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Harman Family

Includes a collection of newsletters published from 1984 - 1991. The series is titled "The Harman's of Yonge Street" and was originally edited, compiled and shipped by Marie Svedahl in Saskatchewan to any subscribers of the newsletter. The items pertain to the Harman family who settled in various communities along Yonge Street, beginning the family tree with Henry and Esther Harman. Some Harman family members were born/resided in or would have conducted business in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Marie Svedahl

Issue 3 - Vol. 4

"The Harman's of Yonge Street" Volume 4 Issue 3 from 1987.

Marie Svedahl

Volume 6

Contains Volume 6 Issues 1-3 of the newsletter "The Harman's of Yonge Street" from 1989.

Marie Svedahl

Issue 2 - Vol. 6

"The Harman's of Yonge Street" Volume 6 Issue 2 from 1989.

Marie Svedahl

Issue 1 - Vol. 7

"The Harman's of Yonge Street" Volume 7 Issue 1 from 1990-91.

Marie Svedahl

Issue 3 - Vol. 7

"The Harman's of Yonge Street" Volume 7 Issue 3 from 1990-91.

Marie Svedahl

Issue 4 - Vol. 7

"The Harman's of Yonge Street" Volume 7 Issue 4 from 1990-91.

Marie Svedahl

Keuffel and Esser Level

A Keuffel & Esser level that was used for activities such as surveying. It was originally owned by Professor William H. Day, who was integral to the Holland Marsh Drainage Scheme's beginnings. The survey of the marsh determined the elevation of the muck soil and the bordering "highland" soils, providing the information the planners would need to determine the grades, estimate the materials to be moved and to determine the alignment of the canal.

The drainage scheme report came out in 1924 and work began in the mid-1920s. The work involved intercepting part of the Holland River and the diversion of water around the perimeter of the area using drainage canals. Canal excavation materials were used to create dykes on the to-be reclaimed (marshland) side of the canals. The re-claimed land was used for farming and roads were constructed on top of the dykes to allow for transportation.

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65 Moore Street - The John Cook House

The John Cook House is located mid-block on the east side at 65 Moore Street. It is set well back and was built around 1880 in the Gothic Revival style. The building was owned by the Cook family for many years. Originally, a series of sheds ran along the south side of Joseph Street from Moore Street almost to the houses on Barrie Street. These sheds were owned by John (Jack) Cook. He ran the local livery business and he was also a seed merchant. Fred (the son of Jack) lived in this house after his father’s death. Fred was an insurance agent, town politician, school board member, and a lay minister. The Fred C. Cook Elementary School in Bradford is named after him.
The 1½-storey, ‘L’-shaped building has large window openings with high floor to ceiling heights and a steeply-pitched, gable roof. There is an elegant, shallow-pitched, hip roof at the porch. It has elaborately-carved, wooden brackets at the support posts. There are (replacement) sash windows with wide, wood trim and projected, wooden hood moulding above the windows. The entrance door has the original transom and sidelight. Wood frame construction is clad with stained board and batten siding and the house has a stone foundation. The original cladding was stucco. According to the 2000 inventory, the house has been maintained well and it is pleasingly renovated. It also notes that although the shutters are not original, they are a tasteful (and not inappropriate) addition. (1, 2, 3)

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94 Moore Street

The mid-block building located at 94 Moore Street was built in the 1920’s in the Ontario Vernacular Cottage style. It was once the home of the Simpkin family. George Simpkin was a plumber and electrician. His brother Robert was a policeman. On the Collings’ map, the Simpkin gardens ran from Frederick St. to James St. (along the west side of Moore Street). In later years, Mr. Simpkin built a new home on his south garden lot (at James Street).
The one-storey, three-bay ‘cottage’ has a symmetrical façade, a rectilinear plan, and a shallow-pitched, hip roof. There is a centre, hall entrance from a prominent, covered front porch. The open, front porch is raised and has a gable roof with a decorative, wood pediment. Its roof is supported on wood half columns on brick piers at the back of the porch, and triple wood posts on brick piers at the front. The porch is raised and has a turned-wood handrail and baluster. There are narrow window openings and narrow windows with low floor to ceiling heights set into segmented, arched openings with concrete lug sills. The house has wood frame construction with brick masonry cladding and a parged, concrete foundation. According to the 2000 inventory, the house is in good condition with many original features that have been maintained well. It also notes that the windows, pre-cast concrete porch stairs, and rear, one-storey addition are not original. (1, 2, 3)

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