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2017 HEROES OF ZORRA SPELLING BEE COMPETITION: Registration now open

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Stories

2017  Heroes of Zorra Spelling Bee

The Heroes of Zorra Spelling Bee will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:30pm in the Embro Legion.

The contest is open to all elementary school children who live in Zorra Township, regardless of what school they attend.

Deadline for registering is midnight on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

For more detailed information download documents from the list below:

DUTCH-CANADIAN FRIENDSHIP TULIP GARDEN TO BE PLANTED IN ZORRA

on Thursday, 01 October 2015. Posted in Stories

On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 10 a.m. a public ceremony will be held at the cenotaph in front of the Township of Zorra office.  Through a grant program the Township was recently the recipient of 500 tulip bulbs.  This grant is made possible due to the generous partnership of Canadian Garden Council, Vesey's Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Tulip Festival, National Capital Commission, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Garden Making Magazine, Chimpanzee, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Quebec Gardens' Association and the Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition.  The Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden will be planted at the cenotaph which is in front of the Zorra Township Office.  You are invited to join in on this event on October 28th at 10 a.m. when the bulbs will all be planted.  A presentation will be given on "the garden", followed with coffee and cookies.  You are most welcome to attend this public event, and if you have a friend or family member who is a veteran, please bring them along with you.  A colourful reminder of the sacrifices Canadians and our own Heroes of Zorra have given over the years.

HERO ELSIE GERTRUDE ROSS TO BE FEATURED

on Friday, 07 November 2014. Posted in Stories

One of Zorra's heroes, Nursing Sister Elsie Gertrude Ross will be the topic of discussion on Monday, November 10, 2014 when CBC Ontario Morning (93.5 FM)interviews HOZ committee chair Shirley McCall Hanlon at 6:40 a.m.  With true care and compassion this young woman cared for many of our wounded soldiers who were returned home.  She was the first woman to be given a full military funeral.  She was held in such high esteem by her patients and colleagues that the procession following her casket lined the streets of Toronto with many wounded soldiers hobbling along behind.  Tune in to hear this interesting story. 

ONTARIO ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION ASKING FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE

on Saturday, 03 May 2014. Posted in Stories

The Royal Canadian Legion (Ontario) is in the midst of publishing a new book called Military Service Recognition Book. Ontario is asking for families of servicepersons to submit the name, information, brief story and possibly a picture of the individual Veteran/Serviceperson.  Please note that due to liability issues they cannot take the information off of our web site or the History Books.  Forms to submit may be obtained on-line at the Royal Canadian Legion - Ontario web site or you may also obtain from your local Legion Branch.  Forms are to be completed and returned to the local branch.  Contact your local Legion if you have any questions or concerns.  This needs to be done asap as the printing is to be done in September 2014.

Former Military Serviceman A Hero On Another Front

on Monday, 12 August 2013. Posted in Stories

Written by Shirley McCall Hanlon with credit to Woodstock Sentinel Review August 1977

Former Military Serviceman A Hero On Another Front

Former Military Serviceman A Hero On Another Front

John Allan McKay who grew up at Lot 14, Concession 7 of West Zorra Township and served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals from 1960 to 1965 was also hailed as a hero in August of 1977.

WEST ZORRA NURSING SISTER ACCORDED FULL MILITARY FUNERAL

on Saturday, 10 August 2013. Posted in Stories

written by Shirley McCall Hanlon with credit to the Stratford Gazette, November 2005

Elsie Gertrude Ross (born June 22, 1882) was born in the Township of West Zorra, daughter of Alexander and Christina (nee Murray) Ross. 1891 Census records show the family still living in West Zorra, however in the 1901 Census the family is shown to be now farming at Lot 37 Concession 3 of North Easthope in the County of Perth.

Members of the Victory Club

on Thursday, 08 August 2013. Posted in Stories

Members of the Victory Club

Most lived on or near the town line between West Zorra and East Nissouri townships. They prepared boxes of “goodies” for service personnel from the community and shipped them overseas.

A postcard sent home

on Thursday, 08 August 2013. Posted in Stories

A postcard sent home

A postcard sent home to Philip McArthur in 1916 from Ross Mooney, who was in a prisoner-of-war camp.

 

A gathering of Embro-area recruits

on Thursday, 08 August 2013. Posted in Stories

A gathering of Embro-area recruits

A gathering of Embro-area recruits who were at the Oxford Rifles’ Thames Valley Camp, from Sept. 16-27, 1940.

Biography of Benjamin Franklin Youngs

on Tuesday, 06 August 2013. Posted in Stories

Written by Bart Armstrong, Victoria B.C.

Biography of Benjamin Franklin Youngs

Most Canadians, and indeed all North Americans have probably never heard of the little hamlet called Youngsville in what was then called Canada West (Ontario).  Located in the Township of Zorra, within Oxford County this community was settled by strong, community-minded United Empire Loyalists and ancestors to many who are honoured to join with you today.

Memories Of The Great War

on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Posted in Stories

Written by Rev. Stanley Johnston

When I returned from Alberta, in October, 1915, students were enlisting daily. We were pressed to enlist. “Why aren’t you in uniform.” asked a stern-faced maiden lady. The lad replied. “For the same reason that you are still single -physically unfit.” Looking back, there was an element of selfishness in enlisting. It was the popular thing to do.

Guns under Harrington officer help stop attack

on Wednesday, 29 May 2013. Posted in Stories

printed in a newspaper May 24, 1945

When I returned from Alberta, in October, 1915, students were enlisting daily. We were pressed to enlist. “Why aren’t you in uniform.” asked a stern-faced maiden lady. The lad replied. “For the same reason that you are still single -physically unfit.” Looking back, there was an element of selfishness in enlisting. It was the popular thing to do.

Embro Inspection

on Thursday, 25 April 2013. Posted in Stories

Embro Inspection

Horses are lined up on the commercial streets in Embro for inspection by Canadian Army officials during the First World War. For drawing artillery and other equipment, the army routinely bought horses from West Zorra farmers.

Province of Ontario Location Certificate

on Wednesday, 24 April 2013. Posted in Stories

Province of Ontario Location Certificate

This is the certificate that entitled John Sutherland to take up the south 153 acres on Lot 4, Concession 1, in Laura Township, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada for his service with the Embro Rifles in 1866. It is dated August 2, 1906.

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