Myers Stokes was born in Walkerville in 1915 above Petchs
Drug Store (now Peerless Ice Cream) on the corner of Chilver and
Wyandotte. She moved to Hamilton over 60 years ago but her memories
of Walkerville remained sharp. Margaret began writing to the Walkerville
Times almost three years ago after someone sent her a copy. We received
so many letters from Margaret, (sometimes two a day) we decided
to create a column called Letters from Margaret.
From Margaret we learned about the bats that flew into the Walkerville
Bell Telephone office one hot night and how the operators were so
embarrassed when police arrived in response to their screams as
they were in their slips because of the heat. She also described
the Lipstick Caper when a thief was brought into court
for making off with her Elizabeth Arden lipstick in 1937. And she
told us about her beloved younger brother Cameron a WWII hero, who
was shot down at the age of 20.
In our September 2001 issue, Margaret wrote: I turned 86 on
July 19. I didnt know whether to go outside, raise my arms
and yell Hurrah or sit down on the curb and cry because
Ill turn 90 in four years!
That was the last letter we received from Margaret. We learned from
friends that she was not doing very well and then on the morning
of Tuesday, February 26, we received a call informing us that Margaret
had passed away.
We never met Margaret but we will miss her and her
letters. May she rest in peace.
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