25 Trowbridge W.
Ontario Tourism Region : Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe
- Pop. 4,399. In St. Vincent T., Grey C., at the mouth of Big Head R. and Nottawasaga Bay (an inlet of Georgian Bay) and Hwy 26. and C. Rd. 12, 28 km. E of Owen Sound.
- Settled by David Miller after whose wife Peggy the place was first named Pegg's Landing. A nearby place was called Stephenson's Land- ing after an innkeeper named Stephenson, and there was much rivalry between the two places.
- In 1840 the post office was established as St. Vincent after Admiral Sir John Jervis, Earl St. Vincent, after whom the township was also named.
- In 1858 the town was named Meaford after Meaford Hall, the Staffordshire, England, estate of Lord St. Vincent. The Rt. Hon. Sir Lyman Poore Duff (1 865-1955) was a native of Meaford.
- He was an expert in constitutional law and held many appointments, including that of chief justice of Canada 1933-1944. The hero of a popular dog story is buried in Beautiful Joe Park on Victoria Crescent.
- During a visit to Meaford in the I 890s, Margaret Marshall Saunders heard from William Moore how he had rescued an abused dog from its cruel owner.
- She told the story in the novel Beautiful Joe, which by 1939 had been translated into 10 languages and sold seven million copies. Miss Saunders was awarded the C.B.E. for her contribution to securing humane treatment for animals.
- Postcards above used with permission from A Great Lakes Treasury of Old Postcards 2007 Lorenzo Marcolin, MD 176 pp. For Copies call the Huronia Museum 705 526 2844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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