Bears at Lansdowne Park- From a Bear Feeding Ground to Terrible Ted

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Bears at Lansdowne Park- From a Bear Feeding Ground to Terrible Ted

CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Feb 1939, Sat  •  Page 30

In 1868-The Ottawa Agricultural Society acquires 19 acres of land east of Bank Street and adjacent the Rideau Canal for the purpose of a fairground.The fields used for the Exhibition are later turned into a permanent park. Many citizens question the location of the park so far out in the country. Ottawa at the time does not extend much beyond Bank Street and Maria Street (later Laurier Ave. West). Southwards, Bank Street is little more than a trail with fields on either side, but there is a toll gate where McLeod Street now intersects Bank Street. A three-plank boardwalk runs down one side, but comes to an end near McLeod Street. It seems that the bears went away after that and only were mentioned when the famous beloved wrestling bear Terrible Ted came to the Civic Centre.

Ron McConnellThe land was granted to the Society by my ancestors, the Williams family, who owned most of the property on both sides of the canal at the time. The condition was that an “Agricultural Fair” be held there at least once a year. When the City of Ottawa decided to move the Exhibition out to Rideau Carleton and discontinue the annual fair, they weren’t aware of the condition. Needless to say, there was a lot of backroom dealing happening for a number of months to get out of the agreement.-

Also read-The Lumsden Family at the Ottawa Exhibition 1899

Mystery Solved — Who Was Gee Gee Frederick?

Read more here Anyone Remember Terrible Ted the Wrestling Bear? Need Your Help!

CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Jun 1968, Fri  •  Page 30

CLIPPED FROM
Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
15 May 1968, Wed  •  Page 75
Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
15 May 1968, Wed  •  Page 75

CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Jun 1968, Thu  •  Page 21
After defeating Sam Bass in Nashville in January 1974, Ted retired from professional wrestling

1971 September

Postcard from Larry Clark

Anyone Remember Terrible Ted the Wrestling Bear? Need Your Help!

The Lumsden Family at the Ottawa Exhibition 1899

Mystery Solved — Who Was Gee Gee Frederick?

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Da Bears…… Remembering the Bears of Actinolite

Entertainment in Rural Towns–Dancing Bears and Monkeys?

The Mill of Kintail–Running With Scissors From Bears – Again

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