Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – October 1st to 7th, 1959

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Click on photos to enlarge.Delight in being made an honorary chief of the Christian Island band of Indians (Beausoleil First Nation) shows on the face of Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P., as he shakes hands with W. H. Morrison, Penetang, who had stood in as his proxy during the official ceremony held during the annual Achievment Day on the island.

Pair of proud honorary Indians were Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Thomson, following ceremonies at Christian Island, Wednesday. Cliff was made an honorary chieftain with the title “Bird of the Sky.” Mrs. Thomson received her honours last year.

Mrs. James Caswell, one of the judges in the baby contest at Christian Island achievement day, Sept. 30, beams at judges choices in three classes. Left to right, Angeline with her mother, Mrs. Eleanor King; Ernestine Hawke; and Mrs. Dora Sylvester, holding her son David. Three honourary chiefs of the Christian Island band (BFN) are shown here flanked by the Indians who conferred the honours on them. Left to right, Lewis Jackson former chief, Chief Riley Roote, Cliff Thomson, W. H. Morrison acting as a proxy for Dr. P. B. Rynard, George Johnston, MLA, and Clarence Assence, band councillor.  The boy in the middle is Wallace Jackson son of Lewis Jackson. ( If anyone can identify the other two boys to the right we would appreciate it.)

Glenda Sylvester was crowned Miss Christian Island at a contest held September 30. Runners up are left to right; Margaret King, Juanita Mark and Judy Monague. 

Quartet judged Indian exhibits. Mrs. O. Mark, Mrs. Cliff Thomson, Toronto, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lea, Hillsdale. 

Twenty-three classes, a total of 800 children, invaded Huronia Museum, Midland, during September. Here, teacher Kenneth Grant explains some of the details of the pioneer farm exhibit to John Cachs, Raymond Latanville and Bobby Gilbanks, pupils of Grade 3, Sacred Heart School, Midland, who visited the museum Tuesday. 

Waubaushene’s new memorial to the dead of two world wars will look something like this when it is completed and erected in the village park, Beaverbrook Branch 316, Canadian Legion, Waubaushene is sponsoring the memorial which will be fashioned from Barre Vt. granite by Sanderson Monument Co., Orillia. 

Track coaches Jacques Giroux and Perrie Rintoul, and Athletic Director W. C. Setterington examines the improved track at MPDHS prior to Saturday’s Tudhope-Thompson Cup track and field meet. 

Girl’s coaches get ready prior to Saturday’s Tudhope-Thompson Cup track and field meet. Girls’ coaches Mary-Jo Hargadon, centre, and Elizabeth McTague, right, check a stop-watch with sprinter Joan Daniells. 

The mighty Severn provides a beautiful setting for the boathouse of the Severn River Management Unit of the Department of Lands and Forests at Severn Falls. Above, rangers are preparing to give a firefighting demonstration for a group of the county council, press, radio and TV members who visited the unit headquarters Friday. Boathouse contains a large cruiser and two fast outboards. The CPR bridge over the Severn River is seen in the background. 

Many life-long residents of Simcoe County have never seen this broad reach of the mighty Severn River at Severn Falls. It’s worth a visit by camera fans during the colour photo season just ahead. The river is nearly 100 feet deep at this spot, according to rangers of the Severn River Management Unit headquarters nearby. 

Preparing to be better leaders of other lads in their patrols, these patrol leaders and seconds are attending the Boy Scouts bronze arrowhead course at St. Mark’s Parish House, Midland. Milton Ellery; DSM, of Midland, is instructor, assisted by Scoutmasters Ray Worrell (1st Huronia) and Jack Brownlee (3rd Midland). Left to right the Scouts are front row — Gerhard Asmann, Neil Tucker, Ricky Thiffault, Steve Gatehouse; Tom Gordanier, Marvin Howard; back row — Terry O’Dale, David Jones, Paul Delaney, Ron Ellis, Iain Bownlee, Bob Faint, Frans Kes, Ken Cleary. 

