The Morriston Correspondent


R. B. Morison, a gentleman who lent his name to a village, where he served as storekeeper, Postmaster, Justice of the Peace, High Court Commissioner, and pertinent to this entertainment, as village news correspondent to the Guelph newspaper, most appropriately begins and ends the collection of newspaper articles, immediately subjoined, beginning in 1852 with an advertisement from an enterprising young storekeeper, and ending in 1907 with a posthumous retrospective, modestly documenting the life of a worthy individual, morally and of remembrance.





April 1852.


Spring Arrivals

 at the Old Stand in Puslinch


The subscriber begs to announce to his customers and the public in general that he is receiving large additions to his present stock of:


Fancy Dress Goods

Bonnets and Bonnet Ribbons, etc.


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Also a splendid assortment of Doeskins, Satin Checks, Cassimeres, and Satinetts suitable for summer wear, Broadcloths, etc. and etc., together with 4 cases assorted


Kossuth Coup d’etat Hats, Caps, etc.


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The Grocery, Crockery, Hardware, and Medicine Departments will be found, on inspection, second to none in the Province — Also a large stock of:


Ready Made Clothing


Clothes made to order by experienced tailors,

in conformity with the newest styles, if desired.


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A ready market will always be found for everything the country produces.


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In exchange for goods, 100 cords of Tan Bark, 50,000 tight flour barrel staves


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Cash!   Cash!!   Cash!!!


For any quantity of Merchantable

Wheat, Oats, and Wool


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R. B. Morison

Puslinch, 27th April, 1852.



from the Guelph Advertiser newspaper


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Morriston Competition

May 31st 1855.


The above competition and meeting was held at Morriston on the 24th of May 1855 for the celebration of Her Majesty’s Birth Day.  The day was fine and the attendance was numerous.  Many gentlemen connected with the place, as well as others from different parts of the country, attended during the day.  A graceful bevy of ladies added considerable to the pleasure of those who took their places on the ground.


  Such games, as were competed for, try the nerve and exercise the limb of the youthful generation, and are of a beneficial and bracing tendency.  In the age of Grecian greatness, what enabled the hardy republicans to defend their native land against the foreign invader so much as the contests of the athlete and the numerous feats of strength, which was from time to time exhibited. 


The spectators as well as competitors profited by the day’s exhibition, and all reaped advantages beyond what the prizes could confer, and the whole day’s enjoyment passed off with hilarity.  Joy and gladness beamed on the faces of all, but more especially on those of the successful competitors.  The Foot Race concluded the games, and the prizes were distributed by Mr. Merisa and Mr. Elliot. 


The fortunate competitors were: 

Best standing leap:

D. Cameron

Hop, step, and leap:

D. Cameron

High standing leap:

P. McNaughton

High running leap:

P. McTheison

2nd — L. McIntosh

Best Thrower of Hammer:

J. Candice

2nd —P. McTheison

Best Putting of Stone:

J. Canadice

2nd —D. Cameron

Best Foot Race, 100 yards:

W. Cockburn

2nd — W. Gray

Best foot race, 300 yards:

W. Cockburn

2nd — M. Clark

Best Foot Race (Boys) 200 yards:

J. Muert

2nd —F. Grant

Best sack race:

L. Tait

2nd — D. McDonald

Best Wheelbarrow race:

John McLean

2nd — C. McIntosh

Hitch and Kick:

Jas. Bryce

Climbing the greased Pole:

John Black


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






1857 Morriston in the Canada Gazetteer


It is a thriving village, situated on the Brock Road, in the Township of Puslinch and the County of Wellington, distant from Guelph, 9 miles, stage fare, 50 cents, and from Hamilton, 22 miles, fare $1.25.  It has a daily male population of about 400.



Commercial Directory


Anderson, Mrs. James


Atkins, Thomas


Barnhart, William


Beese Carl


Beese, William

Mason and plasterer

Brock, Valentine


Brown, Barum


Fisher, G.


Fullam, J. W.


Gribben, John


Haist, C.

Carpenter and farmer

Howe, John

Carpenter and joiner

Jackson, William


Johnston, R. & MacKay

Saddler and harness-maker

Kachlie, J.


Kemph, Andrew


Little, James

Oatmeal miller

Looner, C.


Martin, William


McEdward, Duncan


McEdward, John W.


McEdward, John

General store

McFarlane, David

School teacher

McInnes, Duncan


McKenzie, Alexander


McKenzie, John


McLean & Clark

Grist, oatmeal, and saw-miller

McLean, Reverend A.

Free Church

McPherson, Donald


Moffatt, Christopher


Morrison, R. B.

Postmaster, General Storekeeper, Boot & shoe manufacturer

Oichs, Alexander


Oichs, John


Pollar, Charles


Rider, F.


Schlegel, F.


Schlegel, L.


Stone, John


Tait, Leonard


Watson, Alexander


Wiser, Reverend H.







The Morriston Fair

May 22nd 1863.


The usual Semi-Annual Fair was held at Morriston on Thursday, the 7th instant.  There was great concourse of people, but very few cattle.  The principal feature was the show of Stallions.  A subscription was started by a few individuals, and eleven dollars were collected, which were handed in to Mr. Daley, Saddler, who furnished articles as prizes from his establishment.


The following acted as Judges:

 Alexander Flemming, Charles Calfas, and Richard Paddock.


1st Prize

(a bridle worth six dollars)


“Young Defiance

 Owner, Mr. Nicholl, of East Flamboro

2nd Prize — (a collar worth three dollars and fifty cents)



property of D. Clark, of Badenoch

3rd Prize — (a comb and brush worth one dollar and fifty cents)

“Argyleshire Lad”

Owner, Mr. Gillies, of Nassagaweya



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Spring Cattle Fair

May 13th 1864


The Morriston Spring Cattle Fair was held on the 5th instant.  There was a good collection of people, but very few cattle, and there were not many sales affected.  There were six or seven stallions shown and prizes were awarded as follows:


1st Prize — “Royal George”, owned by Mr. Sallows, of Guelph

2nd Prize — “Young John Long”, owned by Mr. D. Clark, of Badenoch

3rd Prize — “Black Jack”, Mr. J. Hewer, proprietor.


The Judges were Messrs. G. M. Cossitt, C. Colfass, and J. Aikens.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Fall Seed Wheat Fair

August 26th 1864.


This fair was held in the Town Hall, Morriston, on Wednesday last.  In consequence of the farmers being in the midst of harvest, the attendance was not so large as on former occasions, the number of entries being only nine.  The samples, in general, were not so good as we have seen at previous fairs.  Had the fair been held one week later, we are certain that there would be a larger attendance of farmers and more samples of grain, as but few have threshed yet.  The Judges were John Hammersley, Alexander McLean, and Alexander McKay, Esqs., and their impartial decisions gave the utmost satisfaction.  After the judges had finished their work, the grain was put up at auction and realized good prices.  In fact, there were far more buyers than sellers.  The following gentlemen were the successful competitors, viz.,


1st Prize:

John Marshall — $6


2nd Prize:

James H. Hanning — $5


3rd Prize:

Duncan McFarlane — $4


4th Prize:

John Cockburn — $2


5th Prize:

Donald Cameron — $1


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Great Fire in Morriston

September 21st 1865.


At noon on Monday last, a destructive fire broke out in our village, laying in ashes the planing mill belonging to Mr. Peter Clark, a blacksmith shop belonging to the estate of the late Donald McEdward, at present occupied by Mr. A. Gillies, and a frame house, the property of Mr. James Martin, of Badenoch.


The fire is supposed to have originated near the furnace of the planing mill.  Mr. Clark, on going to dinner, warned his boy not to open the back door of the mill, as the door of the furnace was close to it, and the wind blowing pretty strongly in that direction.  Whether the boy obeyed him or not has not yet been ascertained.  However, Mr. Clark had just finished dinner when the alarm was given, and in five minutes after it was first seen, the building was one sheet of flame. 


The fire engine was soon on the ground but there was a deficiency of hose and difficulty in procuring water.  As the people gathered, lines were formed to the wells in the neighbourhood, and though it was impossible to save the mill, on account of the dry lumber about it, they prevented the fire from reaching the houses in the vicinity.  Mr. Bauch’s Hotel was in great danger two or three times, and if it had been burned, it is impossible to say how far the fire would have spread.  Mr. C. Colfas’ barn, though at a considerable distance, took fire, but was seen in time to put it out before any damage had been done.


Mr. Clark’s loss is estimated at $2,000.  There is no insurance.  It is his intention, I believe, to rebuild immediately.  Mr. Gillies saved most of his tools and has commenced work in a temporary building.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Morriston

November 16th 1865.


A meeting in connection with the Bible Society was held in the Town Hall, Morriston, last Monday evening.  The Reverend Mr. McDonald occupied the chair.  Addresses were delivered by the Reverend Mr. Forsyth and by the Reverend Mr. Goldsmith, Bible Society agent.  At the close, a collection was taken up, and the following gentlemen were appointed officers for the current year: Reverend Mr. McDonald — President, All resident ministers, Mr. Atkin, and the Elders of Duff’s Church to be Vice-Presidents, Mr. R. B. Morison — Secretary, and Mr. S. Falconbridge — Treasurer, Managers — Messrs. C. Cockburn, W. Nicoll, A. McCaig, J. Smith Jr., N. Marshall, J. Martin, R. Thomson, H. Melvin, A. McRobbie, J. McFarlane, and P. McKenzie.


Accident — Mr. Peter Gregor was badly gored by a cow while putting in his cattle last Friday evening.  He was tossed up six times before he got away.  He is recovering.


Educational Association — A meeting of the Educational Association of Puslinch will be held in Johnston’s Tavern, in Aberfoyle, on Saturday the 18th instant, at 2 o’ clock.  It is expected that all the Trustees and Teachers in the Township will be in attendance, as business of importance is to be transacted. 


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Ball at Morriston

January 11th 1866.


The Morriston Fire Brigade will hold a ball in the Town Hall, Morriston, on the evening of Friday the 19th instant, which promises to be a brilliant affair.  The invitation cards and tickets will be issued immediately.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Morriston Village News

December 27th 1866.


A curling club has been organized in Morriston, with Joseph Atkins, President, W. Ross, Secretary and Treasurer, John Howe and Charles Martin, Skips.


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


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Complimentary Supper in Morriston

July 3rd 1868.


Our esteemed and much respected citizen, Mr. James Morrison, being about to leave Canada for the Western States, a few of his many friends in this locality entertained him at a public dinner, at Mr. Tyrrell’s Hotel, on the evening of Wednesday, the 24th, ultimo.  Although, but little publicity was given to the affair, yet over forty gentlemen, including some from Guelph, Dundas, Freelton, and other places, sat down to, well, to be short I will only say, to one of Tyrrell’s inimitable dinners, which he only can get up, for it is generally conceded that he has no equal in the County of Wellington, in his line.


The chair was occupied by Mr. J. T. Scott, late of New Orleans, and the vice-chair by Mr. Charles Martin, who we believe accompanies Mr. Morrison, intending, if the country suits him, also to settle there.


After the company had partaken heartily of “mine host’s” good cheer, and the cloth removed, the usual loyal toasts were given and drank amid hearty and loyal cheering.  After several other toasts had been disposed of, the chairman, in a neat and complimentary speech, gave the toast of the evening, the health of our respected guest, which was drank with all the honours. 


Mr. Morrison replied in a very feeling and reflective speech, and one quite characteristic of himself.  He referred to the long and pleasant acquaintance he had with many of those present, and to the pain it would give him to bid them farewell.  He also thanked them for the demonstration that they had got up on his behalf, for their kind feelings and well wishes towards himself and his family, and he trusted that, although parted, the same confidence and good feeling would continue to exist between them.


Toasts, speeches, and song followed in rapid succession, and it was long after the wee small hours before the company broke up.  This indeed was the best social gathering ever held in Morriston.  Letters of apology were read from W. Leslie, Esq., and others, regretting their inability to attend, but wishing our friend every success in his new home.  It is needless to add how much he will be missed, both as a businessman and a friend.  As a businessman, he is energetic, talented, and faithful; as a friend, he is as true as steel.  May he find as many friends, and as true, as he has left behind.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Fall Wheat Seed Show

August 26th 1868.


The annual Fall Wheat Seed Fair was held in the Town Hall, Morriston, on Saturday last.  It was not so well attended as it might have been, but the turnout was a little better than usual.  There were ten entries, one of Delhi, seven of Treadwell, one of Midge-proof, and one of Michigan Amber.  The Delhi wheat was sold for $1.75 per bushel, and about 70 or 80 bushels of this kind were disposed of, at this figure.  The first prize Treadwell was sold at auction by Mr. Thos. Ingram, auctioneer, for $1.54 per bushel.  About 200 bushels of the same kind changed hands, for seed, at $1.50 per bushel.  The Judges were Messrs. J. S. Armstrong, of Eramosa, and John Hammersley and Alex McLean, of Puslinch, who gave great satisfaction and awarded the prizes as follows:

1st Prize:

Hugh Stewart — $3


2nd Prize:

Gillies McPherson — $2


3rd Prize:

John Marshall — $1.50


4th Prize:

Malcolm Clark Sr. — $1



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Silver Movement in Morriston

August 26th 1868.


We understand that the silver at discount movement in Morriston, which was inaugurated on the 12th instant, at the same time as Guelph went into it, is still in force, and on the whole, is succeeding well, notwithstanding the adverse influence from Hamilton and other places.  We hope that it will continue in force, and that other places around may soon come in also, for assuredly the change is advantageous both to the buyer and the seller.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Hotel For Sale

October 22nd 1868.


The subscriber offers for sale, or to rent, the well-known Morriston Hotel, on the Guelph and Dundas Road, in the Village of Morriston.  This is a rare chance for investment, as the House is well established and long and favourably known to the local and travelling public.  Possession given on the 5th day of January 1869, or sooner if arrangements can be made with the present lessee.  The subscriber prefers selling.  Terms liberal. Apply, if by letter, post paid.


Donald McPherson, Proprietor

Puslinch P.O.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Concert at Morriston

February 11th 1869.


As previously announced, the concert for the purpose of raising funds, wherewith to seat the Town Hall, took place on Thursday night last.  There was a full house on the occasion.  The singers were Miss Adelaide Leslie, Miss McIntosh, of Strabane, Messrs. D. McFarlane, Wm. Nicol, Robt. McFarlane, Hugh Black, Charles Martin, and D. McDonald, all of whom, especially Miss Leslie, who was the star of the evening, gave great satisfaction, and were warmly applauded.  The concert was wound up with a ball. Financially, the concert was a great success, over $30 being realized.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Horse Show

May 5th 1869.


The annual horse show took place on Friday last, when twelve fine horses were entered for competition.  The Judges, Messrs. James Moffat, B. Gregor, and T. Shultz, awarded the prizes as follows:




Heavy draught horses

1st Prize — Sir Robert Bruce — J. Johnstone


2nd Prize — King Alfred — J. W. McKenzie



1st Prize — Whalebone — C. G. Cockburn


2nd Prize — Young Whalebone — D. McCaig


General Purpose Horses:

1st Prize — French Rock — M. Lyons


2nd Prize — Prince Alfred — James Geagean


3rd Prize — Young Duroc — George McLean


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Clearing Sale

May 27th 1869.


We would refer our readers in Puslinch and surrounding townships to the advertisement of the clearing sale of Messrs. R. B. Morrison & Co., of Morriston.  Great inducements are held out to intending purchasers.  The goods, which are the best in the market, will be sold at a great reduction from regular prices.  Now is the time for bargains at Morriston.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Writing Class at Morriston

November 30th 1870.


A correspondent informs us that Mr. Maynard, of Freelton, has been teaching a writing class in Morriston, and the improvement that they have shown in ten lessons is wonderful.  He is about to begin another class, which promises to be much larger than the last one, all those who attended the first course, being anxious to have another.  Mr. Maynard is a first class teacher, and to those who wish to improve their penmanship, this is an opportunity rarely to be met with.  His method is to teach the principle first, then explain the position of the body, the manner of holding the pen, and the right proportions of each letter.  The pupil, being once thoroughly grounded in that, he soon becomes an accomplished penman.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Scottish History

March 21st 1872.


We are obliged to leave over the account of Mr. J. P. McMillan’s lecture on Scottish history, at Morriston, till tomorrow.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Items

April 11th 1872.


The volunteers of the Wellington Battery from this Township returned last Wednesday, looking well after their drill at Kingston.  They were welcomed back at a very successful ball at the Town Hall, on the 5th instant, which was kept up with spirit until morning.


The business energy of this village is gradually increasing.  Mr. Peter Clark has placed in his planing mill new machinery for turning out large quantities of shingles, Messrs. Inglis and Hunter being the machinists.  Mr. George Bullock is busily engaged in preparing for the manufacture of large orders for hand-made bricks.  Mr. James McLean takes the place of Mr. John McFarlane Junior as boss framer.  The erection of several large bank barns are entrusted to him.  The spring weather, having opened out, has enlivened business in all its branches.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Horse Show

April 26th 1872.


The annual show of entire horses was held at Morriston on Wednesday, the 24th instant, and proved a great success, both in the quality and number of horses exhibited.  There were 12 entries.


The day was beautiful, in fact the finest that we have had this season, but not withstanding the necessity there was for our farmers being at the plow and harrow, they turned out far larger than usual, and appeared well pleased with the display of horseflesh.


The judges were Messrs. Billington, of Dundas, and A. Fleming and P. Grant, of Puslinch, and, on the whole, their judgement gave great satisfaction.  The prizes were:


Heavy Draught

2 prizes, 1st — $3, 2nd — $1

1st Prize:

Champion King, Robert Ferguson, of Beverly


2nd Prize:

Marquis of Lorne, Hector McCaig, of Puslinch


General Purpose — 4 prizes, 1st — $3, 2nd — $2, 3rd — $1.50, 4th — $1

1st Prize:

Highland Rover, Wm. McKenzie, of Puslinch


2nd Prize:

Prince Alfred, Donald McCaig, of Puslinch


3rd Prize:

Grand Exhibition, D. Heffernan, of Guelph


4th Prize:

Sir Tatam Sikes, James Moffat, of Nassagaweya


Roadsters — 3 prizes, 1st — $3, 2nd — $2, 3rd — $1.50

1st Prize:

Whalebone, C. Cockburn, of Puslinch


2nd Prize:

Merrie Farmer, George Loree, of Eramosa


3rd Prize:

Badenoch Champion, N. M. Elliot, of Puslinch


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Puslinch Progress Observed

June 1st 1872.


Having lately had occasions to visit the greater part of the township of Puslinch, and see some locations not seen for many years past, I was really astonished at the material progress in wealth, and improvement on every side.  New dwellings in lieu of the old and often battered log, built of stone, brick, and frame, with colossal barns, outbuildings, and stumping machines in almost every field, evince the greatly improved condition of the community, and the taste and elegance displayed in the buildings especially deserve to be copied elsewhere to advantage.


Mr. James McLean of Morriston, with his efficient staff of assistants, has erected several new structures this season and a good many more are under way.  There can be no surer signs of a country’s progress, or the reverse, than its house building, more especially in rural parts, and this district may, without vanity, feel proud of its position in the march of progress that it has attained.


Crops — Notwithstanding the cold and backward weather this spring so far, and the protracted and severe winter, the fall wheat and other crops look well and there is every prospect of an average yield.






from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






For Sale

April 12th 1873.


The Morriston Hotel


For sale, that well known, old, established, and popular house, known as the Morriston Hotel, in the Village of Morriston, on the Brock Road, 9 miles from Guelph, and 18 from Hamilton.  It is a substantial stone and frame building, containing all the necessary accommodation for doing a large business.  Attached to it are also commodious stables and driving shed, hard and soft water, and everything complete.  There is a large garden belonging to the hotel, also a good ice house, and a Fairbank scale for the use of the public.


The purchaser can have the furniture, bar-room fittings, liquors, and all other appurtenances belonging to the house, at a valuation or on such terms as may be agreed upon.


The hotel is situated in the heart of a thriving village, and fine farming country surrounding.  It is also the leading hotel on the Brock Road between Guelph and Hamilton, and has enjoyed for many years a large and remunerative business.  The present proprietor is giving up solely on account of ill health.


For terms and other particulars, apply to the undersigned, the proprietor, on the premises, or by letter, post-paid to Morriston.


Edward Tyrrell,







The Morriston Concert

Saturday July 5th 1873.


A concert for the benefit of Mr. Fischer, cabinetmaker of Morriston, whose late loss by fire will be in the recollection of our readers, took place there on Friday evening, and was successful in every respect.  The Drill Shed, fitted up and decorated for the occasion, was filled to its utmost capacity.  Many were present from a distance, among them, a number of our towns-people, not a few of whom possess much-admired specimens of Mr. Fischer’s workmanship.  A good deal of preparatory labour must have devolved on Miss Leslie, the promoter of the concert, who deserves all praise and to whom, as well as to Mr. Fischer’s other friends, its success must be very gratifying, in view of the handsome return realized.  The entertainment was select, and many of the songs were rendered with so much taste and sweetness on the part of the ladies, and on that of the gentlemen with such effect, as to call forth repeated encores.  The piano, a fine instrument, was kindly furnished by Messrs. Rainer & Co., of Guelph.  At the close of the concert, it was intimated that an opportunity would then be afforded those desirous of joining in a dance, which was responded to by a large number present, and kept up until a late hour, or rather, an early hour in the morning.






Morriston Horse Show

Thursday April 30th 1874.


The annual show of entire horses was held in Morriston on the 22nd instant and was the largest and best yet held in that village.  The judges were Messrs. Gray, Granger, and Redmond.  The following is the prize list: —


Heavy Draught

1st — F. W. Stone’s Royal Briton — $10.00

2nd — D. McCaig’s Dominion Farmer — $6.00

3rd — Wm. Graham’s Young Briton — $3.00


General Purpose

1st — R. Bond’s Cumberland Punch — $10.00

2nd — W. McKenzie’s Highland Rover — $6.00

3rd — M. McCaig’s Marquis of Lorne — $3.00



1st — C. G. Cockburn’s Whalebone — $10.00

2nd — M. Elliott’s Whalebone Chief — $6.00

3rd — J. Cook’s Mountain Deer — $3.00








Ross & Tyrrell

Successors to

R. B. Morrison & Co., Morriston


Beg to return thanks to their patrons and the public generally for the liberal support extended to them since commencing business, and to announce that their Stock of Winter Dry Goods is now very full and complete.  They are now showing extra good value in Winceys, All Wool and Union Home-made Flannel, Plain and Fancy English and Canadian Flannel, Shawls, Dress Goods, Cottons, Prints, Grain Bags, et cetera.


 Having a large stock of Canada Tweeds, Doeskins, Coatings, Over-coatings, and Tailors’ Trimmings on hand, they are prepared to make clothing up to order in the best styles and on the shortest notice.


They have also fitted up the Show Room on the first flat of the Store and are now showing most of the novelties of the season in Millinery Goods at very reasonable prices.


Their Stock of Hardware, Paints and Oils, Groceries, and Crockery is as usual fully assorted.  A call is respectfully solicited.


Ross & Tyrrell


Morriston, January 22nd 1876.







The Entertainment in Morriston

March 20th 1876.


On Friday evening last, the Puslinch Advance Division of the Sons of Temperance gave an entertainment in the Morriston Town Hall.  Some time previous to the commencement of the evening’s proceedings, the building was comfortably filled, and at the hour of opening, it was completely thronged with the villagers and those from other places adjacent in the Township of Puslinch. 


The Morriston Sons of Temperance have always sustained the reputation of providing an entertainment that would compete with many of our towns’ and cities’ Temperance entertainments.  On this occasion, it was especially good.  The programme would have fairly brought the house down had it been produced on many of our temperance platforms in larger places.  As it was, it kept the crowd in Morriston Town Hall in one continual merriment from beginning to end, except when occasions occurred in the programme that would necessitate the seriousness of the audience.


Mr. Galbraith, the Chairman, in a few appropriate remarks, opened the programme, which consisted of singing, readings, recitations, and dialogues.  Mr. Kilgour, school teacher, presided at the organ, and rendered that part of the programme with much credit.  The various pieces sung by the choir were nicely executed and carried out with great precision, causing loud applause from the audience at the end of every chorus and duet rendered. 


The dialogues were well done, and each of those who took part, sustained their characters to a great advantage, one of the gentlemen who took a prominent part, causing a deal of side-splitting laughter.  The dialogue “The Drunkard Reclaimed”, in three acts, in which Mr. Kilgour represented the leading part, told well, and showed what advantage moral suasion has over an unfortunate drunkard.  This gentleman may be said to be a host in himself, his abilities fitting him well for an actor and a reader before any intellectual class of people. 


The recitations given by Messrs. Alex and Archibald Marshall were much appreciated and were given with good effect.  The reading “Talking Latin”, by Mr. Kilgour, was delivered in a masterly manner, and reflected great credit on him as a reader, evoking convulsive laughter throughout.  


At the time for intermission, an abundance of tea and cakes were handed around to the crowd in their seats, which was provided by the ladies of the Sons of Temperance.


  The performers deserve the best thanks of all who were present, for such an amusing and instructive social gathering.  In fact, it may be said that the affair was a success both in the talent displayed and also in a financial point of view.  There were two or three representatives from the Guelph Division of the Sons of Temperance present on the occasion. 


The entertainment closed with the choir singing “Auld Lang Syne”.  The audience dispersed, expressing sentiments of much satisfaction, and were thoroughly delighted with the evening’s proceedings.  Space forbids our giving a lengthened account of the programme; suffice it to say that each one did their part well.






The Morriston Horse Show

Wednesday April 26th 1876.


The annual show of stallions will be held at Morriston on Tuesday, 2nd of May.  Prizes will be given for the following three classes, heavy draught, general purpose, and roadsters.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






A Runaway Horse

August 27th 1877.


Sunday evening, about nine o’ clock, a horse, which was being driven up Norfolk Street by Mr. J. Fuhry, of Morriston, ran away when nearly opposite the Albion Hotel.  It turned short down Cork Street, throwing the occupants out of the buggy, Messrs. Fuhry and D. Cook.  Neither of them were hurt, but the buggy, which was upset, was almost demolished.  The horse was shortly afterwards caught on Quebec Street.






The Thieving at Morriston

December 11th 1877.


Petty thefts are becoming very frequent in and about the village of Morriston, as scarcely a night passes without someone missing small articles.  The parties are well known and had better drop their dishonest practices, if not, they will find themselves in secure winter quarters before long.  Only a few weeks ago, a gentleman had a whalebone whip stolen out of his buggy, from the door of Foley’s Hotel.  A farmer, a few days afterwards, had eight bags of peas stolen out of his granary, and last Saturday night, a farmer, who drove his wagon into Purry’s (possibly Fuhry’s) shed, was relieved of twenty yards of homemade cloth, which he left in the wagon.  The thief also took the lines of his harness, besides taking the tie strap of McDonald’s flour team.






Morriston Correspondence

July 25th 1878.


For many years past, the village of Morriston and neighbourhood have been remarkable for the good behaviour and civil demeanour of its young men and boys.  However, within the past few months, a change has come over the spirit of our dream, and instead of peace, quietness, and civility, we have now, developed and practised amongst us, many of the very worst types of rowdyism extant.  It is unnecessary to enumerate all the different ways in which this dangerous element shows itself, but one of the favourite amusements of these young rowdies is to insult, both by words and actions, females of all ages, who may venture on the street in the evening.  Especially is this the case on Sunday nights, after the dismissal of the meeting in the Hall, and when the hearers are on their way home.  Then, the rowdies hold high carnivals, and make it their special business to follow the females and insult and annoy them by using the most offensive and indelicate language, either to women personally, or among themselves, but loud enough to be heard by those that they wish to annoy and insult.  In addition to using vile language, they also jolt, push, and trip them up, the latter being considered a great feat.


Last Sunday night, one of them, named James Mitchell, improved on the above.  He was annoying a young girl in the manner already indicated when a brother of her’s came along and told him to stop it.  This led to words, and fine words they were, preparing for blows, when an old lady, between fifty and sixty years of age, named Mrs. McIntosh, stopped and begged them to desist, and requested them to remember that it was the Lord’s Day.  In return for her good advice, Mitchell drew back and struck her a terrific blow in the face, which nearly stunned her, and from the effects of which she still suffers, besides being the bearer of two black eyes.  When these fellows graduate low enough to strike women who might be their grandmothers, it is certainly time that they were introduced to Mr. Saunders for honours and a leather medal, but the injured woman, being peaceably inclined, refuses to prosecute or to allow her friends to do so.  This refusal is unfortunate, as it encourages not only Mitchell, but also the crowd to which he belongs, to persist in the same course and to continue their system of insult and abuse, whereas one sharp example made of him would probably bring the rest to their senses.


At any rate, it would be well if parents would keep a much more watchful eye over their boys, especially on Sunday night, and certainly it would be a great boon to the community generally, and probably to both parents and sons, in the long run.


This occurrence is only a sample of what is continually occurring, and is noted merely as an indication of the great change, from better to worse, as evinced by some of the rising generation, as compared with their predecessors.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Local News

January 13th 1880.


Property Sold ─

 Hugh Cockburn, of Puslinch, has purchased one hundred acres from his brother on the 8th Concession of Puslinch, for $5,500.  Mr. Hugh Cockburn has now a farm, in one block, of 500 acres.



Donald McIntosh, of Morriston, has sold his dwelling house and blacksmith shop to Messrs. Ross & Tyrrell.






Local News

March 20th 1880.


A Morriston firm is filling an ice house in the village and intends shipping ice by the Credit Valley Railroad next summer.






The Robbery at Morriston

June 24th 1880.


Constable Thomas Ingram, of Morriston, has searched the houses of three residents in that village, with a view to recovering the property stolen from the residence of Mr. John McLean, on Tuesday evening.  He did not succeed in finding any stolen articles.  From the circumstances of the robbery, and information that he has obtained in connection with it, he thinks that the thieves live in the immediate vicinity of Morriston.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Death of an Old Settler in Puslinch

July 3rd 1880.


We regret to record the death of an old and respected settler of Puslinch, Mr. Duncan Stewart, who died on Friday morning, after an illness extending over four months.  The deceased came to Puslinch in the year 1833, and with his wife, dauntlessly faced the many difficulties that beset the settler in those early times.  He was a native of Argyllshire, Scotland, and being blessed with a good constitution, attained the good old age of 86 years.  He was one of the earliest settlers in Puslinch and was much respected by his neighbours and acquaintances as an obliging friend, willing at all times to do whatever he could to advance their interests or contribute to their comfort.  He lived for many years on the place where he died, Lot 17, on the 9th Concession.  He leaves behind him an aged widow and three daughters, all of whom are married and reside in the United States.  One of them is Mrs. Robert Cook, of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The funeral was largely attended.






Dissolution of Partnership

August 26th 1880.


We direct attention to the advertisement of the dissolution of partnership between Messrs. Ross and Tyrrell, of Morriston.  Mr. Wm. Ross assumes the whole business.  Being so well known in the section, having had a long experience in the old stand, with the facilities that he has for buying in the best markets, and on the best terms, we have no doubt that he will, in the future, as in the past, well maintain the high reputation that the Morriston store has held for so many years.  We wish Mr. Ross every success in the future.






