Hiram Capron's Life
Introduction“Near on to eighty years ago
New Paris had not much to show
Few houses then stood in a row
It all was bush and jungle.”
From “When Paris Was a Jungle” by Wally West, Bard of the Nith (Smith, 242)
In 1820, there was no town of Paris. Aside from a few scattered estates, and one gypsum mine, Paris was still very much a jungle (Johnston, 34).
By 1830, the town plot had been laid out and Paris was in the process of becoming a vibrant village – a large transformation for only ten years. This transformation was possible thanks to Hiram Capron, a man so well-loved he was good-humouredly known as “King Capron” in his day (Warner, 463).