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Griffin, George A 


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'Past a n d 'Present 

'Being a 'Brief Account of the Town, its 
Neighborhood, History, Industries, Merchants, 
Institutions and Municipal Undertakings. 


G E OR G E A . G R I F F I N 

Approved bx the akville Town Council 


Toronto, Canada, 1912 




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abbling over rocks and pebbles through tli<' grass-grown 
and wooded liills of a Halton County ravine, a little 
stream I Sixteen Mile < !reek, I he early se1 1 lers named it I wends 
i t > way toward the western end of Lake Ontario. Here and there it gladdens the heart of rustic youth with 
"swimming holes." while all along its winding way loyal followers of [zaak Walton find finny response to 
baited hook and line. As it reaches nearer the lake its sylvan banks grow farther apart, the water deepens 
and the little stream becomes a river, which evenly glides along its tortuous course until it quietly empties 
into the great waters of Lake Ontario on their way to the St. Lawrence Gulf. At the point where lake and 
river meet is situated the Town of Oakville. 

Looking across the lake northeast from this point on a clear day the City of Toronto is visible in striking 
outline, the ( lanadian Pacific Railway building and the tower of the ( 'ity Hall breaking softly into the sky- 
line. To the southeast may be seen the mountain hill of the Niagara Peninsula, and in front, as an ocean, 
the blue waters of Lake Ontario stretch out in seemingly unlimited expanse. 

High banks, here sloping gently to a wide and sandy beach, there dropping cliff-like to the water's edge, 
give picturesque effect, while the quiescent music of incessant wash of waves against the shore lends 
indescribable charm to the all-enchanting scene. 

Along the lakeshore on both sides of the river and extending inward some two miles, the residences 

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of the town nestle in avenues of beautiful shade trees of near a century's growth. Villa alter villa lies 
-cclinlcd midst maple, oak and elm which generations of growth in the native rich and loamy soil have made 
superbly grand, while along the waterfront and in the park- and outskirts majestic pines sough sweetly with 
the lakeside breeze. It is a place for homes. 

The Mississauga Indian-, who under Chief Brant played -o important a role in the war of 1812, once 
occupied the land where Oakville now -lands. When the Government surveyed this section >f country. 960 
acres were here set apart as Indian Reserve. Afterward the Reserve wis ceded to the Crown. Under 
Government instruction and by public advertisement, dated the loth of July, 1827, Thomas <;. Ridout, 
then Surveyor-General, announced that the property would be sold by public auction at Crooks' Mills, 
N'elson, on the tilth of August of that year. The sale took place accordingly, the land being purchased by 
Colonel William Chisholm. lie obtained charter from the Government of Upper Canada and immediately 
commenced the construction of Oakville Harbour, which was completed so as to admit vessels in the year 

1830. Colonel Chisholm became the pioneer of 
the while oak-stave trade, the oak staves being 
manufactured in Trafalgar and near-by townships 
and floated down the Sixteen for shipment to 

The oak-stave trade became the origin of the 
town'- name. Colonel Chisholm laid out the town- 
site, and the name of Oakville was given by the 
Hon. Robert Baldwin Sullivan, then Commissioner 
of Crown Lands. Colonel Chisholm represented 
the County of Ilallon in Parliament for sixteen 

Bj Act of Parliament Oakville was created a 
town in July, 1857. Colonel ( reorge King Chisholm. 
a son of Colonel W illiam Chisholm, was unanimously 

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elected first Mayor, which position he held for six consecutive years, namely until the close of the year 1863, 
when he refused re-nomination. Since then the municipal chair has been filled as follows:- 1863-65: \\ . F. 
Romain; 1866: Col. <i. K. Chisholm; 1867-70: John Barclay; 1871-72: W. McCraney; 1873-74: Col. C. K. 
Chisholm; 1875-83: P. A. McDouglad; 1884-87: George Andrew; 1889-91: John Urquhart, M.D.; 1892: Geoi 
Andrew; 1893: Thomas Patterson; 1894: W. II. Young; 1895: C. (.. Marlatt; ls!»c.-!i: : \V. II. Young; 1898-99: 
John Crquhart; M.D.; 1900: Hedley Shaw; 1901-03: John Kelley; 1904-05: \V. H. Robinson; 1906-07: John 
Kelley; 1908-09: W. S. Davis; 1910-12: George Hillmer. 

The 1912 Council i- thus composed: Mayor, George Hillmer; Beeve, A. S. Forster; Councillors: Walter 
Whitaker, W. II. Carson, Chas. II. Cross, VV. D. Gregory, J. T. Ma. 1. leu and W. E. Featherstone. 

Water and Light Commissioners: C. (i. Marlatt, Chairman; Mayor George Hillmer and P. A. Bath; 
Mrs. M. ('. Irvine, Secretary-Treasurer. 

Assessmen i ( Commission : Oak villi- was one of the first I owns in Canada to adopl the idea ol an assess- 
ment commission. L. I'. Snyder. Commissioner; W. S. Savage, Assessor; Robert Marsh and James Hunter, 
I 'aluators. 

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Officials: .1. II. Shi, -Ids. Police Magistrate; W. E. M.Crawley, Town Clerk and Treasurer; Alfred Hillmer, 
Chief of Fire Department: W. II. Sweet, Chief of Police; Mrs. M. ('. Irvine. Librarian; J. S. \V. Williams, 
M.D., Medical Health Officer. 

The Electric Lighl and Waterworks arc under municipal control, being managed by three commissioners. 
The mayor is always one of the commissioners. The other two commissioners hold office for two years, one 
retiring each year, his successor being elected by popular vote at the annual municipal elections. A retiring 
commissioner is eligible for re-election, Mr. C. <i. Marlatt, for instance, having been a firs) appointee and 
successively elected since. 

For lighting purposes elect ricity is secured from I he I >ominion Power ( Company at a very low cost and is 

supplied the residents at moderate rates, and yet 
sufficiently in advance of cost to net the town a good 

The waterworks system is exceptionally good. 
The water is secured from Lake Ontario, some half- 
a-iuile out, passes through a filtration basin, i-. 
pumped into a standpipe and from there distributed 
to all parts of the town. Official analysis shows the 
water as of the besl in the Province. It is supplied 
the residents at low cost, bu1 the commissioners 
have so managed thai a substantial revenue is 
secured the town from this source. 

Sewage, granolithic walks and other local im- 
provements are paid for by a frontage tax extending 
over a number of years. 

For the c puting of taxes Oakville property is 

given low valuation, notwithstanding which the 
assessment reaches over a million and a hall' of 

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dollars, ami the revenue from taxes, electric light and power, waterworks and other sources reaches consider- 
ably over $20,000 a year. 

At thepresent time the town is installing a thorough and most modernly 
constructed sewage system, on which sonic hundred thousand dollars i- 
being spent this year. This is of necessity disarranging the street- for 
traffic to a certain extent, but ;h soon as work on the sewers is completed 
the streets are to be paved and otherwise improved at large outlay until 
they will vie with those of any town in Canada. 

Granolithic sidewalks, of which there arc already some twenty-five 
miles, prevail throughout the town and new streets are being constantly 
laid with it. 

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The Oakville Fire Brigade is a volunteer organization whose efficiency 
ha- been well demonstrated on more than one occasion, notwithstanding 
that the town ha- been remarkably free from fires. There arc forty-four 
members with Mr. Alfred Hillmer a- their Chief. Fire drills take place 
regularly once a week. The equipment includes hook-and-Iadder wagon, 
hose-reels and all the most modern appliances for fighting fire. The water 
supply i- unlimited. It i- pumped from Lake Ontario to a large standpipe 
and carried from there throughout the town. The electric pumping station 
for filling the standpipe i- equipped with the most modern appliance. 
Hydrants are placed at all needful points of the town. The maximum 
hydrant pressure registers 120 pounds ami the minimum 7(1 pounds, the 
Fire Hall is substantially constructed of brick. It i- centrally and well 
located. As a result of the efficiency of the Fire Department the insurance 
rate -ct by the fire underwriters i- low. 

