Sometimes a single photo can speak to several different aspects of history, as this one does. Initially, we can’t help but be charmed by the blonde, curly haired boy driving his wagon down Third Street in New Toronto. His name is John Baycroft, and he’s in front of the driveway to his own house at Number 117. John is the third of the four children of Gordon and Doreen Baycroft, and grandson to William and Edith Baycroft. William left his furniture and undertaking business in Beeton, Ont.
Many of you will be familiar with the name Robert Home Smith, a brilliant and charismatic individual, born in Stratford in 1877. He had studied law at Osgoode Hall, but partial deafness prevented him from practicing this profession. Instead, he entered the land development business. From 1906 to 1912, Home Smith assembled over 1200 hectares of land on both sides of the Humber River, between Eglinton Avenue and Lake Ontario.
In my last column, we talked about the pioneer family of Amasa Wilcox. This week we will learn about the Musson family who lived in a more settled era which saw major changes in government. Brothers Edward and Thomas Musson emigrated from England in 1820, settling on the west side of the Humber River at Weston where they owned a very successful tavern, distillery, brewery, and sawmill. In 1843, Edward moved to Islington with his wife, Ann Smart, and their eight children.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".