Strachan’s Corners, Puslinch Township


The hamlets of early Puslinch Township, beautiful in their simplicity, kernels of rural community spirit, often encompassing both religious and educational institutions, were also miniature business centres that conveniently provided essential services to the founding agricultural entrepreneurs, the farmers. 


The farmers of early Puslinch are a well-documented success story and the effective distribution of their prodigious productivity to urban populations propelled continuous improvements in roads and modes of transportation.  Eventually, when urban centres were accessible enough as to duplicate the convenience of the business services rendered by hamlets, these tiny jewels were greatly diminished and some, lamentably, evanesced.  Strachan’s Corners was one such hamlet.




1877 map showing the location of Strachan’s Corners




Named after the family of William Strachan, who in 1852 purchased lot 15, concession 4, and established a hotel on the northwest corner of the intersection of Wellington County Road 35, popularly known as the Downey Road, and Forestell Road, where, for decades, Mr. and Mrs. Strachan, and later their son, conducted a successful tavern and store operation.  There was also an adjacent blacksmith shop.  In 1891, the lot and business were sold to Mr. James Barclay.  The waning business location passed through the hands of a number of aspiring owners but neither the businesses nor their edifices survived the Great Depression.



The Strachan’s Corners Correspondent


Julia McWilliams, wife of Walter McWilliams of the 7th concession of Puslinch Township, was the Guelph Mercury newspaper correspondent for Strachan’s Corners for many years and is responsible for all the reports presented here.  Born Julia McMillan, daughter of Hugh McMillan of Erin Township, in 1858, a better correspondent could not be hoped for, being widely revered by her Puslinch neighbours as a dependable and sympathetic friend in times of sickness and sorrow as well as one who took a keen and active interest in the affairs of the community, in which she lived for so long.  Mrs. McWilliams’ reports are a delightful mixture of news and philosophy, delineating the lives of both a community and a person.







The News from Strachan’s Corners

August 18th 1896.


What is in a name?  We all know that the ancients in naming places or persons applied some name which had some meaning, some peculiar significance, and hence the above heading will be known to a great many, and the name will recall a number of scenes of the past.  I need not enumerate any of them, but to those who may not know, I will state that this particular place is in the fourth concession of Puslinch, about six miles from Guelph, near Downey’s schoolhouse, where many a young idea sprouted under the vigorous application of the rod, as I very well know.


Harvest is about completed in this neighbourhood.  Crops are very good with the exception of oats, which are badly rusted, and threshings are now in order.


Mr. Chrysler is making preparations for a new barn to replace the old one, which caved in by weight of snow last winter.


The death of Robert Lennie, at the early age of thirty-seven years, has cast a gloom over the community.  His parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all in this, their sore bereavement, it being just fourteen months since the death of their son, John.  Robert will be greatly missed, and a great many met yesterday to pay the last tribute of respect to one so esteemed by all, there being over a hundred vehicles in the procession.  The pallbearers were Geo. Laird, Archie McLaren, J. Starkey, R. S. Williamson, G. B. Morris, and __ Anderson.


Our schools opened this morning with Miss O’Donnell as teacher in the Roman Catholic School and Miss Wright in the Protestant Separate.  The attendance will be small for the first few days.





Strachan’s Corners

August 24th 1896.


Mrs. Snow and Miss Lilly Snow, of Syracuse, N.Y., are visiting at Mr. Lennie’s.


Miss Walker, of Guelph, visited at Mr. Parker’s last week.


One day last week two ladies and a gentleman were seen wheeling homeward, not on the “Wings of the Morning”, though it was very early, but slowly and wearily.  By the way, if wheeling is such unbounded pleasure, whence the look of utter misery on the faces of some who indulge in that fascinating pastime?


Mr. Cam Lennie is home for a few weeks.


The attendance at the schools this week has been very small.  It seems a pity that the children could not be sent as soon as school opens, as there is injustice done to the teacher and pupil when children are sent irregularly.  Pupils do not take much interest in school if they are allowed to go two days and stay at home three, and very often the teacher is blamed because their progress is not so rapid as that of some others in the school.


We caught a glimpse of Miss May Strachan’s winsome face in the neighbourhood last week.





The News from Strachan’s Corners

August 31st 1896.


It takes all kinds of people to make a world, and it takes all kinds to run a newspaper, which could not thrive without its critics especially, and correspondents have a good deal to hear from those who know how to run a paper just as it ought to be run, but we all remember the story in the school readers of the man who tried to please everyone and pleased nobody.


The fine rains of last Wednesday and Sunday have brightened things up considerably.  The apple crop this year is something enormous.


We congratulate Miss Jane Barclay on her success at the recent examination.


Miss Emma Parker resumes teaching in New Hamburg this week.


Miss Helena McLachlan, of Guelph, visited Miss Lilly Snow last week.


I wonder what we are coming to with taxation!  If anyone will look over the Guelph Central Exhibition they cannot but be impressed with the fact that the managers are all protectionists.  The idea of taxing every entry!  I am afraid that the Guelph Central will find itself, like Tupper, in a cartoon in the Globe, rather “up a tree”.  It might be well to explain the reason for this wholesale taxation.  Perhaps, it is to give consolation prizes to those who may not receive any but who helped sustain the exhibition by making some entries.


We are enjoying fine, cool weather at present.


The farmers on the 7th concession are well pleased to see the gravelling being done near Crane’s Creek, which part of the road was always a dreaded spot in the spring, and the work is being well done.


The falsehoods, which have been set afloat, endeavouring to blast the characters of two of the most respectable young people of our township, must certainly have been the work of some malicious fiends, and they, as well as those who kept the ball rolling, deserve severe punishment.



“A lie that is all a lie,

Is no such a dangerous thing.

But a lie that is only half a lie,

Is the one that leaves the sting.”


The many sincere friends of the parties have the pleasure of knowing that it is all a lie, and therefore, not so dangerous, and the pretended friends are of not much account, and will always continue to roll such sweet morsels under their tongues when they can, but retribution will surely come.


“He who pelts at every barking dog must needs pick up a good many stones.”





Strachan’s Corners

September 8th 1896.


“Ah, would some poo’er the giftie gie us,

To see oorsels as ithers see us,

Frae mony a blunder it wad free us,

And fulish notion.”


The above quotation is about worn threadbare, but, like a favourite coat, it is often brought out to view, brushed carefully and used again.  Now, I am not going to preach a sermon.  Sermons are not preached any more.  Everything has to be condensed in these days of hurry and bustle, and one must say a great deal in a few words, and learn to read between the lines.  The minister has just a little talk with his hearers; no, he never preaches, and it may be that a few minutes of earnest talk is more effective than the two-hour sermon of fifty years ago.  We hope so, anyway.


We have received notice that the entry fees complained of last week have been removed, and it is to be hoped that the Guelph Central may be more successful than ever before.  It is a pity that the township shows could not be induced to unite with the county show, and have one grand display.  I cannot see the benefit derived from having small township shows, when with united force one good one could be held in the county town.


Mr. Walter Laird is at present attending the Galt Model School.


Miss Jane Barclay returns to the Collegiate to study for a higher certificate.  Her many friends wish her unlimited success in her efforts.


Miss Keleher, ex-teacher in the Roman Catholic school here, visited at Mr. Lennie’s last week.


Miss Maggie Laird is visiting at Corwhin.


Miss Gracie Anderson, who has been ill all summer, is gradually improving.


Mrs. James Crane Jr. is ill with neuralgia of the muscles.  Mrs. James Crane Sr. is also ailing.  We hope for their speedy recovery.


It is said that sneak thieves entered the residence of Mr. McIntosh, on the 7th concession, and helped themselves liberally to eatables, and scattered things around generally, and Mr. George Laird is minus a good new shovel and rake that he was using in the spreading of gravel near Crane’s creek.  A detective is badly needed in this neighbourhood.


The contract for gravelling opposite Mr. Barclay’s place was let on Saturday evening.  There has been some fine grading done there, and it ought to be an excellent road.  It is a good thing when farmers take enough interest in their roads to do some good work in statute labour.


The basket makers in the corner house have a number of orders to fill yet.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

September 16th 1896.


We are all looking forward to the Exhibition.  Fall wheat is sown, corn cut, and the farmer may spend one happy day, if he can, in the face of low prices and hard times, etcetera.


One of the gentlemen of the Hunt Club was heard to remark that if farmers remained at home, and did not attend all the shows, there would be no cry of hard times.  What think ye? Solomon outdone.


The Reverend A. J. Belt, of St. James Church, Guelph, accompanied by Mrs. Belt, and his father, Reverend Canon Belt, of Burlington, called at Mr. Robert Porter’s and others of his parishioners, last week.


Messrs. David Barclay and Charlie Chrysler report a good time at the Toronto show last week.


Mr. Donald McPherson, who was kicked by a horse last week, is improving under the care of Dr. Lindsay.


One of the chief attractions at the Toronto show was the great Chinaman.  Guelph needs no such attraction, owing, we presume, to the magnificent prizes to be drawn at the concert, but what about Puslinch and our Aberfoyle?  Could the directors not induce one of the Celestials of the Royal City to give a free exhibition of laundry work?  Drawee heapee crowd.  What is the definition of the word “prize”?


There was a curious sight witnessed on the road to Guelph one night last week, some belated bicyclists being escorted home by a kind-hearted farmer.  The moon had kindly hidden her face and nought could be seen but the useless wheel perched up between.






Strachan’s Corners

September 21st 1896.


The show is over and we are settled down to work again.  We need to make no comment on the show, but hope it may improve with age.


“Daily living seemeth weary to the one who never works.

Duty always seemeth dreary to the one who duty shirks.

Only after hardest striving cometh sweet and perfect rest.

Life is found to be worth living to the one who does his best.”


The Paddock whistle is heard in the land at present.  Farmers are anxious to get their fall threshings over and the Paddocks are faithful workmen.


It was with great caution we looked at the end of the account of Mr. Martin’s induction, owing to the wonderfully healthy looking portrait at the head of the article, but we earnestly hope he may be spared the necessity of taking of taking “Pink Pills” or any other kind, and we congratulate Knox Church in obtaining the services of such a pastor as he promises to be.


The mushroom gatherers are busy scurrying over our fields for that delicacy.  The farmers think discretion to be the better part of valour and refrain from indulging largely.  It would be well for someone who really knows to give an exact description of the difference between the mushroom and the deadly toadstool.


What is mace?  A studious young gentleman was requested by his sisters to purchase some mace.  He searched the dry goods stores faithfully but they seemed to have none in stock at present, but it was on the way and could be here in a day or two.  Could he wait?  Some kind individual directed him to Mitchell’s grocery.


Mrs. Snow has returned to her home in Syracuse, New York.


The wild grape and choke cherry, which in their natural state are scarcely palatable, are being made into wine which is considered by good judges to be very fine, but what about those homemade wines when the plebiscite is taken?  Can we truly have prohibition while wine is manufactured at home?  It may be that the poor miserable wretch who forces his wife to go out and buy his beer for him, may have learned the taste in the home cupboard.  Ah me!  What misery the vile stuff causes.






Strachan’s Corners

October 12th 1896.


We all sympathize with Mr. McPherson, Brock Road, and family, in their deep trouble.  The inestimable loss of wife and mother is hard to bear, but it is one more link in the chain “gone before” and draws all nearer God.


Downey’s schoolhouse presents a fine appearance now with its beautiful fence, and addition to the woodshed, and other improvements.


Remember our harvest home.  Miss Wright, the teacher and her assistants, are sparing no pains to have all ready before Friday October 16th, and we hope for a fine night.


Aberfoyle show tomorrow.  Hope for a fine day.






Strachan’s Corners

October 20th 1896.


The fall of snow on Saturday night was rather alarming, but we hope for some fine weather yet, for there is still a large harvest of roots, apples, etcetera, to be attended to.


The harvest home entertainment in aid of the Hospital, held in the Protestant separate school, netted quite a large sum.  I have not heard exactly the amount, but it will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of forty dollars or more.  The people in the section desire to thank all who contributed so kindly to the good cause.


One of the talented and popular young ladies of Puslinch, in the person of Miss E. Crawley, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crawley, becomes the bride of Mr. J. M. Dooley, confectioner and grocer, of the Royal City.  As the young people are very highly esteemed by all who have had the pleasure of their acquaintance, if heartfelt wishes could bring perfect bliss and future happiness, they will be happy indeed.  We join with the many friends in wishing them long life, happiness, and prosperity.


A friendly paring bee was held at the residence of Mr. Moran on Friday night.


A number from this neighbourhood were successful in winning prizes at the Aberfoyle show.  Mr. J. Hardy was very fortunate with his horses.  Mr. George McGill, Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Buchanan were also prizewinners.






Strachan’s Corners

October 26th 1896.


Owing to the stormy weather last week, farmers were anxious about their roots and apples, and the terrible year, some twenty-seven years ago is recalled, when winter set in so very early that turnips were out till spring.  But surely we will have some fine weather yet?


There have been some pleasant parties held in the neighbourhood lately, and young people are looking forward to a merry time.  Winter is always dreaded, but the time passes quickly when there are pleasant anticipations, and these little social gatherings are indeed very pleasant for the young people.


Puslinch is a township most peculiarly surveyed and we are constantly hearing of people losing themselves.  A few directions posted up at the fork roads of the township would be of great assistance to travellers who are unacquainted with the different roads.  A peddler, some time ago, lost his bearings and lost both time and patience in discovering the right road.  Two young ladies, last week, in search of Stilton cheese were also unfortunate and were badly astray.  Many other instances could be given, so that the authorities ought to seriously consider about directions being posted up.


Reverend A. J. Belt, of St. James Church, begins this week to hold his monthly cottage services in the neighbourhood, for the winter.  These services are much appreciated by the people who attend, and Mr. Belt is very popular.  He is earnest and faithful in his work, not sparing himself in the endeavour, that the glad tidings may be heralded throughout the country.  People should attend these meetings if possible for it is certain they will always hear something by which they will be benefited.  We may differ in our views in some respects but it is certain that Mr. Belt’s lectures are full of earnest truth, and no one could help but enjoy them.


I chanced to see a copy of the third paper published in Guelph.  It is called the Guelph Advocate.  Probably, it is familiar to all, but certainly its jokes and conundrums especially are of a profound depth.


Whitman, the once despised poet, writes of the seed Perfection:


“In this broad earth of ours,

Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,

Enclosed and safe within its central heart,

Nestles the seed Perfection.

By every life a share, or more or less,

None born but it is born, concealed or unconcealed, the seed is waiting.

From imperfection’s murkiest cloud,

Darts always forth one ray of perfect light,

One flash of Heaven’s glory.”



There is no one sunken so low but we can still find some trace of goodness, and we ought to always look for the good and not the bad qualities in our fellow men, and speak a kind word when we can.


“We have smiles for the passing stranger, kind words for the some time guest, but oft for our own, the bitter tone, though we love our own the best.”






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 17th 1896.



“The year is swiftly waning,

The summer days are past,

And life, brief life, is speeding,

The end is nearing fast.

The ever changing seasons,

In silence, come and go,

But thou, Eternal Father,

No change in time canst know.”


We all dread the autumn with its cold, dreary days, wet weather, and chilling winds, but we have an occasional fine, very fine day and it seems more enjoyable than a summer day, but then, when we are in the midst of our enjoyment we are sure to hear the Croaker say, “Oh! But we’ll pay for this fine day and it will surely rain tomorrow for so many ladies are out today.”


The fall of snow on Thursday night made one feel as though winter were here to stay, and things looked a little blue for the Hunt Club who had the trail laid out in this direction, but bravely they defied the elements and were out in full force, making quite a fancy picture with their red coats and prancing steeds, dashing over every obstacle, in their search for what?


Mr. J. J. Chrysler holds a clearing auction on Thursday, the 19th.  He has not been long in our neighbourhood, but he has gained for himself an enviable reputation as a farmer, and what he has to sell will undoubtedly be of first-rate quality.


Not much excitement at present.  Parties continue with unabated vigour, and young people are enjoying them much.


It is with a feeling of awe that one reads Dr. Torrance’s able reply to the deserving compliments he has received on attaining his fiftieth year in the ministry.  How many scenes can be recalled in all these years and Time’s wondrous changes, how vast?


We have heard of the wholesome advice given by the coloured nurse to her charge, “Count yore marcies chile, count your marcies.”  Did we ever pause to count our mercies and then count our troubles?  How small the trials seem in comparison and even they are often blessings in disguise.


We have read pathetic poems on the “Highway Cow” but we have a highway horse here and it really seems to plead for mercy.  The tail and mane are filled with burrs, and it looks so utterly friendless, with a poor prospect of comfort for winter.


Farmers are complaining that their wood and fence rails are disappearing mysteriously, and there seems to be no clue to the nocturnal rambler, but some time he may leave a trace, or perhaps be treated to a loaded stick of wood.


The roads are in fine order for wheeling and these beautiful moonlight nights are an inducement for many to enjoy a spin.






Strachan’s Corners

November 24th 1896.


Mr. J. J. Chrysler’s sale was very well attended.  Stock sold fairly well, but implements were cheap.  Farmers generally are very hopeful, and the ten or twelve months credit looks quite simple, but the months fly by, and to their dismay the sale note is due and the good times seem as far away as ever, but surely under the new government, ere another twelve months is over, there may be a change.  Barney Barnato may leave a stroke of good luck in Ontario.


We are pleased to read of Miss Jane Barclay’s success in winning first prize in the II Form in the G.C.I., and also pleased to hear her praises sung by Mr. Johnson in his college song.


The very sloppy weather interfered somewhat with the attendance at Mrs. Meyers’ sale yesterday, but fairly good prices ruled.


Saturday’s snowstorm made travelling very unpleasant for those who attend the market, but in the evening the roads were very good for wheeling, but some ventured out on runners.


Many think that patient endurance is a virtue that outweighs all others in value.  Endurance is often so contemptible as to rank with cowardice.  The endurance that tolerates evil is a defect worthy of the strongest efforts to overcome it.  It takes courage, time, patience, and faith to take a stand and make a fight against evil, whether it is threatening the nation’s prosperity, or individual rights or comforts.  Righteous wrath that would express it self openly, would put down many evils in their first stages, which endured, create and strengthen themselves.


Mr. John Meyers has had the contract of threshing for Mr. M. P. Doyle, no less than five barns.


Mrs. J. Crane’s Sr. friends will be pleased to know she is a little easier this week.  She has been ailing all summer.






Strachan’s Corners

November 30th 1896.


Colds are very prevalent at present, owing, I suppose, to the sudden change of weather.  Last week was mild as spring, and this a severe cold snap which makes everyone look blue.


Thanksgiving passed off very quietly.  The usual number of hunters visit the woods in search of game that is not there; the goose or turkey is killed; some of the faithful go to church and it is another holiday past.


