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BOOK - A Sketch of The Early Settlement and Subsequent Progress of the Town of Peterborough
and Each Township in the County of Peterborough

By Thomas W. Poole
Originally published by Peterborough Review, Peterborough, 1867
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009


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Poole's book is a treasure-trove for those researching early settlement and the families of Peterborough County. Written in 1867, many of the accounts of early settlement were contributed by those settlers and their immediate families.

Rich with historical accounts of settlement and development of Peterborough County, its Townships and municipalities, the book is provides a candid glimpse into the lives of those who chose Peterborough County for their home. Oftentimes recording where individual settlers came from and when, the biographical information contained within the historical accounts of townships and municipalities are a windfall for many.

Contents include:
  • Pioneer Chapter
  • The Immigration of 1825
  • The Town of Peterborough
  • A Governor's Visit
  • Progress and Development
  • The Peterborough Militia of 1837-8
  • Trainings and Elections
  • Erection of Court House and Jail
  • A Satirical Production
  • Another Immigration
  • The Election of 1841
  • The New Colborne District
  • Schools and County Superintendents
  • The Town Incorporated
  • Progress
  • The Prince of Wales in Peterborough
  • The Railroad Era
  • The Lumber Trade
  • Population
  • Manufactures
  • Trade and Merchandize
  • The Banks of Peterborough
  • The Churches of Peterborough
  • The Schools of Peterborough
  • Summary of Legislative Council Elections
  • Summary of Legislative Assembly Elections
  • Wardens for the County
  • Mayors, Reeves, Clerks and Treasurers of Peterborough
  • Justices of the Peace for Peterborough
  • Coroners, Assessors, Collectors
  • Reeves and Justices of the Peace for Ashburnham
  • The Township of Smith
  • The Township of Otonabee
  • The Township of Douro
  • The Township of Asphodel
  • The Township of Dummer
  • The Townships of Belmont and Methuen
  • The Township of Monaghan
  • The Township of Ennismore
  • The Township of Harvey
  • The New Townships; including Galway, Snowden, Minden, Stanhope, and the Lands of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company
  • The Burleigh Road and the Townships of Burleigh, Chandos, Anstruther,
  • The Indian Tribes of the County
  • Our Brave Volunteers
  • Lists of Officers and Privates of the several Peterboro' Companies who rushed to arms to repel in vasion in June, 1866
  • Other Volunteer Companies since organized
  • Peterborough Infantry Company No.2
  • Norwood Infantry Company
  • Hastings Infantry Company
  • Springville Infantry Company
About the author:
    Thomas Wesley Poole (1831-1905), physician and journalist, was educated at Victoria University and received his M.D. in 1856. He practised medicine in Norwood, Canada West; but in 1864 he moved to Peterborough, and became the editor of the Peterborough "Weekly Review". Later he went back to the practice of medicine and practised in Lindsay, Ontario. He died in Lindsay on August 27, 1905. Source: Trent University Archives; Thomas W. Poole fonds.
  • 264 pages
  • 6 X 8.75"
  • Originally published by The Peterborough Review, Peterborough 1867
  • This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, 2006 (CD 2010)
  • Hardcover (navy blue with gild stamping on front and spine)
  • ISBN: 1-894571-76-2 (Hardcover)






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