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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.

Dresden Fire Brigade in front of their Fire Hall, circa 1900. 

Original Dresden Town Hall, 1906, located on Market Square (today Jackson's Park).
The Green Mountain Hotel (above), well-dressed citizenry on hand for arrival of farm implements by lake steamer.

The Dresden, Wallaceburg & Sarnia passenger vessel docked in front of The Green Mountain Hotel, circa 1910.

There is a great tradition of Old Boys Reunions in Dresden.  They were even having them in the 1940's when I was growing up.  Here is a photo of  Old Boys princesses from the summer of 1906.  Back row l to r,  Grace Turner (Mrs. Fred Zimmer), May Cuthbert (Mrs. Ern Sharpe); middle row, Stella Steeper (Mrs. Roy Baxter), Mabel Steeper (Mrs. Joe Wilson), Florence Graves ; front row, Jean Slater (Mrs. Art Hoyles) and Sabra Merrill (Mrs. Bill Prangley, later Mrs. Dr. Welch).  I remember them all! 

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





Dresden Fire Department, 1951
DRESDEN BASEBALL TEAM, CIRCA 1905:  Back row (l to r) Ern Wells, Russ Dynes, unknown (said to be banker in town), Cliff Huff; middle row, Alex Cuthbert, Tom Newman, team manager (unknown), Jim Rice; front, Walt Dynes and Bill Perry. 

Interior of Majestic Theatre, Dresden, circa 1945.




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