Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Langstaff’s Home
Note – this information was current in 1986 when “As The Story is Told” was written, and therefore some information is incomplete in the family tree. This house was across the road from our farm, so we used to wait for the school bus close to this home, and visited when we trick-r-treated each year as a family. I also remember there were still a few fruit trees in the back yard. I remember being afraid of the wasps swarming on the fallen pears or apples!
Alfred and Muriel Langstaff purchased the John McDonald farm, Lot 93 TRS just west of Morpeth, and moved here in the spring of 1955. The two storey brick home was built by John McDonald’s father in 1905. It replaced an original log house and was considered very modern at the time having electricity and telephone. One push-button electric switch still remains. Structurally the house remains the same today. Many of the original trees planted by the McDonald family still remain but most of the fruit trees have succumbed to storms or the saw.
Before coming to the McDonald home, Mr. and Mrs. Langstaff farmed in Raleigh. Mr. Langstaff served as councillor for Howard Township from 1970-1976. Muriel worked at the Southwestern Regional Centre for twenty years before retiring in 1984. They had five children.
Alfred David, following his father, became councillor for Howard Township in 1980 and presently holds the position of Deputy Reeve. Along with his wife, Mary Lou (Foster), he farms on Concession Thirteen. They have two children: Mary Alice and Scott David. Mary Lou teaches part-time the functional handicapped for the Kent County Board of Education.
Alice Helen (Mrs. William Deseure). They have three children: Robert William, Karen Alice and Kathy Jean. Alice and Bill both work at Southwestern Regional Centre.
Grant Arnold with his wife Norma (Babcock) live on the home farm where Grant farms and operates a farm building construction business. They have two children – Kyle Grant and Christopher James.
Muriel Jean (Mrs. Anthony Sommerdyk). They have three children: Jennifer, Stacey and Christina. Tony has just recently been chosen as Pastor of Calvary Pentecostal Chapel in Ridgetown.
Nancy Beatrice, the youngest member of the family, died as the result of a car accident at seventeen years of age.