A call for a more impressive market house in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Jim Hornby
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

The Islander, April 8 

THE MARKET HOUSE. That Charlottetown, the capital of this Agricultural Island, should, in the year 1864, be without a Market House other than the miserable little edifice which, nearly half a century ago, was erected among the stumps on Queen Square, and which is now only fit for a bonfire--a use to which we regret that it has not been devoted--is a reproach to our city, and highly discreditable to some parties.

Is it not disgraceful to all concerned, that the public Square, which should be an Ornament to the City, should present the appearance of a farmer’s pig pen or cow-yard--that the beef and mutton, such as would do credit to any part of the world, which our Butchers displayed on Easter market day, was exhibited in a miserable hut, into which no one could enter save at the cost of much hustling, and at the risk of returning covered with grease?

Jim Hornby: The second, “Round Market” house on Queen Square opened in 1823. It was replaced in 1867 by a much larger market house designed by cabinet-maker Mark Butcher.


The Protestant, April 9

Last night and to-day we are having an old-fashioned snow storm. Still there are indications of spring; the ice in our harbour was broken up this morning as far as the wharves.


The Examiner, April 11

LAUNCHED, on Thursday last, from near the residence, at New London, of the Honourable Donald Montgomery, President of the Legislative Council, a fine Schooner of between 50 and 60 tons old measurement, which was built by Mr. George McKenzie, of New London, a skillful and experienced naval architect. She was inspected by several competent judges, who pronounced her to be the handsomest vessel they have ever seen built in this Island. She was drawn from the Ship-yard to the beach, a distance of about half a mile, by a team of about thirty horses. This beautiful vessel is named the “Louisa Montgomery,” and is, we understand, intended for the coasting and fishing trade.

J.H.: Businessman and politician, Donald Montgomery of  Park Corner was the paternal grandfather of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. 


The Examiner, April 11

SPRING PARK POTTERY! The Subscriber would respectfully acquaint the citizens of Charlottetown, and the people of the Island generally that he will re-open his EARTHENWARE ESTABLISHMENT on the 1st of MAY next, and will be prepared to furnish the following articles, of all sizes, at Wholesale and Retail, viz.:--Milk Pans, Cream, Butter, Preserve, and Bean Crocks, Liquor Jars, Pitchers, Flower Pots, Chimney Tops, Stove pipe Collars, & c., & c.  T.M. BURNS

J.H.: Thomas Burns married Minnie Cochrane, M.D., in mid-December.


The Vindicator, April 13

CONVENT OF THE CONGREGATION DE NOTRE DAME. The Course of Instruction pursued in this Institution combines every advantage that can be derived from an intelligent and conscientious instruction in the various branches of learning becoming a young lady. Ample facilities are afforded for the perfect acquisition of the English and French languages, as well as those Ornamental Arts and Sciences which are considered requisite in a finished education.


The Monitor, April 14

FIRE. On Tuesday morning, about 4 o’clock, the citizens of Charlottetown were aroused from their slumbers by cries of “Fire!” and the ringing of the fire bell. The whole fuel was about a stable belonging to William Douglas, King Square--which is supposed to have caught fire from some hot ashes carelessly thrown against it. It was completely consumed by the devouring element.


Ross’s Weekly, April 14

TOO GOOD TO BE LOST. Some time since, one of our Judges, who is somewhat noted for his irascible temper, observed a man with a horse drawing a loaded cart across his lawn by way of a short cut. The Judge, boiling with rage at the audacious act, rushed towards the man, and drawing a large clasp-knife, cut the harness of the team, and upset the load. The exertion tended to expend the Judge’s rage, and he told the man to load up and clear out, and he then went off. During the whole operation the man was dumbfoundered and thoroughly frightened, and as soon as the irate judge disappeared, he ran up to the front door of the Judge’s residence, and seizing the knocker pounded away for dear life. While he was rapping, the Judge made his appearance from another direction, and having lost his previous ferocious aspect, asked the man what he wanted. The man frantically exclaimed: “I want to see the Judge! I want to see the Judge!--There’s a maniac below here just escaped from Gidley’s who has cut my harness and upset my load!”

The richness of the scene hereupon developed itself to the Judge, and he burst out laughing and handed the man a ten shilling note wherewith to repair damage. The latter was so carried away by fear that he had not recognized the man who cut his harness, and he who accosted him at the door, as one and the same person.

J.H.: R.M. Gidley was the Keeper of the Lunatic Asylum,located at Brighton Shore. Supreme Court Judge James H. Peters’ extensive estate, “Sidmount,” was located off North River Road, nearby “Gidley’s.”


Jim Hornby’s column, “1864: The Way We Were: gleanings from Charlottetown’s newspapers,” is in The Guardian every Monday in 2014 (on holiday Mondays, it will appear on Tuesdays). It contains excerpts from newspapers of that era, as well as Hornby’s comments on what he has found. To give feedback on this feature, presented in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Charlottetown Conference, contact the author at hornby@pei.sympatico.ca.ca.

Organizations: Market House, New London, Legislative Council Supreme Court

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Queen Square, Iceland Green Gables SPRING PARK Gidley Brighton Shore North River Road

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page