Edna Webb was quite young when she gave birth to Jennie, her first child, at home on Little Franklin Lake near Perth Road on December 6, 1918. WWI had just ended, and horse power still ruled on the roads.
The Webb’s - George, Edna and baby Jennie, soon moved to Ida Hill, at the Washburn Road in the southeastern corner of Storrington Township, in what would become South Frontenac 80 years later.
At the age of 82 Jennie was one of the recipients of the second annual South Frontenac Volunteers of the Year Awards in June of 2000. The award recognised her decades long commitment to the Women’s Institute, 4H club, the United Church and numerous other community efforts. The other winners that year included Mel Fleming from Bedford, Percy Snider from Loughborough and John McDougall, Portland.
A lot happened to Jennie Webb between 1918 and 2000, and a lot more has happened since.
As she reflected last week on the occasion of her 100th Birthday at Fairmount Home, with her eldest daughters Nadine and Linda at her side, a picture of a life of family, hard work, faith, and a love of the rural, farming life, emerged.
Jennie Webb grew up at Ida Hill, where she attended elementary school at the Ida Hill School. She was not an only child for long, as 6 younger brothers arrived in succession. Her father George worked for the telephone company as the service was being built out in the region, and was an active beekeeper. After leaving Bell, he had as many as 250 hives on his own property and the properties of many neighbours around the countryside. Jennie’s mother Edna was a midwife.
When Jenny was 15, a family from Desert Lake, near Verona, bought the farm across the road from the Webbs. John Abraham was the eldest son of that family. He was about 22. With his sister, he walked the family’s stock of cattle over from Desert Lake to Ida Hill in one long day.
There must have been a first glance, a first time when 22-year old John Cousineau and 15 year, Jennie Webb saw each other soon after the Cousineau family arrived at Ida Hill. That first impression is still alive in Jennie. It comes out when she looks at some of the family photos she keeps by her side, a sign of her enduring love for her John Abraham.
Two years after meeting, Jennie and John were married. When John passed ten years ago, at the age of 97, they had been married for 72 years.
Jennie and John purchased their own farm on the Battersea Road, and moved there in 1942. They have four daughters, Nadine, Linda, Shirley and Marilyn. They ran a Holstein Dairy Farm, and raised chickens for meat and eggs on the farm.
It took John ten years to build a new brick house for the family on the property, since he was running the farm while building the house, and they moved into the new house in the 1950’s.
In those days, there were four hotels in nearby Battersea. At the Cousineau farm, they would raise 500 chicks at a time. Calls would in from one of the hotels for 3 or 4 dozen broilers for the next day, and Jennie and John were pretty experienced and efficient at preparing chickens. It took them 7 minutes to kill, dry pluck and prepare a chicken for delivery. They would bring up the chickens in the morning, for serving that evening in the dining room. Local food was a way of life back then.
Jennie lived in the house until January of last year, when a month after her 99th birthday, mobility issues, hearing and vision loss had progressed to the point where it became necessary to move to Fairmount Home. The farm is still operating, as a cow-calf operation now, in the hands of one of Jennie’s grandsons, one of many family members who continue to live nearby, and her house has been sold, to her great grandson.
Jennie’s daughter Linda lives across the road, Nadine is in Inverary, and Shirley lives nearby as well. Marilyn lives in Guelph, but has a summer cottage in Verona. Jennie has 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren, with another one on the way. Just as they visited at the farmhouse often, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren drop by Fairmount Home on a regular basis.
The changes that have taken place in the world during Jennie’s lifetime are unprecedented in human history. She has bridged the era of horse and carriage and driverless cars.
It is a tribute to her lifetime of hard work and devotion to community and family that the rural values she grew up with are still alive in her, and in her family as well.
Flipping through the pages of the recent publication, “Lest We Forget, a book of short biographies of men who fought in the Great War with connections to Kennebec and Olden Townships,” by Malcolm Sampson and Rhonda Noble, it becomes clear how present the war was to the lives of people in rural Ontario communities at the time. The biographies tell the basics of what happened to the men who left and either returned physically intact, with injuries that impacted the rest of their lives, or did not come back at all. It also shows how the war’s impact on their lives has reverberated in the local communities in the 100 year since the war ended.
