The Foreword


Of Ancient Inns and Immaculate Tenants


Although the Township of Puslinch, with its centuries-old forest landscape, well bedecked with many a magnificently immense tree, proved disappointing to the first European settlers, who had rather envisioned the cheering prospect of a new land filled with bountiful farms in waiting, the uncultivated landscape had nonetheless already played the role of innkeeper to many generations of tenants, so many, that they truly could be called its native people, and exemplary tenants they were, for after countless ages, the inn showed no signs of wearying usage, but continued to generously pour forth its sustaining provender of game and vegetation.


The tenants are mentioned here, for in the remarkable history that follows, they briefly share their home, Puslinch in its “natural state”, with the first Europeans, the founders of Morriston village, then vanish, as the Puslinch forests vanished, to make way for the promised farmland.








Presented here are a few of the recollections of Simon Peter Morlock, recollections pertaining to “early days” in Morriston Village.  The complete recollections of Mr. Morlock, plus photographs of family members and their self-built homes, have been made available in book form by those prodigiously industrious persons at the Puslinch Historical Society.







Explanatory Notes


The recollections were accumulated over a large number of years, perhaps decades, and as new information was added, it often had to be “squeezed” into existing text, providing the reader with an entertainingly complex work, where people would re-locate, re-marry, and die within the author’s writing timeframe.


More than once, Mr. Morlock mentions and seems to infer that he has made use of a “first history”, written in 1874, a work that remains elusive and is not clearly identified here.






Early Morriston


Simon Peter Morlock


Morriston, as a village, began to take shape with the improvement of the Brock Road in 1848.  Yet, as early as 1844, Donald Campbell had kept a small store in a log building, James McIntosh had a tailoring business, and John McEdwards, a blacksmith shop, all situated on the Campbell property, subsequent owners of that property being Messrs. McEdward, Stahl, and presently, Currie.


In the spring of 1847, R. B. Morrison opened a store in the end of the blacksmith shop and Bernard Braun (or Brown) opened a shoemaker shop in the opposite corner.  Shortly after this, the making of the new Brock Road commenced.  In 1849, Mr. Morrison built a frame store, fronting on the east side of the Brock Road, on the Rau homestead (later became the McEdwards property and is now owned by Mrs. E. Kitchen).  Shortly thereafter, the village received its present name, being initially called the village of Elgin.  In 1861, Mr. Morrison built a large white-brick warehouse on the west side of the Brock Road, on the Kallfass (or Calfass) homestead. Subsequently, Mr. Charles Binkley bought the store, followed by Herb Walker, and presently, Mr. Lorne Philpot.






The Post Office was established in 1854.  About that time, Archibald Little opened the first hotel.  In 1856, Messrs. McLean and Clark erected a sawmill and shortly thereafter, the oatmeal and grist mills were built on the McEdward homestead, later the Charles Calfass farm, on the southeast side of the village, where the late Allan McDonald lived, now occupied by John Elliott.


The homesteads upon which Morriston is built were originally taken up by the Morlock, Calfass, and Jacobs families on the west side of the Brock Road, and on the east side of the road, by Campbell, Rau (often anglicized to Rowe), and McEdwards families.  A short synopsis of these families and a few other early settlers will be given further on.


The first school was built up near Duff’s Church, but later on, a new stone school was built on the southeast corner of the Morlock homestead, and in 1910, a new red brick school was built directly across the Brock Road by the Rappolt brothers, to meet the demands of a growing population.






At one time, the inhabitants of the village lacked the privilege of worshipping in churches, none having yet been built.  Duff’s Presbyterian Church is about one mile north of the village.  The first Presbyterian church, a log church, was built in 1835, and enlarged in 1840.  Mr. Malcolm McNaughton and Alexander Mclean built two of the corners of the first log church. 


In 1845, Reverend William Meldrum, D.D., from Scotland, became minister.  In 1853, Mr. Meldrum resigned, and was followed by Alex McLean, and later by Alexander McKay, D.D.  In 1855, a new stone church was built across the Brock Road from the old church, on the old Haist family homestead.  It was renovated in 1903, by the late John Hingleman, when Reverend Wm. Robertson, B.A., was minister, and it is the church that stands as the present place of worship.  (Subsequent ministers were Reverend Samuel Lawrence, Reverend Stuart Woods, B.A., and Reverend Peter Mathieson, B.A., M.A.)






The first administration of the Lord’s Supper of the Evangelical Church was held at the home of Grandfather Calfass (John Calfass) in 1841.  Forty-five joined the church there, and a log church was built in the heart of the village, on part of the Calfass homestead (now the premises of Mr. John Westlake ─ the building is still standing), and a new red brick church was built on the hill, again on the Calfass homestead, in 1856 and renovated in 1880, and has since been the place of worship.  Four boys who attended this church became ministers.  They were as follows: Otto Buller/Bohler, George Bernhard, John Thomas, and John C. Morlock (and now also Lewick Rotharmel).


There was also a Roman Catholic Church built in the village on the Rau (or Rawe or Rowe, the spelling may vary), later the McEdward farm, which subsequently closed and its members worshipped at the church a few miles south, at Freelton.


Previous to this, a missionary, by the name of Harlacher, came from New York to hunt up a friend in the person of Charlotte Yanz.  Charlotte had married Nicholas Beiber (Beaver), who had taken up land as early as 1832.  It was then due to this woman that the missionary preached his first sermon “in the forest”, which led to the Evangelical Church being organized here.






Mr. Bernard Brown had purchased several acres of land of the Campbell homestead and carried on a shoemaker business.  John McEdwards bought a lot from him and built a general store and dwelling on it.  He also bought and sold grain.  Later, Mr. McEdwards sold to J. T. Scott, who carried on a harness making business, and who, in turn, sold out to George Weeks, where the present Post Office now stands, a business presently carried on by John McNaughton. 


Mr. Donald McLeod, a plasterer by trade, also bought a lot from Mr. Brown about this time, constructing a dwelling, and in this way, the village grew and the population increased, till now Morriston has more than sixty houses with about two hundred population.  It has two general stores, shoe and meat shop, two blacksmith shops, implement shop, hotel, a bank, garage, and Town Hall, and the country round is picturesque and containing good soil.  To the west side of the Brock Road (now Highway 6) lies a large pond, known as the Morriston Pond, which has always been the scene of winter sports.


Grandfather John Christian Morlock and his wife, Louisa Fredericca Bohler Morlock, came to this country in about 1830 from Baiersbronn, Schwartzwald, Wurttemburg, Germany and settled on the homestead beside the Winer family.  They brought with them their children William and John Christian, born in Germany, and Matthew, born on the boat.  Ernestine, Louisa, Fredericca, Gottlieb, and Julius were born in Canada.






John Christian Morlock was born in 1793 and died in 1861, at the age of 69 years.  His wife, Louisa Frederica, was born in 1798 and died in 1877, at the age of 79 years.  They were Lutherans but later became Evangelicals in religion.  A number of years before his death John Christian built a stone house, in 1854, on the northeast corner of the Morlock homestead, to retire to, which subsequently was home to the Harbottle family.  John Christian’s son, John Christian Junior, took over the homestead and lived there until he was 85 years old.  John C. Jr. then built a red brick house, in 1909, just south of the stone house, to retire, a retirement that lasted for six years only, and later sold the old homestead to Mr. Neil Stewart.


Mr. John Christian Morlock Junior was married three times, 1st to Christina Beaver, 2nd to Catherine Durst, and 3rd to Anna Mary Calfass, the lattermost with whom he lived to see the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.  John Christian died on September 27th 1916, at the ripe old age of 90 years, his wife following on June 8th 1919, age 80 years.






The Morlock family was a large family, as follows: Reverend John C. Morlock (of St. Jacobs), Peter S. Morlock (of Hespeler), Josephine (Mrs. William Fee, of Dauphin, Manitoba), Frederica (Mrs. Otto Rappolt, dead), and Mary (Mrs. John Frey, of Guelph).  Those children are of the first wife.  William George (of Morriston), and Christian Adam (dead), are of the second wife.  Charles Gottlieb (dead), Henry Jeremiah (died in youth), Louisa Caroline (of Morriston), David Edward (of Detroit), Henry Ethelbert (of Morriston), Christina Margretta (Mrs. James C. Leith, of Toronto), Simon Peter (D.O., osteopath, of Toronto), and Wilhelmina Charlotte (Mrs. Lewis Gregor, of Puslinch), are of the last wife.


Mr. J. Christian Morlock and his family were always members of the Evangelical Church and were always willing to do anything for the church to serve the Lord and Master.  They were also earnest in the advancement of education in the community, the first public school being built on the southeast corner of the Morlock homestead.






On the farm next to the Morlock family, on the north side, Grandfather John Calfass settled on the west side of the Brock Road.  He came from Baiersbronn, Schwarzwald, Wurttemburg, Germany with his neighbour, Morlock, whom he accompanied on the boat in the year 1830.  He lived to the ripe old age of 94 years, dying on October 17th 1884.  His wife predeceased him by a number of years.


Grandfather John Calfass was an Evangelical Lutheran but later joined the Evangelical Church at Morriston, and before the church was built, worship was held at his home.  He was a friend to many in need, ministering to beast, and also to man when a doctor was not available.  In fact, he took a doctor’s place in the early days.


The Calfass family was also a large family, viz., Philip, Christopher, Christina (Mrs. Joe Sauder), and Charles who lived on the homestead.  The preceding four were born in Germany.  Frederica (Mrs. Lewick Rothaermal, later Mrs. Peter Alles), Wilhelmina (Mrs. Alex Harbottle), John, Hannah (Mrs. Peter Hoffman), and Anna Mary (Mrs. J. Christian Morlock Senior ─ my mother).  These are all dead. 






The third son of John Calfass, Charles, remained on the homestead, having come with his father and two older brothers from the old country when he was three years of age.  Charles married Sophia Stahl.  He followed in the footsteps of his father in the doctoring of domestic animals, especially horses.  In fact, he took the place of a horse doctor as ably as any veterinary, before a vet was here.  He was a great horse fancier and knew how to take care of and fit up a horse for sale or for a show ring, and also he was a good judge on horses, being called upon to judge the same at a number of shows and occasions.


Uncle Charles was a very fluent and interesting speaker to the rising generation of the pioneer days and it was wonderful how he could relate and express himself, for one who had not the opportunity to attend school, for there were no schools in the bush in those days when he was a boy, and what a wonderful memory he had in his later years in recalling these incidents.  I had many a good chat with him when I was a young man.






For instance, Uncle Charles told me that when he and his two older brothers were little boys, they saw a big black bear climb over into the pen and carry off a 200-pound porker away into the woods.  Of course, the bush wasn’t far away then.  Believe me, this was something dear to lose, when “sauer-kraut” and “schweine speck” was so scarce in those days.


Both Uncle Charles Callfas and my father used to tell us stories, how their parents met and made friends with the Indians, and how they traded with them.  Mr. Indian would shoot a deer with bow and arrow, and then, to announce his gift, he would set it with a loud thud against the door of their father’s little hut.  They would give him a loaf of bread for the venison, having a few acres of land cleared and tilled to grow wheat, for grinding into flour.  Sometimes the grain had to be taken to distant grist mills on a sled, cart, or even shouldered on their backs, even way down to Dundas, in order to get flour. 






When our grandfathers came from the old country, they lived for a year below Hamilton, at a place or settlement called the Twentieth, now Campden, before they settled on their homesteads at Morriston.  When they arrived here, the Indians were a friendly people and they found two little Indian villages near the Brock (Aboukir) Road.  This Aboukir Road was an old Indian trail between Hamilton and Guelph before Morriston was a place on the map.  This road our grandfathers trod to come to Puslinch.  One of these villages was situated around the Morriston Pond and happened to be on Lot 31 that Grandfather John Calfass homesteaded.


This pond was beautifully surrounded by forest.  On the north side were the weeping, bending willows.  From its branches, the Indians made their whistles and with a crotch of the branch in their hands they could tell where good drinking water was for a spring.  






