Etc. -- Mrs. Ellen Jane Vail's 77th birthday
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A lightly edited partial transcription of the Tyrrell column on page 9 of the 3 Jul 1919 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

The home of Amos Vail of Tyrrell was the scene of a very happy gathering Jun 19th: the 77th anniversary of the birthday of his mother, Mrs. E. J. Vail, now of Beamsville, Ontario. 

Very early Thursday morning friends and relatives began gathering from far and near, and by noon there was present a company numbering 80.

The spacious lawn, with its ample shade trees, served for the spreading of long tables which were loaded with good things to eat. It was surely a feast for the gods.

Rev. J. H. Vail of Scotland acted in the capacity of toastmaster, and gave a little sketch of the old lady's life.

She reared seven sons, lusty and stalwart, and many a wrestling match was staged to prove the prowess of the mightier ones. Among these the good and patient mother ruled as a queen.

Several of the old friends and neighbors made speeches and spoke highly of the whole quality of the life which the aged mother had lived in the home and community.

Her husband, George Vail, is now deceased since 1905. One son, George H., is also deceased six years.

Three boys, William of Beamsville, with whom Mrs. Vail resides, Thomas of Simcoe, Amos upon the old homestead, are all progressive farmers.

Leslie is pastor of the Baptist Church at Scotland, Ontario, and Cecil, the youngest, is chief chemist of the Lyman Drug Co. of Montreal.

Suitable gifts were presented and all joined in wishing her many happy returns of the day.

Copyright 2016 John Cardiff