As the Story is told: A history of Morpeth and community

As the Story is Told: Morpeth Newspapers V

Taken from “As the Story is Told.” Morpeth Advertiser A four-page copy of the “Morpeth Advertiser” dated January 1874, was found according to an article submitted to us by Mrs. L. Phillips. It states that the front page contains a brief description as follows: “This town is one of the oldest and most prosperous on…

As the Story is Told: Morpeth Newspapers IV

Progressionist A copy of the Progressionist – Morpeth C. W. dated May 17, 1861 can be seen on microfilm in the Chatham Public Library, the original has been sent to the Archives, Toronto. It was published by I. B. Richardson and Company who had their office in Morpeth, in the upstairs of the Wm. Wilson…

As the Story is Told: Morpeth Newspapers II

Can you imagine this round-about poem working as advertising today? This week’s excerpt from “As the Story is Told” is about another ancient Morpeth newspaper. Morpeth Gleaner A copy of this paper dated February 1, 1860 is in the Chatham-Kent Museum. The heading states it contains Literature, Poetry, Agriculture, and General News. Its motto “Not…

As the Story is Told: Morpeth Newspapers

This week’s excerpt from “As the Story is Told” (1986) Morpeth Newspapers In the records five different names of Morpeth newspapers appear during the period of 1852 to 1874. Some of these could very likely be nothing more than new ownerships. Excerpts from each of these papers follow. Morpeth Weekly Tribune A copy of No.…

1962 cartoon about stage coach - newspaper clipping

As the Story is Told: Stage Coach

Stage Coach   An important feature of Morpeth’s great days was the Morpeth-Thamesville stage which was established in 1864 after the building of the Great Western Railway. The stage handled passengers, express, baggage and mail for all points between the port of Morpeth and Thamesville. These coaches were anything but comfortable with the travellers being…

old legal documents

Family history research: old documents

Today I pulled out the stack of old legal documents in my collection and started sorting them by date. I’ve been hoping to find time to look at these for the past year and a half. Simply handling these documents–some from the mid 1800s–gives me chills. What a sense of history! It’s interesting to research…

Fred Coll and Sons' Fishery

As the Story is Told: Fishing, part 3

In the past years there were regulations regarding the size of the fish caught. When the fish were dipped from the pound net they were sorted before being brought to shore. Any undersized fish would be set free to continue their growth. It was possible to have perhaps a thousand pounds in the net but…