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ALONG MONTROSE ON THE WEST SIDE…..GOING UP THE HILL.

LOOKING NORTH ON THE SIDEWALK OF MONTROSE……

YUPPIR SOME OF OUR LOCAL CHARACTERS….RECOGNIZE ANYBODY ?

MONTROSE ST….THERE USED TO BE A MARSHALL WELLS STORE …PM RADIO STARTED HERE BEFORE HE MOVED UP THE HILL….THIS ACROSS FROM GOSLINGS.

REMEMBER THE GORILLA THAT STOOD GUARD HERE FOR MARK WARAWA….HE NEEDS THE BIG APE NOW THAT HE'S A POLITICIAN…..THE CORNER OF MONTROSE AND ESSENDENE LOOKING WEST…

MONTROSE ST……ACROSS FROM THE OLD MILK BAR…..

MONTROSE LOOKING TOWARDS HAZEL (REMEMBER HAZEL ST. ?) NOW IT'S GEORGE FERGUSON WAY….POOR GEORGE ….

THE OLD POST OFFICE….IT HAS NEW INHABITANTS NOW…IT'S PRETTY HARD TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF AN OLD FEDERAL GOV'T BUILDING…!!!

A REFURBISHED CHARACTER BUILDING ON PAULINE ST…..

BOB BOS BUILT A NEW BUILDING WHERE THE “MILK BAR' WAS…IT BURNED DOWN….LITTLE MTN DAIRY…I USED TO HAVE COFFEE THERE WITH ”SCOTTY WALKER"….ONE OF OUR LOCAL CHARACTERS….SINCE GONE TO SCOTTISH HEAVEN….!

VIC WRIGHT HAD A SHOE STORE HERE UNTIL HE PASSED AWAY….I USED TO HAVE BKFST WITH HIM EVERY MORNING AT THE FRASER VALLEY INN….VIC ALWAYS DROVE A WHITE CADILLAC….WHEN THEY WERE SOMETHING !

AAAAH THERE WE ARE…BISHOP'S IS WHERE RED GOSLING RESIDED FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE…HIS DADDY STARTED IT….when we moved here from Calgary we bought brand new appliances from Red..no money down, etc……they were delivered before we got home..nobody locked their doors in them days..we never even had a key !!!

THE OLD ELECTROLUX STORE…I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT WAS IN THE OTHER LITTLE PLACES…GOSLINGS DEPT. STORE COVERED MOST OF THE BLOCK.

IN FRONT OF WHAT USED TO BE GOSLINGS AND THE ELECTROLUX STORES…..COOL, EH ? (I SPEAK CANADIAN, EH?)

LOOKING SOUTHERLY ON LAUREL ST AT S. FRASER WAY…..

CYPRUS AVE……COMPUTER STORES AND SUSHI BARS …WE HAVE A PROLIFERATION OF THEM….OH WELL BETTER THAN PAWN SHOPS ……??????

LOOKING DOWN CYPRUS FROM THE ‘BMO’….I LIKED IT BETTER WHEN IT WAS THE BANK OF MONTREAL….I USED TO WORK FOR THEM…THE GOOD OLD DAYS….BMO…UGH !

“DA KINE'S” BACK YARD…IT SORT OF SAYS IT DOESN'T IT….TURMOIL…YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN ?

BLUE ANYONE…..? TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY..DOESN'T IT ?

DANCES EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT…..

LOOKING SOUTH DOWN THE TRACKS AT THE ESSENDENE CROSSING.

LOOKING EAST ACROSS THE TRACKS….THIS AREA USED TO BE THE ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN…THE OLD ABBOTSFORD HOTEL WAS BESIDE THAT WHITISH WALL ON THE RIGHT.

THE “SEIMENS GARAGE”……I THINK IT WAS A “HOME SERVICE STATION” WHEN I MOVED TO THIS FINE CITY SOME 37 YRS AGO….SAME OWNER DIFFERENT GENERATION…..

AAAAAHHH …THE “NEFARIOUS” FRASER VALLEY INN….THE USED TO BE ATANGAARD HOTEL FROM DAYS OF YORE….I USED TO GO THERE EVERY MORNING FOR BREAKFAST…WHEN THEY SERVED BACON AND EGGS..YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN….

GOOD OLD KARL….HE'S BEEN HERE FOREVER…IT SEEMSHIS PLACE IS LOOKING REAL GOOD…I MUST SAY.

ONE OF OUR “RARE” BACK ALLEYS…..LOOKING UP FROM W. RAILWAY TO MONTROSE…..

OLDER BUILDINGS WITH NEW FACES…..MAKING DOWNTOWN LOOK BETTER….

A CRANE IN ABBOTSFORD ? WE ARE MOVING AHEAD…AND UP….THIS BUILDING IS ALL DONE NOW…IT CHANGES OUR PROFILE…I MUST SAY.

AFTER A FIRE…..A NEW FACE….WHY NOT ?

ABBOTSFORD'S “WART”…….THIS GUY IS A ‘FOREVER’…..NUISANCE……EVERY TOWN HAS ONE

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    • # Dan Ralph

      Pic #10 Where Little Mountain Dairy used to be. My wife remembers this place from waaaay back. This used to be the only place around where you could get ice cream in those wee tiny cups that you pulled the paper lid off of, and ate the contents with a flat wooden spoon; remember? And if you ordered them in bulk, like for a family picnic or church function or something, they shipped it with dry ice to keep it cold? And when you threw it out, you had to keep the kids away from it 'cause they might hurt themselves on it?

      Boy, do I ever miss Goslings. It was archaic as all get out my contemorary terms, but was a wonderful place to brouse around in. Thgey seemed to have at least one of everything somewhere in the store. Remember the counter? The ladies used to write up every purchase on those old paper receipt forms that nobody uses anymore. I remember Goslings held a contest to see who could produce the oldest receipt. I think the winner was from the early 50's, though I could be wrong about that.

      #25 Carl's Meats. Used to be Carl's Dutch Meat Mart. He started that shop in the early 70's. Carl and his beautiful wife used to live down the road from me in North Mission on 10 acres of land. We shared a common interest in motorcycles (me in road bikes, Carl in dirt bikes). He had a Maiko 500 I believe..... Wonder if he still ownes that business?

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