GSR Resources

Your Holiday Local History Reading List

Local history may seem intimidating, particularly if you didn’t grow up in the area, don’t have a focus, or don’t know where to begin. However, there is much to gain, especially when it encourages you to look at your community in new ways. It might also just be nice to know what that downtown storefront housed fifty years ago, or when your neighbourhood was established.  

From the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History ‘s extensive collection, here are five engaging titles that collectively provide an excellent introduction to the rich history of Waterloo Region. While the GSR’s collection is non-circulating, the Kitchener Public Library has circulating copies of all five titles – click on the book title link, below the cover image, to find them in the KPL catalogue:

Overtime : Portraits of a Vanishing Canada (2018) 

Karl Kessler & Sunshine Chen

In this quick read, Kessler and Chen highlight fifty workers and artisans who shared their experiences practicing vanishing trades, professions and cultural traditions in Waterloo Region. Those interviewed include a tailor, shoemaker, small-appliance repairer, sign painter, typewriter mechanic and even a town clock keeper. As automation and modernization continue to alter the look of employment and consumption, Overtime offers a captivating window into the region’s blue-collar past.

Flash From the Past: 140 Photographs From the Waterloo Region Record (2018) 

Jon Fear & Chris Masterman

Created by former Waterloo Region Record employees Jon Fear & Chris Masterman, Flash from the Past: 140 Photographs from the Waterloo Region Record consists of articles from the paper’s long running “Flash From the Past” column dedicated to preserving the region’s past. The photos, which have been unearthed from the Record’s archives, tell many stories of personal and historical significance which shine a new light on the fascinating history of Waterloo Region. I guarantee that this book will ensure that you will not look at our community the same way after reading it, especially with regards to our built environments and how they have changed and, in some cases, how they haven’t. 

BlackBerry Town: How High Tech Success Has Played Out For Canada’s Kitchener-Waterloo (2019) 

Chuck Howitt

BlackBerry Town tells the story of how the region developed into the tech hub it is today. The focus is on the unexpected rise and fall of Blackberry, and especially how the local community supported and benefited from the company. However, Howitt also weaves in the interesting stories behind the local tech scene, including those of prominent start-ups such as Clearpath Robotics, Shopify and Open Text. I found it particularly fascinating how some innovative thinking and collaboration at the University of Waterloo laid the foundation for all of this, many decades ago.  

A Waterloo County Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were (2002) 

Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

Walker’s photographic history of Waterloo Region contains 130 black and white images and period illustrations from as early as 1880, of buildings, parks, markets, fairs, parades and the changing cultural landscape. Organized by themed chapters, images are accompanied by some valuable context provided by the local historian and documentary maker. It may not be overly comprehensive, but A Waterloo County Album provides some captivating snapshots that make it a great and accessible introduction to the history of our region.  

Waterloo You Never Knew: Life on the Margins (2019)  

Joanna Rickert-Hall

In any community’s history, there are important perspectives and stories that remain overlooked. Waterloo You Never Knew reveals a different side to our community, by focusing on forgotten and little-known tales that differ from those typically told. Individuals featured include a rumrunner, former slaves, victims of the 1834 cholera outbreak in Galt, a grave-digging physician and a sorcery-practicing healer. Many of these fascinating lives were lived apart from the mainstream, sometimes even intentionally. Waterloo You Never Knew collects these stories and adds some important historical context to help us look beyond more common narratives.

Enjoy!

Scott Clark, Senior Library Assistant – Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

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GSR Resources, History in the Making, Online Resources

History in the Making: Photograph Collection

GSR photograph index drawers and cards – each card represents one or more images

This is the second post in a six-part series exploring the different types of historic materials that you can find on our new website, History in the Making. To read the other posts in this series, please click here. In this post, we will be looking in more detail at our collection of historic photographs and postcards.

Here, in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History, we have a vast collection of photographs and postcards that capture the rich history of Kitchener and the surrounding areas. From photographs and postcards of buildings or other well-known locations to family portraits and school photographs, our collection encompasses not only the milestone moments that shaped our city but also daily life in Waterloo Region.

These photographs and postcards date from the late 19th century to the present day and can provide us with an invaluable, visual insight into the past. They capture significant events like the departure of local soldiers during the world wars, and the arrival of hydroelectric power in Berlin, as well as, opening ceremonies for area buildings, heritage plaque unveilings, and reunions for regional schools and societies.

