gaff linkum cover

As the Story is Told: Gaff Linkum

Taken from As the Story is Told. I actually tracked down a copy of Gaff Linkum digitally a few years ago [here] and read about half of it. It was interesting, though I could see why it didn’t become a best seller! I was hoping to find some clues about my own ancestors. While I…

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

As the Story is Told: Morpeth Newspapers III

The Independent The newspaper “The Independent” started publication in 1860. It was published by I.B. Harrison, being a weekly paper appearing every Friday. According to The Independent, dated May 24, 1861, the “Morpeth Market Quotations” were as follows: Fall wheat per bu. $1.00 Spring wheat per bu. .80 Oats per bu. .16 Peas per bu.…

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…

Georgian style home Morpeth Ontario

As the Story is Told: Homes

This Georgian style home was formerly owned by the late Pearl (Fisher) McNeill. We are led to believe that it was built in the 1870s for the Smith family – James, george, Frances, Jane, Sarah and Elizabeth. Mrs. McNeill purchased it from Robert Campbell in 1962. Fred Smith and Nito Agustin of Windsor have recently…

Ontario Blank Drawing Book 1939

1939 Collection of Weeds

I’ve had this old scrapbook in my old papers collection for a few years, its pages showing all kinds of great textures and nuances for collage art. Each page is labelled with the name of a plant, and here are traces of tape where my great aunt’s weed collection was once displayed. I found references…

Letter home: September 21, 1939

This letter was tucked in the same envelope as the previous one. It continues the inside joke of “Ike” – interesting. It sounds like Helene was having a lot of trouble getting the books she needed, and maybe feeling a little behind as she started college. I found a photo of the address where she…

Slabtown School, Chatham-Kent Ontario 1909

As the Story is Told: S. S. No. 3 Howard, Slabtown 1909

…previous section – history of Slabtown School… Students of Slabtown School, circa 1909 Front Row: Walter Reeves, Frank Hummel, Jean Stiontson (Arnold), Mabel Magee (Barnwell), ??, Buelah Stinson (Tully), Stanley Smith, Percy Smith, Early Stinson, Verleye Frederick, Wray Passmore. Second Row: Alli Hornby, Annie Coll (Mackey), ??, ??, Fred Todd, Bob Hornby, James McKinlay, Doug…