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A Page from the Past


Bernard Henry had set up his book and news depot on Richmond Street south of Dundas Street as least as early as 1857. 

His business, the New York Book Store was advertised on page 146 of the 1862-63 edition of The Grand Trunk Railway Gazetteer, Commercial Advertiser and Business Directory. 

On May 23rd, 1868, someone forcibly entered Mr. Henry's store by a rear door. 

All the stores' counters were examined and the sum of about $1.50 in coppers (pennies) was missing together with several packs of playing cards. 

The stock was not much disturbed.  A small spring gun had been fastened above the door at night on closing but having been improperly adjusted it did not explode as it should have done. 

A little over a year later, Mr. Henry died of typhoid fever at the age of 36 on November 10th, 1869 and is buried in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Cemetery in London. 

(Sources:  London Free Press, May 27, 1868, p. 3, c. 2; November 11, 1869, p. 3, c. 2)      


Source: Grand Trunk Railway Gazetteer, Commercial Advertiser and Business Directory, 1862-63, p. 146.