Building Gets Noticed
most heartwarming to watch in just a few short years, The Walkerville
Times grow from fledgling infancy to what most today would call
a modern-day success story. The hard work and dedication of you
and your staff is most apparent. Your valiant efforts have not gone
unnoticed. Further, your contributions to further develop the charm
and ambience of festive Old Walkerville have proven to be monumental.
By all means, please do keep up the great work!
may recall that some time ago, I contributed towards an article
published in The Walkerville Times, concerning Bennett Pies. At
the time, I was both honoured and privileged to be a part of your
progress in contributing my modest literary skills to embrace fond
memories of Walkerville past. Again, I thank you for your assistance
in editing my article and for bringing it to fruition in print.
As a 15-year resident of Walkerville residing on Monmouth Road,
my daily travels usually take me to the intersection of Riverside
Drive East and Devonshire Roads. Off to the west of that intersection
on the south side of Riverside Drive East stands a rather dishevelled
edifice, the name of which escapes me. Since the demise of the former
Peabody Bridge, that building sits in its stately largesse, enjoying
a prime view of the Detroit River. Its the history of the
building that greatly intrigues me. I often look upon it and envision
the potential it has for any of a variety of business ventures.
Without question, I do think it remains yet another jewel of Walkervilles
past history. I cant help but wonder if a feature story about
this building lies in the future.
I would welcome your feedback to learn if such a venture
might be possible. May your success never end.
Richard Vargyas, Walkerville
Ed: Thanks for your kind feedback. We
have done some vignettes about the Walker Power Building in previous
issues. It is home to several thriving cottage industries at present,
including a decorative metal working company, a stained glass artisan,
several wood workers, a model replica studio, an ad agency and the
Windsor Print Makers Forum. We hope to do a more complete story
when space and time permit. Incidentally, the Bennett Apartments
and the bakery were recently purchased. They had become very rundown
and are now being renovated.
I have just spent some time roaming around your Virtual Walkerville
site which is really excellent! I was busily perusing your article
about St. Marys Church when suddenly I was struck by a memory
which has never left me over these past 70 some years (This may
even be an item for your paper).
most of my family were not members of this parish, my mother was
and often went there to attend services.
At one time I was a member of a Boy Scout troop that held its meetings
in St. Marys church hall. The scoutmaster was Mr. Creed (Jack
Creeds father) a great character in many ways!
One summer day when it was particularly warm inside, Mr. Creed had
us move to the outside lawn area to continue our program. While
this was going on, a small gnome-like old man continuously paraded
back and forth with a water sprinkling can in his hand. After a
while Mr. Creed, who seemed to know this character, asked him what
he was doing shuttling back and forth with the water sprinkling
can in and out of the graveyard area. His reply astounded me and
I have never forgotten it till this day!
Im watering my wifes grave, he said, because
I know she would rather have grass on her back than flowers on her
For years I speculated as youngsters are prone to do... about why
she had been buried face down.
Army Ellis, California
Tune into the Station
Your story on the Station Restaurant brought back memories. I know
it well. In fact in 1949-1950 I played federation baseball in Windsor
and the restaurant was our sponsor. Then it was called Station Lunch.
My aunt lived just down the street on McKay. After each game we
were treated to a burger and coke sitting in the old booths or at
the counter playing the juke box. We won the regular league championship
and lost in the playoffs.
When I was a young dude, my cousin Patti and I used to hang around
the tunnel from the train station to Station Lunch and over to McKay.
We pretended it was a huge cave like the one that Tom Sawyer and
Becky Thatcher got lost in. But we had to BEWARE of the third rail
because if you got too close you would burn to a crisp. Everyone
Tom Paré, MI
a State of Mind
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Walkerville
Times for making my life here a little easier. In the nearly three
years that I have lived and worked in Walkerville I have advertised
in, and only in, the Walkerville Times to promote my business, Altered
States Upholstery. It was the best advertising decision I ever made.
You gave me a quality product that was vital to my business while
allowing me the flexibility to choose what was right for me. I thank
you sincerely for your efforts and your support.
Now my family and I have the opportunity to return to Toronto which
was our home until we moved to Walkerville three years ago. I shall
miss the people of this community and the thoughtful advocacy from
Elaine and Chris at The Times. Please know that as my business thrived
here, so too did my endorsement of the Walkerville Times. I wish
you and everyone in the Walkerville community continued success.
Its been a pleasure getting to know you and your furniture.
Jon Magidsohn, Toronto
Altered States Upholstery
What a thrill to be in touch once again with the activities of my
old hometown! Although I lived as a child in Old Sandwich and went
to school there, many of my friends were in Walkerville, including
ex-Mayor Mike Patrick. His wife (now in Aurora) and I were friends
when we worked at Sterling Drug on Elliott Street W.
My brother Dr. Austin Dixon (now in Portales, NM) had his office
on Tecumseh Rd. E. near Metropolitan Hospital. My other brother
married a Walkerville girl whose father was in quality control at
Hiram Walkers and became comptroller of Windsor for a term or two
The picture of the Peabody Bridge brought many memories to mind
including our jaunts during my childhood to Belle Isle via
the old Walkerville ferry.
Thanks for the memories!
Virginia Bastedo, Brantford
The Cast of "Youth's Highway"
and "The Birth of Infanta" from Hugh Beaton High
School 1934. Photo courtesy
Jack Creed (2nd from bottom row)
Hugh Beaton elementary school 1934,
possible first safety patrol in Ontario.
Photo courtesy Jack Creed
Patrol in Ontario?
Enclosed are pictures [see above] from Hugh Beaton Elementary
School which even made the London Free Press. To my knowledge
the enclosed Safety Patrol photo was of the first patrol
in Ontario. A girl was hit by a streetcar and the police
founded the patrol shortly after.
As a member of the patrol we went to the circus and ball
games at Navin Field. We were excused from class ten minutes
ahead to walk to our assigned location. You might pass the
pictures on to the school.
I am sure they would be surprised.
Jack Creed, Amherstburg
Ed: Jack, thanks for these great pictures and for the fascinating
information. If you are correct about the safety patrol
inception then it means that Windsor has another first
to add to its collection.
By the way, make sure you read Army Ellis letter at
here to read the next page.
here to go back to the Letters main page.