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  • Birth  CA 1790 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1820  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-195214 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I195214  Generations
    Last Modified  16 Apr 2019 

  • Notes 
    • The village [Galt] was known as Shade's Mills in its early days, and, like the Province generally, advanced very slowly at this period. By examining the illustration to be found on another page, the work of Mr. Homer Watson of Doon, some ideas of the modern Galtonian, not a little proud, perhaps, of the "Manchester of Canada," may be roughly dispelled, but some conception may be obtained of the village of Shade's Mills in the spring of 1820.

      Ten buildings, all told, made up the village just sixty years ago. There was:
      (1) Shade's house and store, already described;
      (2) the sawmill, whose site is now occupied by the Great Western Railway bridge, and which was running in the spring of 1817;
      (3) the Dumfries' mills, built in 1818, which commenced running the following year;
      (4, 5 and 6) two or three log houses and a shanty, between the mills and the dam, the latter building occupied by an easy-going adventurous half-breed, whose name has faded from the memory of the oldest inhabitant;
      (7) the distillery, which began operations in 1820;
      (8) a log black-smith shop carried on by one Charles Kitchen, a little south of the site of Mr. William Robinson's residence;
      (9) a small building near Mr. James Scott's house, which bad been originally built on cedar posts, but had afterwards been filled in with dry stones; and
      (10) the remains, at this time chiefly foundation and debris, of the old temporary mill, which, it is needless to say, was despised and cast aside as soon as the new, and, for that early period, superior Dumfries mills had been put into operation.

      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young, 1880 Toronto: Hunter, Rose

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