The Second Hanging in Stratford: Frank Roughmond, 1909
Police Constable John McCarthy with Frank Roughmond in front of the jail 1908 or 1909 Stratford -Perth Archives
John died in a tragic fire at Knox Church in 1919
In the spring of 1909, hundreds packed the Stratford courtroom to see Frank Roughmond, dubbed a "negro tramp", tried for the rape and murder of Mary Peake, the elderly wife of a local farmer, for which he was found guilty.
The Stratford Daily Herald dramatically reported that 'it seemed as if half the countryside had come into the city so dense was the crowd in the vicinity of the court house. A detailed account of the trial was provided for the city's residents; even Roughmond's arraignment hearing was served up as the stuff of high drama for Stratford readers.
Dr. Donald B. Fraser (1848-1933) was a well-known figure in town. In winter, he made his calls in a sleigh since there were no snowplows. Fraser Lane was named for him.
THE GRAVES IN THE JAIL YARD — Chief Turnkey H. D. Nichol points to the two graves in the Perth County jail yard. Amede Chattelle is buried in the grave on Mr. Nichol’s left. On Mr. Nichol’s right is the grave of Frank Roughmond, the second man hanged in Perth County. About 20 feet from this is the spot where the scaffold was built. At the time of the Chattelle hanging, Mr. Nichol’s great-uncle, Hugh Nichol, was Perth County jail governor.
THE GRAVES IN THE JAIL YARD
Source: Text taken from the Book Race on Trial by Barrington Walker
Source: Text taken from the Book Race on Trial, Barrington Walker