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Obituary - Margaret McIntyre - 1931

Mrs. Neil McArthur

With the passing of Margaret McIntyer, wife of the late Neil McArthur, there closed another chapter in the early history of Bruce County. The deceased was born in Brock Township, Ontario County, in 1835, of Scottish parentage. After the marriage in 1853, she and her husband migrated to Bruce County, coming the entire distance from Brock behind a yoke of Oxen. Arriving at Kincardine, they proceeded north to Tiverton, then east following the surveyor's blaze to the farm the late Mrs. McArthur owned at the time of her death. Mrs. McArthur and her sister-in-law, the mother of Mr. Neil McFadyen were the first women to settle in this district.

Mrs. McArthur, although 95 years old retained her mental faculties to the last, as it was extremely interesting to the lover of history to hear her relate stories of the early days. Such event as the Rebellion of 1837-38 in which Lyon MacKenzie figured, and the Fenlan Raids became very real after hearing her tell of them.

Her life in Bruce County in the fifties was typical of the life of the sturdy pioneers who were the real makers of Canada. It was theirs to clear the tangled forest, drain the land, build the roads, and erect schools and churches. Surely to those people life was worth while in its fullest sense.

In religion the late Mrs. McArthur was an active Baptist. At the erection of the present Baptist church in Glamis, she was baptized by the late Rev. James Coutts. For many years her life bore testimony for Christ, and death for her was but an entrance into the presence of Him, whom she had served so well. To know her was to admire and respect one whose hardships in life were a labour of love for others. Generosity, so characteristic of the early settlers, and sincerity in word and deed were among her many fine qualities.

Eleven children were born to the late Mrs. McArthur, seven of whom survive; Donald and Murdock, Harmattau, Alta. Mrs. Geo. Colwell, Tiverton; Mrs. H. B. Fisher, Vancouver; Mrs. Neil McKinnon, Riversdale; Mrs. Joseph Ferris, Glamis; and Mrs. James Ferris with whom she resided for the past ten years. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. John B. McDonald, Tiverton, twenty grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.

The funeral of the deceased was held on Friday afternoon, April 24th, 1931, at the home of Mr. James Ferris, the large concierge testify in there esteem. Burial was made in Purdey's cemetery.

"Our sires, when times were sorest,
Asked none but aid Divine,
And cleared the tangled forest,
And wrought the buried mine.
The pioneers of nations!
They showed the world the way;
Tis ours to keep their stations,
And lead the van to-day."

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