Port Hope, Canada – Tales Of The Early Days

The abundance of game and fish in those early days can only be conjectured from the tales of the pioneers. Myndert Harris was the great hero of the chase and to him are attributed the two following feats. Coming up the shore from Gage’s Creek one day, he came upon a fine buck, standing out […]

Port Hope, Canada – 1813 And In 1826

DESCRIPTIONS of Port Hope as it appeared in 1813 and in 1826 have been handed down to the present day and, in placing them before the readers of this book, it was considered as probably the best mode of tracing the growth of the Town, if its aspect at various dates were portrayed consecutively. Already […]

Port Hope, Canada – Municipal Life

It first became a definite corporation in 1797, when Messrs. Smith and Walton laid out a village plot beside the creek. Its name then and for several years subsequent thereto, was Smith’s Creek and under that designation a post office was established in 1817. But meantime the use of the name Toronto had begun to […]

Port Hope, Canada – Political Connections

The history of Port Hope would be complete without some account of its connection with the political institutions of the country and so, while this chapter may scarcely be considered as dealing directly with the life of the Town, it is rendered necessary by the foregoing consideration. Port Hope was originally situated in the District […]

Port Hope, Canada – The Harbour

THOUGH Port Hope was constituted a port of entry as early as 1819, no effort was made to secure harbour or wharf accommodation until 1829. In that year was incorporated the Port Hope Harbour and Wharf Company. According to the terms of its Charter the Company was bound ” to construct a harbour which should […]

Port Hope, Canada – Steam Navigation

The maritime flavor contained in the name, ” Port Hope,” obviously demands that some attention should be paid to the shipping interests of the Town. Already in the preceding chapter, the development of the Harbour from its diminutive beginnings to its present goodly proportions has been traced out and it accordingly becomes the aim of […]

Port Hope, Canada – Industrial History

THE capabilities of the Ganaraska River as a powerstream were early recognized by the settlers of the Newcastle District, and Smith’s mills erected on its banks in 1797 were the first of their kind in a large section of the country. Supplied with its waters from perennial springs, the stream possesses the uncommon characteristic of […]

Port Hope, Canada – Gradual Development

THE trader Herchimere moved off to Rice Lake in the Fall of 1793, carrying his goods thither on horseback. Before leaving he presented his log-cabin to Mr. Harris, who accepted it with much gratitude. A difficulty meanwhile confronted the settlers. Their supply of flour was very meagre and obviously was not sufficient to last out […]

Port Hope, Canada – Fires And Firemen

UNTIL the incorporation of Port Hope with a Board of Police, there was no organization of any sort for the prevention of fires. But one of the the first acts of the new body was the appointment of three fire wardens—Wm. Lee, Wm. Mitchell and Wm. Furby—whose duties were to inspect all buildings liable to […]

Port Hope, Canada – Some Pioneer Families

The HARRIS FAMILY were originally of Dutch extraction but had settled in America long before the Revolution. In 1776 the family were at Poughkeepsie and with the exception of Myndert, they all decided to support the revolutionists. Myndert however stood by King George, served during the War in the quarter-master department at New York and […]