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Patricia Kortland.

Erin (ON), Boston Mills Press, c1983.
(Credit Valley series #20).
60pp, paper, $9.95.
ISBN 0-919822-67-3.

Grades 10 and up.
Reviewed by Ruth Rausa.

Volume 12 Number 3
1984 May

By combing through old copies of the Erin Advocate and Hillsburgh Beaver and by conversing with townspeople and farmers alike over cups of tea, Patricia Kortland has put together a detailed, yet readable, history of Hillsburgh. "What and where is Hillsburgh?," you ask. This tiny town remains, according to the author, a farm service centre and is located thirty miles west of downtown Toronto in the Credit River Valley. It was in 1820 that Nathaniel Roszel came to settle the piece of property he received for services rendered during the War of 1812. Within a few years, the Hows, the Henshaws, the Wheelers, and the Burts had settled in the area. It is the story of these settlers and those who followed-the people-that gives this book its appeal.

The book is divided into eight chapters, each section covering a subject such as "The Doctors," "The Businessmen," and "Tales Out of School." A "Did You Know" section tantalizes us with bits of trivia such as the fact that "Edward How's wife and Timothy Baton's wife were sisters" and that "the Hillsburgh Fire Department was opened officially in the fall of 1972." The text is enhanced by dozens of old black-and-white photographs that include pictures such as the three lovely Reed girls circa 1900 and the wedding picture taken of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Huxley in 1881. Also included are old maps of the area and excerpts from local newspapers.

One major flaw of the book is the absence of a name index. For those attempting to trace their family roots, this feature would be most useful, especially since Hillsburgh's Heyday will probably appeal to those who have a special interest in the area or who are die-hard Canadiana fans.

Ruth Rausa, Toronto, ON.
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