NO. 3

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


Gordon Dalgleish

Sgt. Pilot Gordon Dalgleish

NO. 1 C.N.S., Rivers, Manitoba

Gordon Dalgleish was born in Appelaton, Ontario, on September 25th, 1919, and moved to Hespeler with his family when only six months old, where he has resided ever since. He attended Hespeler Public School and the Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School.

Following the example of his father, who has been associated with the textile business for forty-seven years, he joined the D.W. & W. staff in November, 1936, as shipper’s helper in the Dalvay Knit Goods section. After six months’ experience in the shipping department he was transferred to the Cloth Finishing Department where he was employed until enlisting. During the years he spent in this department he became familiar with the various processes included in the finishing of cloth.

Besides being keenly interested in hockey, baseball and lacrosse, having played on local teams in all of these sports, Gordon was an excellent swimmer and spent much of his spare time at Puslinch Lake.

He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on August 23rd, 1941and was posted to Manning Pool, Toronto, for training. Later he received training at Trenton, Mount Hope and then Dunnville, where he received his wings. He is now stationed at Rivers, Manitoba, where he is taking a two months’ course in navigation.


Canadian Army Gets Tryout in France

To Our Boys — We have been looking for the names of your units among those engaged at Dieppe but so far have not found any. Just the same we are proud of you. If you weren’t there yourselves a lot of your pals were, and we know the stories would have been just as thrilling if you had been in their places. We know you haven’t been training for two years just to shoot marbles. We can guess that you are fed up with training and that the prospect of action is a welcome release.

Don’t forget that we are pulling for you. We are watching dispatches for your names and the names of your units. Keep us posted on your transfers and changes of address. When you get stripes tell us about them. We must know the things because you are a part of us.

We’ll try not to let you down.

Headquarters’ Staff

Irma Hodges and John Edward Hodges
Lance Corporal Edward Hodges’ headquarters staff, John Edward and Irma.

Measure and Roll

Measure and Roll

The last operation of the intricate business of woollen manufacturing is measuring and rolling, measuring to determine the amount to be charged to the customer and rolling to make a firm, easily handled package for shipping.

Measuring is a source of much controversy. Woollen goods are not rigid materials. They are elastic and their measurement varies with the tension used in measuring. No two establishments will measure a number of pieces exactly alike. Customers, being human, complain when their measurement is less than ours and say nothing when it is more. To make this job as foolproof as possible D. W. & W. use an automatic measuring machine in conjunction with the final rolling operation. The tension is always uniform and the length of each piece to the nearest eighth of a yard is printed on a piece ticket by the machine itself. Since this equipment has been in operation claims for short measure have been greatly reduced. The machines are illustrated above with Irene Searle, Vincent Campbell and Don. Finch in the background.


Earl Constant, who reported for duty with the R.C.A.F. in Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 4, was presented with a Gladstone bag on behalf of the office staff before he left.

How To Save Gas

Ethel Beamish, Alma Eagle and Elma Mather

Buy a bicycle like Ethel Beamish, Alma Eagle and Elma Mather.

Letters from the Boys

The Editor:

Received your most welcome cigarettes and am writing to thank you for them. The cigarettes are hard to get and are expensive. It is real good to know that you think of us over in this country. I am having a pretty good time but would like to be back again.

The mill paper is welcome and I look for it every month. I have received all of them except one.

Well, thanks a million for the cigarettes, and here is hoping that the war is over soon and we can all come back to good old Hespeler.

Yours truly,

A56866 Pte. Heinz Kroeker,
5th Canadian Armoured Division,
Infantry Reinforcement Unit,
Canadian Army Overseas.


The Editor:

Many thanks for the cigs which I received last week. The mail hasn’t been so fast of late but thank goodness your parcel always comes along.

I haven’t had a D. W. & W. News for a couple of months. I sure hope they come as I look forward to seeing them every month.

We put on another good show for Jerry last night; no doubt you will read about it.

Thanks again,

Yours truly,

Canada R84186
Sgt. D. E. Midgely,
R.C.A.F. Overseas, Att’d. R.A.F.


The Editor:

I received the cigarettes. Many thanks. They really come in handy as we can’t buy them over here. It is good to get them regularly. The first came as a surprise, but now they seem to be a regular issue. I am sure all the boys appreciate them.


A35325 Gnr. Alex McLaughlin,
16th Batty., 12 Fd. Reg., R.C.A.,
Canadian Army Overseas.

Another Victory Loan Coming

Works Council Advised of Approaching Victory Loan Campaign

Employees and Works Council were represented by Robert Rendall at a meeting in Hamilton on August 27th at which Mr. J. L. Ilsley, Minister of Finance, addressed workers’ representatives from all industries in the district. Mr. Rendall reported to Works Council that the Minister outlined the government’s problem in raising funds through taxation, compulsory savings and voluntary savings. He stated that taxation and compulsory savings alone could not produce the money required for winning the war and that voluntary savings in the form of War Savings Certificates and Victory Bonds were of vital importance. Another Victory Loan campaign was predicted shortly, possibly in October. The Minister stated that many persons had not determined the exact amount of tax that would be deducted from their pay cheques and were unduly alarmed about the amount of tax they would be expected to pay. In some cases married men with dependents carrying life insurance would pay less income tax than was previously deducted in National Defence Tax.

Attention was drawn to recent accident in the Woollen Carding Dept., and also to the accident which occurred on the night shift in the Worsted Twisting Dept. It was pointed out that both these accidents might have been much more serious than they were, and we are again reminded that we cannot be too careful while at our work.

Council discussed variations in standard weekly hours and their effect on cost-of-living bonuses and decided to make an investigation to find some means to correct the inequalities complained of.

Council discussed the maintenance and use of washrooms and expressed the desire to have washrooms kept clean and in perfect condition at all times.

