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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta IMt LEYMBKiDOE. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1903. PAGE NINC What will Parkda Lethbridge ation Gov, a PRICE NOW Terms: uash, balance a month or quarterly if preferred SKEITH AND TILLEY Ottawa, Nov. 26.-. of the Opposition tot Conservative bia was the caus-' Taylor of N took to cbargi rewarding ard ers in the of emolumentV tion that sh Taylor rema press reporl; tion in Bri> causing he put any me Pleasant and Palatable 'sur beverages are. the drink par es> -eellence. Strictly pure and nighest :grade, the quality never varies. "There but none better. Oool- le-freshing, wholesome and agree- Our sarsapatilla, ginger ale, lemon aoda, etc., have gained a i6pu- aooorded to none others. BoV absolute cleanliness. Purity The Lethbridge Brewing Malting Comoany, Ltd. OLDEST WOMAN IN CANADA DIES AT 107 Mrs. John Clarke Was the Widow of a Famous Explorer and Mush of Montreal's History Was Bound Up in Her Lens Lifa Montreal, Nov. died yes- interest, in the life's story of the lady terday, at her home, No. 93 Hallowell street, Westmount, Mrs. 'John Clark, probably the oldest woman in Can- ada, and certainly the oldest con- necting link between the Montreal century. Mrs. Clark had attained the extra- ordinary age of 107 years. She was born in in., 1802: was married' in Montreal in 1S2Q; her first child was horn in Ru- perfs Land in'1824; she lost her hus- band in today, fifty-seven years after, she was borne to the tomb. The mere recital of these dates is suggestive of a span of life remark- able for its length, but when to know- ledge of this is added a realization of the prominent part played by Mrs. Clark and her family in the social life of Montreal in the first half of the nineteenth century, and of the: standing of her husband as a man of affairs in those early days of this community, it is then that the human who yestsrday ended her long jour- ney, becomes fully apparent. An' Eventful Career About one hundred and sixty years ago Simon Clark built his house on the corner of what is now Clarke avenue ad Sherbrooke street. That eminent to. explore the Missouri, and, if possible, find the source of the Mis- sissippi. The story tion is well known. of that expedi- John Jacob As.- tor, when the, maps and charts of the Lewis-Clarke expedition, and their re- ports, were known conceived the idea of forming an "Astor Fur Company" and of sending out parties to estab- lish trading stations up the' Missouri river, across the Rockies to the Co- lumbia river on to the Pacific coast. This plan he proceeded to carry out, and on the 8th of September, 1S10, sent out his first ship, the Tonquin, Many Canadian voyageurs, young men looking for adventure, and some of the Northwest Company, who risked settlement. Trouble then seemed to come fast on the little 'colony. Mc- Dougall and McKenzie influenced Clarke and Stuart to sign a formal manifesto to Mr. Astor, telling of their desire to abandon the under- taking. Subsequently Astoria was taken "possession of by the British, and the colony of Americans was dis- persed. Its name was changed from Astoria to Fort George and on April the fourth, 1S13, Clarke, David Stuart and the others who had j not gone over to the Northwest Com- j started back on their return ovrr the joined Hudscn .Bay Company In the -1815. two'years after themselves in Astor s Pacific enter- house was the Clarke homestead ua- j til it was pulled down eight -xgars ago. In it was born, in ,1781. John Clarke, who became one of the not- able figures in the Hudson Bay Com- pany's service, and in the life of Montreal. His mother was a Waldorf a relation, it is understood, of the Astor family. Through this connec- tion John Clarke became the leader of the second expedition which John Jacob Astor sent around the Cape to found Astoria. Before the year 1805 that part of the country west of the Rocky Mountains was, practically, un- uruucus journey, and of'the subse-j ,iabasca more quent. founding of Astoria, are fully described in Irving's "History of As- had moved Fort Chipewyan on Lake tion for trading on -the McKenzie ,l on -the river, to which move the Hudson Bay I Comuany retaliated, and though it wag not tbeh. first appearance on tbe There were, naturally, in connec- 1 lake. yet they threw themselves in tion with this enterprise, many diffi- (considerable force into the contest, culties and discouragements, as a re- numbering under John Clarke, after- o j JM- Second Expedition suit of which Astor sent forth a second expedition, with a ship nam- ed the Beaver, on the tenth of Oc- tober, 1811. Mr. Astor's partner in this second expedition was Mr. John i c Clarke, who at this time must have. been about twenty-nine years of age. Irving i his account says: "Mr. John Clarke, the partner, who took the lead chief factor, ten clerks, a hun- dred men and fourteen large canoes, loaded with supplies. Many misfor- tunes befell the new venture of the A Avriter of the time says: less than fifteen men, one. wo- known territory: In that year, how- the present vwas a na- of todav and the Montreal of the of the, though he had TiuQcoH nf Vile lifo in flip ever, two Americans. Lewis and Clark were sent out by the American gov- How would You like to make to per acre on Land that You can now buy for had passed much of his life in the Northwest, having been employed in the 'fur trade since the. age of six- teen." In this statement, at least, "Mr. John Astor, was born in Montreal. The Clarke family have in their possession an oil paint- ing of Mr. John Clarke, presented to hint by Mr. Astor on his return from this expedition: Mr. Clarke's Arrival Upon Mr. Clarke's arrival at As- toria, three expeditions were set on foot into the interior of the country, under Stuart, and Clarke. Irving's account of Clarke's expedi- tion is as follows: "Mr. Clarke con- ducted his little band up Lewis river to the mouth of a small stream com- i g in from the north, to which the Canadian gave the name of Pavibn. nian and-seven children perished by starvation. 