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The Early History of Elora, Ontario and Vicinity

John Connon

Publication Year: 1975

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

John Robert Connon was the elder son of Thomas Connon and his wife, Jean Keith, and was born May 26th, 1862. His father was a native of the parish of Udny, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who, after receiving a good education, served an ...

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pp. ix-xii

This book provides little-known details of the settlement and development of the Elora area from the time the first log shelter was built by Roswell Matthews within sight of the Grand River's falls in 1817. From then until 1833, John Connon writes, "Elora seemed to be at the end of the ...


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pp. 3

A few years ago my old friend and teacher, Mr. David Boyle, Secretary of the Ontario Historical Society and Curator of the Ontario Provincial Museum in Toronto, was visiting in Elora. He took the first opportunity ...

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pp. 5-18

There is an element of romance about first things. They have a charm of novelty and freshness. As items of biographical interest they cannot be superseded, for however important any similar later experience may be, it can never be the first of that kind. That place is permanently occupied. ...

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Township of Pilkington

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pp. 19-45

The first to settle, and make a clearing, in what is now the township of Pilkington was one by the name of William Wolcott, an American. He came about the year 1817 and was the first to occupy that farm, Lot 1, on the 2nd Concession east of the Grand River, which has since been the home of so many. ...

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Its Early History

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pp. 46-109

A few yards up stream from the south end of Victoria Bridge, in Elora, a small creek joins the river. Before all the trees were chopped this stream never ceased to flow, for it was fed by many springs and the water from that flat, wet land on top of the hill. Now it is dried up for the greater part of the ...

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Its Early History Continued.

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pp. 110-190

It has already been told how, on the first day of December, 1817, Roswell Matthews became the first settler in Elora. That he and his family lived here for nine years or more, that, having been disappointed in not receiving the deed for the land which was promised them by the owner of the Township ...


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pp. 191-199

ELORA (poem)

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pp. 200


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pp. 201-207


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pp. 208

E-ISBN-13: 9780889208575
Print-ISBN-13: 9780889200128
Print-ISBN-10: 0889200122

Page Count: 222
Publication Year: 1975