Volume 4

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Thomas Hyland Lynch

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   The Guelph Mercury of Feb. 7, 1907 records the death, at 78, of Thomas Hyland Lynch, the first male child born in Guelph. For 40 years he was High County Constable and Sheriff’s bailiff for Sheriffs Grange and Gow. He was also a member of the fire department, serving under Chief MoTague in the...

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Guelph's First "Bicycle"

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   From a manuscript written by the late John D. Higinbotham and copied by Mrs. D. B. Shutt for the Publications. William Balbraith, commonly known as Garibaldi, or “Garry” was a blacksmith in the employ of Robert Parker. In 1868, “Garry” heard that in Toronto some fellow had a machine built with one wheel in...

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A Letter From Vernon E. Webber of Canthem

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   A recent letter from Vernon E. Webber of Canthem gives the following information: “It dates back to 1909 and 1910 when a Mr. Victor H. Canham who was one of G.B. Ryan’s mainstays in the leading dry goods store of Guelph, with others of my associates in that enterprising business, formed a company. I...

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A Short Account Of The Guelph Public Library

Author: H. Douglass Publication Date: 1964   The 76 th anniversary of the founding of the City of Guelph was celebrated by the laying of the corner stone of the Guelph Public Library. Mr. James Watt, chairman of the Library Board and one of the most active campaigners for a new building performed the ceremony. The granite stone was a...

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Information from The Galt Reporter Files

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   Contributed by Hugh Douglass who came across the following information when going through the Galt Reporter files. The Galt Reporter on Friday, July 27, 1866, gave the following information On Sunday, July 22, a violent windstorm passed through this area. The “tornado” struck Guelph and completely destroyed Mr. McCrae’s coal-oil refinery. The Grand Trunk freight...

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A Short Account of Guelph’s Earliest Fairs

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   The earliest Guelph Fair took place on August 12, 1827 but was not very successful. The second one held here on the first Monday in May 1828 was a little better than the previous one. At that time half a dozen cattle owned by Lazarus Parkinson of Eramosa were offered for sale. They were...

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Amount of the carcer of a Guelphite, Ronald W. Mackinnon

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   Sometime about 1834, a Mackinnon family emigrated from Scotland, and settled in the Hillsburgh district. The father, Lachlin, died in 1862. He had five sons – John had a general store in Rockwood, and later became evaluater for the Guelph and Ontario Trust Co. He was the father of Judge R. L. Mackinnon. Another...

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The Presto Club

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   The following is copied from a Guelph Presto Music Club programme dated Friday, February 15, 1946. “On Wednesday afternoon, February, 1898, a meeting, the aim of which was the organization of a Music Club, was held at the home of the late J. W. Kilgour. Miss Annie Kilgour (now Mrs. Buckingham) was appointed chairman,...

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The Presto Club Part 2

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   The last publication dealt with the organization of the Presto Club. This issue deals with its expansion. The information is derived from the same Presto Music Club programme dated Friday February 15, 1946. The first public concert took place on November 28, 1899 in the City Hall auditoriam. Mr. J.D.A. Tripp, a brilliant Toronto...

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The Presto Club Piano

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   On October 6, 1921, when the late Mrs. Torrance was president of the Presto Club, Dr. Edward Johnson gave a magnificent recital in the Opera House in Guelph. There was a large attendance. After the concert, a reception was held at the Blue Triangle restaurant on St. George’s Square. At Dr. Johnson’s request, the...

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Charles Raymond

Author: Unknown Publication Date: 1964   One of the greatest businessmen and philanthropists of Guelph was Charles Raymond. He brought to this city the energy, shrewdness and foresight of the typical New Englander. Born in Ashburnham, Mass. On January 6, 1826, and educated there, at Fitchburg, and Lowell, he left school at 17 to become an apprentice in the Massachusetts...

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Memories of Guelph

Author: Margaret Beatrice Burgess Publication Date: 1964   Low in the west the great day orb descends Low in the west the great day orb descends,While I, with eyes enraptured, gaze uponA scene of passing beauty, sky and cloudLit with a thousand parting rays that flashAnd quiver in the evening atmosphere.Well worthy of the royal name it bears,The city lies before...

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