"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                                                                        


 

Welcome!

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

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.

 

Belmont Lake

Check out our other Sunday Drives

We've got videos throughout the site,  but here are a few to sample

Ted Bedore talks about working in Deloro.  Video in four parts. Click here to see them all

 

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - 1985

Sacred Heart School, Marmora,  under the direction of Shawn Hughes

DISAPPEARING MARMORA

SETTLER'S CABIN   2121 CENTRE LINE ROAD

SETTLER'S CABIN   2121 CENTRE LINE ROAD

"WRITERS TO WATCH FOR"

We have found enough local writers to fill a shelf so we are dedicating a separate section for this talented group.  Novelists, poets, essayists, and historians,  alive and well or passed on.  We'll showcase them all.

     CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LINE UP


 

ANOTHER LOCAL ARTIST TO WATCH FOR

GERRY SANDERS

We're happy to showcase another artist that we just found.  Gerry Sanders,  a carver of wood and soapstone,  moved to Marmora from Stirling in 1990,  and now is living in the old  Bleecker House  at the corner of Madoc and Victoria Streets. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE

 

DEPT. OF HIGHWAYS 100 YEARS OLD

 

MARMORA'S LOYAL ORANGE LODGE NO. 319

The Orange Lodges have existed in Canada at least since the War of 1812. The Order was the chief social institution in Upper Canada, organizing many community and benevolent activities, and helping Protestant immi- grants to settle.    The Marmora Loyal Orange Lodge,  No. 319,  received its warrant under date of September 22, 1851,  when at the age of 21,  Thomas C. Campion,  son of the pioneer settler, Colonel Campion, became the first master.   But why "Orange"  and why parade on July 12th? 

          Click here to read a little Orange history.

CENTENARIANS

The second-fastest growing segment of Canada's population is people over 100.  In 2011, there were 5,825 Canadians over 100 years old, up 25.7% since 2006.   "Why do we have more centenarians now?

We're trying to track Marmora's Centenarians.  Click on the photo to the left  to see list so far ....

..and if you know of others,  click here to let us know.

 

1884 NEWS AT COE HILL IRON MINES

A spur line on the Central Ontario Railway to Ormsby a.k.a. Coe Hill Junction was built in 1884 to service the newly opened iron ore mines.  Coe Hill was named after William Coe of Madoc. He formed the Coe Hill Mines Company, after Harry Johnson had discovered iron deposits in a hill. 

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW TO SEE OUR COLLECTION

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LACROSSE AND LACROSSE IN MARMORA

"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

 

THE SPORTS REVIEW

            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!

 

 

 

 

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OUR SUMMER LECTURE SERIES

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

In the mailbox this week

Marilyn Bullied Hinds: (June 15, 2016)  Thanks for sharing all your photos...totally love going back in time..

Dennis O'Connor:  (May 1, 2016) Marmora Historical Foundation: you're the best!

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.
Thanks,
Clark Clairmont dit Callear
Orofino, Idaho USA
email: clarkcallear@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 knowledge, 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)

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