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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35th Anniversary – Lanark County Genealogical Society

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Maple leaves displaying a kaleidoscope of colour, and crisp fall air set the scene for the 35th Anniversary celebration of the Lanark County Genealogical Society.  As we drove along Highway # 7, the bright signs along the way reminded us that we’re entering the ‘Maple Syrup Capital’ of Canada, although the spectacular scenery leaves no doubt in our minds.

 

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The much-anticipated event was held in the Beckwith Township Hall, near Carleton Place, –  the perfect setting to mark this milestone for the genealogy society.

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A beautifully decorated cake served as the centerpiece for the buffet table, generously laden with all sorts of delicious choices for the celebratory luncheon.

After lunch, LCGS President Jayne Munro-Ouimet opened the program, welcoming one and all to the celebration.

Honoured to be the invited guest speaker, my presentation focused on ‘Genograms’, and how they can be used in addition to vital statistics, to illustrate patterns and traits in a family tree.

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LCGS member Mary Kerfoot spoke briefly on the Kerfoot family, and their proud history in Lanark County.

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The Historical Artifact Committee of the LCGS presented a Kerfoot Family Bible, featuring entries going back to the earliest times in the township.  The members of the committee recounted the story of how the family bible was rescued from a Salvation Army thrift shop in Victoria, British Columbia, and transported safely back to Lanark County.

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L to R:  Jennifer Irwin, Rosemary Campbell, Beckwith Township Councillor Tim Campbell,  LCGS President Jayne Munro-Ouimet, Mary Kerfoot, and Brian Dowdall.

(Mary Kerfoot is a direct descendant of pioneer George Kerfoot)

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Several presentations were made to distinguished members for their years of service and their dedication to the Lanark County Genealogical Society.  Below, Frances Rathwell and George Stewart receive their well-deserved recognition from the Society from Jayne Munro-Ouimet, LCGS President.

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At the conclusion of the formal presentations, a book-signing and ‘meet and greet’ was held at the book table.

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A special highlight of the day was a gift from the LCGS of the heavenly liquid gold produced in the Lanark County maple trees each spring.  This particular bottle was produced at  Wheelers Maple Syrup near McDonald’s Corners.

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It was a day to remember in Beckwith Township!  A proud and important milestone for the Lanark County Genealogical Society, marking 35 years of continual service in helping people far and wide connect with their family roots.

“On March 27, 1981, twenty-four genealogy enthusiasts met near Smiths Falls Ont., to discuss the formation of a local genealogy society. This group grew in scope and number to become the Lanark County Genealogical Society in 1982. In 35 years the organization has grown to include members from all over the world . The mandate of the Lanark County Genealogical Society is to assist members in researching family histories, and in the gathering, recording and preserving of genealogical information pertaining to Lanark County.”

Congratulations on 35 great years!

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To find out more about the Lanark County Genealogical Society LCGS

To discover the family history collections, land records, wills, and research aids held at the Lanark County Archives Archives Lanark

For information on Wheeler’s Maple Syrup Wheelers

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Lanark County Classics – Book Launch

A sunny, warm, late September day brought record crowds to the official book launch for “Lanark County Classics: A Treasury of Tales from Another Time”.

The Book Nook, a popular store on the main street of historic Perth, Ontario, was the setting for a steady stream of book lovers eager to read the latest collection of stories set in Lanark County, the picturesque maple syrup capital of Ontario.

The newly released stories in this series are set in Perth, Lanark, DeWitt’s Corners, Pakenham, Clyde’s Forks, Middleville, and the former North Burgess Township, taking the reader along on a journey back to the 1960s and 1970s in rural Eastern Ontario.

An early visitor to the store on Saturday, was Tara Gesner, from Metroland Media, a reporter covering the book launch for the local newspaper.

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There were many new faces stopping by, after reading the glowing reviews appearing in several publications   Review of Lanark County Classics

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A reader from Port Elmsley stopped by, interested in local history, and had certainly come to the right book launch for stories set around the region.

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Dianne Tysick Pinder-Moss, former classmate of the author has purchased the entire collection for her mother, who has been a fan of the series since the beginning.

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Nancy Townend, Pakenham resident, came to the launch after hearing that one of the stories ‘Perils in Pakenham’, was set in her lovely,scenic, village.

