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Dr. Philip Howard Spohn

(Published on - 11/12/2018 4:44:15 PM)

Dr. Philip Howard Spohn

By Simcoe County Historical Association

Philip Howard Spohn was born in Ancaster, Ontario in 1842. He studied medicine at the University of Victoria and moved to Penetanguishene shortly after graduating. He married Editha Sarah Thompson in 1878, at age 36.

Dr. Spohn served on Simcoe County council as Penetanguishene reeve for ten years before trying his hand at federal politics. He ran in the 1891 federal election as a Liberal, defeating the 32-year-old Conservative candidate William Humphrey Bennett with double the number of votes received by former East Simcoe MP H. H. Cook in the previous election.

However, Spohn was only able to serve 300 days as an MP before the East Simcoe election was declared invalid. On March 26, 1891, only weeks after the election, the Northern Advance newspaper had published allegations he had violated election laws when members of his campaign attempted to woo potential voters by overpaying for their services, offering them employment and even by offering them sums of money. They also allegedly attempted to boost votes by encouraging citizens to impersonate registered voters with the same name and even paid the travel expenses of groups of voters shipped in to the polls from Parry Sound and Muskoka.

Over the following months, the controversy deepened until Spohn had accrued 35 formal charges, only three of which were actually investigated. But they were enough to cost him his newly acquired office. On Nov. 13, 1891, two judges ruled that Spohn had used corrupt practices during the 1891 election, voiding the election results for East Simcoe. During the subsequent byelection, in 1892, Spohn’s former rival, W. H. Bennett, was elected by acclaim and retained his seat for more than three additional terms. Following the election controversy, Spohn returned to civic life in Penetanguishene, becoming a founding director of the Penetanguishene General Hospital in 1911.

Spohn died at his daughter’s home in Toronto on Nov. 14, 1918. That Saturday, his remains arrived in Penetanguishene by train and were carried to his former home, now occupied by the notable Dr. B. A. Blackwell. A funeral was held on the afternoon of Nov. 18 at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Penetanguishene, officiated by the Rev. N. A. F. Bourne and attended by a large number of friends and former neighbours from the Midland area.


102 Peel Street, Barrie Ontario For Sale

(Published on - 11/5/2018 5:18:11 PM)

VICTORIAN TRIPLEX

FOR SALE

102 Peel Street 

Barrie Ontario

MLS #30695008

Total Units: 3.0

Huge City Lot – 138’ x 165’ Deep

102 Peel Street is a prime property located in Heart of Barrie.Old Victorian Charm, original features. Lots of character with Original trim and mouldings. This property is currently being used a Triplex (1 unit vacant. 2-2 bedrooms, 1-2 bedroom). Driveway has a shared use. Lots of potential. Call for income and expenses and lot severance possibilities.

Equipment Included:

Refrigerators: 3

Stoves: 3

Washers: 1

Dryers: 1 

Main Floor Unit features:

Large eat-in Kitchen, plenty of windows, Original trim, Hardwood floors, Wood burning Fieldstone Fireplace.

*Multiple dwelling Second Density which permits a converted dwelling, which allows 3 units

*Potential vacant lot is included in this price, buyer to verify lot and zoning by-laws.

 


Hewsons Made Their Mark Across The Country

(Published on - 10/31/2018 2:17:24 PM)

Hewsons Made Their Mark Across The Country

by Tom Villemaire The Wasaga Sun.

Francis Hewson arrived in Canada from Ireland in 1817 and two years later moved to Simcoe County, becoming the first person of European descent to settle in Innisfil Township.

Innisfil is somewhat poetic Irish for Ireland. Hewson settled at Big Bay Point, which at the time was called Hewson’s Point. He had been given 500 acres of land because of his service to the Crown.

When he came to Canada, Hewson became the aide of the Duke of Richmond, then Governor General of Canada. Richmond was highly regarded by those who served him, but he was really better known as the first recorded victim of rabies, dying of the disease in a barn in 1818. By 1820, Hewson had brought his family over from Ireland. Hewson was named the first magistrate of the sparsely populated county, and he officiated at most of the early marriages in the township and county. Hewson raised Fannie, Francis, William and Anna — who was the first child of European descent to be born in Simcoe County (after it had been officially created).

