Discovery Tour PASS – Four Sites, One Price (And more!)

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This is a great deal for everyone if you are looking to check out our local sites.

For one price you can visit the Huronia Museum, the Wye Marsh, The Keewatin and The Martyrs’ Shrine. Also included in this amazing pass is a 50% coupon for Saint Marie Among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour! You will also find a coupon for a free dessert with purchase at the Boathouse Restaurant at the Midland Town Dock!

Adults: $34.95. Children 15 years of age and under admitted FREE with an accompanying adult.

Each Discovery Tour PASS is valid for one admission to each site.

Use anytime the site is open during its 2015 Season. Buy your passes at the Huronia Museum or through our online store!
The Huronia Museum is open 7 days a week from 9-5.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 24th to 30th 1955



New Sault Ste. Marie owners decide 30,000 island area better bet than the northern run planned between the Sault and Michipicoten. Dover will run daily, three hour cruises from Midland but will not carry freight or make scheduled passenger stops. Evening cruises are planned as well. Captain Anson Smith has been engaged to return the Dover to Midland.

Remember those area news columns (gossip) in the local paper:

Wyebridge – Mrs. Bob Lambie and Patsy of Elmvale were guests of Mrs. Ellsworth Collins on Tuesday; Mrs. Alex Van Camp, Mrs. Dave Somers, Toronto, and Mrs. Hollern of Niagara Falls visited Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Eakley, Sunday etc.

Sunnyside – Visiting Mr. & Mrs. Walter Van Luven on Sunday were Mr. & Mrs. Howard Therrien and son Ivan, Mr. & Mrs. Billy Therrien and baby of Toronto, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond  Therrien and daughter Debbie of Penetang and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Zoschke and son Walter of Midland Point, etc.

 Coldwater – Mr. & Mrs. Allan Davis and children and Miss Helen Aitcheson, all of Toronto, spent the weekend at the Tipping cottage, “One Eye Point”, Matchedash Bay, etc.

Waubaushene – Mrs. Charles Tucker spent the weekend visiting relatives in Beaverton and attended  the wedding of her niece; Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Tucker spent a day last week in Toronto, etc. 

Elmvale – Mrs. William Watson is spending a few days with her mother Mrs. Martin Beardsall, Mr. & Mrs. E. Arthur Copeland were in Toronto last Thursday to attend the convocation at Osgoode Hall when their son Robert who received his degree of barrister-at-law and was called to the bar, etc.

Vasey – Mr. & Mrs. Wray Faint and Douglas of Midland spent Sunday with Mr. & Mrs. Frank Rumney. Miss Marion McClung underwent an appendectomy, etc.

There were also reports from Lovering, Hobart, Perkinsfield, Victoria Harbour, Lafontaine, Melduf, Hillsdale, Penetang, Wyevale, Waverly

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 Tops in their age group, members of the Richmond Virginians were winners of the International League title in Saturdays playoffs. Front, Bill Doherty, Billy Mackie, Arnold Belfry, Ron Church, David McLaughlin, Richard Mohan, Gary French. Back row, C.O. Marshall coach, Bob Matthews, Dick Matthews, David Lamb captain, A. Dagg and Rev Len Self League director.

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 Midland’s first major band award was won in Waterloo on Saturday, the Provincial championship for class 2 brass bands. The group beat out national champs the Metropolitan United Church Band and the Orillia Silver Band that has held the provincial title for three years. Back row, Hugh Smith, Bert Martin, John McAllister, John McAllister Sr., Charles Palmer, David Henry, George Haskill Jr., Garv Campbell and Tom Bell. Middle row; Shirley Wiles, Helen Smith, Lorne Belcher, Charles Gordon, Don Eplett, Bob Thompson, Clinton Truax, John Richardson, Bill Bates, Kay Kirkup, Clifford Brown, Peter McHugh, Norm Jackson, Kay Munday and Patsy Perrin. Front row, kneeling, Elaine Munday,  seated, Mayor Charles Parker, Bandmaster Al Hume, kneeling, Barbara Nichols, seated, Vern Holyrod and alderman Clinton Smith of the band committee and Shirley Silver kneeling. Absent were Jim Nicholson, Virginia Bath, Isabel Stewart, Joanne Bell and Clifford Flanagan who directed the band.

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First large raft of logs to be put over the dam at Port Severn in more than a decade was run through by Ed Copeland, a Midland sawmill operator. Mr. Copeland is in the boat, foreground on the dock is Joe King of Port Severn a veteran of many river  drives years ago. The raft contained around 4,000 poplar, hemlock, pine and basswood logs cut in the Six Mile Lake area. They were towed across the bay to Port McNicoll for transportation to the mill.

