Catholic roots

The Catholic families who settled in West Flamborough Townships were first served by traveling missionaries from as far away as Toronto and Niagara. Father James Campion began ministering at the Head-of-the-Lake in 1827. Although attached to the military garrison Read more

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Remembering the Rat Tannery

Today, little of Millgrove’s industrial past remains. One of the era’s last buildings is located at 328 5th Concession Road West, at the entrance to the village. The one-and-a-half storey stone barn was known by the strange name of Read more

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Methodist Church, Part 2

A United front, St. James 180 years in Waterdown

Rebuilt of pointed rubble stone, the church was enlarged to serve the large and growing congregation. The cost of construction was over a thousand dollars, but only a small debt Read more

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Methodist Church, Part 1

Methodist Church settles in Waterdown

In April 2008, St. James United Church on Parkside Drive in Waterdown celebrated the 180th anniversary of the arrival of the Methodist Church in the village.

During their history in Waterdown, the various denominations Read more

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A distinguished political career, Part 2

William Oscar Sealey (1859-1940)

During his time as a Member of Parliament for Wentworth, W. O. Sealey actively campaigned for agriculture, trade and commerce in the legislature. He advocated an “embargo against the export of Canada’s raw materials until Read more

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Sealey early MP, Part 1

William Oscar Sealey (1859-1940)

Farmer, businessman and politician, William Oscar Sealey was one of Wentworth County’s most prominent citizens during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He was born in Waterdown on January 26, 1859, the second son Read more

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The good doctor

One of Flamborough’s most beloved physicians was Dr. J. O. McGregor, who practised in Waterdown from 1884 to 1927. Born December 19, 1850, he attended high school in Guelph and acquired his degree of Medical Doctor at the University Read more

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Crooker’s legacy

Frederick William Crooker was born in Waterdown on December 28, 1862, the only son of William Harris Crooker and Sarah Jane Rymal. He was educated at the Waterdown Public and High School on Main Street South and, during his Read more

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Remembering: Sir William Pearce Howland

The Village of Waterdown has been home to many noted residents, since its founding in 1830, but possibly the most illustrious and least known is Sir William Pearce Howland, the only American-born Father of Confederation who spent many years Read more

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Millgrove village, Part 3

Village social life

When the decision was made in 1874 to purchase the Methodist New Connexion Chapel at Clappison’s Corners, to become the Millgrove Village Hall, the transaction involved The Sons of Temperance Society.

The deed stipulated that certain Read more

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