Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Nellie

Today marks the 135th anniversary of the birth of Nellie McClung. Nellie was registered as Letitia Ellen Mooney. She was the daughter of Letitia McCurdy and John Mooney. She was born in Sullivan Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada.

Yesterday was the rededication of the plaque that is on the lawn of Chatsworth United Church. Following the church service, Melinda Cornfield, minister of the church rededicated the plaque. Members of the congregation, the Grey County Historical Society and interested persons were present. The sun was shining on a cool fall day so we lingered outside for a few photographs.

The rest of the celebration continued in the church hall downstairs. We were so pleased to have four of Nellie McClung's relations in attendance - two grandchildren, children of Nellie's son Mark - Marcia and David, a great granddaughter - Caitlin and a great nephew Rick in attendance.

Caitlin spoke about her great grandmother. I shared a letter from Nellie McClung to Miss Andrew, a former librarian at the Owen Sound Public Library, as well as two letters to her from the people of Chatsworth written in 1915. She had visited the place of her birth in 1915.

Books by and about Nellie were on display. The Chatsworth United Congregation served a delicious lunch. The Grey County Historical Society hosted the event.

Happy Birthday, Nellie.

See other articles about Nellie by selecting Nellie McClung in the list of labels.

Letitia Ellen Mooney Ontario birth registration #04890 (17 November 1873); digital image, ( : accessed 23 June 2008), citing microfilm MS 929 reel 10, Archives of Ontario, Toronto

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