IOOF Decoration Day

From the 03 Aug 1926 Evening Guide


Over Two Hundred Take Part in Parade on Sunday — — One Hundred Oddfellows' Graves Were Decorated — — Rev. H.D. Cameron Was the Chief Speaker

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Large crowds and impressive services marked the 49th annual Decoration Day services conducted at Port Hope Union Cemetery Sunday afternoon by Durham Lodge No. 78, I.O.O.F. The local lodge, which was augmented by Oddfellows from Cobourg, Bowmanville, Peterboro, Toronto and Buffalo marched to the cemetery, headed by the Cobourg Kilties Band.

Never before had such a crowd been present at the cemetery to pay homage to the loved ones at the "City of the Dead". All day long crowds thronged the cemetery, not only the Union but the Welcome Cemetery as well, to decorate the graves of the deceased. Cars thronged the roadside and were thickly parked in a field east of the cemetery.

Leading the parade to the cemetery was the Cobourg Kiltie Band, followed by the G.W.V.A. and the long stream of Oddfellows following next. Over two hundred joined in the parade and as the brethren wended their way up the hill, they walked the way in life as their deceased brethren had last taken.

Hundreds of people were at the burying grounds to greet the arrival of the brethren. The band played sacred music, which lent much to the occasion and gave it an air of solemnity. Arriving at three o'clock the parade lined up on the pavement in front of the cemetery. The rear members paired off and marched up the centre of the line and through the main portals of the cemetery. The Oddfellows and Veterans formed a large circle and in the centre of which the Band took their places together with the speakers of the day.

Accompanied by the Band, the first number of the beautiful program was the selection "Shall We Gather at the River" and the audience sang the old familiar song with great fervour. Following the prayer offered by Rev. J. Bunner of Bowmanville, a quartet was rendered by Messr. Tapson, Sleeman and Pollard of Bowmanville and Dr. T.W. Stanley with Dr. Stanley presiding at the organ.

Rev. H.D. Cameron, pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church was called upon to deliver the address of the afternoon. In his opening remarks he made mention of the fact that he was pleased to address the Oddfellows and the gathering at their beautiful service and congratulated the Order on the 49th annual celebration of the decorating of the graves.

He was sure theat Coleridge, the great English poet, was an Oddfellow in spirit when he penned the words: "Flowers are lovely, Love is flower-like, Friendship is a sheltering tree, O the joys that come down shower-like, Of Friendship, Love and Liberty."

"In this age of materialism which we are surrounded by," continued the speaker, "we often forget the finer sentiments of life which are expressed this afternoon by the Oddfellows. All of us cherish the sentiments of Friendship, Love and Truth and all add character and give nobility to life. We do not extend enough sympathy in this hard age of materialism and the finer sentiments shown this afternoon, we all rejoice because of them."

"No wonder the sentiments of friendship, love and truth be craved for on account of the long veil of tears before many," went on Mr. Cameron, "and the dark mist of disappointment before us."

The speaker stressed the point that more flowers should be given while we are living, but to decorate the graves of the dead, produces a religious effect and surely everyone was filled with emotional feeling by so doing.

He commended the work the Oddfellows are doing by looking after the sick and afflicted, burying the dead and caring for the widows and orphans.

Following a selection by the band the decoration of the graves of the deceased I.O.O.F. brethren took place. One hundred graves were decorated by receiving a triple link flower design and the following card, "We deposit these flowers on the grave of our departed Brother (Name) in loving memory of his many virtues."

After the decoration, the hymn, "Abide With Me" and the Doxology were sung and the beautiful service was brought to a close by the pronouncement of the benediction by Rev. Bunner.

The graves at Welcome Cemetery were also decorated. Both cemeteries looked wonderful Sunday afternoon with the profusion of flowers, the grass neatly cut, and the Oddfellows are to be congratulated on the success of their service.

The Veterans also decorated a number of graves of their fallen comrades.

At the close of the impressive service the brethren and the band reformed and marched back to the lodge rooms.

