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Durham, James Blanchfield

  • CA BWGPL 2953

Event Date : Saturday, September 08, 1900
Event Type : Death
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Community : Bradford
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Description : Died at Durham Place" Bradford.Age: 71st year.Born in Township of Trafalger County of Halton on May 30th 1830.Married Harriet Saunders daughter of George W. Saunders St. Vincent Township County of Grey in 1855.Moved to Bradford from Barrie in 1860 to run the T. Smith & Sons' Sawmills. More than 20 years later the mills moved north and he became involved in farming. Leaves a widow and nine children: T.S. Durham of Sault Ste. Marie; Sidney of B.C.; Mrs. E.S. Meeking of Allandale; James E. of Tonawanda N.Y.; Edgar and Miss Ella of Bradford; Clara of the Jewish Hospital Cincinnati Ohio; Hattie of Sault Ste. Marie and Wilbert of Bay City Mich.Interred in Barrie Union Cemetery."

Further Recollections of Old Times in Bradford

  • CA BWGPL PH3929

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Community : Bradford
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Description : Mentions a visit from Sam McKuen, who is married to Clara Miller of West Gwillimbury, which lead to great reminiscing. He talks about Edwin Kneeshaw and Edwin's marriage to Clara Steele and talks about the Kneeshaw family as a whole. This brings him to the topic of Steele's Corner. He remembers the Steeles, the Tindalls, and Mrs. Dr. Stevenson and expresses his sadness concerning the closure of the Hipwell General Store in Bond Head.

Holland River

  • CA BWGPL PH12737

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Community : Bradford
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Description : Part of a regular column, "Further Recollections: Old Times in Bradford," written by T.A. Pratt, Islington. Deals with subject of whether the Holland River should properly be called that, or if its true name is the Schomberg River.

North-West Rebellion Vet. Dies in Newmarket

  • CA BWGPL PH14256

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Community : Other - Bradford
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Description : Albert E. West, a veteran of the North-West Rebellion, dies in Newmarket in his 94th year.

Goodbye to Father McGinn

  • CA BWGPL PH14380

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Community : Bradford
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Description : Describes the farewell ceremonies for Father McGinn at St. Mary's School.

Evans, Dr. Wilfred G.

  • CA BWGPL PH14848

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Community : Other - Bradford
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Description : Dr. Wilfred G. Evans, a native of West Gwillimbury, dies in Didsbury, Alberta.

Shirley Gets 20 Years For Bradford Bank Robbery

  • CA BWGPL PH15587

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Community : Other - Bradford
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Description : Lawrence Shirley is sentenced to 20 years in Kingston Penitentiary for his part in the armed robbery of the Bradford Bank of Commerce. Frank Watson is acquitted, but faces other charges and is returned to the Don Jail. Leonard Jackson is still at large.

4-H Club Year End

  • CA BWGPL PH25651

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Community : Bradford West Gwillimbury
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Description : 4-H Club Year End

Cookstown Public School was quite active last Saturday afternoon as over 100 women and girls attended the 4-H activity day, put on by 4-H girls from Bradford, Ivy, Beeton, Everitt, Bond Head, Tottenham, and Hill and Valley groups.

The girls put on charades about etiquette, discussed judging and arranging of flowers, and gave plans for arranging a birthday party, and voted on next year's projects which will have a definite focus on living involving spring cotton reviews.

In the afternoon the girls record books were on display for the mothers to enjoy, and they also showed their decorated boxes which were made to hold reference files. Plays and exhibits were offered in both serious and funny presentations in order to draw attention to the fun that can be enjoyed while serious learning is taking place.

Most of the theme centered around manners, etiquette and table setting. Comments were made to the girls by visiting home economists to assist them in future clubwork, and the Bradford leaders Mrs. Swan and Mrs. Klop were quite proud of the achievements of their girls.

Projects awards were given to DonnaLee Lloyd, Nancy Jean Clubine, Lynda Slingerland, and Cathy Lewis. Achievement awards were given to Judy McArthur, Lyna McVety, Susan Robertson, and Ellen Masin, and Linda McArthur. Now the girls can go on and work toward receiving County and Provincial awards in the years to come.

David A. Jones Made

  • CA BWGPL PH25685

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Community : Beeton
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Description : David A. Jones Made "Beetown" Famous

David Allanson Jones is credited as the founder of Beeton. He was the first commercial bee man in North America and made the community famous for its honey.

Honey bees were not native to North America and were brought in by the first settlers. Jones capitalized on the delicacy and won prizes and awards for his honey in fairs all over the world.

In 1874, Clarkville was renamed Beetown in recognition of Mr. Jones' work. The name has since become Beeton but the signs at the entrances to the village still use the beehive symbol in memory of Jones, who died in 1910.

Simcoe Centre MPP D. Arthur Evans was born in Beeton.

Probably the most famous person to call Beeton her home was Canadian radio star, Kate Aitken, who passed away last year. Mrs. Aitken remembered her childhood so fondly she often commented about Beeton in her radio shows. The history of the community is set down in her book, "Never A Day Too Bright."

Mrs. Aitken organized the first Women's Institute in Beeton in 1920 and was its first president. Mrs. Gordon Drury, curator of the Institute's Tweedsmuir History Book, said the first meeting was held in a building on the northwest corner of Main and Centry Sts. Each of the ladies donated a cup and saucer and at the second meeting, each donated a chair. To keep the place warm and cozy through the winter months, another lady donated a cord of firewood.

The Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary in October, 1970. One hundred seventy-four ladies have belonged to the organization since it began.

Each of the three churches in town has its wealth of history in the forming of the community.

Trinity Anglican Church was built in 1878 with the cornerstone laid by John MacDonald, M.P. There was probably another church on Main St. before fire destroyed the west half of the main block of stores (Jones' block) on the north side.

Mrs. Jack Camplin recalls the church was always filled for two services each Sunday, and the holders of rented pews had to be in their seats ten minutes before the service otherwise others were allowed to use the seats.

Rev. J. Cross has been the pastor at the church for the past five years.

St. Paul's Anglican Church was built in 1879 for $4,500 on land donated by the Hammell family. The opening service was preached by Bishop Sweetman on Feb. 10, 1880 and consecrated on Dec. 14, 1906 after becoming debt-free. The church seats 200 people and has a congregation of 100 families.

Church records indicate a congregation existed as early as 1867. Rev. William Davis has been the minister for the past five years.

Rev. Basil Das of Tottenham is the minister of the Presbyterian Church which was completed in 1890 and debt-free at its opening. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1941.

The original church, Second United Presbyterian Congregation of Tecumseth was started in 1859 and located on the south side of Main St.

The Beeton Telephone Co. is now part of the history of the community. In 1958 the company was sold to Bell Telephone when the dial system became widely used. Dr. McKelvey, the last president, said the company was formed in 1906 and owned the territory surrounding Bradford, Cookstown, Alliston, Rosemont and Tottenham.

Beeton was the first community in Ontario to have a covered ice rink. The old town hall was condemned and subsequently sold in 1947 for $5,500 and the money used to build the rink.

Dr. McKelvey, who was reeve at the time, said the arena didn't cost the ratepayers a nickel. The entire cost was raised through donations and social events.

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