It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Pharmasave Huntsville!
In 1895, Matthew Wardell (pictured below right) and his wife, Mary Grace Smale (we don’t know if she’s one of the women in this picture), moved to Huntsville with their family. Matthew rented a store at 77 Main Street East, where Spectacles Vision Centre is today, and in 1902 bought the building. The store carried dry goods, produce, men’s and women’s clothing, carpets, oil cloths, and curtains, among other things. The building was destroyed on December 28, 1911 in a fire caused by an overheated box stove. The family rented the building across the street at 86 Main Street East, where Algonquin Outfitters is today, and resumed business. In 1920, they bought the building for $6,000. This photo was taken at the family’s original store sometime between 1895 and 1911. (Photo courtesy of Muskoka Digital Archives.)
Last week we shared this photo with you:
This view of Hunters Bay was taken in 1918. (Photo courtesy of the Muskoka Heritage Place Collection)
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