In 1947 Beaconsfield Boulevard was highway #2 to Ottawa and Toronto. There were no street lights or sidewalks. The garbage dump was behind the woods of the property at 331 Beaconsfield Blvd. Everyone had septic tanks and wells for water. There was no mail delivery; we picked up our mail in Pointe Claire until the pick-up location was moved to a house on Beaconsfield Court. There were no stores in Beaconsfield at that time. There were only deliveries for bread, milk and laundry.
One fall, the farmer, who lived in the area known as Richmond Court at the time, had to keep some of his pigs because the Swift packing plant was on strike. Well, of course, they escaped one day and the few of us living nearby spent the afternoon trying to help him recover his animals. Hilarious!
Most of the properties in Beaurepaire and Beaconsfield were farms, but a lot of the summer houses were on the lakeside which brought a lot of Montreal people.
Joan Irwin, Ruth Daily and I decided to start a Kindergarten with a qualified teacher (can’t remember her name). It was held in the basement of Christ Church in Beaurepaire. We registered some of the children which helped us hire a teacher and get equipment. It was a great success, but as often happens, the Home and School Association decided to take over. I don’t think we were ever given credit for getting it started. Also, a group of us put on a Revue to help the Home and School raise some money.
One weekend, we loaned our house and grounds for an art show and sherry party to raise money for the library. Kay Betts, our devoted librarian, helped with the organization of the event.
The Campbells bought the property next to us on both sides of Beaconsfield Blvd. They built a large barn to house a number of cows and horses who spent their time breaking through the fence and coming onto our property. They really enjoyed the flowers in our window boxes. We were not amused!
by B. Jockel