Sunday, January 30, 2005

Corner Store?

Does anyone know if the store at the corner of Rolland and Banantyne still there? Do they still have the lunch counter? We used to go there and get the fries in a bag almost every day. I remember in the summer they had the slush machine as well.

Friends and neighbors passing on

I just heard of 2 deaths this week that take me back to my days on Egan Avenue.  John Vienneau died suddenly last week, he was a caretaker for many years at VCHS building, and Marilyn Jenkins, an old friend and neighbor also passed away. All our kids went to school together, and Marilyn and I shared a few moments of fun over the years, I was very sad to hear, I know she will be greatly missed, as will John.

Saturday, January 29, 2005


I just found this site.I lived in Verdun for a few years late fourties and early fifties.I have been looking for a friend her name was Norma White she lived on first or second Ave,between Verdun Ave and Wellington Street,she went to Willibroad school.Any info would be appreciated.It is a great site.Maybe I will recognize or connect with some other people from way back when.

Verdun Auditorium

Well it's 3:30  pm  , I am going to take dog for quick walk, then off to the auditorium to watch grandson play in a Atom BB hockey tournament, I live in Ile Perrot , so will take the 20 in through Ste Anne de Bellevue, Dorval, towards Champlain Bridge , will exit for Verdun to church and then along the aquaduct , cross over somewhere , not important and up to LaSalle Blvd and then proceed to Auditorium , will report in later on what I see  , hang tough Jimmy p.s.  weather is o k , around minus 8 and sunshine  , supposed to get bit warmer tomorrow, it has been pretty damn cold here last ten days  JIm

Friday, January 28, 2005

school trivia

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtsy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny imprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Wish I knew that at school. Patsy Ginn Ernst


When you had a treat or chocolate bar, had friends waiting for you..first one to say..BITS, would get a part..or slice of what you had..remember??

childrens hospital

Is the childrens hospital still there? I spent much time there as a young child. I also worked there after I finished school in the medical records dept.


Does anyone remember back in I guess the mid sixties that the milk truck used to come to the local park playgrounds and would give out free milk? Fantastic to get the chocolate, yum.
I'm not sure who sponsored the program but us kids sure loved it.

Noman Dawe

Who played their at the Norman Dawe park
on Eagan or woodland park?
You could get in the park from
either street.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Verdun Hockey

Hey johnnyO
The Grads Which year did they start?Did they take over from the Verdun Maple Leaves?

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Mussel Cars

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Black and Gold

Hey Bim Are They Still Going?

Verdun Smallfry Football

Hey dflood do you have any pictures
of this league?

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

growing up in verdun

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Check this link out

This is not my usual type of link referral. But take the time it is worth the time.
I have had this for some time and just came upon it again. Some of you may enjoy it.

École Notre Dame de la Paix School

Jean Marie,
Voici 2 photos de la Résidence Réal Morel à 3500 Wellington qui a remplacée  l'École Notre Dame de la Paix.
Here are 2 photos of La R챕sidence R챕al Morel at 3500 Wellington which replaced the Notre Dame de la Paix School.

5-10-15-$1.00 Store

Hey Les_F
Wasn't there one on the south east corner
of Wellington And Church.

Corner Gordon and Bannantyne

Here is the picture of the D챕panneur at the corner of Gordon and Bannantyne wich your parents used to own called Mados.

Looking for someone

Hi there,
I am trying to find a friend maybe someone can help.

Her name: Sherry French used to live in Verdun on Richard.
in 1960's

Drop me a e-mail if you can help me find her.


Sunday, January 23, 2005

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson passed away at 79 years of age. I would imagine that a lot of the members had a laugh or two watching his Late Night Show. He was the King of Late Night comedy. He will be missed. Dannyb


I'm looking for my brother,I know He's on this
site because his son Adam told My son Brad
that he's here , but I don't know his name.
Sorry Dan.

Corporal Punishment

The whole time I was in school, if I remember correctly, definitely
elementary school (Woodland), corporal punishment was in effect.      There were times, maybe a snowball fight
in the schoolyard (or something) when more than one were involved and he would
go from classroom to classroom and repeat this strapping.  It not only scared the kid getting the
strap, it scared all the kids. 
  He went over the top and
lost his job for it.



