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Montague rejects request to change street name

The family of Dr. Thomas Vincent Grant is disappointed the Town of Montague has turned down their request to change a street name to honour him.

Dr. Thomas Vincent Grant lived on the street when town incorporated 100 years ago

A sketch of Dr. Grant's home at the corner of School and Fraser streets in the 1900s, where he lived when the Town of Montague incorporated 100 years ago. (Submitted by Ann Bolger )

The family of Dr. Thomas Vincent Grant is disappointed the Town of Montague has turned down their request to change a street name in his honour.

The local physician, member of the legislature and senator lived in a house still standing on the corner of School and Fraser streets.

Descendants of Dr. Grant asked the town to change School Street to Grant Street.

But town officials met with the family recently to say they would not be changing the name of the street.

For me though, it was the significance of the street and the house.- Ann Bolger

"Obviously, we were very disappointed by the decision," says Ann Bolger, one of Dr. Grant's granddaughters, who lives in Winsloe, P.E.I.

"Dr. Grant lived there when the city became incorporated so it was a nice fit in with the 100th anniversary, as well."

Unanimous vote to reject

Bolger said the family was also surprised it was a unanimous vote by council to reject the request.

Town officials told the family it would be too inconvenient to change the name of the street, she said.

Dr. Thomas Vincent Grant sitting on the front porch of his house at School and Fraser streets with two of his grandchildren in 1956. (Submitted by Ann Bolger )

"All of the emergency services had approved and said there wouldn't be any problems and there's only an apartment building on that street, but for some reason they felt that they don't rename streets in Montague."

Town officials have offered to look at naming a new street in Dr. Grant's honour, when there is new development.

"And that's fine. For me though, it was the significance of the street and the house," said Bolger.

"That he had lived there for the time that the town had been incorporated."