Monthly Archives: January 2020

Scenes from our 50s Yonge Street

from: charles dowson
to: John Dowson <>,
Richard Dowson The second <>,
Russ Strathdee <>,
charles dowson <>
date: Dec 27, 2019, 5:20 PM
Hi guys.
Higgins Radio has a lot of history.

Higgins Radio

Also 32 Division. Every spend anytime there? 🙂

Police Station – 52 Division

And Yonge Garden. Great Chinese food specially after a local movie or on your way home from a long night gig!

Yonge Garden

Please share on the net.

Teacher Jack Foote – EHCI from 1954

Mr. (Jack) Foote in the ’50s as our teacher

Carl Dell’Agnese, the Ink Pot Trophy and Jack Foote


December 2, 2019 was Jack’s 96th birthday!

For at least 15 years now, Jack joins a few friends every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM for breakfast.   He often comments It’s the best day of the week”  for him.


Could be because we always have a shot of brandy in our coffee and we eat ‘HOT’ banana peppers.

Seven or eight of us have been getting together for over 30 years now.

L-R: (front) Mike Trenton, Jack Foote, Louis Kertsos (back) Carl Dell’Agmese, John Ginou Carl’s brother-in-law



Senior Band and Doug Walmsley

From: Russell Strathdee []
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:13 PM
To: Doug Walmsley; Carl Dell’Agnese
Subject: some old photos

Hi Doug and Carl

Thought you would like to see these.

Doug Walmsley drums in Earl Haig Srs band.

(Coincidentally, the “Haiger All-Stars” are Srs.)

The Senior Band

Mr. (Bob) Cringan with his beloved Pogo Cello.

Mr. Cringan was a major inspiration to me in learning to play the saxophone.


– Russ

Another one from Humfrey

Sent: December 24, 2019 10:47 AM
Subject: Earl Haig Photo

Carl:  Here’s a photo from the past.  I think I provided this to you several years ago, but just in case you don’t have it ……..!.  Unfortunately, I don’t know the year and while I recognize many of the faces, (I’m one of them) I cannot remember the names.  I was at Earl Haig from 1948/49 through 51/52, then was transferred to Bathurst Heights for Grade 13.  So I’m not even sure which school the picture is from;  it looks like either grade 12 or 13.  Perhaps some of your group will know.

I wish you Merry Christmas and hope you and yours have a healthy and Happy 2020.

Bob Humfrey

Bob Humfrey – Ireland

Sent: December 24, 2019 10:56 AM
To: Carl Dell’Agnese


I noticed you asked for pictures both recent and old so I’ve attached a couple of photos taken during my recent visit to Ireland.

Bob Humfrey


Fotos from Fenn

From: Lorna Fenn []
Sent: December 29, 2019 11:10 AM
To: Carl Dell’Agnese

The picture on the left is Letty Chisholm, Dorothy (Sinclair) Webster, margaret (Puccini) Tsafaroff.

The other picture was taken at the Sinclair’s after an Earl Haig Formal Lorna (Monkman) Dorothy (Sinclair) Webster,  Margaret (Puccini) Tsafaroff Obviously not big on camera taking back then.

Now it is really easy to get pictures.

Dorothy has since passed away and Letty I have had no contact with.  Not sure you want these pictures but here they are.

– Lorna

Jolly Miller and Christmas Lunch

From: Robert Gale []
Sent: December 28, 2019 1:46 PM
To: ‘Carl Dell’Agnese’
Subject: Haigers in the ’50s

Robert lived less than 200 yards from the Jolly Miller & sent me this picture

I’ve had  3 Haigers who mentioned  the Jolly Miller just recently – why not show this picture & note in our  Potpourri?

I had a job cleaning the ice after the close each night so they could flood the rink. – Carl

Your note has inspired me to share the attached photo, which I would have taken with my new German camera about the time we graduated from EHCI in 1957.

Not only were those who lived on Campbell Crescent, Brookfield Road, Donino, Donwoods and all Valley points east season pass holders and regular skaters on the rink, but a large number of our Willowdale classmates trekked down most Friday and Saturday winter evenings to take a spin, with Al Pratt and others making a futile attempt to stop us from playing tag when there were 400 or more skaters enjoying a turn on the rink.

Please share this with anyone you like, with my good wishes to all for a happy and, at our ages, healthy 2010.  Cheers, and all the best. – Bob.

Christmas Lunch at “The Miller”

Dave Amer; Peter Salmond. Fred Gotzmann. Gord Carter, David Crombie , Vic Bailey


Teachers’ Basketball Team

From our 1955 Delphian yearbook

L-R Back:     Mr.Smythe, Mr.Hossack, Mr. Allan, Mr.Foote                                               Front:       Mr. Fick, Mr. Moss, Mr. Bean, Mr.Sturgess