The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.


(comprising a collection of newspaper articles from

 the Hespeler Herald, the Galt Evening Reporter, and the Guelph Mercury.)






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 3rd 1916.


In all our lives there are probably at the present time seven or eight directions in which we are vexed or sore disappointed, because of our dignity.  Let us consider that what we have been calling our dignity is largely a fiction.  People do not design to offend us to the extent that we imagine, because people are not giving us one-tenth of the thought that we imagine they are.  If a man has true dignity, it will not make him miserable.


We think that spring is with us, as the welcome birds have arrived, the sap is running, and the snow has nearly all gone.


The legend “measles” is on numbers of homes along the route.


Mr. McPhee, our new mailman, comes very highly recommended as a faithful, honourable gentleman, and we hope that he may find the work agreeable.  Certainly he will find the roads sometimes not the best, but as a rule, there are few days in the year that he will find much difficulty in travelling.


Mrs. Harry Hanlon has sincere sympathy in the death of her father, Mr. Bolger, of Elora, who was laid to rest in the Guelph Cemetery on Friday morning.


The funeral of Mr. Edward Phalen was largely attended by very sympathetic neighbours, on Thursday.


Mr. Neill, of Lucan, was a visitor at the home of Mr. George Laird, on Saturday.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams, of London, spent the weekend at his home.


It is with sore hearts that faithful Red Cross workers read of the frauds in connection with war supplies, and hope that those who are in authority are not really as bad as they have been painted in the last week.


Mr. Inglehart, of Guelph, has rented the farm of Mrs. Berry and is now settled there.






Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 14th 1916.


Mr. McPhee, the courier on this route, has left neat business cards in each mailbox, with a schedule of prices as to the delivery of parcels et cetera.  He has also purchased a fine car, which will, we hope, mean pleasure and profit for the summer months.  He believes in advertising and, indeed, it would pay every business man, and the farmer is a business man, to expend a few dollars in printer’s ink.


Wood-bees, per gasoline engine, have been numerous in the neighbourhood during the past week.  Wood represents a vast amount of labour before it is reduced to ashes.


It is to be hoped that the subject of the country church will be acceptable this week.  The Howitt Memorial Chapel, with its beautiful resting place for the dead, is situated on this route, and is indeed an ideal spot for worship.  Quiet and restful, far from disturbing noise, the devout worshipper cannot but feel that it was good to be privileged to be there and listen to an earnest sermon by the popular young minister, Mr. Webster, who holds service each Sunday afternoon at 3:30.


A city minister, presiding at a funeral in the adjoining cemetery, lately, remarked on the beauty of the spot for God’s acre.


Mr. George Laird is attending the assizes, as a juror, this week.


Some very fine cattle were disposed of last week, at fancy prices.


Plowing has begun in some parts of the township.


Tuesday’s rain was most welcome, as cisterns were dry, there being no showers for some time.


The fall wheat is reported to have wintered favourably.


The retired farmer, that gentleman so much in the limelight at present, is no doubt at this moment counting out his loose change to purchase several suits of overalls and suitable boots for the summer outing.






The News of Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

April 26th 1916.


Easter Sunday has come and gone.  The usual teachers and students are spending a restful week with home friends, where they may be very useful, as spring opens up with mountains of work to be overcome.


Miss Irene Doyle, from Goderich, is spending the holiday with her parents.


Miss Isabel Stewart and Miss Reta McWilliams are visiting Mrs. John Coulter, of Wingham, for a few days.


Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Crane have moved from this section to Mr. Henderson’s farm, five miles from Guelph.


Mr. Jones, from Guelph, has come on the farm that he bought from Mr. Crane.


Miss Curtin is spending the Easter week at her home in Seaforth.


Very little seeding has been done yet, as the fields are very wet, with so much rain.


Measles are in the section, but we hope that there will be no more cases.


Master Lennie and Miss Elizabeth Black are visiting friends in Nassagaweya.


Mr. Robert Doughty, of Limehouse, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Cockburn.


Mr. Thomas Jackson attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Davis Porter, of Egremont, who suffered from an attack of blood poisoning, followed by paralysis.  Mr. Porter was still in the prime of life, and a most highly respected gentleman.  He was born on the farm now owned by Mr. James Doyle, and till he moved to Egremont, lived in Puslinch.


Word has been received from Mr. Orman Gibbs, who left this section about a year ago.  He is “somewhere in France”, in the trenches, and doing his bit in defence of his country.






The News from R.R. No. 6, Guelph.

September 12th 1916.


A missionary meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Metcalfe, on Tuesday.  About twenty were present to hear Miss Edith Evans, daughter of Mr. Alfred Evans, give an address on her missionary work in Africa, which was intensely interesting and instructive.  It is to be regretted that more were not present to hear of the manners and customs of the people among whom Miss Evans has been working.  She is home on furlough for a year.


Dry weather still hold sway and farmers are scarcely able to do the usual fall work.  Threshing outfits are still very numerous, this week.


Many visited the Toronto exhibition last week.


The School Inspector was a visitor in Puslinch last week, rather early, to suit the teachers who had scarcely settled down to work.


We all sincerely regret the serious illness of Miss Margaret Gilchrist.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph

October 10th 1916.


A large number from this vicinity attended and enjoyed the demonstration on Friday in Guelph.  The presentation of colours was an interesting ceremony.


Miss Moffatt and Miss Clark were visiting in Toronto and other points over the holiday, and motored home on Monday evening.  Miss Clark spent a few days visiting her brother, Mr. J. D. Clark, and family.


Mr. Barclay is preparing to rebuild and hopes to have one building up before winter.


Mr. Neil Black won several prizes with horses at Rockwood, on Friday.


Pte. Earl Allingham, of Camp Hughes, Manitoba, spent a few days with relatives in Erin and Puslinch before leaving for overseas.


Mr. and Mrs. Black visited relatives in Limehouse over the holiday.


Miss Curtin is at her home in Seaforth for a few days.


Master Robert Williamson, who has been ill with typhoid fever, is improving.


Miss Metcalfe, R.N., and Miss Florence Metcalfe visited friends in Rockwood.


Mr. John Coultes, of Wingham, visited at the home of Mr. Geo. Land, on Sunday.


Mrs. Parker and her sister, Miss McWilliams, enjoyed a visit with Toronto relatives from Friday till Monday.


Miss Doyle spent the holiday with her parents.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams visited home friends for Thanksgiving.






The News of R.R. No. 6, Guelph

December 6th 1916.


Our very popular courier, Mr. McPhee, finds the roads very bad during wet weather, and as a result had a mishap on Saturday with his automobile, which delayed him for a few hours.


Old friends regret the passing away of Mr. James Hewer, last week.  He was favourably known to every farmer in the township.  Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.


Winter Fair visitors are very numerous and every home is prepared to entertain as many as choose to come to the country for the week.


Some members of the 153rd spent the weekend with friends in this vicinity.


Mr. and Mrs. Waring, who have been spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay, returned to their home in Delhi last Wednesday.


Mr. Shellard, from Galt, visited at the home of Mr. Neil Black, on Saturday.


Mr. Meek, from Melbourne, near London, is spending some days with his brother and taking in the great fair.


Mr. Albert McMillan, lately from Quebec, is at present visiting friends in Guelph and vicinity.


School Report ─ School Section No. 3, Puslinch

(in order of merit)


Senior 4th:

Veronica Doyle, Alice Mollison, Annie Slater, Agnes Baker, Margaret Mollison.


Junior 4th:

Gertrude Doyle, Gertrude Lester.


Senior 3rd:

Beatrice Mollison, Victor Meek, Michael Lynch, Pearl Jones, Lennie Black.


Junior 3rd:

Melva Lynch, Fred Broeckel, Hazel Jones, Elizabeth Black, Frank Phelan.


Junior 2nd:

Joseph Broeckel, Harry Mollison.


Junior 1st:

Dorothy Lester, Willie Jackson, Chester Meek.



Frank Lynch, Fred Mollison, Marguerite Broeckel.


Neither late nor absent:

Melva Lynch, Michael Lynch, Victor Meek.



M. J. Curtin.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

January 11th 1917.


The weather has been most satisfactory for all who travel during the past two weeks.  Sleighing was excellent and the bright moonlight nights ideal.  The rain on Friday was most welcome, as cisterns were very low.  Now there is an abundance of water for stock.


The school meeting was held at the usual time and place with the usual attendance.  Mr. M. P. Lynch has been re-elected trustee, which is quite a satisfaction to the section.  The other two are Mr. Jones and Mr. Jas. Phelan.


It is very much regretted by all the ratepayers that Miss Curtin has resigned, owing to having obtained a school near her home in Seaforth.  We all wish her very much success, as she has been beloved by her pupils and most highly respected by the whole section for her conscientious work.  She leaves at the end of the month.


Miss Marjory and Master Darcy Fox, who have been visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, have returned to their home in Toronto.


Mr. W. Arnold McWilliams, who was married to Miss Lula Beatrice Ross, at Pakenham, on Tuesday December 28th, spent a few days of the honeymoon at his old home here, ere returning to London to resume his duties as teacher in the Technical School there.


A number of young people in the section surprised Mr. Richard Laird on New Year’s night, and spent a very happy evening under that hospitable roof.


Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay spent New Year’s at Woodstock with Mrs. Barclay’s mother.


Word has been received that Mr. John Barclay was married out West a few weeks ago.  Mrs. Barclay Senior and Miss Barclay are still enjoying western life and are quite well.  (See January 16th 1917 news column for correction.)


Mrs. Neil Black visited friends in Elora over the weekend.


A great many pupils, ex-pupils, and parents in this vicinity sincerely sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. James Davison in their deplorable loss in the death of their only daughter.


Mrs. McGill and Mr. Charles McGill spent a few days last week with Mrs. John Sullivan, near Elora.


Miss Irene Doyle visited her parents over the Christmas holidays.


Mrs. M. P. Doyle, who has been very ill, is now able to be up, which is very gratifying to all her friends.


Mrs. Broeckel Senior is still improving and is able to be around.


La grippe has its many victims since the holiday season is over.


Miss Ada and Mr. E. Currie spent New Year’s day with their aunt, Mrs. McWilliams.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

January 16th 1917.


The mail carrier finds some of the roads on his route in a very bad condition, owing to no traffic since the last storm.  The pathmasters on each beat are supposed to keep the roads open, as far as possible, so that the mail may be delivered.  We all want our mail each day, now that we have our boxes, and we complain if it is not along sharp on time.  Therefore, we must see that it is possible for a horse with a daily route of nearly thirty miles to get along easily.  There are horses in stables that would be benefited by some exercise opening roads.


A number of friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarke on Friday night to bid farewell to Mr. William Palmer, who has enlisted for overseas service.  He was presented with an address, accompanied by a beautiful wrist watch, fountain pen, and signet ring.  A splendid program was rendered by numerous talented persons present, and pleasant evening spent in social chat and song.  Mr. Palmer will be missed indeed, as his singing was very much appreciated.


The Y. P. A. (Young People’s Association) of St. James Church, numbering about fifty young people, accompanied by Reverend Mr. Lloyd, drove to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Slater on Monday night and enjoyed themselves immensely, and on leaving, gave three cheers for the host and hostess who had so cheerfully entertained them.


Farmers are very busy preparing wood for the summer and next winter, which work, accompanied by endless stock feeding, which is wrongly designated as “chores”, keeps the farmer going from ten to fifteen hours every day, and yet we hear of the long winter evenings on the farm and the enjoyments and benefits derived therefrom.  Peter McArthur says that a city man has it figured out that one man can run one hundred acres, therefore a man and his wife ought to manage one hundred and fifty acres.


  One item in last week’s correspondence should have read that Mr. William Barclay was married out West.






Presentation to Private William Palmer

January 17th 1917.


On Friday evening, January 13th, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Clark and family entertained the many friends of Private William Palmer, who has enlisted with the Army Service Corps, in defence of his king and country.


Will has been in the home of Mr. J. D. Clark for the past two years and has proved himself to be an intelligent, honest, agreeable, trustworthy young man, and his presence in the home and community will be greatly missed.


Reverend Mr. Samuel Lawrence was appointed chairman, and after the singing of the doxology and prayer by Mr. William McCrea and solo by Miss McKenzie, Pte. William Palmer was asked to come forward and Reverend Mr. Webster read an address as follows:


We, a few of your friends, are desirous this evening of expressing our regret at your departure from this community, in which you have resided for the past two years.  You have been most unselfish whenever anything was required to be done for the welfare of the community, either in connection with church work or social enjoyment.  You were always ready to take the leading part, and though little was said at the time, your unselfishness was appreciated.  We have also enjoyed your many songs and we hope that you will be able to cheer the lads in the trenches by singing for them, as you have for us.


We shall miss your beaming smile and your cheerful company, for wherever you were, there was always sunshine.  Choir practice was never dull when “Billy” was present.


After singing the National Anthem, lunch was served and a social time was enjoyed.  All left for home with the one wish, that Private Palmer be spared to return to his friends.






The Rural Route 6 News

February 15th 1917.


Our mail courier seems to have all kinds of trouble on the roads, but one horse is not sufficient for the journey and many on this route were compelled to do without their mail for several days last week, which was not very pleasing for those who do business by mail.  The farmers say that they have kept the roads open, but all to no purpose.  There should be a relieving horse for part of the journey.


Pte. William Palmer, from Toronto, was a visitor during the weekend at Mr. Clarke’s.


Mr. Storey, of Manitoba, was a visitor at the home of Mr. Neil Black, last week, and Mr. Black accompanied him to visit relatives in Nassagaweya and other points for a few days.


Many Puslinch friends deplore the great misfortune that befell Mr. Telford on Monday evening when his barn was destroyed by fire.  The intense cold and the turning out of stock must have caused much suffering to all the assistants.


Many, who have been accustomed to burning coal for heating, sympathize with city friends who must feel keenly the threatened famine in fuel.  The roads are so very bad that wood teams scarcely dare venture very far to the south of us, where there is an abundance of wood.  Perhaps, people will see to their supply earlier in the season, in future.


The Messrs. Barclay are very busy with timber for a new barn.  Mrs. Barclay and Miss Barclay have returned…






The News of Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

March 1st 1917.


Reverend Mr. Webster occupied his pulpit in the Howitt Memorial Church on Sunday and was welcomed by a good congregation.  He has been suffering from a sprained knee.  In his absence, Mr. William McCrae conducted the services.


Rabbits are so very numerous this year that great havoc is made among young fruit trees and raspberry bushes in the gardens.  Professors at the O.A.C. say that young trees should be protected by wire screening securely fastened.  Grafting wax applied to the injured parts is a great help.  It is supposed that the depth of snow has kept hunters off the warpath this year.


Auction sales are very numerous this spring, probably owing to the scarcity of feed.


Young people have enjoyed parties and box socials this winter though the storms were many and the cold intense.






Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

March 13th 1917.


The few days of beautiful weather have been enjoyed after the siege of cold that we have had, and any amount of teaming has been done with the good sleighing.


Some farmers have been busy taking turnips to the city, at the never before heard of price that is being paid, but oh, the pity of it, for so few have even enough for their cattle, and yet the farmers are getting rich according to the consumer and several others.


Farmers who are desirous of engaging help for the summer had better place their orders early.  Girls and boys are available from the schools.  Several city girls are anxious for work on the farm.


Mrs. C. Little, President of the Puslinch Branch of Women’s Institutes, would like to hear of anyone in the township having waste paper to contribute to the Red Cross work.  It is thought that a carload could easily be collected and donated to the good work.  If the teachers of the schools would be kind enough to mention the matter to their pupils and interest them in the work of saving up all scraps of paper, the Red Cross workers would be thankful.  For information, phone Mrs. Little, President or Miss Jeffrey, Secretary.


Mr. George C. Crane is having an auction sale today, Tuesday, of cattle, horses, et cetera.


The School Inspector, Col. Craig, has paid his usual visit, and found all satisfactory.






Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

March 27th 1917.


Farmers need not bother with vegetables this year, but produce more and more grain, and we shall buy our vegetables from the city producer, and we shall not boycott the market either, to bring down the high cost of living.


Messrs. James Mulroney and Geo. McGill are doing excellent work, sawing wood for the farmers.


The McPherson farm has again changed hands.  Mr. W. McConnell has sold it to a gentleman from Toronto, who has taken possession.


Mr. Frank Mollison has bought the farm lately occupied by Mr. Jones, who has bought the farm near Gourock, vacated by Mr. Croft.


Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Barclay spent the weekend in Woodstock, visiting Mrs. Barclay’s mother.


Mr. William Winters, who has been employed by Mr. Laird for two years, leaves this week for the city.


In spite of the exceedingly bad roads, a large number of farmers attended the seed fair on Saturday.  Excellent grain was exhibited from Puslinch.


It is a matter of dispute as to whom the blame belongs for the numerous bad spots on our roads in the spring.  A little shovelling at the proper time might prevent discord.






R.R. No. 6 News

April 24th 1917.


Seeding is making such rapid progress that it is hoped that most of it will be over by the end of the week.


Potatoes are being planted and back yard gardening is well begun.


Those who were successful in the Easter examinations from this vicinity were: Mr. Harold Black ─ for Part II, entrance to faculty, Miss Mary McWilliams ─ Part I, entrance to faculty, Miss Beatrice Lester ─ Normal entrance, and Mr. Clarence Lester ─ commercial.


Clover has wintered well in some parts, but has been rather disappointing owing to so much frost this spring.


The Messrs. Barclay are busy preparing for the erection of their new barn.


Mrs. Alcott and daughter, who have been visiting Mrs. Barclay, have returned to their home.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

June 5th 1917.


At last, we have very fine weather, and the fields and trees are beautifully green once more.


Lieutenant Charles Meek visited his uncle, Mr. Samuel Meek, before going overseas with the 64th draft.


The weather was very favourable for the raising of the frame work of the barn of the Messrs. Barclay, on Tuesday, and many friends and neighbours assembled to assist in the work.  Mr. William Aikens, the contractor, deserves credit for the splendid work, done without a mishap.  The kindly city friends were out in large numbers to do their bit for the farmer and are very willing to assist during the summer in any way.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, visited home friends last week.


The Puslinch branches of the Women’s Institute are having a garden party in aid of the Red Cross very soon.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

June 18th 1917.


The very beautiful weather tempted many visitors to the country on Sunday, to view the beauties of Nature.  The fields are looking so promising, clothed in green.


A number assembled at Howitt Memorial Church on Sunday to hear Reverend Mr. Webster give a most eloquent discourse on “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”, which subject is most appropriate at this time when so many are bending every energy to amassing wealth.


Mr. Webster’s subject for the Thursday night prayer meeting is “the first five minutes after death”.


Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Clark spent a few days with friends in Brantford.


Miss Metcalf is holidaying in Muskoka.


Dr. and Mrs. Sweeney, with Masters Brian and Frederick, motored from Hastings to visit friends her in Guelph, Erin, Puslinch, and Arthur, this week.


The Puslinch branches of the Women’s Institutes are holding a garden party on the 12th of July, in aid of the Red Cross.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

July 2nd 1917.


The welcome vacation has at last arrived and pupils enjoy the freedom for a time, but will be just as pleased to return to school after toiling on the farm for some weeks, endeavouring to do their share.


A dear little lady, whose name is Jessie Wilhelmina Barclay, arrived on Wednesday last at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay.  Congratulations.


Statute labour is in order now for a change.


Very many visitors are enjoying the country air in this vicinity.


Collegiate pupils are giving great satisfaction on the farms.


Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan motored from Ponsonby to visit Mr. and Mrs. McGill, last week.


Mr. and Mrs. David McGarr are receiving the very best wishes of a host of friends, who hope that they may spend very many happy years together.


Crops of every description are making satisfactory progress, and haying will be general in a couple of weeks.


A severe thunderstorm passed over this section on Sunday morning, hindering many from attending church services.


Some few attended the attractions in the city on Dominion Day.


Very few from the country were tempted to visit the circus in the city, last week.  We are urged to economize in every way possible, and yet there are so many ways in which hard earned cash can be transferred to the pockets of designing people who long for an easy life.


Reverend Geo. Little called on a large number of members of his church in this neighbourhood on Friday.  He was accompanied by a very highly esteemed Elder, Mr. Robert Armstrong.


Corp. Palmer, of Toronto, was a weekend visitor last week, here.






Rural Route No. 6 News

July 25th 1917.


Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay were at home on Monday night to a very large number of friends and neighbours who enjoyed some merry hours tripping the light fantastic to the strains of exquisite music by the Benallick orchestra.  The handsome new barn was quite an ideal spot for the festive occasion and it was a tired but the usual happy crowd that wended its way home in the wee small hours.


The trustees of School Section No. 3 have engaged Miss Jones, from Kitchener, as the teacher for the coming year.  She holds a first class certificate and has had several years’ experience.


We all regret very much Miss Dalton’s resignation, for she has been a most faithful and obliging teacher, and exceedingly agreeable in a social way.  She carries the love and esteem of very many friends with her to her home in Peterboro.


While the sun shines, the farmer is doing all in his power to make hay, which crop is quite heavy.


Early potatoes promise well and are plentiful.


The man with the hoe is vainly endeavouring to keep ahead of the weeds and consequently there are many sore backs.


Where is the list of volunteers for farm work?






The Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 7th 1917.


Several gentlemen were good enough to motor to Puslinch last week, in all the extreme heat ,to see how the poor farmer was coming on with his hay.  They found everyone working so steadily that they felt quite assured that the farmer required no help, especially in such hot weather, and yet the weeds and thistles on the roadsides and fields are an eyesore.  Why not do something to keep the weeds down if haying is not to be tolerated.


A map of the township is being sent to the ratepayers with a modest request for twenty-five cents in return.  If the map was correct, it would not seem so bad, but it is quite a puzzle.  They are being returned, with thanks.


Mr. and Mrs. McGill are enjoying a few days with friends near Elora.


Mr. and Mrs. Mollison motored to visit friends in Oustic.


Barley and wheat are cut this week and the summer is flying.


The jubilee Mercury was intensely interesting to very many in this vicinity who have enjoyed the perusing of this paper for fifty years or more.


Wild raspberries are very plentiful this season as are also the pickers.  Apples are a complete failure, which is regretted.


Sunday’s rain was very welcome and the air seems so much cooler.


Not very many from the country were able to witness the sports on civic holiday, owing to the harvest requiring immediate attention.


Mr. Harold Black has passed his final examination for entrance to the Faculty of Education.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 15th 1917.


Mrs. Fred McWilliams and Mr. and Mrs. Moore, from High River, called on relatives in this vicinity on Saturday.


Miss Flossie Pinkney, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Meek, for a couple of weeks, returned home on Tuesday.


Miss Luella McMillan, visited her aunt, Mrs. McWilliams, on Tuesday, prior to leaving for New York, next week.


The barley and wheat harvest are about finished.  Oats promise to be an abundant crop.


Wild raspberries were so plentiful this season that people travelled for miles to obtain a supply, as apples are a complete failure.


We have had several very heavy showers during the past week, consequently the country is looking very beautifully green.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

September 5th 1917.


The Harvest is slowly coming to a close.  There are still many fields of oats to be cared for, but the rain and cool weather make the work very tedious.


Dr. Walter Laird, of Southampton, and Mrs. Coultes, of Wingham, visited the old home during the past week.


A large number of residents assembled at the home of Mr. Hugh Cameron on Friday evening to pay the last tribute of respect to Mrs. Cameron Senior, who was most dearly loved by all with whom she came in contact.  Reverend Mr. Little conducted the service and the funeral was held on Saturday morning early.  Mr. and Mrs. Cameron will sorely miss the presence in the home of the saintly mother.


Reverend C. W. McWilliams, of Nebraska, is visiting Puslinch friends at present.


Two airplanes passed over this section last week and were objects of much wonder and conjecture.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams returned to London on Thursday.


Miss Elizabeth Black is visiting friends in Toronto.


Our new teacher, Miss Jones, has taken up her duties and will make her home at Dr. Cannington’s.


Mrs. Cockburn and daughter, of Toronto, who have been visiting at the home of Mr. Neil Black, returned to their home.


The boys and girls from the Collegiate, who have been on farms for the last four months, have cheerfully returned to school duties.


Very few farmers from this vicinity can find time to attend the National Exhibition, owing to the belated harvest.


Mr. and Mrs. James Raymond Hanlon have the sincere good wishes of a host of friends that life-long happiness may be theirs.






The Rural Route 6 News

September 20th 1917.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black and Master Alex left on Tuesday morning for the West, where they will visit friends for a few weeks.


Miss Beatrice Lester left on Tuesday morning for Hamilton, where she will attend the Normal School.


Mr. David Maltby is doing excellent work, threshing with his new outfit.  He has booked many orders.  The grain is turning out very well, with any amount of straw.


Owing to some frosty nights, the corn is ready for the silo, but the farmers are now busy getting their fall wheat in shape.  There is a great rush of work.  All kinds of roots require attention very soon, and there is no help available now, as students are busy at school work.


Several airplanes have passed this way lately.


A copy of “The Balkan News” has been received, which is quite an interesting specimen of reading matter.


Several farmers in this vicinity have been fortunate enough to have hogs ready for the high prices, but the extreme prices for mill feed reduce the profit considerably.


Reverend C. W. McWilliams returned to Nebraska, last Wednesday.






Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

October 10th 1917.


On Saturday morning, Catherine, youngest daughter of the late John Hewitt and Mrs. Hewitt, died at her home here, after a lingering illness from heart trouble.  She was only in her 23rd year, and the mother and family have the sympathy of the community.  The funeral on Monday was attended by a large number of neighbours and friends.


Mrs. M. P. Lynch has received word from her sister, Nursing Sister McNulty, that she is now in England.  A copy of the “Balkan News”, sent by Miss McNulty, is intensely interesting, coming from one who has worked as a ministering angel among the many wounded so horribly in the fearful war, which we scarcely realize in our fair Dominion, to be in progress though there are very many sore hearts, yet when we think of the horrors which have been witnessed at the seat of war, we can only hope and trust that peace may soon reign.


Miss Beatrice Lester was home from Hamilton Normal School for Thanksgiving.


A number from here attended the Freelton show and enjoyed the outing.  Rockwood also came in for its share of attention.


Mr. David Maltby is very busy, as the threshing period will be greatly extended this year, owing to the heavy crops.


Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay spent the holiday at Woodstock, visiting relatives.


Monday night’s frost was the finishing touch to vegetable and flower gardens.  All the field roots, which are abundant, will now have to be garnered.






Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

November 14th 1917.


The Messrs. McLean held their auction sale on Wednesday.  Good prices were realized.  We regret that they are leaving this neighbourhood, as they are excellent neighbours and all hope that they will enjoy life in their new home on College Avenue.


Mr. Blackstone and family will soon be settled on the McLean farm.


Mr. Dahl, who bought the farm of Mr. Stephen Laidley, has had possession for some time.  Mr. James Phalen has bought the home farm and will move there shortly.


Mr. George Meldrum was around on Monday, selling Victory Loan Bonds and met with great success.


The bells ringing and the whistles blowing on Monday aroused a hope that peace had been proclaimed, but it was a very fleeting hope, and hearts are still aching, praying that their loved ones may return without having to be offered up as a sacrifice to the rapacious monster, war.


  Reverend Mr. Webster preached a most forcible sermon on Sunday afternoon…






The News from Rural Route No. 6, of Guelph.

November 20th 1917.


The date for Reverend Mr. Webster’s address at the Howitt Memorial Chapel has been changed from Wednesday and will be a day earlier, Tuesday November 27th.  It is hoped that there may be a large attendance.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black and Master Alex returned from the West on Saturday and had a splendid trip.


The Lachlan family motored from Caledon last week and spent a day with Mr. and Mrs. Meek.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, and Mrs. Smith and little son, of Kinburn, spent the weekend at the home of Mr. W. McWilliams.


A number from this section attended the nomination in Guelph on Monday.


Hugh C. McWilliams, 1st A. M. of the Royal Flying Corps, is now in Texas.  Mrs. McWilliams and children have gone to spend the winter with friends in Armstrong, British Columbia.


Winter Fair week is almost here again.  Exhibits will exceed other years.


Very many friends and neighbours hope that Mr. John D. Clark will soon be restored to his usual health.


Threshings are about finished in this section for this year.  No less than six outfits have been in this section this fall, all doing good work.


The collectors for Red Cross will soon call on you.


Farmers’ sons in this vicinity are mostly all exempted.


Father Doyle was a visitor in this section, last week.






The News from Rural Route Number 6 of Guelph.

December 4th 1917.


Reverend C. W. McWilliams, of Hutchison, Kansas, who has been by the bedside of his father for two weeks, is visiting relatives in Puslinch, at present.


There are in this district several women who have the right to the franchise at the coming election, and will, for the first time, cast a vote.


Mr. Charles McGill has been appointed Deputy Returning Officer and will attend to his duties in a conscientious and capable manner.


Mr. Slater, who is enumerator for this section, has completed his work.


Mr. and Mrs. Black visited at the home of Mr. Doughty, in Limehouse, on Thursday.


The Winter Fair, as usual, is intensely interesting to all farmers.  Some few in this section are exhibiting.


The annual visitors are welcome in this country.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

January 24th 1918.


Mrs. Lynch Senior is very ill at present due to a general breaking up of the system.


The roads are again passable and loads of all kinds are being taken to the city.


Owing to the scarcity of help, there is not much wood teaming being done.


Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle were at home to a number of young people on Friday night and enjoyed the evening.  Guests were present from Hespeler, Preston, and Guelph.


These moonlight nights with good roads are ideal for house parties and skating.


Fortunately, there is sufficient fuel provided for the country schools, which are doing business as usual.


Owing to the short notice, not very many from the country can patronize Dollar Day.


Mrs. Lynch received word last week from her sister, Miss McNulty, who is in Orpington, England, that she is quite well and very busy.






Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

January 29th 1918.


One of our most highly esteemed young men, Mr. Thomas Doyle, was married on Wednesday morning to Miss Dandeno, of Hespeler.  If good wishes are of any benefit, certainly the young couple have the best wishes for a happy future from a host of friends in this community.


The extremely cold weather and very bad roads delayed our mail for a day or two.


Mrs. Barclay Senior and Miss Barclay have arrived safely in California, where they will visit relatives for some time.


We are all grieved to learn of the death in France of Dr. John McCrae, the author of that exquisite poem, “In Flanders Fields”, and much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved parents.


Miss Amos, of Aberfoyle, is spending a few days with Mrs. Neil Black.


Mr. George, of Bothwell, who is taking the short course on tractors and engines, spent the weekend with his friend, Mr. Black.


Mrs. Lynch remains in about the same condition this week.  Her daughter, from Lansing, Michigan, is with her at present.


The Messrs. Martin, of Saskatchewan, are visiting at Mr. Crawley’s.  They have prospered in the West since leaving their native place, Puslinch.


Messrs Harold Black and Albert McWilliams attended the basketball at the Collegiate on Friday night.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

February 25th 1918.


Dr. Cunnington’s sale, which had been postponed from Wednesday till Saturday, owing to floods, was a great success.  The day was ideal for the sale, and many farmers and friends had a chance to shake hands and enjoy a little gossip after being penned in for the winter.  Auctioneer McDonald managed affairs in his usual able manner.


People who drive horses must keep an eye constantly to the holes and drifts or the consequences will be dire.  Many runaways lately have been the result of lack of attention on the part of drivers.


A gentleman from the city unfortunately had his horse leave him stranded on the road, while the horse, deaf to entreaties to stop his wild career, galloped past Mr. Black’s, but a phone message to Mr. Barclay’s was quicker and Mr. George Crawley, who was in the house, very cleverly managed to stop further progress with an umbrella.  The cutter was damaged, but the horse and men escaped uninjured.  Presence of mind is a quality worth cultivating.


The skating last week was excellent and advantage was taken of it by the young people.


Miss Parker, who has been visiting her sister in Toronto, arrived home.


Miss Mary McWilliams visited in London over the weekend.


Mr. George Laird is in Toronto, attending the Underwriters’ Convention this week.


Many old neighbours and friends regret the serious illness of Mrs. Robert Porter, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Smith, of Guelph.


An airplane would be most convenient at this time to the mail carriers, who find ordinary travel difficult.


Mr. Neil, of Lucan, is in this vicinity purchasing sheep, which stock is a safe investment at the present time.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Doyle have returned from their wedding trip and are receiving the good wishes of a host of friends.  The rest of our eligible young men seem to envy the benedict his happiness, and are seriously considering to go and do likewise.


Monday night’s rain has made havoc of the sleighing.


A large number of neighbours met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williamson and presented them with an easy chair, before taking their departure to their new home, York Road.






The Rural Route 6 News

March 12th 1918.


Fierce and wild was the storm on Saturday, and those who had to be out in it, experienced a rough time, but the sleighing keeps excellent and advantage is being taken of it.


Many turnips are still waiting for shipment.  It seems too bad that farmers are unable to get them out.


Several of our young people attended the box social in Aberfoyle on Friday last and had a good time.


Miss McCaig, who died at the advanced age of eighty-one years, is the last of a most highly respected family, and her last days were comfortably spent in the Elliot Home.  The funeral on Monday was well attended.


Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams attended the funeral of Miss McMillan, last week, in Erin.


Mr. Dunlop, of the Watkins Company, is calling on farmers in this section, this week.


Mr. Gopsill and family are settled in their new home on the McPherson farm.


Dr. and Mrs. Cunningham have moved to the city.


Mrs. Meek has been visiting friends in Toronto for the past week.


Wood sawing keeps the farmer busy at present.






The News from Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

April 2nd 1918.


Ideal spring weather and good roads make the holidays pleasant for those who have been busy during the long cold winter.


Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle are visiting their son, Leo, in Lorraine, near Cleveland.


Mrs. Barclay has with her a school friend from Winnipeg for the week.


Mrs. J. D. Clarke is visiting relatives in Brantford.


Dr. Walter Laird and Mrs. Fasken are visiting their brother, Mr. George Laird.


Miss Gladys Ross, of Pakenham, who is attending the London Normal School, is visiting her friend, Miss Mary McWilliams this week.


Miss Currie, of Ospringe, is spending a few days with relatives in Puslinch.


Miss Margaret Stewart, of Waterdown, is a welcome visitor.


Wood sawing goes on every day in preparation for next winter.


The committee for “The Farmers’ Rest Room” is having a sale of homemade baking on Saturday.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 8th 1918.


 Miss Beatrice Lester, who is attending the Hamilton Normal School, spent Easter week at her home.


Miss Keeling, of Mount Forest, is visiting her many relatives in Puslinch.


Mr. Ellis, of Aberfoyle, sawed five piles of wood for Messrs. Black and Barclay, on Monday.


Miss Irene Doyle spent a few days in Toronto, last week.


Pupils are back in school again for another three months grind for examinations.


Spring work is well begun and everybody is busy doing all possible to help the overseas defenders.






The Rural Route 6 News

April 24th 1918.


Cold and rainy weather is hindering seeding, though some have considerable work underway.


Mr. Ryan bought a lot of turnips this week for shipment.


A number of boys and girls, who have passed the Easter examinations, are now available for farm work.  Those who desire help had better make application soon.


The last command for recruits has included quite a number of farmers from this vicinity.  The result is not yet known, but should they all leave the farms, it is certain that increased production will suffer.  We believe the cause to be a righteous one and if in this way the war can be ended sooner, exemptions will not be asked for, but time will be required to make other plans for continuing the farm work.  There are young men who are, at present, employed at work that could very well be done by girls, and indeed, more efficiently done, and allow those able bodied men to work on the farms.  But they have no desire to work and dearly love to dictate to others how they should work fifteen hours daily to keep them in comfort.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

May 23rd 1918.


Many in this section will have sincere sympathy with the Bingham family, of Georgetown, who were at one time on the farm now owned by Mr. Black, in the death of the loved mother of the home, Mrs. Bingham, who passed away on Thursday last, having been an invalid for many years.  She was most tenderly cared for by a devoted family who will miss her sadly.  The funeral took place on Sunday to Georgetown Cemetery.


1st A. M. Hugh McMillan, of the R.A.F., Leaside Camp, Toronto, spent the weekend at his home.  He has been in Texas for the winter.


Messrs. George Hood and William McCrae were visitors in this vicinity on Monday.


Gr. Albert McWilliams, of the Armouries, Guelph, spent four days’ leave at his home, having been inoculated for typhoid.


Mr. Neil Black attended the funeral of his uncle, Mr. Wallace, at Acton, last Wednesday.


The beautiful shower of rain on Sunday night was most welcome.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

June 26th 1918.


On Tuesday, at noon, Mrs. Michael Lynch passed peacefully to her rest at the advanced age of 88 years.  She had been an invalid for some months and most tenderly cared for by her devoted daughter-in-law, Mrs. Michael Lynch Junior.  The deceased lady was most highly esteemed by a very large circle of friends and even in old age was a very beautiful woman.  She leaves a large family of sons and daughters who will miss the love and devotion of a good mother.  The funeral on Wednesday morning was largely attended by sympathizing friends.


The Misses Bolger, of Toronto, are visiting their sister, Mrs. Harry Hanlon.


Statute labour is now engaging the attention of the farmers in this section.


A united prayer service is to be held in Aberfoyle Town Hall on Friday evening to which people of all beliefs are invited.  If people would but live for the greatest good in this world, the awful war would soon end.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, are spending a few weeks at home.


Mrs. Fox and her little son, of Toronto, are visiting at the parental home.


About ninety persons registered in this section, the registrars being Miss Doyle and Mr. Black.


Very cool weather prevails; the crops, in consequence, are short.  Hay will be a small yield.  Weeds are living very well, as usual.






Rural Route Number 6 News

July 16th 1918.


Pte. Joseph Doyle was home from Camp London for a day or two last week.  He is looking very well.


Haying is rapidly being attended to, as so many things are waiting, and help is not what we are led to hope for.


Congratulations to Miss Beatrice Lester who has passed at Normal School and is now a full fledged teacher.


Miss Dalton, of Indian River, a former teacher of this section, is visiting for a few days with old friends.


Mrs. Coultes and Mrs. Laird returned home on Monday.


Summer visitors are numerous and very welcome during the busy season, for they all seem to realize the necessity of scorning illness and doing all possible to aid production on the farm.






The Rural Route 6 News

July 24th 1918.


The crops in this vicinity are very promising.  The (fall) wheat fields had to be ploughed and many instead have excellent fields of oats.  Spring wheat looks exceedingly well.  The hay crop has been very good.  Mr. Frank Mollison finished haying on Saturday night, having forty loads.  This week will see all the hay under cover, with weather so very favourable, as at present.  Barley is about ready and a good yield is expected, also oats, which appear to be above the average.  Root crops are doing well.  Corn is very slow, as the seed was poor.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 7th 1918.


We are very anxious for rain, which seems to pass us by, as we have had none for weeks, consequently the roots and pasture are suffering.


Mr. Charles Elmslie and Miss Elmslie, of Windsor, are visiting relatives in Puslinch.


Dr. Cunnington, of Toronto, was a visitor over the weekend.


Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan, of Nichol, motored to the home of Mr. McGill, on Sunday.


Mr. George Laird is visiting his brothers in Southampton for a day or two.


The oats harvest is well under way, and should the weather prove favourable, many will finish this week.


The raspberry harvest seemed to be plentiful, judging from the many cars and other vehicles that journeyed to the woods during the past week, and regardless of trespass notices, scoured the whole country for the wild fruit.  Farmers wonder what would happen did they deliberately motor to the city and help themselves to anything in sight that could be carried away.  The farmer’s wife has so much work in the early part of the day and then to find all the berries gone by noon is not very pleasant.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

September 3rd 1918.


Visitors to Toronto this week from this vicinity are numerous, among whom are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanlon, Messrs. Mollison, Mr. Meek, Mr. McWilliams, Messrs. George and Richard Laird, Mr. D. T. Parker, Mr. Barclay, and Mr. Clarence Lester.  The long harvest is ended and the farmers indeed are entitled to a change.


Chicken thieves have been in the neighbourhood and one lady reports the loss of twenty chickens, almost ready for market.  The loss is heavy, as the expense of feeding has been considerable.  Farmers would do well to have a shotgun ready for the next attempt, and also, have a strong padlock on the hen house door.


Miss Marjorie Fox and her brothers, who have been visiting their grandparents, have returned to their home in Toronto.


Miss Buckland, of Toronto, is visiting at the home of Mr. Gopsill.  Mr. Frank Gopsill has taken a trip out West.


Hugh McWilliams, of Leaside Camp, Toronto, spent the weekend at home.


We are satisfied to make considerable allowance for printers’ errors, but would prefer to correct an error in regard to the farmerettes, and read “conscientious” not “conscious”.


A little daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynch last week.






The Rural Route 6 News

September 27th 1918.


Mr. Neil Black left for the western provinces last Thursday, to visit friends.


Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McGill and three little daughters, of Edmonton, Alberta, are visiting home friends, at present.


Miss Margaret Clark was in Hamilton, last week, visiting relatives.


 The School Inspector, Col. Craig, paid his usual visit to the school, and was satisfied with the work done.  Some thirty-five pupils are in attendance, which is a comparatively large school for a country school.


The country roads are very quiet on Sunday, owing to the gasoline saving law.


The extreme scarcity of sugar is felt very much, as apples and plums are more plentiful than last year.


We are pleased to have our soldiers home for another month of harvest leave, as this is really a busy season.  Threshings have to be finished, roots taken up, corn for ensilage prepared, apples picked, and acres of fall ploughing yet to be done, and yet the farmer has a luxurious life according to the city opinion, nice long evenings with nothing doing from now until spring.


The Community Canning Centre, in Guelph, is a most interesting place.  Help is very much needed, and donations of fruit and vegetables gladly accepted, and made into something very tempting for the boys overseas.


