Photos contributed by Jim Strong
The Jupiter shot was likely taken during WW2 and confirms (for me at least) that the photo of "Jupiter and Saturn" in the old Gander shots on the web site is titled incorrectly. I believe that the photo should read Jupiter and Mars. Mars was an apartment building in between Jupiter and Saturn and it is where my family lived first when the settled in Gander-1941/2.
Front Row Bill Lahey ( Owner the Globe and Star and later the Crescent movie theatres)
Vince Myrick, Charlie Blackie (Peter)
Middle Row Jim Strong (Jim, Pearl, Elizabeth, Lee, Percy ) Abbie Knee (Jeanette, Marilyn, Barbara)
Back Row Pat Fleming, Jack Robertson (Dave)
Bill Heath (Fel-first female radio announcer in Gander-her school days predated 1948)
Jim Dempsey ( Pat, Helen, Jane)
Gordon Stanley (Winston)
Many of the men pictured in it were the pioneers of Gander Aeradio ( they were moved to the base in 1938 to the white Admin building) and most of them played a big part in the building of the Amalgamated School system. Many of them had children who went to our school.
TCA started its service to NL circa 1942
and the Admin Bldg was the first "terminal". This shows some of our
"Canadian" relatives shortly after they arrived on one of the early years
flights of TCA. My guess that this is circa 1946.
There were very few single dwelling homes
on the Gander base. This is one of them and it was the home of S/L H.A.L.
Patterson who was the top man for the communications operation of RAF
Transport command during WWII. I have heard it referred to as "the barn"
because of the roof line- not the condition of the home! The Lenahan
family also lived in this home before moving to Chestnut Road. The photo
is circa 1946. ( area later known as "the old Navy site" near Beaverwood)
This shows the Garage building that was near Chestnut Road. It is listed as Building 32 on the map
This shows one side of the "Shell House" which was the home of the Manager of Shell Oil in Gander. Jim & Lee Simmons lived there. It was 31 Chestnut
This shows Bldg 45 - the DOT store that was across
Chestnut from where I lived. Pete Blackie and I used to get run out of
there on a regular basis by Walter and Ivan Mesh's father who ran the
This is probably the first RR station in Gander. The place was known as The Newfoundland Airport at the time or Mile 213- its location on the Nfld RR.
This shot was taken looking down Chestnut Road (some call
it Street or Avenue) looking towards the RR tracks. The old school is over
the girl's shoulder and the electrical maintenance building is on the
opposite side of the road.
The girl is the 1950's Gander version of Haley Wickenhiser who is now a retired MUN prof. I have heard that Leafs are looking for her phone number- they need all the help they can find!.She still owns the jersey so fitting her out will not be a problem