Chapter 9, 8

    (Generation iv)    Albert Edwin Hedley (1884-1941)
                            and Harriet A. Chadbourn (1886-1972)

 1 - Albert Edwin Hedley (Ab) was born October 7, 1884 in Kinloss Township, the eighth, and second youngest, of the children of John Henry Hedley and Margaret Florence Johnston. Albert was one year old when his family moved to Greenock Township, two and a half years old when his mother Margaret Florence died, and barely three when his father John Henry married Ann (Young) Alexander.

Albert  started school at McDonald Public School (S.S.# 4 Greenock).  It was a frame building on the south-east corner of Lot 31, Concession 7, built diagonally across from the original log school. Attendance at this school was 45-50 pupils.  A school photograph captioned  S.S.# 4 McDonald 1888  in the book Greenock Township History 1856-1981 includes Albert, who at the time would have been four, and sisters and brother Maggie, Lil and Wes.  John Henry Hedley, their father, also appears in the photo. It is not known whether John Henry was included in the photo as assistant teacher, as school board member, or in some other capacity.

There was much controversy in the community about the location of the school, and in 1905 land on which to relocate the school was purchased from John Henry Hedley on the north-west corner of Lot 32, Concession 6. The school was moved 3/4 kilometres to its new location, and two years later it was bricked.  By then Albert and his sisters and brothers had left school, but Albert’s four children and later a grandchild attended the brick school, as did his brother Wes’s four children and two grandchildren.

The schoolroom these children attended in the 1940's differed little from the one Albert attended as a child. It was heated by a wood-burning box stove. Water was carried in a pail from a nearby farm and placed at the back of the room with a common dipper.  Separate outdoor toilets for girls and boys were located behind the school. Double desks replaced the original benches that had been located around three sides of the classroom.  Some of these double desks were still in use in the 1940's.  Slates were used rather than exercise books until the late 1920's, when students had to learn how to master straight pens that were dipped into clay inkwells situated in each desk. The school was run by an elected three-man school board.  Teachers usually boarded in the community. The home of Albert and Hattie Hedley hosted a succession of S.S. #4 teachers.

Marriage, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church
Kingarf, Greenock Township - May 30, 1906
Harriet Agnes Chadbourn
age 20, farmer's daughter
res. Kincardine Twp. 
Church of England
Parents:   Dennis Cadbourn
    and Susanna Lano
Albert Edwin Hedley
age 22, farmer
res. Greenock Twp.
Church of England
John Henry Hedley
   and  Margaret Johnston
Anglican Parish Registers, Huron College, London

 On May 30, 1906 Albert married Harriet (Hattie) Chadbourn, who was employed as a milliner in Kincardine. Albert was 21 years old and Hattie 20, born April 14, 1886, the youngest, along with her twin sister May, of the seven children of Susannah Lano and Dennis Chadbourn, both natives of England (See Chapter 9,8 - Part 2 ) Albert and Harriet bought farmland adjoining that of Albert’s father, John Henry, who owned Lot 32 on Concession 6 of Greenock Township.  Albert purchased  Lot 32 on Concession 7 from Henry Alexander, presumably a brother-in-law of Ann Alexander, Albert’s stepmother. Henry had taken up the Crown Deed for the property.  John Alexander,  Henry’s brother, owned the adjoining farm, which he sold in 1907 to Joseph Henry Young. The Youngs and the Hedleys remained close neighbours for many years. In 1910 Albert’s father John Henry and stepmother Ann retired to Kincardine and, Albert’s elder brother Wes took over the home farm.

 Meanwhile Albert and Hattie moved into temporary buildings on their property while their Queen Anne style house of white brick was being constructed with the aid of the Alexander brothers. It was not completed until 1910, the year Ab and Hattie’s third child, Jack, was born.

1911 Census for Canada; Ontario; Bruce County South; Greenock Township

Hedley Albert, Head, age 26, married, b. Oct. 1884
             Harriet, Wife, age 25, married, b. April 1886
             Orval, son, age 4, single, b. Feb. 1907
             Mabel, daughter, age 2, b. Nov. 1909
             Eldon, son, age 8 months, b. Oct. 1910
Chadburn, Susanan,  Lodger, age 62, widow, b. Sept. 1848

Susanna (Lano) Chadbourn, Harriet’s mother, was living with the family temporarily. Her husband Dennis Chadbourne had died ten years earlier, on March 25, 1900. The twins, Harriet and May, age15, Elizabeth, 20 and Harry, 23 (who took over managing the farm) were living with Susanna in their Kincardine Twp. home in 1901, the year following their father’s death.