Dissolution of Partnership


The partnership heretofore existing between William Ross and Edward Tyrrell, of the Village of Morriston, County of Wellington, Province of Ontario, as general merchants, hitherto known as the firm of Ross & Tyrrell, has this day been dissolved, by mutual consent, the said Edward Tyrrell retiring from the firm, and the said William Ross assuming all liabilities of said firm, and to whom all debts due to said firm are to be paid.


Witness our hand this 16th day of August, 1880,



William Ross

Edward Tyrrell


In the presence of R. B. Morrison.




Referring to the above, the undersigned begs to state that he will continue the business in all its branches, in the premises recently occupied by Ross and Tyrrell, and trusts that the same liberal support given his predecessors will be accorded to him.


Wm. Ross

Morriston, August 21st 1880.









The News from Morriston

March 1st 1882.


Several of the residents of Morriston have had their dogs poisoned recently.  The matter has been placed in the hands of Constable Ingram.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Reform at Morriston

Alderman Davidson Tangled on the Trade Question

June 8th 1882.


A very large meeting of the English and German residents of Morriston and vicinity was held in the Town Hall, at Morriston, on Wednesday night, in the interests of Mr. Innes, the Reform candidate, every available foot of space in the building being taken up.


Mr. Robert Galbraith was chosen chairman.


Mr. I. E. Bowman, ex-M.P., of St. Jacobs, was the first speaker called upon.  He addressed the meeting, first, in English, for about an hour, and upon the arrival of the Germans, who had been attending a missionary meeting, he spoke in their language.  He devoted about one hour to each language, discussing fully the various political questions now before the country.  The position of the Reform and Conservative parties on the Trade question, the Boundary Award, the Rivers and Streams Bill, the Pacific Railway and the Gerrymander were fully explained, and it was shown, most conclusively, that the Reform party had the right side on all of these questions.


Mr. Otto Klotz, of Berlin, followed, in German, and spoke for an hour in support of the Government candidate.


Mr. Bowman replied in German and in a half hour speech completely demolished the false structure raised by Mr. Klotz.


Mr. Charles Davidson, of Guelph, spoke next, in English, and got himself so badly tangled on the trade question that he could not extricate himself.  In an answer to a question put by someone in the audience, he said that the price of wheat here was regulated by the price in the market where it was in demand.  Thus, he admitted what the Reform party contends and what his political friends deny, that the price is regulated by the Liverpool market.  He made another mistake in saying that the farmer was enabled to get from 50 cents to a dollar more per hundred weight for his pork now than he did during the MacKenzie administration, on account of the N.P., but he did not find out until he was told that the duty on pork was the same now as it was then.  He boasted also of the Government having a surplus of seven million dollars.  When asked by someone in the meeting where the surplus came from, he replied, “from imported goods”.  “And who pays the duties on imported goods?” asked the questioner.  “The people, of course,” said Mr. Davidson.  That was another mistake from a Tory standpoint, but Mr. Davidson is too truthful to stump in so poor a cause, and he admitted what he knew was true.


Mr. Bowman replied, and handled the arguments of Mr. Davidson so severely that the gentleman left the hall in disgust.  This circumstance brings to mind a similar action on the part of Mr. Davidson in 1867.  He was stumping it then in the interests of Messrs. Stone and Leslie, who were running against Messrs. Stirton and Gow.  In the same town hall, on that occasion, he was so well polished off by Mr. Melvin that he rushed out of the building and has not ventured to advocate a bad cause in public since, until last night.  The settler, which Mr. Bowman gave him, may keep him quiet for another fifteen years.


The meeting broke up after twelve o’ clock, with the usual cheers.







Reform Meeting in Morriston

February 22nd 1883.


A large and enthusiastic meeting in behalf of Mr. Laidlaw was held in the Town Hall, Morriston, on Wednesday night.  Every part of the Hall was packed full. 


Mr. Kilgour, of Morriston, was called to the chair, when Mr. Bowman, of Waterloo, was called on and addressed the meeting, both in English and German.  He handled the questions now before the electors in a masterly manner, on behalf of Mr. Laidlaw.  Mr. Otto Klotz, of Preston, followed and addressed the meeting in both languages on behalf of Mr. Sweetnam, to which Mr. Bowman made a very effective reply.  At this juncture of the proceedings, Mr. Laidlaw and Mr. Morrison, who had arrived from the Killean meeting, entered the room.  Mr. Laidlaw was received with cheers.  He was called on to address the meeting, and plainly and forcibly put before the electors the great questions at issue.  His speech was a telling one, and during its delivery, he was frequently applauded.  Mr. James, of Morriston, followed and earnestly and effectively addressed the meeting on behalf of the Mowat Government.  At the close, a vote of confidence in the Mowat Administration, also pledging itself to support Mr. Laidlaw in the coming contest, was carried unanimously.  After votes of thanks to Mr. Bowman and the chairman had been passed, the meeting broke up, with three rousing cheers for Mr. Laidlaw, the Mowat Government, and the Queen.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Dominion Day at Morriston

June 13th 1883.


Dominion Day at Morriston will be observed with more than ordinary éclat this year, on Monday, July 2nd.  A full sheet poster has been issued from this office, containing a programme of the events in the celebration.  The list includes games and sports, for which good prizes are offered, horse races, et cetera, the whole concluding with a dance in the Town Hall in the evening.  The Guelph City Band has been engaged to enliven the proceedings of the day with music, and those of the evening will be inspired by the strains of the Guelph Quadrille Band.  A player of bagpipes, in Highland costume, is also advertised to be present during the day.






The News from Morriston

September 8th 1883.


Solomon Brown, of Morriston, has baked out from his kiln this year over 500,000 white brick, nearly all of which have been disposed of. 



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Hotel Property for Sale

February 12th 1884.


In the Village of Morriston, The C.V.R.R. (Credit Valley Railroad) Hotel, centrally situated in said village, and lately occupied by J. B. Mitchell, and having all the requirements and conveniences necessary for carrying on a large and profitable business.  For terms and further particulars, apply to M. Elliott Junior, Morriston P.O.






Dog Poisoning

October 7th 1884.


Saturday morning, October 4th, Dr. Cormack, of Morriston, had a valuable thoroughbred imported Scotch terrier poisoned.  He was a prize taker in the old country, and is of a species of the terrier that is becoming very rare even in Scotland.  The dog was highly prized and cannot be replaced.  At the same time, Mr. B. Brown had a most valuable hound poisoned.  Both dogs died within half an hour of each other, and evidently the same miscreant poisoned both.  This diabolical work has been carried on for years in Morriston, and the culprits, unknown, or if known, unpunished, on account of being unable to get positive proof.  Doubtless, some dogs are deservedly destroyed, but when harmless, valuable animals are wantonly done away with, nothing should be left undone to discover the guilty parties.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Correspondence

October 13th 1884.


It is rumoured that Mr. Kilgour, teacher of the senior department in the Morriston school, will resign at the Christmas vacation.  Mr. K. has taught this school for nine or ten years.  Many in this section will regret his leaving them, and that he is soon to give up the profession of teaching for a more congenial position in the Royal City.  The annual examinations of this school were a treat to all who witnessed them, so interesting and satisfactory.  The trustees in selecting a successor should consider the propriety and necessity of securing one whose services would be available in the Sunday School.  There ought to be a large Union Sabbath School in this village, if a suitable person could be got to act as superintendent.  Who ought to be better qualified than the master?  Many of our teachers elsewhere take an active part in the Sabbath School work.  Such is required here.  The Sabbath School in the German Church, being conducted in the German language, many of the children in and around Morriston, who do not understand that language, receive no benefit by attending it.


The farmers around here will not realize much this season from their apples.  The crop was abundant, but owing to the strong equinoctial gales and recent heavy rains, few are left on the trees.  Fallen apples, as a rule, are not marketable.  The root crops such as turnips, mangolds, and carrots, et cetera, are improving very much by the late rains.


The great event of the past week has been the agricultural show, which was held last Thursday in the ancient capital of Puslinch.  The day was all that could be desired, no rain, no dust, a beautiful sunshining day.  The Puslinch people, whatever may be the reason, are always fortunate in the good weather that they get on their show day.  There was a great crowd there, as usual, many from Guelph, among whom was the Editor of the Mercury, who will, as in former years, give full particulars in this week’s issue of his valuable paper.


Mrs. William Cockburn, near Aberfoyle, is recuperating in her health.  She was able to be at the show last week.  Mrs. Cockburn was bedfast for seven years and more, not able to raise herself in bed.  Clergymen and others, who visited her during those years, regarded her condition as helpless.  Her recovery is considered, by all who knew her, next to a miracle.  Dr. Orton, now of Guelph, formerly of Morriston, advised her friends to remove her to Guelph if at all possible, so as to be near him, to undergo a certain course of treatment, which required the Doctor’s daily attendance.  This was done in the early part of the summer.  She took up lodgings in Mrs. McLaren’s boarding house, where every attention was shown her by that lady and her attendants.  Gradually, but very slowly, she began to mend, until in the course of a few weeks she was able with some help and crutches to walk in her room.  She is so far restored now that she can walk about and attend to some of her household duties.  The particulars of this singular case ought to be published far and wide so that others similarly afflicted might enjoy the benefit of the same treatment.  Undoubtedly, the doctor’s recent visit to some of the hospitals in Great Britain has largely increased his medical knowledge and skill.  Much credit is due to him for his persevering efforts and success in this case.  It may be mentioned that Dr. Orton has been very successful in treating other critical cases in this neighbourhood.


Reverend John Neil, B.A., of Nassagaweya and Campbellville, has received a call to the Charles Street Presbyterian congregation in Toronto, salary promised $2,000.  It will not be known whether he will accept that call till December.  It will be remembered that Mr. Neil conducted the re-opening services of Duff’s Church in August of 1883, and delivered an interesting lecture in the Town Hall, Aberfoyle, last December, and also an eloquent missionary address in Duff’s Church, last fall.  Mr. Neil is a great favourite with the Puslinch congregations, and should he decide to leave his present charge, many here will regret it. 


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Morriston Correspondence

October 30th 1884.


The Sabbath School on the 10th Concession closed yesterday.  It will be re-opened in April.  The attendance this summer was larger than on any previous year.  What is specially interesting about this Sabbath School is that it is conducted by the young people of the section.  Mr. Peter McLaren, now school teacher in Guelph Township, taught in this section for upwards of twenty years.  During that time, he conducted a Sabbath School, often single-handed in the teaching staff, but he laboured and persevered from year to year.  As a result of his labours, those who were once his scholars are now conducting it.  Miss Annie McFarlane, who died this month in California, and whose death was mentioned in last week’s Mercury newspaper, took a very active part in the Sabbath School, being for many years one of the teachers.  Anyone visiting it last summer would be delighted at the large attendance, order, and the attention paid to what is said by the teachers.  It must be very gratifying to Mr. McLaren to know that years after he left this section the interest in the Sabbath School work is deepening and increasing.  How different it is in other School Sections where the teachers never countenance this institution.


A temperance meeting was held in the Town Hall, Aberfoyle, last Thursday night.  The attendance, owing to the stormy weather, was not large.  Reverend Dr. McKay and Reverend Mr. West delivered interesting and earnest addresses, urging upon all present to use their influence on behalf of the Scott Act, which will be voted on in the course of a few weeks.  Recitations of temperance pieces were given by Messrs. Woods, Laycock, J. A. Cockburn, and H. Reid, which were well received and added greatly to the interest of the meeting.


Mrs. Stewart, widow of the late Andrew Stewart, died yesterday morning.  Her illness was of short duration.  She attended the services in Duff’s Church a week ago last Sabbath and Monday, of which she was a member for many years.  Her husband, who died about nine years ago, took an active part in the affairs of the township, being for some time one of the councillors.  Mrs. Stewart resided for many years in this village, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.


This is the week for holding missionary meetings in all of the congregations and mission stations comprising the Guelph Presbytery.  The annual missionary meeting will be held in Duff’s Church next Friday evening.  A large attendance and liberal collection for missions are expected.  Reverend A. Hamilton, of Winterbourne, and Reverend A. Russell, of Hawkesville, are the deputation appointed by Presbytery to speak that evening.  These gentlemen have never addressed a Puslinch audience.


Very little is heard of late about the proposed line between the Royal City and the C.V.R. (Credit Valley Railway).  The routes inspected either east or west of this village are not the best.  Wherever it starts from in Guelph, it should tap the Credit Valley at Schaw Station.  The engineering difficulties do not appear greater than the others.  There is considerable business done at Schaw Station, being in a central position, Guelph, 12 miles north, Hamilton, 16 south, Galt, 15 west, and Campbellville, 10 east.  McCrae and Leslie Stations (Killean) will never amount to much, whereas Schaw, with the Brock Road going through, has every chance of being a place of considerable importance in the near future.  These and other reasons should influence the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to have the terminus of the line at said point, which would give an outlet from Guelph.  By adopting this route, a station would be erected near Morriston Post Office, and another at Aberfoyle, near Mr. McLeod’s residence, where the four roads meet.






Morriston Correspondence

November 12th 1884.


Services were held on Thanksgiving Day in Duff’s Church here.  The pastor preached from Psalm 34:1.  This year has been full of blessings.  There has been an abundant harvest; every kind of grain sown yielded a rich return; there were sunshine and refreshing showers in their season; there was beautiful dry weather during the appointed weeks of harvest; no frosts or storms have injured the products of our fields.  The health of the nation has been good; a person might safely travel from one end of the dominion to the other without the fear of contagious diseases.  No foe has trodden our soil or injured our flag; peace has long dwelt within our borders.  We have our Bibles, Sabbaths, means of grace, and Divine ordinances.  In viewing our civil and religious privileges, we are more highly favoured than any other people; for all these and other favours, we should bless The Lord, specially this day and at all times.  Reverend W. Meldrum led in prayer at the close.  The attendance was not so large as it ought to be, the day being cold, and many were working at their turnips for fear of more unpropitious weather.  Quite a number came 5, 6, and even 7 miles, while those close by were absent.  This would remind a person of the old proverb, “Near the Kirk, far from grace”.


A teacher for the senior division in Morriston School has not yet been secured.  The Trustees are receiving applications.  It is to be hoped that a well qualified and suitable teacher will be obtained, one that will take a warm interest in Sabbath School work, and attend the church here, and thus set a good example before old and young.  A teacher of this stamp might regard himself as settling down here almost for a lifetime.  The people in this section are quiet and peaceable, and would rather dilate on the virtues or good qualities of their teacher than hear of his defects.  They have been paying a higher salary than any other section in the Township.  Miss Christina McLean, who taught very acceptably the junior department this year is re-engaged for 1885.


Mr. Galbraith has conducted the tailoring establishment here for many years.  He and his assistants are usually kept very busy.  Those who wish suits made for Christmas should make an early application.  Mr. G. is a first-class tailor and turns out excellent work, very different from a tailor not a hundred miles from here, to whom a man once went with a piece of cloth to get a summer coat made for Sunday wear; his wife was to make another coat from the same cloth for wearing during the week.  When the coats were made and compared, a vice versa change had to be made.  If the Scott Act had been in force in Wellington at that time, such a misfit may not have happened.  Mr. G. is a man of strictly temperate habits, and always reliable for making suits fit.


  Mr. W. Ross was in the village last week.  He has been on a pleasure trip for a few months to the Great Lone Land.  He has been visiting Muskoka district and up as far as French River.  For three weeks he has not seen the face of a white man.  He looks well after his long journey.  Mr. R. has been in the mercantile line of business here for eighteen years.  About two years ago he retired, and is now succeeded by Mr. Morrison.  His many friends here would be very glad if he would decide to spend the evening of his days in their midst.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Morriston

January 11th 1887.


Mr. Geo. Hanning, of Morriston, has rented Mrs. Fhury’s hotel, in that village.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Gone to Morriston

March 19th 1888.


Dr. J. A. Phillips, of this city, who passed his examination in Toronto last year, and who has just returned from a 6 months course in a New York hospital, left today for Morriston, to practice his profession.  Dr. Phillips is possessed of much ability and genial disposition, so that he will, no doubt, shortly build up a good practice.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Auction Sale

of valuable Real Estate in Aberfoyle and Morriston


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

Saturday, 28th of January 1889,

at 2 o’ clock p.m.


No. 1

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


No. 2

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


No. 3

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


No. 4

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


No. 5

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


No. 6

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


No. 7

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


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


Terms of Sale

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



R. B. Morison, Proprietor.

James Taylor, Auctioneer.






Store Robbed in Morriston

October 9th 1889.


On Sunday evening, about church time, the general store of Mr. D. L. Holtzman was broken into and the till relieved of $85.  N. Stiegler, clerk, and Ed. Stricker, tailor, were in the tailor shop, which is in connection with the store, shortly before the robbery occurred.  Yesterday, County Constable Ingram arrested Stiegler on suspicion, and had him lodged in Guelph jail.  Magistrate John Harris remanded the prisoner, this morning, until Friday, when further developments are expected.






Morriston Correspondence

December 4th 1889.


The shooting match held in the village last Thursday was a great success.  Guelph, Hespeler, and other places were represented and some excellent shooting was made.  Everything passed off pleasantly.


Mr. Wm. Bearne, our fashionable tailor, took a trip westward, last Sunday.


Mr. R. B. Morrison and wife are visiting in Hamilton.


The services in the G. E. Church on Sunday last were fairly well attended.  All were much impressed with the able discourses delivered by the Reverend Mr. Wing, of Berlin.


Mr. F. Humphreys is taking a few holidays in the Ambitious City.


Mr. and Mrs. P. Zinner, of Hanover, are in the village, spending a few days.


Mr. E. Strycker took a day’s shooting last week, but on account of the scarcity of game, was unable to show off his abilities as a marksman.


Mr. C. Morlock has been on the sick list for the last few days.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Notes

December 18th 1889.


The farmers are now busy, laying in their Christmas supplies.


Last Sabbath, the Reverend Mr. Turnbull, of Roxborough, occupied the pulpit of Duff’s Church.  Both morning and evening services were held.  He is an able discourser, and he was listened to by a large congregation, who greatly enjoyed him.  He will hold prayer meetings during the week, on the 10th and 3rd Concessions, and in Badenoch.


Services were held in English in the Evangelical Church last Sunday evening to a large congregation.  The Reverend E. Eby officiated.


The Crieff Presbyterian Church is again without a pastor, on account of the Reverend Mr. Cameron, who has been officiating the last year, having received a call elsewhere.


Large numbers here witnessed the burning of the R. C. Church in Freelton, last Saturday evening.  Much regret was expressed, upon ascertaining what building was being burnt.  The fire was plainly visible here and in Aberfoyle.


 An orchestra was organized last week.  It consists of five pieces, viz., 1st and 2nd violins and bass viola, and 1st and 2nd cornets.  It is their intention to still further strengthen it by adding another cornet.  The boys are busy at practice and in the near future we may expect some good music for dances, et cetera.


Owing to the dampness of the night, the meeting to organize a toboggan club was poorly attended.  It is the intention to hold another later on when the weather is more promising.


If we are to have a Literary Society this winter, it is high time that someone was hustling.


Lodge 255, I.O.U.W., held its regular meeting on Saturday night.  Important business was transacted, part of which they promise to give to the public at an early date.


Court Puslinch, I.O.F., will hold an important meeting next Saturday evening.  As it is the Saturday before Christmas, it is expected that there will be a large turnout.


Morriston will be largely represented at the Hespeler shooting tournament on the 17th.  A day’s sport is expected.


B. Brown Junior, on the 21st instant, shot 7 hares and a fox.  Can any Guelph sports equal it?


One of our merchants held a turkey raffle last Saturday night.  A great deal of fun was indulged in.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Morriston

January 15th 1890.


Hymen’s Altar — A most pleasing event took place at the residence of Donald Cameron, of East Flamboro, on the 8th instant, which was the marriage of his daughter, Jessie, to Mr. Alexander McLean, of Badenoch.  After the ceremony, the happy couple left on a short tour to the Falls.  On their return on Friday, a “Welcome Home” was given them by the parents of the groom in the shape of a sumptuous repast, of which a large number of relatives and friends partook.  A most enjoyable evening was spent.


The banns were published last Sabbath from the pulpit of the Strabane English Church, of the marriage of its pastor, Reverend W. R. Blatchford to Georgina, daughter of Dr. Mathers, of Freelton.


Churches — Reverend Mr. Turnbull, of Edinburgh, Scotland, preached a most eloquent sermon in Duff’s Church, last Sunday, which was greatly enjoyed by the congregation.  Protracted meetings are being held in the German Evangelical Church.  The Union Sunday School is negotiating for the purchase of an organ to replace the rented one that they have at present.


Notes —Mr. and Mrs. Alex. McLean Senior, of Badenoch, intend moving to their house in the village shortly.  B. Brown, hotel-keeper, had the roof of his driving shed blown off by the gale on Monday last.  Christian Becker, tinsmith, lost a valuable horse, through inflammation, last Sunday night.  La Grippe laid hold on the village in great shape last week.  Numerous are the cases, some of them being quite serious, the parties being confined to bed.  A case of diphtheria is also reported.  The annual installation of officers of the A.O.U.W. took place last Saturday evening.  The present amusement for the villagers seems to be Grippe and card playing.  Card parties were held every night last week.  Ground was broken Tuesday morning for the new block and hall being erected by Mr. John Huether.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Notes

February 18th 1890.


Closed Up — Frank Humphreys, who kept a general store in Brown’s Block, has closed up on account of not finding it very remunerative.  He has since hired with D. L. Holtzman, as driver on his wagon.


New Man — Messrs. McDonald and Ironside, of Puslinch, have concluded to put a wagon on the road, and secured the services of Alfred Purnell, of Freelton, to take it in hand.


Revivals — The Brethren have started a series of revival services in the Town Hall.  They have secured a number of outside preachers, who succeed in drawing quite a crowd to listen to the doctrine.  The services in the Evangelical have been discontinued.


Personals — Miss Eberth, of West Toronto Junction, is visiting friends and relatives.  Miss Moatz, of Fesserton, is the guest of Mr. John Winer.  A. Little is visiting Mr. Benjamin Jacobs.  John Dawson and wife leave for their home, West Toronto Junction, on Thursday.  Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Courtenay, of Waterdown, spent a day visiting relatives.


 Funerals — The funeral of the late John McDonald, of Crieff, was largely attended last Tuesday.  A large number are attending the funeral of John Kennedy Senior, “Cally”, this afternoon.  Mr. D. Holland’s child that was sick with whooping cough died on Sunday night.


I.O.F. Entertainment — A large crowd from here attended the I.O.F. entertainment and ball at Aberfoyle and came home well satisfied that it was the best that has ever been given in this section.  Mr. Fields, of Guelph, preside as chairman, and filled it in a most happy and pleasing manner.  Below is the full programme of the entertainment:

Overture — Nelligan family, Highland Fling — C. Sinclair, recitation — Prof. Hayes, song “Maid of the Mill” — Mrs. L. Hill, American Story Teller — D. Mitchell, hornpipe — Prof. Hayes, farce “The Silent Woman” — The Company, contortion and clown acting — Jarrell and Thomson, sword dance — C. Sinclair, song “Bank O’ the Dee” — Mrs. L. Hill, burial corn sketch — Jarrell and Thomson, Irish jig — Prof. Hayes, farce “The Living Statue” — The Company, and “God Save the Queen”.


Fraternal Visit — A number of members of Court Aberfoyle paid a fraternal visit to Court Puslinch on Saturday evening.  A very enjoyable time was spent.


Gone to Toronto — Bro. John Ames, delegate for Morriston Lodge, A.O.U.W., left today for Toronto to attend the meeting of the Grand Lodge, which meets tomorrow.  He will have no easy time, as there is a large amount of heavy work on hand.


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Morriston Jottings

February 27th 1890.


Ice Crop — The farmers and storekeepers have been busily engaged during the week, laying in their summer supply of ice.  The ice on the pond is very clear, and there is very little trouble experienced in hauling it, as the thickness is only 12 inches.


The Lost Found — There was great lamentation in the village for a few days last week when it was reported that “Our Poet” had been lost in Toronto.  The general opinion at the time was that the great mental strain occasioned by his latest efforts entitled “Car Fare and Fare Well” had proven too much for him, and that during a fit of abstraction he had wandered off.  A general expression of relief was shown on the faces of the people when he bobbed up serenely on Saturday evening.


Broken Leg — Last Tuesday, Wm. McCartney, on the 10th Concession, had the misfortune of having a leg badly smashed through a kick by a horse.  It was so badly broken that Dr. Howitt had to call Dr. F. Howitt, of Guelph, to assist in the setting.  He is now doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.


Closed Up — Another firm has closed up on account of dullness of trade.  This time it is the Misses McAllister and McPherson, dressmakers.


Property Purchased — Joseph Maddaugh, miller, has purchased the property known as the Lower Blacksmith Shop, from George Elfner, and intends converting it into a grist mill.  The property is very suitable for the business, as there is a splendid supply of water.  The price was in the neighbourhood of $500.


Building — Mr. Elfner intends extending his upper town shop to the street.  The addition will be of stone and will make a big improvement.  There is also a rumour that he is going into the manufacturing of plows as soon as the addition is completed.


Quarterly Meetings and Revival — The regular quarterly meetings are being held in the German Evangelical Church.  Reverend L. Wing, of Berlin, occupied the pulpit last Sunday.  The morning service was in German and the evening in English. Notwithstanding the bad weather, large congregations were on hand to listen to the Reverend gentleman who has always been a great favourite with Morristonians.  The Brethren are still conducting their revival, and have been successful, as there has been quite a number led to believe their peculiar doctrines. 


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Morriston Jottings

March 18th 1890.


Accident — Word has been received that John Schultz, of West Toronto Junction, son of Fred Schultz, of this place, has had his arm broken by falling from a scaffold.  As he is a member of the sick benefit in one of the benevolent societies here, he will have no doctor’s bill to pay.


School examination — The public school in Badenoch held its promotion examinations on Friday last.  The results will not be known until May.


Mail Matter — Last week being the semi-annual enumeration in the Post Office, it will be a little interesting to know how much mail matter is posted here during a week.  The Government picks on what it considers the dullest periods of the year so as to be able to form a fair average.  From the 9th to the 15th instant, both days being included, mail posted only, letters — 256, of which 13 were for foreign countries, 14 registered, and 25 free, postcards — 37, newspapers — 21, parcels — 2, postage on same — $8.39.


Presentation — On Thursday evening, Mr. W. J. Russell, the retiring station agent at Schaw, was given a pleasant surprise by the villagers of Schaw and Morriston, who made him the recipient of an address, accompanied by a beautiful gold watch.


Correction — In last week’s issue, it was printed that Miss Jennie Scott was studying music at Prof. Torrington’s college in Toronto; it should have been Prof. Farringer’s.


Railway Talk — The prospect of having a railroad running through the village has caused considerable excitement, and everybody is preparing for a boom.  Some already see large factories erected, in their mind’s eye.  There would be no trouble in its getting a bonus, as all who were against the Credit Valley getting in, now see their error.  Hamilton has always been considered the best market for produce and the merchants would rather buy their groceries and shoes there, than in Toronto, as they have the largest warehouses.


Notes — Mr. W. Ross, the new station agent, is at his post.  Thomas Ingram spent a day in the village, the first since his accident.  From the amount of cotton displayed around his head, you would almost take Tom for a Turk or an agent for some cotton factory.  We are glad to see that Robert Galbraith, son of Mr. Robert Galbraith, of Guelph, has so far recovered as to move around a little.  He is now stopping with his brother William, in Badenoch.  Robert Watson Junior left last week for his home in Manitoba.  The C.P.R. is very strict in carrying out its regulations.  The section boss left his work for a few minutes to say goodbye to a friend who was going off in the train.  An inspector came along and a fine was imposed, two days off work.  Now that the assizes are near at hand, the excitement in the Leich case is reviewing.  C. M. Morison is on the jury.  The revivals still continue to draw crowds to the Town Hall.  As is usual when religious meetings are held for any length of time, a few young men of the village try to create a row, seeming to forget that it is the Gospel that is being preached.  It did not work this time, as the preacher at once turned his attention to them and gave them a rebuking, which they richly deserved.  Miss Barbara Brown, of Crediton, is visiting George Finkbeiner.  Mrs. Longmate, of Detroit, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Fred Beaver.  Miss E. Reid leaves next Saturday to pay a visit in Lucknow.


Moving — D. L. Holtzman is occupying a part of the tinshop until his new store is finished.  David Ross is moving into the store formerly occupied by Mr. Holtzman.


Horse Buyers — A number of horse buyers are in the village today, Tuesday, purchasing horses for shipment to the States.  Quite a number of farmers are present with their best horses, but sales are few, as the prices asked are more than the buyers are willing to give.


Marriages in Crieff — Crieff is to have another marriage tomorrow, viz., the uniting of Archie Scott to Miss Mary McPherson.  After the ceremony, the happy couple will leave for the Royal City, spending their honeymoon at the bride’s sister’s.  On the 26th, Crieff is also to have two more.  After these marriages are all off, those who were united last week, along with the present group, are to give a swell dance.  This is an economical plan that the young folks in other townships would be wise to follow.


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Morriston Jottings

April 1st 1890.


Seed Fair — The seed fair to be held on the 3rd instant promises to be a greater success than ever this year judging from the amount of talk there is about it.


Telephone Line — The villages are much disappointed with the Telephone Company for not putting their line through the villages.  It passes along the first Gore in Badenoch.  Their reason for not coming through the village is that there are too many telegraph wires on each side of the Brock Road, which would make a good-working telephone wire an impossibility.  They are willing to give connection if the village will pay the expense of building same.


Imperial Federation — A poem with the foregoing title appeared in “Truth”, in the March number.  It takes up a column and a half of the paper and is written by Andrew Ramsay, of this place, and does him great credit.  It is said that he received quite a sum of money for it.


Charles Rotharmel leaves this week for Elkton, Michigan, to work for his father who is doing an extensive lumbering and shingle business at that place.


On Friday afternoon, the old Badenoch School will be put up at auction.  The bidding will likely be brisk, as there are three or four parties wishing to get it.


An Old Settler’s Return — After sixteen years absence, Mr. A. Melvin has returned.  Mr. Melvin is well known to the older people in this district, as he formerly resided on the Stuart farm, in the 2nd Concession.  He has been living of late in Muskoka, but having taken the agency for a silver-plating firm and also a fruit-growing firm, decided that the best place to make sales was among his old friends and we are happy to state that he is doing very successfully.


The snowstorm of Friday did no damage in this section.  The roads were made very bad in some places, the drifts being 2 and 3 feet deep, while in others they were bare, making teaming an impossibility.


As soon as the snow disappears, Mr. Elfner will start work on his new shop.  He has all the stone on hand, ready to use.


School notes — The Union Sunday School held a quarterly review last Sabbath, which proved quite interesting, questions being put to the school by the different teachers and the Superintendent, the scholars answering very readily, which goes to show that the work is not lagging at all.  The attendance is also good.


Public examinations were held in both village schools last Friday, and notwithstanding the storm, there was a large attendance.  A very pleasant day was spent.  Mr. John Rowe presided as chairman, a position he filled very creditably.  Speeches were made by Mr. Finkbeiner and others.