Despite being in what many would then consider the exact middle of nowhere, Hewson and his family had an impact not just on the immediate area, but on the country itself, and it carried down through the 20th century.In 1825, his family played host to Sir John Franklin, Arctic explorer, as Franklin and his team passed through the county on his way to one of his Arctic mapping adventures.When the eldest boy, also named Francis, was a teenager, he moved out as a teen to Duntroon and later became the township’s first treasurer. William became a millwright and built saw and grist mills in the 1850s on Hewson’s Creek in Painswick.

In the 1830s, Hewson crossed Kempenfelt Bay and set up residence on land that later became part of the east end of Barrie. While living in Barrie, Hewson came into contact with Barrie’s early settlers, including John McCausland, a Scot who was the first man to make a permanent home in Barrie. McCausland would become famous for his perpetual-motion machines that were made entirely of wood.


BARRIE REAL ESTATE CURRENT MARKET CONDITIONS

(Published on - 10/29/2018 2:57:40 PM)

September 2018 Real Estate Market Conditions & Stats

  • Home sales in the City of Barrie totalled 175 residential sales in September 2018. This is an decrease of 3.8% on a year-over-year basis.
  • A year-over-year increase of 5.8% was recorded for residential sales in the surrounding areas. 
  • The average price of homes sold within the City of Barrie up to this point in 2018 was $479,716. A decrease of 4.5% when compared to the average selling price in the first nine months of 2017. 

  • The year-to-date average price of homes sold in the surrounding area up to this point in 2018 was $525,347. A decrease of 6.7% from the first nine months in 2017.
  • In September 2018, there were 905 new residential listings, a record for the month. An increase of just 6 listings on a year-over-year basis.
  • Active residential listings numbered, 1,587 units at the end of September. This was an increase of 22% from the end of September 2017 and marked the highest level for this month since 2011!

“Sales activity continues to run back at more moderate levels, broadly in line with the years before the record-setting 2014 – 2016 period,” said Geoff Halford, 2018 BDAR President. “Under this year’s new mortgage stress test, prices for more affordable home types have been holding up better compared to last year.”

 

August 2018 Real Estate Market Conditions & Stats

  • Homes sales in August totalled 424 units sold, an increase of 26.6% from August 2017. 
  • The City of Barrie had a total of 198 residential sales in August 2018, making it a 16.5% increase on a year-over-year basis.
  • In the surrounding areas, an increase of 39.2% was recorded, where sales totalled 231 units in August 2018.
  • The average price of homes sold in August 2018  was $496,415.
  • The year-to-date average price figure for homes sold within the City of Barrie at this point in 2018 was $481,268. This was a decrease of 4.9% compared to the average selling price in the first eight months of 2017.

 

Sales activity has been running at healthy if somewhat average levels this summer, which is quite a bit higher than back in the spring,” said Geoff Halford, 2018 BDAR President. “Prices are still down a bit on a year-over-year basis, but those declines have been getting smaller. On a month-to-month basis, prices have been sliding more or less sideways over the last year.”

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July 2018 Real Estate Market Conditions & Stats

  • Home sales totaled 2,590 units over the first seven months of the year on a year-to-date basis. This was down 22.8% from the same period in 2017
  • Within the City of Barrie, sales activity numbered 182 residential sales in July 2018; this was up 14.5% on a year-over-year basis compared July 2017.
  • The average price figure in surrounding areas up to this point in 2018 was $527,916, a decrease of 7.6% from the first seven months of 2017.

An Increase In Home Sales

  • The dollar value of homes sold in July 2018 was $197.9 million, rising 28.9% from the same month in 2017.
  • In July 2018 there were 879 new residential listings. A record for the month. That said, the large increase of 93.6% on a year-over-year basis was actually more reflective of how few new listings there were in July 2017.
  • Sales of all property types in the City of Barrie numbered 400 units in July 2018. This showed an increase of 21.6% from July 2017. The total value of all properties sold was $205 million, rising 28.6% from July 2017.

