[Laird History]

A Publication of
The Laird Centennial Celebration Committee

©1991, Laird Township


Website Introduction
The “Laird Chronicles” is a book published in 1991 as part of the Laird Centennial Celebration. It is the written history of the township and encompasses Laird’s first 100 years from 1891 to 1991. It is presented here on the Laird Heritage Centre’s website in its entirety as the book is no longer being published. In the words from the Epilogue:
It is hoped that all those who have read this book will remember with love and respect all those mentioned herein; will remember with pride and reflect on all the efforts and sacrifices made by them in shaping the progressive and prosperous township we have today in this year 1991 [and beyond].



This book is dedicated to those pioneers who braved all the formidable obstacles encountered in carving their homes and livelihoods out of the Algoma bushland.

The courage, faith, and indomitable spirit of these men and women should be a lesson in endurance to us all.

Their efforts, although unsung, have not been overlooked, and to them we pay tribute on this, the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of Laird Township, March 1991.

Much of the material for the contents found within, has been obtained through personal interviews with descendants, school records, newspaper articles and research carried out by others. We have all tried to authenticate where possible. Without access to the pioneers, themselves, we have had to rely on the memories of people in the area, and we apologize for any inaccuracies in our information. I extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to those who have assisted in any way.

Marjorie McDonald


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