Where’s The Fire??


Up and at 'em: Walkerville Fire Department, circa 1910, photo Chas. Fox

The original Walkerville Fire Dept. was located on the west side of Walker Road, just north of the CN tracks. The Walkerville police station was across the street on the east side of Walker.

The father of Charlie Fox, a long time resident of Walkerville, (who possesses a treasure trove of old photos of the area), was a member of the Department and an avid photographer. This photo was taken by him of some of the boys getting ready to respond to an alarm.

Charlie isn’t sure if this was the volunteer department or the real deal. “I have a locket that was presented to my father, probably when he left the department, and it is engraved ‘Presented to Lieut. Chas. Fox by Walkerville Fire Dept. 1911.’ I don’t know if this indicates that it was not a volunteer dept, or whether there was just not enough room on the locket.”

About Elaine Weeks

How history was taught in my day: memorize lots of boring dates and facts, watch corny old black & white history films. There was one bright spot, however. Grade 9 history at Walkerville Collegiate with Miss Falls (Georgina) when she taught a section on local history and took us on a field trip to explore some of Windsor's built heritage. Due to a series of peculiar events, celebrating local history became part of my business. My company, Walkerville Publishing Inc., (partner is Chris Edwards) launched "The Walkerville Times" in 1999 and we produced 61 issues - the last in 2016. In 2004, we began producing local history books; that year we released "Best of The Times Magazine". Our current titles include 5000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit, 500 Ways You Know You're From Windsor, Walkerville - Whisky Town Extraordinaire, and Windsor Then - A Pictorial Essay of Windsor's Glorious Past. I also wrote a novel, Time Trespasser, that blends time travel with local history. I am working on a sequel. I am a writer, editor, blogger, photographer, mother, wife, sister, activist, traveller, gardener, knitter, glass is nearly full person.
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