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We, the Cliftonian staff of l95h, with members from
grades 9 through 12, have decided it's high time our
home town received a bit of applause S this year's
annual is dedicated to OUR COM UNITY'
In order to carry out the theme throughout the book
we introduce you to Clif and Toni Springs, who have lived
here for several years, and are proud of their hometown
John Shekell, a Maryland pioneer, was the
first settler of Sulphur Springs He pur
chased three slaves wh1ch he later set
free In 1800 he built h1s mansion The
first church to be built 1n the town was
St John's Episcopal Church in 1806 Also
that year a hotel wh1ch served as a d1s
pensary was built
In 1807, our town changed 1ts name to Cl1fton
Spr1ngs Durlng the next year, the first
district school and the Methodist Episcopal
Chirch were bu1lt Mr Foster, a Vermont
rarmer, was born 1n 1821 During h1s college
years he accumulated what was then a vast
sum 5l0O0' On Sept 13, 1850, Dr Henry
Foster founded the Clifton Sprlngs Water
Cure, so called until July 22, 1867, when
lt was changed to the Clifton Spr1ngs
The Post Office was established in 1850
and 1n 1856 the St Agnes Roman Catholic
Church was founded Clifton Spr1ngs became
an incorporated v11lage on Aprll 8, 18
Dur1ng the year 1878, the annex to the
San1tar1um was built and 1n 1880 the
Pierce Pav1lion It was 1n 1892 that the
Cl1fton Sprlngs Semlnary had accumulated
great fame throughout the country The
chief manufacturlng of the town was called
s1mply the WCl1fton Springs Manufacturing
Companyu, produc1ng f1fteen variet1es of
t1nware art1cle The company had forty
members The populatlon of Cl1fton Spr1ngs
1n 1892 was 1500
In l9LO, the populatlon of our town was lLl3,
and ln 1951 lt had climbed to 1837, making
it the largest village 1n 0ntar1o County
Clifton Springs has two ra1lroads, f1ve
churches, and a chapel at the San1tar1um
The Central School enrollment 1S nearly 850
students now The Rebecca Lodge has just
celebrated its h5th anniversary On January
29 1952, the off1c1al openlng of the new
school gymnas1um was held The openlng of
ghe new firehouse took place 1n January,l953
what was formerly called the Annex now
1ncludes many stores, and the Ontario
National Bank Ellis M held Furn1ture
Store and Funeral Home celebrated the
off1cial opening of its new addltion on
December 3 5, 1953
At present we have a Y M C A , a golf
course, skatlng r1nk, and theater for
recreation Cl1fton Springs has a taxi
serv1ce and a police car Many high
school students work in the Sanitarium
after school nlghts and during vacation
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