Collectors will be around this week, asking aid for “The Children’s Shelter”.  There are now twenty-five children in the home to be cared for, and very little help.  What can you spare?


We have had rain every day, more or less, for two weeks, and the woods and fields are looking beautiful.


The Aberfoyle Show on Tuesday, the 1st of October, will be a holiday, no doubt, for very many.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

December 2nd 1918.


Mr. James Cantwell, having sold his farm to Mr. C. B. Metcalf, of Guelph, who takes possession in a few days, friends and neighbours assembled on Thursday evening, November 28th, to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Cantwell, who have long been most highly respected residents of this vicinity.  Mr. Thos. Doyle, as chairman, presided in his usual able manner.  He paid a high tribute to Mr. and Miss Cantwell and called upon Mr. Spruhan to read an address, and at the proper moment, two very handsome easy chairs were presented to the host and hostess.


To Mr. James and Miss Mary Cantwell:


Dear Friends ─ We are glad to have this opportunity of expressing our sincere feelings of regard and esteem for you before leaving your old home.  As you are so well and favourably known in this community, we wish to show our appreciation of your kindness and hospitality, which have won for you the well deserved title of good and charitable neighbours, ever willing and ready to lend a helping hand when needed.  You have stood by us in sickness and in health, in our joys and sorrows, and now, as a slight token of our gratitude, we ask you to accept these chairs, and with them, our best wishes for many happy years to enjoy them.  We are glad to know that at least for the present you will not be leaving the neighbourhood.


Signed on behalf of all of your neighbours,

Joseph Broeckel, R. O’Donaghue,

Gordon Salt, Mrs. J. Broeckel, and Mrs. Barker.


Mr. Cantwell mad a suitable reply for himself and for Miss Cantwell, being completely taken by surprise.  Speeches were made by some of our most eloquent speakers.  Mr. Charles Crawley, the popular auctioneer, as usual, had a kind word for the ladies, who have done so much in their own quiet way and do not look for any return.  The large company present enjoyed a delightful evening in the hospitable Cantwell home.




The Department of Agriculture having considered it advisable to have a medical inspection of schools in rural districts, the Puslinch Township schools will be inspected this week.  No. 3, Downey’s, is arranged for Friday, December 6th, and the medical inspector, Dr. Sirrs, will be glad to meet trustees and parents.  The time of meetings will be in the forenoon.


Those who have been afflicted with influenza, we are pleased to know, are completely restored to their usual health, and school will be re-opened this week, it is hoped, with full attendance.


Mr. Will Palmer, of Toronto, visited recently at the home of Mrs. John D. Clark.


Several of our young people enjoyed the “Cap Box Social” on Wednesday evening, at the home of Mr. Pinder, of Waterloo Road.  A great variety of handsome caps were in evidence, and as coming events cast their shadows before, the young men wore the day cap cheerfully.






The Rural Route 6 News

January 28th 1919.


The farmers of this section met at the schoolhouse on Friday night and organized a farmers’ club.  It is to be known as “The Downey’s Farmers’ Club”.  Mr. Jas. Barclay is President.  Mr. Michael Lynch is Vice-President, Mr. Thomas Doyle, Secretary, and the Directors are Messrs. Samuel Slater, Frank Mollison, David Parker, Thomas Jackson, and James Doyle.  We are pleased to have such an organization, for now we can become acquainted and meet our neighbours occasionally.  Ladies are welcome to these meetings, which are held twice a month.


Many friends of this vicinity regret the passing away of Miss Christina McKenzie, who was dearly loved by all who knew her.


Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay spent the weekend in Woodstock, visiting relatives.


A number from this section attended the funeral of Mr. Daniel Martin, on Tuesday.  Kindest sympathy is extended to the sorrowing mother and family.


Now that the influenza ban is lifted, the young people may enjoy social gatherings.


Two of our most eloquent young men proved conclusively, in public debate, that bachelors should not be taxed.  Some other scheme must be devised to make them see the error of their ways and that living alone is not good for anyone.  Ten dollars every year is very little for each one to contribute to the tax fund.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

February 4th 1919.


The Public School Inspector, Col. Craig, visited our school on Thursday and found educational matters progressing favourably.


There are no complaints this year from the mail courier about bad roads, for the wheeling has been excellent, with wonderful weather.


Mrs. Mollison and two children are visiting Hamilton friends.


Puslinch would not care to adopt the “Bachelor Button” as a floral emblem any more than the horticulturalists in the city, but could probably be induced to favour the “Aster”.


An excellent letter has been received from Pte. Percy McGill, who is at present in Bramshott.  He spent New Year’s Day in Glasgow and speaks very highly of the manner in which the Scotsmen entertained the soldiers who were there on leave.


 Messrs. Joseph and James Doyle and Miss Josephine Doyle left on Monday to visit relatives in the United States.


Messrs. Harry Hanlon and George McGill were in Elora last week on a business trip.


Delegates from the Puslinch branches of the Women’s Institute are attending the convention in Toronto, at the Technical School, this week.


There are no new cases of the Spanish influenza in this vicinity, and we hope that the scourge will soon be completely conquered.


An item appeared in last week’s correspondence which was not correct.  The ban is not lifted for social gatherings, and the Medical Health Officer wishes it plainly understood that the ban is only lifted for schools and church services.  He considers that if people will but wait for another month, the scourge may be under control.  Farmers may meet for business purposes, but certainly not for social gatherings, where people may come from infected parts of the township and thus spread the trouble.  Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to have had the influenza in the house will readily agree with the Medical Officer, and will assist him in his terribly arduous duties, by strict obedience.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

February 28th 1919.


The Farmers’ Club organization is becoming quite extensive in the country, and promises to be most helpful, and may solve the knotty problem of how to keep the boy on the farm.  An eight-hour day would perhaps be about right, with an automobile into the bargain.


The Board of Health met on Friday and, by a majority, decided to lift the ban, which has been on for some months, and yet, people must take every precaution and for some time keep away from crowded places.  Anyone who has had the misfortune to have the influenza in the home can readily understand why the Medical Health Officer should be averse to having the ban raised for some days.


Mr. and Mrs. McGill visited their daughter, Mrs. Sullivan, near Elora, last week.


Mrs. Mollison returned home from Hamilton on Saturday.


Miss Mary McWilliams spent the weekend at home.


Much regret is expressed at the death of that great leader, Sir Wilfred Laurier.


The roads have never been so good all winter as at the present, due, no doubt, to heavy teaming of hay and other farm products.  Just now, turnips are being shipped.






The Rural Route 6 News

April 15th 1919.


Recent rains have made travelling most unpleasant, as the roads are in a wretched condition, especially nearer the city.  Improved roads are very much desired.


 The poor farmer is busy from early morning until late at night in his endeavour to produce enough for the anxious ones, who daily give him a prod to speed up, and not charge too much either for the products that he brings to market.  Why, he will be able to retire soon, and who is going to work then?


Daylight saving is not troubling country people very much, and the clocks go on in the same old way.


Miss Parker’s very many friends are pleased to know that she is convalescent and gaining strength daily.


Spring ploughing has been carried on for the past week.


So many people are complaining of severe colds, but we hope that the influenza will not return to this vicinity again.


Mr. John Borthwick, who has been very ill with influenza, is now able to continue his duties, collecting cream for the Guelph Creamery.


Mrs. McWilliams spent a few days in London last week.


Collectors have been around for the Soldiers Memorial Fund.  The idea of a monument at Puslinch Lake is not meeting with much favour.






The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 29th 1919.


The unusually cold and very windy weather of the past week has left many suffering from severe colds.


Mr. Michael Lynch has recovered from a painful attack of quinsy.


Miss Beatrice Lester spent Easter week at her home.


Miss Mary McWilliams was home from Toronto for the weekend.


Miss Pinkney, of Toronto, spent the weekend with her sister, Mrs. Meek.


Mr. Fred Parker spent Easter week with his sister, Mrs. Fox, of Toronto.


The farmers were busy on Saturday, unloading a car of salt.






On Rural Route 6

July 2nd 1919.


Sympathy is extended to the family of the late M. Carey, who was laid to rest on Monday morning.


The beautiful rain of last week has done a vast amount of good in the country, and the farmers are deeply grateful.


Haying and statute labour are receiving attention this week.


Owing to the rain last Wednesday, the picnic, which was to be held by the U.F.O. (United Farmers of Ontario) in the beautiful grove on the farm of Mr. George Laird, had to be postponed until Thursday.


A large crowd attended and enjoyed the games and more especially the ball game between Arkell and Downey’s.  A return match will be played in Arkell on Wednesday night.


Many friends attended the presentation for Mr. William Steffler, who is leaving the farm and retiring to the city for a well earned rest.


A large number of our young people enjoyed the party at the home of Mr. Byrne, of the 7th Concession, on Monday evening.


Mr. Shellard, of Galt, visited at the home of Mr. Black on Wednesday.


Mrs. Schon and Miss Schon, of Armstrong, British Columbia, were visitors at the home of Mrs. McWilliams on Wednesday of last week.


Mrs. John Coultes, of Wingham, is visiting her brother, Mr. George Laird, and other friends.


Mrs. Gopsill spent a pleasant few days with friends in Guelph Township.


Fall wheat is looking extra fine this year and is rapidly nearing the time for cutting.


It is with heartfelt gratitude that the people from this vicinity attended the peace service on Sunday afternoon.


Miss Doyle has four pupils trying the entrance this week, Misses Annie Slater, Gertie Doyle, Gertie Lester, and Beatrice Mollison.  They go to Aberfoyle to write.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

August 7th 1919.


Civic Holiday passed off very quietly, as most of the country people were more anxious about their harvest than attending the races in the city.  There are so very many holidays and so very many ways of spending hard earned money that it is difficult to make ends meet if one takes in all of the attractions.


The dry weather has become serious, as pasture has now reached the stage where the grass is no longer green, and some animals are almost starving.  The butter problem, which seems to be the foundation of the high cost of living, may yet reach the dollar altitude.  Hens are also feeling the heat and eggs are scarce.


Mrs. Walter Amos, of Minnesota, is visiting relatives in Puslinch, ere returning to the United States.


A large number of friends were invited to meet Mr. William Steffler, on Friday night, at his home, and a most delightful time was spent.  Mr. Steffler has lately returned from overseas.


Cars from the city flock to the country every evening and clouds of dust follow in their wake.  Roads are very, very rough for travel.


Mr. and Mrs. Meek and family visited relatives near Fergus, on Wednesday.


Some few from here attended the solemn ceremony of unveiling a monument to returned soldiers, in the cemetery, on Sunday.


We wonder what progress Puslinch has made with a memorial to her fallen heroes.


The Messrs. McCaig threshed a fine sample of wheat for the Messrs. Barclay, last week.  Threshing bees will not be of long duration this year, oats, especially, being a very short crop.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 19th 1919.


The garden party in Aberfoyle, last Wednesday, was a most enjoyable affair, even though our boys suffered defeat at baseball.  Perhaps another time, they may be more successful.


The rains this week are more than welcome after such a long siege of dry weather.


Pte. James Warner returned from overseas a week ago and he looks very well indeed.


Mrs. Barclay has the great pleasure of having her mother and niece with her at present.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams are visiting home friends.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

September 2nd 1919.


The vacation being at an end, the teachers and pupils return to work for another session.  Miss Beatrice Lester left for her school in Chesley.  Miss Mary McWilliams is teaching in No. 9, Puslinch.  Miss Lila Stickney goes to near Salem and Miss Ruby Stickney, to Eramosa.


Miss Doyle, who has been ill from the effects of poison ivy, is convalescent, and has the sincere sympathy of many friends.


A very welcome visitor arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanlon, on Thursday last, and may he long be a joy to the household.


Mrs. Bolger and daughter, Margaret, of Toronto, are with Mrs. Hanlon.


The farmers are very busy with the fall wheat sowing.


Large numbers from this vicinity are enjoying the Toronto Exhibition, for a change.


Labour Day passed off very quietly, as usual.


The threshings are being hurried over very quickly this year.


A number of young people enjoyed a nice party at the home of Mr. Bodendistel, on Wednesday evening.


A wedding of much interest was solemnized on Monday morning, when Mrs. Barker was married to Mr. Ryls, of Guelph.  They will make their home on Waterloo Avenue and many friends wish for them every happiness.


Kind sympathy is extended to the family of Mrs. Mahon, of Aberfoyle, who was laid to rest on Saturday morning.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

December 18th 1919.


The Winter Fair has come to an end again, and from start to finish was a most interesting affair and required no sideshows to draw a crowd.  Farmers from this vicinity enjoyed the whole week and never wearied.


Miss Doyle’s many friends regret that she has sent in her resignation and a new teacher will have to be appointed.  Change of teachers is not to be desired when pupils are making good progress.


Sunday seemed to be a special accident day for Puslinch.  No less than three cars met with either a turn-over or breakdown, but no lives were lost.


The hurricane of two weeks ago is giving farmers very much extra work, replacing roofs and shingles, not to speak of fences and trees, which will have to wait for spring weather.


Mr. James Barclay’s new drive shed, which was blown to pieces, will require a great deal of extra work to repair.


We are feeling that this cold snap has come before we are quite prepared for it.  Consequently, fuel is in great demand and severe colds are quite common.


Mr. Jackson, of Nichol, has bought Miss Cantwell’s farm.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 30th 1919.


Nominations for Reeve and Councillors were held in Aberfoyle on Monday.  Mr. Alex McLean opposed Mr. Hugh Ross for Reeve.  Seven good men and true aspire to the honour of Councillor.  Wonderful addresses were given by Puslinch orators and altogether a happy afternoon was spent.  A gloom was cast over the gathering when the sad announcement was made that Mr. Allan Stewart had passed away, a man beloved by all for his excellent qualities.


A teacher has been engaged for No. 3, Miss Laing, of Arthur, who will assume her duties on Tuesday January 6th.


Dr. Charles Laird and Mrs. Laird, of Southampton, were welcome visitors for a few days last week with relatives here.


Mr. and Mrs. Black spent the weekend with friends in Limehouse.


Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle are rejoiced to have their whole family home with them for the vacation.


Mr. and Mrs. Leo Doyle visited at the home of Mr. McGill.


Mrs. James Barclay had her three sisters with her over Christmas.


We understand that the mail carriers are now forming a union.  The last in line will be the farm women, who will probably strike for shorter hours, more pay, and everything else that they deserve.


School meeting is on Wednesday; a large attendance is hoped for.


It is with horror that we learn that liquor is to be shipped where desired in large quantities.  What a heart-ache the news will give to those who…






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

January 27th 1920.


Mr. John Clair and Miss Irene Doyle were quietly married on Tuesday morning and left on the early train for an extended honeymoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Clair have legions of friends who wish for them every happiness that this world can give.


The dreaded “flu” has not made any headway in the country and every precaution is being taken to keep it at a distance.


The snow is very deep and at present travelling is slow.


Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes gave a delightful party on Friday evening for the young people of the neighbourhood.  Owing to the storm, a number from this section were very disappointed.


Mr. Neil Black’s many friends are pleased to see him able to be home again.


The members of the Chamber of Commerce are kindly inviting members of the U.F.O. to their banquet in order to discover the reason for a cleavage between the city and country.






The Rural Route 6 News

February 18th 1920.


Owing to the spread of influenza, the school was closed for two weeks.  All of the afflicted ones are now making a good recovery.


Mrs. Samuel Slater’s many friends are rejoiced to know that she is now convalescent, after an attack of pneumonia, following the “flu”.


Mr. George Boucher and Miss May Crane were happily married on Wednesday last, and their numerous friends wish for them a joyous future together.


Mr. Russell Dickie, of Melfort, Saskatchewan, who has very many friends in this township, was married last week, to Miss E. Smith, who is also very popular in this vicinity.


The severe storm of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday was a real old fashioned one and there was practically no travel on the roads.  The mail carrier could not possibly get around, and consequently we were without outside news of the world.  The telephone, of course, was always available, and Central was very obliging.


Mr. Charles Crawley, our local auctioneer, had a sale near Winterbourne, on Tuesday, and made a heroic struggle to be there.  He also has one in Guelph Township, at Mr. Caraher’s, on Thursday.


Farmers were interested in the election on Monday and were glad to hear of a good majority.


Archdeacon MacIntosh and Mr. Spackman, of Guelph, were in this neighbourhood on Thursday, in the interests of the “Forward Movement”, which is progressing very favourably.  A generous response is looked for in this good cause.


Mrs. Pinkney, of Erin, is at present visiting her daughter, Mrs. Meek.


Churchgoers, who ventured out on Sunday morning, had a serious time getting home, as the roads in a short time were all filled up.


Very many were disappointed on Monday evening not to be able to attend the Literary Society meeting at S.S. No. 6, where a good program was promised.






The News from Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

March 2nd 1920.


We hope that our conversational weather is soon ended, for we are heartily weary of the same topic, “cold as ever today”.


Miss Laing, our teacher, has had a good attendance at school this last week, and we hope that the influenza is banished from this section for another year, as all of the sick ones are quite recovered.


Mr. Neil Black has sold his farm to Mr. John Jones, who is well and favourably known in this vicinity.


A number from this part of the country attended the U.F.O. meeting in Number Six, on Monday night, and heard Mr. Morrison, who is a fluent and forcible speaker.


Mr. and Mrs. Hector McCaig and family left for the West, on Monday evening, via the C.P.R.


Many old residents of this vicinity remember kindly their old friend and neighbour, Mr. James Anderson, who passed away on Monday, at the great age of 87 years.






The News of Rural Route 6, Guelph.

March 23rd 1920.


We are enjoying real spring weather now, and those who are fortunate enough to have a good maple bush may be independent and make their own sugar, which will reduce the H.C. of L. (high cost of living).


A number from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mr. George McPherson, on Friday.  Mrs. McPherson and daughters have the sincere sympathy of many friends and neighbours in their great sorrow.


Mr. George Laird’s auction sale, which had been postponed until last Saturday, was quite successful.  Messrs. McDonald and Crawley realized good prices.


So many farms are changing hands and so many new neighbours are coming in, that we scarcely feel settled, but we hope that all the strangers will soon feel at home among us.  The Farmers’ Club is an excellent institution in which to become acquainted with one’s neighbours.  We are all willing to be friendly if strangers meet us half way, but some people do not wish to come even that far, and then, this is an excellent neighbourhood for letting people alone.


  The sick people in this section are all getting better.  Influenza has left its mark on very many, and we should be glad if it never called this way again.






On Rural Route 6, Guelph.

June 9th 1920.


The beautiful rain on Saturday evening was more than welcome.  The hay crop is suffering and prospects are very poor.  Dandelions seem to have the monopoly of the meadows.


Residents of Puslinch enjoyed very much the splendid gathering assembled to witness the unveiling of the monument for the departed heroes of the township, who so heroically gave their lives for those who could not go.


The banquet for the returned soldiers was a success in every way, and the social gathering of friends and neighbours, who so seldom meet to chat over a cup of tea, was cheering indeed.  All differences were forgotten for the day and all did their utmost to make others happy.


Mr. and Mrs. George McGill are to be congratulated on being so hale and youthful on their golden wedding anniversary.


Downey’s baseball club played a game with No. 6 Paisley Block on Tuesday evening, which was most enjoyed.






The Rural Route 6 News

June 14th 1920.


Perfect days in June are with us now and the fine rain of last week has beautified the country exceedingly.


Hundreds of friends wish for Mr. and Mrs. John D. Clark the very best this life can give of happiness.  Miss Metcalf was a universal favourite, and Mr. Clark, since coming to this part of the township, is held in the highest esteem.


Mr. Fred McWilliams, of Maryland, spent the weekend with relatives.


Captain (Reverend) C. H. Buckland was a welcome visitor on Friday, and in the evening, he gave a splendid address at the home of Walter McWilliams.  All present were pleased to meet him again after his long absence.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

June 25th 1920.


A union Sunday School has been opened in Memorial Chapel.  As many as can possibly attend will be welcomed to help along in this good cause.  It is deplored by many people that Bible study has been neglected among the young people.  This is an opportunity for all who wish to spread the gospel.


Everybody is thankful for the fine rain of this week, even though garden parties and picnics had to be postponed.


Mr. Matt McGarr raised the frame work of his barn on Saturday, it being engineered my Mr. Quirk.  Mr. Hugh Ross and Mr. Thomas Doyle were captains.


Mrs. John D. Clark and her daughter, Margaret, are moving to their new home in Guelph this week.  All of the neighbours will sadly miss these two most hospitable ladies from our midst, but we all hope that they may enjoy life in the city for many years.


Mr. and Mrs. John P. Clark have returned from their honeymoon.  May life be a continual honeymoon for them.


Mr. Richard Laird spent the weekend with his sister, Mrs. Coultes, of Wingham.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

June 30th 1920.



Large numbers from this section attended the farmers’ picnic at the O.A.C., on last Thursday.  We are pleased that our boys won the ball game, and the handsome prize donated.


Schools are now silent for the next two months.


