Transcript: Main Street Ontario: Markdale | Jun 27, 2017

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. Markdale."

A male voice says THERE WAS SEVEN GROCERY
STORES HERE AT ONE TIME.

Another man says THE TOWN WAS JUST FULL OF PEOPLE
YOU COULD HARDLY GET
UP AND DOWN THE SIDEWALKS.

The first male voice says ELBOW TO ELBOW.
JUST JAMMED.

A third male voice says THE OLD MARKDALE CREAMERY
ITS FUNCTION WAS TO BUY PRODUCTS
FROM FARMERS THAT COME IN.

Another male voice says WELL, THE FARMERS,
UH, WORKED UNTIL DARK,
AND THEN THEY CAME IN TO TOWN,
AND THEY HAD THE CHANCE
TO COME IN TO TOWN
TO SHOP, SIMPLE AS THAT.

The first male voice says AND THERE WAS JUST
A STEADY STREAM OF PEOPLE
GOING, FARMERS GOING DOWN
TO BRING THEIR CREAM AND EGGS
TO THE OLD MARKDALE CREAMERY.
WHICH WAS OWNED
BY BRENTSKI AND RAPP.

An old picture of Chapman’s Ice Cream Limited appears.

A man says 1973, MY PARENTS BOUGHT THE,
UH, THE OLD CREAMERY.

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

A woman in her sixties with glasses says HAD A PERSON WHO OWNED IT,
CAME TO US ONE DAY
WHEN WE WORKED AT
AN ICE CREAM PLANT
IN TORONTO.
AND SAID, DO YOU KNOW
ANYBODY STUPID ENOUGH
TO BUY THIS PLACE IN MARKDALE?
SO WE SAID, WE'LL LOOK AT IT.
WHERE'S MARKDALE?

A male voice says I CAN REMEMBER
WHEN THEY CAME HERE
THEY STARTED WITH TWO
SINGLE AXLE TRUCKS,
AND THEY WERE OLD, USED TRUCKS.

The woman in her sixties says WE HAD SIX EMPLOYEES,
BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
AND THE FIRST WEEKEND TWO QUIT.
SO, WE'RE DOWN TO FOUR.
SO, WE DID EVERYTHING,
FROM MAKING THE MIX,
TO RUNNING THE ICE CREAM,
TO RUNNING INTO THE OFFICE
TO ANSWER THE PHONE,
TO LOAD THE TRUCKS,
I'VE LOADED THE TRUCKS.
THEY'D GO OUT AND PEDDLE
AND IF THEY DIDN'T SELL IT,
THEY BROUGHT IT ALL BACK,
AND, MY GOD,
YOU HAD TO UNLOAD IT AGAIN
AT THE END OF THE DAY.
WE JUST DID EVERYTHING.

The woman’s son’s voice says Y'KNOW, TO GO
FROM WHAT THEY HAD,
TO WHAT THEY HAVE NOW,
I CAN'T EVEN FATHOM IT.
IT'S JUST FANTASTIC.
AND, UH, YOU KNOW,
THEY STARTED OUT FROM NOTHING,
AND TO BE BUILT UP
TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST
ICE CREAM MANUFACTURERS
IN NORTH AMERICA,
IF NOT THE BIGGEST NOW, UH,
IT'S, IT'S AWESOME.

(SIREN BLARES)

A man in his sixties with glasses says AS I WAS COMING HOME,
FROM MILES DOWN THE ROAD
I COULD SEE THE SMOKE, UH,
WHAT'S BURNING UP THERE?

A man in his fifties in a blue shirt says WELL, I JUST
REMEMBER WALKING OUT,
I WAS PUTTING SOME BINS OUTSIDE
AND I TURNED AROUND
AND LOOKED DOWN THE STREET,
AND SAW SMOKE THAT
DIDN'T QUITE LOOK FAMILIAR.

A woman in her sixties with short blond hair says I SWEAR, YOU COULD HEAR THIS
BOOM BOOM BOOM,
ALL THIS BLACK SMOKE,
THAT WAS VERY FRIGHTENING.

A man in his fifties with wavy gray hair says GUY CAME RUNNING INDOORS,
CHAPMAN'S IS ON FIRE!

The man in in the blue shirt says THE, THE BACK OF CHAPMAN'S
IS ON FIRE, AND I'M LIKE, WHAT?

The woman with blond hair says EVERY FIRE ENGINE
IN THE COUNTY WAS THERE,
UH, WORKING VERY, VERY HARD
TO CONTAIN IT.

A woman in her forties with long blond hair says EVERYONE HAD TO CLEAR OUT,
BECAUSE, WE DIDN'T
KNOW AT THE TIME
WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN WITH IT.

The man in the blue shirt says YOU KNOW, I WAS
ACTUALLY CONTEMPLATING,
WHEN IT REALLY TOOK OFF,
I, Y'KNOW, I CAME IN HERE
AND I REALLY THOUGHT MAYBE
IT WAS THE END OF THIS TOWN.
IF WE LOSE THAT INDUSTRY,
YOU KNOW, WHAT'S LEFT?

A male voice says IT WAS SEPTEMBER 4TH,
UH, THE FIRE STARTED
AT 10 O'CLOCK.
IT WAS, UH, THE ENTIRE FACILITY
WAS GONE BY
5 O'CLOCK THAT NIGHT.

The owner says WE HAD LOTS OF OFFERS
TO GO TO OTHER TOWNS,
AND MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE,
MAYBE CLOSER TO TORONTO,
HALFWAY THERE,
ORANGEVILLE, SOMETHING.
WE DIDN'T WANT TO.
WE ARE LOYAL
TO WHERE WE STARTED.
AND WHERE ALL
THE PEOPLE CAME FROM
THAT MADE US WHAT WE ARE TODAY.

The owner’s son says MY PARENTS AND I,
WE MADE THE DECISION
TO REBUILD, THAT
NIGHT OF THE FIRE.
UM, AND, WE, WE DECIDED
WE WERE GONNA DO IT IN MARKDALE,
CAUSE THIS IS WHERE
WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN,
AND, WHY WOULD WE,
WHY WOULD WE BULD ANYWHERE ELSE?

The owner says THIS COMPANY WASN'T
BUILT BY DAVID AND I.
IT WAS BUILT BY ALL THE PEOPLE
WHO WORKED WITH US,
ALL THAT, THIS TIME,
WE COULDN'T DO IT, SO...
MARKDALE, AND THE COMMUNITY,
AND THE WHOLE AREA, I LOVE IT.
I LOVE IT, WOULDN'T CHANGE,
WOULDN'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE.
WE MAKE MEMORIES WITH FAMILIES,
THAT'S WHAT WE DO,
THAT'S OUR JOB ALL THESE YEARS,
AND THE PART I LIKE THE MOST.
LOT OF LETTERS,
I READ EVERY ONE OF THEM.
AND IT JUST KEEPS YOU GOING.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Chapman’s: What a feat. Thank you for staying here on our Main Street. Sincerely, Markdale."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

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