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Oil Painting - Alfred Weaver Sr.
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Title: Oil Painting - Alfred Weaver Sr.
Identifier: 2003.1.23
Donor: Dawna Courtney
Item Date: 1967
Creation Date: 2013
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A large, framed oil painting of Alfred Weaver Sr. by artist Frank Halliday. Mr. Weaver is wearing a dark blue suit with a red tie and is depicted standing behind a desk, with a rolled up paper in his proper left hand, and his proper right hand resting on a small stack of books. A forest scene, with trees and a scenic sky is painted in the background around Mr. Weaver. The wooden frame that surrounds the painting is painted gold and has a border that extends out. There are slightly smaller extended decorations as the frame comes away from the painting, also painted gold. At the bottom, there is a painted plaque, which bears the title 'A. Weaver. Founder. Weaver General Store' and has a screw at either end. The plaque is painted gold, with the lettering painted black. The painting is marked on the right with ' Frank Halliday C.P.E. /67'.

History: Alfred Weaver Sr. was born in Ireland on February 3, 1876, he later married Margaret Donaldson. The two emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1906 with their three eldest children, Walter, William and Alfred Jr. In 1911 Alfred and his family lived in Mimico in a house that was located at MacDonald Street while he worked as an Oiler with the Grand Trunk Railway. In 1919 the family relocated to a farm on Indian Road and settled in Lorne Park. In 1929 he purchased Clarence Albertson's Lorne Park grocery store and operated as a general store. The store was located on Lorne Park Road near the railway tracks. On June 19th, 1930, Alfred Weaver Sr. became the full-time Lorne Park postmaster. The post office was first located in the back of his store but was later moved to a separate building in 1953 once Lorne Park became a full-fledged post office. Alfred Sr. resigned as postmaster in 1948 and the next day his son, Alfred Weaver Jr., assumed the Postmasterís duties; a position he held until the post office was closed in 1961. According to Vera Mae Weeks, in her book 'Lorne Park: Dreams of Long Ago', her father Milford Denison used to walk to the Lorne Park General Store twice a day to pick up the mail. This was a part of his and many peopleís routine. Alfred Jr. and his brother Thomas also took over their fatherís grocery store business operating Weaverís General Store in Lorne Park until 1968.

Frank Halliday, the artist of this painting, was a local who lived at Lorne Park Estates.
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