During the Year...
Richard was 43 years old. He lived with his wife and children. At the beginning of the year RBR ran for School Trustee but did not win. His wife Mina became ill with what they thought was appendicitis. It turned out not to be appendicitis. Discussions and difficulties continued with Corry and Laverdure regarding pricing of concrete, materials, labour, which included attempts at settling claims made by C & L, etc. In mid-January Mr. Greenwood was selected to go on to South Africa and he left his work with RBR. In early February Mr. Schreiber at Ottawa agreed to increase prices of concrete etc. Richard Rogers repeatedly visited Ottawa and in the presence of Mr. Schreiber, tried to reach an agreement with C & L. By mid April a Mr. Munro was sent from the Dept at Ottawa to try and settle the dispute once and for all. C & L did not seem satisfied and said that they would not accept the decision. Munro left for Ottawa nonetheless. On April 24th, Mr. G.E. Robertson, one of his assistant engineers (Simcoe - Balsam Lake Division), died of Bright’s Disease. On July 23rd Mina’s father (Mr. H. Calcutt) suffered a partial stroke of paralysis. On September 26th the Houseboat that Richard spent so much time on sunk but was later towed out of the water. Even as late as December his difficulties and differences with Corry & Laverdure continued to cause friction. On December 22 he mentioned the first granite stone being set in the foundation in the West well. Two days later on the 24th Walter J. Francis sent RBR his letter of resignation. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th stones were set in the West well. On the 26th Richard reconciled the situation and this resulted in Mr. Francis withdrawing his resignation. On the last day of 1900 RBR was nominated for School Trustee in the area. He felt optimistic about the nomination.
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Period covered: January 1, 1900 - December 31, 1900
Dimensions: 14.3 cm X 7.3 cm (l x w)
No. of Pages: 180
Note: The diary contains addenda pages where the diarist has recorded Notes and Bills Receivable for the year of 1900. He has also recorded in the inside back cover some Rent payments made for the house on Stewart and Elizabeth Streets. Also on the cover is a listing of locations which he visited during his inspections. He has recorded the number of visits for some of them.
[Note: At the beginning of the diary RBR has filled in some items on the Identification page. They immediately follow.]
Name: R.B. Rogers
Address: Peterboro, Ontario Canada
Birthday: Jany 16th
Age: 43 Height: 5.10’’
Complexion: Fair Weight: 175
In case of accident or illness please notify: James Z. Rogers Peterboro Ont
January Monday 1: Election Day for Councils &c. Ran for school Trustee but as I did not work was not elected. A combination worked against me which I did not find out till after. Went calling on Hon. JR Stratton, Kendry, Mrs. Hamilton & Aunty Burnham. Beautiful day & good sleighing.
January Tuesday 2: Office. Very busy getting out quantities for the Trenton Frankford Div’n.
January Wednesday 3: Busy with quantities & sent
them down to C.S. At night was terribly rushed with them. Fine & cold.
January Thursday 4: Started at for
January Friday 5: Came down town & saw Mina &
called at Culversills house & saw him. Doctors had examination of
Mina & said it was appendicitis & that only an opperation [sic]
would cure her. Saw Mina again & went to tea to Dr. Burritts. Went
to theater with Ed & out with him. Fine & cold.
January Saturday 6: Went to see Engine gasoline with
Ed. Called to see Patti & in afternoon up to see Mina. Told Mina that
opperation [sic] was necessary. Missed
train & after tea went up to see Mina again & home on train. Fine & milder.
January Sunday 7: Mild & rain. Walked down to see
January Monday 8: Office till . Went for skate after tea & office 9-11. Fine
& cold again.
January Tuesday 9: Office all day till . Went for skate tonight. Took a bad cold. Fine &
January Wednesday 10: Office all day. In afternoon we
January Thursday 11: At
January Friday 12: Arrvd home at 5 am. Stormy snow.
January Saturday 13: Office. Corry was here today but
did not call or see any one.
January Sunday 14: Snowing & mild. Walked down to
see Z Burnham. Mr. & Mrs. Spence in to tea.
January Monday 15: Office all day.
January Tuesday 16: Office. Went for walk around to
locks. My 43 Birthday. Mr. & Mrs. Spence & Maggie up for tea.
Office 9-10. Fine day.
January Wednesday 17: Office in a.m. Started at for
January Thursday 18: Went over section with land valuators.
Brophy also with me. They did not seem very anxious to get over their
work to learn too much about it. Miserable day. Rain in afternoon. Went
January Friday 19: Went to
January Saturday 20: Went to see Mina & saw Doctor
Walker. Mina seems a great deal better. Called to see Mrs. M Boyd &
to tea at Dr. Burritts. After went out to Junction. Miserable day. Rained
all am. Called at Aetna Ins. Coy & got my check for my 10 year policy
$616.49 & plus loan of $400 = $1016.49.
January Sunday 21: Went to church at Junction with the
children. Went in at to
see Mina. Heber & the Halls were there. Went to tea with the Fairbairn’s
& to hospital. We started for home at Beautiful day. Mild like spring.
January Monday 22: Office all day & at night. Beautiful
day. Very mild.
January Tuesday 23: Office. At night went for skate
at Canal with Edna & Mrs. Spence & over to office. Colder.
January Wednesday 24: Office. In pm went for skate along
canal from the Hydraulic lock (North end) to near
January Thursday 25: Office in am. Went to Garden Hill
by train. Had Leary meet me there. Drove to Beudley & along line of
proposed canal between Rice Lake & Port Hope. Was very favorably impressed
with it from an Engineering point of view. Drove to Pt. Hope & took
train home. Beautiful day. Mild but turned very stormy at night.
January Friday 26: Very stormy & blowing & very
cold. Snowing. Office. Went to Public School concert at night where children
took part. Office at night.
January Saturday 27: Fine day & milder. Drove out
to meet funeral of old T Choate but found they had arr’d at Station where
they took body to Port Hope. Went to Station.
January Sunday 28: Snowing & blowing. Walked down
to Z Burnhams in pm.
January Monday 29: Office. Getting out report of Canal
route via Pt Hope. Office at night. Cold & windy.
January Tuesday 30: Office all day.
January Wednesday 31: Office all day.
February Thursday 1: Went to Kirkfield. Drove
from Lorneville to K & ret. Drove over line as far as lake with Robertson.
Home at night. Very cold. -20° in am. Coldest day this winter.
February Friday 2: Went to
February Saturday 3: Started for
February Sunday 4: Arr’d in
February Monday 5: Went to hospital in am. Lunch at
F’s & down town. Called to see Mr. Kilgour near Frankford property.
