Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Frederick Edward "Fred" Deschene[1]

Male 1890 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Frederick Edward "Fred" Deschene 
    Born CA 1890 
    Gender Male 
    Business Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Park Theatre 
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    Preston-ParkTheatre-002-Facebook2017.jpg
    City of Cambridge Archives
    Occupation 1921  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    confection store owner 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-204014 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I204014  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Family Jennie,   b. CA 1890,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Frederick Marron Deschene,   b. 14 May 1917, Port Colborne, Humberstone Twp., Welland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F57147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Park Theatre - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - confection store owner - 1921 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Two rather basic second-storey movie houses entertained Preston film fans in the 19-teens. The Bijou was at King and Lowther while the Princess had a brief home in Preston Opera House near Central Park. That last word, Park, introduces the long-running theatre many Preston people recall \emdash the Park Theatre. Thanks to a January 30, 1957, Galt Evening Reporter article dug up for Flash from the Past by Dan Schmalz of City of Cambridge Archives, there are many details available about the Park's early decades. Fred Deschene bought a downtown candy store in 1921 and on King near Argyle erected the town's first purpose-built theatre. During Deschene's two decades running the Park, he introduced talkies to South Waterloo County. After he retired in 1941, the Park was operated by Rosabelle Druckman, Gordon Ringle and Walter Pavik. Theatre Holding Company, managed by Howard Schedewitz, owned the Park in the 1950s when a $30,000 renovation gave the theatre a mammoth curved screen and freshened up the exterior and interior.

      mills, r. (2019). Flash From the Past: Hespeler, Preston and Galt's movie palaces \emdash all gone. CambridgeTimes.ca. Retrieved 6 April 2019, from https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/living-story/9269883-flash-from-the-past-hespeler-preston-and-galt-s-movie-palaces-all-gone/?fbclid=iwar2dypzbdoj3tpe2agjfevtwppgp0pajdzem-ffm12kdslvw-qwjdbr98mq#.XKi8yYGdyoQ.facebook

  • Sources 
    1. [S2537] U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946.
      Name:Frederick Marron Deschenes
      Race:White
      Age:23
      Relationship to Draftee:Self (Head)
      Birth Date:14 May 1917
      Birth Place:Port Colborne, Ontario
      Residence Place:Hollywood, Broward, Florida, USA
      Registration Date:16 Oct 1940
      Employer:F E Deschenes
      Weight:131
      Complexion:Light
      Eye Color:Blue
      Hair Color:Brown
      Height:5 9
      Next of Kin:Frederick Edward Deschenes