The Mystery of Fod Sparyk

Some stories tell themselves and it's idiotic to try and condense them. As soon as I came across a mention that "Fod Sparyk" (sounds like a Douglas Adams character) had been killed in Britannia in 1907, I just had to know the whole story. The only thing I will note is that $36 from 1907 … Continue reading The Mystery of Fod Sparyk

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Elroy’s Canteen aka Merrifield’s, and a mystery.

According to Ottawa's Britannia "A grocery store, Elroy’s Canteen, at the corner of Scrivens and Walter, began to operate by 1948 and was managed by Thomas Merrifield." Below is the only reference I could find anywhere on google or the newspaper archives for "Elroy's Canteen"; other than that, nothing. So all trace of "Elroy's Canteen" … Continue reading Elroy’s Canteen aka Merrifield’s, and a mystery.

Britannia at War: Sons of Britannia in the Great War

I recently came across the Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers which is to say, the WWI recruitment papers for: Name: Robert Raphael LahaiseJoined: July 8, 1916 Relative: Mr L LahaiseBirth : 23/05/1898 Britannia, Ontario Residence: Britannia, Ontario Occupation: Teamster Yes, eighteen year old Roman Catholic teamster, son of Louis Lahaise, the ice merchant, carthage operator, … Continue reading Britannia at War: Sons of Britannia in the Great War

One ringy dingy: Hand’s Grocers, Telephone and Post Office, 1887

The Ottawa Journal, 30 May 1887, Mon, Page 3 So in 1887 Britannia Village got a telephone at Mrs Hand's grocery; just minutes walk from anywhere in the village. Not only the convenience of a grocers and a telephone, but in 1889 Catherine Hand also became the Post Master [sic]. Hand's was at the corner of Britannia … Continue reading One ringy dingy: Hand’s Grocers, Telephone and Post Office, 1887

Greenview Ave

Today Greenview (originally Park Ave) is really just an extension of Pinecrest Rd (originally John St), but it is not named as that because historically Greenview consisted of the section from Howe (then Dufferin) to Don (then Cameron). (See A street by any other name). As explained in the post about "Lorne Green Way": Greenview … Continue reading Greenview Ave

Britannia at War: Proud Home of the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, D Squadron

How it must have thrilled the stout hearts of Britannia when on May 23rd, 1872, the Dominion of Canada commissioned the raising of the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, an Ottawa based Cavalry Troop. How much more so when they learned that D Squadron would be based in Britannia! Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion … Continue reading Britannia at War: Proud Home of the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, D Squadron