"There is a principle which is a bar against all
information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep
a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to
investigation."  --
Herbert Spencer



Saturday, January 22, 2005


I lived on Rielle and for everyone in our family's birthday we got a snowball cake from Mains Bakery (spelling?) It was on Wellington near Willibroard or 1st Ave I think. Is it still there and was wondering if Muirs Bakery is still around, I think it was on Wellington near Melrose or Argyle.


Does Stillwells handmade candy store still exist?
They made the best humbugs I've ever had.

A few pics of Verdun

Just a few pics.of Verdun.
The one that shows the two
high rises behind McDicks
is where the old Stadium was.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Looking for Sandy Brown

Does anyone know Sandy Brown from Osborne Ave and then Brown Blvd.?   She had 4 sisters and one brother.  She went to Verdun High in the early 60's and dated Johnny Jarvis.


'Trick or Treat', although known about from US TV shows back then,
would have been embarrassing to use. Our immaturity and the candy
bonanza obscured the real significance of what 'Charity Please' really
meant I think. I wonder where that humble phrase originated from? Maybe
we have to thank merry old England.

A God who allowed Christians to believe that they were better than
savages was a God he wanted no part of.
- Mark Twain.


Jimmy, I haven't seen anything posted from Chuck for quite some time. Can you give me an update on him?      Thanks,    Bob Archibald

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

take out

I had just finished visiting a friend in the hospital and stopped by a burger drive-through for lunch to eat on the way back to work. I ordered the #1 combo (burger, fry, coke) for $4.29.


She said "that'll be $4.83, please drive forward."


"$4.83? For a $4.29 meal? That's 54 cents tax! That can't be right," my mind raced.


Tax is 8 cents on the dollar in Huntsville and for 4 dollars that would be 32 cents plus 1/3 (29) of 8 cents would be 35 cents max. I'd heard of window workers overcharging drive through customers and skimming the money for themselves. Someone did just that to me at a Hardees couple of years ago. I didn't have my calculator watch (I lost it a while back) so I got a pen and paper and did the long division since there were 2 cars ahead of me. Let's see ... 483/429 ... over 12 percent tax!


When I got to the window I handed her a 5 and said "what's the sales tax in Huntsville?"


She didn't know. I said "$4.83 for a $4.29 meal is 12 percent tax. That can't be right. Can I talk to the manager?"


She gave me my change and called the manager.


So the manager comes over.


I ask what the sales tax is in Huntsville, and she says 8 percent.


I say that I just paid $4.83 for a $4.29 meal and that's over 12 percent sales tax.


She got a funny look on her face and said that maybe the computer had rung it up wrong or had charged me for the biggie size. (biggie upgrade was 35 cents - which would be 4.64 plus tax which would put it over $5).


She admitted it was supposed to be 4.63, and opened the drawer to give me my extra change.


"HA!" I thought to myself. "Six years engineering school has so heightened my mental mathematical adeptness that I can do percentages in my head and my superior intellect has foiled a feeble attempt by a drive-through worker to overcharge me."


I took the twenty cents she handed me, proud of my staggering genius, and smugly drove off without my food.

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Can anyone tell me what Halloweens are like now a days? I remember the trick or treating around Verdun was great always lots of  kids and lots of people giving out. It was so good that you would have to go home after doing just one side of the street to unload. With the houses so close together it made it really great for the kids. Is it still good? I want to bring my girls to Montreal(Verdun) for it one year. Its been a long time since I have been there.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

chat-where's everyboby ?

went into chat last night and only Maggie and i were there. Maggie asked for any suggestions to make it lively. How about some suggestions as to time day etc. patsy ginn ernst

Wellington Sidewalk Sales

Does anyone remember those sidewalk sales on Wellington every year? We used to go all the time. As kids we loved being able to walk on the streets and we usually found some great deals. Does any know if they still have them? Or is that tradition over?

