The C. R. Hosmer Family
Second part from St. John Daily Sun
“The St. Andrews Land Company, of which Sir Leonard Tilley is president, R. S. Gardiner of Boston, secretary, and Eugene F. Fay of Boston, treasurer, comprises a coterie of American business men among whom may be named, in addition to these officers, Mr. Claflin of the celebrated mercantile firm of Claflin and Co., Boston; Mr. Lord, banker of Bangor; J. B. Coyle of the International Steamship Co.; Mr. Connors of the Old Colony Railroad; F. E. Boothby of the Maine Central; D. J. Flanders of the Boston and Maine, not forgetting F. W. Cram, general manager of the New Brunswick railway, who has been one of the moving spirits in the affair. The company have already invested a large sum of money in the purchase of sightly look-outs near the village proper, and have in fact secured possession of most of the available property of the plateau adjoining the town, as well as the two large islands in the contiguous waters. Corner lots in the village have not been overlooked, and although operations have been here and there retarded by the anxiety of land owners to obtain considerably more than the present market price for their property, the company have every reason to feel gratified at the manner in which their advances were generally met by the townspeople. Joe’s Point, where the camp was held last year, and much of the land in that vicinity, is now held by the company; and at almost every turn on the sweep around the point, and down past the terrace to Indian Point, the eye of the spectator is greeted with the sign: “Trespassers on these lands will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Of course, there have been some purchased by parties not connected with the company. For instance, T. Wedlock, Esq., of Shanghai and formerly of Windsor, N. S. , has bought the McRoberts farm, a mile and a half out from the town and facing the St. Croix river, (this is Strathcroix, Willa Walker’s property) for $3,000, a price far in advance of what was asked for the property before the land boom had assumed its present proportions. Mr. Harding (later C. R. Hosmer lot) of Harding and Smith, Saint John , has purchased for $950 a lot on the Victoria Terrace range of about two and three-quarter acres, and also a part of the Peacock farm at Joe’s point for $5,000. As a proof of the reality of the boom, and that the extravagant stories one hears one the streets of St. Andrews have some foundation in fact, we give the following extracts from the records in the office of the registrar of wills and deeds:
News and Notes About the Summer Tourists
" . . . The 'permanents' at the Algonquin are increasing day by day. There are now considerably over one hundred permanent guests on the list, among them being Sir Leonard Tilley, Lady Tilley and family; . . . C. R. Hosmer . . ."
In July the Beacon began a gossip column titled "What We Have Seen With Our Eyes and Heard with Our Ears Lately." Devoted to hotel information, esp. Algonquin. A sub-column titled "Amusing the Guests" almost seems sardonic.
"Progressive Euchre engaged the attention of the Algonquin guests on Wednesday evening last. The party was held in the parlour, and proved highly enjoyable. . . . Bubbles light as air floated ceiling ward in the Algonquin parlour Friday evening. 'Bubbles' was the game, and so intensely amusing was it that everybody was bubbling over with good spirits before it was over. Master Burnett, a five-year-old cherub, blew the biggest bubble among the little folks, and got the first prize, while the second prize was won by little Olive Hosmer, who blew the tiniest bubble. Among the children of larger growth there was much good-natured rivalry as to who should wear the laurel wreath."
Mrs. Robert Meighen and Miss Meighen, of Montreal, who were guests at the Algonquin last season, are again there. (Mrs. Hosmer at Algonquin)
Algonquin guests include C. R. Hosmer, of Montreal; John Hope, Montreal; Robert Meighen, Montreal; Fay, Cram. Judge Allen, Boston. George Innes, NJ.
General Manager of the CPR Telegraph Company, Mr. C/. R. Hosmer, and family will shortly leave town for SA, where they will take up their residence at the Algonquin for the season. Hon. C. J. Bonaparte and family, Baltimore, are among the distinguished American visitors expected at St. Andrews during the season. Mr. Bonaparte is a descendant of Prince Jerome Bonaparte youngest brother of Napoleon, by the marriage with Miss Patterson, of Baltimore.—Montreal Star
The gentle art of needlework flourished on the broad verandas of the Algonquin these pleasant summer mornings. Coming in from long rides on wheel, boat or buckboard, the rocking chairs prove very inviting and admonitions “To bring your fancy work and sit down awhile” are as frequent as in the days of New England Puritanism when to get up stitches and darn smoothly were the chief aim of women. A quartet of very accomplished needlewomen are Mrs. Heney and Mrs. Hosmer, two sisters from Montreal, Mrs. Page of Philadelphia, and Mrs. John J. Thomson, of Saint John , whose devotion to embroidery, however, does not prevent their taking a very active part in all the gayeties going on in the house. The latter has been one of the special leaders in all the entertainments at the Algonquin this summer.
A noted party of five ladies played five-handed euchre in the hotel office before the cheerful fire on Wednesday evening, the 2nd inst. It was their farewell game, after which they wished one another an affectionate adieu and hoped to meet again. thus the circle has gradually narrowed and many familiar faces are lost to view. the Bonapartes, the Winch’s, the Wheelers, the Hopes, the Egans the Wilsons, the Hosmers, the Thompsons, the Reids, the Lombards, the Gardiners and the Gilbert party no longer tarry at the Algonquin and cottage life is now the prominent feature at St. Andrews.
Mrs. Heney, with her delightful little family, are comfortably located at the Algonquin for the entire summer.
Mrs. Hosmer, with her son and daughter, Miss Olive, have already taken possession of their charming rooms in the wing of the Algonquin, which they will occupy for the rest of the season.
The Mountain House, Chamcook, is being generously patronized this summer. Among the recent guests have been Roland Jones, Arthur Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Hooper, Miss Van Horne, and party, Elwood b. Hosmer, Mr and Mrs. Hope, Miss Ewan miss A. L Ewan, Rev. Jas. Barclay, Francie Stephen, Olive Hosmer,. E. B. Hosmer, of Montreal; Rev. F Edwards, Mrs. Edwards, Miss Edwards Malden, Mass; Miss Agnes Hobart, Miss Garner, Boston; Miss Catherine Ames, North Easton; C. M Wallace, Providence; Jules Thebaud, Paris; Mr and Mrs. Walthew, New York; Mrs. And Mrs. Selfridges, Brookline, Mass, J. H R. Gillis, J. R. Trimble, C/ S Murphy, H. O. McGregor, H. W. Nicholas, W. Brown, H. G. Trimble, T. V. Lee, E. G. Chadwick, J Adams, A Hamilton, L. B./ Green, Calais; J. L. Thompson, Danforth; Charles page, Lowell, Mass; Mrs. E. E. Holyoake, Miss Watts, Woodstock; J. D. Hazen, Saint John.
**Tyn-y-coed enjoying a good run of guests.
Montrealers Coming to SA
That seaside resort, SA, NB, which still maintains its popularity with Montrealers, many of whom return season after season to renew pleasant summer friendships on the wide plazas of the Algonquin, is looking forward to a successful season. Many prominent Montrealers have already signified their intention of returning to their old quarters. Mr. and Mrs. John Hope, will as usual take up their residence at the Algonquin, about the end of June. their daughter, Mrs. G. R. Hooper, preferring the retirement of a cottage, has retaken the pretty one she occupied last year. Mrs. C. R. Hosmer and Miss Hosmer, Mrs. E. N. Heney and family, Mrs. Robert Meighen and Miss Meighen, are also among those who have taken rooms at the Algonquin for the summer. Montreal Star.
Miss Olive Hosmer, daughter of Mr. Charles R. Hosmer, and who is now ill in Paris with typhoid fever, is improving rapidly and is out of all danger.—Star.
Mr. C. R. Hosmer
The new Canadian Pacific Railway Director—A Good Selection
Mr. Charles, R. Hosmer, who on Monday afternoon was appointed to the directorate of the CPR, is generally acknowledge to be one of the ablest business men in Montreal, if not in Canada. His success has been most notable. He is still a young man, and it is not so many years ago, that he occupied a modest position with the Dominion telegraph Company. When the Canadian pacific decided to organize its present excellent Telegraph system, Mr. Hosmer took charge of it and the standing and strength of the CPR Telegraph Co today is an excellent testimonial to Mr. Hosmer’s splendid ability and business judgment. But Mr. Hosmer has scored striking success in other fields as well as his presence of the CPR board of directors means that already splendid group of business men will only be still further strengthened. the many people who daily go into Mr. Hosmer’s office are greeted by his cheery smile as well as the hundred who have met him in asocial way, will unite in saying that they would rather see Mr. Hosmer have the CPR appointment than probably any other man of their acquaintance.—Montreal Herald.
Among the equine turnouts now to be seen on the St. Andrews streets are those of Mr. Hugh Allan, the steamship magnate; Mr. Charles R. Hosmer’s, Mr. Smith’s and Mr. Hope’s, all on Montreal.
