Monthly Archives: March 2011

Bop ‘Til You Drop: BobLo Ballroom 1920s


The new music and dances were fast paced and energetic, like the optimistic 1920s themselves. They were an escape from the horror of war, and an opportunity to release pent up emotions created by the restricted lifestyles forced on the … Continue reading

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Send in the Clowns. A Walkerville woman is waiting. c 1900


I am so glad I met Charlie Fox. His old house in Walkerville is a treasure trove of photos, antiques and other relics from the early years in the town that Hiram Walker built. About ten years ago we were … Continue reading

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Sisters in the Hood: Isabel & Vivian Clark – Walkerville, 1935


“… probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” ~Margaret Mead One of the best things about publishing our community magazines, “The Walkerville Times” and “The Times Magazines” was … Continue reading

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Come and give me a kiss, dearie.


A woman’s work is never done. Here’s an unidentified Walkerville matriarch doing some mending in the backyard of what looks like one of the row houses on Monmouth Road. These homes were rented out to the employees of Hiram Walker … Continue reading

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Walking barefoot, uphill, in a snowstorm.


What? Another freezing rain warning for Windsor and Essex County today? Oh joy! Oh rapture! Hey, It’s March 24… bring it on! Maybe because we’ve had such a miserably cold March, April will treat us a little better. Hmmm, maybe … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Lived in the Little Stone House: Ontario at Kildare


You probably wondered who lived in that adorable stone house on the corner of Kildare and Ontario in Olde Walkerville. Chances are she took your parents’ or grandparents’ portrait and you didn’t even know it. She was Pat Sturn, a … Continue reading

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So what’s Playing at the Drive-In? The Skyway 1950


  With tonight, March 19, 2011, being the return of the Super Moon (last one was in March 1993), my thoughts turned to how little attention we normally give the moon. That is, unless it’s summer and we’re at the cottage, … Continue reading

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Take Me Out to The Ballgame: Ford City Team 1920s


I believe in the Rip Van Winkle theory: that a man from 1910 must be able to wake up after being asleep for seventy years, walk into a ballpark and understand baseball perfectly. ~ Bowie Kuhn, Commissioner of Major League Baseball … Continue reading

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I Want to Be Loved by You. 1928


Browsing through my “old local photos” email folder, I found this gem sent to me in 2002 by Mike McGlaughlin. His mother Phyllis McGlaughlin (left) sits with her cousins Hazel (middle) and Edna Normandeau on the running board of a … Continue reading

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Where’s a flying car when you need one?


I think Bernie Drouillard, a local collector of all things to do with Windsor transit, gave me this photo. I cannot believe that this wonderful trolley used to travel right up my street. It’s turning from Windermere, one block south … Continue reading

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