About the Author

Mike Filey

Mike Filey was born in Toronto in 1941. He has written more than two dozen books on various facets of Toronto's past and for more than 35 years has contributed a popular column, "The Way We Were," to the Toronto Sunday Sun. His Toronto Sketches series is more popular now than ever before.

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A Toronto Album

A Toronto Album

Glimpses of the City That Was
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A Toronto Album 2

A Toronto Album 2

More Glimpses of the City That Was
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Discover & Explore Toronto's Waterfront

Discover & Explore Toronto's Waterfront

A Walker's Jogger's Cyclist's Boater's Guide to Toronto's Lakeside Sites and History
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From Horse Power to Horsepower

From Horse Power to Horsepower

Toronto: 1890-1930
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More Toronto Sketches

More Toronto Sketches

The Way We Were
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Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

An Illustrated Guide: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
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The TTC Story

The TTC Story

The First Seventy-five Years
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Toronto

Toronto

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches

Toronto Sketches

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches 10

Toronto Sketches 10

"The Way We Were"
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Toronto Sketches 11

Toronto Sketches 11

"The Way We Were"
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Toronto Sketches 12

Toronto Sketches 12

“The Way We Were”
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Excerpt

Here’s to Our Kennedys 
What today are acknowledged as two of our city’s busiest thoroughfares, Kennedy and Ellesmere roads, began as a couple of dusty pioneer roads in the wilds of what had been established as the Township of Scarborough back in 1850. According to Scarborough archivist Rick Schofield, Kennedy Road was named in recognition of the Kennedy family, many of whom were prominent in the early development of the township. Two of the best known Kennedys were brothers Samuel and William, who owned several hundred-acre farms on the west side of Kennedy north of Sheppard. Other family members farmed on Church Street, a thoroughfare that was subsequently renamed Midland Avenue after the Midland Railway of Canada, an early transportation company that was to become part of the new CNR when the latter was established in 1923. Much of the Midland Railway’s original right-of-way through Scarborough still exists between Kennedy and Midland and is used by GO trains on the Stouffville route.
Another prominent member of the pioneer Kennedy family was Lyman Kennedy, who served as Scarborough Township Reeve from 1896 to 1901.
The name Ellesmere was selected for the small community that developed in the early 1800s in and around this same dusty crossroads by settlers who had arrived in the New World from Ellesmere, Shropshire, England. Helen Foster, the Archive Assistant with the Shropshire council government (great thing, this email and Internet stuff) the word Ellesmere, or more correctly Ellesmeles, dates back to the eleventh century. It’s believed that the Elles portion of the word refers to a Saxon personal name, while meles or mere refers to a lake defined as being “broad in relation to its depth.”

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Toronto Sketches 3

Toronto Sketches 3

"The Way We Were"
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Toronto Sketches 4

Toronto Sketches 4

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches 5

Toronto Sketches 5

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches 6

Toronto Sketches 6

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches 7

Toronto Sketches 7

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches 8

Toronto Sketches 8

The Way We Were
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Toronto Sketches 9

Toronto Sketches 9

"The Way We Were" Columns from the Toronto Sunday Sun
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Trillium and Toronto Island

Trillium and Toronto Island

The Centennial Edition
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Hurricane Hazel

Hurricane Hazel

Canada's Storm of the Century
by Jim Gifford
foreword by Mike Filey
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