To mark 100 years since the end of the war, we are printing a selection of excerpts from those biographies.
CRAIN, George, was born in Oso Township on July 29, 1894. He enlisted on May 6, 1916 at Sharbot Lake and gave his father, who lived at Clarendon Station as next of kin. He was single and gave his occupation as a farmer. After training, he sailed to Europe on the SS ‘Southland’ in September 1916, arriving at Liverpool on October 6, 1916. On August 25, 1917 he was wounded and taken to the 3rd Australian Hospital at Abberville, France He eventually made it back to the 20th Battalion on April 9, 2918. On October 18, 1918 he was again wounded, gunshot wounds to his right thigh and shrapnel wounds to his right arm. After recovery he returned to Canada and was discharged at Kingston, Ontario on February 17, 1919. After the war George returned to the Elphin area and farmed. He never married and died on February 2, 1986.
BEVERLEY, George Francis. George was born July 9th, 1895. He attested March 9th, 1916 and his occupation was a farmer. His next of kin was Francis H. Beverley, his fatherHe joined the 146th Battalion and while overseas he served with the 4th Canadian Mounted Regiment. He was wounded at Vimy Ridge in the right knee on December 20th, 1916 and transferred to England. He spent 3-1/2 months in England and sailed for Canada on SS‘Letitia’ on May 13th, 1917 and reached Halifax on May 23rd, 1917. He convalesced in Kingston and was discharged January 31st, 1918. He died September 5th, 1969 and is buried in Mountain Grove.
LOYST, Roy, Private was born in Arden on November 8, 1896. His father was Christopher and his mother was Addie. Addie died in 1899 and Roy was raised by his grandparents, Christopher and Sara Boomhower. He sailed for Europe on September 22, 1915 and was reported missing in France on June 21, 1916. On the 28th of June the report changed to “wounded and missing”. He was finally reported as “killed in action ”February 16, 1917 at only 19 years old. Although he had given his next of kin as his grandparents, his war service medals were sent to Mr. W.S.C. Loyst of Arden, his brother. His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate in France.
LEWIS, David “Austin”, Private was born 27th August 1885 in Olden Township. He was the son of George Lewis and Margaret (nee Laidley). When he attested on January 17, 1916 he worked as a farmer. He enlisted with the 146th Battalion and sailed to Europe on the SS ‘Southland’ from Halifax on September 25, 1916 arriving in England October 6, 1916. He was sent to France December 1, 1916. In June of 1917 he was serving with the 4th Canadian Mounted Regiment when he died of shrapnel wounds to his arms and chest on the 4th June 1917 at age 31. He is buried at Bruay Cemetery in France. e. Austin was the second son of George and Margaret to die within 2 months of each other. The cenotaph in Mountain Grove indicates that he was gassed.
MEEKS, Archie, was born in Cloyne on August 18, 1897. His parents were Ian and Annie Meeks. When he attested at Flinton on January 17, 1916 he was 18 years and 5 months old. He went overseas with the 146th Battalion on September 25, 1916 on the SS ‘Southland’. He served as a machine gunner and on April 9, 1917 at Vimy Ridge was shot in the head and was blinded. He returned to Canada and spent time in Queen Military Hospital and was discharged on September 27, 1919 and received a $20 monthly pension for his wounds for the rest of his life. He married Azeta Lyons and they had eight children, 5 girls and 3 boys and lived in the Northbrook/Cloyne area. He died on November 11, 1965 at 11:00 am while the 1 minute silence was being observed, according to family members. Archie was a founding member of the Northbrook Legion, Branch 328.
PALMATEER, Marshall Bidwell was born in Kennebec Township on March 18, 1893 to Jacob Palmateer and Elizabeth Martha Larabee. He attested on January 14, 1916 and went into the 146th Battalion. He was single, his occupation was a labourer He sailed to England on the SS ‘Southland’, arriving October 6, 1916 and on October 6th, 1916 was transferred to the 95th Battalion. On February 17, 1917 he was transferred again to the 20th Battalion and sent to France. Marshall was reported killed in action on August 18, 1917 and is buried at Aix-Noulette in France.
