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Chapter 10
Rails through Richmond Hill
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
The Radial Railway Arrives
A Ride on the Big Green Cars
Stops along the Line
Bond Lake Park
Through the Highlands of York to Bond Lake Park
Radial Days in Richmond Hill
Summer Romance at Bond Lake Park
Electrical News at the Turn of the Century
Electric Lights for the Village
Heritage sites in New Gormley
" Gormley Gleanings"
The Belated Arrival of the Age of Steam
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

Summer Romance at Bond Lake Park


Howard Park Methodist Church, Toronto, Sunday School Picnic at Bond Lake, 1914. Pictured are Martha Fortune Irwin, John C. W. Irwin, Archie Blakely, Agnes Larimer
We were somewhat frightened of this lake because "it has no bottom." I remember going for a ride in a rowboat - properly attired in my white dress with a blue sash around the middle, white stockings, probably black buttoned boots, and a straw hat. No one needed to tell me to sit very still in the middle of the boat. I did not want to go for a ride because I was scared skinny, but since everyone else was daring to go I could not let on how frightened I was. I enjoyed it but was mighty glad to disembark at the boat house.

Vera Clarke,"Memories Regarding the Metropolitan Railway," typescript, Aurora Museum


In June 1910 arrangements were made and advertised for dancing in Bond Lake Park each Wednesday and Saturday evening, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and continuing until 11.45. We had a four-piece orchestra and our charge was ladies 25 cents and gentlemen 50 cents, but must be together and not strangers.

We were very successful in having a good attendance and our orchestra used good judgment in playing some of the old time dances which, owing to the character of the visitors, was much enjoyed and appreciated. We closed the dance each night in time for dancers to get the last car either way from Bond Lake.

Charles Wilson,"The Metropolitan Street Railway," typescript, Toronto Transit Commission Archives

Riding Home

Grinding merrily up Yonge Street, the Metropolitan trolleys took dancers to Bond Lake. Couples swung gracefully around the floor until the last car left. They spooned decorously in the straightback seats as the car trundled down the slopes. Their romances were quite as exciting and stimulating as those of the rubber-tired, internal combustion generation.

E.E. Ball,"Memories of E.E. Ball," typescript, North York Historical Society Collection, North York Public Library


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