My Aunt Sylvia (nicknamed Picca) made the papers I’m using to transcribe the “Oaths” written in support of Rev. Libero Sauro’s character (my grandfather) when he was arrested by the RCMP during WWII. Of his nine children, Sylvia was the oldest of his two daughters.
Before shed died in 2021, she left me a stack of papers she made from cornhusks, cattails, plumed grass and Yucca. These are beautiful papers, my gel pen glides smoothly across the page and each sheet feels different and unique from the other. I get goosebumps knowing that her hands made the pulp and pulled and pressed each sheet that I am now using to tell special part of her family’s history.
The Oaths that I have transcribed were written by the following:
My Grandmother, Clementina Sauro
Peter Bryce, Doctor of Divinity and Minister of Metropolitan United Church
William John Mumford, Minister, United Church of Canada in Toronto
Gilbert Agar, Minister, United Church of Canada and Secretary of the Community Welfare Council of Ontario
Thomas W. Neal, Minister, United Church of Canada
Robert B. Cochrane, Secretary, Board of House Mission, United Church of Canada