PICTURES ROSE PARISH with the HAGELL BLOCK #! in the background.... one of the last remaining pictures of the block available. BOTTOM picture shows SHIRLEY PARISH on the left and MIRIAM LOTHERINGTON on the right.In the background is APARTMENT #4. THE BOTTOM picture is Muriel Gray (Parish), and who is responsible for some of these photos and much of the information. ABSENTEE ownership was the start of the end...MY name is Lloyd Mac Donald and I was born on Davenport Road,directly across the street from the HAGELL BLOCK,and for 25 years was an important pert of my life.I played street hockey,softball,hide & seek with all the kids that lived there during this period. We played in the nearby woods, went to town together and schooled together either at ASHBY SCHOOL, or CONSTANTINE SCHOOL. We bought candy at TOBY ENGLISH's and Mrs.Goss stores located nearby, and picked up groceries at Clem LeBlanc's and Moffatt's Grocery stores for our mothers. Our secret meeting place was in the woods behind ASHBY SCHOOL,at a location called "4 corners". The HODGSON and LOTHERINGTON families were there during most of my years. In the BIG BLOCK #1 were the REDQUEST,MAC LEAN, SUTHERLAND AND BROWN FAMILIES. JOE SUTHERLAND is back in Cape Breton, living in GLACE BAY,and brother George in Sydney. MYRTLE BROWN lived with her Grandmother and ANGUS.MYRTLE joined the LYNCH CIRCUS and disappeared from our view. ANGUS and his friend JESSIE lived at Breton BAY FOR MANY years,and passed away there. The RHYMES(Flowers) FAMILY lived in the BLOCK for several years,along with the TOBIN family.HARRY TOBIN is still here in SYDNEY. JOAN DAWE and her son WAYNE lived in #4 for many years. The HAWCO family were tenants in #1, and JAKE (John) has contributed his memories to these pages. These buildings were heated by free standing, Quebec heaters and coal was the heat source,with chimneys extending thru to the roof. In winter the stoves were heated to red hot, but fortunately there never was fire damage to the buildings. RENT varied from $14.00 to $17.00 monthly,and when the Mac Lean family became owners hired BURCHELL AGENCIES to collect the rentals. ASHES from the stoves were collected and used as insulation at the bottom of the buildings,which were sitting on the ground. No basements in those days.