Friday, March 31, 2006

More E-mail for Bud & Bev Nathan

Hello Marston,

I must admit that I have been missing a great deal by not opening your blog on a regular basis. That will change, I assure you.

Note to Bud and Bev Nathan,

When I read your note from BC and your reference to your home on Third (James E. Davis) it did bring back some memories. I believe your Dad had a Motorcycle with a Sidecar? and Yes the Parrot did curse - it was the McConachie boys who taught him (her?) on their way to school. I think we all had a go at trying to get in a word or two.

I also remember the Holgates that lived on Third as well. Don Holgate had a Crow that he taught to talk (It's true) and it flew along with him to Royal George. It also used to steal the silver money that was left out on the milk bottles awaiting the Milkman's arrival. I also heard that it flew into the classroom at Royal George, sat on the clock on the back wall, and did what he had to do.

I am rambling, so will be back again soon.

Regards, Cliff Board (70)

Thanks Cliff for your kind words and I'm sure Bev & Bud will enjoy your message.
Don't worry about rambling. Ramble on here, we love it.


Canadian Scenes



Thanks Murray P.
I have to tip my hat to this photographer..

Overheard At The Lapiniere Hotel

Good Morning Guys:
You guys are faster tan a speeding bullet.
Thanks to Elton for posting the photos , I have e-mails from long lost but not forgotten friends from the Park.
Looking forward to seeing you in September.
David

Hello David,
Great to hear from you and the update. It has been a long time since the GPK reunion. I know you and Harold put a lot of work into it to make it happen. It was a great event. Sandy sent your pickup pic to Elton a few weeks back and he posted it on the blog. Elton is a real car nut and has had some real nice 60's classics. He buys them and sells them faster than I change my underwear.

I hope you enjoy our site and will submit items from time to time to share with other visitors.
Also let me know if you want your E-mail address added to our blog address list.

I hope we talk again soon.
P.S. Elton will post your message to us, so check the site tomorrow. Keep smiling and I hope we all have fun here.
Marty N.


Photo by Sandy Robinson

Good Afternoon Marston and Elton ;
I must admit that I have been enjoying you blog for some time and never seem to have had the time to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoy reading it.
Marston, I have not seen you since the 1988 Royal George Reunion.
We just got back from our mid-winter holiday in the Dominican Republic and I was surprised to see an e-mail from a former Greenfield Parker who is now retired and lives in Nova Scotia informing me that there was a photo of "my pride and joy" on the site.
The photo was taken by Sandy (Snow) Robinson at the first Greenfield Park/RGHS Reunion Picnic held in Cambridge ,ON back in September, 2003.
I have owned the truck for almost 20 years and have enjoyed taking it to car shows and cruise nights all over Southwestern Ontario especially MOPARFEST every August in New Hamburg..
The truck is a bone stock 1977 D100 Dodge Shot Box StepSide pick-up except for tires and wheels.About five years ago it was looking pretty rough after the two boys drove it prior to getting their own wheels so I decided to redo it completely.The photo was taken just after the restoration was completed and it still shows pretty good.
It sleeps in a nice dry former dairy barn during the winter and I am anxious to get it out very soon.
(Sharron {Laurent} and I moved from the Park in 1981 and now live in a little town near London called Ingersoll.
We have two (2) married sons that live close by and no grand kids as yet.

Photo by Sandy Robinson

Thanks to Sandy for submitting the photo to BOYS TOYS, by the way the Corvette roadster was at the same reunion in Cambridge and belongs to Don Flesh.
Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing you in Port Elgin in September, 2006 at Reunion IV
David


We are posting part of this again because it is exactly what The North Brothers Site is all about; Stories, Pictues, and the reunion of old friends........... Thank you Sandy for sending in the pictures that started this story, and Thanks to all for subsequence text contributors. TEN

Prairie Moments by Doug G.









Morning Marston
Weather is the topic every one speaks about this time of the year. Seed and flower catologues are starting to appear in the mail signaling is really around the corner.
I'm running out of current pictures because I can't get out on the bike with muddy roads and late snow falls. So here are a few showing the back roads as they start to melt down and thaw out. Medicine Hat is known for its Largest T.P. in the world which sits just off the Transcanada as it goes through Town.

Right now the up river dams have released water to break up the remaining ice and it has discharged thousands of car size pieces which flow rapidly through. Cattle are sheltering along the banks in the sun and magpies having a feeding frenzie on the cat nibbles we put out for them. Last spring my sister Lorna Watkins ( Garrett) came to visit and cycle around the bluffs. Can't wait till the place looks that green again
Cheers for now
Doug g

Thanks Doug for sharing with us.

