During the Year...
Richard was 42 years old. He lived with his wife and 6 children. Progress continued with his work on the Hydraulic Lift Lock which had been in several stages of planning and design for some years. On August 8 RBR bought a lot from C. Wynn at Sandy Bay. He mentioned the first concrete being put into the Lock during late August. On the last day of August he visited Canadian author C.P. Traill’s home. He made a trip to Ottawa to discuss disputed accounts of Corry & Laverdure (construction firm that excavated the site and built the concrete towers and Lock). In September, the first concrete is put in for the wall of the Lock. Also in September his wife Mina (nee Calcutt) was in bed sick with a bad case of Sciatica. In October he received a letter regarding increasing his work force and he mentioned the progress they were making from location to location as they inspected & decided on issues. In November Mina became ill with Rheumatism. By the month of December, the disputed accounts with Corry & Laverdure were finally settled. At the end of the year his sister Sophia suffered epileptic fits and shortly thereafter she deteriorated and died on the 15thof December. By the 22nd RBR mentioned that difficulties continued to arise with Corry & Laverdure and he made references to a letter relating to the situation.
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Period covered: January 1, 1899 - December 31, 1899
Dimensions: 14.2 cm X 7.3 cm (l x w)
No. of Pages: 180
Note: The diary contains addenda pages where the diarist has recorded an entry in the Addresses section. Also included in the diary are Notes and Bills Receivable for the year and some Cash Account details. On the inside back cover RBR has entered some Rent payments made during the year for the House on Stewart and Elizabeth Street.
[Note: At the beginning of the diary RBR has filled in some of the items in the Identification page of the diary. Some of the items are as follows:]
Birthday: Jany 16th
Complexion: Fair Weight: 175 lbs
In case of Accident or illness please notify: JZ Rogers Peterboro
Things hard to remember. Number on case of my watch: 
January Sunday 1: New Years Day. Being Sunday it was
kept so. Went to tea at Maria’s. Called at Sophias & James & H Calcutts. Fine day. Note Trip to K on Dec 8th not ret’d.
January Monday 2: Busy in am fixing deer target at Butts.
Voted & in the afternoon went out to shoot at deer target. At went calling with Spence. Called on Mrs. Hatton, T Hay, Dennistouns,
January Tuesday 3: Busy straightening up house. Feel
pretty tired. Did not do so much today. Intended to go to
January Wednesday 4: Office. Busy with
my paper on
January Thursday 5: Office.
January Friday 6: Office. Service at
January Saturday 7: Office. Francis turned up at home office today after having grippe for few days. He’s helping me with slides, paper &c. Colder and blew a regular gale in afternoon. Was going out on line but did not as was stormy.
January Sunday 8: Walked down to Z Burnhams with Pousette
January Monday 9: Went to Lak’d re Hull Matter. Pope & Strickland there & staked out line across Hulls
property. Took some photos on way down. Turned very cold at night.
January Tuesday 10: Went to office. Met Pope
& Strickland re Hull matter. Saw GM Rogers re
January Wednesday 11: Arrd in
January Thursday 12: Went to CSCE rooms. Busy in am correcting
paper &c. Munro read paper on
January Friday 13: Arrd in
January Saturday 14: Arrd home from
January Sunday 15: In afternoon went for walk with Pousette
& he came to tea. Fine.
January Monday 16: Office. Fine &
January Tuesday 17: Office. Cold &
January Wednesday 18: Drove along line to
January Thursday 19: Office. Drove
to Lakefield at . dinner at Lak’d. Took some photos
at Lak’d re
January Friday 20: Intended going to Kirkfield but mistook
train time. Office, town in am & house in pm. Sophia took a convulsion
tonight. I sent for Dr. Haliday. Office 9-10 snow & milder. Mina still pretty sick with
rheumatism. Doctor here this am.
January Saturday 21: Office. Col. S. Hughes called me
up & went to Strattons with him & had meeting re booming canal
scheme. At night spent 8-10 with Carnagie preparing for lecture on Sunday
next on Canal scheme here.
January Sunday 22: Fine. Stayed at
home in am with Mina. Mina was up today for first time for some
days. Went for walk with Harry in afternoon. Tea at Maria’s. Met Lawsons.
January Monday 23: Office. Capt. McAndrews came to examine
dredge for me & report. Went to
January Tuesday 24: Office. In evening went to meeting
of Men’s Chapter of Guild at F Adam’s. Fine.
January Wednesday 25: Office. In afternoon did not feel
well, went for long walk & after went skating on canal with children.
January Thursday 26: In am going over paper with Mr.
Carnagie in office. In afternoon going over my own paper
& views with Francis. In evening a public meeting was held
in the Opera House at which Mr. Carnagie & I read papers. Mine were
illustrated with views along route. Had about 1/3 full.
An awful night rain & blew. After went with S. Hughes MP & Roy.
January Friday 27: Colder. Office.
January Saturday 28: Office.
January Sunday 29: Office.
January Monday 30: Office. Started
January Tuesday 31: Arrd in
February Wednesday 1: At
February Thursday 2: At
February Friday 3: Started for home at arr’d at
February Saturday 4: Office.
February Sunday 5: Office. Started for
February Monday 6: Arrd in
February Tuesday 7: Called on Belgian Consul in am. Started
for home at Went to
mission service at night. Very cold.
February Wednesday 8: Office - Mission service at night.
