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Chapter 4
From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
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
The Miles Family and Miles' Hill
Doing Business with the Mileses
War and Peace at Miles' Hill
Reverend William Jenkins and the Presbyterians
The Duke, the School Teacher, and "The Lass of Richmond Hill"
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
Table of Illustrations

Doing Business with the Mileses

Abner Miles and the Missing Sheep

Abner Miles was a man hard to beat in a bargain, and too shrewd to be overreached, but he met with his match on one occasion. He had lost some sheep and by enquiry had shown his anxiety as to their whereabouts. One day a couple of tramps called at the tavern and offered to tell him who had the sheep for a bottle of wine. He agreed to the arrangement, and supplied the wine. The tramps emptied the bottle, sat around until they were rested, then rose to go. Miles reminded them of their part of the bargain. "Shure," said one, "yer honour HAD the shape, and ye could not kape them."

William Harrison,"Richmond Hill and Vicinity, Number 6"

James Miles and the Stolen Apples

James Miles is so far from liking to show off his magisterial capacity that when he the other day surprised a man in the act of stealing his apples, he helped him down from the tree in which, in his haste to escape, he had entangled himself. Then, taking a bag in which the stolen fruit had been deposited, he gave it to the man, desiring him the next time he wanted apples to come to him and ask for them.

Audrey Saunders Miller,The Journals of Mary O'Brien, 1828-1838,Macmillanp. 22.


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