Larry Wartel to Gregory Hartnell: ‘Mom was born in London, Ontario and lived in Gordon Head on a small farm in the 20’s and 30’s. Maternal Grandpa and Grandma Alexandor moved to 2800 Lincoln Road, where they lived until death in the 60’s and 90’s.’ … Open Letters of veteran Victoria activists, September 23, 2011.

Dear Gregory (are you ever called Greg like I am “Lar”?),

I am very grateful for hearing about your rich and expansive local history from Scot and British roots. One of the charming parts was hearing about the trolley on Cook, that ran near your house! Just wonderful, a more peaceful, sustainable era, eh? You and your family have seen some dramatic changes here, no doubt. I very much appreciate you sharing those details about being born at St. Joseph’s and the house at Cook and May, and the wonderfully intriguing details of the honoured ancestors. And again the fascinating background of Mom and Dad, Uncle Herbert, Grandma Phillips and Grandpa Henry is very meaningful to me–I assure you not for any dossier but again, just to learn about how we arrive at our political and spiritual orientation. It is so interesting that Dad you feel was shaped in resistance to Herbert‘s (maybe dogmatic?) socialist views. Probably they were both equally passionate fellows always at logger heads! Certainly had that in my family. Just another question: who was older, Peter or Herbert? If Herbert was older, I could see that maybe the “bossy older sibling” was something Peter detested and he would want to reject everything about him. Don’t want to assume anything though. In my family, my younger brother rejected much of my political values because he wasn’t really loved by me or our angry Mom.

Another interesting thing was Grandma Phillips did loom work. Factory or at home? And Grandpa Henry was a civil servant. If he sided with the government of the day (Social Credit, Tory or Liberal, if they even existed in those formations at that time, do you know?)–that could also have a large impact on Dad. McKenzie King admired Hitler.

I have local history too.

Mom was born in London, Ontario and lived in Gordon Head on a small farm in the 20’s and 30’s.

Maternal Grandpa and Grandma Alexandor moved to 2800 Lincoln Road, where they lived until death in the 60’s and 90’s.

Have you ever heard of C…. B…, the son? He still lives in Vic, a “petite bourgeois” landlord who owns the building that housed the old Open Door on Johnson, until they moved. Sort of rotten, that he remains a multi millionaire from landlord wealth partly accumulated from years of the charity’s rent–some of which comes from a lot of faith tiding donations. I’ll help you non-violently shake him down one day and return that rent to the Catholic and other local multi-denominational patrons of churches who generously gave donations that ended up at Open Door over the decades, where it was amassed for Cyril–what do you say? See how we exploiter Jews operate? Just like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion says, leading all the way up to Rothschild. OK, I’m being somewhat facetious, but there’s a lot of of truth here, which shows the class nature of Victoria relationships.

A great weekend and Blessings for Your Parents on their 60th!
–Larry

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