May 22, 2012 by

Elgerton Hutchins House (1889)

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202 Division Street South

In the summer of 1889, local mill owners G.W. Green & Son decided to build a group of houses to be used as employee rental units. The eight small cottages constructed on Myrtle Street became known as “Green Row.” But in later years, some of these homes were moved to other locations around Kingsville. One house was relocated to the corner of Stanley Street and Division Street South on a lot owned by the Ontario Permanent Loan and Building Company. George Pearse, Town Treasurer, purchased the lot and house in 1904 for $750 and lived there until 1915. Later owners were Freeman Wright and William Morton Webb. Mayor Webb sold this home in 1924 to Elgerton Hutchins, a farmer from Olinda, who built a small grocery store on the south part of his lot. For the first few years, the shop was run by Lyle Flanders, Orley Rumble and William Valentine until it was purchased by Glenford Wigle, husband of Elgerton’s daughter Marion, in 1937.

Mr. Hutchins, who recently purchased the Webb property west side of Division St. South is erecting a small store building on the corner of Division Stanley, which he will equip for the summer trade.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 15, 1924 p.5

Miss Marion Hutchins hwo (sic) passed with honors her Toronto Conservatory of Music A.T.C.M. (teacher’s course) of Piano last June, will accept a limited number of pupils at Studio, Division St. South. For appointment phone 356.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 27, 1927 p.4

Armed Robbery Monday at Wigle Grocery Store

Shortly after 7 o’clock Monday evening, two men, one armed, held up the Wigle Grocery Store, 204 Division St. South, and made off with a comparatively small amount of money.

Chief of Police Charles Adam states that the men ordered a clerk, Mrs. Mildred Cowan, to lie on the floor. While one held a gun pointed at www.wupoint.com her, the other man scooped out the bills from the cash register. They did not bother with the silver.

Mrs. Glenford Wigle entered the store by a back door when the robbery was in progress and was told to “stay where you are”.

The men wore women’s scarves over the lower part of the their faces. A slight description states that they were probably in their late teens or early twenties.

As far as is known, this is the first armed robbery of a business establishment in the town in over 35 years.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 23, 1975 p.1

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One Response to Elgerton Hutchins House (1889)

  1. Mary Harbocian

    Hi There,
    This is such interesting reading. My husband (Marty Rodger)and I (Mary Harbocian) have been living in this house for the last 12 years. We have found old papers in the wall, and all sorts of artifacts when we had to tear down the store. It is a marvelous house and we have raised 5 children here and a number of other kids have called this place home. We recently turned it into a bed and breakfast and we hold House Concerts here as well. Most of the original woodwork is intact and we have found original
    trim that was torn down to modernize, and thankfully, stored in either the garage or attic.
    We really do love this old house and are always thrilled to learn more about it.
    Thank you and Cheers, Mary

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