Fabiens drug store

They were located corner of Hickson and Wellington.They made the BEST cherry flavoured cough syrup!!They also made a molasses tonic for

Virus & worm Alerts

To VC Members

I have been receiving several e-mails daily for about the last week, which
contain the Netsky.P virus & worm.
My Virus protection software has been catching same & putting them in
quarantine. To-day using new software the same thing happened, however this
new software identified the sender. The senders e-mail address is as

I am wondering if anyone at VC is the sender or recognizes the senders
address. The sender may or may not know that he has the infection & is
sending it around. I do not know this e-mail address so it is safe to assume
it is not anyone known to me.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated & "Heads Up" everyone.



Does anybody remember the Leblancs who rented boats at the foot of 1st ave. They also sold double icecream cones for a nickle (see my pictures). This would be in the 40s and early 50s so only old timers would remember. Perhaps photos are available.

Belmont Park

Thank you for those wonderful pictures of Belmont Park, they bring back good memories. It is nice to have a site such as this to share old pictures that are wasting in shoe boxes.I encourage others to do likewise.

Looking ro anyone who lived on 2nd ave. from 1930 t0 1950

Looking for anyone who lived on Second  Ave in the 1930 to 1950 era, and those who also attended St.Willibrord school during that time........Thank you

Monday, January 17, 2005

Member Info

Hi everyone! I have added a category to the Member Info database that we ask you all to fill out as you join. If you haven't done so, please do it now. If you have, please add the "new" info which includes your primary and secondary schools. It just will help in "refreshing" some memories.
-thanks to the member that suggested the school categories. 



Be careful if you eat at "RED LOBSTER RESTAURANTS."    

A young woman was having a meal at the restaurant and suddenly began to experience intense chest pains.  Nothing her friends or the restaurant personnel did would relieve the pain.  "911" was called and an ambulance was sent and the woman was transported to a nearby hospital where doctors removed the woman's blouse.

As soon as this was done, emergency room personnel were able to properly diagnosis the cause of the pain:

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

No water bottles in freezer.

  .    No water bottles in freezer.
      No plastic wrap in microwave

      Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their newsletters
noting... This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center.

      Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Don't
freeze  your plastic water bottles with water as this also releases
dioxins in the plastic.  Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle hospital
was on a TV program explaining  this health hazard. (He is the
manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital.)  He was talking
about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that  we should not
heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers.  This
to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of  fat, high
and plastics releases dioxins into the food and  ultimately into the

of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and  highly toxic to the cells of
bodies. Instead, he recommends
using  glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You
get the  same results, without the dioxins.
      So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc.,
be  removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper 
bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use
tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He said we might remember when some 
the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam
containers to paper.  The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
      To add to this, Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked,
the  high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food, use

      Pass this
on to your family & friends & those that are important
your life

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Notre Dame de la Paix School

Mr. J.M. Hachez advises me that the school was converted to a senior citizens home called R챕sidense R챕al Morel and is situated at 3500 Wellington. I will take a photo when in that area and advise those interested.

Seven Sisters

TY Les

Thats the seven sisters I was asking about.

The ones Maggie sent were not of the Lachine's Seven Sisters.

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911 Calls

911 telephone calls

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency? Caller: I heard what sounded like
gunshots coming from the brown house on the corner. Dispatcher: Do you have an
address? Caller: No, I'm wearing a blouse and slacks, why?

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency? Caller: Someone broke into my house
and took a bite out of my ham and cheese sandwich. Dispatcher: Excuse me?
Caller: I made a ham and cheese sandwich and left it on the kitchen table and
when I came back from the bathroom, someone had taken a bite out of it.
Dispatcher: Was anything else taken? Caller: No, but this has happened to me
before and I'm sick and tired of it.

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency? Caller: Hi, is this the Police?
Dispatcher: This is 9-1-1. Do you need police assistance? Caller: Well, I don't
know who to call. Can you tell me how to cook a turkey? I've never cooked

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 Fire or emergency? Caller: Fire, I guess. Dispatcher: How can
I help you sir? Caller: I was wondering.....does the Fire Dept. put snow chains
on their trucks? Dispatcher: Yes sir, do you have an emergency? Caller: Well,
I've spent the last 4 hours trying to put these chains on my tires and...
do you think the Fire Dept. could come over and help me? Dispatcher: Help you
what? Caller: Help me get these chains on my car!

