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Hauling logs in an old truck

Hauling logs in an old truck

Stan Stoutenburg, Arthur Stoutenburg and Silas McArthur 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.


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Kolapore Area Saw Mill

Kolapore Area Saw Mill

The Alex Rutledge saw mill situated in Lot 9 Concession 6. Alex is sitting on the stump at centre. He is on the left, not wearing a hat.


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Load of Square Logs with Team of Horses

Load of Square Logs with Team of Horses

Charlie Collins at the back of the load of logs on a wagon drawn by a team of horses. Fred Cully standing on the tongue. Taken at Charlie's mill at the dam, west of the school.


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Charlie, Gordon and Aubrey Collins with Fred Cully at Charlie's mill

Charlie, Gordon and Aubrey Collins with Fred Cully at Charlie's mill

Charlie Collinsand hired man Fred Cully at Charlie's mill. Charlie's sons Gordon and Aubrey sit on huge logs.
 


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David and James Galbraith buy a bush lot from J.J. Buchanan

David and James Galbraith buy a bush lot from J.J. Buchanan

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).


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Folk at the Johnston & White Sawmill

Folk at the Johnston & White Sawmill

Group of people at the Johnston & White Mill at Kolapore.


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Truck loaded with lumber

Truck loaded with lumber

Truck hauling lumber from the McKean Mill to the Massey Harris Company.


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Charlie Collins and Fred Curly at the Mill

Charlie Collins and Fred Curly at the Mill

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. 


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Richard Hallam and Horse Team

Richard Hallam and Horse Team

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. 

 


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The McNichol Farm House

The McNichol Farm House

 

Located at 588135 on the 9th sideroad in Ravenna, this is the birthplace and home if David John McNichol, Collingwood Township's longest serving Reeve and one of Grey County's most succesful municipal politicians. Reeve McNichol was born September 20, 1918, one of 8 children. In 1947 David married his wife Hazel (Knox) and together they farmed the property and raised their family of 5 in this home. 

McNichol was first elected to municipal Council in 1949, then elected Reeve in 1952, a position in which he served continously till his death in 1994. In 2003, this home was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act as a property of cultural heritage value by the Town of the Blue Mountains. He was a founding Director of both the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association and the Georgian Trail Board of Managament. 

McNichol's children and grandchildren also grew up in Ravenna only neighbours away. The McNichol family developed a lumber yard and continue to preserve the heritage property. 

 

 


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