"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:
- History of Millinery
- More details to businesses on the east side of Forsyth St
- Writers to watch for
- carver Gerry Sanders
- Loyal Orange Lodge
- Lacrosse in Marmora
- The Deloro Sports Gallery
- It's all about Malone
- The Marmora Post Office
- The Temperance Society
- Women's week
- History of Fire Fighting
- Businesses not on Forsyth
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? Tell us. We'd like to showcase our local talent.
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
MINE TOUR GREAT SUCCESS
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.
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.
DO YOU LIKE MY HAT?
THE ART OF MILLINERY
Would that be a Three Story, a Flower Pot, or a Tri-corn, Madam? No matter the era, Marmora was not going to be left out of the fun of hats. No-siree! If our ladies weren't wearing the fashions, they were busy making them, studying them or selling them.
Find out more about DANIA MADERA-LERMAN
a well established multi media artist living on the Crowe River.
Just click on her photo!
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
WHO ARE THE PARKERS?
1821 SCOTTISH IRON FOUNDER INVESTS IN MARMORA
Robert Parker, the owner of an ironworks in Ardrossan, Scotland invested in a new venture in 1821 - the Marmora Ironworks - established that year by an Irishman, Charles Hayes. The real profit, however, was the establishment of the Parker family and its good name throughout the Marmora to Stirling area.
WE'VE CREATED A NEW SECTION!
"WRITERS TO WATCH FOR"
We have found enough local writers to fill a shelf so we are dedicating a separate section for this talented group. Novelists, poets, essayists, and historians, alive and well or passed on. We'll showcase them all.
Our website is so chockerblock 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...
In the mailbox this week
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
Beverly Thompson..Sept. 13, 2016..What a fantastic site of the town of Marmora.. My grand-parents were Harry and Jessie Moffatt and George and Daisy Brooks. I have seen some pictures of George and Daisy . Do you have any of Harry and Jessie? My parents were Stan and Betty Brooks. I just saw a picture of my dad on your website recently and brought a nice smile and a little tear to my face. Thank you for remembering. Many of my relatives have beenraised in Marmora and are still there. Keep up the great work!
Norton Aug. 20, 2016 I love this site. Very proud to be born here and raising my family in this wonderful community :)
Kim Walton - Aug. 13, 2016 Hi, Kim Walton here. Daughter of Ronald Walton Granddaughter of Lloyd and Ona Walton previous owners of the hotel. I have lots of memories and memorabilia from the hotel. Those were crazy years :)