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John & Eliza Allen House (1908)


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188 Division Street South

By 1908, William Fleming owned three houses on Division Street South. This home was used by Fleming as a rental property until it was sold to John and Eliza Allen in 1921, who also used it as an income property. Both John and Eliza were born in England, emigrated to Canada in the early 1880s and were married in Toronto in 1884. By the early 1890s, the Allens moved to Kingsville and John was a “railroad man” for many years. Some of the tenants of this home were Mr. and Mrs. Warren P. Black, Fred Long, John Ferris, Arthur Woulds, Mary Ford and Jasper Ulch. The year following John Allen’s death in 1945, this house was sold to Hume Augustine for $3,200.

Mr. John Allen has purchased from Mrs. Wm. Fleming her house on the corner of McLean and Division Streets for $3,200.

The Kingsville Reporter, October 20, 1921 p.5

Mrs. Warren P. Black held her Post-Nuptial reception on Wednesday Nov. 4th at her home, Division St. South, which was largely attended. The house was very pretty with autumn flowers and carnation. In the afternoon Miss Hilda Crawford attended the door. Mrs. Black received in her wedding gown, assisted by her mother, Mrs. A.H. Mabee and Mrs. Jas. P. Black, mother of Mr. Black. Mrs. J.W. Ayerst invited the visitors to the dining room, where dainty refreshments were served. Mrs. F.C. Crawford poured tea, Mrs. Robt. Black cut the ices, while Miss Beatrice Brown, Mrs. Corydon Fagan, Mrs. Manly Miner and Mrs. R.R. Hudgins served. In the evening Mrs. Black received with Mrs. Black, Miss Lois Palmer was at the door, Mrs. J.W. Flett poured tea, Mrs. E.A. Brown cut the ices, while Miss Gertie Woodiwiss, Miss Grace-Gibb and Mrs. Samuel Currie served.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 19, 1925 p.1

Mrs. John Allen passes suddenly.

Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Jane Allen, wife of John Allen, who passed away very suddenly from a heart attack at her home about 8 o’clock on Monday morning in her 72nd year, were held at the Church of the Epiphany on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Interment was in Greenhill Cemetery, Rev. J.A. Davies officiating.

Deceased came to Canada from England at the age of 15. Fifty-six years ago she was united in marriage to John Allen. To this union were born Stanley, Jack and George, all of Kingsville; James, of Detroit; Mrs. Ezra Bailey and Mrs. Fred Bowles, of Leamington; Mrs. Margaret Drouillard, of Windsor.

The Kingsville Reporter, December 19, 1940 p.1

John Thomas Allen Laid to Rest in Greenhill, Wed.

Funeral services for the late John Thomas Allen, 88 years, who passed away at this home here on Sunday afternoon after three weeks’ illness, were held from the Healey and Crawford Funeral Home on Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., rev. J.A. Davies officiating. Interment was in Greenhill Cemetery.

Mrs. Allen predeceased her husband five years ago. Deceased was railroad man, but retired twelve years ago.

Surviving are four daughters and four sons, Mayme, Mrs. C.B. Tadman, Toronto; Gertrude, Mrs. Ezra Bailey, Leamington; Margaret, Mrs. Wm. Daniher, Windsor; Irene, Mrs. Fred Bowler, Leamington; James, of Detroit; Jack, Stanley and George, all of Kingsville.

A brother, William, of Leamington, a sister, Mrs. Harl Malott, of Windsor, 14 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren also survive.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 15, 1945 p.1


Gordon P. & Nellie Fox House (1908)

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176 Division Street South

When Gordon Phillip Fox ran for Kingsville Town Council in 1910, he said “he had come to Kingsville with the intention of becoming a good citizen. He was proud of the town, its walks and shady streets. He was not here to criticize; did not think it took much of a man to do that. He was up for councillor and if elected would do his best in the town’s interest.” Gordon received the second most votes (222) in the election and at the end of his one-year term said he “was proud to say our town was clean and prosperous, and that there were no vacant houses.” At the time,  Gordon, his wife Nellie and their family were living in the house at 164 Division Street South. By 1919, all the Fox children had grown and moved on and Gordon and Nellie exchanged houses with George T. Hardie. It was in this home, which was built by William Fleming in 1908, that Gordon and Nellie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1936.

Mr. George Hardie, of Merlin, has purchased the brick dwelling of Mrs. Fleming, corner Division and McLean streets, and will move here in April. Mrs. Hardie is a daughter of Mrs. J.H. Smart.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 20, 1919 p.5


A letter received from the prime minster, Rt. Hon. W.L. MacKenzie King, was read at a meeting of the W.C.T.U. [Women’s Christian Temperance Union], held at the home of Mrs. Gordon P. Fox, Division street south, on Friday. In this letter the prime minister stated that the representations from the W.C.T.U. as to forbidding liquor clearance would receive favorable consideration.

