IOOF Decoration Day
From the 11 Aug 1939 Weekly Guide
LARGE CROWD ATTENDED DECORATION DAY SERVICES AT UNION CEMETERY
Rev. J.W. Foote Addressed Assembled Brethren — Port Hope Citizens' Band Led Oddfellows and Orangemen in Parade
W.T. Greenaway, a member of Durham Lodge for over forty-six years acted as chairman, and in his opening remarks said he felt honored and gratified to be requested to act in that capacity. He paid tribute to the Orange Order for their co-operation, and also to the visiting Oddfellows, Orangemen, the Port Hope Band, which was a great asset to Port Hope; who for so many years show by their presence that Decoration Day is something worth while. He said in looking over the list of names on the program, he was forcibly reminded of the great part they played in building up the great Order of Oddfellowship and feelingly referred to those who in the years gone by had established in Port Hope the beautiful custom of Remembrance Day--they had passed on but were not forgotten.
The service opened with the hymn--"Lead Kindly Light" and prayer by Rev. Mr. Loosemore.
Rev. Foote complimented the members of the lodges, not only for their graciousness in remembering the deceased brethren, but for consideration to the living, especially to their brethren in need or in sickness or to their families in times of bereavement. He stressed the fact that the obligations of both lodges placed heavy responsibility on all members, and the best tribute to the lodge was paid by members who remembered in their daily lives, the vows which they had taken.
He spoke of the yearly attendance of each lodge as a Protestant Church and said this service was of the greatest significance because it stood as a public acknowledgement that the lodge was not a subsitute for the church.
In speaking of our attitude towards death, Mr. Foote urged his hearers to build up during days of health and happiness, a philosophy which would enable them to meet bereavement with peace of mind and spirit. Taking his text from St. John's Gospel, Chapter 14 verse 19, he showed that belief in Christ was a guarantee of immortality, "Because I live, ye shall live also."
He pointed out that Christ seldom spoke of death, that he spoke of "being with the Father", that he, speaking of his own death said to his followeres "if ye loved me ye would rejoice because I go to the Father."
The Churches and the lodges stress both the importance of this implicit belief in God and the quality of life that is pleasing to God. For people who believe and who live out their beliefs, there is no death. "He that believeth in me hath already passed from death unto life," he quoted, urging his audience to live as members of a church and a lodge holding such comforting and inspiring faith.
Mr. W.T. Greenaway introduced Rev. Foote who expressed his appreciation in being associated in the service with one who had such a long and honorable career in the lodge and had such a fine influence in the community.
"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 61st anniversary of the founding of Decoration Day was attended by both Durham Lodge, also outside members and by many who drove to the Union Cemetery.
The Orangemen held a short service at their plot in the Union Cemetery, on which was placed a very beautiful wreath of flowers. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Mr. Loosemore, a member of the Orange Order at Bracebridge. The graves of Oddfellows buried in Welcome Cemetery were decorated on Sunday morning by a number of the members of Durham Lodge. Ganaraska Rebekah Lodge, No. 131, also lovingly placed floral tokens of remembrance on the graves of departed sisters.
The Port Hope Citizens' Band led the parade which assembled at the I.O.O.F. headquarters, Walton Street, to the Union Cemetery, and assisted at the service, after which members of the lodges returned downtown, headed by the band.
Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Loosemore, Bracebridge, who is at present in Port Hope and is associated with the Orange Lodge in Bracebridge.
After all the graves had been decorated the circle was reformed and "Nearer My God to Thee" was sung, then the Doxology and Benediction by Rev. Mr. Foote.
Both lodges are grateful for those who contributed flowers for the occasion and to those who made the day such a success.
The following graves were decorated with a silk flag bearing I.O.O.F. and a bouquet of flowers, each in a container symbolic of the order.