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 Capt. and Mrs. Albert Lavigne celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 6th. Albert was born one of 14 children in a log home on Concession 7, Tiny Township near Perkinsfield in 1881. Albert was schooled in French at Perkinsfield but the family moved to Muskoka Mills when he was about nine, his dad caring for the horses for Andrew Miscampbell. Their new school was all English and Albert and his  brother Olivia had to start over. The Lavigne’s moved back to Midland eight years later where his dad worked for Mr. Playfair and the children attended the old wooden school on Manly Street. Captain Lavigne began his sailing career  around the age of 19 on an American ship the W. P. Thew, earning $45.00 per month.  After his season on the Thew Alfred worked for Playfair rolling logs for fifty cents a day. When Playfair built the tug Magnolia Albert got to help and when it was launched in 1901 he went on as a deckhand. He worked his way up, fireman, wheelsman and finally mate under Captain Sandy Cuffe. In February 1916 Albert passed his exams as a tug master and also has his mates papers on passenger ships. His first tug was the McAuley for the Canadian Dredging Company. He also served 12 years as master of the Glenbogie and was also master of the Laketon for some time. He has been called out of retirement many times to fill in, even this year he was called to take the City of Dover to Sault Ste. Marie.

Mrs. Lavigne, the former Elizabeth McDonnell was born in Sturgeon Bay the youngest of the eight children of Mr. & Mrs. Allan McDonnell. The families lived side by side on Mill Street in Midland as both fathers were long time employees of Mr. Playfair’s and the children attended the Manly Street school. They were married at St. Margaret’s on June 6th, 1905 and their first home was on Mill Street but for 30 years they have lived in the big brick house at 278 (302) Manly Street that was built for Albert’s father Joseph Lavigne. The couple have four children, three boys followed their dad’s career on the lakes, Cyril and Joseph of Midland and Alvin in Marathon. Daughter Madeline, now Mrs. Albert Asselin, lives in Victoria Harbour.

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Young priests ordained at Shrine. Marking the 25th anniversary of the canonization of the Canadian Martyrs, twelve young priests were ordained at the Shrine. The ceremony was performed by His Excellency Most Rev. Francis V. Allen, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto. The new priests were from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, New York, Massachusetts and Hungary.


 June 25th at St. Mark’s Anglican, Charlotte Ilse Schrade youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Adolf Schrade of West Germany and Douglas Ralph Weaver, Midland.

June 23rd, St. Patrick’s Church, Perkinsfield, Ina Doreen Wooder, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Archie Wooder, Perkinsfield and Dr. Fred Phillip Ceresney of Toronto

June 18th, St. Paul’s United, Midland, Mary Ruth James, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. C.N. James and Daniel Patterson Webb, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Clement Webb, Victoria Harbour.

May 28th, St. Margaret’s Church, Norah Eleanor Mary Murray daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William J. Murray, Midland and Raymond J. Robitaille, son of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Robitaille, Midland.

June 11th, Mount Dennis Ontario, Marian Jean Todd, daughter of Mrs. George Todd of Penetang and Ernest Walter Bazinet, only son of Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Bazinet, Penetang.

June 18th, Coldwater United Church, Jacqueline Elizabeth Hall daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Hawke of Eady and Alvin Dalton Emms, eldest son of Dalton Emms, North River.

 Other notes;

– At this time the Delewana Inn at Honey Harbour was publishing weekly the names of their guests and if from Ontario also included their address. Banquet and service club names were also listed, such as the Penetang Separate School Board meeting June 6th and the Public School Teachers of Midland June 13th.

– Guy Hebner was advertising “Charter Boat – Trips for all Occasions” “Special Fishing Trips – Boats for Rent” 164 (174) Charles Street Phone 666M

– “Baseball – North Simcoe League Collingwood Belaires vs Herb Beauchamp’s Midland Indians” admission 50 cents.

– Penetang Water & Light Commission authorizes employees to immediately turn off the water supply to any resident watering their lawn during restricted hours, service to be resumed upon payment of fines

– Elmvale council petitions Ontario Liquor Control Board to keep local store open six days a week during the summer months

– Beauty Box Salon now open, Mary Lou Edwards proprietress, 253 (577) Hugel Ave. W. Phone 1447

– Don Messer Show featuring Marg Osborne, Charlie Chamberlain and Duke Neilson – plus- an evening of round and square dancing with Don Messer and his Islanders. Midland Arena Tonight at 9 PM

– Roller Skating at the Arena every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 17th to the 24th 1955

