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John Henley

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Hidden : 05/03/2007
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Born in the late 1800’s, John Henley was orphaned at 5 years of age when both his parents died in the 'flu' epidemic caused by a bug that apparently arrived in England with the soldiers who were returning from the Boer War. He and two of his brothers, William and George, as were many unfortunate boys of the time, taken in by two bachelor brothers who ran an orphanage and School of Handcrafts. He rarely spoke of it, so it must not have been a happy time. However, the orphans were trained in a variety of trades that would allow them to earn a living as well as to develop skills that would be of benefit to the orphanage itself. Thus in addition to learning the trade of shoe repair, he also learned the satisfaction and pleasure of gardening in helping to produce fruit and vegetables for the orphanage tables. In 1912 he and his brother William emigrated to Canada and set up shop in the Belleville area. In 1913, his bride to be, Alice , followed and they were married the day she arrived. After a few years in Madoc and Belleville , John and Alice, together with their young family moved to Cobourg in 1925. John set up shop on King Street , and after a couple of different locations in the block to the west of Victoria Hall, settled his business in the building that was where the structure at the coordinates listed currently exists. The family lived in several different houses in Cobourg where he was able to indulge his love of gardening, particularly roses, as well as vegetables. He was a fixture on King Street , and ran his shoe repair business, where he also repaired bicycles and sharpened skates until a fire in the building, and John lost all of his equipment and his building. At 81, he decided that it was not feasible to restart the business and retired.

The community recognized him as the individual with the longest running business on King Street by reconstructing his shop as a passageway from parking areas to the main street.

This cache is dedicated to his memory.

The cache is NOT at the posted co-ordinates, you will need to drive to the actual cache.

To find the cache, answer the following questions based on your careful observation of the area. These will give you the numbers to complete the coordinates.

SO....Go to the posted co-ordinates and look about to answer the following questions:

B= Number of Ball topped 'Hitching Posts' on the sidewalk near by._____

C= The White door immediately to the west has two numbers and a letter on it, what is the second number?___8 ( door was painted =( __

D= The number of letters in the middle word of the name of the restaurant to the East minus one._____

E= The number of benches on the sidewalk near by._____

M= The number of 6x6 fence posts in the back fence minus 6.. _____

T=  C - 8   _______

A=  Number of Ball topped hitching posts across the street in front of the CIBC Bank.  _____

W= Number of tree pictures on the west wall near the back of the archade. _____


Actual cache is hidden at N 43 BC.ATD  W 078 11.MWA

Have fun..

Team Murfster

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