October 1871-Almonte Gazette
We are glad to learn that Almonte is still to continue its wonderful progress of the past ten years, and that the spirit of enterprise, which has already made it the largest manufacturing village in Ontario, is still animating our business men. Should the improvements now spoken of be carried out, next summer will see the erection of three new mills, which cannot but add largely to the present population.
Mr. A. E. Young, some time ago, purchased a site for a steam saw mill from Mr. Tooley, and has lately purchased three acres adjoining it from Mr. Robert McFarlane, for a lumber yard. Here a steam saw mill will be erected and put into operation, we are informed, next summer; and if it was only for the purpose of supplying the local requirements for building material the investment would prove a paying one.
A shingle mill will be built by Mr. Gilbert Cannon near his present factory, and subsequently, probably during the following summer, another large woolen mill. We have also been favoured with a visit from some Western capitalists, who have been negotiating for the purchase of land on the bank of the river, with the intention of building a steam woolen mill. An eligible site can be secured at a reasonable figure, and we will be glad to hear o f them having closed a bargain with the owner of the property.
There is plenty of room in Almonte yet, with enough water power enough to drive ten times the amount of machinery now in operation : we have a rich agricultural country surrounding us on all sides, and there is no reason why the present Village should not be, in a few years, the Town of Almonte.
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