On the west side were the beautiful green and golden maples, the emblem of our country, and the wide spreading beech tree.  Under its boughs, the Indians found shelter in an electrical storm and it had good nuts too.  As well, the stalwart oak, the king of the forest, above all other trees, whose nuts, as also the nuts of the horse-chestnut tree, I imagine, were used by Mrs. Indian to make ornaments, beads, pipes, and chains for their little papooses, and the old Indians carried the nuts in their pockets for rheumatism, and also the butternut.  Its nuts are so delicious to eat for the animals and serve as our food.  There were slippery elms, from which they made tea for colds, and also from the basswood trees.  From basswood blossoms, the Indians made medicines and the bees gathered nectar, which served as food to them, and from its bark they made matting for their tents.


To the south side were the long enduring pines, from which they gathered pitch for healing purposes.  Some of the second growths are still beautifying nature.


On the east side were the Arbour Vitae or cedar trees, which are evergreen and which refresh the springs and beautify nature, as though they grew in the winter time, from which the Indians made oil, cedar oil, as likewise the spruce and the balsam trees, for healing purposes, which looked so dandified and ornamental to the eye, which were a foretaste of our decorated Christmas trees.  From these trees, the Indians got the oil for catarrhal infections.  Most of these woods have since been done away with to make room for Morriston and for cultivation.






A creek ran from this pond and village to the other Indian village and from there into a swamp.  This was an ideal spot that the Indians had chosen for their village and this was the picture that nature presented at the coming of Morriston, where all nature was smiling.  Here, birds filled the air, twittering on the tree tops, the busy bees humming and buzzing around, fishes darting up for a fly on the rippling waters, where the panting deer came for a drink, where the cunning fox and the prowling wolf roved about, and the squirrel and the chipmunk chattered and cracked nuts. 


Here, the wild goose and duck hovered and swam about, and notice taken of which direction they flew, whether north, forecasting spring, or south, forecasting fall, and how the muskrat built his house, high or low, predicting open or hard winter.  Occasionally the grizzly bear paid a visit too, to see its shadow after a long snooze, whereby the Indian marked whether or not there would be six weeks of winter weather, as also the groundhog, on Candlemas Day, February 2nd, and the skunk too, no doubt, left its scent, whereby the Indians could foretell the weather for a soft spell. 


What a beautiful sight this must have been, where all Nature was growing, moving, and flowing; and after a sleet storm, or on a frosty morning, to see the drooping trees and how beautiful they were, decorated by Nature.  Such was the environment of those days, and we owe much to the Indians who handed down to us these signs and wonders, to forecast the weather and to take care of our health.






The Indians and their children became quite friendly with grandfather, and grandfather’s children and the Indian children paid visits back and forth and played together, and nothing would do Uncle said but that he and his brothers had to go over, visit, and have supper with them.  So they went over and played an afternoon together, and they understood each other in their own way of talking, by motioning and so forth.  Some of them could speak a little English, perhaps a little German too, I know not.


While they were playing, one grown up Indian got between them and the camp, and just barked like a dog at them, and made motions as if they should go home.  But one of the Indian chiefs noticed this, that Uncle Charles, Philip, and Christian were afraid and wanted to go home, for they were only little boys, so he, the chief, got a switch and sent him back into the corner of the hut or tent, quicker than when he came out, and said to him to leave the children alone.  Then the Indians told them that this fellow was dumb but harmless and wasn’t in his right mind, and that they should not be afraid.  My uncle told me that when they got inside the hut this fellow just sat in the corner and growled like an animal, but that they soon shut him up.






Then, they had supper.  The meal was cooked in one or two large kettles, over a fireplace, hung on a wooden pole, resting at each end on two cross-pieces of wood, something like we used to hang the kettles at a butchering or making maple syrup.  Sometimes they hung the kettle on three upright poles.  The meal was a soup consisting of venison, corn, bread, and vegetables (lentils).  They sup it with wooden spoons, from wooden plates or bowls.  It was really good to the taste, he said, and they enjoyed themselves very much.


How nice it is when nations are friendly with one another, no matter what creed they belong to.  It would abort many a strife.  Much we owe to our forefathers and to the Red Man.






The other Indian village, my Uncle Charles Calfass said, was on the east side of the old Indian trail, the Brock Road, on the lot that Mr. McEdward homesteaded, later the Charles Calfass farm, known as the brickyard farm, where brick was made by Charles Calfass, and later, Sol Brown.  This village was situated behind a large swamp, on the plain, at the foot of a steep hill, near the corner of the lot, about half a mile from the other Indian village, an ideal place for shelter from the north winds, by this steep hill, surrounded by hardwood and pine trees.  Since then, the hill has been cleared and worked.  On the south, east, and west, it was sheltered by this long and narrow swamp, a part of which is still standing, of cedars, black ash, elms, balsam, hemlock, spruce, and pine, the lattermost looking down upon the cedars, as if to say, “Ye Cedars of Lebanon, bow down at our feet, and protect all nature in this swamp”.


Here were the croaking frogs in the stagnant pools and puddles, the bubbling brooks and springs from which all nature drinks, and the bounding hare that crosses the hunter’s path, where the wild doves make love and coo, and the partridge hides in the cedars, from the moping owl in the daytime and the screeching owl at night, where the cranes, the “schi poke”, hunt for frogs and pollywogs, with their tromboning “pump - pump” refrain, and where crows were well sheltered in the fall, mobilizing and holding their conferences with their “Caw ─ caw”, changing perches from pine tree to pine tree, as the hawk hovered high overhead, viewing the situation.






  Within this swamp, the Indian doctor also found many herbs for his medicines; there was the flavoured wintergreen (Gaultheria), used for gout and rheumatism, the gold-thread (Coptis), for a tonic and sore mouth, the ginseng as a restorative or builder, “Wormwood tonic” for the stomach, and boneset (“Durch Warks” or “Thoroughworts”) for a tonic, for stomach dyspepsia, and for fever, yarrow (Achillea or “Garbo-kraut”) for diarrhea, catnip tea for mumps, parsley tea for kidneys, and of the balsam cones, they made a drink.  The rest are too numerous to mention.


I imagine that I can see the Indian Chief and his people, standing on top of this big hill, looking down over the swamp, with its game, food, and medicines, its beautiful pines, spruces, and balsams on the outskirts of the swamp, especially on a frosty morning, which gave it a picturesque sense of decorated Christmas trees, a most beautiful sight to behold from a distance.






It was on this hill where our old friend, the late George Emerson Wyse, found his wonderful fortune-telling stone, dotted with signs and wonders, with suns, sun-dogs, moons, half-moons, stars, stripes, and figures of animals, whereby he could tell forthcoming events, the seasons, and the weather.  Oh, how he hoped to get to Jerusalem and to become famous and wealthy with this fortune stone!  Believe it or believe it not.


In later years, when they broke up the land and tilled the soil on this hill and also on the plain where the village was, they found all kinds of relics, and stone pipes and clay pipes, where they had smoked, no doubt, the pipes of peace.  There were tools, hammers, knives et cetera.  Not so much was known of this village, our parents just remembered it, that’s all.  Uncle Charles Calfass saw a lot in his day, from the hunting Indian to the Woodsman, from the Woodsman to the Farmer, the tiller of the soil, and it is nice that these things were handed down to us, so that we can tell our children and our children’s children, of these early days. 


Uncle Charles and his family were great supporters of the Evangelical Church.  He was a man of wide experience and held positions of trust, being one of the Justices of the Peace for a number of years.






On the northwest corner of the village, Robert Jacobs took up land, a homestead.  He came from the County Wicklow, in Ireland, to New York, and thence to Canada in 1841 and purchased the 100 acres, Lot 30 Rear Concession 7, upon which he lived until his death.  He was a hard worker, an Anglican in religion, and Conservative in politics.  He married Anne Bailey.  They had two sons, William and Benjamin, and at William’s death, Benjamin took on the homestead.


Benjamin Jacobs was six months old when he came with his parents to this country and he always lived on the homestead.  He was a Methodist and a Conservative.  He married Mary Mast, the widow of William Martin Senior, who, with his father, had kept a meat shop in the village.  Mary with her three children, Mary Martin (Mrs. John Huether), William Martin Junior (of Puslinch), and Susannah Martin went to live on the Jacobs homestead till they were old enough to take over their own affairs, those being, Mrs. Huether, in her present home, William, on his father’s farm in Puslinch, and Susannah, remaining with her mother.


Benjamin and Mary Jacobs were also blessed with a nice family as follows, Samuel (on the homestead, story about the cure for balky horses), Eliza (Mrs. John Clark), Ann (Mrs. Walter Telfer, in United States), and Emma (Mrs. William Fahrner, of California).  Mrs. Jacobs died in April 1911 and Mr. Benjamin Jacobs on February 27th 1920. (The writer was a friend to this family, good neighbours and citizens.  Friends were welcome.)






The northeast corner of the village was first settled by a family by the name of Campbell which bought twenty acres from Mr. McEdwards (later John McEdward).  Nothing more is known of them.  Later, Solomon Stahl settled there, now Charlie Currie’s farm, but in 1847, Bernard Braun (Brown) Senior, who was born in Baden, Germany, on February 30th 1820, bought a number of acres on the southwest corner of this farm, along Badenoch Street.  Three years later he married Margaret Mager, who was born January 1st 1831.  There was a large log building right on the corner of Badenoch Street and the Brock Road.  Mr. Brown used part of this for a dwelling and part for a shoemaking shop.  In 1856, he built the present stone store, where Mrs. McLean is now selling shoes and groceries.


I may just mention here that when Mr. Brown came from Germany, he lived with the Morlock family.  He made shoes in the cellar kitchen while the Morlock house was being built in the above storeys.


Bernard Brown Senior died on November 26th 1897, in his 78th year.  Mrs. Brown died April 9th 1918, at the age of 87 years.  The Brown family also was a large one, there being 14 children, as follows: Catherine, (Mrs. Provan of Morriston), Elizabeth (dead), Louisa, (Mrs. George McLean of Morriston), Solomon (dead), Magdalena (Mrs. William Riley of Toronto), Matilda (Mrs. George Weeks of Hamilton), Margaret, Emma, Lydia (dead), George (of California), Bernard Junior (dead), John (dead), William (of Waterdown), and Charles (of Morriston).






The subject of this sketch is Mary Wurtz Gayer, widow of the late John Gayer.  She was born at Baiersbronn, Wurttemburg, Germany, on the 17th of August 1838 and came to this country at the age of 14 years, accompanied by her sister, Eva Catherine Wurtz (Mrs. Matthew Fahrner).  Her brothers, Christian, Gustine, and Ernest came out later.


Her husband, John Gayer, was born in Sulsdorf or Sultsdorf, Germany and came to this country in about 1857.  He learned his trade as shoemaker at Buffalo.  He worked at Hespeler, and then came to Morriston as a shoemaker for Bernard Braun.


On June 5th 1860, John Gayer and Mary Wurtz were united in matrimony and were blessed with a family of 8 children, Caroline (Mrs. Gust Gregor of Sebewaing, Michigan), Louisa (Mrs. Fred Peter Schultz of Morriston), Frederick Albert (died at the age of 3 years), Katherine (Mrs. Peter Zim of Hanover), Bertha (Mrs. James Moynes of Detroit), Lily (Mrs. J. Chisholm of Toronto), and Minnie (Mrs. John Durnin of Morriston).






Mr. Gayer died September 3rd 1905.  Mrs. Gayer retained her faculties until she died in August of 1927 and was for a number of years the oldest resident in the village.  It was very interesting to hear her relate how she and her sister came to this Canada of ours, travelling part of the way on foot and part by stage.  From Buffalo, they crossed over the rim at St. Catharines; arriving at Morriston, they made their home with the Morlock family till suitable places were found for employment.


From the time of her arrival here, Mrs. Gayer has always lived in the village and so has learned to know the village and its people.  All her life had been spent in doing good and ministering to others, and at her death, many friends realized that they had lost a friend and adviser who could not be replaced.






Margaret Moatz was born in Aberfoyle in 1840.  At the age of 19, she married Fred Hingleman.  They were blessed with seven children, viz., Willie (dead), Anne (Mrs. Cousinere, of Hamilton), Henry (of Hamilton), Louisa (dead), Sophia (at home), John (died in Morriston), and Maggie (Mrs. Kelly of Detroit).


Several years after Mr. Hingleman’s death, Margaret married Mr. Fred Dunkie and they were blessed with one son, Fred Junior (at home).  Mr. Dunkie was a mason by trade and following his trade, he got work.  He died in 1895 and since that time Mrs. Dunkie has resided in the village.


