Police court

A regular feature of Toronto Daily Star editions of a certain age were the Women’s Police Court and Men’s Police Court summaries. I’m not entirely sure what the difference was between women’s police court and men’s police court, as sometimes men appeared in the women’s court and vice versa, but there you go.

Here’s the first part of the Men’s Police Court article for the April 16 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, in which a woman was on trial for selling liquor, and a man was on trial for buying it.


It seemed a little unfair to send the woman to jail but let the man off. I suppose that actually selling the liquor might be a more severe offense. Or this might just be plain old sexism.

The 1930 and 1931 Toronto city directories list Harry Stamer at 79 Wolseley. I have no idea whether the “Jennie Staiman” mentioned in this article was really Jennie Stamer.

Here’s the start of the Women’s Police Court article:


I’m not surprised that the neighbours didn’t like it when their windows were smashed.

The 1930 Toronto city directory lists a Mrs. Agnes Churchill at 25 Otter Avenue. This might be the same person as the window-smasher, or might not – if there was a Mr. Churchill currently living, the listing would be under his name, not hers (again, sexism).

Otter Avenue no longer exists – it was northeast of Parliament and Dundas, and was removed when Regent Park was developed after the Second World War.

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