The day was so very beautiful that everyone enjoyed their outing.  It is surprising the number of young boys who are out with guns, and surely their parents cannot be aware of their recklessness in handling their firearms.  Farmers should make an effort to prohibit hunting for a few seasons and reserve the sport for themselves.


There seems to be a large number of teachers desiring schools, judging from the number of applications trustees are receiving.  Salaries are very low, but it is hardly just that one should take a very small salary in order to oust a teacher who has enjoyed the confidence of the section for some time.  Some wealthy sections that had been paying  $500 or more have reduced the salaries to such an extent that it is impossible for a teacher to support a family on such a sum.  Perhaps trustees consider it most economical, but when all expenses are paid the hard worked teacher has very little over at the end of the year.


Farmers are all complaining that apples are not keeping this year, and even the winter apples are in bad condition so that ere winter is over it will be a difficult matter to get any.  Some are blaming apples for causing the death of a large number of horses, and for being the cause of illness in children who partake largely of this fruit, but it is scarcely probable.






Strachan’s Corners

December 7th 1896.


It has often been the wish of a number of people in this neighbourhood that we have a library, for there are a number of young people who are very fond of good reading, who could not possibly become members of the Guelph Free Library owing to certain strict rules in regard to returning books at stated periods, etcetera.  Now I cannot see any difficulty in the way, and why could we not have a Mechanics’ Institute in this vicinity?  I am not sure, but I think members pay 25¢ a year after the books are bought, and can thus have good reading.  I could name at least 60 young people in this neighbourhood who could take part in an entertainment, and with very little training make it a perfect success, and by that method money enough could be raised to buy a number of good books.  Other people adopt this method of raising money and we could be in fashion, for there is talent here and requires but a little encouragement to be drawn out.  Now, I merely make the suggestion, and if it can be managed, a meeting can be called in a few weeks to consider ways and means.  Would the young men not make a move in the matter and they will have plenty of assistance.  It is a shame to allow talent to lie dormant, if we could possibly encourage the young people to make an effort.  When I say there are sixty young people in this neighbourhood who are particularly bright and intelligent, I speak advisedly, and they would, I am sure, welcome a Mechanics’ Institute Library with pleasure.  Now, there may seem to be obstacles in the way, but they could be surmounted by a little hard work and as it is a good cause, none would object to a little hard work in connection with it.  The older people of the neighbourhood also should think seriously of this matter and provide good reading matter at a small cost for the young people.  The provincial government gives a grant when a certain amount of money is collected.


Monday’s snow has left the roads in a bad state, as travellers realize to their regret, and they regret also that road-makers do not use more gravel than they do in the construction of roads.


Reverend A. J. Belt expects to hold a cottage service at the residence of Mr. Jackson on Tuesday evening, 15th instant.


Word has been received from Miss McWilliams, who has been teaching in the Indian school at Lakesend, N.W.T.  The school is closed and she is at present at Lake Dauphin.  They have had very cold weather, the thermometer falling as low as 48 degrees below zero and the oldest inhabitant never saw such a depth of snow at this season.


Those who were not present at the open meeting held in the city hall by the Stock Association missed a treat.  The speeches by two honourable Ministers of Agriculture were well worth going through a storm of wet snow to hear, though it was a disappointment not to have heard Mrs. Hoodless, yet the entertainment was excellent, and probably many will take advantage of the opportunity to hear her on Thursday night at the Convocation Hall, Ontario Agricultural College. Judging from the crowd of reporters present, the press cannot be suppressed and everyone should read the report of the different speeches.






Strachan’s Corners

December 22nd 1896.


Merry Xmas to all!


What about our Mechanics’ Institute?


School meeting Wednesday between Christmas and New Year’s.  All ratepayers ought to make it a point to attend.


Miss O’Donnell, I believe, is engaged for 1897 in Downey’s School.  Miss Wright, who has taught for two years in the Protestant Separate School, thinks of studying for a nurse.  She has proved herself to be a faithful and energetic teacher, and the children have advanced rapidly under her tuition. It is a pity she decides to leave the profession.  We all wish her success in her new avocation.


This is the season for visiting and feasting.  Were I to enumerate all the visitors who come and go, I should be taking up too much space.  Parties also are so numerous, too numerous to mention.


Just think of the courage of the Paisley Block residents, to engage Bengough to come and lecture for them.  We dare not aim so high at present, but time will tell what our young people can do if they but try.  If there should be sleighing on Wednesday night, there will be surely a large crowd to hear him.






Strachan’s Corners

December 29th 1896.


Happy New year to you!  A new clean leaf turned now.  Grant it may be free from blots.


Those who had the pleasure of meeting Miss Effie Elliott, of Galt, when she was visiting Miss Maggie Laird, of this neighbourhood, a few weeks ago, were very much grieved to hear of her very sudden death last Tuesday morning, and the funeral on Christmas Day made it a sad day for many.  She was a particularly bright and intelligent young lady, much beloved by a large circle of friends, and the bereaved parents and family have the sincere sympathy of many in the vicinity of Guelph and Puslinch.


A little snow and a little sleighing, but excellent wheeling for Christmas.


“Oh, the shaking of the hand speaks the language of the heart”, so goes the old song, and this is the season of handshaking.  Of course, you have in your lifetime noticed the many different kinds of handshakes, from the pump-handle kind of shake to the warm hearty clasp of a true friend, but the kind of shake most noticeable at present is the quick grasp of the office-seeker, with the beseeching remember-me-on-election-day look in the eye.  Ah, it makes one tired!  We all honour the man who acts honourably and we vote for him.  Don’t be led away by the once a year display of friendship, which reminds one of cheap Jack style,  “You are such free and independent voters, and I am so proud of you.  You are such a noble and enlightened constituency, and I am so ambitious of the honour and dignity of being your member, which is by far the highest level to which the wings of the human mind can soar, that I’ll tell you what I’ll do with you...” and so on, ad nauseum.


 Nomination day is an annual enjoyable day for the ratepayers, who delight in hearing speeches from the favourites.


Nominations for Puslinch Council are as follows:

Reeve: James Scott, Peter McLean

Deputy Reeve: Hume, by acclamation

Councillors: Angus McPherson, Gilchrist, S. Pannabecker, John Scott, John Walsh


A number from the neighbourhood attended the lecture given by Bengough in Paisley Block, and were highly pleased.


Sailors nearing the shore are accustomed to sending out the sounding line; as we are nearing the end of the year, it would be well to send out a sounding line and see where we stand.  Are we any better than we were this time last year?  What have we done for the good of our fellow man, for to do good and not evil to mankind is our duty?  What have we been reading and what have we said? One little kind word may save a soul.  Speak it!


“A pebble in the streamlet scant may turn aside the mighty river,

A dew drop on the baby plant may dwarf the giant oak forever.”



---from a sermon




from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

January 8th 1897.


I suppose everyone has got down to plain living and hard work again, after the holidays, and the burden of 1896 has been dropped, and 1897 donned with a hopeful heart.  New Year’s Day was very quietly spent, probably by many in reviewing the past year, and making good resolves for the next.


Puslinch Council for the present year is composed of the following:


James Scott

Deputy Reeve:



Messrs. Angus McPherson, McKenzie, Gilchrist, all good & honourable men

For Downey’s school the trustees are:

M. P. Doyle, Edward Crawley, Patrick Hanlon

For the Protestant Separate School:

  Donald McPherson, Secretary-Treasurer, Thomas Parker, Walter McWilliams


The section regrets losing the services of Mr. Chrysler who resigned owing to the fact that he expects to leave the neighbourhood.


Welcome home visitors spent the holidays with a number in this neighbourhood.


Miss Emma Parker resumes teaching in New Hamburg this week.


Miss Lillie Ruddell, of Berlin, paid a flying visit to friends.


Master Ivan Brazil and Mrs. Brazil, of Brantford, spent New Year’s at Mr. R. Porter’s.


Mr. Cam Lennie and Mr. L. Snow are home for a visit.


Miss Blyth, of Nichol, has been engaged to teach in the Protestant Separate school for the present year.  She comes very highly recommended and we trust she may spend a very pleasant year or more with us.


We are pleased to know that Mrs. James Crane Jr., who has been for some time in St. Joseph’s Hospital, is progressing favourably.


A Liberal Principle:

“All governments, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, are founded on compromise and barter.  We balance inconveniences, we give and take, we remit some rights that we may enjoy others, and we choose to be happy citizens rather than subtle disputants.  Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom, and a great empire and little minds go ill together.”----Burke


“Most stories have two sides, but some of them have four sides and a ceiling, and a sandy foundation.”


If half the kind things we say about people were repeated to them, for there is no one but we can say something kind about, this would be a happy world, but Satan laughs gleefully when unkind words are repeated, and you know the rest.


We ought to be as careful as the old Scotch lady who made a practice of saying something nice about everyone, and when told that it was the belief that even of his Satanic Majesty she could say something nice, replied after careful consideration, “Well I winna say but he has great perseverance onyways”.






Strachan’s Corners

January 11th 1897.


“Winter reigneth o’er the land,

Freezing with its icy breath.

Dead and bare the tall trees stand,

All is chill and drear as death.”


“Yet it seemeth but a day,

Since the summer flowers were here.”


“Sunny days are past and gone,

So the years go, speeding fast,

Onward ever each new one,

Swifter speeding than the last.”


Reverend Mr. Belt expects to hold the next cottage service at the residence of Mr. Thomas Parker, on Tuesday evening, January 19th.


We hope the new council will follow up the good work, and do all in their power for good roads in our township.  At present some of them are a severe trial to farmers and other travellers, but where good gravel has been used the complaints have not been so numerous.  The overseer should insist on only good gravel being used, even though it required a little labour to get it there.


There is considerable sickness at present, but no very serious cases are reported.


There is an endeavour being made to have circulating libraries, that is, a case of books sent into each locality, and when they are read, passed on to the next.  I believe it would work very well, and it is to be hoped that some one of influence will take the matter in hand.


Our schools are well attended at present.  Teachers are right into work.  Visitors have come and gone, “And the world goes on as it went before”.


British Columbia has an attraction for a number of people at present, and some are seriously considering the advisability of going where they can at least hope to make a living, and where farm products are not down to starvation prices.


Mr. Joseph Hardy expects to hold an auction sale early in February.  He is a good farmer and has a lot of good stock for sale.






Strachan’s Corners

February 9th 1897.


We are having such very fine weather that even the chronic grumbler says it is a model winter that we are enjoying, but then he says, “Ah, but we’ll pay up for this in March”.  Strange, how some people will borrow trouble and seem to think it is a sin to enjoy today and let tomorrow take care of itself.


For years and years we have heard of the end of the world coming on a certain day.  You hear people admonished by cranks to be ready for it is certainly coming soon and to live accordingly.  They remind one of the finger post, something which points the right way but does not travel the road itself.


Reverend Mr. Belt expects to hold the usual monthly service next week, time and place not decided, but will be announced later.


The many friends of Mr. McGarr and family sympathize with them in their sore bereavement.


Reverend Mr. Glassford was a welcome visitor in the neighbourhood this week.


Sales are coming fast and furious.  Three sales inside of two weeks is rather bewildering, Messrs. Jackson and Lynch next week.


Mr. Hardy’s sale was very well attended and prices were fair.  The neighbours are sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and family from their midst for they have been ever kind and obliging, and they leave with the best wishes of all, that success and happiness may follow them in their new home.


Mr. Samuel Jackson, who has been very ill with la grippe, is able to be around again.


Sleighing is grand this week, moonlight “ditto”, and parties numerous.


Every absurdity has now a champion to defend it, and as he is generally much in the wrong, so he has always much to say, for error is ever talkative.






Strachan’s Corners

March 1st 1897.


March has been ushered in sufficiently lion-like to bid us hope for a lamb-like close.


Since the sales are all over and everything settled down to quietness again, news is rather scarce.


We are pleased to know that Mr. Thomas Jackson has decided to remain in Ontario, and work the home farm again.


The problem that is vexing the soul of the farmer at present is whether it is better to pay wages and have nothing left or worry along alone and have something.


The kindness of the Hunt Club in treating the farmers, over whose country they rode, to a supper on Tuesday evening is much appreciated and a pleasant time is anticipated.  It is well for city and country to sometimes meet for an exchange of ideas, as it will be beneficial to all, we hope.


Mrs. Crane Jr. is expected home from the hospital, where she has been for the last three months under treatment.  Her neighbours all earnestly hope for her speedy recovery.


Miss Mabel McMillan, of Erin, who has been visiting at Mr. McWilliams’ for the past three weeks, has returned home.






Strachan’s Corners

March 10th 1897.


Spring-like weather now.


A number of the friends and neighbours of Mr. Chrysler surprised him at his residence on Tuesday evening.  An enjoyable time was spent and the company dispersed, wishing Mr. Chrysler and his family peace and happiness in their new home.  They leave here some time soon.


Mr. Joseph Hardy has decided to remain in Ontario for another season.  His successor on the McWilliams farm, Mr. Ryder, is getting settled.


Mr. Crawley is very ill with la grippe; also a number of others are suffering severely.


On Sunday, while Mr. and Mrs. Dooley were driving home along the 7th concession, one of the horses became unmanageable and unfortunately hurt its foot very badly.  Mr. McGill kindly came to his assistance and kept the injured horse and lent Mr. Dooley another one.


Mr. Gilchrist, on Saturday, also had one of his horses injured, while on the road nearly opposite Mr. Porter’s.


A meeting of the Patrons of Industry was called for last Thursday night to wind up matters, but owing to some members being unable to be present, the meeting was postponed indefinitely.


The farmers from this neighbourhood who attended the Driving and Hunt Club supper are loud in their praise of the treatment they received and wish the club pleasure and prosperity galore.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

March 23rd 1897.


The roads in this neighbourhood last week were almost unfit for travelling, indeed some spots were dangerous.  A little exertion in shovelling snow in some places would make a difference.


This Wednesday evening at 6:00 o’clock witnesses the wedding of Mr. William Derby, Paisley Block, and Miss Kate McIntosh of Puslinch.  Miss McIntosh has not been a great while in our neighbourhood, but in the short time, she has gained many warm friends, who regret exceedingly to see her leave this township.  She has always been anxious to devote herself in any good cause, and lend a helping hand in any time of need, and it is the sincere wish of all that she may live a long and happy life with the husband of her choice.


Mr. J. J. Craig, Public School Inspector, visited this section last week.  He found the schools in a flourishing condition.


Remember Mr. Adam Brickell’s sale on Tuesday, the 30th.


La grippe patients are recovering.


Syrup making has scarcely begun yet, although there were some days that the sap would run.  This does not promise to be a good year for that business.


Our genial assessor, Mr. McLean, paid his annual visit last week.  The dogs were all to the fore and were not hustled out of sight.  The dog tax is not a welcome one, either in city or country.


It is a matter of surprise and regret to many that such a number of prominent people took such an active interest in the recent brutal and disgusting fight in Carson City.  It would be interesting to know how much money was spent over the affair, and compare it with the amount sent to famine stricken India.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

March 30th 1897.


The roads are very muddy and disagreeable for travelling.


Not much stir at present owing to farmers getting ready for spring work.


A number of cattle buyers are around, but not so many cattle are for sale this year as formerly, for various reasons.


After a long siege of illness, borne with Christian patience, Mrs. James Crane Jr. was laid to rest on Sunday, twenty-one years from the day of her marriage.  There was a large number to pay their last respects to the dead at Kirkland’s chapel.  The neighbours all sympathize with the three orphan daughters left, mourning a devoted mother, but they have the assurance that the Everlasting arms are around them and that He will be a father and mother to them in their hour of trouble.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

April 6th 1897.


We have read many suggestions as to the celebration of the Jubilee Year, but that of our esteemed Premier, Mr. Laurier, seems the most impossible, even though it might be the most desirable.  “Let this be the jubilee year indeed; let this year be as of old, a year of remission; let the past be forgotten; let old scores be put into oblivion; let strife and contention be forever buried, and instead, let trust, confidence and goodwill spring from the ground and rise towards Heaven.  This is the noblest monument that Canadians could offer as a contribution to the glory of the jubilee year.”  As we read between the lines can we not understand the utter weariness of the jealousies and bitterness which make life in high places not the most pleasurable in the world, especially so to a honourable man and one who conscientiously strives to do his duty against all odds.


This beautiful spring-like weather gives the busy housewife a careworn expression of countenance owing to the fact that the dreaded stove-moving season is around again.  Last year, I gave what I considered to have been a very mild description of how the average man puts up stove-pipes, and only the other day, I chanced to meet a very big man, oh such a big man, a perfect giant, intellectually, physically, and---and---I should judge “temper”---ally, who, to my amazement, accused me of having made reference to him entirely, as the very man.  He had zealously nursed his wrath from that time, and I leave my readers to imagine the storm of indignation vented on my luckless self.  I am still living, but wishing that Mr. Laurier’s proposal as to the celebration of the jubilee year might materialize.


As usual, Puslinch has done well at the seed fair.  Puslinch grain has a high reputation, and farmers in need of good seed can rely on getting it free from weed seed.  There are so many noxious weeds in the country now that it behoves farmers to be careful as to the seed grain that they buy.






Strachan’s Corners

April 21st 1897.


April must be starting a sinking fund, or else giving March interest for past years.  This weather is injurious to the fall wheat and grass.


Farm work has started in earnest, everybody, owing to the late spring, is very busy plowing and tilling their land; however, very little seeding is done as yet.


The cry on the farm of late years has been “hard times and hard work without returns”, but better times must be anticipated for even Yankee stationers and G.C.I. students are returning to the plow, but this doesn’t say how well they can handle it and if the furrows are like a dog’s hind leg, it is the fault of the plow and team, not of these experts.  The farmer calls them green because they are from the city, and of course, the city Adonis calls them hayseed because they come from the country.  I suppose it had better be submitted to arbitration.  One hears considerable grumbling about sore hands and tired legs from these freshies.


Puslinch is not forgotten, a person, even from another county, is marching through the famous land, visiting all the old settlers, and gathering information in order to compile a history of our township.  I suppose the worthy gentleman, when he gets his history written, expects to make his fortune by selling his production to the inhabitants, but I guess he’ll get sold himself and not the book, unless the women take it in hand.  They generally make things move.


Maple syrup season is about ended.  The run this season has been exceptionally good owing to its short duration.


Puslinch is the place for the boys; the girl buys the license, which she gives to her true love and then the beau goes and marries a second belle, which the first girl wrongs.


People in Puslinch are grieved to hear that Mr. John Laird, York Road, is ill.


A boy went out for a widow game the other night.  He had first chance but found her armed with clubs.  This was too much, he wanted diamonds.  His grief was appalling, but his grit surprising.  Determined to succeed, he won the lady of his choice, and at lunch got two spoons as a sign of the wedding.  Wedding bells are said to ring but we can’t hear them.


Parties are all the go in this vicinity, only select company, O.A.C., Ducks, etcetera.


