Andrew Borland, War of 1812 Veteran

Andrew Borland, War of 1812 Veteran

Andrew Borland, War of 1812 Veteran By Fred Blair On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on the British.  Many recent American settlers in Upper Canada, like the Borlands, had to consider where their loyalties lay.  By law, all the males between 16 and 60 in...
Thomson Family: John Thomson

Thomson Family: John Thomson

By Trish Crowe-Grande, Chair OMAH History Committee The Thomsons, one of Orillia’s influential founding families, rose in prominence in the early days when lumbering was the big industry and dominated the commercial life of the community. Born in Scotland in 1831,...
Sir Sam Steele: Letters from the Past

Sir Sam Steele: Letters from the Past

Context is everything, particularly when judging historical figures such as Sir Sam Steele. The purpose of the following article is to inform and educate, and not to remark on commemoration or legacy. There are always new discoveries related to our local history....