 In addition to his family and farm activities Albert was a member of the Greenock Township Council and took  part in municipal and community affairs, as well as being an active member in the Kingarf Anglican church.

 In 1930 Albert and Hattie’s eldest son Orville was married and settled on a nearby farm. Jack was absent from the home, attending school and working at various jobs. He married in 1932.  Mabel and Bert were living at home when their father Albert died at age 56 on May 11, 1941. He is remembered by his family as a hard working, kindly and fair-minded man. Hattie continued to manage the farm with the help of her family until it was purchased by her grandson Albert (Al) Hedley, Jack’s son, about 1958. Hattie and Bert continued to live on the farm with Al and his wife Margaret (Johnson) and their young family for several years.  As Hattie’s health deteriorated, she went to live with her daughter and son-in-law Mabel and  Elmer Scott near Teeswater. Hattie died in Wingham Hospital Dec. 14, 1972 at age 86. The graves of Albert and Harriet (Chadbourn) Hedley are in Kincardine cemetery.  They had four children:

      (1) Orville Wilber Hedley, born January 23, 1907,  was the eldest of the four children of Albert and Harriet Hedley.  He was married in 1930 to Olive Myrtle Eskrick who was born January 23, 1906, the eldest of the five children of Mary Ellen (Siddon) and Thomas Eskrick of Kincardine Township. Olive’s brothers and sisters were Melvin who lived in Alberta; Myrtle, m. Eldon Russel of Greenock Twp.; George, m. Pearl Woods, Kincardine Twp.;  and Oda Grace, m. Harry Wilson. George and Pearl Eskrick had one son Thomas who married Anne Mitchell of Kincardine. Tom and Anne had three boys, Gerald, Robert and Rodney (1965-8).  Thomas gave up farming and went to work in the Hamilton area. George and Pearl moved to Chesley where George died in 1981.

Orville and Olive Hedley lived for a time on Concession 6, across from Orville’s parents’ farm on land later owned by the Kerslake family, but they eventually moved to a house that Jack had renovated on property at the edge of the Greenock Swamp.  Around 1955 Orville lost an eye as the result of a farm accident.  In the 1960's  Olive and Orville moved to Concession 10 of Culross Township (R.R.1 Formosa) near the farm of their daughter and son-in-law, June and Barry Hill and their children. Olive died at age 61 in a tragic accident March 25, 1967 when her clothing caught fire while she was lighting their wood stove. Orville died March 14, 1974 at age 67.  The graves of Orville and Olive Hedley are in Kincardine Cemetery.  They had one daughter:

            [1] Orlene June Hedley, born June 15, 1935 in Kincardine Hospital, attended S.S. #4 Greenock Public School, the same school her father and grandfather had attended.  In her Grade 8 year June achieved some local fame when she won the Junior Girls’ Trophy for athletic achievement at the inter-school sports day. In her teen years June played on a girls’ softball team. June trained as a telephone operator and worked, until her retirement in the 1990's, for the Bell Telephone Co., Hanover.

Marriage, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church
Kingarf, Greenock Township - July 3, 1954
Orlene June Hedley
age 19, telephone operator
res. Walkerton   
Church of England
 Orville & Olive Hedley
Barry Leonard Hill
age 19, factory worker
res. Walkerton
United Church

Alfred Roy Hill & Alice Condy
Witnesses: Goldie and Jackie Emerson
Anglican Parish Registers, Huron College, London

June and Barry farmed and raised their three sons at R.R.1 Formosa. They later separated and June took up residence in Hanover.
 June died on Jan. 05, 2011 in the Hanover Hospital; interment was at Kincardine Cemetery on Jan. 08, 2011

