Sarnia Ontario
Sarnia is a city of about 73,500 people  16 miles West of Petrolia. Sarnia has a great history in shipping,lumber and the petrol/chemical industry. Hopefully I can provide a detailed history but for now here are all the Sarnia Ontario pics that I have. Below is an article for Sarnia Heritage that appeared in the Sarnia Observer Feb 16/08. The Gurd House below was magnificent and it was a shame to have been destroyed. If you are with Sarnia Heritage or just have pics or text for this space, I will be glad to post it here.

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Alexander Forbes standing at the pumphouse. Courtesy  of Granddaughter Dorothy Alexander. Sent in by Reg & Dee Lamarche.



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Some road work on Front Street ca.1905

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The amazing Lawrence House on Christina street. Thankfully it is still there today.

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The top finial on the Lawrence House turret.

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From this pic and below are some interesting views from not that long ago.
See if you can name them all.

The 4 pics below were received from a patron and I have simply posted them here. If you have similar family stories and pics, just send them to me. 


 Attached are a few pictures of my Grandfathers letters from his early life on the great lakes. He always had a love for the merchant vessels and wished he lived by the water to watch them everyday. This stemming from his young life on the waves during the steamer era of the early 1920's. Later in life he would make a trip to the Sault St. Marie locks and Welland cannel  and locks as often as he could.
For his 90th birthday we rented a bed and breakfast in Saint Claire, Michigan were we had a tour of the Light house on the St. Claire river. Then toured a boat ride up to the Black River by St. Mary.  Ferry back and forth at Ludington,MI and Manitowac, Wisconsin.
    So, as you see he loved the Great lakes up to the end of his life and we would be honored to have these letters of his displayed.

Thanks you,
Mike Galbraith
Eldon Mason was born June 6th 1906 in Lambton co.

A Whaleback Boat ( Atikokan)  run aground on the shore of the mighty St. Clair River near Marine City Michigan across from Sarnia Ontario. The post card is post marked ca. 1920.

This is the exterior of MacMurrays  Shoestore. This is a beautiful store that reflects classic deco style. I purchased this pic from a  Sarnia estate. The back has the name 'Pearson' on the back. Still not sure if it is a Sarnia store but will remain here as a very nice pic.

This an amazing shot of a shoe store. Possibly ca.1930s by the deco designs and shoe styles. The name  Sarnia is written on the back .

We are always looking for vintage Petrolia& area pics of anything to buy or borrow for copying. If you have pictures that I can borrow I only need a few minutes to scan them.