appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 2 Jun 1898, p. 3, column 3
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TWO BRIGHT YOUNG LIVES LOST.
Tommy Wallace and John Ovens
Drowned in Guelph - Both
Well-Known in Acton.
A number of homes in Acton and vicinity were especially saddened and the entire community was moved with feelings of sorrow on Friday morning with the heart-rending news that Tommy Wallace and John Ovens, both drug clerks and well-known in Acton, had been drowned at Guelph the night before. The former was the second son of Mr. Hugh Wallace, one of the most esteemed farmers in this vicinity and the latter was the only son of Mr. William Ovens, Mount Forest. He was a grandson of Mrs. McKeown and being frequently in Acton visiting the homes of John Stephenson, James Wilson, Thos. Elliott and had made numerous friends here.
T.B. Wallace, who had been employed in A. B. Petrie's drug store, and John Ovens in Alex Stewart's drug store, in company with Charles Clendennan, also a drug clerk, had gone up the River Speed in the evening on a canoeing trip last Thursday about eight o'clock. All went well on the way up and they had started on the return trip when the canoe upset below the Victoria bridge - how, no one appears to be able to explain - and the three were like a flash plunged into the deep water. Charley Clendennan alone was rescued. The other two sank almost immediately. Neither of them could swim. The river in this place is very deep and nothing could be done until grappling hooks were brought. Both bodies were recovered, but life was extinct. The young men were well known and were general favorites.
The parents of the young men were notified and in company with sympathizing friends went to Guelph, removing the remains to their respective homes by the evening trains next day.
The young men had both spent about four years at the drug business and would have completed their apprenticeship and graduated in about three months. Refering to their character the Guelph Mercury says: "The deceased during the period that they had been in Guelph became well known to many citizens. They were courteous and obliging, attentive to business and gave promise of living long and useful lives. Their prospects were bright in every respect. In three more months they would have completed their terms of apprenticeship, and were then to go to the School of Pharmacy. The druggists here were confident that both would make a good showing and come out with high honors at their examinations."
The funerals were both held on Sunday afternoon. That of Thos. B. Wallace took place from the residence of his father Mr. Hugh Wallace, 6th line, Nassagaweya, to Fairview cemetery, Acton. The concourse of people was the largest ever attending a funeral from that district, a tribute of respect and sympathy to the bereaved father and mother who were deprived of their son so suddenly. Floral wreaths from sympathizing friends covered the casket. Over forty from Guelph were present about 150 conveyances were in the funeral procession.
The funeral of Mr. Ovens at Mount Forest was also very large. Mrs. McKeown, Sr., Mr. David McKeown and Mrs. John Stephenson were present from Acton.
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