Burlington, Sept. 8 - A happy event was held yesterday at the home of William and Mrs. Welland, Pearl Street, the occasion being the gathering of the family and friends of Lyman G. Jarvis, formerly of Grimsby, to celebrate his 75th birthday, also his 50th anniversary as a member of the Masonic Order and 50th anniversary as a poultry judge throughout Canada and the United States. Mr. Jarvis claims to be the oldest acting judge on the continent. He was born at London, Ont., and is the eldest son of the late Samuel Jarvis and Laney Elwood. He had been a resident of Burlington for the past two years. During his 50 years' connection with the Masonic order he has been master of three lodges in the London district, also District Deputy Grand Master of the same district and representative of the Grand Lodge of Canada to the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
A son-in-law, Harold Hatfield, dean of Howard university, Washington, D.C., presided as toastmaster and many congratulatory speeches were made by Rev. R.D. Hamilton, pastor of the Burlington Methodist Church; H.A. Graham, past deputy grand master, and several others. A purse of gold from the family was presented to Mr. Jarvis by his son, G.L. Jarvis, of Montreal, and he was the recipient of many other beautiful gifts. He was also presented with 75 white asters from Mrs. and Miss Kendall and 75 red asters from Mrs. Benner and Miss Turner, besides many other bouquets. Ten children and 16 grandchildren were present at the reunion yesterday.
Mr. Jarvis leaves next Monday for Ottawa, where he will be a judge at the exhibition there, and at other fairs which will occupy his time during September, after which he will visit his daughter at Washington, later returning for the winter fairs at which he will officiate in his capacity as poultry judge.