The 1863 Lake Map. Lot 3. Source: Note Centerline Road is marked "Proposed Road"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mabel (Jeffery) Barnett, 90 today

     Today is my Aunt Mabel's 90th birthday.  Mabel Ethel was born in Lauretta, the 4th children of Louis and Annie Jane (Cannon) Jeffery.  Mabel married William *Bill* Barnett on November 13, 1946.  They had two children: Carol (b. 1949) and Myles (b. 1957).  For many years Mabel worked at Griffin's Warehouse in Elmsdale.  Mabel and Bill lived at Elmsdale Corner beside the train tracks - following Bill's death Mabel and Carol moved to Alberton where they live today.
Jeffery Siblings Above: Eileen Greene; Wilbert; and Mabel Barnett.
Photo taken by Carol Barnett at Jeffery Picnic, Alma, August 2010
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Lauretta Summer 1941 - Louis & Annie Jeffery's children:
Back Row: Mabel Kinch (neighbour) Mabel, Stirling and Wilbert
Front Row: Eileen, Gladys and Preston
Missing are older brothers Gordon and Harold
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     In the summer of 1930 when Mabel was 5-1/2 years old she remembers Spurgeon Jeffery's house moving down the road to it's new location to Alma across from Jimmy Dunbar at the top of the hill on the Centerline Road.   The house had been built in 1912 on the corner of Centerline Road and Klondike (now McLellan Rd) Road in Lauretta.
     Below is a model built by Kerras Jeffery depicting the moving process - the model can be seen at Alberton Museum. 
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     On the night of December 25th, 1947 Mabel saved the lives of two Matthews children in Elmsdale.  Below is the story as told in the newspaper and an excerpt from the book about Elmsdale, Goin to the Corner.    

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