Take With a Grain — About thirty years ago, there was great talk of there being large tracts of salt here, especially on Ben Jacob’s lower field.  Every now and again, the talk arises afresh.  Last week it was renewed again, and there is talk of subscribing a sum of money so as to make a test.


Notes — The storm cleared the ice off the pond, the earliest opening for many years.  Andrew Ramsay left for New York last week.  Considerable amusement was occasioned by the way that one of our young men hustled around to get his best girl off on the evening train and arrived there in time to see it going away.  Thomas Blacklock left for Campbellville on Friday evening to spend Sunday.  Miss McLelland spent Sunday with her folks in Galt.  Much satisfaction was expressed in the way Leich was disposed of.  Tickets are being sold for the Oddfellows ball, which comes off on the 25th instant, in Hamilton.  Railroad talk is general.  A. Stewart, of Galt, is visiting in Crieff.  He has been on the sick list but is now improving.  Dr. McEdwards is not able to be around yet.  Word from Toronto Junction says that John Schultz is likely to be laid up for some time, as his arm is badly fractured.  We expect to have some good foot crossings laid this summer; they are wanted badly.  Glad to see that John Nicoll is made pathmaster; he’s a hustler.  A rumour is that one of our firms is dissolving partnership.  Spring has come.  The geese are holding their annual drill.  Don’t plant your garden seed too early.  Remember last spring, 1st of June was the heavy frost, half an inch of ice.  Frank Wise leaves for the great Northwest shortly.  Mr. Ross finds the repairing of his store more than he expected.  Clover and timothy are selling rapidly at the seed store.  They are cheaper this year.  Joseph Roach has been spinning dog yarns again.  Jacob Fritz has sold his carriage horse to Allan Stewart, councillor.  A large number of people went to Guelph on Monday to see the fun in the police court.  John McAstocker, of Freelton, visited the village on Saturday evening.  A return call was made on Sunday by Miss Gayer, B. Brown Junior and wife, Mrs. Fury, Robert McGinnis, and Mrs. Dennis Bunyan.  Doctor D. McEdwards, of Thedford, is visiting his mother and sick brother.  Mrs. W. J. Kilgour, of Arkell, is the guest of Mrs. D. McEdwards.  Doctor J. D. Courtenay, of Waterdown, and wife, are visiting relatives.  R. C. Morison will visit a few days this week in Hamilton.  Miss Laing, of Arkell, is visiting relatives and friends.  George Williams, of Guelph, has a sign up in the village for his celebrated Hot Cross buns.  Lots of dye is being sold for Easter eggs.  Frank Kestinmaucher Junior is on an extended visit in Hamilton. 


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Morriston Jottings

April 8th 1890.


Easter — Good Friday passed off very quietly in the village.  Services were held in the G.E. Church to a large congregation.  Easter Sunday services were also held in the different churches.


Nomination — The people intend to turn out in goodly numbers to the nomination for local candidates on the 12th instant, in Guelph.


Railway — The Railway Bylaw being carried in Hamilton, we expect to see surveyors here very soon.  We have no fear of its going via Hespeler as it is the shorter route that they are after.


Disaster — Something gave out on an engine on the C.P.R. at Schaw on Saturday, which caused a delay of three or four hours and gave employment to local hands.


Sold Cheap — The old Schoolhouse in Badenoch was sold for $30 to Duncan Clark.  He intends turning it into a driving house.


Vacation — The summer term has started in the schools now that vacation is over.


Skipped — It is reported that one of our former residents, but lately near Freelton, has skipped, leaving numerous creditors to mourn his departure, one party being left to the tune of $500.


Notes — Miss H. McLean left for Hamilton the other day.  A. Melvin is off to Guelph, finding the roads here a little too muddy to rush business.  The mud this week is almost as deep as the snow was last.  John Schultz is now in Hanover, where he will stay until his arm heals.  Dr. Howitt upset in Aberfoyle on Saturday last and now sports some fine looking scratches.  Miss L. Howitt, of Gourock, is visiting here.  The I.O.F. held a splendid meeting on Saturday evening.  Speeches were in order.  Rapolt Bros. Are busy fixing in their cider and jelly press.  The talk over the salt wells is still continuing.  Miss Katie Foley is visiting in Hamilton.


Sick — We are sorry to report of the severe illness of Mr. Neil Smith, of Badenoch.  He is suffering from cancer and there is very small hope of his recovery.


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Morriston Jottings

May 18th 1890.


Runaway — A horse attached to a light wagon ran away last Wednesday from George Elfner’s lower shop.  The main street at the time was crowded with vehicles on their way to the Guelph fair and it was remarkable that no one was hurt, as the pace was something furious.  The horse was captured near Duff’s Church, none the worse of its wild career.


Recovering — M. Fahrner Senior was seen on the street yesterday after being confined to the house all winter.  Erhart Hobergerer is now able to sit up, and we hope ere long to see him again engaged at his old stand, the carpet weaving.


New Inhabitants — Mr. James Elliott, of Aberfoyle, has leased the house of Mrs. John McEdward, and intends moving in at once.  There is also to be a large increase in population shortly, as three of the oldest settlers in Badenoch intend moving to the village with their families.


Post Office Returns — The annual Post Office returns have just been received and show a great increase over previous years, being very nearly double for this office.  We quote three offices in this district: —

Aberfoyle, gross postal revenue — $191.15, money orders issued — 151, amount of orders issued — $1230.20, orders paid — $744.94.

Puslinch, gross revenue — $136.23, orders issued — 205, amount of orders issued — $3,744.85, amount of orders paid — $1,019.88.

Morriston, gross revenue — $268.43, orders issued — 249, amount of orders issued — $5, 059.52, amount of orders paid — $1,225.39.


Funeral — The funeral of the late Geo. Scott, of Flamboro, was largely attended last Thursday.  The deceased died at St. Thomas and was formerly a resident of Flamboro.  The remains were buried in the Crown Cemetery.


Personal — We are glad to see our old friend Mrs. Johnson with her democrat on the road again.  The best vegetables always, Joseph McGinnis, of Guelph, is paying the village a visit.  Frank Day, traveller and collector for Stuart, Harvey & Co., of Hamilton, has been arrested, his accounts show a $1038 shortage.  He is well known here and in Aberfoyle, and his arrest has been a painful surprise to those who always considered him an upright man.  He is well connected and his relations say that he will clear himself of the charges brought against him.  


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Morriston Jottings

May 20th 1890.


Sanitary Inspector — This week, our Health Inspector, Mr. A. Munro, took a look over the village and reports it as being in a better sanitary condition than in former years.  He also examined the wells and found them to be very satisfactory.


Ascension Day — The day was very well observed here this year.  Sermons were held during the morning in the G. E. (German Evangelical) Church.


Double Runaway — Last Friday, a team belonging to Charles Currie took fright at a cow and dashed down Badenoch Street at a pretty good pace.  Mr. Currie was thrown out, but fortunately escaped with a few scratches.  The horses were stopped on Queen Street by the reins getting twisted around the hub of a wheel, pulling them up in short order.  The same team again ran away while in a field, Wm. Rotharmel was thrown between the wheels, but luckily escaped without injury.  The horses ran to the end of the field and succeeded pretty well in demolishing their harness.


Note — The Bell Telephone Company says it will not open an office here, as on the wire there are now too many offices.  This village is greatly astonished at the doings of Freelton, the village of churches.  In the window of Morison’s millinery store is displayed a cactus with 58 flowers in bloom.  The funeral of Mrs. McDermid was one of the largest that has been seen for some time.  John Winer had a barn-raising on Monday afternoon.  Wonder when Duff’s Church is going to select a pastor?  A half-witted boy occasionally visits the village and is generally made the object of sport by some of the young men.  It is hard to tell at the time as to which one of the crowd is the possessor of the most brains.  Last Sunday, as a couple of gentlemen were escorting their lady friends home from church, they were followed by a crowd of young men, not boys, who kept nagging them.  The termination of the affair was a free fight.  It is a pity that the village has no constable.  C. Currie sold a horse in Hamilton last week.  Lot Singular has sold his Strabane hotel to L. Goetz, of Little Germany.  A corn doctor struck the village on Monday.  He is doing a rushing business, his fees being low.


Building Operations — The roof is on Elfner’s building.  The foundations are completed on the Meldrum and Singular dwellings.  The joists were put in for the first floor of Huether’s Block.  Thos. Morriss’ house is finished.  It now faces on Victoria and is one of the finest dwellings in the village.


Fine Horses — Two of the finest horses ever seen here visited the village last week and were much admired.  Jos. Tovell’s “Wilkes Almont”, black, and John Clark’s prize winner.  Clark’s horse has taken five first prizes in the last three years in Guelph and surrounding country.


Fish — A party of Schawiters visited Puslinch Lake last week.  In a division, there was one quarter of a fish to each.  The creeks are teaming with speckled beauties this year; some fishermen bring home as many as 30 apiece.  A load from Galt, another from Guelph, but town folk generally buy their fish.  August Miller has always a good supply on hand.  William Foster caught in Lake Meedad, Halton, two trout weighing respectively 2¼ and 1¾ pounds.  They were weighed on the scales in Morison’s store on Saturday evening.


Personal — Dan McIntosh, of Hamilton, paid the village a visit.  He has been laid up in the hospital for three weeks, but is now rapidly gaining flesh.  Mrs. Sanford, of Hamilton, is visiting Mrs. Kestinmaucher.  Mr. F. Smye, of Hamilton, was also here.  A. H. Whittmack, C.P.R. agent, in Hespeler, gave a half hour chat.  Thos. James, of Guelph, came down to see why it was that the Tories put his name on their list.  He can’t tolerate their dirty work and soon convinced them of the fact.  Mr. J. Mussell has severed his connection with A. Foley.  Miss Laing has returned to her in Arkell. 


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Morriston Jottings

May 27th 1890.


Queen’s Birthday — The day passed off very quietly, nothing going on in the village.  A great number left for other places.  The stores and shops were kept open, as usual.


Cattle Shipment — Mr. Malcolm Kennedy shipped from Schaw Station, last Friday, his second carload of cattle for the mother country.  The herd consisted of the best heads that could be found and will bring a good figure.  Mr. Kennedy intends making another shipment shortly.


Court of Revision — The Court of Revision held a sitting yesterday to hear all the appeals against assessment.  There were very few cases on hand, and an adjournment was made early in the afternoon.


Division Court — The May session of the Division Court will be held on Friday, the 30th instant.  There are a number of cases to be tried, but not the usual quota.


Matrimonial — A quiet wedding took place on Saturday evening at the residence of Charles Calfas, Miss May Schank being united in the ties of Holy matrimony to S. Levingod, of Dashwood.  The party left for Guelph the same night, returning Monday evening, when they were treated to a serenade by the villagers.


Personals — Doctor Meldrum and wife, of Wingham, spent Sunday with Mrs. Meldrum, Millbank.  Mr. Huether and Dr. Cunningham, of Hespeler, have been visiting among friends and relatives.  Miss Finkbeiner, daughter of the Reverend J. Finkbeiner, of Hamilton, is the guest of John and Mrs. Gayer.


 Fine Mules — The Messrs. Falconbridge, of Aberfoyle, are the happy possessors of a team of white mules.


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Colonel MacDonald at Morriston

May 29th 1890.


Col. MacDonald held a meeting at Morriston last night, Dr. John A. Howitt occupying the chair.  There was a large attendance.  Col. MacDonald spoke first, dealing with the Meredith platform.  He was followed by Mr. D. McCrae, who cut the Colonel’s arguments all to pieces.  The Col. replied, but it was evident that his arguments were of no weight with the electors.






Morriston Jottings

June 17th 1890.


For Niagara — Major Nicoll, accompanied with his Artillery Brigade, left here Monday for Niagara, where they go to camp.  The boys look well and no doubt will make their usual creditable showing.


Exhibition — The Wonderful Exhibition held for last Thursday under canvas instead of the Town Hall.  The tent was crowded to the entrance.  The exhibition was not of much account.  Some of the boys were greatly mashed on the Circassian Beauty, of which she took advantage, by disposing of a great number of her photographs at 10 cents each.


Carnival — Friday was like a Sunday here, most of the shops being closed.  The cause was the exodus to the Galt Carnival.


Sunday School Picnic — Wednesday will see a great exodus from Aberfoyle.  The Methodist Sunday School will hold its annual picnic at Victoria Park on the Speed.


Funeral — The body of the late A. McIntosh, who was killed on the C.P.R., arrived at Schaw Station on Monday evening, and was removed to his father’s residence in Crieff.  The funeral will take place today, Thursday.  The family has the deepest sympathy of this village in their bereavement.  A gloom fell over the place on hearing of the sad accident.


Personal — James McFarlane, merchant, and Walter Ferguson, of Thamesville, spend a few days visiting relatives.  Mrs. Harmon McIntyre and children, of London, are the guests of Mrs. John Fritz.  Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Skinner and Mrs. Budd, of Guelph, were the guests of Mrs. R. B. Morison, on Monday.  Mrs. Wenp, of Chatham, has been visiting Mrs. James Elliot.  Miss F. G. Morison has returned home after a two weeks vacation.  George Watson, of Chicago, is visiting his parents at Schaw.


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Morriston Jottings

June 24th 1890.


Horse Injured — Mr. C. Currie had a valuable horse severely injured last Saturday by being gored in the side by a bull.  Veterinary Surgeon Reed, of Guelph, was telegraphed for and dressed the wounds.  The horse is now doing as well as could be expected.


Street Improvements — J. Nicoll has again been appointed overseer for statute labour in the village.  He is the right man for the place, a fact which the villagers have not lost sight of.  The much needed ditching on Badenoch Street is being done, which will be a big improvement, as heretofore the water has run down the centre of the roadway.  Sidewalks will also be laid on Victoria Street to Badenoch Street, and if funds hold out there will also be a couple of good crossings laid.  We would recommend that cedar blocks be laid for crossings instead of plank.


New Road Wagon — D. L. Holtzman has received out of Campbell’s Carriage Shop a handsome new peddling wagon, covered.  We not that the name is now D. L. Holtzman & Co.


Picnics — The picnic season is now in full blast.  The Aberfoyle Sunday School one last week at Victoria Park was a great success.  Crieff Public School is to hold forth next week in McDonald’s bush.  The Aberfoyle and Morriston Public Schools hold forth on Friday next, the former at the O.A.C. College and the latter, likely at Victoria Park.  Why not have both at the same place?


Church Improvements — The German Episcopal Church will be closed for a short term.  It is now the handsomest church in the vicinity, but the congregation is not yet satisfied, and have decided to have the edifice painted throughout and frescoed.


Sunday School Convention — The Township Sabbath School Association of Puslinch will hold its fourth semi annual convention in the Methodist Church, in Aberfoyle, on the 27th of June.  The following subjects are on the programme: — “Organization and Management of Sabbath School” by Messrs. McDonald and Charlton, “How Best to Supply the Place of Absent Teachers” by Messrs. Cockburn and Geo. Sparks, “How Best to Secure and Retain the Attention of the Class” by Messrs. Kennawin and McCaig, and “Essential Aids to Carrying on a Successful School”.  Prof. Shaw and others have been invited to take part.


A Mean Trick — A couple of young men in company with some young ladies drove out from Badenoch to attend the brethren meeting on Sunday, and put their horse in the shed at the Sportsmen’s Rest.  While service was going on, some party unhitched the horse and put it in Foley’s yard.  You can imagine the result.  The young men suspect certain ones and are now lying low to have revenge.


Personals — John Gayer, accompanied by his daughter Lily, left for Mildmay on Thursday morning.  They will spend some time there and will also visit Hanover.  Mrs. J. Bernhardt, of Guelph, has been the guest of Mrs. Donald McLeod.  D. L. Holtzman was called away suddenly to Mildmay, sickness.  Miss M. J. Meldrum has accepted the position as nurse in the General Hospital, Toronto.  She left here on Monday.  John Fahrner, of Fahrner & Elfner, is visiting near Bay City, Michigan.


I.O.F. — The Foresters held a very good meeting on Saturday evening.  The attendance is not as good as in winter, owing to the amount of farm work going on.  They are talking of having games in the fall, after harvest.  A large turnout is expected at the next meeting, as it is likely that some of the big guns from Toronto and Guelph will be present.


Our Sick — Miss Sarah Ord has been quite ill for a couple of weeks past; she is now improving.  Angus McPherson, son of Alex McPherson, Crieff, is very low with brain fever.   Consultation was held last Friday by Doctors H. and J. A. Howitt.  He is now improving.  Mr. Neil Smith, of Badenoch, is improving.  Duncan Martin has appeared in our midst again; he looks a great deal better.  Dr. McEdwards is also moving around again.


A Flourishing Industry — Your correspondent has had the pleasure of being shown through the sash and door factory of Messrs. Wm. Stratton & Sons, and was greatly surprised at what he saw.  All are aware that the firm introduced steam power last winter, and are familiar with the buzzing of the saw, but few are aware of the amount of machinery introduced.  It is now a complete sash and door factory in all respects, there being no kind of a cut or groove that cannot be turned out.  They are at present introducing the exhaust steam pipe, which will be a great saving on water.  The engine is supplied with water from a well in the rear of the factory, which supplies an unlimited quantity.  The engine uses 75 barrels every two hours.  The amount of business this season has been so great that the firm finds itself cramped for room and it is likely that next year will see the factory extended to double its present capacity.


Mr. John Clarke Junior, of Morriston, left on Wednesday morning for Michigan to prospect, with a view of taking up land.


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Morriston Jottings

July 15th 1890.


The Crops — The farmers have nearly all of their hay in, which is this year a heavy crop and of good quality.  Oats, barley, and other grains promise to be also large.  What is wanted now is a good shower of rain.  This place received none of the late storms, which the surrounding country had last week.  Apples are going to be very scarce, as most of the trees show a blight.  Pears, berries, et cetera, are to be in a great abundance.


Duff’s Church — Duff’s Church is to have a prominent preacher shortly.  Last Sabbath, the pulpit was occupied by Reverend Porteous, of Galt, who preached a very eloquent sermon, which was listened to attentively by the congregation.


Weight and Measure — The Weight and Measure struck town this a.m., and is doing up the village.  He will see all things evenly balanced.


Notes — There were quite a number at the Schaw fire last Friday, considering the early hour, 3 a.m.  The barns were totally consumed although noble efforts were made by the local firemen to subdue the flames.  Special praise must be given to the Chief Constable and fire chief, who proved himself a hero in his noble efforts to save the effects in the building, and his endeavour to keep back the crowd.  A cave-in at the sewer on the corner of Badenoch and Queen Streets has left a large dangerous opening; it should be fixed at once.  The Township Council met yesterday.  There is some talk of a picnic to Puslinch Lake.  There was an initiation in the I.O.F, Aberfoyle, on Saturday evening.  Cherries are selling at $1.05 per basket, raspberries at 12½ per quart.  The thermometer shows 92 in the shade at 2 p.m. today.


Personals — John Huether and family left on Saturday evening for Hespeler, returning on Sunday night.  Doctor D. McEdwards, of Thedford, is visiting his folks.  Mrs. W. J. Kilgour, of Arkell, and family are staying with Mrs. McEdwards.  Miss Gage, of Hamilton, is visiting at the bungalow, Hussier terrace.  Wm. James, wife, and family, of Buffalo, are visiting Mrs. Fritz and friends.  Mrs. C. M. Morison has returned from a visit to Guelph.  Miss Scott has returned from College, at Toronto.  James McDonald and family are visiting in Lucknow.  John Munro, Principal of the Ottawa Public Schools, is visiting his folks.  H. Stein, of Waterloo, is visiting his old home.  George Wise has secured a situation as porter at the Rossin House, in Freelton.  Miss A. Meldrum, of Toronto, is home on vacation.  Tommy Dally, of Hamilton, is the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Foley.  F. G. Morison and A. C. Morison visited Waterdown on Sunday.


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Morriston Jottings

July 29th 1890.


Large Funeral — The funeral of the late Matthew Fahrner, which took place on Saturday, was very largely attended.  The deceased was a prominent member of the German Evangelical Church and will be sadly missed by its congregation.


Excursion — The excursion to the Falls, Hamilton, and Grimsby Park, under the auspices of the A.O.U.W., of Guelph, on the 7th of August, will likely have quite a number from here, the far for the round trip being only $1.15.  The people are beginning to realize that whatever the A.O.U.W. takes hold of is bound to be A1.


Drop in Tea — There was a great drop in tea and coffee last week.  Archibald McLean, tea agent, of Guelph, had the misfortune to upset opposite Donald McLean’s in Badenoch.  His stock was scattered rather profusely around.  Farmers are hereby cautioned not to blame the sugar if sand is now found in the bottom of their cups.


Church Services — The G. E. congregation is still holding services in Duff’s Church, their place of worship not being completed.  Reverend Alexander Kennedy holds services every Sabbath evening in the new schoolhouse.  He has large congregations.  English Church service was held last Sunday evening at Mr. Godleib Smith’s residence, Reverend W. Blachford officiating.


Personals — Mrs. N. Meldrum and daughters, of Ayr, are visiting Mrs. Meldrum.  Miss M. Meldrum has returned from Toronto.  Miss Janet Galbraith, of Guelph, is visiting her brother, Robert, in Badenoch.  J. O. McLean, of St. Thomas, has been visiting his parents.  Mr. Sinner, of Guelph General Hospital, was down to Mr. Fahrner’s funeral.  Dr. Chisholm and Mr. Nicholson, of Hamilton, spent Sunday with Dr. Howitt.  John Patterson, blacksmith, of Crieff, is very sick.  Miss Lillian Howitt, of Gourock, has been stopping with her brother.  R. Wynn, of Campbellville, spent Monday here.  Mr. C. Huether, wife, and family, of Hespeler, are on a visit at their son’s residence.  K. Hartford, artist, and his wife, of New York City, paid the village a visit.  It is said that they wanted to sketch our lake.


Rain — We have, at last, got a few showers of rain.  As a general rule, the storms swerve to the north or south, leaving us in the lurch.  They were wanted badly.


Picnic — A few of the Crieff folks are working to get up a picnic to Puslinch Lake.  They have also extended an invitation to a few here.  Why not let us have a grand union picnic, Badenoch, Morriston, Puslinch, Crieff, 2nd Concession, and Aberfoyle, sort of a civic holiday?  A little exertion among a few and we are there.  


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Morriston Jottings

August 19th 1890.


Big Work — It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.  While the farmers and others are complaining of the dry weather, the blacksmiths and carriage-makers are jubilant and are kept very busy setting tires and putting in hubs and spokes.  Last Friday, Jacob Fritz, of the centre Shop, set no less than twenty-eight tires alone, four of them being of steam threshing engines, and very hard to get off and replace.  This is counted very big work, seeing that he had his other work to do also.


Seed Fair — The farmers are talking a great deal about the Puslinch Seed Fair, which is to be held in Guelph on the 30th instant.  The farmers of lower Puslinch intend to outshine those of the upper section.  This keen rivalry ought to make the show a great success.


I.O.F. Demonstration — Quite a number of Foresters from Aberfoyle and here took part in the demonstration in Guelph.  They report as having had a splendid time.  Old friends that had not been seen for many a year turned up as delegates from distant Courts, and hand shaking was seen on all sides.  The procession was a grand success, and one of the main points that made it so was the Court Puslinch banner at the head of it.  The band concert was greatly enjoyed, as was also the beautiful Exhibition Park, but a greater success than any of the above was the “complimentary” tickets that Bro. H. Doughty handed out at 15 cents apiece.


Churches — The G. E. Church was re-opened on Sunday, the Reverend E. Eby officiating.  Large congregations were on hand who listened attentively and who also took in the improvements made.  Reverend Dr. Torrance, of Guelph, preached to a large congregation in Duff’s Church.  Reverend W. J. Blachford, of Strabane, held English Church services on Sunday morning at 10:30 in the residence of Mr. James.  Mr. Blachford leaves shortly for Huron, Michigan, where he has accepted a call.


Personals — Mrs. Jacob Fritz and family are visiting Bernard Fahrner, of Kilmanagh, Michigan.  Mr. John Munro leaves this week to take charge of his pupils in the Ottawa schools.  Miss McLellan has returned from her vacation and is ready to resume work.  Mr. Hiram Flowers has turned up all right, and expects his partner for life along shortly.  Mr. Turner, of Toronto, is visiting R. B. Morison.  Mrs. George Weeks and family, of Hagarsville, are staying with Mrs. B. Brown Senior.  Mr. S. Furniss, of the firm of Furniss & Son Marble Works, of Hamilton, is fixing up monuments in the Crown Cemetery.  Sister _____ (left blank), late Miss Jennie Foley, paid her old home a visit last week.  Mr. Geo. Lamb has secured the Ashgrove School in Halton, and left last week to take up his teaching.


Prolonged Vacation — There were a happy lot of children when it was read out in the different Sunday Schools last Sunday that the public schools would not open until Thursday, owing to cleaning and repairs yet to be done.


Serenade — The villagers were serenaded by an Orange band about 7:10 on Monday morning.  The boys got on to the racket as they saw them coming, and their sweet party tunes were drowned by the clamouring of the village bell and shouting.  They were en route for Hamilton.


Scottish Games in Guelph — A large number from here attended the games on Monday in Guelph.  Our leading athletes were among them, but accomplished nothing extraordinary.


A.O.U.W. — In the article on the new A.O.U.W. Hall the dimensions were accidentally omitted.  The size of the Hall is 36 by 21 feet.


A Great Loss — Mr. C. Currie had the misfortune of losing a very valuable horse on Sunday last by its breaking loose and getting into the oat bin, and getting at water afterwards.


A Breakdown — Three of our estimable young men, weighing altogether about 500 pounds, started for the Scottish games on Monday.  On the way, one of the tugs broke, causing the horse to overturn the rig, breaking the top considerably and otherwise breaking the vehicle, but not withstanding this, they patched up and started anew.  The front axle then broke, not to be much wondered at, considering the weight.  They got there all the same, and let it be known, there was never a Scotchman in the rig.


Barber Shop — There are very few around these regions who are aware that our old friend Thomas Thorne, late barber here, is now in Guelph, on Wyndham Street.  Your correspondent had the pleasure of calling on him, and if the editor of the Mercury will permit, will say that he has one of the nicest tonsorial shops in Guelph, and should deserve a call.


 A Fight — As a usual thing, this is a very quiet village, but last Saturday evening, it took a drop in that respect.  We had a prize fight, amount could not be ascertained, between a well known pugilist, Mr. George Wise, weight 175 pounds, and a light-weight, weighing 115.  The light-weight came out second best, and he now sports a very well darkened orbit of sight.  The affair created quite a stir.  Of course, our village constables were on other routes at the time.   


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Morriston Jottings

September 23rd 1890.


Post Office Returns — This last week has been the semi annual return to the Government for a week’s business in the Post Office.  The Morriston office shows that there were for the week 208 letters, 26 postal cards, 28 papers, and 3 packages, with a total postage of $6.11, which is much below the last report, it being one of the quietest weeks on record.


Passed her Examinations — Miss H. McLean returned home last Saturday from Hamilton, where she has been studying shorthand.  She is now through, having passed all the examinations.


Farewell Service — Reverend W. R. Blachford held evening services last Sunday at the residence of R. B. Morison.  There was a good attendance.  This is his last service here, as he leaves next week for Huron, to fill the call that he accepted.


Accepted the Call — The Daily Mercury was a little previous as to the Reverend W. Robertson having accepted a call to the Presbyterian congregation, but he has since done so.


A New Organist — Mrs. Alfred Riz has accepted the position as organist for the Union Sabbath School.  The school was badly in need of a competent organist.


Courts and Lodges — The A.O.U.W. met in their new hall for the first time at last meeting night.  Nomination for offices were made, election of same, at next meeting.  The I.O.F. held a very successful meeting on Saturday evening, and very important business was got through with, which will call a full meeting on the next meeting night.


Matrimonial — A big one in Badenoch, this Thursday coming.  Another next week, and a double not very far in October, also one in Crieff.


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Morriston Jottings

November 18th 1890.


A Splendid Affair — The Badenoch young folks gave their second dance of the season last Friday evening in Huether’s Hall.  About forty couples were present and a more enjoyable time could not be had.  This is the first dance held in the new hall, and likely, there will be a rush to it from other quarters.


The Mercury — A more enterprising paper than the Mercury would be hard to find.  Everybody was astonished at its early publication of Birchall’s execution.  It was the first paper in this section to give a full account of it, and a general rush was made for copies, which sold as high as 10 cents apiece.


New Culverts — Jacob Lyle, road manager, has been busy this last week, placing a culvert across Queen Street, in front of Huether’s Carriage Works.  He is now at the corner of Badenoch Street.  When both are completed, the village will be well drained.


Personal — Mr. Chris Little, who resided here about eighteen years ago, and was employed in Morison’s store, returned last Friday on a visit.  He looks well and seems to have prospered in his new home, which is above Mount Forest.  Frederick Beaver is visiting in Cairo, Michigan.  Peter McKenzie has also been over to the same state, but is home again.  Donald McEdwards was expected home on Saturday evening.  His folks were disappointed at his non-arrival.


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Morriston Jottings

December 9th 1890.


Entertainments — Court Puslinch, Independent Order of Foresters, held its annual entertainment in the Town Hall on Friday, the 5th instant.  There was a crowded hall and all were well pleased.  The stereopticon views of Toronto, Hamilton, Quebec, England, Scotland, and Ireland, shown by H. S. Williams, were really grand, and drew forth great applause.  The ball was well attended and broke up about 3 a.m.  The Union Sabbath School entertainment will draw a large audience.  The children and teachers are practising very hard.  The G. E. Church is also working its utmost to have a good entertainment.


Disgraceful Row —On Friday evening last, a disgraceful row broke out in the village between parties from Crieff and a number of villagers.  The cursing was horrible.  It may be stated that the Crieffites were drawn into it, the Morriston boys being to blame.


Matrimonial Events — On Wednesday afternoon last, about fifty persons gathered at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Campbell, to witness the marriage of their daughter, Hettie, to Thos. Galloway, son of Mr. Jas. Galloway, of Puslinch.  It was one of the prettiest sights that has been witnessed for some time.  After the ceremony, which was performed by Reverend W. Robertson, the happy couple departed for Guelph on their wedding tour.  The presents were numerous and handsome.


An hour after, Reverend Mr. Robertson was called to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Reid, of Crieff, when their daughter, Miss E. A. Reid was joined in holy wedlock to Mr. Wm. McIntosh.


Personal — John C. Clark, of Saborma, Michigan, is home on a visit.  Donald McEdwards, of British Columbia, arrived home last week, and although confined to the house, looks well.  Miss Mary Stein, of St. Catharines, is visiting her folks.  Mr. John Stein, who had his shoulder broken some weeks ago, is still poorly, the broken bone refusing to heal together.  Mrs. C. M. Morison is visiting with her child in Toronto.  Mr. Alex McLean Senior has been very poorly but is now recovering.  Dr. McLean was visiting here, as also was Mr. H. Cockburn, of Guelph.


