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Dymond: One Hundred Years in the Making

Celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of its incorporation in 2001, the township of Dymond, ON, is a dynamic community nestled in the Little Claybelt valley, north of North Bay, Ontario. With a noteworthy history of farming, logging and industry, Dymond continues today to lead the South Temiskaming area in dynamic growth.

We dedicate this book to the pioneers, past, present and future, who have made this township a truly excellent place to live. Any history is a subjective account. The approach to this project is best summed up in the words of Dymond Township Clerk John Telfer at the Official Opening of the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum, August 5, 2000:

"It is nice to see preservation of heritage in a world so determined to advance at the speed of light. To protect our culture is as important as in advances in technology. I hope the next generation shares that same opinion because once it is discarded, there is no way to retrace the past."

We invite you to learn about the past and present that comprises the true modern day jewel that is Dymond Township.

ISBN: 0-9687812-0-9 or 9780968781203 | WMPub# 1010 | 288 pages | 6" x 9" | 201 photos | $28.00 CDN

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Table of Contents

3 Foreword

9 Chapter 1: Location, Location, Location

Geology

Water Drainage

Dymond Geology

Dymond Soils

Climate

Human Habitation

The French

The English

The Timber Industry

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23 Chapter 2: Welcome to New Ontario

Early Settlement

Surveyor's Report:Dymond 1887

The Steamboats

Townships Opened For Sale

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33 Chapter 3: The Earliest Settlers

Dymond Township First Settlers

The First Elections

64 Chapter 4 1901 Incorporation, Census and Council History

1901 Census

1901 Census Map

Census List April 1901

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77 Chapter 5: Busy Early Years

New Liskeard Separates -1903

Calamity Gulch

The Peckover Family

Pioneer Life in New Ontario

Chester's Corners School 1904

Chester's Falls Generating Station -- Pete's Dam

Assessment Roll 1905

Uno Park

Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway

Rockley School

Dymond School S.S.#4

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121 Chapter 6: Fire of 1916

125 Chapter 7: Between the Great Wars

The Demonstration Farm

New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station

The Great Fire of 1922

1922 Fire Path through Dymond Township

Calamity Gulch

The 1930s

The Effects of the Great Depression

District Facing Farm Labour Shortage

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165 Chapter 8: The 1940s and 1950s

Annexation 1946

Hydro Comes To Dymond 1947-52

The Establishment of St-Michel School

Memories of Chester's Corner School

Timiskaming Health Unit

Sixty Years in the North by George & Ethel Brown

Marketing Boards

Husky

CBC Country Calendar

Glengarry Stock Farm

1957 Verdun Shepherdson's Sales Barn

Tri-Town Drive-In Theatre

Breault's Motel

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189 Chapter 9: The 1960s and 1970s

New Dymond Municipal Office and Garages 1964

Breault's Subdivision

New Liskeard Golf Course

Mid-Canada Fibreglass Ltd.

Temiskaming Tile and Brick Plant 1966

Glendale Stock Farm (Glengarry Farm)

Infrastructure 1970--1978

The Opening of the Timiskaming Square

Cecil Hawn's Eleven-Year Term as Reeve

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206 Chapter 10: The 1980s and 1990s

