Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Vipond are moving to Toronto this week.


Miss Annie Richardson returned home on Monday, after spending a month’s vacation in Cooksville, with Mr. and Mrs. P. Richardson.


Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Trousdale and Master Karl were visitors in Winona last week.


The funeral of the late Mrs. Edward Wakefield took place on Monday, at 2 p.m., to Arkell Cemetery.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved husband and family.


Mr. D. C. Ross and Reverend Lawrence are attending the Presbyterian meeting in Toronto.


Mr. Harry Wakefield, of Buelah, Saskatchewan, and also Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. S. Carson, of Kandahar, Saskatchewan, attended the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Wakefield, here, on Monday.


The lecture given by Reverend Snyder, of New Hamburg, on “The Fun of Being an Irishman”, in the Methodist Church, last evening, was appreciated by all those present.






S.S. No. 10, Puslinch

March 1917.


The following is the standing of the pupils of S.S. No. 10, Puslinch for March.



James Leachman, Edward Haugh, Stanley Ross, Stewart Allan.


Senior III:

Ethel Haugh, Elsie Weatherall


Junior III:

Mary McFarlane, Karl Trousdale, Emma Fleming, Harry Ross, Ralph Haugh, Willie Allan.


Senior I:

John Haugh, Calvert Kitchen, Lizzie McCrory, Mabel Weatherall.


Junior I:

Lloyd Kitchen, John Fleming, Annie McCrory.






The Corwhin News

April 10th 1917.


The Misses Hattie and Lulu Calvert, of Guelph, spent the weekend at their home here.


Miss Ethel Dancy, of Toronto, visited her parents over the holiday.


Prayer meeting and social evening will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McFarlane on Wednesday night of this week.


The Misses Galloway and Dunnop, of Hamilton, were the guest of Miss Trie Campbell over Sunday.


A surprise party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wetherall on Saturday night, when Pte. Alcock was presented with a safety razor.  Music and games were indulge in, after which, a dainty lunch was served.


Some of the holiday visitors noticed here were: The Misses Johnstone at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. Kitching, Mr. Black at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Allan, Miss Bessie Gilbertson at her home, and also the Misses Stella and Ethel Winder and Miss Hembroke were the guests of Mrs. Winder for the Easter holiday.


Mr. Jas. Mason is shipping stock here today.


Miss Jessie Richardson, and also Mr. Roy Marshall, of Guelph, are spending the school vacation at their homes here.


Mr. E. Winder spent the holiday at his home.






The News from Corwhin

April 25th 1917.


Church services will be held in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening, April 29th, at 7:30 o’ clock.  Reverend Mr. Allan, the pastor, will preach.


Miss Greta McKay spent the weekend with Miss E. Campbell.


Miss Wilma Herbert, of Aberfoyle, is spending a few days at “Pine Grove Farm”.


Mr. Jas. Mason shipped stock from here, yesterday.


Sunday School will commence at No. 10 Schoolhouse on Sunday April 29th, at 3:30, for the summer months.






The News from Corwhin

August 15th 1917.


Misses Annie and Jessie Richardson were in Cooksville last week, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Peter Richardson.


Miss Leafa (spelling questionable) Dancy went to Toronto last night.


Miss Ernie Campbell returned home from Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday night.


Mrs. Easton, of Guelph, was the guest of Miss M. Laing on Monday and Tuesday.


Miss Lila McFarlane spent the weekend with Miss Margaret McPherson.


Miss Mary Doyle, of Morriston, visited Mrs. D. C. Ross, on Sunday.


Mrs. Dodge, of Utica, New York, is visiting Mrs. H. Dancy, at present.






Seen in the Morriston News

February 22nd 1920.


The funeral of the late C. G. Little took place from his late residence, Lot 17, Concession 10, on Thursday February 17th, at two o’ clock.  The Reverend Geo. Little, of Chalmers Church, Guelph, conducted the service at the house, and services at the grave were conducted by “The Sons of Scotland”, of which, the deceased was a prominent member, being Chief of Loch Vine Camp for the present term, as well as Deputy Grand Chief for the district.  The pallbearers were Donald Campbell, John Cameron, P. J. McLean, D. R. Clark, J. M. Clark, and James Clark, all members of the association.  There was a large attendance of the people of Puslinch and the surrounding district, where the deceased was well and favourably known.






The Corwhin News

December 8th 1926.


Mr. Peter and Miss Maggie Campbell have returned home after spending the summer in Rokeby, Saskatchewan.


Mr. R. T. Amos went to Chatham, yesterday, on business.


Mr. Colin Dunkie went to the General Hospital, on Monday, for treatment.


Mr. P. W. Laing, who is in the hospital at present, is not improving as well as his friends would desire.


The funeral of the late James McRobbie, which took place yesterday from his old home here, was largely attended.  Mr. McRobbie was in his 76th year, and had always lived on the old homestead here.  He will be greatly missed.  Being of a quiet disposition, he was respected by the entire neighbourhood.  The remains were interred in the Crown Cemetery, Puslinch.  The pallbearers were Messrs. J. W. Kerr, D. Hanning, P. Harbottle, R. McRobbie, H. Cockburn, and William Stallibrass.






The Corwhin News

February 16th 1927.


Mrs. H. L. Dancy spent a few days with her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Payne, of Toronto, last week.


Mrs. S. N. Mew is visiting friends in Toronto, at present.


Mrs. C. A. Millar spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Robson, of Eden Mills.


Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Allan attended the funeral of the late Mr. James White, of Hamilton, on Sunday.  The remains were interred in the Campbellville Cemetery.


 Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Richardson attended the funeral of the late Mr. Frank Flowers, in Guelph, last week.


Mrs. Robert Black, of Guelph, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall.






Annual Picnic of School Section No. 10, Puslinch

July 10th 1929.


The annual picnic of S.S. No. 10, Puslinch, was held on Saturday afternoon, June 29th, on the school grounds, with the usual large number of children and parents present.


During the afternoon, the teacher, Miss Weatherall, presented the prizes to her pupils for the highest standing in each class, for attendance, and for a special conduct contest.  Those receiving prizes were as follows:


High standing in class:

Senior IV ─ Ellen Little*, Junior IV ─ Marjorie Weir, Senior III ─ Ross Clugston*, Junior III ─ Eleanor Richardson, Senior II ─ Evelyn McPhee, Junior II ─ Lucy Middleton*, Class I ─ Barclay Stallibrass, Primer ─ Donald Miller.

Those names above that are marked with asterisks received prizes only because the highest in the class received another prize, and only one prize could be received by each child.


Attendance ─  The following neither missed a day nor were late during the whole term:


Senior IV ─ Mildred Laing, Senior III ─ Lloyd Laing, Junior III ─ John Laing, Senior II ─ Gordon Laing.


Special Conduct Contest:

Junior IV ─ Duncan McFarlane, Senior IV ─ Jack Amos, Junior III ─ Fannie Weir, Junior II ─ Isabel Weir, Primer ─ Margaret Hardie.


After the prizes were distributed, the children showed their appreciation of their teacher’s kindness by giving three hearty cheers.


The chairman, Mr. J. A. Cockburn, then called on Miss Weatherall to come forward, while the following address was read by Marjorie Weir:


Dear Miss Weatherall:


We, the pupils of S.S. No. 10, and our parents wish to take this opportunity of expressing our appreciation of your work among us as teacher of our school.


We parents would like to thank you for the kindly interest that you have shown toward our children, especially toward the little ones, whose first impressions of school life mean so much, both to them and to us.  Nor would we forget your faithfulness to your entrance classes, nor your generosity in the giving of presents and prizes, which have helped so much to inspire promptness, cleanliness, and a desire on the pupil’s part to do his or her very best.


 We pupils also wish to ask you to overlook our thoughtlessness that has, no doubt, often tested your patience, and to remember only all of the happy times spent as teacher and pupils.


And so we ask you to accept this gift, and with it, our best wishes for success in your chosen line of work.  That it may ever remind you of your friends at No. 10 is the single sincere wish of us all.


Signed on behalf of the pupils and their parents,

Mildred Laing, Jack Amos, Mrs. C. A. Miller…






The News from Corwhin

August 24th 1931.


Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGibbon and little daughter, Katherine, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Hollum, and Mrs. Mary Flowers visited Mr. and Mrs. C. Richardson on Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Jack Laing and little Grant, of Toronto, spent Monday with the former’s father, Mr. Jas. Laing.


Miss Mildred and Edith Laing spent a few days this week with relatives in Toronto.


A number from this locality attended the Arkell garden party and report the affair as being a splendid success.


Mr. and Mrs. Peter Richardson and Mrs. Chas. Richardson are spending this weekend in Cooksville.  It is expected that Miss Eleanor will return home with her parents.






Friends Honour Corwhin Couple

November 14th 1932.


Friday evening, October 23rd, a pleasant event took place when neighbours gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Lamb and presented Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Fatt with kitchen utensils.  The following address was read by Mrs. Mew.


Dear Annie and Harry:

On behalf of your immediate neighbours, we, in the spirit of good fellowship and of helpfulness, present you with these utensils.  It is our hope that they will be useful to you and that they will make both the kitchen and the cook bright and pleasant, those cooked for, comfortable and cheerful.  Let the old ivory colour remind you of the genuine desire to be helpful, of all the old neighbours, of those living on this farm, and let the green trimming remind you of the heartiness of the good wishes of all, for your health, happiness, and prosperity.  May the occasions when we must weep with you be exceedingly few, and the occasions when we may rejoice with you be very, very many.


Good Fellowship, Helpfulness


Mr. Fatt voiced his appreciation and that of his wife.  Then all sang “For they are jolly good fellows”, after which a social hour was enjoyed.



 A number from this district attended the anniversary services and banquet held by the Ebenezer United Church last Sunday and Monday.


Miss Martha Laing is seriously ill.  Little hope is held for her recovery.


Mr. and Mrs. William Stallibaum (possibly Stahlbaum or Stallibrass), of Guelph, spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. Miller.






Many Pay Tribute to D. C. Campbell

August 10th 1938.


Largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends, who gathered to pay final tribute to his memory, the funeral of the late Donald Cameron Campbell took place from the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. J. Robson, Northumberland Street, to the Crown Cemetery, Puslinch.


Reverend Mr. Burgess conducted a beautiful service at the house, then at Duff’s Presbyterian Church, Puslinch.


The late Mr. Campbell was born at Corwhin 75 years ago and is the last family member of the late Donald Campbell.  He passed away very suddenly with a heart attack at Brant, Alberta, while visiting his niece, Mrs. George Gould.  He left home four weeks ago, in good health, to spend the summer in Alberta and the west coast.


The pallbearers were four nephews, Dan Campbell, of Hamilton, Don Kingsbury, of Dundas, James Scott, of Palmerston, and Sheldon Trousdale, of Corwhin, and two cousins, John Pinkney, of Puslinch, and Will Pretty, of Arkell.


He leaves to mourn his loss his three daughters, sons-in-law Dr. and Mrs. Kearns, of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. J. Robson, of Guelph, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Miller, of Waterdown, and also nine grand children. 






The Corwhin News

August 10th 1938.


Mr. Sheldon Trousdale has returned from Guelph General Hospital.


Miss Beatrice Stewart and Mr. John Hough motored to Niagara Falls on Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Laing and Messrs. Lloyd and John Laing visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker.







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