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Chapter 11
The Flowering of 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
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
The Village That Was
"On the Green of Richmond Hill"
The Village that Was
Roses Bloom in Richmond Hill
Mrs. P.L. Grant Urges That "Local Option" Be Retained
The Women's Institute and the Library
The Women of Richmond Hill
War Comes to Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill Men Who Served in the First World War 1914-1918
South on Yonge Street
North on Yonge Street
East on Centre Street
The Langstaff Jail Farm
War and Remembrance
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

Mrs. P.L. Grant Urges That "Local Option" Be Retained

The Testing time is drawing near,
When every voter should appear,
With firm resolve devoid of fear,
To vote for Local Option;
For sake of those you dearly love,
All danger from their path remove
Which for the future good will prove,
Vote then for its retention!

The people have resolved to be
From drinking customs wholly free,
No tippling scenes for youth to see
Strong their determination!
Will band together might and main
Their rights for righeousness will claim,
Removing hence this lethal bane,
Its final extirpation!

The liquor trade no good bestows;
Its course of evil plainly shows;
Its dire results each victim knows;
The source of such pollution?
The sorrow, woe, and crime it breeds,
All other causes far exceeds,
Its byways end in evil deeds,
Beyond all computation!

Up then ye voters, true and strong,
Vote in the right, vote out the wrong,
Your vote, if right, will peace prolong
The grandest compensation!
Peace in the home and peace abroad;
The path that leads to peace with God;
Ne'er found in all the crooked road;
That leads to dissipation.

The Liberal, December 11, 1911


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