Tuesday, May 31, 2005


My mum and dad were both DP's and arrived from Scotland in the early 1900's on a cattle boat.
DP  = displaced people

Monday, May 30, 2005

What do you miss/don't miss about Verdun

Here's one for all you former Verdunites, What do you miss and don't miss since you have left Verdun:
I'm in North Vancouver so
Here's my list
What I miss is:
Steamed hot dogs, smoked meat from Addams, grocery delivery, pizza from Kosta's, Riverview and Woodland pizza, sitting and chewwing the fat on your neighbours balcony, some great friends, fishing down by the rapids, a good subway system, great night life and a whole lot more
What I don't miss:
The cold winters, the humid summers, watching my car rot out from salt exposure, pot holes and a handful of things I can't right now

Sandra Ryan

Does anyone know Sandra Ryan? Born in 1955

Canadian Irish History

Just finished a great book on the Irish Potato Famine of 1845 -- 1850.
'The Black Potato' by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
A horrible 5 years for millions of Irish families. The population of
Ireland is approximately 4 million today, as compared to 8 million in
1845. Either starved to death or emigrated.
Of those who emigrated to Canada, and the US, many died of ship fever
(Typhus), either on route or after disembarking.


Sunday, May 29, 2005


Does anyone out there have a membership to Classmates.com? I would really like to reconnect with old friends but just cant afford the membership at the present time. If so would they be willing to help me send a few emails to some people I used to know? you can email me at hornytoad312@hotmail.com.  I would really appreciate it.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Canadian Libraries.

I was told by a friend the public libraries store copies of high school
year books. I will see if Canadian libraries do this and get back to
Bill 2nd Ave.

- Irish saying

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Riverview Class of 83

Hi all.
If there is anyone out there that went to Riverview Elementary School and graduated in 1983 go to www.yahoo.ca  and join the "Riverview83" chat group. I look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

George Walker

?? This name was a singer who travelled around Montreal area..did the Edgewater in Pt. Claire. The Hilton at the Dorval airport.Moved to TO.
Sang like engel (wont try last name)?? humperdink??
Favorite song was..elusive butterfly....

Vogue theatre??Pt.St.Charles

Can remember this theatre in the point.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

What about Victoria Day Celebrations?

How many of you out there remember?
"The 24th of May is a very important day,
If you don't give us a holiday, we'll all run away."


Sunday, May 22, 2005

Buzz Beeurling

I also heard that Buzz Beurling was born and lived on Church near Lasalle. If I can find out the address I will take a picture of the building and share it with the members. 

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Bière - Beer

Voyons combien se rappellent le nom de cette fameuse bi챔re des ann챕es 20-30-40-50.(Archives Soci챕t챕 d'Histoire et de G챕n챕alogie de Verdun)
Let's see how many remember this famous beer from the 20-30-40-50 era. (Archives Soci챕t챕 d'Histoire et de G챕n챕alogie de Verdun).

A Jaunt in Verdun

I was recently in Verdun and took a couple of walks accompanied with my digital camera.
The results are posted in the pictures section under "More present day Verdun Photos".
The pics were taken from the prespective of someone who no longer lives in Verdun but grew up in the 50s 60s till mid 70s.
I began my first walk at the corner of my Street. Allard Ave. and Bannantyne. Walked along Bannantyne going up and down a few streets along the way. Went up Woodland and along Verdun then up and along the boardwalk and rivers edge.
I have more pics from more walks and will post them later
Comments and corrections are definately welcome.

Verdun Small Fry Football PIcture

I think Flood might like get a kick out of this pic.
I came across this 1962 picture taken at the Verdun stadium of the Cardinals small fry football team.
This was the first year that this younger age level of 10-11 year olds began. The other team in the league at that time was the Vikings. 
Anyone out there recoginze anyone from this pic I would love to know who they are as I can't remember any of old team mates. Im on the right end of the bench no 8. The same position I played on the field. Ofensive end.
Anyone remember any of the Vikings players I would like to know who they are.
I believe one of the one was Keith Gill as I recall he played opposite me on the Vikings.
I know several of these players went on to play for Black and Gold Bengals under Bob Geary in 69 / 70 who took the Canadian Championship.
Johnny O.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Rosemarie ( Halpin) Ginta

You sent me a e mail and I could not open it
I have lost ur e address when i crashed could you please resend it
Cousin Diann

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

looking for ronnie jones

ronnie lived on rolland ave and then went out to calgary.
anyone knowing how i could get in touch or even where he is please let me know.

'Buzz' Beurling

I happened upon a website with information on this Verdun "ace"

Monday, May 16, 2005

Leonard Smith

I kew Leonard Smith in grade 7. He lived on 2nd Ave above the convenience store near Bannantyne.   We went to the  grade 7 grad sort of together and I often wonder where he is now and what he is doing. Anyone know???

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Mount Royal Cemetary

I've been trying to get info about relatives buried in Mt.Royal Cemetary, however when you click on to get the page required to enter info, it says the page is not available. Any ideas on how to get around this? Anywhere else to go?