PARKER, Clare. Clare was born May 22, 1894 in Olden Township. His parents were Alexander (Alec) and Edith Parker. When he attested on August 16, 1915, he gave his occupation as a farmer. He served first with the 2nd Reserve Depot and later with the 1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillary. While in France he was reporetd wounded in the face and right shoulder and arm on May 2, 1917. He healed and went back to action and while serving with the Field Artillary was killed in action on October 1, 1918 just 6 weeks prior to the Armistice. He was 24 years old and is buried at Haynecourt British Cemetary in France.
SELMAN, Norman Curtis. Norman used his middle name Curtis. He was born in Kennebec Township on March 27, 1888. When he enlisted on December 23, 1915 he was living in Harlowe. He listed his mother, Jane Anne Selman as next of kin; she was living in Northbrook. He was single, his occupation was a farmer. and he had previous experience with the 47th Militia. He joined the 146th Battalion and sailed on the SS ‘Southland’ to England on September 25, 1916. When he arrived in France he was transferred to the 20th Battalion. He was reported “missing” at Passchendaele on November 12, 1917. The report was later updated to reflect that he had, in fact, been captured and was a prisoner of war. Later reports showed him at P.O.W. camps at Dulmer or Dalmen, Westfalen and Brandenberg. Records dated January 8, 1919 shows “Now released, arrived at Ripon, England, January 4, 1919”. He was later returned to Canada and was discharged on May 14, 1919.
The Clar-Mill Community Archives’ latest project is cataloguing North Frontenac’s cemeteries and as such coordinator Brenda Martin was at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting last Friday in Plevna to outline how they plan to go about it.
“One of the first mysteries to unravel will be the determination of the oldest cemetery in North Frontenac,” Martin said. “Until a recent find, Playfair Cemetery was recorded as the oldest.
“Perhaps it is the oldest ‘registered’ cemetery.”
Watkins Cemetery (Lot 20 NER, Clarendon) on private land was recently identified and markers and historical writings would place this as the oldest cemetery in the Township with graves dating to 1862 when Bramwell Watkins had Pierpont dig a grave for his brother, Delany, who drowned in Fawn Lake on Sept. 21, 1860.
Currently, there are 13 cemeteries recognized in North Frontenac including (Ardoch) Plevna Community Cemetery, Ardoch United Church Cemetery, Cloyne Pioneer Cemetery, Dempsey Cemetery, Donaldson (Mundell) Cemetery, Grindstone (Playfair) Cemetery, Harlowe United Church Cemetery, Ompah Cemetery, Robertsville Cemetery, Sproule Family Burial, St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, St. Killian’s Catholic Cemetery and St. Mark’s Anglican (Harlowe).
“We’re looking for input (from Council) as to what to do next,” Martin said. “We want a summer student, and we have people who are willing to help.
“But there’s an inconsistent numbering system and improvements needed to the website link.”
She said there’s been a drone survey of the Robertsville Cemetery done as a pilot project and they’d like to explore doing more of that.
“But we need a Township letter of support for our grant application and after that our biggest issue would be summer students and office space for them to work in.”
“Right now we’ve got a lot of old tombstones that lawnmowers are running over,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. “And some of those old Ardoch tombstones date back to the 1880s.
“We need to look at getting them fixed.”
“I think this is an extremely worthwhile project,” said Coun. Vernon Hermer.
As per the Township procedural bylaw, the allocation of funds and resources was deferred until the nex regular meeting.
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Council voted to commission a $7,200 engineering study for accessible washrooms at the Snow Road Hall.
But it wasn’t a unanimous decision.
Mayor Ron Higgins cast the deciding vote (there were only five Council members in attendance) agreeing with Dep. Mayor Fred Perry and Coun. Gerry Martin. Coun. Vernon Hermer and John Inglis voted against.
“I’d like to go on record as protesting against this,” said Inglis. “I don’t understand why you have to hire an engineering firm to wire a bathroom.”
“I agree with you,” said manager of community development Corey Klatt. “It’s over the top.
“But it’s required because of the (accessibility) rennovation.”
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Mayor Ron Higgins gave notice that he’d like to review the firearms bylaw next meeting.
“We got complaints from a couple of residents,” he said. “People are hunting too close to homes.”
