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- South-West Oxford Public Utility Commission
- Trustees of the Police Village of Beachville
- Beachville Hydro Electric System
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Settlers first arrived in the Beachville area in the late 1700s and by 1836 the Village of Beachville had been erected, named after Andrew Beach who established the first grist mill and store in the settlement. In 1904, Beachville was established as a Police Village by County of Oxford By-law No. 525. The first election of Trustees was held on Tuesday, January 10 1905 at the Town Hall of the Township of West Oxford situated in the Village of Beachville. The first meeting of Trustee was held Monday, January 16th 1905.
In 1905 County Council received a petition requesting that the area of the Police Village lying within the Township of West Oxford be reduced. In doing so, County Council appointed a committee to try and have the matter between the Council of West Oxford and the residents of the Police Village of Beachville adjusted satisfactorily. On June 9, 1905 County Council By-law No. 535 passed which repealed By-law No. 525.
On January 24, 1096 the County was petitioned by the ratepayers of Beachville praying for the erection of the unincorporated Village of Beachville into a Police Village. County Council granted this requested on January 26, 1906 with the passing of County By-law No. 544. The first election of Trustees was held Monday, February 19, 1906 at the Town Hall in Beachville.
Beachville became an Incorporated Village on January 1, 1962.
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Originally throughout Ontario, municipalities were supplying their citizens and industries with power through municipally owned and operated electrical systems such as the Beachville Hydro Electric and Light System. Although electricity was available in 1895, it was not until 1912 that hydro was installed through the Village of Beachville. On June 25th the Board of Trustees of Beachville decided to celebrate the inauguration of Hydro-Electric power. The Methodist Church driving shed was secured for the purpose and a number of exhibits and speeches were enjoyed by over a thousand individuals. The event ended with the street lights being lighted for the first time.
The Beachville Hydro Electric System was eventually replaced with the South-West Oxford Public Utility Commission.
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The fonds consists of various materials related to the history of the Community of Beachville and include the following series:
Series 1: Police Village of Beachville
A: Minutes – 1922 – 1955
Series 2: Beachville Hydro Electric System
A: Minutes – 1917-1980
B: Financial – 1912-1960
C: Meter Registers – ca. 1950s – 1983
Series 3: South-West Oxford Public Utility Commission (P.U.C.)
A: Minutes – 1980-1995
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