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The Public Library and Reading Room would do credit l<> a much larger town. There are some five 
thousand volumes in the library, and tin- reading room is supplied with the best magazines and periodicals of 

I In- dav. The Reading R l is open to the public from !>:.'!<> a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and the Circulating Library 

from .". p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Mrs. M. C. Irvine is the efficient and courteous librarian; Mr. II. L. Read is 


The educational interests of Oakville (1912) are under I lie direction of I lie following Hoard: Win. Busby, 
Chairman; Rev. -I. K. Munro, Dr. C. B. Dorland, .1. C. Morgan, II. \V. Page, II. W. Litchfield, Alfred Hillmer. 
.1 .). McDermott, T. W. Slean, Thos. Marker. 1). LeBarre, Alex. MacDonald, W. O.Joyce; VV. E. M. Crawley, 


The Public Scl I, which is situated on the east hank of the river close to the main street, occupies the 

same ground that it lias for generations. Its interior lias recently Keen remodeled and it is now modernly 

equipped throughout. Between two and three acres 
of laud reaching to the water's edge make ideal 

playgr 1. There is an average attendance of 

some three hundred pupils ami the school shows a 
high standard amongst the put. lie schools of the 
Province. Mr. \\. F. Sanderson is principal and is 
ably assisted by the following teachers: Miss \ 
Sherman, Miss ('. K. Pollock, Miss 15. Wolfe. Miss 
I?. K. Browne, Miss \. K. Hunter and Miss K. (,. 

The Oakville High School is one of the best in 
the Province, not only as respects the building itself 
with its four acres of well-planned grounds, but also 
in the matter of teaching and teaching facilities. The 

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present building was completed and opened in the spring of 1910. It is a large and handsome brick edifice with 
every convenience thai science has brought to the art of modern school building. The class-rooms arc spacious. 

the ceilings high, tin- corridors wide the ventilation fair changing by aut atic de\ ice every twenty minutes) 

is perfect. The laboratory is admirably equipped and throughout everything requisite for the condud of a 
high-grade institution of learning is provided. An ideal lecture-room gives scope for debates, literan enter- 
tainments and public meetings, while two side r ns, one for each sex, give opportunity for preparation ol 

participants. The staff is as follows: L. J. Williams, B. A. (Queens), principal, Mathematics and Science; 
Miss Winifred Oven-. B. A. (Western University), Latin. French and German; Miss Winifred Dengate, 15. A. 
(MacMaster), English, History, Art and Commercial. 

On the lakeshore just west of the town is situated the well-known Appleby School for Boys, planned after 
the great preparatory schools of England. The buildings are new. large and especially constructed to meet 
all the requirements of a high-class residential school. In addition to usual studies, special attention is given 
to s.ientilic physical training, boating, riding, etc. The 
1 ication cm the lake is particularly good. There arc son t 
thirty-three acres of beautifully-wooded land, well adapted 
and well laid out For the purposes of the school. The 
following is the staff: Headmaster: J. S. H. Guest, M.A. 
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge), late of Upper 
Canada College; House Master: V. H. de B. Powell. B.A. 
(Keble College, Oxford); The Rev. W. S. Blyth, M.A. 
Toronto University); E. Whittington, B.Sc (London 
University); T.ady Superintendent: Miss Edith Grindley; 
Assistant Superintendent: Miss Olive Sheringham; Secre- 
tary: Mi- K. C. Eeslie; Physician: <'. A. Page, M.D.. 
l..I{.(. P.. F. Pv.C.S. (Edinburgh): Physical Training 
Instructor; Sergt.-Major Joseph Young date of Royal 

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The Post Office and Customs House Building is a substantial brick structure on the main street. Mr. 
L V Cote is Postmaster. Captain Maurice Felan is Collector of Customs. Mr. Wyatt S. Wood, Inspector, 
and Mr. .1 Eyre Coote Holmes, Assistant [nspector of Customs, are stationed here. 

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Lakeside Park comprises sonic three acres of exceptional beauty stretching along the lakefronl close to 
the Harbour. The banks arc high, the beach wide, the outlook over lake superb. Band concerts here on 
moonlit summer evenings are without compare. 

George's Square This resting-place lies midway between the lake ami the Grand Trunk Railway 

station. It U a delightful grove of <>U ami -lately 
pines. The property was presented to the town for 
park purposes by the late Colonel George King 
;MMV Chisholm. 

A new park of some lour acres has recently Keen 
secured lo the town by the acquisition of the old 
Horticultural ami Agricultural Exhibition Grounds. 
II is proposed to make this an ideal Recreation Park. 
with proper provision lor cricket, lacrosse, baseball, 
running track, bowling green, tenuis courts, etc., and 

for winter use a large outd ■ skating rink. It is 

j further planned to remodel the building now on the 
ground and make il suitable for indoor athletics of 
all kinds, including gymnasium, skating rink with 

heated dressing r ns for both sexes, and arrange- 

nents for entertainments of various kinds, such as 
celurcs. stage performance, dancing, etc. The whole 

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proposition is unique in Canadian municipal undertakings. According to the plan now in progress ol being 
carried oul the Council is expected to vote a considerable sum towards the necessary outlaj and upkeep and 
the balance requisite is to be secured by subscription. In order that arrangements and regulations may not 
be subject to the whims of changing municipal councils il i^ intended that the management shall be placed in 
I In- hand- of a permanent Board, on which the Council will, of represented. A number of 

prominent residents have already subscribed a substantial amount and a 

general subscription has been opened. 

Those who have heard the Oakville Hand res,, mid il- praise. Those who 
have yet to hear il have a musical treat in store. Mr. W. II. Tuck is 
Bandmaster, and has with him some thirty members, each of whom is a 
musician trained to his own instrument. < *n summer evenings concerts 
are given at Lakeside Park, where lake and music make combined attrac- 
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Pleasing architecture is a feature of Oakville's churches. There are 
live. Methodist Rev. Tl as Dunlop; Anglican, Rev. 11. F. D. Wood- 
cock; Presbyterian, Rev. .1. K. Munro; Roman Catholic, Rev. Father Savage; 
American Methodist Episcopal, Rev. Joshua Wickard Edgehill. 

The ( t.,k\ ill,- ( 'lub is a select organization that is a credit to and a pride 
of Oakville citizens. Il is open to both sexes. Membership is by ballot. 
Expenses are paid by membership lees and dues. The Club House, which 
presents a pleasing exterior of shingle-finish, is situated on the river's 
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members, bowling green and tennis courts; within 
there arc rooms for social gatherings, card rooms. 
dancing room, bowling alley, billiard (aides, reading 
room, and all the perquisites of a well-furnished club. 
Mr. F. A. Prime is President, Mr. \Y. S. Davis. Vice- 
President and Mr. H. I.. Read, Secretary. 

Besides the Oakville Club the town has its full 
quota of athletic clubs, covering every variety of sport. 

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'Idie main line of the Grand Trunk Railway between 
Toronto and Hamilton passes through ( )akvillc. making 
connection at these points for all parts of the country. 

Fourteen passenger trains stop at the Oakville station daily, giving opportunity to reach the near-by cities 
al almost any hour of the day or night. 

The Canadian Pacific Railway has running rights over the Grand Trunk System on this division, and 

while its passenger trains do not stop here its freighl trains do, making it a c peting point with the (.rand 


The Canadian Northern Railway is aboul to construe! a line from Toronto to Hamilton, which it is 
underst 1 will pass through Oakville and thus further increase the town's rail facilities. 

The Hamilton Radial Railway has an hourly service between Oakville and Hamilton A radial line from 

Toronto now reaches Lome Park, hut nine miles from Oakville, and it is promised that this w ill he c pleted 

lo < (akville at all early date. 


