Crastor Scott, choice for today’s sketch in the series of ‘Way Back reminiscences, spent most of his life tilling the pioneer Scott farm near Arkell. For many years, he enjoyed an exceptional reputation for the stock superiority on that farm and for the superb cultivation maintained there.
Mr. Crastor Scott
and chum, Darlene Barnett.
In 1837, at 13, he came to
Other than brief schooling in
First White Child
His first wife was the former Margaret Anderson, and his second, the former Elizabeth Johnstone, famed as the first white child born in the district and for the fact that she was cradled in a sap trough.
His brother James passed away on
the 11th of this month in
surviving brother of Crastor is William, now living in
The Scott farm had the distinction of installing the first silo in the district and as well for putting in operation the first traction engine.
his cattle-shipping days, Crastor Scott sent many a carload to
Scott took over the old homestead and farm in 1894. In 1908, he took as his bride, Alice
Sherwood of the
Early in his career, livestock formed an important part of his farm specialization. He became prominent for his Durham cattle and Oxford sheep, in the latter being strongly influenced by Henry Arkell, who was one of the most extensive importers of Oxford sheep in this province, selling them in carload lots to buyers in the United States.
Scott used to show both cattle and sheep at various
In the early years of the century,
he used to buy horses in
The outcome was that he delayed selling until able to make sales months later at a satisfactory profit.
Rise of Autos
With the increasing use of motor vehicles, he decided in 1920 to go out of the horse dealing business altogether.
Handicaps occasioned by the rise of motorcar traffic made it advisable to go out of sheep raising as well.
Activity with cattle continued and, at times, there were 60 to 70 head of cattle in the barn, 91 by 54 feet in dimension, which he built in 1908. The stone barn on the property was built by his father in 1871.
1909, Crastor Scott has had associated with him on his farm, Robert Barnett,
and Mrs. Barnett, the former Edith Milne, is the housekeeper. Shown in the accompanying picture is the Barnetts’ charming young daughter Darlene,
and these two are great chums, as may be seen. Unlike many other school children, Darlene
is keenly looking forward to the re-opening of school next Tuesday. She attends School Section No. 10, of
A romantic circumstance in
connection with the construction of
Although Crastor Scott now attends
Recalling his own schooldays in
Arkell, Mr. Scott said that a desk mate there was Ernie Carter who became the
A Mean Strap
One of their teachers, in those days of long ago, was Dave MacFarlane, who as Crastor well remembers, could wield a mean strap and seemed to enjoy it, especially when there was a row of boys to punish in succession, as on the occasion when a shinny game had to be stopped by reason of a blow between the eyes, received by Peter Lamb from a mighty drive from the shinny stick of Peter Iles. The injured Peter was completely knocked out.
The austere teacher then punished not only Peter Iles, but also all the others identified with the shinny shenanigans. Crastor recalls too the long black whiskers and the dour countenance of that characteristically severe old nineteenth century pedagogue.
Other recollections of long ago were
wintertime drives with horse and cutter up to the
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