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Kingsville Town Hall (1962)

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4141 Division Street South

The decision to build the new Kingsville municipal building on the corner of Division and Mill was a controversial one. The other proposed site was behind the town hall on King Street (where the post office now stands). Opposition to the Division and Mill location was due to the popularity of Wigle
Park, established in 1938. When council voted on the location, it was tie (3-3) and Mayor Harold Cull cast the deciding vote. The Kingsville Town Hall, designed by J.P. Thomson Associates, was built in 1962 by Kubis Home Builders for $70,000. The building not only housed the town offices, but also the public school inspector, the V.O.N. and the police department.

Mr. John Swallow has bought from the town, the late Robert (J.) Wigle dwelling on Division street. He has sold a portion of it, and will tear down the other section, and the lot will be turned into a park.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 20, 1937 p.6

Clean Up Lots Ready For Park

In the hope that eventually permission will be received from the Department of Municipal Affairs to make the property a public park, the town has had men at work during the past week on the half-acre tract on the northeast corner of Division and Middlen [sic] streets, Kingsville.

. . . The Department of Municipal Affairs has heretofore taken the stand that the two lots in the tract should be sold, but in view of the fact that there is nothing now to serve as a downtown park it is generally thought that it would be better to remain as public property.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 17, 1938 p.1

The Post War Work Committee, appointed by the council at a recent meeting, met Monday evening, June 19, to discuss post war work in Kingsville.

Mayor Graham reported that when he wrote to the Department of Municipal Affairs to obtain permission for the two mill tax raise for post war work, the minister advised that the provinces were recommending that the municipalities contribute 10 per cent, the provincial government, 15 per cent, and the federal government, 75 per cent toward post war work. This work will take care of unemployment on a large scale.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 22, 1944 p.1

The demolition of the old town hall, after 79 years of service, will bring back varied memories to hundreds of people. Many a romance was started at its thousands of dances. It was the hub of the town in years past. It was here that nomination meetings were held, and from where the town fathers governed the town for so many years past. It was built in 1883 by Thomas E. Jenner for a contract price of $3,875.00. Actually the first town hall was built in 1852 on the site of the present Salmoni store.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 19, 1962 p.1

Post War Funds to Be Used for Municipal Building

In connection with the proposed use of the Post War fund, it was moved and carried that it be resolved that the funds contained in the town post war reserve fund, plus accrued interest, be used for the purpose of paying part of the cost of construction of the new municipal building.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 26, 1962 p.1

Hundreds at Opening of New Municipal Building

The cold weather did not deter a couple of hundred Kingsville citizens from attending the official opening of the town’s new Municipal Building last Saturday afternoon.

Remarks and addresses by all speakers were shortened due to the cold winds and freezing temperature.

[. . .] Mayor Harold Cull gave the address of welcome and later cut the ribbon officially opening the building. He was presented with the keys by John Couchman representing the architects, J.P. Thomson Associates, and by Steve Kubis, general contractor.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 22, 1962 p.1


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


Dr. J.P. & Bessie Lee House (1923)

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3838 Division Street South

Dr. John Percival Lee moved to Kingsville in 1897 and took over the medical practice of Dr. F.A. Wigle. By 1900, J.P. had a thriving business, was married with two sons and had just purchased a beautiful home on Main Street West. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Lee family in 1921 when younger son, Jack, died of an infected tonsil in January and older brother, Alder, died of pneumonia in September. Shortly after Alder’s death, J.P. and his wife Bessie purchased a lot on Division Street South and began construction on a new home. When this bungalow was completed in the spring of 1923, the Lees sold their Main Street West home to Oliver and Grace Fox.

Dr. F.A. Wigle wished to announce to his many sympathizing friends and patients, that he has leased his home and office outfit to Dr. J. Percival Lee of Toronto, who has recently been practising medicine at Niagara. Dr. Wigle wished to say that he is feeling better and hopes in the future to assist Dr. Lee to carry on his work.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 29, 1897 p.5

Dr. Alder Lee, son of Dr and Mrs J.P. Lee, of Kingsville, died at Chippewa on Sunday morning, from pneumonia after a very brief illness. Deceased was 23 years of age, and was a graduate of Essex High School and Toronto Medical College, graduating from the latter in May. On his graduation he received an appointment on the hospital staff at Chippewa and intended remaining there for a year when he was to join his father in practice at Kingsville. His only brother, John, who was attending Dental College, in Toronto, died last winter. Losing their only two children in such a short space of time, is a severe blow to Dr and Mrs Lee. Alder was buried in Toronto on Tuesday.