Miss Laing has three pupils trying the entrance examination at Aberfoyle, viz., Francis Phalen, Michael Lynch, and Melva Lynch.


The postponed U.F.O. picnic to Puslinch Lake was held on Tuesday, the 29th.


Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, and little daughter, Joyce, are spending the vacation with Puslinch friends.


Last week’s rain has done wonders for the farm crops, and cheered the hearts of country and city friends.  Help has mostly fled to the city; the country is too slow.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Doyle attended the Dandeno-Rooney wedding, in Toronto, last week.


Miss Bulger, of Toronto, paid a flying visit to her sister, Mrs. Hardon, this week.






The Rural Route 6 News

August 19th 1920.


Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. John Phelan, who were married a week ago, and have gone to reside in Mildmay, where many friends wish for them every prosperity and happiness.


Mr. George Laird left for a trip to the coast on Wednesday.


A number of friends from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. William McWilliams, at Eden Mills, on Saturday last.


The Misses Pinkney, of Toronto, spent last week with their sister, Mrs. Meek.


Mrs. Keating, of Goderich, spent a few days with Mrs. Mollison.


Vacation has passed so very quickly, we can scarcely realize we are now near the fall of the year.


Congratulations to the Messrs. Barclay on obtaining first prize for oats in the field competition.  The field is a beautiful sight when cut and shocked.


Threshers are now very busy and farmers will have a fair yield of grain.


Those who attended the service at the Howitt Memorial Church on Sunday were pleased to be there to hear the excellent address on Serbia, given by Reverend Mr. MacIrvine.


Miss Fox, of Peterboro, has been engaged as teacher for School Section Number Three.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

September 23rd 1920.


On Friday evening, many friends and neighbours assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Steffler to wish them the best that this life can give and to present them with a beautiful set of dishes and a clock.  Miss Mary Gopsill read an address of congratulations.  Mr. Jesse Gale presided in a most capable manner and a most enjoyable evening was spent.


The excessive heat has been something unusual for September.


Immense quantities of corn are being filled into silos this week.


It was with keenest regret that the members of the Puslinch Branch of the Women’s Institute heard of the sudden passing of the beloved Prof. Hunt.  On the first of July, he had addressed a meeting at the home of Mrs. Robert Armstrong, and his eloquent reminiscent talk will not soon be forgotten.


Mrs. James Barclay has been enjoying a brief holiday with friends.


Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams spent the weekend in London.


Puslinch Township Fair is on Tuesday next.






The Rural Route 6 News

October 13th 1920.


Since the severe snow storm on the first of the month, the weather has been ideal for farm work, which keeps men busy all day long.  Help is so badly needed, but there is no use complaining.  We must get along some way, but it is difficult for some.


Mr. E. Crawley Junior has sold his 160-acre farm to Mr. Forestell, who will soon take possession.


Miss Mary Clark, of Firdale, Manitoba, who has been visiting friends in Puslinch, left for her home in Puslinch.


Mr. Fred McWilliams called upon relatives this week.


Mrs. Topping, of Brantford, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Barclay.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black, of Arkell, called on friends in this section on Sunday and were welcome visitors.


Mr. and Mrs. Fasken visited the Laird home this week.


Mr. Earl Allingham, who is attending the O.A.C., spent the week with Puslinch relatives.


The fuel question is very serious to the farmers who have no wood on their property.  Indeed, every farmer likes to have coal for the very cold times.


The Messrs. McCaig are very busy filling innumerable silos.


Never were such beautiful apples grown as this year, and in great abundance.


A letter by Miss Jane Barclay, in Monday’s Globe, is well worth more than a passing glance.


The new mail carrier, Mr. Alexander, has taken the contract for four years and is determined to do his duty.






The News of Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

December 2nd 1920.


After the gloomy weather of the past few weeks, Tuesday’s sunshine was most encouraging and farmers are busy finishing up belated ploughing.


The three local auction sales for Mr. Williams, Mr. Hewitt, and Mr. E. Crawley were very successfully managed by our popular auctioneer, Mr. Charles Crawley.


Mrs. Pinkney, of Erin, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Meek.


So very many are afflicted with severe colds and la grippe, but it is hoped that the “flu” will not return this year.


Mr. George Laird has moved to Guelph and resides at 52 Yorkshire Street.


For weeks, our telephone system has been wrong and much inconvenience resulted, but this week wires are repaired and all is plain sailing, till the next storm, but we wonder why we should pay for what we do not receive.


Everyone is ready for the usual Winter Fair visitors and hoping for fine weather and good roads.  At present, the roads are very muddy.


Threshers are still very busy and will be glad when the work is done.  Short, gloomy days are very dispiriting.


Dr. Cannington expects to come back to his farm in the spring, and Mr. and Mrs. Gopsill leave us to live near Fergus.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

February 11th 1921.


The wonderful weather that we are enjoying is the usual topic.  Farmers who have much teaming to do are especially grateful.  The roads are ideal.


Wood cutting is a pleasure when not wading through several feet of snow, and every household is well supplied this season.


Auction sales are very numerous and many farms are changing hands.


Very many were glad to be able to see and hear Peter McArthur, on Monday.


Another of our Puslinch girls, Miss Bulger, was married on Monday.  What has come over our young bachelors to allow so many to be carried off to some other part of the country?  It is time for a change.


Mr. and Mrs. Oldfield are caring for Mr. Lasby’s farm for the winter.


Mr. Currie Pinkney, of Erin, is spending a week with his sister, Mrs. Meek.






The News of Rural Route 6

February 25th 1921.


Auction sales are so very numerous that farmers have scarcely time to attend all of them.  The sale for Mr. Alf. Gopsill, last Thursday, was well attended, and this week, Mr. Hans Dall is selling out, as the farm is sold.  The weather is very favourable for all of the sales and good prices seem to prevail.


Misses Cassie and Flossie Pinkney spent the weekend with their sister, Mrs. Meek.


The Farmers’ Club held its usual meeting on the first Thursday, when a splendid address was given by Mr. Westmoreland on poultry raising.  A great deal was learned by those present on the subject and likely small fortunes will be made along this line.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 23rd 1921.


All signs at present point to an early spring.  We have not been wearied by the usual cold Canadian winter, as it was almost always spring-like since last New Year’s.


Farmers have very generous supplies of wood cut, sufficient in some cases for years.


Cars from the city have in the last two weeks ruined the country roads.  License fees will scarcely in years bring the roads back to normal condition.  There should be a law prohibiting cars travelling in muddy weather.


Many friends sympathize with Mrs. Ballagh.  Owing to the treacherous condition of the road, she sustained severe injuries by being thrown from the buggy.


Deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Aitkins and family in their recent bereavement.


Our teacher, Miss Fox, spent the weekend in Toronto.


Not very many from this vicinity ventured over the bad roads to the Motor Show, last week.  Consequently, new cars will not be in evidence this year.


Auction sales are about over in this township and spring work will receive attention.


The Messrs. Barclay are to be congratulated on their success with grain at the Seed Fair, in Aberfoyle, last week.  The Institute meeting was held on the same day and was most successful.  Mrs. Hunter, of Brampton, was the speaker for the occasion.  The rain and wretched roads kept many from enjoying the Seed Fair and Institute meeting.


Dr. Cunnington and his family, of Toronto, have arrived to reside on their farm, vacated by Mr. Gopsill, who is now settled in his new home near Fergus.


All farm products have taken such a downward move that there is no profit for the worker.  Probably the city will be an inducement for selling out and trying something more remunerative and with very much shorter hours, but the city man would prefer the farmer staying where he is and instructing the rising generation in the art of farming.  That brand of instruction is not what the rising generation takes kindly to, for it knows all the new fads and fancies, having visited the O.A.C.


A very severe storm of thunder and lightning passed over this section on Tuesday evening.  The rain came down in torrents.






Rural Route No. 6 News

May 17th 1921.


The frost does not seem to have done much damage in this vicinity and rain is wished for.


The judging class visited the farms of Mr. Donnell, Janefield, and Mr. Gale and Mr. Auld, on Monday.


Several new cars have appeared in the neighbourhood.


The sudden drop in farm products is a calamity.  Several farmers who went back to the land a couple of years ago in this section feel the situation acutely, as they paid such very high prices for stock and implements, and now the cost is not met.  If repairs and wages had come down accordingly, it would not seem so hard.


Some stray dogs are wreaking havoc wherever possible and are without tags.


The picnic season will soon be around and farmers can meet and discuss the political situation, which is now so important.


A Liberal meeting in Aberfoyle on Wednesday evening will probably be well attended.


Visitors to the country are very numerous.  The blossoms are now out on the apple trees and are very beautiful.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 6th 1921.


We seem to have had more than our share of rain this week.  On Monday, it came down in torrents.  The oldest inhabitant had seen nothing to compare with the deluge, which was very local.


Mr. James Marshall, of Flint, Michigan, visited scenes of his boyhood, last week, in Puslinch.


The farm rush is now on the wane, for a week or so.


Those who attended the memorial service in Aberfoyle, on Sunday, enjoyed it very much.  The service, “Lest we forget”, should be an annual event, it was so impressive.


The “flu” has not quite left this part of the country, as there have been some cases with the symptoms of that dreaded trouble.


Col. Craig, the Public School Inspector, paid his semi-annual visit to our school and found everything progressing most favourably.


The storm of a week ago was the cause of the flag pole at the school crashing to the ground.  Fortunately, no one was in the vicinity at the time.


We have, of late, seen very few agents in the country, but the most engaging young gentleman of that cult was around on Saturday, taking orders for a road map.  He was very persistent and had a long list of subscribers.






On Rural Route 6

June 22nd 1921.


Friday’s beautiful rain was most welcome and the country looks prosperous.


The stock judging class journeyed to Elora on Friday afternoon to receive their cup and medals.  Mr. Donald Stewart is to be congratulated on his excellent standing in the contest.


Miss Ada Armstrong, of Toronto, spent the weekend with her friend, Miss Mary McWilliams.


Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Carleton visited relatives in Guelph and Puslinch, last week.


Reverend G. A. Little conducted an evening service at the home of Mr. Robert Armstrong on Friday evening.  His splendid address will not soon be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to be present.


The U.F.O. picnic to the Lake on Tuesday was largely attended.  The extreme heat was not felt so very much beside the cool waters.


Haying has begun and will be general next week, which is rather early.


Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Meek attended the marriage of Miss Cassie Pinkney, in Erin, on Wednesday.  The bride has many friends here who wish her the best that life can give.


Miss Metcalf is visiting at her old home at present.


Mr. and Mrs. Fasken and daughters visited the Messrs. Laird, this week.


The garden party in Badenoch promises to be well worth attending on Thursday.


Mr. E. Kinsella has the contract for the erection of a long-needed shed on the school grounds.


We should surely be blessed with good roads if hard work and many loads of good gravel can accomplish anything.


Entrance pupils are very near the trial.  From this section, they write in Aberfoyle.


Sheep-killing dogs are a menace on the Brock Road.






The News from Rural Route Number 6, Guelph.

July 26th 1921.


Congratulations to Miss Beatrice Mollison on passing her normal entrance, also to Master Holly and Miss Holly on passing their high school entrance.


Mr. and Mrs. Prince and family, of Toronto, spent Monday at the home of Mr. McWilliams.


Mr. Cecil Metcalfe was operated on for appendicitis on Monday and his very many friends hope that he may soon be restored to his former health.


Master Eddie Phalen has been very ill with pneumonia.  We all hope that the dear little man may soon be home again.


Farmers are exceedingly busy as the harvest is rushing and weeds are really taking advantage, and no help in sight.  We see men standing around but they do not seem to need work just now.  Perhaps, later on, they will wish for the chance.


Potatoes seem to have been terribly afflicted this year.


The Messrs. Barclay have reason to be proud of their standing in the recent grain competition.  Mrs. Barclay visited friends in Wiarton a week ago.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 7th 1921.


The beautiful rain that we had last week has been of great benefit to the country and fall ploughing has begun, while the threshing outfits are kept busy as usual.


Miss Fox, having sent in her resignation as teacher at Number Three, where she has done splendid work, is succeeded by Miss Murphy, who comes highly recommended.


Master Eddie Phalen, who has been in St. Joseph’s Hospital for some weeks, is very much improved and is able to be brought home.


Mrs. Fox, of Toronto, who has been visiting at her father’s home, returned on Saturday.


The weather is so very cool at present that fall seems quite near.


Mrs. Brazil, of Brantford, visited her sister, Mrs. Samuel Slater, last week.






The Rural Route Number Six News

September 8th 1921.


We are pleased to know that Master Fred Brickle (Broeckel) has passed his entrance examination and is now attending the Business College in Guelph.


Mrs. Brickle Senior is spending a vacation in the city.


Mr. and Mrs. McGill spent a week with their daughter, Mrs. Sullivan, near Ponsonby.


Mrs. Laird, of Southampton, called on friends in Puslinch on Friday.


It is with difficulty that the wheat ground is being prepared, as rain is much needed.


Owing to the detour from the Brock Road to the Seventh Concession, very many cars pass that way.  Probably other roads have the same trials, but no less than four cars that we know of have been forced into the ditch by joy riders who fly off and do not wait to see the extent of the damage done or offer assistance.  We sincerely hope the number of the cars may be obtained, but the getaway is so swift there is not much chance.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

October 2nd 1921.


There seems to be nothing new under the sun as everybody is busy threshing or filling silos.  The weather being so favourable, the work goes on rapidly.


The Aberfoyle Fall Fair on Wednesday October 5th promises a cheerful diversion for all interested.  Prize lists should be sent to all Puslinch farmers, as there are some who do not even know what the many attractions are and therefore do not attend.


Mr. Fred McWilliams, of Rockwood, visited friends in Puslinch this week.


The tractor demonstration promises to be a very interesting affair for the ploughman who “homeward plods his weary way” after walking miles in the yielding furrow.


Numbers of invited guests are attending the Crawley-Gopsill wedding in Fergus today.


The District Secretary of South Wellington Women’s Institutes, Miss Conway, quietly joined the army of loyal homemakers, and we all sincerely wish for her perfect happiness in the journey of life.


It is understood that Mr. McCarrow has sold his farm to Mr. William Pinder, who at one time resided in this section.


The Misses Gertie and Helen Lester have accepted good positions in Toronto.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 22nd 1921.


We considered Sunday’s snow storm as something severe, but from all accounts, we did not suffer nearly so much as some other parts of the country.  Some few ventured to church but had a strenuous time getting home.


The Christmas tree and concert in School Section No. Three was pronounced to be quite perfect and over sixty children were quite happy.  Mr. David Parker proved an ideal Santa Claus and his generosity will not be forgotten by the many children.  The songs, drills, recitations, and dialogues delighted the large audience.  A piano solo by Miss Kathleen Bodendistel and a play by some of the grown-ups were both very much appreciated.  Miss Murphy, the teacher, surely heard a great many expressions of praise for her wonderful tact in training so many.


The municipal election promises to be quite interesting.  The present council gave good satisfaction and would probably do better still if elected for another term.


All are very pleased to see that some of our Puslinch boys were so successful in Toronto, last week, and were so well entertained.  It is well that their reception at the Winter Fair did not entirely discourage them.


Wishing the Mercury and all its readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph,

January 1st 1922.


Miss Beatrice Leslie has resumed teaching, after spending the vacation at her home here.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, spent a couple of days with relatives.


Master Reginald Fox, of Toronto, spent the holidays at the home of his grandfather, Mr. Thomas Parker.


The Misses Pinkney, of Toronto, spent the New Year with their sister, Mrs. Meek.


Saturday’s storm was a very fierce one, very many farmers being disappointed in not getting to the city for New Year’s shopping.


Motor cars are finding it difficult to travel over the country roads just now.


Several from this vicinity attended the Fyfe-Howitt marriage on Thursday.  The contracting parties have very many friends in this neighbourhood who wish them a long life of happiness.


The annual school meeting at No. 3 was held on Wednesday evening and was well attended.  Mr. Harry Hanlon resigned and Mr. Forestell was appointed trustee.  In No. 12, Mr. Elston resigned and Mr. Eggert was appointed trustee.


The Christmas concert held in the Memorial Church was a great success.


Very keen interest was taken in the municipal election in Puslinch Township, but as numerous telephone lines are out of commission, the exact returns are not available.


Many friends are grieved to hear of the death of Mr. Archibald Black, in High River, Alberta, where interment took place.


Mr. Metcalf attended the funeral of his uncle to Nichol Cemetery on Saturday.  The motoring was very bad in places.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

January 16th 1922.


The Memorial Church Young People’s Club met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark, where a pleasant time was enjoyed on Wednesday last.


Messrs. Robert Mollison and Victor Meek are taking the bee-keeper’s course at the O.A.C., which course is intensely interesting to enterprising young men.  Even if they do not go into bee keeping extensively, but have enough honey for home consumption, it is well worthwhile.


Dr. Galbraith has been very ill during the past week, but we all trust that he may rally and regain his health.


An early rising farmer in this vicinity saw what he described as a most beautiful sight in the heavens on Saturday morning, when he saw the planet Venus on the crest of the moon, and shining brilliantly.  Astronomy, to some people, is a fascinating study.


Mr. Crawley, who has been very ill, is improving.


Mr. George McGill Junior attended the funeral of his cousin, Sister Mary Victor McGill, on Monday morning.


We had quite an old fashioned storm on Sunday and Monday.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

January 24th 1922.


As usual, the weather is no end of an interesting subject.  Sunday’s storm was particularly unwelcome and very few ventured driving to church in such a gale.


Three cars met disaster on Friday night, in snow drifts, but were finally released.  Sleighing is not very good, but very much safer than cars.


Many in this vicinity heard with regret of the passing of their old friend and neighbour, Mr. James Lewis, “a man he was to all the country dear”.


The members of the U.F.O. Club in this section spend some very pleasant evenings together each week.


Severe colds are very common at present.


The market waiting room is now in good running order and everyone is welcome to patronize it.  The baking sale on Saturday was quite successful.






The Rural Route 6 News

February 9th 1922.


The young people of the vicinity spent a happy time at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brown, on Friday evening.


The members of the Downey’s Farmers’ Club enjoyed a delightful oyster supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Lynch.  Mrs. Lynch spared no pains in providing tempting viands for the healthy appetite, which was very much in evidence.  A hearty vote of thanks is due to Mr. and Mrs. Lynch for their exceedingly gracious hospitality.


As Mr. and Mrs. McCarron were coming from the city on Saturday, a very powerful “moon” car, meeting them, managed to snap off a wheel and mudguard form Mr. McCarron’s McLaughlin car, which was travelling very slowly at the time, or matters would have been much more serious.  The large touring car was very much wrecked.  It is believed that the belligerent car came from St. Catharines.  Mr. McNulty very kindly came to Mr. McCarron’s assistance and conveyed them home.  We wonder when it will be safe for women and children to venture out in cars.


Beautiful weather and good roads prevail.


Butter has taken such a downward slant that cows do not pay for their…






The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

February 14th 1922.


The Messrs. Barclay are to be congratulated on winning the prize in the field competition and also in the bin for Banner oats.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, were down for the weekend attending the funeral of Mrs. Hugh McWilliams, on Monday.


Mr. McCarron is having an auction sale shortly of all stock and implements.  We are very sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. McCarron from the neighbourhood.


Our new assessor, Mr. William Moore, is around.  There are remarkably few dogs, compared with some years ago.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 8th 1922.


“Many Farm Changes in Puslinch Announced”


Mr. McCarron and family have left this section and intend living on the Cober farm, near Hespeler.  Mr. William Pinder and family are now settled on the McCarron farm.  Mr. Forestell is moving to one of Mr. Doyle’s farms, and Mr. Eddie Crawley returns to the farm vacated by Mr. Forestell.  Mr. James Phalen has sold a farm to Mr. Lasby.  Mr. Brown and family are leaving Springfield Farm.  Several other changes are spoken of, but it is time to call a halt and endeavour to check the exodus.


 Mr. Gopsill is very seriously ill at his home near Fergus.


Mrs. Thomas Doyle spent a few days in Toronto, visiting relatives.


Mrs. Harry Hanlon returned on Monday from Toronto, after spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. Bolger.


Auction sales have been numerous, but are over for this season.


A number of enterprising farmers attended the seed fair at Aberfoyle on Tuesday.


Several bunches of fine fat cattle were shipped from here on Tuesday.  The price is not a paying proposition for the farmer, by any means.


Dr. Gray and nurse, Miss Lunn, are inspecting the Puslinch schools.  There is reason for pride in Number 3 School in that so many were perfect specimens of youth.


Mr. Clements is endeavouring to have school fairs in this township and it is hoped that he may meet with success, as the benefit derived would far exceed the labour in connection with the scheme.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

March 29th 1922.


The Horticultural Society in Puslinch is making rapid strides.


Changes are still being made in the vicinity, but very soon all will have settled down to normal, and the world goes on.


Mr. Brown is now foreman on Mr. Kay’s farm, as Mr. Harrison leaves for Toronto.


Mrs. Kay Senior leaves for Scotland shortly.


