Trafalgar Township Historical Society Digital Collections
The Wilson House, Old Bronte Road, Palermo


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Harry Wilson and Wilma Henderson married on February 21, 1943 in Toronto. At the time, Harry was an aircraftman in the R.C.A.F.

They lived in Palermo on what is now Old Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario. Their house was built by Wilma's father, Ernest Henderson, who was a building contractor by trade. Ernest was also a member of Trafalgar Council from 1953 to 1956, held office with the Halton Conservatives Association, the Orange Lodge, was a member of the Trafalgar Parks Selection Committee.

Harry was hired as a Trafalgar Township policeman by Fred Oliver in 1952. Harry had previously been about 5 years with the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), ranked Inspector. His appointment to the Trafalgar force was announced in the Toronto Daily Star on February 19, 1952.

Briefly: in 1948 Fred Oliver was selected from 110 applicants and appointed the Police Chief of Trafalgar Township. Along with his police duties, he was also the truant officer, dog catcher and building inspector for the Township of Trafalgar.

Fred policed from Lake Ontario on the south to Hornby, Ontario on the north and to Burloak Drive, as we know it now, on the west. His area included the Village of Bronte and excluded the Town of Oakville. Oakville was south of the Queen Elizabeth Way at that time and did not include the Ford plant lands. The population of this area was approximately 5,500. Fred worked alone out of his residence until 1952 when he hired a second officer, Harry Wilson.

Oldest son Walt (Walter), daughter (Grace) Elizabeth, and youngest son, Harry, were active in the Trafalgar Township Police Boys Band and the Cubs among other groups (see the other photographs in the collection.) Wilma was active in area Women's Institutes among other groups (see the other photographs and information in the collection.)
Subject(s):
Personal Name(s):
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. Henry Gardner Wilson, called Harry, b.April 9, 1914 d.April 11, 1995. Wilma Maxine Henderson, b.December 29, 1913 d.January 9, 1982. Walter Fredrick Wilson, called Walt, b.1947. Grace Elizabeth Wilson, called Elizabeth, b.1950. William Henry Wilson, called Harry, b.1955.
Local identifier:
TTWGW000688
Collection:
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    fltLatitude: 43.43341
    Latitude: 43.43341 Longitude: -79.78293
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The Wilson House, Old Bronte Road, Palermo
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton
The Wilson House, Old Bronte Road, Palermo
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The Wilson House, Old Bronte Road, Palermo


Harry Wilson and Wilma Henderson married on February 21, 1943 in Toronto. At the time, Harry was an aircraftman in the R.C.A.F.

They lived in Palermo on what is now Old Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario. Their house was built by Wilma's father, Ernest Henderson, who was a building contractor by trade. Ernest was also a member of Trafalgar Council from 1953 to 1956, held office with the Halton Conservatives Association, the Orange Lodge, was a member of the Trafalgar Parks Selection Committee.

Harry was hired as a Trafalgar Township policeman by Fred Oliver in 1952. Harry had previously been about 5 years with the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), ranked Inspector. His appointment to the Trafalgar force was announced in the Toronto Daily Star on February 19, 1952.

Briefly: in 1948 Fred Oliver was selected from 110 applicants and appointed the Police Chief of Trafalgar Township. Along with his police duties, he was also the truant officer, dog catcher and building inspector for the Township of Trafalgar.

Fred policed from Lake Ontario on the south to Hornby, Ontario on the north and to Burloak Drive, as we know it now, on the west. His area included the Village of Bronte and excluded the Town of Oakville. Oakville was south of the Queen Elizabeth Way at that time and did not include the Ford plant lands. The population of this area was approximately 5,500. Fred worked alone out of his residence until 1952 when he hired a second officer, Harry Wilson.

Oldest son Walt (Walter), daughter (Grace) Elizabeth, and youngest son, Harry, were active in the Trafalgar Township Police Boys Band and the Cubs among other groups (see the other photographs in the collection.) Wilma was active in area Women's Institutes among other groups (see the other photographs and information in the collection.)