Glanbrook Heritage Society
Deaths from the Hamilton Spectator
January to June 1897
Saturday, Jan 2, 1897
HARE - At Grimsby, on Jan. 1st, Walter V. Hare, in his 61st year. Funeral from his late residence, on
Monday, Jan. 4th, at 9 p.m., to St. Andrew’s cemetery. Friends and acquaintances please accept this
DRAKER - At his parents’ residence, No. 148 Florence st., on Thursday 31st Dec. 1896, Robert
Draker, son of Henry and Louise Draker, aged 11 years. Funeral Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Friends will
please accept this intimation.
McFADDEN - In this city, on the 2nd inst., Annabella, wife of John McFadden, in the 72nd year of
her age, a native of Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Funeral from her late residence 505 John Street North, on
Monday at 2:30 o’clock.
DOUGLAS - On Dec. 27th, at his late residence, Spring Green, Wisconsin, Richard H. Douglas,
brother-in-law of F.W.Fearman, and formerly of this city.R.H. Douglas, brother-in-law of F.W. Fearman, died yesterday in Spring Green, Wisc. The deceased was a resident of Hamilton about 40 years ago.
YORKE (Parkhill, Ont.) Dec. 31 - A distressing accident occurred here early this morning, by
which Ernie Yorke, about 15 years of age, lost his life. About one o’clock young Yorke left home to
go to his brother Peter’s house, which is only about 200 yards distant, and on arriving there,
wrapped on the door. Mrs. Yorke heard the wrapping and told her husband there was a burglar in
the house. Mr. Yorke arose from bed, and, getting his gun, went to the side door and fired a shot
into the air. He did this with a view to scaring the supposed burglar off, and he was surprise
therefore to see a figure begin to approach him in the darkness without saying a word. In the
excitement of the moment, he fired another shot, and was horrified subsequently to find that he had
shot his brother. The boy died about half an hour after, being conscious to the last.
DOUGLAS (Onondaga) - The sudden death of Miss Annie Douglas, eldest daughter of George
Douglas, of this village, took place Friday morning. The deceased had been ailing for only a few
days, and took a sudden change for the worse on Friday, and before Dr. South could be summoned
past away. The funeral took place on Sunday morning to Greenwood cemetery, and was largely
FLETCHER (Hannon) - Daniel Fletcher, aged 23, who had been suffering from a complication of
diseases for about three months, past away on Thursday evening last. Interment took place in the
Trinity church burying ground on Sunday, a large crowd attending. An impressive service was
conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Ferguson. The deceased had been married only six months. The
pall-bearers were all Fletchers, cousins of the deceased.
SHERIDAN - Charles Sheridan, aged 38, a gardener, living at Todmorton, committed suicide
yesterday by cutting his throat.
BARNES - Richard Barnes, of Stouffville, 86 years of age was stricken with paralysis while
returned from paying a call on Thursday afternoon, and died a few hours later.
WIDEMAN (St. Jacobs, Ont.) Dec. 31 - Mrs. John Wideman, wife of the postmaster and township
clerk here, died very suddenly last night. She was attending a prayer meeting at the Church of the
Evangelical association, when she suddenly gasped for breath and died before she could be
removed from the church.
Monday, January 4, 1897
FOSTER - At Burlington, on Jan. 2nd , Henry Foster, aged 76 years. Funeral takes place on
Tuesday, at 10 o’clock to Lowville cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will kindly accept this
Henry Foster, J.P. an old and respected resident of Halton county died at his home in Burlington
on Saturday evening. The deceased was born in Ireland seventy years ago and came to this country
when a boy with his mother two sisters, and eight brothers, four of whom survive him. His father
died on the voyage out and was buried at sea. Mr. Foster was a member of the Nelson township
council for 25 years, for the past eighteen years he was collector of customs at that port. His
resignation of that position taking effect just two days prior to his death. He was an honoured
member of the Methodist church and a staunch Conservative in politics. He was held in high esteem
and respect by all who knew him, and his sorrowing relatives have the deep sympathy of the entire
community. The deceased leaves a widow, three sons, and two daughters to mourn his loss. The
funeral will take place from his late residence to the family burying ground, Lowville, to-morrow at
ROSS - On January 4th, Edwin Herbert Stuart, son of Edwin D. and Bell Ross, King st. east, aged 2
months and 2 weeks. Funeral Tuesday afternoon, private.
MEREDITH - At Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 4th 1897, Jane relict of the late James Meredith, formerly
of Hamilton. Funeral from Dundas station Wednesday, Jan. 6th at 3 p.m.
CRANE - At her late residence, on Burlington Heights, on Sunday, the 3rd inst., Mrs. Honora Crane,
aged 87. Funeral from above mentioned on Tuesday, 5th inst., at 9:00 o’clock to Holy Sepulchre
cemetery. Friends kindly attend.
DANIELS (Abingdon) - The two-year-old daughter of John Daniels, died on Friday night. The
remains were interred in the Zion burial ground on Monday. The service was conducted by Rev.
Tuesday, January 5, 1897
HICKLING (Barrie) Jan. 4 - Mrs. Alfred Hickling, near Minesing, 9 miles north of here, was out
milking in the stable when the cow kicked viciously, striking her in the body. Blood poisoning set
in very soon, and the unfortunate women died, being buried on Saturday last. She was married only
Wednesday, January 6, 1897
JOHNSON - On the 6th inst., Jane Clark, beloved wife of George Johnson, in the 64th year of her
age. Funeral from her late residence 550 Hughson street north, on Friday, at 2:30 p.m. Friends are
invited to attend. Please omit flowers.
WARRING (Seneca) - John Warring, a well-known and highly-respected resident of Seneca for a
great number of years, died very suddenly last week. Kidney trouble was the cause of death. He was
taken to the Third Line burying ground. The funeral was largely attended.
William Warring of Dunnville, attended his brother’s funeral.
LOTTRIDGE (Ohsweken) - The demise of Seth Lottridge has been reported. The remains will be
buried at the Methodist church, Grand river mission.
SINCLAIR (Harriston, Ont.) Jan 5 - Donald Sinclair, a farmer and old resident of the township of
Minto, died this morning, the result of injuries received from a bull he was leading to drink on
LUCAS (Toronto) Jan. 6 - Mrs. Sophia Lucas, wife of Ex-Ald. John Lucas, died very suddenly on
Spadina avenue at 9:30 o’clock last night. She was returning home, and when on Spadina avenue
just below St. Patrick street, was seized with a faintness and fell upon the sidewalk. She was carried
into Johnston’s shoe store, and Dr. Harley Smith was summoned. When the doctor arrived Mrs.
Lucas was breathing her last. Heart disease was the cause of death, deceased having had two bad
attacks recently. Mrs. Lucas was over 60 years of age. She was well known and much respected in
the west end of the city.
LOWES -John Lowes, of Brantford, who fell from a buggy, a day or so ago, died of his injuries.
Thursday, January 7, 1897
JOHNSON - On the 6th inst., Jane Clark, beloved wife of George Johnson, in the 64th year of her
age. Funeral from her late residence 350 Hughson street north, on Friday, at 2:30 p.m. Friends are
invited to attend. Please omit flowers.
McGEE - Joseph McGee, who, with his wife, was almost asphyxiated by coal gas a few days ago at
468 Mary street, died yesterday of pneumonia. The body was taken to Toronto to-day for burial.
Mrs. McGee has recovered.
ALLEN (Paisley, Ont.) Jan 6 - At Lovet post office, about five miles from here, a sad occurrence
took place last evening about 7 o’clock, when flames were discovered all through the little house of
an aged widow, living alone, named Mrs. Thomas Allen. At this time no entrance could be made
and nothing but a heap of charred bones could be found. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is
supposed, as she had been subject to fits, that she had been taken down with one, and upset the
lamp, which did its deadly work.
HASSARD (Toronto) Jan 7 - Harry Hassard, a young man of 28 years, who lived with his widowed
mother at 45 Camden street, died suddenly Tuesday night. He entered his home and began to retire
about 10 o’clock, and when half undressed, fell back on his bed and died three minutes later, before
a doctor could be summoned. Mrs. Hassard thought the demise peculiar and had a post-mortem
performed by Doctors Aikins, and Little, who pronounced death as a result of heart disease. Mr.
Hassard was a most exemplary young man and his sudden death will be a severe shock to his many
friends in the city. Young Hassard came down Spadina avenue about the time Mrs. Lucas dropped
dead, and it is thought he saw her drop, and that the shock had something to do with his death.
Friday, January 8, 1897
WALLINGTON - In this city on the 8th inst., at St. Joseph’s, hospital Thomas Wallington, a native
of London, Eng., aged 65 years. Funeral Sunday at 2:30 p.m., from his son’s residence, 90
Wellington st, north. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Saturday, January 9, 1897
WALLINGTON - In this city on the 8th inst., at St. Joseph’s hospital, Thomas Wallington, a native
of London, Eng., aged 65 years. Funeral Sunday at 2:30 p.m., from his son’s residence, 90
Wellington St. North. Friends will please accept this intimation.
RICHARDSON - Died at the residence of her daughter in Detroit, Isabella Richardson, wife of the
late Thomas Richardson, of this city. Funeral from Doddsworth’s Undertaking Establishment, King
St. West, Monday at 2:30 p.m. Friends please accept this intimation.
WILSON - In this city, on the 9th inst., at 271 King William Street, Thomas Wilson, in his 56th year.
Casket will leave above address Monday morning, for his father’s residence near Blackheath, then
the funeral will proceed to Blackheath cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
GREY (Collingwood) Jan. 8 - An inquest was held here to-day into the case of Jennie Grey, of
Midland, who suicided Wednesday afternoon. The courtroom was crowded. A jury was empanelled
by Dr. Stephen, coroner and evidence taken. The Dr. believed the girl died from strychnine
poisoning, and stated that she was enciente.
J. Sullivan told of assisting the girl into the wagon, and of her sufferings. All she would say and
answer to questions was “Oh the villain! Oh the villain!”. Asked the cause of her trouble,
(Testimony of Sarah Cook, Wesley McDermid, clerk, Margaret Bayley, John Simmons omitted
to save time and space.)
The jury retired at 6:30 p.m. and at 6:55 brought in a verdict: “That the said Jane Grey came to
her death by taking strychnine, administered by her own hand, while in a state of mental agitation.
We moreover find that the evidence given that the cause of the said Jane Grey having taken poison
was by reason of the treatment and gross neglect of William Simmons, and would further
recommend that the law governing the sale of poison be more rigidly enforced.”
CONEAU - George Coneau, a farmer living about two miles north of Paris, Ont., was fatally
injured in a runaway accident on Thursday night, and died yesterday morning. Deceased was 73
years of age.
COWAN (Paris, Ont.) Jan. 8 - While George Cowan, a farmer living about two miles north of this
place, was driving home last night, his horses became frightened at some object by the roadside and
ran away, throwing him out of the buggy, and so injured him that death resulted about 10:30 this
morning. Deceased was 73 years of age and came to this neighbourhood from Cedar Creek,
Waterloo county, about 16 years ago.
PHILLIPS (Smith’s Falls Ont.) Jan.8 - A sad drowning accident happened on the river a short
distance from the bolt works this afternoon. John Phillips, the 15-year-old son of John Phillips, who
resides on Queen Street, started for home at noon, putting on his skates when he came to the river.
This was the last seen of him alive. When he did not get home his people made inquiries, and at last
it was realized that something serious had happened. Searchers found the log on which he sat to put
on his skates and followed his tracks along the ice. They found the place where he had broken
through, and their worst fears were realized when they saw his head, a few inches under the water.
He was standing straight up, his feet embedded in sawdust deposit.
Monday, January 11, 1897
SMITH - In this city, at 270 King st. west on Jan. 11, 1897, Sarah Smith, relict of William Smith,
aged 85 years. Funeral private.
HODGE - The funeral of James Hodge, the Saturday night suicide, took place this afternoon from
Green’s undertaking rooms. Rev. J. Young conducted the burial service.
The suicide wave has not yet left the city, and on Saturday night the most sensational self-
murder of all those recorded in the past two months occurred. There have been some persons who
favored the strychnine route and others who were fonder of rat poison, but this last unfortunate fell
back upon the military method and with a 38-caliber revolver blew out his brains. This makes the
third or fourth suicide in the city within a month, and it is to be hoped it is to be the last of the
series. None of the previous life-takings have approached this last in boldness of design or careful
planning and execution. The victim was James Hodge, a man well advanced in life and well known
in the city, having lived here for many years. The place where the deed was done was in the city
hall within ten feet of the detective’s headquarters, and at a spot where everyone coming into the
building would have to see what was done.
About 8:30 Saturday night, Hodge walked into the city hall and wandered aimlessly around the
rotunda. He seemed to be a stranger and looking for someone. Mrs Hurton, wife of the caretaker,
asked if he was looking for any person and he replied that he was not; merely taking a walk through
the building. Mrs. Hurton then walked away and Hodge went over to the main stairway leading to
the second floor. He sat down on the second step, leaned back until his head rested on the fourth
step, pulled the revolver from his pocket, placed the barrel against his head above his ear and pulled
the trigger. The bullet went into his brain, and with a gasp he fell back on the stair, still grasping the
weapon with a death grip.
Hodge was an uncle of E. A. Fearnside, King William street. He came to Hamilton originally
from Newmarket, where he at one time had run an extensive tinware establishment and was
reported to be worth about $15,000.
People who knew Hodge around the St. Nicholas hotel, are not surprised that he committed
suicide. He had been very melancholy the last few weeks and seemed to take a delight in reading of
other suicides. He remarked at the time young Trumbull suicided that he considered him a very
The revolver was a Thompson make, .38 caliber and apparently an old but good one, cleaned
up. Three cartridges were found in it, one of them had been fired. Hodge was seen visiting the
second-hand stores on King William street one day last week and he probably purchased the
revolver at one of them.
None of Hodge’s relatives in the city knew anything of the suicide till about 10 o’clock on
Sunday morning. Arrangements were at once made for the removal of the body from the morgue
and a private funeral will be held.
RICHARDSON - The remains of Mrs. Isabella Richardson, who died in Detroit , arrived here
yesterday, accompanied by two daughters of the deceased lady, Mrs. Doherty and Mrs. Macdonald
and their husbands. The funeral took place this afternoon from Dodsworth’s undertaking
establishment and was largely attended. Mrs. Richardson was the widow of the late Thomas
Richardson of this city.
Tuesday, January 12, 1897
EASTWOOD - At the family residence, Linden Place, East Hamilton, on Tuesday morning Jan. 12,
Catharine J. Eastwood, sister of the late John Eastwood. Funeral private on Thursday afternoon at
3:00 o.’clock. Miss Catharine Eastwood, sister of the late John Eastwood, died this morning after a lengthy
illness. The deceased was a estimable lady of fine Christian character, whose many charities and
broad sympathies rendered her beloved by all her knew her. Miss Eastwood for many years was an
active worker in connection with the Boy’s Home and other local charities.
DeWITT - At his late residence, 125 Ray street south, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Hiram deWitt of
pneumonia. Funeral notice later.
COOLEY (Ancaster) - The remains of the late Mrs. Wm. A. Cooley, an old resident of Ancaster,
and lately of Batavia N.Y. was brought here and interred in St. John’s churchyard.
Wednesday, January 13, 1897
EASTWOOD - At the family residence, Linden Place, East Hamilton, on Tuesday morning
Jan. 12, Catharine J. Eastwood, sister of the late John Eastwood. Funeral private on Thursday
afternoon at 3:00 o’clock.
DeWITT - At his late residence, 125 Ray Street South, on Tuesday, Jan. 12 Hiram deWitt of
pneumonia. Funeral at 2:30 p.m. on Friday to Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances
please accept this intimation.
STEWART - In this city, on Jan. 12, 1897, Jane Stewart, aged 74 years, widow of the late John H.
Stewart. Funeral Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from her son’s residence Andrew Stewart, 19 Wentworth
Street North, to Trinity church burying ground for interment. Friends and acquaintances requested to
DAME (Belleville, Ont.) Jan. 12 - Last night Miss Eliza Dame, a maiden lady who lived with her
brother on Hotel street, was burned to death, falling with a coal oil lamp in her hand. She was alone
in the house at the time. The fire did not do any damage of consequence to the premises. Miss
Dame was a native of Belleville, and was about 65 years of age.
UGHIE, BARD (Wallaceburg, Ont.) Jan. 12 - A fire broke out in the Beatty block here, the largest
block in town at ten minutes past twelve, this morning and before it was under control the entire
block, comprising the Queen’s hotel, and several of the best retail stores in the town, were a mass of
ruins. The saddest feature of the fire, which was the worst in the history of the town, was the loss of
two lives. Albert Ughie, a guest of the hotel, who came here a few weeks ago from Cicero Indiana,
to work in the glass works, and Andrew Bard, a glass blower, who came from Hamilton, were both
cremated in the flames. Ughie was seen at a window of the third floor of the hotel, while the fire
was in progress. He shouted for help, but the people in the streets below had no way of rendering
him any assistance, and in a few minutes the poor fellow fell back into the seething furnace. His
remains were afterwards found directly beneath where he had been seen. Nothing was left of the
body but the trunk. Bard, who was a married man with a family residing in Hamilton, had a room
on the third floor. He was aroused from bed by his brother, but the two became separated, the one
escaping, and the other perishing.
The total loss will be in the neighbourhood of $75,000.00. The hotel was owned and occupied
by T.F. Hinnigan. The other losers are Thomas O’Donnell, grocer, stock and household furniture: E.
Stevens, restaurant and bakery, store, and stock; F. Smith, jeweller, stock; C.A. Hardiman, boots
and shoes; James Martell, billiard hall. The stocks of several merchants in the McCann block, next
to the Beatty block, also damaged by water. Mrs. George Lydiatt, a guest, and Mrs. Carson, the
cook, are both slightly burned about the hands and face. Bard’s body has not been recovered.
Andrew Bard used to work and the green glass works on Hughson street. He went to Toronto
from here and afterwards got a situation at Wallaceburg. He lived at 430 James street north.
ST. PIERD (Rat Portage) January 12 - Polydore St. Pierd, a fine looking fellow, 30 years of age,
has committed suicide at the Central hotel, by taking strychnine. It is supposed that he was
despondent and discouraged for the reason that he couldn’t marry the girl he wanted to, either
because he had not the necessary means or owing to a love quarrel. Deceased left a letter for his
uncle, J. C. St. Pierd, regarding the disposition of his effects. He came here from a camp on the lake
a couple of weeks ago.
Thursday, January 14, 1897
MORRISON - Died at Drake, La Peer county, Michigan, on Jan. 8th , George H. Morrison, in his
72nd year, formerly of Hamilton.
McMICHAEL - On Wednesday, Jan. 13th, Mrs. C.T. McMichael, aged 68 years. Funeral Friday, at
3:30 p.m. from her late residence, 117 Catharine St. North, (funeral private).Mrs. Calista T. McMichael, 117 Catharine street north, died at the city hospital yesterday afternoon from gangrene. The disease was partly the result of old age, and developed in the left foot. She was removed from her home to the hospital last week.
REID - At The Woodlands, Wentworth Street North, on the 13th inst. Marie E. Land, wife of David
Reid Jr. and youngest daughter of the late Col. John Land. Funeral from the Woodlands on Saturday
16th inst. at 2:30 p.m.
SMITH - In this city, Jan. 13th, John M. Smith, aged 74 years. Funeral from the residence of his son,
Mr. Edward Smith, 84 Melbourne St., at 2:00 o’clock Friday, Jan. 15. Friends and acquaintances
please accept this intimation.
JOHNSTON (Port Dalhousie, Ont.) Jan. 14 - The body of Robert Johnston, who was last seen alive
on Monday night, and whose cap was found in lock two, new canal, this morning, was at 1:00
o’clock this afternoon, found by the government diver at the bottom of lock two. He is supposed to
have fallen off the upper gates of the lock. Johnston. who was born here had been employed in the
gate yard since it was opened, and was about 40 years of age. He was last year a member of the
village council. He leaves a wife and five daughters. He was a member of the Canadian Order of
GILBERT - On Monday there died near Rockton, a man who had completed a hundred years of life
in this world. His name was John Gilbert, who was born in 1796. He was for many years a well
known resident of Beverly, having been one of the pioneers of the township. He continued bright
and cheerful until the last, and his facilities were almost unimpaired.
Friday, January 15, 1897
REID - At The Woodlands, Wentworth St. North, on the 13th inst., Marie E. Land, wife of David
Reid Jr. and youngest daughter of the late Col. John Land. Funeral from the Woodlands on Saturday
16th inst., at 2:30 p.m. to Church of St. Thomas, thence to Hamilton cemetery.
WHITE - In this city, on Wednesday January 13, at the family residence 232 Marie Street, Lydia
Amelia, beloved wife of John White. The funeral will take place from the Salvation Army Citadel,
Hughson street, on Sunday next at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
BARTON (Chesley) Jan. 14 - Hugh M. Barton, of the township of Bentinck, was engaged with two
neighbours on Dec. 29 killing hogs. A dog had followed one neighbour to where they were at work,
and as Mr. Barton approached it considered him as an intruder, and sprang at him, inflicting a slight
bite on his left wrist. It did not cause any pain, or uneasiness at the time, and nothing was thought
of. Early the next Sunday it became painful and was much swollen, and Dr. Bean, of Elmwood, was
sent for. He at once pronounced to be blood poisoning, and accordingly Dr. Bonnar, of Chesley,
was called in for consolation. They decided upon operations higher up the arm, but all their efforts
to prolong life were unavailing, and he died on Jan 7th. Mr. Barton, was 75 years of age, and leaves a widow, and six children, five sons, and 1 daughter.
McINERNEY (Toronto) Jan. 15 - Patrick McInerney, a C.P.R. brakeman, residing on Annette
Street, Toronto Junction, was killed last night. How the accident occurred is not known. When the
freight arrived at Lambton, McInerney was missed. An engine was sent back over the road and at a
sharp curve near Cooksville his dead body was found. He had evidently fallen on his head as the
skull was badly crushed. He was about 35 years of age, and had been working on the road for a
number of years.
WORKMAN (Woodstock, Ont.) Jan. 14 - George Workman of Streetsville, died in the general
hospital here this morning as the result of injuries received on Dec. 4. Deceased was a pedlar of
clothing. On Dec. 4 he was riding from the station to the hotel on the baggage wagon, when he was
thrown off at a sharp turn and his leg was broken. The shock shattered his nervous system, and he
has been sinking ever since. Deceased leaves a widow and three children. Prof. Workman, principal
of the Normal school, Ottawa, is the brother of deceased.
Saturday, January 16, 1897
GARNER - On the 15th inst., Margaret, the beloved wife of Thomas Garner, Burlington Plains.
Funeral from the residence of her son, Thomas Garner, 116 John Street South, Sunday at 3 p.m. to
St. Mary’s Cathedral, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends will please accept this notice.
Monday, January 18, 1897
CLARINGBOWL - At 115 Wellington St. South, William Claringbowl, aged 73 years. Funeral
private from the above address to-day.
WHITE - The members of the Salvation army, assembled at their citadel yesterday afternoon to pay
a last tribute to the memory of Mrs. White, one of their officers, who died on Wednesday last. There
was no funeral service at the home, but at 2 o’clock the body was conveyed to the army citadel, and
placed in front of the platform, on which sat over 100 of the army lads and lasses. The hall was
filled with the friends of the deceased, many having to stand during the entire service.
After the service many hundred people passed around in front of the platform and took a last
look at their dear friend, whom Adjt. McLean said, was not lost to them forever, but just gone
before. The casket was again placed in the hearse and the funeral procession proceeded to the
cemetery followed by a large number of mourners, for a short service lead by Adjt. McLean and
Capt. Huxtable was held. Mrs. White leaves a husband and two young sons to mourn her loss.
In the evening a memorial service was held at the citadel, during which several of the oldest
members of the local corp. spoke kindly of their departed sister. Ensign Attwell, of St. Catharines
was present and added his testimony to that of the local officers. Mrs. McLean sang a solo, and the
army sang several choruses.
HUGHES (Teeswater, Ont.) Jan 17 - On Saturday afternoon Thomas Hughes, a farmer about 80
years of age, living on the seventh concession of Culross, three miles from here, fell through a trap-
door in his barn, and was killed. He was about the barn at 3 o’clock, and not coming back, his
grandchild, was sent to look for him, about 5 o’clock, and found him in the stable underneath the
barn quite dead. Deceased was quite strong and hearty previous to the accident and had lived on this
farm in this vicinity a great many years.
ROCHE (Niagara Falls) Jan 18 - While the dance of division No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary of the A.G.H.
at St. Mary’s hall, last night, was at its height, and the dancers were enjoying a walze, John Roche,
a well-known young man in the west end of Toronto, fell dead in the arms of his partner. Heart
disease was the cause.The hall was crowded at the time, and great excitement prevailed. The ball came to an end at
once. Roche was 20 years of age, and was in the employ of John O’Neil. He was a nephew of Mrs.
Robert Perrie, of the Old Fort, Toronto.
GRANT (Perth, Ont.) Jan 17 - Dr. William Grant, one of Perth’s prominent physicians, died
suddenly of heart trouble, about 3 o’clock this afternoon. Dr. Grant was a native of Glengarry and
started practice in Perth 25 years ago. He married about 12 years ago, a Miss Cauldwell, daughter
of the late Boyd Cauldwell, lumberman, of Lanark village. She, with four children, survives him.
TIZARD (Oakville) Jan. 17 - The death took place here to-day of George L. Tizard, Q.C., who had
been ill for several months. Deceased was in his fifty-first year, and leaves a widow and five
children - four sons and one daughter. His widow is a daughter of the late Lieut. Col. Mitchell of
HARRISON (Exeter, Ont.) Jan.17 - Richard Harrison, a retired gentleman, living in town for many
years, to-night, after tea, went to the James Street Methodist church for service. After being in his
seat for about five minutes, he suddenly gave a gasp and almost instantly died. His body was carried
home, and his sons notified by wire of his sudden death. Mr. Harrison was aged 74, and leaves two
daughters and four sons. The congregation was much agitated by the awful event.
LYNCH (Cornwall, Ont.) Jan. 17 - Miss Ella E. Lynch, the-ten-year-old daughter of William
Lynch, of Finch township, was burned to death in the Barkley school house, near Connaught, last
week. The morning was cold, and the little girl on reaching the school, went to the stove to get
warm. The stove was an old one, without a damper, and the strong draught drew her apron into the
fire. In a twinkling she was wrapped in flames, which were with difficulty extinguished by the
teacher, but too late to prevent fatal injuries. The unfortunate child died in a few minutes in the
presence of the teacher and pupils.
Tuesday, January 19, 1897
TAYLOR - At Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on January 18, Mary, wife of John Taylor, Barrister, of that
McGLASHAN - Daniel L. McGlashan, customs inspector at Windsor, died early yesterday morning
suddenly, after suffering from a pain in the chest. He was born at North Pelham, Haldimand county.
Mrs. William Balfour of this city is his daughter.
STEWART (Hannon) - Jane Stewart, widow of the late of the John B. Stewart, died in Hamilton on
Tuesday last, aged 77 years. The funeral took place to the Trinity church burying ground here on
Thursday, Rev. Mr. Walker preaching he funeral service assisted at the grave by the pastor Rev. Mr.
Ferguson. A number of relatives of the deceased live in this vicinity. She had formerly lived in
Grimsby and Ancaster townships before moving to Hamilton.
MILLAR - Robert Millar, for 30 years, associated with the cheese and grain trade of Oxford county,
died at Woodstock on Saturday.
ENGLISH - Capt. J.J. English, an old and highly-respected citizen of Brantford died yesterday. He
was a Highland Scotchman and had been in Brantford 40 years. His age was 72.
SMITH - W.A. Smith, a fireman on the Michigan Central, aged 26, fell on an oil can a couple of
weeks ago in St. Thomas, striking his stomach on the can. Yesterday morning he died leaving a
widow and two children.
KENNEDY (Brampton, Ont.) Jan 18 - Mrs. Kennedy, of Sand Hill, Ont., fell out of her conveyance
while driving home alone for a visit to her daughter at Meadowvale, and was discovered an hour
later dead. Heart disease is supposed to be the immediate cause of her death.
McFARLANE (Kincardine, Ont.) Jan 18 - Mrs. McFarlane, wife of Rev. John McFarlane, of the
Pine River Presbyterian church, died at Pine River this morning after an illness of ten days. She was
formerly a Miss Grant of Waterloo county and came to Pine River with her husband some
seventeen years ago. She leaves five children, two boys, and three girls.
Wednesday, January 20, 1897
CONLEY - At St. Joseph’s hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 19th, Mary Jane, widow of the late Bernard
Conley, of Dundas, aged 69 years. Funeral will take place in Dundas, from the residence of Mr. H.
Conley, Thursday, Jan 21st at 9 o’clock a.m.
ARMSTRONG - On Jan. 20th, at his brother’s residence, 182 Mary Street, Robert J. Armstrong,
aged 30 years. The funeral will take place from the above address on Friday Jan. 22nd at 3 p.m.
Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. Kindly omit flowers.
Robert Armstrong, brother of Thos. Armstrong, of the Dominion hotel, died this morning at the
residence of his father, Edward Armstrong. He had been ill with pneumonia for two weeks.
The deceased was the youngest son of Edward Armstrong and was a popular young man. For
some time he had kept an hotel at Welland Junction.
KELLY - Rev. Father Kelly, the popular parish priest of Trevelyan, Ont., died on Monday of
consumption, aged 38.
KENNEDY (Tapleytown) - The funeral of Mrs. Kennedy took place last Saturday from the
residence of her son, Fred Benner. The interment took place at Woodburn cemetery.
DRAPER (Lynden) - Mrs. Samuel Draper was buried on Monday last. She was 73 years of age, and
lived in the neighbourhood since 1835 and was very highly respected. Her maiden name was
Dayman. She was a life long member of the Methodist church.
WILLETTS (Lynden) - Mrs. Willetts died on Sunday last at the residence of her son-in-law
Nicholas Weaver. She was one of our oldest residence, being 84 years of age.
ROSE (Berlin) Jan. 20 - Rev. Mr. Rose, a veteran Baptist minister of Elmira, died very suddenly.
He was well known in this county, and also in Grey County where he preached years ago. He leaves
a widow and family. He was 65 years of age.
SMITH (Whitby, Ont.) Jan. 19 - The tragedy of Mary Smith’s death from alleged malpractice is
being investigated by the authorities. Dr. Carson, coroner, empanelled a jury yesterday and held an
inquest, which was adjourned to Wednesday afternoon, in the public library hall, Oddfellows
building, that the result of the autopsy being made to-day by Doctors W.O. Eastwood, and C.E.
McGillivrary may be known, as well as the evidence of witnesses in Simcoe county, where the
unfortunate girl came from to Whitby. She was a servant at John Waugh’s. When that gentleman
reformed by Bradford last fall, and began his duties as principle of the Collegiate institute here he
brought with his family the servant who had been with him since the Christmas of 1895. No
suspicion that the girl was in trouble was entertained, more especially as she was to have been
married at the end of this month. Since returning from Bradford on Jan. 4 last, after spending the
holidays there with the Robinsons there, of whom a son, David, was her affianced, it was observed
that she was moody and low-spirited. Last Wednesday she became ill, apparently with a severe
cold, but vomiting and other more serious symptoms setting in, a physician was sent for, and Dr.
McGillivray, who responded to the call, shortly discovered the real nature of the girl’s trouble.
When she knew she could not live, she made an ante-mortem statement. She died on Sunday
morning. J.E. Farewell Q.C., county crown attorney is conducting the case. He is in communication
with the attorney-general’s department in regard to the prosecution of the parties implicated.
Thursday, January 21, 1897
BALFOUR - On Thursday 21st January, 1897, Peter Balfour, in the 78th year of his age. Funeral
from his late residence No. 234 Bay Street South, at 3 o’clock Saturday.
GARRITY - On Jan. 19th , at 142 Napier Street, Rosette, beloved wife of David Garrity, age 27
years. Funeral on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.
HEAVEN - On Wednesday January 20th, at “Glenside” Oakville, Arthur George Heaven, formerly
of Bristol, Eng. in his 62nd year. Funeral from his late residence on Saturday 23 inst., at 2 p.m. to St.
ARMSTRONG - On Jan. 20th at his brother’s residence 182 Mary Street, Robert J. Armstrong aged
30 years. The funeral will take place from the above address on Friday, Jan. 22nd, at 3 p.m. Friends
and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. Kindly omit flowers.
COPPLEY - On Thursday, Jan. 21st, at her late residence, No. 62 Victoria Ave. South, Elizabeth M.
Coppley, relict of the late George H. Coppley, in her 56th year. Funeral notice later.
CAMERON - Mrs. William Cameron, of London, mother of Mrs. James Brown, of Hamilton, died
suddenly at her home in London yesterday. She was one of London’s oldest residents, mother of
John Cameron, proprietor of the London Advertiser.
HANDY - Mrs. J.M. Oliver, John Street South, has returned from Mount Brydges, having been
called there to attend the funeral of her mother, the late Mrs. Handy, who died at the residence of
her son, Dr. Handy.
Friday, January 22, 1897
BALFOUR - On Thursday, 21st January 1897, Peter Balfour in the 78th year of his age. Funeral from
his late residence No. 224 Bay Street South, at 3:00 o’clock Saturday.
COPPLEY - On Thursday Jan 21st, at her late residence No. 62 Victoria Ave. South, Elizabeth M.
Coppley, relict of the late George H. Coppley, in her 56th year. Funeral notice later.
KENNEDY (Woodburn) - Mrs. Amelia Kennedy, who for some time past has been suffering from
cancer of the stomach, past peacefully away at the residence of her son, on Wednesday last. For the
past ten weeks, she has been a great sufferer but bore her suffering with Christian patience.
Deceased was a staunch member of the Methodist church, and was always in her place when health
permitted. The funeral took place on Saturday at Woodburn, and was largely attended. Although the
weather was bad, a large number of friends came to pay a tribute of respect to one they loved and
honoured on earth. Rev. Mr. Whitworth, of Tapleytown preached an impressive sermon from Psalm
llxiv, 11. Deceased leaves one son, Frederick Benner.
WOOD (St. George) - Mrs. Lewis Wood, an old resident on the Troy road, was found dead in bed at
10:00 o’clock last Monday night.
BROWN - John Brown of Pelton, M.C.R. section man, was struck by an express train while
cleaning snow out of the switches and instantly killed.
MARCON - Fred Marcon, a well-known and popular citizen of Guelph, died at his residence
Thursday, aged 77.
McGLASHAN (Fonthill) - Word came on Monday from Windsor, of the death of Daniel
McGlashan, a former resident of this place, at the age of 62.
Saturday, January 23, 1897
COPPLEY - On Thursday, Jan. 21st, at her late residence No. 62 Victoria Ave. South, Elizabeth M.
Coppley, relict of the late George H. Coppley, in her 76th year. Funeral Sunday, at 3 p.m. (Private).
ROGERS - At Hamilton, suddenly on Saturday morning, Miss Eliza Rogers, of Mount Albion.
Funeral private, from 34 Main st. west, on Monday, at 2 p.m. Miss Elizabeth Rogers, of Mount Albion, an elderly lady, who was visiting Mrs. Henderson, Main Street West, had a stroke of apoplexy two days ago, and died this morning.
FLETT - Word was received last night through a cablegram to the effect that George Flett died
suddenly at Paisley, Scotland yesterday. Deceased formerly resided at 43 Main St. West, in this city.
He leaves eight of a family to mourn his loss; his son George, being in this city, Oliver, in Toronto,
and Minnie at Niagara Falls, N.Y., the other members of the family being in the motherland.
BALFOUR - There was a large attendance at the funeral of Peter Balfour, assessment commissioner
this afternoon, many prominent citizens being present to pay their last respects to an old and highly esteemed
official. The city council met at the municipal building at 2:30 and attended the funeral in
a body. There was also a large representation of the city officials.
The pall-bearers were; James Balfour, Peter Balfour, M.A. Penning, J.S. Hosick, F.F.Finch, and
Mr. Campbell. Rev. Dr. Lyle conducted the religious services.
SHAVER - Henry Shaver, a brakeman on the G.T.R., who resided at Brockville, was killed near St.
JONES - Joseph Jones, coloured, who claimed to have waited on George Washington at the home
of his former owner, died at Ridgeway, Ont., at the age of 115. His widow is 105 years old.
Monday, January 25, 1897
KIRKNESS - At 206 Farley Avenue, Toronto, on Sunday, 24th inst., James Kirkness, formerly of
Hamilton. Funeral from residence of his son-in-law, Thomas Church, 224 Hughson Street North,
Wednesday 27th, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
Some weeks ago James Kirkness, an employee in the Grand Trunk shops in Toronto, met with a
severe accident, being struck by a board while at work, and was seriously injured. Yesterday he
died from his injuries, and the body will be brought here for burial on Wednesday. Mr. Kirkness
was for many years a resident of Hamilton, having being employed in the G.T.R. shops here. The
funeral will take place on Wednesday from the residence of the deceased’s son-in-law, Thomas
Church, 224 Hughson Street North.
At the time Mr. Kirkness was hurt, Mr. Ram, another former resident of this city came up on a
Sunday afternoon to break the news to his relatives, and, when returning, jumped off the train in
West Toronto, and was also seriously hurt, but is recovering.
ROSS - On Sunday, Jan. 24, 1897, Harcourt Young, son of E.D. and Belle Ross, King Street East,
aged 3 months, and 6 days. Funeral Tuesday, 26th January, at 2:30 p.m. Private.
McVITTIE - On Jan. 24th, Myrtle, beloved daughter of John and Lizzie McVittie, aged 3 years, 10
months, and 8 days. Funeral to-day at 2 p.m. Private.
SQUIRE - Fell asleep in Jesus, January 24th, Eliza Ann, beloved wife of Roland Squire, aged 72
years. Funeral from her late residence, 27 Victoria Ave. North, Wednesday at 1 p.m. Burial at Stony
Creek. Friends will please omit flowers.
ROWLAND (Port Elgin, Ont.) Jan 25 - Last evening James Rowland, ex-M.P. for West Bruce, died
at his residence in Saugeen township at the age of 67 years. He had been ailing for more than a year.
Mr. Rowland had lived in Bruce county for nearly 50 years, and was one of its most respected
citizens. The funeral will take place to Port Elgin cemetery, on Wednesday Jan. 27th.
SMALL - Rev. Ambrose Small, son of Peter Small, of Toronto, died at his father’s residence
INCE (Toronto) Jan. 25 - At 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Thomas Henry Ince, barrister, 194 Bloor
Street West, died from the result of a fall received Saturday morning.
Shortly after 11 o’clock, Mr. Ince was walking in Yonge Street to his office, at 33 Richmond
Street West. In turning the corner he slipped on the icy pavement, striking heavily on his back and
head. He was assisted to his feet and did not appear to be much the worse for the accident. He
walked towards the office and when he reached the door he complained of pains in his head and
dropped unconscious. He was taken to the home of his brother, but never revived. He leaves five
Tuesday, January 26, 1897
SQUIRE - Fell asleep in Jesus, January 24th, Eliza Ann, beloved wife of Roland Squire, aged 72
years. Funeral from her late residence, 27 Victoria Ave. North, Wednesday at 1 p.m. Burial at Stony
Creek. Friends will please omit flowers.
MOIE - Mrs. Moie, wife of Dr. William Moie, veterinary surgeon, formerly of this city, died
yesterday in Toronto.
McGINN (Cornwall) Jan 25 - John McGinn, aged 32 years, one of Matilda’s prominent and
estimable young men, was assisting a neighbour who was roofing a veranda, when the scaffolding
gave way. Both men fell to the ground and McGinn was so badly hurt that he died ere a doctor
could be summoned.
Wednesday, January 27, 1897
MULHOLLAND - On Tuesday Jan. 24th, at his daughter’s residence, Toronto, William Mulholland,
Sr., late of Glanford, in his 77th year. Funeral Thursday from the Stuart St. G.T.R. station, on the
arrival of the 10 a.m. train to the Brick church cemetery, Glanford, near Mount Hope. Friends and
acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
BICKFORD - An unusually sad fatality occurred at Dundas this morning, resulting in the death of a
young and beautiful girl of sixteen, who was on her way to school. The victim was Miss Florence
Bickford, second daughter of the late Henry Bickford, at one time Mayor of Dundas. Miss Bickford
was attending the Collegiate institute in this city and came in every morning on the H.&.D. train.
Just as the 8:30 train, in charge of Conductor Sweet, was commencing to move out of the station,
Miss Bickford arrived rather late with her bundle of school books under her arm. Not having time to
go around to the station platform, she, it is supposed, tried to board the second car from the side of
the train next the road.
Just how the accident happened is not known for no one seems to have been an eye-witness of
it, but it is supposed that in attempting to board the rear platform of the second car, and being
hampered by her armful of books, she missed her hold and fell. She did not go under the wheels of
the next car, but was rolled along between the bottom of the car and the end of the ties. Conductor
Sweet saw the girl just as she fell, and immediately signalled to stop. The train was stopped before
it had gone fifty feet. The body of the unfortunate girl was found just opposite the hind wheels of
the smoking car but outside the rail. When picked up she was still breathing but unconscious.
Doctors Ross and Smith were hastily summoned, but Miss Bickford died shortly after they
arrived. It is supposed that her neck was broken. There is apparently not a mark on the body, and
death must have been caused by being caught between the projection of the car, and the ties. The
body was removed to her mother’s residence where the family were overwhelmed with grief at the
Miss Bickford had attended the junior leaving class in the Collegiate here and was a very
promising student. She was a very bright and intelligent girl, and the news of her terrible was a
shock to her school mates and friends.
Dr. Ross, after consulting the crown attorney, decided to hold an inquest, and a jury was
empanelled to view the body this afternoon at 3 o’clock.
WEAVER - Charles Weaver, a coloured man, 81 years old, died at the house of refuge on Monday,
and was buried yesterday.
BREITHAUPT (Berlin, Ont.) Jan 27 - E. Carl Breithaupt, who was injured in the explosion at the
gas works last night, died this morning about 2 o’clock. He was badly burned and also injured
internally. It now transpires that Breithaupt was blown onto the roof of the shed, where he was
rescued. The other victim is so far doing favorably.
DENNIS (Selkirk) - The funeral of the late Mrs. Dennis took place at the Baptist church,
Cheapside, on Thursday. The service was conducted under the auspices of the Canadian Order of
WILKINS (Selkirk) - George and Mrs. Dean, of Buffalo, attended the funeral of her father, Mr.
Wilkins, on Tuesday last. The service took place at Balmoral Methodist church.
COATES (Glanford) - Miss Jessie Coates, formerly of Mount Hope, was buried on Friday at St.
Paul’s church Glanford. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.
WOOD (Troy) - Mrs. Wood, relict of the late Lewis Wood, died on Tuesday last. She was 79 years
of age, and one of the pioneers of Beverly. She leaves four sons - Samuel, George, Solomon, and
John, all of Beverly and one daughter, Mrs. Ashley Cooper, of Branchton.
FENTON (Shelburne, Ont.) Jan 26 - The adjourned inquest touching the death of Edward Fenton
was continued here this evening. Robert Henderson gave evidence, but it principally concerned
other fires in the neighbourhood.
John Wallace proved somewhat of a character. He also gave evidence regarding other fires, one
of them being at Mrs. Armstrong’s. This witness was cross-questioned at some length by Crown
Attorney McKay, and the full import of this cross-examination may transpire later.
David McCoy has had three fires. On the first he recovered $700, on the second $475, and on
the third $525. Witness thought the first fire of incendiary origin. The second fire was caused by
burning stumps. The third fire was caused by the strange antics of a sick horse. A lantern was hung
seven feet high in a stable stall. This sick horse fell against the stall, the lantern dropped into the
soft hay and, according to McCoy’s story, the globe broke and the straw was set on fire. They had
time to get the horse out but did not have time to extinguish the blaze in the straw caused by the
falling of the lamp. The witness strenuously denied having ever had Ballard’s old iron put into a
building to collect insurance on it. The crown attorney explained to this witness in the last seven
years he had recovered $1700, from fires or an average of about $5 a week.
The next witness was the prisoner James Ballard. He had been living about 50 rods from the
Fenton house. Witness and Fenton were on good terms and neighbours. The day previous to the fire
witness was at his other farm. His household consisted of his wife, a man named Cottrell, his wife
and child. Cottrell is his brother-in-law. Witness was at home and in bed the night of the fire. They
went to bed about 8 o’clock. He was not very well that night, and got up about 11 o’clock and went
outside the door. Cottrell got up to mend the fires later on, and saw the Fenton fire burning. He
called to witness that there was a fire somewhere and then ran across to Fenton’s in his stocking
feet. Witness waited up for him. He came back in an hour and a half. When he returned witness
inquired about the fire he said, “his stuff is burned and Ned too”. Witness asked if Fenton was badly
burned and Cottrell said he was in the fire yet. Witness went over to the fire as soon as he heard this
and went to the rooms next morning, and saw Fenton’s girls again. Fenton’s horses were in the
shed then. He did not know where they were the night previous. He found he could do nothing when he
got there that night and simply turned about and came back. Witness gave as his reason for not
going over first that he did not feel well enough. He had never heard of Fenton being threatened
with a burn out. He never sued Fenton and never had legal proceedings with him. Witness very
positively, in his rich baritone voice, denied any and all knowledge of the origin of the fire.
After the taking of this most interesting evidence the inquest was adjourned until to-morrow
ALDRICH (Berlin, Ont.) Jan. 26 - A terrible fire which has already resulted in one fatality and
through which others may follow, happened here tonight at 7:30. Two terrible explosions in rapid
succession frightened people living in the near vicinity of the Gas company’s works.
A reporter lives near the scene, and running out of the house, saw the gas works were on fire.
The sound of a man’s voice shouting “Help! help!” in a frantic voice was heard. Not long after an
alarm was sent in, and the firemen were on the scene in quick time, and had streams playing on the
Those who arrived on the scene first found E. Carl Breithaupt, manager of the Gas company and
who is also manager of the electric street railway, lying on the low roof of a shed adjoining the
burning building. He was terribly burned and bruised about the head and body. He was taken to Dr.
