Nikki Logan
Nikki Logan

Nikki Logan originally comes from the countryside outside Dundas, Ontario, however she and her husband John have made Fergus their home for the past twenty years.

Researching the history of their old stone cottage piqued an interest in the historical development of Wellington County and the various peoples that settle here.

Nikki worked for many years in Health Care and now in retirement enjoys reading, swimming, genealogy and collecting old stuff! Her family including five active grandchildren keep her busy.

She looks forward to working with the Wellington County Historical Society and giving back in some small way to this great place they chose to call home.

The topic for the annual writing contest was “My First Summer Job”. This was the 75th anniversary of the essay contest which was started by Jean (Mrs. Tom) Hutchinson in 1943. Director Willa Wick presented certificates and cash awards to the winners. In the adult class, first prize was captured by Ian Easterbrook of Fergus; second went to Silvana Sangiuliano of Belwood; third place was Evelyn Robson of Belwood, and honourable mention was awarded to Julie Goudie of R R #2 Fergus.

In the student division first place went to Lily Van Hisseling of Fergus, while second and third place winners were brothers Jonah and Joshua Doupe of Belwood.

The Society expresses thanks to the judges and to everyone who submitted entries. We encourage everyone to try their hand at writing a short essay and participate in the competi-tion. The subject for the 2019 competition will be announced in the Society’s winter newsletter.

The Publication Committee always welcomes submissions to our annual journal Wellington County History.

If you have written an essay or article on local history or family related to Wellington County, and would like to share more widely, the committee would be delighted to have a look. They are always keen to have submissions and suggestions for upcoming issues.

Contact the Committee Chair, Helen Aitkin at 519-848-5366 or

Belgian horses

WCHS participated in the Centre Wellington Doors Open Even On June 17, 2017. We were located at the Rosedale Farm and spoke with visitors from as far away as Welland. Our booth was located in the historic barn overlooking the pasture housing the Belgium horses who were the models for the horses that were reproduced and are stabled in the Wellington County Museum barn.

Wellington County Historical Society booth at Rosedale Farm

Sara Dix and WCHS president Ron Hattle.

This years winner of the David Beattie History Award is Sara Dix from Fergus. WCHS president Ron Hattle presented the award to the graduating student at the Centre Wellington District High School Graduation Ceremony, held on Thurs, June 29, 2017. As well as the cash award, Sara was also presented with this year’s History Journal – Vol. 30.

2017 executive with a Canada 150 flag

Members of the Wellington County Historical Society board, elected at the annual general meeting on June 5, 2017. Left to right: Ron Hattle, Helen Aitken, Ev Robson, Ian Easterbrook, Bev Henderson, Kathy Bouma, Willa Wick and Cindi Rabstein. Absent from photo: Judy Howard.

The guest speaker at the AGM was Elske deGroot, photographer.  Elske presented visuals (slide presentation and framed photographs) and spoke on the disappearing barns in rural Ontario’s landscape.  Her objective was to photograph as many barns as possible before they fall down or are torn down.

Elske deGroot

Writers Contest – Award Winners 2017 Topic ‘Canada’s 150th – What It Means To Me’

Back row: 1st place - adult category – Silvana Sangiuliano, Belwood. Front row (L-R): Jonah Doupe, Belwood – 3rd place –Youth categary ; Joshua Doupe, Belwood – 1st place – Youth category; and presenter Willa Wick.
Heather Gregory, Rockwood receiving her 2nd place (adult) certificate from presenter Willa Wick.
Caroline Sealey, Alma, receiving her 3rd place (adult) certificate from presenter Willa Wick.
Kate Wadsworth, Elora receiving her 2nd place (youth) certificate from presenter Willa Wick.

The Wellington County Historical Society is pleased to announce our 2017 Writing Contest. This year's topic is Canada's 150th -- What it Means to Me.

Is it pioneers, clothing style changes, progression of farming practices, evolution of forest to cities, decades of various government leaders, entertainment, how money has changed, diversity of a population, memories of 1967, or stories your grandpa used to tell you about the “good ol’ days”? What does Canada’s 150th conjure up in your mind? Tell us your story.

  • the competition is open to all ages in both youth and adult categories
  • your story should be 500 – 2000 words in length
  • typed double spaced submissions are preferred but handwritten is acceptable
  • include your name, full address, telephone number and email address on a separate sheet
  • all entries become the property of the Wellington County Historical Society and will be stored at the Wellington County Archives (and on-line) for all to enjoy
  • winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on June 5th, 2017 at which time cash awards will be presented in both youth and adult categories

For information phone: (519) 546-3450
Deadline for receipt of entries: April 15th, 2017
email entries to: (preferred)
2017 Writing Contest
Wellington County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5, Fergus Ont. N1M 2W7

View the 2017 Writing Contest Poster (PDF)