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1969 Hespeler Municipal Brief Report
With all the insanity relating to the present housing pricing, it is fun to look back. This 11 page report was made to highlight Hespeler to any businesses or individuals thinking of moving here. Enjoy reading this. Here is the LINK.
Hespeler plaques rededication ceremony, June 24th, 1967, Forbes Park Bandshell A recent article in the Cambridge Times on April 22nd, 2023 titled, What's going on here , stated that the Cambridge’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) narrowly voted 4-3 to approve staff's recommendation. The Ontario Heritage Act, properties are designated as whole parcels, at the MHAC meeting, city staff recommended that all of Forbes Park, be designated. So what were the heritage features proposed to be protected by the heritage designation of the property? They included the wooden bandstand, and the concrete bridge. Here is LINK to full Planning/Heritage City heritage report. It will now be presented to the City of Cambridge council for heritage designation at an upcoming council meeting. To educate people on the historical significance of the bandshell and the memorial to our fallen soldiers, here is some information. The numbers of soldiers that died from Hespeler are: WWI - 65
We are proud to announce that the first of three booklets on The Chantones has been released. The Chantones, were a Windsor, Ontario based group that had success has a quartet, trio and as backup vocalist to singer Jack Scott. The booklet has been developed in consultation with The Chantones members Jim Nantais and Jack Grenier. It covers the period of the band's early days from 1954 until the release of their hit record, Ann Marie at the end of 1957. The 44 page booklet is available in paperback format. It is available from Amazon worldwide. Future booklets will be: Part 2 The History of The Chantones - Jack Scott and more success - 1958-61. The final booklet will be Part 3 The History of The Chantones - The folk trio years 1962-76. For more information on this book or others by Paul Langan, he can be reached through his website, http://paullangan.com .
Midnight Galop for Miss Laura Hespeler The immense impact that Jacob Hespeler had on the development of the community of Hespeler, Ontario cannot be understated. I compiled 500 page book based on Winfield Brewster's writings, "Hespeler History - The Authorized Winfield Brewster Collection". The book goes into great detail of Jacob's accomplishments. Much less is known about his children. Ellonora "Laura" Hespeler, his daughter, was born in 1847 in Preston, Ontario. By 1861 she was living in Hespeler, Ontario. In 1868 she married John Walker from London, Ontario at Jacob Hespeler’s house in town. They had no children and her husband died in 1889. Music Written for Miss Laura Hespeler Prior to her being married, a piece of music was written for Laura in 1864. It was written by Geo. C. Pettit. I have been unable to find information on Mr. Pettit. Laura would have been 17 at the time. The song for piano is titled, “Midnight Galop”. The sheet music was published