The traveller through Victoria County cannot fail being struck with the fertility of the soil, the fertile beauty of the country, and the magnificence and taste of the “stately homes”, of the great majority of her thrifty farmers.
Mariposa Township is acknowledged by all to be the garden of the county, and its chief village is Little Britain. Other fine business centres are within or on Mariposa’s borders, among which are Oakwood, Manilla, Woodville, Valentia, Cresswell, Fingerboard, Sonya, Seagrave, Port Hoover and Glandine; while Lindsay the county town, Cambray, Cannington, Sunderland and Port Perry all receive more or less Mariposa trade.
There are nineteen concessions in Mariposa, viz, four that formerly belonged to Cartwright township in Durham, but, which being north of Lake Scugog, were added to Mariposa and Victoria county, at the time Scugog Island was taken from Cartwright and given to Ontario County. These concessions number from the lake D, C, B, A, 1, 2, etc., to 15 at the north.
Though not the township capital, Oakwood claiming that honour, is nevertheless the largest business place in the municipality, though Oakwood follows close behind. It lies between concessions 4 and 5, in lots 15 and 16; and has a few side streets.
The chief industries of the village are: ---
JOSEPH MAUNDER’S CARRIAGE AND BLACKSMITH WORKS
JOSEPH MAUNDER’S CARRIAGE AND BLACKSMITH WORKS
These are extensive and embrace carriage, wagon, sleigh and cutter works, farm implements, blacksmithing in all branches, horse shoeing and general jobbing. These occupy commodious buildings on the west side of King-street and give employment to a number of skilled mechanics. His chief blacksmiths are Messrs. Richard Robinson and Harry Robinson; the chief woodworkers are Messrs. Maunder and Duff; while Messrs. Pamlin, Oliver and Eck are carriage trimmers. In addition to a very large general blacksmithing, agricultural implement and wagon and sleigh business, Mr. Maunder this season has manufactured and sold upwards of thirty-five buggies. Mr. Maunder is ably assisted in the management of his extensive business by his son, an energetic young man, Frank Maunder.
On the east side of King-street nearly opposite the carriage and blacksmith works are
MAUNDER’S SASH, DOOR AND PLANING FACTORY, AND SHINGLE MILL.
These were also busy at work on the occasion of our visit last week. Mr. Frank Maunder was superintending, while Mr. W. Hateley an old Darlington boy, was managing the operations. A large quantity of work is annually turned out from this factory also. Mr. Sayles also interests himself in helping in these works.
On the west side of King-street farther south is
MAUNDER’S LUMBER AND SHINGLE YARD.
Mr. Sayles superintends this department of Mr. Maunder’s rapidly growing business.
Though resident in Little Britain for only twenty years Mr. Maunder has now one of the most extensive businesses in the country, and finds it increasing every year.
At the southern suburb of Little Britain on the west side of King-street stands: ---
EDWIN MARK’S FOUNDRY AND IMPLEMENT WORKS.
The building is very capacious, embracing a front storeroom and office, moulding shop and blast furnace, and coal and iron sheds. Mr. Edwin Mark is assisted by Samuel Gee, as manager and chief moulder; while J. Mark and David Sturt are assistants.
The chief manufacture of the works are all kinds of farm castings and plow points; farm implements, farm, school, and church bells; large and small kettles and boilers; turnip slicers and pulpers; seed drills, etc., etc. The turnip machines are unrivalled of their kind, and all work is reported to be first class. The blast furnace is a magnificent one.
Through the village flows a splendid never failing stream which joins Oakwood creek a short distance east of the village near Davidson’s flour mill. On the banks of this creek, in the village on the east side of King-street, just at the bridge stands: ---
ISAAC FINLEY’S STEAM ROLLER FLOUR MILL.
This fine mill is well fitted with the latest and most improved roller process, has stones for cracked wheat, Graham flour and chop feed, and is run by steam. Mr. Finlay himself manages the business and superintends the milling, while his son C. Finley assists him. Edwin Parsons is chief engineer. Altogether Little Britain and Mariposa are fortunate in having such a modern flour mill in their midst. The flour is excellent.
Not far east on Davidson’s creek is
DAVIDSON’S FLOUR MILL.
This is run by waterpower and is a stone mill. Mr. James Bicknell leases it.
On the same stream just at the west of the village are
R. F. WHITESIDE’S CARDING AND SAW MILLS.
These are also kept busy and turn out a great quantity of finished work in a year.
IN GENERAL STORES,
Little Britain is well off. On the north east corner of King and Mill streets stands W.H. Pogue’s large general store. Almost everything can be purchased in all these Little Britain stores. Mr. Hall is chief clerk for Mr. Pogue. Mr. Pogue a large clothing as well as general trade.
Mr. S. H. Metherell has a fine general store on the north west corner and also does a fine business. Like Mr. Pogue he has very fine premises.
On the southwest corner stands Mr. J. Weldon’s general store. Mr. Weldon is a young man not long in business, he having formerly been a teacher. He is doing well.
Farther south, on the west side of King street, stands the general store, post office and telegraph office of T. H. Morton. Though there but a short time Mr. Morton is doing a large business. He purchased the business from Mr. John Broad. He is also agent for the Gore mutual fire insurance company.
H. C. Wills has a fine grocery and crockery store on the west side of King Street just north of the post office. He also carries the mail and runs a stage to Mariposa station, besides hiring a rig to an occasional traveller.
A. M. Rusland keeps a large tin ware and stove store on the east side just south of Jenkin’s Hotel. A large stock is always kept on hand.
