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An abridged transcription of a page 1 article in the 7 Oct 1926 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Old Simcoe Boy Speaks on Mexico

Alver R. Dobson, formerly of Simcoe, now President of the American Book and Printing Company of Mexico City, addressed the Rotary Club of Simcoe at their luncheon on Monday last.

Mr. Dobson is well known in Simcoe. His father, Henry Dobson, formerly kept a book store and telegraph office on Norfolk street, next [to] the Wallace Anderson hardware store, where the southern half of the Bank of Montreal now stands. 

He bought this book store from A. J. Donly in 1882 and sold it again to D. B. Wallace about 1886, when he and his family went to Toronto.

His son Alver went to Bowmanville from Toronto and bought a book store there. And in 1891 he sold out and went to Mexico City where he has been ever since. 

He has visited Simcoe at different times during the past 35 years, and is now on a month's visit to Canada after an absence of nine years.

Mrs. Dobson accompanies him. She was formerly Miss Ethel Harris of Courtland. Mrs. C. V. Thompson of Tillsonburg is her niece, and they have come to see her and Mr. Dobson's brother, the Rev. Perry S. Dobson, d.d., principal of Alma College, St. Thomas. They have also spent some three weeks in Northern Ontario.

Mr. Dobson began his address in a reminiscent mood and referred to their coming from their farm at Courtland to Simcoe and taking over the book store 44 years ago. Jack Madigan was then the telegraph operator and it was he who taught Mr. Dobson to manipulate the keys.

He referred also to a scar on his nose which he received from a fall from one of the high bicycles that he attempted to ride in those years.

Coming to Canada after so long an absence he found the changes very marked, especially in the towns and cities. The farms had not improved so much and he suspected that the money that would otherwise have gone into paint for the barns had been used to buy motor cars.

When he saw the improved machinery that was now used on farms and the conveniences that had been introduced, he felt tempted to buy a farm in Canada again and try to make up for the hardships they had to endure in his day.

[Compiler's Comment: Transcription ends here. The source document goes on to describe Mr. Dobson's comments about current conditions in Mexico, particularly the new laws governing foreigners.]

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