In addition, the photographs in our collection capture more everyday moments such as people working on farms or in factories and streetscapes showing how much Kitchener has changed over the last hundred years. We also have a large number of studio photographs of local men, women and children that can help us to humanise our ancestors by showing us what they looked like, how they dressed or styled their hair and even what props they chose to be photographed with.

Our postcard collection, on the other hand, features notable locations in the area like Victoria Park, King Street or City Hall. There are even a number which show Kitchener Public Library over the years! While many of our late 19th and early 20th century photographs are in black-and-white, the postcards dating from this same era have often been coloured and can help us more clearly visualise the city as it would have looked back then.

P000488 118th North Waterloo Battalion leaving Berlin train station for training in London, ON, dated 22 May 1916

We have already digitized and uploaded approximately 1,000 of these photographs and postcards to HITM but we have thousands more in the GSR that we will be uploading in the future! If you are looking for an image of a person, place or event in Kitchener or Waterloo Region but can’t find it online, why not visit us in person to check out our photo index?

Quick Tips

  • Looking for images of a relative or other person? Make sure to search for them by their last name. You could also try searching for group photographs taken by schools, churches, employers or even societies and clubs that they were associated with.
  • Looking for images of a building or other location? Try searching our database for the names of previous owners, businesses associated with the address or the street name. You could even try looking for other nearby businesses or landmarks.
  • Do you want a copy of a photo in our collection? We offer high-quality digital or physical reproductions for personal use or research purposes for $10.00 + HST per image!

Questions?

If you have any questions or just want to learn more about our photograph collection, please feel free to send us an email at gsr@kpl.org, give us a call at 519-743-0271 ext. 212 or visit us in person the next time you are in the library! Check back next week to learn more about our archival collections!

Chiara Fallone, Senior Library Assistant, Grace Schmidt Room

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Remembrance

Remembering Gunner Roy Ludwig through His Letters

Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Roy Frank Ludwig

The Grace Schmidt Room has recently been honoured with the donation of the letters of Roy Frank Ludwig of Kitchener by Doreen Motz and family.

The son of Edward Ludwig and Emma Fischer, Roy was born 25 March 1913 in Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario. He was educated at St. Jerome’s College and worked at J.M. Schneider’s Ltd as a shipper, prior to enlisting.on 27 Jun 1940 and going overseas on 29 Jul 1941. Roy was married to Lorraine Schlosser. They had three children, Doreen, Garry and Rita. Their home was located at 148 Church Street in Kitchener. A member of the Royal Canadian Artillery, 12th Field Regiment, Roy was killed in action on 9 June 1944 during D-Day operations in Normandy, France. A telegram received by his wife on 17 June 1944, confirmed the grim news.

The collection of 320 letters from Roy to Loretta document their love story and Roy’s unbound affection for his children, family, and home. While Roy wrote little about the war going on around him, his letters show us that war has a very human side – of love, homesickness, longing, and connection. The collection has been lovingly curated by his daughter, Doreen.

Airmail letter from Roy Ludwig, dated 25 April 1944

You can see Roy’s Soldier Information Card here.

We will remember them.

Sincerely,

Karen

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GSR Resources, Online Resources

History in the Making: Soldier Information Cards

Soldier Information Card collage

This spring, we were delighted to announce the launch of our new website, History in the Making, to showcase the rich history of Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo as well as the stories of the communities and individuals who have called this area home. Now, we want to help you get the most out of this fantastic new resource!

Over the next six weeks, we will explore the different collections and types of material that you can find on HITM and take a close look at how these resources can help you to learn about the people and places that have shaped our city! In this first post – and in honour of Remembrance Day – we will be focusing on our collection of Soldier Information Cards from World War I and World War II.

During the First and Second World Wars, staff members at the Kitchener Public Library wanted to recognise and honour the courageous men and women of Waterloo County who served Canada in those conflicts. In order to do so, they created a Soldier Information Card for each local service person recording basic information such as their name, rank, civilian occupation, birthplace and more.

World War One Soldier Information Card for Private James Willis

KPL staff created the cards during and shortly after each conflict using photographs and information supplied by newspapers and magazines as well as members of the soldiers’ families. In some cases, the soldiers themselves even contributed to the cards when they returned home!

