Brockville: The River City by Russ DisotelBrockville: The River City by Russ Disotel

Brockville: The River City

byRuss Disotel

Paperback | October 14, 2008

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Brockville's origins reach back to the resettlement of Loyalists following the American Revolution and the threat of American encroachment. Following the War of 1812, Brockville, along the St. Lawrence River, benefitted greatly from the rapidly expanding colonization. A centre for the political activity of the day and a focal point for the Orange movement, Brockville was often immersed in controversy.

The end of the 19th century was the golden age of patent medicine business and Brockville was home to two of the most successful, the W. H. Comstock Company and the G. T. Fulford Company. "Pink Pills for Pale People" were sold worldwide. Today, Brockville retains the charm of its heritage mansions and is home to a number of prominent industries.

Russ Disotell, born in Cornwall, Ontario, in 1952, has lived in various locations across Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Toronto. Prior to entering the field of freelance writing he had a long career in the retail wine trade, where he earned certification for his wine knowledge from the Independen...
Title:Brockville: The River CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pagesPublished:October 14, 2008Publisher:Natural Heritage BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1896219225

ISBN - 13:9781896219226


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Look Back I bought this book for my Mom who was raised in the Brockville/Athens area.  She has read many books on Brockville over the years and was thrilled to find a new one!  As she read about the various families noted in the book, she shared her own memories of meeting them or being invited to tea at their home!  Of special note was the reference to the UEL history as this has been traced for our family and although the book presented some variances it was nice to find a perspective worth researching!  Well enjoyed read.
Date published: 2014-01-16

From Our Editors

You may know it only as a city en route from Toronto to Montreal, but Brockville actually boasts quite a remarkable past. Originally a Loyalist stronghold, the city prospered following the War of 1812 and became home to many major industries, including the infamous G.T. Fulford Co. Discover more about this city along the northeastern shores of Lake Ontario in Russ Disotel’s Brockville: The River City.