It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Pharmasave Huntsville!
In 1914, Huntsville’s first car dealer, J.E. Mosley, ordered 20 new cars to sell. At the beginning of that year, you could buy a Ford for $650, a price that dropped to $599 by the end of the year, and dropped further still in 1915, “bringing car ownership within reach of many people in Muskoka,” according to Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve by Susan Pryke. In his ads, Mosley said, “there are only two kinds of cars – the Fords and can’t affords.” Mosley owned the hardware store at the corner of Main Street and Brunel Road (pictured here) and ran a garage across the street. (Photo courtesy of Muskoka Heritage Place)
Last week we shared this photo:
The 122nd Battalion, pictured here, in part, in 1916, contained quite a few young men from Huntsville. More than 900 men from across Muskoka joined the battalion during the First World War. They left Toronto in the spring of 1917, taking a train to the east coast and then shipping overseas. They travelled to England aboard the Olympic, sister ship to the Titanic, and encamped at Sunningdale in the Windsor Great Forest. The majority transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps where they broke all records for the number of feet of timber cut in a 10-hour time period. The battalion’s crest, featuring a river driver with a pike pole, was hand-sewn by the women of Muskoka. (Photo courtesy of Muskoka Heritage Place; details from Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve)
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