Humor and Spice News Contained in Old Time Ads
Carleton Place Canadian, 27 February, 1958
By Howard M. Brown
Impressions of some of the varied local conditions of the earlier days of this district may be gained from the old time advertisements published in its newspapers. A random selection of these will be taken as illustrations of the fading Ottawa Valley scene which was viewed from the nineteenth century newspaper office of the Carleton Place Herald.
Those which follow in the present column are advertisements and similar contributed announcements reproduced in abbreviated form from the Perth Courier, one of the first and the oldest of existing Ottawa Valley newspapers.
They are the period before the establishment of the Herald at Carleton Place.
The Bathurst Courier is printed and published in Perth, Upper Canada, every Friday morning by James Thompson. Terms 15 shillings if paid in advance, 17s.6d. if not paid till the end of the year. Postage included. Produce taken in part payment. Agents at Bytown, Pakenham, Richmond, Carleton Place, Horton, Lanark, Dalhousie, Sherbrooke, Smiths Falls and Merrick’s Mills.
September 18, 1835.
Staple and fancy dry goods, groceries, liquors-also for sale, a few first rate building lots in the flourishing village of Carleton Place. – W. & J. Bell, Perth, August 14, 1834.
Died, at his residence in Beckwith, Upper Canada, on September 12, 1835, the Reverend Doctor Buchanan in the 74th year of his age, and the 45th of his ministry. He has left a widow and nine children to mourn his loss.
A convention of delegates of the Bathurst District Temperance Society was held in the Methodist Chapel, Carleton Place on February 23, 1836. The Rev. William Bell was appointed chairman of the meeting and the Rev. T. C. Wilson, secretary. The secretaries of the five societies whose delegates were present gave an account of the formation, constitution and present membership of their respective societies. Memberships are Perth 511, Mississippi and Ramsay 295, Lanark 187, Richmond 57, and Franktown 18. There are several other Temperance Societies in the District –
Thomas C. Wilson, secretary.
The subscribers having held a meeting at Carleton Place, Beckwith on March 10, 1838, herby notify the public that they have adopted the resolution of Carding Wool and Dressing Cloth, at their respective places of abode, for ready pay only. The prices will be as low as the circumstances of the individual establishments will admit of, and merchantable produce shall be taken in payment at cash price. Edward Bellamy, Ramsay; Elijah K. Boyce, Smiths Falls; Isaiah K. Boyce, Drummond; Silas Warner, Merrickville; James Rosamond, Carleton Place; Gavin Toshack, Ramsay.
Rapine and Bloodshed
To the inhabitants of the townships of Drummond, Lanark, Darling, Dalhousie, Bathurst and North and South Sherbrooke, comprising the First and Second Regiments of Lanark Militia. Another attempt to invade these provinces is about to be made by numerous bands of lawless citizens of the United States, associated with disaffected persons who have left this country.
Rapine and bloodshed will mark the progress of these diabolical disturbers of our quiet homes. Be ready to march to the frontier on a moment’s notice. – Wm. Morris, Col. Com’g, 2nd Lanark Regt., Alex McMillan, Col. Com’g, 1st Lanark Reg’t. Perth, 2nd November, 1838.
Wanted immediately. A common School Teacher for the Second Concession of Beckwith. None need apply wh cannot give satisfactory reference as to character in every respect. Apply to the Trustees or to the subscriber. – William Moore, Beckwith, 15 April, 1839.
Gentleman With a Cloak
A hint to Stage Drivers. It would be well if stage drivers be more on their guard and first ascertain who they are giving passage to, and if such are their Own Masters! Before they enter into a contract with them, or they may get into trouble. On Thursday morning, the 11th instant, a gentleman with a cloak was quietly taken from our door, by the Brockville stage on his way to the land of liberty. This was our newspaper boy, an Indentured Apprentice! – February 19, 1841.
Card. – Mr. William Wilson, surgeon, Licentiate in Midwifery and late of Glasgow University, begs to inform the inhabitants of Carleton Place and surrounding territory that, having come to reside among them, he has opened apartments in Mr. Rosamond’s building opposite the residence of R. Bell Esq., where he will be ready to wait upon or be consulted in any case requiring medical advice or interference. He refers to the length of time he has resided in the country and the attention he has paid to those diseases peculiar to the climate. – Carleton Place, April 6, 1841.
To the Temperate – but not Teetotalers. Malt whiskey for sale. 1,000 gallons of very superior malt whiskey is offered in quantities of not less than 3 gallons. Merchants and Innkeepers will be supplied at the moderate rate of 4s.9d. per gal. This whiskey is strongly recommended, being made by an experienced distiller, Mr. Peter McEwan, from the Braes of Breadalbane in the Highlands of Scotland, who in former years, with his drop of ‘mountain dew’ over his shoulder, played the game of hide-and-seek with the Gauger, with glorious success.
