William Henry Letcher (1851-1927)
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
William Henry Letcher was the son of the late Joseph T. Letcher. He was born in Columbus on July 8, 1851 and spent all his life in Port Perry, with the exception of 11 years which he lived in Welland.
He was married to Caroline Bowers about 1882 and the couple had two sons and three daughters.
He took an active part in town affairs. He was a member of the school board for many years and was Chairman in 1920; was an active worker in Masonic, OddFellows, Sons of England and Orange Lodges. He was a Past District Deputy of I.O.O.F. for Ontario County. and Past Master of Fidelity Lodge No. 428, A.F.&A.M. He was also an active member of the United Church.
During his life he was an enthusiastic supporter of clean sport, taking an active part in baseball, lawn bowling and curling. He served as president of the Port Perry Curling Club In October 1911 he purchased the furniture and undertaking business of Town and Spears and operated it successfully until 1914.
Mr. Letcher was 76 years old when he passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 1927. A funeral service was held at the family residence.
Many of his friends gathered at the home to pay their last respects to an old friend and prominent citizen. In passing he left to mourn his loss, his wife Caroline (Bowers), two daughters, Norine Laura and Nita Alberta, and one son William Merlin.
The burial service at Prince Grove Cemetery was conducted by members of Warriner Lodge No. 75, of which he had been an active member for over 40 years.
With information from the "Faces of Scugog".