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Heritage Corner (December 2020)

Heritage Corner (December 2020)

The Beacon of St. Clair Township December 2020 Page 11
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
Please help the Sombra Museum preserve memories of this
sad time in our history.
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
A FROOMFIELD CHRISTMAS, 1890
[Note: Froomefield and Froomfield are both spellings
seen in various writings. While Froomefield is the more
generally accepted one, Froomfield is used here as in the
original from 1948]
This excerpt is from J. M. Warwick’s article
“Froomfield Christmas, 1890” which appeared in the Sarnia Canadian Observer as part of the Lambton Centennial
Series in 1948/49. It describes the Christmas feast of the
family of James and Mary Ann (Major) Warwick at Froomfield in 1890:
“There was Christmas turkey (and not just one);
there was goose, and duck and chicken; to say nothing of the roast beef of Old England and a roasted ham;
there were jelloes and jellies of all colors, and celery and
radishes and pickles (how many varieties have long been
forgotten). There were mince pies and fruit cake, and
plum puddings, and nuts and oranges and candies. Two
tables were set; one for the grown Warwicks, and the other for the growing and half-grown members of the family.
It was more fun to eat at the latter, for the waitresses were a bevy of aunts and aunts by marriage, and the little grandmother herself with a
skirt that swept the ground, hovering over the
small fry to see that each one got his share and
lots of it. There was another meal at night when
young stomachs were empty again after the walk
to Christ Church, Corunna, and the skating on the
creek.”
~Courtesy Moore Museum archives
The Beacon of St. Clair Township December 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