June 19, 2017

This week we’re looking at some vintage Westport photos of early transportation in the village.

Oxen on Church Street, circa 1910. This photo is from a 1989 edition of The Mirror, in which a couple of people thought they could identify some of those pictured. The team o...

June 18, 2017

From 1900 to 1909, the list of the most popular baby girl names usually brought Margaret out in the top three.  Maggie, sometimes a given name, and often the shortened form of Margaret, also shows up frequently somewhere in the list.

Today, we shall look at the photos o...

June 18, 2017

Happenings in 1919 in the words of Nell McCann

“Sister OHara Died at Philadelphia – with her her Sisters – & her Remains were brought to Kingston on Mar 12th accompanied By Margaret, Jenny & John  & his Wife – Met in Kingston by Steve OHara & Wife also J. F. McNally & W...

June 18, 2017

Now that the New Year has arrived, let’s transport ourselves back ninety-nine years to 1918 when the Red Cross was first organized in Westport.  At this time, the village had been thrown into the devastation of The Great War, losses and injuries had begun to pile up, a...

June 18, 2017

The holidays are a time to celebrate, be joyous, and be with family.  However, during the war years, the village was filled with the tensions of local boys preparing for battle and heading overseas.

During the early days of World War I, parents, friends, and relatives w...

June 18, 2017

Christmas is almost here, and The Rideau District Museum would like to thank all that have bought copies of The Book of Westport and The Diary of Nell McCann to give as gifts for the holidays.  Your support of the museum is greatly appreciated.

Nell’s diary has been an...

June 18, 2017

In keeping with the holiday season, I decided this would be a good time to share some Christmas entries from Nell’s Diary from 1912:

“Mrs. Jas Mulville moved into her new house Christmas Eve Dec 24/12”

“Born to Mrs. Coskey (nee A. Brady) a son on Christmas Day 1912”

And s...

June 18, 2017

Back in the early part of the 1900’s, people died in many unusual ways.  A lot.  Mr. Ben Tett was found dead in his chair in December of 1915.  Miss Mary Black was found dead sitting on her chair on Fair Day in 1917.  George Hartwell was found dead in his chair in May...

June 18, 2017

As we think of the hustle and bustle that is Black Friday for some of our friends in the U.S., it is a good time to sit back, relax, and be glad that we aren’t fighting crowds for great deals on televisions and toys.  It’s a perfect opportunity to grab a cup of coffee...

June 18, 2017

So far this autumn we have managed to see very little snow in Westport, but we are slated to have a little bit of the white stuff early next week.  According to the Diary of Nell McCann, that’s right about on schedule.

The following diary entries are about the first sno...