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Local History

No More Passenger Service

60 years ago on February 18th, 1957, passenger service was discontinued on the London and Port Stanley Railway after almost 100 years of operation.  The railway could not compete with the automobile.  The railway's service was not always reliable, earning the railroad  the nickname Late and Poor Service.   

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time was inaugurated on Monday February 9th, 1942 to conserve energy for the duration of the war. 

New Collegiate Institute Opened

On February 21st, 1927, Lt. Gov. William Donald Ross  formally opened Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute whose staff and students had moved from the East End Collegiate to the new school on Monday January 4th, 1927. 

Bursting at the Seams!!

140 years ago on February 11, 1877, Rev. William Stephen Rainsford (1850-1933), the Church of England revivalist preacher, drew such a large crowd at St. Paul's Church in London, Ontario that hundreds of people could not even get standing room  and had to leave.   

What a February Thaw!!

110 years ago on February 7th, 1857 a thaw on the south branch of the Thames River caused the water to rise 11 feet above normal and wrecked Clarke's Bridge on Wellington Street. 

A Victorian Vignette for Valentine's Day

sweet marie

Love was in the air on a warm moonlit evening in Victoria Park in July 1891.  Cy Warman had just walked his sweetheart, Marie Jones, back to her school, Sacred Heart Academy

A Real Knockout

A moving picture was shown at the Grand Theatre 110 years ago on February 1-2, 1907 of the boxing match between "The Canadian Catapult" (Tommy Burns, the only Canadian-born world heavy-weight boxing champion) and "The Heavyweight Hurricane" (Jack O'Brien)

Crystal Palace Shattered!!

90 years ago on January 30, 1927, an arsonist set fire to the Crystal Palace at the Western Fair. 

This Church Was Really Lit Up!

First Presbyterian Church became the first place of worship in London  to have electric lighting 125 years ago on January 25th, 1892

From Royalty to Radio

150 years ago on January 25th, 1867, Lavinia Hermione Gertrude Amanda Guelph, wife of Charles Wetherbee, died at the age of 46