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Old shack, bought for $15, was home to prolific publishing duo

Old shack, bought for $15, was home to prolific publishing duo

Kenneth Wells wrote several books that were illustrated by his wife, Lucille Oille; The couple lived in The Owl Pen on a farm in Medonte
Dionne quintuplets fueled growth of service stations like Burnet's

Dionne quintuplets fueled growth of service stations like Burnet's

Orillia service station was one of 16 that were created as flood of people drove through Orillia en route to Quintland in northern Ontario
Orillia family opened one of Canada's first KFC franchises

Orillia family opened one of Canada's first KFC franchises

After fired razed downtown restaurant, Carters opened new restaurant at Sundial that featured a drive-thru KFC booth connected to the main kitchen
Charles Eplett had a major impact on Coldwater, Orillia in early 1900s

Charles Eplett had a major impact on Coldwater, Orillia in early 1900s

Eplett owned the mill in Coldwater, operated a farm, was a politician and owned Orillia's only enclosed ice rink, Eplett's Arena
Postcard provides interesting glimpse into previous century

Postcard provides interesting glimpse into previous century

It must have been an extremely hot day in 1909 to entice this fully clothed family to wade into the cool water at Lake Couchiching
Historic Central School is one of Orillia's oldest buildings

Historic Central School is one of Orillia's oldest buildings

The school opened in March of 1882 and was constructed at a cost of $12,000
Province purchased property for Ontario Hospital in 1885

Province purchased property for Ontario Hospital in 1885

By 1905, 40 acres were occupied by buildings, 20 in gardens, 35 cultivated as farm land and the remainder in pasture and bush; Property later became home of HRC
Cottages at Couchiching Inn provided lakeside fun for $20/week

Cottages at Couchiching Inn provided lakeside fun for $20/week

The site offered 'splendid safe sandy beach, tennis courts, shuffleboard, fishing and boating
Dwarf Village was a big hit among visitors in the '50s and '60s

Dwarf Village was a big hit among visitors in the '50s and '60s

Many area residents will likely remember the plywood cutouts of the Seven Dwarfs in front of the roadside cottage
Big Chief Lodge was a big hit soon after opening in 1927

Big Chief Lodge was a big hit soon after opening in 1927

A fire in 1933 razed the popular lodge, but owner Bert Cody rebuilt the lodge, using local fieldstone from a nearby farmer