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Clyde River Baptist Church

The Women’s Missionary Society of the Clyde River United Baptist Church invites you to attend their annual Thank Offering Service on Sunday evening, October 27th at 7:00. Special speaker will be Pastor Marie Kenny with special music by the Three Graces and the Church Choir. The Church is located at 618 Clyde River Road, Clyde River. A light refreshment will be served following the service.

Let’s take a stroll down Dog River Road

And recall the days when our ancestors came

And boats were moored along river docks

Could we have imagined the day

After the many years of a bustling highway

That we could go back to gather a glimpse

Of the peaceful life that they had once again

We’ll hear sounds of hawks on the marsh

Mooing cows up Watson’s Lane

And stop on the hill

Not to avoid a near miss

But to take in the beauty we missed.

Names are the domain of writers and poets to give them life, so this is my humble attempt as we introduce the names of the two roads (the main road and a service road) that were once the old Trans Canada Highway through the community of Clyde River. The main route was originally called Tryon Road, as that’s where it led, and later the Trans Canada Highway that ushered our youth to their destinations of dreams across our great country.

Dog River was the name of the community before 1864, and one can well imagine the conversation among families that they would maybe like a more sophisticated and romantic sounding moniker. For in those days, a dog would not have much of a life, which spawned the expression “he didn’t have the life of a dog”. But, my dear, how times have changed for dogs. That expression has no meaning now as they have become beloved family members where their every need is taken care of. The old expression “a dog’s breakfast” is no more. My dog, for one, eats a premium blend of canine cuisine with a dollop of Balkan yogurt in the morning. It is more likely now that we will be able to enjoy walking our Rover along the Dog River Road without feeling like we’re taking our life in our hands. We can stop at the bridge to give him a chance to study the marshland birds and offer up a few barks.

So for clarification, in Cornwall, they are calling their section of the former Trans Canada Highway “Main Street”. When you are winding your way up Main Street, as you reach the community of Clyde River, without making a turn, you will then be driving on Dog River Road all the way through the community until you connect via a roundabout to the new highway on the Western boundary towards New Haven.

If you do not veer to the new highway on the Western boundary and instead travel the old highway to its dead end, you will travel along a service road now called “Watson’s Lane” named after Watson Livingston a former resident/owner of the adjacent farmland. Watson and his wife Lillian (Hyde) were parents of Wanda (Livingston) MacPhail featured here. That section of land was part of the original Livingston farm first settled by Donald and Flora (MacPhail) Livingston who many in the community could claim an ancestral connection including me. They were Watson’s great grandparents and my greatx3 grandparents. The homestead that Donald’s son Archibald (married to Margaret Dixon) built is the one that Watson’s granddaughter Ruth (MacPhail) and Alan Nelson and their family live in today on the Clyde River Road. Her parents Wanda and Eric MacPhail won a PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Award for the renovation of the homestead. JoAnn MacPhail lives on another section of the original farm.

So there you have it. We have returned to our historical roots in naming our roads. After tomorrow, we will begin to experience the community in a whole new way. It’s an opportunity for us to renew our community life and consider starting some traditions that help us reconnect with our history. And maybe instead of a car, we can enjoy a stroll or bike ride down memory lane or Dog River Road. And don’t forget to take Rover.

Historical notes from the book, History and Stories of Clyde River

  • The earliest name on record for what is now Clyde River was Oonigunsuk a Mi’kmaq name meaning Portage Place.
  • In 1765, Samuel Holland named the river Edward Creek, more popularly called Edward River.
  • Dog River appeared in Hazard’s Gazette, September 18, 1843 (Editor’s note: I have seen “Dog or Nixon River” labelling the river on farm deeds.)
  • One theory on the Dog River name was the abundance of seals swimming in the river with only their heads appearing and resembling dogs.
  • Other theories related to the many docks along the river where Dock River became Dog River and also dog sleds travelling on frozen ice.
  • Clyde River would have been chosen by Scottish Immigrants as a reminder of the famous River Clyde in Scotland. Bannockburn Road would also be reminiscent to their Scottish history and the Battle of Bannockburn.

New Highway Opens on Monday

The Community of Clyde River is approaching another historic milestone on Monday when the new highway will open, diverting much of the traffic that previously travelled through the centre of the community. The Department of Transportation issued the following notice this week:

The new Trans-Canada Highway realignment through Cornwall and Clyde River will be fully open to traffic for Monday morning.

As contractors work to finish up the project, drivers may experience some delays on Sunday, October 20 at the North River roundabout due to required finishing work. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes on Sunday. If using the roundabout, slow down and follow the directions of signs and traffic control personnel.

When the new Trans-Canada Highway alignment opens Monday morning, drivers are encouraged to slow down, allow for extra time, and follow the new signs carefully.

