Sketch of Former
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
"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."