Mrs. Nicholas Keith (Fannie), born in 1901, was married to a sawyer with Peter’s sawmill located on the Seguin River just off the Great North Road. They lived on Bowes Street close to the river. Prior to union they were Presbyterians. Nicholas Jr., the only son in the family of three children, moved to the United States but later returned to Parry Sound and met a tragic death while fishing on Georgian Bay.
The window was placed in the former church in their memory. The caption, “I am the bread of life”, with the symbolic sheaf of wheat, is a reference to John 6:35, where Jesus says, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me will not thirst.”
The Junior congregation was formed under the direction of Mrs. Eleanor Rowlison and Mrs. Norman Thomas during her husband’s ministry.
The window was presented in 1952. The sheaf of wheat, the grapes and the cup are symbols of Holy Communion, by which the church re-enacts Christ’s last supper with his disciples during which he gave the instruction, “This do in remembrance of me.” I Cor. 1:24
James, of Irish ancestry, was born in Balsam in Hagerman Township in 1871. Jemima was born in Scotland in 1872. Her father was a graduate of Edinburgh University in Veterinary Surgery and settled in McKellar about 1882. Jemima worked in the W. D. Ross General Store in Parry Harbour before her marriage to James in 1904. Howell served a term on town council before World War I. James successively owned a harness shop, sold machinery, sold and repaired cars, clerked in the lumber camps and was Registrar of Deeds and Master of Land Titles from which he retired in 1950. The Tully’s had five daughters and a niece who lived with them on Gibson St. They were member of the Methodist Church, which became the United Church and Jemima was a faithful member of the Ladies’ Aid.
Three surviving daughters; Vera, Ena, Anne and their niece Ida placed the window. The heart, superimposed on the cross, symbolizes love and compassion. It was through Christ’s death on the cross that the full extent of God’s love for humankind was revealed.
Nelson, son of a pioneer family, lived in Parry Sound until his death in 1952. He worked at Walton’s General Store in his early life but later operated his own shoe store for twenty-eight years. Nelson and his wife, Ann, attended the Methodist church that later became the United Church. Their son Gerry was killed in World War II and is named on our remembrance scroll.
The window presented in the fifties contains an open Bible, revealing the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This is a reference to Revelations 1:8 “ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God …”. The Bible is the written Word of God. The lamp, representing light, is in reference to Jesus, who is the living Word of God. “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Hiram and Dr. John Stone were sons of a Napanee Methodist clergyman. Dr. John Stone came to the area in 1889 and established and owned the Parry Sound General Hospital in 1897. He organized a training school for nurses and, in advance of Medicare, provided mills and businesses with service arranged through a type of medical insurance by payroll deductions. He also served several terms on town council.
Hiram, following his brother to Parry Sound in 1893, started a law practice with Edwin Pirie in 1895. After his brother died in 1923, Hiram, as John’s executor, sold the hospital to Dr. Kenneth Denholm who was the last private owner. Until it was incorporated in 1930, it was known as the Stone Memorial Hospital.
Their window, donated in 1953, symbolizes the assurances a Christian is promised who anchor his trust in God.
Howard was born in Stroud, Ontario. In 1935 he married Dorothy (nee Faris) of Bradford and they had two daughter Barbara and Sharon Lynn (who died at age five of leukemia). Howard was employed by Imperial Oil for thirty-five years, seventeen as supervisor in Orillia and then transferred to Parry Sound as Marine Terminal Supervisor until his retirement.
His family donated his window in 1985. The open Bible, the sword and the Latin words “Spiritus Gladius”, recall Paul’s injunction to put on the armour of God to withstand the powers of evil, which includes, “And take … the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Eph. 6:17
James was born in Oxford Township and moved near McKellar as a young man, marrying Elizabeth in 1876 and farming for twenty years. In 1896 they moved their family (nine children) where James and three sons operated Waddell Livery on Seguin Street. Elizabeth died in 1916. Murney, their grandson, was born in 1913, was President of the Sunday School, operating the slide “lantern” and was a member of the Tuxis boys club. He died is 1936 from appendicitis.
