Bess was an active partner in running the day to day operation of the farm and was as much at home operating a tractor and milking cows as she was in the kitchen. She was a long time member of the W.I., (Women's Institute) and, after she got her driver's licence, was an active member of the Harrington Presbyterian church and the W.M.S. (Women's Missionary Society).
In his younger years Harry played the clarinet and Bess always enjoyed playing the piano. Spirited games of euchre, crocinole and checkers were enjoyed by the whole family.
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Harry and Bess's 40th anniversary, 1983. L. to R.
Tom Loghrin (corner insert), Jane Hurst, Sam Loghrin (on the floor) Liz McNally, Bill Loghrin, Don Loghrin, Marion Loghrin, Alex Loghrin, Mom & Dad
Alexina Elizabeth (Bess) McCorquodale
b. June 1,1924 - d. Feb. 13, 1989
Bess upon graduation from London Normal School
Harry with the cat and a chair full of rabbits. c. 1923
Harry was born in the farm house and went to school at S.S.#10, Downie. He worked at home with his father. He married Alexina Elizabeth (Bess) McCorquodale and they lived on the home place lot 9, concession 8 in the Gore of Downie, about seven miles south of Stratford.
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Robert Harry Monteith Loghrin
b. June 1,1915 - d. Aug. 30, 1990
In 1941-42 Harry and Bess met as she taught at S.S.#10, the local school, and boarded at Jim Thomson's.
Harry Loghrin and Bess McCorquodale on their wedding day, Nov. 6, 1943. Taken in front of the McCorquodale home in East Nissouri Township, Oxford County. Marion Hevenor, Bess's younger sister, identified Aunt Annie McCorquodale and Bill Sutherland as the people in the background.
Following his father's death in 1936, Harry farmed the 109 acres as a mixed farm for many years and gradually shifted to dairy farming. His custom threshing became custom combining in the 1960's. His love of machinery and doing a good job took him into other areas of custom work too such as corn planting and harvesting.
The "buckrake", a "sweep" to Westerners, was one of Harry's creations. Built on the chassis of a 1929? Dodge car, it was an easy way to bring hay from the field to the barn. The tines on the rake were smoothly tapered white ash; the lift was provided by cable on a second differential mounted on top of the frame just ahead of the rear wheels. He roared backward down the windrow to load the rake; there was no muffler! He put the exhaust pipe into a pail of water when he backed into the barn to reduce the possibility of a stray spark. Bess looked after placing the hay fork and lifting it to the mow. The buckrake was retired sometime in the mid '50s and after a time with the hay loader and a year with Ron Rae's McKee harvester, Harry bought a square baler in the 1960s.
His version of retirement was to switch from dairy cattle to beef. Harry said, "Use the land and leave it better than you found it."
Coming from the garden with a handful of gladioli, 1984
This picture was taken in Jane and Doug Hurst's backyard in Waterloo, June, 2004 by Harry Hurst. This was the first time since Dad died that all siblings were together - a great day. Left to right: Tom Loghrin, Liz McNally, Alex Loghrin, Sam Loghrin, Bill Loghrin, Jane Hurst, Don Loghrin, Marion Loghrin (Tom Loghrin, 2004)