Saturday, May 27, 2023
I did a "Heart of the City" story about Evelyn Horne for the Ottawa Sun published on November 18, 2000, page 6. She was 93 then and lived until 2005. She was still living on her own back then in an apartment and was still doing volunteer work for the Quota Club of Ottawa, a women's service organization. Among other things she was selling Balderson Cheese to raise funds. A transition house for young women is named after her. She liked working with young women with drug or mental health problems. “It’s a tremendous satisfaction to have one of them give me a hug and have them say to me ‘you’ve been a role model to me,’"
She was born in Truro, Nova Scotia and heard the great Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917, when a French ship in the harbour that was carrying explosives for the First World War exploded. It is considered to be the greatest human made explosion before the atomic bomb. Truro was over 50 miles or 84km away from the explosion.
She worked for Prime Mackenzie King in Ottawa and later on assisted Yousuf Karsh, who did the famous photo of Churchill in the Canadian parliament. She said she clapped Churchill on the shoulder when she saw him in the halls of parliament after he made the famous "Some Chicken! Some Neck!" speech. "Good old Winnie!" Horne said.
Monday, May 22, 2023
In 1982, I hitchhiked through Shropshire, England from Anglesey, Wales. The highway was indeed happy and I got a lift from a lorry driver who was delivering a load of sacks of cement. He was waiting by the side of the road to meet up with another driver who was going to put the cement on his truck and I started talking to him. Had to help but I got to Birmingham.
I was travelling on an Amtrak pass in the USA in 1977. I started talking with someone and got off with him as he was travelling to a gathering in Newton, Kansas. I think it had to do with the Rainbow Gathering movement. It was at a big house in the country and it had a Freemason mark on some paving making me wonder if it hadn't been the county poorhouse built by charity. There was a small cemetery with only a few markers near it. I one saw one tombstone that was just marked "Negro Boy'.