In total, they created individual cards for nearly 8,000 local service men and women. While some of these cards provide only basic information about the soldiers, many also feature photographs, reports on their achievements and anecdotes that serve as a reminder that each card represents a real person who served their country during these defining moments in history.

These small black or white cards can, therefore, be very helpful for both family history research and more general research into the World Wars themselves. They not only provide useful genealogical information like the names of parents, spouses or children and dates of birth or death, but can also offer an insight into the diverse wartime experiences of local men and women, both at home and overseas.

These card sets are now more than 75 years old and are, therefore, very fragile, so access to the physical collection is highly restricted. Thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 100 library volunteers, however, we were able to digitize and transcribe our entire collection of Soldier Information Cards from both World War One and World War Two, so that we could make this invaluable resource available online.

Quick Tips

  • Looking for a relative who served in World War One or World War Two? Try searching for their name or regiment to see if we have information on them in our database.
  • Interested in the wartime experience more generally? Try browsing our World War One or World War Two data sets for insights.
  • Our WWI Soldier Information Cards often contain markings that might tell you about the soldier and their military career at a quick glance.
    • A red cross indicates that the individual was killed in action.
    • A red slash indicates that the individual was wounded or fell ill while serving. If more than one slash appears on the card, it means that they were injured more than once.
    • A red star indicates that the individual received a medal for their service.

Questions?

If you have any questions about our WWI and WWI Soldier Information Cards, please feel free to give us a call at 519-743-0271 ext. 212, send us an email at gsr@kpl.org or visit us in person the next time you are in the library! Check back next week to learn more about our collection of historic photographs and postcards!

Chiara Fallone, Senior Library Assistant, Grace Schmidt Room

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GSR Digital Equipment, GSR Resources

Print Your Photographs and Memories in the GSR

Canon Pixma Pro-10 printer in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

Thanks to the digitization equipment in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History (GSR), one can scan photographs and slides, transfer VHS tapes to digital formats, and even convert 8 mm film to digital formats.

Now, customers can even print gallery-quality photographs in 4 different sizes (4X6, 5X7, 8.5X11, 13×19) with our 10-ink Canon Pro-10 Workstation photo printer, also located in the GSR. The key feature of this printer is its pigment-based inks, which provide impressive photo longevity and vividness.

Below you’ll find an example of the photo quality, where you can clearly see the depth and authentic colour reproduction that the photo printer provided:

Image printed using the GSR Canon Photo Printer

To compare, take a close look at the original image below, taken from our History in the Making database:

Image of the Snider Flour Mill and St. Jacob’s Mill Elevators from History in the Making. See database record here.

If you are ready to start printing amazing photographs, you can make a reservation here. From there, go to Reservation tasks on the right side of the page, select Central-GSR for the site and then select Photo-GSR to make your reservation. If you do not have a KPL card, a guest reservation can be made at the Central Library.

Before you visit the library, there are a few important things to note:

  • Each photo takes about 2 – 5 minutes to print, depending on the size.
  • JPG is the preferred photo format.
  • It is easiest to come prepared with your image(s) ready on a personal USB stick, as this avoids having to download the image(s) to the computer.
  • Special charges apply for printing with the Canon Pro-10 Workstation, which help recover costs for the photo paper and pigment-based inks.
    • All prices include HST: 4 x 6 – $1, 5 x 7 – $3, 8.5 x 11 – $5, 13 x 19 – $10

Scott Clark, Senior Library Assistant, Grace Schmidt Room

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Grace Schmidt Room, GSR Digital Equipment, GSR Resources

Welcome Back!

This is a quick post to let you know that we are officially ‘open’ to the public. You no longer need an appointment to visit the Grace Schmidt Room (GSR) – just drop by during Library hours.

If you need assistance while using the collection, databases or digital equipment in the GSR, staff at the Level 2 desk, just outside the GSR, are there to help.

Most of our digital conversion equipment is now bookable in NetLoan – all you need is a KPL Library card. Don’t have one? You can find out more information about obtaining a library card here or give us a call at 519-743-0271 and staff can make an equipment booking for you. Please note that bookings for the book scanner and Wolverine MovieMaker PRO can only be made by phone at the number shown above.

Due to COVID restrictions, we have limited seating available at our study tables, face coverings are required while in the GSR and Library, and physical distancing must be practiced at all times.

