On the occasion of the election and eventual consecration of a member of the hierarchy, irrespective of denomination, there is usually an investiture of the newly consecrated with all the sacred and ancient vestments that are the proper raiment of a Bishop. However, circumstances sometimes arise - as they have in the present situation where one who has aspirations for a new dignity assumes the same without any of the ancient liturgy and declares himself as a self-styled Bishop. All things are open to debate and in view of the fact that the subject of this little article has been seen parading around the confines of his diocese with the red skullcap indicative of his new and high office - may be in reality due to the fact that tonsorial growth is rapidly thinning and cold winds blow alike on the skull of the commoner and the bourgeois. However, the former genial host of the Village Inn, now conducting an episcopal visitation of his diocese, within the ramifications of Paton St., wears his dignity well and is accomplishing a great deal of good.
In the above photo, the quasi-ecclesiastical gentleman is seen in characteristic pose, sitting on his portable grandstand, watching a ball game. It's the last of the ninth. The score is tie. The home team is at bat. There are two gone. The visiting pitcher has it two and three on the batter. It's a "croocial" situation. "Red" is just debating what he will do if the batter strikes out. Kill the umpire, beat up the pitcher or run the batter out of town.
Burton Wilbert Graham and his family came to Grimsby in 1925 and up until last December was Mine Host Extraordinary of the Village Inn. Previous to coming to Grimsby he was for many years connected with the largest wholesale staple and dry goods firm in Canada. For years, in the boom days, he travelled Northern Ontario, not with "a pack", but with real trunks. He was a pal of the famous Sandy MacIntyre and the late Sir Harry Oakes "away back when". Has one son and a son-in-law in the R.C.A.F. When not working in the garden or painting some neighbor's house he spends his time getting trimmed up at rummy.