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Fall 2021 Newsletter Excerpts

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Illuminating History

Mural tileWe are excited to share the mosaic tile, painted by local Newcastle artist, Patricia Vandenheuvel that has been submitted as our contribution to the Clarington Art Mosaic Project. Thank you, Pat, for painting a piece of Newcastle history for us!

Communities across Canada will participate by creating murals of trees to symbolize connection. Each of the 700 squares of Clarington’s apple tree mural will be a tile painted by a different resident.

The Legends Of Newcastle

Meet Farncomb LeGresley of Newcastle, Ontario. He was born in 1926 and he grew up in Ebor House, located at 573 Mill St S. The house was built in the 1860s by his great grandfather, Frederick Farncomb.

In October, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Farncomb LeGresley for the first time. To say that he is an interesting gentleman is an understatement. His creativity and wisdom are fascinating, and his ability to recite history like it was yesterday, is even more admirable. I probably could have listened to him for hours…maybe days.

However, I only had a short window of opportunity, so I chose to focus on Farncomb from a personal and business perspective. What could I possibly share, that we don’t already know?

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Spring 2021 Newsletter Excerpts

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The Dutch in Clarington

By Myno Van Dyke

Netherlands Ambassador Dr. J.H. van Roijin and Mrs. van Roijin greeting Dutch immigrants arriving by ship in Montreal, June 1947Prior to WW2, Dutch Emigration to Canada was minimal. The year 1929 saw about 2,500 emigrants make their way to Canada; many came to farm in the Prairie Provinces. After World War 1, the supply of free or cheap land in the North and the Prairies declined rapidly. Immigration essentially came to a standstill during Second World War. By then, more Canadians were moving from farms and rural communities to the cities, which left a lot of employment opportunities in agriculture for those wishing to come to Canada.

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Three Identical Houses

By Leslie Wilson

106 and 118 King St. East todayMany houses, like all people, change considerably in appearance over the years. Did you know that 106 King Ave. East Newcastle (currently the Sunrise Griddle) and 118 King Ave. East Newcastle (currently Newcastle Hearing Solutions) began life as identical twins? In fact they had an identical triplet sibling; the miller’s house at 612 Mill St. South, in Bond Head!

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