Margaret: Stokes Service Station
in Windsor in late 1998, adrive past the corner of Walker and Tecumseh
reminded me of the service station owned by my husband Ivan and
his father Clarence (C.D.) on the southwest corner. When they leased
it in 1930 it was called "Flying Red Horse" (Esso, I think) and
I believe Ivan kept it until 1941. With amalgamation in 1935, the
station became part of Windsor. A city policeman who dealt with
"Stokes Service Station" showed Ivan and his father how to plant
rose bushes. This officer was responsible for planting the lovely
rose garden from the Detroit -Windsor Tunnel Exit on Ouellette Avenue
to Park Street for the City of Windsor.
Ivan and his dad
won prizes from the City of Windsor for their rose bed, which ran
from one side of the station to Tecumseh Road as well as awards
for "Best Kept Station". I see that the station is gone now and
that a restaurant has taken its place. Unfortunately, the lovely
roses are gone too.
Until next time....
Margaret Myers Stokes
story: The Olympian