Once Upon a Time
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The following poem was quoted by Elwood Pinkerton in an article he wrote for Bruce County Historical Society’s 1972 yearbook. It evokes nostalgic memories of small town life years ago.
I Remember Pinkerton
by Melville Johnson
I remember Pinkerton when I was a little boy, where every season was filled with a local joy:
Bob-sledding on the miller’s big hill; skating on the pond behind the mill;
Exploring the bush on homemade skis, returning home with very sore knees;
Driving horses and carts, cutters and sleighs, going barefoot on the Queen’s birthdays;
Picking mushrooms and sweet wild berries, grapes, haws and puckery chokecherries;
Spotting the first robin on the hill, from the top of the Town’s old windmill;
Tasting maple syrup and taffy pulls, picking wildflowers by the armfulls;
Fishing and wishing with every strike, for the biggest bass, mullet or pike;
Swimming and punting behind the dam, competing in Scotch sports in tartan tam;
Finding lily pads and frogs galore, shopping in the one general store;
Watching the Calithumpians’ parade, drinking apple cider in the cool shade;
Attending barn-raising bee events, auction sales with their special contents;
Election returns that brought together, neighbours and friends in any weather;
Cheering our football team’s every whim, refreshing with a dip at “men’s swim”;
Supporting “Harvest Homes“ and fall fairs, joining in earnest Thanksgiving prayers;
Playing our Hallowe’en pranks each year, exciting events for boys to cheer;
Hearing the crows caw amidst Autumn leaves, and sleighbells soon after threshing the sheaves.
I remember Pinkerton, I remember Pinkerton now that I am old and gray,
As the wondrous place where I used to dream and play.
[Melville Johnson of California, who spent his boyhood in the village and along the river.]
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Friday, December 16, 2016