Gordon & Jocye Hildreth House (1945)


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195195 Division Street South

During the 1930s, Canada was devastated by the Great Depression. One of the effects of the economic crisis on the Town of Kingsville was diminished tax revenue. Forty per cent of property tax went unpaid in 1934 and in the 1940s, amendments to the Assessment Act provided that “all lands that are three years in arrears of taxes shall be sold whether occupied or unoccupied at the end of the third year.” The property at 195 Division Street South was forfeited to the Town of Kingsville in 1944 for tax arrears in the amount of $353.91. The following year, the Town sold the property to Gordon and Jocye Hildreth for $175, and they had this house built shortly thereafter.

Notice of Intention To Purchase By the Town of Kingsville

IN COMPLIANCE with Sub-section 3 of Section 157 of the Assessment Act, notice is hereby given that the Town of Kingsville intends to purchase all lots and parts of lots that do not sell for the amount of arrears of taxes and costs charged against them, at the adjourned tax sale to be held at the Town Hall, Town of Kingsville, on Monday the 18th day of February, 1935.

List of properties to be sold can be seen at the clerk’s office. W.G. LONG, Clerk

The Kingsville Reporter, February 14, 1935 p.5


Tax Delinquents Threatened with Suit

At its meeting on Monday evening last, the town council talked very seriously about a lot of taxes still unpaid by parties who are apparently financially able to pay. In most cases, these citizen have paid the taxes on the greater part of their property, but are deliberately neglecting to pay taxes on other property in the expectation that the town after three or four years, will take it off their hands.

One or two other wealthy taxpayers with considerable real estate have taken that attitude that when some 40 per cent of last year’s taxes went uncollected that they might as well join the delinquents. The councillors practically all agreed that action should be taken against them to force payment, although the matter will be considered further at a future meeting before definite steps are taken.

The Kingsville Reporter, July 4, 1935 p.5

The town is almost in a financial strait-jacket. Most of the costs of our municipal affairs are moving upwards or at least are not falling. Our debenture payments are fixed at a fairly high level, and will take fifteen years to liquidate. The present tax rate is just enough to cover our costs comfortably, and we haven’t much in the way of uncollected tax arrears to add revenue for the future. The present tax rate will not allow the town to accumulate any reserves.

We all know, on the other hand, that several town projects are almost a necessity for the near future. We can be fairly certain, too, that federal and provincial governments will help finance municipal public works as post-war employment projects. But the municipality would probably be required to pay a percentage of the cost of such projects. So if follows that if Kingsville hopes to benefit from such grants, the town must have some funds on hand to use for this purpose.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 3, 1944 p.2

Gordon Hildreth Succumbs at 63

Gordon H. Hildreth, of 195 Division St. South, Kingsville, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11th at Metropolitan Hospital, Windsor, at the age of 63 years.

Mr. Hildreth was born in Leamington and had resided in Kingsville since 1945. He was a former Prudential Insurance Company agent.

Surviving are his widow, Jocye (nee Whittle); one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Metz of Comber; and three sisters.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 14, 1974 p.3


Josephine Whittle House (1945)

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6767 Division Street South

In April 1921, The Kingsville Reporter wrote: “A GOOD MOVE. An old land mark, which for a long time spoiled the appearance of Division St., the old red mill, opposite W.A. Smith’s residence, was yesterday purchased by John Swallow, who will tear down the mill, sell the material and will put the lots on the market.” Built in 1885 by G.W. Green, the buildings included a saw mill and handle factory. The saw mill burned down in 1893, but the factory was saved and expanded to also produce packing boxes for the canning company. In 1905, the “Green red mill” was renovated by the Ontario Cigar and Tobacco Co., and was later used by the Foster Tobacco Co. and Bailey Tobacco. This house, located on the old mill site, was built in 1945 for Josephine Whittle after the death her husband, Carleton.

The G.W. Green & Son’s red factory, on Division street, has been invaded by a number of carpenters who are refitting it for the use of the Canadian Cigar Co.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 19, 1905 p.5

It takes something over 300 window lights to replace the ones broken in the last few years in the red mill, which is being rebuilt for the Cigar Co.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 2, 1905 p.5

Tobacco Plants by the Million

The Ross Leaf Tobacco Co has leased the Seth Tinsley place on Spruce Street, and is having it rapidly covered with tobacco beds. There will 80 beds, 50 feet in length in all. It is calculated these beds will produce two million plants of the black and burley tobacco.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 29, 1926 p.1

Very little, if any, unemployment in town now. The two tobacco factories running full time have absorbed about all workless that were on our streets. The Hodge factory has over 200 at work and the Ross factory the same number. The work will continue until early spring.