Very many are suffering from severe colds, not to say “flu”, but these are closely connected.


Several new cars have been purchased this spring.  Of course, the highways are in a wretched state at present and difficult to navigate.


Easter seems a long way off this year to the little ones who have been promised to be allowed to go to school after Easter.  The attendance is very large and the teacher finds the day all too short for the work on hand.






The Rural Route 6 News

April 25th 1922.


Teachers and pupils are back for another two months’ hard work for examinations.


Miss Murphy spent Easter week at her home in Lambton.


Miss Beatrice Lester visited home people during the week.


Mr. E. A. Currie, of Ospringe, spent the weekend with relatives in Guelph and Puslinch.


Our telephone is again out of commission, owing to the severe thunder storm of last week.  The rural lines seem difficult to manage.  Having wires underground will probably be the only remedy for trouble in the country.


The fall wheat is looking even better than farmers had anticipated, but seeding promises to be late, owing to the snow and rain of last week.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 3rd 1922.


Mr. and Mrs. Mollison attended the funeral of Mr. Adsett, in Eramosa, on Thursday.


Reverend Mr. James is endeavouring to organize a Literary Society in connection with the Memorial Church.  It is hoped that it may be successful beyond his highest expectations.  Everyone is welcome on each Thursday night of the week.  Mr. James is a talented gentleman, a graduate from college, having the honour of B.A., M.A., and B.D. appended to his name, and those who are fortunate enough to be able to attend will reap a benefit.


Mr. Robert McWilliams, of Craigmile, Alberta, spent a few days with relatives in Guelph and Puslinch.


The memorial service in Aberfoyle this year is to be held on the second Sunday in June.  The Venerable Archdeacon McIntosh has been selected as speaker.  The services will be held in the open air, beside the monument erected to the memory of the Puslinch boys who made the supreme sacrifice.


Horses are in demand again.  Several buyers are looking for suitable ones.






The Rural Route 6 News

June 13th 1922.


A fierce thunderstorm passed this way on Thursday, accompanied by very heavy rain and hail.  For a time, the high wind was terrifying.  Fences and trees were blown down and part of Mr. James Phalen’s barn was unroofed.  Again, on Saturday night, we were reminded of what helpless creatures we are before the continuous artillery in the clouds.  Many pleasure parties were thankful when home was reached once more.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Doyle attended the convention of the Knights of Columbus, at Niagara Falls, last week, and enjoyed a very pleasant trip.


We are very proud of the fact that Mr. William Smith received the shield for coming first in dairy cattle in the judging contest at the O.A.C. on Saturday.  In fact, we congratulate all of the Puslinch boys who scored so well.  The cup leaves this township for Nichol.


Mrs. Neil Black and Miss Gilchrist, of Arkell, were very welcome visitors at the home of Mrs. McWilliams, on Friday.


A number of our young people journeyed to School Section No. 6, of Guelph Township, on Friday night, and enjoyed the hospitality of the good people in that part of the country.


Mr. and Mrs. John Clark enjoyed a motor trip in the Hamilton direction, over the weekend.

The rains have left the roads in excellent condition.


Quite a number from this part of the township attended the memorial service in Aberfoyle, on Sunday.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 27th 1922.


On Saturday, Miss Murphy gave a picnic for her pupils, their parents and friends at a beautiful spot beside the river.  A most enjoyable time was spent and the ice cream cones, lemonade, and other good things, in abundance, were soon disposed of.  Races of all descriptions were run off, and the winners of prizes were more than happy, and so ended a perfect day.


General regret is felt in the section, owing to Miss Murphy having decided to leave at the end of the term.  She has made many friends by her genial disposition, and her pupils progressed rapidly.  We cannot blame Miss Murphy for leaving to accept a school near her home in Lambton County.


Mrs. Fox, of Toronto, spent the weekend at the home of her father, Mr. Thomas Parker.


Mrs. Richard McWilliams, accompanied by Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Middleton, of Preston, called on friends here, on Sunday.


The cold snap, after such extreme heat on Saturday, is not very welcome, but we believe that it is for some good purpose.


Picnics and all kinds of outings are being enjoyed this week, even though the farmers are so busy that they do not know which way to turn.


Miss Murphy, of No. 3, is sending six pupils to Aberfoyle, on Wednesday, for the entrance examination.  The teacher at No. 12 is also sending a number.  It is hoped that they will all succeed.






R. R. No. 6 School Results

June 28th 1922.


R. R. 6, Guelph, June 28th ─ The results of the promotion examinations in Downey’s School are as follows:


Senior IV:

William Jackson (absent)


Junior IV to Senior IV:

Honours ─ Mary Phelan, Pass ─ Joseph Broeckel, Fred Mollison.


Senior III to Junior IV:

Honours ─ Willie Millard, Willie Slater, Annie Blackstone, Pass ─ Chester Meek, Marguerite Broeckel, David Parker.


Junior III to Senior III:

Honours ─ Birdella Lynch, Edna Hewitt, Margaret Meek, Pass ─ Marie Broeckel, Recommended ─ Robert Slater, Marjorie Brown.


Senior II to Junior III:

Honours ─ Bessie Millard, Alice Phelan, Layola Forestell, Pass ─ Bernard Forestell, Catherine Forestell, Ernest Bennett.


Junior II to Senior II:

Honours ─ John Mollison, Joseph Forestell, Rosamond Broeckel, Jean Parker, Pass ─ Lawrence Forestell, Hilliard Parker.


Junior I to Senior I:

Honours ─ Florence Mollison, Bessie Forestell, Recommended ─ Leslie Brown.


Senior Primer:

Lois Forestell.


Junior Primer:

Eunice Meek, John Blackstone, Margaret Millard, Marguerite McGarr, James Parker.



Mary A. Murphy.






On Rural Route 6

July 12th 1922.


Farm work is forging ahead and the few labourers are few for the hard work.  The hay crop is very heavy, the hoeing tedious, and the wheat about ready.  The fine rains have been welcome.


A number from here attended the garden party in Aberfoyle on Thursday.  It is a long time since the funny Mr. James Fax, of Toronto, was heard; time has not lessened his sense of humour.


Visitors from the cities are very numerous on the farms at present.


Mrs. McWilliams and Miss Mary spent Tuesday in Toronto.


Mrs. Barclay had her sister and child, from Hamilton, over the weekend.


It’s not very much of a vacation for the school children who have corn and potatoes to keep free from weeds but it is at least a change with a promise of a reward.


Miss Crawley, who has been ill, is now convalescent.  Her very many friends hope to soon see her quite recovered.


Mr. Loty, of Toronto, spent a few days with his brothers.


All kinds of small fruit are abundant, but apples are not very plentiful.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

July 18th 1922.


Entrance pupils are not expecting to hear the results of examinations until the end of July.  Consequently, they are disappointed, as it is a long, tedious wait.


Miss Marjorie Schon, of Orchard Sanatorium, Hamilton, spent Wednesday with friends in Puslinch.


Raspberries are now most eagerly sought by housewives.  Sunday was a special day for the search.  Cherries, currents, and gooseberries are very plentiful.  Harvest apples are quite scarce and the few that there are seem to be afflicted with the apple worm.  Spraying in the spring might possibly remedy matters.


Picnics and lawn socials are numerous and work rushing; time is flying rapidly so that the pleasant summer will soon be over.


A number from here found time to attend the picnic at the O.A.C. on Saturday and report a profitable time.


Farmers who have a quantity of sweet clover are rather uneasy about spontaneous combustion.  It is difficult for many to understand the possibility, but many warnings have been sent out, stating the cause and prevention.


Miss Dandeno is visiting at present with Mrs. Doyle.


Miss Watson spent some days with Miss Pinder, last week.


The occasional showers are just what farmers wish for.  The binder is busy this week and haying is just about over.


Mr. Couling, agent for the Watkins Products, is a genial visitor at all homes in the country.


We hear of cars being abandoned on country roads by thieves, but not often are horse drawn vehicles left stranded.  Mr. Hagen’s delivery wagon was found near Downey’s School.  Evidently, that mode of transportation was not swift enough to be pleasant.


Mr. Leppard, from near Galt, has been engaged as teacher in Number 5 School, 3rd Concession.


Motoring parties, from a distance, are very numerous to the farms in this vicinity.






R. R. No. 6

July 31st 1922.


Monday’s rain was a welcome change, for the earth was parched.  Wheat and barley are safely stored, and the harvest will soon be over, which is earlier than usual.


Congratulations to Miss Dorothy Lester, Miss Frances Lynch, and Master Harry Mollison on passing their entrance examinations so successfully, as it is reported that some of the papers were very difficult.


A number from this part of the township attended a splendid garden party at Arkell on Wednesday last.


Mr. and Mrs. Prince, from Toronto, spent the day with relatives here, on Thursday.


Master Reginald Fox, of Toronto, is spending his vacation at his grandfather’s home.


Reverend Mr. Ferguson called on some of his parishioners in Puslinch, on Thursday.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall, of Corwhin, called on relatives here, on Sunday.


Mrs. Grieves visited her friend, Mrs. Pinder, last week.






The News from Rural Route 6, Guelph.

August 10th 1922.


Mr. Dougald McLean has disposed of his farm to Mr. O’Connor, of Guelph, who will retire to the very luxurious life of farming.  The Messrs. McLean have made many friends in the neighbourhood who regret their absence.  Since the death of Archibald McLean, his brother has been very lonely.  Consequently, he has thought it advisable to dispose of the farm.


Over one hundred applications have been received by the trustees for the position of teacher for Number Three School, and it is indeed a most difficult task to select one from so many.  One lady had accepted, but upon further consideration, she recalled her acceptance, and the work has now to be gone over again.


Threshing has begun in this vicinity, and the farmers have no complaints as to the yield, with the exception of the oat crop, which is badly rusted in some parts, but roots and other crops are good.


Mrs. Loty, of Toronto, who spent some time with her sons, returned to her home on Tuesday.


Mrs. Coultes, of Wingham, and Miss Helen Fasken, of Ponsonby, are visiting Mr. Richard Laird.


The holiday on Monday was quieter than usual, owing to the heavy rain giving the farmers a rest, which was very much needed.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, are spending a few days with relatives in Puslinch.


The school fair is agitating the young idea and the teachers as well, for there is considerable work in connection with the affair, but we know that it will not be time wasted.


Picnics and garden parties are past, memories, and the Toronto Exhibition will now be the attraction.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

August 21st 1922.


No less than three threshing outfits have been operating in this neighbourhood during the past week, the Hume brothers of Arkell, Mr. Monkhouse, of Guelph, and Mr. Paddock, of Puslinch.  The extreme heat was very severe on the weary farmer who had to wrestle with the harvest and attend threshings at the same time.  It would be a great boon to the farmer if the thresher could bring a working crew, so that the harvest would not be delayed.


Our rural mail carrier, Mr. Alexander, deserves great credit for the faithful work he has been doing on this route.  Without fail, the mail is in the box at a certain time each day, and he goes quietly on his way, in a most exemplary manner.  Doubtless, he is not making a fortune out of it, but he deserves a living wage, if anyone does.


A number from this section attended the Knights of Columbus picnic in Preston, and won races too, and had a most enjoyable time.


Mrs. Coultes, who has been visiting friends in Guelph and Puslinch during the past month, has returned to her home.


Miss Mary McWilliams is spending a week with her brother in London.


The rural telephone is not giving the satisfaction that it should, considering the amount paid for the service.  Too often it is out of order, and central is not available.  Perhaps, if the farmers and telephone directors could get together, some plan could be devised that would remedy matters somewhat.


Mrs. Brazil, of Brantford, spent some days with her sister, Mrs. Slater.


The long vacation is now very near the close and pupils have spent a very busy summer.  With the exception of an occasional picnic or garden party, there has not been a surfeit of pleasure for anyone on the farm, but the boys and girls will go back to school, feeling stronger and ready for study.


Some of our Puslinch boys are intending to take in the Toronto show and do some judging of stock and grain.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 29th 1922.


Miss Scollard has been engaged as teacher in School Section No. 3.  She comes highly recommended.  Miss McWilliams returns to No. 12.


The Misses Blessinger, of Burlington, are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Mollison.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Anstey, of Denton, Maryland, U.S.A., motored from their home to visit friends in Ontario.  They spent Friday afternoon with relatives in this part of Puslinch.


Many in this part of the country are intending to enjoy the Toronto Exhibition.


Mr. Louis Nigro’s many friends regret to learn that he is ill with a severe attack of appendicitis, in St. Joseph’s Hospital.  It is hoped that he may soon be able to return home.


Mrs. Fox and her two sons, Reginald and Charles, accompanied by Mrs. David Parker, returned to Toronto on Tuesday.


Mr. A. McMillan, of Toronto, visited relatives in Puslinch over the weekend.


A number of jolly young people from this section motored to the corn roast, near Preston, on Wednesday evening and, of course, enjoyed the trip.






The Rural Route 6 News

September 6th 1922.


Mr. and Mrs. Mollison and Masters Harry and Fred spent a couple of days last week visiting friends in Burlington and the Toronto Exhibition.


The Messrs. Loty, Mollison, Albert McWilliams, and Donald Stewart motored to Toronto.


The judging team will be there for Wednesday, when their skill in stock judging will be put to the test.


Miss Scollard arrived from her home in Peterborough, on Saturday, and began work on Tuesday, with a good attendance.


Mr. James Porter is visiting friends in this section this week.  Mr. Porter is wonderfully smart for his eighty-seven years.


Labour Day was spent about as usual, at hard labour on the farms, where wheat preparations are going on with energy.


Now, with the scarcity of coal, farmers are considering very seriously the advisability of forest conservation.  They are waking up, when too late, to the fact that there has been terrible waste in past years.


Corn roasts are bringing the young people together and a very lively time is spent quite informally.


Everyone is proud of the prize won in Toronto by Mr. Leonard Evans, of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph, with his fine horse.  The auto has scarcely superseded the horse yet, for there are very many who prefer a good horse.


Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan and family, of Ponsonby, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. George McGill.


Mr. Richard Laird, who is a most progressive farmer, has purchased a Fordson tractor.  It was quite a curiosity and, of course, many neighbours were on hand to see the work accomplished by it, with such ease.  The tractor can be put to so many uses on the farm.  It will be a great boon.  In this hot weather, the horses are enjoying the shade, while the tractor, regardless of heat or time, ambles on, hour after hour.


Messrs. W. P. Lynch and E. Kinsella left for Toronto, on Monday.


Miss Mills, who has been visiting her uncle this week, left for her home near Orangeville.


Mrs. McKim spent a few days at the home of her brother, Mr. Mack.


The Misses Lester have taken a trip out West.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

September 13th 1922.


After the intense heat, the rain has come at last, and on Sunday night, it fell in torrents.  Many, who were out for the evening, had the usual difficulty with their cars in the mud, but the rain was very welcome to the farmers.


We read a very great deal about successful corn roasts here and there, throughout the country, but we feel sure that none could equal the corn roast at the home of Mr. William Pinder, on Wednesday last.  Almost eighty guests were present and the competition was very keen at times.  It would scarcely be right to announce who ate the most corn and wieners.  Mr. and Mrs. Pinder and family did all in their power to give everybody a good time and we wish for more such gatherings.


A number from this section journeyed to Kitchener on Saturday, but returned home quite disconsolate that their favourite baseball team had been beaten by Galt.


The school fair of Puslinch Township, which is to be held on the 21st, in Aberfoyle, promises to be well worth attending.  So we are hoping that every section will be interested enough to assist in making the fair a perfect success.  The ladies of the township will have booths where refreshments may be secured.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

September 19th 1922.


Mr. and Mrs. Fitzsimmons, of London, visited Mr. Thomas Aitkins and other relatives, last week.


Mr. Metcalf spent last Thursday in Beamsville, visiting his sister, Mrs. John Royce and family.  They have a beautiful peach orchard laden with luscious fruit, some three hundred trees, and other kinds of fruit besides.  There is such an abundance that there is, of course, much waste.  The cost of marketing is so high that fruit has to be left ungathered.  Mr. Metcalf enjoyed the motor trip very much, but his stay was all too short to see much of the country.


Mr. Falconbridge, agent for a new make of spring seat for theatres and schools was canvassing in this section on Wednesday.


The Belgian hares are rather too numerous in this part of the country.


Farmers are glad to have had so much rain during the past week.


The school fair will be held on Thursday in Puslinch Township.  The children are taking a great interest in the work of farm production and deserve to be encouraged.


A number from here attended the U.F.O. picnic to Stanley Park, Erin, on Wednesday, and report a pleasant time.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

September 21st 1922.


The school fair is over and it really is a difficult matter to do full justice to it on paper.  It has to be seen to properly appreciate the work done by the teachers and pupils in the short time since the schools re-opened, and more especially, by those teachers who are new in the township and had to become acquainted with the pupils and also with the work.  We congratulate Miss Edna Hewitt on receiving the prize for baking, and Miss Margaret Meek, for chickens and flowers.  Miss Mary Phalen came first in the girls’ race.  There are others, whose names have not yet reached us, who did well.  School Section No. 12 received much praise for appearance, which was wonderfully attractive, but the music and marching of the Morriston School were exquisite and received much applause, and came in first place.  Our own, Mr. James Barclay, won first in the trustees’ race and Miss M. Williams, in the teachers’ race.  The parents were there, in full force, and justly proud of everything, and everybody is proud of Puslinch Township.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

September 27th 1922.


The neighbours and friends of Mr. John Hewitt are pleased to congratulate him on the fact that he has passed his examination and received his papers qualifying him for an engineer.


We are all sorry to hear that our popular auctioneer, Mr. Charles Crawley, met with a severe accident when the buggy in which he was riding was struck by street car on Waterloo Avenue.  It is a wonder that there are not more accidents, as the streets seem to be continually on the mend and horses do not care to see road rollers or other implements approaching.


The debate at Memorial Church, last Wednesday evening, resulted in a tie, so we do not know which is of more educational value, reading or travelling.  The judges were the Reverend Mr. James and Mr. Cecil Metcalfe.


Last Sunday was rally day, which brought out a good attendance.


Miss Marjorie Fox, of Toronto, is spending a week at the home of her grandfather, Mr. Thomas Parker.


Pupils and teachers have settled down to hard study now that the school fair is over.  We should like to have the names of all who have won prizes in the contests, but they are not yet available.


The township show, next Wednesday, promises to be an interesting event.


There is a ploughing match to be held in the near future, which is going to be exciting.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

October 19th 1922.


“The harvest is past; the summer is ended.”


Cold, dreary days have been with us, but we should not complain, after such fine weather in September.


The farmer is busy now, getting roots under cover.  The shortage of help is in evidence on all farms.  Threshings are also being rushed, and when two outfits happen in one neighbourhood, there is a busy time for somebody.


Mr. Fred McWilliams, of Rockwood, called on friends here.


Puslinch is not behind in growing luscious peaches.  Miss Mulroney has a tree that yielded peaches of a very superior flavour.  Apples do not seem to be very plentiful as most trees require spraying.


Mrs. Meek received the sad news of the death of her cousin, Mr. Norman McAllister, manager of the Glenavons Milling Company, near Regina.  He was instantly killed in an automobile accident when the brakes failed to work going down a steep hill.


The School Inspector, Col. Craig, visited in Number 12 School last week and found all progressing.


So many wet days have proved a hindrance in the root field during the past week.


Mrs. Goldie, of Guelph, visited the Puslinch Branch of the Women’s Institute, on Thursday, in the interests of “The Children’s Shelter”.


 Preparations are being made to send clothing and quilts to the sufferers, from fire, in the north country, by the ladies of Puslinch.






The News on Rural Route 6

October 31st 1922.


Mr. and Mrs. Forrestell are extended much sympathy from all of their neighbours, in the death of their little baby boy, James Louis, who passed away last week.


Inspector Colonel Craig has paid his usual visit to all of the Puslinch schools, and seemed pleased with the progress made.


Mr. Joseph Lynch has kindly taken a little boy from the suffering country, in the north.  Everyone is willing to help, but hardly know what is best to be done for the women and children.  It seems a long way to send cattle, but farmers express their willingness to help out in that way for the winter.  The Women’s Institute is doing all that it possibly can to help, and anyone wishing to contribute may do so by sending it to Aberfoyle this week.


Farmers have had their eyes to the ground during the past week, pulling turnips, and that mountain of work is now overcome for another year.


Thanksgiving will be a real one this year, for it was a year of plenty in grain, fruit, and roots.


Mr. Conroy, of the city, is retiring to the farm, and will reside on the Cantwell farm, vacated by Mr. Burrows.  Mr. Conroy is coming to a good neighbourhood and will prove himself a good neighbour, as he comes with extra good recommendations.


There are so many concerts and parties announced for Hallowe’en week that it is doubtful if our young people will be able to attend all of them, much as they would like to do so.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

November 9th 1922.


Various were the attractions on last Friday evening for our young people, who regretted that they could not accept all invitations.  Some went to the arena, others to Morriston, and some to the Lake, and all report having enjoyed a splendid evening.


