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Roderick & Anna Smith House (1919)

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221221 Division Street South

The Windsor Evening Record’s headline on September 14, 1907 was “WINDSOR, ESSEX & LAKE SHORE RY. WILL OPEN FOR TRAFFIC THURSDAY: Line That Was Promoted and Incorporated Over Six Years Ago is Finally Ready for Operation and Officials are Happy Over Fruition of Plans to Give Essex County the Finest-Equipped Electric Road on the Continent.” The W.E&L.S route ran from Windsor through Kingsville to Leamington. Being a major hub for the electric railway, many people came to Kingsville for employment. Roderick Smith moved to Kingsville from the Bruce Peninsula and became an engineer with the “interurban railway.” Roderick was married to Anna, daughter of Colin and Mary McDonald, in 1914 and they had this house built in 1919.

County Council Notes

A petition was presented, asking the Legislature to pass the Bill to incorporate the Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Rapid Railway. It was moved by Messrs. Stone and Brett, that this council concur in the petition just read, and the Warden and Clerk sign same and attach the corporate seal and forward through our members to the Local Legislature. — Car.

The Comber Herald, January 31, 1901 p.1

Few radial lines have had more difficulties to contend with than the Windsor, Essex & Lake Shore railway. Almost since its inception the company has been beset by obstacles that ranged from franchise restrictions of contrary councils to internal dissension over financial problems. Even the elements took a slap at the company and wrecked the power house at Kingsville when it was in course of construction. The promoters have had many an anxious hour and must have almost despaired of ultimate fulfilment of their plans, but they bid fair now to emerge triumphant and reap long-delayed returns on their investment.

The Windsor Evening Record, September 14, 1907 p.1


The Windsor, Essex & Lake Shore Rapid Ry. Co.

Cars leave corner Ouellette avenue and Pitt street, Windsor, daily at 7.15 a.m., 9 a.m., 11.15 a.m., 1 p.m., 3.15 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8.15 p.m. for Pelton, Maidstone, Essex, Cottam, Kingsville, Ruthven and Leamington. On Sunday last car leaves Windsor at 10 p.m. for all points.

Express trains leave Windsor daily except Sunday at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.

Phones: Passenger Office and Waiting Room 989. Freight Shed 1036. Cartage Office 24.

IVAN SHEPLY, Ticket Agent. A.J. SHRUM, Freight Agent, Windsor. A. EASTMAN, Gen’l Western union point Mgr. P.H. SCOTT, Traffic Mrg., Kingsville.

The Windsor Evening Record, December 29, 1910 p.5

The thirty-five employees of the Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore interurban railway Saturday received official notice from the Ontario Hydro Commission which operates the line, that they will not be needed after September 15. The road is to be closed permanently on that date because directors have decided it cannot be operated at a profit.

The Kingsville Reporter, August 18, 1932 p.5


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The Kingsville Reporter, January 22, 1942 p.2

Salvage of slightly more than 100 tons of steel rails, part of the old unused Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Railway, is being suggested by the Kingsville Town Council to the Dominion Salvage Committee. The rails are the property of the Guaranty Trust Company, trustees for the defunct railroad, and will bring abut $2,000 on the market. They are not cemented and would be easily removed.

The Leamington Post, April 2, 1942 p.7



The Hiawatha (1890)

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285 Division Street South

Leroy Case moved from LaGrange, Indiana to Kingsville in the 1883 and bought Simon Wigle’s farm just north of town. In 1889, Case decided to put all his resources into building a hotel on property purchased from John Herrington on Division Street South. Building was completed in the spring of 1890 and the hotel was named “The Hiawatha.” The front of the hotel, with its two-storey balconies, faced Lake Erie and the entrance was off of Park Street. The hotel business must have proved difficult for Case because by January 1893, it was reported that his “liabilities are about $5,000 and normal assets $2,500.” By December that year, The Hiawatha was sold to Detroit businessman Theodore H. Eaton for $1,800 and the contents of the hotel were auctioned off. Eaton hired local contractor Thomas Jenner to convert to the hotel into a ‘summer cottage’ at a cost of $5,000 and ordered furniture from McDonald & Pearsall, of Kingsville. Eaton used this house as a summer residence until his death in 1910 and the home remained in the Eaton family until 1947.

