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


Charlie Fox's mom waits. photo courtesy c. fox

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 searching for local photos of celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee (60th year as monarch). Charlie turned up this gem of his mother. He writes:

The “Welcome” pennant and U.S. flags indicate they were celebrating something other than the Jubilee [I’m guessing July 4th]. There are several pictures of that ivy-covered house. Mother said that at one time her folks lived at “Walker Farms” which was then located at Walker and Tecumseh Roads where the car dealership is now. The house in this picture may have stood there.

Dad wasn’t into photography that early. His brother George was and when he died Dad got the camera. It was still around when I was a kid, a box about eight inches square and sixteen inches long. It used glass plates, (which I broke as a kid).

Later on, when Dad was doing odd jobs for Mrs. E.C. Walker, [Edward’s wife. They built Willistead Manor.] she asked him to take some pictures for her. He went over to Petch’s Drug Store on the corner of Chilver and Wyandotte, where Peerless is now [and now The Old Town Sweet Shop] bought the best Kodak they had in stock, and did the photography. Later, Mrs. Walker gave him the camera, which I still have.

You can read more about Willistead Manor and Edward and Mary Walker here:

http://www.walkervilletimes.com/willistead.htm

Or purchase “Best of The Times” by our company, Walkerville Publishing, at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor’s Community Museum, Indigo Books in St. Clair Beach, Juniper Books on Ottawa Street, Bergeron Frames in Old Riverside or on our website:

http://www.thetimesmagazine.com/book.html

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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 peculiar series of events, celebrating local history became part of my business. My company, (partner is Chris Edwards,) Walkerville Publishing Inc., launched "The Walkerville Times" in 1999, which in due course became "The Times Magazine". Our goal was to make history real. I am a writer, editor, blogger, photographer, mother, wife, sister, activist, traveller, gardener, knitter, masters track & field competitor (when I have time), glass is nearly full person.
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