A Picture is worth a thousand words ????

Hi Marston,
I thought you would like to see the chain of mails that Alan Houle ,
Ralph Bennet and I exchanged before our meeting last night at Magnans in
Pointe-St-Charles.After Ralph told me he was coming to town and had not
seen Alan Houle in 18 years I thought it would be good to get together.

- - - -
Ralph wrote:
My wife is going down next week and as of now I will be there on Monday
the 27th.
- - - -
I then got a hold of Alan.

- - - -
Alan wrote on Monday this week:

Hi Ivan,

Are we still meeting Ralph on Wednesday? If we are, where and what
time?


Alan
- - - - -
Ivan wrote on Monday:

Hey Alan
He is supposed to be in town now. He and his wife are somewhere in the
east end of town. Ralph gave me the phone# there xxxxx or his
cell phone # xxxxx He said to call him and see what we want to
do. Can you call him? I am really busy these days, 2nd quarter 31st
March.

Set something up. Wednsday or Thursday is fine with me. If you can't
get a hold of him , let me know and I will get on it from here.
Ivan,

- - - - -
Alan wrote on Monday:

I've connected with Ralph and the plan is to meet at Magnan's around
6:30 Wednesday evening. I hope that works for you.

Look forward to seeing you then.

Alan

- - - - -
Ivan wrote:
Just around the corner from me in the Pointe. I will be there.

- - - - -
Alan wrote Wednsday morning:

Ivan,

You?ll love this. I got a call from Ralph last night(Tuesday) about
8:00 from - guess where. He forgot that I had said Wednesday and was
concerned
I had been involved in a car accident. Anyway, he had dinner and will
try again this evening. He might bring along his wife Millie. Hard to leave
her alone two nights in a row.

See you tonight?

- - - - -

Ivan replied:

That's what happens when you get older. I have a string around my
finger, so I won't forget (LOL)

-- - - - - - - - - - - -

Just to let you know that Ralph did show up last night (Wednsday) with
Millie (lovely lady). Alan made it and I parked my car at my appartment
and walked over to meet with them. We chewed the fat from 6.30pm until
about 10.30pm. Millie was tired so we all up and left and promised to
get together at the GFP golf tounament in May.

During the evening I asked if Ralph or Alan had brought their cameras
and they didn't . So looking at me they said that I usually have mine , and
I didn't . So we have no picture to send in.

Regards,
Ivan

Lucky Guys.
Prime Rib I'll bet.

Sandy Adds A Caveat

Good morning boys,

Reading the blog and see that Ralph joined up with a few more folks from " The Park" He was at our place for dinner last Friday , the 24th, on his way through to Montreal.
We had a great visit with him. He has a memory like a steel trap and he reminded us of some of the great times that were had in Gpk. in the 50s and 60s.

Sandy Robinson

Thanks Sandy, and have a wonderful weekend.. TEN

Old Doc's Home




Hi Marty,
This picture was taken in my back yard,439 Empire Ave. many years ago.

If you look you will see a little house way back.This house belonged to Perra's.There was a lane off of third street that ran down to that house and there were a couple of barns back there also. I used to play in them sometimes.The man that lived in that house was called (old doc).He was kind of scary to me as a child, but I am sure he was a nice man. I believe he worked at a bank in St.Lambert as a cleaner. He used to walk back and forth to work everyday.You would often see him walking. Maybe someone else remembers this. Before he lived there another family lived there called the Bell's and they had two boys.They moved away and before they left the lady gave my Mom two fancy glasses she thought might break and I still have them today.
Ellen Mccourt Stone

Thanks Ellen for sharing this with us.

What would you do?

You make the choice!

Don't look for a punch line; There isn't one! Read it anyway.

My question to all of you is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled
children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech
that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the
school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

"When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature
does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as
other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay,
physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an
opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child." Then he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay
knew were playing baseball. Shay asked," Do you think they'll let me
play?"
Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone
like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son
were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of
belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his
handicaps.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay
could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for guidance
and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth
inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in
the ninth inning."

Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt with a
broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In
the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was
still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a
glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he
was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field,
grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the
bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing
the other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life,
moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be
able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and
missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the
ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball
and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft
grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay
would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the
first baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands
and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!"
Never in his life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to first base. He
scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming
andstruggling to make it to second base. By the time Shay rounded
towards second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on
their team, who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first
time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag,
but he understood the pitcher's intentions and he too intentionally threw
the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward
third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases
toward home. All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"

Shay reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him
and turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to
third! Shay, run to third" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both
teams and those watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay, run home!
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who
hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

That day, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his
face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and
humanity into this world.

