Mar 28 1811

Kingston Gazette


Erneft Town Academy

The fubfcribers hereby inform the friends of learning that an Academical School, under the fuperintendance of an experienced preceptor, is opened in Erneft Town, near the Church, for the inftruction of Youth in English reading, fpeaking, grammar and compofition, the learned languages, penmanfhip, arithmetic, geography and other branches of Liberal Education.  Scholars attending from a diftance may be boarded in good families on reafonable terms, and for fifteen fhillings a year can have the ufe of a valuable Library.









Erneft town, 11th March, 1811


April 2 1811


Yefterday, between 3 and 4 o’clock, P.M. the large ftore fituated in Bath Village, belonging to the New Hampfhire Iron Factory Company, was difcovered to be on fire, which appeared to have been accidentally communicated from a fire place in one of the chambers, and which had made fuch progrefs before being difcovered, that it immediately after burnt through the roof, and clofe thro’ the fide of the ftore near the chamber where it began.  With thefe appearances added to the circumftance of the upper part of the building being fo crowded with condenfed fmoke that a man could fcarely remain in it longer than he could draw his breath, all exertions were fuppofed ineffectual;   but being informed that there were fix hundred weight of gun powder in the ftore, twenty quarter cafks of which were placed under the roof, it was thought that the explofion would produce fuch a terrible cataftrophe, and that the lofs of the ftore and contents, would be fuch a facrifice to the company, it was determined a defperate effort fhould be made to fubdue the flames; accordingly a line of men with buckets was formed from the river to the ftore;  others went by a ladder on the roof to receive the water, and others went into the garret in furfuit of the powder, which was fo darkened with fmoke that they could fee nothing but the holes that were burned through the roof directly over the powder, and the fire conftantly dropping.

In this fituation the twenty cafks of powder were all taken out with the matting round them burning, and one of the cafks was actually unheaded witht e powder fully expofed;  but no fparks happened to drop into it.  -  The other cafks were fo much heated that to day the powder will run out between the ftaves.  The almoft unequalled efforts of the people who happened to be prefent, eventually faved the ftore, although it is confiderably damaged.


June 5  1815




FOR SALE - A SMALL FARM in the second concefsion of the townfhip of Ernefttown, having thereon a good Houfe, Barn and Shed - being the fame formerly occupied by James McGee as an Inn and is one of the beft ftands in the country for bufinefs.

Inquire of S. BARTLETT

Kingston, May 25 1815


Nov 7 1815




Fifty Dollars Reward -

Stolen from the Pafture of the fubfcriber, on or about the 30th of September;  a Dark Bay MARE, about 14 hands high and five years old, paft, with a heavy Mane and a fcar upon her breaft, occafioned by the Collar, and fome white hairs upon her back, occafioned by the Saddle.  She has no other mark that I know of.  The thief is fuppofed to be James Chatterfon, who left the place in a Clandefdine manner the fame night that the mare was miffing.  The clofe that he wore when he went away I cannot defcribe, but he wore a white hat with him;  he is fuppofed to be gone up the Bay.  Whoever will bring back faid thief and Mare, fo that he may be brought to juftice, fhall receive the above reward, and for the mare only 25 dollars reward.


Erneft Town  Oct 6 1815


Sept 7 1816

Kingston Gazette



The fubfcriber has commenced running a

Stage Waggon

From Kingfton to Erneft Town village, daily, to leave B. Olcott’s tavern, at Kingfton, every morning, at fix o’clock, and return the fame evening.  To commence on Monday, the firft day of July.

Every accomodation will be afforded to paffengers and baggage


Kingston, July 12 1816


Oct 13 1818




PROPOSALS - Will be received by Mr. George Ham, of Erneft Town, between this time and the firft day of November next, for the Erection of a CHAPEL in the village of Erneft Town.  The fize whereof is to be 42 feet long and 32 wide.  A Gallery is to be erected, and a more particular defcription will be given to any one defirous of engaging in the undertaking, on application to Mr. George Ham.

        Erneft town, Sept. 26th, 1818.


Aug 6 1819



All persons are hereby forbid trusting Abigail, my wife, on my account, as she has been delirious for several years past, and has certainly forsaken my bed and board, as I am determined not to pay any debts of her contracting after this date

DAVID PURDY  Ernest Town July 19 1819


Jan 25 1825

Upper Canada Herald


Notice -

The Co-partnership existing between Peter Ham and George Ham of the Town of Bath, and carried on under the Firm of George Ham & Co. will expire on the first day of April next, at which time a dissolution will take place. They therefore request all those who are indebted to the said Firm, by Bond, Mortgage, Promissory Note, Book Account, or otherwise, to make payment on or before the above date.