The Kingsville Reporter, December 25, 1930 p.5

History of Tobacco Growing In Essex County

The few tobacco growers in the district who are putting in their flue cured plants this week are mainly long-time growers, some even descendants of those who pioneered the growth of the crop here, and are recalling the story of how Essex growers founded this industry in Canada, only to see it all but disappear from the county.

There seems to be no record of just when Essex County settlers first began to grow tobacco, but by 1871 their annual production was reported at 250 thousand pounds. The earliest growers air-cured the leaves and used them in their raw state.

Later they followed the established practices of the southern states in producing more than their own requirements, and for some years exported their surplus to other districts. By the close of the century, Canadians were importing properly dried leaf to satisfy their own increased population demand.

At about this time, experienced southern growers, travelling through Essex County, became interested in the potential of what they formerly considered frigid northlands, and influenced local businessmen to tap this promising new source of wealth.

The first tobacco firm to locate in Kingsville, Wilson and Bailey, bought tobacco from growers, sorted it into grades suitable for manufacturing, dried it so that it might be preserved and aged and packed it into hogsheads.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 9, 1960 p.4


George & Mary Turcon House (1938)

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9494 Division Street South

This home lies between the J.W. King house (built 1882) and Elihu Scratch house (built 1887). For many years, until the mid-1910s, this property was actually a lane to Scratch’s “coal and wood yard.” At the entrance of the lane, off Division Street South, scales were located to weigh the wagons entering and leaving the yard. In 1915, Angeline King purchased a lot on Mill Street West to be used as the new entrance to the “rear lot” and the lane was closed off. George and Mary Turcon purchased the lane and part of the “rear lot” in 1938 and had this house built. The “rear lot” was acquired by the Lions Club of Kingsville in 1946 “to be made into a playground for youth and children.”

 An important real estate deal was completed here Tuesday last when Miss King purchased a lot on south side of Mill st. west from Mr. J. Peterson, just west of Ezra Bertrand’s. The land will be used as a street to get to the rear of about fifteen lots which Miss King has in the rear of her Division street property. This is the street the town talked of putting through some years ago but failed. These lots are in an excellent location and should sell rapidly.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 17, 1915 p.5

The committee appointed to report on advisability of opening new street off Mill street south, just to the west of Ezra Bertrand’s, said they were of the opinion that the street would be too narrow, 45 feel. They had spoken to Mr. Peterson about purchasing an extra five feet from him so as to make it fifty feet in width, but had not yet got any definite answer from him.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 10, 1916 p.1


On Wednesday evening last a Lions Club was organized here by District Governor H. Irvine Wiley, of Windsor. The organization meeting was held at Kingsville Golf and Country Club.

Fred Crawford was elected president of the new service club, with Robert Healey, 1st vice-president; Carl Pickard, 2nd vice-president; Nelson Layman, 3rd vice-president; Dr. R.R. Hudgins, secretary; James S. Green, treasurer; Arthur Allan, lion tamer; Everett Moore, tail-twister; and Ernie McCay, Mayor L.C. Hillis, M.D., and William Long and A. D. Hember, directors.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 11, 1933 p.1

Lions Club Buys Property For Children’s Playground

The Kingsville Lions Club have just completed a deal whereby they purchased a piece of property behind the United church to be made into a playground for the youth and children of the town.

The property which cost about $1,500, will see tile laid next week and it is hoped to have it in shape for softball by May 24th. The Lions Club intends to put another $2,000 to $3,000 into the project this year.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 21, 1946 p.1

Lions Club to Instal Flood Lights

At an executive meeting of the Kingsville Lions Club held last Monday night, it was decided to purchase flood lights for the Lions Playground so that softball could be played in the evenings. The lights, which will cost over $1,200, will be ordered immediately.

As the club has already spent over $6,000 on the Scout Hall and another $2,000 on its playground, the lighting equipment will put a serious draw on the club’s coffers.

“We understand that some individuals would like to assist u with donations to help us put up these lights,” said President Don McCay, and added that any contributions would be very welcome as it is essential that lights are put up this year.

[. . .] This new park will officially be opened on May 24, with a double header softball game between two local men’s and two ladies’ teams taking part.

