HISTORY OF CAMBORNE AND GLOUROURIM, Conclusion By R.D.P. Davidson


One of Mr. Yeoman's daughters [Sarah] was a teacher at Glourourim about 1882. His son Charlie was one of the characters of the place. Charlie, like a lot of other folk, had an aversion to hard work. He did his work in the easiest way possible. One hot day, he removed his boots while hoeing potatoes and buried his feet in the soil to cool them, hoeing as far as he could reach on all sides and then digging a fresh hole and thus proceeding across the field. Many pleasant hours were spent fishing in the nearby creek while hoeing too. The most enjoyable and hair-raising stunt was to take an old wagon wheel to the top of the hill above the house and let it roll down the steepest part. The wheel would go bounding down the hill over the fences (occasionally breaking them) and stone piles, until it came to rest in the creek that wound its way through the farm, while Charlie lay double up with laughter on the hillside above.
In winter, it was a pleasant diversion to coast down the same hill on a sort of toboggan made of the smooth side of bark from a "slippery" elm tree. Charlie later went to the "West" and the farm is now owned by George Ford. One of George Stewart's sons, Jack, was an early rancher near Maple Creek in Saskatchewan, about 1890 or before. When Jack Stewart left, the Stewart homestead passed through the hands of tenants to Joseph Nixon, then to Albert Snelgrove whose son Olaf is the present owner. Mr. George Kennedy is the present owner of the village Stewart property at the "Point". Up the branch road from the "Point", two small properties were established from this farm on the east side of the road. The larger one was sold to George Redpath in 1869, grandfather of the present owner Mrs. William Jibb [née Evelyn Redpath]. He died in 1873, leaving a widow and a family of small boys.
His widow was the first person I remember outside of our family and relatives. She was a small, thin and active lady with a great deal of unspent energy which she used unsparingly. Many times a year she walked a mile to our home when she was quite an old lady, carrying her knitting and would spend the day talking and knitting at high speed. It was hard to say which went the faster, her tongue or her needles. Her youngest son seemed to be on her mind a great deal, and in her later years she talked of him very much. One story wound up with the remark that "poor George" had no more need for some apple trees he had bought than a toad had for side pockets.
Her second son Sam acquired the place in 1880 and became Camborne's well-known carpenter and builder. Many frame barns in Hamilton Township still stand as a monument to his ability in that line of work. He was the builder of the new church at Camborne in 1898 and one at Plainville the next year. Many fine houses were also built by him. Sam was fond of adventures along new lines of business, and was to buy the blacksmith shop from William Cook about 1889. The shop was then rented to blacksmiths. Among the blacksmiths who worked at this shop were Tom Tinney and Tom McBride.
Since there was insufficient business at Camborne, the blacksmith shop was turned over to other uses by its resourceful owner. About the turn of the century it was turned into a grist mill. The power for the grinder was obtained from a windmill which was erected on a large pine mast t the end of the shop. This mast was sixty feet high and was obtained from a large tree growing in Albert Snelgrove's woods. A bee was held to erect the mast and it was no easy task. When up on end, it was some work to anchor it so that it would not sway too much in a high wind. Finally, it was completed and the grinder was ready to grind the first grist. If the wind blew a half gale, the mill worked splendidly but if it was only a gentle breeze, the mill would scarcely work. If the wind were from the east, the windmill would scarcely turn itself, let alone drive the grinder. In time, this method became too slow and the mill was sold. The dismantling was as big a job as the building had been and this closed Camborne's industrial development up to the present.
