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Lakeside Park (1907)

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Division Street South & Herrington Street

Designated in 2007

The Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Rapid Railway began service from Windsor to Kingsville in 1907. At the time, Kingsville’s population was 1,578. To take advantage of new tourism opportunities, Kingsville Town Council explored the idea of developing a public park on the lake shore. A by-law to “raise by way of loan the sum of $5,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing and improving that land described as Block ‘G’ on the south side of Harrington (sic) Street […] for the purpose of a Public Park” was put to a public vote. The park by-law passed with a vote of 168 to 48, and Lakeside Park was opened to the public in the summer of 1907. The pavilion, designed by Windsor architects Crane and Pennington, was built in 1913 by James Countess at a cost of $2,250.

As the street railway line nears completion, people from Windsor and Detroit are beginning to look this way for residential property. With the acquisition of a beautiful park, the desirability of Kingsville as a place of residence will be still greater.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 16, 1907 p.5


We have, as a town, much to be thankful for. One of the best harbors on the lakes, a first-class steamboat, beautiful churches, a graded school of seven departments none can beat. Several blocks as good as any town has, and live, progressive merchants, grand avenues of maples with best silex walks, good grist and flour mill, large woollen mill (a prize winner), large canning factory, evaporator, three big tobacco factories, grain and produce buyers and foreign shippers, large planing mill and lumber yard, the leading blacksmith shop of the county, pump factory, two banks, two hotels and livery barns, large furniture store, water works (none better), natural gas in abundance, splendid fire department, the finest natural park in Western Ont., good steam railway service, live printing office, three best physicians, several skilled machinists and inventors, hardware and paint stores, groceries and bakeries, millinery and clothing stores, many of them, and a climax to all the many above blessings, one of the latest equipped electrical railways in Canada, the elegant cars, now upon our streets, are the direct evidence, the beautiful power house, machinery and car barns, at the lake only show the master hands and energetic minds and Co. who are in control. Yes, Wiggins can keep his extra moon, the old one is good enough for us. Too much light might spoil us. Yes, let our neighbors have the Wiggins moon, to help them see their way to a park and R.R. franchise.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 13, 1907 p.1

Geo. W. Cady has presented the park committee here with 100 fine European elms. They are worth $1.00 a piece. No doubt the committee will appreciate gifts of trees from any citizen who wishes to show a similar public spirit.

The Kingsville Reporter, June 13, 1907 p.5

Anyone willing to contribute shade or ornamental trees for the town park this spring, will please inform the Secretary, Geo. Pearse.

The Kingsville Reporter, April 2, 1908 p.5

Lakeside Park Improvement

The Park commission have had set out about 250 trees of all kinds, built another bridge in the creek near the beach, and got a potato patch under cultivation on the flats, so far this season. In another year the park will present quite a different appearance. If the fringe of poplars along the beach, east of the creek, were topped, the view of the lake would not be so completely cut off as at present. The unsightly old hedge also ought to be destroyed in some way. We believe it is the intention to thoroaghly (sic) cultivate the flats at the north side this year, then level, seed and roll it, so as to put it in shape for a ball ground.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 21, 1908 p.8

The New Pavilion.

At a special meeting of the council on Monday evening the Mayor [W.A. Smith] submitted plans and specifications of a pavilion for the town park, prepared by Messrs. Crane and Pennington, of Windsor. The council approved of the plans and decided to proceed with the work of construction so far as possible this year. Tenders for the work are asked for and will be considered at a meeting of the council to be held Monday Nov. 25th. The pillars will be of field stone and will be supplied by the council. The council will be glad to have contributions of stone from any farmers who would like to assist in this way in the erection of a building intended as much for the accommodation of the township residents as of the town.

The Kingsville Reporter, November 14, 1912 p.1


Elgerton Hutchins House (1889)

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202 Division Street South

In the summer of 1889, local mill owners G.W. Green & Son decided to build a group of houses to be used as employee rental units. The eight small cottages constructed on Myrtle Street became known as “Green Row.” But in later years, some of these homes were moved to other locations around Kingsville. One house was relocated to the corner of Stanley Street and Division Street South on a lot owned by the Ontario Permanent Loan and Building Company. George Pearse, Town Treasurer, purchased the lot and house in 1904 for $750 and lived there until 1915. Later owners were Freeman Wright and William Morton Webb. Mayor Webb sold this home in 1924 to Elgerton Hutchins, a farmer from Olinda, who built a small grocery store on the south part of his lot. For the first few years, the shop was run by Lyle Flanders, Orley Rumble and William Valentine until it was purchased by Glenford Wigle, husband of Elgerton’s daughter Marion, in 1937.

Mr. Hutchins, who recently purchased the Webb property west side of Division St. South is erecting a small store building on the corner of Division Stanley, which he will equip for the summer trade.

The Kingsville Reporter, May 15, 1924 p.5

Miss Marion Hutchins hwo (sic) passed with honors her Toronto Conservatory of Music A.T.C.M. (teacher’s course) of Piano last June, will accept a limited number of pupils at Studio, Division St. South. For appointment phone 356.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 27, 1927 p.4

Armed Robbery Monday at Wigle Grocery Store

Shortly after 7 o’clock Monday evening, two men, one armed, held up the Wigle Grocery Store, 204 Division St. South, and made off with a comparatively small amount of money.

Chief of Police Charles Adam states that the men ordered a clerk, Mrs. Mildred Cowan, to lie on the floor. While one held a gun pointed at www.wupoint.com her, the other man scooped out the bills from the cash register. They did not bother with the silver.

Mrs. Glenford Wigle entered the store by a back door when the robbery was in progress and was told to “stay where you are”.

The men wore women’s scarves over the lower part of the their faces. A slight description states that they were probably in their late teens or early twenties.

As far as is known, this is the first armed robbery of a business establishment in the town in over 35 years.

The Kingsville Reporter, January 23, 1975 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