This photo was published April 29th, 1955 and appeared on page 1 of the County Herald with the following caption:
“Navigation season officially opened in Port McNicoll when Capt. J. W. Scarrow of Hamilton brought the Sir James Dunn to harbour with 607,000 bushels of wheat for the nearly empty CPR elevator. The Dunn had wintered in Port McNicoll. Left, R. E. Stephens, chief engineer, Capt. and Mrs. Scarrow and George Burns, new Port McNicoll harbourmaster. Betty Jane Zummach, daughter of councillor John Zummach presented Mrs. Scarrow with flowers.”
The other photo was taken on the same day and not published.
The CPR summer station at Port McNicoll is shown nestled in the iconic flower beds ,the ice house and insulated rail cars in the background. This picture, and many others, was taken in May of 1956 for the book “The Story of Simcoe County” produced by the Tourist and Industrial Committee of the County Council of Simcoe and authored by the former premier of Ontario, the Honourable Ernest C. Drury. The book was printed by Midland Press Limited. The negatives were held in their possession until donated to the Huronia Museum in 2006.
It seems I have winter on my mind today. This picture was taken before it was published on January 2nd, 1957. It was printed on page 1 of the County Herald with the following caption:
“Many of North Simcoe residents who are tired of wielding snow shovels during the constant snow storms, will envy Pat Dutton as he clears snow from around the tracks with a miniature snowblower in the CPR yards at Port McNicoll. Machine is of special value as the deep snow is now hard packed by recent (Caption damaged)”