One poor fellow mourns the betrothal of a sweet girl, once of our neighbourhood, so much that he often becomes melancholy.  It is said that he wept, poor fellow, when she got married.  I guess he’ll get over it all right.  If he doesn’t, we’ll send for the agent who was around here selling patent medicines, positive cures for the worst kinds of cancer, catarrh, and heart disease.


The girls around here complain that their sisters who attend the Collegiate are being spoiled.  They won’t do what they are told.


Mr. Joseph Lester will be busy this spring working his large farm.


Mr. Theodore Cross and Mr. Smith, of Ancaster, are renovating the barn shed of Mr. Adams, our new neighbour.  So far, they have it raised three feet and set it on rollers.


Personals--- Miss Emma Parker is spending her vacation at home.  Miss Grace McPherson is enjoying brief respite from her studies in Toronto.  Miss Minnie Laird, of Guelph, has been enjoying Puslinch air and society of late.  Mrs. Walter McWilliams and daughter are visiting father and grandfather of Erin.






Strachan’s Corners

May 4th 1897.


“Oh earth, the thrilling of spring-tide,

Pervades your bosom deep and wide.

Your chilling sleep again is done,

Smile up unto the smiling sun.

Forget the gloom and biting frost,

Your charms are not forever lost.”


The beautiful, busy spring season is with us again and everyone is very busily employed with the usual spring exercises, not the least of which is the dreadful house-cleaning in which the tidy housekeeper is revelling to her heart’s content, with the accompaniment of the loudly and variously expressed discontent of the man of the house, without exception.


Some very smart people are through seeding and others hope to be through this week.  Fall wheat and clover are looking remarkably well, and the woods are gay with the lovely spring flowers, which abound in great profusion at present.


The high wind last week played havoc with the building Mr. Cross had been repairing for Mr. Adams.


Chimney fires created consternation among the timid ladies during the storm on Friday.


Where are our young bachelors when a good farm is lying idle this year in our section?


“It is not so much what you say,

As the manner in which you say it.

It is not so much the language you use,

As the tone in which you convey it.”






Strachan’s Corners

May 11th 1897.


Our annual and unwelcome spring visitors, the mosquitoes, are here in myriad numbers at present.  It is to be hoped that their stay will be of short duration.


The war-whoop of the belated waggoner is heard in the midnight air on our roads these moonlight nights, quite alarming the sleepy residents, but we have the satisfaction of knowing that some one is returning home happy, in spite of the price of whiskey and tobacco.


Whooping cough has broken out in our neighbourhood, but we hope that the afflicted ones will have but a mild attack.


Mr. Cassin, who has been visiting friends in this neighbourhood, has returned to his home in Chicago, accompanied by his nephew, Mr. Hugh McGill.


Tuesday was observed as Arbour Day in our school.  Parents should take an interest in beautifying the school grounds and encourage their children by giving something to plant, in the shape of seeds, roots, or trees.


Mr. C. Lennie came in too close contact with the turnip pulper and consequently is nursing a sore hand.






Strachan’s Corners

May 20th 1897.


The incorrigible mosquito still holds the fort, much to the annoyance of moonlight lovers.  Someone was predicting a scarcity of mosquitoes this year but they seem to be worse than ever.


Small fruit promise a large yield, judging by blossoms, but apples do not promise much.


Mr. Barclay is having a good substantial fence built, which will prove a barrier to the numerous wayside cattle.


Reverend Mr. Martin of Knox Church held a baptismal service at the residence of Mr. Donald McPherson on Thursday night.  There were about forty present.  He read appropriate passages from Genesis 17 and Mark 10, making comments thereon, and endeavoured to make parents realize that it was impossible to lead a child in the right way unless they also were in the right way.  Mr. Martin is an earnest speaker and we hope to hear him again in our neighbourhood.


The Misses Mabel and Madeline Ewing, of Puslinch Lake, have been visiting at Mr. Robert Porter’s last week.


Farmers are all busy preparing the ground for the root crop.


Hogs are in good demand.  Mr. Lynch delivered a fine load in Galt on Tuesday, prices fair for live weight.






Strachan’s Corners

June 9th 1897.


There are two kinds of people who are quite a trial to their friends, and they are the forgetful person and the one who makes promises and never keeps them.  There is no need to dwell on these grave faults, but we know the trouble caused by letters forgotten, appointments made and not kept, etcetera.


“The giants who frighten us, most often turn out to be common sized men on stilts”


“Every man is our neighbour, who needs our compassion and help.”


Between the showers, the farmers are getting in their potatoes, mangolds, etcetera, and in this neighbourhood at least crops are looking exceedingly well.


The long continued cold weather is quite conducive to colds and other ailments.  There are only a very few cases of whooping cough and schools are well attended.


Mrs. Fitzpatrick is very ill and Mrs. James Crane also is ill this week.


Everybody is looking forward to the celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, for a well-earned holiday, and it is to be hoped that they will not be disappointed.


Mr. Richard Laird had the misfortune to lose a very valuable horse by indigestion this week.


Veterinarian Howie is getting quite a call in this neighbourhood lately.


Our young people are very much annoyed at the weather, but they try to get in a picnic at the lake.  We can’t say what sort of time they had.


A number of people were very much interested in the bazaar last week.  It was well worth a visit.  We have not heard of many prizes being won in this vicinity.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Parker enjoyed a pleasant drive to New Hamburg this week.






Strachan’s Corners

June 15th 1897.


“No news is good news” for this week.


This is the picnic season now and the young people are evidently making good use of their time.  There was one from here to the Lake, last week, and all enjoyed the outing.  Several more for this week.  One down near the Lake.  A jubilee picnic at Ellis Church promises to be something worth going to.


The warm weather is very pleasant after the long cool season and all nature seems to rejoice.


The annual sheep washing is very late this year, but the poor sheep are wishing to be relieved of their coverings very soon, judging from the appearance of some of them.


The bicycle is seen flying along our roads these fine evenings.  We hope to soon have excellent roads for wheeling if the council can respond to all the very numerous petitions sent in, but we think our roads much superior to the indifferent ones in the corporation of the Royal City.  Some of them would require the engineering of some of our country pathmasters, and then there would not be so many complaints.  Considering all the money spent on them, they are disgraceful.


The country people are entertaining numerous visitors in this sweet month of June, and everyone is happy, or ought to be, in this glad season.  Some weddings are talked of also, a very pleasant subject evidently.


Just now, the farmer’s wife wendeth her way to the barn and, with eagle eye, searcheth for the young chickens, turkeys, ducks, and goslings that may perchance have put in an appearance, and if she happen to have good luck, in her mind she calculateth the roll of bills in the pocket next Christmas, if the prices should happen to be good; for alas, butter is so low she maketh nothing thereon, and is subjected to hard labour in the making of that necessary commodity, and the price obtained is not sufficient to cover expenses of manufacture.






Strachan’s Corners

July 6th 1897.


“It takes a higher degree of courage to be laughed at than it does to be shot at.”


“We are living in a high state of grace when we never blame anybody else for our own mistakes.”


The few days of very hot weather was rather a severe change after the cool spring but Monday’s heavy shower has cooled the atmosphere considerably.  There was not much damage done in this neighbourhood with the exception of a few trees being blown down, but in some other parts the storm must have been very fierce judging from the lightning seen from a distance.


The first of July was spent very quietly, but on Friday some neighbours and their friends spent a most enjoyable time at the famous Puslinch Lake.


The sick in our midst are all on the mend.  Mrs. Crane has rallied and is much better this week.


The usual number of visitors are enjoying the pure air of our neighbourhood.


The roads are undergoing the usual annual repairing.  On some beats, the work is done well, on others, rather indifferently.  Some young men are thoughtful enough of their lady friends who ride wheels to remove the stones.


“A pump may be connected with a very deep well of good water and yet need a pitcher of water to be brought from another source to be poured in at the top before it can work.  So with the mind sometimes, the reading of a good book helps it into running order.”


Farmers are very busy with their hay, and this week will see a large amount of it safely housed.  Crops everywhere seem to be excellent and a brighter prospect in view.  The grasshopper has not troubled much, and turkeys are not thriving as well as last year.  It is a pity that the turkey could not be taught to climb the trees where the numerous caterpillars abound.  The potato bugs are worse than for many years.


Mrs. P. Thomson and Master Tasker, of Salem, visited friends here last week, a farewell visit ere her departure for Kent County.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

August 24th 1897.



“Here at this hour we view the sweep

Of a vast century to its close,

Sublime in its titanic throes,

And in its plummet, ocean deep.

A century thrilled from start to end

With fearless striving, fearless hope,

Whose larger mind and wider scope

In one eternal progress tend.”


Mr. Geo. McGill finished harvest on Tuesday.  This is only a day or two later than last year despite the continued wet weather.


We hear of considerable wet grain being housed, but hope for no bad effects.


That tall potato vine story in Saturday’s issue is scarcely to be believed, but as the mercury is noted for truthfulness, we must swallow it with a little grain of salt.


Beekeepers are reporting a very poor yield of honey this year, from various causes, and this neighbourhood is no exception to the rule.  Doubtless, some of the overplus stock of last year will be for sale this year, and thanks to the bill that was passed a couple of years ago prohibiting anyone selling adulterated honey in Canada, we can still have pure honey.  Our good representative for that year worked hard for the protection of beekeepers, and described a honey which properly ripened and sealed would keep till doomsday.


Mr. Walter Laird and Miss Maggie Laird visited friends in Eramosa and Erin last week.


Miss K. M. Armstrong wheeled from the city to visit friends here.


Those who have good wheat this year are jubilantly walking around whispering audibly, “A dollar a bushel, likely more before spring, hundreds of bushels in the barn, better than the Klondike with the uncertain wealth, ah!” etcetera.


We hear of a few picnics after the harvest is safely gathered in.


Mrs. R. Mahoney and little daughter have returned to the city, having spent a few days in the country.


Very few from this vicinity have joined the great exodus to the Northwest.  Ed Kinsella has taken the trip in.  It will be a wonder if there is work for so many harvesters.






Strachan’s Corners

October 26th 1897.


The exceedingly fine weather that we are enjoying at present is much appreciated by the farmers, who are anxious to get fall plowing done, etcetera.


Turnip pulling is now in order.  The crop is a very good one this year.


The tenant on Mr. Lennie’s place, Mr. Laur, has begun plowing.


Reverend Mr. Belt held a cottage service at the residence of Mr. Robert Porter on Friday evening, which was well attended.  Mr. Belt expects to hold these services regularly through the winter.  His lectures are much appreciated by those who attend.


Mr. and Mrs. William McWilliams, of Eramosa, and Mrs. Laird Sr., of Guelph, visited at Mr. Parker’s and at other friends last week.


Basket-making seems to be rather brisk at present.  The terms are “strictly in advance” it appears, and with a great many farmers they are so far in advance that they have begun to despair of ever viewing their purchases, but it may be that if they wait patiently a while longer, they may have their desire, but even a farmer’s patience has a limit.


It will give general satisfaction in this section to know that our popular teacher, Miss Blyth, has been re-engaged for the coming year in the Protestant Separate School.






Strachan’s Corners

November 3rd 1897.


Mr. Michael Lynch is very ill with rheumatism and is suffering very much pain.  We hope for a speedy recovery.


The inspector, Mr. Craig, paid his half-yearly visit to the school here.  Why do the trustees and parents not visit the school?


Hallowe’en pranks were not very many.  Boys are too busy at turnips.


Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thompson, and some members of the family, from Owen Sound, visited friends in the neighbourhood, last week.


Mrs. Brazil and son visited her parents last week.






Strachan’s Corners

November 17th 1897.


Looks as though winter is here, and some loads of turnips are yet to be housed.


Some of the bachelors are thinking seriously of matrimony.  A wedding takes place in a few days.  The contracting parties are very popular and have the best wishes of a very large circle of friends.  Still, there are more to follow!


Mr. Lynch remains in about the same condition.  He is unconscious at times.


The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle and their family sympathize with them in their sore bereavement.


We regret to hear of the serious illness of Mr. A. Paddock, who was threshing in this neighbourhood last week.


We hear a great deal about hunting in Muskoka at present, but we seldom see any game.  A kind friend, more fortunate than many hunters, has treated a number in this neighbourhood to venison, which is a rare treat indeed.  The hunters say they had a good time although they had often to walk many miles in a day, and seldom shoot anything.  Tired?  Yes!!  But hunting is a rare sport, you know.


The party season is here again.  We hear of a number of enjoyable gatherings, and the young people are happy.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

December 15th 1897.


Farmers have been busily engaged in finishing up late plowing for the last week, so that winter is scarcely here _____.


There is every evidence that the Liberals are convinced that good times have arrived, when they are preparing for an expensive banquet.  Tickets are only fifty cents and the very best viands, etc., etc., will be set before you.  Why, there is also some talk of celebrating the anniversary of King ___ accession by a banquet.  Surely, the money spent could be applied to some better purpose than providing those with dainties that they do not need.  A word to the wise is sufficient.  It is rather disquieting to think that in order to do honour to some ___ person there must be an elaborate feast prepared, when there must by necessity be an enormous waste and extravagance.


Mr. Walter Laird has been engaged by the Killean School for the coming year.


Those who attended the Fat Stock Show from this neighbourhood were well pleased.






Strachan’s Corners

January 4th 1898.


The joyous holiday season is past and everyone has settled down to the usual routine of daily duties once more with renewed resolve for the new year.


Miss Blyth and Mr. Hanlon were bright and early at work on Monday morning.


Miss Emma Parker resumes teaching in New Hamburg.


Mr. Walter Laird is wielding the rod in Killean.


Mr. C. Lennie, of Syracuse, N.Y., is visiting his parents.


Miss Kate Stewart spent some happy days with her cousins here.


Reverend Mr. Belt expects to hold a cottage service at the residence of Mr. Thomas Parker on Thursday evening.


Last Thursday, an old time raffle was held at the residence of Mr. Lynde.  No doubt a happy time was spent by the successful ones who were there, fun and turkey galore, etcetera.


The revival services lately conducted in Kirkland’s Chapel by the pastor, assisted by Mr. J. Austin have been productive of much good to some of the young people who have earnestly resolve to live a Christian life.


Mr. Samuel Jackson resumes farming this year, assisted by his son William.


Excellent sleighing and very cold weather.






Strachan’s Corners

April 6th 1898.


Fine March weather.


Pupils and teachers are looking forward to the Easter vacation.


Mr. Will Barclay has obtained a situation at the O.A.C. and Mr. David Barclay has engaged for the summer with Mr. Carter, Guelph Township.


And are we really to pass through the horrors of another election?  And have not the Conservatives an admirable cats-paw?


Tramps seem to infest the neighbourhood.  The gold fever has not affected all the idle men in the country.


Fall wheat is looking admirably well this spring.  There was a much larger acreage than usual sown last fall.


The tramps abroad:  Several mornings during the past week the Protestant Separate Schoolhouse, Puslinch, has borne evidence of being inhabited by tramps during the night.  On Tuesday morning they evidently had overslept, as when the door was unlocked in the morning, three able-bodied tramps were discovered comfortably sleeping, with a good fire on, and all the wood left for the morning fire burnt.  One was short and wore an overcoat and was fair complexioned, the second was tall and dark, and the third was a comparatively young man of about twenty.  They made good their escape, and will likely not appear in the neighbourhood again.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

April 20th 1898


“In this world of toil and trouble,

If you would your pleasure double,

Lend a hand.

There’s a bliss beyond all other,

Found in helping up another,

Lo, to every needy brother,

Lend a hand.”


It was a great shock to our usually quiet neighbourhood to hear of John Porter’s narrow and miraculous escape from ____ (unreadable section)…  and much sympathy is felt for the family, and more especially at this time, when he had bought his farm, which is in a rather bad state, being very much in need of plowing.  He is improving as well as could be expected under the circumstances, but will not be out for some time.


Farmers are expecting to be pretty well through seeding this week, although the cold east storm of Tuesday retarded their movements some.


People who are in the habit of crossing Wells’ bridge, were expecting something substantial in the way of a bridge when travel was forbidden in that direction last week, but the crazy patchwork affair called a bridge is still there, but some morning it may not be there.


Mrs. Derby and Master John, of Mosboro, visited at Miss McIntosh’s last week.  Miss Rose Rudell visited friends here.  Dr. Laird, of Southampton, paid a short visit to his home.  Miss Flowers, of New Hamburg, was the guest of Miss Parker.  Miss Alice Porter, of Brantford, spent Sunday with her parents.  Miss Gretta Cane is at home at present.  Miss Grace McPherson spent the vacation at home.  Miss Blythe visited in Toronto.  Miss Emma Parker resumed teaching in New Hamburg this week.


The farmers enjoyed the Hunt Club supper and social chat very much, and are grateful to the members for their kindness.  Perhaps, the compliment may be returned some day.


The Guelph Mercury





The News from Strachan’s Corners

May 5th 1898.


We did not suppose that the mighty Rockwood scribe noticed the feeble efforts of amateurs, but we feel flattered that he followed the example.  We must forgive his funny remarks and “poetic flight”, as apparently he has had great provocation with wailing kids et cetera, and we dare not presume to be foemen worthy of his steel (pen).


Quite the event of the season was a party given by Mr. and Mrs. Crawley to a number of their friends last week.  It goes without saying that a happy time was spent by all till away on in the morn, with such a gracious hostess.


“It passes all understanding that men, either in city or country, will maintain the yelping cur nuisance, and all without a word of rebuke.  The man who kills such a dog takes the law into his own hands, but he has the active sympathy of every man who believes that the highways belong to the people for their peaceful use, unmolested by the attacks of curs that frighten horses, and consequently threaten property and life.” ─ from “The Globe”.


  Reverend Father O’Loane administered the Holy Sacrament, the Lord’s Supper, to Mr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, on Tuesday morning.


An enthusiastic young volunteer of this neighbourhood was hastily preparing his old musket for war, and in his endeavour to dislodge the old charge, almost killed himself and comrade.  At last reports they are doing well.






Strachan’s Corners

May 17th 1898.


There appears to be nothing new under the sun this week.  The same yearly digging, delving, and cultivating of the earth, and the same old custom of spring cleaning are zealously, very much so, attended to as usual and doubtless will be while the earth lasts.


The sick:  Mrs. Spruhan, who has been ill, is progressing favourably.  Mrs. Crane is much weaker this week but is able to be around.  Mr. Stewart, who was suffering from paralysis, is recovering.  Mr. Thomas Parker, who has been ill with appendicitis, is able to be around again.


The woods are gay with the most beautiful flowers this spring, and many ladies and gentlemen daily are seen culling the sweet scented blossoms.


Numbers of young people, per bicycle, visit the country these days.  Some of the roads are suitable for wheeling, but others are almost covered with large and small stones, which are rather troublesome.


Statute labour recreation will soon be along.