G.H. Bowlby’s residence and his injuries looked after. He was unconscious. It is feared his back is
broken. When the reporter called at the doctor’s residence shortly after, he was told that Mr.
Breithaupt had recovered consciousness, but that it was not known, whether he would live or not.
Near the burning building, a workman employed about the works, named Weller, was found in
an unconscious state. He was carried to an adjoining house, where he now lies at this writing,
But a horrible discovery awaited the searchers. A smothered cry was heard inside the burning
building, and two brave firemen rushed in the teeth of the flames to attempt a rescue. The other
firemen turned the hose on them, and by this means they were enabled to get at the imprisoned man,
who was lying near the oil tanks, under a heap of burning wood and bricks. Before they got him out,
however, he was dead. His hands and feet were literally burned off, and his face was burned beyond
recognition. Though he could not be positively recognized, it was known that the poor wretch was
William Aldrich, the electrician of the building. He was laid out on the snow, until Suraris’
undertaking wagon was brought, when he was taken to the undertaking establishment.
There are different stories as to how the fire originated, but as all those in the building, at the
time are dead or unconscious, it can only be a surmise. The general impression prevails, that the
three men went into the building where the gas is made and the tanks of oil are kept, in order to
make some repairs. One must have had a cigar, and a spark from it evidently dropped into one of
the tanks. Immediately the oil must have exploded, and Mr. Breighaupt, and Mr. Weller were
thrown outside, while poor Aldrich, less fortunate, was dashed against the stone wall of the building
to die horribly, being literally roasted to death.
ELLIOTT (Kingston) Jan 26 - This morning James Elliott, an old man who lived alone on Redan
Street, was found dead with his head hanging inside of a tub. He was 90 years of age, and many
years a carter. He was kindling a fire when it is thought he fell, struck his neck on the tub’s rim, and
was strangled to death, having been stunned by the blow.
MITCHELL - John Mitchell, of Dorchester township, died Tuesday, age 103 years, and 6 months.
His eldest son is 80 years of age.
BOWMAN (Attercliffe) Jan 26 - A sad accident occurred about one mile east of Attercliffe at 3:30
p.m. to-day, by which Joshua Bowman, a farmer, about 60 years of age, and his wife, were instantly
killed. They were on their way home from Dunnville and when on the railway crossing at Dill’s
road, did not observe No. 32 Michigan Central express approaching from the west. A west-bound
freight train was coming from the other direction and they were watching the freight train, and was
struck by the express. Both horses were killed, and the sleigh entirely demolished. Mr. Bowman and
wife resided at Elcho, and were well known and highly respected.
Thursday, January 28, 1897
BICKFORD - In connection with the fatal accident to Miss Florence Bickford, in Dundas yesterday,
Dr. Ross, coroner, consulted with Crown Attorney Crerar, who advised that an inquest be held, and
the following jury was empanelled; John Kerwin, H.C. Davis, William Mitson, J.F. Burton, A. Hall,
John Newitt, Charles Collins, D.W. Nelson, John Brant, Alexander Brown, L.P. Spital, G.C Wilson,
D. Lambert, G.R. Davidson.
Mr. Nelson was elected foreman and the jury proceeded to Mrs. Bickford’s residence and
viewed the body, and then the scene of the accident, after which an adjournment was made till
Friday night at 7:00 o’clock when the case will resumed at the town hall. Mayor Wardell is looking
after the interests of the family in the matter.
The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at 3 o’clock, to the Grove cemetery.
HESSIE (Waterdown) Jan 27 - William Hessie, an old resident of the town, died last week in
Toronto, where he has been living with a friend, since his wife died. He had been a great sufferer
from neuralgia for a number of years back.
BOWMAN (Fonthill) - Joshua Bowman, who was killed on the G.T.R. track near Dunnville on
Tuesday, was a brother to W.D. Bowman of this place.
LYMBURNER (Attcliffe) - The funeral of Mrs. Walter Lymburner took place on Wednesday. The
deceased left a large family to mourn her loss.
LAIDLAW (Attercliffe) - Young Walter Laidlaw, who has been very low with consumption, passed
away on Monday night.
Friday, January 29, 1897
MUSSELS (Niagara Falls, Ont. ) Jan 28 - James Mussels, a switchman, was killed in the G.T.R.
yards here to-night shortly after going on duty. He was coupling cars in the west end of the yards,
when the bumpers on two G.T.R. cars slipped and allowed the ends of the cars to come to-gether,
crushing Mussels between them. Death was instantaneous. Deceased was a man of about 40 years
and leaves a family of six children, one of whom is married. The widow is at present dangerously ill
and much sympathy is expressed for her and the family. This has been the first fatally in the G.T.R.
yards for years.
Saturday, January 30, 1897
LEE - On Jan. 30th at her late residence 60 Main Street West, Ellen Lee, widow of the late George
Lee. Funeral private, omit flowers.
EGLESTON - At St. George, Jan. 29th, Edgar Frank, youngest son of the late Alonzo Egleston, aged
42 years. Funeral at Ancaster on Monday next, at 3 p.m.
E.F. Egleston, of Ancaster, an agent for a building and loan society, died suddenly this evening
at Vic Cummings house. He has been a guest there for the past month.
Deceased was the youngest son of the late Alonzo Egleston, and was 42 years of age. He will be
buried at Ancaster on Monday afternoon.
PATTERSON (McKellar, Ont.) Jan 29 - What looks like a case of suicide is reported from
Broadbent, about five miles from McKellar. A well-to-do farmer named Robert Patterson, who has
been rather eccentric of late, was found in a dying condition on the outskirts of G.B. Lee’s clearing
by Wesley Ten Eyck, who hearing a shot, hastened in that direction and found Patterson just dying.
The top of his head was almost completely blown off by the shot, the rifle having being so close to
the mouth that the later scorched and burned.
COTTON - Willard Cotton, aged 54, shot and killed his wife yesterday, then shot himself, dying in
TRIPP - The fourteen-year-old son of Henry Tripp, of Ridgeway, Ont., was drowned in the lake off
Windmill point last Wednesday while sleighing on the ice.
Monday, February 1, 1897
PENNEY - On Sunday Jan 31, at her late residence 842 Clinton Street, Buffalo, Sarah J. Penney,
beloved wife of George W. Penny, in her 56th year. Funeral from her son-in-law’s residence, W.
Dawe, Winona, on Tuesday at 2 o’clock.
LESLIE - At Comley Bank Farm, Trafalgar, Jan. 30, Margaret Carlyle Leslie, wife of John R.
Leslie. Funeral at 1 p.m. to Oakville, Tuesday.
HARLEY (Brantford) Jan 31 - Luther Harley, third son of Archibald Harley, ex-M.P. for South
Oxford, was riding along the road with a sleigh yesterday forenoon. The bolt fell out of the clevis
and the front part of the sleigh dropping down threw Mr. Harley out upon the road on his shoulder.
He was able to go home, but became unconscious during the evening, and 4 o’clock this morning he
passed away. The medical men say that a blood vessel was ruptured, and that the unfortunate died
from an internal haemorrhage. Deceased was a popular and prosperous farmer and was about 40
years of age.
Tuesday, February 2, 1897
OBLENDER - On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at her late residence, 107 Catharine St. North, Anne E. Oblender,
beloved wife of Adam Oblender. Funeral notice later.
SYMONDS (Stratford, Ont.) Feb. 1 - Richard Symonds, G.T.R. station agent at Sebringville,
committed suicide by taking poison this morning. He was on hand for duty as usual when the
morning train past, but his son, on coming home for dinner, found him in bed, quite dead, and
within reach the vial labelled strychnine. A note left stated, he was tired of living without his wife,
who a few years became demented and had to be placed in the London Asylum. As he was
apparently on good terms with the company, his neighbours, and his family, no other cause can be
assigned to the act then that named. Deceased was about 50 years of age, and had been station agent
at Sebringville for about five years.
ROBINSON (St. Thomas) Feb. 1 - Mariam Eda Robinson, daughter of A. Robinson, M.C.R.
conductor, committed suicide Sunday morning by taking a dose of strychnine. The girl was only 19
years old, and she kept company with a tailor named James Hearn. She was in a delicate condition,
and just previous to her death had some words with her father. Mariam purchased the poison on Jan.
18. Hearn was at the girl’s bedside before she died.
MANNING (Barrie, Ont. ) Feb. 1 - A week ago Robert Manning, the only son of Samuel Manning,
a farmer living at Allendale, near Elmvale, was kicked in the stomach by a horse that he had struck
with a whip. The effects of the blow proved fatal, Mr. Manning dying early on Saturday morning.
Wednesday, February 3, 1897
KERBY - At Grimsby on Jan 31, in her 72nd year, Harriet Isabelle, widow of the late John Kerby,
Esq., and daughter of the late Col. Henry Nelles of Grimsby.
OBLENDER - On Tuesday Feb. 2, 1897, at her late residence, 107 Catharine St. North, Anna E.
Oblender, beloved wife of Adam Oblender, aged 56 years. Funeral on Thursday at 2 o’clock.
Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.
Dearest Mother, thou has left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But ‘tis God that hast bereft us -
He can all our sorrows heal.
LESLIE - The funeral of Mrs. G.R. Leslie took place yesterday to the Oakville cemetery, and was
very largely attended by relatives and friends from Toronto, and Hamilton. The pall-bearers were;
James Cavanaugh, John R. Ford, James Ford, Albert Biggar, Thomas Fox, and Henry Robinson.
Rev. Mr. Tough of the Omagh Presbyterian church, officiated.
KIRBY (Grimsby) - Mrs. Kirby, wife of the late John Kirby, is dead. Mrs. Kirby had been an
invalid for many years.
MERRITT (Abingdon) - C.V. Merritt, passed away last Wednesday at his residence, in the
township of Caistor. Deceased was in the prime of life, being in his forty-sixth year. Heart failure
was the cause of his death. In politics he was a staunch Conservative. He had been a member of the
Methodist church for a number of years. He leaves behind a widow and nine children to mourn his
MULHOLLAND (Tapleytown) - Mrs. Armstrong has gone to Toronto to attend the funeral of her
grandson, Joseph Mulholland.
HOOVER (Selkirk) - The funeral of the late John C. Hoover took place at the Union church burying
ground on Monday afternoon. The deceased was one of the early settlers of this part, being in his
72nd year. The funeral was largely attended.
BRADBURY (Toronto) Feb. 3 - Yesterday afternoon Coroners Armstrong of York township, and
Aikins, of Toronto, opened an inquest on the chard remains of a lad, Charles Bradbury. The inquiry
was held in the house of Edward Hunter, lot 12 third concession of East York. Only the evidence of
one witness was taken, and an adjournment was made.
Remains of the lad Bradbury are now in a barrel, on the doorstep of a house on this farm. He
was a Barnardo boy, and eighteen months ago he was turned over to Stewart and John Blain, who
were lessees of 100 acres from Edward Hunter. The Blain men lived in a small house with the boy
and looked after themselves. There were no women employed in the house.
On Monday evening the outhouses, stables and barn rented by the brothers were burned. It is
claimed that the dead boy set fire to the premises in a fit of revenge or an imagined injury.
The story is that about 6 o’clock, John Blain had some words with the boy who was in a sulky
fit. The young fellow threw himself on the ground and refused to get up. Blain gave him a slight
kick, and Stewart Blain carried the boy into the house. They had supper and the two Blains drove
away to a neighbours a mile away.
At 7:30 o’clock, A.E. Hunter, a son of the owner of the farm, saw that the cow stable rented to
the Blaines was on fire. He gave the alarm but was too late to save from burning the seven head of
cattle stabled there. The fire spread rapidly and the neighbours came quickly and with willing hands
rescued the horses from the adjoining stable.
The fact that the coroner has commenced an investigation appears to be sufficient grounds for
all kinds of rumours. The body of the boy was found on Tuesday morning, in a box stall in the
stable which was burned. How it got there is the mystery. If the theory of the neighbours is correct,
the boy after being chastised set fire to the premises out of revenge, and then our of fright buried
himself in the straw in the stall, and remained there to be burned. Others think that is not the case,
and a thorough investigation should be held.
The loss amounts to $3,000. The buildings were insured for $1,100. The Blains had no
insurance on their property and they refused to estimate their loss.
Thursday, February 4, 1897
GRACIE - On Wednesday evening, 3rd Feb. at the Aged Women’s Home, Wellington Street South,
Miss Christina Gracie, aged 75 years. Funeral Friday at 3 p.m.
McNALLY - At the residence of her sister, Mrs. Sheridan, 107 Murray St. East, on Feb. 4, 1897,
Miss Margie McNally, aged 34 years. Funeral from above address on Saturday morning at 8:30
o’clock, to St. Mary’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre. Friends will please accept this intimation.
STONE (Fonthill) - Henry Stone, an aged and much respected resident of this place, passed away at
3 p.m. on Monday after a few hours illness, in his 84th year. The funeral, which was largely
attended, took place on Wednesday at 10 a.m., from his late residence, to the Baptist church, the
sermon being preached by Rev. Mr. Rogers, the Society of Friends minister, which was the wish of
deceased. Interment took place afterwards at Graybiel’s cemetery, Port Colborne.
LONGMAKER (St. George) - Mrs. Longmaker died at George Clarkson’s on Wednesday morning.
KERBY (Grimsby) Feb. 3 - The funeral of Mrs. Kerby, widow of the late John Kerby, and daughter
of the late Col. Henry Nelles, took place yesterday at St. Andrew’s church burying ground. Rev.
C.R. Lee, of Grimsby, and Rev. C.E. Belt, of Stony Creek, officiated. The pall-bearers were
Samuel, Cyrus, Beverly, Walter, and James Nelles, and John H. Grout. The deceased lady was one
of the old residents of Grimsby, and will be much missed by a large circle of relations and friends
by whom she was much beloved and respected.
SIMPSON (Guelph) Feb. 3 - William Simpson died very suddenly at his home, Cork Street, this
morning. Mr. Simpson was sitting in a chair at the dining room window. His wife entered the room
and approached to ask him a question. As she did so, he rose up in the chair, threw up his arms, and
then fell back and expired. A physician was summoned, but only to confirm the awful fears which
had settled upon the remaining members of the household. Heart disease was the cause of death.
Deceased leaves a widow and three sons.
SMITH (London, Ont.) Feb. 3 - A fatal accident happened on the fifth concession of Westminister,
near White Oak post office, about 10 o’clock this morning, an Englishman named Smith being the
victim. He was employed with a number of other men in cutting trees for cord wood. One of the
trees had been cut through, when the cry was given to run. Unfortunately, Smith failed to get clear.
A large branch caught him, and he was pinned to the ground. His comrades hastened to his
assistance but were unable to relieve him until the limb had been chopped off. Then it was found
that the man was dead, the limb having crushed in his chest. Deceased was an unmarried man, 40
years of age, and had been employed in this country as a farm labourer for five or six years.
SWIFT - Mrs. Catherine Swift, widow of the late Michael E. Swift, of Kingston, died yesterday
Friday, February 5, 1897
McNALLY - At the residence of her sister, Mrs. Sheridan, 107 Murray St. East, on Feb. 4 1897,
Miss Maggie McNally, aged 34 years. Funeral from above address on Saturday morning at 8:30
o’clock to St. Mary’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends will please accept this
ROSEBRUGH (St. George, Ont.) Feb. 4 - Albert Rosebrugh committed suicide to-day while
returning from Galt, where he had been delivering a load of grain. Before his return he purchased a
revolver, and when about two miles from Galt shot himself in the forehead. The team he was
driving came home alone, and on going back to see him, he was found dead on the road with the
money for the grain in his pockets. No one seems to have passed in the interim an hour before his
friends found him. Two chambers of the revolver were empty. Evidently one had been used to test
the weapon. He was about 21 years of age and a son of William Rosebrugh, a respected farmer from
South Dumfries township. He had been suffering from ill-health for a few weeks.
BRADBURY (Toronto) Feb. 5 - Yesterday afternoon County Constable Burns arrested John Blain
at his residence, east of York Mills and brought him to No. 1 police station.
The information was laid by Alfred B. Owen, the Toronto agent for the Barnardo home, and the
charges that he assaulted and did actual bodily harm to Charles Bradbury.
Bail was applied for and refused.
At 9 o’clock yesterday morning County Constable John Smith, of York Mills, while turning
over the ashes and debris in the box stall where the charred body of Charles Bradbury on Tuesday
morning, discovered the remains of a razor. It was a blade without a handle, but with the rivet, and
on the blade were stains which had the appearance of blood.
The razor was found about eighteen inches from where the body was discovered. Among other
things found in turning over the ashes were a brace buckle and several human bones. Constable
Smith handed over the razor to County Constable Burns.
At the inquest on Wednesday John Blain was asked by County Crown Attorney Dewart when
he had last seen the razor and replied he had not seen since Sunday.
The fact that the razor was missing from the case was discovered by Mr. Ball, a reporter, who
pointed out the circumstance to County Constable Burns on Wednesday. On the floor of the living
room of the residence half a dozen spots of various sizes and some as large as a penny were noticed.
Shavings of the floor were taken, and the spots will be examined under the microscope.
The discovering of the razor near the body indicates the probability that the razor had been used
to end the boy’s life, and explains what had been a mystery before, namely, why the boy did not call
out or escape before the fire reached the place where he was.
If the boy’s throat was cut in the living room there should have unquestionably be traces of
blood between that place and the box stall, a distance of 200 feet. Its seems most improbable that
the tragedy was enacted in the house. Is it a case of suicide, or what is it?
The cow barn was full of chaff, Saturday and Monday. The fire started there and burned freely.
The body was found 100 feet away and the first person to arrive found the door of the stable
fastened on the inside.
How is the fire in the bed room to be accounted for? When John Blain went into the room he
said he found smoke there, and the quilts, sheets and mattresses on fire smoldering. Very little
damage was done. Less than a square foot was burnt or singed.
If the boy fired the bedding as well as the barn, why had the fire in the house made so little
progress? It must have been lighted more than 30 minutes previously, and unless the fire was
smothered by the quilt and blankets it ought to have burst out into a flame even though, as was
stated by the witness, the door was shut.
Saturday, February 6, 1897
KILVINGTON - In this city, on Feb. 6, at the residence of her son-in-law Joseph T. Ross, King
Street East, Jane, wife of Thos. Kilvington, Sr., in the 84th year of her age. Funeral will leave above
address at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Friends will kindly accept this intimation.
BRADBURY (Toronto) Feb. 6 - John Blain was yesterday taken before Magistrate Wingfield on
the charge preferred against by Alfred B. Owen, the Toronto agent of the Barnardo home, of doing
grievous bodily harm to Charles Bradbury. High Constable Jones and County Constable Burns had
charge of the case, in the absence of the crown attorney. No evidence was taken, and the case was
remanded for a week. An application for bail was readily granted by the magistrate.
Blain’s relatives are most respectable people, and in York Mills and the neighbourhood there is
considerable indignation at the arrest having been made. The general motion is that it would have
been quite sufficient in the interests of justice if John Blain had been kept under surveillance.
Coroners Johnson, Thomas Armstrong, and Drs. S.R. Richardson, and W.R. Walters (Little
York) yesterday held a post-mortem on the remains of the boy. Their examination was a careful
one. They found the limbs had been burned from the trunk, that the boy’s throat had been cut before
the fire, the cut being clearly perceptible, and the back part of the throat full of blood. They have
taken away the heart and lungs for further examination.
The inquest will be resumed on Monday.
JOHNSTON (St. Catharines, Ont.) Feb 5 - James B. Johnston, of Port Dalhousie, died last night
under very peculiar circumstances at the residence of his brother, Joseph, in this city. About three
weeks ago his brother, Robert was drowned in lock 2 new canal, while on his way home at night
from this city. James had been with Robert in this city, but in some way the two got separated,
Robert falling into the lock. The sad end of Robert was a crushing blow to James, who lived with
him, and who was his companion. James fretted day and night, refusing to eat, and not finding rest
in sleep. If there is such a thing as one’s heart breaking such a fate met James Johnston. He laid his
brother’s death to his losing track of him on that fateful night, and let this fact worry him. On
Tuesday a doctor was called in to examine him, but he sank to his long sleep last night.
BUZZARD (Oakville) Feb 5 - While walking along the lake shore on Wednesday afternoon, some
boys discovered the badly decomposed body of a man in the water. On being taken ashore it was
found to be that Robert Buzzard, a resident of Colborne street. It is supposed that while in a
despondent mood he committed suicide by jumping in the lake. Deceased was a woodworker in a
plaining mill for some years. He leaves a widow and a small family. Buzzard was a member of the
I.W.O.F., and had filled the chair in the local lodge.
Monday, Feb 8, 1897
PARK - At 65 Markland Street, on the 7th inst, Elizabeth Hood, relict of the late Robert Park, of
Ballybegly, county Donegal, Ireland. Funeral private, on Monday afternoon 8th inst. at 2:30 o’clock.
WEBBER - On Sunday, Feb. 7, at the family residence on the mountain, Edna Emma, infant
daughter of O.H. and Fanny A. Webber, aged 6 months. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
DORNAN - In this city on February 7th, Elizabeth, beloved wife of George Dornan, in her 38th year.
Funeral from her late residence, 67 Peter street, at 2:30, Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Friends and
acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
BRADBURY(Toronto) Feb. 8 - The inquest on the body of the lad Charles Bradbury, who perished
in the fire at York Mills the other day was resumed this afternoon. Dr. Johnston, who had made a
post-mortem examination of the body, stated that the throat of the lad had been cut, and that there
were evidences that he was yet living with the wound inflicted when the place was being burned.
This is generally held to bear out that the lad committed suicide after setting fire to the farm
buildings of his employers.
GREENFIELD - Benjamin Greenfield, a well-known farmer of Brant county and a brother of
Bailiff Greenfield, died at his home, and will be buried to-morrow afternoon.
PARK - Yesterday morning Mrs. Elizabeth Hood Park died at the residence of her son, John H.
Park, Markland Street. Mrs. Park had reached the advanced of 89 years. She was a native of
Ballybegley, County Donegal, Ireland. The funeral, which was private, took place this afternoon at
2:30. Rev. Dr. Lyle and Rev. James Gourlay conducted the religious service, and the pall-bearers
were R.A. Lucas, George T. Tuckett, J.M. Lottridge, R. Evans, A. Murray, J.I. Mackenzie, M.
Legat, and George Black.
HAMLEY (Kincardine) Feb. 6 - Miss Clara Hamley, of Lucknow, who arrived here yesterday to
spend a few days with her friend, Miss Sadie Brown, died this evening at Mr. Brown’s residence.
Miss Hamley was an expert and enthusiastic skater, and spent an hour or two at the rink last
evening in the enjoyment of her favourite pastime, afterwards going home with her friend. She
retired in apparently good health but awakened during the night suffering great pain, which
continued all day with above result. Her death is attributed to perforation of the stomach.
HEMINGWAY (Toronto) Feb. 8 - Jonathan Hemingway, 25 Eastern Avenue, and a night watchman
at Taylor’s Safe works, dropped dead while at his work, in the factory at 6 o’clock yesterday
morning. The cause was presumably heart failure.
Tuesday, February 9, 1897
WILLIAMS - In Barton, on Feb. 8, Amelia, beloved wife of Stephen Williams, in her 48th year.
Funeral from her late residence to the Old Barton Church cemetery, on Thursday, Feb 11th , at 2
o’clock. Friends and acquaintances please accept this intimation.
Death came with terrible suddenness last night to Mrs. Stephen Williams, wife of a well-known
market butcher, whose home is a short distance over the mountain. Shortly before 6 o’clock while
sitting in her parlour talking to Rev. S. Bennetts, and his wife, who were making a call, Mrs.
Williams suddenly complained of a choking sensation. She fell back in her chair, and in two or
three minutes was dead. Dr. Farewell was called, but could do nothing. Mrs. Williams had been
indisposed for some time, and Dr. Farewell, thinks her death to a weak heart action. The deceased
lady was about 48 years of age. She leaves no family.
LAMONT - The death took place yesterday at his home in Welland, Ont., of Stewart Lamont, aged
64. He was a prominent of the Conservative party and an ex-mayor of Welland.
GRIFFIN - Mrs. John Griffin, of Thurlow, was found dead in bed, asphyxiated by coal gas.
GARRISON (Kingston) Feb. 8 - Stewart Garrison, son of John Garrison, Morven, was killed in the
woods on Friday. He was engaged helping his brother Charles draw logs from the farm of Samuel
Asselstine. They had got the last log on their sleigh, and were about to start when the chain broke
and the log rolled so quickly that before Stewart could get out of the way he was struck below the
ear, and cut so badly that life was soon extinct. He was a promising young man aged 23 years. He
started work only on Friday.
McROY (Niagara Falls) Feb. 8 - William McRoy, the proprietor of the Park Side Inn, located
opposite the Queen Victoria Niagara Falls park, died yesterday, aged 42 years. Mr. McRoy had
been ill for some time. He leaves a widow and several children.
Wednesday, February 10, 1897
WILLIAMS - In Barton on Feb. 8th, Amelia, beloved wife of Stephen Williams, in her 48th year.
Funeral from her late residence to the Old Barton Church cemetery on Thursday Feb. 11th at 2
o’clock. Friends and acquaintances please accept this intimation.
GARDNER - In this city on Feb. 9, Margaret Wall, wife of Alexander Gardner, aged 52 years.
Funeral will leave her late residence 321 Caroline St. South, on Friday morning, Feb. 12, at 8:30
o’clock to St. Joseph’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will
kindly accept this intimation.
EGG - On Feb. 4th, at 34 St. Antoine Street Montreal, Rebecca Elizabeth Taylor, beloved wife of
Charles H. Egg, 64 years. Funeral took place Saturday Feb. 6.
FISH (Burlington) - Rev. E.B. and Mrs. Stevenson went to Cobourg last week to attend the funeral
of Mrs. Stevenson’s father, Mr. Fish.
BOWMAN (Attercliffe) - A large number from here attended the funeral of the unfortunate, Mr.
and Mrs. Bowman, of Elcho, the victims of the railway accident of Tuesday last.
TINKHAM (Carluke) - Mrs. Tinkham has passed away after a long illness, leaving a young family
to mourn her loss.
WALKER (Carluke) - Tena Walker, only daughter of Robert and Mrs. Walker died on Tuesday
after a short illness. Her remains were laid in the Brick church graveyard on Thursday. The funeral
was large. The school children sent a beautiful floral anchor and took part in the procession, led by
the teacher and Mr. Hamilton, the chairman of the board. Mr. & Mrs. Walker have the sympathy of
a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
HAMILTON (Carlisle) - On Thursday afternoon, amid signs of the deepest regret, the remains of
Mrs. James Hamilton were laid to rest, in the churchyard of Carlisle. The remains were followed to
the last resting place by a large number of sorrowing friends, and the sad expression of regret,
depicted on every face showed that she was a woman deeply loved, not only by her own family but
by a large circle by whom she will be sadly missed. The chief mourners were her husband, James
Hamilton, Christopher Hamilton, Jackson Hamilton, Harry Hamilton, and Morley Hamilton, sons of
deceased; Joseph Forde, Jackson Forde, John Forde, James Forde, Thomas Forde, Arthur Forde,
Donald Forde, George Small, Rev. J. Stuart, Rev. T. Stubbs, and Rev; T. Ethoe. Before proceeding
to the church a short service was held in the house, a beautiful address being delivered by Rev. T.
Ethoe. When the procession arrived at the church, the coffin was carried up the aisle and laid in
front of the altar rails, and while these last ceremonies were being tenderly performed, the sad faces,
of weeping eyes, the deep distress, visible in every part of the crowded church, showed how truly
loved and respected the late Mrs. Hamilton had been by all present.
The deceased had been for nearly 40 years a resident of Carlisle, a multitude of friends can be
found to testify to her goodness. In sickness and sorrow, how sympathising; in counsel how wise
and tender always ready and willing to aid on any good work, until her ministry on this world was
ended, the Master said His angles to fetch her to a higher and better home.
Where far away from sorrow, toil and care
In the sweet refuge of her Master’s breast
She is not dead, but only taking rest.
KONKLE (Grimsby) - On Monday, Feb. 8, death called from this world another of our citizens in
the person of Adam Konkle. He has been poorly for a number of weeks, but few thought he was so
near death’s door. He was always a quiet, industrious man, and will be missed by many. The funeral
will take place from his late residence Depot street, on Wednesday to the Presbyterian cemetery.
GILLIS (Kaslo, B.C.) Feb. 10 - Word was received here on Wednesday last that J.G. Gillis,
foreman of the Ibex Mine, had been caught in a snowslide. It was hoped at that time, that he might
be gotten out alive, but this hope was soon abandoned. Volunteers were summoned from various
adjacent properties, the night shift of eight miners going up in a body from the Whitewater, so that
with the employees of the mine itself 30 persons in all were on hand to endeavour to recover the
body. They worked all night, but their labours were unavailing, and it was concluded that the
unfortunate man had been carried from where he was caught by the slide to the little lake about 100
feet distance. It is now thought that the body cannot be recovered before spring. The accident
occurred on the trail about a third of a mile from the mine proper. Mr. Gillis was about 50 years of
age and leaves a widow and four children at Port Arthur, Ont. One son was with his father at the
FOX (Thamesville, Ont.) Feb. 9 - Christopher Fox, one of the oldest residence of Thamesville, and
at one time a prominent business man of the village, died suddenly to-day while seated at his table
enjoying his evening meal. The only other occupant of the house at the time was his son, a boy of
sixteen years, who immediately called a neighbour, and then ran for a physician, but death had
taken place before the later arrived and apparently without a struggle. Dr. Stewart, coroner,
investigated the circumstances, and decided an inquest unnecessary.
BROWN (Ottawa) Feb. 9 - John Brown, the oldest Orangeman in Canada, has just died at Carp,
Carleton county. The veteran Orangeman had reached the ripe age of 98 years. He was initiated into
the order in the year 1820, in L.O.L. No 911, in the district of Resharkin, county of Antrim, Ireland,
and was therefore an Orangeman of 77 years standing.
FENTON (Shelburne, Ont.) Feb. 9 - At 7 o’clock this evening the adjourned inquest inquiring into
the death of Edward Fenton was continued at the court house before Coroner Norton. Despite the
fact that very little of public interest was expected from this session the room was filled with
spectators. Doctor Norton explained to the jury that in the present state of the inquiry it was not
thought advisable to present any other testimony than the medical evidence.
The remains when examined were in such a burned and charred condition as to make any
definite cause of death absolutely impossible to define. The limbs were entirely gone, as also was
the back of the head. The doctor could not say, therefore, whether the deceased had been struck or
not before death occurred from suffocation. It was the opinion of many, at it is understood that
evidence on this point will yet be adduced, that Fenton was struck a blow on the head by someone
while in the building and thus rendered unable to escape. A close investigation in detail of the
events of the fire has revealed the possibility that Fenton, if not foully dealt with, might have
effected his escape. It is thought by some that young Fenton may have discovered some one about
the building to whom, if he had lived, he could have brought home the crime, and that, to hide this,
the young fellow’s life was sacrificed.
Other points in the medical evidence related to the condition of the body, which was healthy and
normal before death. This was all the evidence taken and the inquest was adjourned until Feb. 22.
The crown is keeping its own council regarding this new evidence, however, and only an idea
can be gleaned of the extent of this testimony that will be brought forward at the trial. Evidence of
the wide spread state of the conspiracy is not wanting, but between now and the date of the trial the
crown will put forth all its efforts to strengthen the cases on which commitments have already been
Thursday, February 11, 1897
CRAIG - At Weldman, Ont. on the 10th instant, Robert Craig, formerly of this city, in his 62nd year.
KENNY - Suddenly at the residence of her daughter, Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday, 10th February,
Martha Kenny, relict of the late Joseph Kenny, in the 77 year of her age. Funeral on Saturday, from
G.T.R. station, Hamilton, on arrival of 3:15 train, service at cemetery chapel.
Mrs. Martha Kenny, a former resident of Hamilton, died yesterday at the residence of her
daughter in Detroit. Deceased suffered from paralysis some time ago, and while her death was
sudden it was not unexpected. The funeral will take place here on Saturday afternoon on the arrival
of the 3:15 train.
NELSON (Abingdon) - Murray Nelson, a much-respected resident of the township of Caistor,
passed away on Monday night, after several weeks’ illness. The deceased was a great sufferer from
erysipelas. He was in his 57th year. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Thursday
from his late residence, to the Bethel church. Rev. Mr. Caldwell officiated.
Friday, February 12, 1897
KENNY - Suddenly at the residence of her daughter, Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday, 10th February,
Martha Kenny, relict of the late Joseph Kenny, in the 77 year of her age. Funeral on Saturday, from
G.T.R. station, Hamilton, on arrival of 3:15 train, service at cemetery chapel.
WATSON - In Toronto at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Hobson, on Thursday, 11th inst. Rachel,
beloved wife of George Watson, of this city, aged 58 years. Funeral this (Friday) afternoon to
Burlington cemetery. Private.
WILLIAMS - The late Mrs. Stephen Williams, whose sudden death was recorded on Wednesday
was buried at Old Barton church cemetery yesterday afternoon. Rev. S. Bennetts and Rev. C.R. Lee
of Grimsby, officiated. The funeral cortege was over a mile in length.
DABIN, CORIER (Port Arthur, Ont.) Feb. 11 - Rene Dabin and Fred Corier, two Frenchmen who
were formerly in the employ of J.B. Donnelly, Indian agent, but latterly have been running a
piggery about two miles from town on the Ley’s estate, where both burned to death last night. There
are no particulars of anything to indicate how the fire originated. The piggery and all the buildings
were destroyed, and only the remains of one man have been discovered so far.
TRABER - John C. Traber, a native of London, Ont., who for many years was a successful artist,
died in that city yesterday.
Saturday, February 13, 1897
FEARMAN - On Feb. 12th, at the Creek farm, Oneida, Ont., Canada, late of Brockdish, Norfolk,
England, James Fearman, sr., aged 92, brother of the late Henry Fearman, Halton Garden, London,
England, and uncle of F.W. Fearman, of this city. Funeral to the York cemetery 2 o’clock Sunday
James Fearman, Sr. of Oneida, uncle of F.W. Fearman of this city, died yesterday at the
advanced age of 93. The deceased came to this country from England in 1832, and lived for a short
time on the Plains road, after which he moved to Oneida, and took up land there. The funeral will
take place on Sunday to York cemetery.
HUNTLEY (Toronto) Feb. 13 - A most distressing fatal accident occurred at the McDonell rolling
mills at Sunnyside yesterday afternoon about 3 o’clock. An employee of the mill named Samuel
Huntley, who lives with his wife and family at 227 Landsdowne Avenue, was the victim.
He was working at the rollers, and was struck by a red-hot iron bar, which came through the
rolling machinery unnoticed by him. The red-hot bar pierced his thigh. Dr. Aylesworth was called
in but the unfortunate man was beyond all human aid.
After lingering for half an hour in most excruciating agony, death came to relieve the
unfortunate mans sufferings. The body was removed to the deceased man’s home in the patrol
wagon. It is not been thought necessary to issue a warrant or an inquest.
BARCHE (Brantford, Ont.) Feb. 13 - A shocking fatality occurred at the Grand Trunk railway
station at noon to-day. Mrs. Fred Barche a lady of 54 years of age, residing on the north side of the
track, right opposite the passenger station, started to come across the tracks towards the platform. A
freight train was backing down into the station and Mrs. Barche started to cross in front of it, when
she fell on the rails. In an instant one of the moving cars passed over her, killing her
instantaneously. The remains were removed to her husband’s home on the north side of the railway.
An inquest will be held.
ROACH - Life was crushed from the body of George Roach, a teamster, by the overturning of a
heavily loaded furniture van on the Plains road yesterday afternoon. The poor fellow was alone and
left the city right after dinner with a heavy load of furniture for Burlington village. He left the Plains
road near the Grand Trunk tracks and took the sand road leading to the Brant house. In spots this
road was pretty bare, the snow having drifted badly. To escape a bare spot Roach turned his horses
to one side - the side he was walking on. The ditch was closer than he thought and his sleigh
runners went down. Over came the van on top of him, until farmers living along the road came to
his rescue he lay beneath the heavy weight, slowly being crushed to death. He lived but a few
minutes after being released.
His body was taken into D. Inglehart’s barn and John Slater, his employer, 462 McNab St. North,
communicated with. The body was afterward removed by Green Bros. to their King St. morgue.
There did not seem to be any bruises on the body, sufficient to have caused death, but the whole
body was swollen and death was most likely by suffocation. Coroner White was notified, but did
not consider an inquest necessary.
Roach was a married man, living at 486 McNab St. North. He leaves a wife and five small
children, none too well provided for. There is a small amount of insurance on his life. He was well
known by everyone living in the north end of the city, and as well liked as he was well known. The
funeral will take place on Tuesday morning, at 8 o’clock to Holy Sepulchre cemetery.
JUNKIN - Postmaster Junkin, of Bobcaygeon, died suddenly from heart failure.
Monday, February 15, 1897
HIBBARD - At Galt on Sunday morning, Feb. 14th, Mrs. May F. Hibbard, aged 22 years and 9
months, wife of W.P. Hibbard, representative of A.A. Ayer & Company, Montreal, and daughter of
Mrs. Hugh McKeown, 106 John St. South, this city. Funeral from above address on Tuesday at 2
o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Mrs. Hugh McKeown, 106 John Street South, yesterday received a sad intelligence that her
daughter, Mrs. May Hibbard, of Stratford, had died in the Galt hospital. Deceased was between 22
and 23 years of age, and had been married just one month. The blow was a severe to the aged
mother and the other members of the family. Deceased’s husband W.P. Hibbard, is Western
representative of A.A. Ayer & Co., Montreal. A few days ago he went to the Preston baths for
treatment to relieve an attack of rheumatism. Mrs. Hibbard was induced to take some baths and she
received a chill. Becoming seriously ill, she was removed to the Galt hospital where death came
Deceased was married in Stratford and made it her home. When residing in Hamilton she was
an active worker in the W.P.S.C.E. of James Street Baptist church. Before her marriage deceased
was connected with the Hamilton and Stratford offices of the Bell Telephone company. The funeral
will take place here to-morrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.
GILLESPIE - On Sunday, Feb. 14, 1897, Earl Franklin, son of B. and Edith Gillespie, Blythe Street,
aged 3 months, and 21 days. Funeral on Tuesday, 16th Feb. private.
STONE - Mrs. George Stone, Sr., of Stratford, whose death occurred there on Thursday morning
last, had many friends in this city. The deceased lady came to this country from Devonshire,
England, 40 years ago, most of which time she had resided in Stratford. Miss Minnie Donaghy, of
this city, who is a grand-daughter of the deceased lady, went to Stratford and tenderly nursed her
during her last illness. Mr. and Mrs. William Donaghy, of this city, were in Stratford attending the
CARTER (Whitevale) Feb. 13 - A lamentable accident occurred at the residence of James Todd
here on Thursday evening last. Mrs. Todd was sick and scarcely able to leave her bed, and Mr.
Todd being also indisposed called upon her mother, Mrs. Thomas Carter, also of this place, to
attend on them. Mrs. Carter, while coming down the stairs with a lamp and extra bed clothing,
tripped at the top of the stairs and fell head foremost smashing the lamp, which cut several bad
gashes in her face. The oil from the lamp flew upon her and the bed clothing, and almost
immediately she was ablaze. Mr. Todd picked from the floor a rug, with the intention of smothering
the flames, but the rug was cotton, and it was also ignited. Mrs. Todd, then appeared with a woollen
rug, and partly extinguished the flames. Mrs. Carter cried “let me out, or we will all be burnt
together”, Mr. Todd opening the door, she ran out and smothered the flames by thrusting her head
into a snowbank. She was carried into the house, and it was discovered that she was horribly burned
about the face, neck, and breast. Dr. Hutchinson was called, but found her case was hopeless, and
she died yesterday. Mrs. Carter was well and favourably known in this community and was a
faithful worker in the Methodist church. Mr. and Mrs. Todd, were also badly burned but it is
thought that it will result in nothing serious.
OVERHOLT (Fonthill) - Martin Overholt died on Monday after illness of some months, in his 47th
year. The funeral took place on Wednesday, the service being conducted at the house by Rev. H.
Dalmar; interment in Hansler’s cemetery.
DEUTCHER (Attercliffe) - Mrs. Robert Deutcher, of Caistor, died very suddenly on Tuesday at the
ripe old age of 84.
Tuesday, February 16, 1897
STREET- At Highland Park, Ill., on the 15th inst., Jane Harriet, wife of Richard P. Street. Formerly
MALONY- At Hillsburg, Feb. 14th - Louisa N., beloved wife of Rev. Edward H. Malony, and
second daughter of Rev. Thomas Smith, aged 26 years. Funeral on Wednesday, 17th, from G.T.R.
station, Hamilton, at 11:30 o’clock.
DURRANT - In Flamboro Village, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1897, Catharine Forsyth, relict of the late
Charles Durrant, aged 75 years, and 9 months. The funeral will take place from her late residence
on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, to the cemetery at Bullocks Corners. Friends will kindly accept
MURRAY - Robert Murray, a plumber, residing at 21 Barton Street West, died rather suddenly
yesterday of kidney disease. The deceased had been ill, for some time, but the disease assumed a
acute form on Saturday evening. Murray leaves a widow and three children.
STAPLETON - John Stapleton, of Lombardy, aged nineteen, was instantly killed by the bursting of
a sawing machine.
FISK - John Fisk, of Eden Mills, died on Saturday night, from a cancer on the lip. He was passed 70
years of age.
CUMMING - Hugh F. Cumming, a respected resident of Chatham for 37 years, is dead from
paralysis, aged 71. He was born in Inverness, Scotland.
EDWARDS - Frederick Edwards, an old gentlemen of Guelph, died of apoplexy, Monday morning,
aged 66. He was in his usual health almost up to the time of death.
WARNER - J.B. Warner, one of the most prominent and highly respected citizens of Lindsay, Ont.,
died on Sunday evening of diabetes, aged 53. He was a strong Conservative, and leaves a widow
and six children.
McCAFFREY (Stratford, Ont.) Feb. 15 - Mr. McCaffrey, who had the misfortune to swallow a
small bone, which stuck in his throat, died..
FORBES (Stratford, Ont.) Feb. 15 - John Forbes, a wealthy money lender, died suddenly, having
being at church in the afternoon.
HAMMOND (Bracebridge, Ont.) Feb. 15 - The crown will call 42 witnesses to support its case of
the trial of William Hammond for the murder of his wife. Those from Toronto are Professor Ellis,
who made an examination of the dead woman’s stomach, and brain; Dr. Arthur Jukes, Johnson,
medical counsel for the crown; W.J. Gormaly, superintendent of the Union station, who will give
evidence upon the alleged attempt of the prisoner to obtain possession of the woman’s trunk
containing the life insurance policies; Detective Burrows, of the Toronto officer, who located and
secured the trunk, and Detective Greer. Six witnesses from Buffalo and New York, will be called to
prove Hammond’s participation in the obtaining of the insurance policies. These will include Mrs.
LeCompte, in whose house Hammond and his wife lived while in New York. B. Osler, Q.C. will
conduct the prosecution. The defence will present about the same number of witnesses as the
crown. The point in the crown case, regarding the finding of an empty vial which had contained
prussic acid near the spot where Hammond declares he threw away the unopened of the drug, which
it is admitted he purchase, will be attacked. Over this particular portion of the case the battle will
rage. It will be remembered there was a bottle sealed like the one which Hammond says he threw
away, and the defence will hold that this filled bottle is the one purchased by Hammond, and he
could not have thrown the empty to the point at which it was discovered. The defence, which is
under the direction of E.F.B. Johnston Q.C., will also show the prisoners movements on the fatal
night, and endeavour to prove that he could not administered the poison to the woman.
The prisoner’s father is here and to-night expressed his entire belief in his son’s innocence, and
his feeling of confidence that a verdict of “not guilty” will be returned, and William Hammond
himself, with a bravado which is every day becoming less pronounced, declares himself indifferent
as to the result. The trial will last three days, and night sessions of the court will probably be held.
Justice McMahon, the presiding judge, will upon this occasion complete a trio of sensational
murder trials, upon which he has adjudicated, the first two being the Birchall case and the trial of
Mrs. Hartley upon the charge of having murdered her husband at Brantford.
PACKHAM (Abingdon) - Mrs. James Packham, Jr., passed peacefully and very unexpectedly away
on Saturday night. Deceased had had a slight attack of diphtheria, but had sufficiently recovered to
be about her usual duties, when she had a relapse and suddenly died. The funeral took place from
her late residence on Tuesday afternoon, to the Abingdon church, of which she had been a staunch
member for a number of years. The deceased leaves a husband and six children to mourn her sad
Wednesday, February 17, 1897
LAZARUS - In this city, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1897, George James Lazarus, aged 65 years and 10
months. Funeral from his late residence, No. 26 Magill St., on Thursday at 4:00 o’clock. Friends
will please accept this intimation.
ROUS - In this city, on the 16th inst., James Rous, a native of Berkshire, England, in his 78th year.
Funeral from his son’s residence, 75 Steven Street, Thursday at 2 p.m. Funeral private.
VAN WAGNER - At Stony Creek, this morning, John L. Van Wagner, of heart failure, in his 69th
year. Funeral Friday, 19th inst., at 2 o’clock p.m., from his late residence. Friends and acquaintances
will please accept this intimation.
John L. Van Wagner, an old resident of Stony Creek, died this morning, of heart disease. He
was 69 years of age.
PACKHAM (Woodburn) - Mrs. James Packham, Jr., passed quietly away on Sunday morning.
Funeral from her late residence on Tuesday at 1 o’clock.
SMITH (Whitby) Feb. 16 - The adjourned coroner’s inquest here this afternoon upon the death,
some five weeks ago, supposedly from abortion, of Mary Smith, a domestic, who came here from
Bradford, in the county of Simcoe, was further adjourned for a month, after taking the evidence of
Samuel Oldham, a druggist in Bradford. The adjournment was necessary because a most material
witness, Mrs. Thomas Morris, who Mary Smith said in her ante-mortem statement told her what to
get for her trouble, was still unable to attend owing to expected confinement.
FERRIER (Barrie) Feb. 16 - Yesterday one of the best-known citizens of the town met with an
accident that resulted fatally. In the afternoon William Ferrier was standing on a ladder chopped the
ice off the roof of his house. The ladder slipped and Mr. Ferrier, who was a very heavy man, fell a
considerable distance, striking on the ice. The concussion was so severe that he did not recover
consciousness and died during the night.
