Port Stanley: The First Hundred Years
by Robert J. Burns and Craig Cole
Several excellent books have been published dealing with the history of Port Stanley in the last century, but little attention has been paid to what was happening in Port Stanley in the previous hundred years. John Bostwick received his first land grant at the mouth of Kettle Creek in 1804. This volume deals with how the village changed and grew and developed in the subsequent hundred years.
It was an exciting era, as Port Stanley became established as one of the major ports of entry for immigrants who were flooding into Southwestern Ontario. Transportation links by water, road and rail were established. The latter years of this period saw the early development of Port Stanley as the leading summer resort on the north shore of Lake Erie.
To tell this story, extensive use has been made of extracts from contemporary newspaper accounts and other historical documents, giving readers the chance to experience for themselves what was being gossiped about and discussed in the streets and taverns of the little village.|
The two authors, Burns and Cole, are eminently qualified to write this account.Dr. Burns received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario specializing in Ontario social history. He served as a historian with Parks Canada for two decades and has been an independent scholar and heritage consultant for the last 18 years. He is the author of many historical articles and studies, and has lived in nearby Sparta for the past decade.
Dr. Cole is a retired physician who taught medicine and physian who taught medicine for many years. Following retirement he moved to his boyhood summer home in Port Stanley and continues to pursue a lifelong interest in the history of Port Stanley.
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