The St Lambert Centenial medal 1857-1957, ....... I still have mine
The hill at the garbage furnace - Upper Oak ... now a housing development
The fountain in the pool at l'Esperance Park , ...............long gone.................. only the pool remains the same
The original school 81 Green St ............... boy has it changed ...........
The temporary classrooms at the back of CCHS ( there is now a permanent addition to the High School, some thing they said in out time would been done in six months - BUT then again no one said six months from which date) )
The real train station
The present train station
Sharing the bridge
This sight was a treat to find!
As I read down the list of places and things from the St.Lambert of my childhood (the horse trough on Victoria - classic),
I couldn't help but smile.
I came to St.Lambert as a boy of about 4 or 5 from Malton (dad worked on the Avro Arrow until it went Kaput)and lived first on Desalunier (near Johnny's corner) then up on Mercille.
I remember the Lion's head fountain and paddling pool at the youth center on Lesperance and the lane-ways we walked to get there on those hot summer days.
Then a 5 cent popsicle on the way home from Lawsons
I could go on and on. Dr.Brown (on Notre-Dame) and his nurse Therese (with her big dog Blackie? beside her in the office)was my doctor.
Cathy Harper of Huntington writes ....
I too have many memories of St.Lambert and if I had not gone to Margaret Pendlebury School in Grade 3,Norm Craig would have counted a 9th first cousin.
My love of horses started at a young age as I would get up early in the morning and follow the milkman on his route with his horse drawn vehicle and I would never tire of patting is horse every time he would stop at a house.
I also remember going around town after school with Mr. Hughes from Hemmingford who sold apples,plums and peaches from the back of his blue panelled truck. We were not worried about kidnapping etc. back in those days.
Other thoughts - sponge toffee from the little store on Green across & up from the elementary school (was that Ahearns'?)
The St.Lambert BBQ on Victoria with the best (dark brown) sauce!!
Diving from the high board at the big swimming pool. The winter carnivals at Lesperance Park with the fabulous ice sculptures.
On and On...
Thanks for the memories.
My wife and I really enjoyed your site.
We were both kids in St Lambert.
My wife (Carol Langston) graduated fm CCHS in 1959 or 1960; my parents left town in the early 50s though we returned most years thereafter to visit family.
We were both born in the Home Hospital - also my parents were both born in St Lambert - my Grandfather served two terms as mayor in the 1930's.
In the school list we found no less than eight first cousins. Our only contact in town now is Bob Taylor who is still running the family business (i.e. Taylors Store).
1. The list of "Do you remembers" really hit home - between the two of us, we could relate to every single one.
The "Dougie Parsons" comment brought back memories, I lived with the Parsons family for a year before my family moved to the states. He and his brother Lloyd were really good to me during a tough period.
I remember Dougie constantly giving me a hard time because I was moving to a "foreign" country and I hadn't yet learned to speak the new language (I was in fourth grade - so what did I know). - also I had the famous (or as we then thought 'notorious') Miss Pendelburry in the Annex in, I think 2nd, grade. I remember that, despite her handicaps, she could still wield a ruler with great precision.
3. If you expand the list:- Watching movies (cartoons) on Friday night at the bandstand (Mid 1940s)
- The horse watering fountain at the intersection of Victoria and Logan
- The X-Ray machine in Hughes Shoe Store so we could see how the shoes fit - how little we knew.
- Ernie and Guaranteed Milk
- Vardun's Candy Store
- The old Post Office (which in my opinion had a great deal more class than does it's replacement)
- Watching them assemble the Fairchild pre-fabricated houses on Mortlake.
Thanks for the memories!
What a trip down memory lane!
I always thought I was "the only one" who remembered such seemingly unimportant highlights of my growing up years but, obviously, I am not alone in treasuring
these golden nuggets!
Friday evenings at the Youth Centre dances (L'esperance) with the disco ball glittering from the ceiling and Aker Bilk playing "Strangers on the Shore" as
the last dance.
Summer days at the "Youth camp" across from Holy Angels school where we got chocolate milk in a bottle with the cardboard top.
We lived across the street from the park on St. Denis so all I had to do was cross the road to watch my brother play baseball or play on the monkey bars
(forget today's plastic stuff - this was the real thing: metal) or swim in the small concrete pool. There was a wooden chalet where, during the summer, they
played music from the juke box (Wake Up Little Suzie) and during the winter we laced up our skates while the pot-bellied stove warmed us and then we went
outside to the rink and skated around to recorded music.
My Dad was a writer and avid photographer and snapped pics of The St. Lawrence Seaway's opening amongst many other "happenings". If you need any old photos of
St. Lambert, please contact me. They're amazing!
I remember going to see "Psycho" at the cinema on Victoria Street and being so scared we were afraid to walk home so we went into the little Chinese restaurant
across the street - we spent an hour eating 2 almond cookies - enough time to get our nerves up to run home.
My Mom would drag us to the A&P every Saturday morning to do our shopping my big treat was to pour the coffee beans into the grinder and push the button - I can
still smell the aroma!
'Round about 1970 or '71 St. Lambert had a weekend craft fair - started out in the morning with pancakes and sausages and went all day with various artists
showing their wares. Don't know if this was just a one-off or if it went on for a few years.
Anyway, so sorry to bore you with all of this nostalgia but I was so taken by your site and the memories it conjured I just had to let you know how
appreciative I am. I moved to St. Lambert when I was 9 months old and left when I was 23 so you can
imagine how dear to my heart this wonderful place is!
Please contact me should you want to see some great photos!
June Killen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oakville, Ontario Canada
Monday, October 06, 2008 at 13:45:26 (CDT)
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