Shore Acres Hotel & Roadhouse
opening in 1925 on the site of the Rankin home
Acres Follow-Up from Issue 18, October 2001
Above is a photo of the Shore Acres Hotel, built on the site of
the Rankin home that once stood on University Avenue facing the
Detroit River. In October, Andrew Foot sent in a postcard of a home
also called Shore Acres with Windsor, Ontario printed on the front.
Dave Newman thought it was the Shore Acres pictured below. I know
that this is not so because I was a patron of the hotel for many
The Rankin home was demolished in 1925 following a fire set by vandals
and was vacant for many years. The hotel was opened in August 1925,
with a dining room able to seat 400, overflow space on the verandah
and a large ballroom where a five-piece orchestra played. It had
modern sleeping accommodations, shady porches and beautiful lawns
with a splendid riverfront view as well as ample parking. They specialized
in roadhouse dinners, fish, frog, chicken, and steak. Province-wide
serving of 4.4% beer and ale was approved in May 1925 by the Ontario
The beer on opening day was supplied by Kuntz Brewery of Waterloo,
Ontario, serving Ye Olde Inn Ale and Olde Dutch
Lager. I spent many an enjoyable evening on the verandah of
the Shore Acres Hotel with my friends, drinking beer in 10 oz. glasses
at ten cents each. It was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sutton,
her two sons and their wives from 1937 until the early 1950s. The
hotel was torn down in 1954 to make way for the Rotary Club Swimming
The Rankin House was built in 1842 for W.R. Wood. It was sold to
Col. Rankin and occupied by him and his family until his death in
1893. It was then purchased by his daughter, Phyllis McKee Rankin,
wife of Frank Davenport, a famous American actor. She had the home
renovated with the intention of occupying it, but unfortunately
never did. It was sold to Robert Segal, a Detroit department store
owner, who held it until it was sold to make way for the hotel.
I too have the identical postcard owned by Andrew Foot . My card
was post-marked Athens, Ont., June 1912. So the mystery of the card
is still unsolved. Perhaps there is a Shore Acres in the village
Bill Marentette, Windsor
I have two ORIGINAL pictures of dogs playing poker that I am trying
to research. One is entitled Waterloo and the other
is A Bold Bluff. The Walkerville Brewing Company is
written on the side of the poker tables. Were these pictures used
for advertising purposes? If so, could you please provide me with
some information as to their history?
Judy Abel, (from an e.mail)
advertising prints were widely used by the food, beer and tobacco
industry in the mid-twenties and early thirties both in the United
States and Canada. They originated in the United States. In Ontario
the following breweries used the pictures, usually in a set of four:
Brewing Co. (Huron County), near Seaforth, Ontario
Heather Brewing Co., Kitchener, Ontario
Blue Top Brewing Co., Kitchener, Ontario
Walkerville Brewing Co., Walkerville, Ontario
the above ceased to operate years ago.
You can still buy the prints without advertising on them today.
Bill Marentette, Windsor
National Association Brewerianna Advertising Assoc.
When I was a little girl, Arthur Kemp, the head gardener for Willistead
Manor lived in the gate house (then known as the Lodge) next to
the road entrance to the park. One of Mr. Kemps duties was
banking the fires in the greenhouse, which used to stand just south
of the Coach House.
Before the Kemps moved into the Lodge, which was partial compensation
for his gardening duties, they lived on Lincoln between Wyandotte
and Riverside. They were from Hastings, England, and knew my parents
as they also hailed from there.
Just before my mom married my dad, she stayed with them in their
Lincoln home. Years later, I stayed with the Kemps in the Lodge
while my mother returned to England for several months.
Your cover painting from Dec./Jan. brings me back to my time with
the Kemps. The brick sidewalk and the passageway through the
wrought-iron fence next to the main entrance disappeared when the
entrance was widened to allow for two cars to pass through at once.
Before that was done, there were a lot of fender-benders there.
Norah Biggar, Windsor
Live King the Horse
Everybody knew King, the horse that pulled the Purity Dairy wagon.
He was the best-fed horse around. One winter day in 1952, I was
on my way to school (Begley) and while walking along Wyandotte Street,
I saw that King had slipped on the ice and fallen. I joined a group
of people standing around him and I heard that he would have to
In school a little while later, while we were singing God
Save the King, we heard two pops and we knew that King was
gone. At lunch, there was nothing left of King but a bloodstain
on the road where he had fallen.
Ill never forget that day.
Vicki (Affleck) Moffat, Windsor
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