St. Andrew’s Hospital auxiliary has furnished two sitting rooms for patients and visitors. They are in the Playfair wing, near the old entrance. The auxiliary spent nearly a thousand dollars furnishing the two rooms. Ross Atkinson gets the Worlds Series game on a new television set while Arthur Lessard, a Midland resident for nearly 60 years, waits patiently. 

Also waiting for the game, left to right, are John Sutherland, Toronto; Robert Thompson, Waubaushene, and Francis Faint, Midland. Bobby is a Free Press Herald carrier boy in Waubaushene. 

While coach “Bun” Deschamp tries out the easy chair presented to him by his players three members of this year’s Midland ball team display trophies presented at a dinner in Bourgeois’ dining room Saturday night. Gord Dyment, left, was the winner of the MlL’s (Midland Industries Limited) most valuable player trophy, and Joe Faragher, right, the most popular player trophy donated by P. H. Jory Ltd. Murray Yorke, centre, is holding the O’Keefe Trophy the team picked up for winning the North Simcoe League title. 

Four pretty girls are fair samples of the inspiration available to the boys of the five schools which participated in the Tudhope field meet at MPDHS Saturday. Representing the cheerleaders of each of the schools are, left to right, Nancy Keith, Collingwood, Liz Lang, Orillia, Gail Pethic, Barrie Central, Bonnie Taylor, Barrie North, and Mary Lou Bissette, MPDHS. (I wonder which one was not considered pretty?) 

A new track and near-perfect weather conditions made for keen competition at the Tudhope and Thompson track and field meet at MPDHS Field Saturday. Bill Binkley is seen chalking up a win for MPDHS in the intermediate 220-yard dash.

Fishing off Present Island Wednesday, Sept. 30, Jim Edgar of Sunnyside, felt a big tug and thought perhaps he had a 10-pound pike on his line. It turned out to be a 46 inch, 30-pound muskellunge. Biggest fish Jim had caught previously weighed 22 pounds. This one was taken around 5.30 p.m. on a No. 5 spinner and took only 15 minutes to boat. 

Paul Hudson and Barbara Hudson, children of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hudson, Midland, put the “squeeze” on a squash grown by Vern Johnson, farmer at R.R. 2, Midland. The Hubbard squash weighs 65 pounds. 

Newest Scout troop in the district, 1st Huronia, has been putting the “out” in Scouting into practice. Bob Turner, Darcy Puddicombe, Gerhard Asmann, Eldon Drinkle and David Jones, members of the Hawk patrol, practice knot tying.

The 1st Huronia Beaver patrol members Clifford Lockhart, Murray Lockhart, Bob Faint, Keith Lockhart, Ken Lockhart and Ron Waples squat Indian fashion in a patrol huddle. (Should have called it the ‘Lockhart’ patrol.) 

