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Mary Maw Retirement Story Triggers Caledon Memory for Alberta Woman

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Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

JSC’s recent story on the retirement of long-time Bolton resident Mary Maw from Caledon Public Library has triggered some memories about the early days of libraries and life around Caledon. The following letter was sent to us for publication from Sandra Ballum (nee Turner) who lived in Victoria (Hwy 10 and King St area) until 1974 when she moved to Alberta.

“Reading your article highlighting Mary Maw of Caledon Library reminded me of attending the little….really little…Claude Library many years ago.  I had exhausted the small bookcase at SS #11 school on the old 22 Sideroad and my parents would take me to Claude to replenish my stack of books.

The little square, white clapboard building nestled on the corner of the Hwy 10 in Claude opened a new world for me.  Only operated by volunteers..I think, once a week, it had books actually arranged by subject matter. I believe the librarians were Hilda Neely and Ada Anderson.

The building was heated by a very smelly oil stove but was a huge part of my childhood in Chinguacousy….it has instilled in me my love of reading which has been passed down to my daughters.

It is so rewarding to see the variety of programmes available to all age groups that has resulted from such small beginnings.

Many years ago I moved to Red Deer, Alberta and one of the first things I did was take the girls to our library…..and still a patron after all of these years…thanks to Chinguacousy libraries for many, many years of enjoyment.”


Sandra  Ballum (nee) Turner  (ex Victoria, Caledon, Ontario)

Editor’s note: we loved receiving this memory from Sandra and we really loved that she told us JSC is like a “touchstone to home”. If you have fond memories you’d like to share about the early days at Caledon libraries please forward them to us at patti@justsayincaledon.com 

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