Mary Cook's Memories

Mary Cook , wick2@sympatico.ca

Feb 22, 2017

Cora's sudden departure raises questions at school

It was certainly something to think about. And it was the talk of the Northcote School.

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Feb 15, 2017

Mrs. Beam’s cure-all more effective and cheaper than Dr. Murphy

Mother and Aunt Bertha were sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of tea.

Ottawa West News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Dec 28, 2016

Game of shinny was a memorable one this time around

Two Mile Herman arrived mid-morning on horseback with his snow shovel strapped to his back. The once-a-year game of shinny...

Ottawa East News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Dec 21, 2016

Time would tell if Emerson could build his dreams

There was nothing left in the house to remind us that Christmas had ever happened. The tree, as bare as a badger, was in the...

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Dec 14, 2016

December was the happiest time of the year for Mary

My sister Audrey said I asked too many questions for which there were no answers. But didn’t she know everything? Wasn’t she...

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Dec 09, 2016

Two very different viewpoints on Christmas under one roof

It wasn’t that Father didn’t like Christmas. It was just that he thought the German traditions he grew up with should still...

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Jul 14, 2016

New addition to church pew was very entertaining

Our family sat in the pew next to the very front of the church, which I always thought was a shame because I could never see...

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Jun 08, 2016

Fighting was a bit of a sport for the boys of the family

“I’m not interested!” Mother almost yelled in Earl’s direction, as he framed the kitchen door crying his eyes out.

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Apr 14, 2016

Hand-me-down box came with a colourful surprise

The spring hand-me-down box from Aunt Lizzie was waiting for us at the station in Renfrew. The stationmaster had called...a...

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Apr 12, 2016

Mary’s chores left a lasting impression

Why I was singled out to churn the cream into butter every Saturday was beyond me! It was like all the other chores Mother...

St. Lawrence News | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Apr 07, 2016

Kitty proved to be a real good ‘mouser’

Mother said if she lived to be 100, she’d never get used to the common housefly or the mice, both of which were in ample...

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Mar 31, 2016

Dan River Cotton had the power to change moods

The snow had all but gone from the fields, and our long lane was down to mud ruts showing the many trips to the Northcote...

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Mar 18, 2016

Cousins brought with them a special gift to Northcote

They didn’t need much of an excuse for Aunt Helen and Uncle Herby to ship off my cousins Ronny and Terry to Northcote from...

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Mar 02, 2016

Bread pudding was a dependable standby for Mary’s family

As sure as rain and taxes, bread pudding would appear on our supper table at least once a week. If there was no money for...

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette | Add Comment | by Mary Cook
Feb 24, 2016

Father’s stocking stretchers helped with Emerson’s target practice

They hung from a nail on the doorframe just beside the Findlay Oval. They were much larger than work socks, but were the...

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette | Add Comment | by Mary Cook

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