“The squirrels are going to be happy if I can’t shoot any more of them,” said Coun. Gerry Martin.
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Coun. John Inglis gave notice of motion to discuss options for reducing the speed of heavy trucks and cars through Ompah.
“Apparently there are large trucks coming through at 4:30 a.m. and we got complaints from a couple of residents,” he said.
The Cloyne and District Historical Society’s Flickr account recently topped a thousand photos, Ken Hook told the Society’s monthly meeting in Cloyne this week.
For the handful of folks unfamiliar with Flickr, it’s an image and video hosting service that’s free to use but uploading content or commenting on a photo requires a registering an account.
The Society has had a presence there since 2013.
“We have 323 followers, from all around the world,” Hook said. “Like Brazil, France, Austria, Guatemala, Switzerland and the U.S.
“Even the State Library from Queensland Australia is a follower — we’re not really sure why.”
The Society began the page as part of their commitment to preserve local history and the material can be downloaded for research or presentations.
“We do say that commercial use is prohibited because the intent was not for someone to make a profit from,” Hook said. “Although it’s unlikely anyone would be able to.”
So far, the site has had 2.1 million views and some of them had led to some interesting comments and connections.
For example, one of the most popular photos, with 35,357 views, is of a group of Girl Guides in the back of a Fargo truck in front of Wannamaker’s Store taken 1950.
“The Girl Guides International linked to it from their website and one guy commented that it had to be Canadian because that’s the only place you could get Fargo trucks,” Hook said. “I didn’t know that.”
Another interesting connection came from a photo in the ‘Carol Lessard collection’ of Quintland, the collection of souvenir shops and attractions that sprung up around Callander Bay in the late ’30s and early ’40s as a result of the popularity of the Dionne Quintuplets.
The curator of the Callander Bay Heritage Museum sent an email to the Society saying that this was the only photograph evidence they’ve ever seen of a teepee in front of the clock tower. Apparently, a first nations chief would pose for photographs for tourists but they weren’t sure of the authenticity of the story until seeing the photo on Flickr.
Hook was pleased to point out that at 1,081 photos, the Society has a larger presence than the Halifax Municipal Archives, which has 989.
“The Deseronto Archives, from whom we got the idea, has 2,024 but they joined in 2008,” he said.
But that may change as the Society acquires more images.
Perhaps they may catch the Smithsonian Institution (3,486 images) or even the British Museum (1,700,014).
The Scotts of Kennebec held a reunion in October of 2016 with relatives coming from across Canada to attend. It was a celebration and sharing of their heritage when their ancestors Daniel Scott [1822-1911] and Phoebe Parks[1815-c.1891] came with their young family up the Salmon River from Hay Bay in 1855.
Another reunion is planned for the extended Scott-Parks family at Arden Sunday Oct.21 (noon-4:30 p.m.). There will be the dedication of a plaque to be placed in the Kennebec Heritage Garden, just across the road from the Arden millpond. The Scotts are honoured to be among the first families to be represented. All community members interested in local history are welcome.
Family members will have the opportunity to contribute to the cost of the plaque, make a donation toward lunch and the Kennebec & District Historical Society. At noon people may go with the group to the cemetery, then at 1 p.m. to the millpond, then 2 p.m. to the community hall for lunch, to view displays and share stories. Plans are in the works to produce a family book.
The Scott family would like to congratulate the Kennebec & District Historical Society for their efforts to establish a Heritage Garden near the millpond. Community members interested in local history can support this local organization with a donation to the Society. It is a registered Canadian charity and can offer tax receipts.
Malcolm Sampson always has a project on the go. When he first arrived in Arden 15 or so years ago he instigated the establishment of a soccer league. Over the years he has organised numerous events at the Arden Legion, all aimed at enhancing the profile and/or raising money for the legion. Coming up to Canada 150 he took an interest in the names on the Cenotaph in Arden, particularly the names of WWI Vets from the former Kennebec Township. Sensing there must be a story behind the names of those men who set off from isolated hardscrabble in Arden and Henderson and set off to see the world, not having any idea what they were heading into until they got there, he began to do research.
