This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
June 22, 1888
Barn fire on George St.

From the June 22, 1888 Whitby Chronicle:


Our veterinary R. Hickingbottom is kept on the run. In the short time since he graduated he has built up a good practice. “Say wait till I tell you,” much can be accomplished by skill and energy.

Mrs. Andrew Cook died very suddenly on Friday and was buried on Sunday afternoon. The hand of affliction has been laid heavily on the family as it is only two weeks since his brothers wife died under somewhat similar circumstances.

It becomes our sad duty to chronicle three mare deaths this week. Mr. A. J. Elliott died on Wednesday last at his residence in Toronto and his remains were brought here on Friday for interment. He was a member of the Beethoven Lodge No. 165 I. O. O. F., and they together with members from Brougham, Port Perry, Whitby and Oshawa attended the funeral. The Rev. J. J. Redditt, member of the order, conducted the services and preached an I. O. O. F. funeral sermon in the Methodist church. The Royal Templars of Temperance also lose in Mr. Elliott an honorable member.

The most sudden death that has occurred here for some time is that of Miss Alice O’Day. On Sunday morning she arose and assisted with the household duties and about nine o’clock was taken down with inflammation. Medical aid was immediately procured but fo no purpose, about eighteen hours afterwards she was a corpse. The funeral took place on Tuesday from the residence of her brother-in-law Jas. Hoar, where she died to the R. C. cemetery Oshawa. The deceased was an estimable young woman apparently in good health. Her melancholy death has caused much sympathy for the afflicted family. The funeral was largely attended.

The alarm of fire sounded from the direction of George St. about one o’clock on Tuesday, and on arrival it was found that a barn belonging to Mr. Goldsbro was in flames. The fire got such a start before any one got around that nothing in the building could be gotten out. For a short time Mr. Wheelers mansion was in much danger, but the bucket brigade as usual did good work and kept a stream of water on the shingles. Mr. Goldsbro had a buggy in the barn which was burned and his loss will be considerable as he had little or no insurance on the building. Mr. Wm. Durrant also lost some tools which were stored in the barn. Cause of the fire not exactly known, but possibly a spark from a pipe did the mischief.

The baseball match played here on Saturday between a club from Whitby and our club was not altogether satisfactory. Whitby went first to bat and succeeded in piling up 8 runs in the first innings which rattled our boys terribly, especialiy as Brooklin was retired for one run. Play was resumed and at the end of the fifth the score stood 20 to 9 in favor of Whitby.

Then two of the Whitby contingent began to kick about playing any more and asked Umpire Collins to declare the game, which he did against the protests of Brooklin club the members of which wanted to play the match out. Under the circumstances the game was forfeited to Brooklin and our boys rightfully claim it by a score of 9 to 0.

Whitby certainly outplayed Brooklin being better in every respect. Our boys apparently lost their heads and played wretchedly. Most of the runs were made by wild throwing and bad fielding by our boys. However with practice we will have a good club. A few games will teach them coolness and presence of mind.

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