Stewart Oldford was born in Musgravetown, Newfoundland, and grew up there. There are apparently still some Oldfords in Musgravetown.
He had a full high school education, according to Elsie (Oldford) Howes.
He settled in Cambridge and plied his trade as a carpenter. He would hoist a heavy toolbox onto his shoulder and walk into Boston to work. Several years later, probably at an Orangemen's picnic, he met Hilda, who had come to Cambridge from Nova Scotia with her parents.
He married Hilda on April 28, 1917. Four of their six children were born before they left the metropolitan area. The family moved into the humble summer camp of a Dr. Heaton, with one room and a kitchen, on Church Lane in Burlington, Massachusetts. This house was continually improved upon.
They lived in Burlington for most of their lives together. He was very active in the town. He designed and built the Honor Roll for WWII servicemen and women for the Town Hall lawn.
During World War II he was a warden that helped enforce blackout regulations. The war brought the family tragedy: Wally went missing over the Pacific.
Stewart was an active member of the Loyal Order of Orangemen, which had its origins as a secret society of loyalists in Northern Ireland. He rose in the organization to become a "Black Knight." The family attended the annual picnic every July 12. He also belonged to the Grange and Civic Clubs.
After a long bout of arthritis, which incapacitated him many times in his life, he was forced to depend on a wheelchair. He died in 1973.
According to Peg, he told Oldford family stories about Lord Nelson and the battle of Trafalgar.
According to Jack Howes, he designed the Tewksbury house Jim & Elsie raised their family in, and David Howes still has those plans.
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