Friday, September 2, 2016

Photo Finds

1. Starts with  J
2. Week's Favorite

The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

August 2016 - Toronto ON

Starts with J - Since we've covered off some famous Toronto notables such as Bloor and Gardiner we'll continue with Jarvis.

William and Samuel Jarvis

The Jarvis' family were an unsavoury lot and I'm not sure why we would have named a street after them but times change.

Samuel Jarvis fought in the War of 1812, and was part of the city's pioneering political class when Toronto was incorporated. His father, William Jarvis, was a militiaman and member of early local governments in York, the town that eventually became Toronto.

Most historians argue the Jarvis' were unsavoury characters — "turkeys," "incompetent," "lazy," "selfish," and "dishonest" are just some of the adjectives that can be found in Toronto literature to describe the father and son.
Keeping to the facts, the Jarvis family were indeed slave-holders. TheJarvises owned at least six slaves, according to John Ross Robertson's 1894 book Landmarks of Toronto, even as the mood and law in Upper Canada was decidedly anti-slavery.

Samuel Jarvis, William's son, is also not fondly remembered. The younger Jarvis was notoriously hostile to First Nations in Toronto. At one point, he even spent time in jail for murder.

Both Jarvis men were caught stealing in their roles with Upper Canada's government, but Samuel was the first Jarvis to have to repay the money he stole.

When he was the Chief Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Upper Canada, Samuel was found guilty of embezzling some £4,000 from First Nations groups in the area.

After he was caught, the younger Jarvis was forced to sell his land to reimburse Toronto. His property, called Hazel Burn, was sold to the city to pay the debt, and a boulevard in that property is now known as Jarvis Street.

WEEK'S FAVOURITE - Not a lot of photos taken this week other than at the Ex, the CNE that I mentioned under the letter E. 

There were many of these painted chairs but my favourite was this showing the Princes' Gates with the CN Tower in the background. Not a photo you can get today as there is now a condo in the way as you can see from the next photo.

SURPRISE - when we were in Montreal last weekend we stopped (i know, gasp, surprise) to look at a church - check back on Sunday. Imagine our SURPRISE as we walked around one of the buildings and found a windmill on the shores of the St. Lawrence!


A is for Adelaide St
B is for Bloor St
C is for Chechalk Lane
D is for Dundas St and Square
E is for Exhibition Place
F is for Front StG is for Gardiner Expressway
H is for High Park
I is for Islington


  1. The windmill's quite a surprise. The Jarvis clan sound like nasty unpleasant people. I had no idea.

  2. I love surprises like yours. Interesting history about Jarvis Street. This afternoon, I watched a movie about 18th century English upperc lass in which the gentlemen were portrayed as needing to marry well-to-do ladies in order to live the rich life to which they're accustomed, especially when they weren't the first-born son.

  3. I like your windmill find, Jackie. It's a pretty one. We sure missed that but can't see everything in just three visits. Those Jarvis people were something, wonder what got into the powers to name a street after them?

  4. I must say, the Jarvis family does not sound very pleasant. Love the artwork on the chair. The windmill, surprise as it was, has to be my favorite. Something about living in a landlocked state makes lighthouses seem quite romantic. Thanks so much for joining me in Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week!

  5. lovely streetsign but the chair I like much more

    Have a nice ABC-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-team)

  6. I've been to Toronto only once, for four days, but I liked it.



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