Oshawa, Ontario – Schools

The children of the early settlers in and around Oshawa received their education in a very primitive way and in very humble quarters. The school houses were mostly constructed after the log-house style, and were maintained on the co-operative principle. The parents of a dozen or so of children would agree among themselves as to […]

Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan – Sault Sainte Marie In The War Of 1812-15

” The trampled earth returns a sound of fear, A hollow sound as if I walked on tombs, And lights that tell of cheerful homes appear Far of, and die like hope amid the glooms, A mournful wind acroes the landscape flies, And the wide atmosphere is full of sighs.” BRYANT, In the beginning of […]

Oshawa, Ontario – Churches

In glancing over the history of Oshawa and the vicinity surrounding it, there is no character which rests upon the eye more picturesquely than that of the Rev. Robert H. Thornton. As we contemplate this cultured and refined gentleman of Scottish birth, a missionary of the Presbyterian Church, looking over a field of work, in […]

Oshawa, Ontario – Christian Church And An Episode Of 1837

At Darlington in the year 1825 was held the first Christian Conference, in the Province of Ontario. Several years previously Christian Ministers from the State of New York, took a friendly interest in the religious welfare of this district. Visits had been paid by Elders McIntyre, Church, Goff, Blodjet, and Shaw ; the latter with […]

Oshawa, Ontario – Early Oshawa

In the year 1842, the place now known as the town of Oshawa was composed of a few scattered houses, two hotels, and three general stores. The principal store was conducted by Edward Skea, a Scotchman from the town of Leith who had entered into partnership with a fellow-countryman by the name of MacDonald, and […]

Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan – The Coming Of The Indians

In this history of Sault Sainte-Marie it is the intention to lay the foundations by relating the traditions of its first Indian inhabitants. That at least one other race overran this country before the advent of Ah-anish in-ab-ug,* there can be no doubt. From time to time there have been unearthed the copper tools of […]

Oshawa, Ontario – Water Works

The public water supply was installed during the mayoralty of F. L. Fowke, in 1904, under a commission consisting of W. F. Cowan, chairman; Robt. McLaughlin, Robert McCaw and Dr. T. E. Kaiser; Mr. Willis Chipman, Toronto, was the engineer, and W. J. McKnight, the contractor; original cost, $135,000. Since its installation many additions and […]

Oshawa, Ontario – The Warrens

Nicholas Flood Davin in his “Irishmen in Canada,” P. 287-294 says : “I am now about to speak of one of the most interesting episodes in the history of emigration” an episode which can only find a parallel in another little Irish quasi-aristocratic exodus, an account of which will be given in another chapter. From […]

Oshawa, Ontario – Street Pavements

Naturally water mains and sewers precede street pavements in the evolution of urban construction. Oshawa was no exception to this general rule. Unless one had the fortune or misfortune to have lived in the town previous to the year 1911, it would be next to impossible to give a clear conception of the state of […]

Oshawa, Ontario – The Hospital

It is fair to presume that even in the day of Dr. McGill and Dr. Rae, the medical fraternity began to have dreams of a hospital for the town of Oshawa. In 1895 the matter began to assume proportions of public discussion. In 1899 Mr. John Cowan made a proposal to the County of Ontario […]