was very sad to hear of the passing of one of your writers, Margaret
Stokes, on Feb. 23, 2002. I always enjoyed her articles in your
papers Letters from Margaret. I will miss her
Bill Warnica, Windsor
Walkervilles Huckleberry Finn
HA! This morning I was reading "Life on the Mississippi"
by Mark Twain, then picked up The Times and found myself reading
"Spring Time on the Detroit River" by Al Roach, and suddenly
it hit me...Al Roach is Walkerville's Huckleberry Finn!
Charlie Fox, Walkerville
A Clear View from Arizona
just found your magazine on the net. It is GREAT! I grew up in Walkerville
and went to King Edward Elementary, Walkerville CI, and U. of Windsor.
I had Mr. Stonehouse, the Mclaren sisters for English, Young bros.
for Science & French, and of course the always interesting Mr.
Put Put OBrien for math. I moved to the States,
received an MBA at Dartmouth, worked at large companies for 20 years,
then for smaller companies as a turnaround specialist. I retired
to AZ and am presently with Skymasters, a school teaching Ultralight
plane flying and hangliding. The view is clearer from a mile up!
Your magazine is fantastic! Research is thorough. Great memories!
Keep up the good work.
Paul J. Smith, Arizona
Shore a Lot of Memories
last two editions have brought back a flood of nostalgia for me.
I am referring to the articles and letters regarding Shore Acres
Hotel. I lived there from 1936 until 1948 with my dad Vivian (yes,
that was his name) he was the bartender and my mom Regina (known
as Reg) the waitress, along with my grandparents, Herman and Mary
Ann (Polly) Sutton, proprietors.
I had the privilege to speak at length with Mr. Bill Marentette
about those years both before and after World War II. He reminded
me of many humorous occurrences that happened during the time he
was a patron. There are many stories to tell about the good
I have many fond memories of things I did while I lived there
of school chums from Prince of Wales and St. Anthonys and
adult friends of my parents and grandparents.
Your letters have given me an opportunity to share that
segment of my life with my two children.
Bill Marentette is an unbelievable source of historical facts regarding
the brewing industry at that time. Many names he mentioned to me
rekindled memories of the era when I lived there.
George Sutton, (now a retired principal)
with parents Regina and Viv in the kitchen of Shore Acres
you so much for your interest in one small segment of Windsors
past history. I love your magazine.
George Sutton, Windsor
Nothing like a Good Scandal
Acres (February and March 2002 issues), was right around the corner
from where I lived at the time of the "notorious" Josephine
Avenue Gang. The property ran from University (then London Street)
to Sandwich and included baseball diamonds and skating rinks. There
was a small confectionery right next to the rinks and the proprietor
dispensed pop in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter along
with music piped outside for the skaters to enjoy. The Shore Acres
Club itself was off limits to us but it was a beautiful old building.
I really enjoyed the Portrait of a Scandal story [issue
22, March 2002]. I remember Joe Assef and in fact purchased from
him when I was about 17. He also had a house either on Howard or
Dougall. Also, the slot machine operator had to be either Bull Fielding
or Russ Gilboe who were partners in a very lucrative slot operation
along with several other illegal spin-offs.
Great story and an equally fine Times edition
Tom Paré, Traverse City, Michigan
Seeking House Info
looking for information on four properties in Walkerville, two houses
built by my grandfather at 1209 Monmouth (formerly 289), 1793 Chilver
(formerly 574 Victoria), and two houses that our family lived in,
844 and 1215 Chilver. I have some history on these but would like
to know when they were built, etc. Are the Municipal Land Records
the best source and do they have e-mail access?
Thanks for any help. My mother is thoroughly enjoying The Walkerville
Times as I am.
Barb (Reid) Margerm, Windsor
The City Registry Office would be a good place to start. Not sure
if they have e.mail access. Nancy Morand, Heritage Planner at City
Hall may also have info. Her e.mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
255-6281 x 6336.
Any readers with info please feel free to write in.
have spent my entire evening riveted to your fabulous site!!!! [walkervilletimes.com]
I love the history, the photos, the stories. I happened to stumble
across it from the Posteroptics sites link. You
are an all-too-well-kept secret!
I drive through the Walkerville area each weekday, amazed by the
beautiful architecture, wondering what it was like when the area
was shiny and new. Such potential for its former beauty still exists!
In the mid 1980s I lived in a house in the 1100 block of Moy
(for six years) that had been built in 1918. A renovation made necessary
by my two curious young sons, turned up a penny from 1899 wedged
between a 2x4 & a floorboard! We considered it a great memento.
Keep up the great work!
Marianne L., Windsor
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