"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, for many years have kindly provided the space for our collection.
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1917 A Year in a Flash
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Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora
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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
REMEMBERING CATHIE JONES
It is with great sadness that we have to advise that our good friend and curator, Cathie Jones, peacefully passed away today due to heart complications. She will be remembered as a great contributor to our community which, in return, filled her life with love and joy. She will be sorely missed.
John Croskery wrote: RIP Cathy, you will always be respected for your actions, right or wrong you always offered more than just a thought or words. You rolled up your sleeves and actually did something.
GO EAST, YOUNG MAN.
East of Marmora’s four corners, that is. While writer, Horace Greeley, may have advised young entrepeneurs to head west, Mr. Daniel Dunlay, in 1892, looked east in Marmora, purchasing the property at the south-west corner of Highway 7 and Bursthall Street. So began the spread of business to the east of Marmora. CLICK HERE to read about Mr. Dunlay and from there, you can click through to all our businesses east in Marmora
110 Hastings Ave. Marmora, Ontario
The action shot above, posted by FC Dobbs, is a reminder to us all to capture today's images before they quickly disappear. If you have a "Disappearing Marmora" photo you want to share, be sure to send it to the Marmora Historical Foundation to add to our gallery.
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,
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!"
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!
TAKE A TOUR DOWN MAIN STREET
MARMORA'S ORIGINAL BUSINESS SECTION
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.
Read the history of store that brings back so many memories
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.
JAMES O'NEILL HUGHES FAMILY DONATES DELORO BASEBALL MEMORABILIA
A GREAT 1926 DELORO SPORTS STORY JUST CLICK HERE
MURDER IN SHANNICK
"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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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/her field? Tell us. We'd like to showcase our local talent.
JAMES DALTON DONATES BOOK PROCEEDS TO THE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
$20.00 Available at the Historical Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
On March 10, 2019 Louis Barker wrote:
It was so nice to see a number of pictures of my Mother Ellenore Barker a long term member of the W.I.. As well it was especially nice to see my Grandmother Mrs Ivah Green one of 3 ladies who also rose to be District Presidents of the organization.
Jan. 3. 2019 Rosemarie (O'Neill) Menassas wrote:
Back in the early 50s. in the attic of our home at 93 Forsyth St, we found a Postcard album. A very ornate cover on it, and filled with postcards in slots much like early photo albums. We used to make airplanes out of them, and "fly" them across the attic. How ignorant were we of the value of such treasures! Wish I had that album today and I would send it to you!
Dec. 23, 2018 Allan Stacey from Chelmsford
Best wishes for Christmas and for the New Year. I am still amazed at the amount of content and the new stuff that continues to appear on the site. Very, very impressive. I will still be supporting the site next year, as usual.
Dec. 19, 2018 - from Mike in Calgary
Hello from Calgary, Stunning work done by you guys. How are you. Thanks!
Dec 3, 2018. Sheelagh Hysenaj wrote: Your website continues to amaze me. Keep up the great work. My ancestors are from Apsley.
Nov. 9, 2018 from Coralie Fountain in Cheddar, England:
I am W.J. Cottrell’s grandaughter. My mum was his daughter, Ruth. I had a sister and brother who unfortunatley are both dead . I was so chuffed to find this (Cottrell article) as I did not know a great deal about him . I was wondering if you could send me a copy of the “Contented Valley” and any other information you may have .It was so nice to know he was so well respected by the peple of Marmora.
Oct. 15 2018 From Jeff Lynch
I just found your website and I wanted to thank you for collecting and organizing all this information. I very much enjoyed visiting your site and it helped me recall so many nice memories of Marmora and its people. The town has such a rich history and it was a great little town to grow up in! A special thank you to my parents, Keith & Yola Lynch, my amazing family, and my childhood friends. Wishing you all the best.
Jeff Lynch (Andover, Massachusetts)
Oct. 13, 2018 Allan Presely wrote:
Hello from Murfreesboro, Tn. I have a gggreat grand father who is supposedly born in Marmora, but cannot find any proof except an old obit. His name is Charles Presley born 1834 died 1870 in Boylston , ny. Enjoy your site. Thanks for all you do.
October 1, 2018 Jim Noon wrote:
Just stumbled across your site in my family research here from the BC coast. My GGG father is James Thomas Wiley b.1785 d 1845 supposedly buried in Mamora according to family records. His descendants related to me include Thomas Wiley b.1923 ( Anna Maria Blakely), their son James Isaac Wiley b. 1851,(Rachael Brown) and their daughter, my grandmother, Clara Enid Wiley b.1895 (James Warren Free). Their only daughter, Marion Enid Free is my mom, who grew up in the Stockdale area. Your site is the most extensive I have ever come across in my family history research. I'm very impressed with the hard work that went into this site.