Jane Caller-Luck Obituary

Jane (Caller) Luck with Husband Edward Grant Luck

Barrie Examiner March 20, 1902

One by one they are passing away, the pioneers, who saw the landscape clad with virgin forest transforned into the magificent farm lands that lie along the Penetangueshene Road. Another joined the silent majority on the 7th inst. in the person of Mrs. Jane Elphinstone, relic of the late Edward Luck.

Death was due to old age, she being in her 88th year. Her parents were in the employ of Lord Elphinstone, an English nobleman, and when travelling with them in Scotland, their daughter Jane Elphinstone Caller,was born. The first few years of her life were spent at Graveshead, and while still young she came to Canada with her parents. Their ship was wrecked off Newfoundland and with great difficulty the passengers were rescued, saving only the clothes they wore. After a short residence in Toronto she moved to Crown Hill where she met and married Edward Luck in 1832.

The rest of her days were spent on her homestead, lot 36, Conc 1, Oro. Her husband was a fine speciman of a the self made man. With opportunties that were of the scantiest he acquired a degree of scholarship that enabled him to win second place in the county competition for greatest proficiency in secular education. At the examination, it is interesting to note, Hon. Senator Gowen was one of the examiners. For twenty-two years Mr. Luck was the schoolmaster at Crown Hill, and Hon. Charles Drury may be mentioned as one of the men who received their education from him. He died in 1890. After his death, his widow resided with her two unmarried daughters on the same lot.

Of a family of sixteen, all survived her except one daughter who was drowned in childhood. The family are: William, Holland Landing; Edward, Crown Hill; Samuel, Brechin; Thomas, Crown Hill; Charles, Barrie; Joseph, Crown Hill; Henry, Desoronto; Horatio W., Brantford; Mrs. John Jory, Dalston; Mrs. James Smith, Norwich; Mrs. Thomas Drury, Barrie; Mrs. Jos. Caldwell, Mrs. Alfred Caldwell, Miss Emily and Margaret Luck, Crown Hill. The descendents also include 81 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren. Her mother who died thirteen years ago lacked only three months of the century.

Interment took place in Dalston Methodist cemetery on Sunday the 9th inst. and notwithstanding the almost impossible roads, was largely attended. All of the family except Charles, Henry, and Mrs. Smith were present. The pallbearers were six sons, William, Edward, Samuel, Thomas, Joseph and Horatio. The pulpit of the church was draped in black and numerous floral tribues were noticed. The service was conducted by Rev. E. T. Douglas who preached a very impressive sermon dwelling chiefly on the place and power of women in the world, and especially of such a woman as the splendid record of her long life showed Mrs. Luck to have been.