Parry Sound: Gateway to Northern Ontario by Adrian Hayes

By Adrian Hayes

Parry Sound, on the mouth of the Seguin River on Georgian Bay, strains its historical past again to William Beatty Jr. and the acquisition of bushes rights. From the heyday of lumbering, via mining ventures, the interval of Prohibition, the arriving of the railway and the influence of the nice Wars, the unfolding years are all followed by means of an exciting mix of vibrant personalities, politics and scandal. the tale of this growing to be neighborhood has a richness that few Ontario cities can fit. this day Parry Sound embraces its entrepreneurial historical past, its hockey background, its dedication to the humanities and its position as a favored vacationer destination.

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Shortly after the sale, Foley council repealed Bylaw 4. m. on February 19, 1873^ Advertisements were placed in the Northern Advocate at Bracebridge. 6 Although the location of this establishment is unclear today, Hodges gave his occupation as engineer at the time of the 1871 census. In January 3« PARRY SOUND Dr. Thomas Smith Walton acquired the Thomson House and numerous other east ward properties for $619 at an October 1892 sheriff's auction. By the time Dr. Walton sold the hotel to Sarah and Charles Alonzo Phillips in October 1900, the licensed hotel had been renamed the Canada Atlantic Hotel.

Politically, he has always in an underhanded manner used his influence with those that he could sway to oppose the Conservative candidate in every election that has been held in the District since he has been in it 1S With such a blistering indictment against him, it is no wonder that McCurry was passed over for the district judgeship. Instead, the appointment went to William Cosby Mahaffy, who operated out of the Muskoka courthouse in Bracebridge. Mahaffy was born at Bond Head, Ontario, in March 1848, and raised in an Irish, Protestant, and extremely Orange household.

The Miller Family, More Timber Rights and a Tragic Event 2$ The Parry Sound Lumber Company's sawmill at the mouth of the Seguin River was destroyed by fire on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 1917. Courtesy of AO/David L. Thomas Collection, C2$3 Tray 2-32. B. Miller, but the lumber concern became secondary to other business ventures. The Poison Iron Works of Toronto had been incorporated by provincial letters patent to take over the business of William Polson and to continue the manufacture of boilers and steam vessels.

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