  • Predict Tighter Controls for Area Hairdressers, County Herald headline of September 2nd, 1959. Unless their premises and their own qualifications meet specific standards set out in special provincial legislation passed in September and to be given official approval later this year, a number of part-time hairdressers in this area may not be able to operate. John Cosey, a professional hairdresser in Midland, told Midland council Monday night that compulsory certification for all hairdressers would be effective in Ontario by March.  He said the legislation was set up September 1st but had not been published in the Ontario Gazette yet.
  • Boats Collide in Channel, Man Drowns in Crack-up, Free Press Herald headline of September 7th, 1959. Victim of a motorboat accident near Honey Harbour Sunday night, the body of James Lizotte, 31, was recovered Monday morning. Police said Mr. Lizotte, heading south in the main channel of the Inside Passage, was driving a boat with his brother, Robert, 22, as a passenger. Robert was not injured. The driver of the northbound craft which collided with the Lizotte boat was David Lee, 22, of Toronto. In the latter’s boat were Donald Hitching, 25, and Isobel Chester 22, both of Toronto, Gail Schlegal, 20, Honey Harbour, and Elanor Sled, 19, of Feversham. None were seriously injured. OPP Const. William Mohan is in charge of the investigation into the water accident, which occurred about 1-1/2 miles north of Honey Harbour. The Lee boat apparently struck the Lizotte craft at the right rear; throwing Lizotte into the water. His body was recovered by an uncle, Alex Lizotte, and a Cousin, Anthony Toby. The drowning was one of several that have plagued the Lizotte family down the years. Jim’s brother, Eddie, 27, lost his life in an almost similar mishap at Honey Harbour July 9, 1956. An uncle, James Toby, 23, also drowned at Honey Harbour in 1942.
  • Officials at Christian Island (Beausoleil First Nation) are hopeful that an experiment being carried out at the present time will help to further the economy of the residents of the Indian Reserve. Several thousand speckled trout were planted recently into one of the island’s two beautiful lakes, which contain mirror clear water. If the trout survive and multiply, the lake could easily become a trout fisherman’s paradise, with fishing controlled entirely by reserve officials.
  • Michele (Mike) Tersigni, who was responsible for the beautiful CPR gardens at Port McNicoll, collapsed and died in the company’s greenhouse Wednesday, the day following his return from holidays. Mr. Tersigni joined the CPR staff in 1941 as a freight handler and in 1948 transferred to the gardening post. For 15 years prior to joining the CPR staff, Mr. Tersigni had worked for a contractor employed by the railway company. Mr. Tersigni, who was 61, was the husband of the former Jean Catalano. His body is at the Beausoleil funeral home, Penetang, until Saturday morning at 8:30. Requiem high mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Port McNicoll, at 9:30 with interment in St. Margaret’s Cemetery.
  • Midland Memorial Community Centre Board this week appointed a new stationary engineer and a manager for Arena Gardens. Named arena manager was Ken Stonehouse, 27, former assistant manager of Ravina Gardens, Toronto, and an employee of Midland Industries for 1 ½ years. He has had experience as a baseball umpire and a hockey referee. He was one of nine considered for the post. The new engineer is Sid Houle of Midland who was employed in the same capacity by Grew Boats of Penetang for a number of years. One other person applied for the position.
  • Many Midland men are presently employed in the Collingwood Shipyards on the building of a third ship in excess of 700 feet in length in less than two years. The keel was laid Sept. 29. The ship, a sister of the Menihek Lake, is being constructed for the Carry Ore Company of Montreal. It will have a length of 715 feet and a beam of 75 feet with a capacity to carry 25,000 long tons of ore. The target date for completion of the ship is September 1960.
  • The price of pasteurized homogenized milk to the consumer went up one cent all over Ontario Oct. 1, Garnet Armstrong of Armstrong’s Dairy, Midland, advised Monday afternoon. The new price of 23 cents in Midland was the result of the one-cent increase ruling by the Ontario Milk Board, Mr. Armstrong stated, adding that no doubt it was due to the increase the farmers have received for their milk.
  • Hundreds of North Simcoe district Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides, Explorers, CGIT and Sea Cadets joined in the annual church parade of youth organizations Sunday afternoon. The procession formed up in Town Park, Midland, and preceded by Midland Citizens’ Band marched down King Street to Hugel Ave., and west on Hugel Ave. to Knox Presbyterian, and St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church. The Protestant service was in charge of Rev. Wilson Morden of St. Paul’s United Church, chairman of the Midland District Ministerial Association. He was assisted by Rev. J. L. Self, Rev. Ralph Wright and Lieut. Wm. Johnston of the Salvation Army. The service at St. Margaret’s was in charge of Rev. L. Petipas, assisted by Rev. F. Voorwerk.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – North Simcoe citizens had a variety of weather in the early fall of 1934. The last few days of September brought mid-summer temperatures. Young people in Midland sought respite from the heat by swimming in Little Lake. The heatwave ended the first of October with icy blasts from the north. * * * Adolph Hitler was named President of Germany and commander-in-chief of the army. He retained his post as chancellor of the country. * * * Midland High School athletes obtained 49 points, ranking second to Barrie in the Tudhope Trophy competitions held at Orillia. Orillia Collegiate was in third place with 42 points. Barrie won the trophy for the fifth consecutive year,  obtaining 58 points. * * * Edward Garrity, who had operated a grocery store in Midland for 11 years, was appointed governor of the county jail at Barrie. Mr. Garrity also had lived in Waubaushene for some years, moving to that community with his family when he was two years old. Rev. C. R. Maconachie, the rector of Coldwater parish, was elected rural dean at a meeting of the Great Chapter of East Simcoe Deanery held in St. Mark’s parish hall. * * * Hon. E. C. Drury, premier of Ontario, during the four-year term of the UFO government, was appointed sheriff of Simcoe County. He succeeded Sheriff Dinwoody. Mr. Drury’s duties of Local Registrar of the Supreme Court and clerk of the County Court were combined in the new appointment.


Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 24th to 30th, 1959

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Click on photos to enlarge.Mrs. Clarence Ritchie of Elmvale, chosen centennial queen at Elmvale fall fair, rides in her ‘coach’, one of the highlights of the parade Wednesday afternoon which marked the 100th birthday of the Flos Agricultural Society’s show. Her escort is her nephew, Jack Fleming. 

Among the honoured guests at the opening of the centennial edition of Elmvale Fair Tuesday were five pioneers at the right, whose ages total 419 years. Left to right they are Milton Barr, 81, William Archer, 95, John Smith, 88, Fred Richardson, 79, and James Darby, 76. To the left of the memorial plaque honouring the contribution of Flos pioneers to the fair are, former county warden Fisher Ganton and Reg Bertram, fair president. 

Sensation of Elmvale’s centennial fair this year was 12-year-old Sheila Elliott of Phelpston and her Holstein calf, Avinda. Sheila and Avinda swept all the major prizes at Elmvale 4-H Calf Club’s achievement day, including a grand champion calf. It was Sheila’s first year in club work. 

Queen for a day was Peggy Waples of Elmvale, centre, flanked by her princesses Peggy Robertshaw, Waverley, left, and Joy Ingleton of Elmvale R.R., right. Miss Waples queen was named “modern queen” for the Elmvale centennial fair this week. 

Director of the agricultural society’s branch of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, F. A. Lashley (right), cut the ribbon to officially open the new centennial gates leading into Elmvale fairgrounds. Watching with fair president Reg Bertram are Elmvale majorettes, Joan Kidd, left and Frances Reynolds. 

Like their much larger counterparts, Elmvale District High School also has an active cheerleader squad. Pictured at Elmvale Fair last week, they are, left to right, front row, Donna Madill, Luella Stone, Jim Jay, Stella Natolochny, Rhodell Parent; back row, Sharon Crowe, Sharon Cowan, Jo-Ann Christie, Judy Campbell and Vivian Jacobs. 

Donald Beardsall literally got Freeman Bumstead’s goat (s) and drove them as part of Saurin School’s float at Elmvale school fair Sept, 22. The goats, “knee-high to a grasshopper”, are only five months old. The one at the right decided to lie down for a rest every time the parade stopped. 

Centennial theme of this year’s Elmvale Fair is expressed in this float entered by Waverley School and manned by Marie Darby, Sandra Druce and Marsha Sibthorpe. Continuing the theme in the lower photo is this wagon and team with an old-time couple Brian Swan and Susan Poole, representing SS 2, Flos. 

When they call out the best mare or gelding on the grounds, it’s usually a good idea to keep your feet out of the way. These three are lined tip for the judges at Tiny and Tay Fair Saturday and are being shown by Andy Fleming, Elmvale (the winner), Bert Lackey, Jarratt (second) and O. C. Graham, Barrie; (third). 

