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Notes for Catherine Agnes HOLLEY

Also listed as being born in 1857. Her married name (for her second marriage) was “Hopps-McLeod”. Witnesses to her first marriage to James were Jacob Thompson and Susan Holly (her younger sister).

The Flesherton Advance published a story about her on Aug. 9, 1944, celebrating her 88th birthday on July 26:

“88 Years Young

Still wrapped up in her hobby of making quilts and mats, Mrs. Catherine McLeod on Wednesday, July 26, reached her 88th birthday. If any evidence were needed to prove that her fingers have lost none of their deftness despite her ripe age, it would be mentioned that during the past year she has made and quilted about fifty quilts and hooked several mats besides. Mrs. McLeod is interested in all that goes on around her including the progress of the war. She has five grandchildren serving with the King’s colors and is most anxious to meet a grand-daughter-in-law, an English girl, whom one of her grandsons, Cpl. James Lawrence, married since going overseas. She has 26 grandchildren. A highly respected, soft spoken woman, Mrs. McLeod is a member of the United Church and is held in high regard by all who know her. The former Catherine Holley, she was born July 26, 1856, on the Meford Road, Artemesia township. Twice married, her first husband was James Hopps. From this marriage two children survive, namely: James Hopps, Portlaw, and Mrs. Clifford Bowes, Stratford. Some time after Mr. Hopps demise she married Daniel McLeod of Flesherton, where she spent the greater part of her life. They also farmed in Priceville district several years. Two daughters and two sons survive from this marriage. They are Mrs. W.J. Wellwood (Alice), Dundalk, Mrs. Robt. Wilson (Tena), Durham, and Herb, a veteran of the last war, who is a patient in London hospital, and John. Another son, Bert, lost his life in an accident at Priceville 15 years ago.In recent months Mrs. McLeod donated butterflies for a butterfly quilt which she herself made and donated to a group of school children, including two of her grandchildren, the proceeds to go to the British War Victims’ Fund. She is now working on three quilts for the same cause. In reading in the Evening Telegram about Mrs. McLeod’s gifts a Toronto woman, who refused to divulge her name, sent Mrs. McLeod a consignment of patches. These will form part of those being used for future quilts, at which Mrs. McLeod is almost continually employed. ‘It helps keep me young,’ she laughingly comments, in explaining her devotedness to her hobby.”

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