The Former Townships

Rolph Township Rolph Township, along with McKay Township, is one of the oldest in the Upper Ottawa Valley. The township was founded in 1855 and named after the Honourable John Rolph, M.D, (pictured on left) widely renowned as the founder of the Toronto School of Medicine. Rolph was born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England in 1793Continue reading “The Former Townships”

Wee Bits of The Valley

Early Logging Logging was the first industry in the townships as noted by lumber Baron John Egan in a speech to the Lumbermen’s Association in 1851; “…Works such as “Dams’”and “Slides” were built on the Chalk River as early as 1838″. To accommodate the lumbermen in moving their logs down the Ottawa River, lumber companiesContinue reading “Wee Bits of The Valley”