Much of the success of Midland-Penetang District High School at the Tudhope and Thompson track and field meet here Saturday will depend on these athletes. They were winners of individual titles at their own school last week. Left to right; girls are Lynn McAllen (int), Peggy Jones (junior) and Ellen Barber (senior). 

The boys are Bill Silvey (junior), Ben Archer (int.), Dennis Larmand (senior) and David Belsey (juvenile). John Kingsborough, not present for the picture, was the actual winner of the senior title by half a point over Larmand. 

Displayed on the ground at Orr Lake Forest headquarters are some of the items the well dressed Ranger wears in times of forest fire emergency. Broom held by the forester at right is specially treated for swatting out grass fires. Gathered around are some of the 40 members of county council and press, radio and TV types who toured North Simcoe forests under the sponsorship of the Department of Lands and Forests Friday. 

This is how they plant trees “the easy way” at Orr Lake Forest, it was explained during a tour sponsored by Department of Lands and Forests Friday. If it isn’t any easier, at least it’s faster. Using this machine, the two men can plant about 10,000 trees in a single day. From 1,000 to 2,000, depending on land conditions, is the best they could do by hand, members of County council, press, radio and TV were told. 

A visit to the Severn River Management Unit at Severn Falls was included in a tour of North Simcoe forests sponsored by the Department of Lands and Forests Friday. Major G. R. Lane of Coldwater shows fire-fighting equipment to former Simcoe Warden, Arthur Evans of Bradford, while Forester Arthur Leman of Maple, (right) watches. Members of council, press, radio and TV made up the party of about forty who made the tour. 

Gathered for the annual “harvest festival” of Midland Corps of the Salvation Army, these fruits and vegetables were later distributed to district needy. Lieut. William Johnston, the local officer in charge, is seen above with the display. Major James Sloan, who is in charge of Young Peoples work in the Northern Ontario division, conducted the special services held in conjunction with the festival. 

First to buy a “bag of bulbs” to help Midland Kiwanis Club in its project to raise funds for work among crippled children, and other service projects Ted Lounsberry (right) makes a purchase from Scout Paul Delaney. Others, left to right, are Scout Gerhard Asmann, District Commissioner Harvey Boyd, and Kiwanis past president Harvey White. Scouts are assisting the Kiwanians in the project. 

Sunk by vandals who opened her seacocks earlier this month, the tug David Richard has been righted at her berth at Midland Shipyard. For some weeks only the pilothouse and mast of the vessel, owned by Waubaushene Navigation Company, was visible above water. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Cadeau of Victoria Harbour were “beating the gun” just a little bit when they marked their golden wedding anniversary at a reception in Bourgeois dining room Saturday evening. Monday, Sept. 28, was the actual date of the anniversary, but it was more convenient for members of the family to be present Saturday. So, Saturday it was for the well-known Harbour couple. Following their marriage, Sept. 28, 1909, Joseph Cadeau took his young bride, the former Selina Brissette, to the new home he had built for her, just across the CNR overhead bridge at the east end of the village. They have lived there ever since, and it was there they raised their family. 

Another football season has rolled around for the boys of Georgian Bay District of the COSSA (Central Ontario Secondary Schools Association). Coach Fred Horton goes over a few plays with his MPDHS junior squad in preparation for today’s opener at home against Orillia. The senior teams of the two schools will meet in the first game of the twin bill, which starts at 2 p.m. 

Penetang Jaycees installed new officers Tuesday night. New officers are, seated, left to right, Doug Piitz, 2nd vice-president, Don Shave, secretary, Jack Raaflaub, president. Standing at the rear are Cecil Bryson of Huntsville, District 11 president who installed the officers, Glen Smith, treasurer; Ray Brooks, director; Maurice Legault, director and Conrad Maurice (Conny), director. 

