Watford was first settled in 1851 at what was known as Brown's Corners, a stagecoach stop between the village of Warwick and Brooke Township. The Great Western Railway was built in 1856 and caused the settlement to be relocated near the tracks, in its present location. It was incorporated as the village of Watford in 1873. Watford was either named for the Watford in England, or by Col. Brown for his home town of Watford, Ireland.
There was a great fire in the 1880s on November 5 that destroyed much of the town during a Guy Fawkes Night celebration.
In 1972 Watford Roof Truss started manufacturing wood trusses for delivery in the Southwestern Ontario and Southern Michigan markets. Watford Roof Truss is still a major employer in the town. In 2009 they made a deal with Toronto that this small town would get a couple of million dollars every year for holding their garbage.
To Whom It May Concern:
I discovered your website today while searching for pictures of the Petrolia oil discovery. You have some great pictures there.
currently making a documentary
about my great uncle, D.A.
Maxwell or David Alexander
Maxwell, a Watford blacksmith,
who invented one of the first
His car was the Maxmobile and I have attached a couple of photos to this email for you to see.
Needless to say, oil and gas were integral to the invention and development of the automobile.
Would you be able to give me permission to use a couple of the photos of oil wells found on your website in my documentary? I sure would appreciate it.
P.S. I was born in Petrolia in 1949. My aunt, Mary Douglas, a school teacher, recently passed away in Petrolia.
All of these pics and more are from my own collection because people like you let me copy them. I want more.
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