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Board of directors 2019 to 2020

The Board Directors for 2019-2020  from Left to right:  Kathy Bouma, Cynthia Rabstein, David James, Ian Easterbrook, Evelyn Robson, Willa Wick, Nikki Logan, Ron Hattle and Helen Aitkin.

Hailey Johnston with a bouquet of flowersWCM&A  Curator – Hailey Johnston receives thank you for being the guest speaker at the AGM.  Hailey spoke on the work behind the scene at the museum.  It focused on preservation of artifacts, acquiring pieces and the storage of items.

Jane Robertston in historical costume as the Ennotville librarian
Jane Robertson as Ennotville's first librarian

The WCHS meeting on May 5, 2019 was held at the Ennotville Historical Library with guest speaker, Jane Robertson, Librarian, speaking on the history of the Ennotville Library, how it came to be and how it has endured for so long.  Jane dressed in costume representing the first librarian.  The Library was started in 1847 by the early settlers who came to the lower Nichol area.  Many of them had brought a few books from the old country, which they passed from home to home.  Soon, they wanted a central location to make it easier to exchange these books.  Land was donated in the hamlet of Ennotville, and so started the library.  Through the years this building has housed a number of activities including a campus of the Mechanics Institute, a Sunday School; a community centre with dances and card parties; and a voting station for elections of local council, Ontario legislature and federal elections.  Available for rent for small family functions, meetings and celebrations. The library is a volunteer run organization which gratefully excepts donations.

Ennotville Library
Ennotville Library

Ron Hattle, Sue Weir and Haley JohnstonWCHS president Ron Hattle presenting Sue Weir & Haley Johnston appreciation gifts from the historical society on their presentation “Stitched Together – One Quilt, One Community” which was held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives.

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 aitkin.helen@gmail.com.