Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | December 31, 2016

Historic Cornwall – North of Fairview/Laflecheville

This area was part of Cornwall’s western gore, Lot 12 in the 1st Concession (163 acres), which was granted by the Crown to Timothy Johnston on February 22, 1806.  From Johnston it passed to George Haley on December 26, 1811. Haley in turn sold it to Henry Waggoner on March 8, 1815.  In his will, Henry passed it to Jacob Waggoner on October 25, 1832.  On July 7 of 1835, William Mattice purchased the land.  Subsequently that tract of land was split into smaller parcels, including Beaconsfield, which the elder Mattice willed to his son Corydon on August 25, 1881.

The region North of Fairview and Laflecheville on Part of Lot 12 was located in the former Cornwall Township and became a Cornwall neighbourhood on January 1, 1957 when the City annexed much of the Township.

N of Fairview Laflecheville_1960s_Lab

It  was bounded on the north by Ninth Street West. on the east by the Town limits (Cumberland Street), on the south by Fifth Street West and on west by what became Brookdale Avenue.

aerial_West_2010-72.172_n of Fairview

The above view is looking west towards the former Brookdale Mall, which opened in 1968.


In this region is Cornwall’s first multi-faith cemetery, Woodlawn, which was incorporated in August of 1888 in anticipation of the Town restricting further burials within the Mile Square, with existing cemeteries nearing capacity. The earliest recorded burial at the Woodlawn property dates to 1830, when this was a family farm.

The Cornwall Cemetery Co. Ltd purchased 96 acres of land for $5,000 from Corydon Mattice on December 16, 1889.

On January 23, 1930, Bertha Frances Colquhoun conveyed a 250′ wide parcel of land to the Cornwall Cemetery Company for $1.

On March 27 of 1944, Cornwall Cemetery Co. Ltd transferred a strip of land along the south edge of the property to the Township for $1 in order to create a public thoroughfare (the extension of Fifth Street West between Cumberland and Brookdale.)  The thoroughfare was subsequently stopped up.

On November 28 of 1955, the cemetery sold some land to George Archibald Styles and Fergus Beck Brownridge for $35,000.

June of 1989 saw the dedication of Woodlawn’s first columbarium, the first within the City limits.

Woodlawn Cem_1996_gateThis photo from 1996 shows the chain link fencing and stenciled gate that marked the cemetery perimeter at that time.

By June of 2007 the cemetery’s dilapidated chain link fencing had been permanently removed, creating more of a park-like effect. After Cumberland Street road reconstruction that autumn, the cemetery board and other volunteers began work on the current modern, graceful new entrance, which was officially opened in the spring of 2008. Today the cemetery occupies 14 acres of the original 25 acre property.

Adjacent to Woodlawn and facing Brookdale Avenue is a chain link gate that marks the former entrance of the community’s Jewish small cemetery of old, immediately south of the stopped up Fifth Street West thoroughfare. Originally the cemetery was established for the Baron de Hirsch Congregation, with the first burial in 1916. In modern times we knew their synagogue as Beth-El. The last burial at the site was believed to have occurred in the mid-1950s. Beth-El sold some land to the Hydro electric Power Commission of Ontario on January 15 of 1957 for $1,000.  On July 17 of 1964, Beth-El sold some land to The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority for $6,000.  In 1984 all of the graves in the abandoned Beth-El Cemetery were relocated to the Union Cemetery near Ingleside. In 1989 a re-zoning proposal to allow the erection of a 2,000 square foot sports bar on the site failed due to the inability of the site to efficiently support the intensity of the proposed land use.

This neighbourhood also included various businesses in the area of Seventh Street West between Cumberland Street and Brookdale Avenue.

aerial_Brookdale_1968 ca_2010-22.24_7th St WSouth side 400 block of 7th Street West ca. 1968.


On August 26 of 1947, Gamble-Robinson Ltd entered into a lease to own arrangement with John Entwistle.  They operated their produce warehouse at 698 Cumberland Street, southwest corner of 7th, having re-located from facilities at 9 Water Street East. This was their premises in 1960.

Zenith Electric Supply_webBy 1965, Zenith was operating at the site as per a December 31 of 1964 lease agreement between Zenith Electric Supply Limited and Carl Verdun Hussey.   That agreement was registered as officially terminated on March 31, 1967.  Hussey had obtained the property from John Entwistle for $60,000.

Zenith Electric_1965-03_webThis was the store interior in March of 1965. These Zenith photos are from the Marcel Quenneville collection. At one point, the outlet was listed under the Zenith banner as well as Hussey Electric.

