23 April 2010


From an article in The Montreal Gazette on this day in 1946 about George W. Spinney, C.M.G., president of the Bank of Montreal, after his four-week trip to England :

Mr. Spinney returned from England in the Queen Mary. He said the ship carried about 2,000 British-born American brides and nearly 700 children who were en route to new homes in the United States.

"The Red Cross, under whose guidance these young women and their children were being transported, are doing splendid work," Mr. Spinney said. "Each day aboard ship the brides were instructed in the mannerisms and ways of life they would meet in their new land."

Although they were to become Americans, Mr. Spinney said, their American Red Cross instructors told them never to forget England.

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