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  • "Old Man Russia" lived by McVicar Creek... however this Port Arthur Man was not Russian... | Alex Inspired
    Genealogy History

    Old Man Russian down at McVicar Creek

    The other day my dad told me a story about “Old Man Russian”, who lived on Elgin Street – just a few properties down from Maudslay Court. His lengthy backyard sloped towards McVicar’s Creek, it was…

  • Misfortune at Maudslay Court | Alex Inspired

    Misfortune at Maudslay Court

    In an innocent search for information regarding Port Arthur’s oldest apartment building, Maudslay Court, I stumbled on misfortune. As I mentioned, Maudslay Court is Port Arthur’s oldest apartment building – perfectly situated on Court Street,…

  • One Hundred Christmases Ago | Alex Inspired
    History Holidays

    One hundred Christmases Ago

    One hundred Christmases ago, like today, children all over the world were writing letters to Santa Claus. Unlike today, some of the items listed are a tad unconventional; I don’t know of any children…

  • The Port Arthur Cenotaph | Alex Inspired

    The Port Arthur Cenotaph

    Did you know… The Port Arthur Cenotaph , located in Waverly Park is all thanks to women? Yes women –  The Women’s Canadian Club of Port Arthur, to be precise. They not only advocated for…

  • Phantoms of Port Arthur, the take of William Gehl | Alex Inspired

    Phantoms of Port Arthur

    On the occasion of All Hallows’ Eve, an evening dedicated to remembering the faithfully departed, I have found my way to the 1800s to visit the Phantoms of Port Arthur.  This starless story isn’t my usual…

  • Old American Passport - 1919
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    Passport Application Particulars

    I stumbled upon a treasure trove of Passport Applications from So many Passport Application Particulars! Sadly, all of these applications are American – apparently the Government of Canada didn’t keep copies of passport applications or…

  • Ever wonder what happened to some of the stately homes on North Court Street? | Alex Inspired

    Vanished from the Ridge

    Court Street has a very interesting and long history. It was one of the first streets developed in Port Arthur, with stately homes and sprawling properties. Van Horn Street was actually considered the end…