Friday, February 10, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mill site of the John S. Bagnall Saw Mill, Hazel Grove

     I stopped the other day to take this photo where the Bagnall's Saw Mill used to be - it was straight in from this photo.  This is looking east on Route 239 (Route 2 Highway is a half mile away to the south).  In the 1864 Hutchinson's Prince Edward Island Directory it lists John S. Bagnall of Hazel Grove owning the saw mill here.  This stream goes down to Bagnall's Pond in Hunter River where the Bagnall's once operated a saw mill, hardware store and woodworking shop in the old Patterson Grist Mill.
Below is the map from the Meachams 1880 Atlas showing the saw mill.
This is across the road looking north - see the old barn in the photo below.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Interesting House, O'Leary

     This gem of a house is located on North Street in O'Leary - the interesting detailing would suggest it was built pre-WWII.

Haszard-Cannon-Montgomery-Adams-MacDonald House, St. Eleanor's - Demolished

     I received this note today from Summerside resident Roxanne Hately-Leard.  Much thanks for bringing this to my attention and for providing additional information!    
     "John E. MacDonald House... I took this picture a week ago Friday.  to my dismay, it was torn down this past Monday.  It had been condemned.  It was also known as the Loman Adams house.  This was an old house.  I think it had been moved from North Street, St. Eleanor's.  It sat across the street from St. John's Anglican cemetery.  Thought you would be interested in this.  Enjoy your blog.  I think many more will after the article in the news." 
     The house was located at 45 South Drive in St. Eleanors.
      The following information about this house comes from Sketches Of Old St. Eleanors. 1973. Page 30
      “Thomas C. Cannon, son of Fred and Mary Lane Cannon set up business on the corner dealing in oysters which at one time sold for $5.00 per barrel.  He also sold flour and other goods.  His residence was erected by Haszard previous to 1856.  An oyster house was located on the opposite corner (Bernards).  The house was sold to R. H. Montgomery and in 1917 to Loman Adams who moved from Birch Hill to St. Eleanor’s in 1913.  The house was moved later as the corner lot was suggested as a suitable location for the Soldier’s Monument.  This house is now the residence of John MacDonald, the exterior architecture has remained much the same as the original.” 
     This is amazing - unknowing I'm related to this property through the Cannon and Compton families.  Here's some Cannon genealogy from
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Thomas Compton Cannon b. May 10 1836, St. Eleanors, PEI., m. Nov 23 1863, Amy Ellen Craswell, b. ___ 1842, d. Sep 20 1877.  Thomas died Dec 09 1887, St. Eleanors, PEI.
i   Gertrude Cannon m. John Porter.
ii  Minnie Cannon m. Stanley Compton.
iii Maude Cannon m. R. H. Montgomery.
iv  Bertha Cannon m. John Creswell.
v   Fanny Cannon.
vi  Arthur Cannon m. Elizabeth Cameron.
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     Here's more information about R.H. Montgomery from Prince Edward Island Family Trees
R. H. Montgomery
Age 66; 
Residence Summerside; 
Born Porthill.  Father Donald Montgomery. Mother Christie Woodside; 
Date of Death 19 March 1929; 
Entry Number 288
Source RG19/s2/ss6: Death registration books, 1929
Groom's Name Robert Hodgson Montgomery; 
Groom's Residence Summerside; 
Groom's Status Bachelor; 
Bride's Name Amy Maude Cannon; 
Bride's Residence St. Eleanors; 
Bride's Status Spinster; 
Date of Marriage License or Bond 15 August 1898; 
Date of Marriage Ceremony 17 August 1898; 
Officiant's Name John M Withycombe; 
Source RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses, 1898

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    I keep finding more information...this house is in the 1880 Meachams Atlas.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Morell Creamery - 1950

    This photo comes from the Facebook page of Mike Gaudet: Prince Edward Island Family Photos.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ricky Ellis Obituary - Restorer of Island Heritage Buildings

