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The history behind the familiar

By Michael Walsh

Metcalfe Avenue (part 2)

Here’s the second part of our walk that begins at the junction of Metcalfe Avenue and Hillside Lane and continues where the street intersects Cote St. Antoine:

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257 Metcalfe

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George H. Wood, architect, Hutchison & Wood – 1894

“Alexander Cowper Hutchison, architect (b at Montréal 2 Apr 1838; d there 1 Jan 1922). One of Victorian Montréal’s most prolific and prestigious architects, he epitomized the generation of native-born, self-taught men who shaped the city during the second half of the 19th century. Trained as a stonemason, he supervised the cut-stone work on Montréal’s Christ Church Cathedral and the East Block of the Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, before establishing a private practice in Montréal shortly after 1865. The firm was known until 1890 as Hutchison and Steele, thereafter as Hutchison and Wood.”
The Canadian Encyclopedia

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C. P. Simpson, clerk – 1894
J. Cradock Simpson, estate agent – 1894

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John McGill, very reverend – 1894
G. F. Johnston, reverend – 1902

309 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
Edmund McMahon, coroner – 1894

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Edmond McMahon, Coroner de Montréal et Magistrat de Westmount, est né à Sainte-Rose, comté Laval, le 18 octobre 1852, du mariage de Félix McMahon, médecin, et de Angèle Plessis Bélair, fille de Léon Plessis Bélair. Il a fait ses études classiques au collège Ste-Thérèse, et plus tard au collège de Montréal. À sa sortie du collège, il obtint la position de sous-greffier de la Paix. Admis au barreau de la Province de Québec, en issi. Trois ans plus tard, c’est-à-dire en mai, il était nommé député greffier de la Paix, en charge du bureau des Magistrats de police de Montréal. Nommé Coroner de Montréal, en 1882, et Magistrat de la ville de Westmount, en 1891. Littérateur, il a collaboré à plusieurs revues et fut notamment, en 1880, rédacteur en chef de l’Album Musical. Musicien, il fut pendant plusieurs années, maître de chapelle à Notre-Dame de Montréal et à la Basilique.
Biographies canadiennes-françaises, 1925

William Fullerton, J. A. Ogilvy & Sons – 1902
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George Sulley, manager – 1894

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316 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
William C. Jarvis, bookkeeper – 1894

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J. M. Henderson, bookkeeper – 1894

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Thomas Brady, editor – 1894

338 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
William Hill, Hill & Forbes – 1894
William Hill, paint, oil and varnish merchant – 1902

341 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
J. A. Sheffield, superintendent – sleeping and dining car department C.P.R. – 1902

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355 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
Robert Harvie, Brodie & Harvie – 1894

“Manufacturers of flour – particularly “self-raising” brands that “produce a light porous and very digestible bread, without the loss attendant on fermentation, which is greater than the additional cost of self-raising flour.”
International Exhibition – 1876 – Reports and Awards, 1880

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Alexander “AG” Cross, Cross & Brodie – 1902

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H. H. Lang, Lang Manufacturing Company – 1902

“The Lang Manufacturing Co,. Biscuits and Confectionary, St.. Monique Street, Montreal – this business had its origin in 1879 when it was established by Henry Steinson and others… These gentlemen… have succeeded… in building up and maintaining undoubtedly the largest trade in plain and fancy biscuits in Eastern Canada. They are also manufacturers of every description of every description of confectionary and do an immense business in this line as well.”
Industries of Canada – City of Montreal – Leading Firms and Moneyed Institutions, 1886

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K. M. Fenwick, reverend and professor – 1894

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George MacBean, George MacBean & Son – 1902

“Grain and Produce Merchants – wholesale dealers in Wheat, Pease, Oats, Barley, Buckwheat, Hay, Straw, Flour, Oatmeal, Mill Stuffs, Seed Grain, Grass Seeds, &c. – No. 28 St. Sacrament Street, Montreal”
A Chronology of Montreal and Canada from 1752-1893. F. Terrill, 1893

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Clogg Mrs. M. widower J. R. – 1902
W. J. Clogg, J. R. Clogg & Company – 1902

“Commission merchants, Importers and Wholesale Dealers in Foreign and Canadian Fruits. 169 McGill Street and Bonsecours Market Montreal.”
Industries of Canada – City of Montreal, 1886

387 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
George Bockstael, tobacconist – 1894

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R. Shewan, commercial traveller – 1894

401 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
A. J. Lawrence, Wells & Richardson Company – 1902

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“…Wells and Richardson Co. Ltd of Montreal (a marketing company) introduced Diamond Dye Mat and Rug Patterns in an early 1900s flyer… (the company) marketed 16 of their own pattern designs… They also had a United States operation in Connecticut.
Rug Art – Rescued from Oblivion, S. Conrod & H. Conrod

411 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
W. F. Heney, E. N. Heney & Company – 1902
Wholesale manufacturers of and dealers in harness, saddlery, saddlery hardware, fine carriages and carriage findings.

413 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
William Davidson, Mariait and Armstrong – 1902
Law firm.

417 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
W. B. S. Reddy,  Reddy & Reddy – 1902

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424 Metcalfe

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Beswick Mrs. R. widower T. – 1902

419 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
J. Ronald, Elder, Dempster & Company – 1902

Also known as the African Steamship Company, the “firm entered into the Canadian trade by taking over some the Canadian routs of the Dominion Line…four years later the Beaver Line was purchased securing Liverpool to/from Canada routes. In 1903 Elder Dempster Sold its Beaver Line interests to C.P.R.”
Passenger and Merchant Ships of the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian Northern Railways, D. R. P. Guay

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H. Lawlor, collector – Canada Department of Inland revenue – 1902

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T. W. Winfield, reverend pastor, Melville Presbyterian Church – 1902

431 Metcalfe (Former Civic Number)
W. A. Penfield – 1902

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Albert Staunton – 1902





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Michael Walsh is a long-time Westmount resident. He enjoys walking with the family’s Saint Bernard while photographing the beauty and hidden history of Westmount through his blog at Westmount Overlooked.

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  1. Andy Dodge


    We have to get together some time and compare notes, but for now I just want to point out that Wilder G. Penfield was only 11 years old in 1902 and didn’t move to Montreal until 1928, lived on Montrose Ave. (though I’ve still got to check on the address). Have to check on the identity of W.A. Penfield, but it certainly isn’t the famous neurosurgeon.

    I certainly appreciate all you’re doing!

    Andy Dodge

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