|Description: Typewritten transcript of a letter from J.F.B. Livesay at Woodlot, Clarkson, Ontario to Mrs Harris (Mary) dated March 7, 1944. The letter thanks Mrs. Harris for dinner and evening. Mentions good memories shared in Benares 50 years earlier. |
John Frederick Bligh Livesay (1875-1944) was born in the Isle of Wright and immigrated to Canada when he was twenty. Fred worked at the Winnipeg Tribune and later became the Western Associate Press Manager. Later in 1922 he and his family 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 Randal in 1908. 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.
These papers were collected by Kathleen Sayers, wife of Geoffrey Sayers, whose interest in family history led her to transcribe original papers, letters, newspaper clippings, transcripts and research notes relating to Geoffrey's lineage.