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George & Emma Posliff - Retired Farmers
263 Huron Street
Stratford, ON

In 1924 George and Emma Posliff built a house at 263 Huron Street. The Posliffs had recently moved from a farm in Elma Township to retire in Stratford.


George William Posliff was born on October 24, 1868.  He was the oldest son of George Posliff Sr. who was born in England on March 14, 1845.  George Sr. met Ann Pogson from Lincolnshire, England.  They were married while living in England and then immigrated to Canada.  The Posliffs purchased a farm on Lot 25, Con 15 in Elma Township.  This single brick veneer 16 room house became home to their son George and 2 other children.  

While growing up George William learned to read and write.  He attended the local Methodist Church.  Like many children who were raised on farms, as his father aged it appears that George took over the farm.   George Posliff Sr. died in 1911 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in the Milverton area. 


George William met Emma Hannah Soeder and they were married on October 5, 1882. Emma, born in February 1877, was the 4th of 11 children who were raised on a farm in the same area as the Posliffs.  Her father, Ernst Soeder, was born on September 1, 1848 in Hessen, Germany.  He and his family immigrated to Canada in 1854. Ernst lived in the Perth Country area first as a servant than as a farmer.  He met and married Katerina Yundt.  

George and Emma had 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys.  Their first child, Clara “Pearl” was born in 1901.  She grew up on the farm and sought a career in business.  At 22, on 18 April, 1923 she married Edward Ward.  Their second child, Nelson Edgar, was born on September 11, 1905 (d.1968).  He married Beatrice Mary Elizabeth Drown (1910 – 1990) on September 11, 1931.  They lived their lives in Perth County.  Aaron Wesley was born during January 1907.  At age 19, he married Lillian Rebecca Morris (1907- 1997).   He died in 1971 while living in Orange County, Florida.  William “Edward” was born on May 20, 1909.   On October 10, 1933, he married Elsie M. Harloff.  Gertrude Elizabeth was born on July 11, 1912.  She married William Barlow (1911 – 1983).  Gertrude died July 15, 2002 while living in Santa Monica, California.  Emma, the youngest, was born in 1917.  She married Leonard Ball and they lived in the Simcoe area.


Retirement was a busy time for George.  He lived at 263 Huron Street for 18 years where he was known for doing all his own gardening and helping his neighbours with their outside work.  He also was a driver for the Stratford Cartage Company. In the 1930 City Directory, it appears that 3 of their children were living with their parents.  Edward was working at Kroehler Manufacturing Company, Gertrude was a saleslady at the Keystone Bakery and Nelson worked at Matthew Motors.  George was a member at Central United Church.


George passed away at his home on June 29, 1943 after suffering two heart attacks. He is buried in Avondale Cemetery in Stratford. Friends said he had a young spirit, enjoyed the news and in particular followed the news of WWII.  


Emma continued living at 263 Huron Street until she was 78 (approx. 1954).   At this time she moved to the Calcott Nursing Home, where she passed away on July 3, 1959.  She was survived by her 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. At the time of her passing, two of her children were living in Stratford, Nelson close by on Huron Street and Edward who lived on Ontario Street.  She was buried with George in Avondale Cemetery.