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 866 <strong>History of the Family Name</strong>
866 History of the Family Name
Excerpt from "The House Belongs To The Government" by G. Kent Gooderham
published by George C.K. Gooderham
 
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1740-1832 Our Gooderham Homestead is a Heritage Listed Building
1740-1832 Our Gooderham Homestead is a Heritage Listed Building
This story describes how we found our Gooderham homestead in Scole, England. Not only did our three ancestors grow up here, their father James Gooderham did too and so did his father, John, perhaps from the time he married Elizabeth Cobb around 1740.
 
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1802 <strong>William Gooderham’s Early Years in England</strong>
1802 William Gooderham’s Early Years in England
William's youth until emigrating from England. Describes his army career with the Royal York Rangers including his work as a remittance man, apparently the source of his wealth.
 
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1831 <strong>The Adventure Begins</strong>
1831 The Adventure Begins
By Douglas Worts
The motivating origins for the move to Canada and the family partnership.
 
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1831 Where are the Journals of James Worts?
1831 Where are the Journals of James Worts?
This story describes two journals written by James Worts, used as source material by E.B. Shuttleworth in The Windmill and Its Times about the Distillery. But what happened to the first journal and what stories of our beginnings in Canada have we lost with the journal's disappearance.
 
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1834 <strong>This is a Yankee Place</strong>
1834 This is a Yankee Place
A story about selling wheat to the Gooderham Mill.

Excerpt from Landmarks of Toronto
by John Ross Robertson
Publication date 1894-1914
 
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1837 <strong> Mr. Cawthra's Bags of Gold</strong>
1837 Mr. Cawthra's Bags of Gold
According to Louisa Gooderham Walker Score, during the rebellion, the mill was used to store articles of value and “Mr. Cawthra’s bags of gold”
 
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1844 <strong> The First Babies Christened in Little Trinity Church</strong>
1844 The First Babies Christened in Little Trinity Church
Little Trinity Church was supported by members of the Gooderham and Worts families from its earliest days and contributed heavily to both World Wars.
 
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1846 <strong>Twenty-Nine Children in William and Harriet Gooderham’s Care</strong>
1846 Twenty-Nine Children in William and Harriet Gooderham’s Care
After tragedy struck the Worts family, William and Harriet Gooderham had 29 children under their roof
 
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1854 Letters to William Henry Beatty from his father James Beatty (father-in-law of Charlotte Louisa (Worts) Beatty)
1854 Letters to William Henry Beatty from his father James Beatty (father-in-law of Charlotte Louisa (Worts) Beatty)
Now and then we are lucky enough to stumble on a detailed account that a settler has left for posterity. James Beatty, the father of William Henry Beatty and the father-in-law of Charlotte Louisa (Worts) Beatty, left just such an account. Written in September, 1854, the account takes the form of a series of letters written to his son William Henry...describing his very eventful and difficult life.
 
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1863 William Henry Beatty established Beatty and Chadwick which became the principal law firm to the Gooderham and Worts empire
1863 William Henry Beatty established Beatty and Chadwick which became the principal law firm to the Gooderham and Worts empire
 
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1864 A Run on the Bank of Toronto
1864 A Run on the Bank of Toronto
A Story by J.W. L. Forster, a painter who painted William Gooderham Sr and Jr and William George Gooderham. The story is based on a tale told by William Sr as he sat for the portrait.
 
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1868 The Fence around Osgoode Hall
1868 The Fence around Osgoode Hall
Osgoode Hall is surrounded by an intricate iron fence that runs the length of Queen Street. In 1868 the ornate fence was completed. It was built by William Gooderham's son, Henry's father-in-law, William Hamilton.
 
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1869 Great Fire of ‘69
1869 Great Fire of ‘69
At six o’clock on Tuesday, October 26, 1869 – just as William Gooderham and his family were sitting down for dinner (or “tea”) – a small cask of benzene caught fire and exploded in the fermenting cellar of his 1860 Stone Distillery, precipitating a night of high drama by the Lake.

Sally Gibson, The Distillery Archivist tells this tale...
 
