Burford Years Ago – January 2021

By: Clayton Barker

Burford, February 1st, 1941


BURFORD-Responding to invitations extended by Principal A.E. Judge and teaching staff of the Burford District High School, a large number of ex-students, the official Board, and friends joined with the students of the school Friday evening for the annual “At Home” which proved to be one of the most enjoyable highlights of the season.

     The prominent visitors and friends responded to the cordial and sincere welcome they received in such a wholehearted fashion that a wonderful spirit of goodwill pervaded the hall. Gay laughter and spirited conversation signified their very evident pleasure and enjoyment. Crepe paper was efficiently used to trim the walls, doors and windows, adding a richness and beauty to the scene which deeply enhanced the lovely gowns of the ladies.

     A floor show was another special feature of the evening when the rays from a coloured spotlight were thrown on Miss Marjorie Link, a youthful and talented soloist and tap-dancer who favoured with several much-appreciated numbers. Miss Mary Eddy, a student of the local B.H.S., also sang a number of lovely vocal solos with orchestral accompaniment. Delicious refreshments were served during the evening. The committee in charge of the successful event included: Entertainment and music, Gloria Beven, Ruth DeMontmorency, Eilleen Beam, Joyce Scott, Bill Sprowl and Walter Littell; decorating Committee, Mary Campbell, Ken Loftus, Margaret Littell; Lunch committee, Fern Young, Elaine McEwan, Bernice Dawes and Miss Collyer; Maintenance Committee, David Stewart, St. Clair Deveney and Leonard Fisher. Bill Sprowl was the electrician.

     The committees were assisted by other members of the Literary Society and by the teaching staff, Mr. T. Mason, Miss Lillus Marlatt and Miss C. Collyer. The President of the Literary Society, Mr. Leonard Collett, also assisted the teaching staff and the committees with the arrangements.

Burford, February 27th, 1942

Sgt. Pilot Bob McLaren, son of Mr. and Mrs R.K. McLaren, Burford Road, is now flying a big Bomber. In a cablegram Bob, who previously had been doing patrol duty, stated he had been transferred to a bomber squadron as pilot. Bob received his wings at the service flying Training School, Medicine Hat, last August and went overseas the same month.

Burford, January 3rd, 1946

…A new system of Municipal health organization has been established in Brant County and will become effective January 1st, 1946. The system of each Township in the County selecting their own Medical Officer of Health is being replaced by centralized health unit for the entire County of Brant with head office in Brantford. Dr William L. Hutton, M.D., Brantford has received the appointment of Brant County Medical Officer of Health and all townships, including Burford, within the County will receive Municipal Health benefits from that centre….

Burford, Feb. 14th, 1946


Considerable minor damage was done by the wind which reached blizzard proportions last Wednesday night and Thursday. The most serious was reported from the Cecil Martin farm, two miles north of Harley, recently purchased by J. H. Turvey, Brantford, where four frame tobacco kilns were blown down, Thursday morning.


Euchre and Dance in the Forrester’s Hall, Cathcart, Friday February 22. Euchre, 8:30; good prises. Music for dancing by the Barker Orchestra. Refreshments. Admission, Adults 35c, Children 20c, Ladies providing lunch admitted free. Auspices of Cathcart Women’s Institute. Don’t miss the regular euchre party to be held in the Rebekah Hall, under the auspices of Claremont Lodge on Saturday evening, February 16th. Good prizes. Refreshments.

Admission 25 cents. You are cordially invited to attend the euchre to be held in Holy Trinity Parish hall, Friday evening, February 22nd, under the auspices of the Women’s Guild. Refreshments will be served. Admission 25 cents.


A very successful sale of home baking and Valentine tea was held at the home of Mrs. Brock Miller Wednesday afternoon of this week, under the auspices of the Women’s Auxiliary of Holy Trinity Church. The home baking booth did a flourishing business and articles for sale included cookies, cakes, pies, rolls and home baked bread. The tea table was attractively decorated in a Valentine colour scheme and was centred with a bouquet of spring daffodils. Mrs. P.A. Sprowl invited the guests to the tea room and the tea table was in charge of Mrs. Alf. Miller. Mrs. J. Harker and Mrs. Geo. Messecar poured tea.   During the afternoon tickets were sold on various articles of home baking and also on a bouquet of cut flowers.

Burford Years Ago – January 2021

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