by John Cardiff
As part of a
Norfolk County-wide effort to raise World War I relief aid for
Belgians, little Ellen Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle
Holmes of Port Rowan, donated four picture post cards, in hope
they might bring a little pleasure to some poor orphan children in
that stricken country.
was duly reported in the Simcoe Reformer, and many readers
were touched by this little girl's generosity. Soon she began
receiving other picture post cards from various subscribers hoping
to compensate the little girl for her sacrifice.
followed by a very kind letter from Mr. J. A. Powell of Little
Rock, Ark. Mr. Powell said that he lived in Port Rowan for one
year during 1859 and 1860, and while here he helped our club
defeat the Norfolk Cricket Club of Simcoe.
Powell's letter is believed to be among the earliest records of
sports being played in Norfolk County.
From page 2 of 7 Aug 1879 Norfolk
"VITTORIA. A match game of Lacross was played here to-day,
between the "Erie" of Port Rowan and the Vittoria club,
resulting in two games out of three for Vittoria."