By Frederick H. Armstrong
A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that came about within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific recognition to those that carved a thriving city out of the frontier publish that was once the city of York. (1989)
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Roy accepted his resignation, and told him that he either had to redo the work himself, or get another man to do it at his own expense. In January 1835 with no further progress made, Roy was merely able to report to Newbigging that another six to eight days work would be necessary before any calculations would be done. It was the end of March before a report could be presented to the subscribers. 5 balance on hand. 9 On Aug. 22, 1835 Roy reported to another Court House meeting under Sheriff Jarvis that construction of a railway was possible.
20,1832. " Further evidence of the fact that York was attempting to break away from Montreal control are the advertisements of such merchants as George Monro and Isaac Buchanan, who boasted that they had established direct connections with the Old Country. 6 Paralleling the growth of the wholesalers was an equally rapid expansion of specialist firms. In the earlier years of the town, some merchants had claimed to be specialist dealers, but by 1830 large, sound businesses were making their appearance, such as Watkins & Harris hardware and the printing and publishing firm operated by Henry Rowsell.
From this time on Toronto was unquestionably the financial centre of the province, and was recognized as such even beyond the provincial boundaries. Another facet of Toronto's contemporary financial growth was the appearance of local insurance companies. Prior to this time the insurance business in the city had been handled by agents of English and American firms, but in 1832-34 a group of prominent citizens founded the British America Fire & Life Assurance Company, which continues in business today as Royal Insurance Canada.