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May 2018 Real Estate Market Conditions & Stats

  • Barrie and District home sales remain at subdued levels in May
  • listings becoming more plentiful
  • 419 units in Sold in May 2018, this was down 26.4% from May 2017.
  • home sales totalled 1,699 units over the first five months of 2018.
  • a decline in number of sales equal to 35.4% from the same period in 2017. 
  • Barrie, sales of 190 units in May 2018, down 36.5% compared to May 2017.

Note:  After record Levels of sales activity, any decline just means we are getting back to a normal market...hopefully.

 

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 REAL ESTATE HOME SALES SLOW

  • Average price of homes sold in May 2018 was $501,968, down 5.5% from May 2017. The year-to-date average price figure for homes sold within the City of Barrie at this point in June 2018 was $479,509.
  • This was a decrease of 6.8% compared to the average selling price in the first five months of 2017.
  • There were a record 1,243 new residential listings in May 2018. This was a jump of 74.3% from last May.
  • Active residential listings numbered 1,699 units at the end of May, nearly double last May’s low point. The long-term average for the end of May is closer to 1,400 listings.

Months of inventory numbered 4.1 at the end of May 2018, up from the extremely low 1.5 months recorded at the end of May 2017 and back in line with the long-run average for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

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April Real Estate Market StatsBarrie & District Homes

Within the City of Barrie, sales activity for April 2018 was down 42.8% on a year-over-year basis compared to April 2017, with a number of 182 residential sales. The average price of homes sold in April 2018 was $477,512, decreasing by 15.5% from April 2017. As with sales activity, year-over-year comparisons should begin to improve in the months ahead.

2018 vs. 2017

The year-to-date average price figure for homes sold within the City of Barrie at this point in 2018 was $484,593. This was a decrease of 8.6% compared to the average selling price in the first four months of 2017. There were 877 new residential listings in April 2018. This was down 7.3% on a year-over-year basis.

 

Sales activity remained at subdued levels in April, althoughyear-over-year comparisons are really being stretched at the moment by last year’s record spring, That said, April’s year-over-year drop in sales was much smaller than March’s, and those year-over-year declines should continue to shrink pretty rapidly owing to how fast buyers went to the sidelines last spring and summer following the announcement of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan.


 

March Real Estate Market Stats

 

Barrie & District Homes

In March 2018 there was a total of 370 residential units sold. A decrease of 49.5% from last years all-time monthly record. The City of Barre fell 57.2% on a year-over-year basis. A year-over-year decrease of 40.8% was recorded in surrounding areas, where sales activity totalled 203 units.

2018 vs. 2017

The average price of homes was $513,359, down 6.9% from the first three months of 2017. Within Barrie, the average price homes sold in 2018 was $521,965, showing a decrease of 7% when compared to the average selling price from the first three months of 2017. The average price figure for homes in the surrounding area up to this point in 2018 was $585,136, a decrease of 7.2% from the first three months of 2017.


“Sales activity remained at subdued levels in March, although the year-over-year decline really stretches the point given that last March was the all-time peak for sales in the region,” said Geoff Halford, 2018 BDAR President. “Those year-over-year declines should start to shrink pretty rapidly starting next month owing to how fast buyers went to the sidelines last spring and summer and may even be back in positive territory a few months from now.”

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February Real Estate Market Stats

Barrie & District Homes

During February 2018 residential property sales recorded 263 units, down 43.2% from last years record month in 2017. The City of Barrie saw sales activity down 45.9% on a year-over-year basis, and saw 139 residential sales in February 2018. The surrounding areas saw a decrease year-over-year of 39.8%, with a total of 124 units.

The dollar value of all homes sold in February 2018 was $133 million dollars, down 45.7% from the previous years record. 

The average price for homes sold during February 2018 was $506,883, a decrease of 4.5% from February 2017. The year-to-date average price edged down 0.1% from January and February 2017 to reach $511,838. The year-to-date average price for homes sold in the surrounding areas was $542,821, an increase of 2.2% from 2017. 

