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

A Community Mourns

Sep 16, 2017 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

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 | Historic Hills

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

GARY BLAKELEY / SHUTTERSTOCK

For Valour

Mar 20, 2017 | Ken Weber | Back Issues

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 | Departments

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 | Departments

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.

Ontario’s indignation was fired by this woodcut, “The Tragedy at Fort Garry, March 4, 1870,” an artist’s conception of the Scott execution at Fort Garry. The anger was made even worse by rumours that Scott was buried alive and was heard screaming in the coffin at his burial. Library and Archives Canada, C-048776

The Red River Rebellion: The Hills Get Indignant!

Nov 25, 2015 | Ken Weber | Back Issues

There was the button that always cranked these hills beyond reason – the hint of anything Fenian.

D’Alton McCarthy MP (Cons.) 1876–78

Parachuting Candidates into the Safest Seat in the Country

Sep 11, 2015 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2015

For almost 40 years after Confederation, the Conservative Party treated the riding of Cardwell – Albion, Caledon, Mono and Adjala townships – like private property. It led to some wild and woolly election campaigns.

Harry Riddell with a blood stock horse, c.1910. Dufferin County Museum & Archives, P-1868

William Henry Riddell: 50,000 Miles in a Sulky

Jun 16, 2015 | Ken Weber | Back Issues

Henry was born in Caledon Township in 1860 and left just long enough to get a veterinarian degree in Guelph in 1886 before moving to Orangeville to practise.

Seneca Ketchum, 1772–1850. Courtesy St. John's York Mills Anglican Church.

Seneca Ketchum

Mar 23, 2015 | Ken Weber | Back Issues

Seneca was nearly 60 when he came to Mono, an age when many people look forward to ease and comfort.

Students outside SS #5, East Luther (Colbeck School) in 1908, the year it was built to replace an earlier wooden schoolhouse. The school served Grades 1 to 8 until 1918 when Grade 9 (Continuation School) was added. Courtesy Dufferin County Museum & Archives , P- 4500.

“Your Christmas concert must be first-rate. Nothing less!”

Nov 17, 2014 | Ken Weber | Back Issues

During the 1800s, teachers in local one-room schools faced 
a list of expectations and responsibilities so onerous, 
it’s a wonder so many carried on.

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