|Description: A black wooden fire mantle. The top hangs out farther then bottom. There is a rectangular decorative inserted panel under the top of the mantle with carved flowers and leaves ( half the insert is missing). On each side are two finial knobs with a curved decorative carved panel that leads down to two turned pillars. Under the pillars there is a square piece of material with four decorative lines ( bottom proper left side is missing). |
This mantle is from the Thomas Laird Kennedy house before it was demolished in 1968, according to a note by Mary Fix (1896-1972), a founding member of the Toronto Township Historical Society and the Bradley Museum. This mantle was located around the fireplace of the Kennedy farm house in the east parlour. Thomas Laird Kennedy (1878-1959) lived near the Dundas and Tomken intersection in Cooksville and Dixie. Kennedy was a fruit grower for the majority of his life however he became involved in politics and in 1919, he was elected to the provincial parliament as a Conservative member for Peel. He served as Minister of Agriculture from 1930-1934 and from 1943 until 1952. In 1948, Kennedy became interim Premier of Ontario when the incumbent, George Alexander Drew died. Kennedy remained in the office until Leslie Miscampbell Frost became leader of the party the following year. Kennedy also served in the First World War and attained the rank of colonel in the militia. In 1974, the Mississauga Historical Society (now Mississauga South Historical Society) organized a ceremony to erect a commemorative plaque honouring T.L. Kennedy in front of Dixie public school at 1120 Flagship Drive. The school sits on land that was once part of the Kennedy farm. For more information on T. L. Kennedy, see the Mississauga Heritage Foundation's fact sheet on Thomas Laird Kennedy by Marian M. Gibson. The Archives of Ontario also holds the Thomas Laird Kennedy fonds that include photographs and textual materials on his life.
A note that accompanied the tiles and mantle indicated that Mrs. Mary Fix along with her husband and a friend picked up the tiles and mantles after some vandals damaged the Kennedy house.