William Thomas Haddow (1876 – 1944)

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William Thomas Haddow (1876 – 1944) is my grand uncle.

John Haddah Haddow (1853 – 1923) is the father of William Thomas

Mary Eleanor Haddow (1879 – 1944) is the daughter of John Haddah (1853 – 1923) I am her great grand daughter.

John Moors (1904 – 1988) is the son of Mary Eleanor and John Haddow. I am his paternal grand daughter.

John Moors is the son of John Moors and Florence Urith Anna Elliott. I am his daughter.

Birth 18 Jul 1876 in Barrow-in Furness, Lancashire, England
Death 13 Apr 1944 in General Hospital, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario
The following narrative is shared by a cousin of mine, Anne, and I am dearly grateful for her generous sharing so that I can add content to the bones of the family tree I have discovered over the past five years.  William Thomas Haddow was Anne’s Grandfather.
William left his good job at the steel mill in Hamilton and went west to Calgary (from 1911-1928) at the urging of his brother-in-law, Charles Stafford, who had a photography studio there.
William owned and operated the Denver Transfer Company (a wagon and a team of horses) while his wife, Emma, rented out rooms in their home and raised their two young daughters.  Their home was located right in between the grade school (Central School) and the Royal Mounted Police.

William Thomas Haddow Residence

Central School, Calgary, 1911

Central School, Calgary, 1911

He had a hunting dog named Rover, who loved to retrieve and would pester everyone to throw something so that he could bring it back.  He would bother everyone, especially the children walking to and from school. William took the dog away to a man that lived in the country but Rover found his way home.  Mae and Edith were delighted that he returned and was allowed to live out the rest of his days with the family.
Once, while Emma was gone visiting relatives, he made some dandelion wine and had it bottled in the kitchen.  One day when Edith came home from school for lunch, she found her father desperately trying to clean up the exploded bottles of wine.  To get rid of the liquid, he drilled holes in the kitchen floor.  Edith felt terrible to return to school smelling like alcohol.  One can only imagine what Emma said when she found out about the holes in her kitchen floor.
William was strict but was a good Dad, according to Edith.  She didn’t want him to be mad at her after a spanking and had to shake hands.
Because of the depression, the family moved back to Hamilton, except for Mae, who had gone on ahead to live with her Aunt Mary.  William thought he could do better in Hamilton.  He sent Emma and Edith to Hamilton on the train.
Very depressed, he was going to drive himself, but hired a companion.  The lady that answered the ad fed him full of figs and prunes.  He was thin and worried sick when he arrived in Hamilton.
They all stayed with Mary until they were settled.  At one time, while in Hamilton, he worked for the International Order of Foresters.

From Ancestry, under Wentworth, Ontario:

20733-05 William Thomas HADDOW, 29, brick maker, England, Hamilton, s/o John HADDOW & Mary HUGH, married Emma STAFFORD, 29, England, Hamilton, d/o James STAFFORD & Charlotte SALT, witn: F. HADDON (sic) & E. A. STAFFORD, both of Hamilton, 27 Sept 1905 at Hamilton

In this photo: Mae, Tom, Emma and Edith (Anne’s Mom) Calgary

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