"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
Our new digs above the libary at 35 Forsyth St.
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.
Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora
DON'T MISS OUR BLOGS
THE QUICK PEEK
The very latest additions to the website:
- 1927 A Year in a Flash
- 1917 A Year in a Flash
- Temperance & a soldier?
- Feisty Councillors
- Celebrating 1867
- The Aunger Family
- Schooners Carrying Blairton Ore - Lake Ontario
- Census Records as a Genealogcal Tool
- Animal Stories
- The Bleeckers
- 15 Forsyth St - The empty lot
- History of the Legion
- The Laycock Family
- 1 Forsyth St. Sweets Bakery
- History of Millinery
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!
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS WITH HISTORY
- Marilyn Adams Geneological Research Centre, Ameliasburgh (Land Records)
- Darren Neill on Shannick
- Meanwhile at the Manse, a Queensborough blog
- Mysteries of Canada
- Our Ontario
- Spectres of Kingston's Past
- 1889 Business Directory
- The Heritage Years-A History of Stirling and District
- Farmtown Park, Stirling
- Ancestral Roofs
- Canada railways
- O'Hara Mills
- Ghost towns
Check out our other Sunday Drives
We've got videos throughout the site, but here are a few to sample
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
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."
JAMES DALTON DONATES BOOK PROCEEDS TOTHE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
- $20.00 + postage
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.
YOUR FAMILY IS OUR HISTORY
CELEBRATE CANADA'S 150TH BY SENDING US VICTORIAN PHOTOS OR STORIES OF YOUR FAMILY
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.
FOLLOW THE LONG HISTORY OF THE WIGGINS /GLOVER BUILDING STARTING IN 1857.
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
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
WHEN CORNWALL MET BLAIRTON
It is estimated that 6 million people worldwide are descendants of the Cornish tin and copper miners who emigrated from Cornwall, England between 1815 and 1915. On July 13, 2006, the mines of Cornwall were declared a UNESCO World Heritage
But how does this relate to our history?. Find out more about the Cornish emigration and the work of John Laskey Aunger of Blairton
SCHOONERS SAILING LAKE ONTARIO CARRYING ORE FROM THE BLAIRTON IRON MINE
The above photo is a wonderful display of the Blairton ore cars on the raised trestle, waiting to unload the rock into theLake Ontario schooners that would take the cargo to the United States.
DEPT. OF HIGHWAYS 100 YEARS OLD
Our website is so chockerblock full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS TO CELEBRATE
HELP US OUT!
Send us what you have discovered about the "weird and wonderful Age of Victoria" - photos, stories, essays, clippings, diaries, and family rumour. CLICK HERE
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
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.
We love your letters!
In the mailbox this week
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
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!
(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.
Sept. 18, 2017Michelle Bakke-Purnell
Very much enjoy looking over this site. My 3rd Great Grandparents were Lodowick and Lucinda Anderson. Not much is known about them except for what can be found in the 1851 and 1861 census in Marmor and that Lodowick is buried in the Mamora Common cemetery. Lucinda moved to Tiny, Simcoe after Lodowick died. Yet I love reading any and all history stuff you have on the area.
Sept. 9, 2017 Ritch Smith Very enjoyable book signing event Thursday with James Dalton for his book The Leaky Raft. Congratulations to the Historical Foundation and everyone involved.
Sept. 9 2017 Harald Wentzel
My mother Agnes Melvaer was born in Marmora And Lake, Hastings, Ontario, Canada 1.7.1912. Her father, Thormod E Melvaer, was Mill Superintendent. Has anyone any information about him and his work ?Regards Harald Wentzel Finland email@example.com
Aug. 8, 2017, Frank Mills
What a great site. I had the pleasure of working for the residents of the area for 20 years and still enjoy my Marmora property. There are some fond memories here such as Deloro, TNT and many others.
July 24, 2017 John Sopha wrote: Really great memories
July 22, 2017 Dorothy Grant wrote:
Really enjoyed this site. My Grandmother was a Briggs. Remember as a child visiting Aunt Alice..she was married to Lewis Briggs..her maiden name VanValkenburg (LEWIS was deceased by then)
Visited also Aunt Jennie married to Sam Nobes Also a few years later visited the sawmill ruins on Beavercreek. What a beautiful area. Brings back fond memories