Thanksgiving Day was spent about as usual, entertaining friends.


Miss Agnes Laing, of Arthur, spent the weekend at the home of Mr. Hanlon and with Mrs. Fred Crawley.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, spent the holiday with Puslinch friends.


Miss Scollard, teacher in No. 3 School, spent Thanksgiving at her home in Peterborough.  Miss Reynolds, of No. 2 School, Brock Road, went to her home near Goderich.


Mr. and Mrs. McGill visited their daughter, Mrs. Sullivan, of Ponsonby, on Sunday.


Mr. George Crawley is spending some weeks with his father, after a trip to the West.


Hallowe’en passed off very quietly.  Some few pranks were played by boys, but nothing alarming was indulged in.  Some of our numerous bachelors came in for some attention.


The Hume Brothers are in great demand, as farmers wish to wind up the threshing season before the cold weather sets in, if it ever does.  It has been very pleasant thus far.


Miss Janet Craig, of Blythe, is visiting her cousin, Mrs. James Barclay.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

Noevember 20th 1922.


This is the season of the year when the taxes loom up very large to the ratepayers.  The school tax, especially to one who has no interest in schools, seems exorbitant and useless, but there is no use in fault-finding or grumbling, expenses are climbing and there seems no help for it.


The Messrs. Hume are finishing up the last of the threshing in this neighbourhood this week.


The Winter Fair is very near again and promises well.


This week, the Women’s Institutes hold their convention in Toronto, which is well worth attending.


Miss Annabel McLean, of Badenoch, was a visitor over the weekend with Miss Mary McWilliams.


Miss Lila McFarlane is spending a few weeks with her aunt, Mrs. Robert Armstrong.


Mr. P. Mulroney has not yet quite recovered from flu effects.  His many friends hope that he may soon regain his usual health.


The air is full of preparations for Christmas entertainments in School Sections No. 3 and No. 12, and also at the Howitt Memorial Church.  All parents are expected to encourage the teachers in their efforts.


Mr. Robert Crawley visited his father for a few days last week.






The Rural Route 6 News

December 13th 1922.


Mrs. James, who has been ill in the hospital in Toronto, was able to return home last week.  She has a host of friends who are rejoicing to welcome her back to the work that she so dearly loves in the church.  Her energy and cheerfulness have endeared her to all who have had the good fortune to know her.


The collectors for the Bible Society are meeting with a good response.  The success of this organization is amazing.


Mrs. Thomas Lynch, a most highly esteemed resident of Puslinch, passed peacefully to her rest after a short illness of two days, at the advanced age of ninety-one years.  Mrs. Lynch was in possession of wonderful vigour and scorned illness, and at the election last year, voted for the one that she judged as the best man.  She has been tenderly cared for by her son, Joseph, and by Mrs. Adam Broeckel, her daughter, who lived with her.  Kind sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.  The funeral on Monday was largely attended.


The usual Winter Fair visitors are with us, and some of our young men are judging stock along different lines.  Even if they are not successful in winning premiums, the experience is worth something.


The various Christmas entertainments are distributed over the coming week, when Santa Claus will be kept busy donating his wares.


Farmers are not very well pleased with the ruling on the sale of bacon hogs, but the powers that be are against them.


There are rumours of a township election, but surely those on the job now are worthy of another term.  A year passes quickly and seems too short a time to bring good work to completion.


Master John Hunter, of Beverly Township, won the judging contest in the Wentworth School Fair and the prize was a two-day trip to the Guelph Winter Fair, and he is enjoying his prize very much.  Mr. Donald Stewart, who was coach, deserves great credit for his work.


Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle, of Detroit, are over for the funeral of Mrs. Lynch, Mrs. Doyle’s mother.  They both enjoy the city, but are glad to visit Puslinch and old friends again.







The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 21st 1922.


This taste of real winter is not very acceptable, as it is a problem keeping homes warm without coal.  The wood pile fades before your eyes.


Mr. Robert Crawley left on Monday for California, where the climate is more satisfactory than in Ontario.


The Guelph Winter Fair has again been a great success, but the severe cold kept many at home who would have liked to have seen it again.


Mr. Carl Ross is to be congratulated in the possession of such a fine team of horses.  Everyone loves a fine horse and the car can never replace it in the affection of farmers.


Little Miss Margaret Hanlon, who had her tonsils removed last week is progressing very favourably.  Margaret is such a general favourite that we all regret to hear of her illness and hope that she may meet Santa Claus at the school on Friday evening.


A Christmas concert will be held in Downey’s School on Friday night, and as Miss Scollard has done her utmost to make it a success, we hope for a large attendance.  Once every year is not too often for parents to be exceedingly proud of their children when they mount the platform to recite or sing.


A Christmas concert was held in S.S. No. 12 on Tuesday night, when a large crowd assembled, that was not disappointed.  Mr. Alex Neubauer was an efficient chairman.  The dialogues, recitations, and songs were good, and Miss McWilliams and her pupils were complimented on their efforts.  The music by the Misses and Mr. Leitch was greatly enjoyed, as were also the minstrels.  Santa Claus appeared on the scene and delighted the boys and girls, who were all made happy by gifts of candy and other things suitable for the Christmas season.


The fate of the geese, turkeys, and chickens is decided this week.


Nominations on Friday, the 22nd, promise to be interesting, but we hope that the old council will be in by acclamation, as a two-year term is none too long for good work in the Township.


Miss Reynolds, of the Brock Road School, gave a concert on Wednesday night, which was pronounced, by all who were fortunate enough to be present, to be quite the best ever.  The clever minstrels, with their local jokes and singing, captured the audience.  Mr. Tolton, as chairman, left nothing to be desired.  The songs and recitations of the children were delightful, and Santa Claus was only too pleased to visit them all.  It is surprising how much talent is brought to light at school concerts.


Wishing the Editor and all concerned with The Mercury a Merry Christmas!






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

January 22nd 1923.


Despite the extreme cold on Wednesday, a large number of farmers assembled at Mr. Littlewood’s clearing auction sale, which was conducted by our popular auctioneer, Mr. Charles Crawley, in his usual able manner.  Fairly good prices were realized for the stock, more especially the horses and young pigs.


The Memorial Church Young People’s Club met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker on Wednesday evening.


All are grateful for the pluck of our mail carrier, Mr. Alexander, who has managed to make his round.


Numbers from the country were on hand for Dollar Day, and doubtless met with bargains, or at least it was a jolly outing.


Mrs. Barclay and Miss Scollard spent the weekend in Toronto and enjoyed the trip very much.


Dr. Galbraith went to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday for treatment.  All trust that he may soon be able to return home.


It has been agreed to buy a Victrola for the school, which will doubtless prove a benefit to the pupils.


Messrs. Richard Laird and Albert McWilliams are taking the short course at the O.A.C., in tractors, and there is a vast amount to be learned.


Moonlight and sleigh bells are proving very enticing to our young people, and the auto has taken a back seat for the present.


Mrs. Harry Hanlon is visiting her mother in Toronto for a week.


The roads are so slippery that travel is uncertain, either with cars or horses.






Rural Route No. 6 News

January 29th 1923.


Our cold winter weather continues and farmers who have teaming to do are taking advantage of very good sleighing.


Turnips are being shipped constantly.  The price is not quite profitable.


Messrs. William Smith and Victor Meek are taking the short course in tractors at the O.A.C. this week.  It seems too bad that more young men do not take the chance that the government gives for information among countless lines of interesting work.  Students are there from distant parts, and around home, our young men are conspicuous by their absence.


Mr. Meek visited his brother at Normanby last week for a few days.


The sick among us are, we hope, on the return to health.  Dr. Galbraith returned home on Saturday from the hospital.


Reverend Mr. James was able to keep his appointment at the Memorial Chapel on Sunday, and deserves great credit for perseverance.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

February 9th 1923.


The usual cold and stormy weekend prevented many from attending church, who sadly miss the services, which are a help during the week.


Little Lois Forrestell was taken to the hospital, threatened with mastoids, the after effects of a severe cold.  Very many are in the throes of what appears to be influenza, but no very serious cases are reported yet.


All are pleased to learn that Dr. Galbraith is regaining strength since his return from the hospital a week ago.


Mr. Crawley is recovering from his severe attack of pneumonia.  Miss Duffy, the capable nurse, deserves great credit for her assiduous attention to the case.


Miss Mary McWilliams came down from London and spent Saturday at her home.


A merry sleigh load of young people from this vicinity journeyed to the city and enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, of Inkerman Street, Guelph, on Tuesday.


Mr. Forrestell had the misfortune to lose one of his horses last week.


Our mail carrier, Mr. Alexander, encountered snow drifts on Monday on Hewitt’s Hill and had some difficulty in completing his round.


One of Mr. Harry Hanlon’s horses met with an accident, the result being a broken leg.


Very few farmers were able to attend market last Saturday, owing to the very severe cold and heavy roads.


Many in the country, who have had occasion to deal with Mr. William Cowan, the U.F.O. buyer, are very sorry to learn of his illness.


The wood piles are fading away so rapidly that the prospect for the rest of the winter appears to be green wood for burning.


Mr. William Loty, of Toronto, spent a few days with his brother George, last week.


Mrs. William Pinder has been visiting her sister in Guelph Township for a couple of weeks.


Turnips and hay, in abundance, are being teamed to the city while the sleighing is good.


Many of us who have set out fruit trees are horrified to see the utter destruction wrought by rabbits barking the young and most thriving trees.






The News of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

February 15th 1923.


Mr. Martin Spruhan was taken to the hospital on Friday suffering from an attack of grippe.  His many friends hope that he may soon be able to return to his home, restored to health.


The “oldest inhabitant” was in a very reminiscent mood upon learning of the sale of the Ballagh farm to the government, for a soldiers’ home, which property was at one time owned by the late Col. Saunders.  The neighbourhood would regret very much to lose the Ballagh family, for ever since they came to this part of the country, they have done all in their power to make life pleasant for their neighbours.  They excelled in music and did not hesitate to contribute their gift to any worthy cause.  We all hope that they may remain near Guelph.


Mr. Leonard Evans, a most progressive young man of this vicinity, has bought a business in Hespeler, and will take possession shortly.  All his friends wish him unbounded success.


Mrs. C. J. Fox, of Toronto, came up to be with her sister, Miss Parker, who has been suffering intensely from blood poisoning in her hand for some days.


Monday’s storm was considered to be the worst of the season for some hours.  Fortunately, the cold was not so very severe, as usual.


La grippe patients are all recovering rapidly, as the trouble has not been such a dreadful thing as that of three years ago.


Mr. Gordon Borthwick has engaged with Mr. James Barclay for the summer.


Mr. Albert Maltby, of Aberfoyle, is with Mr. John Clark.


It is understood that Mr. Gilbert Barclay has purchased the Smith farm in Aberfoyle.


Mr. John Loty has gone to his home in Toronto.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

March 7th 1923.


Many old friends of the late Mrs. Hugh Clark were deeply grieved to learn of her death.  She was a most estimable lady and will surely be missed.  Friends have sincere sympathy.


The usual weekend impassable roads deprived many from going to the city on Saturday and Sunday.


Friday night’s eclipse was watched with interest by many in the country.  The beautiful, clear night and mild weather was an inducement.


Reverend Mr. James has braved the elements all winter most faithfully, but last Sunday the roads were not fit for travel, so there was no service in the Memorial Church in the afternoon.


The “flu” is still prevalent in some homes in this section.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 14th 1923.


Although the present weather does not indicate that spring is very near, yet we are told by the Puslinch Horticultural Society that it is time to canvass for members.  The membership fee is one dollar, and premium lists will soon be out and bulbs, plants, or shrubs may be selected to that amount.  The money should be sent to Mr. Andrew Ord, who is secretary.  Of course, a member may order any quantity and send the extra money, but a dollar’s worth must be selected.  We hope that those to whom the lists are sent will join the society and boost it.


We are all very proud that Messrs. D. T. Parker and James Barclay were so successful at the Seed Fair, in Aberfoyle, on Friday.  They make a point of keeping clean farms, consequently, clean seed.


The influenza has again broken out and several families have one or more members suffering.


We all regret that Mr. George Loty was taken to the hospital on Tuesday evening, having contracted the “flu”.  It is hoped that his illness will not be of long duration.


There is neither good sleighing nor good wheeling for travellers.


Auction sales are quite numerous and well attended.


Many farmers would have enjoyed visiting the “Better Stock Train” were it not for the condition of the roads at the time that it was in Guelph.


We all enjoy Mr. McAllister’s letters in the Saturday Mercury, which are very interesting.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 4th 1923.


There is nothing very pleasant to say about departed March, which up to the last moment kept us shivering with intense cold, and so very many have the influenza and are longing for milder weather.


Though a very keen wind was blowing on Easter Sunday, the country was well represented in city churches, and so very many were thankful to be able once more to be present at one or more of the services of the day.


Reverend Mr. James, of the Memorial Church, preached an interesting and appropriate sermon to a large congregation in the afternoon on Easter Sunday.


Miss Scollard is spending the Easter vacation at her home in Peterborough.  Miss Reynolds, of No. 2, is at her home in Seaforth, and Miss Twitmeier, of No. 12, is at her home in Hanover.


  Miss Beatrice Lester, of Zurich, and Miss Mary McWilliams, of London, are home for the week.


Mrs. John Coulter, of Wingham, spent a few days at her brother’s home, last week.


Mr. Richard Laird will be soon able to leave the hospital after his operation.


Very many would have enjoyed the bird house exhibit on Saturday had it not been for the extreme cold.


Preparing wood for next winter is the problem facing farmers at present, but they are all vowing to have coal for another year, as wood for fuel is not very satisfactory to combat such intense cold as we have experienced during the last three months.


Monday saw a great deal of snow disappear from fields and roads.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 17th 1923.


Mr. George Loty, of Guelph and Miss Annabel Sunley, of Grimsby, were quietly married at the bride’s home on Wednesday, April 11th, and came to their home on the same evening, where they were welcomed by eight kind neighbours, who made it very pleasant for them.  On Friday evening, the young people assembled and formally welcomed them to the neighbourhood.  Some of Mr. Loty’s chums presented him with a clock as a remembrance of pleasant evenings spent together.  Mr. Loty has always been one of the best neighbours ever since he came to this section two years ago, ready to help at any time, and we all wish for him and his bride many happy years together.


Messrs. Michael and John Doyle, who have been in Detroit all winter, are at present visiting relatives in Puslinch.


The farmers are on the alert for the latest news from Queen’s Park.  There is no need to speak of anything now but politics and who will have charge of the “plum tree”.  However, seeding will have the first consideration.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

June 2nd 1923.


A large number of sympathizing friends attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Patrick Hanlon, in Guelph, on Friday last.  The death of the highly esteemed lady caused deep sorrow to her friends, by whom she was dearly beloved.  The family will miss a most devoted mother and the vicinity, a kind neighbour, who was ever ready and willing to help anyone in need.


The death of Miss O’Connell was deeply regretted by very many in this neighbourhood.  We extend sincere sympathy to the sister left alone in the home.


The young people held a shower on Wednesday evening for Miss Grace Pinder, a highly popular young lady who is leaving this part of the country to make her home elsewhere.  Her absence will be very much regretted, as she has done all in her power to make life pleasant in this community, and she deserves a happy wedded life.


Mr. and Mrs. Keating, of Goderich, spent the weekend with relatives and friends in this section.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 10th 1923.


Josephine and Verne Doyle motored from Detroit and spent some days with their sister, Mrs. John Clair, and with their relatives, last week.


Miss Beatrice Lester is spending her vacation at her home.


Miss Margaret Mollison and Miss Rose Harding are attending the summer school in Simcoe.


Miss Mary McWilliams has returned to London to take a course at the Western University, after spending the weekend and Dominion Day at home.


Haying is now the order of the day on the farm.  Help being scarce, the men have to work very long hours.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams, who is an examiner in Toronto, came up to Guelph on Saturday and spent the weekend at home.


This district has been badly isolated since the 25th of June, as our telephone is out of commission yet.  Perhaps there is some excuse for not repairing lines for a few days but to have them out for weeks is quite too much.  There could easily be a temporary connection, as there is only one place where the tangle is really bad.


Summer visitors on the farm are very numerous.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 17th 1923.


The garden party that was held at the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harding, on Wednesday, the 11th instant, was a decided success, and was attended by many neighbours, who do not often meet, only on occasions of this kind.  It is hoped that there may be a balance in the right direction in aid of the Memorial Church fund.


Congratulations to Miss Katherine Lynch, Mary Phalen, Fred Mollison, and William Jackson, who were successful in passing their entrance examination.


The telephone men are very busy with the tangle of wires near Janefield, and we are hoping very soon to have communication with the city and surrounding country.  For one day there was a temporary connection, but Sunday’s electrical storm left the line worse than before.


The heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday have freshened up the scenery wonderfully.


Mr. and Mrs. John Clark motored to Beamsvillle one day to visit relatives last week.


Some residents are now established at “Vimy Ridge”, the beautiful home for returned soldiers, purchased by the government.


The raspberries are now ripe and promise to be an excellent crop.


Haying is about finished this week.  The wheat crop will not be a very difficult one to handle, much to the farmer’s regret.


Mr. George Laird, who has been in Muskoka for the last month, spent a few days at the old home last week.


The Horticultural Show of the Townships of Guelph and Puslinch is to be held in August in the Winter Fair building.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 28th 1923.


Between the elements and the electors, the farmers received rather severe treatment on Monday, but, as usual, they take courage and begin at once to rebuild.


It is impossible to describe the terrible appearance of the storm as it approached from the west, leaving destruction in its path.


Four candidates from School Section No. 3 are trying the entrance examinations, Mary Phalen, William Jackson, Fred Mollison, and J. Brickle (Broeckel).  From School Section No. 12 are Calvin Evans and Viola Ehrhardt.  It is well that the weather has cooled off before the examinations begin.


Mrs. Henry Sunley, of Grimsby, spent a few days last week with her daughter, Mrs. George Loty.


Statute labour is completed and now the weeds are making great headway and have to receive attention.  The potato beetle is also demanding the usual dose of Paris Green.


Large crowds from the country went to the city on Monday night, and as the returns came in, received the news with varied emotions.  Everybody craves excitement and there was enough for all that night.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 28th 1923.


The summer seems to have come to an end, but all hope for warm weather yet.


This was a busy section last week, as there were no less than four threshing outfits operating within a short distance.


Many people from this vicinity are attending the Toronto Exhibition this week, and others hope to go next week.


The Guelph and Puslinch Horticultural Society hopes to have a good crowd at its exhibit this week.  The frost of last week has done some damage to tomato and cucumber vines.


Miss P. Pinkney, of Toronto, spent a weekend with her sister, Mrs. Meek.


Miss Law, of Hamilton, and Mrs. Blessinger, of Burlington, visited their sister, Mrs. Mollison.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, spent a few days at the old home.


We have had an abundance of rain lately, which was very welcome.


This is the last week of vacation and country pupils have had a very busy summer on the farm.  Miss Scollard returns to No. 3 School, Miss Reynolds to the Brock Road School, and Mr. Ewart, to No. 12.


Messrs. D. Parker and James Barclay have won distinction with their field crops again, and are being congratulated on their excellent farming, which represents close attention to business.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

September 13th 1923.


The small boy was very much interested in the flight of the butterflies a few days ago.  Beautiful monarch butterflies passed over this part of the country, by hundreds.  The questions now are where they came from and where are they going.


 Miss Edith Wallace, of Egremont, visited relatives in Puslinch over the weekend.


Several corn roasts are scheduled for this week.  Open air events are always most enjoyable.


Miss Beatrice Lester has accepted a school in Lucan, near London.


Several threshing outfits are again in the neighbourhood, and farm life means hustling from daylight until dark.


The Puslinch School Fair, on the 28th of this month, is to be an attraction worth attending.  The parades and drills, the displays of vegetables and flowers, and all the work done by the children will be very interesting.  Stock judging by the boys and girls will be a feature.


The best of good wishes are extended to Mr. and Mrs. William Maltby, who were married last week.  The young couple will reside in the Clark home.


Reverend Mr. James preached an eloquent sermon on Sunday, on missionary work.  The church in Japan is in need of help, and a good response is hoped for.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

October 30th 1923.


Such beautiful October weather is all that could be desired.  Turnips will all be safe this week, and threshings are in progress.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanlon are happy in the gift of a son last week.


Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams have been visiting in London recently.


A contractor has taken the job of levelling a sharp hill near the town line between Guelph and Puslinch Townships, and a detour is necessary for car drivers, but when the work is done, a very dangerous spot will be made safe for travellers.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Noble have the sympathy from many friends in the vicinity in the death of their dear little daughter, after a short illness.


There have been many happy gatherings lately, the very moonlight being an inducement to wander forth in search of enjoyment.


On Friday evening, the Puslinch branch of Women’s Institutes will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of organization.  Some of us remember the address given by the late, lamented Mrs. Hoodless, of Hamilton, at the O.A.C., years ago, recommending institutes for farmers’ wives as a diversion from the monotony of the daily round of common tasks.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 30th 1926.


