Alfred Ellis Celebrates 96th Birthday
Just west of
interesting 1951 event was organized by Mrs. Howard Strycker under the
sponsorship of the Jubilee Women’s
At 96, oldest resident and acclaimed “Grand
Old Man” of the district, Alfred Ellis remains alert and surprisingly fresh
looking. He was, of course, the centre
of interest of the gathering at the Ellis farm which is on what is now called
the Airport rather than the
This farm is second on the left off the
Neighbours from all around the countryside
were present for the great occasion, marking a notable event in the district
annals. Many relatives were there
including his daughters, Mrs. Alvin Gingrich of Hespeler, Miss Lourene and
Miss Ella of
Seen here with the prospective centenarian in this picture, taken on the occasion of his birthday anniversary celebration, sponsored by the Jubilee Women’s Institute of Glen Christie, are his daughters, seated, Miss Ella of Kitchener, standing left to right, Miss Lourene of Kitchener, Mrs. Alvin Gingrich of Hespeler, and on the right, son Carl who now directs affairs at Maple Grove Farm.
Alfred Ellis at 96
An interesting circumstance in connection with nearby Glen Christie is that the plant there operated by Gypsum Lime and Alabastine (Canada) Ltd., is on lots 1, 2, and 3 where, over 40 years ago, O. B. Ellis, a relative of the subject of this sketch, established a lime kiln, later purchased by Christie, Henderson and Company. There too, David Christie erected the building for the interdenominational Sunday School that still serves the district.
David Christie was a native of the
Original pioneer of the family of Alfred
The old farm was subsequently divided and what was the original Ellis home is now occupied by Paul Sittler.
William Ellis raised a family and it was his
son David, father of Alfred, who acquired the 142 acres now constituting
Alfred Ellis entertained his friends with many interesting reminiscences of early days of the district at that birthday anniversary gathering. He told them that he had no particular recipe for long life other than the exercise of hard work that had fallen his lot throughout his active years. He had never formed the regular habit of smoking tobacco but would still feel lost if he hadn’t a plug of chewing tobacco in his pocket.
Even the day’s morning rain proved to be no hindrance in keeping up the stream of visitors who kept arriving in the afternoon and the early hours of the evening.
Another point of interest in connection with Glen Christie is that this community is less than half the age of Alfred Ellis. There was no settlement there before the time 46 years ago that O. B. Ellis started a lime kiln on lots 1, 2, and 3. Before that, he had been identified with lime kilns south of Hespeler. That concern was discontinued after being sold by O. B. Ellis.
Successor to David Christie as manager of the
establishment at Glen Christie was Wm. P. Gamble, now living on
William P. Gamble married a daughter of David Christie and was an 1897 graduate of the O.A.C. From 1900 to 1910, he was on the staff of the Chemistry Department of the College and was Honorary President in 1911.
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