The Puslinch Lake Community News







Entertainment in Puslinch

December 20th 1876.


A social entertainment will be held under the auspices of Division No. 358, S. of T. (Sons of Temperance), in the new hall, Section 11, Puslinch, on the evening of Friday, 22nd instant.  An excellent programme has been prepared for the occasion.  Refreshments will be served at seven o’ clock.  Admission, 25 cents, children under twelve years, fifteen cents.  The proceeds are to be applied to a worthy object, the liquidation of the debt on the hall.






Reform Meeting at Puslinch Lake

August 30th 1878.


Mr. Guthrie held a very successful meeting in the Temperance Hall, Puslinch Lake, on Wednesday evening.  There were over two hundred present.  James P. Phin was appointed chairman and Mr. Tovell, secretary.  Mr. Donald Guthrie spoke first and was followed by our old Tory friend, Mr. Jacob Hespeler, on behalf of Mr. James Goldie.  Mr. Robert Melvin answered Mr. Hespeler, and Mr. William Lukes followed on behalf of Mr. Goldie.  Mr. Guthrie wound up the proceedings, which did not close until after twelve o’ clock, by a speech that was enthusiastically received.


The following resolutions were put and carried by an overwhelming majority, at least three to one of the electors: ─


Moved by Mr. John Scott, seconded by Mr. Robert Little, that this meeting, having heard Mr. Guthrie’s explanation of his conduct in Parliament as our representative and a statement of his views on the various public questions of the day, desires to express our hearty approval of his conduct in the past, and our confidence in his faithfulness and ability to represent us in Parliament, hereby pledge ourselves to use our utmost endeavour to secure his election.


Moved by Mr. Alex McAllister, seconded by Mr. Gilchrist, that this meeting desires to express its thorough confidence in the Honourable Alex MacKenzie and his Government, and desires to express its approval of their course on the tariff question, and the principle of a revenue tariff as enunciated by them.


The above meeting was held in a neighbourhood where the Opposition was claiming to have received a considerable accession of strength.  The meeting showed that the claim was not, by any means, well founded.


There is no doubt but what the MacKenzie Government is now more popular in this neighbourhood than it ever was.






Social at Puslinch Lake

September 12th 1878.


A social in connection with the Presbyterian Church here was held at the residence of Mrs. Jas. Dickie, near Puslinch Lake, on the afternoon and evening of Friday, the 6th instant.  There was an unusually large turnout on this occasion and after being well entertained by their hostess, many of the pleasure seekers went to the lake and enjoyed themselves by boating, swinging, singing, et cetera until a middling late hour, but all returned, believing that they had a good time.  About $22 were realized from the proceeds.






Notes from Puslinch Lake

August 28th 1879.


Farmers in this locality are through with the harvest and an excellent crop has been secured in their roomy barns, and fields are now being made ready for fall sowing.  The chief hurry, however, being over, and the weather as pleasant as could be desired, picnics at the lake are a daily occurrence.


Last Thursday was the annual gathering day of the Clan Gilchrist, and over a hundred of old and young met at Mr. Parks’.  The Killean piper was in attendance, and the hills and islets resounded with his stirring music.  It is a well-known fact that the ladies of Puslinch are behind none in cuisine matters, and on this occasion, they excelled themselves.  The rest of the day was spent in boating, and on the island, where the party was kindly received by “mine host” of the Hotel de Goulding.  Enjoyment here took many forms, but the best and most animating was the dancing on the green, where grey-haired sires and youthful maidens might be seen, dancing in the chequered shade.


The graceful motions of the dancers and the lively tunes of the piper brought vividly to your correspondent’s mind the scenes and pastimes of his youth in native Highlands.








The Puslinch Lake Correspondence

August 27th 1886.


Lying Dormant ─ The Puslinch Lake correspondent returns after a two weeks’ well-earned rest, to speak in behalf of the “poor benighted peasants” of Puslinch Lake.  By this time, the readers of the Guelph Mercury, especially those who make it a point to read the Hespeler happenings or correspondence every week, will have come to the conclusion that Puslinch Lake is deserving of fire and brimstone, and will ask themselves, “Where is it?” and “What class of people surround or reside there?”  I shall answer those questions as briefly as possible, and after doing so, I think that the readers of your valuable journal will consider that some of the correspondence is the result of a fertile imagination.


First, Puslinch Lake is situated in the southwest corner of Puslinch, about two miles from Hespeler, nine miles from Guelph, and six from Galt.  It covers an area of five hundred acres, has five beautiful islands, is fed by a number of large springs that lie underneath the surface of the water, and has to the south a number of large hills that give to it the appearance of one of the lakes of Killarney.


In speaking of the residents, I do not intend to speak as an egotist, but what I have to say is this, that Puslinch Lake can boast of some of the greatest men that Canada has ever produced.  Not only have her sons excelled in the art of farming, but they have also turned their attention to nearly all of the leading professions and occupations, and in all cases, you will find them in the foremost ranks.  I shall now occupy a few more lines of your valuable space in giving a list of some of the boys that at one time could be found playing barefooted along the shore of Puslinch Lake.


Educational field – Donald McCaig ─ Inspector of Algoma Schools, Malcolm McCormick ─ Principal of Guelph Business College, T. J. Collins ─ Principal of Ottawa Separate School and champion penman of Canada, C. C. Collins ─ Principal of Guelph Separate School, pen artist and professor of music, Alex Dickie ─ High School Principal in Galveston, Texas, and other prominent teachers, viz., Thos. Dickie, W. S. Dickie, Jas. H. Ellis, Thos. H. Lamont, Jas. Ramsay, and A. Little.


Theology ─ Reverend Jas. Little, M.A., Princeton, Ontario,


Medicine ─ Frank Wood Shaw, M.D., Carberry, Manitoba, Robt. McWilliams, M.D., Drayton, Ontario, James McWilliams, M.D., Dundalk, Ontario, and George Collins, V.S., Hespeler, Ontario.


Inland Revenue ─ J. K. Barrett, Inspector of Inland Revenue for the Province of Manitoba, and T. J. Barrett, London, Ontario.


Military ─ Matthew Ellis ─ 1st class Infantry certificate, John Gilchrist ─ 1st class artillery certificate, and Edward Ellis ─ 1st class artillery certificate.


Athletic field ─ Gilbert McCaig ─ ex-champion stone thrower of America, and Tom Jermy ─ ex-champion sledge thrower of the world.


Miscellaneous ─ M. Collins ─ Justice of the Peace, Treasurer, Norfolk, Manitoba, and R. A. Barrett ─ master mechanic, Rusk, Texas.


It is of such men that Puslinch Lake feels proud.  I should like very much now if the Hespeler correspondent would give a list of the number of informers from that place who visit the Lake periodically, get drunk, act like wild animals, and finish up their debauch by turning informers on the hotel keeper.  It is from this source that the Hespeler man gets his valuable information about Puslinch Lake, and it is to be hoped that in the future he will not jump too quickly at news that every Tom, Dick, and Harry reports to him.






Mr. Innes’ Meeting at Puslinch Lake

February 15th 1887.


There was a good attendance at the meeting held in the schoolhouse near Puslinch Lake, on Monday night.  Mr. Jos. Little, Township Councillor, was appointed Chairman, and discharge the duties with great efficiency.  Mr. Innes spoke for an hour and a half, after which a Mr. Fitzgerald, a young lawyer from Toronto, made his appearance on behalf of Mr. Goldie, and spoke for forty minutes.  Mr. Hugh McMillan replied to him in a very effective speech, after which a motion of confidence was passed in Mr. Innes and Mr. Blake, the motion being made by Mr. James Ellis and seconded by Mr. John Tovell.


There was a large attendance of ladies present who took great interest in the speeches and proceedings.






Puslinch Lake Correspondence

January 23rd 1888.


Horse Buyers ─ Messrs. Shaw, of Cleveland, Alexander, of Guelph, and Barrett, of Puslinch, have been buying up some of Puslinch’s best horses.  They bought a very valuable horse from Robert Little and another from John G. Gilchrist, each for a good sum.


Social Hop ─ On Friday evening last, a company of young people gathered at the house of Mrs. McLarty, on the south side of the lake, and another company gathered at the house of Mrs. Kinsella, on the north side.  At both places, they were kindly welcomed and given the pleasure of making themselves at home.  After “tripping the light fantastic” for a while, they partook of a bountiful supper provided by the party.  When all was over and a vote of thanks given to the hosts, they repaired to their homes, the boys, of course, remembering that “the longest way round is often the best road home”.


Better ─ The many friends of Mrs. Heritage will be glad to hear that she is better.  She has been a resident of West Puslinch since it was first settled and has consequently a great many esteemed friends.


Glove factory ─ The glove factory that the Killean correspondent speaks about, that is to be run by Messrs. Little and Ellis, is not going to commence operations till spring, by which time they think they cane have enough material on hand to keep their working hands busy all summer.


False Statement ─ It has been reported that the Ellis Church was sold to Chas. Zimmerman.  The report is not correct.


Bad Luck ─ Mr. Wildfong bought a very valuable horse a few weeks ago.  The horse took sick last week and does not show signs of recovery.






Puslinch Lake Correspondence

April 18th 1888.


Mr. Isaac U. Cober has purchased from Mr. John Wildfong, of Kribbs’ mills, twenty-five acres of choice land, being the south quarter of Lot 1, 3rd Concession, at the rate of $64 per acre.


Miss Jessie Dickie, of Hespeler, has charge of our school at present, owing to Miss McWilliams being called away on account of sickness.


There is a stream in our midst that is attracting more attention, at present, than either the Nile or Niger.  A little fellow thoroughly explored the stream a few evenings ago, but so far as we can learn, found no obstructions, nets or anything form which he could infer that some person was violating the game laws.


  Most of the farmers in this section have commenced ploughing.  Seeding will be in order in a few days time.


Lamb Disease ─ A disease of a very mysterious character is at present playing havoc with the lambs.  So far as can be learned, the disease is not contagious, as it is the result of the ewes not receiving a sufficient supply of fodder during the winter months.


We are sorry to learn that Mr. Alfred Evans is suffering at present from neuralgia of the brain.  Mr. John Dickie Senior is also very low.


Mr. P. P. Barrett exhibited his trotting stallions, “_____” and “Hambletonian King” at the recent stud fair at Galt, taking 2nd and 3rd.






The Puslinch Lake Correspondence

September 17th 1888.


Sabbath School Picnic ─ A picnic is to be held by the Puslinch Lake Sabbath School on Saturday next.  Swings will be put up, as usual on all such occasions, but the chief feature is to be a football match between our eleven and the Clyde team.  Our team did so badly at Paisley Block a few weeks ago that we wish them a better day this time.  We hope to see them with a fine new uniform on that occasion, which will show an improvement in our team.  The uniform consists of cloth of no inferior quality, and has no doubt cost considerable time and money to the players.  Rumour says that when the Canadian team returns from England, our team is going to challenge them.


 Notes ─ Jas. H. Ellis has returned from Buffalo.  Miss Hannah Little is visiting friends in Detroit.  The Ellis Church is still standing.  ‘Coons are catching it this fall.  Seeding is mostly over and early sowed wheat is up about two inches out of the ground.  Most of our young men are at Toronto show this week.  Peter Barrett took high prizes at the Guelph show.  The water in the lake is very low.  Mr. Marvin Eagle is working on his farm.  Mr. Charles Schaumberg will soon be leaving his place, to the regret of his neighbours, having rented it to Christian Schaumberg, of Waterloo.






The Puslinch Lake Correspondence

October 15th 1888.


Football ─ Not many were present on Saturday night last, and it was settled upon that they meet again next Saturday evening to have a moonlight game, if it be not cloudy.  Then, they are to meet on Monday evening in the Temperance Hall to wind up the business, and to see about starting the debating school, and also to see about having the usual fall dance in the hall soon.


Cider Sauce ─ The neighbours around here are busy boiling apples, and paring bees are becoming very common.  The apple crop far exceeds any that we have had for a number of years.  Cober’s and Groh’s cider mills cannot grind fast enough to grind all that they get in at daylight, but are grinding late at night by the light of lanterns.  They are also at it before daylight in the morning.






“Lines to Puslinch Lake

by Andrew Ramsay

(With the writer’s compliments to J. A. Howitt, M.D., Morriston)

July 18th 1889.


Far gloaming thro’ cedars while hitherward wending,

We saw thy glad waters with opaline gold,

And every blue tint of the firmament blending

Below, round the island fane’s ruin of old(1.)

If marvellous now in this still April morning

Ere roses arrive in the marigold brake

No wonder McCormick revered thine adorning

When June birds all praise thee, O azurous lake.(2.)


If lovely in lustre while leaf buds yet hold in

Their red hearts the summer of roseate sheen,

How must the shores smile as they softly unfold in

A flower mottled garment of glorious green,

Translated by Dawn, what a solace thy splendour

Might be to a world we would gladly forsake,

Did duty allow us its strife to surrender,

Or blot out life’s past by thy beauty, O Lake.


The bittern and loon have a safe habitation,

The eagle on high and the seagull below,

The robin gives song and the wild dove laudation,

While little winged choirs chant whatever they know.

When gloaming comes down, they make glad the dim places,

The frog, tho’ despised, does his best in the brake,

And everything offers its quota of graces,

Excepting mankind, by the beautiful Lake.


Man mars his best days by contentious repining,

He cradles his peace on a pillow of thorn,

Regardless of sin, tho’ rebuked by the shining

Florescence that might his own being adorn,

The moon rises bright and the waves smile to meet her,

The earth doth not sin tho’ ‘tis banned for our sake,

And the soul would be glad did not evil defeat her

From bourgeoning fair as this luminous Lake.


The thunder of warfare by smoke overladen,

The shock of repulsion, the struggle in gore,

The wail of the vanquished, the shriek of the maiden,

Despoiled in despair, are unknown on thy shore.

Never a slave on thy border did trample,

No despot shall ever come near thee, or take

This ensign that symbols thy liberty ample,

Thou blue shields of freedom, O azurous Lake.


Old shoreways renowned, where vast armies contended

In bloodshed for that which to neither belongs,

May be more revered by vain hosts who have inland wended

To gaze on the scene or revive it in song;

Away with such guilt tho’ ‘tis classic in story,

The price of crushed empires whose potentates quake.

More worthy art thou in thine innocent glory

Then Naples or Lemen, O marvellous Lake!


Andrew Ramsay.



(1.) The ruins on the island are supposed to have been a Roman Catholic Mission.

(2.) M. McCormick, President of the Business College, Guelph.






Puslinch Lake Correspondence

January 30th 1890.


High Winds ─ The heavy gales that have been sweeping through this settlement for the past fortnight have blown down enough timber to supply the local market for the next three winters.


Purchased ─ Mr. Alex McGregor has purchased from the Seigel estate, Lot 1, 2nd Concession, for the sum of $3200 cash.


Social Hop ─ The first of Barney McQuillan’s series of dances was held in Lang’s spacious hall, on Friday evening last.  A large number were present from Galt, Guelph, Hespeler, and Aberfoyle, not to speak of a number from the 4th and local suburbs.  Everything passed off harmoniously, with the exception of a number of gents from Guelph and Hespeler, who were attacked by la grippe during the evening, but were soon restored to convalescence by a local physician who was present.


Removed ─ Parties wishing the services of Geo. Collins, V.S., will find him in his office in connection with John Flynn’s harness shop.  Mr. Collins always keeps in stock a choice selection of drugs, to which he partially attributes his great success in business, and with that, accompanied by honesty and square dealing, he intends making his business in the future as prosperous as it has been in the past.






The Puslinch Lake News

March 25th 1890.


There is, at present, travelling through this section of the country, a man of very short stature, who claims to be a professor of the mouth organ and bagpipes.  In one of his series of concerts at Killean last week, he met with a reception that made him think for the time that life was not a sure thing in that locality.  His charge of 15 cents for admittance was ignored by the boys, who walked over the professor at the door, and took their seats.  The programme consisted of various war tunes on the pipes, followed by a sword dance by the professor, in Highland dress.  He was interrupted in one of his heel and toe twists by one of the boys, who brought a hose to bear on his extremities, completely paralyzing him for the time, to the amusement of all present.  In conclusion, he asked the party to sing “God Save the Queen”, but as none responded, he remarked, “I knew that you were all Irish”.


The Literary and Debating Society intends holding a grand entertainment in its hall in a short time.  The proceeds of the entertainment will go towards repairing the Society’s rooms.


A number of the farmers are busy manufacturing molasses and sugar.


The assessor has gone his rounds and people wonder how it is that some farmers are assessed the same as last year and others have their assessment increased one thousand dollars.


We want to know why the statute labour of Lot 10, Front of the 3rd Concession, Lot 10, Front and Rear of the 2nd Concession, and Lot 11, Rear of the 2nd, is put on the good Accommodation Road to Hespeler, when the side road between these lots is impassable, and will remain so for years to come except some line man gets into the council and reforms it.


John Cunningham, of Hespeler, who has gone extensively into the shipping of turnips the past winter, is negotiating at present with a New York firm for the shipment of several more cars.


Mr. J. B. Cober has purchased a very fine Jersey bull and intends to make a speciality of that kind of stock in the future.


A lively time is expected at Puslinch Lake this season.  Mr. Reid Baker, of Hespeler, intends residing at the old Parks’ Hotel.


 Before surveying the Guelph-Arthur railroad to Hamilton, we would suggest a line by way of Hespeler and Puslinch Lake to be more satisfactory than by Morriston, as there is actually more business done in those former places than in all the villages between Guelph and Hamilton.






Entertainment at Puslinch Lake

April 16th 1890.


A very successful entertainment, under the auspices of the Puslinch Lake Literary Association was held in S.S. No. 11, on Friday evening, April 4th.  A large crowd was in attendance.  The most interesting part of the programme was a play entitled “Never Count Your Chickens until They Are Hatched”, the different parts being presented by Messrs. Jas. H. Ellis, A. Little, Jno. Fyfe, and Misses Alice and Minerva Bond, Miss Eliza Little, and Miss Ada Kitchen.  The play was carried out in a very entertaining and artistic manner, and drew repeated bursts of applause from the audience and was highly creditable to the actors and the manager, Mr. W. J. Little.


A lengthy programme followed, consisting of recitations by Messrs. Ellis, Little, and Fyfe, in their well known styles, and readings by Messrs. D. Eagle and R. McLellan.  Deserving of especial mention were songs by Messrs. Fyfe and Little, and a recitation by Miss Ella Little.  The whole was interspersed with rolling choruses from the Society Glee Club, which were much enjoyed by all, as were the happy selections and comical proceedings of the end men, Messrs. William and Jacob Cooper.  A violin duet by Misses Young and Robertson was rendered in excellent style.  Miss Martin, of Hespeler, gave several selections on the organ, which were much appreciated. 


Mr. Joseph Little occupied the chair in his usual able manner.  After the usual votes of thanks, the meeting dispersed at a late hour, all highly satisfied with the evening’s entertainment.






Puslinch Lake Notes

January 14th 1895.


We congratulate Mr. John Tovell on becoming our representative at the Township Council.  There being no opposition to Mr. Tovell shows well the high estimation in which he is held by the people of the township.


Samuel Jacobs, of Morriston, spent Sunday at the home of Robert Little.


Miss Stone and Mrs. McWilliams are the guests of Miss Dickie.


Mr. Caleb Reeve is making preparation for building a large concrete house in the spring.


The school is again in full running order, with a large attendance.






Puslinch Lake Notes

January 30th 1895.


The many friends of Mr. Jas. McMaster are glad to see his genial face among them again, having come from his Dakota home to renew acquaintances in Canada.


Mr. Gregor, of the 2nd Concession of Puslinch, has rented the farm of Elijah Eagle, now occupied by Cyrus Holm.  Mr. Gregor takes possession on the 20th of February, and report says that he is not going to keep “bach hall”.


Mr. Thomas Robertson, who has been suffering from the grippe, is recovering.


The singing school, which has been so successfully conducted by Mr. Shupe for the past three months, held its final examination on Wednesday last, and all passed with flying honours.  Mr. Shupe has a class at the brick church on Tuesday evenings, to which all the members of the Ellis Church class are invited.  All who have seen the result of Mr. Shupe’s work are well pleased with his teaching, and will be glad to have him come and give another quarter at some future time.  His class would have asked him to teach another quarter this winter, if the church were warmer and stables or sheds handier to leave horses in.


Wm. Little has been sick with the grippe, but is able to be out again.


Miss Christina McAlister has been visiting friends at Valen’s corners.






Puslinch Lake Correspondence

February 12th 1895.


The many friends of the family of Mr. Charles Barrett are pleased to see the name of John K. Barrett, of Winnipeg, in the columns of the Montreal and Ottawa papers, as well as in other papers throughout Canada, connected with the last decision of the Privy Council, separate schools.  Many of the papers give praise to Mr. Barrett for his perseverance in carrying this question through so many difficulties. The Montreal Daily Herald, in speaking of him, says: “The problem having assumed a new phase, he had this phase of the question brought to the fore and pushed to a conclusion.”  We are pleased to say that Mr. Barrett was once a Puslinch boy and has shown the pluck and perseverance usually shown by Puslinch boys.  Hurrah for Puslinch!


Willie Ross has been very ill with inflammation of the lungs.


During the recent cold snap, Fred Lewis had the misfortune to have both ears badly frozen.


Miss Ella Little is suffering from a mild attack of the grippe.






The News of Puslinch Lake

March 3rd 1895.


On February 25th, a sleigh load of sixteen members from the Ellis Church Sunday School drove to Aberfoyle to attend the annual Sunday School Convention, which was held in the Aberfoyle Methodist Church.  They were so hospitably treated by the Aberfoyle members that all hope that it will not be long before they again invite the convention to meet there.


A shady being, hovering near the noted marl beds of the Little Lake on Monday February 24th, caused no small anxiety to passing wayfarers when seen at a distance.  Upon nearer view, it approved to be an inoffensive straw man, attired in a tweed suit and cap.  The question is where did the straw come from?


Notwithstanding the fierce storm that raged on Friday night , February 21st, a goodly number from here attended the social at Mr. Metcalf’s home.  The roads were so drifted that the young men of the party had to walk the greater part of the way home.


Mr. Joseph Little has returned from Toronto.


Mrs. Wm. Nickens is improving.


Miss Ada Kitchen is ill with measles.


Miss Brice is the guest of Miss Robertson.


Mr. John Fyfe has purchased a new driver.


Mr. Chas. Heart is able to be out again.






Where Did His Possessions Go?

March 6th 1895.


A case in which the executors of the estate of Robert Lamb, who drowned at Puslinch Lake last fall, are suing John Caldwell, Proprietor of the Central Hotel, at Galt, for $650, to which amount they claim that Mr. Lamb had an interest in that hotel, was tried before Judge LaCourse, at Berlin, on Tuesday.  The plaintiffs claim that Mr. Lamb had also considerable property in the way of diamond rings, gold watches, et cetera, which cannot be found.  The defendant, Caldwell, puts up the plea that Lamb took his money out of the business before he died, and therefore had no claim on the property.  The suit is to recover the $650.  Mrs. Cartwright was brought away from Kingston, as it was thought that she, knowing Robert Lamb quite intimately, would know something of what his possessions were.  But she was a complete failure as a witness, denying any intimacy with Lamb, though John Service said that he had carried notes between them.  Mrs. Cartwright’s reply to this was more forcible than ladylike.  The case was adjourned.






Puslinch Lake Notes

March 11th 1895.


Mr. Chas. Schaumberg has moved to his new house in Hespeler, lately occupied by his brother, Henry, who has gone to Toronto to reside there in future.  On Wednesday evening, Mr. Schaumberg was surprised by a number of young people, calling at his house to spend the last evening with him that he would have on the farm.  An hour was spent in social chat, after which lunch was passed around by the ladies.


After lunch, Mr. John W. Gilchrist called Mr. Schaumberg and Miss Schaumberg to the floor.  Mr. John Gilchrist, of Killean, then read a short and well worded address to Mr. Schaumberg, in which he told him of the high esteem in which he was held by the neighbourhood, of how he would be missed in all the circles in which he had been connected, and that they would always be pleased to welcome him back to the neighbourhood again.  Miss Annie Gilchrist then read a short and touching address to Miss Schaumberg.  At the proper time, Miss Alice Bond, on behalf of the company, presented Mr. and Miss Schaumberg with a pair of very handsome diamond pins.  Mr. and Miss Schaumberg both replied very feelingly.


Mr. Schaumberg then said that the house was open for them to go on with any games that they chose. 


The chairman, Mr. Jno. W. Gilchrist, then proposed a toast to the Dominion of Canada, to be replied to by Mr. John Gilchrist, of Killean.  After this, a toast was proposed to the Army and Navy, replied to by Jacob Cooper, ex-private of the London Volunteers, by Corporal John Robertson, of “A” Battery of the Guelph Artillery, and by Malcolm Gilchrist.  The next toast, The Puslinch Agricultural Society, was replied to by William Little and Jno. Gilchrist, of the 3rd Concession.  A toast was then proposed to the ladies and ably replied to by Jno. Fyfe. 


Although the audience would not allow the chairman to sing a song, which he said he had composed for the occasion, the programme was interesting and enjoyed by all.  After the programme, Jacob Cooper moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, Jno. Robertson seconding.


At this time, the audience was horrified to see four men enter the room, and without a word to anyone, deliberately lift the stove and walk away with it.  But, when John Gilchrist called “Partners for the Circassian Circle” and Anthony Robertson and John W. Gilchrist began to play “Captain Jinks”, the mystery of the stove was soon solved.  The rest of the evening and a good part of the night was then passed in dancing.






Puslinch Lake Items

September 9th 1895.


Miss Jennie Currie, of Ayr, is visiting friends in this section.  A number are taking in the Exhibition at Toronto.  On Friday evening next will be Mr. Shupe’s last lesson to the singing class at Puslinch Lake.


A few days ago, Mr. Harry Pierce lost a gun that he has had in his possession for a great many years.  He felt very bad over his loss, but was pleased to hear the other day that it was found in the possession of Silas Dolson, of Hespeler.  He has proved his property and Dolson was sent to Berlin for trial.


The Hunt Club of Guelph had supper at the Lake Hotel last Friday evening.


Miss Etta Bond is attending the Galt Model School.






 The News of Puslinch Lake

October 23rd 1895.


Robert Barrett, of Texas, who has been at home to attend the funeral of his mother, has returned.


John Fyfe has returned from Belgrave, where he spent a few days visiting cousins and friends.


Ingram and Heffernan conducted a successful sale at the farm of Jas. Wright.  Mr. Wright is retiring from the farm.


The many friends of Thos. Y. Robertson are pleased to see his genial face among them again, he having returned from a visit among friends and old neighbours at Carberry and McGregor, Manitoba.


Everybody that can get hold of a musket and a pound of shot, and can get his turnips in and his potatoes sold before next Monday, is going with Alex Neubauer to Muskoka on that day, to be there for the opening of the deer season on November 1st.






Puslinch Lake Items

November 11th 1895.


Word has been received from Charles Neubauer, who is now at Bala, Muskoka, that deer are very plentiful and his company has had very good luck with the rifles.  They will probably be home on Saturday.


The many friends of Jas. D. Ramsay will regret to hear that he has resigned his position as teacher of S.S. No. 11, to accept the second room in the Hespeler School.


Mr. Reeve has move into his new stone house.


Mr. Dickie’s new barn is being completed.


Mr. Geo. McCoy, of the Outlet, has move to the Clemens farm on the stone road, near Preston.






The News from Puslinch Lake

June 30th 1896.


Sergeant Robertson has returned home after two weeks’ hard drill at Guelph.


Miss Duncan, of Hespeler, is spending a season with her friend, Mrs. Joseph Little.


Miss Maggie Laird, of Guelph, spent a few days last week with Miss Dickie.


Our pathmaster deserves great credit for the good condition in which the roads have been kept all spring, and the excellent gravelling and grading done last week.


Mrs. Pease, of New York, is the guest of Thos. Ellis, Esquire.


The strawberry is now past.  Mr. Devine is said to have the best berries in the market this year.


The residents of this vicinity will be very sorry to lose their neighbour, Mr. Kitchen, and family, who are moving into Hespeler to reside there.


The annual Sunday School convention of the Puslinch Association was held in Kirkland’s Church, on Thursday last.  The addresses given by Reverend D. Strachan, Reverend Mr. Robertson, Reverend Mr. Nugent, and Mr. Stratten were both interesting and learned, and caused the most lively discussions after each speaker had finished.  The music rendered by the choir was most select, and the tea prepared by the ladies was all that could be desired.  The church was tastefully decorated with flowers.  Altogether, it was a success.






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.






The News of Puslinch Lake

October 2nd 1896.


The keen frosts of last week have cut off the garden foliage, but changed the forest from a monotonous green to the bright autumn tints so generally admired.


A number of sports from Guelph visited the Lake, in search of wild duck, but left disappointed, as the duck have deserted these parts this season, only a couple of flocks having been seen all fall.


The crop of apples here, as elsewhere, is an unusually large one, especially winter apples, the latest song being “Packers, come this way.”


The fall wheat has made an excellent start this season, and bids fair to stand the winter.


Nurse Bond, from Boston, has been spending her vacation at her home in Puslinch.


Miss Mary Dickie, of Galt Collegiate Institute, owing to sickness, has not yet returned to her studies.  This will deter Miss Dickie in her work, as she intended taking up a second-class course.  We are pleased to know that she is recovering, however.


Miss Sarah Aikens has returned from a visit to Hamilton and vicinity.


Mrs. Heritage, of Bloomington, Illinois, is the guest of her mother, Mrs. Heritage.


Mr. McAlister, while leading two spirited horses to water, was thrown off his balance and sprained his knee.  He is somewhat improved this week.


Mr. John Gilchrist’s new thresher has been doing excellent work, and is in great demand this fall.  In fact, there is no respite for the threshers this season.






The News of Puslinch Lake

November 16th 1896.


We are sorry to lose our friend, Mr. Ellis, proprietor of the Lake Temperance House, who is leaving this vicinity for the position of manager on his brother’s estate in Waterloo.  Mr. Ellis has resided amongst us for the past ten years, and has made himself many firm friends who wish him well in his undertaking.


Reverend D. Strachan has been making his annual pastoral visits here, this month.


Thomas Ellis has been suffering from a severe cold.


Mr. Sutherland has returned from his work on the lakes, and intends spending some time with his friend, Mr. Ross.


Mr. Robert Little spent a few days last week with his son in Oshawa.


Prayer meeting is to be held at the home of Mr. Wm. Dickie on Thursday evening.


The friends of Mr. David Evans are congratulating him on the arrival of a son and heir.


There are a lot of petty thefts reported in the neighbouring county.  Happily, the residents of Puslinch Lake have not been molested.


If the Honourable Mr. Justice Robertson could visit some of our Irish homes at present, we fear that he would find that there was yet another class of Irish in Wellington, who believe in peace and prosperity, in conforming with the laws of our country, and in improvement of every kind.  He would also find to his sorrow that they converse on much wider topics than those he mentioned in charging the jury in the case of Keleher versus Blair, and while never losing their self-respect, they also respect the feelings of others.






The Puslinch Lake News

December 22nd 1896.


We are enjoying a slight fall of the beautiful, at present.  Very little snow would make excellent sleighing now.


The woodmen are taking advantage of the fine weather to gather their wood, preparatory for selling.


A little excitement was caused last week by a spirited team, belonging to Mr. Bond, taking fright at the sound made by throwing lumber off the wagon, to which they were hitched.  They succeeded in breaking loose and running a couple of miles before being captured.  However, they were unhurt and the wagon but slightly damaged.


Mrs. S. Lennan, of Verden, Manitoba, is visiting her father, Mr. McAlister.  While travelling, she was delayed three days by the storm, a short distance from Verden.  Mrs. Lennan reports Manitoba as booming, at present.


Mr. Cyrus Witmer, of Blythe, has returned to Puslinch and will spend the winter working on the farm of Mr. Dickie.


Mr. Parsons has returned from a visit to Ayr.






The News from Puslinch Lake

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, the traffic has not decreased.


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


Miss Mary Dickie spent Sunday at her home.


Misses Ray and Volic, 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 from 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 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.






The 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 once again are 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 Prof. Maitland.  We believe that she intends making music her life’s profession, and we 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 the section.






The News of Puslinch Lake

March 15th 1897.


It is with much pleasure that we welcome among us the bride of Mr. John Cooper, whose wedding we read an account of in a former issue of your valuable paper.  We welcome her for her own sake as well as for her husband’s, as she is well known to many here and has made many friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Cooper have taken up their residence on Mr. Cooper’s farm.


Mrs. Thos. Fyfe is recovering from an attack of la grippe.  Several are suffering from that common enemy, amongst the rest being the family of Mr. Lisso, every member of his family being ill at the same time.


An interesting debate was held in the school of S.S. No. 11 on Friday afternoon, the debaters being senior scholars.  The subject was ably handled by the little folks, “Who did the most for our country, Columbus or Claxton, the inventor of the printing press?”


Mrs. Evans, of Dennington, is visiting friends here.


We understand that there is a new book in process, edited by three of Puslinch’s leading men.  The title is not yet known, but the subject is the “Pioneers of Puslinch”, their work, lives, et cetera.


Mr. Jas. Ellis’ silo has given him great satisfaction this year.  This ought to be an inducement for others to follow Mr. Ellis’ example, build a silo and raise more corn for winter feeding.






The Puslinch Lake News

April 6th 1897.


The surprising growth of verdure this week predicts a fine summer, so our sages say.  The spring plowing has commenced.  Some farmers are talking of planting early potatoes next week.


Mr. John Gilchrist’s steam circular saw is in great demand and does its work in its usual good style, under the engineering of Mr. Gilchrist and his able staff of men.


Mr. Alex McGregor has erected a log stable and barn on his farm.






The News of Puslinch Lake

April 27th 1897.


The genial showers of the past week have brightened the farmers’ prospects in their fall wheat, which is making quite a growth.  Clover and timothy are also doing well.


Our roads are again in splendid shape.


We are sorry to lose from among us Captain James H. Ellis and family, who have left “Walnut Villa” to reside in Preston.  Captain Ellis was born and raised on the old homestead here and has always been a help to the community, his ability as a ready writer, a composer, and arithmetician, and his through knowledge of our laws, making him almost a necessity to his less favoured neighbours.  However, our loss is others’ gain, and we wish him every success in all his undertakings.


Mr. Sharp’s house is nearly completed.  He intends inhabiting it on May 1st.


Mr. C. Washburn has vacated his house near the school and intends working the Ellis estate.


Mr. J. Campbell and family are residing amongst us.


Mr. Beckman has finished his contract with Mr. Dickie.


Miss Minnie Laird, of Guelph, is still enjoying Puslinch air, though a little nearer the Lake than last week.


Miss Etta Bond has returned to Morriston after spending her vacation at her home.


Mrs. (Reverend) James Little, of London, spent last week with friends here, on her return from the W.F.M.S.  (Women’s Foreign Missionary Service) assembly, at Hamilton.


 Miss Ada Kitchen is visiting friends here.


Miss Archibald was the guest of Mrs. Dickie during Easter.


The Ellis Church Sunday School will re-open on Sunday May 2nd, at 3 p.m.  A good attendance is expected, as preparation has been made for a large school.


Miss Mary Read is the possessor of a pettagoniam that would satisfy the most rigid connoisseur.  This plant is of rare beauty and has the most bloom of any of the kind seen in these parts.


The Jack Lights are still illuminating Irish Creek.


We are pleased to learn that Sergeant John Robertson has been called upon to go to England to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.  We are indeed proud of our boys, but more of this anon.


Wedding bells are again heard in this vicinity.  The good will of the community is with the happy couple.


Pork buyers are plentiful and ready.






The News from Puslinch Lake

June 1st 1897.


The cold winds and rains are making us have a more backward spring than we have had for the last three years, but the experienced ones say that it is better so, as there will be nothing to fear from a June frost.  It seems that every cloud has its silver lining, if we could or would find it.


A meeting of the senior members of the Ellis Church Sunday School is to be held in the church on Monday evening, June 7th, to arrange for a Jubilee social.  It will likely take place before the 22nd, as there are so many other arrangements for that date.


Miss Bessie and Master Gordon Dickie have returned from a visit to their grandparents in Lucknow.


Miss Ella Little spent the 24th with her brother in Oshawa.


Mr. and Mrs. Gardner, of Eramosa, spent Sunday with friends here.


Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Ross have taken up their residence on Mr. Ross’ farm on the 3rd Concession of Puslinch.  Their many friends wish them every happiness and prosperity.


Miss Nomie Edwards, of Galt, is the guest of Miss Alice Bond.


On Monday May 24th, Mrs. Thos. Aikens presented her husband with a young son.


A number of our young men went west on the C.P.R. to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.


We are pleased to know that Mr. McDermiad is again able to take his accustomed place as teacher.


Mr. Andrew McAlister is somewhat better this week.


Miss Bell Robertson is spending a week in Puslinch.


Word has been received from Sergeant Robertson, from Quebec.  Although summoned without a day’s notice, owing to the neglect of some brother officers, the Sergeant started at once for that city.  This will explain his sudden departure to those friends who were preparing a farewell in his honour.






The 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 will be 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 is 10 and 15 cents.


It grieves us to hear of Mr. Thos. Ellis’ bereavement, through the death of his son, David Ellis, of New York, who died at his residence in 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.






The News of Puslinch Lake

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, who 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 Gayer, 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 were 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 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.






The Puslinch Lake News

July 20th 1897.


Haying is past, wheat and rye harvest is the order of the day, new potatoes are plentiful and the root crop is doing well.  Small garden stuff is flourishing.


The lake, so noted for its pleasure grounds, is exceptionally pretty at present.  The islands are dotted over with picturesque tents, which when illuminated in the evening present a cheerful aspect.


Picnickers find “mine host” of the hotel most obliging, hence the large number of picnics that have come to the lake recently.


We are pleased to have Sergeant Robertson with us again.  He is looking well and enjoyed his trip immensely.


Mr. Archibald McAlister met with a slight accident on Saturday last.  While adjusting a mower knife, the machine was started, cutting off the tip of his first finger.


Mr. Washburn also was unfortunate, having lost a valuable horse through the mower knife running into its hind legs, cutting them so badly that the beast had to be killed.


Miss Minnie Evans has secured a position in Owen Sound, where she has been attending college.


Miss Mamie Dickie is suffering from a sore hand.


Mr. Jacobs spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Joseph Little.


We regret to learn that Mr. Daniel Holm is again bedfast.


Some excellent samples of bass and perch have been taken out of the “Little Lake” this last week.


Miss Ryde, of Guelph, is the guest of Miss Agnes Reeve.


Little Charles Beckman is recovering from the effects of the carbolic acid that he swallowed on Sunday while his parents were absent.






The Puslinch Lake News

September 1st 1897.


We join with Miss Maude McGregor’s many friends in extending our congratulations on her having successfully passed her examination.


The Memorial Ellis Church Sunday School picnic will be held at Mr. Capel Reeve’s grove on Thursday afternoon, September 2nd.


Reverend D. Strachan purposes holding a prayer meeting in Ellis Church on Thursday evening, September 2nd.


Picnic parties are still quite numerous at the lake.


Our sportsmen ruefully acknowledge the scarcity of wild duck on ponds and marshes.


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Howard, of Elora, spent Sunday with friends here. Also, Miss May Howard is spending the week here.


Miss Duncan, of Hespeler, has been spending a few days calling on friends before leaving for Manitoba, where she intends spending the winter.  Our good wishes for her health and pleasure will follow her.


Mr. Medcalf (Metcalfe) and Mr. M. Eagle, of Memorial Church Sunday School, being appointed by the Puslinch Township Sunday School Association to visit Ellis Church, did so last Sabbath.  Mr. Eagle, being one of our boys a few years ago, was attentively listened to while addressing the children.  Also, Mr. Medcalf, who visited us last year, was welcomed, and took the closing exercises.  We trust that they can give the usual good report of our school.






The Puslinch Lake News

September 14th 1897.


The rain storm of Monday was very welcome indeed, as fruits and roots were suffering from lack of rain.


Farmers are progressing nicely with seeding, and fall plowing is well underway.


The younger huntsmen are taking a day’s sport on Wednesday.  They did fair to rival their elders in bringing down game on the wing.


Miss Jessie Archibald intends spending September here with her sister.


Miss Belle Robertson spent Sunday at her home here.


Miss Annie Gilchrist is visiting her sister, Mrs. Cooper.


Mr. John Bone, of Toronto University, is the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Fyfe.


The young people of this vicinity enjoyed a pleasant moonlight row on the lake on Monday evening, partaking of refreshments round a cheery campfire on the island.


Miss Hannah Little returned from her trip to Grimsby on Friday last.


Mr. Andrew McAlister is very ill at present.


Mr. John Robertson has returned from Deseronto.


The quietness of the peace-loving residents of this vicinity was greatly disturbed on Friday night by several riotous fellows from town who intended to visit the lake, but never reached their destination.  Their avowals that they were “dead drunk” were quite unnecessary.






The Puslinch Lake News

October 6th 1897.


Puslinch Lake was well represented at our local show and all express themselves as well pleased with it.  It has indeed excelled itself this year.  We congratulate Mr. Moran on carrying off five first prizes for different horses.  The competition was very keen.


Mrs. Gardner, of Eramosa, was the guest of her grandmother, Mrs. Heritage, last week.


Miss Etta Bond is at present very ill with typhoid.  Her sister, Miss Minerva Bond, is teaching in her stead in Harriston.


Regarding our school – well, it was cleaned last month and is now in a good condition.


Miss Addie Cober is suffering from a slight attack of malaria.


Mr. John Gilchrist is visiting his daughter, Mrs. Dickie, in Michigan.


Miss Maggie Laird, of Strachan’s Corners, is visiting friends here.


Some meddlesome fellow entered the stable of Mr. James Aikens and cut part of the hair off the tail of one of the horses, thereby spoiling the appearance of the animal.  The horse was noted for its beautiful mane and tail and was to have been shown at the Puslinch fair.






The News from Puslinch Lake

October 20th 1897.


The apple crop this fall rather surpassed the expectations of our fruit growers, all having enough for themselves and some can afford to sell quantities to be shipped.


Game is all too plentiful this fall, and poultry is suffering in consequence of the devastation of foxes.


The contract of digging a fresh well in the school grounds has been given to Mr. Robt. Henders, of Hespeler.  The well is to be bricked instead of stoned, as the present one is.


Miss Etta Bond is recovering from fever.


Miss Mary Dickie is spending the fall with friends in Beachville.


Mr. Wm. Sisso (Lisso) spent Sunday at his former home.


Mr. John Gilchrist is completing his residence on the 2nd Concession.


Miss Nellie Wildfong is better.


Mr. Tovell’s little daughter, who has been suffering from a slight attack of bilious fever, is also recovering.






The Puslinch Lake News

November 24th 1897.


Mr. John Campbell has returned to Hespeler to reside.  His former residence here is now vacant.


We understand that Mr. McLean and family have gone to town for the winter months, but will return to take charge of the Lake Hotel next summer.


The residents of Puslinch that do their trading in Hespeler are much pleased with the improvement on the road formerly known as “Gingerich’s Lane”, leading to that town.  Mr. Wm. Shaw deserves credit for said improvement.


Our company of hunters returned from Muskoka last week, bringing with them ten deer and, we believe, several other kinds of game.  They report having an excellent outing, with game in plenty, to try their skill.  Mr. Jerry Cober’s fortune is especially deserving of mention since it was he who shot the large buck that commanded such notice.


Miss Minerva Bond is expected home for Thanksgiving Day.


Miss Mary Reeve spent Sunday at her home here.


Miss Ella Little is visiting in Brantford.


Mrs. Richmond, who has been the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Fyfe, returned home last week.


Mr. Wm. Gilchrist, of Hespeler, spent Sunday with his father, Mr. John Gilchrist.


Messrs. Sharp and Parsons have taken several contracts for cutting wood during the winter.


Turkey thieves, who have been helping themselves to fowl in different parts of the country, visited the flock of Mrs. Devine and carried off ten of her choicest turkeys.


Mrs. Aikens has arrived home after a trip to Hamilton, where she has been visiting her daughters, Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Ling (Laing).






The Puslinch Lake News

December 8th 1897.


Sleighing is longed for and anticipated.  Roads are good.


Several farmers are shipping roots this week.  Mr. Finlay, of Galt, has been buying turnips through the districts.


The friends of Mr. Thos. Barrett are sorry to hear of his illness.  He is at present suffering from a severe attack of erysipelas.


The school board has engaged Mr. McCuaig, of Ottawa, as teacher in School 11, for the year 1898.  Mr. McCuaig comes highly recommended and is a teacher of experience.


Mr. John McConnell is again a resident in the neighbourhood.


The Kickapoo Indians passed through here on Tuesday, in their usual style, greatly to the amusement of the country small fry.


A vagrant, in a most pitiable condition, was found by some huntsmen in a neighbouring bush.  Messrs. J. Cober and C. Barrett kindly took him to the nearest refuge where he will be cared for during the winter.


Mr. Jas. Murphy will spend the winter in our midst, as he has engaged to work with Mr. Aikens during that time.


Miss Bond has returned to Boston to resume her duties as a trained nurse.


The holiday season is fast approaching and several festivities are being arranged for.  Amid the Christmas carols, will be heard the chime of wedding bells.


Mr. Alex McGregor lost a valuable cow last week.  The beast broke into the feed room and partook too freely from the bran bin.  Mr. Alex McGregor Junior and his family have gone to Beverly, where he has procured a farm.


Mr. Devine has been retarded in the erection of the addition to his barn by the recent heavy frosts.






The Puslinch Lake News

January 20th 1898.


The house warming given by Mr. Wm. Young was a success indeed, and the several friends who enjoyed his hospitality that night proclaimed him a jolly good fellow and excellent host.


Mr. Harry Pierce has been very ill.


Miss Mary Dickie has returned from a visit to Beachville.


Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Gibson, of Dauphin Lake, are spending the winter with friends here.


Mr. McCuaig, our Public school teacher for the present year, is giving good satisfaction.  The benches are all occupied and the pupils are apparently progressing.


Miss Ella Little has returned from a visit to her brother in Oshawa.


Mr. Sutherland is the guest of his cousin, Mr. Ross.


The youth enjoyed a week’s excellent skating on the lake, but the light snow on Saturday will have spoiled that pleasure.


Mrs. A. McAlister is suffering from an attack of la grippe.






The News of Puslinch Lake

February 1st 1898.


We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Tremaine in the loss of their little son, who died on Sunday, at the age of two years.  The little fellow was exceptionally bright and the pet of his little playmates.


Miss Mary Dickie has returned to Galt to resume her studies in the G.C.I. (Galt Collegiate Institute)


Little Nellie Collins, who was seriously ill with croup, is improving.


Miss Mary Clark, of Guelph, is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Heritage, prior to her departure for her home in Manitoba.


A meeting will be held in the school of School Section No. 11 to receive tenders for supplying the school with four cords of hard green wood, business to commence at 8 p.m., Monday February 7th.


Mr. Joseph Little treated Mrs. Beal’s Sunday School class, of the Hespeler Presbyterian congregation, to a sleigh drive on Friday last.






The News from Puslinch Lake

February 10th 1898.


Mr. and Mrs. Gibson are paying their final visit to their brother and sister, Mr. Dickie and Mrs. McAlister, before their return home to Manitoba.


Mr. and Mrs. McLarty entertained a number of friends at their home on Friday evening.


The interest in the political campaign in this vicinity is being revived.  Mr. Mutrie will be in Killean on Thursday night.  Friends and opponents are whetting their wits and a lively discussion is expected.  The addresses we know will be worthy our Liberal candidate.


Mr. George Martin, of Hespeler, who was appointed keeper of the Waterloo House of Industry, was at one time a resident here and has many friends who wish him success in his new labours.


On Tuesday, several delegates from here attended the Sunday School Convention at Duff’s Church, Morriston.


The recent storms have left our thoroughfares in a rather precarious condition.  Why, oh why, did we object to Rudyard Kipling’s “Lady of the Snow”?


Mr. D. Holm is somewhat better in health.


Mr. Alfred Evans has taken the contract of supplying the school with wood.






The Puslinch Lake News

March 15th 1898.


Mr. McLean and family have returned from their winter residence in Galt and have taken up their abode at the Lake Hotel, where preparations will be made for picnics, summer boarders, et cetera, as usual.


Mr. Wm. Aikens has leased his farm to Mr. P. Brickel, who will take possession at once.


The report that Mr. Elijah Eagle has sold his farm on the lake shore is erroneous.  Although the present tenant is giving up farming, Mr. Eagle keeps the farm in his own possession, to rent or to sell.


Miss Little has returned from a trip to Toronto, where she visited her friend, Mrs. Edward Ellis, formerly a resident of Puslinch.


The run of sap has been excellent, and those who were prudent and tapped their trees early have sufficient syrup for their needs.


Miss McBean, of Galt, is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. John Ross.


Mr. Jerry Cober entertained his friends with a taffy pull on Tuesday night.


Miss Bell Robertson, of Hespeler, is the guest of Miss Mary Reeve.


Mr. Bert Cooper, of Galt, visited his friends here last week, prior to his departure for Manitoba.






The Puslinch Lake News

May 16th 1898.


Mr. McLean, of the Lake Hotel, who has been suffering from appendicitis, is somewhat better, though still seriously ill.


Mrs. G. T. Ramsay and little daughter, of Eden Mills, are the guests of their aunt, Mrs. James Aikens.


Mr. James Agnew, of Philadelphia, is spending his holidays with Mr. J. Fyfe.


Corporal J. Gilchrist is building an extension to his new residence, and will complete it with verandah and portico.


The singing class has been re-organized and will be held in Ellis’ Church.


Mr. John Fyfe has been suffering from a slight attack of inflammation, but we are pleased to hear of his convalescence.


The youth of this district are arranging to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in Galt.


 Sly reynards have been at their old tricks again, stealing the choicest lambs and prize fowl.  One den was found and deeply dug out, in the woods belonging to Mr. B. Chester.  Four foxes were captured.


Arbour Day made a decided improvement in our school yard.






The News of Puslinch Lake

June 27th 1898.


The convention of the Puslinch Sunday School Association, held at the Ellis Church on Tuesday, was very well attended and successful.  Addresses given by the following reverend gentlemen were highly appreciated: J. H. Scott, of Hespeler, S. E. Couch, of Aberfoyle, J. H. Grenzebach, of Morriston, W. Robertson, of Morriston, and Mr. A. Groh, of Hespeler.  The members of the Sunday School are deeply grateful to the Misses Haigh, Robertson, A. and B. Cober, and Messrs. Ryfe and Wilkins for their musical selections.


On Tuesday last, a Magistrate’s Court was called, when J. Darfield was found guilty of confiscating mails from Hespeler, belonging to Mr. Chas. Barrett, and also of breaking his agreement to work a stated time for Mr. Barrett.  The lad was released on suspended sentence.


Haying has begun in right earnest and the noisy hum of the mower is heard on every side.  Clover is a heavy crop this year.


The roads will be much improved by those strips of much-needed gravel that are being laid at present.


Dr. Agnew, of Bucyrus, Ohio, is the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Fyfe.


Mr. Jas. Reeve is one of the militia in London at present.


Mr. and Mrs. W. Gardiner spent Sunday with their grandmother, Mrs. Heritage.


A consignment of new boats has arrived at the Lake, in the charge of Mr. McLean.  The boats are beauties and will be safe and serviceable.






The Puslinch Lake News

July 12th 1898.


The heavy frost of Sunday night did considerable damage.


Wheat is now ripe and an exceptionally good yield.  Harvest help is in demand.


J. K. Cranston’s evening with the gramophone in Puslinch Lake School was well attended by the juveniles, and as they know a good thing when they hear it, was appreciated accordingly.


The islands in the lake present a picturesque appearance, dotted over with tents, as they are at present, with swings and hammocks lazily swinging in the breeze.  Among the campers last week were the families of Ryfe, Wilkins, and Jardine, of Hespeler.


Mr. Jas. Devine has placed his valuable farm horse in the charge of Dr. Telfer, of Morriston, and it is improving under his care.


Mr. Archibald, of Lucknow, spent last week with his daughter, Mrs. Dickie.


The members of Ellis Church desire to express their thanks to the Hespeler Presbyterian Sunday School for their cordiality to the Ellis Church Sunday School at their annual picnic at Idylwyld.


Miss Minnie Laird is the guest of Miss Eleanor Bond.


Miss Jennie Currie, of Woodstock, spent last week with Miss Ella Little.


Mrs. Harry Rodgers, of McGregor, Manitoba, was renewing acquaintances here last week.


The glitter of new tin pails and the business air of house wives proclaim the berry season at hand.  If you want berries that you don’t possess, buy them and save trouble.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 18th 1898.


Harvesting is a thing of the past here, and having their own harvest garnered, several young men from the Lake district are taking the harvest excursion to Manitoba, some to locate there and others to visit friends and gain some knowledge of Canada’s vast possessions in the West.  Among the excursionists are Messrs. McAlister, Flatt, Paddock, Robertson, and Collins.


The campers have taken their departure, and as we pass the lonely islands, we think of “The Forsaken Garden” by Swinburne:

The fields fall southward, abrupt and broken,

To the low last edge of the long lone land;

If a step should sound, or a word be spoken,

Would a ghost not rise at a strange guest’s hand?

So long have the grey bare walks lain guestless,

Through brambles and briars if a man make way,

He shall find no life but the sea-winds, restless night and day.


During Friday morning’s storm, a bolt of lightning struck the barn of Mr. Wm. Young, but did little damage, save splintering a couple of rafters.


Misses Nomie and Edith Edwards, of Galt, are the guests of Miss A. Bond.


Miss Mary Reeve is entertaining cousins from Toronto, this week.


With pleasure, we welcome Corporal Gilchrist home to Puslinch, proud that one of our boys should have won such worthy mention in our Canadian and English papers.


Mr. Chris Collins and family are visiting friends here.


Miss Etta Bond has returned to Morriston.


Miss Eliza Little is visiting in Jordan, this week.


Thos who took the trip to Niagara on Saturday enjoyed it very much.






The News of Puslinch Lake

September 18th 1898.


We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Lisso in the death of their infant child who died last week.


Miss Archibald, of Lucknow, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dickie, of Walton Villa.


Misses Mary Reeve, Mary Dickie, and Maud McGregor are attending the Model School at Galt.


Miss Oliver, of Princeton, is the guest of Miss Ella Little.


Miss Ricker, of Brantford, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Bond.


Miss Minnie Eavens, of Owen Sound, spent last week with her parents here.


