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"Chatham — The County Town of Kent, is advantageously situated on the River Thames, at the head of navigation, and is one of the most important towns on the Great Western Railway. Large quantities of grain and farm produce of every description, and stage and square timber, are exported from this place. The Churches are numerous, and handsomely constructed. The Merchants' and the Royal Canadian Banks have each established branches here. Chatham is also noted for its mechanical prosperity. There are three large flouring mills, viz : the Kent, City and Union Mills, two carding and woolen mills, the Chatham machine works of Messrs. Hyslop & Ronald, who manufacture reaping and mowing machines extensively, several other foundry and machine shops, tanneries, breweries and numerous saw mills, the manufacture of lumber is carried on here very extensively. The steamer Daminion plies regularly during the season of navigation between Chatham, Windsor and Detroit. Chatham is distant from Toronto, per Great Western Railway, 179 miles, from London 64, and from Hamilton 140. Daily stages to Morpeth, Wallaceburg, St. Thomas and Dresden. Port of Entry. Money order office and Savings' Bank. Population about 5,000."

The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data
Henry McEvoy
January 1, 1869
Robertson & Cook

"Chatham, the chief town of the county of Kent, Ontario, is situated on the river Thames, 67 miles by rail S.W. of London. It contains the county buildings, 8 churches, 2 printing-offices, 3 saw-mills, 5 grist-mills, 3 woollen-mills, 5 foundries, a planing-mill, pot- and pearl asheries, machine-shops, soap-, candle-, and other factories, a brewery and distillery, and numerous stores. A very extensive export trade is done in grain, pork, and other country produce, and in lumber, square timber, railroad ties, staves, and cord-wood. Pop. 5873."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Church of St. Joseph
184 Wellington St. W, Chatham, ONTARIO
Established 1850
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Victoria Avenue looking North, Chatham, Ont.

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  • 1850 - Church of St. Joseph established at Chatham
  • 1873
    CHATHAM, the chief town of the co. of Kent, Ont., is situated on the River Thames, and on the G. W. R., 67 miles S.W. of London. It has agencies of 3 ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Chatham, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Kent co., Ontario, is situated on the river Thames and on the Grand Trunk, the Canadian Pacific... Read MORE...

  • 1921 - Church of the Blessed Sacrament established at Chatham
  • News  1947 - ONTARIO FLOODS CLAIM SIX LIVES Chatham Is Under Water
    Peak Anxiously Awaited as Thames River Carries Boiling Waters to Lake St. Clair--River 19 2-3 Feet Above Normal and Millions of Dollars in... Read MORE...

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