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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
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
Appendix A. Settlers
Appendix B. Occupations*
Appendix C. The Clergy
Appendix D. The Schools
Appendix E. Post Offices and Postmasters
Appendix F. Community Organizations
Table of Illustrations
Index

Appendix F. Community Organizations

Every community has its organizations to which the residents belong. It may be a formal structure, essential to the functioning of the community (i.e., municipal council); it may be a branch of a larger organization such as the various Lodges; or it may be a local group organized for the benefit of the immediate neighbourhood.

Richmond Hill had many such organizations, most of them open only to the men of the community. A few, like the Temperance movement, the Horticultural Society, and the church groups, were considered appropriate for the women to be included.

The same names appear continually in the lists of officers of the various groups. There would be two reasons for this. Firstly, the population of the Richmond Hill area was relatively small, so there were few names to draw from in the early years. Secondly, the number of educated people was even smaller, and it was usually this group who demonstrated leadership within the community.

Only three organizations are listed here: municipal council, the Agricultural Society, and the Public Library. Most of the people who assumed leadership roles in Richmond Hill will be found in one or more of these groups.

Richmond Hill Council

On incorporation in 1873, Richmond Hill citizens elected a Council comprised of prominent men in the community. Some had already served on the Markham and Vaughan councils. Others were new to politics, yet had served as chairmen of many of the village's lodges, leagues, and learned societies. In municipal elections, all candidates ran as independents, not associated with any particular party. With some exceptions, reeves held office for a number of years, occasionally retiring (or being retired by the voters) for a few years, then returning to office. Continuity was maintained by the rotation of members of Council with the same people moving on and off at intervals as well as the addition of new faces injecting different views and enthusiasm.

Richmond Hill Council 1873 - 1930

Date Reeve Councillors
1873 Abraham Law Jacob Brillinger
David Hopkins
William Powell
William S. Warren
1874 William Harrison William Atkinson
John Brown
Isaac Crosby
Asa B. Wilson
1875 William Trench Isaac Crosby
Denis C. O'Brien
William Pogue
Asa B. Wilson
1876 William Trench Isaac Crosby
1877 William Pogue
William Powell
Peter G. Savage
1878 William Trench James Langstaff
William Powell
Benjamin Redditt
Peter G. Savage
1879 William Trench Francis McConaghy
William Powell
Benjamin Redditt
Peter G. Savage
1880 James Langstaff Isaac Crosby
Christopher Duncumb
William H. Pugsley
Benjamin Redditt
1881 William Trench Christopher Duncumb
1882 William H. Pugsley
Benjamin Redditt
John H. Sanderson
1883 John Brown Henry F. Hopper
Isaac Crosby
William H. Pugsley
John H. Sanderson
1884 John Brown Isaac Crosby
Henry F. Hopper
Robert E. Law
Alexander Moodie
1885 William H. Pugsley Francis McConaghy
1886 William Powell
1887 Benjamin Redditt
Peter G. Savage
1888 William H. Pugsley William Atkinson
1889 William A. Sanderson
1890 Peter G. Savage
1891 William J. Wilson
1892 William H. Pugsley John Brydon
Jeremiah Mortson
John Palmer
Peter G. Savage
1893 William H. Pugsley William Atkinson
1894 Jeremiah Mortson
1895 John Palmer
Peter G. Savage
1896 William H. Pugsley Jeremiah Mortson
John Palmer
John H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage
1897 Peter G. Savage William Innes
John Palmer
John H. Sanderson
William A. Wright
1898 Peter G. Savage David Hill
Henry F. Hopper
William Innes
William A. Wright
1899 Peter G. Savage David Hill
William Innes
John Palmer
Thomas H. Trench
1900 Peter G. Savage Reuben W. Glass
David Hill
William Innes
Thomas H. Trench
1901 Peter G. Savage William Furey
1902 David Hill
William Innes
Thomas H. Trench
1903 Peter G. Savage John P. Glass
1904 William Innes
James Paulin
Thomas H. Trench
1905 Peter G. Savage Issac Crosby
John P. Glass
William Innes
Thomas H. Trench
1906 Isaac Crosby John P. Glass
Hesse A. Nicholls
John H. Sanderson
Thomas H. Trench
1907 William H. Pugsley Edward Barker
Hesse A. Nicholls
John H. Sanderson
Thomas H. Trench
1908 William H. Pugsley Edward Barker
John H. Sanderson
David Sloan
Thomas H. Trench
1909 William H. Pugsley Herbert H. Hopper
John Palmer
John H. Sanderson
Thomas H. Trench
1910 William H. Pugsley John Palmer
John H. Sanderson
George S. Sims
Thomas H. Trench
1911 William H. Pugsley John Palmer
1912 John H. Sanderson
1913 George S. Sims
John Tyndall
1914 William H. Pugsley John Hickson
1915 John H. Sanderson
1916 George S. Sims
John Tyndall
1917 William H. Pugsley Jacob Lunau
1918 George A. McDonald
Joseph A. Monkman
Thomas H. Trench
1919 Thomas H. Trench John A. Greene
1920 David Hill
Jacob Lunau
Joseph A. Monkman
1921 Thomas H. Trench Norman Batty
1922 David Hill
1923 Jacob Lunau
Joseph A. Monkman
1924 Thomas H. Trench John A. Greene
Robert N. Endean
James McLean
William H. Pugsley
1925 Thomas H. Trench John A. Greene
Jacob Lunau
James McLean
William H. Pugsley
1926 Jacob Lunau Walter G. Baldock
John A. Greene
J. Roy Herrington
Gordon H. Sloan
1927 Jacob Lunau Walter G. Baldock
J. Roy Herrington
James McLean
Gordon H. Sloan
1928 Jacob Lunau J. Roy Herrington (to Feb. 28, replaced by A. Chapman)
David Hill
James McLean
Gordon H. Sloan
1929 Jacob Lunau Henry Davis
Frederick J. Mansbridge
Wesley Middleton
Frank E. Sims
1930 Jacob Lunau Albert Chapman
Henry Davis
Wesley Middleton
Frank E. Sims

