Old St. Andrews



Robert Meighen



Robert Meighen and Family


Oct 10/1889
Visit from Railway Magnates
Sir Donald Smith Makes a Hurried Inspection of the Future Winter Port
The air was full of rumours on Friday last, when it became known that a special train, with a number of railway magnates on board, was on its way to St. Andrews. "Van Horne is coming," said one gentleman, and as the refrain was taken up and spread throughout the town, speculation was rife as to the objects of his visit. Even when the train rolled into the station and it was learned that the CPR man was not among the passengers, speculation did not cease. The party was composed of Sir Donald Smith, Judge Bain, of Winnipeg, Mr. George Meighen, of Montreal, a brother-in-law of Sir George Stephen, Mr. Meighen's son-in-law and Mr. Cram, General Manager of the NBR. A barouche was in readiness for them, and the visitors at once started out for a drive. They circled the Park, and as the tide was ebbing, they had an excellent opportunity of witnessing the shore. After viewing the Park they drove to the Algonquin Hotel, where Mr. C. M. S. Horton, the Land Company's Superintendent, received them, and allowed them through the hotel from cellar to garret. They were all delighted with the hotel and the beautiful prospect that was to be obtained from it. Mr. Meighan said he would come down sure next season, and spend some weeks here with his family.  Mr. Hoar’s cottage was subsequently visited, and the party got out on foot and had a walk over the grounds. Sir Donald inspected the lot that had been chosen for him off the Bar Road, and he also obtained a glimpse of the lot the late Mr. Stephenson had purchased in the same neighbourhood. The party afterwards drove to Joe’s Point, after which they returned to their private cars and dined.


May 29/1890
Railway Men on the Wing
Sir George Stephen, president of the Canada Pacific railway, General Manager Van Horne, Mr. Meighen, one of the directors of the N. B. R. and Manager Cram, arrived in St. Andrews by special train on Tuesday afternoon from Edmunston. It was raining heavily when the train reached here, and their stay was very short. Manager Van Horne and Sir George Stephen were driven by Mr. Mallory to the Algonquin hotel, and made a hurried inspection of the hotel. From there they returned to the station, and the special started off again. The Canada Pacific magnates caught the CPR train at McAdam and returned to Montreal.


July 31/1890
The New Brunswick Railway
The stockholders of the NB railway have ratified the transfer of the road the CPR. The meting for that purpose was held in Saint John on Friday afternoon, among those present being Sir George Stephen, Mr. Meighen, Hon. Henry Stearns, and Mr. E. R. Burpee. The act of last winter authorizing the issue of consolidated stock was accepted and the directors were authorized to enter into an agreement with the CPR. Several matter of detail were deferred until the regular meeting of the NBR stockholders, which will be held on the 7th prox. It is understood that there will be very few important changes in the running of the road, the change of management being perhaps the most radical. By the lease of the NBR, the CPR has secured as fine a railway property as there is anywhere in the Dominion. The road-bed at all points is in the best of order, and the rolling stock and equipments could scarcely be better. This satisfactory state of affairs is largely due to the exertions of the retiring manager, Mr. Cram, and the fact is one which the NBR stockholders hold not lose sight of.


July 31/1890
There are several Montreal families in St. Andrews thus far this season, including those of Rev. Dr. Warden, Mr. J. S. McLachlan, Messrs. Jas. Burnett, R. Meighen and John Hope. Others are expected this week. The season continues till October, fever patients being here in large numbers in September and October. Hay fever cannot exist here, nor, apparently, can most other diseases, St. Andrews being one of the most healthy places, with a lower death rate than almost any other town on the continent.


