Introduction to the Chronicles of Oakland Township
Introduction
Our primary aim in this project was to compile a date line starting with the year 1850 to the present day. We have completed that to the best of our abilities. During the first few weeks of the project we searched through old files, council minutes, newspapers and various historical books. Finding specific information on Oakland Township was a very difficult task. Resources are limited and whenever we did find a book with a chapter on Oakland Township the information was very general or else repetitive.
Map of the Village of Scotland, 1894
Map of the Village of Scotland, 1894 Details
At the time of this writing almost 130 years have passed since the area known as Oakland Township officially came into being. It would have been people our great-great-grandfather's age who first settled in this nutshell township, I wonder if they intended for this community to spread into a voluminous megalopolis? Probably not. Oakland and Scotland had that small town flavour: the taste of homemade ice cream and freshly squeezed lemonade; the aroma of garden parties, bob sleigh riding and fishing at the old pond. All these memories still linger in the minds of many of the people who remain in this locality. With the hope that we do not lose sight of the past we have completed a book that will retain the evidence of times gone by.
Children Playing in Snowdrift, Scotland, Ontario, 1947
Children Playing in Snowdrift, Scotland, Ontario, 1947 Details
Farm Scene Postcard, Scotland, Ontario
Farm Scene Postcard, Scotland, Ontario Details
This essay was originally written by Joanne Vamos as the introduction to the Chronicles of Oakland Township, an oral history collection, in 1980. The Chronicles can be read here at the Our Brant wiki.
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