February 27, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson, Memories & Other Stories

There is a beautiful musical play called Brigadoon." For those who have never seen the play, it is set somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland. It is a fantasy land, which comes to life every 100 years and then disappears in...

February 20, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

Every boy dreams at some time of finding a gold mine. Well, I found one. Right in Caledonia, too.

When I was young there used to be a large barn at the back of our house. It was here when the customers for the tavern would t...

February 13, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

My Dad used to tell about a house that burned for almost a week. It was owned by a Mr. Ward, a relative of Ron Smith. I believe it was built by a Mr. Osmond (Ossie) Elmore who retired to this piece of property, back in the...

February 6, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

School is open and Fall is here again. This is a busy time! It is food canning time! Some methods of preserving food have changed drastically since I was a boy. Today beans and asparagus are cut up and placed in plastic bag...

January 31, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

During the First World War mother had 20 soldiers of 114th. Battalion boarding at our house, Haldimand House. They were a rough and ready bunch, some of whom were serving their King and Country in an honourable manner, but...

January 23, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

The Grand River Navigation Company built Dam No. 4 at Seneca Village. Jacob Turner came as the contractor for the Grand River Navigation Company. He bought land for himself west of Seneca Village and cleared it. later he be...

January 16, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

Three bridges spanned the Grand River at Caledonia. The first one was surveyed around 1835 but not built until 1842-43. It was built by a private company called The Hamilton and Port Dover Road Company and was constructed t...

January 9, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

Spring! Outdoors! Walks! River! Railroad Bridge! So went the young mind, away back when.

The Railroad bridge held a fascination for the young hikers of former years. I do not know whether it does today or not.

To cross it ove...

January 2, 2017

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

With the new bypass bridge a current topic the story of other bridges in town should be told for posterity.

Bridges have been and still are vitally important to our community. It seems that spring brings that topic into focu...

December 26, 2016

Leslie T. Richardson- Memories & Other Stories

Grandma lived upstairs in her own apartment and like all well regulated households, in the old days, had her share of mice invasions. How they got upstairs was a mystery, but upstairs they got; and into everything which was...

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