Christie Lake – Memories Along the Shores

 

We found tranquility, along the shores of this clear blue beauty.  A sanctuary of peace and contentment, a place where pink sunsets slid into still waters, and the melodious call of the loon marked the end of another perfect day, at Christie Lake.

It was also a buzzing social hub –  a gathering place for familiar faces, and new friends as well. Who could forget the laughter of the youthful parties at nearby cottages, or on Big Island? On warm summer evenings the shores were dotted with bright campfires, sputtering, crackling, shooting flames into the starry night skies. The rock and roll of our time echoed across the lake, with its steady beat, and powerful lyrics. Our music celebrated sweet young love, with a dash of social commentary, unique to those unforgettable times – the 1960s and 70s.

Where is Christie Lake?  Ottawa, the closest large city, is about an hour east, and the pretty town of Perth, is a quick, 15 minute drive.  The Stafford house, where we spent the idyllic days of our youth, was just a mile away, a quick bike ride up the Third Line; although it felt a lot farther on those hazy humid dog-days of summer.  By the time my friends and I rounded the corner near Jordan’s, the lake was in sight, and moments later our bikes had been abandoned, and we’d jumped joyfully, off the bridge, into the cool, clear, water.

bridge at Jordan's

Bridge at Jordan’s – photo:  Kathy Irvine

Christie Lake is one of the three largest lakes on the Tay watershed, along with Bob’s Lake, and Otty Lake.  It’s been said that the original name for the lake was Myers Lake, and that was way before my time; but I do remember the old timers referring to it as ‘Christy’s Lake’, or ‘Christie’s Lake’, and that it was named for John Christy, native of Scotland, the first settler on the lake.

After John Christy’s arrival, the second family living on the lake were the Allan’s. The original spelling of the lake was “Christy’s Lake”, but it was changed by the Geographic Board of Canada, to “Christie” on April 10th, 1908.

John Christy, his wife Isabella (Wright), and daughter, sailed on the ship ‘Eliza’, from Scotland, on August 3, 1815 and arrived first, in Quebec City.  Like many families arriving late in the year, they spent the first winter near their port of arrival. By 1816, the Christy’s settled at concession 2, lot 2 in Bathurst Township.

John Christy census of 1871

1871 Census of Bathurst Township

 

John Christy Jane Allen gravestone

John Christy – 1824-1909 son of pioneer John M. Christy

 

 

Alexandrine Victoria (Christy) Whillans  1839-1924

youngest daughter of pioneer John Christy, first settlers at Christy’s Lake

Alexandrine Christy Whillans Feb 19 1924 p 7 Ottawa Cit.

Feb. 19, 1924 p. 7,  ‘Ottawa Citizen’

“Victoria Whillans, was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Christy, first settlers at Christy’s Lake, Ont., after whom the place is called.”

Lake banner # 2

 

Walter Christy 1870-1942

Grandson of pioneer, John Christy

Walter Christy Jan 22 1942 p. 12 Ott Cit.

Jan. 22, 1942, p.12 ‘The Ottawa Citizen

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George Christy – 1868-1949

Grandson of pioneer John Christy

George Christy Apr. 27 1949 p 2 Ott.Cit

George Christy gravestone

George Christy gravestone, Johnston’s Corners cemetery, south Ottawa, Ontario

 

 

The Canadian Barks Works

A small group of men from Perth:  Thomas Aspden, Alexander Morris, William Morris, Captain John Manion, and John Hart established the Canadian Barks Works at Lot 2, Concession 3 of Bathurst Township. It was located along the north shore of Christie Lake, on Gravely Bay, as it was thought there would be a good supply of hemlock trees to sustain the business. The purpose of the mill was to extract tannin from hemlock bark, to be used in leather tanning. The tannin was used locally at a tannery in Perth, and in the beginning of operations there was also enough to export to the U.S. The company closed in 1874, due to a shortage of hemlock in the area.

Canadian Barks at Christie Lake

The Canadian Barks Works at Christie Lake  (1868-1874) photo: ‘Perth Remembered’

 

Jordan's Cottages

 

Jordan Family

and the Descendants of pioneer George Jordan & Isabella Stewart

The Jordan family were among the early settlers to the area, having lived in the region continuously since the 1800s, when pioneer settler, George Jordan, arrived from Scotland, and settled at the foot of Christie Lake.

 

Christie Lake banner

 

Pioneer Settler, George Jordan,

born Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland

 

George Jordan 1830-1908

George Jordan death certificate 1908
1908 death certificate of Scottish pioneer, George Jordan – early settler to Christie Lake

 

George Jordan (1830-1908) and his wife, Isabella Stewart, were parents to John Jordan (1865-1950), and it was John, who first established the business of vacation cottage rentals.

 

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John’s son, John Robert Jordan and his wife Martina Miller (1868-1940), continued the legacy, expanding the business and keeping with tradition.

Martena Miller Jordan 1940

1911 Census of Bathurst, Lanark County

John and Martena Jordan census 1911

2nd last column is year of birth, last column is age when the census was taken
Year: 1911; Census Place: 1 – Bathurst, Lanark South, Ontario; Page: 3; Family No: 19

 

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John Robert Jordan and Martena (Miller) Jordan

John Robert and Martena Jordan had a large family of four sons and three daughters:

(babies Donald and Martena, died in infancy)

George Edwin Jordan (1896-1977)

Arthur Miller Jordan (1897-1968)

Calvin Jordan (1899-1981)

Helen ‘Pink’ Muriel Jordan (1901-1987)

John Robert Jordan (1905-1965)

Sarah ‘Sadie’ Isabella Jordan (1910-1999)

 

baby angel

 

John Robert Jordan and Martena Jordan, sadly, lost two babies,  Baby Martena, born when her mother was age 41, and the second was Baby Donald, born when his mother was age 48:

Martena Jordan 1908 death cert.      Donald Easton Jordan 1916 death cert.

