Huron County Here We Come!

My pioneer Kaine relatives settled in Huron County, 60 miles north west of London in Southwestern Ontario. This post shares some things about the location and history of Huron County. But first, I want to relate how this part of Ontario has personal significance to me. The fondest memories from my teens are from Huron…

B. Hidden in the Closet

"Where did you ever get these letters?" This is the question I am often asked when I describe my project of organizing the family archives and transcribing the letters Aunt Bess brought when she emigrated from Ireland. The experience of touching these fragile sheets of paper containing messages written over a hundred and fifty years…

10. The Whole Turkey

As mentioned in a previous episode, after Gramp stopped being a Presbyterian minister and became a hearing aid salesman, life changed for Nan. Around 1963, Irving and Jean Kaine, my maternal grandparents, rented out their home in Toronto and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a time where Gramp got a job at Gimbels Department store.…

7. God Save the King

Jean and Irving Kaine, my maternal grandparents moved with their two daughters Doris and Helen to Dunnville, Ontario from Grimsby just before the outbreak of the Second World War. These quiet rural towns were located on the Niagara Peninsula about an hour and a half west of Toronto however life in this bucolic area was…

3b. A Trip to Bermuda 1920

Journey Down the Rabbit Hole The other day, as I delved once again into the many disorganized boxes of family photographs, letters and papers, I was pleasantly surprised to come across a document that my grandmother, Jean Wilhelmine Inglis Kaine had written about her trip with a friend to Bermuda in 1920. Based on the…

5. A Minister’s Wife

After their wedding in 1926, the Reverend I. B. Kaine and his wife Jean W. Kaine, my grandmother, launched their life together in Orangeville, Ontario.  Jean must have enjoyed setting up her new household  for hosting church functions and entertaining out of towners. I still have and cherish the lovely French walnut bedroom set made…