Margaret: The Olympian
our story about Ian Allison here
my first story about Walkerville was printed (Moose on the Loose,
May/June '99) Agnes Heydon Weaver phoned from Dundas and asked me
if I was the lady who wrote the story. We had a great chat and spoke
of our early memories of Walkerville and of children we knew. I
mentioned Ian Allison and we both said at once, "What a great whistler
Ian would come
to call (he was about 16 at the time) on Ruth Mortimer who lived
in my apartment building at 121 Windermere. Mary Ferris, Ruth and
her two sisters often sat on the front porch on a summer day and
laugh and talk.
Agnes and I said
simultaneously, "Do you remember how Ian whistled coming down Chilver
Road to cross King Edward School's boy's side of the play ground
to call on the girls?"
I was 10 years
old or so at the time. Now 75 yrs later I see his picture and mine
on the Walkerville Times front page at the same time!
Beside Danny Duck
Pepper's house on Devonshire at Cataraqui, someone built a cream
or yellow brick house. Danny and I used to walk together to Walkerville
Collegiate. Jean Reid came to live in the new house with her aunt
and uncle to go to high school in around 1930 or 1931. She was a
very fair, quiet, slender, tall girl and eventually married Ian
Allison. I believe she played basketball for Walkerville Collegiate.
Ian did quite a lot of basketball refereeing there for a while,
probably in the early 1940s.
It was great to
read what a successful happy life he had. I'm so sorry my family
is gone. This would have been a great memory to share. There must
be more people than I see writing to you still alive. Can't have
all passed away so young or have I lived too long.
Until next time,
Margaret Myers Stokes
Story: Moose on a Noose