Roy, Thanks to your Google Map and knowledge of the Hamilton area I have
been able to locate where my Cassidys lived while in Canada. They were on
Strachan St. which runs north and south between Trinity Community Rec.
Center and Lake Shore Blvd. West. This does not appear to be a residential
area at this time. Do you have a suggestion as to how I might find the local
R.C. Church they would have attended 1884-1891?
Thank You, Tom Cassidy, Ohio
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roy Keys" <apeiron(a)vif.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: FER-GOLD Crozier search for Vi
I think we must accept that there could have been John Croziers in Toronto
by the time Vi's dad arrived, so perhaps the ones we find earlier will
to be unrelated. My feeling is that John would have lodged with his
if his intent was to care for him during illness. The brother seems well
identified, giving us a starting point for a search for liveries where
might have worked.
With regard to travel, by the time of WWI I do not think there would have
been a strong incentive to travel to Toronto via the US. If you look at
map (see link below) and zoom out to an appropriate level, you can see
Toronto is on the north shore of Lake Ontario, roughly due north of
NY and Niagara Falls, which are on the Niagara river between Lake Ontario
and Lake Erie. The preferred port for travellers to Toronto from Europe at
that time would have been Quebec City, which was a flourishing passenger
terminal. I think that this was the most likely route. Consequently, if
anyone has access to passenger lists, I think Quebec City would be the
destination to search first. We might be lucky enough to find both
If you zoom in to a point on the Google map where the street names are
visible, you should be able to see the location of University of Toronto
(where I studied and worked in the 1970s) and Queens Park (the provincial
legislature), so the address on Gloucester is fairly central. Yonge Street
is the main NS thoroughfare. South of the Gloucester street address is
Garden, where I worked one summer with the parks department, and to the
is the St. James cemetery, where one of my ancestors is buried.
To the north of Queens Park is the Yorkville district, which is famous for
producing considerable musical talent in the 1960s.Think of Joni Mitchell,
Neil Young, John Kay and Steppenwolf, David Clayton Thomas, Zal Yanofsky
the Lovin Spoonful, Gordon Lightfoot, Lighthouse. What started the rock
music scene in Toronto was the arrival of Ronnie Hawkins from Arkansas in
the late 50s. Many of his band members went on to great fame. Does the
"The Band" ring a bell?
Please forgive the digression.
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