BARCH (Brantford, Ont.) Feb. 16 - A coroner’s inquest was held last night to inquire into the cause
of the death of Mrs. Barch, who was killed on Saturday while crossing the Grand Trunk tracks. The
jury gave the following verdict. The late Mrs. Barch came to her death accidentally while venturing
to cross the G.T.R. tracks in front of a moving train, contrary to the warning of the watchmen.
UNKNOWN (Dunnville, Ont.) Feb. 16 - On Monday morning, Feb. 8, the body of a male infant
was found on one of the side streets of the village. The coroner opened an inquest, that nothing of
importance was elicited and the inquest was adjourned.
Drs. McCallum, and Pringle held a post-mortem, on the body, which showed that it was a case
of infanticide. The child had been born alive, and was murdered with a skewer or some similar
instrument with which the child’s heart had been pierced. The coroner was of the opinion that the
body had been hidden some eight or ten days, evidently in a place where it was kept frozen, and
exposed to rats, as parts of the body had been eaten away, but the thaw on Saturday and Sunday
made it necessary to make a change for fear of exposure.
Provincial Detective Murray has been here for some days working on the case. The inquest was
reopened last night, when a number of witnesses were examined, but no clue to the guilty parties
was forthcoming. To-night no witnesses were called, and the case stands adjourned til to-morrow at
1 o’clock, when the crown claim will produce some important witnesses.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 1897
EDMONSTONE - At his late residence, Station Hotel, Stuart Street West, on Wednesday, 17th
February, John Edmonstone, aged 59 years. Funeral Friday, 19th inst., at 3:30 o’clock. Friends will
please accept this intimation.
John Edmonstone, proprietor of a hotel on Stuart street, went to bed as usual on Tuesday
evening, but during the night he suffered from an apoplectic stroke, and was found yesterday
morning in an unconscious state and died in the afternoon. Mr. Edmonstone was born in Glasgow in
1840 and came to Canada in 1857. For 25 years he was in the employ of the G.T.R. - most of the
time as a passenger conductor on the Toronto branch, and was well-known to the travelling public.
He left the service 5 years ago, and had been in the hotel business. He was a charter member of
Hamilton Lodge, A.O.U.W., and also a member of the Masonic order having being initiated in
Scotland by special dispensation when only 18 years of age. The funeral will take place to-morrow
MERCER (Chatham, Ont.) Feb. 18 - Sheriff Mercer died suddenly this morning from an apoplectic
stroke. The sheriff, who was one of the most widely-known and highly esteemed government
officials in the Province, was in his usual good health up to the hour of rising this morning. Then he
complained of feeling ill. His daughter, Mrs. Elliott, hastened to minister to him, but almost as she
reached his bedside, he was stricken, and expired in her arms.
TOUGH, HAMMOND (Bracebridge, Ont.) Feb. 18 - At noon to-day, the Hammond-Tough murder
trial has been in progress for two days and a half, and the crown still have several witnesses to
examine. It is likely the case will go to the jury to-morrow. So far to-day the evidence has been
chiefly about the efforts of the prisoner to secure insurance policies on his wife’s life, and also on
his own. A great many letters were put in and read. These were letters from Hammond,
recommending “Mrs. James (Katie Tough)” for insurance. Some of these letters were written in
Toronto, others in Buffalo, others in New York. An extraordinary telegram from the prisoner to his
wife was put in court and read as follows, being dated in New York, in December last;
“Miss Katie Tough - stop taking medicine immediately. Wrong directions given again.
“Signed Dr. W. T. J.”
Witnesses showed that a $2,000 policy had been effected on Mrs. Hammond’s life in the
Metropolitan in Buffalo, and $5,000 in Provincial Provident insurance, in Toronto. Both were
payable to the prisoner. It was also shown that Mrs. Hammond had applied for a $5,000 policy in
the New York Life in Buffalo, in her husband’s favour, but the manager had made it payable to her
estate. Subsequently the directors disallowed it.
SCHOEDLER (New Dundee, Ont.) Feb. 17 - The body of R. Schoedler the man who was buried in
a cave-in at 5 o’clock yesterday while cleaning out his well was taken out at noon to-day. He was
down about 35 feet, and covered with bricks and earth. His groans were heard for three hours after
the accident, after which time he must have expired. He was a married man and leaves a widow and
MALONY - The funeral of Louisa N., wife of Rev. Edmund H. Malony, of Hillsburg, sister of F.R.
Smith, of this city, and second daughter of Rev. Thomas Smith of Elora, took place from the G.T.R.
station at 11:50 yesterday to Hamilton cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends were
present. The pall-bearers were William Ambrose, Fred Pottinger, Charles Martin, R.S. Martin, of
this city, E.H. Capp, and Charles McKim, of Elora. The chief mourners were Rev. Thos. Smith, of
Elora, John Smith of Toronto, F.R. Smith, of this city, and the husband of deceased, Rev. E.H.
Malony, of Hillsburg. The funeral service was conducted by Bishop Dumoulin, assisted by Rev.
Thomas Geoghegan, Rev. F.E. Howitt, and J.H. Fielding. The circumstances surrounding Mrs.
Malony’s death are particularly sad, she having only been married about one year, and the mother
of a seven-days-old babe.
DIEBOLT (Dunnville, Ont.) Feb. 17 - In the infanticide case here Detective Murray is slowly but
surely collecting evidence, and seems to be weaving a web from which the perpetrators of the foul
murder and their accomplices, if such there be, will find it hard to escape. The witnesses have been
most unwilling and would give no evidence excepting what was forced from them.
The theory of the crown is that the mother of the child is a Miss Diebolt, who is a servant at the
Mansion house here. A young farmer named Ross, living about three miles out of town, is said to be
the father of the child. The proprietor of the Mansion house and his wife and daughter said they
knew nothing about it, that they never even suspected the girl’s condition and that she had never
been absent from her work.
Miss Alice Clark a former companion of the girl, says she had seen her from time to time and
believed that she was pregnant lately, and was also enciente about two years ago, when she went to
her sister’s, a Mrs. Nelson, in Moulton township and when she returned some considerable time
afterward she had evidently gotten rid of her child, and she never heard what had become of it.
William Overholt, the Mansion house hostler, on being recalled, said Miss Angeline Diebolt
had requested him to procure medicine with which to perform an abortion.
Detective Murray and Constable Stevens drove out and interview Ross. He made a statement to
them to the effect that he was aware the girl was in trouble and acknowledged that he was the father
of her child. Ross cannot now be found.
The inquest stands adjourned until Wednesday Feb. 24. Detective Murray will return to Toronto
in the morning.
HASLAM - George Haslam, one of the oldest G.T.R. engineers in Brantford district, died
Wednesday from apoplexy.
OLIVER - Thomas Oliver, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Campbellford,
Ont., died Wednesday aged 84.
Friday, February 19, 1897
WILSON - At his son’s residence, Canada st., Friday, 19th inst., Robert Wilson, aged 73. Funeral
Robert Wilson, father-in-law of R. Dunlop, grain merchant, died at his son’s residence, Canada
Street, early this morning. He was 73 years old. The funeral will be private.
HOLBROOK - On Thursday, the 18th of February, Robert C. Holbrook, in the 63rd year of his age.
Funeral from his late residence, 236 John St. North, Sunday at 3 p.m. No flowers.
Roy Holbrook, who was taken suddenly ill at his work yesterday afternoon and removed to his
home, 233 John Street North, in the ambulance, died at midnight, never having regained
consciousness. Mr. Holbrook had lived in the city for many years, and at the time of his death was
63 years of age. He was at one time bookkeeper in the Times office, at another time a partner with
Dr. Stark in a drugstore business on King Street East, and with ex-Mayor Blaicher. For many years
past he had been employed as bookkeeper for F.W. Fearman. He leaves a widow and no family. The
funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon from his late residence.
HISCOTT (Toronto, Ont.) Feb. 19 - Miss Mary Hiscott, who, with her younger sister, Miss Harriett
Hiscott, daughters of Major Hiscott, M.L.A. were found on Wednesday morning in their room at the
Grovener house in an apparently lifeless condition from asphyxiation by gas, died this morning
about 3:30 o’clock. There is no improvement in the condition of the other Miss Hiscott.
LAZARUS - The funeral of George J. Lazarus took place yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock from his
late residence, 26 Magill street. Mr. Lazarus was an old G.T.R. employee and was highly respected.
He was unmarried, and leaves one sister, Miss Lazarus who lived with her brother. The funeral was
largely attended by former shopmates and friends.
STENABAUGH (Attercliffe) - Peter Stenabaugh passed away on Tuesday night at his residence,
not having being sick more than two days with inflammation. There will be preaching in the old
white church and burial will take place in the Stenabaugh cemetery by the Freemasons.
BELENGER (Attercliffe) - Mrs. Henry Belenger passed away last week, after a few days illness.
She leaves a husband and daughter to mourn her loss.
HOMIER (Ottawa) Feb. 19 - Joseph Homier, of West Templeton, who was struck on the neck with
an axe by his wife, died from the effects of the wound last night. His wife learned of his death with
utter indifference. She is regarded as insane, and is now under police surveillance. An inquest will
be held to-day on the body of Mr. Homier.
NEELON - Mr. Nellon, of Campbellford, was killed at the Marmora iron mines by a falling stone.
COVETTER - Capt. L.H. Covetter, of Savanne, Ont., died early Thursday. He was formerly
commander of the steamer Chicora when she was running the blockade to Charleston during the
Saturday, February 20, 1897
HOLBROOK - On Thursday, the 18th of February, R.C. Holbrook, in the 63rd year of his age.
Funeral from his late residence 238 John St. North, Sunday at 3 p.m. No flowers.
Monday, February 22, 1897
GLAZZARD - On mountain top, head of James Street, on Saturday February 20th, Mrs. Elizabeth
Glazzard, in her 73rd year. Funeral from her late residence, on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 2:30 p.m.
Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
Mrs. Glazzard, mother of Frank Wilkinson, whose serious illness was noted in Saturday’s paper,
died late Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Glazzard was an old resident of Barton, and was in her 73rd year
at the time of her death.
HARRINGTON - George M. Harrington, of the Toronto Mail staff, died yesterday after a long
illness. He was at one time on the Hamilton papers.
KITCHEN (Jerseyville) - The funeral of Mrs. Kitchen took place on Tuesday afternoon, and was
largely attended by friends and relatives of deceased, who turned out to pay their last respects to
their departed friend.
SHAW (Emsdale, Ont.) Feb. 20 - Word was received to-day of the murder of J.T. Shaw, a
prominent citizen of this place, about sixteen miles east of here. Deceased had trouble with a man
by the name of Fry over tan bark and was shot dead by him at Ravensworth, a flag station on the
O.A.and P.S. railway where the tanbark was being loaded.
Fry has so far resisted all attempts at arrest and maintains that he will not be taken alive.
Coroner Dr. Barber is proceeding to the scene of the tragedy. The wildest excitement prevails in
Emsdale, Feb. 21 - News is continually arriving in town about the shooting tragedy east of here,
and has piece by piece the tale is made complete, people are induced to classify the shooting of J.P.
Shaw as being among the most cold-blooded and dastardly murders ever committed. That the crime
was premeditated is seen from the fact that on the evening previous to the tragedy, when a dispute
arose between deceased and James Fry, the later significantly remarked that he would settle it
without resorting to law.
On the following morning, Feb. 20, he proceeded to the woods, where Mr.
Shaw was at work, and found him alone cutting roads to the pulp wood piles. No one was present to
see the first shot fired, but apparently deceased was facing his murderer and received the first shot
from a 32-caliber revolver in the breast. He turned to escape, when he was again shot in the side.
Still keeping his feet, he made a dash to get behind a tree, and catching hold of it was carried on by
the force of the effort he had put forth, and in swinging completely around it, was shot by his
ruthless assassin in the face, causing instant death.
Four of Mr. Shaw’s men, hearing shooting, arrived on the scene in time to see him fall. The
murderer having completed his work, coolly walked away and no one knowing the desperate
character of the man cared to interfere with him. He remarked to some who he met that he had
settled with Shaw, and the pulpwood. Throwing the empty shells out of his revolver as he went
along he reloaded it and betook himself to his house, where he has so far defied all attempts at
Serious trouble is anticipated at his capture, as he is well known to be a desperate character
having served in the Texas Rangers and gone through the American civil war, and he is a crack
shot, and places no value on human life.
James Fry answers to the following description; about 64 years of age, six feet in height,
slightly stooping, iron grey whiskers, dark eyes, one slightly crossed, no front teeth, and usually
wears a cardigan jacket.
The victim of the murder was left lying where he had fallen until the arrival of the coroner, Dr.
Barber, of this place, when his body was brought to town. Deceased is well known in this vicinity
and he and his wife, were much respected. He came to Emsdale about seven years ago and for some
time was a successful merchant. Getting into business difficulties, he disposed of his store, and has
since been dealing in timber produce. Formerly he had been a school teacher, and was hardly in the
prime of life, being about 36 years old, and carried life insurance to the amount of $3,000 - $1,000
in the I.O.F. and $2,000 in the K.O.T.M. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn his
The sad news was last night sent to his brother, H.P. Shaw, manager of the Trans-Atlantic
Transportation co. Vancouver B.C. and Duncan Shaw, of Sunnidale township, in the vicinity of
The coroner’s inquest was commenced late last night, but was adjourned until Monday evening
at 7 o’clock, sufficient evidence being taken to warrant the removal of the body.
SUITER (Chatham) Feb. 21 - John Suiter, a wealthy and well-known farmer of Raleigh township,
met his death last night under peculiarly distressing circumstances. He visited the city yesterday,
and after spending a jovial time about town, as was some times his habit, started for home after
sundown. The horse reached the farm minus the buggy to which it had been hitched. Apprehensive
of the old man’s safety, members of the household started out to look for him. They had gone but a
short distance along the concession road, when they came to the buggy upset in the ditch, and on
closer examination discovered to their horror the unconscious form of the farmer underneath, only
an arm protruding. Suiter, when taken up, was quite dead. There was only about a foot of water in
the ditch, but it was sufficient to smother the man as he lay in it faced down. There were no marks
of violence on the body indicating death by any other than accidental cause. Detective Rener, of this
city, was sent out by the coroner to make inquiry into the case, and the upshot is that an inquest will
not be held.
TRAVIS (Brantford, Ont.) Feb. 21 - Wm. Travis, engineer at J. Simpson & Co’s carriage works
was using a circular saw this evening, and in some unaccountable way the little finger of his right
hand got caught by the saw and was badly smashed just above the first joint. He went to a Doctor to
have it dressed. It was thought necessary to cut the bruised part of at the second joint, and before
starting the operation he was given two whiffs of chloroform, from the effects of which he died
immediately. Three or four doctors were called to assist in trying to revive him, but could do
nothing. It is supposed his heart was very weak and it gave out.
It was afterwards stated that the deceased was in the habit for years past of taking laudanum, a
fact which he concealed from the doctors in which no doubt caused the unusual accident.
The medical men, against the wish of the friends of the deceased, have insisted that an inquest
be held, and have laid the matter before the coroner who will open the inquiry on Monday probably.
MITCHELL (London, Ont.) Feb 21 - Doctor W.J. Mitchell died at his residence at 2 o’clock this
afternoon. He was professor of anatomy at the Western university, surgeon for the Seventh
Fusiliers, and also the physician for several fraternal societies. He was unmarried and very popular
in social circles. He leaves a widowed mother and a brother and sister living in Kerwood, Ont.
HOLBROOK - There was a large attendance at the funeral of R.C. Holbrook yesterday afternoon,
many prominent citizens being present. The employees of Fearman’s factory turned out in a body.
The pall-bearers were: Ex-Mayor Blaicher, George L.E. Riche, J. Halliday, Robert Evans,
J.V.Browne, and J. McHaffie. The religious services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Beavis.
Tuesday, February 23, 1897
BELL - On the 9th inst, at 27 Landsdown Crescent, Glasgow Scotland, Florence, Isabella, youngest
daughter of Dugald Bell, Esq., F.R.G.S. aged 27 years.
YOUNG - On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Catharine, infant daughter of Geo. A. and Ella Young. Funeral this
KELSO - Samuel Kelso, an old resident of Dundas, who has been living with his son, J.J. Kelso, of
Guelph, for a year or so, was stricken with apoplexy on Saturday morning, and died that evening.
Mr. Kelso was in his 78th year. He was buried in Dundas to-day.
VAN WAGNER (Stony Creek) - The funeral of the late John L. Van Wagner took place from his
late residence Friday afternoon and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The
interment was in the old Stony Creek cemetery.
GRIFFIN (Smithville) - Ransome Griffin, was in town on Friday attending the funeral of his father
James N. Griffin.
CASEY (Fingal, Ont.) Feb. 22 - Mrs. Sarah Casey, mother of G.E.Casey, M.P., died this afternoon
of pneumonia. She was the widow of the late Wm. Casey, and in her 84th year.
Wednesday, February 24, 1897
CORNELL - On Sunday, Feb. 21st, at Grand Rapids, Mich., Edward Thomas Cornell, aged 33
years, formerly of this city.
CLARK - In this city, on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, Mrs. Theresa Clark, wife of Mr. Joseph Clark, in the
59th year of her age. Funeral from her late residence, No. 93 Cannon St. West, on Thursday, 25th
inst., at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
DELANEY - Michael Delaney, who was struck in the back by a Grand Trunk express train near
Dundas the other day, died at the city hospital about 8:30 this morning. He never rallied from the
shock of the accident. The body was taken to his home in Copetown this afternoon, and the funeral
will take place on Friday. There will not likely be any inquest.
GLAZZARD - The funeral of the late Mrs. Glazzard, mountain top, took place yesterday, interment
being made in Barton cemetery. The weather was exceedingly unpleasant, but there was a very
large turnout of neighbours and friends. The pallbearers were all grandsons of the deceased lady:
Frank Wilkinson, jr. James Wilkinson, William Dalton, James Dark, Richard Dark, and Alexander
Young. Among the chief mourners were Samuel Wilkinson, son of the deceased, who came from
Chicago to be present at the funeral. Mrs. Glazzard was well known and much respected. She was a
kind mother and a good neighbour, and her death will leave a vacancy, not only in her family, but
among her hosts of friends, which will be felt for many a day.
ATKINSON (Abingdon) - The angel of death has been visiting many families in this immediate
neighbourhood during the past month. On Friday night Mrs. Lawrence Atkinson died. Deceased
was in her 29th year. The funeral took place on Monday from her late residence to the stone church
ATCHISON (Fulton) - The funeral of the late Mrs. Atchison, of Caistor, took place here on
Monday and was attended by many friends and relatives of the deceased, who paid their last
respects to the departed.
SHELDRICK (Fulton) - The infant child of R. Sheldrick was interred in the cemetery here on
WESTWOOD (St. George) - Samuel Westwood, of Guelph, died last Friday. The body was brought
here on Monday for interment in the Methodist cemetery. He formerly resided on the farm now
occupied by J.M. Kitchen, one and a half miles southwest of this village.
Friday, February 26, 1897
MURRAY (Port Huron) Feb. 25 - Bob Murray, one of the most notorious characters of this city,
died this morning. For years Murray was a terror to the police, and when Butler Street was one of
the toughest thoroughfares in Michigan, he was one of the star performers. Although suspected of
many crimes, and twice tried for murder, Murray has always escaped the law. In the spring of 1880
a farmer by the name of Young called at the Marine house and asked for a glass of beer. He
tendered a nickel in payment, but a dollar was demanded, which he refused to pay. Murray followed
him down the street and hit him three times with a bottle, finally killing him in front of the Larned
house on Butler Street. Several juries disagreed on this case, and it was finally allowed to drop for
want of evidence. A few minutes before he died, Murray remarked that those fellows never got him
anyhow. Murray was a native of London, and was wanted there on some criminal charges.
Saturday, February 27, 1897
HUNT - Thomas Hunt, proprietor of the Queen’s hotel corner of Bay and Stuart streets, died
suddenly this morning about 4:45. He was taken ill recently with la grippe, and it left him with a
touch of pneumonia. Although far from well, deceased was out on Wednesday and last evening
went downstairs into the office for a short time. During the night he became restless and sat on the
edge of the bed. On being advised to lie down he did so, and died as soon as his body touched the
bed. Deceased heart was weak and this was believed to be the principal cause of death. Deceased
did not think himself ill enough to require medical aid and no doctor was in attendance.
Deceased was 47 years of age, and was born in Haysville. He lived at Elmira for eighteen years
and afterwards resided at Hespeler, coming from that place to Hamilton a little over a year ago to
take over the Queen’s hotel. He leaves a widow, one son and one daughter. He was a member of the
C.M.B.A. branch at Berlin and the Select Knight’s of Canada lodge at Preston. Mass will be said at
St. Mary’s cathedral on Monday morning, and the interment will take place at Hespeler the
following morning, the casket and mourners leaving here on the 7 a.m. train.
CHRISTIAN (Ottawa) Feb. 26 - Thomas Howard Christian, the victim of Tuesday’s shooting
accident, died this morning. He was shot by the accidental discharge of a rifle in the hands of
Private McIntosh, while practicing in the drill hall. Mr. Christian was 35 years of age. He served
twelve years in the British army and at the time of his death he was a member of the P.L.D.G. He
leaves a widow and family of two children.
DELANEY - The funeral of the late M. Delaney, who was struck by a train near Dundas a few days
ago, took place yesterday from his late residence at Copetown to the burying ground of the church
of which he had been a member for years. There was a large concourse of mourners present from
Detroit, Hamilton, London, Dundas, and other places. The remains were born to the cemetery by
members of the society with which deceased had been associated with for a number of years.
VOGIER - Lawrence E. Vogier, an old and respected resident and for many years reeve of the
township of Zone, Ont., was drowned Friday by falling through an air-hole whilst crossing the
Monday, March 1, 1897
MARTIN - On Saturday, Feb. 27th Caroline, beloved wife of James Martin, in her 65th year. Funeral
from St. Matthew’s church at 10:00 o’clock this morning.
LITTLE - At her residence, (Woodlands) Westmount, Montreal, on the 19th Feb., Anne Little,
widow of James Little, formerly of Caledonia, Ont., in her 93rd hear. Funeral private by request.
MACKAY - Died suddenly at her late residence, Reay Lodge, James St., North, Elizabeth Hughes,
relict of the late Aeness, D. Mackay, in the 73rd year of her age. Funeral Wednesday afternoon, 3:30
o’clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
Mrs. Margaret Hughes Mackay, widow of the late A.E.D.Mackay, died at the old homestead
James Street North yesterday afternoon. She had been ill from an attack of bronchitis but was much
better yesterday morning. About noon, however, her heart began to fail, and about 2 o’clock she
was dead. All the family but A.D. Mackay of Demarara, were present at the bedside when their
good mother breathed her last.
Deceased was born at Red Wharf, Anglesea, Wales, on March 29,
1824, and was married to the late Mr. Mackay in 1852, at Cheltenham, England. Immediately after
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Mackay came to Hamilton, and resided here the rest of their lives. Mr.
Mackay died in 1877.
The children who survived deceased are, R.O. and A.B. Mackay, this city, and A.D. of
Demarara, South America and Mrs. Turner of Gananoque. The funeral will take place Wednesday
afternoon to Burlington cemetery.
FAHEY - In this city, on the 27th inst. John Fahey, aged 47 years. Funeral from his late residence,
167 John St. South, Tuesday morning at 8:30 to St. Patrick’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre
cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will kindly accept this notice.
HUNT - In this city on Feb. 27, Thomas Hunt aged 48 years. Funeral from his late residence, the
Queen’s hotel, cor. Bay and Stuart Sts. Tuesday morning at 6:45 to the G.T.R. station. Interment at
ALLAN - On Saturday evening February 27th, Maggie, daughter of Daniel, and Mary Allan, aged
12 years. Funeral from the parent’s residence, 484 John Street North, on Tuesday afternoon at 4
o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.
LAUR (Niagara Falls South, Ont.) Feb. 28 - A panic was narrowly averted at the funeral of Mrs.
Edward C. Laur here this afternoon. Mrs. Laur was a Miss Lizzie Kick and she died in Toronto last
week. The funeral was held from Kick’s hotel, her mother’s home. The rooms upstairs and down
were crowded with people, and just at the end of the services which were conducted by Rev. Canon
Bull, the ceiling and paper cracked from the weight above and some person exclaimed “Fire!” This
caused a rush for out of doors, and several women fainted, but after a few moments scare, quiet was
restored, and the services were finished. No one was seriously hurt. The interment was in
SWICK (Seneca) - One of Harold Swick’s children was buried at East Seneca last Sunday.
AUSTIN (Toronto) March 1 - James Austin, president of the Dominion bank, who has been
seriously ill for several weeks, died at 7 o’clock Saturday night, at his residence, Spadina road. This
announcement will be received with unfeigned regret, not only by a large number of Torontonians,
but also by friends throughout the Dominion.
Deceased was widely known and greatly respected. For years he had filled a high position in the
financial and commercial world.Mr. Austin was born in 1813, in the County of Armagh, Ireland.
PENSE (Kingston, Ont.) Feb. 28 - This morning Mrs. Pense, wife of Edward J.B. Pense, proprietor
of the Whig, died suddenly, from heart failure. She had been a sufferer from pulmonary affection
for years. The deceased lady was gentle and patient during her illness and tenderly solicitous for
others. She was a gifted writer and a daughter of the late R.G. Vaughan. The funeral occurs on
SHAW (Stayner, Ont.) Feb. 27 - The funeral of J.P. Shaw of Emsdale, who was murdered at
Ravensworth on Feb. 20, took place here to-day and was largely attended. The Independent Order
of Foresters and Knights of Maccabees, headed by the Forester’s band, followed the remains to the
DEMERS (Ottawa) Feb. 28 - F.X. Demers, one of the French translators of the house of commons
debates, is dead at the age of 51. He was a newspaper editor in the province of Quebec for many
years before taking up his residence here.
PRINGLE (Belleville, Ont.) Feb. 27 - Ex-Ald. A.N. Pringle died this morning, aged 79. Deceased
was one of the most respected residents of this city. He was a widower, and leaves a family of one
daughter and three sons.
TYSON (Berlin) Feb. 28 - Isaac Tyson, an old resident of Berlin, very widely known throughout
this country, died at the hospital here yesterday. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1812, and came
here when a boy.
SILLETT - George W. Sillett, whose home was at 247 King William Street, died this morning at the
city hospital between ten and eleven o’clock. About seven o’clock last evening, Miss Sillett left her
father who was about seventy years of age, in the house, while she visited a neighbour. When she
returned she found the door locked, and not being able to make her father hear, she climbed in
through a window. On looking about the house, Miss Sillett found her father lying insensible, faced
downward on the parlour floor.
She ran out and told the constable, the ambulance was procured, and the sick man was taken to
the hospital. He never rallied and died this morning.
Tuesday, March 2, 1897
LITTLE - At her residence, “Woodlands” Westmount, Montreal on the 12th Anne Little, widow of
James Little, formerly of Caledonia, Ont., in her 93rd year. Funeral private by request.
MACKAY - Died suddenly at her late residence, Reay Lodge, James St. North, Elizabeth Hughes,
relict of the late Aeneas D. Mackay, in the 73rd year of her age. Funeral Wednesday afternoon 3:30
o’clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
MURDOCH - At his father’s residence in Oneida on January 17, 1897, John, son of John and
Elspeth Murdoch, aged 32 years.
MURDOCH - Suddenly at her late residence in Oneida on February 26th 1897, Elspeth beloved wife
of John Murdoch, aged 68 years, formerly of Hamilton.
MURDOCH - The wife of John Murdoch, a resident of Oneida township, died very suddenly on
Friday night, shortly after retiring to her bed. Death is supposed to have been the result of heart
trouble. Mr. Murdoch has the sympathy of all his friends and neighbours, in his affliction which is
heavier by reason of a fact that he buried a son but recently. The deceased lady was 68 years of age.
A few weeks ago Mrs. Murdoch’s son died of consumption, and she had since been in poor
health. During the night on Friday the family was awakened by hearing her shriek, and on going to
her assistance found her in a dying condition. The deceased son, John Murdoch, was formerly a grocer in this city.
FAHEY - The funeral of the late John Fahey, took place this morning and was largely attended. The
body was taken from his residence to St. Mary’s cathedral where requiem mass was celebrated by
Rev. Father O’Reilly. The pall-bearers were C. Shields, F. Taafe, W. Condon, George Case, A.
Cunningham, and John Harrigan, Dundas.
HILDRETH (Tapleytown) - As Mrs. James Hildreth, Sr., was calling on a neighbour last Thursday
evening, she was seized with an apoplectic fit, and died within seven hours. The deceased came
from Ireland to this country with her parents about 50 years ago, and lived on the farm on which she
died about 40 years. She was the last of a family of ten. She leaves two sons, Samuel, and James.
The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of sorrowing
relatives and friends.
GRASSEY (Beamsville) - Mrs. I.S. Grassey was buried on Monday. Although deceased had been a
severe sufferer for some time, her taking off was unexpected.
NEWBIGGING - Thomas Newbigging of Bridgeburg, Ont., died yesterday, aged 87. He had lived
in Welland county 34 years, and was a justice of the peace and clerk of the division court. He came
from Glasgow to Canada in 1848.
DEWAR - In a fight at Dalhousie Mills, J. Dewar was hit on the head with a stake. He died from his
injuries a few days later.
McCARTHY - Michael McCarthy was accidentally shot through the left breast and instantly killed
in Malden, near Amhersburg, while rabbit shooting.
MARTIN (Galt, Ont.) March 1 - John W. Martin a prominent farmer of Waterloo township, aged
about 70, died very suddenly in Galt this afternoon. Deceased, who has been running the
Speedsville woollen mills, which belong to the estate of his son, the late Samuel C. Martin, who,
strange to say, died very suddenly about a year ago under similar circumstances, was in Galt this
morning, delivering a load of yarn to Newlands & Co., and drove home, but returned to Galt in the
afternoon to attend a meeting of North Dumfries, and South Waterloo Insurance co., of which he
had been a director for several years. While walking on the street he apparently fainted and was
carried into Dr. Varden’s office nearby where he died almost immediately.
Wednesday, March 3 1897
COWAN - Suddenly, on Tuesday, March the 2nd., John Cowan, aged 65 years. Funeral from his late
residence in the township of Saltfleet, Thursday, March 4, at 1:30 o’clock to the Stony Creek
cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
John Cowan mail carrier between Stony Creek, Tapleytown, and Woodburn, died suddenly at
his home in Saltfleet yesterday while attending to his horses. He was 65 years of age.
CLANCY - Canfield Clancy, of Centreville, was killed by a fall from a load of hay.
GRANDY (Stony Creek) - Mrs. Laten Terryberry has returned from Cleveland, where she was
attending the funeral of her mother, the late Mrs. Grandy, formerly of Mount Albion of this
RIDLEY (Glanford) - Mrs. Ridley, of Saltfleet, was brought to the residence of her mother, Mrs.
Duncan McKay, where she died on Monday. The deceased was interred at the Glanford church
burying ground. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.
WAHL (Petersburg, Ont.) March 2 - A sad accident happened this morning to Fred Wahl, a farmer
residing 3 miles north of here. While chopping down a tree in his woods, a limb broke off and
struck him on the head, rendering him unconscious. His brother Henry was with him at the time and
removed him at once to his home, where he died a few hours afterwards. He never regained
consciousness. Deceased was a brother of Jacob Wahl, who for the past 35 years has held the office
of councillor and deputy reeve of Wilmot township.
WHITWORTH (Sarnia) - Ernest Whitworth aged about seventeen years, died at his home, on Davis
Street, Sunday morning. His death was the result of very sad circumstances and was caused by
erysipelas and blood poisoning.
Up to a few days ago deceased was employed as a bell boy at the Hotel Vendome. While
engaged in that capacity, a small swelling appeared on his left cheek close to his mouth and was
very painful to touch. The swelling was first noticed on Tuesday morning, and during the day the
inflamed spot was poulticed, as it was thought the swelling was caused by a boil. A physician was
called and the case was pronounced one of erysipelas.
Deceased went to his home on Davis Street on Wednesday and was forced to take to his bed as
the swelling had extended from his face down the neck to his body. He became unconscious and it
was seen that he was hourly growing worse. Another physician was called and a consultation held,
when it was agreed that blood poisoning had set in, the result of cigarette smoking.
The poor boy sank rapidly and at times raved like a madman, until death came and released him
from his sufferings about three o’clock Sunday morning while he was yet unconscious.
The physicians in attendance gave it as their opinion that his death was brought on by the
habitual use of cigarettes, and a certain catarrh cure which contains the quantity of the drug cocaine,
and which had the effect of completely undermining and ruining his constitution.
MACKAY - The funeral of the late Mrs. Margaret Mackay, took place this afternoon from the old
home at the foot of James St., to Burlington cemetery. The remains were conveyed to St. Luke’s
church, where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Rural Dean Massey. The cortege then
proceeded to Burlington cemetery. The pall-bearers were; A.I Mackenzie, Richard Blain, Galt ;
J.C.Kemp, Toronto; Dr. Urquhart, Oakville; John A. Bruce, and E. Martin, Q.C.
ROWATT (Toronto) March 3 - Mrs. Aggie Rowatt died at midnight in the general hospital, and a
charge of murder will now be laid against her husband, Samuel Rowatt.
On June 12 last, Rowatt fired two shots at his wife, both of which lodged in her body. One
inflicted a wound in the shoulder and the other struck her spine, causing paralysis below the hips,
and she has since been in the hospital lying on a water bed, hovering between life and death. On
Saturday last she became unconscious and her death last night was not unexpected.
On the morning of June 12th, Rowatt left the house for McFarlane’s wood yard, where he was
employed, but returned home at about 9 o’clock and became angry because his wife refused to
allow him to accompany her downtown. He went out, returned before noon, and going upstairs to
their apartments fired two shots at his wife. He got away, but in the evening surrendered himself to
The noise of the shooting alarmed the neighbourhood and Mrs. Rowatt was found writhing in
terrible agony on the floor. Medical aid was summoned and but little hope was entertained for her
recovery. She was taken to the general hospital and if she had lived for a year according to the
statute, no charge of murder could have being laid against her husband.
Soon after admission to the hospital, Mrs. Rowatt gave Crown Attorney Dewart her story of the
occurrence and this will be used as evidence against Rowatt.
Thursday, March 4, 1897
BIGGAR - At her son’s residence, King St. East, on Thursday, March 4, Ann Biggar, relict of the
late Christopher Biggar of Saltfleet, aged 72 years. Funeral Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Interment at
Stewart’s church Saltfleet. Friends will please accept this intimation. Please omit flowers.
Early this morning Mrs. Ann Biggar, mother of S.D. Biggar, of the firm of Biggar & Lee, died
at her son’s residence, King Street East, after a long illness. Mrs. Biggar was the widow of the late
Christopher Biggar, of Saltfleet. She was seventy-two years old, at the time of her death. The
interment will take place at Stewart’s church, Saltfleet, on Saturday at 1:30.
HOLT - Died at the City Hospital, on March 4, Charles, only son of Charles and Elizabeth Jane
Holt, in his 4th year. Funeral on Friday morning, private.
CAMPBELL (Paisley, Ont.) March 3 - A terrible accident, which resulted in the death of one man
and the serious injury of another, took place last night. Yesterday Neil Campbell, of the townline of
Bruce and Saugeen, about six and a half miles from Paisley came into town. He procured a barrel of
salt, and a keg of syrup, and about 9 o’clock started for home. In company with him was John
Quayle, who had been tailoring among the farmers for some weeks. The two had called at Fisher’s
mill, taken on a bag or two of chopped oats, and headed homeward. Early this morning Alexander
McPhail, who was driving out to buy hogs, found a team of horses and a sleigh with two men under
it over the embankment just beyond the trestle work on this side of William Rankin’s. He ran up
and got the ladder to come down, and to-gether they extricated the men. Campbell was under the
fore part of the sleigh stone dead, and Quayle still alive and conscious but badly chilled lay under
the middle part of the sleigh. They were taken up to Mr. Rankin’s house and restoratives
administered to Quayle, who was not badly hurt.
RUSSELL (Woodstock) March 3 - News was received in town to-day of a fatality at the village of
Bright, by which Mrs. Russell, a lady 80 years of age, met a terrible death. About 3 o’clock
yesterday morning, the night operator on the Grand Trunk railway noticed a fire in the village, and
procuring assistance rushed to the scene. The house of Mrs. Russell who lived alone, was found to
be in flames and the solitary occupant was lying among the debris. When the body was taken out it
had been burned to a crisp. The old lady was accustomed to leaving a lamp burning all night, and it
is surmised that by some means this got upset. Mrs. Russell was well known in the county.
HURST (Stratford, Ont.) March 3 - News was received in this city of the sad death of Mrs. J.C.
Hurst at Glenhurst, Washington, D.C. yesterday. Mrs. Hurst’s wedding notice appeared less than
two months ago, she being married from her mother’s residence, Mrs. Dr. Hyde, of this city, on Jan.
7. The remains will be brought to Stratford for interment.
HUGHES (Toronto) March 4 - John Elgin Hughes, of 175 Major St., who had been engaged as
contractor in the erection of the cold storage and ice houses for the Gage Sanitarium at Gravenhurst,
fell dead at his work there on Monday morning. Death was attributed to heart failure. A widow and
family mourn his sudden decease. The remains were brought to the city for interment.
Friday, March 5, 1897
CURTIS - The wife of Rev. C.J. Curtis, Methodist of Inverary, died yesterday at Kingston, after a
weeks illness. She was a native of Freelton and had been married twelve years.
HUNT - The remains of the late Thomas Hunt of the Queen’s hotel were taken to the Stuart Street
station this morning at 6:45, for conveyance to Hespeler, where the interment was to take place. The
following members of the C.M.B.A. acted as pall-bearers; John Ronan, Charles Shields, John
Byrnes, John Buck, James McKeever, and P.Arland.
BIGGAR - At her son’s residence, King Street East, on Thursday, March 4th, Ann Biggar, relict of
the late Christopher Biggar of Saltfleet, aged 72 years. Funeral Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. Interment at
Stewart’s church, Saltfleet. Friends will please accept this intimation. Please omit flowers.
DARTNALL - On March 4, 1897, after a long and painful illness, Alice Fisher, a native of
Yorkshire England, widow of the late William Dartnall, in the 72nd year of her age. Funeral on
Sunday at 2 p.m. to St. George’s church Rymal. Friends will please accept this notice.
FAHEY - The jurors empanelled in the John Fahey inquest met last evening in the police court
room with Coroner Mackelcan in charge, and in less than two hours decided, without leaving their
seats, that Fahey came to his death by natural causes. After George Case of Dundas, a brother-inlaw,
had given some particulars of deceased’s age, birthplace, etc., Dr. McCabe was called to the
He informed the jury that deceased had very poor health and had been attended by him
frequently during the past seven or eight years. A sister of deceased died of consumption and
deceased suffered from ulcerations on the legs, varicose veins and other ailments. He was called to
see Fahey on Sunday, Feb. 21, and found him suffering from erysipelas about the face and it
became very much swollen. He could not then detect the exact cause of the erysipelas. On Sunday
night or Monday Fahey became delirious. On Friday he had almost recovered but there was
erysipelas left in the ears. On Saturday deceased’s temperature jumped to 105, and on making an
examination witness found that pneumonia had settled in the right lung.
Dr. McCabe went on to read the result of the post-mortem examination by himself, and Dr.
Olmstead. They found a small scalp wound about half an inch long on the back of the head near the
left side. Near this was a wound of about two or three inches long, fully healed up. Both were flesh
wounds only. They also found the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver in a diseased condition.
Witness added that deceased drank intemperately.
The jurors were of the same mind, and without staying further to consider the matter they
brought in a verdict that John Fahey came to his death “from a natural cause, namely pneumonia,
induced by intemperate habits”.
McGINNIS - Owen McGinnis, a Kingston hotel keeper, died Thursday at the age of 95. Last
January he walked to polling booth.
McDIARMID (Tiverton) March 4 - About half past ten o’clock this morning, at a sawmill on the
second concession, Bruce, between seven and eight miles from here, the boiler exploded and
instantly killed the fireman, Kenneth McDiarmid, age 18 years. He was thrown about 75 feet, his
body being terribly mangled and stripped of all the clothing. No cause for the explosion can be
given as the boiler was repaired by an expert a week ago.
NICHOLLS - Death has claimed as its victim one of Caistor’s oldest and most respected citizens in
the person of George B. Nicholls, whose funeral took place from his late residence on Tuesday,
followed by a very large concourse of neighbours and friends. Deceased was a native of Devonshire
England, who was born Aug. 5, 1833. When a mere lad he came to Canada with his parents and
other members of the family, settling in the township of Binbrook, where he endured many of the
hardship and privations of pioneer life, and learned the lessons of industry and economy. Having
arrived at manhood, he removed to the adjoining township of Caistor and settled on the farm upon
which he lived until his death. He was joined in this arduous undertaking of building a home by
Miss Sarah Bush, who became his partner in life. The widow and a family of three sons, and three
daughters survive him. Deceased was known as one of Caistor’s most prosperous farmers and
succeeded into converting the wilderness home of his youth into one of the most handsome country
residences in the township. He had the satisfaction of seeing grow up around him an industrious,
intelligent and respected family. He was a man of much intellectual and physical vigor, a true friend
to all who came within the circle of his friendship, one whose word was always taken, and whose
opinion was sought and respected. In religion he held to the church of his father, (the Episcopalian);
in politics he was a staunch Conservative, broad and liberal in his views, not wishing to force his
opinions upon others.
VANSICKLE - Mrs. Lockman Vansickle, relict of the late John Vansickle, the oldest resident of
Jerseyville settlement, died last evening at the family residence, Homestead, at the ripe old age of
85 years. Until recently she took a deep interest in all philanthropic and church work, being one of
the promoters in establishing the first Baptist church, which now stands in that village. She leaves
five sons, and five daughters to mourn her loss, all being residents of Jerseyville. She was a sister to
William Lockman, of this city.
Saturday, March 6, 1897
YORSTON (Jerseyville) March 5 - William Yorston, the sixteen-year-old son of Rev. John
Yorston, while examining a revolver in a room in his father’s house was fatally shot to-day. In
company with his sister he had taken the pistol from his brother’s trunk, and was looking at it when
the weapon went off, the bullet entering his heart, killing him instantly. His sister had left the room
a moment before. On hearing the report the members of the family rushed upstairs and found the lad
ROGERS (Toronto, Ont.) March 6 - Joe Rogers, the oarsman, died at 9 o’clock this morning, after
having been unconscious for a week. He will be buried on Monday at Mount Pleasant.
Monday, March 8, 1897
FRANK - At the residence of his father, 256 Catharine Street North, Edward, son of Charles Frank,
aged 30 years. Funeral at 2:30 to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this intimation.
YOUNG (Hannon) - James Young, an old resident of this place, but recently of Hamilton, was
buried from the latter place on Tuesday. A number of friends and relatives from this district
FAHEY (Hannon) - A number from this vicinity attended the late John Fahey’s funeral at Hamilton
on Tuesday. Deceased had at one time been a resident here, and had many friends in this locality.
VANSICKLE (Jerseyville) - Mrs. A. Vansickle died yesterday at the advanced age of 85.
MILLER (Jerseyville) - The funeral of George Miller, took place last Friday afternoon. The
deceased had many friends and relatives, who turned out to pay their last respects to their departed
BIGGAR (Fruitland) - The remains of the late Mrs. Christopher Biggar, were interred here on
Saturday last. Deceased had lived with her son, Lawyer Biggar, of Hamilton, from whose residence
the funeral took place.
BROWN (Comber, Ont.) March 7 - On Saturday afternoon the two-year-and-a-half-old son of
Henry Brown, Middle Road, Tilbury, West. was frightfully burned while playing with the fire. Mrs.
Brown was absent from the room at the time. The cries of the little one brought its mother to the
scene, only to find the little one enveloped in flames. Mrs. Brown threw her dresses around the
child and soon smothered the fire. All that kind nursing and medical skill could do was done to
relieve the little sufferer, but he succumbed at an early hour this morning.
HILL - Poor old Jimmy Hill is dead. For several months last year he was the oldest newsboy on the
streets, and his penetrative squeak of “papers” was enough at times to make a nervous person
tremble. He was weak-minded, but was alway harmless, and generally good-natured. For a long
time he worked around Cooper’s carriage shop when it was on Park Street South, and he slept there.
But the time came when he had to leave, and Jimmy turned to the newspaper business, with his
squeaky voice and odd ways. Then he was taken into the house of refuge but had to leave because
his eccentricities and occasional burst of temper interfered with the usual repose of that institution.
Then came another round of newspaper selling and living anywhere, the poor old fellow
suffering from a bad rupture. On the press calling attention to his state, Jimmy was again sent to the
refuge. Yesterday morning he got so bad that it was found necessary to remove him to the hospital.
He was taken there about 9 o’clock, and then the old man was dead.
Tuesday, March 9, 1897
BARRETT - At his parents’ residence 75 Garth Street Frank James, infant son of Frank and Becky
Barrett, aged 10 months, and eight days. Funeral from above address on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Friends will please accept this intimation.
SPENCE - In this city, on March 9, at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Saunders, 52 Liberty Street,
Mary beloved wife of William Spence of Buffalo New York, aged 26 years. Funeral from above
address at 1 p.m. Thursday to St. George’s church, Rymal. Friends and acquaintances please accept
HILL - Jimmy Hill, the old man who died at the city hospital last Sunday, was buried this afternoon
in Burlington cemetery. It was at first feared his remains would go to one of the Toronto dissecting
rooms, but a niece of his, employed at a city hospital, paid the funeral expenses, and the interment
took place from Blachford’s undertaking establishment.
MISENER, GRIFFIN - Mrs. George Misener and a child of Mr. Griffin of Weir, were buried on
Tuesday of this week.
NEWBY (Selkirk) - The funeral of Mrs. Newby took place on Thursday last. The service was held
in the Baptist church, Cheapside.
Wednesday, March 10, 1897
FULLER - On March 10, at the parents’ residence 219 Wood Street East, William Jackson, youngest
son of Edward and Mary Agnes Fuller, aged 1 year, 6 months, and 5 days. Funeral on Thursday
March 11, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
McCAUL (St. Catharines) March 10 - Mrs. Peter McCaul dropped dead of heart disease at her
residence on the Western hill last night. She was enjoying good health up to the hour of her sudden
BURKHOLDER (Tapleytown) - Mrs. Burkholder, widow of the late John Burkholder, passed away
on Thursday after a lingering illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. The
interment took place on Saturday afternoon and 6 of her grandsons were the pallbearers.
REAVELY (Port Robinson, Ont.) March 9 - Joseph Reavely, one of the oldest residence of Welland
county, died at his home two and a half miles east of here, last evening, after an illness of some
weeks. The deceased was born in this county on March 12, 1816, in the same house in which the
late Thomas C. Street, M.P. first saw the light of day and has seen service in the rebellion of 1837,
and the Fenian raid of 1866. In 1845 he was married to Charlotte, daughter of C. Wilson of
Crowland township, and is survived by his widow and four sons. Always a consist church man, a
loyal and true Orangeman, a prominent Conservative, he was respected and beloved by all.
MARENTETTE (Windsor) March 9 - Benjamin Marentette, aged 78, died to-day. He was born in
Windsor, where two generations of the Marentette’s lived before him. His grandfather bought from
the Indians for a few trinkets and gaudy coloured articles, the large Marentette farm. On this farm
has been erected a portion of the city. Mr. Marentette was a soldier, in the Canadian rebellion of
1837-38 under his father-in-law, who was a captain of the Canadian militia. In the sixties he was
elected to the council of Windsor. He was councillor for nine years. The Marentette is one of the
most numerous and influential families in Western Ontario. He leaves a widow and seven children.
SHANLEY (London, Ont.) March 9 - The death occurred at his residence, 301 Piccadilly Street, at
3 o’clock this afternoon of Col. James Shanley, master of the supreme court and deputy registrar in
chancery. He had been ill, about three weeks with a heavy cold, which developed into pneumonia
with the above result. He was one of London’s oldest and most respected citizens, having resided
here for 50 years. He took an active part in suppressing the Fenians raids, being commander of the
London Field battery at that time.
SAVAGE (Toronto) March 10 - Rev. John W. Savage, of 213 Lisgar Street in this city, a
superannuated Methodist minister, died yesterday at Peterborough. He had been in the ministry for
40 years. He was the son of a Methodist preacher in England.
YULE (Ingersoll) March 9 - Mrs. J.C. Yule, widow of Prof. James Yule, of Woodstock college,
died yesterday of cancer after a years illness. The deceased, whose maiden name was Pamelia S.
Vining, was well known as a poetess and authoress.
PRICE (Owen Sound) March 9 - George Price, J.P., one of the best-known citizens and oldest
resident of Owen Sound, died about 4 o’clock this afternoon of heart failure, after only a few hours
HARVEY (St. Catharines, Ont.) March 9 - Jas. Harvey, Lincoln county deputy registrar, died in the
hospital last night of paralysis.
SILLS - Arthur Sills, brakeman on the O.A.and P.S. railway, was killed while coupling cars in
BIGGAR - Mrs. Anne Biggar, widow of the late Christopher Biggar, of Winona, Ont., who died
here last Thursday at the age of 72 left a family of nine children, all living, with 35 grandchildren
and two great grandchildren. She was of that good old U.E. Loyalist stock now fast passing away,
her father and mother being among the pioneer settlers of the Niagara peninsula. She remembered
her parents telling how after crossing the Niagara river on a ferry scow they entered Canada to find
it an unbroken wild, the only road to Burlington Heights being an Indian trail through the woods.
They had a prosperous farm in The Jerseys but this was confiscated for their loyalty to the British
cause, and their only possessions when they arrived in Upper Canada were a horse, and a bag of
seed potatoes and grain, with half a dozen of the simpler utensils. Her father led the horse along the
trail, while her mother rode with her elder sister, then the only child, clinging on behind, with the
bag across the horses’ shoulders. The daughters of those hearty pioneers were models of thrift and
industry, and at a comparatively recent date the deceased, whose husband was also the son of a U.E.
Loyalist, spun the yarn that went to make all the clothes for the family, dyed the cloth and cut and
made it up when it came back from the fulling mill; knit the socks, and mitts, worn by her children;
made the soap for the family use; made the cheese, butter, baked the bread, in the old-fashioned outof-
door brick oven, and did her share in the work and management of the garden and dairy. “Grama
Biggar was as good as a doctor in case of sickness, and a ministering angle to those in distress. Up
to within a day or two of her death her memory was perfectly clear and all her facilities bright. She
had no organic disease, but had simply worn out, after a life of untiring industry and usefulness. Her
surviving sons are: J.W. Biggar, Port Huron; R.W.Biggar, with the Gurney-Tilden co., Hamilton;
E.B. Biggar, of Biggar, Samuel & Co. publishers Canadian Engineer and Canadian Journal of
Fabrics, and formerly on the staff of the Spectator; S.D. Biggar, Barrister, Hamilton; W.E. and M.E.
Biggar, farmers, Wentworth county; and the daughters are Mrs. E.H. Cryslers, St. George; Mrs.
E.B. Smith, Brandon, Man., and Mrs. Lois Hagar, Grimsby.
FRANK - The body of Edward Frank was to have been laid to rest in the cemetery yesterday
afternoon, but when the funeral cortege reached the cemetery the grave was found to be nearly
filled with water. The flood was caused by the heavy rains of the previous evening. The coffin
containing the body was placed temporarily in the chapel and was interred at 2:30 this afternoon.
The pall-bearers at the funeral were six brothers of the deceased - Louis, Charles, Rudolph,
Amil, William, and Alfred. Rev. Mr. Burns conducted the services. There was a large attendance
despite the wet weather, and a very large number of floral tributes were placed on the casket.
Thursday, March 11, 1897
LEVY - On March 10th, Abraham, the eldest son of Jacob and Theresa Levy, aged 23 years. Funeral
Friday at 2 o’clock, from his late residence, 153 James St. North. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this intimation. Toronto papers please copy.
STEPHEN - At Manitowaning, Algoma, Wednesday, March 10th, 1897, in his 42nd year, H.M.
Stephen, Indian Medical Officer, eldest son of Dr. Stephen, Collingwood.
Dr. R.M. Stephen, Indian medical officer at Manitowaning, Algoma, is dead. He was a brother
of Arthur Stephen, C.E., of the T.H.& B. railway staff.
BOLINGBROKE - Frances Bolingbroke, the young daughter of Charles Bolingbroke, 145 York
Street, died yesterday. Mr. Bolingbroke is ill with spinal trouble in the city hospital.
Friday, March 12, 1897
STEPHEN - At Manitowaning, Algoma, Wedneseday, March 10th, 1897 in his 42nd year, H.M.
Stephen, Indian Medical Officer, eldest son of Dr. Stephen, Collingwood.
Dr. R.M. Stephen, Indian medical officer at Manitowaning, Algoma is dead. He was a brother
of Arthur Stephen, C.E. of the T.H. & B. railway staff.
FARLY - In this city, on March 11, John Farly, in his 77th year, native of County Derry, Ireland.
Funeral from his late residence, 94 Hughson Street South, at 3 o’clock, Saturday afternoon, March
13. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.
McALLISTER - Thomas McAllister, a Sydenham township farmer, cut his throat with a jack-knife
and is dead.
AINLEY - Miss Lillian Ainley, aged 20 years, of Brussels, is dead, from the burns she receive by a
lamp exploding while she was blowing it out a few days ago.
GAUTHIER (Caledonia) March 11 - Death, the king of terrors, paid our village a very sudden visit,
his victim being the wife of Alexis Gauthier, one of our best known and most highly respected
citizens, whose home is in the west end. Mrs. Gauthier had almost finished dressing when, without
a word, she fell upon her face, and expired immediately. Her death was declared by Dr. Forbes to be
the result of heart trouble. The deceased lady had never enjoyed good health since residing in
Caledonia, having come here a number of years ago with her husband, whose occupation is that of a
telegraph wire repairer. The remains were taken on Wednesday morning to Montreal, where high
mass was celebrated before the interment. Mrs. Gauthier’s life was insured for $2,000 in the
Canadian Order of Home Circles, and for $1,000 in the New York Mutual Reserve.
Saturday, March 13, 1897
MILLS - In this city, on the 13th inst., at his late residence, 75 Pearl Street North, James E. Mills, in
his 56th year. Service at Zion Tabernacle church, Monday, at 2 o’clock.
COOMBS - In this city, on Saturday, March 13th, 1897, Adolpheus, C. Coombs, in his 67th year.
The funeral will leave his late residence 374 Cannon Street East, on Monday, March 15, 1897, at
2:30 p.m. for the Stony Creek burying ground. Friends and acquaintances will please attend. Detroit
and St. Thomas papers please copy.
A.C. Coombs, who had been a member of Acacia lodge, A.F.and A.M., for a number of years
died this morning. He had been an invalid for many years. Mr. Coombs used to live in Stony Creek,
and went to Detroit in 1887, where he lived until two years ago, when he returned to Hamilton. He
leaves a widow and a grown up family.
The funeral will be conducted by the Acacia lodge, A.F. and A.M. and will be held on Monday,
interment will take place at Stony Creek.
EARLY - In this city on March 11, John Early, in his 77th year, native of County Derry, Ireland.
Funeral took place this afternoon from his late residence, 94 Hughson Street North.
MAYES (Toronto) March 13 - A sudden death occurred at the general hospital yesterday afternoon.
About 5:30 o’clock a woman who gave her name as Mrs. Mayes presented herself at the hospital for
treatment for a very large swelling on the front part of the neck, commonly known as goitre. The
swelling was about six inches long, and four inches wide. The woman had gone to the outdoor
department of the institution on Wednesday last, and had been examined by Dr. Charles Dixon, of
Bloor Street, one of the electricians of the hospital. Dr. Dixon advised her to return yesterday for
treatment. The woman waited her turn, and was called into the clinic room at 5:30. Dr. Dixon had
hardly started to apply treatment in the presence of J. Charlesworth, and Mr. Hendrie, both third
year students, and the nurse, Miss Allen, when they all noticed a sudden pallor in her face. They
remarked it, but the patient said at the same time that she had suffered from an attack like this some
time before. Upon the first symptoms of heart failure, the woman was taken from the chair and
placed on her back on the table. Restoratives were administered at once, when she appeared to rally,
but in spite of all efforts, she gradually sank to death.
Heart failure the hospital people believe to have been the cause of her death, as will no doubt be
shown by the post mortem. The deceased was about 50 years of age.
She was the wife of Charles Mayes, a car checker on the Grand Trunk railway, and resided at
239 Clinton Street. She leaves one child.
LUXTON - The three children of Fred Luxton, of Bowmanville, who were drowned the other day,
were buried in one casket Friday.
MUTCH (Toronto) March 13 - Rev. John Mutch, pastor of Chalmers’ Presbyterian church,
Toronto, died at his residence, 110 Havelock Street, at 1:15 this morning after a week’s severe
illness. For several days the end had been expected, and Mr. Mutch’s wonderful vitality was a
surprise to his medical attendants.
John Mutch was a Canadian. He was born in the township of Egremont, in the county of Grey.
He was educated at Hamilton Collegiate institute, at Toronto University where he took the degrees
of B.A. (1880), and M.A. (1881), and at Knox college from which he graduated in 1884. As a
student he was popular with all his classmates, and he took great interest in all college affairs.
During his college course at Knox, Mr. Mutch, had charge of the Brockton mission.
On graduating from Knox college, he was ordained and inducted as the first minister of what is
now Chalmers church, one of the largest and most prosperous Presbyterian congregations in the
city. Under his earnest ministry the church made great progress in all departments.
Deceased married a Hamilton lady, who survives him, and he leaves four children.
Monday, March 15, 1897
CAMPBELL - At Burlington, on March 14th, 1897, Jane Kennedy Campbell, beloved wife of John
H. Campbell, aged 65 years. Funeral at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
McGABRAGLE - In this city on March 14th, at the residence of his son-in-law, John C. White, 211
Rebecca Street, John McGabragle, a native of County Mayo, Ireland. Funeral from above address on
Wednesday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock, to St. Patrick’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery.
Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.
DURDAN - In this city, in the 13th inst., at No. 283 John Street North, Edith Isabella, eldest daughter
of the late William Durdan. Funeral at Christ Church Cathedral, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.
Friends are invited to be present.
DONNELLY (London) March 15 - At midnight on Feb. 3, 1880 occurred one of the darkest crimes
that ever stained the pages of Canadian history. It is what is known as the Biddulph tragedy, in
which a body of masked men known as the vigilance committee, broke into the dwelling of the
Donnelly family, in the township of Biddulph, and butchered the inmates - the father, mother, one
son, and a niece, a boy names Connor being the only one to escape. Fire was then set to the house
which to-gether with the bodies of the victims was totally consumed. About the same hour another
son, John living with his brother, William, three miles away, was called to the door and shot dead.
Subsequently a number of men, charged with the crime, were arrested, taken to London, tried and
acquitted. From that day to this, no evidence could be secured to fasten their guilt upon the
murderers. In time the remaining members of the Donnelly family moved away from the scene of
the tragedy. These consisted of William, who has for several years kept hotel in Appin; Robert of
Glencoe; Patrick, near Niagara Falls, and one sister Mrs. Currie, of St. Thomas.
William, who was the elder brother, and his supposed to have been the particular one whom the
vigilantes which to remove when they called at his house and shot down his brother John, of late
years has been confined to his bed with a lingering illness, and the other day breathed his last at his
home, the St. Nicholas hotel, in Appin. The deceased was about 52 years of age, and leaves a wife
HARE (Oshawa) - A shocking affair took place in Cedar Dale on Friday night or early on Saturday
morning, when Mrs. William Hare met her death. She was found on Saturday morning lying on the
kitchen floor dead, with her face in a very badly bruised condition. Her husband, William Hare, is a
labourer, and had up to a short time ago been employed in the Malleable Iron works. The house
where the Hare’s lived is a small one, situated in Cedar Dale, near the Oshawa G.T.R. station, and
the scene is one of desolation and poverty, three chairs, a table, stove, and a broken-down bedstead
being the only furniture. The floors were all wet, and broken furniture and dishes were scattered
over the rooms. The sight on entering the front room was a horrible one, the dead woman lying on
the wet floor with her face all black and blue, from some cause and only a chemise and waist
covering her body, both of which were badly torn. There are three small rooms in the house, and the
whole place was in a most dilapidated condition. The room which was used for a bedroom, was
strewn with straw out of the tick and the bed slats had fallen out. The only bed clothes were a tick
and two dirty quilts. Deceased was a Miss Nellie Cryderman, and formerly lived with her parents in
Hampton. She was from all accounts a respectable woman, tidy and clean, about her person, and
temperate in her habits. She had the habit of eating opium, and constantly used it. Her husband says
that she was subject to fits and had been since a child, and he claims that she must have died while
in one of them.
Constable Goodman was summoned and at one notified Coroner Dr. Cobourn, of Oshawa. He
proceeded to investigate the matter and summoned a jury, and an inquest was begun at 4 o’clock in
the afternoon. County Crown Attorney J.E. Farewell, of Whitby was present and conducted the
case. After the jurymen were sworn in they proceeded to Hare’s residence and viewed the corpse
and then returned to the town hall, when the following evidence was given;
(Omitted to save time and space)
It was by this time about Sunday morning, and the inquest was adjourned until 9 o’clock,
Monday morning, when a large number of witnesses are to be examined.
Doctors Cobourn, McKay, and Hoig held a post-mortem examination on the body this morning
and will give their evidence to-morrow.
MILLER (Welland) March 13 - On Thursday afternoon, James Miller, who lives at Wellandport,
was stepping out of his boat on the Welland river at that place, when the trigger of a doublebarreled
shotgun which had in his hand caught and the weapon was discharged, the contents
burying in his head and back. He was taken home and medical aid made every effort to save his life,
but he died last night. Deceased was an old resident of Wellandport, and had been in the hotel
business for years. He leaves a small family.
Tuesday, March 16, 1897
CORNELL - At her late residence 196 Picton Street East, on Monday evening, March 15th, Mrs.
Nelson Cornell, aged 26 years. Funeral Wednesday March 17th, at 2 o’clock. Friends and
acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
FREEBORN - Joseph Freeborn, who some years ago, was employed at the Royal hotel, died at the
hospital this afternoon. The cause of his death was a somewhat unusual one. Several years ago he,
unknown to himself, broke one of his ribs, and went on with his work. After leaving the Royal,
Freeborn went to work for the Macgee-Walton company, and a part of his work was assisting in
moving pianos. A few months ago while moving a piano in Association hall, the broken rib broke
through deceased’s side and he was taken quite ill.
After being cared for for some time by James Sturdy, manager for the Macgee-Walton
company, Freeborn was removed to the city hospital a few months ago. Freeborn’s age, about 65,
went against him, all his ribs became affected, and he gradually got worse, death resulting to-day.
COOMBES - Many members of Acacia lodge, A.F.& A. M. attended the funeral of A.C. Coombes
at Stony Creek yesterday. The pall-bearers; J.J. Armstrong, F. Lyons, S. McGill, Erskine Smith,
George VanMere, and John Street. The religious services at the house were conducted by Rev. Dr.
Tovell, and at the grave by Rev. Ray H. Smith. W.M.R.V. Mathews conducted the Masonic
services, assisted by Lyman Lee, and Wellington St. John.
BELL (Glanford) - John Bell’s eldest child took very suddenly sick on Thursday night, and before
medical aid could be in attendance the little fellow died. The deceased was interred at Case church,
Glanford on Sunday.
CAMP (Smithville) - Mrs. D.W. Camp, who has been a great sufferer for the past year with cancer
of the stomach, died last Wednesday morning.
Clark McCollum, of Welland, was in town on Friday last attending the funeral of Mrs. D.W.
Camp, as were also George and Mrs. Munroe, of Thamesville; Martin McCollum, of Bothwell;
Arza Bridgeman, of Zimmerman; Mrs. Hopkins and son, of Woodstock.
FLEMING - On Monday, Samuel Fleming, jr., of Hockley, Ont., aged 35, was struck on the head
by a belt which broke from the drivewheel of an engine in his saw mill, and died a few hours later.
HARE (Oshawa, Ont.) March 15 - Interest in the Cedardale tragedy continued unabated all day.
When the inquest resumed at 10 a.m., all the jurors responded to their names, and William C. Dixon
was the first witness examined. His testimony was of value only in that as landlord, who rented the
house to Hare, he swore that the house was in good tenantable condition, and there was no water or
ice on the floor when he showed the place to Mrs. Hare a week ago to-day, when they took the
house. He had known Hare, favourably for fifteen years.
Mrs. Mary Mallett, wife of James Mallett, was the next witness, and gave some important
testimony for the crown. She lives across the street from the Hare cottage. On Friday afternoon,
about 3 o’clock, as well as she could remember she saw Hare go down the street along, and enter
his house. She had seen Jimmy McGrall, enter the cottage about half an hour before. Then again
between the numerals 5 and 6 she saw Hare putting McGrall out of the house, but heard no
disturbance up to that time. After Hare put him out of the house he cuffed him and knocked him
down. Hare then went inside his house. McGrall got up and went across the street, when Hare came
out of his house, crossed the street, and struck McGrall again. Austin McGrall then came along and
took his father home. She saw no one enter the house after that, and saw no light in the house that
evening. She retired about 9 p.m. and if there had been a light in Hare’s house she would have seen
it. She looked out of her window several times, and remarked there was no light at Hare’s. Next
morning she heard from Mrs. Crandel’s boy that Mrs. Hare was dead. After she had got breakfast
for her husband she went over to Hare’s in company with Mrs.Crandel. Mrs. Hare lay dead on the
floor covered by a quilt that Mrs. Crandel had placed over her. There were wet stains on the floor in
the kitchen and the bedroom was in great disorder. The bed ticking was torn and the straw was
scattered on the floor. The bed did not appear as though it had been peacefully slept in. It had the
suspicion of having being put in disorder as the result of a struggle.
Albert Crandel, aged 14 years, son of the Mrs. Crandel mentioned testified that he saw Mrs.
Hare shutting her door while Hare was outside. That was between five and six on Friday. The
witness was right up beside Hare, and witness saw him strike James McGrall. Hare told witness he
was striking McGrall for insulting his wife. McGrall could not walk straight but Hare could. The
assault the boy saw was on the opposite side of the street from Hare’s, but before that he saw
McGrall sitting on the ground inside Hare’s fence. McGrall crossed the street. Then Hare came out
of the house, crossed over and knocked McGrall down, and told him to go home. McGrall got up
and went to Hare’s side of the street, when Hare again knocked him down, and went inside the
house, leaving him lying by the fence. In about five minutes, he got up and started along the street,
when his son met him and took him home. The witness’s brother Arthur and Joe English were with
him and Hare and McGrall. The witness did not hear Hare, or McGrall saw anything to each other.
McGrall was too drunk to say anything. He asked Hare, what he struck McGrall for, when Hare said
McGrall had insulted his wife. Witness did not see Mrs. Hare’s face as she shut the door.
No further evidence was taken, and the jury, after an hours consideration of the evidence finally
returned the following verdict; “that the said Nellie Hare died on the 13th day of March 1897. The
jurors further find from the evidence adduced before them that the said Nellie Hare was accustomed
to use opium in considerable quantities. The said jurors are unable to decide positively from what
cause death occurred, but are of the opinion but the said Nellie Hare came to her death from the
excessive use of opium and exposure”.
Wednesday, March 17, 1897
FREEBORN - On Tuesday, March 16th, 1897, Joseph Freeborn, aged 64 years. Funeral on Thursday
at 4 p.m., from the residence of James Sturdy, 20 Ferrie st. west. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this notice.
PLUMMER (Stratford, Ont.) March 16 - Thomas Plummer, manager of the Stratford Bank of
Montreal, died this morning. A little more than a week ago he underwent an operation at the
hospital for cancer of the stomach, from which he did not rally. Mr. Plummer had been in the
service of he bank for 23 years, and for ten years manager in Stratford. He leaves a widow and four
Thursday, March 18, 1897
HARRIS - On March 17th, at 43 Inchbury St., Ralph Harris, only child of William J. and Elizabeth
Harris, aged 18 years 4 months. Funeral Sunday 21st inst., at 2:30 o’clock. Friends and
acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
SANFORD - At El Paso on Saturday, on March 14th, Edward Jackson Sanford in the 20th year of his
age, only son of Hon. W.E. Sanford. The funeral will take place from the family residence on
Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. It is likely that the remains of the late E. Jackson Sanford will arrive in the city to-night. The funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon.
AITCHISON - At his late residence, No. 37 Bay St. South, on Wednesday, 17th March, 1897, David
Aitchison, a native of Annan, Dumfriershire, Scotland, aged 79 years. Funeral to-morrow (Friday)
at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Owing to the death of V.W. Bro. D. Aitchison, a past master of St. John’s lodge, the
presentation of jewels will not take place to-night. David Aitchison died very suddenly at his residence, 37 Bay
St. South, about 6 o’clock yesterday afternoon. On reaching home he went downstairs to attend to the furnace, while Mrs. Aitchison prepared tea. As he remained longer than usual, Mrs. Aitchison went to the head of the stairs and
called to him, but received no answer. Thinking he was busy with the furnace, she took no notice of
her husband’s silence, but as the minutes passed and he did not return, Mrs. Aitchison went into the
basement to see what was the matter. She was greatly shocked to find her husband lying on the floor, faced downward and insensible.Neighbours were called in, and several doctors sent for. Dr. Storms and Dr. Lafferty, were soon at
the house, but they could do nothing. Mr. Aitchison was dead. The doctors attribute death to
Deceased was apparently in the best of health when he entered his home, and joked with
a visitor who had called on Mrs. Aitchison.Deceased was 70 years old, was born in Annan, Dumfries, Scotland, and came to this side of the water when young. He was in the American war as an artisan, and about 30 years ago came to
Hamilton, and was admitted a member of the firm of Aitchison & Co., of the planing mills, Main
Street West. He was an office-holder and a prominent supporter of the Congregational church.
Deceased was also a member of St. John’s lodge, A.F.and A.M., of which he was a past master; St.
John’s Chapter and Murton Lodge of Perfection. Deceased leaves besides Mrs. Aitchison, who was
his second wife, one son William John Aitchison, a well known worker at the Y.M.C.A. and
Friday, March 19, 1897
HARRIS - On March 17th, at 43 Inchbury St., Ralph Harris, only child of William J. and Elizabeth
aged 18 years, 4 months. Funeral Sunday, 21st inst., at 2:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this intimation.
SANFORD - At El Paso, on Saturday, March 13th, Edward Jackson Sanford, in the 20th year of his
age, only son of Hon. W.E. and Sophie Sanford. The funeral will take place from the family
residence on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.
BEVEN - At “The Grange” Ancaster, Ont., on Friday morning March 19th, Frank Beven, fifth son
of Thomas Bevan, of Hackney, London, England, aged 23 years and 3 months. Funeral on Sunday,
to St. John’s church at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.
The death of F. Beven, Ancaster is recorded with much regret. He came to this country some
eight years ago, and went to Ancaster as a farm student. In a few years he bought one of the largest
and best farms in the township, and soon took a lively interest in township, church, and school
matters. He married a daughter of George H. Taylor of Ancaster. At the time of his death he was
Warden of St. John’s church, vice president of the Agricultural society, and junior warden of
Seymour lodge, A.F.and A.M., and a member in good standing of the Royal Arcanum. The cause of
death was pneumonia. He leaves a widow and three children.
McFADDEN - In this city, on Thursday, March 18th, John McFadden, a native of County Down,
Ireland, in the 79th year of his age. The funeral will leave his late residence, for 488 Hughson St.
North, on Sunday, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
John McFadden, who died yesterday afternoon at 488 Hughson Street North, was a native of
county Down, Ireland but came to this city over 45 years ago. In Ireland he had been a member of
the Royal Irish Constabulary, and after coming to this city was on the police force for about 20
years, leaving it to enter the grocery business. About 2 weeks ago, the deceased suffered from an
attack of influenza and gradually became worse until death resulted. He was 79 years of age, and
leaves two sons, David McFadden of St. Louis, and W.J. McFadden of this city; also three
daughters, Mrs. H. Walsh, Mrs. Pottruff, and Miss Minnie McFadden. The funeral will take place
on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. McFadden, wife of deceased, died about six weeks ago.
AITCHISON - The funeral of the late David Aitchison, took place this afternoon from his late
residence, 37 Bay Street South, to Hamilton cemetery. He was attended by a large number of
mourners, including members of the First Congregational church and the Masonic fraternity.
Service was conducted at the house by Rev. Dr. Beavis and Rev. John Morton. The pall-bearers
were William Gibson, M.P., G.M. and W.Bros. Donald McPhie, and W.J. McCallister, representing
the Freemasons, and A.Alexander, Thomas Bale, and Lyman Lee, representing the Congregational
BUTLER (Brantford) March 18 - Word comes from the village of Onondaga, of the drowning there
of old George Butler, familiarly known as “captain” ferryman, at that place. Last evening three
Indians wanted to be taken over to the reserve side, and Butler had the duty. Two of them got into
the boat, with the ferryman, but the third refused to do so, saying the craft was already overloaded,
and he would wait for a return trip. The boat was an old one, leaked badly, and was totally unfit for
use. When out near the middle of the river, which at that place was very wide, and about eighteen
feet deep, the frail craft sank, and the three men were left struggling in the water. Both the Indians
could swim, and managed to get to shore, while the old man sank immediately and was seen no
more. The body so far has not been recovered. Butler was about 60 years of age.
BUCKBEE (Fulton) - Mrs. Price Buckbee passed away on Wednesday after a lingering illness,
which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. The funeral took place on Saturday and
was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Murray Buckbee and family, of Hamilton were here on Saturday to attend the funeral of his mother.
ADAMS (St. George) - The remains of the late Thomas Adams were buried in the Methodist
cemetery last Friday.Mrs. Adams and family have moved to the vicinity of Paris.
Saturday, March 20, 1897
HARRIS - On March 17th, at 48 Inchbury st. Ralph Harris, only child of Wm. J. and Elizabeth
Harris aged 18 years 4 months. Funeral Saturday, 21st inst., at 3 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances
will please accept this intimation.
CURRAN - In this city, on Friday, March 19th, 1897, Charles O’Reilly Curran, aged 30 years.
Funeral from his late residence, No. 48 Strachan St. West, Saturday at 3 p.m. Friends will please
accept this intimation.
Charles Curran, the yardsman who was injured in the Stuart street yard of the Grand Trunk died
rather suddenly yesterday afternoon in the city hospital. He was badly injured about the lower part
of the body, and there was a slight hope of his recovery, but he became much worse yesterday
afternoon and the end came about 1 o’clock. Mrs. Curran who had been a wife about a year only,
was at his bedside when her husband died, his brother George Curran, 46 Walnut street, was also
with him until within an hour of his death. Mrs. Curran is in a delicate state of health, and she is
Deceased had been employed on the Grand Trunk since last September, and had been at the
same employment before and was well acquainted with the work of a yardman. He was about 30
years old. The explanation given of the accident by deceased to his brother a few days ago was that
as the train was coming to-ward him his foot caught in the frog. He signalled to his mate who was
near the engine at the other end of the train, but he misunderstood the signal and sent the train on.
Had the signal to stop being given, Curran’s life would have been spared. At the request of the
deceased’s relatives an inquest was ordered, and Coroner White opened it at the city hospital at
Curran was a member of D. Company, Thirteenth infantry, and the funeral, which will take
place at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from his late residence, 48 Strachan Street, will be conducted
with military honours. He had been attached to the Thirteenth for about nine years.
SANFORD - The remains of the late E. Jackson Sanford, only son of Senator Sanford, were borne
to their last resting place in Hamilton cemetery this afternoon. The casket, covered with beautiful
floral tributes, stood in the east drawing-room, and around it, at 3:30 this afternoon gathered the
mourners. The service was opened with prayer offered by Rev. Dr. Smith. Rev. Prof. Reynar of
Toronto, followed with an address, and after the hymn Asleep In Jesus had been sung, Rev. Dr.
Potts prayed. The principle mourners were Senator Sanford, Col. E.J. Sanford, Dr. Vaux, Sr., and
William Edward Sanford. There were present a large concourse of mourners, including the
warehouse employees and many friends belonging to the city, Toronto, and other places. The
employees met at the warehouse at 2 o’clock and marched in a body to Wesanford.
The pallbearers elected some time ago by the deceased are; Alfred Sanford, W.S. Alley, Sanford
Evans, Dr. Leonard Vaux, Harry Evans, Dr. E.H. Robinson, Frank D. Fearman, and Joseph Greene.
The floral tributes were many and beautiful, and included offerings from the travellers of the
firm, the office staff, the warehouse men, and Strict Observance lodge, A.F. and A.M. The service
at the grave will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Allen, a former pastor of Centenary church.
MERCER - George Mercer, governor of the county jail at Guelph, died yesterday aged 79. He had
held the position of governor of the jail for 37 years.
KEFLLAR (Toronto) March 19 - A young man by the name of Robert Kefllar, living with his
parents at 18 Abbs Street, was found at half past eight last evening lying on the C.P.R. track about
100 yards north of the Parkdale station, and but a short distance from the subway.
The young man was still living and though unconscious and the men tenderly carried him to the
C.P.R. baggage room, and summoned Dr. Lynd. But the poor boy was beyond all earthly aid and
died shortly before 9 o’clock.
The circumstances surrounding the lad’s death are somewhat mysterious. Just how he came to
be on the track where he was found is something that astonishes his relatives. They can ascribe no
reason for his being there, and are at a loss to account for his peculiar action in going up the track.
There is very little to warrant any suspicion of foul play, as all the injuries can be placed
through the striking of the locomotive. A horrible gaping wound occurs on the scalp, extending
from over he left eye to the back of the head. The left eye is blackened, and the forehead crushed,
and forced out of shape; the neck is broken. It is thought that the boy was walking north on the
track, with his head down to breast the wind and rain, and thus did not hear the approaching train.
Monday, March 22, 1897
TURNBULL - Suddenly on Saturday evening March 20th, at her late residence, 385 King Street
West, Lillian Chisholm, widow of the late James Turnbull, in her 71st year. Funeral Tuesday
afternoon to the Grove cemetery, Dundas.
LYONS - At Hillside Home, near Dundas, on Monday morning, March 22, Nancy Binkley, relict of
the late Edward Lyons, aged 77. Funeral from her late residence on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
LANGDON - On March 21, at he residence of his daughter Waterdown, Joseph Langdon, aged 71.
Funeral from his late residence 182 Canada Street on Wednesday, March 24, at 2 o’clock. Friends
and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
YOUNG - At Ancaster, on March 19, William P. Young, in the 81st year of his age. The funeral will
take place from his late residence on Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock.
WILLIAMS - In this city, at 219 George Street on Monday, March 22, Adelaide Myrtle, daughter of
John and Mary Williams aged 2 years and 3 months. Funeral will take place from above address on
Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
WATSON - In Dundas, Sunday March 21, 1897, Helen M., second daughter of Mr. James Watson,
aged 20 years. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Miss Nellie Watson, an estimable young woman well known in St. James’ church circles
Dundas, died yesterday after a long illness from lung trouble. She was a sister of Miss Watson, of
the Dundas public school teaching staff.
GEIDART - The funeral of the late William Geidart took place this afternoon. The pallbearers were
members of Crescent lodge, I.O.O.F.
PATTERSON (St. Thomas, Ont.) March 22 - John Patterson, employed in the locomotive
department of the G.T.R., was instantly killed last night at 7:35 o’clock on the G.T.R. between St.
George crossing and the bridge. It is thought that he was walking along the track on his way to the
station and, being a little hard of hearing did not hear the approaching train. Mr. Patterson’s head
was badly crushed, the left foot partly cut off, and he was otherwise injured. The locomotive and
two cars passed over the body. An inquest was not deemed necessary. Mr. Patterson had been a
resident of St. Thomas for 33 years.
LITTLE (Weston, Ont.) March 22 - Willie, the nine-year-old son of James Little, with a number of
other boys, was sitting on one of the abutments of the bridge, across the Humber river last evening,
when, in some way, he lost his balance and fell in. Before anything could be done to rescue him the
boy was washed away with the flood and drowned. The body has not yet been recovered.
HOLMES (Toronto, Ont.) March 22 - Charles E. Holmes, agent for the Merchants Dispatch
Transportation co., 40 Yonge Street, committed suicide Saturday afternoon in Harry Morgan’s
Merchants restaurant, Jordan street. A bullet wound two inches above the right ear and a revolver
lying near the chair in which the body was found, showed how the deed had been committed. It was
shortly after 5 o’clock when R.B.I. Neville, an agent for the Might Directory co., went into the
smoking room upstairs and made the terrible discovery. He gave the alarm and Dr. Garratt was
summoned. In the meantime, Mr. Neville returned to the room and, with the assistance of J.D.
Young, lifted the body from the chair and laid it on the floor. Life was then extinct. Dr. Garratt soon
arrived, but the bullet had done its fatal work. Inspector Stephen took charge of the remains. Crown
Attorney Dewart notified Coroner Greig, who, after making inquiries, decided that an inquest was
The deceased leaves a widow, the daughter of Charles Cameron of Collingwood, and two
daughters. He resided at 37 D’Arcy Street. Mr. Cameron, who was in Detroit Saturday night was
telegraphed for and arrived in Toronto yesterday.
Ex-Ald. Brandon stated that two or three weeks ago, Holmes happened to be in his (Mr.
Brandon’s) office, and looking over the official paper of the Royal Arcanum, saw an account of a
suicide. Holmes, who was a member of the order, carrying a policy for $3,000, asked Mr. Brandon
if, in a case of suicide, the money would be paid over. Mr. Brandon replied that he supposed it
would when it was a case of mental aberration. He thought no more about the matter but the
conversation recurred to him when he heard of the tragedy. Mr. Brandon has no idea that Holmes
contemplated the deed at the time, and does not now think that there was any such motive for the
act as the deceased was in comfortable circumstances.
The body was removed to Undertaker Stone and will be taken to St. Catharines for burial today.
CARSON (Caledonia) - The death took place on Thursday at noon of Mrs. Carson, a well-known
and aged resident of this village. The deceased lady had been ill for some time. She was a native of
Ireland and had lived in this section for a number of years. She leaves no immediate relatives in this
STONEMAN (Caledonia) - The remains of Joseph Stoneman, an aged resident of Seneca township,
were interred in the Roman Catholic cemetery here on Tuesday last. Mr. Stoneman’s death was the
result of a brief but severe attack of inflammation of his lungs. He was well known and highly
CURRAN - With muffled drums and music soft and sweet, the members of B company, Thirteenth
battalion, turned out yesterday afternoon to convey from his late residence, 48 Strachan Street West,
to their last resting place, the remains of Charles Curran, the young man who died at the hospital on
Friday as the result of injuries received last Tuesday by being crushed by a G.T.R. train. The
deceased was a switchman in the employ of the Grand Trunk, and the high esteem in which he was
held by his fellow employees was shown by the large number that attended the funeral. Strachan
Street from James to Bay, was crowded with citizens, who turned out to see the funeral procession.
The members of the Thirteenth paraded at the armoury, and in company with a squad from the
Hamilton field battery and one gun, marched to the deceased’s residence. When they arrived there
the escort lined up from the door to the gun, and the pallbearers, who were all members of B
company, of which the deceased was a member, placed the casket on the gun carriage, a flag was
placed over it, and on top of this were put the deceased’s side arms and helmet. Pte. Curran was a
member of the congregation of Christ church cathedral, and as the procession passed that edifice the
bell tolled mournfully.
At the cemetery the service was conducted by Rev. Cannon Bland, and a salute of three volleys
was fired by the escort, under the command of Sergt. Atkinson. The floral tributes were numerous
and beautiful, among others being a handsome wreath from the Grand Trunk employees. Sergt.
McNealy had charge of the pallbearers, who were Privates Clark, Donohue, Shaw, O’Brien,
Cushen, and Sayer.
Mrs. Curran, who has not been in good health lately, was almost prostrated with grief. B
company was commanded by Capt. Labatt.
HARRIS - The funeral of the late Ralph Harris yesterday afternoon was largely attended by the
Ancient Order of Foresters, the employees of Greenings Wire works and a Sunday-school class of
which he had been a member. At the house, Rev. Dr. Brethour made a very impressive address,
showing the uncertainty of life by the cutting off of this youth before he had reached manhood’s
estate, and spoke of the many virtues of the young man in the church and Sunday-school. The
Foresters’ ceremonies were conducted in a very impressive manner by the chief ranger, James W.
Pearce, assisted by the officers of the court. The arrangements at the cemetery were very complete,
the grave being lined with white covering and matting placed around on the ground with the
surroundings covered with evergreens. The pallbearers were Charles Wing, Fred Grant, John
Bartlett, Frank Longhurst, John Bickle, and Charles Longhurst, representing his Sunday-school
class and the Foresters. The contingent of his fellow employees was marshalled by Mr. Gaskin; his
Sunday-school teacher, A.C. Blake, took charge of the scholars and Charles Ashby was chief
marshal. The services at the grave being concluded, the Foresters deposited springs of evergreen in
the grave and bade farewell to a brother.
McFADDEN - The body of J. McFadden, who for about twenty years was a member of the
Hamilton police force, was buried yesterday afternoon. From the time he severed his connection
with the police force until his death, the deceased kept a grocery store on Hughson Street North. His
genial manner and charitable disposition gained for him a large number of friends, who turned out
to pay a last tribute to his memory. Mr. McFadden had for many years been prominently connected
with Knox church and he will greatly missed by the congregation. Rev. Dr. Fraser conducted the
religious service at the house and grave and spoke in a feeling manner regarding the deceased’s life.
The pallbearers were all old members of the police force being Sergt.- Major Prentice, Sergt. Pinch,
Constables Knox, Nixon, Hawkins, and Harris.
BEVIN - The funeral of the late Frank Bevin took place yesterday afternoon at St. John’s church
graveyard, Ancaster, Rev. W.R. Clark officiating. It was very largely attended, the church, which
holds 300, being filled to the doors. The deceased was buried with Masonic honours, for past
masters of Seymour lodge, W. Bros. P. Middleton, B.W. Donnelly, R.S. Stevenson, and E. Kenrick,
V.W. Bros. Jas. Stewart, W.M. of Seymour, and R.W. Bros. Malloy, of St. John’s lodge, acting as
pallbearers. About fifty Masons from Hamilton, Dundas, West Flamboro, Dufferin, and Caledonia,
were in the procession. There were a number of beautiful floral tributes.
BRIGHAM - The funeral of the late John Brigham, of Glanford took place yesterday afternoon and
was attended by a very large number of deceased’s friends. Rev. S. Bennetts conducted the funeral
service at the house, speaking from the words, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me”. The
pallbearers were R. Smith, Elgin Smith, T. Pearson, W. Webber, H. Almas, and T. Terryberry.
BEATTIE (Fergus, Ont.) March 21 - John Beattie, county clerk of the county of Wellington, and
private banker, died here this evening about six o’clock. Mr. Beattie had been in poor health for the
last three or four months. Although not well, he was present at the organization of the new county
council on June last, of which he had been clerk for more than twenty years past.
MONTEITH (Stratford) March 21 - A sad accident occurred on an Ontario street crossing shortly
afternoon on Saturday, when Mrs. Mary E. Monteith, an old lady residing in Romeo ward, was
instantly killed, being knocked down by a runaway delivery rig belonging to Welsh Bros. The horse
then started down Market Street, where it became entangled with a rig in which Warden Nelson
Monteith was sitting, pitching him out bruising him considerably, and upsetting the rig, breaking it
more or less. Mr. Monteith also had a very narrow escape from sustaining severe injuries from his
own horse, which had become unmanageable, and started kicking in the overturned rig. Luckily he
was rescued from his perilous position in the knick of time.
LANGDON - Joseph Langdon, for nearly twenty years engineer for the Tuckett & Son
Manufacturing co., died very suddenly while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Buchan, of
Waterdown. The deceased was born in England and came to Hamilton 26 years ago. Two years ago
he burst a blood vessel in his head, and since that has not been working, though his general health
was fairly good. Yesterday afternoon he was taken suddenly ill, suffering from a severe pain in the
head. A doctor was summoned, but before he arrived Mr. Langdon was dead. Apoplexy was the
cause of death. Deceased was 71 years of age, and leaves four sons, and four daughters. Two years
ago his son Walter succeeded his father as engineer at the Tuckett’s company’s factory.
TURNBULL - Mrs. James Turnbull, widow of the late James Turnbull and mother of James
Turnbull, of the Spectator business office, died very suddenly at her residence, 385 King Street
West, about 8:45 on Saturday evening. Mrs. Turnbull had not been well for a week, having suffered
from a bad cold, but she was not at all seriously ill. She had supper as usual on Saturday evening,
and shortly afterward went upstairs. At 8:30 her daughter was talking with her, and a few minutes
afterward Mrs. Turnbull was stricken with apoplexy, dying almost immediately. Deceased’s maiden
name was Lillian Chisholm, and she came from Scotland in 1842. She was the last one living of the
party coming out on the ship at that time. Some years ago she lived in Dundas. She has been for
many years a member of Erskine Presbyterian church, and was 71 years of age. The funeral will
take place on Tuesday afternoon. The interment will be at Grove cemetery, Dundas.
LYONS - Early this morning Nancy Binkley, relict of Edward Lyons of the Hillside house farm,
near Dundas, passed away. Mrs. Lyons was one of the earliest settlers in Wentworth, and was
familiarly known as Grandma Lyons. She was 77 years old, and her death was caused by general
debility. Deceased was in the prime of life when the old red mill on the Ancaster road was in
operation, and it is recorded of her that she used to carry grist on her back from the farm to the mill.
WALLS (Toronto) March 22 - Lawrence Walls, who was nearly smothered by coal gas in his
house, 40 Munro Street, a week ago, died in St. Michael’s hospital yesterday morning from the
effects of it. Coroner Johnson will hold an inquest at St. Michael’s hospital at 8 o’clock Tuesday
Tuesday, March 23, 1897
LANGDON - On March 21, at the residence of his daughter, Waterdown, Joseph Langdon aged 71.
Funeral from his late residence, 182 Canada Street, on Wednesday, March 24, at 2 o’clock. Friends
and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
WILLIAMS - In this city, at 219 George Street, on Monday, March 22, Adelaide Myrtle, daughter
of John and Mary Williams, aged 2 years and 3 months. Funeral will take place from above address
on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
WYLLIE - At The Manse Waubaushene, March 22nd, Mary Woodburn, daughter of the late A.A.
Wyllie, of Hamilton. Funeral from G.T.R. Stuart St. Station on Wednesday at 3:30.
PHANN - In this city, on the 23rd inst., Margaret, third daughter of George Phann, aged 27 years.
Funeral from 205 Caroline Street South, on Thursday at 3:30 o’clock. Friends will kindly accept this
BINKLEY - In this city, on March 23rd, Ella Drake, beloved wife of Morden Binkley, aged 33
years. Funeral from her husband’s residence, 237 Hannah Street West, on Thursday at 2 p.m. to
Hamilton cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
MARTIN - Clarence Martin, a fine-featured, intelligent-looking young Englishman, for the past two
years employed by William Freeman of Binbrook as a farm hand, put an abrupt end to what gave
every promise of being a happy and successful life by hanging himself yesterday afternoon. Martin
was an orphan, coming to Canada some years ago in care of the Shaftsbury home management.
About two years ago he hired out to Mr. Freeman, and has worked for him ever since. He was
generally like by the country people who knew him, and was industrious and faithful in his work. A
pernicious habit, fatal to his good health and mental balance and believed to have been the cause of
his rash act. He was in his 21st year.
Yesterday afternoon young Martin was about the house up until 3:30 when Mrs. Freeman told
him to go out and do the chores in the yard, and around the barn. Before he went out, Mrs. Freeman
asked him what he intended doing this summer, and whether he intended staying on or going to
work somewhere else. He replied that he would work in some other world or else in old England.