Looked at Pianola &c. Went to hospital. Called at MM Boyd’s. After
tea went to hospital again for while & called at Dr. Burritts &
started for home at . Beautiful day.
February Tuesday 6: Office all day. Beautiful day. Milder.
February Wednesday 7: Office all day - at night the children
all came over to office to telephone their mother. Went to hockey match
Colts vs. UCC. Colts won. Very mild & rain at night.
February Thursday 8: Office all day. Went to tea at Mr.
Francis’, Leah & Heber also. Reid children up after tea to hear graphone
[sic]. Very mild & raining hard all day. Waking very bad.
February Friday 9: Office in am. Drove to Lak’d in afternoon.
Exam’d guards along bank & side walk. Mrs. Spence with me. Home at
. Drove John Kennedy C.E.
over to Hy Lock & after up to Mrs. R Hamiltons to see how she was.
Spent evening with John Kennedy at hotel. Beautiful day colder. Snow about
all gone in fields.
February Saturday 10: Office all day. Went for walk
from Lock 6 to Norwood Rd. Went over to see Dr. Boucher. Had letter saying
Mina had passed a gall stone. Beautiful day.
February Sunday 11: Beautiful day. Walked down to see
Z Burnham in pm. Mild again & sleighing in country all gone.
February Monday 12: Showery& very mild all day,
Snow all gone. Office all day.
February Tuesday 13: Rained till 2 & turned cold
& blew a hurricane all night. Office. Went for walk & up to S
School concert & over to post letter.
February Wednesday 14: Office till 5. Walked to Canal
for skate. After tea went for skate on lake & started at for
February Thursday 15: Arrd in
February Friday 16: Office all day till . Walked over to Hyd Lock. Beautiful day & night.
News of the relief of Kimberly came this am.
February Saturday 17: Office. Cold. In afternoon. Went
for a skate on Canal with children.
February Sunday 18: Started for
February Monday 19: Went to hospital at to see Mina & left at . Went over to
February Tuesday 20: Went to hospital at 11 & saw
Mina. She was of course very weak. After went to see JR Stratton &
met Corry there. Discussed matter re embankment but not much result. Met
Francis. We went to Northey’s to discuss pumps re hydraulic lock. Went
to hospital at & saw
Mina. Getting on very well. Went to Burritts & Halls & Started
for home at 9:35 pm. Fine.
February Wednesday 21: Corry called at office for about
½ hour & talked re price of Excavation for Embankment Hyd Lock. Went
to meeting M Chap Guild [Men’s Chapter Guild] at night & at office.
Mild storming at night. News of relief of Ladysmith read today.
February Thursday 22: Office. A terrible day. Snowed
rain & sleet. Snowed about 12 to 14'' deep & drifted. Blowed.
Service & choir practice at night.
February Friday 23: Office. Fine. Office for while at
February Saturday 24: Mild. Snow & rain. Cold at
night. Office all day.
February Sunday 25: Very cold & windy. Went to early
service & to morning service. Walked down with Harry to Z Burnhams.
Did not go to service at night.
February Monday 26: Coldest day this winter. Very windy
& cold. Office. Went to Men’s Chapter social. Went off very well but
so cold not very many there.
February Tuesday 27: Office. News of the Surrender of
Gen’l Cronje rec’d today. Great excitement over it. Very cold last night
29° below zero. China Hall & Matthews burnt down last night. Went
February Wednesday 28: Went to
March Thursday 1: News of the Relief of
Ladysmith came this morning. Whole country is crazy with excitement.
Plan did not come from Brophy. Went up to see Stratton again & he
dictated letter to Blair re C&L matter. Went to lunch with Morrison
March Friday 2: Office. Stormy, blowing. Went over to
see Dr. Boucher in evening.
March Saturday 3: Office.
March Sunday 4: Cold. Went to tea at Calcutt’s.
March Monday 5: Office. Started for
March Tuesday 6: Arrd in
March Wednesday 7: Francis & I went out to Dominion
Bridge Wks. I came in at 2 pm. Called on Mr. Grant. Started for
March Thursday 8: Went up to Dept. but Mr. Schreiber
was so busy could not see him all day. Saw parade of the Strathcona Horse.
Went down to their barracks in the afternoon. Saw A Brown & E Snyder.
Went to boxing contest at [ORAC]. Beautiful day.
March Friday 9: Went up to Dept. but did not see Ruel
or C.S. Started for home at .
McWIlliams & Carscullan on train. Arrd home at 5 pm. Presided at a
Smoker of the Football Club at night. Went off very well. Presented caps
to Football team for Intermediate Championship and also Cup. Bad night
March Saturday 10: Cold. Drove to Lak’d in afternoon.
[Took] Mrs. Spence & children. Beautiful day.
March Sunday 11: Beautiful day but cold. Walked down
to see Z Burnham in afternoon.
March Monday 12: Office. Went to
March Tuesday 13: Office. Walked over to Hyd lock with
Spence at . West well down
62 ft and East 50 ft. Office at night. Cold but beautiful.
March Wednesday 14: Office.
March Thursday 15: Office.
March Friday 16: Started for
March Saturday 17: Called up JR Stratton. Gone to Pet’o.
Called to see Patti. Went to hospital after dinner & Mina & I
went to station in street car. Took train for home. Mina arrived home safely
but of course tired. She has been away ten weeks as of Thursday. She seems
much better but very weak yet. Dr. Watkins acct was $241. Children delighted
March Sunday 18: Milder. Had service at home in evening.
Milder with some snow.
March Monday 19: Office in a.m. Went over to Hyd lock
& went down to West well with Francis & Spence. Well down to with[in]
13 ft of finished surface. In evening had meeting at EA Pecks with Rev.
Symonds, Matchet & Spence to discuss the advisability of having social
entertainments for school children & decided to do so & have one
soon. Milder & first thaw for some time.
March Tuesday 20: Office. Cold & windy.
March Wednesday 21: Office. Walked to Hyd lock with
Spence at . Cold &
March Thursday 22: Office.
March Friday 23: Office. Busy getting data re claim
C&L re Hyd lock. Went over to Hyd lock with Francis.
March Saturday 24: Office. Busy getting data re C&L
claim for extras re Hyd lock.
March Sunday 25: Mild. Did not go to church tonight.
Had service at home.
March Monday 26: Arr’d in
March Tuesday 27: At
March Wednesday 28: At
March Thursday 29: Arrd home this a.m. Office all day
getting report for CS re
March Friday 30: Met Wade on street & asked to come
up. Asked him re his opinion re change of site of
March Saturday 31: Office. Busy at getting out cost
April Sunday 1: Beautiful day. In pm walked
up to see how Mrs. Hamilton was.