February Thursday 9: Went to Toronto CP Ry. Went to Albany
Club to meet R McDonald re machinery change on dredge. Met
Morrison & others. Had lunch with McDonald.
Went over to
February Friday 10: Started from
February Saturday 11: Office. Went
down to CPR to see Rev Mr. Troop off. Office
at night. Very cold.
February Sunday 12: Very cold. Went out to Rices &
stayed to tea & walked back. Went to Mrs. Symonds
February Monday 13: Went to Lindsay met G McHugh &
he drove me to Cowan’s bridge. Met [----] & others there. Went to
Omemee for dinner & drove to Lindsay. Met Culverwell
for a minute. Went to tea with the Sootherns
& home by train. Office. Very cold.
February Tuesday 14: Office. Drove to Lak’d in afternoon.
Called at planing mill & No. 2 dam. Met Morrow there -
raw wind but milder.
February Wednesday 15: Office. Went
to Service at night.
February Thursday 16: Office. Milder.
February Friday 17: Office. Milder.
February Saturday 18: Office. Very
mild & showers of light rain. Sleighing about
February Sunday 19: Mina went to church & when she
got home was taken with a faint & was very bad. Mrs. Spence came &
stayed all night with her. Went over to see Dr. at night.
February Monday 20: Very mild. Office.
In pm drove children down to Otonabee to see the last of Cousin Harriett
Carpenter. She looked very bad but quite conscious & kept by stimulants. Sleighing
about all gone. Office at night. Mina very weak. Sussie Calcutt with her all
February Tuesday 21: Office. Corry & Laverdure called.
They left for
February Wednesday 22: Office. Mina
still in bed. Sat up for while. A
little colder at night.
February Thursday 23: Went to
February Friday 24: Office in am. In
pm drove team (L) up to No. 2 dam re length of timber in piers. Office
at night 9-10. Col. Sam Hughes called & went with him to
February Saturday 25: Office.
February Sunday 26: Walked out to
February Monday 27: Office in a.m. Went to
February Tuesday 28: Arrd in
March Wednesday 1: At Dept. Corry & Laverdure called
at Dept. & met Mr. C.S. & I & CS named prices we had agreed
upon. They after decided to accept prices. After six
walked down with Corry. Started down for home
March Thursday 2: Arrd home. Office in pm. Walked up
with Raddon & went over Sand pits at
March Friday 3: Office. Went to lecture
in YMCA on Michael Angelo. Went up to C’s to
see Mina. Raining hard at night.
March Saturday 4: Office.
March Sunday 5: Snow & sleet last night, walking
terrible. Got colder at night.
March Monday 6: Office. Gordon went to Burleigh to raise
scow. Fine & colder.
March Tuesday 7: Went to Lak’d on train & drove to
Burleigh (Carveth) & exam’d work with Gordon. Scow sunk. Drove home
& exam’d works at Lak’d No. 2 & No. 4 & Nassau. Cold
& windy. Beautiful day sleighing good out of town
. Spence went to
March Wednesday 8: Office. Went over to sand dump at
Hyd lock & found they had been bringing stuff they should not. Went to service. Cold.
March Thursday 9: Office. In p.m. walked up to sand pits
& exam’d them. Maria to tea. Rev. Bushell
came to stay all night. Fine.
March Friday 10: Office. Choir practice
March Saturday 11: Office. Mild rain
March Sunday 12: Rain in am. Mild -
colder at night. Water in creek (Village Ash’n)
at its height (as high as sidewalk) today.
March Monday 13: Office (home) till 11 - office till
. Drove (L) to Lak’d Exam’d hull of Empire
& works at Lak’d & No. 2 dam & timber at No. 4. Cold & windy. Fine.
March Tuesday 14: Office. Walked over to lock No. 6 & Hy L. Meeting of Men’s Chapter St L at Mr. Nesbitts house.
March Wednesday 15: Office. Raining.
March Thursday 16: Went to
March Friday 17: At Ed’s T. Junction. Started
at called on Patti on way to city. Started
for home CP R at 9. Office in pm. Fine but cold.
March Saturday 18: Office. Turned colder & snowed
& blew. At went over
to Oriental to meet PA Gordon re sapwood in fir supplied to B L &
March Sunday 19: Very rough day. Snowing & blowing
a regular gale. 8'' of snow & drifting.
March Monday 20: A regular blizzard blowing & snowing
& cold. Office. Went to
Mr. Hamiltons re dredge engine repairs. Went over & met W’m
Boyd at office. After went to Snowden House with him.
March Tuesday 21: At house office most of day at Hyd
lock plans. Not so cold but blowing most of day.
March Wednesday 22: Office. Went to
service at night & to office.
March Thursday 23: Office. Cold &
March Friday 24: Office at house all a.m. Mr. Linton
of Taylor Air Compressor called & went on measurements &c for
air compressor at hydraulic lock. In pm. Ryerson Ritchie called for an
hour. Went to attend meeting of cricket club. I resigned the Presidency
as I will be so busy this year. Beautiful day, cool.
March Saturday 25: Went to No. 2 on train in a.m. Gave instructions to have coffer dam taken out & water shut off of West sluice to present washing away of bank. Office. Fine.
[No entry Mar. 26]
[No entry Mar. 26]
March Monday 27: Office. Went to
March Tuesday 28: At
March Wednesday 29: At
March Thursday 30: Saw Justice Dept. re fixing height
of water at
March Friday 31: Good Friday. Church in a.m. office 4:30-6
& 7-9. Choir practice - .
