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The walls of the Dufferin jail’s outdoor yard were built with an inward slant to prevent prisoners from scaling them. The slant can be seen in this exterior photo taken in 1986 after the jail was closed to be renovated to house municipal offices. De Ha Josef for the County of Dufferin.

Dufferin County’s Jail

Nov 20, 2018 | Ken Weber

With the notable exception of inmates charged with vagrancy (more on this later), the vast majority of time served at Dufferin County Jail was measured in days, weeks or a few months.

The Humber flooded Bolton in 1950. TRCA documents at least 78 damaging floods on the river between the early settlement years and Hurricane Hazel, every two to three years on average.

Hurricane Hazel’s Place in Headwaters’ History

Sep 18, 2018 | Ken Weber

When Hurricane Hazel finally blew itself out in October 1954, the damage and casualties left behind made it Ontario’s biggest weather event of the century. The flood control plans that followed were even bigger.

Duncan 1890 / iStockphoto

I am shot!

Jun 19, 2018 | Ken Weber

On the platform of a local railway car, 23-year-old David Hunter was an innocent victim in a deadly chain of events that turned deadly one evening in 1872.

An 1870 Media Battle over “Fake News”

Mar 26, 2018 | Ken Weber

The tweets and accusations of fake news in today’s media seem almost dainty compared to the Orangeville Sun’s lambasting of its rival weekly, the Orangeville Advertiser.

This illustration of Mitchell’s childhood home and the setting for the novel, the Yellow Briar homestead on Mono’s 5th Line, is by Alan Daniel, reprinted from the 1970 edition of the book.

Yellow Briar

Nov 22, 2017 | Ken Weber

When The Yellow Briar was published in 1933 it hit all the right notes for a readership mired in the Great Depression.

The safecrackers’ car abandoned in front of the Imperial Bank in Bolton.

A Community Mourns

Sep 16, 2017 | Ken Weber

In the winter of 1946 the people of Bolton were drawn together by an incident that began with all the ingredients of a grand farce, but ended in tragedy.

July 1, 1867

Jun 21, 2017 | Ken Weber

How the birth of the Dominion was celebrated in the hills.

GARY BLAKELEY / SHUTTERSTOCK

For Valour

Mar 20, 2017 | Ken Weber

The Victoria Cross was awarded to Canadians until 1972, when separate Canadian awards were created.

Shadows in the Forest

Nov 22, 2016 | Ken Weber | Departments

Many a table regularly offered squirrels, groundhogs and, of course, ducks and geese.

Soldiers and their loved ones say goodbye at the Shelburne railway station, 1914. Photo Courtesy Dufferin County Museum And Archives P-0009.

August 1914: The First Goodbyes

Sep 16, 2016 | Ken Weber

As early as August 7, the word went out to militia units across the country: Enlist as many volunteers as possible.

The Grand River – When Your Neighbour is a River

Jun 20, 2016 | Ken Weber

Not only does the Grand River lay out nature’s beauty, it also offers opportunities for recreation, commerce and development. Yet all this comes at a cost, for the Grand can be both friend and foe.

Dufferin County Museum and Archives. Photo by Pete Paterson.

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Mar 21, 2016 | Ken Weber | Departments

In the 19th century a weekly newspaper was the primary source of information, commerce, entertainment, argument and gossip for the people of rural Canada. Few papers did the job better than the Orangeville Sun.

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