Author: Fred Robbins, Stouffville Historian

Joel Baker home: 6096 Main St.

Stouffville Main Street brings history to life with many of its homes that were built in the 19th century. One example is the former home of Joel Baker, at 6096 Main Street. The fine orange brick home with its many chimneys and fancy corners stands at the intersection of William St. and Main St. The residence was on Lot 9 Plan 35 and built 1884. It became the home of Joel Baker who retired there in 1885. The assessment in 1884 was $250 for the 2/5 acre lot. By 1885, the value had increased to $1200, which would likely...

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History of 72 Church Street

As you stand on the oldest street in town and dream of days early in its history, the features of this building take one’s breath away. While looking at the structure, you notice many of the details. The foundation has squared granite fieldstone which shows the high level of craftsmanship. The deep red brickwork has features that show skill in the work done by having brick banding and corbelling around the windows. The front entrance is a bold statement. As you approach the home, a double story with a roofed porch is highly decorated with gingerbread and sculptured boards...

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From fridges to automobiles: Mole Motors was a booming business

Alfred Mole chose 5991 Main Street in Stouffville to open a garage for Mole Motors Limited. This was after he had a car business in Brampton in 1942. His newly constructed two-bay garage included gas pumps on the north side of the building facing Main St. He was an agent for Dodge – DeSoto cars. He also carried Supertest gasoline and oils along with Dunlop tires and tubes. He opened the local garage in 1946. Mole had a small house on the south portion built during the summer of 1946 to house his mechanics. Business was going well and...

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6465 Main St.     

Tannery Lot east side, part of Plan51. This home was referred to as the “Flint home”. It was built c.1875 for John B. Flint the son of George Flint. The Flint Foundry was next door. The foundry was where the famous revolving horse –rake was manufactured. It could pull and thresh green peas in a single operation. What a technological advance! This piece of agricultural equipment was the winner of first prize at the Provincial Exhibition, 1868. John B. Flint was the son of George and Mary Rose (Teed) Flint. He was born in Rochester, New York on July...

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Killed in Action

Part Two for Summitview Public School history “Killed in Action” were words used in 1917 about the Stouffville Boys who gave their lives in the Great War. The boys were former students at Summitview when it was called Stouffville Public and Continuation School. The village of Stouffville was well connected and the grief was felt by a large community of people, some related and some neighbours. It was a very sad day when those words were said. The boys who volunteered for the front faced hard times early on in the war. Private Thomas Egbert “Bert” Trull, died in...

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