Letters from Normal School: May 28, 1940

23 McKenzie Ave. May 28, 1940 Dear Folks, — I’ve just come from Marjorie’s. Went over to get some books to study from and stayed too long, so this letter will have to be written in a hurry. Well the fatal day is nearly over. I promised and expected to write 10 exams but fate…

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…