*A copy of their 'Marriage Certificate' featured within "THE OTTERBEIN FAMILY HISTORY" as documented by my cousin Elizabeth Luella [Betty Lou Eby] Robbins, shows their witnesses as Alva STAUFFER and Ellen OTTERBEIN (an older sister)and officiated by David B. SHERK, Minister of the U.B.Church (United Brethren).
*Moses and Amanda suffered infinate sorrow early in their married years with the loss of 2 infant sons born in Berlin and later their eldest daughter. They lived in Maryborough Twsp., Wellington Co., where they rented Moses' father John's farm. Daughters Arclista,Luella and Alta were born there.
In 1900, the young Heckendorn Family left for Huron Co., Michigan to set up farming where land was less costly and generous terms were offered homesteaders between 1860 and 1910. Michigan "Thumb area" was attracting many Waterloo County residents, with a more productive soil and low land costs.
Moses went on ahead with the cattle by freight train and Amanda with the young girls followed later by passenger train. The girls took ill en route, and the foursome stopped over in Port Huron at Amanda's Uncle Balzer Otterbein's home.Arclista died after a four day bout of Diptheria and was buried at Port Huron. Moses was notified by telegram of their loss and later was quoted as saying,"that the dog had cried so terribly the night Arclista died."
Moses had purchased an 80 acre farm on the Berne Road (now located 1 mile north of the Town of Pigeon). He had to clear the land of forest to establish the farm and in the '1904 PATE BOOK of HURON COUNTY, MICHIGAN,' the biographical sketch of the Heckendorn's included this statement: "They have a large frame house,good barn and a fine farm."
I had the pleasure of locating their farm on a weekend trip in July of 1979,while touring the area with my wife and our youngest son. I was impressed with the lovely two storey home, the well kept barn and the clear, flat, cultivated land. The crop being grown at that time was white beans. I took many pictures of the farm and had an opportunity to speak with some of the neighbours, discovering that many were descendants of the original settlers that were neighbours to my grandparents when they were 'homesteading' there.
The family grew in numbers, with the births of sons Ian and Clarence, also daughters Seleda and Pearl.
When showing my photos of the present farm to Aunt Luella, she stated that "the large Locust trees on the front lawn were planted by her father and that the fruit orchard out the east side, was also planted by my grandfather", some 70 years prior. "Missing", Aunt Luella confided, "was the wrought-iron ornate fence that ran along the front of the property close by the roadway." She commented that "we would watch for the doctor from Pigeon, who had the only motor car in the area, as he would make his weekly visit to the stone quarry families." The quarry was situated at the west end of their road and the employee's families lived 'on site' in long bunkhouse-type buildings. These buildings were still standing during my visit in 1979.
Grandpa and two neighbours, Andrew Schaaf and Henry Kretchmer, conducted Sunday School for about 2 years in the quarry schoolhouse Sunday afternoons for the quarry families.
Moses and Amanda early in their marriage had been converted and united with the Mennonite Church, and they worshipped with the Mennonite congregation at Berne, then a thriving village and now, no more than a few homes on a sideroad bearing the former villages name. Aunt Louella told me that "Berne had a mill, general store and hotel" at that time.
*A HISTORY EXCURSION!
In the "1800's" the railroad was called "The King of Transportation" and as land was cleared of its forests, railroad tracks were being laid in swift succession, for rail transportation was the perfect solution for bringing in supplies and hauling commodities to market. Michigan developed rapidly after trains came upon the scene and this area was no exception. In the U.S. most railroads took their names from the states and cities they serviced, while in the "Thumb Area" the principals decided to name their railroads after the counties they ran through. The Pontiac, Oxford, Port Austin was completing it's run from Pontiac into Caseville and this track passed through the small village of Berne, sometimes called Berne Corners. It was founded about 1878 and named after Berne, the capital of Switzerland. But, because of the Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron railway deciding to extend their line from Sebewaing, on the east shore of Saginaw Bay to the Huron County Seat in Bad Axe , the line ran one mile south of Berne. Now there was a crossing of two railways developed south of Berne. With kindled interest that the facilities of two railways going in two different directions was a good prospect for increased business development, Berne Junction was originated, and the site of a future village was beginning to develop.