Our Summer Cottages
The following cottagers are expected here the coming summer:
1. Covenhoven—Sir William Van Horne and family, Montreal.
2. Lazy Croft—Mr. George F. Inness and family, Montclair, NJ.
3. Cedar Croft—Rev. A. T. Bowser and family, Wilmington, Delaware
4. Risford—Mrs. and Mrs. J. Emory Hoar, Brookline, Mass
5. Casa Rossa—Mrs. J. S. Ludlam, Lowell, Mass
6. Algonquin cottage—Ms. Thomas P. Curtis, Cambridge, Mass
7. Grimmer cottage (near Algonquin)—Mr. and Mrs. George Hooper, Montreal
8. Grimmer (brick) cottage—Prof. Wendell and family, of Cambridge
9. Bar road—Mr. and Mrs. E. Maxwell, Montreal
10. Bar road (new cottage)—Mrs. And Ms. William Hope, Montreal
11. Smith cottage—Misses Barlow and Mrs. Carpenter, Atlantic City
12. Donald MacMaster, K. C., and family, Montreal, new cottage King St. extension
13. Rev. Dean Sills and family, Portland, Maine, cottage near rectory
14. W. D. Hartt and family, Florida, cottage on Water Street
15. T. R. Wheelock and family, Boston, King Street cottage
16. Gardiner cottage—Mrs. William T. Payne and family, Yokahama, Japan
(Only 6 of 16 from Montreal, and only Canadians from Montreal; this doesn’t include the various cottageless Montrealers at the Algonquin, or the many cottageless Americans as well; the Hosmers, Meighen’s, etc., were here every year)
July 18, 1901
Hosmers at the Algonquin for summer. Have their horses and carriages with them. Shaughnessy’s also.
Hotel Arrivals—Montreal, C. R. Hosmer; E. H. Heney
Who’s Who and What’s What
Mr Randle, who is sojourning at the Algonquin with his family, is the president of the Sea Coast Packing Company, better known in these parts a the Eastport Syndicate. Mr. Randle hails from Chicago.
Mr. William Hope of Montreal, whose beautiful cottage on Bar road was opened for the first time this season, is an artist of considerable repute. Since coming to St. Andrews he has transferred many subjects to canvas.
Mr. Donald MacMaster, K. C., of Kingsbrae, is recognized as one of the ablest legal minds in Canada. He is interested in politics and literature; a man of an agreeable personality.
Miss Fielding, who was in St. Andrews last week, is a daughter of Hon. William Fielding, Canada’s finance Minister. She has been yachting with upriver friends.
Mrs. Eatough, widow of the late curate of Trinity church, Saint John, who is now visiting SA, is matron of the House for Incurables.
Harvard College is well represented among the visitors to St. Andrews. Prof. Smith, who is at the Algonquin, is President of Harvard Law School. Mr. H. C. Copeland, who is at Kennedy’s, is a lecturer on English literature. Mr. H. C. Rideout, at Miss Ross’s, is an instructor at Harvard. The Board of Overseers is represented here, besides other departments of this great educational institution.
Rev. Mr. Winfield, who preached so acceptably in Greenock Church on Sunday morning, is the pastor of the Presbyterian church at Westmount, Montreal. He was chaplain to “The Aberdeens” when Lord Aberdeen was Governor General of Canada. Mr. Winfield is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell, Bar Road.
Judge Allen, at the Algonquin, who has been a summer resident at St. Andrews for several years, is a member of the Supreme court of Mass.
Mr. C. J. Bonaparte, another Algonquin guest who has been making St. Andrews his summer home for quite a lengthy period, is a leading lawyer of Baltimore. He is also one of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College. He recently obtained some publicity, in the United States, through his opposition to the proposal to bestow Harvard degree upon President McKinley. Mr. Bonaparte, who is a direct descendant of Prince Jerome Bonaparte by his American wife, (Miss Patterson) is a man of literary tastes.
Mr. Justice Street, of Toronto, who takes such a deep interest in golf and outdoor sports, is a member of the Supreme Court bench of Ontario. He is a man of pleasing address, a delightful conversationalist and highly esteemed by his fellow sojourners.
Dr. W. H. Watson, at the Algonquin, a leading physical of Utica, NY. He is also entitled to the degree of L. L. D.
Dr. J. G. Wilson, at the Algonquin, is a prominent member of the medical fraterni8ty of Philadelphia.
Mr. Thomas Barlow, who is spending the season with his son and other members of his family, at the Smith cottage, is one of the keenest of Philadelphia’s keen lawyers. In politics he is a Republican, but in municipal affairs he is a Philadelphian. he is a man of advanced ideas and would make an excellent permanent summer resident.
Mr. J. P. Hudson, of New York, who has been summering at Kennedy’s hotel with his family, is calendar clerk of the circuit court, Brooklyn. he is a native of SA, and obtained his first knowledge of law at Fredericton, where he resided for a number of years before removing to the United States.
Mr. Nelson Cliff, who is spending the season here, was formerly a resident of NB’s capital, but removed to the United States some years ago. He has orange groves in Florida and spends his winters between Florida and the Bermudas. He is a bachelor, an ardent golfer and a very agreeable gentleman.
Mr. C. R. Hosmer, who is registered at the Algonquin, obtained prominence through his association with the promoters of the CPR. As manager of the CP’s Telegraph Company he did much to bring the company up to its present degree of efficiency. He is one of Montreal’s wealthiest and most public spirited citizens.
Mr John G. Grey, at the Algonquin, is a leading lawyer of Wilmington Delaware.
Mr. George F. Inness, who has been sojourning at his summer residence, “Lazy Croft,” for the past two months, is one of the most successful of American’s artists. A son of the late George Inness, the celebrated American painter, he was early brought in to contact with the easel and brush. In addition to the training he received under his father’s eyes, he has had the benefit of the teachings of some of the best of the old world masters. His paintings long since won for him merited recognition at the Salon, Paris. He is an enthusiast in his profession. A member of one of New York’s’ crack military corps he is likewise a splendid horseman and a great lover of the horse. Personally, he is everything that is pleasing. Mrs. Inness is a woman of very charming personality, devoted to her husband’s interests and devoted to her family. She is a daughter of the late Mrs. Roswell smith, who spent several seasons at SA, and is associated with one of the oldest and wealthiest publishing houses in the United States. She is woman of broad and cultured mind, deeply interested in church work, and of generous disposition.
Rev. A. T. Bowser, who is one of St. Andrews most esteemed summer residents, is pastor of the leading Unitarian church of Wilmington.
Dr. Hartt, who resides at the Lorimer cottage, is a leading and wealthy physical of Philadelphia. he has his yacht moored in the harbor and has a white Indian pony for his two children. His wife . . . possesses much wealth.
Mr. T. G. Shaughnessy, whom we seldom see as often as we would like, but whose family occupies rooms for the season at the Algonquin, is President of the CPR, and as well is a very busy man. He owns a building lot in St. Andrews and proposes someday erecting a beautiful summer home here.
Sir William Van Horne needs no introduction to the Beacon readers. As the leading spirit in the accomplishment of the CPR, with its extensive connections, Sir William has a reputation that is almost world wide. In addition to his connection with the great railway system of Canada he is associated in a number of other gigantic enterprise, such as the building of a railway in Cuba, the inauguration of the recently discovered system of submarine signalling; the manufacture of pulp at Grand Mere, Quebec; the development of the coal and iron industry at Sydney; and several other of lesser magnitude. He owns an extensive ranch near Winnipeg, has a palatial home at Montreal, and as Beacon readers know, is the possessor of a growing stock farm and an elegant summer home on Minister’s Island, St. Andrews. He is an artist of no mean ability, a collector of Japanese curios, and an authority thereon; has a thorough knowledge of architecture, and has also literary interests which he can afford to indulge. He is an approachable and affable man. His domestic relations are singularly felicitous.
Mr. Allen MacDonnell, whose family is sojourning at St. Andrews, is the head of one of the largest contracting firms in Canada. He has been summering in St. Andrews for several seasons and finds life so agreeable that he contemplates establishing a permanent summer home here.
Mr. W. W. Watson of Montreal, who is at Mrs. Johnson’s with his family, is manager of the Montreal Sugar refinery, one of the largest manufacturing enterprises in Canada.
Mr. Frank Redpath, chief of the engineering department of the same refinery, is also a guest at Mr. Johnsons.
Rev. Thatcher Kimball, who has been a recent visitor at St. Andrews in years gone by, and who is now summering at Mr. George Mowatt’s, is rector of the Anglican church at West Summerville.
Mr. Edward Maxwell, who owns the sightly summer home at the farther of the Bar Road, is an architect of considerable prominence in Montreal, and is greatly esteemed as a summer resident of St. Andrews.
Mr. T. R. Wheelock, who has a delightfully situated summer residence here, has extensive business interests in China. When not giving them his personal attention, he makes his home in Boston. He is a man of bright, active disposition, a keen golfer, wheelman and yachtsman. His son Geoffrey and Gordon Wheelock have his love for outdoor sport, they are recognized as two of the steadiest golfers this side of the Atlantic.
Prof. Wendall, of Harvard college, has not honored St. Andrews with his presence this season. but his wife and children have occupied a cottage during the summer. The professor is a novelist of some reputation and is a man of light and ? in Boston and vicinity.
Mr George R. Hooper, of Montreal, who has been spending a part of his summer very agreeably at St. Andrews for several years past, is connected with a large manufacturing concern in Quebec. he is a keen horseman a polo player, a golf enthusiast, holds or did hold the responsible position of Master of the Hounds in the Montreal Kennel Club, is Major in the Montreal Militia, and is one of the best fellows standing in shoe leather. He has a charming wife, whose broad generosity has placed at least one religious denomination in St. Andrews under a debt of gratitude to her.
