Capt. Douglas & Leila Murray House (1951)

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226226 Division Street South

Captain Douglas Murray was a very modern fisherman. In 1946, he was one of the first to install at radio-telephone on his boat, the “John D,” which allowed him to “contact shore at any time and get weather reports from stations two and three hundred miles away.” When Murray replaced this boat eight years later, the new “John D” (built in Port Dover) featured “a number of firsts for fishing tugs in the Great Lakes including a Sperry automatic magnetic pilot, Vicker’s hydraulic steering, and a Crossley 30-inch net lifter powered by a 10 horse power hydraulic motor. Equipment also consists of a Bendix echo depth sounder and a Jefferson Travis ship-to-shore telephone.” This home was built by Capt. Murray and his wife Leila in 1951 on the corner of Division Street South and Melbourne.

Mr. Douglas Murray, son of Mr and Mrs Lorne Murray, returned home on Sunday, after spending the summer at Killarney, Northern Ontario, where he has been building a boat for his fishing business.

The Kingsville Reporter, October 8, 1936 p.4

Fishing Boats Break Ice To Lay Their Nets

The Kingsville fishing fleet made a record yesterday. For the first time in a number of years, the boats were able to get through the the [sic] ice on the opening day of the season, March 1. The fish tug, “The John D”, owned by Mr. Douglas Murray, broke out in the morning and set their nets. After “The John D” had started out through the heavy ice which was 7 or 8 inches thick, two other boats “The Nancy R” and “The Foster Brothers” followed.

“The John D” was well supplied with boxes of potatoes, canned goods and 850 lbs. of coal for any emergency.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 2, 1944 p.8

Modern Fishing Craft Joins Kingsville’s Fleet

Yesterday the most modern fishing boat on the Great Lakes made her maiden voyage out of Kingsville as a working boat when the “John D”, Douglas Murray’s new craft, set nets.

The new boat is 70 feet overall, 21 feet wide, has a draft of six feet and displaces 42 tons of water. The hull is of five-sixteenths plate with a three-inch bow and is framed by a half-inch by three-inch frames.

Built by the Harry Gamble Boat Works of Port Dover, it has been a year in construction. Mr. Murray spending the past few months on the job himself helping to install equipment. The craft has two water-tight bulkheads, one forward and one aft. Driven by two D337 (?) Caterpillar diesel engines, it has a fuel capacity of 6000 gallons. It also has an auxiliary generator made by the Kohler Diesel Company, that develops 12 kilowatts of 110 volts of 60 cycle current.

It has a number of firsts for fishing tugs in the Great Lakes including a Sperry automatic magnetic pilot, Vicker’s hydraulic steering, and a Crossley 30-inch net lifter powered by a 10 horse power hydraulic motor. Equipment also consists of a Bendix echo depth sounder and a Jefferson Travis ship-to-shore telephone. Although not installed as yet, it will eventually be equipped with radar and a communications receiver.

Built primarily of course as a fishing tug, it also has many advantages of a pleasure craft. Believe it or not, it has a television set, steam heated pilot house with a bunk for the captain, and crews’ quarters for five people, all heated with steam unit installed by Fairbanks-Morse.

Another first in equipment are the deck spaces heated by a jet fired unit constructed by the Gamble Shipyard. All are thermostatically controlled. Twin air horns with 10-inch diaphrams have been installed, as well as a mile-ray searchlight.

The Mason Boat Works have equipped the tug with a 14-foot life-boat. Accommodation for the owner’s car was made on the deck of the boat.

The sleek craft is painted a blue-white, trimmed in brown and has a distinctive red stack.

The former “John D”, operated by Mr. Murray, has been sold to Georgian Bay interests and renamed the “Sharilyn II”. Both the old and the new “John D’s” are named after Mr. Murray’s son, John Douglas.

“Doug” Murray has been a fishing boat owner for the past 24 years, the past 16 of which he has been operating out of Kingsville. His new boat is not only a credit to the fishing industry of Kingsville, but also a credit to the town.

If you would like to see this new “Pride of the Great Lakes” in the harbor “Captain Doug” will be glad to take you aboard any time he is in dock.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 18, 1954 p.1

Top Honors to “John D” At Fishermen’s Regatta

Pennant decorated tugs of the Kingsville, Leamington and Wheatley fishing fleets sailed past in review on the calm waters of Lake Erie on Monday for the official opening of the new government harbor in Kingsville.

