Members of the Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society certainly have a number of ideas when it comes to potential street names for new developments in the area.
Responding to a request from township council, the organization has submitted a letter to the municipality listing suggested names that bear a “historical importance” to the village of Beaverton.
“The first owners of this land were Whites, Davidsons and Hamilton. The last family to live on the property and actively farm it were the McHatties. They lived there from 1925 to 1969, raised a family and took an active part in the community,” the letter from president George Hewitt reads.
“We think ‘Whistle Road’ would be appropriate. Not only would present residents hear the train whistles, but this property was for many years between the two railways: the present one and the other (originally the Midland, later the Grand Trunk and lastly the CNR).”
The organization didn’t stop there.
“Abutting the McHattie property, the Dohertys had a planing mill. Thomas Doherty also built several Beaverton homes. The McKenzie home also was next to this farm. Archibald McKenzie was a railway contractor on the Canadian Northern Railway (the same line that is still there) . His son Cameron operated a factory in Beaverton for a number of years providing employment for many. His wife Helen was prominent in many organizations, most notably the Red Cross especially during wartime, and was also Beaverton’s only lady reeve,” the letter reads.
“The Calders, probably Beaverton’s earliest settlers started a mill, around which the village grew. Descendants contributed to Beaverton life. McMillan is another name that could be considered. People by this name were among the earliest settlers. One McMillan family built carriages.Two sons were avid sportsmen, having a building erected on their property to be used as an arena for the villagers to use.”
Hewitt concludes the letter, which will be discussed at Monday’s meeting of council, by noting that the historical society can provide more suggestions if required.