This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
January 20, 1888

New Steam Engine at the Mill

From the January 20, 1888 Whitby Chronicle:


Mrs. Bingham is visiting her son who is sick in Orillia.

Mr. John Robinson has returned from Orillia where he has been working for some time.

Dr. Starr is sick with inflammation of the lungs. His son Frank and Dr. Rae of Oshawa are in attendance.

Mr. John Medland lost a valuable spring colt through distemper, last week. He has lost eight in about the same number of years. This is rather tough for one man.

In “Spice’s” third letter in the Times there is not a spark of manliness, intelligence, common sense, or virtue manifested. I therefore regard it with contempt.

A public social will be held in the Baptist church in Friday evening 20th inst. The programme will commence at seven o’clock. Solos will be given by “Little Florence.” Admission, adults 25c. children 10c. All are invited.

Mr. Dryden’s herd of imported cattle will likely arrive here about Saturday. They have quarantines on Wednesday and come via the Grand Trunk line. They are said to be an extra fine drove and their arrival is anxiously looked for.

The skating rink opened on Tuesday night, with good ice and a fair attendance. It is under the management of Mr. T. Chinn and E. Bowls. The boys are late in starting but better late than never and I hope the will get the patronage of the public.

The social last Friday evening at Mr. Ketchen’s was a grand success in every particular. An interesting programme, consisting of speeches, readings, recitations, singing, etc., was rendered. The home was open to the public and all appeared to enjoy themselves fully. The society realized nearly 30 dollars.

Mr. John Robson is not behind in the way of mill improvements. It has been a great drawback against him in the past not having sufficient water power. This difficulty is now overcome as he has placed in his mill a first class steam engine. Gristing and chopping will now be done promptly and at low rates. As he has been at considerable expense refitting the mill, the public should give him a share of their patronage.

Mr. D. W. Campbell, graduate of the art department of McGill College, Montreal, will give an entertainment in the Masonic Hall on Friday evening this week. The entertainment is entitled “An evening in London” and an hour an a half is to be spent in giving views and describing buildings and places of historical note in the great city. Mr. Campbell has travelled round the world and is highly spoken of by the leading journals and influential men where he has been.

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