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BOOK - Rockwood: A Mosaic of Memories (Ontario, Canada).
By Deborah Quaile, with original illustrations by Susan Strachan Johnson

Softcover... 34.95 (C$)

Rockwood is the main urban area in the Township of Guelph/Eramosa in Wellington County, Ontario. A rapidly-growing community of approximately 3,500 people [2006], it is located on Highway #7 between Acton and the City of Guelph. The Eramosa River runs through the centre of town and is the reason for Rockwood's existence - having been the source of power for several mills that were the economic engine that spawned the original settlement.

Deborah Quaile has produced a wonderful local history of this Ontario community. The book is filled with interesting accounts of the experiences of Rockwoodites, from pioneer settlement to current times. Those stories are complemented with rare old photos of local people and landmarks and original illustrations by Susan Strachan Johnson.

  • Introduction
  • A Prehistoric Paradise
  • When Wolves Looked in the Windows:
  • Pioneer Settlement
    • Breaking into Eramosa: The Runsey Family
    • The Diary of John Harris, 1821 to 1832
    • Henry Strange
    • The Religious Society of Friends Meeting House and Burying Ground
  • Business as Usual
    • 15th Anniversary of the Rockwood Post Office
    • Bringing History into the Limelight
    • Those Tempting Turnips
    • Milling
    • Saunders Bakery
    • Sweet Memories: Schneiders Reliable Sweets
    • 118 Main Street South: Looking Through a Lifetime of Change
  • Where Did That Come From?
    • The Travelling Medicine Show of the 1890s
    • Callithumpians?
    • Burning Rubber on the Hill
    • Strange Street Naunes: The Crimeam War, Gzowski Street
    • Strange Events
  • Whispers From Another World: Ghost Folklore
    • Black Pond
    • The Candy Factory Ghost
    • Gently Haunted
    • Short Spooky Bits
  • Famous Folk
    • William Wethcrald
    • Agnes Wetherald
    • James J. Hill
    • Millicent Milroy
    • E.B Jolliffe
  • Memoirs and Musings
    • Herbert Lloyd Dyer
    • Aileen Tyrrell Richardson Morrow
    • Bob and Joan Leslie
    • Frances Cook
    • Ralph Tait
  • The Heyday of the 21st Century
    • Hollywood North(West)
    • Igniting the Spirit of the Community: The Spirit of Shivaree
    • Bring on the Bands: Pioneer Day Carries on Callithumpian Traditions
    • Farmers' Parade of Lights
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Author's Bio
This book is a must-have for those who have roots in Rockwood and environs, or are interested in the history of the commuity and surrounding area.

253 pages
6 X 9"
Photos
Illustrations
Index
Bibliography
ISBN 0-9733911-0-3
Hardcover Burgundy with gilt lettering





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