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Zelpha Ann & Mary Williams

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Description : Zelpha Ann and Mary Williams in front of a 1928 Chevrolet car.

Zella Gardener

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Zella Gardener, leader of the Church Mission Band group.

Young Layman

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With Presbyterians from all over Canada opening their annual assembly today, the lad on the tricycle pedalled up on the sidewalk of Knox Church to inspect the banner on the front. He was greeted by Rev. R. A. Birnie, a native of Scotland, who has ministered at Duntroon, Ont., more than 20 years, and Rev. W. A. Hunter of Bradford for 38 years in the ministry. "My names Kenny," said the boy.

Words of advice, from Scotch Settlement group

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Description : That was the advice of Dr. Neil Watters, speaking to the Scotch Settlement Historical meeting last Saturday afternoon. He reminded those in attendance of the many contributions the Osler family made to the community of Bond Head, South Simcoe, Canada, and in the case of Sir William, to the world-wide field of medicine. In April 1837, the family came to the village of Bond Head, on the edge of the Canadian wilderness, surrounded by forest, where bears and wolves roamed. Dr. Watters noted that visitors from abroad still come Bond Head to visit the church. He urged Governments to meet the challenge: "Find some way to preserve Osler Church!" Dr. Watters, in his own way, is establishing a precedent in Town - taking the initial steps towards the designation of the log house on his property on the 12th Line, as a Heritage property. The log house, built in 1834, is a rare example of an original log house built by the first settlers in West Gwillimbury and is the first property to be designated since the Heritage Committee was formed by 18 months ago.

Wooden Beam Plough

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Old time farming with a wooden beam plough. If you have any additional information about this photo please contact the library at 905-775-3328.

Wood Sawing Bee

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The buzz saw was part of a spring ritual called the Wood Sawing Bee.

Wood Family

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Description : Wedding photo of Chris and Joyce Wood.

Women fenced in says Noreen Sinclair

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Description : Women should encourage their daughters to break into fields usually dominated by men, Noreen Stevens, wife of Sinclair Stevens (MP York-Simcoe) suggested last week.
"There is something wrong in keeping women's talents fenced in", Mrs. Stevens told delegates attending the 73rd annual meeting of Simcoe South District Women's Institutes. Her address centred around women in a changing world to coincide with International Women's year proclaimed by the United Nations.
Mrs. Stevens suggested women look into and encourage their daughters to consider careers in the legal, medical, dental or pharmacy fields. She believes there is no reason women should not be counsellors, mathematicians, architects, engineers or even electricians, plumbers or tinsmiths.
Our grandmothers knew, without her, meals would not be prepared, sewing done or the calves and chickens fed. "She was vital and she knew it," Mrs. Stevens told the 100 delegates at luncheon.
"The image of the working mother is more accepted now," the speaker noted pointing out fifty years ago it was necessary for a women to spend five hours a day in the kitchen preparing food that is done by today's homemaker in just 90 minutes.
Mrs. Stevens quoted statistics to prove female participation in the labor force is increasing. In 1947, 21.9 per cent were women; in 1957, 23.9 and in 1967, 30.7.
Fifteen years go fewer married women were working but this is changing.
She said often women postpone having children for a time after marriage so they can work. Similarly children are often spaced closely together so the mother can return to work.
"This points out a way of life for oncoming generations," Mrs. Stevens told the gathering.
She noted the average size of families is decreasing. "It used to be five, now it is three."
Mrs. Stevens listed five reasons why women work outside their homes. Usually it is for the added income to maintain a higher lifestyle than is possible on a husband's salary but some women work to escape boredom. She observed "white-collared" jobs are available to women more than ever before and working conditions are better. In addition excellent day care services encourage women to leave their children and join the workforce.
The speaker stressed that women prepare their daughters for the new trend with a good education. "No one can take it from you and it lasts a lifetime," she commented.

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