Puslinch Lake Memories







To Pleasure Seekers!

Puslinch Lake!


The Subscriber begs to inform sportsmen and other visitors to Puslinch Lake that they can be supplied with every accommodation at his tavern and he can furnish boats, fishing tackle, et cetera on the shortest notice and on the most reasonable terms.  As this beautiful lake is now frequented by thousands of visitors annually from all parts of Canada, and as the subscriber has gone to much expense to supply the wants of visitors, he hopes to be liberally supported.


Picnic and other parties can arrange for boats, et cetera, by letter addressed to:


Alex Parks

1¼ miles from Hespeler

Puslinch, July 21st 1859.






Puslinch Lake Hotel


Elijah Arnold, having erected and now completed a commodious hotel on the beautiful island in the centre of the most charming of all Canadian lakes, invites his friends and the public generally to visit the lake during the summer and enjoy its rich and varied bounties, and the delicacies he has provided for them.


The House is convenient and well furnished and fit to accommodate parties, however numerous.  The grounds are well laid out, including gardens, a bowling alley, and other places of recreation.  Numerous first rate boats are on hand for parties desirous of fishing on the lake or shooting wild fowl and there is capital stabling on the south shore.  To parties or individuals desirous of passing a day or two in the midst of the most charming rural scenery in Canada, the temptation to visit Puslinch Lake Hotel must be irresistible.


The best wines, malt liquors, and spirits are on hand and meals got up for individuals or parties, in the very best style, and on moderate terms.


Puslinch Lake, near Galt,

May 17th 1860.


from the Galt Reporter newspaper for May 1860.






Death of Elijah Arnold

Thursday August 16th 1860.


Died, in Hamilton, on Thursday, the 16th instant, from an accident whilst rowing a boat in the bay, Mr. Elijah Arnold, late of the Phoenix Saloon, Galt and of The Island, Puslinch Lake, aged 52.  His body was interred in Trinity Church Cemetery, Galt on Friday afternoon.


from the Galt Reporter newspaper






To Let

A Good Stone Building situate on The Island, Puslinch Lake,

As a Saloon


And which has lately been occupied for that purpose.  The Island is a place of great public resort from all the surrounding country, and as there are seven acres of land on the island, there is ample room for picnic and all other respectable parties enjoying themselves.


For particulars apply, if by letter, post paid, to the undersigned, on the premises, or to the Messrs. Buckley, Grocers, Galt.


Hellena Pembroke


N.B. — The boats on the premises will be let with the saloon.


Puslinch Lake

April 18th 1861.






Picnic Parties at Puslinch Lake

July 27th 1865.


Several picnic parties started early for Puslinch Lake and after a pleasant ride soon reached the shores of that pleasant resort.  Boating on the lake, games and amusements on the Island, and a general jollification was the order of the day.  Old and young participated in the innocent amusements and refreshments of all kinds were provided ad libitum.  That jolly old landlord Parks had his hands full of work all day but he managed to make everyone comfortable and did his best to accommodate all parties.  The happy company left before the shades of evening closed round and arrived safely in Guelph at a seasonable hour.  Besides these, there were picnic and excursion parties to other places in the neighbourhood.  On the whole, we do not think that there ever was a day more generally kept or more pleasantly spent than the public holiday on Monday.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Accident at Puslinch Lake

August 25th 1865.


On Tuesday last, Mr. John Lloyd, second son of Griffith Lloyd, Esquire, of Beverly, in company with his brother James, Mr. W. N. Bennett, and Mr. D. Armstrong, went on an excursion to Puslinch Lake.  After amusing themselves for some time, about 11 o’ clock they lunched on the island, and prepared to get into a boat to go fishing, John Lloyd, getting in first, and receiving the guns from Mr. Bennett.  The guns were all loaded and as Mr. Lloyd was in the act of placing them in the boat, the hammer of one of the guns struck one of the seats and went off, discharging its contents into his arm just above the elbow, passing through it and coming out below the shoulder.  He was immediately taken to the shore, and while medical assistance was being procured, his comrades exerted themselves to stop the flow of blood, which was weakening the sufferer very much, which they partially succeeded in doing.  After about three hours, a doctor from Hespeler arrived and dressed the wound, and on Mr. Lloyd getting stronger, he was removed home, and Dr. Lundy sent for, who after an examination found that the bone of the arm had not been touched but that the main artery had been cut and all the fleshy part of the arm torn away.  He immediately tied up the artery and now is in good hopes of saving the arm.


Mr. Lloyd is a general favourite in Beverly and great sympathy is expressed for him.  Mr. Lloyd’s father and mother were away from home at the time of the accident, and if this should meet their eye they may rest assured that the sufferer is doing well.


Communicated by J. E. Sheffield


From the Galt Reporter newspaper






Puslinch Lake

August 13th 1867.


Nestling among the richly wooded hills and valleys of the County of Wellington, and not far from the thriving village of Hespeler, lies Puslinch Lake, a sheet of water rejoicing in a name which is decidedly not especially euphonious, but is derived from a little incident characteristic of the history of the early settlers and of the trifling events that give rise to the names of some of the most beautiful and romantic of Canadian scenes.


In the days when Western Canada was one vast forest, scarcely broken by a few clearings of very limited extent, a family from the Niagara district penetrated as far as this locality, and attracted by the glistening waters of a lake which appeared among the dark green foliage of the forest, made their way towards it.  When they had nearly arrived upon its margin, their wagon came to a standstill, stuck hard and fast in the swampy ground near a thicket composed for the most part of “pitcher plants”.  For hours they toiled to extricate it, but to no purpose.  At length, they were agreeably surprised by the appearance of a man named Lynch, who had for some time lived near the spot, and who very kindly offered his services.  “Push Lynch”, said the new settler, as with renewed hope he put his shoulders to the wheel, and between them they managed to get the wagon out of the swamp.  So relieved was the emigrant on finding himself onec more able to proceed, that in commemoration of the event and the aid received from the stranger, he named the lake “Push Lynch”, which has since degenerated into “Pushlinch” and “Puslinch”.


As I before remarked, the scenery round the lake is exceedingly pretty, and if it was better known would be sure to attract a large number of visitors, who rejoice in the sight of the picturesque.  And as the waters of the lake are well stocked with fish, the disciples of the “gentle art” would also congregate more numerously than they do now.  Close to the margin of the lake stands a little hotel where all the necessary bait, fishing tackle, et cetera can be procured by those who seek to ensnare the denizens of Puslinch Lake.  Boats can also be obtained here.


Near the centre of the lake is a very pretty island of some considerable extent, on which stands the foundation of a structure intended for a convent, which has not as yet been completed.  The best spot for fishing is off this island.


The way to reach Puslinch Lake is to proceed via Hespeler, an exceedingly good specimen of a Canadian village, which is, I am happy to know, in a thriving and prosperous condition.  The large manufactory of J. Hespeler, Esq., affords constant employment for a number of hands.  I may also be allowed to mention that Hespeler is noted for the manufacture of exceedingly good whiskey.


The road from Hespeler to the lake is filled with pretty glimpses of Canadian rural scenery.  Rich farms in the highest state of cultivation, with substantial barns and farm buildings, may be seen on every side, and thick forests, green meadows, and fields of waving corn, are interspersed together, while here and there the waters of a tiny stream, which flows for the most part among the woods and thickets, hiding like a bashful beauty, too timid to be seen, finds its way noiselessly along to the bosom of the pretty lake.  And in the dark pools, and beneath the known of that romantic stream, trout, all shining with silver scales and ruddy stars, hide themselves away, and may occasionally be lured out of their native element by the temptation of a good fat worm, for there is no room for the most expert Waltonian to throw a fly, so thick the tangled copse-wood grows, and so thickly do the branches of the trees cluster to protect the brook upon its travels.


If anyone wishes to enjoy a pleasant holiday far from the city’s din and bustle, and among the beauties of Nature in her loveliest form, he cannot do better than take the Great Western Railway train to Hespeler, and, on the margin of the lake or beneath the cool shade of the forest trees beside the little stream, which night and day through all the sweet summer time sings the same melodious measure, enjoy the “dolce far niente” to his heart’s content.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Fatal Accident at Puslinch Lake

Friday August 21st 1868.


A most unfortunate accident marred the enjoyment of the pleasure seekers to Puslinch Lake on Thursday.  A number of people from Preston had also assembled to hold a picnic and, of course, boating was the favourite amusement of all.  About four in the afternoon, a boat containing, some say nine, and some say twelve of the Preston excursionists put off from the island to the shore at Park’s Hotel.  The wind blew strongly, and when about half way over, the boat filled suddenly and sank and the whole of its occupants were in consequence left struggling in the water.  Three men were of the party; there were one or two children, and five or six women.  One of the men, only, it appears, was able to swim, and he was immediately grasped around the neck by a young woman named Lizzie Goldsmith.  The claims of his wife and child on his assistance were, however, paramount.  He went under the water when Miss Goldsmith caught him, and when he rose the unfortunate girl, who was never seen alive again, was not with him. 


He then got hold of his wife and child and managed to keep them up until assistance arrived, which was but a brief space of time, as several boats immediately put off on seeing the accident, and one which was passing not far distant rendered very material aid.  How the remainder of the party managed to keep themselves afloat after they were thrown out is not known.  They had nothing to cling to, for the boat rose bottom upwards and floated away, so that when they were picked up, it was at a distance of fifty yards from them.  Those who were rescued were put ashore as speedily as possible and had all necessary assistance rendered them at the hotel.


The body of Miss Goldsmith was seen about an hour and a half after the mishap occurred by another party that was crossing, but as the boat was very heavily loaded, an attempt to recover it would probably have resulted in another disaster, and it was not made.  Search was afterwards instituted and continued until dark, but without success, as the remains of the unfortunate girl were unrecovered up to that time.


She was a German, and one of between two and three hundred members and adherents of the Lutheran Church in Preston who had sought the beautiful scenery of the lake as the most fitting place for a day’s entertainment.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Not Found

Saturday August 22nd 1868.


We learn that the body of Miss Goldsmith, who was drowned in Puslinch Lake on Thursday, has not yet been recovered.






Body Found

Tuesday August 25th 1868.


We learn that the body of Miss Goldsmith, who was drowned in Puslinch Lake on Thursday, was recovered on Saturday.  It was in a standing position with the feet deeply sunk in the mud at the bottom.







Hotel and Farm

For Sale or Rent!

At Puslinch Lake


The property known as the Sportsman’s Arms situate on Lot number 5, 1st Concession, Puslinch, in the county of Wellington, containing thirty-one and a half acres of land.  There are 9 rooms in the house.  There are on the premises a good bank barn, nearly new, a swing, 24 feet high, and six new boats.


This property can be bought with or without the stock, implements, and furniture, to suit purchasers.


This property can be bought cheap for cash or time given for part, if required.


The proprietor also has a lease of lot number 4 containing 19 acres, together with the island, of acres, which he will sublease to the purchaser if desired.  Further information given by...


F. Kent

 on the premises, or by letter post-paid, Hespeler P. O., Ontario.


Puslinch Lake, February 16th 1871.


from the Galt Evening Reporter newspaper






Desirable Property for Sale in Puslinch

April 17th 1872.


The north part of Lot No. 4, on the 1st Concession, containing 19 acres, on which there is a good orchard and piece of bush and stable.  Also, the Island on the lake containing 7 acres, and ¼ of an acre off a corner of Lot No. 4 in the 4th Concession, formerly used as school ground.  For terms apply to:


Mrs. Z. Pembroke

Lot 18, Concession 17, Minto,

Drew P.O.


from the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Town and County News

July 24th 1873.


The employees of the Guelph Machine and Tool Company hold their annual picnic at Puslinch Lake on Wednesday next.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Puslinch Lake

July 28th 1873.


A correspondent from the Wellington Foundry sends us the following: 


Through the kind liberality of the Messrs. Inglis and Hunter, the whole of their employees, with their wives, sweethearts, and friends, were given a most enjoyable outing by visiting Puslinch Lake on Saturday. 


The party started in six pleasure vans, hired for the occasion from Messrs. Deverill and Hewer, and were accompanied by the principal of the firm and his family.  The ride out was exceedingly pleasant, the earth having been cooled by Friday’s rain. 


Arrived at the lake, the party embarked in what the Puslinch mariners term boats, but in our opinion were merely pieces of wood nailed so as to exclude the water.  However, not disposed to stick at trifles, the party soon landed on the island, and after some cool drinks the party dispersed.  The gong having sounded, the cloth was quickly relieved of the savoury viands.  Various enjoyments came next, such as dancing, music supplied by Messrs. Doty and Beard, balling, boating, swimming, et cetera.


After spending a few hours very pleasantly, with another good fall too of the creature comforts, the party left the island and on landing again, indulged in sports and games. 


They started for home by way of Hespeler, again enjoying a beautiful ride, and on reaching home, Waterloo Road and Wyndham Street, were made to resound with cheers and songs of “Old Lang Syne”, “Rule Britannia, and finally “God Save the Queen”.  The party, whose number was between seventy and eighty, felt highly gratified with their day’s outing and very thankful to Mr. Inglis, who with his lady, added no small amount of pleasure by their courteous and affable behaviour.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Town and County News

July 28th 1873.


For Puslinch Lake — The employees of Messrs. Hepburn & Co., with their wives and friends, started this morning for Puslinch Lake to spend the day in healthful recreation.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Town and County News

July 31st 1873.


Guelph Machine & Tool Co. ─ The employees of Messrs. Arms & Worswick had a good time at Puslinch Lake yesterday, holding their annual picnic.  About fifty were present.


Horse killed ─ We learn that Mr. John Gilchrist, near Puslinch Lake, had a horse killed by lightning on Friday night during the heavy thunderstorm.






Town and County News

August 6th 1873.


The employees of Jackson’s Melodeon Factory are picnicking today at Puslinch Lake.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Butchers’ Picnic

July 18th 1874.


The picnic to Puslinch Lake yesterday was, as we anticipated, a most enjoyable affair.  Altogether, about two hundred persons were present.  The spread was, as may be imagined, bountiful, so extensive, in fact, that a quantity of refreshments was brought home again.  The best of order prevailed all day.  Quoiting, baseball, boating, dancing on the green, and similar diversions occupied the happy hours.  A rowing match, we believe, was one of the features of the occasion, and Mr. George Hood claims the palm as the champion oarsman.  The company returned home about dusk, arriving here between eight and nine o’ clock.






A Picnic

July 31st 1874.


Today, the employees of Mr. F. J. Chubb, builder, start for Puslinch Lake with the object of a good day’s sport.  They have been building up their hopes lately in anticipation of this pleasure, and we trust that, by it, they will be much edified.  In baseball, they will make many good hits, no doubt, and though they do not aspire to fame in the game, they understand bases well.  Taken all in all, they are, like Mark Twain’s mother, “perfect bricks”.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Artillery Practice

June 11th 1875.


Guelph Artillery Company proceeds to Puslinch Lake, on the 2nd of July next, where they will engage in ball and shell practice, a suitable place at that well-known spot having been chosen by the officers in command.  Artillery practice is a novelty in this part and therefore, no doubt, many of our readers will take a run out to the lake on that day to witness the sport.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Black Bass

July 16th 1875.


The small lake in Puslinch is getting its name up as a spot for catching black bass.  We last week chronicled the taking of one therein weighing 4½ pounds, by Mr. John Eagan of this town, and on Saturday last the same party showed us another one he had caught that day weighing 4¾ pounds.  Mr. Eagan on Saturday caught altogether over 40 pounds weight of fine bass, which was a pretty fair day’s sport.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Wealth in Puslinch Lake

September 29th 1875.


In the smaller of the two lakes in Puslinch there is an island of almost two acres in extent, the soil of which consists almost exclusively of decomposed vegetable matter and minute shells, in about equal proportions, thus forming what may be termed a marl, rich in carbonates and phosphates.  There is no doubt a valuable source of wealth here in the shape of manure.  The marl in some places seems to be of such consistency as to possess many of the elements necessary to recuperate worn-out soil.  It is quite available too, as that which is an island in certain seasons ceases to be an island at this time of year, when the water is low, and extends in a dry belt to the shore, which also seems to be composed of the valuable substances, and extending to an unknown depth.  It is now so accessible that hundreds of tons may be obtained with apparently little difficulty, and we would suggest to the farmers in that vicinity the importance of giving it a trial.  Would it not be well if some of the professors of our Model Farm would pay the place a visit and strive to ascertain the value of its contents.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Picnic at Puslinch Lake

August 4th 1876.


Yesterday, Mr. W. H. Goodeve and a number of his friends proceeded by conveyance to Puslinch Lake for the purpose of boating and picnicking.  Among other amusements, that of boating was indulged in most prominently.  A sail boat was rigged up by one of the party and was made to do service without the aid of oars.  The party returned to town about nine o’ clock p.m.






Picnic at Puslinch Lake

June 21st 1877.


Among the most delightful resorts in the vicinity of Guelph for holding picnics is the Puslinch Lake, and during every summer season a number of excursionists from various vicinities make a holiday jaunt to the lake.  Last week, a very large party from West Dumfries met another party from Puslinch and Beverly at the lake, when a very enjoyable time was spent.






At Puslinch Lake

August 2nd 1879.


Mr. Wm. Goulding, of Guelph, has leased an island in Puslinch Lake from Mr. John Davidson, of Guelph, and he purposes opening a first class restaurant there at once.  Those who visit the lake from this neighbourhood should not omit visiting the island and seeing what accommodation is offered the public.  Several good boats are offered for hire.  A large business, no doubt, will be built up, as parties visit Puslinch Lake every day.






Puslinch Lake News

August 13th 1879.


A Guelph correspondent requests that the following be published: ─ I had the pleasure yesterday of a visit to Davidson’s Island Park in Puslinch Lake and was well repaid for my trouble.  The island is being laid out with beautiful walks among the trees, with rustic seats in every direction, and the men are working at improvements of every kind.  There will be croquet lawns, bowling alleys, baseball grounds, et cetera fitted up.  The “Hotel de Goulding” affords good lunch or dinner, and temperance drinks of all kinds.  A trip to the island these warm days is a real treat.






Davidson’s Island Park

May 19th 1880.


The people of Guelph will be glad to learn that Mayor Sleeman and Mr. John Davidson have undertaken and partly carried out several improvements at Puslinch Lake that will make it a first class resort during the summer months.  For some years, the lake has been visited by large numbers from this county and Waterloo County, but the facilities for producing enjoyment were not good.  Last year, these gentlemen obtained possession of the island, situated about a mile from the north shore, having in contemplation to form beautiful pleasure grounds there.  The island is pleasantly located and is rendered a most attractive spot by reason of its natural beauty.  By way of improvement, a number of croquet lawns have been formed, swings have been provided, and other provisions made for furnishing enjoyment.  Stables have been built, which will furnish accommodation for fourteen teams of horses.  A refreshment booth has been erected and refreshments and temperance drinks will be supplied during the season.


The most prominent feature of the arrangement and one that will be heard with more pleasure, is that a steamboat is to ply between the island and the shore.  The steamer is named “The City of Guelph”, was built in Barrie, and is now on its way from that place to the lake.  It is a side-wheel boat, being in size, 41-foot keel, 9-foot beam and 13 feet over all.  The boat is furnished with a 12 horsepower boiler, and two engines of four horsepower each.  It will seat 50 persons and will make eight miles an hour.  The boat will be running on the Queen’s birthday, when the park is to be opened.  The 24th, however, will not be considered the grand opening day, for the improvement in the grounds will not be complete then.  An announcement will be made in a day or two as to the arrangements made for carrying passengers on the lake on May 24th.






The “City of Guelph

May 21st 1880.


Mr. John Davidson received word from Barrie this morning that the “City of Guelph” was not making very great progress by the overland route from Barrie to Guelph.  The boat has arrived at Rosemont, near Orangeville, and word comes from there that bridges are washed away, roads bad, and that there is no telling when the boat may get through.  There are five teams of horses attached to the wagon, on which the boat is being drawn.  There is a possibility that the boat may reach here tomorrow night.






Puslinch Lake

May 22nd 1880.


Davidson’s Island Park at Puslinch Lake, to be opened on Monday, will attract a number of our citizens.  An account of the improvements in the park, made by the lessees, Messrs. Sleeman and Davidson, was published on Wednesday, so that it is unnecessary to do more than remind our readers that they can enjoy themselves at no place better than there.  It is doubtful whether the steamer “City of Guelph” will arrive at the lake from Barrie this evening.  If it reaches the lake, it will carry passengers from the hotel to the island and return, for ten cents.






Puslinch Lake

May 25th 1880.


The steamer “City of Guelph” did not arrive here until the forenoon, so that Puslinch Lake did not attract as many people as it would have done had the steamer been running.  A good many persons, however, visited the lake and spent a pleasant day in fishing, picnicking, et cetera.






Local News ─ Puslinch Lake

May 27th 1880.


The steamer “City of Guelph” is going to make a cruise on Puslinch Lake this afternoon.  A number of gentlemen from Guelph will be on board, by invitation of Mayor Sleeman.






Local News ─ Puslinch Lake

May 31st 1880.


The steamer “City of Guelph” was running on Saturday afternoon on Puslinch Lake.  It is working satisfactorily, with the exception of the pump, which is to be replaced by a larger one.  The boat will be running regularly every day after Wednesday.






Lake View Hotel


June 2nd 1880.


I have much pleasure in informing my old patrons and the public in general that I have and am improving buildings, grounds, et cetera, and am consequently in a better position to accommodate picnic parties, et cetera, than formerly.  Parties can have transit to “Davidson’s Island Park” by either rowboat or steamer.


Large parties wishing dinner would oblige by notifying a few days previous to coming.


A good supply of temperance drinks is also kept on hand.


N.B. — No Sunday accommodation.


