By Sanford Trotter
Clanricard Post Office was located on Lot 37 Con 11 of Anstruther Township, then owned by the Elmhirsts who worked out of their home. There were twenty seven families or more who received their mail at this post office.
The farthest north on the west of old Highway 28 lived the Watson’s. Across the highway on the east were the Howes, then just south of them, the Mace’s. The Dains lived north of the bridge over Eel’s Creek and the Bridgwaters lived closer to the West road, where the Eel’s Creek Road and the West Road met. This was always called the four corners. Up the road lived the Todd’s on the west and then further north the Smith’s.
In the West Road, more Mace’s then the Gallons on the south side with Jones on the north. Further west near the Monmouth Lake Road they called the Frenchman’s. I don’t know their names, further west on the north side were the Rorbeck’s and the Kelly’s.
Back at the four corners, south and west was the Ellies on Stony Creek then at the bridge over the creek lived Gillan the Trapper. South at the top of the hill was the school house and beside that was the Rickle’s place. Across the highway from them the Steel’s and the Elmhirst’s who had the Post Office. The grave yard was across the road with the Bullied’s being close to the creek and near the graves.
East of the bend in the highway was the Trotter’s, straight west of them at the other bend in the highway were the Halliday’s and the Petter’s with the Windsor’s and Heinz’s just south. Tuckers lived just south of Jeff Road with the Booths down further beside Eel’s Creek. Bill Ellerton, the black smith was on the north side of the creek and across from him there was a lime kiln operated by Bill’s brother, George Ellerton. On in Jeff road lived John Tucker.
Most of these settlers would have their children at home and their birth certificate would read ‘born at Clanricard’. I know mine does! There were women in the area who helped with the births. The grave yard has many children buried there, some died at birth, others later from different disease prevalent at the time.
There are only ten of these homesteads still in existence, all of the others have grown back to bush again like they never existed. That is the reason for writing this. I would encourage any who know some of the history of your settlement to write about it and send it to Judith Lean at Apsley Backroads.
EDITORS NOTE: A special thanks to Sanford for taking the time to record events, places and memories from our history. I enjoy reading them and including these and all the interesting pieces that come in….thank you!