"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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For over forty years, the Marmora Historical Foundation has been a part of our community. We thank our 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!
THE QUICK PEEK
The newest pages on the website:
1917 A Year in a Flash
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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
Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
Check out our Sunday Drives
We've got videos throughout the site, but here are a few to sample
Building Demolition "Coachlight, Ember's Restaurant" By Doug Prindle
WE HAVE A NEW SUNDAY DRIVE FOR YOU - STANWOOD
A nice drive on a sunny day, south on the Preneveau Road (#50) and east on the 13th Concession will take you to the remains of the Village of Stanwood. You can return to Marmora continuing east on the same road, following your nose along Allan Mills Road, Callaghan Rapids Road and the Tiffen Road back to the #7 Highway.
We have the inside scoop on the church, the Orange Hall, the store, the school and the cemetery. Read all about Stanwood on our website.
Thanks to the Archives of Ontario, we now have a sketch of the original 1828 bridge that spanned the Crowe River, north of the dam. built for Charles Hayes and the Iron Works.
It was the only crossing from the iron works to the west side of the river where the road passed through the quiet grounds of St. Matilda’s (click here)and on to what is now Norwood Road to head west.
WE FOUND NEW TALENT…….
THIS TIME FROM BEAVER CREEK!
Jessie Louise Best was born in the Ottawa Valley region and moved as an adult to Toronto, Canada, and is now summering on the Beaver Creek.
An author for the younger set, Jessie writes unique, mystical, fantasy adventures for children of all ages. Her characters are vibrant, magical creatures such as fairies, sorcerers, and hobgoblins. Believing in the power of the imagination as an important learning tool, She is an author who strives to write stories for children that will be remembered into adulthood.
She is also expanding her talents into the young adult, paranormal realm.
TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR NEW AUTHOR, AND OTHERS
ALL ABOUT SPRINGBROOK
ANOTHER SUNDAY DRIVE
Born as a agricultural settlement, Springbrook was once a hive of activity with two hotels, a grain elevator, a cheese factory, a carriage shop, a blacksmith shop, and three general stores, two churches, an orange hall, and a school. While so much has disappeared, a Sunday Drive to Springbrook can still offer a peek at the old days.
LOOK WHO MADE HISTORY
2018 - LOCAL MARMORA ARTIST, ONE OF 13 CANADIAN ARTISTS CHOSEN BY DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO and Ron is the only artist east of Manitoba. Ducks Unlimited will be having prints of his painting, "Gatekeeper", on display across Canada, for auction . All money raised is for Ducks Unlimited. Ron has a Home studio on Marble Point, where he enjoys talking to visitors and creating. He also has paintings in Tweed Art Gallery and Algonquin Park Art Gallery. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON RON
GO EAST, YOUNG MAN.
East of Marmora’s four corners, that is. While writer, Horace Greeley, may have advised young entrepeneurs to head west, Mr. Daniel Dunlay, in 1892, looked east in Marmora, purchasing the property at the south-west corner of Highway 7 and Bursthall Street. So began the spread of business to the east of Marmora. CLICK HERE to read about Mr. Dunlay and from there, you can click through to all our businesses east in Marmora
110 Hastings Ave. Marmora, Ontario
The action shot above, posted by FC Dobbs, is a reminder to us all to capture today's images before they quickly disappear. If you have a "Disappearing Marmora" photo you want to share, be sure to send it to the Marmora Historical Foundation to add to our gallery.
A LITTLE BIT OF MARMORATON MINE HISTORY
This photo of a tool check tag was sent to us by Roy Osborne and is a reminder of daily life for the many Marmoraton Mine employees. If you have any such parapernalia or photos of mine employees, be sure to send them along and help us complete the picture. For more on Marmoraton employees,
WHAT A GAS !
THE HISTORY OF SERVICE STATIONS IN MARMORA
Back in 2014, when we first created our website, Tom O'Neill wrote to say, "In the sixties, I can count 14 gas stations between the Ellis station to the east and Russ Pitman's to the west, Beckers to the south and Tom Smith's to the north. Now there are three!!"
It's time to take stock!
TAKE A TOUR DOWN MAIN STREET
MARMORA'S ORIGINAL BUSINESS SECTION
Starting in 1821, with the development of the Iron Works at the dam area, all of Marmora's business was taken care of by entrepreneurs on Main Street (explaining the name). We don't have very many details, but hope to build up an image of Marmora's first business section by slowing piecing together whatever information comes in. Surrounding the furnaces were businesses set up to meet the needs of the population of 400 (mostly men) - carpenters, hardware and dry goods, shoe makers, inn keepers, a grist mill, a postmaster, blacksmiths and carriage makers - all located on Main street.
Read the history of store that brings back so many memories
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS WITH HISTORY
Our website is so chockerblock full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
We need your help...
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/her field? Tell us. We'd like to showcase our local talent.
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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.
We love your letters!
In the mailbox this week
On May 18, 2019, Jordan L. Bergereau wrote:
Truly impressed with your website, and the amazing efforts and results obtained when people in a relatively small community work together with a common goal. You are a shining example to other communities who may be planning something similar. I have noticed that smaller communities such as yours, are able to maintain the friendly-ness and open acceptance of visitors and newcomers. You are able to inspire members of your community to engage in a variety of efforts that benefit all. Much of this seems to fade away, when a village or town becomes larger. Keep it up!
On March 23, 2019, Glenn McGinnis wrote
I enjoyed the story and pictures of Marmora High School. Although I never attended it, my father Leighton McGinnis taught there from 1949 until 1961. We lived in a house right beside the school, in fact it was owned by the school so even though we were in public school, we spent a lot of time around the high school. I remember that Mister Jenkins coached the football team and gave some of us kids a few old leather football helmets, and we played for hours on the lawn in front of the school.
On March 10, 2019 Louis Barker wrote:
It was so nice to see a number of pictures of my Mother Ellenore Barker a long term member of the W.I.. As well it was especially nice to see my Grandmother Mrs Ivah Green one of 3 ladies who also rose to be District Presidents of the organization.
Jan. 3. 2019 Rosemarie (O'Neill) Menassas wrote:
Back in the early 50s. in the attic of our home at 93 Forsyth St, we found a Postcard album. A very ornate cover on it, and filled with postcards in slots much like early photo albums. We used to make airplanes out of them, and "fly" them across the attic. How ignorant were we of the value of such treasures! Wish I had that album today and I would send it to you!
Dec. 23, 2018 Allan Stacey from Chelmsford
Best wishes for Christmas and for the New Year. I am still amazed at the amount of content and the new stuff that continues to appear on the site. Very, very impressive. I will still be supporting the site next year, as usual.
Nov. 9, 2018 from Coralie Fountain in Cheddar, England:
I am W.J. Cottrell’s grandaughter. My mum was his daughter, Ruth. I had a sister and brother who unfortunatley are both dead . I was so chuffed to find this (Cottrell article) as I did not know a great deal about him . I was wondering if you could send me a copy of the “Contented Valley” and any other information you may have .It was so nice to know he was so well respected by the peple of Marmora.