John W. Parks



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Puslinch Lake and Its Surroundings

A Glimpse at the Island, Park, and Vicinity

June 18th 1880.


Persons living in cities and towns whose occupation confines them to the workshop or office welcome, perhaps more than anything else, a short period of rest during the summer months.  Even a day’s outing in the country has a wonderful effect on the human system, and most people, after such a jaunt, will return to work with renewed vigour.


A few years ago Puslinch Lake was largely visited by picnic parties composed of those employed in factories and stores in Guelph.  These events became less frequent, without a reason, for these visits to the lake were generally pleasant ones.  But they promise to become common again by reason of the efforts Messrs. Davidson and Sleeman have made this year to render the spot more attractive than ever.


Puslinch Lake lies in a secluded spot about nine miles south of this city and two miles from Hespeler, so that it is easily accessible either by rail or road.  It is about one mile in width and one and a half miles long.  The scenery surrounding the lake is varied and beautiful, particularly along the north and west shores where there is a pebbly beach.  Besides the large island, there are a number of smaller ones covered with rich foliage, which present a pretty view from the mainland.


Davidson’s Island Park comprises about seven acres and is situated a mile from the north shore.  It is a very pretty spot, covered with a fine growth of grass and sheltered by massive trees.  Lawns have been formed in various places to be used in playing croquet, a dancing platform is being made, and other improvements are in progress.  There is a booth on the island where temperance drinks and cigars are to be had.


The island is reached by the steamer “City of Guelph”, which plies between the new hotel being built by Messrs. Sleeman and Davidson, about half a mile east of the old Lake View Hotel.  Owing to the shallowness of the water in some places, the steamer has to make a circuitous route between the two places, thus affording the passengers a fine sail on the boat.  The channel has been marked off by buoys, and these give the water a navigable appearance. 


The hotel, which has a stone foundation, will be forty feet by thirty-two feet in size and two stories high, with a kitchen in rear, the same height and twenty-eight by twenty feet in size.  On the ground floor of the main building there will be two sitting-rooms, a bar-room, and a dining room.  In the rear will be the kitchen and two bedrooms.  Upstairs there are to be two parlours looking towards the lake, and in the rear eight bedrooms.  Outwardly, the hotel will present an appearance somewhat like the Newton House in this city.  It will be well furnished and boarders will be given ample accommodation.  The contractors for the carpenter work, Messrs. Mahoney and Chase, have been allowed fourteen days longer to complete their work.  The plasterers will commence when the carpenters have finished and it is expected that the place will be opened shortly after the 1st of July.  The stabling is ample and good.  The promoters of this scheme have shown a great deal of enterprise, and their efforts are to be rewarded.  When all the improvements are made, doubtless, the house and grounds will be largely patronized.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

July 29th, 1880.


The Agricultural College students are picnicking at Puslinch Lake, today.






The News from Puslinch Lake

July 31st 1880.


This resort is being visited every day by numbers of people from the city and by large picnic parties from the neighbouring country.  Messrs. Davidson and Sleeman have placed some fine pleasure rowboats on the lake, and intend adding others as soon as they can be built.  The hotel is fast nearing completion and is going to be a handsome structure, affording every convenience for guests.


The “City of Guelph” ─ This boat was inspected and passed as safe by Mr. Meneilley, Government Inspector of boats, at Puslinch Lake, on Friday.  The owners of the boat purpose making some changes in the arrangement of the machinery, with a view to increasing its speed.






The Local News

August 19th 1880.


Duck Shooting ─ Messrs. E. McKeague and Turnbull opened the duck shooting season with a day at Barber’s Pond, near Puslinch Lake, on Monday.  They shot thirteen birds, but only secured ten, three being lost in the marsh.






Visitors to Puslinch Lake

August 26th 1880.


This forenoon, the mayor of Brampton and three councillors, together with Martin Deady and five or six other gentlemen from Brampton, arrived in the city, on their way to Puslinch Lake.  They were met at the station by Mayor Sleeman and some of the aldermen, and the party started for the lake, where they will spend the day picnicking.






Picnics at Puslinch Lake

September 6th 1880.


There were two picnic parties at Puslinch Lake on Saturday, one being made up of Sunday Schools and their teachers, from Hespeler, and the other of Good Templars, from Preston.  Both parties numbered about 250.  They were carried across the lake on the steamer to the island, where they spent the day.






The Puslinch Lake Hotel

September 7th 1880.


This new hotel, which has been named as above, has been leased by Mr. H. Whitmer, of Mildmay.  He will take possession in a few days and purposes giving a grand opening benefit, to which, the Guelph City Council will be invited.






The Puslinch Lake News

September 16th, 1880.


The employees of the firm, Schofield & Company, held their annual picnic at Puslinch Lake, last Saturday.  Numerous picnics visited the lake on the same day, from various places.  The steamer, “City of Guelph”, did a rushing business.  It is thought that Puslinch Lake never saw a greater day, such crowds of people being there, and all seemed to enjoy the facilities offered for different games of enjoyment.






The Hotel Opening at Puslinch Lake

September 25th 1880.


On Friday afternoon, several aldermen and other representative men from the city, in all, numbering about fifty persons, visited Puslinch Lake, on invitation of Mayor Sleeman.  Their visit was made the occasion of the opening of the new hotel, lately leased by Mr. Whitmer.


On their arrival at the hotel, the guests were welcomed by Mayor Sleeman and invited to partake of a sumptuous dinner.  After taking a hearty meal, the company adjourned to one of the sitting rooms, where Alderman Chadwick was asked to name the new hotel.  This, he did in a few words, showing the suitability of the name “Puslinch Lake Hotel”, from its surroundings.  The party was afterwards conveyed to Davidson’s Island Park, on the steamer “City of Guelph”, and at this delightful spot, they spent the afternoon in playing baseball, quoits, ten pins, and other amusements.  A chief feature of the entertainment was music by an Irish piper.  His music fired up some of his countrymen present to such an extent that they spent the afternoon between listening and dancing jigs et cetera.


In the evening, the company returned to the hotel, where a capital supper was partaken of.  Afterwards, the guests assembled in the sitting room, when Alderman Coffee proposed the health of the mayor, and in doing so, referred to the able manner in which he fulfilled his duties as head of the city, and also referred, in kindly terms, to his genial and obliging disposition on all occasions.  Mayor Sleeman replied in appropriate terms, thanking them for the way that they had honoured him by being present.


The party left for the city at about eight o’ clock, highly pleased with their visit.  The new hotel is a commodious, comfortable building, handsomely furnished, and pleasantly situated, and with splendid stabling accommodation.  Mr. Whitmer is an obliging, attentive landlord, and will doubtless soon win many friends.  The proprietors continue improving the island, and there is every prospect that the place will be largely visited hereafter.






Local News ─ Puslinch Lake

Wednesday October 13th 1880.


A large number of citizens left this afternoon, for Puslinch Lake, to enjoy the last trip of the season by the steamer.






Local News ─ Picnic to Puslinch Lake

October 14th 1880.


The picnic to Puslinch Lake on Wednesday afternoon was quite a successful affair.  In all, the visitors numbered about one hundred persons.  The trip by the steamer to the island was fully enjoyed.  The afternoon was pleasantly spent, the party engaging in the various amusements provided.






Puslinch Lake Hotel

January 13th 1881.


The hack drivers held a dance at the Puslinch Lake Hotel last night.  There was a good turnout, and dancing was kept up till a seasonable hour.  The affair passed off so well that the cabbies are thinking of holding another shortly.






Sleighing Party

January 18th 1881.


The Puslinch Lake Hotel is becoming quite a popular resort for sleighing parties.  Recently, several parties have driven to the hotel, carried out a good programme of dances, and returned to the city at a seasonable hour.  Last evening, another company of young ladies and gentlemen drove to the lake and spent an enjoyable three hours tripping the light fantastic.






Pigeon Shooting Match

February 5th 1881.


The pigeon match at Puslinch Lake yesterday, between a team of five from this city against a similar number from Peel County, resulted in a tie.  The Guelph team would have had an advantage had the match been carried out as originally arranged, that a larger number should compose the teams.  This was found impossible on account of one of the Brampton shots, who had promised to bring sufficient birds, failing to do so.  This dampened the spirit of the contest to a certain extent, but nevertheless, those who took part enjoyed the sport and did average shooting, as the following record will show.


Brampton team
























































Total score:












Guelph Team
























































Total score
















At Puslinch Lake

April 5th 1881.


Inspector Kerr, of Hamilton, fishery overseer, has applied for a supply of salmon, white fish, herring, bass, and speckled trout for Puslinch Lake.  By the Order in Council, recently issued, the lake will be set apart for three years for the propagation of these fish.






The News from Puslinch Lake

April 23rd 1881.


Messrs. Sleeman and Davidson have placed ten new pleasure boats on Puslinch Lake.


Messrs. Inglis & Hunter are making alterations in the gearing, paddlewheels, and engine of the “City of Guelph”, which will fit it for ploughing the waters of Puslinch Lake more rapidly.






Puslinch Lake

May 21st 1881.


The management has made great improvements in this attractive place of resort, since last season.  The grounds at the hotel have been improved, the steamer overhauled, her speed increased, and ten new boats put on the lake, along with a large dancing platform, swings, et cetera.  No more pleasant place can be found to spend the 24th than the above, as ample accommodation will be found for all parties, both at the hotel and island.  Plenty of refreshments and amusements of all kinds are provided.






Local News ─ Puslinch Lake

May 21st 1881.


 The steamer at Puslinch Lake will begin the season on the 24th.  A platform has been built at the island, 30 feet by 40 feet in size, for dancing, and every other necessary accommodation has been provided for the comfort and enjoyment of visitors.






Puslinch Lake

May 25th 1881.


The turnout at this pretty spot numbered about 600.  They spent a quiet, enjoyable day, with nothing to mar their amusements.  The accommodation at the hotel is first class in every respect, both for man and for beast. 


The steamer was kept busy, and the public may feel perfectly safe on board as all of the Government requirements have been carried out, and the engineer carries chief’s papers and is a thorough gentleman.  The Government allows only a limited number on board and this was strictly enforced yesterday, and always will be, as the boat will not leave the wharf if more than that number of passengers are on board.


The small boats, croquet, quoits, and bowling alley were in constant demand and the dancing floor, although 30 x 40 feet in size, was none too large.  Dancing was a species of amusement and was carried on to the music of a concertina, the boys without coat or vest, and hoeing it down to the best of their ability.


There were a great number of little family picnics, all of which declared that it was the nicest and cheapest place to spend a holiday.  The last of the visitors left about 9 p.m.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The 24th of May

The Doings in Guelph

May 25th 1881.


A very large number of citizens started at an early hour for Puslinch Lake, and some for Waterloo town, where a firemen’s demonstration was in progress.  It being the opening day at the Lake, quite a happy time was spent.  The steamer, “City of Guelph”, made her first trip, and the lake was alive with boating parties, who spent a portion of the day sailing around in small boats.  The afternoon was spent in an enjoyable manner, in baseball and croquet playing, in picnicking, and in quoits and bowling, et cetera, and in the evening, the dancing platform was illuminated and the lovers of Terpsichore enjoyed themselves until the twinkling of the morning stars proclaimed the time for home.






Puslinch Lake

June 3rd 1881.


The female employees of John Hogg & Son were treated by their employers, last evening, with an outing to Puslinch Lake.


The Sunday School children of Ebenezer Church, Nassagaweya, intend having a picnic party at Puslinch Lake on June 10th.






Puslinch Lake

June 10th 1881.


This Favourite Summer Resort Is Now Open for the Accommodation of Visitors


The steamboat has been remodelled and is running regularly.  A large platform for parties wishing to dance has been erected on the Island.  The Bowling Alley and Refreshment Rooms are now open.  Croquet sets, quoits, and swings in abundance, in fact, everything has been provided for the amusement of the public.  Board at the hotel by the day or by the week, furnished on reasonable terms.


S. Whitmer



From the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






At Puslinch Lake

July 2nd 1881.


Some 500 excursionists visited Puslinch Lake yesterday.






The Afternoon’s Despatches

July 23rd 1881.


Today, the employees of Messrs. D. McCrae and Company went to Puslinch Lake.






The News from Puslinch Lake

July 26th 1881.


The butchers’ and hotelkeepers’ picnic at Puslinch Lake yesterday was a great success.  There were between forty and fifty present and all enjoyed themselves thoroughly.  Matches of ten pins and quoiting took place between the butchers and hotelkeepers, the butchers winning at the ten pins and at the quoits.






Local News

August 2nd 1881.


The choir of the Norfolk Methodist Church is picnicking at Puslinch Lake, this afternoon.






The Picnic

August 6th 1881.


The employees of the Guelph Carriage Goods Company left this morning at about nine o’ clock, bent on a picnic excursion to Puslinch Lake.  The party was in readiness to start shortly after eight o’ clock, but the threatening thunderstorm drove them for shelter to the hotel and livery stables.  After the shower had passed over, the procession, composed of six carioles and nine carriages, bedecked with gay streamers and flags, headed by a portion of the band, formed on MacDonnell Street, before the factory works, and then proceeded up Woolwich Street, and thence down Wyndham Street.  The procession was very imposing and was witnessed by a large number of citizens.  There were about two hundred persons, all factory hands, with the exception of a few ladies and a few friends.  The party had left the city before the heavy thunderstorm set in, and they will have been fortunate indeed if they found shelter to escape a drenching.






Puslinch Lake

August 8th 1881.


Mr. G. D. Porter intends running his bus to Puslinch Lake, on and after Wednesday.






Narrow Escape

October 28th 1881.


Alderman Russell had a narrow escape from a serious accident while duck shooting at Puslinch Lake yesterday.  He had wounded a duck, and both barrels of his gun being discharged, he asked Mr. Hugh Walker, who was in the boat with him, to pass over his gun.  While Mr. Walker was in the act of doing this, the gun went off, the charge passing so close to Alderman Russell’s face that his forehead was discoloured by it.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Fish for Puslinch Lake

May 4th 1882.


Mr. S. C. Wilmot, of the Government Fish Hatchery, accompanied by J. W. Kerr, Fishery Inspector, Hamilton, deposited in Puslinch Lake, yesterday, 50,000 white fish, salmon trout, and California salmon.  Fishing in the lake will be allowed for two years, after which, it will be prohibited for one year, to admit for the growth and spawning of the fish.  It is likely that another lot will be placed in the lake next year.








Local News ─ Puslinch Lake

May 17th 1882.


The engineer who is to take charge of the “City of Guelph” steamboat, which plies its way between the mainland and the island, has arrived, and will have everything in full running order for the 24th of May.









Puslinch Lake


This beautiful summer resort will be open for the season

from the 24th of May 1882.


The steamer has been overhauled and repainted.


A courteous and obliging engineer has been secured.


The island is being cleared up, and everything done

 for the comfort and pleasure of visitors.


The hotel is first class in every way and rates reasonable.


S. Whitmer,









Puslinch Lake

June 8th 1882.


About 50 of the members of the Canadian Order of Oddfellows, from Rockton, held a picnic at Puslinch Lake, yesterday.    They drove about eighteen miles and were accompanied by the Galt Brass Band.  A capital time was spent on Davidson’s Island, the games and amusements entered into with spirit.  They left for home about nine o’ clock.






The Local News

July 4th 1882.


The relatives and friends of Mr. John Fielding, of the Western Hotel, to the number of about fifty, left this morning for Puslinch Lake, to celebrate the birthday of that gentleman, by a picnic.






Local News

July 21st 1882.


Good Templars’ Picnic ─ The “Galt Reformer” says “A grand picnic, under the auspices of the I.O. of G.T., of Galt, will be held at Puslinch Lake on Tuesday next, 25th inst.  Invitations have been forwarded to Preston, Guelph, and Paris lodges, and a large turnout is expected.


Now that the hay is all in, the officers and students of the Agricultural College are holding their annual picnic at Puslinch Lake.  They left this morning by…






Local News

July 28th 1882.


The Galt Sons of Temperance picnic at Puslinch Lake on Monday afternoon.


For the Lake ─ Quite an excursion from Fergus passed through the city this morning, on its way to Puslinch Lake, where a picnic will be held.  There are also a large number of private parties from the city at the lake today.  No place in this neighbourhood offers more comfort on these hot days.






At the Lake

July 29th 1882.


Yesterday was a big day in this season’s history of excursions to Puslinch Lake, there being about six hundred people on the island at one time during the afternoon.  That number was made up of small picnicking parties, who had, strangely enough, all fixed upon the same day for an outing.  Messrs. R. Ward and W. Allen were the originators of one excursion, comprising over thirty couples, and Mr. W. Beney, of another, comprising nearly the same number.  The different games at the island afforded the best of facilities for amusement.  Wayper’s quadrille band, being present, provided music for a number of the party who engaged in dancing, first at the island, and afterwards at the hotel.  Everything passed off lovely and all pronounced themselves well pleased with the trip.






Hurrah for the Lake!

August 4th 1882.


The employees of Raymond’s stone sewing machine factory will hold a picnic to Puslinch Lake tomorrow.  Besides from 60 to 70 of the men themselves, the party will include about the same number of ladies and friends.  The picnickers will start from the stone factory at about eight o’ clock a.m., in conveyances, in procession.  The procession will be headed by a band composed of musicians employed in the factory, and will be marshalled by Mr. Isaac Spencer, a faithful, old servant, who has been employed by Mr. Raymond for quite a number of years.  To fittingly lead the procession, Mr. Spencer will be wearing the uniform of a drum major and will mount a fiery steed.  A provision van will accompany the excursionists, so that there will be comfortable seating in the other conveyances.  Games will be provided, and what with boating, dancing, and various other amusements, a big day’s enjoyment is expected. 






On the Way to Puslinch Lake

August 4th 1882.


On Saturday last, Mr. John Roche, dry goods merchant, met with an accident while driving to Puslinch Lake, from the effects of which he has not recovered very rapidly.  It appears that some of the spokes of his buggy gave out, and the horse, taking fright, became unmanageable.  Mr. Roche was thrown out, but held on to the lines firmly until he brought the horse to a standstill, after having been dragged several hundred yards along the ground.  Although badly bruised and feeling unwell as a result of his injuries, he was able to attend to his business until yesterday, but he is now confined to the house.






Picnics at Puslinch Lake

August 7th 1882.


The large picnicking party, composed of employees of Raymond’s stone shop, and their ladies and friends, who left Guelph on Saturday morning, arrived at Puslinch Lake shortly after 11 o’ clock.  The rain of the previous evening had laid the dust, and the roads being in good condition, the drive proved very pleasant.


On reaching their destination, the ladies were taken over to the island to spread out the refreshments, while the men engaged in a game of baseball in a field near Witmer’s Hotel.  The match was between the married and single men of the factory, and proved an event equally interesting to both spectators and players.  There was much cheering, when at the close of five innings, the game was suspended, with the benedicts ahead by a score of 7 to 2.  Immediately afterwards, the remainder of the party was taken to the island by the steamer, and sat down to a splendid repast, which the ladies had prepared for them.


This over, the picnickers divided into groups, to engage in such pursuits as suited their various ideas of enjoyment.  Some of them took a quiet method of enjoyment and retired to shady nooks; others engaged in quoits, croquet, ten pins, swinging, boating, fishing, ball playing and games of that description. 


Early in the afternoon, a large party arrived from Hespeler, and soon afterwards, a party of Bell & Co. employees, with their lady relatives.  Each of these had quadrille bands with them, and they made the most of their services and of the facilities for dancing.  The fun was kept up well into the evening. 


The first boat load of the Raymond party returned to the hotel shortly after six o’ clock.  It was the intention that the others should join them immediately, and that the whole party should form a procession, come round by Hespeler, and enter the city as they left, but owing to the delay on the part of the men in charge of the boat, this arrangement could not be carried out.  It was nine o’ clock before the last load was brought over from the island, and nearly twelve o’ clock before they reached the city, in consequence.  The outing was heartily enjoyed by everyone in the party, and by no one more intensely than by the Grand Marshall, Acting Brigadier Major-General Spencer, whose military bearing whilst in command of the company, was simply unapproachable.






The Local News

August 10th 1882.


The mechanics are going in largely for picnicking this summer.  The employees of the Guelph Carriage Goods Company will visit Puslinch Lake on Saturday, those in Raymond’s brick shop, on Tuesday, and on Saturday week, there will be a monster excursion of Bell & Company’s employees, to the same resort.  The City Band will supply music for each.






The Picnic Tomorrow

August 11th 1882.


At eight o’ clock tomorrow morning, the employees of the Guelph Carriage Goods Company, with their wives and families, will leave the factory, MacDonnell Street, in conveyances, to spend the day at Puslinch Lake.  The company has engaged nine carioles, which will be decorated with flags, and there will be several conveyances besides, as the party will number about 150.  The excursionists will go in procession, headed by the Victoria Band, along MacDonnell, Woolwich, and Wyndham Streets, and thence, by Waterloo Avenue, for the lake.  It will be a sight worth witnessing.






For the Lake

August 12th 1882.


There were sixteen well-filled conveyances in the procession of the Carriage Goods Works, employees and their friends, who left this morning to spend the day at Puslinch Lake.  The rigs were decorated with flags and made quite a fine display.  The Victoria Band led the procession, which went by way of MacDonnell, Woolwich, and Wyndham Streets, Market Square, and thence out Waterloo Avenue.






The Local News

August 14th 1882.


The “Berlin News” says that Puslinch Lake is becoming a very popular resort with the people of that locality, many of whom have visited it during the season.


By mistake, it was stated that the picnic of the Raymond employees would be held at Puslinch Lake on Tuesday first.  It does not take place until Tuesday the 22nd, a week from tomorrow.






The Carriage Goods Men at the Lake

August 14th 1882.