Yonge Street Agricultural Society

Agricultural Societies operated under Provincial charter and were promoted to encourage an interest in breed and species improvement of agricultural animals and produce.

The Yonge Street Agricultural Society (to become the Richmond Hill and Yonge Street Agricultural Society at incorporation of the village) was one of the first to become established, and one of the longest running. Unfortunately its continuity was broken by a dormant period of 10 years from 1865-1874. The activities of the Agricultural Society centred around the yearly Agricultural Spring Fair.

The position of Secretary/Treasurer, like that of village clerk, was more or less permanent, with George Barnard and Robert Marsh serving approximately 10 years each and Hesse Nicholls taking on the task for 35 years.

For the first 50 years, the president could expect to serve about 7 years, while vice-presidents could expect to give their services for 3 or 4 years, with the more committed then moving on up to the presidency.

After 1900, a new set of names appeared and a 2-year term of office became usual.

Names of the directors are not available until 1879, but from then on it reads like a list of the "Who's Who" of urban and rural Richmond Hill. Fifty to sixty people were appointed as directors for the years from 1879 to 1881. No lists are available again until 1888, when the numbers decline to a more manageable 15 to 30 directors. Interest seems to have dropped off around 1910, but rebuilt during the war years, and stabilized from then until 1930.

With so many enlisted to serve as directors, it is no wonder that there is little variety in the names that appear year after year.

Executive Officers

Year President Vice-President Secretary/Treasurer
1849 Capt. McLeod David Bridgeford C.D. Wells/
Richard C. Gapper J. Marsh
Geo.P. Dickson
(Sept.) Geo. P. Dickson G. Maddison Matthew Teefy
(Oct.) (replaced Gapper)
1851 Geo. P. Dickson Dr. John Duncumb Matthew Teefy
W. Fletcher
Amos Wright
1852 Geo. P. Dickson David Bridgeford Matthew Teefy
1853 Henry Jennings
1854 David Bridgeford Henry Jennings Unknown
J.S. Smith
1855 David Bridgeford Henry Jennings George A. Barnard
J.S. Smith
1856 Geo. P. Dickson Henry Jennings J. K. Falconbridge
J.S. Smith
(Apr.) George A.Barnard
1857 Geo. P. Dickson Henry Jennings George A.Barnard
1858 Samuel Sanderson
1859 Geo. P. Dickson Henry Jennings George A. Barnard
Samuel Sanderson
1860 Geo. P. Dickson Robert Marsh George A. Barnard
Peter Patterson
1861 Robert Marsh Peter Patterson George A. Barnard
Edward Sanderson
1862 Robert Marsh Edward Sanderson George A. Barnard
Peter Patterson
1863 Edward Sanderson Peter Patterson George A. Barnard
John Palmer
1864 Geo. P. Dickson Peter Patterson James M. Lawrence
Edward Sheppard

[The Agricultural Society was dormant between 1865 and 1874. It was revitalized in 1875 under the new name of Richmond Hill and Yonge Street Agricultural Society.]