The recent frost destroyed our corn for fodder.  Potatoes and other tubers, as well as garden vegetation, have suffered also.


Fall apples are a very good crop and cider sauce is the order of the day.


Mr. John Gilchrist’s thresher is still in demand.


Picnics to the Lake are as numerous as ever.


The Misses Finkbeiner, of Morriston, spent Sunday with friends here.


Mrs. Gilmour, who has been visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Collins, returned to Galt, last week.


Mrs. Thos. Fyfe is spending a few weeks in Wingham and vicinity.


Master Robert Murphy was renewing acquaintances here, on Saturday.


Seeding is over; wheat is making a good growth.


We are pleased to know that Mrs. John Ross has recovered from la grippe.






The News from Puslinch Lake

October 11th 1898.


We extend congratulations to the following gentlemen, being successful competitors for prizes at the Puslinch Show, Aberfoyle: Messrs. Gilchrist, McCaig, Evans, Paddock, Collins, and Shaw.  A large number from this section attended the show and all were delighted with the exhibits and arrangement of the hall, and also to meet acquaintances from other places, who showed their appreciation of the efforts put forth to make the show a success, which indeed it was, the proceeds from the gates being much in advance of last year, although the weather was unfavourable, being rather cold.


Mrs. Taylor, of Australia, has been visiting her niece, Mrs. Wm. Dickie.


We would like to see the cinder path progressing more rapidly.  Now is the season for bad roads, and a good path would indeed be a boon to cyclists, as well as ensuring safety to those riding behind spirited horses.


Judging from the number of new barrels at every farm orchard, winter fruit will be plentiful.  Packers are in demand.


Mr. Wm. Young is completing his house this fall.  He intends henceforth to keep his barn locked as proof against further theft.  There has been altogether too much petty thieving going on, and as the culprits are known, their misdeeds will suddenly end to their discomfort.


The youths who shot the duck decoys in Puslinch Lake were, we scarce need say, no friends of ours.


Miss Eleanor Bond has returned from a visit to her uncle, in Brampton.


Mrs. A. Jardine, of Hespeler, spent Sunday with Mrs. Gilchrist.


Mr. J. Flatt arrived home from Manitoba last week.


Miss Ella Little is in Woodstock, attending the wedding of her friend, Miss Currie, to Mr. M. Myers, of that town.






The Puslinch Lake News

October 25th 1898.


Turnip pulling is the present occupation of the youths, and splendid weather we are having for the work.  The crop of roots is wonderfully fine, with the exception of potatoes, of which the crop is only fair.  However, some have not had such quantity of the tubers for years, as they have now.  The potato bug is the cause of this irregularity.  The wily army sent out their scouts in the early spring, and stationed themselves preparatory to the attack, which took place at the first appearance of a leaf, but next spring the agriculturist will not be caught napping.  He will master those bugs, if he kills his potatoes.


Mr. John Gilchrist finishes his annual threshing expedition this week.  This has been a busy season for threshers.  For Mr. Gilchrist, it nearly proved a disastrous finis.  On Friday night, while driving his separator into the barn of Mr. John Ross, his foot slipped on the wet logs, the hind wheel of the machine running over the leg.  With his usual fortitude, he balanced himself and stopped the horses ere the front wheel passed in the track of its predecessor.  Mr. Ross, noticing something was amiss, quickly blocked the machine, and on coming to Mr. Gilchrist’s assistance, found that his leg had slipped into the crevice between the logs when the wheel had passed over it, thereby saving the bone from being broken.  Dr. Lockhart was hastily summoned, and on investigation it was found that the flesh of the calf of the leg was entirely torn from the bone.  The wound is healing nicely, and Mr. Gilchrist will, we hope, soon be around again.


On Sunday, the 16th, Mr. Aaron Panabaker addressed the Sunday School of Ellis Church, taking the lesson for his topic.


Monday evening, a number from here listened to a most interesting address given by Reverend Mr. Jansen, of Durham, on Holland and the Hollanders.






The News from Puslinch Lake

November 21st 1898.


The Ellis Church Sunday School closed for the winter months yesterday.  The report for the summer was as follows:  Average attendance, 62, total collection, $15.07, money left over from 1897, $20.08, expenses, $22.10, money on hand, $13.05, average verses recited per Sabbath, 110.


Master Howard McLean, grandson of Mr. Jas. Devine, is dangerously ill from blood poisoning.


Messrs. J. McAlister and T. Robertson have returned from a three months’ sojourn in Manitoba.


Mrs. Wood has arrived from Vancouver.


The Salvation Army meeting was not as large as anticipated, owing to the disagreeable night.  The officers will visit each home, seeking aid, this being their self-denial week.  The Bible Society is also sending its collectors around this week.


Mr. Wm. Dickie is having his windmill repaired and improved.






The Puslinch Lake News

December 6th 1898.


The snowfall on Sunday evening was the greatest within the memory of the oldest inhabitant, eight inches of snow having fallen within ten hours.


Owing to the severe snowstorm on Sunday evening, a number of young men were seen slowly wending their way homewards on Monday with their buggies.


Mr. Joseph Murphy entertained his friends at the Puslinch Lake Hotel on Friday evening.  The time was spent in dancing, singing, and music.  All present were well pleased with the evening’s amusement, and left for home singing “For he’s a jolly good fellow.”


Mr. Wm. Young has moved into his new house.


Miss Ella Little has gone to Oshawa to spend a month with her brother.


Mrs. Wood, of Vancouver, B.C., sister of Dr. Geo. Collins, V.S., is spending the winter with her mother, Mrs. T. Collins.






The News of Puslinch Lake

December 8th 1898.


The patriotic Scotchmen are celebrating today.


The fall of the beautiful has called out the runners instead of the lumbering wheels, and sleigh bells are jingling merrily; but the busy farmer combines business and pleasure, and is laying out his roads, preparatory to an onset, while the youths follow the rabbits track.


The bird shoot at the Lake on Tuesday was well attended.


Master Howard McLean has been taken home to Buffalo, where he will be treated in a hospital.  We hope for the little fellow’s recovery.


Miss Minnie Laird is the guest of Miss Eleanor Bond.


We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Wm. Dickie upon the loss of her father, Mr. John Archibald, of Beachville, who died on Thursday, of appendicitis.


Mr. John McAlister, who returned from Manitoba this month, reports the wheat harvest around Morden secure from the devestations of rain.  Mr. McAlister was very favourably impressed with the country and intends returning next summer.






The News from Puslinch Lake

December 29th 1898.


A number of our young men spent Monday on the lake, the ice being in good condition for hockey and skating.


Our district was well represented at the nominations at Aberfoyle, the discussion of the bylaw to abolish Statute Labour being the attraction.  We are pleased to hear that James Scott was re-elected by acclamation.


Mr. Frederick Beckman has retired from farming and, with his family, has moved to Hespeler, where he will reside in the future.


Mr. John Collins, brother of Dr. George Collins, V.S., has returned from Manitoba, where he was visiting his brother, Michael.  He is so well pleased with the country that he has purchased a section of land.  He thinks that it will prove a profitable investment.


Mr. McCuaig, teacher of the Puslinch Lake School, held a very successful examination on Thursday last.






The Puslinch Lake News

October 29th, 1901.


Mr. Thos. Ingram conducted a very successful sale for Mr. John McGregor on Saturday.


Wild ducks are quite plentiful on the Lake at present.  Some of our local sports have secured good bags.


Mrs. Jas. H. Ellis and son have returned to their home in St. Catharines, after spending a couple of weeks among their old neighbours.


Mr. Russell Dickie and his sister, Bessie, spent last week in Buffalo, and report a profitable and interesting trip.


The Reverend R. Pogue conducted a cottage prayer meeting at the home of Mr. McAlister on Thursday evening.


The attendance at the Lake School is very small at present, owing to the turnip harvest, as the farmers are taking advantage of the delightful weather to secure their root crop, which is all that could be desired.


A young colt belonging to Mr. Joseph Little came in contact with the handle of the plow.  The result was that Dr. Collins, V.S., had to put in several stitches.


Miss Hally Little is spending a few weeks with friends at Jordan Harbour.


Mrs. Wm. Dickie spent last week in Toronto, she being a delegate to the Provincial Sabbath School Convention held there.


Messrs. Wm. Gilchrist and Donald Ferguson leave for Muskoka this week on a hunting trip.  Knowing their ability with the gun, their friends are anticipating some venison steak.






The News of Puslinch Lake

July 15th 1909.


Puslinch Lake presents a very lively appearance at the present time.  By the number of tents seen along the shore, many are camping there, and a number of boarders also are at that resort.  Picnics, too, are very numerous, many being from a distance, and the music of clarinets, flutes, bagpipes, et cetera, as well as the sweet harmony of voices, gladden the hills and dales of the surrounding country.


Mrs. Bond and daughter, Miss A. B. Bond, left on Tuesday of last week for an extended visit to friends in Winnipeg, Balcarres, Vancouver, and other western points.


Miss Mary A. B. Dickie is spending her vacation with her parents here.


A number from this vicinity attended the barn raising on Friday last at Mr. A. Cochran’s, of Killean.


Miss Mary Jardine, of Hespeler, teacher in business college, at Sarnia, spent a few days visiting friends in the neighbourhood.


The many friends of Mrs. Isaac Cober will be pleased to hear of her recovering from her severe attack if illness.


The Lake section has now an organized football team that practices weekly and is doing excellent work.  On Thursday evening, July 8th, they played against the Gourock team, the score being 2 to 1 in favour of Gourock.


Sunday, July 25th, will be observed as Missionary Sunday in the Sunday School here.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 17th 1909.


Miss Ella R. Little, nurse, from New York, is spending her vacation with friends and at her old home here.


Master Langton Little, of St. Thomas, is visiting relatives, the Misses Little.


The Dickie family attended the Dickie reunion, held at Victoria Park, Galt, on Wednesday August 11th.


Mr. J. Limpert and family have removed from the tenting grounds at the Lake to their home in Hespeler, after spending five weeks camping.


Mr. C. Bond, who has been suffering from a sore ankle for the past few weeks, is improving slowly.


Reverend H. McPherson, of Toronto, and Mr. Scrimgeour Junior, of Guelph, who are registered at the Lake Resort, visited the Ellis Church Sabbath School last Sunday and gave very interesting addresses.  Mr. McPherson’s subject was “Opportunity to do good unto all”, and Mr. Scrimgeour’s subject was “how to organize an Adult Bible Class”.


Services were held in the hall at the Lake on Sunday evening, conducted by Reverend H. McPherson, of Toronto.  Quite a large audience gathered to hear the interesting speaker.  The solos and duets by Mr. Hamilton and Mrs. McPherson were very much appreciated.  This is the first service of this kind that has been held there, and we hope that it will be an influence to have more.


Mr. Smeltzer, of Guelph, has returned to resume his duties as teacher in the public school.  During the holidays, the lobby at the school has been somewhat remodelled, which will add much to the comfort of the school.






The News from Puslinch Lake

September 20th 1909.


Mr. and Mrs. William J. Little have the sympathy of their many friends in the death of their infant daughter.


The barn raising on the farm of Mr. Thomas Robertson took place on Thursday afternoon, the 9th instant.  In spite of the threatening weather, many had gathered from Hespeler, Guelph, Beverly, and the surrounding neighbourhood to witness the affair, and at about 4:30, everything being ready, Mr. William Aikens commenced to shout, “Yo hee!”, which meant that the first bent was being erected.  In about an hour’s time, all bents were up and rafters in place, and no accident had happened, after which, the company adjourned to the lawn, where an excellent supper was served by the ladies.  Mr. Robertson will have a fine, up-to-date barn, when completed.  In the evening, a few hours were spent in a social time by the young people.


Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Cober visited friends in Markham, last week.


A number from this vicinity attended the Central Fair.


We are pleased to note that Mr. William Marriott secured several prizes for poultry at the Guelph Fair.


Messrs. Wilson, Robertson, and Gordon Dickie left for the West on Friday morning, September 10th, via the C.P.R..  We wish these young men an enjoyable trip and a speedy return.


Miss Fyfe, of St. Joseph’s Island, is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Capel Reeve.


Reverend Mr. Stewart and Reverend Mr. Wilson, of Hespeler, visited the Ellis Church Sunday School on Sunday afternoon last.  Both gave very helpful addresses, and we hope that it will not be very long before we shall have the privilege of hearing them again, in the same place.






The News from Puslinch Lake

August 5th 1912.


Our rural mail route commenced last Saturday.  The farmers will find this a great convenience.


Misses Eleanor and Martha Little have returned from a short visit to friends in Elora.


The telephone system is now almost completed in this neighbourhood.  The line is very busy.


Miss Grace Ryde, of Guelph, is visiting her cousin, Miss Elizabeth Reeve.


Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marriott, of Salem were visitors at the Lake, over Sunday.


Quite a number of campers are enjoying the breezes on the Lake shore.


The annual Sunday School picnic will be held on Wednesday afternoon in Mr. McAlister’s field at the school.  We hope that a goodly number will be in attendance.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 12th 1912.


The annual Sunday School picnic was held last Wednesday afternoon in Mr. A. McAlister’s field.  The day was all that could be desired.  This was one of the most successful picnics that has yet been held.  We were pleased to see so many Hespeler friends come out and join with us, which helped to make the picnic the success that it was.  The programme of games, races, et cetera was well arranged, and everyone enjoyed the excellent spread that the ladies provided.


Miss Eleanor Bond, of New York, is visiting her old home here.


Miss Gourlay, who has been in California for the past few years, was the guest of her friend, Mrs. John Ross, last week.


Mr. and Mrs. George McGregor and little daughter, of Brantford, were visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Eagle over Sunday.


Master Edward Flynn, of Hespeler, who has been spending some holidays with Mr. C. H. Barrett, got into a mix-up with the binder last Wednesday in which he sustained a wound on his leg.  We hope that he will soon recover.






The News of Puslinch Lake

August 19th 1912.


Miss Grace Ryde has returned to her home in Guelph.


Miss Nina Evans, of the 4th Concession, is spending a few days with her cousin, Mrs. C. R. Bond.


A few of our ladies picnicked up the river, near Cole’s Mill, last Wednesday afternoon.


Mrs. C. R. Bond entertained a few of her friends on Friday evening.


What might have been a serious accident occurred one day last week as Master Horton Myers was driving into town.  Just as he crossed the bridge at Tremain’s outlet, he was run into by an auto, which was being driven at a high rate of speed.  Fortunately, no one was hurt, but considerable damage was done to the buggy and auto.  This is a very dangerous part of the road, and something should be done before more accidents occur.


We are sorry to note that Mr. Benjamin Chester Senior is quite ill.  We hope for a speedy recovery.


The recent rains are going to make an abundant root crop.






The News from Puslinch Lake

August 26th 1912.


On Thursday evening of last week, a most sociable time was spent at the home of Mr. Marvin Eagle, when the members, teachers, and officers of the Sunday school and their friends took the opportunity of meeting there and pleasantly surprised Mr. Eagle by presenting him with an address, accompanied by a handsome Morris chair, in gratitude and appreciation of his services rendered as Superintendent of the Sunday School.  Mr. John Fyfe, being appointed chairman, called on Mr. Walter Holm to read the address, and at the proper time, the chair was presented b Messrs. Robert Reeve and Arthur Evans.  Mr. Eagle, although taken by surprise, made a very suitable reply, thanking his friends for their kindness, assuring them that his services had been given willingly, and that it has been a great pleasure to take that part of the Sunday School work.  A few impromptu speeches were then made, on the call of the chairman, and the remainder of the evening was given over to music, recitations, and other amusements, after which, a dainty luncheon, thoughtfully provided by the ladies, was partaken of.  All joined then in singing “Auld Lang Syne” and departed for their homes, thanking Mr. and Mrs. Eagle for their kind hospitality.


Mr. Capel Reeve, a Fenian Raid veteran, has received his grant of $100 from the Federal Government.  Mr. Reeve served through that campaign with what was then the Guelph Rifle Company.  Mr. Reeve can tell some interesting stories of that trouble some time.  He also holds a medal of the Fenian Raid, granted a few years ago.  Puslinch is justly proud of such a citizen.


Miss Maude, of Galt, is visiting at the home of Mr. Archibald McAlister.


Mr. John Little and Miss Ella Little spent Sunday with their friends in Morriston.


Mrs. Alex White, of Galt, was the guest of Mrs. John Ross, for a few days of last week.


Mr. William T. Robertson, of the C.P.R. office staff, Union Station, Toronto, called on his friends here last Sabbath.


Mr. John McKenzie, who is visiting at the home of Mr. Peter Gilchrist, occupied the pulpit of St. Andrew’s Church, Hespeler, at both services last Sunday.


A few of our citizens intend taking in the Toronto Exhibition this week.


“The Old Maids” intend holding their annual picnic at the lake on Wednesday afternoon, health and weather permitting.






The Puslinch Lake News

September 3rd 1912.


Mr. John Tovell has returned home after an extended visit to friends in Vancouver, Moose Jaw, and other western points.


Mrs. John Palframan and son, James, attended the wedding of the former’s niece, in Erin, last Wednesday.


Mrs. L. M. Eagle visited her sister, Mrs. Geo. McGregor, in Brantford, on Labour Day.


Miss I. Robertson and Miss Mamie Robertson spent Labour Day with friends in St. Catharines.


Mr. Albert Lisso and Miss Dunbar, of Mosboro, visited Miss Ada Lisso, last Sunday.






The News from Puslinch Lake

September 30th 1912.


The prayer meeting held at the home of Mr. John R. Little, last Friday evening, conducted by Reverend J. L. Small, of Hespeler, was largely attended.  Mr. Small took as his subject, “Lord, teach us to pray” and gave many helpful points on the great necessity of prayer.  It is hoped that we shall be favoured with more of these meetings during the winter months.


Mr. and Mrs. William Darby, of Gourock, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Eagle.


A number from this vicinity purpose attending the fair at Aberfoyle tomorrow.


The farmers are now beginning to take in their roots, cut corn, and fill silos, which makes it a very busy time for them.






The News of Puslinch Lake

October 7th 1912.


Miss Hannah Fyfe has returned home after a few weeks’ visit with friends in Wingham.


Miss C. Gibson, of Clyde, spent Sunday at the home of Mr. Archibald McAlister.


Miss Willa Palframan, who spent a few days of last week with her sister in Berlin, returned home on Thursday evening.


