Both lose permits

Here’s an article from the January 13 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, describing a situation where the police found more beer at somebody’s house than was allowed back in those days:


At the time, Ontario citizens were allowed to buy liquor only if they had received a permit from the province; these permits existed from when the Liquor Control Board of Ontario was formed in 1927 until 1962. The liquor permit enabled LCBO employees to monitor each individual’s liquor consumption and deny a sale if, in the employee’s opinion, it was too much alcohol for one person to consume. The permit could be revoked at any time (as in this article).

Out of curiosity (because it’s the sort of thing I do), I traced Mrs. Roy Benjamin of 43 Elm Street in the Toronto city directories:

  • She first appears in the 1923 city directory at 33 Elm, as the widow of Abraham Benjamin; her name is listed as Rachel Benjamin.
  • By 1928, she was listed as Rachael Benjamin, at 43 Elm; her widow status was not displayed.
  • The 1930 directory lists her at 43 Elm, and once again refers to her as the widow of Abraham.
  • By 1931, she is gone. George McKinlay, a shoe repairman, was now at 43 Elm.

I’m not sure where the “Roy” part of the name came from – perhaps she was living with someone named Roy, or perhaps the Star just got it wrong.

By the way, 43 Elm Street still stands – it’s now the Elm Tree Restaurant.

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