A whole new box of history …
Hi there .. contemporary life has interfered with my ability to focus on historical life. But I will be back in a couple of days with some more articles. I just received another box of my grandmother’s archives from my aunt Cath Brown.
This one has some of her Tweedsmuir History writings from the Women’s Institute collection. It also has some of her writings from the days when she and my grandfather were involved in the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Essex County Federation of Agriculture.
A couple of my favourite things — she has booklets from the agricultural tours she and my grandfather went on to different parts of the country. They were part of a delegation of farmers from various parts of Ontario who were travelling together by train to meet other farmers … they went to Eastern Ontario, Quebec and a couple of other places. They were supposed to be going to Western Canada too, but that trip was just a couple of months before I was born. (I like to think that’s why they stayed home). What I love the most about reading these booklets is that I saw that my grandfather and grandmother had some really exciting adventures together in the decade before my grandfather died. It makes his death at an early age a little bit easier to think about when I see what a good life together they had.
The other thing which stands out is my grandmother’s account of how she was able to locate the history of St. Joachim. I had no idea my grandmother could speak French well enough to translate the French documents left by Father Emery.
More later … happy summer everybody!