By Eleanor Darke
It's tough for Todmorden generators Museum viewers to visualize that this website so with reference to the busy Don Valley expressway was domestic to a huge mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe well-known the economic capability of this component to the Don River. through 1795 Skinner's sawmill used to be lower than development, starting up an period of technological improvement that unfold past the valley of the Don into what used to be then Muddy York. this day, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's commercial background and the spirit of the time. This valuable neighborhood historical past confirms the importance of early generators and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed via Timothy Skinner, Parshall Terry, George Playter, William Helliwell and different settlers and marketers of Governor John Graves Simcoe's time and past. Eleanor Darke, assisted through Ian Wheal, offers us with an informative account of the folk, their lives and their inventive impact.
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By 1805 all of the children from his first marriage had obtained land of their own and had moved away from the mills and Terry had to begin hiring local residents such as Samuel Sinclair and the Kendrick brothers. Terry began to experience financial difficulties in 1804 when a severe fall flood put all of his mills on the Don out of service for about three months right at harvest time. The extent of this flood was described in Eli Playter's diary entries for the period of September 11-17,1804. "The fences gone, all the stacks of hay and grain ...
Glennon, a widow, in her home at the corner of George and Duchess [Adelaide] Streets. This house consisted of one large room which was partitioned by a curtain into a school and living quarters. Mrs. Glennon had a large number of pupils of all ages and, although she was an educated woman, she had no training as a teacher. All of these factors combined to make the maintenance of discipline in her classroom extremely difficult. One of the worst offenders was her own daughter, Theresa. According to the memoirs of the Reverend John Carroll who attended the school as a boy, Theresa was particularly unruly one day.
A Mill Should be Build Thereon: A History of Todmorden Mills 63 Mills Road. The village had even acquired its own school - a small, oneroom structure which stood near thef modern-day * intersection of 1 O'Connor Drive and Donlands Avenue. H. Smith's book, Canada, Past, Present and Future. a mile and a half from the City, the road crosses the River and about a mile further on you reach the village of Todmorden.