|John Mimms||12 Oct 1876||W.H. Kells, PG||01 Aug 1877||W. Roche||12 Dec 1877|
|J.H. Cox||15 Mar 1878||J. McGibney||01 May 1878||G. Chrysler||25 Oct 1878|
|Dr. Wade||08 Feb 1879||G.W. Lambert||27 May 1880||J.H. Lyall||12 Feb 1881|
|P. Milligan||27 Jan 1882||Jas. Campbell||13 Aug 1883||T. Hayden||06 Mar 1885|
|J. Warmington||27 Mar 1886||J. Rundle||17 Sep 1888||C. Dean||03 Feb 1890|
|J.B. Trayes||14 Oct 1892||J. Scrimger||28 Oct 1892||A. Clegg||24 Aug 1893|
|E.G. Chant, PG||23 Feb 1894||J. Holmes||31 Oct 1896||G.T. Strong||28 May 1898|
|W. Trick||14 Feb 1899||W. Morris||25 Oct 1899||John Hagerman||08 Sep 1901|
|W. Douglas||12 Mar 1902||M. Wilcox||19 Mar 1902||A. Tate||21 Apr 1902|
|J. Hoffman, PG||14 May 1902||J. Hewson||29 Oct 1902||G. Reading, PG||26 Dec 1902|
|T. Earl||09 Dec 1902||C.C. Coleman||02 Dec 1902||P.J. Burt||12 Jan 1904|
|A.W. Pringle||28 Mar 1904||C. Whittleton||31 Dec 1904||Ed. McElroy||21 Jul 1905|
|A.J. Throop||27 Mar 1907||A.A. Stevenson||20 Apr 1907||E.J. Hamly||02 Aug 1907|
|W.L. Glidden||27 Dec 1907||T. Hayden, Sr.||22 Jul 1908||J.N. Brown||23 Mar 1909|
|A.A. Adams||18 May 1909||J. Hunter||12 Mar 1910||Capt. G. Robertson||01 Jan 1911|
|J. Williams||19 Jan 1911||C. Curtis||17 Feb 1911||T. Tuer, PG||05 Nov 1912|
|W.H. Bradburn||07 Apr 1915||Wm. Glass||17 Jun 1915||J. McNabb||20 Jun 1915|
|W. Bullen||12 Jan 1916||J.C. Ham||13 Jun 1916||H. Corbett||31 Jul 1916|
|W.H. Brownscombe||18 Jul 1916||Hermisdas Dore||14 Apr 1917||H.B. Sanders||16 Jun 1917|
|W. Rundle||16 Oct 1917||T. Crossen||19 Mar 1918||H. McElroy||08 Aug 1918|
|John Holden||09 Aug 1918||David Bell||17 Aug 1918||L.W. Greenaway||22 Oct 1918|
|W. Thorndyke||02 May 1919||W.R. Boundy||04 Aug 1919||Thos. Walton||21 Oct 1919|
|C.E. Hardy||06 Sep 1919||Jas. Britton||04 Dec 1919||Wm. Pym||27 Mar 1920|
|J.L. Thompson||30 Mar 1920||E.F. Haskill||16 Dec 1920||John Trick, PG||14 Jan 1921|
|H. White, PGM||30 Sep 1921||J.H. Magill||19 Jun 1922||John McMullen||18 Nov 1922|
|Geo. Bennett||19 Nov 1922||Fred Currelly||19 Dec 1922||E.T. Hamly||18 Jan 1923|
|Wm. Pomfret||01 Mar 1923||J.H. Phillips||31 Oct 1923||W.J. Colwill||27 Dec 1923|
|S. Lockington||30 Jan 1924||Jas. W. Bevan||03 Feb 1924||T.O. Monaghan||07 Apr 1924|
|S. Down||06 Jun 1924||B.F. Peters||16 Jul 1924||H.C. Bundrett||14 Nov 1924|
|W.G. Brown||08 Mar 1925||W.R. Trenouth||19 Apr 1926||H. Hales||07 Aug 1926|
|Jas. A. Stinson||07 Nov 1926||Geo. Archer||26 Nov 1926||Wm. Goheen||06 Jul 1927|
|Carl S. Hamly||24 Sep 1927||Thos. H. Bell||23 Feb 1928||Hugh Walker||08 Nov 1928|
|Chas. White||18 Nov 1928||A.H.C. Long||17 Jun 1929||E.B. Freeman||26 Dec 1930|
|J.W. Sanders||27 Jun 1930||S.E. Philp||23 Nov 1932||Wm. Yeo||03 Mar 1933|
|M. Fox||07 Mar 1934||W.A. Russell||23 May 1934||Wm. Austin||09 Oct 1934|
|Geo. V. Strong||19 Oct 1934||E. Wainman||07 Sep 1935||Robert Brown||28 Jun 1936|
|A.H. Randall||30 May 1936||Wm. Winters||07 Mar 1937||Geo. T. Hancock||09 Jun 1938|
|R.M. Lethbridge||16 Mar 1938||Robt. Winters||23 Mar 1939|
|Buried at Welcome Cemetery|
|S. Adams||21 Mar 1897||W.T. Brown||14 May 1914||H. Neville||31 Aug 1917|
|Walter Ham||22 Oct 1918||H. Hansman||15 Nov 1918||Jas. Ham||14 Feb 1920|
|H.A. Walker||14 Apr 1920||Wm. Rowden||06 Nov 1921||C. Carscadden||10 Jul 1922|
|B.L. Pillsworth||15 Dec 1923||F.T. Pedlar||24 Jul 1925||Byron Preston||11 Jan 1928|
|Archie Tait||23 Dec 1928|
Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario