Brooklyn Avenue: Stories by the number: 1 Brooklyn Apts #4

By Joanne Doucette ( A Ghostly Voice From his military records:Name:  Reginald Chester Pelham Medhurst Rank:                                    Flying OfficerDeath Age:                           27Birth Year:                             abt 1917Death Date:                          13 Apr 1944Military Base:                        Lissett, Yorkshire, EnglandService Number:                    J23727Unit:                                     1663 Heavy Conversion Unit, attached from 158 SquadronCommand:                            Bomber CommandShip [Airplane]:                     Handley Page Halifax VOccupation:                          Air BomberCasualty:                              Killed whilst flyingResidence Place:                  Toronto,Continue reading “Brooklyn Avenue: Stories by the number: 1 Brooklyn Apts #4”

Brooklyn Avenue: Some Resources from the Early Days of the Street (Updatd October 22, 2022)

By Joanne Doucette ( This post includes: The Owners & Developers In 1884 when the area was still Leslieville there was no Brooklyn Avenue and it is not listed in the 1885 Polk’s City Directory or the 1886 Polk’s City Directory.  A real estate company owned by James Armstrong and John J. Cook sold mostContinue reading “Brooklyn Avenue: Some Resources from the Early Days of the Street (Updatd October 22, 2022)”

Building Leslie Gardens

From 1836 to 1837 workers had straightened and planked the Kingston Road. It became a toll road, providing a reasonably good route for transporting products in and out of Toronto. Here, in 1842, Scottish gardener and tree grower, George Leslie, leased 20 acres of land from Charles Coxwell Small for a 21-year term. George’s landlord,Continue reading “Building Leslie Gardens”