\o town in Canada is so uniquely and so advantageously situated as a place of residence as is Oakville. 
Lying midway between Toronto and Hamilton less than twenty miles from either city it becomes In these 

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days of rapid transit bul a suburb of the two greatest cities in the Province of Ontario. Little over half an 
hour lakes one by railway <>r I ram to these cities and this time will be appreciably lessened as facilities increase. 
while an hour's easy run by auto takes one to either place. 

ll will Dot lie many years until Toronto's population reaches the million mark, while Hamilton's growth 
as a manufacturing city is fast making it one of the great industrial centres of the world. As these cities grow 
and become congested I he demand for suburban homes will constantly increase and more and more will come 
the desire to live away from the hustle, hustle, heat and dust of the turmoiling city to hi' able to reach the 
city daily for business hours and when the day's work is done to practically step into a complete change of 
atmosphere w here clear air and happy surroundings will offset the strenuous work of I he business davj This 
cannot he found in the city itself; 1ml miles away, and yet it must he somewhere thai affords all of the many 
modern city conveniences. Oakville not only completely tills all these requirements hut it is so close to the 
near-by cities thai advantage may be taken of theatres, concerts and all the many evening enjoyments of a 

great city and the return home made by the after-theatre 
trains, while students at the University, Conservatory of 
Music and like institutions may daily attend and yet he 
home at night . 

Iii summer and winter alike Oakville is ideal. In 
summer time the Oakville Beach makes one of the most 
delightful bathing resorts both lake and river arc alluring 
to lovers of (he rod an excellent boathouse affords canoes, 
rowboats and sailboats lor those who do not possess their 
own. while the bowling green, tennis courts and near-by 
golf-links offer their special attractions. In winter time 
skating, curling and all the bracing, health-giving sports 
of Canadian winter life arc to he had. At home in Oak- 
ville one seems as if a thousand miles from stifling city 
life and yet in actuality is but a step away. 

As is natural with I he wonderful strides being made by 

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Toronto and Hamilton, Oakville's population (now 
about l 2,.)()0) is rapidly increasing and property 
values are steadily going upward, and as the resi- 
dential property in the almost adjoining cities soars 
in price, there will be a corresponding upward ten- 
dency in Oakville real estate. ^ et . always, no 
matter how I lie near-by cities grow or how con- 
gested they become, Oakville from its very position 
will remain truly suburban, and there will be 
opportunities for the securing of real villa homes 
homes that in so-called suburban city lots would 
run into prohibitive prices. 

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Not even the w onderful Niagara 1 'en insula nor the famous Annapolis Valley can excel the Oakville District 
in the raising of fruit. Apple, plum, pear and cherry orchards for miles around not only make a veritable 
forest of trees, but they produce fruit of the highest grade to be found anywhere in ( 'anada. Vineyards abound, 
yielding grapes of all varieties. In all directions may lie found acres upon acres of highly cultivated bushes 
bearing blackberries raspberries, black and red currants and gooseberries, while ir.ore si raw berries arc grown 
in this section than in any other part of the Dominion. Each year the area under yield is grow ing rapidly and 
the cultivation becoming scientifically better. In no part of ('anada is there such opportunity afforded for 
investment in fruit lands as in this district, not only because the location and soil are peculiarly adapted to 
the growth of fruit, but because the great cities of Toronto and Hamilton give immediate markets for every- 
thing produced. The completion of the permanent paved roadway between Toronto and Hamilton will still 
further augment the great advantages of this district to fruit-growers, fanners ami market-gardeners by 
enabling them to utilize motor-trucks to the fullest extent in the transportation of their produce to market. 

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Owing tn the proximity of Toronto and Hamilton, the vicinity of Oakville enjoy-, the mosl advantageous 
position in Canada as a place for markel gardening and the cultivation of flowers for sale in the two great 
cities, where the demand is greater than the supply and the prices correspondingly good. 

Mr. John ( 'avers, the well-know n horticulturist, has his fan ions Douglas Gardens at Oakville, and alreadj 
l here are others here who find paying business in flower cull ure, while vegetable-raising is combined with fruit- 
growing with highly-profitable results. 


Like the Niagara Peninsula the Oakville District is rapidly becoming a centre for small farms, which, 
through high cultivation and scientific utilization, are proving far more profitable than the old-fashioned 
hundred-acre farm where unscientific methods were employed. 

\oi only are I hese farms devoted to lii i i I and vegetable growing, bul also to I he raising of chickens, which, 
with eggs al present prices and the high market value of poultry, proves a very paying enterprise. 

With the marvellous growth of Canadian cities then' 
has come a strong demand for squab. Very few ill 
( lanada have entered this business, bul now at Oakville 
Mr. P. A. Bath has established a pigeon farm and is 
breeding thousandsof ( iarneaux pigeons, a Belgian bird 
of large size, the young of which arc reputed ;i. the 
finest known squab. Large buildings have been con- 
structed for the pigeons, the most approved nest arrange- 
ments have been adopted and modern contrivances 
of all kinds utilized. It indicates but another de- 
velopment of the small farm for which no district in 
Canada is so advantageously situated as Oakville. 

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Land has been the safes! form of investment since 
the world began. Thai it will so continue i- certain. 
Canada to-day is offering the greatest opportunities 
fur land investment of any country in the world. 
Nowhere in Canada is investmenl in land more 
certain to prove profitable than midway between 
1 lie rapidly growing cities of Toronto anil I la mil I mi. 
This is the Oakville District. A perusal of llii- 
booklet proves Oakville to be one of the beauty 
spots of Canada and pre-eminently suited for the 
building of country homes. Good mails and better 
transportation facilities are being advocated for this 

District by those in high authority. Tins indicates advance in land values and means that the presenl is 

Hie lime to buy. 

Probably the best investmenl just now is in acreage property, -acreage that will in a few years he 
reckoned by the fool. Five acres planted in fruit will soon become more than self-sustaining and will at the 

e value of which cannot be estimated. The increasing population of 
r supply of fniil and vegetables every year, and with I his increased 
e must advance. 

same time, be an ideal country home, ll 
Toronto and Hamilton demand a great< 
demand, prices of bol h land and produ< 

As is indicated by I heir ad\ erl isem 
Chisholm, of Oakville, arc making a sp 
the well-known Morrison estate proper) 
to be found in the Oakville district. II 
divided this properly into holdings of I 
purchasers arc mostly Toronto men of i 

nl. which appears al the end of this booklet, Messrs. Robinson & 
•ialty of providing small acreage farms. They recently purchased 
y, comprising some two hundred acres of the very besl of fruit land 
is conveniently situated and in the best neighborhood. They have 
\c acres each. These holding are meeting with ready sale. The 
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have easy access to the city. They have also a number of larger farms: Fruit Farms, Stork farms, Dairy 
farms. Grain farms, and farms that can lie used for any and all of these purposes. 

On the lake front they are offering some especially attractive properties, varying in size from three to thirty 
acres. The total available lake frontage is limited, but it is so desirable for summer residential property thai 
it is being rapidly taken up notwithstanding comparatively high prices. The date is not distant when it will 
he impossible to secure lake frontage property anywhere between Toronto and Hamilton, excepting at practi- 
cally prohibitive prices. Also they have several very desirable properties on the Lakeshore Road, in the 
heart of the best country-home district. A few years hence these properties will command almost any 
price asked. Just now they can lie secured at moderate figures. In the town itself they can meet the 

desires of everyone in the way of building lot- and 

at I ractive residences. 

Both Mr. Robinson and Mr. Chisholm arc natives of 
Oakville, and know the town and surrounding country 
thoroughly. Their business covers all branches of real 
estate and I hey are ill a position to offer some of the best 
propositions to he had in the Oakville District. 


Annually the Trafalgar Agricultural Societj gives an 
Agricultural and Horticultural Exhibition at Oakville, 
and this has now become also a Horse Pair which brings 
lovers of equerry from all parts of the country. 

And the Fair is worthy their coming. 

