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History of Craigvale and Stroud


After he returned from Newmarket, William Maneer organized the Sons of Temperance at Stroud. At a meeting held in the schoolroom of the Stroud Methodist Church, in 1873, the Eugenia Division, No. 329, Sons of Temperance, was organized with a large membership. A splendid hall was built in the spring of that year. William Maneer was the first District Grand Worthy Patriarch of the Eugenia Division. For more than sixty years he was active in Sons of Temperance circles (Newmarket/Stroud), upward of twenty years holding the office of Deputy Grand Worthy Patriarch. Some of the seventeen early members were: Josiah Palmer, Charles Reynolds, Stephen Maneer, Elizabeth Maneer. Charles Reynolds and Elizabeth Maneer later married.

The Sons of Temperance at Stroud lived through many a strenuous battle put up by its enemies, but with William at the helm at a meeting every week throughout the year, gave the life of the village a distinctively temperance mould. His shop was the scene of many a hard fought argument on temperance issues. His opposition to the liquor traffic was very aggressive, but of the fair fighting kind, therefore it was not surprising that eventually the hotel bars became things of the past in his community.

The Craigvale Loyal Orange Lodge #605 was incorporated a primary Lodge on 1 Mar 1855. Members were: Robert Black. Financial Secretary was William Reynolds. - Page 154, 1951.

The Stroud Loyal Orange Lodge No. 234 was granted its warrant in the year 1873. The property on which the hall was built was given for the sum of one dollar by William Webb and his wife Sarah Ann. It is not known whether the present hall was build in that year or not as records were lost. There were thirty seven members on the roll in year 1889 including John Henry Reynolds, Joseph Reynolds, and William Reynolds.

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This section contains material collected by Jeanne Groce about the history of Stroud and Craigvale. It contains "information collected from libraries, books, newspapers, the Centennial History of Innisfil, Historical Revue, word of mouth, and anywhere else I could find it." Reference to the source of the material is given where possible.

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June 4, 2023

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