"Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville" was an early 20th century novel by Archie P. McKishnie, set in deep Southwestern Ontario. The "Talbotville" of the title was in fact a thinly disguised Morpeth - a village in Chatham-Kent. The novel was created from recollections of the author's life in 19th century Morpeth. In one chapter of the book he recalls the local singing school which met in the schoolhouse to practice harmony singing under the tutelage of "Prof. Casteel".
In about 1990 two museum colleagues of mine purchased an old home in Morpeth which was reputed to be one of the houses which appeared in the story line of "Gaff Linkum". When they were cleaning up in the basement they found most of a 19th century singing school book, suggested that perhaps the home's former owners may have been part of the singing school that provided inspiration for Mr. McKishnie's chapter on that subject. The book was without a cover or title page, but seems to have been called "The Keynote". It looks to me like it might be from about 1860 or so.
Excerpts from both the novel and the singing school book are provided below.
|Title||Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville - Singing Schools|
|Subject||Social Life & Love Choral Music Reference Material|
|Keywords||Novel Religious Sing School|
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