has 76th Birthday
Port Rowan: Elgin (Tough)
Rockefeller quietly marked his 76th birthday on 26 Dec 1954 at his
home on Centre Street, receiving cards, gifts and congratulations.
Born at Port Royal he was
the elder son of Alexander Rockefeller and Amelia Cronk. When a
small boy he moved to Cedar Springs and then to Port Rowan where
he has since resided. He attended public and high school in Port
During the First Great War
he was employed at a
shell factory in London and later transferred to
Camp Borden. Until his retirement six years ago,
he was engaged in the commercial fishing industry.
He married Miss Muriel
Winegarden of Brantford thirty-one years ago. He is an active
member of the
Port Rowan Canadian Legion and an adherent of
the Port Rowan Baptist Church.
His unflinching courage and
knowledge of sailing craft resulted in the rescue of two boys from
in his younger days. Four boys, Hiram Wrightman, John Griggs,
Lorne Smith and Nelson Cronk, ventured out in a sail boat on Port
Rowan Bay in a wild duck shooting expedition in the fall of 1905.
Due to the high wind the craft overturned.
From the pier Mr.
Rockefeller heard their cries for help. He set out alone in the
"Black Hawk" and saved Wrightman and Griggs. Cronk and
Smith had become exhausted and let go by the time he reached them.
His bravery was recognized
by the Royal Humane Society and he received an inscribed bronze
medal which he prizes very highly.
Port Rowan citizens made up
a purse of money and the late Hall Donly, editor of the Simcoe
Reformer, made the presentation at a ceremony in the Baptist
Church which was crowded to the doors.
A few years later, Mr.
Rockefeller saved three Port Rowan men -- the late General C. S.
Elmo Lymburner and J. A. Atkinson -- when their
motor launch overturned in Little Rice Bay while
He heard their cries for help and he and Richard
Wardell went out in their boat to rescue them after night fell and
rescued one at a time. They were barely able to cling to the
overturned craft being numb from the cold.
Mr. Rockefeller took
them to his cabin and gave them hot drinks.
He has two sisters, Mrs.
Howard Cudney and Mrs. Lundy White, Port Rowan. A brother, Clyde,
passed away a few years ago.