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Old Ottawa South Community Association

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Digging up the Dirt on 'Old' Ottawa South

pa008805_smallAsk anyone who lives in Old Ottawa South and they are sure to say we live in the best darn neighborhood in Ottawa. Our unique homes, shops, school, community and recreation facilities, and natural features, all make our community a very attractive place to live. But, if you could travel back in time 100 years, what would you see? A charming, quiet rural community of farms, dirt roads, and a few shops and homes. Incredible changes have taken pace within a very short time. How did all these changes come about? What traces of the “old” Ottawa South can still be seen today?

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Our Community 100 Years Ago: A Sketch of Old Ottawa South in 1911

LAC_Woodside_PA-016818_smallWhat was happening in our part of the City around 1911? Who lived here? What were they concerned about? What local institutions were active?

As we celebrate the start of 2011, a look back at people, places and events of a century ago will give us a broader view of our progress.

Let’s start with “who”. The 1911 Census says 1,485 people were living in Ottawa South. There were 314 households, consisting of 280 married couples, 40 widows, and 20 widowers (but no divorcees). By comparison, Ottawa as a whole had a population of 90,520.

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Ottawa South 1911 Census Demographics

- 1911 CENSUS DATA for Sub-District Ottawa South -

Data from Archives Canada (30 pages total, each page as one file, with 50 records maximum per page).

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx

Data in both original (hand-written) format and transcribed format:

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/EnumerationDistrict.jsp?sdid=5712

Note that a few fields of interest are missing from the transcription, such as address, occupation, religion, nationality.

However, here are summary stats for Ottawa South provided by Statistics Canada.

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