Remembering the 4,000 from Perth County who enlisted to fight in the Great War

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — and the Canadian flag at half staff next to Stratford’s war memorial — symbols of the nationwide tribute paid to Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, killed in a hit-and-run at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Monday, October 20, and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Argyll and Southern Highlander reservist from Hamilton, killed on ceremonial guard duty at the Cenotaph in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (Ottawa photo credit: Charlie Crabb)

Remembrance Day services across Canada this November 11 will look back 100 years to the sacrifices made by thousands of Canadians who fought and died in World War 1 from 1914 to 1918.

Some 4,000 men from Perth County enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and more than 2,500 saw action overseas, according to A History of Perth County to 1967, published in 1967 by W. Stafford Johnson and Hugh J.M. Johnson, M.A..

Continue reading

Heritage groups welcome Cooper site decision

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation and the Stratford/Perth Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario welcomed a motion adopted by Heritage Stratford Tuesday night calling on City Council to seek heritage designation for certain elements of the Cooper site and the building erected in 1907 to serve as a locomotive repair shop for the Grand Trunk and Canadian National railways.

Heritage Stratford members voted 4-1 in favour of the motion.

Continue reading

Huron tract settlement brought huge changes to the landscape

In a 45-minute power point presentation moving from the ice age to the present day, landscape designer Jane Elign-Feryn showed how settlement in the 1820’s led to fundamental changes in the landscape of the Huron Tract.

She spoke Tuesday night to a gathering of more than 100 in a packed hall at the Rotary Complex for a meeting sponsored by Stratford Field Naturalists and the City of Stratford Energy and Environment Committee.

Continue reading

Foundation joins Cooper site brainstorming session

Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation members took part in a brainstorming session with University of Waterloo students Sunday, October 5, aimed at producing alternative visions of the future for the Cooper site.

Foundation Chair Eric Adams, former Chair Roger Hilderley, and members of the Foundation’s Grand Trunk Railway Committee — Allan Waddingham, Ian Taylor and John Crabb — and longtime Foundation member Ron Latham participated in the session held at the Stratford campus of the university.

Continue reading

Thank you for caring, Anna!

Anna Meusel unveiled a stone marker acknowledging close to 15 years of service as master gardener and steward of the Fryfogel Heritage Garden — affectionately dubbed “Anna’s garden”— during a Culture Days open house and reception attended by 150 at the Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum.

Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation Chair Eric Adams and Arboretum Chair Reg White paid tribute to her years of dedicated service in a touching ceremony at the entrance to the Arboretum Saturday.

Continue reading