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Like many of the men who have served as president of the Haliburton Rotary Club, Mervyn Victor Robertson played an active role in many aspects of community life, both as a businessman and as a volunteer. Born on a farm in Allsaw in 1905, he had to board in Minden to complete his high school education, since it was impossible to travel the nine mile distance from the farm to Minden High School every day. In the summer of 1923 he took teacher training in Bracebridge, and that fall, he accepted a teaching post at a public school near Twelve Mile Lake, at an annual salary of $750. He continued to upgrade his education and training, holding various teaching positions in Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Mount Albert and Jarvis, until 1935, when he sold insurance briefly in Timmins. In 1937 he and his brother Holly purchased Wig-a-Mog Inn, which even then was a widely known and flourishing resort. He bought his brother's share in 1946 and became sole owner of the resort, operating it until he sold it to Art and Joan Ward in 1968 and retired. Mervyn Robertson was married in 1940 to Alice Murray Mowat, whom he had met three years earlier in Timmins. They had two children, Lynda and Keith, and as a family they all shared in the tasks of operating the resort. During his years in business, and in retirement, Mr Robertson was involved in many community organizations. He was a charter member of the Haliburton Rotary Club and its fourth president. From 1963 to 1970 he chaired Rotary's crippled children's committee, a record of service that helped earn him the Fred Jones award as Rotarian of the year in 1972-73. He was also treasurer of Tourist Resorts of Ontario for 14 years, and a member of the Dysart School Board for 17 years, serving as chairman for some of that time. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Haliburton County Tourist Association and its successor, the Chamber of Commerce. The Haliburton Curling Cub also benefitted from his involvement from its inception, and as a keen skip he took rinks to bonspeils at many other clubs. Following his retirement in 1968, he built a home on Head Lake in Haliburton. He an his wife Alice spent many winters in Florida, where they enjoyed the social life and recreational opportunities they found there, particularly bridge, cribbage and other card games. Mervyn Robertson died on September 14, 1978, aged 73.