Occasionally a statement can be found on the Internet erroneously indicating that the house of Colonel Samuel Smith at Forty First Street and Lake Shore Blvd. West in South Etobicoke was torn down in 1952.
In fact, as Denise Harris of the Etobicoke Historical Society has recently pointed out, the Toronto Star of Feb. 19, 1955, page 4, has an article entitled “Rip down 1797 cabin for Supermarket Lot”.
The available evidence indicates the house was torn down in 1955.
The above-noted Toronto Star article states the house is “being torn down so that a parking lot can be enlarged” and later “it is to enlarge the parking lot that the house is being torn down” – all present tense, as Denise Harris notes.
If you are a member of the Toronto Public Library, you can access the Feb. 19, 2015 article online.