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100 Years Ago in Chapple - 1919



By Rilla Race, Chair, Chapple Heritage Committee

The year is 1919. Reeve George W. Hughes is once again head of council. The following Councillors were acclaimed for this year: William McMillan, William Wright, Terrence McGee and James Martin. James M. Johnston was Clerk of the Municipality.

The war is over and our soldiers are returning from overseas. J. K. Robertson sold his farm, which comprised most of the east side of main Street in the village and it was subdivided and surveyed into individual lots.

Black         Black Brothers opened their new hardware store on Main Street.

                  Nels Peterson opened a restaurant                                                         Nels Peterson

James Warren brought in materials in November to start building a new garage just south of the CN station, the following spring. Notes from April 1920 say "James Warren has engaged the services of W. J. Dixon to build his new garage and dwelling house, just south of the depot. The garage will be large enough to accomodate eight to ten cars. A pumping station will also be installed for gasoline."

Plans also began for the building of McGauley Hall, the Consolidated School and the cenotaph.


Chapple Heritage is continuing to collect materials for family histories. Information of the following families, all in Chapple before 1910 has now been archived: James Tierney, Hugh Caldwell, Samuel Rice, Edward Holmes, Adam and James Hoover, Joseph Gibbens, Joseph Fearon, Arthur Ion, John Ritchie, Dan Smith, Arthur James Smith, William Shaw, Herman Howell, William Dumbrill, John Kidd Robertson, Robert James McGauley, George Thomas Hubbard, Cale Smith, John Hillcox, Robert Stirrett, Andrew Frood, George W. Davis, John and Archie Kerr, John and William Sim, Oliver Obens, William John Anderson, Thomas Knechtel, William and John Gordon, and John and William Evans.

Materials relating to a number of other families who setteled in our township before 1930 is also being worked on at present: James Abbott, Dr. Blakely, Dr. McIntyre, George Both, M. T. Cathcart, Harry Choquette, Fred Cousins, Joseph Elviage, Richard Esson, Malcolm Gillies, Frederick 'Dick' Harvey, James Johnston, Kernehan, James Lavender, Lindsell, Lovell, Love, Traiton Luckens, Madill, Archie McDonald, John McNabb, Forbes, James McPherson, William Muir, Pentney, Nels Peterson, Kate Ruttan, William Scott, William Shannon, Jospeh Syncox, Duke Toner, Albert Tull, James Warren, Thomas Weston, Dick Wilson, T.B. Wilson, William Wright, Eli Johnson and Wolden family.

There are probably other families, not yet identified, that will also be included. For the most aprt, we are searching family histories that have not already been published in the Chapple History Book. If you have information or photos that you would like to provide for any of the families mentioned, please contact  Rilla Race at bbrace2@gmail.com .

While much of the focus is on the earliest settler families in Chapple, histories from later than 1930 are also welcome.


Chapple Heritage Committee still has copies available of the township history book ‘Between the Ripples….stories of Chapple’ at a cost of $35 plus shipping.

If you are interested in the early history of our township and some of the original settler families, please contact the township office. If your family lived in Chapple in our early years, let us know about them. You can contact either the township of Chapple office or Chapple Heritage at P. O. Box 54, Barwick, Ontario P0W 1A0. If you have photos or historic information about our township, please share it with us.