April Monday 2: Office. Busy getting out quantities
re C&L claim Nassau Dam. Spence & Leferes also at them. Office
at night. Had telephone J.R. Stratton at
April Tuesday 3: Office. Busy at above claim. Went to
April Wednesday 4: Arrd in
April Thursday 5: Met C&L at Dept. but CS informed
us that he could not [Note: a word has been crossed out] see claim with
us today. Went down to Spences for at home 9-10. Fine.
April Friday 6: Met C&L at Dept. Could not see CS
till Went over part of claim with CS but
he was called away before it was finished. Beautiful day.
April Saturday 7: Went to Dept. Saw CS with C &
L re claim. He went over all the claim & instructed me to look into
certain assertions made by C&L. (See detailed acct elsewhere). At
finish he said he would see Munro & get him to go into it & go
up to see the place. In pm went for walk with Shannon Jones & Ruell.
Went home at Fine
April Sunday 8: Porter forgot to call me & was taken
as far as
April Monday 9: Went to Omemee on train & drove to
Cowan’s bridge. Took Blackwell with me. Exam’d piers, [---] [---]. Came
home at on train. Went to Lak’d on train to see re
concrete work which is being done. Proceeding very satisfactory &
a course about 1 ft high at least is on all the piers above. Arr’d home
April Tuesday 10: Office. Rode horseback down to locks
to see Gordon re fitting up. Went to Hyd lock. Blackwell called at re work Cowan’s bridge. Cold & windy. Doing house accounts.
April Wednesday 11: Office till 3 pm. Walked to
April Thursday 12: Office. Snowed about 3 inches. Lettie & Kingsley Hall came to stay at house. Jack came at .
April Friday 13: [Note: the words ‘Good Friday’ have
been written above the date.] Thos. Munro arr’d from
April Saturday 14: Munro met C&L & Hamel in
my office at and gave
his decision regarding their claims. They did not appear very much satisfied
& said they would not accept decision. Went to dinner at Oriental
with M & Corry. Spent afternoon with M. He went to tea with Alymer.
Met M again at &
he went to
April Sunday 15: Easter Sunday. Boys (G & H) &
I stayed for Communion. Went over to see Robertson who is very ill. He
is to leave tomorrow for
April Monday 16: Office. Went to M Meris funeral in
pm & after drove to Lak’d over works. Rushing the concrete on entrance
pier at Lak’d - water rising fast. Went to Vestry Meeting at night – &
went to see poor little Keith who was taken sudden this am. After went
of to C’s. Mr. GE Robertson left for
April Tuesday 17: Sunny in a.m. Fine. Went to Omemee
& to Cowan’s bridge as I was anxious about water levels & levels
of finished piers. Found water 3 ft higher than summer level & piers
finished. Came home. Told Blackwell to come home tonight. Poor little
Keith Rogers died this morning after being delicate all his life of diabetes.
Rode horse back to locks & No. 6 & Hyd lock. Spent evening with
April Wednesday 18: Office.
April Thursday 19: Went to Lindsay & over work on
river with Walters. Went to poor little Keith’s funeral. Rode horse back
to No. 3 with Morrow. There Examined abut't on South side of dam &
instructed him re drainage of Nelson’s lot. Cool. Heavy thunder storm
April Friday 20: Went to
April Saturday 21: Office in am. In pm Drove (team)
over work Hyd lock to Lak’d. Took photos of Hyd lock. Met Alymer at
April Sunday 22: Fine day. Mina went to church today
for first time since October last. She drove to church. Went to tea at
Maria’s. Went to James after.
April Monday 23: Went to Garden Hill. Met Brophy &
Patton at Beudley to start on trial line from
April Tuesday 24: Office. Fine day.
April Wednesday 25: Got telegraph saying George E Robertson
April Thursday 26: Office. Beautiful day. Went to Meeting
of School (Public) teachers to arrange for next entertainment & Empire
day at .
April Friday 27: Went to
April Saturday 28: Office. Went up to Lindsay to visit
Walter’s dredging. At night Met G McHugh M.P. & Rider & Kitchener.
April Sunday 29: Beautiful day. Rode wheel to Z Burnham’s
& S Prices.
April Monday 30: Went to Cowan’s Bridge via Omemee. Went in to visit Brophy at Quay’s. Line reached about Quay’s station. Drove over to Rossmount to examine plans. Terribly windy & dust. Home at . Went to adj – Vestry Meeting.
May Tuesday 1: Office. Rode horse over works
Hyd lock to lake. Met Laverdure who has just ret’d as he says for Season
this evening at Hyd Lock. As he had not written order for cement no cement
was here. He wanted to start a little cement work at pier at CP Ry Bridge.
May Wednesday 2: Office in am. Went to Perry town &
went over Brophys line from P. - [Note: a word has been crossed out] Quay’s.
Met Patten below Quay’s. Brophy & Morrow guaging river at
May Thursday 3: Office. Lak’d?
May Friday 4: Arr’d in
May Saturday 5: Drove to Lak’d. Took Empire to Lovesick.
May Sunday 6: Cool. Mina walked to & from church
today. Wheeled down to Z Burnham & stayed to tea.
May Monday 7: Went to Pt. Hope at . Brophy has reached the North end of the
town. Laid out line thro’ town for him. Drove out & walked over line
from Quays to GT Ry bridge. Went up to see Miss Ward in evening.
May Tuesday 8: Raining. Intended to go over line today
but it rained all day. Came home at
Prof. Bovey & Owens here re purchasing electric supplies. Drove them
over line as far as No. 4. Went over at to see them. Rained all day.
May Wednesday 9: Office.
May Thursday 10: Office. Over at Hyd Lock in am. Met
R Hall re running of his logs down river. He was very much excited.
May Friday 11: Office. Went to Lak’d on train and drove down with Gordon. Instructed him re putting on booms and getting dams ready for running logs. Fine.
May Saturday 12: Went to Lindsay in am. Dredge getting
in nice. Went up on train with McHugh. Home at .
Adams & Boat of Tp Emily in to see fine in pm. Conroy signed contract
for Cowan’s bridge.
May Sunday 13: Rode down to Z. Burnhams. Very warm.
May Monday 14: Went to Omemee. Took
May Tuesday 15: Office. Busy getting out Specification
for glance piers and booms for dams in river. In pm drove over work from
lake to Norwood Rd. CH Keefer came up to my office at night for while.
Worked in office. Gordon up also.
May Wednesday 16: Drove to Lak’d. Called at No. 2 to
visit Gordon putting in booms. Went to Lak’d. Met Village Council &
had talk with them regarding fences &c at canal. D Conroy drove up
to Lak’d with me & he bought a cow for me. Took Empire from Lak’d
to Chemong & down home. Office at night.
