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April 29, 2015

Cold Creek Lumber Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:10 am
Cold Creek Lumber Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Cold Creek Lumber Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

While visiting the Stockdale Mill in Frankford, I noticed this abandoned lumber mill on the other side of Cold Creek and thought it has some wonderful weathered texture. I have no information about it, not even it’s actual name.
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Ontario's Old Mills

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  1. Great looking building, and I love the processing on this.

    Comment by holdingmoments — July 10, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  2. Hello,

    My great grandmother’s cousin, John Williamson, and his wife, Cordelia Cooney Williamson, operated this mill from around 1890 until the early decades of the 20th century. John and Cordelia were married in Marmora in 1892.

    John Williamson was the son of Robert Williamson and Mary Evo; Mary Evo’s sister Eleanor was my great great grandmother.

    Thomas Evo and his wife Jane Clemmons (or Clement) migrated from Lower Canada to Hastings county sometime in the 1830’s, settling in the Madoc area. They had five children: Margaret, Eleanor, Mary, George and William. Only Margaret and Mary lived out their days in Madoc. Eleanor and her husband Richard W. Bibby emigrated with their infant daughter Sarah Ann (my great grandmother) to England in 1859. (Sarah Ann returned to Canada with her own children in 1911.) The two boys, George and William, emigrated to Tuscola, Michigan in the 1870’s. Many of their descendants continue to live in central Michigan.

    Margaret Evo Rollins,her husband Samuel, and their many children continued to make significant contributions to the development of Madoc. Mary Evo Williamson and her husband Robert continued farming in North Hastings as did their son Henry. John operated the saw mill and possibly the grist mill at Stockdale. I know little about the eldest son Thomas, although he did marry Mary Alice Stevenson at Crookston in 1902.

    I trust that some of this information will be of interest to you.

    Comment by Murray Richardson — November 10, 2012 @ 10:23 am

  3. My great great grandfather Stephen Snider worked at this mill.

    Comment by Shane Snider — November 19, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  4. Thank you Shane!

    Comment by Harold — November 20, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  5. My grandfather, Walter E. Twiddy, bought this sawmill from John Williamson in 1919, and it has been in the family ever since. My father, Richard W. Twiddy, bought it from his dad in 1946 or 1947, and then my brother, Walter B. Twiddy, bought it from our dad, and still owns it. I grew up at that property, and another brother still lives there in the family home. As far as I know, it is still called the Stockdale Sawmill, or, locally, the Twiddy Sawmill.

    Comment by Elizabeth Russell — December 1, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

  6. Thanks, that’s very interesting

    Comment by Harold — December 2, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

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