Citizenship award to Mrs. B.K. Moore
Grimsby Independent, 23 Mar 1944, p. 1,7

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23 Mar 1944
Date Of Event:
21 Mar 1944
Personal Name(s):
Moore, Bessie Kinzie
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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The selection of Mrs. Bessie K. Moore, as the fourth of our residents to receive The Good Citizenship Award, the Lions Club will undoubtedly be assured of the solid support of our citizens in their choice. The previous three awards were presented to Mrs. William H. Groce, John H. Forman and Rev. J. Allan Ballard. This year's recipient was born Bessie Kinzie, in the hamlet of Georgetown, Pa, on the banks of the Monongahela River, and had her first taste of the show business when a little lass, as she had many fond and vivid recollections of the Show Boats that used to visit her countryside home and present all the latest dramatic, musical and comedy productions of the day...When a girl in her teens she went to Cleveland to reside and there met A.W. Moore, a Canadian by birth and a Captain on the Great Lakes. Romance blossomed and they married. Two children blessed this union, Mrs. "Buddy" Shafer, Grimsby and Mrs. Elma Bradford, Miami, Fla. Having left the lakes, Mr. Moore was in various business activities in the Ohio city and thus came in contact with the late H.H. Wylie, who in the winter of 1910 purchased the defunct Grimsby Park Co. property and began the converting of it into an amusement park. He persuaded the late "A.W." to come to the new Grimsby Beach and operate a moving picture show....In the fall of that year the family moved into Grimsby to reside and "A.W." ran a show in the old Town Hall, where the public library now stands. In 1911 the old hall was torn down to make way for the new and present library and Moore, that fall, ran his show in Snetsinger's Hall, at the corner of Main and Depot Streets, upstairs over the Eaton order office and other stores in that block, as he did in the fall and winter of 1912 and 1913, also running the show in the Beach in the summer time.During those years the then Village of Grimsby had purchased from the late Dr. W.E. Millward, the vacant lot on Main Street, where Moore's Theatre now is, to be used for library purposes. Certain objections arose and as a result the library was built on its present location...The result being that in the spring and summer of 1914 the present Moore's theatre was constructed. In the spring of 1917 A.W. Moore passed to his Last Reward and Bessie Kinzie Moore shouldered the burden of completing the raising of her little family and the operation of the theatre...

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Citizenship award to Mrs. B.K. Moore