Geo. N. Scroggle of London, district engineer for the Dept. of Public Works cut the ribbon. [. . .]

Paying tribute to early fishermen who fished without equipment like ship-to-shore radio, radar or fathometers and whose prices were in relation to their catches. Mr. Scroggle said that Kingsville was in a favored spot on the new St. Lawrence Seaway, pointing out that the seaway will serve the greatest industrial area not on tidewater.

Newly improved at a cost of $300,000 the Kingsville Harbor was a hive of activity with the gaily bedecked tugs flying pennants and distributing colored balloons for the opening ceremony.

For the rbibon [sic] cutting ceremony presided over by Mr. Scroggle, S. Murray Clark, M.P., and Mayor Harold Cull held the ribbon taut.

During the afternoon’s program fishermen set nets in the harbour and lifted them so that the onlookers would have an idea how the fishing industry is carried out on the lake.

In the meantime fishing boats divided into power classes raced on the marked course outside the harbour.

The “John D” piloted by owner Doug Murray took the free-for-all race. Other winners were Carl Fraser’s “Scuffy”; Frank O’s “Coronet”; tie “Alex B” of Wheatley piloted by Ray Getty; the “Henry J” with Henry Tiessen of Point Pelee, and the “Clarence Aulder” piloted by Clinton Baltzer.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 9, 1956 p.1


James & Anna Savanyu House (1950)

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133133 Division Street South

The 1950s are known as the decade of car culture. Leading up to World War II, automobiles were becoming more accessible, however manufacturing for the war effort limited availability during the early 1940s. The economic boom of the years following the war included full employment, innovative manufacturing and increase in residential construction. This prosperity allowed for the emergence of a middle class lifestyle that also included car ownership. This home, built in 1950 for James and Anna Savanyu, was the first house on Division Street South to feature an attached garage
incorporated into the original design.

There was a lively time on Main street on Saturday morning last, and we are not surprised that Salmoni’s staid old delivery horse became razzle-dazzled over the affair, and got hurt as a result. Several members of Gosfield South council, including the clerk, came spinning down the street in an automobile. Many people stood still and looked at the unusual spectacle in amazement and after the machine has passed Salmoni’s store, his old horse which had been standing in front of the store, dreaming over the possibility of having to make three more trips to the lake before dinner, was so completely mystified that he took after the machine and sailed down to Miller’s corner as if he were delivering a hurry order for a bunch of radishes at 12:30. At the corner the auto was so far in advance of him that he became discouraged and made straight for the entrance to Smith’s law office in the Conklin block, missed the mark and came to sudden stop against the brick wall. He was caught and led back to the store thoroughly disgusted with himself. The next time Gosfield council decides to ride in an auto they should give a few hours notice, so the whole town may not run the risk of being turned topsy-turvy.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 1, 1905 p.5

One would fancy from the speed made by some automobilists that the drivers feared his satanic majesty was after them in an aeroplane.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 15, 1913 p.5

There are fifty autos in and around Kingsville.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 23, 1914 p.5

The new silent policeman recently installed at the intersection of Main and Division Sts., is sticking to his post well, and his directions are being quite closely followed by motorists.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 30, 1921 p.5

Two business men stood on the corner of Main and Division Streets on Sunday and in thirty minutes counted 310 autos all going south.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 30, 1925 p.5

New Stop-And-Go Light

A new stop-and-go light is being installed in the centre of the four corners to take the place of the one taken out some time ago. It is a similar light to those now in use in the city of Windsor, and has three lights on a side or twelve in all. This will obviate the necessity of a director of traffic at the corner at any time, excepting to catch the autos that run against the lights and then there will be “something doing.”

The Kingsville Reporter, September 9, 1926 p.8


Three quarter of the residents of cities and large towns in Canada depend upon automobiles for transportation to and from their jobs, and for their business, it is reported by Federation of Automobile Dealer Associations of Canada.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 13, 1952 p.2


Donald Taggart House (1950)

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141141 Division Street South

When J.H. Smart, with his partner Dr. S.A. King, divided the 44 acres on the east side of Division Street South into building lots, he left himself over 3 acres surrounding his house. Construction of Smart’s 2 1/2 storey home, made of “white brick” and building stone from Pelee Island, took two years and was completed in 1880. Seventy years later, the house was owned by Donald Taggart and was home to four families consisting of seventeen people. In February 1950, the house was destroyed by fire, started by outdated gas heating. Within two weeks of the fire, Taggart purchased a house on Chestnut Street and moved it in front of his ruined home. The house was purchased by Ewald and Frieda Erdmann in 1953, shortly after their immigration from Poland.

