Mimico fisherman Bill Bonar was born in Ireland in 1886 and learned how to fish from his grandfather.
Leo Chard had come to Canada from England in 1889 at age 18. Starting early, he owned several Ontario farms including one in Lambton Mills.
Death Family of Etobicoke
The Death family of Etobicoke can trace their ancestry back to 1527 with the birth of William Deathe of Dartford, England.
George Hebdon Corsan
George Hebdon Corsan is an interesting man known as "The Nut Man of Islington"
Francis (Frank) Dawson
There is a grave marker in St. George’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church that says, “Francis (Frank) Dawson, Feb. 21, 1896 – Oct. 21, 1982, A Friend to All” - but who was this man?
From the beginning of this tale of murder in the quiet Etobicoke village of Lambton Mills, there was never any doubt that Robert DeCoursier was the murderer, and his brother...the victim.
John Dillon Evans
John Dillon Evans, a resident of Islington village from 1879 to 1920, was active in Etobicoke municipal politics for many years. He and his wife Isabella built a large brick house they called Elmcrest.
In the late 50s and early 60s, Gus Ryder's first champion distance swimmer was well-known in New Toronto, the "hotbed" of swimming in Ontario.
The Gardhouse family settled in north Etobicoke in a village called Highfield, set amid some of the province’s best agricultural land.
John Garland was a popular Liberal MP from Nipissing who was first elected in 1949. Among other things, he was responsible for housing, including low income housing.
Joshua Glover was a slave who ran away from his owner in St. Louis, Missouri in the spring of 1852 - and ended up in Etobicoke.
Christopher Holdenby was a talented artist and musician, who taught himself not only to draw, but to play piano and violin beautifully.
For the 21 years prior to 1830, the land where Montgomery's Inn sits was leased to Henry Jackson, who lived there with his family, built a house, and cleared 50 acres of land.
Frederick and Margaret James
This couple is responsible for Etobicoke’s beautiful James Gardens, which cover 21 acres of hills, valley and forest beside the Humber River, south of Edenbridge Drive.
The Johnston Family holds a special place in the history of the Islington area of Etobicoke as they were its first permanent settlers - and stayed for 177 years!
The history of the Loblaw family in Toronto begins with Theodore Pringle (T.P.) Loblaw who moved to Toronto from Alliston, Ontario in 1890.
On April 30, 1859, Sage Rowland married Alexander MacPherson, the teacher at the local school who had been boarding in her home and began a new family together.
Thomas Montgomery's Missives
Some letters shed light on some of the challenges and hardships Thomas Montgomery (1790-1877) faced at one of his land holdings in southwest Ontario.
Frank was born in London, England in February, 1904, the son of John Ridley and Agnes Fretwell. John was a naval architect, and responsible for the building of several stately homes in Etobicoke.
Television icon Gordon Sinclair was born in 1900 in Cabbagetown, but eventually called Etobicoke his home.
Robert Home Smith
Robert Home Smith is best remembered today for his development of The Kingsway and for his Old Mill Restaurant.
Mr. Tyrrell was a well-known architect and builder who designed and supervised construction of many buildings, particularly in the Weston area, where he lived until his death in 1904.