St Marys Ontario in the 19th Century
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From History of Perth County 1825-1902
by William Johnston, published in 1903

Not a more beautiful spot in the valley of the Thames could have been chosen for a town than that at Little Falls.   A triple descent over three ledges of rock, each from two to three feet in perpendicular height by the river whose volume in pioneer days was very great, formed a scene which, indeed must have been most impressive.   Its picturesque environment in these beautiful valleys, withdrawing north, south and east, must have formed a scene in dreamy October days so vast, so varied in its variegated colors, as to impress the first adventurers by its singular magnificence and splendour.

William Johnston lived in St Marys.   He was born in 1840 near Ayr, Scotland, came to Blanshard Township in 1869 and died in 1917.
North Thames River at St Marys Ont.

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