"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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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, for have kindly provided the space for our collection.
Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
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The newest pages on the website:
- The Terrion Family
- The Cordova School
- 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
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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!
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
Building Demolition "Coachlight, Ember's Restaurant" By Doug Prindle
POSTCARDS ARE HISTORY
Post card collecting is one of three of the biggest hobbies world wide, equal to stamp and coin collecting. Their popularity is explained by the wide range of subjects they cover, but mostly because history itself can be tracked in postcards. Read more and visit our postcard collection. CLICK HERE
THE AIRHART SETTLEMENT
A story of Pioneer Success in the middle of nowhere.
JUST CLICK ON THE MAP TO READ OUR NEW STORY
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
From French Kings to Los Angeles Kings - Therrien to Terrion
THE GILMOUR INFLUENCE
ONE OF CANADA'S GREATEST INDUSTRIAL HISTORY STORIES AS TOLD BY ANDREW MCDONALD
Most people in Marmora, when asked to think of Gilmour, will conjure up images of exhausted sled dog teams taking a rest by the big bonfire at the Village of Gilmour, a mandatory check point on the 150 mile Marmora Long Distance Challenge.
But did you know the origins of the village are rooted in the logging camps of the infamous Gilmour Company, a family-owned industry that swept through Lower and Upper Canada,
The Barrons family have contributed a lot of information on the Cordova-Vansickle area, as well as their family photos, which we hope to share over the next month, starting with a story of the Vansickle Road by Charles Barrons, written in 1996. JUST CLICK HERE
AND THERE'S MORE! Get the inside scoop on the Cordova School, as described by Mr. Barrons in our school section. CLICK HERE
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
EXPLOSION AT THE MALONE IRON MINE
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.
A YEAR IN A FLASH 1927
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.
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In the mailbox this week
March 14, 2018 Jen Foster
My Mom (Susan McCauley) and step Dad (the late Michael McCauley) have lived in Marmora since 1999. They were the first of my family to live in Marmora. I later was fortunate enough to move here myself with my daughter Ariana Foster in 2007. We consider Marmora our home and I was happy to raise my daughter up in such a great place.
This town sure is a generational one and in my experience the families all are of such wonderful people! I am absolutely amazed at the history of this town and all of the great photos that capture so much...and my daughter and I thoroughly enjoy learning about it through the foundation and the library. Seeing all of the places that we have walked and then going back in time through the old photos is incredible! We are truly blessed to have made a life for ourselves in such a wonderful town.
I look forward to exploring more through this site! Thanks for all of your dedicated work.
March 12, 2018 Mary Callaghan wrote: Hello and congrat's on your wonderful website. I was particularly interested in your page on the Terrian family. Lucinda, who married James Darrah, was my gr gr grandmother. Over breakfast this morning your site took our family genealogy back many generations to La Rochelle France. So exciting!! Now back to exploring your site.
Thank you so much.
March 9, 2018 Mrs.Janet Nunn (nee Wood) wrote:
Thankyou for all your hard work gathering information. I really enjoyed looking through the pictures of days gone by.
March 6, 2018 April Stuckless (nee Broadworth) wrote:
What a wonderful website! So much valuable historical information. My fifth-great grandfather, Isaac Broadworth from Yorkshire England, (married to Elizabeth Campion), received his first 50 acre land patent in Marmora in 1833. Two of his sons, Richard and William were listed, along with others, as members of the first Board of Trustees of St. Andrews Church in Marmora. I currently live in Roslin, Ontario and I love knowing that my ancestors began their amazing journey not too far from where I have settled. Thank you so much for doing such fabulous work, you are helping so many to reconnect to their past!
Feb. 26. 2018 G. Chapman wrote:
I truly enjoy your site, lots of interesting history on Deloro and Marmora. In retirement my grandfather and grandmother, Everett and Blanche Chapman moved to Deloro in the sixes. They owned and lived in the Bicknell House, on the corner of Deloro Road and O'Brien . The house was very ornate with a large corner lot. They moved to a bungalow in Marmora in the early seventies. When my grandfather died in 1974, grandma moved to the upstairs apartment in The Memorial Building, 35 Forsyth street, Marmora. Then she moved to the seniors home by the river before relocating to Ottawa. She lived to 101 years old!
Jan 21, 2018 Bob O’Brien wrote:
My great grandfather: Michael Bedore settled in Marmora mid 1800s. He was said to have been the first shoemaker there. Michael married Catherine Therrien, ( Terrion) and they had about 9 children, one of which was my grandpa George who became a farmer. George married twice having a total of 9 children who went on to proliferate the Bedore name. Many Marmora names are married int the Bedore name and vice versa. I am working on the family tree. If anyone wishes to see it or add to it, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I live in Trenton.