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Chapter 12
The Village Transformed
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
12 The Village Transformed
Parading, Dancing, and Skating
Richmond Hill's Fiftieth Birthday: 1923
Richmond Hill's One Hundredth Birthday: 1973
Skating in Style
Pure Water and Healthy Children
The installation of the waterworks in 1921 inspired a Richmond Hill bard to send this bit of doggerel in to the local paper:
"Mrs. Pankhurst's Lecture"
Flying Kites on Richmond's Hill
Between Old and New
"Dr. Langstaff Describes the Advent of the Horseless Carriage"
Alex Hume's Cushions and the Power of the Press
Turn-of-Century Tracks Block Yonge Street Construction
From Radial Cars to Rubber Tires
Table of Illustrations

Richmond Hill's Fiftieth Birthday: 1923

Tuesday, August 7th
Grand Finale in the Evening

The Semi-Centennary Celebration of the Incorporation of the Village of Richmond Hill and the reunion of Old Boys and Girls will be brought to a close with a night of Carnival and Community dancing, in which all are asked to take part wholeheartedly. Masque if at all possible; bring along your confetti, paper streamers, and such like, and above all let your voice blend with others while they sing the popular songs of the day and the old familiar ones of long ago. The general meeting will be in the Park, where the Community dancing will take place upon the bed of the old rink and upon the grass bed between that and the New Arena. Let us enjoy ourselves to the fill ere we say good-night and Farewell.

Souvenir Programme: Richmond Hill's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Re-Union of Old Boys and Girls, August 5, 6, 7, 1923,p. 15.


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