Coming of Age in
A number of the young men in this village are in the
habit of standing around on the sidewalks in front of business places, in the
evenings, and persons passing are compelled to run a gauntlet between some
dozen or so starers. This is extremely unpleasant and especially to ladies,
several of whom have complained to us about it. We hope the young men will not
persist in this rather ungentlemanly practice. If they must congregate
together, let them choose a back street, or a ten-acre [four-hectare] field.
But they would be much better at home, employed at some useful and profitable
study or recreation.
York Herald,April 14, 1881
With the return of the pleasant evenings, the young
people have commenced promenading.
Yonge Street with
its fine stretch of sidewalks affords beautiful accommodation for promenaders.
Of course none of our young people ever hang themselves over a garden gate!
The Liberal,April 21, 1882
The girls in the principal cities and towns of
Canada are noted as follows: Montreal, the best dressed. Toronto, the tallest
and most stylish. Ottawa, the most intelligent.
Markham, fond of
novel reading and flirting.
rather pretty, very sociable, and somewhat interesting; no flirting.
York Herald,January 29, 1880
The ice on
Wilson's pond is
now in excellent condition, and the young folks are enjoying the exhilerating
[sic] exercise of skating thoroughly. We heard of one young lady who thinks
skating "just splendid," so on Saturday she gratified her feelings by skating
from 10 o'clock a.m. until about 9 p.m. It must be excellent fun.
York Herald,January 15, 1880
The big warm sleighs would be filled with straw,
and there were lots of buffalo robes for warmth. The harness and sleigh bells
jingled merrily and the occupants of the sleighs sang as they drove along.
After a couple of hours in the frosty air, a stop would be made at a home or
church hall where hot cocoa, sandwiches, cake and cookies made a pleasant
ending to the evening.
Mary Dawson,"Yesterday's Winters,"The Liberal,March 29, 1978
Merry maidens and dashing young men of a similar
temperament are frequently to be seen camping out in the grove, for a few
hours, and taking tea under the trees. There is also considerable fun in taking
a row around the lake, getting splashed with water, and having to pay $3 for
the boats when you get to shore. Then you can walk along the shore, tumble down
and roll into the water, get your feet wet, etc.
York Herald,July 15, 1880
Thinking of Marriage
When the girl names the day, the wedding cake is
ordered and the minister requested to hold himself in readiness to tie the
Gordian knot. A married man is frequently seen hunting a house, and confounding
some of our capitalists for not building a number of cottages to rent. But this
thought never seems to bother would-be benedicts, judging from the large number
of marriages which have taken place in this village and neighborhood this
York Herald,November 30, 1882
Serenading the Newlyweds - The
There was considerable enthusiasm aroused amongst
the small boys on Monday evening last, on the return home of two newly-married
couples. The sound of the tocsin [town bell] was
heard at the south end and west side of the village for a short time, but the
boys were gratified with a large quantity of candies, and withdrew their
York Herald,September 23, 1880
The young men in this village have made arrangements to
open a dancing school in the fine large hall in
Palmer's new block,
Pogue's new store. The
music will be of a first class order, and judging from those who have the
matter in hand, its success and proper management are assured. The school will
be open once every week on Friday evening, and the terms will be 25 cents per
night for gentlemen; ladies free.
York Herald,September 9, 1880