c.1910

 

"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 many years have kindly provided the space for our collection.

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

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

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,

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DON'T MISS THIS UPCOMING EVENT

Marmora Library, 18 October 2018, at 6 p.m.

Historian and Author  RODERICK (RORY) MACKAY

Local Crowe Lake cottager Roderick (Rory) MacKay has released his newest book, "Algonquin Park –     A Place Like No Other"

Just click here to read more about this local  talented writer,  and more WRITERS TO WATCH FOR!

 "rAINBOW TROUT" BY lLOYD hOLMES

"rAINBOW TROUT" BY lLOYD hOLMES

WE'VE GOT LOTS OF LOCAL TALENT

We are always looking for local talent,  and this week we were introduced to LLOYD HOLMES,   a wildlife photographer extraordinaire,   and a resident of Marmora. 

"Nothing in the world of wildlife photography inspires me more than viewing the capture of another wildlife photographer and thinking to myself "Man.....I wish I had taken that!"

CLICK HERE TO  VIEW SOME OF HIS DRAMATIC WORK

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!  

CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT OUR GAS STATIONS

 

   TAKE A TOUR DOWN MAIN STREET        

MARMORA'S ORIGINAL BUSINESS SECTION

Bert & grandmother, Mae Jones, Cora Hodge. THE HILL OF MCGILL STREET AT THE BACK

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.                               

TO TAKE THE TOUR  CLICK HERE

Read the history of store that brings back so many memories

A BIT OF DELORO HISTORY                      THE GENERAL STORE

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WHEN GEORGE MET DAISY

A DELORO LOVE STORY

A tale of emigration, family,  hard work and community dedication of the Smith and Brooks family in Deloro,   as told by Brenda Brooks Skof. 

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JAMES O'NEILL HUGHES FAMILY DONATES DELORO BASEBALL MEMORABILIA

                    A GREAT 1926 DELORO   SPORTS STORY                               JUST CLICK HERE

 

MURDER IN SHANNICK

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"He won the young wife's love and in her weakness she forgot her vows to her wedded husband. It is not known when her unfaithfulness began nor when her husband's suspicions were aroused." ...the story of an 1890 love triangle, the family ties, a murder in the swamp, the trial and the details of the march to the gallows.

We've got all the details in our new story.

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POSTCARDS  ARE HISTORY

Post card collecting is one of three of the biggest hobbies world wide,  equal to  stamp and coin  collecting. Their popularity is explained by the wide range of subjects they cover,  but mostly because history itself can be tracked in postcards.  Read more and visit our postcard collection.  CLICK HERE

 

THE AIRHART SETTLEMENT
A story of Pioneer Success in the middle of nowhere.

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

From French Kings to Los Angeles Kings  -                    Therrien to Terrion

CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER THE TERRION FRENCH CONNECTION

 

THE GILMOUR INFLUENCE

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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, 

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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

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/her field?  Tell us.  We'd like to showcase our local talent.

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CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME OF MARMORA'S VEHICULAR HISTORY

 

JAMES DALTON DONATES BOOK PROCEEDS TO THE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

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$20.00  Available at the Historical Foundation (info@marmorahistory.ca)

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

Sept. 8, 2018

Brian Henry Aunger  wrote:  My great great grandfather was John Laskey AUNGER. His first son, Edwin Henry Sr., was my father's namesake. Edwin Henry became a blacksmith and carriage wright in Ohio. In 1911 he sold his shop, bought a brand new Buick, and drove to Los Angles. My grandfather Ernest was 7 years old then and would recount to me stories of camping along the road during that trip. This trip may have been inspired by the early automobile adventures of Edwin Henry's cousin Murray Aunger in Australia who crossed that continent by automobile a few years earlier, and later, drove the perimeter.
Your website is an amazing find for me and beautifully composed. I grew up hearing about the mineral collection and found only an obscure reference to John and the Blarton mine a few years ago. Thank you for filling in so much about my heritage and accomplishments of my great great grandfather

Sept. 2, 2018

In regards to our story on Malaria  (click here}   Ron Gilmore  writes:   John Alexander Plunkett perished of malaria fever after laying ill for 10 days. He passed away on Sept. 6, 1881 at the age of 42, leaving a wife and 6 children. His first wife, Alice, also died of a fever in 1875. John is buried in the Marmora Common Cemetery.

June 4, 2018

After visiting our "So Much Talent" page,  Theresa Wallace wrote, "Fabulous artwork in Crow Lake and Deloro. I'm not that smart but I enjoy good art work, photo and sewing and fishing where the water is clean. I think they are all very nice."
 

May 22, 2018 from Denise Kouri

Hello, My dad and his 11 siblings (The Kouri Family) were raised in Marmora many years ago and that's why I'm always curious to know stories about Marmora. Your website is great - thank you for sharing your talents and time to create it. Back in 1991, I purchased a home where a couple of old Marmora cookbooks were left behind. They are well-used by the original owner but I thought you may be interested in having them. There are a few store ads as well as the names of the recipe contributors. The one cookbook is from the Marmora Order of The Eastern Star (late '50s). The other is a Centennial cookbook from 1967.

(Thanks, Denise. A great collection for us.)

April 3, 2018  Charlene Morganti 

Helping my mother with her family history in Marmora {Nihill brothers, Thomas, Peter and Edward} And was so surprised to see such a wonderfull website for this community, You really show your love of your home and its history
Charlene

March 14, 2018  Jen Foster

   My Mom (Susan McCauley) and step Dad (the late Michael McCauley) have lived in Marmora since 1999. They were the first of my family to live in Marmora. I later was fortunate enough to move here myself with my daughter Ariana Foster in 2007. We consider Marmora our home and I was happy to raise my daughter up in such a great place.
This town sure is a generational one and in my experience the families all are of such wonderful people! I am absolutely amazed at the history of this town and all of the great photos that capture so much...and my daughter and I thoroughly enjoy learning about it through the foundation and the library. Seeing all of the places that we have walked and then going back in time through the old photos is incredible! We are truly blessed to have made a life for ourselves in such a wonderful town.
I look forward to exploring more through this site! Thanks for all of your dedicated work.
Sincerely,
Jen Foster