                  {1} Paul Hill, b.1959, worked as a radio host in Wingham,  later at FM 98 The Beach, Port Elgin,
                        then Owen Sound
On air Paul is known to his  listeners as “Dusty Hill.”
                        Paul married Ann Reid in 1978. Two children:
                              1- Cory Hill b.1977 works at Honda; m. Courtney (--?--) One child (gen. ix):
                                       <1> Ashlyn Marie Hill b. April 2005 
                              2- Lindsay Hill b. 1979
                  {2} Wayne Hill b. 1961 works in real estate in Kitchener.
                         Wayne married June Corcoran in 1987. Two children:
                              1- Samantha June Hill b. 1989
                              2- Mark Hill b. 1992
                  {3} Steven John Hill b. 1964, works as an electronics technician for
                        Westinghouse. He married Dianne Lynn Benson in 1989 in Mount Forest.
                        One child:
                              1- Tyson Steven Hill b. 1994


Orlene "June" Hill (née Hedley), of Hanover, died at the Hanover and District Hospital, on   Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in her 76th year. 

Beloved mother of Paul "Dusty" (Ann) Hill, of Southampton; Wayne (June) Hill, of Kitchener; and Steven (Dianne), of Mount Forest

Sadly missed by her grandchildren: Lindsay (Chris) Reynolds, Corey Hill (Courteney Taylor), Samantha, Mark and Tyson Hill; and by her great-grandchildren: Ashlyn, Kaleigh, Avery, Keaton and Emily. 

Former spouse of Barry Hill. 

 The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, with Rev. Rob Hiscox officiating.

Serving as pallbearers were: Paul, Wayne, Steve, and Corey Hill, Chris Reynolds and David Hedley. 

Flower bearers were Mark and Tyson Hill.

      (2) Mabel Eileen Hedley b. Nov. 3, 1908;
Mabel was the second child and only daughter of Albert and Harriet Hedley. As a young woman Mabel suffered a period of poor health as a result of a tuberculous infection. After her recovery at home and the death of her father in 1941, she helped her mother and brother with the operation of their  farm home. She later moved to Teeswater where she worked in a retail dress shop.

Marriage, St. John’s Anglican Church Rectory,
Bervie Ontario - June 3, 1950
Mabel Eileen Hedley, age 40
Greenock Twp.
Religion: - Anglican
Parents: Albert & Harriet Hedley
Robert John Elmer Scott, age 36
farmer, Culross Twp.
David G. Scott and
Maggie McAllister
Anglican Parish Registers, Huron College, London

       m. Elmer Scott in 1950. Elmer was born March 10, 1914, the son of David and Maggie Scott of Culross Twp.  Mabel and Elmer also farmed in Culross Twp. Con. 6, Lot 33.  Elmer died July 24, 1993 at age 79. Mabel died March 31, 1998 at age 89 after several years in the Braeman Nursing Home in Wingham. The graves of Mabel and Elmer are in Langside Cemetery, Kinloss Twp. They had two sons:

            [1] Donald Elmer Scott b. 1952 in Culross Twp., when his mother was 43 years old, was the elder of the two sons of Mabel and Elmer Scott.
 m. Joke Johanna Visser in 1980 in Knox Presbyterian Church, Teeswater. Joke, b. 1954, the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Tom Visser, was a seamstress. The Visser family had moved to Teeswater from Holland in the 1970's. Donald and Joke settled on  the farm that was formerly owned by Donald’s grandparents, David and Maggie Scott, and after them, Donald’s parents, Mabel and Elmer Scott, six miles west of Teeswater. Mabel and Elmer moved to another farm a couple of miles further east, on Concession 7, Lot 25 of Culross. Twp.
Donald and Joke had four children:
                  {1} Andrew David Scott b. 1981
                  {2} Clayton Gregory Scott b. 1983
                  {3} Mitchell Donavan Scott b. 1986
                  {4} Cedric John Scott b. 1990
            [2] Kenneth Alan Scott b. 1954, when his mother was 46 years old, was the second son of Mabel and Elmer Scott. Ken worked for UCO Petroleum in Ilderton while his wife, Debby, attended Fanshawe College. Ken later farmed at R.R 1 Teeswater in Culross Twp.
 m1 Deborah Anne Peterbaugh in 1976 in St. Andrew’s United Church, Ripley. Debbie, the daughter of Ruby and Don Peterbaugh of Ripley, was born in 1976.  Ken and Debbie had four children. They later divorced.
                  {1} Amy Ann Scott, b.1980 is majoring in music at the University of Western Ontario, London.
                  {2} Shaun Curtis Scott, b. 1982,  m. Leanne Massena in Jan. 2006.
                        The wedding took place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

                  {3} Blair Scott b. 1985
                  {4} Alicia Dawn Scott, b. 1988
m2 Ruth Ann Readman in 1994. Ken and Ruth Ann operate River Lodge Farm in Culross Twp. Con.7, Lot 27, a few miles west of Teeswater. Ruth Ann also has a drapery/upholstery business which she operates from their farm location.

