My last blog post inspired local resident Chad Hayter to contact me and share some of his families historical photos, documents, newspapers and postcards, including the original photo of the gentlemen standing out in front of the Columbia Hotel. His mother, Mary Louise Hayter’s (Bindner) family built the Columbia. The photo also had the names … Continue reading Alvinston Vintage Postcards, Local Band, Collector Plates, Spoons, Old News and an Interesting Document
Category: Alvinston History
Old Alvinston Photo’s ~ Help Put a Name to that Face!
I’ve been working on a more in-depth story which will be published on Monday. It’s more in-depth and spans a little history alongside present day. Through looking at historic photos with the help of Terry MacDonald she sent me this amazing photo of some of the Columbia Hotel’s patrons. Terry has had this photograph since … Continue reading Old Alvinston Photo’s ~ Help Put a Name to that Face!
Early Baseball Teams
It’s always great to get old photos but even better when they have names to go with the faces! Thank you to Ruth McCallum for lending these to copy and add to the blog. Photo taken October 18th 1958. All photos - Back Row left to right: Ralph Prince, Jack Dolbear, Ray Douglas, Ron Munro, … Continue reading Early Baseball Teams
Alvinston, Stories From The Church ReVamp and Resolutions
My painting “Death” selected as a finalist painting in the 16th International ARC Salon This year, 2023 came in with a bang for me waking up with a flu after ringing in the new year with family and friends. Living in the old Anglican Church here in Alvinston allows me a place to be able … Continue reading Alvinston, Stories From The Church ReVamp and Resolutions
Memories of Christmas Past
Still from a video shot by Mrs Brennan, shot around 1956 - 59 at the Alvinston Santa Claus Parade (corner of River Street and Railroad) When I worked at the Standard Guide Advocate each year around Christmas we were asked to collect personal Christmas stories, poems etc from folks in the community. Some of those … Continue reading Memories of Christmas Past
This Ain’t My First Rodeo!
First year of the Alvinston Pro Rodeo - 2018 - Brooke-ALvinston’s own Tyler Foster In 2017 members of the Alvinston Fair Board were inspired by two local cowboys who were making names for themselves on the rodeo circuit. Champions Tyler Foster and Rod Reese, Tyler won the title of International professional Rodeo Association(IPRA) World Champion … Continue reading This Ain’t My First Rodeo!
A Brief History of Brooke Fire Rescue’s Air Raid Siren
Siren located in top left of photo - Beside the entrance of once was Alvinston’s Fire Hall In 2019 Brooke Fire Rescue installed a fully restored air raid siren at the Alvinston Fire Station. A few years previous to this I remember Alvinston Firefighter, Charlie Cutler telling me about finding the siren mixed into debris … Continue reading A Brief History of Brooke Fire Rescue’s Air Raid Siren
Saturday Night In Alvinston, 1948
River Street, Alvinston - Borrowman Pro Hardware Researching stories for this blog come out of unexpected places. At times it’s stories I have been told through my regular gig as a bartender , presently at the Alvinston Legion or stories told to me while working at Lou’s Country Cookin’ when I first moved here. When … Continue reading Saturday Night In Alvinston, 1948
Facelift for the Alvinston Cenotaph
Alvinston Cenotaph - unveiled June 29th 1921 Alvinston Centotaph - Rededication July 9th 2022 Alvinston Cenotaph Daily life in Alvinston can quite often keep it’s residents moving from place to place. Baseball games, figure skating, rodeos, work, school or spending some time at the library. In the background of our daily lives the Alvinston Cenotaph … Continue reading Facelift for the Alvinston Cenotaph
Archie “Jamaica” Campbell and his Conservation Legacy
“ Brooke-Alvinston Councillor and board member for the SCRCAFrank Nemcek was quoted in the Petrolia Independent on the demolition of the Sugar Shack saying, “once it’s gone, it’s hard to get back, we have to keep what we have.”