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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One thought on “Craven Road: By The Numbers

  1. My great Grandmother is the ” Missing girl Jenny Smith ” at 829 craven road. I have her on the 1921 census with her family at this address 🙂

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