Fine & cold.
April Saturday 1: Office. Fine &
April Sunday 2: Easter Day. Fine with
flurries of snow & cold wind. Early service
& other services. Tea at Maria’s.
April Monday 3: Office in a.m. Went to Lak’d on train
in p.m. to visit men on Empire, dredge, & work at Lak’d & No.
2 dam. Went to Annual Vestry Meeting. Fine but cold
April Tuesday 4: Office, house in am & town in pm.
Went to Smoker of Cavalry officers at drill shed. Fine & warm.
April Wednesday 5: Office all day. Beautiful
April Thursday 6: Got telegraph from Titler last saying Helen McNabb Gaele very ill &
another this morning saying she was dead at
April Friday 7: Busy arranging with EA Peck for funeral.
Office. Fine & warmer. Service at night. Home at night.
April Saturday 8: Office. F Gaele arr’d at . In pm at on arrival of train from
April Sunday 9: Fine Rev McAllen preached. Went to work with Spence in p.m. Rev McA down after evening service.
April Monday 10: Office. Rode horseback
(L) to Nassau Rd. & Nassau to
April Tuesday 11: Fine rain at night. Office.
Went to Lakefield on train. Visited Empire, Dredge
& canal work. Drove No. 2 dam. Met Alymer there & arranged with
him to fill in temporary road & to remove tree at West shore below
dam. Meeting of Mens Chapter of Guild. Went to
EA Pecks after Mina.
April Wednesday 12: Office. Corry & Laverdure called
at . Had
general talk re excavation & concrete of Hyd Lock. Rode
horseback lake to
April Thursday 13: Office - Warmer.
April Friday 14: Office. Walked over
to lock 6 in pm. Found leak under West pier. Fine Cool.
April Saturday 15: Office.
April Sunday 16: Snowed about 2 inches last night but
all disappeared through day. J Hall & Spence to dinner. Walked to
Lock 6 & found wash out below sluice.
April Monday 17: Office. Went to Lak’d on train. Visited
dredge, Empire & work at Lak’d Met Alymer at No. 2 Lock. Water was
just trickling over GT Ry track & warned him that he had better take
out sluice & remove his coffer dam in front of dam. Went to adjourned
Vestry Meeting . Fine & warm.
April Tuesday 18: Office. In pm. drove
to lake &
April Wednesday 19: Office.
April Thursday 20: Office. Fine & warm.
April Friday 21: Office. Meeting enlargement
Vestry Com’te at night. Office 10:30. Fine & warm.
April Saturday 22: Office in a.m. Drove to Chemong in
pm with Mina & Helen. Drove to No. 6 & Hy Lock.
Fine & warm.
April Sunday 23: Fine & warm. Went
for walk in pm with E. M & Dr. Pousette.
April Monday 24: Office. Francis in
April Tuesday 25: Office. Mr. Francis & I made a
sketch for vestry enlargement. Office at night.
Very warm. Want rain.
April Wednesday 26: Went to Hyd Lock in am. Office. Laid out size of towers on lawn in
afternoon. Office at night. Warm.
April Thursday 27: Office. Very warm.
April Friday 28: Went to
April Saturday 29: Very warm. Office
all day. Great Murder & Suicide John Webber murdered his [nothing
written here] & shot himself. An engineer (Mr. Hill) called for work
& I started him at Lenore engine at my house with Harry. Went over
at night to an interview with JR Stratton & Corry & Laverdure
re extras - Office.
April Sunday 30: Very warm. Went for walk in pm to Hyd lock & to lake. Mina in bed sick.
May Monday 1: Office. G.H. Pope here re Heap matter. Office at night. Showry. Mina not much better.
May Tuesday 2: Office. Drove
(L) to Lak’d H Loucks with me. Fine & cooler.
Exam’d work at No. 2 wash out & at Lak’d Empire & dredge. Katie
Price came to nurse Mina tonight.
May Wednesday 3: Office. In
pm drove to
May Thursday 4: Arrd in
May Friday 5: Went up to see Lafleur
re brackets in Lindsay dam. Started for home
at [Certz] Carscallen & Kendry came up on train. Fine.
May Saturday 6: Office. Drove
to Lak’d in p.m. Visited works from Nassau & Empire & dredge.
Empire not yet in water. At night saw Stratton
& Corry re prices of concrete for Hyd Lock. Acct of Hyd Lock
published in Empire & Mail today.
May Sunday 7: Beautiful. Spence to dinner. Rode on wheel to Bridgenorth,
E Peck with me. Went to supper at Mrs. Hamiltons.
May Monday 8: Office. Went to
May Tuesday 9: Office. J.B.
McWilliams called re complaint of hiring men at Lak’d. Men not on crew
to stop work as soon as possible. Went out to woods
for ferns with George. Dr. Boucher said Mina was threatened with
appendicitis. Went over to see Dr. Went to Meeting of Men’s Chapter of Guild.
May Wednesday 10: Office. In
pm drove to
May Thursday 11: Ascension Day.
Went to Service in am. Office. Pd. M Hill $2.25 tonight for my work (private) today.
May Friday 12: Went to Kirkfield.
Drove over work GTR to
May Saturday 13: Office. Showry in am.
May Sunday 14: Fine but windy. Went
for ride on wheel to Prices & Burnhams with Pousette. Choir
(St L) started to meet in S School before service & march
May Monday 15: Office till 11. Rode wheel to Lak’d Dredge finished but Engr. & Cransman painting. Visited work at Canal & Tea at Rev Warrens. Office 10:30. Fine.
