Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

February 2021 - Toronto ON

School Lane

This name was suggested because of schools in the area, both past & present, including Church St. Junior Public School, Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Canada's National Ballet School, Le Collège Français and Havergal College.

“CALLAGHAN LANE” after Morley Callaghan who was born in 1903 to an Irish Catholic family. Callaghan grew up on Belshaw Place in Cabbagetown and was later educated at the University of Toronto. Callaghan attended Osgoode Hall in the mid- 1920s, but never engaged in the practice of law. Instead, Callaghan worked at the Toronto Star, where he was a junior reporter. In his time there, he met writer Ernest Hemingway who was supportive of his craft. In 1928, Callaghan’s first novel, Strange Fugitive, hit the shelves and his subsequent popularity garnered him the informal title of Canada’s first urban novelist. By the 1950s, Callaghan mapped his skills as a writer to the emerging broadcast industry and thereby became known to a much larger audience. His writings continued to be successful and in 1951 Callaghan received Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for his book The Loved and the Lost. A later success was his 1963 memoir, That Summer In Paris. Callaghan achieved the Companion of the Order of Canada. He died in 1990.

“VERNER LANE” after John Verner, the owner of the popular Cabbagetown store at 283 Parliament Street (demolished). J. Verner Mc Aree, the nephew of the owner, used the store as a primary setting in his book Cabbagetown Store. The work records the writer’s upbringing with his Uncle John and Aunt Polly. Together, they lived onsite and operated their business from the 1870s to World War I. The store was known to take credit and issue no interest loans to their Cabbagetown clientele. While not a formal lending institution, the general stores of Cabbagetown exemplified the challenging economic circumstances under which many Cabbagetowners lived and the standard of personal attention given to them as clientele of the store.



  1. ...does Jarvis Collegiate Institute have any connection to Jarvis the mural artist? Each week I wonder if you will run out of lanes. Thank Jackie for stopping by, take care.

  2. The Collegiate and street are named for Samuel Jarvis who 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.

    I am wondering which artist Jarvis you are thinking of, Tom. I found a Canadian Don Jarvis and a Canadian Georgia Jarvis artists.

  3. I didn't know Callaghan and Hemingway knew each other.

  4. Once pandemic is over or lease to some level. I would like to visit our local musuem and find the name behing our mountain peaks.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  5. "Private property - no dumping"? You should dump nowhere but in bins, or what does this mean?

  6. How much fun this is to explore your own city!

  7. Reading Hemingway, he was reluctantly in Toronto back then as he was desperate for work. I knew of his connection with Morely - I believe they visited afterwards in Paris? I could be wrong on that.

    Love these old treasures of my beloved Toronto!
    And thank you for your kind wises.


  8. What wonderful people to honor with a lane named after them!

    Your link is a great addition to 'My Corner of the World' this week!


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