Death certificates for baby Martena Jordan, and baby Donald Easton Jordan

 

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George Edwin Jordan  1896-1977

George Edwin Jordan  & Charlotte (Keays) Jordan

Children of George Edwin Jordan and Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Jordan

Donald ‘Don’ Jordan  

Keith Jordan

William ‘Bill’ Jordan

Jean (Jordan) Bell

Evelyn (Jordan) Irvine

 

Jordans on Christie Lake in boat

Evelyn (Jordan) Irvine, with her daughters, and Jean (Jordan) Bell’s children – 1972 – photo: Kathy Irvine

 

 

Lottie Jean and Evelyn

Charlotte ‘Lottie’ (Keays) Jordan seated, at Christie Lake – her daughters Evelyn (Jordan) Irvine, and Jean (Jordan) Bell standing,  1973                  photo: Kathy Irvine

 

Lottie's obit

Dec. 8, 1977 p. 14, ‘The Perth Courier’

 

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George Edwin Jordan –   WWI military recruitment record:

George Jordan expeditionary papers

George Edwin Jordan – Canadian Expeditionary Forces record: Library and Archives Canada: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4968 – 47  Item Number: 493833

 

George Edwin Jordan obit 1977

“He received his education locally and served in the First World War”

Christie Lake banner 3

 

 

Arthur Miller Jordan 1897-1968

Arthur Jordan obit

 

“Pallbearers were four nephews, Donald, Keith, Bob and Alan Jordan; two neighbours, Wilbur Noonan and Gordon Stiller.”

 

Arthur Miller Jordan married Edna Ritchie in 1920

Children of Arthur Jordan and Edna (Ritchie) Jordan:

Phyllis (Jordan) Stewart

Shirley (Jordan) Weldon

Helen (Jordan) Rintoule

Joan (Jordan) McNaughton

 

muskoka chairs at the lake

Calvin Jordan 1899-1981

Calvin Jordan

married Marion Palmer in 1934

Marion Jordan

Calvin and Marion had three daughters:

Isobel (Jordan) Paul

Frances (Jordan) Dixon

Mavis (Jordan) Woolham

 

He was President of the Lanark County Federation of Agriculture, and for many years, a member of the Board of Calvin United Church

Calvin Jordan obit

March 25, 1981 p.2 ‘The Perth Courier’

 

 

pink marilyn bob sadie

Helen ‘Pink’ Jordan, Marilyn (Dixon) Jordan, Bob Jordan, and Sadie Jordan at the Jordan Homestead, Christie Lake, photo: Carolyn Jordan

Sadie Jordan, Librarian, Toronto Public Library

Sarah 'Sadie' Jordan

Sadie Jordan academic achievement

 

Sadie Jordan Toronto Library

‘The Perth Courier’, Sept. 19, 1930, pg.1

 

Sadie Jordan position at Tor Library

‘The Perth Courier’, Mar. 6, 1931, p.2

 

When Sadie graduated from the Perth High School in 1929 she was awarded the prestigious Carter Scholarship, for her academic excellence. Sadie enjoyed a successful career as a Librarian with the Toronto Public Library, and while she lived in Toronto, she attended  Bloor Street United Church,  300 Bloor Street W., Toronto, ON.

 

Helen Jordan  – 1901-1987

Helen Jordan

Helen Jordan had a distinguished career in the field of Nursing.  She trained at the North Bay Hospital, graduating in 1927.  She was promoted to Supervisor of Nursing in 1931.

In the spring of 1932, Helen Jordan was appointed to the position of Superintendent of the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, in North Bay.

Helen Jordan, Superintendent

Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, North Bay, Ontario

Helen Jordan appointed superintendent

‘The Perth Courier’, April 22, 1932, p.1

 

Christie Lake banner 4

 

Helen Jordan –  “Known to her friends, as ‘Pink’

 

Helen Jordan bio

‘The Perth Courier’, April 21, 1982, p.9

 

“….she joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a Nursing Sister.”

Helen part 1

Helen part 2

 

Helen Jordan roll of honour

War Veterans, who were members of Calvin United Church, Bathurst Township, Lanark County

Helen Jordan obit 1987

‘The Ottawa Citizen’, Jan. 21, 1987 p.46

 

 

Christie Lake c 1970

Bridge at Jordan’s Cottages – 1973 – photo:  Stafford family

 

John Robert Jordan

John Robert Jordan (1905-1965) married Mary Elizabeth Scharf (1909-1995) in 1933

John Robert and Mary Scharf Jordan

John Robert Jordan and Mary Jordan, at Christie Lake  – photo: Carolyn Jordan

 

John Robert Jordan and Mary Jordan had five children:

Robert ‘Bob’ Jordan

Alan Jordan

Lloyd Jordan

Harold Jordan

Betty (Jordan) Miller

 

Bob Jordan's family

Bob Jordan, his wife Marilyn (Dixon) Jordan and their three children, Carolyn, Darrell, and baby John in 1966, at the Jordan ancestral homestead –  photo: Carolyn Jordan

 

Christie Lake aerial view

Christie Lake, aerial view – photo: Carolyn Jordan

 

John Robert Jordan passed down the business to his son, Alan Jordan, and he and his wife Audrey (Conroy) Jordan have continued the tradition for many decades.  Their son, Paul Jordan, is now co-owner.

 

Jordan's Cottages 1971

Jordan’s Cottages

John Jordan established Jordan’s Cottages.