The second annual picnic of the employees of the Guelph Carriage Goods Company, with their ladies and friends, which was held at Puslinch Lake on Saturday, proved a big success as an event for furnishing enjoyment.  The party was larger even than was anticipated, and numbered fully 200 persons.  About half-past eight o’ clock, they left the city in conveyances drawn up in procession and very prettily decorated with flags and various coloured mottoes.  The lake was reached about eleven o’ clock, the nine mile drive having proven most pleasant over the well packed roads and through a refreshing atmosphere.


Dinner was the first event of importance on the programme.  An arrangement had been made with Mr. Witmer to supply meals for the party in the hotel, and thus the bother of carrying provisions was avoided, while the ladies were left free to seek enjoyment without the worry of preparing eatables.  The dining room was not large enough to accommodate the whole party at once, and for this reason, the tables had to be set five times.  Those who were waiting their turn engaged in quoiting, baseball, and other amusements, while those who had satisfied the wants of the inner man, took the boat, which hied them to the island.


The afternoon was very pleasantly spent in boating, fishing, playing ten pins and croquet, swinging, dancing, quoiting, shooting at the shooting gallery, and in other pursuits of the kind.  The Victoria Band, which took a conspicuous part in the procession, did good service during the day and lent not a little to the day’s enjoyment.  They played during the meal time, and furnished music for the dancers during the afternoon.  Altogether, the outing proved most successful.  The party returned home at various times during the evening, the first of them reaching the city at about eight o’ clock, and the last, about ten.


The employees met in the office of the factory at noon today, Monday, and moved a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. J. B. Armstrong, President of the company, for his kindness in furnishing all of the conveyances, free of expense, and also to Mr. A. R. Woodyatt, through whose influence the picnic was gotten up and carried successfully through.


A vote of thanks was also passed to Messrs. Robt. Higham, Alex MacDonald, and John Thompson, the Committee of Management, for the able manner in which all of the arrangements for the enjoyment of the picnickers were made.


The meeting only lasted about fifteen minutes, during the noon hour, and the hearty manner in which all of the resolutions were seconded and carried showed that the workmen appreciated the kindness of their employer. 






The Bell Factory Picnic

August 19th 1882.


Today, the employees in Mr. Bell’s Organ Factory hold their annual picnic at Puslinch Lake.  The workmen had made elaborate preparations for this annual summer jaunt, and by eight o’ clock this morning, had their arrangements completed.  At that time, every available conveyance in town was ranged in front of the factory on the Square, and every vehicle was ornamented with some flag or device.  The procession started shortly before nine o’ clock, headed by the City Band members, in their new uniforms, followed by a carriage drawn by four grey horses, in which were Mr. Wm. Bell Junior, the book-keepers, and representatives of the press.  Then, followed a long line of carriages, all gaily decorated for the occasion with flags, banners, and appropriate mottoes.  In front of the procession were two men bearing the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes, and in the centre a young lad with a banner, on which was inscribed “We Excel”.  Bringing up the rear was a large wagon, upon which were two organs that discoursed sweet music along the route.  The procession, which was the largest seen this year in Guelph, being composed of thirty-five vehicles, proceeded up Woolwich Street, along Suffolk and Dublin Streets, and down Oxford Street, where Mr. William Bell lives, who is now laid up on account of the accident that he met on Monday.  When opposite his residence, the procession halted in order to give him a chance to see it, and the band played an appropriate tune.  The march was then resumed down Norfolk and Quebec Streets, into Wyndham, and thence through the Market Square, and finally down Waterloo Avenue to the lake, where, no doubt, a pleasant day is being spent.  The party comprised all the men, their wives, sweethearts, et cetera, together with a good sprinkling of boys employed in the factory.






The Raymond Picnic

August 22nd 1882.


Notwithstanding the unfavourable weather this morning, the Raymond Sewing Machine factory employees, engaged in the brick shop, started for Puslinch Lake, to hold their annual picnic.  The rain, which had continued most of the night, had rendered the roads heavy with mud, and the cloudy weather of the morning neither admitted of their drying very quickly nor augured well for a bright day.  It is to be hoped, however, that by the time that the Lake was reached, that the grounds would have dried up, in which case, there is no doubt of the picnickers fully enjoying themselves.


In coming last with their picnic, these Raymond employees had the advantage of improving on the displays made by their predecessors, by adopting the best features of their processions and adding new ideas to them.  The procession this morning was the largest of the kind yet seen in Guelph, comprising forty-four well-filled carioles and carriages, besides twenty horsemen.  The horsemen, wearing plug hats upon their heads and sunflowers in their breasts, led off, two deep. 


Following them, came a cariole, fitted up like one of the chariots seen in a circus procession and mounted in front with a large, gilded British coat-of-arms.  In this conveyance were seated members of the City Band, who played along the route.  Then came seven or eight carioles, and after them, a long line of double and single carriages.  An aesthetic vein ran through all of the floral decorations, sunflowers, hollyhocks, and morning glory being the most conspicuous features in the display of vegetable sentimentality.


An abundance of flags and banners also appeared in the display.  About the centre of the procession came a dray covered with canvas, carrying sewing machines, at which were seated, men costumed as Turks, Chinese, and representatives of other nationalities.  This represented “the markets of the world”.  Last of all, but not least, was the provision van, labelled with letters worked in evergreens, “Commissariat wagon ─ We take the cake!”


The route was along Yarmouth Street, to Woolwich, thence by Wyndham and West Market Square, and out Waterloo Avenue.  The procession was witnessed by a large number of people.  On reaching the corner of Wyndham and MacDonnell Streets, a lively cheer was given in honour of the picnickers by the employees of Wm. Bell & Co., who had taken up a position at that point.






Another Picnic

August 28th 1882.


Over two hundred employees of the Robert Forbes woollen mills, of Hespeler, with their wives and lady friends, picnicked at Puslinch Lake, on Saturday.  Following the example of the Guelph factory men, they made an imposing procession through the village.  Everything passed off pleasantly.






Local News

August 29th 1882.


The Lutherans, of Waterloo, will picnic at Puslinch Lake tomorrow.






Local News ─ Puslinch Lake

October 4th 1882.


The “Royal City” has been laid up for the season at Puslinch Lake.  The great attraction at this resort now is duck shooting.






Local News

October 31st 1882.


A big pigeon shooting match is to be held at Puslinch Lake, on Thursday, in which the Knights of Nimrod from Preston, Hespeler, Aberfoyle, and this city will take part.






Pigeon Pop

November 3rd 1882.


On Thursday, a pigeon pop took place at the Puslinch Lake Hotel.  The match was to have been between the shooters of Wellington and Waterloo, but the latter did not put in an appearance so sides were chosen and the sport commenced.  Each man had ten birds and the match was shot at 21 yards rise, with 18 yards boundary, the result being as follows:






























































After the match, the losers treated the winning party to a supper at the hotel.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Local News

December 18th 1882.


Sleigh ride parties are beginning to be the order of the day, or night.  Puslinch Lake is the destination.






Puslinch Lake

May 26th 1883.


About four hundred people visited Puslinch Lake on the Queen’s Birthday.  The coy little steamer, “The Royal City” was then launched for the summer season.  After the trip to the island, visitors spent the day in various sports, and dancing was kept up until after two o’ clock the following morning.  Puslinch Lake promises to be as popular as a resort, as ever, this season, for the people of the neighbouring towns and villages and for the Royal citizens.






Border Festivities

May 30th 1883.


A grand gathering of Hawick people and those from the borders of Scotland is to be held at Puslinch Lake on the 9th of June.  A meeting was held last night for the purpose of making arrangements for a good turn out on that occasion from the city.  It is expected that upwards of one hundred from Guelph, Galt, Paris, and Hespeler will take part in the celebration. 


In the year 1514, a band of English marauders crossed the border into Scotland and pillaged several towns and villages.  When they came to Hawick, the boys of that old manufacturing town armed themselves and fought with such determination as to compel them to re-cross the border, and succeeded in wresting their colours from them. 


Since that period, the people of “Auld Hawick” have commemorated the event by an annual celebration on the 9th of June.  The great feature of the festivities is a grand procession of the young men of the town, headed by a standard bearer, who carries the colours wrested from the border plunderers of nearly 400 years ago.  The gathering of former Hawick men, now resident in this part of the world, is in commemoration of the same event that their clansmen at home celebrate so enthusiastically each year.






The Local News

May 31st 1883.


Only a wine and beer license has been taken out for the Puslinch Lake Hotel, this year.  This will do something to still further popularize the resort.






More Fish for Puslinch Lake

June 14th 1883.


Mr. Wilmot of the Newcastle Fish Hatcheries and Mr. Kerr, Fishery Overseer, Hamilton, yesterday deposited 50,000 more fish in Puslinch Lake, California salmon, salmon trout, and whitefish.  The fish that were deposited last year are growing splendidly.  The California salmon when placed in the lake were only about an inch long and they are now fully four inches.  The other fish have grown in proportion.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper.






A Day at the Lake

July 26th 1883.


Yesterday, the employees of the woollen mills of Mr. Thomas Cartilage, of Puslinch, with a few friends from the city, numbering about thirty in all, were driven to Puslinch Lake by Mr. R. Ewing.  The day being pleasant, the drive was greatly enjoyed.  The lake was reached in good time, and the passengers were at once transferred to the Island by “The City of Guelph”.  There, games and dancing were indulged in, and continued throughout the afternoon and into the night.  The party reached home about 12 o’ clock, all being unanimous in their expressions of pleasure with the outing.






The Local News

August 9th 1883.


The Agricultural College students picnic tomorrow at Puslinch Lake, instead of Elora, as was first proposed.






Picnic at Puslinch Lake

August 16th 1883.


Yesterday afternoon, a picnic party, numbering about fifty couples, visited Puslinch Lake, on invitation of Messrs. Geo. Patterson and R. Ward, liverymen, who were the originators of the outing.  The day was all that could be desired and the picnickers made the best of it, in the search for pleasure.  Arriving at their destination, the party immediately took the steamer for the island, where dancing was commenced and continued throughout the afternoon, to the inspiring strains of Mr. John Sheehan’s string band.  Those who grew tired of this enjoyment, found plenty to amuse them in other ways, such as quoiting, playing ten pins, and so forth.  At dusk, the picnickers returned to Witmer’s Hotel, where, after supper, dancing was resumed, and kept up until the wee small hours.  They reached the city betimes, all well pleased with the outing.






Picnic at Puslinch Lake

August 20th 1883.


The employees of Crowe’s iron foundry spent a very pleasant time at Puslinch Lake on Saturday.  About eighty in number left the city shortly before ten o’ clock, and reached the lake twelve, when they at once proceeded to the Island.  They thoroughly indulged in all of the pastimes that are afforded by the proprietors for the amusement of visitors.  Dancing, to music furnished by Mr. D. McLaren, was a chief feature.  A sharp shower occurred in the afternoon, but it in no way interfered with the enjoyment of the occasion.  The picnickers reached home about ten o’ clock, asserting that they had spent a capital time.


There was also a large picnic party present from Galt.






The Local News

August 22nd 1883.


Picnic ─ The employees of Burr Brothers factory are making big preparations for their annual picnic, to be held at Puslinch Lake, on Friday.  The procession will start about eight o’ clock from the factory, thence along Suffolk Street to Woolwich, and then along Wyndham Street to Market Square, and on to the lake.  The City Band has been engaged for the occasion, and most of the livery rigs are engaged.






At Puslinch Lake

August 31st 1883.


Those who took advantage of the Civic Holiday on Friday last to visit Puslinch Lake spent a most enjoyable day.  The island on this lake, to which the little steamer makes constant trips, is admirably adapted for picnics, and scarcely a day passes but that it is crowded with young and old, grave and gay.  On Friday, in addition to those from Galt and Dumfries, there was a large picnic from Burr Brothers furniture works of Guelph.  They were accompanied by the Guelph Band and were as jolly, whole-souled lot of lads and lassies as anyone could wish to meet.  Amongst them, we found some old Galt “boys” and spent a short time in pleasantly talking over with them the old days in this town.


From the Galt Reporter newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

September 1st 1883.


About thirty citizens attended a picnic at Puslinch Lake yesterday, given by Mr. Philip, of Burr Bros. furniture factory.  The party left shortly after ten o’ clock in the morning and returned between eleven and twelve at night.  They had a good time at Davidson’s Island, and enjoyed a dance at the Puslinch Lake Hotel in the evening.


The employees of Russell’s Novelty Works are having a holiday at Puslinch Lake today.  The employees of the factory, together with a few friends, left the factory about nine o’ clock in conveyances.  The company numbered close on a hundred.  The day being fine, there is no doubt that the party will enjoy itself immensely.






To Be Closed

October 6th 1883.


It is understood that the Puslinch Lake Hotel is to be closed for the winter as soon as the duck shooting season is over.  Mr. Witmer, who has kept the hostelry ever since it was opened, it is said, is going into the hotel business in Rockton, Beverly Township.






Local News

November 3rd 1883.


Preparations are to be effected for making the Puslinch Lake Hotel  a more popular place than ever for dancing parties this winter.






Local News

December 31st 1883.


Mr. Adam Parker, formerly caretaker of the Industrial Home, Aboyne, passed through Guelph today on his way to take possession of the Puslinch Lake Hotel.


From the Guelph and District Advertiser newspaper.






Puslinch Lake Hotel

January 10th 1884.


Since Mr. and Mrs. Parker, late keeper and matron, respectively, of the Wellington County Poor House at Fergus, have become installed at the Puslinch Lake Hotel, that hostelry promises to become a more popular resort than ever.  A night or two ago, a party from the city drove down, and although their journey was not, to say, an altogether pleasant one, in consequence of the heavy snow storm that prevailed, yet the hearty reception and kindly hospitality with which they met, from Mr. and Mrs. Parker, and the fun that was indulged in, amply rewarded them for the trip. 


Dancing and games engaged the attention of the visitors until midnight, when these were suspended for half an hour or so in order to discuss the roast turkey and beef with vegetable accompaniments, and a couple of other courses that followed.  The light fantastic was afterwards tripped till a late hour in the morning, and all left well pleased with their night’s enjoyment.  With good roads and fine weather, Mr. and Mrs. Parker’s hospitality, shown on this occasion, should induce many other such parties, desirous of having a good time at a quiet resort, to visit the Puslinch Lake Hotel during the winter.






Puslinch Lake Hotel

May 15th 1884.


Parties wishing for a pleasant day on the Queen’s Birthday or during the summer could not do better than visit Puslinch Lake, as I have a fine lot of pleasure boats for hire at moderate rates.  In addition to this, I have made extensive improvements in widening the drive to the lake so that parties can pass each other with pleasure.  Also have made improvements on the island, and am prepared to afford first-class accommodation to customers.  Table well supplied with season delicacies, bar with best brands, liquors and cigars.  Stable under management of an efficient hostler.  Charges moderate.


A. Parker


Hespeler P.O.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper.






Puslinch Lake Resort

June 2nd 1884.


Messrs. Sleeman and Davidson, who, as is well known, have been at great expense in fitting up the island at Puslinch Lake as a place of public resort, will not this year use the small steamboat “City of Guelph” to convey excursionists to the island.  The reason for this is that the boat is considerably out of repair, and it would entail considerable outlay to fix her up and put her in a seaworthy condition.  In place of the “City of Guelph”, 35 keel and flat boats will be placed on the lake, together with two or three lifeboats.






Local News

July 14th 1884.


The hotel keepers are going to have a picnic to Puslinch Lake on Wednesday.






Picnic at Puslinch Lake

July 21st 1884.



The employees of Russell’s Novelty Works, with their wives and families and a few friends, spent a pleasant day at Puslinch Lake on Saturday.  The whole party enjoyed itself immensely and no accidents occurred to mar the pleasures of the outing.  The majority arrived home between nine and ten o’ clock.






Sudden Death at Puslinch Lake

July 25th 1884.


We regret to learn that while Mr. Walter Cook, Hotel Keeper, Hamilton, was fishing, along with a companion, in a boat on Puslinch Lake on Wednesday, he very suddenly expired.  He appeared to be in the very best of health and spirits and was enjoying himself at the sport, when suddenly his companion observed him to bend forward and then fall partially over in the boat.  Assistance was rendered him but without avail, as it appeared as if he had been instantaneously stricken dead.  The deceased was well known in Guelph where at one time he carried on a hotel.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Sudden Death

Walter Cook Drops Dead in a Boat At Puslinch Lake

July 24th 1884.


About ten minutes past six o’ clock yesterday afternoon, Mr. Thomas Ellis Senior, of the American Hotel, received a telegram stating that his brother-in-law, Walter Cook, had dropped dead at Puslinch Lake.  Mr. Ellis and his son, at once, left for the lake, and afterwards, Mrs. Ellis.  On arriving there, they found that the contents of the telegram were but too true.


So far as can be gleaned, Walter Cook, together with a friend, by the name of Robert McIlroy, left Hamilton on the morning of Wednesday for the lake, to have a day’s fishing.  Between four and five o’ clock in the afternoon, when out on the lake, near the island, Cook suddenly threw up his hands and fell on the side of the boat.  His companion grappled a hold on him and prevented him from falling over the side of the boat and into the water.  Seeing that something unusual was the matter, and from Cook’s appearance, dreading the worst, he called to his assistance a boat nearby, occupied by two young lads, named Burt and Hod Clark, of Guelph, who assisted McIlroy in pulling the boat to the shore. 


By the time that they landed, it was evident that the spark of life had fled from the body of Walter Cook.  A physician was sent for, though it was well known that the case had passed beyond his skill.  No time was lost in telegraphing to his brother, David, in Hamilton, and to Thos. Ellis, in Guelph.  David Cook and J. Chapman, the undertaker, started for Puslinch as soon as possible after the receipt of the telegram, and the remains were taken to Hamilton by conveyance last night or early this morning.


Walter Cook is well known in Guelph, his brother, David, and he having kept the hotel now known as “Reynold’s”, for some two or three years, after their sister, Mrs. Chase, was married to the late Archie Mitchell, who kept hotel on the Market Square.  Some five years ago, Walter removed to Hamilton, and latterly, he and his brother, David, and Mrs. Mitchell have been keeping hotel in  Hamilton.  The deceased belonged to a family of hotel keepers, and it may be said that he was in the business all of his life.  He was born 31 years ago in the old frame hostelry, kept by his father, on the site now occupied by the Dominion Hotel, in Hamilton.  He was the youngest of four brothers, all of whom are in the hotel business.  There are also two sisters, Mrs. Ellis, wife of the proprietor of the American Hotel, in Guelph, and Mrs. Mitchell, of the Franklin House, in Hamilton.


The cause of death is, no doubt, from apoplexy, as the deceased was a tall, very stout man, and a fit subject for such an attack.  During a protracted illness, before he left Guelph, his physician informed him then that he was liable to die suddenly at any moment.


In speaking of the deceased, the Spectator newspaper says “The image that will be called up in the minds of those who knew him well, will be that of a man of unwieldy bulk, with a heart in him of a size proportionate with his body.  Walter will be remembered by many as an enthusiastic admirer of baseball, and also as a player.  Some five or six years ago, when he weighed about 350 pounds, he was an active member of the Fat Men’s Baseball Club, of Guelph, and played at second base in several matches.  Notwithstanding his size, he was an excellent player, and helped his team to win many a game.  Before that, in Hamilton, he was distinguished as a baseball player.”






At Puslinch Lake

August 1st 1884.


A leap year picnic left today for Puslinch Lake.  The ladies are to defray all expenses and the gentlemen are to provide the provisions.  It may be surmised that few coffee beans and cloves will be used on this occasion.






At Puslinch Lake

August 4th 1884.


The Agricultural College students spent a grand time of it at the Lake, on Saturday.  There were two other picnic parties there, the same day, one of them comprising a large number of people from Galt.






Snakes in Puslinch Lake

September 6th 1884.


While rowing from the island to the mainland at Puslinch Lake, on Thursday, two Galt gentlemen saw a huge serpent rise fully four feet out of the water.  The reptile headed toward their boat and only ceased following them when shallow water was reached.  The serpent is described as being fully fourteen feet in length, with a large flat-topped head.  An old farmer, who lives across the lake, said that the same serpent was seen twelve years ago.






The Fish in Puslinch Lake

September 9th 1884.


The Fishery Overseer, Mr. Kerr, was in the city the other day and stated that he would return in a few days for the purpose of fishing at Puslinch Lake.  It is his intention to send specimens to Ottawa of the California and Salmon trout that were put in the lake three years ago, as a proof that they are flourishing, it being stated by some parties at the time that they were put in that they would die there.  Fishing is now prohibited in the lake in order to give the fish a chance to breed.






At Puslinch Lake

September 12th 1884.


Yesterday afternoon, a party of young people connected with St. Andrew’s Church, numbering about twenty-five in all, drove down to Puslinch Lake and held a picnic there.  What with croquet, dancing, and other amusements, a pleasant time was spent.






Pigeon Match

February 18th 1885.


The following is the score of the pigeon match and snow bird shoot at Puslinch Lake on Monday.




Snow birds

Grand Total

J. Wayper Jr.







M. A. Boyle







C. Root







J. Wayper Sr.




















J. Turnbull







G. Sleeman







A. Edwards







W. Shattuck































The Fish in Puslinch Lake

May 23rd 1885.


The Galt Reporter newspaper says that the past winter, from some cause or another, proved most destructive on the fish in Puslinch Lake, and since the ice disappeared, thousands of dead fish have been noticed floating on its surface.  It is supposed, by some, that the extreme severity of the winter caused the ice to form of such a thickness that no air could be obtained by the fish.  Whatever may be the cause, it is certain that they have suffered severely.


The Agricultural College boys were to have held their annual excursion to Puslinch Lake today, but did not start this morning on account of the threatening weather.  They may go this afternoon.