Favorable mention was also made in regard to the new mayor of Kingsville, George Hall, and the stand he had taken in working with Chief Philion for the best interests of the town.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 20, 1930 p.1


Mr and Mrs Gordon P. Fox celebrated their golden wedding last Monday. After being at home to their friends in the afternoon, they, with their children and grandchildren (28 in all), had supper at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Homer Arner, No. 18 highway west. Later Mrs. Fox was presented with a Gruen wrist watch, and Mr. Fox with a smoking stand. The family also gave them a basekt (sic) of Ophelia roses. A bouquet of golden narcissus and mignonette was received from Mr and Mrs W.T. Conklin. Callers in the evening were Mr Wm. Conklin, Miss Nora Conklin, Mr and Mrs Manly Miner, and Mr and Mrs Warren Hendershot.

The Kingsville Report, January 2, 1936 p.1

Gordon P. Fox Laid to Rest Here Today

Gordon Philip Fox, a well known citizen of the district passed away at his home on Division Street, on Monday July 3, at the age of 81 years. Deceased had been in failing health for some time but was confined to his bed only a few days prior to his passing. He was the son of Mr and Mrs William Fox, and was born here and spent his entire life in or near Kingsville.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, the former Nellie Clifford, one son, David, of Walkerville, and five daughters, Flossie, of Detroit, Edna, of Hagersville, and Jennie, Mary and Margaret, all of Kingsville, and one sister, Mrs. Jessie Taylor, of Toronto. Mr. Fox was very proud of the fact that he had six grandchildren in the service, Henry Arnold, overseas; Mary Arnold, Ipperwash; James Wigle, overseas; Hazen Malott, Newfoundland; Gordon Fox, Trenton; and Hadley Arner, Ottawa.

Deceased was a member of Concord Lodge, A.F. and A.M., under whose auspices the funeral services are being conducted today at 2:30 p.m., the body lying in state at the United Church, of which Mr. Fox was an esteemed member is conducting the service. The bearers are W.H. Humphreys, Roy Scratch, J.P. Golden, Del. Quick, Kenneth Rae and Edward Lucas. During the service Mr and Mrs Russell Skitch are singing a duet with Mrs Laura Allen Coatsworth at the organ. Interment will be in Greenhill Cemetery.

The Kingsville Reporter, July 6, 1944 p.1

Mrs. Nellie Fox Passes.

Mrs. Nellie Fox, aged 81, of Kingsville, widow of Gordon P. Fox, died Saturday at her residence after one week’s illness.

Mrs. Fox lived in Kingsville 40 years, going there from Union, where she was born. She was a descendant of one of the oldest families of Union and was a member of Epworth United Church, Women’s Missionary Society and Women’s Association.

The Essex Free Press, December 10, 1948 p.3


William & Kate Fleming House (1902)

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172 Division Street South

William Fleming (1864-1916) packed a lot of living in his 52 years. Originally trained as a blacksmith with his brother Robert, William began laying pipe for the Ontario Gas Company and later became manager of the Beaver Oil & Gas Company. It was during his time as manager that William branched out into the real estate business, building this home in 1902 as his primary residence and two rental houses on Division St. S. in 1908. Together with Arthur Brown, William sold Ford automobiles from their garage on Division St. N. and with Oliver Fox, purchased and renovated the Grovedale Hotel. William was married to Kate Cooper and they raised two daughters, Ethel and Nina, one son, Ernest and Kate’s niece Grace Girty. During the building of this home, 17-year-old Ernest went “missing” for a few months and came home a Trooper with the Canadian Mounted Rifles, after stowing away on a ship bound for South Africa.


Ernest Fleming Returned Home After Long Absence.

He Shipped to Africa as a Stow-way and Took to Soldiery.

Ernest Fleming, whose prolonged absence had caused his parents no little anxiety, returned to Windsor last night in the uniform of a trooper of the Canadian Mounted Rifles. Last May he left home without intimating where he intended to go. He took a trip to the Soo and then departed for Halifax, where he became a stowaway on one of the transport ships leaving for South Africa. After remaining under cover for six days he made his presence known and offered his services. He was given his uniform and accountrements.

After landing in Capetown the Canadian Mounted Rifles were sent to the front. They reached Newcastle before peace terms were signed and the war ended. During all the time he was away Trooper Fleming did not write his parents.

Trooper Fleming was accompanied on the return trip by Charles Chase of Essex and James Gillian of Amherstburg. The latter brought home a South African monkey which he purchased in Durban for three “quid,” or $15.

