Whether you are a visitor to our community, are researching your family roots, need background on an historic building or are just interested in local history, this website is your one-stop source of information on our heritage.
The site offers you a glimpse of the history of Dufferin Municipality from the pre-settlement era to the post–1870 influx of homesteading families, and from the arrival of the railways to the rise and decline of the small towns and communities along its path.
You will also discover the wealth of historic buildings, cairns, plaques and other heritage resources that our communities have to offer.
Let us know of any omissions or errors. If you have information or photos you’d like to share, please contact us. Check out this site each month for our Special Features, including vintage photos from the area.
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News and Events: October 2016
CDMHAC Update. Nothing new to report at the moment—just tidying up this past year’s projects and planning for the coming year. It’s been a good time as well to take a few moments to browse among those old local newspapers (Carman Standard and Dufferin Leader) which can be accessed online through the Pembina Manitou Archive.
You’ll get a fascinating insight into life in our community—ads for businesses that were operating at the time, graphic opinions on politics, details of what everyone local was doing, not to mention happenings on the global scene. And if you like corny old jokes you’ll get a lot of chuckles from these papers.
To give an idea of what you’ll find, here is an ad from back in 1908 that suggests that our present Reeve may have inherited some of his drive and enterprising business spirit from an earlier namesake:
And here’s one of the items from the Dufferin Leader, January 4, 1900:
WHAT CARMAN WANTS FOR 1900
A daily mail service.
The erection of a fire hall.
The standing of our public school raised.
Stage connections with Morden, via Pomeroy and Roland.
Someone to tell us where those fire companies have gone to.
A by-law prohibiting teams from being left untied on the streets.
A lacrosse team worthy the support of all true lovers of clean sport.
Economy consistent with progress in our municipal management.
A guard rail on the southeast approach to the Villard Avenue bridge.
Some effort towards organizing a fire company that will have some existence beyond name.
An Agricultural and Horticultural Society with some snap to it and an exhibition worthy of the name.
Information posted up in every shop and public place directing where the chemical engines may be found.
A railway station that will not only be more commodious, but also a credit to the C.P.R. and an ornament to the town.
Owners and tenants required to keep the streets in front of their property free from weeds, refuse and other unsightly objects.
The Town has made lots of progress since 1900. What would you put on that wish list today?
Besides giving a glimpse of the past, old newspapers can be a treasure trove for anyone searching for family members who lived in the area. One of our greatest satisfactions from working with the website has been from helping folks locate an obituary, news item or business ad that gives an important clue to their past. I can personally attest to the thrill of these discoveries, having just returned from a trip to Ireland, visiting the village near Kilkenny where my great-grandmother grew up. After almost 40 years of searching for information about her birthplace on the usual genealogical sites, it turned up in her obituary which was published in one of our early 1901 papers. Let us know if we can help you in your own search for your local roots.
Museum news. Volunteers have been extra busy this last while getting Boyne School ready for the July 2017 opening. The interior painting is coming along well; electrical work is still to be done. Grandparents’ Day was not as well attended as planners hoped, however the Amazing Race day was successful again this year with 83 people (21 teams) visiting the Museum.
A project is underway in which volunteers plan on collecting 150 local stories in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary this coming year. Interviewers are pretty excited about their results so far. Good luck, everyone.
Earlier news items are stored on a separate "Old News" page.