Lady Lindsay, arrived, recently

Here’s a picture from the photo page of the March 24 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star whose caption, might, have, contained, an, extra, comma, or two:

Elizabeth Sherman Lindsay (1885-1954) was a grandniece of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. She became a landscape gardener at a time when this was an occupation that was not normally open to women, and she was also a leading figure in the American Red Cross during the First World War.

Ronald Lindsay (1877-1945) was a career British diplomat. He had previously been the ambassador to Turkey and Germany before being appointed the ambassador to the United States. He stayed in the post until 1939, an unusually long tenure for an ambassador; apparently, he was quite good at the job. When he returned to England, his wife was unable to join him due to wartime travel restrictions and her own poor health.

Sir Ronald seems to have had a fondness for grandnieces of William Tecumseh Sherman. He married Martha Cameron in 1909; she passed away in 1918. He then married her cousin, born Elizabeth Sherman Hoyt and pictured here, in 1924.


Snubbed by society

Here’s a bit of filler from the March 24 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a woman who was snubbed by Cleveland society.

The Midwest Guest blog has an article on Jimmy and Laura Mae Corrigan. She had inherited her husband’s fortune when he unexpectedly dropped dead in 1928. After returning to England, she lived on an income of $800,000 a year in London during the 1930s.

When war broke out, Mrs. Corrigan raised enough money for wartime relief efforts that she earned the nickname “The American Angel”. After the war, England awarded her the King’s Medal, and France honoured her with the Croix de Guerre, Legion of Honor, and Croix de Combattant. She passed away in 1948, and is buried in the same Cleveland cemetery as John D. Rockefeller.


H-E-double hockey sticks

Here’s a two-part article from the March 24 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star in which various people interviewed by the paper condemned the use of the word “hell” in the House of Commons.

The people who were opposed to the use of the H-word seem to have been divided into those who thought it was blasphemous and those who thought it was just plain vulgar. But no one seemed to think it was a big deal to be using this word in the newspaper.


Interesting photographic study

I’ve seen this several times before, but I’m still astonished that newspapers from the 1930s would publish photographs of girls and young women and include their names and addresses. Weren’t there stalkers back in those days?

Anyway, here’s a photograph of twin girls that appeared in the March 24 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

When I looked in the 1930 Toronto city directory, I discovered that the caption had their surname wrong. G. Douglas Wilson is listed at 21 Parkwood Avenue, and was the managing director of the Bowes Company, Limited. You’d think that the paper would have gotten this right, as the very same edition had a photograph of Mr. Wilson being honoured by his company:

Moving forward:

  • By 1935, the Wilsons had moved to 16 Elderwood Drive in Forest Hill.
  • By 1940, Mr. Wilson was the head of his own firm, the appropriately named G. D. Wilson & Company Limited, which had a bold-face listing in the directory. Their line of work was bakers and confectioners supplies. He was still at 16 Elderwood Drive.
  • By now, Mary and Isabelle are old enough to have listings of their own: Mary D. Wilson is working as a clerk at Imperial Life, and Isabelle has no listed occupation.
  • In 1945, the G. D. Wilson & Company firm was still going strong. The twins are still living at home. Isabelle C. Wilson is listed as a stenographer at her father’s firm, and Mary D. is still at Imperial Life.
  • The listings were the same for 1950 and 1955 as well: the firm was still going, and the sisters were still at 16 Elderwood in their same jobs.
  • The 1960 directory finally brought change. G. Douglas Wilson is listed as “with” G. D. Wilson & Co., which suggests that he was semi-retired. There is no listing for Isabelle, and there is no listing for Mary at 16 Elderwood (she has a common name, so it was difficult to trace). This suggests that the sisters had gotten married and thus disappeared from the city directory.
  • By 1965, the last year that I checked, G. D. Wilson was listed at 16 Elderwood with no occupation, which suggests that he had retired. The G. D. Wilson Company was now the Bakery Division of Rose & Laflamme, Limited. Isabelle and Mary were not listed.

16 Elderwood Drive still stands. It doesn’t appear to have changed much over the years.


Showing up nicely

We’re getting closer to the start of the baseball season, so this photograph from the March 24 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star seems relevant:

There was a Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team before there was a hockey team of the same name. The baseball Maple Leafs played in the Eastern League from 1902 to 1911 (and briefly in 1899). Moving to the International League, the Maple Leafs existed until 1967.

Robert Petrie did become a member of the Maple Leafs in 1930, but it doesn’t look like he made the starting lineup: he appeared in 63 of the team’s 139 games, sometimes as a pinch-hitter, and batted .259. He played for two International League teams in 1931 – Reading and Jersey City – but then disappeared from organized baseball and from history.

In more recent times, the name “Robert Petrie” was more commonly associated with The Dick Van Dyke Show.


Cooking school winners

The March 19 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained some articles and advertisements related to a cooking school that the paper had recently sponsored. Firms that participated in or sponsored the cooking school raffled off prizes that could be won by attendees.

