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James W. King House (1882)

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86 Division Street South

Designated in 2006

James Workman King was the oldest child of Col. James King, after whom Kingsville was named. Born in Michigan in 1835, he came to Gosfield with his mother and father as an infant. He attended high school in Port Clinton, Ohio where he met his future wife, Harriet Smith. In 1881 James hired his father-in-law, Sylvester Smith, to oversee the construction of his new brick residence which was completed the following year. Local craftsmen who worked on the house included Messrs. Bruner, Davey and Brimner. James and Harriet had six children: Fannie, James, Angeline, Gertrude, Mabel and Abby and they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at this home in 1911. Harriet died in 1912 and James followed her two years later. The Kingsville Public School Board purchased this home from Angeline in 1921 to be used as a high school, but sold it a few months later to Albert Eastman, Manager of the Windsor, Essex & Lake Shore Railway.

The Passing of Mrs. James W. King

The many friends here of Mrs. Jas. W. King were greatly shocked to hear of her unexpected death at the residence of her daughter in Walkerville, on Friday, Sept. 6th. [. . .]

The deceased was lady of a singularly sweet and lovable disposition with a heart overflowing with warm affection for those in trouble or who needed a mother’s care. Her hospitable door was always open and she seemed never so happy as when her friends were enjoying with her the happiness of her home. For over fifty years she and beloved husband, now left to mourn her loss, lived an ideally happy married life.

Bereft in the evening of life of his life companion, our hearts go out in sympathy not only to the family but particularly to the husband whose loss is irreparable.

The Kingsville Reporter, September 12, 1912 p.1

The Late Jas. W. King

James Workman King, after an illness extending over nearly two years, passed away at his home here on June 9th last. Deceased, a couple of years ago, suffered a paralytic stroke, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. He was able to sit up and be taken around in a wheel chair and was only confined to his bed a few days before his demise.

Mr. King was a son of the late Col. King, and was born at White Pigeon, Mich., Nov. 10th, 1835. Col. King moved to this place when James was young, and formed the nucleus of what is now the town of Kingsville. [. . .] He was a man of sprightly disposition, loved the company of his fellows, and in latter years was an enthusiastic bowler, member fo the Kingsville Bowling Club, and during his illness, was frequently wheeled up the green where he could watch the game. He was a member of the church of England and a faithful attendant up to the time of his sudden illness.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 18, 1914 p.1


Ira &#38 Clarissa Loop House (1880)


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116 Division Street South

Ira Loop, local fisherman, married Clarissa Geauvreau on New Year’s Eve 1868. The following May, they purchased a vacant lot on Division Street South from Lucinda Stewart for $55 and built a small house. By 1880, Ira and Clarissa had four children (Minnie, Gordon, Cecelia and Urias) and were able to have this home built, which increased their property assessment from $300 to $800. According to the the 1881 Census, the Loops had a ‘dwelling’ and a ‘shanty’ on their property. In addition to building boats and fishing with his brothers, Ira also owned a lime kiln in the 1880s and ran a billiards hall in the 1900s. Ira died of cancer in 1908 at the age of 62 and Clarissa remained in their home until her death in 1922.


One of those happy events that seem so appropriate at this time of the year when all are expected to be happy and to make others happy, occurred at the home of Mr. Ira Loop, on Division st., on Tuesday last, when Miss Minnie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loop was united in marriage with Mr. John P. Schoenberger, of Mercersburg, Pa.

A large number of guest, relatives and friends of the bride were present and although a tinge of sadness at the thought of parting was apparent in all, yet each helped to make the occasion as merry as a marriage bell.

The Kingsville Reporter, December 8, 1893 p.8


A very pretty matrimonial event took place at the residence of Mr. Ira Loop on Tuesday, 22nd inst., at 3 p.m., when his daughter, Cecelia, was united in holy bonds to Mr. Leroy C. Middough, son of J.S. Middough, of this town, but now of Cleveland, Ohio.

Miss Anna Wigle was bridesmaid, while W___ Clifford acted as best man.

The bride looked charming in a dress of cream mohair, trimmed in cream satin. The bridemaid’s attire was similar – cream henrietta, trimmed in cream satin. Both wore wreaths of smilax and roses.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Medd, of Ruthven, who has won a good reputation in this line of his profession, and was witnessed by about fifty guests, – young friends and relatives of the contracting parties.

After the knot had been tied hard and fast, and the company had got settled down after congratulations, &c., lunch was served.

The presents would make a long list and were both useful and costly.

The Kingsville Reporter, December 25, 1896 p.4


Norman P. Lockwood House (1880)

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77 Division Street South

In 1880, bailiff George Malott built a 1 & 1\2-storey building on the southeast corner of Pearl and Division streets to be used by the Kingsville Cavalry Troop as an armoury. The building was purchased in 1888 by D.H. Terry and remodelled into a photography studio. Other photographers to use this building were F.R. Luckham, F.G. Westlake and G.N. Arnold. By 1903, the building was no longer used as a photo gallery and was rented by Theodore Kittle for his shoe shop. The following year, the property was sold to Forest Malott (George’s son) and Curtis Green purchased the building. In April 1904, Green moved to the building to its present location (at 77 Division Street South) and it became the Chamberlain Metal Weather Strip factory. When Green built a new factory on the corner of Maple and Lansdowne in 1921, he sold this property to Norman P. Lockwood, President of Hodge Tobacco Company, who converted the building into a private residence.

15 Aug 1921 DEED from Curtis J. Green to Norman P. Lockwood:

Together with the right to use as a private road a strip of land four feet wide adjoining said land on the north side

This conveyance is subject to the following building conditions:

1. No building other than a dwelling house and private garage which when erected shall be of a value of $5000, or more shall be erected on said land at any time

2. The work of erecting such building shall be commenced within 12 months

RESERVING to the grantor the right to leave his building now upon the said land in its present position until the first day of October 1921 after which date he covenants to remove it upon receiving 30 days’ notice from grantee so to do.

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