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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

"Wants of the Village"

A Town Hall with Fire Bell, cost about $2,000
A Lock-Up 1,000
Water Works 2,000
Gas Works 2,000
A Steam Fire Engine & Engine House 1,500
A Park, with the et ceteras 1,500
A Beet Root Sugar Manufactory (Bonus) 1,000
Opening Garry, Owen and other Streets 200
Hook and Ladder outfit 250
Total $11,450
Less Municipal Loan Fund about 1,550
Balance to be raised $9,900

York Herald,July 31, 1874


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