The article following is provided by that
wonderful publication, the “Puslinch Pioneer”, which for over thirty years has
been dedicated to coverage of
(from the Puslinch Pioneer, v. 17, issue 6, February 1993.)
John Gilmour and his wife Jane (
Some mystery surrounds the death of John
Gilmour and the location of his burial is unknown. His wife Jane died in 1893 and is buried in
Andrew, eldest son of John and Jane, married
Elizabeth McEdwards (lot 36, front conc. 10).
Aileen, Margaret, and Helen McEdwards, great-nieces of
The house of Andrew Sr. was destroyed by fire
about the turn of the century. Elsie
related the story of the family Bible found lying almost intact in the burned-out
ruins. However, it disintegrated into ashes immediately upon being touched with
a stick. Shortly thereafter Andy was
stricken with appendicitis and surgery was performed on the kitchen table at
his brother Johnny’s house. While
recovering, he was quite distressed as he was afraid his prized horse might
have perished in the fire. He was only
consoled when his horse was led close to the window so he could see it from
where he was convalescing. In 1906 and
1907 he purchased lot 6 then 5 in the 14th conc. of
Besides farming, Andy was a plasterer. He and his brother Johnny (now living in Campbellville) worked together and many area houses were plastered by the pair. They were in great demand. The jobs were quoted verbally, no contract signed. Andy would specify the quantities of material to be purchased when the customer provided house dimensions. Both men chewed tobacco; Andy preferred “Big Ben”. It was not unusual to see them spit tobacco juice in the mortar for the first coat of plaster. However, there is no knowledge of a miscue when they were applying the pure white finish coat!
During depression years Andy ceased driving his car. It was a Chevrolet, between 1923 or 1927, known as a 4 - 90, jokingly referred to as “4 days on the road, 90 days in the garage”. About 1934, this car was sold for the princely sum of $15, all one dollar bills!
On August 25th, 1933 his wife Effie died, leaving Andy with nine children ages 17 - 2. Each of the girls, starting with the oldest, kept house until they married. Helen stayed after marriage, as husband Jim was overseas during the Second World War. After Billie married, Andy lived first with John and Norma on lot 36 rear of conc. 9, then until his death at age 95, in 1976, with Evelyn and her husband Roy Winer on lot 34 rear conc. 8. It is a coincidence that when Andy died at his daughter’s home, it was the house he and his brother were plastering when his wife Effie died. (This farm was then owned by Ernest Nicol).
Son Dick farmed on lot 24, front conc. 8, was a
livestock drover, and in later years raised and raced Standard Bred
horses. Doug farmed on lot 36, front
conc. 9 where he still resides. He
served as tax collector for the
the position of Office Manager and Deputy-Treasurer.
Evelyn and husband Roy operated a dairy farm for many years, and presently
have a fine herd of beef
cattle. John worked for many years for
Canadian Pacific Railway, then for the
The rest of the family moved to other areas; Kathleen and Helen to Hamilton; Doris to Beechgrove; Jean now in Campbellford; and Billie in Owen Sound. Direct descendants of the Gilmours, still living in Puslinch, are: Audrey (Cummins) Gunson, husband Ken, and daughter Janice, hog producers on lot 33, rear conc. 8: Barbara (Winer) Jefferson, husband Bob, children Leah, Luke, and Johanna, dairy farmers at Arkell: and Steve, landscape architecture, with wife Ruth and children Greg and Jeff on lot 36, rear conc. 9.
There was a persistent Irish pride in
Andy. Even though his mother was as
Scottish as anyone with the name McEdwards could be, and considering he married
an Ord, whose mother was a Black (both families only one generation away from
He leaves a legacy, a credit to the Gilmour name, that his children and his 110 grandchildren and great-grandchildren cherish with pride.
Elsie Boucher, aunt of the author
Annals of Puslinch, page 36
Edna Bell, long-time resident of Aberfoyle
Mary Black, a long time friend of the Gilmour family
Annals of Puslinch, page 36
Mountsberg Heritage, published by Mountsberg Heritage Society
Andy Gilmour, father of the author
Annals of Puslinch, page 67
Duff’s Church Marriage Register