Here is a brief description, of the Royal True Blue and Orange Home, i copied this from somewhere, but can't recall where. My apologies to it's author.
Loyal True Blue and Orange Home
Motto:"They stand straightest who stoop to help a little child"
Location: north on Yong Street [Hwy. 11]
to Richmond Hill.
How it began: The home began as the benevolent
work of the Loyal True Blue and Orange Lodges circa1923.
For over 100 years the Loyal True Blue Association
in Canada has taken an active interest in children's welfare.
It was in 1889 that Mrs Joseph Hilton,
a member of Lady Verner True Blue Lodge in Toronto,
became concerned that facilities for Protestant orphans were totally inadequate.
She spearheaded a drive at the True Blue Grand Lodge in 1890
that resulted in the appointment of an orphanage board.
Where & When it began: The idea caught the imagination of True Blue members
throughout the province of Ontario and through the initiative
of the Picton Lodge property was obtained and on August 23, 1899,
the orphanage was declared open at Picton, Ontario.
It soon became apparent that accommodation was far too small to meet the needs
required, but the project itself had met with great acceptance
by lodge members.
the Provincial Grand Orange Lodges of Ontario East and West
had shown their support and were added to the Board of Management
and in 1919 the property at Richmond Hill was puchased.
members of the Ladies Orange Benevolent Association
in Ontario East and West joined in the project.
On October 22, 1921, the cornerstone was laid for the Richmond Hill building
by H.C. Hocken, the then Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada,
and the unity of the Blue and Orange
became visible in the spacious building
which was officially opened on Dominion Day, 1923
with W.W. Fitzgerald presiding.
The dedicatory prayer was said by Reverend W.L.L. Lawrence,
and giving Grand Lodge approval was the Grand Master of Canada,
the Honourable W.D. McPherson K.C., accompanied by H.C. Hocken M.P.
The True Blues were represented by George Farley, Grand Master,
and the L.O.B.A. was honoured by the presence of Mary Cullum,
their founder and first Grand Mistress.
The event aroused interest throughout the entire country
and to this day citizens of all denominations point with pride to the landmark
at Richmond Hill. Each year the Home holds 'Open House',
a special occasion when visitors and former residents are welcomed.
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