Breakfast at the golf club

Although I hadn’t set an alarm to awaken me this morning I nonetheless succeeded to throw off the duvet upon hearing the grandfather clock strike the hour at eight o’clock. It was a sunny Saturday morning in early September. This daybreak revival enabled me to prepare for breakfast at the golf club as we had planned to do last evening.

The drive to the club along the Appleton Side Road was as usual exceedingly pleasant, bordered by mown fields and limitless avenues of towering corn stalks.

Our breakfast was on the patio overlooking the first drive and the ninth hole. On the way into the clubhouse we stopped to marvel at the photographs of former presidents including the late Honourable C. James Newton QC (Superior Court of Justice at Perth, Ontario) and Desmond J. Houston (former Clerk-Treasurer of the Town of Almonte and President of Mississippi River Power Corporation). Prior to our designated interlude at the golf club we trolled along the roadway adjacent the waterfall in the Village of Appleton where the Collie Woollen Mill owners (James Collie et al.) formerly resided. It was my first time in the past 47 years that I have ventured upon the cul-de-sac although Jim Collie was among the first people with whom I dined upon arrival in town in 1976. That initial congregation pointedly included Judge Newton and his wife Betty.  Parenthetically might I add that largely through the influence of Des Houston and J. Brian Gallagher I was appointed to the first Board of Directors of the Mississippi River Power Corporation. Thanks also to Paul Virgin (who later became President of both MRPC and the Mississippi Golf Club) I was selected by the club as Solicitor for the conclusion of the acquisition of the club’s second round of 9-hole golf course from the adjoining farm.

Today was seemingly a day of discovery.  Immediately upon completion of our breakfast on the patio we launched the trusty Aviator to the Carleton Place Farmers Market adjacent Bridge Street. Prior to going there we had telephoned my erstwhile physician who reported having already eaten his breakfast but confirmed he intended to frequent the Farmers Market (to which he had lately encouraged us to go). The visit was worthwhile. We collected freshly fried falafel, Syrian tabolah, stuffed grape leaves and Syrian baklava. Upon leaving the Farmers Market, across the river from the Town Hall, we passed the former residence of Mrs. Annie Johnson, widow of the late Dr. Johnson who had given Dr. Frank Glassow his first job in Canada upon arriving from England.

Dr. Glassow’s son Nicholas and I were colleagues at St. Andrew’s College.  Dr. Glassow (who became senior surgeon at Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario) and his family (including his wife Winnifred, son Nicholas and daughter Karen) lived in Thornhill, Ontario.  Dr. and Mrs. Glassow regularly entertained boys from St. Andrew’s College following a football or cricket match.

And just to round out the circle of acquaintance, our friends Mr. Justice Alan S. Diner and his wife Lisa (together with their beautiful children) now live in Thornhill.  I had coincidentally encountered Alan many years ago when he was running along the Ottawa River Parkway where I had stopped with my friend Janet Rintoul and my dog Monroe for a picnic.  Alan paused to pat the dog. We serendipitously learned that he was former clerk to Mr. Justice James K. Hugessen who with his wife Mary (of the former Rosamond Woollen Mill family) lived in Almonte.

Some final notes.  Upon returning home I got on my tricycle for a short tour along Spring Street adjoining the Mississippi River.  While doing so I encountered Mrs. June Timmons, wife of Ray Timmons (former Chief Administrative Office of the Almonte General Hospital).  June and Ray Timmons’ daughter (and her husband) have recently bought a new home along the Mississippi River.  The home formerly belonged to erstwhile clients, Maj. Winston MacIntosh and his late wife. Ray originally introduced me to Dr. Franz B. Ferraris upon his arrival in Almonte decades ago. June concluded our street-side confab this morning by infoming me that on occasion she visits Mr. Justice Alan D. Sheffield and his wife Heather.  It was Galligan & Sheffield Barrs &c. who initially hired me for employment in Almonte in 1976. I advised June that it was before Mr. Justice Sheffield that I last represented clients in a public court of law. My experience with Mr. Justice Sheffield was so improving that I determined to quit while I was ahead.

Earlier as we returned home from the golf club we encountered Rob Prior, proprietor of the Riverside Inn. This magnificent riparian mansion (and now Almonte’s singular hostelry) was the former residence of Mr. Justice James K. Hugessen and his wife Mary (née Rosamond). By further coincidence Rob Prior is the son of the former next door neighbours of my parents in Ottawa.