696 7th Concession Road Darling, Lanark Highlands, Lanark County Ontario
On Saturday, May 7, 2022, our society members, and guests enjoyed the tour and the browsing time in the Max Sutherland Memorial Library located on the lower level of the Tatlock Community Hall. Nancy Veary Jibb, the community hall volunteer, was our guest speaker. She spoke to us about the history of the hall and the acquisition of the library of our member, the late Max Sutherland.
Max Sutherland passed away unexpectedly in 2019. He was a great historian of Darling Township. His spouse and family members gifted to the people of Lanark, Max’s extended genealogy and history research.
Max Sutherland had no ancestors in Darling Township, but that did not deter his interest in the place he adopted as his second home. Max devoted many years of his life chronicling the history and the families of this place. He was also not averse to trying to literally dig up where the pioneers were buried, climbing fences, crawling through brush, over rock piles with his shovel, along with friends to try to find where the old families buried their loved ones before there were organized cemeteries.
An appointment is required to visit this library. Arrangements can be made by phoning 613-256-1737
“Max Sutherland may your love for preserving Lanark County history, family trees, those Lanark Highlands hills, and your encouragement to all who have met you or wish they had, continue to shine down on us from on high”.
Max devoted many years of his life chronicling the history and the families of this place. He visited with descendants and recorded stories and family histories, documenting for the future generations, life in Darling Township. Max had called his collection of essays “Wild Lands of the Crown – Essays on the History of Darling Township.
Sadly, he did not live to see it published but now thanks to the Tatlock Hall Historical Group, Nancy Veary Jibb, Joan Armstrong, and Pat Burnett, Max’s 246-page book has been made available to us all. For anyone, whose ancestors lived in Darling Township, this is a must-have possession.
Limited copies of this indexed book are available from Lanark County Genealogical Society lanarkgenealogy.com for $40 plus shipping.