June Brides – Perth & Area -1944-1969

Tim and Marian

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer,

the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months,

and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. “

Gertrude Jekyll

married in June

June Bride
A scene from – ‘June Bride’ – Starring Bette Davis

There are so many things about June that make it a perfect month for weddings. It’s past the rainy season, and not yet into the intense, scorching heat of July.  June also seems like a hopeful time.  Flowers are in bloom, the leaves are back on the trees in full force, and all of the signs of the past winter are long gone, and forgotten.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, and discover some of the blushing brides and dashing grooms from Perth and area.

1944 banner

William Powell – Mary Doreen Prescott  – June 3, 1944

Powell Prescott

Hilton Clifton Rhodes – Barbara Parsons   June 3, 1944

Rhodes Parsons 1944

Henry Hoffman – Alice McCumiskey  –  June 6, 1944

Alice Hoffman 1944

Hoffman McComisky 1944

Hoffman part 2 1944

Eldon Thomas Perrin – Grace Campbell  – June 10, 1044

Perrin Campbell 1944

Robert Martin – Ena Foy     June 10, 1944

Martin Foy 1944

Joanna Hill tea roses

Joanna Hill Tea Roses – large, showy,  and richly fragrant  –  favoured by brides

Wilfred Smith – Anastasia Julia Dillon  – June 12, 1944

Dillon Smith 1944

Bennett – Larocque

Campbell – Relyon

Perrin – Campbell

Sandell – Rowe

Dillion – Smith

married 1944 June 22 Perth Courier

Perth Courier, June 22, 1944, page 10

Raymond Bennett – Ella Larocque

Bennett Larocque

John Palmer –  Irene Poole  – June 20, 1944

Palmer - Poole 1944

1944 Wedding Gown

1944 wedding gown

Thomas Spence – Eva Barrie    June 24, 1944

Spence Barrie 1944

John McDonnell – Madeleine Marion Kirkham

– June 14, 1944

McDonnell Kirkham part 2 1944

James Rodger – Agnes Steele   June 27, 1944

McDonnell Kirkham 1944

May McCreary – Captain A.C. Johnson    June 30, 1944

McCreary Johnson 1944

1945 banner

Earl Perkins – Merway Tysick – June 1, 1945

Perkins Tysick June 1945

Patrick Gouette – Rose Haughian – June 2, 1945

Gouette - Haughian June 2 1945

John Malloy – Mary Isabell Morrison  June 2, 1945

Malloy - Morrison 1945

Judy Garland

Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli – June 15, 1945

1945 wedding gown

1945 June Weddings

Patrick Gouette – Rose Haughian June 2, 1945

John Malloy – Mary Isabell Morrison June 2, 1945

Ernest Miller – Evelyn Mather June 9, 1945

Earl Perkins – Merway Tysick June 1, 1945

1945 weddings

Evelyn Ferguson – Herbert Ballantyne  June 23, 1945

Ballantyne Ferguson 1945

Ballantyne Ferguson 1945 # 2

Party for Miss Evelyn Mather (Miller)

Evelyn Mather 1945

Miller Mather

John Churchill – Marion Machan  June 6, 1945

Churchill Machan 1945

Churchill - Machin 1945

Gordon Bell – Jennie Tretheway  June 12, 1945

Bridal Shower 1945 Jennie Tretheway

Bell - Tretheway

Doris Truelove – Kenneth Kirkham  June 6, 1945

Kirkham Truelove 1945

Margaret Mitchell –  Gordon Wright  June 1, 1945

Wright Mitchell 1945

Annie Mary Kirkham – Leonard Adam June 12, 1945

Adams Kirkham 1945

Evelyn O’Brien – Arnold Wilfred Brady June 5, 1945

Brady OBrien 1945

Jack Forbes – Pauline Ruth Mesereau  – June 7, 1945

Forbes Mesereau 1945

Rebecca Catherine Hubbs – Raymond Poole  – 1945

Poole Hubbs 1945

Rita Bissonette – Raymond Lally  June 16, 1945

Lally Bisonnette 1945

Margaret Dowdall – Michael George Kerr – June 25, 1945

Kerr Dowdall 1945 # 2

Kerr Dowdall 1945

Leanore  Ireton  – Christopher Perkins – June 23, 1945

Perkins Ireton 1945

Perkins Ireton 2 1945

Jocelyn Mulligan  – Mickey Godfrey – June 30, 1945

Godfrey Mulligan 1945

1946 banner

Ethel June Gardiner – William James Montgomery

June 5, 1946

Gardiner Montgomery 1946

Pearl Lydia Pilitzke – Ivan Benton  – June 7, 1946

Benton Pilatze 1946

 Audrey Cooke – Wallace Calvin Kilfoyle – June 15, 1946

Kilfoyle Cook 1946

Anna Moran – Ronald Smith – June 15, 1946

Smith Moran 1946

Aileen Gertrude Kehoe – Bryan Michael Coyne

– June 1, 1946

Cayne Kehoe 1946

Agnes McColl – Francis Martin Murphy – June 15, 1946

Murphy McColl 1946

Edna Martha Erwin – Harold Isaac Buchanan

– June 8, 1946

Bucchanan Erwin 1946

Daisy Fleming – David Burke  June 14, 1946

Burke Fleming 1946

Nina Dicola – John MacNeill – June 5, 1946

MacNeill Dicola 1946

Ethel McLean – Delmar Thomas Crosby – June 8, 1946

Crosby McLean 1946

Mabel Isobel Scott – Harold Richard Swerbrick

June 18, 1946

Scott Swerbrick 1946

Iris Mary Paterson – Thomas Kent –  June 20, 1946

Kent Paterson 1946

Alma Marion Haley – Mathew Gordon James

James Haley 1946

Margaret Olive Truelove – Patrick Joseph Leonard

Leonard Truelove 1946

Doris Isobel Dodds – Milton Phillips

Phillipe Dodds 1946

Phillips Doods 1946 # 2

Ella Mary Donnelly – Thomas Edward McParland

McParland Donnelley 1946

Velva Fay Popplewell – Percy Boyd

June 25, 1946

Brydges Poppelwell 1946

Olive Frances Truelove-  Stanley Ferguson McDougall

McDougall Truelone 1946

Isabel Clark – John Alexander Moore

Morley Clark 1946

Dorothy Eleanor Allan – Eldon Sargeant –

June 29, 1946

Sargeant - Allan 1946

1947 banner

Miss Marjorie Storie

Marjorie Storie 1947

Albert Ernest Wills – Gladys Sutcliffe – June 2, 1947

Sutcliffe Wills 194

Mary Kathleen Moran – John Edward Smith

– June 14, 1947

Lombardy engagement

Kathleen Moran 1947

A Trousseau Tea for Lula Publow

Lula Publow 1947

St Paul's wedding 1947

Elsie Spooner – Sgt. W.L.J. McOuatt

McOuatt Spooner 1947

Rose Ann McDonald – Robert Milton Purdon

McDonald Purdon 1947

Margaret Wilson – Christian Jensen, June 9, 1947

Wilson 1947

Silver 1947

Lois Publow  – Gordon Sergeant June 9, 1947

Lois Publow 1947

forget me not

Margaret Chaplin – James Kaghnt  June 27, 1947

Chaplin 1947

Norma Helene Mather – Arthur Coleman – June 14, 1947

Norma Mather 1947

Coleman Mather 1947

Newman studio 1947

chaplin code irons 1947

Lucille McGonegal – William McLaren

McLaren McGonegal

Mary McParlan – William John Kerr  – June 7, 1947

Mary McParlan 1947

William Wesley Cameron – Audrey Lillian Wert

June 10, 1947

Cameron Wert photo with text 1947

Cameron Wert story 1947

Stephanotis

Stephanotis was a sought-after addition to bridal bouquets

Jean Spalding – Robert Hendry

Spalding Hendry 1947

Margaret Cameron – Alexander ‘Sandy’ Forsyth

June 27, 1947

Cameron Forsythe 1947

Norine Clark – Wesley Tostevin – June 21, 1947

Clark Tostevin 1947

Mary Frances Brankin – Joseph Alfred Publow

Brankin Publow 1947

peonies snapdragons

peonies and snapdragons – popular Eastern Ontario wedding flowers, in the late 1940s

Mary Moore – John Smith

Mary Moore John Smith 1947

Betty Wilson – Alexander Allan Johnson

June 18, 1947

Wilson Johnson 1947

Florence Elaine Truelove – John Cameron Warren

June 28, 1947

Warren Truelove 1947

1948 floral banner

King Michael of Romania 1948

June 10, 1948 -King Michael of Romania & Princess Anne

Perth flower ad 1948

Ad:   June 3, 1948, ‘The Perth Courier’

Georgia Irene Ferguson – Ernest Peterson  June 23, 1948

Ferguson Peterson 1948

Shaws wedding gowns 1948

Wedding gowns, for sale at Shaws of Perth – June 1948

Jessie May McDonell – Wilbert Russell – June 25, 1948

McDonald Russell 1948

McVeety electric 1948

Norma Margaret Ruth Smiley – Jack W. Buell

Buell - Smiley 1948

Rubinos flower shop

Lillian Irene Truelove – Edward James Bennett

June 2, 1948

Bennett Truelove 1948

Bennett Truelove # 2

Sinclair 1948

Elizabeth May Boles –  Harold Earl McLaren

June 2, 1948

Mclaren Boles # 2

Ruth Taylor – Joseph Nagle

June 7, 1948

Nagle Taylor 1948

Pearl Danylo – John Yurchuk

June 7, 1948

Danylo Yurchuk 1948

pink roses maidenhair fern

Pink roses, maidenhair fern, and baby’s breath

Joan Christine Poole – Stanley James Beaton

June 12, 1948

Beaton Poole 1948

 

Negligee

Brides often purchased, or made, a special negligee, for their wedding night

Muriel Barbara Imeson – George Robinson

Robinson Imeson 1948

Frances Ethel Noonan – George Walter King

June 10, 1948

pink roses

Alberta Blanche MacLeod –   Thomas Auchterlonie

June 12, 1948

King Noonan

1949 floral border

Lucy and Desi

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez June 19, 1949

Newman photos 1949

Gladys Kane – Ronald Anderson

June 4, 1949

Kane Anderson 1949

American Beauty roses

American Beauty Roses

Small Brothers 1949

orange blossoms

Orange Blossoms – popular in bridal bouquets of the 1940s

Eileen Isabel Buchanan – Murray Herbert Dowdall

June 25, 1949

Bucchanan Dowdall 1949

Annie Elizabeth Seabrook- Maxwell Tennyson

Seabrook Tennyson 1949

Delphine DiCola – Domenic Bitondo

June 11, 1949

roses

Carmel Strong – David Parks

June 11, 1949

Strong Parks 1949

Lila Beatrice Cross – Arthur Powers

June 4, 1949

Powers Cross 1949

June Brides Shaws 1949

Carr-Weidgenant 1949

Carr part 2 1949

Carr # 3 1949

wedding cake box

Traditional wedding cake box, tied with white satin ribbon

1940s wedding set

1940s wedding ring and engagement ring set

Scotiabank Perth 1949

Marion Eileen Chaplin – Robert Charles Harrison

Harrison Chaplin 1949

1950 banner

Ethel and Robert Kennedy June 1950

Ethel and Robert Kennedy June 17, 1950

Verna Barr – George Perkins

June 16, 1950

Barr Perkins 1950

white gladiolus

White Gladiolus

Florence Irene Morrow – Kenneth Burns

Morrow Burns 1950

Emma Jean Buchanan – Merrill Gordon Hanna

Buchanan Gordon 1950

 

Hope Chest

 

Alice Theresa Conlon – Carl Anthony Noonan

June 28, 1950

Conlon Noonan 1950

Conlon Noonan # 2

Buckman photographer 1950

Lorna Lett – John Reid

Reid Lett 1950

Bridal Shower for Miss Mary Ewart

Mary Ewart 1950

red and white roses

Traditional 1950s bridal bouquet of red and white roses

Jean Cameron – Jack Dafoe

June 3, 1950

Dafoe Cameron 1950

pink rose corsage

Corsage of pink roses

Joyce Parkinson – Cecil Alexander Cameron

June 3, 1950

Cameron Parkinson 1950

Chantilly lace

Chantilly Lace – a popular fabric in 1950s wedding gowns and veils

Margaret Spall – Arthur Meighen

Meighen Spall 1950

Grace Scott – Archie Allan

June 23, 1950

Allan Scott 1950

Bertha Elizabeth McInnes – James William McLaren

June 15, 1950

McLaren McInnes 1950

1951 banner

Janet Leigh Tony Curtis 1951

Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis – June 4, 1951

Rebecca Mary Popplewell – Carl Wesley Bolton

Bolton Popplewell 1951

Kathleen Bernice Wesley – Ian Keith Carruthers

June 30, 1951

Carruthers Wesley 1951

Bridal Shower for Helen McLean

Helen McLean shower 1951

A Second Bridal Shower for Helen McLean

Helen McLean shower # 2

Helen McLean – Harold Day

June 16, 1951

Helen McLean wedding 1951

prayer book

Some brides carried a wedding ‘Prayer Book’

Mary Louise Sproule – Archibald Hilliard Walsh

Walsh Sproule 1951

1950s tulle wedding gown

1951 Tulle wedding gown

Grace Margaret Kelly – Kenneth Mitchell Cavers

June 2, 1951

Cavers Kelly 1951

Dorothy Mae Clayton – Grason Francis Furlong

June 2, 1951

Clayton Furlong 1951

Lillian Elsie Watkins – Gerald Edward Stephens

June 4, 1951

Stephens Watkins 1951

Margaret Rose – Kenneth Campbell

Rose Campbell 1951

Pinocchio roses

Pinocchio Roses

Ruth Janet Millar – Robert Arnold Playfair

June 16, 1951

Playfair Millar 1951

Nora Catherine Hagyard – Dr. John Philip Wickware

June 16, 1951

Wickware Hagyard 1951

Doris Margaret Proctor – Keith Gordon McLaren

June 16, 1951

Proctor McLaren 1951

Edna Pearl Duffy – Kenneth Popplewell

June 6, 1951

Duffy Popplewell 1951

1952

Wedding Gifts in 1952

June 1952 article

June 5, 1952, page 4, “The Perth Courier”

