“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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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.

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 Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?

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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!

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.

DISAPPEARING MARMORA

HELP US BUILD UP THIS GALLERY.  SEND US YOUR PHOTOS

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - 1985

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

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

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.

 

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 hussle & bustle in Bonarlaw.  CLICK HERE
 

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1985  THE MARMORA-SRI LANKAN EXCHANGE

IT HAS BEEN THIRTY YEARS since the Marmora-Sri Lankan Exchange. Under the sponsorship of the Catholic Church in Marmora, a Canada World Youth exchange with Sri Lanka was arranged in 1985, when 7 Sri Lankans and an equal number of Canadian youth from across the country were boarded here in Marmora, and took part in all kinds of educational and social activities, boarded in private homes.
Click here to  visit the 1985 photo gallery

 

LIONS' HISTORY - WE'LL GOT IT ALL

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READ ABOUT THE MEMORIAL BUILDING AND THE TOWN CLOCK

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The Memorial Building was built in 1928 as a tribute to those from Marmora who fell in the First World War.  The building was topped with a clock and bell tower,  and was truly the heart of the Village.  Over the years,  it hosted the Post Office,  Fire Hall,   meeting rooms and now library.  In the basement was a small jail cell suited for one,  now converted into a Food Bank facility.  Recently the clocked stopped for good,  but with the help of the Marmora Crowe Valley Lions and Leo Provost,  a new clock was installed.  Read more.  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. 

                                                                                                                  Photo by Wayne Vanvolkenburg

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

Charles Archibald Bleecker 1857-1945

 

MORE ABOUT OUR ANCESTORS 

Click here to read about  the                BLEECKER FAMILY

 

 

THE VILLAGE PULSE

OUR LATEST ADDITION TO THE WEBSITE.  Read all about the history of our social heartbeat - The arena,  our doctors,  Nayler's Common and so much more to come.  So many more reasons for you to clean out your back cupboard and find those old photos! Click on the photo.

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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

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 Class  Earl 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!

Lynn Gapes wrote:   Kudos to Anne and Cathie for all the work they do to preserve the history of Marmora. I am a relative newcomer, but love the Facebook posts. It is fun to read the names and try to imagine my 'today' friends as they were 'yesteryear'.

Lou Walter Wilson wrote:  It is nice to return after years away and walk into the Marmora Historical Foundation and be surrounded by all the history. Thanks to all who have made it happen.

Dorothy Caverly wrote this week  "I enjoyed reading Ralph Neal's comments and history of Marmora from his early days and throughout his lifetime. He was a very nice man and I always enjoyed shopping in his hardware store. Thanks for posting this and keep up the good work."

Linda Gray wrote:    " Quite an interesting story about Ralph's days here. Learning more about our town all the time. Thank you historical society. Love all the interesting sections you put on here."

In response to the "Yesterday's News"  story regarding three boys almost drowning,  Brock Cooper,  one of the boys (50 years later) wrote to say:           

"I remember that afternoon pretty well even though it was 50 years ago. I was reminded recently about the incident and thought how lucky we were that Jack Barker was around to help us. That water was sooooo cold and we were quite a ways from shore....we wouldn't have made it without any help. Stupid things kids do!!!!"
Brock Cooper, Kingston Ontario

Thanks,  Brock,  for staying in touch.

Shannon Caruso from Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Wow, what a find! I love your website! My grandfather grew up in Marmora and my mother and I are coming to visit your town in August (2015). We are trying to learn more about him and his adoptive mom, Nancy Culp Narrie and adoptive dad William Narrie. Anne Philpot has helped me immensely already! We live near Albuquerque, New Mexico, US......... I found a poem by Cora Bleecker written about  my grandfather's adoptive mom, Nancy (Culp) Narrie!!!  That is very special!!

Allan Stacey from Chelmsford, ON wrote: 

I accessed your Marmora Historical site  a short time ago and found it very interesting. It is a credit to small towns, villages, townships and counties that preserve their history and continue to search for the past. I made the comment to my good friend Dale Wilson, an indefatigable preserver of railway history, particularly in Northern Ontario, that new folks to Canada from wherever they come from, will be as much of the fabric of the country as those who came earlier in another century. By this token, those of us who beaver away at this  "history/ heritage stuff" are doing our part to ensure that those new folks, and our descendants, will have something to refer to when they suddenly discover what we have known and loved all along. 

I am enclosing again the article on Middleton Crawford which had been published in the July/August 2011 "Handcar", the bi-monthly newsletter of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre located in Capreol, Ontario.