Historical Plaque Properties


Edward (Edwin) Steele - Machinist - Grand Trunk Railway
115 Mowat Street
Stratford, ON

Edwin Steele was the first owner of the single family, brick veneered house at 115 Mowat Street in Stratford.

Edwin was born in East Ardsley, Yorkshire, England on February 12, 1872 to father Henry and mother Elizabeth (Bell).  He married Rose (Dowman) on June 22, 1897 in Gainsborough, West Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, England, where Rose was born in 1872. Their son, Arthur Henry was born on October 3, 1898 in Gainsborough. The family sailed from Liverpool, England to Canada on the vessel Lake Manitoba. They arrived in Montreal, Quebec on May 5, 1906.

In the 1909 Vernon City Directory, Edwin is listed as living at 44 Louise Street. He was employed by the Grand Trunk railway as a machinist. 
On January 8, 1916, Arthur age 18, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). He was part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Unit #2, overseas in the Field Ambulance Depot in WWI. Arthur’s regimental # was 528617. His occupation on the attestation paper is machinist. 
Edwin, at age 44, also enlisted on February 9, 1916.  The name he used on his enlistment was, Edward. He joined the CEF in Unit # 2, overseas Canadian Fire Ambulance Core.  Edward’s # was 528619.  He was discharged on May 17, 1918 due to being medically unfit for service although fit for civil life. Arthur was discharged the following year on April 24, 1919 when the war was over. 
During the enlisted years of Edwin, the house was rented to Reverend Arthur Hale, the minister of the Baptist Church.  By 1919, Edwin was living back at 115 Mowat Street, according to the City Directory.
Arthur married, Edith Smith (1904) in Stratford on April 16, 1923. They had a son, Edwin Thomas, who was born the same year.

Edwin and Rose continued to live in the house until 1942 when they moved to 132 Nile Street. On November 1946, Edwin died and Rose moved in with Arthur and his family at 64 Louise Street.  Arthur died on January 29, 1956 followed by his mother, Rose, who died in June of 1957.  Edith died in January of 1986. All are buried in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford.