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Ireland House at Oakridge Farm
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Nom de l'objet : PHOTOGRAPH
Classification de l'objet : DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Catégorie de l'objet : COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS
Discipline : Local History
Matériaux : paper, metal
Numéro d'accession : 992.31.1
Nom de la collection : ARCHIVAL
Province d'origine : Ontario
Pays d'origine : Canada
Date de début de production : 1900
Description :

A black and white photograph of a group of men standing outside Ireland House. All the men are wearing work clothes and hats, with some men holding pitch forks or tools. The photograph is mounted on black board. The photograph has a metal chain frame for hanging, which has been removed. The reverse has a sheet of paper attached with tape and glue, with pencil handwriting identifying the men in the picture.

Fonctions :

Back row, right to left: Joe Mulligan, Tom Bradshaw, Dave Jardine, Ed Hunt, Blacke Springer, Andy Peer, Bruce Springer, Father J. Ireland. Middle row, right to left: Ed Emerson, Geo. Ireland, Jim McKerr, Elija Jameson, Chas. Ireland. Front row, right to left: Bob McDonald, Ed Ireland, Breck Ireland, Joe Ireland, Chas. Freeman.

Joseph Ireland (1792-1869) came to Upper Canada from Bowes, Yorkshire, England in 1819, when he was 27 years old. When he arrived he petitioned for 100 acres of land in Nelson Township. A year later he purchased another 100 acres. It was on this land that he built the historic Ireland House in 1835. By 1847, Joseph owned 1,042 acres of land in Nelson and Trafalgar Townships. The land was primarily farmed, producing barley, peas, oats, corn, potatoes, turnips, mangel wurtzel (a kind of beet), wheat, carrots, hops, and hay.

In 1823, Joseph married Ruth Best (1802-1867). They had 8 children, 3 of which died in childhood. Joseph served on the Nelson Township Council, became an overseer of highways, and in 1859 was cited in a newspaper clipping as being a Justice of the Peace. He is considered one of the founders of St. John's Anglican Church, built in 1842 on Highway #5 by Guelph Line. When Joseph passed away in 1869, his youngest son, John, inherited the farm and homestead.

John Ireland (1839-1904) married twice. His first wife passed away, as did their infant daughter. His second marriage produced 12 children, all of who survived. In 1886, he was the president of the Township of Nelson Association for the Apprehension of Horse Thieves. In 1896, he was listed as the director of the Fruit Growers Association. John passed away in 1904, leaving the farm to the unmarried children living at home. His tenth child, George, later bought the farm from his siblings.

George Ireland (1885-1972) was a farmer, businessman, and a member of the Holstein Breeders' Association. He bought the farm in 1917 and married Lucy Davis Springer that same year. They had one daughter, Lucy Marie, in 1923. George retired from farming during the 1960s. Up until his death in 1972, portions of the farm were gradually sold to developers. Approximately 4 acres of land were retained with the historic house, all of which still exist today as Ireland House at Oakridge Farm.

Hauteur : 14.5
Largeur : 17
Unité de mesure linéaire : CM
Sujet ou image : Ireland House, John Ireland, George Ireland
Établissement : Ireland House at Oakridge Farm
Ville de l'établissement : Burlington
Province de l'établissement : Ontario
Site web de l'établissement : http://museumsofburlington.ca/ireland-house  

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