In the early years of the telephone industry, there were many small local companies that sprang up to accommodate the desire of rural residents to be connected by telephone.
A very important collection, which chronicles the growth of a manufacturer in Canada over a 140-year period, is preserved, catalogued and available to the public for research and viewing at the Grey County Archives.
This is the story of an extraordinary Canadian family, the John Frost Family, who in the early 1840s, discarded their comfortable, upper-middle class life in Bytown – now Ottawa – for the insecurity and uncertainty of life in the wilderness on western Georgian Bay.
On June 27, 2015 an exhibit entitled Arrivals and Departures: The CPR in Grey County opens at Grey Roots Museum & Archives.
When I am walking home from downtown in Owen Sound, I often pass a building that once produced a product I would never want to use, and yet I sometimes wish that I could hop into my time machine (with a camera) to see how the work was done there. The H. E. Cooke & Co.
- year “1915” is on my mind today. A researcher enquired last week about what life was like locally for families sending their boys off to war during that year of the First World War. At that time, it was the “European War”.
Something new to Grey Roots is a cross-stitch embroidery marking sampler, signed “Anna Gray 1853”. The natural linen ground has a basted and whipstitched hem, while the right edge is somewhat closer to the margin, and finished with a tight line of dark pink whipstitching.
My name is Aaron Sirota, and I’m here today at Grey Roots for the annual Take Your Kids to Work Day. I’ve been to KidsCamp for many summers and school visits. As my mom works at Grey Roots, I have known and visited Grey Roots for about 8 years.
One of the best parts of my job is conducting artefact research for specific exhibitions and upcoming events.
Growing up in rural Osprey Township, Grey County, in the 1980s, and 1990s up until the arrival of dial-up Internet, our home shared a “party line” with our neighbours. If the ring was long-short-long, it was for us, but if it was short-short-long, it was someone calling for across the road.