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Looking Back: Ford
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 6 May 1994
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Rarely do I ever pass by number 1 Caroline St. but what I don't think of my mentor the late Ford W. Moynes. Ford was one time owner of the home located there and it was he who enticed me into joining the editorial staff of the Watchman Warder.

Ford had started his career with the Lindsay Daily Post then left Lindsay where he went to work for the Stratford Beacon-Herald. He returned to Lindsay some years later and became editor of the Watchman Warder under publisher Stanley R. Pitts.

I always enjoyed Ford's sense of humor and the guidance he gave me in the newspaper field although I never did care for proof reading which he had me do as well as sweeping out the offices and emptying the wastepaper baskets but in Ford's words "it's all part of your apprenticeship Jack" he would say.

Eventually Ford left the Warder and returned to The Post and started writing a newsy column called "Along The Main Street" which contained an incredible amount of Lindsay's history. This he did until his death back in 1982.

Recently I was talking to his daughter, Jacquelyne Price, who resides in Ottawa and we were doing a little reminiscing about her dad and of Lindsay in general and I made mention of a poem Ford had written called "The Scugog River". Jacquelyne wasn't aware that her dad was a bit of a poet nor did she know that such a poem existed. I am, perhaps, a little partial since I had a close relationship with Ford and so I would like to share his little poem with you. It goes as follows:



You may have trod old London's streets

And seen the Thames acquiver,

But I have seen a lovely moon

Above the Scugog River.

You may have cheered for Kings and Queens

Who rode in pomp and splendor

But I have stood where young love stood

When eyes were bright and tender.

You may have stood on mountain peak

And watched the Fraser raging

Or seen Mackenzie's mighty flood,

Forever northward surging.

But I aver to you who find

Your greatest joy in roving,

There's far more bliss on Scugog's banks

Mid hearts well-loved and loving.

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Looking Back: Ford