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Peter Rinder

For those that knew him Peter Rinder has passed away. Please see the notice in the Montreal Gazette may 14,2005

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Just a little info on GAP (The Great Atlantic and Pacific Company), or as we know it the A&P. The United States owners are reorganizing and one of the things on their agenda is to sell off the Canadian A&P. Maybe this might be the end of those stores in Canada. If anyone sees one, they better take some pictures. Just another part of history going away?????? Winston Allison


Reggie. Talking about Christmas presents. I tell my kids and grandkids. The most presents I ever got when I was a kid, was 7. No toys mind you. It would be socks, underwear(and not a package of 6), shirt, maybe winter gloves. BUT NEVER ANY TOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well, I guess most of us in Verdun were in the same boat. It was still great. Winston Allison.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Maureen McManus.

Whenitwaschurch1   What a small world when it comes to this site. Are we lucky or what. Making connections with people we have probably thought about over the years, and all of a sudden Up pops Verdun Connections and old memories are revived. Please say hello to Maureen for me. I gave her my e-mail address, I think. Haven't heard from her yet. By the way what is your name, and do I know you?????? Winston Allison

Monday, May 9, 2005

Eddie Featherstone

Trailer127/ShipleyBH2      Eddie Featherstone is still around. He should be retired now, but if he isn't, he is still working in the business. Eddie lived at 841 3rd Avenue, and I lived at 835 3rd Avenue. The Alexander name sounds familiar, but I can't seem to place the face. Winston Allison

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Population of Verdun

Les_F If you stop and think about it. When we were growing up in Verdun, people were having more kids. It seemed like almost everyone had 5 kids or more. There of course were a lot that didn't But just in our block(833-835-837-839-841-843 3rd avenue) there were a total of 27 kids, and 10 adults. Nowadays people have decided not to have big families. . Winston Allison

Coin Willibrod et Verdun Corner

Quelqu'un à demandé des photos de l'hotel de Ville  de Verdun. J'ai pris les photos ci-incluses hier ainsi que le monument dédié aux veterans. D'autres photos suivront de cet intersection.
Someone asked for photos of the City Hall of Verdun. I have also photographed the War Veterans Monument. Other Pictures of this intersection to follow.


Hi Winston
Are you the same Winston Alliston that was known as "BUMPY" when you were a kid back on Third Ave.?Do you remember Billy Alexander or Eddie Featherstone ?

Saturday, May 7, 2005

searching for cousins

I am looking to find cousins named Jimmy Ball or Billy Ball. Have not seen them since elementary school. I found a Jimmy Ball on class mates. com but so far have been unable to send any messages. If someone has any info on these names I would really appreciate it. Their parents names were Francis and Bill and when last I saw them they lived in Ville Lasalle on 4th Ave. 

Mother's Day

Tomorrow is Mother's Day so I just want
to say to all the lovely Mothers "Happy
Mother's Day".Hope you all have a wonderful

Friday, May 6, 2005

Silver Dragon Chinese Food.

I was trying to make some extra money at a second job before moving back to the United States.  I worked for a straight 365 days at the Silver Dragon (without a day off) and that included Christmas. And As a delivery person, the drivers where allowed to eat anything they wanted, except steaks. That was around 1970 or late 60's. All the money we made was under the table. The food was great, and I can tell you that everything they made and sold was top quality at all times. The stories everyone has heard is a bunch of hogwash, that someone said and was repeated by someone else, who told someone else. It took them awhile to regain their reputation, but I can tell you that the business did not suffer as much as we would think. The bars would close, and the restaurant would fill up. It never stopped. Winston Allison

Drake tavern

Brownblvd. Freddie Scanlon lived on 3rd avenue at approximately 809????? Winston Allison

Wednesday, May 4, 2005


I sent two posts to Remembering Verdun and they failed to appear.

- Irish saying

Monday, May 2, 2005


What is happening with msn ?
Had to get new ID to get in here .


RehtheRetiree1. Yes Beverly Emard, Philip, Rose, Margaret, etc. Lived in the same block as me. Their address was 843 3rd Avenue. Winston Allison

Sunday, May 1, 2005


Jean Marie,
Voici 2 photos du Natatorium que j'ai photographié hier tel que tu le demandais.As tu reçu les photos de l'annuaire de Verdun 1940 que je t'ai transmis dernièrement? 
Here are 2 pictures of the Natatorium which I photographed yesterday. Did you get the photos of the Verdun Directory 1940 which I sent you recently?


On april 16th I published a picture of you from WW2 showing a picture of you with the caption "Missing in Action". Did you view this message as I would like to know your reaction.

Fifth Avenue Theatre

The Fifth Avenue Theatre used to have Rock and Roll Bands performing at 3:00 PM on Saturday afternoons. Johnny Mulalley(spelling) used to perform and was very good. I used to meet Johnny at Greenwood Racetrack in Toronto. There was another performer who was an Elvis impersonater and he was in my class in Grade 10 at Verdun High School. Lloyd Sevigny was his name. Has anyone ever heard anything about this performer? He was the best as far as I was concerned.
Would appreciate any any on Lloyd.
Reggie Paine

Verdun City Hall and Post Office

Maybe Guy or Jean Marie would have pictures of the city hall and post office on Church Avenus or de L'Eglise.
Many Thanks
Reggie Paine


ShirleyBH2 My wife (Billie) and I go to Las Vegas numerous times during the year. The only thing we drink and have for many years, is diet coke with a slice of lime. We have been doing that since about 1980. We don't plan on buying any of it. Winston Allison