We continue to welcome your local history and genealogy queries by email or phone – please reach out to GSR staff at gsr@kpl.org or call 519-743-0271, ext. 212.

Cheers, Karen

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GSR Digital Equipment, GSR Resources, Guest Posts

Lights, Camera, Wolverine!

Wolverine MovieMaker Pro

Do you have old 8 mm or Super 8 film reels that contain family memories or other sentimental film(s)? Just finding a device that can play either format can be challenging, but we have a solution. KPL’s Grace Schmidt Room of Local History now has a Wolverine MovieMaker Pro available for public use. This simple device scans 8 mm and Super 8 films frame-by-frame and converts them into digital movies (without sound). Reel-to-reel 8mm and Super 8 films degrade over time, so this device helps you preserve memories that may not survive in their original format.  

How does the Wolverine MovieMaker Pro work? As the device feeds film through, each individual frame is captured. When the process is complete, a video file assembled from each frame is saved on an SD card.

More detailed instructions are available when you borrow it, but the basic instructions are as follows:

  1. Plug in the power adapter.
  2. Insert a SD/SDHC memory card, maximum 32 GB.
  3. Turn on the MovieMaker Pro device with the power button on the grey central control panel.
  4. Clean the Light Table. A brush and a blower bulb are provided.
  5. Mount the reels and film.
  6. Adjust the frame of the picture
  7. Record
  8. After the film reel has been entirely transferred to the right reel, press the Enter button to finish recording
  9. Rewind, after removing the film from the Light Table and swapping the two reels

A short clip (2:25) outlining these steps can be viewed here.

Does that sound simple? It is!

There are however a few things to note:

  • The Wolverine MovieMaker does not record sound. It was rare for Super 8 film and especially rare for 8 mm film to have sound, but you can at least determine if it is present on any reel if there is a magnetic strip along the same side as the sprocket holes.
  • The conversion of 8 mm or Super 8 film is a time-consuming process. For digitization, make sure you allot at least one hour per (7 inch) reel. Additional time will be required for larger reels.
  • The Wolverine MovieMaker requires a standard SD/SDHC card to record any film. We provide an SD card that film can be saved to, but we recommend that you bring your own storage device, or use a cloud storage service such as Google Drive, to take the file(s) with you. Note that a single reel may produce a MP4 video file with a file size of around 1 GB, so please ensure that your preferred storage method has enough capacity for your project.

As mentioned, detailed instructions that are easy to follow are provided when you borrow the Wolverine. However, GSR staff are always available to offer assistance if needed.

If you’re ready to book an appointment to use the Wolverine, or if you’d like more information, please contact GSR staff at 519-743-0271 extension 212 or email gsr@kpl.org.

Scott Clark, GSR Senior Library Assistant

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Community Events, Guest Posts, People and places

Celebrating Emancipation Day

Moses Brantford Jr. leading an Emancipation Day parade down Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg, Ontario, 1894
Image part of the Alvin D. McCurdy fonds, Archives of Ontario See http://www.archives.gov.on.ca – Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On March 24th, 2021 the House of Commons voted unanimously to officially make August 1st Emancipation Day all across Canada. This means that today will be the first official Canada wide Emancipation Day. That being said, this will be far from the first time that August 1st has been celebrated as Emancipation Day in Canada. Ontario has had a long history celebrating the enactment of The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which took effect on August 1, 1834, and this includes celebration by the numerous black communities in and around Waterloo Region.

White Pennsylvanian Germans settling in Waterloo Region is a well-studied area of local history, however, the communities settled by black people in the Region have not received nearly as much study in local histories. During the 19th Century, free blacks, as well as black people escaping slavery in the United States, settled all over Waterloo Region (then Waterloo County) either settling in existing towns or creating new settlements to call home. The most well-known settlement was the Queen’s Bush Settlement (1839-1865) which was near what is now present day Hawkesville, along the border of the Region of Waterloo and Wellington County. At its height in 1848, the Queen’s Bush had a population of 1500. The people from this community would have been the driving force behind one of the more well-attended and well-documented Emancipation Day Celebrations held in 1863.

The celebration of 1863 would have been an especially exciting day because the event was not only celebrating The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, as every Emancipation Day would have before it, but also US President Abraham Lincoln’s recent Emancipation Proclamation. Approximately 2,500 people descended upon the small village of Hawkesville to celebrate with food and song. The Berlin (Kitchener) Band even attended to lead a procession to the Town Hall.