The North River roundabout will operate differently once the alignment opens. Drivers should pay close attention to the new signage and markings.

Changes for navigating the North River roundabout when coming from Charlottetown:

  • Drivers using the outer/right lane must exit onto the new highway alignment towards Borden-Carleton
  • Drivers wishing to exit onto Main Street or York Point Road must use the inner/left lane of the roundabout
  • Choose the proper lane before entering the roundabout

Changes for navigating the North River roundabout when coming from Warren Grove:

  • Drivers using the outer/right lane must exit onto the new highway alignment towards Borden-Carleton
  • Drivers wishing to exit onto Main Street, York Point Road or to Charlottetown must use the inner/left lane of the roundabout
  • Choose the proper lane before entering the roundabout

As with all roundabouts:

  • As you approach the roundabout, slow down and yield to pedestrians
  • Yield to traffic already circulating
  • When there is a gap on your left, enter the roundabout turning right
  • Do not stop once you are inside the roundabout

All other legs of the roundabout operate the same as usual. Drivers should use extra caution when using the new alignment and the newly configured roundabout for the first time.

Some of the features of the new highway include three overpasses, two interchanges and a major bridge structure over the Clyde River. The new highway will also divert the majority of truck traffic away from Main Street in Cornwall, making Main Street safer.

Here is a video from last year featuring drone footage of construction:

Further to being rained out this past Saturday, we are rescheduling the park cleanup to this coming Saturday morning, October 19th, 9:00 – 12:00 noon. Please bring along a rake and work gloves. Refreshments will be served.

Dorian Storm Response Contact List

As we come to the end of another successful season, we invite community volunteers to join together for clean up time on Saturday morning, October 12th, 9:00 to 12:00 noon. Anyone who has participated in this event knows that working together in the park is fun and good exercise. It is a great chance to enjoy this beautiful place with friends and neighbours. We suggest you bring along a rake and wear work gloves. Refreshments will be served. If necessary, the rain date will be the following Saturday.

Jo-Ann MacPhail would like to send out a thank you to Marguerite and Jeff Cameron and their two girls for coming out this past Saturday to help plant daffodil bulbs in the perennial garden, so we can enjoy lovely Spring blooms next year.

Hurricane Dorian – Daily Provincial Recovery Update for Municipalities

Situation: 

As of 1:30 pm, 7,061 Maritime Electric customers on the Island remain without power.  Maritime Electric’s most recent status update is provided here:

Status Update – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – We made progress yesterday on some of the areas hardest hit by Dorian. The weather made work challenging at times and caused some fluctuating outages. We restored power to approximately 2,800 customers yesterday and there are 73 crews out working again today to restore power

We deployed a helicopter again this morning to double-check certain lines for more damage due to the weather we had yesterday. We found a few additional trees on lines during this aerial inspection, which some crews are working on now.

To report an outage or downed line, please call 1-800-670-1012 or report online.

As of 11:00 am Thursday, Summerside Electric has approximately 130 customers without power.  The utility expects all those customers without building damage will be restored before the weekend.

Reception Centres

Municipalities reporting their buildings are now open for regular operations during normal business hours.

In addition, as of 10 am today, there are 2 reception centres open:

Lot 11 Community Hall 82 Milligan’s Wharf Road 0800-1600 hrs
Resort Municipality 7591 Cawnpore Lane (Cavendish VIC) 0900-1700 hrs
Tignish Fire Hall (if required) 241 Church Street 1500-1900 hrs
Tyne Valley Fire Hall 7078 Route 12 1100-2300 hrs

REMEMBER TO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS!

If you know of a neighbour who is vulnerable and without power, please check on them to make sure they are ok.

Food Banks

Government has provided funds to Island food banks so that any resident affected by Hurricane Dorian can avail themselves of the excellent food they provide.  Residents affected by Hurricane Dorian are encouraged to use this service when they are in need of food.

The Island Helpline

Residents who would like assistance dealing with anxiety or stress at this time may contact The Island Helpline for support.  The Island Helpline provides free, confidential emotional support and crisis intervention to Islanders of all ages.   Contact them at 1-800-218-2885 or visit their website at https://www.theislandhelpline.com/

Food and Fire Safety

Please refer to this information sheet for important food and fire safety information.

Debris Removal

Provincial road crews have been working diligently since Saturday to clear trees, branches and other debris from roads to ensure driver safety.

After debris removal from the roads is complete, provincial crews will assist with curbside debris pick-up from homes and businesses over the next few weeks.

Yard/tree debris must be bundled and placed near the road following Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) cleanup guidelines.

