Posts Tagged ‘history of lambton county’

Voices of Lambton’s Past: Driving tour #3

Petrolia Oil Drilling

By BOB McCARTHY 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 hotel that never rented a room

oil springs oil field

  By BOB McCARTHY By 1865, following the discovery of oil, the village of Oil Springs had become a leading centre of trade and commerce, with a population exceeding 4,000. In comparison, Port Sarnia, in 1861, was home to only 2,091 residents. In Oil Springs, at the best of times, there were 12 large […]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: How our county got its name

John George Lambton

  By BOB McCARTHY The area now known as Lambton County was at first a part of the District of Hesse and later a part of the County of Kent. In 1849, Lambton County became an entity of its own, its name recognizing the Earl of Durham whose birthplace was Lambton Castle in England […]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: Our ‘vanished villages’ revisited


  By BOB McCARTHY Lambton has, over the last few hundred years, been home to many communities, some of which still exist, some of which lasted for many years and others that only lasted a few years. I have found names with varying amounts of information for at least 160 communities in Lambton. Many […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: The ‘shocking’ story of William ‘Tiger’ Dunlop


  By BOB McCARTHY In 1827, William "Tiger" Dunlop (19 November 1792 – 29 June 1848) opened the line of the Huron Road from Goderich to Guelph, providing access for settlers to a large tract of land in south-western Ontario comprising parts of modern Huron, Perth, Middlesex and Lambton Counties. Dunlop’s connection with Sarnia […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: The founder of Canada’s first commune, part 2


30 August 1830 – Perche Creek, Lake Huron The boat still about a half-hour away, I continued with my thoughts about how much had been accomplished over the last year, changing this forest broken only by a meandering creek into the community it is today. I remember so clearly the day we arrived. It has […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the story of the Maxwell Church


Regular "Voices from Lambton's Past" author Bob McCarthy has graciously stepped aside this week in order that we may bring you this special contribution by Sarnia writer Phyllis Humby. “Pop and I planted this garden the spring after our wedding.  It was his idea that we be married here after he learned that this was […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Looking back on Point Edward’s past


By BOB McCARTHY In the Sarnia Canadian Observer of July 18, 1925, there was an article headlined “dapper young villagers of 1875 didn’t wear balloon trousers and they didn’t have any eight lunged gas contraptions.” The following dialogue is based on information from that article. Dapper Young Villager “Grandpa, what was it like around […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Even Hallowe’en stories can have an historical connection


By BOB McCARTHY Two nights from now, it will be Devil’s night and the following evening it will be Hallowe’en. What is the probable origin of Hallowe’en? In the British Isles of ancient times and especially for those who followed Celtic beliefs, there were only two seasons. Winter ran from November 1 to April […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the story of two ships named Empire

Polysar $10 bill

By BOB McCARTHY There have been two ships named Empire that have sailed the Great Lakes. Let’s listen in as an old salt reminisces about both ships as he watches one of them founder as she passed Point Edward one sad day in 1916. TWO EMPIRES “Such a shame! Such an ignoble death for […]