Cottage for rent John Jordan July 8 1943 p 4

Ad for Jordan’s Cottages – ‘The Perth Courier’  –  July 8, 1943 p.4

JR Jordan Jul 28 1948 p 24

Ad for Jordan’s Cottages – “The Ottawa Journal” – July 28, 1948 p. 24

 

John and Mary Jordan and family

John Jordan, his wife Mary Jordan, Robert ‘Bob’, Betty, Alan,  front:  Harold and Lloyd.    photo:  Carolyn Jordan

Mary Scharfe Jordan

 

Mary Jordan 1995

‘The Ottawa Citizen, Dec. 3, 1995 p.36

 

Betty and Alan.

Betty (Jordan) Miller and her brother Alan Jordan, at Christie Lake  – photo: Carolyn Jordan

Audrey Jordan from Carolyn

(Audrey (Conroy) Jordan, Alan’s wife, and George Jordan (Keith’s son) photo: Carolyn Jordan

 

Bev Miller's dock from Carolyn

Dock at Bev (Miller) Ferlatte’s home, Christie Lake      photo: Carolyn Jordan

 

 

Fire at Christie Lake bridge – 1940

John Jordan serious fire July 19 1940 p 4

July 19, 1940 ‘The Perth Courier’

fishing at sunset

 

“The Jordan home was ever a hospitable one, where the head of the household always found time to engage in friendly conversation and to perform some kindly act or unselfish deed.”

 

John Jordan –   1865 – 1950

John Jordan obit Sept. 1950

September 28, 1950 – ‘The Perth Courier’

 

loons on lake

 

John Jordan & Martina Miller’s son – John Robert Jordan operated Jordan’s Cottages after his father passed away.

John Robert Jordan’s marriage to Mary Scharf in 1933:

John Robert marriage to Mary Scharf 1933

 

 

John Robert Jordan obit 1965

 

 

 

Jordan's Cottages 1956

postcard – 1956

 

 

Christie Lake sunset - Kathy Irvine

Sunset, at Christie Lake                              photo:  Kathy Irvine

 

 

Jean and Don Jordan

Jean  (White) Jordan and Donald ‘Don’ Jordan boating on Christie Lake
(Donald –  a grandson of John Robert Jordan) photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

John Jordan, President of the Christie Lake Fish and Game Club

seeks to restore Pickerel to the area

Christie Lake Ottawa Citizen Fishing Nov. 24 1962 p 12

 Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 24, 1962, p. 12

 

 

Bill Keith Don at Christie Lake
Bill, Keith and Don Jordan, brothers, along the shores of Christie Lake,     photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

Evelyn and Don and Lottie at Christie Lake

front: Evelyn (Jordan), her mother Charlotte ‘Lottie’, (Keays) Jordan her brother Don Jordan, front of boat – Don’s daughter Janice, sitting beside Evelyn’s daughter Sandy.   1960s.   photo:  Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

Jordan clan at Christie Lake from Kathy Irvine

April and Meagan Bell, Sandy Errett, Karen Ronald, Janice (Jordan) Gordon,Patti Jordan, Kathy Irvine, seated in the chair a friend –  2006,   photo:  Kathy Irvine

 

Janice and Patti 1963

Janice Jordan and Patti Jordan, at Christie Lake, 1963 – (daughters of Don Jordan & Jean (White) Jordan)

Christie Lake sitting on the boat

Seated on a boat at Christie Lake, Don Jordan with his daughter, Janice Jordan – photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

Christie Lake friends on deck

William ‘Bill’ Jordan,  Jean (Jordan) Bell & her husband Robert ‘Bob’ Bell – photo Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

Sadie at the lake

Sarah ‘Sadie’ Jordan (1910-1999)  at Christie Lake – photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon
(Sadie –  youngest daughter of John Robert Jordan)

 

Sadie Jordan obit

 

Christie Lake sun setting Kathy Irvine

Another perfect sunset on  Christie Lake                                                                                                        photo: Kathy Irvine

 

Christie Lake – Famous for Fishing!

Christie Lake fishing contest

Oct. 23, 1941 p.2 – ‘The Perth Courier’

 

“Pickerel – 9 1/2 pounds, caught in Christie Lake by James Brady.”

“Northern Pike, 14 1/2 pounds, caught in Christie Lake by H.M. Gore”

 

Harold and Irma Knight at Christie Lake

Harold and Irma (Miller) Knight at Christie Lake,      photo:  Janet Knight

 

 

Christie Lake train 1959

CPR Train, Christie Lake, 1959

 

Jordan's Cottages view on the lake

Patti Jordan and Arlene Stafford-Wilson at Christie Lake

Patti Jordan and Arlene Stafford-Wilson boating at Christie Lake – 1976, photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon
(Patti –  Great-great-granddaughter of Scottish pioneer settler George Jordan (1830-1908)

 

Christie Lake island

Christie Lake – Island                          photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

Christie Lake by the willow tree

Christie Lake Summer Fun on a paddleboat                                     photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

Christie Lake Reunions

 

Christy – Allen Reunion – 1954

Christy and Allan reunion 1954

First Christy-Allan Reunion

was held in 1954

Christy Allan reunion 1954 Jun 8 p. 3 Ottawa Journal

“Out of neighbourly fairness, the two original families drew lots to decide after whom the lake would be named.  It was Mr. Christy, of course, who drew the longest straw.”

