Lumber Yards from Mud Roads and Plank Sidewalks Part 13

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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.

Goad's map 1890

McKee photo

McKee House

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.

Planing Mill NWT

Milne lumber mill

A mile stone was just outside the lumber yard on the Kingston Road, stating “two miles to Petley and Petley at the Market.”

Milestone France

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 one of them. These cottages were eventually taken over by the lumber yard and used for storage of their finer lumber. An elm tree grew outside these cottages and it was the tallest and largest tree in the district. It was cut down only a few years ago.

Muir cottage

Another saw mill was on the Kingston Road west of Pape Avenue on the north side. It was not well known, and was in the path of the rising water of the creek every Spring. Once or twice it was flooded, and eventually it was closed.

Hastings and Peterkin

Kingston Road was still a country road, and in the marsh at the corner of Pape and the Kingston Road garter and the occasional black snake were still to be found.

House in Marsh

Snake

Chewitt map 1802