Sunday, 30 October 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
|Liverpool Dairy Treat before demolition|
| Dairy Treat Demolition - December 2008|
This one is a lot tougher...anyone know this house? Tammi if you guess this one I will be impressed!
Heather Kelly guessed it...actually Ann Langille guessed it earlier today but I deleted her comment because I kinda thought it would give everyone a little problem to identify it. It was located on Main Street across from the Fire Hall, and next to Bruce Inglis's house. It burned and the remains of the house was demolished.
The Liverpool Academy was built in the late 1890s to replace the previous academy which was destroyed by fire in 1898. The school educated generations of families in the 98 years that it stood at the top of the hill looking down Gorham Street. Many of us Liverpool kids remember starting school there and I certainly remember it. I went to school there starting in September 1970, Mrs Vida Manthorne was grade primary teacher. She had taught for many years and by the time she was my teacher she was nearing retirement. My classmates were Philip Leefe, Sean Burke, Joanne Strum, Blair Raddall, Ann Whynot, Mary Beth Lantz, just to name a few. She was such a good teacher, with lots of patience for us little kids.I remember Mrs. Manthorne got us to make an octopus by filling the legs of 8 nylons with newspaper. At the end of the school year she put all of our names in a hat and picked out the winner who would get to take our octopus home. I recall Philip Leefe won. (Funny the things you remember). I remember the little fountains for us kids to drink from and the wooden wainscotting and walls and creaky stairs too. The school was old looking, though as kids we didnt think of that. My grade one teacher was Elizabeth Wessell now Elizabeth Burns and mid way through the school year we moved and I attended Gorham School on Payzant Street for the remainder of that school year. Many years after my days at the Academy, I ran into my grade primary teacher Mrs. Manthorne at Tim Hortons in Liverpool. As we talked I told her she taught me way back when. She thought for a minute and remembered my name and guessed 1969 as the year she had taught me, she was off by 1 year. Of all the students she taught over her years and how much I had changed in 20 years she still remembered. I could never figure out how teachers could remember that stuff. I was impressed.
|My grade primary teacher Mrs. Vida Manthorne|
|C. W. Hartlen with his horse driven herse|
Thursday, 27 October 2011
The first Gorham School was built in 1818 and it was built from money given by Liverpool Residents James and Jedidah Gorham. The Gorham's house was located where the Liverpool Town Hall is now located. The Gorhams were wealthy people and had no children so they used their money wisely and in most cases invested it in the education system in Liverpool. It was written that by the 1950s the first Gorham School had 2 classrooms and was heated with hot water heat. It was not in the best condition at that time and the future of the building did not look promising. In the later 1960's the school was demolished and a new building was constructed by the Liverpool Lions Club which was the new Girl Guide Hall. The Lions Club use the basement for their affairs, while the Girl Guides use the upstairs. The building was built by Mosher and Rawding, the size of the new building 30 x 50 at a cost of $25,000. It officially opened in February 1970.
|Gorham School - corner of Church and Gorham Streets|
The Gorhams left their mark in Liverpool. The had the school named in their honor and later the Gorham School on Payzant Street named for them. They also have Gorham Street named after them and there was also Gorham College which I will write about in another story later. There was also Gorham Memorial Library on Gorham Street where Butch Cook and Sons have their business. Next to the Cooks building is a fenced in area where there are 2 gravestones which are the gravesites for James and Jedidah Gorham.
|The Liverpool Girl Guide Hall in 1996.|
|More's Parade Store in 1958|
|Taken from the Liverpool Advance - September 2, 1970 Issue|
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
In November 1914, the J. Snow and Henderson store opened to the public. Just two months later, in February 1915, new ownership changed the name to Henderson and Inness, a name which remained until 1963. After 1963, it was known as Henderson's Hardware. Gordon Henderson operated the store for many years and Ed Schrader was employed there for many years. Hugh Mosher was manager of the store in it's final years and I remember Dot Lohnes working there when I was just a kid and had gone in to buy nails. In December 1978, Henderson's Hardware closed it's doors and the adjoining Scotia Bank began renovations to enlarge their existing bank into the Henderson's Hardware section. In the early 1990's Scotia Bank gave the bank a major face lift completely renovating the exterior. Looking at the outside of the bank today, you would never know the hardware store ever existed.
|The first Stedmans Store on Main Street|
|Removing the Stedman Store sign in December 1989|
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
The first Parade School was located at the corner of Main and Brunswick Streets. It was a one room classroom and had been used for many years as a school. By the 1950s it was abandoned as a school because it was too small to house the number of children that were attending school. Another Parade School was built across the street where the Liverpool Fire Hall is now located. (Photos of that school can be seen by checking out the Liverpool Fire Hall story on my blog.) The first Parade School was in operation as early as 1854 and the building remained there until the Town of Liverpool demolished it in 1991. I personally have no memory of the building being a school. In my younger days it was used to house some heavy equipment for the town and the last years it was used for storing salt that was used in the winter for slippery highways. The style of this school was common, the Western Head and Mersey Point Schools looked very similar. If anyone has memories of this building from the days when it was a school, your comments are welcomed. All of us would love to know who taught there and what years you may have attended this school.
Friday, 21 October 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
|Thomas Raddall Research Center - Photo taken from the Internet|
|The Second Parade School - site of the Liverpool Fire Hall|
The Liverpool Fire Hall was located on Main Street in Liverpool for many years where Main Street Kwik Way is presently located, but in the 1970's plans were made to build a new fire hall. Further up the street at the corner of Main St. and what was then Shipyard Lane, stood an old school in an area of Liverpool known as the Parade. The building had not been used as a school for years so the Town of Liverpool Public Works Department used the old red brick building. Large equipment, plows, and trucks were a common sight behind the old school. But around the mid 1970's the building was demolished to make way for a new Fire Hall. The new fire hall was much larger and very modern, compared to the previous building and besides having an area to keep the fire trucks and ambulance, it also had a Firemen's club house upstairs and a kitchen and an area to hold functions, dances, etc. downstairs. The building was originally 2 colors. I believe the area where the fire trucks were kept was green and the area of the building where the hall area is, was yellow but several years ago the entire building was painted blue. The kitchen was moved to the rear of the building to a larger area and some years ago a monument was added at the front of the building with the names of departed Firemen and Ladies Aux.
|The Liverpool Fire Hall in October 2011|
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Donald MacLeod owned and operated MacLeod's Service Station on the East side of Milton near the entrance of Morton Street for 32 years, retiring in 1977. He built the garage in 1945 and at that time there were no gas pumps, he just did vehicle repairs. After Don retired, his son Phil took over the business as well as Don's oil delivery business. Larry Weagle worked there as a mechanic for many years and when Phil decided it was time to retire from the Service Station business, Larry and his wife Joan took it over. The business closed in 1993 and the building was demolished. Now the lot is vacant and has been for almost 20 years. Hard to believe it's been that long. I recall going there with my dad to get gas when I was just a kid. Brian Fralic worked there pumping gas as I recall. The place was a hang out for the local old fellas and some not so old. Phil MacLeod passed away a few years ago, and though I didn't know his dad, Donald, I did know Phil well. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Phil's son Wade followed in the footsteps of his dad and grandfather and has taken over MacLeod's Fuels and his oil truck is a common sight around the Liverpool area.
|The hall after completion|
|Building the Milton Hall|
The last years I donated my money to their cause by going to bingo with my mom. Haven't been there since July and I miss the gang from Monday night Bingo but hope to see them all real soon!