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At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II 
TextImage  1982, pp.1-321  The second volume of At the Forks of the Grand was published in 1982, not long after the reprinting of Volume I. Its chapters were originally printed as segments in The Paris Star. While the first volume is primarily an account of the foundation and political/economic development of Paris, the...
Robert "Bobby" West with Customer on Bicycle Boat, Nith River, c. 1915-17 
Image  [ca. 1915-17]  This photograph depicts Robert "Bobby" West taking a customer out on the Penman No. 1 mill-pond connected to the Nith River in one of his pedal boats. Robert was the younger of the two Wests; his father, Wally, originally started the Nith Navigation Co., which rented out boats and took customers...
View of Paris Coronation Day Parade, May 12, 1937 
Image  12 May 1937  This photograph shows the beginning of a parade down Grand River Street in celebration of the coronation of King George VI. Store signs visible in this photograph include "Naborhood Shoes" and "Chas. McCausland". This image was printed on the thirtieth page of photographs in At the Forks of the...
John Penman's Executive Automobile, 1910 
Image  16 May 1910  This photograph depicts John Penman's executive car in 1910, which was used to travel between the different locations in which he operated business. It was the third automobile to be owned in Paris. It may be a Cadillac, and resembles models from 1907 and 1908. A photo studio is visible in the...
Donald. A. Smith and Gladys Steuart-Jones, 1956 
Image  1956  This photograph shows Donald A. Smith, author of At the Forks of the Grand, with Gladys Steuart-Jones, granddaughter of Hiram Capron. He is showing her the first printed copy of book. This image was printed on the forty-seventh page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D. A....
Meeting of Paris Town Council, 1879 
Image  1879  This photograph depicts an 1879 meeting of the Paris town council, which at the time met at the Church street town hall. Among the figures depicted are mayor A.H. Baird and the police constable, to the right holding hat. This image was printed on the tenth page of photographs in At the Forks of...
Sacred Heart School, Paris, ON, 1890 
Image  1890  This 1890 photograph depicts the Sacred Heart School, Paris's Roman Catholic school until 1911. This image was printed on the sixteenth page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D. A. Smith. (On original matting) Sacred Heart School. Paris 1890 (Back) Credit Paris Museum +...
South Ward Schools, Paris, Ontario 
ImageTextComments:  [after 1900],   These photographs depict two historic South Ward schools in Paris, Ontario. The older school was built in 1868; the newer school replaced it c. 1900. The lower image was printed on the thirteenth page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D. A. Smith. (On original...
Boys Playing at British vs. Boers on Hamilton Place Lawn, Paris, c. 1900 
ImageMysteries:  [ca. 1900]  This photograph depicts a group of young boys playing at British vs. Boers c. 1900, at the time of the second Boer War. The photograph was taken at Hamilton Place, then the home of Paul Wickson and his family. The photograph was taken by Wickson, and the boy in the centre with the sword on his...
Paris-Burford Rough Riders in front of Roller Mills 
Image  [before 1900]  This photograph depicts the Paris-Burford Rough Riders, a common feature of many Parisian parades in the 19th century. They are standing in front of the Roller Mills, which is most famous for being the starting location of the great fire of 1900. This photograph was scanned from a faded copy, and...
Members of Paris Golf Course by Clubhouse, c. 1895-1904 
Image  [ca. 1895-1904]  This photograph depicts members of the Paris Golf Course members by its clubhouse. The original matting dates it to c. 1895, while D.A. Smith dates it to 1904. This image was printed on the thirty-sixth page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D. A. Smith. This photograph...
Willow Street Millrace, Paris, ON 
Image    This Paris Star photograph shows the millrace along Willow Street in Paris, Ontario, which primarily supplied water power to the Penman Manufacturing Co. The bridge seen is on William Street, and the building past it on Elm Street is Paris's original skating rink. The house in the far background...
The Paris Tennis Club, 1901 
ImageTextComments:  1 Aug. 1901  This photograph, taken August 1st, 1901, depicts the Paris Tennis Club. The man at the far right of the image is A.H. Baird, founder of the Wincey Mill and at one time mayor of Paris. For a complete list of the persons depicted, consult the "Inscription" field. This image was printed on the...
Paris Crowd Awaiting Arrival of Duke and Duchess of Kent, October 13, 1901 
Image  13 Oct. 1901  This photograph depicts an enthusiastic crowd waiting for the train of the Duke and Duchess of Kent (later King George V and Queen Mary) on October 15, 1901. The section of tracks here is at the Paris Junction which was by Market Street. This image was printed on the thirty-fifth page of...
Postcard depicting Strike at Penmans No. 1 Mill, 1907 
ImageText  14 Oct 1907  This postcard shows the 1907 workers strike at the Penmans No. 1 mill. The photo was taken on October 14, 1907, by F. Hurndall of Paris. It was donated to the museum by Jack Kagas [?]. This image was printed on the twenty-seventh page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D....
Paris Fall Fair, 1908 
Image  1908  This 1908 photograph depicts visitors at that year's Paris Fall Fair. At the time, the fairgrounds were located at the corner of William and Elm Streets, where the Syl Apps Community Centre and baseball park are now. Signs in this photograph include "Tremaine Candy Kitchen, Brantford"; "Daily...
Paris Telephone Exchange and Operators, 1913 
ImageText  1909  This 1909 photograph depicts the telephone exchange and telephone operators in Paris, Ontario. The persons depicted in this photograph are, from left to right: Miss Bessie Birley, Mrs. L.L. Belyea, Mrs. Agnes Emerson, Miss Millie Arnold, Miss Maud McCall, Mr. C.B. Barker (the manager), and Miss...
Dr. Daniel Dunton and Family in Car, 1911 
ImageComments:Mysteries:  1911  This photograph depicts Dr. Daniel Dunton and his family riding in what was one of the first cars in Paris. The car is a 1911 Everitt-Metzger-Flanders (E-M-F) Standard touring automobile. This image was printed on the thirty-seventh page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by...
Flood at Penman's Mills, 1912 
Image  7 Apr. 1912  This photograph shows the 1912 Nith River flood which submerged the first several floors of the Penman Manufacturing Co.'s factories. This image was printed on the fortieth page of photographs in At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D. A. Smith. APL. 7th PENMAN MILLS. PARIS FLOOD OF 1912 (On...
Send-Off of World War I Volunteers at William & Willow, Paris, 1914 
ImageComments:  Aug. 1914  This photograph shows the send-off for Paris's first seven World War I volunteers on August 23, 1914. They are preparing to enter Ford Model-T cars to be taken to Brantford. The volunteers are: Napoleon Larin, Aylmer Fraser, Sergeant A. E. Cullum, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Ivor Murray, William Mears,...
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At the Forks of the Grand Vol. II


Photos from At the Forks of the Grand: Volume II by D. A. Smith