Mary Ellen, daughter of
Robert Henry Tunks and Thirsa
Hewitt, was born 7 August 1882 at Bothwell, Ontario180.
Mary married Daniel Burke on 12 March 1906 in the
parsonage at Glencoe, Ontario. Daniel Joseph, son of Daniel Burke and
was born 14 April 1883 at Bothwell, Ontario182.
The marriage record listed Dan’s occupation as a labourer.
Dan was living at Detroit, Michigan when he signed his
WWI Attestation Paper on 6 May 1916 to join the 186th
Battalion of the Canadian
Army. The interesting aspect of this document was the line of next of
kin being “Mary Ellen Burk” and the address of your next-of-kin line had
the telling answer of “not known”.
Mary was said to
have later married Joseph Cherry.
An interview by Audrey Kelly recorded Glen Kelly’s
recollectiions about Joe Cherry from the Bothwell basket factory,
in log steaming and fell into one of the vats one day. A quick pull from
one of the workers saved his life, although he was in bad shape for a
long time." "Joe was a pretty tough old guy. He had a black belt he won
for boxing, welterweight or some weight from boxing. At the job Joe used
to go a little bit of home-made bootlegging and in order to keep law and
order there, he used to get a razor out and clear the house out. One
time there he came out like a wild man and they went through the screen
His sister-in-law, Carrie (Tunks) Stocking, recalled
that they moved to Saginaw, Michigan. She added that Joe Cherry was at
one time a lightweight boxer