Perth County Trivia Quiz (2)

By Wally Wordsworth

Take a moment out from your busy holiday celebrations to answer the following ten questions. Give yourself one point for each correct answer.

1. This town shipped more than a thousand horses to Africa during the Boer war. Was it:
(a) Berlin (Kitchener)
(b) Listowel
(c) Downie
(d) None of the above

2. North America’s first game of organized baseball was played in:
(a) Ingersoll
(b) Beechville
(c) Harmony
(d) None of the above

3. Name changes were common in the early development of Perth County. Which of these statements is not true?
(a) Stratford was once called Little Thames
(b) Shakespeare was once called Bell’s Corners
(c) St. Marys was once called Little Falls
(d) None of the above

4. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made a short stop in Stratford during their train travels in Canada. The events of that day were later recounted in a poem written by:
(a) T. J. (Tom) Dolan
(b) W. O. Mitchell
(c) James Reaney
(d) None of the above.

5. The Canada Company was formed in:
(a) 1847
(b) 1824
(c) 1796
(d) None of the above

6. Which Perth county city is known as the Stone Town?
(a) St. Marys
(b) New Hamburg
(c) Sebringville
(d) None of the above

7. When the Stratford Shakespearean Festival opened in the 1950s, men in the CNR shops built
(a) Tension plates for the poles holding up the tent
(b) Swords for some of the actors
(c) Railings for the steps between the sections of seats within the theatre
(d) None of the above.

8. In what year did Bradshaws and Kitchen Detail celebrate its 100th Anniversary in Stratford?
(a) 1985
(b) 1995
(c) 2005
(d) None of the above

9. In 1825 the Canada company appointed a “warden of the woods and forests” to protect and sell its land interests in Upper Canada. In 1829 the same man was appointed the “general superintendent of the Huron Tract,” in which was built the Fryfogel Inn. The name of that man was
(a) Tiger Dundalk
(b) Tiger Dungannon
(c) Tiger Dunlop
(d) None of the above

10. The county’s first weekly newspaper was established in 1849. It’s name was:
(a) The Perth County Gazette
(b) The Perth County News
(c) The Perth County Advocate
(d) None of the above

ANSWERS:

1. (b) Listowel
2. (b) Beechville
3. (d) None of the above
4. (c) James Reaney
5. (b) 1824
6. (a) St. Marys
7. (b) Swords for some of the actors
8. (b) 1995
9. (c) Tiger Dunlop
10. (b) The Perth County News

How did you do?
10 out of 10: How about helping Wally with our next quiz?
8 or 9: Doing as well as the Loonie
6 or 7: Still a passing mark on your grade 9 history test
5 or under: What most of us score if we don’t cheat