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Cornwall in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Cornwall Orphanage / L'orphelinat de Cornwall

 
 
The Cornwall Orphanage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 11, 2019
1. The Cornwall Orphanage Marker
Inscription.  
English:
Following the death of John McMartin, his wife donated "Highland Manor" to the Sisters of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph to be used as an orphanage. In fact, many of the children were not orphans, but were placed with the Sisters temporarily as a respite for families experiencing hardship such as a death in the family or financial difficulties. Over the course of 30 years, the Nazareth Orphanage assisted more than 2,000 children.

John, eldest son of Allan and Catherine McDonald McMartin, was born in Glengarry County, Ontario. He married Mary Catherine McDougald in 1896, and by 1903 McMartin had established his family in Cornwall, naming their Italianate style home (at right) "Highland Manor". In 1908, he and his brother Duncan purchased the La Rose silver mine in Cobalt, Ontario, which became so successful that John was made president of La Rose Mines Consolidated. At his death in 1918, John McMartin was a multi-millionaire.

Français:
Suite au décès de John McMartin, son épouse fit don de Highland Manor aux Religieuses Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph pour en faire
Marker detail: John McMartin M.P.<br>(1859-1918) image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: John McMartin M.P.
(1859-1918)
un orphelinat. En réalité, nombre de ces enfants n'étaient pas des orphelins, mais furent placés auprès des sœurs pour se soustraire temporairement à des difficultés familiales, comme par exemple un décès ou des embarras financiers. Trente ans durant, l'orphelinat de Nazareth vint en aide à plus de 2,000 enfants.

John, fils aîné d'Allan et de Catherine McDonald McMartin vit le jour dans le comté de Glengarry en Ontario. Après avoir épousé Mary Catherine McDougald en 1896, McMartin installa sa famille à Cornwall en 1903, baptisant « Highland Manor » leur demeure de style italianisant (sur la droite). En 1908, il fit l'acquisition avec son frère Düncan de la mine d'argent de La Rose à Cobalt en Ontario, qui se révéla si prolifique que John fut nommé Président de La Rose Mines Consolidated. À sa mort en 1918, John McMartin était multimillionnaire.
Cornwall Historic Walking Tour
Tournée à pied du passé historique de Cornwall

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 45° 1.136′ N, 74° 43.61′ W. Marker is in Cornwall, Ontario, in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Second Street East and Sydney Street, on the left when traveling
Marker detail: The Fire of 1950 / Le Feu de 1950 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: The Fire of 1950 / Le Feu de 1950
English:
On Friday, May 4, 1950, the orphanage was destroyed by fire. Fortunately, most of the children were at school when the noon hour blaze broke out and the few youngsters remaining in the building were quickly evacuated. The cause of the fire was attributed to faulty electrical wiring.

Français:
L'orphelinat fit détruit par un incendie le vendredi 4 mai 1950. Par bonheur, la plupart des enfants étaient à l'école lorsque les flammes se répandirent à midi, et les quelques jeunes gens resté dans le bâtiment furent rapidement évacués. L'origine du sinistre fut attribuée à un câblage électrique défectueux.
east on Second Street East. Marker is mounted at waist-level near the southeast corner of the Cornwall Public Library, facing Second Street East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 Second Street East, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 1Y3, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United Empire Loyalists (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); New York Cafe / Le Café New York (about 210 meters away); The Rossmore House / La Maison Rossmore (about 210 meters away); The Rev. John Strachan in Cornwall (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Right Reverend John Strachan (approx. half a kilometer away); Cornwall Grammar School (approx. half a kilometer away); The Founding of Cornwall (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cornwall.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cornwall Historic Walking Tour
 
Also see . . .  John McMartin (Wikipedia). (Submitted on January 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Marker detail: The Cornwall Post Office /<br>Le bureau de Poste de Cornwall image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: The Cornwall Post Office /
Le bureau de Poste de Cornwall
English:
In 1953, the Cornwall Post Office, built in the Brutalist-International style, opened on the former orphanage site. In 1994, following the move towards smaller postal outlets, the building was remodeled to become the Cornwall Public Library.

Français:
En 1953, le bureau de poste de Cornwall, construit dans le style brutaliste international, ouvrit ses portes à l'emplacement de l'ancien orphelinat. En 1994, suite à la tendance à établir des bureaux de poste plus petits, l'édifice fut modernisé pour devenir la bibliothèque municipale de Cornwall.
The Cornwall Orphanage Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Cornwall Public Library in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 11, 2019
5. The Cornwall Orphanage Marker • wide view
(Cornwall Public Library in background)
Cornwall Public Library (<i>southwest corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 11, 2019
6. Cornwall Public Library (southwest corner view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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