Christie lake banner 5

 

Christie Lake reunion July 4 1955 p

Christie Lake reunion July 4 1955 part 2

‘Ottawa Citizen’, July 4, 1955, p.21

Jordan Family Reunion

Jordan reunion 2

photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

 

Jordan Family Reunion –  2009

Jordan reunion

photo: Janice (Jordan) Gordon

Cavanagh’s General Store

Cavanagh's store colour photo

Visitors to Christie Lake often picked up their food and supplies at Cavanagh’s store, in DeWitt’s Corners.  A full line of groceries, barbecue supplies, ice, was available.  It was a gathering spot, for meeting up with neighbours and friends, and catching up on the local news.  Cavanagh’s was also the local polling station, where neighbours could vote for their favourite political candidate.  This store was the heart of the ‘Corners’, and the place to go, before heading up to Christie Lake.

Bill Cavanagh # 2 at Christie Lake

left – Peter Mullins, center Earl Conboy, (Bill Cavanagh with his back to the camera) photo: JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler

 

Cavanagh's ad

Cavanagh’s Store – 1947-1985

The store opened on June 3, 1947 – carrying groceries, confectioneries, and tobacco products. Along with groceries and everyday sundries, Cavanagh’s store also sold gas supplied by Esso, a branch of Imperial Oil.

“In 1947 they moved to DeWitt’s Corners,

and re-opened her family’s general store,

under the name of  ‘Cavanagh’s Fine Foods'”

 

Locals and cottagers, along with campers at nearby Christie Lake, were all pleased to hear that there would be a general store in the area, and they would no longer have to drive to Perth, to pick up daily necessities.

 

Cavanagh’s store, DeWitt’s Corners      photo:  JoAnne Cavanagh Butler

 

Jim and Helen Cavanagh and Shep

Helen (DeWitt) Cavanagh, James ‘Jim Cavanagh, and their dog, Shep – photo:  JoAnne Cavanagh Butler

 

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Cavanagh’s General Store, DeWitt’s Corners     photo: JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler

 

Shep at Cavanagh's store

Familiar sights at Cavanagh’s store:  their dog Shep, and the Millstone  –  photo: JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler

 

Three DeWitt Sisters, at Ederney Cottage, Christie Lake

Cavanagh's cottage 1974

l to rt. Josephine (DeWitt) Lenahan,  Helen (DeWitt) Cavanagh,  Vera (DeWitt) Brady standing in front of the original family cottage on Station Bay, Christie Lake.          Photo: JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler

James ‘Jim’ Cavanagh named the cottage “Ederney”, the place in Ireland where his family was from.

 

Jim and Helen (DeWitt) Cavanagh operated the popular neighbourhood store for nearly four decades, until they retired in 1985.

Jim Cavanagh retired April 3 1985 p 18

‘The Perth Courier’, April 3, 1985, p.18

 

The DeWitt family, Helen’s ancestors, lived in the area for generations, going back to pioneer Zephaniah DeWitt. The first DeWitt land record was Bathurst Con 2 Lot 11, on 1st January 1823.

 

JoAnne waterskiing

JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler, water skiing on Christie Lake, with Mary Dineen (McIntyre)             photo: JoAnne Cavanagh Butler

 

Bill Cavanagh at Christie Lake

lt to rt:  Bill Cavanagh, Michael Switzer, Peter Mullins   photo: JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler
(Peter Mullins family’s cottage was located exactly at the site of the former Christie Lake Bark Company.  According to Peter, “Growing up, there were many logs in the water. A few are still there.”)

Helen Cavanagh Aug 4 1982 p 22

‘The Perth Courier’, August 4, 1982, p.22

 

“Helen was dearly loved by all who knew her,

and was an asset to her community”

empty chair at athe lake

 

 

 

Fishing at Christie Lake banner

Fishing at Christie Lake # 1

Jan. 16, 1920, p. 6 ‘The Perth Courier’

 

“Monster-size Fish Caught At Christie Lake”

Christie Lake fishing 2

July 29, 1927 p.1 – ‘The Perth Courier’

 

“12 pound Pickerel caught at Christie Lake”

 

Christie Lake fishing 3

Oct. 22, 1937, p.1 ‘The Perth Courier’

 

 

Christie Lake fishing contest

 

fishing image

 

 

The floods of 2017

Christie Lake:   The Floods of 2017

Heavy spring rains in the region, as well as a lack of good water management practices, are said by locals to have caused the flooding in 2017.  It was widely discussed at the time, that Parks Canada, governing body of  local lakes, was partly to blame in allowing its reservoir at Bobs Lake to become too high. It was said that logs were removed from a control dam at Bobs Lake, upstream, causing water levels to rise in Christie Lake. The flood was the worst that could be recalled in the past century.

Christie Lake flood of 2017

Alan Jordan wades through the waters that flooded Christie Lake in 2017

Christie Lake flood of 2017 part 2

Alan Jordan (left) and his son Paul Jordan, May 11, 2017 – owners of Jordan’s Cottages

Jordan's cottages flood 2017

High waters cause flooding in 2017 – Jordan’s Cottages

 

Christie Lake sundown Kathy Irvine

Sundown at Christie Lake                              photo: Kathy Irvine

 

 

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Arliedale Inn

The Marks family of Christie Lake were known for their vaudeville shows, and traveling theatrical entertainment.  Thomas Marks, one of the brothers, turned the family home into a hotel, and named it after his daughter ‘Arlie’.

Arliedale Inn Christie Lake

There were seven Marks brothers:  Robert, Tom, Alex, Jack, Joe, McIntyre and Ernie. Two of their sisters-in-law performed with them: Kitty, wife of Ernie, and May Bell, wife of Robert.  There were also two sisters Nell and Libby who did not perform on stage.

Marks family of Christie Lake

Seated:  L. to rt,  May A. Bell Marks, George Marks, R.W. Marks, Gracie Marks.

