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Mountain Memories presented by Bob Williamson

This series of articles relating to people, places and events of historical significance in the Hamilton community was written on behalf of the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society by Hamilton Historian Robert Williamson. They are presented here with the permission of the author. This is an ongoing series of articles and new entries are being added at regular intervals. Anyone who wishes to contact Mr. Williamson directly concerning these articles may do so
via e-mail at robertwilliamson10@rogers.com or by telephone at (905)383-6084.

The most recently published articles appear at the top of the list.

Mountain History in Retrospect In this year of Canada 150 Bob Williamson draws some interesting parallels between the history of Hamilton Mountain and Confederation. This article appeared in the Mountain News in September 2017. To read the story select History in Retrospect.

Albion is a Popular Place In a story which appeared in the Mountain News in August 2017, Bob Wiulliamson tells the story of Albion Falls. To read the whole story select Albion.

The Rymal Neighbourhood on Hamilton Mountain Bob Williamson explains the history of the Rymal Neighbourhood. This story appeared in the Mountain News in July 2017. To read the story select Rymal Neighbourhood.

Our Mountain and Tall Ships! What do they have in common? Bob Williamson makes an interesting connection in this story that appeared in the Mountain News in June 2017. To read the story select Tall Ships.

Unsung Genius Changed the World Bob Williamson highlights the story of Reginald Aubrey Fessenden and his roots in our community. This story appeared in the Mountain News in May 2017.

Terryberry: A Mountain Heritage Name Read Bob Williamson's account of the Terryberry family. This story appeared in the Mountain News in April 2017.

Railways, Confederation and Our Mountain Heritage Read yet another of Bob Williamson`s engaging accounts of our Mountain heritage. To read the story select Railways and Confederation. This story appeared in the Mountain News in March 2017.

Mountain School Sets A Precedent Bob Williamson provides an interesting story of the ways that Sackville Hill and Ernie Hutton contributed to the development of Hill Park High School on the Hamilton Mountain. To read the story select The Hill Park Story.

Political Upheaval and Mountain Heritage 1837 Bob Williamson comments on our political heritage as reflected in the life of Dr. Harmanus Smith. To read this story select Dr. Smith. This article appeared in the Mountain News in January 2017.

How a Fire Changed Mountain History Bob Williamson reflects on how a fire on December 21, 1914, may well have changed our Mountain history in significant ways. To read the story select Mountain Fire. This article appeared in the Mountain News in December 2016.

1916-2016: Finding Bill! Bob Williamson shares a very personal Remembrance Day story. To read the story select "Finding Bill!. This article appeared in the Mountain News in November 2016.

Chedoke Teddy Bear's Picnic Bob Williamson recalls the Charming story behind The Teddy Bear's Picnic and its association with Hamilton celebrations. To read the article select Teddy Bear's Picnic. This article was published in the Mountain News in October 2016.

Heritage Society Celebrates 20 Years Learn the details about the 20th. Anniversary of the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society. To read the article select Mountain Heritage Society Anniversary. This article was published in the Mountain News in September 2016.

Memories of Sanatorium Inuit Art Bob Williamson reminds us of the strong association between Inuit art and the Mountain Sanatorium. To read the article select Inuit Art. This article was published in the Mountain News in August 2016.

Back to the Future Bob Williamson highlights the role of the Mountain Brow in providing entertainment for the city of Hamilton. To read the article select Back to the Future. This appeared in the Mountain News in July 2016.

Defining Moments Read about two more "Defining Moments" in the War of 1812. To read this article select Defining Moments. This article was published in the Mountain News in June 2016.

Mountain Memories on Post Cards Read an interesting example of how post cards preserve the history of our community. To see the complete article select Mountain Memories on Post Cards. This article was published in the Mountain News in May 2016.

A River Ran Through It Learn more about the fascinating geological history of the Dundas Valley. To read this article select Dundas Valley. This article was published in the Mountain News in April 2016.

The Shirley Temple of Hamilton Mountain Read the story of Mabel Ruth Summers who had a most promising career as a child actress right here on Hamilton Mountain. To read the details select Mabel Ruth Summers. This article was published in the Mountain News in March 2016.

Hamilton Mountain and the Canal Building Age Read about the canal system that once existed in our area and of canal plan's that were made but never completed. To see the whole story select Canal Building. This appeared in the Mountain News in February 2016.

Mckenzie's Ride: Fact or Fiction As a sequel to the story published in December 2015 (and available immediately below this one), Robert Williamson takes a look at some features of Mckenzie's ride which have attracted local interest. Here is Robert Williamson's verdict on some stories about Mckenzie's ride that have circulated in recent years. To read the story select Mckenzie's Ride: Fact or Fiction. To view an enlarged copy of the photo of Mckenzie that appears in the column select Mckenzie Photo. To view an enlarged copy of the original art piece created by Robert Williamson to depict Mckenzie's ride select Robert Williamson's Art.


