|Mrs Hands front row centre Names not available|
In November 1946, the executive of the Chapleau branch hosted an afternoon tea in the lodge room of the Town Hall, which was located on the second floor of the municipal building opened in 1914. Service badges and pins were presented at the meeting.
During World War I, she had served as a nurse in England. Her first husband Ambrose Evans, was serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse, (Royal Canadians), Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Michael McMullen and I note in 'The Chapleau Boys Go To War' that he was classified as missing and presumed dead, and is commemorated at the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France. His name is also inscribed on the memorial plaque at St. John's Anglican Church, Chapleau.
After the war, she returned to Chapleau and in due course, married Fred Hands. She worked as a nurse at Lady Minto Hospital for many years, and had the distinction of being the first woman elected to Chapleau council in 1947. Mrs. Hands was also the long-time superintendent of St. John's Sunday School, and leader of the Junior WA of the church.
|Branch members circa 1945|
At the tea, certificates of merit were presented to the Catholic Women's League of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, accepted by Mrs. Vezina; Trinity United Church Women's Auxiliary, accepted by Mrs. Hamlin, and St. John's Women's Auxiliary by Mrs. Card.
Freda Matters accepted the certificate on behalf of Chapleau High School while Betty Ann Payette and Pearl Marchesseault accepted on behalf of the separate school and public school respectively.
Thirty-two pins and and nine service badges were presented to members by Mrs. Hands, assisted by Mrs. A. Austin and Miss Foy.
The Chapleau Post reported that at the tea hour, Mrs. H. Sauve and Mrs. Vezina poured tea, "the long table covered with a beautiful lace cloth with a huge bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums in the centre. Four young girls from the high school waited on the aldies. They were Miss Betty Ann Payette, Miss Pearl Marchesseault, Miss Betty Edwards and Miss Gloria Warren."
During World War II, the Chapleau branch was actively involved in the Red Cross National Appeal. In 1944, Reg Thrush wrote "Campaign Notes" for the Chapleau Post.
He noted that the campaign had ended but the Chapleau branch had over $5,600 in cash on hand. Its goal had been $3,750, and donations were still coming in.
Mr. Thrush wrote: " The stories told by returning heroes who have seen Red Cross work in prison camps and on machine-gunned battlefields undoubtedly did much to encourage people to open their hearts and purses to a worthy cause."
Apparently babies played a prominent part in the Chapleau canvas. For example, he noted that the youngest boy of Charles W. Collins appeared on the donor list, "only to be topped by his sister".
"The baby daughters of another soldier father, (J.G. 'Jiggs' Goldstein, who was serving overseas in the Canadian Army) Anne and Dawn Goldstein also appear on the list."
"A mysterious group of young ladies described as the 'Sit and Chats', Bea, Babs, Ina, Irene, Kay, Myrtle and Vera, appear both collectively and individually," Mr. Thrush wrote. I think I know who all these ladies were, but will not take a chance in making a mistake. If you know, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Anne (Zufelt) McGoldrick for providing names
Red Cross picture
Mrs. Card, Mrs. Shoup
Back row`: Miss Holding, Mrs. Boulard, Mrs Nell Crichton, Edna Crowhurst , Miss Foy (Separate School Principal), Mrs. Ernie Holding, Mrs. Jardine, Mrs. Austin
Middle Row: Mrs. Steed, Mrs. Edith Hunt, (our grandmother),Mrs. Deluce, Mrs. Cochrane, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. Banks
Front Row: Mrs. Delaney, Mrs. Strapp, Mrs. H. Gagnon, unknown, Mrs. Sauve, Mrs. Hands, unknown, unknown, Mrs. Jack McAdam
the top photo
Mrs Austin mrs. Wilson, unknown might be mrs barnes Edith Way-Waywhite , Terry Way-white wife
Mabel Westerman Murphy, Mrs. Laurie Westerman, Mrs. Connie I think Way-White Carroll , Bea Chevalier Galy, Vi Nolan Selin Elsie Zufelt, Mrs. Byce, Vera Westerman Martin
Sonego, unknown, Mrs. Hands, Mrs. H. Gagnon unknown