Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | June 17, 2019

The Horovitz Legacy Lives On

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This afternoon we received visitors representing three generations of descendants of Cornwall’s longest-serving mayor, Aaron Horovitz. Aaron’s daughter, Barbara Wetstone who resides in Farmington CT, was accompanied by her son Brad, his wife Caryn and their two young sons, Reed and Will, from Alameda CA. While visiting family in the Montreal area, Barbara wanted to make a side trip to Cornwall to reconnect with her roots.

Wetstone_McGimpseysThe family stopped by the old Horovitz homestead on Second Street West next to Memorial Park. Current owners, Bill and Darlene McGimpsey, were only too happy to take time out of their workday to provide a personal tour of the well-appointed house.

Wetstone_BC and BarbMayor Bernadette Clement rearranged her schedule in order to extend official greetings from the City of Cornwall (see our video clip below).

The mayor joined the tour of the home, enjoying hearing Barbara recall the days of her Cornwall youth and of how much the house retains its early charm.

The Wetstone’s next stop was at the Cornwall Community Museum; there they were treated to an exhibit (pictured below) that included photos and commemoratives of Aaron’s time as Cornwall’s mayor, his famous annual Mayor’s Picnic and Parade (pictured above), his involvement in creating Cornwall’s historic Roosevelt Bridge, old family vacation photos and more.

Wetstone_Barb and Brad

Wetstone_KevinBefore resuming their journey, the Wetstones were presented with some official Cornwall swag by Cornwall Tourism’s Kevin Lajoie.

Aaron and his brother arrived in Canada from Romania in 1910, relocated to Cornwall the following year and operated the highly successful Cornwall Pants and Prince Clothing in Cornwall. He served his community (1930-34, 1936, 1944-46, 1949-56) at a time when the mayor’s job was considered part-time; Aaron chose not to draw his salary and was known for his generosity. He is considered Canada’s first Jewish mayor.

DanielleIn 2017, the City resurrected the once hugely popular Mayor’s Picnic for the City’s Victoria Day Monday celebrations during the Canada 150 celebrations. During that event, another Horovitz family member, Danielle Rosen, attended the Museum to conduct some research for her thesis. She too was treated to a homestead tour by the McGimpseys and introduced to the community at the band shell in Lamoureux Park. The Standard-Freeholder ran a feature article; Danielle is pictured above with her mom, Melanie Rosen.

Please follow this LINK to view a blog post on Aaron Horovitz.

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