SATURDAY, Dec. 12/09



-Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Kids and Company Show: “Rudolph” – 2 pm – Old Town Hall Theatre –  $10 at the door

-National Farmers Union -‘Time To Sign’ At St.Thomas City Hall, Noon. Performers: Justin Maki and local Raging Grannies.

-Spits Hockey, host New Hamburg, 7:30 pm

-SUNDAY – ‘Lessons And Carols’ at Evangelical Missionary Church, Rogers Road, 7:30 pm with church choirs and Aylmer Community Band – freewill offering.


***THE SATURDAY (S)CEREAL***   =     “Aylmer Train Death;    Orwell Murder Acquittal”

Aylmer – In November, 1879 Conductor Andrew Iles of Aylmer was killed in the rail yard at the north end of town. He was coupling cars when his foot was caught between the switching rails. He apparently took off his boot but could not free himself as train cars were being shuttled. The rail car was stopped when others heard his  lantern break but the train had already passed over him . He had lived here 5 years, had been married 2 years  with one child and was just finishing  building a residence.

Orwell – In July 1873, three intoxicated youths arrived at a house just outside Orwell around midnight and asked to enter but were denied. They then shouted at the daughter in an upstairs bedroom to come out but she refused.  When the group did not leave the daughter went and got a shotgun and fired it at them from her window. A 24-year old man was killed. At her trial, the two other group members did not show and the Judge dismissed the charge of manslaughter, to “applause” in the courtroom.


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