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History in North Frontenac Township

The Township of North Frontenac is rich in History. In this section we hope to establish a collection of items with a historical significance to the North Frontenac area. View some of the items we have to start with this endeavor.

We are hoping that the public can help us build this section. Please submit your items of historical significance to [email protected]


Long Service Awards

In 2008, the Township of North Frontenac began officially, and retroactively, recognizing employees who have given many dedicated and faithful years of service to the Township.

Listed below are all of the dedicated employees and volunteers who have been recognized for thier long service. Long service awards are issued after 10 years of service and every 5 years thereafter.

Photos of the awards presentations are located in the Photo Gallery

The Township is proud to have such dedicated employees and volunteers in its workforce and community.

40 Years of Service

  • 2015   Richard Tryon - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter

30 Years of Service

  • 2012   Judy Tooley - Full Time Employee - Administration
  • 2010   Leo Ladouceur - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2010   Stan Seitz - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter

25 Years of Service

  • 2015   Blake Garey - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2015   Casey Cuddy - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2008   Ruby Smith - Committee Member
  • 2008   Barbara Sproule - Committee Member

20 Years of Service

  • 2014   Kevin Smart - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   George Clement - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Colonial St. Pierre - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Kevin Wheeler - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2012   Randy Schonauer - Clar Mill Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2010   Peter Bunnett - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2009   Steve Smart - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2009   Tom Olmstead - Waste Attendant

15 Years of Service

  • 2016   Josh Wheeler - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Terry Tryon - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Bill Hermer - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2013   Gregg Wise - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2013   Ron Jones - Committee Member
  • 2013   Norm O'Brien - Part-time - Crownlands
  • 2013   Linda Flieler - Clar Mill Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Christine McMurdock - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2011   Tamara Vladimirova - Full Time Waste Attendant
  • 2010   Steve Hermer - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2008   Dale Gemmill - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2008   Scott Gemmill - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2007   John Ibey - Full Time Employee - Roads

10 Years of Service

  • 2016   Kelly Watkins - Full Time Employee- Administration
  • 2016   Jonathan Tooley - Full Time Employee - Roads & Clar Mill Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2016   Dale Wise - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2016   Beth Webster - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2016   Bill Irving - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2016   Morgan Alcock - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2015   Tammy Weiss - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2015   George Clement - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2015   Wayne Good - Councillor
  • 2015   Fred Perry - Councillor
  • 2014   Brad Robson - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2014   Jim Riddell - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   John Nowell - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Dwayne Thibault - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Mike Snider - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2013   Brenda Defosse - Full Time Employee- Administration
  • 2013   Roger Millar - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2013   Tim Neal - Full Time Employee - Waste
  • 2013   Dean Salmond - Full Time Employee - Roads
  • 2012   Ken Gould - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2012   Jen Dunham - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2012   Ellen Good - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2012   Mitch Hayes - Kaladar Barrie Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2012   Cheryl Robson - Full Time Employee- Administration
  • 2011   Steve Dunham - Ompah Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • 2010   Robin Riddell - Snow Road Volunteer Fire Fighter

Mayors of North Frontenac

Amalgamated in 1998. For pre-amalgamation see Reeves 1-3.

  • 2014 - Present   RON HIGGINS
  • 2010 - 2014   BUD CLAYTON
  • 2003 - 2010   RON MAGUIRE
  • 1998 - 2003   STAN JOHNSON

Reeves of the Former Township of Barrie

Amalgamated in 1998. Now exists as Ward 1 of The Township of North Frontenac.

