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The Gooderham & Worts families emigrated from the Scole / Bungay area of England in the early 1830s, arriving in York, (now Toronto, Canada). First came James Worts, accompanied by his 13 year-old son, James Gooderham Worts. They built the windmill near the mouth of the Don River. They were followed in 1832 by William and Ezekiel Gooderham, their sister, Elizabeth (James Worts' wife) and 54 extended family members. Over the following 75 years, these families created the largest distillery in the world, as well as contributing to milling, banking, railways, shipping, farming and other essential components of the growing industrial country. They were active in the church and in various communities, as well as in health care and even in our political institutions. In 2013, descendants of the Gooderham and Worts families created an online website that includes a family tree with photos, documents and stories.


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1891-1906 “They Play Too Rough” – Growing Up at 504 Jarvis Street

Aunt Enid MacLauchlan, whose husband Peter was a grandson of George Horace Gooderham, heard that George Horace Gooderham admonished his children “Don’t play with those Massey boys – they play too rough”. The Massey’s lived just down the street from George Horace Gooderham’s home at 504 Jarvis Street, Toronto. The home was the subject of an architecture show in 2007 on Rogers TV called Structures.

504 Jarvis St. built by George Horace Gooderham

Aunt Enid also said, “It pleases me so much to learn that my mother in law was born here upstairs in the bedroom and then when we heard stories about her children, in fact, Henry Gooderham swung on the chandeliers in this house which is always interesting to know that and when you see the chandeliers and how beautifully the weight of them, the design of them, the strength of them, you would realize how a small boy would like to swing on one.”

To access the video about this beautifully preserved heritage house and other Gooderham buildings in Toronto click here:

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