The Foundation of the Industrial Park

Ms Claybelt and the Tourist Information Booth

Dymond and the Celebration Flag: Important Local Residents are Recognized

The Bicentennial Medal Awards

First Ontario Community To Present Its Celebration '88 Awards

The Mail Kiosk

Dymond Recognized on the Official Road Map of Ontario

The Opening of the Dymond Recreation Park

Kinsmen Park

Grant--Wilson Road Development

The Expansion of the Industrial Park

The Study of Future Commercial Trends

The Closure of the MTO garage

Dymond's Ninetieth Anniversary Celebration

Spending Saturday in the Park--1999

The Obituary of the Tri-Towns

The Adams Mine Issue

District Board Issue

New Reeve Danny Whalen

New Clerk-Treasurer John Telfer

The Debate over the Amalgamation Issue

Creation of New Subdivision

A Recycling Waste System

Upgraded and Expanded Water Treatment Facility

Natural Gas Line

Dawson Point Road

The Creation of a Public Internet/Web service and the Preparations for Y2K

The Property Purchase for Ms Claybelt

The Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum

Saturday in the Park Celebration--August 2000

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Index

People's Names Only

A | B | C | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


A

Abraham, Michael 67

Alexander, Sam 167

Alexander, Archie 167

Alexander, Ernest 152

Alexander, George

Alexander, Esther 120

Alexander, Harry 167

Alexander, Marc

Alexander, Debbie 185

Alexander, Ralph 166

Alexander, Robert Spencer"Duffy" 185

Alexander, Sam 107, 120, 123

Armstrong, Cassie 45

Armstrong, John 37, 44, 57, 62, 83

Armstrong, Tom 45

Armstrong, William 83, 84

Arnott, Margaret 240

Aubrey, Stuart 166

Auger, Rock 192

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B

Bateson, Mildred 199

Beardmore, Mark 240

Beavis, Katherine 35

Beavis, Rebecca 35

Benoit, Dorilla

Benoit, Germaine 184

Benoit, Marianne 129

Benoit, Henri 185

Benoit, Joseph

Benoit, Alphonsine 128

Benoit, Philippe

Breault, Bertha 162

Breault, Marie 185

Benoit Subdivision 186

Berard, Elise 127

Bilodeau, Jocelyne and André 260

Blaine, Roger 262

Boucher, Mario 260

Bowers, J. 61

Bowman, J. 61

Bradley, James 91

Brazeau, Jerry 155, 240

Brazeau, Marcel 155, 199, 203, 213

Breault, Aglaée Pontbriand 129

Breault, Ed Jr. 147

Breault, Edouard & Aldea Vallee 162

Breault, Ernest & Berthe Duhamel 154

Breault, Fern 192

Breault, Gilbert 257

Breault, Henri 100, 129

Breault, Herman & McLean, Imelda 163

Breault, Jean-Marie & Eva Godinaire 154

Breault, Lorette 242

Breault, Marcel& Ghislaine 154

Breault, Marie-Jeanne 212, 260

Breault, Rene H.