  • 1991 - 1997   T. NEAL
  • 1989 - 1990   W. VAN KEMPEN
  • 1967 - 1988   T. NEAL
  • 1958 - 1966   J. HILL
  • 1953 - 1957   J. HEAD
  • 1952 - 1952   A. HILLIER
  • 1943 - 1951   A. MACGREGOR
  • 1934 - 1942   H. LEVERE
  • 1927 - 1933   S. WHEELER
  • 1918 - 1926   C. MACGREGOR
  • 1914 - 1917   J. GRAY
  • 1910 - 1913   Wm. SALMOND
  • 1907 - 1909   C. MACGREGOR
  • 1906 - 1906   G. DELINE
  • 1905 - 1905   G. DELINE
  • 1901 - 1904   Wm. SALMOND
  • 1900 - 1900   G. DELINE / Wm. SALMOND
  • 1899 - 1899   J. MITCHELL
  • 1898 - 1898   J. MITCHELL
  • 1897 - 1897   G. DELINE
  • 1896 - 1896   Wm. SALMOND
  • 1895 - 1895   G. DELINE
  • 1894 - 1894   G. DELINE
  • 1888 - 1893   T. TAPPING
  • 1887 - 1887   Wm. DEMPSEY
  • 1884 - 1886   A. WICKWARE
  • 1883 - 1883   R. TAPPING
  • 1882 - 1882   T. TAPPING
  • 1876 - 1878   T. TAPPING
  • 1875 - 1975   D. KENYON
  • 1874 - 1974   D. KENYON
  • 1873 - 1973   T. TAPPING
  • 1879 - 1881   R. SCOTT

Reeves of the Former Township of Clarendon and Miller

Amalgamated in 1998. Now exists as Ward 2 of The Township of North Frontenac.

  • 1985 - 1997   S. JOHNSTON
  • 1975 - 1984   WM. FLIELER
  • 1958 - 1974   G. KRING
  • 1957 - 1957   C. ARMSTRONG
  • 1956 - 1956   G. KRING
  • 1955 - 1955   L. KRING
  • 1952 - 1954   C. ARMSTRONG
  • 1935 - 1951   L. KRING
  • 1932 - 1934   J. FLAKE
  • 1929 - 1931   J. BROUSE
  • 1920 - 1922   T. ARMSTRONG
  • 1923 - 1928   J. FLAKE
  • 1915 - 1919   P.J. WENSLEY
  • 1914 - 1914   J.F. CARD
  • 1913 - 1913   J.F. CARD
  • 1908 - 1912   J.D. GODKIN
  • 1907 - 1907   J. MCDONALD
  • 1906 - 1906   J. MCDONALD
  • 1905 - 1905   S.S. BARTON
  • 1902 - 1904   J. MCDONALD
  • 1901 - 1901   B. WATKINS
  • 1897 - 1900   J.F. CARD
  • 1893 - 1896   A. MONROE
  • 1892 - 1892   B. WATKINS
  • 1886 - 1891   J. HOWELL
  • 1883 - 1885   J. HOWELL
  • 1865 - 1882   B. WATKINS

Reeves of the Former Township of Palmerston, North and South Canonto

Amalgamated in 1998. Now exists as Ward 3 of The Township of North Frontenac.

  • 1992 - 1997   B. SPROULE
  • 1989 - 1991   B. CARNELL
  • 1977 - 1988   B. SPROULE
  • 1973 - 1976   R. RYDER
  • 1953 - 1972   A. TROMBLEY
  • 1950 - 1952   W.B. CAMERON
  • 1933 - 1949   A.C. RHODES
  • 1925 - 1932   S.J. SHANKS
  • 1916 - 1924   D. GEMMILL
  • 1911 - 1915   WM. DONALDSON
  • 1910 - 1910   D. WOOD
  • 1909 - 1909   WM. DONALDSON
  • 1906 - 1908   D. WOOD
  • 1905 - 1905   WM. MILLAR
  • 1904 - 1904   R. WOOD
  • 1903 - 1903   J. MOORE
  • 1902 - 1902   P. WHITE
  • 1896 - 1901   J. MCKENZIE

The story of Rhena Pollard Cole and Charles Dickens

Rhena Pollard Cole Monument in Harlowe

The Harlowe Cemetery, near the gravestone of Rhena Pollard Cole and her husband Oris, was the site of a dedication of a plaque on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The plaque, erected by the Cloyne and District Historical Society, North Frontenac municipality, descendants of Rhena and Oris and the Ontario Heritage Trust, was designed to honour the courage and determination which brought Rhena to Harlowe.