We see enthusiastic fishers starting out, but they usually drag themselves home unburdened by the many speckled beauties of the river.


A most delightful game of baseball, played by some of the young ladies of the neighbourhood, was witnessed on Monday evening by admiring travellers.  The usual merriment prevailed and all had a good time, and aching limbs in the morning.






Strachan’s Corners

June 7th 1898


Very dry weather in this region at present.  We longingly watched the clouds pass by us on Monday evening.  Rain would be very welcome now.  Wheat is out in head and promises well.  Clover is everywhere very good, but is drying up for want of rain.


Puslinch and Paisley Block played baseball on Tuesday evening in Mr. Phalen’s field, and as all the world would expect, the Puslinch Hustlers won the day, the score 6 to 4.  There was a large crowd to witness the game.  A number were present from the city. 


The Guelph Mercury





Strachan’s Corners

June 30th 1898.


Very hot, then cool and wet weather.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mollison have best wishes for future happiness from the whole neighbourhood.


Reverend Mr. Glassford held a service at the residence of Mr. James Laird on Monday evening.  About thirty assembled and appreciated his thoughtful lecture very much.


Miss Amos is teaching in the Protestant Separate School for a few days.  Miss Blyth has the sympathy of the people here in her time of sorrow.


Haying has begun.  The crop promises to be very large in this vicinity.


A rag and bone collector was through the country the other day.  There is a big dog or constable waiting to attend to his case the next time he appears.






Strachan’s Corners

July 19th 1898.


A fine shower of rain fell on Tuesday and was very welcome as the dust was very disagreeable in this vicinity, but the farmers were glad to get all their hay in without a spell of wet weather.  Wheat about all cut and the prospects are cheering.


As all the world knows, binding twine is away up in price, consequently some people endeavour to obtain it as cheaply as possible and take a stroll around their neighbours’ grain fields to appropriate balls that are left with the binder.  The thief, a mean sneak thief he is too, is pretty well known, and to save trouble it would be as well for him, and it would be taken kindly by the farmers, if he would, before next Monday, return the twine, as apparently Sunday night is his night out.


One evening, a week or so ago, the people of the neighbourhood were treated to some delightful music.  We know not who the fair singer was, but we should like her to know that it was very much enjoyed after a day of hard work.  The memory of that sweet song shall ever linger in the minds of many who heard it.


The Misses McPherson wheeled to Galt on Saturday.


Miss Parker, of Toronto, visited her brother, Mr. T. Parker, last week.


Miss J. Armstrong, city, visited friends here.


Miss Nellie Hamilton is visiting Miss Laird.


Mrs. Lennie, accompanied by Miss Lillie Snow, of Syracuse, visited in Flamboro.


Miss Lynch is recovering from her illness.


Raspberry pickers from the city will find it to their interest to keep away from the country at present as farmers are in a rather rebellious mood these days.


“Jealousy is acknowledging the superiority of someone else.”


Opportunity is represented as having her face covered and her feet winged, hence the difficulty that most people have of recognizing her ere she is gone forever.”


“Difficulty, adversity, and suffering are not all toil, but often the best source of strength.  Some men only require a great difficulty set in their way to exhibit the force of their character, and the difficulty once conquered becomes one of the greatest incentives to their progress.”


We regret that the heads of the Mercury are stepping out, but wish them many years of happiness and rest after the years of toil that they have seen.






Strachan’s Corners

August 9th 1898.


Threshings are now the aggravation of the farmer.  The Laur, Broeckel, and Paddock whistle startles the tired men in the very early morn, and the small boy longs for the school day as eagerly as he wished for vacation.  The harvest is about over, and an unusually busy one it was too.  The yield of grain promises well, with the exception of oats and peas, which have suffered from frost.


Sheep-worrying dogs have been rampant lately.  Owners of dogs had better see that their pets are not a nuisance to their neighbours, but “Oh no, it would be impossible that our dog would kill sheep.  He is not even cross”.


Miss Stewart, of Crieff, is spending a week with friends here.


Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth of the city spent a few days with Miss Laird.


Mr. and Mrs. Law, of Ancaster, visited their niece, Mrs. Mollison.


The country schools open next week.  It is thought that our schools might as well have the same length of vacation as city schools.  Very few attend for the first two weeks after vacation.


Puslinch people earnestly wish for the new editors of the “leading paper” long life and continued success.


Mr. Walter Laird, accompanied by his friend, Mr. Young, is on a wheeling tour to Hespeler and other places.






Strachan’s Corners

August 18th 1898.


Schools opened on Monday with a fair attendance.  It is thought that the vacation passed much more quickly than usual.


It has been suggested numbers of times that farmers ought to have their names printed on their gates for the benefit of travellers.  In a township surveyed as Puslinch is, it would be very welcome.  So far as we know, the only one who has done so is Mr. Hector McCaig, of Puslinch.  He has a beautiful white gate, and “he who runs may read” and know who owns such a fine place.


What have you to say about the plebiscite?


As Guelph is resting this year, possibly with the intention of making a gigantic effort next year to hold an exhibition, Toronto and Aberfoyle will make brave efforts to draw immense crowds this fall.


Between the showers, the grain is nearly all harvested.


A fierce storm passed over here on Tuesday morning, levelling trees and fences but leaving no very serious damage in its track.


Mrs. Brazil, of Brantford, spent Sunday with her parents.


Miss Barclay, of Rhode Island, is home for a visit.


Miss Lynch’s friends will be glad to know that she is progressing favourably.






Strachan’s Corners

August 22nd 1898.


Mr. S. Jackson, who was injured by a colt, is recovering.


Mr. James Crane Sr. is not very well at present.


Mr. Harry Snyder had his hand hurt by a fork last week.


A number of farmers in this neighbourhood complain of their cattle having sore eyes, and they suffer very much.  Is there no remedy for this trouble?


Is there any law as to the width of the road or street either in country or city?  It certainly is a narrow way that travellers have on MacDonnell Street on Saturdays in front of some of the hotels.  We are not allowed to place obstructions on the roadway, and in case of accident, who would be responsible for these obstructions?


An absentminded man walked off with a pair of chickens belonging to Mrs. Foster on the market on Saturday.  He was nearly as mean as the customer who says, “I’ll take this pair”, and doesn’t come back to claim them, thereby causing the vendor to lose the sale of wares.  Of course, the Chief was not near, weighing butter, at that time, nor anywhere in sight were the police.


A young man in the locality who owns a very fine horse and buggy is neither going to sell his horse or have it stolen, as it is said that he has his name neatly clipped on it, which is a very good idea.


It is thought that if some of the city’s enterprising merchants set up a branch store on the corner here, it would be a good move, and be a great convenience to farmers in the very busy season, and soon we might have a post office also.  There is a fine looking building empty here, which would make an excellent store and dwelling house.


Mrs. Law, of Hamilton, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Mollison.


Miss Alice Porter, of Brantford, is spending a week with her parents.






Strachan’s Corners

September 27th 1898.


Miss Blyth, who has successfully taught in the Protestant Separate School for nearly two years has decided to take a term at the Normal College, Hamilton, which opens on the 1st of October.  She has gained a large number of friends while here, who will wish her every success for the future.  Miss Emma Parker succeeds Miss Blyth.


There is not apparently a great amount of interest displayed in this neighbourhood in regard to the plebiscite.  Pamphlets are freely circulated by the anti-prohibitionists, containing the views of eminent divines on the question.  We may quote one as an example and people may judge for themselves as to whom he serves.  Reverend W. S. Rainsford, New York, formerly of Toronto, says, “I cannot deny the poor man his beer and pipe while I lunch at my club with my bishop.”  Evidently, prohibition hath no charms for these eminent divines.


Messrs. George and Richard Laird have built a silo and are experimenting with cured corn fodder.


Adam Brockel is doing excellent work with his ensilage cutter in this neighbourhood.


Our worthy reeve will be after delinquent statute labourers if they don’t look out.  It is near election time again so perhaps they will escape.


Aberfoyle show, October 5th, next Wednesday, you know.


“Books are a guide to youth and an entertainment for old age.  They support us under solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.  They help us to forget the crossness of men and things, compose our cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments asleep.”----Jeremy Collier






Strachan’s Corners

October 6th 1898.


Oh! What hot weather! Is the complaint on all sides.  Wells and cisterns are dry and this is October.


The cabbage worm has attacked the turnip tops, and wherever a field of roots is passed one sees myriad yellow butterflies in the air.


Dandelions are blooming as in spring.


Some more of our Puslinch young people are weary of single blessedness.  Mr. Burns and Miss McNulty were married on Monday morning.  Their many friends wish for them a very long and happy life.  Others are stricken slightly with the fever but may recover.  It is scarcely probable that they will.  I am sure that no one wants them to anyway.


Dressmakers are busy.  I should like to give a description of some beautiful robes now in process of construction but these don’t happen to be “Society notes” so I shall not weary my patient readers.


Judging by the number who voted against prohibition here, we are not ready for it yet.


When are people going to learn how to mark their ballots?  It is remarkable how often some people have to be told and then don’t know.


Potato digging is now the fashion, consequently the young idea is taking the air previous to having a holiday at the Aberfoyle show on Wednesday.


Apple barrels are being bought out of town by the dozen at present.  Prices for fall apples range from 75¢ to $1.00 per barrel.  Mr. John Howitt, Mr. Crawley, and Mr. McGill have very choice fruit.






Strachan’s Corners

October 11th 1898.


Mr. Lynch, who was injured by a runaway accident last week, is improving.  His friends will be pleased to see him around soon again.


A select company is at present inhabiting the corner house.  Basket making is understood to be their occupation.


The dreary fall rain fell in large quantities on Tuesday.  “The melancholy days have come.”


Miss Alicia Wallace, who spent a holiday with friends here, returned home on Monday.


Mrs. Davis Porter and two children, of Egremont, spent last week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jackson, and other friends.


The “red coats” and followers allowed us a brief glimpse of their happiness on Friday last.  It is a matter of wonder to country people what the object is in having chained hounds in the train.  Verily, they present a very handsome appearance and their coming varies the monotony of country life and is a bright spot in the memory.






Strachan’s Corners

October 18th 1898.


Apple picking is vigorously attended to at present, and apple butter is the favourite delicacy.


Mr. Donald McPherson has been suffering severely from an acute attack of la grippe but is able to be around again.


Mr. and Mrs. Lynch are improving.


Great interest is manifested in this vicinity in Mr. John Porter’s case, which comes off this week.  We all hope that he will be successful beyond his expectations.


Mr. and Mrs. Belt spent the day in this neighbourhood on Wednesday last.  Mr. Belt has many interesting tales to relate concerning his trip to the old land.  He gives a lecture in Guelph on the 25th, which will be well worth patronizing.


Mr. and Mrs. Lennie leave this week for Syracuse, N.Y., to attend the marriage of their son, Cameron, and Miss Gertrude Boyd of that place.


Word has been received from Mr. and Mrs. Sorby, from San Francisco.  They are well and enjoying the trip.






Strachan’s Corners

November 1st 1898.


Between apple picking and turnip pulling there is scarcely time for anything else to happen.  While the fine weather lasts the roots must be housed.


The small boy and the funny young man had their night out on Monday night, Hallowe’en.  Judging from the results of their violent exertions, they had not worked very hard through the day, but then they claim to have had lots of fun, and it only comes once a year.


Mr. John Barclay is rapidly recovering from his accident.


The teachers are very lonely these days owing to the help of the pupils being necessary in the fields.


Master Richie Hewitt, who has been ill, is regaining his strength.  Teachers and pupils have been sorry to miss him from school lately.


Gentlemanly insurance agents and others are doing the country at present.  Naturally, the farmer is a most hospitable creature, but really, at this busy season, he resents the intrusion of this talkative traveller.






Strachan’s Corners

November 8th 1898.


The continued fine weather has been much appreciated after the dismal wet weather of October.  Farmers are well on with work and quite prepared for winter.


Richard Hewitt, Jr., met with an accident that might have proved more serious.  He was out hunting when the gun exploded and injured him severely in the face.  We sincerely hope that his eyesight may not suffer.  Firearms appear to be never safe, and are at all times liable to go off.  Hewitt is doing well at St. Joseph’s Hospital.


Mr. Harry Foster’s young daughter, who was severely burned a few weeks ago, is getting along nicely.


A most comical sight was witnessed the other day when a farmer of this vicinity, with a pig in his wagon, enclosed in a crate, was driving rapidly towards Guelph.  The fastening was insecure, and the pig, not relishing the rough jolting wagon, quietly made its way out and jumped to the ground with many grunts and a sharp thud.  The farmer drove about a mile further when he happened to glance backward and discovered his loss.  He scanned the horizon hurriedly to see who was looking, and then deliberately turned and started in pursuit.  He caught up to the pig, scampering homeward with all haste.  He is now more fully convinced than ever that there is something most uncanny and stubborn about a pig.


By the way, farmers who have from forty to one hundred pigs are looking blue, also those who sold their barley too soon.






Strachan’s Corners

November 15th 1898.


What a long winter we have in prospect.  The storm found some rather unprepared, who are hoping for a few more fine days to finish roots, etcetera.


The Millman apple-packers were doing Puslinch last week and this.  Apples scarcely pay for the trouble of picking.


A prominent hotel-keeper and a farmer had a deal in wheat last week.  The price was away up, and we are pleased to say the farmer came out best.  If we quoted price per bushel paid, the honest buyers on the market might suffer from a faintness or paralysis.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 28th 1898.


The roads are now in excellent condition with the exception of a treacherous hole or two, which cause an occasional breakdown these frosty mornings.  Surely, when a man undertakes the duties of pathmaster he ought to see that the beat under his oversight is at least safe.


We are making a good beginning at the Corner, for there is a store now, and some day perhaps Hespeler and Guelph may be connected by an electric railway, since Hamilton and Guelph are so slow in the matter, and then we may have a daily mail, which would be a great convenience.


Miss Howitt and Miss Evans have been collecting for the Bible Society in this vicinity.  This is a grand work, and when we read of the success of the work, it is quite encouraging.


Thanksgiving Day was observed in the usual way.  Some faithful few attended church.  Others ate their turkey or goose and went hunting.  Hares were captured in large numbers, so some hunters report.


The sound of the raffle is in the air at the present.  Pleasant little parties also break the monotony these long evenings.


Some farmers are having their cattle dehorned by veterinarian Howie this week, a sensible proceeding.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

December 7th 1898.


The all-important subjects this week are the severe storm of Sunday night and the Fat Stock Show.  It is earnestly hoped that no one had to brave the elements on such a wild night.  Such a severe storm so early in the season is unusual.


The show being held in Guelph this week is patronized by many of our enthusiastic farmers.  Two prominent sheep buyers were so full of it that their horse left them to return home at their own gait.  Wading through two feet of soft snow was very unpleasant on a cold night.


Mr. John Meyers has been suffering severely from the effects of poison ivy but is able to be around again.  It is marvellous the effect that this vine has on some people and it is a rather difficult matter to distinguish it when the leaves are dead.


Mr. Samuel Jackson intends working his farm himself next year.


It is reported that Mr. Pinder has bought one of Mr. Doyle’s farms.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

December 19th 1898.


Anyone who has been pining for a good old-fashioned winter is likely to have his wish gratified if the first couple of weeks are any indication.  It is difficult for the “Corner” to get to the Mercury in time, owing to the snow blockade.  The roads are very bad.  Travelling for a few days was through Mr. Barclay’s fields but that gentleman put up the fence again, which was a very wise act considering the road was through his fall wheat, and it would be wise for all farmers to follow his example and force the pathmasters to keep the road open.  Often, a very little shovelling will keep the road clear.  Pitch-holes are a nice diversion at present also.


Reverend Mr. Belt held a cottage service at the residence of Mr. Thomas Parker on Thursday evening.  There were about thirty present.  Mr. Belt hopes to give an entertainment in the Protestant Separate school on Tuesday January 3rd.  Between seventy and eighty fine views of his travels in England will be given.  These limelight views are well worth seeing and a great treat may be expected.  It is not often that we have such an opportunity of hearing a really good lecture, and it is hoped that all who can, will attend.  Admission 15¢.


Miss Scanlon, the popular teacher in the Brock Road school, gives an entertainment on Thursday night.  We know this lady’s ability, consequently all who attend may expect a treat.


Large quantities of turnips are being shipped from this vicinity, 9¢ is the price paid.


Mr. Neil Laur has trapped several fine, grey weasels lately.  This little animal, so full of cuteness and so dangerous among fowls, is very hard to trap.


Several weddings are talked of.  We wish the young people much happiness.


The many friends of John Eustace sympathize with him in his bereavement.  The funeral was very largely attended on Sunday.


I should esteem it a great favour if those living in the vicinity of Strachan’s Corners would occasionally send a little news.  Sometimes you may have a friend from a distance visiting you or anything else that you consider suitable.  There are many people who would be glad to hear of friends through the correspondence from this part.  Any communications left at the school will be attended to and received with thanks.


Mr. J. Hanlon has been re-engaged for No. 3 for the coming year.  He is a very successful teacher.  Miss Parker has also been re-engaged for the Protestant Separate.  Schools are well attended at present, but during the stormy weather very few dared to venture.



It came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth

To touch their harps of gold.

“Peace on earth, good-will to men,

From Heaven’s all gracious King.”

The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing.


Wishing the Mercury and its numerous readers a Merry Christmas and most Happy New Year.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

December 27th 1898.


Dinners, high teas, and most delightful parties are now the order of the day, till there is almost a surfeit, but it is the festive season, and everyone is happy, or ought to be.  When we consider how many blessings have been poured upon us during the year, now at its close, we have abundant reason for thankfulness.


An extended notice of Miss Scanlon’s school entertainment has probably been read by Mercury readers, so that I need not dwell on its excellence.


The first meeting of the Literary Society to be held in the Brock Road schoolhouse is called for Friday, the 6th of January, directly after 4 o’clock, and all who are interested are invited to be present from surrounding sections.  Try and be there.


Miss Mary Moran is home visiting her parents at present.


Mr. “Teddy” Kinsella is home from Brandon, Manitoba, for a short visit.


Mr. P. Moran’s bereaved family have the kind sympathy of many friends in their sorrow at this season.


Miss Maggie Laird of Guelph is holidaying with Miss McPherson, Brock Road.


“City and Country in England”---limelight views, in the Protestant Separate school, Puslinch, on Tuesday January 3rd.  Tickets 15¢, two for 25¢.  There is one request made to the ladies who attend to leave their millinery at home.  Gentlemen are making a crusade against this display of ostrich feathers at concerts, etcetera.


Mr. J. D. McWilliams, Brantford, is visiting friends here at present.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Strachan’s Corners

May 17th 1900.


The man with the hoe and the woman with the broom are running each other pretty hard, while the girl with the bike and the boy with the cigar are striking up an acquaintance.


