Recently I read a few copies of your great paper loaned to me by
Paul Greenhow whose family lived at 888 Chilver Road for many years.
I thoroughly enjoyed the contents and many memories were brought
to my mind. In 1926 my parents purchased the first house on Chilver
Road (then Victoria) north of Tecumseh Road on the east side. Sadly,
they had to give it up sometime later due to the economy tightening
and work harder to find. We eventually settled on Walker Road in
the Walker Homesites where I attended the Walker Road School. As
a lad I was intrigued whenever my father would drive us past the
intersection of Walker Road and #2 Highway. There was a black barn
on the Southeast corner with large white letters saying Walkerville:
founded 1858, crucified 1935. I heard regularly in Sunday
school about the Lord Jesus being crucified, but never a city.
In the July/August issue I read Al Roachs comments about various
stores and businesses along Wyandotte Street between Devonshire
and Lincoln Road. He mentioned the dentist Dr. L.D. Hogan at Devonshire
and Wyandotte (now Kellys Funeral Home).
Dr. Hogan came to Windsor in 1907 and set up his dental practice
in a large house on Devonshire just north of Wyandotte Street. Years
later he moved to the second floor of what is now Kellys Funeral
Home and practiced there until the day of his death, April 25, 1957.
In June 1956 I married one of his granddaughters, Joan Hogan. We
are still married after 45 years. He told me that in his early days
in Walkerville, Gorden McGregor asked him to invest some money in
the infant Ford Motor Company of Canada.
Dr. Hogan declined the offer because he wanted to pay off his newly
acquired dental equipment. He laughed as he related this story realizing
what might have been instead of what was.
We do remember A.H. Black and his jewellery store. My wife brought
our silverware set from there at the time of our wedding and we
still use it often as we love to entertain a lot.
My wifes father was Ronald F. Hogan who lived in Walkerville
many years and worked for the Ford Motor Company for over 32 years
as one of their top executives. His picture was shown a lot in Walkerville
Collegiate as he was an honours student and top athlete. He
attended the 60th Anniversary in 1984 with us and many of the pictures
were still up then.
In 1940 my parents and I walked into A.J. Stevens and Son Bicycles
store on Wyandotte Street. As a reward for passing the 8th grade
I was allowed to pick out a top-of-the-line C.C.M. bicycle that
sold for 42 dollars. I hopped on it then and there and rode it all
the way out Walker Road to our home on Byng Road in what is now
Ronald Hall, Dearborn MI
Snowbird in Lakeland Florida
I just received another copy of the Walkerville Times from my friend
Betty Taylor Hanna of Windsor. As usual, I enjoyed it very much.
I will forward it to my sister Mardell Slote who winters here also.
Her summer home is in St. Johns, Michigan. She gave a copy
to Edith Russell, former teacher and sister-in-law of the late principal
of King George School, Mr. Davidson.
I can clear up the location of Dr. Deans house as our house
on Iroquois Street faced his stone house at Chilver and Ottawa Street.
Thanks to him, I have most of my teeth.
So the Walkerville Times marches on.
Geraldine (Lithbridge) Dunlop, Lakeland,
Whos on First?
I have recently moved back into Windsor after living 40 years in
In the summer I happened upon a copy of your paper. Imagine my surprise
when I read about the Walkerville Chicks, a team my dad Lori (Spear)
Carnegie played 1st base for in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Then I was overwhelmed with nostalgia when I read the article about
Prince of Wales Public School, which I attended from 1937 to 1945.
Even though I never lived in Walkerville I really enjoy reading
about the Windsor I remember from my youth. Keep up the excellent
reporting and count me as one of your new subscribers.
Patricia Carnegie, Windsor
We are so delighted with your paper. Our grandfather was the editor
of the Walkerville News on Lincoln Rd. at Wyandotte Street. Our
father and uncle Roy L. Clark and Elmer H. Clark operated the Walkerville
We are genuine Walkervillites, having been born on Windermere Rd.
and lived the last 47 years on Kildare and Vimy.
