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Interview with Decendents of Emery’s First Settlers

Interview with Decendents of Emery’s First Settlers

On June 12, 2008, the Emery Village BIA Arts & Historical Committee met with
sisters Patricia Devins-McFee and Sylvia Devins-Alexander, descendants of Isaac Devins and Mary Chapman, the first settlers of Emery.

The Devins Family played a significant role in the development of present-day Emery Village. Having been born and raised in Emery, Patricia and Sylvia vividly described Emery before the 1950’s boom. Sylvia recalled “tobogganing down Finch Avenue in the winter,” while Patricia reminisced about the 1930’s and 40’s when “lovely big trees lined Finch Avenue West.”

The Devins’ family lived in Emery until the early 1960’s, when Patricia and Sylvia’s father, Dave Devins, was forced to sell his farm on Finch Avenue, which had been in the family for more than 150 years.

The interview was part of a process set in motion by our Arts & Historical Committee, to revive and commemorate the rich history within our community.

Interview with Decendents of Emery’s First Settlers

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