  • Report “Travel Agent” Rooked Two Midlanders; County Herald headline of September 25th, 1959. This newspaper was informed yesterday, that two Midland residents believe they have been victimized by a travel agent who was selling ‘cut-rate trips’. It is not known whether others bought the package deals or not. Midland police said late yesterday afternoon that, up to the present, no- complaints had been made to them. So far as it is known, the bargain trips were sold in this area through advertisements which were published in Toronto dailies or broadcast over radio stations. In August, a man wrote to the office of this newspaper and attempted to place an advertisement, describing the cut-rate trips. When it was found through queries, that the advertiser did not meet some of the standards which this newspaper requires of its advertisers, the space was not sold. Toronto police are seeking a Toronto “travel agent” who is missing after selling cut-rate trips to the British Isles and the continent to scores of metropolitan area residents. Up to $100,000 may be involved, Toronto police stated.
  • Gang Pelts Pump House, Endangers Citizen’s Lives; Free Press Herald headline of September 30th, 1959. Thoughtless youths who pelted the raw water pump house with large rocks on the weekend, unwittingly endangered the lives of Midland citizens Stewart Holt, secretary-manager of Midland Public Utilities Commission, told this newspaper yesterday. Mr. Holt said several of the large stones, averaging six to eight pounds in weight, nearly hit the chlorinating unit in the pump house. He explained that two large tanks of chlorine gas feed directly into the water lines through a small plastic hose, hooked on with a small silver coupling. Had one of the stones struck the unit even a glancing blow, it would have broken this line and permitted the deadly chlorine to escape into the pump house and from there out the windows which were broken in the escapade.
  • About 20 North Simcoe district hairdressers met in Midland Wednesday night to organize a branch of the Ontario Hairdressers Association in this area. Represented were hairdressers from Midland, Penetang, Coldwater, Victoria Harbour and Port McNicoll. They met in the Midland salon of Mr. and Mrs. John Cosey. Principal speaker for the evening was Joseph Kozell of Hamilton, president of the Ontario Hairdressers Association and a member of the advisory committee to the provincial Department of Labor.
  • The click of a CBC movie camera and the staccato instructions of a film director rent the silence and serenity of Midland’s model Huron Indian village Wednesday morning. Purpose of this activity at “The Village” was the preparation, by CBC television personnel from Toronto, of a program entitled “Huronia and the Jesuit Martyrs”. The Indian village is to be the subject of five programs in a series entitled “Where History Was Made”. They will be aired by the CBC’s National Schools Broadcast Department and will be beamed across the country particularly to students of Grades 7 to 9, sometime in March 1960.
  • Four new records were set by the boys of Midland-Penetang District High School at the annual track and field meet held Wednesday in near-perfect conditions. Setting the new marks were Michael Dubeau, Bill Binkley, Ron Marchildon and Wayne Broad. Dubeau literally shattered the old juvenile shot put mark of 19′ 8″ with a heave of 27′ 10″. A new mark was also set in the intermediate shot put, with Bill Binkley besting the old standard of 34′ 5″ by one inch. Ron Marchildon broke his own mark of 2 mins. 19 secs, when he ran the intermediate half-mile in 2.13.3. Wayne Broad cut .2 seconds off the senior 220-yard mark when he ran the distance in 24.4. Laurie- Belsey captured the boy’s juvenile title with 21 points. Barry Mcllravey was next with 12 and Rick Lemieux third with 7 points. There, was a close battle in the junior section, with Bill Silvey the winner on 16 points, only a half-point ahead of Don Deschambault. Jim McKean had 8 1/4. Ben Archer’s 27 points gave him a good margin in the intermediate section, with Bill Binkley placing second on 17 points. Brian Dubeau had nine points for third place. Another close battle featured the senior competition, won by John Kingsborough with 16 points. This margin was just a half-point better than Dennis Larmand. Bruce Bowen was close behind with 12 ½.