Essex Free Press, September 9, 1921 p.5

Dr. I.V. Rumball, Graduate of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Toronto, will open a Dental office, adjoining the office of Dr. Lee, Division Street, on or about June 23rd.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 29, 1924 p.5

Dr. Snider, who purchased the Medical practice of Dr. Lee some time ago, moved into his new home last week. Dr. Lee has moved to the E.A. Brown residence, west side Queen street south.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 9, 1929 p.5

Dr. W.L. Montgomery wishes to announce that he is established in the office formerly occupied by Dr. Rumball, adjoining Dr. Snider, Division street south, and is ready to carry on Dentistry in all its branches.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 19, 1930 p.5


Jasperson Building (1915)

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1414 Division Street South

By 1915, Bonzano Jasperson was definitely in need of a permanent office. At the age of 46, Bon had already been involved in private banking (until bought out by Molson’s Bank), ownership of grain warehouses (located at the Kingsville Train Station), canning factory and co-ownership of local lime kilns (with brother George), the Electric Light Plant (with David Conklin), tobacco factory (with Darius Wigle) and gas and oil fields with S.L. McKay. Partnering with local furniture maker and undertaker Charles Pearsall, Jasperson had this brick block built in 1915. When completed, Pearsall opened a jewellery store in the northern section and Bon kept his office above the southern storefront, which housed the customs office.

Struck a Good Thing

Mr. S L McKay received a telegram this week from the operators on a property at Cobalt in which he is interested, to the effect that a six inch vein of native silver and a vein of from one to three inches of wire silver had been opened up. The property is known as the Cobalt Contact, is two and a half miles from the town of Cobalt, in the township of Bucke. Mr. McKay, Messrs. Geo. and B. Jasperson and Mayor Wigle have a sixth interest in the property. There are other good properties all around the claim.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 13, 1907 p.4

Mr. B. Jasperson has purchased the lot on which stood the harness shop of the late Patrick Hart, on Division St., South, and will erect an office block upon it in the spring.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 18, 1915 p.5

The shop occupied by Chas. Pearsall west side of Division street has been moved across the street next to the lot just north of Mrs. Cooper’s residence on the lot owned by the C.W. Hendershot Co. Mr. Pearsall will join with Mr. Jasperson and put up a brick block on the site of the old building and will occupy the building on the east side of the street until the new block is ready.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 29, 1915 p.5


B. Jasperson Was Town Old-Timer

[. . .]Deceased was the son of the late Louis Jasperson and Nancy Jane Wigle. He was born in Kingsville, May 25th, 1869, and had resided here all his life.

Deceased was well loved by all who knew him. As a boy he helped his brother, George, clear timber in the Romney Township area. When a young man, he was a private banker in this town. He was keenly interested in the first electric light system in Kingsville which was later sold to the Detroit Edison Co.

Mr. Jasperson and other business associates were responsible for Canadian Canners in this town, and he and his brother George, were responsible for the Hodge Tobacco Co. He was also instrumental in the original distribution plant for natural gas in Kingsville, in fact, he was known in his pioneering in the gas and oil business with the late S.L. McKay, in the development of the Tilbury Gas and Oil Field. He was the oldest independent operator in that business.

In October, 1946, Mr and Mrs Jasperson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Survivors are, his wife, formerly Gertrude Kent of Truro, N.S.; one daughter, Mrs. T.D. (Esther) Campbell; one son, Col. F.K. Jasperson, and four grandchildren, Anne and Jane Campbell and Bon Jr and John Jasperson.

Three brothers predeceased him many years ago, Hilton, Fred and George. Deceased was the last of that generation.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 6, 1947 p.1


Billiard By-Law (1922)

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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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