Mr. Frank Thomas, who occupies Rev. Mr. Mahon’s dwelling, is a member of the Thomas and Mitchell Morocco Manufacturing Company, Wilmington, Del. He is also president of the board of trustees of the Wilmington Unitarian church. Those who know him best say he a “good fellow.”
Mr. C. R. Hosmer, who is registered at the Algonquin, obtained prominence through his association with the promoters of the CPR. As manager of the CPR Telegraph Company he did much to bring the company up to its present degree of efficiency. He is one of Montreal’s wealthiest and most public spirited citizens.
Charles Hosmer has purchased Harding property (2 and a half acres) and proposes summer home.
Sir William Van Horne is building a large extension to his summer residence at St. Andrews. He is also making additions to his stock houses, and is going in more extensively for breeding both horses and cattle. It is understood that Mr Charles R. Hosmer has decided to erect a residence there somewhat similar to that of Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s, and that Mr. John O’Leary will be the contractor.—Montreal Star.
A Sad Fatality
Mr. Robert Stevenson, Contractor, Instantly Killed by the CPR Train.
Mr. Robert Stevenson, building contractor, of SS, was instantly killed by the incoming train at Bar Road crossing, three miles from town, yesterday forenoon. He was driving over to Sir William Van Horne’s (where he had a contract on hand) and had his team half-way over the track, when the engine struck the carriage. Horse and carriage were dragged 50 or 60 feet along, the horse being terribly mutilated. The occupant of the carriage was badly bruised about the head though he features were not disfigured.
A freight car and a horse car, containing Mr. C. R. Hosmer’s three horses and carriage from Montreal, were derailed, the rails twisted Andover turned beneath them and about twenty feet of the crossing platform swept away.
there were fifteen or twenty passengers on the train. They did not know that an accident had occurred until they found the cars stopped. Among the passengers were Judge Street, Mrs. Street and Miss Street of Toronto; Miss McIntosh and maid, of Montreal; Mr. and Mrs. Reuben T. Algar, of South Dartmouth, Mass.,; Mr. John Pl O’Leary, of Montreal, and Dr. Murray McFarlane and wife, of Toronto.
The engine was being driven by Mr. Robert Purton, Conductor Donahue being in charge of the train. (Ladd?) The train hands say that the train had come to a stop as it approached the crossing and had whistled and rung as usual. the cars were moving slowing when the carriage descending the steep declivity on the upper side of the track appeared in sight. The train was brought a standstill with the fourth or passenger car across the roadway.
Dr. Gove, coroner, having viewed the remains, gave the Free Masons authority to bring the body into Undertaker Rigby’s where he will begin an inquest. Carriages drove out from town and brought in the passengers. the tack was cleared in a few hours afterwards.
Mr. Stevenson was a native of SA, having been born here 62 years ago. His wife, Miss Agnes Creighton, of SS, died 12 years ago. he has two sons, Harry, of Sydney, C. B., Alexander of Boston, now visiting in SS, and one daughter, Miss Jennie Stevenson, visiting in Nova Scotia. His brothers are Thomas C. and Hugh, of SS, and Sheppard, of St. Andrews; his sisters, Mrs. T. K. McGeachy, Mrs. Edward price, Mrs. C. W. DeWolfe and Miss Sarah Stevenson, all of St. Stephen. Postmaster S
Stevenson, of Sa, is a cousin.
He is a man who was universally respected and esteemed. As a building contractor he had few superiors. Among the buildings he erected here were the Algonquin Hotel, Sir William Van Horne’s residence and stock-barn, also the summer residences of Donald MacMaster, K. C., Edward Maxwell, and William Hope, A. R. VC. A. of Montreal; T. R. Wheelock of Boston, Rev. A. T. Bowser, of
Wilmington, Del., and Mr. Edward Odell, at Chamcook Lake. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, St. Stephen.
The presence of so many CPR magnates in St. Andrews suggests the transaction of important business. At the beginning of this week there were in town Sir William Van Horne, chairman of the CPR, directorate; Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, president and general manager; W. R. Baker, Assistant Vice-president; Messr. G. Hopkins, C .R. Hosmer and Robert Meighen, leading members of he company.
The basketball team had a fun afternoon at Chamcook Lake, returning by train. Hosmers take friend on a buckboard ride to Chamcook Mountain. Yachting and canoeing parties on Bay and river. Ping pong tournament.
The New Algonquin
First Opening Under the Auspices of the CPR
The Algonquin hotel, brighter and more beautiful than ever, has opened its door for another season. From basement to roof the house has been thoroughly renovated and improved. Painters, mason and carpenters, with brush and hammer and trowel, have done their part in the general scheme of improvement. The plumber, too, in the addition of sixteen bath rooms has played no unimportant part. It needed but the deft fingers of woman to put the finishing touches—the touch artistic—to the whole scheme. This fell to the lot of the energetic housekeeper, Mrs. Banks, and her assistants, and they have left nothing undone in their departments. The rooms are neat and clean—clean wall, new line, new carpets and matting—everything bright and fresh. The parlors are artistically arranged. The grand dining rooms, elegant before, has been vastly improved by the addition of lace curtains to all the windows. The walls and ceiling have also passed through the hands of the painter. Snowy line, new silver and new dishes cover the tables, making everything attractive to the eye. In the culinary department changes of the better have also been made. The new palm room and news room are interesting features of the renewed hotel. So also is the new acetylene gas system by the hotel is lighted.
Mr. Henry S. Houston, who was house manager of the Piney Woods hotel, Thomasville, Georgia, last winter, is the new resident manager. He is evidently a capable hotel man and has favorably impressed all who have met him. He will have as chief clerk Mr. Alexander Lightfoot, also from the Piney Woods. Many of the old staff will be found at their accustomed posts,--Mrs. Banks, the house-keeper; the chef, Mr. Colby; engineer Lewis; Mr. Halpin, who presides over the barber shop and billiard room; Hubert Stinson, the hustling chief of the bell staff, and others.
Many of the old guests appear on the managers book this season— Prof. Smith, and family, Mr. Chas. Allen and niece, Mr. H. F. Windram and Miss Windram, Mrs. Benson and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roger N. Allen, Mrs. C. R. Hosmer and daughter, Mrs. Heney, Miss McKenzie, Dr. Sweetland, Miss Sparks, Judge Street and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Bonaparte, Mrs. J. H. Thompson and daughter and many others.
March 4, 1904
E. N. Heney, Montreal
Montreal, Feb 26
E. N. Heney, proprietor of one of the largest carriage and harness manufacturing establishments in Canada, was found dead in bed at his home on Metcalfe Street this morning. He was 52 years of age and a prominent club man. His widow is a sister of Mrs. Charles R. Hosmer, whose husband is so prominently connected with the CPR. He was a prominent conservative. Heart failure was the cause of death, Mr. Heney evidently having passed away while he slept.
[Mr. and Mrs. Heney have been frequent visitors to St. Andrews in the summer season. Mrs. Heney’s friends here, will sympathize with her in her sudden bereavement]
The Summer Cottages
A Word about the Doings Around the Algonquin Hotel
Algonquin avenue, with its row of handsome new cottages, is rapidly becoming a very sightly spot. In addition to the cottages, a crew of men with horses is busily engaged in grading the ground between the cottages and the road. The knoll near the hotel has been cut down and the earth and gravel carted to the farther end of Cottage Avenue.
The cottages themselves are models of neatness and taste and are very comfortable looking inside and out.
No. 1 cottage is one story in height and covers an area of 44 x 29 feet. It has four large bed-rooms, a bath room and a capacious reception room. There is a verandah 6 ft., 6 in. broad running along the front and southern side. This cottage is under lease.
No. 2 cottage is also a one-story building, 40 x 26 ft. 6 in., with a 6 ft. 6 in. verandah along the front and northern side. It has four sleeping rooms, a bath room and reception room.
No. 3 is a two-story building, 42 x 34 on the ground, with an 8 foot gallery. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, bath room and reception room. Upstairs there are three large bedchambers, with a large hall or landing, also a bath room. This cottage is under lease to Mr. C. R. Hosmer, of Montreal.
No. 4 cottage is the largest of the lot. It is after the style of the Quebec country house. It covers an area of 43 ft. 6 in. x 29 feet, and has a 6 ft. 6 in. gallery on the front and two sides. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, a bath room and reception room, and it has the same number of rooms upstairs.
Pipes for hot and cold water and gas are led from the hotel buildings. The plumbing is to be done by W. H. Donovan of Saint Stephen. All the cottages have very artistic fire places. They will be furnished in sumptuous style. Mr. J. P. O’Leary, of Montreal, has been superintending the erection of the buildings and has pushed them along rapidly. He has a first-class foreman in Mr. Robert Clark, of Montreal.
In addition to the work on the cottages some slight improvements are to be made on the Algonquin hotel. The verandah will be floored, the smoking and reading room turned into one room, and a billiard table put in the room downstairs.
A pumping station will be erected at the new well that is now being bored by Mr. Kent.
The Hopkins cottage will be occupied this season by Mr. Egan and family of Ottawa.
