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Craven Road: By The Numbers

19090101 Goad's Atlas 1908

City of Toronto Directory 1908

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.

19100101 Toronto City Directory 1909

1909 City of Toronto Directiory

19130101 Goad's Atlas 1912

1913 City of Toronto Directory

19150101 Goad's Atlas 1914

1915 City of Toronto Directory

19220101 Toronto City Directory 1921

1921 City of Toronto Directory

 

1 CR 19111023TS Lost Fox Terrier

1 Erie Terrace October 23, 1911 The Toronto Star

Steele Briggs

Steele Briggs catalogue, 1896.

19221028TARCH Queen St E Melba Theatre also known as Roxy photo by Alfred Pearson

Melba Theatre also known as the Roxy Theatre. Photo by Alfred Pearson, City of Toronto Archives.

19250520GL Theatre Queen and Craven

Globe, May 20, 1925

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: http://www.tobuilt.ca/php/tobuildings_more.php?search_fd3=5564

 

7 CR 19170308GL Horses for sale

7 Erie Terrace  March 8, 1917, Globe

7 CR 19170331TS Queen and Golden Glow horses 7 Erie terrace

7 Erie Terrace  Globe, March 31, 1917

7 Craven Road

7 CR 19441205GM Coles KIA

7 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Dec. 5, 1944

 

15 CR 19190630GL Accident blamed on streetcar strike

15 Erie Terrace Globe, June 30, 1919

17 CR 19150517GL Evangelism

17 Erie Terrace  Globe, May 17, 1915

25 CR 19180624TS Tobin wounded

25 Erie Terrace Globe June 24, 1918

27 CR 19281029GL Child injured piggy back

27 Craven Road  Globe, Aug. 29, 1928

33 CR 19140817GL Drowning Small's Pond

33 Erie Terrace – Globe, Aug. 17, 1914

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star Sept 2 1919

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star Sept 2 1919

47 CR 19190902TS Middle baby Albert Thompson

47 Erie Terrace The Baby Contest at the Exhibition Globe, Sept. 2, 1919 Baby Albert Thompson in the middle

47 CR 19190902GL Baby Contest

47 Erie Terrace The Baby Contest at the Exhibition

19200115TS Victim of misfortune fire Erie terrace

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Jan 15, 1920

19200115TS Victim of misfortune fire Erie terrace1

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Jan 15, 1920

19200115TS Victim of misfortune fire Erie terrace3

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Jan 15, 1920

19200209TS Subscription for Earl Thompson

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Feb. 9, 1920

19200326TS Blind Man in New Home

47 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, March 26, 1920

51 CR 19190725GL Men off the Regina

51 Erie Terrace Globe, July 25, 1919 Returning soldiers at the end of World War One. These men arrived in Halifax or Quebec by troop ships and then took the train to Toronto. They arrived at the North Toronto Station on Yonge Street, now an LCBO outlet. Here they were met by cheering crowds, including many wives and children.

51 CR 19370507TS Negro Progressive Club

51 Craven Road Toronto Star, May 7, 1937

53 CR 19290911GL Thief Craven Rd

53 Craven Road Globe, Sept. 11, 1929

59 CR 19430717GM Injured playing with bullets

59 Craven Road Globe and Mail, July 17, 1943

69 CR 19260930GL obit

69 Craven Road Globe, Sept. 30, 1926

83 CR 19121116TS One hundred fifty dollars New house

83 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Nov. 16, 1912

89 CR 19140424GL Football

89 Craven Road Globe, April 24, 1914

91 CR 19140316GL Piano mover injured

91 Erie Terrace Globe, March 16, 1914

109 CR 19130623GL Aiken explosion fog torpedo

109 Erie Terrace Globe, June 23, 1913

111 CR 19341117GL Grieg family 5 generations

111 Craven Road Globe, Nov. 17, 1934

113 CR 19180218TS Returning vet Smith child dead

City of Toronto Directory 1908

119 CR 20091017FM House for sale

119 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Oct. 17, 2009

19390708GL Heat wave death

129 Craven Road Globe and Mail, July 8, 1939

 

