The flag station here is in successful operation and return tickets to Gourock can now be had all along the line and it is probable that after July 1st two more trains per day will be stopped at Gourock when required, and a ticket office opened, which will add very much to the convenience of those who travel.
GOUROCK— A small village in the township of Guelph, county of Wellington. Distant from Guelph 4 miles. Mail daily. Population about 100.
Campbell, Donald, boots and shoes
Coleman, James, gen store
Goulding, Thos., carpenter
Howitt, Alf., provincial land surveyor
Keough, James, hotel
Steele, John, blacksmith
Thomas, D. Thomas, postmaster and general store
"That old lady there," said H.G. Moxley, of New Liskeard, and pointing to an old Scotch woman, the oldest passenger on board, "was sitting just across the aisle from me. She was thrown on her face just at the doorway of the car. There were two or three broken seats piled over her, so that all I could see was her foot. When we cleared away the broken furniture that was piled over her she got up quite unhurt." The old lady would not give her name even to the conductor. Her ticket was for Hamilton. She was more anxious about an old black satchel than anything else.
"What train do you want to complete your journey on?" the conductor asked her when she arrived here with a carload of injured ones.
"I want no train at all; from now on I will travel by stage," was her answer.
Mr. Ryan, up to several years ago, enjoyed good health. The first break came when a passenger train on the G.T.R. on which he was travelling, was wrecked at Gourock, and Mr. Ryan suffered a shock from which he never entirely recovered.Gourock itself was in decline by that time. In reminiscences of the Guelph of earlier days, Mr. Alex McKenzie, who had been a telegraph operator in the city, recalled that (Mercury, 4 April 1922):
Gourock Post Office was a meeting place for the farmers for miles around. They called at the Post Office for their mail after their day’s work was done, and stopped late to smoke and talk.McKenzie accurately notes what led to Gourock's demise. Rural mail delivery meant that mail for rural addresses was delivered door-to-door from a central location. Thus, the Guelph post office delivered mail directly to residents of Gourock. Made redundant, the Gourock post office was closed in 1913.
Those good old days are gone. Rural mail delivery and automobiles have closed up many a country post office and store.
That Automobile nuisance.
To: Editor of the Mercury
November 14, 1904
Dear Sir—As I was driving home from church to-day, Sunday, the 12th inst., I very near had a serious runaway accident by an automobile driven by some citizen of Guelph. In all justice and Christianity they should have waited until people attending church could get home. There should be a law prohibiting the horrid and dangerous nuisance from the public highways. An elderly lady in Guelph had her arm broken by the same nuisance causing her horse to run away.
Train wrecks occurred with alarming frequency in the Edwardian era. They were a favorite subject of local photographers and feature on real-photo postcards regularly. Here are accounts of further wrecks in the Guelph area: