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Orangeville’s Very Own Solomon: Magistrate Joseph Pattullo

Sep 16, 2019 | Ken Weber

From the mid-1870s until 1925, magistrate Joseph Pattullo had to pass sentence on a range of human foible and sin. The record suggests he usually judged the accused with fairness and sensitivity.

No Easy Way to the Promised Land

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber

Getting to Upper Canada took determination – and good luck.

The More Things Change …

Mar 19, 2019 | Ken Weber

In spring 1911, four wardens from neighbouring counties sat down for an informal chat. Their conversation here is imaginary, but the issues they discussed were the hot topics of the day – and eerily familiar.

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.

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