Letter from Mr. Leroy Case.

To Kingsville Reporter.

Dear Sir: In communing with my spirit this evening and musing over the causes directly responsible for my leaving Canada and friends I loved so well, would say, I am forced to come to the conclusion that leaving was the only remedy left. Had I not been so sorely oppressed and so uncharitably dealt with among people who call themselves Christians in my day of adversity, I certainly would never have resorted the the (sic) means I did; but it was done in order to extricate myself from the scathing invectives that were thrown at me from every quarter, even from the people that I have many and many times befriended, and they were the first to deal the knock-out blow. I struggled hard and left no stone unturned to maintain the honest reputation and esteem in which I was once held (just) previous to my failure.

Instead of those that proffered the warmest friendship to me in my prosperity coming to my rescue in time of need, they threw me down and passed judgment on me, without as much as giving me a chance to vindicate myself. I was forced, not only as a duty to my family, but also to myself, to succumb under the powerful pressure of public sentiment, – more properly defined as Hypocrites, or “wolves in sheep’s clothing” – to take advantage of the only avenue left and beat a retreat to a country where, at least, I will get fair play and have a fighting chance to get on my feet again, which, if undertaken in Canada, would have proven a dismal failure. Kick a man when he is down, is your motto, as was so thoroughly demonstrated in my case.

In conclusion would say that I maintain to be an honest man to a marked degree, and if ever I get aide, will be only too proud to pay off any and every claim now standing against me by man, woman or child, in the County of Essex.

Leroy Case.

Chicago, Feb. 5th, 1895.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 15, 1895 p.8

 Theodore Eaton Dead

Theodore Eaton, whose summer home is at this place, died quite unexpectantly in Detroit Sunday afternoon, weakness preventing him from recovering from an operation he underwent a few days ago. Heart failure is given as the direct cause. He was four years old when his father, also of the same name of Theodore H. Eaton, came to Detroit and founded the chemical and dye stuffs house which later took on the firm name of Theodore H. Eaton & Son of this business, Mr. Eaton became sole proprietor in 1888, upon his father’s death. His nephew, Rufus W. Clark, is a partner in the business. He is survived by the widow; a daughter, Margaret Montgomery, 19 years of age, and a son, Barion (sic) Clark, 17 years. Mr. Eaton was active in the patriotic and other societies, belonging to the Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution and Huguenot Society. He was a director in the Detroit Iron & Steel Co., an advisory director in the Security Trust Co., and a member of the Board of Commerce.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 10, 1910 p.1


John Lampman House (1888)

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104 Division Street South

Lumber dealer, Elihu Scratch, built a residence on Division Street South in 1887. The following year, Scratch built this home on the south portion of his property and it was referred to as the “Store House.” In 1889, the home was purchased by Colin and Mary McDonald, who had been living on the McDonald family farm west of Kingsville. While living on Division Street South, Colin was a “teamster” and kept two horses for delivering wood and moving small buildings. Colin and his family moved back to the McDonald farm in 1897 when his widowed mother became ill. The house was rented out, first to George Pearse and later to John and Melissa Lampman, who bought the property in 1906. John was a ‘jockey,’ making deliveries from Elihu Scratch’s wood and coal yard. Melissa died in 1913, John in 1927 and the home was inherited by George Lampman, their only child. George lived in Kincardine and used this house as a rental property, selling it in 1938 to Delbert Quick who also used it as an income property, referring to it as the “North House.”

On Wednesday next, March 1st, from 5 to 8 o’clock, the Baptist Ladies’ Aid will hold a 15¢ tea and apron sale at the home of Mrs. Lampman Division st. Everybody welcome.

The Kingsville Reporter, February 23, 1911 p.5

FOR SALE. One corn crib, one lumber wagon, one top buggy, one hay rack, one set of bobsleighs. Write GEO. LAMPMAN, Kincardine or call on JOHN LAMPMAN, Kingsville.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 21, 1914 p.5

Mr. George Lampman and his son, of Kincardine, were in town on Monday last. Mr. Lampman is an old Kingville boy, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lampman whose home was on Division street, next to the Del. Quick residence. Mr. Lampman is in the mercantile business in Kincardine, and has been doing a propserous business there for some years.

The Kingsville Reporter, September 16, 1937 p.5