Family histories online
Family stories written by Whitewater Historical Society
Billy and Iva Oates. By
Lianne Oates (1st prize, 2008)
Bidgood and Tillie Lingstrum. By Patti Desjardins (2nd prize, 2008)
John Anderson and Margaret McLellan.
By Mary White (3rd prize, 2008)
Billy and Iva
Oates. By Karen Bell
Dougherty and Marjorie Howard. By Eleanor Mclaughlin
Quebec Girl. By Bob Grylls
Places of Interest. Self-guided tours of Whitewater
Although Ross Museum is only open from late June to early
September, our history is available year-round for those who wish to tour the
region. Please print any of our self-guided maps and places of interest and
take them with you in your car or on your bicycle.
Enter Places of Interest
Ross Museum content in the Virtual Museum of
Plowing a Furrow to Victory documents the history of plows,
focusing on one plow in particular, the "Fleury #53 Scotch Thistle" walking
plow, which was donated to the Ross Museum in 1999. Also told is the story of a
young man, Harris S. Brown, from Westmeath Township, Ontario, Canada, who in
1896 and 1900, used this plow with his team of horses to win prizes at two
major plowing matches.
The importance of horses in pioneer days, as well as the
capabilities and care of horses and work done by horsepower, is emphasized
throughout this exhibit. The roles of horses and plows in competition at
international plowing matches is also presented, as these matches and rural
expos continue to the present day. Five generations of the Brown family were
documented by the great great granddaughter of the first settler on the Brown
homestead. Some of the stories she recorded are included in the exhibit and
tell of additional accomplishments of this remarkable family.
See more on the Virtual Museums