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Chapter 8
Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
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
Living with Divided Loyalties
A Time and a Place for Swimming
Community Spirit
The First Village Council
"Wants of the Village"
"A Local View of 1874"
Who Was Who in the 1873 Municipal Elections
The Richmond Hill Fire Brigade
Fighting Fires with Hand Pumpers
The Trench Carriage Works
Miss Aiken Then Sang "The Woodland Tree"
Life in the Newly Incorporated Village
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

A Time and a Place for Swimming

The other day business caused me to cross the dam of Mr. Amos Wright'sMill Pond at about half-past six o'clock in the evening. The sun was then shining gloriously, and at least half a dozen young men were amusing themselves by swimming close to the public road, and even frequently running out of the pond on the Road.

This is not proper on or near a public road when females are constantly passing backwards and forwards, and these would-be Gents will not allow any women, respectable or otherwise, to pass without an insult! I saw three parties who had to cross Mr. Powell's fields to avoid insult.

Bathing is undoubtedly healthy and pleasant, but it ought to be carried on at a fit time and place.

"A Subscriber," in the York Herald,July 15, 1866


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