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Heritage Corner (November 2020)

Heritage Corner (November 2020)

The Beacon of St. Clair Township November 2020 Page 11
Bear Creek Cemetery Company
Bear Creek Cemetery has submitted by-laws to the Registrar of the Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Any
interested parties may contact Russell Marsh at 519-331-1798 for information or to make copies. By-laws or amendments may be
reviewed or copied at 3393 Telfer Road, Mooretown, Ontario. These by-laws are subject to the approval of the Registrar, Funeral,
Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Contact can be made by telephone to: Bereavement Authority of Ontario, 647-483-2645
or 1-844-493-6356.
Wartime rationing issued to ensure Canadians received fair share of limited resources
Information courtesy Moore Museum
Seeing empty shelves in grocery stores and limits
on the purchase of certain items was a new experience for most of us during the early part of
the COVID-19 pandemic, but these sights would
have been commonplace to those who experienced the hard times during World War II. Rationing was implemented in Canada in April,
1942 by the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
With food items and materials,
such as metals and gasoline, needed for the war effort, many products were rationed for home use.
The purchase of sugar, tea, butter, coffee, meat, beer and wine
at the store required not only
money, but the appropriate ration
coupon or token. (examples of
these in Moore Museum’s collection are shown below)
At times, even ration coupons
and money would not be enough
to obtain these items, as supplies
were not available.
Limits on such staples as meat
and sugar required people to make
changes in how they would normally prepare meals. Booklets,
such as the one pictured here,
left, offered suggestions on making the most of
your rations. The
accompanying
recipe, above
right, shows how
a wide variety of
meats could be
used since various
meats were in
different ration
groups.
Wartime shortages and restrictions were
seen in other
ways as well.
Stories are told of
underwear with
buttons due to
shortage of the
rubber needed to
make elastic, and
women painting a
line up the back
of their calves to
make it look like
they were wearing nylon stockings. Since canned goods were hard to
obtain, “victory gardens” became popular as people
planted vegetables wherever they could.
Examples of the
all-important
wartime ration cards.
The Beacon of St. Clair Township November 2020 Page 12
Moore Museum seeks information about history of former Moore Twp. schools
Did you attend a school in the former Moore Township prior to 1963?
Moore Museum is developing another virtual exhibit for our website, this one featuring brief histories and photos
of the schools in the former Moore Township prior to centralization in 1963. There were 19 school sections in Moore,
four of which were union schools – two shared with Sombra Township and two with Sarnia Township. The map,
shown above, indicates the location of these schools.
If you have information on the history of any of these schools, or photos (or scans of photos) that you would be
willing to share with us, we’d love to hear from you. We would appreciate details about any school in the township,
but especially School Sections #6, #13 and #19 Moore, as our research files contain some information for most of the
school sections in the township, but we have no information at all for those three. Information can be sent to
lmason@stclairtownship.ca. We look forward to hearing from you!
Connect with Moore Museum
We want to hear from you. Please follow the link on the home page of www.mooremuseum.ca to our online survey. We very much appreciate input from our community and, as a thanks for your assistance, survey respondents
will be entered in a draw (to be held on November 13, 2020) to win a 2021 family membership and $25 gift shop gift
certificate. In addition to our website and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mooremuseum, we are now also
on Instagram @mooremuseum so you can watch for news from Moore Museum.
~Laurie Mason, curator, Moore Museum
The Beacon of St. Clair Township November 2020 Page 13
Photos
still
being sought
The Port Lambton 200th
Committee is seeking photographs and information that
will help illuminate the area’s
heritage. To donate, please
email the Port Lambton 200th
Anniversary Historical Committee at portlambtonhistory@gmail.com or contact
Kailyn at the Sombra Museum,
sombramuseum
@hotmail.com
Working in a museum, we tend to be concerned about documenting and preserving the past, but right now we are living
through an event that is unlike any we have experienced in the
last century, if ever before, so the focus is very much on the present. So often, when looking through the archives we get very
excited to find the shortest photo caption, post card, note, or on
rare occasions, a diary recording daily life.
Looking for local accounts of the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic
and finding very little from the local perspective, we realized
that we need our St. Clair Township residents to help us record
and preserve memories of the present time for future generations. What is going on day-to-day in Sombra, Wilkesport, Port
Lambton, Mooretown, Lambton County, Canada, and elsewhere
in the world?
Information we hope you will share includes:
* Shopping conditions and how they changed over time.
* Adapting to working at home, and any challenges or
creative solutions that were needed.
* Financial challenges.
* Feelings caused by the outbreak and thoughts about social
distancing.
* Keeping children occupied during self-isolation.
* Keeping adults occupied during self-isolation.
* What new or newly rediscovered hobbies or crafts were
taken up .
* Stories from workers on the front lines and staffing essential
services.
* Struggles of family members or friends infected with the
virus.
* Stories of everyday heroes, i.e. people helping neighbours
during self-isolation or people accepting inconveniences
for the greater good.
* How daily life and routines have changed.
* For those who lived through the Great Depression, World
War II, etc., are there similarities to those experiences?
* How social media and technology is impacting life in social
isolation (using technology for the first time, using it
differently).
Photos, videos, drawings, anecdotes, a few jotted thoughts –
we want all the family-friendly material you feel comfortable
sharing (no explicit material).
Submissions can be sent by email to:
sombramuseum@hotmail.com with the subject line
“COVID-19 History Snapshot”.
Please share this request for community life memories with
as many people as possible. We encourage everyone to document this time, if not to share publicly, then for yourself and
your family to look back and reflect on in years to come.
Take care and be well.
~Kailyn Shepley, curator, Sombra Museum
Sombra Museum seeks information to document COVID-19 era
The annual Creative County Grant Program has been
modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will support cultural organizations and events that
demonstrate innovation in adapting programs and activities to pandemic restrictions and public health guidelines.
The grant application criteria for 2020-2021 will be
adjusted to allow reimbursement of expenses to meet
safety requirements that allow cultural events to proceed, or support innovative approaches to ensuring the
safe re-opening of cultural destinations.
Program Committee Chair Jackie Rombouts explained,
“Many cultural sector organizations in Lambton County
are facing unanticipated costs as they quickly adapt in
order to safely continue operations and retain patrons and
audiences. This grant will help to support those expenses
and keep culture thriving in Lambton.”
The deadline for this program is Nov.16 at 4 p.m.
Applications will be accepted online through lambtononline.ca
Creative County offers support for
innovation in response to pandemic