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Title: Book - "Canada's Hundred Days: With the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons, Aug. 8 - Nov. 11, 1918"
Identifier: 2006.1.1.2
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1919
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hard covered book with paper dust jacket. .1) The dust jacket is beige paper with the title in the centre. Below the title is a bird, followed by the author's name. Below that reads, "The work of the Canadian Corps contributed more than any other combined operation during the period of the last hundred days, to the final downfall of the enemy arms. This is considerable claim, but it will be amply supported by Mr. Livesay in this outstanding Canadian History." .2) The book cover is red, with the same information as the dust jacket, minus the 'claim'. Inscription on front page reads, "Mary Harris, from her old friend, J. Frederick Livesay, Xmas 1919." The title page has the same information as the cover. It is followed by a Table of Contents. The book contains 4 parts plus illustrations and maps. There are 417 pages including an index. History: John Frederick Bligh Livesay (1875-1944) was born in the Isle of Wright and immigrated to Canada when he was twenty. Known as Fred, Livesay moved to the Clarkson area buying some property from the original Benares Estate. Fred was a lifelong friend of the Harrises and had a particular affection for Annie, Arthur and Mary Harris's oldest daughter. Barbara Larson, Annie's daughter, recalls the stories of Fred wooing her mother and she still has many of the gifts he would bring Annie during their long friendship. Fred eventually gave up on Annie and married Florence Randall. Together they had two daughters, Dorothy Livesay (1909- 1996) considered one of the leading Canadian poets of the twentieth century and Sophie Livesay (1912-1991) who was a renowned artist. Annie and Fred remained close friends throughout their lives. Fred Livesay was a writer whose first full time newspaper job was with the Winnipeg Tribune in 1903. He later became the Western Associate Press Manger in 1907 and was instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Press where he was the General Manager for twenty years retiring in 1939. Fred also wrote many books and was a talented photographer. He spent his last remaining years in Clarkson. He died in 1944. Mary Horatia Magrath Harris (1859-1954) was the granddaughter of Reverend James Magrath (1769 1851), who was the first rector of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Erindale. Her parents, Christiana (née Sutherland) and William Melchior Magrath, married in 1856. Christiana died after the birth of her third daughter, Isabel, in 1860. Mary and her two sisters were raised by their aunt, Anna Cordelia Magrath, at Erindale Estate. Both the Magraths and Harrises were members of the St. Peter's Anglican Church and the families knew each other well. It was at church that Mary and Arthur Harris first met and later married in 1881. Mary and Arthur had three children, Annie (1882 1986), Naomi (1883 1968) and Margaret (1887). Oral tradition suggests that Mary never fully recovered from the sad loss of her third child and she suffered hearing impairment soon after. Mary was a very generous woman and held in high esteem by all who knew her. She enjoyed polishing silver, crocheting, and gardening. Mary died at the age of 94, January 20th, 1956.
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