read with considerable interest the article in The Times web site
re: the Francois Baby residence and wondered why there was no reference
to the outstanding effort of Mr. Robert M. Fuller of Windsor to
save this house when it was in very bad shape.
Fuller, a veteran of World War I and principal of Assumption Street
School (now Begley) in Windsor, during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s
worked diligently and continuously to bring the condition of the
house to the attention of any and all interested in the restoration
and saving of this piece of Windsor history.
should be pointed out that no other individual contributed more
in both time and effort to save this building than Bob Fuller. This
can be confirmed by most students and all teachers in the public
school system of the period from 1920 to 1940.
names of individuals really involved with the restoration of the
Baby House were Mr. Thomas Snelham and Mr. Carlton (Tim) Healy,
representing the board of directors of Hiram Walker Gooderham &
Worts Limited, who passed cheques to cover the financing of the
restoration to Mrs. Harmon Norton, wife of Preston (Pres) Norton
of the Norton Palmer Hotel. Mrs Norton lived in the Baby House as
Thank you for pointing out this omission.
A Bright Idea
time there's been a mention of the Ambassador Bridge in The Times,
I think of a photo of my dad, Bart Tucker, physically installing
the "string of lighted pearls" on the bridge. I remember
being so proud that my dad was to be associated with such an accomplishment
in our local history.
before The Times managing editor Elaine Weeks and I became friends,
our dads knew each other. Her dad, Bert Weeks, had the idea to light
the bridge and my dad Bart (and Tucker Electric) did the job. Like
we always say around here... "small town."
sure both our fathers would be very proud of the work we've done
together trying to document some of this local history in The Times.
Sherrill Tucker, Walkerville
Bart Tucker assembling
Ambassador Bridge light bulbs, November 7, 1981.
I Pulled the Curtain
my brother from Windsor dropped in to see us in Oshawa and brought
along a copy of your February paper. I did not read it till the
next day and found it was full of memories of past days.
have submitted a few of my pictures via your contributor Al Roach,
a former class mate at W.C.I., and hope a few of them have been
published. I was surprised to see myself in two pictures Jack Creed
supplied from Hugh Beaton School. A few years ago I donated this
same Grade 5 class picture to the school in hopes they keep some
historic things. I remember being in school patrol up on Tecumseh
Road and Windermere. For the play picture, I pulled the curtain.
Say hello to Jack Creed for me.
also read the letter from Army Ellis who lived down the street on
Windermere. I see he is in California now.
left Walkerville in 1944 after graduating from W.C.I. and entered
the services and graduated from UofT with a degree in pharmacy.
I worked for Parke Davis Co. which started their manufacturing plant
in Walkerville in 1990 at the corner of Walker Road and Riverside
hope you will be interested in other pictures and history of Walkerville
that I have including pictures of the Parke Davis plant before cars
or trucks were on the road as well as a picture of an old street
car with Walkerville on the roof.
Jack Willson, Oshawa
Anyone Remember Mr. Bastien?
am looking for any information about my father. He was the first
president of Local 494 of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
Union in Windsor.
grew up in Sandwich on Baby Street. My mother was a Durocher and
had eleven children. Jules Robinet was a neighbour across the road
from us. A wine maker by profession, he, like a lot of other people,
suffered through the Great Depression of the thirties. If anyone
has information on my dad, I would be very pleased if you could
call me at 945-8579.
Jim Bastien, Windsor, ON
We dont have info on your dad but do know a bit about Jules
who emigrated from France in 1875 to Sandwich and was a businessman
and municipal politician. In addition to his winery, he owned the
Robinet brickyard in Sandwich. (See photo page 7)
Pie in the Sky
have been reading The Times with great interest as I grew up on
Moy Avenue. My grandmother and some of her offspring lived on Chilver
(then Victoria Road) and I was able to visit her quite frequently.
One of the attractions for a small lad was her semiautomatic toaster,
which had drop-down sides and, as you used them, the toast turned
over and was ready for burning on the other side. Im afraid
I overused this wonder every chance I got.
chance my Walkerville pals and I got, we would descend upon the
back door of Bennets Pies on Ontario Street and ask if there
were any day-old pies. Almost always they were on sale
for, would you believe, a nickel each. Although small, about four
inches across, they retained superb flavour and were gratefully
consumed on the top of a garage roof for some reason (more adventurous
Fred L. Bertram, Windsor
For the cover of our February
2002 issue, our graphic designer Chuck Rees created a stylized rendering
of Windsorites John Jasperson and Ann White enjoying the New Years
Eve dance at the Essex Golf and Country Club in 1951. They were
married not long after the dance. Anns brother, George White,
brought in a recent photo of John and Ann (right)
Cold Beer Anyone?
live across the street from The Times in the old Chilver farm house
in apt. #1. (By the way, some people say that this house is haunted.)
Ive lived here about four years with my girl Nancy.
enjoy reading your magazine and I always like your stories about
art. I have many tattoos and I get a lot of looks from people when
I sit out on my front porch with my shirt off on a nice day with
my music on enjoying a beer or a cold pop. Im not a biker
or a guy who tries to look mean with all these tattoos. Its
art and its just on my body.
know this house and the one next door have a bad reputation for
trouble at times but we are people just like everyone else. We dont
have much and our lives are not as easy as the people down the street,
but we do all try to get along. Im a bit of a joker at times.
We are not all drug addicts, so Ive been told. I am just glad
to have a roof over my head.
just wanted to say to people who live around us that next time you
see us on the porch with our music on loud, instead of giving us
a dirty look, maybe you could stop and talk to us. We might look
scary, but we are still people.
cant speak for everyone but I like living here and I enjoy
sitting on the porch on a sunny day. Who knows?
If someone stops by we might even offer a cold beer!
Mike Last, Walkerville
Not an Encyclopedia
very much enjoyed the April 2002 issue of The Times First
Annual Photo Issue. May I offer a couple of corrections?
12: While Lansdowne may be on the Detroit shore behind the coal
smoke, the ferry in the picture is Windsor her name can be
seen clearly in two places on her side. She, and her sister Manitowoc
were essentially identical.
Incidentally, the white steamer on the Detroit side (left side of
photo) is probably Put-in-Bay.
Page 23: HMY Britannia (not Britannica) is proceeding UP the river,
not down. To add a sad note, Britannia has been paid off; the Queen
no longer has a Royal Yacht. Congratulations, and very best wishes
for the future.
A.B. Harris, Windsor
Youre the first alert reader to clarify the name of the Queens
former yacht. I must have spent too many hours as a kid in Willistead
Library pouring over Encyclopedia Britannicas for school projects
and got the name stuck in my head.
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