Here’s the results of one raffle:

Rosemounts (or Rosemounts Registered, as they were officially then known), was a jewellery store. In 1938, they had two locations: 280 Yonge and 1048 Bloor West. The Yonge Street location was gone by 1948, but the 1048 Bloor West location remained in business into the 1960s – it was listed in the 1963 directory, but not in 1968.

And here’s a photograph of a woman who was lucky enough to win the stove that was used during the cooking school:

According to the 1938 Toronto city directory, Thomas Cade was living at 255 Wellesley Street when his wife won the range. He had no listed occupation in the directory. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he was unemployed; but, if he was, I’m sure he was grateful that his spouse had struck it lucky.

I wasn’t able to trace the Cade family after that. There is a Thomas I. Cade in the 1939 directory, working as a “stkpr” (my best guess is stockkeeper) at Lever Brothers and living on Maitland Street, but I have no idea if this was the same person. Thomas I. Cade is listed as being on active service in 1941, but is not listed in the 1943 directory.

I also briefly looked up W. J. Packham, the man who presented the stove to Mrs. Cade. He is listed in the 1938 directory as a divisional manager at Canadian General Electric, living at 11A Bingham Avenue. I checked ten years later, and he was listed as an appliance sales manager at CGE and living on Chaplin Crescent in Forest Hill. I didn’t trace him after that.


For monthly lessons

Here’s a photograph from the March 19 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of two brothers who travelled a long way once a month for music lessons.

Elsas, Ontario, is an unincorporated town near Kapuskasing. It hosted a Continental Wood Products Corporation mill between 1920 and 1928; the town was named after CWPC’s president, Herman Elsas.

It’s quite a trip from Elsas to Toronto. Nowadays, it takes 12 hours and 44 minutes to drive between them. The railway that would have taken the brothers to the city would have travelled on a slightly straighter route; still, it’s a very long trip to take, and it showed that the Wilcox brothers (or their parents) were seriously committed to music.

Google searches for the brothers didn’t turn up anything; they never made a career in music. Since Werdin Wilcox had an unusual first name, I was hoping to at least find out something about him, but unfortunately he appears to be lost to history.


Ten $20 bills

The March 19 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of a boxer who was willing to bet up to $200 that he would win his upcoming fight.

If Mr. Gaudes had been able to wager all or part of this money on himself, it would have paid off: as it turned out, he did beat his opponent, Baby Yack, in their upcoming boxing match on March 31. In fact, he beat Mr. Yack three times that year: in this match, in a rematch three weeks later, and one final time on November 7th.

I couldn’t find anything on Mr. Gaudes other than his professional boxing record. He continued fighting up until 1941, and then resumed his career after the war, retiring from boxing in 1947. He passed away in 1963 at the age of 52.

I found out a bit more about Baby Yack, whose given name was Benjamin Norman Yackubowitz. He won 90 out of 100 fights as an amateur bantamweight boxer. Along with another Jewish boxer from Toronto, Sammy Luftspring, he passed up the 1936 Olympics in Germany in favour of a People’s Olympics in Barcelona. The Spanish Civil War caused these games to be cancelled and left the two men stranded in Spain.

Eventually returning home, Mr. Yack turned pro and appeared in 37 bouts between 1937 and 1939. He passed away in 1987.

At the time of his first fight with Mr. Gaudes, it’s not surprising that the experts predicted that Mr. Yack would win: he had won 15 of his 17 pro fights up to that time, losing one on points and another on a split decision. Mr. Gaudes’s record leading up to their fight was a bit more uneven: he had recently beaten Mog Mason and Jimmy “Babe” McCusker, but had drawn with Jackie Rodgers and lost to Georgie Pace.


Observed the 51st anniversary

Here’s a photograph from the March 16 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a couple who had just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.

As usual when I see one of these, I indulge my morbid curiosity and look the couple up in the Toronto city directories to see how long they lasted. In this case, it’s impossible to tell, as it looks like Mrs. Exley predeceased her husband. He appears in city directories up until 1935, but is not listed in 1936.

When I looked up 364 Concord Avenue in the Streets section of the 1936 directory, the owner was listed as Frank W. Newberry, whose wife was one of the Exleys’ daughters mentioned in the photo caption above. So I guess they got the house. Charles Exley, the son mentioned in the caption, is listed as working as a butler, so I suppose that he already had a place to live.

364 Concord Avenue appears to be still standing today – it’s a semi-detached house near Bloor and Ossington.


Played part of Prince

Here’s a photo from the March 16 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a well-dressed young boy who was asked to play the part of the Prince of Wales in a parade in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Out of curiosity, I looked the Goldring family up in the Toronto city directories. They don’t appear to have remained in Toronto long: the 1928 and 1929 directories list John. E. Goldring as a comptroller at Simpson’s and living at 28 Wychwood Park. The 1930 directory lists John C. Goldring with no occupation at that address; this appears to be a typo, as the Streets listing for 28 Wychwood Park still has John E. Goldring. The 1931 directory does not list him.

A Google search for Elmer Goldring turned up this entry on an ancestry website. If this is him, he was 14 at the time he was asked to impersonate the Prince, and he passed away in 1995.