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Carol-Ann McDougall,  resident of the Big Rideau Lake, featured in the story “Lake Life – A Rideau Ferry Love Story” Lake Life – A Rideau Ferry Love Story  brought a lovely, bright yellow chrysanthemum to grace the table of the book launch.  Carol-Ann has read all of the books in the Lanark County series, and has been looking forward to reading the newest collection of stories.

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Carla Brown stopped by, as she often does, to purchase the latest Lanark County book for her grandmother Shirley Myers.

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Avid reader of local history, Tom Ayres was eager to get the latest book in the series.  Tom has read all five in the collection, and is the reader who requested the story on Antler Lodge, featured in the last book – Lanark County Connections. Antler Lodge

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One of the stories in the new book, Lanark County Classics is ‘Meet Me in DeWitt’s Corners. The story takes the reader back to the earliest days of the hamlet, recounts the history of this proud settlement, and the DeWitt family, whose name still graces the community today.   It was a special treat to have members of this founding family attend the book launch.

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Jane DeWitt Brady O’Grady – descendant of pioneer Zephaniah DeWitt, founding family of DeWitt’s Corners.

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Also, a direct descendant of Zephaniah DeWitt, and native of DeWitt’s Corners – William ‘Bill’ Cavanagh,  son of Helen DeWitt and James ‘Jim’ Cavanagh, and his wife Brenda.

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Another native of DeWitt’s Corners, and descendant of pioneer Zephaniah DeWitt, sister of Bill, JoAnne Cavanagh Butler, daughter of Helen DeWitt and James ‘Jim’ Cavanagh:

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It was a real treat to share some memories of DeWitt’s Corners with Jane, JoAnne and Bill!

Along with the DeWitt descendants, long-time residents of DeWitt’s Corners, Elaine and Dave Morrow stopped by the book launch.  Both Dave and Elaine contributed their memories and stories of DeWitt’s Corners for the book.  Owner of The Book Nook, Leslie Wallack, is standing to the right of Elaine. Leslie and her staff were busy the entire day assisting visitors to this popular store.

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Beverly Miller Ferlatte also stopped by the book launch.  Beverly shared her memories of S.S. # 4 , Bathurst, School for the story based in DeWitt’s Corners.  Beverly’s grandmother Mary Jordan was a well-loved and respected teacher at the school for many years.  The school house has been converted into a residence and Beverly’s brother Brian is the current owner of this historic building.

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Janice Jordan Gordon was another contributer to the DeWitt’s Corners story in the book. Janice was very helpful in identifying the children in several class photos from S.S. # 4 Bathurst School.

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A book launch would not be complete without a visit from former neighbours from the Third Line of Bathurst, Margery Conboy and her daughter Diana. Margery and her husband Wayne Conboy also shared their memories of DeWitt’s Corners, and the historic cheese factory that remained at ‘The Corners’ until 1979.

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Another former neighbour, Dave Mitchell,stopped by the book launch.  Dave was also interested in reading the story on DeWitt’s Corners, and finding out more about the history of the area where he was raised.

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The Book Launch at The Book Nook was a great success!  Many thanks to host Leslie Wallack and her staff, for keeping up with the steady crowds, and for providing the delicious refreshments.

A special thanks to all who came, from near and far, to stop by and chat, to share some memories, and to be a part of the busy day!

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Stories in “Lanark County Classics”:

  1. Baffling Banshees in Burgess
  2. Meet Me in DeWitt’s Corners
  3. Mystery in Clyde Forks
  4. Multitudes in Middleville
  5. A Grand Era in Lanark
  6. Perils in Pakenham
  7. Perplexed in Perth

 

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Port Elmsley – Drive-In Dreamin’

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Someone decided one night long ago, that we should save a few dollars, and put a couple of people in the trunk of a car, so they could get in for free, at the Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre.

I guess we can just chalk this one up, along with the other peculiar things that we did as teenagers.  Luckily no one was hurt, but for the three bucks they each saved on admission, it was a pretty undignified way to arrive at the movies.

It’s possible that we weren’t the first ones to try that little stunt.  After all, the Drive-In had been open for a long time before any of us had ventured there.

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It was in September 1952 that ‘The Perth Courier’ ran a short article about a Drive-In being constructed at Port Elmsley.  The article stated that it was the first to be fabricated in this district, and it was built by Gordon White of Ottawa for W.J. Williams, of Newboro.

