By Glenn Cochrane and Jean Cochrane
From Kingston street all the way down to the water, the seashore is a Toronto oasis the place the boardwalk stretches alongside the lake to create a peaceful, outdoors surroundings not like that of the other a part of town. This own tackle the neighborhood’s charms issues to the streets and shops—busy with pedestrians, canines, and strollers—and the incredible summer time scene, that includes picnickers, sunbathers, and outside activities lovers from world wide. Rounding out this pleasant guidebook are lighthearted historic asides and pictures from the final 4 a long time.
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Ames began acquiring large tracts of land in the Queen Street area. Eventually the north end of his holdings KINGSTON ROAD Kingston Road near Silver Birch in 1922. Horses did all of the heavy work in the old days. stretched south of Kingston Road from Beech Avenue to Lee Avenue. In 1909, Ames and his father-in-law began subdividing the property, but there were several restrictions placed on the type of development allowed. Apartment buildings were not permitted, and with the exception of the lots on Kingston Road, houses were to be detached, made of bricks, stone, or cement, to cost no less than $5,500, and have 30-foot frontages.
Kingston Road also had a lively and competitive entertainment component. Movie houses staged audience-attracting events such as lucky draws, and Saturday afternoon film fare always included at least one cartoon and a serial. The Manor Theatre had a kid’s program every Saturday afternoon where youthful patrons sat through two feature films and a cartoon, all for the price of 5 cents. Pretty inexpensive babysitting. Another movie-house mainstay operated for many years just two doors west of Randall’s.
The Beaches Peaches were well-respected members of the Ladies Auxiliary. Women such as Margaret Foley, Helen Lake, and Cindy Patterson have made significant contributions to the continued existence of Branch 42, which is now combined with the Baron Byng branch on Coxwell Avenue. Canadian soldiers who served in later conflicts such as the Korean War have always been welcome, but it was the World War II vets who transformed the Branch into a vibrant part of the Beach community. They are almost all gone, but their wives and widows continue to play prominent roles in the organization.