Biography Richard Carveth



Biography Richard Carveth

From the Peterborough Examiner Wednesday June 29, 1927 Page Thirteen.
OLD DOURO RESIDENT TELLS CONDITIONS SIXTY YEARS AGO.
Richard Carveth, of Robinson Street, recalls the First Confederation Day
78 YEARS OLD
Heard Sir Wilfred Laurier in the Old City Skating Rink Richard Carveth
Richard Carveth residing on Robinson Street, Peterborough, since 1924, was born in 1848 on the farm now occupied by his son Arthur, being Lot 2, Con 3, Douro.
Mr. Carveth, despite his years is bright in mind and strong and active body and having always been fond of reading is an exceptionally well informed man and an interesting talker.
Mr. Carveth's father, the late Henry Carveth, was of English birth, being related to Lord Landsdowne and a first cousin to the Late Archbishop Temple who crowned King Edward. These facts were not given by Mr. Carveth, nor his sister, but by a friend who was present at Examiner interview.
Mr. Carveth's sister, Mrs. Eleanor Borland, who resides with her daughter Mrs. Felix Brownscombe, on Murray St., was a visitor during the Wxaminer's Interview, and though eighty-one years of age is bright and active and
assisted greatly with her reminicences of old days. Mrs. Borland became a resident of Peterborough in the year of confederation and remembers well the first July 1 celebration. She has been a constant resident of Peterborough during the sixty years past.
Mr. Carveth's father was a subscribor of the Toronto Globe, weekly and later daily, for over fifty years. Mr. Carveth remembers well the newspaper accounts of the events leading up to confederation. Much newspaper space was given to the leaders Sir John A. McDonald and the others of that period. Mr. Carveth had the pleasure of listening to the silver-tongued Sir Wilfred Laurier in the old skating rink, Peterborough, before the election in 1896 when he was elected tp the premiership. Mr. Carveth has been a subscriber to the Montreal Family Hearald for over fifty years.
Recalling old days, he spoke of the slow and toilsome task of cutting hay with scythe and grain with a cradle and binding sheaves by hand. He says the old reapers were a Godsend even though the binding had still to be done by hand. There were no buggies and roads were poor, so most of the trips to Peterborough (the nearest stores being there) were made on horseback or even on foot.
A great deal of each farm was covered with bush in those days.
The first school was the old log house owned by Henry Borland and vacated when he built a more commodious residence. A few years later a school was built on the corner of the Sullivan farm, now owned by Thomas Forsythe. The teachers who taught in those two schools were Daniel Sheehan, William Burke, John Perdue, Wm. Thompson, Jas. Keenen, Dennis Daley (Asphodel), and Misses Mary and Annie Cattaghan (Norwood), Miss Wren (Irish), Miss Cummings (afterwards a nun), Miss Brittain, Miss Hurley(Asphodel), Miss Frances Carveth, who later married Mr. Carveth's brother Henry. The latter lady was a resident of Peterborough for many years, but now resides in Toronto.
Of Mr. Burke, Mr. Carveth says that he used to take the boys to the river to fish in school hours as a pleasant change from school work and as a result was quite popular with the boys. Mr. Thompson, an Irishman, though of different faith, taught the catechism to the Catholic children, giving an example of tolerance and broad-mindedness in those days when those qualities were much rarer than now.
Mr. Carveth's father owned the first sawmill in the vicinity. He cut the lumber for the first church in Douro.
Louis Borland, a brother-in-law of Mr. Carveth, built the present grist mill, which is close to Mr. Carveth's home, in 1861. Mr. Borland's widow sold it years later to James Yoirex and Mr. Yourex sold it to the late Matthew Staples whose son, Ross, is the present owner.
Henry Carveth had seven children, five girls and two boys. Besides Mr. Carveth there are two sisters still living, Mrs. Eleanor Borland,
above, and Mrs Elizabeth Borland both of Peterborough.
Mr Carveth remembers the wolves coming up the ice on the river in packs and people had to guard their sheep carefully. At one time his father tired and old useless sheep, hoping the wolves would approach it so he could shoot them, but they were to cunning.
He also related an incident in connection with the late Colonel Strickland of Lakefield. He was driving a team of oxen from Peterborough when a pack of wolves approached from behind. He had a long chain tied to the harness and kept letting it out to trail behind and the wolves were afraid of it, so he climbed on the back of one of the oxen and urged them homewards at their utmost speed, arriving in saftey, thanks to the chain.
Mr. Carveth remembers Fathers McDonough, Llynch, O'Connell and Kielty. Like many others of the older residents he helped haul materials for the present church. The white stone came from Longford and was shipped by rail to Nassau and hauled from there by the parishioners. Other stone came from Taylor's quarry, Warsaw and from the Walsh farm, now the home of Frederick Walsh.
It is said that many people, when they have enough wealth aquired on which to live in comfort and ease, cannot retire for they have nothing to which to retire, meaning that they have no interest in life outside of their work. They have no taste for reading, leisure, art or any of the better things of life, so their only happiness lies in working on to the end of their days. This idea is brought out splendidly in Eleanor Porter's book "O Money, Money" which so well depicts human nature.
Mr. Carveth is not in this class. He has always been an extensive reader and managed during his many years on the farm to give at least a little time each day and now has leisure to read extensively. He has a garden in
which he works every day of the summer season, when weather permits.
Mr Carveth has a well stocked library of travel, poetry, goverment year books, fiction, etc.

