the "pioneer" and The ore  car  at blairton,  on crowe lake   c.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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Our new digs above the libary at 35 Forsyth St.

The Memorial Building  (For more on the history of the Memorial Building, click here )

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,   for have kindly provided the space for our collection.

 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?

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.

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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

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Belmont Lake

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

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

THE GILMOUR INFLUENCE

ONE OF CANADA'S GREATEST INDUSTRIAL HISTORY STORIES AS TOLD BY ANDREW MCDONALD

Most people in Marmora,  when asked to think of Gilmour,  will conjure up images of exhausted sled dog teams taking a rest by the big bonfire at the Village of Gilmour,  a mandatory check point on the 150 mile Marmora Long Distance Challenge.  

But did you know  the origins of the village are rooted in the logging camps of the infamous Gilmour Company,  a family-owned industry that swept through Lower and Upper Canada, 

 TO READ THE STORY,  CLICK HERE

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The Barrons family have contributed a lot of information on the Cordova-Vansickle area,  as well as their family  photos,  which we hope to share over the next month,  starting with a story of the Vansickle Road by Charles Barrons,  written in 1996.    JUST CLICK HERE

AND THERE'S MORE!  Get the inside scoop on the Cordova School,  as described by Mr. Barrons in our school section.

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WHERE DID OUR MARMORA PIONEERS SETTLE?

Between 1874 and 1881, about 32 county atlases were published in Canada, covering pioneer settlement in forty Ontario counties, Hastings County being one of them.   BUT MARMORA AND LAKE TOWNSHIPS WERE OMITTED! With the help of Wayne Vanvolkenburg and his son, Matt, we are trying to fix that. Check out our new page 

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A report in the Campbellford Herald in 1897 tells the story of a fatality in a Marmora Township Iron Mine.


"Only two days before, the unfortunate man went to Marmora and from there proceeded to an iron mine now being opened up about six miles from that village, and two miles from the Deloro mine. He started to work in the forenoon of Thursday, and in the afternoon death claimed him as its victim." Read the rest of the story."

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JAMES DALTON DONATES BOOK PROCEEDS TOTHE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

- $20.00 + postage

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HOT OFF THE PRESS On Sept. 7th,  the Marmora Historical Foundation was pleased to present James Dalton for the unveiling and book signing of his new book, The Leaky Raft. 
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. It's a larger story of how a village, an idyllic but real place in history through its many characters and events, shaped the lives of these two boys.

 

MAKING HISTORY                                            DELORO CLEAN-UP IN FINAL STAGE

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL UPDATE REPORT

FOR MORE ON THE DELORO MINE SITE,  CLICK HERE

 

 

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.

 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 1927

Charlie Leonard  and  brothers  at their Mothers funeral 1927, Wm, Stephen, Charlie, James, John, Bert

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

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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

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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

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In the mailbox this week

Jan 21, 2018  Bob O’Brien wrote:

My great grandfather: Michael Bedore settled in Marmora mid 1800s. He was said to have been the first shoemaker there. Michael married Catherine Therrien, ( Terrion) and they had about 9 children, one of which was my grandpa George who became a farmer. George married twice having a total of 9 children who went on to proliferate the Bedore name. Many Marmora names are married int the Bedore name and vice versa. I am working on the family tree. If anyone wishes to see it or add to it, my e-mail is stubborncaterpillar@hotmail.ca. I live in Trenton.

Jan. 21, 2018  Mary Larkin  wrote:

Deloro is my hometown and I lived there until the Deloro Smelting plant closed where my father Joseph Gilhooly worked. We then moved to Madoc St in Marmora for a year before moving to Montreal in 1962.

I really am enjoying the site and listened with interest to Ted Bedore describe the working conditions at the plant. I used the fabric from the arsenic bags he speaks about to make an outfit for home-ec class in high school. I was assured it was not used in production at the plant. I still use 2 of the specimen jars from the Deloro lab as candy jars today.

There are so many familiar names in the comments (O’Connor, Van Volkenburg, Shannon, Bedore, Campion) that it brings back early grade school memories at Sacred Heart School and the green school bus. Mrs Murray was my grade one teacher.         Mary (Gilhooly)Larkin
Ottawa

November 7  Dale Sopha wrote:

Thank you to the MHS for posting the pictures of these wonderful Veterans. It brings a tear to my eye because as a child I knew almost all of them. Marmora must have been a ghost town during WW2 a lot of the population were overseas.

Oct. 1, 2017Morgan Rosendal wrote on our Facebook page
Hi there!
I just want to tell you how much I love this foundation. I was born and raised in Southern Alberta, but my dad grew up in Marmora, and I have lots of family left in the area. On your Facebook page, I have found pictures of my grandparents, my dad and his siblings, and their friends whom I hear so many wonderful memories about from my family. It has been so nice to be able to show my dad (who is not on Facebook) the pictures that you post, and listen to the (often hilarious) stories and memories he has with the people you remind him of. My husband and I have lived being able to take out two young boys to Marmora a few times- and now that I know of your foundation, I really look forward to visiting your organization, and learning more about the area that made my dad, and his siblings, into the wonderful people that they are. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful memories with us!

Morgan Rosendal
(Daughter of Darrell Doyle, grand daughter of Marjorie Maloney and Bill Doyle)

Sept. 20. 2017 Heather Creeden

 Good morning... I don't know if you can help me or not but I am hoping you can. I am doing our family tree and I am stuck on Joseph Walker who resided on Crowe Lake road He was married to Anne White who later married Peter McFall I found his sons obit on your site William James who married Fanny Young but can find very little on Joseph here or on the Ancestry site Thank you for putting all your time into this site it is great for people looking at their heritage.