The usual number from this vicinity attended the annual fair at Aberfoyle last week.  We congratulate those of this neighbourhood who were successful in securing prizes.


Reverend Mr. Smith, pastor of the Methodist Church, Hespeler, will address the Sunday School here, next Sunday.  We hope that a good number will attend and make the meeting as interesting as possible.






The Puslinch Lake News

October 14th 1912.


Reverend Mr. Smith, of the Methodist Church, Hespeler, gave an interesting address to the Sunday School here, last Sunday.  His text to the children was “Take a little honey with you” and he spoke to the adults on “culture of the mind”.


Mr. Frederick Martin, of Berlin, and Master Fred Keffer, of Hespeler, were guests of Messrs. Lea and Arthur Eagle, last Sunday.


 Mr. C. H. Barrett visited friends in Paris over Sunday.


Our teacher, Miss J. Tovell, attended the Teachers’ Convention, held in Elora, on Thursday and Friday of last week.


Mr. John Robertson spent Sunday afternoon with friends in Beverly.


Silo filling is the order of the day this week.






The News of Puslinch Lake

December 16th 1912.


Notwithstanding the very cold weather of last week, a number from this vicinity attended the annual Winter Fair at Guelph.


Mr. and Mrs. Capel Reeve attended the funeral of the former’s mother, at Guelph, on Tuesday of last week.


Miss Hannah Fyfe is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Morrow, in Wingham.


Messrs. John and Bethian Lisso, who have been in the West for the past two years, have returned to spend the winter months at their parental home.


A Merry Christmas to all!






The News of Puslinch Lake

December 30th 1912.


Miss A. B. Bond, of Boston, Massachusetts, is spending the festive season with her mother and relatives here.


Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lennon, of Virden, Manitoba, are spending the winter months with Mr. Archibald McAlister and with relatives at Valen’s Corners.


We are pleased to see Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Evans, of Melfort, Saskatchewan, who are here on their wedding tour.


Mr. Leslie Eagle, of Hamilton, is spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Eagle.


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gilchrist, of St. Catharines, are guests at the homes of Messrs. Robertson and Mr. Peter Gilchrist.


Mr. Anthony Robertson visited friends in Mayville, Michigan, last week.


Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gilchrist, of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, are also spending the winter months with relatives here and in Dumfries.


The Misses Millie and Ethel Palframan, of Toronto, are spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. John Palframan.


Mr. Willie T. Robertson, of Toronto, spent Christmas with relatives in this locality.


We are pleased to see the fresh snow fall, which will improve the sleighing very much.






The News of Puslinch Lake

March 31st 1913.


Miss Elizabeth Reeve has completed her three months course at MacDonald Hall and returned to her home here.


A number from this vicinity attended the presentation to Mr. Thomas Gilchrist, at Killean, last evening.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Evans, who have been spending their honeymoon visiting relatives and friends in this neighbourhood, left for their future home in Saskatoon, on Friday last.  Their many friends here join in wishing them long life and prosperity in their new home.


Mr. Leslie Eagle, who has been convalescing at his home here, after a recent attack of typhoid fever, returned to Hamilton today, to resume his duties on the office staff of the Lithographic Company.


The Misses Ethel and Millie and Mr. Wilfred Palframan, of Toronto, spent the Easter vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Palframan.


Mr. Percy Evans left last Tuesday, with a car of settler’s effects, for Saskatoon.


Miss Janet Gilchrist, of Guelph, spent the Easter holidays at her home here.


Miss Holly Little has returned from London, where she has been visiting friends over the holidays.






The News of Puslinch Lake

April 29th 1913.


On Thursday evening of last week a meeting was held in the Ellis Church, for the purpose of re-organizing the Sabbath School for the summer months.  Mr. Eagle was appointed chairman and the same officers and teachers were elected as formerly: Superintendent ─ Mr. J. M. Eagle, Assistant Superintendent ─ Mr. Walter Hohn (Holm), Secretary-Treasurer ─ Mr. Arthur Evans, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer ─ Mr. Wilson Robertson, Organist ─ Miss J. Robertson, Teachers ─ Miss H. Fyfe, Miss E. J. Little, Miss J. Robertson, and Miss Martha Little.  It was decided to commence Sabbath School on Sunday May 4th at 3 o’ clock p.m.


Miss Metcalf, of Guelph, was the guest of her friend, Miss Bertha Eagle, on Sunday.


Miss Millie Palframan has returned to Toronto after spending a few days with her parents.


Mr. Lennon left last week for his home at Virden, Manitoba.


Miss Hally Little spent Sunday in Hespeler.


Miss J. Robertson has returned from an extended visit with friends in New York City, Paterson, New Jersey, and St. Catharines.


Miss I. H. Robertson, of New York, is spending a few weeks at her home here.






The News of Puslinch Lake

May 26th 1913.


Not withstanding the very cool weather, a large number of merrymakers, some of which were from our neighbourhood, spent a most enjoyable time at the Lake on Victoria Day.


Miss Bessie Gardiner, of Rockwood, was the guest of her friend, Miss Jessie McAllister, on Sunday.


Mr. J. M. Eagle, who was appointed as a delegate from Hespeler Methodist Church, is attending the conference held in Hamilton this week.


Miss Millie and Mr. Wilfred Palframan, of Toronto, visited at their home here, on Saturday and Sunday.


Miss Edna Royce, of Guelph, spent a few days of this week, with Miss Bertha Eagle.


Mr. William T. Robertson, of Toronto, also visited his parents during the holiday.






The News from Puslinch Lake

June 23rd 1913.


Miss Hally Little is the guest of her friend, Mrs. Ramsay, in Guelph.


Mr. Gordon Dickie, formerly of this section, now of Des Moines, Iowa, is renewing old acquaintances in this neighbourhood this week.


Mr. Ripley, of New York City, who has lately been in the Philippine Islands, called on friends here on Saturday.


Mr. John Wilson, of Hespeler, spent the Sabbath with Master James Gibson.


Miss M. Robertson, Miss H. Fyfe, and Mr. Walter Holm are the delegates appointed from our Sunday School to attend the annual township Sunday School Convention, to be held in Duff’s Church, Morriston, next Friday evening, June 27th.


A few of our young ladies spent a very pleasant time at the lake, last Saturday afternoon.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 5th 1913.


Miss Doughty, of Galt, is the guest of her friends, the Misses Robertson.


Mrs. James Little and her daughters, Miss Hannah and Miss Norah, and her granddaughter, Miss Mamie Carmichael, of London, Ontario, are visiting with the Misses Little here.


Miss Bertha Eagle was the guest of her friend, Miss Edna Royce, of Guelph, during “Old Home Week”.


Mr. Walter Pannabaker, of Hespeler, spent Sunday with Mr. Walter Hohn (Holm).


A number form this neighbourhood attended the Guelph Old Boys’ Reunion and report having had a very hot time.


Our annual Sunday School picnic will be held this Wednesday afternoon in Mr. McAllister’s field.  A good time is expected.


We extend congratulations to Miss Gladys Meiers, who has been successful in passing the recent entrance examinations.






The 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, which was held in Mr. McAllister’s field.  Shortly after arriving at the field, the games committee got together and commenced an interesting program 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, on Thursday of last week.


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






The News from Puslinch Lake

August 27th 1913.


Mr. Robert Reeve left on Tuesday of last week for Calgary and other western points.


Miss Nina Evans, of the 4th Concession, is visiting her cousin, Mrs. C. R. Bond.


Miss Gracie Ryde, of Guelph, spent Sunday with her cousin, Miss Lizzie Reeve.


Miss Bertha Eagle was the guest of friends in Berlin, over Sunday.


Mrs. C. R. Bond entertained a few friends last Friday evening.


Miss Margaret Robertson left on Friday August 22nd to visit friends at Melfort, Saskatchewan.


Reverend J. L. Small, of Hespeler, made his annual visit to the Sabbath School here last Sabbath afternoon, and gave an interesting address.  The audience was also favoured with a duet by Miss Norah Little and Miss Mamie Carmichael, of London, who are visiting friends in this section at present.






The News from Puslinch Lake

September 10th 1913.


Do not forget the entertainment to be held in the Ellis Church next Monday evening, September 15th, at 8 o’ clock.  Program will be furnished by Hespeler talent, and the ladies of the section will provide refreshments.


A number of our young men attended the Toronto exhibition last week.


Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Eagle and Miss Bertha Eagle attended the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Sorby, Waterloo Road, last Saturday afternoon.


A number of our ladies attended the “Chain Tea” given by Mrs. Duncan Ferguson at her home on the Galt Road, on Wednesday afternoon of last week.


Miss Elizabeth Reeve visited friends in Preston last Saturday.






The News from Puslinch Lake

September 24th 1913.


The entertainment held in the Ellis Church, on behalf of the Sunday School, on Monday evening, September 15th, was most enjoyable and very successful.  After singing the hymn, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, and the prayer led by Reverend J. E. Small, of Hespeler, the chairman, J. E. Eagle, made a few opening remarks, and the following program was rendered to the pleasure and amusement of all:  instrumental duet ─ Mr. and Miss Robertson, duet ─ Mrs. Small and Mrs. Pearce, of Hespeler, recitation ─ Miss Bertha Eagle, soprano solo ─ Mrs. Small, reading ─ Mr. Purves, of Hespeler, and contralto solo ─ Mrs. Pearce.


An intermission of about fifteen minutes was then given, during which time, general social intercourse took place and the program was then proceeded with as follows: instrumental duet ─ Mr. and Miss Robertson, recitation ─ Mrs. C. R. Bond, soprano solo ─ Mrs. Small, recitation ─ Reverend J. L. Small, contralto solo ─ Mrs. Pearce, reading ─ Mr. Purves.  Accompanists ─ Miss Haigh and Miss Robertson.


The chairman then moved that a vote of thanks be tendered to the kind friends who had aided in the program, which was heartily responded to.  The National Anthem was then sung, after which, light refreshments were served.  A nice sum of money was realized, which will aid in improving the condition of the Sunday School and the good work accomplished there.


The trustees and ratepayers of School Section No. 11 have been making necessary improvements in the school.  A month ago, a very substantial flag-staff was put up, and this week, a furnace has been put in, which will add greatly to the comfort of the building.


Many in the vicinity are suffering from colds and sore throats.  Hope that they will soon recover.


“Jack Frost” has caused the farmers to rush into corn cutting and filling silos.






The News of Puslinch Lake

October 9th 1913.


A number from this vicinity attended the funeral of the late J. E. Klager, of Hespeler, on Tuesday afternoon of last week.


Mr. Robert Reeve returned from the West last Saturday evening.  Robert met with an accident in a train wreck on his return trip, which has disabled him for a short time.


Reverend J. L. Small, of St. Andrew’s Church, Hespeler, will conduct a prayer meeting at the home of Mr. J. R. Little, next Friday evening, October 10th, at 8 o’ clock.


Mr. T. W. Robertson, of Toronto, is spending a few holidays at his parental home and with relatives here.


Mr. and Mrs. Capel Reeve and Miss Elizabeth Reeve attended the wedding of their niece and cousin, Miss Reeve, daughter of Mr. Charles Reeve, of Waterloo Township, on Tuesday of last week.


Farmers in this locality are making good use of this delightful weather in taking in their potato and mangold crops.






The Puslinch Lake News

October 28th 1913.


Mrs. Capel Reeve is visiting relatives in Guelph.


Master Frederick Keffer, of Hespeler, was the Sunday guest of Master Arthur Eagle.


Mr. and Mrs. Treadgold and family, who have been spending the past five months with Mr. and Mrs. John Palframan, left last Monday for their home in Kelowna, British Columbia.


Miss Katie Gilchrist, of Killean, spent Sunday with her friend, Miss Ada B. Aikens.


Miss Gladys Meiers has returned after a month’s vacation with friends in Berlin.


A few of the farmers have been busy during the past week shipping turnips.


Last Sabbath being the closing Sunday of our Sunday School for the present year, there was quite a large attendance.  The Secretary-Treasurer gave a very satisfactory report of the work done during the past six months, and our school is in good financial standing to begin the next year.






The News of Puslinch Lake

November 11th 1913.


The prayer meeting held at the home of Messrs. J. and W. Robertson, last Friday evening, conducted by Reverend J. L. Small, of Hespeler, was very largely attended.


Notwithstanding the stormy weather, several from this community attended the anniversary services held in St. Andrew’s Church, Hespeler, and also the tea meeting on Monday evening.


We are pleased to know that Miss Angeline Holm, who underwent a serious operation at Toronto Hospital, two weeks ago, is doing nicely.


Miss Millie Palframan, of Toronto, is spending a few days with her parents, previous to their removal to Berlin.


Mrs. Long is visiting with Miss Hannah Little.


Mr. Wm. Ireland, of Hespeler, is the guest of Mr. J. M. Eagle.


Messrs. T. Robertson, C. Bond, and J. M. Eagle are busy cementing and remodelling their stables.






The News from Puslinch Lake

January 20th 1914.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry McBride and children, of Vancouver, are visiting with their friends and renewing old acquaintances in Guelph.


Dr. J. Barrett, of Winnipeg, was the guest of his brother, Charles, for a few days last week.


The prayer meeting held at the home of Mr. Capel Reeve, on Friday evening, January 9th, was the record attendance yet.


Mrs. Pettipiece, of Hespeler, was the guest of her friend, Miss M. Robertson, on Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf and Mr. and Mrs. Clark, of Memorial Church district, spent last Thursday evening at the home of Mr. J. M. Eagle.


Mrs. John Ross visited friends in Galt, over Sunday.


Mr. Thomas Chester, of Missoula, Montana, is visiting his old home here and also calling on old friends.


Mr. John Cooper, of Fisher’s Mills, visited friends here last Sabbath.






The Puslinch Lake News

February 10th 1914.


Puslinch has again lost one of her daughters, but what is our loss is another’s gain.  A quiet marriage ceremony took place at St. Andrew’s Church manse, on Wednesday afternoon, February 4th, at 3 o’ clock, when Miss Mary Fyfe, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Capel Reeve, and Mr. Thomas Chester, of Missoula Montana, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock.  After the ceremony, the happy couple left on the 3:15 train, amid showers of rice and confetti, for a two months honeymoon trip to California and Honolulu, before taking up their residence in Missoula.  Their many friends wish them every happiness and prosperity.


Miss Eva Moran, of Guelph, spent a few days of last week with the Misses Eliza and Martha Little.


Mrs. Anthony Robertson returned last week after a month’s visit with her sister, Mrs. Hugh Dickie, of Walled Lake, Michigan, who has been and still is very ill.


Miss Bertha Eagle was the guest of her friend, Miss Ethel Keffer, of Hespeler, on Sunday.


Mrs. Bechtel, of Cabia, Saskatchewan, is renewing old acquaintances in the neighbourhood this week.


Mr. William Reeve, who has been spending the past two months at his home here, left last Friday for Nelson, British Columbia.


Mr. James Ross, of Rochester, New York, who is visiting friends in Hespeler, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Eagle, last week.


Reverend George Little, of Guelph, spent Monday with Mr. John R. Little.


Some from this vicinity attended “The Spinster Convention” at the Star Theatre, in Hespeler, on Monday evening.


Messrs. Tremaine and Shantz (Tschanz) have been busy getting in their supply of ice off the lake during the past two weeks.


Those who have been suffering from colds and la grippe are recovering and able to be out again.






The News from Puslinch Lake

March 23rd 1914.


A happy, but quiet, event took place at the residence of Mr. Wesley Parks, of Queen Street, in Hespeler, last Wednesday afternoon, when Mr. Russell Cober, the only son of Mr. Isaac U. Cober, of the 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 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, while the presentation was 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 gentlemen.


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 see the advantages and privileges that our own beautiful province holds forth to her sons, leading you to return and live amongst 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 fellowship and in remembrance of the many happy times that 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.






The Puslinch Lake News

February 18th 1915.


The weather of the past week has been very soft for this time of year, making the roads almost impassable for heavy teaming.


A number of young people of this section attended a dance at the home Mr. Andy Bowman, last Wednesday evening.  All report a very enjoyable time.


Last Thursday night, a meeting was held in S.S. No. 4, for the purpose of organizing a farmers’ club.  A large number of prominent farmers turned out to hear Mr. Anson Groh, of Preston, discuss the benefits of a farmers’ club and co-operation.  It was decided to organize a club in this district.  Mr. Edwin Shantz was appointed President, Mr. Thos. Robertson, Vice-President, and Mr. John Fyfe, Secretary-Treasurer.  A meeting will be held on the 18th to appoint directors of the same.


Mr. Thomas Robertson has been confined to the house for the past week with a severe attack of the grip.


Mr. Martin, of Elmira, spent Wednesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Edwin Shantz.


Mr. Richard Paddock entertained a number of young people to a dance at his home on Friday evening last.  Avery enjoyable time was spent by all.


Mr. James Palframan spent Sunday with friends in the city.


Mr. Taylor, of Melfort, Saskatchewan, has been visiting at the home of Mr. John Robertson for the past couple of weeks.


Last Thursday evening, when a young gentleman and his lady friends were driving to a dance in the country, the horse became unmanageable, and when nearing Puslinch Lake, dumped the occupants in the snow and started a mad run down the road.  Happily, a roving farmer happened along and succeeded in stopping and bringing back the horse to the young trio, a little worse for its wild run.


Mrs. Capel Reeve is spending a week with friends in the Royal City.






The News of Puslinch Lake

February 22nd 1915.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Aikens, of London, are spending a few days at the home of Mr. Wm. Aikens, of the 3rd Concession.


Puslinch Lake is now a smooth sheet of ice and the young people of this section are enjoying skating to their hearts’ content.


The second meeting of the farmers’ club was held on Thursday evening last.  About twenty farmers were present.  After transacting the usual business, a very instructive address was heard from Mr. Herbert Groh, of Preston.  It was then decided to elect five directors for the coming year, namely, Mr. Milne Jamieson, Marvin Eagle, John Robertson, Jacob Cooper, and Isaac V. Cober.  Two delegates, the President, Mr. Edwin Shantz, and the Secretary, Mr. John Fyfe, were also appointed to attend the convention at Toronto, next Wednesday, 24th of February.  The meeting then adjourned, to meet in two weeks at The Puslinch Lake House.


Miss Hazel Van Fleet, of Campbellville, has been visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. George Boucher, of the 3rd Concession, for the past week.


