• Boy Soldiers of WW1 And so began the WW1 military service of Hector Bulmer on 24 January 1916, four days after his 16th birthday. 1Library and Archives Canada, “Soldiers of the First World War – CEF,” images on line, Library and Archives Canada, Collections Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca : downloaded image 1 January 2007), Hector Bulmer – Attestation Paper – 24 Jan 1916. Born in […] Barbara J Starmans 3 responses 16 min read July 27, 2015
  • Royal Mail History When Charles I first introduced public mail service in 1635, letters were carried from one ‘post’ to the next ‘post’ by carriers on foot or on horseback. Up until that time, the post system was reserved for the use of the King and his Court. At each ‘post’ the ‘postmaster’ would remove the letters for […] Barbara J Starmans No responses 10 min read July 25, 2015
  • Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 Yellow fever, or yellow jack, or even yellow plague is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. It’s first symptoms are a fever, headache, chills, back pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and those typically last for three or four days. For many, the illness is over, but for about one in fifteen of its […] Barbara J Starmans 2 responses 6 min read July 22, 2015
  • Toronto in the Beginning The province of Upper Canada, now Ontario, was created by the Parliament of Great Britain in 1791 as part of the Constitutional Act of 1791. The Act divided the territory of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada, with Lower Canada being the French speaking portion now known as Quebec, and Upper Canada being the area […] Barbara J Starmans 2 responses 35 min read July 18, 2015
  • The Ill-fated Sultana Long before the Europeans came to North America, the Mississippi River was used by the native people to travel from one place to another and to transport goods for trade. When Europeans began to arrive in America, their first settlements were situated on the most easily reachable portions of the country including the coastal areas […] Barbara J Starmans 3 responses 7 min read July 18, 2015