Archive for the ‘Lambton County History’ Category

The story of Steadman Brothers is a history of funeral services in Lambton County

frederick ellerby steadman

In many ways, LambtonShield.com owes its very existence to history (the name Lambton Shield coming from Alexander Mackenzie, who went on to become Canada’s second Prime Minister). When we come across a piece of interesting history, our first instinct is to share that. Here’s what Steadman Brothers Funeral Home has on its website: Since 1906, [...]

Voices from Lambton’s Past: Driving tour #4

1900s Walpole Island Ferry

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com As the weather improves, we all begin to think about going out for an afternoon drive. Back in 1999, at the time of Lambton County’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) my wife and I drove all over our county, searching out historic points of interest. The result was four driving tours of Lambton [...]

Voices of Lambton’s Past: Driving tour #3

Petrolia Oil Drilling

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com As the weather improves, we all begin to think about going out for an afternoon drive. Back in 1999, at the time of Lambton County’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) my wife and I drove all over our county, searching out historic points of interest. The result was four driving tours of Lambton [...]

Tours of Lambton’s Past: The Northeast Route

Warwick bridge

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com As the weather improves, we all begin to think about going out for an afternoon drive. Back in 1999, at the time of Lambton County’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) my wife and I drove all over our county, searching out historic points of interest. The result was four driving tours of Lambton [...]

Voices from Lambton’s Past: First of four road trips to enjoy

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By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com As the weather improves, we all begin to think about going out for an afternoon drive. Back in 1999, at the time of Lambton County’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) my wife and I drove all over our county, searching out historic points of interest. The result was four driving tours of Lambton [...]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the marvel that was and is the Kineto Theatre

Kinetoscope

  The Kineto Theatre in Forest has been entertaining audiences for more than a century thanks to Toby Rumford, the son of a local family that owned a bakeshop. He joined with George Lundy during 1905 to show the first silent movies from a metal booth in the gallery of the Forest Town Hall. In [...]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Remembering the famous Kenwick-on-the-Lake

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  By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com There were at one time during the first half of the last century two places here in Lambton County that you could go to dance and enjoy big band sound. At one of these places, as Ed Sullivan used to say, a “really big shew” took place on the evening [...]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Early pioneers of Enniskillen

oil springs

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Mary Louisa Doyle Parsell, born in London Ontario on July 5, 1873, grew up on a farm near oil Springs. An edited version of the following story written by this lady, who was then in her early eighties, appeared in the London Free Press on December 24, 1955. Some Pioneers of [...]

‘Voices from Lambton Past’: the origins of Plank Road (part 2)

Sign at east end Ontario St-Mitton

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Last week saw the beginning of a story about some passengers travelling along the Plank Road south-east from Sarnia to Oil Springs. Their stage had journeyed through the day arriving at Lucasville, where they spent the night. Let’s rejoin Samuel Johnston, operator of a store in Oil Springs, and his fellow [...]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: The origin of Plank Road (part 1)

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  By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com The Florence and Sarnia Plank Road was built at a cost of forty thousand dollars, half from Sarnia, with the rest put up by Malcolm Cameron, George Durand and other gentlemen, using their own money. Started in late fifty-eight, the new road was finished by summer of fifty-nine. The main [...]