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 24, 2017

Barbara A. Martindale- For What It's Worth April 30, 2013

The story of Gordon Pattison, one longtime barber in Caledonia, connects a few downtown locations: the Toll House (today's Edward Jones building) and Don's Barber Shop.

Gordon was the son of Thomas and Phoebe (You...

February 22, 2017

The 21st century allows me to share with you a photo-tour of the Mill as it was when I completed my time as a member of the COMC in 2013. Many of my high school friends had worked alongside me for many years cleaning and discovering the gems inside the Mill- but those...

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 17, 2017

Barbara A. Martindale- For What It's Worth May 7, 2013

Women were very much part of the WWII effort. In fact, a Women's Memorial, dedicated to all women who served, is on the Patterson Walkway, just east of the bridge.  Those women who came home from the war and made a...

February 15, 2017

Ian D. Thompson, U.E.- Modern Memories February 15, 2017.

There truly is no better way to get to know the makeup of a community than to study it's cemeteries.

Transcribing cemeteries and placing the data online (you can view transcription databases here) has given me rap...

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 10, 2017

The plank road, started in 1839, and the first bridge brought many men to this area looking for work in their selected field. David, born Jan. 18, 1809, and Charles Hager, born June 10, 1816, of Palermo in Halton County, came for this reason.

Bridge construction in 1842...

February 8, 2017

Ian D. Thompson, U.E.- Modern Memories: February 8, 2017

A small and peaceful cemetery exists at the site of the former Village of Indiana. It's actually all that remains (apart from Ruthven Mansion) of this once bustling industrial spot on the Grand River.

The St. Rose...

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...

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