“Sales activity remained at subdued levels in February, adding to evidence that some buyers moved up purchases in advance of the new mortgage stress test,” said Geoff Halford, 2018 BDAR President. “It could take a few more months for the sales levels to return to traditional levels. In the meantime, year-over-year comparisons will likely continue to be rather unflattering given how extreme the market was last year, particularly last March.”

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January Real Estate Market Stats

Barrie & District Homes

During January 2018 the City of Barrie sales activity was down 17.7% on a year-over-year basis. Barrie saw 107 residential sales, showing a year-over-year decrease of 20.9% recorded in surrounding areas, where sales activity totalled 102 units. The average price for homes sold in Barrie during January 2018 was $522,053, an increase of 8.7% from January 2017. The surrounding areas saw an average price figure of $541,321; an increase of 8.2%. The value of home sales during January 2018 was $109.6 million dollars, a decrease of 11.8% from last years levels. This is still the second highest value for January residential sales on record!

“As was widely expected, home sales in the region pulled back in January compared to the rally seen at the end of last year, bolstering the idea that some buyers moved up purchases in advance of the new mortgage stress test,” said Geoff Halford, 2018 BDAR President. “For that reason January’s sales decline should be taken with a grain of salt, as many of those missing sales were likely just shifted into November and December. It will likely take a few months for things to balance out.”
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Logging Built Simcoe County

(Published on - 10/26/2018 5:01:45 PM)

Simcoe CountyLogging literally built Simcoe County

With the arrival of the railways, lumber barons became the new upper class.

Oct 18, 2018 by Tom Villemaire

There are a number of reasons that Simcoe County figures prominently in early Canadian history.

With Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay so close together, the county is a bridge. It’s also a transportation corridor.

The area first came to the Europeans’ notice because of two things: Furs and souls. European markets loved the beaver and other pelts that either were trapped in what would become Simcoe County, or that made their way through the area as part of trade between the Huron, Ojibwe, Ottawa and Petun.

At the same time, European churches wanted converts and Huronia offered an untapped audience.

Eventually, the demand for furs led to overtrapping so fur traders had to look further north and west for a source. But around the same time, the Royal Navy was at the peak of its ship-building frenzy. What with the Royal Navy having fought the Seven Years War, fought the American Revolution and supported the royals in the French Revolution, engaged in a series of conflicts requiring its support on the continent and protecting its sprawling colonial appetites, wood was in high demand. Simcoe County was covered in trees.

Robert Barrie, after whom Barrie is named, reported in the early 19th century, that the area surrounding his future namesake, was rich in trees: “The neighbourhood supplies plenty of timber and the pine is of superior quality.”

By the 1820s, the fur trade was waning. But, thanks to more and more people arriving from Europe and other parts of the world looking to settle and build houses, the demand for lumber grew.

And with the peace after the War of 1812 and the establishment of treaties and borders between Canada and the United States, the 500 or so voyageurs who had made a living supporting British forts were losing their jobs and were settling in the Penetanguishene area — hardy men looking for work.

Suddenly, the lumber industry didn’t have only a demand, it also had the means to meet it.

At this point, much of the lumber was used locally, although ships were being built to carry lumber around the Great Lakes, and even to New York City and Europe.

With the arrival of the railways, lumber barons became the new upper class in Simcoe County. The rail lines would creep north into Simcoe County, siphoning lumber south to Toronto, Montreal and beyond. Trees as high as 200 feet and six feet across were being taken down and cut up into dimensional lumber by millions of board feet a year.

Lumber families, like Penetanguishene’s Chew and Beck, Flos Township’s Anderson and Tennent (who are remembered in the name Anten Mills), Phelps (remembered in Phelpston) and Tay Township’s Dodge were all powerful families in their day.

Early names in the lumber business also included Innisfil’s Lawrie family — down on Concession 2, Marsh Stephens built the first mill in Glencairn to take advantage of the massive red pine forest nearby. A lot of the land that was denuded during the logging would become Camp Borden.

Barrie’s George Ball, or more specifically, Kempenfelt’s, set up shop in what would become the city’s east end with a lumber yard serviced by a sawmill on the other side of the lake.

It was an industry that literally built the county.

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