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Simcoe County, Midland & Vasey Newspaper Extracts Contributor Joanne Goltz
Note from Joanne
I have borrowed, from one of my aunts, a book of newspaperarticles that myg-grandmother saved. My g-grandmother, Elizabeth (Covey) Edwards was born andraised in Midlandand spent her married life in Vasey. Hope these helpsomeone.
A native of Vasey, William Joseph Greenlaw died at his homein Midland, Jun7. In his 72nd year, Mr. Greenlaw had been ill for somemonths.Brought up in Vasey, where he attended S.S. No. 11, Tay, hefarmed andresided on the Greenlaw homestead, Con. 3, Medonte, untilsix years ago,when he moved to Midland.In 1911, Mr. Greenlaw was married in Vasey to the formerLillie MossMcMahon, who survives.As a member of Vasey United Church, he had served astreasurer, steward andelder, and before leaving the community was made an honoraryelder. Forapproximately 50 years he was a member of the choir, and fora number ofyears was church delegate to Conference. On moving toMidland, he became amember of St. Paul's United Church choir.Mr. Greenlaw was a Conservative in politics: a past masterof LOL, 622,Vasey, and was a past commander of Waverley District ScarletChapter.He also served as a trustee on the school board forapproximately 15 years,and was O.E.A. delegate for several years.Fond of music, during his younger years Mr. Greenlaw wasleader of VaseyBrass Band, and of recent years was a member and director ofthe Huroniachoral Society in Midland.Interested in sport, he was an ardent fan of baseball andhockey.Surviving besides his wife are four daughters, Mrs. HaroldCowden (Pearl),Vasey; Mrs. Ivan Vasey (Elva), Orillia, Mrs. Mary Brand andMrs. GordonSmith (Joan) both of Midland. There are ninegrandchildren.Also surviving are three brothers, James of Toronto; Davidof Perth andFrank Greenlaw of Teeswater, and three sisters, Mrs. RobertMcMahon, FortWilliam; Mrs. Wm. Boyes and Mrs. Ewart Brown, both ofToronto.Funeral service, under auspices of Vasey LOL, No. 622, wasconducted inVasey United Church, Jun 9, by Rev. W.R. Auld, assisted byRev. W.J. Burton.Interment was in Vasey Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers wereWm. Steer, W.H.Taylor, Alex Docherty, Richard Vasey, Herman Robinson, R.W.Irwin. Activebears wee Alvah Steward, Thomas Robinson, Roy Edwards,Wilbert Woods,Kenneth Robinson and Ted Vasey.Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the service camefrom FortWilliam, Toronto, Perth, Galt, London, Cookstown, Barrie,Orillia, Ivy,Peterborough and the surrounding district.
MRS. M.A. FERGUSON
Coldwater -- Rev. R. Guthrie of Bethel Baptist Church,Orillia, conducted afuneral service at Robinson's Funeral Home, Coldwater, Jun17, for Mrs.Margaret Alma Ferguson, who died at Penetanguishene Tuesday,in her 70thyear. Interment was in Coldwater cemetery.
GRANDSON PERFORMS CEREMONY
Baptismal Fond was dedicated to Walter Bovair's memory.An impressive dedication service was held November 13, atTemperancevilleChurch when a baptismal font was dedicated in memory of Mr.& Mrs. WalterBovair by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. RayJennings and family.Ewart Jennings, a member of the fifth generation to live atHighview Farms,made the dedication on behalf of the family, with Rev.Garnet Lynd, portCredit, officiating. Mr. Jennings spoke of the fact thathis grandmotherhad been born on the Highview Farm, where she and herhusband lived aftertheir marriage.They were members of Temperanceville Church where Mrs.Bovair was made alife member of Temperanceville W.A. She was president forthirteen years.Mr. Bovair was an honorary elder. Fond memories of hisgrandparents andpleasant reminiscences of his youth as a member of thehousehold where theyall resided, were recalled by Mr. Jennings. In closing, heread a beautifulverse in memory of these find Christian people whose memorywill always becherished by those who knew them so well inTemperanceville.Rev. Victor Wood conducted the evening service with Rev.Garnet Lynd asguest preacher, who also conducted the dedication service.
