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Percy Stanley Craighead

Born Born 05 August 1895 in Percy Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario.
Died Died 04 Nov 1975 in Sidney Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.
Married Married 28 Dec 1935 to Nora Elizabeth Benson, b. 27 Dec 1906, d. 20 Sep 1977

Parents and Family of Percy Stanley Craighead:

  • Father: John Craighead; b. 2 May 1847, d. 13 April 1923
  • Mother: Letitia Cochrane; b. 14 Jan 1861, d. 29 Aug 1943
  1. James Craighead; b. 1889, d. 1890
  2. Jessie Craighead; b. 1890, d. 1891
  3. Robert Craighead; b. 1892, d. 1894
  4. Percy Stanley Craighead; b. 05 Aug 1895, d. 04 Nov 1975
  5. John Seymour Craighead; b. 10 Jul 1897, d. 19 Jan 1983
  6. Charles Gordon Craighead; b. 09 Oct 1899, d. 02 Nov 1970
  7. William Henry Craighead; b. 03 Oct 1900, d. 06 Mar 1964

Parents and Family of Nora Elizabeth Benson:

  • Father: Edward Benson; b. 10 Sep 1875, d. 18 Jul 1957
  • Mother: Elizabeth Ann Wood; b. 13 Sep 1885, 16 May 1918
  1. Nora Elizabeth Benson; b. 27 Dec 1906, d. 20 Sep 1977
  2. Camilla Marie Benson; b. 15 Jun 1909, d. 05 Sep 1991
  3. Edward Earl Benson; b. 21 Jan 1912, d. 17 Dec 1971
  4. Margaret Beatrice Benson; b. 12 Apr 1913, d. 30 Jun 1985

Chidren of Percy Craighead and Nora Benson:

  1. John Edward Craighead
  2. Donald Claire Craighead

The Parents of Percy

Percy's parents, John Craighead and Letitia Cochrane, were married on 27 Mar 1889 at Warkworth, Ontario. They moved into the 150 acres farm that John had purchased on 22 Dec 1888 at Lot 20, Concession 9 of Percy Twp., Northumberland Co., at Godolphin, approximately 10 kilometres west of the town of Campbellford, Ontario. Here, they had 7 children of which the first 3 died as infants. Percy was the oldest of the surviving children (4 boys). John and Letitia sold this farm on 1 Feb 1905 and moved the family into Campbellford. Then on 3 Jan 1907, they purchased an 164 acres farm on the north halves of Lots 25 & 26 of Concession 9 in Sidney Twp., Hastings Co., on the east side of Stirling, Ontario. Percy took over the ownership of the farm on 29 Dec 1921. John died on 13 Apr 1923 and was buried in the family plot at Stirling Cemetery. Letitia lived another 20 years on the farm with son Percy and his wife Nora until 29 Aug 1943 when she died and was buried in the Stirling Cemetery.

Percy’s Early Years

Percy and his 3 brothers lived their early lives on the farm near Godolphin and attended a small one room country school. His education continued in Campbellford and then in Stirling where he completed his grade eight education and received his entrance certicate for high school in 1910. Being the eldest boy, he remained at home and helped on the farm. In 1918, Percy joined the Canadian army and was stationed at Seaforth, England, when armistice was signed. He remained at Seaforth until the following August and arrived home on 20 Aug 1919. He resumed his destiny of taking over the family farm which he did on 29 Dec 1921. After his father died in 1923, Percy looked after his mother.

Some interesting events:

  • 1911 - First sewing machine.
  • 1920 - First radio.
  • 1920 - First car, Chevolet 490, costing $1,119.00.
  • 1925 - Purchased the first milking machine that ran by a gas engine.
  • 1928 - Installed plumbing & bath in house using a hand pump, $326.68.
  • 1930 - Installed electrical service to house and barn, $192.95.
  • 1930 - Bought an electric heater.

Percy and Nora

Percy married Nora Benson on 28 Dec 1935 in Ivanhoe, Ontario. She was born the eldest child of Edward Benson and when her mother died, Nora had to quit school at the age of 11 to stay home and help raise her 3 younger siblings and do the work around the house. After marriage, they established their home on the family farm. Percy and Nora farmed and took care of Percy's mother until her death while raising 2 children. They were involved in the various activities of a rural agricultural life and always remained close to home where many friends and relatives would visit.

Some interesting events:

  • 1936 - Bought an electric washing machine.
  • 1936 - Bought an electric radio.
  • 1946 - Bought first tractor, a Cockshutt.
  • 1947 - Bought a Frigidaire fridge, $295.00.
  • 1952 - Bought a deep freezer, $500.00.
  • 1952 - Bought an electric stove, $300.00.
  • 1955 - Bought their first television, $399.00.
  • 1958 - Sold the horses.
  • 1974 - Sold the dairy cows & milk quota.

The Final Years for Percy and Nora

In 1969, Percy and Nora sold the farm to their son, John, and moved into a house in Stirling. Percy continued to help on the farm. Then on 4 Nov 1975, Percy was driving the tractor down the highway and as he turned to go up the side road a car hit him from behind and the tractor rolled over onto him. Nora then went into the nursing home in Stirling where she died on 20 Sep 1977. Both Percy and Nora are buried in the family plot at the Stirling Cemetery.
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