[No entry May 16]
[No entry May 16]
May Wednesday 17: At Home.
May Thursday 18: At home. Showry.
May Friday 19: Went to
May Saturday 20: Office. Drove
to Lak’d. Took up engine of Lenore. Boys
with me. Fine. Visited work on Empire
May Sunday 21: Fine. Went to
May Monday 22: At
May Tuesday 23: At
May Wednesday 24: At
May Thursday 25: Office.
May Friday 26: Office. Showry. Choir practice at night.
May Saturday 27: Office. Drove (L) to Lak’d in p.m. Inspected work on dredge & Empire. Took ‘Lenore’ out for little run. Poured rain at night.
May Sunday 28: Church. Went for walk over canal from
May Monday 29: Office. Rain
most of day. Started from
May Tuesday 30: Arr’d at
May Wednesday 31: Went to Dept. re letter from CS to
Corry & Laverdure re prices of concrete for Hyd Lock. Saw Mr. Gabiel
re bracket boards at Lindsay and also if any change in my position to
Public Works Dept. Started for home at Justice
June Thursday 1: Office. Drove (L) over
June Friday 2: At home. Meeting of
Building Committee of St Lukes at night.
June Saturday 3: Office.
June Sunday 4: Fine.
June Monday 5: Drove to Bridge’h at & started on ‘Empire’ for Balsam L. Arrd at Had two terrible
thunder showers today with heavy hail. Was at
Bob’n in first. Drove from B.
June Tuesday 6: At Kirkfield. Went over work to be done
with Mr. Onderdonk & called at Victoria Rd. Bridge & MO came down
on ‘Empire’ with me to Lak’d, called at Bob’n Mr. O charmed with trip.
Drove from Lak’d to Peterboro’. [----] heavy shower
June Wednesday 7: Office. Very hot
& sultry. Heavy showers of rain.
June Thursday 8: Cooler. Office in a.m. Drove
to lake & Hyd Lock at 12. Went to Lak’d pm train Instructed dredge to start for Balsam L. calling at
Ys Pt for 1 day. Drove to
June Friday 9: Office. Went to meeting of Vestry Com’e
only Peck & I there. Went to
June Saturday 10: Office. Went to Meeting of land owners
on Otonabee river re flooding. Answered
all questions. Drove to Lakefield. Went
over work at No. 5, 4 & Lak’d Took sides off houseboat. Boys
June Sunday 11: Fine.
June Monday 12: Office. Very warm.
Drove to lake & Hyd lock. Work
very slow. Went to Confirmation service at St
Lukes. Harry & George were confirmed by Bishop Sweatman. Very
June Tuesday 13: Office. Went to
June Wednesday 14: Went to Kirkfield. Drove
from Lorneville. Went over line from 280 to
June Thursday 15: Office till 5. Walked over to Lake & Hy Lock. Went to meeting to consider
division of Diocese. Office. Fine & cooler.
June Friday 16: Office. Drove to Warsaw Rd. Hyd lock
& No. 6 At 9 pm. went to meeting of choir
guild at J. J. Turner's.
June Saturday 17: Office till . Drove to Lak’d. Called at Planing Mill & exam’d
filling in & sidewalk at
June Sunday 18: Fine. Showers in pm.
Rode down to Z Burnhams with M Pousette. Did
not go to ch at night.
June Monday 19: Office. In. Francis & I went to Hyd Lock re wing walls. In pm went to meeting of ‘Old Boys’ T.C.S. at Oriental re present to Rev CJ Bethune on his retiring from Headmastership. Office. Fine & warm.
[No entry June 20]
[No entry June 20]
June Wednesday 21: Office. Started
for Lak’d at Gave instructions for Empire to take scow up to
June Thursday 22: See Thursday 29th for diary of today.
June Friday 23: Office. Started to
June Saturday 24: Office. Went to Circus in afternoon
& took children. Warm & fine. Visited work at lake & Hyd lock.
June Sunday 25: Fine & warm.
June Monday 26: Went to
June Tuesday 27: Office. Drove to Lake
& Hy Lock in pm to Lak’d. Instructed Empire
to go to
June Wednesday 28: Went to Kirkfield & back. Went over work with Robertson. Work getting on better. Very warm. Drove from Lorneville to K’d & ret."
Thursday 29: Office.[Note: RBR has written this entry
below the June Wednesday 28 entry.]
June Thursday [Note: the number ‘29’ has been crossed
out and ‘22’ has been written above it.]: Went
to No. 6 Lock to see re Puddle trench at head of Lock. Decided to abandon
it & use
June Friday 30: Drove to Lak’d. George with me. F.
July Saturday 1: Harry & George & I drove to Lak’d. Had a river on the Lenore. At night went to fireworks exhibition at St Josephs Hospital grounds. Fine day.
[No entry June 2]
July Monday 3: Busy getting things ready to go to
July Tuesday 4: At
July Wednesday 5: Drove to town with Geroux. Office. Started for
July Thursday 6: Arr’d at
July Friday 7: Office. Went up to
July Saturday 8: Empire ran me to
July Sunday 9: Geroux drove up with paylists Estimates
&c for me to sign. H bro’t Mr. & Miss Spence
with him. Fine.
July Monday 10: At
July Tuesday 11: Came down on Majestic,
July Wednesday 12: Did not go to
July Thursday 13: At
July Friday 14: Arr’d home. Office.
