The original Quirk home was a log cabin, originally built by the Wilcox family on land originally owned by them. The addition on the side of the cabin was a summer kitchen.
This is a photograph of the first generation of Canadian-born Quirk’s at the Quirk Homestead. They are all teenagers in this photograph, which is estimated to have been taken sometime around 1925.
The youngest first generation Quirk ever to be born was Lila Quirk. This photograph shows Lila Quirk, on the right, standing next to her sister Edna, sometime in the late 1920’s, or possibly the very early 1930’s at the Quirk homestead.
Matthew Wilcox, Jame’s father-in-law and good friend, died on April 11, 1919. He was born in Ballinamore, Northern Ireland in 1830. At the age of 18, he enlisted at Enniskillen on December 21, 1848, in the 57th Regiment of foot, and took active service for 5 years in the British army. In March of 1853, he served through the Crimea War and carried his medals of service at Inkerman Balacklava and Sebastapoel, after serving at Malta East India and Bombay India. In 1860, after 7 years he was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant.
Matthew served in the Manchester Police Force in England for 4 years, and then immigrated to Canada in 1868 to settle in Monteagle Township, Hastings County, where he bought 200 acres of timberland and built a log house. He married Mary Jane Kirnahan, had a family of ten children, and lived there until his death at the age of 89 years old. It is believed that his medals and uniforms went to several museums here in Ontario.
In the year 1918, Edna Quirk was born to James and Eliza Quirk. This photograph of her was taken in the late 1930’s, shows Edna’s fondness of firing rifles.
James Quirk, standing to the right of the drummer (the drummer’s left side), was a member of the Orange Lodge along with his father-in-law, Matthew Wilcox, seen standing second from the right (the gentleman with the white beard).
Sometime around 1918, they planned a parade through Maynooth, which was a predominately Catholic town in the Hastings Highlands. According to the story, the people of Maynooth threatened to shoot King Billy if the Orangemen went ahead with the parade, so Matthew Wilcox said he would ride the white horse at the head of the parade, and the Orange Order in the parade threatened to burn Maynooth to the ground if King Billy was shot.
The Orange Lodge had their parade through Maynooth with Matthew Wilcox as King Billy on the white horse, with James Quirk and his son Harry Quirk (who would have been around 9 years old) taking part in the parade; Matthew Wilcox did not get shot, and Maynooth was not burned to the ground.
In the year 1916, Erma Quirk was born to James and Eliza. This photograph of her was taken in the 1930’s.
Two years after getting married, James and Eliza Quirk started a family. The first Quirk of this line to be born in Canada was Gordon Quirk, on March 1, 1908. A year later, my grandfather Harry was born on September 15, 1909, followed by Violet who was born on June 18, 1911. This family photograph was taken in the year 1912.
According to a census taken in 1911, James Quirk, age 29, was listed as the head of his household in what was the new Quirk Homestead in Monteagle, Hastings East, married to Eliza, then aged 25, with children Gordon Quirk, age 2, and Harry Quirk, age 1.
On March 1st, 1908, Gordon Quirk was born. His name is recorded as Matthew Gordon Quirk.