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cultural and agricultural, nevertheless il has always held 
high place in the raising of stuck and its position in this 
regard lias recently been enhanced by capitalists who 
have come to Oakville to live and who have purchased 
properties which they are utilizing exclusively for the 
raising of high-grade cattle. But even to a still greater 
extent is the district known for its horses in which from 
its earliest days it has taken exceptional |>ridc. Of late 
years great stimulus has been given through the efforts 
of a number of prominent and wealthy Toronto men who 
have made Oakville their home and who have put time 
and money into the breeding of pure-bred horses until 
Oakville to-day is known overthe Province almost as well 
for its horses as for ils fruit. 

Now here ill < 'auada. not even at the -real annual event at the Toronto Armouries, can a liner exhibition 
ol I In- besl in horses,,!' all classes he seen than at I he Oakville Fair, and here is the advantage of I he open air 
movement. Horses from the adjoining counties and cities are exhibited prize-winners of national and 
international fame, and among them Oakville itself is well represented, carrying oil' many a red ribbon. 
From the Ennisclare Farm of the Oakville Distrid Mr. H. C. Cox, with whom Mr. Hugh Wilson is interested, 
sends some of the purest-bred horses in Canada, while from the Oakville Farm of II. Giddings come such 
fi is horses as "Wicker," "Wire [n"and "Warwl p," the last-named being the lull King's Plate Winner. 

In cattle and sheep also the section near to and about Oakville is proudly represented, the Holstein cattle 
from Mr. E. F. Osier's Lakeview Stock Farm and the Aberdeen-Angus cattle and Dorset Horn Sheep from the 
Forsler Farm being among Oakville prize-winners in evidence, 

One ,,f the interesting features of the Oakville Fair is I he annual procession by all I he pupils from all I he 
public and separate scl Is of I he Town and County, wl arch from the Town Hall to the Exhibition (.rounds. 

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where prizes are given to the successful school children competitors in singing, map drawing, freehand drawing, 
writing, sewing, fancy-work, etc., grain, fruit and flower collections, etc., and in horseback riding and the like 

The attendance at the Fair, w hich a few years ago was bui in I he hundreds, now runs into many thousands 
and the old Exhibition Grounds have become too small. The Society has in consequence purchased some ten 
and a-half acres admirably situated on the wesl side of the river on the line of the Radial Railway. Here, in 
time for the next Fair, will he built a splendid and modernl y-arran^ed Main Building, large Stock Buildings 
and other structures, horse ring grand stand and fine entrance gates, [n short, the grounds are to be made 
worthy the Exhibition. Heretofore the Fair has keen held for only two days each Fall. Kill from this on 
there will be three days of Exhibition. Special railway excursion rales arc procurable by all visitors 

The election of officers of the Trafalgar Agricultural Society takes place annually at Oakville and after 
the election a Banquet is given which is one of the greatesl yearly events of the County of Halton. Repre- 
sentatives of the Provincial Government, of the Ontario Agricultural College and other men of note in agri- 
cultural, stock and farm pursuits and fruit grow- 
ing come from all parts of the Province and 
instructive speeches and talks arc given. 

The 1912 Officers of the Society are: A. S. 
Forster. President; Alfred Hillmer, 1st Vice-Pres% 
dent: Jas. -X. McGregor, Hid Vice-President; 
.1. L. Hewson, Secretary-Treasurer; \\ . S. Savage, 
and P. A. Bath. Auditors. There is a hoard of 
nine active and eight honorary directors. 


Like all horticultural societies throughout 
the cities, towns and villages of < ratario, the < lak 
ville Society is under the jurisdiction of the 
Department of Agriculture of the Province Sub- 
ject to the < hitario statutes in respect thereof each 

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lucal society makes its own rules and regulations, but 
largely these are made uniform in character by 
exchange of ideas through the Ontario Horticultural 
Association which annually holds convention in 
Toronto and to which the various local societies send 
delegates who elect officers and generally consider 
questions of horticultural interest. 

The object of the Ontario Horticultural Associa- 
tion and of the many local societies throughout the 
Province, is to study horticulture and to imparl such 
knowledge of the subject as will result in the beauti- 
fying of homes ami municipalities. The expenses of 
the societies are met by membership lees and under 
certain prescribed conditions by Government grants 
to which in may i nsi a i ices municipal grants and private donations are added. 

The Oakville Society with \V. S. Savage as President, W. II. Robinson, 1st Vice-President; J. I?. L. (.rout. 
.'ml Vice-President; \\. V. Sanderson. Secretary-Treasurer, and such horticultural workers as Mr. John Cavers, 
Mrs. [,. V. Cole. Mrs. \V. A. Buckle, Miss M. Robertson and a score of others, has Keen making most grati- 
fying progress. But the Society is handicapped by lack of funds, there being no municipal grant and that 
from the Government being very small. The last annual report of the Provincial Government shows the 
Oakville Society in receipt of hut $144 of fees for the year ($1 per member) and but ■ v ."><i Government grant, 
a total of only $194, while the actual expenditure ran into a total of $252, making a shortage of $58. The 
$252 was thus expended: Seeds. Imllis, plants and civic improvements, $120; lectures and periodicals, st.">; 
remunerations, $20; other expenses, $67. It is to be hoped that during the coming year the public spirit 

of the town will more potently manifest itself in respect of this most laudable enterprise. Many Ontario 

towns have become places of floral beauty through the hearty and substantial support of their horticultural 

societies. Oakville should be second to none. 

Tin- Oakville Floral Guild is a worthy auxiliary of the Oakville Horticultural Society. Its membership 

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is made up of children who pay ten cents a year membership fee and in return are given flower seeds and are 
taughl in flower and plant culture, prizes being given to those who prove mosl proficienl in floral production. 
Mis. John Cavers, President of the Guild; Miss Georgina Madden. Secretary-Treasurer, and a numher of 
other Oakville ladies are devoting themselves energetically to the inculcation of flora! knowledge and floral 
thought in Oakville's children. Every girl and every boy in Oakville should join the floral guild. 

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There are few places anywhere that can he made centre for such delightful rides and drives as Oakville. 

Hack from the lake the country is gently rolling, the roads are excellent and what with fruit farms, wooded 

proves, and turbulent brooks, tin 1 scenery For miles about is an ever- varying, never-ending charm. The lake 

shore drive is beautiful bey I description. Negotiations are now in progress for the building of a permanent 

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paved roadway over the Lakeshore Road through Oakville a1 a cost of some six hundred thousand dollar.-.. 
When this is accomplished it will be withoul equal on the continent, [rresped ive of this the Lakeshore Road 

is being rapidly well macadamized all along its line and will shortly form one of the besl and si delightful 

roadways for aul biling and driving to be found in America. For those with motor-cars Ihis has much 

meaning both in the mailer of pleasure and the question of quick runs to the city. 

Until less than two years ago Oakville had no Boy Scouts. In April. 1911, however, Mr. P. II. Chisholm, 
al the urgenl requesl of Mr. II. (i. Hammond, of Toronto, the Provincial Secretary of the Boy Scouts, set 
himself to the task of interesting the Oakville people in the Boy Scout movement, and by incessant and arduous 

work has succeeded in bringing into active organi- 
zation one of the best trained and Im'sI equipped 
Scout troops in the Dominion of Canada. 

Mr. Chisholm's firs! move was to secure a 
Scout Council of aide and representative men and 
a Seoul Master who knew the work and how to 
imparl his knowledge to boys. An admirable 
Council was secured, but the finding of a thorough- 
ly qualified Seoul Master proved a difficult und< r- 
taking and firsl efforts were not completely satis- 
fying. It was not until more than a year had 
passed thai Mr. ( hisholm was successful in 
securing a Scout Master with all the knowledge, 
vim and energy the work demands. This summer 
however, he was finally successful in persuading 
Mr. John Cowan. Deputy Registrar of the 
Surrogate Court, Toronto, who resides in ( >akville 
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Mr. Cowan lia<l been for years identified with military and scout work in Scotland and came into tin- 
work here with a knowledge and an enthusiasm that from its very beginning made his success assured. Through 
him tin' boys have become imbued with an esprit de corps thai has made their organization a living entity. 
They have caught his keen enthusiasm and have thrown themselves into the work with a heartiness and an 
earnestness that is worthy the ideals of General Baden-Powell's ureal organization of wlueli they now form 
part an organization thai lends to the better physical development and the moral uplifting of every boy 
who has I lie good fortune and the honour of heing a member. 

I nder Mr. Cowan's direction drills are held weekly, instruction is given in first aid to the injured, in am- 
bulance work, in signalling and in all the many requisites to the achievement of the high aims of the Boy 
Seoul organization. In furtherance of Ihis great work illustrated lectures of an educational character are 
given and the whole work is made entertaining, instructive and highly moral The Troop has now a bugle 

band which is under the able instruction of Oak- 
ville's Bandmaster, Mr. W. II. Tuck. 

The following is the 1912-13 Council: .1. C. 
Morgan, M.A., President; P. A. Hath. R. S 
Wilson, C. A. Page M.D.; Rev. .1. E. Munro, 
Rev. II. F. I). W [cock, W. II. Tuck. J. M. 

Wallace. I.. V. Cole. K. T. I jgh 1 1 uninie. John 

Cowan. Scui Master, and F. II. Chisholm, 

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Free Masons. Oddfellows, Foresters and the 
other many fraternal societies are well repre- 
sented in their Oakville lodges. 

The Supreme Courl of the Independent Order 
of Foresters, widely known as a great inter- 
national fraternal insurance society, selected Oak- 

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ville as the best place in all Canada tor the location of their Orphans' Home. This Home is but a link in the 
Foresters' systematic arrangement for the care of children of deceased members an arrangement of the Order's 
own conception, one that bespeaks the very heart of brotherhood and that is worthy the emulation of every other 
fraternal society. It is the care from a general fund and by the Supreme Council of the Order of all Forester 
orphans in real need all over the world. Wherever such child may he found, his or her ease, having first been 
duly considered by a proper Local Court Committee and found to merit the Society's care, is reported through 
the Local Court to the High Court and thence to the Supreme Executive, where decision is made as to dis- 
position. Sometimes the child is brought to the Oak ville Home, even from distant points in Canada and the 
Lnited States and far-away places in the (lid Land; sometimes the child is placed in some religious 

institution of which the < h'der has knowled; 
lives, a regular allowance for the main- 
tenance and education of the child is paid 
the mother through the Local Court which 
systematically reports in respect thereof. 
But, no matter what the particular 
arrangement may he, each child from the 
day it comes under the Supreme Execu- 
tive's care, is considered as a distinct 
individuality to he personally looked 
after by the Foresters" Superintendent of 
Orphans, who not only keeps in touch 
through the Local Court, hut commences 
a course of direct correspondence with 
the child which is kept up until the 
passing from the Order's charge and 
afterward, for through the years of letter 
writing the far-away child has come to 
know the unseen Superintendent as a 


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friend for life Nor U this all the Superintendent of his own intitiative, has inaugurated a system of letter- 
writing between tin- orphans themselves in their various locations mi thai they keep in brotherly and sisterly 
touch with one another, and this is nut only proving educative, but il must and does create a bond of world- 

w i le l'i lendship far-r: iching i 
In furtherance of the idei 
Fund which is called the "0 
Each individual birthday aim 
ncss Fund cadi and every orpl 
parent w ho is gone. I n addit 
their indust ry in s| udy. The 
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beneficent results. 

>f individual care of these scattered orphans, the I. O.K. has also created a Trust 
rphans' Happiness Fund" and which is sustained by voluntary contributions. 
\ ersarj . ami Christmas Day for all, arc remembered and by means of tin- Happi- 
an receives ,-i birl hday and a ( hrisl mas gift thai comes, as it were. I' rem a loving 
ion to this prizes are sent In those who are successful at school, thus stimulating 
■e are some seven hundred children scattered over the world who thus daily have 

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here the Superintendent resides and they are daily with him. The Oakville Home is beautifully situated on 
the wot bank of the river, and it is in reality a home. The children (now some titty in number) attend the 
Oakville Public and High Schools and thus become one with the other children of (he town, while at the Home 
they are a- on<' big family, each one of whom receives the fatherly and motherly care of those in charge more, 
they have all the advantages usually found only in high-class residential schools in the way of properly-regu- 
lated physical exercise, athletic training, boyish sports ami kindly-administered discipline. Still further— 
the land pertaining to the Home i some twenty-three acres) i- an actual fruit farm, with greenhouses and 
outdoor floral and vegetable culture added, and here practical training is given in scientific soil production. 
That home studio are not neglected is evidenced by the fact that all of the six children from this Oakville 
Home who wrote at tin- last High School Entrance examination passed with honour, two of them being first 
and second in the Oakville school and first and third in the big County of Halton. 

The Superintendent of the Oakville Home and 
of all the near and far-away Forester Orphans. i> 
Mr. .1. <'. Morgan, M.A.. upon whom the success 
of this great orphanage administration chiefh 
depends. Mr. Morgan, who is a Double (.old 
Medalist of Toronto University, was Superintendent 
of Education for Simcoe < bounty, < mtario, for thirty- 
six years. He brought to his orphanage work an 
extraordinary knowledge of child life and child 
education and a gift to impart. He is a disciplin- 
arian, bu1 a kindly one. His love of children is 
innate with him and is reciprocated He is loud oi 
art and music, is a practical horticulturist, a belief er 

in technical education, a lover of all that is g I and 

,-i hater of ill. It is impossible to conceive of one 
better fitted for thi- sacred charge of child life. 

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The actual worth of his work is told in the healthy, happy faces of the children at the Oakville Home and the 
loving, child-like letters that come to him a- their personal guardian from the many hundred children away. 
Mr. J. W. West, as Bursar, and Mrs. West, as Matron, take an active part and a keen interest in all thai 
concerns the Oakville Home and are ably assisted in this work by Mr. and Mrs. P. Casburn. 

Apart from the I. < ). F. Orphanage Superintendency, Mr. Morgan is one of Oakville's West and most 
prominent citizens, is member of tin' Hoard of Education, President of the Oakville Hoy Scouts" Council, and 
otherwise actively identified with the alfairs of the municipality. 

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Three weekly new-paper- arc published in Oakville "The Star. 1'he Record" and •'The N'ews." 

'•The Star" is the oldest paper in Oakville. It was first published as "The Argus." Tin' name was after- 
ward changed to "The Express"and in 1883 it took its present name. "The Star" is independent in politics, is 

devoted to local interests ami is an indefatigable 
advocate of good roads. Mr. A. S. Forster took hold 
of the paper in 1880, at the age of seventeen, ami has 
remained it- editor and publisher continuously since. 
Mr. Forster is Reeve of Oakville. President of the 
Trafalgar Agricultural Society and active member of 

the Good Roads Association, to which he devotes 

much time and energy. He and hi- paper have been 
potent factor- in the negotiations for a permanent 
paved roadway between Toronto and Hamilton, 
passing through Oakville, which now seems assured 
of success. An up-to-date job printing plant is 
conducted in conjunction with the paper. 

"The Record" was foundedaboul thirteen years ago. 
It has been owned and edited by Mr. William .1. 

Temperance Hall erected 1843 a gift to Oakville at that time from Mr Flelltv -illee the first of Mav, IIMI7. lllder its 

■ \ illiams and M- T> ..- I. •-'I' Held in trust for the town l» 

life trustees who name their successors 

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present management il lia.s earned the reputation 
of paying part ienlar at tent ion to the town's municipal 

leasures that tend to build up a greater I, 
It.. Record bears the distinction of being S 

Fairs, and for taking a foremost place in il- ad- kVft^- 

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the only Liberal-Conservative paper in the Countj 

of Ilalton. Il enjoys a large subscription lisl and 

ll Iliii' is thoroughly equipped for turning out 

fine job print ing. 

