An historic Model T Ford will retrace portions of 1930’s trips to Ontario and Quebec by a group of adventurous Illinois coeds. In the mid 1930’s and early 40’s, six young women took adventurous summer vacations in a Model T Ford which they called the Silver Streak, leaving their home town of Bradford, Illinois and crisscrossing the United States and Canada over a period of 9 consecutive summers. In 1939, they headed for the New York World’s Fair, via Canada. Dorval, Quebec figured prominently in their memories of their trip through Canada as they ended up spending one night in the Dorval jail!
Dick Nieuwendyk, responsible for research and photos; Michel Hébert, President of the Dorval Historical Society and contributor; Edgar Rouleau, Mayor of the City of Dorval; Pierre Boyer, DHS Vice-President, responsible for research and contributor
Sara GIguère, City liaison with the DHS
Now, 78 years later, the Silver Streak will again return to Canada, stopping at the Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre on July 12th at 10:30 a.m. It will be driven by John Butte, the son of one of these adventurous women. He has preserved the car as well as its history, and will give a lively account of the trips the girls took and his personal journey as he searched for and found the old tin lizzie. This will be the first visit to Dorval for John and his wife Carmen, the second for the 91 year old Silver Streak!
Here are some photos of the event taken by Dick Niewendyk.
Commemorating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation
of the Village of Dorval, the Dorval Historical Society has published
a 164-page coffee table book entitled “Dorval, Then and Now”.
Beautifully illustrated with numerous colour and black and white
photos, the Society has documented the history of more than 80
different sites of our built heritage, relating the evolution of each
site since the beginning of the last century. The book can be
purchased at Dorval City Hall, the Dorval Library, the Sarto
Desnoyers Community Centre and the Dorval Museum of Local
History and Heritage. The cost is $35.
The book launch took place on March 29th at the Peter B.
Yeomans Cultural Centre. Below are photos of the event taken by
Brian B. Roscoe.
Michel Hébert, Christine Christophory, Saskia Nieuwendyk, Dick Nieuwendyk, Louise Dineen, Yolande Grant, Jean-Guy Pelletier, Marguerite Lizée-Morin, Pierre Boyer, Ginette Rousse, Roland Boyer, contributors