This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
May 11, 1888
Brooklin’s coming boom?

From the May 11, 1888 Whitby Chronicle:


Mrs. Roberts of Rochester N.Y., is visiting at Mr. D. Hollidays.

Mr. Clarence Starr came home from the city of Friday. He will remain at home for a time.

Mr. and Miss Degeer of Uxbridge visited Mt. T. H. Wilson on Saturday and Sunday.

Messrs. Calwell and William, shipped another fine lot of cattle and hogs from here on Tuesday.

Mr. Chas. Chamberlain will remove shortly with his family to Windsor where he has secured a situation.

Miss Ella Holliday returned on Thursday from Rochester N. Y., where she spent winter with relatives.

Mr. Wm. Routley and Rob. McBrien start on Monday to seek their fortune in the far west. They strike for Calgary near the Rockies.

Mr. Thos. Savage has leased his farm to his son-in-law Mr. Bickle and is moving this week into the village to Mr. John Warren’s house, which place he has rented.

Brooklin has long been waiting for a boom but we trust it is coming at last. The proposed Western Ontario Railway from Port Hope to the lake Huron shore passing through the counties of Ontario, York, Simcoe, Cardwell Grey and Bruce, can scarcely avoid coming through or very close to us. We are certainly on a direct line with the places through which they propose building and ample room could be procured for a large station here.

What might have proved a very serious accident happened to Mr. A. Ketchen on Thursday last. He was hitching up a team of colts to a set of harrows on his property at Ashburn, and while fastening the tugs one of the horses stood back and knocked him down on the harrows and then fell on him. He was rendered insensible for a time and on recovering found the horse standing and he lying under it. He very miraculously escaped with a few bruises and is able to get about again.

The members of the R. T. of T. came out strong on Monday night. Four new members were added to our number. The participants in the debate were on hand and proved themselves primed and prepared to deal with their subject. The time allowed for each was much too short and it was with reluctance that they gave up the platform when time was called. The decision was left to the lodge and put to vote resulting in a tie. The other part of the programme consisting of readings music and singing was of a high order.

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