When Mr. Dunkie married Margaret Moatz Hingleman, he already had a family of four children, of his former wife, namely, Sophia (Mrs. Henry Beaver Senior), Minnie (dead), John (on a farm in Nassagaweya), and Charlie (dead).


The last ten years of her life, Mrs. Dunkie had not enjoyed the best of health, but not withstanding her sufferings, she always had a pleasant word or joke for her friends, thus endearing her to the community in which she lived.  The writer of this history had the pleasure of conversing with the aged lady, and had her illness not been so severe from the time that this history was taken up until her death on April 25th 1927, many interesting facts could have been given of early Morriston.






Mr. George Elfner was born in Eiderbach, Proma, Baden, Germany, on the 31st day of January 1831.  He immigrated to America in 1852 and resided in Rainham Township for 13 years, after which time, he moved to Morriston.  His wife, Mrs. Barbara Elfner (Miss Haist) was born in Rainham Township, Cayuga, Haldimand County, on August 5th 1842.  They were married at Rainham on the 27th of November 1858.  They had one daughter, Kate. 


George and Barbara Elfner belonged to the Evangelical Church.  Mr. Elfner was class leader for many years, which office he faithfully held up to his last year.  Mr. Elfner died May 3rd 1914, and Mrs. Elfner followed him on August 25th 1919.  Mr. Elfner carried on a blacksmith business at the north end of the village.  His daughter, Kate, was married to John Fahrner.  At Mr. Elfner’s retirement from business, Mr. Fahrner took over the blacksmith shop, where he still carries on his work.






The Kistenmacher Family


Mr. Frank Kistenmacher Senior came from Germany with Gottetran Fisher, Fisher’s wife, ten daughters, and one son.  They landed in Quebec; later they came to Hamilton.  Mr. Kistenmacher came to Morriston in 1854 when homes were still scarce and settled in the old log house that was already occupied by Mr. Lawrence Schlegal and his family.  The house is still standing, owned by Mrs. A. Telfer.


Victoria Street was a log road, but now it has been made into a good gravel road.  In 1856, Mr. Kistenmacher bought two lots across the road and built a frame house.  In 1857, he was married to Mr. Fisher’s eldest daughter, and they were blessed with five daughters and two sons, two daughters and one son dying in infancy.


In 1872, Mr. Kistenmacher Senior had the misfortune of losing his house by fire, but in 1874, the white brick house was built.  This house is now the residence of Mr. Frank Kistenmacher Junior.






Mrs. Frank Fisher Kistenmacher Senior died in June 1893 and her husband died in September 1896, at the age of 70 years.  Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher, Frank Kistenmacher Junior’s grandmother died in 1897, at 87 years, and her son Charles, an uncle of Frank Kistenmacher Junior, died in 1908.


The Kistenmachers and Fishers were cabinet makers and many of the beautiful pieces of furniture that they made were awarded gold and silver medals by the Agricultural Association of Upper Canada.  Mr. F. Kistenmacher Junior has one in his possession.  The late George Sleeman, former mayor of Guelph, also had several pieces of the wonderful woodcraft made by Kistenmacher and also held the gold and silver medals that they had won.


Mr. Kistenmacher Junior still has several beautiful butterfly wreaths that his father made and which won awards for him at Toronto Exhibition and Chicago’s World Fair.  He also has some beautiful mounted birds and animals that he himself made.






Mr. Kistenmacher Junior has also still in his possession a cute, little old-fashioned piano, over a hundred years old, which his parents brought with them from the old country.  I have seen the piano.  It is said that our Queen Victoria is supposed to have played on it.


The late Dr. Cormack owned a grandfather clock.  It was about five or six feet high.  No clockmaker throughout the country could repair and fix this clock, till finally it was sent to Mr. Frank Kistenmacher Senior.  He toiled at it until he fixed it right.  Such was the genius of old Mr. Kistenmacher.


Mr. and Mrs. Kistenmacher Senior were blessed with three daughters and a son, Emma (Mrs. Charles Liebke, of Hamilton), Jema (Mrs. Christian Wurtz, of Guelph), Clara, (deceased, youngest daughter), and Frank Junior who lives in the old home, Morriston.






The Bieber Family


 The Bieber (Beaver) family settled in Puslinch, a short distance north of Morriston.  The great grandfather, Peter Bieber Senior, was born in Alsace, Germany.  He was a shoemaker by trade and emigrated to Pennsylvania and later came to the vicinity of Toronto, where he farmed for about five years, and then, in 1832, he came to Puslinch Township, with his wife, three sons, and one daughter, who were grown up, viz., Peter Junior, Philip, Nicholas, and Mary (Mrs. Moatz, of Huron County).  He bought 300 acres, Front Lots 25, 26, and 27, Concession 8.  Not a tree was cut on the land when he bought it.  He gave a 100-acre lot to each of his sons. 


To Peter Junior, his first son, he gave Lot 25, on the hill.  Later, his son Fred, who is a half brother to Henry Beaver Senior (Big Jim), took the farm.  Subsequently, Christian Morlock bought it, followed, in succession, by Mr. Marshall, Mr. McIntyre, and Mr. Angus McPherson.  Now James Black owns it.


To Philip, his second son, he gave Lot 26.  Later, his son, Peter Junior the Second, the horseman, worked it. Now, John Pinkney owns it.


To Nicholas, his third son, he gave Lot 27.  Later, his son, Henry (Pat) took the homestead, succeeded by Eli Winer, and now owned by Mr. James Tawse.






Some time after his sons took over their homesteads, Peter Senior died, at the age of 80 years, and his sons, who were grown up, cleared the farms.  Peter Senior was a Lutheran and a Liberal.  His wife died after him.


Peter Junior the First, the father of Henry (Big Jim), was 30 years of age when he came to Puslinch Township with his parents.  As stated, he received Lot 25, on the hill.  He cleared about 50 acres of it.  Later, his youngest son, Fred, took over the homestead, subsequently selling out to my father, John Christian Morlock.  Peter Junior the First died in 1882, at the age of 80.  He was an Evangelical and a Liberal.  His children were Christina (Mrs. Christian Morlock), Lena (Mrs. Matthew Morlock, of Crediton), Christle (of Hespeler), Mike (of Crediton), Henry (Big Jim, of Morriston), Louisa (Mrs. Daniel Haist), and Fred, who took over the homestead, and later moved to the U.S.A.


Philip Bieber was 28 when he came to Puslinch with his parents.  He took Lot 26, Front of Concession 8, as stated above, and cleared about 40 acres of it.  He was a great horseman and probably had the first team of horses in the section, which he brought with him from near Toronto.  He was killed in 1846, about the age of 42, in the prime of life, by a kick from a horse.  He was leading the horses out to water, at butchering time.  Smelling the blood, the frightened steeds reeled around and one kicked him in the stomach.  He married Christina Preszcator; their children were Mrs. Andrew Trimble (Ailsa Craig), Philip (Hay Township, Huron County), Peter Junior the Third, and Christian (both lived near Crediton, Huron County).






Peter Bieber Junior the Third was two years old when his father, Philip, was killed.  At 22, he succeeded to half of the homestead, and later, about 1870, the other half, and finished clearing it.  He has handled imported horses for over 20 years, and had one of the first imported Clydesdales in the township.  He has won numerous prizes with his horses.  In religion, he was an Evangelical, and in politics, a Reformer.  Although asked several times, he has always declined office. 


Peter Bieber Junior the Third married Mary Holtzman.  Their children were William (dead, a tailor in Embro), Christle (tailor in Michigan), Sarah Anne (Mrs. Jacob Schultz, Michigan), Wesley (in Winnipeg), Melvina (Mrs. Shesley (spelling uncertain)), Lydia (Mrs. Holtzman, Michigan), Peter Junior the Fourth (Michigan), Norman (in the Northwest Territories, veterinarian), Nelson (tailor in Embro), Emma (Mrs. Armstrong, at home, now in Michigan), and Edmund (at home).  Peter Junior the Third was killed in an automobile collision in Michigan in 1930, having moved there to retire.  In 1921, he had sold out to John Pinkney.






Nicholas Bieber was the third son of grandfather Peter Bieber, born in Germany in 1806, died in 1880, at age 74 years, and came with his parents to Puslinch in 1832.  He was given by his father 100 acres, Lot 27, Front of Concession 8, as stated above.  After his brother Philip was killed in 1846, he farmed Lot 26 until his nephews were of age.  He cleared his farm and owned a farm in Stephen Township, Huron County.  He was a Lutheran, later joining the Evangelical Church, and a Liberal.


Nicholas Bieber married Charlotte Yantz in New York State before coming to Puslinch.  She was partly the means that led to the Evangelical Church being organized here, as referred to before.  They were the parents of Henry (Pat) Beaver.  They were blessed with a large family, viz., Mary (Mrs. William Schneider, of Clifford, dead), Charlotte (Mrs. Gottlieb Morlock, of Stephen Township, dead), Lena (Mrs. Fred Martin, deceased), Lydia (Mrs. Charles Martin, dead), Nicholas (in Stephen Township), Louisa (dead), and Henry (Pat).






Henry Beaver, known as Pat, succeeded to the homestead at the death of his father, Nicholas, and has lived there for a number of years.  He carried on mixed farming, kept good horses, and was a good teamster.  He is over 70 years old.  After he left the farm, he has since been a resident of Morriston.  Some of his family are also residents of the village now.  He is an Evangelical and an independent Liberal. 


Henry (Pat) Beaver married Mary Winer, daughter of John Winer, of the Brock Road.  Their issue were William (of Manitoba), Emma (Mrs. Grundy of Guelph), John Nicholas (of Morriston), Lottie (Mrs. Flowers, of Manitoba), Nelly (Mrs. McGibbon of Guelph), Lillian (dead), Elsie (of Hamilton), Dave (of Morriston), Harry (at home) and Lena (at home, later married Cameron Hingleman).






Henry Beaver, known as Big Jim, was the son of Peter Bieber Junior the First, who lived on the hill lot, Lot 25, now owned by James Black.  Henry was born February 10th 1850 on the said farm.  He had lived for many years in Morriston.  About 50 years ago, he married Sophia Dunkie.  Their children were Henry Junior (at home), Sophia (Mrs. Yates, of Guelph), Lydia and Minnie (dead), Louisa (Mrs. Albert Jones, U.S.A.), and Mary (Mrs. Isaac Wilson, of Paris).


Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Henry and Sophia, have enjoyed good health up till a few years ago.  Mrs. B. suffered for many years with rheumatism.  Mr. Beaver died in 1931.  Mrs. Beaver died on January 9th 1934.  They were raised Evangelical.  He was Conservative.  Mr. Beaver was one of our pioneer thrashers.  He and Pete Winer thrashed by horse power for a number of years, and later by steam.  Before moving to Morriston, he farmed on a farm a couple of miles west of Morriston.  He was also an expert at buck sawing wood.






The Fritz Family


Jacob Fritz Senior was born in Wurttemburg, Germany, in 1824.  He died in 1869, age 45.  He was a mason by trade.  In 1844, or perhaps, in 1855, with his wife, Elizabeth, leaving Germany, he came to Buffalo, and shortly afterwards, to Puslinch, and he worked at his trade in Morriston until his death.  He was a member of the Evangelical Church and in politics, a Reformer. 


Jacob Fritz Senior married Elizabeth Barth in Germany.  Their children were Mary (dead), Elizabeth (Mrs. Alexander Clark, of Hamilton), Jacob (of Guelph), Lena (Mrs. Fraileth (spelling uncertain) and later, Mrs. Charles Geber, of Buffalo), John (of Guelph, now Morriston), William (of Huron County), Tilly (Mrs. William James, of Buffalo), Louisa (Mrs. S. Scheer, of Rochester), Charles (of Huron County), and Rosie, who died in infancy.  These children were born, some in Buffalo, but most of them in Canada.


Mr. Fritz died in his prime of life and Mrs. Fritz raised this large family, often working in the harvest field for 50 cents per day.  All are well off today, and highly respected.






Jacob Fritz Junior is the oldest son of Jacob Fritz Senior and Elizabeth Barth.  He is over 75 years old.  He was a blacksmith in Morriston for 15 years, after which, he purchased Lot 27 and part of Lot 28, Rear of Concession 7, about 95 acres.  He carried on mixed farming.  He was an Evangelical and a Conservative.  He married Mary Bach.  Their children were Clara, Ida (dead), William, Christian, Arthur, and Irving.  After he sold the farm, he worked in Guelph in the stove factory; then he moved to Toledo, U.S.A., for a few years.  Now he is back in Guelph, to retire.