At Puslinch Lake

July 30th 1885.

Gathering of Temperance People — Notes About the Resort


Yesterday was the day fixed for the reunion of temperance people at Puslinch Lake and if the members of other lodges had turned out in such handsome numbers as did those of Beaver Lodge I. O. G. T. here, the occasion would have been one long to be remembered.  John Mahoney guaranteed an attendance of sixty from Guelph and the actual turn out of members was only two below this number, while the friends invited brought it up considerably above that number.  Galt Lodge, however, had not a dozen representatives present although it was the first to propose the gathering.  This is accounted for by the fact that the Good Templars of that town have a number of entertainments on hand just now of a local nature and could not patronize this affair and those too.  Paris, which was likewise expected to send a party to join in the festivities, had not a single representative, and so with Hespeler and other places.  Therefore, what was to have been a sort of reunion of temperance people from different places settled down into a picnic of Good Templars from Guelph.


The party left the city at different times during the day, the majority reaching the lake by noon.  Hot weather and dusty roads were the disagreeable features of the drive but these were more than counter balanced by the opportunity of seeing the country, which presents a beautiful aspect just now.


Arrived at the hotel, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, as usual, did all in their power to facilitate the comfort of their visitors, and soon had them all dispatched across to the Island in boats.  Here, the afternoon was spent in playing baseball, football, croquet, ten pins, dancing, swinging, boating, and various other amusements, the deficiency in the attendance of the sterner sex being more than made up by the spirit with which the ladies entered upon all the sports.  Darkness was approaching before the party left the island for home and it was after ten o’ clock when most of them reached the city.


The success of this gathering furnishes an augury of what the temperance people might do in the way of having a genuine annual reunion of different lodges at the lake if they undertook the thing in earnest.  Such an occasion might be made profitable as well as pleasant, for without going into a three or four days camp, as is done in Halton, a single day’s amusement such as this, interspersed with a few addresses and an interchange of ideas upon temperance work, might be found beneficial in the highest degree.


A more suitable place for such a gathering could not be found.






Agricultural College Picnic

July 31st 1885.


The students and officers of the Experimental Farm held their annual picnic yesterday at Puslinch Lake.  The party left betimes in the morning, and together, with their eatables, occupied some five or six carioles.  On reaching the lake, boats were taken for the island, where the day was spent in the enjoyment of various games.  They reached here again as darkness was setting in, having had a jolly good time of it.








Accidentally drowned at Puslinch Lake, on September 30th 1885, Robert Kerr, of Galt, in his 41st year.


From the Galt Reporter newspaper



The Body of Robert Kerr Found

October 12th 1885.


It will be remembered that about a couple of weeks ago, Robert Kerr of Galt, accompanied by his nephew, Newton Kerr of Brantford, left Galt for a week’s shooting and fishing at Puslinch Lake.  They drove from Galt, taking camping materials, et cetera.  Before reaching their destination, they met with an upset, Mr. Kerr being thrown out and his head being injured somewhat.  Mr. Kerr had been for years suffering from an affection of the brain caused by a previous injury, which had the effect of making him delirious at times.


During their camping out Mr. Kerr Sr. became so ill that his nephew went to Galt to procure assistance to take him home.  During his absence, Robert wandered away, and from that time until Saturday evening no tidings were heard of him although the neighbourhood of Puslinch Lake was scoured in every direction by parties of friends from Galt, for days in succession. 


On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Joseph Craig, employed in the Bell’s organ factory, and Mr. Robert Dodds, of Armstrong’s carpet factory, left Guelph in the afternoon to enjoy a day’s duck shooting at Puslinch Lake. On arriving at the lake they found that a picnic party had been over the water, and considering it not worthwhile to go shooting as the ducks would be scared, started for home about four o’ clock.  When a little way from the hotel, near Pierce’s house, Dodds remarked to Craig that he saw what appeared to be a duck on the water of the small lake nearby.  Craig jumped out and ran in a straight line for the object in the water, which eventually proved to be a log, but on his way he discovered the body of a man in about two feet of water, close to the shore, and about 40 or 50 yards from the road.  The left leg was sunk to the thigh in mud while the right was almost out of the water.  The face of the deceased man was also under water but the back of his head was not. 


Mr. Craig summoned Mr. Dodds and both concluded that it would be better to return to the Parker Hotel to make inquiries and procure assistance.  Mr. Parker and his hostler accompanied them to the spot and identified the body as that of Robert Kerr.  They took the remains of the unfortunate man from the water, and left them with one watching, while Messrs. Craig and Dodds drove to Hespeler and telephoned his friends in Galt.  They arrived in a short time afterwards and took charge of the remains, which were conveyed to Galt.  So far, nothing has been heard of an inquest being held.  The general opinion is that the man in his semi-unconscious condition had wandered away and accidentally walked into the water.






Local News

June 12th 1886.


This morning, a picnic party from Rockwood and Eramosa passed through the city to Puslinch Lake.  They stopped at the Western Hotel for a time to have a rest and refreshments.






At Puslinch Lake

June 23rd 1886.


The Catholic Union is holding a picnic at Puslinch Lake this afternoon.  There were six carryall loads left the city, besides several private conveyances.






Puslinch Lake

July 16th 1886.


This pleasure resort is attracting great attention this season and Mr. Parker is receiving encomiums on all hands for the excellence of his arrangements in his hotel for the comfort of his guests and their amusement by boating, fishing, et cetera, on the lake.  Large parties from Guelph, Hespeler, Preston, and Galt are continually arriving for a day’s picnicking.  Quite a number of parties are camping out at different places around the lake and the islands.


From the Galt reporter newspaper






Local News

July 19th 1886.


Picnic ─ The boarders and employees of the New Western Hotel are being entertained to a picnic today at Puslinch Lake by the popular proprietor, Mr. W. D. Shattuck.  The company, comprising several carryall loads and a number of private parties, to whom invitations had been extended, left this afternoon at about two o’ clock.  They will no doubt spend a pleasant time.






Picnic at Puslinch Lake

July 20th 1886.


Yesterday afternoon, the boarders and those employed in the Western Hotel, together with a few invited guests, spent a very pleasant time at Puslinch Lake.  Baseball, croquet, quoits, et cetera were the amusements, with a social dance in the evening.  All heartily enjoyed themselves.  They brought their provisions with them, and it is said that the spread was equal to that which would be supposed to adorn any hotel table.  The party returned about twelve o’ clock, well pleased with the afternoon’s outing, and with Mr. Shattuck’s generous treatment.






Local News

September 7th 1886.


R. Parker, who keeps the Puslinch Lake Hotel, will be before Scott Act Magistrate Lowes, on Thursday or Friday, probably Friday, for violating the Scott Act.  The case will be tried in Aberfoyle.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Local News

September 10th 1886.


The charge against Mr. Parker, who keeps the hotel at Puslinch Lake, did not come off at Aberfoyle yesterday afternoon.  Inspector Cowan received a telegram from Scott Act Magistrate Lowes stating that he was sick and could not attend.  The case was postponed.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Local News

September 16th 1886.


Adam Parker, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, will be tried today in the temperance Hall at the lake before Scott Act Magistrate Lowes for violating the Scott Act.  Inspector Cowan is prosecuting.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Hespeler Correspondence

September 16th 1886.


Failed — The miserable attempt of a number of misguided or ill-advised young men of our town, who, under a mistaken zeal for the temperance cause, in an adjoining county, laid an information against Mr. Adam Parker of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, for violation of the Scott Act, has failed.  Mr. Parker, on hearing of it, was very much surprised, but feeling assured of his own innocence he was not afraid to face any charge that would be brought.  The magistrate, probably hearing of the flimsy character of the evidence, did not come to try the case, so it is dropped.  Out of consideration for the parents of the boys, who are among our best citizens, we shall not publish their names, but would suggest to their parents the advisability of teaching their boys to do better in the future than to go in for shelter during a rainstorm, and then inform on the hotelkeeper for selling ginger ale.


From the Guelph Herald newspaper 







Scott Act Trials

September 17th 1886.


The case against Adam Parker of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, for violating the Scott Act, came up for hearing before P. M. Lowes, of Rothsay, in the Temperance Hall at the lake, yesterday afternoon, and was disposed of after hearing the evidence of five witnesses for the prosecution.


The first witness called was Mr. Geo. Kribs, miller, who swore that he and four others went to the hotel on the 6th of June last, asked for something to drink, and were told that they could get pop, which they said was what they wanted.  The liquor was poured out from bottles, containing more than one glass.  They all drank it.  The witness swore that it was not pop, but beer, that it was intoxicating beer, and that Harry McIntyre paid Mr. Parker for it.  The evidence of the other four corroborated that of Kribs.  No evidence being offered for the defence, the defendant was convicted and fined $50 and costs.


The result of the case seems to be altogether different from that furnished by the Hespeler correspondent of the Guelph Herald newspaper, who seems to have a fatality for getting things wrong.  He mentions that the case had failed and adds, “Mr. Parker, on hearing of it, was very much surprised, but feeling assured of his own innocence, he was not afraid to face any charge that would be brought.  The Magistrate, probably hearing of the flimsy character of the evidence did not come to try the case, so it dropped.”  The comparison is sufficient.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Leg Broken

September 18th 1886.


It is said that troubles never come singly.  Such would appear to be the case with Mr. Adam Parker, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel.  On Thursday, he was fined $50 for violating the Scott Act, and the following day, he had the misfortune to have a small bone in one of his legs broken through a fall.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Local News

November 5th 1886.


A pigeon match between the sports of Wellington and Waterloo will be held at the Puslinch Lake Hotel on Tuesday next.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Local News

August 13th 1887.


The water in Puslinch Lake is very low.  Navigation is consequently seriously impeded.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

May 30th 1888.


Puslinch Lake is again offering a number of attractions to all who wish to spend a pleasant day at this delightful spot, where anyone can be at home, fishing, shooting, boating, courting, et cetera, and for all of which happy pursuits, it has no rival.  The mosquito family has not yet arrived.  Mr. Parker, the Boniface of the place, is pleased to cater to the wants of all tourists.






Local News

July 7th 1888.


Picnic parties to the Lake are of frequent occurrence just now.  The place has been refitted and improved, a new dancing platform has been added, and Mr. Parker provides every comfort for the convenience of his guests.






The Local News

July 20th 1888.


A number of the milk vendors of the city drove to Puslinch Lake yesterday afternoon.  They enjoyed themselves highly.






The Local News

August 7th 1888.


The travel to Puslinch Lake this year is said to have equalled that of the previous three years put together.






Puslinch Lake

July 2nd 1889.


On July 1st, two first class picnics were held at the island, Puslinch Lake, at which a very pleasant time was spent.  Sports of all descriptions were indulged in, and the outing was an enjoyable one.  Johnson Brothers steamer has been transferred to the lake and ran trips between the mainland and the island, and sailing to and fro, added greatly to the pleasures.  The steamer will be on the lake the remainder of the season.






Local News

July 15th 1889.


The excursion of the Guelph Carriage Top Company to Puslinch Lake on Saturday was a very pleasant outing.  There were between eighty and ninety present and all seemed to enjoy themselves.






Hespeler Correspondence


July 24th 1889.


A large number of picnics are now being arranged for.  Several took place last week and several more are being arranged for.  Most of them go from here now to Puslinch Lake.  The A.O.U.W. is arranging for a monster picnic, which will be held in the grove here in a few weeks.  This, no doubt, will be the picnic of the season.


From the Guelph Herald newspaper






Local News

July 30th 1889.


The young people of Knox Church held a meeting last night at which they decided to hold their annual picnic at Puslinch Lake on Thursday August 15th.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Local News

August 10th 1889.


All the farm hands at the O. A. College are picnicking at Puslinch Lake today.






An Exciting Chase on the Lake

August 14th 1889.


Puslinch Lake was, on Tuesday, the scene of quite an exciting as well as highly amusing chase.  The lake was selected as the rendezvous for quite a large contingent from Berlin and the Royal City.  After the usual exchange of courtesies they commenced to go off into different groups, some to arrange the festive table, others to play ball, et cetera.


Someone suggested a run out to the fishing grounds of the lake, which idea seemed to take them all, so, accordingly, the large life boat was called into service and manned by a crew of five and carrying seven lady passengers.  The Captain of the smack was a prominent official of the Berlin Waterworks Department as well as the hero of many a battlefield.  The crew was drawn from the commercial and financial institutions of the German capital, with the exception of one young able seaman who is an aspirant in one of our well-known legal offices in this city.  He was the ship’s adviser.


Thus ably manned, fully equipped, and provisioned for at least sixty days unless they ran short, the noble little vessel moved slowly but surely away from port, for the happy fishing grounds on the high seas.  They had, however, barely got clear when the “Collector of the Port”, Adam Parker, arrived and blew a blast from his horn, the sound of which startled the captain on the lookout.  This sign was followed by numerous signals from Collector Parker to return to port and obtain outward papers.  They took no heed of this demand.  “Heave to”, commanded the Collector in a loud and stern voice that left no further doubts as to his frame of mind.  Not till now did the runaways realize their position.  The Captain called the crew on deck and a hurried consultation was held, the result of which the spectators did not hear, but could easily determine, as they now put to sea with all the power of locomotion at their command.


The enraged Collector now boarded his revenue cutter and started in full pursuit, amid roars of laughter from the spectators, and in less than two miles he succeeded in overhauling the fishing party and placing his prize crew on board.  He warned the captain of the captured vessel to do as he was commanded and to put into his port without delay.  The half-frightened crew and almost distracted passengers had but to obey but the assistance that they rendered was not very effective and the prize crew only hauled her into port after the utmost exertion of “all hands”.


As they neared the docks, the cheers and roars of laughter from the large crowd assembled, for a time, deafened even the sound of the Collector’s “foghorn”.  The passengers and crew enjoyed their venture very much, only feeling the humility to which their captain submitted them.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Hotel Change

September 13th 1889.


On Thursday, Mr. J. B. Lang, barber, of this city, concluded the bargain for purchasing the furniture and fixings of the hotel at Puslinch Lake occupied by Mr. Adam Parker.  He has also secured a lease of the hotel for a term of years from Mr. Sleeman.  The building will have several improvements made to it before Mr. Lang takes possession this fall.  The new proprietor is widely known in Galt, Hespeler, Preston, et cetera, as well as in Guelph, and his obliging nature and industry will make his new venture a success.  He is determined to set himself to work to make this place one of the most respectable and well kept in the county.  He has disposed of his barbershop here to Mr. C. Reinhart, of the Commercial, who will have Mr. D. MacGillivray in charge.  Mr. Parker is negotiating for the purchase of a hotel in Campbellville.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Puslinch Lake

January 25th 1890.


Last evening, a very pleasant dance took place at the Puslinch Lake Hotel pavilion.  A large number of people from Galt, Preston, Hespeler, and Guelph were present.  Barney McQuillan furnished the music and Mr. and Mrs. Lang did all in their power to make the affair an enjoyable one.


From the Guelph mercury newspaper






Puslinch Lake

April 26th 1890.


The Puslinch Lake Hotel promises to be a popular summer resort.  Mr. Jake Laing, proprietor, now has the place fitted up in first-class style.  The dancing pavilion will be a source of attraction for the young people and, no doubt, many a pleasant hour will be spent there during the summer months.  The little steamer has also been fitted up and a delightful sail can be indulged in by the frequenters of that resort.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Puslinch Lake Correspondence

June 10th 1890.


Regatta — A boat race of no mean order is to take place at Puslinch Lake during July. O’Connor, of Toronto, is to take part.


Fine Colts — Mr. Wm. Dickie is the owner of a yearling stallion, “Young Napoleon”, the weight of which is 1,100 pounds.  Geo. Collins’ horse, “Prince Imperial”, sired by “Hambletonian King”, is considered one of the best two-year-olds in Western Ontario.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Chosen Friends Picnic

June 26th 1890.


The picnic to Puslinch Lake yesterday, under the auspices of the Guelph Council Chosen Friends, was attended by about fifty, and a very pleasant and enjoyable time was spent.  Boating, fishing, quoit-playing, et cetera, were the amusements, and an old-fashioned basket picnic was indulged in.  Mr. Lang, of the Lake Hotel, was very obliging and rendered great assistance to picnickers. 


Two accidents occurred.  Messrs. Gilmore, Hall, and Sanders were enjoying a boat ride and the scenery among the islands of the lake, when off the east end of the large island their boat commenced filling, and in short order the three worthies were floundering in the treacherous depths of the lake.  They grabbed the bottom of the boat and held on for dear life.  Two boats were manned from the shore, one under the command of the Chief of Police, and started for the scene of the accident, and in a short time they got the men in the boats and took them to shore.  They were then taken to the hotel and their clothes were hung out to dry.  It is reported that the big man was standing on the bottom of the lake when he was signalling for help.  The other two, being somewhat small, and not being used to water, were rather pale when rescued. 


The other mishap occurred to a prominent civic official who slipped off the edge of the wharf in his promenading and got up to his waist in water.  He had to dry himself in the sun.  But the whole party had a good time.






Monster Picnic at Puslinch Lake

July 1st 1890.


One of the largest picnics ever held in Puslinch was held on July 1st in Mr. Cyrus Holm’s grove near the Lake under the auspices of the Star Football Club of the 3rd Concession, Puslinch.  The leading features were a junior football match between the Stars and the Puslinch Lake team and a senior match between the senior teams of the same clubs.  Both teams in the junior match played well and the match ended in a score of 1 to 0, in favour of the Stars. 


The players of the senior Stars were placed as follows:  Goal, Jno. Cooper, backs, Jas. McCaig and H. Smith, half backs, R. Stewart and J. Clifford, forwards, R. McCrae, H. McCaig, M. Gilchrist, E. Gilchrist, M. McCaig, and Jno. Fraser.  Those of the Puslinch Lake team were: Goal, J. Devine, backs, T. Robertson and A. Robertson, half backs, J. Robertson and F. Schaumberg, forwards, A. Little, W. Gilholm, J. Gilchrist, W. Little, J. Fyfe, and W. Gilchrist.


There was a fair amount of science shown in the playing of both teams.  Worthy of special notice was the play of Evan Gilchrist on the Star line of forwards and of John Gilchrist on the Lake line of forwards.  During the first half, the Lakes succeeded in scoring 1 goal to 0, but after the half time they scored three, ending the match in a full score of 4 to 0.  The Stars are only a young team, and judging from the playing done by them, and considering the short time that they have practised, they have a brilliant future before them.  The game was refereed by Jas. Bryce, a sport of Clyde, and justice was fairly dealt out to both sides.  The match was closed about 6:00 p.m., after which the picnickers had supper.


Then came the programme consisting of races etcetera.  The games and winners were as follows: 


100 yard race

1st — Evan Gilchrist

2nd — A. Little

Boy’s 100 yard race

1st — M. McCaig

2nd — H. Stewart

Ladies’ 100 yard race

1st — Miss Kitchen

2nd — Miss Bond

3rd — Miss Stewart

Whittling race

1st — Jno. Fraser

2nd — J. Devine

Wheel barrow race

1st — J. Cooper and E. Gilchrist

Kangaroo race

1st — E. Gilchrist

2nd — J. Cooper

Long kick at football

1st — Tim Bailey

2nd — T. Robertson


After the programme was carried out, the crowd went to the old Temperance Hall where the evening was spent in dancing and where everyone enjoyed a good evening’s fun, notwithstanding the great heat.  Long live the Star Football Club!



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The Local News

July 26th 1890.


Fined ─ At the Temperance Hall, Puslinch Lake, Friday, before Magistrate Ellis, Ferguson Gilchrist and Little Jacob Laing, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, were charged with selling liquor in prohibited hours, and R. Baker charged with selling without a license, by Inspector Cowan.  No defence being made, they were fined $20 and costs, each.  G. W. Field appeared for the prosecution.






Puslinch Lake

March 10th 1891.


This resort still continues to be patronized by a large number of people nightly.  There are excellent facilities for dancing, the pavilion being erected for that purpose.  The general proprietor, Mr. Jake Lang, carefully looks after the requirements of all guests.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Hawick Common Riding

June 8th 1891.


On Saturday afternoon, this festivity, so dear to the hearts of Hawick folk, was celebrated at Puslinch Lake, with the greatest enthusiasm.  Mr. Thos Spalding, of Guelph, was Cornet, and as such, waved proudly the flag, the grand memorial of the gallantry of the Hawick gallants centuries ago.  The rallying song was sung on the balcony of Lang’s Hotel, and chorused by beardless youths and warriors hoary.  Afterwards, boating, dancing, replenishing the inner man, et cetera were indulged in.


  The dancing was in the new and spacious hall for that purpose, and the dance of the evening was what is known as Cornet’s reel, when the following devotees took part: Cornet Spalding, Mrs. J. E. Edwards, G. A. Murray, Mrs. Law, John Boyd, Mrs. Green, James Green Junior, Mrs. C. Spalding, Walter Grierson, Mrs. Ryan, Richard Wilson, Mrs. Wilson, Chas. Spalding, Mrs. Hudson, James Green Senior, and Mrs. Harris.  At the conclusion of the dancing, a grand social time was spent in songs and speeches, which was kept up until nine o’ clock.


The Guelph party went around by Hespeler to see their Galt friends part of the way home, and arrived in the city shortly before 12 o’ clock.  They speak in the highest terms of mine host Lang and the music of fiddler Edwards, of Guelph.






The Local News

June 8th 1891.


Mr. James Caulfield has just completed building a large refrigerator for Mr. J. Lang, at Puslinch Lake.






Puslinch Lake Correspondence

July 15th 1891.


Patrons’ Picnic — A large number of patrons from this section took in the mammoth picnic that was held at the Model Farm.  On account of the day being wet there were not as many present as expected but those who attended enjoyed the day very much.


