“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Athens in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada ()

Athens Village History

formerly Farmersville, Athens Village incorporated 1890


Athens Township incorporated 2001

Athens Village History Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
1. Athens Village History Marker

Farmersville was named by its founder, Joshua Bates to honour farmers as the foundation of the community. Bates was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, politician, and a progressive Reformer who believed that education, and hard work would lead to prosperity. His belief in education and the Press as agents of change has coursed through Farmersville's history. In 1889 the population of 912 decided to take the name "Athens" since it now boasted a beautiful stone high school, a Model School that taught teachers, and a railway station. The strong sense of community begun by Bates carried on with village notables such as Crawf Slack, band leader and writer, and Bethuel Loverin. Crawf's paintings still sell today at premium prices. The Farmersville Reporter newspaper founded by Loverin documented the community's events and culture and served as a cornerstone of the community. Its pages, rich with history, served as the foundation for books by Chant - herself a long-time reporter for the paper. Innovative businesses have thrived here like the Fisher Carriage Works that sold over 100 buggies in 1884, and Jeffrey Boat Works that produced fine

Athens Village History Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
2. Athens Village History Marker
At the Town Hall
wooden runabouts for nearly 30 years. Lamb's Drugs sold their own patent medicines - fortified with whiskey - while Earl's Tin Ship [Shop?] sold special patented gas lights. Joshua Bates' values of community, education, and hard work live on here today.

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Turkey Fair c1910

The Fair was held in early December and attracted large crowds each year. At the left of this picture is the Gamble Hotel and, at the end of the street, the new Town Hall is seen with its high-peaked tower. The post office is not yet built.

Purcell's enclosed sleight bus which carried passengers to the train station at the north of town is seen at the lower center of the picture. The Central Block is nearly hidden by trees but can be distinguished by the curved feature in its roof line.

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Steam Equipment in Athens

Draught Horses & Children on the Farm

Central Block on Main St. in the background

Brockville-Westport Railway

North side of Main St., 1930s
(Central Block with distinctive arch detail at roof line)

Athens Model School

Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Can[a]da, 1911-1920
Opened the Model School in 1906

Crawf Slack, Artist, musician, poet

Masthead of the Farmersville Reporter

Bethuel Loverin, Founder,

Athens Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
3. Athens Town Hall
Farmersville Reporter

Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada,
1896-1911, Opened the Town Hall in 1905

Athens Town Hall

[Bottom center photo]
Edna B. Chant (1905-1989), Athens Historian
Erected 2013 by Athens & Area Heritage Society.
Location. 44° 37.544′ N, 75° 57.143′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (County Highway 5/42) and Elgin Street (County Highway 5/40), on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Main Street West, Athens, Ontario K0E 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joshua Bates (within shouting distance of this marker); First World War Memorial (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Main Street of Athens Looking East (about 180 meters away); The Brockville & Westport Railway (about 210 meters away); Vimy Oaks Legacy Tree (about 240 meters away); War Memorial (about 240 meters away); Former Murals (about 240 meters away); Farmersville Model School (about 240 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . .  Athens, Ontario at Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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