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Man says Matchette Road mispelled for century

Al Matchett, who has no 'E' at the end of his name, said the road named after his great-great grandfather Alfred Matchett has been spelled wrong for nearly a century.

Al Matchett wants the street signs, maps changed to honour his great-great grandfather

If a Lasalle man has his way, Matchette Road will one day be officially spelled without an 'E' at the end.

Al Matchett, who has no 'E' at the end of his name, said the road named after his great-great grandfather Alfred Matchett has been spelled wrong for nearly a century.

Al Matchett said his great-great grandfather was one of the first 100 people to settle Ojibway Town, which was eventually annexed by Windsor, he said.

He tells CBC News he has for all his life known about his great-great-grandfather being the man behind the Matchett Road. He just never had the proof or smoking gun. That was until a neighbour helped him out.

Matchett decided to do something about what he calls the incorrect spelling when a neighbour brought him a copy of a newspaper from 1913 and photo of Alfred Matchett's tombstone. Both show Matchett spelled without the 'E' on the end.

'I'm not asking to change something that's correct.'— Al Matchett

"My hands were shaking. I have the holy grail (as) I called it," . I'm not asking to change something that's correct. There was a mistake made And I think it needs to be corrected. You'd never spell Wayne Gretzky parkway incorrectly - ever."

Not the first attempt to change name

Al Matchett said his family tried to change spelling in the 1970s.

"But they didn’t get very far," Al Matchett said. "I have the proof now. It only makes sense that it needs to be corrected. It’s an error."

Not everyone shares Al Machett's passion.

Jim Fortier has operated Sandwich West Auto Electric on Matchette Road for 36 years.

'A lot of people through the years have dropped letters off their name.'— Jim Fortier

"I don’t see why they would want to bother. We’ve had it that way for over 50 years. It’d just be added expense and most people would get confused," Fortier said. "A lot of people through the years have dropped letters off their name - or added them."

No word from Windsor or LaSalle, yet

Matchett has sent e-mails to officials with the City of Windsor and Town of Lasalle, but has received no response from staff or politicians. The road runs through both municipalities.

"It’s family heritage and its also heritage of the great town of Ojibway," Matchett said. "As part of our heritage, we need to spell it properly."

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