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Monday, December 10, 2018

Chesley Bridge May Be Named After Local Family

Chesley | by John Divinski  

The Chesley Main Street Bridge could soon be known as the Oswald Bridge.

The Chesley Main Street Bridge, which officials hope will open by the end of December, could be known as the Oswald Bridge in the future.

In a letter to Bruce County Council, the municipality of Arran Elderslie is asking for the designation.

Newly elected Mayor and County Councillor from the community, Steve Hammell says the suggestion came from Arran Elderslie councillor Doug Bell.

Hammell says there have been several generations of Oswalds in Chesley since the 1860's and each generation has served the community and its people.

The latest is 86 year old Ron Oswald, who is no longer involved in politics, but remains very active as a volunteer.

He was one of the driving forces behind the recent Bruce County 150th anniversary celebrations.

Oswald says it would be a great honour to have the bridge take the family name.

He says his grandfather was a councillor and reeve in Elderslie in the 1920's and his father William was a councillor as well and the Warden of Bruce County in 1954.

Ron Oswald himself was the last mayor of Chesley before amalgamation and the first mayor of Arran Elderslie in 1999 and served as Bruce County Warden in 2006 before retiring from politics in 2010.

The request to name the Chesley bridge, the Oswald Bridge has been forwarded to the Bruce County Transportation and Environmental Services Committee for study and a recommendation back to county council.


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