– Engagements –

Shirley Sergeant – Lloyd Rowsome

June 18, 1952

Sargeant Rowesome 1951

Joyce Wedenmair – Morris Bradley

June 28, 1952

Wedenmair Bradley 1952

Mary Anne Bishop – Alvin Elmer Leach

Bishop Leach 1952

Shirley Marie Brady – Charles Robert Dowdall

June 28, 1952

Brady Dowdall 1952

Winnifred Marion Briggs – Howard Roland

June 21, 1952

Briggs Roland 1952

Margaret Gladys Mather – Basil John James Munro

June 6, 1952

Munro Mather 1952

Mary Lillian Pratt – John Leonard Cross

Cross Pratt 1952

Geraldine Amy Butler – Francis Edwin Conlon

June 7, 1952

Conlon Butler 1952

1953

Reba Adeline Lee – Leslie Walter Butler

June 26, 1953

Lee Butler 1953

Mary Eileen Traynor – Ernest Hugh McKinnon

June 27, 1953

Traynor McKinnon

Joan Margaret Doyle – Raymond Walter Oleksuik

Doyle wedding 1953

Francis Albert Nagle – Shirley Ann Coniams

Nagle wedding 1953

Janet Corrine Malcolm – Joseph Earl Felber

June 20, 1953

Felber Malcolm 1953

Joan Maher – Dr. Horace Hurley

Hurley Mather 1953

Lillian Cecelia Smith – William Cornell Arthur

June 13, 1953

Smith Arthur 1953

Lillies of the valley bouquet

Johnston – Nixon

Conlon – Staffen

Bingley – Hart

married 1953

Blair Maurice Bingley – Arlene Martha Hart

June 6, 1953

Bingley Hart 1953

Bridal Shower for Miss Ada Warren

Ada Warren shower 1953

Ruth Elizabeth Devitt – Robert George McTavish

June 20, 1953

McTavish Devitt 1953

1954

Evelyn Moore – Donald MacFarlane

June 6, 1954

Moore McFarlane 1954

Audrey McLaren – Orville Ferrier

June 30, 1954

McLaren Ferrieir 1954

Patricia Tannahill – Chapman Noonan

June 5, 1954

Tannahill Noonan 1954

Elsie Marie Larocque – William Wilson

June 5, 1954

Wilson Laroque 1954

Cheryl Ann Sharpe – Brian Geoffrey McGeachie

June 26, 1954

Sharpe 1954

1955

Patricia Ann Popplewell – Robert Joseph Drysdale

Popplewell 1955

Sylvia Larmon – Donald VanAlstine

Larmon Vanalstine 1955

Lillian Johnston – Jack Wong

June 8, 1955

Johnston Wong 1955

Joyce McDougall – David Ernest Code

McDougall Code 1955

Jean Doris Graham – Elwyn Michael McOuatt

June 1, 1955

McCouatt Graham 1955

Grace Catherine Pennett – Anthony Cauley

June 4, 1955

Cauley Pennett 1955

Geraldine Mae O’Shell – Henry Allan

June 18, 1955

Allan 1955

Laurel Anna Sproule – J. Michael Crosby

June 10, 1955

Crosbie Sproule 1955

Margaret McAdam – Gordon McVeety

June 4, 1955

McVeety McAdam 1955

1956

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller – June 29, 1956

Norma Brown – Terrence Ryan

June 30, 1956

Brown 1956

Norma Churchill – Elmer Burns

Churchill 1956

Doreen Warren – Donald Kirkham

June 30, 1956

Warren Kirkham 1956

Jean Munroe – Gordon Healey

June 16, 1956

Healey Munro 1956

Healey Munro 1956 # 2

Ethel Munro – Harold Clark

June 30, 1956

Munro Clark 1956

Barbara Ann Fraser – Douglas Walter Hogg

June 30, 1956

Fraser Hogg 1956

Marie Margaret Pennett – Gervase Speagle

Pennett 1956

Lois Dowdall – Eric Robertson

Dowdall 1956

Helen Affleck – Robert Thomas Leonard

June 2, 1956

Affleck Leonard 1956

Patricia Lake – William Salter

June 29, 1956

Salter 1956

1957

Lorraine Batoff – Donald Bell

June 17, 1957

Batoff 1957

Teresa Margaret Phelan – Donald Stelliga

June 29, 1957

Phelan 1957

Evelyn McLenaghan – Clive McIntosh Rodger

June 29, 1957

Rodger 1957

Lois Machan – Ronald Kirkham

June 1, 1957

Machan 1957

Margaret Beryl Moodie – Charles Earl Cleroux

June 29, 1957

Moodie 1957

Bridal Shower & Wedding Gift Suggestions – 1957

bridal gifts 1957

June 20, 1957, page 7 “The Perth Courier”

