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*The Perrys: My Other Half http://dicktheblogster7.blogspot.ca
*Tribute to Doc Ruttle http://atributetodocruttle.blogspot.ca/

Monday, June 1, 2015

MAYOR, FORMER MAYOR DISCUSS DRESDEN IN A WIDE-RANGING 1945 RADIO BROADCAST

Walter Weese
Harold McKim

I insert the following item as an introduction to this web site because it is a first-person(s) account of the 1940s Dresden in which I grew up. Then Mayor Harold McKim and former Mayor Walter Weese were featured guests on "The Kent County Family Almanac" program aired by CFCO Radio Station in Chatham. The program was broadcast weekly, placing the spotlight on Kent County communities. What follows is the transcript from a broadcast on Thursday, March 22, 1945. I apologize for the poor quality of the transcript reproduction (a magnifying glass may help).
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I sense that Harold and Walter were just starting to get on a roll when they were typically and abruptly cut off by the announcer.  Had time permitted, I'm sure they would have given mention to Dresden merchants who not only served the town, but the neighboring rural area as well and the churches and service clubs that formed the hub of community activities.  It was good, however, that they gave prominent recognition to the contribution of Blacks (colored) in the early and current development of the town, even at a time when the racial discrimination issue was starting to rear its ugly head.  

They don't make 'em like Harold and Walter anymore...The imposition of amalgamation put and end to all of that!






Downtown Dresden of my dad's youth.

A walk down Memory Lane, 1938-1956
The downtown Dresden of my youth.





Dresden Fire Department, 1951

Interior of Majestic Theatre, Dresden, circa 1945.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FATHER AND SON...

Summer time (1941) and the livin' was easy...So was the fishin' for Ken Wright and young son Dick.  Note the Crisco can for worms and the bamboo fishing polls. 
Dick standing in front of Art Bowen's Clothing (formerly Don Weese Men's Wear) in 1955.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

REFLECTIONS OF DRESDEN: A VISIT WITH A HOMETOWN GIRL (SEE VIDEO)


Click on the video icon below to view this mini-movie stroll down memory lane. *Full screen view is recommended.  Have computer speakers 'ON'
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The video, "Reflections of Dresden", will serve as a rather unique introduction to the nostalgia included with this site. It is an edited version of a DVD that I originally produced as part of an hour-long memorial service presentation for the late Dorothy "Jeanne" (Elgie) Ellis, 1915-2011. While Jeanne married and moved away in the mid 1930's, she retained a strong attachment to her hometown and looked forward to frequent visits with family and friends. So strong was her love for Dresden that her family asked me to pay this special tribute to her at the memorial service and what better way than to take a stroll through the town that Jeanne knew so well in the 1920's and 30's, and to invite her spirit to come along with us. You will have to set aside about 18 minutes to view the complete video.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

THE 1940's: A PERIOD OF RESILIANCY IN SMALL TOWNS ACROSS CANADA



THE 1940's: TIME OF LOYALTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY.
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THE "MAKE DO" ERA
In this video I highlight my memories of growing up during World War Two.  Click the arrow on the TV screen to view the contents, about 17 minutes in duration.  Be sure your computer speakers are turned on.
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DEAR READER...
*Because I let certain online detractors and misguided emotions influence me negatively, I deleted the contents of this blog and several other Dresden related sites from a roster of more than 20 web sites.  After a brief hiatus from on-line writing, I regretted that with one knee-jerk impulse and a flick of the computer key I had wiped out a lifetime of research, memories and musings about my hometown, never to be completely recovered.  As a substitute for the original Dresden: Father and Son Turn Back the Clock web site, I include here select excerpts from my book Dresden Life Remembered.
My grandfather Nelson Perry in front of his general store in Dresden, circa, 1912.


My uncle Bill Perry (right) with Walter Dynes, members of the Dresden junior baseball team in 1915.
The Wright homestead on Sydenham Street, built by my grandfather Wesley Wright in 1878.

Grampa Nelson Perry at the wheel of his new Hupmobile, 1922.
My mother (right) in the above photo, 1917, on the steps of the Dresden school and me (below) on the same steps some 30 years later.
Dresden Continuation School students, 1934
Baxter, Perry, Burns bakery, 1890s photo.

Dresden Merwin Intermediate baseball team, circa 1920.
Dresden Legion Juveniles, proud Ontario baseball champions, 1953: From the left (front row) Don Brooker, Carl Shaw, Bruce Huff, Larry Browning, Clarke Wallace, Len Bedell (coach), Floyd McCorkle; (back row) Tom Ruckle, Jim London, Dick Wright, Bob Peters, Dean McLauglin, Bob Davis, Larry Ennett.
Newly-built Dresden School and old Sydenham River bridge in the background, circa 1915.

...AND IN THE YEAR 1938

Dresden Continuation High School, 1947-48

My Grade 2 class. Dresden Public School, 1944.
The Martins and the Coy's, 1944....From the left, Lynn Martin, me, Jim Ruttle and Terry Martin.

Downtown Dresden, circa 1915.
My mom and dad and friends dressed to the nines ready to attend an Old Boys Reunion in Petrolia, 1918.
My father Ken Wright giving Faye Craig a trim, circa 1917.



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My mother Grace and Old Betsy...the only car we ever had.

Remembrance Day service at The Cenotaph, November 11, 1956.  Members of the IODE in the front row, including my mother Grace (red checkered coat).


Bob Peters, Janet Smith and Dick at district high school track and field meet in Chatham, 1952.
Mrs. Pearl French's Grades 4/5 Dresden Public School class, 1947.




Laurie Wells, the original editor/publisher of The Dresden Times, stands at the front door of the newspaper on Queen Street (circa 1890) with his ever-present notepad and pencil at the ready.  The Times remained at this location for a good 70 years.


Like the old Maple tree, Dick stretched up too.


That's all folks!...It is my story complete with warts and wrinkles, good memories and bad. Life is kind of like that.