When Jake was a young man, his hobby was baseball.  He caught behind the bat without gloves, mask, or breast pad.  His hands were toughened by hard blacksmithing.  One time, in a game in the brickyard, he struck the ball out of the boundaries and into the swamp.  The bat broke in two, and, apparently unaware, he made a “home walk” with part of the bat still in his hand.  He was about 5 feet 8 inches and weighed 165 pounds.  One of his nicknames was “wiry Jake”.






John Fritz is a son of Jacob Senior, a brother to Jake Junior, born in 1864, in Morriston.  He is six feet tall, over 200 pounds. (now 225 pounds)  He was a splendid wagon and carriage builder.  His shop was in front of the blacksmith shop, where his brother Jake worked.  John did the woodwork, Jake, the ironwork, and above the shop, Mr. Hugh Campbell did the painting.  They were awarded first prize many times for workmanship on buggies and wagons at the county and township fairs.  He made a wagon for my father that was second to none!  He was also the village police for a number of years.  He moved to Guelph and became one of the leading men in the C. Cloeffer Carriage Works, and was very successful.  He now lives retired in his former home, Morriston.


John Fritz married Harriet McIntyre.  Their children are Olive (of Windsor, high school teacher), Myrtle (Mrs. Weston, of Windsor, also a high school teacher), and Grace (Mrs. Gould, of Toronto, also a teacher).  Thirteen years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Fritz married Miss Beatty, of Guelph.






William Fritz (dead), a brother of Jake and John, was a big, strong, powerful man, born in Morriston.  He had a wonderful stature, height, 6 feet, weight, 250 pounds, yet very active.  He was a mason and also a blacksmith by trade.  He was a great athlete, always won first prize in the fat man’s race and in the standing high jump with dumb bells.  No man in the vicinity could jump as high as he could.  It was between him and his brother, Charles, as to who could throw the iron weight or stone the farthest.  It was tit for tat.  He was the bully in tossing over the big pole.  One first of July, when I was a little boy, I saw him toss over a pole that no man in the country could turn over.  After sawing a few feet off of it, they had to saw yet another piece off, and even then, only one other big man could turn it over.  He was also a good wrestler.  He was raised an Evangelical in religion.  He left Morriston and went to Grand Bend, got married, went into the hotel business, and ultimately died of a fatty heart.






Charles Fritz is the youngest son of Jacob Fritz Senior, born in Morriston, in the old Fritz home on Victoria Street.  He was strong, active, and well built, 6 feet, 2 inches, or more, in height, and over 200 pounds.  He was an athlete too.  He would generally win the 200-yard, or over, race, and the hop-skip-and-jump, and would always win in throwing the iron weight, that is, if his big brother Bill was not around, as they were sixes, but his brother Bill had him skinned in tossing the big tree (pole).  However, be that as it may, Charles had the honour of being champion over all the competitors at the Chicago World’s Fair, years ago, in being able to throw the iron ball the farthest.  One reason was because his big brother Bill wasn’t there.  Had he been, Charles might have or might not have won.  Charles was raised in the Evangelical Church, and worked where he got work, as his father died young.  Later, he moved to Zurich, went into the shoe-making business and store, married, and was successful.






The Schultz Family


  Christopher Schultz, born in Mecklenburg, Germany, died in 1883, age 82 years.  He served in the German army for three years and in 1856, he came to Canada with his wife and family, settling in Morriston.  He was an Evangelical in church affiliation and a Conservative politically.  Their children were Frederick (of Morriston), Mrs. Walter Preston, Frank (of Beverly), Mrs. Natnay (of Michigan), Mrs. Mathew Winer (of Huron County), Jacob (dead), Mrs. Eppert (or Ebbert) (of Hanover), and Mrs. Geyhart (of Muskoka).  (Nearly all are dead.)


Frederick Senior, first son of Christopher, with his wife and two children, left Germany in 1852.  He was two years in Preston, and in 1854, came to Puslinch, settling in Morriston.  He was a mason by trade.  He masoned the Morlock and Calfass bank barns in 1855.  Later, he purchased Lot 30, Front of Concession 7, from Andrew Stahl.  He farmed there for ten years, working also at his trade, and sold his farm to his son, who later, in 1891, sold to Donald McMillan, since which time, he has lived in Morriston.  He was an Evangelical and a Conservative. 


Frederick Schultz Senior married Mary Fam or Fram (spelling uncertain) in Morriston.  Their children were Charles (of Michigan), Frederick Junior (known as Pete, representative of the Deering Company at Morriston, deceased), John (of Toronto, also a mason and bricklayer, dead), Christopher (Postmaster at Hespeler), Henry (of Michigan), William (of Toronto, later Beamsville, dead), and Mrs. Peppler (of Michigan, dead).






Frederick Schultz Junior, known as Pete, born in (or near) Morriston, about 1859, died July 1921.  He purchased Lot 30, Front of Concession 7, from his father, farmed for a number of years, and then sold out to Mr. Donald McMillan in 1892.  He was a mason, bricklayer, and stone cutter by trade, learned from his father, and he built a number of cement silos, now monuments to his work.


He helped to put up the first hay forks and slings and tracks in most of the barns around here.  He was an implement agent for the Deering Company for a number of years, his shop being where the garage is now, beside his house.  For a few seasons, he had a sawmill running in the woods of Robert Clark, and with a number of men working and living there, he kept the side road busy with teamsters.  He was a peaceful and honourable man.  He was an Evangelical and a Liberal in politics. 


Frederick Schultz Junior married Louisa Gayer, daughter of John Gayer.  Their children were Martha (Mrs. Russell Binkley), John (of Saskatchewan), Hilda (Mrs. John Winer), Clara (of Toronto), May (of Toronto), Harry (of Detroit), and Eva (of Toronto).






Jacob Schultz Senior was the third son of Christopher Schultz and a brother of Frederick and Frank.  He was born in Germany and died in 1899, age 63 years.  He lived on the Brock Road, near Morriston, for a number of years and later moved to the McKenzie farm in the Gore of Puslinch, then to Lots 31 and 32 of the Gore, where he died.  He was a member of the Evangelical Church and a Conservative.  He was a School Trustee of S.S. #8 School for a number of years. 


Jacob Schultz Senior married Sophia Crews.  Their children were William H. and Jacob C. Jr. (of Michigan), Mary Anne (Mrs. F. Kistenmacher, of Morriston), and Catherine (Mrs. Christian Morlock Junior, of Morriston, now of Kitchener).


William H. Schultz owns and operates the homestead of 170 acres and carries on mixed farming.  He is an Evangelical in religion and a Conservative in politics.  Mr. Schultz takes a strong interest in political matters and is a member of the Puslinch Conservative Committee.  He has been Trustee of School Section #8 for nine years and is now serving his fourth term. 


William Schultz married Fredericka Barth.  Their children are Chester W. (owns his father’s farm), Irene M. (a graduated nurse, living with her mother in Morriston), and George F. (of Puslinch, a contractor for gravelling roads).






Jacob C. Schultz Junior, a brother of William H. was born in the Township of Puslinch and worked for his father, Jacob Senior, for a number of years on the farm.  He married Sarah Anne Beaver, eldest daughter of Peter Beaver, the horseman, and bought a farm in Michigan, and has lived there since with his wife and family.


Frank Schultz, 2nd son of Christopher, brother of Frederick Senior and Jacob Senior was born in Germany and died May 12th 1902, age 74.  He purchased a farm in Beverly.  He was an Evangelical and a Conservative and was honourable. 


Frank Schultz married Sophia Tarnow, who died January 29th 1913, age 78 years.  Their children were Mary (Mrs. Peter Morlock, of Hespeler, died February 1933), Sophia (Mrs. Alfred Purnell, of Freelton), Louisa (Mrs. John Penrice, on farm near Morriston), Christina (known as Tina, Mrs. Monkhouse, on farm in Puslinch), Carrie (died), and Annie (Mrs. Silas Philpot, of Morriston).






The McEdwards Family


Duncan McEdwards was born in Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Scotland.  He came to Canada in 1844 and settled in Puslinch Township, on Concession 10, where he owned 100 acres of land.  He was a Presbyterian and in politics, a Liberal.  He married Christina Gordon in Scotland.  Their children were Donald (settled in Morriston, on Lot 31), Mrs. Donald Kennedy, Mrs. James Kennedy, Mrs. James Martin, James, John, Thomas, and Mrs. Jane Gordon (all in Puslinch).    


Donald McEdwards, eldest son of Duncan McEdwards, settled on Lot 31, Front of Concession 8, on the Brock Road, in Morriston.  This farm was homesteaded first by Jacob Rau, who cleared and tilled it, and part of Morriston is built on part of this farm.  Mr. McEdwards was a clock peddler and a farmer.  It was said that Donald traded his bush farm, located “up country”, with Mr. Rau, for this farm in Morriston.  Donald married Elizabeth McPherson.  Their children were Christy (Mrs. James Lang, dead), Jennie (Mrs. Kilgour, of Guelph), Thomas (dead), and Duncan (MD, Specialist in Hamilton).






James McEdwards Senior, brother of Donald, and the second son of Duncan McEdwards, settled on Lot 37, Concession 10, Puslinch.  James was born in Badenoch, Scotland and was a carpenter by trade.  He came out with his father and cleared Lot 37, Concession 10, as his father lived only a short time after coming.  He married a Miss Kennedy.  Their children were Duncan (died in California), William (settled in Muskoka, dead), Christian (dead), Alexander (on the homestead), Mrs. Andrew Gilmour (settled in Puslinch, two children died in infancy), Mrs. John McFarlane (Minnesota, U.S.A.), James (a farmer and butcher in West Flamborough, now in Morriston), and Mrs. Roy (or Ray) Murray (Minnesota, U.S.A.)


Alexander McEdwards, son of James Senior, owns the homestead, to which he has added by purchasing Gore, Lot 38, Front of Concession 10.  He carries on mixed farming and is a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  He has never cared for office.  He married Catherine Kennedy.  Their children were Mrs. Thomas Beaton (Puslinch), Elizabeth (at home), Duncan Alexander (at home), Annie, and Richard.


John McEdwards settled on Lot 30, Concession 8.  He was a blacksmith in Morriston, where R. B. Morrison first kept store.  He married Elizabeth McPherson, daughter of Linny McPherson.  None of his children are living in the country.






The Winer Family


Paul Winer (Weiner), the grandfather, was born in Germany and died at the age of 86.  He served in the German army and was also with Napoleon in the Moscow campaign and in the Battle of Waterloo.  He left Germany in 1817 and went to New York State, coming to Puslinch in 1828.  The Stahl and Wise families came about the same time. 


Paul Weiner took up 100 acres, Lot 33, Rear of Concession 7.  He, with the help of his sons, cleared the farm.  The Brock Road was just blazed at that time.  Dundas was their nearest source of supplies and they were obliged to have their wheat ground there.  Mr. Winer was a hard worker, active, and very successful.  He arrived on his farm with his wife and family on a jumper, drawn by a yoke of oxen, and had just one cent in his pocket.  The family camped for two weeks until he could erect a shanty, and lived on herbs, roots, and game.  By his own industry and perseverance, he acquired a fine property.  In his church affiliations, he was an Evangelical (previously Lutheran), and politically, a Liberal.






Paul Winer married Christina Mallet.  Their children were Andrew (deceased, settled in Huron County), Mrs. George Wise (dead), Mrs. Waltz (Michigan), Mrs. Philip Callfas (Iowa), John, Lewis (at age 17, drowned in Linderman’s Mill Pond during a logging bee), William, Mrs. Lewis Stahl (Huron County), Peter (New Hamburg), and Matthew (Huron County).


John Winer Senior, son of Paul Winer, was born in New York State, and was 5 years of age when he came to Puslinch with his parents.  There were no schools in Puslinch until he was grown.  He finished clearing the farm and has lived upon it ever since. (He died in July 1910).  He still enjoys excellent health (when “first history” was taken).  He was raised Evangelical and Liberal.  He has never sought or held municipal office, always attending to his own work. 






