"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 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

 

Belmont Lake

Check out our other Sunday Drives

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

DEPT. OF HIGHWAYS 100 YEARS OLD

Building Demolition - "Coachlight - Ember's Restaurant"

Thanks to Doug Prindle,  we now have this wonderful record of the sad demolition of one of Marmora's oldest buildings.  For more on this building, CLICK HERE

 

BREAKING NEWS

STRANGE EVENTS AND TRAGIC OCCURRENCES

Car accidents,  drownings, fires, murders, shooting,  suicides, train accidents and other bizarre tragedies.

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CONTINUING WITH OUR TOUR OF THE BUSINESS SECTION

#3 FORSYTH STREET   THE EROSION OF FINE ARCHITECTURE

By the early 1800's, pioneers living in log homes desired something a little more substantial and functional for their large families. Thus began the first of the formal housing styles found in Canada, the Georgian. The name originated from the period of English history when England was ruled by a succession of kings named George. The Bleecker house, on Marmora's business section, at 3 Forsyth St, WAS a fine example, but like so many Ontario buildings of the era, the architect's original plan has been sorely bastardized.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE GOINGS-ON AT #3 FORSYTH STREET, MARMORA

 

THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION,  MARMORA BRANCH 237, FORMED IN SEPTEMBER OF 1932.  

WE'VE TRACKED SOME OF THEIR ACTIVITIES SINCE THEN.                  CLICK HERE TO READ THEIR STORY.

 

LOOK WHO MADE HISTORY!

We're always on the look out for our citizens who helped to make a difference.  This month we're featuring  Alexander Augustus Williamson Carscallen (October 14, 1844 – February 13, 1907),   a banker and political figure in Ontario. He represented Hastings North in the Canadian House of Commons from 1892 to 1904 as a Conservative member.  Read about his life -   Start by clicking here.

 

Check out of business directories,  starting in 1857

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Marmora C.W.   That stands for "Marmora Canada West"

Marmora C.W.   That stands for "Marmora Canada West"

METHUEN  TOWNSHIP'S FIRST PIONEER

In 1864,  enticed by a free land grant of 400 acres,  James Stephen Sopha took his wife and two year old son for a trek into Methuen Township,  where by built a log cabin and proceeded to settle the land with a family of thirteen children.  The area,  at the end of the Vansickle Road became known as the Sopha Settlement.  Read more - CLICK HERE

 

THE STORY OF 1 FORSYTH STREET - SWEETS BAKERY

Oct. 15, 2016 - Thanks to Foley Bus Lines,  Driver Mary Gauthier,  Gatekeeper Tanya Woodrow,  and water supplier, Craig Potter,  and perfect weather,  one hundred adventurers had a perfect day at the top of the Marmoraton Mine,  with organizers Cathie Jones & Anne Philpot.

GERALD BELANGER'S COMPLETE HISTORY  OF THE MARMORATON MINE IS NOW ON LINE

Be sure to peruse our section on the Mighty Marmoraton in the tabs above,   including the story from beginning to end,  videos and music,  "The men of Steel" including the complete list of employees,  the stories of the Union and the events of the "Take No Trash"  Movement.

Help complete the Employees Gallery.  Send us your photos.    

WE'VE FOUND MORE TALENT IN MARMORA!

LISA SHANNON  COUNTRY PRIMITIVE CRAFTS

In an old fashioned way,  Lisa finds fulfillment by celebrating her favourite season with treasures inspired from nature and created from scraps.

JUST CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT LISA SHANNON CREATIONS.

 

 

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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

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.

In the mailbox this week

Dec. 5, 2016  Seventh Town Historical Society Thank you for an interesting website and FB page.  Keep up the excellent work.

Nov 18, 2016   Jim Franchetto  of Peterborough, wrote:

My family and I lived in Marmora for four years in the late 1950s and we all loved our time there.  Your web site is very enjoyable and informative!
Thank you,

Nov 15, 2016     In response to our story on Wm Minchin  story,  Ronald Barrons wrote:    Interesting story..    Also, I would recommend this book   Flight from Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada by Donald MacKay, which offers within numerous first hand accounts of horrific times that were experienced both in Canada and Ireland.

Janet Harper Long   Thanks for sharing!

Dianne Brick  wrote:  Well done Marmora Historical Foundation. Someone is working very hard to preserve this history - thank you.

Anne Butwell , Brighton,  Nov. 15, 2016

I stumbled across this wonderful record while researching my family (Butwells/Naylers from Toronto). We have moved back and will have to make a trip up to visit the area soon.

Derek Denolf,  of Winnipeg,  Nov. 10, wrote to say:

I just stumbled across your site. I am the great-great grandson of George Reid Campion. I would love to find out who supplied the pictures of our family that you have posted and get in touch with them to learn more. Please let me know if you have any further information on the Campions.  Thank you!

Derek Denolf, Son of Heather Campion, Daughter of Garth Campion, Son of Ernest Campion, Son of George Reid Campion, Son of Thomas Campion of Marmora, Son of Colonel William Campion

Nancy Kemp of Burlington, Ontario, Oct. 11, wrote:  

Hello Marmora Historical Foundation, I discovered your page when I was trying to locate an old friend of my mother’s.   There is a lot of interesting information to be found.      My mother, Jean Braithwaite Kemp, taught school in Marmora back in 1948/49.    She became friends with Mary Shannon who taught school at the Beaver Creek School.   Am guessing Mary was born about 1925.  She had a large family who lived in the area.   Mary Shannon’s picture is on your Facebook page as the teacher of Beaver Creek School 1946/47.     Am wondering if anyone would be able to provide any information on Mary.   Needless to say it has been a while since my mother has spoken to her and she could not recall Mary’s husband’s name to look further.   My Mom thought it was possibly around the year 2000 when she last spoke to her when my parents were in town visiting another friend. 

Fred Robinson - Sept 26, 2016  Hello, Captain John J and Ellen O'Neill are my great grandparents on my mom's side. I have just discovered your website this evening and have learned a few things about them.  I would enjoy speaking to someone about them.
Seattle, Washington U

Michelle Bakke-Purnell - Sept 23/16  I can't thank you enough for putting the Loose files Anderson papers on, to be opened to read. Although I had some of the family information, I could never find my 3rd Great grandfather Lodowick Anderson's death date. Based on the info in the papers I was able to find a picture of his headstone on find a grave. I descend down from Edward Anderson, which you have no info on. Edward Anderson married Elizabeth Stewart and lived in Simcoe. I am located in Alberta, so I could only search online.

I was wondering if you might have any more information on the Anderson family when they lived in Marmora? It looks like Lucinda left after Lodowick died in 1865. As she is found living with her son James in the 1871 census in Simcoe. James Anderson died in 1889 of drowning. That is what is death record says in Simcoe. So I am sure you will not be able to help in me finding out what happened to him. Yet thanks again for putting the Anderson papers on, as it gave me the lead to Lodowick's burial in Marmora. 

Marlene Taylor - Sept 13, 2016

I've been away from Marmora since 1962.  I will always think of Marmora as my hometown. Love your website.   Marlene Yaylor ,nee Nobes

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