It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Pharmasave Huntsville!
The postmark on the back of this Main Street postcard is dated 1979. What do you recognize?
Last week we shared this photo with you:
When Huntsville became an incorporated village of 700 people in 1886—it wasn’t incorporated as a town until 1901—these men served as its council and school board. (Back from left) R.W. Godolphin, clerk; J.R. Reece, school board trustee and telegraph agent; William Proudfoot, councillor and a builder; J.W. Ecclestone, councillor and a tailor; Robert Scarlett, councillor and one of Huntsville’s first storekeepers; (front from left) James F. Hanes, councillor and postmaster; Louis E. Kinton, reeve and general merchant; and Floyd W. Clearwater, school board trustee and newspaper publisher.
According to Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve by Susan Pryke, the councillors had their first meeting on April 26, 1886. “They presided over a community newly carved from the bush, where there were no sidewalks, no streetlights, no municipal waterworks or sewers,” she wrote. “Not surprisingly, the control of domestic animals, particularly cows, occupied the greater part of the councillors’ time.”
Within a month of taking office, “the councillors had regulated fence and chimney construction, prohibited the firing of guns in the village, passed regulations to prohibit the growth of weeds, and set rules to restrain dogs. They also passed a bylaw to preserve public morals.”
(Photo courtesy of the Muskoka Heritage Place collection. Details from Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve by Susan Pryke.)
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