When horse and wagons were a common site in Cabbagetown...

th_breadwagon.jpgUntil the 1940's horse drawn wagons were a common site in the neighbourhood.  My Grandfather delivered bread in this neighbourhood  by horse and wagon in the late 1930's. My mother and aunt recall going with him in the summer or on weekends.  The route took in Berkeley and Seaton Streets and Sherbourne Street. My mother recalls the large houses on Sherbourne before the highrises sprung up in the 1960's.  The horse knew the route and where to stop along the streets while my grandfather would go door to door with a tray of baked goods.  If no one was home they could leave a token or a note indicating what was needed.

Ice was delivered for the kitchen ice box three days a week, milk and other dairy products daily. People would leave their empty milk bottle on the porch and the milk man would refill their order.  Many houses built in this time period would have a milk box built into the side of the house.  A small cupboard that could be opened from both the inside and outside of the house.

I believe coal was delivered by horse and wagon as well.  Hugh Gardner's Cabbagetown tells of kids often sent out to scrounge for loose bits of coal that fell off of the wagons.

The view that this neighbourhood was always a place where only poor people lived is not true.  There were all sorts of working people in the neighbourhood who looked after their homes and worked as storekeepers, bank tellers, insurance brokers, milkmen etc.

I do not imagine my grandfather's wagon was as well maintained as the one illustrated or the horse as sprightly, but you get the idea. 

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