Standing; Joe Marks, Alex Marks

The Marks family presented melodramas for the most part, but also performed some comedy as well.

When their time for performing had come to an end, most of the family returned to the Christie Lake farm of their childhood. Robert continued to perform on stage until his late 70’s and then retired to the lake. He converted the barn where they had rehearsed into a summer hotel and was owner and operator until his death in 1936 at the age of 86.

Joe also retired to the farm where he died in 1944 at the age of 82.

Tom returned to Christie Lake when he retired, and converted the old house into a hotel and called it Arliedale, after his daughter Arlie. He passed away in 1935,  at the age of 81 years old.

Ella Tom and Arlie Marks

Ella Marks, her husband Tom, and daughter, Arlie Marks and dog, Buster.

 

Marks brothers

 

Tom Marks birthday Jan 18 1935 p 4

‘The Perth Courier’, Jan 18, 1935, p.4

 

 

Death of Mrs. Marguerite (Farrell) Marks –  mother of the Marks Brothers

Marguerite Farrell Marks obit
April 15, 1921, “The Perth Courier” p. 8

 

 

Arliedale lodge postcard

Arliedale Inn, Christie Lake

Arliedale beach

 

Dance at Arliedale Inn – July 1931

 

“…a lingering twilight, as though the sun had stood still just below the horizon.  It was just the sort of night that beckons youth and beauty.”

 

Christie Lake Dance July 10 1931 p 1

‘The Perth Courier’ – July 10, 1931, p.1

 

Arliedale # 2 snip

Arliedale ravine

Christie Lake dance Arliedale 1931

‘The Perth Courier’ – August 7, 1931, p.1

Arliedale July 20 1949 Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Citizen, July 20th, 1949 p. 31

 

Arliedale May 26 1968 p 137 Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, May 26, 1968, p.137

 

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Norvic Lodge

Victor Lemieux and his wife Noreen (McGlade) Lemieux were owners and operators of Norivc Lodge.  Like the other properties set along the shores of Christie Lake, they had a beautiful shoreline, framing their homey, rustic lodge.

Victor, son of Jeremie Lemieux, and Margaret Hannah James, was born and raised in the tiny village of Fournier, in the township of Prescott-Russell.  The village is situated near the communities of Vankleek Hill, St. Isidore, and Plantagenet, a largely French-Canadian settlement. Victor’s father was a Lumberman, and his mother cared for the large family.

Victor’s wife, Noreen, a girl who grew up in the town of Perth, Ontario, was the daughter of Arthur McGlade, a labourer. The McGlade family were early settlers from Perth, originally from County Armagh, Ireland.  Catherine McCarthy, Noreen’s mother was also from an Irish pioneer family, from County Cork.   Noreen’s parents were married in Toledo, Ontario, October 16, 1899.

Noreen McGlade Lemieux

Noreen  ‘Nina’ (McGlade) Lemieux

Memories of working at Norvic Lodge in 1960, as told by Judy (Stafford) Ryan:

“The Lodge was ‘Norvic” named after the owners – Noreen and Vic.  She was called Nina, and they had a daughter Judy,  – about my age at the time.  The Lodge was on Christie Lake.

 I was the only one who had the job there, but because I also had a two week job at the Optometrist in Perth, while his secretary was on vacation, at the beginning of the Summer (Dad got it for me), my sister Jackie (Stafford) Wharton, went up to the Lodge, and held my job for me for that two week period.  I think Dad was also the one who got me the job at the Lodge.  Mother did not want me to go as she figured I would get ‘into trouble’.

We were paid $10.00 a week which was given to us at the end of the Summer.  We made great tips from the Americans, who stayed in the cabins – I could make up to $100.00 a week, depending on whether or not the cabins were full that week.

Our cabin was at the top of a hill away from the vacationers.  Our day started at 7:00 a.m.  We had to be down the hill to the Lodge in uniform, to set up the dining room for breakfast, take breakfast orders, serve it, clear tables and help wash dishes, etc.  We then went back up the hill, changed into shorts and t-shirts and cleaned all the cabins – made beds, dusted, vacuumed, cleaned bathrooms, changed towels, etc.  Then, back up the hill, back into uniform, to do the lunch thing. 

We were suppose to have a couple of hours off each afternoon, to do what we wanted.  However, part way through the summer, the lady who did the laundry left, and that was added to our jobs, without extra pay.  So after lunch, we would have to do the laundry – sheets, towels, etc. and hang them out on a line to dry.  Once a week, we would have to strip the beds, but changed the towels often. 

On days when we didn’t have to do the laundry, I would take the canoe, and a good book, and head for a small uninhabited island, and read for a couple of hours.  I knew that no-one could get to me there. 

Between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. we were back down the hill, in our uniforms, to set up for dinner, etc., etc. 

After everything was done, and cleaned up for the evening, we had time to ourselves, if we had any energy left.  I worked with a girl by the name of Claudette, and she was a real party girl, and as there was a party at some cottage every night, we went out most nights, along with the guy who worked at the Lodge store and gas bar, and he was allowed to use one of the motor boats, and that is how we got to the other cottages.

Just before I arrived to work at the Lodge that Summer there had been a bad boating accident, and I think one or two people had died.  The only way I found out about it was I saw a mangled boat with blood on it, stored in behind the lodge, when I was out walking one day, and asked the guy at the gas bar what happened.