Shay didn't make it to another summer and died that winter, having
never forgotten being the hero and making his Father so happy and coming
home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND, NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to
sending messages about life choices, people think twice about
sharing.The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through
cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our
schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that
you're probably sorting out the people on your address list that
aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the
person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We
all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize
the "natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions
between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up that opportunity to brighten the day of those with us the least able, and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?
A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's
least fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:
1. Delete
2. Forward
May your day, be a Shay Day, sunny today tomorrow & always!

Thanks Gus & Mavis R.
Makes you think..

Thursday, March 30, 2006

A couple of pics for Heather Hubbard Cooper



Just thought you'd enjoy these.

Cool Black Cat With Green Eyes...

Cool Black Cat with Green Eyes (click link below) to see something
awesome! I have no clue how they got this to work. There are some
great code writers out there! If you tease her with the mouse pointer
on her chest or stomach she will purr, I got her to meow also, by
rubbing her forehead with the pointer. If you make a slow circle
around her body, (counter-clockwise) not only will her head/eyes follow
your pointer, but toward the top, her paw will go up, and ! when in
front of her paws at the bottom, her foot comes out like she wants to
play with your mouse pointer. (Don't hold the mouse down, just move it)
Enjoy!

http://www.broenink-art.nl/maukie2.swf

Thanks Margaret.

Anyone care to name these old store or business locations in GPK(Update)

449
452
467

Thanks John R.

Marston Back again.....I just saw the series of old stores taken by John R.
449 is the old theatre,

467 is the old Jacoby's Store at the corner of Queen and Empire.
Wayne Goldthorp

I recall #449 as being the Lions Club where 30 years ago I went to beavers..one of the Beaver leaders was Bernie Constantini. I belive it was a cinema before that. Later became a video store, and now a pizza place. Regards
Mark Thompson

Thanks Wayne and Mark
467 The former location of Johnson’s Store, which became Allain’s Store, and later an ice cream shop. Situated on the corner of Empire and Queen. John R.

452 ???Hi Marty Just wondering if the unidentified business was Pops. Also re: the postcards from Sherri it is ironic that about 5 Kms from Owen Sound there is an East Linton and about an hours drive north we have a Tobermory.
Keep up the great work, also of you have an updated of list of reunion attendees it would be nice to see.
Heather Gibb
They have all been Identified, great work folks. I'll post some more tomorrow.

How True It Is




Another year has passed
and we all are a little older
Last summer felt hotter
and winter seems much colder.

I rack my brain for happy thoughts,
to put down on my pad,
But lots of things that come to mind
just make me kind of sad.

There was a time not long ago
when life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
about "Living in the Past".

We used to go to friends homes,
football games and lunches.
Now we go to therapy, hospitals,
and after-funeral brunches.

We used to go out dining,
and couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel
to places near and far.
Now we get backaches
from riding in the car.

We used to go out shopping
for new clothing at the Mall
But, now we never bother...
all the sizes are too small.

That, my friend is how life is,
and now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
before you're too dad blamed old!!

Author Unknown

Thank you Margaret

Canadian Scenes





Thanks Murray P.

Home pics from around the Park (next series)

600 Janet Allen’s house on Newbury St. Janet’s father still lives
in the house. Janet’s son is an aspiring actor.

Thanks John R.

Home pics from around the Park

591
589

591 Leclair’s house was the second one from the corner on
Nightingale Terrace. Susan Leclair Pinard lived there in the
1960s before moving to Regent St.

589 This was Linda McFetridge’s house on Pendale St. Linda was
a cheerleader for both the Rams and Mustangs in the 1960s.
She now lives in a beautiful new home opposite St. Paul’s
Church.

Thanks John R.

Esther & Henrietta




Hi Marston

You wouldn't remember me, but I knew your brother and have sent a few
emails his way.

The comment about the two girls sitting at the creek is exactly as
noted. It is the old fire station on the left. If the picture was
wider, my parent home would have been on the right (corner of
Springfield and Oak) since the creek separated us and the fire
station. There was a taxi stand behind the fire station and yes,
there was also a gas station. The rest of the block along Churchill
was empty through to Fairfield. Once the fire station, the taxi
stand and the gas station were taken down and the town enacted some
bylaws regarding frontage and space the land was left empty since my
parents owned tha back half of the block between Springfield and
Fairfield along Oak. Finally after selling pieces of land the
apartment blocks were build starting from Fairfield. The last block
was built at the corner of Churchill and Springfield when we sold the
last portion and moved our home from Springfield up onto Gregory.

