JUNE, 1943

NO. 12

Published at the Hespeler, Ontario Plant of Dominion Woollens and Worsteds, Limited


Hector Bird
LR-66499 Cpl. Hector Bird

No. 5 Manning Depot
Lachine, Quebec.

Hector Bird was born in Hespeler on October 10, 1919, and made it his home town until the time of his enlistment. He received his education at the Hespeler Public and Continuation School.

On leaving school he worked at the W.A. Kribs Co., Ltd., for a short time, and then joined the D. W. & W. staff on September 23rd, 1935. During the course of his employment here he worked in various departments and became familiar with several stages in the manufacture of worsted and woollen cloth and yarn. Among these departments were the Hand Knit Sales, Knitting, Combing and Winding. In September 1939 he became an automatic weaver and remained at this work until he enlisted.

Hector was interested in most sports but was particularly enthusiastic about lacrosse. He was on the local team prior to his enlistment, and is still carrying on with the R.C.A.F. team at Lachine. During the year of 1937 he spent a great deal of his spare time studying a correspondence course in woollen and worsted designing.

He enlisted on March 6th, 1941, with the R.C.A.F. and has received his training at Toronto, North Bay and Lachine where he is now stationed with the Personnel Identification Branch of the R.C.A.F.


To the Boys and Girls on Active Service

Dear Boys and Girls:

Every time we get properly stuck for something amusing, entertaining and suitably patriotic to grace the front page of the News, we just sit down and write you a letter. After looking over the file of issues since July, 1941—almost two years ago—we have decided that we are definitely not amusing, or entertaining either, and words of patriotism ill become those who risk nothing. Besides, the professionals do it much better. We suspect that any entertainment value we have is contained in your own letters and the few photographs we print. We could do with more of both. The letters are up to you but the pictures are limited by a modest budget and the little time one over-worked photographer can spare from his regular job.

We have been publicly spanked on more than one occasion for showing too little imagination in our choice of pictures—and quite rightly too. Possibly if you persist you will get what you want. In any case don’t be backward about asking for it.

Do you know we raise the prettiest girls in the business? Company papers (called house organs) are fatuous bores, usually, so we revenge ourselves on some of the concerns who keep us on their mailing lists by sending them copies of D. W. & W. News. All it’s gotten us so far is some comments that all our girls are pinched from the Follies. Well, we know of more elaborate papers that have less than that to boast of.

The Editor.

Queen’s Theatre

Queens Theatre

What Harry Harmer and the milk bottles have to do with this we have no idea.

Town Council

Hespeler Town Council 1943

Hespeler’s 1943 Council. Left to right—Back row: Aldermen Art Young, Allan Wilford, Dr. G.A. Cowan, George Shepherd, George Williams. Front row: Alderman Chris. From, Reeve Jim Panabaker, Mayor Jack Courtney, Town Clerk Matt Jardine.


The engagement is announced of Helen Schultz to Edward Kinzel of Preston. The marriage is to take place July 10th.


Ruth Young to Edgar “Ted” Hudson. Reside in Hespeler.

Aileen Brown to Frank Johnston. Reside in Hespeler.

D.W. & W. Enters Two Soft Ball Teams

Two teams from the mill have been entered in the recently formed five team Industrial Softball league in town. With travelling restricted as it is today, and not having had any sport in town last summer, it was decided to revive the town’s sporting blood.

The “Weavers” and “Toppers” are the mill teams. In their first two starts, Toppers walked over their opposition. In their third game they didn’t do so well. About the middle of June they meet the Weavers. What then?

Which team are you supporting? Come on out and see the boys perform. Monday and Wednesday are the nights.

One In A Million

You cribbage players will know just how Ed. Davison felt the other day when, during the noon hour, he and some of the boys were playing cribbage and Ed. was dealt a perfect hand of 29.


Army……………………. 97
Air force ………….…… 64
Navy………..……………. 9

James Allan Winner of $150 Victory Bond

James Allan of Hespeler was the winner of the $150 Victory Bond in the draw which took place on Tuesday, May 18th, in the lunch room, in connection with the Fourth Victory Loan campaign. Every $50 in value of bonds bought entitled the buyer to one chance in the draw.

