"Although born in Wroxeter, Pearl McKelvie came at the age of eight with her family, to Chesley where they operated the woollen mill.
She married Thomas Patterson of Elderslie and they farmed on Townline of Elderslie and Brant, retiring to Chesley in 1940’s.
In 1965 she married her second husband, Carmen Kerr of Thornbury, but continued to live in Chesley. After suffering a severe neck injury in a car accident in 1943, Mrs. Kerr started to write poetry as therapy on the advice of her doctor. Their titles are “Whistle While You Walk”, “Down Shady Lanes”, “Word Pictures”, “Cherished memories”, “Along Pioneer Trails”, “Come Walk With Me”, and Selected Poems”. Mrs. Kerr was working on her eighth book at the time of her death in 1976, at the age of 78.
If a kindly soul you wish to be,
Share with friends in intimacy-
The way you live from day to day,
Knowledge you’ve gained along the way,
Pictures you love, the books you read,
A flower grown from a tiny seed."
From “Cherished Memories”
Of her poetry in “Along Pioneer Trails” Pearl writes: “In this little book, I have endeavoured to describe the way of life of our pioneers, and the scenes as I know them, in my own way; to preserve for future generations ere they fade away entirely and are lost forever.”