Arran-Elderslie farmer Bill McCulloch recently shared with me a diary, written by his grandfather, William McCulloch. The diary, in the most beautiful handwriting, was started when Mr. McCulloch was 22 years old. It begins in 1911 and covers life on his Bruce Township farm in those early years. As I read the diary, I realized it was just too interesting not to share with others, so for this week, and the next two, maybe even three weeks, I will be sharing excerpts from the diary in "Mary's Corner".
Three Oswald brothers - John, Ron and Bob - are now all 60-year Mason brothers. The three brothers are members of the Forest Lodge #393 in Chesley, a male-only, worldwide fraternity, more commonly known as the Masons. "It is rare to have three natural brothers all be 60-year Mason brothers as well," Ron Oswald said as he talked about his youngest brother Bob receiving his 60-year Mason pin a few weeks ago.
Mary's Note: It always warms my heart to hear someone say that something I have written touched them in a special way. While waiting in a store line-up one day last week, a reader reminded me of a column I wrote a couple of summers ago about "skedaddling" through summer. She said she remembered the column because of its headline and the wonderful memories it sparked in her.
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