This was the last thing he said to anyone, going right out into the barnyard. Mrs. Freeman did not
think anything more of him until tea time, when he could not be found. Mr. Freeman came home
and discovered that the chores had not been done. He started in to do them himself, and when
climbing up into the hay mow was astonished to see the young fellow hanging from a rafter brace.
He did not wait to make investigation beyond discovering that the body was stiff and cold, but
hurried to Bartonville, there summoning Dr. Alway, who went out and cut the body down. Early
this morning it was removed to Green’s private morgue on King Street East, and Coroner White
notified. The doctors held a consultation this morning and decided that an inquest was not
necessary. The funeral will be held to-morrow morning at ten o’clock from Green’s undertaking
The suicide seemed to have been carefully planned. A heavy rope was used, fastened to the
brace in the rafters over the entrance to the loft. A slip noose was used in the rope, and putting it
around his neck Martin stepped from the floor into the opening from the ground floor. Death was
caused by strangulation.
HAMILTON (Brantford) March 22 - The death took place here on Saturday night of Robert
Hamilton, Sr., one of the oldest and best known residents of Brant county, and father of Capt. J. S.
Hamilton, president of J.S. Hamilton & Co., and the Pelee Island Wine and Vineyard co. and R.L.
Hamilton, ex warden of Brant county. Mr. Hamilton was born in the county of Armagh, Ireland, in
1818, and came to Canada in 1846. He first went into business as a florist in Hamilton, but in the
spring of 1852 came to Echo Place near Brantford, where he had since resided. Few men were
better known or more universally respected than Mr. Hamilton, and his familiar figure on the streets
of Brantford will be missed by very many.
KONKLE (Beamsville) - Death has reaped quite a harvest this winter among the old and infirm of
the neighbourhood. The last one to pass away was Mrs. Ellen Konkle, relict of the late Henry
Konkle. Deceased had been suffering for some time from the effects of a paralytic stroke, and
having suffered from a second one on Saturday, death came to her release.
CURRAN - The inquest into the death of Yardsman Charles Curran, who was injured in the Grand.
Trunk Stuart street yards, a week ago last Monday afternoon was held in No. 3 police station last
evening. Coroner White presided. Crown Attorney Crerar conducted the inquest; W.S. McBrayne
appeared in the interest of the railway co., and George H. Lynch-Staunton appeared for Curran’s
The jury retired and brought in the following verdict after half an hours deliberation: That
deceased came to his death at the Grand Trunk railway yards by being caught in a frog at a switch.
The jurymen are further of the opinion that had the frog been properly packed the accident would
not have taken place. (Abbreviated)
Wednesday, March 24, 1897
BINKLEY - In this city, on March 22nd, Ella Drake, beloved wife of Morden Binkley, aged 33
years. Funeral from her husband’s residence, 237 Hannah Street West, on Thursday at 2 p.m. to
Hamilton cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
MILNE - On Tuesday evening, March 23, at his late residence, 200 York Street, Thomas Milne,
aged 49 years. Funeral from above address on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Friends and
acquaintances will please accept this notice.
Thomas Milne, for twenty years an employee of the Grand Trunk Railway company, died at his
residence on York Street last evening. Deceased had been suffering for some years with spinal
trouble, but no very serious symptoms were shown until Sunday last, the immediate cause of death
being the effects of haemorrhage of the stomach. Deceased was of a retiring nature, but made many
friends - friends who honoured and respected him.
He was a native of Sandy island, in the Orkneys, and came to Hamilton in 1870, residing here
ever since. He leaves a wife and one unmarried daughter. He was a member of Court Oronhyatekha,
Independent Order of Foresters. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 2:30.
WHITE (Ridgetown, Ont.) March 23 - George White, a highly respected resident of Howard
township, died very suddenly here to-day. Shortly after dinner his wife found him in the stable,
where he had gone to do chores, in a convulsion, from which he never recovered, despite all that
could be done for him. Mr. White retired from farming a short time ago, and moved to town. He
carried $2,000 in the Workmen. He was 56 years of age.
BAKER (Selkirk) - The funeral of Mrs. Baker took place on Thursday last. The remains were
interred in St. John’s burying ground, Cheapside.
BUTLER (Ohsweken) - George Butler, ferryman at Onondaga, who was drowned on Wednesday
last, was well known on the reserve.
BRIGHAM (Glanford) - The funeral of the late John Brigham, who died so unexpectedly on
Thursday morning, was largely attended on Sunday afternoon. The wife and mother of the deceased
have the sympathy of the community.
BETHUNE (Glanford) - The remains of Mrs. Bethune, of Ryckman’s Corners, aunt of William
Bethune were interred at the Carluke burying ground on Tuesday March 23.
Thursday, March 25, 1897
GAGE - On Wednesday, March 24, at the residence of her son, J. Walter Gage, Barton, Eleanor B.
Gage, relict of the late James Gage, in her 83rd year. Funeral on Saturday, 27th inst., at 2 p.m.
PIPER - At his late residence, Holland Landing Ont., on Wednesday, 24th March 1897, Thomas
Piper, late of Hamilton, father of the Rev. F.C. Piper, of Jarvis, Ont., aged 67 years. Funeral from
the G.T.R. Stuart street station, Friday, 25th on arrival of 3:30 p.m. train from Toronto. Friends will
please accept this intimation.
ELLIS (St. George) - Mrs. Edward Ellis died last Friday after being sick three weeks with
pneumonia. The funeral took place on Tuesday in the Methodist cemetery.
BOWERS (Niagara Falls, Ont.) March 24 - A man named Bowers, living at Chippewa, Ont., was
killed while at work in the big paper mills across the river this afternoon. Bowers was passing an
immense wheel, which was travelling at the rate of 350 revolutions per minute, when his clothing
became entangled in the belt and he was dragged into the wheel. Both legs were severed above the
knee, and one of them was thrown through a window 150 feet away. He was otherwise crushed and
mangled. Death was instantaneous.
Friday, March 26, 1897
GAGE - On Wednesday, March 24th, at the residence of her son, J. Walter Gage, Barton, Eleanor B.
Gage, relict of the late James Gage, in her 83rd year. Funeral on Saturday 27th inst. at 2 p.m. Friends
will please accept this intimation.
HURD - At Burlington, March 26th, William M., son of H.S. and Eva Hurd, aged 18 years. Funeral
Sunday at 4 o’clock. At 7 o’clock this morning, in a fit of melancholia, Willie, only son of H.S,. Hurd, shot himself
directly behind the left ear. He lived half an hour but never gained consciousness. He was called by
his father a little before 7 and answered very pleasantly, but in a few minutes he was screaming
loudly, and on going to his room his father found him lying on the bed with a pistol at his side and a
looking glass at the foot of his bed. A cup containing paris green was also found in his room. He
was eighteen years of age and no cause for his rash act can be accounted for. The family have the
heartfelt sympathy of the whole community.
ROSEBRUGH - At Hamilton on Thursday, at 11 p.m., Doctor J.W. Rosebrugh in his 69th year.
Funeral on Monday at 2:30 p.m., from his late residence, 96 James St. South. No flowers.
Doctor J.W. Rosebrugh, one of the best known and longest resident physicians in Hamilton,
died rather unexpectedly shortly after 11 o’clock at his home, corner of James and Hunter Streets.
He had been ill for a week or two suffering from that all-prevalent malady influenza, but none of his
friends nor he himself had anticipated any serious result. Early yesterday afternoon, however, he
took a bad turn, and Doctors Malloch, and Mullin were called in. Along with Dr. Fred Rosebrugh,
son of deceased they remained with him, but medical aid could not avail and death came shortly
before midnight. It is believed that influenza brought on a complication of diseases.
Dr. Rosebrugh was 69 years of age. He was born in Galt and graduated from Victoria University, taking post
graduate in medical colleges on the other side of the line and in Europe. He settled in Hamilton
many years ago, and at he time of his death, was one of the oldest and most respected practitioners
in the city. For a long time he held the position of jail surgeon. Deceased leaves a widow, a
daughter, Mrs. H. Jones, wife of Brantford’s city engineer, and a son, Dr. Fred A. Rosebrugh of this
city. He also has a brother, a medical man and specialist, in Toronto.
Dr. Rosebrugh was prominent in Centenary church work being a trustee of the church and a
director of the Hamilton Ladies college. He was a member of Temple lodge, A.F. and A.M. The
funeral will take place on Monday afternoon, Rev. Dr. Smith conducting the service, and the
pallbearers being medical men and members of the trustee board of Centenary church. The
physicians of the city will attend the funeral in a body.
VANCAMP - Dr. Louis Vancamp, who had been a dentist in Berlin, Ont., for 33 years, died there
Thursday aged 67.
REDD - Albert Redd, a Sandwich negro, was, it is stated, struck with an ax by a hotel keeper named
James Ouelette. The negro died and the case is now being investigated.
Saturday, March 27, 1897
ROSEBRUGH - At Hamilton, on Thursday, at 11 p.m., Doctor J.W. Rosebrugh in his 69th year.
Funeral on Monday at 3:30 p.m., from his late residence, 98 James St. South. Service in the
Centenary church. No flowers.
JOHNSTONE - In this city, on Saturday, 27th March, 1897, Alex E. Johnstone, aged 43 years.
Funeral (private), Monday, at 3:30 o’clock from 195 King St. West.
WINTERTON (Orangeville, Ont.) March 26 - The body of Charles Winterton, a labouring man,
was found lying on the Orangeville and Fergus road, about eight miles west of here, about 10
o’clock this morning.
The dead man was a farm labourer, who, with his wife and six children, lived in a house on a
farm on the sixteenth concession of the township of East Garafraxa. On Monday morning he started
from home to cut wood on Joseph Curney’s place, lot 9 concession sixteen, East Garafraxa, not
intending to return home until Saturday night. However, the weather turned out stormy, and being
unable to work in the bush, he started for home on Wednesday evening, carrying with him his axe
and lunch basket. He took a short cut across the fields, and in some way got lost, and, wandering by
his home, came out on the Orangeville and Fergus road about a mile south of his place. Here he was
seen by Archibald McKittrick about 8 o’clock on Wednesday evening, to whom he said he was
going to Winterton’s. He started across the fields, but had only gone a short distance when he again
apparently got turned about, and again got to the fence along the road. He got over the fence, and
judging by the appearance of his body, had only gone a few feet, when he fell forward on his face.
He was subject to spells of mental derangement and it is supposed was overtaken by one of these
while trying to get home.
On Thursday evening it became known he was missing, and search parties were organized. The
search was carried on the greater part of the night without success. This morning it was resumed,
and the axe and basket discovered against the fence on the roadside. A few feet further on one of the
searchers, a young man named Donaldson, stumbled over the prostrate body, which was completely
covered with snow. Contrary to expectations, the corpse was frozen but very little. The searchers at
once carried it to a neighbouring house, and one of their number broke the news to the family, who,
already half-crazed with anxiety, were completely prostrated by the terrible news.
The unfortunate man was between 40 and 50 years of age, and was not very well known even by
his neighbours as he avoided any attempts at acquaintanceship. This was probably due to a desire to
conceal his mental weakness, of which he seems himself to have been fully aware.
Monday, March 29, 1897
COLLISON - At Cedarhurst, Harriston, on Saturday, March 27th, at 8 p.m., John Collison aged 64
years and 11 months. Funeral 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 30th.
WILLIAMS - At 219 George St., on 27th inst., Charles David Williams, dearly beloved son of John
and Mary Williams aged 4 years and 2 months. Funeral Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Funeral private.
O’DEA - M. Patricia O’Dea, Rev. Mother Superioress Loretta Convent, Hamilton, died Sunday
evening 28th inst. Funeral Tuesday morning, at 9 o’clock, to Holy Sepulchre cemetery.
LYONS - At Spruce Hill, near Ancaster, on Saturday, March 27th, Mary Williams, wife of Stephen
Lyons, in the 50th year of her age. Funeral from her late residence to Grove cemetery, Dundas, at
2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the 30th inst. Friends will please accept this intimation.
ROSEBRUGH - The funeral of the late Dr. J.W. Rosebrugh took place this afternoon from the
family residence, James Street South. The remains were taken to Centenary church, where deceased
had for so many years worshipped, and of which church he was a trustee at the time of his death.
There appropriate addresses were delivered by Rev. Dr. Smith, and Rev. Dr. Burns. There was a
large attendance of friends of the dead physician at the church, and the funeral to Hamilton
cemetery was numerously attended. The pall-bearers were Drs. Macdonald, Mullin, Malloch, and
Philp, representing the medical fraternity; W.W. Robinson, S.F. Lazier, and F.W. Watkins, of
Centenary church trust board, and John Bickle, an old church friend of deceased. The officials of
the church attended the funeral in a body, and the medical men of the city were largely represented.
STEVENSON (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) March 27 - Coroner Slocum has been called to investigate the
death of James R. Stevenson, 27 years old, who died in a mysterious manner at his boarding house
on South Avenue last night. Stevenson was assaulted here some months ago and his life was in the
balance for many days. Since he recovered he has never been himself and he has been unable to
work at all.
Last night he complained of pains about his legs and finally grew ill, and a physician was sent
for, but before he arrived, the young man was dead.
Stevenson was employed as bartender at the Prospect house for a number of years. His home is
in Norwich, Ont., and he was always considered a bright young man, very steady and always
attentive to his business. He became mixed up in a love affair some time since and it is said that
there was trouble, due to a rival. This may or may not have something to do with the assault, which
so nearly ended his life at the time, and is now generally believed to have been the primary cause of
his death. The man who committed the assault were discharged because Stevenson when he got
better refused to appear against them. They were employees of the International hotel.
McGARVIN (Chatham, Ont.) March 27 - By the explosion of a threshing engine boiler on the farm
of Peter McGarvin, Fifth Concession of Harwich, at 9 o’clock this morning, James McGarvin was
instantly killed and John Houston very seriously injured. The accident occurred while the deceased,
his two brothers and two hired men were engaged in threshing clover seed. McGarvin was picked
up with incredible rapidity backwards for 75 yards. He flew through space as though he had been
shot from a cannon, and so great was the force that after he struck the rough frozen ground he was
driven for a distance of 20 yards additional before he was stopped by brambles and bushes in a
Houston was hurled 20 yards. John Cramb was the first to reach him, and as he did so the latter
asked “where is Jim”.
McGarvin’s prostrate form was found in the bushes in the fence corner exactly 96 yards away
from the spot where he stood when the explosion occurred. The oak plank upon which he stood had
been carried with him, and his body lay across it, while beside him was an unburnt stick of wood he
had put into the fire a moment before the accident. Houston was found to be terribly scalded and
nearly lost his sight. He was removed to the hospital in this city. McGarvin was 42 years old and
CARNEGIE (Toronto) March 29 - As a result of the accident which happened to John Carnegie, the
unfortunate man died at the General Hospital at nine o’clock on Saturday morning.
On Friday morning Carnegie, who was nineteen years of age, attempted to adjust a pulley belt
with a broom, at the place where he was employed, Simpson’s Knitting works, and in so doing was
struck by the broom handle and sustained a fracture of the spine.
FROST (Paris, Ont.) March 28 - Sensational disclosure were made at the adjourned inquest held in
Princeton yesterday on the body of George Frost, reported killed by a blow from a shovel in the
hands of Ephraim Convey, on the farm rented by Russell Grover, Frost’s employer, lot 9,
concession 1, Blenheim. The post-mortem disclosed the face that death was due to shooting, the
bullet - a 32 caliber ball-having penetrated the heart.
The medical evidence was reserved until the close of the inquiry, and as the public had not the
slightest inkling of the result of the post-mortem, it caused a decided sensation.
Convey’s statement to Henry Grover, that “George and I have had a fracas and I struck him with
a shovel and I think he has fainted; come out and see him”.was the basis of the theory that death
resulted from the blow. The surgeon’s knife, however brought to light the murderous missile which
sent George Frost to a premature grave.
Dr. Taylor read the report of the examination, which had been conducted by himself and Dr.
Staples during the night. The report concluded; “I am of the opinion that death was caused by a
gunshot wound, the bullet having penetrated the heart.”
The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical opinion adding that in their belief the
shot was fired by the hand of Ephriam Convey.
The information sworn to by Henry Grover, charged Ephriam Convey with the willful murder of
one George Frost on March 26th.
The prisoner pleaded not guilty in a voice that betrayed not the slightest agitation, and after the
evidence just given at the inquest had been read and informally agreed to by the witnesses, Convey
was committed to Woodstock jail to await trial at the fall assizes.
Constables Watson, and Logan, made a thorough search of the house, barn and stable, but no
trace of a revolver to fit the bullet found in the body of the murdered man was found.
Convey takes his arrest coolly. Confinement will it is thought, tell quickly upon his health, as
despite his 73 years he was most active about the farm, an indoor existence for a single hour was
McLEAN - Daniel McLean once a well-known leather merchant of Toronto, died on Saturday.
COLLISON - John Collison, proprietor of the Collison house, Harriston, Ont., died on Saturday
ROGERS (Chatham, Ont.) March 28 - On Wednesday afternoon Daniel Rogers of Tilbury East was
found dead in his barn. He walked about two miles to Waletta in the morning, and on his return ate
a hearty meal. He complained of no pain and at 3 o’clock left the house to do the chores. At six he
had not returned, so his wife became anxious, and went to look for him. He was found lying on the
barn floor and life was extinct. A coroner’s jury, empaneled on Saturday morning, returned a
verdict that the deceased came to his death by apoplexy. He was 59 years of age.
SCOTT (Brantford) March 28 - A man named James Scott, from Dundas, hanged himself in the
cells of Brantford police station last night. Scott, who was a powerfully built man of about 38 years
of age, was arrested on the market square about 5:30 on Saturday evening on a charge of being
drunk and disorderly. He was placed in a corridor at the lockup and left there. Half an hour
afterwards an officer looked into the corridor and found the man dead. Scott had taken off a jacket
that he wore. He tied the two arms of the coat through the wire railing door of his cell, and putting
his head through between the two tied arms of the coat and the collar of the same, through himself
forward and most deliberately hanged himself. The hastily formed noose was only about four feet
four inches from the floor, while Scott was a man of 5 ft. 10". Scott hung with his feet upon the
lower part of the iron door. Every effort was made to resuscitate him but without success. The body
was identified as that of James Scott of Dundas. He had, however, been working on a farm near
Lynden or Weir for some time back. An inquest will be held to-morrow.
The local police have been notified that the father of William Scott who committed suicide in
Brantford jail last night, is James Scott, gardener for Thomas Bain, M.L.A., who resides a few miles
west of this city. The dead man was well known in Dundas. He was there last Sunday.
O’DEA - Early last evening, at Loretto convent, Mother Patricia, who has been the lady superior of
the institution for the past seven years died. For some weeks Mother Patricia has been suffering
from acute rheumatism, and this, reaching her heart, hastened her end. The deceased sister was 58
years of age, and had been for 43 years in religion. She came to Loretto from Guelph about seven
years ago, and had been here but a short time when she won the confidence and esteem of all the
sisters at the convent and everyone else with whom she came in contact. She was highly
accomplished, particularly so in music.
Mother Patricia name in the world was O’Dea. One of her
brothers was a former Hamilton physician, and another is now practising medicine in New York
city. Mr. Duffy, a brother-in-law, was in the city yesterday from Rochester, but returned last night.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock from the convent, where mass will be
celebrated to Holy Sepulchre cemetery.
Tuesday, March 30, 1897
TOVELL - Rev. Dr. Tovell is at Everton, Eramosa, to-day attending the funeral of his uncle, the
late Samuel Tovell, of that place, who died on Sunday at the age, of 82.
McCARTNEY - Henry McCartney, a pioneer farmer of Peel county, died at his home near Caledon
East on Saturday, and was buried to-day. Mrs. E.H. Sanderson, 463 King St. East, is a daughter of
the deceased. He was 75 years old.
MOORE - James Lamond, a conductor on the street railway line, has gone to York to attend the
funeral of Samuel Moore, his brother-in-law, who was killed while crossing the tracks there on
Saturday night. A fast train ran him down killing him instantly and smashing his rig to kindling
WILLIAMS - John D. Williams, 219 George St., has recently been doubly bereaved. Last
Wednesday his little daughter Adelaide, died of inflammatory croup. On Saturday evening his little
four-year-old succumbed to the same complaint and the funeral took place to-day. Mr. Williams has
the sympathy of all who know him in his sad bereavement.
LOWERY (Glanford) - Mr. Lowery, of Glanford station, died on Monday of inflammation. The
deceased had recently returned home from Bracebridge, where he had been working for some time.
The funeral will take place on Thursday at the Case church burying ground.
STURCH (Grimsby) - Death has called one of our citizens away in the person of Alfred Sturch. He
had been a great sufferer from that dreadful disease, consumption, for a number of years and died
on Monday noon.
Wednesday, March 31, 1897
KEAYS - At Chicago 29th of typhoid fever, Charles Henry Keays, pastor of the Ravenswood,
Congregational church, aged 39 years. Funeral private, from the residence of Mr. W.J. Copp, on
Rev. C.H. Keays, pastor of Ravenswood Congregational church, of Chicago died yesterday in
that city of typhoid fever. He was a son-in-law of W.J. Copp, and was born and educated in
Hamilton. The funeral, which will be private, will take place to-morrow afternoon from Mr. Copp’s
McILWAIN - On Tuesday morning March 30, at 79 Strachan Street East, Joseph, eldest son of
Thomas and Mary McIlwain, aged 11 years. Funeral took place this afternoon at 2 o’clock to
GUSTAFSON (Ottawa, Ont.) March 31 - Emma Gustafson of Whitney, was asphyxiated by gas in
the Windsor house this morning. She came to the city last evening to visit her sister, who is an
inmate of one of the city hospitals. Late last evening she registered at the hotel and retired to her
room. About 8 o’clock the smell of gas was noticed in the hallway adjoining her room. The door
was burst open and the girl was found lifeless on her bed.
HOLDEN (Toronto) March 31 - George Holden, who, with his brother Percy, was badly burned by
the explosion by a pot of varnish at the Gutta Percha Rubber Manufacturing works in Parkdale last
week, died from the effect of his injuries at the general hospital this morning.
Thursday, April 1, 1897
HARBOTTLE (Toronto, Ont.) April - Capt. James Harbottle, for the past four years Captain of the
Niagara line steamer Chicora, died this morning of gastric catarrh of the stomach. He was 38 years
old and, prior to taking command of the Chicora, was for years well known on the upper lakes and
filled various positions of responsibility. He was the son of the late Capt. Harbottle, for many years
inspector of hulls here.
Patrick Ronan, of the market square, received word shortly after 8 o’clock this morning of his
brother-in-law’s death, and Mrs. Ronan went at once to Toronto, accompanied by her sister-in-law.
Capt. Harbottle was in Hamilton visiting a couple of weeks ago, leaving for Toronto a week ago last
Monday. He was not well then, but it was not thought his condition was at all serious. He went to
Toronto to fit out his boat.
DERBY (Selkirk) - Deep gloom hovers over our village, caused by the death of Mrs. M.F. Derby
on Sunday last. A husband and five young children are left to mourn the departed wife and mother.
The deceased was honoured and loved by all who knew her. The funeral took place on Tuesday,
when the remains were interred in the Union burying ground. Elder R.C. Evans officiated at the
BUMBY (Appleby) - The funeral of the late Mrs. George Bumby took place on Friday afternoon
and was largely attended. The service was held in the church and conducted by Rev.E.B. Stevenson.
The pall-bearers were; John Sherwood, T. Sherwood, W. Sherwood, J. Sherwood, E. Sherwood,
brothers of the deceased, and H. Bumby brother-in-law.
GRANT - A child sixteen months old, daughter of Samuel Grant, of Turin, Ont., was found on
Tuesday lying in a ditch containing about a foot of water, dead.
Friday, April 2, 1897
LISCUM (Toronto Junction) April 1 - An awful accident happened to Eva Liscum, the-fourteen-year-
old daughter of Jerry D. Liscum, of Murray avenue this afternoon, whereby the victim of the
disaster lost her life. It appears that Eva was standing near some blazing rubbish, which had been
set on fire by somebody on St. Clair avenue, near the St. Clair avenue public schoolhouse. This was
about 1 o’clock this afternoon. There are conflicting accounts as to how the accident really
happened but in some manner the girl’s clothing caught fire, and next moment she was wrapped in
flames. Two boys who were standing nearby rushed to the rescue of the girl, and tried in vain to
quench the flames, burning their hands in so doing. Seeing that their efforts were not successful the
unfortunate girl ran across the Canadian Pacific railway tracks to the residence of Wm. Lillew,
being almost completely enveloped in the flames. Mr. Lillew quickly extinguished the flames, but
his hands were so badly burned whilst so doing that he will be unable to work for a couple of
months. He then wrapped the poor suffering girl in a buffalo robe, and had her hastily conveyed to
her home. Telephone messages were sent to Dr. Perfect and Dr. Clendenan, but despite all their
medical skill could do the poor little sufferer lingered between life and death until a quarter to six
this evening, when she expired. The parents are almost distracted by the awful occurrence.
Saturday, April 3, 1897
BALDWIN - At “The Moorings” Hamilton Beach, 2nd April, Manny Louise Baldwin, (Baby Doo),
daughter of David C. and Fanny Baldwin, aged 5 years and 6 months. Funeral private.
McMULLEN - At his late residence in Ancaster township, on April 2nd, James McMullen, in the
81st year of his age. Funeral Monday, April 5, at 3 o’clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this intimation.
FEGERT - At Boston, Mass., on April 1, Sadie, wife of Arthur Fegert, (nee) Stewart, aged 21 years
3 months, and 7 days. Funeral from her father’s residence 97 Napier Street, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
to Glanford church.
GOODYEAR (Caledonia) - The remains of the late William Goodyear were brought here from
Detroit last week and interred in the local cemetery. Deceased was a well-known character in the
village a few years ago.
LEWIS - The death took place at his residence near Blackheath, on Monday last, of Samuel Lewis,
father of Mrs. Nelson Mitchell, of this village. The deceased gentleman was in his 88th year.
MOORE - The driver and fireman of G.T.R. engine 47, which struck and killed Samuel Moore, of
the 3rd line, Seneca township, last Saturday evening at the York station crossing, came on to
Caledonia for assistance immediately after the accident. Night Operator Huffman and Section
Foreman Lamberton accompanied them back to the scene of the accident. They found the body of
the unfortunate man driven clear through the boards of the station house, in a bent-double position
some forty-five feet from where the engine struck his rig. The democrat was smashed to atoms, but
the horses escaped uninjured. Moore was a married man, and leaves a wife and four little ones.
Monday, April 5, 1897
HOTRUM - On Saturday afternoon April 3, at 74 Murray St. East, Cyrus H. Hotrum, conductor of
G.T.R., aged 39 and 4 months. Funeral Tuesday at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.
Conductor Cyrus Hotrum, died at his residence, 73 Murray Street yesterday. For eleven weeks
he had lain unconscious since he was mysteriously injured at Woodstock. It will be remembered
that while in charge of a freight train which was shunting there he was struck on the head, it is
supposed, by a projection from the car and was found lying insensible beside the track. As he never
recovered consciousness, the particulars were not learned. An autopsy held yesterday showed that
the skull was intact, but there were five small abscesses under the brain.
The deceased was 39 years of age, and leaves a widow, and three children. He had been 17
years in the employ of the G.T.R. He was a member of the A.O.F., who will have charge of the
funeral to-morrow and of the Order of Railway Conductors.
There is no truth in the statement by a Toronto paper that the relatives of the deceased propose
suing the railway company for damages.
LEWIS - In this city, on Sunday morning, Anna B. Wardell, beloved wife of B.H. Lewis. The
funeral will take place from her parent’s residence, 37 Oxford St. on Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m. to
Hamilton cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
Mrs. Lewis, the young wife of B.J. Lewis, died at her parent’s residence 37 Oxford Street, early
this morning. Consumption was the cause of death. She had been married only eight months.
SCHADEL - At 24 Cannon St. West, on April 3, Mary Schadel, wife of the late Jacob Schadel.
Funeral from her son’s residence at 2 o’clock on Tuesday. Friends will please accept this
VAUGHAN - In this city, at 98 Canada Street, on Monday, April 5, Annie Blankstein, beloved wife
of S. Vaughan in the 19th year of her age. Funeral will take place from above address, on
Wednesday at 2 o’clock. Friends will kindly accept this notice. Berlin and Waterloo papers please
NORTON (St. Thomas, Ont.) April 5 - An inquest to inquire into the death of Roy Crawford
Norton, son of Henry Norton, Wellington street, who died on March 24, no doctor having being
called before death, was held on Saturday night. There were quite a number of spectators present.
Coroner Gustin presided and D.J. Donahue looked after the interests of the crown. The jury, after
hearing the evidence, brought in the following verdict; “That the demise of the said R.C. Norton
was due to carelessness on the part of his parents in not securing proper medical attendance for the
said R.C. Norton; that we regret that the teachings of the doctrine which, from the evidence of the
parents, is part of their religious belief, are on the increase in the city, and that, where the doctrine
suggests to the adherence that a medical attendant should not be called, where there is a need of it, it
should, where it is in the power of the authorities be prohibited”.
BARRY (Rothsay, Ont.) April 5 - A young man, youngest son of John Barry, who lives about three
miles from here, was accidentally killed on Saturday last, by a tree falling on him.
Andrew Barry was killed at Drayton by a tree falling on him.
JONES (Brantford, Ont.) April 4 - All Brantford was shocked yesterday afternoon to hear of the
death of Capt. W.D. Jones, L.L.B. local master-in-chancery, which occurred suddenly from heart
failure. Mr. Jones was taken down with pneumonia some two weeks ago, but was thought to be out
of all danger when the end suddenly came on Saturday at 5 p.m. Deceased was the fourth son of
Judge Jones. He was formerly adjutant of the Dufferin rifles. He leaves a widow and three young
ROHIEDER (Toronto) April 5 - In the short compass of one week there is a very sad record of la
grippe’s fatal work in the Rohieder family, late of 27 Wellington Avenue. Francis W. Rohieder
succumbed to this malady on Saturday, March 27th, and was buried on Tuesday last. Mrs. Catharine
Rohieder, his widow, died on Wednesday, and her remains were interred on Friday. Their only
daughter, Miss Catharine Rohieder, died on Saturday last, in her 24th year, and the interment will
take place to-morrow. Thus within eight days requiem mass will have been said in St. Mary’s
Church, Bathurst Street, for father, mother, and daughter.
JACKSON (London, Ont.) April 4 - William Jackson, one of the best known farmers of
Westminister, was found dead in bed at his home near Pond Mills Saturday morning.
For some time Mr. Jackson had been suffering from heart trouble, but so sudden an end was not
expected. He was about 60 years of age. A widow and large family survive him.
GIBSON (Morrisburg) April 4 - Kenneth Gibson, aged 19, only son of M.C. Gibson, died yesterday
morning at the Royal Victoria hospital, Montreal, of lockjaw. About two weeks ago the deceased
ran a rusty nail through his foot. The wound was carefully dressed healed nicely, and was
apparently alright. On Saturday last however, his jaw was a little sore; on Sunday it became
somewhat stiff. He was immediately taken to Montreal, receiving skilful attention at the hospital.
The dreaded disease gradually developed, and on Friday the case was hopeless. His sufferings were
finally relieved by death yesterday morning.
GREY - Late Saturday night James Grey Sr., who lives on the ninth concession, Beverley township
and is one of the old residents out there, died very suddenly. He had not been in the best of health
for sometime, but had not been laid up. Shortly after he went to bed his wife heard him breathing
heavily and by the time she reached his room he was dead. Heart trouble is regarded as the cause as
his sudden taking off. He was 70 years old, and leaves a widow and grown up family.
Tuesday, April 6, 1897
CLINE (Cornwall) April 5 - John Cline, one of the most prominent residents of Longue Sault
Island, met with a fatal accident last week. He and his son were washing sap buckets at an open
well when the later was called away for a few minutes. On his return he missed the old man, who
was 85 years of age, and looking down the well, saw him standing in the water, which was about
four feet deep. With the aid of a ladder the old gentleman was brought to the surface and carried to
the house where he died in a couple of hours of the result of his fall and cold bath. The deceased
was a native of Lancaster, Glengarry county, and was one of the most successful fruit growers in
ROBERTS (Toronto) April 6 - A few minutes before 7 o’clock yesterday morning a party of
corporation labourers were proceeding to their work. When they reached the corner of Regent Street
and Weston Avenue, one of their number, William Roberts, a man of 50 years of age, suddenly fell.
His comrades quickly raised the prostrate man, only to find that he was dead. For some time passed
he had been suffering from heart failure, and his death no doubt was caused by this trouble.
Wednesday, April 7, 1897
HOTRUM - The funeral of the late Conductor Hotrum, took place yesterday afternoon, and was
largely attended, a number of train men and members of the Ancient Order of Foresters, being
present. The pall-bearers were; Conductors Gibson, Beatty, Simpson, W. Brownson, M. Freeman,
and W. Hall.
McKITTRICK (Orangeville, Ont.) April 6 - The town was deeply aroused this afternoon when the
news spread that Alexander McKittrick, a well-known and highly-respected farmer, who resided
about a mile north of here, on the Prince of Wales Road, had committed suicide by stabbing himself
in the heart with a huge butcher knife. Deceased was a man of about 55 years of age, until about six
years ago lived in East Garafraxa, when he moved to his farm adjoining the town. He was in
splendid financial circumstances and was known throughout the adjoining country. He had been
suffering from a very severe attack of paralysis for several months, and became despondent. This is
supposed to be the only motive for his awful deed. He leaves a widow, two sons, and two daughters,
one son being editor of the Orangeville Banner.
Friday, April 9, 1897
BELZ - On Thursday, April 8th, at his late residence 154 Park Street North, Lorenz Belz, in his 75th
year. Funeral Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
Lorenz Belz, who celebrated his golden wedding some months ago, died at his residence, 154
Park Street North, yesterday afternoon, of pneumonia. Mr. Belz was born in Mayence, Germany 76
years ago, and for over thirty years he has worked in the Sanford company’s warehouse. He was ill
but one week. He leaves a family of ten children and a widow. For many years he was a member of
the Germania society, and was always highly regarded among the German residents of the city. The
funeral will take place on Monday afternoon.
VAN WICK - On April 8th at the parsonage, Gore St., Rev. James Van Wick, pastor of Gore street
Methodist Church, aged 50 years, and 10 months. Funeral Monday afternoon, private service at the
parsonage at 2 o’clock, public service in the church at 2:30. Friends and acquaintances will please
accept this notice.
WHITTEN (Toronto) April 9 - Coroner Johnson has issued a warrant for an inquest on the body of
Robert T. Whitten, of 86 Robert Street, who was found dead in his house about 9 o’clock last
The case has an element of mystery surrounding it yet from all present appearances the man has
evidently, in a fit of melancholy put an end to his existence. About a month ago his mother died,
and about two weeks ago a second death occurred in the family, this time wife and mother being
taken. He was a man of usually temperate habits, but indulged occasionally in liquor, though never
to excess. After the death of his wife he sent his three children to a relative in St. Catharines, and
since then has been living alone. Last evening his brother came to visit him about 9 o’clock.
Upstairs in a back room, stretched out on a bed, was the dead body of his brother. The alarm was
quickly given and on the arrival of Inspector Johnston he telephoned for Coroner Johnson and the
inquest warrant was issued.
Whitten was fully dressed and had $20.00 in his trousers pocket and a gold watch in his vest. On
a table in the room stood an empty beer bottle, while on the wash stand was a cup, smelling of
carbolic acid, and beside it a-two-ounce vial labelled to have contained the same poison, and empty,
all but a few drops. This bottle of acid was obtained at a nearby drug store on April 2 and signed
for, the excuse given being that it was for a lotion.
These are the exterior evidences of the case, and a post-mortem examination will be held to see
what traces of the poison exist in the throat and stomach. If it is then found necessary, the inquest
will be held on Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
CLARKE - Samuel Clarke, a young man employed on a farm near Belleville, was killed by the
bursting of a fly-wheel while working a wood-sawing machine.
VAN WICK - Rev. J. Van Wick, B.A. died last evening after a brief illness, aged fifty-one years.
He had not been in his usual good health for some months, but it was only ten days ago that he was
forced to take to bed. From the first the doctors held out little or no hope of his recovery. He
became unconscious some days ago and never rallied, and the end came at the hour stated.
Tubercular meningitis was the cause of death. Mr. Van Wick had enjoyed unusually good health all
his life. In his pulpit addresses he frequently expressed gratitude that he had never, in all his
somewhat lengthy ministerial career, been forced through ill-health to neglect his church duties, and
his complete collapse in view of his strong constitution, is surprisingly and startlingly sudden.
Mr. Van Wick was born in Stamford, Welland county, on May 16, 1846. His parents were
farmers and while his early life was spent on a farm, he learned a trade of a carpenter and followed
that business for a time. Always of a deeply religious turn, he spent his spare hours fitting himself
for the work of the ministry, and in 1869 he took his first charge under the Methodist Episcopal
denomination. He was ordained in 1873, and shortly afterward entered Albert College, Belleville.
When he graduated in 1878, he was a valedictorian and silver medalist of his class. His pastoral
charges have been,; Welland, Belleville, Strathroy, Toronto, and Hamilton - two terms in Gore
Street Church and one in First church. He was a member of the board of management of Alma
Ladies’ College, St. Thomas, and since the affiliation of Albert College with Victoria University, he
had been on the senate of the later institution. He was president of the Hamilton Methodist
conference and had been a member of all the general conferences of his church. He was married in
1866 to Miss Maria Feres, of Humberstone, Welland who, with two sons, survives him.
The funeral of the deceased clergyman will take place on Monday. After a private ceremony in
the parsonage the body will be taken into the church adjoining, and a public service will be held.
This will commence at 2:30 o’clock, and will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Carman, general
superintendent of the Methodist church.
Saturday, April 10, 1897
BELZ - On Thursday, April 8th, at his late residence, 154 Park St. North, Lorenz Belz, in his 74th
year. Funeral Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
The funeral of the late Lorenz Belz will take place to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 and not on
Monday, as erroneously stated yesterday.
VAN WICK - On April 8th, at the parsonage, Gore St., Rev. James Van Wick, pastor of Gore St.
Methodist Church, aged 51 years and 10 months. Funeral Monday afternoon, private service at the
parsonage at 2 o’clock. Public service in the church at 2:30. Friends and acquaintances will please
accept this notice.
DONALDSON - At her late residence, No. 25 Severn St., on the 9th inst., Mary Dann relict of the
late David A. Donaldson, of Thornby. Funeral private to-morrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.
COOME - In this city, on Friday, 9th of April, at her mother’s residence, No. 56 Florence St.,
Georgia Coome, wife of Charles E. Coome, and daughter of the late Stephen Carter, aged 25 years.
Funeral Monday at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
KELLAR (Fonthill) A gloom was cast over the whole community of last week when the news
spread that Alonzo Kellar had passed away. The day previous he was somewhat better and his
friends had hopes of his recovery, but during the night a change for the worse came on, and he died
at 6 o’clock Thursday morning. The deceased, who was in his forty-second year, was well and
favourably known all over this section of the country, and the funeral, which took place on Sunday,
was the largest ever seen in these parts. Rev. R. Rogers conducted the service at the house, after
which the Orange order, of which deceased was a member, took charge of the remains, which were
interred at Dawdy’s cemetery. Rev. G. Johnston of Welland, officiated at the grave.
CARTER - W. Carter, mayor of Picton, Ont., died suddenly yesterday at his residence aged 59.
KNOWLES - H.G. Knowles, a prominent citizen of Guelph, Ont., died suddenly at his residence in
that city yesterday morning.
JOHNSTON - At Millbank, Ont., on Wednesday a farmer named George Johnston was instantly
killed in a runaway accident.
WEST (Toronto) April 10 - Isaac West, of Dundas street, West Toronto Junction, was found dead in
his stable about 7:30 last night. He had been slightly indisposed by la grippe for some time, but it
had not confined him to the house, and yesterday he was out driving the wagon as usual until within
two hours of his being found in the stable. West was 63 years of age.
Monday, April 12, 1897
EVATT - At Oak Bank, on 11th inst., Francis Evatt in his 52nd.year. Funeral private.
VAN WICK - All that was mortal of the late Rev. James Van Wick, the beloved pastor of Gore
Methodist church, and president of the Hamilton conference, was laid in the tomb this afternoon in
Hamilton cemetery. The deep regard in which the late minister was held was indicated by the large
concourse of ministers and friends who attended the funeral. About 200 ministers assisted in the
services, coming from various parts of the conference, Toronto and other places, and the church was
far too small to hold all who desired to participate in the service conducted there.
At 2 o’clock a private service was held in the parsonage attended by the members of the family,
the officials of the church and visiting clergyman.
At the close of the service the congregation was given the opportunity to look upon the face of
the dead pastor for the last time, and most of those present filed sorrowfully past the casket and
gazed on it.
It is understood that Mrs. Van Wick widow of the late Rev. J. Van Wick will move to Toronto
to live while her son Roy is attending college there.
McEACHERN (Waterdown) - The funeral of the infant daughter of Rev. P.M. McEachern took
place from the manse on Thursday morning and proceeded to the station, where the remains were
sent on the 9:15 train to Queenston for burial.
FEGERT (Hannon) - Mrs. Arthur Fegert, (nee Stewart) who died in Boston on April 1, was buried
at the Trinity Church burying ground on Sunday last. A large number of friends and relatives from
Hamilton, and this place attended. The services at the church were conducted by the pastor, Rev.
Mr. Ferguson. The floral tributes were numerous.
Tuesday, April 13, 1897
LATHAM - On Monday evening, April 12th, at St. Peter’s Infirmary, Margaret, beloved wife of
John Latham, of H.M. Customs, aged 69 years. Funeral from St. Peter’s Infirmary, Wednesday
afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
Mrs. Latham, wife of John Latham, of the customs department, died at St. Peter’s Infirmary last
evening after a long illness. The deceased was a native of Armagh, Ireland, and came to this country
from England in 1873. After living on a farm in Muskoka until 1882, Mr. & Mrs. Latham came to
this city. In 1890 she was stricken with paralysis, and had been an invalid for several years past. She
was in her 69th year.
ADAMSON - Maggie Adamson, a young woman employed in a store at Ottawa, died suddenly at
her work. An inquest is being held.
Wednesday, April 14, 1897
FRANEY - In this city on the 13th inst., Joseph B. Franey, aged 16 years. Funeral from his uncle’s
residence, No 83 Hess St. North at 3 p.m., Thursday, the 15th, to Hamilton cemetery. Friends and
acquaintances will kindly accept this intimation.
WOODLEY - There will be no more trouble over Catharine Woodley’s baby, that caused a police
court case and worried Philip Mendell not a little. The child died last evening at the Infants’ home.
It had been in poor health for some time.
EVATT - The funeral of the late Francis Evatt, took place from Oakbank to Burlington cemetery today.
The pall-bearers were; A.G. Ramsay, R.A. Lucas, A. Bruce, Q.C. Stuart Strathy, Capt.
MacGillivary, and F.W. Gates. Rev. W.H. Wade, rector of the church of the Ascension, conducted
COWAN (Toronto) April 14 - The Grand Trunk railway express, from Chicago for Montreal, had
the misfortune to kill two men on its way east this morning. In the yards at Port Huron, Mich., it ran
over and killed an old man, whose name had not been ascertained when the train left. At Stratford,
W.J. Cowan, a saddler of Forest, slipped under the wheels of the train just as it was moving out, and
had both legs cut off, dying almost instantly.
A terrible accident occurred at the G.T.R. station early this morning by which Wm J. Cowan, a
commercial traveller of Forest, lost his life. He arrived here on the mixed train from the West about
nine o’clock last night, putting up at Matthew’s hotel, close by the station. At his request he was
called this morning in time to catch the train for Toronto, leaving at 4:55, and he left to do so. No
one seems to have seen him subsequently until Night Baggage Man Embrey, hearing a scream
signalled the train to stop, and Cowan was found beneath the cars with both legs severed. Death was
almost instantaneous. It is supposed he attempted to board the train after it started and missed his
footing. Cowan was about forty years of age. He leaves a wife and three children. An inquest will
be held this afternoon.
DAWSON (Glanford) - Mrs. Francis Dawson, who died on Sunday last, was buried on Tuesday at
the White Church burying ground.
Thursday, April 15, 1897
SMITH - In this city, on April 14th, 1897, at her parents’ residence, No. 331 King St. East, Flossie J.
youngest daughter of W.H. and Anna M. Smith, aged 8 years, 4 months, and 20 days. Funeral,
Friday, 4 p.m. Private.
CROWE - A peculiar death certificate was filed with the city clerk the other day. On April 8, Dr.
Farewell, was called to 77 Jones Street to see a child which had died during the night. The child
belonged to Mrs. Crowe and was two months old. The Dr. says he was asked for a death certificate
but he had to leave the cause of death blank. He was told that the child was in good health, and was
found dead on his mother’s arm. He said he did not think an inquest was necessary.
McGILLIVARY - Donald McGillivary, an old gentleman of Nottawasaga, walked into
Collingwood and went into the Arlington hotel sitting room. Upon sitting down he fell to the floor
immediately and in a few minutes life was extinct.
Saturday, April 17, 1897
BURNETT - On April 15th, Helen, widow of the late Rev. Robert Burnet, and daughter of the late
Col. Donald Macpherson, of Kingston, Ont. Interment from Hamilton station on 17th inst., on arrival
of 3:15 o’clock train from London. Kingston papers please copy.
Mrs. Burnett, widow of Rev. Dr. Burnett, at one time pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
church, now St. Paul’s, died in London on Thursday. She had been ill for some time.
The remains were brought from London this afternoon, and the funeral took place from the
Stuart Street station.
WINDFIELD - In this city, on April 16th, Thomas Windfield, in the 67th year of his age. Funeral
Monday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence, to 280 Hester Street West. Friends will kindly accept
GOFF - Suddenly, at her late residence, No. 290 Ferguson Avenue North, on Good Friday, 16th of
April 1897, Emma Goff, relict of the late George Goff, in her 76th year. Funeral Monday, 19th inst.
at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Mrs. Emma Goff, widow of George Goff, died very suddenly last night at her residence, 290
Ferguson Avenue. She had been in apparently good health, and in the evening her daughter went to
the corner with some friends who had been making a call. When she returned to the house she
found her mother on the floor and was horrified when she discovered that she was dead. Mrs. Goff
suffered from heart trouble, and it is believed that was the cause of her death.
