Robert (Bob) C. Lee on the Huron Tract development

26m | Jan 25, 2022

In the second episode of Postcards from Huron County, podcast host Mandy Sinclair chats with Robert (Bob) Lee, a historian whose his Masters of Arts thesis The Canada Company: A study in Direction, 1826-1853 was completed as part of his studies at the University of Guelph. His grandfather, Charles Crabb Lee was the mayor of Goderich from 1931-1934, as well as the owner/operator, amongst other businesses, of the Sunset Hotel, a popular summertime resort destination. He’s also the author of The Canada Company and the Huron Tract, 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics. 

Bob shares stories from his childhood spending summers in Goderich, and history acquired during his Master’s research which includes how the Huron Tract came about, settlers’ arrival on the Huron Tract and the development of the town of Goderich. 

Favourite quote of the episode: “When I was a kid, people were saying that Goderich would be the Chicago of the north.” 

Bob’s book The Canada Company and the Huron Tract, 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics is available at Fincher’s in Goderich and The Book Peddler in Goderich or on Amazon at:

Thanks to the Huron Historical Society for connecting me with Bob Lee. Find out more about the Huron Historical Society at:

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