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Charles R. & Tenna Jackson House (1921)

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7373 Division Street South

When retired farmer Charles R. Jackson purchased the lot on Division Street South from Curtis Green, he agreed to the following conditions: “1. No building other than a dwelling house which when erected shall not be of less value than $5000 and a private garage shall be erected on said land at any time hereafter. 2. Said dwelling shall be erected upon said lands within 18 months from this date.” He was also given “the right to use as a private roadway a strip of land four feet wide adjoining said land on the south side.” With the end of WWI and talk of building an international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Kingsville was actively trying to appeal to summer tourists. Building restrictions on Division Street South was an attempt to keep it “one of the most attractive streets one could wish to see.” Not only did Jackson build this handsome home in 1921, he was also know for his gardening skills.

C.R. Jackson has just completed a fine rock well at his home, Division street south. The water is clear and cool, just slightly sulphry, but as in the case of others put down at J.H. Smart’s and G.T. Hardie’s, it will, no doubt, clear up in a few days.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 4, 1927 p.5

C.R. Jackson’s rock well which he had put down a week or two ago proved to be a sulphur well, so he is having another drilled on his premises. Apparently the drill went too deeply into the rock.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 25, 1927 p.5

The town has many lovely displays of flowers at most homes. Some are limited in extent, but there is a growing interest in floriculture all over the town, and occasionally one observes a garden of particularly outstanding luxuriance and beauty. Such a one is that of Mr. Charles Jackson, east side of Division Street South. It is one of the finest. Mr. Jackson keeps his plot clean as a pin, well fertilized and watered, which are the secrets of his success. He has a great variety of flowers and some eighteen or twenty varieties of foliage that are marvellously (sic) beautiful and should be seen to be appreciated.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 9, 1934 p.1


After an illness extending over several weeks, Mr. Charles R. Jackson, Division street south, passed away at his home Tuesday evening last, aged 74 years.

[. . .] Mr. Jackson was born in Dorchester Township, Elgin County, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson. It was here he learned the cheese-making business. In 1884 he went west to Langdon, North Dakota, and in 1888 was united in marriage with Miss Tena McCrae at Grand Forks, N D. They lived there until 1904, when they removed to Gosfield, purchasing a farm just east of this town, where they lived for 12 years. Mr. Jackson then built a home in town on Division street south, and he and Mrs. Jackson moved to their new home. Mrs. Jackson died three years ago.

The surviving members of the family are: Three sons, Andrew, living on the farm, just east of town; Claire, of Detroit, and Oral, of Kingsville; one daughter, Mrs. Wilton Messacar, of Kingsville, and one brother, Edward, of Kingsville.

The Kingsville Reporter, December 17, 1936 p.1


Carl Peterson House (1920)

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238238 Division Street South

Under the modern renovation is the original home built in 1920 by Milton Carl Peterson. Carl’s great-grandfather, Dennis, was born in Pennsylvania in 1793 and moved to Essex County in the early 1800s and worked as a shoemaker. Dennis’ son, John W., and grandson, George, were both local butchers. Born in 1888, Carl grew up to be a Line Superintendent for the Windsor Essex and Lake Shore railway. Carl and his wife only lived in this home for three years, moving to Detroit in 1923 when Carl was hired by the Edison Company. The house was later purchased by Cecil Curtis Miller, local “chemist” who rented it out after moving to Walkerville. Renters included the families of John J. Malott, J.S. Bennett, Stephen Cull and Glen Corlett.

Narrow Escape From Electrocution

Yesterday Carl Peterson, line foreman on W.E. & L.S. was superintending some repairs to the line, when in some way the tower on which he was working, grounded, and he received a shock from the wire which knocked him to the ground. He was conveyed to his home and is recovering slowly, although in some-what weakened condition.

The Kingville Reporter, May 9, 1918 p.4

Carl Peterson, formerly line Supt of the W.E. & L.S. railway, has purchased a house in Detroit and will shortly move there, taking a position with the Edison Co.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 17, 1923 p.5

The Carl Peterson place, which was offered for sale by auction did not get a bid to come up to the reserve bid which was $4,000, and was not sold.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 13, 1924 p.5


HOUSE – Modern home, corner Division and Melbourne Sts.; 3 bedrooms, fireplace, hot water heat. Apply C.C. Miller, 312 Victoria Road, Walkerville.

The Kingsville Reporter, December 12, 1935 p.1


Thomas J. Salmoni House (1920)

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9191 Division Street South

Thomas J. Salmoni moved from Amherstburg to Kingsville in 1896 and purchased the grocery business of W.H. Nelson. At the time, he was described as having “energy and push combined
with years of experience” that would “ensure him a good share of public patronage.” T.J. operated his grocery store for 57 years in the Grenville Block (south side of Main St. W.), which he purchased in 1906, and he built a warehouse on the corner of Main and Chestnut in 1918. Salmoni and his family lived at 68 Division Street South from 1903 until 1919 and the following year they moved into their newly-built brick home. In addition to his successful business, T.J. was also a member of Town Council, Chairman of the High School Board and Mayor of Kingsville for four years.

Ex-Mayor Salmoni’s new home begins to assume tangible shape. It gives every promise of being the finest home ever erected in town. Oxley Bros., the contractors, are pushing along the frame work at a rapid pace. Woodiwiss Bros. are doing the mason and brick work.

The Kingsville Reporter, September 4, 1919 p.5

Salmoni is moving into his new home on Division street this week. He has just had completed a cement driveway to his garage which is the finest in town.

The Kingsville Reporter, October 28, 1920 p.5

Pioneer Merchant Passes at 85

Funeral services for the late Thomas John Salmoni, 85, who passed away at his late residence on Wednesday, following a few months illness, will be held from the Ferguson Funeral Home on Friday, 2:30 p.m. with Rev. J. T. P. Nichols officiating, interment Greenhill Cemetery.