Emma Mae Sills – Donald Bain

June 15, 1957

Bain Stills 1957

Cavers 1957

“The Perth Courier” June 27, 1957 pg.2

Marion Carmichael – George Stedman

Stedman 1957

Aileen Palmer – Robert McManus

Palmer 1957

Margaret Stewart – Norman Inwood

June 15, 1957

Inwood 1957

Rose Marie Flett – Robert Buelow

June 22, 1957

Flett 1957

1958

shoes 1958

1958 wedding shoes

Shirley Theresa McGarry – John Edward McMaster

June 21, 1958

McGarry 1958.JPG

McGarry 1958 part 2

Elizabeth Joyce Smith – Albert Alexander Stoddart

June 28, 1958

Smith 1958

Mary Margaret Farmer – Alexander McGregor

June 28, 1958

Farmer 1958

Harold Armour – Betty Haines

June 8, 1958

Armour 1958

Olive Sheridan – Gerard Pattendon

June 14, 1958

Sheridan 1958

Corsages and Etiquette – from Emily Post – 1958

corsages

mother of the bride 1958

1959

Reta Harris – Melville Dixon

June 27th, 1959

Harris 1959

Ruth MacFarlane – Donald Munro

Munro McFarlane 1959

Robert Thornbury – Faye Wallace

Thornbury 1959

Carl Rodger – Nadine Grosbak

June 13, 1959

Rodger 1959

Dorothy James – John Edward Dunn

June 20, 1959

Dunn 1959

Sandra Isabella Street – Dr. Shuro Mark Sumi

Street 1959

Florence Badour –  James Deitrich

Eileen McGrogen – Charles Deitrich

Badour 1959

Muriel Johnston – William Love

June 5, 1959

Johnston Love 1959

1959 Cavers ad

Engagement Ring ad – 1959

Mary Evelyn Vice – Dr. Kenneth George Marshall

June 13, 1959

Vice 1959

Lydia Hill – George Worden

June 27, 1959

Hill 1959

Anna Anderson – Charles Hall

June 20, 1959

Anderson 1959

1960 wedding

Beulah Kingsley – Robert Girdwood

June 25, 1960

Girdwood 1960

Jean Hughes – James Doyle

June 4, 1960

Doyle 1960

Patrick Crawford –  Anne Shafer

June 4, 1960

Crawford 1960

Charlotte Ann Johnston – Hugh Wainwright

June 25th, 1960

Buffan 1960

Helen James  – John Gemmill

June 10, 1960

Gemmill 1960

1960 wedding dress patterns

Joanie Mae McPhee – Leonard White

June 4, 1960

White 1960

Diane Churchill – Glendon Robert Ritchie

June 18, 1960

Ritchie Churchill 1960

1961 banner

Marie Copeland – William Arnell

June 24, 1961

Arnell 1961

Frieda Jackson – George Kerr

June 2, 1961

Kerr 1961

Shirley Gray – Albert Healey

June 3, 1961

Healey 1961

Norma Haveron –  Malcolm McLellan

June 10, 1961

Haveron 1961

Brides 1962

Evelyn Patricia Clark – Denzel Kinngbeck

June 23, 1962

Killingbeck 1962

Anne Caswell – Robert Stanzell

June 9, 1962

Stanzel 1962

Bridal Shower for Marie Miller

Marie Miller 1962

 

 

Trousseau Tea set

Decorations were often pink and white for a  June bridal shower

 

Margaret Blair – David Bellamy

June 2, 1962

Margaret Blair 1962

Arlie Isobel Dowdell – Archie Reynolds

Arlie Dowdall 1962

Rebecca Arlyn Carson – Allan McMillan

McMillan 1962

Nancy Cameron – Joseph Perkins

June 23, 1962

Perkins 1962

1963 brides

1963

Mary Denise Pennett – William James Close

June 22, 1963

Pennet 1963

Carolynne Wart – John Mara

June 22, 1963

John Mara 1963

Mary Elizabeth Stephenson – Dr. Walter Waddell

June 22, 1963

Stephenson 1963

Shaws 1963

Ad for Shaws of Perth,  Spring 1963

Margaret Anne Noonan – Gerald Ernest Heney

June 29, 1963

Heney 1963

Sheila Tryon – Harold Schonauer

June 1, 1963

Tryon 1963

Acheson's 1963

Ad for Acheson’s – Summer 1963

HY Fund 1963

Ad – HY FUND Photography – summer 1963

Myrtle Isabel Buker – Elmer James Ashby

June 24, 1963

Ashby 1963

Betty Joan Machan – James Edward Closs

June 15, 1963

Machan 1963

1964 pink brides

Helen Evelyn Ramsbottom – Neal Cecil Peters

June 26, 1964

Ramsbottom 1964

Sharon Louise Smith – Francis Edward Badour

June 6, 1964

Badour 1964

Jean Rancier – Davis John Carson

June 27, 1964

Ramcier 1964

Thelma Jean Gemmill – Delmer James Paul

June 27, 1964

Gemmill 1964

Eleanor Erwin – George Gardiner

June 27, 1964

Erwin 1964

Shirley Elizabeth Box – Robert John King

June 27, 1964

King 1964

Grace Roseann Tryon – William Ross Wilby

June 27, 1964

Tryon 1964

Bonita Olive Rogers – Donald Bates

June 12, 1964

Bates 1964

Janis Elizabeth Rae – Gordon Malcolm Stewart

June 27, 1964

Rae 1964

Ruth Ann  Spalding – George Young

Young 1964

Bernard Irvin – Kathleen Vollmer

June 13, 1964

Irvin 1964

1965 for brides

Donna Marie Ferguson  –   Kenneth Hayes Warrington

June 18, 1965

Ferguson 1965

Beverly Jean Stewart – Harvey Lloyd Glen Crosbie

June 26, 1965

Stewart 1965

Reta Jean Burns – Russell Edward Burke

June 26, 1965

Burns 1965

Mary Beverly Tennant – Gordon Gerald Patterson

June 19, 1965

Tennant 1965

Patricia Ann Fournier – Arnold Lawrence Horne

June 26, 1965

Fournier 1965

Carol Anne Stevens – Walter Russell Last

June 16, 1965

Last 1965

pearl jewelry

Pearl jewelry – a favourite for brides through the ages

Merle Joyce Norris – Robert Christopher Cullen

June 26th, 1965

Norris 1965

Jo-Ann Brady – Dennis Cordick

Brady 1965

Catherine Anne Graham  – Barrie Oliver Brennan

June 26, 1965

Brennan 1965

Mary Beverly Tennant – Gordon Gerald Patterson

June 19, 1965

Patterson 1965

1966 brides

 

Sheila Chaplin – Orion Thomas Clark

June 18, 1966

Chaplin 1966

Chaplin – Clark wedding

Chaplin Clark 1966

Mary Joanne Richmond – Brian Brule

June 18, 1966

Richmond 1966

 

Barbara MacDonald – David Clarkson

June 25, 1966

McDonald 1966

 

Trousseau

Trousseau – was often stored in a bride-to-be’s Hope Chest, and included bridal accessories, lingerie, clothing for the honeymoon, linens, and toiletries.

The trousseau featured handmade items crafted by the bride-to-be or her female relatives.  A trousseau might include a smart travel outfit, or ‘Going-Away’ outfit, to be worn when departing the wedding reception. Along with these articles, a bride might also have a special peignoir set, consisting of a nightgown and matching cover, and a nice set of travel luggage for the honeymoon.

A Trousseau Tea was often hosted by the mother of the bride-to-be, to invite the ladies from the neighbourhood to share tea and dainty sandwiches, and squares. Guests would bring small gifts for the bride such as tea towels, mixing bowls, or small kitchen gadgets.

Trousseau Tea

 

 

Trousseau

Items in a bride’s Trousseau

 

Nancy Girdwood – Bryon Haley

June 18, 1966

 

Girdwood 1966

 

 

Barbara Larock – Arthur Lloyd Blanchard

June 25, 1966

Larock 1966

 

 

Mary Elenor Cox – William Devlin Weir

June 11, 1966

Weir 1966

 

 

Gail Rancier – Grant Davis

June 11, 1966

Gail Rancier 1966

 

 

1967 banner

 

Margaret Ann Livingston – William Wiley

June 24, 1967

Livingston 1967

 

 

Joan Stewart –  Brian Billings

June 24, 1967

Stewart 1967

 

 

 

Margaret McParland – Ronald Kerr

June 10, 1967

McParland 1967

 

 

Marjorie Whan – Harvey Tully

June 17, 1967

Tully 1967

 

Tully Whan 1967

1968 brides

Sherry Ann Raymo – Harold James Herns

June 1, 1968

 

Raymo 1968

 

 

