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100 Years Ago in Chapple - 1922



By Rilla Race, Chair, Chapple Heritage Committee

The Year is 1922. George W. Hughes is once again Reeve in Chapple, but the names of his council are unknown for that year. 


February 16, 1922 - "The Barwick Brass Band met in their old quarters Saturday evening last and played many of the good old tunes, after which a business meeting was held and officers were appointed for the coming season. Mr. Davis resigned the leadership but was appointed manager and director. Mr. Benson, who recently arrived from the west was appointed leader. George Kernahan was appointed secretary-treasurer. Mr. McGauley kindly offered them the use of the hall to practice in."

The Barwick Brass band was organized sometime before 1920. Membership in the band was 18 to 20 members and George Davis and James Warren were the leaders in 1920. In July of that year the band received "their new coats and caps". The band was still operating as late as July 1922. 

Charles and Ray Davis - band

Charles and Ray Davis, sons of George Davis with their band instruments. 

The CIBC started a bank in Barwick in 1920 in accommodations rented from George Davis. Then in 1922 they constructed a bank building and offered services three days a week - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Later service was reduced to one day a week and the branch closed in December 1936. 

This building later housed the Municipal Office and following that became the outlet for Canada Post - which is still at that location. 


Archie McDonald originally opened his shoe shop in 1912 on his farm in Dobie Township, where Roy and then Wayne Barron later lived on Hwy. 11.

In April of 1922 he purchased a lot in Barwick on the west side of Main Street (local residents may remember this building as home of Norman McKenzie in later years). The building has since been torn down. 

Noreen (Love) Day, who lived in Barwick before 1935 wrote this about the little shoe shop: "I remember Archie McDonald's shoe shop, a little one-room shop, just south of the railroad tracks. Sometimes his daughter Effie and I would eat our school lunch with him and I can still see Mr. McDonald, with a long handled mustache, sitting on his shoe horse mending or making a shoe. A pail of tea simmered on the stove and the smell of leather permeated the room since there were large sheets of it everwhere. Shoe lasts of every size were lined up on a shelf and a large pile of shoes filled a corner." 

Shoe Shop Signshoe shop - museum
This sign for his shop was found at the original farm in Dobie Township and donated to the Chapple Museum. This is a picture from the Chapple Museum display of the shoe shop. 


The Loyal Orange Lodge was established in Barwick as early as 1912. The official anniversary celebrating the victory of King William at the Battle of the Boyne was July 12th and was celebrated in Barwick each year regularly until replaced by Dominion Day Celebrations. In 1921 the Orangemen of Barwick built their own building and the Orange Hall was officially dedicated in June 1922 with every lodge in the district represented. 

At the July celebrations this year lodges from Pinewood, Fort Frances, Stratton, Rainy River, LaVallee and Emo met in Barwick to celebrate. Barwick and Fort Frances played in a parade. King William on a white horse (Charles Schammerhorn of Emo) headed the parade. Speeches, baseball games and girls' basketball games filled the afternoon and a dance was held in McGauley Hall in the evening. 

parade picture

parade - white horse

Orange Lodge parade in 1934

The Lodge was still operating in the 1930's and I'm not sure when it closed. The hall itself was also used by other organizations as well, including the Women's Institute, Chapple Telephone System, Chapple Council and other groups for meetings, dances and other activities. The building was torn down in the early 1970's. 


School fairs were held in Barwick for many years and all schools in Chapple participated. 

October 5, 1922 - "The Barwick School Fair was a decided success in every way. The Women's Institutes of Barwick and Mather and Shenston #1 School donated prize money for prizes. Mr. McGauley offered his hall free of charge except for the $5 for cleaning up after the fair."

resized school fair photo

Barwick School Fair parade in front of McGauley hall in 1929. 


January 25, 1922 - The first country convention of the Women's Institute was held in Barwick on January 25th.

August 31, 1922 - Chapple Municipality authorized the borrowing of $7,000 for completion and equipping of the new Barwick Consolidated School. 

September 7, 1922 - Methodists and Presbyterians at Barwick formed a Union Church under direction of the Board of Missions until the church becomes self-sustaining. The circuit includes Barwick, Blackhawk, Shenston and Mather. Services were held in McGauley Hall.

October 26, 1922 - Board of Health has scarlet fever epidemic in hand but have been very much handicapped by some failing to report cases. The Board has decided there should be no laxity in enforcing quarantine regulations. 



Chapple Heritage is continuing to collect materials for family histories. Information of the following families, all in Chapple before 1910 has now been archived: James Tierney, Hugh Caldwell, Samuel Rice, Edward Holmes, Adam and James Hoover, Joseph Gibbens, Joseph Fearon, Arthur Ion, John Ritchie, Dan Smith, Arthur James Smith, William Shaw, Herman Howell, William Dumbrill, John Kidd Robertson, Robert James McGauley, George Thomas Hubbard, Cale Smith, John Hillcox, Robert Stirrett, Andrew Frood, George W. Davis, John and Archie Kerr, John and William Sim, Oliver Obens, William John Anderson, Thomas Knechtel, William and John Gordon, and John and William Evans.

Materials relating to a number of other families who setteled in our township before 1930 is also being worked on at present: James Abbott, Dr. Blakely, Dr. McIntyre, George Both, M. T. Cathcart, Harry Choquette, Fred Cousins, Joseph Elviage, Richard Esson, Malcolm Gillies, Frederick 'Dick' Harvey, James Johnston, Kernehan, James Lavender, Lindsell, Lovell, Love, Traiton Luckens, Madill, Archie McDonald, John McNabb, Forbes, James McPherson, William Muir, Pentney, Nels Peterson, Kate Ruttan, William Scott, William Shannon, Jospeh Syncox, Duke Toner, Albert Tull, James Warren, Thomas Weston, Dick Wilson, T.B. Wilson, William Wright, Eli Johnson and Wolden family.

There are probably other families, not yet identified, that will also be included. For the most aprt, we are searching family histories that have not already been published in the Chapple History Book. If you have information or photos that you would like to provide for any of the families mentioned, please contact  Rilla Race at brrace2@gmail.com .

While much of the focus is on the earliest settler families in Chapple, histories from later than 1930 are also welcome.


Chapple Heritage Committee still has copies available of the township history book ‘Between the Ripples….stories of Chapple’ at a cost of $35 plus shipping.

If you are interested in the early history of our township and some of the original settler families, please contact the Township Office. If your family lived in Chapple in our early years, please let us know about them. You can contact either theTownship of Chapple Office or Chapple Heritage at P. O. Box 54, Barwick, Ontario P0W 1A0. If you have photos or historic information about our township, please share it with us.