This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
November 18, 1887

“The man rum makes”

From the November 18, 1887 Whitby Chronicle:


Mr. Noah Luke has secured work in Toronto.

Our merchants are busy collecting their accounts. Mind they dont give you a call.

Mr. and Mrs. Redditt called on friends in town on Friday and Saturday. They drove back to Scarboro on Saturday afternoon.

A large number of our young people attended a surprise party at Mr. Wm. Hodgson’s on Friday night last. It was a real surprise and all were received as cordially as could be expected under the circumstances. The violinist wore a patch over his eye the next day but he declares he met with an accident before going.

Some time ago an article appeared in a certain local paper charging the fighting editor of the CHRONICLE with fully sustaining his reputation on the streets of Whitby on Saturday afternoons. Now I wonder if Editors in general have a tendency in that line. Judging by an incident that occurred here on the street last Saturday it would appear that such were the case and that our town could turn out more than one.

The lecture “The man rum makes,” by Dr. Fairfield was, owing to the bad weather, rather poorly attended. The lecture was a very able one and deserving of a better house. He showed by colored chalks the effect of alcohol on the stomach, blood, throat, mind and whole system.

He represented a man in the different stages from a moderate drinker to one in the unendurable tortures of delirium tremens. The Dr. is a quiet and convincing speaker and such a lecture could not but have good effect. The singing by members of the order was well received.

The oyster supper which the members of the A. O. U. W. in Brooklin were selfish enough to keep to themselves was a very successful affair. The members ate so many oysters that they were hardly able to waddle for a couple of days subsequent. About fifty workmen, counting their wives and a few others sat down to the richly laden tables.

The Grand Master of the order, H. B. Taylor was present by invitation. He delivered a most excellent address in the Lodge room on the benefits of the order. He contrasted its growth and cost to the stock companies to the great detriment of the latter.

A large number of the members of the lodge made short, interesting addresses. The speeches were interspersed with some very excellent singing by some of the workmen, Mr. W. A. Holliday and the lady members of several workmen families.

The only disagreeable part of the affair was the selfishness of the members in not making the thing public. Perhaps another reprehensible feature was the time when it broke up. When we young people stay out as late the old folks look askance at us in the morning, but the fact is when they get a chance they don’t know when to go home.

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