Huronia Museum Heritage Dinner 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

J.W. Bald: A Photographer’s Trip on Georgian Bay

Guest Speaker:  John Hartman

Cocktails 5:30 pm   Dinner 6:30 pm

Tickets $80  ($40 tax receipt available)

Heritage Dinner 2016

From 1890-1961, iconic Midland photographer J.W. Bald documented, in considerable detail, the people, activities, and major events of his community. He also captured the spare beauty of Georgian Bay during fall fishing and hunting expeditions. In 1909, travelling with companions Bruce and Bert Hanly, he sailed from Midland to Killarney, recording the trip with his camera, and capturing the landscape, people and communities of a lost age. Join Huronia Museum at its annual Heritage dinner to hear artist John Hartman discuss this trip.

North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd Midland Ontario



Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – April 8th to 15th 1956

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2006 0020 2181 With several of her sister ships, CSL’s Stadacona ploughed her way through thick ice fields Thursday and headed for the lakehead. The Georgian Bay cleared Port McNicoll harbour at 5:00 PM Wednesday. One ship is already reported Midland bound with grain for the empty elevators.

 2006 0020 2185 Midland’s only championship winning hockey team this season is seen in the lobby of the Georgian Hotel having just returned from Parry Sound Saturday night. They won the junior OHA section of the provincial Little Hockey League finals. Front row, Bill Argue, Doug Scott, Cecil Merkley, Jim Cleaver, Mike Dubeau; seated on chesterfield, Barry McIlvarey, Willard Perrault, Jim Dubeau, John Swan captain, Dennis Abbott, Wayne Holden, Chester Graham; standing, Jerry Beteau, Morley Bath, Paul Devillers, Herbie Wright and Doug Faint. Men at rear, Rev. Len Self, Jack Doughty, Clare Holden and Jack Gouett. 

2006 0020 2186Joanne Cruise, dressed up as a lady bug for the Midland Figure Skating Club’s annual carnival sponsored by the Midland Lions Club. 

2006 0020 2191 Two senior members of the Midland Figure Skating Club drew rounds of applause for their performance in the “Ice Follies of 1956” sponsored by the Midland Lions Club. Mary Ann Nicholson and Donna Kinnear. 

2006 0020 2187 “Midland Ice Follies of 1956” tin soldiers give a snappy salute, Kennedy Self and David Walker. 

2006 0020 2190Many hours of hard work by parents goes into costumes for a skating carnival. Midland Figure Skating Club participants Lorraine Jones, Jane Moss and Dianne Marcellus make convincing fairies. 

2006 0020 2189 “Men About Town” seen at the Midland Figure Skating Club’s “Ice Follies for 1956” Friday and Saturday night are Linda Stewart and Judy Hack. 

2006 0020 2223 Scout leaders John Reynolds and Jack O’Hara of Penetang chat with conservation expert Stan Hudson of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests after a conservation rally at the Parkside Inn last week. Mr. Hudson was the chief speaker.

 2006 0020 2197 Theophile Fortier (left)  had been working on the CPR railway for 44 years when this photo was taken inside the locomotive shop in Port McNicoll Friday afternoon. He is receiving a wallet, with cash, from Jack R. Lloyd division master mechanic on the occasion of his retirement. Mr. Fortier was raised on a farm on Conc. 19, Tiny Twp. and has worked for the railway since March 17, 1916. 

2006 0020 2214 After 25 years as a Great Lakes captain Charles H. Cole had never earned a “topper” for opening the season in any port until this year. First into Sault Ste. Marie, Port Arthur and now Port McNicoll. The master of the John E. F. Misener of the Colonial Steamship Ltd. shakes hands with Reeve Albert Calvert, while Chief Engineer J. H. McCleverty of Wales Ont. and councillor Jack Fisher look on. The Misener delivered 600,000 bushels of wheat to the almost empty elevator. 

2006 0020 2178 Elmvale Bantam team were runner-ups in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association finals, both the first place Juvenile team and the Bantams will be given jackets at a banquet to be held in the community hall April 25th. Team members front row; Raeburn Lawson, Andy Copeland, Bill Hogg the captain holding the Harold Dunk Trophy, Elvin Frankcom, Earl Spring; middle row, Russell Ritchie, Nelson Jordan, Ross Heacock, Bill Large; back row, C. M. French manager, Ed Bumstead, Sky Flotron, Bob Greenlaw and Larry Simpson. Absent, Tory Stevens. 

2006 0020 1752 It’s a long way to Peterborough where members of the Midland Hi-Y Club attended a convention of clubs in the canoe city. Bob McIntyre, Sandra Kettle, Bob Thompson, Helen Smith, Bev Day and Jane Bell. Bob Megaw and Shirley Perrin also attended. 

