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Bradford High School Class, 1957

Grade 10, Bradford High School.
Front Row - Theresa Watt, Dorothy Hamstra, Eldora Elliott, Mary Jane Collings, Barbara Saint, Eva Yaszczyszyn, Barbara Lee, Marilyn Hollingshead, Martha Roesner, Jean Horlings, Doris Griffiths.
2nd Row - Judy Whitty, Eleanor Jackson, Elizabeth Carr, Gwen Geddes, Mary Fischer, Ruth Andrews, Vivien Turner, June Nesbitt, Patricia Belfry, Mitsi Tezuka, Carolyn Schmidt, Mary Dales.
3rd Row - George Verkaik, James Verkaik, Robert Eadie, James Janse, Lee Winterkorn, Richard Jarzylo, Harold Newns, Henry Kleiss, Michael Kavchak, Paul Margetiak, Lloyd Coutts.
Back Row - Robert Kneeshaw, Donald Griffiths, Larry Belfry, Ivan Hounsome, Robert Duvall, Eric Fines, James Webb, Raymond Rand, Adolf Zielke, David Hambly.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Bradford to Be Heard On Air

"Bradford will be on the air on Monday, December 6 as the result of a recording made by Don Sims of CBC at a complimentary dinner given by Mr. A.H. Wilford, publisher of "Transport News" and sponsor of "Bradford's Story." ....

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Verkaik, Anna Luyt obituary

Event Date : Saturday, December 04, 1971
Event Type : Death

Description : The Park View Nursing Home, Stouffville on Saturday, December 4/71. Anna Luyt wife of the late, George Verkaik and dear mother of Jacob, George, Harry, all of Bradford, Peter of Eustis, Florida. Elizabeth (Mrs. William Horlings, Holland Marsh) Lena (Mrs. Harry Israels, Grand Rapids, Michigan) Anne (Mrs. Stan Mol, Charlottetown, P.E.I.) Agnes (Mrs. Art VanDyke) Anthony both of Bradford, sister of John and Alfred of Chatham and others in Holland. Also, survived by 35 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Rested at the Lewis Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe St., Bradford. The Funeral service was held at the Springdale Christian Reformed Church on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford.

Verkaik, Anthony & Maan, Anne

Event Date : Friday, April 02, 1954
Event Type : Marriage

Description : Anne, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Maan, of Springdale, to Anthony, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Verkaik of Springdale. The wedding took place at Springdale Christian Reformed Church. Rev. Ralph Wildschut officiated.The bride had five attendants. Her three sisters, Misses Jeanne, Jane and Irene Maan, were maid of honour and bridesmaids, while two young nieces of the groom, Whnda Verkaik and Leona Van Dyke, were the flower girls. Mr. Peter Verkaik was his brother's groomsman and two of his other brothers, Messrs. Harry and George Verkaik, were the ushers. Mr. and Mrs. Verkaik will reside in Springdale.

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Verkaik, Gary Wayne birth

Event Date : Sunday, December 02, 1945
Event Type : Birth

Description : A son to Mr and Mrs George Verkaik (nee Margaret Miedema) of Tottenham at Mrs Fuller's Nursing Home in Bradford.

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Verkaik, George & Margaret Miedema

Event Date : Sunday, April 09, 1944
Event Type : Marriage

Description : Daughter of Mr and Mrs K. Miedema wed son of Mr and Mrs George Verkaik of Chatham. Rev. M. Schans performed the ceremony at the Christian Reformed Church. Mrs. A. Van Dyk was matron of homour, Miss Kitty Uitvlugt was flower girl and Mr John Miedema was best man.

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Verkaik, George C. obituary

Event Date : Wednesday, November 28, 1956
Event Type : Death

Description : Though in failing health for the past several years, Mr. George C. Verkaik was only seriously ill for about ten days before his death, which occurred on Wednesday, November 28. Mr. Verkaik can surely be called the father of today's thriving village of Springdale. Twenty-two years ago, Mr. Verkaik purchased some ninety acres of land, almost all of which was on the Holland Marsh, from the late Mr. Matthew Brandon and proceeded to clear land and build a neat home on the West Gwillimbury side of the river. He brought his wife and family here from the Chatham district and as the sons of the family married and built homes of their own their little group of homes became known as the Verkaik settlement. Roads were a problem in those days and the Verkaik settlement, in relation to the rest of the then partially-settled marsh, was isolated. In those years of the 30's the only access to the Verkaik property was over the hills of the Brandon farm and across a too-long bridge suspended over the canal. But unlike most of the bigger land owners of that period Mr. Verkaik made a success of his venture, and under his guidance his family also succeeded, and together they laid the foundation for today's pretty and promising village. Mr. Verkaik was born in Haarlemmermeer, Holland, in 1883, coming to Canada and the Chatham area in 1926, where he farmed before coming to the Holland Marsh in 1934. When the sons of the family accepted responsibility for the big land acreage, Mr. Verkaik moved to Bradford where he built the pretty home now owned by Mr. N. Porter on Barrie Street, and where he and Mrs. Verkaik lived for several years. During this period he purchased the site and built the building known as the Verkaik block on Holland Street north. But Mr. and Mrs. Verkaik loved the marsh, they missed the convenient companionship of their family and friends there, and in 1950 they built a home in Springdale and returned to reside there close to seven of the nine members of their family. Surviving are his wife; five sons, namely, Jacob, George, Harry, Peter and Anthony, all of Springdale; and four daughters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Wm. Horlings) of Holland Marsh, Lena (Mrs. Harry Israels), Anne (Mrs. Stanley Mol), and Agnes (Mrs. Arthur Van Dyke), also of Springdale. A devout member of Springdale Christian Reformed Church, his funeral services were held from that church on Saturday afternoon, and were conducted by his minister, Rev. R. Wildschut, with a former minister, Rev. Vandermeer, now of Barrie, leading the graveside prayer. Interment was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford. The pallbearers were Messrs. Anthony Van Dyke, Jack Israels, Frank Janse, Anthony De Winter, Jacob Mann, and Harry Horlings.

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Verkaik, George C., Sr. obituary (short)

Event Date : Wednesday, November 28, 1956
Event Type : Death

Description : Died at his home, Springdale, in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Anna Luyt, and dear father of Jacob, George, Harry, Peter, Elizabeth (Mrs. Wm. Horlings); Lena (Mrs. Harry Israels); Anne (Mrs. Stanley Mol); Agnes (Mrs. Arthur Van Dyke), and Anthony. Resting at the Lathangue-Kilkenny Funeral Home, Simcoe St., Bradford, until Saturday noon, thence to Springdale Christian Reformed Church for service at 2 p.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford.

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Verkaik, George in memoriam

Event Date : Tuesday, July 30, 1974
Event Type : In Memoriam

Description : In loving memory of a dear father George, who passed away July 30, 1974 - Lovingly remembered by the children, Gary Trudy and Nicole; Carol, Andrew and Trudy.

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