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Charles & Mary Jane Miner House (1919)


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209209 Division Street South

Ohio resident, John Miner Sr., purchased 100 acres of land on the Third Concession in 1872 and he “visited his Canadian home each winter until March, 1878, when he built a log house on the ten acres he had previously chopped down.” The cabin became the home for John, his wife Ann and their ten children: Rebecca, Mary Ann, Ted, Lizzie, Jack, Amos, Charles, George, Florence and Lily. Charles Miner married Mary Jane Creaser in 1889 and bought a farm down the road from the Miner Homestead. After 30 years on the farm, Charles and Mary Jane moved to their new home on Division Street South, built in 1919. Glen Miner inherited the house after the death of his parents – Charles in 1930, Mary Jane four years later.

 John Miner, Sr.

On Tuesday, April 24th, John Miner Sr. passed away at his late home, Gosfield South. Mr. Miner was born in Leicestershire, England, April 16th, 1829. At the age of 24 he came to America, landing at Boston, Mass. A few days later, he left Boston with fishermen in search of whales, remaining at sea nearly fourteen months, during which time he seldom saw land. Returning to Boston, he worked his way up the country to the State of Ohio, where he married Ann Broadwell, who pre-deceased him June 17th, 1914.

The Essex Free Press, May 4, 1917 p.3


Chas. Miner of Division St., south, was taken ill a coyuple of weeks ago, and on Friday last was taken to the hospital where he died on Saturday morning in his 61st year.

Mr. Miner was born at Akron, Ohio, and came to Essex County with his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Miner, and other members of the family and lived at home until a little over forty years ago he married Mary Jane Creaser, of Glen Major, Ont., and for more than twenty years lived on his farm on the Third concession. Several years ago he built a home in Kingsville on Division street south and lived there until his death. Latterly he has followed contracting and did a great deal of cement work at Cedar Beach and in other sections throughout the county, and he was considered an expert at the business. [. . .]

He is survived by his widow, one son, Glen, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Ed. Cox, and an adopted son, Lloyd Miner.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 19, 1930 p.1

Kings. Native Glenn Miner Passes

Glenn Miner, a life-long resident of Kingsville, passed away Monday morning at Leamington Hostpital at the age of 70 years.

Mr. Miner was the son of the late Charles and Mary Jane Miner and the nephew of the late Jack Miner.

He opened a smoke shop and taxi business on Division Street South in 1939. As well, Mr. Miner operated a restaurant on Main Street East for a few years. The taxi business moved from its original location, where the Bank of Montreal is now situated, to the corner of Chestnut and Main Street, and eventually it was relocated to the present address on Chestnut.

Glenn Miner was a very talented musician, and entertained locally for many years, playing both the piano and organ.

He was an avid sports enthusiast who participated in community baseball, and spent many hours hunting and fishing.

Husband of Dorothy (Lundy). Father and father-in-law of Linda and Stewart Francis, of Kingsville. Grandfather of Karen Elizabeth. Brother of Lloyd Miner, Kingsville, and the late Eva (Mrs. Ted Cox).

The Kingsville Reporter, January 9, 1980 p.3


Earl & Maggie Green House (1917)

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150150 Division Street South

When George Miner sold his home at 144 Division Street South in February 1917, he still owned the empty lot on the corner of Division and Stewart. Later that year, George “moved his frame house from the Miner homestead to his lot in town on Division street just north of the P.M. Railway. He will fit it up to sell or rent.” The house was purchased by James O. Brown, a local fisherman, in 1919. The following year Brown was appointed Kingsville’s Chief of Police, at a salary of $20 per month, and held that position for 12 years. James and his family moved to Windsor in 1934 when he became “a foreman in a Chrysler plant.” The Canadian National Institute for the Blind purchased this house in 1946 and it became the home of Earl Warren Green and his wife Maggie. Earl lost his sight in WWI, and became an instructor for the C.N.I.B. in Toronto before retiring to Kingsville.


In the appointment of Chief of Police considerable discussion took place. Mr. Loop thought a straight salary with pay for extras cut out was the most satisfactory method of dealing with this office. Mr. Salmoni asked Mr. Brown to define what he considered his duties as Chief of Police. Mr. Brown defined his position. He stated that he went on duty at 5 o’clock in the evening and quit at the same hour in the morning, that he was to see that law and order were preserved and that the bylaws of the town were lived up to. The extra that he got from business firms was not compulsory and that the business men understood this. The Mayor though the arrangement with the Chief of Police had worked out very nicely this year. Mr. Brown also stated that Leamington had been paying its Chief of Police extra for acting as night watch around business places, but he was informed this had been discontinued this year. There were no other applications for the position and it was moved by Cooper and Healey that J.O. Brown be Chief of Police for this year at a salary of $100 per month and $100 for the year for Sanitary Inspector and Truant officer. – Carried.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 11, 1923 p.1

[Earl] was on the Provost Marshal’s staff with Major Cartwright. Buried by shell while in action, Earl Green sustained injuries that robbed him of his sight [. . .]

Radio Commentator Claire Wallace recently made Earl Green the subject of his Toronto broadcasted program. He told listeners in detail how the blinded Green himself taught other sightless persons to get about without a guide. With Green’s patient tutelage they have learned to virtually “see” their way around town.

Standing six feet, five inches, this towering war veteran who was once an electrical worker, has been with the Canadian Institute for the blind for the past 10 years. In the past year he has trained 35 sightless persons, ranging in age from 24 to 84 years. One of this number was deaf as well as without sight. Of this number, 29 now get about Toronto at will and without guidance. The other six travel about their own neighborhood with ease.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 23, 1940 p.1

Earl W. Green Passes Suddenly

Earl W. Green, 67 years of age, died suddenly on Tuesday in Metropolitan Hospital, Windsor.

