CELEBRATING 1867

 

"There is something about the situation of Marmora that leads one to seriously reflect that the Creator would be     somewhat disappointed if man had not built it here.”                                           Editor-   Marmora Herald, 1924                                                                        


 

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Our new digs above the libary at 35 Forsyth St.

The Memorial Building  (For more on the history of the Memorial Building, click here )

For over thirty years, the Marmora Historical Foundation has been a part of our community. We thank our curator, Cathie Jones, and as well, all of those kind contributors who know that our past is too precious to be allowed to just slip away. This website shows some of the donations in our collection. Keep them coming. It's only a matter of time until it's history! A final thank you to the Toronto Dominion Bank, and its many managers who have kindly provided the space for our collection and our home in town.

 Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?

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If you are a regular contributor of photos to this site, (more than three photos), you can now have your own gallery. Have a look! Click here ... or if you have stories with your pictures, you'll find them posted in "Your stories"  Click here

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Check out the Marmora & Lake Library website www.marmoralibrary.ca. Click on the Langley Archives...a number of old newspapers - 1906-current. Click on the magnifying glass and type in your family name...or any other....you will see all the newspaper articles that include that name! Have fun researching your family.. spread the news - great fun!

For information on the Cordova library,  click here

 

Belmont Lake

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We've got videos throughout the site,  but here are a few to sample

EXPLOSION IN MALONE KILLS CAMPBELLFORD MAN


A report in the Campbellford Herald in 1897 tells the story of a fatality in a Marmora Township Iron Mine.


"Only two days before, the unfortunate man went to Marmora and from there proceeded to an iron mine now being opened up about six miles from that village, and two miles from the Deloro mine. He started to work in the forenoon of Thursday, and in the afternoon death claimed him as its victim." Read the rest of the story.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY

 

ON SALE AT THE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION - $20.00 + postage

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HOT OFF THE PRESS On Sept. 7th,  the Marmora Historical Foundation was pleased to present James Dalton for the unveiling and book signing of his new book, The Leaky Raft. 
The Leaky Raft: a village raises a child is a true story about a village,Deloro, a time and place where the story of being human is unfolded before our very eyes in the lives of two boys, James and David Dalton. It's a larger story of how a village, an idyllic but real place in history through its many characters and events, shaped the lives of these two boys.

 

AND DON'T FORGET!         Sept. 30 - Bus Trip to the top of the Mine

 

 

YOUR FAMILY IS OUR HISTORY

CELEBRATE CANADA'S 150TH BY SENDING US VICTORIAN PHOTOS OR STORIES OF YOUR FAMILY

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5 Shannon sons of Neil Shannon 1807-1874 & Isabelle McAuley 1817-1881 (Picton) Alex,John, David, Charles possibly

MAKING HISTORY                                            DELORO CLEAN-UP IN FINAL STAGE

 

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FOR MORE ON THE DELORO MINE SITE,  CLICK HERE

 

 

A  YEAR IN A FLASH 1927

But not all the news was bad.  Marmora witnessed Charles Lindberg and the Spirit of St Louis fly over Crowe Lake.  It was a time when the science of television was making a break through,  and the pop-up toaster was invented. 

It had been eight years since the Great War had ended,  yet unrest still surrounded the globe.  The earth itself seemed in rebellion too,  with major earthquakes, volcanoes and floods. Politics and crime kept the headlines filled.

 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 1927

Charlie Leonard  and  brothers  at their Mothers funeral 1927, Wm, Stephen, Charlie, James, John, Bert

 

FOLLOW THE LONG HISTORY OF THE WIGGINS /GLOVER BUILDING STARTING IN 1857.

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TEMPERANCE???

One WW1 Deloro soldier had an opinion

"It is certainly a funny experience going up the roads with shells bursting around you. It kinds of makes you wonder where the next one is going to drop and then when it's all over, we get an issue of rum."

"If some of the suckers that are advocating the stoppage of rum to us were out all night in the rain and cold, exposed to shell fire and no dry rags to put on when they got in, they would soon change their minds," concluded
H.S. Buchanan. 