They will receive during the Winter, good Merchantable Wheat, as usual,

Peter Ham

George Ham

Bath, Dec 6, 1824


Dec 26 1826

Upper Canada Herald


Notice - Grammar School

The building commonly known by the name of the Academy at Bath, being now neatly and comfortably finished, the Grammar School will be opened on Monday the 23d inst. under the management and superintendance of the Rev. John Stoughton, in whose house a few pupils may (if required) be accommodated with board and lodging, on moderate terms,

Bath, Oct. 17th, 1826


Dec 26 1826

Upper Canada Herald



Persons willing to contract for the building of a Brick Meeting house on Lot Number ten in the third Concession of Ernest Town, forty two feet in length by thirty feet in width, are Requested to give in their proposals for the same, on or before the first day of December next, to Mr. John Bell or Isaac Fraser, Esq. of Ernest Town, either of whom will give the necessary information Respecting the said building.

Ernest Town 28th October, 1826.


Oct 30 1827

Upper Canada Herald


We are requested to state that the new Presbyterian meeting house, in the 3d concession of Ernest town, will be opened for public worship on Sunday next. The Rev. Mr. Machar, of Kingston, will preach the opening sermon.


Jan 1 1828

Upper Canada Herald


Valuable Tavern Stand For Sale

The subscriber now offers to sell his Tavern stand, situated in the centre of the pleasant and interesting village of Bath, and if taken while in humour, he will dispose of it at a very reduced price. The premises are too well known to need describing. The conditions of payment will be made easy, and an unquestionable title given.


Bath, 30th May 1827


Mar 25 1828

Upper Canada Herald


Mr. Thomson: I would wish to ask one question through the medium of your useful paper.

Why is not the building, in the Village of Bath, known by the name of the  Wesleyan Missionary Chapel, completed?

The building was commenced, I think, in 1818 or 1819, by subscription. Many persons subscribed liberally; I subscribed and paid in hand, five pounds currency. I also have understood, by one of the said Missionaries, that they had the means of completing it, and meant so to do; but it still stands unfinished, with the roof blown off, the windows broken by school children - from the inside of which also they gather firewood. Its present appearance is a surprise to travellers, and a disgrace to the Village of Bath and its vicinity.

A Friend to Piety.

March 11, 1828


May 6 1829

Upper Canada Herald


The undersigned, having obtained his Licence to keep a House of Entertainment in the Village of Bath, through his friends, to whom he feels grateful, for their recommendation; he pledges himself to give general satisfaction and will faithfully demean himself as an Innkeeper.

Jacob VanCleak

Bath, May 1st, 1828


Sept 2 1829

Upper Canada



Notice - All persons indebted to the Estate of Peter Ham late of Bath, Merchant, are requested to call without delay and settle their respective accounts, and those having claims on the said Estate will please present them for adjustment.

Philip Ham acting Executor

Rebecca Ham acting Executrix

Bath, April 27th, 1829


Dec 26 1829

Kingston Chronicle



The House and Premises of the late George Macaulay, Esq. situated in the village of Bath, on the Bay of Quintie, about sixteen miles from the Town of Kingston.  The Dwelling House contains on the first floor, an Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, two Bed Rooms, Pantry, Kitchen and an Attorney’s office.  Above Stairs, there are four good Bed rooms, and underneath the house, an excellent cellar.  There is also on the premises, a Stable, and suitable out offices.  The whole of the Buildings are nearly new and in excellent condition.  There is nearly an acre of Land belonging to the premises, tastefully laid out into gardens, and well stocked with choice Fruit Trees forming altogether one of the most delightful places of residence for a genteel family in the District.


April 23 1831





Under the Superintendence of


In this Establishment young Ladies are instructed in the following branches of Education, viz;  -- GRAMMAR, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, WRITING, ARITHMETIC, MUSIC, FRENCH, DRAWING, LANDSCAPE, VELVET & OIL PAINTING, EMBROIDERY, and a variety of fashionable and ornamental Works.  Mrs. B.’s experience as  a Teacher in England, renders her well qualified to impart solid instruction, with elegant accomplishments, on a  plan calculated to make study agreeable, and ensure the progress of her Pupils.


