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Mary Harris

Mary Harris

The history of Barrie goes back to the early 19th century. More than 170 years have passed and Barrie has been without a museum — until now. The Barrie Historical Archive exists to celebrate and preserve its rich history by telling your story through digital media. The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content. We are on a mission to preserve, protect and promote your story and the story of those who have built our great city into what it is today.

Recent Work by Mary

<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Wishing for second helping of Mother’s Pizza Parlour <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Wishing for second helping of Mother’s Pizza Parlour (4 photos)

Restaurant opened on Bayfield Street in 1976 and remained extremely popular — and affordable — for several years
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> James Keenan: The hardest-working man in Barrie <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: James Keenan: The hardest-working man in Barrie (4 photos)

This week’s story is about a machinist, engineer, firefighter, and waterworks superintendent
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The Phantom of Skunk’s Misery <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The Phantom of Skunk’s Misery (4 photos)

Orval Shaw was adept at living off the land, which helped immensely as he evaded lawmen across southern Ontario in 1929
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> From resort to rubble <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: From resort to rubble (4 photos)

This week's Remember This delves into the history of the Queen's Hotel
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Closing time at East End Variety <b>(6 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Closing time at East End Variety (6 photos)

Opening day for the popular Blake Street eatery was Saturday, June 27, 1953
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Lady Doc — The Agnes Larkin Jamieson Story <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Lady Doc — The Agnes Larkin Jamieson Story (4 photos)

A true trailblazer, Dr. Jamieson set another milestone in 1950 she became the first female coroner in Ontario
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Hello! Hello! The telephone comes to Barrie

REMEMBER THIS: Hello! Hello! The telephone comes to Barrie

In this week's Remember This, the Bell telephone company comes to Barrie
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> In 1955, Barrie police force assembled in just six weeks

REMEMBER THIS: In 1955, Barrie police force assembled in just six weeks

When Ontario Provincial Police withdrew, newly hired Police Chief Edward Tschirhart had to act quickly
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Turnkeys and jail breakers: Part Three

REMEMBER THIS: Turnkeys and jail breakers: Part Three

In this week's Remember This, a criminal duo is transferred to Barrie for 'safe keeping,' but that doesn't last long
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Turnkeys and jail breakers: Part Two

REMEMBER THIS: Turnkeys and jail breakers: Part Two

In this week's Remember This, a trio of criminals attack the guard as well as the jail governor and his wife before a daring high-speed chase