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From the front page of the Brampton Conservator, August 5, 1914. Illustration credit the Montreal Star. Illustration Courtesy Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives.

Our Local Press on the Eve of the Great War

Jun 17, 2014 | Ken Weber | Heritage

From the first week of August onward, war news exploded onto the pages of community papers, filling them almost cover to cover.

The On-Again-Off-Again Birth of Peel County

Mar 23, 2014 | Ken Weber

When the council of the newly independent County of Peel convened in 1867, a first task was to choose a site and a builder for the courthouse and jail.

“There’s Something Under Dufferin County”

Nov 19, 2013 | Ken Weber

As far back as 1886, for example, gold was discovered in Melancthon Township near Dundalk.

Once Upon a Time There Were House Calls

Sep 11, 2013 | Ken Weber

Before the days of clinics, emergency rooms and office hours, most medical treatment took place in a patient’s home. It was a challenging and uncertain process, and not just for the patient.

A Place for the Deserving Poor

Jun 17, 2013 | Ken Weber

Males and females, including married couples, slept and ate separately.

Bob Cook

The Great Escaper

Mar 31, 2013 | Ken Weber

The Orangeville Sun called him Robert the Bold. Local police called him ‘armed and dangerous.’ His neighbours called him ‘misunderstood.’ Bob Cook’s story fits all these descriptions – and then some.

Sir Francis Bond Head, lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, whose arrogant misreading of the political situation had helped bring about the 1837 uprising, issued a proclamation offering a £1ooo reward for capture of Mackenzie.

How William Lyon Mackenzie Escaped Through Caledon …or Not!

Nov 17, 2012 | Ken Weber

They were smuggled food by a local farmer’s wife who, knowing she was being watched, would tie packages of food to her crinolines and go for a walk.

Sir Francis Bond Head, lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, whose arrogant misreading of the political situation had helped bring about the 1837 uprising, issued a proclamation offering a £1ooo reward for capture of Mackenzie.

The Rebellion of 1837: Not Just Montgomery’s Tavern

Nov 17, 2012 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Web Extras | Winter 2012

William Lyon Mackenzie’s brief foray in Toronto seems to get all the attention but the fighting in 1837-38 had a far wider base.  Several hundred rebels led by Charles Duncombe were on their way from Brantford to join Mackenzie but dispersed near Hamilton when they learned of the defeat at Montgomery’s Tavern.  Duncombe joined Mackenzie…

Dealing with a Nightmare: The 1947 Palgrave Fire

Sep 13, 2012 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2012 | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue

In the days before 
modern firefighting, 
nothing frightened 
a small community 
– or pulled it together 
more powerfully – 
than a major blaze. 
The 1947 Palgrave fire 
was one such case.

Tweedsmuir Window

Tweedsmuir Memorial Presbyterian Church in Orangeville

Jun 15, 2012 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Summer 2012

Staying the Course for 175 Years: A story of determination and independence in the face of daunting challenge and bewildering change.

Stanton Hotel Mulmur

Mulmur’s Stanton Hotel

Mar 21, 2012 | Ken Weber

The Stanton Hotel is the only stage coach hotel remaining in Mulmur, and one of a tiny few still standing in the Headwaters region.

Show Us the Money!

Nov 21, 2011 | Ken Weber

There were new markets, an expansion in available goods, new opportunities and, above all, a new lifestyle: people here had become connected to the outside world.

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