Month: December 2017

Lumber Yards from Mud Roads and Plank Sidewalks Part 13

Just east of Pape, on the north side of the Kingston Road was situated Martin McKee’s residence, lumber yard and planing mill. He had one of the first telephones in the district. He employed quite a number of men, and was well known and highly respected. It is said, that sometimes small incidents will be remembered long after those of more importance are forgotten. As an example, on dozens of occasions I have stood in the boiler room of the planing mill, just a short distance from the large flat driving belt, and held out my hand just a few inches from it, watching the sparks of electricity jumping from my finger tips to the belt.  Don’t ask me what caused it, I do not know. A mile stone was just outside the lumber yard on the Kingston Road, stating “two miles to Petley and Petley at the Market.” There were two frame cottages just east of the lumber yard on the Kingston Road, and I heard that Alexander Muir lived for some time in …

BLACKSMITH SHOPS from Mud Roads & Plank Sidewalks Part 12

From Mud Roads and Plank Sidewalks Part 10 By Samuel Herbert (1876-1866) Now we will go from Grocery stores to Blacksmith shops and Saw Mills. Blacksmith shops were still one of the industries in every community.     “Billy” Mason, an uncle of mine, had a well-established business just east of Logan Avenue on the north side of the Kingston Road. It was up-to-date in every particular. I used to visit it quite often, and can still recall the odour of a burning horse’s hoof as an almost red-hot shoe was fitted, then a little more hammering on the anvil, and then the shoe plunged in a half barrel of water to cool, and it was ready. A large bellows worked by hand kept the fire at any temperature required. To see blacksmiths at work go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYezhKql_AI Morrison and Bolton had a blacksmith shop further east on the same side of the Kingston Road, just about where Boston Avenue is now. Mr. Morrison was a specialist on the very fine light shoes worn by racehorses …