Thursday, July 20, 2017

Colonel Edward Jessup Plaque

The plaque commemorating Prescott's founder, Colonel Edward Jessup, stands on the site of Fort Wellington north of King Street East between Vankoughnet Street and Russel Street in Prescott, Ontario.




COL. EDWARD JESSUP 1735-1816
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he foreited 500,000 acres near Albany, New York, by taking up arms for the King on the outbreak of the American Revolution. He raised the Loyal (Jessup's) Rangers and served under Burgoyne. This corps was disbanded at the end of the war, its members settling in the present Leeds and Grenville Counties, and on the Bay of Quinte. In return for his services, Jessup received extensive lands from the Crown. In 1810 a townsite was surveyed on this grant which he named after Robert Prescott, Governor-in-chief of Canada, 1797-1807.
Erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Prescott Cenotaph

The Prescott Cenotaph occupies a place just south of the Fort Wellington visitors parking lot east of Vankoughnet Street and North of King Street East in Prescott, Ontario.







First World War Memorial Poppy Garden
In memory of those who gave their lives in the Great War
1914-1918
From you, the torch we catch and hold it high.
We shall never break faith with those who've died.
May you rest in peace as these poppies grow.

LEST WE FORGET













WORLD WAR I
1914 — 1918

ARTHUR E. BAKER
HOWARD BAKER
PHILIP V. BLACKLOCK
CECIL BOVAIRD
WARD W. BURKE
JOHN H. DAVY
JACOB S. DOYLE
G. HARVEY EWART
IRA H. GLASGOW
ALBERT HURLBERT
ROYAL W. KINGSTON
E. WILLIAM LANE
ROY LINDSAY

JOHN A. MACDONALD
HAROLD P. MACGREGOR
CHARLES H. O'LEARY
GUY C. O'SHEA
GEORGE PATTERSON
JAMES PETERSON
WILLIAM ROBINSON
WILLIAM F. SHARPE
HARRY J. SMITH
JOHN R. W. TYNER
STANLEY W. WARD
WILFRED L. WHITE

WORLD WAR II
1939 — 1945

KENNETH N. ARTHURS
RALPH ARTHURS
JOHN BRYTAN
CARL DIETSCHWEILER
GERALD R. EGAN
FREDERICK W. FISHER
MAURICE P. HALPIN
FRANK C. MILLER
GEORGE MILLER
LAWRENCE G. MILLER
JOHN H. MORRIS
A. BARCLAY NEWSOME
ELWOOD POMEROY

THOMAS P. QUINN
ARNOLD RUNNING
ROBERT L. SCOTT
GUY SHAVER
BOWMAN SPERO
GORDON SUTTON
GRENVILLE SWAN
ARTHUR TINDAL
CLARENCE VICKERY
WILLIAM G. VICKERY
ROBERT WEBB
CARL WHITNEY
ALTON J. O'NEIL

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

KOREA
1950 — 1953




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bytown and Prescott Railway Company Plaque

In Prescott, Ontario, a plaque commemorating the Bytown and Prescott Railway stands south of King Street East and west of Russel Street across from Fort Wellington.




BYTOWN AND PRESCOTT RAILWAY COMPANY 1850
This company, incorporated in 1850, built a railway from Prescott to Bytown (Ottawa) for the shipment of lumber and farm products to the markets in the north-eastern United States and Montreal. Substantial funds were raised at Bytown, Prescott and other municipalities along the line. In 1851 Walter Shanly, Chief Engineer, started construction, and a train first ran from Prescott to Bytown on Christmas Day, 1854. The railway, renamed the Ottawa and Prescott in 1855, was the first to serve the nation's future capital, giving it access to the St. Lawrence River and the Grand Trunk Railway. In 1867 it became the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway and in 1884 was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway for 999 years.
Erected by the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board,
Department of Public Records and Archives of Ontario




Monday, July 10, 2017

Prescott Barracks and Hospital

In Prescott, Ontario, a stone fronted building on the east side of East Street and about midway between Dibble Street East and Henry Street East, has a plaque standing nearby, south of it, explaining its provenance.





PRESCOTT BARRACKS AND HOSPITAL

The front portion of this structure, one of the earliest surviving military buildings in Ontario, was constructed as a residence about 1810 by Colonel Edward Jessup, the founder of Prescott. Following the outbreak of the War of 1812, the stone house was appropriated for use as a barracks by local militia and, later, British regulars. It was soon enclosed within a stockade with other buildings, including a log schoolhouse also converted for barracks. Although a fort was completed nearby in 1814, the Jessup building continued to form part of the strategically located Prescott garrison. Between 1815 and 1817 it served as a combined hospital and barracks store, and in 1823 the British force purchased the house from the Jessup family.

ERECTED BU THE ONTARIO HERITAGE FOUNDATION,
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND RECREATION





Thursday, July 06, 2017

Ray & Eleanor Mills U.E.L. Bench

A bench memorializing Ray and Eleanor Mills occupies a place in Caroline's Garden, in Millennium Park, on the northeast corner of County Roads 2 and 16, in Johnstown, Ontario.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF
RAY & ELEANOR MILLS U.E.L.
DONATED BY THE LAWLESS FAMILY



Monday, July 03, 2017

First Court House and Gaol Plaque

A plaque commemorating Eastern Ontario's first court house and gaol, stands in Millennium Park on the northeast corner of County Road 16 and County Road 2 in Johnstown, Ontario. Visitors will find the plaque in the park at the western edge of Caroline's Garden.



Eastern Ontario's first Court House and Gaol was constructed on the waterfront south of this site between 1795 and 1797. The complex included a chamber for the District Court on the upper floor as well as cells and a room for the jailer on the lower level. Later a pillory and stocks were erected next to the Court House. The entire area was enclosed with a picket fence constructed with cedar posts eight feet high. In 1810 the Court and Gaol were moved to new facilities in Brockville, despite the vehement protest of the Johnstown citizens. The structure later served as a place of public worship and as a barracks and gaol during the War of 1812. It fell into a state of disrepair and eventually burned to the ground in 1875.

ERECTED BY THE GRENVILLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ONTARIO HERITAGE FOUNDATION
AND SOUTH EDWARDSBURGH RECREATION ASSOCIATION