This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
March 2, 1888
A pair of bouncing boys

From the March 2, 1888 Whitby Chronicle:


R. C. Warren is selling 8 bars of electric soap for 25 cts and 12 of yellow for 25 cts.

Mr. A. E. Manning spent Sunday at home. Bert has a good situation in the office of the Toronto news company.

Mr. A. E. Curren of Toronto was down on Thursday last removing the remains of his father from the Cemetery in the village to Groveside.

Choice fresh groceries always on hand at Warren’s and his stock of boots and shoes is complete. He is prepared to boot any man in the country. If he can’t his clerk will be on hand.

Mr. Jas. Aikins has reason to be the happiest man in the village. His wife presented him with a pair bouncing boys on Thursday last. It has been suggested to Jemmy that he name one John A. MacDonald and the other W. R. Meredith.

The special meetings in the Baptist Church, will be continued next week. The interest is increasing and many have professed Salvation. Mr. Barker, announced two services for Sunday next, at 3 and 7 30 p.m. Several will be baptized Sunday evening.

Quite a number drove down last week to Oshawa to hear Mr. Chiverea, the evangelist. We heard of one load that went from south of us on Friday night and two of their number got drunk. This certainly does not reflect very creditably on these young men who are pretty well known.

An oyster supper and jubilee will be held in the Salvation Army barracks on Saturday evening March 3rd. D. O. Morris and A. D. C. Lewis, two wonderful buglers, and capt. Leonard are expected to be present. These two buglers are said to be good musicians and a good is expected. Capt. Hubbell and Cadet Brerton are the officers in charge here.

The Royal Templars of temperance are holding a series in the Masonic Hall. They started Thursday night and will be continued for a week or ten days. Bros. Smith and Iredale, singing evangelist of Hamilton, are conducting the meetings. Great interest is being manifested and much good will be the result.

“There, fifteen dollars gone in drinks already”! This statement was made by one of our temperance men the other night in his sleep. No doubt he was thinking of old time before the Scott Act came in force. He was indignant when his wife asked him in the morning if he was in the habit of spending money over the bar. Possibly he had been preparing a temperance speech and in his dream had gotten it somewhat mixed.

The concert given by the tabernacle choir in the Methodist church was not so largely attended as the promoters had the right to expect. The choir is one that it will be difficult to excel by any other church choir outside of Toronto, and the programme that is rendered by them is one your readers have not had the pleasure or opportunity of hearing every day.

The choir and its supports filled the bill as announced to the very letter, and we say again that they deserved a larger house. They had, at much inconvenience to themselves, undertaken to assist the church here in raising a little extra money to meet some pressing liabilities and we think that every one interested in the church should have paid them the compliment of attending their concert.

We would suggest that the organ be taken to pieces once more and laid away for a six months rest. We are not much as a musical critic but any one with half an ear could discover that the organ has seen its best days, and the sooner it takes its palce with the things that are forgotten the better.

The tea provided by the ladies was all that could be desired and went far to remove the depression that is always associated with a small assemblage. A beautiful robe was taken or lost from one of the Whitby sleighs as it stood in the shed. Any person knowing of its whereabouts will confer a favor by communicating with the Pastor or Mr. Philp, Whitby.


REV. Dr. Macdonald, methodist missionary, of Japan, and Mr. Hiraiwai, a convert from that country, addressed a large meeting at the taberacle on Monday night. The Jap. is not at all a fluent speaker, but can readily make one understand what he is driving at, while there is something in his calm, dignified manner which tells us that he has been accustomed to being a leader in his own country.

In his speeches and private conversation he relates a singular history of his conversion to christianity. He spent nearly a year in studying christianity from a skeptical standpoint, going to the churches, reading and debating, but was finally overcome, and turned his whole heart in with the missionaries. His conversion and that of some other leading men of Japan seems to have marked the commencement of an era of great prosperity in christian missionary work in Japan.

Dr. Macdonald’s address was of a very interesting character to those who listened to it, and his wonderful success as a missionary gives great heart to those of our people who are being engaged in that work in Japan. Large sums are being subscribed for the work by Canadians.

School Notes.

Any one who wishes to enlarge his knowledge of history and improve his knowledge of the Japanese language at the same time may consult a Japanese book lately presented to the Reading Room of the Collegiate Institute by John Dryden, Esq. M.P.P. Mr. Hiraiwa pronounces the book to be a volume of a Japanese history, which is published in twenty-one volumes.

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