John Winer Senior married Lena Moatz.  Their children were Peter (in Dakota), John Junior (died in middle life), Christina (Mrs. Charles Calfass, brick maker in Minto), Mary (Mrs. Henry Beaver, of Puslinch), William, Louisa (Mrs. Henry Schultz, of Michigan), Annie (Mrs. John Dawson of Toronto), Henry (died in infancy), David (a physician in Vanderbilt, Michigan & Mayor of the town), and Eli (with the C.P.R. at Campbellville, now foreman of an extra gang, now lives in Galt).


William Winer Senior is the third son of John Winer Senior.  He was raised on the farm, which he now works, carrying on mixed farming.  Born August 1854, he is Evangelical and Liberal.  He has been Trustee of School Section #8, but has never cared to hold other municipal office.  He has always taken a great interest in military affairs and has served at 20 camps with Colonel Nicoll.  He kept good horses, was a good driver, and won 1st prizes at camp several times.  The writer was made welcome in the Winer home.  William married Lena Hirtzell.  Their children were John, William, Mabel and Wesley.






The Calfass Family


Philip Calfass was the eldest son of Grandfather John Calfass, a brother to Charles and Christopher.  He was born in Wurttemburg, Germany and came to Canada in his early youth, about 7 years of age.  When he grew up, he took up Lot 28, Rear of Concession 7, later selling out to Philip Beaver (subsequently owned by Bill Mast, Bill Dawson, Otto Rappolt in 1889; Louis Rappolt sold to Tawse in 1927, who then sold to Surerus in 1933).


Philip Calfass married Rachel Winer, daughter of Paul Winer, and sister of John Winer.  He was the first convert in Morriston for the Evangelical Church.  Later, Mr. and Mrs. Calfass lived with their son, Samuel, in Iowa, U.S.A., where they both died in 1901.  Their children were Charles (died in infancy), William (Regina, Saskatchewan, dead), Louis (died in infancy), Solomon (died in youth, 9 years of age), Samuel (died in Iowa), Mary (Mrs. William Gilmour, on farm in Puslinch, deceased), and Victoria (Mrs. John Ames, of Morriston, tinsmith for many years).






Christopher Calfass, the second son of John Calfass, was born in 1824 in Germany and came to Canada in early youth with his parents, about 5 years of age.  He homesteaded Lot 31, Front of Concession 7, behind my Uncle’s, Charles Calfass, farm, later the Barth farm. 


Christopher Calfass married Sophia Moatz, daughter of Jacob Moatz, born in Alsace, who was a soldier in Napoleon’s army and fought in the Battle of Waterloo.  (Sophia was a sister to Mrs. John Winer Senior and to Mrs. Dunkie.)  Christopher died in the prime of his life, when his children were small, after which, his wife sold the farm and married Mr. Socks and moved to Zurich, Huron County.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Calfass were Charles, Mary (Mrs. J. Clark, on farm in Huron County), Henry (of Dashwood, dead), John (chief engineer on a ship), and William (of Dashwood).






Charles F. Calfass was the eldest son of Christopher Calfass and grandson of John Calfass Senior.  He was born in Puslinch in 1851 and raised there.  In 1874, he married Christina Winer, eldest daughter of old John Winer Senior. 


He learned the brick making business in Crediton, Huron County, in two years and pursued making brick for three years in Morriston.  In 1876, he entered the employ of W. L. Smith, at Drew, and two years later made a contract with his employer to make brick by the thousand at a stipulated price.  In 1890, they formed a co-partnership under the firm name “Smith & Calfass”, which has since been continued.  They do an extensive and very prosperous business. 


After the death of his first wife, he was married again, in 1886, to Lizzie Drummond.  The family belongs to the Methodist Church and in politics, Mr. Calfass is a Conservative.  His only son, Henry, is in the employ of the firm, as an engineer.






The Rappolt Family


Mrs. Marguerite Bender Rappolt, born May 11th 1828, in Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, married Lewis Rappolt, a teacher in Germany.  After the death of her husband, she immigrated to America and came to Canada with her children in 1867.  Her children were one girl (died in infancy in Germany), Frederick (died in St. Louis), Otto (died in Puslinch Township), Jacob and Ernest (died in youth in Puslinch), and John (on farm in Beverly). 


Later, she married Jacob Thiele, who died April 9th 1902.  She was an industrious woman and raised her family by working out by the day with the farmers until her children were big enough to work.  She was a Lutheran but later became an Evangelical.  She died December 5th 1910, age 82 years.






Otto Rappolt, born in Hessen, Germany, son of Lewis and Marguerite Bender Rappolt, arrived, in the company of his mother, at Morriston in 1867, at the age of ten.  His education was limited, having only six months schooling.  He was considered intelligent in his chosen occupation.  He served as apprentice to the stone mason and brick laying trade, which he followed for many years.  Monuments to his skill, industry, and integrity are to be found not only in this county, Wellington, but also in the adjacent county.


Otto was married, in 1881, to Fredericka Morlock, 22 years of age, daughter of Christian Morlock Senior.  Their children were Lewis (born April 13th 1882, Morriston), Margaret (born August 10th 1884, Morriston), and Willie (born April 14th 1887, died in infancy).  Otto’s wife, “Ricca” or “Ricka”, born in 1859, died 6 years after marriage, on March 8th 1888.






After his wife died, Otto and his brother, John, purchased 80 acres of Crown Land, Lot 28, Front of Concession 8 and also 80 acres across the Brock Road, Lot 28, Rear of Concession 7, from Bill Dawson, where they farmed and also worked at their trade for many years, until death.  Otto was a scholar, eager to learn, having read many books.  His hobby was feeding fat cattle.  They bought them by the carload, and they were good farmers and good feeders.  Mr. Rappolt was an Evangelical and in politics, an independent Liberal.  He died August 26th 1926, at 4 p.m.


John Rappolt, Otto’s brother, born April 1st 1867, followed the stone mason and brick laying trade with his brother for many years, and farmed as well.  He was considered a smart scholar for the schooling that he had, and smart in his trade, and also a good judge in sizing up timber in a bush.  Later, he moved to Galt, and is now on a farm near there.  He married a Miss Whyte.  Their children were Margaret, John, and Grace.  He is a Conservative in politics and in religion, of the United Church.






The Finkbeiner Family


George Finkbeiner, born in 1849, in Baiersbronn, Wurttemburg, Germany, came to America at the age of 25, and landed in Morriston (Canada) in about 1874.  The first place that he worked was with Peter Beaver (the horseman), at the stone bees, when the barn was being built.  Then, he stayed with his uncle, Matthew Fahrner, until he got work.  He learned the mason trade with Mr. Fred Schultz Senior, after which, he contracted for himself, building stone houses and bank barns throughout the country for many years.  He built a number of silos in the Counties of Wellington and Waterloo.  He also helped to build a large lime kiln at Milton, Halton County.  The last house that he built was in the laying of the cement blocks for Mr. Lewis Gregor, in 1921, shortly before his death.  These buildings are monuments, standing today, of his work. 


He was a member of the Evangelical Church and taught the adult men’s Bible class for a number of years.  He was a successful Sunday School teacher in the German language, and was also the Sunday School Secretary for a number of terms.  In politics, he was a Conservative.  He died in 1922, age 74 years.






George Finkbeiner married Miss Jacobina Brown.  She was born in 1849 in Germany, came across the ocean at the age of 8, and came to Canada in about 1859.  Mrs. Finkbeiner is now 85 years old, is smart, enjoys excellent health, and takes an interest in and attends all the activities of the church.  She is, at present, the oldest resident of our village and we hope that God will spare her for a number of years to come. 


The children of George and Jacobina Finkbeiner were Mary Matilda (died about age 30), Kate (Mrs. Hall, of Toronto), Louisa (Mrs. Jim Stewart, of Toronto), Martha (Mrs. McCarthy, of Toronto), Fred (of Guelph), Lottie (Mrs. Kitchen, widow, of Morriston), and Lorinda (died about age 20).






The Barth Family


George Barth Senior, born September 11th 1834, in Rottenacher, Wurttemburg, Germany, died October 1910.  He came to America with his sister, Mrs. Jacob Fritz Senior, in 1851, at the age of 17, and located at Buffalo, New York.  They lived there for four years.  In 1855, George came to Morriston with his sister and lived with her for some time.


Later, George was married to Sophia Louisa Schniph and settled on the farm of his father-in-law, E. Schniph, Lot 32, Front of Concession 7, behind the old Morlock homestead, where he carried on mixed farming until his son, Henry, rented the farm for a number of years.  George later sold out to John McNaughton. (After that, George Elliot purchased the property; Edgar Boucher is now the owner.)


George Barth was an industrious and hard working man.  His wife died many years before him and his daughter, Minnie, kept house for him until she married, after which, he lived with his daughter, Ricca, Mrs. William Schultz.  Mr. Barth was a great supporter and worker in the Evangelical Church, and was exhorter and class leader for many years, and could preach and take the preacher’s place if the preacher was absent or ill.  He was President and Vice-President of the Sunday School for a number of years and was a great Sunday School teacher in the German language.






George Barth Senior was also a good singer.  No matter how high the hymn went that was started, he could carry it through when the rest had to give it up.  He, my father, Uncle Charles Calfass, and Fred Schultz Senior were very intimate friends and were the means, in their ample support, for the Parsonage being built.  In politics, he was a Reformer.  He was a good Christian man, beloved by all, and lived up to the principles that he stood for.


The children of George Barth and Sophia Louisa Schniph were George Junior (in Port Arthur), Minnie (Mrs. Henry Stein, of London, deceased), Maggie (Mrs. McLean, later Mrs. McKenzie, widow, living with her daughter in Cuba), Henry (on a farm in Georgetown), Ricca (Mrs. William Schultz, widow, Morriston), John (tailor, died at age 30, in London), and Charles (drowned while saving the lives of two boys on the ice in Port Arthur).






 Henry, son of George Barth Senior, worked on the farm with his father.  When his father retired, he married Miss Bell Roszell, and rented his father’s farm for some years.  When his father sold out, he moved to Georgetown, on a farm, a dairy farm, keeping a number of cows.  He was successful in life, accumulating wealth and stock and all kinds of machinery.  He runs a thrashing outfit and press-bales hay throughout the country. 


Henry was Evangelical and a Liberal, but now belongs to the United Church.  They have three or four children; some of them are smart and clever and are school teachers.  Mr. and Mrs. Barth used to be good Sunday School workers, teaching in the Evangelical Church in Morriston when they lived here, and also in the Union Sunday School.






The Fahrner Family


Matthew Fahrner, born in 1829, in Baiersbronn, Wurttemburg, Germany, came to America in about 1855, at the age of 26, with the Wurtz and Haist families.  He was a great friend of Gottlieb Morlock.  They cut wood and made shingles together for a number of years.


Matthew married Eva Wurtz.  They lived in a log house on the old Haist homestead (later the Bach farm), for no other house was obtainable.  Later, they lived in a red frame house on the Philip Beaver homestead.  Finally, they settled on Lot 29, Front of Concession 7, where Matthew farmed until he died on July 24th 1890, age 61 years and 11 months.  Mrs. Fahrner (Eva) continued on the farm, with her boys, until they sold out to Louie Nigro.  (The property was subsequently purchased by Donald McMillan, and now his son, Jimmie.)






After the farm was sold, Mrs. Fahrner built a house in Morriston, where she retired until she died on June 9th 1919, age, 84 years.  Her daughter, Lydia, is living there now.  Mrs. Fahrner was born January 1823, in Germany, and came to Canada as a young girl of 19.


Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Fahrner were Lutherans when they first came, but later joined up with the Evangelicals and were good supporters for the same.  Politically, he was a Reformer.  Their family was musical and talented, and they were good singers.  Nearly all of them sang in the church choir, being a great help in carrying all parts.


  The children of Matthew Fahrner and Eva Wurtz were Christie (died in infancy), John (of Morriston), Fred (of Michigan, died in California), Mary (of Morriston, dead), Henry (died in infancy), Frank (of Manitoba), Lydia (of Morriston), Louisa (married Dr. Ramsay, of California), William (of California), Martha (Mrs. Wes Binkley, of Stratford), and Eddy (died in infancy).






John Fahrner, is the eldest son living of Matthew Fahrner, born March 16th 1856, in the old log house on the old Haist homestead.  When a lad of 15 years, he started out with Mr. James McLean to learn the framing trade for barn building, working four seasons with him and two summers with Billie Peacock.  After that, he worked on the farm with his father, and framed and built all the necessary buildings.