May Thursday 17: Drove to Bridgenorth at & took Empire for Upper Section Balsam lake. CH
Keefer with me. Drove from lake to Peat works. Kennedy met me at Fort.
Talked over work with him together with Sims & it was arranged OK.
Ran to Lindsay & took train home. Walters met me at Lindsay. Stormy.
Keefer went home tonight.
May Friday 18: Office. Rode down to Electric works re
self adjusting lamp. Went over work Hyd Lock & lake afternoon. Word
May Saturday 19: Drove team to Lak’d to examine the
running of the logs over the dams. Sent Dunwoodie down to put in more
logs to prevent injury to dams. Drove on up to
May Sunday 20: Got telegraph to go to
May Monday 21: Arr’d in
May Tuesday 22: Arrd home from
May Wednesday 23: Went to Lak’d?
[no entry May 24]
[no entry May 24]
May Friday 25: Went to Lindsay & met deputation
of Bd of Trade re widening channel at Carew’s Mill. They are to ask for
it. I promised to send estimate to McHugh.
May Saturday 26: Office. Went up to cricketfield but
there was no one there. Fine & hot.
May Sunday 27: Wheeled out to Amelia’s in pm & to
tea. Got telegraph to go to
May Monday 28: Arrived in
May Tuesday 29: Munro came up in a.m. Met C&L with
Keefer in a.m. No settlement was arr’d at. Munro holding that Keefer figures
were so absurd that it was useless to go on with the matter. Saw CS. He
said that he would go no higher than Munros report. At night went to meeting
of Royal Society with Mr. & Mrs. Keefer to hear Prof. Clark’s [
May Wednesday 30: Arrd home. Office. Drove over work
after tea – drove out to Prices. Fine & hot.
May Thursday 31: The town & country is wild over the report of the Surrender of Pretoria. Was going to Pt Hope but as it was proclaimed a half holiday did not go. Drove to Lak’d. Book at . Built bon fires on Armour’s Hill. A tremendous celebration at night. Did not get home till .
June Friday 1: Office all day. Went over
to works at . Met Laverdure. Went to CP Ry entrance pier.
Went to meeting cricket club at Oriental. Office till 10 pm. Rain hard
June Saturday 2: Office. Drove to Lak’d. Met Street Committee re widening street up by C. Crawfords. Said I would look at their agreements. Went up to Lovesick to examine pier. Gordon met me, also children. Very stormy. Heavy thunder storm & rain at night.
June Sunday 3: Fine. Wheeled to Lock & Z Burnhams.
June Monday 4: At Hyd Lock all am. Found that C&L
had been blasting in the bottom of the [West] well contrary to strict
instructions. Office in p.m. & at night. Drove over works at 3 and
at 7:30 pm. Mr. & Mrs. Soothern with me.
June Tuesday 5: Went to Pt Hope at – located line and locks as far as road crossing above
Ry Crossing North of Mill pond. In evening went up to TCS. Met new Head
Master (Jones). Mr. Clark one of the Committee called & had long discussion
with me – 3 others of Com’e promised to call but did not. Fine.
June Wednesday 6: Office all am. Drove to Lak’d in pm.
Mina with me. Men fixing houseboat. Office at night. Fine.
June Thursday 7: Went to Fenelon this am. At Lindsay
went to work & also saw Horn re his steam yacht for rent or sale.
At Fenelon saw re glance pier below slide in cliff. At Lindsay went to
work & to tea with Sortherns. Showery & sultry.
June Friday 8: Went to Hyd Lock with Francis. There
all am. In p.m. went to Lak'd on train. Carpenters about done on houseboat.
Office 10:15. Sent accts away. Fine.
June Saturday 9: Drove to town Market &c. Office.
In afternoon Mr. Francis gave me quantities which he & Spence had
been taking out which gave 46,000 yds of Embankment over excavation at
Hyd Lock. This paralized me. Went over to Hyd Lock with Francis &
up to cricket field. Office till .
June Sunday 10: Beautiful day. Harry, George & I
rode a wheel to Lak’d. Had supper on the houseboat.
[No entries June 11 - June 12]
[No entries June 11 - June 12]
June Wednesday 13: Went to Omemee in am. Drove to Cowan’s
Bridge. Everything seemed all right. Met
June Thursday 14: Went to Lindsay. Took C Calcutt &
Z White with me. Went to Horn Bros. and paid $400 cash for yacht ‘
June Friday 15: Drove over work to
June Saturday 16: Busy at office & in town in am.
Went over to Hyd Lock at 12 till Went over work in banks with Francis & Spence. Went
to CP. Ry entrance piers at
met F & S there. Decided to put in ‘Concrete’ at west embankment.
Office till & again
tonight. J Young & Z White fixing my boat today.
June Sunday 17: Beautiful day. Wheeled to Lak’d in pm.
At houseboat & Lenore. Showers at night.
June Monday 18: Drove to Lak’d (Rev Warren with me).
Exam’d dams for running logs. Saw C Crawford & S Wallace re road at
their places. Gave instructions re stop logs in dams for Rathburn’s logs
which started today. Hickey & [---] working at Lenore. Z White – J
Young also on Lenore. F Tully started at
on Lotus. Office at night. Fine.
June Tuesday 19: Office at house . Went to Hyd Lock office all afternoon. Was going
to Lak’d but it was too late. Office at night. Warm.
June Wednesday 20: Office. Drove to Lakefield. Exam’d
claims & the running of Rathburn Coy’s logs. Went with Morrow to Crawfords
road. Instructed him to cut down Street leading to Rd. enough to widen
road 7 feet & put fence over edge of Canal. Lenore left for
June Thursday 21: Office all day till . And till 11 pm. Warm day. R.A. Harry decided to leave
staff for Sault St. Marie. RA Harry left office tonight.
June Friday 22: Office. 10. Drove to Lak’d. On Lenore
most of day till 7. Office till . Fine & hot.
June Saturday 23: At Hyd Lock all a.m. Office in pm
and at night. McKoy Engineer went on to run ‘
June Sunday 24: Rode out to
June Monday 25: Busy getting ready to take family up
June Tuesday 26: Got telegraph CS last nt to send down
specification & plan [Note: a word has been crossed out] No. 2 Simcoe
Balsam Lake. So I have to come down, also had to meet Mr. H AJ McCleod
who CS sent here to look into C&L’s claims. Drove him over work in
am & in pm up to Nassau Dam. Very busy getting up specifications Sec
June Wednesday 27: Breakfast at C’s. Very busy all day
getting out revised specifications for Sec 2 S&B. Got them out and
sent off at . Morris
C.E. Pemprooke [sic] here today on behalf of Contractors. Very hot.
