The Fight at St. Catharines House
Old school politics. On 26 February 1849, local politician, George Rykert, physically tried to stop William Woodruff from taking the seat as chairman of a committee to decide restitution for losses suffered by local citizens during the Rebellion of 1837 - 12 years prior. This occurred at St. Catharines House in front of an unruly and armed mob. Artist W. Osborn provided a sketch of the heated event.
This sketch can be found in the Woodruff Family Fonds in the Brock Archives - http://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/6430.