A collection of historical photographs, scanned from the personal collections of members of the community.
Left to right: Viola James (McArthur) mother of Jesse, Wesley James, Albert James (uncle to Jesse), Jesse James. See also: Barn on Jesse James' farm.
This photograph features the James' family barn on the Sixth Concession and was built in 1937-1938. The car in the foreground is a 1949 Chrysler. See also: James Family.
Stan Stoutenburg, Arthur Stoutenburg and Silas McArthur standing on the ground. Mel McGowan is on the load tightening the chain with a binding pole. This is Mel's truck and he is hauling logs for Charlie Collins at Kolapore.
The Alex Rutledge Sawmill situated in Lot 9 Concession 6. Alex is sitting on the stump at centre. He is on the left, not wearing a hat.
Charlie Collins is show in this picture at the back of the load of logs on a wagon drawn by a team of horses. Fred Cully is standing on the tongue. This photo was taken at Charlie's mill at the dam, west of the school.
Kolapore deer hunters on the farm of Matthew Hamilton circa 1896.
Modern photograph of original school house with addition added on at some point. The roof is modern; stove pipe in evidence. Framing of school bell on top of roof remains,
Peter Stoutenburg owned a saw mill on lot 5 concession 8. He built the wooden tower, which fell down in 1919, southwest of his house. See page 56 of Kolapore Remembered (Bill Milne and Alvin Wilson) for a photo of tower.
Twelve men before 13 deer and 2 dogs. Back row: Sandy Sanderson, Harry Porteus, Ed Fryer, Jack Royal, Fred Smith, William Bannerman. Front: Harold Freethy, Henry McAteer, John McAteer, Stewart Gardiner, Frank Dobson, Bill McAteer. This photograph was taken at Cooper's lumber yard and mill.
Dillon Brothers Construction building the Thornbury Continuation School at the corner of Elma St. South and Alfred St. West, where Beaver Valley Community Centre is now.
The Thornbury Continuation School included grades 1 to 12.
William Fee, Albert Jackson, W. Anderson and daughter, Archie Bell, beside wagon William Betts, owner of horse and wagon Jack Stoutenburg, boy on wagon Ross White, behind wagon Harriet White, Mabel Johnston, Ethel Johnston, behind Ethel is Muriel White, on Ethel's left is Rhoda Johnston, the little boy is Leslie White and on his left is Sophia Johnston, standing with arms folded is Joe Stoutenburg, sitting on post is Sanford Lougheed, on sawdust wagon with team is J. Harvery, in white shirt is John Johnston and on his left are Ivo Stoutenburg and Haz Ward, sitting in front of piles of hoops is Cliff Long. There are also three horses.
From left to right. Back row: Teacher Mary Conn, Harold McFee, Calvin Parks. Middle row: Sadie Sammons, Florence McNichol, Lloyd Rear, Audrey Cole, Maxine Hutchison, Doris Wilson, Ina Lanktree, Jean McAfee, Marjorie Wilson. Front: Melville Parks, Paul Cole, Harold Huthison, Glen Cole, Frank Dobson, Keith Cole, Mansell Parks.
Peter Stoutenburg, Tom White and Wilfred Wilson at Tom White's farm. A team of horses hauling logs to a mill on winter sled.
The Johnston and White Sawmill was on Lot 5, Concession 8, on the east side of Grey Road 2, just south of the Kolapore Church near the current Hunt Club.
Burton Carefoot is standing on the wagon by the mill on the left. He was 10-years-old and earned $8 a month for helping out arond the mill.
Fourteen workmen pose in front of a stonecrusher on Sideroad 19 and Grey Road 2. The stonecrusher was on wheels and was powered by steam engine.
Girls Bertha Short and Agnes Collins beside the flume from dam at Kolapore dam.
Truck used to haul lumber from Kolapore sawmills to the lumberyard in Collingwood.
The wedding portrait of Lorne Robinson and Mary Collins.
Mrs. Robert Walters in her Sunday best dress with her son Eldred (Bud).
Wedding portrait of John and Emma Fee (nee Wilson). Emma was the oldest of nine children, born in 1889 or 1890. She was the sister of Wilfred Wilson.
According to the 1901 Census, Emma is listed as having been born in 1890. Her mother was Thirza Wilson, and her father, James Wilson, is recorded as being a farmer. They lived in the Kolapore area: Lot 8, Concession 8.
Jim Rear with his team of horses and cultivator on his farm at lot 9 concession 8. Our records indiacte the most recent known owner of the farm was Alex Wilson in 2015.
Clara Short, Agnes Collins and her sons Gordon and Aubrey at the flume. The flume stretched from the Kolapore dam to the sawmill owned by Charlie Collins.
Mrs. Levi Dobson with well-drilling equipment in front of her house. The truck has pulleys and a large boom.
Charlie Collins and hired man Fred Cully at Charlie's mill. Charlie's sons Gordon and Aubrey sit on huge logs.
Jim Harmer, with his wife Pansy (nee Knoll) and their son Ted in front of their house.