Notes — Miss Mary Heffernan has purchased Hugh Watson’s house in the village and will soon occupy it.  The sleighing for the last week has been splendid, but is now beginning to get worn; a little more snow is required.  The skating has been immense, a smoother sheet of ice could be had nowhere.  Read R. B. Morison’s advertisement, a great stock of Xmas goods on hand.  The children are in a very happy mood; school will shortly close.  Reverend W. Robertson took part in an entertainment in Strabane last week.


Accident — A young man named Martin had the misfortune of having his arm crushed by a rail while working on the new track at Schaw.  He belongs to Court Appleby, I.O.F., Appleby.


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Returned from British Columbia

Wednesday December 10th 1890.


Donald McEdwards came home to Morriston last week and surprised his friends.  It was reported once that he was in the late accident on the N.P. railway, and killed.  Also, seven years ago, there was a report that he was drowned or killed by the Indians.  The nearest he ever was to being killed was by the Indians eight years ago, when he had his horse shot dead from under him, but escaped with his life.    Mr. McEdwards, for the last five years, has been proprietor and manager of one of the largest hotels in the interior of British Columbia.  He has been under treatment in San Francisco for his health all summer, and has come home to be treated this winter by his brother, Dr. McEdwards, of Thedford, who hopes to have him in shape by spring.


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Morriston Jottings

December 23rd 1890.


Trade — Trade is brisk at present.  A great rush is being made for Christmas presents, et cetera.


Y.P.S.C.E. — A very large audience met in the Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening, under the Y.P.S.C.E., which has been recently organized.  The President, Mr. Wm. Stratton, occupied the chair.  Two friends from a society in Guelph contributed to the interest of the meeting.  The Reverend Samuel Carruthers, of Kirkwall, gave a very interesting and instructive address on the origin and general characteristics of the society, and gave enthusiastic testimony of the beneficial results of the society in his own congregation.  A few encouraging remarks by the pastor, the Reverend W. Robertson, with the spirited singing of appropriate hymns, made the meeting a very pleasant one, and it is expected that a large number will, at the next meeting, become members of the popular society.


Elections — It looks as though we are to have an election after all.  The resigning of the Deputy-Reeve gives a good opening for a spirited contest.  Councillor Allan Stewart is already in the field.  Among the councillors, all the old ones will run, as also a number of others will strive for the honoured position.  Nomination, December, the 29th instant, in the Town Hall, Aberfoyle.


 Skating — There is again a splendid sheet of ice on the water.  Large numbers are out nightly, enjoying the invigorating exercise.


Personal — Miss M. Clark, daughter of Mr. Donald Clark, arrived home on Thursday last.  She has been visiting for a year or more in Manitoba and the Northwest.  Mrs. J. Provan left for Toronto today to visit friends.  Miss C. M. Morrison has returned from Toronto.  Miss Maggie Scott is home on vacation.  Jas. McDonald and oldest daughter left for Lucknow this morning.  Dr. Thos. McEdwards is still very weak.  Mrs. D. McEdwards is also confined to the house.


Arriving home — Those who have been away, attending school, are drifting back.  It is likely that there will be a great influx of strangers during the holidays.


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Morriston Jottings

December 30th 1890.


U. S. School Entertainment — The Union Sunday School held its annual Christmas entertainment, last Tuesday evening, to a crowded hall.  The feature of the evening was the singing and the recitations given by the children.  The successful affair closed with the distribution of presents, which weighed down a large Christmas tree.


G. E. School Entertainment — The German Episcopal held its annual Christmas entertainment and concert on Christmas Eve.  The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion.  The entertainment was a great success in every respect, especially so, the singing of the choir, and too much praise cannot be bestowed on its leader, Mr. Frey, who worked energetically to make it the success that it was.


Dances — A ball was held in the Town Hall on Christmas Eve, and was largely attended.  Dancing was kept up till daylight.  It was held under the auspices of the young men of the village, who are so elated over their success that they will hold another on New Year’s Eve.


Chicken Thieves — It looks s though everybody had fowl of some sort on Christmas, as different parties are reporting as having numerous fowl stolen last week.


Christmas — Christmas Day passed off very quietly.  Services were held in the R.C. and G.E. Churches.  The usual raffles were held in the afternoon and evening.


Personals — John Schultz and wife, West Toronto Junction, are visiting relatives.  Donald Clark, of Toronto, is home.  Miss A. Courtenay, of Kemptville, is the guest of Mrs. Morison.  The Misses Meldrum are home from Toronto on a vacation, as is also Miss S. Colfass, of the Alma College, St. Thomas.  Peter McLean, of Hamilton, is visiting his parents, P. McLean Senior.  Geo. Lamb, of Scotch Block, is visiting relatives.  D. L. Holtzman left for Mildmay on Monday.  John Munro, of Ottawa, is visiting his relatives in this section.  John Provin has been paying a visit to friends in Toronto.


Wonderful Clock — Last week, Mr. Frank Kestinmaucher sold his wonderful clock to J. C. MacFie, wholesale furrier, of London.  The price paid was &70.  The clock has been in the possession of Mr. Kestinmaucher for some six years past and was a most wonderful piece of mechanism.  It stood in a black walnut case that was seven feet high.  The dial was of brass and was divided into smaller dials, showing the time of day, the day of the month and the month, the different quarters of the moon, high and low tide at Peterhead, and also the year.  The striking apparatus consisted of a chime of silver balls, which strike from one to twelve, according to the hour.  The weights and pendulum weighed some 400 pounds.  There is supposed to be only two more of the kind on this continent, as Harper’s Magazine, a few months ago, had a picture and full description of it.  It also stated that one was in Philadelphia and the other in New York.  It will be seen that this makes the third one known.  The original proprietor of the clock, and who brought it from Scotland, was the late Mr. Simpson, of this township.


Notes — The Union Sabbath School held quarterly review last Sabbath.  The review was given by Reverend W. Robertson and well listened to by the scholars, with riveted attention.  The school review for the year shows an increase of 22 scholars and two teachers, the present enrolment being 105.  Mr. Beatty, assisted by Mr. Cockburn, both students of Montreal College, held morning and evening services in Duff’s Church, to large congregations.  It is the intention to hold regular evening services in this church.  The Christian Endeavour held a very successful meeting on Friday evening last; a large number of new names were added to the list.  The Society is now 55 members in strength.  We have a little sleighing.  More snow is wanted to make it good.  The Aberfoyle choir will sing at the tea meeting in Freelton, on New Year’s Night.  Mr. John Foster has been off work on account of having his hand bitten by a hog.  H. Ross is hauling large quantities of pork to the Hamilton markets.  Merchants are paying high prices for eggs, but even this inducement won’t make the hens lay.  The thermometer registered four below zero on Sunday morning.  The A.O.U.W. Lodge held its regular election of officers on Saturday evening.  Fuller report next week.


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Morriston Jottings

January 6th 1891.


Court and Lodge Notes — At the last regular meeting of Morriston Lodge 255, A.O.U.W., election of officers took place, with the following results:


Brother John Huether — PMW



Bro. John S. Sparks — MW



Bro. Wm. Smith — Overseer



Bro. R. C. Morison — Foreman



Bro. John Hames — Recorder



Bro. John Huether — Financier



Bro. Allan McDermid — Receiver



Bro. Peter Schultz — Guide



Bro. Jas. Steel — 1 Watchman



Bro. Peter Beaver — O Watchman



Bro. John H. Ames — GL Rep.



The Lodge has now some twenty members.  A public installation of officers will be held on January 24th, to which all are invited.  Bro. DDGMW, W. H. Zeigler, of Guelph, will be present.  Court Puslinch, No. 51, I.O.F., held its regular meeting on Saturday, when nomination of officers took place.  All of the old officers were elected by acclamation, with the exception of the F.S. and Treasurer, who resigned.  The Court is increasing in members and there is a good attendance at each meeting.


Notes — The weather has been extremely cold this past week, the thermometer dropping as low as 10 below zero (Fahrenheit).  No sleighing. Skating is good again.  Quite an amount of interest was taken in the Guelph elections, there being no elections here.  License Inspector Cowan notified all hotels to keep shut on Monday, but on finding that there was to be no election here, he revoked the order.  The Puslinch Farmers’ Club concert and ball on the 13th instant is likely to have a crowded hall.  James Fax, the humorist, is the chief attraction.  The schools reopened on Monday; the attendance was large.


Lost a Mare — While Charles Martin was hauling a load of straw into Calfass’, on Monday, one of his team slipped, causing a fracture of a leg.  The animal had to be shot.


After a thief — Parties passed through here this morning looking for a young man, a former resident of here, who it is said has stolen $50 from a farmer residing near Preston.  After searching the village, they left for Galt, where the party is supposed to be.


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Morriston Jottings

January 20th 1891.


Rowdyism — Numerous have been the complaints of rowdyism in the village of late.  Last Saturday evening, a number of this class attacked the residence of a new resident, breaking windows, doors, et cetera.  Warrants are now out for half a dozen of the culprits, who will be tried shortly before a magistrate.  It is hoped that a heavy penalty will be imposed.


Entertainments — The entertainment to be held in Duff’s Church, on Thursday evening, is likely to draw a large house as the tickets are being disposed of very rapidly.  The public meeting of the A.O.U.W., on Friday, will also see a large house, a great number of invitations having been sent out.  The Aberfoyle Foresters have secured Fax and two other Stars from Toronto for their entertainment.


A Pleasant Time — A load of Foresters from here, and another from Aberfoyle, attended the Foresters’ concert held in Valens, Friday evening last.  The affair was first class in every respect.  After the entertainment, the visiting brethren were invited to the residence of Mr. Valens, where a most bounteous repast, consisting of oysters, et cetera, was partaken of.  The party broke up after midnight, all going away satisfied with their evening’s entertainment.  Note — Bro. C. C. Whale was on hand.


Personals — Reverend J. Finkbeiner, of Hamilton, is conducting revivals this week.  D. F. McDonald, of Parry Sound, is visiting his brother, J. D. McDonald, who is still ill.  Dr. Thos. McEdwards is not yet able to be around.  W. J. Kilgour and family, of Arkell, paid relatives a visit last Sunday.  Miss bertha Gayer has returned from Hanover.  Mr. Peter McKenzie is very ill with inflammation.  James Innes, M.P., and Donald Guthrie, M.P.P., were present at the Farmers’ Social.  P. P. Johnson, formerly of this place, but now of Toronto, is selling fruit trees and shrubs throughout this section.  Wm. Galbraith, of Badenoch, is now a resident of this village.  Mrs. Howitt and child have returned after a lengthy sojourn in Gourock.  Dr. Howitt and George Hanning have been visiting in Hamilton.


Notes — Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, of Aberfoyle, will hold a tin wedding this week.  There is to be another shortly.  Evening service in Duff’s Church was not held last Sabbath, owing to the pastor being laid up with a severe cold.  The snow is going away again; hardly could call it sleighing between here and Guelph.  The new dress of the Mercury is greatly admired by all who have seen it.  Great quantities of advertising matter is now being sent through the Post Office.   


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The Morriston Row

January 22nd 1891.


This morning, the auditorium of the police court was crowded with a host of the inhabitants of Morriston, to listen to the harrowing details of the case of rowdyism, which took place in that village on Saturday evening last.  The bench was occupied by Messrs. John Harris and Wm. Nicoll, J.P.’s.  The complainant was Mary Heffernan, who charged Geo. Gregor, Sam Jacobs, Henry Beaver, John Inkerman, Chris Vaugh, Charles Vaugh, Chris Beaver, and Ben Jacobs Junior, with having maliciously broken into her house and having done other damage.  The plaintiff informed the court that for the past month she had been subjected to taunts from the youths of the village, and on different occasions, stones had been thrown at her house, and she had been otherwise annoyed.  She also recognized a number of the defendants.  Mrs. Colfas and her daughter testified that the same crowd had visited their house and behaved in a very disorderly manner, by hooting, yelling, destroying property, trying to force in the window, and also striking Miss Colfas with a piece of broken sleigh.  The defendants called a number of witnesses who gave evidence as to being with them up to nine o’ clock on Saturday, but after that hour a sort of mist came over their memories.  The result was that Geo. Gregor, Chris Beaver, Chris Vaugh, John Inkerman, and Samuel Jacobs were each fined $2, $1 damages, and costs, the others being dismissed.  H. W. Peterson conducted the case for the Crown.


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Morriston Jottings

February 3rd 1891.


Church Notes — The revival in the German Episcopal Church is still being conducted with great vigour, with good results.  Owing to sickness, the Reverend W. Robertson was unable to conduct service in Duff’s Church last Sabbath.  The pulpit was occupied by Mr. Kannawin, of Crieff, who delivered a very able discourse to a large congregation.  The Brethren held a very successful meeting on Sunday evening, the preaching being done by Mr. McFadden, of Mount Forest.


Extensive Works — Morriston has long been noted for its extensive carriage works.  Your correspondent had the pleasure, last week, of being shown through one of them, namely the works of Messrs. Campbell, Nicoll, & Fritz.  This firm carries on the manufacture of buggies, cutters, and sleighs, and are also the leading undertakers for this section of the country.  The extensiveness of their business may be judged when they said that they had turned out during the last six weeks, 19 cutters and 10 sleighs, all of which are sold.  They have now two-dozen buggies in the course of erection for the spring trade.  It is the intention of the firm to open a branch in Freelton early in the spring.  Another successful firm is that of Huether & Elfner, who have also turned out a great quantity of vehicles of all kinds during the last year, and who were compelled last fall to build an extensive stone addition to their shops.  They have also lately introduced the lighting by gasoline, so as to have better light for night work.


Selling out — Owing to the fracture that Mr. John Stein received last fall, he finds himself not able to pursue his vocation any longer and now offers his property for sale, which consists of the most eligible lots in the village.  The cooperage is also offered and is a good opening for one who understands the trade and has lots of push.


Large Sale — The stock sale, on the 10th instant, to be held on the farm of Peter Schultz, should be largely attended as some very valuable stock is to be disposed of.  See advertisement in Mercury.


Reform Convention — The farmers turned out in good number on Tuesday afternoon to the meeting to select delegates from Puslinch to attend the Reform Convention in Toronto.


Personal — B. Brown Junior and wife have returned after a week’s sojourn in London, visiting relatives.  Mr. and Miss Smith, of Minnesota, and Mr. Haines and Miss Heath, of Mildmay, Township of Carrick, are visiting relatives and friends in this vicinity.  We are pleased to see Mr. Peter McKenzie able to be around again.  Wm. Galbraith has hired with Mr. Morison.  Fred. Beaver and family move to Michigan shortly.  C. Becker has returned from a visit to Bloomingdale.  Reverend W. Robertson is ill with congestion of the lungs.


Notes — Rain and sleet last week, cold again, a little sleighing still left, good bobbing on the three hills.  Badenoch is in a state of great excitement, owing to a coming matrimonial event.  Lots of euchre.  A gold watch drawing this week.  Detective Greer got word that the Ancaster murderers were seen at Puslinch.  It proved a myth.


Nuisance — A great deal of complaint is being made about the piles of wood that are being placed on the foot paths on the Brock Road, the people coming and going to church being forced into the wagon tracks.  This is the third year of the nuisance and should be prohibited by the council, as the roadway is kept in bad condition long after the other part is dried up.  An appeal is to be made at the next council meeting.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Jottings

February 10th 1891.


I. O. Forester Concert — The Independent Order of Foresters in Aberfoyle held, last Friday evening, a concert to an overflowing house, showing the respect that the people of this section have for the Order, over other societies.  Bro. C. C. Whale, an organizer for the Order, was selected as chairman, a position that he filled in a most creditable manner.  Following is the programme for the evening, outside of the encores, which are too numerous to mention.




Nelligan Orchestra


The Irish Santa Claus

Mr. Ramsay


Recitation — “McLean’s Child”

Mrs. Hill


Song — “The Song that Reached My Heart”

Miss Phoenix


Recitation — The Old Maid

Mr. Ramsay


A Talk and a Humorous Story

Bro. C. C. Whale


Overture — “Scottish Airs”

Nelligan Orchestra


Song — “The Frenchman”

Mr. Ramsay


Recitation — “Kate Mulrooney”

Mrs. Hill


Song — “Jessie’s Dream”

Miss Phoenix


Song — “I was in It”

Mr. Ramsay


The songs and recitations given by Mr. Ramsay were the leading amusement for the evening.  Mr. Ramsay, in all his pieces, drew forth a thunder of applause, and has shown himself to be an expert in his vocation as a humorist.  Mrs. Hill was also well received.  The Nelligan Orchestra gave excellent music during the entertainment, and also gave the music for a crowded ball, which took place afterwards.  The receipts for the evening were far above the most sanguine expectation, and Court Aberfoyle may now claim that it is the leader for good entertainments in this section of the country.  Court Valens, Freelton, Guelph, Puslinch, and Hespeler, and Courts in all sections of the county were well represented.


Notes — A large number are attending Mr. Schultz’s sale this afternoon.  C. Beaver, of Hespeler, has been visiting his brother here.  We have still quite good sleighing.  R. B. Morison and Mrs. Morison are spending a few days in Hamilton and vicinity.  Wm. McLean, of Aberfoyle, drew the gold watch at the drawing on Saturday night.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Jottings

February 17th 1891.


Accidents — On Friday evening, while Wm. Cockburn, accompanied by his wife, was driving along the 10th Concession, in a Portland cutter, his horse took fright at a passing rig and dashed off at a furious rate.  Mr. Cockburn, at the time, had hold of but one rein firmly, which caused the horse to go into the ditch, throwing both occupants out.  Mr. Cockburn escaped with a few scratches, but Mrs. Cockburn was badly cut about the head and received other bruises about the body.  She was conveyed to her home by Mr. Dougall Lamb, and is now progressing favourably.  The cutter was smashed to atoms, not a vestige remaining, except the dash, which was found in a tree.  The horse escaped with but a few scratches.


Friday afternoon, while cutting wood at John Winer’s, by horse power, the hired man, J. Miller, somehow got his foot onto the power, causing a fracture of the leg.


On Saturday afternoon, while Mr. and Mrs. Calbert, of Nassagaweya, were returning from Guelph via the Brock Road, with a load of bran, their sleigh slipped on some smooth ice while coming down a grade, causing the load to overturn, throwing out both occupants, and landing the bags on top of them.  On getting from under the load, it was found that Mrs. Calbert had broken her arm. She was at once conveyed to the residence of Dr. Howitt.  The horses ran away but were captured before any damage was done.


  Notes — The Sabbath Schools are holding a convention today in Duff’s Church.  Reverend W. Wing, of Preston, held quarterly services on Saturday and Sunday in the G.E. Church.  The revivals are still being conducted, with great success.  The preachers are busy uniting.  The politicians are busy dividing.  The Reverend Mr. Robertson leaves for Walkerton on Wednesday, another uniting.  Mr. Innes’ meeting on Monday night was a success, in spit of the rain.  Wm. Ross, Secretary of the Guelph Loan and Banking Society, accompanied by Mr. Donald Guthrie, paid us a brief visit.  There seems to be a great mental strain upon the community, at present.  Jacob Maddaugh has found a partner for life.  Lots of rain.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Jottings

April 7th 1891.


Notes ─ Negotiations are still in progress concerning the cheese factory.  The I.O.F. held a successful meeting last week; three applications for membership were received.  New members are also getting into the A.O.U.W..  The Free Church believers held a very successful meeting on Sunday evening in the Central Hall.  During the Communion in Duff’s Church, sermons were preached by the following clergymen: on Friday, the Reverend H. Millan, of Manswood, Saturday, Reverend John Currie, Sunday morning, Reverend Mr. Haddock, of Milton, and Sunday evening, Reverend J. Currie.  Frank Wise is busily engaged, building a boat for Morriston Lake.  The following, copied from the Hamilton Times newspaper, will be news for the older settlers, the deceased having lived here many years ago: ─ At Detroit, Michigan, on the 19th instant, John Echardt, in the 81st year of his age.  The funeral took place from the residence of his son, August Echardt, 212 Sherman Street, Detroit, on Sunday, the 22nd instant.


Moved ─ Wm. Falconer and A. Drone have moved to a farm near Galt.  Noah Musser has moved near Preston.  C. M. Morrison has moved into the new house built by Lot Singular on Badenoch Street.  The dressmakers, Misses Roszell and Usherwood, have moved into the house formerly occupied by C. M. Morrison.  They have their shingle out.  James McDonald has moved into the house, lately built by August Wurtz.  John Ross, station agent at Schaw, intends moving this week to Toronto, where he has secured a situation.  James Nicoll, of Schaw, has moved into the cemetery house.


Personals ─ Miss Sheer, of Aldershot, is visiting Mrs. Stein.  John Stein is able to be around again.  R. B. Morison and Miss Morison are visiting in Toronto.  Miss Riley, of London, who has been visiting Mrs. Brown, has returned home.  Denis Bunyan is still confined to the house.






The Morriston Jottings

April 28th 1891.


Moved ─ The Reverend E. Eby moved from here on Monday.  He is now located at Deemerton, County of Bruce.  Mrs. Fetter, widow of the late Henry Fetter, has gone to live with her son in Campbellville.


Death ─ On the 26th instant, at the residence of her son, Wm. E. Leslie, Beverly Township, Mary Wise Leslie, relict of the late George Leslie.  The deceased is a former resident of Puslinch and was greatly respected by all who knew her.  She had been an adherent of the Methodist denomination for over 50 years.  She died at the age of 67 years and 8 months.  She leaves behind her a large family of children, all grown up, and also a large number of grandchildren.


A. O. U. W. ─ Morriston Lodge United Workmen held a very successful meeting on Saturday evening last, two new members being put through the Junior Degree.


Sharpers ─ The two sharpers, who did up so many farmers in Puslinch by selling shoddy tweeds et cetera, had their headquarters in this village.  It is really wonderful how easily the farmers can be victimized, notwithstanding all former exposures.






Morriston Jottings

May 5th 1891.


Teachers meetings — The annual meeting of the South Wellington Teachers Association will be held in Fergus on May 14th and 15th.  A splendid programme has been arranged also in connection with the same, on the evening of the 14th.  J. W. Bengough, the celebrated cartoonist, will deliver a lecture in the Fergus drill hall.


Disastrous Fire — On Monday morning between 4 and 5 o’ clock, a fire started in what is known as Marshall’s old homestead, situated on Mr. A. Marshall’s farm, near Schaw Station.  The building being of frame, was consumed very rapidly, the occupants, a young married couple by name of Thomas Galloway and wife, barely having time to escape.  Their effects were mostly consumed.  A subscription list to aid them in their affliction is being rapidly signed.  The building was owned by Mr. A. Marshall.


Notes — Mrs. Galloway is the daughter of Mr. H. Campbell, of this village, and was married last winter.  Schaw is becoming notorious for fires.  Snow flurries Monday and Tuesday morning, 5 degrees below freezing.  Those who put out their house plants and stoves last week now wish that they had not.  Our Sanitary Inspector will soon be on the war path through the township and village.  Parties who have yards and wells to clean had better have it attended to at once.  Wm. Hamilton, our jeweller, is now the happy possessor of a bicycle, also a sprained wrist.  We notice that Mr. J. Schenk is back from Kilmanagh, Michigan.  The Sunday School, recently started in Badenoch, is a great success.  Mr. Finkbeiner, the new pastor in the G.E. Church, has taken up his residence in the village.  A great deal of sickness prevails at present, which keeps the two doctors on the jump.  The village is getting quiet, the young fellows having all secured situations among the farmers.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Jottings

May 19th 1891.


Queen’s Birthday — The Queen’s Birthday is likely to be spent very quietly here, no games or picnics being advertised.  Quite a number intend going to Eden Mills to attend the Foresters sports, while others intend taking in the great military parade in Berlin.


Keep Your Dog In — Some evil disposed person put poisoned meat on the street last week, the result, A. Foley lost a valuable dog and R. B. Morison, a valuable cat.  It is likely that more will yet follow them.


Ordination — A week ago last Sabbath, an unusual ceremony took place in Duff’s Church, it being the ordination of the seven newly elected elders.  The congregation was large.  The ceremony was very impressive.  The new elders are Wm. Stratton Junior, Jas. E. McLean, Duncan McKenzie, Alex McCaig, Wellwood Cowan, Andrew Munro, and John A. Cockburn.


Church Notes — Reverend J. C. Finkbeiner, the new pastor of the G.E. Church, is a very eloquent preacher, and is already well liked by the congregation.  Reverend W. Robertson and Reverend Cameron, of Strabane and Kilbride, exchanged pulpits last Sabbath.  Next Sabbath, Reverend W. Robertson will preach, at 7 p.m., a special sermon to the members of the A.O.U.W.  It will be preached in Duff’s Church.  A large attendance is expected.


Storm on the Lake — There was a great storm on our lake last Saturday, and the white caps rolled high.  In the afternoon, some youngsters managed to launch a rowboat.  The high wind soon caught hold of it and carried it out, with a youngster within it.  The rescue proved quite interesting.


Notes — J. Kennewan, of Crieff, T. Blacklock, of Badenoch, and Jas. McDonald, of Morriston, attended the South Wellington school convention at Fergus.  Jas. McDonald has been laid up by driving a nail into his hand.  Vivian Leslie is laid up with a broken foot.  Mrs. Thos. Galloway presented her husband with a bouncing big boy last week.  Brown and Schultz are busy putting up hay forks.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Jottings

June 9th 1891.


Y.P.S.C.E. ─ The entertainment, held in Duff’s Church, last Tuesday evening, under the auspices of the Christian Endeavour, was a great success.  The singing of the G.E. Church choir was greatly appreciated by the audience.  Some splendid recitations were also given.  The sum realized is to go towards beautifying the Society’s rooms.


Horses killed ─ Last Friday evening, Mr. Robert Watson, farmer, residing just east of Schaw Station, had four valuable horses killed by an engine running into them.  They got onto the track by the Company’s fences being out of repair.  The Company and Mr. Watson are now trying to come to a settlement regarding the value of the animals.


Society Notes ─ Court Puslinch, I.O.F., held a very successful meeting on Saturday evening.  They intend holding an outing, of some sort, soon.  A.O.U.W. Lodge, Morriston, is increasing rapidly, and now shows a large membership.  Although the members are a little scattered, a goodly number show up at each meeting.  Assessment No. 7 is now issued, which is small, considering the membership.


The Patrons of Industry ─ The Patrons’ regular meeting night is Monday, but they sometimes hold extra ones on Saturday.  The membership is large and the meetings are well attended.  It is their intention to have a picnic to Puslinch Lake shortly.


Personal ─ Mr. E. Staebler, son of Reverend W. Staebler, a former pastor of the G.E. Church, has been visiting in the village.  Mrs. McKay, wife of the Reverend Dr. McKay, of Guelph, is the guest of Mrs. Meldrum.  Master Huether arrived on Sunday.


A Coming Lecture ─ Professor Shaw, of the O. A. College, accompanied by two other gentlemen, will address the farmers on Monday evening in the Town Hall.  All are welcome.






Morriston Jottings

June 23rd 1891.


Heavy rain ─ There has been an abundance of rain this last week, the heaviest showers occurring on last Wednesday evening, accompanied with very sharp lightning, which split a dozen or so telegraph poles and also burned out the instruments at Aberfoyle.  George Lee and a horse upon which he was riding at the time were stunned by the shock.  The farmers now look better satisfied, as their crops show great improvement.


Runaway children ─  Three weeks ago, a young lad of the village took into his head to clear out, and has not been heard of since, but is supposed to be in Toronto.  Last Sunday, two more started out, and were captured at 2 a.m. on Monday, at the Galt Station, and brought home.  They were en route for Chicago, and were either going to steal rides or walk it.  It now turns out that, in all, there were to have been five to have started, and that arrangements had been made for some time past.  None of the boys are over 14 years of age.


Bold thieving ─ Archibald Marshall, of Puslinch, had the fleeces of 13 sheep stolen from his barn this week.  No trace of them has yet been discovered.


Prompt Payment ─ On Monday, the 15th instant, the funeral of the remains of Dr. Thomas McEdwards, a member of the Foresters here, took place.  On Saturday, June the 20th, the secretary of the Court received the following card of thanks:




To the Independent Order of Foresters:


Kindly allow me to express my most sincere thanks for the prompt payment of the endowment on the life of my late son, Dr. T. McEdwards.  I also take this opportunity of thanking the officers and members of Court Puslinch for the many acts of kindness received from them during the sickness, death, and funeral of my son.  Wishing your noble Order success, I am, yours respectfully,


Mrs. D. McEdwards.








The Morriston Jottings

December 15th 1891.


Dance ─ The dance at Huether’s Hall last week was fairly well attended.  It should have been patronized better, as the music was the best that has been around for some time.


Horse trainer ─ Professor W. A. Brush, the horse trainer, is in the village.  On Monday evening, he gave quite an entertainment, at which he showed remarkable power in breaking in vicious animals.  He also has quite a museum.


Amusements ─ Entertainments are numerous just now.  The “Oyster Social” at Aberfoyle will likely draw large crowds.  Don’t forget W. G. Stuart on “The Highlanders at Home”, on Thursday evening, if you want a good laugh.  Also the Juvenile Foresters are entertaining on Friday evening.  The Juvenile Foresters have engaged Professor Abbott, the Elocutionist, of London University, at great expense.  The Juvenile part will be very laughable.  The Farmers’ Club Social on the 24th is another great attraction.  There is also Mr. Kennewan’s Public School Entertainment coming on.


Notes ─ The Reverend W. Robertson left on Monday for Hamilton, to finish examination papers in connection with the schools.  The Reverend Mr. McMillan, of Manswood, Esquesing, will occupy the pulpit of Duff’s Church both morning and evening next Sabbath.  It rained heavily here on Monday morning and turned to snow in the afternoon, and this Tuesday morning it is raining heavily again.  The back roads are almost impassable.   What is wanted now is hard frosts with lots of snow.  If the small boy will not keep away from the lake, we will hear of a drowning accident.  There is to be “a gathering” in Badenoch on next Monday evening.  There was a splendid dance in the 2nd Concession, last week.  Now is the time to pay your Mercury newspaper for next year.  Don’t lend your paper to your next door neighbour, but get him to subscribe.  Messrs. Kennawan and Blacklock leave their respective schools for good at Christmas.  The farmers are now busy, rushing their wheat to market, many of them using their barley as feed.  Charles Currie is right into the hog raising business, but complains of low prices.  Typhoid fever is now on the increase in Puslinch.


Obituary ─ Mrs. Martin, mother of Charles Martin, of Schaw, was buried on Saturday.  The funeral was very large.  A funeral sermon, by the Reverend C. Finkbeiner, was preached on the same afternoon in the Evangelical Church.






The Morriston Jottings

February 23rd 1892.


Sunday Schools ─ The Sunday Schools of the township are holding their convention at the Presbyterian, Duff’s, Church today.  The subjects proposed to be brought up are most interesting.  A full report of the meetings will be given later on.


Entertainment ─ The proposed entertainment by the Y.P.S.C.E. was held in Duff’s Church on the evening of the 16th instant.  A large audience was on hand and a most enjoyable evening was spent.  The Reverend Mr. Haddow, of Milton, was the lecturer.


Notes ─ Weddings are getting numerous.  No “jottings” last week; cause, la grippe.  Dr. Howitt has visitors from Gourock.  Miss Lillian Palmer is visiting in Hamilton.  Mr. Colfas, also his daughter, are much better. 


