says the art of letter writing is dead? Since our last issue, weve
received double our usual amount of missives. (O.K., some were e.mails.)
We got letters describing the No. 1 Tartan Fan, local beauty queens,
Ontarios first safety patrol, even how to build a house by
hand all fascinating glimpses into our past. Many thanks
to all our readers who took the time to drop us a line.
done it again, another wonderful issue. It will seem strange to
call it the Times. Ive gotten used to the Walkerville
part but all things must change. It opens up a world of new possibilities
for articles. I bet I can come up with a hundred new ideas for stories
now that you are going to cover the entire Border City area.
Only one problem with the issue the big colour centrefold.
The font you used is not English! Is the entire text of the centrefold
Other than that, smoking issue! Did you know the Commodore Hotel,
now Jasons, [pictured on page 10 of Issue 23] was the residence
of Vital Ouellette, namesake of Ouellette Avenue?
Keep up the great work.
Andrew Foot, Windsor
Ed: Belated April Fools Andrew!
The font on pages 14/15 of our April issue defaulted to Symbol.
See page 22 for the photos with the captions printed in English.
We kept a running score of the various languages readers thought
the captions were printed in: there were six languages in all including
Russian (4 votes), Spanish (2), Ukrainian (1), Polish (1), Greek
the winner (8) and French (1).
According to local historian Michael Gladstone White, Vital Ouellettes
house once faced Ouellette and was moved to its present location
on Chatham St. many years ago when the city was removing houses
from this main downtown avenue.
A Small, Safe World
was delighted to read the article about my son Mark in the April
issue of The Times [Where are they Now?] and I look forward to reading
about others. Memory plays tricks on all of us so Im sure
Mark wont mind if I correct a couple of his statements. I
did not run for mayor. After the provincial election I let my name
stand for council, spending not a cent on advertising for I was
ambivalent about the whole thing. Fortunately for all of us, I lost.
The morning after the election, Mr. O. M. Stonehouse phoned and
upbraided me for not putting an ad in the paper the Saturday before
the election. Youd have won, he said. He was a
good alderman moving easily from principal of King Edward School
to City Hall, whereas I would not have been, for I have little patience.
As for Marks piano, Wally Townsend refused to take him unless
he continued with classical and so Mrs. Irene Hugill, a dear friend
and neighbour, soldiered on with this reluctant pupil. Mark never
comes to Windsor without asking about her. As for him thinking we
were married at Chalmers, I am mystified. Our lives centred around
the church, augmented by school, the Willistead Library and the
Art Gallery. It was a small, safe world and my friends from those
times, especially from Chalmers, are dear to my heart.
Marks sister Sheila and her Walkerville friends, the former
Ann Lee, Ann Dixon, Candy Johnson and Jane Dixon meet together for
a weekend once a year, although they now live in different cities.
The ties of the old neighbourhood are strong.
By the way, Mark was born at Metropolitan Hospital in Walkerville
as Drs. Tom Robson and George Fraser can attest.
Barbara Kersey, Windsor
Aunt Aboard Fated Noronic
you for a wonderful magazine! I learned something about one of my
own family members that nobody had ever told me!
Savage Butcher, who was the receptionist to the doctor in the house
now occupied by Kellys Funeral Home, was my Mothers
aunt and through a letter to the editor of the Times I learned that
she was aboard the ship Noronic that burned in Toronto Harbour!
Betty (née Savage) Butcher worked for Dr. Little. Dr. Hoare
also had a practice there, and one covered for the other when one
was not available.
was also a dentist named Dr. Hogan who worked upstairs. Later, a
Dr. Turner replaced Dr. Little. There was an operating room on the
premises, and recovery "cubicles." Mom (Ruth Long, now
Ruth Pye) also worked there sometimes, answering phones when Aunt
Betty was not available.
Keep up the good work.
Heather Pye, Toronto
was a longtime resident of Walkerville (from age four when I immigrated
to Canada from Scotland, until age 25 when I emigrated to the USA).
Mary Stefan, formerly of Pierre Ave., and I were married at St.
Andrews Presbyterian Church by Rev. Dr. Paulin in December
1950. Mary and I met at the now demolished Ford Motor Office Building
on Riverside Drive. A lot of marvellous memories went down with
that building but have not been forgotten.
have the good fortune to still have relatives in Windsor. My sister,
Elizabeth lives on Turner Road (my last Walkerville home). Anne
Gorski (née Stefan), Marys sister and husband Barney,
live in South Windsor. Barney owned Gorski Pharmacy for years until
his fairly recent retirement. The Gorskis started sending
me a copy of your publication, as they were aware of my long Walkerville
really had my interest drawn to your magazine when I read an article
about Ian Allison, who had taught me at Walkerville Collegiate.
He also was in charge of the bugle band, in which I played the tenor
perusing the February issue, lo and behold I see a picture of a
group of lads I recognize including yours truly in the Hugh
Beaton Safety Patrol boys photo sent in by Jack Creed, a school
interest was further peaked by an article in the March issue by
Roy Nagorson about the Boys Choir of St. Marys Anglican
Church. I always felt sorry for the poor, dear lady that was our
choir mother, trying to get about 18 young colts presentable and
in the church on time.
|Boys Choir of St. Marys
Anglican Church with director Mr. Greenhalf second from right
at top. Reader Charles Cherrie was a choir member (unidentified)
in this circa 1930s photo
1936-37 Hugh Beaton School Safety Patrol Squad, first in Ontario,
from our Feb./02 issue. Thanks to reader Jack Purdy Sr., more
faces have been identified. Front l-r: Jack Creed, Bill Bates,
Lyle Ross, Victor Davies, ?, ?, George Scholey, Bill Gillette,
Charlie Cherrie. Back, l-r: ?, Bob Coulter, ?, Mr. Warwick,
Fred Hawksworth, Bob Bachelor, Jack Purdy, ?
I am a piper and learned to play the pipe while in the Boys
Brigade at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church under the
tutelage of the legendary Jack Copeland.
took The Times to make me aware that I was part of a first in Ontario
(the Hugh Beaton Safety Patrol) and that I sang like an angel, according
to the heading of Norgys article. My sister will dispute that
for a lot of terrific memories. Keep up the good work with your
Charles Cherrie, Holland,
your February 2002 edition, page 6, is a picture of the first Safety
Patrol in Ontario. Being part of that group, I am attempting to
fill in the names of some of the members. I have enclosed a partial
list. Perhaps some of your readers can assist with others.
Creed, who supplied the picture, was a neighbour and boyhood chum
on Lincoln Road. Perhaps he could help. I love the magazine!
Jack Purdy, St. Simons Island,
magazine brings back fond memories, possibly since I was born in
an apartment at the northwest corner of Moy and Wyandotte on June
5, 1926. Does that make me a Wakervilleite?
couldnt help noticing the little mistake on page 12 of your
April Photo Issue. I was a deckhand on the S.S. Landsdowne for a
number of years and it had Landsdowne on the side of the bridge.
The ship pictured, which used to dock at the foot of Goyeau Street
or at the foot of Crawford Avenue on the Windsor side of the river,
has Windsor on its side. But it is still a great picture.
Gerald Hannam, Windsor
Gerald, thanks for the correction. I take full responsibility. You
were born just one block west of the former western boundary of
the town of Walkerville which, before amalgamation with the city
of Windsor in 1935, was the alley between Lincoln and Gladstone.
Nowadays, you could call yourself a Walkervilleite however, as people
generally consider the western boundary to be Hall Avenue.
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