With this junction of the two railways one mile south of Berne Corners, there was need for a station agent to handle the flow of lumber and produce from the area. A local farmer was persuaded to plan out an envisioned village on the marshy and swampy land. The swamp was drained and the marsh cleared and by 1888 two main streets were established. What had been known as Berne Junction, was to become Pigeon, taking it's name from the local river by that name.
Seventeen buildings were moved from Berne Corners to the new village of Pigeon and the demise of the former village was well underway.
The family moved back to Canada in 1911 and bought a lovely farm located on the crest of the Breslau Hill on #7 highway near Breslau between Kitchener and Guelph. This was a 'landmark farm' as it's large, red barn with the 2 tall white silos could be seen from Kitchener, 4 miles west. They farmed for 27 years and the balance of their family was born here, namely my father, Nelson and his younger brother Wilmer, before finally selling the farm and retiring to the Village of Breslau. Dr. Clifford C.Belyea, of Kitchener, was the family physician and 'delivered' the two boys at the farm. House calls of the era, were the norm. Doctor's charges for services, were often paid with produce or butchered livestock. In later years, Dr. Belyea also delivered myself and then became my family physician and delivered three of our children. His nephew, the late Dr. Donald McMillan, joined Dr. Belyea upon his graduation from medical school and I became one of his first patients, my wife remaining with Dr. Belyea. A dear close friend of ours, the former Marilyn Schlichter, was to marry Dr. Don and we enjoyed the social confabs we had over the years.
IV. ARCLISTA HECKENDORN, b. 04 June 1894 d. 07 Feb. 1900, Port Huron, Michigan.(The family was notified that the cemetery where she was buried, was being moved to allow for the expansion of the St.Clair River Waterway, and no knowledge of where it was relocated is known.)
IV. LUELLA HECKENDORN, B. 18 Sept. 1896 d. July 1985, after a short illness at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener in her 89th year.
She was 3 1/2 years of age when the family made their dramatic move to the 'Michigan Thumb' area from their Marysborough Twsp. home, and by the time they returned to Canada in 1911, she had completed her public school training at both the Quarry School and the Mud Creek School near Berne.
* At the age of 21 she began working away from home as a domestic in and around Breslau. In about 1926, she went to Aurora, New York to do domestic work. And later, she worked in Lancaster, PA, in the kitchen at Franklin Academy. Luella was what was commonly referred to as "a Practical Nurse" and she worked in Kitchener homes after returning from the States. Some of the families that I recall her working for were, the Walter Bean family (of The Waterloo Trust), Dr. & Mrs.Williams (whose son Dick and I became friends after each of us relocated in London many years later. I met Mrs. Williams while she was visiting Dick a couple of times and she would always speak kindly of Luella), the Clements and then the Krueger's, where she was employed for about 30 years. Luella remained living with her parents at home in Breslau and continued to live there after their demise and until her passing in 1985.
IV. ALTA HECKENDORN, b. 10 Nov. 1898, Maryborough Twsp., Wellington Co., d. ?, High River, Alberta. M. Orville Leroy CLEMENS, 10 June 1924, b. 30 Apr. 1900, Waterloo Twsp., d. 09 Mar. 1967, Kitchener, Ont. Buried at Memory Gardens, east of Breslau. Children,2. Church, United.
* For many years Alta and Orville farmed at Hespeler, on Fisher Mill Road and many an enjoyable summer's holiday I spent there with them. My mother would take me by the 'electric' passenger train departing from the Queen Street S., station in Kitchener, with stops at Rockway,Centreville, Freeport with a change-over at the Preston station, then on to the Hespeler depot.The main line continued south from Preston, through Galt to Port Dover. Then came the day when I could make this journey on my own. These trips were each an experience in it's own that I'll never forget. I often reflect on some of my experiences as a child, that are no longer available to our children today.
