Hometown St.Thomas March 2022

St. Thomas, 1833 by Steve Peters

I have had a long interest in local history, and am an avid collector of “all things St. Thomas”. My primary focus is books, documents and photographs but artifacts also make up a large part of my collection. Over the years undertaking research, one of my keen interests has been to gather contemporary descriptions of St. Thomas. I have long liked the description that appeared in the St. Thomas Liberal on December 13, 1833. The Liberal was one of two newspapers published in the 1830’s, the other being the Journal . The author of the following sketch is not known. St. Thomas Village and Vicinity—There can be nothing so pleasing to the mind of a traveller, in passing through a new country as to see it rapidly improving on every side. And it must be gratifying to the minds of those who were the first settlers in a wilderness to find their prosperity yearly increasing in value, and wealth flowing in upon them. The Village of St. Thomas is pleasantly situated, in the centre of the countrywe have just described. It stands upon a sort of promontory; high and healthy; around which meanders the pure limped stream of Kettle Creek. The rapid improvement of the Village is truly surprising. Since the commencement of the present year, between forty and fifty substantial frame buildings have been erected, for various purposes; and several lots have been purchased with the intention of building on them next spring. Three years ago there were but two stores in the place, now there are eight; most of them extensive and all of them doing a good business---- There is one extensive brewery in the Village and another

Post Card Sent May 29th, 1912 showing Stanley Street

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