Readers of the Frontenac News and The Pioneer Times, the news vehicle of the Cloyne and District Historical Society, will be familiar with the details of Rhena's story: her early years of poverty in the England of the early 1800s and the intervention in her life of the famous novelist Charles Dickens, who in 1847 established a home for young girls who were poverty-stricken and totally without means. The goal of Dickens and his benefactress, Angela Burdett Coutts, was to educate these young women and then have them emigrate to one of the colonies. Over the course of the next 10 years, approximately 100 women had the benefit of life in this strict but welcoming home called Urania Cottage, a place of refuge from the hardships of the streets of London.

Rhena Pollard Cole Headstone

After a year or more of turmoil in the home, where Rhena at first was not the most compliant resident, she successfully "graduated" from Urania Cottage and in 1855 emigrated to Canada. Somehow she ended up in Buckingham, Quebec, where presumably she worked as a domestic. There she met Oris Cole. In 1856 they were married and then "followed the timber" west to Cloyne and Harlowe, where they established a home and raised their children.

At least a dozen of those children's descendants gathered in Harlowe for the dedication of the plaque to Rhena. From across the country, as far away as BC, these people came to honour a woman whose spirit of courage and audacity continues to be alive in the family. Both tears and laughter were present at the gathering, as relatives who hadn't seen one another for many years, or who were meeting for the first time, exchanged stories about their connection to Oris and Rhena. Three generations of descendants gathered to unveil the plaque dedicated to Rhena.

Rhena Pollard Cole's importance to us lies in her connection to Charles Dickens, without whom she would not have ended up here, and in her symbolism as a pioneer wife and mother. The culture shock as she arrived at what would have been a log cabin in the bush, the hard work and determination required to better her situation as much as possible, the solid values of work, education and caring for others have been typical of thousands of women who, alongside their husbands, built this community.


For more information about Rhena and photos of the plaque unveiling, visit the Historical Society's website at http://pioneer.mazinaw.on.ca and go to the Spring 2010 and Fall 2011 CDHS newsletters. The website of the Frontenac News, http://www.frontenacnews.ca, has an article about the unveiling in the November 3, 2011 edition. Copies of the speeches and related information about Rhena and her family can be obtained by contacting [email protected] or phoning Margaret at 613.336.2203 or Carolyn at 613.336.6858.

The History of the Township Website

2002 - 2009


Municipal Website Version 1

The Township's first website was created and maintained by North Frontenac Resident Glenn McFadden in 2002. As a hobby for Glenn, he was granted permission by then Clerk, Donna Gemmel, to establish the website. With no financial investment from the Township at the time, the website was initially placed on a sub-folder of Mazinaw On-Line (www.mazinaw.on.ca/northfrontenac) for free. It subsequently fostered enough support to justify the Township investing in the dedicated (www.northfrontenac.ca) and (www.northfrontenac.com) domains. Until 2009, the township website was solely maintained by Glenn, and the Township is grateful for all his contributions.

2009 - 2013


Municipal Website Version 2

The Township acquired new internal operating capacities after hiring new IT Technician / GIS Coordinator, Evan Sepa, GISP. Follow his employment, the ability for staff to more readily make information available online for public consumption initiated large developments which greatly improved the Township's online presence.

In this first redevelopment of the municipal website, a number of new features were planned and executed with great success; including a news blog, events calendar, business directory, extensive departmental info, extensive document archives, building permit data, and a photo gallery with user submissions.

Extensive experience and feedback gained from the first redevelopment of the municipal website greatly supported the grand ambitions and goals of the second redevelopment.

2013 to Present


Municipal Website Version 3

Unlike previous website implementations, significant planning has enabled deeper interdepartmental collaboration, resulting in important new online functionalities as well as improved internal operating processes.

In addition to the new functions was a significant update and improvement to the technologies used. Modern techniques and web standards have been employed to create a municipal website that is responsive, searchable, accessible, interactive, and attractive.

Read more about the features of this new website.

This page was last updated on November 30, 2016

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