"The News," which is the organ of the Liberal 
party in Oakville, was started by its present owner 
and editor, Mr. Gerald G. Mitchell, in 190? as a 
little four-page l"v-'-.' paper printed on a Gordon 
press. Il has been enlarged each year until to-day 
il i-. a seven-column, eight-page paper, the largest ,,,>,,, -,.,, KI . 

size of any paper in Oakville, and is printed on < > 1 1 < - 

mI the latest cylinder power presses. The job department is especially well equipped both in presses and tyj 
A large staff is employed in printing of .'ill kinds, from posters to high-class book and pamphlet work. 

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Oakville has Kith so generally referred to as a summer resort ami a- a residential town that neither out- 
siders nor townsmen themselv< - have taki n into si rious consid< ration its manj advantagi - as a manui'ai tuiinp 
centre. ^ et il has such great advantagi - in this regard that manufacturers are awakening to the fact and more 
and more this will be the case. Moreover, the situation is such that factories ma\ be built and manufacturing 
carried on without interfering with or prejudicially affecting Oakville's enviable reputation as a place for homes. 

( >ak\ ille offers In manufacturers one of the best shipping points in the I ro\ im e, both by rail ami water. 
Il offers cheap power, the eosl of electricity being furnished at about the same figure a- in Hamilton, which has, 
because of its power facilities, become one of the greatest of manufacturing cities, besides which at Oakville 

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there i- direcl water-power. Il offer- factory sites 
at nominal cost; it offers low assessment valu- 
ations ami low taxes. As a fruit-growing section il 
affords special advantages to canning factories; a- a 
place For homes for both employers and employees 
it is unrivalled, if equalled, in the Dominion of 

At the present time the follow ing factories are in 
activeoperation: TheWar - ManufacturingCompany, 
I. muled; the only manufacturers of aluminium 
kitchen utensils in the Dominion of Canada; The 
Marlatt & Armstrong Company, Limited, Tannery, 
established 1854, one of the largest tanneries in 
Canada, and manufacturers of fine leather for auto 
and carriage tops and patent leather shoes; li!;i" 
^^ cos. Limited, manufacturers of jams; The Oakville 
t residential river lawn iNDnHiHi Basket Factory, makers of all kinds of fruit and 

other commercial baskets; McDermott's barrel 
factory; Carson 6v Son's planing mill and sash and door factory; Davis \. Doty, builders' supplies; The 
Oakville Pressed Brick Works; Patterson's cider mill; The Oakville Fruit Evaporating Company; Whitaker's 
carriage works; Ashbury's flour mill; and the Oakville Bottling Works a-rated waters). 

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In early times, before the days of railways, Oakville was one of the best Known shipping points on the 
Great Lakes. Grain and produce of all kinds was teamed to Oakville from the country for miles around to 
keep rilled the five large warehouses then at Oakville Harbour, ami the Harbour itself was ever replete with 
-hips coming lor cargo and departing with their loads. 

Shipbuilding was started and rapidly Oakville shipyards became famous for the excellence of the boats 
that were here designed and built. In 1861 Captain James Andrew, who was born in Scotland and there had his 

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early training, became identified with Oakville's shipbuilding and afterwards opened up his now-celebrated 
shipyards. Ho was soon renowned among sailors ami shipmen as the builder of the fastest craft upon the 


With the building of railways and the adaptation of steam to boat propulsion, the demand for sailing vessels 
became less and less, until it ceased to be a factor in the great question of transportation. But, though the 
great shipbuilding of Oakville thus became a thing of the past, yachting became more and more a national 
pastime and Captain Andrew's fame as a builder of fast sailing ships made him sought for in the building of 
racing yachts. It was an easy and natural step from the building of sailing ships to the making of yachts and 

the Captain soon beet • as widely and favourably known in this later work as in the former vocation. His 

Oakville shipyards are to-day known to all yachtsmen on the Great Lakes of Canada and the United States. 

It speaks for itself that almost without exception the winning yachts of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club 
have been built by Captain Andrew. The Canada and Tin lunula-, winners of the Canada Cup; The Crusader, 
Minota, Beaver, Strathcona, Zorayo, Temeraire and 
many other yachts of international fame were built 
by Captain Andrew at his Oakville shipyards. 

Mr. C. <.. Marlatt, Ex-Commodore of the Royal 
( 'anadian Yacht < lull and now ( hairman of the \ acht 
Racing Union of the Great Lakes, an international 
association, one of Oakville's most prominent citizens, 

is owner of the Aggie, ■ of the yachts designed and 

built by Captain Andrew which has won faun-. The 
Aggie was built as tar back as 1888, but the excellence 

of its design ami its seaworthy qualities are yet in 
evidence as it is still unvanquished, being the winner 
of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Championship 
for yachts of the First Division in the annual races of 
L909, 1910, 1!>11 and 1912, against boats designed by 
Fife, Watson, Payne and other world-famous designers. 

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At his Oakville shipyards Captain Andrew still builds other boats than yachts, now including tugs and 
small steamers. It is an industry of which Oakville is justly proud. 


Oakville's stores are exceptionally g I. They carry full lines of merchandise, arc ably conducted and 

merit much greater supporl than they are getting. There is an inclination \\ ilh many people to buy in Toronto 
or Hamilton. Some things can perhaps occasionally be bought to greater advantage in those cities, but in the 
ureal majority of eases the local merchants can give as good or I letter values. These local merchants are fellow- 
townsmen and, other things being equal, should be given preference. Whenever one can, it is a duly to buy 
at home It helps |<> build up the town and to make a living for friends and townsmen instead of increasing 
the profits of some city dealer who ha- no interest in the welfare of either Oakville Or its people. 

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There are three Chartered Hanks in Oakville: The Merchants Hank of Canada, of which Mr. II. I.. Read 

is local manager; The Hank of Toronto. 
Mi'. .1. 15. I.. Grout, local manager; and 
The Hank of Hamilton. Mr. \Y. S. Davis, 
local manager. These Hanks afford every 
banking facility to merchants, manu- 
facturers and ol hers. 

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Oakville has two licensed hotels, the 
(iilison House and the Murray House. 
They are well equipped to look after the 
travelling public and summer boarders. 
Besides these hotels there is a Temperance 
House and a number of private boarding 
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To meel the great influx of summer visitors and provide fur the entertainment of touring motorists, flu' 
town is further to have an Inn. fashioned after the Old Count ry Inn of coaching days, I ml fitted with modern 
luxury. Air. II. V. Harrison, of the Kin- Edward Hotel. Toronto, has purchased a considerable Mock of land 
overlooking the lake and has already let the contract lor the building of the Inn. If will have some thirty 
to forty bedrooms, large dining-room and rotunda and wide verandahs. It is promised that the Inn will in 
every way be in keeping with the requirements of a high-class establishment. An ample garage for tourists' 
motors will lie built in connection. 


Residents of Toronto and Hamilton who are considering the question of either a summer resort or a per- 
manent suburban home will meet with opportunities and advantages here that for them cannot elsewhere be 

People in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, who contemplate making Canada their home will find 
that with comparatively small investment of capital greater advantages and much more desirable living ina\ 
be had in I he Oakville District in the Province of Ontario, than can be secured in I he much-vaunted Canadian 
West, greal as the opportunities there undoubtedly are. 

A letter to Mr. W. E. M. Crawley , Town Clerk, Oakville, On I., will secure informati* n any desired point. 

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The Country 4ome Idea 


(HE idea has become general. In fact, almost 
tvery man has the desire for"alittle place 
n the country.*" Oakville is naturally 
Toronto's and Hamilton's country home district. 
The question is jusl what to select. 

Is a fifty-fool lot outside the city with a house on 

it. surrounded by other fifty-fool lots with houses 
on them, any more desirable than the city lot with 

a house on it ? ( an (lie " little place in the coun- 
try" idea be carried out on a town lot ? It cannot 

lie done. "Lite ill tile country" includes a COW, 

a pony, chickens and an abundance of fruit, vege- 
tables, milk ami eggs, and these at first-hand. 

Five acres of the righl kind of laud make a snug little farm. Five acres v, ill keep a hired man busy 
and |ia\ his wages, besides supplying the owner with all that makes lite in the country enviable. 

