County of Brant Public Library Digital Collections
At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I
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Description
Creators
Smith, Donald A., Author
Nichol, Robert
, Illustrator
Pickell, John P.
, Author
Media Type
Text
Image
Item Type
Books
Description
This local history book traces the history of Paris from the initial exploration of the region, its development and foundation under Hiram Capron, and its economic and social development following its incorporation until 1918.

Donald A. Smith is the principal author. Chapter 20, on Newspapers and Editors, was written by John P. Pickell, then editor of the Paris Star.

At the Forks of the Grand was originally published in 1956, and was republished in 1980. The copy digitized is the 1956 first edition.

Many of the photographs contained in the original book have been scanned from the original copies and are available as a part of this collection. Click on the "At the Forks of the Grand Vol. I" link to the right to view them.

In addition, the documents listed below, which are cited in the book's text, are included in this collection. Check the right to see the links to them.

pp. 5-6 - Land indenture between Augustus Jones and Six Nations
p. 8 - Mortage between John Holme and William Dickson
p. 9 - Biography from History of the County of Brant
pp. 14, 26, 32 - Paris in 1857
pp. 15, 30-22 - Hiram Capron's farm advice
pp. 18, 29 - Hiram Capron's furnace ledger
p. 19 - Hiram Capron's account book, 1828-31
p. 31 - Letter from Hiram Capron to the Rural New Yorker about rattlesnakes
p. 32 - Hiram Capron's statement of allegiance
p. 34 - Timeline of Hiram Capron's life
p. 35 - Telegram announcing Mary De Long's death
p. 35 - Hiram Capron's obituary
p. 88 - Indenture of Water Rights on William Street Dam



The following author biography is taken from the 1980 second printing:

Mr. Smith taught history in Paris High School from 1929 until a year or so after being appointed as principal.

In 1941, as secretary of the Library Board, he offered to write a historical sketch of that institution to help in marking the centennial of its founding.

While doing research on the project, he was surprised by how little was known about the early history of Paris and the lack of interest in it. Also, for the first time, he became interested in local history.

In 1946, because of the newly-found interest and the fact that local history was made part of the course of study for Canadian history, he began to research the early days of Paris.

By 1949, he had written 15 chapters.

Then because he was no longer teaching Canadian history and had no hope of having his work published, he lost interest.

However, in 1955 he was asked by the Paris Centennial Committee to complete the history as a contribution towards celebrating the incorporation of Paris as a town in 1956. As a result, he wrote five more chapters and gathered pictures.

The Book was first published in 1956.

Mr. Smith is now retired and living in Paris.
Notes
The index has been scanned from the later 1980 printing; the original publication did not include an index. Pagination is identical between the two editions.
Publisher
Paris Centennial Committee
Place of Publication
Paris, Ontario
Pagination
pp.1-302
Date of Original
1956
Subject(s)
Local identifier
971.347 SMI 1980 v. 1
Collection
Hiram Capron Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.2 Longitude: -80.38333
Copyright Statement
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Date
1956
Copyright Holder
Paris Friends of the Library
Terms of Use
These images are property of the Paris Friends of the Library and cannot be reproduced in any form without explicit written permission.
Contact
County of Brant Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address
County of Brant Public Library (Paris Branch)
12 William Street
Paris, ON
N3L 1K7 | @brantlibrary
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At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I


This local history book traces the history of Paris from the initial exploration of the region, its development and foundation under Hiram Capron, and its economic and social development following its incorporation until 1918.

Donald A. Smith is the principal author. Chapter 20, on Newspapers and Editors, was written by John P. Pickell, then editor of the Paris Star.

At the Forks of the Grand was originally published in 1956, and was republished in 1980. The copy digitized is the 1956 first edition.

Many of the photographs contained in the original book have been scanned from the original copies and are available as a part of this collection. Click on the "At the Forks of the Grand Vol. I" link to the right to view them.

In addition, the documents listed below, which are cited in the book's text, are included in this collection. Check the right to see the links to them.

pp. 5-6 - Land indenture between Augustus Jones and Six Nations
p. 8 - Mortage between John Holme and William Dickson
p. 9 - Biography from History of the County of Brant
pp. 14, 26, 32 - Paris in 1857
pp. 15, 30-22 - Hiram Capron's farm advice
pp. 18, 29 - Hiram Capron's furnace ledger
p. 19 - Hiram Capron's account book, 1828-31
p. 31 - Letter from Hiram Capron to the Rural New Yorker about rattlesnakes
p. 32 - Hiram Capron's statement of allegiance
p. 34 - Timeline of Hiram Capron's life
p. 35 - Telegram announcing Mary De Long's death
p. 35 - Hiram Capron's obituary
p. 88 - Indenture of Water Rights on William Street Dam



The following author biography is taken from the 1980 second printing:

Mr. Smith taught history in Paris High School from 1929 until a year or so after being appointed as principal.

In 1941, as secretary of the Library Board, he offered to write a historical sketch of that institution to help in marking the centennial of its founding.

While doing research on the project, he was surprised by how little was known about the early history of Paris and the lack of interest in it. Also, for the first time, he became interested in local history.

In 1946, because of the newly-found interest and the fact that local history was made part of the course of study for Canadian history, he began to research the early days of Paris.

By 1949, he had written 15 chapters.

Then because he was no longer teaching Canadian history and had no hope of having his work published, he lost interest.

However, in 1955 he was asked by the Paris Centennial Committee to complete the history as a contribution towards celebrating the incorporation of Paris as a town in 1956. As a result, he wrote five more chapters and gathered pictures.

The Book was first published in 1956.

Mr. Smith is now retired and living in Paris.