Archive for the ‘Lambton County History’ Category

Heritage on display tomorrow in Petrolia

Heritage Day 2011 will be celebrated in Petrolia on Saturday, Feb. 12.   The town's Heritage Committee is hosting an event at Victoria Hall from 1-4 p.m.   In keeping with the theme this year of "Our Historic Parks", the committee is asking anyone with historic pictures of parks in Petrolia to bring them so […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Early autos and the bicycle craze in Lambton County

Maxwell car

By BOB McCARTHY Eleven decades ago, during the year 1900, there were only two automobiles in Lambton County, both being brought into operation that year. Picture in your mind the roads of that time, many of them just corduroy roads, logs laid side by side and then covered by dirt and stones. Their roads […]

MPP Van Bommel acknowledges ‘Black History Month’ in February

A message from MPP Maria Van Bommel (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) in acknowledging February as Black History Month: As Ontarians, we are blessed to live in a province with a rich history and great diversity. It is one of our greatest strengths.  A critical element of that history is the experience of the black community in Ontario, which […]

‘Voices from the Past’: the 1862 hanging of Thomas Cleary

Lambton County Courthouse and Gaol

By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield When the northerly half of the District of Kent was separated and designated as the County of Lambton in 1849, the county seat was established at Port Sarnia, the largest town in the new county. A local stone mason by the name of Alexander Mackenzie, the same man who helped […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Reflecting on winters of yesteryear

PeWinter copy

By Bob McCarthy The snow and cold this time of year can so easily create havoc for many on the roads of Lambton, but at least we have central heat and can remain protected most of the time from the elements. What did the cold and snow of winter mean to early settlers in […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Part 2 of Captain George Stirrett’s World War One memories

Military Cross

In last week's "Voices from the Past," Bob McCarthy began recalling a conversation he had with Captain George Stirrett (1891-1982) in the late 1970s. The story continues. In the fall of 1917, the Regiment moved back to an area near Ypres. Once again, mud and bad weather made mounted operations impossible. All of our men […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Part 1 of George Stirrett’s memories of World War One

George Stirrett Armoury (2)

Bob McCarthy During the late 1970s, I had the privilege of sitting with Captain George Stirrett (1891-1982) and listening to him tell me the story of his experiences during the years of what was known as The Great War, World War One. The following is his story, as it was told to me. The […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Helping keep connected with the local men fighting in World War I


By Bob McCarthy Lambton Shield Anne Callum was born in Moore Township in 1869. Her grandparents, Duncan Callum and Margaret Martin, married in Nairn County in Scotland about 1806, moving to Lambton County about 1830. One of their children, Donald Callum, born in 1816, married Mary Ford Rainsberry in 1859 here in Lambton County. They […]

‘Voices from the Past’: The Wanstead train disaster of December 1902


By Bob McCarthy Lambton Shield There are good things that happen and bad things that happen as a part of our heritage. But each one of these happenings is a part of our heritage, even if it is a train crash that takes several lives and causes great suffering. On the night of Boxing Day, […]

‘Voices from the Past’: The story of the ‘Griffon’–first sailing ship on the St. Clair River

woodcut of Le griffon

Father Hennepin: our 'Voice from the Past' LaSalle, capitain of the 'Griffon' By Bob McCarthy Learning about the heritage of Lambton County is like having a dialogue with the past. What might you discover if you had a chance to listen to voices of our past and be able to better picture what really happened, […]