Lanark Legacy, Nineteenth Century Glimpses Of An Ontario County

 
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Lanark Legacy is an authoritative history of an important Eastern Ontario county. Howard M. Brown has plumbed deep the sources of Lanark County's history to provide a detailed account of its development before 1900. His narrative dwells on typical and unusual aspects of frontier life to reveal how the society and economy of Lanark County were transformed during its first century. In the first of the book's four sections, the early years of settlement are covered. Settlers' contacts with Indians, emigrant's account of crossing the ocean, descriptions of how townships and the smaller communities within them received their names and a summary of early emigration into the area are capped by a close look at the uproarious Ballygiblin riots. Life in the county town of Perth is covered in the second section. Later developing industrial towns of Almonte, Carleton Place and Smith Falls are covered in the third section. In the final and largest section a variety of aspects of local life throughout the county are dealt with. Chapters on agricultural fairs, distilleries and the lumber industry reveal the changing economic base of Lanark society. Chapters on local transportation, threatened military invasion, and crime and punishment variously reflect hazardous aspects of nineteenth century existence. These are balanced by a chapter on hunting and fishing, and a reflective closing chapter emphasizing the virtues of the Victorian age. The anecdotal charm of the text is reflected in the handsome sketches, photographs and maps that accompany it. Many of the illustrations, together with much of the information in the text, have not previously been published. They are presented in this book published by the Corporation of the County of Lanark to celebrate the 1984 Ontario Bicentennial.

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Howard Morton Brown was born into a milling family at Carleton Place, Ontario, where he attended public and high school. In 1927 he graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. The following four years he did industrial research at the Department of Labour in Ottawa. He then went to work in the Combines Investigation Commission, rising to become the first Assistant Commissioner there in 1937. His career in combines investigation was interrupted during World War Two when he helped enforce the rations and supplies regulations of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board. Following his retirement he began intensive research in Lanark County history, publishing numerous articles in the Carleton Place Canadian. His history of Carleton Place, Founded Upon a Rock, is in its second edition. He is married to Constance K. Stothers, an M.A. graduate in Biology from the University of Western Ontario. He summers at Lake Park, a short distance up the Mississippi from where the rapids at Carleton Place powered the family mills of his childhood.

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