This is the story of Eileen.

In 1910 on a bright sunny morn,
A little baby girl, Laura Eileen, was born.
The first little girl to Emma and George
Who were already parents of three little boys.
She had a sweet face, and brown curly hair…
and was a great blessing to all the folks there
But sadness soon came as George passed away
leaving Emma to raise four, and one on the way.

There was George Jr. and Shelly, Jim and Eileen
Then baby Elizabeth came on the scene.

Emma did her best to raise her little brood
And it wasn’t easy keeping them in clothing and food.

But raise them she did, make them tow the line
And they all grew up, and turned out just fine.

On a visit to Bracebridge
Eileen met a man
And soon it was obvious
marriage was in the plan.
Wimund Kirk was his name
and they were much in love
‘Twas a marriage made
in Heaven above
(– Married April 16, 1958 –)

But when they went North
(Monteith) for Wimund to teach,
The family felt they were
too far out of reach.

Back to Hamilton for a spell
Wimund came with his wife,
Then eventually to Bracebridge
for the rest of their lives.

Beth had three daughters
Noreen, Lois and Jean
They were close to the
Kirks, who had no kids
of their own.

Eileen made them dresses
and fussed with their hair
And holidays didn’t start
til the Kirks were there!

After Eileen and Wimund
to Bracebridge had gone,
They soon were blessed with
their own little son.

‘Steven’ he was called, after
Eileen’s maiden name

And the Kirk’s soon found
life just wasn’t the same.
He was cute and active
and kept things alive

Little did they know
Baby Kathy would soon

Another event happened which
changed all our lives.
When Beth’s daughter Lois
tragically died.

It wasn’t long till the Kirks
family would grow.
As Beth to the ministry
decided to go.

So Noreen, Joan and
Grandma also moved in
And a busy life for the Kirks
would begin!

Noreen and Joan in a few
years were married
Which made Eileen’s life
a little less hurried.

Joan married Raymie
and became a Lee
Noreen married Bob
and became a Kennedy.

When their kids came
Aunt Eileen was always there
To give them a hand
and show that she

She’d sew the children clothes
and sweaters she’d knit
She’d cook and bake
and baby-sit.

Noreen and Joan don’t
know what they’d have done
If Aunt Eileen hadn’t opened
Her heart and her home.

Kathy and Steven too
grew up before too long,
and in a few years
they’d left Bracebridge
and gone!

Aunt Eileen’s life has had
its ups and downs
But she rarely gives a complaint
or a frown

And now she is ninety
She’a lived a good life
As an aunt, a mother, a grandma, a wife.

So take it easy Aunt Eileen
and give yourself a rest
We wish you a happy 90th
– A birthday that’s the best




This house was an amazing time capsule. It wasn’t that time had stopped in the 70’s or 80’s, more likely the 1990’s given the VCR and VHS tapes. However everything was intact. The occupant had prepped their house for Christmas. The mantle was decked out with Christmas ornaments, a Christmas tree was set up. Decorations hung on the wall. The house was immaculate.

Unfortunately with all things nice and beautiful to the eye of the explorer, someone else saw potential for vandalism and spray painting.

Eileen passed away in 2001, suggesting this house has been untouched for almost 20 years.