Hornby Loyal Orange Lodge No. 165
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- Hornby Loyal Orange Lodge Hall was located on Steeles Avenue. A second photograph showing more of the streetscape can be found under "Pages Select" above in this record. The second photograph was taken in December 1990.
Oyster suppers were popular here and each Orangeman was able to invite one other couple. The 12th of July parade was always a big event. One time when the parade was held in Guelph, people at the Hornby station were told the train wouldn't stop in Hornby to let people on to go west to Guelph. Bill Cunningham, who lived in Port Credit, had bought a ticket on the westbound train to Hornby. When the train stopped to let him off, all those going to the parade jumped on board.
Don Learmont 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 was able to identify Gear Sinclair as living in Glen William 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 being so near 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."
- In first photograph: Hornby L. O. L. 165.
On second photograph: Hornby Orange Lodge 4H20 Dec. 1990.
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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