“I also knew that the people in the next generation, the last generation who remember who these people were and what they were like, are getting on and if their memories are not recorded in some way, those memories will disappear pretty soon,” he said, when interviewed this week with Rhonda Noble at the Frontenac News office.
Malcolm is no stranger to the Frontenac News. He has been talking with us about this project, and others, on a regular basis for a couple of years.
Once he knew he wanted to collect the stories of the men whose names were on the Cenotaph, he began to reach out, through word of mouth, notices in the paper, and through the Arden Legion, for information. Pretty soon the scope of his inquiry expanded to include the names on the Cenotaph in Mountain Grove because he realised the two communities were inextricably linked. Later, it expanded to people who are connected to long time Arden residents, even those who arrived after 1918.
In the end, with one exception, he found out something about every name on the list, save one, J. Dawson-Mountain Grove.
There are 34 names on the Arden Cenotaph and 32 in Mountain Grove.
“There are two or three duplications,” said Malcolm, “and with all the other names people brought forward to us the book has 101 written entries, and 127 photos and documents. But try as we did, no matter where we looked, all we know about J.Dawson is his last name and first initial, nothing else.”
Malcolm decided that the best thing for this project was to produce it in booklet form for the descendants of the men and anyone else who is interested in the history of Kennebec and Olden townships and how it was changed by a generation of men, most of whom were volunteers, who left and either came back profoundly changed, sometimes physically and sometimes psychologically, or who never came back at all.
His only problem was that, although he knew we could print the booklet for him and that he could convince local businesses to support it so that he could sell copies for $10 without being out of pocket, he had not computer skills. None at all.
That’s where his friend Rhonda Noble came in.
“I was ready for a project,” Rhonda said, although she did not necessarily know how big an effort Malcolm was signing her up for. Rhonda typed and proofread and laid out the entire book, 250 or so entries.
The result is a 70 page book, with original documentation and anecdotal memories from descendants. Of the men in the book, 12 died before returning from the war, and many others came back debilitated in some way. Each of the items in the book paints a distinctive picture of the past. This is apparent just by flipping to any page in the book, at random. For example, there is John Monds on page 35. He was born in 1896, was 19 when he enlisted on December 8, 1916. He had a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. He sailed to England on September 25, 1916, fought at Vimy Ridge and died on April 11, 2017.
Rockwell Newton, who was about 23 when he joined the army in 1918, made it to England within 6 weeks of enlisting and arrived in France just 5 weeks before the end of the war. He got back to Canada, uninjured as far as we know, on May 19/1919. His life ended in tragedy however, as he died in 1931 in a truck/train accident at Arden that also claimed one of his brothers, Freeman.
Virtually every entry in the book manages to tell a compelling story, even those that have only the bare minimum of information available.
Now that this project is over, Malcolm is planning the next one.
“We thought of World WarII but not only would it be a huge project, we are also not able to use the archives because the records will be sealed for another 20 years, and without the archives we would not have been able to do this book,” said Malcolm.
“Maybe, and I haven’t told Rhonda about this because it is a new idea, we should do all of Frontenac County,” he said.
Rhonda did not respond.
The book is available between 2 and 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arden Legion.
On Sat., June 23, CMCA Co-ordinator Brenda Martin, member Sheryl Weber and Mayor Ron Higgins travelled to the Japanese International Centre in Toronto to accept the Dorothy Duncan Ontario Historical Society award. This award recognizes a not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated an outstanding level of service to its region.
The year 2017 was a very productive year for conserving local history for future generations, as the Clarendon & Miller Community Archives motto declares. The committee worked diligently to produce three books – Lodges: Past and Present in North Frontenac, Memories of General Stores in North Frontenac, and Historic Tours of North Frontenac. A Virtual Tour component was later launched to complement the tour book. The CMCA also designed ten historic signs that were installed throughout the Township to mark historic sites. Visual exhibits were expanded with the Remembrance Day one being highly praised by the community. The Township of North Frontenac has provided ongoing support to CMCA; in 2017, they provided space to store CMCA display materials, and granted some funding toward both historic signs and a community event to celebrate Lodges and Housekeeping Cottages. The nomination by the Township was a great honour; to be recognized by the Ontario Historical Society with the Dorothy Duncan Award was far beyond CMCA expectations.
