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Centennial Re-Union Attracts Largest Crowd Ever in Bradford

"The home-coming for the Bradford Centennial Reunion has brought sons and daughters from the length and breadth of the continent, and even guests from Bradford, England.
Bradford churches were filled to capacity on Sunday, when old boys and girls added to the regular congregations, and friendships were renewed following these services." ...

Bradford Witness

Lions Club Library Plaque

A wood and metal plaque. It reads:

"This Local History Room was furnished by the Lions Club of Bradford to Commemorate the visit of Judge Brian Stevenson of Calgary President of the International Association of Lions Clubs on the occasion of their 50th anniversary October 9. 1987."

Bradford Lions Club

Bond Head's Parade Claimed to be Best Yet

"Bond Head's Pioneer Parade last saturday, July 1, was another example and proof of the fact that enthusiasm and willing workers can produce what money expenditure cannot. The Bond Head workers for the parade, and other events, did not have big financial resources but they did have a wealth of initiative, enthusiasm willingness to work, and a determination to do credit to Bond Head, and they most certainly accomplished the latter. That parade, and other events of the day, made July 1, 1967, red letter day for Bond Head." ...

Bradford Witness

Gardner, Thomas obituary

Event Date : Sunday, February 26, 1984
Event Type : Death

Description : A well-known Bradford resident died this past Sunday after suffering a heart attack following a lengthy illness.Eighty-one-year-old Thomas Gardner had been a resident of Bradford since 1918 and was chosen as the town's Citizen of the Year in 1976. Mr. Gardner was born in Newmarket and moved to Bradford with his family at the age of 16. He and his father, Herbert, opened Gardner's Hardware Store on Holland St. and supplied the needs of local residents. When his father died in 1950, Thomas continued the family business. He soon married longtime Bradford resident Rita Cook and had two sons of his own, Donald and John. Don worked with his father at the hardware store until 1962. The store was sold in 1973. Mr. Gardner sat on the Bradford Board of Education for 40 years and was chairman of the board at the time Bradford Public School was built. Other accomplishments included being a member of Bradford town council, elder and active member of the Bradford United Church and superintendent of the Church's Sunday School program for 25 years. He was also president of the Red Cross at the time of Hurricane Hazel. For 30 years, Mr. Gardner was a dedicated member of the Bradford Lions. He leaves behind his wife Rita, sons Don of Simcoe and John of Willowdale, and grandchildren Jim, Dave, Jane and Peter. Funeral service will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m., at the Lathangue & Skwarchuk Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Newmarket Cemetery.

Bradford Witness

Kneeshaw, Arthur Gordon obituary

Event date: November 12, 2003
Event type: Death

Description: Kneeshaw, Arthur Gordon (V.W. Bro. of Simcoe Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 79, Bradford, past president and member of Bradford Lions Club for over 50 years). Peacefully at Specialty Care Bradford Valley Nursing Home on Wednesday, November 12, 2003. Art Kneeshaw of Bradford in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Ruth (Wood). Dear father of Brian Kneeshaw and Faye (Doug) Paul. Dear grandfather of Neil, Megan, and Daniel Paul. Dear brother of Matt (Frances) Kneeshaw and late Everitt (Lillian) Kneeshaw. Dear brother-in-law of late Joe (Millie) Wood, Helen (Gord) Wells, Robert (late Roberta) Wood and late Doug Wood. Friends called at the Lathangue & Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Road, Bradford for visitation on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Lions Service was held on Friday at 6:45p.m. Funeral service held at the Bradford United Church, 66 Barrie St., Bradford on Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 2:00p.m. Interment at St. Paul's Cemetery, Coulson's Hill. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

New Lions Executive

"Newly elected Lions Club executive are left to right [front row]: Secretary Eric Hall; Second Vice President John Rutherford; First Vice President Bernie Horne; President Mac Lewis; Immediate Past President Jim Dodds; Third Vice President Gerry Van Alebeek; Treasurer George Robertson. Back row [left to right]: Director Gerry Barker; Tail Twister Joe Alebeek; Director Bill Melbourne; Lion Tamer Bill Lotto; Directors Joe Magani, Merle Woodcock and Jack Armstrong."

Lion-sized cheque

"The Bradford Lions Club went over the top in the Lions Pool project with the airplane draw last September. The club presented the balance of $50,000 to Bradford Mayor Roy Gordon at a special meeting Monday. From left, club president John Rutherford, vice-president and draw chairman Gerard Van Alebeek, Mayor Roy Gordon, draw co-chairman Jack Armstrong."

John Slykhuis

Bradford's Public Library Practically Debt Free

"Bradford Rotary Club has made its final payment on its promise of $6000 toward the building of Bradford Public Library/ Last year, Bradford Lions Club made its final payment on its promise of $12000 for the library, making a total of $18000 contributed by the two local service clubs toward the new building. Other organizations have made lesser contributions. ..."

Bradford Witness

Teacher Barbara Stewart Retires

Retiring After 31 Years Brings Her Mixed Emotions
By John Slykhuis

After 31 years of teaching about 1,000 pupils at Bradford Public School, Barbara Stewart is retiring at the end of this school year. It's a thought that brings a mixture of emotions for her. One one hand is the anticipation of doing the things she has been dreaming of for years: travelling extensively in winter and relaxing at her cottage in Minden in summer. On the other hand: "I'm going to miss the children," she admits, "And the staff too. I have many good friends here." Her last class, she says, is particularly special. "I'm really enjoying this last class. This is one of the nicest classes I've ever taught." This Grade 3 class, like the one she started with in 1941, is small and close, almost like a family. She had 13 children to teach in a small one room schoolhouse in Markham Township that first year, and they represented all eight grades. Five years later, she started at the old Bradford Public School, and she has been here ever since. There are so many memories here for Miss Stewart that it is difficult for her to pick out any one, but one does stand out in her mind. Several years ago, the Lions Club of Bradford brought over a crippled girl from India, Vanita Khubchandi, to have an operation at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto. While here, she attended Miss Stewart's Grade 7 class. "She came every morning in an ambulance on a stretcher. She had to lie flat on her back all the time...The children really took to her." Then the day arrived for her operation. "The biggest thrill was the day she walked back into the classroom. Oh, the children were so excited. They had a party for her." Miss Stewart still hears from her occasionally and reports that she is walking well and has just finished high school. There are other memories too: walking through snow bank in the early years only to find out when she arrives that the school was closed; teaching her favorite subject, music; and taking the girls' choir to Newmarket where it won first prize. She taught a huge 45-pupil Grade 4-5 class a few years ago ("that was the most challenging and the most rewarding"), and watched the growth of children just arrived from other countries ("It was most rewarding to see them learn the language and go on to do well"). And what about the modern school system? "Well, I approve of the new standard of reporting the progress of a child. But I would far sooner talk to the parents. It's better than any report card. You find out so much more about the child." She adds however, "I believe in marking. I don't see how you can teach without it." Home for Miss Stewart is Markham, where she spends every weekend with her family, and until recently she was the organist at the Markham Presbyterian Church. "I retired as the organist last June. I guess you could say I'm tearing up all my roots...no, routines. I'm tearing up all my old routines." Although she is leaving Bradford for good at the end of this school year, Miss Stewart has reassured her friends that she will be coming back often to visit.

John Slykhuis

Back to Its Roots at Carrotfest

Article about the success of the 2002 Carrotfest. It outlines the food, entertainment and events that made up Carrotfest for that year.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

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