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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 | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue | Winter 2015

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 | Back Issues | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue

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 | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue | Summer 2015

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 | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue | Spring 2015

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 | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue | Winter 2014

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.

By 1915 the demand for telephones in urban centres had mostly been met, so the Bell Telephone Company turned its attention to the countryside.

The Bob Edgar Telephone Company

Sep 11, 2014 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2014 | Back Issues | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue

Beginning in the late 1920s, though, a series of government regulations along with profit-driven business decisions gradually changed telephone service across the country into a fluid network.

The Love Pirate

Jun 17, 2014 | André Babyn | Back Issues

Dufferin County was briefly home to Andrew John Gibson, an Australian who became one of the most well-known con men and bigamists of the 20th century.

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

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 | Back Issues | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue | Spring 2014

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 | Back Issues | Departments | Historic Hills | In Every Issue | Winter 2013

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

Three generations: James, Thomas and David Jackson standing at the crossroads in France that Thomas helped defend as part of the Normandy assault on the morning of June 6, 1944.

My Grandfather’s War

Sep 11, 2013 | James Jackson

Three generations of a Caledon farming family travelled to 
Europe to retrace the steps of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion 
during WW II.

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