The South Frontenac Museum in Hartington officially opened its doors for the season Saturday as part of the Doors Open Ontario program.
New to the museum this year is a presentation of 62 old stone houses in the area by David Jeffries, which is a project of the newly-formed South Frontenac Heritage Committee.
And Doug Lovegrove’s little military history corner is also undergoing some changes.
“We’re moving out some of the Second World War stuff in favour of the 146th Overseas Battalion (the First World War unit formed in this area,” he said. “We’ve also got some stuff about life in the trenches such as the knitting program whereby people on the home front would knit socks for the soldiers.
“Sometimes, they could go through as many as four pairs of socks in a day.”
It’s little stories like that that make museums such interesting places.
And one of those stories happened Saturday.
Glenn Snook dropped in to the museum with a pair of skates. Obviously very old, they were the ‘spring skates’ kind where the blades clamped over the sole of your boots.
“These belonged to Carolyn Fluke in the 1890s,” Snook said. “Some people might know Robin Fluke, a relative who was a teacher at Sydenham High School.
“Carolyn was my grandfather John Lindsay’s girlfriend.”
On Dec. 24, a 20-something Carolyn decided to go for a skate on Lake Opinicon.
Unfortunately, the ice was thin. She fell in the water. She drowned.
When Snook was a boy, he was in his grandfather’s attic and seeing the skates, he asked his grandfather about them.
“He told me the story so I’d know why he kept them,” Snook said. “Much later on, I asked my cousins if he’d told them the story.
“They said he didn’t. He only told me.”
After his grandfather died, Snook and his wife were cleaning out the attic and came across the old skates.
“I’ve kept them ever since,” he said. “I thought this museum would be a proper place for them.”
And so it is, as well as a 120-year-old love story.
Board member Barb Stewart said the Open Doors event was the first of several planned for this year.
“We will have others but we don’t know what until our 21st annual meeting,” she said. “But we will be open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from July 1 until Labour Day.”
Rural Life is good. It is not static, or stuck in the mud. When I was six I walked to school and had been taught my address- in case of emergency. At that time I lived on county road 9.
In later years I lived on my uncle's farm. He earned a living through mixed farming, a mixture of Holstein milkers, chickens for eggs, and a few pigs. Times changed for him when his barn was struck by lightening. Gone were the hay loft and middle storage area for equipment. A small holding adjacent to his farm was for sale. Uncle Wally bought it because it had an implement barn- a place to store his equipment for winter.
Another change happened to him. The adjacent city decided to incorporate his property. There was potential for future housing lots, but no future for the farm. It seemed that the Ferguson family had to move. By now, Wally was not as young, or energetic, as he had been when he first started to farm. His family had increased over the years with the arrival of my 4 cousins.
Now that was definitely change. I remember watching my younger cousins playing in the sandbox. There were toy cars - vroom- there were trucks for racing across the sand. The most exciting toys were the "Big Diggers". Big construction equipment making big holes and requiring lots of noise.
Wally decided to buy a small farm further away from the city. He would cut back the work load by developing a herd of beef cattle. No milking at 4:00 A.M. The Hereford herd was developing nicely. There was also a small cash crop of asparagus on the property. Perfect.
Life is change. The Conservation Authority Officials approached Wally. It seemed that they had plans for a new park in the area. Wally's farm had the necessary stream running through it. They were now expropriating the property. Wally retired.
My husband and I wanted a home in the country, near Kingston. After searching in the area we found a great place in the village of Sydenham in 1984. The house was a bit of a landmark for locals. It was built in 1900 by John Wood. He was the great Grandfather of present day Wilma Kenny.
More recently this Victorian home had been owned by Earl Martin. In the 1960s high school students knew where to find Earl Martin. Earl had been in charge of maintenance at the High School. He lived,"just past the BEER Store." Local directions for travel included passing his little red barn.
Well, the barn had seen better days by 1984. Local people reported to we newcomers that before the property was put up for sale, the barn had been propped up on the far side by an old telephone pole. Over time we reinforced the lakeside wall, replaced areas of cement in the foundation, and added pine cladding to the outside. It was no longer "that Red Barn." We acquired a snow blower. We also travelled back and forth to Kingston for employment--- but the garden was growing!!
