“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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Welcome!

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.

WE HAVE WINNERS!!!!
The lucky winners of our Lottery are as follows:

JIM GRAY with ticket #222
TRACEY NICOLSON with #28
CHARLIE SMITH with#177 Congratulations on winning a crisp $100.00 bill each!

 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 alook! 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?

MEET OUR LATEST TALENT!

Lizzie Connors c.1894

An Old Film by Mr. Franklin     (A little rough at the beginning, 'cause it's really old)

 

Ted Bedore talks about working in Deloro.  Video in four parts. Click here to see them all.

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - 1985

Sacred Heart School, Marmora,  under the direction of Shawn Hughes

 

OTHER INTERESTING LINKS WITH HISTORY

This website is so chockablock full,  even we're losing track!  Be sure to use our search engine.

NEW IN THE "THE VILLAGE PULSE"

Yesterday's news today is only possible thanks to the Marmora Herald and its predecessor,  the Marmora Advocate. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY OF OUR NEWSPAPERS

THE MARMORA FAIR - 125 YEARS OLD

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT ALL THE EXCITEMENT!

 

NEW ADDITION TO THE HOUSE TOUR

THE CRAWFORD SHANNON HOUSE

sKETCH BY jIM sHANNON 1921

sKETCH BY jIM sHANNON 1921

The Crawford/Shannon house, located at 55 Madoc Street in Marmora,  was built in 1890 for Laughlin Crawford by Patrick Shannon in the days when lumber was very plentiful. A typical frame house of the time, it has many fine features, especially in the living room.  Patrick Shannon was known to have built at least four houses in Marmora before he left for Seattle, Washington State, following the death of his first wife. On settling there, he joined two of his brothers, Doctors James Shannon and William Shannon, who became eminent physicians and surgeons.   Another brother, Daniel Shannon, remained in Marmora.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE SHANNONS

Click here to find out more about other Marmora houses

 

THE MARMORA SENIORS' CLUB

Photos and articles of some of Marmora's oldest citizens             1966 - Edward Donald O'Connor, this village's oldest man, and one of its most active residents, celebrated his 90th birthday Sunday with his bride of 50 years ago at his side.   Mr O'Connor was born inMarmora Township, Oct. 2, 1876.  He is the youngest and only surviving son of Michael O'Connor and the former Elizabeth Wolfe. ~ His only living sister (Margararet), Mrs. E. J; Keating, alsoresides in Marmora.

Marmora Seniors    CLICK HERE

 

JUNE 19, 2015 TDCANADA TRUST CLOSES ITS DOORS ENDINGALMOST 125YEARS OF BANKING IN MARMORA

THE LAST CUSTOMER AT THE MARMORA TD BANK

The history of banking in Marmora takes place in two locations.

 

OUR NEWEST SUNDAY DRIVE!  BONARLAW!

William Prest,  in his book, "The Death of Bellview"  writes of the sudden rise and equally sudden fall of his beloved hamlet,  Bellview,  later known as Bonarlaw.   "Bellview was once the busiest hamlet in Ontario, and one that never slept. As many as thirty-six trains going north, south, east or west crossed each other's tracks in twenty four hours by means of a device. With both acute and obtuse measurements, the Diamond was once called the eighth wonder of the world by the railroad officials. For many years, local people were proud to speak of Bellview with some degree of reverence when referring to the Diamond. Many were the travellers, dignitaries as well, who availed themselves of the opportunity for a first look at another first in history."

Read all about the hustle & bustle in Bonarlaw.    CLICK HERE
 

Check out our other Sunday Drives

 

LIONS' HISTORY - WE'LL GOT IT ALL

                                   JUST CLICK HERE

 

Jack Grant Remembers

Jack's family moved to Marmora in 1915. Eighty-two years later, he was still telling stories of his life here.
" I started to play the bones when I was 12. A show came to Marmora, a minstrel show and one of the guys, they called him Mister Bones and he played the bones and after the show I was so intrigued I went up and said "How do you play those?" and he showed me. He said "Do you like music?" "Oh ya," I said and he said, "Well, if you can get a set of bones, you'll have a lot of fun," and I've had these (bones) for 50 years."
Read all about Jack's experiences back in 1915, and his famous band, "The Aces" .  CLICK HERE

GO WITH THE FLOW ON THE CROWE

Belmont Lake                                                                                               Photo by Matt VanVolkenburg

Before reaching Marmora,  the Crowe River will pass through three counties and six townships. 