“The Anchorage,” which is under lease to a wealthy American for the summer, has been brightened up with a coat of white paint. A wood furnace has also been added.
Looks Promising for a Successful Season
The outlook for summer business is very promising. The Algonquin hotel, which will be managed again this season by Harvey and Wood, has many bookings; so also has Kennedy’s hotel.
The cottages of Sir William Van Horne, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, Mr. William Hope, Mr. Edward Maxwell, Mr. T. R. Wheelock, Mr. Donald MacMaster, Mr. D. Bleakney Hoar and Rev. A. T. Bowser will be occupied by these families again.
Rev. H. Phipps Ross and wife of Taunton, Mass, occupy their Chamcook villa.
Major and Mrs. G. R. Hooper will again be the occupants of the Grimmer cottage.
The Hopkins cottage will be tenanted by Mrs. Egan and Mrs. John Hope, of Montreal.
No. 1 Algonquin cottage will have as its first tenants Mr. and Mrs. John Hope, of Montreal.
No. 3 Algonquin cottage in the same row has been engaged for the season by Mr. Charles R. Hosmer of Montreal.
Mrs. Warren, a New York lady, will occupy the Anchorage with her family.
Judge Street and family and Mr. and Mrs. Langton, of Toronto, will be tenants of the Smith cottage.
Mr. C. S. Everett, of Saint John, will occupy his summer cottage.
Mrs. George F. Smith and the Misses Smith, of Saint John; Mrs. Morris and Miss Morris, of New York, will be among the occupants of Elm Corner Cottage.
Mr. F. P. McColl, of Chicago, who purchased the Dr. Parker cottage, expects to occupy it this season. He has had it completely remodelled, also the grounds laid out with tennis court.
Mr. A. R. Macdonnell and family, of Montreal, have leased Chestnut Hall for the season.
Mr. A. P. Young, of Holton, is preparing to occupy his cottage.
Colonel Hume, of Houlton, it is expected will occupy his lately bought premises this season.
Negotiations are in progress for the leasing of the Algonquin (Grimmer cottage), the Gardiner cottage, the Robinson cottage and the remaining cottages on Algonquin avenue.
The Tilley house is likely to be occupied this season.
A Story of Sir William Van Horne
When Sir William Van Horne was president of the CPR, the racing of that company’s and the Grand Trunk trains into Montreal was a constant source of danger to the public. Agitation grew hot. The city passed a law to prohibit it. Van Horne, called his engineers together one morning, and read aloud the ordinance.
“Now men,” he said, “that the law, and you’ve got to obey it. I shall suspend any engineer who breaks it. That’s all I’ve got to say, except this, heaven help the engineer that lets a Grand Trunk train beat him into this town!”—London Scraps
Sir William Van Horne reports an “all pervading prosperity” in the west. If the CPR would take hold of St. Andrews and develop it as a port a little of that prosperity that Sir William tells us about might pervade the east. It is not too early to begin.
Mr. C. R. Hosmer, who is enjoying his vacation in SA, tells the readers of the Montreal Star that he owes his success to the telegrapher’s key. He was a little over thirteen when he started in the back office of a country dry goods store at Coteau Landing. He loved his work; he kept everlastingly at it, and promotion followed. He is now one of the wealthiest men in Canada, and one of the pleasantest men that one meets at Canada’s summer resort.
Three Montreal Ladies in Peril—Two Injured
A trail of frightened horses, broken-wagons and angry drivers usually follow the automobile when it starts out on roads that are unfrequented by such machines.
It was so in the case of Mr. R. Downing, Paterson, of Saint John; although he was on his bridal tour and everything should have been lovely. Mr. Paterson, his bride and auto were on their way to New York from St. Andrews on Thursday afternoon last for shelter for the night. As they approached the town on the St. John road, a carriage containing Mrs. Hosmer, Mrs. Heney and Mrs. Brimacombe, of Montreal, was moving in the same direction from the shore road. Neither saw the other until the auto suddenly shot out from behind Mr. Daniel Hanson’s residence. The sudden appearance of the swift-going machine and caused Mrs. Hosmer’s horse to swerve, when the carriage was upset and all three ladies were thrown out. Driver John Russell succeeded in preventing the horse from running away, otherwise a more serious accident might have happened. Mrs. Hosmer sprained her ankle and received a severe shaking up. Mrs. Heney suffered a wrench to her neck, while the other lady escaped without much injury. The wagon was considerably damaged.
The auto continued on its way to the Algonquin, where Mr. and Mrs. Paterson spent the night. On their outward run the next morning they alarmed Grimmer and Keay’s delivery horse and another upset was the result. Some of the top hamper of the wagon was carried away and the good scattered about. Returns from the out parishes have not yet been received.
If early enquiry for cottages is any evidence of a successful summer season then the season of 1905 ought to be a very prosperous one for St. Andrews. The representative of the CPR summer interests here says that he is being besieged with inquiries from people in both the United States and Canada for summer abiding places.
F. W. Thompson and C. R. Hosmer have already secured the same hotel cottages as last summer.
The Frontier Line S. S. Company do not propose waiting of the St. Andrews electric lights. They will install a light of their own at their wharf, connecting with the steamer’s dynamo whenever she is here.
I conversation with a Sun man, Mr. Reed said that extensive improvements would be made to the Algonquin Hotel at St. Andrews and no effort or expense would be spared to make St. Andrews a popular and fashionable summer resort, which would, he hoped, rival the well watering places of the United States.
Rev. Dr. McWilliams and wife, of Cleveland, O., whose visit to St. Andrews was so greatly enjoyed last year, have taken the Smith cottage for this season.
Mr. Allen R. MacDonnell and family, of Montreal, will occupy “Hawthorne Hall” this summer
Mr. and Mrs. Hooper, of Montreal, will occupy the Grimmer cottage alongside the Algonquin hotels as usual.
Mr. George Hopkins, of New York expects to occupy his summer residence this season.
The occupants of the cottages attached to the Algonquin hotel will be: No. 1, Mr. Henry Josephs, Montreal; No. 2, Mr. Mortimer Davis, Montreal; No. 3, Mr. C. R. Hosmer, Montreal; No. 4, Mr. F. W. Thompson,, Montreal.
The Gardiner cottage will be tenanted by Mr. Percy Cowans, Montreal.
Reported Senator MacKay and C. R. Hosmer to build summer homes in St. Andrews. Hosmer has cottage four this summer.
Here are a few of the place-names about SA, with the names of the owners or present occupants:
Covenhoven—Sir William Van Horne
Rossmount—Rev.. H. P. Ross
Cedar Croft—Rev. A. T. Bowser
Resthaven—F. W. Thompson
Bide-a-Wee—C. R. Hosmer
Lazy Croft—G. B. Hopkins
Park cottage—D. R. Forgan
Tipperary Fort—Sir Thomas Shaughnessy
Top Side—T. R. Wheelock
Kings Brae—D. MacMaster
Chestnut Hall—Mrs. Simpson
Linden Grange—Lady Tilley
Clover Bank—Miss Ottie Smith
Ainslee Villa—F. P. McColl
Maplehurst—C. S. Everett
Red Cliff—A. P. Young
Beech Hill—George Mowat
Elm Corner—Miss Mowatt
Rose Bank—R. A. Stuart
Ifield—Rev. Dean Sills
The Anchorage—Mr. F. G. Andrews
Sea View—Mrs. John Robinson
Mrs. Hosmer and Miss Hosmer, who leave on the 13th of this month to take the Mediterranean trip, will be accompanied by Miss Marjorie Heney.
March 15, 1906
Sir William Van Horne is, as many of our readers know, keenly interested in the improvement of Canadian livestock. His beasts are prize-winners at leading shows in United States and Canada, and his farms in NB and the Canadian North-West stand in high repute. One of the main objects of Sir William’s present visit to this country is to purchase pedigree Clydesdales and Shorthorns for shipment to Canada, and will shortly leave London for Scotland with this end in view. Another well-known Canadian Pacific director, Mr. C. R. Hosmer, left for New York on the Celtic on Feb 17 with his family for a sojourn in Southern Europe. He intended to get off at Gibraltar, proceeding through Spain to Biarritz, and remaining there for five or six weeks.—London Canadian Gazette
Some very stylish horses and handsome equipages may be seen about St. Andrews streets now. Mr. George B. Hopkins, of New York, has a handsome pair of high-stepping American hackneys. Sir Thomas Shaughnessy has sent three horses from Montreal; C. R. Hosmer, three; F. W. Thompson, three; Clarence McCuaig, two; Mortimer Davis, three; Morris Davis, two; Mr. Evens, two. The greater number of these horses are at Mr. Russell’s new stable. Two are quartered in the Cummings barn.
Governor-General of Canada Visits SA
In the dawning of the morning of Saturday last, Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada, and party steamed in to St. Andrews from St. John remained in their private car well until 9:20 o’clock when by appointment his Excellency received Mayor Snodgrass and the members of the town council. Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, who was present, also introduced a few citizens to the governor –general.
