By Barbara Martindale
Caledonia, simply south of Hamilton, has a historical past heavily tied to the history of the Grand River. From the Grand River Navigation corporation of the 1830s to the present nine-span bridge within the centre of city, the river and the neighborhood have shared a different courting. fascinating marketers, city characters and admired electorate have touched the lifetime of Caledonia, leaving a legacy that's attention-grabbing, occasionally a laugh and richly anecdotal.
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WELL LOVED AND REMEMBERED J** 57 at Chiefswood Museum in honour of the famous Canadian poet. Besides the memorials to her honour in Vancouver, people in British Columbia know of her through the well-known "Pauline Johnson" chocolates. Their popularity was described by a local person this way: as Ganong chocolates are in eastern Canada and Laura Secord chocolates are in central Canada, Pauline Johnson chocolates are in Western Canada. Today the Pauline Johnson chocolates are manufactured according to the traditional standards set by the founders in 1921.
A wampum belt, a dagger and a necklace of the claws of the cinnamon bear and a single eagle plume completed the outfit. 56 JT* CALEDONIA: ALONG THE GRAND RIVER Often Pauline was described as a lyric singer of nature and a balladist who played words like branches in the breeze. A writer of both prose and poetry, she had a remarkable memory and charming personality. Most notably she was a gifted elocutionist, reciting her enthralling poems as only she could interpret them to captivated audiences across Canada and the United States and Europe.
The Ryan House in the early 1900*8. Reading right to left, first man unidentified, Jack Murphy, brother of Belle Murphy, Bert Mellish, "Bolt" Ryan, last man unidentified. Haldimand House is on the left. The plank road envisioned by James Little is now Highway 6. Completed in 1844, it runs from Port Dover to the top of Hamilton Mountain. With its construction completed, Caledonia forged ahead of Seneca Village and Little's Post Office and store were moved to the south side. Another landmark building, built by James Little in the early 1850*8 and which still stands today, is the Caledonia Mill.
Caledonia: Along the Grand River by Barbara Martindale