Robinson & Chisholm are tin' pioneers of the Country Home Idea at Oakville. Thej are 
selling five-acre holdings with frontage on tin' '* Morrison Road," which road, a mile long, they an' 
presenting to the Township of Trafalgar. The Morrison Road is one of the beauty spots of the 
Oakville district, and a five-acre holding facing on it is something worth while it has the making 
of a real country home. In a very few years it will be impossible to obtain anything like this 
within reasonable distance of either Toronto or I la 111 ill on. 

Write or telephone whal train you arc coming by and we will meet you at railway station, drive 

you over town and to see our properties. Examine our properties before you make choice. 

ROBINSON & ( IIISIIOI.M. Real Estate mid Insurance Brokers, (Phone 158), OAKVILLE. Ont. 

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The Writing of Booklets: An Advertising Specialty 

THIS is an age of Specialization. Doctors, lawyers, mechanicians, electricians, artisans 
of all kinds, business men. everyone, specialize. It pays to devote one's self to special 


work and employ other specialists for work that pertains to their special knowledge. 

The writing of booklets for advertising purposes i- a business of itself. Business men 
cannot afford time, thought and energy necessary to proper preparation of booklets and 
special advertising. The mind preoccupied with other affairs misses (he secret of successful 

Advertising pays, and booklet advertising is on.' of the most profitable forms; yet much 
money is constantly wasted in such advertising. There are many causes of non-productive 
advertising which may lie overcome by the advertising specialist. The mistake may lie 
in savins too much, or it may he in not saying enough. An artistic advertisement may 

lose effect by bad wording and a well-worded one by untoward appearance, while p ■ 

printing may ruin both. Money spent may be practically lost because of economy in 
paper and ink— a common error in booklet work. Twenty percent, saving in materials 
may mean one hundred per cent . loss in effect, and as a result the booklet, or whatever it 
may be, finds its way to the wastepaper basket instead of the desk. 

Is your advertising a success? If not it will pay you to utilize our services. We 
specialize in writing and publishing booklets and preparing special advertising. We give 
special attention to the writing, preparation and publishing of booklets for towns 
and cities. 

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Best: $6,000,000 

The Bank of Toronto 

Head Office: Toronto, Ontario 

1 1.') Branches in 
Ontario, Quebec and the West 


Sums small or large ($1.00 ami upwards) may lie added l<i your balance a I 
any I ime. 

The Bank's large resources ($57,000,000) assure you of safety. Loans made to 
responsible people. Cheques cashed. Drafts and Money Orders sold. Travellers' 
Cheques and Letters of Credit issued. Every convenience of modern banking 
maintained for llie use of customers. 

I). Coulsox, President. MY. C Gooderham. I ice-President. 

Joseph Henderson, 2nd Vice-President. Thos. F. How, General Manager. 

.1. 15. L. Groi t, Manager of Oakville Branch. 

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The W. S. Davis Real Estate Business 

MR. W. S. DAVIS, the leading Real Estate Agent, has been 
instrumental in locating many of Toronto's and Hamilton's besl 
citizens in Oakville and the surrounding district. 

If you want a lakefronl lot, a choice residential lot with fine 
trees, a furnished cottage for the summer, a small fruit farm or a 
dairy farm, Mr. Davis can furnish yon with just what yon want, 
and tlif price will be right. 

Mr. Davis' office is in the Davis Building, on Colborne Street. 
Write or telephone him for an appointment. Long Distance, 
Oakville 41. 

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Brantwood Survey 

|OME months ago a Syndicate purchased some 
two hundred acres (known as the Anderson 
Farm i al the .easterly end of the town. This 
they have sub-divided into building lots. Strsets have 
been pu1 through the property, miles of cemenl walks 
have been pul down, mails have been graded, water 
mains laid, and new sewers are being constructed. 
These lots are beautifully wooded and arc restricted 
H5 to high-class residential homes. The situation is ideal: 

ten minutes' walk from the Grand Trunk Railway- 
station and ten minutes' walk from the lake. A number 
of line homes have already lieeii erected and many more are' being arranged for. 

There is no place in Oakville or tin' surrounding dis- 
trict which offers such present opportunity for those 
who desire to have a country town home within ready 
reach of Toronto or Hamilton. 

Parties contemplating the purchase of property in or 
aboul Oakville should make an investigation of the 
Brantwood lots and look into che exceptionally reason- 
able terms on which they may be secured, before making 

any decision as to local ion. 

W. S. Davis, Oakville, is the exclusive selling agenl 

for this properly. 

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OAKVILLE is fortunate in having among its professional 
men, an eyesight specialist of more than ordinary ability. 
We refer to Tims. Nisbet, who is an honor graduate of 
the Canadian Ophthalmic College. Toronto, and of the Northern 
Illinois College of Ophthalmology and Otology, Chicago. He has 
served a number of years as optician for John Wanless & Co.. 
Toronto, and also for the Winnipeg Optical Co. People suffering 
from headache, nervousness and defective vision, frequently come 
to Oakville from distant points to consult this noted specialist, 

and have their eyes 
properly fitted with 
spectacles or eyeglasses. 

Mr. Nisijkt is also the local representative 
of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., and pro- 
prietor of Oakville's leading Musical Emporium, 
where lovers of music can obtain anything in 
that line from a .lews Harp to a Player Piano 
and at prices as low as in any of the large 

I E, OS \ SBET, On I> 

I'm Nisi i i Hnm 

A visil to this attractive store and optical 
parlor will be found by all to be a pleasant. 

entertaining and profitable pastin 

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James N. McGregor Business 


LWAYS in all <-il ies and towns I here is sonic 
particular store which everyone recog- 
nizes as I he place to go for I he best goods. 
The Hardware store of James \. McGregor 
enjoys this distinction in Oakville. 

Mr. McGregor's business, however, is uol 
confined t<> Hardware. lie has also a separate 

store devoted to Stoves, Furnaces and the like, 
lie has a large building for his tinsmith business 
and plumbing trade. He has a large warehouse 
for general slock storage. 

Hardware, Paints, Oils, Stoves, Ranges, Fur- 
naces, Tinsmithing, Plumbing and Heating, 
Builders' Supplies and everything allied to the 
Irade. can be secured of the besl quality and al 
lowesl price's al Mr. McGregor's stores. 

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The Ware Manufacturing Company, Limited 


IH1S is an industry in 

which Oakville leads 

II Canada. Here 

only in the Dominion of 

Canada is Aluminium Ware 

manufactured. i- recognized as 
the most suitable material 
yet known I., the world for 
the manufacture of cooking 
utensils. <: ra nite ware 
superseded tin goods foi 
kitchen use. Aluminium is 
taking the place of both. 
Aluminium lias all the advan- 
tages ..1 tin and granite ware 
and none of their disadvan- 
tages. Il has main a. Ivan- 
la-,- that neither of them 
Aluminium will nol crack, chip or burn. Aluminium heats three times as quickly as any other war,-, thus saving time and 
fuel. Aluminium is the lightest material and so is easily handled Aluminium never rusts nor tarnishes; il i- always as bright as 
silver. Aluminium is the mosl easily cleaned of any material. Vluminium issanitary. Aluminium utensils are not only better 
than anj others but in the long run are hum h cheaper, for while manufactures of other ware have constantly to be mended or 

replaced by new goods, aluminium g Is lasl a life time— aluminium simply does not wear out. Vluminium ware will outwear 

any ware 

The Ware Mini i w n ring Company, Limited, commenced business in Oakville in 1910, and so great lias been the demand 
for their goods thai the} have already had to increase their factory. The Company gives promise of becoming one of the 
largest manufacturing concerns in Canada. Oakville was selected as the place to start the business in Canada because of its 
shipping facilities and other advantages. 

Ask your dealer to show you Oakville Vluminium War,- 

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A K V I L I. E 

The R. B. Barclay Business 

M" 1 

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R. R. B. BARCLAY is the head of what 
>w the longest established store 
in Oakville. 