Previous to the grist mill, a cider mill was operated on the Redpath lot. It was quite successful for a few years. South of Redpaths was a small lot presented to Davy Watts by William Hore. Davy was a well-known character around Camborne. Like most of the other villagers, he was an Englishman from Yorkshire, I think. In the "old" country, he had been a laborer and was not adverse to a bit of poaching when the opportunity presented itself. He had many stories to tell about his adventures on the estates of the gentry, and he told them well. Consequently, Davy was a welcome helper on many a farm in the neighborhood. He was an ardent fisherman and hunter and would sooner do either than work for the farmers. No fishing party was considered complete without him. One favorite story concerned the sale of a large estate which brought the large price of 10,000 guineas. Davy would pause dramatically for the effect to sink in and would then remark, "Now wasn't that a mint o' money." His droll expression as he said it soon made this remark, whenever any person had told a "tall" tale, a necessary final statement. Davy's favorite hunting was for wild pigeons which, in the earlier days, actually darkened the skies. They were so numerous that a hunter could easily get 100 in a forenoon. Davy supplied dozens to the sick and "shut-ins". On one occasion a bear strayed into the district and a hunt was organized. Davy was very anxious to join in the fun but his sole weapon was an old muzzle-loading shotgun and his ammunition was only small bird shot. He had never seen a "bar" and off he went. He was the only one who did see the bear and blazed away at it with his old gun. The bear turned and ran into the swamp for the bird shot merely tickled it. Davy was scolded roundly for his foolishness but his surprised reply was, "Not shoot at the `bar'? Why I'd have shot that `bar' if the old gun had only been loaded with buttermilk." His old home is now owned by Evan Waldon.
To finish our history of Camborne, we will now go back to the village and turn down the other branch road. This was laid out about 1840 by William Hore and others to lead up to the Lacey farm and beyond. After crossing the creek, it wound around and upward to the hilltop. It still slumbers in the horse and buggy days so far as straightness is concerned. The first farm after the brook was crossed, Lot 21, was granted to N. Hagerman in 1802. His son, the Honorable Nicholas Hagerman, was the next owner. On his death in 1847, it was divided and sold to Thomas Cullis (south 100), John Fisher (northwest 50), and Thomas Lean (northeast 50). The whole lot was sold to, or inherited by, Richard Cullis by 1876 and the north half was farmed by him. The south half was rented to Joseph Lean and later sold to him. This farm is at present owned by Edgar Lean who also owns the south end of Lot 20. The north part was sold to N. Redpath and later to E. Woods who in turn sold to Gordon Lacey. It is now owned in part by Justin McCarthy and by Edgar Lean.
The next lot, Lot 22, was also granted to N. Hagerman; the Honorable C. Hagerman later sold it to Dan McEvers. He in turn divided it among his three sons: Truman, John, and Dan, Jr. in 1848. Dan in turn sold to James Lacey (west half) and the east part to Richard Cullis. Truman McEvers sold his part to Elijah McEvers in 1888 and he sold to Varley Sowden in 1898. Since then, the south half has been owned by Leslie Bowman and, recently, Mr. Lightle.
Richard Cullis sold his part of the north 100 to his son-in-law Albert J. Lacey. The west half went to Edwin Lacey and is now owned by his son Gordon Lacey. Lot 23 was originally granted in parts in different years, Abraham Culver getting the north half in 1826. He sold to George Lacey in 1829. This farm has been in the Lacey name ever since: James in 1835, to Edwin Lacey, then Gordon Lacey, the present owner. The south half also was acquired by James Lacey except for twenty acres at the south end. This farm passed to his son Albert J. Lacey, then to Leon Bowman, and is now owned by Stanley Jamieson.
Lot 24 was granted to King's College in 1825. The south half was sold to Donald Williamson and the north part to William and David Burnet in 1840. Burnets sold to John Black in 1862, and it was sold out of the Black name to Herb Bell. On his retirement, it was sold to William Jibb who brought his bride to the new farm in 1906. It is now owned by his son Willard.
Evidently at one time, it was thought that a new village would spring up at the south end of the south part for small lots were sold there by Sam Tapscott to two or three buyers, but in time nearly all of them were bought by the Williamsons who owned the north part of the lot. The Williamsons were sailors who developed a love for the land, for it is still in the Williamson name: from Donald to Ben, to Don, and at present it is owned by Clifford. With this, I finish the history of the farms around Camborne, except the 100 acres south of the village.
As it was not a part of Camborne then, its history is brief. In 1860, it was sold by the Burke family to Asa Burnham and then in turn to Thomas Nelson. He sold to Mrs. Nancy Crawford in 1893 and it was rented for a time to Ben Barker who had been a tin miner and fisherman in Cornwall. Ben had many a tale to tell of his adventures in the old land. His whimsical manner of talking made him a great favorite in the community. In looking over the minutes of the Sunday School in those days, Ben's name was always mentioned in connection with the Sunday School supper, held every fall to raise funds for the school. Nearly always, Ben was asked to "boil" the tea, a tremendous sin in the eyes of a housewife, but such is the way it was recorded in the minutes and I have often wondered how it tasted. Ben and his family moved away and the farm was sold to Thomas Parsons who lived there a few years until his son Bert was married and took over the farm. It is now owned by Edgar Lean.
