Walkerville police station by Nicholas Hornyansky
cover of your Christmas 2001 issue displayed the beautiful front
page picture of the painting Willistead, by Nicholas
Hornyansky (1896 1965). Where can we see the original and
his other works? We have his Christmas card Vernal Equinox.
My wife, Ann, knew his family. Thank you and best wishes.
G. Rawling, Erin, ON
Ed: Nicholas Hornyansky painted a series of Walkerville scenes for
Hiram Walker & Sons in the early part of the 20th century, including
the one pictured above. The originals are in the companys
possession and are on display on their premises in Walkerville.
More Movie House Stories
a note to let you know how much I enjoyed reading Salvatore Alas
The Accordion King in your March issue. I am a former
Windsorite (born and raised), and I am familiar with your publication.
I discovered it a year ago while I was doing research in Windsor.
My friends continue to mail it to me.
Have you ever done anything on the movie houses in Windsor? There
were ten of them: Royal, Capitol, Empire, Palace, Vanity, Park,
Kent, Tivoli, Temple, and Centre. Its a shame that most of
them are gone.
Robert Stewarts Portrait of a Scandal was also
interesting. Incidentally, Joe Assef, the bootlegger mentioned in
this article, was a friend of my fathers. Joe Assef passed
away some years ago in British Columbia.
Thanks for the enjoyable time.
Len Gasparini, Toronto
Ed: We have done several stories about
the Tivoli Theatre in Walkerville which has recently reopened as
a combination movie theatre/nightclub. As for the others, we have
noted the recent renovation of the Capitol Theatre, which has been
transformed into a live performance venue, but have not had the
opportunity to highlight any other theatres. We are hoping to do
them justice in future issues.
your April edition of The Times, Virginia D. Bastedo wrote that
the St. Claire and the Columbia were also the ferries flying back
and forth every fifteen minutes from Windsor to Detroit. This isnt
correct the St. Claire and the Columbia had no automobile
It would be interesting to find out what happened to the Walkerville
ferries: the Halcyon, the Wayne, and the Victoria. I believe the
Victoria became a tug, one became a gambling hall somewhere on the
Great Lakes, and the third a seagoing tug (now aground somewhere
in Baffin Island.)
I also wanted to make another correction concerning the caption
for the photograph on page 12 showing Ouellette Avenue looking towards
the Detroit River in 1953. The caption says that it is the Landsdowne
in the photo, but it is not; the Lansdowne was a paddlewheeler.
The photo shown is of the Windsor. The Windsor and Detroit were
owned by the Wabash R.R. The Landsdowne and Huron were owned by
Edward Busby, Windsor
Ed note: Thank you for clarifying this information for us. We appreciate
Walkerville Soccer Team
father George MacDonald Stewart played centre half for the Walkerville
soccer team in 1909. They competed in International leagues in Detroit
against teams like the Sons of England, Packers, Sons of Scotland,
and Old Scots.
The Walkerville team won the Michigan Cup in 1909. Members of the
team, whom my dad could still remember when he was 89, were Andy
Leishman, Tom Crosby, Tom Telford (right wing), Vic Bowman. Can
anyone remember who the other players were?
Dad recalled the last year he played; the Walkerville team signed
an agreement to split the gate at Packard Park in a 5-game playdown.
They played to massive crowds, but he was only paid $4, so he quit.
Dad always said, Work comes first, play second. He got
a gold medal from which the girls made a broach.
George Stewart, Windsor
The Walkerville Soccer Team,
1909: second from left top row, George MacDonald Stewart, Andy
Leishman, far right top row Tom Crosby, first in second row
Tom Telford, Vic Bowman (with ball)
Hooch Special Delivery
article Portrait of a Scandal from the March 2002 issue
brought back an old memory. My mother had a good friend named Catherine
Corbett who lived in Michigan. When booze was rationed during WWII,
you could only get it with coupons.
I recall one particular visit from Catherine when there were no
coupons available. She got on the blower and called her local bootlegger,
Joe Asef (mentioned in the article) to order a bottle. He delivered
it by cab.
Pat Walker, Windsor
so many ex-Walkerville residents, Ive just been delighted
with your Times editions, which have brought back so many good memories.
In the March edition I noted that Patricia Stevens Scholz had again
written, describing her Windermere home. Like her, we were also
neighbours (one house removed) of Milton and Bill Featherstone.
My younger sister Gwen and I were friends of Patricia and her sister
I was born in Detroit, my parents returned to good old Canada when
I was just two years old. First we lived at the very end house on
the east circle of Dacotah Drive. My friends there were the Farquharson
girls. Then we moved down to Windermere Road, first to 114, as it
was then numbered (just south of Wyandotte) and then to 106 Windermere,
where I lived while attending King Edward School and then W.C.I.
