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Dorr-Oliver-Long was integral part of Orillia's rich history

Dorr-Oliver-Long was integral part of Orillia's rich history

Local manufacturer was one of North America's leading suppliers of a variety of mining equipment for many years
Whiskey, 50 cents a gallon, meant need for a large local lockup

Whiskey, 50 cents a gallon, meant need for a large local lockup

The historic lockup, built in 1874, and Electric Station next door were torn down in 1962 — despite the protest of a large group of citizens
New Butternut Bread brand gave rise to parade <b>(4 photos)</b>

New Butternut Bread brand gave rise to parade (4 photos)

Dominion Bakery was located on Colborne Street and when it introduced bread 'rich as butter, sweet as a nut', the company organized a parade
Local plant was Canada's largest manufacturer of baby carriages

Local plant was Canada's largest manufacturer of baby carriages

Heywood Wakefield Company started in Tudhope building and expanded to new factory on Atherley Road, where the Lloyd Loom was kept busy
Devastating fire left key part of downtown Orillia in ruins

Devastating fire left key part of downtown Orillia in ruins

In the second of two-part series, we look back at 1909 blaze that razed Tudhope Carriage Works, several other businesses and homes and left many jobless
Tudhope fire of 1909 wiped out town's chief industry — briefly

Tudhope fire of 1909 wiped out town's chief industry — briefly

In the first of two-part series, we take a look back at two hours in time that sparked 'one of the greatest disasters in Orillia's manufacturing history'
Town gardeners found time to create beautiful displays

Town gardeners found time to create beautiful displays

A clock dial, planted in Roman numerals, was a popular annual display in the early 1920s at Couchiching Beach Park, thanks to a crew of talented gardeners
Santa Claus knew how to draw a crowd downtown ... even in 1946

Santa Claus knew how to draw a crowd downtown ... even in 1946

This postcard reflects Orillia's historic downtown and its colourful characters, gathering to greet Santa, from a bygone era
$3,500 land purchase in 1907 spawned Orillia's first hospital

$3,500 land purchase in 1907 spawned Orillia's first hospital

The property was high and dry and had good drainage ... and remains the home of what is now known as Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
Postcard shows how sparsely populated Orchard Point once was

Postcard shows how sparsely populated Orchard Point once was

This postcard from around 1910 shows the Orchard Point Inn and boathouse which had a large dance hall on the second floor overlooking the water