SNEAK A PEEK AT THE BEAVER CREEK

- Marmora's second river - But where are the headwaters?  Follow the creek,  from top to bottom

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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...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

Joy Laury writes:     Very nice. I wish I could get up to Marmora. My Family is from there, MCFall, or McFaul depending on the census taker. Would love to find Annie White McFall and Patrick McFall her husband in the Grave yard - Thanks

Karla Witteveen wrote:  I grew up in Marmora and so did my father,  Carl Gray. It is a nice place. I stayed there until my dad passed away in 1980. I go back there every couple years to pay my respects to all my relatives in the Graveyard and to see how the town is doing.  My dad's Dad and mom were Lorne and Cassie Gray. The house I believe is still standing on Center Line Road  My Grandfather was in WWI,   and 3 of my uncles were in WW2.  Dad was in the Korean War

There was Lily, Irvin ,Joe Harold, Dave, Donny John and my dad Carl. These were the children of Lorne and Cassie Gray . When you go down center line road their house was the second on the left uncle Joe's was the first house

Barry Wensley  wrote:    We live in Collingwood. This is just a great job of telling the history of Cordova Mines and Deer Lake fish hatchery. My stepfather Jock Hunt was manager at the hatchery from 1959 to 1974 He would be so proud of the Bowens for all of the input and records Dorothy kept. Our family spent most weekends in Deer Lake and we all have fond memories of the area.

Marilyn (Sproul) Maloney:
Enjoyed TD Canada Trust articles. I started work at The Old Dominion Bank in 1952. Alex Fraser was Manager. I had some time off for family but worked a total 0f 34 years. I retired in 1992. Kevin Warren was Manager. Many good memories.

Joan Warren Smith: I enjoy reading and seeing all that has been posted . I was born in Marmora and now live in California it is great to see the people and remember them .Thanks Cathie GREAT JOB

Aaron J Izzard.: I recently came across your website for the Marmora Historical Foundation. In the section "War Reports From the Deloro Once a Week" you have a collection of letters published by the Deloro Smelting and Refining Company. These are letters written back home from young local boys serving overseas. Scrolling down I was SHOCKED to find a letter written by a young fellow named Private J.A. Izzard with the Hasty P Regiment. That man was my father. I'm wondering what other information you may have about his letter? Anything you can tell me. He passed away in 1999. Thank you.

Lindi Pierce : Outstanding history site. Cathie Jones told me about it, and I subscribed. You post so frequently, and such great stories and photos. Marmora and area history is safe with your team.

Our reply:  Thanks for the compliment, but you deserve a compliment back for your blog on architectural heritage. http://www.ancestralroofs.blogspot.ca/
It's full of great stuff, and we plan to share it.

Ritch Smith:
Once again, just wandering through your website in search of material for the Crowe Lake Waterways newsletter and getting distracted by the great variety of material on the site. Always interesting and very well done.

Margriet Kitchen  wrote:  Can't thank you enough for providing all this wonderful information on our Crowe Lake area. Doing a great job. Keep it up

Vera Wylie,  President of the Marmora Seniors' Club wrote:  On behalf of Marmora Seniors Club #87,  I extend our sincere thanks for the tremendous effort you are putting into keeping our historic material on line and so well organized.  Our members are most grateful for your dedication to this project.

Mrs. Hughes' Grade 3 ClassEarl Prentice School.
We are enjoying exploring your website! Thank you for helping us learn about Marmora's history. One of our students is especially excited to see his great-great-great-great-great-great Grandfather's picture on the homepage!