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Wedding Photograph of Alice Breckon and Horace Wrinch, 1900
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Wedding Photograph of Alice Breckon and Horace Wrinch, 1900

A photograph of Horace Wrinch and Alice Breckon on their wedding day, June 16, 1900. They married at the farm of Alice's brother, H.C. Breckon, at his farm in Merton, a former village in the Bronte area of Trafalgar Township, now Oakville, Ontario. The farm was called "Spruce Lawn". The Wrinch family had come from England in the early 1880's. Horace (and his brother, Leonard who continued to farm in the area until 1919) were Methodists and active in the temperence movement. Horace studied medicine in Toronto. Their sister, Mary, was a well-known artist. Alice was a school teacher and a nurse, a daughter of Ralph and his second wife, Martha Dynes Breckon, also of the Merton area. Horace and Alice went west after their marriage, to northern British Columbia where Dr. Wrinch built a hospital on the Skeena River in 1902. He was a medical missionary in Hazelton, B.C., renowned as a doctor and surgeon, for building the hospital, as a farmer and community leader. In the 1920's, as an MLA in the provincial legislature, he was a champion for public health insurance.