Great site you have going and always interested to see what is next
upon arrival home from work.

Wayne Goldthorp



W. Goldthorp
Assistant Director General
New Frontiers School Board

Thanks Wayne G.

Golf Thoughts I


  1. Golf - what a game! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks.

  2. Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.

  3. If your best shots are the practice swing and the "gimme" putt, you might wish to reconsider this game.

  4. If you find you do not mind playing golf in the rain, the snow, even during a hurricane, here's a valuable tip: your life is in trouble.

  5. Golfers who try to make everything perfect before taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot.

  6. A "gimme" can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers...neither of whom can putt very well.

  7. An interesting thing about golf is that no matter how badly you play; it is always possible to get worse.

  8. Golf's a hard game to figure. One day you'll go out and slice it and shank it, hit into all the traps and miss every green. The next day you go out and for no reason at all you really stink.

  9. Golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent is you.

  10. Golf is like marriage: both are expensive and if you take yourself too seriously, both won't work.
Thanks Bob H.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

More E-mail for the Nathan's

Good to read about the Nathans -- now living in Gold River,BC.I remember running on 440 yard relay teams with Kenny Nathan in the mid 60's.As I recall Ken was a good 100 yd. dash sprinter.

Does anyone remember the Nathans having a parrot who spoke with extremely colourful language?

Bill Knight

Thanks Bill
I'm Sure Bev & Bud will be happy to hear from you

A Message for Bud Nathan

" Hello Bud Nathan, you may remember me as a youngster hanging around Third Street and if I'm not mistaken you were a target of our snowballs when, we of the Third Street Gang used to ambush passersbys from the top of Perras Stable.

More importantly I remember the parrot which used to say the odd dirty word from the cast iron railing on your parents front steps as we were on our way to school, the fact that we egged the parrot on a little, notwithstanding.

John McConachie

Please welcome Ellen McCourt Stone to our blog(Additional Content Added)






Hi, Here are a few pictures I thought you might like to see.

This is my dad Bert (Robert) McCourt in front of my Grandparent's house the Smithemam's on Springfield before they had a fire.They had to live in a house on Murray while this one was being rebuilt and made bigger.They had nine children.

The other picture is Esther and I don't know her last name.Henrietta Parish sitting on the creek at Springfield and Churchill.I think that's the old firestation to the left side and the taxi stand further up.I remember taking that picture.

The other picture is Brenda Barfoot standing in front of pay phone in front of Hollingdrake's
Ellen McCourt.

Thanks for sharing with us Ellen

Update Information
Hi Marty,Brenda Barfoot has let me know that the girl sitting with Henrietta Parish on the creek is Esther Brumble.
Ellen Mccourt Stone

Sam thinks the Taxi stand behind Esther and Henrietta sitting above the creek was owned by Bill Burton .He thought there was a gas station there at the time also.
Ellen McCourt Stone

David Rye & His Stock 1977 D100 Dodge Stepside



Good Afternoon Marston and Elton ;
I must admit that I have been enjoying you blog for some time and never seem to have had the time to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoy reading it.
Marston, I have not seen you since the 1988 Royal George Reunion.
We just got back from our mid-winter holiday in the Dominican Republic and I was surprised to see an e-mail from a former Greenfield Parker who is now retired and lives in Nova Scotia informing me that there was a photo of "my pride and joy" on the site.
The photo was taken by Sandy (Snow) Robinson at the first Greenfield Park/RGHS Reunion Picnic held in Cambridge ,ON back in September, 2003.
I have owned the truck for almost 20 years and have enjoyed taking it to car shows and cruise nights all over Southwestern Ontario especially MOPARFEST every August in New Hamburg..
The truck is a bone stock 1977 D100 Dodge Shot Box StepSide pick-up except for tires and wheels.About five years ago it was looking pretty rough after the two boys drove it prior to getting their own wheels so I decided to redo it completely.The photo was taken just after the restoration was completed and it still shows pretty good.
It sleeps in a nice dry former dairy barn during the winter and I am anxious to get it out very soon.
(Sharron {Laurent} and I moved from the Park in 1981 and now live in a little town near London called Ingersoll.
We have two (2) married sons that live close by and no grand kids as yet.
Thanks to Sandy for submitting the photo to BOYS TOYS, by the way the Corvette roadster was at the same reunion in Cambridge and belongs to Don Flesh.
Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing you in Port Elgin in September, 2006 at Reunion IV
David

Thank you David for the comments and we also look forward to the Port Elgin Reunion. ten

More comments on the Hinks Family on Campbell Ave.