There were changes in Municipal structure. Mayors and councillors changed. Structure of the County changed when Townships were amalgamated. We now lived in South Frontenac. We had a terrific water supply from our old well. Council decided the Village needed a central water supply. Well, after losing the fight, we faced another change. Our share of installation costs was based on frontage-we had some.
I privately named the new water tower, "Phil's Pholly."
People change. They age. More cottage homes were winterized and became year round homes. People living in the Greater Toronto Area began to see the advantages of living in Frontenac County- and the advantages were more than being able to avoid the 401. Our population is growing. Traffic has increased. Bedford Road, which starts near Trousdale's Foodland, is now steadily in use. Count 'em-40 pickups, 35 Caravans, and 18 sedans per 30 minutes on Saturday afternoon. This is the era of computers and Magic road maps. Some change is NOT for the better. If you believe your GPS map, then the beginning of Bedford Road is somewhere near the old Ski Hills.
We have been watching the work crews as they improve the Bedford road up to the, now not so new, "new Subdivision" at the meeting of Alton and Bedford Roads. In this case GPS is used to great advantage. The road is being straightened, drainage is being installed due to runoff from the ridge side of the road. At last, we oldsters will have sidewalks to stroll upon. The lake is still blue, the sky is still full of curly clouds. We are safely ensconced on the "Canadian Shield" of Granite. Our little world is improving, and change is good.
The Arden Legion is nearing completion of a book regarding local men who enlisted, fought, and sometimes died in World War One.
November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of the war and is our projected date for completion.
We have access to a lot of the military records of these men and where possible we are including all the personal background we can gather.
If you have more information, photographs and family details if possible on the following soldiers, please call either Malcolm Sampson at 613-335-3664 or the Arden Legion at 613-335-2737 and leave your number.
Ernest Barker, Arden - His middle name could have been either Enoch or Enick. He was born on May 9, 1898 to Britton and Florence Barker. He was only 17-1/2 years old when he enlisted in 1915. At one point military records indicate an address in Rochester, New York, USA. He served in England and France and was discharged January 29, 1919.
T. Beverly, Mountain Grove - He is thought to be Thomas James Beverly, born 1876 in Odessa. He served in World War 1 and his next of kin was Clara, his wife. His father was John Beverly and records indicate at least 2 children; Margaret Victoria Beverly and Thomas Edgar Beverly. After the war the family lived in the Mountain Grove area.
F. Dawson, Mountain Grove - His name is on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. it is thought that we are looking for a James Garnet Dawson born 1895 and who died in 1982. His wife was Emma Jan Uens and that they had a son called Donald. No military records have been found.
Robert Stanley Delyear, Harlowe - Was born March 19, 1897 at Harlowe to William and Hannah Delyea and the family had moved to the Arden area by 1917 when he enlisted. He served overseas and was discharged in 1919. He had 2 sisters, E. May Delyea and Ida Bell Delyea.
R. Flyn, Mountain Grove - Shown on Mountain Grove Cenotaph. Could be Roger Stanley Flynn or Herbert Russell Flynn. Both were born in Mountain Grove and both moved out west. We are unable to locate any military records for Roger and the records for Herbert Russell Flynn give no indication that other than being born in Mountain Grove he had any other connection.
Dow Frazer, Arden - He is listed at the Arden Village Hall. Military records show various combinations of Fraser Frazier, and Frazer with ﬁrst names of Oscar and Osker but the middle name is always Dow. He shows 2 next of kin; William Henry Fraser of Harlowe and Jacob Miller Fraser also of Harlowe. He served overseas and was discharged February 21, 1919.
William Ashley Godfrey - Went by the name of "Ash" was born September 3, 1894. His parents were possibly Wilson and Rodie or Rhoda Godfrey. He is shown on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. He married Keitha Hartwick and they are thought to have moved to Newburgh and retired there.
William Herbert (Herbie) Gray, Mountain GroveWas born in Maberly on August 29, 1893. His was Pearl and he was 24 years old when he enlisted In 1917. He did get to England but it is unclear if he served in France. He returned to Canada in July 1919 and was discharged.