Carol Ann Wilson – Frederick Albert Stanzel

June 1, 1968

Wilson 1968

 

 

Gloria Anne Morrison – James Francis Murphy

June 8, 1968

Murphy 1968

 

 

Aubrey Edsel Churchill – Ann Leigh Raynard

June 29, 1968

Churchill 1968

 

Robert Shanks – Wilma Paul

June 15, 1968

Shanks 1968

 

 

Susanne Crites – Calvin Miller

June 26, 1968

Miller 1968

 

Crites – Miller

Crites 1968

 

 

Joan Margaret Murray – Rudy Herbert Hollywood

1968

Murray 1968

 

June Brides of 1969

1969 banner

photo: Tim Stafford of R.R. # 4 Perth, and his June bride, Marian Salemink

Timothy Michael Stafford – Marian Helen Salemink

June 28, 1969

Salemink Stafford 1969

 

Donald Wilmer Paul – Gail Keighton

June 7, 1969

Paul 1969

 

Sylvia Ann Stewart – Wayne Wilbert McNamee

June 28, 1969

Stewart 1969

 

 

Mary Margaret Farrell – Truman Harold Cowan

June 27, 1969

Farrell 1969

 

 

Colleen Sherri Fox – Peter John McTavish

June 21, 1969

Fox 1969

 

Mary Teresa McGlade – John Carl Shannon

June 28, 1969

McGlade 1969

 

June Vernize Wheeler – Edward Earl Carnrite

June 28, 1969

Wheeler 1969

 

Marilyn Emily Marie Wills – Malcolm Graham Dodds

June 20, 1969

Wills 1969

 

Ruth Marilyn Conboy – Ralph Herbert McKee

June 28, 1969

Conboy 1969

 

Linda Marie Smith – William David Riddell

June 28, 1969

Smith 1969

 

Vera Louise Connaty Middleton – Frank Fanning

June 21, 1969

Middleton 1969

 

 

Carol Ann Stanzel – Dennis John Close

June 28, 1969

Stanzel 1969

 

Helen Hastings – John Slaght

June 14, 1969

Hastings 1969

 

 

Janet Faye Robinson –  Peter John Thompson

June 7, 1969

Thompson # 2

 

 

Shirley Edna Maher – Norman Bernard Thomlinson

June 20, 1969

Thomlinson 1969

 

June’s popularity for weddings goes back to Roman times, since the month was named for ‘Juno’, the Roman goddess of marriage.  The ancient legends promise that those who marry in Juno’s month will enjoy prosperity and happiness for years to come.

gold rings

wedding banner

“Oh, they say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life,
and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweet-heart for a wife.

Winter weddings can be gay like a Christmas holiday,
but the JUNE BRIDE hears the song of a spring, that lasts all summer long”

(from the movie: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)

wedding bouquet

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to all of the June Brides and Grooms!

………………………………………………………

 

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Author of: “Lanark County Connections: Memory Among the Maples”, “Lanark County Classics”, “Lanark County Kid”, “Lanark County Chronicle”, “Lanark County Calendar”, & “Recipes & Recollections”.

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Rideau Ferry Inn – Those Hot Summer Nights!

Rideau Ferry Inn blog post image

Oh, those hot summer nights at the Rideau Ferry Inn!  The dancing, the laughter, stolen kisses, sneaking drinks in the parking lot, and the best live rock and roll around!

Its official name back then, was the Poonamalie Pavilion, but nobody called it that.  To my friends and me, it was simply the Rideau Ferry Inn; and you could find us there most weekend nights in the summer, socializing, laughing, and dancing the night away.

Situated along the clear, blue waters of the Rideau, the Rideau Ferry Inn has hosted many generations of tourists and boaters, providing sumptuous meals, comfortable accommodation, and lively entertainment.  Arguably, the highlight of the small settlement of Rideau Ferry, our former teenage haunt, wasn’t the original structure at this location.  The original building was actually a home.

The original structure was a house built in 1853 by Archibald Campbell.  Archibald married Elizabeth Buchanan, a preacher’s daughter.  Her father was the Reverend George Buchanan, and was one of the early Presbyterian ministers of Beckwith Township, serving the congregation at Franktown.

Their daughter, Helen Buchanan Campbell, married John Coutts.  As her parents were aging, and needed assistance, the couple moved in with them in 1870.  During that time, John made some additions to the home, and when he was finished, they not only had ample room for themselves, but had more than enough room to accommodate guests.  They began to rent rooms in the house to summer tourists, who were traveling by boat ,along the mighty Rideau waterways.

Coutts_House

As the years went by, their home became known as ‘Coutts House’, and eventually, had the reputation of being a very fine hotel.  In 1893 a three-storey addition was built at the back of the house.  A large dining room was added to the first floor. The second and third floors had fifteen hotel rooms each, and an indoor bathroom.

Rideau Ferry Coutts House 1889

After 1905, the building was rented to a series of business men. During the 1920s and 30s, regattas became popular, and Coutts House held canoe races, and rowboats races. The Coutts family also sponsored competitions for sailboats, and it was the site of many grand daytime celebrations, and intimate evening affairs, for the wealthy travelers, visiting in the summer.

In 1947, Doug Wallace, native of Osgoode bought Coutts House, tore it down, and built a new structure with wood framing, and grey granite blocks.  It was a two-storey building, and the second floor featured a large dance area, with seating on three sides.

By the 1960s, the building had become known as the Rideau Ferry Inn, and during this time, became licensed for liquor sales.  Up until that time people would smuggle in their own booze, particularly in the roaring twenties when rum-running along the Rideau had its hey-day.

Rideau Ferry Bridge

It was in the 1970s, that I first heard the tales about the popular night spot, and all the good times that were had at the Rideau Ferry Inn.  There were stories told up and down the halls of the Perth High School – stories of summer romances with cottagers staying at seasonal properties nearby, or the ultra-cool teens that traveled by boat along the Rideau, with their parents.  There was also talk of the teenage kids from the States, and their hip clothing and accessories; styles that would take years to reach our little communities near Perth.  There were lots of accounts at our high school of the talented rock bands that performed, and of the nights spent dancing to the top hits played by edgy disc jockeys.  I couldn’t wait to go and see it for myself.

Paul Tarle Band

photo: L.  Steve Francis, Mike McPherson, Brian Jones, and seated – Paul Tarle.

The main house-band at ‘The Inn’ in the early 1970s was the Paul Tarle Band – and we showed off our cool dance moves, as we listened to their popular rock classics.

Dance 1970s

One of the best parties of our steamy Lanark County  summers was the annual Rideau Ferry Regatta. Beautiful, sleek, boats from all over, competing for the sought-after prizes, and the prestige of being ‘Number 1’ on the big lakes.

Boat Show Rideau Ferry

Regattas were all about hot sun, cold beers, the cool, clear waters of the Rideau Lakes, and beautiful boats all around us.

Rideau Ferry Inn 1982

We’ll never forget the annual regattas, or the great music at the Rideau Ferry Inn. Bands like ‘Sammy Seaman’ and his group kept us up until the wee hours.  Some nights it was ‘Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd’, and other evenings we were entertained by the ‘Paul Chabot Band’.   Occasionally, instead of live bands at the ‘Inn’, there was a ‘Disco’ dance provided by a local disc jockey, by the name of  ‘Sounds Great’.

Many years after our frequent teenage visits to the Rideau Ferry Inn, the building was purchased by Elmer and Eva Purdon.  It was still ‘the’ place at that time to host fancy wedding receptions, or 50th wedding anniversary celebrations.

Because we’d had so many good times at the Rideau Ferry Inn, it was a terrible shock for my friends and I when we heard about the fire in February of 1986, that destroyed our former dance hall.  The fire started on the top floor, where the dances had been held for so many years.  The ground floor was also destroyed in the fire, and that is where the kitchen, the large dining room, and bar were located.

My friends and I drove down to Rideau Ferry a few days after the fire.  I don’t think it was so much out of curiosity, but more out of disbelief.  Could it be true, that the place where we’d passed so many of our happy youthful hours was really gone? There were so many memories of friendships, dancing, and all of the special evenings we spent at the Rideau Ferry Inn.

We drove up to where the Inn had stood, and looked around. No one said a word.  I think that as we stared at the charred foundation of the building, each of us was recalling our own versions of the times spent there, in our youth.  They were such innocent, awkward, magical, teenage times. We sat there for a few more moments, still silent, and then drove away, back up the Ferry Road toward Perth.

The building may be gone, but our fond memories of the Rideau Ferry Inn will remain with us forever.  We will always remember the music, the friends, and the good times. Those long summer nights, when the stars seemed to shine a little brighter, the sunsets glowed a little softer.  The peaceful, pristine, waters of the Rideau Lakes made a perfect backdrop for those innocent days of our youth, when life stretched out ahead of us…..so full of promise, and our dreams for the future.

Lake Life sunset

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An excerpt from – ‘Revelry and Rogues on the Rideau’  – ‘Lanark County Chronicle’ available in local book stores, or online. ISBN 978-0-9877026-23

LC Chronicle from web

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Local Names:

Although there were lots of tourists and visitors in the summer, they were only there for a few short weeks at most. We became acquainted with many of the folks who lived year-round at Rideau Ferry, and some of the local names at that time were: McLean, Donaldson, Buchanan, Gemmill, Frost, Sewell, Coutts, Gallagher, Beveridge, McKay, Wills, McVeety, Millar, Tully, Oliver, Dettrick, Bethune, Purdon, Hitchcock, Fitzgerald, Hall, Gould, Irving, Joynt, King, McCue, Wallace, McKay and Campbell.

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photos:  Perth Historical Society, Carol-Ann McDougall, Perth Remembered, Vintage Smiths Falls and Perth, The Perth Courier, Georgia McNally, Vintage Race Boat Shop, and from private collections.

 

For boating on the big lakes  – Rideau Ferry Marina

Rideau Ferry Regatta

 

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UFO Sightings Over Perth

Since the infamous sightings in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, people across North America have become more aware of strange lights, and unusual objects, in the night skies.

By the late 1960s in Perth Ontario, details of sightings were published in the local papers, and many credible witnesses reported their accounts of these strange events.

Flying Saucers With Red Lights

Over Port Elmsley

Confirmed by Perth OPP

UFO OPP sightings

Ivan Vandusen, R.R. 2 Smiths Falls,

– one of the first to report the UFOs

 

Ivan Van Dusen UFO reportIvan Van Dusen # 2

Flying in Formation, Ten Feet Apart…..

Moving toward Carleton Place

Everet Lavender

 

Mrs. Essex Clement in Port Elmsley:

“They just disappeared.”

 

Mrs. Essex Clement UFO

 

Two Perth OPPs see UFOs on HWY 43

Hovering Over the Army Tower

in Drummond Township

R.C.A.F. Asks for a Full Report

 

OPP Sighting UFO

UFOs Seen Over Mississippi Lake

 

UFOs over Mississippi Lake

 

It was called the

“Autumn of Aliens”

 

The night skies in Eastern Ontario became very active in the summer and fall of 1973, and some organizations reported that it was one of the largest number of U.F.O. sightings over North America, calling it the ‘Autumn of Aliens’.

Huge Chunks of Ice Fell from the Sky

In Lanark County, it all seemed to begin with a sudden hailstorm, on the Friday the 13th of July.  The hailstorm came out of nowhere, and huge chunks of ice fell, many almost three inches in diameter.  Hundreds of windows and car windshields were smashed by jagged pieces of ice.  A Smiths Falls resident was cut on the head by a chunk of falling ice, and required seven stitches. No one was seriously injured, although there were a few farmers that got caught outside, working in the fields, and had to seek shelter from the large chunks of ice falling from the sky.

lights in the sky

Barely 48 hours after the hailstorm, police departments in Perth and Smiths Falls received a number of calls from residents, claiming to have seen flying objects in the sky.

Flying Object Seen Near Balderson

A local man reported that he and five others were on the Eighth Line near Balderson at 9:30 p.m., when a flying object appeared to be travelling south to north, then returned to the south.   He observed that it was quite large, shaped like a tart.  Another report came in from a resident of Sherbrooke Street in Perth, who saw the same object overhead.  He said that his dog had howled constantly while the object appeared in the sky.

CJET Radio Holds Call-In Show

Due to large number of UFO Sightings!

So many people had observed the same object that CJET radio station in Smiths Falls held a call-in show the following Monday, so that people could phone the show, and share reports of what they had seen.

Sparkling Yellow-Orange Light

Over Perth

UFO 1

“The Perth Courier”, Thursday, April 19, 1973

 

Julian Kustra reports flying object

over Sherbrooke Street in Perth

UFO 2

“The Perth Courier” , Thursday, July 19, 1973, page 1.

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UFO Reported in Beckwith Township

on Tennyson Road

The next UFO sighting to be reported in the fall of 1973 took place in Beckwith Township.  A young man was returning to Perth from Ottawa, driving along Highway 7 near Carleton Place, when his headlights suddenly went out.  Concerned that he might be pulled over by the police with his headlights out he decided to take the back way, and turned onto Tennyson Road.  The section of the road closest to Perth has swamp on both sides, and the lad noticed two large lights in the sky, hovering over the swamp.  The object was in the sky just above the tree line.  He pulled the car over to the side of the road, and as he stopped the car he noticed that the object stopped as well, and hovered over the swamp.  He remained parked for a few minutes, and then started to drive again.  When he began to move, so did the object, and it travelled parallel to him for a few more minutes, then disappeared.  Early the next morning, when he pulled out of his driveway in Perth, his headlights were working again.

flying saucer 4

Small Sphere Hovers in Sky

Over Smiths Falls

Another sighting in the late summer of 1973 was first reported by a young lad working at a gas station in Smiths Falls. He spotted a small sphere in the sky that appeared to be hovering in one fixed location.  He reported seeing silver flames coming from both the top and the bottom of the craft.  The lad was quick to call CJET radio station, and ask if anyone else had seen the odd sphere in the sky.  The radio station confirmed that yes, indeed; they could see it as well.  In the days that followed, at least 40 people in the Smiths Falls area came forward, stating that they had seen the object as well.

Cigar-Shaped Object in Sky

Over Horseshoe Bay, Rideau Lakes

In the summer of 1974 people were once again talking about another strange object in the sky.  It was a typical warm summer evening on the Rideau Lakes, and there were cottagers and residents alike, who saw more than they bargained for, on the night of August 12th.   At around 10 p.m., many were sitting outside, enjoying the call of the loons, and listening to the water lapping on the shore.  Suddenly, high in the night sky, a cigar-shaped object appeared.  Some described it as a long, flat shape, orange in colour. Many said that it was more red than orange, and was shaped like a sphere. Everyone that saw it agreed that it was silent, and it hovered over the Big Rideau Lake, on the south side of Horseshoe Bay, for several minutes, and then vanished.

flying saucer 5

It wasn’t just in the Perth area that strange objects and lights appeared in the sky.  Several residents of the town of Brockville, including some local police officers, confirmed the sightings of some odd lights moving in the night skies.

Brockville UFO

From “The Perth Courier”,  January 3, 1979,  front page, a sighting reported by George Shanks of Lanark, Ontario:

 

White Blinking Light in Sky

Over Ferguson Falls

flies from Almonte

to McDonald’s Corners

 

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Cartoon printed in “The Perth Courier”, January 10, 1979, page 2

Flying objects in the sky became the talk of the town!

 

ufo-jan-10-1979

Strange sightings of unidentified flying objects were recorded in the Perth area as early as the late 1950s.  Fiery balls of light, objects moving up and down, back and forth, quickly, in ways that airplanes were not able to maneuver.

UFO Tracking Station

Established near Ottawa

UFO tracking stations were established just outside of Ottawa, and rumours of government radio towers and underground facilities were heard up and down the concessions in Lanark County.  Excavations were reported near Almonte, and government agents were testing the soil on several farms in Ramsay Township.

When reporters attempted to investigate, the government representatives denied all, despite the fact that local men were working as labourers on many of the projects and could confirm what they had seen.

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For more information on strange sightings in the night skies over Lanark County, and some of the government’s secret projects in the 1960s and 1970s, read the full story ‘Perplexed in Perth’, from the new book “Lanark County Classics: A Treasury of Tales from Another Time”.

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Lanark County Classics – Sneak Preview

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“In this collection of short stories the author invites the reader to journey back to a small farm in Eastern Ontario in the 1960s and 1970s.  Discover Irish legends, and learn about the troublesome banshees of North Burgess Township. Visit Clyde Forks, and share in an unsolved mystery that continues to baffle police today.  Join the celebration of a milestone, in the picturesque village of Middleville, and watch as a tragedy unfolds along the shores of the Mississippi, in Pakenham.  Chat with the neighbours at a popular general store in DeWitt’s Corners, and witness something unusual in the night skies over Perth. Join the author as she travels back to a simpler way of life, in this treasury of tales from another time.”

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“Once again, Arlene Stafford-Wilson triumphantly transports the reader into the heart of rural Eastern Ontario in the 1960s and 1970s. The stories selected for Lanark County Classics, are a fine and timely follow-up to her 2015 release Lanark County Connections.

Stafford-Wilson’s stories are composed with an intense clarity of phrase and image. As in her previous books, her fascination with the human and natural history of her native ground — the rural farmlands, villages and small towns in Lanark County is inexhaustible.

In her latest renderings, even seemingly uneventful lives in sparsely peopled Eastern Ontario hamlets like DeWitt’s Corners, Clyde Forks, Lanark, Middleville and Pakenham — farmers, shopkeepers and townsfolk — are brought back to life for closer examination. Her stories come alive with local names and family connections.  In the simplest of words, and with the richest descriptions, she makes us see and hear an ‘unremarkable’ scene that we will never forget.

No one, having read this latest book, would ever again question, “What is so interesting about small-town rural Canada?” Her thorough and dedicated study of historical ingredients, always come up rich and fresh, seem never to be used up, and draw the reader into that place and time.

What makes Stafford-Wilson’s growth as an author so crisply and clearly visible throughout Lanark County Classics is the familiarity of her materials. With her vivid reminiscences set in rural towns and villages; the more she returns to it, the more she finds.

This latest work, once again confirms that the short story is alive and well in Canada where these heart-warming tales originate, like cool fresh breezes straight off the Rideau Lakes.”

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Lanark County Dance Halls 1950s, 60s & 70s

Antler Lodge Opening Dance

Antler Lodge image for book 3

First kiss, first drink, maybe even a first love, were some of the memories made at the old style country dance halls in Lanark County in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Close to home, these community halls opened their doors on the May long weekend, and became the backdrop for cottage crushes and summer romances. With wooden floors polished to a high shine, and the snack-bars stocked with crowd-pleasing favourites, local bands entertained the crowds into the wee hours.

Some were neighbourhood musicians, and many were bands from out of town, but most used a single microphone and one or two small amplifiers.   Parking lots became passion pits, and offered privacy for underage drinking, and occasional brawls.

Music echoed across the big lakes and rivers, keeping cottagers awake, and causing parents to wonder what was going on down at the dance hall. Whether you preferred country, big-band or rock and roll there were venues to suit every taste and style.

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See if you can remember these local favourites:

Bill Hannah and the Nightingales

Bill Munro and his Country Rockets

CFRA Happy Wanderers: Ken Reynolds, Ward Allen, Bob King, Vince Lebeau, Lynn Strauff, Marie King

Country Harmony Boys

Country Hoppers: Garry ‘Gizz’ Watt, Fred ‘Pappy’ Ryan, Paul ‘Hiker’ Gurry, Larry ‘Dooley’ Protheroe

Country Rhythm Kings

Don Gilchrist and his Dancers

Family Brown: Tracey, Lawanda, Joe & Barry Brown, Dave Dennison, Ron Sparling

Fred Paquin’s Orchestra (featuring Don Cochrane)

Jerry Badour and His Westernaires

Kenny Jackson’s Valley Cruisers: Harry Adrain, Raymond Donaldson, Gary Barr

Lee Miller’s Orchestra

Lockwood’s Orchestra

Mac Beattie and the Melodiers: Reg Hill, Garnet Scheel, Gaetan Fairfield, Bob Whitney

Mallen’s Melodiers

Mississippi Ramblers

Mississippi River Boys

Riders of the Southern Trails

Ron McMunn and his Country Cousins

Symington’s Orchestra

Tex Montana’s Cowboy Band

Top Hats

Travelons

Valley Ramblers

Wilson Sisters

…and the dance halls where they entertained us:

Antler Lodge

Balderson Hall

Bolingbroke ABC Hall

Carleton Place Town Hall

Fallbrook Orange Hall

Maberly Agricultural Hall

McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall

Perth Town Hall

Rideau Ferry Inn

Lanark Stanley Lodge

Wemyss Hall

Westport Scott’s Ballroom

Take a trip down memory lane, back to the old style country dance halls, and the folks who kept us dancing until the wee hours, in the story called  “Antler Lodge:  Dosey-Doe Along the Rideau”   from the book  “Lanark County Connections – Memories Among the Maples”

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Winter Warriors

winter fence
Eastern Ontario winters are not for the faint of heart. They are bitterly cold. They are relentless…and, they are long. They are not for the casual skier wanting a fashionable romp down a pretty hill only to return to the safety and warmth of their faraway homes. They are not for the frivolous winter vacationer staying at a rustic lodge to photograph a deer or a moose, from the comforts of their cozy cabin windows.

