I am writing this testimonial on behalf of my great-uncle.
His name is Harold Ship and his story of Beaconsfield goes all the way back to 1922.
His family had a small gatehouse in Beaurepaire and his mother, father and three older sisters spent their summers there for six consecutive years. Harold said that there were not too many houses at this time in the town, and each house had a lot of land. Their house was very small; only 2 bedrooms with 1 bathroom. All the children slept in one room.
To get to and from the city where his father worked as a tailor and where the family lived during the majority of the year, they would take a bus, which would pick them up in town and would go all the way down Highway 2 to Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, stopping in Beaconsfield. His father would commute home during the week for work, but the rest of the family stayed in Beaconsfield permanently during the summer.
Harold is probably one of the few people who can say he was actually born in Beaconsfield. When his mother was pregnant with him, she went into labor two weeks early. In a panic, his father rushed to Lachine hospital, where he met up with the doctor. They came back to the house together and the doctor delivered the baby. Harold was born on July 27, 1922.
As a young kid, Harold remembers playing with his sisters and bike riding while in Beaconsfield. He also swam in the lake with his sisters. He describes his summers in Beaconsfield as being a very happy time for his family.