Council received reports that provision had been made for drawing steam off crab in Wet Finishing Dept.; ventilation in Cloth Carbonizing Room has been completed; and plans are being drawn up for new lumber shed.

Council received requests for improved lighting in the Worsted Spinning Dept.; and sufficient supply of water in washrooms.

New members appointed to act on council for the remainder of the year include Gladys Bishop. representing the night shift, and Douglas Wilson, the day shift of the Worsted Yarn Mfg. Section, and Albert O’Krafka, representing the Cloth Finishing Departments.

Letters from the Boys

The Editor:

Once again I must thank you for the very timely arrival of your cigarettes. They came when I was right out of smokes and on my back in hospital. In fact I was feeling pretty blue! I have been here for three weeks now with rheumatism and it seems to get worse instead of better as time goes on. I was beginning to think I hadn’t a friend in the world when the mail man walked in with the cigarettes.

By the look of your paper, I won’t know the place when I get back, with the new parking lot, new fences, lunch room and all the improvements I see there. It is a fine showing of consideration for your employees as well as a benefit to the town in general and I feel sure it is well appreciated.

I must close now as even writing is hard on my arms as you will be able to see by the bad job I am making of it. Thanking you again for the smokes and wishing all success for the firm in future.

I remain

A28421 Gnr. Jack Woods,
16th L.A.A. Bty., R.C.A.
3rd Cdn. L.A.A. Regt.,
Canadian Army Overseas.


The Editor:

Received your welcome gift of cigarettes and wish to express my deep appreciation.

We are training very strenuously lately and feel fit enough to hand Jerry his Waterloo whenever they give us the chance.

Yours sincerely,

A27136 Pte. James F. Crane,
11th Can. Field Ambulance,
Canadian Army Overseas.

Why Be a Fish?

Fay Dixon

Fay Dixon fishes in one of those sensible sports costumes that are originated whenever pretty girls and photographers meet.


July 18th, a daughter, Sharron Lynn, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hogg.


Lillian Robertson to Gordon Haist. Reside in Hespeler.

Abigail Durnford to Walter Ferguson. Reside in Galt.

Olive Bryans to Wilbert Crosby. Reside in Hespeler.

Mrs. Leona Dickson to Bernard Mooney. Reside in Hespeler.


Mrs. Bernard Mooney, formerly Mrs. Leona Dickson, was informally presented with a coffee table by the members of the Burling and Mending Dept. in honor of her recent marriage.

Charles Klager who reported for duty with the R.C.A.F. at Toronto on Monday, August 17th, was presented with a wrist watch by the members of the office staff before he left.

We add another girl to D.W. & W. enlistments this month. Jean Finch reported for duty with the Women’s Division of the R.C.A.F. at Ottawa on Saturday, August 29. On leaving the employ of the Company, Jean was presented with a leather cosmetic kit by the members of the Winding Department.

Mrs. Parr, who left the employ of the Company on Friday, August 22, was presented with an easy chair by the members of the Burling and Mending Dept.

Olive (Bryans) Crosby was presented with a pair of blankets by the members of the Yarn Shipping Department in honor of her recent marriage.

D. W. & W. enlistments for this month include Ralph Ireland, Donald Bruce and Leonard Haw with the Army, Jean Finch, Alfred O’Krafka, Peter Little, Ronald Ball, Charles Klager, Robert Burn and Earl Constant with the Air Force, and Jack Chapman with the Navy. Also Elgin Culp, who was called for military training, has now enlisted with the Army.

Gordon Dalgleish was a member of the graduating class at No. 6 Service Flying Training School at Dunnville on Friday, August 14th. In addition to receiving his wings he received the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Pilot Dalgleish has left for Rivers, Man., where he is to take a course in navigation.

A bedspread and matching pillow covers were presented by the Worsted Spinning & Twisting Department to Abigail (Durnford) Ferguson who was married on Saturday, Aug. 29th.

On August 20th Clarence Cutting had the misfortune to have his hand badly injured when it was caught in a carding machine while at work. He received treatment for the injury at Galt Hospital and reports indicate that he is progressing favourably.

Balling Yarn

Marie Levitt winding balls of hand knitting yarnMarie Levitt winding balls of hand knitting yarn for soldiers’ socks.

D.W. & W. Represented at lIsley Meeting in Hamilton

On Thursday, August 27th, D. W. & W, along with other local industrial firms was represented at a meeting in Hamilton at which Hon. J. L. Ilsley, Minister of Finance, was the speaker.

Mr. Ilsley, in speaking of the new budget brought down last June stated that Canada is relying heavily on taxation as a means of financing the war, but the government plans to raise only 52% of its total needs by taxation and the additional by borrowing. Compulsory savings, he said, will not yield 10% of the amount which must be borrowed this year, leaving a large part to be raised through voluntary loans from the Canadian people by war savings and Victory loans. Robert Rendall, represented D. W. & W. in Hamilton.

Letters from the Boys

The Editor:

I have received yet another gift of cigarettes and a copy of the News for which I wish to thank all of you.

I notice that the Navy enlistments are slowly crawling higher. I hope be able to meet some of the lads from home. I missed seeing Lloyd Munch by about two hours. He had just been drafted to a ship.

Is everybody at the Mill getting married? Every time I receive a copy of the News, somebody is taking the plunge. Hespeler will become a big city if that keeps up.

Will somebody please send me some photos of the town as I haven’t a single one in my possession.

Thanking you again for the cigarettes and wishing the best of luck to the News, I remain,

Yours gratefully,

Petty Officer Thomas Davis,
H.M.C.S. Restigouche,
c/o Fleet Mail Office,
Halifax, N.S.


Army……………………. 75
Air force ………….…… 50
Navy………..……………. 7
Total                         132

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