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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.

Please visit our Acknowledgements page, which recognizes the many people who contributed towards making the website possible, including the backbone of any endeavour—the volunteers who contributed material, researched, edited or proofread content, and gave in so many ways of their time and talents.

News and Events: November 2017


Lest We Forget
Remembrance Day. Services were held across the municipalities November 11 to pay tribute to the young men and women who gave their lives in service of our country. These Remembrance Day services are one of our most enduring tributes to our past. Sadly, memories of our veterans and of the families who mourned their loss or celebrated their safe return are fast becoming lost to present generations. This is an area C/D MHAC will focus on as we work with local communities to research and compile inventories of their heritage resources.


Homewood Reunion. How many of you were a bit astounded when you read the article in this week’s Valley Leader (‘Marking Homewood history with helicopter cairn’, Thursday, November 9, 2017, p.4) and learned that Homewood was the site of the first helicopter flight in Canada and second only in the world? We would bet it caught a bit of attention amongst readers and that it will swell the ranks of folks who head to the community on July 15, 2018 for the local school reunion. Co-chair Stuart Breckon kindly forwarded the following information about the event:

In April, 2017 a group of former Homewood School students met to organize a reunion and arrange for a cairn to be placed in memory of the school. A committee was set up with Deanna Mutcher and myself as co-chairs.


The Homewood School as it was in 1952

Here is the progress to date:

The date of July 15, 2018 has been set for the reunion and dedication.

As Homewood tended to be the center for several other local schools, the organizers wish to celebrate Homewood village as well as the school.

All friends of Homewood are welcome. Whether it was school picnics, field days, curling, skating, church or just going to the co-op, grain elevators, or Latham’s store we’d love to see old friends.

A web site www.homewoodreunion.ca has been set up. It contains the history of both the school and the village, class lists from each year and pictures.

The reunion will be an afternoon event with lots of time to visit with old friends. Events will include the dedication of the school cairn and a walking tour of “old” Homewood. At the end of the afternoon there will be a meal served with more time to visit.

Prior to the dedication of the school cairn, the Canadian Aviation Historical Society will be dedicating a cairn for the first helicopter flight in Canada. As many know, in the 1930’s three Froebe brothers built the first helicopter in Canada that actually got off the ground. It happened right in Homewood. We are excited that this dedication will be part of the day.

Another part of the reunion will be the “History of Homewood” project. This will include the overall history of the school and the village plus histories of individual families that lived in the area. Copies will be available at the reunion. Merle Kluczkowski (nee Cutting) is coordinating this project. Merle’s email is: merle.klutch@gmail.com

What you can do:

1. Plan to attend and let us know that you are coming. Send a reply email to Deanna or myself or respond in the Reunion section of the web site. We need to know you’re coming so we can plan accordingly.

2. The dedication events are free and open to everyone. There will be a charge for the meal. The meal tickets will be sold in advance and a further email will outline the details.

3. The school cairn will be funded by individual donations. Particularly if you went to Homewood School please consider a donation towards the costs. The donations will be tax deductible. A follow up note will outline the cairn, the costs and where to send your cheque.

4. Help us with contact information. If you have any information about former students or any friends of Homewood who should be at the reunion, please send their names.

5. Plan to get your family history written up so that it can be included in the Homewood history. Many will be able to update their family history from the Dufferin Municipal history book of 1980. Others will have to start from scratch. Please note that the histories will also be turned over to the Carman/Dufferin Municipal Advisory Committee (CDMHAC) to be sure that none of the old history is lost.

6. If you would like to volunteer to help on July 15 or help with the histories or with other preparations, please let us know. Everyone is welcome to join the committee.

We look forward to seeing you on July 15, 2018!

Deanna Mutcher: Co-chair.  Phone: (204) 745 2719
Stuart Breckon: Co-chair. Phone: (281) 450 1884

If anyone has photographs or information they can share with the committee, or can assist them in any other way, let’s help Homewood community make this an event to remember!

Graysville Heritage Inventory. Graysville heritage committee members are hard at work locating local heritage resources and sorting out what needs to be copied, archived or otherwise preserved. They all have firm ties with the past in a community that is rich with local heritage. We’ll be looking forward to seeing the results of their work as well as getting ideas about how to proceed in other communities in the municipality.


Graysville heritage group – Coordinator Judie Owen, Carrol Bruce,
Neil McNair, John Murray


 

 

 

 

 





Roseisle Memorial Rose Garden.
The final construction phase of the garden has been completed.


Rod McPherson (Carman Legion) George Gray (Reeve)
Marg Neumann (Rose Garden Committee)


 

 

 

 

 

 


In mid-October, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the installation of a second water feature and completion of the final phase of the project. Under the dedicated leadership of Diane Gillingham, the committee and other volunteers have worked diligently over the past three years to landscape and fence the site, install water and lighting in the area and plant rose bushes in memory of the individuals and families who built the community.

The garden surrounds and highlights metal craftsman Cliff McPherson’s ‘Roseisle Rose”. A special feature of the garden is a section honouring local soldiers who died in WWI. C/D MHAC contributed along with other groups towards placing an obelisk at the WWI site. Thanks to the committee and other volunteers for many hours of fundraising, planting, weeding, watering, dead-heading and otherwise maintaining a beautiful tribute to the community and to the past.

 

Recent History

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