Friday, November 22, 2013

HR&J's President Kennedy Tribute.....and what Fort William and Port Arthur, Ontario was doing on that day....

     Everyone who was at least 11 or 12 years old or older when President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 will pretty much remember where they were and what they were doing on that fateful day.  For myself, I was working at Spicer's Tire Service (my first real job) on May St., and was doing some Friday work in the office when it was announced on the radio.
     I don't have the actual newspaper from the day that President Kennedy was assassinated, but I have two Fort William Newspapers from November 23, 1963, the day after the assassination as well as a November 25th, 1963 front page shown halfway through this post.  I wanted to show everyone a few bits and pieces from the two newspapers just to give you an idea of what was going on in our two cities at the time.  CLICK ON ALL THE ADS AND CLIPPINGS BELOW ONCE AND/OR TWICE FOR SCREEN SIZE ENLARGEMENTS!

The following advertisements were in the above newspaper.  Some interesting tidbits of what our cities were doing during that era.
Remember the wonderful Chapples
Santa Claus Show?


Macleods Department Store and Automotive Centre was on 201 S. Syndicate with a MAyfair phone number, and a little further south down Syndicate Ave at Arthur Street was Arthur and Syndicate B/A service run by Terry Lacey and Ken Taylor.

Check out the prices here...Pork Chops 49¢ a pound, and soup at only .09¢ a tin.

You could also buy a '57 Plymouth 2-door hardtop V8 standard transmission for only $475.

Hard to believe!!


This next Daily Times Journal was out 3 days after President Kennedy's assassination.

Two of the major Department Stores of the day were of course Eaton's of Canada and Chapples Limited.  If you double click on these following two ads, you can enjoy seeing some styles and prices of the day.


Chapples Limited Victoria Ave.
 Eaton's Christmas Shopping day for these fine items.....
The prices are great!!

It's great to see the so called ultra-modern ski equipment of the has completely changed how we even downhill ski anymore in the 21st century...
Buy a new Corvair at Kam Motors
Remember Ralph Nader's book "Unsafe
at Any Speed". 
We watched "Irma la Douce" at the
Capitol Theatre.

ABOVE - George Burke Jewelers was at the corner of Arthur and Cumberland Streets in Port Arthur Street is Red River Road after our two cities amalgamated. could buy a 3 bedroom cottage for only $5500. which is about 1/5th the cost of an average good car today.
Uncle Franks Supper Club is now Beaux Daddy's today.
......and Gordon Wilson and Mickey Hennessy were running for aldermen on November 25th, 1963...only 3 days after President Kennedy was assassinated.
Hoped you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed doing it.......... RIP JFK.

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