People

Mary Williams Trout: Diaries of a Small Town Lady

The compelling story of a small town lady, Mary Williams Trout (1847 – 1922) of Meaford, is told through 26 of her personal diaries (from the Grey County Archives Collection), spanning from 1867 to 1920.  From her days as a school teacher, through her marriage and the First World War, these diari

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Grey Battalions in the Great War

Beginning of the European War

Great Britain declared war against Germany on August 4, 1914. The Dominion of Canada was a colony of the British Empire. As such, Canada was also at war. Many Canadians, especially in Ontario, wanted to assist in the war effort.

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A Backwoods Preacher

The Roy Keys Collection consists of sermons, lectures, and a journal created by the late Reverend George Keys. There are 88 sermons, four sets of lecture notes, and a daily journal that was kept between 1884 and 1888. The sermons range in date from 1864 through 1883.

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The Kennedy Empire

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.

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Grey County Luminaries

Find out about personalities who have shaped our fair County, or whom you may know, but may not know that they have Grey County connections. Please note: this list is not exhaustive - just a taste! For further details on a figure that interests you, click on the name.

 

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The Orange in Grey

Orangeism is intertwined with the history of Britain, Ireland and the Reformation and began to form in 1688, when James II came to the throne. One of his goals was to reestablish Roman Catholicism as the major religion in Britain. A coalition of English political parties was unhappy with this pla

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Women's Christian Temperance Union

The Original White Ribbon Campaign 

As Owen Sound became increasingly known for drunkenness and rowdy behaviour, it is not surprising that Temperance societies within the city soon formed. One of the first was the Women’s Prohibition Society, organized in 1874. This society would later

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A Home Child in Grey County

Home Children were placed on farms here in Grey County. Bruce Shepperd a resident of Meaford, and his cousin Bruce Shepperd of London, shared information about their parents who were part of the Home Childre

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