St Crispin's Legacy
During the early years of the 20th century, small towns competed to have large factories locate within their boundaries. Perth was no exception. In 1910, it gave the Winn family of Milton, ON, $20,000 to bring their shoe factory to Perth. A year later, when it was found that the Winns were "financially embarrassed" and looking to have taxpayers bail them out, all hell broke loose. The ensuing mayhem forced Perth's leading citizens to step forward and save an industry that was to be an intregal part of the Perth community for years to come.