|THE 1940's: TIME OF LOYALTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY.|
*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.|
|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.|
|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.
JULY 11, 1939: HISTORIC NIGHT A SPECTACULAR METEORITE DROPPED ON A DRESDEN AREA FARM
|Luke Smith (right) and farmer friend Marshall McFadden admire the Dresden meteorite resting between then on a porch step. Later that day, Smith persuaded the original finder, Dan Salomon, to sell him the space rock for a paltry $4.00.|
|Beth Ross, sister of Dresden|
newspaper editor Charles Ross,
in the process of cleaning the
Solomon farm meteorite.
Many in the area at the time protested that Smith had taken unfair advantage of Soloman, but he held fast claiming that a deal is a deal and "the law of supply and demand held good, even for meteorites." He subsequently refused a number of offers to purchase (including universities in the U.S. and the Smithsonian Institution) in the $200.00 range, holding out for his price of $800.00 to $1,000.00.
Newspaper accounts about the meteorite appeared daily. So did hordes of motorists, some from as far away as Ohio, who lined the concession road in front of Solomon’s farm for days on end, eager to see the meteorite. Although they were disappointed to find out that it was no longer there, many helped themselves to small chips of the meteorite that had splattered off when it plowed into the ground, or had been rubbed off it by the chain used in its excavation. Wilfred Solomon remembers selling small chips to passing motorists for a few pennies each. Many of the tourists were from the U.S., prompting one newspaper (London Free Press, July 22, 1939) to wryly note: "...American tourists have gone home with a large number of fragments from the recent spectacular meteor. This addition to Canada's tourist income will never be known, probably."
"A piece (of the meteorite) landed in the field of a neighbor on the Prince Albert Side Road in the 13th Concession of Chatham Township. When the neighbor retrieved the remnant, he put it into his flower garden," Frank adds.