COUNTY OF GREY
By W. W. SMITH, Owen Sound.
Printed at the Globe Steam Press, 26 & 28 King Street East.
No attempt has heretofore been made to bring out a Directory for
the County of Grey, or to present in any public shape, a history and
description of the various townships and villages within its limits.
Such an attempt is now made; an attempt surrounded with many
difficulties, from the great extent and newness of the County, the
absence of any prior authority on the subject, and the present unusual
depression of business.
The Author has steadily kept two objects in view:-to depend on
no second-hand information,-and to make the contents so interesting
and descriptive as to justify the name of "Gazetteer," which he has
placed on the Title-page, and relieve the dryness generally supposed
to belong to books of this kind. To attain the first of these objects,
he has travelled many hundred miles through the County, during the
winter, personally visiting every township, town, village, hamlet, and
Post-office; the exceptions among the latter, he can count upon his
fingers. To make the historical sketches perfect, he has drawn upon
the recollections of many old settlers, and largely upon his own
literary gatherings, during a ten-years' residence in the County, the
majority of them in connection with the Press.
He trusts that the Book will be found very useful for the information
it contains, and as a work of reference. He has endeavoured to
omit nothing that has a name, in the County, and he believes that
in this respect-that of fulness and completeness, it is an improvement
on most works of the kind. To his subscribers, and to those
who have extended advertising patronage to the undertaking, the
Author presents his best thanks; and the latter will, he confidently
hopes, find the small venture they have made, a highly satisfactory one.
A few errors which have escaped the city proof-reader, and which
the Author's distance from the press prevented his correcting in time,
are noted in the errata.
William Wye Smith.
Owen Sound, April 1, 1865.
[Note- the errata have been corrected within the text. Bill Martin]
Bill Martin, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
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