Fine moonlight for wheeling, but too many stones on the road.


Mr. and Mrs. Lennie expect to leave for Buffalo about the first of June.  It is hoped the change will be beneficial to Mr. Lennie’s health.  Reverend Mr. Glassford expects to hold a service at their residence on Monday evening at 9:00 o’clock, to which we are all invited.


It was with much sorrow that the many friends of Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, formerly of this section, learned of the death of their beloved daughter, Miss Grace.  They have the sincere sympathy of all in their great trial.





Strachan’s Corners

October 29th 1901.


The beautiful fall weather is most enjoyable and heartily welcome to the farmers who are rushing the usual fall work.


Mrs. Brazil and Master Ivan, of Brantford, have returned home after spending a week with friends here.


We cannot but admire the zeal of our Catholic neighbours in attending the church services for the past two weeks.  Would that many more would follow the example of those nine hundred who took the pledge on Sunday night for one year to abstain from drink.


Reverend Dr. Wardrope, who is always a most welcome visitor, held a service at the residence of Mr. James Laird on Monday evening.  There were over twenty present.  The reverend gentleman based his address on the 14th chapter of the Gospel of St. John and those who know Dr. Wardrope will understand with what fervour and love the last thoughts of our Saviour would be spoken of to reverent listeners.  The doctor expects to hold another service in about two weeks at the residence of Mr. George Laird, to which all are invited.


The superb moonlight tempts many ramblers, and happy evenings are spent among friends.


Mr. Con Collins is making rapid progress with the foundation of his new barn.


Those who are fortunate enough to possess turkeys this year are glad the prices are so good.




Strachan’s Corners

July 24th 1906.


Lots of wet weather hindered the haying greatly but, at last, it is about finished and the wheat and barley harvest are keeping the farmers very busy.


Miss Sadie McPherson and Miss Nellie Laidley were successful at the recent entrance examination.


Miss McGunnigle, the energetic teacher in No. 3, having resigned, it will be necessary to engage a new teacher for the reopening of school.  Miss McGunnigle has taught for a number of years and has proved a faithful and thorough teacher and her pupils have made rapid progress.  Her pupils loved her for her cheery disposition.


Reverend Dr. Torrance visited Mr. James Laird on Monday.  Mr. Laird’s condition remains about the same.


Dr. Laird, of Southampton, called on home friends last Friday.


Mrs. McTague, of Cleveland, and Miss Jackson, of Toronto, are visiting at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Crawley.


Owing to the severe storm and rain on Sunday evening quite a number of visitors were compelled to seek shelter for over night.






Strachan’s Corners

September 11th 1906.


We regret to learn that one of our very nicest young men, Mr. James Barclay, went out west on Tuesday.  We can only hope that he may like Ontario best after all and return.  He has a large circle of friends who will wish him success.


Dr. Laird, of Southampton, visited home friends last week.


Mrs. Fox and children, of New Hamburg, are visiting at the old home.


Mr. Mollison, of London, England, is visiting his brother, Mr. F. Mollison.


Farm work is not progressing very rapidly during this extremely hot spell.  Pasture is all but completely dried up.


Miss Florence Crawley is enjoying a holiday with friends in Hamilton at present.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 6th 1906.


Mr. James Barclay has returned from the West after spending some time with his brothers, west of Calgary, who are prospering.  Although he did not experience any serious results from the collision at Sudbury, he was an interested witness of the horrors of a railway wreck.


Mr. E. Howitt, who is almost recovered from his recent illness, has moved into the city.


Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Moran have sincere sympathy from a wide circle of friends in the sore bereavement that they have sustained in the death of their son Charles, who succumbed to typhoid fever in Portage La Prairie.  Many from this vicinity attended the funeral on Sunday.


Mrs. Wilkinson, of Toronto, has been the guest of Miss Porter for a few days.  Mrs. Wilkinson sees many changes in the neighbourhood since she was a resident here.


Mrs. C. J. Laird, of Southampton, is spending a few weeks with the Misses Laird.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black attended the presentation to our Reeve and Mrs Cockburn, and spent a very pleasant evening.


Roots are being rapidly garnered for the winter during this fine weather.


Mr. Edward Dynes, who is an expert in moving buildings, has completed his work at Mr. McWilliams’, and returned to Acton on Tuesday.


Mr. Craig, P.S.I., (Public School Inspector) was in the neighbourhood.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

January 28th 1907.


The second meeting of the Downey’s Literary Society was held on Monday evening, with a good attendance, owing to the good sleighing and magnificent moonlight, not to speak of the entertainment provided, which was all that could be desired.  Several members from the Aberfoyle Society were present and lent valuable assistance.  The chair was taken by the President, George McGill, who conducted the meeting in a most agreeable manner.  Miss Forrest made a nice little speech and brought up several important business matters.  The debate, which was on the “National Resources of Canada and the United States” was most interesting, Messrs. Thomas Doyle and David Parker upholding Canada, and Messrs. Charles Crawley and Hugh McWilliams taking the United States.  Canadians won by one point.  Mr. Ed. Crawley acted as critic.  Next meeting will be held on February 4th when a first class programme of music and recitations will be given.  The debate for the next meeting is one of vital interest in this section, which is the bachelor’s paradise, namely the merits of long or short courtship.  For the affirmative side, will be Messrs. Fred Parker, Matt McGarr, and John McPherson, for the negative, R. Hanlon, M. Maitland, and David McGarr.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

September 3rd 1907.


The rain on Sunday evening, though not very heavy in this section, was very welcome to the parched ground.  A building was struck by lightning on Mr. McGarr’s farm, but little damage was done.


Mrs. Kinsella, at present, is very ill, but many friends hope that she will be restored to health very soon.


Mrs. Lynch Senior has gone to Buffalo to be with her sister, who is ill.


The building of the new school is progressing rapidly, as a large force of men is at work.


A large number from this vicinity visited the great Toronto Show this week and spent a profitable time.


Miss Sadie McPherson is attending the Collegiate Institute in Guelph.


Fall wheat seeding is of great importance at present.


Miss Laird is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Armstrong, of Fergus.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

January 28th 1908.



Old Boreas raged again on Sunday, consequently the roads, which were becoming passable, are now in a sad state, and upsets and such difficulties are very numerous.


Mr. and Mrs. John Hanlon, Brock Road, were at home on Friday night to a large number of young people, and a most enjoyable time was spent until the wee small hours of Saturday.  Their beautiful home is an ideal spot for happy gatherings, and no pains were spared to make the occasion all that could be desired.


Miss McGill and Miss Laird are visiting at Ponsonby.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

May 27th 1908.


Monday was favoured by ideal weather for a holiday and was enjoyed by a large number of visitors from the city.  The country is looking beautiful now, after the numerous showers of rain followed by a few days of warm weather.


Farmers have been so busy with spring work that they scarcely had time to become excited over political matters.  The Socialists intend holding a meeting in the school house on Friday evening.


Miss Forrest is preparing six pupils for entrance this year.  The school was not closed on Thursday and Friday for convention.


Coming events cast their shadows before and June promises to be a most interesting month for some of our young people this year.  At present, there is a great calm and everyone is attending to business most vigorously.


The great poultry house that has been erected near Guelph has set farmers wondering if it is wise to compete with such a large concern, and some are concluding to go out of that line of business, which will likely not prove as profitable as formerly.


Botanists are intent on securing specimens that are now growing in great profusion in the woods.






Strachan’s Corners

October 28th 1908.


Now that elections are over and things have turned out just as we expected, we may talk of something else.


The many friends and neighbours of Mr. Barclay will be pleased to know that he is progressing very favourably at the hospital under the care of Dr. Orton.


Mr. and Mrs. William Moran have much sympathy in the death of their son, Robert, who has been out west for some time.  He leaves a widow.  Their daughter, Miss Gertie, is very ill in Toronto, but we hope that she may make a speedy recovery.


Mr. Monkhouse is very busy finishing up threshing in this neighbourhood.


Mr. and Mrs. George Laird returned last week from their western trip.  They visited many interesting spots in their travels and enjoyed the change very much.


Mrs. McCoombs, of Toronto, is spending the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McGill.


Mr. Fred McWilliams, of Eramosa, and sister visited relatives here on Sunday.


Whatever few turnips are worth taking up are being attended to this week.


Cider and apple butter are everywhere.






Strachan’s Corners

August 2nd 1909.


Again, the harvest is almost over for another season, and generally speaking, there is a bountiful supply of all kinds of farm produce.


Mr. George McGill is at present managing the farm of the late, lamented Mr. Evan Gilchrist.


Congratulations to Sergeant John Wilkinson on the crowning event of his life, which transpired last Wednesday.  He will reside in Morriston, where his many friends hope that he may long live a happy life with his bride.


A large number from this section attended the funeral of Mr. John Eustace on Friday last.


The school grounds are nearing completion and we hope that they may soon present an attractive appearance.


Civic holiday excursions were taken advantage of by a number here.






Strachan’s Corners

November 23rd 1909.


The sleet storm of Monday has done considerable damage through the country.


Mr. Stephen Laidley has rented his farm and is moving to a farm near the city.


Mr. D. Parker and Mr. Matt McGarr have returned from the west.  We are all well pleased to see them back.


Miss Maude McGill has returned from Toronto where she has been for some weeks visiting friends.


Would you like rural mail delivery?  Ask for it, if so.


The telephone also can be had for the asking.  We cannot stay the march of progress.


Mr. and Mrs. Mollison attended the funeral of Mrs. Mollison’s grandmother, Mrs. Burnell of Winterbourne, on Monday.






Strachan’s Corners

December 28th 1909.


A very happy New year to all of the very numerous Mercury readers, and may 1910 bring blessings innumerable.


Farmers are very thankful for the excellent sleighing that we have had for some weeks and are taking advantage of it to a large extent.


The hydro-electric line is making good progress towards completion owing to the fine weather that we have been blessed with.


Mr. McGarr is somewhat better this week and improving under Dr. Orton’s care.


Christmas Day, which has been looked forward to for so long with eager delight by so many, has passed again.  The day was spent in the usual manner in welcoming loved ones to the home and enjoying the bounty of good old Santa Claus, who never fails in his annual visit.


Many in this vicinity, who were acquainted with the late lamented Mr. William Dyson, extend their sympathy to the bereaved parents.


Nomination in Puslinch was quite interesting, as usual, and a large number attended the meeting on Monday.  It is expected that there will be quite a contest for the honour of the reeve’s chair as both aspirants are very popular men.


Wednesday, the school meeting promises to be as entertaining as ever.  People seem to have a license to “say things” on that day which are scarcely polite, to say the least of it.


Severe colds and the old enemy, la grippe, afflict some of us very sorely.


The Christmas vacation seems very short this year and pupils and teachers sigh for a few days more.


Send in your subscription to the Mercury soon.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

March 12th 1910.


Mrs. Williams, of Guelph, visited her aunt, Mrs. Cockburn, on Saturday, ere taking her departure for the West this week, where Mr. Williams intends settling on a beautiful farm in the Saskatchewan district.


Mr. Frank Steffler, framer, intends starting operations on Mr. A. Porter’s barn, which is to be remodelled in quite a modern fashion.


Mr. Richard Laird is also enlarging his barn this season, with Mr. Akins as framer.


All things considered, the attendance at the Literary meeting on Monday night was good.  In the absence of the President, Mr. Crawley, Mr. Charles McGill filled the chair very acceptably, and Miss Pigott ably assisted as secretary.  A committee was appointed to arrange for a closing concert.  The Misses Roberts, Parker, Crawley, and Pigott and Messrs. C. McGill, R. Kean, E. Phalen, and T. Doyle were named.  With names such as these, a successful time is assured.  A spirited debate followed, the subject being “Resolved, that Canada has greater natural resources than the United States”, affirmative, Mr. Percy McGill and Mr. Maitland, negative, Mr. Fred Parker and Mr. Roy Kean.  The judges were Miss Annie Doyle, Mr. E. Phalen, and Mr. T. Doyle.  Decision in favour of the affirmative by three points.  Mr. George McGill was critic.  Leaders of the debate for next Monday are Messrs. McGarr and McGill.  A full attendance is urged for next Monday of all members, as matters of importance will be discussed.  Eight o’ clock sharp, not nine, as some members think.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

May 10th 1910.


We were all deeply grieved on Saturday on the news of the death of our beloved King.  It is hard to realize that nothing could be done to save even a King.


Mr. Crawley has returned from the West.  We are glad that some of our young men are willing to remain in...


Guelph Mercury newspaper






Strachan’s Corners

May 24th 1910.


The prevailing high winds on.... (missing text)… Porter is a deplorable one, much of the timber being injured in the fall.  He will rebuild at once on a new site.


Mr. James Porter is progressing favourably under Dr. Robert’s care.


Mr. John Mulrooney and Miss Irene Phalen surprised the community completely.  They have the best wishes of very many friends for future happiness.  They are at present visiting in Collingwood.


A large number from this section attended a pleasant party given by Mr. and Mrs. Bohn at their home in Puslinch, second concession.


We have looked in vain for the comet.


The hydro-electric wires are being elevated on the seventh concession.


Dr. Walter Laird, of Southampton, visited relatives in Puslinch over the holiday.


Mrs. Allingham, of Barrie, visited friends in Guelph and Puslinch.






Strachan’s Corners

June 28th 1910.


The excessive heat of last week has left most of us in a wilted state.  Monday’s little shower of rain did a lot of good.


Mr. Richard Laird’s barn was raised on Friday most successfully under the skilful management of Mr. William Aikens, framer.  Willing helpers were present in large numbers, from city and country, and enjoyed a most delightful afternoon and evening.


A number from this section attended the funeral of Mrs. Israel Adams on Sunday.  Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved husband who is left so lonely.


Mr. Frank Steffler is progressing with Mr. A. Porter’s barn.  Sleepers were laid on Monday afternoon.


Mrs. Archie Black of Corwhin is spending a week with relatives here.


Mrs. Thomas Fasken and little daughter, who have been spending a few weeks with Miss Laird, have returned home.


The devoted missionary to lepers of India, Mr. W. H. Anderson, was a welcome visitor on Friday.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper.






Strachan’s Corners

July 12th 1910.


The bountiful showers we are having this week are a boon to the parched ground and the whole country is looking so much better.  The crops are in excellent condition and promises are good for a large harvest.


Mr. Robert Crawley, of Niagara, who is an expert in running automobiles, motored up to visit his parents in this section last Thursday.


Mr. F. Steffler expects to raise the frame of Mr. A. Porter’s barn on Friday.


Picnics to Puslinch Lake are quite the order of the day.


Some smart farmers have finished haying, which is a fair crop in this vicinity.


Wheat and barley harvests are just about ready.


Visitors in countless numbers are in the country at present.


Miss Maud McGill and Miss Jennie Mulroney are meeting with much success canvassing for Ladies’ Day, which is the 20th of this month.  A good time is assured.


The “man at the hoe” is the student of a few days ago.


Miss Sadie McPherson, John Phalen and Arnold McWilliams are through writing for their exams.  Papers were rather difficult this year.






Strachan’s Corners

August 9th 1910.


Should the weather prove favourable, the bulk of the harvest will be over this week, and the sound of the thresher is again calling the weary men in the early morn.  In this section the crops are very satisfactory.


The electric storm last Wednesday night was one of the worst ever experienced in this vicinity, and great sympathy is expressed for Mr. George Crane, who unfortunately had his barn and its contents completely destroyed.  In such a severe storm, men should be up and fully dressed in case of fire, for some time is always lost in preparing to face the elements when a fire call is sounded.  A barn is not like any other building when struck by lightning, as the whole place is blazing in five minutes, so that a fire engine would be useless even if one were available.


On Monday next the rural schools reopen and it is a problem to the country teacher as to the reason the city teacher, who works no harder, should languish a t ease for another three weeks.  It is a gross injustice and whoever claims to have authority...


Congratulations to pupils who have been successful at the last exams.


Visitors by the score are in the country at present.


Up to date, we do not hear of many who are eager to go out west for the harvest.  Ontario will do for another year yet.






Strachan’s Corners

September 6th 1910.


A number from this section are enjoying a change of scenery by attending the great Exhibit in Toronto.


Monday’s rain interfered sadly with the pleasure anticipated for Labour Day, as it was, a number witnessed the procession and sports in Guelph.


Threshings are numerous, three different shrieks calling the farmer to duty.


The popular teacher, Miss Piggot, has been offered an increase of salary elsewhere, but the trustees have wisely decided to have her remain.  Good teachers are difficult to obtain at present so it is better to keep them when we have them.


The Eucharistic Congress in Montreal is on and cheap rates therefore will be taken advantage of by a number from this vicinity.


The country is looking green and beautiful after so many fine showers.  Second crops of clover are confidently expected.






Strachan’s Corners

October 18th 1910.


Such wonderfully fine weather is a boon to the farmer who is now storing away his winter supply of roots.  Apples are a very poor crop and generally of an inferior quality.


Farmers all over the country are receiving circulars of strange wording, hard to be understood, from one, Briggs, who speaks most familiarly with his “satanic majesty and satellites”.  Perhaps we shall know more of him later on.


Miss Tina McPherson is improving very nicely, and a great many friends hope to see her around again soon.


The school received its usual visit from the inspector last week.  He found the school under Miss Pigott’s rule in good order.


Threshings were so numerous in this vicinity last week that there were not enough men to attend them all at once.


Mrs. Black is visiting Simcoe this week.


Drives and parties are much in fashion during these glorious moonlight nights.






Strachan’s Corners

November 16th 1910.


The bright days this week are a treat after the dreary, wet days of last week, the melancholy days, the saddest of the year.


Those afflicted with that dread disease diphtheria are recovering and quarantine will soon be over.


Horticultural show in Toronto and Women’s Institute Convention will be an attraction this week.


Mr. Frank Mollison lost a very valuable horse with lock-jaw last week.


Now that the roots are all in, the threshings are being finished up for the year.  Mr. Anthony Robinson threshed for Mr. Neil Black on Monday and Tuesday and the turnout of grain is most satisfactory.




Strachan’s Corners

November 22nd 1910.


Mr. and Mrs. George McGill regret to learn of the very serious illness of their son, William, of Wheaton, Illinois.  A telegram was received on Saturday morning and Mrs. McGill and her son, George, started for that place, arriving there on Sunday afternoon. They found their loved one still living but unconscious.  It is hoped that he may recover.


Mrs. Neil Black spent a few days last week with Toronto friends.


The farmers have nearly completed the fine new barn of Mr. Richard Laird.


Mr. Andy Porter is enjoying the comfort of his new barn, which was very neatly finished by Mr. Steffler.


Congratulations from many friends to Mr. Frank Steffler and Miss G. Moran on their marriage.


There are no new cases of fever or diphtheria in the section and we hope that the scare is over.




Strachan’s Corners

December 6th 1910.


Beautiful winter weather as usual for the Winter Fair and roads are in excellent condition.


