Etc. -- 1947 Sketch of Don C. Van Brocklin
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From page 22 of the 3 Jul 1947 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

Sketch of Former Simconian

In a recent issue of the Factory News of Canadian National Cash Register, Toronto, the organization's house organ, a sketch was given of Don Van Brocklin, eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Brocklin of Simcoe. Headed "Meet the Folks" and accompanied by a cut of Mr. Van Brocklin, who is a brother of Mrs. Minnie Brearley and William Van Brocklin, both of Simcoe, the article reads:

"We have always known him as "Van" and shouldn't be surprised that you've never heard his correct name: Don Charlton Van Brocklin. He was born in a little spot called Glenshee, in Norfolk County (he calls it Pumpkin Town), which is now in the heart of the tobacco country.

"Van came to Toronto about 42 years ago and first started with us in 1912. He left our employ but returned just before we moved to the Bloor and Dufferin Street plant more than 26 years ago when he set up the machinery.

"He's a man of many vocations (makes a good job of them all), and has been iron moulder, machinist, steamfitter and millwright. He sailed the Great Lakes many years ago running the donkey engine and served as watchman. He spent some time as fireman with the Simcoe Fire Department and 21 years with Norfolk Volunteer Rifles when a young man.

"Van played ball more than 40 years ago in the early days of the Stanley Park leagues. He always has been and still is when he gets the chance, an ardent hunter and fisherman. He has been a member of the I.O.O.F. for more than 41 years.

"They say if you want to live a long life he careful in choosing your parents. Van's mother and father lived to be 90 and 92 years old which leaves him a comparative youngster at 72. He's one of the best natured persons you'd ever want to meet but still as tough as a ten-cent steak.

"We expect, and hope, to see Van around with us for a long time yet, for like old Mississippi "he jes' keeps rollin' along."

Copyright 2013 John Cardiff