June Thursday 28: At Hyd Lock all a.m. Went down well.
Met Mr. Morris CE there. Morris came over to my office at & I showed him all my records re cost
re claims C&L. Mr. McLeod also called. Office at night. Heavy thunder
storm - cooler. George came down from
June Friday 29: Spent all am with Mr. McLeod re C&L
Claims. Went to dinner with him. Office in pm. Office in pm & at night.
A regular gale blowing at night. Cooler.
June Saturday 30: Met Mr. Jennings C.E. going over works
on behalf of Contractors. Told him if I could give him any information
that I would do so. In afternoon came to my office & had a general
conversation. Spent till
when Mr. J went away. Drove to Lak’d. Exam’d logs running & observed
boom broken at No. 2 & 4. Took
July Sunday 1: At Cottage Stoney
July Monday 2: Dominion Day. Ran to Lak’d on
July [Note: ‘Tuesday 3’ has
been crossed out and ‘Wednesday 4th’ has been written above it]: Drove
to office & Hyd Lock. Mr. Jennings C.E. called at my office in a.m.
& I went over to meet him. He asked and got a lot of information re
claims of C&L. Went to lunch with him & he telephoned Corry &
he came over at 4.
July [Note: ‘Wednesday 4th’ has been crossed out and
‘Tuesday 3’ has been written above it]: Office. Left Stoney
July Thursday 5: Office till After supper drove over work from
July Friday 6: Went on to Hyd Lock in am for while.
T Munro at work all a.m. & pm. Office till 5. Drove over to Hyd L
for T.M. Met him at Oriental. Drove down to the 57th Review & down
to Yankee Bonnet. Office at night & with Munro. A very hot day.
July Saturday 7: Office & drove about collecting
things in am with Harry. Played cricket 3-6. First practice match for
2 years. Town vs Gen Elec Wks. I made 30 not out. Harry & I started
with a load at for Lak’d
July Sunday 8: Very windy & cold. Heavy showers
of rain during last night. Ran ‘
July Monday 9: Left cottage at 10. Drove to town office
to 5. T. Munro in all
am & pm. Drove Munro over work & thro' parks - TM - at tea at
Alymers. Office 8-11. Very cold & windy.
July Tuesday 10: Office. In pm drove to Lak’d Gordon
with me. Showed him where I wanted sidewalks at Lak’d. Went up to houseboat.
July Wednesday 11: Started for Bobcaygeon 8 am. Ran
to Balsam L. Detained by Rathburns logs at Fenelon & Burnt R. Team
met me at B Lake. Morrow & I went to Victoria R. bridge & then
up to dam Victoria R & to Pier end of Sec. Met Kennedy at Kirkfield.
Heavy thunder showers.
July Thursday 12: Started from Kirkf’d at at Lindsay. Drove to work at dredge & had Walters
drive up to Station with me. Office till 5. Drove to Lak’d & exam’d
dams if stop logs were in. Dickson Co’y took all logs out of Nassau &
3 & 5 in [driving]. They put in logs in
July Friday 13: At Cottage till . Ran to Lak’d. Met Gordon re sidewalks & Alymer
& Morrow re work at Lak’d & No. 2. Called at No. 2 re boulder
hall &c. Arr'd office . Drove to Hyd lock with Francis till . Met C&L there. Office 10:30. Beautiful
day but very windy.
July Saturday 14: Office. In pm drove up to Lak’d team.
Took Soph. Barnett & Greta Symond up with me. Ran up on
July Sunday 15: At Stoney lake. Started down with
July Monday 16: Arrd at
July Tuesday 17: Very busy all day getting out new specifications
for sections 2 & 3 S & B Div’n. Sent the new specifications down
July Wednesday 18: Office. Went up on train & took
Sunbeam for Park. Worked for 3 hrs fixing the cold storage in the house.
July Thursday 19:
This morning I overslept my self & missed boat. Rowed down to Youngs
Pt & had ry meet me there & drove to Peterboro. Drove direct to
[the] Hyd Lock. After tea drove down to scow & down to Yankee Bonnett.
Hot day. It [entry ends here].
July Friday 20: Office. At Hyd lock in am. Started for
Kirkfield at Met Morrow
there also Kennedy. Very warm.
July Saturday 21: Started at . Drove to
July Sunday 22: At Stoney
July Monday 23: Came down on regular boat & train.
H Calcutt had a partial stroke of parallises [sic] last night. Went [to]
dinner at HC. Drove to Hydraulic lock – and up to Lak’d & met Mina
who came down on
July Tuesday 24: Office. At H.C. all pm, reading over
copies specifications Sec 2 & 3 S & B. Heavy rain at 5 & cold
most of night. HC about the same. It was reported that A McDonald had
raised stop logs in dams after warning not to do so.
July Wednesday 25: Drove to Hyd lock & to lake &
CP Ry. Met Francis & Spence there. Office. A McDonald called re his
taking out stop logs. He asserted he was determined to take out what logs
he liked that he did not care for anyone. Office till 6. After walked
over to Hyd Lock C Logan with me. Office till .
July Thursday 26: Drove (Lily) to Cowan’s Bridge. Francis
E Conroy & Blackwell with me. Work satisfactory except a little fixing
at ends of dump. Beautiful day. Office 3-6 & 8-10. Went to Hyd Lock
after tea (drove L). Beautiful day.
July Friday 27: Met Mr. Schreiber at his car at & had breakfast with him. Mrs. &
Mr. Gwynn with them. Drove to office & over works. Had quite a time
arguing with C&L. Met Alymer at Lock No. 5. CS. Met council at Lak’d
re fences at
July Saturday 28: Started at
from Bob’n. Ran to Balsam L – . Drove over work & to Peat Works. Left CS &
party at Kirkfield at
& they drove me to
July Sunday 29: At Bob’n took Empire at for Bridgenorth. Drove to town H Morrow with me. Stayed
at C's. Mina there.
July Monday 30: Drove over line. At 5 drove to Lak’d.
Mina with me. Took
July Tuesday 31: At Stoney lake. Busy about house & putting up tents for the Meade girls who are camping beside us. Drove to Lak’d & home on train. Office. Went to Port Hope.
August Wednesday 1: Walked over
line from Choats to Perrytown & located locks &c. Decided to telegraph
for Brophy to run some more loop lines. Went home in pm. Went back to
Pt Hope. Took Patten with me. Mr. Combes on train with his bride.
