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We are a group of local amateur historians whose interest is to research, document, and present facts and information about the history of Old Ottawa South in a fun and informative way.

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From the Archives: The Story of Wyoming Park and Pioneer George Fitzpatrick

How Ottawa South Came into Existence - Story of Start of “Wyoming Park”

Old Time Stuff was a regular feature of the Ottawa Citizen for many years. This record of the memories of George Fitzpatrick, then seventy-two years old, told of the early days of one part of Old Ottawa South, known as Wyoming Park. The O.T.S. article is from the Ottawa Citizen Feb 7, 1931.

George Fitzpatrick a Pioneer Tells of Park’s First Days

A Fine Story Dating Back to the Year 1896 – Contour of Land Very Different from That of Present Ottawa South- Story of How the First Sidewalk Built, Worthwhile Tales

This is the story of the start of old Ottawa South, which was originally known as “Wyoming Park”.


From the Archives: Recollections by T.H. Brewer

A regular feature for many years in the Saturday Ottawa Citizen newspaper was a feature entitled “Old Time Stuff” – Stories of Earlier Days around Ottawa – Strange Things that Happened Long Ago Recalled for Evening Citizen Readers by Earl G. Wilson. From April 6, 1935 , celebrating the 12th anniversary of O.T.S. at that time, here are recollections of Ottawa South as recounted by T.H. Brewer.


From the Archives: Thomas H. Brewer

Brewer Way A park, a pool, a pond, an arena, a roadway. Ever wonder about the name associated with the south-west section of the neighbourhood? Was Old Ottawa South once a hotbed for beer-making activity? Well, maybe. But more important to the area was one Thomas H. Brewer, early resident of Ottawa South. He was a founder of the Ottawa South Municipal Association and a chairman of the Ottawa Amateur Sports Association. From the Ottawa Evening Citizen October 21, 1936, his obituary:


From the Archives: Ottawa South as Suburbia

A hundred years ago, Old Ottawa South was considered the suburbs of Ottawa. Annexed to the City of Ottawa in 1907, Ottawa South was praised as a prime residential area in the June 17, 1910 edition of the Ottawa Citizen.

Ottawa South to Fore as Residential Section

Advertisement 1910-06-25 for Ottawa South The casual visitor to that part of Ottawa’s suburbs known as Ottawa South cannot fail to be struck by the marked advance this section of the city has had within a comparatively recent period. On every hand one sees the evidence of growth, and that it will soon become, and is on a fair way to becoming now, one of the most important residential sections of the city is freely predicted.


From the Archives: Real Estate Ads 1910-style

Originally published in the July/August OSCAR 2010.

A hundred years ago, Mr. V.V. Rogers bought over 200 acres of land in Ottawa South and divided it up into building lots. His enthusiasm to attract people to the outskirts of town into the “new” neighbourhood of Ottawa South is shown in his ad from the Ottawa Citizen May 31, 1910 transcribed below:


From the Archives: Mayfair Theatre Opens

From the Evening Ottawa Citizen Saturday December 3, 1932, a full-page spread entitled “The New Mayfair Theatre Adds Prestige to Ottawa South Business Area”:

Mayfair Theatre Opens Monday Night to “The Blue Danube”

Mayfair_Theatre_plaque_smallSlipping quietly and unostentatiously into the entertainment life of the city, the new Mayfair theatre opens its doors to the public on Monday when the premiere will be thrown on the screen at seven o’clock. At a quarter to the hour the public will be admitted and the first nighters will have a little time to revel in the beauties of Mayfair before becoming absorbed in the screen attractions.


From the Archives: The History of Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach OttawaIn 1946,  Evening Citizen Staff Writer Cameron James relates the “mostly incidental” story of the Brighton Beach Aquatic Club of Ottawa South. From the Ottawa Citizen August 10, 1946:

When members of the Ottawa South Community Association decided to develop Brighton Beach about 25 years ago, it was intended to have it principally as a bathing spot for the younger people of that section of Ottawa South, east of Bank street. Now it is the most popular bathing rendezvous in Ottawa for people from all parts of the city. On a recent Sunday, as many as 3000 persons visited the beach.