Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | July 6, 2016

Cornwall’s Historic Water Fountains.

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A horse fountain at 4th and Pitt Street, presented to the Town of Cornwall by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, (WCTU) in 1908.

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Water drinking fountain, Central (Horovitz) Park.

In 1900, the W.C.T.U. joined forces with the King’s Daughters and donated a fountain to the town in honour of Jennie MacArthur in Central Park.  A second of four fountains was placed in front of the Court House in memory of Judge J.F. Pringle.

As Cornwall entered the 20th century “dry” or alcohol free, the boys and men had to do the best they could with free, legal, refreshing water.

The September 17, 1909 edition of the Cornwall “Standard” reported:

“The water was turned on at the new drinking fountain at the Post Office Cornwall (Pitt and 2nd)…and is now available for quenching the thirst of both man and beast.  The new fountain, which replaces the one that has done service for a number of years, was presented to the town by the ladies of the W.C.T.U., who are having one placed at the North End, on Pitt St.  The new fountain is larger and  of more ornate design.  The ladies of the W.C.T.U. are entitled to the thanks of the community for their thoughtful and generous gift.

This is an example of the nature of material in archives at the Cornwall Community Museum.

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