The Windsor Evening Record, August 2, 1902 p.1

Messrs Wm. Fleming and Arthur Brown are opening a garage on Division st. just north of the post office in the building formerly used by W.E. DeLong as an implement room. They are handling the Ford Auto, an excellent machine which is rapidly advancing in the public favor. The Ford Co. are planning to build fifty thousand machines this year.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 11, 1912 p.4


This house, which has always had a reputation for its excellent table board, was purchased last spring by Messrs. Fleming & Fox. The transformation these gentlemen have made in the house and grounds is a surprise to all who knew the house of old. To-day it is a modern hotel in every sense of the word; spic and span in every appointment. Cool shady verandahs, something over a hundred feet, for the enjoyment of the guests; good bathing grounds, a well of excellent mineral water, and one of the prettiest maples groves to be found anywhere, combine to make an excellent place for a few days rest, or a permanent boarding place. Since the house opened it has been well filled, every room is at present occupied and applications from others are coming in daily. It is the intention of the proprietors to erect a large addition to the house next season, which will make it still more attractive to summer resorters.

We have no hesitation in saying that Kingsville to-day has the best hotel service of any town of its size in Canada, notwithstanding the calamity howlers, who said our hotels would all close for want of support when we got local option. People flock here to respectable hotels to get away from those places that still run open bars. In this enlightened day it is service the better class of people is after, not booze, and they are willing to pay for it. Every municipality in this fair province, whether wet or dry, will now have to take its hat off to Kingsville when it comes to hotel service.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 20, 1914 p.1


Mrs. Kate Fleming, widow of the later William Fleming, of this town, died quite suddenly in Windsor on Monday last, aged 70 years. [. . .] Mrs. Fleming is survived by her daughters, the Misses Ethel and Nina, of Windsor, and one son, Ernest, of Stockdale, Calif.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Nuchols and Mrs. H. McCallum, of California.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 21, 1937 p.1


John Malott House (1887)

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189 Division Street South

Designated in 2006

In the spring of 1888, John Malott (son of “wharfinger” Capt. William J. Malott) decided to stop farming and go into “the pound fishing business.” With his wife Nora (Black) and infant daughter Ada, John moved from Pearl Street West to this home built for Robert Fleming in 1887. Robert moved to John’s house to be closer to his carriage business, and John moved closer to his pound nets in Lake Erie. By 1895, John had a second daughter (Christina) and changed occupations again, advertising as “John Malott, Baker & Confectioner.” Three years later, John sold his home and moved his family to Detroit where he became a carpenter and house builder. The next owner was William A. Smith, a local businessman and lawyer, who eventually became Town Clerk, Mayor of Kingsville (1910 to 1911), Reeve of Gosfield North (1913) and County Magistrate. Smith and his wife Evelyn had two sons: Austin, lawyer and M.P.P. for Essex South (1929-1934) and Lyndon, Rhodes Scholar and Anglican Minister in Toronto.

Other owners of this home include Charles (Robert) Gascoyne & Amelia Gascoyne and Orville (Leroy) & Olive Laramie.

R. Fleming having purchased a lot on Division street, is having the foundation of a very tasty house erected thereon.

Amherstburg Echo, September 23, 1887 p.6

Robert Fleming took advantage of the Queen’s Birthday, to commemorate the event by moving into his new house lately bought of John Malott, on Pearl street, west.

John Malott having sold his late residence on Pearl street west, has moved into the new building on Division street which he purchased from Robt. Fleming.

Amherstburg Echo, June 8, 1888 p.6

Mayor Smith and Ex-Mayor Wigle were in Chatham this week. It was generally remarked that Ex-Mayor Wigle looked fine in his new hat.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 2, 1911 p.5

While ex-Mayor Wigle’s new hat has been so much admired and has been drawing so much of the attention of others, Webb wishes to announce that the ex-Mayor’s hat was bought at his gents’ furnishing store where all good goods are for sale at right prices. Some think if Mayor Smith would turn down his pantaloons and wear a hat just like that of ex-Mayor Wigle’s the citizens of the town would think their white haired boy had developed into a man.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 9, 1911 p.5

Important Real Estate Deals

Mr. Sam Scratch put through several real estate deals last week, the first of which was trading his Duplex Appartment (sic) in Windsor, to Leroy Laramie for Mr. Laramie’s farm on the Ninth Concession, of Gosfield North. He then sold Mr. Laramie the Robert Gascoyne home on Division street south, Kingsville. He then sold the Laramie farm to his son-in-law, Earl Ryall of Olinda.

The business was all wound up in Windsor and there were no written agreements on any of the deals – something that the legal firm had never seen before, leading them to remark, that there were still men living who regarded their word equal to their bond.

The Kingsville Reporter, September 26, 1929 p.1