The article went on to say that it would be assembled on a ten acre property, a half mile south of Highway 15, and that the Drive-In would have a capacity for 300 cars. It would feature a design first of its kind in Ontario, where the projector booth would be in a two-story building, nearly 400 feet from the screen.  This was a distance that was 150 feet greater than any of the other Drive-In theatres at that time.  It was to open the following May of 1953, at a total cost of $75,000.  True to their word, they opened on schedule, and called the new Drive-In ‘the Showplace of the Golden Triangle’.

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Port Elmsley was indeed a great location for a Drive-In theatre, because it’s situated about halfway between Perth and Smiths Falls.  There were always droves of cottagers and tourists staying around Rideau Ferry, and the surrounding lakes in the summer. There were also many residents of the towns and villages nearby, that enjoyed a drive up Highway 15, on a warm summer night, to see some great movies.

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Because the Drive-In opened in 1953, many folks had parked in that huge parking lot and viewed many movies on that big screen long before my friends and I ever made it there in the ‘70s. In fact, it was more than twenty years after it opened that it became one of our familiar haunts each summer, as we passed the nights away, under the stars.

Some of us were lucky enough to have gone to the Drive-In as children, dressed in pajamas, playing on the teeter-totter and swings between the first row of cars and the giant screen. As the sun sunk low in the sky, we were having the time of our lives. What could be better than staying up past your bedtime with a whole bunch of other kids, the aroma of popcorn in the air, and watching the cartoons at the beginning of the show?

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Every kid knew the words to the concession jingle ‘Let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby, to get ourselves a treat.”  When we heard that song it was our cue to start heading back to our parents’ cars, because the movie would be starting soon.  By the time they played the Chilly Dilly song, about the big, juicy, dill pickles, we were in the back seat, with our pillows and blankets, all ready for the show to begin.  Much to the delight of most parents I’m sure, we were asleep by the time the second feature began, and this allowed them some peace and quiet, and time alone – well, almost alone.

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We’d usually begin assembling all of our gear during the afternoon.  First, we’d pack up a bottle of Windex, and a roll of paper towels, because there was nothing worse than having a big messy streak or some bugs splattered right in the middle of your window.

Mosquito coils were also vital to a relaxing evening.  Because of the speaker hanging off of the front window, we weren’t able to close it all the way, so burning a mosquito coil would take care of any of the little pests that flew into the car.  If none of the gang had any, we’d have to head out to Canadian Tire on Highway 7, and pick some up before the show.  We’d place one of the little green coils on its small metal stand, set it on the dashboard and light it up. Many years later I happened to read on the side of the package that those coils were for outdoor use only.  Oh dear!

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A couple of pillows and a blanket, were a nice touch, and made movie-viewing a comfy, cozy event.  We’d also bring a small flashlight, because nothing was worse for us girls than stumbling around on the gravel path, trying to find our way to the washroom, on a dark, moonless night; especially right after watching a scary scene in a horror movie. That just didn’t work for us.  Sometimes we’d bring a roll of t.p. from home, in case they ran out, which happened once in a while during the all-night movie marathons.

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I still recall the crunch of the gravel, as we slowed down to enter through the gates, into the Drive-In, and began scouting for a good spot.  A good spot to us was front-row-centre, and enough space for the three cars to park side by side, so that we could socialize.  We also had to make sure that all three speakers worked, so we would pull into the spots and test the speakers, otherwise we’d have to move all three cars to a new location, maybe a row behind.  Of course every row farther back that you were you would have to contend with people getting in and out of their cars in front of you or turning on their cars to clear their windows because they were fogged up for some reason.  So, the best real estate in the lot was the front row, right in the center of the screen, and if we went early enough the best spots would be ours.

I think the lads liked having spots near the front, not just for the sake of the movie, but so that their cars were together, and very visible in the front row.  There’s no denying that they all had sweet cars.  Those three cars managed to get some looks, touring around town, and had been known to burn up more than a little rubber on the quarter mile runs down Roger’s Road.

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The warm summer air was filled with strains of Foreigner’s ‘Hot Blooded’, or Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and typically, a little bit of our favourite space-cowboy, Steve Miller, singing “The Joker’; a song that you could say became a symbol of  the times. Some have said that it was an era of music like no other, before or since, and the sounds of our generation could be heard throughout the parking lot of the Drive-In, on those sultry summer nights, in Port Elmsley.

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As the sun slid down lower in the sky, the horizon glowed, first in a dusty pink, then a soft purple. There was always one car that began honking their horn, because they believed that it was dark enough to see the movie.  After a minute or two, more people started to honk, and then shortly after that the show would begin.

