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.
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