Obituary Richard Carveth

DEATH: From Peterborough Examiner Monday December 27,1937

Died Carveth Richard at the residence 140 Robinson Street Monday morning Richard Carveth, husband of Ellen Heffernan and father of Mrs. Fred Denoble of Peterborough and Mrs. Francis Devlin and Arthur Carveth of Indian River. !

Obituary From Peterborough Examiner Tuesday December 28,1937
Richard Carveth One of the older native residents of this district,Richard Carveth 140 Robinson Street, died at his home Monday. He had been in failing health for an extended period and had attained his 80th year.
Born in Douro Township, Mr. Carveth was the son of the late Henry Carveth and Martha Daniels early settlers from England. his entire life was spent on the farm near Indian River until his retirement and removal to Peterborough 14 years ago. He was member of Immaculate Conception Church.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ellen Heffernan, two daughters Mrs. Fred DeNoble of this city Mrs Frank Devlin of Indian River, also one son Arthur Carveth of Indian River
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 8:45 am from the home to the Church of the Immaculate Conception and burial in St. Peter's Cemetery. Requiem High Mass was sung by Fr. Walsh. At the closing of the service the hymn loved by Mrs. Carveth "Like a strong and raging fire" was sung by Anthony DeNoble.
The Rt. Rev. Monsigner O'Sullivan conducted the graveside services. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gerald Howley, Edward Heffernan, Richard Carveth, Thomas Devlin, Adrian Devlin and John DeNoble

Ontario Vital statistics marraige registration number 9587 - 1881
Richard Carveth age 28 residence Douro place of birth Douro Marital status Batchelor occupation farmer father Henry Carveth mother Louisa Carveth
brides name Josephine LeClair age 18 residence Douro place of birth Douro spinster father Thomas LeClair mother Ellen Clancy witnesess Edward Carlow and Margaret Clancy date of marriage March 1st 1881 place Douro religion Roman Catholic clergy Rev D. O'Connell banns.

Census
1901 • Peterborough East, Ontario, Canada

Lot 2 Conc 3 Carveth, Richard, head, married, born Aug 15, 1851, age 49, English, Roman Catholic, farmer Ellen, wife, married, born Mar 31 1872, age 29 Mary, dau, single, born Aug 24 1883, age 17 Arthur, son, b Mar 25 1885, age 16 school

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