A Special Sis Found in Cyberspace
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.