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BOOK - The Pioneers of Old Ontario, The Makers of Canada
By W. L. Smith
Originally published by George N. Morang, Toronto, 1923
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)


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In the Spring of 1897 William Loe Smith began a series of trips through rural Ontario. These trips were undertaken with the object of obtaining first-hand information, for publication in the columns of The Weekly Sun regarding actual conditions of the inhabitants of the province.

While engaged in that task, he "stumbled on a veritable storehouse of information of another kind altogether". This information was carried in the memories of men and women then still living-memories that went back to the days of the virgin forest, of log cabins surrounded by blackened stumps in the midst of scanty clearings, of bush trails and corduroy roads over which settlers toiled with their grists to distant mills, of old-time logging bees, and of the circuit riders who carried the Gospel message to those real heroes.

Based on his research and interviews, Smith wrote a series of pioneer sketches which appeared in newspapers during the period from 1897 to 1914. These sketches, with some further information gathered at a later date, form the basis of what is contained in this volume.

In 1922-1923, Smith assembled his first-hand accounts of pioneer life that he originally published in Ontario newspapers, added much new content, then organized the book by the areas of Ontario where events took place.

Contents include:

  • PUBLISHER'S NOTE
  • FOREWORD
  • INTRODUCTION
    • The Coming of the Pioneers
  • FROM SOUTHERN HOMES
    • On the Shores of the Bay of Quinte
    • Following the Blazed Trail
    • The Lonely Grave by the Wayside
    • Inland Settlements
  • WITHIN REACH OF THE ST. LAWRENCE
    • Grinding Corn in a Hollow Stump
    • Suing for Trade
    • Active at Ninety-two
    • Putting Himself on Rations
    • Children and Sheep in the Cellar
    • Pioneers of Gananoque and Vicinity
  • ON THE PENETANG TRAIL
    • Making a Premier
    • Villages that are no more
    • Rafting timber on the St. Lawrence
    • A wayside inn's famous guest
    • A long way to the mill
    • Hardships of the Nottawasaga pioneers
    • The rugby settlement
    • The early days of Innisfil
    • Reminiscences of a Sunnydale pioneer
  • BY WAY OF YONGE STREET
    • When Yonge Street was an Indian trail
    • The Queen's Bush
    • A sturdy young traveller
    • Teaming grain and provisions
    • Building in a hurry
    • Municiple government and township meetings
  • WHEN OAKVILLE RIVALLED TORONTO
    • The summerless year
    • A Chingacousy village
    • When the frost came
    • Pushing the wagon uphill
    • The Scotch Block
  • WORKING INTO THE FLAT COUNTRY
    • An old time dairy
    • Misfortune outlived
    • Contending with mud
    • Smallpox and fever
    • Neighbours in need and in plenty
    • Wild turkeys, pidgeons and racoons
  • UP BRUCE AND HURON WAY
    • Kingston Road a sea of mud
    • Paying taxes with hay
    • Packing goods at seven
    • Is it worth while?
    • Cow cabbage for food
    • "a little pit sore apoot the back"
    • A boat built at Kincardine
  • FROM FATHER TO SON
    • 5th generationon the same homestead
    • Selecting lands in Peel and Wellington
    • Three races blending in one
    • Treed by wolves but yesterday
  • STRONG DRINK, RELIGION AND LAW
    • A heavy handicap
    • Early temperance workers
    • A Temperance township
    • Virtues and failings
    • Pioneer camp meetings
    • Exciting service in a mill
    • Early religious revivals
    • The Cavan blazers
  • HEROES AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
    • The black flag of death
    • Where heroes lie
  • INDEX
Several original pioneers' names are mentioned in this book. First-hand accounts are used to illustrate how those early settlers lived their lives.