'built four trading posts on the Peace river and else- where in the autumn, but not one of them was able to weather out the following winter. All were obliged to come to terms with their oppon- ents to save the party from struction. That year the Athabasca trade of the Northwest Company was 400 packs, against only five in all secured by the Hudson Bay Co. By this it is evident that Mr. Clarke followed the lead of the others and returned to the Canadian Northwest, this time to enter the service of the Hudson Bay Company, in which he remained for the rest of his life. In ISIS, three years afterward, accord- ing to Bryce "the old company. (Hud- son with British pluck appear- ed on this lake having nineteen loaded canoes. Trader Clark was now accompanied by the doughty I leader. Colin Robertson." It was probably some time previous to 1815 that John Clarke married his first wife, Sapphira Spence. a half- is no- dream. All we want is a chance to substantiate our statement. Nowadays it is no use in advertising unless we can produce the goods. Don't think we are advertising for fun, nor do we want to take you en a wild goose chase." We have land that will please you, and the climate to back it up. You may think that these are strong statements, but There are no Greater Opportunities offered in the West to-day than what the Eraser Valley offers Watch our window for the display of products grown in the Fraser Valley, which are expected here in the course of a few days irrigation necessary. The best Market in Canada for all your produce. Some of our lands less than one hour's run from Vancouver. Every facility offered for shipping is an extract from one of Earl Grey's speeches made at the opening of the Provincial Exhibition, New Westminster "I hope I am doing no injustice to the other parts of this Fair Domirsion when I say that no part of its wide and beautiful extent, has captivated my heart and fancy more than has your beautiful Province of British Columbia never have I visited any portion of the World which has filled my heart with a greater desire to establish niy permanent home in its midst than has your province of British Call in and get our proposition. If you live out of town, drop us a card, when information wil! be cheerfully furnished Realty Ci. Ltd Ground Floor Offices next Balmoral Here he found, a village encamp- ruent of forty huts or covered DJeec- with inhabited by Nez ces or Pierced-Nose Indians, as they selves. A life of this unsettled she lived until ber death- re called by the traders; but Chip- by She had lived in the North- and was a daughter of a man Hudson Bay- Mr. Clarke precarious kind is apt to render men i selfish, 'and such Mr. Clarke found j the inhabitants of this village, who I are deficient in the usual hospitality j of the Indians. It was the plan of j Mr. Clarke to lay up his boats here jSrlaivl proceed by land to his place of I destination, which was among the Spokane tribe of Indians, about a hun- and fifty miles i Mr. Clarke laid up in his heart; a f.rst grave made in the little conse- crated family burying ground on the slop-e of the mountain was for the first wife of John Clarke. There were no children by this marriage. In 1820. at the age of about forty, he married his second wife, who sur- vived him 57. years. She was born in Neufchatel. Switzerland, and it was in. Switzerland that John Clarke first saw j her, he having gone on a visit to Mr. Astor, U. S. ambassador to National in Distinctive in Appearance, Dashing- in Style, MocLest in Price Features that hare made Progress Brand Clothes Famous. and gutnntiod by H. VHEBER6 i CO., LIMITED, Sold mrtli 60 McKelvie McGuire, Lethbridge. bitter grudge against the whole She was a Miss Trauclar. ceckiose race, which it will be was eighteen years of ho took occasion subsequently to gratify in a signal manner." Clarke had one of the race1 hung, up- return to them, which action Irving condemns.) "Having made arrangements' for departure. Mr. Clarke his I barge and canoes in a sheltered place at her marriage. His Children By his second wife he had eight children. Simon, born at Fort Pelly, Rupert's Land, in 1824: William, born at Winnipue, in Caroline, born at Fort Petty in 1S27; Priscilla.'born at Fort Petty in 1830: Adele Pris- tne banks of a small bay and put- Ccciliat born at jfingau. Labra- ting himself at the head of his little j dor; Tidy John, horn in 1837 31 caravan, he shook the dust oft his j iind Lousia Waldorf. Of these four as he turned his back upon this died in Infancy or cmidhood, Siraon, Williim. Caroline and Priscilla. John in 1SOO at the age of sixty-two village of rogues and hard dealers. The place upon which he fixed for a 7fv iit 4. ctv. nu sB trading post was a fine point of William Tidy died about sir tt I at the junction of the Pointed Heart'" ?P and Spokane rivers. His establish- ed I meni. was intended to compete with j a trading post of the Northwest Coin- i pany. situated at no great distance, to rival it in the trade with the years ago. The remaining two. Pris- cilla Cecilia and Miss Adele Lousia Waldorf, are still living. For a number of years John Clarke valuable. It is 'unique.." indeed, to meet anyone who could describe Lab- rador 'as it was seventy-five years ago, and when we think that a wo- man braved its rigorous climate and when, over one hundred years of age, could recall clearly the adventures and incidents of her experiences, it is indeed worthy' of note. 