His Excellency was in good humor and chatted pleasantly for a few minutes with his visitors. During the brief reception a magnificent big Newfoundland dog persisted in leaping about the Earl, showing affection that was honestly genuine. After breakfast the party entered the carriages of Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, Mr. C. R. Hosmer and Mr. F. W. Thompson, of Montreal, and were driven to the Algonquin hotel. The forenoon was quietly spent, a run out to the Algonquin golf links being the chief feature. The party partook of luncheon at Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s residence, returning to the hotel afterwards. A large tent was erected on the bowling green for the informal reception at 4 o’clock, but the rain beginning to fall, the tend idea was abandoned, and the reception was held in the drawing room of the hotel. It was of a very informal character. Almost all the hotel guest attended. Among others were Sir William Van Horne, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, G. W. Ganong, M. P. George, J. Clarke, M. P. P. W. C. H. Grimmer, M. P. P Mayor Teed of SS; Mayor Snodgrass, Aldermen Cockburn, Hanson, Cummings, Doon, Rigby, Horsnell, McDowell, and Greenlaw, Sheriff Stuart, Mrs. Stuart, Miss Stuart, Judge Cockburn, Mrs. Cockburn, F. H. Grimmer, Miss Grimmer, R. E. Armstrong, Miss Armstrong, Mrs. Very Whitman, Misses Maloney, Miss Gordon, R. Walter Clarke, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs N M. Clarke, T. R. Wren, Miss Freda Wren and W. F. Kennedy. A feature of the reception was the presentation of a handsome bouquet to her Excellency by Master Whitman, on behalf of the American visitors, and also one by little Miss Farmer.
Saturday evening after the shower was over the governor-general and his aide strolled about town. On Sunday morning their Excellencies worshipped in All Saints’ church and listened to a good sermon by the Rev. R. R. J. Langford. As they passed out of the church, the choir sang the national anthem. After church they were driven to Minister’s Island, where they lunched with Sir William Van Horne. The party entered their car at 9 o’clock Sunday night and retired. On Monday morning, the car was attached to the regular express and proceeded to Point du Chene. After a trip through PEI Earl Grey will return to the capital.
Mr. Hosmer’s team of blacks made their first appearance of the season in St. Andrews on Thursday last, Mr. John Russell hold the ribbons as skilfully as ever. Mr. Albert Denley has added another horse to his coaching stable. He has now got four horses. It is his intention to run both coach and buck-board this summer and he may possibly branch out in other lines.
C. R. Hosmer soon to begin building
What Some of our Summer Residents Do at Home
Sir William Van Horne is first of all a good citizen; incidentally, it might be mentioned that the late Queen Victoria, of honoured memory, created him a Knight commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; also that he is chairman of the Canadian pacific Railway, Co., the head of the Cuban railway system, and is identified with a score of other enterprises of a more or less stupendous character.
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, K.C.V.O., is President of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, which ought to be glory enough for one man. In looking after the multitudinous interests of this great corporation his time is so fully occupied that St. Andrews sees all too little of him.
Charles F. Smith, who has recently become a permanent summer resident, is president of the James McCready Shoe Company, Ltd., of Montreal, a director of the Merchants’ Bank, of the Laurentide Paper Co., and of other mammoth corporations. He is a man of charming personality and a welcome addition to the cottage population of St. Andrews.
Hon. Robert Mackay, of Montreal, is a Senator of Canada, and one of its wealthiest capitalists. He is associated with a large number of industrial and financial enterprises.
D. Blakely Hoar, of Brookline, Mass., is a member of the legal firm of Brandeis, Dunbar and Nutter, of Boston.
Mr. E. L. Pease, who is registered at the Algonquin, is the general manager of the Royal Bank of Canada.
Mr. George B. Hopkins, banker, broker, yachtsman and good fellow generally, is a citizen of New York, and a warm advocate of St. Andrews as a summer and yachting resort.
Mr. Thomas R. Wheelock is a retired merchant of Shanghai, China, who resides in Boston when he is not occupying his beautiful summer home in St. Andrews.
Mr. C. R. Hosmer is President of the Ogilvie Flour and Mills Company, a director of the CPR and of several other large corporations. A man of great energy, and of a winning personality. Regarded as one of the wealthiest residents of Montreal.
Mr. F. W. Thompson is vice-president and managing director of the Ogilvie Flour Mills Company.
Mr. Leslie Gault is a member of the big dry goods house of Gault Brothers, Montreal.
Mr. E. B. Osler, M. P., of Toronto, is a lawyer of eminence, being a member of the firm of Osler, Hammond and Nanton, of Toronto and Winnipeg. He is a brother of Prof. Osler, of Oxford, whose jocular ideas on Oslerization at sixty have gained him considerable prominence. Mr. Osler is a director of the CPR and is associated with other large enterprises as well.
Mr. Henry Josephs, a member of the brokerage firm of Josephs and Co., of Montreal, is one of the wealthiest residents of the Canadian metropolis.
Prof. Jeremiah Smith, of Cambridge, by profession a barrister, is one of the professors at Harvard College. Of a kindly, genial disposition he is held in great respect by the guests of the Algonquin—where he makes his summer home—and by the townspeople generally.
Jeremiah Smith., Jr., is one of the younger members of the Massachusetts bar, with a bright future before him.
Rev. Charles Silis needs no introduction to the people of St. Andrews. At present he is rector of the Anglican Church at Geneva, New York. Was dean of the diocese of Portland, Maine, under the late Bishop Neely.
Rev. A. T. Bowser, a leading member of the Unitarian denomination, recently pastor of the First Unitarian church at Atlanta, Georgia, has been so long and intimately identified with the summer interests of St. Andrews that he is regarded as a citizen in full fellowship and not as a stranger within its gates. Of a most kind and loveable disposition he is respected by the community at large.
Among recent visitors was Rev. Dr. McShane, “The little Cure” of St. Patrick’s church, Montreal. Fr. McShane is one of the youngest, as he is one of the most influential congregations in Montreal. A broad and liberal Christian gentleman he has many friends in St. Andrews. Outside his church work, he is best known as a Drummond enthusiast. His lectures upon the author of The Habitant are kindly remembered here.
Rev. J. A. McCallen, who is a guest at Kennedy’s hotel, is a profound theologian of the Catholic Church and at present holds a professor’s chair in the Roman Catholic Seminary at Baltimore. He hails from Philadelphia, but was for a long period a resident of Montreal.
Mr. John P. Hudson, who is at the Algonquin with members of his family, is the clerk of the Supreme court of the State of New York. He is a native of SA, having been born in the little cottage fronting upon Fort Tipperary. At the period of his birth, Mr. Hudson’s father was the officer in charge of the barracks.
Rev. Phipps Ross, proprietor of beautiful “Rossmount,’ Chamcook is well known as a clergyman of the Anglican church of the United States. Hs been recently rector of the Anglican Church at Providence, R. I. He is a man of cultured mind, holds broad views on religious matters, and personally is very popular.
Mr. W. J. Wilson, of Ottawa, who is at Kennedy’s hotel, is a member of the geological staff of Canada. He has been studying the fossils of the region.
Mr. Cawthra Mulock, of Toronto, who is at the Algonquin, is a son of Sir William Mulock. Mr. Mulock is probably the wealthiest young man in Canada at the present time. By profession he is a lawyer.
Dr. Ellis, who is at The Locusts, is professor of chemistry in the University of Toronto.
Mr. Edward Maxwell, who owns a charming little summer home near “the Bar,” is a member of a leading firm of Montreal architects. This firm recently won the prize offered by the Dominion government for the best sett of plans for the new department al buildings, Ottawa. They also captured a similar prize offered by one of the governments of the new western provinces.
Mr. William Hope, whose beautiful cottage on the Bar Road is the envy and admiration of all who see it, is an artist who has already won fame with his brush. Some of his best work has been done in his atelier on his summer grounds.
Angus Rigby awarded contract for O’Dell House.
Wright McLaren for Hosmer
A spark on the roof of Sir William Van Horne’s summer residence on Minister’s Island on Monday almost caused a serious fire.
A Building Boom. Several New Cottages Being Erected.
Mr. G. A. McKeen has completed the shelter house in the rural cemetery. It is a neat little building and is admirably adapted to the purpose for which it was intended.
Mr. McKeen has signed a contract with Mr. E. H. Cobb for the erection of s summer cottage on his lot near the Algonquin.
Mr. Wright McLaren is pushing forward the construction of Mr. Charles R. Hosmer’s elegant summer home alongside Fort Tipperary. The frame is nearly all in place and boarding it has begun.
Mr. Alvin Haddock has Colonel’s Hume’s bungalow at Brandy Cove well advanced. It will be a comfortable little summer home.
The sound of the workman’s hammer is being heard on Sir William Van Horne’s summer estate. Sir William is having a vinery on an elaborate scale erected. The building will be of stone. Mr. Charles Horsnell has the contract for this building.
One of the most beautiful homes in St. Andrews is now in course of construction for Mr. T. T. Odell. It is framed and roofed, and the interior ready for plastering. Mr. Angus Rigby has the contract in hand. The architect is Mr. Neil Brodie, of Saint John.
RM. Robert gill, of Ottawa, has purchase the Gardiner cottage overlooking Katy’s Cove, and is having it repaired and improved. The work is being done by Wright McLaren, the architects being Messr. Maxwell, of Montreal. Mr. Gill will occupy the cottage another season.
