Other Families Remembered

     A well known Stokes bay family of some years ago was that of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hayes. Their family, Ethel, Allan, Sam, Bertha, Beverley and Sterling. Three sons served in World War II.

     The Hayes home is the one now owned by Ada Scott (Deceased 5 September 2007). The Hayes family belonged to the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints and services were held in their home many times. The late Lee Ribbel was made an elder in an impressive ceremony held in the Hayes home.

     From Stokes Bay the Hayes family moved to a farm in Lindsay Township. Here Mr. Hayes passed away and Mrs. Hayes spent her remaining days with members of her family in Point Edward, Ontario.

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     Mr. And Mrs. Frank Steip and familu lived in Stokes Bay for a number of years. Their family: Donald, Bessie, Sarah Ann, Christena, Lorraine, Francis, Mabel and John. The Steips were members of the Pentecostal Church and services were held in their home. In 1918 they left Stokes Bay and moved to Spry where they farmed for many years and eventually moved to Wiarton when they retired.

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     The George McArthurs were another family that lived in Stokes Bay for many years. Mrs. McArthur was Agnes McLay, daughter of “Big Nurdock” McLay of Lindsay Township. Their family: Ivan, Alene, Catherine, Margaret, Dan, Malcolm, Norvil and Agnes.

     George McArthur was a jolly man always on the go working hard to keep a growing family. He was also a fine singer. In Stokes Bay they lived in the house that used to be beside Sneddon’s store. It later burned down when occupied by Allan McLays. McArthurs also lived in the Malcolm Smith home north of Stokes Bay. They also lived in the John McIver house, here their son Dan was born. They moved to Owen Sound where they spent their later years.

Page 51 of Old Timers’ Tales
A History of Stokes Bay and Area
(Bruce Peninsula)
By Helene Scott