ONTARIO COUPLE_0006A middle aged couple photographed by M. Oliver of Ontario, Canada. he is wearing what looks to be a uniform of some sort, maybe masonic. He has a ribbon and pins and looks to be wearing a sash around his waist. His cap is labeled with what may be an id number “1410” and what looks to be “L  O I”.   He may be a member of a military or fraternal organization or fire or police department.He is wearing terrific suspenders.  Lets not forget that his wife is also in the picture. She is wering a nice hat and  bow tie with jewelry on her collar. He has ribbons around his sleeves which gives them a bunch look.

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  1. This cabinet card shows a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge of North Verulam, Canada circa 1875-1890. See the following link for more information

  2. A little more on the North Verulam #1410 Lodge:

    This lodge was instituted in 1874, a year that saw John White M.P., as the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East and Mackenzie Bowell M.P., a future Prime Minister of Canada, as the Grand Master of Canada. Dues were set at $1.00 per year and in December of that first year the lodge held its first election of officers with the following results:

    Elijah Oliver – master, G. Britton – deputy master, John Moffatt – Recording Secretary, I. Robinson – Treasurer, William Mulligan, James Bolton, John Lyle, Samuel Whyte and William Nelson elected as lodge committeemen.

    In July of 1875 as the lodge prepared for its first Orange Parade to be held in Bobcaygeon, the following by-law was adopted: “that anyone getting drunk or disorderly on the 12th of July will be fined – the lodge committee to decide the amount of the fine.”

    The year 1878 saw members instructed to have nothing to do with the newspaper, ‘The Independent’, and that the ‘Victoria Warden’ was to be patronized by Orange members. In 1879 Thomas Turk and Joseph Turk were “expelled for life for being absent on the twelfth.” Life was apparently much shorter in those days as the records show that Thomas Turk was reinstated into the lodge in July of the following year.

    Building of their own Orange Hall began in 1891 and the hall was dedicated in July of that year with a band from Fenelon Falls providing the music. Membership at the end of that year was reported at 55 members.

    In October of 1914 it was noted that Miss Patterson was to have the use of the hall – “no dancing allowed and she leaves the hall the way she gets it.” The following year it was decided to lend the lodge goat to the Fenelon Falls lodge. In 1916 a committee wa formed to purchase Christmas gifts for “the boys at the front.” The next year the lodge sent “two good boxes and $2.00 to each of our soldier men.”

    The lodge decided not to parade in 1940 due to the fact that so many Orangemen were overseas in the armed services. This was a difficult time and the lodge failed to meet on a regular basis for the duration of the second World War. In 1952, sixty-one years after the opening of their Orange Hall, hydro was installed. Needless to say there were no further references to expenses for coal oil.

    On May 12, 1985, the last regular meeting of North Verulam was held, ending one hundred and eleven years of service to their community, country, the Orange Order and the Protestant faith.

  3. I thought I would leave a reply that the photograph was taken in Lindsay, ON, when I discovered the information regarding the North Verulam Orange Lodge. My gr-grandfather was the John Moffatt mentioned above. He died in 1944 at the age of 83 after falling from his roof while doing repairs and is buried in Verulam Cemetery in Bobcaygeon.

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