A Good Offer — A syndicate from New York State has been prospecting here with a view of purchasing the Lake Hotel property.  If a purchase takes place, the intention of the company is to build a race course and to have a spur line from McCormick’s Point to the C.P.R.


Building — Messrs. C. H. Barrett and A. Begerow are building concrete houses.  The contractors are the Messrs. Wildfong.


Fine colts — Wm. Moran, who is one of our leading horsemen, has a heavy draught colt by “Bold Boy” and a Hambletonian by “Hambletonian King” that cannot be beaten in the country.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Excursion to the Lake

September 3rd 1891.


Tomorrow, weather permitting, there will be an excursion to Puslinch Lake.  Mr. D. Martin is the supervisor, and from the way that he engineered several similar outings last season, no doubt, tomorrow’s entertainment will be relished to the fullest extent by those who have signified their willingness to attend.  This characteristic annual gathering should have come off last Friday, but owing to the unfavourable weather, it was postponed until tomorrow.  Unfortunately, Puslinch Lake is the nearest summer watering place to which Guelph citizens can resort and imagine that they are enjoying the cool breezes of a veritable summer resort.






Local News

 October 24th 1891.


This morning, Harry and Wm. Williams and Jas. Johnston bagged eight black ducks at Puslinch Lake.






Local News

November 3rd 1891.


Yesterday’s shooting party at Puslinch Lake returned home last night with a number of hare and woodcock.  They report ducks scarce and hard to get.






Local News

December 3rd 1891.


Mr. F. Guyett, of Galt, the new proprietor of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, will open with a grand ball on Friday evening next.






The Puslinch Lake Hotel

May 4th 1892.


The favourably known summer resort, Puslinch Lake Hotel, under the management of Frank Guyett, has been overhauled from cellar to attic, rendering it home-like.  It is now open for guests, and charges are moderate.  Picnics can be arranged for, on fair terms.






A Pretty Place

May 10th 1892.


Of all the places where the beautiful in nature reigns supreme in this Canada of ours, Puslinch claims to take the front rank, and the far-famed Puslinch Lake is the spot that all dwellers in the historic township speak of as being the place of all places, where supreme happiness only can be obtained in this world, and then, only at a picnic.


It is certainly a pretty place, but it could be much improved.  For this laudable purpose, Mr. W. J. Ellis has leased the “hotel” on the lakeshore that was kept for so many years by the late Alex Parks.  Mr. Ellis will run a genuine temperance hotel, and has a large number of new boats and a large dancing platform, croquet grounds, and is prepared to cater to the wants of picnic parties.  He also has good stabling and is very moderate in his charges.  He has lately planted a number of trees in his lovely grove, which will make this place really an ideal summer resort.




News Notes


Messrs. W. J. and Henry Ellis have planted some 3,000 raspberry bushes at Puslinch Lake.


Mr. Thos. Rife has rented his farm in Puslinch and has moved here, to Hespeler, and is occupying the old home of Lieut.-Col. Hespeler, on Silver Heights.






Assault at the Puslinch Lake Hotel

July 7th 1892.


Skipped out ─ Last evening, about eleven o’ clock, Constable Gilchrist arrived in the city, armed with a warrant for the arrest of Peter Collins and John O’Keefe, on a charge of brutal assault and robbery.  The circumstances, as given, are as follows:  On Tuesday night, Mr. John M. Goebel, merchant, of Hespeler, with a friend, drove over to the Puslinch Lake Hotel, and while there, they met Collins and O’Keefe.  The conversation turned on the merits of their horses, when all at once, Collins struck Goebel over the head with a ginger beer bottle, felling him to the floor, and while there in a semi-conscious state, he was kicked by the two.  During the scuffle, his watch chain was broken, and the watch is missing, portions of the chain being picked up the next morning from the floor.  The police were notified, but the assailants, having got wind that they were wanted, skipped the town.  They are supposed to have gone to Buffalo.






The League Picnic

July 29th 1892.


Three carryalls and private conveyances carried to Puslinch Lake, yesterday, a party of the members of the Epworth League of the Norfolk Street Methodist Church.  The day was spent on the island, enjoying the cool breezes from the lake.  Boating was the chief amusement, while baseball, archery, and other, quieter recreations were indulged in.  There was abundance to supply the picnic appetites that the day produced, and all returned home at a seasonable hour.  Mr. and Mrs. Guyette, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, were very attentive and contributed to make the occasion pass off very pleasantly.






Hespeler Correspondence

August 30th 1892.


The Puslinch Lake Hotel has again changed hands, Mr. Goyette having sold out to his brother-in-law, Mr. James P. Mullin, who formerly kept the Commercial Hotel here, but more recently kept hotel in Detroit.  Mr. Mullin is well known to the people of Hespeler and will keep a respectable house.


Mr. Archibald Gilchrist is a little better and resting quietly.  His many friends hope for his recovery.


The framers picnic at the Lake on Friday last was a great success.


A number of the R. T. of T. (Royal Templars of Temperance, possibly) will attend the picnic at Puslinch Lake, on Saturday next.


“Goosey”, the famous witness in the Heslop murder trial, who has recently been visiting his friends at Puslinch lake, has left, as well as his friends, some twenty in number.  The section feels relieved by their absence.






The News at Puslinch Lake

October 12th 1892.


Mr. J. P. Mullin, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, is arranging a series of winter sporting events that will make it lively during the winter as well.  Mr. Mullin is determined to have only the better class of trade.


Notes ─ Mr. John W. Gilchrist has again won honours, this time at London, capturing the medal in the rifle competition.


Messrs. Charles Barrett and Archibald Gilchrist are convalescent.






The Row at the Lake

April 10th 1893.


A couple of weeks ago Sunday, it will be remembered that a drunken brawl took place at the Puslinch Lake Hotel, in which Eugene Sullivan had his cheek cut with a jack-knife.  Hugh McGinnis, Valentine Dalson, and Wm. Campbell were implicated in the affair.  On Saturday, Constable Elliott, at the instruction of the County Crown Attorney, had the accused parties summoned before Justices of the Peace Thos. Ellis, James H. Ellis, Peter Gilchrist, and Robert Little, in the Temperance Hall, near the lake.  All parties pleaded guilty and were fined each $2 and costs.






A Pleasant Picnic

August 1st 1893.


On Saturday afternoon, the employees of Galbraith & Company knitting factory had their first summer outing in the shape of a picnic to Puslinch Lake.  There were about 35 in the company.  They arrived at about half past two.  The majority crossed over to the island, where a jolly time was spent in different games and amusements.  About dusk, they returned to the hotel, spent a short time there, and arrived home about 11 o’ clock, all well pleased with the day’s outing.






Picnic at Puslinch Lake

August 25th 1893.


A most successful and enjoyable picnic was that of Chalmers Church choir and their friends, at Puslinch Lake, on Thursday afternoon.  The weather was simply perfect.  The party, numbering about fifty, reached the lake at 3 o’ clock, and immediately set to work enjoying themselves.  Boating, ball playing, and every conceivable kind of amusement was entered into and continued, with spirit, until utter darkness compelled them to halt.  Towards evening, a splendid spread of refreshments, which would have graced a table for a wedding, was prepared by the ladies, and the way in which the delicacies disappeared was ample proof that this part was heartily appreciated.  The drive home by moonlight was also much enjoyed.  The party conveyances were all home by midnight, and everyone was more than delighted with their outing.






The Local News

August 2nd 1894.


The St. Andrew’s Church choir picnics at Puslinch Lake this afternoon, while St. George’s Church Bible Association is off to Mr. J. Isle’s bush, at Farnham, Puslinch.






A Water Serpent

June 3rd 1895.


Of late, a large water serpent has been seen in Puslinch Lake.  It is described as being about five feet long and about as thick as a stovepipe.  Little credence was given to the story at first, but it was verified today by a party that was at the lake yesterday.  They say that it followed their boat for a considerable distance, and they were fain to put to shore.






At Puslinch Lake

June 12th 1895.


Mr. Geo. Farncombe went fishing to Puslinch Lake yesterday.  On his return, he frightened the domestics of the Victoria by putting a piece of rubber hose among the fish caught, explaining to them that he had caught the reported snake at Puslinch Lake, and desired it to be cooked.  It took considerable persuasion after this to make them believe that it was a piece of rubber.






The Snake at Puslinch Lake

June 14th 1895.


The Puslinch Lake correspondent of the Hespeler Herald says that “The Guelph Mercury may laugh if it likes, but the Puslinch Lake water serpent is attracting large crowds.  Though it has not been seen for a few days, there is no reason why it should not make its appearance again.  This is not the first summer that it has been seen.  Those who see it say that it is timid and disappears before they can examine it.  It is always noticeable that those who do see it soon tire of boat riding.”






Picnic to Puslinch Lake

June 28th 1895.


A picnic party of about 75 from the city drove to Puslinch Lake on Thursday and had a most enjoyable time.  Mr. Ewing, proprietor of the hotel there, did everything in his power to make all put in a pleasant time, and entirely succeeded.  Since Mr. Ewing has improved the place so much it has become quite a popular resort for picnics.  The dreaded snake that infests the waters of the lake — an old water hose — is said to be seen on exhibition in the lake or in the stable yard.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Local News

July 3rd 1895.


The Canadian Order of Oddfellows, of Sheffield, will hold its annual picnic and ball at Puslinch Lake on July 12th.


From the Guelph Advertiser newspaper






Local News

August 30th 1895.


The choir of Chalmers Church, to the number of about twenty-five, picnicked at Puslinch Lake yesterday afternoon and had a nice time rowing on the lake, playing football and baseball, et cetera.  The ladies distinguished themselves in the field sports, and afterwards, they provided a first-class luncheon.  The party arrived home about half past eleven, much pleased with their outing.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Drowning Accident

October 15th 1895.


A sad drowning accident occurred at Puslinch Lake shortly after three o’ clock yesterday, whereby Mr. R. Lamb, one of the proprietors of the Central Hotel in Galt, owned by Caldwell and Lamb, lost his life. 


It appears that a shooting party from Galt consisting of Messrs. A. Patrick, tailor, R. McCruden, livery man, and the deceased went to the lake to shoot ducks.  Arriving at the lake, McCruden engaged a boat for himself, and Patrick and the deceased went in another boat, with Lamb’s brown spaniel.  They went in somewhat different directions.  When about a mile from the shore, Lamb and Patrick saw a duck and both fired at once.  The recoil from this and the dog jumping out of the boat to bring in the duck is supposed to have upset the boat.  Lamb hung on to one side and Patrick to the other, while the dog got on top of the upturned boat.  Lamb climbed up on top of the boat several times although his companion urged him to stay in the water, holding on to the boat, until help would arrive.


After being in this position for a short time, shouting for help, Patrick said to Lamb, “Hold on, I’m going to swim for the shore”, which was some 30 or 40 yards away.  When Patrick let go of his hold on the boat, Lamb’s weight pulled it to one side and he sank in the lake.


Mr. Douglas Sorby, Guelph Township, was also out shooting and probably 150 yards away.  He saw the accident and rowed to the boat.  He saw Lamb below the surface of the water in an upright position and put down his paddle for him to catch, but as Lamb did not take hold of it, he could not help him, and he left him and rowed to Patrick who had reached land in an exhausted condition.


He took Patrick to the hotel where a search party was organized, consisting of Messrs. W. McElroy and A. Barber of Guelph, Mr. Stevens of Galt, D. Sorby, and one or two others.  After a search of some three hours, they found Lamb’s body in a standing position.  The feet were stuck in the mud and the head about a foot under water.  The deceased was taken to the hotel, a wagon procured, and the remains taken to Galt.


All the time that they had been searching, the dog kept swimming backwards and forwards in the vicinity and took his master’s hat to the shore.  Had the searchers watched the actions of the dog they would have recovered the body in a short time, but they were so intent on the search that they paid little attention to the actions of the dumb animal.


The deceased was a keen sportsman, and was well known in this city, having participated in many shooting matches here and in the vicinity.


Mr. Lamb was a well-known hotel man, was unmarried, and about 45 years of age.  Deceased had lived in Galt for about 20 or 25 years.  He was born in Blair and had lived in Galt and vicinity all of his life.  Mrs. Wm. Twaits of Galt is a sister of the deceased and E. Bowman of Hespeler is a nephew.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Local News

October 17th 1895.


The pigeon pop at Puslinch Lake was well attended yesterday, quite a number from Guelph being present.  The Guelph men killed a large number of birds but they came home without anything.  They were removed from their rigs before starting.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper








Hotel and Farm to Rent


The Puslinch Lake Hotel and farm adjoining

can be leased for a term of years,

and immediate possession given.


Apply to

George Sleeman.


May 7th 1896.








The News from Puslinch Lake

August 24th 1896.


The annual Ellis Church Sunday School picnic was held at Ellis’ Landing, Puslinch Lake, on Friday last, and an enjoyable time was the result.  During the afternoon, boating was the amusement, but as the even shadows fell, all gathered on the beautiful green beneath the tall, waving willows, to enjoy a bountiful repast.  After tea, the games of the evening began.  A committee of young men had arranged the games, and the prizes were of the best quality.


Mr. John Little and his sister spent Sunday with friends in Rockwood.


The Misses Archibald, of Lucknow, are the guests of their sister, Mrs. William Dickie.


Miss Belle Robertson has started a dress-making establishment in Hespeler.


Our public school re-opened on August 17th.  Mr. McDiarmid will, no doubt, be pleased to be among his pupils, who did him such credit at the recent exams.






Puslinch Lake News

January 26th 1897.


The fierce storm of Sunday and Monday caused the snow to drift into the roads, making them very heavy in places, but despite this fact, traffic has not decreased.


Mr. John Robertson is taking a course in the Kingston Military School.


Miss Mary Dickie spent Sunday at her home.


Misses Ray and Volic, (possibly Vollick), of Hespeler, are the guests of Miss Eliza Little.


Mrs. John McDonald, who has been seriously ill, is recovering.


Dr. Barrett, of Winnipeg, is visiting his father, Mr. Chas. Barrett.


A number here attended the concert given by the Sons of Scotland in Morriston.  All express themselves well pleased with the entertainment.


The present storm forms the topic of general conversation this week, reminiscences of similar storms fifty years ago, how we are prepared for the storms of today in comparison with the poor protection that our parents had, though it is certain that they enjoyed the protection of the mighty forests, which we are sorry to say have been denied the present generation.  And here let us consider the advisability of cultivating similar trees to those that nature provided in time past.  It is true that the land was needed and must be cleared, that the trees were decaying and must be hewn into timber while valuable.  But is there not plenty of room on every farm for a few trees, which besides their useful shelter make such beautiful ornaments?


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

February 10th 1897.


Mr. Robert Ewing, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, returned from Victoria this morning, by way of the United States, after a very successful business trip.  It will be remembered that he was largely interested in the shipment of apples to British Columbia in the fall.






Puslinch Lake News

February 16th 1897.


The shouts of merry laughter echoing o’er hill and vale these fine evenings come from the youths and maidens who are once again enjoying that old time sport of coasting down the steep side of Puslinch hills.  All imaginable runners are used for this purpose, from the “bobs” confiscated from a drive shed to the freshly painted glittering coaster that speeds past its heavier brother half way down the slide.  Yet we must admit that there is nothing like the roomy old “bob” for the whole company to take a good ride on.  They count climbing the hill no trouble if they can have another ride.  If one had time to moralize, how much it would remind us of our lives, a constant hurry, push and pull to reach the summit, only to be hurled back in an instant to begin again.


One of the best and largest trees in the neighbouring woods has been cut down by the McAlister brothers and made into logs for Mr. Lewis Kribs, of Kribs Mills, Hespeler.


Mr. Jacob Cooper is the possessor of three fine Dorset lambs, five weeks old.  Who can beat that for early lambs?


Mr. Thomas Ellis and family are suffering from la grippe.


Miss Minerva Bond has gone to reside in Toronto, where she has secured a situation as secretary of a wholesale establishment.


Miss Jessie Robertson has completed her course of instrumental music with Professor Maitland.  We believe that she intends making music her life’s profession, and wish her success in her undertaking.


Mr. Hugh Ross has purchased a fine bay horse.


Miss Collins is the guest of Miss Little.


Mr. James Murphy is again residing in this section.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Puslinch Lake

May 17th 1897.


Mr. Duncan McLean has purchased the farm of Mr. Alex McGregor, in Waterloo, and will take possession this week.  Mr. McLean, of Galt, intends running the Lake hotel this season.


A pleasing event took place last week when Miss Mary Evans, of this place, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony, to Mr. John Taylor, of Guelph.  The wedding was a very quiet one.  The happy couple will take up their residence in the Royal City.  We wish them every happiness.


We are sorry to hear of the illness of our worthy teacher and hope that he will soon be around again.  Miss McDermaid is teaching in his place.


Mr. Wm. Devine is again living on the farm.  Mr. Wm. Aikens has taken the contract of building a barn at Mr. John Taylor’s, of Guelph.  Mrs. Black and son have returned to Galt.  Mr. Hugh Ross spent Sunday with his father.


There is some preparation being made for the Queen’s birthday, but her jubilee will be the gala day with us this year.


Seeding is over.  There is a splendid growth so far, fruit trees of every description are covered with bloom.  Mr. Thos. Ellis has a fine patch of strawberries, well formed.


The Guelph Mercury






Puslinch Lake News

June 8th 1897.


A Jubilee social is to be held in the grounds belonging to the Ellis Church, on Thursday evening, June 17th.  Tea served from seven to eight, after which a programme will be given, consisting of vocal and instrumental music, recitations, and readings.  The Hespeler Presbyterian choir will provide the vocal music. Admission, 10 and 15 cents.


It grieves us to hear of Mr. Thomas Ellis’ bereavement, through the death of his son, David Ellis, of New York, on Thursday June 7th.  Mr. David Ellis was born and grew to manhood on the old home here and was greatly respected.  He has seen active service in the American Civil War, where he rose to the position of captain.  He was wounded in the right arm and partially lost the use of it.  Since then, he has received a pension for his bravery in suffering for his country.  He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his loss.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Puslinch Lake News

June 30th 1897.


The work done by Mr. McPherson on the given road has made a vast improvement on the hill, and the large stones and stumps being removed, we may now travel without fear of a jar or breakdown.  Mr. McPherson understands his business and does it well.  The Council was fortunate in tendering their work to his charge.


The Jubilee social on the 17th was a great success.  The programme was excellent.  Many thanks to the Wilkins’ Orchestra, which so willingly took part, and the Presbyterian Choir of Hespeler, which was highly appreciated.  Reverend Mr. Nugent officiated as chairman, interspersing the different orations with witticisms all his own.  The instrumental duet by Mr. A. Robertson and Miss McKay brought down the house, while the speeches of Mr. Knowles of Hespeler and Mr. Short of Kingston were greatly enjoyed.  Miss Hamilton favoured us with a recitation, “The Religious Fiddle”, and by request, “The Fashionable Choir”, in her usual good style.  The song “Fiddle and I” by Miss Kribs was strongly encored, but as the chairman had prohibited encores on account of short time, this was not granted.  “God Save the Queen” was sung, after which the participants in the programme had tea and were driven back home singing “Good Night Ladies”.


Miss Minerva Bond is spending the summer months at home.


The Misses Guyer, of Morriston, spent Sunday with their friend, Miss Etta Bond.


The young yeomanry of this place assisted in the celebration in Hespeler on Tuesday, the 22nd, by riding on horseback and leading the procession.


The social for the children on Saturday was well attended, and the games and luncheon greatly enjoyed.


Mr. John Agnew is the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Thos. Fyfe.


Mr. Bert Little, of Oshawa, visited his father last week.


Mr. Jas. Devine has the largest crop of strawberries this season ever grown on that farm.


Mr. Thos. Robertson narrowly escaped being injured on Tuesday.  While riding into town, his horse, a fractious colt, threw him and kicked.  However, he held the beast and controlled it, although those who were witnesses cannot understand how he escaped.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





The Boys’ Brigade in Camp at Puslinch Lake

July 16th 1897.


St. James Church Boys’ Brigade left on Monday for a week’s camp at Puslinch Lake.  Marching from Hespeler, to which place it had gone by train, the Company arrived at the lake at 5 p.m.  Soon all were over at the Centre Island, the tents having arrived earlier.  Heavy rain fell that evening but fortunately the tents were pitched and the ground beneath was dry.  Though rain has fallen every day since our arrival here, the boys have suffered little or no inconvenience.  Drill has, however, somewhat suffered.


The daily routine which has been carried out as far as the wet weather will allow, is as follows: 6 a.m. — reveille, 6:30 a.m. — breakfast, 7:30 a.m. — parade and prayers, 7:45 a.m. — drill, 9 a.m. — inspection of tents, 9:15 a.m. — guard mounting, 12 o’ clock — dinner, 6:30 p.m. — tea, 7:15 p.m. — parade, 8:15 — prayers, 9:30 p.m. — first post, 10:00 — last post and tattoo, 10:15 — lights out.  The morning and afternoon are spent in fishing, boating, bathing, and games.


The Company is composed of three commissioned officers, 2 non-commissioned officers, and 10 privates.  Lieut. Ogg is drill instructor, the warden, Reverend A. J. Belt, being in charge.  Simultaneously with this camp, several companies are camping at Kew Beach, near Toronto, where the brigade headquarters is situated.  Other camps are being held at Peterboro, Hamilton, and Clinton.  The Church Boys’ Brigade now numbers over 50 companies in Ontario, and is growing rapidly.  The camp at Puslinch is to break up on Saturday.


