Courtice Family Reunion - 1899

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A pleasant gathering was the picnic held at Oshawa-on-the-Lake, when the lineage or descendants of old Father Courtice met to enjoy themselves in social chat and partake of the good tidings that make life enjoyable.

A nice place is Oshawa-on-the-Lake for picnics. Spacious rooms for eating and amusements, hot and cold water provided by Mr. Henry, the street cars going up town and back every now and then, and on the blue waters are seen scows loaded to the brim with stones to fill in some breakwater, or pleasure boats flitting here and there with their happy occupants, which all add life and beauty to the scene.

As we lounge in some shady nook, Mr. T. Courtice tells us that sixty-six years ago his father, Christopher Courtice sailed for Canada from England. His brother Thomas, having preceded him by a few years, wrote to tell him to come over to Canada, that he lived in the township of Darlington, six miles west of Bowmanville. Sailing along in a schooner with his family, he told the captain to land him at Port Darlington, where, stepping from the boat to the shore on a log, he left his family under an elm tree, while he set out into the then wooded country in search of his brother. Following along a creek for some miles he struck a small house or shanty with a new door. Enquiring within whether they knew of a Thomas Courtice, the good woman replied, "Yes, he was here yesterday and made that new door, and you are his brother from England, for he is expecting you." Having refreshed himself and getting information where his brother lived, he started out and soon found him on the spot where Mr. W.E. Courtice now lives. Then they both joyfully set out and brought in the family to the little clearing.

Years of hardship had the early settlers; when they could not sell their wheat or produce of any kind, subsisting on what they could, having no money to get necessaries, they were given time to pay for an axe or tools that they needed to work with. Thankful should the present generation be to those who have gone before and hewn the way for their prosperity that they may enjoy the luxuries and benefits of today.

Among those present were: Rev. Samuel Tucker and wife, Toronto; Thomas Courtice and S. Jeffery, Reeve of Port Perry, and their families; Mr. L.M. Courtice, reeve, and family; W.E. Courtice, Fred Courtice, W.L. Courtice, A.J. Courtice, A.E. Clemens, A. Rundle, Cameron Trull, also Mrs. Dr. Allin, Denver, Colorado. Regrets were expressed that Rev. A. Courtice could not be present. The program passed off nicely. Blake Courtice being chosen chairman gave an able speech, commenting on the good qualities of the Courtice family. It was suggested by L.M. Courtice that they should not overlook the fact that the family name was not increasing as fast as could be desired, and it was said that it might in time run out. ? "don't be afraid father," from Blake settled the matter and a genealogical book may as well be purchased, thought some.

A happy time was spent together and all sought their homes, made better by the enjoyment of the day.


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