O/D Percy Harvey of the R.C.N.V.R., Halifax, acted as master of ceremonies at the draw. The names were drawn by little Miss Monica Crane.

The other prize winners were as follows: 2nd prize, a $50 Victory Bond, Thos. Feakes of Hespeler; 3rd prize, $25 in War Savings Certificates, Clarence Bartels of Hespeler; and 4th prize, $25 in War Savings Certificates, Geo. Huether of Hespeler.

Active Service Addresses 

B130579 Pte. Geo. Aitken,
Irish Regt. Of Canada
Canadian Army Overseas.

Major N.A. Baird,
Headquarters First Canadian Army
Canadian Army Overseas.

Capt. Chas. H. Barrett,
H.L.I. of C.,
Canadian Army Overseas.

R145509 LAC. Laverne Bartels,
R.C.A.F. Seaplane Base,
Dartmouth, N.S.

B108509 Pte. Elgin Culp,
No. 25 Basic Training Centre,
Simcoe, Ont.


Fred Jardine

A29590 L/Cpl. Fred Jardine

90 L.A.D. – R.C.O.C.
3rd Medium regt. R.C.A.
Canadian Army Overseas.

Fred Jardine was born in Hespeler on November 12th, 1921. He joined the D. W. & W. staff in October 1939 and enlisted from the Woollen Picking Room on July 19th, 1941, with the Royal Canadian Ornance Corps at London. He went overseas in June 1942.

Jack Brent

A37975 Pte. Jack Brent

“B” Company
Highland Light Infantry of Canada,
Canadian Army Overseas.

Jack Brent was born in Malton, Ontario, on June 9th, 1924. He joined the D. W. & W. staff in June 1940, and enlisted from the Worsted Spinning Department on June 2nd, 1941, with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada at London. He has been overseas since August, 1941.

Bert Jardine

A29591 Pte. Bert Jardine

90 L.A.D. – R.C.O.C.
3rd Medium regt. R.C.A.
Canadian Army Overseas.

Bert Jardine was born in Hespeler on December 28th, 1923. He became a member of the D. W. & W. staff in March 1939 and enlisted from the Weave Room on July 19th, 1941, with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps at London. He has been in England since June 1942.

Letters from the Boys

The Editor:

You paper and cigarettes are coming through to me regularly and needless to say you have my sincere thanks for them. As I am the only person in this hospital getting your paper, I pass it along to the patients in my ward after I am finished with it and show them this thriving industry that we have back home. Many of the boys express amazement at the size of the mill in such a small town.

So far, in the four months I have been here I have yet to meet any of the Hespeler boys who preceded me overseas. Maybe it is just as well when you consider the type of work I am doing.

Well, thanks again.

Yours sincerely,
A99366 Pte. Bill Newnes,
No. 19 Can. Gen. Hospital,
Canadian Army Overseas.


The Editor:

As usual I’m a little late in writing, but I still think of the Mill, and well I may. As regular as the day, the cigarettes you send come, and I wish to thank you. They are certainly appreciated and I assure you that all the other boys over here will say the same.

I also receive the paper you send and look forward to it each month. Helps us all to keep track of what is going on over there, as you have really made a number of changes and improvements.

Thanking you all,

Yours sincerely,

A37994 Pte. Bruce Ellis,
“E” Company,
3 Cdn. Inf. Reinf. Unit,
Canadian Army Overseas.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill

The picture is a little out of date but it’s the first chance we have had to print it.

Spring Is Here

Della Fulcher

And this really proves it, even if we did have to scratch in the apple blossoms on the plate with a pen knife. The girl? – Della Fulcher, Filling Winding


Bud Hunt, who reported for duty with the R.C.A.F. in Toronto on May 24th, was presented with a Schaeffer pen and pencil set on behalf of the Worsted Yarn Mfg. Section.