Later on, John Fahrner and his brother, Fred, went to Michigan, U.S.A., and each took up an eighty acre bush lot.  Their uncle, Barney Fahrner, had been there before them.  A few years later, John came back and married Katie Elfner, daughter of George Elfner, and they moved to Michigan.  They lived there for a few years and then sold out, at a good price.  He came back and apprenticed as a blacksmith with his father-in-law and has worked at the trade ever since.  John is smart for his age and still shoes horses occasionally, and also works his garden.






Mr. and Mrs. Fahrner (John and Katie) are good workers in the Evangelical Church.  Both are successful teachers in the Sunday School and are gifted and talented.  Mr. Fahrner teaches an adult Bible class, and teaches well for his 78 years (now 80).  He has been class leader for a number of years, also treasurer of the church, and he sang in the choir for a number of years, possessing a sweet tenor voice, and he still sings well.  In politics, he is Liberal.  The writer has often been in their home, was a chum of their two boys, and always found them to be true, kind, peaceful citizens and devoted Christians.  Friends are always welcome in their home. 


They raised a nice family.  Their children were Willie (“express man” on train for C.P.R., Toronto), Wesley (successful druggist in Calgary), Clara (died in accident), Pearl (Mrs. B. Sheriffs; he is manager of Montreal Bank, London), Martha (Mrs. Ede, of Detroit; she was a school teacher.), and Ina (Mrs. Puch or Pusch).  Since first writing, Mrs. Fahrner (Katie) died January 23rd 1937, and Wm. Fahrner, February 9th 1957.






The Bowman Family


Grandfather Joseph Bowman, born in Alsace, Germany, came to America in his youth, at about 12 years of age, and with his parents, settled in Puslinch, Lot 28, Front of Concession 7, beside the Fahrner farm.  Not a tree was cut on their lot, and the wolves were howling when they came.  For a time, they had to herd the cows by day and watch over them in the night.  They cleared up some land and farmed the best that they could, while also building a house and barn.


Later, Mr. Bowman married Francis Steffner and raised a large family.  He died at the age of 68 and his wife died at the age of 81, in 1905.  The writer remembered of her and drove the hearse for Hugh Campbell.  They were Roman Catholic in religion and Mr. Bowman was a Reformer in politics.


The children of Joseph and Francis Bowman were Joseph (died), Elizabeth (Mrs. Jake Strembler, of Hespeler, is 90 years old.), Jake (dead), Henry (died), Margaret (died in infancy), Fannie (dead), Catherine (Mrs. John Munch, dead), Sally (died at age 12 years), and Anthony (“Tony”, who remained on the homestead).






Anthony Bowman was born on their old homestead in about 1864 and lived and worked on it for most of his life.  He used to go out with the stumpers when he was a young man, and played the accordion in the evenings.  When the writer was a wee boy, Tony drove the team for the stumpers on my father’s farm.  He married Theresa Albright, of Bruce County, who was a very good woman and a good help mate.  They do mostly mixed farming, having one of the best and smoothest farms (clay loam) in the locality. 


The children of Anthony and Theresa Bowman were Harry (of Spyhill, Saskatchewan; he visited his parents in the winter of 1934.), Florence, Maria, and Elmer (at home).  They attend the Roman Catholic Church at Freelton and are Independent Liberals.  Mr. and Mrs. Bowman are really good citizens and kind neighbours and friends are welcome in their home at any time.  The writer has been a friend of the Bowman family for a number of years and spent many enjoyable visits with them, and always found them upright and true.  They are prosperous, having fairly new buildings and nice surroundings.






The Meldrum Family


Reverend William Meldrum, of Puslinch, was born March 16th 1806 (or 1808), in the Parish of Abernethy, Morayshire, Scotland.  He was a graduate of Aberdeen University.  In 1839, he emigrated from Inverness, Scotland to Canada, coming to Puslinch in response to a call to minister to the Presbyterian Church, which had just been established, becoming the first resident Presbyterian minister in the Township of Puslinch.  There had been 100 acres reserved for church and school purposes, on which a small church had been built.  Reverend Meldrum was inducted in March of 1840 and held the charge for about 14 years.


Soon after Mr. Meldrum came to Puslinch, he purchased the right of a squatter to 100 acres of land on Lot 33, Concession 8, and there settled.  The late Mr. Meldrum was a man of strong personality, as well as being very zealous and active.  He could preach in Gaelic as readily as English, and on his charge, travelled on horseback.  These qualities made him not only an important factor in the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in Puslinch, but also in the secular affairs of the pioneer settlement.






In 1845, Reverend William Meldrum married Ann McLean, daughter of Peter McLean.  Mr. Meldrum remained in Puslinch until 1852, when he received a call to Vaughan, York County, where he remained for five years.  He then became the pioneer Presbyterian minister in Harrington, West Zorra, where he remained until 1877.  He retired from active preaching and lived on his farm in Puslinch.  He died November 19th 1899, age 83 years.  His widow survived him and lived with her daughter near Morriston.


The children Of William and Ann Meldrum were Dr. Norman (graduate of Toronto University, medical branch, practised at Ayr, Ontario), Margaret (Mrs. Reverend James Stewart), Dr. Peter G. (graduate of Toronto University, medical branch & Edinburgh, practised at Whitby), Jenny (Mrs. Alex Marshall, Michigan), Miss Anne P. (teacher, Toronto), Dr. John A. (Belmont, Ontario), Mary (Mrs. C. A. Lemen, Detroit), George J. (Guelph), Elizabeth (teacher, Manitoba), and Alexander D.( B.A., barrister, Sudbury).






George J. Meldrum, a son of the late Reverend William Meldrum, married Gertrude, daughter of Robert Watt, of Kincardine.  Their children were Anna G. (school teacher, Mrs. Percy Worthington), and Elma L. (taught school in Atwood, married & in Manitoba).


George J. owned the Meldrum homestead in Puslinch, known as “Melbank Farm”, which consisted of 100 acres, later selling to William Winer Senior (now owned by John Winer Junior).  He also owned 100 acres in the Gore of Puslinch, Lot 33, Concession 1, later selling this to the late William Schultz. 


In politics, he is Liberal and has always taken an active interest in political matters, having been President of the township Liberal Association.  He was Township Councillor for 4 years and elected Reeve of Puslinch in 1905, which he later resigned, and was appointed Township Clerk.  He was also Secretary of the Puslinch Agricultural Society for 35 years.  He now resides in Guelph, and was also an Alderman of that city.  Mrs. George Meldrum died December 5th 1937.  (George got up the Puslinch tug-of-war team twice, and won from Guelph, receiving a prize watch.)






The Nicoll Family


Alexander Nicoll, born in Forseheim, Forfarshire, Scotland in 1786, died in Puslinch in 1860.  He came to Canada in 1834 and purchased Lot 35, Rear of Concession 8 from Andrew Stahl, who had previously taken it up from the Government and had built a log house, about which there was a small clearing.  Mr. Nicoll finished clearing the farm and lived upon it until his death. 


Alexander was a very energetic man, taking a keen interest in the township and county affairs.  He was a member of the old “District Council”.  In politics, he was a Liberal and in religion, a Presbyterian, being one of the promoters of Duff’s Church.  He married Mary Alexander in Scotland.






The children of Alexander and Mary Nicoll were Mrs. W. H. Knowles (Guelph), Mrs. William Ross (Guelph), and Lieutenant-Colonel William Nicoll (on the homestead).  The lattermost, William, was only 15 years old at his father’s death, but he took charge of the family and farm.  He had previously attended the schools of Puslinch and acquired a fair education, which has been added to throughout life by extensive reading.  He took courses at military schools in Toronto and Kingston, and has been prominently connected with military matters since 1863.  He was in municipal office from 1868 to 1893, holding all of the different offices in the gift of the Puslinch people.  He was Reeve of Puslinch for many years and Warden of Wellington County.


At the time of his retirement in 1893, the residents of Puslinch presented “Colonel Nicoll”, as he was widely known, with a handsome gold watch in recognizance of his various services on their behalf.  In 1885, he received the appointment of Division Court Clerk of Puslinch, which position he held until his death.  He served as auditor for the County of Wellington, Township of Puslinch, Puslinch Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and the Puslinch Agricultural Society.






Lieutenant-Colonel William Nicoll was a man of strong personal character, steadfast in his convictions, and one of the best known and most highly respected residents of this township.  Since his retirement from municipal office in 1893, he has devoted his time and energy to his farm and has increased the homestead to 200 acres by the purchase of Lot 34, Concession 8, and has his farm in a high state of cultivation.  He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and in politics, a Liberal, a member of the Sons of Scotland, and also of the Masonic Order.


William married Jane McFarlane, daughter of John McFarlane of the 2nd Concession, and a sister to Dan McFarlane.  Their children were Maggie (Mrs. Maurice McPhee, operator agent), William Alexander (at home), Mary Jane (married Dr. J. King, M.D. and M.P., of Guelph), John Stewart (died), George L. (Manitoba), Peter Ernest (at home), Wilbert R. (Manitoba), and Jesse E. (a nurse, living at home).  Colonel Nicoll is now deceased.  Jane, his widow, survives him, being in her eighties, and remains on the old homestead with her two sons and one daughter.






The Marshall Family


John Marshall, born in Stirling, Scotland in 1807, died in 1890, at the age of 83.  He came to Canada in 1832, settled in Hamilton, and worked for some time on the Desjardins Canal.  He planted and raised a crop of potatoes where the Hamilton Market now stands. 


In 1835, he settled in Puslinch, Lots 34 and 35, Concession 7, comprising 175 acres.  He is said to have had the first team of horses in the settlement, and made his wagon wheels from the ends of saw logs.  He engaged in teaming between Puslinch and Dundas for a number of years and was one of the first purchasers of grain in his section.  In religion, he was a Presbyterian, one of the promoters of Duff’s Church, and active in church matters.  In politics, he was a Liberal.  He would never accept municipal office, except School Trustee, in which capacity he acted from duty. 






John Marshall married Isabel Thompson, who died in 1883.  Their children were Mary (Mrs. James Thompson, later Mrs. McLaren), John (banker at Cass City, Michigan, dead), Mrs. Donald Ferguson, Mrs. Henry Livengood, Neil (retired in Guelph, now dead), Alexander (in Michigan), and Archibald.  (All have died since my original note.)


Archibald Marshall succeeded to the homestead, where he resided for many years.  He sold the farm to James Wellington, after which, he resided near the Puslinch Post Office, until he died in 1924.  Later, Mr. Robins (or Roberts) bought the Marshall farm, and now, Mr. Harvey Sutton owns it.


Archibald Marshall was one of the leading men in Puslinch, well-known for his integrity.  In politics, he was a strong Liberal, and has been returning officer for a number of years, and he has also served as a School Trustee.  For years, he has been the Precentor at Duff’s Church.  He married Rachel Russell, of West Garafraxa.  Their children were Newton, Russell, and Gladstone.






The McNaughton Family


Peter McNaughton was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1808 and died in 1863.  He was a practical miller by trade and followed this occupation in Scotland.  In the spring of 1837, in Aberdeen, he was married to Ann Grant, of Banffshire, and immigrated to Canada.  He worked at his trade in the mills of Hamilton, Ancaster, and Doon, until 1846, when he purchased a farm in Puslinch, Lot 3, Concession 4, where he settled and lived until his death in 1863.  He was a Conservative in politics and served as Township Councillor in Puslinch for one year. 


The children of Peter and Ann McNaughton were James, Peter Junior, Alexander, Mrs. James Keogh, and Margaret.


James and Peter McNaughton Junior, first two sons of Peter McNaughton, are unmarried.  In 1867, they purchased 98 acres, Lot 2, Concession 2, Division B, in Guelph Township, and have since resided there.  They make a speciality of Oxford-down sheep, their sheep being registered in U.S. flock books.  (They are now deceased.)


Alexander McNaughton is a commercial traveller.






Peter McNaughton (deceased) was born about two miles from Doon, in Perthshire, Scotland.  He had been overseer for Blair Drummond on his Kirkline Estate, previously a tailor by trade, and was above the average in education.  He came to Canada in 1831, bringing his family with him.  They were 31 days crossing from Greenock to New York, and came to Puslinch via the Erie Canal, Lewiston, and Toronto.  He bought Lot 26, Concession 7, which he cleared and lived upon until his death.  He never held office of any kind.  He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  He married Janet McLeod.


