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2011 September

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Huron County Historical Society

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110 North St, PO Box 3, Goderich ON, N7A 3Y5



Executive for 2011-2012

David Armstrong president 519-524-1156
Ralph Laviolette secretary 519-565-2454
Mac Campbell treasurer 519-524-7935
Ralph Laviolette past president 519-565-2454
Elaine Snell membership 519-523-9531
Rhea Hamilton-Seeger councilor  
Brock Vodden councilor  
Pam Stanley councilor  


Next Society Meetings...

General Meeting in Wingham... Wed. October 19, 2011

5:30 pm Dinner at Fireside Restaurant, 86348 London Road Highway 4, Wingham with a choice of 4 entrees, $17.99 to $19.99 plus taxes and gratuity. Call Rhea Hamilton Seeger 519-529-7238 for dinner reservations.

7:00 pm Presentation by author John Hazlitt, publisher Rhea Hamilton Seeger and researcher Ted Turner introducing their new book entitled The Power of the Maitland.

Members, visitors and guests are welcome to attend the full session or the feature presentation at 7:00 pm.


Membership renewal...

The date shown above your name on the address label is the year to which your membership is paid up. If you are in arrears, consider this a reminder that the membership fees are now $20.

To reserve your member’s copy of Historical Notes, keep your dues up to date. Past copies of the Notes are available at the Museum, $8 per copy.
And, if you are in arrears, mail-in your membership today.

Note our current address for mail and memberships:

HCHS Memberships, Box 3, Goderich ON, N7A 3Y5.


At the last meeting...

On September 21, 2011, 26 members and guests gathered at the Bluewater Golf Club to a turkey dinner amidst golf club memorabilia from the Club, the Bayfield Historical Society and member Phil Gemeinhardt. Following the dinner, the group adjourned to the Gemeinhardts' Bayfield North Flea Market, site of many eclectic small buildings containing a broad range of collectibles including antique machinery, bottles, small motors and nautical stuff. Phil also video'd a recording of the visit by the TV program Canadian Pickers who visited the site earlier in the year. A feature of the visit was to see the restoration in progress of the Helen MacLeod II, the last fishing boat on Lake Huron under sail. The HMII was built in Bayfield by Louis MacLeod in 1926 and fished until 1946.


Archive Facilities project...

Members will recall that in 2009, the Society undertook a project to make recommendations for a competent storage solution for the many public and private family and other collections in the County. The project began with recognition that there is not sufficient space in existing storage or display locations to house current collections. The Society will soon publish a set of recommendations that will serve Huron County for years to come.



The back page has some photos of our dinner at the Golf Club and the visit to the Gemeinhardts' Bayfield North Flea Market featuring the collections and the Helen MacLeod II fishing boat under restoration.


Huron Historical Notes...

The 2011 edition of Huron Historical Notes is underway. It will feature the story of the municipality of Morris Turnberry, synthesizing the recent publication of the definitive history of the area.    For the 2012 edition, a Pot Pourri of anecdotes and articles is being assembled once again. This edition will feature articles from Notes dating from 1965 to 1975, plus any contributions that meet the test of readability.

Also, if you have a suggested topic or an anecdote or article to contribute to the next Pot Pourri, drop Ralph a line or e-mail: or phone: 519-565-2454


The back page...

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Above Left: An old sign for the Golf Club from 1927. Above Right: More golf memories and a 1927 membership form.

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Above Left: A few of the wild ones at the meeting.. Above Right: The Helen MacLeod II under restoration.

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Above Left: Member Binnie Sturgeon and guests at the shed housing his collection. Above Right: One of the storage buildings.



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