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Chapter 3 Part 3: Community and Church Life

A moleskine notebook lies open in the center.  On the left page is a handwritten quote: "I find out more and more every day how important it is for people to share their memories". Under the quote is written "Fred (Mister) Rogers".  On the right page are two photographs. The top photo of an older Charlie standing side by side with his two sisters. The bottom photo of a winter scene at the pond with two people in silhouette. A sprig of baby's breath is on the right. The backdrop is grey farmhouse style floorboards.

Hello and welcome back to the blog!

Today you will read about Charlie’s active participation in the community and in church life.

Margaret remembers that after they were married, Charlie continued his singing lessons with Mr. Joseph Blow at the Central Presbyterian Church in Brantford, and Margaret went with him for lessons. Later in life, Charlie and Margaret sang in in the Norfolk Singers.

Charlie took an active part in Church life over the years. “I remember the many ministers that have guided me along the way. I thank God!”

On October 15, 1995, the 160th Anniversary of Scotland United, Charlie was honoured for his service. A clock was placed in the sanctuary in his honour and an Illuminated Scroll was presented to him. The scroll reads:

Presented to
In recognition for 60 years of faithful service as Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, Steward, Elder, Clerk of Session for 19 years, Trustee, and for a continuous contribution to all phases of Building, Planning, Maintenance, and Repair.

Matthew 25: 21
October 15, 1995

“During the 1950’s and 60’s there was a Community Club, and I took my turn being the president. The Community Club held street dances which everyone enjoyed. I remember the parades in Scotland, using the fire trucks and Hunter Lumber trucks as floats. For the Optimist Parade on June 21, 1997, I was the Parade Marshall, and was driven around the village by Julius Szabad in his 1957 Ford Fairlane 500.

I was a member of the Oakland Township Cemetery Board for many many years, and continued on the Brant County Cemetery Advisory Committee.

Charlie remembered that there was a Village Council, and Village Constables to keep the peace.
1948-1949 Ivan McIsaac
1950-1951 Ross Anguish
1952- 1953 Verne Spiece
1954 H.A. Miles
1954-1955 L. Sweers
1956 Herman Persall (Township of Oakland)

See you in the next post which will talk about Charlie and family’s connection to Florida.

Til next time,