“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:
- Look who made history
- Deloro War Memorial
- A Tour of the Central Ontario Railway
- The Talent of Derek Dafoe
- The Murder of Jerome Keene
- New Talent Poet Eliz Berry
- James Bailey & Shanick
- The murder of R.D. Dickie
- Crawford-Shannon House
- Our Newspapers
- The Marmora Fair
- Cemetery Mystery 1927-bottom of page
- Catholic Women's League
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? If so, tell us.
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
1938 MARMORA VILLAGE HITS THE BIG SCREEN IN TRAVELOGUE FLICK
In a letter to the Marmora Town Clerk, E.C. Prentice, dated September 30, 1938, Frank Carlton Film Production of London, England wrote the following:
For the past two years, we have been showing a Movie-Travelogue entitled "Canada Calling the Empire" with very great success. ......We have just completed films of Fenelon Falls, Hastings and Norwood, where we had the utmost co-operation and help and we feel sure of an equally happy reception in your town, where we hope to obtain a quantity of most interesting matter for Overseas use.'
IT'S A LITTLE ROUGH AT THE BEGINNING BUT THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S OLD!
IN THE NOT-SO OLDEN DAYS
c.1973 One of Marmora's more infamous landmarks, this boathouse teetered on the edge of the Crowe River just north of the village (within the village limits) for some years. The village wanted to tear it down as part of their plan for the riverside park but first had to find a new home for the owner-tenant, Harry Cooper.
THEFT A CONCERN IN DELORO
Our photo shows little Grace Warren in 1912 awating her train at Marmora's Wolfe Station, where $260,000.00 of silver bars waited beside here. In 192 The Deloro Smelting and Refining Co. was producing and shipping an average of $44,000.00 per week. The Herald reported that year"It is alleged that Deloro Works have been systematically robbed for some time. Three arrests have already been made and a considerable quantity of refined silver and silver ore have been found."
PUT YOUR THINKING CAP ON! WE NEED YOUR HELP
We've opened a new section entitled
Click the photo above to see who, in Marmora, made history. If you know someone from Marmora who should be included, let us know! Just click here to send a photo or story.
WE'VE GOT A NEW TOUR!
FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE CENTRAL ONTARIO RAILWAY FROM MAYNOOTH TO PICTON, THROUGH MALONE, MARMORA AND BELMAR
William Coe of Madoc found iron ore deposits outside Brinklow and began looking for ways to commercialize the find. He contacted George William McMullen, a railway promoter in Chicago who had been born and raised in Picton. McMullen started looking for partners, and found Samuel Ritchey, a businessman from Ohio who was looking for new ventures. Rickey, McMullen and McMullen's brother J.B. bought the Prince Edward Railway Co. in 1880 to serve as the basis for a rapid expansion.
MARMORA'S OWN "WHO DUNNIT?" CASE STILL UNSOLVED
The case of Jerome Keene, shot to death in his cabin, in bed
"Late last Thursday afternoon, the people of Marmora learned with almost incredulous horror that Jerome Keene (63 or 64) had been found lying in bed in his shack just north of the village with two gaping wounds in his head, caused by of a shotgun in the hands of some unknown assailant. The discovery was first made by nephews, Charles and John Gordineer. They at once notified their brother, James, who was a County constable."
So wrote the Marmora Herald on Feb 24, 1927. The long, very descriptive articles outlined all the reasons of the delay in discovering the body, the layout of Mr. Keene's shack, the horrible details of his death, and the forensic details gathered to try and solve the mystery. "Who dunnit?" This clock, which sat in Jerome Keene's cabin at the time of the murder, now sits silently at the Marmora Historical Foundation.
Click on the clock to learn more & read the original newspaper reports.
Our website is so chocker block full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
We need your help...
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...We're planning on starting a new gallery on our Website called "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
Bob Wood: Nov. 28, 2015 Miriam Savage was my grandmother's sister. I never knew her as she passed away a couple of years before I was born but my Dad always speaks highly of his "Aunt Mill".
Thank-you for posting a couple of pictures of her and her 2 obituaries! I've never seen a photo of her but there is a definite family resemblance to my grandmother and their other sister, Connie.
I do have a question: I see you have a photo of her chair and it looks like it is sitting in your foundation. Is there a story behind this chair? Do you know if it was used at her business or in her home?
Thanks again, as an amateur genealogist, your site is priceless!
Terry Bell. November 26, 2015
Fascinating, simply fascinating story about Deloro. Well done MHF.
James A. Archer Nov. 26, 2015
Browsing through and amazed to find information about my grandfather. I'm 85 and learning new things every day.
Dale Neal November 7, 2015
Thanks for this site, I learned a lot about Marmora history today. Perhaps more than I did growing up there in the 60's and 70's.
Paul H. November 3, 2015
Thank you for all the fascinating history! I particularly enjoy the information about the Shanick area as my family has roots there. There is even a picture of Minnie Revoy on this website that has my grandmother's handwriting on it. Keep up the nice work!
Wellman October 29, 2015
Thank you so much for posting all about Bonarlaw and its beautiful history! I attended that one room school house and I was married at that church. My sister still lives on the family farm in Bonarlaw. Beautiful memories. I would love to read more history and facts about Bonarlaw. Do you have articles on Dave Wellman as he was a prisoner of war? Thank you for all your time spent on sharing of timeless articles!
Edward W Chiaese Oct.23, 2015
Very interesting. I am glad I was able to read about some of the people & things that occurred before I was alive. History is seldom remembered or recorded as time goes on and on so that others can read about how things were in the past. Thank you very much for sharing this part of history.