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Photograph - Back of Bush’s Inn/Westerveldt Home, Clarkson
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Title: Photograph - Back of Bush's Inn/Westerveldt Home, Clarkson
Identifier: 2007.7.6
Donor: Jean Lindsay
Item Date: 1915-1925
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2008
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A photograph negative for a black and white photo of Bush's Inn, the Westerveldt home on Clarkson Road South. The main image is a one story building with a tall single chimney. In the foreground is a figure leaning forward. To the proper right a young boy is standing. A shed is at the proper right in front of the main image. A two story building is at the back proper right.

History: Jean Lindsay née Hodgetts, was a friend of Barbara Larson of Benares Historic House and had often visited in her youth as well as working as a volunteer interpreter in her later years. Percy Warburton Hodgetts (1878-1966) and his friend Alexander Westervelt purchased 20 acres of land in 1910 from Andrew Orr. The land was located on the west side of Clarkson Road South (Lot 29, Con. 3). Percy and Alexander planned to divide the land and tossed a coin to see which half they would get. Alexander got the property that had Bush's Inn on it (one time home of Captain Sutherland and his family who are related to the Harrises of Benares). Percy built a large home on the bank of the creek that became known as Hodgetts Creek since it ran through their property and emptied into the Rattray Marsh (now called Sheridan Creek). Percy received a Bachelor of Science and Agriculture degree in 1897 from the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph. He was appointed to the Provincial Department of Agriculture in 1902 and acted as the secretary for the Ontario Fruit Growers Association (1904) and later was appointed to Head Director (1908). Percy was an active member of the Carmen Methodist Church. Percy Hodgetts married Emily May Henderson (1879-1944). They had three children: Agnes, Jack, and Jean.
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