1875 Peter Patterson Robert Marsh Unknown
William Trench
1876 Wm. C. Patterson William Trench Robert Marsh
John Brown
1877 Wm. C. Patterson Alexander Marsh Robert Marsh
William Atkinson
1878 Wm. C. Patterson William Trench Robert Marsh
1879 Isaac Crosby
1880 Wm. C. Patterson Parker Crosby Robert Marsh
William Trench
1881 Wm. C. Patterson William Trench Robert Marsh
Christopher Duncumb
1882 Peter Patterson John Duncan Robert Marsh
William Trench
1883 Peter Patterson John Duncan Robert Marsh
George Newberry
1884 Peter Patterson David Lynett Robert Marsh
1885 Peter G. Savage
1886 Peter Patterson Wm.H. Pugsley Robert Marsh
Thomas Lloyd
1887 Peter Patterson Thomas Lloyd Robert Marsh
Andrew Russell
1888 Thomas Lloyd Andrew Russell Hesse A. Nicholls
John Sanderson
1889 William Trench Thomas Lloyd Hesse A. Nicholls
Thomas Boynton
1890 William Trench Thomas Lloyd Hesse A. Nicholls
Andrew Russell
1891 William Trench H. Quetton St. George Hesse A. Nicholls
J. Russell
1892 William Trench H. Quetton St. George Hesse A. Nicholls
1893 John Clark
1894 Unknown Unknown Hesse A. Nicholls
Unknown
1895 William Trench W.H. Clubine Hesse A. Nicholls
1896 Thomas Lloyd
1897 W.H. Clubine Thomas Lloyd Hesse A. Nicholls
1898 Wm.H. Pugsley
1899 Thomas Lloyd Wm.H. Pugsley Hesse A. Nicholls
1900 David Lynett
1901 Wm.H. Pugsley David Lynett Hesse A. Nicholls
1902 J. Slater
1903 David Lynett J. Slater Hesse A. Nicholls
1904 George Leek
1905 J. Slater George Leek Hesse A. Nicholls
1906 A. Geo. Gormley
1907 George Leek A. Geo. Gormley Hesse A. Nicholls
1908 George Padget
1909 A.Geo. Gormley George Padget Hesse A. Nicholls
1910 J. Scott McNair
1911 George Padget J. Scott McNair Hesse A. Nicholls
J.J. Lunau
1912 George Padget J. Scott McNair Hesse A. Nicholls
J.N. Breakey
1913 J.Scott McNair J.N. Breakey Hesse A.Nicholls
1914 J.J. Lunau
1915 J.N. Breakey J.J. Lunau Hesse A. Nicholls
1916 W.J. Wells
1917 J.J. Lunau W.J. Wells Hesse A. Nicholls
1918 James McLean
1919 W.J. Wells James McLean Hesse A. Nicholls
1920 J.E. Francis
1921 James McLean J.E. Francis Hesse A. Nicholls
R.W. Thompson
1922 James McLean J.E. Francis Hesse A. Nicholls
R. Thompson
1923 J.E. Francis R. Thompson Unknown
1924 R.W.E. Burnaby
1925 R. Thompson R.W.E. Burnaby R.S. Cooper
Harry Legge
1926 Unknown Unknown R.S. Copper
Unknown
1927 W.H. Legge F.A. Clark R.S. Cooper
Thomas Read
1928 W.H. Legge F.A. Clark R.S. Cooper
Robert Agar
1929 F.A. Clark Thomas H. Trench R.S. Cooper
Frank Graham
1930 Thomas H. Trench Frank Graham R.S. Cooper
Wm. A. Wright

Directors

Year Names
1849 F. Boyd W. Brydon Dr. John Duncumb
Giles Kerswell Robert McNair Mr. Sanderson
Wm. Trench James Walker Amos Wright

1850 to 1864: Lists not available.

1865 to 1874: Agricultural Society was dormant.

1875 to 1878: Agricultural Society was revived under the name Richmond Hill and Yonge Street Agricultural Society, but the lists are not available.

1879 Wm. A. Atkinson G. Bell Hiram G. Bernard
David Boyle J.Brillinger John Brown
F. Cosgrove Parker Crosby J.N. Davis
Thomas Dobson H. Dewsberry C. Duncumb
J. Elliott Robert Elliott A.W. Fenwick
Frederick Gaby Thomas Gillis Wm. H. Glass
R. Goodyear D. Grey D. Heaslop
C.L. Hollingshead Henry F. Hopper Robert E. Law
Wm. Lawson F. Lynett J. McConnell
A. Marsh Alex Moodie W. Munshaw
Henry Newberry John Palmer R. Phillips
Nelson Playter Wm. Powell Simon Proctor
Wm. H. Pugsley Benjamin Redditt Wm. Robinson
James Russell Wm. Russell E. Sanderson
J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage J. Sisley
A.L. Skeele J.A.E. Switzer Matthew Teefy
George Trench D. Watson Asa B. Wilson
J. Wright
1880 Wm. A. Atkinson G. Bell E. Bernard
David Boyle Thomas Boynton J. Brillinger
John Brown F. Cosgrove Parker Crosby
J.N. Davis Thomas Dobson H. Dewsberry
C. Duncumb J. Elliott Robert Elliott
A.W. Fenwick Wm. H. Glass R. Goodyear
D. Grey Wm. Harrison D. Heaslop
C.L. Hollingshead Henry F. Hopper Robert E. Law
Wm. Lawson F. Lynett J. McConnell
A. Marsh Alex Moodie W. Munshaw
Henry Newberry John Palmer Thomas Palmer
W. Palmer R. Phillips Nelson Playter
Wm. Powell Simon Proctor Wm. H. Pugsley
Benjamin Redditt J. Reynolds Wm. Robinson
James Russell Wm. Russell E. Sanderson
Henry Sanderson J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
J. Sisley A.L. Skeele J.A.E. Switzer
Matthew Teefy George Trench D. Watson
Asa B. Wilson J. Wright
1881 Wm. A. Atkinson P. Bassingthwaite E. Bernard
David Boyle Thomas Boynton Wm. Boynton
J. Brillinger John Brown F. Cosgrove
Parker Crosby J.N. Davis Thomas Dobson
H. Dewsberry C. Duncumb J. Elliott
Robert Elliott G.T. Fairburn A.W. Fenwick
Wm. H. Glass R. Goodyear D. Grey
Wm. Harrison D. Heaslop G. Heaslip
C.L. Hollingshead Henry F. Hopper Mr. Lahmer
Robert E. Law Wm. Lawson F. Lynett
J. McConnell A. Marsh Wm. Marsh
Alex Moodie W. Munshaw H. Newbery
John Palmer Thomas Palmer W. Palmer
Nelson Playter Wm. Powell Simon Proctor
Wm. H. Pugsley Benjamin Redditt J. Reynolds
Wm. Robinson James Russell Wm. Russell
E. Sanderson Henry Sanderson J.H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage J. Sisley A.L. Skeele
G. Stevens J.A.E. Switzer Matthew Teefy
George Trench D. Watson Asa B. Wilson
J. Wright

1882 to 1887: Lists not available.

1888 Thomas Boynton Joseph Cherry Robert Elliott
Charles Holmes Thos. Johnston James Legge
Nelson Playter Wm. H. Pugsley Benjamin Redditt
Wm. Robinson James Russell J.A.E. Switzer
Wm. Trench James Wells
1889 P. Boynton Joseph Cherry John Clark
Charles Holmes T. Jackson Thos. Johnston
James Legge Thomas Legge Nelson Playter
Wm. H. Pugsley Benjamin Redditt A. Russell
James Russell

1890 and 1891: Lists not available.

