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113 Ninth Line, Oakville, Canadian Inventory of Heritage Buildings, 1972
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113 Ninth Line, Oakville, Canadian Inventory of Heritage Buildings, 1972

Ninth Line below Upper Middle Road was renamed Ford Drive, in honour of the Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant that came to Trafalgar Township in the 1950's. An article in the Daily Journal Record, August 14, 1963 p.1, has the title "Ford gets road move Ninth Line" which indicates how the plant changed local roads. Looking at road maps today, we can see Ford Drive no longer follows the original surveyed straight Ninth Line to Lake Ontario, but curves around the Ford plant property. 113 Ninth Line is today, 113 Maple Grove Drive, closer to Lakeshore Road. It is good to have these photographs taken in 1971 of the old farmhouse as it is now gone. Parks Canada reported that the present owners were Mr. and Mrs. Hams. The original owner of the property was named "Walbrooke". The house was estimated to have been built in 1865. The blue index card identifies the building type as Gothic Revival. A search of the "Halton Images" internet collection shows that in 1925, J. Walbrook was a Councillor of Trafalgar Township. In 1930, he ran as a Progressive in an election. Going back further, Robert Walbrooks appears in the 1823 and 1825 Trafalgar Land Assessment records transcribed by Fred Blair, also to be found in the Halton Images internet collection. The 1823 listing is: Robert Walbrooks (Concession) 8 west half (Lot) 4, 1 acre cultivated, 199 uncultivated.