I have not spoken of the history of Camborne Church for it was splendidly written and published in the Sentinel-Star of September 30, 1948 by Mrs. William Jibb [née Evelyn Redpath]. A list of the ministers for many years back is given there as well as descriptions of the church buildings over the past 100 years. The school at Camborne was also described in that article. Unfortunately, the list of the teachers who have guided the children of the village through the mazes of education more or less successfully is not complete. One of the earlier teachers, Mr. S.P. Robins, became Principal of McGill later. Incidentally, he married one of the daughters of William Hore. Between Mr. Robins and the present efficient teacher, Mrs. Teddy Lacey [née Margaret Sargent], there have been numerous teachers but I will not attempt to name them all without more information than I have at my disposal. At Glourourim, the list is more nearly complete, having been kept in the handwriting of the teachers in the back of an ancient register of the school. This list includes: J. Robb about 1860; D. Close; J. Dunhill, who married a daughter of Hugh Watt; Ephraim Rosevear about 1866; J. Day, 1868; J.V. Henderson; J. McArthur; M.A. Benson. Then a few ladies followed: Misses Mary Stewart of Camborne in 1880; M. Eagleson, 1881; Sarah Yeoman, 1882-1886; Maud Cooper; A.M. Cooke; Annie Benson, January 1892-1894; Rose Henderson, 1895-1896. Then followed Mr. Roderick Roddick, 1897, who followed the teaching profession for many years in the city of Toronto; Mr. Graham, who died during his first year at Glourourim; W. Edgar Inch, 1898-1899; Miss Ada Ward, 1900-1902, who also followed the profession in Toronto until she retired a few years ago; Miss Annie Jewell; Miss Jean Masson; Miss Thea Fraser, 1907; R.D.P. Davidson, 1908-1910; A. Horton, September-December 1910; followed by Miss Letitia Goudy who taught the school from January 1911 to June 1923, the longest in the history of the modern school. She was succeeded by Agnes Thomson, 1923-1924; Gladys Coburn, 1924-1930; Lorene Mann; Dorothy McCulloch and Agnes Carruthers, each with a five year term at Glourourim. In recent years, Margaret Russell, Lenore McBride, Willa Davey, Margaret Campbell, and Douglas McCracken have taught in this school. Mr. Moore is the present teacher.
Before signing off in this history, I must pay one last tribute to our valley. Many have told me of its wonderful air and the unusual beauty of the landscape. But no poet could ever do justice to the breath-taking panorama as one stood on the hill south of the village and looked up the Vale of Camborne through the light autumn haze at the flaming scarlet, bronze, brown, and yellow shading of the autumn leaves which were apt to show up anywhere in copse or woodland on the hillsides or down by the side of the brook. Certainly one could say, "Surely God is in this place." I will therefore close with this thought and invite all who are tired of "land all houses and streets all stone" to come out with us and dwell in the beautiful Vale of Camborne.
My thanks are extended to Mrs. William Jibb [née Evelyn Redpath], Mrs. Arthur Jamieson, Miss Edith Hoskin, and Mrs. Olaf [Kay] Snelgrove [née Kathleen Ferguson, adopted name Isaac] for use of manuscripts and documents, and perhaps most of all to those folk who in the last sixty years have told the tales that fascinated the mind of a small boy and man, even up to the present, and I hope will continue to do so for some years to come. Again, thank you.
Camborne, October 31, 1950. Compiled and written for Cold Springs' Women's Institute by R.D.P. Davidson, 1950. Published in the Cobourg Sentinel-Star. [Edited by Robert James Lean in 1991. Changes involved adding complete names (instead of just initials) and maiden names when these were known. Some changes have been noted by using square brackets in the text.]

Contributed by: Rob Lean,
Originally published in Coburg Sentinel-Star.


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