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my mom standing where our home was,after hurricane Hazel

my mom standing where our home was,after hurricane Hazel

Delivering milk on Toronto Island, Canada. February 18, 1944.

Delivering Milk on Toronto Island; by Toronto History, and possibly a few babies, as coined by the phrase we still know today "baby belongs to the milk man"

5 lost rivers that run under Toronto

5 lost rivers that run under Toronto

Ardwold, Home of the Eaton Family.  Sir John Craig died in 1922, but his widow lived there until 1936, when she moved to Eaton Hall in King City.  The contents of Ardwold were auctioned off and the house blown up, because it's walls were to thick for conventional demolition.

Ardwold Mansion in 1910 (The Eaton Estate) was just North of Casa Loma. demolished in Lady Eaton called it the Mausoleum . Only the Wall remains of the outer property today on Spadina

The following months were spent dealing with the housing crisis caused by 180 completely destroyed homes and the over 1,700 severely damaged houses. Hundreds of homes across the region were condemned. This image is of the Humber River, looking north from Islington Ave., just east of Woodbridge (in Vaughan, Ontario).

Humber River, looking n. from Islington Ave. of Woodbridge (Vaughan, Ontario).

The Eatons Santa Claus Parade on James Street, 1918, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the end of the parade, Santa would climb from his float up a ladder into the Eatons department store. Source: Archives of Ontario

The Eatons Santa Claus Parade on James Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the end of the parade, Santa would climb from his float up a ladder into the Eatons department store. Source: Archives of Ontario

Eglinton Avenue West Toronto archives

Top 20 Photos from Toronto's History

Eglinton Avenue West Toronto archives

In the final tally, 81 people died and Hazel caused millions of dollars in damage. Forty highways were underwater, trains were washed from their tracks. The Militia was called in to help with the search for survivors. Almost 1,000 people were rescued from their homes in the Holland Marsh (near Bradford), which slowly turned into a lake. One family spent the night trapped in their home as it floated around the Marsh.

Humber River, looking s. on Humber Blvd. Old Mill Road & Dundas St.

HURRICANE HAZEL: 1954, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My Father lost friends to the swelling Humber River. The year after I was born.

HURRICANE HAZEL: 1954, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My Father lost friends to the swelling Humber River. The year after I was born.

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