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Stories

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

Rideauville Residence

The photographer Henry Joseph Woodside lived in the part of Ottawa previously known as Rideauville. His extensive photo collection can be found at the Library and Archives Canada and includes many taken around the neighbourhood such as his house at 63 Aylmer Avenue. Credit: Henry Joseph Woodside/Library and Archives Canada/PA-016628
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Charles Hopewell

Did you know that Hopewell Avenue was named after Ottawa's mayor from 1909 to 1912 Charles Hopewell? After the suburb of Old Ottawa South was annexed into the city of Ottawa in 1907, Hopewell was instrumental in getting the streetcar line extended over the Bank Street bridge into the rapidly expanding neighbourhood. The streetcar ran along a route roughly the equivalent as today's #7 bus route. The school was built in 1910 but there had been a school on the site since the 1830s. Here's a bit more about his life and death and role in the nation's captial.
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Mayfair Marquee

Bed Bunnies & The Dirty Dolls on screen at the Mayfair Theatre circa 1975. Photo credit: City of Ottawa Archives CA-18896
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Memories of Sunnyside in the Thirties

When my parents moved from Grove to Sunnyside Avenue in 1930, I was seven years old. Our new home was built about 1912. It had a big verandah to play on, a balcony, real wood shutters, and a large wood stove in the kitchen. There were enough rooms so we three children each had one of our own. Dad had a study plus a garden full of perennials — what more could an Englishman want?
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City of Ottawa Funds Heritage Survey in Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa South History Project received some fantastic news in early March 2009: the City of Ottawa is awarding $6,000 toward our Heritage Survey project allowing us to hire a student this summer to conduct the detailed research and field work from May through August 2009. Now we need residents of Old Ottawa South to step forward as volunteers to assist with project activities, or as donors to help complete the fundraising. What is the Heritage Survey project?
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A Brief History: 916 Colonel By Drive

Adapted from a house profile written by Gill Magnan. The first settlers to Old Ottawa South arrived in 1814. Lewis Williams and family came from Wales to the wilds of Upper Canada in 1818. Lewis purchased the south half of Lot “K”, Broken Concession”C”, Township of Nepean, approximately 111 acres between what is now Main and Bronson. Another well known pioneer family, headed by Alexander Mutchmor, built a lovely stone homestead, Abbotsford House, some time between 1867/72 on what is now the southwest corner of Holmwood and Bank. Alex was a farmer and entrepreneur and formed many interesting business alliances, one of which was a partnership with his cousin John Garland; Garland, Mutchmor & Co. Financial Agencies and Real Estate.
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