MRS. MARY JANE MORRISON
Death claimed one of Tay township's much respected oldpioneer settlers whenMrs. Mary Jane Morrison of Vasey died at the home of hergranddaughter, Mrs.John Dunlop, Victoria Harbor, on Tuesday, Feb. 1st. Hermaiden name wasMary Jane Pew, of Waverley. Born September 16th, 1852, shemarried JohnCampbell on Nov. 1st 1871, and came to live at Vasey. Afterhis death shemarried the late John Morrison of Waubaushene in 1899. Shewas an activechurch worker and was loved by all who knew her. She leavesto mourn, fourdaughters and one son, James W. Campbell, Vasey; (Maggie),Mrs. W.W. Bell,New Boston, Mich; (Lovina) Mrs. M.B. Conklin, Detroit, Mich;(Mary) Mrs.Jas. McCuaig, Detroit, Mich; (Bertha) Mrs. Wm. J. McLeod,Coldwater, threesisters, (Carrie), Mrs. Robert Jennett, Allendale; (Alice),Mrs. RobertBrown, Waverley; (Maggie), Mrs. Joe Dann, Deloraine, Man;thirteengrandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The funeralservice was heldin the United Church, Victoria Harbour, Friday, Feb 4th at 2p.m., theservice being conducted by the Rev. Mr. Flatt, Rev. Mr.Good, Rev. Mr. Pyne,Rev. Mr. Shierk and Rev. Mr. Bricker. The pallbearers wereDonald Brown,Lemore McLeod, Roy Goodfellow, Alex Truax, Harry Campbell,Milton Racher.Floral tributes were received from the family, Dunlopgrandchildren,Victoria Harbor; Olive and Lemore McLeod, Coldwater, TheTruax family,Midland; Vasey Ladies Aid; Vasey Women's Institute; AllianceTabernacle,Midland; Mr. and Mrs. Abe Irish, Midland. The body wasremoved to LakeviewCemetery vault until spring and interment will be made inVasey Cemetery.
Mrs. Susan Moore Dies on Eve of Sixtieth WeddingAnniversary
Just two months before the celebration of her sixtiethwedding anniversary,the death of Mrs. Susan Moore, wife of James Moore, 376Hugel Street,Midland, came as a distinct shock to her wide circle offriends.Born in Durham County, Mrs. Moore came to Midland over 60years ago, met andmarried her husband here, on December 20, 1880. Theyresided in Midlandsince that date. Husband and five children survive; Jack,Toronto; Thomas,R.C.A.F. Halifax; Elmer and Albert, Midland; and Mrs. L.(Isabelle)Tullock,Midland.Three brothers and three sisters of Mrs. Moore all reside inMidland. Theyare Mrs. W. Nicholas Sr., Mrs. Tom Ferguson, Miss DellaBauks, Jack, Willand George Bawks.Five grandchildren also mourn the loss of Mrs. Moore: Mrs.A. Klingbell,Hamilton; William and Marion, Toronto; June Tullock andMarilyn Moore,Midland.Rev. W.R. Auld conducted the funeral services from the homeof the deceased.Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery.
GEORGE HENRY BAWKS
The last surviving member of a family of three boys and fourgirls, GeorgeHenry Bawks passed away, Saturday, June 30 in St. AndrewsHospital, Midland,following a stroke.Born in 1871 in Manvers, Durham County, he attended schoolin Orono. Mr.Bawks was a bachelor. He had lived in this community forthe past 66 yearsand had been employed in earlier years at the sawmill, andmore recently asa gardener. He resided at 80 Fifth St, Midland.Funeral service was conducted, July 3, by Rev. W.R. Auldfrom the funeralhome of A. Barrie and Sons, with interment in LakeviewCemetery.Pallbearers were Albert Moore, Imer Moore, Jack Moore,Oliver Grigg, ArthurBath and Murney Howard. Out-of-town friends and relativesattending theservice were L. Bawks, Sudbury; Jack Moore, Toronto; and Mr.and Mrs. BruceThompson, Detroit.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Reay was the scene of a happygathering onTuesday when the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. HarryHewitt, celebrated the45th anniversary of their marriage. Among the guests wereMrs. And Mrs.Thos. Hatherley, Mrs. Law, Patty and Ted Law, all ofWinnipeg, and Mr. andMrs. Wm. Gardener of Gilford. Mrs. Gardener was thebridesmaid offorty-five years ago, and Mrs. Hatherley, the bride's cousinwas alsopresent on that occasion.
