Re. -- James and Florence Holden, 1916
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The following photo and biography were contributed 25 Nov 2009 by Shirley (Holden) Ross


James and Florence Holden, photographed Nov 1916, when he joined the army to serve with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. -- see photo enlargement
James Holden was born 1874 in Sussex, England. His wife Florence Illsley was born 1875 in Middlesex, England. In 1906 James, Florence, and their children Alice, Florence, James W., William, John and Rose, emigrated to Canada aboard the S. S. Kensington, landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their daughter Myrtle May was born Aug 1906 in Simcoe.
   James started a small plumbing business which grew to be James Holden and Sons, Plumbing, Heating and Wiring Ltd. Florence was a mid-wife, delivering many children in the area. In 1931 Florence formed the Ladies Auxilary of the Simcoe Branch 79 Legion. She served as its president 1931-1934 and 1941-1946, a total of 10 years.
   Florence died in 1957; James died in 1963. In Nov 1983 Florence was honored with a room in the Legion Hall, named The Florence Holden Room.
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