      (3) Eldon John Hedley (Jack) b. Oct. 23, 1910, was the second son of Albert and Harriet Hedley. After graduating from Kincardine High School, Jack attended the Ontario Institute of Art in Toronto where he was introduced to the work of the Canadian Group of Seven. After leaving college, Jack worked as a sign painter for the CPR railway in the French River district. Returning to Greenock Township, he purchased a portable sawmill, and worked, with help from his family and hired men, at sawing  into lumber logs harvested from the back of his father’s farm as well as filling orders from neighbouring farmers.

On Sept. 7, 1932 Jack married Muriel Aileen Hodgins, b. July 17, 1910, daughter of Lorne Hodgins and Ethel Smith of Kinloss village (Black Horse). Aileen had completed two years of nurse’s training in Hanover Hospital before having to give up her plans for a nursing career  because of eczema caused by harsh chemicals used in the hospital. Another factor influencing  her decision to postpone her nurse’s training was her mother’s need for assistance at home after the birth of her sister Lorna, twenty years younger than Aileen.

Jack and Aileen’s first home was on the edge of the Greenock Swamp, on property owned by Jack’s parents, a kilometre east of their residence. Before their marriage Jack renovated the house,  replacing the damaged floors with pine flooring and adding a large glassed-in sun porch, but there was no electricity, telephone or running water. Their first two children were born there in 1934 and 1935.

 In 1935 Jack decided to use some unsold lumber to construct a service station in the village of Kinloss. Jack and Aileen operated their white service station while living in rented quarters across the road. Money was scarce during depression years and retail businesses suffered. Eventually they sold the service station which, with the improvement in the economy, began to thrive and continued to serve the Kinloss community for many years.
 Jack and Aileen purchased a home and farmland situated between Silver Lake and Clam Lake.  The property was owned by Aileen’s Aunt Clara McNiece, who had inherited it from her parents. It had been rented to tenants for several years and was in need of much repair when Jack and Aileen and their two young children moved in. During their twenty-year residency in this home, two more children were born, in 1941 and 1951. Jack, like most farmers in the area, worked at mixed farming, but found the sandy and stony soil of the moraine area between the lakes relatively poor agriculturally. In the 1930's and 40's he supplemented the family income by trapping and later by getting local painting and wall papering assignments. When he could find  free time he indulged his love for fishing and hunting and for painting in oils and water colours.
 In addition to her work as a farm wife, Aileen supplemented the family income by providing accommodation and meals for fishermen and hunters from the city and occasionally for their families as well. She was always prepared to use her nursing skills to help family or neighbours with medical needs. On one occasion, during a trip to Northern Ontario, she assisted a teenager and her father in the delivery of a baby in an adjoining motel room.

In 1955 Jack and Aileen traded their farm for a general store in the village of Shedden. By that time only their two youngest children, ages 3 and 13,  were living at home. Following two or three years of store keeping, they traded the general store for a lovely Florida-style home in St. Marys, where Jack worked full-time as a decorator. Aileen continued to add to the family income with a home-based catering service. They both entered enthusiastically into the community life of St. Marys. Jack  painted wall murals and oil paintings of local scenes for homes and businesses and won prizes for his outdoor Christmas decorations. Aileen became an expert on African violets,  propagating and caring for over 400 violets under lights.  She also won prizes at the fall fair for her baking and preserves. One of the prizes was a quart jar full of silver dollars (when they were still made of pure silver) awarded by the Bernardin Bottle Cap Co. for being the Canada-wide winner with the most awards for preserves.

Jack and Aileen were both enthusiastic members of  the Horticultural Society, frequently in demand for their slide shows and lectures on Canadian wild flowers as well as African violets.

 Jack died suddenly at his St. Marys home of a heart attack on November 23, 1970, the evening of the season’s first severe snow storm. He was 60 years old. His two daughters, on hearing of their father’s death, had an anxious taxi ride from London through the blizzard on snow filled roads.

