A Spe­cial Sis Found in Cy­berspace

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Frank Wake­ford of Peter­bor­ough writes, “In 2014 my sis­ter Win­nona Bartlett (née Wake­ford), in her 93rd year, de­cided that af­ter 70 years it was time to sell the farm and move to a se­niors home. She’d lost her hus­band Bill in 1975 but stayed on with the help of her fam­ily who lived nearby. She has four chil­dren, 11 grand­chil­dren and ten great-grand­chil­dren. The farm was on Hays Line, six miles west of Peter­bor­ough. Down­siz­ing from a large farm­house to one room was a chal­lenge. Some of the items we came across while clean­ing out the house in­cluded five hats, which had been worn by Win­nona and two of my older broth­ers, at the Gen­eral Mo­tors pic­nic in Oshawa back in 1928, where our dad worked at the time. Win­nona was the el­dest of seven kids, and the only girl. At 81, I am the sec­ond youngest of our sib­lings so she gave me the hats for safe­keep­ing. I’ve shown them to friends who say I could sell them, but I bet the hats will last longer than the money would! I doubt many oth­ers have saved these hats—gems from the pages of GM his­tory. Win­nona (or Sis as she was called by her broth­ers and many friends) could write a book on farm life and is a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about an­i­mals. As an an­i­mal lover, she made pets of rac­coons, wood­chucks, a talk­ing crow, a young fawn and many oth­ers, so over the years it was ex­cit­ing for the kids to visit Aunt Win­nona’s farm.”

“For each petal on the sham­rock, this brings a wish your way—good health, good luck and hap­pi­ness for to­day and ev­ery day.” Au­thor Un­known

HIGH TIDE The build­ings in our small vil­lage are built on stilts over the wa­ter,” ex­plains Linda Cox of Bear River, N.S. “The vil­lage is di­vided by the river, so half the vil­lage is in An­napo­lis County while the other half is in Digby County. Bear River is fondly re­ferred to as the Switzer­land of Nova Sco­tia.”

Win­nona with the trea­sured GM hats.

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