Mr. Hugh Campbell announces that his brother, who was much respected here, died at Arnprior on Sunday night.  Mis Roszell is visiting her parents at Ballinafad, Ontario.  George Martin, of Toronto Junction, intends moving shortly to this village.  Wm. Galbraith has rented the rooms over the eastern block of R. B. Morison’s store.


Christian Ross is now residing in Detroit.  Bessie James is visiting at the Agricultural College, Guelph.  The side roads have very heavy drifts.  Woodcutters find it very difficult to work on account of the depth of snow. The weather just now is very mild.  Owing to the electric storms lately, the telegraph wires have received considerable injury. 


The doctors here are yet very busy attending to sickness.  Diphtheria has also made its appearance.  It is to be hoped that it will not spread.  Numerous children are also confined with colds.  Two weddings on Wednesday, tomorrow.  The genial face of J. H. Doughty, of Guelph, was noticed in the village yesterday. 


This village is going to have great improvements in sidewalks, next summer, also crossings.  Mr. P. P. Johnson, of Detroit, has been visiting his friends in this section.  If we were to keep track of all personals, it would require a newspaper larger than the Mercury, and all know that the Mercury is the largest of all weeklies.  Morriston has always a great number of visitors.






Morriston Jottings

March 22nd 1892.


School Examinations ─ The public schools held their public examinations on Friday last.  Both schools were handsomely decorated.  A very large attendance of visitors was on hand, and a very good programme was gone through.  Our esteemed citizen, Mr. John Rame, was elected chairman and filled the position very creditably.


Post Office Returns ─ The semi-annual enumeration for the Post Office was taken last week.  The dullest month of the year is chosen so as to give a fair average.  The totals passed through for the week were ─ 256 letters, 32 post cards, 11 newspapers and parcels, 5 registered letters, and 19 Francs.  The postage amounted to $6.80.


Petition ─ A largely signed petition is going the rounds, petitioning the License Commissioners to reduce the number of hotels in the village to one, instead of three, as at present.


Royal Templars ─ The Lodge of Royal Templars, mentioned in last week’s Mercury newspaper, will be fully organized next Thursday evening.


Sale ─ Mr. Leslie’s sale of implements et cetera passed off very well and very good prices were bid.  The sale was in the hands of Mr. Currie, auctioneer, and great praise was bestowed upon him for the admirable way in which he conducted the sale.


Two happy husbands ─ Mrs. C. M. Morison presented her husband with a big boy one morning last week, and on the same morning, Mrs. Hammersley, sister of Mrs. Morison, presented her husband with a big girl.


Personals ─ Mrs. Dawson, of Toronto Junction, is visiting her folks here.  John Killerman, D. Winer, and Mig. Fahrner are attending the Guelph Business College.  Donald McLeod intends moving to his farm next week.


G. E. Church Notes ─ Much to the delight of the young people of the above church, the Young People’s Alliance was reorganized, with their former worthy president, Mr. John Frey, as president.  Regular meetings will now be held every second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m..  The work of getting up programmes is entrusted to the pastor of the church, Reverend C. D. Finkbeiner, and Mr. Wm. Morlock and Mr. Huether.  With such a committee, it is safe to say that a most excellent programme will be made out.  A free invitation is given to all to join the Alliance, thereby making its fruits both socially and spiritually.






Morriston Jottings

April 5th 1892.


Communion Services ─ Communion services will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Presbyterian church here and at Crieff.  It is expected that Reverend Dr. Wardrope, of Guelph, will officiate in Duff’s Church on Friday morning.


New Caretaker ─ The trustees of the Crown Cemetery met in Duff’s Church vestry, last Wednesday, and, out of the numerous applicants for the position of caretaker, selected W. Heron.  The gentleman is a hustler, and it is likely that the cemetery will be greatly improved this summer.


The At Home ─ The “At Home”, under the auspices of the Y.P.S.C.E., held in Duff’s Church last Tuesday evening, was largely attended.  A very enjoyable evening was put in.  Among the invited guests was the Reverend W. H. Millan, pastor of Manswood Presbyterian Church, in Halton County.  It is the intention of the society to have another in the near future.


Royal Templars ─ The Council of Royal Templars still keeps on increasing.  There is to be another lot of initiations next Thursday night.


I.O.F. ─ The Independent Order of Foresters still finds it necessary to hold special meetings on account of the numerous initiations.  Two more were added last week.


A.O.U.W. ─ The Workmen also keep on the move and have now close to thirty members.


The Patrons ─ The Patrons of Industry hold regular meetings every Monday evening, which are largely attended.  The membership is now very great.


Moved ─ Donald McLeod has moved to his farm, north of Guelph.  He has hired Mr. John Kennedy to work it.  Mr. McLeod intends to follow his old vocation at the same time, and leaves shortly for Burlington, to plaster a number of residences.  Part of his family are still to remain in the village in their old residence.  George Bott, of Aberfoyle, has moved to this village and occupies the house of old Mrs. McLeod.


Personal ─ Thos. Hilliard, manager of the Dominion Life Assurance Company, of Waterloo, was in the village, visiting his son, Dr. W. L. Hilliard, a few days since.  Mrs. Peter Wise, of Sebawang, Michigan, is visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. Morris.  Dr. E. P. Webster and J. Hourigan and family, of Freelton, have been visiting in the village.  John Evans has left for Minneapolis.  Miss Finkbeiner is visiting her brother in the village.  Gus Wortz has gone to Michigan.


A Valuable Sale ─ David Steele, of the 2nd Concession, sold to D. McLeod, last week, one team of valuable horses, and also four fine cows.


Recovered ─ Otto Rappolt, who was seriously hurt by falling beneath his horses, is able to be around again.  He had a miraculous escape.


Notes ─ We had a bear and two Hungarians in the village last week.  The antics of the quadruped created a great deal of amusement.  They were on the way to the Royal City.    The lake is now free of ice.  Marbles for the boys, skipping for the girls, sure signs of spring.  The snow has now entirely disappeared; dust on the Brock Road on Sunday.  A large number went trout fishing on Saturday last; there were more fishers than fish.  Spring flowers are in bloom.  Heavy thunderstorms last night.


New Store ─ R. B. Morison has opened the store across the street from his block, and has opened up a stock of wall papers.  No doubt, he will make a success of it.


Much Disappointed ─ Quite a number of barns are still full of wheat, the farmers having held on to it, in anticipation of a big rise.  They are now sadder and wiser men and wish that they had followed the advice given in the papers early in the winter.  Very likely, they will do the same thing next year.


Halls ─ When Mr. Huether built a large hall over his store, a great number thought it a piece of foolishness and said that it would never be rented.  Besides the rental received from dances, Mr. Huether receives rent from the Workmen, the Union Sunday School, and the Royal Templars.  The old Town Hall pays its way also, as in it are the parlours of the I.O.F., at a rental of $22 per annum.  The Plymouth Brethren and Patrons of Industry also pay a good rental.  Political meetings, dances, and concerts are also often held in the building.


School Report ─ The following is a correct report of the standing of the pupils in the senior department of our village school for the month of March.  It is based upon proficiency, good conduct, and regularity of attendance.  Only the four highest in each class are given. 


Fifth Form:

1st ─ Ruth Galloway, 2nd ─ John McFarlane, 3rd ─ Albert Campbell, 4th ─ Emma Jacobs.


Fourth Form, Senior:

1st ─ Greta Robertson, 2nd ─ Hettie Galloway, 3rd ─ Christina Morlock, 4th ─ Katie McLeod.


Fourth Form, Junior:

1st ─ Maggie McLeod, 2nd ─ Bella Ross, 3rd ─ Lily Gayer, 4th ─ Alex McPherson.


Third Form, Senior:

1st ─ Annie McPherson, 2nd ─ Jennie McLeod, 3rd ─ Jennie Robertson, 4th ─ Mary Nicoll.


Third Form, Junior:

1st ─ Katie McFarlane, 2nd ─ Maggie Clark, 3rd ─ Ida Smith, 4th ─ Lily McLeod.






Morriston Jottings

April 12th 1892.


Weather ─ The weather took on a decidedly winter garb on Friday afternoon, and still keeps it on.  Friday afternoon, it poured rain, turning to snow towards evening, and freezing very hard during the night.  We have had heavy frosts, accompanied with snow flurries, ever since.


Early Sowing ─ Anthony Masson, of the ___ Concession, had ten acres of spring wheat sown on the 7th instant.  This is considered the earliest seeding this year in this vicinity.  Despite the frost, the ground was in splendid condition for seeding.


The Patrons Again ─ The Patrons of Industry are on the hunt for supplies.  Most merchants fight shy of them, as by supplying them with goods, they jeopardize the standing of their credit with the reliable wholesale houses.  All commercial journals are strong in their condemnation of the system, and give retailers (who truck with them) ample warning as to the results that are sure to follow.


Personals ─ Mrs. W. J. Kilgour and family have been visiting relatives here.  George Revells (perhaps Revelle), blacksmith, has moved to Mountsberg.  Miss K. James is home on a visit.  Miss H. McLean has returned from the far North.  The Reverend Mr. Bell, of Hamilton, spent Thursday in the village, and took charge of the Royal Templars for the evening.  S. Sanders, of the firm Sanders & Co., of Berlin, has been visiting here.  Miss Becker, of Waterloo, is visiting her brother in the village.  Mrs. Bechtel, of Mildmay, is visiting Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner.


Notes ─ The Reverend Dr. Wardrope, of Guelph, preached an eloquent sermon on Friday morning in Duff’s Church, as did also Reverend Mr. McLaren, of Belwood, on Saturday at Crieff.  No one seems to feel sorry that those unsightly sheds at Duff’s Church have blown down.  The German E. Church Alliance is in a very prosperous condition, and much interest is taken in their weekly meetings.  Mr. Howitt, land surveyor, of Gourock, was surveying property in the village, last Friday morning.  The Women’s Auxiliary Missionary Society held a meeting in Duff’s Church vestry, last Thursday afternoon.  The fall wheat looks very good so far.  The executors of the estate of the late Reverend William Meldrum will hold an auction sale of the farm stock on the 19th instant.  Solomon Telford has moved from near Milton and taken the farm of Jas. McCartney.


Complimentary ─ The high standing in which our village schools are held is shown by the number of pupils from other sections who attend them.  These outside pupils board in the village.  Two or three loads of young people went to Guelph on Monday evening to attend the Y.P.S.C.E. Union and the Royal Templars concert.


Accident ─ Mrs. A. Foley is confined to the house, through a fall, which she had last week, which caused a bad bruise, which was followed by a gathering.


Death ─ Mrs. Pierce, sister of the late James Morison, of this village and Guelph, died on Saturday at her residence near Niagara Falls.  The deceased was over 90 years of age and had been ill for some time.


Property Sold ─ Mr. Matthew Elliott Junior has purchased from the Stuart brothers their dwelling on Badenoch Street.  The house is one of the handsomest in the village and is well located.  There is also a garden in connection with the same.  Mr. Elliott is to be congratulated on securing such a prize.  A good cash price was paid for it.






Hambletonian King

Saturday April 23rd 1892.


Mr. Peter Beaver's Hambletonian King took first prize at the Georgetown horse show on Friday.  This year, this fine horse has taken 1st in Guelph, 1st in Freelton, 1st in Milton, and 2nd in Waterdown.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Morriston Jottings

April 26th 1892.


Evangelical Association ─ At the meeting of the Evangelical Association, held at Campden, Ontario, last week, Reverend E. Eby, former pastor of the G. E. Church here, gave an eloquent address upon Sabbath School work.  During the same meeting, Reverend S. Finkbeiner was received into the itinerancy.


Illness and Death ─ Miss J. McKenzie, sister of Peter McKenzie, of this village, is dangerously ill with inflammation of the lungs.  We regret to announce the death of the youngest child of Peter McLean, of Viewfield, which took place last night.  Death was caused by congestion of the lungs.


Notes ─ John Fritz, carriage builder, boasts of having built 56 rigs last year, 53 of which, are sold.  Joseph Adkin is busily engaged in building a drain pipe in front of Campbell’s carriage works.  The Assessor has been on his rounds and people were kept busy waiting on him.  The Royal Templars Society is a month old and has done good work in the short time, viz., enrolled 58 or 60 members.  Mrs. Fuhry got her hotel license now, for the year, A. Foley, 6 months, and B. Brown’s hotel, 3 months.  R. B. Morison is having the wire fence, over the stone wall, repaired.  It was badly in need of it.  There is talk of starting a Royal Templars Lodge  in Aberfoyle.  Very cold yesterday morning, 15 degrees below freezing.


Personals ─ Miss Lydia Snyder, of Mildmay, is visiting relatives.  R. Galbraith, of Fergus, spent a couple of days visiting relatives.  Thos. Weir, of Campbellville, is on a visit also.  Dr. Chalmers is visiting at the home of Dr. Howitt.  The doctor looks real “giddy”.  Mrs. C. Webb, of St. Helen’s, is visiting relatives.  Miss Maggie Scott is attending school in Guelph.


Falseness ─ There is more falseness than ever about the fair sex in this vicinity.  For further information, inquire of the many dentists in Guelph.






The Morriston Jottings

June 21st 1892.


Sunday School Notes ─ The Sunday School Convention of the South District Canada Conference of the Evangelical Association was held in the German church on Wednesday and Thursday, June 15th and 16th.  The interior of the edifice was most beautifully decorated with lilies, geraniums, and other beautiful flowers, while the vestibule was also decorated, with evergreens and flowers.  Outside the churchyard, on the sidewalk, a handsome arch of evergreens was erected in honour of the occasion.  Special services were held on Tuesday evening and Friday morning.  The following is the convention programme:  


First Day ─

afternoon session:

Opening of convention; organization.

Address of the President ─ Rev. S. N. Moyer, P.E., (Sebringville, Ontario).

Address of welcome ─ Rev. C. S. Finkbeiner (Morriston).

Address ─ The conditions of success in Sunday School work ─ Rev. F. Meyer, (Waterloo, Ontario).

Missionary training in the Sunday School ─ Mr. L. Briethaupt, (Berlin).

Closing exercises.


First Day ─

Evening session:

Devotional exercises.

Address ─ Example of Sunday School teachers; their influence for good and evil ─ Rev. W. J. Taeger (Hespeler).

Address ─ Light literature, its demoralizing tendency and how to prevent its use ─ Rev. G. Litt (Berlin).

Question drawer.

Collection and closing exercises.

Second Day ─

Forenoon session:

Consecration service.

Address ─ The Sunday School, a fruitful field for the working power of the church ─ Rev. J. C. Morlock (Hamilton).

Reports of delegates.

Address ─ The promise and necessity of the Holy Spirit for effecting Sunday School work ─ Rev. L. Wittick (Plattsville, Ontario).

Business and closing exercises.

Second Day ─

Afternoon session:

Prayer and praise service

Address ─ The scholar’s home preparation ─ Rev. A. Goebel (Ridgeville, Ontario).

Address ─ How to induce a child to think ─ Mr. H. A. Kribbs (Hespeler).

Mass meeting, addresses given to the children by Rev. J. W. Hammett, Messrs. W. B. Schmidt and W. Niehaus.

Closing exercises.


Second Day ─

Evening session:

Prayer and song service.

Address ─ How can we prevent young people from the use of intoxicating drink and tobacco? ─ Reverend S. R. Knechtel (Campden, Ontario).

Address ─ The influence of public school teachers on Sunday School work ─ Rev. J. P. Haugh (South Cayuga, Ontario).

Question drawer.


Business and closing of convention.



A number of the teachers of the different Sunday Schools left for Gourock this (Tuesday) morning, to attend a convention of teachers, to be held there.


Election of Officers ─ The Y.P.S.C.E., in connection with Duff’s Church, have elected the following officers for the ensuing term:




Miss E. A. Morison.


1st Vice-President:

Mr. D. McFarlane.


2nd Vice-President:

Miss E. M. Meldrum.



Miss Nicklin.


Rec. Secretary:

Miss McLellan.


Corresponding Secretary:

Mrs. Robertson.



Miss E. A. Morison.


Assistant organist:

Miss H. McLean.



The conveners of committees are as follows:


Look out committee:

Miss P. McLean.


Social committee:

Miss Grace McLean.


Music committee:

Miss H. McLean.


Visiting committee:

Mrs. Day.


Floral committee:

Miss Maggie Jeffrey.


Prayer committee:

Reverend W. Robertson.


Notes: ─ Quite a number from here attended the Aberfoyle School picnic.  The rain storms are still numerous.  The rain on Monday was the heaviest that has fallen for some years, a perfect deluge.  Another wedding.  Mrs. Morris had her little boy bitten by a dog the other day; the canine will have to be shot.  Huether and Elfner boast of having sold three carriages during a single day last week.  Things seem to be prospering for them.


Creamery ─ It is rumoured that the farmers have bought a piece of property from Charles Currie and intend erecting a creamery at once.


Personals ─ Among the visitors here last week were noticed T. H. Blacklock, of Ottawa Normal School, W. Smye, of Hamilton, J. Cunningham, J. A. Cockburn, C. Beaver and wife, Josh. Wayper, Capt. Ellis, H. A. Kribs, all of Hespeler, Rev. J. C. Morlock, Hamilton.  The two Master Winers, John Kellernan, and Major Nicoll are among the numerous soldiers from here attending Niagara camp.  B. Brown Junior has been visiting in Hespeler.  Mrs. J. D. Coutney, of Waterdown, has been visiting here.  Miss L. O. Cummings, winner of the mathematical scholarship, Toronto University, has been visiting relatives here.  






The Morriston Jottings

July 19th 1892.


Post Office Inspector ─ H. G. Hopkirk, P. O. Inspector for the Stratford Division, visited the office here on Tuesday and reported everything as satisfactory.


 Templars ─ The last meeting of the Royal Templars consisted of entertaining a number of members of the Guelph Lodge.  After the regular meeting, a repast of ice cream et cetera was given.  A most enjoyable time was spent.  The visiting brethren numbered 26.


Y.P.S.C.E. ─ A carryall load, containing 25 members of “The Endeavour”, left on Monday evening for Guelph, visited the society there, and listened to the report of their delegate to New York, Reverend Mr. Harvey, of Hespeler.  A repast was spread after the meeting, which was held in Knox Church, after which, the party left for home, arriving about 1 a.m..


Personals ─ Miss Nancy Smith is visiting at Campbellville.  Dr. Ewings, of Pelee Island, has been visiting Dr. Howitt.  Mrs. B. Bosselman is visiting Mr. Frank Kestinmacher.  Miss Sherman, of Toronto, is the guest of Mr. Gayer.


Notes ─ The sidewalks are finished.  The haying is about over.  We did not get any of the recent rains.  The electric display in the heavens on Saturday evening last was most wonderful.  A garden party is to be held shortly in connection with the Duff’s Church Y.P.S.C.E.






The Morriston Jottings

August 2nd 1892.


The farmers have finished their haying and are very glad of it.  The crop has been the heaviest known.  Most of them have had to stack it in the field, not having sufficient room in their barns for it.  The wheat yield will also be abundant.


Lawn Social ─ The Y.P.S.C.E., of Duff’s Church, intends holding a lawn social on the Manse grounds on Friday evening next.  A good programme has been arranged, talent from Toronto and Guelph taking part.  The grounds will be beautifully illuminated with Chinese lanterns.


A Resident’s Doings ─ I noted, about the beginning of July, the leaving of Andrew Monroe for the British Isles.  Mr. Monroe left via the steamer “Labrador”, which on that trip broke the sailing record from Quebec to Liverpool.  Yesterday, August 1st, the Postmaster received a letter from him, which has evidently been on the “City of Paris”, which broke the ocean record to New York last week.  The letter is dated at the South Place Hotel, Finsbury, E.C., London, July 24th, and is stamped at Hamilton, August 1st, reaching here at 4 p.m.  Mr. Monroe spent the 23rd looking through Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  He leaves immediately for Paris, after which, to the north of Scotland, to John O’Groat’s House.


Personal ─ Mrs. Duncan McFarlane and Mrs. Gilfillan are visiting in Kincardine.  Mrs. Bernhardt, of Guelph, is visiting her mother.  Miss Janet Galbraith has returned to Guelph.  Mrs. E. Alexander, Erie Avenue, Hamilton, is the guest of Miss Morison.  Mr. Damm is visiting at V. Baugh’s.  Mrs. Patten, of St. George is visiting her son, C. Patten.  Miss M. McKenzie is visiting Mrs. D. Ross.


Notes ─ Great numbers leave daily for the raspberry and huckleberry fields.  Berries are very plentiful, but the crop is to be of short duration.  A. Foley has had his hotel repainted, an improvement much marked.  A strong delegation is to go to Guelph to oppose the renewing of any more licenses.  Quite a number intend taking in the Guelph Civic Holiday excursion to “The Falls” and Buffalo, also taking in the Hamilton one next Monday to the same places.  Posters have been received here, from the G.T.R., of its very cheap trip on August 13th to Grimsby Park and “The Falls” et cetera.






The Morriston Jottings

August 23rd 1892.


Horrible death ─ A mechanic, by the name of Coveney, who worked at what is called the quarry, between Schaw and Galt, was killed about midnight Friday, by a train running over him.  He was literally cut to pieces.  The deceased had been in this village in the afternoon, and imbibed pretty freely.  It is supposed that he was overcome by liquor and laid down on the track to sleep.  Coroner, Dr. Herod, of Guelph, held an inquest on Saturday.


Funeral ─ The funeral of the late Donald McPherson, of Puslinch, is taking place this afternoon, and is being very largely attended.  The deceased was one of the oldest Puslinch settlers, and was much respected.  The remains are being interred in Crown Cemetery.


Personal ─ Henry Schlegel and family, of Toledo, are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schlegel.  Miss F. G. Morison and Mrs. Morison are visiting at Jarvis, Ontario.  Miss Harrington, who has been the guest of Mrs. Proven, has returned to her home in Toronto.  Miss Roszell is visiting in Ballinafad.


Picnic ─ The Royal Templars have joined in with the Guelph Council in their picnic outing.  It will take place at Puslinch Lake and there will, no doubt, be a large attendance.


Notes ─ We are to have a phonograph concert on Friday and Saturday evenings next.  If the published programme be carried out, the concerts will be well worth attending.  The Puslinch Seed Fair will be held in the Massey building, Guelph, on the 27th instant.  The prize list of the Puslinch Township Fair, to be held on October 4th, is to hand.  It is neatly arranged and the prizes well distributed among the various articles.  The public telephone is to be placed in Dr. Howitt’s residence, when the line is built.  The delay in building is owing to the Guelph City Council, in regard to poles to be erected in the streets.


Electric Roads ─ The Hamilton people are still clamouring for an electric railroad to Guelph, through this village.  On the other side of the township, Councils are building these roads and making money out of them.


Accidentally killed ─ A son of Samuel Callfas, of Centralia, was accidentally killed by falling off a hay rack.  Mr. Callfas has many friends and relatives in this vicinity who deeply sympathize with him in his sad bereavement.


Schools ─ Owing to the illness of Miss McLelland, the junior school has not been re-opened.  The senior school has been under a course of repairs during the vacation, and as the painting is not finished, Mr. McDonald and his scholars still enjoy their liberty.






The Morriston Jottings

September 6th 1892.


Picnics ─ The Royal Templars picnic to Puslinch Lake on Saturday was well attended.  A most enjoyable day was put in, all arriving home well pleased, and also well tired out.  The Crieff Sunday School held a largely attended meeting in a grove near that village.  Quite a number from here attended.


Crops ─ The yield of grain in this vicinity, as near as can be judged, will be wheat, 25 to 27 bushels, oats, 35 to 40 bushels, barley, 30 bushels, and peas, 25 bushels. Hay is a very heavy crop.


Personal ─ Alex Meldrum has gone to Calgary, Alberta.  Mrs. Roswell Hart and Mr. Ray Hart, her son, of Rochester, New York, have been the guests of Mrs. Meldrum.  Mrs. Gissing and children, who have been visiting Mrs. Patten, left for their home, at Princeton, on Wednesday last.  Willie Ross, of Guelph is visiting Major Nicolls.  Mrs. William Beaver presented her husband with a fine baby boy last Saturday.  Miss P. McLean is home from Wiarton.  Alex Matthews, of Guelph, spent a day with Mr. Hugh Campbell.  Miss F. Morison and Mrs. Morison took in the Regatta at Hamilton Beach. Last Saturday.  Mrs. Johnor, of London, is visiting her parents.


  New Firm ─ Messrs. G. W. Hazelton and D. O’Grady, furniture manufacturers of Hamilton, have leased the Central Block and intend carrying a full line of mattresses, furniture, et cetera.  They also intend doing some manufacturing here.


Notes ─ The ruins of the sheds of Duff’s Church still remain, an eye sore to all passers-by.  Quarterly services were held in the G. E. Church last week and on Sunday.  The G. E. Church intends holding a “Harvest Home” shortly.  B. Brown has been doing some remarkable shooting lately; at Galt, he made 15 out of 15 chances.  Father O’Leary’s Electric Railway is what this village wants, a little push and she’s a “goer”.  No sign of the Telephone yet.  We had a first class phonograph entertainment last week.  The cider mill will start running next Wednesday, and cider drinking will be the go.






Morriston Jottings

September 20th 1892.


Building — Messrs. Campbell and Lutz have moved the shed, which has stood for so many years behind their premises, forward to the rear of their blacksmith shop, and intend using it as a storeroom for lumber.  On its former site, they will build a substantial barn, which will improve the appearance of the property.


Duff’s Church Notes — The Reverend W. Robertson has returned from his northern trip.  Reverend Mr. Dickson, of Galt, gave a lecture on C.E. work, on Friday evening, to a large audience.  The annual harvest services were held Sunday last.  There was a special service for children in the afternoon, which was very largely attended, the edifice being crowded.  The church was beautifully decorated with grain, fruit, et cetera.


Personals — Miss S. Callfas and Miss Maggie Scott left on Monday last, for Galt, to attend the Collegiate Institute there.  George Elfner and wife are visiting old friends in the neighbourhood of Jarvis, Ontario.  J. Hourrigan, of Dundas, paid a visit to friends in the village.  Mrs. McEdwards has been visiting in Clyde.  Mrs. Peckin, of Hespeler, is visiting relatives.


Notes — Last Tuesday, we had one of the heaviest rainfalls of the season.  We also had a storm on Thursday evening.  The village was nearly deserted on Wednesday, most of the citizens being in Toronto, visiting the fair.  Guelph show will be well patronized by this section.  There is talk of a prominent citizen starting a drug store; it would be a paying venture.  The Royal Templars are still increasing their membership.  The meetings are largely attended.


The Mercury as an Advertiser — Since the Rappolt Bros. Put an advertisement in the Mercury, they have had a rush on their Cider Mill.  Owing to an advertisement in the same paper, Wm. Galbraith has recovered his colt, which had strayed; it was at J. McAteer’s Hotel in Guelph.  Shippers of apples have been through the neighbourhood and have secured a large quantity of good fruit.  The prices are fair.  Don’t forget the great Puslinch show on the 4th of next month.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






Morriston Jottings

September 27th 1892.


New Business ─ Dr. Hilliard has a number of workmen busily engaged transferring his office in Brown’s Block into a drug store.  He is having it neatly papered, and a counter, shelving, et cetera, put in.  The village will then have a retail drug store, complete in every respect, and there will be no excuse for running to Guelph, in future.  This is a new venture in the village, and it is to be hoped that the patronage of the community will be sufficient to make it a paying one.


Death ─ Word has been received here of the death of John Tyrrell.  The deceased was telegraph operator at Jackson, Michigan, and was the oldest son, by the first wife, of the late Edward Tyrrell, so well known in connection with the Morriston Hotel.


Notes ─ The different carriage firms of the village and neighbourhood are busy with their show rigs.  The entries for the Puslinch show will be greater than ever this year.  Remember that it is on the 4th of next month.  A young gentleman, accompanied by a lady friend from the village, while returning from the Guelph Fair on Wednesday evening, met with an accident that might have proven more serious than it did.  The night was very dark, and a load of wheat straw, which had been upset at the side of the road, frightened their horse, which shied into the ditch, upsetting the rig, which was a covered one, and bolted.  The occupants were dragged some distance before the horse stopped.  They were both well shaken up and received a number of bruises.  The lady seemed the worst, having received a number of cuts on the face, and otherwise bruised.  The rig fared badly also.


Large numbers of apple barrels are passing the village.  Sunday evening’s wind storms played sad havoc with the apple orchards.  The public schools were closed Friday afternoon, there not being a quorum, on account of the picnic.  This gave the teachers a chance to participate in the amusements, which they did.  Read the birth notices in this week’s Mercury.  A number from here are taking in the Pan P. C., at Toronto.  Communion services will be held in the Presbyterian Church on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Personal ─ Thos. Blacklock, formerly teacher of the Badenoch School, is now a “Metorman” on the Buffalo electric street railway.  Alex Meldrum is teaching at Springfield, Alberta, N. W. Territory.  Reverend W. Robertson left on Monday evening for the conference in Toronto. 


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Morriston Jottings

November 1st 1892.


Foresters’ Meeting ─ Notwithstanding the bad weather and extreme darkness, the Town Hall was filled last Tuesday evening by an attentive audience that had gathered to hear what the high officers of the I.O.F. had to say regarding that order.  Splendid addresses were given by Bro. C. C. Baird, H.V.C.R., and other leading lights of the order.  At the close, an adjournment was made to the Foresters’ Courtrooms, where fraternal greetings were extended.  The visitors were then taken to the Central Hotel, where Madam Fhury, the genial hostess, had a most sumptuous repast prepared, on handsomely decorated tables.  A most enjoyable evening was spent, the guests leaving about midnight.  Among the Hamilton contingent were seen Bros. C.C. Baird, H.V.C.R.P. Deputies Charles Ireganza and L. L. Irving, Wm. Smythe, Geo. O. Elder, and Richard Baird.  Courts Puslinch, Valens, and Aberfoyle also had large numbers present.


Delegates ─ Reverend W. Robertson and Jas. E. McLean were the representatives to the Sunday School convention at Guelph.


Large Shipment ─ From the cider mill were shipped 50 large barrels of cider, to Hamilton, last week.  Another shipment is to be made.  The presses have been running night and day.


Our sick ─ Mrs. Stein is very poorly.  Mr. and Mrs. Schlegel are slowly improving.


Notes ─ A great deal of rot prevails among the potatoes in this section.  The mason work on Campbell’s building is about completed.  Great efforts are to be made next spring to have more sidewalks northwards.  The villagers are now beginning to complain  of the lack of street crossings.  Hallowe’en passed off very quietly, little or no damage being done.  A few small parties were held in the village.






Morriston Jottings

November 8th 1892.


Church Notes ─ Reverend J. McD. Duncan, agent for the East Puslinch branch of the Upper Canada Bible Society, preached both morning and evening in Duff’s Church, on Sunday, to large congregations.  On Monday evening, he addressed a meeting in the same church, on behalf of the Society.  Quarterly meeting will be held next Sunday in the G. E. Church.  Reverend S. N. Moyer, of Sebringville, will officiate.  On Friday evening next, the same gentleman will address a meeting in that church on behalf of the Upper Canada Bible Society.


