It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
This image offers a peek into life in Huntsville in 1929.
The home of Hugh and Amanda Cooper was located at what was then 27 Minerva Street (today between the corner of Minerva and Centre Streets and what is now Huntsville Public Library at 7 Minerva Street East).
Amanda (nee Leflar, 1887-1932) and Hugh Cooper (1883-1948) were married in Burks Falls on April 25, 1906, and lived here between 1923-1932. They had 13 children, thought three died at birth. Hugh (sitting on the step) worked for Muskoka Wood. His mother, Frances Jane Connor Cooper, is seated behind him. Note the “Boarding House” sign to the right of the doorway.
We don’t have further details about the family – if you know more, drop a comment below.
The vehicle on the left is a Model T Ford. Driving around Huntsville then was not quite the same as today. Many vehicle owners chose to put their cars on blocks for the winter. By the end of the 1920s, the provincial government tried to keep the stretch of highway north of Severn Bridge open in the winter, and in 1929 town council worked out a cost-sharing program with the province to complete paving of the highway through Huntsville. In 1930, the province paved the stretches between Muskoka’s major towns.
Provincial drivers’ licences were introduced in 1927 due to rising accident rates—road improvements meant people could drive faster. All drivers had to take a $1 road test.
In 1921, traffic semaphores, a precursor of traffic lights, were placed along Main Street at Centre, West and Brunel. In 1929, the province made Huntsville’s Main Street a “through street”, and all traffic entering the street had to stop at the intersections. Stop signs were erected and strictly enforced.
Photo courtesy of Muskoka Digital Archives. Details courtesy of Muskoka Digital Archives and Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve.
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