July Saturday 15: Ran Lenore to Lakef’d. Drove team ( ) to Peterboro in pm. Met Revs CL Ingles &
Scott Howard at train & drove them up to Camp at
July Sunday 16: Went to Headlands to Service with Revs
CL Ingles & Howard. Had service on houseboat at
night. Beautiful day. Hetty Burnham &
Tom Burnham drove up today. [----] B. rode on bicycle. Very
wet in am.
July Monday 17: Ran Lenore to Lak’d took
Rev’s CL Ingles & Scott Howard. Drove team to Peterboro.
Helen Burnham & Claud & George with me.
Drove team over to Lock No. 6 & Hyd Lock. Drove to Lak’d
July Tuesday 18: Missed regular boat so rowed to Youngs
Pt & met Empire & had her take me to Lak’d. Drove
to town. Went to
July Wednesday 19: At Kirkfield. Went
over work with Robertson from end to end. Empire met me off Balsam
lake & took me to
July Thursday 20: Stayed at
July Friday 21: Ran to Lak’d on Lenore. Went
to town (drove) Edna & G Bell with me. Started
July Saturday 22: At Stoney
July Sunday 23: At Stoney
July Monday 24: Came down on Majestic in am.
July Tuesday 25: Office & at Lock No. 6. Drove team
to Lak’d at Took Mr. &
Mrs. Spence & M Pousette with me. Empire ran me up to
July Wednesday 26: At the request of Mr. Stratton I took
Mr. Kendry & his party with me on my paying trip from Lak’d to Lindsay.
Boat met me at houseboat at
July Thursday 27: At Mr. Strattons request I took a party
of Directors of Fuel Co’y from Lindsay to
July Friday 28: Office all day. Went to Lak’d on train
& had Cooper drive me to
July Saturday 29: At
July Sunday 30: Very windy. Rowed over to Headlands to
service (Cannon Sprague) in am.
July Monday 31: Started for Lak’d at & arrd .
Went to Peterboro on train & back in afternoon.
Laid at Lak’d above point.
August Tuesday 1: Not ret’d July 8 P Wks 19th.
[Rogers has written the preceeding note in ink above this day's entry].
Drove (Calder) bus home at
Fine. Office. All went home tonight.
August Wednesday 2: Office. Drove to Works in pm. Took
photo of No. 6 & Hyd lock. Heavy showers of rain.
August Thursday 3: Office. Was going to
August Friday 4: Went to Lock No. 6 in am. Went to
August Saturday 5: Went to lock No. 6. & gave Corry
permission to go on & put in walls from recess westwards. Drove to
Lak’d at called at
No. 5 & No. 2. Office - . Fine & cooler.
August Sunday 6: Fine. In pm went for ride on wheel out
to Prices. Fell off wheel & bent machine.
August Monday 7: Pope &
Alysworth here re
August Tuesday 8: Went over work & up to Lak’d. Worked
at Houseboat till Drove
home W. Boyd ran down to Lak’d in his yacht. Decided to purchase lot 44
August Wednesday 9: Took buss & drove all of family
to Lak’d & took Houseboat to
August Thursday 10: At
[No entries Aug. 11 - Aug. 12]
August Sunday 13: Went over to service Cannon McNabb preached. Had service at night at houseboat.
[No entries Aug. 14 - Aug. 15]
[No entries Aug. 14 - Aug. 15]
August Wednesday 16: At Houseboat all day. Busy getting ready for regatta tomorrow.
August Thursday 17: Cruised over to Juniper Is. to Regatta.
Regatta (Annual) held in pm. Beautiful day & went off beautifully.
Harry won in double paddling race & came in second in Swimming
race. At night ran Lenore over to
August Friday 18: Cruised back to
August Saturday 19: At houseboat all day. E.A. Peck &
Kitty came up at Ran
Lenore up lake in evening. M Pousette came up at night.
August Sunday 20: Went to service in a.m. & had service
at houseboat at night. Most beautiful nights.
E.A. Peck & Kitty.
August Monday 21: Went to town by boat & train. Got
telegraph from CS that he expected to be her tomorrow. Busy
trying to find ‘Empire.’ Went over work.
August Tuesday 22: Met Mr. Schreiber at train at . Had breakfast with him & he &
August Wednesday 23: Ran on to
August Thursday 24: Went over work & up to Houseboat.
Had Empire run me up at night 7 pm. HG Rogers & Margaret Rogers with
me. Rain little.
August Friday 25: Stayed at Houseboat at night. Went to Burleigh to telephone in a.m. [Walked] a specification part
of day. Ran ‘Lenore’ down to Boshunk in evening & had tea on
August Saturday 26: Went to town on boat in a.m. on work. Drove up to Houseboat at
August Sunday 27: Walked over lot with HC Rogers. Drove to town with HCR to Agnes Revell’s funeral. Tea at HCR’s. Very warm.
August Monday 28: Took train for Lak’d. Addie C &
Mrs. Van [----] with me. Went up on Majestic to
August Tuesday 29: Started with Houseboat from Hurricane Point at 8 a.m. ran to Sandy Bay & packed up & started for Lak’d at 2:15 arr’d at Lak’d at 6 p.m. Drove on bus (Cooper) home arrd at 8:30 p.m. Very warm.
August Wednesday 30: Drove to No. 6 & Hy Lock. Put
first concrete in Hyd lock in well for Air Compression. Office in p.m. Very hot.