1892 Wm. Atkinson P. Boynton Thomas Boynton
C. Brodie W.H. Clubine J.W. Elliott
Robert Elliott J. Gillis Charles Holmes
F. Jackes Thos. Johnston Thomas Lloyd
David Lynett Francis McConaghy James McLean
Thomas F. McMahon J. Scott McNair James Neill
John Palmer Wm. H. Pugsley Daniel Reaman
Benjamin Redditt S. Ritter A. Russell
James Russell J.H. Sanderson J. Slater
1893 Wm. Atkinson P. Boynton Thomas Boynton
W.H. Clubine Robert Elliott T. Frisby
W. Herrin F. Jackes Thomas Lloyd
David Lynett Thos. F. McMahon A. Newton
John Palmer Wm. H. Pugsley Benjamin Redditt
S. Ritter A. Russell James Russell
J.H. Sanderson W. Scott J. Slater
1894 Wm. Atkinson P. Boynton Thomas Boynton
Robert Elliott T. Frisby F. Jackes
George Leek Thomas Lloyd David Lynett
Thomas F. McMahon John Palmer Wm. H. Pugsley
Benjamin Redditt A. Russell James Russell
J.H. Sanderson W. Scott J. Slater
D.C. Steele Stuart Wilcox
1895 Wm.A. Atkinson P. Boynton Thomas Boynton
Alex Cameron Robert Elliott R.B. Elliott
W. Eyer T. Frisby F. Jackes
George Leek David Lynett J.T. McElroy
Thomas F. McMahon John Palmer Thomas Palmer
Wm. H. Pugsley Benjamin Redditt James Russell
J.H. Sanderson W. Scott J. Slater
1896 Matthew Boyle P. Boynton George Brodie
Alex Cameron J. Clark Isaac Crosby
Robert Elliott R.B. Elliott W. Eyer
T. Frisby G.W. High F.W. Jackes
J.H. Kirby George Leek David Lynett
J.T. McElroy Thos. F. McMahon John Palmer
Thomas Palmer Wm. H. Pugsley J.H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage W. Scott J. Slater
Wm. Willis
1897 J.N. Boyle P. Boynton Alex Cameron
J. Clark T. Cook Isaac Crosby
George Dibb R. Elliott R.B. Elliott
W. Eyer G.W. High J.H. Kirby
George Leek David Lynett J.T. McElroy
Thomas F. McMahon J. Morgan Charles Norman
John Palmer Arthur Quantz J.H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage W. Scott J. Slater
D.C. Steele Thomas Trench
1898 J.N. Boyle P. Boynton Alex Cameron
John Clark Isaac Crosby George Dibb
Robert Elliott W. Eyer F.J. Gallanough
G.W. High Henry F. Hopper F.W. Jackes
George Leek David Lynett J.T. McElroy
Thomas F. McMahon Alex Moodie J. Morgan
Charles Norman W. Ormerod John Palmer
Arthur Quantz J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
W. Scott J. Slater D.C. Steele
Thomas Trench W.J. Wells
1899 J.N. Boyle P. Boynton Alex Cameron
John Clark A.E. Coombs W.H. Clubine
Isaac Crosby George Dibb Robert Elliott
W. Eyer George Forrester F.J. Gallanough
L.L. Hartman Henry F. Hopper F.W. Jackes
J.H. Kirby George Leek T.H. Legge
J.T. McElroy R. McLean Thomas F. McMahon
J. Malloy J. Morgan Charles Norman
W. Ormerod George Padget John Palmer
Arthur Quantz J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
W. Scott J. Slater D.C.Steele
J.A.E. Switzer T. Teasdale W. Thompson
Thomas Trench W. Walkington W.J. Wells
1900 J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine Isaac Crosby
George Dibb Robert Elliott W. Eyer
F.J. Gallanough A. Geo. Gormley L.L. Hartman
George Leek T.H. Legge Thomas F. McMahon
Charles Norman W. Ormerod George Padget
John Palmer J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
J. Slater D.C. Steele W. Thompson
W.J. Wells
1901 J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine Isaac Crosby