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency? Caller: I'm trying to
reach nine eleven but my phone doesn't have an eleven on it. Dispatcher:
This is
nine eleven. Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one Dispatcher:
Yes, ma'am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing. Caller: Honey,
I may
be old, but I'm not stupid.

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What's the nature of your emergency? Caller: My wife is
pregnant and her contractions are only
two minutes apart. Dispatcher: Is this
her first child? Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!

And the winner is..........

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 Caller: Yeah, I'm having trouble breathing. I'm all out of
breath. Darn....I think I'm going to pass out. Dispatcher: Sir, where are you
calling from? Caller: I'm at a pay phone. North and Foster. Damn......
Dispatcher: Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic? Caller: No
Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble breathing?
Caller: Running from the Police.

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(Excerpted from Steve's secret journal)

Dear Diary,

My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to
do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a
noise downstairs.

She nudged me and whispered, "Wake up, wake up!"

"What's the matter?" I asked.

"There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they're eating the pork
casserole I made tonight."

"That'll teach them!" I replied.

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The Rooyal Victoria Hospital

Hey Les ! I think the cross was erected after that pic.was taken.

You could see it better from Queen Mary Blvd.

Or at night comming into Montreal from the south

comming accross the Champlain Bridge.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

microsoft antispyware

i downloaded this program and found it better than the other spyware programs out there. i ran adware se, then spybot and this program picked up 250 spyware and one trojan, i ran it last. it will also config your pc if spyware has altered any thing in windows. it also sends a report back to the data base. if you are loading a program with spyware, it will warn you and ask if you want to pemit. i guess the people at microsoft did something useful. maybe now we can serf the web without adware , spyware or trojans soon.  patsy

This is a joke

Internet Maintenance [it is that time of year again]

To: All Internet Users
From: Kim Dereksen
Interconnected Network Maintenance staff
Main branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Subject: Internet Cleaning

As many of you know, each year the internet must be shut down for 24 hours
in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates
dead e-mail and inactive ftp, www and gopher sites, allows for a better-
working and faster internet. This year, the cleaning process will take place
from 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 1 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 2. During that
24-hour period, five very powerful Japanese built multi-lingual internet-
crawling robots (Toshiba ML-2274) situated around the world will search the
internet and delete any data that they find.

In order to protect your valuable data from deletion we ask that you do
the following:

1. Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their internet
2. Shut down all internet servers, or disconnect them from the internet.
3. Disconnect all disks and hardrives from any connections to the internet.
4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the internet in any way.
5. Avoid placing operating microwave ovens or toaster/toaster ovens near
your computer modem.
6. Avoid wearing nylon (or other dielectric fiber) undergarments because of
the possibility of electrical discharge.

We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some internet users, and
we apologize. However, we are certain that any inconvenience will be more
than made up for by the increased speed and efficiency of the internet, once
it has been cleared of electronic flotsam and jetsam. We thank you for your

Kim Dereksen
Interconnected Network Maintenance staff
Main branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Norman Dawes Memorial Hockey Asc.

I grew up inthe 50's at 1211  Brown Blvd and I remember selling books of tickets (10)  I think) in order to play hockey in the above association. I would like to know more of this organization as I recall, I had to visit a private home and turn in my money and in return was slotted to a team, provided the sweater and leggings and can only recall having a wonderful time.
All hockey games were played on outdoor rinks, but we all had one game also at the Verdun Auditorum  It was a magical time when parents used to stand over the boards and watch their kids play. I was goalie on the Verdun Beavers and we won the championship that year (7-8 rys old maybe?) and had a banquent at a chicken restaurant (maybe the old Chicken Coup?) .
Anyway, anyone have any background on this terrific organization run by two "older married" people as I recall.?
Keith Harrison


