Married Life in One Home
St. Thomas Times. -- Mr. and
Mrs. A. H. Backus of Aylmer, attended the funeral of the latter's
father. John H. Backus of Port Rowan, who passed away on 4 Jan in his
Deceased was a remarkable
member of a a remarkable family. He was born in South Walsingham in
1823 and ever since he attained manhood, he has been a source of
strength in that section of country, as well as a power for good.
His life was a most strenuous
one, and up to about two years ago he took an active and leading
interest in his milling business, a few miles north of Port Rowan,
which business was established by his grandfather in 1797, and has
been in the family continuously ever since.
The old original building,
with its big water wheel, its heavy shafting, its large stone, has
been torn down and re-built several times to keep pace with modern
Mr. Backus took an active
interest in municipal matters and for over 20 years was reeve of the
township. His home was one of those ideal places which unfortunately
are becoming so scarce in these days of rush. It was a home where the
latch strings always hung on the outside, and Mr. Backus and his
equally estimable wife, were never happier than when dispensing
Mr. and Mrs. Backus, who was
Miss Sarah Dedrick, were married nearly 61 years ago, and have resided
continuously in the home they went into at that time. Their's was an
ideal happy home, and an exceptional life in many ways.
Besides his widow he leaves
one son, John C., who will continue
the business, and two daughters, Dr. Annie
Backus of Alymer, and Mrs. (Dr.) Swazie of California.