In 1st!), when Oakville was a great grain 

shipping port, Mr. John Barclay buill a large 

grain warehouse and in connection with il a 

large general si ore When the railways usurped 

the grain trade, Mr. Barclay concentrated his 

energies in his store, which became one of the 

largest and niosl successful establishments in 

this section of country. Mi;. U. B. Barclay, 

son of John Barclay, was brought Lip in the business and eventually succeeded his father. 

The R. B. Barclay Business to-day is a Specialized Business, being devoted to Dm 

Goods, (texts' Furnishings \\i> Clothing. 

Long experience has made Mr. Barclay a recognized judge of quality in the lines of 
goeds which he handles and the financial standing of the house enables him to buy at close 
figures, the advantages of all of which are reaped by his customers. 

The long and continued success of this business may be attributed to four things: 
Good goods, clone prices, courtesy, satisfied customers. 

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W. H. Havvkes, Builder and Contractor 


HERE arc three important things In be taken into consideration in 

giving tint a contract for a building. They all have reference to 

the ( 'ontractor: — 

i 1 ) His capability. 

(2) His trust worl hiness. 

(3) His financial standing. 

Mr. Hawkes' record in Oakville as a Builder and ('ontractor gives 
positive assurance as to all these points. 

Mr. Hawkes makes a specialty of stair-building and hardw I 

finishing. He gives personal attention to all details and is prompt in 
execution of undertakings. 

(■••I an estimate from Mis. Hawkes. 

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^-•28 The Merchants Bank of Canada 


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[ERE are over one hundred and eighty Branches 
of this Hank in Canada, Oakville being one of the 

jllgg""" ■"'-/*■' *J The Bank has a paid-up Capital of $6,600,000, and 

Reserve Fund of $6,000,000. lis as-, 'Is exceed sevent 


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,< millions of dollars. 

■ "ti&il Special attention is given I < » Savings Accounts. One 

Bjt Dollar opens an account, and additions may lie made at 
[^^ any time in sums of one dollar upward. Interest is 
■■T allowed al highest hank rale and added twice a year 

without application or presentation of Pass Book. No 
delay in withdrawals. Two or more persons may open a Joinl Account and arrange to withdraw by 
individual receipt . 

Commercial Letters of Credit, Travellers' Letters of Credit and Travellers' Cheques issued, available in 

all parts of the world. 

Bank Drafts and Bank Money Orders sold. (This is the cheapest and best way of forwarding money.) 

Cheques, Drafts, Express Orders, Postal Money Order-, etc., cashed. 

Loans made to merchants, manufacturers, fanners, live -lock dealers, municipalities and school sections. 

All forms of banking business transacted and customers afforded every modern facility. 

Head Office: Montreal. Sir II. Montacsi Allan, C.V.O., President; Jonathan Hodgson, Esq., 
Vice-President; I-'.. V . Hebden, Esq., General M anager ; T. E. Merhett, Esq., Superintendent of Branches. 
Mk. II. L. Read is Manager of the Oakville Branch. 

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The Grocery Trade of Gordon Wilson 

FEW places even in the city carry the full line of high-class 
Groceries, Flour, Grain, Seeds. Fruit, Provisions, etc., to be found 
;it GORDON Wilson's Oakville store. 

The Wilson business was established in 1871 by Henry Wilson, 
father of the head of the business to-day. The store has an enviable 
reputation, not only in Oakville but throughout the Oakville district, 
and this has been gained by close attention to customers' wants, by 
careful buying, and by supplying the best goods al the lowest 
possible prices. 

Those who have not yet become Wilson customers will find il 
profitable and pleasant to deal with him. 

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The Bank of Hamilton 

TIIL BANK OF HAMILTON, incorporated in 1872, is one 
of the strongest financial institutions in Canada. 

The Bank has a paid-up < Capital <>f I wo million seven hundred 
housand dollars, a Reserve Fund of over three million dollars, 
iimI Assets of over forty-four million dollars. 

Travellers' Cheques and Letters of Credil are issued. 
Cheques are cashed and Money Orders sold. Loans are made 
o merchants, manufacturers, and other responsible parlies. 

In the Savings Department special care is given to cus- 
omers' interests. Accounts of one dollar and upward may he 
>peiied and added t<> at any time in sums of one dollar or larger 
imounts. Interest is added twice a year. Convenient 
irrangements exist for withdrawals. 

A general banking business is conducted, and all modern 
banking conveniences provided for customers. 
The Bank of Hamilton is thoroughly represented by Branches throughout the 
Dominion of Canada, which give it exceptional collecting and exchange facilities. 

The Oakville Branch is in the Davis Block, on Colborne Street, and is one of the 
handsomest offices ill town. 

Mead Office: Hamilton. Sir William Gibson, President; J. Turnbull, Esq., Vice- 
President and General Manager. Mr. W. S. Davis is Manager of the Oakville Branch. 

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The Gibson \ o u s e 

tiallv In 

*II ] GIBSON HOUSE, substan- 
milt nf brick, is centrally 
located on Oakville's main street. 
But a block from the river, and within 
line- blocks of the lakefront, il is 
mosl conveniently situated for summer 
visitors and tourists who wish to enjoy 
the delights of Oakville's aquatic 

The House has fine, large bedrooms, baths, hot and cold water, large 
dining room, good writing room and attractive parlours. 

Commercial travellers will find sample rooms and every commercial 

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Independent Order of Foresters 


A COMPLETE system of Insurance is furnished by the 
Independent Order of Foresters. In addition to the 
Mortuary Benefit, provision is made in all Policies for members 
who become totally disabled; for members who reach seventy 
years of age, and there may also be secured Sick Benefits from 
.$3 to $10 per week. The Order provides for and educates the 
orphan children of its members, and furnishes treatment at 
I heir Sanitarium for members affected with tuberculosis. 

P0LIC1 E S I S S I ' E I) F /.' M $ 5 T () $ ■> ,000 


ELLIOTT (i. STEVENSON, S.( H. \i. MATHISON, M.A., S.S. r l\ 


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The O a k v i 1 1 e Garage 

IT is doubtful if any phee in Canada has as many 
automobiles per capita of population as Oakville and its 
outlying district. Moreover, as the midwa> point on the 
highway between the two greatest cities of the Province, the 
motor cars which constanth journej t< and fro probabb 
exceed in number thus.- passing through any other town in 
the Dominion. At such a point the need of a first-class, up- 
t i-date garage is self-evident but, until recently, has not been 
adequately met. A short time since, however, Messrs V. 
I!.. ins and P. A. Bath formed a partnership for the purpose 
of meeting this requirement, and to-day no better garag. 
advantages can be found anywhere than those afforded at 

At th.- Oakville Garage resident car owners and passing 
tourists will alike find an establishment replete with everything needed for repairs of ever.\ description, and mechanicians who 
know how to do the highest .lass of work. 

Messrs. & Bath In. Id the exclusive agency of the fan, .us Ford machine for the Oakville district, and a full line of all 
Ford part- i s kepi in stock Already there are nearly 200.000 Ford Cars in use. and the popularity of this make is becoming 
almost universal. The tremendous output of Ford Cars has enabled the placing of these autos on the market at a price with 

which n her manufacturer can now compete and supply an equallj high-grade machine si;::, will purchase a two-pa 

Runabout of the latest design: $750 will buy a Five-passenger Touring Car: while but $1,000 will secure a Six-passenger Town 
Car that will prove a model of utility and beauty. 

The exclusive agency for the celebrated Reo Special is also held by Robin & Bath. This ear embodies all the utility and 

all the luxuriousness of lern motor-car construction. The Reo has the power to make speed over good roads and bad. It 

has the strength of frame and simplicity of running parts to stand "ear It takes hills in sand and mud. Il is a sturdy cai 
—full of speed with power behind it. It is a handsome ear. Il is fully equipped with electric self-starter and self-lighter, 
independent of the ignition system. Standard price for the 1913 He. . $1,750. 

Robin & Bath, Oakville Garage, Clb.rn- Street, O.ikville, Ontario. Telephone 227. 

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554-7 Oakville