Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Home Pic #580
HELLO MARSTON THE PICTURE 580 306 FAIRFIELD THAT JOHN SENT YOU IS THE BARKER HOUSE BUILT CIRCA 1955 IT TOOK HERBERT J ABOUT 3 OR 4 YEARS TO BUILT WE CALL HIM SLOW POKE I LIVED IN FROM HE WHAS A GREAT MAN A SPECIALIST IN GROWING GLADIOLUS DIFFERENT COLORS ALSO AN ARTIST PAINTER HE ALSO MADE A ICE RING IN IS BACK YARD AND LET US SKATE ON IT GREAT MAN HIS DAUGHTER GAVE ARTISTIC SKATE LESSON I TKINK SHE IN BC NOW LESLIE WHAS HER NAME RUTH THE MOTHER LIVED UNTIL 96 YEARS HERBERT J LIVED OLD TOO IN THE GANGES IN BC IN RICH SATLSPRING ISLAND WHERE I BELEIVE HIS SON CEDRIC IS LIVING HE WHAS ALWAYS IN BED WHEN HE WHAS YOUNG POLIO I THINK NOT SURE SO I THINK JOAN NYKIFORUK THAT WROTE ABOUT THAT HOUSE IT WHAS NOT THAT ONE
Thanks Normand S.
Marty, further to Norm Simard's posting, Leslie Gail Barker is living in Kitchener-Waterloo, at least as of last june when she ordered a copy of John Riley's book. JMcC
Thanks John McC
I was interested to read (and see) about the Barker's house which was almost across the road from us between the Matthews and Melvyn Stone's house. Before it was built we used to skate there in the winter.
I believe that Jackson Barker lived to be over ninety years old. He built the house single-handed from the ground up - an amazing feat. Normand Simard's recollections about the Barker family are quite accurate and Jackson was almost a fanatic about his gladioli. Normand will remember that at one stage Jackson had a very unfortunate accident with the house, falling from the roof and breaking his legs.
I believe that he had migrated from the north of England and never lost his strong accent and manner of speech.