343 pages
Hardcover
6 X 9"
Index [names, places and topics from the index are listed below]
70+ black and white drawings
Originally published by George N. Morang, Toronto, 1923
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)
ISBN: 1-897210-90-6 (Hardcover)

Names, places and topics listed in the index:

Adolphustown - - Allan, James - - Allan, Wm. - - Allcock, James - - Allcock, Simon - - Allen, Parker - - Allin, Chas. - - Allin, Frank - - Allison, D. W. - - Ambler, Thos. - - Ancaster - - Anderson, Capt. - - Anderson, Duncan - - Anderson, John - - Ardagh, Pastor - - Armstrong, Robt. - - Armstrong, Wm. - - Asia, the - - Aurora - - Bangs, Rev. Dr. - - Banks, Mrs. - - Barber, Alonzo - - Barber, Frank - - Barber, Jane - - Barber, Philip - - Barrie - - Barrie, John - - Bayview - - Beaver, the - - Beaverton - - Beck, F. L. - - Belfountain - - Belle Ewart - - Bellwoods, Chas. - - Bellwoods, John - - Bently, Albert - - Bently, Maria - - Berry, Geo. - - Best, Thos. - - Billings, Samuel - - Blake, Hon. Ed. - - Blanding, Sarah J. - - Bleakley, John - - Boline, the - - Bowles, James - - Bowman, Chas. - - Bowmanville - - Bradstreet, Col. - - Bragilla, the - - Brisbin, Jane - - Brock, R. W. - - Brockville - - Brown, John - - Bryce, Thos. - - Buchanan, James - - Buchanan, Mrs. J. - - Buck, Elijah - - Burke, John - - Burke, Luke - - Burkett, Wright - - Burritt, Col. - - Burritt's Rapids - - Butterfield, Abraham - - Bytown - - Caldwell, Geo. - - Caldwell, Hon. John - - Caldwell, S. - - Cameron, Col. - - Cameron, Daniel - - Cameron, H. D. - - Campbell, A. - - Campbell, Colin - - Canada Company, the - - Cannington - - Carleton, Sir Guy - - Carmichael, Dougall - - Carr, John - - Cartier, Jacques - - Casey, T. W. - - Casselman, Nelson - - "Cavan Blazers," the - - Champlain, Samuel - - Chapman, Chas. - - Charters, Mr. - - Chatham - - Chingacousy - - Chisholm, Kenneth - - Christian Islands - - Christie, A. B. - - Chryslers Farm, "battle of - - Churchill - - Clanahan, Mr. - - Clark, Peter - - Claughton, John - - Cleary, Archbishop - - Coates, Thos. - - Cobourg - - Colborne, Sir John - - Coldwater - - Collingwood, - - Collins, Chas. - - Collins, Deputy Surveyor - - Cook, Elias - - Cook, E. H. - - Cooksville - - Cornell, Wm. - - Cornwall - - Corrigan, Mr. - - Cotton, Noah - - Coulter, Andrew - - Coulthard, G. H. - - Courtice, Thos. - - Crae, Wm. - - Craig, Thos. - - Craven, Iinwood - - Crawford, Angus - - Crawford, Archie - - Creemore - - Crooks, Capt. - - Crooks, Hon. James - - Crown Hill - - Culp, Tilman - - Cummings, Patrick - - Currie, Archie - - Davidson, Cyrus - - Davis, Asa - - Dayton, D. L. - - Devins, Abraham - - Devins, Isaac - - Dobie, David - - Donaldsons, the - - Dorchester, Lord, see Sir Guy Carleton - - Doherty, Bernard - - Doherty, Hon. M. - - Douse, Rev. Mr. - - Drury, Hon. E. C. - - Drury, Richard - - Drury, Thos. - - Dundas - - Eagle, Samuel - - Education Acts - - Ekfrid - - Elliott, Andrew - - Elliott, Henry - - Emily May, the - - Enterprise, the - - Essence, John - - Euclid, the - - Eugenia Falls - - Family Compact, the - - Farley, John - - Farmersville - - Fletcher, Alex. - - Foley, Richard - - Forneri, Rev. B. - - Forsyth, Major - - Fort Frontenac - - Frankish, T. B. - - Franklin, Sir John - - Frazer, Rev. Wm. - - Frontenac, Gov. - - Fulljames House, the - - Gairbraid - - Galloway, Joseph - - Galloway, Bev. Mr. - - Gananoque. - - Gerow, Joseph - - Gifford, E. - - Gilchrist, Colin - - Gillespie, Duncan - - Gillies, Margaret - - Goderich - - Gooderhams, the - - Goodfellow, W. - - Gordon, Adam - - Gowan, N. C - - Gowan, Ogle E. - - Graham, John - - Grant, Alex. - - Grant, Principal - - Grass, Capt., Michael - - Gray, Bev. John - - Green, Dr. - - Grieves, John - - Gunn, Andrew - - Gunn, Donald - - Gunn, Dr. - - Gunn, John - - Gunn, Mrs. John - - Hagerman, Chief Justice - - Hagerman, Nicholas - - Hallett, Silas - - Hamilton, John - - Hampton - - Hardy, Bev. Mr. - - Harrison, Eliza - - Hawkstone - - Heck, Barbara - - Heck, George - - Henry, John - - Henry, W. T. - - Herriman, Dr. - - Hessians, the - - Hewson, Wm. - - Hickling, Chas. - - Hickling, G. - - Hipwell, Mother - - Hodge, Henry - - Hogg's Hollow - - Holland Landing - - Holland, Surveyor-General - - Hoover, D. - - Hoover, Mrs. D. - - Hopps, Wm. - - Horne, Henry, 131 - - Horne, T. W. - - Huggard, B. L. - - Hume, James - - Hunter, A. F. - - Hunter, Wm. - - Hurlburt, Rev. E. - - Jackson, Hon. Peter - - James, David - - James, Rachel - - Johns, Eldad - - Johnson, Asa - - Johnson, Hugh - - Johnson, Sir John - - Jones, Elias - - Jones, Samuel - - Kerr, Judge - - Kerr, Wm. - - Kingston - - Koch, John - - Laidlaw, James - - Lakeland - - Larkin, Wm. - - Langstaff, John - - Layton, John - - Leeds Trader, the - - Little, Joe - - Little Blue Church, the - - Little Cataraqui Creek - - Little York - - Lincoln, Abraham - - Lindsay - - Livingstone, A. - - Livingstone, "Bill" - - Livingstone, John - - Lizars, Daniel - - London, J. F. - - Lount, Samuel - - Loyalists, U.E. - - McAImon, Flora - - McAlmon, Malcolm - - McArthur, Donald - - McBain, John - - McBane, Nancy - - McCallum, Geo. - - MeCammon, E. M. - - McCarthy, D'Alton - - McClean, John - - McDonald, John S. - - McDougall, Alex. - - McDougall, Angus - - McDougall, Chas. - - McDougall, Neil - - McFadyen, Archie - - McFadyen, Colin - - McFadyen, Miss - - McGillivray, M. - - McGinnis, Pte. - - McKeyes, Daniel - - McKinnon, Donald - - McLachlan, Colin - - McLeod, Capt. - - McMillan, Archie - - McMurchy, Rev. Mr. - - McNab, John - - McPhail, John - - McPherson, Peter - - McTavish, Rev. Dr. - - Macdonald, Charlotte - - Macdonald, Chas. - - Macdonald, Col. - - Macdonald, John - - Macdonald, John Sandfleld - - Macdonald, Sir John A. - - Mackenzie, Wm. Lyon - - Magnetewan - - Mairs, Thos. - - Manchester - - Markham - - "Markham Gang", the - - Mariposa - - Massey, Hart A. - - Meaford - - Mennonites, the - - Merry, John - - Michie, Wm. - - Middleton, John - - Miller, Nicholas - - Miller, Simon - - Millerites, the - - Millor, James B. - - Mississaguas, the - - Mitchell, Dr. - - Mitchell, Bobt. - - Monteith, Hon. Nelson - - Montgomery, John - - Montgomery's Tavern - - Moore, Sir John - - Moraviantown - - Morgan, Canon - - Morpeth - - Morris, Henry - - Morrison, Hon. J. - - Morrison, J. J. - - Morrison, Bobt. - - Morton, James - - Monlton, Joseph - - Mount Albert - - Munceytown - - Munro, Mr. - - Murray, Hugh - - Myers, Mrs. - - Newcastle - - Newmarket - - Newton, John - - Newtonville - - Nixon, Mrs. - - Nottawasaga - - Oakville - - Omemee - - Orillia - - Oraiston, Dr. - - Oner, Jeremiah - - Oshawa - - Oswego - - Ottawa - - Owen Sound - - Parkinson, Bobt. - - Partridge, Chas. - - Paterson, Col. - - Paterson, Dr. B. - - Patton, J. W. - - Penetanguishene - - Perry, James - - Petanquet, Chief - - Phillips, Jacob - - Pickering - - Pierce, Moses - - Pierce, Wm. - - Port Credit - - Port Granby - - Port Hope - - Port Perry - - Port Stanley - - Powers, Arthur - - Powers, Calvin H. - - Powers, H. L. - - Powers, Simon - - Prescott - - Procter, Gen. - - Purdy, Jesse - - Purdy, B. McLean - - Purdy, Wm. - - Quebec - - Queen's Bush, the - - Quinte, Bay of - - Raymond, Rev. Mr. - - Rainham - - Reesors, the - - Reicheld, Nicholas - - Reid, David - - Richmond Hill - - Riddell, Judge - - Riddell, Walter - - Richardson, Gideon - - Ridgetown - - Ritchie, Rev. Mr. - - Rittenhouse, Uriah - - Robertson, John - - Robertson, Geo. - - Robertson, Lt. James - - Robertson, Norman - - Robinson, Hon. J. B. - - Robson, R. W. - - Rogers, Col. - - Rugby - - Russell, Peter - - St. Thomas - - Schmidt, Heinrich - - Schneider, Nicholas - - Schooner, Jacob - - Scotch line, the - - Sewell, John - - Shearer, Mrs. John - - Simcoe, Gov. J. G. - - Simpson, Hon. John - - Simpson, Sir George - - Sinclair, Capt. - - Sissons, Jonathan - - Southwick, Paulina - - Slack, Joseph - - Smith, "Bayside" - - Smith, James - - Smith, Henry - - Smith, Larry - - Smith, Sir Henry - - Snell, James - - Sorel - - Soules, David - - Spiers, Peter - - Stamm, John - - Stanton, Oliver - - Stayner - - Stephens, Wm. - - Stewart, John - - Stewart, Duncan - - Stone, Col. Joel - - Stone, Mary - - Stouffville - - Strachan, Bishop - - Stroud - - Sullivan, Robt. - - Sutton - - Sunnidale - - Sutherland, Rev. Alex. - - Switzer, Martin - - Talbot, Col. - - Talbot Settlement, the - - Taschereau, Judge - - Thompson, Alfred - - Thompson, Col. Ed. - - Thompson, Col. Wm. - - Thompson, Isaac - - Thompson, James - - Thompson, Robt. - - Thompson, Samuel - - Thompson, Thomas - - Thorne, Mr. - - Thornhill - - Thornton, C. J. - - Thornton, Thos. - - Thurston, Henry - - Tindall, Rev. R. L. - - Tollendale - - Toronto - - Treffry, John - - Trull, Capt. J. C. - - Trull, Jesse - - Trull, John - - Trull, Pamela - - Tudhope, Geo. - - Tuckers, the - - Unionville - - United Kingdom, the - - Uxbridge - - Van Alstine, Major - - Van Dusen, Rev. Mr. - - Wallace, Andrew - - Warnicas, the - - Waraica, J. L. - - Watson, Wm. - - Weller, Wm. - - Wellings, Obe - - Welsh, Wm. - - Whitehaven, the - - White, James - - Whitlock, Rev. J. - - Whittaker, Rich. - - Widdifield, J. W. - - Wilson, Chas. - - Wilson, Joseph - - Wilson, Justus - - Windmill, Battle of the - - Woodruff, Betsy - - Woods, Samuel - - Wright, Geo. - - Wylie, Samuel - - Yeomans, Miss - - Yonge Street - - Young, Wm. - - Zimmerman, Peter



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