Some of the experiences this city boy remembers from those days were; swimming at the Fisher Mill pond with my cousins; going to Snyder's Potato Chip factory for 'big' brown paper bags of chips; gathering eggs from the chicken coop and looking for any that had nested on the loose; fetching the cattle from the cedar swamp below the orchard, sinking up to my boot-tops in muck and watching out for cow paddies; riding on the tractor with my cousin Robert and him getting me to eat choke cherries when I didn't know what they were or how they tasted; having to shovel grain in the grainery at threshing time, I now know where my allergy to dust came from. My worst experience, this I dreaded, was having to catch chickens for butchering with a long, wire rod that had a hook in the end to grab the chicken by it's legs. Aunt Alta usually did the head chopping but yours truly quite often did the dipping in boiling water and plucking of the feathers. Their produce, milk and chickens were distributed throughout Hespeler on a route that I was allowed to help with on occasion.
V. ROBERT LLOYD CLEMENS, m. Beverley CROSS 06 June 1962, children, 3. Church, United.
*Robert or 'Bob' as he is known today, grew up on the home farm, but he had the wanderlust, which he still seems to have to this day. Bob went to Europe by cattle boat in the 1940's and travelled west in 1949 working there for relatives in the Blackie, Alberta area. He enjoyed life in Alberta and remained to establish a considerable grain-growing empire. I recall his telling me that "he was the first to put a plough to a section of virgin Indian reserve land", they work.
Bob and Bev have travelled quite extensivly, visiting Ontario quite frequently over the years, Southern and Western United States, Australia, Eastern Canada and Ontario both last summer and this past winter, Costa Rico.
VI. Edith Anna Clemens
VI. Douglas Lloyd Clemens
VI. Alan Clemens
V. NORMA LUCILLE CLEMENS, b. 25 Apr. 1930 d. 09 Sept. 1968, m. Ted BERNER 10 June 1950. Children, 3 daughters. Remarried Ron CASH of Waterloo, 22 Sept. 1961. Children, 1 son. Church, Evan. United.
VI. Connie Virginia Berner, m. Peter Piquette, 23 mar. 1974, Waterloo, Ont.
VI. Carla Lavonne Berner, m. Darryl Alexander Burt 23 nov. 1973, Waterloo, Ont.Children 3.
VII. Cory Alexander Burt
VII. Tarah Michelle Burt
VII. Rachel Lucille Burt
VI. Deborah Coleen Berner m. Richard Arthur Norman Heyd 11 Apr. 1981, Milton, Ont.
VI. Geoffrey Gordon Cash.
*Lucille or known affectionately as "Squeal", was one of my closest cousins during my youth. Being 5 years older than myself, she seemed to be my protector from her brother Robert's sense of humour at times. Later in her married life, when living in Kitchener, I used to see her almost daily for a period when I drove city bus and she worked at J.M. Schneiders Packers. Her passing due to a severe asthmatic condition was a great shock to us all. She's dearly missed by the family
IV. IAN HECKENDORN, b. 03 June 1902, Huron Co., Michigan, d.?, m. Florence Viola REDTMAN 18 Apr. 1930, Kitchener, b. 18 March 1909, Arnprior, Ont., d. ?. Children, 3.
Ian, the first of the children born in Michigan, was 8 years of age when the family returned to Canada and he finished his public schooling at Breslau School. After his marriage, he operated his Burford Sand & Gravel Co. from their property just outside Burford, Ont.
*I may, as a child,have been there more often, but I only recall visiting the home once. I do recall that one summer in the late forties or early fifties, visiting the Redtman family of Aunt Florence's in Arnprior, while with my parents on a motoring trip to Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.
