The letter by Elizabeth Hudson, appearing in your column on August 16th under the
Wake Up, Wake Up was a thorough statement of the reasons council should
reject the Heritage Designation Project. Her letter should be required reading by
all the residents of Central Elgin and we would urge those who have not read it
to go to the Port Stanley News archive and do so.
Elizabeth Hudson lives in what we have known for decades as the MacKenzie house
and we think we are as well acquainted with the history of that family as any members
of Heritage Port. Did you know that the trim in this house is made of chestnut harvested
at the Armstrong farm near Dexter? Did you know that Joe and Eric Mackenzie were
avid photographers? We have Joe's bellows camera and many of their photographs in
Alvin Culver once did a great painting showing Joe Mackenzie walking past the front
of the bank on his evening tour to the BA service station that stood on the corner
where the medical centre is. If you want to preserve the old Port Stanley, this
is one way to do it without interfering with the property rights of others.
The Mackenzie house is an important part of the village to us. It has stood there
largely intact for much more than the seventy years or more that we have known it.
Nonetheless, it is now the Hudson House and if Elizabeth chooses to paint it sky
blue pink trimmed with thunder and lightning, that is her concern, and if the chestnut
trim is worn and needs to be replaced, let her choose the material.
Elizabeth Hudson was absolutely correct in everything she said in her letter. Our
concern is that readers who agree with her sentiments will become apathetic and
forget the designation process she has so eloquently opposed. As Elizabeth said,
"Wake Up, Wake Up".
Frank and Nancy Prothero
Port Stanley, ON