The following table is a list of the graves decorated by the I.O.O.F.

Capt. G. Robertson01 Jan 1911J.L. Thompson30 Mar 1920H.C. Brundrett14 Nov 1924
M. Wilcock19 Mar 1902C. Curtis17 Feb 1911J. White, PGM30 Sep 1921
W.G. Brown08 Mar 1925A.J. Throop27 Mar 1907J.B. Trayes, PG14 Oct 1892
G. Reading26 Dec 1902W. Douglas12 Mar 1902John Hagerman08 Sep 1901
A.A. Stevenson20 Apr 1907L.W. Greenaway22 Oct 1918G. Chrysler25 Oct 1878
Fred Currelley19 Dec 1922J. Holmes31 Oct 1896J. Williams19 Jan 1911
Thos. Walton21 Oct 1919A. Clegg24 Aug 1893J. Hoffman, PG14 May 1902
S. Down06 Jun 1924W.R. Boundy04 Aug 1919G.T. Strong28 May 1898
John Mimms12 Oct 1876W. Thorndyke02 May 1919E.G. Chant23 Feb 1894
W. Roche12 Dec 1877C. Whittleton31 Dec 1904T.O. Monaghan07 Apr 1924
A. Tate21 Apr 1902J.N. Brown23 Mar 1909G.W. Lambert, P.G.27 May 1880
W.H. Bradburn07 Apr 1915W. Rundle16 Oct 1917Jas. Britton04 Dec 1919
Hermisdas Dore14 Apr 1917B.F. Peters16 Jul 1924A.A. Adams18 May 1909
W.L. Glidden27 Dec 1907John McMullen18 Nov 1922E.F. Haskill16 Dec 1920
Ed. McElroy21 Jul 1905J. McGibney01 May 1878S. Lockington30 Jan 1924
E.J. Hamly02 Aug 1907J. McNabb20 Jun 1915W.R. Trenouth09 Apr 1926
E.T. Hamly18 Jan 1923J.H. Lyall12 Feb 1881W.J. Colwill27 Dec 1923
John Trick, P.G.14 Jan 1921T. Earl09 Dec 1902P.J. Burt12 Jan 1904
W. Trick14 Feb 1899W.H. Kells, PG01 Aug 1877J. Hunter12 Mar 1910
W. Morris25 Oct 1899J. Warmington27 Mar 1886J. Rundle17 Sep 1888
Jas. Campbell13 Aug 1883H. Corbett31 Jul 1916Jas. W. Bevan03 Feb 1924
J.H. Cox15 Mar 1878Dr. Wade08 Feb 1879J.H. Magill19 Jun 1922
J.C. Ham13 Jun 1916W.H. Brownscombe18 Jul 1916Wm. Pym27 Mar 1920
H. McElroy08 Aug 1918J. Scrimger28 Oct 1892C.E. Hardy06 Sep 1919
David Bell17 Aug 1918H.B. Sanders16 Jun 1917C.C. Coleman02 Dec 1902
John Holden09 Aug 1918A.W. Pringle28 Mar 1904S. Adams*14 Mar 1897
J. Hewson29 Oct 1902Wm. Glass17 Jun 1915W.T. Brown*14 May 1914
T. Hayden06 Mar 1885Geo. Bennett18 Nov 1922H. Neville*31 Aug 1917
T. Hayden, Sr.22 Jul 1908T. Tuer, PG05 Nov 1912Jas. Ham*14 Feb 1920
C. Dean03 Feb 1890T. Crossen19 Mar 1918Walter Ham*22 Oct 1918
P. Milligan27 Jan 1882J.H. Phillips31 Oct 1923H. Hansman*15 Nov 1918
W. Bullen12 Jan 1916William Pomfret01 Mar 1923H.A. Walker*14 Apr 1920
Wm. Rowden*06 Nov 1921R.L. Pillsworth*15 Dec 1923F.T. Pedlar*24 Jul 1925
C. Carscadden*10 Jul 1922 * Buried at Welcome Cemetery

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario