Waving To My Grandparents

Years ago I had a wonderful visit with my Aunt Esther Carlton (Pomeroy) when we had some time to discuss her childhood in Castleton.

As Esther fondly reminisced her younger years she shared a story that brought a gentle smile. She clearly can remember when she was able to stand on the front porch of her childhood home, look across the field seeing her Grandma and Grandpa Wright’s home and often catch their eye. They would yell hello to her and wave back and forth.

Not so surprising if you know Aunt Esther, she also shared fond memories of Harry’s Bakery, which was just across the street…what a place to grow up! Harry Pomeroy was Esther's 1st cousin, twice removed. Apparently, Harry's sugar cookies were a favourite :)

In May 1944 David and Mary Jane Wright (Van Slyke), Esthers’ grandparents on her mother Luella’s side, had purchased this humble home in the small village of Castleton and began the move from the nearby Orland and Codrington area; even smaller villages than Castleton.

I discussed this house with some local Castleton residents and amazingly I discovered that Richard Thomas grew up in this same house! Richard stated that the house, on Norway Street, has been gone for 30 years. This picture was taken in the 1970s.

The house was sold by David Wright in October 1948 after the death of Mary Jane in July and was resold several times before Richard Thomas’s father, Paul, purchased it. David Wright eventually moved to Port Hope and lived with his step daughter Laura Darke and husband Wesley until his death in January 1958.

Recently and thankfully, our family has discovered a rare photo of David and Mary Jane’s earlier home in Orland / Codrington. This photo clearly reminds us of the pioneering life many of our ancestors lived. It is not clear today how David and Mary Jane came to live here, however, I suspect that this is David’s family home where he lived as a child.

The intimate memories of our family continue to provide us with a great wealth of information. More importantly, these lovingly shared stories offer us an insight into one’s life not long ago when times seemed much more simple and gentle. Thank you Aunt Esther !

Keep sharing everyone. Our family and genuine relationships are more valuable than anything.


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