Thursday, July 12, 2018

Honourable G. Howard Ferguson Plaque

In Kemptville, Ontario, in a small park, on the southeast corner of Prescott Street and Van Buren Street stands a plaque dedicated to the Honourable George Howard Ferguson.





HON. G. HOWARD FERGUSON
1870 - 1946


Ontario's ninth Premier was born here in Kemptville, son of Charles Ferguson, a local doctor and member of the House of Commons. Following graduation from the University of Toronto in 1891, Howard studied law under Sir William Mereditgh and practised in Kemptville. Elected in 1905 to the Ontario legislature as a Conservative, he became in 1914 Minister of Lands, Forests and Mines in the Hearst administration. From 1919 - 23 he was leader of the Opposition, Premier from 1923 - 30, and from 1930 - 35 served as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.






Monday, July 09, 2018

Prescott Street Bridge, Kemptville

In Kemptville, Ontario, the Prescott Street Bridge crosses over Kemptville Creek just south of the tee junction of Prescott Street and Clothier Street East.




PRESCOTT STREET BRIDGE

The South Branch of the Rideau River has played a vital part in the history of Kemptville. The small settlement, first known as "The Branch" when it was established in the early 1800s, then became known as Clothier's Mill before it was named Kemptville in honour of Sir James Kempt, Governor General of the Canadas from 1828-1830.

Sir James Kempt


In 1819 Lyman Clothier purchased 100 acres of land from John Boyce for £75, part of lot 27 in the 3rd Concession of Oxford, and proceeded to build a dam and then a sawmill. In 1821 Clothier added a gristmill, enabling settlers in the area to have their wheat ground without having to travel to Brockville or Prescott.

Circa 1930. Photo Credit: North Grenville Historical Society


The main settlement of Kemptville was on the north side of the South Branch, but settlers and travellers still had to get across the, sometimes raging, river. During the spring, when the water in the river was running fast, enterprising citizens charged one penny to ferry people across. At other times of the year squared off logs, lashed together, suffices as a reasonably safe method of passage for people and animals, and might have been an extension of a "Corduroy Road" running south from the river.


Circa 1930.
Photo Credit: North Grenville Historical Society


A squared timber structure, wide enough for a team of horses or a yoke of oxen, replaced the logs, and this structure, much repaired, survived until 1885 when an iron bridge, complete with plank walks was erected. This bridge survived until 1928 when the first concrete bridge was erectd and that bridge was replaced in 1961 with the bridge you see today.

North Grenville Historical Society


1907. Photo Credit: North Grenville Historical Society


Registered plan 11, surveyed by John Burchill in 1862



Thursday, July 05, 2018

Elgin-Alexander Kirk Fraser Tree

In Kemptville, Ontario, in Millennium Park, on the southeast corner of Clotheir Street East and Prescott Street grows a tree dedicated to the memory of Elgin-Alexander Kirk Fraser.



Remembering
ELGIN-ALEXANDER KIRK
FRASER
April 10, 2004-May 19,2007

A little boy who fulfilled his life's
purpose in only three short years.
He inspired countless people
with his courage and strength
while he lived with Neuroblastoma,
a rare childhood cancer.


Monday, July 02, 2018

Kemptville Millennium Park and Town Clock

The Kemptville Millennium Park and Town Clock occupy the south east corner of Clothier Street East and Prescott Street in Kemptville, Ontario.






North Grenville
Rotary Millennium Park
2001





Established in 2000, the North Grenville Rotary Millennium Park is a collaborative effort of the Rotary Club of Kemptville & District and teh Township of North Grenville. This municipal property has become a true community asset thanks to the individuals, families, service clubs, fraternal organizations and businesses that volunteered time and/or made donations.



TREES DONATED IN MEMORY

HAL ANTHONY
HENK deVRIES
LORNE POMINVILLE
RUSS & JEAN SOMMERVILLE
RON VAN denTILLAART



~ IN MEMORY ~

Bond, Bill & Lil
Campbell, Erna
Compton, Rosanne (Roxy)
Driscoll, Michael
Drummond, George W.
Graham, Robert T. D.
Hopson, Gilbert (Gil)
McClenaghan, Earl & Grace
McClintock, Robert
McCrea, Wendy
Pratt, Wayne
Smith, Clarice
Stewart, Keith, Nate & Bill
Tilston, Dr. W. V. (Bill)
Workman, Lyall (Joe)



DONATED BY THE
CAMERON FAMILY
IN MEMORY OF
DIANNE CAMERON






IN LOVING MEMORY
MIKE KOTLARCHUK
1931-1995
JOE KOTLARCHUK
1933-2004