Joe Beef's Canteen

Joe Beef's Canteen (HM1JW4)

Location: Montréal, Québec Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal
Country: Canada

N 45° 30.146', W 73° 33.224'

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Le Cantine de Joe Beef

English:
"Joe Beef's may be low, it is certainly dirty on the cellar and ground floors; and the value of such a place to the city may be questioned, but let one thing be remembered - many a tired head has found rest; many a hungry mouth has been filled. Surely, this charity will cover a multitude of sins." - Unknown - Montréal by Gaslight, 1889
A canteen keeper in the British army in the 1850's, Charles "Joe Beef" McKiernan was assigned to the canteen on Île Sainte-Hélène in 1864 until he was discharged. He then opened Joe Beef's Canteen, a tavern near Bonsecours Market that later moved to the corner of de la Commune et (and) de Callière streets in 1875. Bold, generous and flamboyant, the Irish immigrant quickly became the most famous tavern owner in Montréal.

The People's Tavern

Hundreds of longshoremen, day labourers and seamen came to the canteen to drink and have lunch. For 10 cents, the wealthier clients had steak and onions, while the poorer patrons received a bowl of soup and some bread. The eccentric Joe Beef even kept a menagerie of wild animals in the cellar entertain guests!
The Friend of the Working Man

A man of the people, philanthropist Joe Beef generously offered food and lodging to sailors and vagrants. In 1877, he gave out 3,000 pieces of bread and some 2,000 liters of soup to striking Lachine Canal workers, whose cause he supported. When Joe Beef died in 1889, thousands of Montréalers attended his funeral. The Montréal Gazette dubbed him the "friend of the working man."

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French:
La cantine de Joe Beef est peut-être de bas étage, les planchers de sa cave et de sa salle sont certainement sales; la valeur d'un tel lieu pour la ville peut être mise en doute. Mais qu'on se souvenir d'une chose: plus d'une tête fatiguée a ici trouve le repos, bien des bouches affamées ont été ici remplies. Assurément, cette charité. Inconnu - Montréal by Gaslight, 1889

Cantinier dans l'armée britannique dans les années 1850, Charles Joe Beef McKiernan est affecté à la cantine militaire de l'île Sainte-Helene en 1864, jusqu'à sa décharge militaire. Il ouvre ensuite sa taverne, Joe Beef's Canteen, Après du Marche Bonsecours, puis le déménage au coin des rues de la Commune et de Callière en 1875. Frondeur, généreux et flamboyant, cet immigrant irlandais devient rapidement le tavernier le plus connu de Montréal.
La Taverne du Peuple

Débardeurs, journaliers et matelots viennent à la «Canteen» par centaines pour y manger leur repas de midi et y boire. Pour 10 cents, les plus riches se paient un bifteck aux oignons, alors que les indigents sont gratifiés d'un bol de soupe avec du pain. L'excentrique Joe Beef garde même une ménagerie d'animaux sauvages dans sa cave pour divertir sa clientèle.
L'ami des ouvriers

Fils du peuple et philanthrope, Joe Beef offre généreusement nourriture hébergement aux sans-le-sou et aux marins. En 1877, il fournit 3 000 pains et quelque 2 000 litres de soupe aux ouvriers grévistes du canal de Lachine, et il soutient leur cause. À sa mort en 1889, des milliers de personnes assistent à ses funérailles et la Gazette de Montréal le surnomme «l'ami des ouvriers».




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HM NumberHM1JW4
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Placed ByGovernment of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
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Date Added Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 612987 N 5039784
Decimal Degrees45.50243333, -73.55373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 30.146', W 73° 33.224'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 30' 8.76" N, 73° 33' 13.44" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 151-191 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal Québec , CA
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