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By Eleanor Darke

It really is tough for Todmorden turbines Museum viewers to visualize that this web site so with reference to the busy Don Valley freeway was domestic to a huge mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe well-known the commercial capability of this section of the Don River. via 1795 Skinner's sawmill used to be less than building, beginning an period of technological improvement that unfold past the valley of the Don into what was once then Muddy York. this day, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's commercial history and the spirit of the time. This useful neighborhood historical past confirms the importance of early generators and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed via Timothy Skinner, Parshall Terry, George Playter, William Helliwell and different settlers and marketers of Governor John Graves Simcoe's time and past. Eleanor Darke, assisted via Ian Wheal, provides us with an informative account of the folks, their lives and their artistic effect.

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Died in 1841 and his son (who survived him by only A Mill Should be Build Thereon: A History of Todmorden Mills 62 ten years) sold his father's share of the mill business to John Eastwood. Eastwood died November 17, 1850. One of his sons, Colin Skinner Eastwood, then aged twenty-six and acting as his father's executor, operated the paper mill until 1852. At that time Joseph Skinner pressed his longdeferred claim on the property stating that it should not have been sold while he was a minor. Records concerning the mill over the next three years are confusing.

A Mill Should be Build Thereon: A History of Todmorden Mills 46 Chapter 5 A SKINNER RETURNS ith the marriage of Rhoda Terry to William Cornell in 1809, management of the Don Mills was assumed by Rhoda's brother, Timothy Skinner, Jr. , then aged 42, had been married to Ann Lutz since 1800. ) In 1811, Timothy Sr. bought Isaiah's third share of the mill property, thus acquiring complete ownership. He then gave a two-third share to Timothy Jr. The upper saw and grist mills that had been built by Terry at the Forks of the Don were sold to David Secord, a relative of Laura Secord.

120 A race then began between James Crooks of West Flamboro and Eastwood and Skinner of the Don Mills, seeking to be the first to produce paper and win the award. Eastwood and Skinner added onto the old grist mill building in order to convert it into a paper mill and advertised for a tin pedlar to collect rags. They also made the following announcement in The Colonial Advocate concerning their intentions. Promissory note from William Lyon Mackenzie to John Eastwood. Both Eastwood and Skinner were Reform sympathizers before the Rebellion.

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