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Maybrook

History

Town site photo

Former station and post office site

©Copyright: Yvan Charbonneau

Mileage Point 132 was the halfway point between North Bay and the newly proprosed terminus at Cochrane. Since the land at this point was flat, the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway (T&NO) determined it would be an ideal spot for a new divisional point.

The T&NO established a flag station on Lot I, Concession III-IV, Harley Township, and laid out a town site, with the expectation of establishing a divisional point.

Maybrook was situated in a low lying area, while just 9.1 kilometres (6.5 miles) north, at another location, there was a place called White River Crossing that offered much better drainage. Another town site was laid out at that tiny settlement where the shops, roundhouse, and yards were established. The town later took the name of Englehart after the T&NO chairman.

As settlers cleared the land, Maybrook developed into a prosperous farming area. A rural settlement took root with a post office finally opening in 1918. A blacksmith named Elmo Gervais ran his shop from his farm, while Joseph Labine ran a small sawmill. The Great "Temiskaming" Fire of 1922 devastated the entire southern portion of the district wiping out towns, villages, and hamlets. The fire consumed most of Maybrook's structures, including the sawmill, blacksmith, and station. The post office closed for good in 1940 and the flag station was removed in the 1950's.

Today most of the land is still cultivated, by either absentee farmers, or larger farm owners, while some of the land is now thickly reforested and includes two abandoned side roads. A simple sign marks the location where the station, post office and town site once stood. The site is situated at the crossing of Maybrook Rd. and the Ontario Northland Railway.