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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 …