August Thursday 31: Drove to Hyd L & No. 6. In am office. Drove to Lak’d. Went to Mrs.
Traill’s (Oldest authoress Canadian) age 98. Went
to houseboat. Inspected work at Lak’d & No. 3. Very
hot. Rain at night. First
rain for weeks. Everything dried up & great brush fires at
September Friday 1: Went to
Not yet sent for repairs.
[No entry Sept. 2]
September Sunday 3: Went to service. Drove
Mina to Chemong. Had Pope row me up to head of lake to examine
location for proposed boom to prevent flooding islands coming down. Tea
at TA Hay’s. Fine.
September Monday 4: Labor day. Drove George & Frank
Burnham to Lak’d & took ‘Empire’ to
September Tuesday 5: Started for
September Wednesday 6: Arrd home from
September Thursday 7: Started for home at . Ed went to station with me, arr’d home at
. drove to lock
No. 6 & Hyd L in pm. Met Mina at station at 9 pm. Presided at football
meeting & was elected President. Showery in pm.
September Friday 8: Office. In evening drove to No. 5
re opening gear. Was at Hamiltons Wm also today.
Office at night 11 pm. Fine. First concrete was put in for
wall of Hydraulic Lock today in
September Saturday 9: Drove to lock 6 & Hyd lock.
Office. Drove to ‘Yankee Bonnett’ to visit
Gordon raking. They started this morning. Office 9:30. Fine.
September Sunday 10: Fine. In pm walked around by locks
& called on C Gordon.
September Monday 11: Showry in a.m. Fine at night. Office at house in a.m. & till .
Drove to lock No. 6 & Hyd L. Spent evening with Mina at Maria’s.
September Tuesday 12: Office till 5. Went
over works No. 6 & Hy L. Office 9-10:15. Showry
Fine at night.
September Wednesday 13: Office. Mr. Francis went to
September Thursday 14: Office all day. At 5 went over
to No. 6 & Hy Lock Fine.
September Friday 15: Met R.K Jones (Secy R&C) at
hotel & drove him over work from No. 6 to Lak’d. Took Empire &
ran to Bob’n. Spent evening at M. Boyd’s. Beautiful day.
September Saturday 16: Started at ran to
September Sunday 17: Very hot 90 in shade.
September Monday 18: Office at house in a.m. Called at
JR Stratton office re appt. of Sloan & JB McWilliams. Called re appt
of Esson in place of
September Tuesday 19: Drove to Hyd lock & got Lynch
to go to locks to assist Jenkin to dive at locks. Jenkin
diving at lock to fix gates. Went on to Yankee Bonnet & had
dinner there. Cool & raw & rain tonight. Mina left today.
September Wednesday 20: Office. Drove to Lak’d in pm & examined works along line & at Lak’d exam’d location of entrance piers. Office at night. Showery.
September Thursday 21: Office. Wheeled to
lock to see Junkin & on to Yankee Bonnet. Have not
been feeling well so I hired a wheel to get some exercise. Fine.
September Friday 22: Office.
Wheeled over to Hyd L & No. 6. West
September Saturday 23: Wheeled with Harry to Lak’d. Exam’d
work. Harry fixed condenser. Fine. Went
to show at night.
September Sunday 24: Showery in pm.
September Monday 25: Office. Showers
heavy all day. Went to Supper at Mrs. Spences.
Went to Mr. Fairs & had a Meeting of the hunting party. Mina
in bed sick with Sciatica.
September Tuesday 26: The most miserable September day
I ever remember. Rain all day & snow for about 1'' in depth. Office. No work. First day of Peterboro Show.
September Wednesday 27: Fine. In afternoon
drove to show and over to No. 6 and Hyd lock. Choir practice at night.
September Thursday 28: Office. Went
to No. 6 to meet Corry. Office. Wheeled
over to Mr. Hamiltons. Went to Harvest Festival
Service at St Lukes. Mayor
& Councils there. Went off very well.
September Friday 29: Office. Went to
September Saturday 30: Arrd home at . Rode on wheel to Lak’d. Boys drove my horse. Met
October Sunday 1: Alymer came over in afternoon
with letter to me re increasing force. We went over Canal from Hyd lock
to No. 6. Fine.
October Monday 2: Started for
October Tuesday 3: Started for
October Wednesday 4: Started for home at . Arrd .
[No entries Oct. 5 - Oct. 8]
October Monday 9: Arrd in
October Tuesday 10: Arrd home at Office & busy all day - correspondence &c.
Went over works. Got a
October Wednesday 11: Busy all day. Went to works in
a.m. Got plan &c out for Trenton Frank’d Div’n & expressed them
to Trenton. Went to Football Meeting at night re entertainment of Irish
Football team. Fine. Office .
October Thursday 12: Started for
October Friday 13: Arrd in
October Saturday 14: Fine. Went out with [K---] to see
house of Mrs. Casey’s for office. Decided to take it
for $12.00 per month to include telephone. $3.00
to look after rooms. Got office stuff moved up & started work
in afternoon. Looked over ground at entrance. Started for
home at via
October Sunday 15: At home.
October Monday 16: Went over work from Hyd Lock to
October Tuesday 17: Out on line with hand level. Brophy still at Sections. Mr. Viger arr’d in Peterboro this
am & started for
October Wednesday 18: Went up on line & took Viger
with me Examining line with hand level to fix sites of dams locks &c.
