Paris Town Bell, Paris ON
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Treknschmidt
N 43° 11.584 W 080° 23.102
17T E 549968 N 4782438
Quick Description: The bell is mounted on a cairn behind the main county office.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 8:14:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMG154
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TitusLlewelyn
Views: 9

Long Description:
The bell once rested in the tower of the Old town Hall, but had to be taken down when its moorings sustained damage. It was saved and mounted on the cairn as an historical exhibit.

A heritage plaque on the cairn says the bell was commissioned from the Meneely Bell Foundry in West Troy, New York, for $643.45 in 1874. The first ringer was John Knarston.

It was rung at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. every day from Monday to Saturday. Up until 1900 the bell was rung to summon volunteer firefighters.

In 1916, the Robb family was named the town's official bell ringers. They carried the tradition without fail until 2002 when the last bell ringer, Winnie (Robb) Todd - Alex's mother -did her duty for the final time in 2002.
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