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Excerpt from "Through The Years - A history of life in Hartley and surrounding district- Eldon Township,Victoria County,Ontario" Page 54 & 55

also two newspaper articles

Malcolm married Catherine McGinnis at Port Ellen, Scotland. With some of their children, they came to Canada and settled on the West Half of Lot 3, Concession 9, Eldon. They received a deed from the Crown in February, 1880.

They raised a family of eight - Malcolm; John; Archibald; Roddy; Gilbert; Alex; Neil and Annie.

John married Mary Ellen McCuaig ( a first cousin of Jane's) and lived on Lot 2, Concession 9, Eldon. He threshed in the summer and fall with his brother, Mac. John lost one arm in a hunting accident. They had a family of eight. Cassie married Charlie McKay and lived west of Eden, later she married Everett Jewell. Anna (1905-1982) married Melville Rutherford and farmed at Powles Corner. Duncan married Margaret Black and worked at the mines in Sudbury. Roddy (1912-1987) married Mary W. Hicks and is buried at Eden Cemetery. Harvey married Ethel Wilson and lives at Manilla. Bruce (1918-1977) married Vera Magee and lived in Toronto. He is buried at Smith's Cemetery. Merle married Gordon Sharpe and now lives in Cobourg.

Mary Ellen sold the farm around 1928 and moved to Hartley with her family. She later had to return to the farm. In 1945, she again sold the farm to William and Greta Morrison and moved back to Hartley, across from the school.

John (1867-1923), Mary Ellen (1878-1949) and son, Jack are buried at Smith's Cemetery.

Archibald was the world's champion bicyclist. He was killed in an accident on May 13, 1902 at Atlantic City, NJ in an effort to establish a new mile record. He was 29 years of age, according to his tombstone at Smith's Cemetery. Some family members believe, he was born on the ship coming to Canada.

Roddy, Gilbert, no information found.

Alex worked for the hydro and was killed at work while still a young man.

Neil married Mary Bell and lived first at Hartley at the Bell House, they later moved to Newcastle.

Annie no information found.

Transcribed from Newspaper article:

Word of the sad mishap which resulted in the death of Arch
McEachern the world's champion bicyclist was received by friends here Tuesday night and it is needless to say with deepest sorrow. The accounts as given by dispatches to the daily papers is as follows; -

Atlantic City; N.J. May 13 - Arch McEachern, the well known champion bicycle rider, of Toronto, Ont. while
being paced by a motor tandem this afternoon at the Coliseum track, met with an accident which resulted in his death 20 minutes later. The accident was the result of a breaking of the motor cycle. Riding the tandem were Alf
Boake and Robert B Thompson who have raced with McEachern for 10 years past.

The effort this afternoon was to establish a new mile record. Several miles had been covered when the chain
broke and in the sudden slowing up of the damaged tandem McEachern collided with it and shot into the air like
a rocket. His head struck against a projecting board which cut a gash in his neck from which blood spurted in a
stream. The jugular vein had been torn open. He expired shortly after his removal to the hospital.

McEachern was 23 years of age and was born in the township of Eldon near Hartley.


LORNEVILLE, March 26. - (Staff Correspondence) - While the owner was away working at the polling booth in Lorneville today, the home of Malcolm McEachern, one mile west of Lorneville, was completely destroyed by fire at noon. So rapidly did the fire spread that the women left at home were unable to save the furniture and almost all the contents went up in smoke. Mr. McEachern left his home at an early hour today to act as scrutineer at the poll booth in Lorneville.

The fire was not noticed by Mrs. McEachern until it had gained considerable headway. It was spreading rapidly in the partitions of the house when finally discovered and in a very few minutes the flames broke through the walls and the residence was a veritable furnace. The woman had to flee the house with practically none of their belongings. The terrible conditions of the roads made it practically impossible for neighbours to get to the house in time to be of any kind of assistance and the fire had free reign with the structure.

Mrs. McEachern, who has been ill, and her daughter, were given shelter at the home of a neighbour, Mrs. Arthur Lapp. The house is a two-storey structure of brick veneer and represents a considerable loss to Mr. McEachern.

Linked toMalcolm McEACHERN; Jane McQUAIG

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