BAWKS - In loving memory of William A. Bawks, who died June8, 1947.
To one we will never forget
His absence to us is a sorrow
Hiss loss we will always regret.
Ever remembered by brothers John and George.
BAWKS -- In loving memory of Isabella Bawks who died May28, 1947.
None knew her but to love here
None named her but in praise.
Ever remembered by brothers John and George.
Leila May Montgomery, beloved wife of JohnColwill, passed awayMonday, Aug 2 1948 at her late residence east half of Lot3, Con 6, TayTwp. Resting at the home of her son Archer Colwill, Lot 2,Con 6, Tay Twp.Funeral service in United Church, Vasey, August 5th at 2:30p.m. Intermentin Vasey cemetery.
Following a lingering illness Annie Maria Russell, wife ofRichard Vasey,passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Jones, inVasey, Friday,February 20.Born 67 years ago, at Vasey, she lived all her life in thatcommunity,except for a short period when the family resided atEvergreen.Mrs. Vasey was a faithful member of the United Church and anardent workerin the Women's Institute, and the Red Cross during thewar.Surviving Mrs. Vasey are her husband, two sons, Ivan, ofMidland and Ted, ofVasey; two daughters, Mrs. Earl Jones (Reta), of Vasey, andMrs. Bressette(Joyce), of Toronto; three brothers, Andrew and W.J.Russell, of Vasey, andRobert Russell of Winnipeg, and eleven grandchildren. Onedaughter,Ottaline, predeceased her 23 years ago.
Written in pencil at the top of this article is "Paper April10th 1957"
Lived in Vasey Area all His Life,Veteran Tay Farmer 87 Monday
There seems to be something about the North Simcoe air,especially in theVasey-Waverley area, that makes people hate to leave theplace.During the course of numerous interviews with persons whohave marked goldenwedding anniversaries (or even longer), or have long passedthe allottedthree score and ten years, this reporter has encountered ahost of men andwomen who have never left that area for greener fields forany length oftime.Such a man is James Robinson, who reached his 87th birthdayMonday. Born onLot 1, Con. 3, Tay, he has lived there all his life andconfidentaly expectsto die there some years from now.True, he wasn't born in the big red brick house on the southhalf of Lot 1,where he has lived for many years now. When he was born,and for many yearsafterwards, that half of the lot was just a huge bush. Evenso it's only afew hundred rods from the old farm homestead established onthe north halfby the late Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Robinson, when them came outfrom Ireland inthe last century. Jim was one of two boys and two girlsborn and raised onthe old farm, and he is the last member of the family. BornApril 8, 1870,he had to walk about a male and a half into Vasey, and aboutthe samedistance east, to get to a school He admits he had noparticular desire,and even less time, for "book learning"."They used to put a nick in the post when I got to schooltwo dayshand-running," said Mr. Robinson, who was helping with theplowing on the200-acre farm when he was 12 years old.Farming in the old days was a vastly different propositionto what it istoday, he recalled. He made his own axe handles, wagontongues,whippletrees, shovel handles etc., and most repairs werecarried out righton the farm."I could hire the best men who ever walked in shoe leatherfor $12.50 permonth, plus board, in the early days of this century," Mr.Robinsonrecalled. "You had to hire them for that to be able to paythem when youwere selling the best of oats at 15 cents per bushel, wheatand peas for 40cents.""Why, I bought the best cow I ever owned for $23 around1900," heremembered.Aside from the farm, Mr. Robinson's greatest interest hasbeen the church.First it was the old Methodist Church at Vasey, and after1925, the UnitedChurch. His bass voice was a feature of the choir for some50 years, partof which time he served as its leader.Mr. Robinson also achieved an enviable record in SundaySchool work, havingtaught Bible Class for both young men and adults for manyyears. He alsoserved as treasurer of the Sunday School for 44 years, andwas an elder andtrustee of the church.In 1906 Mr. Robinson was married to the former Ida LauraHazelton ofMedonte, who died in 1947. They had one son Kenneth, whooperates the oldGreenlaw farm on Con. 4, Medonte and one daughter, Lottie,who keeps housefor her father.Although he still enjoys fair health, Mr. Robinson no longerattempts to runa 200-acre farm. It's mostly used for pasture now, and hekeeps an eye oncattle sent there by several farmers and drovers. While hishearing hasfailed slightly, the veteran farmer can still read withoutthe use ofglasses.
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