Loyal Orange Lodge No. 165, Hornby
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- Two photographs of Hornby, Ontario's Loyal Orange Lodge No. 165 walking sometime in the 1950's era on a July 12th.
Bob Brownridge is the gentleman holding his hat in the first picture, and wearing it during the walk in the second picture. He's wearing a vest. Jimmy Cunningham is on the left edge of the group in this picture, he is the taller man just behind a shorter man in the front. His family had been one of the earliest settlers near Hornby, emigrating from Ireland in the early 1800s, settling in Trafalgar Township near the border with Esquesing Township to the north.
Don Learmont is "almost" certain that the man on the far right is his grandfather, Stan Learmont. (View "Comments" under the photo.) Don remembers going to the Hornby Hall "to play euchre or crokinole. After the games, there would be a lunch. Then the square dance would start. The caller was a man named Brooks. (not sure of first name) Gere Sinclair played the violin & his wife played the piano. She played staring straight out at the dancers & never changed her expression, never looking at the keys. Being an Orange, there was no drinking but the dancing seemed to get better as the night progressed. We as kids sat in the gallery & watched. The best dancers were a couple named Kay. They would swing like tops.The time frame would be in the 1948 to 1952 frame. In 1961 some of us started a dance there. We called it the Hornby stomp, with a small record player, later we had a live band." Don met his wife of 55 years there.
TTHS and OGS member, Jane Watt is able to identify Gear Sinclair as living in Glen Williams in 1935, in R.R. #4 Milton from 1940 through 1949 working as a farmer, then on Queen Street in Milton working as a caretaker and later maintenance man from 1957 to 1962, then in 1968 he is listed as a caretaker living at 347 Woodward Street in Milton. Nothing after that.
Don has also remembered (because I asked him about the "dry" Orange Lodge's proximity to the Brains Brewery in Hornby), "My great-grandfather Thomas Learmont lived in various places in the Hornby area. He stayed with my grandfather on his farm just south of Steeles on Trafalgar road in his later years. Thomas would go to Brains brewery & buy a honey pail of beer & lower it down the well on a rope to cool it off. It was much to the displeasure of my grandmother who was a staunch anti drink person. The Brains brewery had a pond which we all played hockey on. The mall that is there now was part of the farm. Hornby school was a 1 room & 8 grades. The same teacher taught my father & me. Nelly Jardine. A real stern woman."
If you can identify others in the photographs, please email a "Comment".
- Other photographs linked here in the group name, "Loyal Orange Lodge", show the Hornby Lodge building on Steeles Avenue, among other Halton images.
The two photographs here were originally taken by the Milton Canadian Championship newspaper.
The photographs may have been taken at Milton, or at the Milton fairgrounds or at Hornby fairgrounds, we don't know at this time.
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- Robert Brownridge
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- Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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- Loyal Orange Lodge No. 165, Hornby
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton