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Forgotten Families

Forgotten Families

Thomas Baker McQuesten was born on June 30, 1882 on Guelph Avenue, Hespeler Ontario. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Mary (Baker) McQuesten. (His father Isaac was a partner in the Harvey & McQuesten Co. that in 1881 acquired the fire-gutted building that housed Jacob Hespeler’s mill).

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Hespeler’s Scottish Connection

Hespeler’s Scottish Connection

Hespeler Heritage Centre was recently made aware of a forgotten piece of Hespeler’s history. At the end of May 2010, an elderly gentleman, Adam Houston, visited the Hespeler Heritage Centre to deliver a number of documents…

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Hespeler Textile Festival

Hespeler Textile Festival

Many great celebrations have taken place in our community since it was incorporated as a town in 1901. The most memorably, of course are the Ole Boys Reunions of 1906, 1926, 1947, 1966, 1996 and 2006, but there were others that ranked right up there with the best!

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Dominion Woollens Pay Rates in 1951

Dominion Woollens Pay Rates in 1951

In order to encourage new recruits, Dominion Woollens and Worsteds Ltd had to tell their story far and wide. This slide is from a 1951 company presentation to potential new recruits to help staff...

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Late at the Log Cabin

Late at the Log Cabin

It was the summer of 1963 and life was great for a young man! I was blessed to have a good paying job at Simplicity Products Ltd., an apartment in Hespeler and a white-on-blue 1956 Meteor …

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