A number of the young people of this section attended the Foresters’ Ball, in Morriston, on Friday night.


Mrs. Capel Reeve has returned to her home after a short visit with friends in Guelph.






The News from Puslinch Lake

March 1st 1915.


Mr. Chas. Barrett, of Hespeler, spent Sunday visiting friends at Puslinch Lake.


The many friends of Miss H. Little will be pleased to hear that she is recovering from her recent severe illness.


Reverend Mr. Small, of St. Andrew’s Church, Hespeler, conducted a prayer meeting at the home of Mr. John Ross, of the 2nd Concession, last Friday evening.  About thirty-five friends and neighbours were present.


Miss Christie Limpert, of Hespeler, visited her friend, Miss Elizabeth Little, over Sunday.


The young skating element of this section held a very successful “pie social” on Puslinch Lake on Saturday evening.  Skating was indulged in until about ten o’ clock, after which, a bountiful supply of tasty pies, provided by the young ladies, was passed around and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  The happy company then trekked to their respective homes, happy but “pie-us”.


Messrs. Edwin Shantz and John Fyfe were business visitors in the Queen City last week.


Don’t forget the meeting of the Farmers’ Club, to be held at Puslinch Lake, this Thursday, March 4th.  A large attendance of members and those desiring to become members is earnestly requested.






The Puslinch Lake News

March 29th 1915.


Indications point to a late spring.  The weather of the past few days has been exceptionally cold for this time of the year.


Friends and neighbours, to the number of about one hundred, gathered at the home of Miss Maggie Gilchrist, last Monday evening, to bid her farewell prior to her departure from this vicinity to her new home in Galt.  A well-worded address was read by Miss Jessie Wilkinson, and at the proper time, Miss Mary Robertson presented her with a beautiful set of furs.  Miss Gilchrist made an appropriate reply, thanking her friends for the very handsome present, and reminding them that their kindness would not be forgotten.  At the same time, Mr. Geo. McGill was presented with a solid leather suitcase by the young people of the section.  The remainder of the evening was spent in games and dancing.


Reverend J. L. Small, of St. Andrew’s Church, Hespeler, conducted a prayer meeting last Wednesday at the home of Mr. John R. Little.


Mrs. John Grieve, of Preston, spent the weekend with her nieces, the Misses Lisso, of this section.


Mr. John Palframan and family, of Berlin, will this week move their household effects to their farm near Puslinch Lake.


The Farmers’ Club will hold its semi-monthly meeting next Thursday at the Puslinch Lake Hall.  After the usual business, a short program will be rendered, after which, a lunch will be served by the ladies.  An extra turnout of members is requested.






The News of Puslinch Lake

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, 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 Guelph 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 Puslinch Lake News

April 18th 1915.


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


Contractors Brethaur and Mo____ (text missing) have finished the stonework for the addition, 32 feet by 68 feet, to Mr. Edwin Shantz’s barn on the Puslinch Lake Road.


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, in Hespeler, will conduct a prayer meeting at the home of Mr. John Robertson on Friday night.


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






The News from Puslinch Lake

May 2nd 1915.


Owing to the fine dry weather of the past week, most of the farmers of this section are through seeding.


Sunday School re-opened for the season on Sunday May 2nd, with a very large attendance.


The funeral of Louise Kunsenhausers, wife of John Chester, took place from her late residence, last Wednesday, to the Hespeler cemetery, for interment, and was largely attended.


Contractor Aikens has commenced the carpenter work on Mr. Shantz’ new barn.


Mr. Alfred Burgess held a very successful auction sale of his furniture and farm stock and will leave for his former home in England….






Clearing Auction Sale of Farm Stock and Implements

January 25th 1917.



The undersigned has received instructions from John Robertson to sell by Public Auction, on the rear  half of Lot 8, 1st Concession, 3rd farm east of Puslinch Lake, on Thursday January 25th, at one o’ clock sharp, the following property:


Horses ─ Bay horse, 10 years old, good in all harness, filly colt, 8 months old.  This colt is a good one.


Cattle ─ 6 good cows, 5 supposed to be in calf, cow due April 10th, cow due April 18th, cow due end of January, 2 cows due in August, fresh cow with calf, 4 months old.


Young cattle ─ Pair of fat steers, rising 2 years old, 7 fine young heifers, rising 1 year old, heifer calf, 2 months old.


Pigs ─ 7 pigs, 8 months old.


Hens ─ About 30 or 40 hens.


Implements ─ Massey-Harris binder, 6 foot cut, with sheaf carrier, This is a number 5 binder, with a special driven wheel for hilly land, good as new, Massey-Harris mower, 5 foot cut, Massey-Harris hay rake, 10 foot, new, Massey-Harris hoe drill, Massey-Harris cultivator, Preston steel roller, Kid Kangaroo twin plow, with 3-horse evener, and double-tree, new, 2 Cockshutt walking plows, No. 21, in good repair, set iron harrows, 12 foot, with 3-horse evener, Peter Hamilton scuffler, new, scales, capacity 2,000 pounds, stoneboat, new, turnip sower, fanning mill, broad tire wagon, with new box and shelvings, democrat, with pole and shafts, new, top buggy, open buggy, newly painted, cutter, road cart, new stock rack, 10 beehives with bee supplies, bee smoker, 2 dozen grain bags, corn planter, set of new whiffletrees, set of whiffletrees, forks, shovels, hoes, and various other articles, too numerous to mention.


Harness ─ Good set of half tug plow harness, with new set of leather lines, set of single harness, good as new, a few spare collars and bridles, 2 rope halters, good fly net for single harness, 2 breast chains, new…






The Hespeler News

July 30th 1917.


Mr. and Mrs. John Zyrd motored up from Toronto last week and spent a few days as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zyrd and Mr. and Mrs. John Limpert, at “The Hickories”, Puslinch Lake.






Puslinch Lake Notes

August 10th 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

November 30th 1922.


Mr. Arthur Panabaker has just completed a fine dairy building.


About twenty ladies of S.S. No. 11 met at the home of Mrs. John Fyfe and did a lot of quilting, to be sent to the northern country next week.


A pleasant evening was spent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Grieves, of Cole’s Mills, when eight gentlemen from Puslinch and eight from Waterloo played euchre, Waterloo winning by a few points.  Light refreshments were served and a vote of thanks was tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Grieves for their kind hospitality.


Mrs. Chris Bond has returned form the Waterloo and Kitchener Hospital.






The News of Puslinch Lake

December 11th 1922.


W. J. Marriott exhibited black rose comb bantams at the Winter Fair, winning 1st and 3rd (cock), 5th (hen), 2nd and 5th (cockerel), and 1st and 2nd (pullet).  He also had four Cayuga ducks entered, and won three firsts and one second.


Miss Alice Marriott is showing her Shetland pony at 9:45 on Monday evening.


Quite a number motored to the Lake on Sunday.  It is well covered with ice.


A very pleasant evening was spent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Elliott, near Bond’s schoolhouse, when about eighty of their friends and neighbours were invited to an oyster supper.  After the inner man was satisfied, the dining room was cleared and dancing was indulged in till the wee small hours, to music furnished by Miss Dickison and Messrs. Robertson, Gilchrist, and McKay.  A vote of thanks was given Mr. and Mrs. Elliott for their kind hospitality.


Quite a large number from this section are taking in the Winter Fair.


Friends will be pleased to hear that Mr. McLaughlin and family have been taken out of quarantine, after two months’ illness.






The Puslinch Lake News

December 20th 1922.


S. S. No. 11 is giving a concert and Christmas tree, with a real live Santa Claus in attendance, to be held on Friday afternoon, December 22nd.


Mr. “Scottie” McGregor, who has a ranch out west, is visiting at the home of Mr. John R. Little.


Mr. Geo. Garner, of Ottawa, is home for Christmas and New Year’s.


Mr. Alfred Gobfill, of Fergus, has taken a position with Mr. William Little.


Mr. Redge Vipond, who has been with Mr. Little for some time, has taken a position in Guelph.


Friends in this section will be pleased to hear that Wilfred Palframan, of Toronto, son of John Palframan, has been married to a lady out of town.  Wilfred went overseas and was one of the boys who received a gold watch from this section.  He is now travelling for a departmental factory.


Mr. Patterson, of Hamilton, is visiting Mr. Little over the holiday.


Miss Ruth Little, teacher at Acton, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Little.


Mr. Walter Mercer, of Calgary, an old Puslinch resident, is visiting in this section.


Mrs. Will Brown left for her home in Detroit, after having visited her mother, Mrs. J. F. Lister, who was quite ill.


The lake ice is about six inches thick and is nice and smooth for skating.






The News from Puslinch Lake

December 21st 1922.


An entertainment and box social was held last night at Killean.  Wm. Bolduc was auctioneer and some $35 was realized.


Friends of Wilfred Palframan will congratulate him on his marriage, which took place in Toronto this week.


The annual school closing exercises of S.S. No. 11 will be held tomorrow afternoon.  A real live Santa Claus will be present.


Mr. Murphy, of Calgary, is renewing acquaintances in this neighbourhood.


Miss Alice Marriott won the first prize for a Champion Shetland Pony, driving in the ring herself.


Mr. Patterson, of Hamilton, is the guest of W. J. Little.


Miss Ruth Little comes home today to spend her holidays at her home here.


Mrs. W. Brown, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Marriott, and her mother, Mrs. Lister, who is recovering from her recent severe illness, has returned to her home in Detroit.


The Lake is at present one of the best open air rinks to be had.


W. J. Marriott took 11 prizes with his Bantams and ducks at the Guelph Show.






The News of Puslinch Lake

April 3rd 1923.


Quite a nice crowd of friends and neighbours gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Little, on Thursday afternoon, in honour of the bride-elect, Miss Cora Ross, daughter of the late Mr. John Ross and Mrs. Ross, of R.R. No.2, Hespeler, who is to be married shortly.  Many useful gifts were presented to Miss Cora.  A social time was spent and all extended many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Little for their kind hospitality.


Mr. Alex Neaubauer, of Puslinch School Section No. 12, and W. J. Marriott, of School Section No. 11, are taking in the convention at Toronto, being representatives.


Miss Lily Garner, of Franklin, Massachusetts, was called home to the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Daniel Garner, who is seriously ill.


Mr. John Chester has moved to the Haemint farm.


The friends of Mr. Wilson Robertson will be sorry to hear that he is still on the sick list.


Mrs. J. F. Lister is still confined to her bed.






The Puslinch Lake News

April 13th 1923.


The ice on the lake is still very thick and by the looks of things, navigation will not be open for some time.  Mr. Sandy Wilkinson was the first and last to cross over on the ice this year.


Mrs. Bert Heller has purchased a prize winning pair of white Holland turkeys from the West.  She intends having some good eating for her numerous customers.


Quite a large crowd attended Robert Hudson’s sale on the 2nd Concession.  Mr. James McDonald kept them all in good humour, and got good prices.


The U.F.O. Club held its annual meeting at S.S. No. 11 on Tuesday evening, and a great deal of business was transacted.


Mr. Bert Heller has his moulding shop in readiness to start on Monday morning.


Mr. Wilson Robertson and Mrs. George, who have been quite ill, are on the road to recovery.






The Puslinch Lake News

November 6th 1923.


Friends of Mr. Bert Heller will be sorry to hear that he has blood poison in his right arm, caused by having run a splinter in his finger.  He is under the doctor’s care.


Master George Hewer’s friends will be pleased to hear that he has taken a turn for the better, having had typhoid fever for four weeks.


A flock of wild geese can be seen on the lake nearly every morning.


The road from the Townline is in good condition for travelling to the Lake, under the able direction of Mr. Thomas Aikens, who has charge of the grader.


Billy Marriott, Varden Black, of Hespeler, Ed Palmer, David Allen, Charles Leslie, and Fred Dollery, of Guelph, are away to the northern woods on their annual deer hunt.


The Good Time Club spent a very pleasant time on Friday evening at the Lake.  An old time dance was held.  Having enjoyed the good music and a tasty lunch, the dance broke up at 1:30 p.m.






The News from Puslinch Lake

December 3rd 1923.


Quite a pleasant day was spent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Elliott.  Mrs. Elliott gave a dinner to Mr. Elliott’s relatives, it being their 18th wedding anniversary.  In the evening, their neighbours gave them a surprise.  There was music and dancing.  Mrs. Elliott served bride’s cake to each guest, also dainty lunch to the 100 people present.  Good wishes were extended to the host and hostess, and many happy returns of the day.


Friends of Dick Hewer will be pleased to hear that his children are on the road to recovery from typhoid fever.






Sowing Season

April 23rd 1926.


Now that the sowing season is in the offing, the farmers are getting busy in many ways, and a few days ago, members of the Puslinch Farmers’ Club, en bloc, procured a carload of salt for their livestock.  Walter Holm is the buyer.






The News from Puslinch Lake

June 10th 1926.


The death occurred at St. Joseph’s General Hospital, on Friday last, of Mrs. Archie Benallick, the wife of the lessee of the Puslinch Lake Hotel.  Mrs. Benallick was ailing for some little time before going to the hospital two weeks ago.






Puslinch Lake News

July 3rd 1931.


Mr. and Mrs. George Dyson and Charles Dyson, of Toronto, visited Mr. and Mrs. William Woods at their summer home, Puslinch Lake, yesterday.






News from Puslinch Lake

March 29th1932.


 Ray and Charles Bridges, of Toronto, are spending the Easter vacation with J. C. Bridges, at Lakeview Inn, Puslinch Lake.







News of Puslinch Lake

May 31st 1933.


Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond and Miss Mae Cobourn, of Pleasant Grove, were holidays visitors at Puslinch Lake.







Puslinch Lake News Item

(from the Pleasant Grove news column)

August 14th 1934.


Mr. and Mrs. Jirden Main and Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Main were visitors at Puslinch Lake on Sunday.







News from the Lake Road

September 2nd 1937.


Mr. E. S. Shantz was a business visitor in Kitchener on Tuesday.


Mr. A. H. Tremain, and Jack and Allan Tremain, of Galt, called on Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Tremain, of the Lake Road, on Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. John E. Chester and Mr. and Mrs. R. Chester and son, Robert, spent Sunday at Belle Fontaine, guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. Purdy.


Mr. and Mrs. N. Schnurr, of Sheffield, and Miss Jean Beaven, of Galt, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chester, on Monday.


Mr. L. T. Evans and Mr. C. R. Bond were business visitors in Toronto on Wednesday.


Mr. and Mrs. S. Shantz, of Kitchener, called on Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Shantz, on Monday evening.


S. S. No. 11 opened its doors for the fall season on Wednesday morning.  The new teacher, Miss Ida Good, of Elmira, has assumed her duties.  Twenty-six pupils were on hand, only three being beginners.






The Lake Road Report

July 3rd 1941.


Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Aikens and son, Johnny, of Sudbury, have returned home after spending two days with the foremost’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Aikens, and attending the funeral of Mrs. H. Aiken’s grandmother, the late Mrs. Laidlaw, of Brampton.


Mr. Wm. Robertson and son, Ross, of Ottawa, are spending their holidays at the home of the former’s mother, Mrs. A. Robertson, and also renewing old acquaintances in this vicinity.


Eighteen ladies belonging to the Lake Road Red Cross group met at the home of Mrs. John Chester on Wednesday afternoon for the purpose of quilting a quilt that the ladies had pieced.  They also did honour to one of their members, Mrs. Donald McCaig, who has been living in their midst for eight years, and who is moving to Aberfoyle to live with her brother, Mr. A. McPherson.  The address was read by Mrs. Thomas Evans and the presentation of a beautiful handbag made to Mrs. McCaig by Mrs. Gordon Sault.  Although taken completely by surprise, Mrs. McCaig replied fittingly.  Her many friends in this vicinity wish her every success in her new home.


Guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Aikens were Mrs. J. Littleton, of Canton, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Scott, and daughter, Marjory, of Manitoulin Island.


The pupils of S.S. No. 5 have donated $3.26 toward the War Victims’ Fund.  The girls, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. N. Roszell, have knitted a beautiful wool quilt, to be used for the same purpose.  The school term closed with a picnic to Barber’s Beach.






Program Enjoyed at S.S. No. 11, Puslinch Red Cross Meeting

April 14th 1942.


A good representation of people attended the S.S. No. 11, Puslinch Red Cross meeting in the Lake School.  A short program was given, consisting of community singing, a reading by Mrs. A. Evans, and a very interesting talk by Mrs. John Chester on some of her curios from Nigeria.  Quilts and knitting were also on display.  After the singing of the National Anthem, refreshments were served and a collection was taken, amounting to $4.05.


A quilting was also held on Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Reeve, when a quilt was finished, the top of which was donated by Miss A. Holm.






School Section No. 11

May 9th 1942.


The May meeting of the Lake District Unit of the Red Cross Society was held in the school, with a good attendance.  The President, Mrs. Steffler, opened the meeting and conducted the business session.


Mr. Eltherington was chairman for the following program:  Violin selection by Mr. Gordon McKay, solo by Mrs. McKay, a reading by Miss Fisk, a piano solo by Jean McKay, and a quiz conducted by Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Reeve.


During the evening, the six quilts and the knitting done during the month were on display.  Much credit is due Mrs. Steffler for the work that she accomplished in that time.






School Section No. 11, Puslinch

School Report

June 1942.


The following is the standing of the pupils of S.S. No. 11, Puslinch, in the June report:

Ruth Evans and Jean McKay were recommended on their year’s work for entrance standing.

Promoted to Grade 8:

Allan Evans ─ 88, Peggy Evans ─ 83, Billy McKay ─ 82, Edwin Gamble ─ 81.

Recommended to Grade 8:

Lillian Cober ─ 70, Jean Tremain ─ 69.

Promoted to Grade 6:

Edward Chester ─ 80, Grace Chester ─ 78, Delmer Chester ─ 70, Myrna Tremain ─ 62, Doris Ireland ─ 58.

Promoted to Grade 5:

Valentine McKay ─ 75, Eleanor Brown ─ 74, Mildred Steffler ─ 67, Louise Hunter ─ 64, Lois Diefenbaker ─ 62, Nancy Evans ─ 61, Calvin Cober ─ 56.  Recommended to Grade 5: Alfred Evans ─ 50.

Promoted to Grade 4:

Joyce Chester ─ 77, Shirley Chester ─ 73, Norine Kreig ─ 68, Leslie Hunter ─ 60.

