Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 26, 2017

Brintston, South Dundas, (Matilda Township), Ontario

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According to historian Smyth Carter in 1905:

“Brinston’s Corners, a small inland village, owes its birth to the construction of the Matilda plank road, when a sawmill was built here by Messrs. McDonell and Brouse to obtain plank for a new highway.  Soon a few shops, residences, etc. were erected and the “Corners” became a sort of a commercial centre for northern Matilda.  George Barton was a pioneer merchant here.  He also kept a hotel.”

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Postcard circa 1905.

“He was succeeded by Thomas Brinston, in honour of whom the post office (opened in 1873) was named.  The first postmaster, Charles Locke, still serves in that capacity.  Long ago a carriage shop was opened by R. Whoolery, while the Knights of St. Crispin were represented by J. Beattie, G. Beattie, and P. Utman.”

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Postcard circa 1905.

“Charles Locke built the first blacksmith shop, and disposed of it to J.W. Gilson. ”

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The same view in 2005.

“The village at present includes medical practitioner George Collison, merchants J. Jackson, T. Hamilton and A. Redmond; blacksmiths C. I. Gilson and R. Cooper; barber C.I. Gilson; gristmill, operated by Michael Ault; carriage maker, P. Bush; two public halls; a cheese factory, Methodist church and telegraph office.  Being situated on the Iroquois-South Mountain stage line, Brinston has a daily mail service.”

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