Enlistments for this month include Randall Clulow in the Army and Bud Hunt and Vincent Campbell with the Air Force.

Jessie Scott who has been transferred from the Burling & Mending Dept. to the Payroll Dept. was presented with a silver cream and sugar on behalf of the Burling & Mending Dept.

On Saturday, May 22, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Midgley received a cable advising them that their son Sgt. Douglas Midgley, who has been serving overseas with the R.C.A.F. since January 1942, has been commissioned as a pilot officer.

Sgt. Wm. Lamb, home from overseas, visited the mill on May 25th.

Frank Johnston whose marriage took place on June 5th, was presented with a silver gravy bowl and tray on behalf of the Laboratory staff.

Doug. Johnson, who has enlisted with the Air Force, was presented with an identification bracelet on behalf of the Woollen Spinning Dept. when he visited at the Mill on Saturday.


May 5th, a son, George Charles, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Rahman.

May 5th, a son, Richard Harold, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Chadwick.

May 11th, a daughter, Carol Lynn, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wamsley.

May 19th, a daughter, Sharon Ann to Sgt. Harry O’Krafka and Mrs. O’Krafka.


The W.W.U. held its regular meeting on Monday, June 7th, in the Town hall.

The Agreement has now been signed by both the Company and the Union. During the life of this Agreement it is the duty of every one of us to gather all the information concerning our own particular job so that the Agreement can be amended if necessary next year. If you have a kick, let’s hear about it. Our Union meetings are open to all members and you should make it a practice to attend. You elected us, now support us. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 7th, at 7.30p.m. in the Town Hall. The regular meeting date for the Union has been set for the first Wednesday of every month.

On June 8th, we were informed that our joint application with the Company to the Regional War Labour Board for vacations with pay and time and a half for overtime had been approved. The Board also made the time and a half provision retroactive to May 10th.

Your President visited the office of the Board last week to make sure that our application had been properly made our and that no difficulty was expected in securing approval. The officers of the Board were very helpful and anxious to co-operate. They told us to call on them at any time for any assistance they could give. It is very likely that this personal contact helped a lot in getting our application approved.

Incidentally your President has guaranteed payment of our printing bill and has forked out money in travelling expenses to get things done for you. Now that the Union has been successful in getting something that will pay your dues for years to come please sign up for those few cents in dues so we can have a little expense money ready for the next time we have a job to do. We said we could get you more with less trouble and less expense than any other way it could be done and we have proved it. Now is the time for you to get behind us and make the W.W.U. 100% strong.

During the fall and winter term it is our intention to have speakers address the meetings, after the business session. Now if you have any ideas as to what would interest the majority of the members pass it along to your Steward.

Remember this is YOUR Union. Its success depends on YOU.

Individual Union membership cards are being distributed by the Shop Stewards. Perhaps you have yours now. If not you will receive one within the next few days.

More Time Study stewards are needed. We urge that more Union members take advantage of the Company’s offer to train them in Time Study and Bonus work.

To Our Fellow Workers in Uniform:

Address us, Box 133, Hespeler, for any information you might like to have regarding your Union.

President, W.W.U.

We would enjoy hearing your thoughts on our Newsletter.

We appreciate comments from our men and women based in Canada and overseas. If you have anything to add, we encourage you to also leave a comment here. If you'd like to contact us privately, please write to our switchboard operator. Our Office will respond to your letter as time permits.

1 Comment

  1. Harry A. Munn

    I have received several copies from friends of your D. W. & W. News and really find it an interesting paper. May I be so bold as to ask if my name could be entered on your mailing list. Since I was at one time in your employ, naturally I find your news very interesting.

    At present I am firing a boiler at our new Naval base near Digby, Nova Scotia.

    It has been seven months since I last saw the fair town of Hespeler and I must say it’s cheerful to get news from the home town.

    Hoping that my name maybe entered on your mailing list, I remain

    Harry A. Munn,
    V-43736, Stoker 1/c,
    Naval Training Est,
    Deep Brook, N.S.


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