Monday, March 26, 2007
Drake Car Wash
You are right, the Drake Car Wash was owned by f Lucien Caron, the former Vedun councillor, Mayor and Provincial MP, who died a couple of years ago. I knew him, having gone to the same school, Notre Dame du CÃ©nacle wich was on Bannantyne between Church and Hickson and was demolished to be replaced by an apartment or condo building. He also owned the Garage and Gas Station at the intersection of LavÃ©rendry, Drake and Church. His wife donated his personal scrap book to our society, the SHGV, wich includes many photographs of himself and colleagues appearing at various public functions.
Not to be forgotten, are the 2 taverns at the corner of Drake and Church wich many Verdunites are surely familiar with.
I am very familiar with this area, having been born on Joseph, lived on Bond now Évangéline and Galt corner Bannantyne. The gang used to cross the aqueduct bridge on Church to go swimming in the Lachine canal during the war years.
I am including a list of Verdun street names showing their original names, courtesy SHGV.