Posts Tagged ‘Lambton County History’

‘Voices from the Past’: Convict boxes, part 2

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield Last week’s story began in December of 1837 when George Barclay Junior was arrested and placed in jail along with 900 other insurgents and their supporters. During the long months they spent in prison, many of these men passed the time by carving small trinket boxes, many of the designs […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Prisoner boxes examined in Part 1 of this ‘looking back’ story

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield The rebellion in Upper Canada ended with the defeat and surrender of the insurgent forces at Montgomery's Tavern on December 7, 1837. Nearly 900 rebels and their supporters were gathered up and more than half of them were placed in the Toronto jail. Only a few were to face the […]

‘Voices from the Past’: the story of Old Clark, ‘Hermit of Moore’


By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield Sometimes, I think all of us would like to break away from social conformity and live a life alone without any responsibilities. Such a man was Josiah Clark, known by some as ‘Old Clark’ or the ‘Hermit of Moore’. Let’s go back in time and visit with Rowland Whittett, by […]

Students discovering power of stories as Sarnia heads to Centennial year

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Bob McCarthy, who writes the "Voices from the Past" series that appears Fridays in, visited Bright's Grove Public School Friday, where he conducted a workshop on storytelling for enrichment students who gather on a regular basis. Teacher Deborah Stewardson says many of the students have expressed a keen interest in writing, and McCarthy was […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Re-living Sarnia’s birth as a city in 1914


By BOB McCARTHY The Town of Sarnia, which would officially be proclaimed as the City of Sarnia on 7 May 1914, had boundaries that extended north to Exmouth Street, east to East Street, south to the Canadian National Railway tracks and Clifford Street and west to the St. Clair River, along whose banks the first […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Penny magazine describes early inhabitants of area

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By BOB MCCARTHY Lambton Shield Each Saturday, from 31 March 1832 to 31 October 1845, an illustrated British magazine aimed at the working class was published in London, England. Created by Charles Knight for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, it was in response to Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, which began two months earlier. […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Robert Fleck describes the ‘draining’ of future farm land in Lambton County

By BOB  McCARTHY Lambton Shield The first pioneers of Lambton invariably settled along the River St. Clair where land suitable for both homes and growing crops was easiest to access. This land was higher than that away from the river. Most of the rest of Lambton was often swampy. It was not until the 1860s […]

‘Voices from the Past’: Robert McBride, poet of Lambton County

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield Most descriptions of the past in Lambton are found in historical records and newspaper accounts. Sometimes, we are able look to the arts for glimpses of our past, at images through pictures and at stories through songs. If lucky, we might find a rhyming vision of the past in the […]

‘Voices from the Past’: ‘Alibino Turtles’ and stories of Stag Island

By Bob McCARTHY   South of Sarnia, along the River St Clair, two brothers born to a prominent family in Reading, Devon, England, settled in 1833 on land they had purchased three years previous. As a village grew in that area, it took on the name of the two brothers, Froome and Field Talfourd. In […]

‘Voices from the Past’: the bell-ringer of Forest

By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield The town of Forest was aptly named. In 1859, when the Grand Trunk Railway was building its line from Stratford to Sarnia, the area was selected for a pumping station and stopping point on the line. The meandering Hickory Creek was essential for water for the trains of the day […]