Thankfully a short while ago I obtained the answers to all those questions in one single article published in the Ottawa Journal in 1899. I am pleased to present it to you below:
|Ottawa Journal - February 22, 1899|
|Ottawa Journal - January 31, 1899|
But apparently following the initial meeting, the residents had a change of heart; or perhaps those who had chosen to skip the meeting felt strongly against the new name that they learned had been selected. The drama played out in the newspapers over the first few weeks of February of 1899, including the following article on February 7th:
|Ottawa Journal - February 7, 1899|
So by the time of the big meeting of Tuesday February 21st, enough convincing had been done that Springbrae was no longer the top choice. In fact, it came out as the last-place choice. 27 electors voted "Westboro" as the new name (the paper spelt it "Westborough" but that spelling was never used in any way, and was likely an error on the part of the Journal reporter), well ahead of the 12 votes that Birchton received, and the 4 that Rockmont garnered. Springbrae was reduced down to just 3 votes.
So there you have it - Westboro was named in 1899 thanks to the votes of just 27 residents. And if it wasn't for the hard politicking work done by probably a handful of villagers in early February of 1899, we'd probably nowadays be getting off the OC Transpo bus at Springbrae station, taking our pets to Springbrae Animal Hospital, and spending hot summer days swimming at Springbrae Beach.