Burford Years Ago

By: Clayton Barker

1940’s the Burford Armoury. Note the cannons in the front and the white-painted posts along William Street (St. William today). Photo from Clayton Barker’s personal collection.

The Brantford Expositor
Nov. 2nd, 1942

BURFORD TOWNSHIP EXCEEDS OBJECTIVE:
It was announced at Victory Loan headquarters this afternoon at 2:45 p.m., that Burford Township had reached and passed its Victory Loan Campaign objective. The quota was $95,000 and Loan officials stated this figure had been exceeded by a “substantial margin.”
In appropriate celebration of the achievement, the honor pennant will be presented tonight at a special Victory Loan ceremony. Howard Disher, Reeve of the Township, and chairman of the canvassing committee, will receive the pennant from Ross L. Beckett, General Chairman of the Brant County Victory Loan Organization.
GAY HALLOWE’EN PARTY AT BURFORD:
Black cats, jack-o’-lanterns and black and orange decorations made a gay setting for the jolly Halloween party held in the basement of the United Church Saturday evening. Six Sunday school classes, with their teachers and assistant teachers, numbering more than 40, were in masquerade costumes, prizes were given to Marilyn Fisher and Carol Eddy, for fancy dresses, while the comic prizes went to Jimmy Honey, martin Gurney, Evelyn Fowler and Cecilia Austin…

WEARERS OF POPPY HONOUR HEROIC DEAD:
Saturday Every Citizen Will Have Opportunity to Show Remembrance –
This year, as in other years, the Canadian Legion of British Empire Service, through its 1,694 branches and Auxiliaries in Canada, is calling to people of the Dominion that they should observe more than ever in solemn remembrance the symbolism which has become an integral part of Remembrance Day observances, and asks that every man, woman and child wear a poppy from Saturday, November 7, to Wednesday, November 11, in memory of those who laid down their lives in the First great War and those men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice in the present conflict…
The Brantford Expositor
Nov. 2nd, 1942

FRIENDLY DEER:
Deer have often been seen in Brant County, sometimes in close proximity to farmhouses, but none has been quite so friendly and sociable as one which is now reported to be roaming North Dumfries Township in neighboring Waterloo County. Youthful George Smale was rounding up cattle last week on his father’s farm when he saw the deer. He was able to put his arms around the animal, which walked slowly away after the petting.

The Brantford Expositor
Nov. 3rd,1942
PRINCETON W.A. HOLDS MEETING:
Women’s Auxiliary of Princeton United Church met Thursday at the home of Mrs. G. Davidson, with Vice President Mrs. C. Swarts in the chair. Scripture was read by Mrs. H.Hunter, who also gave a reading “Concentration”. Plans were discussed for a bazaar and supper in December. The November meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. H. Hunter, the Program committee to be Mrs. G. Davidson, Mrs. H. Disher and Mrs. J. Caukell.

FARM YARD LIGHTS OUT FOR DURATION:
Lights in farmyards have been ruled “out” for the duration by the Dominion Power Controller, it was learned today.
Although official notification of the new ruling has not been received at the Rural Hydro office here, offices in other cities in this district have been notified and it is expected that the notice will be received here in a day or so.
Some farmers have been in the habit of leaving outside lights burning all night but now the restrictions provide that the lights may only be turned on when needed….

The Brantford Expositor
Nov. 4th, 1942
MISSION BAND MET AT SCOTLAND:
Thge Mission Band of the Baptist Church met at the home of Superintendent Mrs. A. Byers, Tuesday, with an attendance of 19. The meeting opened with the singing of hymns, and Mrs. H. Brown offered prayer. Mrs. Byers gave the topic on “Pioneer Days in Bolivia.” A reading was given by Marion Parsons and song by Fern Parsons and Wilma Van Exan. A story was given by Marilyn Van Exan and a song by Julia Ferris; also, a solo by Mrs. Wray Shepherd and choruses by Mission Band members. Mrs. Byers closed with prayer…

The Brantford Expositor
Nov. 7TH, 1942
TURKEY SUPPER:
Burford United Church, Tuesday, November 10th, 50c and 35c. Anniversary Service, Sunday November 8th, 7:30. Rev. Wesley, speaker. Everybody welcome.

Burford Years Ago

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