In addition to these works it is likely that before another season opens, the Algonquin hotel cottages will be enlarged and an annex made to the Inn.
Sir William Van Horne passed his 66th milestone on Wednesday last. His Canadian residence dates from 1881 when he joined the Canadian pacific. He has certainly “made good” during that time and deserves all the honors that have fallen to him.
Photo of town from Algonquin. Blurry. Bare north of Carleton.
Photo of water street.
Stately Summer Homes of St. Andrews by the Sea. C. R. Hosmer’s Beautiful Summer Home almost completed.
The French order of architecture has been adhered to in the striking looking cottage belonging to Mr. C. R. Hosmer, of Montreal, which Mr Wright McLaren is now putting the finishing touches on. It occupies a commanding position alongside of Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s residence, Fort Tipperary, and like his possesses an unexampled view.
The entrance on the west side is between massive pillars, of native sandstone. The first room is the large living room, which occupies almost the entire front of the house, being 17 x 44 feet. It has a massive fireplace almost opposite the ample doorway. Behind the living room is a hallway 6 feet in width, with a broad stairway on the lower side. The dining room 16 x 18 feet, morning room 13 x 18 feet, a large bedroom and a commodious bathroom occupies the remainder of the main floor. Two of these rooms open out onto broad verandah in the rear. With the exception of the bath room they are each supplied with a large fireplace. On the southern end of the building are located the kitchen, larder and butler’s pantry. They are all rooms of good size.
On the second floor, in the main house, there are five large and airy bedrooms with splendid views, two of them having doors opening on to balconies, a dressing room, linen closet and three bath rooms. In the servant’s quarters there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The attic also contains two large servants’ rooms, water tank, etc.
In the rear of the lot a small building has been erected for acetylene gas. The house has also been wired for electric lights.
The plans for this building were from the study of Messrs. E. and W. S. Maxwell, on Montreal. They have been more faithfully executed by Mr Wright McLaren. He has the work well advanced about eh only interior work remaining to do being the placing of the door frames and doors and the laying of the hardwood floors. . . . I
At the Montreal Horse Show
Sir William Van Horne’s box was occupied by Mrs. R. B. Van Horne, wearing a gray suit, Copenhagen blue hat. Mr. C. R. Hosmer’s box was occupied by Miss Marjorie Heney, old rose satin gown and Tuscan hat, old rose trimmings.
Senator MacKay Leads
Pointing out that the control of Canadian companies is in very few hands, Moody’s Magazine shows the directors who are at the elm in the big enterprise. Of the important concerns, Senator Mackay leads, for he is a director of 14 concerns, having total assets of $765,000,000. The list in part is as follows:
Mackay, R. 14 $765,000,000
Hosmer, C. R. 10 $667,000,000
Strathcona, Lord 9 $662,000,000
Shaughnessy, Sir T. 6 $620,000,000
Van Horne, Sir W. 12 $594,000,000
Meighen, R. 5 $481,000,000
It is reported that Mr. C. R. Hosmer of Montreal has bought the Julius T. Whitlock property known as Elm Corner and that the present occupants, Misses Mowatt and Campbell, are to be permitted the use of it during their lives. The purchase price is said to be $5000.
Capitalists such as Van Horne, Shaughnessy, Hosmer, Markey, Smith, Thompson and MacKay have extensive holdings here. 100,000 wing on Algonquin. Water system being erected. “All the signs portend a period of exceptional development in the neighbourhood of St. Andrews.” Article follows with other local news.
Ogilvie Flour Mills Co. Ltd. Appointed Miller to His Majesty King George of England. C. R. Hosmer and F. W. Thompson--president and vice-president. But doesn’t include right to wear silk-stockings, plush knee breeches, and right to walk in coronation procession.
Coronation Day festivities--MacKay, Shaughnessy, Hosmer, Hope, McColl and Ross loan their teams and horsemen, and participate in the hurdle-jumping and other horse-racing events in the town.
Sewerage now complete $30,000
Algonquin contributed $1,500, Hosmer $600
Shaughnessy $500, C. F. Smith $200, T. R Wheelock $150, Percy Cowans $150
Sir William Van Horne Buys Rembrandts
Montreal Star. Jan 11. New York. Two paintings by Rembrandt, an “Old Man in Black Cap,” and “Young Rabbi,” have been purchased in this city by Sir William Van Horne, of Montreal, according to the American Art News, in its issue yesterday. In November, 1911, the former President of the CPR acquired a Murillo through a dealer here. The “Young Rabbi” according to the art publication was formerly in the Rudolph Kahn collection.
C. R. Hosmer’s splendid dance held at Ritz-Carleton
Funeral of Sir William Van Horne. Details.
Surrounded by the beloved members of his family, as well as by hundred of representative business men with whom he had sat on railway boards, banks and great industrial corporations, the body of Sir William Van Horne, one of the great leaders of this Dominion, embarked on its last railway journey this morning, when, following a brief funeral service at his residence, at 513 Sherbrooke Street, west, Sir William’s coffin was taken to the Windsor station, and placed on a special train, which left for Joliette, Illinois, where the great railway builder will be buried tomorrow in the family vault.
It was the desire of Sir William Van Horne, that he should be buried near the place of his birth, and it was according to that wish that a special train steamed out of the Windsor station at half-last eleven o’clock, bearing all that remained of the men who has played so important a part in the building of that and many other railroads.
The funeral service at the residence was clothed in the genuine simplicity that has always characterized the actions of Sir William. The body lay in a large room fronting on Stanley street, and around it were placed the scores of floral tributes that came from all parts of Canada and from many parts of the United States. From half-past nine o’clock on, the mourners filed past the bier. the representatives of royalty, of governments, railway corporations, banks and enterprises representing the various activities of Canadian life,, all crossed the threshold of the chamber, paying by their very presence a reverential tribute to the man with whom the majority have been associated for many years.
Outside the house, the crowds who could not gain admittance stood bareheaded. Traffic along Sherbrooke street was suspended. All along the route to the railway station, people stood three and four deep on the sidewalk, and as the coffin passed by, all bowed their heads in solemnity. Behind the hearse walked Sir William’s son, his brother and his favorite grandson, a little fellow of about nine years. then came a long row of citizens. When the first carriages had proceeded down Stanley street and had reached the corner of St. Catherine street, all the mourners had not left the residence, such was the manifestation of public appreciation of what the loss of Sir William Van Horne meant to Canada.
The floral tributes filled three carriages. the most prominent was a Cuban palm tree, made from red roses. It stood six feet high, and at the base were the words “Cuban Railway.” Place in almost an obscure position was a pathetic looking pillow of white roses. Few who passed it by with a passing glance knew that is was from the old widow Lady Van Horne. It represented all the love of a life long comradeship.
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A tremendous crowd had gathered at Windsor Station to catch a glimpse of the funeral procession. Among the thousands who stood hat in hand were many old employees of the CPR, who were associated with Sir William in the early days of that great railway. In the depot itself, many of these employees stood, and as the bier was heeled through the gates to the waiting train, many reflections of early days were brought to memory.
the special train consisted of three coaches, one of the them was Sir William’s own private car “Saskatchewan,” on which he has travelled in many parts of the continent. the engine, 2213, was draped in black. . . .
The CPR was represented at the funeral of its former President by the following directors:--Mr. Richard B. Angus, Sir Herbert S. Holt, Mr. Charles R. Hosmer, Senator Robert Mackay, Mr. Wilmot D. Matthews, Toronto; Mr. Augustus M. Nanton, Winnipeg; Sir Edmund B. Osler, M. P. Toronto; Mr. J. K. L. Ross.
The CPR officials attending were: Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, President; George Bury, vice-president; L. G. Ogden, vice-president; G. M. Bosworth, vice-president; E. W. Beatty, vice-president and general counsel; Grant Hall, vice-president, and general manager Western Lines, Winnipeg; J. S. Dennis, assistant to the president; James Manson, assistant to vice-president, W. R. Baker, secretary and assistant to president; E. Alexander, assistant secretary, H. C. Oswald, assistant secretary; H. E. Suckling, treasurer; F. J. Miller, assistant treasurer; J. Doig, paymaster . . . .
Lady Van Horne, Miss Van Horne, and Mrs. R. B. Van Horne left on Saturday for Montreal, where they will spend the winter.
Sir William Van Horne’s Recreations.
By Rev. A Wylie Mahon
Someone has said that we never know our great men till we see them at play, till we watch them throw off the vexing cares of business and allow themselves to be themselves. Now that Sir William Van Horne has gone from us, we like to think of him, not so much as phenomenally successful business man, who possessed, as few have done the Midas touch, who saw visions an dreamed dreams of Canada’s future greatness, and who did not a little to realize his own dreams; but we like to think of him as he revealed himself when far from the madding crowd he enjoyed his happy and beautiful home at Covenhoven, St. Andrews.
Sir William discovered St. Andrews as a summer resort about twenty-five years ago. He was the pioneer of the interesting Montreal colony that followed his lead, that included Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, Mr. Charles R. Hosmer, Senator Robert, MacKay, Mr. William Hope, Mr. Donald MacMaster, Mr. Edward Maxwell and many others. Sir William was universally acknowledged as the beloved chief of the Montreal clan, and this distinction gave him a great deal of pleasure. Whenever a member of the Montreal clan built a summer home for himself in that charming resort Sir William showed his appreciation by painting a large picture, usually of a his favorite bare birches, which was placed over the mantel of the new home, and was treasured by the happy recipient as nothing else in the house was.