BOARD, including Washing, use of Linen, Beds, &c. 10s per week.

BOARD, without Washing (the Bed, Linen, &c, being found by the Pupil,) 7s 6d per week.

HALF of the Quarter to be paid in advance.

COMMON Education, including Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography, History, & plain Needle Work, 10s per Quarter.


Music   £2  0  0

French   1  5  0     per quarter

Drawing  1  5  0

Velvet painting, 6 Lessons, ------ 1   0   0;  these are sufficient to perfect a Pupil.

Oil Painting, according to agreement.

12 Weeks to the Quarter.

Bath, 18th April, 1831


Jan 22 1834

Upper Canada Herald


A Lot of Ground for Sale

Containing one acre and a half, situated on the road leading from Bath to the York Road. On said Lot there are erected a new Dwelling House 20 by 29 feet, built in 1832, and well finished, a Blacksmith's Shop 20 by 41 feet; said shop is well ceiled and finished off, having two forges and a Coal House 16 feet square, all in good order for business.

The whole of the premises are enclosed by a good fence, and will be disposed of on liberal terms.

Oscar F. Pool

Ernest Town

March 22 1833


June 3 1834

British Whig



The subscriber informs the inhabitants of Ernest Town and its vicinity, that his Carding Machine is in complete order, and he is now ready to receive  WOOL FOR CARDING

In addition to the above, the Fulling and Dressing of Cloth will be carried on, the first rate Workmen being engaged for the purpose.

Any Wool or Cloth damaged by the machines, if returned, will be paid for.



4th Con Ernest Town, May 29th, 1834


June 3 1834

British Whig


RUNAWAY - From the subscriber, on the 26th inst., an indented apprentice named John Leson.  This is to forbid all persons from harbouring or trusting him on my account, as I shall pay no debt of his contracting.


Bath  27th May 1834


June 13 1834

British Whig


A CHILD FOUND - A child about ten years of age, the son of a  Mr. Walker, residing in the 4th concession of Ernestown, strayed away from his home in the woods surrounding his father’s dwelling was absent 48 hours.  Yesterday the whole neighborhood to a man turned out, and forming regular divisions, had the satisfaction of finding him and restoring him to the arms of his parents.


June 24 1834

British Whig



The Subscriber offers for sale, an eligible Stand for a Blacksmith, Waggon Maker or other Mechanics.  The premises are good and consist of a Frame House and Shop, with one and a half acres of excellent ground;  and are situated a short distance from Bath, in a thickly settled country.  The Stand is at present occupied by a Blacksmith.  Apply to OSCAR F. POOL

Ernestown, June 2nd 1834


July 18 1834

British Whig


NOTICE - All persons having claims against the estate of the late Benjamin Fairfield, Esq., deceased, of the town of Bath are requested to present their accounts duly authenticated, and all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to CHARLES FAIRFIELD, Administrator

                      Ernestown, 14th July, 1834


July 25 1834

British Whig


NOTICE - Is hereby given that my wife, Lucretia, Runaway, on the 13th Instant, I do hereby forbid any person or persons harbouring, or trusting her on my account as I shall pay, no debts of her contracting.

              JOHN ABRAMS

Ernestown  July 13th 1834


Aug 15 1834

British Whig



WHEREAS my wife, Polly Harrison, having left me without any just cause, this is to forbid any person or persons harbouring or trusting her on my account, as I shall pay no debts of her contracting.

              R. HARRISON

              Wilton, Aug 11 1834


Oct 31 1834

British Whig


Tomb Stones &c.

The Subscriber, grateful for the patronage he has received, begs to inform his friends

and the public, that he still continues to manufacture to order, at his shop in BATH,

Tomb Stones of almost every description;


Stove Pipes and


and every other article in the Stone Cutting line, on the shortest notice

and the most reasonable terms


N.B. All kinds of produce received in payment

Bath Sept 16th 1834


Nov 7 1834

British Whig


NOTICE - Six Pence Reward

RUNAWAY from the subscriber, Sarah Crage, this is to forbid any person or persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will not pay any debts of her contracting.

Any person, who will return her, shall have the above reward, but no charges paid


Bath, 3rd Nov 1834


Dec 5 1834

British Whig


FIRES - Yesterday morning about four o’clock, Brown’s Mills, situated on the Big Creek in Ernestown, consisting of a Grist and Saw Mill, were discovered to be on fire, and the erections being entirely composed of wood, they were speedily burnt down to the ground.  How the fire originated is not known.  The property destroyed was valued at about $3000.