Jim Hinks did live on Campbell Ave., next to Barny Olsen, Barny used to have a chicken coop in his backyard and I used to get some of his chicken sh#t when I was about 8 or 9, or thereabouts, years old to put on my rose bushes.

I lived across the road from Barny on Campbell Ave for about two years in the old Miles house.Old man Miles(I don't know his first name) ran a city water line from Regent Street as far as our house and everyone between Regent and our house had tapped into it. South of our house I believe everyone had sulfur water wells.

Murray Penny

Thanks Murray

The Nathan's neighbor says Hello

Hi Marston:
Just want to say Hi to the Nathan family from your old neighbour Barb (Williams) Hamilton. I lived right
Across the street from them at 62 Third.
Barb

Thanks Barb, I'm sure Bev & Bud will be happy to hear from you

Home pics from around the Park

576
464
498



576 The Ridewood home on the east side of Springfield about half
way between Churchill and St. Charles. This was the home of
Donnie & the Late Barbara Ridewood, Donnie was one of the members of the Bearing Burners in the 1960s.

464 The Methven’s house at the corner of Greenfield and Elm.
Maybe someone can name a family that lived in the house
After the Methven’s.

498 Clarke’s house on the west side of Murray Ave.

Thanks John R.

Canadian Scenes





Makes you want to sit here all day and enjoy this great scenery
Thanks Murray P.

Ralphie B's Rules Of Golf - Part 4 of 4


  1. There are two things you can learn by stopping your backswing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.

  2. Hazards attract. Fairways repel.

  3. You can put "draw" on the ball, you can put "fade" on the ball, but no golfer can put "straight" on the ball.

  4. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

  5. If there is a ball in the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is the one in the bunker

  6. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint.

  7. Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.
Thanks Bob H.

Happy Birthday Sharon Fogerty-Hawkins

You Know How This Goes Blog-Blog-Blog....

We would like to thank all of our blog families for making your site active and fresh each day. However this does not happen without your participation. Take a moment to contribute to the site, if only once a day/week/month, think of it as vitamins for the soul. Thank you. The North Brothers...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Anyone care to guess who these 1965-66 Jubilee School Staff are?? (Another name added by Jean Gardner)


I can name some, certainly not all of the staff.
The front row has 4th from the left, Diane Gregory McConachie, Mary Rollins, ? , & Violet Belcher Royds.The girl on the left of Diane looks like Linda Harrison.
Back row has 2nd from left, Miss Hoyle, ? ? ? ? Ulric Russell, Mrs. Wheatly ? ? ?

Sandy R

Here are the names that JMcC sent with the pic.

Back Row L-R
Paul Tutton, Gertrude Hoyle, Betty Bishop, Mrs. Stone, ? , Ulric Russel, Noreen Wheatley, Mrs. Smith, ? , Mrs. Baugh, Frank Newman.

Front Row L-R
Sylvia Greene, Kendra Brown, Diane Gregory, Mary Rollins, Sandra Smith, Violet Belcher

Thanks John McC.

Hello: Another one of us surfaces - Jean Gardner - ex-GPKer now living in Calgary.

In the Jubilee School staff photo, I think the person identified as Mrs.Stone looks more like Sylvia Green (back row, 4th from left).Sylvia Green was principal of Jubliee School for many years during the 70sand 80s. During that time she re-married and became Sylvia Campbell.
Jean
Hi Jean and Welcome to our site.

Sylvia Green is the second lady from the left in the front row. She was my Grade 6 teacher at Jubilee and one of my very most favourite teachers ever!
Joan Nykiforuk joanmarie54@shaw.ca

Thanks Joan N.

Artist's work from GPK... George H. Vine



Hello folks.
I have been in touch with an old friend from GPK. George H. Vine. He and I were childhood friends and did so many things together in the Park. We grew apart as time went by. Families and jobs pulled us in different directions but I can say I never forgot him and the many things he taught me.

George could always draw and paint even as a very young man. He has given me permission to select a few of his works from his website to share with our blog visitors. I hope you can enjoy his works.

He has a website that you can visit and see a large selection of his paintings.

