"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:
- Lacrosse in Marmora
- The Deloro Sports Gallery
- It's all about Malone
- The Marmora Post Office
- The Temperance Society
- Women's week
- History of Fire Fighting
- Businesses not on Forsyth
- The house tour continues: 29 Bursthall Street
- 1967 Centennial Celebrations
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
THE SPORTS REVIEW
"There is perhaps no game its equal in developing a boy physically and also teaching him self control. It provides a wholesome form of recreation and often takes the place of other forums of amusement which have a tendency to evil rather than to good." Marmora Herald 1914
THE DELORO SPORTS GALLERY
BE SURE TO CLICK THE PICTURE TO SEE THE GALLERY
A BIG THANK YOU TO GERALD BELANGER!
BELANGER DONATES HIS RESEARCH TO HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
Gerald Belanger, a longtime resident of Marmora Township, has always been recognized as a fountain of knowledge when it comes to local history and genealogy. Having retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force, he took up local research with a passion and after 30 years has decided to donate his massive collection to the Marmora Historical Foundation. Included are five filing cabinets of newspaper items, letters, write-ups, documents, books, photographs, maps and diagrams, all complimented with volumes of genealogical research and binders of cemetery information. All this data has been meticulously filed and indexed, and passed on with the hope that it will enrich the lives of everyone here and further afield. This material is available for review at the Historical Foundation in Marmora and during the upcoming years, itwill be scanned and presented right here at www.marmorahistory.ca
THANKS AGAIN, GERALD!
IT'S ALL ABOUT MALONE
We've got lots of new information on Malone, or should we say, Powell's Mills? Did you know there have been two schools in that spunky little village? Did you know that William Derry was the first mail carrier, delivering the mail by horse from Marmora? or that Robert Neil used to take four day trips to Belleville by oxen to deliver his potash, spending the night, wrapped in a blanket, in a clearing in Harold?
THE MARMORA POSTAL SERVICE
With almost 185 years of servicing our area, the Marmora Post Office has a few good tales to tell, including 7 moves, a robbery, a war effort and celebrations of services. Click here to read our story.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW?
Gathering historical information can be a tricky business, especially when we are relying on stories orally passed down based on memory. We try to substantiate the facts with written reports or advertisements such as the one to the left. We knew Mrs. Brady ran a hotel in the house we know as Dr. Parkin's, but from this ad, we now know it was called the Dominion Hotel. The 1889 Hastings County Business Directory is a perfect example of a "treasure trove" of written confirmation.
ANOTHER OLD BOOK
As always, we are looking for new resources that tell us about our area "in the olden days" Here's our most recent find - Mines and Mining in Eastern Ontario
Click on the picture and you can read the book written in 1901 by Rendol Snell, a former editor of the Marmora Herald.
SO WHAT HAPPENED IN MARMORA ON REFERENDUM DAY April 18, 1921?
Marmora has the rather doubtful honor of being about the only municipality in this part of Ontario where a majority of the voters are friends of booze. Click here to read more on the influence of the Temperance Society in Marmora
"Marmora now has full equipment of fire pails, ladders, ropes, axes etc. which are store at MacKechnie's barn.
IN CASE OF FIRE, REMEMBER THAT PLACE!"
So announced the Marmora Herald on May 15, 1906. Click on our photo to read lots more history of the Marmora Volunteer Fire Dept.
Our website is so chockerblock full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
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In the mailbox this week
Nancy Gullage: ( April 29, 2016)
I love this site. Very proud to be born here and raising my family in this wonderful community :)
Elizabeth Berry (April 28. 2016)
Re: Chronicles of a Village Lovely story. We used to visit Mrs. Bapty's house in Deloro in the 1970s when Sid and Lilly Lovegrove owned it. Their son (brian lovegrove) worked one summer at Glen Allan Park and some of the park antiques went into that house and fit so well. Lilly played the piano beautifully and Sid meticulously kept the gardens working out of his own greenhouse in the back. Your wonderful story brought back happy memories and provided to help make a joyful morning.
Brenda Powell (April 14, 2016)
I am the great granddaughter of Samuel and Jennie Nobes. I found a picture of them on here. It's so nice to see pictures of family members. If you have more pictures of Samuel or the Nobes family I would love to see them.
Laurie Terrion (April 10, 2016)
This is soooooo interesting. This should be a subject that should be taught in all the schools in Marmora. History should begin at home. Luv everything I've read. We should all be proud to say we are from Marmora.
Clark Edmond (Clairmont) Callear (April 10, 2016)
I am the great-great grandson of Eli Clairmont (mentioned in this article as "Ely"). Thanks so much for the article and photo of the old Marmora family house. I have old family pictures (one I am told is Eli's house he built/bought for his own family). I welcome any communications from folks in your area.
Clark Clairmont dit Callear
Orofino, Idaho USA
email: clarkcallear AT gmail.com
Allison Fay-Ebert (Mar. 24, 2016)I loved the story on the Shannon House" on 55 Madoc Street. My great grandfather, Patrick Crawford Shannon built it before moving to Seattle, Washington. I was lucky enough to know Jim & Ida Mae Shannon before they died and actually stayed in the home for a week while doing genealogy research in Marmora and surrounding areas.
One question I have, is the reference to Patrick Shannon's "first wife". To my know,edge, he was married just once, to Mary Ellen Dempsey. They had three children, Donald, Eugene, & Madeleine (my grandmother).
My sister and I are heading to Ireland next month and hope to break through the brick wall that is the Shannon Irish line.
(Edit. note: We're checking on the marital status of P.c. Shannon. The reference was taken from the Marmora Herald)
"Moira Ontario" from FB wrote: "What an excellent FB page! And your website is a great mix of history, fun and photos. Bravo!"