NostalgiaArticle mis en ligne le 5 décembre 2008 à 14:58
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The two candy stores were called ‘‘Buds’’, on the corner of Churchill and Lloyd George, and ‘‘Wesley’s’’, on the corner of Churchill and Crawford Bridge. As well we had two grocery stores, one on the corner of LaSalle Boulevard and Fayolle and the other on the corner of Churchill and Clemenceau. Our drugstore, on Foch, had a post office. ‘‘Gibbons’’ restaurant on Clemenceau had a pool table in the back.
We had a small private hospital on the corner of Churchill and LeClair, and gas station on Champlain too. There was a YMCA, and a legion Branch on LaSalle Boulevard, ‘‘The Old Stone House’’. There was a hairdressing salon ‘‘Edith’s’’ and a barbershop called ‘‘Mr. Tarrs’’, they were both on Churchill.
Last but certainly not least, there was Harry Carlisle’s greenhouse on LeClair, where we would just drop in to get a few plants or some advice on gardening, which became more of a social visit. It was a place when you come out, you were happy. Harry’s greenhouse was very important to Crawford Park, as the people here took great pride in their gardens and people from around Montreal would drive through to see the beautiful flowers.
Crawford Park was a lovely little community where everyone had the time to speak as you walked by, so that in no time you knew people in every block, on every street. It made it very safe for our children to wander because you knew, and they knew, there were people to turn to if they needed help.
What a lovely time and place it was, for our children to grow up in.