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Victoria County, Ontario Canada Centennial History
This history has been appearing serially through the Lindsay
"Watchman Warder" for the past eleven months and is now issued in
book form for the first time. The occasion for its preparation is,
of course, the one hundredth anniversary of the opening up of
Victoria county. Read more..
Table Of Contents
Its chief purposes are four in
(1) to place on record the local details of pioneer life that are
fast passing into oblivion.
(2) to instruct the present generation of school children in the
origins and development of the social system in which they live.
(3) to show that the form which our county's development has taken
has been largely determined by physio-graphical, racial, social, and
(4) to demonstrate how we may, after a scientific study of these
forces, plan for the evolution of a higher economic and social
The difficulties of the work have been prodigious. A Victoria County
Historical Society, formed twenty years ago for a similar purpose,
found the field so sterile that it disbanded, leaving no records
behind. Under such circumstances, I have had to dig deep. The
Dominion Archives at Ottawa and the Crown Lands Department at
Toronto have been systematically ransacked; libraries at Kingston,
Peterborough, Lindsay, and Toronto have been consulted; the
municipal records of the county have been thumbed over; scores of
interviews have been secured with old and prominent citizens; and
complete local press files for 47 years have been read through in
their entirety. To provide a proper background of general history,
over one hundred standard works on history, economics, and sociology
have been studied. Every page of the book represents the results of
laborious and incessant research.
General readers may perhaps be interested in the following
"background" sketches,. which, to the best of my knowledge, are not
to be found anywhere else in printed form.
(1) The review of Trent Canal construction, in Chapter IX.
(2) The sketch, in Chapter XII, of the development of the Ontario
(3) The history of the early Canadian militia, in Chapter XIII.
(4) The condensed outlines of Canadian military campaigns, in
Victoria County, Ontario
Canada Centennial History, Watson Kirkconnell M.A., 1921