Alvin Sandord and Hubert Scott, members appointed by the local club to supervise this project, say that the two acres of land which was purchased by the club from W.G. Long, and a piece 66 feet x 76 feet, which was leased by the United Church to the Lions Club for 25 years, will be under supervision so that parents need not worry when their children are at the Kingsville Lions Club Playground.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 2, 1946 p.1


Roxy Theatre (1935)


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13-1513-15 Division Street South

Mr. Garnet Hogarth had this building constructed in 1935 to house his new movie theatre. As described in The Kingsville Reporter: “Roxy Theatre, which has been under construction here
for some weeks, had its opening on Monday evening last [October 21st, 1935]. The theatre is modern in all its appointments, and will seat 500 people. It is air-cooled for summer, with forced heat and ventilation for winter; luxurious upholstered leather seats; 100 per cent fireproof; sound equipment, Northern Electric wide range, one of the latest developments in picture-sound science; pictures to be shown will be secured from the largest and best major picture producers. [. . .] The uniformed ushers in the theatre are Robert Tingle and Warren Layman, and the lady at the wicket is Mrs. Hogarth. Mr. Hogarth is his own projectionist.”


Mr. Garnett W. Hogarth, of Windsor, this week closed a deal with the owners of the dwelling and land just south of the Phillips’ meat market on Division Street, for theatre purposes. The buildings will be removed from the property and a modern theatre building erected, with an auditorium that will seat 500 people. It will be 45 by 120 feet, and modern in all respects; in fact, Mr. Hogarth says there are only five in Canada that will be equal to it. The buildings now on the property, will be removed, and the erection of the theatre started at once.

Mr. Hogarth is a theatrical man of several years’ experience.

The Kingsville Reporter, July 4, 1935 p.1



ADULTS 27c., Tax Included


BORIS KARLOFF in The Walking Dead

Second Feature

Hop-A-Long Cassidy’s “Three on a Trail”

Leamington Post, June 18, 1936 p.2

Roxy Theatre

Now Under the New Management of


The Kingsville Reporter, December 6, 1974 p.10





The Kingsville Reporter, July 14, 1976 p.6


Wm. F. & Genevieve Deane House (1928)

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Categories: 1920s

252252 Division Street South

In 1922, the Nicholson Transit Co. of Detroit began offering day trips to Kingsville on their steamer, the Frank E. Kirby. The following year, Nicholson purchased the Grovedale Hotel and it was reported that “[t]he harbor is to be dredged out and the boat will tie up at the west pier and passengers can land within two minutes walk of the hotel. It is understood from official sources that the company intends improving the property to the extent of converting it into an attractive summer resort.” William F. Deane, a partner with Capt. Nicholson, hired the Oxley Brothers to build this summer home in 1928.

 Grovedale Hotel Sold

Nicholson Transit Co., the Buyers

The Nicholson Transit Co., proprietors of the Frank E. Kirby, that plied between Kingsville and Detroit last summer, have purchased from Oliver Fox, the Grovedale Hotel property on Park St. The purchase price is $35,000. We understand the Transit Co will overhaul the hotel and turn it into an eating house to accommodate the people who come here on the boat. The probability is that the Company will soon have a couple more boats carrying excursionists to this point. While quite a few bring their baskets with them, there are many who no not, and these will in future have no difficulty in getting meals at the Company’s dining hall. The work of remodelling will be commenced soon. The harbor is to be dredged out and the boat will tie up at the west pier and passengers can land within two minutes walk of the hotel. It is understood from official sources that the company intends improving the property to the extent of converting it into an attractive summer resort.

Jas. P. Black, local realtor, consummated the deal after several weeks’ negotiation.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 4, 1923 p.1

Nicholson Company Buys Mettawas

A large gang of carpenters and painters are putting in long hours these days working on the Grovedale hotel, which was purchased by the Nicholson Transit Co., of Detroit.

This company owns the Frank E. Kirby, which will make the first daily trip of the season on Saturday Daily trips will be made from then on until the first of September.

The largest real estate deal this place has witnessed for some time took place Monday, when the Nicholson Transit Company purchased the Hotel Mettawas and park on the lake front here. This property is next the Grovedale Hotel and park and will be open to all summer guests and others.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 21, 1923 p.1


Dear Sir,

We wish to correct a report in the last issue of your paper to the effect that all the Mettawas Park has been sold to the Nicholson Transit Co. As a matter of fact, Mr. Nicholson of this Company has purchased only the Mettawas Inn and Casino and that portion of the park lying in between. All the residential section of the Mettawas park west of the casino has been retained by our Company and the original plan of development into high class residential home sites is being carried out.

We would appreciate this correction being made in your paper.

Your very Truly,

Border Cities Co., Limited.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 28, 1923 p.1

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