155 CR 19180129GL Streetcars collide

155 Erie Terrace Globe, Jan. 29, 1918

167 CR 19351014GL Out of work tried suicide

167 Craven Road Globe, Oct. 14, 1935

173 19230601GL Wilson obit

173 Erie Terrace Globe, June 1, 1923

181 CR 19441116GM Coltman KIA

151 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Nov. 16, 1944

217 CR 19441128GM Myles KIA 1

217 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Nov. 28, 1944

217 CR 19441128GM Myles KIA 2

217 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Nov. 28, 1944

221 CR 19330628GL Tire thieves

221 Craven Road Globe, June 28, 1933

267 Erie Terrace Hugh Garner221 Erie Terrace. Hugh Garner also lived at 267 Erie Terrace.

225 CR 19260104GL Hold up corrected

225 Craven Road Globe, Jan. 4, 1926

225 CR 19260104GL Hold up2

225 Craven Road Globe, Jan. 4, 1926

233 CR 19151116GL Men on the Metagama wounded

233 Erie Terrace Globe, Nov. 16, 1915 These soldiers are returning because they “caught a Blighty”. In other words they were so seriously wounded that they had to be evacuated to hospitals in Britain (Blighty). These men came on a hospital ship home. One of the myths historians used to promote was that the average man or woman had no real idea of what was going on in the trenches. This reflects a certain contempt for uneducated people. However, letters from overseas snuck by the censors, returning soldiers told stories like these and, above all, the casualty lists spoke for themselves. And still men enlisted.

237 CR 19120326GL Boy loses foot

237 Erie Terrace Globe, March 26, 1912

247 CR 19550425GM Winner Dominion stores contest

247 Craven Road Globe and Mail, April 25, 1955

247 CR 19550425GM Winner Dominion stores contest2

247 Craven Road Globe and Mail, April 25, 1955 The Magic Words: “Dominion Stores, Stokely’s Honeypod Peas”.

249 CR 19320423GL Mortgage sale

249 Craven Road Globe, April 23, 1932

 

259 CR 19240407GL Dexter dies gas fumes

259 Craven Road, Globe, April 7, 1924

259 CR 19240408GL Obit

259 Craven Road Globe, April 8, 1924

267 Erie Terrace Hugh Garner

267 Erie Terrace. Hugh Garner also lived at 221 Erie Terrace.

281 CR 19180405TS Why Pay Rent

City of Toronto Directory 1908

 

283 CR 19161201 Threlfall info

283 Erie Terrace George Threlfall died of influenza in a Halifax hospital on Dec. 1, 1916

285 CR 19180405TS Why Pay Rent

281 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, April 5, 1918

307 CR 19280904GL Canadian Babyhoodfinal

307 Craven Road Globe, September 4, 1928

19280903TARCH CNE Baby Show Muriel Evans 807 Craven Rd 2

Toronto Archives, September, 1928 Baby Muriel Evans

19280903TARCH CNE Baby Show Muriel Evans 807 Craven Rd

Toronto Archives, September, 1928 Baby Muriel Evans

315 CR 19770809GM Loses life savings

315 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Aug. 9, 1977 Note that there are three families living here plus a roomer.

325 CR 19181008 J Hansen KIA

325 Erie Terrace J. Hanson killed in Action, Oct. 8, 1918

329 CR 19230618GL Confidence man

329 Erie Terrace Globe, June 18, 1923

333 CR 19190910GL Building Permits

333 and 335 Erie Terrace, Sept. 10, 1919

385 CR 19290821GL Gangs fight girls baseball game1

385 CR 19290821GL Gangs fight girls baseball game2

385 Craven Road Globe, Aug. 21, 1929

403 CR 19281119GL Man injured on bike

403 Craven Road Globe, Nov. 19, 1928

407 CR 19370312GM Veteran obit

407 Craven Road March 12, 1937 Many veterans of World War One died prematurely as a result of their wounds, of being gassed and of the sheer stress and misery of the trenches.

411 CR 19161020TS William Jones wounded

411 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Oct. 20, 1916 William Jones died from his wounds.

