Look Back: The Carp Review, Jan. 11, 1906

Join us as we take a look back, way back, and visit previous issues of West Carleton’s first weekly publication The Carp Review and Carleton County Advertiser and take a peek at what was going on in the West Carleton community more than 100 years ago. This week, Jan. 11, 1906.

Case Was Dismissed.

Top of the fold news in the Jan. 11, 1906 edition of The Carp Review was the court case against Carp hotelkeeper T. A. Brown.

The case involved the death of Thomas Rivington.

“It was to the effect he had sold liquor to the late Thomas Rivington while the deceased was under the influence of liquor,” The Carp Review reported. “There was nothing to show this, so the case was dismissed.”

County court Magistrate Smith dismissed all charges against Brown.

The hotel’s bartender Scott Bradley “swore that Rivington had been at the hotel on the afternoon mentioned in the formal charge and left after having three drinks of rye whiskey.”

An hour later Rivington returned and had “three or four more drinks.”

“He hung around the bar for an hour or more and then began to show signs of intoxication,” the Review reported.

The Review reported there was nothing to show the law had been broken.

“The coroner’s jury gave a verdict to the effect the late Thomas Rivington had died from excessive drinking and through neglect, hence the action taken by Inspector Kerr under instructions from the Crown Attorney,” the newspaper wrote.

Sledding injury

On Monday (Jan. 8, 1906), a young Williard Wetherly suffered a serious injury “that may have cost him his life,” while on a band sleigh.

“He was lying down on the sleigh when a piece of stick pierced a portion of his body,” the Review reported. “Dr. Groves attended to his injuries.”

Why Do Women Suffer.

“Such pain and endure the torture of nervous headache when 25 cents buys a sure cure like Nerviline. A few drops in sweetened water brings unfailing relief. You feel better at once, you’re braced up, invigorated, headache goes away after one dose. The occasional use of Nerviline prevents digestion and stomach disorders and keeps up health and strength. Every woman needs Verviline and should use it too. In 25 cent bottles everywhere.”

Real estate news

In the year 1904 the total amount of mortgages was $608,917.74. In 1905 that number had “increased considerably” by more than 40 per cent to $893,776.33 in the county. The number of mortgages in 1904 was 497 and 566 in 1905.

Lord Grey Coming.

“His Excellency Lord Grey has very kindly acceded to the wishes of the people of Carp village and has promised them during the summer (1906) he will formally open their large, new public school which has just been completed. The thriving residents of that little energetic village are delightful to hear that His Excellency and party will visit them and even now preparations for his visit are being talked of.”

The previous year (1904) “a large and handsome brick school” was erected for the cost of about $8,000.

Dragoons for Carp.

The Ottawa Free Press reports “an effort is being made at Carp at present to arrange a dragoon squadron and the effort gives promise of being successful.”

MPP George Nelson Kidd “is taking an active part and he enlisted the aid and enthusiasm of many of the young men of Carp.”

This was the first time in West Carleton an attempt had been made to form a dragoon squadron “but the young men are keenly interested in the proposition.”


In international news The Carp Review reported on the Jan. 8, 1906 Gilhooley labor slugging trial in Chicago “where all but one of the defendants were found guilty.”

The trial was the longest and most costly in Chicago’s history at the time coming in at $26,000. The trial started on Sept. 18, 1905 with most of the time being used examining “1,920 veniremen.”

Charles Gilhooley, Marcus Looney, Edward Shields, Charles Casey, Charles II. Deutsch and John Helden, “union sluggers and officials of the Carriage-Workers’ Union, were found guilty of conspiracy to assault Christopher Carlstrom by an injury in Judge Chetlain’s court.”

Each of the convicted defendants was sentenced to the penitentiary, and Charles Gilhooley will, in addition, be compelled to pay a fine of $2,000.

Fresh from Younghusband’s

At A.C. Younghusband’s store, their advertisement reads “People Will Persist…In trading where they can get the best quality of groceries at the most reasonable prices. and it is quite natural they should. The quality of the following goods is sure to please. How about the prices?”

You could get three pounds of raisins for 25 cents; cleaned currants, three pounds for 25 cents; three pounds of cooking figs for 20 cents; navel oranges 30 cents a dozen; and good large lemons 20 cents a dozen.

“None better at any price…none so good at those prices.”

A Pleasant Function – Grand Opening of the New Orange Hall at Kilmaurs

“It is doubtful if the Orange hall at Kilmaurs will ever again be the scene of a more pleasant function than the opening of the new hall on Thursday evening, Dec. 28th,” The Carp Review reported.

The weather was “soft” and the roads good and many visitors from Carp, Kinburn, Fitzroy Harbor, Galetta and “other point and scarcely need be mentioned that Kilmaurs was well represented.”

Rev. Mr. Tanner of Fitzroy Harbour presided “in his usual genial manner.”

There were several speakers and the Woodlawn Orchestra performed.

“After refreshments were served the social closed by singing the National Anthem. A ball then took place which lasted to the wee, sma’ hours, all going to their several homes well pleased with their evening’s enjoyment.”