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Title: MacLean's Magazine
Identifier: 2005.4.57
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 27 April 1957
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Volume 70, Number 9 of MacLean's magazine, issued on 27 April 1957. The feature article was 'I Still Remember' by Mazo de la Roche. The front cover has become detached from the main body, and depicts coloured illustrations of famous Canadian artworks with cartoon characters in them. To the left of the title of the magazine is the information about Mazo's article. There is a mailing label at the top right corner of the cover, reading: Miss Mona Kay, MM, Benares, Clarkson ONT, Jan-58 F-D883814 R.' Mazo's article is located on pages 15-17, as well as portions of pages 80, 82, and 84-90. The article consists of excerpts from Mazo de la Roche's autobiography, entitled _Ringing the Changes_ published in 1957. There are photographs included, some depicting her companion Caroline Clement, as well as their dog Bunty. History: In 1927, Mazo de la Roche's (1879-1961) novel _Jalna_ won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by _Atlantic Monthly_, which provided her the recognition and success in the future. Mazo de la Roche is significant to Mississauga as she lived in Clarkson during the time she wrote her award winning novel, 'Jalna'. Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Some people speculate the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the 'Whiteoaks' of Jalna. Mazo was friends with the Harris's and had visited Benares. She was born in Newmarket as Mazo Louise Roche. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, 'de la Roche, Mazo' _Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 Edition_ (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639. Mona Kay was born December 22nd, 1888. She was the second daughter of Georgina and Charles Kay of Iowa. Mona and her family moved from Iowa to Streetsville and later to Erindale where they had a farm on the north side of Dundas Street. The Kays belonged to St. Peterís Anglican Church and it was here that Georgina and Mary Harris became friends and Gwendeline Kay, Monaís sister, married Philip Chambers. Mona never married and became a companion/caretaker for Mary Harris in the 1940ís. Mona helped to cook, clean and look after Mary Harris who died in 1954. Mona stayed on at Benares after Maryís death helping Naomi Harris to look after her home. Mona and another caretaker, Miss Trail, stayed at Benares with Naomi until her death in 1968. Mona died in 1980 at the age of 92.
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