That Summer was the first time I saw death!  There was a delightful family from Pennsylvania. there – three generations – Grandfather, parents, and two younger children.  I was serving breakfast this one morning, and the Grandfather, who was always so friendly and animated, told me about the different birds he had heard singing that morning, and during the conversation, he keeled over at the table.  I ran into the kitchen and got Vic (Lemieux) – told him the old man ‘fainted’.  Vic got the son to help him carry the Grandfather into the Lounge, behind the dining room, and they put him on the couch.  I remember going ahead and serving the other guests, and noticed people coming and going to the Lounge.   Nina told me later that the old guy had died, probably instantly, and I was really shocked and upset.  That is one of those memories that is permanently etched in your memory, especially when you are only 15.”

 – an excerpt from the book,  “Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen”, ISBN 978-0-9877026-0-9

 

 

Norvic Lodge ad Good food 1971

Norvic Lodge dining room

Norvic Lodge skin diving

Norvic Lodge boat show

May 10, 1962 – ‘The Perth Courier’

 

Norvic Lodge water show

 

Norvic Lodge – Christie Lake Surfers – summer of 1963

Norvic Lodge water show results

Victor Lemieux obit Mar 17 1998 Ottawa Citizen p 24

obituary of Victor Lemieux, ‘The Ottawa Citizen’, Mar. 17, p.24

Victor Lemieux gravestone

Grave of Victor and Nina Lemieux – St. John’s cemetery, Perth, Ontario

 

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Red Cedar Inn

Red Cedar Inn was the official summer residence of the Marks family of entertainers.

“Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Marks are enjoying their beautiful cottage, Red Cedar Villa and will give an “at home” in the near future.”

‘The Perth Courier”, June 23, 1899

Christie Lake Red Cedar Inn

 

“The pickerel are biting fine

and large catches daily is the rule.”

 

Red Cedar Villa June 2 1899 p 1

 

Red Cedar Villa (also known as Red Cedar Inn)

Red Cedar Villa

Red Cedar Inn 1924

 “James is a great admirer of the lake and its beautiful scenery, and always calls on his friend Joe to have a chat and a drink of Mrs. Marks’ noted buttermilk.”

 

Christie Lake news – July 14, 1899

Christie Lake news July 14 1899 p 5 part 1

Christie Lake news July 14 1899 p 5 part 2

“The season at Christie’s Lake House opened much earlier this year than usual.”

 

Christie Lake news June 1, 1900 p 1

Christie Lake news – June 1, 1900, page 1

Red Cedar Inn July 3, 1924 p 6

‘The Ottawa Citizen’, July 3, 1924 p.6

Red Cedar Inn Jun 26 1941 p 24

‘The Ottawa Citizen’, June 26, 1941, p.24

Robert RW MarksRobert W. Marks  1855-1937

 

Red Cedar cottages Sept 23 1970 p 33

‘The Ottawa Citizen’ Sept. 23, 1970 p. 33

Christie Lake Camp

Christie Lake camp sign 2

 

Christie Lake Camp was established in 1922 by Judge John F. McKinley, of Ottawa.  The Judge believed that instead of punishing delinquent boys, he could offer them a chance to leave the temptations of the city, discover the great outdoors, and learn some new coping skills.

“………giving the boy responsibility, handling him with friendship, teaching him the general principles of good citizenship and doing so with the help of the open air.”

Judge John F. McKinley

Christie Lake boys # 5

 

Boys Enjoy Camp at Christy’s Lake

Christie Lake Boy's camp July 20 1923 page 5

July 20, 1923 – ‘The Perth Courier’

Christie Lake boys # 1

 

Splendid Results Attained

From Boys’ Camp at Christy’s

Christie Lake Boy's camp Nov 16 1923 part 1 page 2

Christie Lake Boy's camp Nov 16 1923 part 2 page 2

Christie Lake Boy's camp Nov 16 1923 part 3 page 2

November 16, 1923 – ‘The Perth Courier’

Christie Lake boys # 2

The boys arriving from Ottawa,  on Colonial Coach bus lines

Christie Lake boys # 3

The boys at their dock, below the main building

In 1958 Dr. Dan Offord became Camp Director. Christie Lake Kids programs were
under the guidance and direction of the late Dr. Offord, who was a well-known  child psychiatrist. Dr. ‘Dan’, as he was known, was a volunteer summer Camp Director for 47 years.

Dr. Dan Offord

Dr. Dan Offord, volunteered at Christie Lake for 47 years

 

Christie Lake boys # 6

Tremendous efforts went into fund-raising, over the past several decades, in order to maintain and repair the buildings and grounds at Christie Lake Camp.

In 2001, Dr. Dan’s work in research, at Christie Lake Camp, earned him the Order of Canada.

Dr. Dan Offord died at the age of 70, in 2004.

 

Christie Lake boys # 4

Heading up to the main building for lunch at the Christie Lake Boys’ Camp

Christie Lake kids camp

Learning to paddle a canoe at Christie Lake Camp

Christie Lake camp bonfire

Singing around the campfire, at Christie Lake Camp  – 2013

By the year 2000, approximately 400 boys and girls aged from 9 to 14 arrive every summer to learn outdoor skills and, build their self-esteem

Camp Opemikon – Scout Camp

Camp Opemikon

The land was purchased in 1937, and the camp opened in 1938.  Camp Opemikon has served the camping needs of the Scouting family for many years.

Camp Opemikon patch 1938

 

camp opemikon patch

camp opemikon map

 

camp opemikon cabins

Cabins at Camp Opemikon      – photo: Jason Chute

Canoes at Camp Opemikon

Canoes at Camp Opemikon – photo: Jason Chute

 

 

Christie Lake in colour

 

 

Special thanks to: Janice (Jordan) Gordon, Kathy Irvine, Carolyn Jordan, JoAnne (Cavanagh) Butler, and Judy (Stafford) Ryan, for sharing their photos and memories, of this very special place.

