Orangeville: The Heart of Dufferin County by Wayne Townsend

By Wayne Townsend

The city of Orangeville has a colorful, fascinating earlier – a historical past being documented in booklet shape for the 1st time. From the early days of the Irish pioneers escaping the political difficulties of eire to the current inflow of latest citizens fleeing the pressures of towns, Orangeville has been a city that has tailored good to alter, continually prepared for brand new principles. The energy of the neighborhood has been the folks who've selected to dwell there and who've left us fascinating strains in their lives and the days. a lot of the fabric used to analyze this e-book comes from newspapers, diaries, letters and different first-person files, and archival photos. anywhere attainable, unique prices and tales within the language of the citizens of town seem all through this historical past.

the tale of Orangeville and its surrounding sector begins with the tale of the credits River, which rises in the city limits and keeps its presence because the city enters the twenty first century. Brimming with tales by no means prior to heard, the pages are choked with humour, unhappiness and the variety of feelings attribute of a small Ontario city. For a few the publication will wake up thoughts; for others, it's going to introduce them to the group the place they've got selected to live.

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On July 9, 1868, The Sun reported that the local display of agricultural implements and artisan work was larger than last year and reflected great credit on the part of the manufacturers. Roads, indeed, did bring money to town, but the railway coming in 1871 brought profits in by the carload. Now traders could reach Orangeville and return daily, and goods could be transported quickly to the growing urban centres clustered along Lake Ontario. Livestock as well as agricultural produce travelled well on rail cars and soon the local farmers began to ship animals for sale to the beef markets located in the vicinity of the rail yards in Toronto, the area that became known as the Junction.

The knife, which is supposed he used in the murderous assault, was found upon his person, stained with blood. 20 The end of the pioneer period was marked by the removal of an old log cabin, with its front addition, from Broadway. It was dismantled to make room for the erection of the new Orangeville Town Hall, built in 1875: Early Stories of the Source of the Credit 25 The old log cabin, erected more than a quarter of a century ago in the midst of the forest on the very identical spot destined to be chosen as the market site for the populous and prosperous Town of Orangeville, has at last succumbed to the encroachments of modern improvements.

Orangeville was there to stay. Schooling was very important to the early settlers. People of the era saw education as the way of bettering oneself and getting ahead in this new country. It is known that the early settlers or their wives held informal learning sessions and Sunday Schools in their homes. Orange Lawrence started a small school in one of his buildings in 1848 and his son Ferris was the teacher. In Orangeville, a real schoolhouse was finally built in 1850, long before many of the early factories and businesses: The little log schoolhouse, with its thatched roof of pea straw, was erected in the year 1850 or thereabouts on the corner of John Street and Broadway, where stands the present fire hall.

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