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BOOK - The Story of Renfrew, From the Coming of the First Settlers about 1820 to 1928   [2 volumes in 1 book]
By W. E. Smallfield and Rev. Robert Campbell (vol. 1); William Smallfield (vol. 2)
First volume originally published by Pinkham Press, Boston, 1914
Second volume incomplete & unpublished at time of writing because of untimely death of author, 1926
This combined edition, with new index, by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (CD 2010)



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Author, William Elgood Smallfield (22 October 1861 - 21 April 1926) was a man of many accomplishments: mayor of Renfrew for several years in the early 1900s, staunch supporter of the Renfrew Fair, leader in the Sons of Temperance movement, and noted journalist, editor and publisher. But his greatest contribution to the town of Renfrew, according to his obituary in the Ottawa 'Citizen', was his book on the history of Renfrew, Ontario.

The history originated in a series of articles in the 'Renfrew Mercury' in collaboration with the Reverend Doctor Robert Campbell, minister of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Renfrew. Dr. Campbell contributed the early history of Renfrew as well as a number of biographies of early residents interviewed by him. After Dr. Campbell's death on 25 December 1907. Mr. Smallfield carried on alone and completed the series of articles which covered the period up to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Mr. Smallfield retired in 19I9 and had his articles published in book form as volume one of 'The Story of Renfrew'. He intended to carry on with the history in volume two but ill health intervened and he died in 1926. His son William began a sequel but his untimely death in 1928 cut his effort short. In fact his section of the book ends mid-sentence.

This book includes the content of the original book plus the section begun by William Smallfield junior. The two manuscripts provide an exceptional view of life in Renfrew from the earliest days. One word of caution - some of the references in volume one were left unchanged from the text in the original articles even though they were no longer correct in terms of property ownership. Mr. Smallfield clarified many of the discrepancies in his NOTES RESPECTING CERTAIN LOCATIONS MENTIONED IN THE STORY immediately following his PREFACE to volume one.

There are descendants of the people mentioned in this history scattered throughout North America and genealogists and historians may be grateful for this remarkable history.

Mr. Smallfield expressed the hope that "the Story will be read with interest by many of the Renfrewites of later generations; and will be found useful in after years through having preserved touch with the pioneers and their works." This new edition helps to make his hope come true.

Contents include:
  • The First Settlers 1820-1830
  • How people faired in 1830
  • The coming of the settlers
  • 1840-1850
  • Early roadways
  • Early churches and preachers
  • Early schools
  • Early mills
  • Early lumberers
  • Early marriages
  • Early postal facilities
  • Early municple affairs
  • Survey of Horton township
  • The first fraternal society
  • The agricultural society
  • The Freemasons
  • The schools 1850-1870
  • Biographical sketch of Rev. D. Campbell
  • 1850-1860 period - who and what manner of persons and citizens of this period were
  • The 1850's
  • Local political affairs 1852-1861
  • County affaires and county problems
  • Separation of the counties agitated
  • County Council data (19th century)
  • Township Municiple affairs 1849-1858
  • Village municiple affairs
  • Those who joined the pioneers 1860-1869
  • The schools from 1870
  • Municiple events from 1860-1894
  • Voters at Renfrew's first municiple election
  • The county council
Click here to view the new 40 page Index to the combined volumes

353 pages
7 X 9.5"
Illustrations
New index
Hardcover - dark burgundy with gilt lettering
First volume originally published by Pinkham Press, Boston, 1914
Second volume incomplete & unpublished at time of writing because of untimely death of author, 1926
This combined edition, with new index, by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (CD 2010)

ISBN: 1-894378-42-3 (Hardcover)

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