Promoted to Grade 3:

Norma Kreig ─ 78, Marjorie Chester 77, Frank Harvey ─ 77, Florence Chester ─ 76, Margaret Evans ─ 71, Donald Hunter ─ 65, Audrey Cober ─ 62.

Promoted to Grade 2:

Margaret McKay ─ 83, Margaret Gamble ─ 70, Evelyn Stewart ─ 70, Shirley Hunter ─ 67.  Recommended to Grade 2: Verdun Diefenbaker ─ 60.


Isabel Fisk.





School Section No. 11 School Report

November 5th 1942.


The following is the school report of the pupils of S.S. No. 11, Puslinch, for the months of September and October:


Grade VIII:

Allan Evans, Peggy Evans, Edwin Gamble, Harold Christian, Lillian Cober, Jean Tremain, Joan Gamble, Marion Evans.

Grade VI:

Edward Chester, Delmar Chester, Grace Chester, Myrna Tremain, Doris Ireland.

Grade V:

Eleanor Brown, Nancy Evans, Mildred Steffler, Louise Hunter, Lois Diefenbaker, Calvin Cober.

Grade IV:

Shirley Chester, Joyce Chester, Norine Kreig, Leslie Hunter.

Grade III:

Florence Chester, Marjorie Chester, Norma Kreig, Margaret Evans, Audrey Cober, Donald Hunter.

Grade II:

Evelyn Stewart, Shirley Hunter, Margaret Gamble, Verdun Diefenbaker.

Grade I:

Shirley Evans, Neil Scott, Ray Paulitzki


Isabel Fisk.


The following have had perfect attendance: Jean Tremain, Grace Chester, Louise Hunter, Leslie Hunter, Norine Kreig, Donald Hunter, Norma Kreig, Margaret Gamble, Shirley Hunter, and Shirley Evans.






The Lake Road District

November 5th 1942.


On Friday evening, the schoolhouse was decorated in true Hallowe’en style, when Miss Fisk and her pupils invited parents and friends to join them in a Hallowe’en celebration.  Several games were played, including a treasure hunt, and many attempts were made to eat apples from a string.  A parade of all those masked gave an opportunity to see the many amusing and pretty costumes, and prizes were given for the best costumes in the junior, intermediate, and senior classes.  A lunch in keeping with the occasion was provided and a goodly sum of money was raised for the Junior Red Cross.


On Sunday afternoon, there was a large attendance at the Sunday School, which was held in the S.S. No. 11 Schoolhouse.  Music was provided by the orchestra from the Baptist Church and Miss Bessie Falle, a returned missionary, showed lantern slides of her work in French Equatorial Africa, two thousand miles from the coast.  Miss Jessica Minns, of New York, who is in the same work, gave an interesting talk on their trip home by plane, by way of Brazil.  This trip took just seven days to complete.  They also showed a native costume and sang a duet in the native language.






Puslinch Lake Forum Convenes

December 12th 1949.


The Puslinch Lake Farm Forum met on Monday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Chester.  The topic, “As others see us” was discussed.  The majority felt that our farm community would be a better place to live if we had more co-operation and if we were more neighbourly and went to visit each others’ houses more often.


The Forum is planning to send Mr. Edward Chester to the Christmas short course at the O.A.C. from January 2nd to 6th.


Mr. Robt. Reeve was appointed chairman for the next six weeks.  The Sign Post was read and the Secretary’s report given by Lloyd Auliffe.  Lunch was served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Wes Tremain.  The next meeting is to be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Auliffe.






Night Blaze Guts Puslinch Cottage

October 15th 1951.


One lakeside cottage was completely gutted and another partially destroyed as a fire threatened the Puslinch Lake community shortly after sundown last night.  Residents joined with the men of two fire departments to quell the blaze, which, as it was, caused damage estimated by one local inhabitant in the thousands of dollars.


The origin of the fire, it is believed, has not yet been definitely ascertained, but visitors from Kitchener, who were in the old cottage that was burnt down, are reported to have had a fire going in the temporary residence, prior to their departure, before the outbreak.


 The wooden abode and its contents were shimmered to a shell, and the flames spread to an adjoining duplex cottage, a modern and new construction, and had burned half of this down before they were controlled.


Thomas Russo and his wife, residents of Kitchener, had visited their summer house that afternoon.  Roy Stricker and his son occupied the duplex, where they reportedly live all year round.  The owner’s part of the house was damaged by smoke but the contents were removed, while the part occupied by the son apparently met the same fate as the adjoining cottage.


The bright, glowing flames quickly penetrated the wooden structures and lighted trees in the vicinity.  The fire was seen by residents, however, and the alarm quickly raised.  Men and women joined in the fight and formed a bucket brigade until the arrival of the Hespeler and Preston fire departments, whose equipment halted the threat to the lakeshore community.






Mrs. R. McRobbie Entertains Puslinch Lake Girls’ Club

March 31st 1953.


Mrs. Robert McRobbie entertained the Puslinch Lake Girls’ Club at her home, R.R. No. 6, Guelph.  During the evening, the following officials were elected: President ─ Miss Shirley Kerns, Secretary-Treasurer ─ Miss May Pettit, Press Secretary ─ Miss Georgina Steffler, and Courtesy Convenor ─ Miss Charlene Frosch.


A discussion was held on “Hospitality” and “How to keep towels and dish towels clean”.  Refreshments were served by the hostess.






Puslinch Lake Garden Club Elects Officers

April 23rd 1953.


The members of the Puslinch Lake Garden Club met recently at the home of Miss May Pettit, R.R. No. 1, Hespeler, with their leader, Miss Beatrice McRobbie, presiding.  During the evening, the election of officers was conducted by Miss McRobbie, and those elected were: President ─ Donalda Bridgeman, Secretary ─ Alice Kerns, Courtesy Convener ─ Shirley Kerns, and Press Reporter ─ Charlene Frosch.


For the remainder of the evening, the members discussed how to plant gardens, after which, the hostess served a dainty lunch.






Puslinch Lake Girls’ Club Gives Flower Display

June 19th 1953.


The Puslinch Lake Girls’ Club gave a demonstration of flower arrangements at a combined business and social meeting of the Hespeler Horticultural Society, held in the Scout House on Thursday evening.  Members of the Girls’ Club present were Shirley Kerns, May Pettit, Donalda Bridgeman, Charlene Frosch, and Alice Kerns.  The girls did a workmanlike job of their displays and found their audience appreciative.






The Puslinch Lake News

April 23rd 1954.


A very enjoyable evening was spent at S.S. No. 11, Puslinch Lake School, last evening, when 11 tables of euchre were in play.  Mr. Archie McRobbie and Mrs. Roy Campbell claimed the high prizes, while the lone hands prizes went to William Pettit and Mrs. A. E. Gamble.  Mrs. W. A. McDonald and Mrs. W. Pettit received the consolation prizes.  A delicious lunch was served by the ladies in charge.






Pre-School Clinic in Puslinch Lake Area

April 30th 1954.


A pre-school clinic was held yesterday afternoon for children of the Puslinch Lake area.  The clinic was conducted by the Wellington County Health Unit, with Dr. B. T. Dale, M.O.H., in charge.  The clinic included full medical and dental examination, and immunization for children in the two to five years of age group.  It was sponsored by the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute and members who assisted were Mrs. Keith Ireland, Mrs. A. Christian, and Mrs. George Peace.






The Puslinch Lake News

May 21st 1954.


The Wellington County Health Unit has made arrangements for a child health centre for the residents of the Puslinch Lake area at the Club Rooms at Barber’s Beach, on Wednesday May 26th from 2 to 4 p.m.  This is sponsored by the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute.  Full clinic services will be given and will consist of medical and dental examinations and immunizations for all children in the two to five years of age group.


The program planning meeting for the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute was held on Thursday evening at the home of Mrs. George Steffler.






The News from Puslinch Lake

May 28th 1954.


Mr. and Mrs. W. Eggert attended the wedding of their niece, Miss Joanne Kelly, of London, on Saturday.


Mrs. A. Christian and Mrs. Keith Ireland assisted at the Wellington County Health Clinic, which was held at Barber’s Beach on Wednesday.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chandler and Mrs. G. Steffler attended the silver anniversary of Sister Rose Dehma, at the Sacred Heart Convent, in Walkerton, on Monday.


Miss Nancy Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans, R.R. No. 2, Hespeler, is a member of the graduation class of the Brantford General Hospital.  Guests who attended the ceremonies held at the Capitol Theatre in Brantford included Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans, Shirley, Eleanor, Roberta, Barbara, Alfred, and George Evans, Mr. and Mrs. George Schmeidendorf, of Preston, Reverend and Mrs. Harold Hindry, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott, of Hespeler.  The reception was held at the Hotel Kirby, at noon, and tea was served at the hospital during the afternoon at the Brantford General Hospital.


Miss Eleanor Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown, of R.R. No. 2, Hespeler, is also a member of the 1954 graduation class of the Brantford General Hospital.  Her guests were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Len Bowman, Misses Dorothy and Lorraine Bowman, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Brown,  Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Seaton, Mrs. George Bloomfield, Mr. and Mrs. Art Garner, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Chester, John Chester, Mrs. Calvin Evans, Mrs. Robert Schultz, Miss Irene Campbell, Mrs. Florence Frazer, and Misses Joyce and Martha Chester.  The ceremonies were held in the Capitol Theatre, in Brantford, and a reception was held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in that city, and tea was served at the hospital during the afternoon.


Grade 9B pupils of the Guelph Collegiate held a successful class party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Simpkins.  Games and a wiener roast were enjoyed.


First year student nurses at the Guelph General Hospital  held a wiener roast at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Chester, recently.  Games and singing were enjoyed.






The Puslinch Lake News

May 29th 1954.


The United Missionary Church, at Colborne, was the setting for a lovely wedding this afternoon, at 2:30 o’ clock, when Margaret Norene, the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. W. J. Purdy, of Colborne, Ontario, became the bride of Edward Nelson Chester, the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Chester.  The groom is a 3rd year graduate of Immanuel Bible College, where the bride also spent one year.


The bride was given in marriage by her great uncle, Mr. R. E. Gordon.  The wedding music was played by Miss Elaine Faw.  Reverend W. J. Purdy performed the ceremony.  Miss Florence Chester was maid of honour, Mrs. Eunice Turner, bridesmaid, and Miss Winona Purdy, junior bridesmaid.  Mr. Robt. Ralston and Mr. Delmer Chester were the ushers and Mr. William Purdy acted as best man.






The Puslinch Lake News

June 3rd 1954.


Miss Patsy Bond, Sandra Aikens, and Bobby Simpkins were among the dancers taking part in a dance recital given by Jack McGarry on Friday evening at the G.C.V.I auditorium, in Guelph.


Miss Shirley Simpkins, of R.R. No. 2, Hespeler, Dr. Nancy Armbrust, Janice McKennon, Isobel Gibson, of Guelph, and Miss Pauline Armbrust, of Hamilton, have returned from a two-week motor trip through New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Cape Cod, returning by way of Kingston.


Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spence, of Hamilton, were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Simpkins.






The Puslinch Lake News

June 25th 1954.


The Puslinch Township school area picnic was held at Soper Park, Galt, on Tuesday June 22nd, with about 500 in attendance.  Killean won the trophy for softball.  Races and a delicious picnic supper were enjoyed.


Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gamble were honoured recently at the Aberfoyle Hall when the Puslinch Junior Farmers made a presentation.  Mr. Gamble was the past President of the Junior Farmers, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gamble, of R.R. No. 2, Hespeler.  They were presented with a carving set.  Mrs. Gamble, past Secretary-Treasurer, was given a cooker.  Dancing was enjoyed to the music supplied by the club orchestra.


Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Evans were honoured for their recent marriage on Wednesday, June 23rd, at S.S. No. 11 School, by about sixty friends and neighbours.  William Hunter was a very capable chairman for the evening.  Community singing, led by William Courtney, with Mrs. C. Tremain at the piano, was much enjoyed.  After the chairman’s address, Mr. Hunter called on Mr. and Mrs. Evans to come forward, when the Misses Margaret Gamble and Georgina Steffler entered the room with a decorated basket filled with shower gifts.  Following the opening of these gifts, Mr. and Mrs. Evans thanked their friends very graciously.  Mrs. W. Hunter, Mrs. R. Reeve, Mrs. A. Rogers, Mrs. G. Steffler, Margaret Gamble, and Georgina Steffler served a delicious lunch.






The News from Puslinch Lake

July 2nd 1954.


The Puslinch Township elimination contest for the Wellington County centennial was held at Aberfoyle Hall on June 29th, with a large attendance.  William Courtney, of R.R. No. 2, Hespeler, was a very capable chairman.


Those taking part in the contest for “Miss Puslinch Township 1854” were Miss Donalda Clark, Miss Catherine McLean, Mrs. T. Hayden, and Mrs. Keith Ireland, when Miss Clark was chosen the winner of the group. 


Miss Bernice Sherman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Sherman, of R.R. No. 6, Guelph, was chosen “Miss Puslinch 1954” and was the representative from the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute.  The other contestants were Miss Donna Churcher, Miss Patsy Kitchen, and Miss Helen Laking.


A square dance competition was held where two sets from the Puslinch Junior Farmers and two old-time sets from Puslinch took part, with the Junior Farmers winning the honours.  Music for the occasion was supplied by James McDermott on the violin and Miss Ruby Evans at the piano.  The winners in each of these contests will represent Puslinch Township in the Wellington County contest, to be held July 16th and 17th at the centennial celebration in Fergus.


Mr. and Mrs. W. Courtney, Mrs. Keith Ireland, Mrs. W. Eggert, Miss Georgina Steffler, Miss Ruby Evans, Miss Irene Holm, and Mrs. E. Stefffler, of R.R. No. 1, Hespeler, and Mrs. C. R. Sherman, Miss Bernice Sherman, Mrs. A. Lisso, Mrs. Robert McRobbie, Miss Beatrice McRobbie, Archie, Douglas, and Richard McRobbie, and Mrs. John McCullough, of R.R. No. 6, Guelph attended the Puslinch elimination contest on Tuesday June 29th, at Aberfoyle Hall.


The Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute community picnic will be held on July 8th at the home of Mrs. C. R. Sherman, of R.R. No. 6, Guelph.  Dinner is at 12:30 p.m.






The News of Puslinch Lake

July 6th 1954.


Newlyweds L. A. C. and Mrs. Leslie Hunter, of Trenton, in visiting the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hunter, of R.R. No. 1, Hespeler, were honoured on separate occasions with a wiener roast, an old-time chivaree, a social evening, and a picnic dinner.


On Friday evening, July 2nd, Bob and Louise Barber, Sylvia Bassett, and Donald Hunter were hosts and hostesses to a wiener roast, held in the form of a miscellaneous shower, for Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hunter, at the pasture farm of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hunter, of R.R. No. 1, Hespeler.  Relay games were enjoyed and guitar selections were rendered by Bruce Chambers.  After the guests of honour opened their many lovely gifts and expressed their thanks, hotdogs et cetera were enjoyed over an open fire.  About an hour after they arrived home, an old-time chivaree was held and they were presented with a chrome smoking set.


On July 3rd, some 70 friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hunter, to honour their son Leslie and his bride.  The program was opened with the singing of “O Canada”, followed by an address from chairman, Clifford Tremain.  Willard Eggert and Alan Rodgers gave a number of selections on their electric guitars, including “Hawaiian Sunset”, “Heart of My Heart”, and “Changing Partners”.  Mrs. Robert Reeve gave a reading entitled “Don’t be tazin’ me”.  Mr. Robert Gunn, accompanied by Mrs. C. Tremain at the piano, rendered “Spanish Waltz” and “The Sailor’s Hornpipe” on his harmonica.  Mrs. Robert Chester gave a reading, “The Family Album”.  Miss heather McBain danced the highland fling and the sailor’s jig.  Clifford Tremain read a poem that he composed.  Miss Sharon McBain treated to a tap dance.  Carl Hamp rendered several selections on his electric accordion.  Mrs. John Auliffe read a poem, which included good advice for the bride and groom.  At the close of the program, Miss Barbara Gunn entered wit a decorated wagon and basket, filled with gifts.  Leslie and Anna thanked their friends and invited them to their home.  At the close of the evening, a delicious lunch was served by the co-hostesses, Mrs. Hector Gunn, Mrs. Milne Jamieson, Mrs. Harry Herman, Mrs. C. Tremain, Mrs. C. Christian, and Mrs. G. Steffler.


On July 4th, a picnic dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Hunter, in honour of Leslie and his bride.  The guests were uncles, aunts, and cousins, who showered them with lovely gifts.  Those present included Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Hunter and Margaret, of Guelph, Mr. and Mrs. John Hunter and Catharine, of Valens, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Brown and Paul and Robin, of Galt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barber, of Galt, Mr. and Mrs. Snow, of Delhi, Ontario, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Walker, of Toronto.


L. A. C. and Mrs. Leslie Hunter left last evening, after visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hunter, of R.R. No. 1, Hespeler.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 5th 1954.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stewart and Mr. and Mrs. Mather have returned home from visiting at Huntsville.


Miss Donalda Bridgeman is visiting with her sister in Trenton.


Mr. and Mrs. W. Ebbs Junior have returned home after visiting in Walkerton and Southampton.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chandler were visitors in Campbellville, on Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Parsons are visiting relatives in Newfoundland.


Mr. and Mrs. William Pettit and son, Bill, have returned from visiting Mr. and Mrs Ben Buttle, of Pembroke, Ontario.


Mr. and Mrs. James Brown have for their guests, Arthur Walker, of Paris, and Grant Bicker, of Preston.






The Puslinch Lake News

August 7th 1954.


Mr. and Mrs. W. Ebbs Senior and Mr. and Mrs. W. Ebbs Junior motored to London to visit Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ebbs.


Mr. and Mrs. C. Chandler and Miss Georgina Steffler are visiting relatives in Niagara Falls, New York.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aikens and their daughter, Nancy Lee, of Calgary, are visiting the foremost’s father, Mr. Thomas Aikens, of R.R. No. 2, Hespeler.


Mrs. C. Chandler will be the hostess to the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute on Thursday August 12th.  The roll call will be the exchange of flower slips.






The Puslinch Lake News

October 2nd 1954.


The Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute held a special meeting on Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Miller, to make arrangements to help “The Four Hundred Club” in its “International Ploughing Match” project.  Three institutes, Jubilee, Maple Grove, and Puslinch Lake are catering for four hundred people each day of the ploughing match.


