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A transcription of a page 1 article from the 11 Feb 1937  issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper

Edgeworth Golden Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. James Edgeworth, of 80 Westmount Avenue, Toronto, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on 9 Feb this year. They are natives of Norfolk County, Ontario, wedded in Bolton, Peel County, by Reverend Peter Nicol, at the Presbyterian manse in 1887.

Messages of congratulations came to the happy couple from Rt. Hon. R. B. Bennett, Hon. Howard Ferguson, Hon. Earl Rowe, John R. McNichol of Toronto, and Col. A. C. Pratt of Simcoe; also felicitations from residents of Norfolk County, Hamilton, Woodstock, Windsor, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, where Mr. Edgeworth is known as one of historians of the Canadian pioneers.

Mrs. Edgeworth, nee Charlotte M. McKnight, is a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James McKnight who came to Windham Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, from County Down, Ireland. Mr. McKnight was a large lumber dealer and saw mill operator in Norfolk County in the early days before John and William Charlton. He had the first [sic] saw mill in Norfolk County. 

Mr. Edgeworth's family came to Norfolk County from Perth, Scotland. Mr. Edgeworth's mother was the schoolmate and life-long friend of the Hon. Alexander MacKenzie, one of the early premiers of Ontario [sic].  

Mr. Edgeworth is a member of the Norfolk Historical Society and is an executive member of the "Men of the Trees" in Canada. He is widely known in Canada and the United States as the developer of the famous Edgeworth Memorial Tree Park at Teeterville, Norfolk County, Ontario.

Mrs. Edgeworth's great avenue of service is church work; Mr. Edgeworth devotes all his time to the writing of Ontario history with trees.

Mr. Edgeworth's unique park at Teeterville contains trees planted by relatives of most of the great men and women of our time. For example, the Foreign Mission Tree was planted by a nephew of the immortal David Livingstone; the Public Utility Tree was planted by a daughter of Sir Adam Beck; the Poetry Tree was planted by a niece of Pauline Johnson, the Indian poetess; the Aboriginal Tree was planted by a grandson of Chief Brant; the Education Tree was planted by a grand-daughter of Dr. Egerton Ryerson, Founder of the Ontario Educational System, etc. etc.

This Tree history of Canada draws tens of thousands of tourists to Norfolk County every year.

This love of the historical recording of the lives of the Canadian pioneers brought Mr. Edgeworth much in the company of the late John Ross Robertson, founder of the Toronto "Telegram." These two Canadian of Scotch descent had much in common; pioneer history, Masonry, Presbyterianism and the progress of the Conservative party.

John Ross Robertson, founder of Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto, donor of the great paintings of pioneer Toronto to the city, the moving spirit in Masonry -- was one of the great men of Canada, highly esteemed by Mr. Edgeworth.

Mr. Edgeworth's brother, the late John Edgeworth of Toronto, gave his $25,000.00 home to be used to help the great work of the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto.

On a wall of the Edgeworth summer residence at Edgeworth Park, in Teeterville, Norfolk County, then hangs this motto given to Mr. Edgeworth by his friend the late John Ross Robertson:

"If there is any kind word I can say, or any good deed that I can do, let me do it now -- for I shall not pass this way again."

[Compiler's Comment: Alexander Mackenzie was the second prime minister of Canada, not a premier of Ontario.]

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