This picture was taken after our First communion around 1948. I am walking next to Sister Veronica along Adelaide street towards the Front of St. Mary's Seperate school. The school was divided and there was seperate playgrounds for the boys and girls. Firt Communion was a big celecration back then and all the family got to-gether and feasted. The usual girls from your sponsor was a Sunday Mass book. In the background is seen the original St. Mary's School and the St. Mary's Church Rectory. My father attended the first school around 1925. The old school became a school for challenged children than a girls club.
MY parent's wedding photo taken with immediate family. Married in 1939
This is me and my mother in 1943 standing at the corner of Adelaide and Niagara in front of Niagara street Public school. Mom took me ther in hopes to register me at that school for the closness of the school and for my safety . They would not accept me there since my family paid seperate school taxes and I was than forced to attend St. Mary's Catholic School at Adelaide and Bathurst.
This is a picture taken in 1941 of my grandmother Maria and Grandfather Domenic sitting on the roof of their back kitchen at their family home at 249 Niagara Street in Toronto. This is the same roof that I remember my grandmother and Aunts laying out their tomates to haver home made sun dried tomatoes. Notice in the background is a building with Cosgraves Brewery sign on top. This brewery sat at the south east corner of Queen street and Niagara. The brewery provided a garden on their property that the community could use and had beautiful flowers and all the neighbourhood flocked to this spot for a heavely retreat. Picture of the garden to follow. This wonderful garden was across the road from "Charlie's yeast Donuts". I swear these were the original Crispy Cream Donuts but better.
grew up in Toronto in the Trinity Bellwoods area. Our home was at 249 Niagara street and this was the street were all our family lived. My mother who came from a farm in Manitoba as a young girl to search for work met my father at a dance in St. Stanslaus Church. i was told that they spend many dates sightseeing in the big city of Tornto in the late 1930's This is my mother and father in Stanley Park standing at the baseball diamond which was on Adelaide Street just below Niagara. I remember how wonderful it was when all the men in the family would venture down to Stanley Park to see the baseball games of local teams. My mother was a wonderful classy dresser and loved her clothes. in her hair was a long brush which she showed me later how she would roll her hair around the brush to create the roll at the back which went from ear to ear. I also found a small booklet that showed were she purchased her clothing on small instalments, I will show this pament book later in a post.
Growing up in the Bathurst and Queen area was wonderful lots of good memories and plenty of parks along with plenty of bars. Mom and dad while courting spent lots of time touring the parks are areas in the community since Mom came from a farm out west and found the city to her liking. She wrote on the back of this picture Sonny and I enjoying some time in Bellwoods Park. This would be around 1939.
My grandmother wit the Bannish' family taken on their homestead around 1915 at Cookcreek Maitoba. My grandmothher a Wozney sits with my grandfather Peter Bannish with them are his sister's and brothers. At the far right is their father Anton Bannish or Banas from Warsaw (noral) Poland
Thi photo must have been taken around 1935. The lady in themiddle holding the baby is my grandmother annie Bannish holding her son Jim. The young lady at the far left in the stripped dress is my mother Aniela. The lady at the second on in on the right is her sister Sophie. Taken on the family farm I think in Clandeboy Manitoba. I am alway impressed how well they dresses given their means and work required to maintain a living from the farm.
Jim and Aniela Bannish. My mother with her brother taken in the late 1940's on a visit to her family in Selkirk Manitoba
Taken around 1938 sitting on the edge of the balcony at 249 Niagara street.
Mom sitting on the long bench at Stanley Park where the baseball games were played in the summer and all the neighbourhood would meet ther. This was just below Niagara on Adelaide and across from this park were small white war time houses were many friend of mine lived. On the other side of the ball fied to the right there were some very large house for some very well to do people (so we thought)
ONe of their favourite parks was the grounds at the Fort York Armouries. Here they are sitting on the grass and my mother's girlfriend Anne Fanning would along with her friend go on tours of the area.
Thanks to my son who saved man memories of our family. This is the taxi license that mY father had and his taxi cab number was 1522. He eventually sold the license to a large taxi company in Toronto and moved up to Collingwood permanently.
Pictures taken in the late 1930 or early 1940.
My father showing off his catch from the Humber River where he and his cronnies spend many hours fishing, I remember asking my mom where on the Humber river did they fish and she said where the river came near the exhibition park and entered the lake.
This is a newspaper write up from the early 1950's when the St,Mary's Girls club was in the old school building. These were my friend who attended the club. Sure wish I knew where they are now. Recognize any names?
Taken in Manitoba taken day for a special event probably around 1936 a family photo that impresses me as to how well they did dress on a minimum budget. My mother in the fur trimmed coat on the far right with her sister Sophie in a fur trimmed coat also. All men wore hats and suits.
Standing in front of 249 Niagara looking across the road to homes of relatives around 1950
My sisiter and older cousin Jeneatte and my cousin Anthjony taken at the entrance to 249 and 251 Niagara street. Across the road is my Uncle Frank who lived 244 Niagara Street Toronto Taken late 1940's
taken on a visit to Selkirk Manitoba in 1948. Dad and I on Babba's tractor
Fishing in the Humber River in the 1950's. My father is baiting my sister's rod while I am lollygagging laying on the overturned boat.
My father Fishing in the Humber River at the foot of the exhibition. This would have been in the 1950's
Love this photo. This is My grandmother with mother Anielia on the right with her sister Sophie, sitting in the carriage on their way to town.
My grandfather Peter Bannish in a photo studio in Winnipeg Manitoba, and I suspect around 1910
1940's to 1950's there was a rose garden at the top end of Niagara street west side at Richmond near Queen. This is my mother standing at the entrance to this garden that was maintained by the Okeefe Brewery at Cosgraves. many families in the area went there to sit meet and greet. a wonderful gathering place
This is a glimpse of Niagara street looking toward Queen street.
I think this was taken of my father Solino in the late 1960's while scrapping the sidewalk in front of the family home at 249/251 Niagara street.
In the background the little white house was the home of Jimmie and Jean Paul who ran the little grocaery store next to 245 Niagara street.
That was a store owned by Mr. Humphrey and we would buy most groceries from that little corner store where you could run up a tab and pay on pay day. Mt Paul was a band drummer and his son Kenny played with me and my cousins. Where is Kenny Paul now???
This was my aunt and cousin enjoying a day in the garden. Across the road from the garden eventually was the home of "Charlie's Yeast Donuts'. Walk in and see the donuts going down the line. Amazing place long before Crispy Cream
My beautiful mother sitting in the grass with her friens prior to leaving home in Selkirk Manitoba and coming to Toronto to find work. She was very fashionable. She purchased her clothing on paymnet plan after arriving in Toronto. I have a copy of one her payment books will show it later
This is the St. Mary's Chatholic Womens league in the 1950's. The league included my mother and 8 relatives from the Niagara street family. This was in the rectory of St. Mary's Church bathurst and adelaide.
My girlfriend Carol and I in my back garden at 249 Niagara street. This was the mid 1950's and note that the back yard had wonderful grape vines lots of tomatoes Zucchini and spices growing there. There was a chicken coop that eventually became a playhouse. For years I remeber the family using the basement to make wine, and the barrells were stored there too.
This 1950's picture is of Donald, Carol, Karen and Mureen standing beside an empty lot on Niagara street. The empty lot eventually became "Cotton Felts".. Behind them is Queen Street. The house with the white porch seen to the left side belonged to our friend Kenny Paul. His parent Jimmie and Jean had the small grocery store at the corner next to 245 Niagara. We would stop there of buy candy treats during our lunch hours since everyone came home for lunch on school days. The store was actually owned by MR. Humphreys. The front window was a layer of penny type candies. Each corner had a grocery store there was Mr. Stein and there was Gregorio
standin in front of 245 Niagara street looking toward Queen street. This was in the mid 1950's.
Taken in the 1960's my mom standing in front of our family home at 249 Niagara stree in the background is Niagara street school and to the left across the road from the school was a smal groceries store owned and run by Mr. Stien.
This is a picture of me my two cousin Jeanette and Gloria. We are standing in front of an empty lot next to 251 Niagara street. The back of 251 was a room that was actually a caboose from a decomishoned C.P.R. railroad car. This property later became "Cotton Felts". Probably taken 1953
Taken around 1947 posing in front 249 Niagara street
An outing I suspect would be at Alexander Park near Dundas and bathurst Toronto.
KERN'S Dress shop on Yonge street Toronto in 1940 allowed payment plans for clothing purchases. This is where my mother bought her clothing.This was started in 1940 but mom arrived in Toronto around 1939 and started this payment plan after finding employment
Payment of $1.00 a week was able to keep my mother very fashionable.
My mother Nellie (Aniela) Bannish taken in Selkirk Manitoba in 1925
My mother wrote on the back of this photo "Sonny (my dad's nick name) standing in front of 249 Niagara street" with Queen street in the background. This would have been taken around 1937 with his tin lunch pail under his arm He worked at John Inglis on Strachan Ave.
Actual real eatate listing from 1966 for the sale of 249 Niagara street
Actual listing of sale of the family home at 249 Niagara street. The home was listed with a real estate broker who was a relative and after the home was sold sp very quickly my parents wanted to reneg they decided they did not want to sell but they were not able to pull the offer. According to the realtor. They may have regretted their decision to sell when they decided to move to Collingwood.
I found the picture of my father Solino Spacca and it shows him sitting on a horse in front of the family home at 249 niagara Street Toronto. In the doorway watching are two of his sister's and this was when a photographer came around to the homes. It was a great day to sit on the horse and have your picture taken and it seemed There was always a few pennies in the kiddie to pay for the thrill and escitement to allow the children to sit on a real live horse. My daighter born early 60's had her picture sitting on a horse as Ialso did, but my son born 65 never had that opportunity, since a real live horse never came around the homes agaian The last of a great excitiing tradition.
This very treasured photo shows my mother far right and her parent Annie and Peter bannish. There are other Bannish members Alex and Katie. This was hard living and working from the land. Taken aroung 1924 in Cookscreek or Cloverdale Manitoba??? (I think)
Here I am standin in front of 249 Niagara street with Niagara Street school in the background. This would be in the early to mid 1950's and I remember the pale lue boucle jacket that was then called Poodle cloth. I felt I was soooo fashionable. The jacket had no buttons push up sleeves that were not set in and a very wide collar. Loved it.
Aniela Jean Bannish my mother sitting on the front steps of the Tip Top Tailors Building 1938
My mother's Uncle Joe Wozney and his wife Marie. Taken in Selkirk Manitoba??? in the mid 1930's. My grandmother was a Wozney.
A wedding dress that was rented but the beautiful calla lilies made in all right and special
Original picture in original cardbord frame. This is my mother as a bridesmaid in a cousin's wedding taken in Selkirk Manitoba around 1925.
My father sitting in front of all the girls at the First St. Mary's school. He was in the care of his sitters Sabina and annie and went to school with them on picture day.
Captain George Elliot and his new Bride Christine Blackburn married in Liverpool 1928.
cousin Gloria daughter of my father's sister Annie. Gloria wedding day to Richard Murray seated are more cousins
Captain George Elliott and his bride after their marriage
My husbands parent on their honeymoon in Cartagena Columbia