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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

The Women's Institute and the Library

The long struggle for adequate library facilities. Here in 1895, a new Public Library Board takes over from the old Mechanics' Institute.
In October 1926, Mrs. A.L. Phipps moved that we hold a carnival for the benefit of the Library. Our Library was then in the room that is now the kitchen in the Masonic Hall. It was small, dark and dingy and entirely inadequate. Plans were soon made to hold a supper and dance. By April 1927 we had $170 in our Library Fund.

We had a public meeting under the joint auspices of the Women's Institute and Home and School Association, with a stirring address on the benefit of a Library in the community. That inspired us to settle down in earnest to raise funds to build a Library.

We had tag days, card parties, suppers and more suppers, compiled recipe books and took trips to places of interest where they would pay us so much for each person attending. We catered at picnics, at bowling club tournaments, farmers' banquets, teachers' conventions, and held bake sales innumerable ... .

Then depression struck the country, and it was impossible to ask for money for a Library when so many needed food. However we decided to carry on with our objective. We invested some of our money in a $500 bond, and as our funds grew they were invested in more bonds. Then the Second World War came and our work for the Library was suspended in favour of Red Cross and war work, but largely due to Mrs. Phipps' influence we still held to our idea of a Library ... .

In October 1948, exactly 22 years after our project began, a motion was passed that we turn over our funds to the Library Board to be used at their discretion. In January 1949, our bonds were sold, and our total Library Fund amounted to $1,752.54.

Mrs. O.L. Wright in Richmond Hill Women's Institute,"Tweedsmuir History"(Richmond Hill:1957),unpaginated


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