Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe January 23rd to the 30th 1955

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  • Canadian Name Plate president Gordon Moss announces public open house, plant employs 150
  • County councillors consider boarding elderly in private homes rather than providing a central facility, subsidize half the cost up to $30.00/month
  • Clerk of Medonte Township for 56 years, Thomas Duncan Robinson dies at 88, a Canadian record for public service in this position
  • Advocate payment terms for fines in lieu of jail time
  • County council sends a deputation to Ottawa looking for federal aid for Hurricane Hazel damage
  • Albert Lepage claims new scoot built in the back of Pete Lepage’s garage will go over the ice at more than 100 miles per hour
  • Henry Hawkes, 63 year old night watchman at Nameplate dies of injuries sustained at work last week


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Mrs Dorothy (Bruce) Spicer examines an air mail letter from her mother Mrs. E Glover of Brighouse York England mailed December 21st. The letter went missing with hundreds of others when the BOAC stratoliner crashed at Preswick Scotland Christmas Day with the loss of 28 lives. Mrs. Ken (May) Williams looks on. Note the edges of the letter are scorched.

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Local sea cadet officials were pleased with the turnout of parents for the reorganisation of RCSCC Huron, O.S. Robert Fournier shows his parents Mr. & Mrs. Henry Fournier of Penetanguishene the functioning of his rifle.

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Robbie Burns night dinner held by the men’s club of Knox Presbyterian Church in Midland. Location, church auditorium on Hugel Ave., John Dalyrmple club president, Rev Len Self, Mrs. Bill Manson serving the haggis while Mary Robertson looks on.

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Midland’s Intermediate “C” OBA basketball team winds up the regular schedule this weekend with games against Owen Sound and Base Borden. Seated, Charles Day, Mel Windover and Ed Gamna. Standing, Russ Cadeau, Forbes MacKenzie, John Powers and Tim Lethbridge. Absent Ted Smith, Don West and Allen James. Jerseys show names of local business sponsors, H.J. Thompson & Sons, James Bath, R.E. Simpsons and the Diana Tea Room.

Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe January 15th to 22nd 1955

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Head draughtsman at the new Canadian Name Plate plant is George Koch who came to Toronto last August when his family was displaced by the Russians in East Germany. Separation from their two daughters Heidi 10 and Hella 7 is soon to end as the girls will be flying to Canada on January 26th with help from Canadian Name Plate.  The Koch’s live at 99 Donalda Street. Frank Spence in the white shirt.

Industrial accidents were common in earlier times.

Henry Hawkes of 12 Ellen Street, night watchman at the Canadian Name Plate plant  was found unconscious on Saturday morning apparently having fallen from a scaffold while checking the boiler. Suffering from a fractured skull he was transported to Toronto on Monday and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Also on Friday Gus Dorion of 265 Bay Street was crushed between two rail cars he was attempting to couple at the Century Coal Dock. He was rushed to St. Andrews hospital by Martin’s Ambulance suffering severe injuries to his hips and back.

Paterson Steamship Line honours local  veteran mariners. Presentations made by Senator Paterson and his son John. Among those honoured were Captain C.J. Jewett formerly of Penetang, 31 years service; Capt. Cecil Clark, Midland, 29 years; Capt. Henry Odesse, Penetang, 29 years; First Mate Vernon B. Wilson Midland, 28 years; Capt. Fred Grant, Midland, 27 years; Capt. Richard Simpell and Capt. Donald Wilson both of Midland with 25 years’ service.

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 Marlene Devitt has reigned without a successor as  Campus Queen of MDHS since the fall of 1953. Plans are underway by the school and the Roxy Theatre to create a new “Queen of Hearts” to be crowned for Valentine’s Day. Similar plans are being made with the Penetang High School.

Front row, Mignon Pearson, Frances Perrault, Joan Marshall, mid row, Marlene Devitt (Vasey), Bonnie Bannon (Vasey), Yvonne Leblanc, back row, Verna Lambie, Donna Brandon, Jane Bell, Rhona Riley.

Huronia Council, Knights of Columbus has begun a campaign  to ban the sale of comic books that portray horror, crime, sexual indecency, brutality or violence. Letters have been sent to all local service clubs, Legions, fraternal organizations, Midland District Ministerial Association, Protestant churches and other local organizations inviting them to a meeting at the Midland town hall on February 6th. The city of Ottawa already has an effective civic ordinance of this type.

At the Roxy;
Ma Kettle has a brand new fella in “Ricochet Romance” starring Marjorie Main and Chill Wills.


  • Sacred Heart Church in Port McNicoll, Elda Laurin, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Simeon Laurin, Port McNicoll and Gilbert Marchand, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edilbert Marchand, Lafontaine. Father Ivan Marchand brother of the groom officiated.
  • Ella Esther Whiteside, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Reford Whiteside, Wasaga Beach and Neil Ernest Edwards son of Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Edwards, Vasey, at Wasaga Beach.
  • Marks Anglican Church Midland, Patricia Ann Payette, only daughter of Mrs. Payette and the late John Thomas Payette married Peter Gerald Hudson, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs Dalton Hudson of Midland.
  • Alma Groves daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Curry and Glenville Murday son of Mrs. T. Murday and the late T. Murday at St. Marks Anglican Church Midland.

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Midland rinks won a generous share of trophies during the 22nd annual club bonspiel last week, three in total. Al Steers rink won the main event while the two rinks above won the Goodyear and Birks Trophies. Goodyear winners top photo, Cam Milner, skip Vern Johnson, John Scott and Armand Robillard. Winners of the fourth event and the Birks Trophy, Gord Logan, skip Dr. Jim Small, Dr. C.N. James and Frank Bray.

Winterfest Cardboard Toboggan Races – Friday, January 30th, 7 p.m.

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Cardboard Toboggan Races
will be held Friday, January 30th, at Campbell’s Hill (Conveniently located off of the Huronia Museum Parking lot).
Judges will evaluate toboggans at 7:00pm at the top of Campbell’s Hill

REGISTRATION: 7:00pm SHARP – Campbell’s Hill

RACES: Friday, January 30th at 7:15pm

AWARDS: To be announced at race time

rulesToboggan Races Registration form

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