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Chapter Five: Council Minutes - 1900
Village Politicians:
The election for 1900 was held on December 22 of 1899. Voters selected one Reeve, four councilors and one School Trustee (to replace Henry Kendall) for a one-year term and 3 for a two-year term. The nominators and seconders have been included as this information offers an overview of how the village was divided in terms of local politics. It appears that there was some last minute manoeuvring as Arthur Greenfield resigned his post as a school trustee on the day of the election to that he could seek election as a councillor. Trowbridge, on the previous council was defeated. The German connection is obvious with the nominations and this is discussed in the chapter entitled "German Migration and Ottawa".
The results, recorded by Walter N. Barry, the Village Clerk (an upholsterer living at 6 7th St.) were as follows:
Note: "*" = elected, "R" = Resigned the nomination, "+" = See elsewhere in table, "Acc" = Acclaimed
Name Address/Profession Nominator/


William C. Ogilvy 23 2nd St.
G.T. Barrett
26 Main St
Stewarton Lumber Co.General store
W.F. Bompas
76 East Ave.
Henry G. Roche 39 Centre St.
Gas Inspector
Thomas Gamman
111 Main St.
Niles G. Ross
58 Main St.


Ira Bower 208 East Ave
George W. Patterson
216 East Ave.
Civil servant
Samuel Pearpoint
52 2nd St.
Gas fitter
Robert J. Biggar(s) 8 4th St.Flour John Bremner
10 4th St.
Stone cutter
John C. Bower
208 East Ave.
Arthur Greenfield w s Parry St.
Thomas Gammon Samuel Pearpoint 86*

Arthur Ballantyne


G. T. Barrett +

John Bremner +


Thomas Gamman + William Doran
113 Bronson St.
Adolphe Herbst
109 Gordon St.


John G. Trowbridge 31 4th St.
G.T. Barrett + James T. Harvey
166 East Ave.


Arthur St. Laurent ? W. Doran +
  1. Herbst +


Adolphe Gervais 30 Herridge St.Launderer A. Herbst + Simeon Lalonde
37 Herridge St


Charles Winges 141 Main St. Millwright A. Herbst + William Rhomheld
7 Ella St
School Trustees:
One Year Term
Charles R. Robertson 7 7th Ave
.Civil servant
S. Pearpoint + J. Bremner + 107*
James F. Tighe 4 East Ave.
N. G. Ross + W. Doran + 70
School Trustees:
Two Year Term

Adam Ballantyne


G. W. Patterson +

T. Gammon +


Thomas Gamman



S. Pearpoint +


Arthur Greenfield + T. Ballantyne
100 East Ave.
Coal merchant
J. Bremner + R
Charles Plett 128 Drummond St Painter N. G. Ross + A. Herbst Acc*
George Patterson + S. Pearpoint + T. Gamman + Acc*
Charles Rhomheld 138 Bronson St .Painter N. G. Ross + A. Herbst R


Overview of the Year:

For this particular year the writer has not detailed each and every activity of the council. What follows is a selection of some of the events and concerns that occupied the council.

The first meeting of the new council took place on Jan. 9th with the Reeve hoping that "harmony would prevail" this year. As with the last year most of the council’s activities involved local improvements with numerous petitions and concerns for drainage and sidewalks. The ongoing struggle with the railway companies regarding assessment and track crossings continued with the Canada Atlantic Railway taking the Village to court to appeal an "excessive assessment". The court action cost the Village $15 and it was represented by J. Omeara. The Village won!

John F. Watson, a civil servant at 13 7th Ave. was given the task of auditing the books for 1899. Thomas Redmond, possibly a son of M. Redmond of 49 2nd St., was appointed to the Board of Health along with Alexander W. Milne, a packer with the Post Office living at 182 Canal Rd.

John Bowers was nominated for assessor but an amendment substituted and accepted William. A. Cole (it appears that he was a non-resident). The annual salary for the job was $50 and he was required to post a $500 bond to guarantee his services and collect all taxes by December 15 of the year. The assessment rates for the year included:

County .0008
Village .0077
Public School .0047
Debenture Bylaw #42 .0008
Bylaws 13 and 50 .001.

The Village was notified by Messrs. Latchford, McDougall and Daly that their client, Catherine Pelletier of 147 East Ave. was claiming $1,000 for injuries received as a result of a defective sidewalk on East Ave. across from Mrs. Logan’s house at 70 East Ave. Council felt there was "no just cause" and refused to pay.

Another legal item involved the responsibility for damage caused by improper drainage. The Reeve along with Ballantyne were to investigate what would be needed to install a system of drainage and if the Village was responsible for damages if the problems were not fixed immediately. In addition the Reeve was empowered to find a "first class lawyer" to fight the County’s "excessive" assessment.

Council donated $100 to the Ottawa/Hull Fire Relief Committee to help those who had suffered in the devastating fire that had destroyed a large part of Ottawa/Hull.

The council appointed a deputation of County Councilors Graham and McLean? along with the Reeve to meet with the federal government (most probably the Dept. of Railways and Canals) to discuss the changes in the bridge to be built across the canal connecting the Village to the City. While no detail is given this was probably the beginning of discussions on Pretoria Bridge.

Charles Rhomheld again occupied council’s time. The 1900 directory lists him as a painter and therefore his position as Village Constable must have been part-time. In early February he was directed to attend all council meetings. In July he tendered his resignation as constable and health inspector. Up to that date he had collected $51 for dog taxes (for which he received 10%) and $2 for B of H and $5 for inspecting yards and closets (outhouses). A petition from G. Barrett (an 1899 councillor) and others recommended Leon Sabourin, a labourer living a 161 Main St. for the positions of constable and health inspector for the remainder of the year. He was empowered to prosecute all cattle and horses running at large and receive half of the fine. In December council requested an immediate report on the status of dog taxes and legal action. It appears that the money gained from this source was a major item for the village.

A letter from C. Robertson, a civil servant on 7th Ave. complained about parties at 23 Cedar St. and asked that the residents restrain their dog. Council agreed that if the dog became a future menace it would be done away with.

The clerk received $1.50 for lighting 6 fires @ .25 each in the town hall during the winter.

John W. Obrien’s house at 29 2nd St. was disinfected at a cost of $2.

The final motion of this council involved the replacement of the missing screens for the cellar of the town hall!


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Ballantyne Boys - Christmas Day 1891
Maggie Hyde at pump at 54 Main St. 1899
Mrs. Harvey's cows on Fifth St. 1900
Old wood sawyer at work 1900
Agnes and chickens - no date
Barrett's store on Main next to Town Hall
cows in Lees pasture 1900
Work shop shed 1900
Looking north on Main St. at rail crossing 1900
Baker and cart at rail crossing on Main St.
Repairing macadamized road c1895
River near Hurdman Bridge with Scholasticate in background - no date
Boys fishing along river - no date
Old wooden school Concord at Harvey 1900
Lizzie Turnbull - c1894
Quilting in the garden at Wildwood - no date
Various family and friends at Wildwood - 1884
Lees Farm hemlock grove near river - c1890
Jessie Lees teaching music at Wildwood
Haying at Lees Farm c1895
Robert Lees handing out apples at Halloween - before 1893
Rideau River just south of Billings Bridge - no date
Lees Farm - girl in garden - no date
Main St. looking north
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