ENGLEHART, ON, July 26 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the
Englehart Centennial Committee and the Town of Englehart unveiled a provincial
plaque commemorating the founding of Englehart. This unveiling is part of
celebrations marking the town's 100th anniversary.
"With the town's centennial this year, it is a fitting time to
commemorate Englehart's beginnings," said The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander,
Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "This is one of the many stories that
the Provincial Plaque Program is helping to tell across Ontario."
In 1902, with its focus on northern development, the provincial
government announced plans for a railway from North Bay to New Liskeard. The
Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway (T. & N.O.) would open the north to
agricultural settlement and provide access to the area's natural resources. By
1905, it had reached New Liskeard, when Jacob (Jake) Englehart - a successful
entrepreneur in the developing oil industry and a founder of Imperial Oil Ltd.
- was appointed to the commission in charge of the T. & N.O.
"This provincial plaque is a wonderful way to celebrate both Englehart's
100th anniversary and its unique heritage as an important transportation hub
in northern Ontario," said Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay.
Jake Englehart soon became chair of the railway commission, a position he
would hold for 13 years. Under his leadership, the railway pressed northward.
When it reached the Blanche River or White River (now the Englehart River)
engineers faced the challenge of building the line's first major bridge to
cross the gorge. The construction project brought men and equipment, which
attracted services and amenities, and soon a community began to take shape.
"To be receiving a plaque for 'The Founding of Englehart' 100 years after
the town's incorporation is a great honour," said Nina Wallace, Mayor of
Englehart. "We are very proud of our ancestors who built a community that
became an important centre for railroad activity during the early development
of northern Ontario. We are grateful to all the individuals involved in
acquiring the plaque, especially to our town historian, Bud Colquhoun, who has
dedicated much time and energy in preserving the history of the town and its
Initially referred to as White River Crossing, the new community became a
divisional point on the railway in 1906. Shortly afterwards, the first calls
were made to incorporate it as a town and the name Englehart was chosen - in
honour of Jake Englehart. In January 1908, Englehart was proclaimed a town and
the first mayor and council took office.
This unveiling is part of the Trust's Provincial Plaque Program that
commemorates significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since
1953, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.
The Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario, dedicated to
identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.
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