  • Twigs and branches should be bundled, tied and set out near the road
  • Make sure debris does not block traffic or pedestrian access
  • Each item (or bundle) must be less than 50 lb. and be 4 ft. or less in length
  • Do not use plastic bags, feed bags, or cardboard boxes for cleanup material

Yard/tree debris will not be collected with compost cart collection, but only through this special storm cleanup effort.  Regular compost collection will be limited to household organics only during this period.

Twigs, branches and storm debris can also be taken free of charge to any IWMC Waste Watch Drop-Off Centers until Saturday, September 21, 2019. Effective Wednesday, September 11, all drop-off centres will be open extended hours (8 am-4:30 pm – Monday through Saturday) until September 21.  Bulk loads do not need to be bagged or tied.

Visit Island Waste Management Corporation(link is external) for drop-off site locations. Some sites currently do not have power and these locations will remain closed until services are restored.  IWMC’s website will be updated as drop-off sites re-open.

Charlottetown and Summerside also have debris collection plans in place for their residents, however, residents are still welcome to drop-off debris at IWMC sites.

Municipalities or businesses with large loads of debris should contact IWMC directly to arrange a drop-off.

Road Closures

Please check 511 (by phone or online) for the latest information on road closures in your area.

Please remember, updates are also available through Island media outlets and on @peipublicsafety on Facebook and Twitter.

The PEI Emergency Measures Organization (PEI EMO) has asked local municipalities to post these daily updates.

Hurricane Dorian impacted PEI Saturday and overnight into Sunday. All areas of the Province were impacted by tropical force or hurricane force winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. Many Islanders are experiencing a prolonged power outage as well as communications issues.

TODAY’S UPDATES:

REMEMBER TO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS!

If you know of a neighbour who is vulnerable and without power, please check on them to make sure they are ok.

Maritime Electric

As of September 11th at 10 am, Maritime Electric indicated there are 13346 customers without power. They continue to work to repair the damage.

Reception Centres

As of 10 am today, reception centres that have checked in with PEI EMO are:

North Shore Community Center 2120 Route 25
Murray River Community Hall 1084 Macinnis St
Cardigan Fire Hall 358 Shore Raod
Lower Montague Community Centre 179 Lower Mont Road
Milton Community Hall 78 New Glasgow Rd. Rte 224
Borden Carleton Arena 246 Main St.
Kensington Murray Christian Centre 15 School St
Lot 11 Community Hall 82 Milligan’s Wharf Road
Miscouche Fire Hall 15 Main St
St. Nicholas 3866 Rt 11
Resort Municipality 7591 Cawnpore Lane,
Cavendish VIC)

REMINDERS

Food and Fire Safety

Please refer to this information sheet for important food and fire safety information.

Debris Collection

Provincial road crews will be assisting in debris collection, once they have finished clearing Island roads and sidewalks. Residents are asked to bundle their debris and place it near the road, but not on the road. Keep safety in mind.

Road Closures

Please check 511 (by phone or online) for the latest information on road closures in your area. Please remember, updates are also available through Island media outlets and on @peipublicsafety on Facebook and Twitter.

Debris Removal after Storm: 

Provincial road crews have been working diligently since Saturday to clear trees, branches and other debris from roads to ensure driver safety.

After debris removal from the roads is complete, provincial crews will assist with curbside debris pick-up from homes and businesses over the next few weeks.

Yard/tree debris must be bundled and placed near the road following Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) cleanup guidelines.

  • Twigs and branches should be bundled, tied and set out near the road
  • Make sure debris does not block traffic or pedestrian access
  • Each item (or bundle) must be less than 50 lb. and be 4 ft. or less in length
  • Do not use plastic bags, feed bags, or cardboard boxes for cleanup material

Yard/tree debris will not be collected with compost cart collection, but only through this special storm cleanup effort.

Regular compost collection will be limited to household organics only during this period.

Twigs, branches and storm debris can also be taken free of charge to any IWMC Waste Watch Drop-Off Centers until Saturday, September 21, 2019. Effective Wednesday, September 11, all drop-off centres will be open extended hours

(8am-4:30pm – Monday through Saturday) until September 21. Bulk loads do not need to be bagged or tied.

Visit Island Waste Management Corporation for drop-off site locations. Some sites currently do not have power and these locations will remain closed until services are restored. IWMC’s website will be updated as drop-off sites reopen.

Charlottetown and Summerside also have debris collection plans in place for their residents, however residents are still welcome to drop-off debris at IWMC sites.

Municipalities or businesses with large loads of debris should contact IWMC directly to arrange drop-off.

McArthur Family Cemetery

At our Cemeteries History Circle this past Saturday, the McArthur Family Cemetery in Churchill was mentioned quite a few times. Many commented that most would not know it existed. A few of us from the Clyde River History Committee decided to explore it this week and feature it on our site. We welcome anyone with knowledge of the cemetery to connect with us to ensure that this sacred space is not forgotten. As we receive more details, we will update this article. We would love to hear stories about the people buried here so we can add brief bios. Please feel free to use comments section below or email clyderiverpei@eastlink.ca.