This window was donated in 1953. The cross and crown are both symbolic of Christ, showing his death and resurrection. “He who suffered and died is now King of kings…”
William was an early settler operating a lumber mill at the foot of Prospect Street (new town beach area). His wife Emma (nee Carscadden) was a sister of Mrs. David Johnston. As a faithful member of this church he was present at the first recorded session following Union, constituted by Rev. Robert Brydon in 1926. In 1930 he became one of the six charter members of a non-share corporation known as the Parry Sound General Hospital. He died in 1935.
Mrs. Niebergall donated the window in 1953. It depicts the stone tablets on which Moses received the Ten Commandments given to him by God. Ex. 34:1 “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets …”
Ethel O’Donnell was born in England in 1902 and emigrated with her parents and two brothers and two sisters in 1907. She lived most of her adult life in Toronto but lived in Parry Sound on Wood Street in a house built by her brothers and her husband. She was very active in UCW. She and her husband had no children, but were very good to their many nieces and nephews.
Emily Walker was born in England in 1904 and came to Parry Sound with her parents, and other siblings in 1907. She graduated from Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing in 1932. She worked in Toronto until she retired to Parry Sound and lived with her sisters and brothers in a house the brothers built on Waubeek Street. She was very good to her nieces and nephews by welcoming them to her cottage and actually looking after bunches of them at a time.
Milly White was born in England in 1906 and came to Parry Sound with her parents, and other siblings in 1907. She married Karl White in 1936 and lived on Waubeek Street until 1984. They had two daughters. She was a member of UCW and was a founding member of the Used Clothing. Milly sang in the church choir for many years and was active in the mothers’ group for the Girl Guides.
Marion Walker was born in 1920 in Parry Sound, the youngest of twelve children. She was highly regarded by the native peoples for her understanding and insight she brought for the Department of Indian Affairs in Parry Sound and Orillia. Possessed with a delightful sense of humour she was an effective youth group leader. She sang in the choir for thirty years, was a member of the U.C.W. and served as an elder and on church council. She had no children because she wasn’t married. (but she was very good to her nieces and nephews).
Their family donated the window in 1984. It embodies two aspects of the arts, which have given expression to Christian faith throughout the ages. Music is represented by the lyre and art by the painter’s brushes and palette.
Fred was a son of the first resident doctor in Parry Sound. He served as mayor of Parry Sound. During his lifespan he was treasurer of the church and also superintendent of the building of the Sunday School addition. He operated Walton’s General Store on James Street, served on the school board and was treasurer of the volunteer fire department. He married Mary in Whitby, Ontario and she was an active member of St. James as a member of the choir and W.M.S. She also served as President of the local Red Cross and helped in war related work during both World Wars.
Their daughters Marjorie and Winnifred donated the window in 1953. IHS is an abbreviation of the name of Jesus, being the first three letters written in Greek – the language of the New Testament.
William was the fifth son of James and Elizabeth, one of the three sons who operated Waddell Livery on Seguin Street. He married Maria in 1906 and she died in 1925. Maurice was the son of Keith and Ida and the grandson of William and his second wife, Hazel and died in an car accident in 1971. Hazel participated as the vigorous leader of the Esther Unit of the U.C.W., which, through its quilting activities, has made a significant contribution.
Their family donated the window in 1985. The dominant Cross superimposed upon the shield implies that while the one offers spiritual and the other physical protection, it is on the Cross that we place out trust.
Charles was one of the most prominent figures in the affairs of Parry Sound between 1920 and 1950. He was the first chairman of the P.U.C. and the Mayor for fourteen years. He initiated the provision of a municipal building, pushed for a building for the town library, instigated the provision of the mausoleum at the cemetery and started the paving of Parry Sound’s streets. He was also owner of a lumber mill on Seguin Street for twenty-six years before Beaver Lumber purchased it in 1947. He died in 1967. His wife, Beryl, was active in the Red Cross and, with her husband, an faithful member of the church.
The window was dedicated in 1967 and shows a baptismal font and the words “One Lord, one faith.” It takes it reference from Ephesians 4: 4-6: “There is one body and one spirit, just as you are called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all….” Through baptism all are received into the body of Christ.