 

Discover more about Christie Lake, and learn about the parties and pastimes of the 1960s and 1970s, at this popular vacation spot, in the story, “Stranded on Christie Lake”, one of the stories in ‘Lanark County Chronicle: Double Back to the Third Line”

LC Chronicle from web

“Lanark County Chronicle” – ISBN-978-0-9877026-23

http://www.staffordwilson.com

 

 

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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‘Genealogy & DNA’ – with the LCGS

After a long, cold, winter, and many weeks of cloudy skies and rain, the warm sunshine arrived, just in time, for the May meeting of the Lanark County Genealogical Society.

LCGS logo

 

It’s always a pleasure to exchange ideas with fellow LCGS members, learn about new genealogy  projects, and ongoing efforts to preserve our history and heritage, and helping distant families around the world, reconnect with their pioneer roots.

Arlene Shirley and Jayne

(l to r –  long-time LCGS member, and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Arlene Stafford-Wilson, center- Shirley Somerville, Librarian and Director of Genealogical Resources, and Jayne Munro-Ouimet, LCGS President, and recipient of 2018 Award of Excellence for her outstanding contributions to Lanark County)

Also present, Helen Gillan, historian, tireless volunteer, and one of the founding members of the LCGS.

Arlene and Helen

 

My presentation included a brief overview of  the stories included in “Lanark County Calling: All Roads Lead Home:

Lanark County Calling book summary poster

 

The main topic of the afternoon was a presentation and discussion of “Genealogy and DNA”.

Genealogy and DNA

In the presentation, I compared three of the most popular DNA Home Test Kits:  ‘My Heritage’,  ’23 and Me’, and ‘Ancestry’.

Slideshow DNA

A contrast of the many varying price ranges for the DNA test kits was discussed, how each test is done, which tests are easier to use, and how soon the DNA results will be returned to the consumer.

Next, we examined some of the main features of each kit.  Some DNA kit companies provide maps of the world, with a numerical breakdown of where your DNA match ‘cousins’ may be found, and how many are in each country.

Slideshow 2 LCGS

Other kits focus more on the medical aspects of DNA, and will provide the consumer with specific information on whether they are a carrier for a variety of diseases, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, blood-sugar disorders, cancers, macular degeneration, gluten-related disorders, nerve, heart, and blood disorders.

Some of the DNA test kits provide more comprehensive information on family connections, and will show how many cousins/DNA matches are in a particular part of the world, displayed on a map, and if you choose to build a family tree, these DNA tests will provide you with matches to the people in your tree, so that you may expand your family history through cousin connections.

The presentation included the different types of family-tree building software that comes as part of the kit, the ease of use of each of these, and also the ability to upload or download your DNA results into genetic ‘pools’, like those in GEDmatch, to provide you with an even wider search capability.

I also discussed some of the issues with privacy and DNA, how some DNA test providers share our DNA results with insurance companies, drug companies, and law enforcement. We also examined many of the newest features available to the consumer.

The presentation concluded with a question and answer session, and many interesting points of discussion took place, among those attending.  Some had already taken one or more home tests, and they shared their personal views on the pros and cons of each type of test.

Arlene and Janet

Following the presentation, the book table was busy, and many stopped by to discuss the stories in ‘Lanark County Calling’, and have a copy or two signed for themselves, and signed as gifts for others.

Book signing May 2019

Karen Prytula, LCGS Director of Communications and Marketing, was busy throughout the day, coordinating the audio-visuals, and sharing updates with members. Karen very kindly presented me with a jar of Polk Honey, as thanks for the presentation.

Arlene and Karen

Arlene Stafford-Wilson with Karen Prytula, LCGS Director of Communications and Marketing.

Polk honey

 

Polk Honey is produced in Pakenham, by Arnold Polk, and is one of the county’s most sought-after treats.  If you’d like to try some yourself, it is available at the Pakenham General Store, 2524 County Rd 29, Pakenham, Ontario.

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Following the presentation, a delicious lunch was provided, and one of the highlights of the afternoon was a lovely display of some of Lanark County’s Heritage Quilts:

quilt collage

Brian holding quilt

Brian and others holding quilt

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Many thanks to the Lanark County Genealogical Society for inviting me to be with you, and present ‘Genealogy and DNA‘.  It was a wonderful afternoon, a chance to catch up with old friends, and to learn about ongoing projects, as the LCGS continues their work to preserve our heritage and history.

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For more information on the Lanark County heritage quilts, please contact the LCGS:  Lanark County Genealogical Society

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If  you missed the talk on ‘Genealogy and DNA’, I will be presenting this to the Smiths Falls Historical Society, September 19th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.   All are welcome.  For details, call 613-283-6311.

 

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Letters to Santa from Perth!

Santa reading letters

 

Letters to Santa

from the Children of Perth, Ontario

as published in:

 

The Perth Courier

 

We’ve all written them.  Letters to Santa Claus.  Whether we lived out in the country, on the Third Line, like us, or whether we lived in the town of Perth.  We all sat down with a sheet of paper, and a pencil or pen, and asked for that special toy that we dreamed of finding under the tree, on Christmas Day.

“The Perth Courier” began to publish these letters to Santa, and for many years we could sit back on Thursday morning, when the paper was delivered to our rural mailbox at the end of our lane, and read some of these letters, and discover what the local children were hoping to receive, from jolly old St. Nick.

Here are some of the best letters, and maybe you’ll even see your own!

Christmas 1

 

Christmas 2

 

Writing the letter to Santa

 

Sometimes we needed help from an older brother or sister to make sure that our letters were written as clearly as possible!