One of the things that we enjoyed the most were the ‘Dusk to Dawn’ shows, where the first movie would begin at dusk, and the movies would continue all night, until the early morning, when it became too light to see the picture on the screen.  The movies were played back to back, and were often horror films like ‘The Exorcist’, or ‘The Omen’, or ‘Jaws’. I recall one night that my friend and myself, even after having consumed large quantities of pop, did not want to use the washroom, just in case that giant crazy shark ‘Jaws’ had somehow compromised the plumbing system out in Port Elmsley.  We just weren’t taking any chances.

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We saw many nights come and go in Port Elmsley.  There were some beautiful, sleek, muscle cars in those days, parked row after row, paint glistening in the moonlight.  We made numerous trips to the concession stand, in an attempt to fill our unquenchable teenaged appetites.  We even had a few scary trips in the dark, giggling on our way to the washroom and back. We screamed a few blood-curdling screams, as did some of the folks in the neighboring vehicles one evening, I recall, as the character Jason appeared in his hockey mask in the thriller ‘Hallowe’en’.

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Today, the Port Elmsley Drive-In is one of a handful of drive-ins still operating in Ontario. Leave it to the folks in Lanark County to know a gem when they see one, and to continue to go out, and enjoy movies, under the stars.  I hope that in the future that the little kids in their p.j.s, young people, and not so young people, will take the time to visit the drive-in and have as much fun as we did.  Take a trip to Port Elmsley and make some of your own memories!

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In its heyday, Port Elmsley had many residents, and some of the family names that were common in that area were:  Armstrong, Taylor, Stone, Hunter, Weatherhead, Best, Couch, Wicklum, Weekes, VanDusen, Seabrook, Shaw, Sherwood, O’Hara, Moore, Dudgeon, Lavender, Findlay, McTavish, McVeety, Beveridge, and Clements.

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For information on the Port Elmsley Drive-In – showtimes and coming attractions:

Port Elmsley Drive In

 

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The full story “Dusk to Dawn in Port Elmsley” is part of a collection of stories in the book “Lanark County Chronicle”

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Available at The Book Nook, and The Bookworm,  in Perth, Mill St. Books in Almonte,

or on online

 

Stomping in Ompah!

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Late one summer, we heard that there was going to be a music festival over the Labour Day weekend, up in Ompah.  This was going to be a back-roads tour to end all back-roads tours – an outdoor party with live music, and we couldn’t wait!

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There wasn’t really much up there at that time.  The most popular thing in Ompah was likely the Trout Lake Hotel owned by Wayne Kearney.  It was a former residence; over 150 years old, in fact it was the oldest building in Ompah and was now a bar. The old timers around there say that they began serving liquor there in 1904.  It was the first licensed establishment in Eastern Ontario and the locals also said it was one of the first bars in the province. That place was the home of some famous and infamous barroom brawls too, but we won’t get into that.  There were quiet times, but the people who went up there mostly summer fishing enthusiasts and the winter snowmobiling patrons kept it fairly busy.

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After much anticipation, Labour Day weekend finally arrived.  We packed as many of us that could fit into one of my friend’s parent’s cars and off we headed to Ompah.  We drove up the third line and turned up Cameron Side Road, past Calvin Church and over the tracks and onto Hwy 7. We turned onto the Elphin Maberly Road and continued onto Hwy 509, then Lake Road and Lafolia Lane.  We parked and got out of the car. The Stomp grounds were beautiful with tall, majestic trees, situated on a hill, overlooking Palmerston Lake.

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That first Ompah Stomp was held on September 3, 1978 and their special guests were Max Keeping of CJOH TV and Doug Anderson of CKBY FM.  The step dancing contest was held at about 8pm followed by old fashioned round and square dancing.  The musical guest artists that year were Sneezy Waters, Mike O’Reilly and Wayne Rostad.

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L-> R: Dennis Rowan (bass) , Neville Wells (vocals, guitar), Peter Clements (drums), Al Webster (guitar),  Band: Sweetwater 

I guess we thought that it was our own little ‘Woodstock’, and over the years the Ompah Stomp grew as people heard about it and wanted to experience the live music and party atmosphere. That first year, the organizers had anticipated about 200 people showing up and they ended up with a crowd of closer to 3,500.  The second year the crowds grew to 5,000 and the third year saw that rise to 6,500.