V. IAN ROSS HECKENDORN, m. Rosemary CIOCH 20 May 1955, Brantford, Ont., d. 22 Oct. 1955, Brantford, Ont. Remarried to Genevieve POLLOCK, 12 Oct. 1958, Brantford, Ont. Genevieve brought a family of two, Gloria and David into this union, from a previous marriage.
*Ross and I kept in contact into our mid-teens and I recall him coming up to Kitchener for visits with his 'hot rod' with the rumble seat. He couldn't afford chrome-plated parts for his engine back then, so he treated the engine parts with aluminum paint.
V. BRUCE EDWARD HECKENDORN m. Marlene BOWMAN 20 Oct. 1962, Preston, Ont. Children,4.
VI. Cheryl Ann Heckendorn
VI. Mark Edward Heckendorn
VI. Jane Elizabeth Heckendorn
VI. Brenda Lee Heckendorn
V. MARILYN LUELLA HECKENDORN m.James Louis HAMILTON, 06 May 1967. Marilyn graduated from high school in Burford and from the 'Brantford General Hospital School of Nursing' as an R.N. Children, 2.
VI. Gregory James Hamilton
VI. Kathryn Elaine Hamilton
*It's a shame when we lose touch with members of our family. Unfortunately, I haven't had any personal connection with my cousin's Ross or Bruce since our teen years, and Marilyn I last met at an Otterbein Family Reunion some years ago.
IV. SELEDA HECKENDORN b. 02 Oct. 1903, McKinley (Caseville) Twsp., Huron Co., Michigan, d. 14 May 1974 Kitchener, Ont.,, m. Jacob CRESSMAN 18 Oct. 1940 Breslau, Ont., b. 30 Nov. 1887 Woolwich Twsp. (near Conestoga), d. 15 Mar. 1981 Cambridge, Ont. Both buried at Breslau Mennonite Cemetery.
*Seleda worked as a domestic for various families, the one I recall the most, being the John Forsyth Family of the Forsyth Shirt Co.
Forsyth's lived on Frederick Street in Kitchener, in a large white stucco home with a red tiled roof. I got to visit on occasion when I "just dropped in on my way home from school". I even had the opportunity of going to their summer home at Southampton for a week one summer holiday, when Aunt Seleda went to look after the family children. She had her hands filled with the 'five J's' .....June, Joyce, Janet, John Jr. and Jim (just a few years my senior).
After Seleda and Jake's marriage,they lived on his farm east of Breslau, until their retirement when he sold the farm and equipment to his eldest son Willard.(Uncle Jake, a widower, had six children from his previous marriage Verda, Willard, Leonard, Eral, Donald and Florence). I really only remember Donald and Florence.
After selling the farm, they then moved into Kitchener, on Guelph Street, this period I slightly remember, but not completely.
In 1946, they moved onto Brock Street, off Queen Street South, where I had the opportunity to visit with them quite often. Their little home was just down the street from The Municipal Swimming Pool and just around the corner from my mother's Aunt Myrtle (Hallman)Krupp and family on West Ave. Aunt Seleda would always have some nice, freshly baked cookies on hand when I'd drop in, and if she wasn't home I'd drop around the corner for a visit with my Krupp cousin's, Jack,Bob and Janet and dog Skipper, an American Water Spaniel.
Dad thought a lot of his sister Seleda, and got along 'real well' with Jake.
After Aunt Seleda's death, the home was sold and Uncle Jake moved to Cambridge where he resided at the Fairview Home until his passing in 1981.
IV. PEARL HECKENDORN b. 08 Oct. 1905, McKinley (Caseville) Twsp., Huron Co., Michigan, m. Gordon B. EBY 28 Sept. 1935, Breslau, Ont., b. 11 Apr. 1906, Wilmot Twsp.,(near Mannheim),d. 04 Sept. London, Ont. Buried at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ont. Children, 3.
(see beyond children's listing)
V. ELIZABETH LUELLA 'BETTY LOU' EBY m. Maurice Campbell ROBBINS, 25 Sept.1971,
London, Ont. No children.
