Another of Charlie Fox’s mystery Walkerville photos. Since this looks like a class photo and that it’s from around 1905 from the look of the clothing, I originally hazarded a guess that this was one of the first King Edward Public School classes. Maybe even THE very first.
Then I found the following story on our walkervilletimes.com archive site. While reading the father’s mention of the “old frame school house” I had a bit of an “aha” moment. Maybe this group photo was actually taken next to the old school and this was one of the last classes, perhaps even the graduating class? Will we ever know?
Doors Thrown Open
April 13, 1906,
The Weekly Record
Easter bouquets of congratulations were hurled at the Walkerville school board, Principal Hugh Beaton and all those connected with the erection of the new King Edward School when this new educational edifice was formally thrown open to the public Wednesday night.
The assembly room was packed and the crowd overflowed the corridors. The gathering included little children all dressed in their best bib and tucker. Their smiling faces were a sufficient reward alone to the school trustees who worked so faithfully to attain fruition of a long cherished ambition and fond parents who will meet the expenses with increased taxation.
“It is a little bit different from the old frame school house that I attended when I was a boy,” remarked a father, “but nothing is too good for our boys and girls.”
King Edward School was literally on the edge of town when it opened. Standing in the centre of the girls’ grass-covered playground, a person could look westward beyond the oat fields and vineyards and the few new homes on Lincoln Road and make out the recently built homes on Langlois Avenue, the last street in Windsor. To the south no streets or buildings could be seen. Looking across unpaved Niagara Street, one had a fine view of the new Edward Chandler Walker estate, Willistead Manor. Scores of trees, some 40 feet tall, had been shipped in from as far away as the Carolinas. No fence obstructed the view of the newly finished buildings designed by Albert Kahn, also architect of King Edward.
read more about the early days of King Edward School here.