Monthly Meeting Series

In lieu of a monthly notice of “Next Meeting”, the Milton Historical Society is pleased to present a listing of the scheduled events in the “Monthly Meeting Series”.

You will find the current 2018 schedule here:

Monthly Meetings

That page will be updated for the “To Be Confirmed” (TBC) listings as soon as the information is received, so please check back for future details.

The currently available information is as follows:

Thur. Jan.  18 Guests:
Halton Regional Heritage Services staff
Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers. Discuss on partnership to update and improve our services within our facility
Thur. Feb.  15 Guest Speaker:
John Challinor II
In celebration of Heritage Month, local historian John Challinor will be highlighting individuals who have been inducted into Milton’s Walk of Fame.
Thur. Mar.  15 Guest Speaker:
Marsha Waldie U.E.
Local historian Marsha Waldie U. E. will be sharing the history of our Town’s 38 Mayors – George Brown 1857 to Gordon Krantz 2018
Thur. Ap.   19 TBC
Thur. May  17 Guest Speaker:
John McDonald
Historian John McDonald will be telling us about the amazing Fleming Family, who lived in Milton from about 1840 until 1870. His research has turned up some interesting surprizes!
Thur. June  21 Members Only Our Pot Luck will be held at the restored historic Panton Family Home.
Thur. Sept. 13 TBC
Thur. Oct.  18 TBC
Thur. Nov.  15 Guest Speaker:
John McDonald
Historian John McDonald will be sharing his research on T. C. Livingston P.L.S.   As a land surveyor he prepared a number of maps including the 1858 for Milton. He developed Livingston Park in Milton and his life has other fascinating facts of interest.
Thur. Dec.  20 Members Only Annual Christmas Pot Luck


My Apologies ! Blog Updates Missed

It appears that I failed to update the site with the blog postings since July of 2017. That is important, as the MHS Blog feeds out the information automatically by Twitter to the subscribed members. If you are not currently receiving MHS notices via Twitter, just visit the MHS Twitter page and click on the link to “Follow” in the upper right corner

Please note that there have been recent major changes that should have been posted:

  1. The new 2018 Executive, Coordinators and Volunteers is posted under:
    About Us/The Executive.
  2. There are a number of new 2018 Blacksmith Classes and new ones are being added on a “as needed” basis: (Note there are now two Sunday Beginner Blacksmith Classes)
    Schedule/Blacksmith Classes
  3. There has been a update to the House Plaquing booklet and a change in price for 2018:
    Historic Properties/House Plaquing
  4. Facility rentals are now restricted to the Carriage Room only:

Richard Laughton :oops:

Celebrate Milton’s 160th!



Celebrate Milton’s 160, Canada’s 150 and the official Opening of Victoria Park with an evening ice-cream social.

The celebration will take place on Thursday July 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Victoria Park. Enjoy Canadian music performed by the Milton Concert Band, the official plaque unveiling as well as games, face painting and activities for the kids. Don’t forget to bring your picnic blanket as we celebrate into the evening. Event is free.

Milton Historical Society has been asked to participate and we’re hoping as many members as possible will come out and come in costume if possible. (we do have a few bits and pieces re: costumes)

Please let us know via email:

Ancestors’ Day – Sunday June 11th

This is a reminder of the Ancestors’ Day at Milton Evergreen Cemetery this coming Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  This is a FREE event.
On Sunday, enter Evergreen Cemetery, 230 Ontario Street South, Milton, between 1:30pm and 3:30pm, by any entrance and pick up your free cemetery walk guidebook.
Learn about generations of Milton’s pioneer families, view heritage graveside displays, see some of our volunteer members circulating in period costume and search out your own ancestors.  Also view the tombstone art as you take in the beautiful surroundings of the area.
Come and honour Milton’s pioneers and attend Ancestors’ day at the Milton Evergreen Cemetery this Sunday.  At last report, the weather promises to be great, so hope to see you there!

Ancestors Day: Evergreen Cemetery Walk

When: Sunday June 11th (Rain Date Sunday June 25th)
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Milton Evergreen Cemetery

Join the MHS for a walk in the Milton Evergreen Cemetery and learn about Milton area ancestors. Self guided maps will be provided at no charge. Those who wish to represent their own ancestors may set up displays, at the cemetery, for the walk. For more information, contact the MHS at 905-875-4156 or 905-876-2651.