Deceased was born in Kingsville, son of the late George and Minnie Green. He served as corporal in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifle Regiment, C.E.F. Was a life member of the Canadian Legion in Toronto and was formerly employed by the C.N.I.B. in Toronto.

His wide, Maggie, predeceased him in 1961. [. . .]

The town just won’t be the same with the passing of Earl Green. Earl, who was blind, was not only a special individual to our town, but travelled from coast to coast for years on behalf of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He proved, not only to the blind he taught, but also to us, who have natural eye-sight, that the handicaps of blindness can be overcome.

The Kingsville Reporter, March 22, 1962 p.1


The Lt. Col. F.K. Jasperson (Ont. 188) Royal Canadian Legion of Kingsville has purchased in honor of Earl Green, an annual challenge trophy for cribbage, open to all active organizations in Kingsville

The Kingsville Reporter, March 14, 1968 p.2


Epworth Parsonage (1908)

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Categories: 1900s, Tags: , , ,

62 Division Street South

Designated in 2010

The year after the Epworth Church was built in 1893, the Kingsville Natural Gas and Oil Co. purchased the old Methodist church on Main Street East. The parsonage, also on Main Street East, continued to be used by the Methodist ministers until it was sold to Dr. Jenner in 1907 and plans were made to built a new parsonage just south of the church. The two-storey residence was designed by Thomas Jenner and the Woodiwiss Bros were selected as masons, using brick from the Miner Brickyard. The parsonage was completed in November of 1908 and the first occupant was Rev. Mr. Millson, who had been living in the Wigle flat over the Woodiwiss Bros’ store. In January 1914, “the Methodist congregation placed $1,431 on the plates to complete the payment of all debt on the church property” and “a public meeting was held in the auditorium of the church at which the mortgage was burned.”

At the meeting of the Trustee and Quarterly boards of the Methodist church last week it was decided to erect a new parsonage on the lot just south of the church, to cost in the neighborhood of $3,000. Work will be commenced in the Spring.

The Kingsville Reporter, October 17, 1907 p.5

On Tuesday last, while Messrs Chas. Riddell and John Stoner were slating the new Methodist parsonage, a portion of the scaffolding gave way and they fell to the ground a distance of twenty feet. Mr. Riddell sustained a fractured rib, while Mr. Stoner escaped with a severe shaking up.

The Kingsville Reporter, July 23, 1908 p.1

The silex* walk from Stanley Street to the Methodist parsonage is completed and the walk on Pearl st. west from Queen to Prince Albert was started yesterday morning.

The Kingsville Reporter, September 24, 1908 p.5

Ministerial Association

A meeting of the ministers of Kingsville and neighboring places, was held in the school room of the Methodist church, on Monday last, with a view to the formation of a Ministerial Association. It was unanimously agreed that an association be formed under the name of the “Kingsville Ministerial Association.” That meetings should be held on the first Monday in each month, that the Rev. Mr. Masters be President, and that Rev. Mr. Galt be Sec-Treas. It was also agreed that the next meeting should be held in the Baptist parsonage, and the Rev. Mr. Millson should introduce the subject of “Our duty in regard to the coming Municipal election.”

The Kingsville Reporter, November 8, 1908 p.8


Dr. Jenner on the Care of Infants

On Friday last a meeting of unusual interest was held under the auspices of W.C.T.U. in the Methodist parsonage, to which the mothers of the community who have small children’s were invited to hear a lecture on the “Care of infants” by Dr. Jenner. There was a very large attendance and from first to last the whole affair was a decided success.

Dr. Jenner was in great form and held the undivided attention of all present for about three quarters of an hour, during which time he advocated the liberal use of common sense, fresh air, cold water, and light, and warned the mothers against the many common and deadly mistakes that are constantly being made.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 25, 1909 p.8

* crushed stone

** Women’s Christian Temperance Union


Miss Hattie Ellison House (1882)

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144 Division Street South

In 1883, Robert Ellison of North Ridge sold his 150 acre farm for $8,800 and decided to retire to Kingsville. He bought this house on Division Street South, built by Simon Wigle in 1882, for $1,000. Robert, his wife Anne and daughter Harriet lived in this home until their new, larger brick house was built on Division Street North in 1887. Used as a rental income property, this home was known as the “Miss Hattie Ellison house” since Harriet remained single until she married Charles A. Quick when she was 71 years old.

George Miner purchased this home from Hattie in 1913 for $1,200 and added the “verandah” the following year. Later owners of this house include William Humphries and Ina & Everett Arner.

Simon Wigle is building a fine looking house on the west side of Division Road near the lake. This part of the municipality is destined to be soon filled with private residences. By the way, there is ample room for a mammoth hotel in that part of the town, and there is money in the speculation too.

Amherstburg Echo, October 13, 1882 p.6

Recently, Mr. Ellison, a retired wealthy farmer determined to end his days in Kingsville. In order to settle here comfortably he determined to build a fine brick house, but, in the meantime, he bought a frame house from Simon Wigle and brought several loads of furniture intending to take possession at once and become a resident. To his surprise he could not get possession, as Mrs. Wigle claimed a life lease on the property and would not give up possession. In his disgust Mr. E. left Kingsville, shaking its dust off his fee. He intends to reside now in Windsor.

Amherstburg Echo, August 24, 1883 p.6