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History of Toronto and County of York in Ontario
Part III: Village of Stouffvillk


STOUFFVILLK lies partly in the Township of Markham and partly in Whitchurch, the main street of the village being the township line. It is near the eastern boundary of the county, and is a station twenty-eight miles from Toronto on the Toronto and Nipissing Railway. The Lake Simcoe Junction Line connects with the former road at this point. The village derives its name from Abraham Stouffer, the original proprietor of the site. The orthography was for some time unsettled, the family name often appearing as "Stover," or "Stofer," and the locality being known as "Stoversville, or "Stauffville," under which latter designation it is referred to in "Smith's Canada," as a flourishing little village of recent date, containing about 350 inhabitants, a grist and oatmeal mill, saw-mill, foundry, and tannery, and a Congregational church. This was in 1851. Since that time the growth of the place has been steady, and the census of 1881 gives the population as 866. It has now, in addition to the Congregational place of worship, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Baptist churches.

Stouffville became an incorporated village in 1877, the first municipal officers being, James Dougherty, reeve ; J. G. Reesor, William Leaney, G. E. Freel, and J. Gibney, councillors, and H. W. Woodgate, clerk. The present reeve is W. B. Sanders, and Air. Woodgate still retains the clerkship. Stouffville has a flourishing Mechanics' Institute, incorporated in 1878, and according to the latest returns comprising 111 members. Its library contains 793 volumes, the number issued during the year being 999. The Masonic body is represented by Bichardson Lodge, No. 136.

Formerly Stouffville was divided in the matter of Parliamentary representation by the township line, the Whitchurch section belonging to North York, and the Markham portion to East York. By the Act of 1882, for the redistribution of the Dominion constituencies, the village as a whole was annexed to West Ontario, together with Whitchurch and New^market.


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