McCARGOW - At his late residence, No 175 Main St. West, Hamilton, on Thursday, 15th April,
1897, Dr. William McCargow, in his 78th year. Funeral, Sunday, at 4 p.m. Friends will please accept
this intimation. No flowers.
Dr. William McCargow, the oldest medical man in the city, died on Thursday night at his
residence Main Street West. About two months ago he fell and burst a blood vessel in his leg, and it
is believed that was indirectly the cause of the illness which resulted in his death.
The deceased was born in the Abbey parish, Paisley, Scotland, on May 21, 1819, being a son of
Adam McCargow. He took a collegiate course at Glasgow college, and had some intention of
joining the Royal Navy, but he decided to study medicine. After he got through his studies he was
surgeon in the Paisley House of Recovery for several years. At the request of his brother-in-law, Dr.
McPherson, he came to Canada in 1842, and went into partnership with him at Caledonia. Dr.
McCargow practiced at Caledonia for 40 years. For seventeen years he was physician of the Six
Nations Indians. He was also police magistrate from 1856 to 1858, and assistance surgeon of the
Haldimand battalion. He came to Hamilton in 1882, and practised until he was taken ill.
On April 24, 1846, Dr. McCargow married Mary, daughter of John Jackson, and they celebrated
their golden wedding a year ago. Mrs. McCargow and an adopted daughter survive him.
The deceased was most popular among local physicians, who were always glad to have his
advise and counsel. He was a member of St. John’s lodge, A.F.and A.M. The funeral will take place
STONEHOUSE - In this city, on April 17th, at her late residence, 93 Hunter Street East, Rachael,
beloved wife of Michael Stonehouse in her 59th year. Funeral at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon.
Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
McELCHERAN - On April 16th, at 298 John Street North, Emma Blanche McElcheran, beloved wife
of W.E. McElcheran, funeral Sunday at 2 p.m., to Hamilton cemetery. Friends will please accept
WINDFIELD - At 280 Hunter Street West on Good Friday evening, Thomas Windfield passed away
in his 67th year. He was a native of Staffordshire, Eng., and came to the United States with his
parents when quite young, settling in Pennsylvania. In 1863 the deceased came to Hamilton. He was
a man of sterling worth, beloved by all his friends, of whom he had a host. He leaves a widow, one
son, and two daughters - W.H. Windfield, California, Pa.; Mrs. W.H. Irwin, and Mrs. R.W. Moore
of this city.
DEVLIN (Ottawa) April 15 - James Devlin, son of Charles Devlin, of Aylmer and brother of C.R.
Devlin ex-M.P., for Ottawa county, was found dead in a field near his home to-day.
Monday, April 19, 1897
STEELE - On April 19th, at his late residence, 160 Strachan Street East, James Steele, aged 70 years.
James Steele, 160 Strachan Street East, died this morning of inflammation of the lungs. Mr..
Steele was one of the oldest residents of the city having settled here in 1854, coming from Berwickon-
Tweed. He was employed in the Grand Trunk shops for many years. He leaves a widow and a
family of seven married children, as follows; Mrs. James Main, Mrs. B. Chrysler, Mrs. J.D.Mills,
and Mrs. W. Jackson, of this city; Mrs. F. McDonald, Detroit; Mrs. J. Terryberry, Niagara Falls,
N.Y., and James Steele, Woodstock. The funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon, and will be
MODLIN - At his parent’s residence, No. 58 Margaret St., on Saturday, 17th April, 1897, Henry J.
Modlin, son of John and Selena Modlin, aged 22 years. Funeral Tuesday 20th inst., at 3:30 p.m.
Friends will please accept this intimation.
LAIDLAW (Caistorville) - A. Laidlaw, who has been ailing for a number of years died on Friday
last and was buried on Sunday. Rev. Mr. Grandy conducted the funeral services.
COLLETT - Edward S.M. Collett, acting surveyor of customs London, Ont., died there yesterday
after a long illness, aged seventy one.
FRITH (Toronto) April 19 - At 9:40 o’clock Saturday morning, the west-bound special C.P.R.
freight, No. 53, struck a man on the tracks about half a mile west of Leaside Junction. The train was
in charge of Conductor William Mitchell, and Engineer Thomas Cottrell, was at the engine. The
latter saw the man walking on the ties outside the track about 100 yards away. He whistled steadily
and put on the brakes, but it was too late. Just as the engine was upon him the man stepped into the
middle of the tracks, from where he was hurled into the ditch by the cow-catcher. In falling he
struck a stump, alighting on his head. His skull was fractured, the ribs on the left side broken, left
arm broken, left hip and left leg broken, besides being badly cut and contused. He was taken to
North Toronto station in the train. While on the way from the station to the general hospital he
expired. Subsequently the dead man was identified as Thomas Frith, who lived on a farm near
Leaside. Coroner Aikins has issued a warrant for an inquest, which will be held to-morrow.
McCARGOW - The funeral of the late Dr. McCargow took place from his residence, Main Street
West, yesterday afternoon, and was largely attended, there being a good representation of the
medical profession. Many prominent citizens were also present. The pall-bearers were; Drs.
Mackelcan, Malloch, Balfe, Olmsted, Macdonald, and Mullin. Rev. J. Black and Dr. Fraser of Knox
church, conducted the religious services.
Tuesday, April 20, 1897
SMITH - At Saltfleet, on April 19th, Anne, relict of the late William C. Smith, in the 78th year of her
age. Funeral Thursday at 1 o’clock.
BERRYMAN - On Sunday morning April 18th, Edward James Berryman, only son of Mrs. Edward
Berryman, of this city, aged 14 months, and 7 days. Interment took place this afternoon from W. B.
Pray’s undertaking establishment.
OVERHOLT (Fonthill) - The last but one of our oldest citizens, in the person of Matthew Overholt,
passed away at the age of 84 at 9 o'clock on Monday night. The funeral took place on Thursday
afternoon from his late residence. Services at the Baptist church; interment in Fonthill cemetery.
SPIECE (Basingstoke) - The death of George Spiece, of this place, will be deeply regretted. His
death was caused by erysipelas, the symptoms being diagnosed fatal from the first, although
everything was done by Dr. Carleton that could have been done by medical skill, and by his family,
his daughter being constantly with him to attend to every want. The family has the sympathy of the
entire community in the loss it has sustained. He will be much missed by all who knew him, as he
was a kind and genial neighbour. His death occurred Wednesday morning at 4 o’clock.
BUCHANAN (Stratford, Ont.) April 19 - The peculiar circumstances surrounding the sudden death
of Mrs. Roland Buchanan are to be investigated. Mrs. Buchanan was a young woman who always
enjoyed the best of health, and when her serious illness, resulting, it is said, from blood poisoning,
was published one day, and her death announced the day following, the authorities thought that
everything was not as it should be. John Idington, county crown attorney, was consulted, and he
decided that an inquest should be held, and accordingly Coroner Devlin was so instructed. This
morning, after viewing the remains, the inquest was adjourned until to-morrow evening at 7:30. In
the meantime Dr. D.M. Fraser was authorized to hold a post-mortem examination. The body of the
deceased woman was swollen to an enormous size, and had the very slightest semblance to that of a
human being. Burial will take place this afternoon. Deceased leaves six small children.
ROSS (Toronto) April 19 - Saturday evening, a Mrs. Wilson stumbled over the body of a man lying
in the bush half a mile north of the Woodbine track. She gave the alarm. The man was John Ross,
an old man who lived in Woodbine avenue for many years. When found he was alive, but
unconscious. He was taken to his residence, where he died two hours later. He went into the woods
to gather firewood Saturday morning. Dr. Shaw says apoplexy was the cause of death.
SINGER (Toronto) April 20 - Adam Singer, the convict who committed suicide in Kingston
penitentiary Saturday night, was sent from Toronto. He was a farm hand and worked for Samuel
Snider, concession 4 Vaughan. He was convicted of setting fire to his employer’s barns in 1891.
KEMPT - Dr. William Kempt, late of Lindsey, Ont., but who had lived in Peterboro, Ont., for the
past year, died suddenly at his residence in the latter town yesterday of heart failure. He was 69
years of age.
Wednesday, April 21, 1897
FERRIS - At his late residence, No. 81 Wellington Street South, on Tuesday, 30th April, 1897, Peter
Ferris, late of the Hamilton Police Force. Funeral notice later. No flowers.
About 4:30 o’clock last evening there passed from this life a citizen well known to several
generations of Hamiltonians - Peter Ferris, until last year the No. 1 of the police force. It is now
about two years since the veteran had to give up police duty, owing to illness, and the weakness, of
vast-coming old age, but it was not until last October, that he ceased to be a member of the force, of
which he had so long been a member. For a year past he had been failing in health. Deceased was a
member of the police for 43 years, and during that long period he held the respect of all with whom
he came in contact. He was a faithful, diligent officer, and while his record does not include any
brilliant achievements, he was always attentive to his duties and frequently rendered most effective
The veteran’s death was unexpected. After a long siege of illness, which kept him to his bed, he
was able last February to get up and walk about the house, and during the last few days he had
frequently expressed a wish for pleasant weather so that he could get out for a walk. He ate a hearty
supper and shortly after was taken suddenly ill, dying before Doctors Cummings, Malloch, who
were called, could reach the house. The doctors attributed death to a stroke of apoplexy.
Deceased was born at Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland, and joined the Royal Irish
Constabulary on August 19, 1845, when nineteen years of age. He resigned from the force in 1850,
and came to Canada the same year. He made his home in Hamilton and became a member of the
Great Western police force. He next jointed the city force, but left it to become messenger of the
Bank of Upper Canada, corner of James and Vine streets; but in 1853 he left the bank to rejoin the
city force, remaining a member until last year.
Deceased’s wife who died a few years ago and there are left three sons, William, deputy sheriff
of Lansing, Mich., Thomas and Peter, and two daughters. The funeral arrangements will not be
completed until William Ferris arrives from Lansing. It is likely the police force will attend in a
HARVEY - On April 20th, at 20 Dominion St., Georgina V., beloved wife of John Harvey, aged 28
years. Funeral Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
SPIECE (Caistor Center) - George Spiece, a well-known and highly-respected resident of Caistor,
passed away on Wednesday last. He leaves a family and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.
McMULLEN (Caledonia) - Peter McMullen was in Cayuga on Wednesday attending the funeral
of his brother, Daniel McMullen, a respected citizen of the county town.
DAWSON (Caledonia) - Charles Gringer, of Wiarton, is visiting friends in Seneca township. He
was called from home to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. F. Dawson, of North Seneca, which
took place last Monday.
POLLEN (Caledonia) - George Irvine attended the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Pollen, of Toronto, in
Hamilton on Wednesday last.
DAVIS - William, the fourteen-year-old son of William Davis, of Hamilton township was killed in
a runaway accident.
BATSON - Benjamin Batson, collector of customs in Ottawa, died suddenly Tuesday morning of
pneumonia. He was 65 years of age.
Thursday, April 22, 1897
BRIGGS (Wednesday, April 21, 1897) - George C. Briggs, aged 77 years. Funeral services at the
family residence, 156 Hughson St. South, Friday, at 3:30 p.m.
SMITH - In Glanford, on the 21st inst., Nancy, beloved wife of Anson Smith, in her 78th year.
Funeral Friday at 2 p.m., to Trinity Church cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept
FERRIS - At his late residence, No. 81 Wellington Street South, on Tuesday, 20th April, 1897, Peter
Ferris, in his 69th year, late of the Hamilton Police Force. Funeral to-morrow (Friday) at 3 o’clock to
St. Thomas church. Interment at Hamilton cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation. No
SHRUM (Smithville) - Leatha Shrum, infant daughter of Bert Shrum, was taken suddenly and
seriously ill, last Friday evening, about 7 o’clock and died Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.
Friday, April 23, 1897
BRIGGS - The funeral of the late George C. Briggs, took place this afternoon, to Hamilton
cemetery from his late residence, Hughson Street South, and was attended by a large number of
people. Rev. Dr. Smith, of Centenary church, conducted a private service at the house. The pallbearers
were; S.F. Lazier, L.H. Parker, T.H. Pratt, Joseph Greene, Seneca Jones, and John W. Jones.
MANNING (Brampton) April 22 - Mrs. Manning, a widow, aged 65 years, took a dose of paris
green last night, and was found by the neighbours dead this morning. She lived alone. Last evening
she was at a neighbours and appeared tolerably good spirits. She was known to have expressed an
intention of ending her life, her dread being, that she might become poverty-stricken. Some $20 was
found in the house, so that immediate starvation was not threatening her. The condition in which
she was found indicates that she had deliberately poisoned herself and taken a large dose to make
death sure. The dead woman’s maiden name was Mary Downey, and her only relatives are two
sisters, one in St. Thomas and the other in Elmira.
Saturday, April 24, 1897
WILSON - In this city, on Friday, April 23rd, at 200 Bay Street North, Sarah Ellen, beloved daughter
of Thomas and Maggie Wilson, aged 9 months. Funeral from above address, at 2:30 p.m. Friends
and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
COLLINS - The parents of young Daniel Collins who died recently at St. Louis, live at 174 Canada
Street. The remains will be forwarded from St. Louis and interred in Hamilton cemetery.
BROWN (Orono) April 23 - Mrs. Brown, widow of the late John Brown, of this place, committed
suicide this afternoon by hanging. Her daughter, who lived with her, left the house about 1 o’clock
to do some shopping afterwards, found the body hanging in the woodshed. Medical aid was
summoned, but life was extinct. The coroner viewed the remains, but deemed an inquest
unnecessary. Deceased has been subject to spells of melancholy.
LETHBRIDGE - William Lethbridge, of Fingale, fell out of his wagon, was run over and killed.
TROTT - The eleven-year-old daughter of William S. Trott, of Caradoc township, was burned to
death on Thursday, her clothing having ignited while she was playing around a bonfire.
JARVIS (Toronto Junction) April 23 - Jane Jarvis, wife of William Jarvis, Toronto Junction, died
very suddenly last night. Her husband left her about ten minutes previously to bring in some wood,
at which time she appeared to be in her accustomed health. When he returned he found her chair on
its side and her prostrate form lying on the floor. She had evidently died of heart failure, and falling
to one side, had drawn the chair over with her. Jarvis was for many years a well-known blacksmith
at the Junction, and of late had lived with his wife retired.
Monday, April 26, 1897
McKEWEN - In this city, at 237 East Ave. North, on the 25th inst. Jennie, eldest daughter of Leonard
McKewen, aged 17 years.
FAULKNOR - On Sunday, April 27th, Harvey Lloyd, youngest son of J.H. and Lizzie Faulknor,
aged 2 years and 4 months. Funeral this afternoon. (Private)
TROTT (London, Ont.) April 25 - The eleven-year-old daughter of William S. Trott, second
concession of Caradoc, was burned to death on Thursday, her clothing having ignited while she was
playing around the bon fire. She was discovered in flames by William Young, a neighbour, who
extinguished the blaze but the girl only lived a few hours.
SAURIOLL (Toronto) April 26 - Leand Saurioll, the old gentleman from Cornwall, who with his
aged wife was asphyxiated at the house of relatives on Parliament a week ago last Tuesday, died in
St. Michael’s hospital yesterday noon. Mrs. Saurioll succumbed to her injuries last week, but for a
time the old gentleman appeared to be recovering His great age, however, was against him, and he
was unable to throw off he effects of the deadly poison which he had inhaled. So far no warrant for
an inquest has been issued.
Tuesday, April 27, 1897
SPAULS - In this city, at her husband’s residence, 55 Margaret Street, on Monday evening, at 6:30
o’clock, Emma Spauls, beloved wife of Walter Spauls, aged 49 years, a native of Norwich,
England. Funeral Thursday, April 29th, at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept
DITTMAN (Windsor) April 26 - John Adam Dittman, who shot his mistress, Nellie Bergen, in
Detroit on Friday, April 16, and afterwards made his escape, shot himself here yesterday. The man
came to Edward Church’s place three days ago, and asked for work. He stuck closely to the place,
never venturing downtown, and was seen by very few; hence the failure to identify him with the
description of Dittman that had been scattered about by the detective department. Yesterday
afternoon the family left home to visit relatives. Upon their return they were horrified to find
Dittman’s body lying on its back. The remains are now in Joyce’s morgue.
Wednesday, April 28, 1897
ARMSTRONG - This morning at 6 o’clock, at the homestead, Gilnockie farm, near Galt, David
Armstrong passed away after a short illness. He had been quite active until the 17th inst. but the
sudden death of his eldest daughter Janet, on Saturday morning, distressed him most severely and
he retired to bed, sinking gradually until his death on Thursday morning. He suffered acutely for a
time, but towards the end he passed away peacefully, aged 75 years.
The deceased was a native of Canobie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and one of the few survivors of
the Gilnockie Armstrong’s who for about 300 years lived on the old homestead farm in
Dumfriesshire, Scotland, until the death of John Armstrong about five years ago. David came to
Canada about 25 years ago, and settled on the Gilnockie farm. He was a man of retired, but literary
habits, intelligent, and always well informed on the current topics of the day, a great reader, and
although not a public man, always exceedingly interested in the political and industrial welfare of
the country. His familiar face and figure will be very much missed from the neighbourhood.
Three daughters and two sons are left to mourn his loss; Elizabeth and Annie, of Toronto; Jean
and Joseph at the homestead, and William, of the Ontario Normal college, Hamilton. - Galt
SPAULS - In this city, at her husband’s residence, 35 Margaret Street, on Monday evening, at 6:50
o’clock, Emma Spauls, beloved wife of Walter Spauls, aged 49 years, a native of Norwich,
England. Funeral Thursday, April 29th, at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept
BOYLE (Dundas) April 27 - The funeral of the late Joseph Boyle took place to Grove cemetery on
Monday afternoon. It was very largely attended, as Mr. Boyle was well, and widely known. The
pall-bearers were his own five sons, and one nephew. In the death of Mr. Boyle, one of the best
known men in Dundas has been removed. He was one of the old school, of great friendliness and
REYNOLDS (Ottawa) April 27th - An Ottawa brakeman, J. Reynolds, was cut to pieces on the
Canadian Pacific railway, near Calumet, last night. He was one of the freight train crew that ran out
of Ottawa last evening. He is supposed to have been blown by the strong wind from off the top of a
car, falling between the cars, while the train was in motion. His body was cut in two.
COOK - At Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday, April 27th, Ada Louise, 4th daughter of James and Elizabeth
Cook, aged 20 years and 14 days. Funeral from her sister’s residence, 21 Melbourne St., Thursday
afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
Miss Ada Louise Cook, daughter of James Cook, who lived here a few years ago, died at
Buffalo yesterday. The body will be brought to Hamilton for burial.
TRAILL - At Walkerton, on the 27th inst., Gordon D. Traill, second son of Allan Traill, 124 Jackson
St., West, aged 49 years. Funeral at Walkerton, Thursday afternoon, at 3:30 o’clock.
Gordon D. Traill, son of Allan Traill, of this city, died at Walkerton yesterday after a short
illness. The deceased was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and came to Hamilton with his parents when
he was very young, and was educated in the Hamilton Schools. He was a traveller for Wood
Vallance & Co. for a number of years, and some years ago he went to Walkerton and entered into
business with his brother.
PASSMORE - In this city on Wednesday, 28th April, 1897, Carrie Passmore, youngest daughter of
the late Richard Passmore, in her 37th year. Funeral from her late residence, Prospect Place,
Mountain Top, Friday at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation. Interment at Hamilton
Miss Carrie Passmore, of the Mountain Top, died at St. Joseph’s hospital this morning of
neuralgia of the heart.
McEWEN - The funeral service of the late Jennie McEwen was conducted at her parent’s residence,
East Avenue North, at 8 o’clock last night, by Rev. J.F. Barker. Deceased was seventeen years of age
and a member of Victoria Baptist church. She was highly esteemed and beloved by the church
members and all who knew her. She was the eldest of the family, and a bright earnest Christian of
amiable disposition and sterling worth of character. Through months of severe and trying illness she
endeared all the more to her parents and friends by her patient, uncomplaining behaviour, and she
will be greatly missed by them, by her fellow church members, in the Sunday school, and in the
church choir, of which she was a member. The members of the choir were present at the funeral,
and sang an anthem, Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled. The house was crowded by the sorrowing
and sympathizing friends who, after the service ended, took a last look at the remains. Many were
the floral tributes from the relatives, friends, and Sunday school. At the head was a beautiful wreath
with the photo of the deceased set in the centre, the tribute of the choir. The remains were conveyed
to Owen Sound for interment.
Thursday, April 29, 1897
CARPENTER - On April 27th, at Winona, in her 87th year, Mary Clarissa, relict of the late John
Carpenter, and daughter of the late Hon. John Willson. Funeral on Friday at 1:30 p.m., from her late
residence to the old Fifty Burying Ground.
PASSMORE - In this city on Wednesday, 28th April, 1897, Carrie Passmore, youngest daughter of
the late Richard Passmore, in her 87th year. Funeral from her late residence, Prospect Place,
Mountain Top, Friday at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation. Interment at Hamilton
STUDDART - At his late residence, No. 424 Queen Street South, on 29th April, Col. I.A. Studdart.
Announcement of funeral later.
Col. Ion Augustus Studdart, the well-known secretary of The Hamilton Homestead Loan
society, died at his residence, 424 Queen St. South, at midnight last night. The news of his death was
a sudden shock to his many friends. He had not been ill previous to yesterday, when he was stricken
with apoplexy. Col. Studdart was a distinctive character. He was born in South Africa 65 years ago,
of Irish parents. As a young man he went to England, and engaged in railroad building in Wales.
Subsequently he went to Ireland, became connected with the military, and did considerable duty in
the government excise department. Coming to America to the revolutionary war, he was for some
years engaged in railway building for the American government. At the close of the war he went to
Dakota, where he took up a large quantity of land and began farming. Not liking this, he sold out,
and came to Hamilton about fourteen years ago, having a friend here in the person of F.
MacLoghlin, street commissioner. Here he started the Homestead Loan Society, being appointed its
Col. Studdart received his military title from the American government, he organizing and
commanding a company of artillery in Dakota. Since settling in Hamilton, he has on several
occasions travelled to Fort Niagara to sit on court-marshals at the military school there. He was
married three times, and leaves a son and daughter by his first wife, by daughter by his second wife,
and a widow, his third wife, to whom he was married less than two years ago.
For some time past deceased had been troubled with heart weakness, and less than a month ago
a drunken man who came into his office and created a disturbance, caused him to have a slight
attack of heart failure. He recovered from it, however, and was in fairly good health until yesterday.
No arrangements have as yet been made for the funeral.
McQUILLAN - In this city, on the 28th inst., Robert McQuillan, aged 79 years, and four months.
Funeral will take place from his late residence, 150 West Avenue North, on Saturday morning at 8:30
to St. Patrick’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances willl please
accept this intimation.
ANDERSON - In this city, on April 29th, Elizabeth Davies, widow of the late T.J. Anderson, and
daughter of the late William Davies, of Carlisle. Funeral from her late residence 15 Barton St. East,
Friday, at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. Toronto papers
FINK (Toronto) April 29 - About 5 o’clock this morning John Fink, a medical student, was found
dead in a back yard on William Street. It is supposed that while in an intoxicated condition Fink fell
from the top of a high board fence, and being rendered unconscious by his fall was suffocated with
his nostrils in the sand. Fink was 21 years of age and well connected. His brother Henry lives in
North Bend, B.C.
TELFER (Toronto) April 29 - The business world of Toronto will learn with surprise and unfeigned
regret of the death of Andrew Telfer, of the Telfer Manufacturing company, which occurred very
suddenly last night at his home 72 St. Alban Street. Deceased was born in Scotland in 1829, and was
thus 68 years of age. For 30 years Mr. Telfer has been engaged in business in this city.
HARRISON (Toronto) April 29 - Rev. Richard Harrison, M.A., rector of St. Mathias’ church, died
yesterday afternoon at his residence, 52 Sully Street. Mr. Harrison was 56 years of age, and for 25
years had been rector of St. Mathias. During his incumbency St. Mary Magdalene, now a
flourishing parish, was started as a mission of St. Mathias. Mr. Harrison was also the first curate of
St. George’s church. Mr. Harrison was a graduate of Oxford and his college course was unusually
brilliant, capturing, as he did, seven scholarships. The deceased was highly esteemed by the clergy
of Toronto, and his many years of faithful ministry had endeared to his people in no ordinary
measure. He stood first among the clergy of the city in his advocacy of the high church form of
service. He is survived by his widow and daughter, Mrs. Doctor Bains of Chicago.
GIROUARD (Ottawa) April 28 - The body of Joseph Girouard, a mill hand at J.R. Booth’s mill,
who was drowned last fall, was found yesterday near Gatineau point. Girouard was working at a
band saw when a stick flew back striking him with terrible force sending head foremost through a
trap door to the water below. The body was not very much decomposed.
MOORE - David W. Moore, who kept a store on King Street West, about eight years ago, died
recently at Portland Oregon, where he and his wife and family had resided for some years. Death
was to to Edison’s disease, or consumption of the blood. Deceased was a son-in-law of Mrs. James
Robb, Catharine street north.
Friday, April 30, 1897
STUDDART - At his late residence, No. 424 Queen Street South, on 29th April, Col. A.J. Studdart.
Funeral at the above address, Sunday at 3 p.m.
McQUILLAN - In this city, on the 28th inst., Robert McQuillan, aged 70 years, and 4 months.
Funeral will take place from his late residence, 150 West Avenue North on Saturday morning at 8:30
to St. Patrick’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please
accept this intimation.
A long resident of the city, Robert McQuillan, carter, 150 West Avenue North, died to-day at his
late residence. He was seized with paralysis on Tuesday, last week, and gradually sank. Deceased
came to the city in 1854, and was employed with the Great Western railway for a number of years.
He leaves a widow, three sons, and four daughters. The funeral will take place to St. Patrick’s
church on Saturday morning at 8:30.
BAKER - At Waterdown on Friday morning, April 30th , Abraham Baker, aged 76 years. Funeral on
Sunday afternoon, at 1:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. No
FINK (Toronto) April 30 - The remains of John Fink, the Indian medical student who came to an
accidental death at his boarding yesterday, were to-day sent forward to his brother at North Bend
MARTIN (Ohsweken) - The demise of Mrs. Eva Martin at the age of 56 will be learned with great
regret. She resided at the village of Ohsweken during the later part of her life. She succumbed to the
dreaded disease, consumption, and was interred at St. Paul’s church, Sour Springs. She leaves seven
grown up children to mourn her loss. The funeral was largely attended. Some 50 teens were in the
FARREL (Grimsby) - Death has again visited us, and taken a young life, in the person Miss Nettie
May Farrel, second daughter of Henry and Mrs. Farrel. She had been suffering but a few months
with that dreadful disease, consumption, but few thought the end was so near. Her sister, who was
in London was telegraphed for on Saturday evening, and just arrived a few minutes before her sister
departed this life. She was conscious until the last and knew she was going to die. A few minutes
before her death her face brightened up and she seemed very happy. She was only 18 years old, and
dearly loved by all her acquaintances. She was laid to rest in the Church of England cemetery on
Tuesday afternoon, and the funeral was largely attended.
SMITH (Glanford) - Mrs. Anson Smith died last Wednesday. The cause of her death was the
breaking of a blood vessel. The deceased was interred at Trinity church on Friday.
SMITH (Hannon) - The funeral of Mrs. Anson Smith who died suddenly at her residence last week,
took place to the Trinity church burying ground on Friday, and was followed by a large number of
relatives and friends. The pastor, Rev. Mr. Ferguson officiated.
LAWRASON (St. George) - Miss Flossie, eldest daughter of R.G. Lawrason, died on Thursday
afternoon. She had been ill for a long time.
HALE (Bracebridge) April 29 - This morning William Hale, foreman for the Muskoka Slide and
Boom company, whilst engaged at the south falls with a gang of men trying to take up stop-logs in
the main chute, so as to lower the water in the slide, was struck on he head by a pike pole and
knocked off the pier into the chute, and was carried over the falls. The south falls is situated three
miles south of Bracebridge, on the south branch of the Muskoka river, and is the largest in
Muskoka, being 125 feet high and a quarter of a mile in length, running through a gorge of solid
The body has not yet been recovered, but is doubtless in the bay below. He leaves a wife and
family of small children.
Saturday, May 1, 1897
BAKER - At Waterdown, on Friday morning, April 30th, Abraham Baker, aged 76 years. Funeral on
Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. No
STUDDART - At his late residence, No. 474 Queen Street South, on 29th April, Col. I.A. Studdart.
Funeral service at the above address Sunday, at 3 p.m., to which friends are invited. Funeral private
Monday morning to G.T.R. Stuart street station. Interment at Livonia, N.Y.
Rev. Cannon Sutherland will conduct a funeral service at the residence of the late Col. Studdart
to-morrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.
RUBY - Nelson Ruby, a highly-esteemed and respected resident of Berlin, Ont., died there
yesterday aged 63.
PASSMORE - The funeral of the late Miss Carrie Passmore, took place from her late residence,
Prospect Place, Mountain Top, yesterday. Deceased was in her thirty seventh year and was most
highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was the youngest daughter of the late Richard Passmore,
and of a bright amiable disposition. Although she had been in failing health for some months the
family did not anticipate anything serious until about a week ago, when she was removed to St.
Joseph’s hospital. She was a member of Trinity church, Barton. The remains were interred in the
Rev. S. Bennetts conducted the funeral service, and the pall-bearers were; William Richard,
Edward and Benjamin Hunt, D. Snoddy, and G.W. Nichols.
Monday, May 3, 1897
CUMMING - On May 1st, at 251 McNab North, Grace Duretta Cumming, aged 3 years and 5
months. Funeral private.
MASSEY - On Monday May 3rd at her late residence, 983 McNab St. North, Margaret Gilchrist,
relict of the late William Massey, in her 79th year. Funeral Wednesday May 5, at 3:30. Friends will
please accept this intimation.
PETTIFER (Belleville) May 2 - In the township of Rowdon, near Wellman’s Corners, Robert
Pettifer, an immigrant in the employment of T. Taylor, was riding a harnessed horse home from the
field, when the animal took fright, and the young man was thrown off. His foot caught in the trace,
and he was dragged for a quarter of a mile. One leg was broken, and he received injuries which
caused his death a few hours later. Deceased who was 23 years of age had no relatives in Canada.
NORTON (Penetanguishene, Ont.) May 2 - Alfred Norton, son of Alfred A. Norton, was fishing off
one of the C. Beck Manufacturing company’s docks here last evening, and by some means fell off
and was drowned before help could reach him. The body was recovered in about twenty minutes,
but life was extinct, the water being very cold.
CRANSWICK (Brampton) May 2 - Matthew Cranswick, a well-to-do and highly-respected farmer,
was killed within a short distance of his residence, three miles east of this town, last evening, about
8:10 o’clock. Deceased left Brampton to walk home, taking the G.T.R. track. He was overtaken by
the “roustabout” freight, a heavily loaded train of 30 cars. Conductor Richardson the engineer, and
his fireman say that everything was done to warn Cranswick of danger, but as deceased was hard of
hearing, and as there was a very strong wind blowing directly west at the time, accompanied by a
pelting rain, it was evident that he did not hear the whistle and bell, and he was hurled from the
track, and it is supposed killed instantly. His left foot was taken off above the ankle, and there were
two or three slight contusions on the head. Coroner Heggie will hold an inquest at 9 o’clock tomorrow
morning. Deceased leaves a family of grown-up sons and daughters. Three farmers of this
neighbourhood the past two years have met a similar fate while walking on the track to their homes,
and each of the sad occurrences took place on Saturday night.
CUMMING (Troy) - Allen Cumming died last Friday, after a lingering illness, was buried on
Sunday. He leaves a wife, one son, and one daughter.
HEATH (Windsor, Ont.) May 2 - Leona Heath, a fourteen-year-old Kingsville girl, died yesterday
as the result of a fall downstairs, which she sustained a few days ago. When the unfortunate
accident occurred nothing serious was apprehended, but internal complications set in, and the
doctors could do nothing, the girl dying in great agony.
KEAYS - James Keays, registrar of Russell county, is dead.
Tuesday, May 4, 1897
MASSEY - On Monday May 3rd, at her late residence 983 McNab St. North, Margaret Gilchrist,
relict of the late William Massey, in her 79th year. Funeral Wednesday May 5th, at 2:30. Friends will
please accept this intimation.
GORT (Petrolia, Ont.) May 3 - About 9:30 last Tuesday morning, Edward Gort, Sergeant of the
Fourth Light dragoons and Ninth Lancers, passed quietly away at his residence, Pettibone Street,
after an illness of nearly two months duration.
Deceased was born in the parish of Denmore, county Tyrone, Ireland, and joined the Fourth
Light Dragoons under command of Col. Paget. He went with the regiment to Canterbury, and
thence, in 1854, to the Crimea. While there he encountered hardships which cannot be expressed by
words. At that time he was senior Bugle Boy, and was present and heard the conversation between
Capt. Nolan, and Lord Cardigan, and received the order to sound the advance of the celebrated
charge of the six hundred. He received the Crimea medal with four bars, denoting the following
battles; Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, and Sebastopol, and was personally congratulated by Her
Majesty Queen Victoria.
On returning to Canterbury with the regiment, the news of the Indian Mutiny caused him to at
once volunteer into the Ninth Lancers, which left for India at once, under Sir Colin Campbell.
During this war he received several wounds. For services in the war he was decorated with the India
medal, 1857-1858, having two bars denoting two battles, Lucknow, and Delhi.
From India the Ninth Lancers went to China, and the subject of this sketch was again the
recipient of a medal, the China medal, having two bars, denoting the battles of Taku Forts, 1860;
Peking 1860. He was also presented by the Turkish government with a medal, La Crimea, 1855,
bearing on one side a field-gun, surmounting which are the standards of Great Britain, Italy, Turkey
and France. Deceased was 21 years in the cavalry service, retiring as sergeant on a pension, which
he sold two years ago for nine hundred dollars.
CLARKE - Rev. R.A. Clarke, who was recently appointed pastor of the United Brethren church at
Berlin, Ont., died on Saturday at Port Elgin.
Wednesday, May 5, 1897
WHITE - In the death of John White, ex M.P. for Halton, who died on Monday evening, that county
loses one of its most historic characters. He was born in Ireland in 1811, and came to Canada in
1823, settling first in Etobicoke, and later in the county of Halton. He carried on an extensive
lumbering business with his brother James, and soon became the most influential man in the county.
He was first elected to Parliament as a Liberal in 1851, and with the exception of one term sat
continuously for the county of Halton in the old Parliament of Canada and the Dominion house until
1874, and for a number of years was a Liberal whip. Of late years he was out of public life but
always took a keen interest in matters affecting the county of Halton. With his brother James, he
owned the Halton stables, and for a number of years his horses won the Queen’s plate. He was a
man of good business ability, strict integrity, and fearless in what he believed to be right, and never
shirked a fight in behalf of that cause.
DEAN (Mount Forest, Ont.) May 4 - A very sad and distressing accident happened some miles
from here in Proton township, by which Mrs. Dean, a widow, met her death. It appears while
visiting Mrs. Jacks a neighbour, a subject of how to dispose of tramps was being discussed, when
Mrs. Jacks said, bringing a revolver, “this is how we do it”, and in answer to Mrs. Dean’s request to
take that out of her sight, said it was not loaded. Mrs. Dean finally proceeded to examine it, and as
it was pointed toward her and being a self-cocker, it in some way exploded, sending the bullet into
her body. She jumped to her feet and exclaimed “I am shot!” and running to the door fell dead.
WATSON (Galt, Ont.) May 4 - William Watson, a farmer, aged 22, living on the Clyde road, about
two miles from here, committed suicide this morning by hanging. For a year past the deceased has
suffered intense pain in the head, which almost drove him crazy, and there is no doubt that the rash
act was committed while suffering. He was a most exemplary young man and unmarried, living
with his widowed mother, whose farm he managed.
CRAIG - Mrs. William Craig, mother of Rev. of John Craig, Baptist missionary, on furlough from
India, and well known in Hamilton, died on Sunday. She was 85 years of age, and an old resident of
BROUGHTON - Michael Broughton, formerly of this city, died yesterday at his home in Eastwood,
Ont. The deceased was a member of Loyal Commercial lodge, Canadian Order of Oddfellows, of
this city for many years. The funeral will take place at Eastwood.
Thursday, May 6, 1897
CAPES - At Bay City, Mich., on Oct. 28th, 1886, Mary Theresa, wife of T.W. Capes, of this city,
aged 54 years.
BLANCHARD - At her uncle’s residence No. 254 West Ave. North, on Wednesday May 5, 1897,
Elizabeth Blanchard, aged 25 years. Funeral Friday at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this
TEMPLE - At his late residence Bartonville, on Wednesday, May 5, 1897, John Temple aged 74
years. Funeral Sunday at 1 o’clock. Interment at Hamilton cemetery. Friends will please accept this
CONDY - On May 5, at Bartonville, Christina Condy, eldest daughter of William Condy. Funeral
from her late residence Bartonville, Friday, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please
accept this intimation. Interment at Hamilton cemetery. No flowers.
Miss Condy, daughter of a well-known Bartonville man and sister of Miss Condy, of Biggar &
Lee’s offices, died this morning at her father’s home. She had been ill some time with consumption.
WHITE - The remains of the late John White, formerly member of Parliament for Halton, were
yesterday committed to the earth. Considering the prominence of the deceased gentleman, the
attendance was not large, due to the shortness of the notice and the bad state of the roads. Still, a
number of prominent men from various parts of the county and from Hamilton were present.
The religious services, which were held at the house, were conducted by Rev. Mr. Mahaffy, of
the Presbyterian church. The Masonic ceremony were conducted by Dr. Milton McCrimmon, W.
M. of St. Clair lodge No. 135, Milton, assisted by A.T. Freed, W.M. of the Barton lodge No. 6, of
which Mr. White was a life member.
The following brethren acted as pallbearers; Col. D.
Campbell, James A. Fraser, William McCleod, Georgetown; Dr. Buck, Palermo; Elijah Dixon, and
J.H. McCollum, Brother William Panton was marshal. Mr. White was initiated in the Barton lodge
in 1844, and thus has been a member of that lodge for 53 years.
Mr. White was a reformer in politics, and was known as a strong fighter and a hard hitter; but in
private life he retained respect of those whom he most strenuously opposed in politics.
GREAVES - Mrs. Greaves. the coloured woman who was so severely burned in St. Catharines on
Monday night by upsetting a lamp, died Wednesday evening from her injuries.
TEMPLE - J. Temple of Bartonville, whose serious illness was reported some days ago in the
Spectator, died this morning. He was one of the oldest farmers in Bartonville.
Friday, May 7, 1897
MOORE - On May 6th at Grimsby, in the 83rd year of her age, Catharine, wife of Charles Moore.
Funeral on Saturday at 2 p.m. from her late residence, Grimsby.
SHEARER - At his residence, 171 McNab St. North, James Shearer, son of the late Capt. Chas.
Shearer, of Liverpool, Eng., in his 49th year. Funeral Sunday at 3 p.m.
TEMPLE - At his late residence in Bartonville, on Wednesday May 5, 1897, John Temple, aged 74
years. Funeral Sunday at 1 o’clock. Interment at Hamilton cemetery. Friends will please accept this
MORTON - Mrs. William Morton, 311 Wilson Street, left her home about 8:30 yesterday morning
and went to visit a sick neighbour, Mrs. Young, on Wentworth St. North. She became suddenly ill
while there, and Dr. Aikens was called in. He found that she had been stricken with apoplexy. After
remaining unconscious for several hours, she died shortly after noon. The deceased was 52 years of
age, and leaves three sons, and three daughters. The body was removed to the home of the deceased
yesterday afternoon by Green, the undertaker.
PETERSON (Berlin, Ont.) May 6 - Miss Nellie Peterson, daughter of A.J. Peterson, clerk of the
surrogate court here, committed suicide early this afternoon by swallowing a quantity of carbolic
acid, which she had purchased during the morning. The other members of the family did not
become aware of the young lady’s act until it was too late, and she was a corpse before medical aid
could be summoned. Miss Peterson was one of the most prominent and popular young ladies in the
town, and the news that she had ended her life by her own hand created a great sensation. The cause
of the girl’s act is as yet unknown.
GRAHAM (Beaverton, Ont.) May 6 - With this week closes the remarkable longevity of Mr. and
Mrs. Duncan Graham, of the township of Mara. The former breathed his last on Monday night, and
on Wednesday night only two days later, his partner in life followed him, the former having
completed the century mark - 100 years, the later 102 years, and having lived together for upwards
of 75 years. Three sons and one daughter survive them; Mrs. D. Graham, Belleville; Mrs. Charles
McLean, Thorah, and James and John Graham, of Mara. It is doubtful if there is a parallel in the
province. But few can claim birth in the 18th century, and a life extending over a period of such
remarkable advances as have taken place during the past century, from the steady plodding of the
ox team, the swiftly to moving electrical vehicles. To the Graham couple this did not appear, having
spent the greater of their lives in the peaceful retirement of the farm. Coming to Canada from
Scotland in 1863, they settled in the township of Mara, where, with sturdy pluck which
characterized the early Scotch settlers, they energetically commenced the struggle for
independence, and obtained it as a reward for duty nobly performed. Mara always honours her
pioneers, and attended the last rites in large numbers, showing their respect for the deceased. Mrs.
John McCuaig, sister of Mr. Graham, was interred last week at the age of 92.
FITZGERALD (Ottawa) May 6 - James Fitzgerald, an elderly labourer, was burned to death in his
own house at Hintonburg, last night. He lived in a small frame house on Kate street, which took fire
about 9 o’clock, and burned out in a very short time. The unfortunate was alone in the house, but it
was not generally supposed that he was there, and the neighbours were unaware of his fate until the
charred remains were found in the ruins. Mr. Fitzgerald was about 60 years of age, and was known
about the village as a very quiet individual. He lived with a son and daughter, who kept house for
him. The daughter was absent from home, and the son left about 8 o’clock. He says he left his father
asleep in the kitchen with his head on the table, and without a light.
Saturday, May 8, 1897
TEMPLE - At his late residence, Bartonville, on Wednesday, May 5, 1897, John Temple, aged 74
years. Funeral Sunday at 1 o’clock. Interment at Hamilton cemetery. Friends will please accept this
SHANNON - In this city, on Friday, the 7th inst., Richard Shannon in his 62nd year. The funeral will
take place from his late residence, 159 Wilson St., on Sunday, at 2:30, to Hamilton cemetery.
GRATTON - On Saturday 8th inst., at 66 Cheever St., Clara, beloved wife of William Gratton, aged
42 years. Funeral on Monday, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
STEELE - On May 8th, Sarah, wife of David Steele, aged 77 years. Funeral (private), Monday 3
p.m. from residence of R.Tasker Steele, 121 Jackson St. West.
BEAMER (Woodstock) May 8 (special) - Mrs. Phillip Beamer was born in the township of
Blenheim, Oxford county, 96 years ago, and was one among the first children born in that county.
She assisted her husband in clearing up the bush farm, wielding the axe and handling the saw
during all those days of hard labour. She raised eleven children, and finally ended her days in the
county home dying the other day.
SHEARER - Tomorrow Concord lodge 231, A.O.U.W., will attend the funeral of one of its
chartered members the late J.C. Shearer.
ALFORD (Cornwall, Ont.) May 7 - News has reached Cornwall from Chesterville of a fatal
runaway accident at that place on Sunday. A piece of white paper on the road frightened Joseph
Alford’s team and they ran away. Mr. Alford, finding the team beyond his control, threw one of the
children safely out of the wagon. The rig upset, and Mr. and Mrs. Alford and a young child were
thrown on the sidewalk. The little one was killed, and the mother, who was thrown on top of it, did
not regain consciousness until the following day. She still is in a precarious condition. Mr. Alford
and the older child escaped with a severe shaking up.
CHANTER - Robert Chanter, 32 Chatham Street, yesterday afternoon took carbolic acid in place of
diarrhoea mixture, and died about an hour later. The medicine bottle for some days had been
standing on a sideboard, but yesterday while deceased was out, Mrs. Chanter moved the bottle into
a closed cupboard. Chanter returned home about 5 o’clock and asked for the medicine. His wife told
him he would find it in the cupboard. It so happened, unfortunately, that standing by the side of the
medicine bottle was a bottle similar in appearance containing carbolic acid. It was almost colourless
while the medicine was dark coloured, but deceased did not notice this, and, pouring out a dose,
He at once discovered his mistake, and startled his wife by telling her what he had done. Mrs.
Chanter gave her husband an emetic and sent for Dr. Gilrie, the family physician, but he was out
and did not reach the house until nearly 6:30 when the unfortunate man had been dead some
minutes. Deceased was 67 years of age, and during his younger years had been an engineer. He was
well known about town, especially during election times, when he usually acted as caretaker at the
Liberal’s headquarters. Deceased leaves, besides a widow, one son, Robert W. Chanter. No inquest
will be held.
Monday, May 10, 1897
MANARY - At the residence of his brother, on Monday, May 10th, Edward Manary, aged 36 years.
Funeral from his brother’s residence, Vinemount, on Wednesday, at 1 o’clock.
CAMPBELL - In this city, on the 9th inst., at her father’s residence, 250 Hunter Street East, Annie L.
Campbell, eldest daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Campbell. Funeral from the above address on
Tuesday the 11th inst., at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
CREIGHTON, JOHNSTON (Wabigoon, Ont.) May 9 - Two prospectors were drowned last evening
in Wee Sandy Lake, five miles east of this place, while out duck shooting in a canoe. Their names
are Cecil Creighton, 26 years old, of Toronto, and J.S. Johnston, about 60 years of age, formerly a
purser on the upper lakes steamers. Two young men, Moore, and Lyons, going to the rescue in a
canoe, picked up Creighton, but capsized in the act of pulling Johnston out of the water. Vaughan
and Patterson soon after arrived on the scene in another canoe and saved Moore and Lyons, but
Creighton and Johnston benumbed with cold, had gone to the bottom. Moore had supported
Creighton for a long time by holding the latter’s clothes in his teeth, but was finally obliged to let
go his hold. Moore and Lyons were delirious after they were taken ashore. They have since
recovered and realize their extremely narrow escape from death. The bodies of the unfortunate men
Creighton and Johnston, have not as yet been found, although every effort is being made for their
LEIGH (Toronto) May 10 - George Leigh, a well known commercial traveller, died at the general
hospital yesterday morning after a short illness, from an abscess on the brain. The funeral will take
place to-morrow at Ingersoll. Deceased was a member of the Commercial Travelers association,
and for a number of years represented William Perrin & Co., London. Of late years he had been
travelling for Ganong Bros., St. Stephen, N.B.