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L  – Tony Hickey       Centre –  Paul Munro,     R. – Brent Munro

 

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Wayne Rostad

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Some of the musical acts that performed at the Stomp were:  Neville ‘Nev’ Wells, also a member of the Ompah snowmobiling club, the Family Brown, Jack McRae and the King of Clubs, The Prescott Brothers, Hugh Scott, Ron McMunn and Carbine, Steve Glenn, David Thompson, Fred Dixon, Lynn and Chris, Lloyd Wilson, Dallas Harms, Ted Daigle, C-Weed Band, Terry Carisse and many others.

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L -> R: Dennis Rowan, Neville Wells
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 Guitar: Neville Wells

Drums:  Peter Clements                             

 

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Michael O’Reilly

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Gary “Spike” Spicer (guitar)                        Warren Sutcliffe (bass) 

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Pete McCormick (drums)

 

“Perth Courier” September 12, 1979 – a review of the second year of the ‘Stomp’:

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Dennis Rowan, Neville Wells

Al Webster

 

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Sneezy Waters
A poem written by Kathy Norwood, about the ‘Stomp’ printed in March 1980

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Peter Clements (drums)                                                    Doug Orr

“Perth Courier”  Sept. 2, 1981  page 19:

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Poster from 1982

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The Road to ‘The Stomp’  – 1983

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Liquor and beer flowed freely from coolers and wineskins and the lineup at the washroom facilities was unbelievably long, but everyone enjoyed themselves just the same.  It was wonderful to have a music festival so close to us.  Usually, if we wanted to hear live music of that calibre we’d have to travel to Ottawa or Kingston, so it was great to have the Ompah Stomp so close by.

 

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The Stomp would carry on for many years after those first few annual celebrations, and people would come up from the States and would come from neighbouring provinces as well, some came from as far as Alberta.  Labour Day weekend was one of the busiest and most exciting for us in the area, because we had the Perth Fair and the Ompah Stomp.

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Who would have ever thought that a small village of around 100 people and their little snowmobile club would be able to create a music festival that would attract thousands of people from all around. It was another example of the spirit of the people who lived in rural Eastern Ontario.  They never faltered in their belief that they could succeed, or lacked the confidence to organize a music festival just because they were a handful of folks from a tiny village.  The Ompah Stomp became a metaphor, an example for all of us that it only takes a few people who believe strongly in something to make a difference.  It sure made a difference for us kids in the country who were always looking for a little excitement; and the Ompah Stomp made our last weekend each summer something we’d all remember fondly for years to come.

Photos from the 1978 Ompah Stomp from the private collection of Don White from the band Grateful We’re Not Dead:  Grateful We’re Not Dead Facebook Page

Many thanks to Don White and Neville Wells for providing the names of the musicians in the photos!

Neville Wells Hall of Fame

For more information on Grateful We’re Not Dead:  Grateful We’re Not Dead Official Band Website

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Some of the families who settled around Ompah:  Dunham, Kelford, Closs, Conlon, Dawson, Ellenberger, Elliott, English, Gunner, Hitchcock, Cox, Keller, Killlingbeck, Kirkwood, Mabo, Massey, McGonigal, McDougall, Molyneaux, Moore, McDonald, Murphy, Payne, Praskey, Sproule, Thomas, Tooley, Richardson, Riddell, Roberts, Sproule, Stewart, Stinson, Thomas, Uens, Ostler, MacRow, Martelock, James, Ackerman, Allen, Struthers, Brown, Gunsinger, Lemke, Armstrong, Jeannerett, Hermer, McNeil, Badour, Johnston, Kring, HIll, Weiss, Wood, Card, Boyd, Dempster, Donaldson, Larock, Morrow, Mundell, Praskey, Ryder, Shanks.

 

… Search for your ancestor in the 1901 Census of Canada:

 

1901 Census of Canada

If you would like to read more about the Ompah Stomp, the complete story “Stomping in Ompah” is included in a collection of stories in the book “Lanark County Kid: My Travels Up and Down the Third Line”

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Available at The Book Nook, The Bookworm & Blackwood Originals in Perth,  Perfect Books & Books on Beechwood in Ottawa, Arlie’s Books in Smiths Falls, Mill St. Books and Divine Consign in Almonte, or on http://www.staffordwilson.com

For more information on the history of Ompah and some of its founding families:

Clarendon and Miller Community Archives:

http://www.clarmillarchives.ca/index.html

 

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The Legend Behind the Recipes

The bright-eyed twenty-something grabbed her hat, and headed straight for the recruiting station, after hearing that her only brother was rejected from the military because of his poor eyesight.  “Someone has to represent our family in the war efforts!” her voice fading as she ran down the sidewalk, vanishing out of sight.