Aileen continued to live in her St. Marys home for ten more years, providing home nursing for bed-ridden patients, care for families while parents were away and a neighbourhood catering service. In addition she took an active part in St. Marys United Church, Sunday School and  U.C.W. and the St. Marys Friendship Centre for seniors, working on many quilts and organizing day trips for the Friendship Centre. She had a keen interest in reading, cooking, gardening, travelling and her family. In the spring of 1981 she moved to Cherryhill apartments in London where she made many friends and took an active part in the activities of Empress United Church and the U.C.W.  In December 1993 while getting her mail in her Cherryhill apartment building, Aileen was knocked down by a speeding motorized wheelchair and suffered a broken hip. After six months of medical difficulties and intermittent hospital care, Aileen died of a heart attack on June 13, 1993 at University Hospital. She was 83 years old. The graves of Aileen and Jack Hedley are in Greenhills Cemetery, Lucknow.  Four children (generation 6): 

            [1] Jacqueleen Ann Hedley b. March 2, 1934 in Kinloss, attended S.S.#1 Kinloss and Greenock Elementary School and Lucknow District High School to which she and her brother were transported daily via school bus. At the end of Grade 12, Jackie took advantage of a new program of the Ontario Dept.of Education to increase the number of elementary school teachers needed to accommodate the approaching “baby boom". Prospective teachers were given an intensive summer course in teaching for two consecutive summers, qualifying them to teach for two years, at which time they were required to attend a Teacher’s College for one year. Jackie’s first two years’ teaching experiences were in a one-room rural school, S.S #7 Kincardine Twp. and grades one to four at Cameron Falls P.S. in Northern Ontario.
m. Goldwin James Emerson at the home of Jackie’s parents on the South Line, Kinloss Twp. on Dec. 20, 1952. Goldie b. Aug. 2, 1931 was the third son of Samuel Emerson and Pearl Hunter of the Bervie area. Their farm was located on the boundary road (between Kincardine and Huron Townships). His brothers were Glen (presently of Georgetown) and  Raymond (presently of Sydney, Vancouver Island). Goldie has a  younger sister, Hilda Emerson (presently of Stratford). Goldie was an elementary school teacher at Riversdale and Kinlough.

The first residence of Goldie and Jackie was in Kinlough, their second residence in Cameron Falls. In 1953 they moved to Beaconsfield Avenue in London with a view to Jackie’s completing her required year at Teacher’s College. Subsequently they both taught in Delaware Twp. elementary schools, Jackie in a one-room rural school and Goldie serving as vice-principal and then principal of Delaware Central School. In 1957-9 they both received positions in  London Township schools, Goldie at Riverside Public School and Jackie at Hutton Public School. They bought a two-bedroom ranch-style house on Boler Road in Byron which eventually proved too small after the arrival of  their three children in 1960, ‘61 and ‘62. In 1962 they had a two-storey, four-bedroom brick house built around the corner, on Wayne Rd. in Byron, where they have resided for over forty years.

 While Jackie was at home with the children, she worked at furthering her education and in 1975 graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A). degree majoring in Sociology. Goldie continued his education while employed as vice principal in Oak Park and later St. George’s Public Schools in London and as a master at London Teachers’ College. He received his Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from the University of Toronto in 1966 and his Doctorate in Philosophy (D.Ph.) in 1975 from the University of Ottawa, where the family lived for a year while Goldie completed his doctorate work. Previous to that, the family spent their summers living in the  Toronto vicinity and at an Ottawa-area campground while Goldie took summer courses.  From 1967 to 1985 Goldie taught at London Teacher’s College/Althouse College, at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London.