Weather ─ The weather has been most changeable this last week.  Last Saturday we had nearly twenty degrees of frost, and, on Monday, mild with heavy rain.  The back roads are impassable.  Farmers are very anxious over their turnip crop, which, as yet, is only half housed.  The weather today, Tuesday, is very cold, with high winds.


Nearly Asphyxiated by Coal Gas ─ An accident, which nearly proved fatal to two lives, occurred early on Sunday morning, at the residence of Mr. Brown Senior.  A stove pipe from a coal stove had not been properly put together, and during the night a length slipped out of place, allowing the gas to escape into a bedroom, in which were sleeping Mrs. Provan, daughter of Mrs. Brown, and little Clara Weeks, her grandchild.  When discovered, the child was throwing her arms wildly around and gasping for breath, while Mrs. Provan, though conscious, was unable to speak, and perfectly helpless to do anything.  Luckily for them, Dr. Hilliard resides in the same house, and through prompt attention, they were brought to.


Death ─ On Friday last, the infant daughter of Peter and the late Mrs. Ann Clark Kenny, expired at the residence of Malcolm Clark Senior.  The funeral was held on Sunday morning, at 9:30, and was largely attended.  The remains were interred in the Crown Cemetery.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Morriston Jottings

November 22nd 1892.


Entertainment ─ The Royal Templars gave a most enjoyable entertainment to a crowded hall last Thursday evening.  The programme was lengthy and consisted of recitations, readings, et cetera, many of which called for an encore, which was generally responded to.


Telephone ─ The Telephone Company has its office open for business.  The company has also erected a neat sign board in front of it.


Personals ─ Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner has returned from Hamilton.  Miss S. Martin is visiting up north.  Mrs. H. Cockburn, of Guelph, has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Alex McLean.  John Provan is in Hamilton.  David Morlock is taking a business course in the Hamilton Business College.  D. C. McIntyre, of London, is visiting Mr. John Fritz.  Dougald Lamb is home again from the United States.






The Morriston Jottings

November 29th 1892.


Runaway ─ Last Friday evening, while Mr. F. Fahrner was doing some shopping, his team, which had been left untied, got frightened and started off on a gallop.  They took the road for home and arrived there in a short time.  Fortunately, they met no obstruction and no damage was done.


Notes ─ The village is very quiet this week, the farmers being very busy preparing for winter.  At a meeting of the teachers of the Union Sunday School, held on Monday evening, it was decided to hold their annual entertainment as usual.  Robert McGinnis is in possession of a beautiful spaniel setter, which has strayed from Hamilton.  He is advertising for the owner.  The lake is frozen over and the small boy is happy.  The skating is said to be good.  The comet was not visible here.  A few sky rockets would not have been out of place, would have taken immensely.  There is some talk of getting the name of Puslinch Village changed to Schaw.  Renewals for the Mercury newspaper are coming in.  Now is the time to subscribe.






Morriston Jottings

December 13th 1892.


Dance ─ The threshers of Badenoch gave a social dance in the Central Hall on Friday evening last, about twenty couples being present.  A most enjoyable time was put in, which lasted until 3:30 a.m. of the next morning.  John H. Ames supplied the music and Solomon Brown acted as floor manager.


Dog poisoning ─ The annual clearing of dogs is taking place again, and the poisoner has the satisfaction has the satisfaction of seeing four of the most valuable dogs in the village exterminated.  This poisoning has been going on for years, and is likely always done by the same party, who has always escaped detection.


Notes ─ The Nicklin farm was not sold last Tuesday, the bidding not coming up to the mark asked.  The farmers in this section are asked to co-operate with Wentworth farmers to establish a cheese factory at Freelton.  Why not build one in this village, instead of building up another township?  It is not known as yet whether we are to have an election or not at New Years.  A great many from here attended the Live Stock Fair, last week.


Marriage ─ On Thursday next, Mr. Geo. Hanning, of Badenoch, is to be married to Miss L. Kerr, of Brantford.  The service will take place at Brantford, and the Reverend W. Robertson, of Duff’s Church, will officiate.  The happy couple will go on an extended tour, returning sometime after Christmas.


Missionary Meeting ─ The Women’s Foreign Missionary Society in connection with Duff’s Church held their last meeting of the year on Thursday, the 8th instant.  The following officers were elected for the coming year:



Mrs. Robertson



Mrs. J. D. Clark, Miss Christina McLean, Mrs. Steele, Mrs. Day, Miss Annie Munro, Mrs. C. Morison



Miss E. Morison



Miss H. McLean


Personal ─ Visiting abroad are Mrs. D. McEdwards, at St. Mary’s, Mrs. George McLean, at London, Miss S. Martin, at Toronto, and Reverend W. Robertson, at Hamilton, Waterdown, and Brantford.  Visitors to the village are Jacob Stremble, of Hespeler, Wm. Mast, of Freeport, and George Lamp, of Stratford.


Special Services ─ Special services were held in the R.C. Church, last Thursday, Reverend Father O’Leary, of Freelton, officiating.


 Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Morriston Jottings

December 20th 1892.


Cold weather ─ As I stated three weeks ago, a snowstorm would take place about the 18th instant, followed by extremely cold weather.  The snow fall was not as heavy as expected, but the cold weather is to hand, with all its vigour, and will continue.  The “glass” at 7 a.m. today showed 8 below zero Fahrenheit.


 Entertainments ─ Tomorrow, Wednesday, the annual Christmas tree entertainment of the Union Sunday School will be held in the Central Hall.  A splendid programme has been arranged for the occasion.  On Thursday, the 22nd instant, the Methodist Sabbath School, Aberfoyle, will hold a Christmas tree and fruit social, which will be largely attended by residents from this village.  The annual Christmas entertainment of the German Evangelical Sunday School takes place in the church on Saturday evening next, and will draw its usual overflowing house.


Notes ─ The village is again flooded with green goods circulars, which are posted at Jersey City.  The usual big inducement is offered.


It is stated that the dismissed liquor trials are to be held over again, the temperance people being unsatisfied with the verdicts rendered, having appealed the cases.


Renewals and new subscribers to the Mercury newspaper cane be attended to at the Post Office.






The Morriston Jottings

January 10th 1893.


Duff Church Notes ─ Communion services were held last Sabbath, when there was a large attendance of members.  Pre-communion services were held on Friday and Saturday, the Reverend William Ballantyne, of Kirkwall, preaching on Friday, and Reverend John Little, of Knox College, on Saturday, the latter gentleman also assisting the pastor on Sunday.  The officers for the Y.P.S.C.E. for the next half-year are as follows:



Wm. Stratton.

1st Vice-President:

Miss P. McLean.

2nd Vice-President:

Miss Mary Stewart.


Miss Nicklin.

Recording Secretary:

Miss Grace McLean.

Corresponding Secretary:

Mrs. Robertson.


Miss Emma Morison.

Assistant Organist:

Miss Jennie Scott.



The conveners of committees are:


Prayer meeting:

Reverend W. Robertson.

Look out:

Miss Penelope McLean.


Miss Madge McLean.


Miss Florence Morison.


Mr. Dan McFarlane.


Mrs. Day.


Freelton Tea Meeting ─ A large number from here accompanied the G. E. Church choir to the Methodist Church tea meeting at Freelton on the evening…






The Morriston Jottings

February 14th 1893.


The Township of Puslinch Sunday School Convention will be held in the Methodist Church, Aberfoyle, on Thursday, the 23rd instant, at 10 o’ clock in the forenoon.  An excellent programme is being prepared, and all interested in Sabbath School work, and others, should avail themselves of the opportunity of being present.  All are invited.  Morning session opens at 10 a.m., afternoon at 2:00, and the evening session at 7 p.m.


Mrs. R. B. Morison is very ill.  Miss Penelope McLean, daughter of Alex McLean Senior, has been very low with inflammatory rheumatism.  Mr. R. C. Morison has been laid up for two weeks with a severe attack of la grippe.






The Morriston Jottings

March 21st 1893.


Post Office Returns ─ The Post Office returns show that there were 184 letters, 82 postal cards, and 32 newspapers posted at this office last week.


Our sick ─ The Reverend Moyer, of Sebringville, who took ill while preaching here, is much better, but is, as yet, very weak.  Mrs. Jas. McDonald has been ill, but is now on the mend.  R. C. Morison is at work again, after a seven weeks’ illness.


Notes ─ Trade in the village is very quiet owing to the bad state of the roads.  The thaw of last night and today is taking the snow away rapidly.  There is no danger of floods in this district, and there is still another rumour of a break in the bachelor ring.






The Morriston Jottings

March 28th 1893.


School Notes ─ Promotion examinations were held on Friday last in the public schools throughout this section.  A public examination will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, Miss Bond’s school being in the morning and Mr. McDonald’s in the afternoon.  Splendid programmes have been arranged for the occasion.  The schools are also being handsomely decorated.


Church Notes ─ Last Sabbath being Palm Sunday, special services were held in the Roman Catholic Church, to a large congregation. Preparatory service will be held in Duff’s Church on Friday.  Holy Communion will be administered on Sunday.  Last Sunday, notice was given from the pulpit of Duff’s Church of a meeting to be held on Monday evening, for the purpose of organizing a Sunday School in connection with the church.  We have received no report of the meeting as yet.  Full particulars will be given next week. 


After a series of very successful revival meetings, by which means many converts were made, the young people of the Evangelical Association met on Tuesday evening, the 21st instant, to re-organize and elect officers for the ensuing year.  The meeting was opened by singing and reading from the Scriptures, after which, prayers were rendered by the pastor, Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner and Mr. Frey.  The following business was then transacted, and the election of officers resulted as follows:



Mr. John M. Frey.


Mr. Wm. Morlock.


Dr. Hilliard.

Cor. Secretary:

Miss Bella Roszell.


Miss Mary Fahrner

Lookout Committee:

Miss Lydia Fahrner and Miss Bertha Gayer.

Programme Committee:

Reverend Mr. Finkbeiner, John Huether, & John Fahrner.


The meeting was then closed in the usual manner.


Weather ─ Last Friday was a real spring day.  The snow disappeared very rapidly.  Since then, we have had heavy frost at night, succeeded by a strong sun, which is causing some alarm among farmers as to the result on the wheat, which it is feared, will become blistered.


Moving ─ George Martin and family leave the village on Wednesday.  They will in future live in Guelph Township, where George has purchased a valuable farm.






More Morriston Village News

March 28th 1893.


The Union Sabbath School has an average attendance of seventy.  Mr. William Martin, of Badenoch, is to be married on Wednesday to an estimable young lady, at Corwhin.  We wish them laden joy in their new relationship.  The Royal Templars are starting a select degree, which gives life insurance to its members.  Monday evening next, the 3rd of April, under the auspices of the R.T. of T. (Royal Templars of Temperance), a lecture will be given by the Reverend Mr. Mullan, of Fergus.  The G. E. Church has been secured for the event.  There will be a silver collection at the door.


Charles Seigle, of Puslinch, has sold his farm to Mr. McKenzie, of Galt, for the sum of $9,300.






The Morriston Jottings

April 4th 1893.


The Holiday ─ Good Friday was a beautiful, clear day, which allowed a good deal of visiting to be carried on.  The day was very orderly throughout.  Services were held in all of the churches in the morning.


Snow Storm ─ A storm of unusual severity for this time of year set in at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening and continued through the night, and ended about 9 a.m. on Thursday.  The snow drifts were quite deep in some places.  About 4 or 5 inches fell on the level, which caused runners to be in demand, but not for long, as by about noon there was a strong sun and a warm south wind, which caused the beautiful to melt at a great rate, and by 4 o’ clock there was nothing but mud on the streets.


Personals ─ Miss Meldrum, of Ayr, is the guest of Mrs. Meldrum.  Miss McLelland, of Galt, is spending a week among friends.  Mrs. D. R. McLaren, of Toronto, and Hugh Cockburn, of Guelph, have been staying at Alex McLean’s.  H. J. Holtzman, of Moorefield, spent a few days the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Beaver.  John Reinor, of Elora, was the guest at the home of Wm. Beaver.  The Reverend S. N. Moyer, who has been so ill, recovered so far as to go to his home in Sebringville last Friday.


An N. P. Industrial Town ─ Since the census has been taken, Morristonians have been awed in reading of the number of industries in the surrounding towns.  An enumeration of the industries of their own town suddenly reveals that they themselves are dwellers midst a hive of industries such as which makes the Finance Minister feel proud of his country and of the glorious N.P.  As there was no 15 cents per factory (found) paid to the enumerator, he may have accidentally omitted a score or more of small ones; as it is, he has located 21 industrial establishments  inside the limits, viz.: chopping mills ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 2, brick yard ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 4, cider mill ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 3, dressmaking ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 3, cabinet builder ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 1, carpet factory (rag) ─ 2 ─ employed ─ 3, builders (contractors) ─ 3 ─ employed ─ 7, shoe factories ─ 2 ─ employed ─ 3, carriage factories ─ 2 ─ employed ─ 4, blacksmiths ─ 2 ─ employed ─ 5, tailors ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 3, tinsmith ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 2, harness factory ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 1, pump factory ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 2, undertakers ─ 1 ─ employed ─ 3.


Lecture ─ The lecture in the G.E. Church on Monday evening, given by Reverend Mr. Mullan, of Fergus, under the auspices of the Royal Templars, drew a large audience.  The subject, being Temperance, was handled in a very eloquent style by the reverend gentleman, who has the happy knack of intermixing humour with his address, which has the result of holding the attention of his hearers.


Duff’s Church Notes ─ During communion the following clergymen officiated: Reverend Dr. Jackson, of Galt, on Friday, Reverend M. Cameron, of Thamesford, on Saturday, also, in Gaelic, on Sunday morning and, in English, on Sunday evening.  The pastor, Reverend W. Robertson, preached in English on Sunday morning.  The several Sabbath Schools, in connection with the church, which have been closed during the winter, re-open Sunday next.  The new school, which has just been organized, to be held in the church edifice, will also be formally opened next Sunday.


Marriages ─ Mr. Leslie MacDonald, eldest son of Mr. John A. MacDonald, of Schaw, was married at Dundas, on July 7th last, to a Hamilton young lady.  Mr. Robert Galbraith Junior, brother of William Galbraith, here, and son of Robert Galbraith, of Guelph, is to be married today, at Killean, to Miss Gilchrist, of that place.  They will reside at Port Hope.






The Morriston Jottings

April 11th 1893.


New Sabbath School ─ The Duff’s Church Sunday School has now been fully organized, and the following officers have been appointed: Wm. Stratton Junior ─ Superintendent, Andrew Munro ─ Assistant Superintendent, John McDonald ─ Secretary-Treasurer, Daniel McFarlane ─ leader of song, and Mrs. Day ─ organist.


Large Shipment ─ Fifty barrels of cider are being shipped from the cider mills.  This makes the total shipment for the season 105 barrels or about 6,300 gallons.


Bad Crossings ─ Are we going to get those street crossings this year?  That’s the question!  Or is to be another case of Patrick’s Roof?  The state of the roads the last month ought to show the necessity of them being laid at once.


Personals ─ Miss Hannah McLean, having secured a situation in one of Toronto’s leading law firms as a stenographer, left for that city yesterday.  Miss Bella Moffat is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay, of Troy.  Miss Katie Foley has been visiting in Hamilton.  G. Mathieson, of Hamilton, has been visiting Mr. Alex McLean.  Reverend W. Robertson visited Toronto last week to attend the closing exercise of Knox College and the banquet and reunion of the class graduates of 1883.  Mr. James McDonald, of Lucknow, is visiting his son, James McDonald, our estimable schoolmaster, and also hunting up old friends in the vicinity.  William Schultz, from Michigan, is visiting his parents.






Morriston Jottings

June 13th 1893.


Personals ─ Mr. James McDonald, our head teacher, has been appointed an examiner at the High School entrance and leaving examinations, which take place at the end of this month.  John Nicoll, of the firm of Nicoll & Stewart, of Toronto, spent Sunday in the village.  We are pleased to see the promotion given to Warden Nicoll, who has been raised from the rank of Major to that of Lieut. Colonel.  Mrs. G. W. McLean is visiting in Toronto.  Miss Morison has left for Sarnia and Detroit, on a few weeks’ visit.


The Patron Meeting (Patrons of Industry) ─ There was a very large attendance of farmers at the binding twine open meeting, last night.  Bro. Jos. Stratford, the noted organizer, and others, addressed the meeting.  Under the subtle influence of Jos. Stratford, dividends flashed like sparkling diamonds before the eyes of the audience.  One well-to-do Schaw farmer saw so many that he got up and advised the farmers who hadn’t the spare cash to mortgage the farm and invest in binding twine stock.  Maybe, a few years hence, the same farmer may be able to see his advice followed if read backwards.


Conclusion Drawn from the Meeting ─ We will give you binding twine at as near cost as possible, just allowing enough to cover expenses and declare a small dividend; again, we give a reduction over those who do not belong to the Patrons.  Again, it will pay you to mortgage your farm and invest your money in the company’s works.  Where are the dividends?  Why, out of the farmers who do not take stock or belong to the Patrons.


The Patrons and others will take in the excursion to Brantford on the 27th instant, in great numbers.  The return fare from Guelph is only 55 cents.  Those wanting an outing should not miss this, as Brantford is well worth visiting.


Notes ─ The I.O.F. Court intends attending divine service next Sunday evening in Aberfoyle.  Quite a number go to the Galt carnival this week, also.  The Guelph Fishing Club is kept busy keeping out trespassers along the trout streams.  The farmers in this section are selling their milk to the Freelton cheese factory.  Large shipments of wheat are being made from Schaw.  The farmers cannot hold on to it any longer as room is wanted in the barns.  The price paid is 60 cents per bushel, with no prospects of a higher, as the decline at Chicago still prevails.  The Artillery goes out this week.  The camp will be pitched at Galt.


New Premises ─ Mr. Beaver, tailor, has moved into the house and shop lately occupied by David Ross.  The premises have been renovated throughout, and Mr. Beaver has now one of the neatest tailoring establishments in the country.  The change was necessary owing to the large, increasing trade.  There are now 5 hands in the establishment.


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Morriston Jottings

June 27th 1893.


Duff’s Church Notes ─ Preparatory services to Communion will be held on Friday and Saturday next, June 30th and July 1st, Reverend Mr. Cameron, of Strabane, officiating on Friday, and Reverend Mr. Mullan, of Fergus, on July 1st.  The latter gentleman will also officiate at Communion on July 2nd.  Reverend W. Robertson, the pastor, is a delegate to the big Y.P.S.C.E. Convention, in Montreal.  He leaves shortly.  It is expected that there will be over 2500 delegates present from the United States and Canada.


Notes and Personals ─ John Gayer and wife are at the World’s Fair.  Miss Galbraith, of Guelph, has been visiting here.  Mr. Jas. McDonald leaves for Erin this afternoon to do duty as examiner for High School papers.  School closes tomorrow, Wednesday.  Frank Kestinmaucher and C. Wertz Junior, of Hamilton, are here on a visit.  Heavy rain with hail passed just south of us on Sunday afternoon.  We got a few hail stones and high wind.  The farmers are getting ready for haying.  A heavy crop is expected.  The wheat is heading.  There will likely be a large crop of that also.  Turnip seeding is now going on.  A. Foley is advertising his hotel and property for sale, on account of ill health.  Guelph and Galt will be the drawing cards on the 1st.  Freelton also has a picnic on that day.


Illness ─ Mrs. Frank Kestinmaucher has been very ill, suffering from chest trouble.  She is improving some, but is yet very ill.  Mrs. Matthew Elliott Junior has been ill for some time with throat and chest trouble, which terminated on Saturday in paralysis of the muscles of the throat.  She is now in a critical condition, being unable to swallow any food.


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Morriston Jottings

July 11th 1893.


Barn Raising ─ Malcolm Clark Junior is to have the frame of his large new barn raised this evening.  There will be an immense crowd present.  After the raising, there will be an ample spread given; 20 loaves of George Williams’ celebrated bread have been ordered for the occasion.


Storms ─ The last week has been a changeable one as to the weather, Sunday and Monday being very warm, changing to much cooler on Tuesday.  Some farmers say that there was a slight frost early on Wednesday morning.  The week ended very warm.  Between 1 and 2 a.m. on Saturday, there was a very heavy electric storm, accompanied with heavy hail, which lasted some two or three minutes, followed by a perfect deluge of rain.  The storm did not extend further south than the Wentworth County line.  On Saturday, shortly after noon, a perfect hurricane of wind took place, which broke the branches of willow trees like pipe stems.  There was no rain, the storm being between the village and Guelph.  The weather since has been clear and much cooler.


Personals ─ The Reverend Wm. Robertson is attending the Y.P.S.C.E. Convention in Montreal.  Miss Annie Meldrum is also visiting the same city.  Miss Watt and Miss McLay are the guests of Mrs. Meldrum.  Wm. Riley, wife and family, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. B. Brown Senior.  Prof. Panton, of the O.A. College, preached in Duff’s Church last Sunday.


Notes ─ The farmers are about through haying and some are at the wheat.  It was a steam traction engine, not the trolley, which caused the commotion on the street a few days ago.  The threshers are getting their machines overhauled, preparatory to moving about.  These are busy days with Messrs. Schultz and McLean.  They have two gangs busy putting up hay forks.  The blacksmiths are also hard pushed.  Wm. Beaver has secured a Hamilton tailor.  The Moffat football club came over on Saturday afternoon and wiped the ground with our boys.  Dominion day was a quiet one in the village, most of the young folks going to other towns.  Where is the keeper of the pound?  It is a shame the way that cattle, horses, and hogs are allowed to roam; by the bye, there are no geese seen this summer.



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Morriston Jottings

August 1st 1893.


For the Fair ─ William and Charles Fritz, formerly of this place, but now of Crediton, arrived from that village last week, Charles riding his wheel.  They leave for Chicago this week, to compete at the World’s Fair athletic games, putting the heavy stones et cetera.  The two have won many prizes in different cities in Ontario and the United States, and as they are both in excellent form, they expect to make a good record for themselves in the windy city.


New Business Block ─ Dr. W. L. Hilliard has purchased from Benjamin Jacobs the lot known as “The Willows”, at the corner of Badenoch Street and the Brock Road, having 35 feet of frontage on the Brock Road, with 100 feet in depth on Badenoch Street.  Plans are already drawn for a drug store and dwelling house, which will be built of brick.  Work will be commenced as soon as the crop of oats, which now adorns it, is harvested.


Moving ─ B. Brown Junior, proprietor of Brown’s Temperance Hotel, has leased the Freelton House, at Freelton, and intends taking possession at once.  It is likely that the hotel here will be run as a temperance house, but by whom, it is not known as yet.


Entertainments ─ Professor Sudda, the magician, gave an exhibit of his wonderful mystic powers in the Town Hall, last Monday evening, to a very small audience.  The professor’s exhibit in the art of drawing pictures, churches, et cetera, from the centre of a circle was well worth seeing, as well as instructive to those with artist’s tastes, but otherwise the show amounted to very little, being a few well-known sleight of hand tricks rendered by Herman years ago, and well nigh forgotten.  The professor’s voice is not powerful enough to make a good ventriloquist, and he had to content himself with throwing it within a very limited space.  The Royal Templars are to give an ice cream social shortly.  It will be private, for members only.  The date of the Union Sunday School’s social is now definitely fixed, and will be held a week from next Thursday; besides ice cream, there will be a series of tableaux given.


Personal ─ Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner has returned from his vacation, as also, Jacob Fritz.  Mrs. Hicks, of Detroit, is visiting her parents here, John S. Sparks and wife.


Notes ─ We had a heavy rain last Tuesday night, which has improved the pasture a little.  The raspberry season is now about over.  There was a large crop, and the fruit large.  Next will be the watermelon.  There is no celebration here today, and very few know that it is Emancipation Day.  Quite a number of villagers are beginning to talk World’s Fair.  The rate for return from Schaw is about $11.40.  The Pathmaster has cleared the village streets of weeds.  The country seems to be flooded with Yankee silver certificates; nearly every person that you meet has one or more.  The people around here say that they get them from city merchants who shove them out there at par, the receiver not knowing the value.


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The Morriston Jottings

August 8th 1893.


Amusement Notes ─ The Union Sunday School social has expanded itself into a big affair.  It will be held in the Central Hall on Thursday evening next.  Besides ice cream and tableaux, as mentioned last week, a splendid musical program has been arranged.  It is hoped that there will be a large attendance, as the proceeds are towards the purchase of an organ for the school.  It is rumoured that the Duff’s Church School is making arrangements for an entertainment also, but of what nature we have not as yet ascertained.  The school’s picnic is also to be held shortly.  The German Evangelical school will hold its picnic early next month.  It is said that they are preparing for a harvest home festival.  There was a very large turnout at the singing school last evening.  It seems to be growing in popularity.


Personals ─ Mrs. Peter Beaver is visiting up north, Mildmay, and elsewhere.  B. Brown Junior removed to Freelton on Wednesday last.  Mrs. Weir, wife of James Weir, of the Customs, Hamilton, is visiting friends in the village.  Miss L. Leavenworth, of Amsterdam, New York, is visiting Mrs. R. B. Morison.  The Misses Daly, of Hamilton, are having a good time visiting their aunt, Mrs. Foley.  Mrs. W. Stein, of London, is visiting at the home of C. Calfass.


Notes ─ Work on the new sidewalks will be started shortly; have heard nothing about those crossings, though.


There was a big drop in eggs a few days ago.  R. C. Morison was handling a basket of eight dozen when the handle broke and the basket overturned.  There were a half-dozen eggs not broken when scooped up with a shovel.  The store cats received one good meal in their lifetime.


Quite a number went from here to Puslinch Lake last week.






Morriston Jottings

August 15th 1893.


About a Knife ─ Your correspondent happened to have in his possession a common two-bladed knife, made by Joseph Rodgers & Co., Sheffield, England, when on examination it was found that the back spring of the small blade was broken.  He took up a small bet that he could not send it to the works in Sheffield and have it returned in good condition, free of charge.


The knife was mailed the 12th of July, went to the dead letter office for want of proper postage and was sent back to this office, was re-mailed, and was received back, repaired, on the 11th of August.  There also accompanied it a letter, written, not dictated, and signed by John Rodger, managing director, explaining repairs and hoping it would prove satisfactory.  The letter is written on a four page, one-half foolscap size, bank note paper, is headed by the different trademarks of the firm and the numerous agencies, also cutlers to Her Majesty, et cetera.  The signature of John Rodger itself would prove quite a valuable to one in the business of collecting autographs.  There was no price demanded for the repair.


Off for Manitoba ─ Robert McGinnis, Frank Fahrner, and Henry Barth leave this evening with the C.P.R. Harvest Excursion for Manitoba.


Successful Students ─ Miss Maggie Scott and Miss Sophia Callfas have passed creditably their examination for certification as teachers.  The examinations were held in Galt.  Miss Scott receives a 3rd class certificate and Miss Callfas, a 2nd class.


Personals ─ Mr. T. Hilliard, manager of the Dominion Assurance Company, Waterloo, has been visiting Dr. Hilliard, his son, here.  Charles Harbottle, of Kilmanagh, Michigan, is home on a visit.  John Ames and J. T. Scott are visiting in Buffalo, New York.  They took in the excursion from Hamilton, on Monday.  Miss K. Stremphel, of Hespeler, has been visiting friends in the township.  Mrs. Dawson, of Carlton West, is visiting her mother, Mrs. John Winer.  Miss H. McLean and Mr. J. C. McLean, of Toronto, are home on a visit to their parents.  Reverend Rife, of Hespeler, is expected to preach in the G. E. Church, Sunday next.


Quite an Upset ─ Early on Monday morning, a number of the Guelph Bicycle Club reached the village, as is the rule.  They always put on a spurt so as to show we green villagers how nice and easy is the motion.  This time too much eagerness was shown, as the two front riders collided.  We can’t describe the circles performed, but an onlooker would have found it hard work to discover the whereabouts of the riders for a few moments.  They started off again, as if nothing serious had happened, but a general halt was called at the lower end of the village, and judging from the motions, it is likely that the two pedalled their way to Hamilton with one pedal each.


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Morriston Jottings

August 22nd 1893.


Lawn Social ─ The lawn social held under the auspices of the social committee of the Y.P.S.C.E., of Duff’s Church, on the grounds of the manse, was a great success in every particular, and over $40 was realized.  There was a large attendance, quite a number coming from Guelph, who contributed considerably to its success by singing a number of beautiful Christian Endeavour hymns.  Master Willie Thain, the piper, was present and gave soul thrilling music to the Scottish present.  Michael O’Nast, the Italian accordionist, delighted the audience with his music.  Readings by Miss Hannah McLean, of Toronto, and by others, and club swinging by Wm. Callfass, accompanied by Miss Scott on the organ, were also given.  There was plenty to eat and also of ice cream and lemonade.  The grounds were beautifully illuminated with Chinese lanterns.


G. E. Church Notes ─ The Sunday School picnic takes place next Saturday, and will be held in the Callfas grove, side of the lake.  Reverend Rife, of Hespeler, occupied the pulpit, morning and evening of last Sabbath.  He preached very eloquent sermons to large congregations.  Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner exchanged pulpits with Reverend Rife.  Quarterly services will be held the first week of September.


Notes ─ The council is advertising for gravel, which must be free of large stones, for the Brock Road.  This will be delightful news to all.  A number intend going from here tomorrow for Toronto, to take in the military review.  Don’t hear much talk of Toronto Industrial this year.


The Puslinch Farmers’ Club Seed Fair will be held on the 26th instant.  Notice has been received that Postmaster General intends stopping the issue of large postcards, and that an 8 cent will be issued to do away with the 5 cent registration stamp. 


We have had a rainy and cool week, and pastures and roots are greatly improved.  Very heavy showers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The Public Schools opened yesterday, Blue Monday for scholars and teachers.


Personals ─ Miss L. Cummins and Miss M. Smith, of Detroit, have been visiting here.  Robert Tait, of London, is also on a vacation in this vicinity.  Miss S. Callfass is visiting in Waterloo County.  Miss Madge McLean, of Aberfoyle, leaves today for Waterdown, to take in the Masonic excursion to the Falls.  Thos. Blacklock has resumed his teaching at Badenoch.  He has been taking a course at the Military College, at Toronto.  Reverend J. Currie, of Belmont, is visiting his brother and sister, Miss and C. Currie.  Mrs. Holland, of Mountsberg, is also here on a visit.  J. Hagey, of Hamilton, spent Monday evening and night, on business.


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Morriston Jottings

August 29th 1893.


German Evangelical Church notes ─ The Sunday School picnic in connection with this church was held in the Callfas grove, on our lake, Saturday afternoon.  A more satisfactory day could not have been had; the weather was warm but an over-clouded sky, along with the deep shade cast by the magnificent trees of the grove, made it delightfully cool.  There was a goodly attendance, ample amusement in the shape of rowing, croquet, football, and numerous very high swings, overlooking the steep embankment; among the latter, a very curious one, invented by Messrs. Huether and Elfner, which caused much amusement among the grown-up, and afforded great enjoyment to the wee-tot, being built on four high wooden supports, with two heavy iron crossbars, from which suspended four pieces of wood, on which was suspended the body of the now famous carriage of the late Colonel Leslie.  There were, at times, 16 or 18 small ones in it.


