Elizabeth Bell Ferguson

The contribution by women to history, whether local or national, was often overlooked, as the influence of women was usually confined to behind the...

Madeleine Jaffray’s Lifetime of Service

War amps pays tribute to canada’s only female amputee from first world war For more than 100 years, women have been an integral part of...

The schools of Oxford Mills

The local public school in Oxford Mills has been living under the threat of closure for some years now, after the Upper Canada District...

A Canadian railroad trilogy, part 3

Once the business leaders of Oxford-on-Rideau had invested in the Bytown & Prescott Railway Company, work on the line could be brought to a...

A Canadian Railroad Trilogy: Part 2

The arrival of the first train at the new station in Kemptville in August, 1854, appeared to signal the new era of railway travel...

A Canadian Railroad Trilogy: Part 1

The revolution, which was to change Oxford-on-Rideau and South Gower Townships forever, began very quietly indeed. It happened in the House of Assembly in...

Ku Klux Klan in Smith’s Falls

Racism and bigotry is not unknown in Canada, although we often like to think that we’re in a better place in that regard. Sometimes...

Rideau Canal saga Burritts Rapids: made by the Canal

But,The Rideau Canal began as a military project which, fortunately, never had to meet a military purpose in its 190 years since Col. John...

Canada and the Noisy Neighbours

As Canada reaches the grand age of 155, it is a good time to look back and see how it all came to pass....

The Settlement that passed us by

The plan to bring in settlers to farm the lands around the Rideau, and so provide a barrier to any future American invasion, ran...