Jackie worked at home as a report grader for the UWO School of Business Administration from 1973 to 1982. She also worked as a tutor in the Adult Basic Education Program from 1972 until her retirement in 1994, at first as a volunteer tutor, but  from 1987 as a salaried employee coordinating a tutoring program for physically disabled adults at Hutton House. Goldie retired in 1986, but continues to participate in educational programs on a part-time basis. Since  retirement Jackie volunteers at Operation Bookmark at the Child Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in Byron and with the USC Quilters. Goldie and Jackie enjoy philosophy, photography, scrabble, bridge and travelling. They have had many interesting trips to different parts of the world. Three children (gen.7):
                  {1} Kevin Samuel Emerson b. 1960 in London; attended Byron
                        Southwood Elementary School in London; Confederation High
                        School, Ottawa; St. John’s Cathedral School in Selkirk, Manitoba;
                        and  Saunders High School,  London;
                        Kevin drowned in 1978 in Komoka; funeral at CPRI Chapel in Byron;
                         ashes buried  in Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow (grandparents’ plot). In Memory
                  {2} Blake Hedley Emerson b.1961 in London;  attended Byron Southwood 
                         Elementary School in London; Sir Winston Churchill Elementary School in
                        Ottawa; Saunders High School and Fanshawe College, London where he
                        graduated as an electronics technician. Blake has been employed for the
                        past ten  years as a locomotive tester for GM Diesel in London.
                        m. Monika Otte in1982 at the CPRI Chapel in Byron. Monika was born in
                        London in 1961, the daughter of Hans Wilhelm Otte (d. abt.1985), who
                        was the son of Wilhelm and Elsa Otte of Witzenhausen, Germany. Monika’s
                        mother is Brigitte Erika  (Schafer) Otte of Port Bruce, who was the daughter
                        of Karl and Emilie Schafer, Germany. Monika’s parents and older
                        brother emigrated from Germany to Canada in the early 1960's. Monika’s
                        father, Hans Otte, was a  cabinet maker in Germany and worked in
                        carpentry after settling in London. He built a home for the family in Komoka.
                        After graduating from Strathroy High School Monika worked as a secretary
                        at the former PRI ( Photo-Chemical Research Institute) in London until the
                        arrival of their children.
                        Blake and Monika are the parents of two daughters (gen. 8):
                              1- Kristine Jacqualeen Emerson b. 1988
                              2- Julie Aileen Emerson b. 1991
                  {3} Heather Aileen Emerson b.1962 in London; attended Byron Southwood   
                        Elementary School in London; Sir Winston Churchill Elementary School in
                        Ottawa; Saunders High School, London; and the University of Western Ontario.
                       She graduated in1985 with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in
                       Occupational Therapy. After working for several years in the field, Heather 
                       returned to UWO  and in 1996 earned a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.)
                       in Occupational Therapy.  
                        Heather has worked in psychiatric units in several London and St. Thomas 
                        hospitals and group homes as well as teaching in the Occupational Therapy
                        faculty at UWO.
                        m. Michael Shane Hart in April, 1988 at the home of Heather’s parents in
                        Byron. Michael was born in Aug.1959,  the son of Leonard Hart (d. 2002) and
                        Evelyn Feast of London. Michael is the grandson of William Feast (b. in
                        Lancaster, Eng.; d. in London in 2002) and Kirsteen Feast (b. in Scotland) and
                       also Leonard Hart of London and Bertha Rae Howe of Stratford. Michael is an
                       electronics  technician at Rogers Cable in London. Heather and  Michael and
                       their two children live in St. Thomas:
                                1- Kendra Emerson Hart b. 2000
                                2- Ethan Hedley Hart b. 2002
            [2] Albert Lorne Hedley b.Aug.13, 1935 in Kinloss, was the second child of Jack and Aileen (Hodgins) Hedley. He attended S.S. #1 Kinloss & Greenock Public School and Lucknow District High School. All has always had a keen interest in mechanics.
m. Margaret Aldine Johnson in 1959 in Bervie United Church. Margaret was born in 1937, the daughter of Willard Johnson and Frances Brown of Kincardine Twp. Margaret is a graduate of Kincardine High School and the Stratford General Hospital School of Nursing.  Al and Marg bought Lot 32, Concession 7, Greenock Twp. from Al’s grandmother, Harriet (Chadbourn) Hedley, with the understanding that she and her son Bert would continue to live there as long as they so chose.  Al worked on the farm, improving and modernizing the buildings and equipment. He developed a proto-type for a heavy-duty snow blower that was more efficient than commercially available machines for removing the ice-packed banks created by highway plows. This durable model received wide acceptance locally as well as by the Ont. Dept. of Highways.  Al’s services are in constant demand during winter storms.

