61. Made By History ~ Huron County Historical Society (David Armstrong)

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve had a fascination with history most of my life so I’m pretty excited to chat with David Armstrong this week, President of the Huron County Historical Society.
We will chat about the many ways that we, here in Midwestern Ontario, have been made by our history. We’ll discuss the Society and what they do, our Indigenous and European roots, some upcoming historical anniversaries, some must see tourist destinations in our area AND Tiger Dunlop, John Galt and the plans for Guelph and Goderich … Were they really mixed up?

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Huron County Historical Society Web Site

Check the photos below for more info that Milli dug up about a few of the things David and I chatted about.

The Henry Horton Cottage is associated with the Horton Family. It was home to Henry Horton, brother of Horace Horton, who was one of Goderich’s founding fathers. Henry Horton was also a prominent local, known for having travelled to California in search of gold and then to Australia. He owned a local Goderich grocery store. Source: Town of Goderich, By-law 7 (1978).

DUNLOP, WILLIAM, known as Tiger Dunlop, army officer, surgeon, Canada Company official, author, jp, militia officer, politician, and office holder; b. 19 Nov. 1792 in Greenock, Scotland and was buried first in Hamilton and then in Goderich, Upper Canada. Pre-Huron County, Tiger Dunlop had come to Upper Canada to serve in the War of 1812 in Fort Erie

The Goderich Foundry, 1848-1895 , Now East St. Cider Co. In October 1865, D. S. Henderson bought the foundry building and established the Henderson Bicycle Company. The Goderich Foundry was the town’s first manufactory operation. Great article by David Yates on the history of this building: https://www.goderichsignalstar.com/entertainment/local-arts/the-goderich-foundry-1848-1895

Keith “Hoppy” Hopkins – illustrative and captivating article here on his life and unfortunate death, written on the 60th anniversary of his passing (March 2024) by Marilyn Bruinsma https://www.goderichsignalstar.com/opinion/that-fatal-night-60-years-ago

An advertisement for land published by the Canada Company. (Library and Archives Canada) Treaty 29, or the Huron Tract Purchase, was signed on July 10, 1827, by representatives of the Crown and certain Anishinaabe peoples. The territory described in the written treaty covers approximately 2,200,000 acres Huron Tract Purchase – celebrating the bicentennial of the signing in 2027. Huron County is also covered in part by Saugeen Treaty No. 45 1/2 which was signed in 1836. info from the Government of Canada website – transcript can be read here: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1370372152585/1581293792285#ucls21

THE VAN EGMOND HOUSE, owned and operated by the Van Egmond Foundation. It was built by Constant Louis Van Egmond in 1847. He was the son of Anthony Van Egmond who played a key role in opening the Huron Road to Goderich in the early 1830s. Constant Van Egmond founded the village of Egmondville in 1845.

In studio with David Armstrong


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