Hiram Capron's Life
“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).
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