Al has considerably updated the farm he bought from his grandmother 45 years ago. In addition to the construction of many substantial farm buildings, he has  installed such modern farm conveniences as automatic cattle feeders, a manure disposal system and drive-on weigh scales. Al has also invested in a combine and other modern farm machinery with which he does custom work on neighbouring farms as well as harvesting his own crops. Al’s main livestock activity is buying yearling cattle in the fall from Western farmers, over-wintering them and selling them, hopefully at a profit in the spring. In addition he does machinery repairs and welding for surrounding farmers and also runs a successful business marketing seed corn, for which he has received many awards and free trips.
After their three children were in school, Margaret returned to her nursing career, at first working at Kincardine Hospital and later working as the on-site medical person  for the nearby Bruce Nuclear Power Plant. Margaret achieved some local fame when, on one occasion, she climbed to the top of a building crane to offer medical assistance to a stricken worker. Margaret, an active farm wife, also participates in many community activities and is well liked by family and friends for her pleasant personality and helpful and caring ways. Al and Margaret had three children (generation 7):
                  {1} Dennis John Hedley  b.1960, attended Holyrood District Elementary School, 
                        Kincardine District Secondary School and Fanshawe College in London where
                        he received training in computers and heavy equipment technology. He owns a
                        home in Willow  Beach on Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto, but Dennis’s contract
                        work takes him to many different locations in North America.
                  {2} Susan Elizabeth Hedley  b.1961, attended Holyrood District Elementary School;
                        Kincardine District Secondary School; and Sheridan College of Applied Arts and
                        Technology  in Toronto, where she graduated with a Diploma in Illustration and
                        also won the Thomas Nelson Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
                        In the 1980's Susan worked as Book Designer for McGraw-Hill Ryerson and as
                        Art Director for Longman Publishers.
                        In 1987-89 she attended Camberwell College of Art in London, England where
                        she won the Rotary International Scholarship for Independent Study.
                        In the 1990's Susan taught part-time at Sheridan College in Oakville and at
                        Humber College in Toronto while also doing Freelance Graphic Design.
                        In 1994 she graduated “with distinction” from the University of Toronto with a
                        Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and the Lapetriello Art History Scholarship
                        for study in Siena, Italy
                       The following year Susan returned to Italy to study at the Institute of Art and
                        Restoration in Florence, where she was awarded, in addition to her Certificate,
                        an Italian Cultural Institute Scholarship.
                        In 1998 she furthered her Fine Arts studies at the International School of Art in
                       Umbria, Italy.
                        In 2000 Susan earned a Master of Arts Degree (M.A) cum laude at Syracuse
                        University, New York.
                        In addition to her academic awards, Susan has received many professional
                        awards and honours. She has recently given professional lectures at Metro
                        Convention Centre in Toronto and the Maryland Institute College of Art in
                      Susan presently lives in downtown Toronto, where she has her own visual
                      communications studio. Her firm has a solid track record of delivering award-
                      winning design solutions for clients ranging from not-for-profit agencies to
                      publishing houses and blue-chip corporations. She also continues to travel and
                      work on her fine art and holds frequent art shows. One daughter:
                            1- Simone Francesca Muriel Hedley b. 2006
                  {3} Bruce Willard Hedley b. 1962 attended Holyrood District Elementary School,
                        Lucknow District Elementary School,  Kincardine High School and Fanshawe
                       College in London where he graduated in electronic technology.
                       m. Janis Wrightson in 1986 in Kincardine United Church (now divorced). 
                       Janis, born in 1962, was the daughter of a Eileen and  Earl Wrightson, a
                        former Kincardine police officer (deceased). Bruce is employed as an
                        operator  at the  Bruce Nuclear Plant. Janis manages the Ontario Motor
                        Vehicles Bureau in  Kincardine. Bruce and Janis purchased a home in
                        Bervie which they renovated and modernized. After their separation Bruce
                        bought a home in Kincardine which he also renovated and modernized,
                        adding hardwood flooring throughout.  He has recently purchased another
                        Kincardine property on which he is presently making improvements.
                        Bruce and Janis had two daughters:
                                 1- Melissa Lynne Hedley b. 1989
                                 2- Rachel Nichole Hedley b. 1991