Mrs. McGill arrived home from Illinois, accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. William McGill.  The family has the sincere sympathy from hosts of friends in their great sorrow.


Miss Sault and Mr. Ireland were collecting for the Bible Society in this vicinity on Thursday.


Dr. and Mrs. Laird, of Southampton, visited home friends here over Sunday.


Mr. Barclay has returned from a pleasant trip to the old country.


The monthly meeting of the Puslinch branch of the Women’s Institute was held in the Foresters’ Hall in Aberfoyle on Thursday afternoon, where an excellent report of the convention was given by the delegate, Mrs. George Lewis, in her usual able manner.  Next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. McWilliams on Thursday evening, January 12th.





Strachan’s Corners

August 29th 1911.


Mrs. Earon, of Buffalo, and Miss McKillop spent a day last week with Mrs. Cockburn.


Dr. and Mrs. Laird, of Southampton, and Mr. and Mrs. Bowman, who have been on a motoring trip, visited Miss Laird and other friends on Monday.


Mr. Neil Black sold a team of fine horses to a Hamilton gentleman last week.  The price was a good one.





Strachan’s Corners

September 12th 1911.


A large number from this vicinity spent a pleasant and profitable time at Toronto last week.


Mr. John Phelan is teaching school near Mount Forest.


Miss Sadie McPherson is attending the model school in Guelph.


Miss Beatrice Leslie and Master Harold Black are attending the Collegiate Institute.


Miss Kate Hanlon, of Arkell, succeeds Miss Piggot as teacher in No. 3 school.


Political meetings are not nearly so well attended as they should be.  There was a small audience out to greet Messrs. Kelly-Evans on Friday night.  Mr. Samuel Slater presided in an able manner.  Even the best local Conservatives thought that there was too much_____ talk.


Mr. Anthony Robinson is very busy threshing.  The yield is beyond what was expected.


Mr. Donald McPherson is visiting the Great West.






Strachan’s Corners

October 31st 1911.


In accepting the nomination for the Liberal party, Liberals here feel that Mr. McIntosh has conferred an honour upon the party.  They regard him as a honourable Christian gentleman who will do all in his power for the good of the country.


Thanksgiving has passed again with the usual holiday visitors.  Some attended the sports in Guelph and some attended to their usual daily work.


Mrs. And Miss Barclay and Mr. Gilbert Barclay have returned from a pleasant trip to the west, visiting relatives.


The root crop is safely housed again and the farmer will now devote his time to cultivating the soil in an effort to destroy the various kinds of weeds that infest the country.


Mr. William Cockburn and family, of Toronto, spent the holiday at Mr. Black’s.


Mr. Charles Crawley has returned from the west to resume his duties as auctioneer.


Miss Ida May McPherson enjoyed a pleasant visit with friends at Mosboro last week.


Hallowe’en was not observed to any great extent by the mischievous youth.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 20th 1911.


It is really too bad that the political candidates do not receive a better hearing.  Mr. Scholfield and party addressed a very small audience on Monday night.


Mr. John Phalen is at home recovering from an attack of illness.


The Puslinch Social Club promises to give the young people in this vicinity a pleasant time for the winter.


Miss Jessie Barclay enjoyed a pleasant visit to the city for a week.


There is fairly good sleighing at present.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






Strachan’s Corners

January 13th 1912.


Mr. John Phalen is teaching in No. 3 this year, Miss Hanlon having resigned and accepted an excellent position in Essex County.


A large number from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. Michael Walsh last week whose death was most deeply lamented.  The bereaved ones have the sincere sympathy of hosts of friends who loved the departed one for her many estimable qualities.


Mr. George Laird attended the funeral of Mrs. Quarrie in Fergus last Thursday and coming home had a very difficult journey owing to the fierce storm raging and intense cold.


The roads are again passable though nothing to boast of.  If the council could see the advisability of wire fences in some localities, it would be of great benefit to the traveller.


The cartage company with the wood teams kept the roads open, though with serious difficulty at times.


Miss McBeth, of Aberfoyle, is visiting Mrs. Neil Black this week.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams returned to Toronto last week to resume studies at the Faculty of Education.


A number from this section attended Mr. Archie Black’s sale at Corwhin on Monday.  Mr. Black intends leaving for the west very shortly.






Strachan’s Corners

February 12th 1912.


The away below zero weather is felt most keenly and we are almost tired of the continued cold.


We have to thank the cartage company for keeping the roads in such good condition all winter with their numerous teams hauling wood from the second concession to the city, though often they have encountered bad spots in the road, which were overcome with difficulty.


Inspector Craig visited our school last week.  The attendance is not as large as could be wished, owing to the severe cold.  It seems a pity to visit a school during inclement weather.


Mrs. Fasken and Mrs. Broadfoot, of Nichol, spent a few days last week with Miss Laird.


Mr. and Mrs. Ewing of Wiarton visited Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams last week.


The farmers of this vicinity attend sales as a recreation, where they stand around and discuss, oh, various topics, and catch cold.  Feed is so scarce that they scarcely dare venture to add to their stock.


Next week promises to be an interesting one when the hardware men and stove dealers hold a grand display and convention in the winter fair building.  This is something new in Guelph.


Parties everywhere keep the young people from feeling the winter long and tedious.






Strachan’s Corners

March 12th 1912.


Cold winter still retains his icy grip, but it is hoped that spring will be here before very long.


The Misses Ida and Daisy Bingham, of Georgetown, were welcome visitors in this neighbourhood for a couple of days.


Mr. Roy Allingham, of the Standard Bank of Penetanguishene, visited at Mr. McWilliams’ for a few days.


Mr. Charles Crawley has a number of sales in the vicinity for this month.


The Messrs. Spruhan are selling out on Tuesday.


Puslinch farmers did very well at the Spring Seed Fair held in Guelph on Saturday.  Despite the poor year there were many excellent samples of grain shown.


Turnips have been sold last week by Puslinch farmers at 33¢ per bushel, which is considered a very good price.


The inspector of the Humane Society, Mr. Tovell, visited Puslinch last week on business.


There is so much traffic on the roads that they are rather in bad shape for comfort, owing to sleighs sliding to the side.






Strachan’s Corners

March 18th 1912.


The weather is still a topic of wonder and certainly last Friday’s storm was a record breaker.  Not very many farmers ventured to market on Saturday morning from this section.  Those who did realized good prices and had no light weight butter or potatoes either.  According to the papers of late, the farmer requires watching as well as other dealers.


Auction sales every day make a pleasant outing for the winter.


Mr. Laidley has returned to live in this section.


Mr. Handbridge moves to Mrs. Hewitt’s house.


Miss Alice Lester, of Nassagaweya, visited at Mr. Joseph Lester’s and other friends, last week.


Miss Jennie Amos, of Aberfoyle, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. William Cockburn.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Phelan have gone to their home in Cherokee, Iowa.  Many farmers wish them a very happy life.






Strachan’s Corners

March 25th 1912.


Mr. Sorby’s sale was the great attraction of the season last Tuesday and every farmer made it a point to be there.  It is with great regret that the neighbours bid farewell to Mr. Sorby who has done so much to introduce a good class of horses into the county, and has been so very generous in every good cause brought to his notice.  All who knew him wish for himself and his family many years of happiness.


Those living on the seventh concession have to thank Mr. Slater for his energy in having rural mail for the farmers.


The roads are dreadful.


Feed is not so scarce as anticipated and some fine cattle were sent off last week.


We are longing for warm weather.


Mr. and Mrs. McPherson and Miss Ida attended the marriage of Miss McPherson, York Road, to Mr. Arkell on Wednesday last.


Miss Ida Parker is in New Hamburg visiting her sister, Mrs. Fox.


Now that the scourge mumps is over, there is not very much sickness in the vicinity.






Strachan’s Corners

April 22nd 1912.


Farm work has begun in earnest this week.


A number of farmers attended the horse show last week.


We regret very much to learn of the serious illness of Mr. James McGarr, who is at present in St. Joseph’s Hospital undergoing treatment.


A number of farms have changed hands this spring in this vicinity.  Mr. Jotham, of Guelph, now lives on Mr. Spruhan’s farm.  Mr. Conlan, of Guelph, now occupies Mr. W. Moran’s farm.  Dr. Galbraith has taken possession of Mr. Cassin’s farm.


Mr. Husson, the hustling agent for the Bell Telephone Company has been very successful in Puslinch.  Each farmer must have the telephone because his neighbour has subscribed and he cannot afford to be behind the times.  It is thought that the price might be somewhat reduced when so many have consented to follow the fashion.  Now watch the taxes grow.






Strachan’s Corners

May 13th 1912.


It is just possible that winter is with us yet, as Monday brought us some cold snow storms.


A large number from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mr. James McGarr whose death occurred on Wednesday last at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a few weeks’ illness.  The relatives have sincere sympathy in their loneliness.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams has completed his studies at the Faculty of Education, Toronto, and is at home at present.


The small boy is looking forward to a day on the river on the 24th, fishing and swimming.


Miss Florence Crawley has gone for a much needed rest to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Messrs. George and Robert Crawley spent a few days at home last week.


Dr. and Mrs. Laird, of Southampton, returned home on Saturday after spending the week with home friends.






Strachan’s Corners

July 9th 1912.


After some weeks of very dry weather, a nice rain fell on Monday evening, which did much good.  Friday evening’s rain did not reach us here but we very much regret the loss sustained by Mr. J. McPherson, of Crieff, in having his barn destroyed by lightning.


Haying is now progressing rapidly, which article is good and abundant this year.


We, who live so very far from the post office wonder how we managed without the daily mail, and we believe that we have the most obliging mail carrier that we could possibly have in Mr. Humphreys.


The usual meeting of the Puslinch branch of the Women’s Institutes was held on the first Thursday of the month at the home of the president, Mrs. George Lewis, where a most interesting talk was given by Miss McKenzie on her trip to the coast and her visit to the different fish canneries.  She exhibited samples of nets, floats, and many other curios, collected.  The next meeting will be in the charge of Miss Laird, Mrs. Hammersley, and Mrs. Pinder, and will be held at the home of Miss Laird on the first of August, a Thursday.  All interested in this work are welcome.  The topic is “books and reading” and the roll call is to be answered with quotations from Canadian authors.






Strachan’s Corners

August 5th 1912.


The cold July weather has been most unusual and the accompanying rains, a great hindrance.  Wheat and barley are cut.  Threshing is next on the programme.


Mr. and Mrs. Law, of Winnipeg, visited at Mr. Mollison’s for a few days.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black visited friends in Acton over Sunday.


Mr. Thomas Jackson is very ill with pneumonia, but under the care of Dr. H. O. Howitt, we earnestly hope that he may be restored to health.


Between twenty-five and thirty ladies attended the institute meeting held at Miss Laird’s on Thursday.


Mr. Earl Allingham, of Barrie, visited friends before leaving with his parents for Prince Albert Saskatchewan.


Civic Holiday is merely a name in the country, no time here for holidays.


Congratulations to Miss Irene Doyle who has successfully passed her normal entrance with honours.


Mrs. Kinsella is recovering from the accident she met with in Toronto, while visiting her daughter.  She is wonderfully smart and bright foe her age.


Mrs. Fox, of New Hamburg, is visiting her parents.


Mr. David Porter, of Mount Forest, is visiting over the holiday.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

August 19th 1912.


Mr. M. P. Doyle’s friends will regret to know that he is very ill at the residence of his son.  A general break-up of the system is the trouble.


Mr. Thomas Jackson is convalescent after his severe illness.


Miss Jane Barclay is at present visiting her parents.


Now that we have daily mail, it is in order for enterprising agents to come along soliciting subscriptions for reading matter.  The Mail and Empire agent canvassed this section on Thursday.


It will be no news to our readers that we have daily rain, among other blessings too numerous to mention.


The oat harvest promises to be very late.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

September 24th 1912.



“It ain’t no use to grumble and complain,

It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice,

When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,

Why, rain’s my choice.”


J. Whitcomb Riley



Mr. E. Crawley Jr. raised an addition to his barn on Tuesday.  Mr. William Aikens was the framer.


Inspector of Schools, J. J. Craig, paid his usual visit to the school here on Wednesday.


Puslinch Show, at Aberfoyle, on Tuesday October 1st, promises to be good, as usual.


Silo filling will be hurried owing to the continued wet weather.  The corn is in splendid condition.


We fear that the potatoes are doomed, or drowned, as some are already badly tainted.


from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

December 29th 1912.


Municipal matters seem to be very quiet in Puslinch this year, and we have heard no serious complaint about our present council, consequently we do not expect any election.


The annual school meeting was a pleasant affair and Mr. Joseph Brickle was elected trustee for the coming year.


No hopes are entertained for the recovery of Miss Margaret Porter who has been ill in the General Hospital for some time.  The sympathy of all in the vicinity is extended to the brothers, James and Andrew, at home.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






Strachan’s Corners

January 3rd 1913.


After a long, tedious illness in the General Hospital, Miss Margaret Porter died Wednesday evening, January 1st.  The funeral services at the home were conducted by Reverend Mr. Dix, in the absence of her pastor, the Reverend Mr. Arnold.  A large number of friends assembled to show their last mark of esteem to one whose hospitality was unbounded.  She will be sorely missed by her brothers at home and sincere sympathy is expressed to the bereaved ones.


Miss Irene Doyle succeeds Mr. Arnold McWilliams as teacher in No. 3, Puslinch.  Mr. McWilliams left for a school in Collingwood on Friday.  Miss Sadie McPherson who spent Christmas vacation with her parents returned to Grand Valley.


  We are having our January thaw.


Miss Vera Anderson, of Grimsby, and Miss Barton, Brock Road, paid New Year calls in the section.


Scarlet fever cases are reported to be of a mild type.


Mr. Alex McWilliams, of High River, visited relatives in this vicinity.






Strachan’s Corners

January 21st 1913.


Death has again come to a home in our midst, when Mrs. Kinsella was called away, owing to an attack of pneumonia.  The end was sudden, very few neighbours being aware of her illness.  Mrs. Kinsella was one of the early pioneers who through many trials built up a comfortable home, and it was ever a most hospitable home for her children, friend or neighbour.  She will be very much missed by a very large circle of friends, who were sincerely shocked and grieved to hear of her death, as she had been wonderfully active, considering her age.


Mr. and Mrs. Gill of Toronto, Miss Dora Gibbs and Mr. O. Gibbs of Toronto, attended the funeral of Mrs. Kinsella on Friday.


The fierce and sudden blizzard on Saturday caught many on their way home from the city.


We are pleased to see good sleighing again, and moonlight.


Chicken pox is prevalent in this section, but of a mild type.


La grippe has prostrated quite a few and some are seriously ill, but we hope that they may soon regain health.  It is believed that this has become an infectious disease and that quarantine is the only remedy.






Strachan’s Corners

February 18th 1913.


We welcome the change to milder weather.  The clouds of dust were a constant annoyance to the housekeeper, as it sifted through the smallest crevices.


Mrs. Mollison was hastily called to Hamilton last week owing to the death of her mother, Mrs. Law.  The death of a mother leaves a wound that never heals and Mrs. Mollison has the sincere sympathy of many friends in her bereavement.


There is a great deal of sickness in this section.


Mr. Sandy Fleming is visiting in this neighbourhood.  He keeps as bright as ever and is a very jovial companion.


Mr. Alex McWilliams, of High River, visited friends here on Saturday.






Strachan’s Corners

March 3rd 1913.


The winter has actually set in now, with lots of snow and cold weather.


We envy the fortunate ones who are in Bermuda, the land of sunshine, and hope that they are enjoying the outing.


Mr. George Laird, president of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Puslinch, was in Toronto last week, attending the Underwriters’ Convention.


The Puslinch Seed Fair was a nice change for the farmers on Saturday. Messrs. Barclay and Parker were fortunate prizewinners.  They are both excellent young farmers.


The inspector paid his usual visit to the school and found all satisfactory under Miss Doyle’s tuition.


Numerous wood teams keep the roads open to the city.


Auction sales are most attractive, as usual, and are well attended.  Prices for good stock soar.


Many who have been spending the winter with friends are making preparations for the west again.  The fever is infectious and others are persuaded.


The bonus for good roads does not exactly meet with approval, and Mr. Grant’s letter was read and approved.  If the roads were good in the city limits, we have no fault to find with country roads.






Strachan’s Corners

April 1st 1913.


The weather, as usual, has been an all-important subject for the last week, and proved most unpleasant for those teachers and students who were anticipating good weather for their Easter holidays.


Every farmer in the district suffered more or less damage to property.  Fences and silos especially were tossed about with the fierce hurricane that prevailed on Good Friday.  Carpenters are in great demand, but where are they, probably at government jobs.


The G.C.I. students from this section are whirling off again through slush and mud, eager to obtain an education and a high standing in their class.


Miss Sadie McPherson spent Easter week at the parental home.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams returned to Collingwood on Saturday.  He also attended the Teachers’ Convention in Toronto.


Auction sales are still an attraction for the farmers.  Some fine horses have been brought into this section of late.


Some of the young people are enjoying a few social gatherings before spring work begins.


Telephone men are busy everyday making repairs after the storm.  Rural telephones are now a necessity, apparently.  What can be done to telephone eavesdroppers?  What use is a telephone if all the country knows your affairs?






Strachan’s Corners

April 15th 1913.


We are about sure that spring is with us now, and a welcome change it is too.


Roads are in a terrible condition, especially near the city, and the oldest resident has never seen so much water in the fields.


The ladies of this vicinity are not receiving at present owing to a very contagious fever, which is raging, the usual spring cleaning.  The results are not usually fatal; neither do those who are affected receive much sympathy from those of the male persuasion.


Mr. George McGill sold a splendid driver to a gentleman from the city, at a fancy figure.


Sawing bees are hurried over in order to rush the spring work, and the farmer is a very busy man these days.  The common cry is lack of help.  There is also much repairing necessary, owing to the storm.


Mrs. Neil Black’s very many friends will be pleased to know that she is improving rapidly after her illness.


The early farmer is planting his potatoes this fine weather.


The dogs were all carefully assessed last week.  Mr. McNaughton has about finished his work for this year.


The wheat looks very favourable at present.


Very few trees are tapped this year.






Strachan’s Corners

May 6th 1913.


There seems to be nothing new under the sun for the last few months.  Same old story of seeding time and house cleaning occupy the minds of all.


We have never had more pleasant weather for spring work and it has been taken advantage of thoroughly.


Mr. Neil Black has sold part of his farm to Mr. Graham, who has taken possession.


The profusion of wildflowers in the woods and the beautiful weather tempted many out to the country on Sunday.


Very many who knew and loved the Reverend Dr. Dix in this vicinity regret that he has decided to leave Guelph.  His kind and sympathetic manner won for him very many friends who wish for him the best that this world can give.


