Historical Society of St. Catharines

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Archive for May, 2010

Merritt’s Birthday Commemoration – July 6

Posted by dsharron on May 3, 2010

The Historical Society will be celebrating William Hamilton Merritt’s birthday on Tuesday, July 6.  His actual birthday is July 3. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Merritt statue on St. Paul Street at the east end of the Burgoyne Bridge (opposite of the Cenotaph). It will include an appropriate history and reflection on the life and influence of Merritt followed by a short, historic excursion.

All are welcome to attend.

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34th Annual Oille Fountain Potting Ceremony

Posted by dsharron on May 3, 2010

The 34rd annual Oille Fountain Potting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of King and James Streets in St. Catharines.  This event commemorates the contribution to the well being of the citizens of St. Catharines through donation of the City’s first public drinking fountain in 1878 by Dr. Lucius Oille – the second mayor of the city and first chairman of the waterworks.  This gift marks the establishment of the city’s waterworks system in 1875-1876.  Descendants of the Oille family are invited to participate along with City representatives.

There will be a small ceremony followed by the planting of a geranium on the top of the fountain.

All are cordially welcome to come and take part in this tradition.

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