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John De Boer photo

John De Boer photo

De Boer’s treasures

This farmhouse near St. George is the childhood home of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless. She was born there in 1857 and lived there until 1881, when she married John Hoodless, a Hamilton industrialist with whom she had four children.

Adelaide’s life changed dramatically when her youngest son drank contaminated milk and died. After that, she devoted herself to educating new mothers about domestic science. Adelaide published a textbook, taught classes and travelled throughout Ontario on speaking engagements.

She worked with Lady Aberdeen to found the Women’s Institute, the National Council of Women of Canada, the Victorian Order of Nurses and the National Association of the YWCA. She also co-founded the Macdonald Institute in Guelph, which grew into a world-class academic institution.

Adelaide’s home is now a National Historic Site and is operated as a museum.

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John De Boer lives in Kitchener and enjoys daytripping off the beaten path.

Correction: Due to an editing error, incorrect information appeared in De Boer’s treasures in the Feb. 1 issue. Battlefield Park opened in 1899, not 1999.

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