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These are glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: reproduced snippets of news items and notices describing the old, as if it were new.

From the Archives: Tells About Conditions in Ottawa South in 1909

Old Time Stuff, by Earl G. Wilson, was a regular feature of the Ottawa Citizen for many years. This O.T.S. article transcribed here is from the Ottawa Citizen June 16, 1939. Tells About Conditions In Ottawa South Back in 1909 Some of the people presently residing in that thickly populated section of Ottawa South west of the Bank street, between Sunnyside and Cameron, will hardly credit the statement that thirty years ago a road ran across country from the corner of Sunnyside and Seneca to Billings Bridge. This interesting fact is divulged by Mr. William Kippen, who has resided on Seneca street, near the corner of Sunnyside since 1909.
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From the Archives: Whither "Ottawa South"

In the 1990s the burgeoning development of South Ottawa, in areas such as Hunt Club and Greenboro, triggered a move to distinguish Ottawa South from other parts of the the city by changing the neighbourhood name to 'Old Ottawa South'.
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From the Archives: Roman Catholic Parish Created South of the Canal

From the Ottawa Citizen Tuesday, November 12, 1929, the creation of a Catholic parish in Ottawa South. The Catholic diocese subsequently purchased the former Calvin Church on Sunnyside at Fairbairn for St. Margaret Mary's Church. Father A.E. Armstrong Appointed Parish Priest and Will Start Organization Work at Once Roman Catholic residents of Ottawa South have been granted a parish. It was announced yesterday by His Grace Archbishop William Forbes. Some two years ago a petition was forwarded to the archibishop's palace requesting a new parish in this district.
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From the Archives: Opening Services Calvin Presbyterian

From the Ottawa Citizen Monday, December 21, 1914: inauguration of the Calvin Presbyterian Church on Sunnyside at Fairbairn.The property was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese when the Calvin Church joined with Ottawa South Methodist Church to form Southminter United. The building now houses St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Congregation in Ottawa South Hold Services in Handsome New Edifice
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Billings Bridge Sketch 1877

The Archives of Ontario has collected and preserved many works by Anne Langton (1804–1896), artist and pioneer settler in Upper Canada, including this charming depiction of the area along the Rideau River by Billings Bridge.
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