Thursday, January 11, 2007
Old Photo from Sharon H.
I'm really enjoying the photos you've sent to Marston's blog. The photo that appeared on Tuesday is of a large group of young men.
Your father was in the front, third from the right. I didn't know any of them because I'm from another generation, but the man in the front row, dead centre looks very familiar.
I believe he might be Albert Homer Sr. If it is him this would lead me to believe the photo was taken next to the United Church on Springfield Ave. in the late 20s or 1930s. Mr. Homer was a great athlete himself, and formed an athletic club at the church called the King's Own Athletic Club.
I believe this is most likely a photo of members of the club or less likely all the male members of the church. I don't think the latter is right because there are only two older men in the photo.Question: Were the Hollingdrakes members of the United Church? If they were my guess could be correct.
If we could find other people whose fathers attended the United Church in the late 1920s or early 1930s, perhaps they could pick out their fathers. The Kings Own Athletic Club may not have been exclusively for United Church parishioners, so there may be one or two Anglicans in the photo.
I know I have a trophy from the K.O.A.C. from the early days won by my mother, Edith Hineson, who was definitely an Anglican. I'll take a photo of it and send it to Marston for the blog.One person who may be able to identify some of these people is Arthur Burchmore. I recall him telling me he was a member of that athletic club.
I'll try to contact him.
Thanks John R.