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After crashing his plane in the tree tops of Camp Borden, head bandaged, Scotty McCaul was still able to dance that night so the story goes2021-11-12T23:08:16-05:00
A plane in a hanger at Base Borden2021-11-13T16:33:44-05:00
An aerial view of Camp Borden buildings2021-11-13T16:54:03-05:00
100 lb. H.E. W.W.1 bombs stacked for demolition about 2 miles from Lisle. L-R are Bourne, unidentified, Richardson, Clarke and Sabourin2021-11-12T22:46:02-05:00
Demolition of bombs from W.W.1. Left to Right – Sabourin, unideintified, Richardson, Lt. Harding and Clarke2021-11-12T22:52:36-05:00
World War I bomb demolition at Camp Borden2021-11-12T22:57:42-05:00
Flight Officer G.H. Stafford was killed when his plane crashed into a cottage on Camp Borden2021-11-12T23:54:13-05:00
M.T. Section C.F.B. Borden L-R Joe Gould, Bill Burr, Lloyd Coulson, Wilf Lawless, Bill Cousins and Tony Wheeler2021-11-12T23:14:52-05:00
The first rotary snow plough in Camp Borden2021-11-12T23:33:44-05:00
Camp Borden M.T. Section personnel (left to right) – Miscampbell, Bourne, Cooper, Perry and Nixon2021-11-12T22:29:58-05:00
A group of officers and airmen stand by a plane at Camp Borden2021-11-13T16:40:54-05:00
Rear view of ‘fleet’ aircraft in the early 1930’s at Camp Borden2021-11-13T17:57:13-05:00

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Past Forward: The Robert Simpson House

The name should be recognizable to students of local history and beer drinkers alike. This home at 30 Mary Street was built about 1874 for Robert Simpson, the first Mayor of Barrie... and a brewer. Simpson appears to have had a long relationship with the brewing business. In 1836, he [...]

Past Forward: The Emma King House

A true pioneer once lived in this home. Emma King was 3 years old when her parents Robert and Sarah King came to Canada from England, first farming in Oro for two years, then opening a bakery on Dunlop Street near the present day CIBC building. Starting as a substitute [...]

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