'Her rem- iniscences, for her memory was mar- velbusly, clear, were most interest- ing. The old days on Montreal in the time of the rich fur traders have become historic, yet she remembereH. them clearly. She is said to have re- ceived the first Bible presented by a missionary in the Northwest. It is a very old book and printed in the French language. She travelled at one time in the same canoe as Sir John Franklin, the northern explorer. She -lived in the Northwest when trading posts only marked the differ- ent routes. ln_ Days Of Old At one time, when St. Antoins St., and Richmond Square were the. fash- ionable districts of Montreal, the Clarkes lived on the former street, their garden running up the hill to where the monument of Sir John A. Macdonald now stands. They enter- tained lavishly, and were prominent in the Government House "set" of that day. Monklands being. the seat To Be DYSPEPTIC Is To Be MISERABLE. Dyspepsia tkt prertiliar utaty dvittttd life. It is larjely due to pom tenon in diet; over-ettin j, too: free indttl- in stimuUnU over-taxing the stomach with indigestible food, eating rapidly without chewing food suffi- ciently, indulging in hot pastry, pickles, confectionery, etc. Burawk Blood Bitters has an td reputation, extending over thirty-four years, as a positive cure for dyspepsia m all its forms, and from all diseases aruinf from 4 f Mrs: He Dickenson, Benton, Can Eat -4-. N.B., writea: "I havt Anything used Burdock Blood 4- How. Bitters and find that -4- few medicines out 4- give such relief dyspepsia and ito- inaea troubles. I was troubled for a number of years with dyspepsia could ret no relief until I tried Burdock Blood I took three bottles and ot the Governor-General, and the so-1 cured and I can now_eat anything -without cial centre of the city. Mrs. Clarke lived in the reigns of five English the: Third. George the Fourth, WilKam j Spokane Indians, as well as with the in at t3ie of seventy-one Cootonais and Flatheads. In this neighborhood we shall leave him." Abandonment of Astoria lived in Beaver Lodge, SL Catharines j able walk. McGill street was an orch- now known as Outremont. He died j ard. Beaver Hall Hill was in bushes and trees. Craig street was a stream crossed by scows, with small bridges it hurting me. I will highly recommend it to all who troubled with stomach trouble." For sak by all dealers; the Fourth. Queen Victoria and Ed-> Manufactured only by The T. MUbum ward the Seventh. _She remembered i Co., Limited, Toronto, Ont, the battle of Waterloo, and the pass- j ___J_________._________ ing of the Russian troops through Neufchatel.' She came to Canada with her father to marry John Clarke. They put up at Roscoe's hotel, a large building opposite Bonsecours market, Notre Dame street was the fashion- here and there. The site of Christ years. Mrs. Clarke during many of the years of her early married life, trav-j Church Cathedral was a swamp, and Later on McKenzie, who had been ellcd with her husband in his arduous I Sherbrooke street a country road in his explorations, went! an-1 rMftlcuU journeys. Seventy-five! through the bush. St. Catherine St. o to Clarke's post to discuss the matter j years ago she was in Labrador with was the same, without a house until with him. and hold a i him, and his work in connection with i the Clarke homestead was reached. but her memory had been wonder-l fully preserved. She was happy her declining years, in the loving care of her two daughters. Miss Adele and Miss Louisal who were ting in their devotion to her. Mrs. Clarke was the mother of SJ J. Clarke, commissioner of the of Calgary, and one of the old-timer{ of Calgary and Alberta. the J.wo partners were in Labrador fisheries in the way of I ference in Mr. Clarke's wigwam, an charts, etc., is said to have been in- I uexpected visitor came upon them.! _--------__.._ jfjjThis was John George McTavish, aj partner of the Northwest Company. who had of the rival trading j posts established- in that neighbor-! hood. Mr. McTavish told them thar j war had been declared and showed j them President's Madison's proclama- j tion. He also told them that an arm- i ed ship, the Isaac Todd, was to be at the mouth' of the Columbia about j !i2 j the beginning of March, to get pos- j session of the trade of the river." j i The news discouraged i i who returned to Astoria, ami with J SS McDougall, who was then in charge.; decided to abandon the place. They i ;k subsequently .appraised Stuart and! jfj Clarke of their determination. Both i of the latter were displeased and j took no notice of the resolve of the! two others to abandon the unr.ertak-1 Mrs. Clarke has been 'bedridden for many years before her death, The death occurred today .at Wanl eta, B. C., of Mrs. Jean Aclie, one cl the pioneers of the country, at thj age of 78. mCHTFUL? Surely? Everyltaste Requires ing. Eventually Stuart. McKenxie. who had brought the message, and Clarke repaired to Astoria. where they found McDougall breaking up' TJ ITWorcesteilsKire nolbrooks oauce Made-and bottled, in England ;