Joseph and Ann (Bailey) Hall, Drumquin
- D.M Reid, Main Street, Milton, Photographer
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- For a month in 1885, the Hall family of Joe and Ann entertained four young visitors from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Twins Alice and James Bown, their older sister, Jennie and their cousin, James Bailey, were greeted at the Oakville train station by their cousin Joe (junior) Hall, and driven to be greeted by Aunt Ann and Uncle Joe at the family farm on 7th Line (now Trafalgar Road), near Britannia Road.
At the time of this visit in 1885, Joseph was 65 years old and Ann was 54.
According to the diary, their farm had 30 head of cattle, 11 sheep, 16 pigs, 6 horses, 37 turkeys, 20 Guinea hens, 50 chickens. There was also an orchard, and reference is made to picking plums and crab apples. At the time of the visit, the grain harvest was in progress with the aid of a "Patent Self Mower and Binder".
Hunting in the woods, fishing, card games, music and skating in Oakville, a visit to the Saunders bee hives at Agerton to purchase honey, and many visitors to the house and excursions to visit people as well as church were among the pleasant pastimes. They also took the train from Oakville into the Exposition Grounds in Toronto (now the C.N.E.) and detailed information on the livestock is in the diary.
The farm made use of the blacksmith and post office at Drumquin (Trafalgar Road or 7th Line and Britannia Road.)
The diary provides a peek at the farm life of Joe and Ann Hall, listing the names of many local visitors and family.
- For more information about this diary with photographs of the American visitors entitled "Adventures of the American Four Among the Pine Stumps of Canada", please click on the links in this record.
Ann and Joseph are buried at St. Stephen's Anglican Cemetery in Hornby, Halton County (Steeles and 9th Line).
A descendent of James Bailey, David Helsel, has put together photographs of Joseph and Ann Hall and the four young Americans with notes of further information for presentation to the TTHS.
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- Joseph Hall, b.1820 d.October 9, 1898.
Ann (Bailey) Hall, b.December 27, 1831, d.June 28, 1910.
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- Joseph and Ann (Bailey) Hall, Drumquin
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