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Object ID # 1955.012.021
Object Name Cover, Cushion
Title Souvenir Cushion Cover from the Great War
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1918
Made Unknown Belgian lady?
Place of Origin Likely Belgium?
Description A white silk cushion top with lace frill and peachy pink ribbon decoration in each corner. It is a souvenir of the Great War (World War I), showing a burning building in each corner and a floral painting of pansies in the centre.
Provenance This item was likely sent home, or brought home to Grey County, Ontario by Arthur Husband, who served in the Great War.
He survived the war, but after his return to Canada, he resumed his medical studies, and while working elsewhere for the summer, drowned in 1920. His mother Mary Husband died soon after.

The item was last owned by Mrs. Alice Husband (nee Gilbert), the second wife of Arthur's father, Mr. Charles Husband.

The Husband family is recorded in the book BEAUTIFUL STONEY KEPPEL (1986), see page 352. Charles Husband had purchased the Kemble blacksmith shop in 1888.
The family is also listed in the 1901 Census of Keppel Township:
They were at Pt. Lot 40, and Lot 41, Con. 19:
Husband, Charles...b. June 9, 1864, age 36, b. Ontario, Methodist, Blacksmith. His wife was Mary Husband, b. May 11, 1866. Their son, Arthur C. Husband was born Oct. 25, 1889 and was then 11 years old. Their daughter Eliza G. Husband was born Oct. 14, 1891 and was 9 years old. A blacksmith apprentice named Wm. G. Grant, age 22, resided with them.

Arthur Husband drowned in the Nipigon River in August of 1920. Arthur, after completing the study of medicine in Toronto had enlisted in the First World War and went overseas, receiving a commission. After the war he had returned to his medical studies, and worked as a fire ranger and trapper during the summer.

Arthur Clifford Husband's death registration reads that his date of death was August 24, 1920. He died at Virgin Falls, Ontario, age 30, 11 mos. He was a medical student.

Collection Textiles, Household Linens Collection
Material Silk/Lace/Ribbon/Paint/Thread
Found Kemble, Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Husband, Charles
Husband, Arthur
Subjects The Great War
First World War
World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Lace making