“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
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.
Meet Your Host
Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora"
THE QUICK PEEK
The very latest additions to the website:
- John Nayler, brick maker
- Masonic History
- "One moment, please" Telephone History in Marmora
- Snofest & the Marmora Cup
- The Pearce Family
- Look who made history
- Deloro War Memorial
- A Tour of the Central Ontario Railway
- The Talent of Derek Dafoe
- The Murder of Jerome Keene
- The murder of R.D. Dickie
Helping with genealogical info
Be a contributor!
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
Note to all
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!
WANTED -DEAD OR ALIVE
Who do you know who is or was a talented person in his field? Tell us. We'd like to showcase our local talent.
Check out our other Sunday Drives
We've got videos throughout the site, but here are a few to sample
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - 1985
Sacred Heart School, Marmora, under the direction of Shawn Hughes
MORE TALENT IN MARMORA
PETER HEBNER- ILLUSTRATOR AND PAINTER "I was born to create art, and I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to do just that all these years."
CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE MORE OF HIS WORK
Toronto brick maker brings expertise to Marmora
Henry Butwell was engaged in the manufacture of clay bricks on a very large scale in the Toronto area for over sixty-five years. He was the foreman brick-maker at the Central Prison located on Strachan Avenue. His daughter, Annie Lavinia Butwell married John Nayler, a brick maker's son, while his sons married Ada and Eliza Nayler. Brick production was a well established trade in these two families.
By 1890, John Nayler was running the brick yard in Marmora.
FREE MASONRY IN MARMORA
Jan. 18, 1871, Thomas Warren was the first member to be initiated into Marmora Lodge No.222 and later in his Masonic journey became Worshipful Master in the years 1874-1875 and later in 1883.
"ONE MOMENT, PLEASE"
CHECK OUT THE HISTORY OF THE TELEPHONE IN MARMORA
JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURE
OUR MEN OF STEEL
SNOFEST& THE MARMORA CUP
"The first annual long distance dog-sled race for Canada will take place in Marmora next Feb. 15, 16, 17 & 18 - a race of around 150 miles involving dogs and their owners from all over the continent. It will be sponsored by the Marmora & District Business Association and managed by the Arctic Sled Dog Club of Ontario." MARMORA HERALD OCT. 12, 1978
AND SO BEGAN THE MARMORA CUP HISTORY
IN APPRECIATION OF THE PEARCE FAMILY
In a 1952 article entitled "An Appreciation of the Pearce Family", Dr. H.G. Carlton of Norwood, wrote a little history of the Pearce Family, describing the huge contribution to society made by so many members of that Family. It was on the occasion of the death of Joseph 'Fred' Pearce of Norwood that he pined the loss of the last member of the family.
Of course, he was referring only to the Norwood Pearces. Fred's uncle, Thomas Pearce , an entrepreneur and speculator, had moved to Marmora by 1870's where he set up his dynasty, followed by his business oriented brother , Josiah. By the turn of the century, together they built up Marmora's economy, and apparently, its population.
"Some day, in some way," he wrote, " a plaque or memorial should be established in Norwood to mark the passing of the last of this fine old family."
To our knowledge no such monument exists, although Pearces are mentioned in plenty of historical articles of Hastings and Peterborough Counties. So with this in mind, the Marmora Historical Foundation has created five linked pages on our website as a kind of "Virtual Memorial" of this Grand Family, with more pages on the younger generation to come. The MHF gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Peter Marett, Judy Chaplin and members of the Bruce Pearce family who donated the family bible.
1938 MARMORA VILLAGE HITS THE BIG SCREEN IN TRAVELOGUE FLICK
In a letter to the Marmora Town Clerk, E.C. Prentice, dated September 30, 1938, Frank Carlton Film Production of London, England wrote the following:
For the past two years, we have been showing a Movie-Travelogue entitled "Canada Calling the Empire" with very great success. ......We have just completed films of Fenelon Falls, Hastings and Norwood, where we had the utmost co-operation and help and we feel sure of an equally happy reception in your town, where we hope to obtain a quantity of most interesting matter for Overseas use.'
IT'S A LITTLE ROUGH AT THE BEGINNING BUT THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S OLD!
Our website is so chocker block full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
We need your help...
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...We're planning on starting a new gallery on our Website called "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
In the mailbox this week
Debbie R. Jan 12, 2016
This site has been helpful for my genealogy. The cemetery name index, loved it. Families I'm re-searching are Bowen, Deline, Storring. My mother was a Storring from Elzevir Twp. Storring has a history in logging. Will be coming back to check for up dates.
Kristin Mulligan (nee Acker) Jan 9, 2016
My mom was a Galloway. I've been looking for information about Deloro and the environmental clean up and found your site. My moms family was seriously affected by Deloro so I appreciate the information here.
Lew Barker - Dc. 17, 2015 Thank you very much for the article on Freemasonty in Marmora. It was very interesting as I knew a number of the brethren. As a Grand Lodge officer I had hoped to have the opportunity to visit the lodge but sadly it closed before I had the chance.
Joan McMillen-Sun Dec. 3, 2015
I am the daughter of Emerald McMillen (Slim) who was born in Vansickle Settlement in July of 1915 and passed in April of 2009. I have a copy of the one school picture on this site where he and his brother Carl are shown. But, there is another picture in which he is a tall beanpole of a kid which I have never had the privilege of seeing before today. Thank you for that. It was also wonderful to see the picture of Milo Vanvolkenburg who I remember fondly as he helped my father build McMillen Drive on the north side of Cordova Lake. I also spotted Rebena Ellis in one picture and I so remember her as a lovely, kind woman. I was just a little girl when I met all of these wonderful people.
Thank you so much for the memories. This is an amazing site!
E. Berry wrote on Nov. 30, 2015, regarding our 1938 movie: Wow! Our Blue Heaven from 1938...what a treat to watch!