Mar 19 1835

British Whig


Notice -

 WHEREAS my Wife Jane, having left my bed and board without any just provocation;  this is to forbid any person or persons trusting or harbouring her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date


Ernestown March 8th 1835


Mar 19 1835

British Whig



DR. ASHTON has taken his permanent residence with Mr. James Stalker, 2nd Concession Ernestown, where he will be always ready to attend to professional calls.

ERNESTOWN Feb 23 1835


Mar 19 1835

British Whig



WHEREAS, several evil designed persons have originated and basely circulated a scurrilous and false report in order to defame the reputation of Miss E. A. Daly, daughter of P. Daly, Esq. of Ernestown, the following affidavits are made, that the public may see the absurdity of such a report.



This deponet being sworn, saith, that Miss E. A. Daly has been his patient during the present winter;  he has visited her frequently, and that there is no ground or cause for suspicion or evil surmise;  the report concerning this lady being absurd and totally false.

(signed) J.P. MOORE

Sworn before me, this 9th day of March 1835




This deponet being sworn, saith, that he was requested to examine Miss E. A. Daly’s case, and that there is no ground or cause for suspicion or evil surmise;  the report concerning this lady being absurd and totally false


Sworn before me, this 9th day of March 1835



The editors of the BRITISH WHIG and Chronicle & Gazette will please to give the above three insertions in their respective papers, and send their accounts to P. Daly Esq., Ernestown.


Apr 2 1835

British Whig



GRATEFUL for the patronage he has received respectfully begs leave to acquaint his friends and the public that he continues to carry on the Tailoring Business, at his old Stand, next door to Mr. Benj. F. Davey’s store in Bath

Cutting done

Bath, March 2nd, 1835


May 19 1835

British Whig



BEGS leave to inform the inhabitants of Bath and its vicinity, that he receives orders in his business at his shop in this place.

Such as favor him with their work, shall find it punctually and neatly executed

Bath  January 23rd 1835


June 12 1835

British Whig



THE SUBSCRIBER respectfully informs his friends and the public, that he has taken that well known Tavern and Hotel, in the village of Bath, formerly occupied by Mr. P. Davy, and earnestly solicits a continuance of patronage.

Every possible attention will be paid to the comfort of his guests, and a selection of the very best Wines and Spirits will be made.

A. ASHLEY   Bath  May 8, 1835


June 12 1835

British Whig



DR. PERCY MOORE, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in London, having received his Excellency the Lieut. Governor’s License to practice the three branches of the profession, begs leave to inform the inhabitants of Ernestown, Camden, Portland and Loughborough, that he has taken up a permanent residence near Simmons’ Mills, Ernestown, where he shall be happy to attend to any medical application

Simmons’ Mills, Dec 26 1834


June 23 1835

British Whig


Our Country friends of the Midland District, particularly those in Ernestown and its vicinity, will we are sure be pleased to learn that Wm Forward Esq. has been admitted a Barrister at Law and Attorney in all His Majesty’s Courts, and has taken up his permanent residence in the village of Bath - Amid the countless the numbers of the legal profession, it is pleasing to distinguish the entrance into it of one man of sense, experience and education;  and though our notice of Mr. Forward’s merits may with some do him but little good, yet we refrain not from speaking of him as he deserves.  We have known this gentleman while we have known Canada, and have found him always, honest as a lawyer, and capable as an advocate; - and why not?  Did not his noviciate pass in the very best school for legal instruction in the whole province, - that of the two Messrs. Bidwell?  A sound and conscientious lawyer is an ornament to his neighbourhood, while a worthless litigant is a pest to society;  but thinking of Mr. Forward as we do we feel persuaded that his residence in Bath, unlike that of a certain despicable character in Kingston, will prove a benefit instead of a curse to the community.


July 4 1835

British Whig


RUNAWAY - From the subscriber on the 20th of May last, an apprentice named Jacob Holmes, about 15 years old.  This is to forbid any person harbouring or trusting him on my account, as I will not be answerable for any debts of his contracting.

SAMUEL D. PURDY, Township of Ernestown, July 11, 1835


July 10 1835

British Whig


Bath Academy -

The public are respectfully informed that the above Classical Academy will be reopened on Monday, the 22nd June, under the superintendence of Mr. John Mackintosh, Principal and his Assistant.