The children of Peter and Janet McNaughton were John (bought 100 acres, Lot 24 Front of Concession 7; none of his family are in the country), Angus (came about 15 years later and settled in Bruce County), Peter (was unmarried, deceased, he helped on the “New Survey” in 1832, under land surveyor David Gibson), Daniel (died in Scotland), Mrs. Alex McKenzie (settled originally on Lots 23 and 24, Concession 2), Mrs. John McFarlane (Lot 25, Concession 2), Hugh (died in Aberfoyle), Mrs. Jas. Armstrong (Eramosa Township), Alexander (married Mary Melvin, his widow and one daughter live in Guelph), and Malcolm (named below).






Malcolm McNaughton, son of Peter McNaughton, was born in Scotland, and was 10 years old when he came to Puslinch with his parents in 1831.  He early on acquired pioneer habits, skill with an axe, as we find that he built one of the corners of the first church, now Duff’s, in 1835, being at the time but 14 or 15 years of age.  He worked with his father to get ready money, and made shingles, for which he received $1 per thousand.


In 1841, Malcolm McNaughton purchased 93 acres, Rear Lot 23, of the Gore of Puslinch, from Captain De Grassi, at $4.00 per acre.  He cleared this land, subsequently purchasing Front of Lot 33, and still later, he purchased 35 acres, at Lot 34, Front of Concession 7.  He has never held municipal office but was Trustee of School Section No. 8 for over 20 years, and has been Elder of Duff’s Church since 1874. (until he died)  He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal.






Malcolm McNaughton married Janet Stirton, a daughter of James Stirton.  Their children were Janet (died in infancy), Daniel (on the 2nd concession), Mrs. Chris McBeath (on a farm near Aberfoyle), James (in Galt), Peter (near Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan), William (of Saskatchewan), John, Mrs. Angus Stewart (of Saskatchewan), David (on the homestead), Malcolm (died young), and Mary (or Minnie) E. (at home, since, out West).


Daniel McNaughton, Malcolm’s eldest son, born on the homestead in 1877, bought 200 acres, Lots 23 and 24 on the 2nd Concession, where he carries on mixed farming.  He is a Presbyterian and an Independent Liberal.  He was in the Township Council for one or two years and has assessed the township for about five years.  He is a very capable officer, giving satisfaction by his equitable judgement.  He married Jane Cowan.  Their children were Janet, William G. (out West), Margaret, and John M. (of Toronto).






John McNaughton, a brother of Daniel, was born on the homestead and worked there with David until 1900, when he bought 180 acres, Lots 31 and 32, Front of Concession 7, from George Barth Senior.  He never held office of any kind.  He carried on mixed farming and later sold out to George Elliott Senior.  He runs the Morriston Post Office and resides at Crown Cemetery, where he is caretaker.  He is a Presbyterian and a Liberal. 


John McNaughton married Jane Reid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reid of the 1st Concession.  Their children were Eva (died in infancy), Mabel, Lyla (Mrs. Keaths or Heaths), Reid and a son, who died in infancy.


David McNaughton works the homestead.  He married a daughter of John McGeachy.  David was a powerful, strong man, and was one of the six men who won the tug-of-war at Guelph some years ago.  He was also a good shotsman with a rifle.  He carries on mixed farming.  They have a son, Stirton, who works at home.






The Clark Family


John Clark Senior (Generation 1) was born in Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Scotland, about 1790, and died in 1878, at 88 years of age.  He was a farmer in Scotland and came to Canada with his wife and family in 1830, settling on Lots 29 and 30, Rear of Concession 8, which lots, Peter Grant, his brother-in-law, took up for him in the previous year.  He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal and never held municipal office.  He married Mary Grant in Scotland.


The children of John Clark Senior and Mary Grant were Angus, Robert, Duncan, Mrs. James McRobbie (died in 1905), Donald, John, Mrs. Joseph Grant, Peter, Mrs. Peter McIntyre (U.S.A.), and Malcolm, who took up the old homestead.


Angus Clark, (Generation 2), son of John Clark Senior, settled on Lot 34, Concession 9, which he cleared.  The only one of his family living in the country is Mrs. Neil Campbell, of Concession 10. (She died since.)






Robert Clark, (Generation 2), son of John Clark Senior, settled Lot 33, Rear of Concession 9, and cleared it.  He married Margaret McIntyre.  Their children were John R., Hugh (of Brock Road), Duncan (in Aberfoyle) and Donald (died in 1885).  (All have died since.)


John R. Clark (Generation 3), son of Robert Clark (Generation 2), grandson of John Clark Senior (Generation 1), born in 1848, owns the old homestead, where he engages in mixed farming.  He has held no office except Trustee of School Section No. 9, for 8 or 9 years.  He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  He married Christina, daughter of the late Alex McLean.  Their children were Margaret, Christina, Robena, and Sylva.  (John R. has since died.)


Duncan Clark (Generation 2), son of John Clark Senior, settled on Lot 27, Rear of Concession 9, and died in 1860.






Donald Clark (Generation 2), son of John Clark Senior, born in Scotland, settled Lot 27, Front of Concession 9, and later bought Lot 28, Front of Concession 9, both of which he cleared.  He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal, and was living retired in Morriston, (where he and his wife died).  He married Margaret McPherson. 


The children of Donald and Margaret Clark were John D. (of Brock Road), Peter (of Nassagaweya Township), Mary (at home), Dr. Angus (dentist in Woodstock), Mrs. John McKenzie (of Concession 11, Puslinch), Mrs. James Simpson (Concession 9, Puslinch), Dr. Donald (dentist in Hamilton), and Duncan R. (on the homestead).


Duncan Robert Clark (Generation 3), son of Donald Clark, was born and raised on Lot 28, Concession 9 and succeeded to the homestead when his father retired.  In 1905, he increased the homestead by the purchase of Lot 26, Front of Concession 9, and now owns 300 acres.  He carries on mixed farming.  Mr. Clark has never held municipal office but has been Trustee of School Section 9 for the last six years.  He is a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  He married Margaret J. McLean.  Their children were Marjorie (Mrs. Bailey), Margaret, Annie, Janet, Mary, and Emma.  (There are four more children since the first history was taken.)






John Clark Junior (Generation 2), still living, was born in Scotland in 1823, and came to Badenoch in 1836 with Peter Grant, who had returned to Scotland for his brother, John.  Lot 31, Rear Concession 8 had been taken up in 1832 by Peter Grant, and he settled on it and cleared it.  He was Township Councillor for some years and has been Elder of Duff’s Church since 1874 (when the history was taken).  He has a better education than the average and is a Liberal in politics.  He married Isabella Cameron.  Their children were Peter (lives on Concession 10, Puslinch), John (in Michigan), and James (on the homestead).


James Clark (Generation 3), is the third son of John Clark Junior and operates the homestead.  He is a first rate farmer and raises good cattle for market.  He is a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  He married Margaret Delgara.  Their children were J. Ernest, Grace (died at 8), George (at home), Isabella, James D., Christina, and Grace M.


Peter Clark (Generation 2), son of the late John Clark Senior, and brother of John Clark Junior, married Janet McCaig.  He was a lumberman and died in Strathcona, in about 1903.






Malcolm Clark, (Generation 2), the youngest son of John Clark Senior, the only one of the family born in Canada, was born on Old Hallowe’en, in 1833, and was the first white child born in the Badenoch settlement.  He succeeded to the old homestead of 200 acres, where he was born, and is still living (when the first history was taken).  He was a Trustee of School Section 9 for some years.  He married Marjorie McPherson.  Their children were Mrs. Peter McKenzie (of Vancouver, B.C.), Mrs. John Clark (of Michigan), John M. (on the homestead), Maggie (Mrs. Duncan McLean), Angus (of Vancouver), Peter (of Ladnor’s Landing, B.C., dead), and Donald (of Okanagan, B.C.).


John M. Clark, (Generation 3), son of Malcolm Clark, grandson of John Clark Senior.  He was born on the homestead, which he operates.  He is a first class farmer, raising A-1 cattle and fine horses, and carries on mixed farming.  He is a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  He married Eliza Jacobs, daughter of Benjamin Jacobs, of the Brock Road.  Their children were Vernice, Marjorie (died 1934), Malcolm, Gladys (Mrs. Wm. Hanning), Benjamin, John, Edith, Alberta, Donald, and Howard.  Mrs. Clark died April 15th 1934.






The McLean Family of Badenoch


Of all the families in the Badenoch district, none has played a more important role than the McLean family.  Not only was a McLean one of the founders of the Badenoch settlement, but the family has remained in the neighbourhood from that time onward, four of the five sons of the first McLean being represented by families in this district at present.  The McLean family of Badenoch has always played a prominent part in the municipal, educational, and agricultural interests of Puslinch Township.






In 1831, newly arrived from Scotland, Donald McLean, Peter Grant, Donald Martin, John Kennedy, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex McBain stopped in Glengarry for the winter.  Donald McLean and Peter Grant later resumed the journey, as far as Crook’s Hollow, where they worked through the winter for Adam Crooks. 


Being of a mind to stay in Canada and determined to acquire land for themselves and for their relatives still in Scotland, they left “The Hollow” and struck west to the Grand River, following it through Galt, which was then but a hamlet, and continued northward to the present village of Elora, where there was a clearing of five or six acres.  The land there was quite acceptable but it seemed too far back, and so they turned and came southward through Guelph, and then down the Dundas Road, later called the Brock Road, which was then just an oxen trail, until they arrived at Kelly’s Hotel, located near the town-line between Puslinch and Flamborough.






Here, they met two Scotchmen, named Nicoll, who were chopping and gave a good account of the land in the vicinity.  Accordingly, on the next morning, McLean and Grant accompanied the Nicoll men to their holdings, and then one of the Nicolls went further on with them, to Andrew Stahl, who had settled on Lot 35, Rear of Concession 8, and from there, one of the Stahl family accompanied them even farther north.


Pleased with what they saw, Donald McLean selected Lot 31 Front of Concession 9 and Peter Grant, Lots 29 and 30, Rear of Concession 8 for John Clark Senior, and Lot 32, Rear of Concession 8 for the McBain family, who had in the meantime come up to Guelph from Glengarry.  The group erected a shanty on the McLean homestead and Mrs. McBain kept house for them that first year.  They had a crop of wheat in the fall of 1832.  In 1833, McLean, Clark, and Kennedy families arrived on the same ship.






Donald McLean turned over his farm to his father, Peter McLean Senior, and then settled on Lot 31, Rear of Concession 9.  Peter Grant turned over Lots 29 and 30, Rear of Concession 8, to John Clark Senior, his brother-in-law, and then took up Lot 32, Concession 9.  (John Clark Senior had the first team of horses in Badenoch, a pair of greys.)


The McLean boys worked together for several years and cleared several farms before they divided.  They were all strong, powerful, active men and they excelled at chopping.


Peter McLean Senior (Generation 1), the grandfather, was born in Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Scotland and came to Canada in 1833 with all of his family, except his son Donald, who had preceded him.






The Morriston Brickyard Farm Remembrance


I think that it was Mr. John McEdwards that homesteaded Lot 32 Front of Concession 8, fronting on the Aboukir Road, an old Indian trail. (Joseph Schatz owned the land before McEdwards.)  The original eastern boundary of Concession 7 was extended into Concession 8 to more easily go around the ponds and hills of the Winer farm, the original boundary being just past the edge of Morriston Pond and past the big marsh on the Mast homestead.  The 7th and 8th Concession boundary line comes back onto its original course again at Duff’s Presbyterian Church.  That adjustment makes the Winer farm, Lot 33 Rear of Concession 7, 7 acres larger for a total of 107 acres, and the Morlock farm, Lot 32 Rear of Concession 7, has 9 acres taken from the Brickyard farm, and it holds about the same northward until the church.






J. McEdwards sold 2½ acres of the Brickyard farm to George McLean, who built a house and a grist mill.  The mill was destroyed by fire.  A barn was built near the road, at the corner where the Brickyard farm gate was located, in which they kept horses.  This barn was removed from there by George Elliott’s grandfather and set on the old foundation of the grist mill.  Peter Schultz and John Hingleman levered the stone wall for the barn to rest on; the barn is still standing.  The saw mill site was near the Brock Road, near the entrance gate where Ed McCurdy now lives.  You can see the foundation of it if you go about 4 feet down.  There also was a house near the road, about 50 yards from the farm gate, where Sol Brown lived, and another house near the gate of the farm, near the farm lane, where Mr. Ned Doyle and family lived.  The late Harvey Stewart had this house removed to where he lived and turned it into a pig stable and the upstairs into a workshop.  It still stands.  The other house, he had taken down.  There was also a good barn back of the Doyle house, on a hill; this also he had taken down.






