Connection to Canada’s Greatest Maritime Disaster

Four SOHO residents ( and 18 other Londoners ) lost their lives in the tragic sinking of the Empress of Ireland passenger liner on May 29, 1914 .
Learn more about Canada’s greatest maritime disaster – more than 1,000 lives were lost .
Speakers are SOHO resident Alice Gibb and Londoner Wendy MacDonald .
Hidden History of Hamilton Road , Crouch Branch Library ,  May 15 ,  7 pm. Refreshments afterwards .
Cherryhill Branch Library , May 29 ,  2 – 4 pm
Call  519-667-1603  for further information

Apartment Building Has Intriguing Past

photo Mair Hughes

The little red brick apartment building at 324 Hill Street, just west of Waterloo Street, boasts an intriguing past. This building, built in 1926, once bore the inscription “Hebrew School-Talmud Torah” over its front door. Although built in 1926, the school’s official opening was on June 5, 1927. Continue reading

Boy Scout Rescues Friend from Abandoned Well

Bert Bryan, 12, of 127 Maitland Street, certainly lived up to his Boy Scout training on a July evening in 1931. In fact, his heroic actions earned him a nomination for a Royal Humane Society medal.

On that July night, Bert, and his friend, Wyburn Footwinkler, age even, were crossing a field adjacent to the Chelsea Green playgrounds. The younger boy, deciding to take a shortcut, plunged into an uncovered, abandoned well. Safety measures were obviously a little more lax in the Thirties than they are in 2009! Continue reading

When a Prince Stayed in SoHo

Photo courtesy of the London Free Press Collection
Edward Glackmeyer’s palatial Italianate mansion was located at 55 Bathurst Street,
playing host to Prince Arthur on his visit in 1869.

With the wedding of Prince William and his delightful Kate approaching, perhaps it’s time to recall the two members of the British royal family who briefly called SoHo home. (second article to follow) Continue reading