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History of Laird, Ontario

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(To be moved to a space page) Laird is a township and village in the Algoma District in Northern Ontario, Canada. The township includes the named communities of Laird and Neebish. It also includes a portion of Bar River, a small hamlet straddling the boundary between the townships of Laird and Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional. Approximately twenty-nine miles east of Sault Ste. Marie exists the Township of Laird this township borders the Township of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional, the Township of Tarbutt and Tarbutt Additional, the Township of Johnson, and Lake George. The area which is now known as the Township of Laird was originally part of a reserve set aside for the Ojibway. After the Canadian government and the Ojibway signed the Huron-Robinson Treaty in 1850, government officials sent surveyors into this area to examine the territory and in 1875 it was subdivided into sections and quarter sections. David Laird, the first Lieutenant Governor of the North West Company, whom the Township of Laird was named after. Sixteen years following its official survey, in 1891, the Township of Laird was incorporated as the municipality which is known today. This township first witnessed lasting settlement beginning around 1874 and it increased with the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1887. Prior to 1874 however, records indicate that many people had already emigrated into the region. Surveyed in 1875 and Incorporated in 1891.

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