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The Fricks – 44 Doncaster St.

From Beth (Frick) Vanderloos

I too lived on Doncaster St, #44.  I was 3 years old in 1943 when my mom and dad moved into that house and I remained there until I was 28 and my Mom and Dad were there until 1982.  My parents raised 7 children in that 4 bedroom house and all the boys were upstairs in the two bedrooms and 3 girls were in the small room at the back of the house.  I remember the wooden sidewalks the cinder driveways.  Carlton St. was just a dirt road and no sign of Lancaster Park or Fairview Mall.  We knew everyone on the street and you never had to lock your doors.  There was a creek running behind the houses on the south side of Doncaster and that is were we played with no fear of falling in and drowning.  We even swung from a rope across the creek. My oldest brother went to war when he was 18 and when he came home my mom and dad had a big “welcome home” sign across the front of the house.

Back in 1997 one of the ladies from Doncaster St. had a reunion of all the other ladies that all went to Victoria School together, what wonderful memories.  One of our old neighbours still lives at 40 Doncaster St. and she has been there for 55 years.  I keep in touch with her and she lets me know about the old neighbourhood, what fond memories I have.