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A Trip Down Memory Lane

This week Elizabeth and I had a wonderful time on a nostalgic road trip to Southwestern Ontario.

In Listowel we visited with cousins, Wanda and Roy Bridge, Velma Hamilton, and Barb Smith who was accompanied by her lovely granddaughter, Joy. We also saw Sandie and George Arlein. Sandie was Elizabeth’s grade five teacher and George worked with Dad at Ontario Hydro.

While in Listowel we also did the rounds of our old haunts and some cemeteries as well.  On to Goderich to see the sun set into Lake Huron which we remember from camp and cottage days.  Of course we checked out the camp where the Listowel Recreation hosted Camp Aquatalah for many years. Some things seemed the same; some things were much changed. We were last there in 1965!

Last stop was Stratford where we made a brief stop at the Perth County Museum where a long standing mystery was solved. (More on that in another post.)  Before heading home we had lunch and a brief but enjoyable visit with cousins, Joan Rolph and Marg Illman.

The bell and cornerstone from the old school

The bell and cornerstone from the old school


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Jean Anderson Collins

Jean Anderson was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland on 7 March 1798. She married William Collins on 24 July 1819 in Renfrewshire. In the 1820s they moved to Upper Canada (Ontario). Jean died on this day, 30 June 1850 and is buried in Washington Cemetery, Concession 12, Lot 10 of Oxford County, Ontario.

Jean and William are my great great grandparents.

Grave of Jean Anderson Collins

Grave of Jean Anderson Collins

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