HARTMAN (Clarksburg, Ont.)May 9 - On Friday evening last, while a few members of the bicycle
club were returning home after a short ride, Fred P. Hartman, eldest son, of C.W. Hartman, banker,
met with an accident by running into a vehicle which resulted in his death early this morning.
CONNOLLY - Charles Connolly, the boy run over at Ottawa by a cab driver died from his injuries.
EWART, CUMBERLAND - Mrs. C.S. Ewart. and Mrs. F.W. Cumberland, two Toronto ladies
widely known through Canada and very active in charitable and church work, died on Friday, and
JENNINGS (Kingston) May 9 - Bessie Jennings, the six-year-old adopted daughter of Mrs. Jane
Jennings, near Yarker, while sitting on a box, wound her apron strings around her neck, and tied
them to a limb of a tree. The child fell asleep, fell off the box and was strangled to death.
CAMPBELL - John Campbell, an inmate of the house of refuge died at that institution on Saturday
afternoon. The remains were buried from Blachford’s undertaking establishment to-day.
CAMPBELL - Miss Annie L. Campbell, eldest daughter of W.P. Campbell, of he Times office, died
yesterday noon at her father’s residence, Hunter Street East. Miss Campbell, was for a number of
years contralto soloist of Wesley church choir, and latterly had been connected with Centenary
church. About five months she had taken ill with dropsy and heart troubles complicated matters.
Her friends will be surprised and sorry to learn of her death. Reference was made to it at the
evening service in Centenary church yesterday by Rev. Dr. Smith. The funeral will take place tomorrow
afternoon at 3:30.
Tuesday, May 11, 1897
AUSTIN - In this city on the 10th inst., Edward H. Austin, aged 69 years. Funeral from his son’s
residence, 132 Emerald St. North, Wednesday at 2 o’clock. Friends will kindly accept this notice.
MOORE (Grimsby) - On Thursday last death called from our midst one with whom nearly all
Grimsby people were acquainted in the person of Mrs. Charles Moore. She had been very poorly for
some time, but past peacefully away at noon on the day mentioned. She was conscious until the last.
She had lived in Grimsby for over 50 years. She was a dutiful wife and loving mother, and will be
JOHNSON (Grimsby) - On Monday death cast another gloom over our village, when our reeve,
Thomas Johnson, was called from this world. He had been working at his place in the foundry only
last Wednesday but contracted a cold, from which inflammation of the lungs resulted. He leaves a
wife and three sons. The funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2 o’clock. He was one of the chief
officers of the C.O.F.
GRAY (Stratford) May 10 - A most unfortunate accident occurred on Saturday evening near
Mitchell, through which Mrs. Henry Gray sr., of Hibbert, lost her life. Deceased, with her son and
two grandchildren, were returning home after doing some shopping, when at the turn in the road the
tug of the harness broke, causing the horses to run away. The son immediately jumped out of the
rig, and the old lady, it is thought, either jumped out or was thrown out, causing some internal
injury from the effects of which she died very shortly afterwards. The children were uninjured.
HILL (Hannon) - At the residence of her brother-in-law, Rev. M.O. Coates, Miss Rosa Hill, aged
23, after a lingering illness with consumption, died on Wednesday. Deceased had a number of
friends in this neighbourhood. The body will be taken by train to her former home at Calvin, post
office for interment.
DOWD (St. George) - Mrs. Wallace Dowd, of Branchton, died on Tuesday after a lingering illness.
LAWRASON (St. George) - The funeral of Flossie Lawrason took place to the Methodist cemetery
last Saturday, and was largely attended.
NEVILLS - Emerson Nevills a son of Wm. Nevills, at one time a well-known grain buyer in
Hamilton, died in London a couple of days ago. Several years ago he was connected with the
American Navy on a man-of-war, and in an explosion, was injured on the leg. The wound never
properly healed, and a couple of weeks ago an amputation of the limb was decided upon. The
operation was performed in the London city hospital, and the patient never recovered from the
The remains were brought from London yesterday afternoon, by Green Bros., and the funeral
took place from the residence of deceased’s sister Mrs. Weaver of Binbrook.
Wednesday, May 12, 1897
DUFFY - At her late residence, Wentworth Street North, on Tuesday, 11th May, 1897, Jane Duffy,
wife of John Duffy, in her 56th year. Funeral Thursday at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this
intimation. No flowers.
CONDY (St. George) - Dr. Addison attended the funeral of Miss Condy at Bartonville last Friday.
BRADY (Huntsville, Ont.) May 11 - A horrible accident happened about 9 o’clock this evening in
the Huntsville Lumber company’s mill, when Robert Brady of this place met with instant death. He
was working on the block saw and had evidently gone from the usual side to the wrong side of the
saw, and was engaged in hauling a shingle block to the saw with a hook, not generally used, nor
intended for that purpose, when he slipped and fell directly under the saw, which severed his head
from his body, and opened both the thorax and abdomen. Dr. Ross, of the general hospital, was
called, and pronounced life extinct. The body was allowed to remain in the same position as when
found and Coroner Reece arrived, who decided that an inquest was unnecessary.
AMOS (Little Current, Ont.) May 11 - Alexander Amos, of North Keppel, accidentally shot himself
this morning. He had been out bear hunting and called at the home of his sweetheart to whom he
was to have been married to-morrow. While leaning on his rifle talking to the young lady, the gun
exploded, killing him instantly. The ball, passed through both hands, entering his head near the left
eye, and passing out at the top.
PETERSON (Brantford, Ont.) May 11 - The neighbouring villages of Cainsville and Echo Place
have been thrown into a great state of excitement over the fact that the guilty man concerned in the
betrayal of Miss Nellie Mabel Peterson, of Berlin, who committed suicide on Thursday last, is none
other than Mr. Zeigler, a Methodist student at Cainsville, who had been engaged to deceased. As a
young man just entering on the work of the ministry he was taken off “the list of reserves” last
August to supply a vacancy on the Cainsville circuit and he was so well liked and popular that the
congregation recently preferred a unanimous request that he be allowed to continue for another
When he heard of the tragedy by telegram, he took a horse and rig with the remark that he was
going to Lynden, but instead drove to Onondaga, where he boarded a train for the purpose of
getting out of the country. Within the last day or so Mr. Vanderlip, with whom he lived has received
from him in Buffalo, stating where the horse and rig could be found, and it is evident that this is the
last that will be heard of him.
A charge of immorality has been laid against him, and Rev. Dr. Ross, of this city, chairman of
the district, has caused the necessary notices to be served looking towards an inquiry.
In the letter to Mr. Vanderlip, Zeigler stated that he had been walking Buffalo streets in an
agony of mind, and did not know whether to make away with himself or not.
(Berlin, Ont.) May 11 - It was very commonly known here that Miss Peterson was engaged to
be married to a young Methodist minister named J.A. Zeigler, who received his education at the
McGill university, Montreal. He was a native of Berlin, and was taken up by some philanthropically
inclined members of the Methodist church in Berlin, and put through college, the object being for
him to qualify as a Missionary to China or Japan. He failed to pass his examinations at McGill last
summer and was appointed probationally to Kingsley, a little village near Brantford, where he has
preached for the past six months or so.
What makes his duplicity and villainy all the more barefaced was a letter from him, which was
taken from the post office just about the time of Miss Peterson’s death, in which he had advised her
not to go to Dr. Honsberger or any other of the Berlin doctors, but rather to see one of the medical
men in Waterloo, otherwise, he feared, the matter would leak out.
According to the rules of the Methodist church, a probationer may not marry until he has been
ordained. Zeigler, not having been ordained, was afraid that if he married the girl he had betrayed
he would be compelled to give up all changes of becoming a Methodist minister.
BURKHOLDER (Woodbridge, Ont.) May 11 - Yesterday evening a sad fatality occurred at Edgely,
in the township of Vaughan, Joseph Burkholder, an old and highly esteemed resident, was out in the
fields plowing apparently in robust health. His son, who was at the other end of the field, observed
him leaning over the plow, and hastened to him, but when he arrived life was extinct, caused
probably by heart failure. He was in his sixty-sixth year, and was born on the farm on which he
died. His father was also on the same farm in the year 1800.
WESTON (Toronto) May 12 - Little Eva Weston, the four-year-old child, who was so severely
burned Monday afternoon, at 132 Claremount Street, and taken to the sick children’s hospital, died
at that institution at three o’clock yesterday morning, after suffering intense agony.
BROUGH - The funeral of the late Constantine Brough, manager of the Toronto branch of the Bank
of Montreal, and brother of Mrs. Du Moulin, took place this morning to Hamilton cemetery, on the
arrival of the train from Toronto. Bishop Du Moulin accompanied the remains from Toronto, and
there were a number of mourners in the party. The cortege first moved to Christ Church Cathedral,
where Canon Bland conducted the funeral service. There were no especially selected pallbearers.
The remains were interred in the Church of Ascension plot in the cemetery.
COLLINS - The body of Thomas Collins, who died in St. Louis some days ago, was brought to the
city this morning. The funeral took place from the Grand Trunk station, the interment at Rock Bay
cemetery. Rev. Father Hinchey conducted the services at the chapel. The body was sent from the
hospital at St. Louis to a medical college, and it was with difficulty that it was recovered.
Thursday, May 13, 1897
DINGWALL - In this city, at the residence of Wm. Macdonald, 295 York Street, on Wednesday,
May 12th , Annie, youngest daughter of the late Alexander Dingwall. Funeral will take place from
above address on Friday afternoon at 3:30. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
Miss Annie Dingwall, daughter of the late Alexander Dingwall, died last night at the residence
of Wm. McDonald, 295 York Street. She had been ill ten days.
Friday, May 14, 1897
LENNARD (Welland) May 13 - An umbrella mender, named James Lennard, drowned himself by
jumping into the canal here last night about 10 o’clock. His body was not recovered until 3 o’clock
this morning. J. Dorrisy, who was with him, and who is now in custody, states that they had spent
the winter together in Buffalo, boarding at No. 11 Peacock Street. Both had been drinking and
deceased was on the verge of delirium tremens. They left Buffalo on Monday to take a trip through
the country to sober up. Deceased was 32 years of age and had no relatives or friends in Buffalo. An
inquest will be held.
PHELPS - Orson J. Phelps, one of the oldest residents of St. Catharines, died Thursday, aged 78.
SIEBERT - Francis Siebert, one of the oldest pioneers of Perth county, died at Sebringville, Ont.,
recently, aged 94.
COLLINS (St. Louis, Mo.) May 13 - For nearly a week Howard Collins, a wealthy resident of
Hamilton, Ont., had been in the city trying to find the remains of his son, Daniel Collins, who died
in the city hospital on Easter morning. To-day through the aid of a hospital nurse, the body was
found in a pickling vat at Barnes’ college. The old gentleman swooned at the horrible sight, and for
several hours was so frantic that it was feared that he would go crazy.
A year ago young Collins resolved to try his fortune in St. Louis, and for a time found work, but
when reverses came, he was too proud to appeal to his father for aid. Early in March he was
stricken with fever and being penniless, was taken to the city hospital. The physicians tried to make
him tell his story, but he would not, and died with it.
By some means the father learned his son was dead, and hastened here. The body had been
turned over to the anatomical board, which had no data to show to which college it had been
assigned. The school term being over the body was placed in a vat, for use next fall, and there it was
O’MEARA (Brockville) May 13 - Capt. William O’Meara, of Smiths Falls, met his death at the
Albion Hotel here this morning by asphyxiation, gas having escaped from a jet in a room which he
occupied. Investigation showed that the gas had turned on just a little, and this is supposed to have
been done accidentally by deceased when turning out the gas.
Deceased was about 70 years of age, and was a native of Ireland.
Saturday, May 15, 1897
McMURRAY - On Thursday morning, at his residence in Binbrook, George McMurray, aged 34
years. Funeral Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
MAYNARD (Whitby, Ont.) May 15 - Miss May Maynard died this morning from the effects of a
dreadful accident which befell her on Good Friday evening. She was a victim of a lamp explosion.
When coming up the cellar stairs, a coal oil lamp which she was carrying exploded, and when the
other members of the family reached her they found her lying upon the floor beating with her hands
the flames which were destroying the tissues of her face, neck, and arms. Everything that medical
skill could do to save Miss Maynard’s life was done, but without avail. Yesterday haemorrhage set
in where the arteries of the arms have been reached through the dreadful burning to which they
were subjected, resulting in the girl’s death this morning.
SCHWENDIMANN- (Hespeler, Ont.) May 14 - A most lamentable case of suicide occurred here
sometime during last night, when Miss Susan Schwendimann drowned herself in the Brodie milldam.
She was missed from her room this morning, and search being made, her body was found
floating in the water. She was a most estimable person, in the prime of her life and in circumstances
above the average. Her aged mother, who had been tenderly cared for by the deceased for years,
died recently, and since that event Miss Schwendimann had been in failing health, doubtless due to
grief to her mother’s death. No reason other than this can be assigned for the rash act. She left a
note saying that she had gone along the river side, and that it was all her own fault.
BROWN (Rosseau, Ont.) May 14 - At 6:05 this evening the servant girl at Maplehurst was
preparing tea. Mrs. Brown was in another part of the hotel, when a report of a revolver was heard
by the servant. She ran into the sitting room and said; “is that you, Mr. Brown?” He answered,
“Yes, Dolly, it is me”. He was lying on the floor with a revolver beside him having shot himself
either accidentally or intentionally, in the right temple. The ball had taken a slightly downward
course blowing the left eye, and lodging in the cheek. Dr. Waddy was immediately sent for. The
unfortunate man is lying in a semi-conscious state, groaning terribly. His wife is dazed by the
shock, and has not spoken since the accident except, “ Oh his poor mother!”. Dr. Walton is on his
way from Parry Sound to hold a consultation with Dr. Waddy. There is little hope for recovery.
WILKS (Marmora, Ont.) May 14 - John Wilks, of Marmora, while on the Rathbun companies
drive, was drowned at Deer River Falls, today, about fifteen miles from this place. Body not yet
McLEOD (Napanee) May 14 - A startling development in the Troy murder case took place when
the grand jury brought in two bills against John Hughes and Frank Hayes, alias Penn, for murder
and burglary. His Lordship directed that a bench warrant for the arrest of Penn. In his opening
remarks to the grand jury his Lordship said it did not matter whether Hughes did the shooting or
not. No matter which one did the shooting that killed McLeod, if they were present in the house
legally all were responsible in law for what the others did.
John Hughes was then arraigned, and pleaded not guilty to both indictments. Y.M. Wilson
volunteered to defend the prisoner. Time for a conference with Hughes was granted Mr. Wilson.
Hughes is of a lower type than the convict Troy. He is coarse-featured, heavy-set man, about twenty
three years of age. Troy was evidently the brains of the trio. Hughes’ counsel will have to have the
trial laid over until the next assizes, as it is the intention of the defence to prove an alibi. It is
doubtful if his Lordship will consent, as in his charge to the jury he said he had preferred passing
sentence on Troy until Hughes had been arraigned, and possibly tried, not, his Lordship added, that
it would affect Troy’s sentence, but it might affect the time when the sentence would go into effect.
ANDERSON (Galt, Ont.) May 14 - Mrs. Anderson, wife of John Anderson, undertaker and
furniture dealer, in this place, died suddenly about four o’clock this morning, aged 63 years. She
was in her accustomed health the day before, and only took ill towards morning, and died about 20
Monday, May 17, 1897
BURROWS - At his late residence, 78 Hunter St. West, on Sunday, May 16th, 1897, John C.
Burrows, after a long and painful illness. Funeral notice later.
CHILMAN - On May 15th, at his mother’s residence, 92 Hannah St. West, Edgar Bancroft Chilman,
youngest son of the late I.C. Chilman, aged 24 years. Funeral from above address Tuesday, May
19th, at 2:30.
Edgar Chilman, son of the late I.C. Chilman died yesterday. Consumption was the cause of
death. The deceased had been laid up about three months.
SHOOTS - On the 16th inst., at his late residence, 167 Mary Street, George Shoots, late of
Caledonia, aged 58 years. Funeral on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Friends and acquaintances please accept
George Shoots, carriage worker, 167 Mary St., died yesterday afternoon about 3 o’clock at his
late residence after a short illness. Deceased first suffered from quinsy, but this developed into
pneumonia. He was fifty years of age, and was well known and much respected. He was a member
of the Royal Arcanum. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at four o’clock.
McBRIDE - In this city, on the 17th May, Joseph McBride, youngest son of the late Daniel
McBride, aged 27. Funeral from his mother’s residence, 305 Catharine St. North, at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, to St. Mary’s cathedral, thence to Holy Sepulchre. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this intimation.
Joseph McBride aged only 27, popular member of the cigar making union, died this morning
after a lingering illness of about eighteen months. His death was due to the neglect of the slight cold
which he contracted which finally affected his lungs. The funeral will take place on Wednesday
morning from the residence of his bereaved mother, 305 Catharine St. North.
HYATT (London, Ont.) May 17 - Mrs. John Hyatt, of 190 Egerton street, was found dead in the
kitchen of her home about 2:30 o’clock yesterday morning. Heart disease was the cause of her
death. Mrs. Hyatt was in her usual health and performed her household duties as usual on Saturday
night. About two o’clock in the morning Mr. Hyatt, awoke and noticing a lamp burning and hearing
no noise, he arose and went to the kitchen. On the floor with her head resting against the bathtub
was Mrs. Hyatt, dead.
LONG (North Bay, Ont.) May 17 - Edward Long, painter, of this place, one of our oldest residence,
dropped dead this morning while eating his breakfast. His relatives live in Paris, France.
HAYES (Seaforth, Ont.) May 16 - A sad accident, which terminated fatally, occurred yesterday
evening on the farm of James Hayes, ex-reeve of the township of McKillop. Mrs. Hayes, in
attempting to drive one of the young cattle down the lane, was struck by the animal in passing,
knocking her insensible to the ground, and, without regaining consciousness, she died five hours
after the accident.
Tuesday, May 18, 1897
McBRIDE - In this city, on 17th May, Joseph McBride, youngest son of the late Daniel McBride,
aged 27. Funeral from his mother’s residence, 306 Catharine St. North, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, to
St. Mary’s cathedral, and thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please
accept this intimation.
BURROWS - At his residence 76 Hunter West, in his 64th year, Mr. John C. Burrows. Funeral on
Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Friends will kindly accept this intimation.
COLES - On Monday, 17th May, 1897, Amelia Heaton, wife of Clement Poole Coles. Funeral on
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. from her late residence, 131 Brock Street, Brantford.
MASON (Toronto) May 18 - At 9:30 this morning boys playing on the bank of the Don just below
the Queen Street bridge, found the body of a man in the water. It was taken to the morgue in the
patrol wagon, and there identified as that of W.L. Mason, a pedlar, who lived at 291 Sackville
Street. Mason is said to have been on a spree last night with a chum, and had apparently fallen into
the river while on his way home, in an intoxicated condition.
GRANT (Toronto) May 18 - A terrible fatality occurred on the Grand Trunk railway track this
morning at 7:45. Charles Grant, an unmarried labourer aged 26, working for Park Superintendent
Chamberlain, and living with Charles Lightfoot, a market gardener on Brock avenue, was struck by
the Grand Trunk flyer going west. He was driving into the city and just as he was about to cross the
track, near the Sunnyside boathouse, the train bore down upon him.
The two horses he was driving were killed, and he was himself thrown into the ditch, dying from his
injuries before help could arrive. His skull was fractured and his body mutilated beyond
recognition. An inquest will be held tonight.
Wednesday, May 19, 1897
BRENNEN - At Sturgeon Falls, on Wednesday May 19th, Grant, youngest son of Edward S. and
Florence Brennen, aged 1 year.
BIRD (Glanford) - The funeral of the late John Bird, took place on Sunday afternoon from the
residence of his sister, Mrs. John Duffield. The deceased was interred at Unity church, Seneca.
SUMMERS - Thomas Summers, an inmate of the asylum at Brockville, hanged himself in the cow
YOUNG (Toronto) May 18 - A woman, 65 years of age, named Mrs. Young, and whose home was
at 529 Adelaide Street West, was visiting the Shea family, No. 3 Brown’s lane, off Bathurst Street at
about half past one yesterday afternoon, when she was taken suddenly ill. She asked for a drink of
water, which was given her, and then while asking to have some water thrown on her face, she fell
over and expired before medical aid could be obtained.
The police were notified of the occurrence and Coroner Greig, who was summoned, gave it as
his opinion that death was due to heart disease. In the meantime however, he has issued a warrant
for an inquest.
RUSSELL (Brantford, Ont.) May 19 - Mrs. Thos. Russell, of West Brantford, who put her five
children in a cistern with the intention of drowning them last Monday night, and was afterwards
placed in jail as insane, was found dead in her cell this morning. Sometime during the night she
strangled herself with the bedclothes.
Thursday, May 20, 1897
SHIPLEY - In this city on May 19th, at the residence of his brother-in-law, V. Edwards, 95 Pearl St.
south, John Shipley, aged 54 years. Funeral from above address on Friday morning, at 8:30 o’clock,
to St. Joseph’s church thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances may please
accept this intimation.
RODGERS - Despondency and worry over financial difficulties drove Morley Rodgers, an
insurance agent living at Jarvis, to suicide. The young man had not been himself for some time. On
Tuesday he wrote a note to his father, Andrew Rodgers telling him that he intended to commit
suicide and that his body would be found in the woods near the village. The letter was delivered
about 6 o’clock Tuesday evening and a party was organized and searched the woods, but no trace of
Rodgers could be obtained. Yesterday morning the body was found in the woods, close to the
village. It was lying in a pool of blood and there was a bullet hole in the head. A revolver was found
close by. The body was removed to Jarvis.
The suicide was about 24 years of age, and had been in business for himself for some time. He
handled money for insurance companies for which he acted as agent, and it is believed that the
condition of his financial affairs prompted him to take his own life.
McMURRAY - The funeral of the late George McMurray, of Binbrook, took place last Sunday and
was one of the largest attended funerals during recent years. The services were conducted by Rev.
Mr. Ferguson, assisted by Rev. Mr. Brecken. Deceased was secretary of Court Binbrook 662,
C.O.F. and also secretary of the Binbrook Agricultural society. Those bodies sent as floral tributes
respectively a gates ajar, and a pillow of flowers. The pall-bearers; M. McGann, W. Perkin, B.
Smith, T. O’Donell, E. Whitworth, and J. Griffith. Deceased was one of the most active
Conservative workers in the riding, and was greatly respected by all who knew him.
COX (Perth, Ont.) May 20 - John Cox, the lockmaster of Port Elmsley, died suddenly of heart
failure in Perth last night. He came to Perth in the afternoon on business, and about ten o’clock,
while in conversation with some men, he dropped down, and died in a few minutes. He had been
lockmaster from the time the canal was built.
DAWSON (Kingston) May 19 - A child of Mr. and Mrs. Dawson, of Tamworth, while walking near
the bank of the Salmon river on Thursday struck his foot against a stone and fell into a swift current
and was carried to his death.
BURROWS - The funeral of the late J.C. Burrows, took place from his late residence, Hunter Street
West, yesterday. It as conducted by Hamilton lodge, A.O.O.U.W. The services were conducted by
Rev. Dr. Smith, and Donald Warren, W. M. and A. McPherson recorder, for the lodge.
Friday, May 21, 1897
GLOVER - John Glover was killed on the railway near Port Dover Junction.
HUNTER - James Hunter, one of the most prominent residents of the county of Perth, died at
Milverton, Ont., on Wednesday.
Saturday, May 22, 1897
BAIKIE - Thomas Baikie, an inmate of the house of refuge, died in the institution yesterday.
BAKER - Thomas Baker, who had been in the house of refuge for a long time died yesterday. The
funeral took place this afternoon from Dodsworth’s undertaking establishment.
Monday, May 24, 1897
HENDERSON - At Detroit, Mich, on Saturday, 22 inst., Margaret King, beloved wife of Andrew S.
Henderson, and eldest daughter of the late Wm. Chisholm. Funeral private at 2 p.m., Tuesday, 25th
inst., from the residence of James Chisholm, 39 East Ave. North.
Mrs. Margaret Henderson, wife of Andrew S. Henderson, of Detroit, Mich., died on Saturday.
The body will be brought to Hamilton for interment. The deceased was a daughter of the late
William Chisholm, and a sister of James Chisholm, barrister of this city.
RODGERS (Caledonia) - Much genuine sorrow was felt here at the sad news of the tragic death of
Morley Rodgers, of Jarvis. The young man was well known in Caledonia, having attended the
county model school in this village a few years ago, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
He was principal of the Springvale public school last year.
HEDLEY (Caledonia) - Word was received in this village on Tuesday of the death of Thomas
Hedley, a prosperous and respected farmer of the township of Seneca. Deceased, who died on
Monday evening, was kicked just a week previously by a bull he owned and which he was attending
to at the time the accident resulting internal injuries from which he failed to recover despite skilful
treatment. Mr. Hedley was a prominent member of the Methodist church.
COLES (Caledonia) - George and Mrs. Coles lost their infant son early on Friday morning. The
little one had been ill for nearly two weeks with brain fever.
HEADLY (Empire) - Thomas Headly who died on May 10, as the result of an accident. Mr. Headly
was in the act of tying up his bull in the stall, when the bull kicked at the dog, but struck Mr. Headly
in the bowels, and after suffering for about a week, he passed away on Monday night at 12 o’clock.
His death will be a great loss, both in the community, and to the Methodist church, of which he was
a prominent member. The family has the sincere sympathy of the surrounding country.
SCOTT (Bowmanville, Ont.) May 23 - Truman Scott, of Orono, came here this afternoon to vote
for the Rubber factory by-law and dropped dead at the head of the town hall stairs from heart
failure. He lived with his son, Oscar Scott, undertaker and furniture maker at Orono, and was about
75 years of age. The by-law granted a bonus of $6000 to the rubber company and was carried by 41
SPANE (Goderich, Ont.) May 22 - William Spane, a working man belonging to Seaforth, was
accidentally killed by a railway engine on the harbour front this afternoon. Spane was standing on
the track near the sawmill, and evidently didn’t hear the engine approaching, although the engineer
rang the bell and gave warning.
No inquest was held under the circumstances. Deceased had been working at the lumber boat
and was on his way home. He leaves a widow and six children.
McCARTNEY (Owen Sound) May 23 - Ethel McCartney, 14 years of age, youngest daughter of
Andrew McCartney was swinging with some companions in the barn of William Boyd, when she
noticed the pole in which the rope was fastened slipping from its place. She called to those who
were about her that the swing was about to fall, but before they could stop it, the pole came down,
striking her on the head, inflicting a severe gash and causing almost instant death.
Tuesday, May 25, 1897
MOORE - At her late residence No. 251 West Ave. North, on Sunday, 23rd May, 1897, Leah Moore,
wife of Frederick Moore, aged 62 years. Funeral Wednesday, at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept
LEE - At his late residence, Main and Charles Sts., William George Lee, son of the late George Lee.
Funeral (private), Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Please omit flowers.
W.George Lee, son of the late ex-Ald. Lee, died yesterday at his residence, at the corner of
Main and Charles streets. He had been an invalid for a number of years, and his death was not a
surprise to his friends.It is said that the deceased in his will has made a number of bequests to charitable institutions,
and left a large legacy to Rev. Father Geoghegan.
WATT - In this city, on Tuesday the 25th inst., Robert Watt, in the 45th year of his age. Funeral on
Thursday, the 27th , from his late residence 247 Duke St., at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances
will please accept this intimation.
MUSSEL (Simcoe, Ont.) May 25 - W. Mussel, of Rattlesnake Harbour, was driving on Colborne St.
to see the lantern parade last night, when his horse became frightened at one of the wheels and ran
away. Mussel was thrown out head foremost and was so badly injured that he died in a couple of
WITHERSPOON - While Edgar Witherspoon, a news boy, living at 82 Ferrie St. West, was waiting
for his papers at the Times office last Thursday, he was stricken with paralysis. The little fellow was
only nine years of age, and the eldest son of his mother, who is a widow. Dr. Balfe attended him,
but he never recovered from the shock, and died yesterday morning. The funeral will take place
tomorrow afternoon at three o’clock.
MELLOR (Thorold, Ont.) May 24 - A bicycle having a black frock coat strapped to the frame, was
found in the new Welland canal between lock 24, and 25 here today. A small part of the wheel,
which is a ‘95 Cleveland was above water on the sloping bank. As a black fedora hat was found
yesterday floating not far from the wheel was discovered, it appears probable that the rider was
accidentally thrown from his wheel, into the canal and drowned. Men are now engaged grappling
the canal for the supposed body.
St. Catharines, Ont., May 24, the body has been recovered and is that of J.G. Mellor, of
England. He has friends residing in Welland, but no relatives nearer than Nova Scotia, where is
supposed to have two brothers, both Church of England clergymen.
GRANGE (Picton, Ont.) May 24 - Mr. Grange, with eight others, left Napanee today with the yacht
Orpha to spend Sunday and Monday in Kingston, and when off Indian Point this morning young
Grange fell overboard and was drowned. Mr. Grange was only 22 years old, and had just graduated
in medicine at Queen’s university. He was he son of the late William Grange, of Newburg.
SICKLES (Brantford) May 24 - James Sickles went over the dam in a canoe a few minutes after 11
o’clock this morning.
For some time Sickles had been giving exhibitions by shooting the dam in the river at the Lorne
bridge, in an ordinary canoe. The dam, which has a fall of about eight feet, runs across the river
about 50 feet below the Lorne bridge. Sickles had been in the habit of advertising his daring feat,
and, after bringing a crowd to the river banks, taking up a collection, and in return whetting the
peoples’ taste for excitement by shooting the dam. On two former occasions he performed the feat
with success. He was announced to repeat the trick at 11 o’clock to-day. Shortly before that hour at
least a thousand people lined the banks and the neighbouring bridges. Sickles ventured out in his
frail bark at the advertised hour. The current carried him quickly down stream, the canoe shot the
dam. It instantly upset however, and the occupant was caught in the swirl of the fall and buried
under the water. The boat came to the surface, but Sickles never rose again. The drowning alarm
box was immediately pulled, and the life boat crew promptly responded. The boat was quickly rode
to the place, but no signs of the unfortunate man could be seen. The grappling lines were at once
thrown out, but inasmuch as the boat could not go near enough the falls, it was impossible to
recover the body for nearly three hours, when, of course, nothing could be done. Sickles was a
private in the Dufferin rifles, a married man, and a sad incident of the affair was that his wife was a
witness of his drowning. His father was sent to penitentiary about a month ago for counterfeiting.
BENDELARI - Mrs. Bendelairi, of Toronto, widow of the late Italian counsul died somewhat
Wednesday, May 26, 1897
WATT - In this city on Tuesday, the 25th inst., Robert Watt, in the 65th year of his age. Funeral on
Thursday the 27th, from his late residence 247 Duke St., at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will
please accept this intimation.
WALLACE - On Tuesday, May 25th., at her late residence, 292 John St. South, Elizabeth
Malcolmson, relict of the late John Wallace, aged 60 years. Funeral Thursday, at 3 p.m. Friends will
please accept this intimation. Please omit flowers.
WITHERSPOON - At 82 Ferrie St. West, on May 24th, Edgar Elijah William Witherspoon, aged 8
years and 11 months, eldest son of Mrs. Annie Witherspoon. Funeral took place at 4 o’clock
HUNTER - The body of Neil Hunter, a sawmill owner near Shaw station, was found lying on the
road not far from Freelton last evening. The deceased’s horse and carriage had come home alone,
and on a party going out to search for him, the body was found with a bruise on one side of the
head, and a scalp wound extending from the forehead to the back of the head. The carriage had also
run over his body. From the wheel tracks on the road it is supposed that the carriage ran over a
small embankment just after cross a bridge over a creek and threw Hunter out on his head. He must
have died almost instantly, his neck possibly being broken. It is supposed that he was asleep when
he fell out.
An inquest will be held.by Dr. McQueen, of Freelton, to-morrow morning at 8 o’clock. The
deceased was about 56 years of age, and leaves a widow and two sons.
SPARHAM (Glanford) - David Sparham, who has been sick for a long time, died on Friday and
was buried on Sunday at the Kinburn Burying ground by the Foresters. The funeral service was held
at St. Paul’s church, Glanford.
ARROWSMITH (Binbrook) - George and Mrs. Bush were away for a few days last week at
Georgetown attending the funeral of her sister Mrs. Arrowsmith, who died very suddenly.
TURNER - Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, who lived about one mile west of Fort Erie, Ont., was found
yesterday morning drowned in a cistern. It is supposed she committed suicide.
WILLSON - A little boy named John Willson was drowned at Port Robinson.
APPELE - A eight-year-old son of Joseph Appele, Cornwall, Ont., was lighting a kitchen fire with
the aid of a coal oil can when the oil exploded and set fire to his clothes. Before assistance arrived
he was so terribly burned that he died in a few hours.
FISHER (St. Catharines) May 25 - The town is excited over the finding in a cistern of the body of
Mrs. Fisher, the wife of a pensioner. Fisher and his wife were drinking yesterday, and she was last
seen last evening about 6 o’clock.
Fisher takes the affair very coolly. About a year ago, according to the story of the neighbours
Mrs. Fisher was pulled out of the same cistern, and at that time accused her husband of throwing her
Thursday, May 27, 1897
TOTTEN - Thomas Totten died in the jail at Barrie, aged 106 years.
PHILLIPS - Mrs. Phillips, aged 61, committed suicide by drowning herself in the Trent river near
Frankford, Ont., on Tuesday night.
McDONELL - Oscar McDonell, editor of Le Temps, Ottawa’s French daily, died Wednesday
forenoon after many months of suffering from cancer of the tongue.
LEE - The funeral of the late George Lee took place yesterday afternoon. Rev. Canon Land, and
Rev. Thomas Geoghegan, conducting the funeral service. There was a large attendance of
deceased’s friends. The pall-bearers were; F.J. Harris, J. Colvin, A.Zimmerman, J.V. Teetzel,
George Bremner, and J. Miller.
Friday, May 28, 1897
GALLIN - At Waterdown, on May 27th, William Gallin, aged 53 years. Funeral from his late
residence on Saturday, May 29th, at 2 o’clock to Grace Church, cemetery. Friends will please accept
FOSTER - At her late residence, No. 41 Nightingale St. on Thursday, May 27th, 1897, Isabella
Foster, relict of the late James Gillis Foster, aged 73 years. Funeral tomorrow (Saturday) at 3:30
p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
HULL (Toronto) - On Thursday the 27th inst., William Hull, in his 40th year. Funeral on Saturday
from his parents’ residence King St. West, to Hamilton cemetery. Funeral private.
WILEY (St. Thomas, Ont.) May 28 - Vernon Wiley, a farm labourer, was drowned in a mill pond
yesterday afternoon while washing sheep on the farm of Jordan Minor, Sparta road. There were five
there present at the time, but they were unable to save the young man, who was drowned in about
twelve feet of water.
LINDLEY - James Lindley, an old resident, died at the residence of his son Robert Lindley, on the
morning of May 19th, and was buried at the East Plaines cemetery on Friday. The deceased was
born in England in 1802, and came to Canada with his wife and family in 1842. He was a life-long
member of the Methodist church, and for many years was an official in the church and active in the
work. His funeral was largely attended and his surviving children have the sympathy of the entire
LOGAN (London, Ont.) May 27 - Mrs. Elizabeth Logan, West Nissouri, died yesterday at the
remarkable age of 97 years and 10 months. Mrs. Logan was born in Edinburgh.
LEE (London, Ont.) May 27 - The little four-year-old boy of James Lee, Bridges Street, while
playing with fire crackers, was so horribly burned that death ensued a few hours later.
Saturday, May 29, 1897
WILSON - On Friday May 28th, T.B. Wilson, late Assistant-chief of Fire Brigade, in the 62nd year
of his age. Funeral from his late residence, 22 Barton Street East, on Sunday, May 30, at 3:30 p.m.
Friends will please accept this intimation.
Shortly after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon Thomas Wilson, foreman of the fire department,
who was injured at the Gartshore fire on Thursday night, succumbed to the injuries he received. All
Friday morning he suffered from convulsions. In the early afternoon he seemed to have improved,
but at 3 o’clock he took a turn for the worse and soon passed away. Mr. Wilson was a married man,
42 years of age, and had been connected with the fire department for over 20 years, both in the
semi-paid force, and the regular department. In 1879 he was appointed a driver, in 1882 a subforeman,
and in 1884 foreman of the department. He was one of the best known and best liked men
in the department.
About nineteen years ago he met with his first serious accident, falling from the hose tower, a
distance of over 50 feet. Before joining the department he was engaged in the trunk making trade.
Twenty five years ago he was an enthusiastic young member of the Thirteenth battalion. The
funeral will take place at 3:30 to-morrow afternoon from deceased’s late residence, 22 Barton Street
East. There will be a detachment of city fireman in attendance. Mr. Wilson was a member of the
I.O.F. and I.O.O.F. fraternal societies, and it is probable that the pall-bearers will consist of two
members each from these orders and two firemen.
FISHER - At Alton, Illinois, Wellesley Fisher, late of St. Louis, and brother of the late Maitland
Fisher, of Hamilton. Funeral from the G.T.R. station to-morrow (Sunday) at 3:15. Service at Christ
WEBSTER (Pickering, Ont.) May 28 - Moses Webster, aged 80 years, was found dead on the road
this morning. He was in his usual good health, and on his way to visit his sister. The body was
found by a farmer soon after death had overtaken him. Mr. Webster was one of the pioneer
residents of Pickering.
FARRELL (Barrie) May 28 - At Burk’s Falls about noon today James Farrell, of this town, a car
repairer on the G.T.R. was killed. In some way he fell under the cars, and the van passed over him,
causing almost instant death. He was a popular young man of about 30 years of age, and leaves a
widow and one child.
COOKE (Brantford) May 28 - Miss Mary Cooke, a domestic in H. Smith’s house, was found
yesterday lying dead in the kitchen, on the return of her employers, who had been out driving. It
was the opinion of the medical men summoned, that death resulted from a rupture of a blood vessel
in the lungs.
Monday, May 31, 1897
FULTON - On Saturday, May 29th, Thomas Fulton 27 Strachan St. West. Funeral will take place
from above address on Tuesday, June 1st, 2:o’clock to Bullock’s Corners. Friends will please accept
BIELBY - In this city, on Sunday May 30th, Jane Bielby, in her 50th year. Funeral from her late
residence 24 Clyde St., on Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept
BARKER - On Sunday evening May 30th, Hazel May, youngest daughter of Holden and Margaret
F. Barker aged 9 years and 3 months. Funeral from her the family residence, 2 Tiffany St., Tuesday
afternoon, at 3:30 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
WILSON - The funeral of the late Thos. Wilson, foreman of the local fire department, took place
yesterday afternoon from his late residence, 22 Barton Street East. The popularity of deceased was
shown by the immense concourse of people who gathered at the house and joined the procession to
the cemetery to pay the last tribute of respect. The detachment of about 20 of the active department
and the following members of the old volunteer brigade of years ago were present; J. Burke, W.
MacDonald, A.W. Wright, J.Gates, C. Reiger, J. Porteous, G. McCully, A. Reiger, W. Presnell, C.
Smith, F. Stewart, F. Brand, J. Cuzner, G. Reid, J. Noyes, T. Edwards, J. Wilson, R. Brick, P.
Bateman, George Wurst, Messrs. Vint, Ball, Carroll, Hull, and Noble, P. Shea, J. McKenna, J.
Carnahan, P. O’Neil, and J. Desmond.
The aldermen of the fire and water committee were present, as well as Senator Sanford, and
Hon. J.M. Gibson. Both societies of which deceased was a member turned out in large numbers.
The pallbearers were A. Cameron, and T. Broadbent, of the active fire department; R.H. Brick, and
J. Carnahan, of the veterans; Henry Day, and W. Taylor, of the I.O.O.F., and J. Carrick, and J.
Irving, of the I.O.F. Rev. Dr. Fraser conducted the funeral service at the house and grave, and
during the progress of the funeral up James street, the fire alarm bell was tolled. There was an
enormous crown lining the sidewalks while the funeral was passing.
BEGGS - George Beggs, a Kingston man, employed in a drug store at Syracuse, poisoned himself
because his sweetheart discarded him.
McKENZIE - The death of ten-year-old James McKenzie, son of a well-known Dundas citizen, has
caused some excitement in the valley city, and it may be that an inquest will be held to determine
the cause thereof. About ten days ago the boy was bitten or scratched by a dog. The wound did not
cause any particular anxiety at the time, but early this morning, the little fellow developed
symptoms of violence and shortly after 3 o’clock died. It is thought he was attacked by rabies. He
was a bright little fellow and his sudden death was an awful shock to the parents.
Tuesday, June 1, 1897
TAYLOR - In Ancaster village, Tuesday morning, June 1st, Joseph Taylor, in his 81st year.
DAYLETT - On Monday May 31st, at her daughters residence, No. 243 Mary St., Susan Magill,
relict of the late John Daylett, aged 90 years. Funeral from above address, on Thursday, at 8:30
a.m., to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.
McMASTERS (Buffalo, N.Y.) May 31 - Coroner Kenny today shipped to Georgetown, Ont., the
body of a convict who died in the penitentiary on Sunday. Under the name of Frank Williams, he
was sentenced by Judge Childs in November, 1894, to five years imprisonment, for burglary, and
larceny. He was a dangerous character, so the attendants at the penitentiary told the coroner, and on
one occasion he had picked up a keeper;s revolver and fired a shot at him, but missed him.
Confinement wrought havoc with the prisoner. He drooped and died of consumption. On his
deathbed he confessed that his real name was Frank McMasters, and that his mother and an uncle
named W.P. Moore lived in Georgetown, Ont. Coroner Kenny telegraphed there and Mr. Moore
instructed him to send the body.
Wednesday, June 2, 1897
HUGHES - In this city, at her son’s residence, 243 James Street North, on Wednesday morning, June
2, Martha, widow of the late Edward Hughes, aged 73 years. Funeral from above address on
Thursday, June 3, at 4 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
BINKLEY - In Dundas, on June 1, William D. Binkley, aged 61 years. Funeral from his late
residence, to family burying ground Dundas road, on Thursday, 3rd inst. at 2 o’clock.
(Dundas) - Another sudden death is that of W.D.Binkley, which occurred yesterday afternoon,
after a few hours illness. Death ensued from an attach of acute pneumonia. Mr. Binkley was
formerly a prosperous farmer in West Flamborough, of which township he was for several years the
reeve. Of late years he lived in Dundas. He leaves a family most of whom are grown up.
COUTTS - On Tuesday, June 1, John Coutts, late pattern maker, G.T.R. Funeral from his late
residence 47 Stuart St. East, on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this
HANLEY (Strathroy, Ont.) June 2 - A sudden death occurred at the residence of J.H. Hanley early
yesterday. Mrs. Hanley retired as usual the night before, and when her daughter called her, she
could not be aroused. Dr. Thompson was sent for, and when he arrived he pronounced her dead.
Heart failure was the probable cause of death.
LARGE (Toronto) June 2 - The first drowning accident of the season here took place this morning.
Charles Large, a porter at the university, in company with a nephew named Clifford Faulkner, aged
fourteen, was taking some supplies over to the island to prepare a camp, when, after having taken
several drinks of whiskey from a flask, he upset the boat. Faulkner assisted his uncle in holding on
for some time, but Large became exhausted and sank. Faulkner was rescued by an employee of the
Royal Canadian Yacht club.
FISHER (St. Catharines) June 1 - The adjourned inquest re: the finding of Mrs. Fisher’s body in a
cistern on Niagara street was resumed, at the police court this afternoon at 4 o’clock. There was
little new evidence given, and about 6 o’clock the jury brought in a verdict that Mrs. Fisher was
found drowned in a cistern, but how she got there they were unable to find out. The prisoner was
BURKE (Colborne, Ont.) June 1 - Mrs. E. J. Burke, one of our oldest and most highly respected
residents died suddenly in her chair at the family residence, Church St., to-day. She was 85 years of
age and was apparently in good health, having attended divine services on Easter.
KING (Barrie, Ont.) June 1 - Nathaniel King, justice of the peace of this town, died suddenly this
morning of apoplexy. For many years he was proprietor of the Barrie Gazette. He was 72 years of
age, and leaves a widow, one son and five daughters.
McKENZIE (Dundas) June 2 - Drs Smith and Ross held a post mortem examination in regard to the
death of the lad James McKenzie, the report of whose death appeared in Monday’s spectator. The
doctors decided he died of hydrophobia. They found all the organs in a healthy condition except the
brain, which was slightly congested. At the request of Dr. Bryce, provincial health inspector, the
medulia oblongata was sent to him for determination of rabies. It seems that about three weeks ago
the lad and his sisters were having a game of ball, which the dog was enjoying as much as the
children. The boy and the dog both ran at the same time for the ball, and the dog in attempting to
get the ball, slightly scratched the lad’s arm with his teeth. No attention was paid to the matter.
Shortly afterwards the dog became sick and died. The boy attended school until Thursday last at
noon, when he asked permission to go home as he was not well. He gradually became worse and
died on Monday morning. He was buried on Tuesday afternoon at Grove cemetery. The boys of his
class formed a procession and escorted the remains to the grave.