Capt. And Mrs. Merewether and Miss Worswick spent the afternoon at the lake and visited the camp of the Boys’ Brigade, with whom they had tea.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Party at the Lake

August 25th 1897


Miss Annie Reinhart, Fountain House, gave a party at Puslinch Lake last night.  Guests were present to the number of over one hundred, from Guelph, Galt, Hespeler, and Preston.  The party from Guelph arrived home about half past five this morning.  The time was spent in dancing and other amusements.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Row at Puslinch Lake

October 25th 1897.


Seriously mixed up were affairs at Puslinch Lake on Friday night.  Some Galt men went out there to spend the evening, and judging from the results, they had a time that was both interesting and exciting.  An altercation arose and a fight ensued.  A bottle of some kind was brought into requisition, and at the present time there lies in the Galt hospital a town representative with 17 stitches in the back of his neck.  This is where his anatomy and the bottle came into contact.  The man gashed was not the only one hurt.  Others in the bar room were cut but their hurts were slight.  It is understood that the hotel keeper is thinking of prosecuting some of those concerned in the fracas.


From the Galt Reformer newspaper





Dance at Puslinch Lake

June 16th 1898.


One of the most successful dances of the season was held at Puslinch Lake Hotel on Wednesday night.  It was under the management of five very popular young ladies of Puslinch, the Misses Phelan, McGill, McPherson, and Laird.  Seventy-five people were present.  The floor manager was Mr. John Gilchrist.  The music was furnished by Messrs. Gilchrist and Robinson and Miss Gilchrist.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Picnic at Puslinch Lake

July 21st 1898.


A picnic was given at Puslinch Lake  by the Mesdames Doran, Seelos, Schmuck, Sauers, Reinhardt, and Singular.  They drove down, accompanied by their husbands and friends, and spent a very pleasant day.






Big Time At the Lake

August 4th 1898.


The campers at Puslinch Lake had a big time on Friday night.  In the afternoon, ball teams, captained by C. Reeves and R. H. Brydon, respectively, played for the championship of the district, the latter side winning by two runs.


In the evening, at the pavilion, with Reverend Mr. Robertson of Morriston in the chair, a splendid concert was given, R. H. Brydon, Prof. Quantz, Mr. Jardine, Miss Lunan of Toronto, Miss Robertson, and others taking part.  Between 200 and 300 of an audience were present.  They broke up after singing “Auld Lang Syne”, “God Save the Queen”, and the “Maple Leaf”.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





At The Lake

August 18th 1898.


Puslinch Lake is regaining its old time popularity.  In fact, it is questionable if so many visitors ever have taken in this summer resort before in any one season.  Yesterday, it is estimated that at least 400 people were on the islands or about the hotel.  Mine Host McLean is evidently a popular fellow.  There is still quite a large number camping out.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Puslinch Lake Hotel

Chas. Sachs, Prop.


The place to hold a picnic

Hall for dancing

Bowling alley

Fine boating and perch fishing

Come out and spend a day


June 12th 1902.







Dominion Day

(How Guelph Honoured the Dominion’s 35th Birthday)

July 2nd 1902.


The Alexandra Tennis Club had a very pleasant picnic to Puslinch Lake, in the afternoon and evening.  About forty-two members of the club went down to the lake early in the afternoon, and spent a most pleasant time boating on the lake, and in other occupations.  After a delicious tea, the services of a violinist were brought into use, and a few pleasant hours spent in dancing, and the outing concluded with a very pleasant ride home, which was reached at a seasonable hour.








Where Cooling Breezes Blow...

Puslinch Lake Resort

Chas. Sachs, Proprietor


The Best Place To Go...

Picnicking, Boating, Sailing,

Ball Grounds, Fishing, Dance Hall.


July 16th 1903.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Burglars Make Raid on Puslinch Hotel

August 3rd 1903.


The Puslinch Lake Hotel was the scene of a burglary some time on Sunday morning.  The thief or thieves entered the bar room through the skylight over the side door and got away with a Winchester Take Down shot gun, equipped with a 26 inch and 30 inch barrel, $3.00 in change from the till, a quantity of 10 cent cigars, and a jug of whiskey.  The empty jug was found on the premises in the morning.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper









No License for the Lake

April 30th 1906.


Commissioners So Decide at Saturday’s Meeting


The License Commissioners had rather a field day on Saturday afternoon in dealing with the Puslinch Lake, Queen’s, and Victoria hotels. 


There was a large deputation present from the churches and temperance organizations of the city, more particularly in opposition to any favourable reconsideration of the action of the License Commissioners in refusing to renew the license of the hotel at the lake.  Among those present were Reverends Glassford, Speller, Smith, Marshall, and Harris, and Messrs. Bollert, Carter, Hobson, T. C. Rogers, J. McBride, H. Precious, E. Daniel, M. W. Burr, Wm. McCrae, and W. R. Leadlay, and Mrs. Chas. Raymond, Mrs. D. D. Christie, Mrs. R. C. Bennett, and Mrs. A. I. Johnston.


Reverend Mr. Glassford introduced the deputation, and Revs. Smith and Speller, Messrs. Carter and Bollert, Messrs. Eagle and Tovell for the Lake section, and Messrs. Lyon and Drew, on behalf of the railway directors, were heard.  The railway directors had no interest in the license, the latter said.  They were simply anxious to protect the property in case of another hotel.


The Commissioners decided to adhere to their former decision and there will be no hard drinks at the Puslinch Lake Hotel this year.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper


Note: The sections of the newspaper article dealing with other hotels were omitted.





Josh Wayper’s Summer Resort

May 17th 1906.


Mr. Josh Wayper is busy fitting up the old Parks property at Puslinch Lake and when he gets through spending money on it he expects to have a nice, neat, comfortable, little summer resort.


He is building a new boathouse, which will be equipped with galvanized steel boats of the most improved design.  Provision has also been made for a spacious lunch room.  He expects to have a gasoline launch and everything in readiness by the 20th of May.  He will also build a number of cottages to rent during the summer.


Mr. Wayper has the idea that there is no better summer resort for the people of Wellington and Waterloo counties than at Puslinch Lake, where there is boating, fishing, good scenery, and a nice breathing place, and he is just about as good a guesser as we know of around these parts.



from the Hespeler Herald newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

June 16th 1906.


Mr. Josh Wayper, of Hespeler, who is running the old Temperance House at Puslinch Lake, recently erected a large boat house and refreshment pavilion, and will cater to the requirements of visitors to the lake.  Mr. Wayper has just received a steel gasoline launch from Detroit, which has been placed in commission, and is at the service of visitors.  He has also purchased a number of fine row boats equipped with air chambers, which makes them non sinkable.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Picnic at the Lake

July 4th 1906.


The entrance candidates, to the number of one hundred or more, of Miss Oldham’s, Mr. Shortill’s, and Mr. Ward’s classes, had a pleasant day of recreation yesterday, after the strain of the examinations.  They gathered at the Central School at 12:30 and journeyed to Puslinch Lake in the tally-ho and three carrioles.  The afternoon was spent in games et cetera, a baseball match being played between the girls of Miss Oldham’s class and Mr. Shortill’s, which resulted in a victory for the former, the score being 23 to 18, and it is needless to say that all enjoyed themselves exceedingly.  It was about ten o’ clock in the evening when the picnickers arrived home, and even though the return journey was rather uncomfortable on account of the rain, it did not mar the pleasure of the day.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Picnic at Puslinch Lake

July 4th 1906.


The party that was held at the lake on Wednesday July 4th was a grand success.  The evening was fine and cool, and the water was calm, so everything was at its best to make it an enjoyable outing.  The crowd, numbering about one hundred in all, some of whom gathered early in the evening, spent the time in fishing, boat riding, et cetera.


About nine o’ clock the dance started, Mr. Ed. Phalen acting as floor manager, and the music, supplied by Robinson and McPherson, was up to the standard.  The merry crowd tripped the light fantastic till nearly dawn, when it dispersed, all congratulating the committee, Messrs. Hanlon and McPherson, on the success of the event.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper





Local News

August 30th 1906.


“Booky” Witmer, “Clothy” Roos, “Stooky” McLean, “Saily” Bechtel, “Electric” Thomas, and “Doc” Chapman are having the merriest kind of time out at the lake, where they are doing stunts at Washington Camp.  They expect to put in another week of Crusoe life.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper





Hot Time at Puslinch

August 30th 1906.


Mr. Cornelius Wilson, in speaking to the Galt Reporter, said, “I spent a recent Sunday at Puslinch Lake and the scenes that I was witness of were of a most disgraceful character.  A gang of inebriated men from Freelton drove to the lake in a large cariole and proceeded to take possession of the hotel and its surroundings.  They acted in a most ruffianly way, to the terror of many of the hotel guests, and to the disgust of all.  The landlord, who is a respectable man and anxious to keep his house orderly, was utterly powerless to check the rowdies.  Finally, word was sent to Hespeler for constables.  Whether arrests were made I do not know, but the occurrence certainly called for police intervention.”


It is only fair to Mr. Marriott to say that he was in no way responsible for the rowdyism complained of and that he took prompt and efficient measures to squelch the fresh young men.  The lake has been quieter and more orderly this year than ever before and Mr. Marriott deserves every credit for keeping it so.


From the Galt reporter newspaper





Eleven Freelton Youths

Pay $1 and Costs Each for Riotous Conduct at Puslinch Lake

September 10th 1906.


At the police court this morning, eleven young men from Freelton and vicinity were charged under the Vagrancy Act, with being vagrant, loose, idle, and disorderly persons within the meaning of the statute, at Puslinch Lake on Sunday August 19th.  The charge was laid by Mr. William Marriott, proprietor of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, and there were nine or ten witnesses present to back up his statements.  The accused pleaded guilty through their counsel, Mr. J. J. Drew, and were fined $1 and costs each.  When they get settled up with Mr. Marriott and pay the law costs, it will run them about $7 each.


The original charge was that they were all drunk, but as it appeared that only three of them were in that condition, that accusation was stricken out of the indictment.  The facts appear that they went to the lake with a keg of lager, that they took possession of the house, that Mr. Marriott had to close his rooms, and that their swearing was disgraceful and their conduct outrageous, according to the magistrate’s information.


His Worship spoke at some length to the young men on the disgraceful proceedings credited to them and the violation of the Sabbath Day, of which they were all guilty.  They had each laid themselves open to a penalty of $50 and six months in the central prison.  As this was their first offence, and they appeared to have hitherto been respectable young men, he hoped that this would be a warning to them, and he would inflict a fine of $1 and costs.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





That Puslinch Hotel

April 18th 1907.


A long felt want at Puslinch Lake, the popular summer resort for Galt, Hespeler, Preston, and Guelph, will be supplied during the coming summer by Mr. Josh Wayper, who is making preparations for the erection of a handsome, commodious, and modern summer hotel.  The plans for the structure are being drawn up now and it is hoped that the building will be finished before next fall.  Puslinch Lake has long been the Mecca of holiday visitors and the lack of accommodation is the only drawback so far felt.  With the advent of the new hotel, however, Puslinch should be more popular than ever.  Then, if that electric railway from Galt to Guelph is ever built, the lake will become a summer resort of no mean importance.


From the Galt Reporter newspaper





Picnics at Puslinch Lake

July 26th 1907.

Many Happy Parties Took Advantage of the Pleasant Holiday Afternoon


Not even rain, which caught many of the picnickers at Puslinch Lake yesterday before they could reach the city, could seriously dampen the pleasant memories of an enjoyable afternoon spent at this beautiful and popular resort.


Yesterday’s crowd was perhaps the largest of the season and the accommodation was taxed to the utmost to look after the pleasure seekers and their outfits.


The choir of Dublin Street Methodist Church and their friends, to the number of about fifty, went down in the tally-ho and in carioles and report a most pleasant outing.  The afternoon was spent in boating on the lake, and after partaking of the dainties provided by the ladies, a programme of races was run off, but which had to be curtailed owing to the threatening appearance of the weather.


Another picnic from the city was the annual outing of the children and members of the Christadelphian Church.  There were about fifty in the party, who drove down in carioles, and they report a most enjoyable time.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





A Unique Gathering

August 3rd 1907.


There was a call to arms issued to the Barber clan in the city yesterday afternoon, to which about fifty descendants of that distinguished family responded, and in the tally-ho and other conveyances proceeded to Puslinch Lake.  The party was indeed a unique one, especially when it is considered that all present were related to one another although not all bearing the same name.  At the lake, a very pleasant afternoon was spent in games of baseball, football, et cetera, and races for everyone.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Visitors at the Lake

August 9th 1907.


Mr. W. J. Marriott, of the Puslinch Lake Hotel, has kindly sent to this office a photo card of the Guelph and Hespeler firemen at supper in front of the hotel on the occasion of their recent re-union.  The venerable figure of Chief Robertson is seen at the head of the table, and there are other familiar faces also.


The card states that among the guests at this popular summer resort are Mr. and Mrs. Dreaver and family, of Chicago, Miss M. Barber, Miss Stanley, Miss Wardell, Mr. Cliff Walker and family, of Guelph, Miss Rose Patterson and the Misses Patterson, of Preston, and Mr. and Mrs. Woolcot, of Hamilton.





Street Railway Commission Visited Puslinch Lake

August 14th 1907.

Commissioners Had a Pleasant Outing and Inspected the Popular Pleasure Resort


Alderman Lyon’s big touring car was working up to standard yesterday and the trip of the Radial Railway Directors to Puslinch Lake was a most pleasant one.  The auto seemed to have forgotten all about its recent trip to Goderich, and for that matter, so did His Worship and Alderman Lyon, and the miles were eaten up in a rapid manner as the machine seemed to fairly fly over the ground, touching only the high places, under the direction of Mr. Lyon.


The party looked over the different properties at the lake, as well as that portion owned by the city, and discussed how this resort could easily be made one of the most beautiful and popular in the province.  The property will be shortly deeded to the Railway Commission, but there was no special significance in this trip.






Picnicked at the Lake

August 23rd 1907.


At Puslinch Lake yesterday afternoon and evening, the young people of St. George’s Church thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the occasion being the annual outing of the choir and Bible class.  The party went down to the popular resort in three carioles and returned late in the evening when the full moon made the drive most enjoyable.  The afternoon was spent in games, et cetera, a baseball match being played between the boys and the girls, the score of which was beyond computation.





To Improve Park at Puslinch Lake

June 25th 1908


Something definite is at last being done to make Puslinch Lake the popular summer resort that it should be.  The Guelph Radial Railway Commissioners have now laid the foundation for what in the future will undoubtedly be one of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in this section of the province.


A section of the property at the lake that is owned by the city and is held by the commission has now been laid out in lots for summer cottages and at the meeting of the railway directors last night the plan of the survey made was received and favourably passed upon.


There will be in all about fifty lots along the lake shore to the east of the hotel.  The lots are fifty feet by sixty feet and are on the level ground some distance from the shore so as to leave the pathway along the shore as it is at present.  There wil be a fourteen foot lane at the rear and two streets running in each direction.


These lots are to be leased on long terms a the rate of $10 per annum for front property and $5 for back lots, the prices to be doubled when the street railway line is laid from the city to the lake, as it is sure to be in the course of a few years.  All cottages built on these lots must, of course, be erected under the permission of the directors.





Bass in the Lake

September 2nd 1908.


The fisheries department of the Ontario government intend stocking Puslinch Lake and Big Lake, near Minden, with 10,000 black bass.  More bass will also be placed in Sparrow Lake.  Mr. J. W. Lyon went down to Hespeler yesterday and, in his capacity as Chairman of the Radial Railway Commission, arranged for putting the fish in the lake.





Was Drowned in the Lake

June 21st 1909.

Young Hespeler Canoeist Met His Death

 at Puslinch Lake Yesterday Afternoon

About half-past one yesterday afternoon, two Hespeler boys, Nelson Dickie and Jack Yates, mounted bicycles and proceeded to Puslinch Lake.  Here, they met two other chums, Percy Eaton and Austin Dandeno, and all four boarded a canoe, bound for the swimming place across the lake.  Though warned by the man on the shore to take a boat instead of a canoe, all the boys seemed to prefer the canoe.  About a hundred yards from the island, the canoe, in some manner, capsized, precipitating all of the occupants into the water.  All could swim but Dickie, and he hung to Yates for safety, pulling him down with him several times.  Yates and the other boys encouraged Dickie, telling him what to do in the terrible plight, but being unable to swim, he was evidently unable to carry out their instructions, and when he lost his hold on Yates, he sank to rise no more.  The point at which the boat upset was about 100 yards from the island shore, and had not campers upon the island gone to the rescue, undoubtedly, the other three boys would have met a watery grave.  They were assisted into the improvised lifeboat, but before its arrival, Dickie had disappeared beneath the surface.


Chief Constable McMaster was at once telephoned for, while Dr. Lockhart was also on hand, not only in his capacity as physician but also as coroner. However, though six grappling irons were at work, with twice as many men manipulating them in the long weeds and turbulent water, the body was not found until about nine o’ clock, last night.  The victim, Nelson Dickie, was the only son of his mother, and had just arrived at the age of 17 years, when he was becoming a help to her.  A great gloom was cast over the entire population of Hespeler upon hearing of the calamity, about 4 o’ clock, just as the mass meeting of the Sunday School children were singing, without the knowledge of the accident, “Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong”, after having been addressed by Mrs. Nalder.


The suddenly bereaved mother and grandmother have the profound sympathy of all.


from the Galt Reporter newspaper






A Sad Drowning Accident

June 24th 1909.

Nelson Dickie Loses Life at Puslinch Lake


Puslinch Lake was the scene of a sad drowning accident on Sunday at 3:30 o’ clock, when Nelson Dickie, a popular young Hespelerite, lost his life through the upsetting of a canoe in which he and three young companions were crossing the lake to the island.


The accident occurred about 50 yards from the island, the water at this point being about six to ten feet deep.  The other members of the party, Austin Dandeno, John Yates, and Percy Eaton were saved through the prompt assistance of several young men from Preston, who were on the island and promptly went out in boats, but young Dickie had disappeared beneath the waters, and although several present dove for him repeatedly, they could not locate him, and his bright young life was sadly ended ‘neath the enclosing waters of the lake.


Grappling irons were secured from Hespeler and Guelph and the lake was dragged, but the body was not recovered until nearly ten o’ clock.


The lake was very rough on Sunday and the boys were warned not to go out in the canoe, but they thought that they could handle it all right, and had nearly reached the island when the unfortunate accident occurred.


Coroner Savage, of Guelph, after making full enquiries, decided that it was an accident pure and simple and was satisfied that it was not necessary to hold an inquest.


Nelson Dickie or “Wag” as he was generally known among the boys, was in his eighteenth year and was very popular in a large circle of friends who will miss him sadly.  He was an only son and his bereaved mother will have the heartfelt sympathy of everyone in this sad hour of trouble.


The funeral was held from the residence of his grandmother, Mrs. Urias Wilson, Queen Street, on Wednesday, at 2 o’ clock p.m., to the Hespeler Cemetery and was very largely attended.


Reverend J. Forward, of Preston, conducted the ceremony and the pallbearers were six chums of the deceased, Clarence Dopfer, Harry Traplin, Percy Eaton, George Wakefield, Will Howell, and Rex Thomson.


From the Hespeler Herald newspaper






Picnic to the Lake

July 10th 1909.


The annual picnic of the Sons of Scotland is being held this afternoon at Puslinch Lake.  There are a large number of Scotchmen and their friends in attendance and four carioles conveying them left the Market Square at half past one.



Picnics at the Lake

July 12th 1909.


The Sons of Scotland from the city had a very good time at their annual outing at the lake, and only the rain that interfered with the return trip spoiled the complete pleasure of the day.


There were a large number at the lake for the afternoon including a number of the Guelph firemen, who joined with members of the Hespeler brigade and Chief Jardine in an annual celebration.






Eucharists at Lake

August 16th 1909.


The Alert Euchre Club, numbering about twenty-five, journeyed to Puslinch Lake on Saturday afternoon in a tally-ho.  Needless to say, a most enjoyable time was spent in games, dancing, boating, racing, et cetera.  After partaking of a dainty supper, a tired but happy crew returned to the city by about 11 o’ clock, everyone being well pleased with the day’s outing.






Complaints Are Heard

August 17th 1909.


Much complaint is being heard in regard to the unsanitary condition of the lavatories at Puslinch Lake.  The present ones are not only unsanitary but they are quite out of repair.  Many complaints are being made to the Health Inspector but this appears to be under the jurisdiction of the Street Railway Board.  The commissioners are receiving a good rent for the hotel and should provide better accommodation for those visiting the lake.  It is to be hoped that during the annual visit of this body to the lake an inspection will be made, for if it is, a change is sure to follow.






What Should Be Done at the Lake?

August 18th 1909.

Plans for Making a Popular Resort There


The question of making a grand summer resort out of Puslinch Lake is again being discussed in civic circles.  Many prominent citizens are of the opinion that some definite move should be made by the Railway Commissioners.  It is argued that for an inland lake, Puslinch excels them all.  If it was looked after and some money spent, it could be made very attractive and would be the source of a good revenue for the city.  Of course, it would be necessary to have a radial line running from the city, with perhaps, one to Hespeler, connecting with the Preston and Galt lines.


Then, there should be some changes in the present hotel, which is old and far from being commodious.  It might be wise to erect an entirely new building with all the latest improvements.  It might also be well to build a few small summer cottages.  These would not need to be elaborate.  They could be inexpensive and rent for a good sum.  The present dancing hall and bowling alley should be torn down and something in the form of a pavilion built.


It would also be an improvement to seed a good-sized plot, perhaps the entire piece that at present is used for crops.  A large recreation field is always a drawing card and would add greatly to the appearance of the place.  Something might also be done with the island, which at present is allowed to run wild.  If something definite were done, the place could be lighted with electric light, taking the power either from the railway system, or as is sometimes done, a small generator could be installed and run by a gasoline engine.


The water, at present, is in a fairly good state but would be materially improved if some of the weeds were taken out.