2006 0020 2195 2006 0020 2196 George Ingram stokes his evaporator and fills his maple syrup tins in his sugar shack at the end of Hugel Avenue as he has for thirty years. His sugar bush is soon to become the site of MPDHS. 

  • Syrup – Oui, Maple – Non, Canned Cane. One gallon cans of coloured cane sugar labelled in French are being sold as maple syrup locally, better to buy from local sugar bushes.
  • Midland PUC and Local 1932 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers signed their first agreement Friday afternoon. Signing for the workers was Morland Mount, Lloyd Alsopp and Elgin West.
  • Midland Housing Authority is having trouble with wet basements in the new low rental housing development on Donalda Street.
  • $200,000 subdivision for west end of Midland, builder to start Monday. Russell J. Peever, general contractor from Weston and local real-estate agent V. B. Strickland plan to build seventeen three bedroom brick homes in the Ingram subdivision opposite the new high school. Two versions, one at $11,200 (38 x 26) and a larger home for $11,700, (41 x 25).
  • Waverly youth, Warren K. French wins $800.00 bursary, he will pursue his post graduate studies in organic chemistry.
  • Didace Grise announces the construction of 24 more suites at the Delawana Inn this year bringing the total capacity to 250 guests.
  • A list of all the citizens, organizations and businesses that contributed to the new hospital building fund in 1956 was printed in the April 13th paper along with the amount donated.

Huronia Museum Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Huronia Museum was held here at the Museum on Sunday, April 17th, 2016.

These photographs, taken at the meeting,  were shared with us by member William Gibson.

The 2016 elected Board of Directors are as follows:

John French
Tom Barber
Jo-Ann Knicely
Rene Hackstetter
Isobel Ball
Peter Davis
Mila Somers
Rachel Pendlebury
Barb Rowlandson
Jack Contin (Town Representative)

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – April 1st to 7th 1956

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2006 0020 2218Easter Sunday proved a perfect day to parade your Easter finery, these girls were on their way to church. Margaret Cadeau, Anne Doran and Colleen Pearson.

 2006 0020 1767Mary McFarland was crowned queen of the Adelphi Hi-Y dance at the Midland YMCA Thursday night, she is seen with some of the many prizes she  won, which were later stolen from her parent’s car on the main street. 

2006 0020 2199Prior to Easter, public and separate school children in the area were introduced to Elmer the safety elephant under a program set up by the Midland & District Safety Council and sponsored by the Simcoe County Police Association. Children were given talks by local policemen and shown films on the latest safety measures. In front of Regent Public School student Barbara Kirkpatrick admires Elmer’s cape. Provincial constable Tom Heels, Midland Constable Ray Atkinson, chairman of the council, and Sgt. John Clarke of the CPR Police, Port McNicoll,  with Regent principal Morgan (Orson) Lewis.

 2006 0020 2219Hundreds of kids turned out for the second annual Midland Y’s Men’s Club Easter egg hunt in Little Lake Park Saturday. Medal discs with multiple perforations were spread throughout the park and when found were exchanged for candy. Big winners were Billy Ward, 6 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Dalton Ward and Nancy Wilson, 10 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Don Wilson. Both received a large box of candy. A big chocolate egg went to second place winners Lorne Fenton, David Lamb, Ron Sharpe and Jerry Beteau. Every child taking part in the hunt received a lollipop.

 2006 0020 2211Midland firemen prepare to enter a second story window at the home of Mrs. Ed Puddicombe, 189 George Street, which caught fire Thursday morning. The eighty year old widow who lived alone was able to get out when an overheated chimney caught fire. Mrs. Puddicombe had returned the night before from Toronto where she had appeared on television with her twin sister Mrs. George Puddicombe.

 2006 0020 2180Midland rinks won two of three trophies at the seventh annual Mixed Bonspiel, winning the second event and the R.R. Wilson Trophy are; Mrs. M. Magloughlin, Stan Spence, Miss Joyce Bowman and skip Jack Wilson.

 2006 0020 2215Midland rinks won two of three trophies at the seventh annual Mixed Bonspiel, winning the main event and the Orr Trophy and prizes were; Marie Ladoucer, John Scott skip, Mrs. Al Scott and Doug Haig.

2006 0020 2206Mr. & Mrs. Herman Trew of the 2nd concession Medonte celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Herman was born at Jennetville south of Lindsay January 20th, 1879 and Mrs. Trew nee Mable E. Brown of Vasey was born August 29, 1887 and they married on March 28, 1906.

