Colonel Sanders who founded the chicken food chain KFC lived in Canada after 1964 and owned a home until his death in 1980. The house was/is located at 1337 Melton Drive in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. He lived there from 1964 to 1980. After his death the house was sold and the new owner found in a closet 2 of the Colonel signature white suits, left behind.
Harland Sanders’ suit were made by a tailor Walter Beauchamp at 145 Wellington street West in Toronto. Few know of the Canadian connection of Colonel Sanders who many thought was a Kentuckian. Harland David Sanders was born on September 9, 1890, in Henryville, Indiana. KFC was acquired in October 1986 from RJR Nabisco, Inc. by PepsiCo, Inc., for approximately $840 million. It was Governor Ruby Laffoon who in 1935 made him a Kentucky Colonel due to the popularity of his fried chicken. After he sold his KFC company in 1964, Sanders continued to visit the KFC restaurants around the world as an ambassador spokesman. He died on December 16, 1980, at the age of 90, in Louisville, Kentucky.
This photo of Colonel Sander’s Canadian house in Mississauga was taken in October 2022.
I cannot remember the last time I had KFC but I would venture to say it was in the 1980’s, I am not a fan of fast food. We never had it at home as kids and I may have eaten it at friends or at an office party.
Well yesterday the big storm was not as predicted, the weather on PEI is never quite as predicted. We did have a lot of high winds and the bridge to the mainland was closed, on the bridge the wind reached 105 Km which is dangerous and makes driving over the strait impossible. This means that grocery stores will be short of some essentials for a few days. The rain and the southerly winds melted the snow so we are back to grass. In the meantime, we are told that the world is coming to PEI for the Winter Games, numerous charter flights and more commercial flights to accommodate the traffic. Given that we are in the off season, not sure where people will eat, many restaurants are closed until May. Again our politicians and the PEI Government have not planned accordingly, feels like a fly by night operation all around. With no snow, will they have to move locations elsewhere off Island? The feel of these games is that it is done for attention by the rest of Canada and the population is not wanted or involved.
It looks like Provincial Elections are coming, politicians currently sitting are announcing that they will not be running again. Last night someone told me that they expect the current Conservative government to win all the seats in the Legislature or at least so many that there will not be any opposition. This can happen easily in small population areas like ours and this is not good for democracy. PEI has a Legislature with 27 seats, we are the smallest province in Canada with a total population of 160,000. persons. Compared with Nova Scotia with a population of 995,000 persons and a Legislature of 55 seats or New Brunswick 49 seats and a population of 780,000 persons. PEI has lots of serious social issues and not much as been done but Premier King has a way of talking to people charming the birds off the trees.
Well the skating rink across the street is now officially open, the ice is beautiful kept this way by artificial freezing by generator. Lots of people have come to skate despite the weather not being very cold. No winter yet and people do not seem to mind going into February with no snow. It is starting to enter people’s mind that this is what climate change looks like.