Burford Years Ago

By: Clayton Barker

1914 Horse-drawn corn binder, post card photo from
Clayton Barker’s personal collection.

….There’s a humming on the cable, there’s a whisper in the air, There’s message stirring each Canadian heart. Once more old England’s calling as she bids her sons prepare, to save the world and play a Briton’s part; but Canada no longer stands and watches from afar, the hearts of all her sons are beating high; They speed across the water and beneath the British star, will show the nations how to fight and die. (“The Call of the Motherland “by Miller, Edward W. 1914)

Burford, Oct. 29th, 1914

A number from here attended the anniversary services at Burford on Sunday in the Methodist Church, from here also a few were at the supper on Monday evening.
A number around here have tonsillitis very bad.
The District Epworth League Convention is being held at Burgessville on Tuesday Nov. 3rd. Delegates have been appointed from here…
Epworth League topic for Nov. 3rd, “My Present Obligation for The Realization of The Kingdom.” Leader Miss Ethel Williams, topic taken by Mr. J. McEwan.
Farmers are busy threshing, filling silos, the ploughing and housing their root crops, also drawing apples to Scotland evaporator.
Business is booming in Burford.
C. Slaght has passed his military exam, and been accepted as a recruit. He has gone to Brantford to join the Dufferin Rifles
The Officer Commanding “C” Squadron 25th Brant Dragoons and resident officers of the Regiment intent holding a Smoker and Social Evening at the Armoury on 5th November and to which the members and ex-members of the Squadron are invited. Invitations will be sent out in the course of a few days and it is hoped that all will respond and help to make the evening a success.

Burford, November 3rd 1916

Tax is drawing nigh, Nov. 17th.
Raking and burning leaves has been the order of the day.
Christmas eight weeks from Monday last.
Many parcels are being sent this week to soldiers at the front.

On Saturday last Mr. Wm. Baker sold a load of turnips to the Burford Coal & Grain Co., for which he received the sum of fifty dollars and forty cents. The load contained 121 bushels which is the largest load ever received by the company. Mr. Baker had quality as well as quantity as the turnips were exceptionally good ones.

Do not fail to make allowance for slight exaggerations when hearing of pranks in school. Do not accuse the teacher of undue favouritism. If she is kinder to one child than to another it’s because that one does not take advantage of the liberty allowed him. This is simple justice. Do not tell the teacher that Willie will not lie. She may know better. Do not condemn the teacher without a fair hearing. This is accorded to even the worst criminal. There are usually two sides to the story.
Men and more men are needed to complete the strength of many battalions.
Parcels for England should be posted at the office on Tuesday as they leave Montreal every Thursday.
Owing to some Hallowe’en pranks played at the evaporator, work was delayed until ten o’clock on Wednesday morning.
Sergt. Harry J. Kastner, of 242nd. Battalion, Montreal was in Brantford on Saturday last, on his last leave as his battalion is due to start for overseas in a few days.
An Exchange says: The man who expects to get to heaven ought to pay his subscription for the local paper and not tempt the poor mortal of an editor to swear. Honesty counts with St. Peter.
The official receipt for $30.00 contributed to British Red Cross has been received from the Hon. T.W. McGarry. Mrs. J. E. Brethour kindly sent $5 for Canadian Red Cross work and $3.15 was the neat little sum realized from the tea served to those who were working last Friday at the Armouries. Mesdames Pinhey, Aulseybrook, Balkwill and Miss V. Rutherford were the hostesses. Many parcels of Xmas stockings were done up and mailed to our boys overseas. Work will be continued this Friday.

Burford Years Ago

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