19161024TS William Jones killed

411 CR 19360409GM Welfare cheat

411 Craven Road Globe and Mail, April 9, 1936

417 CR 19180401TS Willie Clare Erie Terrace child injured

417 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, April 1, 1918

417 CR 19220718GL Gladys Durant runaway

417 Erie Terrace, Globe, July 18, 1922

 

435 CR 19190206 Fitzgerald Vet Home Erie Terrace

435 Erie Terrace, Feb. 2, 1919 Pte. Fitzgerald also suffered badly from “shell shock”.

437 CR 19421216GM Dieppe Casualties

437 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Dec. 16, 1942 William Albert Rutherford Killed in Action

441 CR 19161024GL Casualties2

441 Erie Terrace, Globe, Oct. 24, 1916

447 CR 19160317 William Clare KIA

447 Erie Terrace (The family is also listed at 417 Erie Terrace) William Clare, with his flaming red hair, freckles and blues eyes, was a hard working man much loved in the neighbourhood. The boys were photographed in the Roden School playground.

449 CR 19160616GL Canadian Casualties2

449 Erie Terrace Globe, June 16, 1916

461 CR 19171016TS Pvt Wilks Dead 461 Erie terrace

461 Erie Terrace, Toronto Star, October 16, 1917

465 CR 19241213GL Hockey

465 Craven Road Globe, Dec. 13, 1924 The T.H.L. was the Toronto Hockey League.

465 CR 19430619GM Sold

465 Craven Road, Globe and Mail, June 19, 1934

487 CR 19311001GL Juvenile delinquents

487 Craven Road, Globe, Oct, 1, 1931

19401204GM Women clear snow Gerrard

19230719GL Ice service station

Globe, July 17, 1923 The Udupe Palace occupies the site of this gas and ice service station at the north east corner of Gerrard and Craven Road. Most households did not have electric refrigerators yet — only ice boxes.

19540517GM Garage Gerrard and Craven

Garage Gerrard and Craven Globe and Mail, May 17, 1954

507 CR 19290319GL Child head injuries

507 Craven Road, Globe, March 19, 1929

519 CR 19190617GL Men off the Royal George2

519 Erie Terrace Globe, June 17, 1919 Returning soldiers off the troopship Royal George

523 CR 19210205GL Inquest W W Ward

523 Erie Terrace Globe, Feb. 5, 1921 The veterans looked out for each other and felt that William Walter Ward had not received adequate medical treatment.

532 CR 19210203GL Death Walter Ward

523 Erie Terrace Globe, Oct. 20, 1921 A starving veteran had to walk to the hospital when both the ambulance and the doctor refused to come. This was long before OHIP (introduced 1963).

525 CR 19391219GM Mortgage Sale

525 Craven Road, Globe and Mail, Dec. 19, 1939 The Great Depression did not really end until the Second World War was well underway. Munitions plants and other war time industries created virtually full employment, often with good wages. However, this drew in many from outside of Toronto and created a housing crisis.

529 CR 19181024TS Blind man helps Mrs Hunter W Priestly

539 Erie Terrace Newspaper seller William Priestly had a booth at Greenwood and Gerrard where he sold newspapers and magazines. Blind men often ran newstands and after World War One they banded together to form the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). The CNIB trained veterans to become news agents. Neighbours rallied behind William Priestly and C. Lightfoot to help Phoebe Hunter and her children after the death of Harry Hunter from the Spanish Flu. Toronto Star, Oct. 24, 1918

529 CR 19181127TS Hunter 539 Erie Terrace

539 Erie Terrace Home the Hunter Family. A call for volunteers to help finish the house that “love built” at 617 Erie Terrace. Toronto Star, November 27, 1919

539 CR 19460925GM Wilson birth announcement

539 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Sept. 25, 1946

551 CR 19160706GL Moore casualty

551 Erie Terrace Globe, July 6, 1916

551 CR 19160706TS George Moore dies

551 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, July 6, 1916

551 CR 19170828TS Moore Family

551 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Aug. 28, 1917

551 CR 19171022TS H W Farrow

551 Erie Terrace, Toronto Star, Oct. 22, 1917

557 CR 19250514GL Concussion ball game

557 Craven Road Globe, May 14, 1925

557 CR 19350506GL Obstructing police

557 Craven Road Globe, May 6, 1935 Neighbours, like the Powells, stood up for each other. The police often laid a heavy hand on the people of Craven Road, often unfairly. Poor people in neighbourhoods with reputations like Craven’s often found themselves on the receiving end of a police night stick.