Breault, Diane Chartrand 162

Breault, Roland 129, 163

Breault, Laurette 212

Breault, Lorette 189

Briscoe, Caroline 118

Brooks, Charles 33, 44

Brooks, Etta 45

Brooks, Hebert 33

Brooks, Tom 45

Brown, Alex 56

Brown, George

Brown, Ethel 176

Brown, J. Harvey 159

Brown, Jack 238

Brown, James Leitch 55

Brown, James William 181

Brown, W.G. 137

Brown, William 47

Brown, William George 93, 129

Brunton, Sam & Elizabeth 63

Burnett, Lorne G. 166

Burnett, Aubrey 165, 166

Burnett, Charles 86, 149, 167

Burnett, Charlie 238, 240

Burnett, Gordon 166

Burnett, John 63, 149, 167

Burnett, Lloyd 167

Burnett, Lorne 167

Burnett. Myrtle Hines 149

Butcher, Martha 130

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C

Calvert, Arthur 152, 153

Calvert, John 123, 152, 153

Calvert, Bertha 82

Camire, Francois and Rejeanne 256

Camire, Francois 261

Campbell, Georgina 167

Campsall, Ethel 93

Campsall, Oscar 124

Carr, Margaret 43

Carter, James 45

Catt, Dr. Karen 162, 258

Chartrand, Armand 163

Chester, Andrew 48, 105

Chester, Arthur 107

Chester, Cynthia Maud 146

Chester, Emily Ethel 107

Chester, Ethel 48

Chester, Maude 48

Chester, Reginald 43, 48, 106, 112

Chester, Thomas 166

Chester, Thomas E. 94

Chester, Tom 47, 48, 56, 62

Chester, Tom Jr. 163

Cobbald, Paul 35

Cochrane, Annie 45, 56

Cormier, Roger 262

Coulter, Susan 119

Craven, Nora 153

Cunnington, Doug & Barb 201

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D

Dancho, Dr. Connie 263

Desjardins, Denis & Madeleine 258

Dixon, John 43, 55

Doig, James 41

Drinkill, John 249

Dukovac, George 239, 240, 249

Dumond, Alex 58, 61

Dumond, Alexander Christy 57

Dumond, Arthur 58

Dumond, Austin 58

Dunn, Fred 49

Dusseault, Gilles 259

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E

Emerson, Anne 60

Emerson, Gertrude 82

Emerson, Mary 41

Emerson, Melchior

Emerson, Eliza 45

Emerson. Robert 45

Emms, George and Wes 122

Emms, George E. 107

Evans, W.J. 111, 130

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F

Farah, Kalil 63, 93

Farr, Charles Cobbald (C.C.) 37, 39, 267

Fernholm, Lillian 183

Fielder, Graydon 204, 259

Fielder, Kent 204, 259

Fisher, W. and F. 61

Fritach, Charles 50

Fritsch, Chris 122

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G

Gannon, Peter & Mary (Lucie) 150

George, Kathryn 130

Germaine, Walter 108

Gilchrest, Vera 185

Gimby, Dr. William 63

Goble, William 55

Godin, Daniel 212

Gold, E.M. 147

Grant, P.J. 116, 181

Grant, Russell 259

Gravel, Mr. 209

Greenwood, Dorothy 238, 240

Grills, John 57, 83, 84

Guilbeault, Dennis 214

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H

Hawkesworth, Louis W. 36

Hawkesworth, Peter 36

Hawn, Cecil 187, 206, 213

Hawn, Ellmore 187

Heard, Jim 43

Heard, William 35

Henderson, Peter 263

Herron, R. 84

Hie, Harold 238

Hobbs, Walter 83

Hobbs, William 83, 123, 158

Hogarth, Marguerite 152

Horvath, Glen and Sue 264

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I

Ing, Dr. Wendy 263

J

Jamieson, Al 261

Jibb, Laurence 240

Jones, Aubrey 61, 146, 147

Joyal, Denise 215

Joyce, Annie Elizabeth 43

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K

Kelly, Truman 238

Kennedy, A.J. 116, 124, 146-7, 181

Kerr, Harry 87

Khani, Ali 262

Kidd, Carman 229

Kirck, Harvey 125

Krick, Earl 125

Krick, George

Krick, Annie 125

Krick, George Clifford 180

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L

Lachine, Joseph 123

Lacroix, Roger 260

Law, Everett 42

Law, Roscoe 42

Lefebvre, Denis 260

Legros, Alcide 150

Legros, Eva Breault 162

Legros, Alcide and Eva 150

Legros, Christine 264

Legros, Laurette 163

Legros, Robert and Rose 150, 256

Lemire, Dan 258

Leng, Henry 60, 119, 146

Leng, John Henry 146

Leng, Willie 61

Leveille, Michel 257

Leverre, Anthony 118

Leverre, Ken & Orpha 125

Loach, Neill and Terri 260

Logan, Stan 86

Lyons, Alex 123

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M

MacDougall, Jean 174

MacKewn, Bob and Linda 257

Mackey, Sean 258

Maguire, Annie 115

Mackey, Bill 94

Mackey, Brian 189, 214

Mackey, Dan 100

Mackey, Daniel 115

Mackey, Don 124, 137

Mackey, Sean 262

Mackey, Tammy 240

Mackey, William 115

Maguire, Charles

Maguire, Helen 115

Maguire, Don 249