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1873 How the Town of Gooderham Got its Name
1873 How the Town of Gooderham Got its Name
If you celebrated the way the fine citizens of Gooderham, Ontario did (or so the story goes) perhaps you too would want to rename your home town after the source of your merry making. Or did that really happen?
 
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1879 A Sad Railway Accident
1879 A Sad Railway Accident
A sad railway accident occurred near Toronto resulting in the death of James Gooderham, son of William Gooderham.
 
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1880 Tons of Cow Poop
1880 Tons of Cow Poop
Gooderham began fattening cattle and hogs in the late 1830s, and by 1841 he had established a large dairy on a nine acre site between Trinity and Cherry Streets, across from the mill.
 
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1881 Toronto Island Connections
1881 Toronto Island Connections
By the 1880s, the successful distillers appeared to have more leisure time to enjoy. Although founding partner William Gooderham, who died in 1881, does not appear to have been a yachtsman, his sons and descendants ranked among some of the keenest and most successful of Toronto’s sailors.
 
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1885 and 1911 Military and Musical Interests of Sir Albert E. Gooderham
1885 and 1911 Military and Musical Interests of Sir Albert E. Gooderham
Article describing Sir Albert E. Gooderham's involvement with the Royal Grenadiers and with the advancement of musical institutions including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
 
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1885 The race across the lake in a terrible storm to stop the fire
1885 The race across the lake in a terrible storm to stop the fire
In 1885, the Oriole was in Niagara with her owner, George Gooderham aboard when the Esplanade fire threatened the Gooderham family distillery and elevator. The flames were visible across the lake and Oriole dashed for home, driven by an easterly gale. In mid-lake, she opened up and barely made the north shore, never to sail again as George ordered her career brought to an honourable close.
 
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1891 The Gooderham Building
1891 The Gooderham Building
History of the Gooderham Building in Toronto and the surrounding area. Bruce Bell describes the growth of early Toronto from its humble beginnings to the building of the Bank of Toronto and The Gooderham building (also known as the Flatiron building) at Church and Wellington Streets. Built by George Gooderham as offices to manage the growing enterprises in which Gooderhams were engaged.
 
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1891-1906 “They Play Too Rough” – Growing Up at 504 Jarvis Street
1891-1906 “They Play Too Rough” – Growing Up at 504 Jarvis Street
About growing up in the house that George Horace built at 504 Jarvis St., Toronto
 
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1897 Christmas at Waveney
1897 Christmas at Waveney
Describing Xmas for the grandchildren at George Gooderham's home Waveney (now the York Club) at St. George St. and Bloor.
 
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1903 Tunnels Under the King Edward Hotel and Gooderham Building?
1903 Tunnels Under the King Edward Hotel and Gooderham Building?
Tunnels are rumoured to exist under 1903 Tunnels Under the King Edward Hotel and Gooderham Building. True or false?
 
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1915 Sir Albert E. Gooderham was instrumental in creating Connaught Labs
1915 Sir Albert E. Gooderham was instrumental in creating Connaught Labs
In early 1915, Gooderham pledged funds to upgrade the original Antitoxin Laboratory and then acquired a large abandoned farm property north of the city. He proceeded to equip it with new buildings (buildings #3 and #4) that also enabled smallpox vaccine production, and pledged to donate it all to the university.
 
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1922 Sir Albert Gooderham’s Contribution to the Insulin Story
1922 Sir Albert Gooderham’s Contribution to the Insulin Story
Banting, Best, and Macleod each had their own understandings of the contributions leading to the discovery of insulin. Colonel Albert Gooderham, prominent member of the Board of Governors, patron of the Connaught Laboratories, and chairman of the Insulin Committee, sought to sort it out.
 
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1940 A Glimpse of Christmas Past
1940 A Glimpse of Christmas Past
Helen Younder, our Ezekiel administrator, shares this month's featured story and photo to give us a taste of a Gooderham Christmas. Her grandfather, William Ezekiel Gooderham, told this story in 1958 to Doris McPherson, author of A Glimpse of Christmas Past. He and wife May (Mary Jane) are captured in a charming photo while out for a sleigh ride.