569 CR 19371216GM For rent 16 a month

569 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Dec. 16, 1937 $16 a month rent.

573 CR 19240814GL Trampled by horse

573 Craven Road Globe, Aug. 14, 1924

593 CR 19430723GM Injured in fall

593 Craven Road Globe and Mail, July 23, 1943

617 CR 19190116TS Mrs Hunter

595 Erie Terrace home of everyday hero W. Priestly  Toronto Star, Jan. 16, 1919

615 CR 19280910GL Obit

615 Craven Road, Sept. 10, 1928

617 CR 19181216TS Mrs Hunter Building Permit

617 Craven Road Toronto Star, Dec. 16, 1918 Building permit for a new home to cost $1,500.

617 CR 19190116TS Mrs Hunter

617 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Jan. 16, 1919

617 CR 19190117TS Hunter House

Toronto Star, Jan. 17, 1919

617 CR 19231015GL Theft Auto Tires

617 Erie Terrace Globe, Oct. 15, 1923

619 CR 19181108TS Sgt Blenkhorn ill

619 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, Nov. 8, 1918

681 CR 19450405GM Died of injuries Pte Lucas

681 Craven Road Globe and Mail, April 5, 1945

703 CR 19500712GM Landlord charged excessive rents

703 Craven Road, Globe and Mail, July 12, 1950

739 CR 19300811GL Woman run down

739 Craven Road Globe, Aug. 11, 1930

739 CR 19430828GM 739 Craven sold

739 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Aug. 28, 1943

743 CR 19330518TS Bailiffs repulsed by 50 veterans

743 Craven Road, Toronto Star, May 18, 1933

759 CR 19190113TS Returning soldiers woundedB

759 Erie Terrace Last paragraph – Little Erin Boyd has never seen his dad. Toronto Star, Jan. 13, 1919

763 CR 19170427GL Child hurt on tracks

763 Erie Terrace Globe, April 27, 1917

 

763 CR 19340302GL Wife beating

763 Craven Road Globe and Mail, March 2, 1934

775 CR 19170504TS James Dell

775 Erie Terrace Toronto Star, May 4, 1917

 

775 CR 19221223GL Judicial sale

775 Erie Terrace Globe, Dec. 23, 1922 The house is “a detached frame, tar-paper-coverd dwelling house”. Note: “The chicken house at the rear of the lot does not form part of the subject matter of the sale.”

777 CR 19820608GM Sale by Tender City of Toronto

777 Craven Road Globe and Mail, June 8, 1982

 

785 CR 19180831GL Casualties5

785 Erie Terrace Globe, Aug. 31, 1918 The use of chlorine gas and mustard gas so damaged the soldiers’ lungs and hearts that many died “before their time” or were disabled for the rest of their lives. Many died of lung cancer.

785 CR 19221208GL Real estate sales

785 Erie Terrace Globe, Dec. 8, 1922

799 CR 19240828GL Man hit by train

799 Craven Road Globe, Aug. 28, 1924

821 CR 19171102GL Casualties

821 Erie Terrace Globe, Nov. 2, 1917

825 CR 19160930GL Courcelette casualties1

825 Erie Terrace Globe, September 30, 1916 After the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the casualties covered pages of newspapers. For more info go to: http://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/battles-and-fighting/land-battles/courcelette/

827 CR 19560104GM Quieting Titles Act

827 Craven Road Globe and Mail, Jan 4, 1956

829 CR 19220707GL Jenny Smith missing

829 Erie Terrace Globe, July 7, 1922

1031 CR 19261022GL Bookie arrested

1031 Craven Road Globe, Oct. 22, 1926 Craven Road seems to have had an unusually large number of bookies and bootleggers. I have only included a few examples of the criminal activity reported but it would be fair to say that Craven Road’s reputation wasn’t entirely unearned.

1049 CR 19250915GL Chloroformed and beat mother in law

1049 Craven Road Globe, Sept. 15, 1925

1069 CR 19181221GL Police help Erie Terrace boy hit by streetcar

1069 Erie Terrace Globe, Dec. 21, 1918

 

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