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Welcome to the Simcoe County Archives blog.

We'll be posting records from our collections that celebrate anniversaries and events as well as items that catch our interest. We hope they catch yours, too!

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Royal Visits to Simcoe Countyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/Archives/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County.aspx2/3/2017 7:44:26 PMRoyal Visits to Simcoe County<p>February 6, 2017 marks the 65<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the death of King George VI and the ascension to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II.  Beginning in 1860, many members of the British Royal Family have travelled through Simcoe County.</p><p>On September 10, 1860, Albert Edward, <a title="Previous Princes of Wales" href="http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/the-prince-of-wales/titles-and-heraldry/previous-princes-of-wales">Prince of Wales' </a>Train stopped at the Barrie Station.  In Simcoe County Council's Address to His Royal Highness, read by <a title="History of County Wardens" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=5df6ba7f-2cfa-44fd-aab4-1bf8c0227f89">Warden</a> T.D. McConkey, they prayed him "to accept a hearty welcome to the Loyal County of Simcoe, as the worthy scion of [his] royal Mother, long may she be preserved, a pattern to other rulers, and a blessing to the land!"  See:  Barrie Northern Advance, 12 September 1860 p.2   <a title="Barrie Public Library Newspaper Index" href="http://news.ourontario.ca/barrie/search">Barrie Public Library Newspaper Index</a></p><p>Forty-one years later, on October 10, 1901, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York – later King George V and Queen Mary – travelled through the County.  They stopped briefly at the Barrie Station, where a large crowd had assembled, before travelling on to Allandale.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-1901--961-732%20Duke%20of%20York%20visit%20to%20Barrie%20Station%201%201901%20E5%20B1%20R4A%20S1%20Sh3.jpg"><img alt="Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visit, 1901" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1901--961-732%20Duke%20of%20York%20visit%20to%20Barrie%20Station%201%201901%20E5%20B1%20R4A%20S1%20Sh3.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:480px;height:364px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Crowds gathered to see the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, October 10, 1901</span></p><p>Edward, <a href="http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/the-prince-of-wales/titles-and-heraldry/previous-princes-of-wales">Prince of Wales</a>, passed through several points on the GTR line through Simcoe County.  The Royal Train was scheduled to stop at Allandale at 10:50 a.m. on October 17, 1919. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-1919--2007-104-GTR_Employee%20Schedule_front-edited.jpg"><img alt="GTR employee's schedule for HRH the Prince of Wales' train 1919" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1919--2007-104-GTR_Employee%20Schedule_front-edited.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">GTR Employees Schedule for running of HRH The Prince of Wale's special train, October 17,1919</span></p><p>On May 17, 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth embarked on a cross-country tour of Canada.  It was the first time a reigning monarch had set foot on Canadian soil and large crowds greeted them wherever they went.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-1939--966-3-Canadian%20National_front.jpg"><img alt="CN bargain fares and special train service flyer for service to the royal visit, 1939" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1939--966-3-Canadian%20National_front.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Bargain fares and special train service to Toronto on account of the visit of the King and Queen, 1939</span></p><p>Midland and Penetanguishene welcomed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to their communities on July 8, 1959.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-1959--978-23-Queen%20Elizabeth%20Prince%20Philip.jpg"><img alt="Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 1959" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1959--978-23-Queen%20Elizabeth%20Prince%20Philip.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, July 8, 1959</span></p><p>In recent years, there have been two royal visits to Simcoe County.  Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, toured <a title="Ste-Marie Among the Hurons" href="http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/Home/">Ste-Marie among the Hurons</a> and <a title="St. James on the Lines Heritage Plaque" href="http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Simcoe11.html">St. James on-the-Lines Church</a> in September 2012.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-2012-SM--250-%20Ste%20Marie%2021%20Oct%201966%20img18.jpg"><img alt="Ste. Marie among the Hurons" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/2012-SM--250-%20Ste%20Marie%2021%20Oct%201966%20img18.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Ste. Marie among the Hurons, 1966</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-2012-SJ--999-39%20St%20James%20Church%20Penetanguishene%20E7%20B2%20R6B%20S6%20Sh2.jpg"><img alt="St. James on the Lines Church" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/2012-SJ--999-39%20St%20James%20Church%20Penetanguishene%20E7%20B2%20R6B%20S6%20Sh2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">St. James on the Lines, ca. 1990s</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"></span>Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, stopped in Barrie and CFB Borden on October 22, 2013.  During her visit she visited the <a title="Grey and Simcoe Foresters website" href="http://www.thegreyandsimcoeforesters.org/">Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regiment</a>, of which she is Colonel-in-Chief, and dedicated the Military Heritage Park on Kempenfelt Bay. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a title="Larger image" href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/1080-Princess_Anne_Inspection-1--CB2013-0372-061.jpg"><img alt="Princess Anne inspects the Grey and Simcoe Foresters, 2013" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/Blog/Royal-Visits-to-Simcoe-County/Princess_Anne_Inspection-1--CB2013-0372-061.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Princess Anne inspects the <a title="Grey and Simcoe Foresters DND website" href="http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/grey-simcoe-foresters/index.page">Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regiment</a>, 2013<br>Image taken by Sgt. Paul MacGregor, Copyright 2013 DND/MND<br>Used by permission of Grey and Simcoe Foresters</span></p>
Happy Birthday Sir John A Macdonaldhttp://www.simcoe.ca/Archives/Pages/Blog/Happy-Birthday-Sir-John-A-Macdonald.aspx2/3/2017 3:48:08 PMHappy Birthday Sir John A Macdonald<p style="text-align:center;"><strong><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Happy Birthday, Sir John A. Macdonald!</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/macdonald_john_alexander_12E.html"><font color="#0066cc">Sir John A. Macdonald </font></a>(1815-1891) was born on January 11th.  To celebrate, we're sharing a draft of a letter <a href="http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/gowan_james_robert_13E.html"><font color="#0066cc">Sir James R. Gowan</font></a>, first judge of Simcoe District, wrote to his long-time friend and correspondent on the occasion of Macdonald's 76<sup>th</sup> (and last) birthday.</p><p>A resident of Barrie, Gowan was a lawyer, judge, senator, and author of an unknown number of pieces of draft legislation that Macdonald presented in both the provincial and federal legislatures.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">While undated, the incomplete draft letter below was written in early January 1891.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/Archives/PublishingImages/dpt/arc/999-21_Gowan_Macdonald_undated_front_1080.jpg"><img alt="1891 draft letter from Gowan to Macdonald" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/dpt/arc/999-21_Gowan_Macdonald_undated_front_480.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:131px;" /></a><strong>  </strong><a href="/Archives/PublishingImages/dpt/arc/999-21_Gowan_Macdonald_undated_back_1080.jpg"><img src="/Archives/PublishingImages/dpt/arc/999-21_Gowan_Macdonald_undated_back_480.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:129px;" /></a><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/Archives/PublishingImages/dpt/arc/Transcription_of_Birthday_Greetings_Letter.pdf"><sup><font color="#0066cc">Transcription</font></sup></a></p><p>​</p>