The schooner Active brought a load of building stone from Pelee Island, for JH Smart, on Saturday, the 13th.

Amherstburg Echo, April 26, 1878 p.6

Work on Mr. Smart’s residence is being rapidly pushed forward. There are 12 men working on it at the present time, two from Windsor, five from Detroit, and the remainder from Kingsville.

Amherstburg Echo, August 27, 1880 p.6

J.H. Smart dies at Bronte

James Haley Smart first Reeve of Kingsville and a resident of the town for 60 years, died in Bronte, 20 miles from Toronto last Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 93.

He first came to Kingsville in 1870 and bought out the general store business of James King, Jr. In 1872 he was appointed postmaster and was later magistrate of the town and police magistrate. In the year 1877 he built on the corner of Main and Division streets a large brick store, three stories high which he ran for years.

When Kingsville was incorporated he became its first reeve, remaining in that office for eight years. After many years as postmaster he was succeeded by E.A. Brown.

Mr. Smart operated a private bank in his store building as well as in the post office. He discontinued his banking work as well as the post office, sold out his store and entered the commission business handling all kinds of farm produce, until age led him to retire.

Mr. Smart was twice married, and both wives predeceased him. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Fred DeJean, of Bronte, and Mrs. Morley Williams, Ottawa.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 21, 1938 p.5


Four families consisting of 17 persons were left homeless when fire late Saturday night completely gutted the house owned by Donald Taggart on Division Street South.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 2, 1950 p.2

Don Taggart has begun work on his new home, on the lot just in front of his former home, having purchased the home formerly occupied by Clive Waterworth and family, now of Leamington.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 9, 1950 p.3


George & Eva Moore House (1948)

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185185 Division Street South

The end of World War II began a boom in home construction in Canada, and families were eager for a change from the austere existence of the preceding seven years. Although homes built during this period were not going to be large, it was hoped that “houses could be designed as an improved wartime housing unit with basements, central heating and other similar amenities.” In 1945, The Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Act was established, not only to encourage and protect mortgage lending, but to also develop a national building code and improve technology and efficiency. The CMHC worked with Canadian architects to produce floor plan catalogues and blue prints were available for purchase. This home was built for George and Eva Moore in 1948 and is a typical example of a post-war house.


Security for your HOME

The Liberals believe that the home is the heart of the nation. They aim to give Canadians every possible facility to build and furnish better homes! With Government assistance you can build a home in the country, town or city. This will make jobs for the building trades, and those who make building supplies – and those who manufacture household equipment and furniture.

New Homes for Canadians – The Liberal Government’s new $400,000,000 National Housing Act, now on the statute books, enables hundreds of thousands of Canadians to get money at low interest and on long, generous terms to build, renovate or enlarge their own homes. Now that Germany is defeated, plans are already in operation for at least 50,000 dwellings. [ . . .]


The Kingsville Reporter, May 31, 1945 p.9

Integrated Housing Plan Is Catching On

Canadian house builders are getting over their pronounced hesitancy few weeks ago to plunge into Ottawa’s NHA Integrated Housing Plan, reports to The Financial Post from several key cities reveal. Increasing numbers each week are applying for a place in the program which, however, will be kept to relatively modest proportions in 1946, it is now officially indicated.

Leamington Post, May 30, 1946 p.1

Housing Is Discussed By Council

A delegation led by Harold Loop, president of the Canadian Legion Branch No. 188, appeared before the council to learn what progress, if any, was being made with the housing problem. Mayor W.D. Conklin explained in detail what was being done.

