These 2 photos may seem just another typical accident in Verdun but they have a story to tell. These photos where taken by the Verdun Police Department on the 7th of August 1955 at the corner of Bannantyne and Church. The police department decided to make a clean up in their archives and they where donated to us ()SHGV) for safe keeping by one of our loyal members. I was on duty today and decided to go through our albums and wanting to share the photos with MVC members, i took them home and scanned them.
First of all we can see the tramway tracks which as we all know where removed in 1959. The photo showing the Pontiac against the Steel post is looking towards the south east and on the right is Bannantyne going towards Hickson and on the left is Church going towards the Aqueduct. The building in the background was replaced by a more modern building and I will take a photo on my next trip to Verdun.
The other photo showing the Pontiac's front end smashed against the steel post was taken looking west on the right towards LaSalle and on the left is Church street looking towards the river.
This is the same corner where the lady who garded the school children crossing the street was killed about 2 years ago and was mentioned on this site.
Also I have a personal reason for my posting these photos is that I also was a gardian helping the school children crossing the street in the early 40s when I went to the Notre Dame du Cénacle school which was just down the street between Church and Hickson. which was replaced by a residential complex.
Another incident that happened in the early 40s on a cold slippery winter evening when me and one of my friends where crossing the street, my friend was hit by a car and ended up under it. He was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries and spent several weeks in the hospital but survived with no permanednt damage as far as I can remember. You can't keep those Verdun boys down.
Isn't it amazing the story a photo can tell.