Having just got a new tub erected which will contain 1,400 gallons at a distilling, he hopes yet to enjoy a good share of public patronage, notwithstanding the progress of teetotalism – ‘go it, ye cripples!’ –
William Lock, Perth
April 29, 1841.
A public meeting was held at Pakenham Village on June 16 in reference to the school of that village. Mr. Andrew Russell presented regulations including the following to the consideration of the trustees, subscribers and others.
Hours of attendance from 10 to 4 with an interval of 15 minutes; and 5 minutes in the course of the former and 5 in the latter meeting.
The exercises of Saturday to consit of a repetition of the weekly lessons, with questions on the first principles of Christianity.
The school fund to be a pound per annum, with half a cord of wood or two and sixpence, the former payable in February and the latter on or before the 1st of December.
For purchasing maps and other classics apparatus, each subscriber shall advance an additional sixpence.
Pakenham, June, 1841.
We the undersigned elders and trustees of the Presbyterian Church in Ramsay in connection with the Church of Scotland beg leave to state –
When two ministers styling themselves the Bytown Presbytry gave a notice of a Presbytry meeting, in a most illegal manner, to be held in the Ramsay Church to moderate in a call to Mr. McKid, while an appeal to the Synod was pending, the Church Trustees with the concurrence of the Session did the, to prevent that meeting only deliver the keys to Mr. Wylie as collateral security for the debt on the church property, with instructions to shut the door against the pretended Bytown Presbytry. (signed) Andrew Toshack, Duncan Cram, elders; James Wylie, James Wilson, William Wilson, Robert Bell, John Gemmill, David Campbell, trustees. –
Ramsay, September 8, 1843.
Stolen. From the subscriber’s Great Coat pocket, in the Inn of John McEwen, Carleton Place, a large pocketbook, containing $18 in bills, promissory notes amounting to about 90 pounds, a small memorandum book and sundry other papers. The notes were all payable to the order of the subscriber. All the makers of the said notes are hereby cautioned not to settle with any other person presenting them for payment. –
Samuel Young, Carleton Place,
February 15, 1844.
Mr. Archibald McArthur of Ramsay is induced to give a splendid Concert and Ball on Friday, April 4th in Mr. Peter Young’s barn, 8th line Ramsay, which will be fitted up expressly for the purpose. He has acquired the valuable assistance of Mr. John McFarlane, the celebrated Musical Bell player; Mr. Joseph Docherty of Ramsay, the Solo singer; Mr. John Brennon of Perth, the Clarinet player; also Mr. Peter Young, Ramsay, comic singer, whose powers are well known. He has procured the valuable assistance of a Flute Band, and a number of other performers, along with your humble servant who will do all in his power to amuse them with the Patent Kent Key Bugle.
Tickets are 1s.6d. each, reserved seats 2s each; to be had of Mr. John Gemmill, merchant, Carleton Place. Mr. Alex Snedden and Mr. David Leckie, Ramsay, also at the door on the night of the concert. Performance to commence at 7 o’clock precisely. –
March 24, 1845.
Return of licences issued in the Bathurst District in the first half of the year, 1847:
Township of Beckwith Inn licences – Ann Burrows, Donald McFarlane, Archibald Gillis, Thomas Kidd, James Jackson. Carleotn Place, Robert Mclaren, Manny Nowlan, Napoleon Lavallee.
Beckwith Shop licences, John A. Gemmill, Carleton Place.
Township of Ramsay Inn licences, James Coulter, Edward Houston, James McAllister, John Wright.
Stills, Bathurst District, Peter McArthur, Beckwith; Thomas Findlay, Lanark; Robert McLaren, Perth. –
Anthony Leslie, Inspector of Licences, Bathurst District.
Results of the Ploughing Match conducted by the Bathurst District Agricultural Society on the farm of William Walllace, 8th Line Ramsay, yesterday. The judges James Wilkie, James Black and James Duncan, reported the following winners:
Old Ploughman’s Class – 1st, Lawrence Naismith, 2nd Robert Cowan (James Drynan’s man), 3rd Matthew Millions, 4th James Stewart.
Young Men’s Class – 1st Wm. Young (son of Peter Young), 2nd Robert Steele, 3rd Wm. Young (son of Robert Young), 4th Peter Cram.
Four prizes awarded in each of the two classes were in the amounts of 25s., 20s., 15s., and 10s.
James Bell, secretary, B.D.A.S., Carleton Place,
October 18, 1848.