Marion Dobie remembered

Marion Dobie remembered

Giles took on the persona of Miss Dobie and presented three acts interspersed with a delicious ham and scalloped potatoes meal served up COVID-19 style with the help of one assistant.

When COVID-19 struck, Antje  Giles, community spark plug and entrepreneur, moved her back burner projects to the front burner and dove into the history of long-term local school teacher, Marion Dobie. Miss Dobie taught at Tait’s Corners school house 43 years.  

Miss Dobie was “married” to her beloved school and worshipped by her students.  

Back Row L – R: ______, Mary Eardley, Mary Margaret McEachren, Marion Dobie, Mildred Ayres, Eileen Poole. Front row: Lucy McRae, Stanley Jackson, Gordie Urquhart, ____, Dorothy Jean McCallum. As remembered by Dorothy Jean, who was in the audience. Photo taken in th early 1950s.

Giles took on the persona of Miss Dobie and presented three acts interspersed with a delicious ham and scalloped potatoes meal served up COVID-19 style with the help of one assistant.

Two performances on Saturday, September 19. Twenty people attended each sold out performance.  

L-R: David Nelms, Ina Nelms, and Alicia Nelms
Antje Giles brings history to life on September 20 at the Tait’s Corner’s School House
The original bell.

Photos by Mary Simpson. Many thanks to Hayter Publications Inc. and Marie Gagnon-Williams for publishing the story.

McKellar Family Celebrates 180 Years

 

This story printed with permission from Marie Williams-Gagnon.

The descendants of Archibald and Nancy McKellar gathered together, Saturday, August 25, 2018 to celebrate the milestone anniversary of their arrival and settlement in Metcalfe Township. The reunion was held at A.W. Campbell Conservation Area at Alvinston. Although it was a rainy and inhospitable day, about 100 interested family attendees enjoyed food, games, contests, stories and photos, and exchanged genealogy information.

The McKellars, both natives of the parish of Kilmicheal-Glassary, Argyll, Scotland, migrated to Canada in 1831 and eventually made their way to Metcalfe Township in west Middlesex County. This was certainly a time of hardship and toil for the early pioneer family.

The original homestead farm located at Lot 24, Concession 6, was purchased and carved from the forest in 1838 and has been continuously in the family since then, handed down, inherited and purchased by direct descendants. The current owners are sixth generation, Hugh McKellar and his wife Andrea Boyd.