Soldiers in the World Wars

First World War –  enlistment and action – Brian Tackaberry

On November 19, 2016, and in keeping with Remembrance Day, Brian Tackaberry (North Lanark Historical Society) will talk about the First World War – about enlistment and those who enlisted, about the different battalions and battles in which they fought and about  life on the home front – relating to the former  Goulbourn Township.
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 Brian has a great deal of knowledge about the War and has written a new book – “Forgotten Heroes of Mississippi Mills”. detailing experiences of World War 1 heroes. This book will be available for purchase.

Please join us at the Stittsville Legion (which is handicapped accessible to the left of the front door).The program starts at 1:30 pm  and is free, as are parking and refreshments. Remember, tell a neighbour, bring a friend as well as share your own stories and memorabilia from World War 1.

The Grants of Goulbourn

The Grants of Goulbourn

map from H. F. Wallin - 1853

map from H. F. Wallin – 1853

The Grant family has a long and influential connection with the Stittsville area. Robert Grant was an early settler on land adjacent to Concession 12 (now Hazeldean Road) in 1818. He was known as a progressive farmer and also dealt in potash and lumber. He was Goulbourn’s representative on the District Council which was the forerunner of Carleton County Council. He was also a captain in the militia, fighting in the Battle of Windmill near Prescott in Nov. 1838. He built a stone house on his farm in 1832, a house which withstood the Carleton County fire of 1870 and survived 160 years before being demolished in 1992 by a developer. His son served on local government and his property is now the site of Grant’s Crossing Shopping Center.

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Family of Robert and Eliza Grant, standing left to right John, James, and William.
Seated Bessie (Mrs John Gourlay), Robert and Mary (Mrs William Templeton) from the GTHS Photo Archives HAZ081

Our speaker is local historian and wonderful story teller and actor, John Curry.  This promises to be a informative and lively afternoon. The Goulbourn Historical Society invite all to attend this presentation at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch, 1:30PM Saturday May 21st 2016.

Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Clara’s Rib – Royal Ottawa Sanitorium

Clara’s Rib – Anne Raina

Clara's Rib bookJoin the Goulbourn Historical Society at the Stittsville Library on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library meeting room to hear about Clara’s Rib. This book, by local author Anne Raina, tells the story of her sister Clara’s time in the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium (the San) for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Anne and Clara’s father and six more of their siblings also spent years in the San, with their father and two brothers dying of the disease.  Anne will tell Clara’s story, focusing on her years growing up in the San. She will explain why, when Clara left the San for the last time, one of her own ribs was packed in her suitcase.
 
Many of us probably remember the San which was located on Carling Avenue. It was often thought its high wrought iron gates were to allow no one in or out, except those unfortunate enough to have contracted TB.  Do you remember the tests in school when they ‘stapled’ your arm?
Anne Raina

Anne Raina

Anne has recently published two children’s books which give her a Goulbourn connection. The illustrator for these books is Julia Taylor of Munster. Anne will have copies of her three books for sale and she will be happy to sign them and chat with you.

 Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Pioneers of Goulbourn display at the Stittsville Public Library

Pioneers of Goulbourn

Pioneers of Goulbourn - Stittsville Public Library Artspace.

Pioneers of Goulbourn – from the GTHS collection

We are pleased to present a gallery of portraits of Goulbourn Township pioneers at the Artspace in the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The presentation will be on display for the month of February 2016.

This is a careful selection of images from our extensive photo archives celebrating the pioneer families of the former Goulbourn Township.Some of the images date back to the late 1800’s and include studio portraits, group photos and airbrush portraits.

Also on display is a Scrapbook compiled by Mary Jane Argue and recently donated to the GTHS by Ellen Faulkner.

We invite you to come and appreciate these pioneers of our community.

Annual General Meeting – January 23rd 2016

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This is a gentle reminder of our upcoming Annual General Meeting taking place on Saturday January 23rd at Christ Church Anglican Church Hall in Ashton, starting at 12 noon. It’s an important meeting where you can show your support for the Society. A delicious dinner will be provided by the ladies of the church along with their famous pies and the cost will be the same as last year – $15. You can pay at the door, but we need to know ahead how many are coming so the ladies know how many to prepare for. Please reserve your place by replying to our Membership Chair at rderrick(remove)@rogers.com or by phoning Barbara at 613-836-2305.

Last year we discussed changing the membership year and those attending the meeting agreed that we should go ahead with this. We are now required to present it at an AGM for approval. The present by-law under Section 111 Membership, #3 states: “Annual Fees cover the period from 1 April of one year to 31 March of the following year and payment shall be due by 1 April of each year”.

The proposed wording is as follows: “Annual Fees cover the period from 1 February of one year to 31 January of the following year and payment shall be due by 1 February of each year.”

We look forward to seeing you in Ashton.