Three generations of a Caledon farming family travelled to Europe to retrace the steps of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion during WW II.
To a 13-year-old Orangeville boy in September 1945, news that the father he hadn’t seen in four years was on his way home from the battlefields of Europe was cause for high excitement.
For Canadian boys passing through England during World War I, the Perkins Bull Hospital for Convalescent Canadian Officers offered family warmth and the comfort of “home sweet home,” something all of them desperately needed.
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.
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…
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.