Met Mr. Miller at Frankford & examined the work there. Drove to
October Thursday 19: Thanksgiving Day. Drove to Lak’d took Empire to
Burleigh to lay out work there for Gordon (Lower entrance pier (Concrete)).
Took children with me. Arrd home at Went to Football Match
October Friday 20: Went over work at lake & Hyd lock.
Met Mgrs. Bank National
October Saturday 21: Brophy still on picking up traverse
line, took Viger & level & took flying levels to fix locations
& levels for locks & dams. Got some notes off Millers plans at
Frankford Paper Mill. Drove on to
October Sunday 22: Cloudy. Went over
work Hyd lock to lake. Called to see J.C. Lundy.
October Monday 23: At office & over work.
October Tuesday 24: Went to
October Wednesday 25: Drove over work at
October Thursday 26: At
October Friday 27: Raining all day. Office.
October Saturday 28: Pouring rain all day. No work going
on. At office. Went over work at Lake
& Hyd lock.
October Sunday 29: Fine.
October Monday 30: Fine. Went over work at Lake & Hyd lock.
October Tuesday 31: Fine. Busy getting annual report
off. Sent it away tonight. Expected Irish team tonight & arranged
a smoking concert but they did not come. At office at
night. Rain all night.
November Wednesday 1: Fine. A-picked
November Thursday 2: Very tired. Went
over work at lake & Hyd lock in am. In pm went to to see Irish team off. Drove to Hyd lock
to see Mixing machine work. Very tired &
slept all evening. Fine.
November Friday 3: Went to
November Saturday 4: Drove to Lake
& Hyd lock in am. Busy getting ready for
hunt. Got stuff at JC Sullivan's - Spence, Hill, Stevenson, &
I drove to Lak’d and went aboard Houseboat for a deer hunt. As
Empire was going up for scow of Cement for
November Sunday 5: At Burleigh. A.J. Phillips arr’d with
Pousette & I drove down with their rig & left for [Last
sentence added by Rogers later in ink ].
[Last sentence added by Rogers later in ink ].
November Monday 6: Arrd in
November Tuesday 7: Busy all am. Met
November Wednesday 8: Went out for hunt today & got
one deer which Hill W.H. shot at Cedar lake.
I watched on Cedar lake. Fine
day. Got message from CS threatening dismissal if Trenton Section
was not ready in a fortnight.
November Thursday 9: Went out for hunt but left about
as I felt uneasy. Man sent for me met me
at Coon lake. Drove home & arrived at Very busy at specification for Trenton Sec’n.
November Friday 10: Went to
November Saturday 11: [Started] at from
November Sunday 12: Laid at
Burleigh all day. Went for walk to
November Monday 13: Rest of Party went to run at Buckhorn
and got three but other party claimed & got one we shot. I went to
Burleigh with Empire & bro’t drill scow & sent her to Lindsay.
Spence & I started for home at
Very busy & got Specification off for Trenton Section. Sent for Shannon
& he left for
November Tuesday 14: Started for
November Wednesday 15: At
November Thursday 16: At
November Friday 17: Went to
November Saturday 18: At
November Sunday 19: Very mild. In afternoon walked over
November Monday 20: Left at
November Tuesday 21: At
November Wednesday 22: At
November Thursday 23: Started at for home & arrd at . Busy all day with plans &c and started at for
November Friday 24: Arrived in
November Saturday 25: Busy at Dept. all am. Went to lunch
with Phillips & in p.m. Went to Dept. & worked till revising specification. Started
for home at . Mild.
November Sunday 26: Arrd home at In pm wheeled down to see Zac Burnham who is ill. Very
mild & like spring.
November Monday 27: Busy revising proof of Specification
& form of tender for Trenton Frankford Div’n - finished it & sent
it off to
November Tuesday 28: Office. Busy getting
out plan for Concrete Dam & fixing up plans for T & F Sec.
November Wednesday 29: Went to Lindsay in am &
met McHugh & Walters foreman & gave instructions to start dredging
November Thursday 30: Arrd in
December Friday 1: Arr’d on Mr. Schreiber’s
car at We drove to Chemong re location of bridge
& over to Lak’d. Met Alymer & went over his work. Drove to Hyd
lock & met Corry & Laverdure there.
December Saturday 2: Busy with plan for Concrete dam
for Trenton Frankford Div’n. Rain in afternoon.
Was at Hyd lock in a.m. They had put in cut off trench at upper
end of lock. Office till .
December Sunday 3: Fine. Mina was taken very bad again
with pains in her back. A little colder. Sophia
at tea and walked home with her.
December Monday 4: Went to
December Tuesday 5: Jas Patton arrived as leveller. Brophy
& I went to Glen Miller & Frankford & examined locations for
locks & dams at other places for first time. Very
cold & snow. Left for home at .
Pope and [Cully] on train. Mina still bad. Worked
till Sophia had a
second epileptic fit this afternoon.
December Wednesday 6: Office. Office at night .
December Thursday 7: Went to Lindsay in am to
visit Walters at dredging river. As it was so cold & unsatisfactory
working with dredge &c decided to stop work soon. Came home &
December Friday 8: Office. Went to G T Ry train to meet Robertson passing thr’o to Trenton
Pope also arrd from Kirkf’d. Pope, Greenwood & I drove up to [Baptie’s]
and Nelson’s land but he decided to leave them till the water was up in
the Summer. Went on to Lak’d. Went to service
& to office. Mild & no snow.