It Is www.georgevine.ca/

Take care Buddy

Beverly Recalls Dances At Greenfield Park Townhall

I kept thinking about those pictures and wondering how many other folks from the park went to Canada's 100th year celebration party at the town hall. What a great night and a fun party, the theme was to dress in period clothing.

The pictures were taken by Bruce Field.


One photo I had cut out Carl and Shirley as I had put Carl's old picture on a t-shirt for Carl on his sixty birthday. About one of the good old days to remember.
In the picture from the left: my mom and dad, Diane Weldrick as Miss Laura Secord, Ross Alexander, Fred Goodal(name spelling??)don't know her name (but I'm sure Diane will) then me (talking about I don't know what) and Tom.




I had made Tom's and my outfit from the new centennial plaid, now when I look at Tom in that outfit BOY!!! was he a good husband to let me dress him like that. I remember gluing on his side burns. Ha-ha

What fun that night was...did you go??? Who went and do you/they still have a picture.

Years ago our family did attend so many of the dances at the town hall, one year at the Halloween dress up dance I went as a bunny and Tom went as a hunter. I don't have any pictures, maybe others from the park went and have pictures of them selves. It was so nice we lived near the town hall as after the parties we did not have to worry about drinking and driving home, we just had to walk or...crawl.
Bev

Thank again Bev. for these wonderful pictures and stories. TEN

Small World it is!!!!

Marty,
Small world isn't it? I was looking over the email addresses on the
blog and noticed that Janet Allen Watson had her address as @APTECH.CA .
Well I called APTECH in Montreal who just happens to be one of my suppliers
and just got off the phone with her. We had a good conversation and I am
looking forward to meeting her at the reunion in September. She told me
that she got a new Harley and would really like to drive it up to Port
Elgin. What a blast .The blog connects again
Ivan
Thanks for the news Ivan R.

GPK Stores & Businesses. Let's see who can name them.

470
421
436

These are locations that were businesses back years ago. Let's see if anyone can name the old businesses.

Thanks John R.

John McC. guesses are:

436- Jacoby's Store

421- Smith's store by Royal George

470- Cater's - Beck's - Chalmer's Store

Well not bad one out of three. These where very difficult ones. John R tells me you would have to be 80 years old to get the second one. According to John R. here they are.

470 Cater’s Store on Empire Ave. south of Third St. It later became Beck’s, then
Chalmers’. It was a popular stop off point for students of Royal George or St.
Edmund’s School who had a dime to buy a soft drink, a bag of chips or some
candy. Mrs. Chalmers always greeted everyone with a smile. The building was
originally coated with red brick.

421 Enoch Green’s on St. Charles Road. I believe you’ve already put this photo on the blog site.

436 Location of Hollingdrake’s Market when it was on Springfield. This was before the store was moved to Edward Blvd. (Churchill)

Thanks John R.

News from Bud & Bev Nathan

Hi Marston:

You probably will not remember us but we do remember you when you and your brother were teenagers. We live in Gold River B.C. the home of the wayward whale called Luna.

Sadly he died this month and is sorely missed by all the people that live in the Nootka Sound area. We retired here ten years ago, and in some ways it reminds us of the Park back when. We are still in contact with some Park people, and of course Willma and Buck Wells Bud's sister and brother in law.

Perhaps you went to school with one or more of our childlren Ken, Ray, Jean and Jane. I was happy to see our old house on the blog 57 Third Street, we lived there for 25 years, after Bud's parents built the new house at 366 Springfield. I have sent your blog site to Jean who lives in Florida, and to Ken who lives in Calgary, I'm sure they will love to read the news.

We shall be monitering the site on a regular basis for more Park news. Keep up the good work. Bud & Bev Nathan

Great to hear from you Bud & Bev N.

Canadian Scenes




Thanks Murray P.
Peaceful scenes

Puzzle to try

This one will drive you nuts!! The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls. If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal. It's been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. Theyare expected to go for at least 2 minutes.

Give it a try!! http://tinyurl.com/56t9u

Thanks Ed B.

Home pics from around the Park




568 I believe this is the Bugera house on the east side of Empire
near Templeton. A path near the house led through the forest,
and was a short cut on the way to and from Royal George.

583 The Thornton house on the west side of Vercheres St. Eddy
Thornton who now lives in Ontario, is a vintage car collector.
He even owns his own fire engine.

579 According to the 1965 electoral list of the Park this was the
home of Bob and Jim Godefroy. Bob lives in Australia, while
Jim resides in Brossard. Their mother ran a gift shop on
Churchill Blvd in the 1950s.

Thanks John R.