Monday, February 28, 2011

A gem from William Higgins Shoe Box

William Higgins has decided to look into his shoebox and found this gem, a 1924 photo of his father's hockey team of wich he was the goaler and as you can see the team had just won a trophy. William says that the 500 Verdun Hockey team may have had a connection with the 500 Verdun Swim club wich was situated at the river between 3rd and 4th ave. John attended the Verdun Model School wich was on LaSalle Blvd at the foot of Gordon street where there is today a McDonalds. John was born in1913 in Pte St Charles at 348 Charron Street then moved to Verdun at 107 3rd ave. John's father, Alfred Dykes Higgins and his wife Mary came from Scotland and moved to Pte St Charles in 1911. Mary died in Verdun in 1925. John then moved to Cooksville Ont (now Mississauga) in 1931 when he was 18 and died in 2002. William was born in 1935 in Mississauga Ont. 

Isn't this a wonderfull story, and what about the photo, this has to be one of the earliest sports photos of Verdun that I have seen so far. Thanks William for the wonderfull photos. I have other projects in mind for this photo and I will keep everybody posted.

I have posted this photo in my album no. 13. Other of William's photos are posted in albums no. 5 and 54.



Les F said...

the Verdun 500 hickey team didn't fare so well on this day:
March 21st ,1925 Montreal Gazette stroy.............................Cheers !! HF&RV

Les F said...

this article refers to the Verdun500 Swim Club.......maybe there was a busines called 500 & they were the sponsor ???

Les F said...

107 3 Av
Verdun, QC H4G 1X2,+Verdun,+Communaut%C3%A9-Urbaine-de-Montr%C3%A9al,+Qu%C3%A9bec+H4G+1X2&aq=&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=18.602302,36.474609&ie=UTF8&geocode=FSSftQIdPHud-w&split=0&hq=&hnear=107+3+Av,+Verdun,+Communaut%C3%A9-Urbaine-de-Montr%C3%A9al,+Qu%C3%A9bec+H4G+1X2&ll=45.456278,-73.555913&spn=0,0.034161&z=15&layer=c&cbll=45.457172,-73.565327&panoid=p3MzzqS41iOrRweCLllR-Q&cbp=12,309.29,,2,-6.37
Click on the link to see 107-3rd avenue Verdun for Willams house ,.you will have to use the directional arrows to move around ,107 is the 2nd floor a white door, Good Luck
Cheers ----HF&RV when the link opens it will be facing the 107 address,however the address dispalyed in the corner of the Google Map says 242,that would be roughly where the photo was taken from,,,(just in case you cannot read the address ) use the mouse to zoom in on the address.......

Les F said...

Guy here is another link making mention of another arm of the Verdun 500 club, this one is Boxing:
So i guess the Verdun 500 club was the City of Verdun's sports division of the time.? Maybe records could be found @ Verdun City Hall ,(or the library ,or SHGV) that would elaborate more on the teams they sponsored & the years of operation ? Just a thought.
here is the link to the GAzette story mentioning the Boxing event held @ the Verdun Pavillion,where Verdun Boxers came through with flying colours.

I will keep searching for more info on the Verdun 500 Hockey Teams ,maybe we can find you some more info.....................................Cheers !! HF&RV

Guy Billard said...

The 500 seemed to be a sporting club that incuded all sports, hockey, swimming and even boxing. I will have to find out more about this club.