Livingston, Isabella (née Trew) (Died)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 8 Jul 1954, p. 1
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A gracious lady of Grimsby, who had surpassed four score and ten, passed away peacefully in hospital, Wednesday morning, June 30th. Beloved mother of J. Orlon Livingston, editor of the newspaper she co-founded, Mrs. Isabella Livingston lived a full and abundant life, and even the waning years failed to dampen her remarkable ability to gain something from each passing day. To have known her was to know a keen sense of humour and a charming mannerism, and her many friends will long recall past moments in unusually pleasant conversation with this stately lady. Her passing followed a five-week stay in hospital, after she had fallen while strolling midst the flowers in the garden she dearly loved. Two sons, James Orlon and J.A.M.(Arthur), also one granddaughter and two great grandsons survive her passing. Deceased lady was born in the township of Hope (Port Hope) on October 17th, 1863, one of eight children, six daughters and two sons, born to John Coulter Trew and Sarah Beattie, who came to this young country from the North of Ireland. As a baby she went with her family to the Township of Nottawasaga, in the Creemore area, where her parents carved a home out of the bush. She attended country public schools and Collegiate Institute in Collingwood and Stratford. In the spring of 1885 the late Jas. A. Livingston came to this district and in July of that year established The Grimsby Independent. In October he went back to Creemore and married Isabella Trew. The young couple struggled and worked and went through all the vissitudes of a country weekly publisher. She, like her husband, had one ambition in life, to make the Independent a real newspaper and to make Grimsby and the surrounding district a better place to live in. Right to the last she still carried that spirit. When she came to Grimsby coal oil lamps on posts illuninated Main Street, which was a dirt road, muddy in the spring and autumn, dusty in the summer and snow-banked in the winter; plank sidewalks; outdoor sanitation and everything else that went with the condition of those days. She watched Grimsby and district grow from diapers to swaddling clothes to the teen-age regime and then into maturity. To her there was no other street in the world like Main Street, and as she often told this writer I helped make Main Street and I am proud of it. She lived under six Sovereigns - two Queens and four Kings - Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elisabeth II. She lived and worked through three wars and her family contributed to the successful conclusion of World Wars one and two. Remains rested at the Stonehouse Funeral Home where services were conducted on Friday afternoon by Canon E.A. Brooks of St. Andrew's Church assisted by Rev. R.T. Hall of St. John's Presbyterian Church. Interment was in St. Andrew's Churchyard...Casket bearers were members of the Independent organization: Wilfred M. Lawson, J. Gordon McGregor, Frank Ball, Reginald Lawson, Walther Hoebel, Donald Diggins and Harold Metcalfe.

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8 Jul 1954
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30 June 1954
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Livingston, Isabella (née Trew) (Died)