Reference Material

REFERENCES Site References   We wish to thank the following publications and their authors for all the valuable information we have used in compiling this history: Guide Book and Atlas of Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts (edited by U.E.Hamilton) Toronto, 1897 The Lake In The Hills strong Township and Sundridge 1875-1925, compiled by Patricia Lee…

History of Orange Hall

History of Orange Hall

ORANGE HALL The History of Orange Hall   Before the turn of the century, the Twelfth of July was “The Big Day” of summer for most of the province, including residents of Almaguin. It was not an official holiday, but when all the Orangemen took time off for their annual celebration, not enough workers were left…

History of the Magnetawan River

History of the Magnetawan River

THE MAGNETAWAN RIVER The History of the Magnetawan River   For many years the natives were the only inhabitants of this part of the country. Their way of travel was by canoe—their highway, the Magnetawan River system. In the Indian dialect, Magnetawan meant, “swiftly flowing waters” and was first spelled with an extra Maganetawan. From its…

Amalgamation

Amalgamation

The Amalgamation   The Municipality once known as the Township of Magnetawan and now known as the Municipality of Magnetawan consisted of the Township of Chapman, the Township of Croft, the Township of Spence and the Village of Magnetawan all being in the District of Parry Sound and within the Almaguin Highland area of the…

History of Spence Township

History of Spence Township

SPENCE TOWNSHIP Spence Township     Spence Township was named for a former Postmaster General, the Honourable Robert Spence and Dufferin Bridge was no doubt named after the visit of the vice-regal Earl of Dufferin in 1874. North Sequin was just a mile to the north of this hamlet and so the inhabitants of these two…

History of Croft Township

History of Croft Township

CROFT TOWNSHIP AND AHMIC Croft Township and Ahmic(Aumick) Harbor Croswell’s Landing (Aumick Harbour)   History compiled by Waity Croswell and Nora Huyck, June 1993 The little village of Ahmic Harbour is listed in the Ontario Road Map of 1989 as having 61 inhabitants. By actual count in the spring of 1993, there are 85 permanent residents…

History of Chapman Township

History of Chapman Township

EARLY HISTORY OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CHAPMAN Early History of the Township of Chapman (Including the Township of Magnetawan)   The history of Magnetawan alone could fill a book by itself. In the Indian dialect, Magnetawan meant, “swiftly flowing waters” and was first spelled with an extra “a” Magnetawan. This was changed at the time the village…