Following Confederation, the future of Sarnia looked bright

Phil Egan By 1873, Sarnia had bounced back from two disastrous downtown fires and was again making substantial progress. The flourish of activity was especially noticeable on Front Street, as a writer noted in a letter to the editor that year. Brick buildings were replacing the frame structures that had [...]

2019-03-05T09:34:05-04:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

In old Port Sarnia every home had a gun

In the days of Port Sarnia every home had a gun Phil Egan Looking back through time, we know one thing for certain about Richard Glynn. He could run. During our Port Sarnia days, Glynn was a volunteer firefighter. This was a time before horse-drawn fire engines and ladder trucks. [...]

2019-03-05T09:30:08-04:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Town played hardball on firemen’s first wage demands

Phil Egan In August of 1859 the sounds of hammers and saws created a din as the new fire and town hall began to rise on George Street. This was an edifice built to last. The project cost council $3,500 and the builder was determined to see the town got [...]

2019-03-05T09:06:53-04:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Stag Island was traded even up for a 400-acre sugar bush

David D. Plain In 1818, the British colonial government of Upper Canada approached the Chippewa Nation living in the St. Clair region with an offer to purchase the Huron Tract. This was a tract of land that stretched from Sarnia to Goderich, to the head of the Thames River, to [...]

2019-03-04T10:08:08-04:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments