Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe December 10th to the 17th 1954

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St. Andrew’s Hospital cornerstone “well and truly laid” by the Hon. MacKinnon Phillips, Minister of Health for Ontario. Others in the picture are L to R; Stan Jordan, bricklayer foreman  Bert Oxford and Rex Timms all members of the R. Timms Construction and Electrical Ltd., the contracting firm. Comparatively good weather for mid December blessed the event, the same weather that has helped in the progress on the building.


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Three thousand dollar boost to the new hospital from the Midland Lion’s Club. The club is financing a children’s nursery and plan to endow it permanently. Lion Adam Miller, Lion’s president Bill Orr, Lion Bill Hack presenting the cheque to V.G. Edwards chair of the hospital’s special finance committee.


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Notice  –  Night classes in Marine Navigation commence January 3rd 1955. For students wishing to qualify for the following certificates  –  Masters, First and Second Mates (Inland Waters) Masters and Mates (Minor Waters)

70 railcar loads of Christmas trees shipped from Penetang and 10 from Midland averaging 1300 trees per car, a total of 103,000 trees have been loaded for mostly USA destinations.

 Santa Claus  –  Old and young throng King Street on Saturday morning to greet Santa Claus. The jolly old gent is shown waving at the crowds as he prepares to leave his sleigh and enter Edwards Specialty Shop. Second photo, flanked by two helpers, Carol Parizeau on the left and Marlene Fraser,  Santa beams merrily.  Santa will listen to the pleas of 2500 children on his throne in Edwards Toyland.

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Midland’s Junior Redwings members, Bruce Calvert, Jim Lemieux and Joe Faragher. All played juvenile hockey last season although Calvert was called up to help the Wings in their final drive for the championship.


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First woman ever to sit on Tay Council led the polls in last Mondays election. Mrs. Minnie Mayhew joins Cecil Parker, Loran Williams and by acclamation Reeve Fred Kinnear and deputy reeve Ralph Dalton.

Free Press tradition to publish news from local communities in North Simcoe some of which no longer exist. The happenings, mostly social from places like;

Eady, Severn Falls, Wyebridge, Hillsdale, Melduf, Hobart, Port McNicoll, Waubaushene, Allenwood, Elmvale, Crossland, Vasey, Lafontaine, Rosemount, Perkinsfield, Victoria Harbour,  North River, Lovering, Waverly, Fairview, Elmvale, Coldwater, Phelpston, Creighton, Sunnyside, Mount St. Louis and Tiny Township. The larger communities had weekly news and the smaller ones were published periodically. Each community had its own column and often its own local correspondent that collected and submitted the news.

News Items

  • Christmas store hours open until 9.30 PM every night
  • Midland buys 500 tons of sand from Penetang, forces the cutting of pine trees that now adorn downtown posts in Penetang
  • New Second Penetang Scout Troop invests 40 boys at one time
  • Midland firefighters get $125.00/yr increase, public works staff get .15 cents per hour increase
  • Fathers Night Christmas shopping sale in Penetang
  • HMCS Penetang returns to Halifax after exercises in Bermuda
  • New Penetang rink expects ice in by Christmas
  • Midland Y’s Men plan jack rabbit hunt on Boxing Day
  • Midland 3 man committee explores site for new town hall
  • Coldwater School Board awards $82,100 contract new bldg
  • Red Wings lose 2-1 at Stouffville
  • Monarchs win 8-2 over Gravenhurst Indians at Midland
  • Midland tax levy $408,553.00 up over $9K from last year
  • Illegal possession of beer nets $300.00 fine in Penetang
  • Six year old Linda Duval struck and seriously injured by a vehicle while tobogganing at her home on Robert St.


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Christmas mail rush is on. Bob Goatcher and Armand Marion wade through stacks of cards and letters.

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Huronia Museum will be holding camps over the Christmas Holidays on the following dates:

December 22, 23, 29, 30

January 2

Each camp runs from 9 AM to 5 PM, with pick-up any time after 4 PM.  The cost is $22 per child, per day for children ages 5 to 12.

