Etc. -- Donald Fletcher and Hannah Miller's obituaries
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A transcription of a page 9 article from the 9 Nov 1911 issue of  Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
[Paragraph breaks inserted by the transcriber.]


Donald Fletcher, for many years a resident of Walsingham Centre, passed away on October 20, 1911 at his home here. He had been ailing for some time, and on several occasions it was thought the end had come but his vitality and tenacity of life sustained him. 

He is survived by his widow, and six sons, Joseph of Mt. Elgin; 
Donald W., a merchant of Walsingham Centre; 
Charles of Alden, Mich.; Rev. Tobias L. of Sarnia; and 
Rev. John A., of Highgate. 

The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family.

Mr. Fletcher was the son of Scotch parents, who came to this country and settled in York (now Toronto) when that place was little more than a store, a shop and a few houses. Shortly after they arrived, Donald was born (1823).

From there the family moved to a township west of Toronto where the elder Fletcher worked at the blacksmithing trade. When Donald grew to manhood he learned his father's trade, and worked side by side with his father until the latter's death. 

He then came to Walsingham Centre, where he met and wooed Hannah Miller, six sons blessing this union. 

He then built a home for himself and family, the first to be erected in Walsingham Centre, being the house at present occupied and owned by Mrs. Loules Furry, but renovated since first built. He also erected a shop on the front of his lot, directly opposite the shop of Mr. H. Terry. This was either moved or torn down after many years.

In the character of Mr. Fletcher there was much to be admired. The strict and ennobling teachings of his parents--that fine training so characteristic of the Scotch as a nation had much to do with his after life. Whether at the forge or a one of the many social functions which he attended, he was a gentleman in the strictest sense of the word. 

He will be mourned as one of Walsingham Centre's oldest and most respected citizens, for he was one who might well be imitated.

A partial transcription of the Walsingham column on page 10 of the 6 Dec 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper. [Paragraph breaks inserted by the transcriber.]


On Tuesday, November 27th, at her home here there passed away 
Mrs. Fletcher, widow of Vincent [sic] Fletcher. 

Deceased was one of the oldest and most respected resident of Walsingham, and was for many years a valued member of the Methodist Church. She had been ill only about three weeks, 
and the end was not expected so soon. 

The funeral was held Friday afternoon from the home of her son, 
D. W. Fletcher and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Chapman, assisted 
by Rev. Mr. Gare. Interment was made in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. 

The late Mrs. Fletcher leaves six sons: Joseph, of Mt. Elgin; 
J. [sic] W. and Stephen of Walsingham; John, of Manitoba; 
Charles, of Idaho; and Tobias of Saskatchewan; and 
one brother, Charles Miller, of Clarion, Mich. 

Among those from a distance at the funeral were: 
Mr. and Mrs. B. Anger, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Hazen of Vienna; 
Mr. and Mrs. R. Mills and A. I. Doan and daughter of South Middleton; and D. Vallee and wife and Mrs. German, of Woodstock.

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