Welcome To Punchy's Chronicles

Punchy's Chronicles is a place where you can find short stories and pictures from Puncy's Cabbagetown of the 50s & 60s.

Humble Beginings

In the 1800's and early 1900's many immigrants landed on Toronto's doorstep. The families that were penniless were shuffled off to Cabbagetown which, at that time, was mostly a shantytown. They worked in local industries such as the Gooderham Worts Distillery or the shipyards, railyards or many other of the industrial sweat shops in the area. This was before welfare and unemployment insurance so many of the new residents would plant every square inch of their yards with cabbages to live off during hard times. This is how the area got it's name. I've had some people deny this, but I've been hearing it from my Cabbagetown elders for over four decades, so I'm sticking with it.

What I've tried to put together here is neither a wake nor a celebration. It's just a bunch of stories and memories about a goofy little kid that used to live in Cabbagetown. That kid was me.