Tessie Greig

Bruce County Warden Tessie Greig
“Her early education was obtained in the little red school house on Judge’s Creek (S.S. #4). Here was instilled the determination to keep on trying until you had reached your goal in life.” Daughter Willa Greig Schmitthausler

Tessie Greig (nee Duke, second marriage Feemster)


“Her early education was obtained in the little red school house on Judge’s Creek (S.S. #4). Here was instilled the determination to keep on trying until you had reached your goal in life.” Daughter Willa Greig Schmitthausler


Tessie Greig was truly a trailblazer in the County of Bruce when she was the first woman elected to the position of Warden in 1965. Tessie competed against six other Reeves for this position. She had served in the capacity of the Reeve of Lion’s Head from 1960 to 1967. Prior to becoming Reeve, Tessie had served on the Lion’s Head Village Council for a number of years. During Tessie’s tenure as Warden of the County of Bruce, she was presented with the first yardage of the Bruce County Tartan and also the new County Crest.


Tessie was born near Barrow Bay in Eastnor Township and she was a daughter of Thomas and Barbara Duke. In 1917, she married Byron Greig whom she had met while working at the General Store and Post Office at Barrow Bay. Tessie and Bryon were a formidable couple as they farmed in Lion’s Head for many years and later entered into the tourist business by operating Greig’s Cottages. Tessie maintained an energetic pace of life by purchasing and remodeling old buildings. When the first O.P.P. Detachment was established in Lions Head, it was Tessie who built the home for the first Constable. Tessie and Byron built their own home and cottages from stones that they had picked and drawn.


Not only did Tessie demonstrate her sense of community in the physical building of residences and in serving in government roles, she contributed by her association in a number of organizations. Tessie became a member of the Women’s Institute in the 1940s and she was a Past-President of the local Women’s Institute and of the District Women’s Institute. Tessie had a vested interest in the horticultural aspects of Lion’s Head by becoming a member and the President of the Eastnor Horticultural Society. Tessie served on the first executive of the Lion’s Head Bruce Trail Club as the trail was being created.  She was also a member of the Bruce County Historical Society and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Legion Branch 202. Tessie was an adherent to the Anglican Church.


During her lifetime, Tessie had the role of spouse to Bryon and mother to daughter, Willa and sons Wallace and John. She was predeceased by Bryon in 1970 and she married Dr. Roy Feemster in 1973. At the time of her death on June 12, 1974, Tessie had been serving as a charter member of the Georgian College Board of Directors. Georgian College’s major focus is the promotion of education through the applied Arts and Technology.


Through a life well lived, Tessie Greig Feemster was determined and she kept on trying until she reached her goals in life and will be truly remembered as a community “Explorer” in the County of Bruce. 


Explorer's of Bruce

Mir Hassamudddin - Shenstone Motor Inn Elaine Mathewson
henry_paliga Abdon Aguillon
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