from Margaret: March- April 2001
was touched to read Virginia (Duform) Athertons letter in
a previous issue of The Walkerville Times. My dad was a friend of
her dad Art.
his later years, Art and his son Len ran a butcher shop at Pillette
and Tecumseh Roads. I was a customer and was known to them by my
married name, Mrs. Stokes.
my dad died so suddenly, I asked Art if he could possibly get me
a ham for the guests after the funeral. Meat was rationed at that
time so this was a tricky request. Art asked who my dad was and
when I said Harry Myers, he was really shocked. They had been great
pals as young men and he remembered me as a little girl. I got the
dad started a Master Barbers Association a year or so before he
died. There were about ten members. He was made president and the
group planned to raise prices. Back then, (1942 or 1943), haircuts
were 40 cents and for 25 cents you could get a shave!
my dad died, they draped his chair in black at a meeting and prayed.
I remember that one of the members was William Muxworthys
dad and Jo Egan.
mother had twelve aunts and uncles on each of her mother and fathers
sides. They were prolific Scots people and almost Canadian pioneers.
readers might be interested to know that the Hickson farm on Howard
Avenue was bought by my mothers family in 1855 and her people
also farmed near Belleville.
have enclosed a snapshot of my brother Cameron taken in 1924. His
war story was in your November 1999 issue. I was so pleased and
touched when I saw it and when I read about the other gallant people
who served (and died). Cameron logged 550 hours during his short
R.C.A.F. flying career. I am so sad that all my friends and family
were no longer with me to share his story.
have sent a snapshot of Cameron standing in front of the house at
the corner of Windermere and Cataraqui. We lived in a flat across
the street. Cameron is pushing a carriage that contains a doll popular
at the time it had a face on the back of its head too!