Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | January 21, 2018

Walter’s Meat Market – in the Square Mile Town

Recently we were paid a visit by Richard Vinet and son, whose father / grandfather operated a mom and pop grocery store / butcher shop in Cornwall. They brought us a donation of 14 relevant vintage photos.

Walter Vinet purchased the brick structure at n.e. corner of Fourth Street West at Bedford Street, taking over the F. Gosselin Market located in the west corner unit. This photo is circa 1951.

At different times the Vinet family lived beside and above the store in the complex which is home to a handful of families today. Today the units bear the addresses of 235, 237, 239 a and b and 241; all units are now residential.

2018-3.1g_Walters Mt Mkt_int_1_webVinet sold the business to Norman McCrimmon, while the Vinets continued to live upstairs at 239  a. We see evidence of this change in the 1959 City Directory. In 1963 much of the building was vacant. Other retailers later took their turn occupying the store, including a reptile house.

Vinet also purchased the apartment building directly across Bedford Street, which is of the same architectural style and vintage; that building continues to be home to families, but the exterior has since been sided over.

Previously, for a time in the 1940’s, Vinet’s store was located on Montreal Road, visible behind this early delivery vehicle.

This photo is believed to depict the Maple Leaf Meat operation in Montreal, where Walter learned the butcher trade.

The Vinets later purchased the duplex (later triplex) at 20-22-24 Lawrence Avenue from the Viatorian Fathers, which the clerics had utilized as the beginning of what became the Classical College prior to the development at Wind Mill Point. The above photo is from our existing collection.

Your Museum and Archives is delighted to receive this photo donation and asks that you consider sharing with us any photos that you have of historic Cornwall businesses, etc.



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