Local resident turns 100


January 12, 2014

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Laura "Toots" Macaulay was born January 22, 1914 in her grandparents' home, which was known as the "Rose Home", and that today is the house on the northeast corner of Albert and Morpeth Streets in Southampton.

Her parents were Laura, who was born in Southampton in 1888, and Jack McPhail. Macaulay (nee McPhail) grew up in a house on Grosvenor Street south and, after attending Stratford Normal School, taught in a one-room school house in the villlage of Clavering.

She married George Macaulay in 1939 and moved to Detroit, Michigan. George Macaulay's grandparents lived in Southampton on Grosvenor Street north and were great Mariners.

Laura and George Macaulay raised two children in Detroit, Mary Ellen Lepage of Southampton and Bob Macaulay of Southern Pines, North Carolina.

In 1972, the Macaulays retired and moved back to Southampton, living on Eckford Avenue until George passed away in 2004

                                             photo by Larry Lepage

Mcaulay celebrated her 95th birthday in 2009 with cousins Jean Meisenheimer and Joan Myers and daughter Mary Ellen Lepage (L) 

Laura was very involved as a volunteer in many groups in the community from the Hospital Auxiliary to the Bruce County Museum Board.

Longevity seems to be a trait in the family as Laura's Mother, Laura Buckley McPhail lived to be 103 and Laura has made it to 100  ... despite being run over as an eight-year old by the then only car in Southampton and her family was told she wouldn't survive.

Happy Birthday Laura


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