Maguire, William 115

Mahew, Angie 257

Maille, Adelard 133

Maille, Adelard 125

Males, Don 53

Males, Donald 238, 240

Males, Dr. Lance 263

Males, Ephraim 124, 137

Males, Rhoda 51

Marriott, Joseph 50

Martin, Doug and Barb 259

Mattice, Harry 60

McArthur, Mike 263

McCamus, Tom 49, 53, 56

McChesney, Annie

McChesney, David 147

McChesney, Albert 83

McChesney, Annie 83, 103

McChesney, John 83

McChesney, Sam 57, 62, 82, 102

McClacherty, Shauna 209

McCrae, Reuben 45

McCrandle, Hugh 39

McFarlane, John 54, 78

McFayden, Clare & Fowler, Ruth 146

McFayden, Neil & Bertha 61, 123

McFayden, Violet 115

McKelvie, Angus 47, 53, 62, 81, 83

McKelvie, Don 54

McKelvie, Donald 238

McKenzie, Bill 169

McKnight, Robert 91

McKnight, Wes 60, 90

McLean, Herb 178

McLennan, Gus 259

McRoberts, Charles 119, 137

McRoberts, Isaac 60, 119

McRoberts, Eliza 119

McRoberts, Susan (Coulter) 167

Messier, Dr. Veronique 263

Millar, William Henry 150

Miller, John 122

Miron, Aurele and April 256

Miron, Reg 262

Moir, Gilbert 124

Monaghan, Edwin 77

Monaghan, Maria 77

Monaghan, Mable 47

Moss, J. 84

Murphy, Ira 169

Murray, William 35, 44

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N

Nichol, Isabella 115

Niely, William 46

Niven, Alex 39

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O

Oja, Evelyn 215

Oliver, V.R. 78

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P

Parker, Arthur 62, 115

Parker, Carrie (Birdie) 130

Parker, Edith 115

Parker, Frank 130

Parker, Harold A. 129

Parker, Harry 110

Parker, Richard 55

Peckover Family 63

Peckover, Agnes 91

Peckover, Bertha 91

Peckover, Christopher 91

Peckover, Edgar 87, 91

Peckover, Fred 91

Peckover, Gregory 91

Peckover, John 90, 131

Peckover, Jonathan 'Jack' 91

Pedersen, Alec 220

Peebles, George 123, 146, 148

Peebles, Violet 115

Peebles, George Jr. 115

Pepin, Lucien 261

Pickard, Karen 257

Pinard, Serge and Elaine 259, 283

Pipe, Bob 204

Pipe, Taylor 112

Pitts, Rev. 62

Plante, Jean Noel 127

Plante, Jean Paul 190

Plante, Joe Sr.

Plante, Elise 126

Plante, Joseph 126

Pulvermacher, Glen 256, 260

R

Ramsay, David 225, 227, 248

Ranchuk, Deborah 264

Reynolds, Mike 263

Rheault, Jeannine 185

Rhodes, Harold 258

Rivard, Kerry and Martin 257

Robertson, Lorna 240

Rodrick, A.W. 159

Royer, Diane 259

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S

Scott, Harry 184

Scott, James 101, 102, 126, 184

Scott, John

Scott, Amelia 111

Scott, Lillie 62

Scott, Liscar 46, 55, 62, 111

Scott, Mina 125

Scott, Richard 101

Scott, Richard (Dick) 146

Scott, Robert

Scott, Elizabeth 111

Scott, Tom 184

Scott, Walter 184

Scrimshaw, Jake 63

Shepherdson, Clair 240

Shepherdson, Floyd 199

Shepherdson, Kendra 215

Shepherdson, Mary Jane 116

Shepherdson, Steve 261

Shepherdson, Verdun 182

Shepherdson, Wesley 159

Shepherdson, William 116, 122, 159

Sheppard, Lisa 260

Silver, Dr. David 258

Slade, George W. 46

Smith, Natalie 248, 254

Snider, Jessie 101

Soucie, Adolphe 142

St-Michel School 173

St. Jean, Nadia and Luc 262

Steele, Irene 87

Stephenson, Elijah 42, 100

Stephenson, Mary 106

Stevens, Thomas 123

Stevenson, Elijah 129

Stevenson, Hugh

Stevenson, Hilda 50

Stewart, H. D. 126

Stouffer, Flavius 55, 115

Sweeney, Vida 83

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T

Taylor, Ernest 63

Taylor, Fred 43

Taylor, George 47, 77

Taylor, Jim 262

Taylor, John

Taylor, Amelia 41

Telfer,John 215, 230, 240, 248, 250

Tenniscoe, Delia 118

Tessier, Joseph 163

Theaker, Fred & Elizabeth 50

Torchia, Mark 264

Tourigny, Robyn 256

Trudel, Jean 203, 263

Tucker, Charles 54

Tucker, George W. 82

Tucker, Len 238

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W

Walker, Alma 105

Walker, Sam 124

Watters, Charlie 163

Watts, Horace 115

Waugh, Alec (Sandy) 101

Waugh, William George

Waugh, David 45

West, Robert 41, 44

West, W.R. 41

Whalen, Danny 229, 241, 243, 247-9

White, Jake 46

White, James 84

Whyte, Blair 261

Willard, Clifford 125

Wilson, Len 163, 202

Wilson, John 60, 83, 84

Wingfield, Janet 120, 150

Wingfield, Mary 152

Wolridge, J.R. 259

Wong, Peter 261

Woods, Boyd 199

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Y

Young, Reverend S. 62


Z

Zafiris, Peter 257

Zahalan, R. 60, 83