Of refreshments, there was an abundance.  An ice cream counter was also fitted up, which was waited upon by four very estimable young ladies who were chaperoned by another young lady of very high degree, who took goodly care of the cash receipts, which amounted to the sum of $12.00 in the good Canadian currency.


An error was made last week on stating that quarterly meetings would be held the first week in September.  The Pastor C. S. Finkbeiner leaves this week for Campden, Ontario, to take part in quarterly meetings there; thus the mistake.  There will be no service in the church on Sunday morning, but an evening service, in English, will be conducted by Reverend Rife, of Hespeler.


Personal ─ Mrs. (Reverend) Finkbeiner will leave on Wednesday for Williamsford, to visit friends and relatives.  Chas. Harbottle leaves for his home, now in Michigan, on Wednesday.  Mrs. Duncan, of Detroit, is the guest of Mrs. Peter McLean Senior, of “Highfield” farm, Badenoch.  John Munro, principal of the Ottawa public schools, and who returned a couple of weeks ago from the World’s Fair, to visit his sister and brother, Miss and Andrew Munro, of this place, has gone to Ottawa to resume his occupation.  Miss Annie Meldrum, teacher in Toronto schools, has also left, for that place.  R. Reeves and wife, from the state of Nebraska, are visiting relatives on the 2nd Concession.  Mrs. Walter Schultz, of Preston, is visiting Mrs. Fred Schultz Senior, widow.  Mrs. J. Ratz, of Blenheim, is visiting at John Kennedy’s, of Badenoch.  C. M. and Miss F. G. Morison took in the Burlington and Waterdown Masonic excursion, via Hamilton Beach, to the Falls, Electric Railway, et cetera.  There was a large crowd.


Notes ─ A very heavy rain started shortly after noon on Monday and continued through the night, ending at eight o’ clock, this Tuesday morning.  An immense amount of water has fallen, which will do a vast amount of good to roots and pasture.  Since clearing, the weather is cool.  The thermometer registered 90 degrees in the shade at 4 p.m. on Thursday, and 94 degrees on Monday afternoon.  This is the harvest moon, and according to the Globe, seems specially provided by Providence to help the farmers.  It is the only moon of the year that shows only a few minutes between the time of rising each evening, on the 26th, only 23 minutes from the evening before, and only occurs in August each year, and it is a moon that also rises very early in the evening.


Many inquiries have been made at the Post Office concerning the stoppage of the large post card issue.  The new cards will likely be larger than the old small issue, and somewhat smaller than the present large issue.


Times are very quiet at present.  The most notable thing about here is the number of young people, of both sexes, that are home, and who have for the last few years been residing in Uncle Sam’s domain.  When going back, Chawley?  Don’t know, works are shut down, et cetera.  The carriage of the Baby swing is the same that was so prominent at the Hamilton races, and which was drawn by T. Armstrong, of the Franklin House.  There will be a football match on the Morriston grounds on Saturday evening between the Morriston and Schaw Seniors.  The keen rivalry between these clubs ought to draw a large attendance.  The Morriston club has had quite a large increase in its membership lately, and Dr. Hilliard, their captain, is seeing that the club team is putting in its full quota of practice.     


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Morriston Jottings

September 12th 1893.


Picnic ─ The Sunday School picnic, in connection with Duff’s Church, was held Friday last in the Victoria Park, at Guelph.  The morning looked like rain, which undoubtedly kept many from attending, but notwithstanding this, there was a good attendance, and as the afternoon was a beautiful day for a picnic, a most enjoyable time was put in.


Personal ─  Dr. Hilliard left last Wednesday for Berlin, where he was married on Thursday to an esteemed young lady of that place.  The happy couple has not returned as yet, having gone to the World’s Fair.  Dr. Hastings is running the practice during Dr. Hilliard’s absence.  Dr. D. McEdwards, of Thedford, Ontario, an old Morriston boy, was home last week on a visit to his mother.  Miss Roszell has returned from her vacation.  D. McDonald, of Lucknow, is visiting Jas. McDonald.  Peter Beaver and R. C. Morison will be among those going to the World’s Fair this week.


Notes ─ A large number from here have visited the Toronto Industrial.  A number also go this week to the Chicago Fair.  The Union Sunday School has purchased a beautiful new organ for school use.  B. Brown has secured the services of G. W. McLean, as practical shoemaker, and those who know George also know that he can turn out neat fits.  Reverend Mr. Robertson gave a report of the Montreal Y.P.S.C.E., last Sunday evening, which proved very interesting.  He will give the balance in a week or so.

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Morriston Jottings

September 26th 1893.


Church Notes ▬ Children’s Day was observed in Duff’s Church a week ago last Sabbath.  The service was the one prepared by the Assembly Sabbath School Committee on Home Missions.  The Scriptural selections and hymns were very appropriate.  The pastor, Reverend W. Robertson, in a short address, gave an outline of the home mission work of the Presbyterian Church in this Dominion.  Mr. J. A. McCrea, of Guelph, President of the Provincial Sabbath School Association, gave a most interesting address on Missions, showing the important part that the Sabbath Schools may have in this work.  There was a large attendance of children and grown-up people, and the service was very much appreciated.  Last Sabbath was Children’s Day in Crieff Church also, when the same service as in Duff’s Church was used.  There was a large attendance and much interest manifested.  Mr. J. A. McCrea was present at this church also, and gave an address in his usual happy manner, which will be long remembered.  In the G. E. Church, the Independent Order of Foresters had their annual sermon preached to them on Sunday evening last.  There was a large turnout of the Order, quite a few from other Courts being present.  Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner, pastor, delivered a very eloquent sermon, dwelling upon the duties of a father in providing for his family.  Special music, appropriate for the occasion, was given by the choir, and was well rendered.  Children’s day will be celebrated next Sunday afternoon and evening.  During the evening service, Mr. McCrea will again deliver an address.  Special music has been prepared for the occasion also.


Post Office Returns ─  From the 11th to the 16th instant was an official enumeration of letters, et cetera, posted at our town Post Office.  During this period, there were posted 197 letters for this country, foreign, 31, post cards, 59 and 13, newspapers, 13, parcels, et cetera, 16.  Postage on same amounted to $7.70, an increase of 90 cents over the same period of 1892, a decrease of 28 in letters, and an increase of 29 in postal cards posted.  The increase in postage and decrease in letters is accounted for, as in 1892 there was a greater number of drop letters posted, that is, local letters, having only 1 cent postage thereon.  Next year, there will likely be a big decrease in revenue collected, as the large postal cards issued this year are greatly diminishing the number of 3 cent postage.  The new issue of smaller cards are not yet issued, and may yet be cancelled.


Note — The lumber is laid down for the sidewalks, but no walks yet.  There will have to be a hustle made before the muddy and rainy weather sets in.  Trade is very quiet at present all over the country.


World’s Fair Notes — Miss F. G. Morison left on Friday, via G.T.R., for Hamilton.  Andrew Foley and daughter left also on Friday via C.P.R.  R. C. Morison has arrived home; numerous others intend leaving this week.  We would advise all Badenoch folks to spend a day at the Plantation Hotel.  The proprietor is a genial host and is well acquainted with all Badenoch folks. 


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Morriston Jottings

October 17th 1893.


Fairs — The week was very dull after the Puslinch show, consequently, no items last week.  The Puslinch show was a success in attendance, but there was a great falling off as to exhibits.  Why is this?  The villagers in Morriston state that the directors are lacking in energy.  They say that as a proof of it is the number of exhibits made at Freelton by the Puslinch people who did not exhibit at Aberfoyle.  Your correspondent’s idea of the Puslinch fair is that the young blood should take hold of it.  The township hall is too small.  There is no accommodation for fancy work etcetera.  The Township Council boasts of a big balance in the treasury.  Why then do they allow another county to cut their throats?  This is the voice of the villagers in Morriston regarding township affairs.


The Storm — Friday all day the wind blew steadily from the east and north-east, and great clouds could be seen hanging over Hamilton and Lake Ontario.  The day was fine and warm, but overhead the sky was clouded by light clouds.  At 7 p.m. rain began to fall and at 11 p.m. there was a high wind, which increased steadily as the night progressed.  Saturday morning found all dwellings on the western side of streets flooded, the storm having worked its way under window sashes and doors.  On Saturday, 10 a.m., there was another change, the wind having shifted to the north-west.  By 3 p.m. we were getting snow flurries, accompanied with a very high wind, which did great destruction to orchards.  All fall and winter fruit is now laid low.  The storm continued till late Sunday night, when the sky cleared and a heavy frost set in.  there was ice on the water on Monday and also this Tuesday morning.  According to Old Probs, we shall now have a warm spell.


  Notes — Dr. Hilliard’s new office and store in the Morison block is nearly ready for occupation.  The drug store is being very neatly fitted up.  A great number from the village attended the Freelton show on Friday, the day being a most magnificent one for driving.  Not many stayed for the dance.  A prominent jeweller of Guelph, accompanied with our genial stage driver, drove down to the Freelton show.  The prominent jeweller left word that on a certain minister’s door there was crape with a white band.  The news started quite a commotion in the village.  An investigation was made and the rumour proved false.  The villagers are now quite savage enough to eat that jeweller.


James Mclean, carpenter, shows us a potato of his own raising, 3 pounds. Next! The Morriston fire brigade is to be again resurrected.  The old engine is to be overhauled and put into shape.  It is likely that John Ames will be elected captain.  There will be a meeting of villagers shortly, when an election as to chief-ship will take place.


Dr. J. A. Howitt has a very interesting story in Friday’s Hamilton Spectator.  It takes up nearly four columns.  The name is “A Doctor’s Story”.


John Ames has again started his saw gummer.  He has so many saws to sharpen that he is hard pushed, but he says he can work ‘em all if they come.


Entertainment — Valentine’s musical and scenic entertainment struck town on Thursday evening.  There was a very fair attendance.  The show should have been better patronized, as it was one of the very few of the good that have visited this hamlet.  It was both amusing and instructive, and no sensitive person, be he minister or another, could find anything that would jar his feelings.  The stereopticon views were especially fine, especially the World’s fair views, consisting of these and others, and which were the full width of the canvas, the view of the fair grounds, the electric, the Brazilian, the art, and others.  The proprietor deserves great praise for the way that he conducted the show, and preserved perfect order throughout.


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Morriston Jottings

October 31st 1893.


Cold weather — We are having quite a cold spell.  Sunday morning saw snow on the sidewalks and in fence corners that did not melt during the day.  Monday morning, the lake was half frozen over, and this morning, Tuesday, there is a complete sheet of ice over it.  The ground is frozen to about an inch through.


Wedding bells — On Wednesday last, our esteemed townswoman, Mrs. Fuhry, who keeps the Central Hotel, was united to Mr. Vogt, widower, of Guelph, the marriage ceremony being conducted by the Reverend W. Ross, curate of St. George’s Anglican Church, of Guelph.  It was a very quiet wedding, the invited guests being relations and a few of their closest friends.  The happy couple left immediately afterwards on their wedding tour, returning on Friday evening, when “the boys” gave them a good hearty serenade, which was responded to also in a good hearty manner.


Personals — D. Stirton, Postmaster, Guelph, spent an afternoon with old friends here, last week.  Miss Fach, Guelph Township, was an invited guest to the wedding.  Reverend W. Ross, Miss Keating, and Miss Chisholm were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Morison, on Wednesday last.  Henry Schultz is home from the state of Michigan, where he has been visiting lately.


Dastardly work — During Mrs. Vogt’s absence, some person worked his way into the cellar of the hotel and stole 6 gallons of whiskey, and before leaving, turned all taps on.  It is said that liquor covered the floor to ¼ inch in depth when discovered the next morning.  It is also stated that a keg of beer was stolen the night of the serenade.


Notes — We hear that there were three who saw the whole of the serenade, two young ladies and a gentleman, who watched it until 2 a.m.; being cool, and shawls being scarce, it is said that they used bed quilts  as a covering from the weather.  There were quite a number of wild ducks on the lake on Monday, near noon, but our local sportsmen seemingly never saw them.  John Amos is busily engaged in putting down sidewalks.  If the weather is fine, there will be quite a party from here that will attend the unveiling of the Sir John A. MacDonald monument in Hamilton, on Wednesday.


Church notes — The Reverends C. S. Finkbeiner and W. Robertson had an exchange of pulpits last Sabbath, Reverend Finkbeiner preaching in Crieff in the afternoon, and Reverend Robertson in the G. E. Church in the evening.  The lecture given in Duff’s Church, on Monday evening, on “Women’s hemisphere”, by J. W. Rae, was fairly attended.  There should have been a larger attendance, as the lecture was very instructive.


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Morriston Jottings

November 7th 1893.


Arrested Alexander Watson, blacksmith, was arrested and taken to Guelph yesterday by County Constable Ellis.  The charge against him is a serious one, that of housebreaking and robbery.  Sandy is supposed to be the party who broke into Mrs. Fuhry’s cellar and stole six gallons of whiskey.


Changing hands — Chris Becker, tinsmith, has rented Mrs. Vogt’s hotel and will take possession on Monday.  Mr. and Mrs. Vogt have leased the Royal, in Guelph, and take possession at once.


Resuming business — The Morriston cider mill is again commencing to grind apples.  It is not likely that business will be very brisk, as the apple crop has been nearly a failure in this township.


Hallowe’en — The night was not a very noisy one, but the village boys managed to do a good deal of mischief, some of it being not very creditable to themselves.  For instance, the road opposite the schoolhouse was completely barricaded with large posts, which made driving very dangerous, and might have been the cause of a serious accident.  Another was the disfiguring of John Gayer’s shop door, and for which a number will have to face the Magistrate in Guelph.


Personal — John Nicoll, of the firm of Nicoll & Stewart, of Toronto, is visiting here.  Joseph Moore, foreman of the job department of the Georgetown Herald, has been putting in a week, visiting friends in this section.  Charles Wurtz, of Hamilton, is also here.


Amusements — The Badenoch boys intend having a social hop tonight in the village.  It will be held in the Central Hall.  First class music has been provided.  The Morriston Lodge, No. 255, of the A.O.U.W., will hold an open meeting about the middle of the month.  A good programme is being arranged, and if the night is at all an agreeable one, a large attendance is expected.  A large number of brethren from Royal and Guelph Lodges are expected.  Bro. Strachan, D.D.G.M., of Rockwood, has also signified his intention to be present.


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The Burglars at Morriston

November 11th 1893.


Our Morriston correspondent, under date of November 10th, has the following particulars of the burglary at Mr. R. B. Morison’s store, in addition to what was given in the daily of yesterday.


For a third time within two years, the store of Mr. R. B. Morison has been visited by burglars.  Last night, a bold attempt was made to blow open the safe by gunpowder.  The thieves gained an entrance by cutting a wooden panel out of the front door.  They found the opening inconvenient and used the heavy iron bar that locked the door as a wedge to wrench off the lock, so as to make their exit easy.  The charge of powder must have been heavy, as it wrenched the inner plating of sheet iron off and also went into the cellar.  The second story of the building, when the burglary was discovered, was filled with gunpowder smoke.  It is very strange that no person has ever, in any of these robberies, heard any noise.  It is supposed that the thieves are the same that have been operating in Galt and through Wentworth County, around Waterdown and Flamboro Centre.  Very little was stolen.


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Morriston Correspondence

November 21st 1893.


The Weather — The weather has been very changeable lately.  We had quite a heavy snowstorm in the middle of last week, followed by a delightfully mild day, and now we are having it mild again after a cold spell.  The wind is east and it looks as if we are going to have a storm.  It is already increasing hard, this 4 p.m.


Lodge and Court — Don’t forget the A.O.U.W. entertainment on Thanksgiving night.  A large crowd from Guelph will be on hand.  Court Puslinch, I.O. Foresters have initiated seven new members the last couple of months, they having applied for admittance.  This Court intends getting up a big entertainment after the New Year.


Christmas Entertainment — It is rather early to talk about Christmas, but the Union Sabbath School wants to let the public know that they are already hard at work on their intended programme.


Raffle — There was a raffle on a large scale for geese and turkeys, in Badenoch, last night.  Over $40 was taken in.


Personal — Jas. Martin has returned from his shooting expedition in Muskoka.  He reports big success.  Gus Wurtz has returned home from Michigan, where he has been working.


Notes — R. Spencer, of Guelph, was down Thursday last with a cutter.  He found poor sleighing here but good in Guelph.  We are glad to notice that there is one sensible weekly paper in the Dominion, The Mercury.  It has never tried to give its readers a picture of King Lobienguela.  A letter has been received by the Justices of the Peace in the village from the head officials in Guelph regarding the breaking of windows in Miss Mary Heffernan’s dwelling, and very likely will result in the culprits being yet brought to justice.  The Magistrate in Guelph states that he intends making an example of them who worry that woman.


Accident — Mr. C. Becker has received word that his brother-in-law, W. Beechie, of Breslau, has had his leg broken in two places.  Mr. Beechie is well known here.


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Morriston Correspondence

December 19th 1893.


Lecture — The lecture on Prohibition in Duff’s Church, delivered by Reverend Dr. McKay, of Woodstock, was fairly well attended.  No doubt, the storm kept a great number away.  The lecture was interesting as well as instructive.


Entertainments — The Union Sunday School entertainment will be held on Wednesday evening, the G. E. Church Sunday School, on Saturday evening.  The Union Sunday school has also received an invitation from Freelton to repeat the tableaux that they gave in the summer time.  It will be held in Freelton between Christmas and new Year’s Day.  We understand also that the Badenoch Sunday school entertainment will be held during the holiday week also.


La Grippe — This epidemic seems to have taken a strong hold on the community, new cases being reported every day, but it is of a much milder form than that of the last outbreak.


Notes — The villagers seem to have given up the task of keeping their walks clear of snow.  The Union Sunday School is guaranteed half the proceeds of their Freelton entertainment.  Archibald Marshall is one of the new candidates for municipal honours.  Lieut.-Col. Nicoll retires this year from the Warden and Reeve-ship.  The prevailing sickness keeps the telephone and telegraph lines busy.


Personal — Mr. M. C. Dickson, District Passenger Agent of the Grand Trunk Railway, of Toronto, has been visiting R. B. Morison.  He was in business at one time in Freelton, with the Hon. James Morison, now of Traer, Iowa, who visited here last week.   The Hon. James Morison has left for Florida, where he has extensive plantations. 


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Morriston Correspondence

January 3rd 1894.


Entertainments — The first annual entertainment of Duff’s Church Sunday School was held in the church on Tuesday evening of last week.  The edifice was well filled and numerous presentations took place.  Splendid speeches were made by Mr. Cockburn, of Aberfoyle, the pastor, and others.  The church choir also rendered a very acceptable programme.  The entertainment all through was a pronounced.


The Badenoch Sunday School entertainment on Friday evening last drew an overcrowded house.  There was a loaded down Christmas tree and numerous speeches were made.  Of course, where a number of the fair sex of Badenoch are congregated, fun runs riot.  The proceeds proved very satisfactory indeed, and the young, as well as the more elderly folk, must be congratulated on their success.


The Union Sunday School Tableaux Society go this evening to Freelton to aid the Baptist Church.  New costumes and numerous rehearsals will likely produce a first class entertainment.  A large number of Morristonians intend to be present.


Notes — The Badenoch entertainment realized over $20.  Quarterly services were held in the G. E. Church on Saturday and Sunday evenings.  We had no sleighing on New Year’s Day, and it is very mild again this Tuesday.  The hotels did a tremendous trade on Monday, upon which the Plebiscite Committee had to rest its eyes.  If that committee had brought in a municipal contest, as proposed, it would have been done away with.


New Year’s Vote — New Year’s was a busy day in this village both for hotels and storekeepers.  There was no municipal election but the statute labour and the plebiscite drew out a large vote.  We have not heard from other divisions as yet.  This is the vote polled here. Plebiscite, 77 for, 40 against.  Statute labour, 25 for change, 83 against.  The figures show that a larger number of votes were polled than expected, but by no means a full vote.  The plebiscite majority was a little disappointing as a much larger majority was looked for, but it is accounted for in that the voters have not forgotten the Scott Act farce.  There were 11 women voted, of whom 7 were in favour and 4 against.  The statute labour clause was defeated on account of the farmers not being well posted as to its contents, the idea being perceived that heavy extra taxation would be imposed upon them.  The defeat was looked for, and the vote of 25 in favour was an agreeable surprise to its supporters.  The council of this year does not intend to see the clause dropped, bit intends to do its utmost to enlighten the public.  It is a move in the right direction, and as soon as it is explained rightly, there will be an overwhelming majority for the change.


Personal ─ Donald McLean, merchant, of Ridgetown, has been paying a visit to “Viewfield”, Badenoch, the residence of his father, John McLean.   


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Morriston Correspondence

January 9th 1894.


Notes — Since the holidays things have been very quiet and people are settling down to work again.  The large majority vote in favour of prohibition, rolled up in the province, has caused general satisfaction.  The entertainment at Freelton, at which the Union Sunday school gave tableaux, was a great success.  No sleighing, but very cold weather.  Wm. Rotharmal had to kill his horse, owing to congestion of the lungs.


Personal — Mrs. Jas. Connelly, of Detroit, is home visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Clark Senior.  Miss E. Dobson, of Toronto, has been visiting Mrs. R. B. Morison.  Miss Elizabeth Frey, Waterloo, is visiting relatives here.   


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Notice to Creditors

January 18th 1894.


In the Matter of R. B. Morison, of Morriston


The said R. B. Morison has made an assignment of his estate to the undersigned, under 48 Vic., Chapter 26.  Creditors are notified to file their claims with the undersigned on or before 30th of January next, and are further notified that a meeting of the Creditors will take place at the Queen’s Hotel, Toronto, on Thursday February 1st, at 3 p.m., to receive a statement of the insolvent’s affairs, appoint inspectors, and for the ordering of the estate generally.  Creditors are further notified that on or after March 1st, next, the undersigned will proceed to distribute the assets of the said insolvent, having regard only to the claims of which notice has been given, and he will not be liable for the assets or any part thereof so distributed to any person or persons of whose debts or claims he shall not have had notice.


W. H. Argles, Assignee

21 to 27 Wellington St., Toronto.






Morriston Correspondence

February 6th 1894.


Entertainment — Last Thursday, the Bijou Dramatic Company repeated their performance in the Town Hall to a very fair audience.  Josh Chapman, of Hamilton, formerly of the popular Dime Company, of that city, and Ida Palmer, of New York, were the leading stars of the company.


Successful Revival — Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner has been conducting a series of very successful revivals these last three weeks in his church, which were brought to a close on Sunday evening.


New Post Office — Our Postmaster has fitted up a very neat post office across the street from where it formerly was.  Morriston has now the finest office between Guelph and Dundas.


Notes — There are quite a number of parties after the stock in R. B. Morison’s store, some of them being also very anxious to rent the premises.  The sale will take place Tuesday next in Toronto, and it is expected that the bidding will be keen.


It looks like old times to see saw logs being drawn through the village.  They are being hauled to the broom handle factory, which is now in full operation.  Ice storing has commenced in earnest, and will likely continue throughout the month.  There is now a demand for boxing gloves, the result of the Corbett and Mitchell fight.  The snow is disappearing again, the weather having turned milder.  Benjamin Jacobs has cut down the willow trees surrounding his property.  The corner now looks dreary.


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Morriston Correspondence

February 13th 1894.


Communion Services — Preparatory service was held in Duff’s Church on Saturday morning, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, was well attended, Reverend Mr. McEachern, of Waterdown, officiating.  Special services were held on Sunday morning, Reverend Mr. McEachern preaching in Gaelic in the vestry, and Reverend W. Robertson, in English, in the body of the church, after which Communion was administered.  Reverend McEachern also preached in English in the evening.


Union Sunday School — The annual open meeting of the Union Sunday School, which is held for the purpose of appointing officers and teachers for the ensuing year, was to have been held on Monday evening, but owing to the storm had to be postponed.


Entertainment — The Bijou Comedy Company will shortly make its third visit this winter in the community.  The entertainment will be given for the Badenoch folks, and will be held in the Badenoch schoolhouse on Thursday evening.


The Weather — No matter what kind of weather is prevailing, there are those who are continually wishing that it was of some other sort.  “Old Probs” must have got disgruntled at these complainers and has decided this last week to please everybody, for in that space we were given us a taste of the four seasons.  A week ago Sunday, it was considerably below zero, with fair sleighing.  Monday and Tuesday were a good deal milder, while Wednesday and Thursday it was very mild and brought sunshine.  Friday morning saw six inches of snow on the ground, at 10 a.m.  The same day it was raining hard in the afternoon, a heavy mist set in that grew heavier towards nightfall, and which culminated in a most heavy rain, accompanied with very vivid lightning and a perfect cannonade of thunder, which lasted about three quarters of an hour.  Saturday, it was again a blizzard with snow.  But yesterday, Monday, capped everything that we have had for a number of years.  The thermometer was below zero (Fahrenheit) the whole day.  The wind was from the northeast and was a hurricane, and with it came a blinding snow which held out for 12 to 14 hours, during which time, over two feet of the beautiful fell and the drifts in some places are over eight feet deep.  Today, Tuesday, all the roads are blocked and no mail has arrived.  The Council has a large gang of men digging on the Brock Road.  The thermometer is four above zero.  The schools are also closed.  Lieut.-Col. Nicoll, who has spent some 25 years on the Council, says that he has never seen the Brock Road in such a condition.


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Morriston Jottings

February 27th 1894.


Sunday School Convention — The township Sunday School Convention, held last Friday, was a great success in every respect.  The attendance was very large, in fact, during the evening session the church was crowded to the doors.  The speakers were well posted on the subjects allotted to them, and during the discussion, many questions were put that were answered in a manner that brought out the great interest that is now being taken in Sunday School work.


Notes — There is to be a presentation, surprise, this evening.  It is reported that during the last two weeks there have been six dances held in Badenoch, also about as many wood bees.  There are some very large pieces of timber passing through the village these days.  The thermometer registered 20 below zero on Saturday morning.  The weather is much milder since and today it looks as if we were to have a thaw.  Mr. Stein, who hurt himself so seriously, shows a little improvement, and the doctors have now brighter hopes as to his recovery.  Mr. John McPherson, of “The Hollow”, Crieff, has been seriously ill, but is now slightly improved.  Mrs. C. M. Morison presented her husband …(text illegible)… this morning, all doing well.


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Morriston Correspondence

March 6th 1894.


Lectures — A lecture on Darkest Africa is to be delivered this Tuesday in the Town Hall by Wm. Falkner.


Moving — Mr. C. Binkley, of Flamboro, is moving into the village today.


Presentation — On Tuesday evening, February 27th, a very pleasant surprise party took place at the residence of Reverend C. E. Finkbeiner, of this place.  About 8 o’ clock, a large number of young people, with a number of the older members of the congregation as well, about seventy in all, came suddenly upon the Reverend gentleman, singing, “Wonne la chett uberall,” et cetera.  The members of his Bible class then presented him with a very handsome and unique photograph album.  Mr. Frey, representing the congregation, read a very complimentary address in German, expressing pleasure at the mutually good relations that existed between the pastor and his people, and the regret that they were so soon to lose him.  Accompanying the address was a fine combination dinner set of 100 pieces, and also a well filled purse.  Mr. Finkbeiner was deeply moved and replied very feelingly, sincerely thanking the people for the kindness shown him and his partner in life, stating that he felt unworthy to be so well dealt with, and, moreover, doubted if he would ever forget the good people of Morriston and the kindness with which they had treated him.  The young people then proceeded to enjoy themselves with social games and partaking of the many refreshments that they had brought with them.  The wee small hours made their appearance before they dispersed, feeling that they had done a good thing, and at the same time, enjoyed a right royal time.


Notes — Business is very dull at present, owing to extreme summer-like weather.  The roads are next to impassable, and the drawing of wood and lumber has ceased.  Next week, the postmaster will have to count all letters posted, it being “enumeration return”.  See that you post your letters early, and not leave them till mail arrives.  Contracts are let for the erection of five new barns this spring in this section. 


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Morriston Correspondence

March 18th 1894.


Lecture — Notwithstanding the heavy pour down of rain last Tuesday evening, there was a very fair audience assembled in the Town Hall to listen to Mr. Wm. Faulkner on “What I Saw in Africa”.  The lecturer, having spent three years in the interior of that black country, was well posted to give his audience his experience, which he did in a very able manner, by means of a chart that showed the different route et cetera.


Photograph — The German choir went up to Guelph today to have their picture taken.  It will be grouped and will be given to Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner.


New Parsonage — The congregation of the Evangelical Association Church has been hard at work for some time past, raising a fund for the erection of a new parsonage.  They have now succeeded and plans have been finished.  The edifice, which will be a handsome one, will be erected on the church lot, where the driving shed is now, and will face on Queen Street.  Work will be commenced at once.


Changes — Mr. Alfred Purnell, formerly employed with Mr. John MacDonald, of Schaw, has been engaged by Messrs. Binkley Bros., and will move to the village, taking the house lately occupied by widow Smith.  Peter Winer, having sold his farm near Schaw, will also move here, taking the house of the late Mrs. Schultz.


Personal — Mrs. John Huether has returned from a visit to Bright.  Miss McLay, of New York city, is visiting Mrs. George Meldrum.  Mr. A. Howitt, of Gourock, is visiting his son, the doctor.


School Examination — The Public School Examinations will be held next Saturday, the 17th instant, Miss Bond’s school in the morning, and Mr. MacDonald’s in the afternoon.  The public is cordially invited to be present.


Selling out — Mr. c. Becker, having rented the central Hotel, intends selling his tinsmith business.


Presentation — In honour of Mrs. Robertson having become a life member of the Women’s Foreign Missionary society, a gathering of the W.F.M. Society will take place at the manse on Friday, when her certificate will be officially presented to her.  A number of invitations have also been given out.


Notes — Mrs. G. W. McLean has one of the best decorated windows in the village, consisting of knitted goods and corsets.  Some of the farmers are already at their plowing.  There is not a particle of frost in the ground.  Peter Clark intends giving up farming and holds a sale of stock shortly.


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Morriston Jottings

March 27th 1894.


The New Parsonage — The trustees in charge are already calling for tenders for the building material and hope to have it ready for occupancy before fall.


Good Friday — The day was extremely unpleasant and most people stayed indoors.  Special service was held in the Evangelical Church.  Business places were open as on ordinary weekdays.


Easter Sunday — Furs took the place of fine millinery, the day being very cold.  Special services were held in the Evangelical Church, morning and evening.  Mr. McCrae, of Guelph, preached two eloquent sermons in the Presbyterian Church.


Change of Salesmen — Wm. Rotharmel, formerly road salesman with R. B. Morison, has been engaged by Mr. John A. MacDonald, of Schaw, while Alfred Purnell, formerly of John MacDonald’s, has been engaged by the Binkley Bros., of this place.