In conversation with many businessmen, they are all of the opinion that something should be done and they even go further and state that if this is followed out they would send their families there for the entire summer.






Soon Be Deserted

August 23rd 1909.


For several weeks past, Puslinch Lake has had the look of a huge summer resort.  Most of the land around its banks has been dotted by canvas homes but one by one these are disappearing and the park will soon be deserted.






Annual Trip to Lake

October 6th 1909.


The Radial Railway Commission, at the invitation of the chairman, Mr. J. W. Lyon, will this afternoon take the annual trip by automobile to Puslinch Lake.  The members of the commission state that there will be just an inspection of the property there, as usual, to see how things are getting along.  It is very questionable indeed, however, if this trip will not have some bearing on the proposed construction of a line from the city to the lake and Hespeler, especially in view of the fact that during the present winter Niagara Power should be installed, and this has been awaited for some time as the signal for the construction of the radial line to connect with the Hespeler, Galt, and Preston line, with a spur to Puslinch Lake.  When a couple of members of the commission, this morning, were asked regarding this they merely put on a knowing smile and refused to talk for publication.







Dance at Puslinch Lake

May 23rd 1910.


Three carioles containing young people to the number of about forty journeyed Friday night through the rain to Puslinch Lake where a most enjoyable time was spent tripping the light fantastic until the early hours of the morning.


From the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






A Popular Resort

May 26th 1910.


Puslinch Lake was on Victoria Day the scene of a happy throng.  Many took advantage of its placid waters, upon which to ply the graceful canoe, while others used the gasoline launch or the skiffs, of which there is an abundance to choose from.


Mr. and Mrs. Marriott deserve much credit for the excellent manner in which they conduct this rendezvous, which is constantly growing in popularity.


The Salvation Army with its many friends enlivened proceedings.  The ball game between Puslinch and Killean resulted in a victory for the former.






Liverymen’s Picnic

June 15th 1910.


The Galt liverymen will hold their annual picnic at Puslinch Lake on July 5th.  The usual big time is expected.  Local liverymen, it is expected, will participate.






Two Parties Picnicked

June 15th 1910.


The employees of the G. B. Ryan store held enjoyable picnics yesterday after the early closing hours.  The milliners left for Riverside Park, when an enjoyable time was spent, while the downstairs clerks journeyed by the tally-ho route to Puslinch Lake, where they also thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Such events are promotive of an esprit de corps and good fellowship between the clerks in the store, and might be well followed by other establishments.







June 21st 1910.


City Councillors Will Picnic to Puslinch Lake



At a date not far distant, the members of the city council, with their wives, and possibly some of the ladies of the City Hall clerical staff, will have a tally-ho party to picnic at Puslinch Lake.  The following non-official resolution was handed around the board last evening.


“That this council, with our wives, form a tally-ho party and spend an afternoon at the lake, at a convenient early date, and that the following be a committee to make all arrangements, The Mayor, Aldermen Thorp and Carter.


Those who signed were Aldermen Geo. Thorp, J. E. Carter, S. Rundle, W. E. Taylor, Jos. Pequegnat, H. Mahoney, D. E. Rudd, and R. McMillan.






Exciting Times at Puslinch Lake

June 28th 1910.


Taylor-Forbes Office Staff Have a Fearful & Wonderful Time — A Baseball Game


The picnic of the office staff of Taylor-Forbes, held on Saturday at Puslinch Lake, was a success in every sense of the word.  Soon after 2 o’ clock, weird strains of music were heard from the interior of the Winter Fair Building.


The Mercury immediately dispatched a special correspondent to the scene and found a tally-ho and two double-seaters filled with the office employees of the big iron and steel works on Queen Street.  They apparently had quit invoices and correspondence for the day and seemed intent upon an afternoon’s enjoyment.


The drive out to the lake was made in record time, the only stop being made at Gourock to see the International Limited come into that metropolis.


Several valuable prizes were awarded for different sports, the event of the day being a baseball game that was played by picked teams.  There were more than the usual nine, but it didn’t matter, they all played, fifteen on a side.






Will Picnic to Lake

June 29th 1910.


The Young People’s Association of St. James Church will hold their second annual picnic at Puslinch Lake on July 1st.  The members will meet at the church at 12 o’ clock.



Held Picnic

July 2nd 1910.


Saint James Church Young People’s Association held their annual picnic yesterday to Puslinch Lake and it was largely attended.  This being an annual outing, the young people take advantage of the opportunity afforded and so make it a great success.  The party left the church at half past twelve and after participating in various games returned home at eleven o’ clock, tired.... (remainder of article missing).






Ho, For the Lake

June 29th 1910.


No, it was not a trip to Florida party that left the City hall at 2 o’ clock today.  Nor was it a deputation of scientists to view the spots on the sun.  And on a third guess, it was not the Board of Education looking for a tug-of-war.  It was that happy aggregation known as the city fathers, with their wives, and a number of the City Hall staff, who, on pleasure bent, but not broke, were hieing away to that pleasant little spot known as Puslinch Lake, where can be obtained fresh air, also some mosquitoes.  Nevertheless, in spite of such dire prospects, there was no gloom in the party, for it is confidently thought that on their return they will be able to say “all went merry as a marriage bell”, for there is no hatchet to bury this year.






Picnicked at Puslinch

June 30th 1910.


Zion Church Sunday School, near Fisher’s Springs, picnicked to Puslinch Lake yesterday, spending a delightful afternoon and evening.






At Puslinch Lake

July 2nd 1910.


A day of sports was held at Puslinch Lake yesterday in which many of those who picnicked out there joined.  The card included a ladies’ 50 yard race, men’s sack race, 100 yard race, hop-step-and jump, running high jump, and three-legged race.  Both afternoon and evening, a dance was held.  Messrs. W. McAninch, G. Glazier, and R. Campbell were on the committee in charge.






To Puslinch Lake

July 15th 1910.


About thirty young people picnicked at Puslinch Lake yesterday, going out by cariole.  A ball game was played in the afternoon and a dance was held in the evening.




from the Guelph Evening Mercury and Advertiser newspaper





Local Happenings

July 23rd 1910.


Two merry cariole loads of Scotsmen left for Puslinch Lake this morning to the accompaniment of pibrochs from the bagpipes.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






To Puslinch Lake

July 28th 1910.


A merry bunch of young people left for Puslinch Lake, comprising the choir of St. George’s Church.






Went to Puslinch

August 12th 1910.


A large number went to Puslinch Lake yesterday and had a good time.  There are a very large number of campers there, the resort proving a popular place to spend the vacation.





Jottings from Puslinch Lake

August 18th 1910.


A number of camps have broken up but others have come to keep up the population of the town.  Monday was a very busy day at the lake, it being the civic holiday of Berlin, Waterloo, Bridgeport, and Preston.  A dance was held in the evening and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Parks, the Misses Parks of Hespeler, Mrs. Lang of the E. R. Boiler Company of Guelph, Miss Boyd, nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Guelph, Mrs. McKeown and two daughters of Guelph, Mrs. B. Coulter of Galt, and Miss Octzel and friend of Berlin are all camping here.


On Friday last, the printers of Galt tried to hold down the lake, but upon the swelling of the tides, they became violently seasick.  It is seldom that a bunch comes to the lake who know how to get the amount of enjoyment in a single day that the typos do.


The Guelph auto bus was not very well patronized on Sunday on its trip to the lake.  The Lord’s Day Alliance interfered and would not permit the issuing of tickets.  The difficulty will be overcome and passengers will ride in state to the lake the same as in the past.


In ninety-nine cases out of every hundred the lake breezes prove beneficial to the campers and visitors at this popular resort, but there are exceptions to the rule.  On Tuesday evening, Mr. J. Wesley Parks, of Hespeler, was taken suddenly ill at the tea table at the hotel, and to save his life the official surgeon found it necessary to perform an operation at once.  The operation revealed the fact that Wesley’s stomach contained a dead lake rat, and he now owns up to his nationality and no longer conceals his queue.


The following are registered on the lake directory:  Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson of Guelph, Mr. and Mrs. Renwick of Guelph and their daughter and son, Gladys and Ethel Gaynor of Hamilton, Miss Plant, Mr. and Mrs. Benallick, Mr. and Mrs. Conchie, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert, Mr. and Mrs. Despond and daughter, Mr. Bullock, Miss Drinkwater, Mr. Kirby, all of Guelph, Mr. and Miss Mease and Miss Harper of Hamilton, Miss Currie and Miss J. Currie of Ayr, Mrs. and Miss Cober of Hespeler, Mr. Len Pattinson, Mr. Kerr, both of Preston, Miss Violet Rife, Miss Walker Rife, Miss Ada Rife, Miss G. Etherington, Miss S. Etherington, and Mrs. Ralph Parks, all of Hespeler, at Dew Drop Camp.





To Puslinch Lake

August 24th 1910.


The Chalmers Church choir will hold their annual picnic to Puslinch Lake tomorrow afternoon, the carioles leaving the church at one o’ clock.  Preparations have been made to make it the most successful yet held.






Marriott May Leave Puslinch Lake Hotel

September 6th 1910.


There may be a change in affairs at Puslinch Lake, this city’s most popular summer resort, within the next six months.


Mr. William Marriott, the present tenant of the hotel, and lessee of the property that the Radial Railway Commission owns at the lake, stated to a reporter from the Herald this morning that he was advertising all of his boats and hotel furniture for sale and spoke as if he was about to give up his work as proprietor of the resort.


Mr. Marriott explained that he rented the place from the city, paying $200 a year for it, and he complained that he could not make any too much money out of it at that price, low as it might seem.  It was true, he said, that he did quite a big business while the summer season was on, but that lasted only about three months, at best, and the rest of the year it was all expense and no profit.  “The commissioners want me to paint the house and keep it in repair, or else take six months notice from last April and get out, and I think that’s what I’ll do,” said Mr. Marriott.


From the Guelph Herald newspaper





Supper at Lake

September 15th 1910.


A most pleasant time was spent yesterday at Puslinch Lake by several members of the staff of Homewood Sanitorium.  They left early in the afternoon and arrived at their destination at 3:30, where a row on the lake was much enjoyed, and they then adjourned to the local hotel where a splendid supper was served.  A good concert followed, the feature of which was a juggling act by Mr. Fox.  This occupied the time until 9 p.m. when the return journey started, the party arriving home, all having thoroughly enjoyed themselves.







Is Improving His Lake Property

June 15th 1911.

Joseph Wayper is making Extensive Changes

A Box Bowling Alley.


Mr. Josh. Wayper is planning extensive changes at his summer hotel at the lake.  Mr. Amos Mosser is engaged erecting a large box bowling alley, which will be among the best of its kind.  Many picnickers have visited the lake this summer, and the popularity of the resort is growing.


A dance was held at the lake last evening by a party of Hespeler citizens.  A most enjoyable time was had by all.


Mr. Joseph Wayper returned home yesterday from a business trip in the northern counties.  Josh. brought with him a fine string of rainbow, speckled and salmon trout.



from the Galt Reporter newspaper







Purchases at Puslinch Lake

July 6th 1911.


With a deep perspective of the future prospects of the developing of that popular summer resort, Puslinch Lake, Mr. Josh Wayper has taken time by the forelock and purchased fifty acres of land bordering on the lake from Mr. Robt. Harmer.  The deal was put through yesterday.  Mr. Wayper is maturing plans, which when carried into effect will transform that portion of the lake into keeping with the requirements of a popular summer resort.






To Puslinch Lake

July 6th 1911.


A large number went to Puslinch Lake on Dominion Day, the Royal City being well represented.  Among these were the members of St. James Young People’s Association, who drove down in a number of carioles and spent a very enjoyable time at the popular pleasure resort.







Puslinch Lake Popular

July 24th 1911.


Puslinch Lake as a summer resort is becoming more popular every year.  Quite a number drove down yesterday and spent the day with the Guelph campers, of whom there are a large number at the lake.






Will Build Line to Puslinch Lake Provided They Get a Square Deal

February 6th 1912.

Promoters Were Here Looking Over the Puslinch Lake Deal

Refused to State Who was Behind the Scheme


Several American promoters, interested in electric railways, were in the city yesterday and drove over the several preliminary lines that have already been surveyed to Puslinch Lake.


When seen by the Mercury this morning at the G.T.R. station prior to leaving for Toronto, although they refused to give their names, and state who was interested in taking over the franchise that is owned by the city, it is understood that MacKenzie and Mann are interested in the matter, and that it may have been one of their agents who was in charge of the party that drove over the line yesterday.


“It would not pay us to build the line unless it was extended to Hespeler to connect with the G. H. & P., and it is likely that in the event that we take the franchise over, that the line is built to Hespeler to make the connection.”


Puslinch Lake is one of the finest spots in Western Canada for a summer resort, and if we decide to push the proposition we will build one of the finest hotels in any summer resort in Canada.  I understand that Mr. Josh Wayper who owned several cottages down on the edge of the lake proposes to remove the buildings to Hespeler.  He is making a big mistake.  Property in the vicinity of the lake will be worth money in a short time and those who hold will make good.


“We don’t care what they do, so far as the summer resort is concerned,” he continued, “but we want to give the natives a chance to make good.  All that we want is the right to the franchise over the road, as we are impressed with the situation and think that it would prove a money maker.”


“I believe you mean business all right,” stated the Mercury representative, who then asked if the gentlemen could provide “us with a name or two”.


“Nothing doing,” answered the civil engineer who was in charge of the party.  “I have nothing for the press”.  Continuing, he stated that the company that he represented had plenty of money to push the project through provided that the Guelph Radial Railway, who held the franchise, were willing to part with it and were satisfied to see the proposition go through.


“Give us a chance and we will be satisfied,” stated the engineer as he climbed on the car, followed by several other Toronto and Buffalo capitalists who are interested in the deal.


“You give us a decent deal and we will build the road,” he called out as the train pulled out of the yard.







Open at Puslinch

May 23rd 1912.


A great many citizens will take in Puslinch Lake on the holiday if the weather is fine, this being the opening of the season.


From the Guelph Mercury and Advertiser newspaper







Dance at the Lake

May 25th 1912.


A large number of Guelph people attended the social dance at Puslinch Lake last night.  They report having spent a very enjoyable evening and state that they had a splendid time.






Puslinch Lake News

July 2nd 1912.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lantz, of Puslinch Lake section, will have the kindest sympathy of all who know them, in the loss of another member of the family, in the person of Mrs. Frank Hawes, who passed away at Weston, on Friday, from tuberculosis.  The deceased was in her 28th year, and is survived by her husband and two small children.  A brother passed away from the same dread disease about five weeks ago.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper





Went to Puslinch

July 12th 1912.


One of the most enjoyable picnics of the year was that held at Puslinch Lake yesterday by the choir of the Dublin Street Church.  The happy throng boarded the carioles here and had a very pleasant drive to the lake, where they held sports and afterwards had supper.  Boating and fishing were attractions enjoyed by a number, and they arrived home last evening thoroughly pleased with their outing.






Training for Races

July 27th 1912.


Fred Meadows, the crack professional runner, is training just now at Puslinch Lake for a series of races at the Canadian Soo, to take place in a couple of weeks.  Fred is rapidly rounding into old time form, and is being ably handled by Fred Couling.  He is out on the roads around Puslinch Lake.



Galt Reporter newspaper





The Puslinch Lake News

June 30th 1913.


Mr. Daniel O’Neill, of Paris, spent Sunday with Mr. Chas. Barrett.


Mrs. Grier and daughter, Margaret, of Owen Sound, are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Evans.


Reverend George Little, of Winnipeg, who was visiting his cousin, Mr. John Little, for a few days, gave a short address to the Sabbath School, last Sunday.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Purchases Boats for Puslinch Lake

July 5th 1913.

Puslinch Lake Summer Resort Visited by Many This Season


Mr. John Chester, of Puslinch Lake Summer Resort, was at Hamilton the other day and purchased several rowboats and canoes.  John says that there is a growing interest in the resort by residents within a reasonable radius, which has compelled him to almost double his service for boat hire.  On Dominion Day, all previous records were beaten and fully five thousand people visited the lake.


from the Galt Reporter newspaper






All Thrown Out When Canoe Tipped

Friday July 25th 1913.

Party of Young People Had an Exciting Experience at Puslinch Lake


What might very easily have been a triple drowning accident was averted at Puslinch Lake yesterday afternoon.  Two Sunday School classes from Dublin Street Methodist Church were there for the afternoon, and all the sports around the place were being indulged in.  A young man from the College, who is camping at the lake, took three girls in a canoe out on the water.


They did not even take the precaution to sit in the bottom of the canoe, but perched on the crosspieces and set out in this dangerous way.  They managed to keep going until near the island when a fairly large wave struck the boat on the side, and over it went, throwing all into the water, which at this point is well over their heads, besides being grown with reeds.


Fortunately, other boats were near at hand, and the canoe party was pulled out of an unpleasant predicament, but not before they had been thoroughly soaked and scared.






Puslinch Lake News

August 11th 1913.


Notwithstanding the uncertainty of the weather, last Wednesday afternoon, over one hundred people gathered for a sociable time at the annual Sunday School picnic that was held in Mr. McAllister’s field.  Shortly after arriving at the field, the game committee got together and commenced an interesting programme of games.  After the distribution of prizes, the company sat down and did ample justice to an excellent tea, prepared and provided by the ladies, after which all dispersed to their homes, well pleased with their afternoon’s outing.


Mr. Everett Ireland, of Hespeler, called on Mr. J. M. Eagle, Thursday of last week.


We all welcomed heartily the lovely showers of rain that fell last Saturday.







The News from Puslinch Lake

March 23rd 1914.


A happy but quiet event took place at the residence of Mr. Wesley Parks, Queen Street, Hespeler, last Wednesday afternoon, when Mr. Russell Cober, only son of Mr. Isaac U. Cober, 3rd Concession, was united in marriage to Miss Roxy, 3rd daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parks.  The happy couple left for a few weeks’ honeymoon trip to Toronto and other eastern points.  Congratulations.


Mr. Wilson Robertson spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. J. W. Gilchrist, in St. Catharines.


Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Eagle entertained a few friends on Monday evening.


Mr. Joseph May entertained a few friends to an oyster supper last Monday evening, prior to his removal to Little Germany.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meiers have moved to Mr. May’s farm and it is expected that Mr. Tribute, of Hespeler, will take possession of the Hortop farm in a few days.


On Friday evening of last week, a number of the intimate friends and associates of Mr. Wilson Robertson met at his home and presented him with a handsome club bag, accompanied by the following address, which was read by Mr. Robert Reeve, the presentation being made by Mr. Walter Holm.


To Mr. Wilson Robertson:


Dear Friend: — It is not the wish of this small company of your friends to present a formal address to you on this, the eve of your departure from us, but we feel, nevertheless, that we cannot permit your leaving us without first calling on you, and in a simple and sincere manner wishing you Godspeed.


Many of us have known you from childhood, and we know that although quiet and unassuming in manner, you are endowed with those sterling qualities that mark the true gentleman.


You have always taken a willing, active and prominent part in the social life of the community, and we feel that your absence will be a distinct loss to us.  However, we are trusting that the lure of the west will not be so great but that you will yet see the advantages and privileges that our own beautiful province holds forth to her sons, leading you to return and live among us again.  But whatever the future may hold in store, rest assured that you carry with you our best wishes for every success and happiness, and we would ask you to accept this small gift as a reminder of our good fellowship and in remembrance of the many happy times we have spent together.


Mr. Robertson, although taken completely by surprise, made a most feeling reply, thanking them for the gift and the good wishes for his future welfare.  Short speeches were made by Mr. William Little, who acted as chairman, Mr. John Fyfe, Mr. J. M. Eagle, and Mr. Jacob Cooper.  The remainder of the evening was pleasantly spent in a sociable manner, games and music taking up most of the time.







Y.M.C.A. Boys’ Camp

June 17th 1914.


The boys’ summer camp of the Y.M.C.A. will be held in July at Puslinch Lake.  It had been thought to hold the camp at Lakeside but the facilities and accommodation there were found to be much inferior to Puslinch Lake, besides being farther from Guelph.  An ideal spot at Puslinch has been found.  Representatives from the Guelph Y and Galt Y went over the ground this week, and arrangements are being made for a big crowd of boys.  A parents’ day excursion will also be run.






Off To Camp

June 25th 1914.


The boys’ division of the local “Y” are making their final arrangements for the annual summer camp.  The camp this year will be held at Camp Wabanak at Puslinch Lake.  Every member of the “Y” is cordially invited to take in this camping trip, which will be thoroughly enjoyable and very economical, the total cost to the boys, exclusive of transportation, will be $3.50 a week.


Exceptional arrangements are being made, and precautions taken to ensure safety and comfort for the boys.  Special instruction will be given in swimming.  Each tent will be in the charge of a leader.  The regular life and discipline in good surroundings will be an inestimable benefit to the boys.  Arrangements should be made with Mr. Brennand as soon as possible by any boys who want to go.  A meeting of the campers will be held on Friday evening, July 3rd, to make final arrangements.







Off to Camp

July 8th 1914.


The boys of the local Y.M.C.A. went into camp at Puslinch Lake this morning.  They left on the eleven train this morning.  There are about thirty who left, and there will be more go down from now on.  A number who could not get away before next Saturday, will go then.


In charge of the boys are Mr. Brennand, their secretary, and Mr. C. Fairley.  Mr. Fairley is a qualified life saver and he will have charge of that end of the camp.  Mr. James Millar and Mr. H. C. Cockburn also went with the boys.


In Camp Wabanak, there will be, besides the Guelph boys, about twenty from Galt.  The camp will be very interesting to all present.  It will be in the nature of a training camp.  Besides sports, there will be instruction in camp life, wood lore, swimming, signalling and other useful branches.  A competent cook has charge of the culinary department and the boys will be well looked after, physically, mentally, and morally.






