Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
As per the request to the city to name the lane Frank Natale Lane.
Mr. Natale is now almost ninety years of age and in frail condition, but, for over fifty years he operated a business known as Elgin Produce, accessed through the lane described above, which has recently been expropriated by the City. (Note: Frank Natale has since passed away )
The Natale family emigrated from Sicily in the early 1900’s and lived in and/or operated businesses in three properties 130, 132 and 134 Dundas St. East, which backed onto the lane. Frank Natale still owns one of the properties, namely 132 Dundas St. East. Elgin Produce is still operated by Frank’s son and grandsons, although it has now moved to larger premises. In addition to a son in the business, Frank’s other children include a Toronto police officer, a teacher and a nurse at St. Michael’s hospital.
This would be a fitting recognition of the contributions of a hard working family, now into the fourth generation as Canadians and Torontonians, who were and still are respected in the area and have a long standing connection with the lane and this section of Dundas.
The lane runs between Dalhousie and Mutual, North of Dundas and South of the former Sears warehouse building.Robert Simpson Co. Mail-Order Building and Additions
108 Mutual Street
This photo from November 1920 shows just how large the Merchandise Building was – and still is – looming over the corner of Dundas and Mutual Streets
Building and Additions 1916-1939 This landmark industrial building was designed by Chicago architect Max Dunning and the Toronto firm of Burke Horwood and White. In later years matching additions were built to the north. Originally serving as a warehouse manufacturing and administrative building for the Robert Simpson Co. mail-order business it also became the first headquarters of Simpsons-Sears (later Sears Canada) in 1952. In the late 1990s the building was converted to residential lofts.
Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act 1997.