Walton Routly – Lake Street Grocer
Walton Routly, another of the brothers, arrived in Peterborough by 1901. He worked at first, as a clerk for John Thomas Braund’s grocery store. In 1903, Walton was employed with the Canada General Electric Company and had his home at 280 McDonnell Street. From 1904 through 1906 he again worked for John T. Braund. Then in 1907, Walton began working for his older brother, William James, who had a store at 168 Charlotte Street. Walton moved often, not staying much longer than one year at any of the places where he resided. He variously made his home on Smith Street, Edinburgh, Paterson, Dalhousie and Bethune streets during the years he clerked in his brother’s store.
In 1915, Walton opened his own grocery store at 226 Lake Street, in the south end of town. For the next five years, he ran this corner store, before permanently closing in 1920. In 1921, it was the private home of Harry Corrin who worked for Perkins Insurance Company.
Moving On From Peterborough
In 1921, Walton lived at 6 Aylmer Street, which was actually the rear half of the same house from which he had run the store. The back portion of the house had an entrance facing onto Aylmer Street. Walton lived here until 1924, during these years, working once again for his brother, Nelson Routly.
During his last couple of years in Peterborough, Walton’s home was at 369 Edinburgh Street. A two story brick home, situated at the closed off end of Edinburgh, it afforded residents a quiet residential part of town in which to reside, in spite of running parallel to the heavier traveled Parkhill Road.
On 23 September 1902, Walton had married Gertrude Jobe. By 1925, they had a large family of eight children. Clayton was born in 1904 and followed in 1905 by Helen Viola. Another two daughters followed, Marion Jean in 1907 and Gwenyth May in 1909. Roy was born in 1913, Nelda in 1915, Reginald in 1916 and Norman in 1918. The two story home on Edinburgh was put to good use and, no doubt, was a busy household all through their years of raising a family. Walter, his wife and children moved to the United States in 1927.