David Galbraith (son of James), J.J. Buchanan, James Galbraith (left to right). James Galbraith bought this bush lot from J.J. Buchanan (grandfather of Rev. Robert Buchanan).
Bill Mitchell, Harold Hutchison (on tractor), Earl Huthison, Jim Rear, Lloyd Rear (left to right) at the Rear Farm.
Winter scene of sisters Grace and Ruth Hewgill tobogganing. Grace and Ruth are the daughters of Earl. Both girls taught school at Kolapore.
Group of people at the Johnston & White Mill at Kolapore.
Frank Dobson, on skiis, in front of Frank Wagg's home in Ravenna.
Team of grey horses with winter sleigh driven by Levi Dobson near his house on Bear Hill.
This is a photo of a truck hauling lumber from the McKean Mill to the Massey Harris Company. It was suggested that this was an REO truck. REO Motor Company was established by Ransom. E. Olds in 1905, Michigan. Ransom E. Olds further went on to be the founder of Olds Motor Company, makers of the Oldsmobile (later to became a part of General Motors). It was possible to have a touring body placed on the back of the truck so entire families could go on outings together. We cannot comment on the comfort of riding in the back considering it had solid rubber tires!
The McKean family was involved in several sawmills, including a mill built in Kolapore in the 1870s by Archibald McKean. Son Albert McKean set up a mill on the Eighth Line, and another mill on the north part of Lot 7, Concession 7.
Andrew McKean (son of Archibald McKean) built a sawmill on Lot 4, Concession 7 prior to 1895, which had burned. He built a second one on the same location, which included a chopping mill. The second mill was in operation until the early 1920s until it had a fire as well. (An Illustrated History of the Township of Collingwood, pg. 179)
YMA Baseball Club, Thornbury/Clarksburg
Top row left to right - Ned Moore (or E.A,), D.J. (Jim) Davidson, Vernon Hewson, Elmer Fiegehen, Harry Brown (high school teacher)
Middle row - Ross Lawrence, Dr. Francis Moore, Erle Dillon
Front row - Tom Mackey, W. Hard (Bill) Phipps, Bob Isaacs.
The Ravenna School is now a home. It is the last building on the east side of the road as you travel south.
Front Row left to right seated: Russell Gould, Frank Wagg, Silas Wagg, Bill Knuff, Charlie Knuff, Myrtle Magill,
Alex Rush, George Conn, Jack Conn, Maggie McKnight, Leila McKnight, Athol Hudson, Sadie Hudson, Ed McGill.
Second Row: Fred Latter, Cora Latter, Maggie Magill, Mabel Magill, Jim McGowan, Eva Gekill, Susie Falconer, Joc Latter, Ross Fleming, Roy Conn, Viola McKnight, Villa Latter, Roy Fleming, Herb Heighs, Florence Knuff.
Third Row: Bill Weir, Herb Latter, Mae Brownlee, Fanny Irwin, Annie Rusk, Annie Weir, Edna Heighs, Jessie Latter, Herb Conn, Bill Conn, Gertie Knuff, Minnie Knuff, Edith Weldrick (standing).
Fourth Row: Amie Ford, Mary Allcock, Bob Armstrong, Eva Conn, Martha Gekill, Herb Gould, Aggie Falkner, Annie Armstrong, Ed Falkner, Fred Theakston, Bill Poole, Hugh Magill, Jim Rusk.
Fifth Row: Lottie Carscadden, Maud McGill, Ida Gardiner, Bob Gardiner, Sara Walters, Bill McGill, Tom Armstrong,
Herb Stoughtenburg, Louie Allcock, Etta Carscadden, Harriett Gardiner, Maggie Black (teacher).
Mary Hallam (Lois Plummer's aunt), is the girl with the white collar, second row from the back in the centre. The older man may be John Gould from Ravenna. Mary possibly went to Duncan School?
Date: May 12, 1912. Back Row: Alfie Moscrop, Carl Devitt, Alva Shaw, Dawson Rolling, Eleanor Galloway, Earl Hewgill, Annie Spaul, George Lougheed, Edith Hempill. Third Row: Teacher Hazel Loucks, Harold Lougheed, Ida Rice, Earl Shaw, Evelyn Lougheed, Joe Moscrop, Pearl Fawcett, Edgar Green, Alma Shaw, Roy Lougheed. Second Row: Elsie Marritt, Mary Halma, Victor Marritt, Helen Gekill, Lena Croft, Robert McCluskey, Reita Marritt, Leslie Fiegehen, Ethel Gekill. Front Row: Aleda Fiegehen, Carl Rice, Orel Lougheed, Hector Goldsmith, Vera Shaw, Bertie Shaw, Mildred Dean, Carl Marritt, Enid Fiegehen. This photograph printed on page 89, in "The Little Schools of Grey," by Mildred Young Hubbert, published in 1982. This book is available at the Craigleith Heritage Depot.
The old forge in Ravenna is located at 495970 Grey Road 2, Ravenna. It is a Town of the Blue Mountains designated heritage property.
