“Tom looked the family over from the front porch and decided they were o.k. And inside of the two minutes the room was rented. There were not two dozen words exchanged in the transaction, and he refused to even look at the room until we had our baggage moved.
Tom’s main idea of recreation was to either spend the early hours of the evening playing the violin or mandolin or singing. We all joined in with the Shaw family (Mrs. Shaw is a good pianist) so we had a great many wonderful musical evenings. We had a large number of friends who were musicians come to the house.”
- Ralph Thomson's recollection of moving to the Shaw’s boarding house, 2014 East Cherry Street
(Library and Archives Canada/Bibliotheque et Archives Canada, MG30 D38 'Blodwen Davies fonds', Vol. 11)