Hagersville, Ontario

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Hagersville is a community in Haldimand County, Ontario in Canada.

Location and airports[edit]

Demographics and area[edit]

Hagersville is a population centre with a land area of 3.17 km2 (1.22 sq mi).

Hagersville's 2016 population was 2,815, a 14% growth from the 2011 population of 2,579.[1] Of the total population, 87.5% are European, 9% are First Nation and 3.5% are visible minorities (mostly Filipino, South Asian and Latin American).[1]

Notable people[edit]

  • Hagersville was the birthplace of Neil Peart (1952–2020), drummer of the Canadian rock group Rush.[2]
  • Hagersville is the birthplace of Becky Kellar-Duke, b. 1 January 1975, who is a 3 time Olympian with 2 gold medals and 1 silver in Women's Hockey.
  • Hagersville is the birthplace of Carl Reid, b. 14 December 1950, Roman Catholic priest, who is Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.
  • Hagersville was the birthplace of Jay Silverheels (1912–1980), who played Tonto in the 1950s television series The Lone Ranger.
  • Hagersville is home to the Hagersville Hawks, a junior hockey team that plays in the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League.

History[edit]

Historical plaque at the site of No. 16 Service Flying Training School

Upon the construction of Highway 6, known formerly as the Plank Road, a small village popped up around 1855 when Charles and David Hager bought most of the land in the center of the area. David Almas owned the land on the east side of the road, while John Porter owned the land in the west end.

The building of the Canada Southern Railroad in 1870, and of the Hamilton and Lake Erie Railway three years later helped to make Hagersville a prosperous village in 1879.

Close by the rail crossing was The Junction Hotel, later becoming The Lawson Hotel after a change in ownership. Perhaps it was best known as Murph's Place when retired NHL player Ron Murphy took ownership. It was also known as the Hagersville Inn, but today it is known as The Old Lawson House. In 1852, Charles Hager built a frame hotel at the corner of the Plank Road and Indian Line. Hagersville's first post office was in this hotel and Joseph Seymour suggested the community be called Hagersville to honour the Hager brothers. As of 2020, the Lawson property offered rooms as affordable housing for many residents.

During World War II the Royal Canadian Air Force built and operated No. 16 Service Flying Training School as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan [3] at 274 Concession 11 Walpole 3.5 km (2.2 mi) southwest of Hagersville. No. 16 SFTS opened on 8 August 1941 and closed on 30 March 1945. After the RCAF finished with the site it was used by the Canadian Army for various purposes and was known as Camp Hagersville. The camp was closed in 1964.[4] Between the 1960s and 1990s, the camp was used as a residence for youth and then a flea market. As of 2013 the site was an industrial park. Some of the military homes are still there, and the housing area is known as "White Oaks Village". A good view of the site and the old hangars is had from Concession 10 Walpole. The base was located at 42°55′42″N 080°07′33″W / 42.92833°N 80.12583°W / 42.92833; -80.12583 (Hagersville Airport).[5]

In 1990, a large uncontrolled tire fire emitted fumes of toxic smoke into the atmosphere for seventeen days. The fire itself occurred in Townsend, a neighbouring community, but media credited it to Hagersville due to Townsend's relatively unknown status in the area. The so-called "Hagersville Tire Fire" has reportedly been linked to long-term health issues, including some "rare, aggressive cancers," among firefighters who experienced the event first-hand.[6][7][8][9]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Hagersville
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15
(59)
18
(64)
25.5
(77.9)
30.5
(86.9)
32.5
(90.5)
35.5
(95.9)
38.5
(101.3)
36.5
(97.7)
32
(90)
28.5
(83.3)
20
(68)
18
(64)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) −0.7
(30.7)
−0.2
(31.6)
5.1
(41.2)
12.1
(53.8)
19.4
(66.9)
24.5
(76.1)
26.9
(80.4)
25.5
(77.9)
21.1
(70.0)
14.4
(57.9)
7.2
(45.0)
1.2
(34.2)
13.1
(55.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.4
(24.1)
−4.1
(24.6)
0.7
(33.3)
7
(45)
13.7
(56.7)
18.8
(65.8)
21.3
(70.3)
20.1
(68.2)
15.9
(60.6)
9.8
(49.6)
3.7
(38.7)
−2.1
(28.2)
8.4
(47.1)
Average low °C (°F) −8
(18)
−8
(18)
−3.8
(25.2)
1.8
(35.2)
7.9
(46.2)
13
(55)
15.7
(60.3)
14.6
(58.3)
10.6
(51.1)
5
(41)
0.1
(32.2)
−5.3
(22.5)
3.6
(38.5)
Record low °C (°F) −26.5
(−15.7)
−26
(−15)
−20
(−4)
−11
(12)
−2.5
(27.5)
2
(36)
4.5
(40.1)
4
(39)
−2
(28)
−6
(21)
−14
(7)
−23
(−9)
−26.5
(−15.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 61.8
(2.43)
48.2
(1.90)
75.7
(2.98)
80.6
(3.17)
76.9
(3.03)
84.7
(3.33)
88.2
(3.47)
85.8
(3.38)
94.1
(3.70)
83.2
(3.28)
86.9
(3.42)
73.9
(2.91)
939.9
(37.00)
Source: Environment Canada[10]

Education[edit]

Grand Erie District School Board operates Hagersville Secondary School. Two elementary schools are in Hagersville: Hagersville Elementary School (operated by Grand Erie District School Board) and St. Mary's School, a Catholic elementary school (operated by Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (8 February 2017). "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Hagersville [Population centre], Ontario and Ontario [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Official web site: Neil Peart". Retrieved 10 December 2007.
  3. ^ Hatch, F. J. (1983). The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. Ottawa: Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. ISBN 0660114437.
  4. ^ Forsyth, Bruce (1998). "A Short History of Abandoned and Downsized Canadian Military Bases". Military Bruce Historical Writings by Bruce Forsyth. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ Anon (2009). "Abandoned Aerodromes". Canada Flight Supplement Effective 0901Z 12 MArch 2009 To 0901Z 7 May 2009. Ottawa: Nav Canada. p. A35.
  6. ^ Sonnenberg, Monte (4 December 2009). "Hagersville Tire Fire Fallout". Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ Schneider, Keith; Times, Special To the New York (2 March 1990). "Worst Tire Inferno Has Put Focus on Disposal Problem" – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ "Fire Threatens Disaster in Canada : Environment: Thousands of burning tires could produce tons of oil laden with toxic chemicals". Los Angeles Times. 21 February 1990.
  9. ^ Nolan, Daniel (12 February 2015). "25 years ago today: The Hagersville tire fire that burned 17 days". TheRecord.com.
  10. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 30 April 2010

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°57′N 80°03′W / 42.950°N 80.050°W / 42.950; -80.050