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Van Sickle Farm


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Summary

The Van Sickle house is located in Onondaga Township. Construction of the house began in 1894 for Charles Edwards and his family. The house was rented by Tom and Dorothy Van Sickle in 1948 and purchased three years later for $7,000.


Timeline

1894 – Construction Begins

Charles Edwards family. Children George, Howard, and Marian. 1

1914 – World War 1

George, the eldest son of Charles Edwards, enlisted on 8 March 1916 at the age of twenty. He joined as a gunner in the 56th O. S. Battery 14 Howitzer Brigade in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Field Artillery. At the time, he was attending the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ontario. He served overseas in both England and France. In August 1918, he received a gun shot wound in the lower lumbar, and was admitted to the Northamptonshire War Hospital in Duston, England. After two months of recovery, he was taken back on strength, and was discharged on 17 January 1919 due to general demobilization. 2

YYYY – Howard Edwards Takes Over Farm

After Charles Edwards died, in the very house he built. 1

YYYY – Howard Edwards Marries Mary Sage

They had three children: George, Barbara, and Bill.1

YYYY – Mary Edwards nee Sage Dies

YYYY – Howard Edwards Marries Beth ????

They had five children: Jean, Kathy, John, Charles, and Donny. 1

1942 – Dorothy Van Sickle Hired

She was hired to look after Mrs. Edwards who had cancer.1

1948 – Tom and Dorothy Van Sickle Rent Farm

1951 – Tom and Dorothy Van Sickle Purchase Farm

They paid $7,000 for the property. They go on to have seven children: Howard, Marvin, Ellen, Audrey, Mary Ann, Doug and Joan.

2014 – Balcony Torn Down


Architectural Features

When first built, it was a modern house with a windmill that pumped water from the nearby Fairchilds creek to a cistern in the basement. The water would then be manually pumped into a tank in the attic and from there it provided running water to the bathroom. The bathroom retains the original claw tub and pedestal sink. The house still has the original slate roof.1 The exterior walls consist of triple bricks made in the United States. Insulation is minimal so the house gets rather cold in the winter. 1


Notes

  1. Van Sickle, Dorothy. Van Sickle Homestead. Personal interview. 30 July. 2015.
2. Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918: Edwards, George Howard. Library and Archives Canada.

References

  • Van Sickle, Dorothy. Van Sickle Homestead. Personal interview. 30 July. 2015.
  • Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918: Edwards, George Howard. Library and Archives Canada.

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2015CB005
Collection:
Historic Buildings of the County of Brant
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.1334 Longitude: -80.11635
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Recommended Citation:
Van Sickle Farm. County of Brant Public Library, Item No. 2015CB005.
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Van Sickle Farm



Summary

The Van Sickle house is located in Onondaga Township. Construction of the house began in 1894 for Charles Edwards and his family. The house was rented by Tom and Dorothy Van Sickle in 1948 and purchased three years later for $7,000.


Timeline

1894 – Construction Begins

Charles Edwards family. Children George, Howard, and Marian. 1

1914 – World War 1

George, the eldest son of Charles Edwards, enlisted on 8 March 1916 at the age of twenty. He joined as a gunner in the 56th O. S. Battery 14 Howitzer Brigade in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Field Artillery. At the time, he was attending the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ontario. He served overseas in both England and France. In August 1918, he received a gun shot wound in the lower lumbar, and was admitted to the Northamptonshire War Hospital in Duston, England. After two months of recovery, he was taken back on strength, and was discharged on 17 January 1919 due to general demobilization. 2

YYYY – Howard Edwards Takes Over Farm

After Charles Edwards died, in the very house he built. 1

YYYY – Howard Edwards Marries Mary Sage

They had three children: George, Barbara, and Bill.1

YYYY – Mary Edwards nee Sage Dies

YYYY – Howard Edwards Marries Beth ????

They had five children: Jean, Kathy, John, Charles, and Donny. 1

1942 – Dorothy Van Sickle Hired

She was hired to look after Mrs. Edwards who had cancer.1

1948 – Tom and Dorothy Van Sickle Rent Farm

1951 – Tom and Dorothy Van Sickle Purchase Farm

They paid $7,000 for the property. They go on to have seven children: Howard, Marvin, Ellen, Audrey, Mary Ann, Doug and Joan.

2014 – Balcony Torn Down


Architectural Features

When first built, it was a modern house with a windmill that pumped water from the nearby Fairchilds creek to a cistern in the basement. The water would then be manually pumped into a tank in the attic and from there it provided running water to the bathroom. The bathroom retains the original claw tub and pedestal sink. The house still has the original slate roof.1 The exterior walls consist of triple bricks made in the United States. Insulation is minimal so the house gets rather cold in the winter. 1


Notes

  1. Van Sickle, Dorothy. Van Sickle Homestead. Personal interview. 30 July. 2015.
2. Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918: Edwards, George Howard. Library and Archives Canada.

References

  • Van Sickle, Dorothy. Van Sickle Homestead. Personal interview. 30 July. 2015.
  • Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918: Edwards, George Howard. Library and Archives Canada.