At a meeting of the council on Monday evening last, the following by-law regulating pool and billiard rooms for Kingsville was passed:

WHEREAS it is deemed expedient in the interest of the municipality to make certain regulations regarding billiard and pool rooms herein after set forth

THEREFORE the Municipal council of the Town of Kingsville enacts as follows:

1. That no license shall be granted for a billiard or pool room in the Town of Kingsville without the approval and sanction of the council having been first obtained.

2. That the fee for such license shall be $40 per annum for each and every billiard and pool table in the premises, payable in equal quarterly instalments in advance.

3. That the number of such licenses for the said town shall be limited to not more than two billiard rooms.

4. That the hours during which such billiard rooms may be kept open shall be from seven o’clock in the morning to eleven o’clock in the evening on week days only, and not otherwise.

5. That no person under the age of eighteen years shall be allowed in any billiard room excepting as providing in the stature of relating thereto.

6. That no billiard room shall be screened in any manner from the public view but shall be open to public view but shall be open to public view from the street and all billiard rooms shall be on the ground floor.

7. That no other business, trade or calling shall be connected with it by any interior or other means of communication but this shall not prevent the sale in the billiard room of cigars or tobacco to adults if otherwise allowed by law or the by-laws of this municipality.

8. That no profane or obscene language shall be allowed in such billiard room.

9. That the said billiard room shall be conducted in a quiet and orderly manner so as not to annoy or disturb any occupant of adjoining premises.

10. That not betting or gambling shall be allowed on such licensed premises.

11. That notice embodying clauses 8,9 and 10 of this by-law shall be posed up and kept posted up in a conspicuous place in said premises.

12. In case a holder of a license under this by-law shall fail to observe the provisions thereof the council may suspend his license for any term they may see fit or cancel such license entirely but this shall not restrict the right of the council at any time to cancel any license for any other reason.

13. The words “Billiard Room” in this by-law shall mean and include a room in which pool and billiards or either are played.

14. That by-law Number 403 is hereby repealed and any other by-law of this municipality inconsistent with the provisions of this by-law shall, so far as inconsistent, be repealed.

15. This by-law shall come into force and take effect on the final passing thereof.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 2, 1922 p.4

Mr. Ira Loop is preparing to put up a twenty foot addition to the rear of the Reporter block, in order to gain the necessity room for his billiard business upstairs.

The Kingsville Reporter, July 26, 1906 p.5

Prideau Fox opened his new billiard hall last Thursday night. An orchestra was in attendance and lunch was served to about 100 men who were present. Mr. John Cooper was caterer.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 22, 1906 p.5

New Billiard Hall

Frank Miller, the barber, has leased the Mrs. A.J. Wigle store, next west of Quick’s store, secured a billiard license and will open a billiard hall there in the near future.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 1, 1918 p.4



Whether it was the warm weather or the tense feeling over the opening up of a new billiard room in war time that caused members of the council in express themselves in no mistaken terms Tuesday evening [. . .] Miss Ritchie, president of the local W.C.T.U., addressed the council regarding the billiard license issued to Frank Miller, barber. She urged the council to reconsider the matter from all its bearings on the morality of the town, and to cancel the license as it was detrimental not only to the welfare of the town but the surrounding township as well. [. . .] Mr. Pett was in favor of annulling the license and stated that he did not consider Mr. Miller a proper person to conduct a billiard room. This statement brought Councillor Hall to his feet with the question why Mr. Miller was not a proper person to run a billiard business. [. . .] Mr. Pett said well, if you force my hand I will tell you. I found Mr. Miller was operating a push button cigar machine in his barber shop and I told him it was a gambling machine and he would have to remove it. He took it from the front and put it in the back room. I learned he was operating it there [. . .]

The Kingsville Reporter, August 8, 1918 p.1

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