*Betty Lou grew up in the Shantz Station area, living by #7 higway east of Breslau. She attended Rockway Mennonite School and K-W Collegiate & Vocational School, both in Kitchener. Betty Lou, after completing Teacher's College in Stratford, Ontario, taught elementary school for 2 years at Rosebank in Wilmot Twsp., Waterloo Co. She then went on to graduate from Goshen College, Indiana with a B.A. in Sociology and returned to elementary teaching in London, Ont., where Betty Lou met and married Maurice Robbin . Maurice grew up in Sarnia, Ont., where he received his elementary and secondary schooling.
His family moved to Westminster Twsp., south-east of London, in 1945, where they purchased the Campbell family farm. Maurice and Betty Lou, residing on the family farm, have now retired from dairy farming and are able to pursue their chosen passions. Both are active with the Belmont United Church, Maurice as a Senior Choir member and Betty Lou as organist and Senior choir director. Both enjoy keeping their large yard well groomed and 'Bett's' also enjoys photography (she is an excellent photographer), redecorating, reading and family history, having compiled the Canadian edition, of "THE OTTERBEIN FAMILY HISTORY", a well documented and very interesting biographical history of our Grandmother Amanda 'Otterbein' Heckendorn's family.
*I've had the opportunity to become very close with Betty Lou over the years, with both of us now living in London and area (city annexed their farm a few years back, should get her in conversation on that subject, if one has plenty of spare time).
We as children used to see one another at family gatherings, usually Christmas, at Grandma Heckendorn's, but never really became close until moving to London.
She has been an inspiration and real source of information for me while attempting this work. I consider myself very fortunate in having a cousin such as she.
V. JAMES GORDON EBY, m.Sylvia Susan Thompson, 01 Dec. 1962, Grimsby, Ont.(div.) Children, 2.
Jim was raised in the Shantz Station area and attended Rockway Mennonite School and Eastwood Collegiate, both in Kitchener. During summer vactions, he worked for Beaver Lumber and upon graduation from High School, took a permanent position with the company. he was transferred to various centers throughout Ontario, one being Grimsby, where he met and married Sylvia Thompson. They moved to Hamilton where Jim established his own remodelling business. He has since operated in London and north of Toronto specializing in the installation and remodelling of custom bathrooms and kitchens.
VI. TIMOTHY JAMES EBY, b. 23 Sept. 1964, Hamilton, Ont. d. 05 June 1969. Buried, Breslau Mennonite Cemetery.
VI. LISA DIANE EBY, m.Geoffrey WASDELL, Nov. 1994.
V. JOHN DOUGLAS EBY,m. Barbara Aileen BARTON, 07 June 1969, Galt (Cambridge), Ont. Children, 2.
Doug grew up in the Shantz Station area, just east of Breslau, attended Shantz Station School,Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener and Hesston Academy in Kansas.
He went into computer training in Hamilton and then directly into that field working in Ottawa and in Toronto, then back to Ottawa again. Doug eventually left the computer profession and went into his own business in advertising materials in Ottawa.
Doug and his wife Barbara met at Long Point, located south of Tillsonburg on Lake Erie, through mutual friends and their friendship escalated to the point of marriage. Barb grew up in Galt (now part of Cambridge), attended McMaster University in Hamilton and Toronto Teacher's College. She decided to switch vocations and went into being a lab technologist. Children, 2.
VI. MICHAEL DOUGLAS EBY.
VI. JONATHAN CRAIG EBY.
*PEARL HECKENDORN was one of four children born while the family farmed in Michigan, being five years old when they returned to Waterloo County. She loved 'learning' and her elementary schooling was at the Breslau School House immediately west of the home farm.
Pearl never did enjoy the farm life and in her teen years, went to work in a shirt factory in Kitchener and also on a fruit farm in Vineland near Niagara Falls.
