Action! The Summer and Autumn of '72

Excitement for the August 8, 1972 executive meeting was the acceptance of the KTHS application for charitable status, once the "conditions are inserted into our constitution." A further highlight was Bill Poulis' suggestion to have a colour guard by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Queen's Royal York Rangers might be able to send a costumed troop to lend authority to the Cairn unveiling event.

Jack McBride showed drawings by C.W. Jeffreys to be used for the programmes and invitations for the September unveiling; a torrent of ideas flowed fast including a try for national media attention with invitations going to federal and provincial officials, a barbecue and a walkabout for guests to look at the Lloydtown Cemetery.

At the September 8th meeting, an update on the cairn revealed donations of cement and blocks and stones from the old distillery and grist mill as well as from the Lloyd farm. Len Osin estimated that the actual building of the cairn should take a week to ten days. Mr. Watson of Pottageville donated a time capsule which would contain a copy of a page from William Lyon Mackenzie's Advocate donated by Art Gray of Lloydtown, the KTHS Constitution, a list of charter members, a programme, invitation and newspaper clippings about the cairn event. More suggestions included a note about the cemetery, an article about the Lloyd family and a map of the village. Flags were to be ordered for decoration of the Cairn site in addition to one rebel flag to veil the cairn. At last it happened!

After the unveiling ceremony, letters of thanks and congratulations were read to the members at the meeting of October 12, 1972. As thanks for their contributions to the success of the ceremony, cheques @ $25 were to be sent to the Legion, the high school band and the Queen's York Rangers. A committee would be coordinating the materials to go into the time capsule and a duplicate capsule was to be deposited at the Township offices. "Heated" discussion took place over what to do about the incorrect wording provided by the provincial government on the cairn plaque.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Historical Society invited two KTHS representatives to attend its meeting in November; a letter from Mr. Jolly requested that something be done about the cemetery at the Emmanuel Church on the 5th Concession (Jane Street). It was decided that the Baptist congregation should be asked about its plans for the building. The meeting heard a talk about Lord and Lady Tweedsmuir encouraging the writing of local histories 3 by Women's Institutes compiled from family Bibles, church records and newspaper clippings.


3 These may be seen at the King Township Public Libraries


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