These winter days are for hardy souls only; all others need not apply. These are for people prepared to use a heavy shovel and an ever-present snow brush on a daily basis. These are for people possessing the knowledge and necessary techniques for walking on different types of ice…without falling. Some ice is flat and smooth like a hockey arena. Some ice is snow-covered, just enough to make the hidden surface even more perilous. Some days the ice is black, unseen, undetectable, rendering the walker completely unaware of their vulnerability.

 

black ice

This is where you’ll find the stalwart souls who soldier on, through ice and snow, from October through April each year, month after long winter month. These are the people who listen to reports of schools closing, and distant cities shut down because of the ‘bad’ winter weather, as they trudge through the snow on their way to work because it’s ‘just another day’. These are the people, young and old who wade through snow, stroll on the ice, and drive on slick roads in freezing rain, for months each year. Before their school day or work day has even begun, they have shoveled their sidewalks, brushed off their cars, stepped gingerly on ice, trudged through resistant snow drifts, all of this while bitter cold winds sting any skin unprotected by cumbersome layers of clothing and boots.

thermometer

These are the enduring rank and file, possessing rare perseverance, stamina and patience. They are dreamers and unflinching optimists. In the final unbending weeks of the coldest season they will study seed catalogues, plan gardens, visit boat shows, and envision themselves under clear, blue skies on calm, warm, July afternoons. They conjure endless images of cottages, muskoka chairs, hammocks, beer and barbecues. They dream of tulips and trilliums, green grass, and sunny days.

day dreaming

cottage country

 

 

 

As the late winter unwinds its final few weeks in Eastern Ontario, perhaps the most anticipated signal to herald the new season for these enduring folks, will be the time-honoured, and always sublime, first taste of their beloved maple syrup. It spells the defeat, the finish, the finale, the wind-up, and the end-of-the-line for winter. It marks the beginning of spring, of brighter longer days, and the sweet, golden taste of victory for the hardy souls who have survived yet another long, cold Canadian winter.

 

 

 

 

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Discover the history of maple syrup production in Lanark County, Eastern Ontario in ‘Taffy on the Tay’, an excerpt from Lanark County Chronicle – ISBN978-0-9877026-23

History of Maple Syrup in Lanark County

 

 

 

Autumn Passages

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Humbert Wolfe

Harry Stafford cover

 

October began with a kaleidoscope of colour stretching from ground to sky, as far as you could see, and it ended with grey horizons, bare trees, and cold winds, sometimes even snow.

Although some of our trees turned just one shade of orange or yellow, many of them were ablaze with every hue from the palest yellow, the brightest orange, three or four different shades of green, to the bright, clear reds, all competing for attention, as they fluttered in the cool winds of autumn. The colours were so beautiful that often we would try to preserve them by waxing the leaves, and putting them between the pages of a book.

red leaves  maple multi leaves

Walking through our yard, I’d pick out the biggest and brightest leaves I could find. I’d seek out the perfect ones that hadn’t been torn by the winds, or chewed by insects. I’d try to get a nice variety of bright green, lemony yellow, and of course the stars of the show were the brilliant oranges, and rich, shiny reds.

girl collecting leaves

I’d bring them into the house, and Mother would get out her tube of waxed paper, the iron, and the ancient, battered, ironing board. That old thing had seen better days!

ironing leaves

We’d place each leaf between folded sheets of waxed paper, cover them with a tea towel, and press down with the hot iron.

ironing board

 

When we’d finished, I’d take my treasures, and store them carefully between the pages of a thick book, and place them on a shelf of the bookcase in the living room.

leaves in a book

 

Pressing the brightest leaves and saving them in a book was my way of trying to hold onto the season and make it last. It was the most colourful time of the year, and I wanted it to stay with us as long as possible.

Of course like most things in life, it didn’t last, and bit by bit the north winds came, the nights grew colder, and one by one the leaves blew off the trees, and the cruel frost stole their colours away.

bare trees

Overnight, it seemed that our yard changed from a bright, happy carnival of colour, into a stark, eerie, cold and barren place, gloomy and silent, waiting for the onset of winter.

It was during those final weeks of October that I’m sure we could have rented out our yard to a production company to film a spooky horror movie. The tall, imposing maple trees stood bare and dark, against the evening skies. Most of the birds had gone south for the winter, and so the yard was quiet……too quiet.

spooky trees

The sun slipped down behind Mitchell’s barn earlier each night, and sometimes I’d be nervous walking up the lane-way, or back the side road.

bare trees sunset

I rode my bike a little quicker, back from Cavanagh’s store; not just because the air was cooler, but because it was deathly quiet, and the leafless trees cast long, ominous shadows across the Third Line, as I made my way back home.

Cavanagh's at night

Why did the places and things that seemed so natural and so comfortable a few short weeks ago, suddenly seem dark and ominous?

I think it all boiled down to three things: heat, light and colour.  Over the course of the eight weeks beginning in early September, to the last few days of October, we lost all three.

It happened gradually of course; not all at once. The heat left first, and although the first part of September was almost like summer, it was as though someone was turning down a giant thermostat, a couple of degrees each day. The light left slowly as well, a minute at a time, over the days and weeks, then came the end of daylight savings time, and the light was reduced to a brief eight hours or so each day. The colour was the last to go, and hung on bravely until the frost came, and the leaves turned a murky shade of lifeless orange, and were so brittle that they could be crushed like egg shells.

dried leaves

The transition from summer to fall that we witnessed each year might have seemed daunting, even depressing, to someone new to the area. Being Lanark County kids, we just took it in our stride, knowing that this, like our other three seasons, was only temporary. Dealing with the changing seasons, whether the change seemed like a positive, or negative thing, was a good lesson to carry with us in life. We learned to make the best of whatever was thrown at us.

jumping in the leaves    hiding in the leaves

So every fall, as the winds grew cooler, and the dusk came earlier, our thoughts would turn to Hallowe’en. Our stark, colourless yards looked spooky anyway, so we made the best of it! We didn’t fret because summer was gone; we made the most of the new season, by making plans for the scariest night of the year!

It was time to scrounge around in the attic, put together our best costumes, and get our candy sacks ready for that annual trek, up and down the Third Line!

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(excerpt from:  “Lanark County Calendar – Four Seasons on the Third Line” )
ISBN 978-0-9877026-3-0

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