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Ottawa Past and Present

Starting with the exploration of the Grand (now Ottawa) River by Samuel Champlain the story moves along to the establishment of the first settlement of farmers by Philimon Wright and then to the selection of the Rideau River as the basis of the construction of the Rideau Canal. The enormous influence this canal construction project had on the development of the area can be appreciated when it is realized that it was then the longest canal in North America and was intended to provide a safe route for powered vessels to supply the military establishment in Kingston as a “lesson learned” from the war of 1812.

Mr. Ross's account is about the people as well as the events, and he manages to relate the names of many of the local pioneers, even when their part in events was relatively minor, making this a gold mine for those searching for signs of their ancestors part in the building of the area. Having established the outline of building the area’s community Mr Ross then goes on to provide a chapter each on important topics such as: Churches & Schools, Doctors & Hospitals, Newspapers & Libraries, Lumbering, Railways, "Events" and "Milestones." The concluding chapter is an appreciation of the city of Ottawa as it stood shortly before the book's publication in 1927.

The Author provides a 15 page index to his work which is estimated to provide reference for approximately 850 people's names. Even with such a complete index our search-ability features will still be a great asset in speeding up your access to the gold mine of historical and genealogical information contained in this fascinating history. The FastFind feature has also been enabled on this CD.

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ISBN: 978-1-897405-15-4

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Product Number: CA0260
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