For terms apply to the trustees

Bath, June 18th, 1835.


Aug 12 1835


Chronicle &



We learn that Amherst Island, generally called the Isle of Tanti, in this vicinity has within a few days, been sold to the Earl of Mountcashel for the sum of 10,000 L sterling.


Nov 4 /11 1835


Chronicle &



Nov 4 1835

   On Monday Evening last, a man named McArdle was brought from Bath, in the Kingston Steamer, in custody of the proper officers, under a warrant of committal to Kingston Jail for having stabbed John Johnston at a horse race near the above mentioned town.  It appears Johnston and McArdle had quarrelled some time ago at a camp meeting, in consequence of which a grudge had subsisted between them ever since.  -They unfortunately met at a Horse race on Monday last, near Bath, when their mutual animosity was evinced, and a fight between the parties ensued.  Johnston, who was a powerful man, was likely to become  victor, when McArdle drew a knife and stabbed Johnston in the abdomen, inflicting a frightful wound, from which there is little hopes of his recovery.  -  We are informed to-day that Johnston is since dead.


Nov 11 1835

   We are happy to learn, that Johnson, the unfortunate man who was lately stabbed by McCardle, in Bath, is still alive.


Nov 17 1835

British Whig


To the Printer of the British Whig -

Sir - You will please to mention to the readers of the WHIG, that all the bridges between Kingston and this place are down. In coming to Bath yesterday, I had to go round by the York road, and came on the Front again by McGuin's Mills. I had my labor for my pains, for I found the Floating Bridge at Parrott's Bay destroyed by the heavy gale of Wednesday last. I had then to go round a distance of some miles, and it was night before I got here. This Floating Bridge is the one for which the House of Assembly voted £400 last session, but which the Legislative council tomahawked. As the bridge will be expensive to repair, and there are no funds to do it, the country people will be deprived of the means of coming to Kingston until the ice makes in the bay. What they are to do next year, heaven only knows.

   John Johnston, the man who was stabbed a few days ago, is not dead, but is expected to recover. The wound (in one of the small intestines) puts on a healthy appearance, and although still highly dangerous, has an appearance of doing well. Wounds of this nature generally prove mortal. Great credit is due to Messrs. Steward and Ellsworth, the medical gentleman who have the poor man in charge. They have been unremitting in their attention, and have sat up night and day with him. A good deal of excitement is created with respect to his recovery.

   With regard to this place, I find but little difference in its appearance. A good deal of business is done here, but it is done very quietly. Several thousand bushels of barley have lately been shipped from hence to Oswego, affording an instance of the shortsightedness of the party in the House of Assembly who wished to lay a duty on American grain imported into the province. I cannot omit to mention, that Benj. F. Davy, the enterprising young merchant of Bath, is doing an extensive trade, paying cash for every kind of produce. He sports two stores - the one for cash, the other for credit; but I leave you to judge which has most customers.

The Editor, Bath, Nov 13 1835


Mar 19 1836


Chronicle &




Mr. Davy begs leave to inform his friends and the public, that he has again opened his Hotel in Bath, where he hopes to merit a share of public patronage.

Bath, Dec. 30th, 1835.


Jan 12 1847

British Whig



Montreal, 9th January 1847

HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL has been pleased to appoint Isaac Fraser, of Ernestown, Esquire, to be registrar of the counties of Lenox and Addington, in the place of Allan McLean, Esquire.


Sept 15 1847

Kingston Herald


A Post Office has been established at Mr. John Gordanier's Earnest Town, under the name of "Morven Post Office". Persons wishing to direct letters to that locality will make it more convenient for their friends to direct to Morven rather than to Napanee as formerly.


Feb 4 1854

Daily British Whig


The Bath Hotel by H. Dunsford

This well known Hotel has recently been refurnished and re-decorated. The Beds, Bar and Larder are kept in the best order; and the Stables and Barns put in good condition for the proper reception of Horses and Carriages.

