History

In 2008, the Warwick History Township Committee put a great deal of time, energy and heart into the creation of the manuscript entitled The Township of Warwick: A Story Through Time. This sweeping history has been made available in its entirety in this virtual exhibit, along with additional photographs and research material that was not included in the original publication. Feel free to browse the book chapters below, and visit other pages in this virtual exhibit to explore photographs, videos, documents, and additional information about Warwick Township. You can also use the search functionality to look for material related to specific individuals, businesses, clubs, etc.

The original book covers Warwick Township from prehistoric times to budding nineteenth-century communities, through the First and Second World Wars and into the current day. It combines an interest in the development of urban and rural spaces with an emphasis on the stories behind individual families who have lived and thrived in Warwick Township.

This virtual exhibit was produced through a partnership between the Lambton County Archives and the Warwick Township History Committee. Please direct any questions or comments to archives@county-lambton.on.ca.

 

Table of Contents, Links to Original Book Chapters:

Introduction and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Scratching the Surface of Warwick Township (Geology)

Chapter 2: From Mastodon to Arrowhead (Prehistory)

Chapter 3: From Forest to Field (Early Years)

Chapter 4: To Everything There is a Season (Agriculture)

Chapter 5: From Cradle to Grave (Churches and Cemeteries)

Chapter 6: From Slate to Laptop (Education)

Chapter 7: Settlements from the Past (Birnam, Kingscourt, Saunders’ Corners, Wisbeach)

Chapter 8: “My Kona, Your Kona, Arkona” (Arkona)

Chapter 9: Forest Roots in Warwick (A Personal Tour)

Chapter 10: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained (Businesses)

Chapter 11: Watford, My Home Town (A Personal Tour)

Chapter 12: Responsible Government (Political Leadership)

Chapter 13: Sports in Pictures (Sports Activities)

Chapter 14: St. Clair Borderers (Military pre-World War I)

Chapter 15: My Home, My Palace (19th Century Domestic Architecture)

Chapter 16: Home Children (Little Immigrants)

Chapter 17: From Farm Field to Battlefield (World War I)

Chapter 18: Good Times in Bad Times (The Great Depression)

Chapter 19: Home Front to Battlefront (World War II)

Chapter 20: Dear Hearts and Gentle People (Social Activities and Organizations)

Chapter 21: Tires and Wires (Transportation and Communication)

Chapter 22: Overcoming Adversities (Natural Disasters, Accidents, Fires, Murders and Diseases)

Chapter 23: Recollections and Reflections (Miscellaneous Memories)

Chapter 24: The Ties That Bind (Family Histories)

Chapter 25: Capture Moments: One Last Look (Photos)