"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
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THE QUICK PEEK
The very latest additions to the website:
- 1927 A Year in a Flash
- 1917 A Year in a Flash
- Temperance & a soldier?
- Feisty Councillors
- Celebrating 1867
- The Aunger Family
- Schooners Carrying Blairton Ore - Lake Ontario
- Census Records as a Genealogcal Tool
- Animal Stories
- The Bleeckers
- 15 Forsyth St - The empty lot
- History of the Legion
- The Laycock Family
- 1 Forsyth St. Sweets Bakery
- History of Millinery
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!
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS WITH HISTORY
Check out our other Sunday Drives
We've got videos throughout the site, but here are a few to sample
DEPT. OF HIGHWAYS 100 YEARS OLD
YOUR FAMILY IS OUR HISTORY
CELEBRATE CANADA'S 150TH BY SENDING US VICTORIAN PHOTOS OR STORIES OF YOUR FAMILY
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.
FOLLOW THE LONG HISTORY OF THE WIGGINS /GLOVER BUILDING STARTING IN 1857.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO 1917 - A YEAR IN A FLASH
In the year 1917, the world was dominated by thoughts of the Great War, but normal life carried on despite the tragedies of the era.
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
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
SCHOONERS SAILING LAKE ONTARIO CARRYING ORE FROM THE BLAIRTON IRON MINE
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.
NEW BOOK OUT
Marmora writer, Will Braund has just released his new book, BABE RUTH, The New York Yankees have their best summer yet.....
A MOUSE, A SNAKE AND A SKUNK WALK INTO A BAR.............
Well, not really, but we do have a new collection of animal stories to tell with lots more to come in the future. Find out about Mrs. Bedore or Tom Brooks and their bird stories;
Mrs. Gifford's run-in with a snake or Thomas Cain's most unfortunate animal tales.
And be sure to check back in the future as we have a lot more stories up our sleeves.
MARMORA'S FIRST STRIP MALL
Built in the 1880's when "Main" Street was the main street, Marmora's first mall, called the "Arcade", was built as part of a complex of company facilities, by accomplished buisnessmen, Josiah Pearce and his brother Thomas Pearce.
The Arcade, situated where the Cutting Corner stands today (corner of Main and Reginald Streets) and occupying the lands of the house to the south. It housed five stores and had 2 dwelling apartments upstairs - Lee's livery store and Marmora's first newspaper the Advocate and the Pearce General Store.
To read more go to the lower half of 'IT'S OUR BUSINESS"
STRANGE EVENTS AND TRAGIC OCCURRENCES
Car accidents, drownings, fires, murders, shooting, suicides, train accidents and other bizarre tragedies.
CONTINUING WITH OUR TOUR OF THE BUSINESS SECTION
#3 FORSYTH STREET THE EROSION OF FINE ARCHITECTURE
By the early 1800's, pioneers living in log homes desired something a little more substantial and functional for their large families. Thus began the first of the formal housing styles found in Canada, the Georgian. The name originated from the period of English history when England was ruled by a succession of kings named George. The Bleecker house, on Marmora's business section, at 3 Forsyth St, WAS a fine example, but like so many Ontario buildings of the era, the architect's original plan has been sorely bastardized.
Our website is so chockerblock full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS TO CELEBRATE
HELP US OUT!
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?
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
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.
We love your letters!
In the mailbox this week
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!
March 15, 2017 In response to our story on the Maple Leaf Forever, Wilma Bush wrote:
This "Maple Leaf Forever" reminds me of my days at Sacred Heart - when the war was declared over, teacher Rita Murray, took us over to the steps at Sacred Heart Church where we sang including this song - we were excited & happy but were too young to fully realize how very special that day was!!!!
March 13, 2017 Ron Bedore Luckily I happened to find this site through a random online search! Preservation of our history is so important for us and upcoming generations. I love your section on Deloro and encourage you to continue to add to and build this site. I would love to see more online Marmora area family history (The people who made this area what it was and is!)
Ron Bedore, Napanee
Son of Allen Bedore Napanee (born Deloro), Grandson of Fred Bedore (1911-1995 Deloro), Great Grandson of George Bedore (1870-1968 Marmora) and GG Grandson of Michael Bedore (1818-1914 Marmora)
Also related to Terrion's (Michael Bedore married to Catherine Terrion)
March 2, 2017 Linda Rombough Hayes My mother (89 years old) is Margaret Nayler from Marmora and my father (soon to be 92) is Ralph Rombough from Bonarlaw. They both entered a nursing home this past year and are doing very well.
I remember visiting my grandparents, as a child, and walking to the store as well as the train station. We spent many weekends at my grandparents. Thank you for the great walk down memory lane!
Linda Rombough Hayes
Feb. 19/17 Dianne Brick : Absolutely fascinating site. Never ceases to amaze me - the fantastic job you are doing Marmora Historical group. Keep them coming...............
Feb. 18, 2017 - . Brian Anderson Great site! My 4th great grand-parents, Robert Blakely and Hannah Brown, were in Marmora Twp. It is great to see a wonderful site like this dedicated to the history of Marmora.
Feb. 16/17 - David Dowin I absolutely loved your site. I am from Belleville and my mum and dad lived in Marmora for awhile. Thanks for preserving all this information.
Feb. 12/17 - Lewis Young: Great site.My Young ancestors are from the town and surrounding area.Look forward to visiting soon. Lewis J Young.
Feb. 11/17 - Terry Bell Re: Story on Aunger - Such a great read. I first remember George when he had a small store on the main street in Marmora and then his little store on Madoc street. Congratulations on the research efforts to bring this story to us all. Well done.
Jan 25/17 - Sheelagh Hysenaj
Very impressive web site - my family were pioneers in the Apsley area and I've been compiling information about their lives. If you happen to have any information related to "your northern neighbor" in your archives I would be greatly interested and would share with the Apsley Historical Society. Congratulations!
Jan. 21, 2017 Larry Roy Empey (Nedelcoff) wrote:
This site brings back many memories. I was born in Marmora Oct. 14 1955 Living in Nova Scotia now , I love going over all the information here.