Posts Tagged ‘Lambton County History’

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 […]

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’: the marvel that was and is the Kineto Theatre

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  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

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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 […]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: the beginning of Sarnia’s airport

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  By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Did you know that there was a Hadfield connection with the Sarnia Airport long before Chris Hadfield became one of Canada’s astronauts? I will tell you about that in a moment, but first let me tell you about the early days of the Sarnia Airport. In 1951, William Moon moved […]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: How the Fenian raids stimulated military enthusiasm in Lambton County

London Fusiliers in Sarnia during Fenian raids

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Where in Lambton were two military drill sheds combined to create a community centre? More on that later. First, developing and settling the land for a new country has always provided opportunities for conflict. Such was the case when Canada West or as we now know it, South-western Ontario, was settled […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Arkona history a keen part of our area’s lore

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By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Did you know that there is a connection between the Village of Arkona and the title song for a popular hit movie of 1945 and between Arkona and the early career of a well known band leader? More about that below. Arkona was incorporated as a village on June 10th of […]