The McCrea Picnic

July 10th 1914.


The staff of the J. A. McCrea & Son store held their annual picnic and outing at Puslinch Lake yesterday when they were the guests of the management of the store.  About twenty-five of the members of the staff and some friends were present.  The crowd went down in a big tally-ho that was gaily decorated, and from which a large streamer announced to the world at large just who they were and where they were going.  One could judge from the antics of those on the rig that they were also going to have a good time.  It is evident that they did.  Games and swimming were indulged in at the lake and after a bountiful supper had been partaken of, the party left for the beautiful drive home.






“Dastardly Attempt Made to Poison the Campers at Puslinch Lake

Decision of Judge Infuriates Savage Mob”

July 18th 1914.


This is camping weather and a great many Guelph people are taking advantage of the climatic conditions to get out in the open with tents.  The people who rent tents in the city are almost out of them, as they have been grabbed up like hot cakes lately.  There are a number of campers at Riverside Park, and a number up the river as well as down near Sorby’s.


The Y.M.C.A. “Camp Wabanak” at Puslinch Lake is attracting a good deal of attention from visitors.  Yesterday the parents of the boys in camp there who are from Guelph went down and inspected it and were the guests of the campers.  On Thursday, the parents of the Galt boys were there in the evening and a minstrel show around the campfire was put on for the benefit of the parents, and they as well as the boys enjoyed themselves for a day by the water.


There are six tables and also six tents.  Each tent is named as well as the tables.  Each tent is under the command of a leader, and the whole camp is bossed by the camp commandant, Mr. Geo. Brennand.


Mr. Chas. Fairley is in charge of the life saving crew and teaches swimming.  Every boy in camp has learned to swim, and at least fifteen have passed the first test, which is to swim to the island, a distance of one hundred yards over a quarter of a mile.  This is a long swim, and the directors of the camp are pleased to think that so many of the boys are learning the safety first lessons.


Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner Harvey are camping near the boys, and Mrs. Harvey has kindly consented to take charge of the musical end of the camp.  She has composed two songs for the camp, which have been dedicated to Camp Wabanak.  One is a sacred song and the other a campfire song.


The names of the different tents are, No. 1 — Managers, No. 2 — Sodbusters, No. 3 — Incubators (These are the youngsters.), No. 4 — Cabbage cutters, No. 5 — Headlights, No. 6 — Mangle mushers.


The boys are having the times of their lives and some of them are burned black.  They are all pretty well burned up but they don’t mind that.  Mr. James Millar has just returned from spending a few days at camp and he is burned until he is good and sore but he says that he wouldn’t have missed it for anything.  He was elected a supreme grand judge of the morning court.  He came into court tastefully draped in his robes, which consisted of a long kimona.  Here, he pronounces awful sentences on the culprits that are brought before him and sees that justice is not done.


With a large dictionary in front of him, his knowledge of law was something marvellous.  His docket is generally full too.  Just the other day, he had to try an attempted murder case.  One of the boys was accused of trying to kill the whole camp by putting chloride of lime in the ice cream.  After a spirited defence in which a number of witnesses were called, the defence proved, first, that he didn’t put the chloride of lime in the ice cream, second, that if he did, it was unintentional, third, that it wouldn’t hurt anyone, if he did, and fourth, that he urged only the regular ingredients for making ice cream, which consisted of carbolic acid, soft soap, Castor oil and Puslinch Lake water.  The judge refused to let the case go to the jury, expressing the hope that the prisoner did not feel at all put out for having to defend the charge and complimenting him upon his new recipe for making ice cream.  He dismissed the case without costs.


However, one of the decisions of the court did not meet with the approval of the mob, and lead by Chas. Fairley, who wanted the job of judge, they captured the judge and gave him a face shampoo of jam.  Later in the day, they turned on their leader, and by the judgement of the court, the ringleader, Mr. Fairley, was forced to undergo the same face treatment with the addition of some shoe blacking.


A great deal of fun is being had at the camp, and the boys are all in favour of next summer coming as quickly as it can.  They expect that about one hundred boys will take in the camp next year.






Puslinch Lake Popular

August 18th 1914.


This is a record year for visitors at Puslinch Lake.  The hotel has been put in good repair, and many local people have engaged rooms for the summer months, while others take a run down for a week, now and again.  Several, who have returned after their vacation, say that everything is in the pink of condition, and although a very quiet time is spent, they enjoyed the rest.






New Year’s Party

January 3rd 1915.


A very enjoyable evening was spent at the home of Mr. John McMillan, Sunny Lee Farm, Puslinch Town Line, on New Year’s night, when about sixty of his friends and relatives gathered to spend the evening with him.  The evening was enjoyably spent in card playing, dancing, songs, et cetera.  At midnight, a dainty lunch was provided by the ladies.  After everyone doing ample justice, dancing was again indulged in.  Excellent music was furnished by Mr. Gordon McKay, while Wm. Hogg acted as floor manager.  At five o’ clock, the party broke up with the singing of “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary”, and all returned to their homes, thanking Mr. McMillan for the old time evening that everyone had spent.


from the Galt Reporter newspaper






The News at Puslinch Lake

March 31st 1915.


The farmers of this vicinity, who are fortunate enough to have a maple bush, are now busy making maple syrup.  Everything looks favourable for a big run.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






Puslinch Lake News

April 5th 1915.


Miss Grace Ryde, of Guelph, spent Good Friday with her cousin, Miss Elizabeth Reeve.


The Puslinch Lake Farmers’ Club held  a social evening at the Puslinch Lake hall, last Thursday evening, commencing with a program of songs, music, and recitations, after which, a dainty lunch was provided by the ladies of the section, and to finish up with, a good old time dance was indulged in until the early hours of the morning.  The directors of this club are sure some entertainers.


The many friends of Mr. George Elliott, who underwent a serious operation at the General Hospital, last Monday, will be pleased to learn that he is slowly recovering and is on a fair way to recovery.


Miss Elizabeth Reeve is spending Easter with friends in Guelph.


Miss N. Rogerson is spending her Easter vacation at her home in Fergus.


The stork visited the home of Mr. Thomas Aikens, last Monday, and left a fine baby boy.  Congratulations Tommy.






The News from Puslinch Lake

April 18th 1915.


Seeding has commenced in this section.  Some of the farmers have already sown oats.


Mr. Geo. Elliott, who underwent a serious operation at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Guelph, has so far recovered as to be able to return home.


Mr. A. L. Eagle, of Clyde, spent Sunday at his home here.


Mr. Aaron Cober has received his fine new Ford automobile, and is busy performing acrobatic stunts and trying to get acquainted with the newcomer.


Mr. Chas. Barrett was visiting old friends in this section, on Sunday.


Puslinch Lake Farmers’ Club held a business meeting last Thursday evening.  There was a good turnout of members and some important business was transacted.


Reverend Mr. Small, of St. Andrew’s Church, Hespeler, will conduct a prayer meeting at Mr. John Robertson’s, on Friday night.


Mr. and Mrs. P. Alfred Burgess have decided to leave this section and return to their former home in the Old Land, and they are holding an auction sale of their household effects.






Many at Puslinch

May 25th 1915.


Puslinch Lake was a favourite holiday resort yesterday.  There were numerous small picnic parties from Guelph and other neighbouring towns.  Many motoring parties took in the resort on their rounds, and at one time, sixteen cars were counted on the grounds.  The gas launch and row boats were in constant request and the hotel people plied a busy trade in soft drinks and ice cream.  Anglers of both sexes were busy with rod and line.






Fell Into Lake

June 12th 1915.


Billy Krueger, proprietor, manager, and licensee of the Puslinch Lake Temperance House, on Friday, had a narrow escape from drowning.  While landing a party at the wharf, he fell into the briny deep, and it is said, had to sink four times before the grappling irons would work in satisfaction to bring him up.  Billy says that there are all kinds of fish at the bottom of the lake that never come to the top to take a chance.


Galt Reporter newspaper





Dance at Lake

June 24th 1915.


A party consisting of about one hundred and fifty people from Puslinch Township and Badenoch settlement held a dance at Puslinch Lake, last evening.  The prefect evening, the good condition of the floors of the dance hall, and the splendid music rendered by the three-piece orchestra made the hours pass quickly and pleasantly.  During the evening, a number took advantage of the moonlight and went for a row on the lake, and when nearing the island wharf, one of the canoes upset, letting the occupants into the water.  Fortunately, some of the island campers came to the rescue and brought them safely ashore, none the worse for their experience.


Galt Reporter newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

July 2nd 1915.


Puslinch Lake was a popular picnicking place on Dominion Day.  A number of parties of picnickers from this city drove out in the morning and spent the day at the old resort.  There were also crowds of people from Hespeler, Preston, Galt, and other neighbouring places.


from the Guelph mercury newspaper






Hespeler Suburb

July 10th 1915.


Summer life at Puslinch Lake is fast getting back to the high water mark of past seasons.  Many new campers are on the scene and the population is daily swelling.  The lake, under the new management of Mr. William Krueger and his helpmate, Mrs. Krueger, is gaining in popularity, and once a camper under their kind care, always a camper there in future.  On Friday night, the populace of Killean and Crieff held a dance at the lake, which was attended by many from Hespeler, some from Hamilton, who motored up, and some also from Puslinch.  A slight accident occurred on Friday that caused a camper to receive a ducking.  The person in question was tipped out of a canoe while endeavouring to remove a bottle from the lake, which had not yet shed its last tear.


Galt Reporter newspaper





Picnics at Puslinch Lake

July 23rd 1915.


Three picnics from this city were held at Puslinch Lake yesterday, St. James’ Choir and the Y.P.A. members, Dublin Street Sunday School, and G. B. Ryan and Company’s staff all spent the day at the southern resort.  The afternoon was splendid picnic weather, but in the evening when the showers came on, the programs were cut a little short.  Some of the picnickers journeyed to the lake in the large four-in-hand carriage, and on the return trip, they were given a nasty ducking, there being no top to their transport outfit.






Puslinch Lake News

September 20th 1915.


The Guelph Radial Railway Board has leased the Puslinch Lake Hotel for a term of five years to the present lessee, Mr. Wm. Krueger.  The lessee pays $50 a year more rent for the hotel, while the city will spend $200 in renovating the building.






Looked Over Lots

October 9th 1915.


Messrs. J. W. Lyon, Mayor Mahoney, Dr. Howitt, Alderman Hewer, and Manager Foster, of the Street Railway Company, drove to Puslinch Lake in automobiles yesterday afternoon and looked over the lots that the city will offer for sale on May 24th.  They also made arrangements to have some repairs made to the hotel and to have it painted.






Will Sell Puslinch Lake Lots

April 26th 1916.


There was a meeting of the Street Railway directors last night, when a number of accounts were passed, and other routine business transacted.  At the next meeting, on the 8th of May, the commissioners will finally decide on terms and restrictions in connection with a proposed auction sale of building lots at Puslinch Lake on May 24th.  Quite a number of lots will be offered on that holiday, when it is expected that there will be a large turnout of citizens at the lake and spirited bidding.






Died at Puslinch Lake

August 31st 1916.


The death occurred last Thursday night of Mrs. Simpson, of London, at the Puslinch Lake Hotel.  Deceased, with her husband and family, had been stopping at the summer resort for several weeks.  She took ill on Saturday and a heavy cold developed into pneumonia, from which she passed away.  She was 58 years old.  The remains were brought into Hespeler and shipped via the G.T.R., on the 8:06 train going north.  The funeral took place in London on Monday.






Sad Fatality at Lake

Lieut. E. Robidaux, Returned Soldier, Drowned

June 14th 1917.


Puslinch Lake was the scene of a sad fatality on Wednesday afternoon, when Lieut. J. Emile Robidaux, a returned soldier, whose home is in Sorel, Quebec, fell from a canoe and was drowned.


Lieut. Robidaux, who is a returned soldier, had been at the Homewood Sanatorium, Guelph, for about a month, recovering from wounds received in action, and with a party of friends, including two house physicians and a Lieut. Dunton, of Montreal, another returned soldier, visited the lake on Wednesday, and with an attendant named Gowan, had gone for a canoe ride on the lake.


Gowan had stopped paddling for the purpose of turning the canoe around so that it would come into the shore broadside.  Gowan, being in the bow of the canoe, did not actually see how the accident happened.  He heard a splash, and turning around, he saw his companion in the water.  The latter yelled for a paddle and Gowan immediately threw him one, but Robidaux went down before he could grab it.  The canoe was between 75 and 100 yards from shore at the time of the accident.


 Word was at once sent to Hespeler and Guelph and searching parties with grappling irons were organized to search for the body.  Dr. Hobbs, of Homewood, took a party of searchers to the lake on Wednesday night, including Detective Greenaway and Dr. MacKinnon, the coroner.  The heavy storm on Wednesday night made it impossible to go on, and the search was resumed early this morning, the body being finally located in about 12 feet of water, at 3:30 this afternoon.  The remains were taken to Guelph, where an inquest will be held, and will later be sent to the soldier’s home in Sorel, Quebec.


Dr. A. T. Hobbs, Superintendent of the Sanatorium, stated that Lieut. Robidaux was a very fine character.  He was perfectly sound mentally, and was fast recuperating from his wounds.  He was only 24 years of age.  He was an officer in the 22nd Battalion and had seen much active service during the present war.  He was wounded at Courcelette, and was invalided home some time ago.  About a month ago, he came from his home in Sorrel to the Homewood for rest and recuperation, and soon made himself a prime favourite there.  He had so far recovered his health that he expected to return to his home next week.  Before going overseas, the deceased was on the staff of one of the banks at Sorel, where his parents reside.  He had been a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons for six months before joining the 22nd Battalion.






Big Fish at Puslinch

June 25th 1917.


Big fish are being caught at Puslinch Lake this summer, but probably the best catch of the season was made on Saturday morning by Mr. Marriott, when he hooked five bass, weighing 14½ pounds.  The largest one measured 17½ inches and weighed 3½ pounds.






Puslinch Lake Notes

August 16th 1917.


Mr. and Mrs. Iveson and Mrs. Hoover and family are newly arrived campers at the lake.  Mr. and Mrs. McDonald and Miss McDonald, of Hamilton, and Miss McDonald, of Toronto, are guests at the Lake Hotel.  Quite a number of picnics were held at Puslinch Lake this week; the Salvation Army from Hespeler, Preston, Galt, and Guelph spent a most enjoyable day.  The Aberfoyle annual picnic was held last Thursday and was the usual success. 


The many friends of Mr. Arthur Eagle will be pleased to know that he is steadily improving.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 23rd 1917.


The campers’ weekly dance was held on Monday evening, owing to the dance from Guelph being held on Thursday.  The campers numbered about fifty and had a very enjoyable time.  Mr. Harold Urquart, of Stratford, ably assisted with the music.  Mr. McKellar also rendered some fine selections with his Edison.


Six auto loads of campers motored to Guelph and were shown the Sterling Rubber factory and then spent the evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Abler, where a pleasant evening was spent.  Refreshments were served and all motored home after an enjoyable outing.


Mr. Bern Flynn made his initial trip to the Lake on Thursday with his new Dodge car.


Mr. Holman and friends spent Sunday at the Lake.


Six young ladies are spending a pleasant two weeks’ outing at the Lake.


The Oddfellows will hold their picnic and dance at the Lake on Saturday August 25th.


Messrs. William Stokes and Forest Ross have returned to their homes at Mount Albert after a pleasant outing with Mr. and Mrs. Osborn at Barry cottage.


Mr. John Flynn is having a holiday.


A. B. Jardine & Co. Ltd., of Hespeler, held its annual picnic at the Lake last Saturday, when three hundred and fifty sat down to a bounteous dinner and supper.  A jolly time was spent by the picnickers in various sports, which were keenly enjoyed by all.  Sports included canoe races, tub races, a walking greasy poles contest, and a tug-of-war, munition workers versus shop men, with the winners being awarded a box of cigars.






Puslinch Lake to Get Stock of Black Bass

August 30th 1917.

Car Load Supplied by the Government to Arrive this Week.


Some time last fall, City Clerk Moore wrote the Department of Game and Fisheries and took up the question of stocking Puslinch Lake with bass.  The department has now seen the wisdom of the suggestion and the following letter was received by Mr. Moore this morning:


Dear Sir:

It gives me much pleasure to advise you that the Ontario Government fish car “Beaver” will go forward on Wednesday next, the 29th instant, with a cargo of black bass parent fish for Puslinch Lake, and will arrive at Hespeler at 10:26 a.m.  I have notified Mr. James Jardine, of Hespeler, to kindly be on hand to meet the car and take delivery of the fish and arrange for their transportation to the lake.  I am sending you parent fish as I know it to be the proper way to stock the lake and I am also aware of the number of good sportsmen that you have in your vicinity and will depend on them to see that none of the fish are taken this season.


If the fish are given proper protection, this shipment should give results equivalent to four carloads of fingerlings.


Yours truly,

D. McDonald,

Acting Deputy Minister of game and Fisheries


The above will be good news to the people generally in this section, and especially to the large number of ardent fishermen, but Mr. Moore stated this morning that fishermen should bear in mind the fact that the bass are not to be caught until next year at the earliest.  If this is strictly adhered to, Puslinch Lake should be a regular anglers’ paradise in 1918.






Many Lots Sold at Lake

Thursday September 13th 1917.


There has been a brisk demand for lots at Puslinch Lake this year, and up to the present, $725 in cash has been paid over to the Guelph Radial Board in payment for them.  It is the intention of the owners of the lots to build on them, and next year will likely see quite a summer colony at the lake.



from the Galt Evening Reporter newspaper






At Puslinch Lake

April 29th 1918.


Even small places have busy times occasionally.  Yesterday, the vicinity of Puslinch Lake was all excitement as a result of a grass fire at McCormick’s Point, which was finally extinguished by the residents.  In preparation for the coming season, alterations are being made to the hotel and several new buildings are in course of construction.






Dance at Lake

June 13th 1918.


The dancing season opened at Puslinch Lake last night when the open air dancing class, under the management of Mr. George Campbell, held its first dance of the season.  Howard’s orchestra supplied music that certainly made up for any chilliness on account of the unusual condition of the weather.  A number from Galt, Preston, and Guelph were present in addition to Hespelerites.






Big Radial Plans at Puslinch Lake

C.P.R. Official Goes Over the Ground ─ Talk of Real Summer Resort There

July 11th 1919.


Mr. F. R. Wanklyn, assistant to the President of the Canadian Pacific, and Mr. W. K. Kirkwood, Manager of the Grand River Railway, have been here, conferring with the civic officials in a matter of interest to the citizens of Guelph, concerning which, an important announcement is likely to be made soon.


In company with Mayor Carter and the members of the Railway and Manufacturers Committee, they paid a visit to Puslinch Lake and were greatly impressed with the possibilities of the place as a summer resort.  From reliable financial resources, it is learned that the plans embrace taking over the street railway and an extension of the line to the south, through Puslinch, skirting Puslinch Lake, to Hespeler or Galt , to connect at the former with the Grand River Electric Railway or in Galt with the Lake Erie & Northern Railway.


The City of Guelph recently obtained a charter for an extension of the Guelph Radial to Puslinch Lake and Hespeler.


from the Globe & Mail newspaper






Engine Refused to Work

August 5th 1919.


When the Puslinch Lake motor launch started out in the lake the other day and then refused to do its work, the occupants had to content themselves while the operator of the launch did everything possible to get the engine started, but it simply refused to answer the call.  After considerable time had elapsed, a returned soldier, who was one of the passengers, and who was a signaller in the army, removed the flag from the front of the launch and gave the signal of distress to the people on shore.  His message was soon answered, and in a few minutes a boat was along side and conveyed the passengers to shore.






Puslinch Lake Popular

September 30th 1919.


Puslinch Lake was a very busy place on Sunday afternoon.  The fine weather that prevailed saw many visitors at the popular summer resort.  Upward of several hundred people were present, and at three o’ clock in the afternoon there were over one hundred automobiles lined up on the bank.  The season, which has just closed, has been a very successful one, and it has been many a year since there has been such a boom at the lake.  Every Saturday and Sunday during the entire summer there have been many large picnics.  Never in the history of this summer resort has there been as many campers as this year.  Several new cottages have been built and a number of others are in course of erection.  Things look very bright for another good season in 1920.






Hydro Meeting at Aberfoyle

April 14th 1920.


A public meeting of the ratepayers of Puslinch has been called for this evening at Aberfoyle for the purpose of testing the feeling of the ratepayers in regard to submitting the Hydro-Electric By-law and authorizing the issue of bonds to secure the Puslinch assessment for the construction of the proposed Hamilton-Kitchener Electric Railway.  Mr. G. W. Hewson, from the Hydro Railway Association, and Mr. T. J. Hannigan will address the meeting, which will be presided over by Reeve Alex. McLean.






Puslinch Ratepayers to Vote on Proposed Hydro Radial Railway

April 15th 1920.


Public Meeting at Aberfoyle Votes in Favour

 of Council Submitting By-law to the Ratepayers ─ Project is Part of Guelph to Hamilton Railway, With Puslinch Lake Branch ─ Several Ratepayers Opposed to Present Survey and Favour Direct Line Through Aberfoyle


By a vote of five to one, a representative gathering of ratepayers of Puslinch, at a public meeting held in the Township Hall at Aberfoyle, on Wednesday evening, went on record as being in favour of submitting the Hydro-Electric Railway By-law, authorizing the issue of bonds to secure the Puslinch assessment  for the construction of the proposed Hamilton-Kitchener radial railway.  As a result of the public meeting, the Puslinch Council will submit the by-law to the ratepayers at an early date, as last night’s meeting was called for the purpose of testing the feeling of the people on the question.


Because the