Burford Years Ago – January 2021

Burford, January 5th, 1950


At the inaugural meeting of the Burford Township Council, Relief Officer W. H. Pinnock reported there was only one family on relief in the Township.

     Mr. Pinnock also reported on the Police Protection of the municipality during the past year, disclosing that he had investigated 21 accidents, which resulted in over $2, 500 damage, as well as investigating several other minor accidents. County Constable Pinnock reported he had made 65 calls during the year, which included four calls of dogs killing chickens, seven break-ins, four thefts, two hold-ups, two calls resulting from stealing cattle. It was reported that six arrests had been made and six convictions obtained. County Constable Pinnock stated that five stolen cars had been recovered during the year.


The Senior Group of the Canadian Girls in Training met in the board room of Burford United Church, with the president, Ruth Phipps, in the chair, on Tuesday last, with ten girls present…After roll call and a period of business, the president handed the meeting over to our new leader, Mrs. Wm. Silverthorn, who presented the first part of a project entitled “Best Step Forward,” of special interest to all teenagers. The meeting closed with the repeating of the C.G.I.T. Purpose and “Taps.”


A resolution was passed at the inaugural meeting of the Burford Township Council, providing for alterations to the present building by-law. It was proposed that the building by-law be amended to require housing construction in Burford Township to contain a minimum of 450 square feet of floor space as compared with 350 square feet now provided.


The item in the daily press this week, stating that one of Canada’s large hotels had taken out the brass spittoons, leaving very few public places equipped with this important item of furniture, has led us to do some investigating. There was at a time when cuspidors or spittoons were common equipment in all places where men were wont to congregate. The rotundas of hotels had one beside each overstuffed chair and one at the end of each settee. Professional men, who were daily interviewing clients or patrons used to provide at least one spittoon in their offices and these large receptacles were to be found in corridors and lobbies of most public buildings.

     Here in Burford the spittoon seems to have disappeared also. We checked the grocery stores, hardware stores, furniture store, garages, the bank, and find that the spittoons were taken out years ago…It appears that chewing tobacco has been looked upon with disfavour. It has become more difficult to make the tobacco chewing habit compatible with the more genteel usage. The consequence is that cuspidors and spittoons have become practically obsolete and forgotten.

     One Burfordite, who claims he has chewed tobacco for over forty years, says that the only reason he is able to continue with this man’s pastime is because his wife doesn’t smoke cigarettes. He feels that the passing of the tobacco chewing habit among men is the result of so many women taking up cigarette smoking, which doesn’t leave the man of the house with sufficient money to go out and buy his weekly plug.

Burford, January 19th, 1950


Brantford is going to have a “measles” year in1950, according to Dr. W.L. Hutton, director and medical officer of health of the Brant County Health Unit, but there isn’t much to worry about, he says, in fact, such epidemics are beneficial.

     Burford, we feel, is right in the midst of our measles epidemic. At least that is how it looks to us for almost every child we know and some adults have either just had the measles or are right in their red clutches.

     Dr. Hutton added a note of warning: “Measles continues to be dangerous for children under five years of age and parents should use every endeavour to avoid contact with measles until their children are of school age.”

Burford, February 2nd, 1950


Mrs. Manley Beam recently entertained the teachers of Burford Public School Area, numbering twenty, at her home in honour of Mrs. LeRoy Francis, a former member of the staff of Burford Public School. During the evening all enjoyed playing crokinole and the prizes were won by Mrs. D. C. Fisher and Miss Phyllis Mackie. Mrs. Charlotte Apps won the draw prize.

     Following the games, Miss Dorothy Meadows read an address and Mrs. Beam presented Mrs. Francis with a beautiful wall mirror, on behalf of the guests. The guest of honour thanked her friends for the lovely gift and later the hostess served refreshments.


About fifty teen-agers attended the Teen Town dance on Saturday night. The (old) faithful record player provided the music for the “swinging and swaying.” The spot dance was won by Bernice Kliensteuber and Lyall Shields and the lucky winner of the door prize was Jim Honey…

     A Hard Time dance has been planned for some Saturday night later in February, so start preparing your costume.

Burford Years Ago – January 2021

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