Did you know?
- That the Grand Central Hotel was built by the Buckbee family in 1845 & was the last hotel to be torn down.
- Spanish flu struck this area in 1918 & took the lives of Dr. R. W. Munro and his wife Winnefred.
- There was a 3 story building at the corner of Brock and St. Catharines St. which housed 2 businesses. The blacksmith shop was on the bottom floor & the top two floors were used to make carriages. Once the carriages were built, they were rolled down to the road level for sale.
- The Griffin family was the founding family of Smithville. They easily started the town as they had twelve siblings.
- We actually had the ONTARIO Provincial Police (OPP) stationed in the area. In 1930, Officer Bill Woods worked here. Guess what; they made him supply his own motorcycle. Wonder why we don’t have them anymore? But that wasn’t the first police presence here. 1887 was the first.
- Have you ever noticed the empty lot at the corner of West, Station, & Griffin Streets, as you enter the Town of Smithville? The original business was Jim Murray’s Seed Cleaning business.
- Did you know that we have had natural gas in the area since 1920? A major pipe line goes through the area in the north part of West Lincoln & even supplies gas to tiny St. Ann’s & Wellandport.
- At one time there was Merritt’s milk delivery, a Creamery on Mill Street and a Cheese Factory.