By Adrian Hayes
Parry Sound, on the mouth of the Seguin River on Georgian Bay, lines its heritage again to William Beatty Jr. and the acquisition of bushes rights. From the heyday of lumbering, via mining ventures, the interval of Prohibition, the coming of the railway and the effect of the good Wars, the unfolding years are all followed via an fascinating mix of vibrant personalities, politics and scandal. the tale of this growing to be group has a richness that few Ontario cities can fit. at the present time Parry Sound embraces its entrepreneurial historical past, its hockey historical past, its dedication to the humanities and its position as a well-liked vacationer destination.
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Prohibition effectively closed all bars in the province until 1934, when the government of Premier Mitch Hepburn initiated legislation for the sale of beer and wine by the glass in areas where it passed the local option test. Legislation passed March i o, 1927, had established the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, but this permitted only government liquor stores, not licensed taverns. In June 1918, North Star editor John Schofield Dick lamented 42 PARRY SOUND Top: Albert Gentles and his brother Charles acquired the hotel from Charles Alonzo Phillips in a card game in May 1904 and renamed it the Kipling in honour of Rudyard Kipling.
Shortly after the sale, Foley council repealed Bylaw 4. m. on February 19, 1873^ Advertisements were placed in the Northern Advocate at Bracebridge. 6 Although the location of this establishment is unclear today, Hodges gave his occupation as engineer at the time of the 1871 census. In January 3« PARRY SOUND Dr. Thomas Smith Walton acquired the Thomson House and numerous other east ward properties for $619 at an October 1892 sheriff's auction. By the time Dr. Walton sold the hotel to Sarah and Charles Alonzo Phillips in October 1900, the licensed hotel had been renamed the Canada Atlantic Hotel.
In consultation with aToronto lawyer, Beatty, already a law school graduate himself, drew up the "Beatty Covenant" in 1873. The covenant was included in the deed for every parcel of land purchased from Beatty within the townsite. It was an agreement entered into between Beatty and the purchaser that the land would be granted only on the condition that the buyer did not sell, barter or exchange intoxicating liquors on the premises. The covenant was to be enforced during the lifetime of Queen Victoria's grandchildren living when the property was bought and for 2 i years thereafter.