Minister Lauds Puslinch Fair Directors
W. E. Hamilton, M.P.P. for
has become a family show,” Mr. Hamilton said, “with many of the township’s
oldest people coming back year after year to mingle with the young
folks.” Speaking to a large crowd at
the fair, he mentioned the name of Alfred Crane of
It was a day for recollecting as another fair-goer remembered riding in a Model T for short jaunts down the road in 1913. An enterprising concessionaire of the day provided rides in the lively Ford for the sum of 25 cents.
brisk despite the large number of entries of livestock. The horse classes, getting progressively
smaller each year, saw the Main brothers of Bright the chief winners in the
Clydesdales and the McCutcheon brothers of Rockwood and G. D. Morden of
There was also
Mrs. M. W.
Staples of Puslinch had the grand championship in
Plan Race Course
In the women’s divisions on display in the hall, Mrs. Roy Carter of Arkell won the Robert Simpson and Acker’s Furniture awards in baking and fancy work. Mrs. Bert McEdwards of Puslinch won the Loblaw Special in flowers.
For the first time in a number of years, the Puslinch Agricultural Society will be able to declare a profit on operations, secretary W. J. Hunter reported today. Receipts and admissions were very satisfactory even excluding the proceeds of the dance which followed the show in the township hall on Wednesday night. For several years now, the fair has come out on the red side of the ledger.
The fair directorate is now looking forward to improving the grounds and plan to include construction of a race track for harness races, in the near future, so promising do the prospects look at this juncture.
Winners at Puslinch
A feature which
attracted a great deal of interest at the annual Puslinch Fall Fair, held at
Aberfoyle, was the competition between boys and girls of the township’s two
calf clubs. Both clubs have a financial
sponsor in the
in Public Eye at Aberfoyle’s Fall Fair
Among the genuine old-timers at the Aberfoyle Fall Fair on Wednesday of this week was Alfred Crane, now of Guelph, living a t 4 Douglas Street, who used to farm in the Downey district of Puslinch. Seventy-three years ago, he walked nine miles to the fair where he showed a calf which turned out to be a champion.
A hundred years ago, the show was held in a field across the way from the farm now owned by William Winer. Alf Crane is one of the most loyal and enthusiastic Aberfoyle Fair fans. The first Aberfoyle Fair was held in 1840.
looks back over decades to early editions of the fair is John Little. He and Mrs. Little were among the oldest of
those attending the show this year. Location of their farm home is just north of
Former Warden Albert McWilliams called attention to the fact that the Littles live on the 200 acre farm which Mr. Little presented to Wellington County three years ago for inclusion in the county reforestation scheme, the only provision being that the farm home remain the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Little to the end of their lives.
When the 200 acres were presented to the county, 25 acres remained under the original forest coverage. The other 175 acres are now included in the county’s reforestation areas.
fiddlers were among the octogenarians at this year’s fair, including Tom
Little family of Puslinch
John Little is the scion of an outstanding family of the township. Joseph Little, his father, was an infant when John’s grandparents came to Puslinch in 1839. Joseph Little was brought up and always lived on the homestead set up by his father, later coming into possession there. He was a man of impressive individuality, highly intelligent, always genial, and of a personality drawing devoted friends. His home was one of the most hospitable in the district.
He served on the Puslinch township council for several terms and also on the board of health, and for years was a director of the Puslinch Agricultural Society. In politics, he was a staunch Reformer, in religion, a Presbyterian. He died in 1905 at the age of 66 having been predeceased in 1896 by his wife, the former Elizabeth Jacobs.
Pioneer of the
Puslinch Littles was Robert, a native of
Jr., elder brother of John Little’s father, in
1861, purchased 100 acres, lot 10, concession 2, Puslinch. Starting from scratch, he rose to
comparative affluence, became a township councillor, and for a period of
years, served as magistrate. He was a
promoter of one of the first farmers’ institutes in
One of his
brothers, James, became a Presbyterian minister of note, his education in the
Salesgirls at the Aberfoyle Fair
the surrounding district now have a Brownie Pack, organized under the
direction of “Brown Owl” Mrs. C. A. Gordon.
This pack was formed last January, has an enrolment of 13 little
girls, mostly from S.S. #4 and S.S. #5,
Agricultural Society created added interest in their fair yesterday at
Aberfoyle by offering tickets on a purebred
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