Bath, February, 1854


The Bath Hotel

We congratulate the good people of Bath, and all persons who have to visit that quaint looking, but kind-hearted Dutch village, on the re-possession of a clean, well-kept, comfortable Hotel; where Man can be sure of a good Dinner, and a clean Bed; and where Horse can be fed and properly cared for. This property lately fell into the hands of Mr. Stenson, of the City Hotel here, who has recently leased it to his brother-in-law, Mr. H. Dunsford, so long and favorably known as the Bar of the same hotel. We are assured that the new Lessee will keep a good house, for he can keep no other, and we recommend all Travellers going west, not to give Bath a wide berth, as has been too much the case since Mr. Peter Davy retired from business.


Jan 1 1864

Daily News Kingston


D. Young, M.D.

Physician, Surgeon &c., Graduate of the University of "Queen's College, Kingston, and Licentiate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada. Residence Bath. Office, in Mr. Harrass' buildings, opposite Mr. Petersons.


Mar 3 1864

Kingston News


Fire at Bath  - A fire occurred at Bath on Wednesday night, which consumed the shoemaker's store of Mr. Allan, and a store, together with a dwelling house, occupied by Mr. Howard. Mr. Howard was so closely pursued by the flames that he had barely time to seize his wife in his arms and make his escape down stairs. Nothing was saved, neither were the sufferers insured.


Apr 8 1864

Daily News Kingston


For Sale - That well-known property, Link's Mills situated in the Township of Ernestown, County of Addington, and within half a mile of the Grand Trunk Station. Said property is composed of one Grist Mill, with two run of stones, a Saw Mill; with one upright saw, and a circular saw for edging boards, ten acres of good land, with house, sheds and barn, and other building too numerous to mention - all in good order. Any one wishing to purchase will please apply on the premises.


Oct 10 1884

Napanee Express


Bath - An Enterprising Undertaker -

Hiram Hoselton on quitting business as undertaker a few months ago, had on hand some twenty hand-made orthodox coffins, the relics of the medaevial times, and he has succeeded, he informs us, in selling the whole lot to a maiden lady and her sister of this municipality, at a nominal sum. The ladies in question, though still hale and hearty, have selected their burial spots in the English church cemetery at this place, and have had their tombstones erected. The undertaker says they desire to be laid away in the smallest caskets, which are to be telescoped into the larger ones, until each one is encased in ten of his wooden overcoats. This will be equal to the embalming process of the Mosiac dispensation, and far more humane than the 'cremating furnacerios'  now so much lauded in France and the other countries of the old world. These two ladies are full communion members of the Methodist church, and attend regularly divine service therein, and why they should have selected burying plots in the Church of England cemetery is a puzzle to the natives. It would seem to show that the Methodist doctrise, though good to live by, is not good enough to be laid away with finally.


Oct 10 1884

Napanee Express


Bath - Real Estate -

Mr. Joseph Dennee, late at South Fredericksburgh, is about purchasing a house and lot on the north side of Main street, from Mr. Mark Rowse, of Ernesttown......Mr. John Hogle H.M. Customs, is busily engaged in rebuilding a house on his premises on the south side of main street, and Mr. Thomas Edwards has given the contract for raising and remodelling his house on the water's edge...... We were in error last week in stating that Mr. Morrow, of Emerald, would build a summer hotel at the upper end of the town. He will, it is said, build some tenement flats on his property here in lieu of the hotel. We hope he may do so, as tenement houses are very scarce, and if built would add much to the prosperity of our village...... Mr. D.W. Ball intends to erect a fine residence for himself and family at the foot of Davy street, overlooking his mill property.


Nov 19 1885

Weekly British Whig


The Line is Again Opened

On Tuesday the following despatch was received from J.S. Neilson, Stella:

"Telephone completed and open for business between Stella and Bath."

This is an indication that the service between Amherst Island and the outer world is open for use. Messages are despatched to Bath and there telephoned to Emerald and Stella. Next spring telegraph instruments will be placed in position. Mr. Hugh Lyttle, of Emerald, is coming to Kingston to learn operating.


April 26 1893

Daily British Whig


ODESSA, April 26th -

   A very entertaining sugar social was given in the basement of the Methodist church on Tuesday evening in aid of circuit receipts.  A varied and pleasing programme was rendered by friends of Wilton and Odessa circuits, while the maple sugar was enjoyed by all.  The popularity of baseball was well attested by the large number of young men that assembled in the town hall on Tuesday night, for the purpose of re-organizing the Odessa club for 1893.   The following officers were elected;  President, Wm. Dougherty, secretary, W. Quayle;  treasurer, Sidney J.Sproule;  manager and captain, Archie Stapleton.  The club will procure a new outfit and with practice hope to carry off the laurels for this district.

