The Hogan Family: Grand Marshalls of the 2014 Bath Canada Day Parade
The Canada Day Committee is proud to announce that three generations of the Hogan Family: Olive, Susan, Ben, his wife Nancy and their son Tim will be the Grand Marshalls for the 2014 Canada Day Parade. The Hogans are a family with deep roots along the Loyalist Parkway and a strong sense of community.
Olive Clement was born in the Miller Farmhouse on County Road 22 and brought up on her parent’s farm, now the location of the Lafarge Plant. She remembers walking into Bath to attend Sunday school at Bath United Church. It was the beginning of a long connection with that congregation. She also remembers when Bath had 4 grocery stores, 2 blacksmiths, 2 bakeries, 2 ice cream parlours, a cheese factory, a fish processing plant, a hardware store, a dry goods shop, and a bootlegger!
Through Olive, the Hogan family can trace their roots to Peter Davy, United Empire Loyalist and one of the original settlers in this area. Olive, her children and grandson are members of the U.E.L. Association. Susan has served as Treasurer and President of the Association
Olive Clement and William Hogan were married January 14, 1944. They worked the family farm with William’s parents for ten years at the site of the now demolished Invista Plant. After the farm was sold, they winterised a property near the store in Millhaven where Olive still resides. William held four commercial fishing licences and was a guide for sports fishermen but his real passion was beekeeping. As a teenager William was given a number of hives and challenged to “do something with them.” The few hives became the family business, Hogan’s Apiaries.
In turn, William gave their son Ben two hives. The two have grown into 850 over the years. Ben and his wife, Nancy own and operate Hogan’s Honey and Maple Products located on the Loyalist Parkway, just west of Bath. Their son, Tim will graduate in June with a degree in Business Administration and join his father in the family business. Ben has been recognised twice with awards for excellence in business.
Left to right: William Hogan, Tim Hogan, Ben Hogan, Presenters, Olive and Susan Hogan
Over a fifty year period, Olive established and supervised three Sunday schools, one in Beulah, one in Millhaven and one at the Bath United Church. Two Church Athletic League hockey teams grew out of the Sunday Schools in Bath and Millhaven. She also ran the Explorers, a church based program much like Guides for girls 9-12 and co-established the first Vacation Bible School in Bath in the late 50’s.
“Even when other opportunities for service came along my focus was always on the children”.
Susan and Ben Hogan grew up in the area but as children often do, moved away when they finished school. In recent years both have returned. Susan is a resident of Loyalist Estates and the organist for the Bath United Church, a post that she has held for 42 years. Ben has served as President and Zone chairman for the Bath and District Lions Club,
On July 1st we will celebrate Families: Past, Present and Future and the many contributions of families like the Hogan’s to our community.