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A Place Like Home

Sep 11, 2013 | Ken Weber

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.

Once Upon a Time There Were House Calls

Sep 11, 2013 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

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 | Historic Hills

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

The Great Escaper

Mar 31, 2013 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

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.

How William Lyon Mackenzie Escaped Through Caledon …or Not!

Nov 17, 2012 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

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.

The Rebellion of 1837: Not Just Montgomery’s Tavern

Nov 17, 2012 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

The rebellion in Upper Canada finally got British authorities to look into what was upsetting the colonies.

Memories of Broadway

Sep 13, 2012 | Tony Reynolds | Back Issues

The creamery was where The Banner is now. Every two weeks Mom would send me over to pick up three pounds of butter and a large can of buttermilk.

Dealing with a Nightmare: The 1947 Palgrave Fire

Sep 13, 2012 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2012 | Back Issues | Departments | Historic Hills | 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 Memorial Presbyterian Church in Orangeville

Jun 15, 2012 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

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

Mulmur’s Stanton Hotel

Mar 21, 2012 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

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 | Historic Hills

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.

Bringing ‘The Word’ to the Wilderness

Sep 9, 2011 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Of the worshippers in Mono Mills he com­plained, “When they should rise, they sit; when they should sit, they continue standing.”