This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
December 16, 1887
Drunk kids on the streets

From the December 16, 1887 Whitby Chronicle:


Fresh groceries for Xmas at R. C. Warren’s Brooklin.

Mrs. Benedict, of Foxboro, Ont., is visiting her mother Mrs. Pirie.

R. C. Warren’s, Brooklin, is the place to get good value in soaps.

Miss Nellie Kester is recovering from the fever.

Mrs. [?]. A. Scholes spent Tuesday night with W. M. Lawrence.

A large number of cattle, sheep and hogs were shipped from here on Tuesday by Williams and Caldwell.

R. C. Warren, Brooklin, has opened a fine line in Persian Lamb and other fur caps which he is offering very low.

Mr. Spence returned from Hamilton on Thursday night. The result of the examination will not be known for a short time.

Prof. Kent lectured for us on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This is the second time he has visited this place and consequently the attendance was small. His lectures however are amusing and instructive.

The pipe organ in the methodist church has been repaired and removed from the gallery and placed on the platform behind the pulpit. It adds greatly to the appearance of the church but the music is not there or requires some one to bring it out.

Constable McBrien passed through our town on Monday and served Mr. George Chinn with a summons to appear before police Magistrate Horne to answer to a charge of violation of the Scott Act. George has acknowledged the offence and will have to hand over the fifty.

Part of the stonework of the engine house being built at the mill, caved in just when about completed. The weather was too cold when it was put up and the frost coming out caused the break. It is being repaired again. The engine arrived Monday night and will be running shortly.

We have a promising lot of youths growing up in this place. On Saturday last, no less than five, between the ages of eight and fourteen were drunk playing on the streets. One of the boys invited his friends to his father’s cellar and stood the treat. The cider proved too strong for them and the consequence was they came out to air themselves on the streets.

Our village can boast of having one of the largest and best general stores in the county. The merchants of your town do a [ . . . unreadable] and blowing but it is very doubtful if any of them turn out as many goods or give as good value as our Mr. T. J. Holliday. He has just now a very full stock of dry goods, groceries and fancy goods for the Christmas trade and we know from personal inspection that his prices will compete favorably with any.

The service in the Methodist church on Sunday evening was conducted in rather a peculiar manner. The subject, as intimated previously was “Drinking in Moderation.” The Rev. gentleman certainly does not favor what is generally known as moderation but supports strongly the principle of total abstinence. He contended that the only moderate drinker is the total abstainer and that one glass of liquor is the immoderate use.

His arguments were on the whole rather weak and the impression left was not very favorable. The greater part of the singing was done by a few individuals and conducted more like a concert than an ordinary service. A boy was placed up beside the minister and after singing his piece he bowed and retired. Such performance is not, according to my idea, in keeping with the ordinary worship of God, and, I think it showed great lack of judgement on the part of those who introduced it.

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