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Lambton County, Ontario Canada Names and Places -D-

Dawn
One of the Townships comprising the County of Lambton, being in the southern tier of townships. The early records show this township was first known as "Arigantimosa," an Indian word probably better known by the Indians as "Argamosa" and meaning "walking with snow shoes."

Of the adoption of Dawn as a name, two solutions are offered. In "Gardiner's Book," (of nothing but names) he hints that it refers to the dawn of liberty for the escaped Negro slaves who were settled on a portion of this land about 1820 by a party by the name of King. The other theory as to the name is that the Government surveyor's commencing their work at the St. Clair River and working back through what is now the Township of Sombra into the interior, after passing great dense forests which almost excluded the light, they came upon some higher and open ground and named it the "Dawn."

Dawn was originally heavily wooded with elm and ash, and much lumbering was carried on. These days have passed and fine, well cleared and well improved farms comprise the township. It's population in 1921 was 2470 and has an acreage of sixty-five thousand, five hundred and seventeen acres.

Dawn Center
Now called Rutherford, prior to the formation of the Gore of Camden, this point was the center of the Township. Bears its name from the Township.

Dawn Valley
A post office opened at Lot 20, Con. 1, Dawn. It passed out with the coming of rural mail. First postmaster, Hugh Dunlop, opened about 1890. This point, too, bears its name from the Township.

Duthill
A post office at Lot 12, Con. 9, Sombra, named after the Parish of Duthill, Invernesshire, Scotland. A church was built here in 1880 and it was then the name was first introduced, and applied to the post office which was opened a few years later.

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