July 16/1891
Mrs. Robert Meighen and Miss Meighen, of Montreal, who were guests at the Algonquin last season, are again there. (Mrs. Hosmer at Algonquin)


Aug. 4/1892
Flying to St. Andrews. President Van Horne Makes Fast Time Between Saint John and St. Andrews.
The railroad record between Saint John and St. Andrews was badly fractured on Friday last. The parties largely responsible for this deed were John McKenna and “Haggerty’s flyer.”
            It was 1:50 o’clock, standard time, when President Van Horne of the CPR, and his son R. B. Van Horne; Vice-president Shaughnessy; Lt. Governor Kirkpatrick, of Ontario; R. B.  Angus, a prominent director of the CPR; Superintendent Timmerman, of the Atlantic Division; H. H. McLean, managing director of the Shore Line railway, and two or three other officials of lesser note, settled themselves in Mr. Van Horne’s sumptuous private car “Saskatchewan” at the Saint John station, preparatory to making one of the fastest runs ever made between that city and the Canadian Saratoga.
            But one other car, a baggage car, constituted the train. “Haggerty’s flyer,” the re-modelled locomotive, which recently left the hands of the McAdam machinists, was in advance.  Tom McKenna, the veteran driver of the road, held the lever. Master Mechanic Haggerty, who was anxious to see what his pet machine would go, also occupied a seat in the cab.
            At 1:52 Conductor Ned Cassidy called out “all aboard.” Scarcely had the words passed his lips before the throttle of the engine was pulled open, and out of the station the train flew, as an arrow shot from a bow. With speed unslackened, it shot up along Strait Shore, and out towards the “cantilever” bridge, while crowds of spectators gathered along the streets in the vicinity and gazed at it in anxious wonder. There was a slight decrease of speed in crossing the bridge, but when it was passed, the engine was once more given its head. When the first seven miles had been traversed, it was seen that but ten minutes had been used up. About this time the occupants of the “Saskatchewan” sat down to dinner. They found it rather hazardous work sipping their coffee while their train was cleaving the atmosphere at a sixty-five mile gait, so a request was made to run a little slower until the mal was over. Tom was a little disappointed, but in obedience to orders, he reduces the speed during the next eighteen miles. The firs stop was made at Fredericton Junction, which was reached at 2:46. At 2:50 the train was off again.
            With the President’s meal finished, and a straight track ahead, the engineer pulled the lever out to the furthest notch. The big engine bounded forward, leaving behind her great clouds of smoke. At 3:15 Harvey station (20 miles from Fredericton Junction) was left behind, and on towards McAdam the train thundered. At “the North-east,” says Conductor Cassidy, she was reeling a 68-mile clip, which was the fastest time done during he whole journey. McAdam was reached at 3:36. While the wheels were being examined there, Wm. Davis, engineer of the St. Andrews express, went on board the engine to pilot McKenna into St. Andrews. The party in the car were likewise augmented by Mr. Robert Meighen, of Montreal, and his son.


Aug 18, 1892
A captivating Mr. Jarley visited St. Andrews last week and gave two exhibitions in Stevenson’s hall, in aid of the parish library. The figures she brought with her might very easily have been mistaken for real flesh and blood so lifelike were they in the general appearance.  The “giggling lady” bore a very close resemblance to a charming young lady belong to Montreal, and some stupid people actually believed that it was the lady herself who stood before them. But, of course, they were mistaken. There were other figures so natural in their tout ensemble so as to excite comment of a similar nature. The artiste had evidently taken the most of her models from among the guest of the Algonquin. There was a very striking likeness of Miss /wheeler on the stage, also of Miss Gardiner, Miss Delgardo, Miss Meighen, Mrs. Baumgarten, Mrs. Gormally, Mr. Wilson, jr. Mr. William Jr. Mr Tilley, Mr. Forster and others. During the evening Mrs. Jarley kept Queen Victoria and President Harrison constantly informed by telephone as to her movements. The telephone messages she received in rely were a source of much wonder, but in these days of invention and rapid transit there was really nothing in that to excite wonder. [obviously real persons, posing as wax]


June 29/1893
Algonquin guests include C. R. Hosmer, of Montreal; John Hope, Montreal; Robert Meighen, Montreal; Fay, Cram. Judge Allen, Boston. George Innes, NJ.


July 13, 1893
Summer Gossip
Mrs. Robert Meighen, of Montreal, will have her horses here this season. They will be housed in the Osburn barn.


August 17, 1893
Mrs. Robert. Meighen’s family were compelled to shorten their vacation at the seaside, in consequence of Miss Maggie Meighen having been stricken with a serious illness. They had a special car to Montreal of Friday night.