Montreal’s Millionaires—The one hundred millionaires and near-millionaires in this city will, it is estimated, make Montreal the largest contributor to the income tax revenue of between fifteen and twenty million dollars. Finance Minister White expects to get from his new income tax. The wealthiest men and firms in the Dominion are located in Montreal, and while one exact figures of how much will be collected, the city has bee made, it is thought it will reach ten million a year. A list of Montreal’s millionaires follows:
Sir H. Montague Allan, Merchants Bank of Canada; C. R. Hosmer, CPR tel. Lieut. Col. J. H. Burland, British American Note Co. J. R. Wilson, Thomas Robertson and Co. Sir H. S. holt, Montreal Light, Heat and Power. Shirley Ogilvie, Ogilvie Flour Milling Co. A Haigh Simms, shirt manufacturer. Hugh Paton, the Sheddon Co. C. H. Gordon, Dominion textile Co. J. T. Davis, brother of M. P. (B?) Davis. George Daverhill, wholesale hardware. J. P. Black, manufacturer. Milton Hersey, analyst. Sir William Aiken, MP Royal Securities. George W. Stephens, Harbor Board. J. K. L. Ross, son of James Ross. J. N. Greenshields, lawyer and promoter. E. T. Gault, retired. J. E. Aldred, Shawnigan Water and Power co. Theodore Labatt, St. Lawrence Sugar co. W. Legear, with Reford Steamship “Agencies. Hon. F. Beique, Senator and lawyer. Lord Shaughnessy, CPR and R. B. Angus, Bank of Montreal. D. Lorne McGibbon, Canadian Rubber Co. H. V Meredith, Bank of Montreal. A. Baumgarten, St. Lawrence Sugar Refining Co. A. E. Ggilvie,. Rodolphe forget, MP. Henry Birks, James Morgan mark Workman. N. A. Terry. H. Timmons mining. Col John Carson, insurance. Huntley Drummond, Canada Sugar Co. Treffie Bosten, Charles Chaput. A Dalbec. Jaspard Dessines. J. O. Gravel. E H Leman. George Marcile; Alphone Racine.
St. Croix Courier
Miss Hosmer and three maids came from Montreal on Saturday and are in the summer home on the hill.
St. Croix Courier
The annual outing of the “One Hundred Thousand Dollar Club” of the North American Life Insurance Company of Toronto held here last week, the guests being entertained at the Algonquin. All were very loud in their praises of the beautiful surroundings and admit that there is not other spot equal to St. Andrews.
Mrs. Jackson, manager of the Gift Shop, has returned to Montreal. (first year of operation, according to Harry Mallory)
Charles Hosmer, the purchaser of Linden Grange, intends renovating the house and grounds at an early date.
St. Croix Courier
Mrs. Meighen, wife of prime minister (called premier at that time), in town. Miss Olive Hosmer has returned to Montreal after a few months spent here and hopes to occupy her summer home Linden Grange next year.
St. Croix Courier
G. W. V. A. Bridge at St. Andrews. Sir Thomas Tait, Lady Shaughnessy, Lady Allen, Mrs. Hosmer, Mrs. F. W. Thompson patrons and patronesses. At casino, courtesy Algonquin. Raise $375 for Great War Veterans Association.
St. Croix Courier
St. Andrews Boy Scouts in Fine New Home
Miss Van Horne Presents the Troop with New Bungalow Club House
Before a large audience gathered for the occasion, Miss Van Horne, daughter of the lat Sir William Van Horne, presented to Scoutmaster Stevenson the keys to the new clubhouse built by Miss Van Horne for the use of the boy Scouts at St. Andrews. The structure is situated on Price of Wales Street and occupies two town lots.
The scoutmaster, who acted as chairman, explained several features of the scout law and was followed by Rev. William Fraser, minister of the Greenock Presbyterian church, in an address on the aims and principles of the order. At the conclusion of his speech, the presented to the scoutmaster an autograph photograph of Sir Robert Baden Powell. Accompanying the picture was a letter from the distinguished founder of the scout order. This letter, suitably framed, will be hung on the walls of the reception room.
Nothing was left undone by Miss Van Horne to make the structure modern and complete. It is a one-storey bungalow type.
On the platform were Rev. William Fraser, Rev. Canon E. B. Hooper, Miss Van Horne, Rev. Mr. Opie, Charles R. Hosmer, Montreal, and W. W. Kennedy.
Taking a prominent part in the scout exercise was young William Van Horne, grandson of the famous railway magnate. The youngster is a member of the St. Andrews troop and recently won a medal in competition held under the auspices of the Winchester Junior rifle league.
A pleasing feature of the programme was the splendid concert given by the St. Andrews band. At the conclusion, a collation was given on the grounds where the visitors greatly admired the exhibition of work by the scouts. The citizens deeply appreciate Miss Van Horne’s splendid gift.
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Algonquin closed Sept 7 but remained open for Sun Life Insurance Co.
CR Hosmer receives word that wife had died in Montreal.
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CR Hosmer of Montreal and summer visitor here gives two beautiful large cups to the Heather Curling Club. One for ladies and one for men. Small cups also are to go to each member of the winning rink. The cups are on exhibition in Cockburn’s drug store window.
$100 Exemption for US Tourists Restored again. (Duty free allowance)
Cleveland Writer Predicts Vaster Tourist Invasion for Ontario in 1927.
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Charles R. Hosmer, Leading Financier of Montreal, Has Passed.
Had Summer Home at St. Andrews and Owned Much Property There
Montreal Nov 14. Charles R. Hosmer, one of Canada’s leading financiers, died tonight at 6:30 at his residence, 3530 Drummond street, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Hosmer had reached his 76th birthday on Saturday last. In the death of Mr. Hosmer, financial, industrial, commercial and railway life loses one who during a long number of years played an important part in the building up of Canada. He had been ill for a considerable time, and especially so in the last two years, but from his sick-bed he continually showed an interest in charitable affairs.
Charles Rudolph Hosmer was probably the most important figure in telegraphic and cable circles in Canada during the past 25 years. He rose from the position of telegraph operator to places on the directorates of a number of the great telegraph and cable companies in the United States and Canada. In addition, Mr. Hosmer was an officer of a number of the most important enterprises, and probably in his time held places on more boards than any other business man in Canada. he was rated as a multi-millionaire.
Mr. Hosmer was very little known outside the ranks of his business associates. He was very retiring and dreaded publicity. He loved his offices, in which he used to get through daily an enormous amount of work in a quiet but very efficient manner.
Prominent positions he filled were the presidency of the Ogilvy Milling company and the vice-presidency of the Laurentide Pulp and Paper Company. He was associated with the board of directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the Bank of Montreal, the Sun Life Assurance Company, the Halifax and Bermuda Cable Company, and the West India Cable Company.
Mr. Hosmer was born at Coteau Landing, P. Q., in 1851. He was educated at the common school. After learning telegraphy he entered the employ of the Grand Trunk Railway as operator. Subsequently he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was for a number of years general manager of its telegraph system. Mr. Hosmer married Miss Clara Jane Bigelow, of Montreal. They had two children, Elwood B. Hosmer and Olive Hosmer. Mr. Hosmer had for some years had a summer residence in St. Andrews where he had acquired much property and where he was greatly esteemed.
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The Algonquin Staff held a pleasant dance in Elite Hall on Sept 1. Music was furnished by the Algonquin orchestra.
Mrs. Hosmer returns home by private car.
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Babe Ruth in Pictou to attend lobster festival. Photo.
Elwood Hosmer guest at Algonquin for some time.
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Pieces on Roosevelt, expected arrival on Campobello.
Miss Olive Hosmer has had the misfortune to break a bone in her leg.
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Miss Hosmer and Miss Struthers each contribute 100.00 towards new rink. Work planned to start middle of March so as to be ready for annual bazaar and flower show, “both of which events have been very popular among the summer people as well as the locals.”
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Shiretown Items—Old Whitlock Home Passes. The residence for many years known as “Elm Corner” is being torn down and the lot graded. This is one of the old houses of the town and for many years belonged to the Whitlock family. It will be remembered chiefly as the home of two fine old ladies, Miss Susan Mowatt and Miss Campbell, who lived there for many years. Miss Mowatt and Miss Campbell were devoted members of the Presbyterian church, and those of this congregation who are now no longer young can recall many happy hours spent at the home of these two fine people. They were very fond of children and their annual Christmas tree with presents and treats for all the youngsters was one of the highlights of those now quite distant days. When the property was put up for sale a few years ago it was purchased by Miss Olive Hosmer, who promised the old ladies a home there as long as they lived. Since their passing the house has been occupied during the summer months by Cleve Mitchell, a member of the staff at the Algonquin.
