Old St. Andrews



Elm Corner



Aug 29/1895
Miss Mowatt has been having small benefits at Elm Corner to pay off debt at memorial hall. (seems to be first reference to Elm Corner as such)


Aug 13/1896
Elm Corner, the residence of Miss Mowatt, is the rendezvous for many a quiet half hour; the tea is extra good, the cake delicious and the arbour in the garden is just the place for a five o’clock tea.


Aug 20/1896
Thursday, the 18th, was the day set apart for 30 of the Algonquinites to take luncheon with Miss Mowatt. Nothing need be said concerning the menu, which was, as is usual at Elm Corner, well selected, well cooked and well served. All went merrily during the happy hour and the party separated with many regrets.


Sept 3/1896
Extremely detailed accounts of social activities at Algonquin this summer. this issue and few preceding. 5 o’clock teas and luncheons at Elm Corner very popular this year with Algonquin guests.


July 29/1897
Miss Mowatt has again opened her hospitable doors and garden to the public for her far-famed afternoon teas, and Elm Corner has become the resort of the cottager and the Algonquinites as in 1896. what can be better than Miss Mowatt’s cup of tea with its delicate flavour and the delicious cake piled on the little table with their snowy covers and decorated with flower so fragrant?


July 31/1902
Those delightful little afternoon teas at “Elm Corner” have been revived again and are being well patronized.


May 14/1903
Elm Corner, beautiful before, will be ever more beautiful this season. In addition to a new and larger residence, supplied with every comfort, Miss Mowatt is also arranging for the beautifying of the attached grounds.


May 12/1904
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.


June 29/1905
Prof. J. F. Sumichrast, of Harvard, and wife, are staying at Elm Corner. Prof. Sumichrast is a Canadian who has won a continental reputation as an educationalist.


Aug 10/1905
Place Names
Here are a few of the place-names about SA, with the names of the owners or present occupants:
Covenhoven—Sir William Van Horne
Dalmeny—William Hope
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


Nov 15/1906
Annie Campbell of Elm Corner was tutor while in San Francisco of Randolph Hurst’s son William, then ten years old.


Dec 17/1908
Delightful evening spent at Elm Corner by Literature Club.


Feb 10/1910
The Ladies at Elm Corner acted as hostesses recently for the Canadian Literature Club.


Aug 18/1910
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.


March 21/1912
“St. Andrews Night”
A “St. Andrews Night” at “Elm Corner” is always san evening of rare delight, but that of Monday last, under the auspices of the Canadian Literature Club, was even more delightful than usual. Well-written and well-told stories of the St. Andrews of long ago by such inimitable story-tellers as R. M. Jack, Charles Campbell, the late I. Allen Jack, Rev. A. W. Mahon, John Campbell, and Judge Cockburn made the hours slip by most pleasantly
            There were stories of old school-day battles, of the troublous day of 1818, of the Fenian raid, and of the many quaint characters that St. Andrews in its early day possessed.
            One amusing narrative was that of Frank Lynn, a mischievous lunatic, who, on his way to the asylum at St. John, possessed himself of the warrant of commitment, and, when he reached the asylum, persuaded the physician that the constable was the real lunatic. The constable was detained for several days while the roistering lunatic drove gaily back to St. Andrews.
            Then there was the story of the late Dr. Caleff, who, on a very foggy day in 1818, thought he heard a noise like a Yankee gunboat out in the bay. The Home Fencibles were brought out and remained on duty for two days. Then it was discovered that the mysterious noises had been caused by a stately old turkey gobbler.
            The story of a dainty little silver trowel, which had been handed down from the misty past, was among the stories told by Rev. A. W. Mahon.
            A most amusing story was that of a youthful British officer, who was hoodwinked into rowing down to Deer Island to fight a duel with the brother of an Eastport young woman he had flirted with. As the “brother” was a myth, there was no duel. The joke was not discovered by the officer until years after, when he was at Constantinople on his way to the Crimea.
            Among the Loyalist stories that were told was one relating to the history of the British coat of arms in All Saints’ Church, which had been brought from Wallingford, Conn., by the first rectors, Rev. Mr. Andrews.
            Many laughable incidents connected with the Fenian raid were narrated.
            Mr. John Campbell, during the narration of his reminiscences, declared that St. Andrews had not been so prosperous for 75 years as it is today.
            A feature of the evening was the display of “relics” of St. Andrews, among which were a venerable sampler; a wedding message of 1786, written upon birth bark; the family bible of the late Dr. Cassels, the first teacher of the grammar school, and the first Presbyterian clergyman of St. Andrews; the first bible used in Greenock church; a communion token of 1825; a gold signet ring bearing he Bredalbane crest; a medallion brooch; the banner of Hibernia Masonic Lodge, the first Masonic lodge to be established here; a ponderous old watch; an old picture of St. Andrews in its very early days, and a number of other most interesting and historic antiques.
            One of the most interesting “exhibits” made at the meeting was an autograph letter recently received by Rev. A. W. Mahon from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
            Miss Mowatt read the birch-bark wedding messages, which was a most unique production. During the evening Miss Gwen. Jack sang solos. Dainty refreshments were served by the hostesses, Miss Mowatt and Miss Campbell, and a most delightful evening was concluded by the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National anthem.


Oct 24/1912
Presbyterian club hold meeting at elm Corner


July 2/1913
Charles Smith of Saint John occupying elm corner cottage


St. Croix Courier
May 23/1919
Sir Thomas Tait was a guest at Elm Corner for several days last week.


St. Croix Courier
March 6/1919
Miss Susan Mowatt, Elm Corner, has been very ill but is reported as in some better condition.
Campobello Island May Be Naval Base
Rumors down coast that American Government has tried to Purchase Island
Bangor News—Vague rumors, possibly without any foundation, have been current of an attempt of the American government to purchase the island of Campobello with the idea of developing a naval base. Other rumors have been to the effect that the CPR talked of connecting with the island by a fleet of steamers, touching on the eastern side, and running a bridge across the three mile stretch of water to Lubec, thence to the nearest point of the Maine Central, as affording a deep winter port, and through connection with the west. These report may indicate something in the way of development later, but not many people accept them as evidence of immediate business for Quoddy. . . . Since that time a large part of the island has been purchased by American capital, the northern end remaining freehold and owned by Canadians. It was a noted summer resort for many years and boasts many fine cottages, some of which are tenanted each year, while others are closed. . . . Through in the middle it is practically level, and is heavily timbered in places, although somewhat denuded by the axe of the free lance chopper and the heavy gales of the past few years. (sounds like no hotel business any more)
St. Croix Courier
N. Marks Mills, barrister, of SS, was a guest at Elm Corner, while in town last week.


St. Croix Courier
June 7/1923
Mr. and Mrs. Devinish arrived from BC on Friday and are at Elm Corner [some kind of inn? many references to it over last few years] for the present. Mr. Devinish is the new manager of the Algonquin Hotel.


St. Croix Courier
April 18/1940
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.