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Oldest Londoner Ever?? Dies


March of Medicine in Western Ontario by Edwin Seaborn

On Saturday March 3rd, 1894 at 5:30 pm, Henry Griffith, London's oldest resident, died.

Holy Bible: First Accession for London Public Library

On November 26, 1895, the London Public Library was officially opened.  Its first accession was the King James Version of the Holy Bible, published in London, England by Eyre and Spottiswoode.  It was 1,125 pages long and had Morocco binding.  It was donated by George White Armstong and valued at $2.00.  George was born on April 8, 1842 in Manchester, England, the son of John and Mary Armstrong.  In 1881, he emigrated to Canada and lived in Toronto and Woodstock where he worked as a travelling saleman for the Robertson Company.   In 1890 he

It’s all Relative

Ever wonder where you came from? Why your family left Europe for the New World? What your great grandfather did for a living?

Ancestry Library Edition makes family research easy for beginners while still providing in-depth tools for even the most advanced genealogists. It contains more than 7,000

All Things Victorian

Canadians have celebrated Queen Victoria's birthday for more than 175 years. 

Office Staff Practices, 1852 (Part One)

The firm has reduced the hours of work and the clerical staff now will be present between 7 am and 6 pm.

Daily prayers will be held each morning in the main office.  The clerical staff will be present.

A senior clerk will be nominated to be responsible for the cleanliness of the main office.  All boys and juniors will report to him 40 minutes berfore prayers and will remain after closing hours for similar work.  Brushes, brooms, scrubbers and soap are provided by the owners. 

Excerpted from an article which appeared in the July-August 1969 is

Picture It: Dundas Street in Postcards

Imagine - horsedrawn vehicles and streetcars, hotels such as the Belvedere, restaurants such as Campbell's and the Talbot Square - all along Dundas in times past. 

Top of the Morning to You

A formal St. Patrick's Day dinner was held at 5 o'clock on March 17, 1835 at the Mansion House Hotel on the north side of Dundas Street between Ridout and Talbot streets.  Seven years later in 1842, the London District St. Patrick's Society was formed which was reorganized on February 18, 1851 as the St. Patrick's Society of the County of Middlesex.  The Irish Benevolent Association of the City of London and County of Middlesex was formed on March 12, 1877.