Mem­o­ries of Hamil­ton’s ‘hobo’ camp

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Home­less men told to va­cate camp (July 25)

In 1970, my friend and I of­ten rode our bikes down the West 5th ac­cess in the mid­dle of a sum­mer’s night and car­ried them back up the stairs by St. Joe’s. Af­ter the first small set of stairs on a gen­tle slope there was just a path be­fore the se­ri­ous old wooden stair­case be­gan. I re­mem­ber off to the right in a clear­ing was al­ways a camp, some­times a small fire, and a group of men some sit­ting some sleep­ing. We just called it the Hobo Camp but I know now it was home­less peo­ple. Even then I felt sorry for the fig­ures in the dark­ness. We never spoke to them, and I sup­pose I didn’t feel it was my per­mis­sion to speak. For they were the peo­ple of the stairs. The ho­bos. I was ashamed. Wray Brown, Dun­das

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