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Chapter 7
The Neighbours at Mid-Century
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
Beyond the Village Centre
Assorted Residents of Langstaff Road West in the Early 1840s
Langstaff
Hallowe'en Pranks at Langstaff Corners
Elgin Mills
Entertaining Girls at Twickenham Farm
Jefferson, Bond Lake, Oak Ridges
"The Passing of Headford Mill"
Headford and Dollar
Carrville, Patterson, and Temperanceville
Markham and Whitchurch, Vaughan and King
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
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
Epilogue
Appendices
Table of Illustrations
Index

Hallowe'en Pranks at Langstaff Corners

Langstaff's Wheels

At the Langstaff corner, Mr. John Langstaff had a pail factory. Part of his equipment was a pair of wheels more than six feet [about two metres] tall, and an axel and chain, used to haul large logs into the factory by means of a team of oxen. The pranksters seized the wheels and hoisted them to the roof of Cook's Hotel. How they ever managed to do this is hard to imagine, for the wheels were very heavy and awkward to handle.

G. Elmore Reaman,A History of Vaughan Township(Toronto:University of Toronto Press,1971),p. 237

Ghost

Another practical joke played at Langstaff was to frighten people with a make-believe ghost. The "spirit" was a sheet stuffed with straw and strung with wire so that it might be lowered in front of an unsuspecting villager. This went on until one man was so frightened he went into hysterics. That put an end to the ghost at Langstaff.

G. Elmore Reaman,A History of Vaughan Township(Toronto:University of Toronto Press,1971),p. 237

 

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