The mayor reported that the Central Mortgage and Housing Company would appreciate having a resolution from the Kingsville Council in connection with the proposed construction of houses in Kingsville. It was moved and carried that it is necessary and desirable that up to thirty houses be constructed in the community of Kingsville under the inter-graded [sic] housing plan.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 5, 1947 p.1



The Province of Ontario will arrange for the loan of fifty per cent of the difference between the amount of the first mortgage and the sale price of a newly constructed house, the Provincial advances not to exceed $1,250.00 on any one house. The loan will be repayable on a twenty year amortization plan with interest at 3½ per cent per annum. Satisfactory evidence will be required that the amount of the first mortgage advance is a reasonable proportion of the value.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 6, 1948 p.7


Mrs. Ethel Eleanor Wigle House (1945)

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215215 Division Street South

Having a house built in the early 1940s was very difficult. As noted at the time, “There are many reasons for the present housing emergency. In the first instance, ever since 1939, the restriction on workmen and material has decreased the construction of new homes. Housing was becoming scarce even in 1939 so that the period of war accentuated a situation which was already becoming acute.” During and after WWII, rationing was imposed by the Government of Canada. The purpose was “based on two reasons: first, to make more of the consumer’s income available for victory bonds and war savings certificates; and second, to force labor and factories from non-essential production to production of war goods.” This house, built in 1945 for Mrs. Eleanor Wigle, is a typical modest wartime home.


Hello Homemakers! As head of supplies for the family, it is up to the homemaker to supply proper foods for energy, take care of the household equipment and spend the household dollar wisely. This accomplished, there will be savings and the good habits of thrift we acquire will carry over after the war period.

Every Government order from the Wartime Prices and Trade Board brings the homemaker a new challenge – a challenge being met cheerfully by all homemakers. For every restriction is the result of a war emergency and is made as a means of helping towards Victory for the United Nations.

Here are some of the points to remember:

1. Don’t waste hot water – It takes fuel to heat every drop of water you waste.

2. Take it easy on wash cloths and towels – Wash in the water and not on the towels. Cotton textiles are difficult to replace as machines are needed to make uniforms, parachutes, etc.

3. Be sparing on cosmetics – They are like may other “luxury” items – pleasant to have, but don’t waste them.

4. Tell the men how to make razor blades last longer – They may be stropped in an empty water glass.

5. Use electricity only when you need it – Don’t leave a light burning uselessly. More electric power is needed for war industries.

6. Don’t turn on the radio unless you want to listen to it.

7. Change to old clothes at home – Wear slacks or an old dress at home. Make your good clothes last longer by keeping them mended and clean.

8. Take care of your shoes – Put padding or shoe trees in them. Have them resoled and heeled. They’ll last longer – and shoe factories are busy working for our fighting men.

9. Go light on butter, cream, sugar, tea, etc. – Many waste butter, use too much sugar, drink tea instead of milk, or use cream when milk would do.

10. Watch your personal health – Get plenty of exercise, fresh air and rest.

11. Don’t throw away anything that can be used – Save everything from toothpaste tubes to rubber tires, needles and pins, nails and screws, boxes and paper bags, etc. Canada needs your salvage.

12. Don’t be a hoarder. Discourage hoarding in others – It creates panic buying, makes rationing necessary. Don’t buy more than is necessary for current needs.

13. Do your job, do it well and cooperate willingly with others.

14. Measure your Victory Quota by “What can I do?” – Enroll in Civilian Defense work. Buy War Savings Stamps and Bonds to the limit. Refuse to pass on rumours and defeatist propaganda.

Essex Free Press, July 24, 1942 p.7



The Wartime Prices and Trade Board has ruled that we cannot purchase newsprint paper in excess of the amount we use for subscriptions that are not more than six months in arrears. This means that if your Essex County Reporter is not in the paid-up category it will be necessary to discontinue sending you the paper.

We are glad to say that most of our subscriptions are in the paid-in-advance category, but there are a few subscribers who through neglect or oversight have failed to keep their subscriptions up to date. A working man does not wait for a couple of years for the boss to pay him his rightful wages. And there is no reason why a newspaper should have to wait a couple of years for subscribers to pay up.


The Essex County Reporter, November 25, 1943 p.4

Make this Pledge Today!

I pledge myself to do my part in fighting inflation:

By observing rationing and avoiding black markets in any shape or form.

By respecting price controls and other anti-inflation measures, and refraining from careless and unnecessary buying. I will not buy two where one will do, nor will I buy a “new” where an “old” will do.

By buying Victory Bonds and War Savings Stamps, supporting taxation, and abiding by all such measures which will lower the cost of living and help keep prices at a normal level.


The Essex County Reporter, March 29, 1945 p.6

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