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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 Local View of 1874"

The first year of our incorporation, our village began to show signs of improvement. The first of our sanitary by-laws, supplemented by visits from the Inspector of Nuisances, soon made a wonderful difference in our hitherto rubbish-filled back streets, neglected yards, outbuildings and slaughter houses. Previous to the change, cattle, pigs and geese ranged through the village as if it were a commons until they became an unmitigated nuisance. But, since, a wholesome fear of the "Pound" and the vigilant eye of the Official Corporation "pounder" have made a clean sweep of these unwelcome perambulators.

York Herald,January 8, 1875


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