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THURSDAY, Nov. 9/17

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*THU -JR FOOTBALL SEMIFINAL – EESS 10 SOUTH 7

*THU- SR GIRLS BBALL FINAL – PCI 44 EESS 39

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO: UNIQUE FOOTBALL TITLE  

FRIDAY – Fifty years ago tomorrow, November 11, 1967, EESS won their first junior football championship. They played in the old Tri County league which had six teams including Glendale and Annandale of Tillsonburg. East Elgin had won Senior titles in 1958 and 1959 but they had only fielded a junior team for ten years. The Purple Flashes were unbeaten in league play 6-0 and allowed only three touchdowns in those games. In the championship in Woodstock they defeated Huron Park 13-7. The coach was Ross McBride. East Elgin wouldn’t win another football crown until the seniors won in 1982 and not another junior crown for 18 years until 1985.

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Library: Valentines For Vets; Create a Valentine; All Day

-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7 pm

-EESS Jr Football SemiFinal v London South at Citifield; 11 am

-EESS Sr Girls BBall v PCI at Huron Park; Finals; 4:30 pm

-EESS Jr Boys VBall SemiFinal v Ingersoll at Parkside; 9 am

 

-Sat -Remembrance Day Services, Springfield 9:15 am, Aylmer 10:30 am

-Sat -Belmont Remembrance Day Service, 10:30 am

 

-Mon – Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Mon – Otter Valley Naturalists, 7 pm (see Tue. report)

 

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY IN LOCAL SCHOOLS

 

(Information from the respective school Principals)

IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN – We are recommending families attend the town service, (as it is on Saturday) we will not be walking to the cenotaph as we usually do.

STRAFFORDVILLE PUBLIC – The Straffordville School Community will hold a Remembrance Day Assembly Friday at 1:50 with representatives from the Port Burwell Legion in attendance.

MCGREGOR PUBLIC – We will have a week long interactive display to help students reflect on Why We Remember, set up outside our library and visited by classes at their convenience. We will meet for a Remembrance Day assembly on Friday at 11:30,  led by our Gr. 3/4 class with participation of other classes.

DAVENPORT PUBLIC – Davenport will be having a Remembrance Day assembly beginning at 10:30 with a performance by our school choir, the public is welcome.

ASSUMPTION – Remembrance Day Liturgy in the gym at 10:30 for all students, staff, and parents who wish to attend.

PORT BURWELL – We will be having an assembly at 9:30 Friday with members of the Legion and the RCMP attending. Each class will be presenting their appreciation to our soldiers and presenting a wreath

SUMMERS CORNERS – We are holding our Remembrance Day assembly at 9:10 on Friday. Our choir and band will be performing pieces. Student representatives from each class will be laying a poppy at the base of a cross.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

HOWARD SECORD OWNED BUILDING CENTRE

-Secord, Howard Stanley of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Rita (Riffel) Secord; four children including Steve Secord(Beth) and Tom Secord both of Aylmer etc.. He owned and operated Secord Home Building Centre in Aylmer for many years. Howard coached baseball in Aylmer and was a great supporter of youth sports. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.

 

-Goodhue, Charles A.  of RR7 Aylmer passed away Friday in his 94th year. Husband of the late Jean (Cooke) Goodhue (2015). Survivors: one son etc.. Charles was a retired farmer. The funeral was held Wednesday; arrangements with the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Brent Smith)

– October 2 – Station #2, #1, #3 and #4 – around 9 pm – Transport trailer on fire in field at John Wise Line near intersection of Springfield Road. Consumed entire 48ft trailer and equipment stored in it. Cause of fire was an unattended burn barrel close to trailer. Sparks from burn barrel caused vegetation to catch fire and led to trailer. Damage estimated at $10,000.

 

– October 17 – Station #4, #1, #2 and #3 – Barn Fire at Mapleton Line near Imperial Road, around 10 am; fire cause was electrical. A very aggressive size up and interior fire suppression attack resulted in saving this barn, limiting the damage to around $15,000.

 

 

ZACH ANNEN AN ALL STAR

 

Zach Annen, grandson of Case and Jane Annen of Aylmer, was named an OUA football first team all star at offensive centre yesterday. Zach played his fifth season with Carleton Ravens this fall. He was drafted by Montreal Alouettes in the spring and plans to attend their training camp next year.

 

 

TWO EAST ELGIN ODDITIES: WORLD WAR I

 

(Information from James McCallum “We Will Remember Them Vol. 3” (on East Elgin in World War I)

1-FUNERAL HELD, THEN HE CAME BACK

Believed to be a casualty in World War I, William Henry McLain’s funeral was held in August, 1918 – a few months before he returned home, alive. McLain was working as a farmer in Port Bruce when he enlisted in June 1916 – he was just 15 years old but gave his age as 18. He didn’t see action until May 1918 and in August was seriously wounded. Unfortunately his name was included with a list of men who had died of wounds and so the Aylmer Express in late August noted his death, reporting that his mother at Port Bruce had received an official wire from authorities in Ottawa. The family held a funeral for him. But, eventually he returned home from overseas after the war and lived at Port Bruce until dying officially in 1969, aged 69.

 

2-ALSO VOLUNTEERED UNDERAGE

George Harvey also lied about his age but he was caught and sent home – before his funeral. George was born in Aylmer and was employed as a shoemaker when he enlisted in April 1916. He was born in 1901 and thus was just 15. He was wounded in the foot in 1917 and apparently then his age was discovered and he was returned home.

 

 

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