In 1865, the trustees of Beaverdams Church calculated the cost of “moneys expended … for fencing and other expenses.”
The total was $242.70 (although most of this seems to have been due on account to the builder, Beatty & Sons).
The statement (now held at the Mayholme Foundation in St Catharines among Esther Summers’ papers) provides a glimpse into the importance of community in mid-19th century Thorold. For instance, we read the costs associated with various contributions:
James McIntosh – for – Letting posts 4.80
Hendershot & Scholler – for – nails and hinges 6.43
Thomas Grinvill – for – Numbering stakes 2.00
John Grinvill – for – hooks & staples .50
H.P. & J.R. Swayze – for – hauling lumber 8.00
John Whitlock – for – building fence 24.25
George Keefer – for – drawing up a plan 10.00
Malum Swayze – for – hauling stakes .75
Malum Swayze – for – painting stakes 1.50
It would be interesting to see how services and materials compare to today’s prices?