It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
This is Huntsville’s Main Street in 1944.
Prominent on the north side of the street is Ecclestone Hardware (now the location of Huntsville’s Hometown IDA Drugstore). The business was owned by George W. Ecclestone, a Bracebridge businessman and former MPP—he represented Muskoka for 18 years—who bought the building in 1931. On Sunday, February 20, 1944, a fire destroyed the grocery section of the next-door Huntsville Trading Company along with the Ecclestone’s Hardware. Firemen battled for more than 12 hours to control the fire.
Huntsville Trading Company (more recently Flotron’s and Sharpley’s Source for Sports) was one of the most successful retail operations in Huntsville at the time. Owned by the Ginsburg family, Max and his four sons Morris, Israel, Abraham, and Samuel.
That fire wasn’t the first the family experienced. The Ginsbergs arrived in Huntsville in early 1918. In May 1918, shortly after setting up their first store, it went down in flames. Undaunted, they purchased the property on the north side of the street, and the rest is history.
Photo: CN Images of Canada Collection; details courtesy of Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve
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