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The Lake in the Hills
~Strong Township and Sundridge 1875-1925

The Lake in the Hills

Compiled by Patricia Lee
Edited by Alice May Robins.

1989 marked the 100th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Sundridge. The first settlers arrived in Strong Township as early as 1876. This book is a record of those first settlers who came north on the Muskoka, Great North and Nipissing Roads and chose to settle around the shores of Lake Bernard. Although there have been many discussions over the years as to the original name of the lake whether it was Stony or Lake Bernard, it seems that Lake Bernard was the first name since it appears on a survey by J. W. Beatty dated 1874. The name Stony Lake is on an 1883 map made by Hugh McGrandle P.L.S.

All through the records, letters and reports of pioneer life, there is frequent mention of the lake. To the first homesteaders it was a transportation route (by boat in summer and by sleigh in winter). For the lumbermen it meant a place for log booms to float in summer and sleigh loads of logs to be drawn in winter. It was also a source of beauty and pleasure. Canoes, rafts, rowboats and the paddle-wheeler provided hours of enjoyment. The hills that surround the lake provided a scenic setting for farms and homes.

One hundred years later, the lake is still our most important asset. It attracts people in all seasons for swimming, fishing, sailing, canoeing, skating and many other sports. It provides photographers and artists with endless hours of recreation and more and more it is attracting new settlers who are choosing to five in the area because of its beauty. These examples prove once again how wise our early settlers were in selecting "The Lake in the Hills" as their home.

This illustrated history deals with the early settlement and development of the Township of Strong and the Village of Sundridge. It is arranged in chronological order to show how Free Grant Act of 1868, the arrival of settlers, the building of the Grand Trunk Railway and the geographical situation of Lake Bernard all contributed to the success of this community despite the exodus of many of the original settlers in the years 1892 -1911. This book includes accounts of events written by pioneers and their descendants, the building of schools, churches, post offices, lodges and societies in the various communities making up Strong Township. There are sketches of pioneer families, copies of letters, newspaper accounts of social events and legal documents.

ISBN:0-88954-327-5 | Hardcover with dust jacket | 8.5 x 11 inches approximately | 296 pages | $34.95