Keep up the good work. There are several Walkervillites at Oak Park
and we look forward to your paper.
Vivian & Kathryn Isabel Clark, Windsor
Great to hear from you. We hope weve picked up where your
grandfather left off in 1936.
I left Windsor a few years ago just as, I believe, you began publishing
your newspaper. Every week I visit various Windsor websites to stay
abreast of the happenings in my hometown.
As someone who graduated from Walkerville and grew up on Drouillard
Road (Ford City, as you point out) I cant tell you how much
I enjoy your website. Great job. I look forward to picking up the
paper edition next time Im in town.
Tran Longmoore, Milford Times
Honouring Edith Cavell
I read your article on Edith Cavell School in the October 2001 issue
and thought you may like to see a scan of an old postcard I have
of Ediths grave and of her.
Chris Gall, Walkerville
Thanks Chris. Edith Cavell was a British nurse who was sentenced
to death by German authorities in 1915 for providing refuge to British,
French and Belgian solders. In 1918, a school was constructed in
Riverside and named in her honour. For the full story on this school,
see our October 2001 issue, which is still available for $3 (mailed),
or $2 at our office.
Edith Cavell postcard
(courtesy Chris Gall)
I own the duplex at 439 Chilver. I was reading the November 2001
issue of your magazine and noticed a photo on page 21 of the Chilver
Stable, opposite Victoria Tavern. I thought the house looked really
familiar and it should its beside my duplex!
Do you have any old photos or know the history of 439 Chilver? Thank
you for a great paper!
John Cherwak, Walkerville
Ed: Sorry John, we dont have any
photos or info on 439 Chilver yet. We do know that the houses and
buildings below Wyandotte (north of it) are the oldest in the area
of Olde Walkerville. The oldest were constructed in the 1880s. If
you want to find out more, check the old city directories at the
Central Public Library archives (basement) at 850 Ouellette. They
are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-5 and Saturdays, 9-5 (closed
for lunch from 1-2). Appointments can be made for the other days
by calling 255-6770 ext. 4414. Let us know what you find out.
Fan by Chance
I came across your magazine by chance in the news shop in Tecumseh
Mall. Very, very interesting. I enjoyed the edition immensely, could
relate to the reminiscing, and recognized the places. I will look
for your magazine from now on.
I never lived in Walkerville but attended Walkerville C.I. for five
years and spent every day walking around the neighbourhood.
What was the secret of 1281 Chilver Road? I missed the Nov. issue.
I will check out the advertisers, very interesting.
Prudie Fernbach, Windsor
Ed: Thank you for your kind feedback
and glad you discovered our magazine. The mystery of 1281 Chilver
is simply that we cannot find out who built it and when. The original
article about this old house in our July/August issue mentioned
that the city had it listed as being built in 1890 and that one
of the owners was Mr. Chilver. After some checking, we discovered
the house was built sometime in the 19teens and that there was never
a Chilver at that address. The first owner that we know of is Mr.
G. H. Gauthier who bought it around 1918.
There are a lot of mysteries in Walkerville,
as the areas history has not been faithfully recorded over
the years. Were trying to do our best to change that.
Spirit of Carnegie Lives On
Just a note to tell you of the enjoyment I experienced in reading
the article Save those Libraries. I thought that you
should know, the Spirit of the Old Carnegie Library
at the corner of Park and Victoria still lives on.
Just prior to the demolition of the library building I had the two
beautiful wooden doors removed and restored. They have graced the
entrance way of the Parks & Recreation building at 2451 McDougall
Street for some 25 years or more.
The salvation of the doors was a work of love for the Parks tradesman
and many thousands of people have passed through this entrance way
without knowing their history.
Harry Brumpton, Windsor
Retired - Commissioner Department Parks & Recreation
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