George Dibb Robert Elliott W. Eyer
F.J. Gallanough A. Geo. Gormley L.L. Hartman
Henry F. Hopper George Leek T.H. Legge
Thomas Lloyd Thos. F. McMahon Charles Norman
W. Ormerod W. Padget John Palmer
H. Rumble J. H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
W. Thompson W.J. Wells
1902 P. Bassingthwaite J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine
Joseph Comisky Isaac Crosby George Dibb
Robert Elliott W. Eyer A. Geo. Gormley
L.L. Hartman Henry F. Hopper George Leek
T.H. Legge Thomas Lloyd Thomas F. McMahon
J.T. McElroy Alex Moodie W. Ormerod
George Padget John Palmer William Paxton
Harry Rumble J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
W. Thompson W.J. Wells
1903 J.N. Boyle J. Bowes W.H. Clubine
Isaac Crosby George Dibb Robert Elliott
W. Eyer J.E. Francis M. Hemingway
Henry F. Hopper T.H. Legge Thomas Lloyd
Thomas F. McMahon Chas. Norman W. Ormerod
George Padget John Palmer A. Pingle
Wm. H. Pugsley Thomas Read Harry Rumble
J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage W. Thompson
W. Walkington W.J. Wells
1904 J.N. Boyle J.A. Cameron W.H. Clubine
Isaac Crosby George Dibb Robert Elliott
W. Eyer J.E. Francis A. George Gormley
M. Hemingway L.L. Hartman Henry F. Hopper
T.H. Legge Thomas Lloyd Thomas F. McMahon
W. Ormerod George Padget John Palmer
A. Pingle William Pugsley G. Robinson
Harry Rumble J.H. Sanderson W. Thompson
W. Walkington W.J. Wells
1905 J.N. Boyle George Brodie John Clark
W.H. Clubine Isaac Crosby Robert Elliott
W. Eyer Mr. Folliott J. E. Francis
T. H. Legge Thomas Lloyd David Lynett
Thos. F. McMahon J. Scott McNair W. Ormerod
George Padget John Palmer A. Pingle
Wm.H. Pugsley G. Redditt G. Robinson
Harry Rumble J.H. Sanderson Peter G.Savage
W. Thompson Thomas Trench W.J. Wells
1906 E. Barker J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine
Isaac Crosby George Dibb Robert Elliott
W. Eyer J.E. Francis T.H. Legge
Thomas Lloyd E. Lynett Thomas F. McMahon
J. Scott McNair W. Ormerod George Padget
John Palmer A. Pingle Wm. H. Pugsley
G. Redditt Harry Rumble J.H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage W. Thompson W.J. Wells
1907 E. Barker P. Bassingthwaite J.N. Boyle
W.H. Clubine Isaac Crosby George Dibb
G. Duncan W. Eyer J.E. Francis
T.H. Legge Thomas Lloyd E. Lynett
J. Lunau Thos. F. McMahon J. Scott McNair
W. Ormerod John Palmer Wm. H. Pugsley
G. Redditt Harry Rumble J.H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage J. Slater W. Thompson
W. J. Wells
1908 E. Barker P. Bassingthwaite J.N. Boyle
W.H. Clubine Isaac Crosby George Dibb
George Brodie G. Henry Duncan W. Eyer
J.E. Francis T.H. Legge Thomas Lloyd
E. Lynett J.J. Lunau Thomas F. McMahon
J. Scott McNair W. Ormerod John Palmer
Wm. H. Pugsley G. Redditt Harry Rumble
J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage J. Slater
W.Thompson W.J. Wells
1909 J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine George Dibb
J.J. Lunau Thos. F. McMahon John Palmer
Wm. H. Pugsley J.H. Sanderson Peter G. Savage
1910 J.N. Boyle J.N. Breakey W.H. Clubine
George Dibb W. Eyer J.E. Francis
J.J. Lunau Thos. F. McMahon John Palmer
Wm. H. Pugsley Harry Rumble J.H. Sanderson
Peter G. Savage W. Thompson W.J. Wells