Articles published in 2015

Mackenzie's Midnight Mountain Ride The fascinating story of the route across the Hamilton mountain taken by William Lyon Mackenzie in December 1837 after his participation in the failed rebellion of 1837. To read the story select Mackenzie's Mountain Ride.

Remembrance of a Mountain Veteran A celebration of the naval career of Alex Tennant (1918-2002). To read the article select Alex Tennant.

Mountain Institutions Plaqued Recent historic plaque unveilings now mean that all three original Mountain medical institutions have been recognized. To read the article select Plaques.

Olivet United Church Celebrates its Centennial To read this article which appeared in September 2015 select Olivet.

"Rapid" Ray Lewis Outstanding Hamilton athlete honoured at the George Hamilton Day celebrations on August 3rd., 2015. To read the article select "Rapid" Ray Lewis.

Lester B. Pearson's Hamilton Connection Learn more about the Lester Pearson's years in Hamilton. To read the article select Lester Pearson.

The Mountain when Theatre was Supreme Learn about the Summers Theatre on the Mountain. To read the article select Theatre on the Mountain.

A Famous Mountain Woman: Margaret Clark Learn more about the woman who inspired the song "When You and I were Young Maggie." To read the article select Margaret Clark. There is also a photograph of Margaret Clark's Home and the Historic Plaque that commemorates her life.

Norwood Park School: A Mountain Heritage Crossroad Learn more about Norwood Park School and the history of its neighbourhood. To read more select Norwood Park

Hamilton as a Rail Centre This column identifies the significant role of the Mountain in local rail transport in former days. To read more select Hamilton as a Rail Centre.

Tobogganing A look at tobogganing in Hamilton in the good old days. Published in February 2015. To read more select Tobogganing: The Good Old Days.

1812 Bicentennial Comes to an End A reflection on the War of 1812 and our recent celebrations. Published in January 2015. To read more select 1812 Bicentennial Celebrations


Articles published in 2014

Hamilton: The Electric City Disclosing the role the Escarpment played in Hamilton's development. Published in December 2014. To read more select Electric City.

Bill Randall: Lancaster Pilot was a Mountain Resident
A remembrance of the life and service of Bill Randall, Lancaster pilot during WWII. Published in November 2014. To read more select Bill Randall

St. Stephen-On-The-Mount: Mountain Church Has a Long History
The legacy of Canon John Samuel and St. Stephen-on-the-Mount Anglican Church. Published in October 2014. To read more select St. Stephen-on-the-Mount

Rapid Transit is Not a New Idea
Early examples of rapid transit on Hamilton Mountain. Published in September 2014. To read more select Rapid Transit

Mountain South Gate Church's 65th. Anniversary
A tribute to Dr. Mel Bailey as The South Gate Church celebrates its 65th. anniversary. Published in August 2014. To read more select South Gate Church

Albion Falls - 220 Years of Mountain History
The significance of Albion Falls in the history of the Mountain. Published in July 2014. To read more select Albion Falls

What is the Connection between Bruce Park and the AGH?
Notes on the life of artist William Blair Bruce and his Hamilton roots. Published in June 2014. To read more select Bruce Park

The Battle of Stoney Creek
An appraisal of the significance of the Battle of Stoney Creek in the War of 1812. Published in May 2014. To read more select Battle of Stoney Creek.

Ernie Brown's Memories - Community Hall Entertainment
Recollections by Ernie Brown of social events at the Barton Community Hall. Published in April 2014. To read more select Community Hall Entertainment

Ernie Brown's Memories - The Mountain View Hotel
Recollections from Ernie Brown's early life on Hamilton Mountain. Published in March 2014. To read more select Mountain View Hotel

Black History Commemorated on Hamilton Mountain
A plaque celebrating "Little Africa" is installed at the Hamilton Mountain Branch of the Public Library. Published in February 2014. To read more select Black History

Plaque Will Find a Home in Front of Henderson Wing
A plaque honouring Nora Frances Henderson (1897-1949) has been erected on Concession Street. Published in January 2014. To read more select Nora Frances Henderson.


Articles published in 2013

Mountain Hospital Finally Fulfills a 95 Year Old Vision
The story behind the Mountain Hospital now known as the Juravinski Hospital. Published in December 2013. To read more select Mountain Hospital.

Hamilton Mountain Plays a Significant Role in Remembrance Day
The story behind the historical plaque at St. Paul's Church in Mount Hope. Published in November 2013. To read more select Remembrance Day.

The Future of Mountain Pioneers Looked Grim 200 Years Ago
An assessment of the prospects of Mountain pioneers in 1813. Published in October 2013. To read more select Mountain Pioneers in 1813.

Burkholder Church and the Burkholder Cemetery
A brief summary of this historic property on Mohawk Road East in Hamilton. (Published in September 2013) To read more select Burkholder.

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