BRECKON death notices – Newmarket Era newspaper
York County, Ontario, Canada)
1880, August 13, page 2
BRECKON – On the 4th inst., Mr. Christopher Breckon, of the Township of North Gwillimbury. Bleeding at the Lungs.
1880, October 1, page 2
BRECKON – At Holland Landing, on the 28th [???], Fred, infant son of Alex. and Maria Breckon – aged 6 months and 6 days.
1881, April 8, page 2
BRECKON – In Holland Landing on the 1st inst., Maria J Breckon, aged 24 years, 7 months and 24 days.
1905, August 18, page 2
BRECKON – In Queensville, on Aug. 8th, 1905, David Breckon – aged 75 years, 8 months.
1920, Sep 3, page 2
BRECKON – At her late residence, 72 Northcote Ave, Toronto, Rebecca, beloved wife of William Breckon, formerly of East Gwillimbury.
Funeral Saturday to the Necropolis.
1908, December 30, page 6
- Terrible Accident at Queensville -
- Estimable Young Girl Lost Her Life -
The village of Queensville was thrown into consternation this week over the tragic death of Miss Stella Breckon, an estimable young lady about 20 years of age.
Miss Breckon had been at the League on Monday evening in company with two other young ladies, Miss Emma Strasler and Miss Irene Moore, were walking together when they saw the light of the 9 o’clock car, bound for Newmarket. Out of curiosity they proposed going down to the car to see who were getting on, it being election night. In order to be out of the light of the car they went around to the west side of the station. Here, owing to a large open ditch they got separated in the dark. After the car had gone the other two girls call to Stella, but got no reply. Not hearing anybody they thought she must have gone home and they also went back to the village. Not seeing anything of her they enquired of Mr. Joe Pegg, who was driving home, and he told them to get in the buggy and he would drive them to the station. He got down into the ditch, which was about five feet deep, where they had crossed, and after feeling around said he touched her dress and she must be dead. He then drove back to the hotel for a lantern and assistance. It was then discovered that she had fallen upon her head and it was bent forward in such a way as to cause strangulation. The doctor declared that her death was instantaneous though there was no dislocation of the neck, as at first reported. Miss Breckon was well known here and very popular, and much sympathy is felt for her widowed mother and sister.
Dr. Wesley of Newmarket was informed of the accident, and a Coroner’s Jury was empanelled at Kavanagh’s shop on Tuesday evening, composed of the following; Andres McKenzie, foreman, Fred Sprague, J. A. Starr, Jas. A. Crann, Chesley A. Doan, Wm. Greig, J. J. Terry, J. T. Powers, J. A. Wright, Clayton Foster, E. J. Norris, A. T. Waite and Robt. Briggs. After hearing the evidence they returned the following verdict:
“That the said Stella Breckon came to her death on the 26th day of Oct., 1908, through unnatural cause, by falling headlong into an unguarded ditch at the Toronto & York Radial Railway Station at Queensville, on account of there being no barriers or lights to indicate the existence of danger, and that the said accident was caused by the continued negligence of said company in allowing an
open ditch to remain for some time without proper barrier or signals.”
General Manager Wilson of the railway and Traffic Manager Livingstone were present and the company was represented by Charles Moss of Toronto. The bereaved family was represented by Mr. A. S. Williams of Newmarket.
1913, February 28
DEATH OF MRS. BRECKON.
We have been asked to copy the following form the Fort Frances Times of Feb. 13.:
On Tuesday morning after several months of suffering, Mrs. J. A. Breckon, an old pioneer, passed quietly away in the presence of her family.
For some time Mrs. Breckon has been ailing and it was only the past six months that it developed that she had cancer of the stomach.A trip to Rochester, Minn., where Mayo Bros. were consulted was fruitless. All that money or care could do was done but there was nothing for it but to wait for the coming of the grim destroyer. It was therefore with great relief that she welcomed death as she was conscious to the last.
The late Mrs. Breckon was born at St. Catharines, 55 years ago but spent her girlhood days at Kirkfield, Ont., where she married Mr. J.W. Breckon. In 1884 they moved to Whitewood, Sask. and in 1894 at the time of the gold boom up Rainy Lake moved to Fort Frances. They resided here for a short time and moved from here to Mine Centre where they remained until the gold boom collapsed, after which they returned to Fort Frances and Conducted the Scott House. Selling out they then moved to Toronto, where they lived for a few years, but Fort Frances appealed to them so strongly that they returned and have resided here ever since.
Mrs. Breckon was very much esteemed by all who knew her. Kind and generous in her disposition, she had a host of friends who will grieve to hear of her death. She leaves a husband and two sons, Wm. G. and Fred, also a sister, Mrs. Robert Lowe of Toronto and a brother William in British Columbia.
The funeral took place this afternoon from the Presbyterian church to the Fort Frances cemetery and was largely attended. Mr. Breckon and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sore bereavement.
Deceased was a former resident of Newmarket. She leaves a husband and two sons to mourn their loss.
Mr. J.A. Breckon is brother to Mrs. Robt. Selby and Mrs. Munroe, of Newmarket.
[Transcription Note: Mr. J.A. Breckon / Mr. J.W. Breckon – as spelled in the newspaper]