The image above, as well as the one below, are the two images on the site of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (Maidenhead, UK). The image below was sent in some time ago, as part of the Milton Soldiers Project, to highlight the grave of Private Alfred James Evans. The CWGC style military headstone lies between the left bush and the Evans family headstone. Private Evans is not commemorated as a “war dead” by the CWGC because he died of his injuries after the cut-off date of August 31, 1921. We have thus commemorated Private Evans on the CWGC site in our own special way! For further information, please see the details provided on this site under “5 Orange Cones“.

Heritage Day Events

Heritage Week Events:  Congratulations to all !

MHS recognizes two members with the Society Education Award on Sunday Feb. 19, for their volunteer work over many years –  Bruce Carlin, Gloria Brown with Mayor Gordon Krantz and President Mandy Sedgewick

MHS along with the Town of Milton also recognized 7 new inductees into the “Milton Walk of Fame” on Sunday.  Wm. C. Anderson, Kirk Brush, Jerry Dias, Rev. Karen (Trimble) Horst, Allison Rutland, Kirstine Steward and John Willmott

5 Orange Cones = Remembrance Day 2016 @ Evergreen

For those that read the MHS Journal you may recall that there will be 5 Orange Cones on display in the Milton Evergreen Cemetery on Friday November 11th. Each cone will mark the grave site of a First World War Milton Soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War of 1914-1921 (First World War). There are no soldiers of the Second World War who died in service in the Milton Evergreen Cemetery.

The story of these five (5) men, if you have not read it, was in the Fall 2016 MHS Journal:

MHS Journal Fall Edition September 2016 Vol. 31 Issue 3

The story is posted below for simplicity:

Milton Soldiers of the Great War in Evergreen Cemetery

Milton Soldiers of the Great War in Evergreen Cemetery

Milton Soldiers of Evergreen Cemetery – Why are they there?

Soldiers of the Great War who paid the ultimate sacrifice would be expected to be found buried in the Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) cemeteries in Belgium and France. However, there are four (4) men of Milton that met the strict requirement to have a CWGC headstone and they are buried in the Milton Evergreen Cemetery. There is an additional soldier, who died of war injuries but is not an official CWGC casualty, as he died “too late”. To be officially commemorated the CWGC Criteria are that the person must have died during the war in service or of causes attributable to service, during the period 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921. Remembrance Day is based on the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 but that was not the end of the war. The last of the Canadian troops in the Great War of 1914-1921 left the battle zone of Northern Russia in September 1919. The Versailles Peace Treaty was ratified on 19 January 1920, and the legislation that cancelled the declaration of war was passed on 31 August 1921.

Private William James Allen #141847 is buried in Blk-050 Lot-6 8 1. He joined the 20th Halton Rifles (Canadian Militia) on 3 August 1915 and was transferred to the 76th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. After basic training in Canada, he was shipped to England, during which time he was hospitalized for chronic kidney disease. As a result of his ailment he was shipped back to Canada on 16 August 1916 and was declared medically unfit for service on 17 February 1917. He died of chronic nephritis on 18 March 1917. Although Private Allen did not serve in active combat in the war, he met the CWGC criteria and is thus officially commemorated by a CWGC Headstone. He responded to the call of duty and served his country proudly.

Private Edmund Adolphus Cooper #3112559 is buried in Blk-026 Lot-1 5 1. He was the only Milton casualty of the Great War that did not voluntarily attest but rather was drafted under the Military Service Act on 10 October 1918, during the final days of the action. Private Cooper was drafted into the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment, units that were formed in the later stages of the war to provide protection of the Canadian fortresses as Halifax, Esquimalt and Quebec City, or to act as guards at internment of detention camps. While in training at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto he became ill and was never able to serve in an active capacity. He died on 14 December 1918 of influenza complicated by bronchial pneumonia. His death was attributable to service and thus he is commemorated by a CWGC headstone in Evergreen Cemetery.

