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Memories of Smithville-1787 to 1950

The history book that helps inform this podcast was completed and first published in 2009. In 2014 the book had its third printing. It was written by myself and published by Doug Nicol. Copies can be still be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce location in the Train Station, at Carruthers' Printing on College Street and by contacting me, Ivan Carruthers, directly.

Do you have a question for topics for future episodes?

Some of the topics for the first few episodes came from conversations I had with friends and acquaintances who I bumped into and who asked me if I remembered something about a certain part of Smithville or if I remembered a particular person. If you have a question about Smithville or some of the families from the area please send me an email. If I know something about the topic or can find out for you, I may include it in a future podcast! icarruthers@cogeco.ca
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  • June 19, 2018 @ 9:50 pm

    The Shrum Family History

    Hi, and welcome to Ivan’s 15th podcast. Dad had been doing these podcasts since last November and I can tell you that he loves the response that he gets from each of you who listen and from those of you who contact him or comment on each episode. Almost 1500 of you have downloaded and listened. Please share these episodes with anyone you think might be interested. It’s been shared in many countries around the world but for some reason, in the United States, South Carolina and New Jersey lead the way so thank you to whoever has shared it to friends or family in those states. Outside of Canada and the U.S., the Bahamas leads the way in downloads. 

    This might be my favourite episode so far. In this episode he talks about his brother-in-law Bill Shrum and the Shrum family. Bill Shrum is my uncle and there are memories in this episode that I haven’t heard before. The Shrum family has a long history not just in Smithville but, as you’ll hear in this episode, in the Ontario agricultural community.

    In addition to this wonderful family history you’ll hear a bit about a quarry in Smithville that turned into a landfill that turned into a soccer pitch that some of you, or your children, or your grandchildren, may have played on. On top of that you’ll hear a bit about Caistorville baseball. So much packed into one episode, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for listening, sharing and commenting.

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