If any of the mailboxes are destroyed in any way by cattle or other animals pasturing on the roadside, it is very probable that the owner of the mischievous one will be held responsible.


The telephone is a long while in coming to subscribers on the seventh concession but when it does and with mail delivery and parcel post for farmers, also a grocery wagon along each week, there will be no necessity for the farmer to visit the city.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

June 10th 1913.


The very heavy frosts of late have done considerable damage in this vicinity.  Fruit trees of all kinds have suffered.  Pasture is greatly retarded, early potatoes blackened, also all kinds of vegetables.


The rain on Friday night was most welcome, as everything was parched and wilting.


The monthly meeting of the Puslinch branch of the Women’s Institute was held at the home of the Misses Gilchrist on Thursday last.  There was a large gathering of members and friends who always enjoy the meetings held at the home of these popular ladies, who do all in their power to give everyone a good time, in the good old-fashioned way, with a right hearty welcome.


A son arrived to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mollison.  Mr. and Mrs. James Phalen are also to be congratulated on the arrival of a son.  On Saturday night, a little boy arrived at Lilac Cottage, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Murray.


Statute labour is being attended to at present.  The grader has been on its annual tour, leaving a tiny mark of its progress on the highway.


A large number of cattle were bought by Mr. White, the popular buyer, last week, for shipment.


The farmer can now take things easy till haying time.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

June 23rd 1913.


June, the beautiful, has passed so quickly that we scarcely realized that she was here.


Statute labour is about completed for another year, and there has been some splendid work done too.  If the stones could be raked off the highways occasionally, driving would be a pleasure.


The pupils from No. 3, who were trying their entrance, do not complain of difficult papers, and we hope that all may be very successful.  Teachers and pupils are giving a sigh of relief this week, the last.


Mr. Metcalf is having an old-fashioned barn raising today to which all of the neighbours are invited.


The excellent rain on Friday last has done a vast amount of good to the country and all nature is smiling.






Strachan’s Corners

July 8th 1913.


Frost on Sunday night, after the intense heat, was a very severe change.  Farmers do not apprehend any very serious results.


Dominion Day passed off very quietly.  Quite a number enjoyed the Mosboro Horse Show in the afternoon, where Mr. Slater was a prize winner from this section. 


Mr. Neil Black was one of the judges at the Mosboro Horse Show.


Miss Sadie McPherson is spending her vacation at the parental home.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams returned from Collingwood on Wednesday accompanied by his friend, Mr. James Jardine, who was taking the judging course at the O.A.C. for a day or two.






Strachan’s Corners

August 5th 1913.


Everything is so wondrously quiet this week that we scarcely know what is wrong.


Miss Margaret McGill is spending her holidays at the parental home.


Mrs. William Cockburn and family, of Toronto, spent last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black.


Mr. J. Wilson, principal of Erin Public School, was a visitor during “Old Home Week”.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams is visiting friends in Elora and Erin.


Roots are suffering from want of rain.






Strachan’s Corners

August 13th 1913.


The rain on Saturday and Sunday morning has been a boon to the country and we are very thankful for its timely arrival.


Threshing has become general and the yield is quite satisfactory.


Mr. and Mrs. George Laird are holidaying in Muskoka, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. D. Sorby.


Miss Lillie Snow, of Buffalo, is a bright and welcome visitor at present.


Many friends will regret to learn of the serious illness of Mrs. Higgins, of Guelph, at the home of her brother, E. Kinsella.


Mr. Charles Elmslie, of Windsor, visited relatives in this section last week.


Miss Finnegan, of Cleveland, visited Miss Laird one day last week.


Mrs. Fox of New Hamburg and children are spending a vacation at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Parker.


Miss Mollison is at present visiting her uncle, Mr. Frank Mollison.


The Misses Margaret and Alice Mollison and Master Harry are enjoying the centennial celebration in Hamilton.


Dr. Walter Laird of Southampton paid a flying visit to home friends on Wednesday last.


It is with most sincere regret that we learn of the death of Miss Nina Harrison, of Guelph.  She attended school in this section and was a great favourite with her school-mates.  The bereaved ones have the deepest sympathy of a large circle of friends.


A number of farmers are completely through with harvest and are preparing for fall wheat sowing.






Strachan’s Corners

August 26th 1913.


The summer is past and the harvest ended.


Mr. Maltby is very busy threshing in this vicinity this week.


Mr. John McPherson and Mr. Fred Parker are off to the great west for a trip.


A number from this section attended the barn raising at Mr. John Laird’s, York Road, on Tuesday.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams attended the great show in Toronto on Monday.  Many of them go this week and next.


Chief Hardie of the fire department of Lethbridge, Alberta, visited Mr. Walter McWilliams on Thursday of last week.  He is attending the firemen’s convention at Kingston and is very much delighted with Ontario, especially Guelph and surroundings.


The delightful rain on Friday was, as usual, a great boon to the country.


School again next week is perhaps a welcome change for all.






Strachan’s Corners

September 2nd 1913.


Schools are all opened again for another term of four months.


Miss Ella Hanlon has been engaged in No. 2 (Brock Road) School, Mr. Phelan in Guelph, Miss McPherson in Grand Valley, and Mr. Arnold McWilliams in Collingwood.


Messrs. Doyle and Harold Black, Misses Beatrice Leslie and Mary McWilliams return to the Collegiate with many others.


Toronto is the Mecca for a large number of people from this vicinity this week again.


We have everything to be thankful for that the weather has been ideal for all kinds of work on the farm.


Reverend Charles McWilliams, of Montana, visited relatives here last week.






Strachan’s Corners

October 8th 1913.


A very large number from this part of the township of Puslinch attended the annual show on Tuesday and enjoyed the outing exceedingly, the day was so beautiful and friends and neighbours were glad to greet each other after months of strenuous labour on the farm.


Roots are being rapidly housed during the fine weather and are proving satisfactory, but plowing is a labour owing to the lack of rain.


Miss Halliday, of the United States, visited old friends in this vicinity on Monday.


The Bell telephone Company is busy in the neighbourhood this week, and endeavour to give satisfaction to their rapidly increasing patrons.


The fall wheat fields are looking refreshingly green, and the woods are beautiful in assorted colours.


Mrs. Neil Black attended the Milton show on Tuesday and Wednesday.


A number from here attended Galt show on Friday and report a fine time.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall, of Corwhin, and Mrs. Noble, of Alberta, visited relatives here last week.






Strachan’s Corners

October 27th 1913.


The rain of last week was very welcome, as is also the fine weather of this week.  Wells, cisterns, and creeks were very low.


Turnip shipping has begun in this section, at fourteen cents per bushel.


The inspector has paid his usual visit to the school and found all progressive.


Miss Doyle attended the teacher’s convention in Guelph last week, which was very instructive.


Mr. A. Porter is seriously ill at present.  He has very many friends who regret to hear of his illness and who would wish to see him returned to health.


Threshers are on their last round in this vicinity and the whistle calls too early these dark mornings for the average farmer.


Apple butter and sweet cider are relished by the majority at present.


La grippe is rampant.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 5th 1913.


Subscribe for the Daily Mercury, which is only two dollars to rural subscribers, and they get the worth of their money.


Hallowe’en passed over very quietly, though the usual hoodlum style of placing obstacles on the highway was indulged in.


Mr. Robert Porter, of Minnedosa, is at present visiting his brothers, James and Andrew.


Mr. Maltby, thresher, is on his last round in this vicinity.


A great many residents of Puslinch deplore the sad accident that befell Mr. Kilgour last week.  He was very well known and highly respected as a teacher of wonderful ability.  It is sincerely hoped that he may restored to health.


Winter seems to be very near sometimes, but the farmer would wish more time to complete fall work that was hindered by wet weather.


Guelph Mercury newspaper






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 11th 1913.


It is to be hoped that some one will give the exact date of the year when the winter began in October, and roots and apples were destroyed.  For years back, it has been quite customary for heated arguments to ensue over the date, at every threshing or other gathering, without fail.


The storm of Sunday and Monday was very severe in this part of the country, reminding us that it is dreary November.


Many will regret the death of Mr. A. Porter, which took place on Saturday, after a very short illness, from liver trouble.  The friends have sincere sympathy.






The News from Strachan’s Corners

November 18th 1913.


Though the rain was very heavy on Thursday, a number of sympathizing friends assemble to pay their last tribute of respect to Mrs. Higgins, whose death occurred on Thursday at the residence of her brother, Mr. E. Kinsella, after some weeks of suffering.


A very interesting address was delivered by Reverend C. H. Buckland, on “Church Union”, on Friday night at the home of Mr. Walter McWilliams, which was very much appreciated by those present.  The next meeting will be held at the same place early in December, to which all are invited.  These meetings are non-denominational and are most instructive.


A letter has been received from a Toronto gentleman who informs all concerned that the early winter in dispute began October 18th 1869, with a heavy snowfall and frost remained until April 1970.  Farmers lost heavily when roots and apples could not be housed.


Mrs. McPhee, of Egremont, who attended the funeral of Mr. A. Porter, on Tuesday, returned to her home on Thursday.


Mrs. William McWilliams, of Eramosa, returned to her home on Tuesday after attending Mr. Porter’s funeral.


Miss Parker and Miss Laird were on Monday collecting for the Bible Society, which is a most worthy object.


It is said that poultry thieves are endeavouring to relieve the farmer’s wife of the responsibility of culling her flock.  So far, they have not been very successful.






Strachan’s Corners

January 7th 1914.


Holiday visitors, who were numerous, have left us, and the world goes on as it did before.


The beautiful weather and splendid roads so far this season have been very much enjoyed.


The municipal elections on Monday were rather exciting.  Mr. Metcalf is one lonely councillor for this part of the township, but by another year we hope that there may be more representatives from this section.


Mr. Meek, who has purchased the Porter farm, is busy getting settled, and we welcome him, hoping that he may never regret the change he has made.  He comes highly esteemed as a good neighbour.


Reverend C. H. Buckland holds his usual cottage service this week on Friday night at the home of Mr. Samuel Slater.


The young people have been enjoying excellent parties during the vacation, almost every evening being taken up with merry-making.


The school meeting was well attended and Mr. Michael Lynch was elected trustee.


Miss Doyle resumed teaching on Tuesday, with the usual attendance.





Strachan’s Corners

February 3rd 1914.


Splendid wheeling and sleighing is a combination seldom seen in February.  Merry-making and moonlight nights are another combination of interest.


La grippe has its victims, as usual.


The bear could see his shadow on the first, hence our winter is not over yet.


Saturday’s storms kept a great many country people at home.  Rural mail makes it possible to have at least a few Saturdays at home, as sometimes the weekly mail was an inducement to drive to the city.





Strachan’s Corners

March 10th 1914.


Long March is with us again and a very wild, blustering entrance it has made too.  The high winds chill and seem to bring on the old enemy, la grippe, to a great many residents in this vicinity, but we hope for warm weather and a restoration to health of those afflicted, very soon.


Our best farmers attended the Fat Stock sale on Wednesday and spent a profitable afternoon either buying or selling.


Numerous young people attended the box social in Aberfoyle on Friday night and enjoyed themselves very much.  Mr. Charles Crawley, our very popular auctioneer, received high bids for the tempting boxes on display.


Sleighing and wheeling are both popular and farmers never did so much teaming of saw logs, wood, and turnips as this winter.  No drifts or deep snow to worry about.


The man of the house is very busy with his summer wood, amidst many other cares.





Strachan’s Corners

March 18th 1914.


Sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Meek in the loss of their son, James Stanley, who was laid away in that quiet resting place, Howitt’s Memorial Cemetery, on Friday last.  The Reverend Mr. Barker officiated at the house and grave, and spoke words of comfort to the bereaved.


Mr. D. McNaughton, township assessor, is attending to his duties in this vicinity, this week.


About forty assembled to hear the able address by Reverend C. H. Buckland at the cottage service on Friday night.  The next service will be at the home of Mr. George Laird, on Friday April 3rd.


Those who are fortunate enough to have maple trees are feeling in their bones that it is time to be hustling the sap buckets and all other necessary articles to the camp in the woods.


Congratulations to our Puslinch farmers who made such a good display of clean seed on Saturday.


Inspector Craig visited the school this week.





Strachan’s Corners

April 7th 1914.


Spring delayed its coming and many who have been suffering from la grippe are weary for the warm weather.


Wood bees are a daily occurrence and the weather most favourable.


A number from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mr. Smith, in Aberfoyle, on Tuesday.


The cottage service at the home of Mr. George Laird on Friday night was largely attended.  The next will be held at Mr. Robert Armstrong’s on Friday May 1st.


Roads are in a very bad condition with mud.


The coming Horse Show is a pleasure in store for the farmer before he begins the arduous labour of seeding.


We regret to hear that Mrs. Michael Lynch Sr. is ill and her many friends hope that she may soon be restored to her health again.


Syrup making is not indulged in extensively as the year is not at all favourable.





Strachan’s Corners

April 27th 1914.


The country is a busy place at present and seeding is being rushed, when possible.


A number of delegates from this vicinity attended the Liberal convention on Saturday and it is not certain that they were very much enthused as yet.


A large number of sympathising neighbours attended the funeral of the late Mrs. McNulty on Monday morning, showing the esteem in which she was held by all who knew her.


Mrs. James Moran also was one who was dearly loved by a large circle of friends, and sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.


The very heavy rain on Saturday interfered with seeding, but some farmers are about through.


Fall wheat in some cases is a failure, apparently.  Other fields will be safe should the weather now be favourable.


La grippe is still on the move.





Strachan’s Corners

May 18th 1914.


Summer weather, long wished for, is with us again.


Delegates to the Liberal convention on Saturday are looking forward to interesting work for the cause.


Highways which once boasted of corduroy are troubled with the old logs appearing on the surface and making travelling very unpleasant.


The busy housewife has finished the usual spring house cleaning when relics and otherwise have been moved, cleaned, and dusted again.


The inevitable rag-man is making his rounds but the agent, once so numerous, does not put in an appearance.  Farmers are too busy to waste time with these gentlemen of the road.


The sick are making rapid recovery, we are pleased to say.


Some splendid cattle are being brought up in this vicinity, and good prices rule, but the despised rooter has gone down considerably in the estimation of the buyer.


Our very popular mail carrier, Mr. Humphreys, does not complain of being overburdened by parcel post.


Some of our young men are interested in the baseball opening.


The fishing fever is again affecting the mind of the youth, who promises himself a treat on the first holiday from farm work, on the river bank.





Strachan’s Corners

June 23rd 1914.


A deep gloom was cast over the entire neighbourhood on Friday when the news reached us that Miss Jessie Barclay had passed away.  She was most dearly loved by all who knew her, for her very bright and cheerful disposition, and she was always willing to do what she could to make this world a pleasant abiding place.  She will be most sorely missed by a very large circle of friends and deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.  Her funeral, which was private by her own expressed wish, took place on Saturday.


The severe frost on Friday night has done considerable damage to potatoes, corn, and other tender growing things.


Mr. Carter had a good meeting in Downey’s school on Friday night and made a most favourable impression.  Mr. Donald McPherson filled the presiding chair very acceptably.


Mr. Lennie Black, who was seriously injured in a runaway accident, is now improving nicely and we all hope to soon see him around in his usual health.


Mrs. Frank Mollison attended the marriage of her brother, Mr. Howard Law and Miss Armstrong, at Hamilton, last week.


Statute labour is now in progress.  We have some good roads in this vicinity, and some very poor ones.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams and Captain Ransier, from Collingwood, were on the excursion to the O.A.C. on Friday.





Strachan’s Corners

August 4th 1914.


The army worm has found his way to this section, causing the farmers some anxiety.  Between all kinds of weeds and vermin, of many names, the life of the farmer is one continual battle, never ended, never done.


Miss Maude McGill, Miss Irene Doyle, and Mr. Leo Doyle enjoyed a very pleasant trip to Stratford last week.


Miss Doyle has resigned as teacher in this section with the intention of attending the Normal school.  She has been a most successful teacher and the best wishes of all go with her in her studies.


A number from this vicinity attended the garden party held at the home of mr. Hohenadel last Thursday and enjoyed a pleasant evening.


The threshing machine is on its rounds again and the harvest is almost over.


After the excessive heat, the heavy rain on Sunday was more than welcome, as the pasture was completely done between heat and the numerous grasshoppers.


One of the most successful garden parties ever held in Puslinch was held at the home of Mr. John Hohenadel on Thursday July 30th, under the auspices of the Puslinch branch of the Women’s Institute.  There were over five hundred present who enjoyed a game of baseball between Arkell and Aberfoyle, Arkell winning.  A rabbit race caused much fun, Mr. Sid Maltby being the lucky one in this race.  The fish pond was very well patronized as were also the ice cream and candy booths.  The supper was a marvel of excellence and was enjoyed by all present, after which a lengthy program of songs and recitations enlivened the proceedings.  Mrs. T. G. McMaster kindly presided.  The little Laurie boys, from Hamilton, captured all hearts by their sweet songs.  Miss Gillies, of Niagara, sang most beautifully, as did also Miss Atkinson of Marden.  The Heath-Spencer quartet was most heartily received.  The violin selections by Miss Amos and Mr. Black were much enjoyed and Mayor Carter gave a speech in favour of “Votes for Women” and “Equal Rights”.  Mr. and Mrs Hohenadel deserve great credit for the success of the whole affair for they did all in their power to welcome the visitors and opened their house and grounds freely to the large crowd.  The ladies have a handsome balance to their credit.





The News from Strachan’s Corners

August 11th 1914.


We had been suffering from intense heat until Monday when a welcome shower cooled the air.


The very many friends of Mrs. Joseph Lester sympathize with the bereaved husband and family, who mourn the loss of a deeply devoted wife and mother, leaving a wound that cannot be healed.  Her death came with a shock, as very many were not aware that she had been seriously ill.  The funeral was largely attended on Friday by sorrowing friends.


Mr. Barclay is somewhat improving since going to the Guelph Hospital.  His friends hope for a restoration to health.


Mr. William Barclay is home for a visit.  He went west some years ago and met with success.


Mr. Patrick McGarr, who went west years ago is visiting home friends.


Reverend C. W. McWilliams, of Montana, visited relatives in this vicinity, last week.


The vacation is flying by so very quickly that pupils can scarcely realize there are but a few more weeks for fun and play.





Strachan’s Corners

September 15th 1914.


Daily, the war is the all-absorbing topic and keen interest is taken in all kinds of rumours and news, reliable and otherwise.  The old rifle and shotgun are being hunted up and made ready for action.


Threshing and corn-cutting, fall wheat sowing and fall plowing, keep the farmers busy from daylight to night.  He can scarcely find time to think about the multitude of good (?) advice he receives free from the city man as to what he should raise on his farm, and how he should dispose of his fruit and vegetables, now going to waste, but he keeps on sawing wood.


