Oakley, Sylvester D. (Birthday: 89 on 31 Aug 1922)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 30 Aug 1922, p. 1

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Sylvester Oakley a Resident of Grimsby for 72 Years - Hale and Hearty at Four Score and Nine - Tomorrow, Thursday, August the 31st, marks the 89th milestone for Mr. Sylvester D. Oakley, the oldest man in Grimsby. Mr. Oaklely is as spry as many men who are years younger and takes a keen interest in the affairs of the town in which he had resided for nearly three quarters of a century. He was born in Waterdown in the year 1833 four years before Queen Victoria came to the throne, so has had the unique honor of having lived under four sovereigns. He spent his childhood in Oakville where he attended school. In 1859 at the age of 17 he came to Grimsby and became apprenticed to the late Geo. VanDyke under whom he learned the blacksmith's trade. He remained with Mr. VanDyke for 10 years. Mr. VanDyke was the father of Rome VanDyke, Mountain Street. After leaving the blacksmith shop, he worked for the late Robt. L. Gibson sharpening tools in the quarry where the stone was being cut for the first Jordan bridge. He was associated with Mr. Gibson for 5 years and at the end of that time went to work in the foundry of the late John H. Grout and for 35 years was steadily in the same employ - a record of which any man might be well proud. In 1855 he married Miss Elizabeth DeCew who predeceased him some time ago. There are four children living: Mrs. Linus Woolverton, Grimsby; Mrs. H. Plane, Hamilton and Henry and Leroy, both of Winnipeg. When Mr. Oakley first came to this town, the place then, a mere hamlet, was known as the "Forty" and was without railroad connections, the Great Western not having at that time been completed. Although there were a number of small orchards there was no fruit industry as there is in the present day. The farms were devoted mainly to grain and cattle raising. Mr. Oakley has witnessed the marvelous transformation that has taken place during the years that have elapsed since he came here and prophesies greater things for Grimsby in the future. Mr. Oakley has read The Independent since the first issue and The Independent takes a great pleasure in wishing Grimsby's oldest citizen "Many Happy Returns of the Day."

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30 Aug 1922
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31 Aug 1922
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Oakley, Sylvester D. (Birthday: 89 on 31 Aug 1922)