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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

Flying Kites on Richmond's Hill

The windy days of spring and summer brought out the kite-making skills of the boys of bygone years.

Crossing two sticks, they tied them together securely and ran a string around the circumference of the kite through grooves carefully cut in the ends of the sticks.

A large piece of paper was then carefully applied to the skeleton thus formed and a tail of small pieces of coloured cloth tied to a string was added.

A ball of cord made up of pieces carefully saved from store purchases during the winter was then attached and the kite sent soaring aloft.

An older boy sometimes attempted to create a box kite, either square or triangular in shape, with the outer thirds covered with paper and the inner third left open.

Mary Dawson,"Spring's Windy Days Drew Kites, Kitemakers," The Liberal,March 22, 1978


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