Susanna McLeod

Susanna McLeod

Glimpses of Canadian History : Email: Scribbles@cogeco.ca

Archive for February 2013

Hiram Walker, Whisky Industrialist in Walkerville, Ontario

Hiram Walker, an American who crossed the Detroit River into Canada, building his own distillery, his own town of Walkerville, while helping other businesses to flourish While not a Canadian citizen, Hiram Walker was one of the great businessmen of Canada. He built industries and in the process created his own town for his employees…. (read more)

Cataraqui Cemetery, a Garden Cemetery Since 1850

Enlarged in 1850 due to the deaths of arriving immigrants, Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario became the resting place of both prestigious and ordinary Canadians. “At last! We’ve made it,” the immigrants must have cried with relief in the late 1840s. The New World and new lives beckoned. Miserably ill from typhoid on their voyages,… (read more)

Ford Model C: Canada’s First Production Car

Canada’s first large-scale automobile production began in 1904. The Model C Ford and later the Model T were produced at Walkerville Wagon Works in southern Ontario. He didn’t make the first automobile in Canada; there were many other cars under development. He wasn’t the only one to design production lines, either. But in 1904, Henry… (read more)

Canada’s Dollar Coin: The Loonie

Twenty years ago, the first Canadian dollar coin was introduced. The Loonie was considered a “loonie” proposition by some, small change and heavy in the pockets. Accustomed to paper money and small change, Canadians were not excited about the announcement of a coin to replace the dollar bill in 1987. The change was to save… (read more)

Celebrating Canada’s 140th Birthday in 2007

Canada celebrates its 140th birthday on July 1st. But the birth of Confederation in 1867 was not a smooth and painless process. One province fought the BNA Act passage Signed by Queen Victoria in 1867, the colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada (Upper and Lower Canada) were united under the… (read more)

Canada’s First Postage Stamp: Three Pence Beaver

Designed by Sandford Fleming, the Three Pence Beaver was considered the first stamp of Canada, years before Confederation. Unique in its design, it set several firsts. Before a Dominion, Canada was a province, combining Upper Canada and Lower Canada into one entity, called the United Province of Canada. Other provinces of the time were Nova… (read more)

Hébert, the First French Family in Canada

Packing up their three children, the Héberts sailed across the ocean to New France. With little to work with, the family made a good life caring for natives and settlers It was an offer too good to pass up. Pack up the Hébert family, a French fur-trading company said, and sail from France to the… (read more)

Melville Bell, a Telephone Connection

When it came to telephone service in Canada, Melville Bell was the man to see. Helping his son invent the first telephone, Melville owned the Canadian patent rights. When it came to telephone communication, Alexander Graham Bell was the man to see. After years of developing the technology, his success was proven by making a… (read more)

Gold! The Rush to the Klondike

From murmurs of gold on Bonanza Creek in 1897, word spread south with lightning speed. There was gold to be found, supplies to be purchased, but months of travel first. Panning for gold in Canada’s north was an ordinary occupation, and usually not a profitable venture. For years, gold miners plied their skills at finding… (read more)

The Halifax Gazette, First Published in 1752

Printed on a half-sheet of foolscap, the Halifax Gazette provided news from Europe, government announcements, local scoops and advertising to the new citizens of Halifax The elegantly classic masthead, traditional Caslon typeface and enough advertisements to pay the bills, the first newspaper to be published in Canada set the tone for newspapers to come. The… (read more)