Hammond, Ontario, Canada
Located along the Canadian Pacific railway, the village is founded at the end of the XIX century. It was called “North Indian” at the time where Loyalists descendants started to live there during the years 1880-1890. It’s territory was divided in three: Bourget, Clarence and Sarsfield. The area counted many wood cutting sites and at one point, the forest was gradually replaced with rich agricultural land. The agricultural and commercial development grew with the arrival of the Atlantic Canada railway, which became Grand Tronc, and the Canadian Pacific towards 1896.
The post office opened its doors on December 1st 1895. While waiting for the church to be built in 1912, the religious celebrations were held in a modest chapel that became a school and finally, a community hall.
The fire of June 13 1914 is a historic event that destroyed a large part of the village. The flames were pushed by a strong wind and spread rapidly to neighborhood houses. The drought of the past weeks prior, fed the fire. It then reached a black earth field where it burnt for a month. Built again, the village was threatened by fire a second time in September 1941. The flames were circling the village. All the men from the village were volunteer firefighters and it is because of their hard work that the village was saved.
Four primary schools, two separate and two public, serve the parish children. Many francophone families settled in Hammond and today, it’s a thriving francophone community.
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