Her sister Luella encouraged her to go to Pennsylvania to work in the home of a wealthy family and was then able to realize her dream, of furthering her education. In 1928, she went on to attend Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg,VA for 3 1/2 years and after graduation in 1932 she remained in Pennsylvania, to work in the home of another family for a few years. *My dad had recalled to me some of his memories, one was of he and Clarence taking Pearl by car to Virginia for her schooling.
Upon her return to Waterloo County, she met and married Gordon Eby. They eventually settled in a lovely home on an 8 acre lot located on Highway #7, east of Breslau. I recall staying at their home for a few days when quite young.
In 1961, Pearl and Gordon moved to a bungelow on Lyndhurst Drive in Kitchener and attended St. James United Church. Just a few blocks away from my parents home on Krug St.
Gordon was employed by the Waterloo Municipal Telephone System for 20 years and following it's sale to Bell Canada, he went to work for Hurst Equipment of Bloomingdale for 20 years as a service technician.
IV. CLARENCE HECKENDORN b. 26 Oct. 1909, McKinley (Caseville) Twsp., Michigan, d. 07 July 1988, Detroit, Michigan. m. Madeline Horne, 06 April 1940 Kitchener, Ont.,b. 29 Jan. 1910, London, England, d. Waterford, Ont. Madeline had 2 sons from her previous marriage, Robert Jerome Simons and Ronald Paul Simons.
*Clarence was at the tender age of 15 months when the family returned to Waterloo Twsp. from Michigan and spent his growing years on the family farm at Breslau. He had various jobs as a trucker, one I recall my dad telling me about, was driving loads of nitroglycerin east to the Chalk River district. He also had a milk route, delivering from the farmers to the Royal Dairy in Guelph. I recall going along on the route as a child and when finished, being taken for ice cream at the Royal Dairy ice cream store. They lived on Bruce and Frederick Streets in Kitchener and on the Breslau hill road that runs to Bloomingdale and Bridgeport. He later went into the gravel business opening a pit at Marden, north-west of Guelph, where my dad loved to take my kids fishing in the pit's ponds. The family built a home on the pits, and opened some of the ponds for swimming. In around 1965 they located at Waterford and the Simcoe area, again in the gravel business. He retired in 1976 and passed away while visiting in Detroit in 1988, just 3 months and 2 days before his younger brother Nelson, my father. Clarence, dad and the youngest, Wilmer, were very close throughout their lives.
*IV. NELSON HECKENDORN, b. 14 April 1911, d. 05 Oct. 1988, m. Theo GEACH 28 Sept. 1934, Guelph, Ont., b. Chatham, Ont. Eldest d/o Harry Geach and Nancy Ellen Hallman. Children, 1. (Yours truly)
*Nelson was born about 3 months after his parents and family returned to Waterloo County from homesteading in Michigan. His birth at the farm just east of Breslau, was assisted by Dr. C. Belyea of Kitchener, who would go on to be my families doctor through the birth of three of our children.
Over the years, dad related many stories of his youth while living on the farm. He and his brothers helped by doing minor jobs, with the reconstruction of the #7 highway, running from Kitchener to Guelph, which ran past the farm entrance.
In his teen years and into his married years, he was very active in playing organized sports. He played softball with Breslau teams Some members of these team would go on to be life-long friends of dads, particularly, Harold Dedels who would marry a cousin of my mother's, Mae Shantz. Both now deceased.
In 1935, he went to work for Galloway Furniture Co., in Kitchener, where he was a mainstay for years with their hockey and softball teams playing in the K-W Industrial League and won the 1937 Championship in hockey. Mr. Galloway sold the company to a 'threesome' of William DeWitt, W.Howard Hallman (my mother's uncle) and Mr.Keffer. They changed the name to Canada Cabinets and Furniture Co. Ltd., and this company became a respected manufacturer of fine quality occasional, bedroom and dining room furniture, plus they made radio and television cabinets for such companies as Westinghouse.
