Monday, June 25, 2007

This week in local history: June 25-July 1

June 25, 1906: Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, destroyed by fire.

June 26, 1913: Rotary Club of Hamilton chartered.

June 28, 1878: Hamilton District Telegraph Company incorporated.

June 29, 1947: Dundas' Centennial celebrations get off to roaring start.

June 30, 1931: Last train runs on the Brantford and Hamilton Electric Railway; the radial age ends.

July 1, 1912: Canada Day. First passenger train arrives in Waterdown after official opening of CPR line.

source: Vanished Hamilton, Waterdown and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 18, 2007

This week in local history: June 18-24

June 18, 1828: Circus comes to Dundas for the first time.

June 19, 1856: Waterworks inaugurated by HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, during the first Royal visit to Hamilton.

June 21, 1951: Clappison Drive-in officially opens.

June 22, 1911: Waterdown native W.O. Sealey invited to attend the coronation of King George the 5th.

June 23, 1966: Waterdown South Railway Station burns down.

source: Vanished Hamilton, Dundas and Waterdown Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Book Signing!

Margaret Houghton, editor of popular local books Hamilton at War, Vanished Hamilton, and Vanished Hamilton II, will be at a book signing tomorrow (Tues. June 12/07), 12 - 2 pm, at Coles in Jackson Square, Hamilton.

This is your chance to come out and meet Margaret, purchase a book and have her sign it for you! For more information or directions, please e-mail

This week in local history: June 11-17

June 11, 1925: First traffic lights in Canada go into operation at the Delta.

June 12, 1912: Imperial Car Co. founded, next month renamed National Steel Car.

June 14, 1853: Wentworth County is formally separated from Halton County.

June 15, 1912: Spectator holds a fly-swatting contest; winner delivers 38,900 flies.

June 16, 1849: James Belle Ewart presides over the first Town Council meeting in the new Dundas Town Hall.

June 17, 1967: Hamilton's Centennial project, the restored Dundurn Castle, opens.

source: Vanished Hamilton and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 4, 2007

This week in local history: June 4-10

June 5, 1878: Bylaw passed incorporating Waterdown as a village.

June 6, 1913: Battlefield Monument unveiled electronically by Queen Mary.

June 7, 1946: Central Collegiate destroyed in spectacular fire.

June 9, 1955: Rotary Club of Waterdown receives its charter.

June 10, 1925: As a result of church union, Wesleyan Methodist becomes a United Church.
source: Vanished Hamilton and Waterdown Heritage calendars.

New feature!

We will now be including a new weekly feature highlighting events in local history. These historic references will be taken from our Vanished Hamilton, Waterdown Heritage and Dundas Heritage calendars.