Trooper Harold James Dent #551217 is buried in Blk-046 Lot-1 2 2. He was an American by birth and arrived in Milton when he was 4 months old. He and his parents moved west in 1912, where he attested to the Fort Gary Horse, Canadian Cavalry Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 28 October 1915. Private Dent served on active duty in France from February 1916 until he was wounded in the chest during a raid to cut the German wire with Bangalore torpedoes on 8 July 1917, a brave action for which he was awarded the Military Medal. The shrapnel was successfully removed from his chest and during his recuperation he took leave to return to Canada to visit his family, prior to accepting an Officer’s Commission in the Imperial Army. It was during his trip home that he succumbed to complications from his wounds while in transit in Halifax on 18 April 1918. His father met his remains in Milton and he was buried in Milton Evergreen Cemetery. Trooper Dent is not memorialized on either the Victoria Park or the Haltonville Cenotaph, although his grave site is marked by an official CWGC headstone.

Private Alfred James Evans #663090 is buried in Blk 053 Lot-4 7 1. An original of the 164th Canadian Infantry Battalion from Milton, he was subsequently transferred to the 102nd Battalion of the 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. Privates Denyes and Crowe, also Milton soldiers killed in action, served in the same unit as Evans. They are both buried in CWGC cemeteries in France. Private Evans was injured by a high explosive shell or gunshot wound to the left arm and jaw in that Battle of Bourlon Wood during Canada’s Hundred Days (audio text). Although he received extensive medical and dental treatment, he was discharged as medically unfit in August 1920. He lived past the final date of the war on 31 August 1921 and survived until 29 June 1925. There is no doubt that he died of his wounds, but he lived too long to be commemorated under the CWGC criteria and thus does not have an official headstone, nor is he recorded in the CWGC records. Private Evans is remembered on the Victoria Park Cenotaph.

Corporal William Maddocks #302221 is buried in Blk-050 Lot-1 7 1. A local boy, he attested to the 40th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery as a blacksmith. Although he was not shot or blown up by a shell, he served actively with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, ensuring the delivery of the mounted units, until he was seriously wounded by repeated kicks from a mule to his lower back and abdomen. His back was broken. Corporal Maddocks was discharged medically unfit on 24 May 1919 and returned home to Milton in a plaster cast, his status for nearly 2 years. There are references to Maddocks at work in Milton until his death from spinal meningitis on 18 January 1920. Corporal Maddocks is officially commemorated by the CWGC and named on the Victoria Park Cenotaph.

The Service Records of all the Milton Soldiers of the Great War, whether casualties or not, are currently being digitized by Library and Archives Canada. Digital copies are posted on the MHS Web Site for the Milton Soldiers as soon as they are available.

If you are in attendance at the Remembrance Day Service at Evergreen Cemetery on November 11, 2016, you will see that the five (5) headstones mentioned in this article will be marked by a small orange pylon. Please take a few minutes to pay your respects to these brave men of Milton Ontario.

Added November 11, 2016:











Heritage Master Plan for Milton: 24th October 7 pm @ Council

It is commonly acknowledged that Milton needs a long-term plan to address heritage issues. To that end, a Council-appointed task force of volunteers from the Milton Historical Society, the Nassagaweya Historical Society and Heritage Milton has spent three years researching and formulating a Heritage Master Plan for Milton.

With Nancy Cuttle as chairperson, the following MHS members have devoted many hours of their time to contributing input to this report: Brenda Bousfield, Anila Naeem, Marsha Waldie, Emma Leeder and Karin Tomosky-Chambers.

The Heritage Master Plan will be presented to Milton Town Council on Monday October 24, 2016, at 7pm, at the regular Council meeting in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

Please pass this information along to others and plan to attend as we need everyone’s support at this meeting!


Thank you.

October 2016 Meeting

When: Thursday, October 20th
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Waldie Blacksmith Shop Carriage Room
Details: Victorian Mourning Traditions

Join us as guest speaker Bev Dietrich from the Guelph Museum speaks about Victorian mourning traditions. The presentation begins at 7:30 PM in the carriage room of the Waldie Blacksmith shop. Refreshments follow the meeting.