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Wooden clog

A wooden clog found in the debris field caused by the flood of Hurricane Hazel and the dykes overflowing.

York University Archives

Wist, Glen drowning

Event Date : Wednesday, July 10, 1957
Event Type : Death

Description : Little Glen Wist, 6, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wist of the Holland Marsh, was drowned in the canal beside his home at noon last Wednesday. Apparently he had fallen into the water while playing with a small toy boat, to which he had attached a string about eight feet long.Glen had been at the storage building with his two elder brothers, Gary and Paul, and his father. At noon Mr. Wist told the three boys to go home for lunch. When Mr. Wist reached home it was realized that the youngest brother was missing. A search was immediately begun, and when they went to the canal they found the toy boat floating on the water. When they pulled in the boat, little Glen's body came in sight, the string of the boat being tied to his foot. Resuscitation work was begun immediately by his father, and a neighbour. Bradford fire brigade was called and the firemen, with the help of Miss Marilyn Ritchie, R.N., who was soon joined by a doctor, worked for three and a half hours, but in vain. Little Glen was a bright, lovable little chap who would have started to school this fall, had he been spared. He is survived by his two elder brothers, Gary 11 and Paul 8, and his parents. The funeral was held from the Church of Holy Martyrs, Bradford, on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Interment was in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bradford.

Bradford Witness

Wist, Glen Albert obituary

Event Date : Wednesday, July 10, 1957
Event Type : Death

Description : Died suddenly at his home, R.R. 1, Kettleby, at the age of 6. Darling son of Frank Wist and Marjory Pattendon, and dear brother of Gary and Paul. Rested at the Lathangue-Kilkenny Funeral Home, Simcoe St., Bradford. Funeral was held Saturday at 9:30 a.m., to the Holy Martyrs of Japan for mass at 10 a.m. Interment Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bradford.

Bradford Witness

Wist, Frank J. obituary

Event Date : Monday, February 21, 1972
Event Type : Death

Description : Died suddenly. Of R.R. 1, Kettleby, beloved husband of Marjorie Wist and dear father of Gary of Bradford, Paul of Kettleby and the late Glen. Loving son of John Sr. and Elizabeth Wist of Kettleby, loving grandfather of Teressa. Resting at the Lewis Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe St., Bradford. Requiem high mass in the Church of the Holy Martyrs of Japan on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment McGann's Cemetery. Recession of the Rosary, Wed., at 8 p.m.

Bradford Witness

Wist , John Sr. obituary

Event Date : Tuesday, August 28, 1979
Event Type : Death

Description : One of the Holland Marsh pioneers, John Wist Sr. died last Tuesday (August 28) at York County Hospital in Newmarket. He was 83. Born in Yugoslavia, Mr. Wist emigrated to Canada in 1927, residing first in the west, then moving to the Leamington area. He and his wife Elizabeth worked on a sugar beet farm weeding for $12 an acre - tough work that lasted from sunup to sundown. Forty years ago, Mr. Wist and his family settled in the Holland Marsh where he cleared a five-acre parcel of land. He built a home on the King Rd. near the Fourth Concession, carrying every piece of lumber for the house the distance of one mile. Back in those days work really meant work" his son John Jr. commented. While he officially retired about 30 years ago Mr. Wist still kept busy on the family farm near the Muck Research Station. He helped with the back-breaking job of clearing the land and his son recalled one incident where his father had fallen during the clearing operations. Shrugging off the pain Mr. Wist suggested more work could be done on the drainage ditches. It was only later that he discovered he'd cracked two ribs in that fall. For the past two years Mr. Wist and his wife lived in retirement in Bradford. He became ill about one month ago. Mr. Wist leaves his wife Elizabeth Ernst and his son John Jr. He is predeceased by his son Frank. He also leaves a brother Mike of Toronto, grandsons Jim, Rick, Gary, and Paul, and great-grandchildren Kim, Teressa and Jaimie. Friends called at the Lathangue & Skwarchuk Funeral Home in Bradford and funeral mass was held at the Holy Martyrs of Japan Roman Catholic Church last Friday. He was buried at the Holy Martyrs Cemetery in West Gwillimbury Township."

Bradford Witness

William Sutherland Drowning

Newspaper article dated 1889 from the South Simcoe News, describing the disappearance and drowning death of William Sutherland, son of Alexander and Elizabeth Sutherland.

Luanne Campbell Edwards

Wheat Grinder

A hand powered wheat seed grinder. The grinder can be used by holding the handle and rolling it back and forth over seeds until ground. Wheat was one of the agricultural products grown in the Holland Marsh area. Part of a donation by Tom Fuller Jr. that consists of items used in agriculture on the Holland Marsh.

Tom Fuller, Jr.

WEGWHIST Collection

  • Collection
  • 1800 - ?

Contains information and resources compiled by the WEGWHIST (West Gwillimbury History) Group relating to the local history of Bradford and the West Gwillimbury area.

WEGWHIST Collection

Village of Bradford Account Ledger

Bradford Account Ledger. Includes: Debentures, fire engine account, factory account, hydro-electric debentures, high school debentures, board of education account, Bradford & West Gwillimbury Drainage Scheme account , Bradford Drainage Scheme account and Holland Street paving account. Runs from early 1900s – 1930s. Has some items glued into it.

John Harrison

Victim's mother is charged

"Charges of neglect have been laid against the mother of the 12-year-old girl who drowned in the Holland River on Monday, August 5, according to the Executive Director of the York Region Children's Aid Society, Donald Van Camp.
Eleanor Lowder, mother of Betty Lowder, the girl who drowned, has been charged under Section 40 part (1) of the Child Welfare Act which makes it an offense for anyone to leave a child unattended for an unreasonable length of time without proper supervision. Under the provisions of the act the maximum fine the court is able to impose in such a case is $200 and a maximum one year prison term.
Hearings on the charge will take place in camera on September 3 in Newmarket family court.
The surviving five Lowder children are in the care and custody of the Children's Aid Society, according to Van Camp. After the accident one of the children was in the care of relatives, according to him, but now all are with the society.
Any inquest into the drowning will have to wait until the charges have been taken care of by the courts, according to Dr. Robert Seaver, who is acting as coroner in the case.
"Its all up in the air right now," said Doctor Seaver, "any charges will take precedent. Until some of these things are straightened out," he said referring to the charges, "we can't go ahead." He is also waiting on further details on the accident to become available from the police and the autopsy report.
The possibility of an inquest will still be up in the air, according to Dr. Seaver, until it is decided if some particular aspect of Betty Lowder's death has to be "...brought out."
The police will only be acting as witnesses and assisting the Children's Aid Society in this case according to Deputy Chief Robert Hood of the York Regional Police. Police could have laid the charge against Mrs. Lowder, but they deferred to the Children's Aid Society in the case.
The drowning was the first case in which Bradford firemen were called to the Marsh area which recently switched to Newmarket for its fire protection. The Bradford department's answering of the call raises the question of the $800 charge which King Township is supposed to pay when the Bradford department enters King.
When asked about the fee and whether it will be charged, Bradford mayor Joe Magani replied, "If someone is drowning and we coulz be of some assistance, I don't think its a matter of dollars and cents."

Bradford Witness

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