   A special meeting of the council was convened on Monday evening to consider the advisability of giving assistance to the Rathbun telephone company, to run a line from Kingston by way of Collinsby, Westbrook, Ernesttown, Odessa, Violet, Wilton, Newburgh, Napanee Mills to Deseronto.  The company asked this municipality for a $500 bonus and promised to put in instruments at fifteen dollars for the first year.  The council gave a negative to the proposal, on the grounds that the telephone was of little practical value to the farmer.  Business men requiring such luxuries must pay for them.  Odessa would like Ben. Folger to run his electric cars to this village, that is on condition he gets his charter from the city within the lifetime of the present generation.

   There is urgent need of stringent measures being taken by the board of health, in the matter of removing filth, and the using of disinfectants.  The town in some places presents a very disgraceful appearance, while the odors arising from some stench holes are filling the air with disease.  Promptness on the part of the board will ensure popular favor.


Jan 25 1894

Daily British Whig


Destroyed by Fire - Emerald, Jan 23 - The post office, telephone office and general store at Emerald, Amherst Island, was destroyed by fire about nine o'clock this morning. The fire started upstairs and had made considerable headway before it was discovered. The origin of the fire is not known. there was some insurance in the Mercantile insurance company, Waterloo.


Sept 5 1895

Weekly British Whig


Five Generations of Them

There is on exhibition in the window of a Kingston picture store, a photograph of five generations of one family. The names of those in the picture are Mrs. Hartman, aged ninety-five, a great-great grandmother and hale and hearty; Mrs. Nicholas Amey, of Ernesttown, her daughter, Mrs. Johnston, daughter of Mrs. Amey; R. Johnston, son of Mrs. Johnston, and Mr. Johnston's little daughter. Such a group is not easily come across in these days.


Nov 23 1897

Daily British Whig


Bath, Nov. 23 - Bath is having quite a boom in the building line. R.R. Finkle has a commodious ice house under course of erection; the new post office is approaching completion and Mr. Hall has begun a residence and tinshop. Business is also flourishing. Mr. Mott is about to open a weekly auction room. The evaporator has about finished this year's work on apples and the proprietors are about to begin evaporating onions. This is a new departure and we hope it will be successful. Mr. Rose has just completed his residence.


May 18 1901

Daily British Whig


Big Fire at Bath - Hotel, Residence and General Store Destroyed.

   The peaceful little village of Bath, so pleasantly situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, is to-day a sad looking sight. On Friday night a disastrous fire swept away several of the finest buildings and business places, and but for the faithful, earnest efforts of the populace, who lacked the assistance of a fire brigade, the entire village might have been swept away. As it is, the destruction to property is very great.

   About eight o'clock fire was discovered in a shed in rear of the Bay View hotel, owned by Norman Rightley. The flames spread with rapidity, and in a few minutes the hotel was a seething mass of flames. The entire building, with all its contents, fell a pray to the insatiable element. The fire spread to Mack Robinson's residence, near-by, and wrought equally disastrous havoc. Mott's general store, with its new spring and summer stock, and a harness shop connected therewith, which Mr. Mott also owns, were both destroyed. None of the contents were removed. Apparently, little or nothing was saved from any of the buildings, and the loss will therefore be an especially heavy one to the unfortunate villagers.

   Ex-policeman "Dan" Snider was in the city this morning. He is proprietor of an hotel just across the street from the Bay View house. "I never came as near losing all I owned as I did this morning," said Mr. Snider to a Whig reporter. "So intense was the heat, that a person could not pass between my hotel and the fire. All the paint was melted off the front of my house. Had it not been that I had dozens of hard-working men to help me, I would have lost all this morning. It was a terrible fire for the little village, which looks anything but pretty to-day."

   In the shed in rear of the Bay View house was a horse owned by Mr Rightley, and a horse, buggy, buffalo, overcoat, etc., the property of an old man named English, who keeps a post office and a beer and wine tavern eight miles below Kingston. All these were destroyed. Mr. English's loss being nearly $200.

   Mr. Snider gave him his overcoat and drove him to the city this morning. It was a hard blow for the old gentleman. among the contents destroyed at the Bay View hotel was $200 in cash.

   Mr. Rightley carried $600 insurance on his hotel, but this will in no respect cover the loss. Both Mott and Robinson carried but small insurances.

   The origin of the fire is said to be incendiary.