J. Hawley Mountain Grove - Is listed on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. We are unable to locate any military or family history with only the initial “J” to go by. Any help would be appreciated.
Okeland Alexander Hayes, Mountain Grove - Was born June 22, 1896 In Mountain Grove. His dad was William Hayes. When he enlisted in February 1916 he gave his occupation as a cheese maker. He served in Canada, France and England and was discharged in January/February 1919. He ls thought to have lived in the Village of MacLean between Mountain Grove and Parham.
Donald Bruce MacDonald, Mountain Grove - Was born In 1894 and died In 1969. After the war he married Nora Gray and they ran the General Store In Mountain Grove. He was also post master from 1931 to 1945. They had 5 boys. We have been unable to locate any military records but this could be because of the combinations of first and middle names and different spellings of the surname.
S. Mills, Mountain Grove - On the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. The only S. Mills we can find relates to a Silas or Siles Mills from the Flinton area with no known connection with the Arden/Mountain Grove area. It is possible that the S. Mills we are searching for was the son of one, William Mills and married an Amanda Knight.
Rockwell Newton, Arden - There are 2 possible birth dates, February 9, 1883 or December 7, 1878. His parents were Elisha Newton and Hannah Jane Knight. He enlisted April 15, 1918 and served in England and France. He was discharged May 16, 1919.
Calvin Shorts, Mountain Grove - Was born July 23, 1894 in the Mountain Grove area. When he enlisted in December 1915 he had a wife, Sarah, and was employed as a labourer.
Maurice Thompson, Arden - Was born August 15, 1899 to James Wilson Thompson and Sarah Detlor. He was only 17 years old when he enlisted. After the war he lived in Toronto for a while and then moved to Elm Tree where he had a small store and post office. He married Pearl Guernsay in 1920.
Wellington Thompson, Arden – Was born June 15, 1896. His parents were Wilson Thompson and Levia Godfrey. He had a sister, Pearl, who later moved to America and brothers George, Oscar and James.
Coleman Vanness - Is thought to have been born around 1873. He enlisted in 1916 and at that time gave no next of kin and claimed to be an orphan. He enlisted and took his medical in Arden.
Louis Manley Vanness, Arden - Was born in Arden October 7, 1895. His mother was Effie Eustace; his father Marshall Vanness. The family is thought to have lived in the Dead Creek/Bordenwood area. He married twice, to Sarah Evalina Hartin and later to Ethel Vanness, the widow of Peter Vanness, his uncle. After the war he lived in the Northbrook area.
Marshall Vanness - Was the father of Louis Vanness. Marshall was born in 1870 in Camden Township and moved to the Arden/Bordenwood area some time prior to 1916.
J. Veley, Mountain Grove - is shown on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. We can find no military records for a J. Veley from Mountain Grove but we found a John Veley of Hinchenbrook. We need to locate family members to verify we have the correct persons researched.
Hardy Veley, Dead Creek - Was born at Dead Creek May 8, 1875 and was living in Mountain Grove in 1916. He enlisted twice in 1916 when he gave his next of kin as Alphaeus Veley, his brother. He was discharged in 1917 with heart problems. He re-enlisted and this time gave his next of kin as Mrs. Asselstine of Mountain Grove.
Milton Veley, Dead Creek - Was born at Dead Creek May 19, 1894. His mother was Mrs. C. Veley. He enlisted January 1916 and at that time was a farmer and single.
Edward Wood, Kennebec Twp. - Was born to William and Hannah Wood on March 9, 1886 in Kennebec Township. He enlisted and took his medical in Arden and gave his mother as his next of kin.
Oscar Wood, Arden - is shown on the Arden Hall Plaque. The only Oscar Wood we could find records for enlisted in Saskatchewan but was born in Arden March 4, 1897 to Charles and Rosanna Wood.
Erving Woodcock - (Could be Irving). Was born September 22, 1893 to Manson Woodcock and Hester Ann Parks. He married Louisa or Louise Hart who had 2 daughters by a previous marriage. Gladys, who married Gordie Woodcock of Elm Tree and Beatrice who married Claude Parks. Erving is thought to have had a brother Elmer who lived near Northbrook.
Any information at all will help. Thank you