A large number from this vicinity attended the Toronto exhibition last week and report the usual attractions.


Mrs. Wallace, of Egremont, visited relatives here last week, on her way from Toronto.


Mr. and Mrs. John Blair, of Aberfoyle, visited Mrs. Cockburn, who is convalescent after a severe illness.


Reverend George Little was a visitor in this section on Monday.


After so much rainfall the country is looking beautiful again.  The maples are changing from green to all the shades in yellow and red.


The usual preparations are being made for Puslinch Fall Show, which is bound to be better than ever.





The News from Strachan’s Corners

October 5th 1914.


The cold snap on Friday night, with frost, has been the cause of some anxiety, and a stimulus to rush the fall work, of which there is a large amount, to keep the farmers busy for many days, between threshings, silo-filling, roots, and many other items too numerous to mention, not to speak of shows and auction sales, which have to be patronized, Aberfoyle, more especially on the 6th of October.


Mrs. Black was a most successful exhibitor at Fergus and Acton shows on Wednesday and Thursday.


It is difficult to understand why the young men of this section, more especially the bachelors, allow some of our very nicest young ladies to be stolen away by strangers, but we would advise them to go out and do likewise.


Mr. and Mrs. De Scherbinin, who have been spending some months in Cuba, were weekend visitors at Mr. George Laird’s.  They left last week for Vancouver and other points.


Beech nuts are attractive to the city boy right now; the crop is plentiful.


Mr. and Mrs. George McGill announced the engagement of their daughter, Margaret, to Mr. John Sullivan, the marriage to take place on October 6th.  The young couple has a host of friends who wish them every happiness and success.


Miss Laird and Mrs. McWilliams have been appointed to collect in aid of the Children’s Shelter in this section.  Miss Moffat and Miss Metcalf are very successful collectors in the vicinity of the Memorial Church.


The funeral of Mrs. Heath on last Thursday was very largely attended by sympathizing friends as she was a resident of Puslinch for many years and made many true friends.





Strachan’s Corners

October 13th 1914.


Thanksgiving was quite a quiet day.  Some few went to see the sham battle and in imagination viewed the horrors now in progress east of us with heavy hearts.


The collectors for the children’s shelter, Miss Moffat, Miss Metcalf, Miss Laird, and Mrs. McWilliams were well received wherever they called and were surprised at the many really kind people who reside in this vicinity, and wish to thank those who so kindly contributed.  One man, who depends on his day’s pay for the support of a family, said that he would divide his last bag of potatoes, if necessary.  This is a good world at heart.


Mr. McGunnigle, of Toronto, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Phelan.


Miss Black, of Aberfoyle, is a substitute for Miss Bolger during her illness, which we hope will not be of long duration.


Rockton show on Wednesday and Freelton on Friday will be the last on the program this year.


The patriotic concert on Friday night, held at the Brock Road school, was well represented from this section.





Strachan’s Corners

December 22nd 1914.


Wishing every reader a very merry Christmas.


The cold weather and fierce storms this week are not quite as pleasant as we could wish for Christmas week but we always live in hope for something better.


The school children are enjoying a vacation with visions of Santa Claus, even though their hearts are saddened by the thought of the little Belgian children suffering cold and hunger and loss of dear parents and comfortable homes.


Mrs. Hohenadel expects to collect in this section for the Belgian fund some day this week.  The need is very great and the members of the Women’s Institute hope that the response will be generous.  No one is compelled to give, as the calls have been many this year, but every little helps.


Miss Irene Doyle, who is attending Normal School, is home for vacation.


Master Joseph Phalen, who was injured on his way to school by a motorcycle, is improving, but will likely spend Christmas in the hospital, but we hope that he may soon be able to return to his home friends.


Miss S. M. McPherson is spending vacation with her parents.


There is very little sickness in this vicinity, even la grippe has not ventured forth this year, and there is no one but wishes a continuation of the same blessing.


Some very nice parties are anticipated for Christmas week, and happy reunions, though sadness prevails each day by news of loss of lives, and the bitter hatred of men who know not what they do.





Strachan’s Corners

January 6th 1915.


It is hoped that all the readers of the Mercury had a very happy New Year and that the same may continue throughout the year.  Subscribe to the daily Mercury.  Only two dollars to all rural subscribers and know all that goes on in your own town.  Encourage home industries.


Saturday’s storm was most alarming but Sunday saw many good people attend church from the country in spite of bad roads.


On Monday, teachers and pupils returned to work, rather pleased to be back again after the dissipation of Christmas week.  Parties were in order and many happy hours spent.


Mrs. Mollison and children spent the New Year with her father, in Hamilton.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams returned to Fitzroy Harbour on Saturday.


Miss Bolger has returned to number three after a good vacation.


Miss Irene Doyle, who is attending Normal School, spent the vacation with her parents.


Mrs. William Cockburn and family, of Toronto, spent a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black.


Mr. and Mrs. Fox and family, of New Hamburg, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Parker.


The annual school meeting, on Wednesday, was attended by the usual number, and Mr. Alfred Crane was elected trustee.


Our council, having given good satisfaction last year, was returned by acclamation, thus saving election expenses.


A large number attended Mr. Conlon’s sale and good prices were realized.


The patrons of the Guelph Creamery in this vicinity are pleased to hear that Mr. John Borthwick, the popular driver, has taken himself a wife, a young lady well and most favourably known to a very large circle of friends, Miss Fry, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fry, College Road.  May they have a long and happy life together.


Numerous horses from this township were offered for sale on Saturday for military purposes.  Fair prices were realized in some cases.


Very much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Kennedy, our mail carrier, who has encountered very severe storms and bad roads since accepting the position, but he gets around in time with the daily war news.





Strachan’s Corners

February 9th 1915.


Since the storm of last week travelling has been somewhat slow.  Roads wind through fields to avoid deep snow, but we hope that the worst of winter is over.


It has been demonstrated in the past week that we can do without the telephone but it was very dismal all the same.


There is considerable sickness in the country at present, and we are all wishing for mild weather.


The farmer is hustling to get his wood for next year in order and everyone is busy all day long.  Those who have hay and wheat do not need to invest in a gold mine.


Our mail carrier has only missed one day this winter, which is a good record.  Mr. Kennedy is very brave and makes it possible to do his duty.


We hear of several new houses being prepared for this winter, and coming events cast their shadows before, as several of our young and handsome bachelors are deciding to make a happy change and indeed we hope that they will be very happy.


The attendance at school was very small last week owing to the terrific east storm.


The prayer meeting at Mr. Clarke’s was well attended considering the roads.





Strachan’s Corners

March 15th 1915.


After a long winter our sleighing is disappearing very rapidly and we are enjoying the beautiful spring sunshine.


An epidemic of influenza, accompanied by severe sore throat, has been in many homes lately.


Messrs. D. and A. McLean, lately from Ospringe, have settled on their farm, purchased from Mr. Graham, who is attending to go out west.


The seed fair on Saturday was an attraction to the farmer but the prcies were not so attractive to those who wished to invest in seed grain.


All the men of the vicinity are intending to have an outing on Wednesday as Miss Gilchrist is holding a large auction sale on that day.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black visited friends in Acton and Limehouse last week.


Mr. and Miss. Pinkney are visiting at Mr. Meek’s, having come down from Belfountain for the Pinkney-Revell wedding.





Strachan’s Corners

April 6th 1915.


Spring delayeth her coming much to the regret of many who are afflicted with that one trial, la grippe.


Miss Bolger is spending the vacation at her home in Arthur.


We are pleased to see in the school report for March the names of those who have not missed one day.  The pupils are Michael and Melva Lynch, Hugh and Margaret Murray.  Others have been ill or their names also would have been on that honour list.  We hope that many more will endeavour to attend regularly for April as it is very encouraging for the teacher and a benefit to the pupils.


Those who have the despised turnip in quantities are reaping a harvest at thirty cents per bushel, but most of them have been fed during the winter.


The usual visitors are with us for Easter.  Some have taken advantage of cheap rates to visit distant friends for a day or so.


Eggs and butter have changed in price extensively.  Eggs, at twenty cents, do not make any profit for the poultry man and he is now engaged in getting the hatching hens at work.


The wood sawing for the season is accomplished satisfactorily.


The assessor, Mr. McNaughton, is on his rounds and finds some of the roads in very poor condition.


Mr. Cantwell’s sale was well attended and good prices were realized.


Mr. Crawley has conducted a number of sales successfully and won a name for himself as an auctioneer.


Master Lennie Black is visiting relatives in Corwhin.


Mr. McLean, who was very ill, is convalescing.


Farmers sympathize with Mr. Ed. Baker in the loss of his valuable ducks and feel indignant that certain people are at liberty to destroy in the name of sport, domestic foul, with impunity.


The attendance at church on Easter Sunday from this section was very large.





Strachan’s Corners

April 13th 1915.


The Easter vacation with the fine spring-like weather was enjoyed by a large number of visitors to the country.


Mr. O’Donaghue has moved to the farm vacated by Mr. Conlon.  Mr. Wilson, of Niagara, has purchased Mr. Cantwell’s farm.  Mr. Hauck has moved to the farm vacated by Mr. Gotham.  We are sure that all of the new arrivals will find most excellent neighbours in this section, and we hope that they will live happily ever after.


Teacher and pupils are back again for another term.


Mr. and Mrs. McComb and Miss Audrey have returned to their home in Calgary after a pleasant visit with home friends.


Miss Irene Doyle spent the vacation with her parents.


Mr. W. A. McWilliams returned to his school in Fitzroy Harbour.


Spring work has begun and the country people will have mountains of work to overcome in the next two months.





Strachan’s Corners

May 4th 1915.


Seeding for this spring has been completed and the cool weather was much appreciated.


Mr. Donald McPherson’s sale was very largely attended on Tuesday and the fine stock realized a good figure.  Mr. McPherson is an excellent farmer and retires to enjoy a well-earned rest.  We are ever sorry to lose our neighbours but we wish Mr. and Mrs. McPherson many years of happiness in their new home.


Mr. George McGill Sr. is very sorely afflicted with rheumatism at present but all of his numerous friends hope that he may soon regain his usual health.


Mrs. Cockburn is seriously ill at present and is suffering very much from weakness.


Work has begun on Mr. Mollison’s new home.


Mr. Matt McGarr’s house is progressing favourably.





Strachan’s Corners

June 22nd 1915.


The statute labour season is with us again and there is really some excellent work being done this year and the good work done by the council is appreciated.


Garden parties and picnics are having a cool reception but are well patronized nevertheless.


Miss Bolger, of Elora, spent a few days with her sister, who teaches in S. S. No. 3.


Miss Helen Bolger has been re-engaged as teacher, much to the satisfaction of all who are interested in school matters.


Mr. James Hewer, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Rose, from the west, visited at Mr. Neil Black’s.


Gentlemen of leisure, and apparently boundless means, motor from the city to view the landscape o’er, and are pleased to report that they never saw finer crops of hay in Puslinch than those seen this year.  Their views must have been assisted by powerful magnifying glasses in some sections.  Clover is looking well in some parts but on the whole the crop is not satisfactory.


Considerable work has been done in building and farm improvement generally.


June is a month of comparative leisure in the country and neighbours can afford to meet and enjoy a discussion on the topics of the day, or endeavour to find a bright side to the awful war in progress.


Farmers’ institutes would surely be a great boon and bring neighbours closer together socially.  Life is not intended to be all work but something nobler and higher.


Some old friends were invited to Mr. Robert Marshall’s of Corwhin to celebrate the 80th birthday of Mr. James Porter on Tuesday.





Strachan’s Corners

July 5th 1915.


We are all very thankful for the beautiful showers of last week, which have given a new lease of life to all growing things.


The busiest man at present is the man with the hoe.


Mr. Robert Armstrong is raising his new barn on Tuesday this week and neighbours are very glad to assemble, and render every possible assistance.


Reverend C. H. Buckland will give an address at the home of Mr. McWilliams on Friday evening at 8:30, having for his subject “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn”.  A good attendance is hoped for and everyone is very welcome.


July 1st was very quietly spent.  We shall celebrate after the war.


Mrs. Tamblyn visited with her cousin, Mrs. George Laird, previous to her departure for Seaward Alaska, where she expects to remain for a couple of years with her daughter, Mrs. DeSherbinin.  The journey to Alaska takes all of three weeks to accomplish, two weeks by train, eight days by boat, and the last stage by dog trains, which seems to be quite an experience.


Crops are looking quite encouraging again.


Mr. McGill is rapidly recovering his strength after his illness.





Strachan’s Corners

July 11th 1915.


Between thirty and forty people assembled to hear the able address by Reverend C. H. Buckland on Friday evening on the subject “Man’s inhumanity to man”, inspired by the awful conflict now raging.


The barn raising on Tuesday last at Mr. Robert Armstrong’s was a wonderful social gathering, enjoyed by many people from far and near and heartily welcomed by the popular host and hostess who provided all possible for entertainment.


Masters Darcy, Reginald, and Beverly Fox of Toronto are spending the vacation with their grandparents.





Strachan’s Corners

August 3rd 1915.


Monday was so very fine that a great amount of wheat was put under cover, but Tuesday’s all day rain has done considerable damage.  Oats are lying flat and some fields of hay are beyond help.


A large number from this vicinity enjoyed the pleasures of Ladies’ Day, which passed off most pleasantly.


Mrs. Binkley and Mrs. John Wilkinson, of Morriston, were in this section collecting for the Red Cross work.  Fourteen dollars was the result and there were a number of homes they had not time to visit.  Doubtless, there are many who would like to work for the Red Cross, making shirts or knitting socks for the soldiers.  By applying to any of the workers, supplies may be had.  There are many who would gladly give work, when they could not give money.


Civic holiday was scarcely remembered in the country owing to the call of the harvest.





Strachan’s Corners

September 6th 1915.


Miss Bolger reopened school on Wednesday, with good attendance, after a long vacation.


Miss Irene Doyle returned to Goderich to resume teaching.


Mr. Arnold McWilliams left for Fitzroy Harbour on Monday.


Miss Beatrice Lester and Master Clarence Lester, Mr. James Doyle, Miss Josephine and Miss Marie Doyle, Mr. Harold Black, Mr. Roy Smith and Master James Smith, and Miss Mary McWilliams resume their daily drives to school on Tuesday for another term of study.


All eyes are turned towards Toronto this week with longing to visit the show, even for one day.


Threshing is general, but threshers report very damp grain and difficult work.


Mrs. Meek and Miss Margaret enjoyed a pleasant visit with friends in Middlesex County last week.





Strachan’s Corners

September 14th 1915.


We enjoyed several days of fine weather last week and very much fall wheat sowing was accomplished, with a few days threshing thrown in.  Yes indeed, the farmer is a busy man, although the limelight just now is thrown on him and advice by the yard is given him as to how he should double, yes treble, the yield and also send his sons to the front.  Let those corner loungers do a little more work in the fields and the difficulty will be settled.


Mr. and Mrs. George Laird and Miss Emslie spent a couple o f days in Toronto last week.


Mr. and Mrs. Neil Black visited Mrs. William Cockburn in Toronto and also spent a couple of days at the great National Exhibition.


The death of Mr. Archie McMillan was deeply regretted by many in this section who knew him as an excellent framer.  His young wife has the sympathy of all.


The tragic death of Mr. Beaty, late of Janesfield, in St. Thomas, was a shock to a very large circle of friends in this community.  His grief-stricken wife, who had so endeared herself to all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance, will have the deepest sympathy in her hour of sore distress.


Mr. Robert Law of Hamilton, who was visiting his daughter, Mrs. Frank Mollison, received a long-distance message on Sunday informing him of the death of his sister, Miss Law of Toronto.  Miss Law was some years ago matron in the General Hospital at Guelph.  The interment will be in the Winterbourne cemetery.


The Puslinch branch of the Women’s Institute intend holding a concert in the town hall in Aberfoyle on Thursday evening, September 23rd, in aid of the Red Cross work.  Excellent talent has been procured.


The electrical display on Sunday evening was something awe-inspiring and grand.  One could not but feel what...




Strachan’s Corners

October 6th 1915.


Mr. James Barclay has set an excellent example to his gentlemen friends by taking to himself a helpmate for life.  Miss King of Woodstock was the chosen one and we all sincerely wish for them length of days and great happiness.  The honeymoon will be spent visiting relatives in the west after which they will reside on the beautiful farm owned by Mr. Barclay.


Large numbers attended the Aberfoyle show on Tuesday even though the weather was most unfavourable.


Inspector Craig paid his usual fall visit to the school a week ago.


It is regretted that Mr. Leadley met with such a serious loss on Monday, having his barn, with contents, destroyed by fire.


Farmers are wondering if matters in regard to silo-filling could not be arranged in such a way that there would be not so many outfits operating at the same time, almost within speaking distance, especially when help is so very difficult to obtain.


Travelling at night by country people is becoming so dangerous owing to autos without lights being allowed to run at large.  No less than three different vehicles from this section have had narrow escapes while returning home on Sunday night.  Mr. Samuel Slater, accompanied by Mrs. Slater and children, on returning from Preston, were thrown out and their carriage badly wrecked by some unscrupulous person who did not have proper lights.  Fortunately, all escaped serious injury, but will not soon forget their experience.  How much longer are the highways to be appropriated by those who know not how to manage cars?  No farmer would be allowed to drive a horse if he did not understand horses thoroughly and were not able to avoid running into travellers who have the same right to the road as he.





Strachan’s Corners

November 23rd 1915.


We are having a taste of winter at present and the careful farmer is hustling his stock to winter quarters after a splendid fall with plenty of grazing.


Winter fair, in a few days, will be a pleasant change.


Threshing is about completed in this vicinity, to the relief of all concerned.


It has been deplored by very many people that the farmers now fail in the old-fashioned hospitality once so dear to our grandparents, but it has been demonstrated by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buchanan that they, at least, can open their home and generously entertain their very numerous friends in a manner which leaves nothing to be desired.  Some three hundred friends accepted their kind invitation to the house-warming of one of the most beautiful homes as could well be imagined and to say that all present spent an enjoyable evening but mildly expresses their pleasure.  Many friends sincerely hope that Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan may long live to enjoy their new residence.


Mr. and Mrs. James Barclay and Miss Barclay were at home on Thursday afternoon and evening to their many friends, who welcomed the opportunity to meet the bride and wish them length of days and very much happiness.





The News from Strachan’s Corners

March 1st 1916.


March is most lamblike today after a few days of severe cold.  Sleighing is excellent and most appreciated.


After some time of illness, Mr. Harry Crane died at the homestead on Thursday last and was buried on Saturday in the Kirkland cemetery.  For months, he had been a most diligent Bible student.  To the last, he received constant and loving attention from his sister, Mrs. Jackson, who, with the rest of the devoted family, will miss his cheerful presence in the home.


La grippe has some victims who long for the spring days to come again.



from the Guelph Mercury newspaper






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