R. Smith has fine furniture warerooms on the east side, north of the hotel, and does a fine trade.
Sam Champion is the tailor for the village and makes clothing to order for the merchants. He is said to be a first class tailor.
John Sayles, in addition to helping Mr. Joseph Mauder, also keeps a fine hearse and undertaking business, but fortunately it is a healthy country. Still what he does, is done well.
The travelling public find rest and food for man and beast at
THE VILLAGE HOTEL,
kept by Mr. Joseph Jenkins. The rates are moderate and the attendance good.
Mr. William Burden has a fine general blacksmith and carriage works on King Street, near the bridge. His chief assistant is Mr. John Jeffrey. He is brother to Messrs. Sam and Thomas Burden, reeve, well known in Bowmanville.
Mr. John Eck and his sons on the east side, and Mr. William Rodd on the west side of King Street do the harness making for that portion of Mariposa. Each business is a good one. Messrs. E. Dilman and R. Oliver work for Mr. Rodd.
The villagers are well booted by Messrs. W. Morgan and I. Fuller, each of whom is said to be an expert at the work. We can testify to Mr. Morgan’s handiwork.
Messrs. Thomas Robinson and Isaac Irwin are two builders, each of who bears a good name. Each has put up some fine buildings. Mr. Robinson lives in a neat brick house on the west side, while Mr. Irwin resides on the east side farther south.
Mr. R. J. Roach supplies the citizens with fresh meat, he being the butcher of the place.
Mr. Sam Roach makes wash machines and is agent for wire fences and agricultural implements.
Mr. John Mark sells all kinds of agricultural implements, and is general agent for almost every kind of necessity.
Mr. Thomas Boney also is general agent for machinery of various kinds.
John Broad, Esq., one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Mariposa, ex Postmaster and merchant, lives retired but still does agency work.
Miss Littlejohn and Miss Stewart are among the chief dressmakers; while Mrs. Stephens superintends the millinery department of W. H. Pogue’s business. Mrs. Metherell directs the same in her husband’s store.
Mr. John Pierce, bricklayer and contractor, is famed for being a first class workman. He takes a pride in his work, and never feels so well satisfied as when he points to his handiwork. Mr. James Barker is also in the same line of business and is a good workman.
The spiritual requirements of the locality are well cared for. The Methodist church on Mill-street west, is a very commodious edifice. It has a very large basement as well as fine church proper. Around it is the cemetery, where one may trace the names of many of the hardy pioneers who first braved the hardships and dangers of frontier life and settled Mariposa. This church is under the pastorate of a gentleman well known and respected throughout the Methodist church in Canada as an able patient, yet energetic godly man, the
REVEREND WILLIAM BRIDEN.
Mr. Briden has a name throughout the length and breadth of this province, and beyond, as one of the men whose course is invariable marked by the diffusion of godliness, and a rectitude of life that promise a greater than earthly reward. He is assisted in his work by
REV. S. H. ANDERSON,
of Bay of Quinte stock. The names of his honoured father and his uncle are household words in every home in the Bay of Quinte district, as fearless, honourable advocates of a manly Protestantism. Rev. Mr. Anderson though young in the ministry has been most successful. In his career in this county his course is one of continued progress. In the hospitable homes of Laxton, Digby and Bexley, Mr. Anderson’s honest, intelligent, MANLY godliness has left many a loving memory and inspired many an aching heart. At Oakwood he was no less powerful in leading young persons, especially, to know and feel that there was something grand and ennobling in serving the Master on earth. While thus far on Little Britain circuit he is a marked success. Extremely modest, yet bold and fearless, he sinks his own personality, and before an audience is completely lost sight of in the earnestness and clearness of the address. Being well educated he seems sure of a bright career should health and strength be spared him.
The Christian church is under the pastorate of Rev. J. C. Pilkie a gentleman of great depth and clearness of thought. Mr. Pilkie has been in charge of this church for two years. He also preaches at Seagrave on Sunday evenings where there is a large attendance on his ministry.
The educational interests of the place are under the care of Mr. Ford, who is about leaving, and Miss Anderson, both talented teachers.
The physical ailments of the territory are well attended to.
a medical doctor of experience, and long residence in the place, has established a large practice and succeeds well in warding off the Angel of Death. There is no partnership between the physician and undertaker there.
a skilled veterinary surgeon, graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, Toronto, a Mariposa boy, attends to all diseases of horses, cattle, etc.; and has so far met with marked success.
Little Britain has several retired persons resident within her borders. Mr. James Smith, Mr. W. Hardy, Mr. John Pearce, Mr. John Wickett, and Mr. James M. Blewitt, who had to retire from the active business of a general blacksmith, on account of ill health, nearly three years ago, being succeeded by Mr. Wm. Burden, who had been in his employ for some twelve years. Mr. Blewitt’s son, William J., is studying medicine in Toronto medical school. His daughter, Mary Elizabeth, has recently retired from teaching owing to ill health. She taught in Omemee for three years, with success.
This year there are some new houses in course of erection, of which the chief are those of Messrs. Joseph Maunder, Thos. Boney and E. Parsons.
A fine agricultural country surrounds Little Britain, and many are the old settlers there.
Messrs. Dix, Glennie, Glass, Whiteside, Metherell, Marks, Wallis, Parkinson, Rays, Hall, Henderson, Thos. Broad, G. Rodman, Netherton, Wickett, King, Stewart, Davidsons, Websters, Eakins, Prouse, Greenaway, Cory, Slemmon and Johnston.
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