>                   1. Smarties
>                   2. Crispy Crunch, Coffee Crisp
>                   3. The size of our footballs fields and one less down
>                   4. Baseball is Canadian
>                   5. Lacrosse is Canadian
>                   6. Hockey is Canadian
>                   7. Basketball is Canadian
>                   8. Apple pie is Canadian
>                   9. Mr. Dress-up kicks Mr. Rogers ass
>                   10. Tim Hortons kicks Dunkin' Donuts ass
>                   11. In the war of 1812, started by America, Canadians pushed the Americans back...past their 'White House'. Then we burned it...and most of Washington, under the command of William Lyon MaKenzie King who was insane and hammered all the time. We got bored because they ran away, so we came home and partied...Go figure..
>                   12. Canada has the largest French population that never surrendered to Germany.
>                   13. We have the largest English population that never ever surrendered or withdrew during any war to anyone. anywhere. EVER.
>                   14. Our civil war was fought in a bar and it lasted a little over an hour.
>                   15. The only person who was arrested in our civil war was an American mercenary, who slept in and missed the whole thing... but showed up just in time to get caught.
>                   16. We knew plaid was cool far before Seattle caught on.
>                   17. The Hudsons Bay Company once owned over 10% of the earth's surface and is still around as the worlds oldest company.
>                   18. The average dog sled team can kill and devour a full grown human in under 3 minutes.
>                   19. We still know what to do with all the parts of a buffalo.
>                   20. We don't marry our kin-folk.
>                   21. We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin, zambonis, the telephone and short wave radios that save countless lives each year.
>                   22. We ALL have frozen our tongues to something metal and lived to tell about it.
>                   23. A Canadian invented Superman.
>                   24. We have colured money.
>                   25. Our beer advertisments kick ass
>                   BUT MOST IMPORTANT!
>                   24. The handles on our beer cases are big enough to fit your hands with mitts on. OOOoohhhhh Canada!!
>                   25. And we don't bomb our allies.
>                   oh yeah... and our elections only take one day.
>                   Pass this on if you are proud to be Canadian!!!
>                   I AM CANADIAN!!!

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Friday, January 14, 2005

messages not getting through

Les_F/ Maggie. I guess my messages are not getting through for some reason. I seem to be receiving everything okay. Anyone know what the problem is? Winston Allison

Natural gas explosion

Les_F. I sure do remember that explosion.  I was living in Ville LaSalle at the time. If I recall it happened around 8:00am. It really shook the area. Winston Allison

Thursday, January 13, 2005

my inbox test

Morning Sis! Not sure exactly what you mean ,but I have noticed that some of
the replies I give do not show up. Am I on the right track with that?

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Mynd infection, Generation Gap, Alabaster Villa

Anyone remember these bands?
Verdun 1968-1970

tidal wave

Sorry here is the right one.
wave of okay

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

why do men control remotes

on the table beside his lazy boy my hubby has 6 remotes. 1  for stereo, 1 for cd, 1 for dvd, 2 for vcrs, 1 for digital cable box, yet he cannot perc the coffee. he can get surround sound for a movie, have a square on the screen for tv with the channels flashing by. must be looking for a hockey game. no one is allowed to touch the remotes. he says it is the primitive hunting urge. is this a nova scotian thing or do all men control the remote?? help patsy

St. Thomas More

can,t really see the picture anybody have pictures of it from the inside or teachers before it move into vhs.


Jim Haire lived on Wellington past Hickson, third floor south side.


Does anyone remember the Rochon's..Arthur and Rita??They lived on Wellington across from Page and sons.
Had the cops at my house..seems I stabbed Arthur in the leg..

Notre dame de la paix??

This school on Wellington, south side near Strathmore. We would play ball in the yard and then go see movies there in the basement..still around??

3rd Avenue between Wellington & LaSalle

Is there anybody out there from the 40' & 50's.
Like to hear from you.




not sure if i know you, but noticed you are a cousin to ronnie jones.

have been trying to get in touch with him for a few years now.

hope you cab help,

i know many of the neames you;ve listed.

please email me about ronnie if you can help.



shayne o'neill



Monday, January 10, 2005

St.Valentines Day

Valentines Day is creeping up on us now.