Mr. Charles Callfass, my uncle, bought the farm from Mr. McEdwards and a brick making business was established.  Brickmaker Charlie”, as he was called, ran the brickyard for a number of years.  After he moved to Drew, he made bricks there.  The late William Crow told me that he worked for Charlie for some time and liked him very much.  


Mr. Stahl bought the Morriston village farm, Lot 30, Front of Concession 8, from another Mr. McEdwards, or Mr. McEdwards bought it from Stahl, I don’t know which.  Anyway, subsequently, Charles Currie bought it, and still later, Wallace Currie owned it.  When Mr. Stahl operated the Brickyard, he built a house, where William Currie now lives, from the brick made there at the Brickyard. 


After that, Sol Brown, the son-in-law of my Uncle Charles Calfass, ran the brickyard for a while.  I don’t remember the days when the brickyard was in operation, but I do recall pile after pile of brick under cover in the yard.  After it closed down, I saw Sol Brown and my brother, Bill, teaming brick to Guelph one winter, about 1885, or a little later.  I was pretty young then.  Our Evangelical Church, the R. B. Morrison store, the Wallace Currie house, the Calfass and Morlock summer kitchens and woodsheds, and a part of the Lewis Rappolt home were all built from the brick of the old Brickyard farm. 


Harvey Stewart bought the Brickyard farm from Uncle Charles Calfass in 1905 and he sold half of it to the late Andrew Elliott.  The Morriston Public School was built in 1910 on the property of the late Harvey Stewart, containing two acres.  Mr. George Wise found a fortune stone back at the hill on the Brickyard farm, where the Indians used to roam, and he could tell fortunes with it.






A Toast to the Sunday School


It was Mr. Robert Rakes who began Sunday Schools, in England, with 300,000 volunteers and 1,000 unpaid teachers.  The Sunday School is the nursery and the builder of the church.  It’s over 100 years since the Evangelical Sunday School started in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and it is also 100 years since it began in Morriston, in our old log church.  My grandfather, John Calfass, was the first Sunday School President, followed by Ludwig Rotharmel, George Barth, John Frey, John Huether, and John Winer.  There were days when we used to have over 100 Sunday School students present.  Now we have 60-70 on the roll, with an average attendance of 47-53.


I attended Sunday School nearly all of my life, each Sunday, starting at the Union Sunday School, for Presbyterians and Evangelicals alike, in Huether’s Hall at 9 a.m., followed by church at 10 a.m., and then our Sunday School at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Hannah McLean was my teacher in the Union Sunday School and in our Sunday School, Mr. Elfner and the preachers.  I enjoyed Sunday School, loved my teachers, and enjoyed working with brother Siebert.






The David Morlock House

The History of This House


This white brick house is the seventh house built on the old Morlock homestead.  Number seven is a lucky number.  Seven is a significant number.  You see it mentioned in the Bible, in science, and in medicine.


In 1830, grandfather John Morlock emigrated from the old country, Germany.  They sent him up the Aboukir Road, an old Indian trail.  It was just blazed then, and he settled on Lot 32, Rear of Concession 7, along the west side of the old Brock Road, now Highway No. 6.  They say that the first shack was built near the well.  This was house number one.  Later, grandfather built a log cabin on the right side of the driveway.  There most of his children were born.  This was house number two.  Later, he and his son, John Christian Morlock (my father), built a large frame house on the east side of the driveway.  This was house number three. (I might mention here that we, my brothers and sisters, were all born in this house, except the youngest).  All of these houses have been removed and destroyed.






When grandfather retired, he built a stone house near the line fence, in which Mrs. Emily McLean now lives.  This is house number four.  Grandfather’s son, John Christian, took over the old homestead and in 1882 built the stone house on the farm in which Mr. Neil Stewart currently lives.  This is house number five.  When my father, Christian Morlock, retired, he had the red brick house built in 1909, where Miss Louise Morlock now lives.  This is house number six.


In the autumn of 1909, David Morlock, son of Christian Morlock and my brother, decided to build the white brick house.  He had been working with the Binkley Brothers in the Morriston store and drove the wagon on the road with goods.  He bought one fifth of an acre from father, and the work began.  He finished it in the spring of 1910.  This was house number 7.  In his lifetime, my father, Christian Morlock Senior, saw seven houses being built on the old homestead, and he also saw the construction of the old school, near the line fence next to the Winer farm.






My late brother, Peter Morlock, was the contractor of the white brick house and drew the plans.  My brother Ethelbert dug the cellar out and mixed the mortar.  The brick carriers, that is, the labourers were Bert Huether and also my brother Bert.  Robert Kennedy drew the stone and sand for the foundation and cellar.  The wire cut brick was made in Elmira, shipped to Puslinch Station, and the neighbours were hired to team them from there. 


My brother, Peter Morlock, and his two men, Billy Grinder and Noah Bowman, laid the brick, masoned the cellar wall, and did the plastering.  The late Frank Kistenmacher did the lathing.  The late Oliver Gingrich, of Hespeler, did the carpentry, and along with him were his boy, Alvin, George Grinder, and Mr. Smith.  The shingles came from British Columbia and were laid by these carpenters.






The painting was done by Mr. Baker and his assistant, Mr. Johnson, both of Hespeler.  Mr. Lawrence Huether also did painting after the verandah was built up.  Mr. Oaks, of Preston, put in the furnace for the heating system.  Louis Gregor Senior dug and laid the pipes and connected them to the main pipe for the water system.  A company from Preston did the plumbing in the bathroom et cetera.  Most of the inside work of this house was done in the winter time. 


The men boarded with my brother, Will, and me, in the old farmhouse, as we were batching it at the time, till our sister came to keep house for us.  I prepared the breakfast and gave the first call for breakfast.  Mother came up every day from the red brick house and made the dinner and supper.  We had a most delightful time in the evening while the building was going on.






My brother, Dave, bought an old building, an old hotel called “Halfway House”, half way between here and Hespeler.  He bought it for $50.  Will and I teamed the lumber home.  With the lumber, Dave built the barn, the sheeting for the roof of the house, the flooring for the attic, the stairs for the cellar and attic and the cellar doors.  (By the way, the late Jim Reid built the barn.)


One night I walked home from Morriston with a gentleman and when we came to this house he said, “Do you know that this house is haunted, that oftentimes when I pass by at night I hear strange moaning sounds.”  He wouldn’t sleep in this house for anything.  “You know”, he said, “your brother, Dave, bought the timber of that old hotel to build this house and dear knows what took place in that old hotel years ago.”  I laughed at him and told him what caused those ghost-like sounds.  My father had bought a fancy wire fence from Donald Hanning, for along the road, and on the gate, a little tag was wired to it, the name of the fence.  If certain winds blew, the tag would make a sizzling sound and this is what he had heard.  If there were ghosts in this house, I am sure that by this time they would have all disappeared, for there were no other but good people lived in this house, and a ghost couldn’t stand that.






While brother Dave was living there in 1912, he had the acetylene lights installed in the house.  I can well remember the date, the 20th of December, for I was away, singing at a Christmas entertainment down in Mountsberg.  A load of young people went with me, and when I came home at midnight, I saw such a terrible scene. 


There was someone young around with a flashlight.  Upon further investigation, I found that all the windows had been blown out, some of the glass scattered over the lawn, nearly to the highway, and also the cellar door had been blown out.  I expected that someone was hurt and when I entered my father’s house, I found my sister, Louise, and Barbara, my sister-in-law, with their faces and heads bandaged.  Severely burnt, especially Dave’s wife, her fingers swelled up so badly that they had to file her wedding ring to remove it.  The doctor had been there before I came home.  Carmen, my niece, never got a scratch.  She was playing the piano at the time, away from the window.






The man, who was getting things ready to light up, was in the kitchen, when Lu heard a boiling noise in the cellar and said, “What’s that noise I hear?”  The man quickly ran toward the cellar, with lantern in hand, and set it at the cellar door, to shut off the machine.  Barbara and Lu followed him to the cellar door.  The man called up to keep the lantern away, but instantly there was an explosion, before the man got down the cellar steps.  Bar and Lu were in line with the two windows on each side of the house and that’s why they received the force of the explosion.  Bar had called over to Lu to come over to see the lights when it was ready to light up.  Lu had a fur around her neck and that had protected her face to a certain extent.


Be that as it may, I said before that No. 7 was a lucky house and it was lucky in this way.  The explosion shook the house, but not enough to ruin it, and it was “lucky” that no one was killed.  Although they had a nurse for some months, everything healed up in due season.






The first residents of the white brick house were Mr. and Mrs. David Morlock and their daughter, Carmen.  They lived there from the spring of 1910 until 1916, when they moved to Hamilton.  In 1916, Mr. James Leith moved in, and he had the house painted.  In 1919, Mr. Leith bought the house, and within a few days, he sold it to the Presbyterians for a manse, and along with house, was sold the one-fifth of an acre that lies between it and the Neil Stewart farm, to allow room for a driveway to the garage.


The first minister in the new manse, the white brick house built by David Morlock, was the Reverend Stewart Woods.  He served as Presbyterian minister from 1920 until 1925, the year of the church union debate, and being strongly in favour of a union that was firmly rejected by the Presbyterian Church, Reverend Woods, feeling that it would be inappropriate to remain, departed, to serve the congregations of the United Church thereafter.   Reverend Woods, his wife, two children, and their dog, “Rowdy” are favourably remembered.  Mr. Woods kept a horse and buggy, and later, a car.  He kept a nice garden and also kept the lawn well-mowed.






The second minister was the Reverend Peter Mathieson, who moved here in the fall of 1925 with his wife and daughter, Isabel.  Mr. Mathieson was a great flower man.  If you wanted to have an interesting talk with Mr. Mathieson, just talk on flowers; he could name most of them.  They had lived here, at the manse, for about ten years, when Mr. Mathieson took sick and died in 1935.  It was the first death in this house and the first funeral and the largest funeral that I ever saw in Morriston.  It was a sad house for a while.  After that, Mrs. Mathieson held an auction and sold almost everything that they had, and then moved to Hamilton.  We felt sorry for her and for Isabel and missed them when they left.






The third minister was Reverend James Burgess, who came with his wife and one child, Billie, who was only three years old.  They came to the manse in 1936 and stayed for six years.  Mr. Burgess also kept a beautiful garden.  He received a call to a ministry in Orangeville and moved there in 1943, and again, we were sorry to see them go.  They had a family of two children while they were here.  Billy was known as “Cookie Boy”, for he not infrequently came over for a cookie.  Marion or “Apple Girl” came for an apple.  Their son Andy, known as “Andy Bob”, was born at Orangeville.  Finally, we must not forget Rex or “Ricca” as Billy called him.  Ricca came here as a little pup.  He is six years old.  They took him to Orangeville, but on account of Andrew’s sickness, they brought him back.  Ricca claims both houses as his home and gets treated just the same by our neighbours, the Quail family, as by ourselves, some times a little better.  Ricca will miss those treats and the Quail children when they leave.






For a year or so, the manse was vacant, and if the walls could speak, they would surely have said that they greatly missed hearing prayers.


However, in the fall of 1944, Mr. and Mrs. Quail and their children moved into the manse.  Their names are Patsy, Arthur, Laura, and Diana.  Mr. Quail is a seed inspector, works a fine garden, and keeps the surroundings clean and neat and the lawn well mown.  The children help to keep the place lively and Ricca is quite at home there and he’ll miss them, especially the children, when they move away, and we will all be sorry when that time comes, for they are really good neighbours.


We hope that the fourth minister, the Reverend Mr. Bryan, will find his stay at the manse as comfortable as the rest of the ministers.  It ought to happen that way, for seven is a lucky number and the Bryan family is the seventh family to occupy the manse, the white brick house that David Morlock built.


I said at the beginning that this No. 7 house had its significance, and the significance is this, that the house was bought for a manse, for ministers to dwell in, who should be servants of “The Lord”, to carry on his good will and work, and this is the history of House No. 7.



Simon Morlock.







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