 2006 0020 1745Midget Boys basketball team on front steps of the Midland YMCA on Hugel Ave. hoping to avenge a defeat they received at the hands of the Orillia  squad at a recent tournament at the Orillia YMCA. Front, Pete Davis, John Bell, John Nicholson and John Richardson; center, Lawrence Curry, Wilbert Lamb, John Edwards and Ken Mackie; back, Fred Jackson, Frank Okenka and Dave Bertrand.

 2006 0020 2194Peter Grigg, fire chief in the Town of Midland for 28 years is presented with a miniature fire hydrant as a gift from the citizens of Midland on his retirement also an award of merit from the mayor. In the photo; fellow fire fighter Hank Wood, Mr. Grigg and Phil Blake.

 2006 0020 2224Peter Grigg center, fire chief in the Town of Midland for 28 years is presented with a wallet with a fat bank note by fellow fire fighter Hank Wood at a banquet held at the Parkside Inn to celebrate his retirement.  Jack Argue on the right.

 2006 0020 1768Members of the Adelphi Hi-Y Club are seen in their club room at the YMCA sorting a collection of pop bottles, coat hangers and six quart baskets, a fundraiser to send children to summer camp. Bob Megaw, Bob Bell, Roger Gray and Joe Denis.

 2006 0020 1744It’s spring clean up time, Wendy Howard and Marlene Fraser, members of the Amicae Hi-Y Club do their part by painting the cement floor in their club room at the YMCA.

 2006 0020 1766Members of the Amicae Hi-Y club are working to clean up their club room at the YMCA. Faye Swann, Shirley Doucette, Ann Merkley and Jacqueline Robillard. 

  • Rei Construction, Midland, was the low bidder on the new Midland municipal building to be erected at Second St. and Dominion Ave. Midland council examined seven bids with the architects before selecting Alfred Rei’s bid of $192,853.00.
  • Grew Boats in Penetang is headed for its biggest year ever, states manager Andrew Morrisson. Seventy persons are now on Grew’s staff and some are working four nights a week to keep up with demand. The new 6,000 square food building is completed and new production machinery installed.
  • Council names Arnold Tippin Midland’s new fire chief.
  • The Wagon Wheel dance hall at Balm Beach, owned and operated by Midlander Herb Beauchamp, was completely destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon, a loss of $20,000.00. The Wagon Wheel, opened for business on May 24th, 1948, measured 80 by 60 feet and was one of the best appointed halls in the district. Herb also owned the Circle B Hall on county road #2 just west of Midland.
  • Girl Guide Marie Lepage of Penetang is one of 222 Ontario Guides to be honoured at U of T Convocation Hall and receive her gold cord certificate from Mrs. Louis Breithaupt wife of the Lieut.-Governor.
  • Elmvale District High School to proceed with four room addition.
  • Installation of dial telephones in homes and businesses served by the Midland exchange got under way this week in preparation for the cutover of Midland’s system in July. A large number of local phones are convertible to dial, others will be replaced with dial models. A temporary number card showing the present phone number will be placed in the center of the dial. Customers are asked to remove the card at the time of cutover to reveal the permanent new dial number underneath.
  • TEN YEARS AGO 1946; A grass fire which started near the Penetang Arena, completely destroyed the 17 year old structure in less than one hour. Radar, an invention of the war years, had workmen at the Midland Shipyards busy installing it in the CSL freighter, Lemoyne. Rev. J. M. Castex, rector of St. Ann’s Church, was made Right Rev. Monsignor J. M. Castex, he was 74.
  • At the Roxy; Long John Silver, the Tall Men and Count Your Blessings. At the Pen; King Richard and the Crusaders, East of Eden and When Worlds Collide.
  • Swann’s garage and Henry Laurin’s Shell are advertising a free car wash with every spring change over.
  • Fifteen ships have cleared local ports, beginning with the CSL’s Sir James Dunn from the Tiffin.
  • A new business opens at 249 King Street next week, the ‘Cross Country Cut Rate Store’ will sell camping and outdoor equipment, clothing, footwear and government surplus. The site was the former Arcade Store operated by G. W. Broad.
  • Hub Motel in Elmvale plans a 300 foot long by 75 foot wide swimming pool parallel to the Wye River in front of the motel units. (This is not an April Fools joke).
  • Open A. A. meeting in Midland tonight, more than 200 men and women have felt the impact of A. A. in their lives since the Midland group formed nine years ago.
  • Grain elevator managers, grain handlers and hundreds of other employees connected with the trade are in a happy mood again after five ships brought a total of 2,826,565 bushels of wheat to near empty elevators in Midland and Port McNicoll Sunday and Monday.
  • See “Flirty Spring Straws” at Flo’s Hatland, 217 Hugel Ave. W., Midland’s Only Individual Hat Store. Sure cure for buck fever, “White Bucks” are here again at Cumming – Nicholson Fine Shoes. RIP Jim, thanks for all you did for Midland.