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Seriously injured pushing firewood

The October 19 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this article about an unfortunate man who was hit by a car:

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I looked in the Toronto city directories to try to find the unfortunate Mr. Champion, and almost certainly drew a blank. I couldn’t find him in the 1932, 1933, or 1934 city directory, and trying 1935 also turned up nothing.

In 1933 and 1934, 43 Sutton Avenue (not Street) was occupied by George Cox and Thomas W. Gale, respectively. In 1932, many houses on the street were listed as vacant, which suggests that the street was newly-built at that time.

I did find a William Champion working as a laborer in the 1930 and 1931 directories, but I have no idea if this is the same one. Perhaps he had such bad luck with injuries after 1932 that he wasn’t at any place long enough to register in the city directories. It’s ominous that he doesn’t appear in the 1934 and 1935 directories – let’s hope that he just moved out of town, away from a place where motor cars don’t constantly hit you.

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