Spring is considerably later this year than last, yet we can see it coming.  Wood bees and farm sales are very numerous and keep the farmers busy.  Syrup making is a time of hard labour, even though the idea of sap running is quite exciting.


The roads are very bad in places, being unfit for cars.


A number from this vicinity attended the clearing sale of Mr. D. M. McFarlane on Friday last.  Mr. McFarlane was well known in the township and his leaving is regretted, but it is hoped that life in the city may be long enjoyed by the family.


Miss Currie, of Ospringe, spent a few days with friends in Guelph and Puslinch.


Teachers and pupils will be glad of a change for the next week, even though there may not be much rest enjoyed.


The many friends of Mrs. Phalen Senior hope that she may soon regain her usual health.


Egg grading is quite an interesting topic, but all agree that it is a great benefit to the consumer, and eventually to the producer, when properly conducted.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 1st 1926.


An interesting meeting was held in Downey’s School last Thursday night, in the interests of the Honourable Lincoln Goldie.  A political meeting is always interesting when someone in the audience is well enough versed in politics to be able to ask intelligent questions.  It makes it easier for the speakers also, as it is a wearisome task going over the same thing night after night, and not one can be turned from the right way, as he sees it.


Winter Fair week and threshings are again going on, and farmers do not seem to be able to spend more than half a day at the fair.  Of course, the evening attractions are quite interesting.


Miss Bessie Pinkney, of Toronto, visited her sister, Mrs. Meek, last week.  Mr. and Mrs. Meek spent a few days in Newmarket and Toronto, recently.


Miss Sunley, of Grimsby, visited her sister, Mrs. George Loty, last week.


In all probability, our Township Council will be elected by acclamation this year, as the work that they are doing seems to be quite satisfactory to the ratepayers.


Four threshing outfits are in the neighbourhood this week.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 23rd 1926.


Gratefully wishing the editor and staff a very Merry Christmas.


The recent snow has made excellent sleighing, consequently a merry jingling of bells.


Miss Dorothy Lester and Miss Frances Lynch are to be congratulated on winning honours in Senior Commercial work.


Teachers and pupils are now perfectly happy for a few days.


Miss Carbin gave an excellent concert and Christmas tree for the pupils, on Wednesday afternoon.  Parents and friends present enjoyed every minute of the time.  At the close, refreshments were served and a social time spent.  Miss Carbin deserves a happy holiday, for she has been a conscientious worker during the term.


A hunter for rabbits, which are very numerous and bold in this vicinity, was amazed to see a meadowlark running along the snow in a field where there had been some long grass.  It disappeared into a hole in the snow and presently the mate appeared and followed the first one, it is supposed, into the nest under the snow.  Could it be possible?


There has been wonderful moonlight, even if the “blue moon” was only a fake.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

February 17th 1927.


According to the bushmen, this has been the finest winter for their work for many years.  A majority of the farmers have enough wood ready now for the annual sawing bee.


Although the back concessions are still very icy, motor cars are able to travel over them.


Mr. and Mrs. Burns, of Eramosa, spent Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams.


Mr. Samuel Pinder spent a couple of days with his brother, Mr. W. Pinder.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black, of Arkell, were welcome visitors in this vicinity on Thursday of last week.


Several residents in this section have had severe attacks of influenza, but are slowly recovering.


Mrs. Frank Mollison is spending this week with relatives in Hamilton and Burlington.


Mr. and Mrs. Meek attended the funeral of Mrs. Meek’s uncle, the late Lachlan Currie, in Erin, on Tuesday.


A couple of sleigh loads of young people from Arkell enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. William Pinder, on Thursday of last week.


Wednesday’s sleet and snow storm has changed the aspect of things in the country considerably, necessitating a change of work.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 24th 1927.


As a result of the weekend storm, the concessions are deep with mud.


Miss Carbin, the popular teacher of Downey’s School, and her pupils were “at home” on Thursday afternoon to parents and friends.  The school was appropriately decorated for the occasion, in honour of St. Patrick’s Day.  A good program was provided, after which, refreshments were served, and a social hour enjoyed.  The deplorable state of the roads interfered to some extent with the attendance.


Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Meek celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage on Saturday.  Family and friends could not all be present owing to the bad roads, but a beautiful silver tea service was sent as a gift, expressive of the high esteem entertained for Mr. and Mrs. Meek.  All of the neighbours hope that the happy couple may be spared to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.  Mr. and Mrs. Meek are splendid neighbours and very highly respected.


Farmers’ sales are now about over for this season.


The Puslinch Township Horticultural Society hopes to obtain many new members this spring.  Mrs. Harding is director for this vicinity.


The Misses Pam and Bessie Pinkney, of Toronto, were weekend visitors with their sister, Mrs. Meek.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 16th 1927.


The Howitt Memorial Church and the adjoining cemetery for some time have been looking not any too well cared for, which was a source of grief to many who had a warm spot in their hearts, for old time’s sake, for the church of their youth.  Consequently, the spirit moved Mr. Frank Maddock to collect funds for the purpose of restoration, and he has been most successful in the work.  Interested parties from Owen Sound to…






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 7th 1927.


It was a great privilege to attend the unveiling of the war memorial on Sunday.


For a few days last week, the heat was intense, just what was needed.


Master Teddy Doyle, of Detroit, is spending his vacation with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. McGill.


The circus last week proved a great attraction for the boys and girls, and indeed, grown-ups never lose their interest, and make their children’s desires their excuse for attending themselves.


Several Puslinch teachers have resigned, which is to be regretted, for it is not wise to have a change too often, as it takes some time for pupils to adapt themselves to the ways of a new teacher.  Miss Carbin, of School Section No. 3, proved a most energetic worker, and all regret her resignation.  Miss Bunyan, of S.S. No. 2, Brock Road, has done good work for several years and her departure will also be regretted by many in that section.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of London, spent the holiday with home friends.






On Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 28th 1927.


The Centennial Mercury is really a marvel of information, especially to the older inhabitants, of which there are several.  They thoroughly enjoyed every item of the excellent publication.


Master Charles Fox, of Toronto, is spending his vacation with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Miss Parker.


Mrs. McComb and daughter, Audrey, of Calgary, and Mrs. Leo Doyle, of Detroit, have arrived for Centennial week, and to visit their parents, Mr. and Mrs. McGill.  Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan, of Nichol, were also visitors with Mr. and Mrs. McGill, this week.


The down-pour of rain last Friday and Saturday left fields soaked and weeds springing up in profusion.  Haying harvest was, of course, limited considerably.


Mr. and Mrs. Suter, of Chatham, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams was a delegate to the Masons’ Convention last week in Guelph.


Miss Alice Metcalf, R.N., is holidaying at home here.  Miss Jennie Darby, of Guelph, is also visiting at Mr. Metcalf’s for a few weeks.


Neighbours are very much pleased to learn that Mrs. John Ehrhardt is improving in Galt Hospital and hope that she may soon be able to return home.


Workmen are busily engaged in repairing Howitt Memorial Church.  No service has been held owing to repairs, for some weeks, but it is hoped that the re-opening may be a happy occasion.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 11th 1928.


Neighbours and friends of Mr. O’Connor will regret to learn that he has sold his farm to Mr. W. McConnell and has retired to the city.  Mr. and Mrs. O’Connor made many friends since coming to the country, who regret their leaving.  They proved themselves the best of neighbours and will be very much missed.  When he started, Mr. O’Connor knew little of farming, but by applying himself to learn the best methods of agriculture, he very soon had his farm in good condition.  He excelled in dairying, which was his hobby.


Mr. Chester Meek is at present in Nichol Township, visiting relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Pinkney.


Easter Sunday’s wild blizzard was such a disappointment to country people, who had hoped to attend church and perhaps display their Easter finery.  Good Friday was summer like, with flies, mosquitoes, and frogs reminding one of spring.


Mrs. G. Robertson, of Eramosa, spent a couple of days last week with her sister, Mrs. Albert McWilliams.


Mr. Robert Borthwick’s many friends are pleased to see him up and around again.


Miss Helen Ehrhardt is progressing favourably after her recent serious illness.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 26th 1928.


A number of sympathizing friends attended the funeral of the late Miss Cassin on Monday morning.  Miss Cassin was a most highly respected lady and at one time lived in Puslinch, where she made many friends.


General regret is felt at the sudden passing of the late Mr. James McDonald, who was very highly esteemed in this township.


The Assessor, Mr. Duncan McLean, has about completed his work in this vicinity.


The roads are still very bad in places.


Owing to the severe illness of his brother, Mr. Black was called home on Tuesday morning.  Mrs. Green, of Guelph, is substituting for him at present.


The unfavourable weather has retarded the progress of spring work.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 1st 1928.


A number of progressive farmers of the future, who are being coached by Mr. William Smith, visited the farms of Messrs. Laird, Slater, and Crane and judged sheep and hogs, on Saturday.  The boys are an energetic lot and more will probably be heard of them.


Mrs. Barclay and Miss Jessie spent the weekend with friends in Clinton and Goderich.


Mrs. Fred Crawley, who has been seriously ill, is now progressing favourably.  Her host of friends hope that she may soon be quite well again.


Mrs. Gopsill, of Fergus, is visiting her daughter in Puslinch.


Mrs. Ambler and daughter, of Toronto, are visiting Mrs. Albert McWilliams this week.


Mrs. Leo Doyle, of Detroit, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. McGill, returned home on Tuesday.  Mr. and Mrs. McGill’s friends are very pleased to know that they are much improved in health and able to be around again.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 7th 1928.


Warm weather would be welcome.  Many cattle are still in the stables, as the pasture is not ready, owing to the very cool weather.


A number from this vicinity attended the funeral of the late Mr. Bolger, on Tuesday morning.  He was known to the older residents as a highly respected gentleman, honourable in all his dealings, and a good neighbour.


Many friends extend deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Salt, whose funeral on Wednesday was largely attended.  The late Mrs. Salt was most highly respected as a loving mother and excellent neighbour.


Mr. Frank Mollison left on Saturday to visit his native home in England.  The trip will be a most enjoyable one, and most deserved, after years of hard, faithful work in Ontario.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

May 4th 1929.


A number of friends and neighbours assembled recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark and presented Mr. George Metcalfe and Mr. Stanley Metcalfe with handsome watches, as a token of the high esteem in which they are held by the community.


About one hundred and fifty, from the vicinity of Aberfoyle, surprised Mr. and Mrs. Moses Byrne, on Monday evening, and presented them with handsome chesterfield chairs.  Councillor Haines read an address, expressing regret that Mr. and Mrs. Byrne were leaving their old home.  Mr. Byrne has purchased the Metcalfe farm.


Under the prevailing weather conditions, farmers are not able to accomplish very much along the seeding line.


Friends of Mr. William Jackson, Brock Road, will regret to hear of his serious illness.


Mr. E. Currie, of Ospringe, was a recent visitor in Guelph and Puslinch.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 14th 1929.


Many interested people attended the memorial, on Sunday at Aberfoyle, and enjoyed the service very much.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred McWilliams, of Rockwood, accompanied by Mrs. F. W. Anstee and Mrs. Alex McWilliams, of Denton, Maryland, called on relations in Puslinch, last week.


Seeding is almost completed.


The King’s birthday was observed by closing the school for the day, in this section.


Several pupils are preparing to try the entrance examinations this month.


Mr. Albert McWilliams attended the funeral of his cousin, the late Mr. Alexander McMillan, who died in St. Catharines, on Sunday, after a week’s illness.  Interment took place in Hillsburg Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.


Mr. and Mrs. W. McWilliams visited in Hillsburg on Tuesday evening.


Wednesday’s gentle rain was exactly what farmers wished for to help crops that are now looking very promising.


Mr. Joseph Brickle’s fine steel barn is making rapid progress towards completion.


Mr. and Mrs. Barclay and Miss Jessie spent the weekend in Woodstock with friends.


It is deeply regretted that Mrs. Cunningham is still very ill, slightest hopes being held out for her recovery.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

July 10th 1929.


Miss Green, having resigned as teacher in School Section No. 3, Downey’s, Miss Smith, of Nichol, has accepted the position.  She is a daughter of Mr. Frank Smith, well known to many friends in Puslinch.


Dr. Cunnington’s son, of Philadelphia, has been a guest with his father for a couple of weeks.


Mrs. Frank Mollison, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Beatrice, left on Saturday for an extended trip to the West, to visit relatives.


Miss Alice Mollison, R.N., has gone to Montreal to attend the Nurses’ Convention in that city.


All of the neighbours attended the barn raising on the farm of Mr. Frank Crane, on Wednesday last.


The recent heavy rains were very welcome.  Haying is general in the township and seems to be a good crop.


Master Teddy Doyle, of Detroit, is paying his annual visit to relatives in Guelph and Puslinch.


Mr. Chester Somers, of Toronto, visited friends in Puslinch, on Friday.


Mr. W. Eggert had the stone crusher on the 7th Concession and that road is vastly improved in consequence.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 25th 1929.


Miss Audrey Armitage, of Hamilton, who has been visiting her cousin, Miss Laurene Jackson, has returned home.


Mrs. Robert Sheppard and Mrs. Henry Sheppard, with her son, Mr. Richard Sheppard, of Boston, spent two weeks with Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Jackson.


Mr. and Mrs. Soutar, of Chatham, spent a couple of days with Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams, last week.


Mr. and Mrs. William Sunter, of Edmonton, accompanied by Mrs. C. McMillan, Miss Lillian and Master Stanley McMillan, of Eramosa, spent Wednesday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams.


Farmers were too busy with haying to attend the circus in large numbers, but some young people enjoyed the evening performance very much.


Reverend Canon Davis and Mrs. Davis called on a number of parishioners in this vicinity on Tuesday afternoon.


The Misses Crane and Mr. Frank Crane were at home to the whole neighbourhood on Tuesday evening and a most delightful time was spent till long past the midnight hour, when the numbers of friends wended their homeward way, tired but happy.


Rain seems to be very much needed; roots are suffering for lack of moisture.


Raspberries promise to be abundant should rain come.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 4th 1929.


Dr. C. J. Laird and Mrs. Laird, of Southampton, visited friends in Puslinch, on Thursday last.


Mrs. Henry Emerson, of Moira, returned home on Saturday after spending a week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams.


Reverend Canon Davis held a cottage service at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. McWilliams, on Thursday evening.  About thirty-five were present and enjoyed the eloquent address given by the Canon.


Miss Armstrong, of Toronto, is visiting her brother, Mr. Robert Armstrong.


Mrs. Ball and son, of Windsor, are visiting Mrs. Ball’s sister, Mrs. William Pinder and family.


Mr. Victor Meek, who is working for the Telephone Company, in Toronto, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Meek.


Miss Lois Black, of Rockhill, South Carolina, spent a couple of days with her sister, Mrs. A. McWilliams.


Harvest is rapidly approaching a finish, owing to ideal weather conditions.


Mr. and Mrs. John Coultes, of Belgrave, visited Messrs. R. and H. Laird, on Monday.


Mr. and Mrs. Warren, of Glen Williams, accompanied by their daughter, Myrtle, spent the weekend with Mrs. Warren’s sister, Mrs. Henry Cooper and family.


Miss Myrtle Cooper returned to Guelph after spending a two-week holiday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper.


Master Charles Fox, of Toronto, visited his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Miss Parker, last week.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 31st 1929.


Mrs. Thomas Doyle and Master Albert Doyle are attending the C.N.E. in Toronto, this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Lennie, of Syracuse, New York, visited the old Lennie home, now owned by Mr. Loty, and called on Puslinch friends on Thursday of last week.


Mrs. Frank Mollison and Miss Beatrice have returned from the West and they enjoyed their trip very much indeed.


Threshers are very busy.  Fall wheat sowing will be about completed this week, though rain is needed.


Flower lovers are visiting the Horticultural Exhibition in Guelph this week.


Masters Hugh and Douglas Robertson, of Erin, spent a short vacation with their aunt, Mrs. Albert McWilliams.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

September 19th 1929.


Old friends and schoolmates were very pleased to meet Mr. Thomas Moran, of Nelson, British Columbia, who has been visiting friends in Puslinch.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams and Mrs. W. McWilliams, with Miss E. McWilliams, of Guelph, motored to Moira, near Belleville, and spent a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Emerson.  There were evidences of even drier weather in that part of the country.  Fall wheat sowing has been long delayed owing to the exceedingly dry weather.  Some are venturing this week, hoping for good showers.  Roots and corn are suffering.


Mr. Harry Hanlon’s Service Station was broken into and robbed of oil and gas.  It is hoped that the police may find some trace of the guilty persons.


School re-opened at No. 3 School, Downey’s, with Miss Smith as teacher, with a good attendance.


Miss Eunice Meek is attending the Guelph Collegiate.


Miss Beatrice Mollison has returned to Long Branch to resume her duties.


A number from this section attended the corn roast in School Section No. 6, alst week, and report a good time.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

May 20th 1930.


Blossom time is again here and the country is looking very beautiful.


Howitt Memorial Chapel was re-opened for services on Sunday.  Reverend Mr. Bradley and Reverend Mr. Hamilton officiated.


Mr. and Mrs. Fasken, of Nichol, and daughters, visited the Messrs. Richard and Herbert Laird, this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Spence, of Palmerston, visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mollison, last week.


Baseball practice is going on vigorously in preparation for Empire Day.


The local Junior Farmers expect to enjoy a picnic at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pinder in the near future.


Mrs. Black, of Eramosa, and Mr. Hugh Black were recent visitors with Mrs. Albert McWilliams.


Mr. Sam Slater has been appointed to take the census in this district.


Saturday’s rain was very welcome, as the fields were quite dry again.  Potato planting will start during the holidays, when schoolboys will be able to help.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

June 25th 1930.


This community was grieved to learn of the death of Mr. Samuel Smith, prominent resident of the Township of Puslinch for many years.  Mr. Smith had been ill for some months.  He was an excellent farmer and a kind neighbour, willing to help anyone in trouble.  Mrs. Smith and their family have the sincere sympathy of a host of friends in their sorrow.  The funeral on Saturday was very largely attended.


Mr. and Mrs. Meek and family attended the Meek reunion on Saturday June 14th, at Orangeville.  Over one hundred were present, and a pleasant and profitable time was spent.


Quite a large class is trying entrance examinations this week.  Miss Smith has been very busy, as she has a larger attendance than most rural schools of today.


Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McWilliams and family, of Toronto, were recent visitors with Puslinch friends.


Mr. Samuel Slater is very busy remodelling his house and will have an up-to-date farm home with all the modern conveniences.


Farmers are very thankful for the rain which arrived just in time last week to revive the thirsty crops.  The country is now looking its very best.


Mr. and Mrs. Smale attended the farmers’ excursion to the O.A.C. on Tuesday and met many Waterloo friends.


Numerous friends attended the funeral of Mr. Alexander McPherson, of Guelph, to Crown Cemetery, on Friday last.  Mr. McPherson was a native of Puslinch and most highly esteemed by a very large circle of friends.


Mr. Robert Armstrong, whose beautiful home was burned recently, is now rebuilding upon the same foundation.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 9th 1930.


Mr. John Porter has sold his farm to Mr. Adams, of Aberfoyle.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rogers, of Iowa, accompanied by Miss Margaret McWilliams, of Guelph, were visitors with Puslinch friends, on Tuesday.


Mrs. Henry Emerson, of Moira, is visiting home friends, at present.


Mrs. John Coulters, of Belgrave, visited her brothers, Messrs. Richard and Herbert Laird, this week.


Master Charles Fox, of Toronto, is visiting Puslinch friends.


Miss Watson, of Detroit, is a visitor with Mr. and Mrs. Pinder.


Miss Margaret McWilliams, of Toronto, spent a couple of weeks with relatives here.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 9th 1931.


Easter Sunday being such a beautiful day, very many from this district were glad to be able to attend church services once more, after a siege of bad roads and high drifts of snow.


Mrs. Loty visited friends in Toronto for a few days.


Mrs. Meek is enjoying a short holiday with relatives in Toronto.


Miss Smith, teacher at Downey’s School, is spending the Easter holiday with her parents in Nichol Township.


Many of the local young people enjoyed the party held on the Waterloo Road on Monday night.  A very large crowd assembled, but as spring work is now at hand, these gatherings will have to cease for a time.


Mrs. Henry Emerson, of Moira, paid a flying visit to Puslinch friends.


Miss Alice Mollison, R.N., and Miss Beatrice Mollison are spending the holiday with their parents.


Mr. Victor Meek, of Toronto, spent Easter at his home here.






The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 3rd 1931.


Miss Smith, the teacher at Downey’s School, accompanied by her pupils and their parents, spent a most delightful afternoon at Puslinch Lake, on Monday.  There were all kinds of races and games for the young people, while their elders were glad to meet on such a happy occasion and enjoy a social time together.


The weed cutters are very busy in this district, and they say that the job is an arduous one in such sultry weather.


