My great grandfather Steele came to Huron Township in 1866-67 and settled on the 2nd Concession.
He was a blacksmith and came from West Linton Scotland, located between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
At the time, they were granted 100 acres of land and were given a specific amount of time to clear it (three years I believe.) A copy of the deed for the land, dated 1870, shows he was allowed to buy it for $2 an acre, which was $200 dollars back then, a lot of money.
He set up a blacksmith shop on the property and was the first of the family to farm. He raised short-horned cattle.
His brother came over some years later…his wife died of small pox on the way over. The brother also died a short time later of the illness. There was a lot of small pox in the area at that time, that also killed a lot of First Nations peoples.
I still live in the house today.
We found a year book in his attic, some of the books are now at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton.