272 THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO
that ran day and night for six days in the week. Most of the cottagers owned their homes, but as the mill business fell off the cottagers disappeared and the property reverted back into the hands of the family."
To-day, not a cottage is left on the site. Some collapsed and disappeared; others were removed elsewhere to serve for other purposes; and of the mill itself all that remains is part of the roof lying prone on the land, and part of the dam at the mill site. At the other end of the dam there can still be seen part of the log bridge that formed a crossing-place on the Uxbridge trail.
The pond itself is still twenty feet deep in places, but the creek flowing from it is little more than a reminder of what it once was. "During my father's lifetime," said Mr. Widdifield, "the creek dwindled to one-third the volume it had when my father first knew it." The stream and pond are on the Frankish side of the two hundred acres and Mr. Frankish has turned these into a fishing preserve.
Among the other memorials of the early days in Mr. Widdifield's possession is the minute and account book of the first school in the neighbour-hood. The school building was erected just across the way from the Widdifield home. This school was built in the fall of 1853, and the box stove used in it cost four pounds Halifax currency. Three elbows cost fifteen shillings and three-pence; and fifteen length of pipe, ten-pence each. One hundred and twenty cut nails were bought at one pound and five shillings. The first teacher, Rachel James, holder of a third-