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Miscellaneous

STRANGE TALES
The legend of the Lake Scugog sea-monster may have been conceived from the consumption of too much home-brewed whisky, but it was given prominent coverage during the summer of 1881... (read more)

TALKING BOX
Despite the early interest shown in telephones it was not until 1884 that telephone service began in Port Perry. That year, long distance lines were built from Port Perry to Toronto and from Port Perry to Whitby through Uxbridge, Goodwood, Stouffville, Markham and Brooklin. ... (read more)

MEMORY HALL
Utica's community hall of today pales in comparison to its counterpart, which was designed and built by Thomas W. Horn, a former village resident. Mr. Horn built the hall as a gift to the community ... (read more)

HOSPITALS & PHYSICIANS
The earliest 'private'hospital is believed to be a private hospital established by Dr. David and Robert Archer to care for the patients. It was established in the 'Colburn' house, a large brick house located on Rosa St., close to where Port Perry High School is located today... (read more)

STORIES OF LOVE & MURDER
For sometime there had been trouble between Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sawyer. It culminated at noon on Monday, when Mrs. Sawyer went to the stable of the house to get a spinning wheel... (read more)

SCUGOG'S DARK SIDE
One of the saddest drowning deaths reported during the early development of the area, was that of 30-year old Ann Cornish and her three-year-old child who disappeared under the water of Lake Scugog... (read more)

THIEVERY & ROBBERY
Probably one of the worst years for robberies in the area around Lake Scugog and Port Perry was 1928. The Seagrave store was robbed as was the Greenbank store and a number of cars were stolen in the region... (read more)

THE BIG FISH KILL
It was a sight that veteran conservation officer Ben Smith never forgot, when he looked across Lake Scugog from his Prince Albert home, and saw thousands of dead fish floating on the surface of the lake.... (read more)

PRINCE ALBERT MURDER MYSTERY
Detective Murray of Toronto went to Prince Albert to search the houe of Mrs. Eddy, but found no trace of the child. Detective Murray then arrested Mrs. Eddy and her daughter on a charge of murder ... (read more)

TYPHOID FEVER
The Typhoid epidemic of 1873 did not appear in Reach and Cartwright until 1874, reaching its height in 1875. One of the most poignant tomb-stones in this region lies in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Prince Albert .... (read more)

GHOST ROAD LEGEND
One of the best known haunts of Ontario, Scugog Island's Ghost Road, just outside the quaint village of Port Perry. The legend goes that about 1968, a young man was speeding a motorcycle along an old concession road when he lost control, crashed into a ditch where he hit a rock and was subsequently decapitated by an old rusty fence .... (read more)

 






HISTORIC HOMES
& ESTATES

By: Paul Arculus &
J. Peter Hvidsten



HOT OFF THE PRESS
By: J. Peter Hvidsten



MAYHEM TO MURDER
The History Of The
Markham Gang
By: Paul Arculus