Mills and Mill Villages of Severn Township – James T. Angus
Wallbridge House Publishing
JAMES T. ANGUS
James T. Angus
Born in 1928, James T. Angus
was raised in the isolated community of Big Chute on the Severn River, where he
elementary education in a one-room log school.
After graduating from Parkdale Collegiate in Toronto, Angus attended the University of Toronto acquiring B.A., B.Ed., and Med. degrees.
In 1951 he obtained a First Class Teaching Certificate from the Hamilton Normal School and, in 1968, he graduated with a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Alberta.
Angus spent 40 years in public education as a classroom teacher, principal, college master, professor and university administrator.
As founding dean of education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1969, he organized the first four-year concurrent teacher education program in the province and a native teacher education program.
retired to Orillia, Ontario in 1993, where he
has been active in community organizations, writing and publishing.
He is president of the Coldwater Mill Heritage Foundation, vice-chair of the Orillia Museum of Art and History, a member of the Sparrow Lake Historical Society and the Orillia Rotary Club.
He was recently appointed to the board of the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
is the author of four books - A Respectable Ditch: A History of the Trent Severn Waterway 1833-1920 (1988); A Deo Victoria: The Story of the Georgian Bay Lumber Company
1871-1942 (1990); Severn River - An Illustrated History (1995); Mills and Mill Villages of Severn Township (1998).
Author: James T. Angus
"The Trent Canal - now the 384-km-long Trent-Severn Waterway - is a typical outcome of the conflict between history and geography, a struggle between humans and nature from which humans benefited," writes James T. Angus
in the introduction to A Work Unfinished: The Making of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Opening of the Couchiching lock (No. 42) in July, 1920 marked the final phase in the 90-year struggle to convert the natural chain of rivers and lakes between Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario into a navigable watercourse.
With a finely crafted text and over 300 illustrations, Angus tells how the "foot soldiers of history" - local politicians and merchants who promoted the canal and engineers who designed and built it - gradually overcame nature's many obstacles to navigation with 44 locks and an equal number of dams.
explains why the last set of locks planned for Big Chute on the Severn River was never built (marine railways were substituted), ensuring that the waterway remains an unfinished work.
Author: James T. Angus
In Mills and Mill Villages of Severn Township, James T. Angus
identifies 73 mill sites in the township.
With considerable archival detective work, he
has tracked down the mills, traced the backgrounds of the millers who built them and reconstructed life in many of the now extinct villages that surrounded the mills.