Emancipation Day Celebrations were common and held all over the region throughout the 19th Century. Waterloo held a large Emancipation Day Celebration in 1894 where people attended from all over Southwestern Ontario. Elmira, Wallenstein, Waterloo, and Hawkesville would continue to hold regular Emancipation Day Celebrations into the late 1890s when they started to become less regular. Smaller celebrations would continue to be held over the years but it wouldn’t be until 2008 that the Province of Ontario officially recognized August 1st as Emancipation Day in Ontario and until this very year for that same day to be officially recognized Canada wide.

If you are interested in learning more about Emancipation Day and black history in Waterloo Region, please check out the following titles: The Queen’s Bush Settlement: Black pioneers, 1839-1865 by Linda Brown-Kubisch or Waterloo you never knew: life on the margins by Joannna Rickert-Hall.

Trevor Schoch, GSR Senior Library Assistant

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GSR Resources

Find Your History in the Making

A coloured postcard showing King Street West, Kitchener, in 1926. A trolley car heads is visible in the foreground, along with automobiles. Pedestrians are walking on the sidewalks.
P004007 King Street West, Kitchener, ca. 1926

While the pandemic has turned our lives upside down, the staff of the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History have been working on a special project that I would like to share with everyone. It’s been a labour of love and I hope that you will enjoy it too.

Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of our new digital local history platform, History in the Making, which can be found at https://makinghistory.kpl.org. Working in partnership with AndOrNot of Vancouver, we’ve created a website to showcase the rich history, stories, people and communities of Kitchener and Waterloo Region.

Some of the featured collections include:

  • Historic photograph images and postcards
  • Soldier Information Cards from World War 1
  • Soldier Information Cards from World War 2
  • Complete collection of Vernon city and county directories from 1864-2014
  • Growing collection of oral history tape recordings (stay tuned for more information about this collection!)
  • Digitized finding aids for our archival collections

History in the Making is easy to explore and much like our library catalogue, uses keyword searching and facets to narrow and expand searches. You will now be able to view photographs and images in a larger size to better see details.  Oral history tape recordings can be listened to online through the site, too. Please be aware that the directory files are quite large and may require some time to download or open. Content from the Kitchener Public Library and Waterloo Historical Society collections are included.

If you have a comment, suggestion or question, please contact us at digitalcollections@kpl.org or though the Feedback button in each record. We can also be reached at 519-743-0271, ext. 212.

New content will be uploaded daily – so check back often! Making history is what we do.

Cheers, Karen

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Remembrance, Soldier Information Card Project

Remembering Private Stevens

Private Harold Stevens, May 1944. Courtesy of Mary Chester.

In the halcyon days before COVID-19 pandemic, I received an intriguing request – could I help locate the descendants of a local soldier? There was a special story and connection to share that would link Luciana Trerè of Italy with the family of Private Harold Stevens. Luciana’s friend, Silvana Toscano, was helping her with the Canadian research. How could I resist?

After digging through family trees, obituaries, directories, newspaper clippings, our Soldier Information Card Collection, internet searches and a few calculated hunches, I made contact with Mary Chester, Harold’s niece, and passed on Silvana’s contact information with the details of the story of Luciana’s story. In the intervening months, parties on both sides of the Atlantic have been working to honour Harold and his heroism in Italy.

Soldier Information Card – Private Harold Stevens, Kitchener Public Library Collection
Harold Stevens . Courtesy of Mary Chester

The story of Private Harold Wellington Stevens and Luciana Trerè has been written by Mirna Milandri in a book called Il soldato canadese e la Bimba di cinque giorni / The Canadian soldier and the five-day-old baby girl It’s an insightful look at hope, loss and gratitude, chronicling the chance meeting of an Italian family fleeing war and a Canadian soldier at a river.

Harold Stevens with puppy, ca. 1932;
Courtesy of Mary Chester

Harold Wellington Stevens was born on 20 October 1922 in Haysville, Ontario, the son of James and Madgalene (nee Lichty) Stevens. He had four brothers – George, Albert, Lorne and Donald, and one sister, Kathleen. After the family moved to Waterloo, Harold attended Alexandra School and played clarinet in the Waterloo Musical Society Band. He worked at Canada Barrels and Kegs Ltd and, at the time of his enlistment in 1943, worked at B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. He was also a member of Stirling Mennonite Church in Kitchener. He lived with his parents at 29 Rudy Street, Waterloo.

