Miller Worsley was not some cast-off from the Royal Navy, sent off to Canada to fulfill some half-hearted commitment to the defence of British North America when the United States declared war in 1812.
Tom Villemaire, Special to Postmedia Network
On March 22, 1902, Orillia council met to secretly plan the takeover of the Ragged Rapids generating station on the Severn River, north of the town.
Sir Thomas Wardlaw Taylor became one of the country’s leading legal lights, as Canada grew from provinces scattered across the top of the continent to a single united nation.
When the French Revolution broke out, like any revolution, there were those who were for it and those who were against it.
The Boys family from Barrie had quite an impact on not just Simcoe County, but also the rest of the province.
As Simcoe County was evolving and growing, individuals often left their marks on the region.
For such a lightly populated, rural county, as Simcoe County was in the 1800s, it seemed to have an undue influence on the development and governing of the country.
When George Back walked through what would soon be Barrie, mid-spring of 1825, he'd already lived an extraordinary life full of adventure and historic acts.
For a place with such a small population, Simcoe County made an incredible contribution to the formation of Canada and Confederation. This column highlights just four of those people.
Sir John A. Macdonald was not only the country’s first prime minister; he was also the last premier of Canada West, what Ontario was called before Confederation.
One of Simcoe County’s early politicians was a fireplug of a man, gifted athlete and admired lawyer.
Georgian Bay, despite being a far flung area, was a tightly knit neighbourhood. And Collingwood, as a solid and speedy link south from Georgian Bay through Collingwood and Simcoe County, played a prominent role in building and linking that community.
A man who did much to keep Canada together grew up on a farm just outside of Barrie and later honed his skills as a negotiator and religious leader in northern Simcoe County – especially in the area of Rama and Orillia.
Hyppolite Brissette was a massive, muscular man with long hair and a flowing beard, covered from his feet to his face with tattoos, which are believed to have been a record of his many travels. A Métis, he roamed much of North America, from Quebec to the Pacific.
In 1775, Canada faced invasion by the army of the rebel forces of nascent America.
In the late 19th century, newspapers around Simcoe County published series in their papers, giving local pioneers a space to write about their experiences in the early days of settlement.Rev. Thomas Williams was probably the most prolific contributor, mostly to the Orillia Packet (before it merged with the Orillia Times). The Packet and the Barrie
The Chicora was a sleek-looking passenger steamer that served on all of the Great Lakes at some point in its long history.
When the American Revolution broke out, a First Nations woman played a key role in protecting Loyalists and supporting the troops of King George III.
Daniel Eaton was only one of the many Canadians killed at Vimy Ridge.
Orson Squire Fowler just happened to be in London on the day a young man was hanged for the murder of Const. Timothy Pomeroy. Fowler was an itinerant phrenologist, octagonal house proponent and an American.