Battle of the Nile
Stratford's third Station, its first union Station, 1861
In 1861, the city's third station was built near the intersection of Nile and Shakespeare streets. Dean Robinson notes in Railway Stratford Revisited that it was a joint effort by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) and the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway (B and LH). It was the city's first "union station" in that it served both railways, until 1870.
The location was chosen because it was at the junction of the two campanies' tracks. Dean Robinson also points out in his book that a few days after the new union station was erected, at Guelph and Downie streets, in July 1870 (see Guelph Street), "the first union station was flattened with a yard engine and a block and tackle." Source: Dean Robinson, Railway Stratford Revisited
25 Nile St.
Thomas Guthrie Marquis, author
Corner of Ontario and Nile streets Stratford Directory 1880-81
Mirebah Mineral Springs, best water in Canada
Dave Marsden in 2014
Dave Michie, radio personality and The Revols
Duggan Place heritage inn
Jeremiah Duggan, a prominent merchant, owned and operated the largest department store this side of Toronto, J.A. Duggan Ltd., from 1883 until his death in 1936. He built this house at 151 Nile St. in 1891, and it remains today (2022), now as a heritage bed-and-breakfast operation. Duggan Place Heritage Inn
14 Nile St.
Peter Jarvis heritage house
The home at 14 Nile St. was erected in 1874 by Peter Robinson Jarvis, the member of a prominent third-generation United Empire Loyalist family. He was an extraordinary tea merchant, who also was active in the public affairs of his community, which included a term as town mayor (1863-1867). He (1824-1906) and his wife Marion (Neilson) had 10 children. Jarvis Street was named after him.
Gilbert Price's medals
Gilbert Frederick Price, DCM
111 Nile St.
Frank Kenneth Morley, RCAF
Flying Officer Frank Morley's parents were John Gordon Morley and Dorothy Ena (Low) Morley. They lived at 111 Nile St.
On Aug. 26, 1944, Frank Morley, as part of a seven-member crew, flew from Kirmington, England, in a Lancaster lll LM652 with the 166 Squadron headed for the Baltic area to drop mines. Their load incuded was three Mk VI mines and two Mk IV mines.
* Friedrich (Frieder) Rupp was a Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during the Second World War. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. After Rupp was shot down on May 15, 1943, over the North Sea, he was posthumously promoted to Oberleutnant. During his career he was credited with 52 victories, 50 over the Eastern Front and two over the Western Front.
The Forbes house, built in 1873 at 131 Nile St. Jennie Forbes married Dr. James Robertson. Their son Dr. Lorne Robertson was born in this house in 1876.
Dr. James Robertson, physician and surgeon . . . and father of Dr. Lorne Robertson
Musicians: L-R. Gordon Scott, Cam Trowsdale, Ed Oscapella, Audrey Conroy in Twelfth Night, In the foreground, Lloyd Bochner as Orsino and Siobhan Mckenna as Viola. Photo by Peter Smith, Stratford Festival Archives.