The Cold War - Verdun Connection

Most of us 55 and older will have various memories of the Cold War and spies.  But I suspect none of us knew just how close the spies were. 
I recently bought a non-fiction paperback book in a second-hand book store and while reading it, discovered the Verdun Cold War Connection.  The book is called "FOR SERVICES RENDERED" by John Sawatsky, originally published by Doubleday & Company in 1952, and in 1953 a paperback version was published by Penguin Books.   It is about RCMP spymaster Leslie James Bennett. 
The Verdun Cold War Connection described in this book is all too brief - no more than a couple of paragraphs - but left me fasinated and wishing I could remember more about the location mentioned.  In 1952, a Soviet spy (code named "Gideon" ) set up operation in Verdun.  Here I will quote directly from the book (remember, this is non-fiction and the year is 1952):
"Weeks later word arrived (from his controller) to start setting up shop as a photographer.  Gideon settled on a small shop on Bannantyne Avenue ... in Verdun, a suburb near downtown Montreal.  The store had previously been a one-woman beauty salon that succumbed to competition from two other beauty shops within a block.  Low-income homes ... mixed with the smattering of mom-and-pop outlets such as the Joe and Alec Restaurant across the street dotted the neighbourhood... Before he had finished purchasing photographic equipment he went out and bought a short wave radio and propped it up in his living quarters..."
In 1953 Gideon contacted the RCMP and became a double-agent working for the RCMP.  Gideon continued to broadcast to Moscow from his photography shop on Bannantyne (sending material provided to him by the RCMP) until he was recalled to Moscow in 1956 for the usual briefing.  He never returned.
So, how are your memories?  Where on Bannantyne was this Cold War spy located?  By the way, no other information is given in the book  - and I no idea.
The only clues (some are quoted above; others from the book) are:
  1. In 1952 a photographers shop opened in a former beauty salon on Bannantyne Ave.
  2. In 1952 there were two other beauty shops within a block.
  3. The Joe and Alex Restaurant was across the street.
  4.  There was a short wave antenna situated at the back of the building.
  5. In 1952 he was a short blond man in his late twenties, with an European look.
  6. While in Canada he used the name David Soboloff.

Can anyone help solve this Verdun Cold War Mystery?


Sunday, January 9, 2005

Where have all the young ones gone?

Does anyone know the whereabouts of any of the following?
Janice Turner
Betty Watson
Kevin Walsh
Kevin Turner
Alexis Berry
Did anyone graduate between 1979 - 1982 ?

Saturday, January 8, 2005

St. Thoms Moore Church Now

Here is a pic. of St. Thomas Moore Church Now.

Indian Motorcycle

Impressive!  Using the left handed throttle (right hand
The oil pump says 1948, but in the U.S. at least only the

bikes had left
handed throttle starting that year (although no

one could get it on special order).


Cheers from ..
now in Elgin, Texas

Friday, January 7, 2005

Rushbrooke st

I am a kid from Rushbrooke st (3066) grew up in that area played on the ball team ,football team,owned a 1948 Indian Chief bike .Now retired I live in Chateauguay.I am 75 years old.


I just wanted to say thanks to you all for this site and all your contributions.
Reading your comments and discussions has certainly brought back many fond memories.
I know it will continue to grow and that more people we know and knew, eventually will find their way home.
I will check in from time to time to see how it has evolved.
I hope to make my way back to visit sometime in the near future, it has been many years.
Until then take good care and I hope this new year keeps you all healthy and happy and is
everything you wish for.
With love
Joyce Hallas (nee Cunningham)
Remebering where I came from always!

Wednesday, January 5, 2005


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old school

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the pit

Does anyone remember the pit at St. Willibroad Park?
I beleive it was run by the YMCA

Keith Hickey

Hi, I am Keith hickey and I used to live on Manning Avenue. I would have graduated there in 1980 but I moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1979. If anyone knows of me and would like to get in touch, you can e-mail me at

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Rapid Queen

The only boat that I recall going down the Lachine Rapids was the Rapid
Queen and that was before the seaway was built. I think the ship was owned
by the Harrington family in Lachine. What a sight to see. My father Jack
Whitaker came down the rapids on her a few times. The ship never went up
river always down.

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Monday, January 3, 2005

Christmas Lights

Hey gang, Happy New Year to everyone!  My most vivid memories of Christmas in Verdun was the incredible amount of Christmas lights on every doorway and balcony. It seemed like each neighbour competed with one another year after year. There are houses with spectacular displays, but nothing like the outpouring of festive lights in Verdun! We would laugh if lights were still up in mid January. I now see homes with the lights up year round, and only light them during the Christmas holidays. If anyone has pictures of the lights please post them. Thanks,