Three blacksmith shops were listed in Ravenna at one point in the mid-late 1800s. "...Ravenna on the 'main-travelled' Government Road was proving a necessary stopping place for many coming into the township." (A History of the County of Grey, pg. 50)
The Craigleith Community Centre, formerly a school, was built in 1862. From 1862 to 1968 this building served as school, though in 1893 it was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt (Garrad, 1990). From 1968 to now it has served as The Craigleith Community Centre.
This photograph is of the Benjamin Moore house, circa 1855. Lot 28, concession 12. Just north of Heathcote off of Grey Road 40.
According to the Historical Atlas of Grey and Bruce Counties from 1880, Benjamin Moore was listed as a farmer born in Canada in 1837. He settled in Grey County in 1861 and "owned 200 acres in Lot 28, Concession 12, worth $14,000."
Portrait of Kathleen Moore, Andrew Armstrong's wife. Kathleen was a mother of five children, four daughters and one son.
Photograph of the Collingwood Township Council in 1931.
From top left: Norman Kneff; Charleton Cardiner; W.I. Fields (Reeve); Emerson Brown (Reeve); Ross Bowen (Redwing); Dr. Frank Moore; F.R. McKnight (Board of Health); Bruce Hamilton (Township Clerk); Charles Pyei (Treasurer); J.B. Ferguson; William Weir (Road Superintendent).
Wedding portrait of Catherine and Gordon McKittrick and their wedding party. Location was 144 Bruce St in Thornbury, across from the Methodist Church.
Back row, from left: Vera Roach; Will Whately; Perce Devins; Maude Lyne; Mrs. Edward Lyne; John Whately; Mrs. Whately; Reverend A.N. St. John; Mrs. St. John; Mrs. Billie McKittrick; Bille McKittrick.
Second row, from left: Unknown; Mrs. John Thorne; Alice Whately; Mabel Hartman; Catherine & Gordon McKittrick; Hubert McKittrick; Mrs. John Hartman; Mr. Alex Goudy.
Seated front row, from left: Florence Gilson; Lulu Wilton; Ines Pedwell; Mrs. Will Whately; Jean Whately.
Charlie Collins to the left and Fred Curly on the right. Collins with his sons; Gordon and Aubrey. This picture was taken at Collin's Mill at the Kolapore Dam.
Richard Hallam, Lois Plummer's grandfather, worked for local farmers and lumber mills in the Beaver Valley area from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Here he is posing with his two horses who were used to pull heavy materials and as transportation.
Portrait of Mrs. Benjamin Moore (Hannah Rorke Moore), circa 1920s.
Photograph of a country home located on Grey Road 2 at 496487. Owned by Bill Wright family during the early 1900s and was later sold to the McNallys.
Photograph of Dykstra Family home in 1986. Fire number 496487 on Grey Road 2 outside of Thornbury.
The Craigleith Community Centre, located at 123 Lakeshore Road in Craigleith has been a long standing heritage building. The building was built in 1862 as a school and was Craigleith's first and only stone public building (Garrad, 1993). For a more detailed photo of the Centre please refer to the picture, "Craigleith Community Centre" ID: 67.
The Craigleith Provincial Park Campground store. Located at the entrance of the campground just off of Highway 26.
According to Ontario Parks, Craigleith Provincial Park opened in 1967 and covers 65.69 hectares. It is "located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay" and features "fractured plates of shale that form our shoreline" which "contain fossils that are 450 million years old." (ontarioparks.com/park/craigleith. June 17, 2018)
The Carmel Methodist Heritage Cemetery, located 2km from the village of Gilbraltor. Historically a part of the Collingwood Township, Gibraltor is currently a part of The Town of the Blue Mountains. The cemetery address is: 595251 4th Line, The Blue Mountains, N0H 2E0.
This photo displays Banks United Church Heritage Cemetery which is located on the East side of the 4th Line. The cemetery has been adopted by R.B. Waind. A second photo of the Banks Heritage Cemetery is available, please search Banks United Church Cemetery or image ID: 87 to view it.
Banks United Cemetery is a part of the Town of the Blue Mountins Heritage Cemeteries.
A second image titled, "Banks United Cemetery Adopted by R.B Waind" is also available. Please search the title or image ID: 86.
The Ravenna Community Hall is located at 628299 on Grey Road 119, next to the intersection of Grey Road 119 and Grey Road 2. The long standing Community Hall is available to be rented for events and functions. It is located next to the Ravenna Park and is adjacent from the Ravenna General Store. Please see second photo titled: "Ravenna Community Hall, Side View," image ID: 89.
The Ravenna Community Hall is located at 628299 on Grey Road 119, next to the intersection of Grey Road 119 and Grey Road 2. The long standing Community Hall is avalable to be rented for events and functions. It is located next to the Ravenna Park and is adjacent from the Ravenna General Store. Please see first photo for front view, titled: "Ravenna Community Hall, Front View," image ID: 88.
Skiers getting off the ski train at Craigleith Depot Station