Well I kept thinking I would love a St. Charles Road sign…..but not
able to supply you with pictures as I am in Az. U.S.A.,
for the winter far away from the cold of Greenfield
Park right now……but growing up in the Park was a wonderful
time in my life.
We moved to St. Charles when I was too small to
remember from my grandfather Walter Newbury’s house on Empire know
as (pop) to all school kids .
It was just hay fields behind us which was cut for hay to
feed livestock ,or for places for us to hide when playing hide and seek
,especially the large tree .
which stood right behind our house, were today it would be
right in the middle of the soccer field ,,,,,there were no fences and we
had a path over to
Empire from our back yard which was just a path right up to Churchill
to catch the streetcar.
Many times the large creek in front of our house was full in
the spring ,,,,,it was fun to throw a stick in and see if we could run as fast
as our sticks
were floating down stream ……We fished my sister Suzanne
out of the creek one spring in pretty deep water ,,,maybe we should have waited
if she could float ….(.just kidding Sue ).
We learned to drive our bikes on this street deliver papers ,played
with the Webb’s the Provost’s next door and Holcroft’s ,and
the Rudge’s down a bit further.
I ran many times to catch the bus going to C.C.H.S. we could
watch it on Churchill from St. Charles and figure how fast we had to run to get
to the corner on time .
Then they made the road all new with sidewalk’s and
paving we were in heaven nice roads to drive our bikes on and later push my
brother Fred’s carriage……
After I married I lived on St Charles and deliver our first daughter
right in my Mom’s and Dad’s house it was not planned ,but
things started to move to fast for me
to get to the hospital,,,,,so try to explain that to the Government
when it came time to fill out the forms for Family allowance for children
I remember it was $6.00 a
month for each child we thought we were in the money ……….
We lived right next to Barbara Rudge as our family
grew and I brought 3 more children home to St. Charles Road ..As the
children got a bit older they would run
down to my mother’s house to play with my brother as
he was just 3 yrs older them my oldest ,many times they probably missed being
hit by someone’s car as they
crossed the street of many curves to get to Nanny’s
house as she always had chocolate chip cookies ….Or tell her they had not
had any breakfast which was always a lie .
I guess they figured Nanny would believe then ..
Later when we decided to move to Ontario it was a sad time for the kids as
they missed there Uncle Ricky, which was a nickname so we did not have two
In the house ….It was Bud Wright’s mother Frieda
that got us started with the nickname for my brother.
So every week my mother Helen would go to the post office
with a large parcel full of chocolate chip cookies and candy ,etc. for the my
kids they would look for the parcel
that Nanny would send them …
They loved coming down to St. Charles Road for a weeks visit
to Greenfield Park with “Ricky
” …and going to the pool with him and his friends …….
I always loved coming back to St. Charles Road to visit with Mom and
Dad , Suzanne and Fred…it always felt good turning on to this road
as now I was home …
Tearfully Mom sold her home before passing on. but
when I go back I always drive by the house to see if it has changed and think
of it as home ….
GOOD OLD ST. CHARLES ROAD……………..AND
Elizabeth Newbury Baird
Elizabeth Newbury Baird