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St. John’s Church Complex in Waubaushene Destroyed by Fire, November 1916


                  The Roman Catholic Church presence in Waubaushene dates back to the town’s beginnings as a lumbering centre in 1861. In that year William Hall established a mill on the shore line east from what is now Pine Street. As … Continue reading

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Iconic Old Waubaushene House Demolished


        Figure 1: 15 Willow Street 2015, from North       Figure 2: East (Coldwater Road) Elevation The house at 15 Willow Street, Waubaushene will soon be no more. It was built c.1880 across Coldwater Road from the head office and company store … Continue reading

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James McCannell’s Heritage Orchard


      The following article describes  the orchard established by Port McNicoll resident James McCannell in memory of his late wife. museum-orchard_seeds-of-diversity-magazine-29-3     This article was originally published in Seeds of Diversity magazine (29.3). Find out more at http://www.seeds.ca/magazineContinue reading

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Tay Township Introduces “Museum Town” QR-Based Heritage Signage


“Museum Town” is an initiative by the Tay Township Heritage Committee, in partnership with the Huronia Museum, designed to help preserve the identity, history and memory of Tay Township.   Left to Right: Lynda Hook, Tay Heritage Committee, Nahanni Born,Huronia  … Continue reading

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Beef Rings in Tay


             The following piece was contributed by Glenn Mount of Huntsville, formerly of Reeves  Road, Tay Township.   The gentleman in the picture is Matthew Mount (1824 – 1904), his great grandfather. Glenn  believes that he was the first Mount in … Continue reading

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Bonar Presbyterian Church


  Bonar’s history is the history of Port McNicoll. In 1912 the five ship Canadian Pacific Railway fleet moved to town from Owen Sound.  Construction of the church likely began sometime in 1913, reportedly on land donated by the CPR. … Continue reading

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151 George Street, Victoria Harbour


The land at 151 George Street was purchased in 1908 and 1916 by Edward Byron Brown. Mr. Brown and his wife Mary Jane moved to Tay Township from Florence in Lambton County, Ontario in 1901. He completed this impressive home … Continue reading

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Friends in High Places


  In the heyday of Victoria Harbour, Sir Wilfred Laurier was Prime Minister, The Victoria Harbor Lumber Company was the town’s economic engine, and John Waldie was Company President. 1898 was a very good year for Waldie and the Company, … Continue reading

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How the CPR Actually Acquired the S.S. Keewatin and the S.S. Assiniboia


Preamble: This information was obtained from an interview with Mr. James  D.H. McCannell  of Port McNicoll in June, 2015 by Carrie O’Brien (Tay Township Heritage and Planning Summer Student) James D.H. McCannell  was born in March, 1916 in an upstairs … Continue reading

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Moore’s Corner School in Tay Township


MOORE’S CORNER SCHOOL S.S. # 18, TAY TOWNSHIP PREAMBLE: This short history was found in the papers of Mrs. Albert (Marjorie) Mount who resided on Concession 5 (Reeves Road). She was a former teacher and had an interest in preserving … Continue reading

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