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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

Community Spirit

A raising - One of those good old fashioned assemblies of neighbours took place on Wednesday afternoon last in Elgin Mills. The occasion of this meeting was to give assistance at the raising of the frame of the new Tannery to be erected by Mr. James Newton, Jr., in place of the Buildings destroyed by fire on the morning of the 21st of December last.

The crowd was numerous, there being at one time upwards of 125 present, and everything passed off pleasantly. The new building will be in size about 84 ft by 54 ft [25 x 16 metres], and two and a half stories high. Mr. Newton has a number of carpenters at work and is pushing business ahead, so that the building may be finished early in June.

York Herald,April 26, 1872


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