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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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

This is Archives the cat. She is the Marmora Historical Foundation's tour guide. Please enjoy her company along your journey through our site, and feel free to stop by and see her when you are in town.

 Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?

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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!

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

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

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                  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. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON 1917 - ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

 

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

 

NEW BOOK OUT

Marmora writer,  Will Braund has just released his new book,  BABE RUTH,  The New York Yankees have their best summer yet.....

Read more.  Just click here

 

 

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.

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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"

 

BREAKING NEWS

STRANGE EVENTS AND TRAGIC OCCURRENCES

Car accidents,  drownings, fires, murders, shooting,  suicides, train accidents and other bizarre tragedies.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE GOINGS-ON AT #3 FORSYTH STREET, MARMORA

 

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1867

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?

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

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.

In the mailbox this week

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) 

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.

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