Joan M Borho

Joan M Borho
Come on home to the country where everyone is your neighbour

I moved to my parent’s home town, Walkerton, Bruce County when I was 9 years old.  At 72 years of age I can truly call Bruce County my home.  As a child my family went to the beach often.  After a couple of years in the city, I returned, married, and became a Formosa dairy farmer’s wife. We retired to the beautiful hamlet of Formosa 19 years ago.  In 2008 my hubby, Bill, and I were the chairs of the Tented City at the International Plough Match held in Teeswater.  I wrote this poem/song then, and my granddaughter, Jacquie, put music to it and sang it.  I still feel the same way about my home, Bruce County.



Come On Home to the Country


Come on home to the country where everyone is your neighbour,

Where warm smiles and sweet smells are treasurers to savour,

Where the gentle winds whisper and brush by your ear,

O Bruce County at last I am here.


Lake Huron sunsets and sandy shores open hearts and open doors.

To the Point people go, working hard to make hydro,

And all along the shore,

Stroll lovers evermore.


Black and white cows in green pastures of mine,

Straight and even furrows at ploughing time.

White faced Herefords with suckling babies near,

Waving fields of yellow wheat are thing that I hold dear.


Get your suit and get your fishing pole.

Join the neighbours at the old swimming hole.

When you hear the children call,

Grab your glove, grab your bat and let’s play ball.


What is Bruce County without a house party?

Momma’s in the kitchen cooking something hearty.

Everyone is gathering out back by the fire,

Or having a laugh, strumming a tune, or squeezing that girl tighter.


Come on home to the country where everyone is your neighbour,

Where warm smiles and sweet smells are treasurers to savour,

Where the gentle winds whisper and brush by your ear,

O Bruce County at last I am here.


By Joan (Mittelholtz) Borho


Explorer's of Bruce

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Debbie Giles Ed Giles
Margaret Adams (Copeland) Jennifer-Lea Oaks Jacalene Burrows (Wiggins)
Katie Lutz Asha and Averee Hamann Jim McTeer Katherine Gowing Gerda Roppel Bev Johnston Joyce Johnston Val Kerr Liz Stobo
Ray Pennington Marcus Lorch, Shepard, Lily Louis Schafer Laurel and Dan Silenzi Jan and John Donnelley Larry Catteau Gay Ratcliffe Gretta Fletcher
Wendy Henderson Larry Weber Maureen Daly-Doersam David Myette Rosanne Moore and Tim Amos Dr. John Van Dorp
Ron Logan Bette Cameron Rowena Tindall Elaine Robins Lloyd Ruffett Lois Hutton Steve Gurney Lilian Chatburn Nathan S Landon
Dr. Harold Robinson Watching the 1987 Canada Cup hockey game Samuel Crawford Retube Bruce "A" Now! Robert Sutherland Plaque at Bruce County Courthouse Thomas Scott moving a house Mel Schroeder Karen Ribey
Ron Oswald Alexander McNeill with his dog There is a season for everything and God gave us memories so we could have roses in December. Lucknow Pipe Band Eldon Lowry Bob Kerry Dennis Hunter Sergio Holobrosky
Captain Alfred Hackett Tish Ford Hugh Ferguson family in front of car Pearl McKelvie Paterson Kerr Elsie Dobson William Wilfred Campbel Joan M Borho Jeanette Steeves The Late George Redden, Carrick Township
Donald McLellan, the Old Reeve of Bruce Township Alexander McCarter, Walkerton William Millar Ex-Reeve of Kincardine Township William Millar, JP of Kincardine Township John Little, one of the first settlers of Brant Township William Johnston, or King Johnston first settler in Brant Township Dr. Margaret MacKellar Howard Krug Bruce County Warden Tessie Greig
Sergeant William Victor Tranter in uniform Rachel Hepburn John S. Tolton, Walkerton Thomas Todd, one of the first settlersin Brant Township Edward McDonald, Deputy Reeve of Walkerton Peter Stewart McLaren, Bruce Township William Carnegie, Mildmay James Taylor, MD, Tara James Murphy, MD, Mildmay
Richard Rivers, President of the Northern Exhibition Society, Walkerton Malcolm Campbell, Lucknow Samuel T. Rowe, Paisley Thomas Pickard, Glammis Paul Ross, Ex-Mayor of Walkerton Michael Fischer, many years Reeve of Carrick Township William Collins, Walkerton James Allen, Reeve of Amabel Township George Gould, Arran Township
Andrew Bingham, pioneer of Carrick Township Richard Guinn, deceased, one of the first settlers of Brant Township John Grainger, Brant Township Charles Wickham, Kincardine Township David Gairdner, deceased, Late Clerk of Kincardine Township Yours Truly, Thomas Bearman, Elderslie township James Reekie, deceased, settled in Kincardine Township 1854 Ira Fulford, one of the first settlers of Teeswater John Douglass, Arran Township
Robert Baird, Kincardine, Warden of Bruce County John Gillies, MP for North Bruce Duncan Kerr, Brant Township Peter F. Brown, First Settler in Teeswater John Hunter Luke Gardiner Alexander McNabb, Crown Land Agent, Southampton A.S. Elliot Robert Graham
Ann-Marie John Valentine Alexander Sproat Sir William Hearst Hannah Rusk Kelly Colonel Hugh Clark Francis Paddy Walker John Harnage Scougall in his office