Research and Stories

This is a place where I can share some of my research pertaining to early settlement and family histories intertwined with the story of Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been researching and writing for many years and want to make some of my work more widely available.

This blog was originally designed to share my artwork and creative activities during the years when I was exhibiting widely. My art has now taken second place to refining and publishing some of my research, but I have left the art posts available for perusal.

Whatever your interest might be, enjoy, and provide feedback if you can.

Diane

The Maberly Show Fair

Posted by on November 17, 2023 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 1 comment

The Maberly Show Fair

This small rural fair in Lanark County is located on the TransCanada Highway #7, east of Kaladar and west of Perth and is held towards the end of August each year. It was founded in 1882 with the fairgrounds being secured about 1885.The fair continues to be a popular event today. More information can be found at https://www.maberlyfair.ca/. In 2023 the theme of the fair was “Bugs, the good, the bad, and the lovely”. The fair features: Horse Draw, Pony Pull, Light Horse & Pony Show Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Fowl & Eggs...

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The Plan to Drain Grant’s Creek

Posted by on November 16, 2023 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The Plan to Drain Grant’s Creek

Every spring, as we travelled to the sugar camp, we would cross a flow of water moving from Grant’s Creek to the Tay River. The water would be about one to two feet deep in March and April, but the remainder of the year, the channel would be relatively dry. This seemed to be a natural watercourse and for farm convenience a small culvert was installed at one crossing, and, at the second crossing, loose stones were embedded in the mud to allow horses and light loads to cross during the spring. The news items were discovered in the Perth...

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Glen Tay Social

Posted by on November 15, 2023 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 4 comments

Glen Tay Social

Glen Tay 1967 – late on a cold January day. The church was at the top of the hill at the centre of the photo When I was back in Ontario during the summer of 2022, I was able to view the site of the ‘old church on the hill’. As a child I had heard stories about the village Sunday school led by Mrs. Buchanan and knew that at one time there was one tombstone had been found on the land where the church once stood. All that remains in the bramble of shrubs are a few stones that formed part of the foundation of this building....

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Some Side-Lights on Early History of Middleville

Posted by on November 13, 2023 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Some Side-Lights on Early History of Middleville

Copy of an Address prepared by Miss Agnes Yuill for Presentation Before a Meeting of the Young People’s Society The following interesting account of early days in Middleville was included in an address delivered at a meeting of the Y.P.S., recently by Miss Agnes Yuill, clerk of Lanark Township and was kindly furnished to the Almonte Gazette for publication on the Gazette’s request. Found in the Perth Courier, 1 July 1932, pg. 7 How many of the members of this society, who have been born and reared here know how our little village came to have...

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Some Ancient Political History

Posted by on November 13, 2023 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The following was found in the Perth Courier of 30 June 1905 It was written by Donald Fraser, grandson of Col Donald Fraser of early times in Perth and Lanark. This was just one or several articles written in connection with the ‘Old Boys’ Reunion’ that was held that year. Additional articles can be found at https://www.perthhs.org/documents/the-fraser-reminiscences.pdf Fraser was born June 2, 1841, in the ‘Red House’ on Craig Street, the first house built at the Perth Military Settlement. He was the son of...

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A Trip in the Far North

Posted by on February 1, 2023 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

A Trip in the Far North

William Murray Gibson, my first cousin twice removed, was a lad of 18 when he travelled on a freighter from Edmonton to Hay River on Great Slave Lake and back again. He was born on the Scotch Line, not far from my childhood home near Perth, Ontario, and received his early education at the Allan’s Mills school. His mother Janet Miller, my great aunt, was a sister of my great grandfather Robert Miller. He homesteaded on 15-40-27-W4 near Lacombe, receiving his homestead grant in 1898, just before leaving for his voyage north that year....

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