Look Back: Carp Review, May 24, 1906

Centralization of School

“There is a move on in S.S. No. 2. Torbolton, which now has two schoolhouses, to unite these in one for better administration and advantages in teaching,” The Carp Review reported.

An ad from the May 24, 1906 Carp Review.
An ad from the May 24, 1906 Carp Review.

The schools are controlled by the one board of trustees which selected a site and submitted it to the consideration of the ratepayers last week (May 17, 1906).

“By a small majority there was a disagreement and according to a clause in the school act each side appointed arbitrators,” the Review reported.

Those chosen to decide the question were W.A. Ross of Kinburn, for the trustees: A.A. Ross of Dirleton, for the ratepayers, and J.G. Clarke, of Nepean, appointed by Inspector Cowley. A meeting of the arbitrators will be held on May 28 (1906) at 10 a.m. in the town hall at Woodlawn.

EOLL President.

In sports news there is a new president of the area lacrosse league.

“Mr. William T. Maguire of Carleton Place has been elected president of the Eastern Ontario Lacrosse League,” the Review reported.

Friday evening’s (May 18, 1906) Ottawa Journal contained the following brief biographical sketch and cut of Mr. Maguire, who by the way, is a cousin of James A. Evoy (the Carp Review publisher) of this place.

“Mr. William T. Maguire is an old Ottawa boy, for, besides being a native of that city, he lived there some years ago, after his father’s family had become permanent residents of Carleton Place. In the city he took an interest in the Oshkosh Lacrosse Club and Toboggan Club when they were flourishing. He is well and favourably known as one of the many good supporters of the Capital Lacrosse Club, and has always been, either in Ottawa or Carleton Place a lover of good, manly sport. The new president is one of the most able and energetic young business men of Carleton Place, a member of the firm of T. C. Maguire and Son, to which partnership he was admitted a few years ago.

A Fine Bridge.

The county council at its June session will formally open the new Hurdman’s bridge.

“It is complete now and is one of the finest in the county,” the Review reported. “It cost $20,000 and is made almost entirely of steel and cement. The intention is to have a handsome large brass inscription plate placed on it bearing the date it was built and the names of the warden and members of the council.”

The legislative and roads and bridges committees met last week and transacted some routine preparatory to the session to be held next month.

An ad from the May 24, 1906 Carp Review.
An ad from the May 24, 1906 Carp Review.

In international news the Review boils several ongoing stories in to short paragraphs.

“Another party of a thousand emigrants left London for Canada yesterday (May 23),” the Review reported. “The steamer Pilgrim released herself from the rocks at Pointe aux Barques.”

For the theft of $30,0000 from Forpaugh-Sells’ circus in 1904, W.T. Spaith was arrested.

Lord Strathcona has promised 1,000 British Pounds towards buildings for the agriculture department of Cambridge, England, University.

The King has accepted a copy of a prayer-book containing their Majesties’ portraits which the Church Army present to each emigrant leaving London for Canada.

A total of 27,738,000,000 feet of lumber was cut in the United States during 1905, according to figures announced yesterday (May 23, 1906) by the Government forestry service.

Cause of Disasters to British Fishing Boat Traced.

London, May 21 – There have been numerous wrecks of fishing vessels for some time past owing to inexplicable errors of the compass.

“This led the underwriters of such draft sailing from Grimsby to make an investigation, with the result that they discovered the deflections of the compass were due to a special type of large knife that is popular with local fishermen for use in their work,” the Review reported. “The method of tempering the knife in the course of manufacture confers upon it magnetic properties that are so powerful that when it is in a wheelman’s pocket it deflects the needle two or three points, and as the man moves the needle gyrates in the oddest manner.”

The knives are now recognized as dangerous, and the skippers are forbidding anybody to enter the bridge house with one of them.

District News – Gathered by our own Correspondents

South March: “In The Good Old Summer Time.” Farers are busy sowing their roots.

A meeting of the Altar Guild was held on Saturday. The assembly held in the town hall on Thursday evening (May 17, 1906) last was well attended and proved to be a very enjoyable affair.

We would suggest that our friend who had the misfortune with his wheel on Sunday last (May 20, 1906) take the steed when going on his next outing.”

“Carleton Model” cheese factory opened on Monday (May 20, 1906) with Mr. D.F. Haskins of Westport in charged.

Those of our young men who have joined the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, attended drill at Hazeldean on Saturday evening (May 19, 1906). Drill will be held once a week until June 18, when the will leave for two weeks’ camp at Rockcliffe.

Marathon: The farmers around here are just winding up with their cropping. The weather for the past few days has been extremely warm. That’s what the farmers want.

Antrim: On Tuesday morning (May 15, 1906) of last week word was received here of the death of Miss Harriett Owens which was indeed a shock to her many friends and which reminded us again of the uncertainty of life.

About 10 days previous she went to Arnprior to see her sister. Mrs. Hudson, who was not enjoying good health and while there became ill with pneumonia. Everything possible was done but of n avail and on Monday (May 14, 1906) evening she passed away. On Tuesday forenoon the remains were brought from Arnprior to the home of her brother Mr. W. E. Owens, of the 2nd Concession of Fitzroy, with home deceased had resided.

The Carp Review was published by James A. Evoy of Carp.

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