The settlement of many early villages in Ontario was directly related to the establishment of a local industry. Kleinburg, like many riverside villages developed around the existence of numerous mills. In 1848, John Nicholas Kline bought 83 acres of Lot 24 in Concession 8, west of Islington Avenue. On this land, John N. Kline built a sawmill and a gristmill. Land plans from 1848 show Lot 24 in Concession 8 divided into smaller, individual, one-quarter acre lots, thus encouraging the establishment of a village core. The Kline mills not only served the local farming community, but became the impetus for a growing commercial centre.
"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scottish poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788. Burns claimed when he wrote the words down and put them to music, and later sent them the poem to the Scots Musical Museum, that "Auld Lang Syne" was an ancient song, but he had been the first to record it on paper. According to Scotland.org, the phrase "auld lang syne" translates roughly to "for old times' sake." Others have translated it to mean "time goes by" or even as "once upon a time." The song is about preserving old friendships and reminiscing about events that occurred during the year. Many people sing it to evoke fellowship and nostalgia, though most cannot fully get past the first verse of the song. Its lyrics are a challenge to the unfamiliar - even among those who grew up in the United Kingdom. According to a 2018 poll by the British supermarket chain Sainsbury's, just 3 percent of people who live in England know the words to "Auld Lang Syne." Among Scots, only 7 percent know all the lyrics. Even still, people may be content to hum along when "Auld Lang Syne" is traditionally sung on New Year's Eve.