Deceased was born in Amherstburg, September 15th, 1869, son of the late Mark and Jennie Salmoni. He came to Kingsville in 1895 and opened the busines (sic) known as T.J. Salmoni and Sons.

He was prominent in the life of the community having served as Chairman of the High School Board, a member of the Town Council in 1916 and Mayor in 1917 and 1918 and re-elected in 1921 and 1922. In 1923 and 1924 he was re-elected councillor. It was during his term of office that the original Kingsville High School was built and the town saw paved streets and sewerage.

He was a member of the Epworth United Church, having served as treasurer for 25 years and an elder for 25 years.

He was a member of St. George’s Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 41, Kingsville. For over 60 years he was a member of the Masonic Order having received his 60-year jewel in 1952. When 50 years a Mason, he was conferred the degree of Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. He was also Past Master of Thistle Masonic Lodge in Amherstburg.

Ill health forced his retirement from business life last May.

Surviving are his wife, formerly Edna Royce of Guelph; two daughters, Helen (Mrs. E.H. Riggs) of London; Jean (Mrs. G.W. Trevethick) St. Thomas; two sons, Mark and Reford Salmoni of Kingsville; seven grandchildren, and one brother Frank of Detroit.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 4, 1954 p.1

Crawford & Son Funeral Home is Sold

The Crawford & Son Funeral Home and undertaking business has been sold to John Ferguson of London, who will take possession in a few weeks.

Well over half a century ago Richard Gregory owned and operated a fine furniture store and funeral business on the vacant lot north of where Everton Bertrand’s shop now stands. Robert Healey worked with mr. Gregory for over 10 years. Fire destroyed this building and Mr. Gregory retired.

In 1905, Mr. Healey and Fred Crawford joined partnership and opened a furniture store and funeral business where Kenneth Rae now has his hardware business. In 1906 they moved into the building which is still occupied by Fred Crawford & Son Furniture and House Furnishings.

In September 1945, Mr. Healey retired and since that time the business has been carried on by Fred Crawford and son, Don. Ill health forced Mr. Crawford to retire some months ago.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 29, 1951 p.1

The Purchase of the
Stuart Sykes
The Business in Future Will Be Know As
Ferguson – Sykes Funeral Home
91 Division St. S.

The Kingsville Reporter, October 5, 1972 p.3


Delbert Quick House (1920)


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110110 Division Street South

In June 1900 Charles Arthur Quick purchased J.H. Smart’s “Mammoth” store, located on the northwest corner of Division and Main, for $4,000. Unfortunately, eight months later it burned to the ground. Quick rebuilt on the site, and opened his grocery and dry goods store in the summer of 1901. Charles retired in 1917 and the business was carried on by his sons Delbert, Drayton and Stanley under the name C.A. Quick and Sons. Delbert had been working in B.C. learning the trade, but came back and married Myrtle Ballah in 1916 and they had this home built in 1920. In addition to running the family store, Del was very active in community organizations, served on Town Council and was on the committee responsible for bringing a high school to Kingsville.

Serious Fire

The Smart Block Goes Up in Smoke

Chas. A. Quick who Owned and Occupied the Building is a Heavy Loser

The Kingsville Reporter, February 28, 1901 p.1

The Quick block is beginning to take tangible shape. A gang of men are at work, and by this time next week it will be the scene of considerable activity. The building will be 128 feet long by 32 wide, solid brick, two stories high. There will be four stores in the block, two facing Main st. and two facing Division st. The second story will be used for residential purposes. Mr. Quick is not certain just when the building will be ready for occupation, but it will be finished as fast as workmen can lay material together.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 4, 1901 p.5

Del. Quick has purchased the Loop lot, formerly the Duggan property, on Division street south, and will erect a home on it for himself.

The Kingsville Reporter, September 25, 1919 p.5

A Complete Loss – Will Rebuild

Early on Tuesday evening last Essex High School took fire in the furnace room, and in a short time the building was reduced to a mass of ruins. The blaze is thought to have originated from an overheated furnace.

Some 40 students from this town go to Essex every morning.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 17, 1921 p.1

An option has been secured on the Mrs. Harris property, north side of Main street east, for a high school site.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 17, 1921 p.5

Organized effort towards the erection of a High School in Kingsville, is being made, and the various steps required before plans can be procured and tenders called for are being taken. In addition to passing the by-law electing Kingsville into a High school district, the County Council, last week, appointed H.C. Layman, R.H. Pickard and W.T. Conklin county representatives on the new High School Board, while the town appointed W.A. Smith, Del Quick and C.W. Hendershot.

The Essex Free Press, April 1, 1921 p.7

Longtime Businessman Delbert Quick Passes

Delbert Quick of 110 Division St. South, Kingsville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8th at Leamington District Memorial Hospital at the age of 89 years.

Mr. Quick was born in the Kingsville area where he resided all his life. He was retired and former owner of C.A. Quick and Son Department Store in Kingsville for many years. He was a member of Epworth United Church , Kingsville; a former member of the Kingsville High School Board, Kingsville Town Council and Hydro Commission; an honorary member of the Lt. Col. F.K. Jasperson (Ont. 188) Royal Canadian Legion and a member of St. George’s Lodge No. 41, A.F. & A.M.

Mr. Quick was a past president of the Kingsville Board of Trade, an organizing member of the old Kingsville Horticultural Society and an ardent hunter.

Surviving are his widow, Margaret (nee Mandley); one son, Lloyd Arthur of Brockville; one daughter, Della (Mrs. Harrold Hayford) of Naperville, Illinois; two step-sons, Fred W. Young of Maples, Ont. and Kenneth E. Young of Richmond Hill; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 12, 1975 p.1

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