As a child, my siblings and I spent hours visiting our Great Aunt Helene at Hillcrest Cottage, my great grandparents home just a short walk away, across the field, over the creek banked in cement bags and up a driveway we knew we knew well from having picked the gravel out of the grass to earn a quarter one year.
In 1986, when I was about 9 years old, my Great Aunt Helene and her peers put together a local history book called, “As the Story is Told: A History of Morpeth and Community.” I remember how proud and excited I was to be featured in the book.
The book was printed locally, with credits given to funding from a “New Horizon” grant. The Committee was Mrs. E. Marjorie Giddis (editor), Helene Duck, and Mrs. John Dell. The book was typed by Mary Alice Langstaff and the sketches were by Mrs. M. Pat Smith.
I noticed that there is not very much information on the internet about Morpeth, Ontario’s history. I want to share the contents of the book here, in order to carry on the vision of my great aunt and her friends.
“As the Story Is Told” is, as the title implies, a collection of stories and information of the past that has been handed down to us from one generation to the next. To compile a history of those early days, when Morpeth was a flourishing place of business, is not easy. We must rely on information, as told to us or gathered from old records, diaries, original letters, newspapers, writings of former historians, etc. We realize, that in this story there will be omissions and errors, please accept our apologies. It is also unfortunate, that because of necessity to keep this book an affordable one, space does not allow the complete printing of some family histories.
There have been so many persons, who have contributed information, it is impossible to give individual acknowledgement to all for their assistance. It is hoped, however that this book will stir the interest of our present generation in the lives and times of their forefathers. Those pioneer men and women were resourceful people, driven by a desire to make for themselves a new home in a country of their choice and to prosper by the works of their hands.
May their memory be an inspiration to us all.
Mrs. E. Marjorie Giddis