            [3] David Dennis Hedley b. 1941,  Lot 22, Kinloss Twp. on the “South Line” was the third child and second son of Jack and Aileen Hedley. He attended S.S. #1 Kinloss & Greenock Public School, Shedden Elementary School, St. Thomas Vocational High School, graduated from  Beal Tech, London, in Architectural Drafting  and completed fifth form at St. Marys Collegiate. David worked as a draftsman in Mitchell before taking a position in the Dept. of Works at the University of Waterloo. On weekends David liked to get out of the city and into the countryside. He took flying lessons and visited many parts of Canada and the United States by plane. In the 1960's he bought property on a trout stream in Huron County, near Belgrave. Originally he bought a small cabin which he moved onto the site. Some time later he purchased a log house which he disassembled, carefully numbered each log and rebuilt on his property, using the original cabin as a kitchen and excavating a cellar below it.  Beside his log cabin David excavated a pond which he stocked with trout. Eventually he gave up his city job, moved full time into his log house and gave full attention to developing a trout farm which became such an attraction for week-end fishermen that David excavated a second, larger pond and developed access driveways and parking areas. He also delivered fresh trout to restaurants in the area.
In addition to his trout farm, David started a small company as a building contractor, doing work that included renovations, carpentry, roofing and building pole barns.
 Among David’s many interests are genealogy, country and western music, photography and computers. He is webmaster for several computer sites including this site and his trout farm. David has had three marriages:
m1 Mary Fern Nethery in 1964 in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Wingham. Fern was the daughter Mr. and Mrs. Abner E. Nethery of Wingham.  Fern died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1966. Her grave is in Belgrave Cemetery.
m2 Verna (Robertson) Garniss in 1977 (divorced 1984) Verna brought her two young children into the marriage, Jim and Heather Garniss.
m3 Gloria Wanda (Wilton) Bell in June,1986 at an outdoor wedding on the grounds of David’s log house. Gloria was born in 1942 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. She had three grown children from a previous marriage: {1} Terrence Bell, b. 1960 in Saskatchewan, lives in Alberta with his wife Tami and their two children Kory (b.1991) and Tara Bell (b.1993); {2} Leslie Bell was born in Stratford, where he still resides; {3} Michael Bell b.1963 in Stratford resides in Edmonton with his wife Randy and son Kavan Bell (b. 1999).

            [4] Marjorie Elizabeth Hedley, the youngest child of Jack and Aileen, was born in 1951 in Kincardine Hospital two days after her sister’s seventeenth birthday. At the time her parents were still living on their farm on the South Line in  Kinloss Township. Margie attended  Elementary School and High School in St. Marys. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Regional School of Nursing in London in 1971, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario in 1974 and worked as a public health nurse in the Middlesex London District Health Unit and the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit until the arrival of her children. After her children were in school Margie has worked as Dental Office Manager in  her husband’s dental office in Guelph..

      (4) Albert Henry Hedley (Bert) b. April 20, 1913 in Greenock Twp., was the fourth and youngest of the four children of Albert Hedley and Harriet Chadbourn. Bert was injured as a toddler when a hay fork, used to lift bundles of hay into the mow, accidently became unhooked and fell on him. By the time he reached school age he had recovered enough to attend S.S.# 4 Greenock Public School. Bert farmed on the home place for most of his life. His farming technique was unique for his gentle treatment of farm animals and their responding cooperative behaviour. At milking time in the summer the family’s dog would be sent to quietly round up the cows in the neighbouring field and bring them to the farm yard, where they would stand peacefully  while Bert and his mother set their milk stools down beside them and proceeded to fill their tin milk pails.

Bert remained on the farm, even after it was purchased by his nephew Al Hedley.  He never married, but was a very popular uncle with two generations of nieces and nephews. In 1971 Bert  suddenly lost his eyesight as a result of glaucoma. However, he continued to give comfort and support to the niece and nephews with whom he lived.  It was Uncle Bert who was always there when they returned from school, even when their parents were away at work. One of them speaks for all of Bert’s nieces and nephews with the following touching testimonial:  “He imparted values of honesty, caring, love, commitment and unwavering loyalty, qualities the ‘clan’ strives to achieve. His gentle nature was a beacon to follow. Truly, how can one possess so little and yet give so much, and without expectations? I am grateful for the lessons he left so many years ago.”

Eventually, after the children had left home, Bert found the days long and lonely and decided to move to Brucelea Haven Retirement Home in Walkerton, where he lived happily for many years. He died there on Oct. 27, 1990 at age 77. His grave is in Kincardine Cemetery.

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