Orangeville: The Heart of Dufferin County

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Dundurn, Nov 21, 2006 - History - 296 pages
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The Town of Orangeville has a colourful, exciting past -- a history being documented in book form for the first time. From the early days of the Irish pioneers escaping the political problems of Ireland to the present influx of new residents fleeing the pressures of cities, Orangeville has been a town that has adapted well to change, always ready for new ideas. The strength of the community has been the people who have chosen to live there and who have left us interesting traces of their lives and the times. Much of the material used to research this book comes from newspapers, diaries, letters and other first-person documents, and archival photographs. Wherever possible, original quotes and stories in the language of the residents of the town appear throughout this history.

The story of Orangeville and its surrounding area starts with the story of the Credit River, which rises within the town limits and maintains its presence as the town enters the 21st century. Brimming with stories never before heard, the pages are filled with humour, sadness and the range of emotions characteristic of a small Ontario town. For some the book will awaken memories; for others, it will introduce them to the community where they have chosen to live.

 

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Contents

1 IN THE BEGINNING
3
2 EARLY STORIES OF THE SOURCE OF THE CREDIT
9
3 THEM DAMN YANKEES
27
GETTING TO TOWN
38
ENTERPRISE AND ENTREPRENEURS
52
6 SUDDEN GROWTH SUDDEN DECLINE
66
7 TOWN OF CHANGE 1900 TO 1914
83
8 ORANGEVILLE BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS
92
14 AND BAD TIMES TOO
186
15 VILLAINS AND HEROES
198
CITIZENS WHO SERVED
219
SIGNIFICANCE IN CANADA
233
EPILOGUE
241
APPENDIX A Ketchum Family Tree
244
APPENDIX B Lawrence Family Tree
246
Notes
247

9 LOOK AT US NOW
104
GETTING THINGS DONE
119
STREET OF DREAMS
137
12 LANDMARKS IN TOWN
154
13 JUST FOR FUN
169
Bibliography
260
Index
262
About the Author
281
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Wayne Townsend was born in Dufferin County in East Luther township. A lifelong collector, Wayne purchased his first antique, a Benningtonware bowl, at age 12. Wayne has been involved in several restorations of historic buildings in Orangeville, including the Opera House and Market and the Dufferin County Courthouse, as well as actively participating in numerous community historic organizations. After an 18-year career in Graphic Art, Wayne Townsend became the curator of the Dufferin County Museum & Archives in 1988 and opened their new facility in 1994. Since then, he has focused on building the collection of artifacts and archival material for the facility. In the last two years, since discovering the Dufferin County connection to W. J. Hughes "Corn Flower," the museum has collected over 500 pieces of Corn Flower and catalogued the archival materials of the company. Wayne is an advocate of local Canadian heroes being celebrated in their communities.

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