A happy and thrilling ending
An Apple Hill man’s search for relatives of the late Lena McDonald has had a happy and “thrilling” ending. In the January 30 edition of
(‘Were you related to Lena McDonald?’), we reported on Adolphe Gaudet’s request for assistance.
“I don’t want them to end up in a dump,” he said when he visited
last week with a large plastic bag full of family mementoes, in hopes of tracking down relatives of their original owners, the late Lena and Roddy McDonald, who once farmed on Strathmore Road near Apple Hill.
He discovered the wealth of photos, cards and mementoes while he was settling the estate of his wife, Thérèse Levac, who had been given by Mrs. McDonald the McDonald family heirlooms.
“We had no idea that this existed,” says Holly CasgrainRobertson, who contacted
after reading the article. “I am Aunt Lena and Uncle Rod's grand-niece,” says the Summerstown resident. “My husband, daughter and I visited them on a regular basis when they were living in Apple Hill.”
She continues, “I am ecstatic about the photos, cards and mementoes of Aunt Lena and Uncle Rod.” Rod's brother, Phillip Hughie Phillip McDonald, from the 1st Concession, Apple Hill, was her grandfather.
Glenn McDonald and Phyllis MacDonell, née McDonald, live at Maxville Manor. They would be Aunt Lena and Uncle Rod's nephew and niece.
“I would be thrilled to have these family memories, and it would be a great project for me to bring the photos to Maxville Manor to get names and info from Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Glenn, while they are still well enough to contribute to our family genealogy.”
Rod McDonald, in his younger years worked at Gogama gold mine, between Sudbury and Timmins. He passed away in July of 1976.
Lena McDonald died in the 1970s.
Thérèse Levac was a close friend; both were very religious and regularly attended St. Anthony’s Church in Apple Hill.
While they had no children, Rod and Lena McDonald were survived by two nieces, one nephew, nine grand-nieces and nephews, and 13 great-grand-nieces and nephews.
“Although there is a geographical distance between the three generations, we remain a closely knit family,” relates Mrs. CasgrainRobertson.The assortment of souvenirs will no doubt stimulate much reminiscing during family gatherings.
“We the MacDonald Clan would like to thank Mr. Gaudet for passing on this bag of treasures.”
The United Counties of SDG will hire an intern to help with various projects while providing training for someone interested in a municipal career.
The position would begin in April and would last nine months. Whoever is hired would be paid about $26.60 per hour, based on a 35hour work week.
Half of the total salary was placed in reserves in 2018. The rest will come out of the 2019 budget.
Councillor Steven Byvelds was particularly enthusiastic about the motion. He recalled when the counties former intern, Justin Watkins, worked there from 2012-2013.
“He was a great asset to the counties,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to have someone come in.”
MEMORIES: Holly Casgrain-Robertson and Gary Robertson with some of the McDonald family souvenirs.