1911: List not available.

1912 J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine George Dibb
George Forrester T.H. Legge J.J. Lunau
James McLean Thos. F. McMahon John Palmer
J.H. Sanderson R. Thompson W. Thompson
Thomas H. Trench John Tyndall W.J. Wells
1913 J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine George Dibb
J.E. Francis T.H. Legge Thomas F. McMahon
George Padget John Palmer Wm. H. Pugsley
J.H. Sanderson R. Thompson W. Thompson
Thomas H. Trench W.J. Wells
1914 J.N. Boyle W.H. Clubine George Dibb
J.E. Francis T.H. Legge James McLean
Thos. F. McMahon George Padget John Palmer
Wm. H. Pugsley J.H. Sanderson R. Thompson
W. Thompson Thomas Trench W.J. Wells
1915 J.N. Boyle F. Clark W.H. Clubine
George Dibb J.E. Francis F.A. Legge
T.H. Legge James McLean Thos. F. McMahon
J. Scott McNair John Palmer J.H. Sanderson
R. Thompson Thomas Trench John Tyndall
1916 Matthew Boyle F. Clark W.H. Clubine
George Dibb J.E. Francis F.A. Legge
T.H. Legge James McLean Thos. F. McMahon
J. Scott McNair J.H. Sanderson R. Thompson
Thomas H. Trench John Tyndall I.S.G. Van Wart
1917 Matthew Boyle J.N. Breakey R.W.E. Burnaby
J. Clark W.H. Clubine George Dibb
J.E. Francis F.A. Legge T.H. Legge
Thos. F. McMahon J. Scott McNair R. Thompson
Thomas H. Trench John Tyndall I.S.G. Van Wart

1918: List not available.

1919 R.W.E Burnaby J. N. Breakey F. Clark
George Dibb John H. Dunlop F.A. Legge
T.H. Legge J.J. Lunau Thomas F. McMahon
J. Scott McNair R. Thompson Thomas H. Trench
John Tyndall I.S.G. Van Wart T. B. Weldrick
1920 T. Allison R.W.E. Burnaby F. Clark
George Dibb John H. Dunlop Frank Graham
David Hill F.A. Legge T.H. Legge
J.J. Lunau Thos. F. McMahon J. Scott McNair
Thomas Read R. Thompson Thomas Trench
Stan Tyndall T.B. Weldrick
1921 T. Allison T.E. Boynton R.W.E. Burnaby
H. Burnett F. Clark George Dibb
Frank Graham F.A. Legge T.H. Legge
J.J. Lunau Thos. F. McMahon J. Scott McNair
Thomas Read Thomas H. Trench W.J. Wells
1922 T. Allison T.E. Boynton R.W.E. Burnaby
H. Burnett F.A. Clark George Dibb
Frank Graham F.A. Legge J.H. Legge
J.J. Lunau Thos. F. McMahon J. Scott McNair
Thomas Read Thomas Trench W.J. Wells

1923: List not available.

1924 Robert Agar R. Boynton H. Burnett
F. A. Clark George Dibb J.H.C. Durham
Frank Graham F.A. Legge W.H. Legge
J. J. Lunau Thomas F. McMahon J.Scott McNair
Thomas Trench W.J. Wells
1925 Robert Agar Joseph Cherry F. A. Clark
Colonel Deacon George Dibb J.E. Francis
Frank Graham F.A. Legge J.J. Lunau
James McLean J.Scott McNair Hesse A. Nicholls
Thomas Read Thomas Trench W.J. Wells

1926: List not available.

1927 Robert Agar R.W.E. Burnaby Joseph Cherry
Colonel Deacon George Dibb G.H. Duncan
J.E. Francis Frank Graham F.A. Legge
J.J. Lunau James McLean J. Scott McNair
W. McKnight Hesse A. Nicholls R. Thompson
Thomas Trench
1928 R.W.E Burnaby Joseph Cherry George Dibb
G. H. Duncan J.E. Francis Frank Graham
F.A. Legge J.J. Lunau James McLean
J. Scott McNair Wes Middleton R.S. Thompson
Thomas Trench Cameron Walkington W. Amos Wright
1929 Robert Agar A.D. Buchanan R.W.E. Burnaby
Joseph Cherry George Dibb G.H. Duncan
Robert Fee J.E. Francis J.A. Greene
Percy C. Hill F.A. Legge W.H. Legge
J.J. Lunau James McLean J. Scott McNair
Wes Middleton Wes Palmer J.G. Routley
R.S. Thompson A.B. Wells W. Amos Wright
1930 Robert Agar Joseph Cherry F.A. Clark
G.H. Duncan J. Frisby J.E. Francis
Fraser Gee D. Goulding C. Harding
J.A. Greene J. Leary W.H. Legge
J.J. Lunau James McLean J. Scott McNair
Wes Middleton Wes Palmer F.J. Suhr
R.S. Thompson A.B. Wells

Richmond Hill Public Library

Lending libraries in Richmond Hill began at least as early as 1828. In The Journals of Mary O'Brien 1828 - 1838 Mary O'Brien mentioned visiting Squire Miles to give him a copy of the rules of the Book Society. Elsewhere she described the Book Society as a form of lending library, and mentioned members from Thornhill to Newmarket. Many of the settlers were highly literate, and books seem to have been treasured items, to be shared and re-read over the years.

