Alta Heckendorn

Female 1898 - 1987  (88 years)


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  • Name Alta Heckendorn 
    Born 10 Nov 1898  Maryborough Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Mar 1987  High River, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I423  Descendants of Robert McKnight
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2015 

    Family Orval Orville Henry Clemens,   b. 30 Apr 1900, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1967, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1924 
    Children 
     1. Norma Lucille Clemens,   b. 25 Apr 1930, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1968, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Nov 1898 - Maryborough Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Mar 1987 - High River, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "For many years Alta Heckendorn and Orville farmed at Hespeler, on Fisher Mill Road and many an enjoyable summer's holidays I spent there with them. My mother would take me by the electric passenger train departing from the Queen Street S. Station in Kitchener, with stops at Rockway, Centreville, Freeport with a change-over at the Preston Station, then onto the Hespeler depot. The main line continued south from Preston, through Galt to Port Dover..... Some of the experiences this city boy remembers from those days were: swimming at the Fisher Mill Pond with my cousins; going to Snyder's Potato Chip factory for "big" brown paper bags of chips; gathering eggs from chicken coop and looking for any that had nested on the loose; fetching the cattle from the cedar swamp below the orchard, sinking up to my boot-tops in muck and watching out for cow-paddies; riding on the tractor with my cousin Robert and him getting me to eat choke berries when I didn't know what they were or how they tasted; having to shovel grain"

      "My worst experience, this I dreaded, was having to catch chickens for butchering with a long, wire rod that had a hook in the end to grab the chicken by the legs. Aunt Alta usually did the head chopping, but yours truly quite often did the dipping in boiling water and plucking of the feathers. Their produce, milk and chickens were distributed throughout Hespeler on a route that I was allowed to help with on occasion".

      Memories from from Howard , nephew to Alta.