Space in these camps is limited so pre-registration is required to ensure a space for your child.  Minimum of 10 participants required for the camp to run.

Our camps are filled with games, crafts and activities to keep our campers entertained.  We will also be skating each day at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, and tobogganing on Campbell’s Hill, weather permitting.

For more information about specific camps you can  call us at 705-526-2844



Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe December 3rd to the 10th 1954

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Winter Repair Program at Shipyard to Employee Between 50 and 100 Men
No new contracts are on the horizon but repairs to winter fleet will employ up to 100 men.
CSL winter fleet will be; at Port McNicoll, Sir James Dunn, Georgian Bay and the McLagan; at the townhouse, Lemoyne, Ashcroft, Donnacona and Westmount, at the Aberdeen, Prescott and at the Tiffin, Coverdale and Thunder Bay.

The Hydro Electric Power Commission will erect TV tower on the farm of Bert Robitaille on the Balm Beach Road this week. TV programs will be fed to Midland and Penetang. Two 85 foot B.C. cedar poles each weighing two tons will be used instead of a steel tower to reduce interference.

Regent School holds official opening of new addition last Wednesday night. Four men pictured were a prominent part of ceremony.

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Frank Bray, board chairman; Wm. C. Vanderburgh, assistant superintendent Department of Education; Ken Ellis, public school inspector for the district and Mr. C.S. Cox architect for the new building.

George Price and Co. Ltd., heating contractor from Coldwater is busy with several large local contracts. New boiler and oil burner which consumes 60 gallons per hour at the Copeland Flour Mill in Midland. A new boiler for oil heating installed in the Midland Elevator and a 17 ton boiler for steam heat at the new Canadian Name Plate factory. Also the heating, plumbing and ventilating contracts for the hospital expansion and the new high school.

Women’s Institutes are noted for the meals they prepare for various functions and Wyebridge is no exception as their W.I. last week fed a group of potato growers assembled at the Parkside Pavilion for an annual awards banquet.

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Looking out on a cold strange world this little lamb is one of two born December 4th on the Graham Jones farm. Mrs. Jones (nee Margaret Jean Montgomery) is seen with her daughter Sheila aged 3. The Jones farm is 3 miles south of Midland on Hwy 27.

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This large framework visible from Hwy 27 will soon emerge as the Wyebridge Community Hall. Gangs of volunteer labourers have already started sheeting the structure. Funds have been mostly raised by the Wyebridge Women’s Institute who have catered literally hundreds of district functions in the last several years.

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Midland and District Canadian Club members learn how easy it is to make floral center pieces and Christmas wreaths when an expert does it. Midland florist Mac Perrin displays some of the creations he made for the ladies during his two hour demonstration.

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Christmas Ads

Edwards Specialty  Shoppe will grace the Festive Table with linen table clothes ranging from $2.75 to $97.50. Aprons starting at .39 cents.

Serve Coke, the treat of the season, .36 cents a case of six. Penetang Bottling.

Be a smart Santa give a gift subscription to the midweek Free Press Herald and the weekend County Herald, $3.00 annually, by mail in Midland $4.50.

This Christmas give him something for the car, Canadian Tire Store, Bay Street opposite the bus terminal. Steering wheel muff, .39cents, 1/4″ electric drill $15.95, curb feelers .69cents.

Gifts That Appeal – Strathearn’s Jewellers, electric shavers, carving sets, 400 day clocks cuff links and tie sets, etc.

Edwards Toy Department – Daisy Rifle really smokes $4.25, Walkie Talkie Set $2.85, Metal Tricycle $5.69 Marx model train set $14.98

Curlers Prime the Pig – Norm Greene, left, and Cy Ney are seen “priming the pig” as the new season got under way at the Midland Curling Club. The pig will get plenty fat from donations from unlucky curlers who “hog” their stones before the season ends next spring. Others Karl Bertrand, club president and R.S. King.

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