August Thursday 2: Left for home at . Drove over work. Met C&L & gave them instructions
about lines for cutting above Hyd Lock. Went to Perrytown. Brophy started
loop line down East side of Ry to deep culvert near Perrytown. Home. Office
till . Fine.
August Friday 3: Office. Went to
August Saturday 4: Office. Drove to
August Sunday 5: At Cottage - ran
August Monday 6: A terrible hot day. Clearing up &c
at cottage till Drove
(Calders) team to Peterboro. Arranged with White Z. for his boy to go
August Tuesday 7: Arrived in
August Wednesday 8: Arrd home from
August Thursday 9: Drove (F) to No. 2. Gordon with me.
Located piers & booms for slides from No. 2 to No. 5. Conroy’s up
there also. After went to JA Hall’s funeral. Met Mina at train & George
& Edna. Mina was used up from large crowd staying at house. Terribly
hot. Office till .
August Friday 10: Drove (L) to office & station.
Went over new loop line from Perrytown to on old line. Brophy drove up & met me. Patten
with me. Home at . Horse
met me at train. Was going over line but train was late. A terribly hot
day. Office 10:30
August Saturday 11: Drove to Works & went over from
August Sunday 12: At Cottage. Rowed over to Headlands
to service. Walked over lot. Cool & windy.
August Monday 13: Came to town on boat & train.
Rained most of day. Office. Supper at house. Office at night till . Met Fair.
August Tuesday 14: Breakfast at home. Drove to office
& to train. Went to
August Wednesday 15: Office. Drove over works in pm.
Drove to Station and took train to Lak’d. Took Sunbeam to Cottage. Fine.
August Thursday 16: Civic
August Friday 17: Ran to Bob’n hoping to see American
party (D. Mallory) but found they left houseboat this am at . Had ‘Empire’ help tow Lotus to Burleigh. Left Lotus
in dry dock all night as she leaked. Empire took us to Cottage. Fine.
August Saturday 18: Walked up early & exam’d Lotus
but only found leakage thro' tow post at bow. Empire crew & Francois
[Marin] loaded wood and towed Lotus to Cottage & took wood to Lak’d.
I had Lotus fixed before Empire got there. Underbrushed all pm. Fine.
August Sunday 19: At Cottage. Beautiful day. Worked
at yacht all am getting her ready to go over to service but did not do
August Monday 20: Went down on Empress. Muriel Rogers
went with me. Drove to town – (Cooper). Office till . Drove (L) over works from
August Tuesday 21: G.H. Duggan here. Drove (L) over
to lock with him. I left him with Francis. I went to
August Wednesday 22: Office. On works in a.m.
August Thursday 23: Office. Drove (L) over works in
pm. Went to Lak’d on train was told there was no night boat so drove (C)
August Friday 24: Started in
August Saturday 25: Drove (L) to
August Sunday 26: Very hot. Ran Victoria up the lake
tonight for sail. All family with me.
August Monday 27: Started at 11 on
August Tuesday 28: Drove (L) to office & over works.
August Wednesday 29: Drove to Lak’d & took Empire
up to Stoney L. Empire painting buoys in
August Thursday 30: Started for Coteau at . Arr’d . Met Mr. Schreiber at Munro’s office. Discussed question
of extra price for Moulding on towers & wall of Hyd Lock. C.S. decided
to leave question to Mr. [Euart]. Went thro’ Canal on tug to
August Friday 31: Have dihorea [sic] very badly. Went
September Saturday 1: Arrd home at from
September Sunday 2: At Stoney
September Monday 3: Labor Day.
September Tuesday 4: Office. Drove over works.
September Wednesday 5: Office. Drove over to Hy lock
at & to train. Went
September Thursday 6: Went to
September Friday 7: Very busy. Office all day. Reports
&c. Drove (L) to Hy lock at
with Francis. Office till . Fine.
September Saturday 8: Office till 5 pm. Drove (L) over
works. Office till .
Sent off C&L Estimate. Fine.
September Sunday 9: Very warm. Spence at dinner.
September Monday 10: Went to Lindsay. Took Empire for
Balsam lake. G. McHugh & Johnson Ellis with me. Rig did not meet us
so walked to
September Tuesday 11: Very busy in office. Got off plan
September Wednesday 12: Office. Drove to works to meet
Francis re letter from C.S. re wing wall plans. Went to Mrs. Manvers funeral
and to works. Office till 6 and 8 to 10:15. A terrible gale last night.
September Thursday 13: Busy getting Harry ready to go
to TC School. Went down to Pt Hope with Harry to take him to
September Friday 14: Arr’d
September Saturday 15: Went to Dept. all a.m. Discussed
matters with CS re staff &c. Went to excursion up the
September Sunday 16: Arrd home at Church – Cool.
September Monday 17: Office in am. Drove over works
in pm. WT Boyd came over to works & I took him over work. Instructed
Francis to go to
September Tuesday 18: Drove over Sec 1 with Mr. Dennon
Sr & exam’d rock upheaval near
September Wednesday 19: Office till . Drove Mina to Exhibition and then to locks to visit
Hickey building scow at locks – then over work at Hyd lock. Fine day.
September Thursday 20: Arrd in
September Friday 21: ["Brantford" written above
date.] "Arrd home. Busy at house office with Report on Port Hope
route. At 5 drove over wrk from lake to Hyd lock. Office 8-10. Jas Kennedy
C.E. called by appointment to discuss matter of the
September Saturday 22: Busy at house office all day.
Get out my report on the Port Hope route. Got it off today. Sawers called
this a.m. re piers of Conroy’s. Gordon called re
September Sunday 23: Drove to Chemong in pm to see Cottage.
Mina with me. Cool.
September Monday 24: Went to
September Tuesday 25: Drove out to meet Morrow &
party, on line at Balsover & on to meet Graham M.P. at Gamebridge
but he was not at home. Met Alymer & his brother & we went to
September Wednesday 26: Houseboat sunk last night. Drove
to Lak’d and raised her up again. Did not do very much harm. Had Empire
& two scows raise her. S Montgomery & Tully & Crew on Emp.
George & my self helping. Dinner & tea at J [---]. Very warm.
September Thursday 27: Drove up to Lak’d & found
nothing wrong with Lotus. She was allowed to get too much water in &
got to the upper seams. Home at
& went to
September Friday 28: Have a terrible cold. Stayed in
house all a.m. In pm drove over work from
September Saturday 29: In house all day till . Drove (L) to Football Match & to office
& to train to meet Rev W.C. Allen who is to stay with us till Monday.
Have been working at house all day. Rained till .
September Sunday 30: Went to Service early morn & night. Rev WC Allen went to Otonabee. Fine. Feel better.