Christmas 3

 

We also had to make sure that we wrote the correct address for the ‘North Pole’ and walked it down the lane, and set it carefully in the mailbox!

Letters to santa at the mailbox

 

Christmas 4

Christmas 5

 

Christmas 6

 

Christmas 7

 

Christmas 8

Christmas 9

Christmas 10

Christmas 11

 

1981 Letters to Santa

from “The Perth Courier”

 

Christmas 12

 

Christmas 13

 

1982  – Letters to Santa

 

Christmas 14

 

…..and some of the letters were from kids in the country. 

These ones are from Glen Tay:

 

Christmas 15

 

This little guy even admits to being a little bit bad!

Christmas 16

 

Christmas 17

 

Christmas 18

Christmas 19

 

Christmas 20

Christmas 21

 

1983 Letters to Santa

 

Christmas 22

Christmas 23

 

….and from the kids at Drummond Central:

 

Christmas 24

Christmas 25

 

 

…and some more letters to Santa from Glen Tay:

 

Christmas 26

…and little Debbie even included a lovely sketch for Santa:

 

Christmas 27

 

1984 letters to Santa

 

Christmas 28

Christmas 29

 

Christmas 30

 

1983 letters to Santa from the Perth Daycare Centre

Many of us recall the column called ‘The Private Eye’, and some of the interesting tidbits of news from around Perth that was published each week.  In December of 1983, some of the wee tots at the Perth Daycare Centre wrote to Santa, and the Private Eye had a few favourites!

 

Christmas 31

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Another letter to Santa found in a battered old shoe box, many years ago, written by a little girl who only wanted one thing for Christmas…

 

Dear Santa:  I live on the Third Line, not far from Christie Lake.  We live in a red brick  house, between Glen Tay and DeWitt’s Corners.  I hope you can see it from the sky on Christmas Eve.  It’s right across the road from George and Merle Korry’s farm, and between Perkins’ and Mitchell’s farms.  I have been very good.  I got a sticker this year from my Sunday School teacher, Betty Miller, for good attendance, and I try to be good at home and sometimes I help my mother in the kitchen, and help Dad outside when he needs me.  I would like a Beautiful Crissy doll please.  She has long red hair and an orange dress.  Please bring a Davey Crocket hat for my brother Roger, new skates for Judy and Jackie, and some books for my brother Tim.  I will leave some carrots for your reindeer.   

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Always remember to leave a nice snack for Santa.  It’s a long night, and he works very hard.

 

cookies and milk for Santa

 

…….and guess what the little girl found under her tree Christmas morning?

Santa under the tree

 

…..the doll she asked for in her letter to Santa!

Beautiful Crissy

A reminder to all of us that Christmas Wishes really do come true!

 

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Christmas 32

…and whether you’re young, or not-so-young, whether you write a letter to Santa, or just look up into the clear winter sky, and wish on a star, 

Always believe in the magic of Christmas!

Santa and the reindeer flying

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Lanark County Calling – Book Launch

Just like the title of the book, when Lanark County calls us back home, especially in the fall of the year, we are welcomed by a panorama of fiery oranges, blazing reds, sunny yellows and dazzling greens.

leaf quote

 

lanark-county-sign

 

Signs of fall were everywhere, and a flock of geese escorted us along the road, all the way to Perth….
geese

 

A sunny drive up historic Gore Street, then we arrived at our destination – The Book Nook & Other Treasures.

Book Nook

 

Shortly after our arrival, I received a lovely bouquet of flowers from Rideau Ferry resident, Carol-Ann McDougall, along with her good wishes for the book launch.  What a thoughtful gift!

flowers from Carol-Ann

 

Owner of the Book Nook & Other Treasures, Leslie Wallack, provided a delicious assortment of milk chocolate and dark chocolate cookies, and piping hot coffee for all of the visitors to the store.

Leslie

 

One of the first visitors to the book launch, was old friend, and former class-mate Dianne Tysick Pinder-Moss.  Dianne and I have a long history, going back to our earliest days, at S.S. #5 School, a one-room schoolhouse, at Christie Lake, then to the Scotch Line school, and next, Glen Tay Public School, before heading off to Perth and District Collegiate Institute. Dianne and I also attended 4H Club together, as did many of the boys and girls in our rural farm community west of Perth.  Dianne is writing an article for the Agri News, on the new book “Lanark County Calling”, so mixing a bit of business, with the pleasure of spending time together again.

Dianne

 

Another special visitor who came early to the book launch, was former Art teacher from P.D.C.I – Wynne White.  What a pleasure to see Wynne after so many years have passed, and to learn that she remains active in her artistic pursuits.  This talented artist shared many of her techniques and methods over the years, and inspired those of us who attended her classes.  She often played the music of our time, during class, on a record-player at the front of the room.  One of the albums I recall was ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, and a tune that was played often –  ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.  Mrs. White understood the connection between music, art, and inspiration, and with her gentle ways, and kind encouragement, had a way of bringing out the best in all of her students.

Wynne White

 

Two special visitors drove all the way from Kingston, Ontario to be with us for the book launch, cousins Marie and Yvonne.  Marie and Yvonne, like myself, are descendants of pioneers Tobias Stafford of County Wexford, Ireland, and Elizabeth McGarry, of County Westmeath, Ireland, who were among the earliest settlers to Drummond Township in 1816.

Marie and Yvonne 2

It was a special treat to have my brother, Roger Stafford, stop by, and spend some time with us.  Roger divides his time these days, between his home in London, Ontario, and his winter place in Fort Myers, Florida.  Like the geese we saw overhead earlier in the day, Roger will be returning south in the next few weeks.  It was great fun to have him at the book launch!

Roger

 

A book launch would not be complete without