CLICK HERE TO READ HOW MARMORA FARED

 

COUNCIL MATTERS

Joseph H. Warren was elected the first Reeve, beating R.B. Proutt by only two  votes. Mr. Proutt thanked his voters and his supporters, "especially",  he said "the ladies". The new Reeve invited the general public to a  celebration at his home at 11 Main Street. The Herald reported that "a  serenade of the new council was made which ended up sometime near  midnight."

If there was harmony that night, it was soon to end.                                                        CLICK HERE FOR MORE

 
 

WHEN CORNWALL MET BLAIRTON

It is estimated that 6 million people worldwide are descendants of the Cornish tin and copper miners who emigrated from Cornwall, England between 1815 and 1915. On July 13, 2006, the mines of Cornwall were declared a UNESCO World Heritage

But how does this relate to our history?. Find out more about the Cornish emigration and the work of John Laskey Aunger of Blairton

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SCHOONERS SAILING LAKE ONTARIO CARRYING ORE FROM THE BLAIRTON IRON MINE

Cobourg Harbour Ore Cars, post 1869

The above photo is a wonderful display of the Blairton ore cars on the raised trestle,  waiting to unload the rock into theLake Ontario schooners that would take the cargo to the United States.    

Click here to read more about these fabulous ships and their final days

 

 

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1867

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS TO CELEBRATE

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Send us what you have discovered about the "weird and wonderful Age of Victoria" - photos, stories, essays, clippings,  diaries, and family rumour.         CLICK HERE

Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?

This segment from "The Land Between" documentary series, Episode 1, features Andre Philpot discussing the Marmora Iron Works, one of Upper Canada's first mining operations. Director: Zach Melnick Producer: Yvonne Drebert Narrator: R. H.

We need your help...

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.. "Disappearing Marmora" - and we don't mean the bank! We're looking for you to go out and photograph evidence of our disappearing past: stone walls, snake rail fences, old hand pumps, abandoned houses, You find it, we'll post it. CLICK HERE to upload your submission

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Who do you know who is or was a talented person in his field?  Tell us.  We'd like to showcase our local talent.

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In the mailbox this week

Sept. 18, 2017Michelle Bakke-Purnell 

 Very much enjoy looking over this site. My 3rd Great Grandparents were Lodowick and Lucinda Anderson. Not much is known about them except for what can be found in the 1851 and 1861 census in Marmor and that Lodowick is buried in the Mamora Common cemetery. Lucinda moved to Tiny, Simcoe after Lodowick died. Yet I love reading any and all history stuff you have on the area.

Sept. 9, 2017 Ritch Smith       Very enjoyable book signing event Thursday with James Dalton for his book The Leaky Raft. Congratulations to the Historical Foundation and everyone involved.

Sept. 9 2017  Harald Wentzel  

 My mother Agnes Melvaer was born in Marmora And Lake, Hastings, Ontario, Canada 1.7.1912. Her father, Thormod E Melvaer,  was Mill Superintendent. Has anyone any information about him and his work ?Regards Harald Wentzel Finland harald.wentzel@kolumbus.fi

Aug. 8, 2017,   Frank Mills

What a great site. I had the pleasure of working for the residents of the area for 20 years and still enjoy my Marmora property. There are some fond memories here such as Deloro, TNT and many others.
Thanks MHF

July 24, 2017  John Sopha  wrote: Really great memories
Thanks

July 22, 2017  Dorothy Grant wrote:

Really enjoyed this site. My Grandmother was a Briggs. Remember as a child visiting Aunt Alice..she was married to Lewis Briggs..her maiden name VanValkenburg (LEWIS was deceased by then)
Visited also Aunt Jennie married to Sam Nobes Also a few years later visited the sawmill ruins on Beavercreek. What a beautiful area. Brings back fond memories

April 15, 2017 AnneMarie Robert (Mercier)  wrote:

  I so enjoy seeing the old pics of Marmora ON.
Spent many a summer day at my Nana and Bampa's cottage on Crowe Lake and even remember a Christmas at the big house close to the post office. And the Hanley's had a skating rink across the street. Would love to go back in time and I would enjoy the times spent with family~ The Caseys and McGraths and the Merciers from Sudbury!

 

Building Demolition               "Coachlight, Ember's Restaurant" By Doug Prindle