October Monday 1: Office. At night went to
Kirkfield. Morrow sick & at home. Make out ‘Repair’ act for July,
Aug. & Sept.
October Tuesday 2: At Kirkfield. Drove to Gamebridge
& met Graham M.P. re office &c. In pm went on line & drove
October Wednesday 3: Started for home. At Lindsay went
down to look at Walters work but found no one there. Col. Sam Hughes came
October Thursday 4: Office. Drove Learys back to Lak’d.
Exam’d Corroy’s work at No. 3 & located pier. Took Empire for Youngs
Pt. At Ygs Pt exam’d work being done by the Lak’d Cement Co’y to report
on necessary repairs. Ran on up to
October Friday 5: Office. In pm drove down river to
visit dredge gang. Gathered some mushrooms & water cress. Very warm.
Little Midsummer. Office. Went to theater but came out. No good.
October Saturday 6: Office. Drove over to Hyd lock &
Lock 6. Went to
October Sunday 7: Services.
October Monday 8: ["Brantford" written above
date.] Started for
October Tuesday 9: ["Brantford" written above
date.] Met Manufacturors Com’e at & after met Kennedy. We decided [---]
headgates should be unwatered to examine it. It was decided to unwater
next Sunday. Left for home at .
October Wednesday 10: Went over work in am.
October Thursday 11: At Kirkfield. Went over work with
October Friday 12: Arrd in
October Saturday 13:["Brantford" written above
date.] Arrd home from
October Sunday 14: ["Brantford" written above
October Monday 15: Drove to Lak’d & took ‘Emp’ to
Youngs Pt. Exam’d dam. Gordon with me. Mr. Dennon arrd at
to examine the skill displayed by C&L on work. At night Dennon came
over to my house. Morrow & Farris also over. Warm & fine.
October Tuesday 16: Office till Mr. Kennedy, Barton & another called re water power
October Wednesday 17: Went to
October Thursday 18: Thanksgiving Day. Went to service.
Office til 1. Went to works at 2 till . Suggested double track to Laverdure & he said
he would put it down. Office till and at night. Beautiful day.
October Friday 19: Office. Harry went back to school
at . Drove to Lak’d. Visited Conroy & Empire
men in pm. Went to tea at EA Pecks. Office till Beautiful day.
October Saturday 20: Went to Lindsay in am to
visit Walters. Just started today to drill with drills on scow about 200
holes drilled and 150 to drill. Came home at .
Hon Merlock on train & went to Oriental with Irwin, Mr. Merlock &
McLennan. Went to Hyd L in pm. Office at night. Beautiful day.
[No entry October 21]
[No entry October 21]
October Monday 22: C.H. Rust, City Eng’s
October Tuesday 23: Started at for Kirkfield. Arr’d at [Fut.] at 12. Drove to K.
Met Morrow at K. also Dennon. Drove to
October Wednesday 24: Office. Went over to work at
with Francis till 1. Office till 4. Drove to locks & to Robinsons
Is. with Gordon. Office 9-10. Went to Football Ball.
October Thursday 25: Started for Kirkfield at . Davis A. on train. H. Morrisson met me
at Blackwater. Spent evening with Dennon & Burritt. Fine.
October Friday 26: Drove to rock work near Balsam L.
Went to Peat Works at Hy L No. 2 in a.m. Found stripping not far enough
out. Drove to Sec. No. 3. Met Alymer at Lock 1. Came home. Rained hard
October Saturday 27: Office in a.m. At Hyd Lock in afternoon
and up at Hurdons. Office at night.
October Sunday 28: EA Peck to dinner & went for
walk. Maria & Miss Loucks to tea. Office after ch. - to visit H Morrow.
October Monday 29: Worked at house re Lock plan No. 1
S&B till . Went to
office - Patterson, lawyer Toronto, came to office re
October Tuesday 30: Office in am. In p.m. went to Hy
L. Met Jennings, Morris & Keefer there who are inspecting work &c
for contractors. Dennon was also on work today. Met him at my office at
5 & went to train with him. He gave me his report. Office at night.
Cooler & cloudy.
October Wednesday 31: ["Brantford" written
above date.] Went to Hyd Lock till . Office.
November Thursday 1: Went to Hyd Lock in
am. Took photos. Office pm. Rain at 4. Started for Kirkfield in
pm. Spent evening with Dennon getting out his report on C&L’s mode
of work. Make ‘Repair’ Acct for July-Aug Sept & Oct.
November Friday 2: Drove to
November Saturday 3: Office.
[No entry November 4]
[No entry November 4]
November Monday 5: C Co’y of 1st Contingent from
November Tuesday 6: Started to move from home on
November Wednesday 7: Dominion Election Day. I was moving
all day with George. I went to vote at .
They gave me a ballot at North Ward & I marked it & they then
told me I had no vote. I tore ballot up & kept it. At night in town
at ‘Oriental’. Liberals have a majority of about 50. Raining showers.
November Thursday 8: Office in a.m. Hyd L in pm. Office.
Went to train to meet Genest & introduce him to Morrow who went up
to show him over work. Office. Fine.
November Friday 9: Office.
November Saturday 10: Office. Went over work in pm –
had a long talk with Corry different reports on the work. Went to a send
off reception to Harold Morrow at the 57th Mess Rooms. Went off well.
November Sunday 11: Fine. Walked over to see Sims in
pm re his report on C&L work. Office .
November Monday 12: Mr. Schreiber arr’d. Drove to station
to meet him but he did not bring his car. Went to National to breakfast.
We came to office and Alymer & Sims met him there & they gave
CS their opinion regarding C&L’s work. Drove over work from
November Tuesday 13: Office & on work. Drove to
Bridgenorth at to meet
Empire but it was snowing so hard that she did not get thro’. Had supper
at Br’h & went home again. J.E. Belcher with me.
November Wednesday 14: Drove to Bridgenorth & took
‘Empire’ for Bob’n. Ice ¾'' thick from clearing as far as Gannons. Broke
ice all day. Arr’d at Bob’n at Cold & windy.
November Thursday 15: At Bob’n sent Empire down lake
to try & get thro’ to Lak’d but she had to return. I went down with
M & W Boyd to get over some of the
November Friday 16: At Bob’n. Decided to lay up Empire
at Bob'n. They took engine down. Ordered team from Peterboro. Leay, JE
Belcher & I started at by sleigh for home. Went over work this a.m. with
W Boyd to see what was req’d to be done for repairs.
November Saturday 17: ["Brantford" written
above date.] Office. T.H. Jones -
November Sunday 18: Rained most of day.
November Monday 19: A miserable day. Poured rain all
day & froze. Office. Drove over to Hyd Lock at In pm went up to old house & packed up office things
&c till . At home at night putting up blinds &c.