Hussey Elec_1971 ad_webIn 1966 the building, then known as 646 and 650 Cumberland Street, officially became home to Hussey Electric Supply Limited. This 1971 newspaper advertisement includes a photo.

Hussey Elec_1974 ad_webHere is a 1974 newspaper ad. By 1977 Hussey was operating as Westburne Electric’s   Electronic and Lighting Division and later as their Electrical Division.

From 1994 until 2018 Tackaberry Heating and Refrigeration Supplies called 650 Cumberland Street its home.

650 cumberland_20181009_182339In October of 2018 Tackaberry was replaced by Wolseley HVAC/R. In 2020 the property was once again up for sale.

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St. Lawrence Rendering_ad 1958Another historic business in this district included St. Lawrence Rendering Co Ltd (410 7th St W.) during the 1950s and 1960s.  In 1949 the company entered into a lease agreement with Vincent Falco who had recently acquired the property from Edgar Patrick Chevrier.

410 7th st w_roy's ltd_1981_st. gabriel yearbook adThe site later became the new home to Roy’s Pool Supply outlet. Prior to their relocation here, Roy’s Machine & Fabricating Works Ltd was operating from the former Quig Brothers Foundry / Warp Tension Governors site at 303 Water Street West from about 1963-1967.

410 7th st w_20181009_182620An early fire during a frigid -19C  temperature reported at 3:38 a.m. on February 19 2005 gutted Roy’s Pools; as many as 20 firefighters fought the blaze for about ten hours.  Hot spots continued to smolder long after the main fire was out.  Fortunately there was only a limited amount of chemicals in the building since most of its chlorine and other chemicals were stored across the street. Today 410 7th Street West is a partially cleaned up vacant lot.

1395 Rosemount_Roy's Pools_2008_Grand openingIn May of 2018 the company celebrated its grand opening at 1395 Rosemount Avenue, which is now home to St. Lawrence Pools and Spas.

f1000016In a building that was erected ca. 1961, Rossi Artistic Glass operated at 450 7th Street West between 1981 and 1994. One of the former Chalet Glass artisans purchased equipment and moulds from the defunct  Edward Street company to start up his own business here. Pictured are Marcel Gravel, Mike McEwen, Paul Gravel, Roberto De Marchi and Giovanni Voltolina.

450 7th St W_Rossi Artistic Glass_1982_YP adThe property previously housed Angus MacDonald Construction then Ideal Plumbing Supplies.

460 7th St W_Cornwall Concrete Products Ltd_1989_CD adThis 1989 ad shows Cornwall Concrete Products in operation at 460 7th Street West; they continue there to this time (2020).

On November 21, 1929, Frances Bertha Colquhoun deeded Part 4-5, 7-8, 10 and 12-13 of the property to Fibre Conduits (Canada) Ltd. The original parcel of land measured 300′ by 900′  This is the area of the current Walmart store and Smart Centre.
Fiber Conduits_98-4.78A Cr_web

On August 2, 1940 Fibre Conduits (Canada) Ltd deeded it to the Dominion Tar & Chemical Co. Ltd for the operation of their Fibre Conduit Division.
Domtar Constr Matls_1950_web
In 1950 we also see the Domtar Construction Materials name in use at this property. Throughout the 1950s Dominion Tar & Chemical acquired other adjacent parcels of land.


Then came No-Co-Rode (1964) Limited sewer pipe factory. The company dissolved in 1978. Numerous companies subsequently occupied parts of the property. The adjacent Holiday Inn (later Ramada) had not been constructed when these photos were taken, nor had the Ninth Street extension been created.

Wolverine CAMERA700 (A-B-C, etc) Cumberland later became home to several small businesses, such as the ones listed in the above sign. The photo is from the Bryan Gallinger collection.

Along the northern edge of the Domtar/NoCoRode property Don McIntosh operated a trucking company, which evolved into Amazing Waste Disposal.  Thank you to Steve Reynolds for sharing these three historic photos.

750 cumberland_amazing waste_1986Later Tomlinson Environmental purchased Amazing Waste and re-located to Boundary Road.

1951_max-rabinIn August 15 of 1935 Max Rabin purchased property here, adding to it on August 6 of 1937.

cumberland_max rabin_1957-12-24

800 cumberland_b&m meat mkt_1981_st. gabriel yearbook adMax Rabin’s butcher shop later became B&M Quality Meat Market.

cumberland st_b&m_1967-11-29B&M was followed by a series of restaurants: Mangiano’s, Mangi’s Mediterranean Ristorante,


800and lastly Eight Zero Zero (800 Cumberland Street).  In 2015, Eight Zero Zero relocated to Brookdale Avenue so that the Cumberland property could be absorbed by the complex housing the Walmart Supercentre.

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