A Gifted Author — An old Puslinch boy, but now of Collingwood, Mr. D. McCaig, has been visiting his brother, Alexander.  Mr. McCaig is better known throughout Canada as Donald McCaig, author of reply to John Stuart Mill on the subject of Women.  He has had issued a new book of poems and songs entitled “Milestones, Moods, and Memories”, and which is spoken of very highly by the highest of Canadian critics.  His works “To the Puslinch Lake Poet”, and “To Sandy McNavisean”, on the Agricultural Commission, will please the hearts of all Scotchmen, while “Evolution” and “Epistle to a Plagiarist” are equally as good.  The book is for sale at the post office.


Personal — Miss Penelope McLean is home from Dundas on her Easter holidays.  Mr. Jas. McDonald is attending the session of public school teachers, which is now in session in Toronto.  Visitors to the village are Mrs. Perrin, of Listowel, George Weeks, of Hagersville, and Peter Zinn, of Hanover.


Notes — Rumours are current of one or more business changes in the village shortly.


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Morriston Jottings

 April 3rd 1894.


Change in Business — Mr. J. T. Scott has sold his saddling business to Mr. George Weeks, of Hagersville, who will take possession about the 1st of June next.  Mr. Weeks has also purchased the shop and dwelling.


Snow — We had quite a fall of snow last week.  The farmers took advantage of it to do a little wood-hauling on runners.


Football Club — The Morriston Football Club held a meeting on March 30th, and was reorganized for the coming season.  The following officers were elected:

President — Wm. Smith Senior

Captain — Dr. Hilliard

Secretary — Wm. Schultz

Treasurer — Wm. Brown


Notes — The Evangelical Sunday School Bible Class has received their combined photograph.  The trustees of the Crown Cemetery will hold a meeting in the session house on Friday, at 2 p.m.  A surprise party leaves here some night this week for Hamilton.  They expect to get home again before noon day.  A coming wedding on Badenoch Street.  An investigating meeting of Duff’s Church congregation was held yesterday.  Dog poisoners are about again.


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Local News

April 9th 1894.


Dr. Howitt, of Morriston, who has been confined to the General Hospital with lumbago, is improving.


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.


Mr. Wm. Whitelaw has recently sold five young Durham bulls, including one to Mr. John Lowe, of Downey.


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Morriston Jottings

April 10th 1894.


Death — Some weeks ago, we gave a full account of the terrible accident that befell our aged townsman, Mr. Stein, by falling down stairs, and of which doctors held out slight hope of his recovery.  It has been owing only to his strong constitution that he survived so long as he did.  The deceased could take but little nourishment, and never rallied from the shock, and passed away very peacefully early on Thursday morning.  The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at 1 o’ clock, and was largely attended.  A short service was held at the house, and also at the grave, after which a funeral service was given in the German Evangelical Church, of which the deceased was a devoted member, by the pastor, the Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner.  The following relatives from a distance were present: H. Stein and wife, of London, Wm. Stein, wife and daughter, of Berlin, Adam Stein, of Waterloo, Wm. Mast and wife, of Freeport, Charles Shear and wife, of Aldershot, Mrs. Johnson, of St. Catharines, B. Carroll, of Buffalo, N.Y., and James Perrin, of Listowel.


Changes — In the country, as well as the cities, the spring moving fever occurs.  Peter McKenzie has moved to Corwhin where he has a farm.  C. M. Morison has moved out of Lot Singular’s house.  Jas. McDonald is having a bee today, and moves from Victoria Street to Lot Singular’s residence.  The Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner’s term being up, he will leave next month.  The new pastor will likely occupy the house vacated by Mr. McDonald until the new parsonage is finished, which will not be long, as the ground was broken yesterday.


Personal — Jacob Scheak and wife, of Toronto, are visiting in the village.  Dr. D. McEdwards, of Thedford, a short time ago, was visiting here.


Notes — In the drug store, a change has taken place, Johnny McFarlane having accepted a situation in Galt, leaves shortly for that town.  Dr. Hilliard has now Charles Worthington, of Aberfoyle.  Charlie intends studying for something in the pharmacy line. 


Jacob Fritz, our blacksmith, mourns the loss of two pair of pants, the over and the under.  Jacob was shoeing and was telling us how this horse had been hit with an engine.  The horse, at that moment, took fright at Jacob’s coat on the wall and jerked his foreleg from between Jacob’s legs, tearing the above mentioned articles about a foot between the hip and the knee, and Jacob says, double patched at that.  A golden rule!  Blacksmiths, before shoeing, see that you have your leather apron on.


Snow started to fall heavily from the east at 10 a.m. this morning.  We now have over two inches, with good sleighing.  The storm is still increasing in strength.


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Morriston Jottings

May 6th 1894.


Ascension Day — Special Services were held in the G. E. and R. C. Churches, to large congregations.


Change of Pastors — At the meeting of the last conference of the Evangelical Association, Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner, of this district, was transferred to a more northern one.  The new pastor appointed in his place is Reverend J. Wilhelm, of Auburn, Ontario, who gave his opening sermons last Sabbath to very large congregations.


Notes — Reverend C. S. Finkbeiner moved to Listowel last Thursday.  George Stratton, of Milton, has moved to the village.  Dr. Howitt is confined to the house through illness.  Dr. Hilliard is having a partition built in his drug store.  It is for a bedroom for his assistant, so as to attend to the night bell.  Geo. Weeks, of Hagersville, has moved to the village also.  The doctors have been busy vaccinating the children in the different schools throughout the section; consequently the attendance this last week has not been up to average.  Some of the children were very sick afterward.


Promotion Examination — The following are the names of the pupils in the senior department of the Morriston school who have been successful at the recent uniform promotion examination and who were presented to their respective classes on May 1st:


To 5th form: Jennie McLeod, Mary Nicoll, Stewart Nicoll, Alex McLean, Annie McPherson.


To 4th form: Ida Smith, Louisa Finkbeiner, Maggie Clark, Vinnie Walker, Ella Butcher, John McLean, Herbert Walker, Willie Fahrner, Willie Harris, Charley Martin, John Amos, Lily McLeod.


To 3rd form: Grace Matthews, Emma Beaver, Edith Callfass, John Clark, Jas. McPherson, Louis Rhappolt, Simon Morlock.


(Please note, not all of the names were legible.  There were more successful scholars.  We do not know their names… but God does.)


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The Morriston Jottings

May 20th 1894.


Queen’s Birthday — The day passed off here very quietly, there being no games of any kind going on.  The small boy had his usual fun with firecrackers.  Notwithstanding the absence of the Lieut.-Col., the royal salute to Her Majesty was given by the village anvil corps.  The rain in the afternoon interfered with a number of quiet visits among friends.  The Senior Stars football club went to Carlisle and played against Waterdown, Campbellville, and other clubs combined.  The game resulted in a tie, which speaks very favourably for the home club.  There was also a drizzling rain at the time.


 Football News — A new club has been formed in the district, called “The Weasel” club.  It is supposed to be a grounder.  It was organized by the Badenoch boys, and as practice has been heavy of late, the Stars, Puslinch, and Crieff will have to play for a game.  The Junior Stars met the Freelton Juniors on Saturday, but owing to the heavy downpour at 5 o’ clock, the grounds were very wet.  The result was a tie.  The Senior Stars, not satisfied with the Queen’s birthday game at Carlisle, intend forcing a bona fide match against the Waterdowns.


Church Services — The preparatory and Communion services were held in Duff’s and in Crieff Church on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  During all of the services there was an unusually large attendance, owing to the presence of Dr. McKay.  The Reverend Dr. preached in English on Saturday morning in Duff’s Church and in Gaelic in the afternoon in Crieff.  He also preached in Gaelic in the vestry of Duff’s Church on the morning of Sunday, while the English was being conducted by the pastor in the body of the church, and also gave a very touching address in the church during the administration of the Holy Communion.  On Friday, the Reverend Mr. Thomas, of Preston, delivered a very eloquent discourse.  The Reverend gentleman is a stranger here, but it is hoped that he will be heard again, the congregation being greatly pleased with him.


Notes — The work on the new parsonage of the G. E. Church is progressing favourably.  The roof is now on and the interior nearly lined.  Its frontage has a very imposing appearance, and will be the most beautiful building, outside of the church, on Victoria Street.  On Sunday last, Badenoch again increased her population, the wife of Peter McLean, of Viewfield, having presented him with a big bouncing boy.  It rained every day last week.  Very cold Monday, after Sunday night’s heavy thunder, but no frost on Monday night.  There is great talk over the coming elections.  It is rumoured that the Conservatives intend bringing out a party, a prominent artillery man of Guelph.  A prominent man has stated to your correspondent that Dar (bee) a Mu (tree) and the “Kernal of a nut”.  The “bee” is a buzzing, the “tree” is a growing, and the “kernel” after the 26th will be a big hunt. 


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Morriston Jottings

June 5th 1894.


The Weather — Since the 17th of May, the weather has been very wet, not a day passing without a shower, and each Sunday with a thunder storm.  Today the weather is cloudy and very cool.  It rained early this morning.  The farmers report wheat as very good on rolling ground, but most of the low lands are flooded.  The potato crop will likely prove a failure, as will market gardening.


Serenade — Robert McGinnis and his bride arrived home last evening.  The usual serenade by the boys was rendered them, which was responded to in the usual style.  The happy couple have taken the house lately occupied by Mr. Becker.  During the serenade, one of the guns burst, making a terrific report.


Picnic — The Duff’s Church Sunday School will hold its annual picnic on Friday next in Victoria Park, Guelph.  A cordial invitation was extended to the Union School, which was accepted, but at an after meeting it was found that transportation means could not be procured.


The New Carpet Factory — On an invitation from the proprietor, Mr. McGinnis, your correspondent visited the Morriston Carpet Weaving Works.  The works are quite extensive; the proprietor has spent some hundreds of dollars putting in the latest bobbins, looms, et cetera.  The proprietor explained the different parts, but not being an expert in the mechanic line, I cannot give the public the benefit.  The styles are new and numerous.  The proprietor states that anyone desirous of seeing through the works is welcome, and he will be only too glad to see them.


More Moving — Peter Winer has moved into the house lately occupied by James McDonald.  R. Brown Junior has moved into his former residence at the lower end of the village, and in some cases, there are two and three families living together.


G. E. Church Notes — There will be a song service held in the church on Sunday evening next.  A large attendance is expected.  Bishop Thomas Bowman, of Chicago, is expected to deliver a sermon on Friday evening, June 15th instant.


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Morriston Jottings

June 19th 1894.


Political Meeting ─ The Patrons will hold an open meeting tomorrow night in the Town Hall.






Morriston Jottings

June 25th 1894.


New Sidewalks — Wm. Brown, village over-seer, has four men, besides himself, laying new walks and crossings.  The new walk extension extends from the Brock Road to Victoria Street, running along Badenoch on the east side and is elevated over the creek.  Crossings will be laid on Victoria Street and also at the corner of Badenoch and the Brock Road.


Starting up — The engine in Rappolt’s cider mill has been leased until fall to Amos and Schultz, who are putting it into their broom handle factory.  Things will hum there presently.


Accident — A married man by the name of Ross had his leg badly crushed and broken last Wednesday at Neil Hunter’s sawmill in Crieff.  The mill is situated at the rear of John McGeachey’s farm.  The ground is very rough and in places the incline is steep, and while rolling a log down an incline the unfortunate man got his leg under it, with the above result.  Dr. Hilliard was summoned promptly and now reports that the patient is getting along as well as could be expected.


Justice — The villagers are well satisfied at the sentence pronounced on George Cutsen for his brutal assault on Mr. Rowe.  It is not likely that he will settle in the village again after his term of six months expires.  If he attempts to do so, the villagers will soon give him to understand that his company is not agreeable.


Leaving — Mr. B. Brown Junior has rented the hotel at Carlisle, and will take possession next month.


Freaks of Nature — The Mercury, the other day, printed an item copied from the Bruce Herald giving an account of pear trees blossoming the second time, and at the same time having well formed fruit on its branches and close to the blossoms.  Mr. Morison has, in his garden, a pear tree that has done the same thing, having blossomed the second time, a week ago Sunday.  In the window of the Post Office is shown a cactus plant, which has nearly 200 flowers on it.  It is of the long green variety and is of immense proportions.  The flowers are a bright red and very large. The plant is about 20 years old.


Football — The Juniors went to Freelton and played an exciting game with the juniors there, on Saturday evening.  Our boys were victorious by 1 to 0.


Personal — Miss S. Martin is home after a lengthy visit at Bright.  Reverend W. Robertson is attending the Presbyterian Assembly down in St. John’s city, New Brunswick.  Reverend J. Wilhelm has been spending a week in Waterloo County, arriving back on Saturday evening.  One of Mr. Booth’s sons is very sick.  Miss L. Fahrner is also on the sick list.  Col. Higinbotham, of Guelph, was down through this riding last week, appointing return officers for the different polling booths.  Mrs. Meldrum and Miss E. M. Meldrum have been visiting in Ayr.  Miss Foley has been visiting in Hamilton.


Notes — The school children are busy at their examinations for promotion.  Last Tuesday, after the heavy rain, the weather turned very cool and overcoats were donned again.  Since then, the weather has been extremely warm; on Friday, the thermometer registered 94 in the shade.  A heavy shower went around last night, Sunday, but we received only a few drops.  The grain looks well throughout this section.  There is some talk of getting the Sons of Scotland, the A.O.U.W., and the I.O.F. Society to join together and have an outing in July or August to Hamilton Beach, or some good cool spot.  The village mayor would proclaim the day a civic holiday.    


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The Morriston Jottings

July 3rd 1894.


A Row ─ Mr. Geo. Wise has once more shown his prowess.  It was Dominion Day and also pay day with George.  It was also a warm and dry day, and so was George, warm and dry.  In fact, George was so warm in the afternoon that he proceeded to raise thunder.  His voice could be heard all over the village.  When last seen, George had a bleeding cheek, ditto nose, his hands were securely tied behind his back, and he was quietly sleeping in a box stall in Foley’s stable.  The other George who came in contact with George is now minus a white, and also an under shirt.


Elections ─ The elections passed off very quietly.  The returns here showed how sure the Patrons were of their candidate.  It was hard to make them believe their reverse when it came.  The vote polled about two-thirds.  Most of the Conservatives voted Reform.


Dominion Day ─ The day passed off very quietly, there being no games of any kind.  Most of the young men were in Hamilton and Guelph.  A private picnic was held in the afternoon in the grove.  In the evening, the streets were crowded with people, the majority being of the fair sex, to witness hand-ball with illuminated balls.  About a dozen balls of cotton, soaked thoroughly with kerosene, were started, which the boys kept tossing from one to another, which caused much merriment, especially so when one landed among a crowd of dresses.


Show ─ Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 4th of July, will be a busy day in the village.  Last week, two rigs, containing bill posters et cetera, struck town.  The village and surrounding country are now are now beautifully decorated with huge coloured lithographs, showing what “Mack’s Mammoth Pavilion” will do in the way of wonderful things, the nearest to Barnum, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, et cetera, at Morriston, July 4th.  The street procession will pass along the following route:  Queen Street to Church, over cantilever bridge to Victoria, to Badenoch to main, down Main to Prince of Wales Square, returning to Back Street, up to Currie, Gilmore Lane to Badenoch, thence to exhibition grounds.    


Barn Raising ─ Another new barn has been raised, this time, on the farm of William Martin.  The raising took place on Saturday afternoon last.  An immense crowd was present.  The structure is large, and the willing workers had plenty of hard work in a broiling sun.  Refreshments were served afterwards.


Entertainment ─ The Union Sunday School social, held on Friday evening, was a success.  There was a balance of $19 left over.


New Barber Shop ─ A tonsorial artist has leased a room in the Central Block, and is now doing a thriving business.


Death ─ Mrs. Isaac Roszell received word of her mother’s death, at Hillsburg, last Friday.  Mr. and Mrs. Roszell left for that place on Saturday morning.


Personal ─ Dr. McLean and family, of Belwood, and D. McLean, barrister, of Toronto, spent Dominion Day with their father, Mr. Alex McLean.  Mr. and Mrs. Clemens and family, and Miss Clemens, of Guelph, have been visiting Dr. Hilliard.  Miss Callfas is home from Berlin.  Miss Russell, of Hepworth, is visiting at the home of Mr. Scott.  Neil Marshall, of Mossboro, was in the village on Monday.  Miss Ross, of Guelph, has been visiting at “Creekside”, the residence of Lieutenant-Colonel Nicoll.  Mr. E. Keffer and Miss Ethel Keffer, of Hespeler, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. B. Brown Senior.  Mr. William Martin and family, of Hagersville, have been visiting at the home of the Weeks family.  Mr. Archibald, who was a resident of Aberfoyle about twenty years ago, was visiting old friends in the neighbourhood, last week.  His son, who at one time taught school here, is now proprietor of the North Star Oatmeal Mills, at Ingersoll.  Mrs. M. E. McLean has returned from the vicinity of Ballinafad.  Mr. and Mrs. Haench, of Toronto, are visiting Mrs. Haench’s mother, Mrs. Ochs.  Mr. Albert Tumbler and Henry Borcott, of Hamilton, have been the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Gayer.  Miss Minnie Gayer will leave on an extended visit to Hanover, next Saturday.


Notes ─ Rain all around us, but we get none.  The ground is very dry and the dust is something terrible.  There is likely to be a private picnic this week to Hamilton Beach, the partakers thereof being residents of here and Hespeler.  There was no boom of the firecracker heard on Dominion Day; the small boy is saving up for the circus.  Circus day is also in Guelph on the 6th.  Between the two rival circuses, there will likely be a scarcity of small change in this county.  It is said that the one going to Guelph is small in comparison with Mack’s, only Barnum…


Vacation and choke cherries keep the small boy busy.  There will be an immense crop of wild berries.  Canes are a necessity, not a luxury, here, for instance, Sandy Watson, Abe Campbell, John Ames, et cetera.  Between fire balls, fire water, and dog days, our village constable is kept busy.






Morriston Jottings

July 10th 1894.


Show — Mack’s Pavilion Show drew a large crowd from the surrounding country.  The show was first class in every respect.  It left on the 5th for Dundas.


Notes and Personals — Miss Hannah McLean, of Toronto, is home on a vacation, as is also Chas. Fritz.  James McDonald has gone north on his vacation.  The weather is still very dry and water is scarce.  It looks a little like rain this afternoon.  The farmers are about over the haying.  The dry weather has changed the appearance of the raspberry crop.  It will now likely be a small one.  The G. E. parsonage has been completed.

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Morriston Jottings

July 17th 1894.


Football — The Junior Stars defeated the Weasels of Badenoch, on Saturday evening last, by the score of 2 to 1.


Nearly a Fire — The other evening, while R. G. Morison was lighting the lamp in his show window, a spark from it dropped on the curtain.  In a few seconds the whole window was ablaze.  Fortunately, the window was empty of goods at the time, preparatory to redressing, and also containing a pail of water, which, with the attendance of kindly help, soon extinguished the flames.  Short as the time was, the fire had worked itself through a large desk and scorched a number of papers inside.


Still increasing — The property, formerly used by Mr. Brown as a hotel, has been leased to a sewing machine agent and his wife.  The windows now contain a beautiful line of dress goods, showing off the beautiful work of the machine.  During the week, it has been the special attraction of the lady section of the village.


Personals — Dr. Callfas, of Toronto, is home on a vacation.  Dr. J. P. Morison, of Chicago, paid a visit to his friends and relatives here.  He has been spending a few weeks at Hamilton Beach.


Notes — The farmers are busy at the wheat.  We had a nice shower of rain on Sunday afternoon, which laid the dust, and another yesterday, which, although of short duration, made a river of the streets.  A quarter of a mile west of us there was not enough to compel the harvesters to quit work.  The village was highly odorized on Saturday and Sunday, the wind being from the north.  It was not the last rose of summer odour.  Paris green is the rage at present.  New potatoes are now on hand.


Special Services — Next Sunday being Children’s Day in the G. E. Church, special services will be held, the evening one being in English.


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Morriston Jottings

July 24th 1894.


Lawn Social — The lawn social held on Friday evening last at the Presbyterian manse, under the auspices of the Y.P.S.C.E., was a perfect success, notwithstanding the shower.  On the ice cream alone, a big sum was realized.  The orchestra from the battalion band of Guelph was the chief attraction.  There was a football match between the junior clubs of Freelton and Morriston.  The society deserves credit on the systematic way that they carried out their plans, and if it had not been for the shower, their success would have been still greater.  The pastor and his wife also worked very hard, and it is needless to say that when they throw open their doors, the house is welcome.


Children’s Day — As mentioned in last week’s correspondence, Sunday last was children’s day in the G. E. church.  The service in the morning was held in German.  The evening service was held in English, and drew the largest audience.  A special series of songs and recitations had been arranged.  The church was beautifully decorated with flowers.


Notes — Mrs. Becker presented her husband with twin boys last week, 13½ pounds they weighed, and Chris is jubilant.  Mother and sons are doing well.  Showers are getting frequent, having quite a rainy day today.  The next grumble will be the barley rust.  The favourite ride of both Hamilton and Guelph bicycle clubs on Sunday seems to be the Brock Road.  It is astonishing the number that go through.


Quite a number of pails of berries have been brought into the village this last week, but not a third as to previous years.  The price paid was 5 and 6 cents a pound, which is very high.  The crop on the whole is a failure owing to the extreme drought.


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Morriston Jottings

July 31st 1894.


Berries — The berry crop proved larger than was expected.  The heavy showers of last week benefited them greatly.  The season will wind up this week.


Bicycles — Three new bicycles arrived in the village during the week, and, as more are coming, it is likely that a club will be formed.  There is some talk of making a zigzag track around the pond.


Personals — John Kerr and family, of Brantford, are visiting John McLean, of Viewfield Farm.  Mr. Wurtz, of Hamilton, is visiting in the village.  B. Jacobs and J. T. Scott have been visiting the sanatorium at Preston, also visiting in this vicinity.  Mr. G. Robertson, wife and family, of Toronto, are at the Morriston Hotel.  They will stay the week.  The Misses Dally, of Hamilton, are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Foley.  Dr. Howitt is home again.  Harvey Worthington is spending his holidays in Hamilton.  John A. Nicoll and Alex Ross, of Toronto, spent part of their vacation here.  Wesley Binkley is away on his holidays also.  Miss Hilliard has gone home.  Miss M. Meldrum, of Shelburne, and Miss A. Meldrum, of Toronto, are home on vacation.


Notes — James Simpson was badly hurt last week while attending a barn raising in Beverly.  There was a small strike at Stratton’s factory last week.  It was soon amicably settled.  Messrs. Schultz and Ames are busy turning out laths at their factory.   


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Morriston Jottings

August 7th 1894.


Social ─ A very pleasant social in connection with the Duff’s Church Sunday School was held at the manse on Tuesday afternoon and evening last.


Frost — There was quite a change in the weather Thursday last, the few light showers in the fore part of the week being followed by really chilly weather with high winds.  On Saturday morning there was considerable frost.  No damage is reported.


Going ahead — The village has increased over 50 in population during the last year.  The population is now considerably over the 300 mark.


New Resident — Mr. William Gibson, of Guelph, has leased the tin shop from C. Becker, and proposes to make things hum.


Personals — Mr. Haugh and family, of Guelph, have been visiting at Mr. Geo. Leslie’s.  Mrs. Simons, of Haysland, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Rothermel.  Miss Sophia Engleman has returned to Hamilton.  She has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Dunkie.  Mr. A. G. Knowles, of Sarnia, and Mr. W. D. Ross, of Guelph, are visiting at “Creekside”, the residence of Lt.-Col. Nicoll.  Lt.-Col. Nicoll has gone to Kingston for a week, on military business.  Harvey Worthington has returned from a week’s vacation in Hamilton and the beach.  Mr. Geo. Lamb, of Stratford, is home on a vacation.  Dougald Laing, of St. Mary’s, has been visiting Mrs. McEdwards.  Mrs. McEdwards returned home also last week.  She had been visiting up north.  Miss Gayer is visiting at Hamilton Beach.  Dr. Thornton, veterinary surgeon, formerly of this place, was here last week on a visit.  Mr. C. G. Weeks and Mrs. Lock and daughter, of Hamilton, have been visiting at Mrs. Geo. Weeks.  Mrs. C. Kilner, of Guelph, is visiting in Badenoch.


Notes — It is again awfully hot.  The Bicycle Club is prospering.  About 25 members of the Hamilton Cycle Club passed through here for Guelph yesterday.  Some of them looked very weary and were anxious to know the exact distance from here to Guelph.  They report that there is not a great deal of fun in a 27 mile run, all up hill.  Two of them must have taken the wrong road on leaving Hamilton, as they arrived here at 10 p.m., and had no lights.  They also asked the usual question, “How far to Guelph?”


Most of the farmers have finished their first threshing.  A livery business firm of Guelph has presented the stage driver with a pair of muslin horse nets, bearing their advertisement.  A large number from the village took in the holiday in town.  The apple crop is a total failure in this vicinity.  The plums, owing to the extreme drought, are also falling fast.  There will be an abundance of pears and grapes.  The ice cream parlour is still the Saturday night attraction.  Quarterly services will be held in the German Evangelical Church on Saturday and Sunday next.  The Reverend M. L. Wing, P.E., of Berlin, is expected to officiate.


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Morriston Jottings

August 14th 1894.


Quarterly Service — The quarterly services in connection with the G.E. Church were held Saturday and Sunday last.  The attendance on both days was very large.  The Reverend Mr. Wing, of Berlin, officiated.


Increase in Population — The happiest man in town this morning Mr. Robert McGinnis, the occasion of it being the arrival of a little daughter early this a.m.


Notes — It is again very dry weather.  On account of the bush fires, the sun is hidden most of the time; the moon also has to give in.  There is a rumour of an amalgamation of an elderly widower and widow in the village.  The Duff’s Church Sunday School had an outing to Puslinch Lake last week.  The Puslinch Council meets on Monday, the 27th.  A meeting of the football club is called for Friday to arrange the fall schedule.  It is likely that Duff’s Presbyterian Church will lose their present pastor.  At a meeting of the elders last evening, it was given out that Reverend Robertson had received a call from Thamesford.  A rumour is also current that both of the village hotels will change hands.  James McDonald has been appointed delegate to the High Court meeting of the I.O.F., at Peterborough.  He left this morning for there.  The number of bicycles in the village still keeps on the increase.  There is quite a large club now.  A run to Puslinch Lake or some other objective point will soon be made.  Miss Lydia Fahrner is home from Hamilton on a vacation.


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Morriston Jottings

August 21st 1894.


Picnics — The G. E. Church Sunday School is holding its annual picnic in the grove at our lake.  There is a very large attendance and a pleasant time is being put in.  The Bible class and senior scholars, with their teachers, will take an outing to Puslinch Lake on Friday.


Hotel changes — Mrs. Vogt, formerly Mrs. Fury, is to take possession again of her hotel, The Central.  C. Becker, of the Central Hotel, has purchased the Morriston Hotel from A. Foley, and will take possession the first of September.


Personal — D. Ross, of Hamilton, a former merchant of this place, has been paying old friends a visit.  Miss Lily Gayer is visiting in Hamilton.  Last week, we accidentally omitted the names T. Blacklock, of Campbellville, and Miss McKellar, of Beverly, as visitors in Badenoch.  Mrs. H. Fraser has returned from a vacation.


Notes — The new tinsmith, Wm. Gibbon, is running out plenty of eaves troughs.  R. C. Morison is having a handsome showcase put in his store.  F. Kestinmaucher is the maker.  Fall ploughing will be delayed on account of the extreme dryness.  Turnips will be a third crop, also other roots.


An amusing incident — The other day a most amusing incident occurred about noon and in a broiling sun.  A game of duck on the rock was started, the majority of the participants being married men with families.  Quite a bit of science was shown throughout.  The hard lot seemed to have been especially hard on a resident of Victoria Street.


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Morriston Jottings

September 4th 1894.


Changes — The changes in hotels, as previously mentioned, took place yesterday, Mr. C. Becker taking possession of the Morriston, and Mrs. Vogt, of the Central.  Mr. Foley has, for the present, removed to Mr. Hunter’s house.  We believe that he intends making Hamilton his future residence.


Glad Tidings — On learning that the congregation of Thamesford had moderated a call to the Reverend W. Robertson, a meeting of the elders and managers of Duff’s Church, Presbyterian, East Puslinch, was called on the 18th of August last to consider the situation.  There were present six elders and the full board of management.  After a conference, they unanimously requested their pastor to remain with them.  Mr. Robertson, on receiving so hearty an assurance of good will and so earnest a desire to have him remain, requested the Thamesford people to proceed no further with the call.


Football — A very lively game of football was witnessed by a large crowd on the 28th ultimo.  The game was between the Waterdowns and the Morriston Stars, under the auspices of a harvest home picnic.  The excellent stops of the Stars, most especially by the goalkeeper, gave them the game.  Score, 3 to 1.  The referee was Gibson Dixon.  Our boys are jubilant over their victory, as the Waterdown club thought that it had a walk over.  The Waterdown club will now know that red is a standard with the Stars of Morriston.  The Stars meet the Glenwoods, at Glenwood, on Saturday.


Notes — Plenty of lightning on Sunday evening, but no rain.  The soft maples have lost their leaves, owing to the extreme drought.  Miss Mary Collfas was united in matrimony last week to Andy Gilmore.  There was a serenade.  A traction engine raised quite a disturbance in the village the other day, by passing through at about 4 a.m., and blowing its whistle.


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Morriston Jottings

September 18th 1894.


Harvest Home — The annual Harvest Home services were held in Duff’s Church, last Sabbath.  The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion.  A special service of music was also given.


Football — At Glenwood, on September 8th, the Morriston Stars played a strong game but the result terminated in a draw.  Paisley Block came down on Saturday evening last.  There was a very heavy rain between 5 and 6 p.m., which left the grounds in a very slippery condition.  The Paisley team promised to bring a ball with them, but did not do so.  The old ball was used, but after 10 minutes of play, burst, and the game had to be called a draw.  There will be now a lull in football, as most of the members have gone to camp in connection with the Artillery.


Notes — H. Campbell and Fritz will make a big display at the Aberfoyle Show.  Fall seeding is about over.  The turnip crop is looking a great deal better, owing to the recent rains.  The shower last Saturday was very heavy.  The Council should see that the ditches on Badenoch Street, in the village, are cleaned out.  The water runs, at present, down the centre, and is spoiling the good work expended on the road.  In fact, no water is now running into the culverts, but is making a drain for itself, down the main street.  There is to be a picnic from Badenoch to Puslinch Lake next Friday.  The Artillery boys left early this morning for Berlin camp.  Lt.-Col. Nicoll expects them to make a good showing.  Those enlisted this year and also those that have previously served are a fine looking lot of men.


Improvements — Mr. Geo. Weeks has put a division in his harness shop.  He has now a workshop-showroom and a sweating department.  He will shortly open up the other window, which will add a great deal to the looks of the village.


Personals — Miss B. Gayer, Miss Finkbeiner, and Frank Kestinmaucher are visiting in Hamilton.  Miss Martha Finkbeiner, of Tavistock, has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Gayer.  Reverend J. Wilhelm has been up to Hanover, attending the marriage of his brother.


There will be Harvest Home services in the German Evangelical Church at Morriston on the evening of September 28th.  A good programme will be furnished.  Local ministers will give addresses.  All are cordially invited to come.  Admission, 10 cents. Children free. 


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