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History of Craigvale and Stroud

The 1870's and 1880's

Stephen Maneer, who was about 38 years of age, had a saw-mill, first in Craigvale, on the south side of the street, which manufactured lumber and shingles, then he moved to Vine in 1878. It was said that as many as fifty in procession were seen hauling logs to the mills at Craigvale in great heaps. A prize of $10.00 was offered for the largest load. Stephen also built Mrs Fred Wright's house.

The Vine is a small village situated in a valley close to the Hamilton-Allandale Railway on the 10th Concession of Innisfil. It consisted in former years of a store, post office, railway station, dwelling for the section worker, saw-mill, and some fifteen homes.

Another industry of the locality was a shingle mill owned by Robert Reynolds, on lot eleven near the creek. The house on the railway property.

The store and post office were operated by Parker V Kelcey, who was also engineer at the mill. He moved to Vine from Craigvale in 1878 and kept the post office until his death in 1908. One of the seven listed living at Vine was Samuel Reynolds.

Robert Reynolds operated the farm upon which the saw-mill was located. It was the Hunter farm, lot 8.

An Englishman, Charles E Chantler, operated a brickyard at Craigvale from 1880 to 1900. His key men being foreman Charles Reynolds and his son Milton, and Reef Bowman. Bricks from here, selling at four dollars per thousand, were used to build the home of Miss Florence Nightingale, Bill Cowan's home and 150,000 of these bricks went into building Churchill United Church.

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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.


Many thanks to all who have contributed names, dates, photographs and stories. Corrections are always welcome.
Our research is ongoing and the validity of the information presented should be judged by the quality of our sources.

Our study includes our ancestors and their descendants (our cousins) and our cousins' spouses and their parents. The parents of our cousins' spouses will show as "A descendant is related to Susan or Barry" and their other children will not be included unless they are connected to our family.

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June 4, 2023

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