My dad, Stuart Smith, was the Prudential Insurance man for the district
from Gladstone to Walker Road. He was pretty well known, I imagine.
At that time, (the Depression years), we also had a bachelor gentleman
rooming with us Bruce Barber.
After graduating from W.C.I, I left with my parents to live in Bothwell,
where I worked for the Bank Of Montreal until returning to Windsor
after marrying Al Montrose in 1946. In 1952 Al re-enlisted in the
RCAF and we spent time on various stations till retirement in 1966.
In May 1983, Al and I enjoyed the 60th Anniversary of Walkerville
Collegiate great to see so many old friends. Al died very
suddenly in 1990. In 1997 I was back to WCI for the 75th celebration
along with Beverly (Black) Brown and Peg (Jones) Bauer. We were
all living in Chatham at this point.
Peg and Elmer Bauer have now moved back to Windsor, but Beverly,
whose husband Russel (Rusty) Brown died in 1989, is soon moving
into the apartment across the hall from mine. We will both enjoy
The Times, which another friend in this building gave me as a Christmas
gift. Her husband Wallace began life just around the corner from
my Windermere home on Chilver and Cataraqui. Sadly, he died a few
years ago before Alice moved to Chatham.
Do keep up the good work!!!
Muriel A. Montrose, Chatham
Lloyd Would be Chuckling
just picked up my copy of The Times (dad and I hunt down each issue)
and was amused by the letter from Virginia Bastedo - We Have Freedom
- You Have Beer. She wrote that she attended Old Sandwich
High School (now J.L. Hoister Collegiate.) I am sure she was
referring to J.L. Forester (High School when I went), Collegiate
mentioned a Floyd Watkins. That would have been Lloyd Watkins, a
neighbour of my parents and us kids for going on 40+ years.
brothers and myself grew up and played with the boys day in and
day out. Unfortunately, Lloyd left us a couple years ago. Dorothy,
Lloyds wife, still resides in the home. Their two sons, Randy
and Raymond are of course long grown up; Randy still in the Windsor
area and Raymond with his wife and kids in Edmonton.
is missed by many. I just know he would be laughing at this letter.
I can just see him chuckling. His massive frame (I was only 2 feet
tall then, much the same as today) shaking like jelly while his
deep husky voice tried to stifle the outburst.
laughing because of the errors - that wasnt Lloyds way.
Hed be laughing because the errors merely entertained him.
just bet Ms. Bastedos letter was hand written and the mistakes
were purely from the interpretation of her penmanship.
Hannam Gallagher, Windsor
Thanks for pointing out the typos. I meant to correct Lloyds
name as we had written about his family in an earlier issue. I also
wanted to add a note about his passing and that Lot Street is now
known as Watkins Street in honour of his dad (see Issue 22) also
archived on our website walkervilletimes.com Feb. 2002 issue, A
Street Named Watkins.
Bringing Things into Focus
recent issue is really a collectible. Congratulations! Your centre
spread of almost-forgotten old familiar sights especially caught
my eye and attention... however the accompanying hieroglyphics left
me rather stumped; but then, I have no knowledge of word typesetting.
Fortunately I was able to solve some of my problem by referring
to page 3 and the On the cover detailing. At least that
gave me some clues.
or two of the visuals I am not quite sure about. At the far left
there is a beautiful schooner which, to me, looks like the once
renowned Blue Nose out of Nova Scotia, the one featured for many
years on the Canadian dime. Could it possibly be? Just below this
ship is a building which looks like the old flatiron building once
used by Hiram Walker and Sons. Is that so? Finally, I have absolutely
no clue as to the time and place of the Ford dealership pictured.
Looks like the joint where the Chicago gangsters used to acquire
their cars. (Chicago was my second home for many years.)
want to thank you for bringing back into focus many memories of
my happy experiences in Walkerville long ago. Maybe it was the times,
or the people or the place, but all of my recollections of school
years spent growing to adulthood in Walkerville are most pleasant
ones. When I contrast that with the perils, pitfalls and agonies
that todays youth seem to have to fight through, I feel fortunate
indeed for the untroubled and pleasant experience of my youthful
years in Walkerville.
Army Ellis, California
Army, please see page 22 for the captions and hopefully, all your
questions will be answered.
child from Issue 23 identified as Edward Mapes, son of
reader Charlie Foxs Aunt Bessie, below. Edward became
a Walkerville policeman.
has determined that the child in question in Issue 23 (Who
is this Child?) is Edward Mapes, son of A.E. Mapes, Walkerville
policeman and later town assessor.
His mother was my aunt Bessie. She appeared in an earlier issue
of he Times standing on the front porch of her home at 549 Chilver.
I remember Ed as being somewhat of a character, probably the result
of having that awful picture taken.
Charlie Fox, Walkerville
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