November Tuesday 20: Went over to Hyd Lock in a.m. Went
to Lak’d on train & instructed Joe to lay houseboat &
November Wednesday 21: Rain hail snow sunshine &
cloud and a regular gale blowing all day. Went over Hyd Lock at . Drove around to see how Francis was as
he is sick.
November Thursday 22: Mild & work going on. Office
in a.m. At Hyd Lock in p.m. Started for
November Friday 23: Drove all over Sec.’s 3, 2 &
1 with Genest. Found he knew nothing whatever about the work & had
never been on work since he went over it with Morrow over a fortnight
ago. Met Dennon at Kirkfield. Decided to put in concrete core in embank’t
at Victoria Rd. Dam. Drove to
November Saturday 24: Went to Lindsay to look at condition
of dam which leaks very badly. Met J.D. Flavelle there. Met Rev. CL. Ingles
at station. Went over to work in afternoon. Davis & Sims called. Ordered
concrete work on main & chamber walls to stop. Snow at night.
November Sunday 25: 4'' snow.
November Monday 26: A miserable day. Showry & snow.
Office all day. Home at night.
November Tuesday 27: Office. At work in pm. Drove to
town & to station CP Ry met Gordon.
November Wednesday 28: Drove to Lak’d. Gordon &
McAlister with me. Took Sunbeam to Burleigh. Got some white fish below
Falls. Walked over to cottage & went home from there. Exam’d work
at Young’s Pt also L.P.C. Coy’s work. Supper at Lak’d - office. Met Pope
& Serties (C.E.) at my office re drowned Canal. Cases at
November Thursday 29: Went to
November Friday 30: Came home on morning train. Spent afternoon with Serties & Pope. Went over to Lift lock with them. In evening drove up to Houseboat at Lak’d & spent evening there. There was Fair, Hill, Pousette, Hall (K.), McAlister, Spence, Gibson, & Halpany. Went off well. Got home at
December Saturday 1: Met Pope & Serties
in my office in am. They went home at .
Office in p.m. & at night till . Mild.
December Sunday 2: Very mild.
December Monday 3: Office. Went to choir meeting at
night & then to office.
December Tuesday 4: Office. Drove over to work and to
December Wednesday 5: Office in am. In p.m. drove up
to No. 4 to inspect Conroys work. Laid out 3 piers for boom. Snow &
sleet. Went to United service at
December Thursday 6: Office am. Walked to Hyd L in pm
till 4. Office. Intended to spend evening at Lundy’s but found I had made
a mistake by telephone. Went to choir practice. Sleet & snow.
December Friday 7: Drove to Peterboro locks to examine
dams & Gordon’s gang. Decided to do as little rep’s as possible &
to build new dam. Went to
December Saturday 8: Office. Had racket with Corry re
putting ladder in East well to go down in. Went to Hyd lock in pm. Went
down East well to examine bottom. Sherley Onderdonk came this a.m. re
his final Estimate. Busy getting out Estimates for appropriations. Office
at night. Cooler [nt].
December Sunday 9: Turned colder last night & towards
evening it got bitterly cold with a regular gale blowing from
December Monday 10: Drove up at with Gordon to No. 2 Lock to inspect dams &
had gang men to take out logs. Gordon went up last night & took out
logs in No. 4, 5
December Tuesday 11: Left for
December Wednesday 12: Left for
December Thursday 13: ["Brantford" written
above date.] In
December Friday 14: Started for home at & arrd at .
Office 5-6:15. Went to concert at night with Edna. At went to a meeting of the Men’s Guild but
only few there. Cold.
December Saturday 15: Walked over to Hyd L. Met Corry
there & had long talk with him re dumping behind walls. Busy getting
annual Rept & on Hy. to Dept. P. Wks. Office 9-10.
December Sunday 16: Fine & cold. Walked out in afternoon
to see Sam Price. Meeting of Men’s Chapter after service.
December Monday 17: Went to Be’n. Drove with Genest
to K’d. Exam’d [---] Sec. 3. Drove with Dennon to rock cut north G.T.
Ry. & exam’d rock berm - & on to
December Tuesday 18: Went to Hyd Lock 9 a.m. Office all
day. Went to lecture Fortnightly Club at YMCA by Sir John Bourinot re
U.E. Loyalists. Mild.
December Wednesday 19: Office all a.m. Drove along line
to Lak’d. Called at No. 4 to see Conroy’s work. Gordon with me – at night
went to All Saints Church. Office.
December Thursday 20: Went to Hyd Lock in am. Office
all day & at night. Very mild. Started for
December Friday 21: Arrd at
December Saturday 22: Arrd home at At Hyd lock most of day. Getting ready to set first
granite stone in foundation in West well. Had dispute with Francis about
his going away for Monday while first [stone] is being set. Mild.
December Sunday 23: Mild.
December Monday 24: At lock all day. Most of afternoon
in West well. Got first stone in West well set this afternoon. Got letter
from Francis resigning his position. Busy buying [Xmas] presents at night.
Fine & little colder.
December Tuesday 25: Xmas Day. Mina & boys &
I went to early service. Then to service at 11. Dinner at home. Went to
tea at Calcutts & Xmas tree – at 9 - Went up to Maria’s till 11. Went
skating on lake for 1 hr this afternoon.
December Wednesday 26: Went to Hy Lock in a.m. &
then to office. Had talk with Francis which resulted in his withdrawing
his resignation. Went to work in afternoon.
December Thursday 27: At Hy Lock in West well most of
day. Setting second stone (SE) - got it well set & bedded. Went to
Masonic Meeting (
December Friday 28: Office in a.m. Drove to Lak’d in
pm with team. C Gordon & my children with me. Visited Conroy work
at No. 5. Starting first pier today or yesterday. Went to party at Z.
Burnham’s. Beautiful day.
December Saturday 29: Office in am. Went to Works in
p.m. Put in third & fourth granite stones in West well. Went for skate
to Nassau. Office 9 to . Beautiful day.
December Sunday 30: Mild.
December Monday 31: Office 11-12. Went to Nomination
of Council & School Trustees. Was nominated for School Trustee. A
notable fact was that all nominees agreed not to solicit votes which is
a very good sign. Drove to works in pm & office.
[On the back inside cover of the diary, Richard
has recorded some payments made for rent of the House on [corner] of Stewart
House Cor Stewart &
Date Rent to
Jany 10 – Jany 1st 10.00
March 9 – March 1st 20.00
Oct 20 – Nov 1st 80.00
[Below these entries is a list of trips made to different locations in the Works that RBR visited during the year]