Mrs. A. Gamble and Mrs. A. Lisso are the convenors for the kitchen.  Mrs. J. Auliffe, Mrs. J. Eggert, Mrs. A. Christian, and Mrs. C. Chandler comprise the transportation committee.  Mrs. C. Tremain is looking after the snack bar.  Mrs. C. O. Heath and Mrs. Edwards are the convenors for the waitresses of the Puslinch Lake group.


At an evening meeting, held at the home of Mrs. R. C. Calder, of Fisher Mill Road, good reports were had from each committee and arrangements were completed for “The Four Hundred Club”.  Mrs. A. Lisso, Mrs. C. O. Heath, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. J. Auliffe, Mrs. C. Tremain, Mrs. A. Gamble, and Mrs. A. Christian attended the meeting.


The third meeting of the Puslinch Red Cross nursing course was held at S.S. No. 11 School, Puslinch Lake on Monday.  Mrs. R. O. Hall, of Hespeler, Reg. N., gave the chapter.  Miss Helen Paddock, Reg. N., was in charge and was assisted by Miss McLean, Reg. N., of Puslinch.  The pupils all completed their assignment on how to make a bed with the patient in it.






The News from Puslinch Lake

December 14th 1954.


Mrs. Robert McRobbie, of R.R. No. 6, Guelph, was hostess to the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute for the Christmas meeting.  The roll call was answered with a Christmas greeting card for the Christmas cheer baskets.


Mrs. W. Hunter read the minutes, the Treasurer’s report, and the correspondence.  Miss Angeline Holm was chosen as the delegate to the meeting of the Wellington County Historical Research Society, in Knox Church, Elora, on December 10th.


Mrs. C. Tremain and Mrs. L. Johnson were chosen as conveners for the cheer baskets.  Mrs. George Steffler gave a report on the Red Cross nursing course, and five quilt tops are ready to be quilted.


Mrs. A. E. Gamble gave a report on a meeting of the Federation of Agriculture, and Miss Angeline Holm, a report on the flower fund.  Mrs. A. Lisso gave a demonstration for a Christmas table centre.  Miss Angeline Holm gave the history of the Robert McRobbie farm.  Mrs. W. Hunter and Mrs. L. Johnson were chosen conveners to get prices on tables.  Mrs. A. E. Gamble gave a paper on “Public Relations and Community Activities”.  Mrs. L. Johnson conducted a Christmas contest, with Miss Angeline Holm winning the prize.  Mrs. A. E. Gamble gave the Christmas message.


A delicious lunch was served by the hostess and her assistants, Mrs. W. McIntosh, Mrs. C. Tremain, Mrs. H. McLean, Mrs. S. Mast, and Mrs. G. Steffler.  Mrs. C. Tremain presented Mrs. Ireland with a gift for the “Luck Cup” and Mrs. W. Hunter, the lucky chair.




Miss Nancy Evans and Miss Eleanor Brown, who trained at the Brantford Hospital, received word that they passed the examination successfully.


Mr. Walter Holm, Miss Angeline Holm, Mrs. R. McRobbie, and Mr. G. Steffler attended the Wellington County Historical Research Society meeting at Knox Church, Elora, on Friday.


Mr. and Mrs. C. Tremain entertained a number of their friends from the Puslinch Lake district on Saturday evening.


Mr. Bruce Chambers, former teacher at S.S. No. 11, visited with Mr. and Mrs. C. Tremain, on Saturday.










Aberfoyle Hall

Friday June 17th 1955.


Sponsored by

The Puslinch Lake Softball Club


Admission 50 cents.








The News of Puslinch Lake

August 30th 1955.


Mr. and Mrs. Harmon McLean, of R.R. No. 2, Hespeler, held a corn and wiener roast at their home recently.  Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Len Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Graham, Julia Williamson, Bill Vinen, and Pete Darroh, all of Guelph, Mr. and Mrs. William Barclay and Beatrice Carmichael, of Galt, Arthur Wilson, of Kitchener, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. George Lambert, Ann Beamish, Shirley Beamish, Mr. and Mrs. Mather, and Margaret Gamble, all of Hespeler.  Margaret Gamble and Arthur Wilson supplied the music for dancing.


Mrs. A. E. Gamble held a miscellaneous shower in honour of Nancy Evans, Reg. N., of Brantford, bride-elect of the month, on Tuesday evening.  About forty guests were present.  Marjorie Lindlow assisted the bride when she opened the gifts, which were presented in a decorated basket by Mrs. A. E. Gamble and Mrs. Edwin Evans.  Mrs. E. Shantz, Mrs. C. Tremain, Mrs. J. McLean, and Margaret Gamble assisted the hostess in serving refreshments.






The News from Puslinch Lake

November 9th 1955.


A meeting of the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute 4H Club was held at the home of Miss Georgina Steffler.  They chose “The Lakeside Sewing Sisters” as the name for the new club.  The officers are President ─ Miss Ruby Evans, Secretary ─ Shirley Kerns, Courtesy Convener ─ Donelda Bridgeman, and Correspondent ─ Georgina Steffler.


Mrs. Lorne Johnson gave a demonstration on measurements and led in a discussion on “the attractive girl and what makes her so”.  Mrs. George Steffler distributed literature and led in a discussion on being well dressed and well groomed.


S.S. No. 5, Puslinch, held its Hallowe’en party in the schoolhouse.  A grand march of all those in costume opened the proceedings.   Prizes were won by Mrs. N. Roszell, Wm. Smith, Mrs. Don McCaig, and Bill Crow.


The conveners, Mrs. Bruce Smith, and Mrs. G. B. Crow, directed games.  An elimination game was won by Mrs. D. Smith and lucky spot awards were given to Dennis Gregor, Jeannette Coburn, and George Smith.  The committee for next year’s party is Mrs. C. McKay and Mrs. George Smith.


Mrs. John Ehrhart, of Clarkson, is visiting friends and relatives near Puslinch Lake.


Mrs. W. McIntosh, Mrs. Albert Christian, Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. George Lambert attended the annual meeting of the Boy Scout organization at the First Baptist Church, in Guelph.






The Puslinch Lake News

November 12th 1955.


The 1st Puslinch Boy Scouts Men’s Committee held a meeting at the Puslinch Lake School, with all members present.  Mr. Geo. Lambert, President, presided.  Mr. W. A. McIlwraith, Secretary, read the minutes.  A rags and basket collection will be held on Saturday, the 19th, when trucks will call on the S.S. No. 11 and S.S. No. 12 districts.  Plans for a Scout House and Community Centre were discussed.


A box social, progressive euchre, and crokinole party will be held on November 14th t the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Lambert.


The Lakeside Sewing Sisters met at the home of Miss Donelda Bridgeman.  Ruby Evans, the President, presided.  Shirley Kerns gave the minutes.  Discussions were led by Mrs. G. Steffler.  Mrs. Lorne Johnson demonstrated how to wash a wool sweater.  Mrs. Bridgeman served lunch.  The next meeting will be held at the home of Ruby Evans.






The News of Puslinch Lake

November 15th 1955.


The November meeting of the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute was held at the home of Mrs. C. O. Heath.  Mrs. A. Lisso opened the meeting, with Mrs. J. Miller at the piano.


Mrs. A. E. Gamble reported for the Secretary and the Treasurer.  Short reports on the standing committees were given by Mrs. C. O. Heath, Mrs. R. Reeve, on behalf of Mrs. A. Christian, and by Mrs. G. Steffler.  $25 was voted to be given to the 1st Puslinch Boy Scout Association.


Mrs. G. Steffler reported on the girls’ 4H Club.  Mrs. C. O. Heath will attend the district directors meeting in Guelph.


Mrs. Robert Reeve, convener of the Citizenship and Education committee, introduced Mrs. George Peace as the speaker.  She told of her trip to Europe.  Mrs. Keith Ireland thanked the speaker and all those taking part.


The hostess and committee, Mrs. J. Miller and Mrs. A. Lisso, served lunch.  The December meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. G. Steffler.


The meeting of the Lake Side Sewing Sisters was held at the home of Ruby Evans, Miss Evans presiding.  Mrs. G. Steffler led in a discussion on the care of rayons and print materials.  Mrs. L. Johnson showed the girls how to make different seems.  Miss Donelda Bridgeman thanked the hostess.  Mrs. L. Evans and Ruby served refreshments.  The next meeting will be held at the home of Georgina Steffler.


A box social was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Lambert, with cards and crokinole to entertain the guests.  William Hunter auctioned the boxes and a nice sum was realized for the 1st Puslinch Women’s Auxiliary Boy Scout Association.  The organizing committee was comprised of Mrs. Albert Christian, Mrs. D. Baker, Mrs. C. A. Orton, and Mrs. Lorne Johnson.






The Puslinch Lake News

December 19th 1955.


The 4H Lake Side Sewing Sisters met at the home of Miss Donelda Bridgeman, with all members present.  Miss Ruby Evans, the President, presided.  Mrs. G. Steffler led in a discussion on the care of the feet and the darning of socks.  Mrs. Lorne Johnson led in a discussion on how to wear clothes and on the finishing of a hem.  Plans were discussed about achievement day.  A social half hour was enjoyed, with the hostess serving lunch.


The 1st Puslinch Scout Auxiliary held three December meetings in the Puslinch Lake School, S.S. No. 11, with a good attendance.  The highlight of the meetings was when Mrs. Albert Christian introduced Mrs. Connell, the Area Commissioner of the Girl Guides, and her assistant, Mrs. Lillian Johnson, of Galt.  Mrs. H. Stewart and Mrs. K. Ludwig were chosen leaders for the Brownies, and Mrs. J. Brown and Mrs. Lorne Walker, leaders for the Guides.  Mrs. K. Ludwig thanked the speakers.  Lunch was served by Mrs. C. A. Orton and Mrs. Doris Baker.


Johnny Chandler has returned home from St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Guelph.


Mrs. Milne Jamieson is recovering from an operation in the General Hospital, in Hamilton.


Mrs. Arthur Bonham is home after an operation in Guelph Hospital.






Puslinch in the Hespeler News

February 4th 1956.


Mrs. Christina Walzer visited at the home of her niece, Miss Mary McCormick, of Puslinch, recently.


Miss Myrna Culp, of Puslinch, entertained many of her little friends last week on the occasion of her seventh birthday.


Miss Alice and Shirley Kerns, R.R. #2, Puslinch, visited recently with Mr. and Mrs. William Gillespie, of Toronto.






The Puslinch Lake News

April 26th 1956.


Miss Doris Milton, of the Wellington County Health Centre, paid a brief visit and gave the annual report of the centre to the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute at its annual meeting.  Mrs. K. Ireland and Mrs. A. Christian were appointed to help with the polio vaccinations at S.S. No. 11 School.  The institute will again sponsor a “Child Health Centre” at Barber’s Beach in April, May, and June.  Mrs. Wm. Eggert and Mrs. Keith Ireland were appointed to help the doctors and nurses in charge.






The Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute

April 26th 1956.

(This article is incomplete.)


Mrs. C. Tremain, Convener of the Ways and Means Committee, reported on the success of our booth at a recent auction sale.


A life membership certificate in the Wellington County Historical Society was purchased for a senior member who is convalescing after a serious illness.  The election of officers was held and the executive officers were returned by acclamation as follows:  President ─ Mrs. A. Lisso, First Vice-President ─ Mrs. C. O. Heath, 2nd Vice-President ─ Mrs. Lorne Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer ─ Mrs. A. E. Gamble, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer ─ Mrs. C. R. Sherman, District Director ─ Mrs. C. O. Heath, Branch Directors ─ Mrs. Geo. Pease, Mrs. Wm. Eggert, and Mrs. A. Christian, Auditors ─ Mrs. Keith Ireland and Mrs. A. Christian, Red Cross Convener ─ Mrs. W. Hunter, Pianist ─ Mrs. Jake Miller, Courtesy Convenor ─ Mrs. K. Ireland, and Federation of Agriculture ─ Mrs. C. Tremain.


The standing committee members are as follows:  Agriculture and Canadian Industries Committee ─ Mrs. A. Christian, Citizenship and Education ─ Mrs. Robert Reeve, Historical Research and Current Events ─ Mrs. A. Gamble, Home Economics and Health ─ Mrs. Wm. Eggert, Public Relations and Community Activities ─ Mrs. C. D. Heath, Ways and Means Committee ─ Mrs. C. Tremain, Mrs. Wm. Hunter, Mrs. C. O. Heath, and Mrs. Lorne Johnson.


A social half hour was enjoyed, with Mrs. A. Christian and Mrs. C. Chandler assisting the hostess.


Scout Euchre


The men’s committee of the 1st Puslinch Pack and troop held a euchre at the scout and guide hall, Puslinch Lake, with a good attendance.  Miss Florence Crosbie won the ladies’ high prize and Mrs. G. W. Schwantz won the ladies’ low prize.  John J. Wiens was the winner of the gents 1st prize, Arthur Boreham, the lone hands prize, and Johnny Boreham, the gents low prize.


Those in charge of the evening were George Lambert, James Brown, Ken Hamilton, and A. Edwards.  The ladies who assisted in serving lunch were Mrs. George Lambert, Mrs. Lorne Johnson, and Mrs. G. Steffler.


Red Cross


 Mrs. Robert McRobbie, Mrs. G. Steffler, and Ford Tremain attended the meeting of the Puslinch Red Cross, at Aberfoyle, when the reports of the canvass were given.  S.S. No. 11, Puslinch Lake, collected $75.35.  They are planning to have a Red Cross nursing course in the fall.  Mrs. G. Steffler is in charge of the Lake district.  A wheel chair is to be purchased for the loan cupboard.


Master Billy Chandler is in the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, recovering from an operation.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Chandler.




A surprise presentation was held at S.S. No. 12 School to honour Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Auliffe and family, who have moved from this district to Guelph.  Progressive euchre was enjoyed.  Mrs. A. E. Gamble was the winner of the lone hands.  Mrs. C. R. Sherman won…






The News from Puslinch Lake

May 8th 1956.


The Wellington County Health Centre had a successful clinic at Barber’s Beach, with Mrs. Wm. Eggert and Mrs. Keith Ireland, of the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute, assisting the doctors and nurses in charge.


The 1st Puslinch Guide and Scout Mothers’ Auxiliary held a meeting in the Scout and Guide Hall, with a fair attendance.  Mrs. Albert Christian, President, presided.  Mrs. M. Purdy, Secretary, read the minutes.  Mrs. W. McIntosh, Treasurer, read her report.


Plans were made for a dance in Aberfoyle Hall on May 12th.


A number of chairs will be bought for the Scout and Guide Hall.  A social time was enjoyed, with Mrs. J. Brown and Mrs. Lorne Walker serving lunch.


Master Billie Chandler has returned home from the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, Galt, after having an operation.


Thomas Stewart is recovering from an eye operation at the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital.






The News of Puslinch Lake

June 1st 1956.


The Mothers’ Auxiliary of the First Puslinch Scout and Guide Clubs held their May meeting in their Scout and Guide Hall.  Mrs. Albert Christian, President, presided.  Mrs. N. Purdy read the minutes.  Mrs. W. M. McIntosh reported on the success of the dance held recently.


Plans were made for a potluck supper.  Mrs. A. Christian is in charge of the dances for next fall.  Mrs. D. Baker, Mrs. A. Lisso, and Mrs. H. Becker are in charge of the program after the potluck supper.  A social hour was enjoyed with Mrs. Lorne Walker and Mrs. James Brown serving tea.


The Wellington County Health Clinic was held at Barber’s Beach on Wednesday, Mrs. Keith Ireland and Mrs. Annie Christian, from the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute, assisting.


The annual meeting of the South Wellington District was held at Eden Mills, with Mrs. A. E. Gamble, Mrs. A. Lisso, Mrs. C. O. Heath, and Mrs. Wm. Eggert, from the Puslinch Lake Women’s Institute, in attendance.


Mr. Olney, of the Olney’s Grocery store, is receiving treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Guelph.









1st Puslinch Lake Scout and Girl Guide

Mothers’ Auxiliary




Aberfoyle Dance Hall

Saturday February 9th 1957.

Dancing 9 til 12

Admission 50 cents

Lunch and refreshments.









Pretty Ceremony, United Church, for Velma Clemens

& Peter Parks, of Barber’s Beach.

May 24th 1957.


Miss Velma Jane Clemens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reid Clemens, of R.R. No. 1, Hespeler, exchanged marriage vows with Robert Peter Parks, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Siefert, of Barber’s Beach, with the Reverend J. M. Butler officiating.  Yellow snapdragons and mums were charming decorations in the Hespeler United Church for the occasion, on May 18th, at 3 p.m.


Escorted by her father, the bride wore a floor-length gown of nylon tulle, accented by bands of hand-clipped rose point lace, worn over French satin, featuring lily point sleeves and sabrina neckline, edged is seed pearls.  Her nylon tulle illusion veil, with embroidered edge, was caught to a side-winged crown of iridescents and pearls, and she carried a bouquet of yellow snapdragons and gardenias.


Mrs. Murray McBain, sister of the bride, was matron of honour.  The bridesmaids were Miss Norma Harman and Miss Lorraine Smith, and the flower girl was Judy Siefert, sister of the groom.  They wore identical ballerina-length gowns of yellow polished cotton and chiffon, with full skirt and ties of chiffon, reaching the hemline.  The matron of honour and bridesmaids carried bouquets of white and yellow mums and the flower girl carried a basket of white and yellow mums.


Murray McBain, of Galt, was groomsman, and the ushers were Lloyd Clemens, brother of the bride, and Lloyd Podger, of Galt.  Wedding music was played by Smith Tead, and the soloist was Mrs. Bruce Scharrard, cousin of the bride, of Oshawa, who sang “Because” and “The Lord’s Prayer” during the signing of the register.


A reception was held at the Iroquois Hotel, in Galt, where the bride’s mother received guests, wearing a blue lace dress and matching accessories and a corsage of white mums, assisted by the groom’s mother, who chose a blue silk dress with navy accessories.


When the bridal couple left on their wedding trip to Buffalo and Rochester, the bride wore a tweed suit with navy and white accessories and a corsage of white gardenias.  Upon their return, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Parks will reside at R.R. No. 2, Hespeler.


Out-of-town guests were from Galt, Preston, Toronto, Chatsworth, Kitchener, and Guelph.







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