Miss Smith had five pupils try the entrance examination last week, Misses Laurene Jackson, Kathleen Lynch, and Miss Conroy, and Messrs. Henry Broeckel and Leo Byrne.


Miss Beatrice Mollison, of Toronto, is home for her vacation.


Many city friends are visiting in the country at the present time and the holiday was spent trying to keep cool.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 23rd 1931.


Friends here are congratulating Miss Smith upon all her pupils for entrance being successful.


Miss Jessie Barclay has been visiting friends in Corwhin.


A number from this district attended the meeting held at the home of Mrs. Frank Laidlaw, on Thursday, and report a profitable time.


In spite of the great heat, baseball has been popular with the young people of this section.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McWilliams, of Port Arthur, with their children, spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. W. McWilliams.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Emerson, of Moira, visited relatives in Puslinch.


Mr. and Mrs. Fasken visited the Misses Laird, on Monday evening.


Mr. Teddy Doyle, of Detroit, is a visitor with Puslinch friends.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 30th 1931.


From far and near, friends assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Byrne, on Monday evening, to honour their daughter, Miss Laura Byrne, R.N., on the occasion of her approaching marriage to Mr. Clarence Leslie, and to tender her a miscellaneous shower.  The young couple will reside on the groom’s farm on the 7th Concession, Puslinch Township.


Mrs. Hector McCaig, of Brantford, accompanied by her two daughters, Marjorie and Dorothy, and Miss Margaret Stewart, of Morriston, visited relatives here, on Saturday.


An imposing derrick has been erected on the Neubauer farm and all their neighbours hope for the success of the oil or gas project.


Mr. Clarence Lester, who had his barn burned by lightening, is erecting a fine steel barn.


Mr. and Mrs. Soutar, of Chatham, visited Mr. and Mrs. A. McWilliams, on Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. William Pinder have a number of relatives from the United States holidaying with them at present.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 15th 1931.


The neighbours are congratulating Mr. James Barclay on winning first prize in the standing grain competition.


Harvest is about finished and the threshers are very busy.  There are several outfits in this vicinity.


Good progress is being made with the construction of Mr. Clarence Lester’s barn.


Mrs. Fox, of Toronto, accompanied by her sons, Messrs. Darcy, of Ottawa, and Charles, of Toronto, spent a few days with Mr. and Miss Parker.


Mr. and Mrs. William Black, of the Peace River district, visited Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams, on Saturday.


A very interesting game of baseball was played by the young people, on Mr. Pinder’s farm, on Wednesday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. James Howie and son, of Arkell, Mrs. Bard, of Guelph, and Mrs. Scarrow Senior were visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, recently.


Miss E. Cooper and Mr. Leonard Billings, of Guelph, spent a week’s vacation at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper.


There is a great scarcity of water in this neighbourhood.  Wells that have never failed before have gone dry.






The News on Rural Route No. 6

November 24th 1931.


Considerable interest was taken in the election last Wednesday, even though no meetings were held by the candidates in this section during the campaign.  Those who voted in Downey’s School were pleased to see appropriate decorations for the occasion.  The teacher, Miss Smith, was responsible for the beauty of the school and surroundings.


The wonderful spring-like weather is a good saving on fuel.  Dandelions and marigolds are still blooming.


Dr. McNab, the new inspector for schools, made his first call here recently.


Mr. Victor Meek, of Toronto, spent the weekend at his home here.


Progressive farmers hope to spend a day at the Royal Winter Fair this week.


A number of the local youyng people enjoyed the play, “The Wild Irish Rose”, given at No. 6 School, last week.


Word has been received of the death, in Toronto, of Mrs. Eliza Kinsella Bolger, who was well known to many in this section.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

June 16th 1932.


The country, at  present, is looking beautiful.  A small shower on Tuesday morning made quite a change and was very welcome.


Many friends from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mr. Thomas Phalen, last week.  The bereaved widow has sincere sympathy in her great loss.


Hosts of friends are deeply grieved to learn of the severe illness of Mrs. Gopsill, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Crawley.


Trucks are very busy repairing roads on the back concessions, some of which were in bad condition.


Numbers from the country enjoyed the parade and other attractions during “Guelph Days”.


The young people are very busy these long evenings, practising baseball.


Crops are looking remarkably well, especially the hay crop, which promises a heavy yield.


Turnip sowing is now on, and the farmer may enjoy a breathing spell before the weeds have to be overcome.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 6th 1932.


Haying is progressing quite favourably here, and the men with the hoes are kept very busy after weeds.


Men have been engaged in cutting grass and weeds on the roadside here.


Mrs. A. Black, of Flint, Michigan, has been visiting friends in Puslinch.  Mrs. Robert Marshall is also a welcome visitor.


Mrs. Horton Merriam, of Fullerton, California, accompanied by her sons, Billy and Albert, are spending their vacation with Puslinch friends.


Mr. Ashley, who has been the mail carrier on this route for some years, has retired, and Mr. Kane has received the appointment. Mr. Ashley has been very faithful and through all kinds of weather managed to deliver the mail.


Teddy Doyle, from Detroit, is spending his vacation with Puslinch friends.  Mrs. James Doyle, of Detroit, has been a visitor with her daughter, Mrs. John Clair.


Miss Smith, the popular teacher in Downey’s School, entertained the pupils and friends at a jolly picnic on the last day of school.


Victor Meek was a visitor with home friends over the holiday.


Miss Beatrice Mollison is spending her vacation with home friends.


Miss Dorothy Lester was successful in her exams at MacDonald Hall, Guelph.






The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 18th 1932.


Miss Smith is to be congratulated on the success of her pupils in the recent entrance examinations.  Her whole class passed with high marks.


An interesting game of baseball, played by the Downey School team and the Brock Road boys, attracted a large crowd of spectators.  The game was played in Mr. Pinder’s field, the Downey team being the winners.


Mrs. La Tour, who has been with her daughter, Mrs. W. Pinder, for some months, left last week for Detroit.


The wet weather has hindered haying considerably.


The fall wheat, which is looking excellent, is ready for cutting.


Strawberry picking is finished and raspberries promise well.


Miss Jean Robertson, of Erin, is a visitor with her aunt, Mrs. A. McWilliams.


Miss Bellaur, of Detroit, is spending her vacation with her friend, Miss Pinder.


Mrs. Hector McCaig, of Echo Place, accompanied by her daughters, Marjorie and Dorothy, and Miss Margaret Stewart, of Morriston, spent Friday with friends in this section.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

July 30th 1932.


The weather has been quite unfavourable for haying, and the wheat and barley are cut and waiting for dry weather.


Mrs. H. C. Merriam and sons, of Fullerton, California, who have been visiting for the past month at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. McWilliams, left for home, by motor, on Tuesday morning.


Mr. and Mrs. King, of Detroit, were recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Slater.


Miss P. Pinkney and Mrs. Black, of Toronto, spent the weekend with their sister, Mrs. Samuel Meek.


Threshers are preparing for a busy season.


Miss Smith, teacher in Downey’s School, is spending her vacation at Stanley Park, Erin, and a number of girl friends from this vicinity are enjoying a visit with her.


Professor and Mrs. Robertson and sons, of London, spent a few days with Mrs. Albert McWilliams.


A large number attended the Women’s Missionary Society meeting at the hospitable home of Mrs. James Barclay, where a profitable time was enjoyed.


Mrs. Henry Emerson, of Moira, is spending a short vacation with relatives in Puslinch.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

November 2nd 1932.


The snow, rain, and cold weather are not welcome in the country at present.


Mr. Victor Meek, of Toronto, spent the weekend with his parents.


Many friends regret the illness of Mrs. LaTour at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. Pinder.  It is hoped that she may soon be restored to her usual cheerful self.


Among those from this section who attended the presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Robertson, on Friday evening were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Doyle, Mr. and Mrs. M. P. (Michael Patrick) Lynch, Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams, and Mr. Frank Byrne.  Mr. Robertson is Secretary of the Puslinch Plowmen’s Association and lately decided to join the band of benedicts, and a host of friends wish Mrs. Robertson and him, many happy years.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

December 2nd 1932.


Turnips are being shipped in large quantities from this neighbourhood.  Some are of excellent quality.


Miss Smith, the teacher in Downey’s School, is preparing for the usual excellent Christmas concert.


During the summer and fall months, service has been held regularly in the Howitt Memorial Church, with a good attendance.  During the winter, Sunday School will be held at the homes of the members.  Last Sunday, the service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark, with about thirty in attendance, when a most profitable and interesting time was spent in study.


The township election promises to be very interesting this year, as the ratepayers are waking up to the fact that taxes must be reduced.


Mrs. M. Byrne spent Friday with her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Lester, and granddaughter, Miss Mary Frances Lester.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams visited Galt friends on Friday.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 9th 1932.


Neighbours gathered at the home of Mr. Richard Hewitt on Tuesday night to tender their congratulations on his recent marriage and to welcome Mrs. Hewitt to her new home.  Mr. Thomas Doyle was chairman and Mr. Loty read the address that accompanied the many gifts.  Mr. Hewitt thanked the donors on behalf of himself and his bride.  The rest of the evening was spent in a social way.


Mr. William Slater attended the Junior Farmers Convention in Toronto, as a delegate, and had an interesting and profitable time.


Some belated ploughing was done this week.


Progressive farmers from this section are attending the Winter Fair this week, and enjoying the holiday.


The side roads are in a deplorable condition, owing to so much rain.  The mail carrier, Mr. Cahoe, has a difficult time in making his rounds.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

December 23rd 1932.


The Downey School concert on Wednesday evening was a great success.  Miss Smith, the popular teacher, and her helpers worked hard to give enjoyment to parents and pupils.  The play, “A Ride in an Airplane”, afforded much amusement.  The eight actors in the play took their parts perfectly.  Altogether, the program was one long to be remembered, and Mr. Doyle proved an efficient chairman.


At the conclusion of the concert, Santa Claus arrived, and very soon the beautiful Christmas tree was stripped of its many gifts, and a band of happy children wended their homeward way, having enjoyed a wonderful evening.


Nominations will be held on Monday in Aberfoyle.






The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

December 31st 1932.


Many from this vicinity attended the midnight service on Christmas Eve, and the church services on Christmas Day.


Interested ratepayers attended the nominations at Aberfoyle on Monday.  Mr. George McGill is a candidate for councillor form this part of the township.


The school meeting on Wednesday was well attended.  As Mr. David Parker’s term had expired, Mr. Will Loty was elected as trustee in his place.


Mr. Frank Mollison, having resigned due to ill health, Mr. Thomas Doyle takes his place as trustee.


A large number in this vicinity are suffering from influenza.


The roads on the back concessions have been in a deplorable state, making it difficult for our mail carrier to make his rounds.


Miss Jean Robertson, of Ospringe, is visiting friends in Puslinch and Guelph.


Miss Beatrice Mollison is spending the vacation at her home.


Mr. Victor Meek is also at home.






On Rural Route No. 6

January 14th 1933.


Mr. Neil Black is being congratulated on his success in the recent township election, as is Mr. George McGill, who headed the poll for councillors, though he made no canvass for votes.  His standing is evidence of his popularity in the township.


The “flu” is still a most unwelcome visitor in many homes in this vicinity.


Teachers and pupils are again at work for another term.


Mr. and Mrs. Black, of Toronto, were recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Meek.


Mr. Ambler, of Toronto, and Mrs. Black, of Eramosa, visited Mr. and Mrs. A. McWilliams.


Mr. William Slater is President of the Sprucedale U.F.O.  A successful year is assured.


Skating is a very popular pastime on these beautiful moonlight nights.


Mr. and Mrs. Wingfield visited Mrs. Reeve on Wednesday.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

January 21st 1933.


It was with deep regret that friends and neighbours heard of the death of Mr. Austin Phelan, who was a most highly esteemed young man.  Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved wife and children by a host of friends.  The funeral on Tuesday morning was very largely attended.


Mrs. George McGill enjoyed a very pleasant holiday with relatives in Cleveland, Ohio.


The heavy rain on Wednesday night was welcome, as cisterns were getting very low.


The Sunday School services are being well attended and are very interesting.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

February 4th 1932.


Wood bees are very numerous just now.  The little bit of snow last week helped considerably in getting wood out.


Miss Marjorie Fox, of Toronto, was a weekend visitor with relatives in Guelph and Puslinch.


Mrs. A. D. Robertson, of London, visited her sister, Mrs. Albert McWilliams, this week.


Mr. Victor Meek was a weekend visitor with his parents.


Bachelor parties are very popular these moonlit nights and are reported as “heaps of fun”.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

February 13th 1933.


Owing to the severe cold snap, the pie social and Mr. Card’s lecture had to be postponed until Monday night, when the event was well attended.  Mr. Card delighted all with his talk and views of Mexico.  The pies, which were varied and numerous, were delicious.  A nice sum was realized for the Community Club.


Mrs. Pinder has her sister from Ohio with her.  She spent a few days with Mrs. Leslie Young, last week.


The sleighing is very good and a great help to wood cutters.


Excellent turnips are being shipped from this section.  The price seems to have an upward trend.


Miss Jean and Master Allan Mollison, of Guelph Township, were visitors with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mollison, recently.


Mr. Cecil Metcalf, of Guelph, was a recent visitor with Mr. Laird.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

February 27th 1933.


The funeral of the late Mrs. Richardson, of the Waterloo Road, on Wednesday, was largely attended.  Interment was in Howitt Memorial Cemetery.


The Junior Farmers had a profitable meeting in the Brock Road School, on Wednesday night. 


About eighty young people enjoyed the gathering in Downey’s School on Friday night.


Mrs. Samuel Brown, of Moose Jaw, who is at present visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, of Guelph Township, spent Wednesday with Puslinch friends.


Messrs. Doyle, Byrne, Walker, and Hanlon were jurors at the inquest, held at the Lake on Thursday, following the accident in which Mr. Russell lost his life.


The mud on the back concessions is very deep, consequently cars have rough going.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

March 23rd 1933.


On Wednesday night last, about seventy-five persons assembled at the Brock Road School and enjoyed a social time over a good game of cards.  The refreshments were all that could be desired and everyone enjoyed the occasion.


There is considerable sickness in the neighbourhood.


Farmers are busy wood cutting, getting in a stock for next winter.


A number of local young people have been busy practising a play entitled “Deacon Hobbs”, which promises to be something worthwhile.


Scores of men took the day off on Friday and attended Mr. Hanlon’s sale.  Fair prices were realized.


Miss Hanlon and her sister, Miss Mary, expect to visit friends in Vancouver, shortly.


Monday’s ice storm made travelling very dangerous.  Very few country people ventured out on Sunday, owing to the bad condition of the roads.


Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay and Miss Jessie attended the thirty-fifth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black, at Arkell, on Friday.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

April 28th 1933.


Friends in this vicinity were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mr. John McPherson, on Monday.  The bereaved parents have sincere sympathy in their grief.


Reverend Mr. Wase, of St. James Church, visited a number of his parishioners in this section lately.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Broeckel are being congratulated on their recent marriage.  A host of friends wishes them a long life of happiness.


Teachers and pupils are back to work for another long term of study.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

July 8th 1933.


Mr. and Mrs Leonard Nigro are receiving congratulations from many friends and neighbours on their recent marriage.


Miss Beatrice Mollison, teacher, is enjoying the vacation with her parents.


Miss Phalen, teacher in Guelph, is spending the vacation at her home here.


Miss Smith has quite a large class trying the entrance examination this week.


Haying is about finished around here and is a satisfactory yield.  The wheat is almost ready for cutting.


Mrs. LaTour is spending some time with Windsor friends.


Mater James Robertson, of London, visited Puslinch friends this week.


At present, around here, roadside weed-cutting is being attended to.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 10th 1933.


The farmers are thankful for the fine rain that fell on Monday night.  Corn and roots are looking better.  With no less than six threshing outfits in the neighbourhood, harvest will soon be completed.


Mrs. Emerson and her little daughter have returned to Moira.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred McWilliams, of Rockwood, called on friends in this vicinity on Monday evening.


Mr. James Ewing and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Ewing, of Wiarton, were recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert McWilliams attended the Black family reunion at Riverside Park on Monday.


Mr. and Mrs. Will Black, who motored from the West and took in the World’s Fair in Chicago, called on friends here last week.






The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

August 25th 1933.


The hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. William Pinder was thrown open to a large number of young people on Monday night, who enjoyed a delicious corn roast and a happy time generally.  Thanks were extended to the hostess and host, Miss Ella Pinder and Mr. Stanley Pinder for the pleasant evening provided for the Junior Farmers and their friends.


Tuesday evening’s rain was very welcome.  The country is beginning to look more cheerful.


Mr. and Mrs. Wingfield attended the Fyfe-McIntosh reunion and thoroughly enjoyed meeting many old friends and new ones also.


Fall ploughing is in progress.


Mrs. Hanlon was a recent visitor in Toronto.






The Rural Route No. 6 News

January 27th 1934.


A large number of young people assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Armstrong, Brock Road, to bid farewell to Miss Annie Armstrong, who is leaving shortly to take a training course in the General Hospital, Guelph.  This popular young lady will be greatly missed as she was always active in community work.  Suitable gifts were presented, that she might not forget her Puslinch friends, who wish her the best of luck in her training.


Farmers were sorry to see the snow go so quickly, as the sleighing was welcome.


A successful social time was spent at the Brock Road School on Tuesday evening, where residents of the township met to enjoy a few social hours together.





The News on Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 10th 1934.


The recent rain was welcome to the farmers who were sadly in need of water for their livestock.


Mr. and Mrs. George Wingfield have decided to retire from farming.  They have been good neighbours.  Their many friends regret that they are about to leave and all wish them a happy life in the city.  Mr. Wingfield, who has been ill, is able to be around again.


Owing to the extremely cold weather, Sunday School service has not been held for some weeks in the Memorial Church.


Sympathizing friends from this section attended the funeral of the late Mr. John McKay, of Aberfoyle, on Tuesday.  The bereaved ones have the sincere sympathy of many friends, for Mr. McKay was a highly esteemed young man and will be sorely missed.


Mr. William Slater’s many friends are pleased to know that he was able to return home on Tuesday, quite recovered from his injuries.


Mr. S. Slater is making good progress towards recovery and all hope that he will soon be able to return home.


Wood-sawing bees are popular, at present, as this winter has been hard on fuel.






The News from Rural Route No. 6, Guelph.

March 23rd 1934.


Maple syrup season has opened, but there is not very much being made in this vicinity, as the maple trees are sadly being thinned out for fuel.


Auction sales are numerous.  Mr. Martin Clifford had one on Tuesday that was well attended.  On Thursday, Mr. Wingfield’s sale was very largely attended and fair prices were realized.


Mr. and Mrs. Fasken, of Elora, visited Mr. Herbert Laird, last week.


Dr. McNab, the Public School Inspector, visited Puslinch schools during the past week.


A severe electrical storm passed over here on Saturday, with heavy rain.






Honour Sunday School Teacher, Fred Pinder, on 80th Birthday.

February 1st 1966.


Fred Pinder, of R.R. No. 1, Hespeler, was honoured on Sunday, on the occasion of his 80th birthday in a special Sunday School session at the Howitt Memorial Church, Rural Route No. 6, Guelph, where he is the teacher of the adult Bible class.


Following the opening hymn, Mr. Pinder led in prayer.  This was followed by a trio, Pat and Linda Buckland and Arlene Harris, of Guelph, accompanied by Miss Marjorie Habermehl, of Hespeler, at the organ, with the favourite selection, “It is No Secret”.


Mr. Pinder spoke on the theme “God, Our Redeemer”, emphasizing the fact that there is a God who cares for all who trust in Him.  Mr. W. A. McIlwraith, of Guelph, a former attendant at the church, spoke of the influence for good that Mr. Pinder’s life had been for their family and expressed the family’s good wishes on his birthday.


Mrs. C. O. Heath, of Rural Route No. 6, Guelph, read an address, expressing the warm feeling of the Howitt Memorial Church people toward the guest of honour, whose life has been an example of humility and faithfulness.


“Your deep knowledge of the truths of the Bible has proven that you have spent much time in the study of its pages.  You have passed it on to us so clearly that no one can have the excuse of not knowing “The Way”.


Gifts were presented by C. O. Heath, Shirley Riddell, Laverne Gehman, and Cathy Cooper.  In his reply, Mr. Pinder said that he had taught Sunday School for 60 years, 33 of those years being in Mosboro Church, R.R. No. 2, Breslau.  His association with Howitt Memorial Church dates back to 1912, when he was asked to take a service when only nine people were present.  He has been a regular attendant and Bible class teacher at Howitt Memorial for the past 13 years.  His firm belief through the years has been that one’s reward is for faithfulness.


A beautifully decorated cake was brought in by Mrs. Ted Buckland, of Guelph, and lunch was served.  The hour closed with the singing of “Blessed Be The Tie That Binds”, and with a prayer by C. L. Habermehl, of Hespeler, who was in charge of the program.







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