McArthur Family Cemetery

There is no signage. It is the second laneway to the left off Peters Road in Churchill. You will know the path as there are deep tracks leading up through the forest, making it necessary to leave our vehicle and walk approx. 200 metres. We thought the cemetery would be overgrown, but we were pleased to see it was recently cleared, so we had easy access to view stones. Jean and Sharon McLean gave us a list in advance with names that they were able to identify from viewing stones a few years ago. So further to what you will find on Historic Places here, the following is the Mclean list of identified names and details. The photos are from our visit this week.

The first stone in McArthur Family Cemetery remembers Donald and Christy’s five children who died of Diphtheria

Children of Donald and Christy McArthur were the first to be buried in this cemetery. Five of their children died within 7 days with Diphtheria in 1879:

John A. died Sept 19, 1879, age 14

Nicholas, died Sept. 16, age 6

Catherine A, died Sept. 19, 1879, age 6

Donald A., died Sept. 22, age 8

Angus died Sept. 22, age 2

The remaining names appear in alphabetical order:

Cann, Mrs. Ann, died April 1, 1912, age 92; Charles McL. Cann, died April 15, 1887, age 27

MacArthur, Charles, died Dec. 30, 1894, age 47

MacArthur, Donald, died August 14, 1899, age 64; his wife Christy, died April 16, 1909 (Notes: : Christy McLean was from Clyde River. They were married Jan. 21, 1868.)

McArthur, John, died December 14, 1888, age 25; also his uncle Duncan McArthur, died March 18, 1887

McArthur John, died April 29, 1895, age 70; his children Donald, Lauchlin, Ewen, Margaret Ann, Katie, Donald, Alfred, Ethel, Marion & Christina

McArthur, John & Donald – In memory of John died March 13, 1886, age 23; Donald died Oct. 5, 1887, age 25, beloved sons of Nicholas and Maria McArthur. “God in his wisdom has recalled the boon his love had given. And though the body slumbers here the soul is safe in heaven.” (Note: Donald died of Consumption – source: http://www.islandnewspapers.ca)

McArthur, Mary E, died Dec. 28, 1891, age 27 (part of stone leaning on the base); Catherine M. died Feb. 4, 1898, age 29 (this looks like the bottom of a stone which was lying on ground) daughters of Nicholas and Maria McArthur (Notes: Their eldest daughter Ann McArthur died at 17 years on Dec. 13, 1874; confirmed Catherine M. died on Feb. 4, 1898 – source: http://www.islandnewspapers.ca)

McArthur, Nicholas, died Jan. 2, 1905, age 80; his wife Maria McLean, died Nov. 28, 1912, age 85

McArthur, Peter, died June 31, 1892, age 38

McLean, Charles, died July 16, 1881, age 65; his wife Mary McArthur, died April 1, 1906, age 85

McQuarrie, Archibald, died Dec. 5, 1891, age 48; his wife Catherine 1852-1936

Rogerson, Allan L., 1834-1918; his wife Catherine, 1842-1920; son J.A.C. Rogerson, 1868-1901; daughters Barbara Grace, 1873-1882; Ada May, wife of A.A. Pollard, 1883-1916; James D. Rogerson – 1879-1962; granddaughter Emma, 1905-1906 (Notes: Catherine Kitty Shaw born March 14, 1844 (1901 census) in Bonshaw married Allen Rogerson of Crapaud on March 26, 1862. Catherine died 1920 and Allen died 1918. They are buried in the MacArthur Cemetery, Churchill, PE. Allan was the son of John Rogerson and his wife Mary Ann Allan. He was born October 1835 in Dumfries, Scotland. They had the following children: 3 males and 8 females. Catherine Kitty Shaw was the first child and daughter of John Shaw and Margaret Isabella Matheson and granddaughter of Archibald and Catherine Bell. Source: Island Register)

Committee notes:

  • This cemetery is located on land once owned by Donald and Christy McArthur.
  • The first burial date is 1879 and the latest burial date is 1962.
  • We saw remnants of an old wooden fence in the nearby forest, so, at one time, there must have been a fence around the cemetery.
  • The cemetery has been very recently cleared – we are not sure by whom, but we would like to acknowledge their good work.
  • We acknowledge Jean and Sharon McLean for transcribing information from stones.
  • It is a very beautiful and peaceful location. There were a few tiger lilies at some of the graves.
  • The straightest headstone is the earliest one in remembrance of the five McArthur children.
  • If the deep tracks were filled in the lower part of laneway, the cemetery could be accessible by car, but it is a lovely walk.

The following is a gallery of the stones with captions of names and details (click on any photo to advance through gallery):