Dad was Foreman of the packing and shipping department and Paymaster for many years, eventually going 'on the road' as a commissioned salesman representing many fine furnishing companies, Canada Cabinets being one of them. I recall dad saying "life begins at forty" and on his fortieth birthday he began his new life as a commercial manufacturer's representative. This was the happiest and most fulfilling time of his life I might add. Known for always "keeping his word" dad was held in high esteem by his customers.
Dad's territory being northern and eastern Ontario, mom decided to sell their lovely, little home in Kitchener that she had designed, and move to Snug Harbour, a small inlet on the shores of Georgian Bay north of Parry Sound, Ont. They had holidayed in the area for years and loved the district. Mom once again designed their new home, which was custom built with a large wrap-around deck, windows completely across the front of the cottage, with a fantastic view of the magnificent dark blue waters of Georgian Bay and it's rough, rugged, rocky islands and shoreline. This location allowed dad easier access to his territory until his retirement in 1980. They both had boats, loved being on the water, and spent many, many hours dipping their lines..... with 'good catch' results I might add.
Mom, having been born in Chatham, Ont., lived in Kitchener until 8 years of age,attended Suddaby School(Central)same as her mother before her and myself later, also Cobourg and Toronto, where she attended Central Tech High School art courses for three years. In Toronto, her parents owned what we would call variety stores today. With the depression they moved to the village of Breslau. Kitchener Collegiate, not having an art course available, mom went to work at Cluett & Peabody Shirt Co. as a sewing-machine operator, met dad in 1933, got married in 1934, moved back to Kitchener, and started a family.
She enjoyed doing her art, mainly outdoor scenery in both water colours and oils. Through the depression years, to earn extra Christmas money, she would take her art work door-to-door selling her paintings, also did millinery at home, making beautiful and colourful hats using pheasant feathers supplied by Mr. Wm. DeWitt after his hunting trips to Pelee Is. She would patiently sew each individual feather onto her artistic hats.
When I was in upper grades of public school, mom decided to stretch her wings once again and go back to work. She was with Bergen Electric, a retail lighting store; Virginia Dare, a ladies clothing chain for some time, and then back with Bergen Electric. She was with Bergen's for many years, enjoying the responsibilities bestowed upon her in her duties around the store. Her joys later became her outboard motor boat and her snowmobile at Snug Harbour.
*V. HOWARD ROY HECKENDORN,b. Kitchener, Ontario m. Colleen Anne BROCK, 02 November 1956, b.Kitchener d/o Gordon R. and Antoinette (Holle)Brock,Q.C. Children, 5. Kimberly Dawn; Kevin Brock; Duane Howard; Brock Nelson and Shaun Patrick.
*I grew up in Kitchener, attending Suddaby Public School and Victoria School Grade 9 (last year held there), then K - W Collegiate and Vocational School, Commercial Section. After leaving high school, I went to work in the electrical apparatus wholesale business for 5 years with Ellis & Howard and Northern Electric.
While holidaying in 1954 at Honey Harbour,Ont. on Georgian Bay, I met my wife-to-be, Colleen Brock while she was visiting at the cottage of her good friend, Carole Stueck, later to become Mrs. Tom Frederick. These two close friends 'stood up' for us when we married in 1956. Tom and I grew up on the same neighbourhood street and attended school together. Colleen and Carole where friends all through their school years also.
Colleen had attended King Edward Public School in Kitchener and her elementary schooling was at K-W Collegiate & Vocational School and Havergal College in Toronto. We became engaged upon her graduation and married while in her 1st. year at the Ontario Agricultural College (now Guelph University). She has always been an exceptional home-maker and parent to the children and myself as well as my "Girl Friday" in my business ventures. She has stood at my side throughout the good times and the hard times, always offering encouragement.
Even when making the move from Kitchener to London, which she wasn't that pleased about, she was bound that we would be a 'complete' family once again. No more commuting!
Our 'new life' was to begin..........!