Thursday, June 12 1897
DORLAND (Akron N.Y.) June 3 - Dr. S.J. Dorland, a prominent dentist of this place, has received
communication from D.E. McCann, of Los Angeles, Cal., of the death of his two brothers,
Benjamin H. and Peter M. Dorland, formerly of Oakville, Canada. In his letter McCann writes that
while a party of seven were prospecting for gold on Mt. Wahsatch, they unknowingly crossed the
line into the Wahsatch Indian reservation, and, while panning gold, they were surprised by a band
of about 50 Indians. Four of the party were successful in reaching their horses, but the other three,
being farther down the stream, were unable to reach theirs and were captured, murdered and
scalped. Dr. Dorland has telegraphed the chief of police of Los Angeles to investigate the matter
HEASLY (Toronto) June 3 - The body of Michael Heasly, 55 years of age, was found floating in
the bay near the waterfront off Gooderham’s distillery. Deceased was an army pensioner who had
done odd jobs for a living of late years, and had been reported missing since May 24.
MANN (Stoke’s Bay, Ont.) June 3 - The body of a man was found on the lakeshore about seven
miles from here at a place called Greenock Point, yesterday. It is badly decomposed, but is believed
to be that of William Mann, one of the crew of the steamer Africa, which foundered in October,
1895, as it answers the description given by Mann’s brother at the time of the disaster. The body is
about five feet six inches in height, stout build, front finger of right hand off above the second joint.
There were no papers of any kind in the pockets. The remains have been interred here.
TOWNSEND (Toronto) June 3 - Amelia Townsend, the wife of Henry Townsend, a woman 50
years of age, committed suicide yesterday afternoon by taking a dose of rough on rats, at her home,
135 Eastern Avenue. At a quarter to one yesterday afternoon, her husband left her to return to his
work, and at that time he says she was in the best of health, and spirits. Shortly after 3 o’clock one
of the children, a little girl, went to the next door neighbour, a Mrs. Roe, and told her that “Mamma
was awful sick”. Mrs. Roe went to the house, and found the woman in bed suffering intense agony.
Not knowing what was wrong, Mrs. Roe hastily called Dr. Ferguson, of King Street East, who
found every trace of arsenic poisoning. The woman refused to take emetics, and so the doctor had
the ambulance and removed her to the general hospital. Here the stomach pump was applied, but
nothing could save the woman, and she died inside of two hours.
At the hospital she made a statement to the effect, that she was tired of life and took the poison
with every intention of committing suicide.
Her husband, Henry Townsend, is utterly at a loss to understand why she would do such a
It is stated by some of the neighbours that the woman drank rather heavily, and it is possible that
her state of melancholy might have been caused by too much whisky. She leaves a family of two
OSBORNE (Meaford, Ont.) June 2 - A party of five men from Kimberly, Euphrasia township, came
here early this morning fishing for mullet. One of the party, named Osborne, 24 years of age, went
into a deep hole in the river and was drowned. His body was recovered in about an hour and a
SHEPPARD - Thomas Sheppard, merchant, and for several years village clerk, of Holland’s
Landing, Ont., died there yesterday, aged 67.
TEEDY - The funeral of the late James Teedy, who died in the house of refuge, will take place
tomorrow morning to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Service will be held at 8 o’clock in St. Lawrence
BIELBY - The funeral of the late Mrs. Bielby took place yesterday afternoon from 24 Clyde Street.
Rev. Alg conducted the funeral service, and Rev. W.M. Bielby, of Saugwyn, Mich., also took
part.A husband, three sons, - Richard, and John, of Lake City, Mich., and William of Muskoka, who
were present at the funeral and three daughters, mourn the loss of wife and mother.
Friday, June 4, 1897
EDWARDS - At her late residence No 83 Barton St. East., on Thursday, June 3rd, 1897, Sarah
Edwards, beloved wife of Edward Edwards. Funeral service at Christ Church Cathedral, Saturday at
2:30. Friends will please accept this intimation.
EDMONDS (Port Rowan) June 3 - Early this morning the news that Mrs. Edmonds had ended her
troubles with a shot from a gun, was circulated through the town, and inquiry substantiated the
deplorable fact. Mrs. Edmonds had her troubles in life and sorrows too deep to talk about, and
which she had hidden away in her own heart. This made her despondent, and she became weary of
life, and sighed for release. She procured some cartridges at Simcoe, early in the morning, when
everyone was asleep, she pointed the gun at her heart, and pulled the trigger. The charge lodged in
her shoulder above the heart, making a mortal wound. But she was conscious when her friends
reached her room, and was able to relate the story of the tragedy. She was a Miss Soper before
being married to Walter Edmonds of Detroit. Her mother lives in Vienna.
Saturday, June 5, 1897
WEBSTER - At his late residence, Wentworth Street North, on Saturday morning, June 5th, James F.
Webster, in the 56th year of his age. Funeral on Monday, 7th, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this
LEYDEN - Charles Leyden, who had a large circle of acquaintances here died in New York, on
Thursday night. He had been ill but a short time, and his condition was not considered critical until
Thursday morning. The deceased had been a resident of Hamilton for a number of years, having
been manager of R. Duncan & Co.’s business. At one time he was a member of the school board
and public library board. He was a member of the Chosen Friends.
Mr. Leyden went to New York two years ago. He leaves a widow and several children. The
interment will take place in New York.
CONBOY (Caledonia) - The funeral of the late Thomas Conboy, of Conboyville, took place to the
R.C. cemetery in this village, on Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended. The deceased
gentleman was over 90 years of age, and had been a resident of Onondaga township for upwards of
60 years. His death was somewhat sudden, and occurred on Monday morning after less than 24
GIBSON (Belleville) June 4 - Isabella Robinson, wife of W.J. Gibson, M.D., died very suddenly at
5 o’clock yesterday morning from an attack of angina pectoris, which occurred about midnight.
CRAIG (Kingston) June 4 - Today at noon W. Craig B.A., dropped dead in the yard at the rear of
the St. Lawrence hotel. He was a well-known figure about the city. He was a graduate of Queen’s
University and studies law in several of the well-known offices here. In 1870, Mr. Craig received an
appointment in the inland revenue department.
Monday, June 7, 1897
HAWKINS (Chatham, Ont.) June 5 - Mrs. Hawkins, a farmer’s wife near Wabash, on visiting a fire
lit some distance from the house for cooking hog food, found her two-year-old child had during her
absence strayed to it and was in flames. The mother, badly burning her hands and face, put out the
fire and ran for a neighbour to summon Dr. Stewart, of Thamesville, but, notwithstanding the best
aid, the child expired at 3 p.m.
ZIMMERMAN - Mrs. Zimmerman, widow of the late Dr. Zimmerman, died last night.
BURNS - Miss Nellie Burns, formerly of this city, niece of John Burns, died suddenly in Buffalo
Saturday night. The body will be brought to Hamilton for interment.
Tuesday, June 8, 1897
STRANGE - Dr. Strange, late surgeon lieutenant-colonel of the Canadian military forces was
buried in Mount Pleasant cemetery, Toronto, yesterday, with military honours. Despite the pouring
rain thousands of soldiers and private citizens turned out to pay their last tribute of respect to the
TRUBORN - Mrs. Truborn, an old and well respected of the town, died in Hamilton at the
residence of her daughter, Mrs. Echlin, on Saturday. She was buried in the Grove cemetery here on
Wednesday, June 9, 1897
DICKSON - At Freelton June 9th, Catherine Gilbert, wife of William Dickson, aged 42 years.
Funeral Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock to Strabane cemetery. Friends will please accept this
The many friends of Mrs. William Dixon, of Freelton, will regret to learn of that excellent ladies
death, which took place early this morning, after a painful illness of three months duration. She
leaves a husband and seven children, who have the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends. Funeral
on Friday at 2 o’clock to Strabane cemetery.
KENDRICK (Birks Falls, Ont.) June 8 - A very sad drowning accident occurred here about 10:30
this morning. Albert Kendrick, the fourteen-year-old son of John Kendrick, of this place, while
crossing the dam at the falls, stepped on a plank, which, on account of the rapidly rising water, was
swept over the falls, carrying the boy with it. The body was seen floating in the eddy below for a
few seconds, but has not yet been recovered. Sincere sympathy for the bereaved family. The father,
who is dying of cancer is almost frantic.
ROBINSON - George Robinson, aged 68, one of the best known farmers in Hamilton township near
Port Hope, Ontario, committed suicide on Monday night by taking paris green.
PENWARDEN - Thomas Penwarden, aged 70 who lived near Orono, Ont., was choked to death in
a hotel yesterday at Port Hope, by a piece of meat, which stuck in his throat.
Thursday, June 10, 1897
CAMPAIGNE - At Souris, Manitoba, on June 1, 1897, Frank Campaigne, eldest son of James
Campaigne, of this city.
DENIS (Brantford) June 9 - A very sad drowning accident took place near the city yesterday.
Gordon Denis of Mount Vernon, and his sister, were fishing in Whiteman’s creek, near Apps’ dam,
when the little fellow slipped on the clay and fell into a deep hole in the creek. He struggled to get
out, but in vain, and the frightened sister raised the alarm, but when help arrived the child had sunk
to rise no more.
Friday, June 11, 1897
AWREY - At his late residence, Popular Ave., East Hamilton, on Thursday, June 10th, Nicholas
Awrey, Registrar of the County of Wentworth aged 45 years. Funeral Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Friends
will please accept this intimation. Interment at Hamilton cemetery.
Shortly after 6 o’clock last night, Nicholas Awrey, registrar of Wentworth county, and one of
the best men of the Ontario Reform Party, died at his residence on Popular Avenue. Mr. Awrey was
a comparatively young man, being but 46 years of age. For a young man, however, he had passed
through as many battles in political life as many a man much his senior. For eighteen years he
represented South Wentworth in the Ontario legislature, and being a young man and fluent speaker,
he was alway called upon, and always was willing to do much of the hard campaigning work. This
told upon his constitution and for the past few years he had weakened considerably in health.
Bright’s disease set in and rapidly developed. For the past three weeks deceased’s condition was
considered serious; for the past three or four days it was known that recovery was impossible. The
sick man became unconscious and remained so until death relieved from his sufferings early last
Mr. Awrey was born in Binbrook on June 8, 1851, of German-Scotch parentage. Brought up on
the farm he attended the Wentworth county schools, finishing up his education, at the Hamilton
Collegiate Institute. When but a boy and during the time of the Fenian raid, Mr. Awrey took an
active in the formation of a volunteer company in Binbrook, and became one of its commanding
officers. Early in life he made up his mind to become a public man, and when but 27 years old was
elected member of the south riding of Wentworth, in the Ontario legislature. Though at every
subsequent his seat was contested, he alway managed to secure a majority of the votes polled,
though in one instance a recount was necessary to give him the required number. He resigned his
seat in the house early in 1896 to accept the Registrarship of Wentworth, made vacant by the death
of Registrar Springer. He was deserving of the honour thus given to him, and the people and press
of all shades of politics united in saying so. The regret is that he had not retired from active warfare
before his health became undermined. Had he done so, he might still be living and well.
In the house he was one of the most popular members, and one of the most able on the Reform
side. In recognition of his worth he was appointed Ontario commissioner at the World’s fair in
Chicago. The same traits of character that made him so popular at home did the same for him
abroad, and as the Ontario Commission at the big fair his services were invaluable to the province.
He was a ready speaker, convincing in argument, and cutting in sarcasm, yet, withal. always
gentlemanly and courteous. As a friend in private life he was a prince of good fellows. He was
married on October 15, 1872, to Miss Hazeltine Barlow, youngest daughter of Richard Barlow and
four children were the result of the union - Grace, well known in musical circles in the city, and
three young boys - Hardy, George, and Ralph. Mrs. Awrey died last summer while her husband was
120 in Europe, and it is well known that from the time of her death, and his return to Canada, Mr.
Awrey was a changed man.
Deceased was a member of Murton lodge of Perfection, A.F. & A.M. Harmony lodge,
Binbrook, and Regina council, Royal Arcanum. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon at
2:30, and will be conducted by the members of Harmony and Murton lodges. The interment will
take place in Hamilton cemetery.
JAMIESON - In this city, on Thursday, June 10, 1897, of diphtheria, Anne Bertille, youngest and
beloved daughter of Wm.H. and Elizabeth Jamieson, aged 3 years and 2 days. Funeral took place
from the parents residence, 407 McNab St. North., at 10 o’clock this morning.
HOWLETT - William Howlett, of Pickering, is dead, as the result of injury sustained by colliding
with a horse and cart while riding his bicycle.
Saturday, June 12, 1897
JAMIESON - In this city on Thursday, June 10, 1897, of diphtheria, Anne Bertille, youngest and
beloved daughter of Wm.H. and Elizabeth Jamieson, aged 3 years and 2 days. Funeral took place
from the parent’s residence 407 McNab St. North, at 10 o’clock this morning.
MILLS - On June 11, at 202 Park St. South, Francis, youngest son of the late Hon. Samuel Mills in
his 43rd year. Funeral from his late residence on Monday at 2:30 p.m. to All Saints church.
SERVOS - In this city, on Friday June 11th, 1897, William Servos, in his 76th year. Funeral from the
residence of his son, Joseph R. Service, 75 Cannon Street East, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Friends will
please accept this intimation.
WALSH (Peterboro, Ont.) June 12 - William Walsh, one of the most respected residents of
Peterboro, died this morning after a long illness. He was a member of the well-known drug firm of
Ormond & Walsh, as well as a director of the Dickson company, and the Peterboro and
Ashburnham street railway. He was 53 years of age.
Monday, June 14, 1897
BURKE - On June 13, Agnes, beloved wife of Hugh G. Burke, aged 33 years and 6 months. Funeral
from her late residence, 1 Reginald street, on Tuesday, 15th inst., at 2 p.m.
RANGER - In Dundas, on Sunday, June 13th, Mrs. Jessie Ranger, in her 67th year, a native of
Tralee, county Kerry, Ireland. Funeral from her late residence Bond street, at 8:30 o’clock Tuesday
morning, to St. Augustine church, thence to the new Roman Catholic cemetery. Friends and
acquaintances please accept this intimation.
MILLS - The funeral of the late Francis H. Mills took place this afternoon from his residence at the
corner of Park and Robinson streets, and was largely attended. The pallbearers were James H. Mills,
R.A. Dillon, W.O. Tidswell, Hugh C. Baker, S.C. Mewburn, R. K. Hope. A service was held at All
Saints’ church by Rev. George Forneret.
JOLLEY - William Jolley, who lives over the mountain, received a terrible shock when he went
home on Saturday evening. He found his wife, apparently in a stupor, on the sofa, and immediately
telephoned for a doctor. When Dr. Hillyer arrived he said that the woman had been dead some time.
Mrs. Jolley was 43 years of age. It is believed that apoplexy was the cause of death. The funeral
took place this afternoon.
WADE (Toronto) June 14 - Harry Richard Wade, a youth of between fifteen and sixteen years of
age, son of W.H. Wade, butcher, 940 Queen Street East, was drowned yesterday in Coatsworth’s cut,
between the harbour and Ashbridge’s bay. He went in bathing alone in the morning leaving his
clothes with his bicycle on the bank. These were found by Espalanade Constable Williams. The cut
was dragged and the body recovered about 6 o’clock yesterday evening.
SERVOS - The funeral of the late William Servos took place yesterday from the residence of
deceased’s son Joseph R. Servos. Rev. W. Terryberry of Preston, conducted the service at the house
and at the grave the Masonic service was conducted by A.T. Freed, G.C.Holden, and Dr. Reynolds.
There was a large attendance of Barton lodge members. The pall-bearers were James Ogilvie, R.
Douglas, G.C. Holden (Note: list was incomplete in news article.)
AWREY - The funeral of Nicholas Awrey, the deceased registrar of Wentworth county, took place
from his late residence, Popular Avenue, yesterday afternoon. There was an extremely large
attendance of friends of the dead man, both from the city and county. They represented all shades of
politics and showed in what esteem Mr. Awrey had always been held by all classes of people. The
representation of the Masonic fraternity was very large, and Murton lodge of Perfection, at the
request of Mr. Awrey’s own lodge, Harmony of Binbrook, had charge of the service at the grave.
Grand Master William Gibson, Hugh Murray, and J.J. Mason conducted the service. At the house a
short funeral service was conducted by Rev. Dr. Smith, Dr. Burns, and Rev. J.L. Gilmour, the latter
leading in prayer, the former reading the scripture, and Dr. Burns briefly referring to the life and
works of deceased.
The pallbearers were; W.C. Wilkinson, (Toronto), J.F. Monck, Rev. E.R. Stevenson, (Toronto),
Watson Truesdale, John Dickenson, M.L.A., J.T. Middleton, M.L.A., and Dr. Russell. The member
of the County council attended the funeral in a body.
Tuesday, June 15, 1897
MILLER - Dr. Thomas Miller, one of the best known and best liked of Hamilton’s medical men,
died at two o’clock this afternoon, after a long and painful illness. Dr. Miller was brought up in
North Wentworth, and graduated in medicine before he was old enough to practice. When he did
begin to practice he soon became one of the most popular doctors in the county, making friends
among all classes of the community. While living in the county he took an active interest in public
affairs and in the Conservative interests twice contested the riding as a candidate, the first time
running with Alexander Brown, losing the fight by only twelve votes. He afterward opposed Dr.
McMahon, but was defeated. While residing at Bullocks Corners, he married a daughter of the late
John Tunis, and two children, a son and daughter, were the result of the union.
Dr. Miller moved into the city about eighteen years ago, the hard work of his country practice
telling on his health. He soon became well known in the city and quickly built up a large and
lucrative practice. He also became identified with local political life being at one time president of
the local Conservative association. He has been representative of the local medical district on the
directorate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and for some years occupied a position on
the medical staff of the city hospital. No arrangements have been made as yet for the funeral.
PLETSCH (Woodstock, Ont.) June 14 - Misfortune has overtaken the family of Noah Pletsch, of
the 15th line of East Zorra, with overwhelming force. On Friday the hired girl went out to put a
horse out of the grain. She went up to the animal and had just put her hand on his mane, when he
wheeled, and that was the last she remembered of what occurred. When found she was unconscious,
with a gaping wound in the side of the head, where the beast had doubtless kicked her. The next
day, Saturday their little-three-year-old boy was found floating in the river in water a foot or so
deep, drowned. The elder brothers had gone over to Andrew Kaufmann’s, the next neighbour, and it
is supposed the little fellow had attempted to follow them, and in crossing the river had fallen in the
water, and was drowned.
TROTTER (Caledonia) June 15 - James Trotter, a well-known resident of this place, died yesterday
at his son’s residence in his 76th year. The deceased gentlemen was an Irishman by birth, and came
to this country over 50 years ago. He was engaged in the hotel business for very many years both in
Caledonia, York, and Hamilton, and was very widely known in Haldimand, and the ambitious city
by the travelling public, many of whom will regret to hear of his decease after an illness of about
ten days. He was a very strong Conservative and a member of the Church of England. Mr. Trotter
enjoyed good health all his life. The last five years of his life was spent with his son, William H.
Trotter, the well-known merchant of this village. He leaves another son and several daughters. The
funeral will take place to York tomorrow at 2 p.m.
WATERS - John Waters, an old man employed by Mrs. A.C. Quimby, 22 Vine Street met with a
violent death last night; but his body was not discovered until between 8 and 9 o’clock this
morning. Waters, who was engaged to Mrs. Quimby, also elderly about two months ago to live in
the house and do the chores, came home at 9:30 last evening under the influence of liquor. Mrs.
Quimby saw his condition and refused to give him a lamp to take to his bedroom, giving him a
candle instead. Waters’ room was over the kitchen, while Mrs. Quimby slept in another part of the
house. Mrs. Quimby heard nothing unusual during the night, but thinking a good sleep would
remove all the evidences of intoxication she did not call Waters this morning, but let him sleep, as
she thought. On coming down to the kitchen about 8:30, Mrs. Quimby noticed blood near the door
leading to the room in which Waters slept, and on lifting the oil cloth found more blood.
Becoming alarmed she went out of the house and called John Sullivan, one of the carters on the
street, to come in. He did so, and on opening the door opening on the kitchen stairway, the body of
Waters lurched forward. He had evidently fallen down stairs, and his head had struck on one of the
steps, for there was a large cut on the forehead which had bleed freely. The police were once
advised from the shally, and P.C. Canary, went to the house. In the meantime Coroner Mackelcan
had been notified and he examined the corpse. It was evident to him that deceased fell down the
stairs several hours before, as the death rigor was well marked.
Deceased was 64 years of age, and was a victim of the drink habit. Mrs. Quimby that she paid
Waters his monthly wage $5, last Friday, and he had been tippling until last evening. His only
relative is a nephew, John Evans, of Cleveland, Ohio, and it appeared from the letters found in
deceased’s trunk, that but for Waters unfortunate weakness he would now have been living at his
nephew’s home. Deceased was of a musical turn, several music books, of the Moody and Sankey
type, being found among his effects.
Coroner Mackelcan decided that an inquest was not necessary, and Mrs. Quimby was so
advised. She, however, insisted that one be held, and the matter was referred to Crown Attorney
It was decided to open an inquest at 4 o’clock at the city hospital.
Wednesday, June 16, 1897
HOOPER - On Wednesday, June 16th at 125 Hannah Street West, Stanley W. G. Hooper, aged 29
years eldest son of F.L. Hooper. Funeral Friday afternoon, private.
Stanley G. Hooper, a clerk in the Bank of Hamilton, died last night. He was a son of F.L.
Hooper and had been ailing for some time
MILLER - In this city, on the 15th inst, at No. 255 King Street West, Thomas Miller, M.D., in his 50th
year. Funeral Friday at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
The funeral of the late Thomas Miller, M.D., will take place on Friday afternoon at 2:30 from
deceased’s late residence. Arrangements are being made by the medical men of the city to attend
FORSYTH - On June 16th, at the residence of her mother-in-law, B.W.Greer, London, Christina
Jean, daughter of the late James Forsyth, Carluke. Funeral from G.T.R. station on arrival of the
12:05 train Thursday. Funeral private.
RICHARDSON (Princeton, Ont.) June 16 - Last evening the wife of J.E. Richardson, of Creekside
farm, had been in the village, and was returning home, when the horse and carriage went over the
embankment. When found the carriage was upside down, the horse on its back and side, and the
lady pinned down under the horse lifeless.
ATKINS, ROBINSON, BLY (Toronto, Ont.) June 16 - What appears likely to prove a triple fatality
is reported this morning from the east end. On Sunday morning Joseph Atkins, William Robinson,
and Robert Bly, of the west end, went out in a boat on Ashbridge’s bay, taking a keg of lager beer
with them. None of the men had been seen since, but the boat was found bottom up next morning,
and the beer barrel empty was found floating nearby. Atkins is a married man. Robinson and Bly
are members of the Governor General’s bodyguard, which goes into camp tomorrow on Well’s hill.
There is every likelihood that the three men are drowned.
SULLIVAN (Kingston) June 15 - Mrs. Sullivan, a resident on Wellington Street went to a dentist
this morning to have her teeth attended to. She had her medical attendant administer chloroform,
but before the dentist could operate the woman died. She was the mother of Mrs. William
Geoghegan, and Mrs. Capt. Fleming. An inquest will be held.
WALLS - Joseph A. Walls, aged 10 years, was drowned in the mill pond at Tottenham.
WATERS - At the request of Mrs. Quimby an inquest was held yesterday in the case of John
Waters, who fell down stairs and broke his neck. The jury was composed of W. Newport,
(foreman), W. McFedries, T. Appleton, W.Freeman, W.H. Thompson, C. Philp, R.M. Griffin, J.
Brick, W.Elms, C. Shannon, C.E. Thompson, F.C. Mills, Harry Barker, James Hunter, and W.
Evidence was given by T. James, Kimpel, John Sullivan, C.Holman, and T. Jones. The
testimony of the witnesses went to show that the deceased had been drinking, and the verdict of the
jury was that his death was accidental.
The deceased was 65 years of age.
Thursday, June 17, 1897
MILLER - In this city on the 15th inst, at No. 255 King Street West, Thomas Miller, M.D., in his 50th
year. Funeral Friday at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
McKENZIE - In this city, on the 17th inst., Hugh Thomas, youngest son of James and Mary
McKenzie, age 7 years and 6 months. Funeral from his parents residence, 364 Catharine Street
north, on Saturday at 3 p.m., to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will kindly
accept this intimation.
JONES - On June 17, in this city, Elspeth Winchester, relict of the late William Jones, formerly of
Kingston, in her 82nd year. Funeral service at 80 Wilson Street, Friday afternoon, at 4 o’clock.
Interment at Kingston.
THICKSON (Port Hope) June 16 - In the township of Hope today, the accidental discharge of a
shotgun deprived James Thickson, a young farmer of 20, of his life. Thickson was a son of Mark
Thickson. He went out in the woods nearby to shoot crows, and in some way the gun was
discharged, the contents lodging in his temple. His body was found by his father and brother a short
time afterwards. Coroner Corbett was notified, but considered an inquest unnecessary.
Friday, June 18, 1897
HAMMOND (Toronto) June 18 - Dr. Stocks Hammond, who came here about a year ago as
choirmaster and organist of St. James cathedral, died this morning. Dr. Hammond had been
seriously ill for some time with nervous dyspepsia, and pleurisy. The news of his death came with
much surprise to his large circle of friends who had not considered his condition as so serious. Dr.
Hammond was an Englishman by birth who spent some years in the States before he was appointed
to St. James.
THOMAS (Thedford, Ont.) June 18 - Ress Thomas, one of Lampton’s oldest and most highly
respected citizen died yesterday after a brief but painful illness, at his home in Thedford. Thomas
was a native of Wales, who came to Canada with his parents at the age of fourteen.
McCOMB (Fonthill) - The infant daughter of D.J. McComb was buried on Tuesday, it having
survived its mother but one week.
WHITE - The wife of Solomon White, ex-M.L.A., died at Windsor.
MILLER - The funeral of the late Thomas Miller, M.D., took place this afternoon from deceased’s
late residence, King Street West, to Hamilton cemetery, Rev. J. Black, Rev. W. Thomson, and Rev.
George Forneret, conducting the religious. There was a large attendance of friends of deceased, and
the floral tributes were numerous and handsome. The pallbearers were; Dr. Lundy, Preston; Dr.
Gelkie, Toronto; Dr. McMahon, Toronto; Dr. Cornwall, Lindsay; Dr. Mullen, and Judge Robertson.
HOOPER - The remains of the late Stanley W. Hooper, of the Bank of Hamilton staff, were interred
this afternoon at 4 o’clock, a funeral service being conducted at St. Mark’s church by Rev. Cannon
JONES - The remains of the late Mrs. Jones, mother of Miss Jones, matron of the Aged Women’s
home, will be shipped for interment at Kingston on the early morning train tomorrow. Mrs. Jones’s
death occurred yesterday at her residence, 89 Wilson Street.
Saturday, June 19, 1897
FAULKNOR - In this city, on June 19, Charles Marshall Faulknor, aged 18 years and 10 months,
second son of R.J. and Elizabeth. Funeral from his parent’s residence, 123 Queen St. South,
Monday, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
COOK - Abner S. Cook died at Niagara Falls, South, at the age of 89 years. His wife survives him,
to whom he was married 64 years ago.
Monday, June 21, 1897
SERVOS - Suddenly at his late residence, No. 73 Cannon St. East, on Monday, June 21st, 1897,
Joseph B. Servos aged 40 years. Funeral Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this
A good many citizens will regret to hear of the death of Joseph R. Servos, which took place this
morning between 5 and 6 o’clock, at his home, Cannon Street East. Deceased was apparently in the
best of health yesterday, and was out driving. He retired to rest without complaining of being ill.
Mrs. Servos heard him groaning, but it was not until about 5 o’clock he was taken ill. Dr. Rennie
and other physicians were sent for, but they could do nothing and he died soon after. Heart disease
was the cause of death.
Deceased was a member of Barton lodge, A.F. and A.M. A week ago deceased’s father was
buried. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon.
GIBSON - In this city on Sunday, June 20th, 1897, Robert Gibson, commercial traveller, aged 38
years 10 months. Funeral from his late residence, No. 225 Victoria Ave. North, Wednesday at 10
a.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
RICHARDSON - On June 18th Ellen, the beloved wife of George Richardson, aged 57 years.
Funeral took place this morning from her husband’s residence, corner Park and Cannon Sts.
HALEY - In Buffalo, N.Y., June 19, 1897, Charity Ann, beloved wife of John Haley, aged 52 years.
Funeral from the residence of her brother, J.J. Armstrong, No. 139 Erie Ave, at 3 o’clock sharp,
tomorrow afternoon, to Mud church cemetery. Friends please accept this intimation.
REID - The funeral of Glen R. Reid took place at Winona yesterday afternoon. The deceased was a
very popular young man, and the funeral was largely attended. The employees of the Helderleigh
nursery sent a beautiful offering. Mr. Reid was a native of Kansas City, and his family lives there.
He lives a widow and one child. Six brothers-in-law acted as pallbearers.
GREEN (Jerseyville) - The funeral of Mrs. W. Green, took place last Friday.
Wednesday, June 23, 1897
ALEXANDER - At the residence of his sister Mrs. Daly, No. 83 Birch Avenue, on Tuesday, June
22, Frank Alexander, aged 35 years. Funeral Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this
SNODDY - On Wednesday, June 23, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.D. Harris, Honeoye
Falls, N.Y., Jane Snoddy, relict of the late James Snoddy, and mother of David Snoddy, plumber, in
her 83rd year. Funeral from G.T.R. station on Friday, at 3:30 p.m. to Hamilton cemetery.
MAHONY- In this city on June 21, 1897, Daniel Mahony, aged 56 years, late Sergeant of P.C.O.,
Rifle Brigade, and Staff-Sergeant, of Pensions. Funeral from his late residence, 142 Ferguson Ave.
South, on Thursday morning at 8:30 o’clock to St. Patrick’s church thence to Holy Sepulchre
cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
DRAYCAP (Belleville, Ont.) June 22 - Horatio Draycap, aged 35, a farmer, who lived in Thurlow,
was run over by an engine, on the Grand Trunk yard here about 2 o’clock this morning and instantly
SOMERS - The body of Moses Somers, a well known resident of Longford Mills, Ont., was found
in the lake on Sunday.
FINLAY - J.P. Finlay, manager of the Bank of Montreal, at Guelph, Ont., died at the general
hospital in that city last night, as the result of an operation.
FLANAGAN - Mr. Flanagan, city clerk of Kingston, Ont., died Monday, aged 74. He had been in
office as city clerk for 52 years, and had served under all the mayors Kingston ever had except one.
PEACOCK - William Peacock, watchman at a bridge on the Lake Erie and Detroit and River
railway, a mile north of St. Thomas, was struck by a train Tuesday, which knocked him off the
bridge to the ground, a distance of 80 feet, killing him instantly.
ALEXANDER - Frank Alexander who has been in Denver for some time, unsuccessfully
endeavoring to restore his health, died yesterday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Daly, of Birch
Avenue. He was 35 years old.
O’CONNEL (Cayuga Ont.) June 23 - Edmund O’Connel, a labourer on the farm of Sheriff Davis,
near this village, committed suicide some time during last night by cutting his throat with a razor.
O’Connel had been brooding over money matters, and it is supposed this led him to commit the act.
At one time he owned a good farm in the township of Rainham, but through misfortune lost
everything. No inquest will be held.
MAHONY - The many friends of the late Daniel Mahony will regret to hear of his death, which
took place on Monday, June 21, after a lingering illness. He had served 21 years in her majesty’s
service, enlisting Forty-First Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and having served all through the Crimean war.
He afterwards was transferred to the P.C.O. Rifle brigade, obtained the rank of Sergeant in both
regiments and was staff-sergeant of pensioners in this city. After careful attendance and all that
medical skill could do, he passed peacefully away, leaving a widow and one son to mourn his loss.
GUY - A distressing fatality occurred yesterday afternoon on the Hamilton Radial Electric railway
near its power house on the Beach. Charles Guy, a conductor on the road, fell from his car and was
run over, death resulting in little more than an hour. The car was one of those with a smoking
department in the rear end, having a long narrow doorway, through which the trolley wire is
manipulated. There is a chain across this doorway to prevent anyone falling out, but at the time the
accident occurred the chain was unfastened. The car was backing up by the powerhouse on the
turntable and Guy was leaning out the doorway looking after the trolley pole. A quick jerk of the
car made him lose his balance, and he fell out on the rails. The car, moving backward, ran over both
his legs, almost severing them above the knee.
The injured man was brought to the city on a special car, and taken to the hospital, where he
died shortly after 3 o’clock. Guy’s home was in Simcoe, and his father was in the city yesterday at
the celebration. He was found and was with his son at the hospital when he died. The young fellow
was about 24 years old, unmarried, and had been with the radial company since the opening of the
road. He formerly was employed on the street railway, and at one time worked in the Hamilton
Coroner Griffin was notified of the accident, and called an inquest. The jurors met at the
hospital last night and viewed the body, which was afterwards taken to Simcoe for burial. The jury
will meet again tonight at No. 3 police station. Peter Thomson is foreman of the jury.
A particularly sad feature of the affair is the fact that Guy was engaged to a well known and
highly esteemed young woman of the city, and their marriage to have taken place in a very few
Thursday, June 24, 1897
SNODDY - On Wednesday June 23, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. D. Harris, Honeove
Falls, N.Y., Jane Snoddy, relict of the late James Snoddy, and mother of David Snoddy, plumber, in
her 83rd year. Funeral from G.T.R. station on Friday at 3:30 p.m. to Hamilton cemetery.
McMENEMY - At the residence of her mother, 190 West avenue north, on the 23rd inst., Harriet
Anna, forth daughter of the late James McMenemy. Funeral will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday, 25th
inst. Friends and acquaintances will please attend.
SMITH (Mount Forest, Ont.) June 24 - A sad fatality happened in what is known as No. 5 curve,
about three miles south of Holstein, this morning. Leonard Smith, fifteen years old, was engaged in
keeping some cattle from a field of corn, and it is supposed, sat down on the track and fell asleep,
when a special from Durham on the G.T.R., came along and ran over him. Owing to the sharp curve
the engineer could not see the lad in time to stop. Smith was an orphan.
COLEMAN (Toronto) June 24 - Early on the morning of Monday, June 14, a man about 40 years of
age, who gave his name as Charles Coleman of 102 Shuter Street, was sent to the general hospital
by Dr. McCallum. He was in a state of collapse suffering from an abdominal complaint. An
operation was performed immediately and for some days he showed signs of improvement. But
took a relapse and died at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Then it is that the interesting part of his story
During his stay at the hospital a woman claiming to be his wife, called almost daily to see him.
She acted strangely at times, and once had to be removed from the ward, she was so intoxicated.
After Coleman’s death she made application to the Mayor for a free burial certificate. But yesterday
afternoon another woman called upon Dr. O’Reilly, gave her name as Mrs. Corkwell, and said that
she was the wife of the deceased. In certification of her statement she displayed her marriage
certificate, which showed that she had been married at Waterford, Ont., sixteen years ago.
Mrs. Corkwell, who resides 234 Teraulay Street with her mother, stated in conversation with a
reporter last night, that she and her husband had resided in the city for eight years. She left him five
years ago on her physician’s advice, and since then she had been supporting herself and her four
children by sewing. The children range from fifteen to five years, and the two younger ones are in
the Orphans home. She said that the other woman’s maiden name was Grant, Green, and that her
present name was Smith. The body is still at the hospital..
GUY - Coroner Griffin, and a jury were occupied two hours and a half last evening in the police
court room determining how Charles Guy, the Hamilton Radial railway conductor came to his death
on Tuesday afternoon near the company’s power house a short distance from Burlington. The
evidence clearly showed that the unfortunate young man was killed by his own neglect, through
failing to observe instructions and place a chain across the opening at the rear end of his car.
It appeared that on the fatal journey the car of which deceased was conductor was backing to
reach the Y near the power house to make the return trip to the city. The rear door was open and the
chain hanging unhooked. Guy, when the car was 150 feet away from the spot where he was
required to handle the trolley rope, went through the open door, caught the rope and swung himself
round, as if to rest on the chain, which he thought was in its place; but the chain not being up, he
fell dragging the pole from the wire. The rear wheel of the car went over his left leg at the knee, and
the right at the hip, and Guy was pinned beneath the wheel.
Superintendent Green explained to the jury that the door referred to was flush with the rear and
should always be kept closed. The chain should also be kept across the passageway.
Thomas Madgwick was standing outside the power house when the car passed, and he saw
deceased fall off. Guy, he said, swung himself round with the rope in his hand, and fell through the
unprotected opening. Deceased, witness added, had a habit of swinging himself in that way, and
was the only conductor that did so. He had warned deceased several times, of the risk he ran.
Witness also noticed that the chain was down, that had not been fastened and broke away.
The jury brought in the following elaborate verdict: “That the said Charles Guy, on June 22 last
being then a conductor on a car of the Hamilton Radial railway, and engaged in handling the trolley
rope of the said car, while the said car was backing; owing to his own neglect in not closing the
door or protecting the opening thereof with the chain, fell from the car and was crushed by the
wheels of the said car in such a manner as to cause his death from the shock of his injuries.”
SERVOS - There was a large turnout at the funeral of Joseph Servos yesterday afternoon. The
pallbearers were; C. Grundy, James Ogilvie, R.J. Howard, E. Fuller, J. Pountney, and R.T.
Dickenson. Masonic services were conducted by W.Bro. A.T. Freed, assisted by R.W. Bro. George
C. Holden, W. Bros. W.J. McAllister, T.W. Reynolds, Fred Walter, R.T. Dickenson.
Friday, June 25, 1897
NICOLSON - On June 25th, 1897, Myrtle Gwendolyn Nicolson, youngest daughter of Capt.
Forget the old, sad pain of breath
With broken oar,
By a silent shore,
Becalmed in the peace of Death
BROOKS (Toronto) June 25 - On Wednesday of last week Miss Sarah Brooks, who for seven years
had lived with the family of Rev. P.C. Parker, swallowed a small bone in a peace of meat. She
choked a little at the time, and later the physician had to be called in. He found that one lung was
pierced, the young woman was removed to the general hospital, where she died on Monday.
LAIRD (London) June 25 - Rev. J.G. Laird, died very suddenly at his residence, King Street, at four
a.m. yesterday. Deceased was conducting a service in the Hamilton Road Methodist church, Sunday
week, when he was taken ill and could not complete the service. He was removed in a cab and
rallied subsequently. He had been confined to his room since, but Wednesday seem to be much
better, during the night he became worse, and passed away at the hour mentioned.
Rev. Mr. Laird was born in the county of Fermanagh, in 1823, and at the age of fourteen years
he connected himself with the Methodist church, soon becoming an active member as class leader
and local preacher. Having obtained a good English education he commenced public life as a
teacher under the national system of education, and spent a full term at the Normal Training
institution in Dublin, qualifying himself for this work. In 1847 with his father’s family, he
emigrated to Canada and settled near this city, where he taught school for one year. At the
Methodist conference of 1848 he was received on trial for the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodist
church. His first circuit was Chatham; then he went to Goderich. Later Mr. Laird laboured in this
city, Sarnia, Thorold, Hamilton, Paris, Drummondville, Fergus, Owen Sound, Bowmanville, Barrie,
Collingwood and Orangeville. His work was twice interrupted by sickness - first in Hamilton,
where during his first year his wife was taken seriously ill; and second by the failure of his own
health in the second year of his term in Orangeville. He had lived in London for seven years.
Saturday, June 26, 1897
GREIG - On Saturday, June 26th, Lizzie, second daughter of John Greig. Funeral on Monday, June
28th, at 2:30 p.m., from her father’s residence 181 Queen St. North. Friends will please attend.
The many friends of John Greig will regret of the death, this morning, of his second daughter,
Lizzie, after a long illness which she bore with great patience. The funeral will take place on
Monday at 3:30.
GILMOUR, HIGGINS, REID (Ottawa) June 25 - Stewart Gilmour son of John Gilmour, of Ottawa,
and two companions named Higgins and Reid, of Chelsea, were drowned in the Gatineau, near
Chelsea this afternoon. They were playing on a boom in the river, when it is surmised one of the
little fellows fell in, and in attempting to help him out, the two others were drawn into the water and
drowned. All the villagers are at the river side, searching for the bodies.
Stewart Gilmour was only eight years old, and the little Reid boy but ten or twelve years of age.
Reid is a son of William Reid, a well-known citizen of Chelsea. The Gatineau river at Chelsea is
swift, with rapids, in several spots. It is thought likely that the bodies were carried down by the
swift current, and will be found in some other water below.
Monday, June 28, 1897
BILLINGE - At Burlington on June 27th, 1897, John Parker, infant son of John and Josephine
Billinge, aged 5 months, and 21 days. Funeral private.
MILLS - On Saturday, June 25th, Catherine, beloved wife of Geo. E. Mills. Funeral held Sunday
June 27th, at 4 o’clock, from her husband’s residence 614 King St. East.
O’GRADY - On June 27th, William Francis, second son of the late Thomas O’Grady in the 22nd year
of his age. Funeral will take place from his mother’s residence 257 Wellington St. North, Wednesday
morning at 8:30 to St. Patrick’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends will kindly
accept this notice.
W.T. O’Grady, employed at Hore’s Wheel works, died yesterday afternoon after a long illness.
He was a very popular and promising young man, and was well liked by his fellow employees. The
funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon, from his mother’s residence, 257 Wellington street
McGARIGLE - In this city, on June 26th, Mrs. Agnes McGarigle relict of the late John McGarigle.
Funeral on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the residence of her son-in-law, John White, 211 Rebecca
Street. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Tuesday, June 29, 1897
O’GRADY - On June 27th William Francis, second son of the late Thomas O’Grady in the 22nd year
of his age. Funeral will take place from his mother’s residence, 257 Wellington St. North,
Wednesday morning at 8:30 to St. Patrick’s church, thence to Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Friends
will kingly accept this notice.
RUSSELL - On June 29, at his late residence, No. 49 Victoria Ave. North, Mr. George Russell, a
native of Northallerton, Yorkshire, England, in his 62nd year. Funeral will take place Friday
afternoon from above address, at 2:30. Kindly omit flowers.
George Russell, soap manufacturer, died this morning at his residence, 49 Victoria Ave. North.
He had been ill for a long time and was a great sufferer. Mr. Russell was a prominent member of the
Masonic order. He became a member of Barton lodge many years ago, and rose to be D.D.G.M. of
the Hamilton District. He was also a member of Merton Lodge of Perfection.
The deceased was born in Northallerton, Yorkshire, Eng., 62 years ago, and came to Hamilton
with his uncle, the late James Walker, soap manufacturer, when he was a boy. On the death of Mr.
Walker he succeeded him in the soap business. Mr. Russell leaves a widow, two sons, and two
daughters. The funeral will take place on Friday and will be conducted by Barton Lodge.
HOPKIRK (Toronto) June 29 - Miss Margaret (Myza) Hopkirk was drowned in the lake opposite of
the foot of Tyndall Avenue, owing to the upsetting of a canoe, at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The body
has not been recovered, although a searching party was out until dark last night. William P. King Jr.,
71 Melbourne Avenue, who was in the canoe with Miss Hopkirk, was rescued in a most exhausted
condition by some men, who went to the scene on a raft.
Miss Hopkirk resided with her parents at 187 Cowan Avenue. She was the only daughter of
Thomas Hopkirk, traveller for the Don Brewery. The young lady, accompanied by Mr. King, who
was an intimate friend, left Sunnyside boathouse in King’s canoe early in the afternoon, and both
paddled down as far as the exhibition wharf, at the foot of Dufferin st. where they turned round and
started back again.
The water was very smooth, but the young couple were not very far on their way back when by
some means that Mr. King cannot explain the canoe upset. He was in a kneeling position with the
lower part of his legs under the thwart of the canoe and went under water with it. Miss Hopkirk fell
clear of the canoe, but had not sunk when King got himself away from the boat. He caught hold of
her, but in her fright she struggled away from him. King made another attempt to hold her above
water, but she had entirely lost her presence of mind, and as the rescuer released her to take another
hold she sank. King was by this time thoroughly exhausted, and hung onto the canoe until some of
those who had seen the fatality from the shore went to the rescue on a small raft that was moored
near the sewer.
King was almost sinking when rescued and became unconscious. After half an hour’s work he
was resuscitated and taken to his home. The police were notified but it was not until about two
hours after the drowning that ex-Esplanade Constable Williams and his searching party started to
drag for the body.
The deceased young lady was widely known in the west end of the city, and had a large circle or
friends. King, who is 21 years of age, and had until recently been employed as a dry goods clerk,
was also well known in Parkdale.
GASCOIGNE (Caledonia) - George Gascoigne, aged 64, an old resident of Oneida township, and
post master at Willowgrove, committed suicide on Monday last by taking laudanum. He left a note
stating that he was tired of life, hence the reason for his rash act.
PARKER (Fulton) - The funeral of the late Mrs. Parker took place on Monday. Her remains were
interred in the Baptist near Abingdon. Rev. E. Bracken conducted the services. The family has the
heartfelt sympathy of the surrounding neighbourhood. His daughter, Mrs. Wiley and Mrs. Lutz, of
Hamilton, and her son, O. Parker, of Guelph, were here on Monday to attend the funeral.
Wednesday, June 30, 1897
RUSSELL - On June 29, at his late residence, No. 49 Victoria Ave. North, Mr. George Russell, a
native of Northallerton, Yorkshire, England, in his 62nd year. Funeral will take place Friday
afternoon from above address at 3:30. Kindly omit flowers.
HOPKIRK (Toronto) June 30 - The body of the unfortunate girl, Margaret Hopkirk, who was
drowned on Monday last, was recovered from the lake this morning, by Charles Nurse, almost at
the same spot at which it went down.
WHALEY (Wheatley, Ont.) June 30 - William E. Whaley, a farmer of the eleventh concession of
Mersay, about four miles from this place, was struck and instantly killed by lightening about 6
o’clock last night. He and a hired man was working in the corn field, and seeing the storm
approaching, started for the house. Mr. Whaley was holding a hoe over his shoulder when the
lightning struck him, running down his body and tearing his shoes all to pieces. The hired man was
a short distance ahead driving a horse hitched to a cultivator. He was stunned, but neither horse or
man was injured. Mr. Whaley was 48 years of age, and leaves a widow and three small children.
McCORMACK (Kingston, Ont.) June 29 - This morning John McCormack, butler at the Royal
Military college, went out for a row in a skiff. About two hours later, the boat containing a coat and
hat belonging to McCormack was found. It is supposed that he was upset and drowned. He was a
pensioner and leaves a widow and children. He was suffering from depression of spirits.