- "I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk-cabbage."
- This article is about Owen and Leslie Ford's son. You may be looking for his uncle, Kenneth West.
Kenneth was born probably in autumn 1893 in Toronto, Ontario, to Leslie and Owen Ford as their first child. His mother named him after her dead brother, Kenneth West. Two years later, his younger sister Persis was born. They were raised in Toronto and every summer they visited their summer home, House of Dreams. Ken befriended Walter and Jem Blythe. He was a thumb-sucker and his mother had an awful time trying to cure him from sucking it.
In 1896, when he was about three, he and Walter got into a fight over a kitten. The two of them were quarreling near a puncheon bowl that held rainwater. Kenneth was on one side and Walter on the other, holding the kitten. Kenneth reached over and grabbed the kitten. As he was rather strong, he managed to pull both Walter and the kitten into the puncheon bowl. Kenneth then lost his balance and fell into the puncheon bowl as well. Susan came, hauled them out and his mother spanked him.
Another adventure from Kenneth's life happened when he was four. That time he teased Nan until she cried. Susan couldn't figure out a way to stop him and decided a spanking was the only thing that would. After that, Kenneth never teased her.
World War IEdit
A few months prior to the World War I, Kenneth had broken his ankle. This hampered his ability to enlist for some time, but eventually he was able to enlist. Prior to leaving, Kenneth visited Rilla and he asked her to wait for him.
Kenneth survived the war and at the end came back to his Rilla. He had a scar and Rilla didn't recognize him until he said Rilla-My-Rilla.
Kenneth is a male given name of Irish and Gaelic origin and means fire born or good-looking.
- Kenneth was named after Leslie's little brother, Kenneth West, who died at age eight from an accident with a wagon.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Both West girls (Leslie and Rosemary) named their sons after their brothers who died as children. Kenneth is named after Kenneth West and Bruce Meredith is named after Bruce West.
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