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Patrick Crofton

The Life and Times of Alfred Gerald Crofton

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“The Life and Times of Alfred Gerald Crofton” presented by his grandson Patrick Crofton.

Mr. Crofton discusses his grandfather Fred’s early life in Ireland, and his 1899 arrival on Salt Spring Island, where he began early employment as an apprentice at Scovell Farm. In 1903, he married Nona Wilson, a daughter of the Reverend Wilson. Fred purchased Harbour House and developed a dairy farm. When World War I arrived, a number of young men went overseas, including Fred Crofton, who returned in 1919. While he was gone, his wife Nona cared for the children, kept the farm going, and began a boarding house. After the war, Harbour House was established as a country hotel.

Patrick Crofton speaks about family life at Harbour House, and will offer photographs, anecdotes, and newspaper clippings of interest.

Accession Number Interviewer Address to the Historical Society
Date November 18, 2009 Location
Media digital recording Audio CD mp3 √
ID 200 Duration