December Saturday 9: Office. Drove
to Hyd lock. Took photos of lock. Corry
& Laverdure met by appointment to try & fix prices for rock in
trenches, embankment & unwatering of Hyd lock, did not fix any except
rock in trenches 5.00. Office at night. Laverdure
said today that he had decided to shift down work at embankment at Hyd
Lock. I concurred.
December Sunday 10: Very mild & dull with little
rain. Went in to see Sophia for first time in a week. Was much astounded
to see her so low. Called there 3 times today.
She was quite conscious all day & evening.
December Monday 11: Miserable day raining but mild. Went
to Omemee & had Learys team meet me there & drove to Cowan’s bridge
by appointment. Met McHugh. Reeve
& one councillor. Showed them proposed plans for bridge but
no decision was arr’d at. High level seemed to favor. Came
home at . Office in p.m. Sophia unconscious today
& sinking. Was up twice. Office
at night. Corry & Laverdure met by app’t at my office to try
& settle price for emb’t of Hyd lock but no decision was arrd at.
See other acct.
[Note: For the next two entries RBR has crossed out the
dates & entered his own. They are listed here as they appear in the
December [Note: the words ‘Tuesday12’ have been crossed
out and ‘Wednesday 13th’ have been written above them]: Went
December [Note: the words ‘Wednesday 13’ have been crossed
out and ‘Tuesday 12th’ have been written above them]: Rained.
Office. Very mild. Sophia sinking fast.
December Thursday 14: Went to Lindsay to visit Walters.
Decided to lay up dredge today. Gov't line
at North end. Met McHugh & J Ellis re right to take on Canal
at Kirkfield. Told him to write Dept. Met W Boyd at
Lindsay. In pm went down to Lock 6 & Hyd lock. Turned
very cold today. Went to service at night.
Was at Sophias 3 or 4 times. Sophia sinking
fast. McDonald & Brown looking at plans.
December Friday 15: Went up to see Sophia. Office. Poor Sophia died at . She has been unconscious since Monday a.m. She did non suffer at all. We will miss her very much. She was so kind
hearted. She was a good sister to me when I was young. James & I went
to Cemetery & I drove to locks & to No. 6. Very cold after tea
went up to Sophia’s.
December Saturday 16: Walked down to Lock 6. Met Corry there. Office. Was at Sophia’s in evening. Not so cold. Went to 8 pm train
to meet Ed but he did not come in till .
December Sunday 17: Ed up at house, spent morning at
Sophias. Did not go to church. Sophias
funeral took place at .
James, Ed, Sam Price, Harry Rogers, & Harry Strickland & I were
pallbearers. A large number at funeral & beautiful flowers. One pretty one from T.C. Staff. After funeral
went back to Sophias for while. Did not go to
ch at night. Went up to Sophia’s again.
December Monday 18: Office. Started
December Tuesday 19: Raining in am. Busy in office all
day. Staff getting out
quantities. Clear & colder at night. Started home at Met [H-] Haultain on
train. Mina better sitting up.
December Wednesday 20: Walked down to lock at lake. Found
holes left in bottom of lock had burst up through concrete filling. Ordered concrete to be taken out. Saw Hamel & Hayes regarding
it. Went down again in afternoon. Called in to see girls (Meade). Office at
night 11. Met Balderson at hotel. Mild & fine.
December Thursday 21: At Lock at lake
most of am & p.m. Tried to get holes left in lock bottom filled
but did not succeed very well. The water came
thr’o to a certain extent all we put in. Hardly know what to do with it.
Went to Kindergarten closing in pm. Service, choir practice &
office at night.
December Friday 22: Went to Lock 6 in am. Corry decided
to take out concrete in holes. (See letter written today). Office.
Went to lock again at night & found Corry had not taken out concrete
as agreed to but was preparing to close down the work for the season.
December Saturday 23: Arr’d at
December Sunday 24: Arrd home at . Wet snow all day - ab. 4''.
Walked down in pm to see Zac Burnham. Very bad walking. Turned cold at night &
December Monday 25: Christmas day. Rev M Symonds came
to house at & had
communion services with Mina, the boys & I went to services. Dinner
at home. Mina down stairs all day receiving callers but she is
not so well today. At went
up to Calcutts with children to tea. Spent evening there & at 9 went
up to Maria’s. Beautiful day & good sleighing.
December Tuesday 26: Office all day. Home
at night. Have a stiff neck. Cold & fine.
December Wednesday 27: Office all day & at night.
Walters [M-] came down from Lindsay to see me regarding closing down work
at Lindsay river. Decided to
do so. Cold & beautiful. Good sleighing.
December Thursday 28: Went to
December Friday 29: Office all day. Busy
getting out quantities for Trenton Section. Office
at night. Colder today.
December Saturday 30: Office. Fine
December Sunday 31: Walked down to see Zac Burnham in afternoon. Fine & cold.
[Note: On the inside back cover there is a list of payments made for rent of the house on Stewart and Elizabeth Streets during the year of 1899. They immediately follow.]
Date House Con Stewart &
Jany 19 - Feby 1st $20.00
April 1st 20.00
May 30 June 1 20.00
Aug 2nd Aug 1st 20.00
Aug 22 Sept 1st 10.
Oct 31 Nov 1st 20
Nov 30 Dec 1st 10
[Note: The entry ‘Jany 10 Jany 1st 10’ has been crossed out]