Where’s a flying car when you need one?

Oh, to take a trolley bus in Walkerville!

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 of Wyandotte, onto Cataraqui. King Edward School is not visible but the playground is at right on the north east corner. Judging from the look of the trolley and the woman waiting for it, I would say that this is sometime in the 1920s.

Sometimes it seems as if our past was more advanced than the present. Here we are in 2011. There are no flying cars or moving sidewalks to move us quickly from A to B. Not fair. Bring back the trolleys!

Here’s a letter from one of our happy readers who lived on Windermere in the 1930s. She sent this in 2002.

Wonderful Windermere

Like so many ex-Walkerville residents, I’ve 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 Elizabeth.

Though 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

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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