     Sad news from West Prince today as we learn of the passing of Ricky Ellis - he was a carpenter, painter, restorer who repaired alot of Island Churches and buildings over the years.  He and his sons and workers could often be seen hanging from church steeples, painting and repairing. Below are a few that I know about, but there are many, many more! He's gone too soon and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and those of us who appreciated his talents in helping fix-up our old Island buildings.
     The death occurred suddenly at his late residence on January 29, 2017 of Richard "Ricky" Lorne Ellis, Dunblane, 62, beloved husband of Donna (nee Betts) Ellis. Born January 16, 1955 in O’Leary. Father to Carman (John McInnis), Richard (Sarah Jones), Dana (Priscilla) & Kurtis (Joanne). Loving grandfather to Caitlin (Skylar Hustler), Taylor, Hunter Ellis, Mia, Cooper Ellis, Kennedy, Finnley and Isla Ellis. Great grandfather to Abbie, Ali & Lydia.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Indian River Church

     Also this morning I stopped to take a photo of this magnificent church!  This is home to the Indian River Festival held here every summer.

Old Barns in Kensington Area

    I was driving through the countryside this morning around by Indian River and Kensington and took these photos of old barns.

Broadway Street, Kensington

     I was up in Kensington this morning and noticed some old homes being renovated on Broadway Street - great work!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Abram-Village Courthouse - new life

     I came across this article the other day on the Journal-Pioneer's website.  It's great to see this old building be repurposed and not torn down!

Published on January 18, 2017 ©MILLICENT McKAY/TC MEDIA
Karine Gallant, left and Iain MacInnes with the former Abram-Village courthouse.  Submitted Photo.

When you look at the old building, it’s hard to imagine the courthouse it used to be; the benches, stand and judge’s chair are gone. But even more difficult to picture is the future of the structure as a malting facility.
            “We’ve added a new roof and support beams, we’re hunting for a nice big window, something to give it that extra historic value,” said Karine Gallant one of the cofounders of Productions Piroune, a malting and brewing company.
            Her partner, Iain MacInnes, added, “It’s a very large open space. We want to display the wooden beams, but at the same time keep some rooms humid in order to malt the barley.
            “Imagine in one of the rooms a small spaceship. It’s our kiln (oven), but it literally looks like a spaceship. It’s got this top part, which would be your landing ship, and then these pontoons that raise it up. We’ve also got the rotating drums instead of having floor malt and our steep tank.”
Recently the duo bought the former Abram-Village courthouse, located on festival grounds, when they learned it was going to be torn down.
             “It was just the most perfect timing,” said Gallant.
            “In the beginning, Iain was working in Charlottetown and I really wanted to move to this area and live in rural P.E.I., but we needed to find a feasible reason to do it.”
            That’s when the couple decided to start their own company. While they were touring in Europe in 2015, the pair visited breweries and hops growers in Belgium.
            “It was a great trip. We got to ask questions and see how things were done, then we also got to see some organic options if we wanted to try growing organic barley as well,” Gallant said.
            But financially affording the facility became a concern, until the pair won the $10,000 top prize from last year’s Dragons’ Contest. The win gave the company credibility that helped them secure the $100,000 needed to set up the project.
             “One thing I’ve noticed is the need to have real Maritime malt. Right now breweries are growing local barley but then having to send it away to go through germination process into malt, and then shipping it back. We want the local barley to stay local and become Maritime malt,” MacInnes said.
            Germination is the process barley seed goes through to begin its plant. It’s where the tip of the root will come out causing the chemical change in the grain, which is desired in malt, said Gallant.
            “The most difficult part has really been getting the ball rolling. Planning-wise everything was OK, but to run after so many pieces to actually get it together was tough,” she said.
            He added, “for me the toughest spot was when we were about 85 per cent of the way there, but a piece of the funding fell through, but if it hadn’t we wouldn’t be in the old courthouse.”
            On the other hand, the best part of the journey is seeing MacInnes’ dream come true, said Gallant.
            “Trying to figure out how we could come to rural P.E.I and realizing how we could make it happen has been the best thing.”
            The excitement of something new is the couple’s favourite part of the adventure.
            “For P.E.I. it’s still an innovative product to develop. The work that is being done to develop new malts and new hops is really cool.”
            “I think being on the forefront of something, being part of something really new and being ahead of things is really neat.”
            Gallant and MacInnes are hoping to have product available for craft breweries by this summer.