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PATTERSON was located at the NW corner of Bathurst and Major Mackenzie just over the Vaughan and Richmond Hill border where a post office and all sorts of industry was set up in the mid-1800's. The early settlers of Patterson were, Peter Frank, John Velie, William Rumble, William Graham and others from England. About 1855, Patterson and Brothers, who had patented a fanning mill came from New York State. They built a plant along the Vaughan Sideroad(Major Mackenzie Drive) about three kilometres west of Richmond Hill, manufactured agricultural implements such as reapers, mowers, scufflers and plows. They also constructed a sawmill, gristmill, foundry, machine shop, blacksmith shop, storage warehouse, lumber yard, office buildings and houses for their men. It was a major employer of village labour, and by the early 1880s it was one of Ontario's most successful farm equipment manufacturers. Peter Patterson and his brothers Alfred and Robert moved from New York State to Upper Canada in the late 1840s to market Peter's fanning mill, a machine for screening grain. They began in London, moved to Dundas, and eventually settled in Richmond Hill, where they operated out of the building that once served as David Bridgeford's hotel at the corner of Yonge and Richmond streets. They did so well that they soon outgrew their village premises, and on January 1, 1855, the Pattersons purchased one hundred acres of land on the north side of the Vaughan Sideroad, west of Bathurst Street.

Peter Patterson, manufacturer, reeve of Vaughan Township 1868-71, member of the Ontario Legislature 1871-83, and president of the Richmond Hill Agricultural Society in 1884.

There Patterson Brothers built a sawmill to produce lumber from local pine and later constructed a foundry to make their fanning mills and ploughs. To be continued on next issue of Live in Patterson. Source: Early Days in Richmond Hill: A History of the Community to 1930 : electronic edition. by Stamp, Robert M.


Subway Extension to Vaughan Hits Another Milestone Over the past few years while the city has debated the future of transit expansion, the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension has been digging out a transit future for the northwestern part of the city at an average rate of 15 metres a day. After the completion of the southern tunnels in March (those within Toronto city limits), and the total of amount of tunnel dug sitting around 85%, the digging process on the northern tunnels leading to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station have been picking up. On June 13th and 14th, Tunnel Boring Machines 'Torkie' and 'Yorkie' completed thier most recent drive, breaking through the headwall at the Steeles Ave West extraction shaft. These twin tunnels now connect Highway 407 Station to Black Creek Pioneer Village Station, passing below the CN Rail Tracks as well as Jane Street and the Black Creek on their journey. Now that Yorkie and Torkie's most recent 1,020 metre long drive is complete, they will be dissasembled and then removed via the extraction shaft before being transported back to Highway 407 Station. From there they will start their drive towards Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station. When completed in 2016 the six-station 8.6-kilometre long Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension is expected to save an average of 30 million car trips to and from the city a year. Subway Extension, image alterred from Toronto Transit Commission original to reflect new station names

No-casino Vaughan forces hope to force a re-vote on issue The co-chairperson of No Casino Vaughan is confident at least two councillors who said yes to willing host status to a casino in May will say no if given another chance to vote on the issue. While former politician and resident Mario Racco wouldn’t identify which two councillors he was speaking about, he said he’s confident he and his supporters can overturn the 5-4 vote in favour of an integrated entertainment and gaming complex for Vaughan. The five who voted yes to a casino in May included Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, regional councillors Michael Di Biase and Gino Rosati and councillors Tony Carella and Alan Shefman. “There’s two of them (councillors) who are really dancing right now. We think they are coming on our side,” Mr. Racco said. For his part, Mr. Di Biase said he’s been telling citizens who talk about the issue with him that the operator chosen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to run the casino must meet the extensive list of terms and conditions laid down by the city.


Culture Days Sep 28 & 29, 2013

The City of Vaughan is a proud participant of Culture Days, a free national celebration of Arts and Culture. This much-enjoyed 2-day event celebrates Vaughan’s diverse and multi-talented cultural groups, organizations, individual artists, creators and performers as they offer hands-on, interactive activities free of charge to all residents and visitors. More info on

Doors Open Sep 28 & 29, 2013 is a province-wide celebration of community heritage, arts, architecture and culture sponsored by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The program is designed to create access, awareness and excitement about culture in communities and provides residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden - and always interesting - places and spaces in Ontario cities, towns and villages. More info on

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