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…

4. Jean Gets a New Job

  After travelling and working as a teacher in the Canadian West in the early 1920’s, my grandmother Jean Wilhelmine Inglis made her way back to Ontario and took a position in Timmins, a town in Northeastern Ontario that was thriving with mining and forestry industries. By this time, Jean had been working for almost…

2. Thoroughly Modern Jean

Jean Wilhelmine Hastings Inglis, my maternal grandmother, had a lifelong passion for travelling to see new places. In the seven years between graduation from teachers college in North Bay and her marriage to the Reverend Irving Brigham Pentland Kaine in 1924 (when at the age of 27 she was almost an old maid for that…

1. Just Do It!

Just Do It! or Cornucopia or Curse As the keeper of original family letters, photographs, artifacts and oral history that go back to the 1850’s, I feel a deep responsibility to preserve and share this precious material with others. I have both treasured and felt intimidated by the legacy of more than 20 letters written by the…