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BOOK - South Elmsley in the Making 1783-1983
By James R. Kennedy
Published by the Corporation of the Township of South Elmsley, Lombardy, 1984
This illustrated history of South Elmsley Township in Leeds and Grenville Counties, Ontario, commissioned by the South Elmsley Township Council, covers the years from the arrival of the Loyalists in Upper Canada in the 1780s to the present.
The settlement of the township, its inhabitants, their comings and goings, lifestyles, and involvement in schools, churches and clubs are dealt with in a context of economic change and developments in transportation and communications.
South Elmsley, like many municipalities, was made up of several communities. One was centred upon the small village of Lombardy and the others on Smiths Falls and along Highway 29. For most of the township's history, there were few direct ties between these communities. Each had its own schools, churches, social organizations and services. The residents of each community exercised considerable control over their way of life, local institutions and the destinies of their families.
With time and amidst various social, economic and political developments occurring both inside South Elmsley and beyond its borders, the township, its people, their livelihoods and local government yielded slowly to the tide of change. Recreation also left its mark on South Elmsley as cottages were built along the lakeshores and a new kind of community appeared.
These are new original copies. However the dust jackets have minor shelf wear as a result of their 30 years in storage. The books themselves are in perfect condition.
About the author
James Kennedy, a longtime resident of Nepean, has been active in the Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. While he was a university student, he worked for the Township of Rideau as a research assistant and compiled and edited, Who's Where: A Guide to the Cemeteries of Rideau Township (1980). Since his graduation from Carleton University with an Honours B.A. in history in 1981, he co-wrote Ottawa's Britannia (1983)with Eva Taylor and has spent over two years researching and writing this history of South Elmsley. He also served as editor of Families, the quarterly journal of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
8.25 X 10.25
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