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Looking Back: Kinmount
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 15 October 1997
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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My brother-in-law, Bob White, and I were passing through Kinmount when it was suggested that perhaps we should drop in to the local Legion and whet our thirsts.

Bob, being a native of Kinmount, knew a number of the fellows paying their daily visit to the hall. While chatting with them he turned to me and said, "John, there is quite a story behind the birth of the Kinmount Legion".

I was surprised to learn that the village actually borders on three counties, namely Victoria, Haliburton and Peterborough.

It seems that the majority of the folks in Kinmount were strongly opposed to alcoholic beverages making their way into the village and every time there was a plebiscite the "dry" supporters won out.

The home where the fellows, who wanted a Legion Charter, met was that of Charlie Cummings. That was back in 1944 and it was there that they tried to find the elusive answer as to how they could reach their goal.

Eventually the "boys" stumbled on a great idea. Buy the old schoolhouse on the edge of the village that was located in Peterborough County. (This building was eventually renovated into the fine building it is to-day.)

Here, much to the surprise of many, the Legion would be in a legal position to sell alcoholic beverages since they would be in Peterborough County which was wet!

Finally, in 1946 the Kinmount Legion received its' charter and was named "John McGrath Branch 441" in honor of the only serviceman from the village to lose his life in WWII.

It is also interesting to note that only two enlisted men from Kinmount became commissioned officers. They were Robert White and Bill Butts, both of whom attained the rank of Flying Officer in the RCAF.

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Looking Back: Kinmount