In 1851 the Province passsed an Act respecting Library Associations and Mechanics Institutes, following which Richmond Hill residents formed a Richmond Hill Library Association. In 1858, it was reorganized and combined with a Mechanics Institute, but by 1870, further reorganization separated the two bodies. Apparently there was a difference of opinion between the Mechanics Institute, which charged a membership fee, and the Library Association, which permitted free membership.

Library hours remained limited but the number of volumes increased to 3768 by 1913, with a circulation of 3220.

For many years the location of the Library depended on who was librarian, but in 1870 the Library moved to part of the new Masonic Hall, where it remained until Council moved into their new quarters in the former high school building at Yonge and Wright streets. At that time, Council granted the Library the front upper room of the Municipal Offices.

Library Highlights

1851 An Act respecting Library Associations and Mechanics Institutes received Royal Assent.
1852 Shareholders formed the Richmond Hill Library Association. The membership fee was 1, and shareholders were levied 1s.3d upon their first book. The library was open 1 night per week, and the librarian was paid 3 annually.
1855 Books were transferred to the Grammar School.
1858 The Mechanics Institute and Library Association was formed, to comply with the Provincial Statute, qualifying the Institute to receive 50 Halifax currency. The Institute consisted of 64 members and 367 volumes.
1861 Books were transferred to the York Herald Bookstore. The Library was open Friday afternoons.
1865 The Mechanics Institute was reorganized and requested that the Library Association put their books at the disposal of the Institute.
1870 The Library Association and Mechanics Institute separated, the Association was incorporated as the Richmond Hill District Public Library, and the books were moved into the Masonic Hall. The Association was then able to operate without a fee.
1873 The Richmond Hill Mechanics Institute had 89 members and 505 volumes. By 1878, there were only 48 members, but with a library of 1125 volumes, according to the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Arts. The Report does not seem to address the question of the separation of the Association and the Institute.
1895 The Ontario Department of Education requested that the Village take over the Library to provide more public access for borrowing books.
1913 The Library contained 3768 books and the circulation was 3220. A Purchasing Committee was established; the government grant was $71.99, and Markham Township contributed $15.00.
1921 The Library was open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The population of Richmond Hill was 1055 and the librarian received $2.50 quarterly.
1926 The Women's Institute started a "Special Library Fund" that reached $1,752.00 by 1949.
1929 The Women's Institute appointed a committee to investigate building a new library.
1932 Council granted the front upper room in the Municipal Offices for use as a Library.

Richmond Hill Public Library

Date Chief Librarians
1852 - 1853 Robert McClelland, Common School headmaster
1854 Samuel Stark, shoemaker
1854 - 1859 Rev. James Boyd, Grammar School headmaster
1860 - 1861 Robert Hewison, boot & shoemaker
1862 - 1865 Alexander Scott, publisher of the York Herald
1870 Robert Law, druggist
1871 - 1894 Records missing
1875 - 1895 Thomas F. McMahon, publisher of The Liberal
1896 - 1907 Records missing
1907 - 1914 George Cowie, blacksmith
1915 Alex J. Hume, town clerk and tailor
1916 - 1920 Records missing
1921 - 1935 Ambrose Phipps, commercial traveller
Date Board Chairmen
1852 - 1855 Rev. James Dick
1856 - 1858 Records missing
1859 Geo. P. Dickson
1860 Rev. James Dick
1861 - 1865 Abraham Law
1865 - 1869 Records missing
1870 G. H. Porter
1871 - 1920 Records missing
1921 - 1924 Thomas H. Trench
1925 - 1931 J.J. Lunau

* For more information, please consult the local historical collection at the Central Branch of the Richmond Hill Public Library.

 


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