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134   THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO

York shillings.' The wheat taken over it to Whitby was shipped to Oswego and thence to England. The wheat taken to Oshawa was ground in the Gibb 's mill."

Mr. Claughton's memory, and what he had heard from his parents, covered a period ante-dating even the time of the old plank road. He told how the Paxton's, when they first settled near the site of the Dryden farm, had to drive thirty miles to Toronto for household supplies.

AWAITING THEIR TURN TO UNLOAD

"When this traffic was at its height there would be a string of teams stretching as far as the eye could reach and all moving south."

 

 

"I can remember," he said, "when what was practically a solid bush extended all the way from Epsom to Port Perry. I have seen mast timber, seventy to eighty feet long, taken out of Reach, four or five teams being required for the hauling. I have seen the best hardwood

'A York shilling, equivalent to twelve and one half cents, was a common unit of calculation in early days.

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