Thursday, April 19, 2018

St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church occupies a location on the east side of the southeast end of Church Avenue, in Williamstown, Ontario.





ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH 1812

Following the organization of a Presbyterian congretation in 1787, a log church was erected here and replaced in 1806 by a stone structure. The present church was begun in 1812. Its bell was presented in 1806 by Sir Alexander Mackenzie, the great western explorer, and its communion service in 1820 by friends in Scotland. The first allotment of pews was made by lot on February 23, 1818, after special places had been reserved for the minister's family, Mackenzie and other partners of the North West Company. Between 1787 and 1958 the congregation was served by only six ministers.

Erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.




1784 - 1984

With the erection of this plaqwue, we designate this Church and Cemetery of St. Andrew's as LOYALIST, also as a memorial celebrating the Bi-Centennial of the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists in this Country and to honour all the mesn, women and children who helped build and preserve this Heritage.

This plaque is donated by Herman O. Cote, Sr., and family of Cornwall, in memory of a wife and mother, Laurel Dingwall for the Dingwalls of Glengarry who were United Empire Loyalists and their descendents.

Erected by the Glengarry Genealogical Society as part of their Bi-Centennial project.
May 1980


ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH
CEMETERY

TREAD SOFTLY, STRANGER
REVERENTLY DRAW NEAR.
THE VANGUARD OF A
NATION SLUMBERS HERE.











Monday, April 16, 2018

North West Company Plaque

In Williamstown, Ontario, a plaque commemorating the North West Company stands on the northeast corner of John Street and Bethune Street.




THE NORTH WEST COMPANY

Some fifteen years after the British conquest of New France the Montreal-based fur trade was revived, primarily by Scots. Competition among individuals and small partnerships led to larger groupings, culminating in 1779 in formation of the first North West Company. Reconstitued 1783-4, the organization became a vital factor in the economy and exploration of this nation. Many of its partners and employees were drawn from among the Highland settlers of Glengarry County. Notable figures in the Company indluded: Bejamin and Joseph Frobisher, Simon McTavish, William McGillivray, Simon Fraser, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and David Thompson. Ruinous competition between the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies finally compelled them to unite in 1821.

Archeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.



The NORWESTERS and LOYALIST
MUSEUM
The museum housed by this heritage property has
exhibits relating to the North West Company.

Township of
South Glengarry
HERITAGE PROPERTY
DESIGNATED
1985





Mill Wheel






Thursday, April 12, 2018

Williamstown Cenotaph

The Williamstown Cenotaph, 'REMEMBRANCE,' occupies the east side of County Road 19, where William Street joins it on the west side, south of the Raisin River, in Williamstown, Ontario.













"REMEMBRANCE"
1914 — 1918
1939 — 1945

ERECTED BY
WILLIAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CLUB
1953

KOREA 1950 — 1953

TO HONOUR THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
1914 - 1918


CALDER D.
CATTANACH W. J.
DINGWALL M.
DUNLOP A. L.
ELLIS T.
GORDON J. J.
GOVAN W. T.
LAROCQUE D.
MELLOW C.
McKILLOP A.
PROCTOR C. G.
PROULX J.
SQUAIR D. L.
STEWART A.
STEWART D. L.
STUART G.
URQUHART A. G.
URQUHART K.

TO HONOUR THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
1939 - 1945


BENNING  F. G.
CLARK H.
CRAIG M. J. C.
DAOUST H.
FORTIN E.
GRANT C.
GRANT MORISTON
GRANT MUNRO
LAPIERRE M.
MAJOR K. J.
MacDONELL G.
MacINTYRE R.
PHILLIPS N.
RUXTON W.
WOOD E.
URQUHART K.