More Gleanings From The Mercury Files

Author: Unknown

Publication Date: 1966


April 4, 1889 - the Goodeve Family originated in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.

May 30, 1889 - Pressed brick, made at Milton, used for the Brampton Post Office, cost $20 per 1,000 as against $55 for brick imported from the United States.

July 4, 1889 - Edward Johnson, then a pupil at Miss MacLean’s School, gave a solo at the school concert. This may be the first mention of Edward Johnson’s name in the news columns.

July 25, 1889 - page 8 – It may surprise the readers of the Mercury to learn that baseball in Canada had its origin in Puslinch, not at Puslinch Lake, but in the village of Aberfoyle. This little hamlet, situated on Mill Creek, about 9 miles from Guelph had, in the year 1868, the best baseball team in Canada. This club held the reins of power for about one year, when through the loss of three of its best players, the club had to retire in
favor of the old Guelph Maple Leaf Club. The Maple Leafs held the throne for about ten years, after which the destiny of the club is too well known to be reported. I am reporting this on behalf of my Aberfoyle friends and to give Canada at large to understand where baseball first started. -Aberfoyle Correspondent

August 1, 1889 - Col.2 – There is a reference to Mr. J. C. Snell of Edmonton. “ - chancellor Nelles’ mother, Mary Hardy (Mrs. William) Nelles, aged 93, died at Simcoe.

August 3, 1889 - A special edition of the Toronto globe on Saturday, August 3, had two pages about Guelph.

August, 1889 - G. A. Somerville, formerly assistant master at the Guelph Grammar School, was appointed manager of the Huron and Erie Trust Co., London.

September 5, 1889 - There arrived in Freelton on Sunday morning a mule and wagon, bringing back home a Mr. Hood, his son-in-law Mr. Cook, and daughter Mrs. Cook, who some time ago had left for Dakota. They had been employed there by a storekeeper who failed in the spring. All they got out of the estate for their labour was the
wagon and two mules. On the first of July they set out for their old home at Freelton, calculating to drive the whole way and subsist on the road on what they could pick up. One of their beasts gave out before they proceeded far, and they sold
it for $5. The other proved equal to the occasion and after two month’s steady travel they reached their friends, who had become anxious over their long silence.

June 26, 1890 - Mr. A. Hales, butcher, has added a telephone to meet the increasing demands of his business.