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  • Annual conference of the Ontario Library Association held at Fern Cottage, recommends the provincial government create a library service that would act as a clearing house for small library requests and would make any book in any Ontario library available to all libraries
  • Department of Defence has awarded Ernst Leitz a second contract for gun control equipment valued at $55,418.00. Leitz is considering expansion of their factory by the addition of second story offices, an additional 10 acres of land was recently acquired running east to William Street
  • 25 years ago – 1930 – five nurses graduate from St. Andrew’s School of nursing, Miss Bessie E. Faint, Miss Gladys M. Ney, Miss Catherine J. McKeown, Miss Edith Coyle and Miss Autumn L. Durnford
  • New MPDHS features industrial arts courses (shop), a 1400 square foot woodworking shop under the direction of Bill Hannah and a 1000 square foot machine shop taught by Richard Moffatt
  • Al Perkins, manager of the Roxy Theatre announces the installation this week of a new wide vision screen, 14 feet high and 26 feet wide, the special silver composition of the screen creates a much clearer picture and the size allows the screening of the new cinemascope movies
  • A project to cut a fire break around Midland’s reservoir area as a make work project for the 200 un-employed in the area only draws three men. “It seems peculiar that we couldn’t get men to work for us at $1.05 per hour” commented mayor Parker
  • Midland Business College starts 31st year this fall, Norman Schell remembers there was only one student on the first day in 1931 but for the past 15 years there has never been fewer than 50
  • Birthdays – June 16th, Howard Deschamps, Port McNicoll. June 19th, Mose Quesnelle, Port McNicoll
  • AA meetings Public Library basement in Penetang Friday evenings 8:30 P. M. and Orange Hall Midland on Wednesday evenings same time
  • Help Wanted – Clerk for grocery store – apply Ken`s Market 170 Fifth Street
  • Premiere Leslie Frost opens new Indian Village at Little Lake Park. The Y`s Men have spent $5,000.00 on its construction and expect to attract 20,000 visitors this year. CBC filmed the event which will air on their News Magazine show
  • No County Herald next week due to July 1st holiday being a Friday, first of 10 issues of the Georgian Tourist will be published Thursday
  • Free chest X-Ray service Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week provided by the mobile unit of the National Sanitarium Association. “The best method of finding tuberculosis is by X-Raying health people”

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 They met at a July 1st picnic in Victoria Harbour, Sylvester Cadeau born at Port Severn and Marie Louis Arbour from Waubaushene were married on June 16th 1905 at St. Margaret’s in Midland. ” I was never sick a day in my life” said Mr. Cadeau who at 70 is a year older than his wife. Mr. Cadeau became a gang saw operator for Waldie Lumber, a position he held for many years.  “The company had three saw mills in Victoria Harbour, capable of putting out 1,500,000 feet of lumber every week” Mr. Cadeau recalled. The couple have 13 children, ten sons, Stephen, Donald, Leo, Earl, Emery, Gerald, Bernard, Isadore and Edgar (One son missing). The girls are Velma, Mrs. J. Mulvilhill, Evaline, Mrs. Bernard Cousineau and Isobel living at home. Forty Four grand children.

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 “Leitz Officials in Midland” From the parent plant in Wetzlar Germany; Guenther Leitz, president and general manager of the Midland plant, Paul Henrici works manager at Wetzlar, Dr. Ludwig Leitz managing director in charge of development Wetzlar, Walter Kluck assistant manager Midland, Helmut Becker chief designer Wetzlar.

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Midland Golf & Country Club annual county cup match, golfers post their scores. Mrs. Sandow, Mrs. Cecil English, Mrs. Grace Ough of Barrie and Mrs. T. Brooks of Orillia. Mrs. English had the low gross for the day.

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Glaciers gift, standing over ten feet tall this boulder is in the back yard of a home on the east side of George Street near Gloucester.

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 Official opening day of the new Y’s Men’s Indian Village at Little Lake Park, Premier Leslie Frost performs the ceremony. Three local girls are pictured in one of the two longhouses, Helen Smith, and twins Kay and Elaine Munday.

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 “Fire Drill for Mariners” Some 80 employees of the CPR’s steamship service and support employees take their annual fire fighting and safety instruction before the opening of the navigation season. Former Midlander T. C. Howard in the light jacket is now the CPR district supervisor of safety, loss and damage.

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 Midland Lions Club`s new executive, officially installed during a dinner meeting at the Delawanna Inn Honey Harbour last week. Jack Doughty, president, Bill Jeffery, 1st vice, Cecil English, 2nd vice and Gordon Paice third vice president.

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 Mrs. Leslie Gilson’s garden on Easy Street between Third and Fourth. High temperatures and lots of rain this spring have created ideal conditions.

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 Proud owners and proud builder launch new sloop “Tern” last Saturday. Danish born builder Folmer Nielson built the craft in his Sunnyside shop. Owners are Mr. & Mrs. Jim Playfair.

Summer Jam Day Camp

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Registration is in full swing! Stop by and register for our fun summer camp! Camp is available Monday to Friday (except Holidays) for the Summer. Camp day is 9-4 with extended hours available for those who need it (8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.). Camp is $22  a day for members, $24 for non Members, and $1 for each extended hour. See http://huroniamuseum.com/day-camp/ for more details and for registration forms and calendar!


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