Month: May 2016

Morse Street: By The Numbers

Morse Street opens and first house built Globe July 24 1883 Morse Street John Brickenden lived on Morse Street. Toronto Star March 11, 1899 The Brickendens were well known butchers, carriage makers and builders. Alderman Stewart lived on Morse Street and improved his grounds and painted his house in 1894. Toronto Star July 27, 1899 Before the soap factories, tanneries and other heavy industries moved in on Eastern Avenue, Morse Street was a desirable middle class location. “There is considerable stir in real estate east of the Don.” George C. Gilmore purchased 102 Morse and a Mr. Tarlton bought 111 Morse for their own residences. Toronto Star Oct. 25, 1900 The population in the area around Morse Avenue boomed in the 1890s as heavy industry moved in and workers came to be near their job sites. Referring to schools, the Toronto Star noted, “The most crowded districts in the city are east of the Don, and in the neighborhood of the Gladstone avenue school.” Toronto Star March 12, 1901 ”A progressive euchre party was given by Mr. Wm. Booth, …

Craven Road: By The Numbers

Erie Terrace was renamed Craven Road officially in 1924. There were houses on the street from the spring of 1906 onwards, but the Directory canvassers did not cover them. They probably thought the shacks not worthy of mention. Each Directory reflects the year before its publication date. So the 1908 Directory reflects the street as it was in 1907.   My apologies, dear readers, number 5 is not the Shim-Sutcliffe House, not 1007 Craven Road IS! I really must get to the other side of the tracks more often! For more about the Shim-Sutcliffe house go to:     17 Erie Terrace  Globe, May 17, 1915   221 Erie Terrace. Hugh Garner also lived at 267 Erie Terrace.       595 Erie Terrace home of everyday hero W. Priestly  Toronto Star, Jan. 16, 1919        

The Fence

THE FENCE   How did the Craven Road fence come to be? Why is it there? What is the big deal anyway? Fences go back to the first settlers. They brought the idea of the fence with them, splitting cedar stumps to make rail fences that snaked over the landscape, cutting the earth into neat rectangles and walling out the forest with stout barriers made of the giant stumps of the White pines they destroyed for their fields and for the masts of the British navy. The Ashbridge Estate stretched from Queen Street to Danforth Avenue and Ashbridges Creek flowed through it down to Ashbridge’s Bay. The Ashbridges lined the creek with fences to keep the cattle from polluting the water. What is now Craven Road was part of Lot 8, a long north south field running from Kingston Rd to Danforth (1st Concession), part of the original grant to the Ashbridges Family and their kin.       The first 200 feet east of Greenwood Avenue and the land west of it to Danforth …