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Mary Harris

Mary Harris

The history of Barrie goes back to the early 19th century. More than 170 years have passed and Barrie has been without a museum — until now. The Barrie Historical Archive exists to celebrate and preserve its rich history by telling your story through digital media. The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content. We are on a mission to preserve, protect and promote your story and the story of those who have built our great city into what it is today.

Recent Work by Mary

<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Abbeyleix, the early years (Part 1)

REMEMBER THIS: Abbeyleix, the early years (Part 1)

Estate on St. Vincent Street 'has disappeared into the mists of time like some kind of lost civilization'
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Change comes to commercial laundry (Pt. 2)

REMEMBER THIS: Change comes to commercial laundry (Pt. 2)

Men from rural China came ready to work hard but found themselves unwanted by most employers. Their solution was self-employment in the laundry business.
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Commercial laundry service comes to Barrie

REMEMBER THIS: Commercial laundry service comes to Barrie

After seeing nearby Collingwood get steam laundry in 1886, the service eventually made its way to Barrie as well in the following years
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Coal business rose from ashes of father-son rift

REMEMBER THIS: Coal business rose from ashes of father-son rift

“All kinds of coal, hard and soft, the best quality the market affords and direct from the mines by rail, at very low rates, and delivered in any part of the town": ad from 1880
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Fruit cake and the English baker

REMEMBER THIS: Fruit cake and the English baker

William Edmonson’s elaborately decorated cakes were legendary about town, but none compared to the grand, English-style fruit cake displayed in the bakery’s front window at Christmas of 1872
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Help always available around the holidays

REMEMBER THIS: Help always available around the holidays

Though Christmas Cheer in its current form dates back to 1970s, help was still available to those who needed it before the program began
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Santa Claus is (finally) coming to town

REMEMBER THIS: Santa Claus is (finally) coming to town

Inspired by the Toronto Santa Claus parade, Barrie's annual event began in 1949
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Soldier stories: The fortunate five — Part 2

REMEMBER THIS: Soldier stories: The fortunate five — Part 2

By early 1916, the Clayton brothers were fighting for their country, their comrades and their very lives in hellish locales in France and Belgium
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Soldier stories: The fortunate five — Part 1

REMEMBER THIS: Soldier stories: The fortunate five — Part 1

Clayton family experienced plenty of highs and lows in late 1800s and early 1900s
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Looking back on the Battle of the Somme

REMEMBER THIS: Looking back on the Battle of the Somme

'I’m afraid Dante’s Inferno is not a very good picture of hell compared to the Battle of the Somme,' a local soldier wrote in a letter back home