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A very generous and much appreciated gift has recently been received from Miss Olive Hosmer, a smooth-running a commodious Lincoln automobile which Miss Hosmer has used during the past few summers here, has been turned over to the fire department to be converted into an A. R. P. service wagon. A body is being constructed with angle iron and Douglas fir plywood, the work being done in a serviceable and attractive manner by Joseph Meers, caretaker at the fire hall. In the center is a place to carry the small pumpers; an attachment at the rear to trail the large pumper; neat enclosed compartments at the side to carry 3500 feet of hose. It is a job of which both the town and the donor may well be proud.
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January 28, 1943
Having Big Year
The Heather Curling Club is havign a successful season with the largest membership (43) it its history. S. J. Anning is president; Henry McQuoid, vice-president; Harold Greenlaw secretary; Joe Finigan, treasurer. Play for the Hosmer Cup has been completed and this fine ropy was won by a rink skipped by Leigh Williamson. Play is now underway for “bill’s Trophy.” A party of about twenty curlers from St. Stephen were entertained at the club on last Thursday afternoon and evening, the locals tone-throwers winning the total by the small margin of one point. The gisitors wre served supper, a real Shiretown clam stew, at the club rooms. [the club is not located at the rink, as it is being used as a barracks, hence the outdoor rink across the street]
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By Earl Caughey
Annual flower show draws over 1000 in St. Andrews. 6th annual sponsored by Kiwanis held in St. Andrews arena. Patronage of following residents: W. D. Clark, Hon. Senator Wilson, Hon. Marguerite Shaughnessy, Lady Allen, Lady Davis, Mrs. F. W. Thompson, Mrs. Pillow, Mrs. Struthers, Mrs. E. Maxwell, Mrs. Ralph Smith, Mrs. Timmons, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Alice Wilson, Mrs. Halstead Freeman, Mrs. Prentice, Mrs. S. W. Watson, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Southam, Mrs. Ray, Mrs. Shutt, Miss Hosmer, Mrs. Dodge, Miss Clergue, Mrs. Ferney, Mrs. Blair Gordon, Mrs. C. Ballantyne, Mrs. E. MacKay, Mrs. Charles Hope, Mrs. H. P. Ross, Mrs. Fraser, Mrs. Hall, Mr. Redmond, Mr. Walsh.
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Man Behind the Show. Ian Macmillan’s “A Guardsman’s Duty” at Andraeleo Hall Aug 22 and 23.
Following is the list, to date, of those who have graciously consented to act as patrons of the operetta “A Guardsman’s Duty,” to be presented in Andraeleo Hall on August 22 and 23, in aid of the district Nurse Fund and Miss Marilyn Noells: His Honour the Lieutenant governor and Mrs. McLaren; His Worship the mayor and Mrs. Hachey; Sir Montague and Lady Allan; Mrs. H. D. Burns; Sir James and Lady Dunn; Lady Davis; Edward McKay; Mrs. Frank Hall; Miss Olive Hosmer; Dr. Gavin and Mrs. Miller; Mr. Guy Murchie; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pillow; Mr. Rene and the Hon. Mrs. Redmond; Miss Mona Prentice; The Hon. Marguerite Shaughnessy; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Struthers; Mr. and Mrs. Jules Timmons; Mrs. F. W. Thompson; Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Thorp; Mrs. Norman and Senator Cairine Wilson.
I had the privilege last Sunday evening of attending a rehearsal for the coming operetta “A Guardsman’s Duty,” and of meeting Ian Macmillan, the young composer and producer. What impressed me most was the beauty, brilliancy and high musical quality of the compositions. They appeared to me to be worthy of professional performers. The group of 60 amateur singers selected from the Algonquin hotel staff are doing a fine job, however, under the direction of Mr. Macmillan. It is surprising at first to see so young a director exercise such perfect control over the large chorus. The reason becomes plain, however, as the leader gradually, by some psychological means of transference of thought, makes you feel just what he feels and makes you strive to produce the exact effect which he wants. One of the must interesting features of the rehearsal was the recording of the rousing number which is to be used as the grand finale. Albert McQuoid did the recording and played it back so the singers might hear their own voices. By use of this record the director can point out any flaws and have them eliminated before the public performance. I didn’t see any of the dance numbers but have been told that they are excellent. The Algonquin orchestra is to provide the instrumental accompaniment for the operetta. The show is for a worthy cause, will be unique in many aspects and should draw a packed house on both nights--Aug 22 and 23.
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Lord and Lady Shaughnessy guests at Commodore Hotel.
Miss Olive Hosmer’s gift to New Hospital: Hosmer Memorial laboratory. “Miss Olive Hosmer of Montreal and St. Andrews (Linden Grange) has recently made a handsome gift to the New Charlotte County Hospital in donating the sum of $8,500 for the construction of the laboratory rooms to be known as the Hosmer Memorial laboratory. In addition she has given the sum of $6,000 for new equipment for the laboratory. This equipment has already been purchased, and when the hospital is in operation, it will have one of the most up-to-date and best-equipped small laboratories in Canada. . . . Further evidence of Miss Hosmer’s generosity and interest in the new hospital is her gift last year of $1,000 made during the public subscription campaign.”
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News Notes. Hosmer Curling Trophy won by Jim Skinner’s team.
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Summer Home Directory Issued for St. Andrews. All names listed, with addresses. 62 Homes. Includes Algonquin cottages.
Balfour, Mrs. George, Greenock, Edward Street.
Ballantyne, Charles, Bellenden, Cedar Lane.
Ballantyne, James, Carleton.
Beattie, James, Coven Hoven.
Bishop, Mrs. J., and Mrs. B. Weeks, Bide-a-Wee, no. 3 cottage
Breeze, William, Pottery Creek, Joe’s Point Road
Burns, Herbert D., Pansy Patch, Carleton Street
Christie, Miss Katherine, Wit’s End, Joe’s Point Road
Clark, A. R., York Cottage, Joe’s Point Road
Clark, Mrs. H. H. R., Shepody Shelf, Joe’s Point Road
Cowan, Charles, G., Dunedin, Queen Street
Cruickshank, P., Grimmer Cottage, King Street
Davis, Lady., The Lupins, DeMonts Avenue
Dodge, P. L., Berwick Burn, Joe’s Point Road
Dunn, Sir James and Lady, Dayspring, DeMont’s Avenue
Devlin, Brian, Deery Bay, Joe’s Point Road
Dodge, J. D., Beech Hill
Eidlitz, Ernest Frederick, Sunbury Haven, King Street
Freeman, H. G., Tobermory, Joe’s Point Road
Forgan, David, Berwick Brae, Carleton Street
Gill, R. T., Gill Cairn, Prince of Wales
Gordon G. Blair, Elbow and Brandy Cove Road
Guiness, W., Brandy Cove, Brandy Cove Road
Hall, Mrs. Frank, Maplehurst, Edward St.
Henley, T. B., Pipincot, Prince of Wales Street
Hope, Mr. Charles, Fenton Barns, Bar Road
Hooper, Mrs. George, Edward St.
Hosmer, Miss Olive, Linden Grange, Carleton St.
Hubbard, Gorham, Kirkside, Edward St.
Hopkins, Mrs. A., Lazycroft, Prince of Wales
Howe, Rt. Hon. C. D., Penryn, Saint John Road
Johnson, Mrs. Hobart S., Lazycroft, Prince of Wales
Jones, Hugh McK., Grenlea, DeMonts
Kitchen, Mrs. Albert, Red Cliff, Water Street
Laughlin, Mr. and Mrs. David, Caseia-Del-Mar, Water St.
McLaren, Lieutenant-Governor D. L., Algonquin Cottage no. 4, Prince of Wales
McKeown, Col. William, Invernenty, Harriet St
McGee, A. A., The Little House, Joe’s Point Road
Markey, Mrs. F. H., Hillside, Carleton St.
Miller, Dr. G. Gavin, Cloverley
Maxwell, Mrs. Edward, Tillieutudlem, Bar Road
Murchie, Guy, Colinsfield, Reed Avenue
Paterson, Mrs. James, Cedar Lane
Payne, Robert G., The Anchorage, Parr St.
Pillow, Mrs. Howard H., Kingsbrae, King St
Plant, J., Algonquin cottage no. 2
Prentice, Miss Mona, Harbor Lights, Joe’s Point Road
Purtill, J. T. K., O’Shea, Harriet St.
Quinn, William G., Deck View Cottage, Joe’s Point Road
Redmond, R. M.,Bantry Bary, King St.
Shaughnessy, Hon. Marguerite, Fort Tipperary, Prince of Wales
Sams, Mrs. L. G., DeMonts Avenue
Smith, Miss Elizabeth H., Mary St.
Shuter, Mrs. George, Linden Lodge, Edward St.
Struthers, Mrs. Robert, Topside, King St.
Thompson, Mrs. F. W., Meadow Lodge, Harriet St.
Thorp, Harry W., Sea Urchin, Water Street
Vaughn, A. Murray, King St.
Walsh, L. O. P., Reed Avenue
Wilson, Norman, Clibrig, Saint John Road
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Mrs. Pillow donates 500.00 to arena fund. Dec. 2 Likewise Olive Hosmer.
“In addition to her support of the community rink Miss Hosmer ahs always been interested in the St. Andrews Band and for several years has been a generous contributor to its success.”
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Artist’s Sketch of Sir James Dunn Academy--New Gift to St. Andrews. To be operated on lot bequeathed to town by Hosmer Estate. Construction to begin soon.