Stevens Family. Front row, left to right: James, Kathleen, Magdalene. Back row, left to right: Donald, Harold, George, Albert, Lorne. Courtesy of Mary Chester.

Following his enlistment on 26 March 1943 in London, ON, Harold trained in Canada and England until February 1944, when he was transferred to Italy. Harold served with the “Westies,” Canada’s Westminster Motor Regiment, now known as the Royal Westminster Regiment, which bravely fought its way through several heavily-defended German defensive lines in Italy.

As war raged in Italy, Aurelio and Emma Trerè awaited the birth of their child in the village of Fusignano. On 13 November 1944, Emma gave birth to a beautiful and healthy girl, who was named, Luciana, in the local hospital. Two days later, the couple were told by partisans of an impending conflict and were advised to flee to areas already freed by the Allies, near Piangipane or Camerlona.

A wet, rainy fall has made travel treacherous. On 18 November 1944, after grabbing a few possessions, the family set out as the fighting approached their village. Baby Luciana was placed on a mattress, which was encased in a pillow case, and then wrapped in a wool blanket. Evacuees were handed over to a patrol of Canadian soldiers who were stationed near a river crossing. They were directed to cross the river at a fording place, but struggled with their possessions, fatigue, and the swollen, fast flowing river. As she began the crossing, Grandmother Teresa Ravaglia slipped and fell under water. She accidently let go of the mattress holding baby Luciana. Panicked family members cried out as the mattress quickly sailed down the river. Aurelio struggled to get out of the river and ran along the bank yelling for help as his daughter was carried away by the fast current.

As the mattress rounded a bend in the river, Private Harold Stevens, who was standing on the opposite bank heard the cries of Aurelio and family members and those of baby Luciana. Without regard for his personal safety, he quickly took off his rifle and jacket, descended the embankment and waded into the river. Holding onto the reeds, he was able to grab a hold of the mattress as it passed, rescuing baby Luciana.

Harold returned the baby to Emma and Grandmother Teresa who were distraught believing that Luciana had been lost to the raging river. After an exchange of smiles, nods and well-wishes, Harold returned to his unit and the family set off on their journey. It seemed like tragedy had been averted thanks to a plucky Canadian soldier from Waterloo. As the family walked away, a thunderous explosion made them fall to the ground in a protective huddle. Private Harold Wellington Stevens had stepped on a landmine left by German troops. He died on 19 November 1944 and was buried at the Villanova Canadian War Cemetery in the Commune of Bagnacavallo, Province of Ravenna, Italy.

Villanova Canadian War Cemetery – Mar 2020. Image courtesy of Roberto Toscano.
Gravestone of Private Harold Stevens, Villanova Canadian War Cemetery.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/

The impact of Harold’s death was devastating upon his mother, Magdalena. Harold had pleaded with his brother, George, to not to tell their mother that he was being shipped out to Italy so as to not worry her. In a strange premonition of Harold’s death on the day of his death, family tells of the story of Magdalena feeling suddenly ill and hearing Harold’s voice calling to her – a sign to her that something terrible had happened to him. The telegram notifying her of Harold’s death arrived on 27 November 1944, almost 10 days later.

Bob Berg, President of the Royal Canadian Legion – Waterloo Branch is hosting a ceremony to recognize the heroism, service and life of  Private Harold Stevens on 16 May 2021 at 1pm.

Author Mirna Milandri and Luciana Trere at book launch, 25 Sep 2020, Italy. Courtesy of Mirna Milandri.
Honouring Pte Stevens at the site of his grave on 11 Nov 2020 – front row, left to right – Mirna, Luciana; back row – Roberto Toscano (retired Brigadiere/Marshal) and friend. Courtesy of Silvana Toscano
Luciana Trere at grave of Pte. Stevens – 11 Nov 2020. Courtesy of Silvana Toscano.

We are grateful to Luciana Trerè for never forgetting Private Stevens’ sacrifice and her determination to connect with his family to share the gift of his kind spirit.

Private Harold Stevens, 1922-1944.

Lest we forget.

Karen

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