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Index

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

A

Abar, Peter and Eleanor 181, 183, 285, 286

Adams, William and Angelina 96, 153

Agricultural Society 9 - 13

Aldjo, David and Harriette 197

Alton, Joseph and Margaret 134, 135

Anderson, Albert 150, 151

Anderson, Ed. 150

Anderson, Emma 7, 8

Anderson, Dr. Howard 54 - 56, 204

Anderson, John 146 149

Anglican Church 270 - 273

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B

Bannerman, Adam and Janet 144, 155

Bapist Church 263, 264, 266

Barn Raising 119 - 122

Basket Factory 234, 235

Beatty, Gordon 215 - 219

Bell Telephone 213, 214

Berriedale 45, 50, 51

Bird, John and Margaret 162, 163

Bird, Louisa (Maeck) 161

Bloomfield 118 - 137

Bloomfield Community Fun 131

Bloomfield Picnic 138 - 140

Blue Row 95, 107

Bossert, Adolphus 19

Brampton Invasion 215 - 218

Brass Band 248, 249

Breen and Dunn 153

Brimacombe 43

Brimacombe, Albert 155

Brimacombe, Frankie Adele 44 - 50

Brimacombe, Samuel 43

Brimacombe, W. C. 41 - 53

Brookside 127

Burnes, Carlton F. 37, 38

Buttermaking 125

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C

Caldwell, Alice (Harrison) 131

Carmichael, Dr. Andrew 256, 257

Carter, John and Mary Elizabeth 149, 151, 153, 233

Childhood Days 122 - 124

Christie, Annie 285

Christie, Hugh and Ann 283

Christie, Malcolm 284

Church, Arthur 100

Church, James and Elizabeth 98, 99

Church, Tom 100

Colonization Roads 3

Cook, Janet (Christie) 285

Cook, John and Jennie 87

Cook, William and Elizabeth 86

Coombes, William Frederick 89, 90

Cottrell, William Henry and Maria 97, 98

Cunningham, Caroline (Malowney) 285

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D

Dobbs, Edward and Sarah 64, 65

Duke, John 68

Duke, Mary 68, 69

Dunbar, David 141, 142

Dunbar, George 141, 142, 187

Dunbar, James 138, 139, 153, 229 - 231

Dunbar, Merrill 231 - 248

Dunbar, Robert 221, 222

Dunbar, William 141

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E

Edgar, Joseph and Mary 158, 159, 172, 200, 201,218,219

Edgar, Margaret 225 - 227

Edgar, Mary S. 39, 40, 69, 172, 201

Errington 161

Everard, Doris (Brimacombe) 43, 44

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F

Faragher, John 156

Faris 137

Faulkner, Wiffiarn 181, 182

Fleming, John and James 164

Ford, James 155, 156

Free Grant vii, 2, 3

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G

Galaugher, Alexander 153

Gibbon, George Emslie 60, 61

Gibbon, Laura 57, 60

Gilchrist, George 225 - 227

Gillies, Charles 157

Glen Bernard Camp 39, 40

Grand Trunk Railway 169 - 173

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H

Haggart, Henry and Alice 287

Haggart, William and Annie 287

Hall, William Henry 135

Hamilton, Dora 223, 224

Hannaford, 61, 63, 65

Harkness, James and Marion 279, 281

Harper, John 185, 186

Harper, Mary (Irwin) 185, 186, 227

Harrison, Robert and Elizabeth 129 - 131, 278

Hartfell 57 - 60, 290

Hartfell Post Office 70

Haying 14, 15

Healthcare in Sundridge and Strong 250, 256

Hill 114

Hill, Annie Laurie 109 - 115

Hill, David 114

Hillsdale 109 - 115

Hockey 205

Hogmanay 84 - 86

Hornibrook, John and Mary 100, 101

Hornibrook, Joseph 14, 15

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I

Inglis, John and Letitia 132

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J

Jenkins, Andrew 119 - 122, 128, 130

Johnson, Pauline 201, 202

Johnston, John and Elizabeth 134, 135

Johnstone, J. P. and Amanda 188 - 192, 213, 21

Johnstone, Lucy (Rennie) 188 - 192, 244

Joly Township 279 - 290

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K

Kemp, Caroline (Frost) 279 - 282

Kemp, George 242

Kemp, William 21, 282

Kent, John Arthur 76

Kent, Samuel and Maria 76

Kent, William John 70

Knowles, Muriel (Hall) 223, 224

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L

Lang, James and Annie 183, 184, 199, 150

Lang, Jamie vii

Lang, Willard 140, 251

Lang, William 145, 146, 154, 250, 254

Logging 71 - 80

Loyal Orange Lodge 167, 168

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M

MacDonald, Cora 222

Malowney, William and Mary 286

Malyon, Dr. Roy 257

Maple Syrup Making 13, 14

Marketing and Barter 192, 193

Maxwill, John 238

May, Harry and Anna 165

May, Stanley 165, 257

McCabe, John and Rhoda 135

McCabe, William and Mary Jane 135

McCullough, 116, 117

McDermot, Benjamin 156

McGee, Sam 92

McIntyre, Donald 90

McKeen, James and Frances 125 - 127

McKeen, Lila (Richardson) 125 - 127

Methodist Church 265, 267 - 270

Millinery Shop 186

Milne, Jack 204

Milne, John and Will 51, 52

Milne, Peter and Jane, 283

Mintie, James and Ellen 161, 162

Minutes from the Village of Sundridge 175 - 181

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N

New Hope 89

Norrington 91, 92

Northern and Pacific Junction Railway 169

Northern Pioneers 37

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O

162nd Battalion 31 - 37, 209

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P

Paget John 5, 22

Paget, Mrs. John 154

Paget Tom 7

Parker and Scythe 154

Parkes, Smith 92, 93

Parry Sound.Colony 21 - 27

Peters, A. E. 156

Pevensey - Hartfell 57 - 60

Phillips, Henry and Rachel 133, 134

Pioneer Memories 161

Presbyterian Church 259 - 263

Presbyterian Concert 205

Prior, Dijah and Jean 101, 102

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Q

Queen's Hotel 193, 194, 228, 244

Quilting 223

Quirt, Francis and Henrietta 166, 221, 222

Quirt, Herb 166

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R

Raney, John and Annie 103

Rheubottom, Ben and Matilda 104, 105

Rheubottom, Joseph and Clem 105

Rye, Lawrence M. 25

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S

St. Paul's Anglican Church 270 - 273

S.S. No. 1 Joly 287 - 289

S.S. No. 2 Joly 289 - 290

S.S. No. 1 Strong 53, 54

S.S. No. 1 Strong and Armour 56

S.S. No. 2 Strong 127

S.S. No. 3 Strong 106

S.S. No. 4 Sundridge 273 - 278

S.S. No. 5 (see Union School Section No. 5)

S.S. No. 6 Strong 116

Scythe, George 148

Sedore, John Wesley 18

Seidewand, George 152, 154

Sidewheeler 187, 188

Smith, Sidney and Sarah 213

Soapmaking 115, 116

Sports 227, 249 - 252

Stancombe Letters 19, 20, 21

Stirling Falls 41 - 43, 51 - 54

Stone, J. E. 154

Strong Cemetery 19

Strong Lodge No. 423 174

Strong Post Office 131, 132

Strong Township 1 (map), 4 (map), 157

Strong Township Council Meetings 27 - 30

Sundrige 236, 240, 241 (maps)

Sundridge Echo 185 - 187, 203, 204, 221

Sundridge Library 198, 199

Sundridge, Women's Institute 205 - 211

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T

Thom, Alex and Sarah 185

Threshing 70, 71

Tripp Brothers 155

Tripp, Hiram and Catherine 143, 155

Tromley, Inez (Murray) 219

Tromley, Wallace and Mary 219 - 221

Tuplin 92, 93

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U

Union School Section No. 5 80 - 84

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V

Valentine, Annie (Christie) 285

VanMeer, Edmund Milo 94

VanMeer, Samuel Edmund 92

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W

Walker, Enid "Zip" 39, 40

Wash Day 224, 225

Watters, John 105, 106

Weddings 253 - 256

Whitelock, Grace 122 - 124

Wilson 56 - 68

Wilson, Frances (Therrien) 195, 1%

Wilson, John 67, 68

Wilson, James Wallace and Mary 66

Wilson, Joseph and Mary 195

Wilson, Martha (Grant) 229 - 231

Wilson, Robert 157

Wilson, Stuart 84 - 86

Wilson's Mills 195, 196

Wissler, Charlie and Maud 211 - 213, 257, 258

Woolen Mill 194,195

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Y

no entries

Z

no entries

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