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Recruiting poster, 1942, RCAF, Womens’ Division

 

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Audry’s brother, Jack Rutherford (photo above) – wanted very much to serve in WWII, but was not accepted as a recruit, due to his eyesight.

 

The No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School in Lethbridge, Alberta, would become Audry’s new home, where she would meet the dashing young Lanark County farm boy Tib Stafford.

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Audry in uniform, on a visit with her parents in Edmonton, Alberta

 

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Audry Rutherford and Tib Stafford, on a date in the city of Lethbridge, Alberta in 1943

 

After a whirlwind of dating, he asked for her hand, and they married on July 12, 1943.

 

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Audry and Tib’s wedding announcement, Edmonton Journal, July 13, 1943, page 8

 

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Audry (Rutherford) Stafford & Tobias ‘Tib’ Stafford – on their wedding day July 12, 1943

 

Audry took great pride in her military contributions, and was honoured to be in the very first graduating class of Physical Education Instructors for the RCAF Womens’ Division.

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In the months that followed, she began to feel a bit queasy, and discovered that they were going to have a baby.  The rule in those days was to discharge female soldiers who were expecting, and sadly, she gave up her position as Corporal, and returned  home, where she gave birth to a strapping baby boy on a warm spring day in May of 1944.

 

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Tim Stafford and Judy Stafford, 1947

 

When the war ended, they settled on a farm on the Third Line of Bathurst Township, Lanark County, just west of Perth, Ontario, and the family continued to grow.  Now there was big brother Tim, and his two little sisters Judy, and Jackie.

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Stafford House – 1947, 3rd line of Bathurst (Tay Valley) Township

 

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l to rt.- Judy Stafford, Audry Rutherford Stafford, Tim Stafford (front – Jackie Stafford)

 

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Judy Stafford , Tim Stafford, Jackie Stafford and Roger Stafford

 

Stafford Christmas long ago

l to rt – Roger Stafford, Arlene Stafford on Judy Stafford’s lap, Audry (Rutherford) Stafford, Tobias ‘Tib’ Stafford, Tim Stafford, Jackie Stafford

 

Always busy in the kitchen, an excellent baker, Audry began to enter the home-craft competitions in Perth Fair.  Her baking was a big  hit, and she won blue ribbons, red ribbons, silver cups, silver trays, and filled her china cabinet with the spoils from her winnings.   She won so many prizes over the years that her reputation for baking was the talk of Lanark County, and the Agricultural Society asked her to be a Fair Judge.

Perth Fair results 1965

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For decades, Audry was a Fair Judge throughout the County of Lanark – at the Perth Fair, the Maberly Fair, the Lombardy Fair, even more distant fairs in Madoc and Tweed.  She became a well-known Fair Judge throughout Eastern Ontario.

 

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Judge Audry Stafford, performing her duties, at the Lombardy Agricultural Fair

Audry lived a long life, and when she passed away, her children assembled all of her prize-winning recipes, and included stories of growing up on the little farm, on the Third Line of Bathurst.  The book was called “Recipes and Recollections: Treats and Tales from Our Mother’s Kitchen”   (Audry’s first-born Tim, and second-born Judy are featured on the cover)

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This popular book has become the ‘go-to’ guide for anyone who loves the traditional, the classic, the old-time, farm-style recipes.    No less than 93 prize-winning recipes are featured in the book, and it has become a best-seller, ideal for anyone considering competing in the baking categories at the local fairs who’s looking for an ‘edge’.

 

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Audry’s Apple Sauce Bread – won first prize ribbons, year after year at local fairs

 

“Recipes and Recollections” will warm your heart, and fill your stomach, with homemade comfort foods guaranteed to please the crowd!

Available at The Book Nook, The Bookworm &  Mill St. Books  in Almonte, or online at http://www.staffordwilson.com

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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”.

Available at The Book Nook, The Bookworm & Blackwood Originals in Perth,  Perfect Books & Books on Beechwood in Ottawa, Arlie’s Books in Smiths Falls, Mill St. Books and Divine Consign in Almonte, or on http://www.staffordwilson.com

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