The Scrapbook

Olive Delmage Hawley (1878-1951) was my grandmother. She was the eldest of six daughters born to William Julius and Minetta Price Delmage in the last 20 years of the 19th century. There were two categories of Delmage daughter – homespun, plain spoken and hard working, or elegant, well educated and career oriented. Grandma Hawley fell ...

The Changing Face of Cleveland

When Edith Delmage left her ancestral home in rural Ontario in 1905 she was anxious to start a working life in a city. So she set her sights on (wait for it) Cleveland Ohio. This wasn’t nearly as scary a prospect for a young Canadian lady as you might think. Edith had two uncles working professionally ...

Preserving the Past

You are looking at a photograph of the “younger generation” who attended the Price family reunion in Newburgh Ontario 99 years ago this past summer.This group was made up of the children of the folks organizing the reunion and were the grandchildren of Andrew Valleau Price (1830-1910.) Now if you are a fan of Strauss-Howe Generational Theory it ...

Have Camera, Will Travel

Like most people I have always liked to travel and document what I saw in my wanderings. That meant I was always  hauling along a camera of sorts. Since my travel experience now goes back close to 50 years the apparatus I took along has changed a bit. Here is a brief history of what ...

Get It Right Next Time

Back when I started listening to rock and roll (in its antediluvian days) the saxophone had a prominent role in most tunes. A good example is this Little Richard classic from 60 years ago. Note that the saxophone in this early rock cut serves to add muscle to the rhythm section in the absence of electric ...

Vale of Tears

My great-great aunt Maud was a widow when she married great-great uncle Norman Price in 1900. I didn’t know this based on the paper genealogy I have (done in the 1950s by her niece Helen Delmage.) When I did find out I did some research on Maud’s first husband Henry Harwood. Henry died of pneumonia ...

Never Been Here, Never Actually Seen It But…

This stately Victorian farmhouse is in my opinion the home of my great-great grandfather Andrew Valleau Price (1830-1910.) Here he would have raised his large and diverse family which included two dentists, a doctor, a clergyman, and an inventor plus assorted farmers, farmers’ wives, businessmen’s wives, etc. My own line comes down via AV’s oldest ...

Skule Daze

Another year of school started today with my grandson now in Grade 2 and my older granddaughter in Grade 1. That got me thinking about my own school experience which started almost 65 years ago. That’s me far right first row next to Donnie Keith (or was it Ronnie Keith – never could tell them ...