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- Ernest and his wife, Minnie, were active in area organizations. Minnie was inducted as a life time member of the Palermo Women's Institute in 1953. They were members of the Omagh Presbyterian Church congregation, where Ernest sang in the choir for many years. Ernest was a member of Trafalgar Township Council from 1953 to 1956, held office with the Halton Conservatives Association, the Orange Lodge, was a member of the Trafalgar Parks Selection Committee. Ernest was a contractor who built many of the barns in the area. A newspaper article dated May 3, 1956 says he built 115 of the big barns around the area, starting in the building trade at age 17, apprenticed to Haggerty and Peacock, Milton buildings for 3 years, then running his own business. He changed to building houses and says he built hundreds. He bought his family home, at the bend on Lower Base Line at Henderson Road, which is 3 miles south of the farm where he was born in 1913. He rebuilt it in 1925.
He also built the house which still stands (in 2017) 5th north of Dundas Street on Old Bronte Road in the former Oakville village of Palermo for his daughter Wilma, married to Harry Wilson.
Henderson Road and Henderson Park, site of many memorable summer camps for area children, are named after Ernest.
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- Walter Ernest Henderson, b.August 3, 1878 Trafalgar, d.October 13, 1956, Hamilton. Minnie Eliza (Stoutt) Henderson, b.December 5, 1877, d.September 20, 1959. They are buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Milton.
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- Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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- Ernest Henderson
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