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2010 May

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Huron County Historical Society

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110 North St, PO Box 3, Goderich ON, N7A 3Y5



Executive for 2009-2010

David Armstrong president 519-524-1156
Ralph Laviolette secretary 519-565-2454
Mac Campbell treasurer 519-524-7935
Ralph Laviolette past president 519-565-2454
Elaine Snell membership 519-523-9531
Ted Turner archivist  
Isobel Bissonnette archivist  
Brock Vodden councilor  
Rhea Hamilton-Seeger councilor  


Next Society Meetings....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Dinner 6:00 pm, Meeting 8:00 pm

Dinner at the Astoria B&B, 69 Brittania Road West in Goderich. The General Meeting and Tour will be held at Masonic Bldg., Canoe Club, and Rutledge Architects offices, West Street. Please Call David Armstrong at 519-524-1156 for reservations.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Dinner 6:00 pm, Meeting 7:30 pm

Dinner location being discussed. The Meeting will feature a brief history of the county before the 1830s.

Membership renewal....

The date shown above your name on the address label is the year to which your membership is paid up. If you are in arrears, consider this a reminder that the membership fees are now $20.

To reserve your member’s copy of Historical Notes, keep your dues up to date. Past copies of the Notes are available at the Museum, $8 per copy.
And, if you are in arrears, mail-in your membership today.

Note our current address for mail and memberships:

HCHS Memberships, Box 3, Goderich ON, N7A 3Y5.


President’s Message
Greetings once again, members and friends of the Huron County Historical Society! Our spring schedule of activities started in April in Seaforth and we are in for an interesting meeting season.
If you cannot attend the annual general meeting, then accept our greetings and we hope to see you later as we meet to see and tour historical sites across the County. ~ David Armstrong


At the last meeting...

Seaforth offers one of the last well-preserved street-scapes of 1890s architecture in all Ontario. Cardno Hall and the adjacent blocks are center-stage on the west side of Main Street. Members and guests were treated to a detailed tour of the hall - now unused, but well-maintained by the Cardno family who received a Huron cultural award for their endeavours recently. We were also guests of the Huron East Town Hall and its museum on the second floor. Town Hall is on the east side of Main Street and began as a fire station in 1892. The museum, composed of artifacts donated by the Sills family and other residents over the years, contains many mementos of by-gone days, with fire station and hardware exhibits.

The Society's thanks go to the Cardnos and to town staff for two fascinating visits.


Photo Above Left: Cardno Hall Photo Above Right: Huron East Town Hall

Letters to the editor....

Always welcome. Send to Ralph Laviolette, the HCHS editor at the address above or e-mail Ralph.


Progress on Historical Notes....

The 2010 edition of Notes is being mailed with this newsletter. It is composed of a compendium of short articles put aside for a Pot Pourri edition. Pardon the typos, some were from the original articles, some from sources, some recent. Work on the 2011 Notes edition featuring vignettes about one of the villages of the County are now in preparation.

Contact Ralph Laviolette if you have time to volunteer time to help compose or edit this edition.


The Back Page

Pioneer Times are a goin'...

Occasionally, one sees history disappear, so to speak, in stages before one's eyes. It happens here, too.


Above Photos: The building started to "bulge" in May, 2004. Photo Below: Oops, two storeys to one in July, 2004.



This once stately home on Brussels Line, partially shielded from winds and weather by a thick border of trees, finally began to bulge and let go of its height some time ago. It became vertically challenged about three years later and some youngsters in the area named it the Pancake house as it continued to collapse in stages. We do not know of its beginnings or of the family or families who occupied the home, but it appeared to be the anchor for a thriving farm property and was of a size to host a sizable family in its heyday.
We bet it holds many family remembrances and many a story of early Huron County days.


Above Photos: The building endures continuing structural stress through 2006. Photo Below: A well-built roof that lasted longer than weather wanted, photo taken in 2009.




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