June 14/1894
June Weddings
Unions of Hearts in which Beacon Readers are interested
The marriage of Miss Meighen, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Meighen, of Montreal, to Mr. Robert Reford, took place at St. Paul’s, Montreal, on Tuesday afternoon. Details


July 12/1894
Mrs. Robert Meighen, of Montreal, reached St. Andrews on Saturday, and will spend another summer here.


Jan 17/1895
Montreal Star—Mr R. B. Van Horne, only son of Sir William Van Horne, who has spent the Christmas holidays in town, has returned to the Military Academy at SingSing, NY.—Mrs. Robert Meighen and Miss Meighen are among the recent arrivals from Montreal at Lakewood, New Jersey. A later report says Mrs. Meighan and Miss Meighen have left Lakewood, to seek a warmer climate at Ashville, North Carolina; where they will make a stay of some weeks should Miss Meighen’s health permit.


Aug 6/1896
Mr. Robert Meighen, President of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company, and Mrs. Meighen, of Montreal, will spend August at the Algonquin.


Aug 27/1896
Lots of millionaires at Algonquin. Mrs. Meighen, sister of Lord Mount Stephen, her daughter, Mrs. Robert Reford, and her bright-eyed babe, accompanied by Mrs. George Hooper, left St. Andrews in Mr. Meighen’s private car on Tuesday, August 21 and their safe arrival in Montreal was at once reported to the many friends they left behind at the Algonquin.


July 22/1897
Baroness MacDonald’s private car Earnscliffe brought Mrs. Robert Meighen, Miss Meighen and Miss F. Stephen from Montreal on Friday. they are guests at the Algonquin.


June 2/1898
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.


July 3/1902
The Algonquin hotel reopened its doors on Saturday last, with quite a respectable number of guests on the roll. Mr. Francis Howe, who has been acting manager for several seasons (Harvey recently returned from England where he had been convalescing from an illness), is again in charge. He has a capable staff, composed of the following:
Bookkeeper—R. L. Chase
Room Clerk—Ray Goodson
Key Clerk—Eugene Hacker
Cashier and tel. operator—Miss Rutherford
Head Waiter—Harry Bennett
Chef—Frank Colby
Second chef—Fred. McNally
Housekeeper—Mrs. Banks
Head laundress—Miss Kelly
Head Bellman—Hubert Stinson
Engineer—Hugh Lewis
Barber—James Halpin
Porter—Wm. James
Orchestra—Mr. Suck, leader, cello; Mrs. James Ritchie White, pianist; Miss Belcher, violinist.
(List of guest—mostly from Boston, some mentioned in Willa’s book; also Montreal notables such as Shaughnessy, E. N. Heney and family, Robert Meighen)


July 10/1902
A palace car arrived from Montreal on Saturday, having on board horses for Mrs. R. Meighen, Mr. John Hope and Mrs. George R. Hooper. They are all very stylish animals.


Aug 7/1902
CPR Magnates
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.


August 14/1902
Summer resident Robert Meighen is president of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company.


Aug 11/1904
Lord Strathcona one of the directors of the NB Railway. Robert Meighen President.


Nov 12/1908
Mr. Robert Meighen is a flour king.
Article from Montreal Witness. Well known summer resident in St. Andrews.


Dec 2/1909
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


St. Croix Courier
Aug 21/1969
“Tide Stones” is the new residence of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Meighen of Montreal and was completed by June 30l, 1967 for their 50th wedding anniversary and for Canada’s 100th birthday. It blends so well that it seems to have always rested on its prominence of land overlooking the Pottery Creek inlet and the wide expanse of St. Andrews harbour. The handmade shingles on its rambling exterior give it an antique look. The home is spacious with a blend of antique and modern furniture. A dear little place, formerly stood on the Meighen site and was indeed owned by her aunt, Mrs. Alan A. Magee and Colonel Magee. This has bee moved to the adjacent field and still called “The Little House” continued life as a guest cottage and most enjoyable through out its whole interior.


Rural Cemetery Burial
T. R. (Teddy) Meighen
Lawyer, son of Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen, former Prime Minister of Canada
Lot 184 ½
July 10, 1979