What’s New!

Filling Assembly - Primer 15

Filling Assembly – Primer 15

June 2012:  Barbara Dickson launches her updated web-site.

15 comments for “What’s New!

  1. Catherine Staples
    April 6, 2014 at 12:11 am

    My grandmothers both worked at GECO, and I recently came across a separation slip for my one grandmother dated June 28, 1945, due to work shortage. She was an assistant supervisor. And she made .75 cents and hour. Her employment began on Nov 6/41. If you would like a scan of the document, I could send it along. It’s in terrible shape, but better than nothing.

  2. Linda Krawagna
    November 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Dear Barbara – I can hardly wait til your book on GECO comes out…do you have a date yet? I’ve lived in the Midland/Lawrence/Brimley area for some 40 years.
    Take care and thank you for your amazing work!

  3. Nancy Haines
    January 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Just noticed, I think you mean Steppenwolf.

  4. Nancy Haines
    January 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you very much for answering. I did know that though. Still had a smile though.



  5. Phillip MacDonald
    January 10, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Hello and Happy New Year to you Nancy;
    First off NO I do not have any pictures of Good Ole Little Switzerland…
    However, I would like to pass on some trivia for you…Little Switzerland was owned and operated by the Kasbaum family…One of the boys was Klause, who attended Cedarbrae and after he pursued a carrer in music…To trim the story down a bit-Klause changed his name to Nick St.Nickalus and became the bass player for SPENNWOLF..
    Sorry I couldn’t help out with some pictures,but maybe the trivia put a smile on your face…
    Good luck finding some pictures…

    Best regards;

    Phillip MacDonald

  6. Nancy
    January 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Hello all and Happy New Year. Hoping someone can help me. I am looking for pictures of an old skating
    called Little Switzerland that used to be on Markham Road. I believe some referred to it as Swiss Chalet.
    If anyone has any they could share, I would be very grateful. I would love share these with Mom and her
    siblings who spent a lot of their childhood at this rink.

    Thank you in advance


    • Susan Attenborough
      May 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Nancy,
      There is photo of Little Switzerland on the ‘Scarborough, Looking back’ Facebook page. Lots more Scarborough memories there! I loved Little Switzerland too!

  7. Phillip MacDonald
    November 11, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Hi Barb:

    I am looking for information pictures or whatever, concerning the G.E.C.O that was in Scarboro early to mid 1943*s…
    My father Donald J. MacDonald(D.J.) was the plant foreman there and I would be interested in getting any and all information about G.E.C.O….
    I have two photographs of my dad and all the people he was responsible for, but nothing about the history of the making of G.E.C.O. and what went on at the various locations which was G.E.C.O. to so many people…
    I would appreciate any assistance you can provide…

    Best regards;

    Phillip MacDonald

    • admin
      November 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Philip, thanks for your inquiry. Hopefully my book–currently in revisions with the publisher–will give you the answers to all our questions about GECO and more. In the meantime, if you live in the GTA, why don’t we meet for a coffee? I’d love to see the photos you have and talk morea bout your dad’s days at GECO. Let me know if you’d like to get together. Take care, Barb

    • Jim Sullivan
      December 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Phillip

      My father also worked there and he managed the fleet. I’ve also got a picture of him with the equipment, and one in front of GECO with all the staff – I’m sure your dad would be in that one also.
      I seem to remember hearing my dad was in business once (gas station?) after the war with a DJ MacDonald. He later went into the road construction business with Stewart MacDonald (MacDonald and Sullivan)but died quite young in 1956.
      Do you have a brother Don MacDonald who used to work for the Department of Highways?
      Only checking today as I’m hanging those pictures in my office and thought I’d do some research as I have one duplicate picture I’d like to add to an archive if there is one.


      • Phillip MacDonald
        January 10, 2013 at 1:57 am

        Hello Jim;
        Its good to see people showing interest in a little bit of Scarboro history…I hope Barbara can finish her book and send it to the printers…I am anxiously awaiting when the book comes out…
        Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name Jim Sullivan…Perhaps we have the same pictures, I have one a panorama-type picture showing all of the construction equipment dad was responsible for along the operators of each piece of equipment…The other picture-much smaller-has dad and about thirty other personnel that was taken outside in front of the GECO office.
        I did have a brother that worked for the DHO but his name was Stanley…I don’t know how long he was with DHO but after that he was with Antici Construction…
        Sorry, but it looks like I wasn’t much good to you…
        Keep up the interest…

        Best regards;

        Phillip MacDonald.

  8. Gord Lehman
    July 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    My wife’s father worked for GECO and we would be interested in how to get information concerning him (DONALD JOHN MACDONALD: CONSTRUCTION)

    • admin
      July 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Gord, thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately no specific GECO employee records survived. I can answer general questions about construction, but not about one individual’s time while they worked at GECO. If you’d like to talk about your father-in-law’s days there, I’d be happy to meet for a coffee and chat if you live in the Toronto area. Let me know. Take care, Barb

    • Ron
      January 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      The only thing I can offer to the conversation is that my father worked there early in WW2. I can vaguely recall one Christmas, I would be 7 or 8, going to what, to me, was a very large room setup with Santa Claus. We paraded up to see Santa and were given an appropriate present for our gender and age. Though I can’t remember I expect there would have been some type of refreshments available for everyone.

      I believe my father worked on munitions and used to quality test by exploding various items. I do recall that something happened at work and he became partially deaf in one ear which made him ineligible for military duty. Later in the war he was taken for the army but was limited to Canada because of the hearing problem.

      • admin
        January 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        Hi Ron, thanks for your post and sharing your connection to GECO. If you live in the GTA, we could meet for a chat over a coffee to talk more about your dad’s contribution to the war effort. Let me know if you’d like to do this, and we’ll set up a time. Take care. Barb

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