  • The tragic fire which levelled a cottage on Gloucester Pool four miles east of Port Severn in the early-morning hours of Sept. 20, has now claimed three lives. Thomas Keefe, 16, died at Western Hospital, Toronto, Saturday. Previously, Ronald, Silvi lost his life at the scene of the fire and Michael Stolte died last Wednesday in Toronto Western Hospital. Keefe, a scholarship student, was the eldest of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keefe. Two other boys trapped in the burning cottage, Thomas Gaffney and Brian Hoskins, are, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto. Their condition was still being reported as serious on the weekend. All four boys had been admitted first to St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, following the fire. They were later transferred to Toronto hospital. The sixth lad involved in the tragedy, Ross Martin escaped Injury. The boys were staying at the Martins’ temporary cottage in an isolated section of the Gloucester Pool area.
  • Directors and officials of the Georgian Bay Development Association learned yesterday that no matter how good the channel marking, navigating Georgian Bay at night is no cinch. Travelling the route between Midland and Wah-Wah-Taysee on the M. S. Vacuna yesterday in company with senior officials of the Department of Transport, the federal hydrographic service and the Department of Planning and Development, to inspect improved markings recently installed, the party ran-aground about 8.45 p.m. on the “Corbeau” sand bar off the southerly tip of Beausoleil Island. Repeated efforts to run the ship off the sand shoal, now less than three feet underwater, failed and radiotelephone calls to Midland brought out a large harbour craft to remove some of the 25 passengers and dislodge the grounded Vacuna.
  • “We anticipate the Trans-Canada Highway will be open for through travel from Orillia to Vancouver sometime next year”, said Dr. P. B. Rynard, M. P., for Simcoe East. Dr. Rynard made the statement following his return from Elliot Lake, recently, where he assisted at the opening of a new hospital operated by the Sisters of Joseph.
  • A resident of and businessman in Midland for the last 15 years, Phil Karsh and his family left on the weekend on the first leg of their journey to California. Saturday, Mr. Karsh made the rounds to bid farewell to his friends and business associates. He said he and his family will spend some time in Toronto before leaving for the southwestern U.S. state. He plans to settle in Los Angeles and establish a business there. At a meeting of Midland Rotarians last week, Mr. Karsh, a long-time member of the Midland club, was presented with a wallet. President Jack Duggan made the presentation.
  • BIRTHS – DUCAIRE – – To Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ducaire, 43 Fox St., Penetang at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland; Thursday, September 24, 1959, a daughter. JACKSON – To Rev. and Mrs. R. N. Jackson, Auburn, Nova Scotia, Tuesday, September 29, 1959, a daughter. MACLEOD — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert MacLeod, 188 Fourth, St., Midland, at St Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, September  23, 1959, a son (Stillborn) MATIFF — To Mr. and Mrs. Howard Matiff, – Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, September 26, 1959, a son. MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Celeste Moreau, 354 Queen, St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, September 26, 1959, a daughter. SMITH — To Mr. and Mrs. William Smith, 382 King St., Midland,, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, September 27, 1959, a daughter. WRIGHT — To Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wright, 271 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 2, 1959, a daughter.
  • TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – A strike in U.S coal mines coupled with a fear of a rise in prices precipitated a rush of orders for winter fuel from district coal dealers. Distributors said stocks of hard coal were low but there was plenty of soft coal and coke on hand. * * * Barrie Collegiate Institute athletes made a clean sweep of the majority of events at Collingwood to retain their third straight Tudhope cup championship. Midland was in fourth place. * * * Seven ships arrived in Midland harbour in 24 hours, carrying nearly one and a half million bushels of grain. Equally busy was Port McNicoll harbour where six lakers were in, all loaded with grain * * * As a result of a prolonged drought, Simcoe County farmers harvested nearly three-quarters of a million bushels fewer oats compared with the 1948 crop, according to the Department of Agriculture. The department revealed that 10,100 more acres had been sown in oats in 1949 than in 1948. * * * The 166th battery of the 55th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment was being organized in Midland. A second battery of the reserve army unit was being formed in Parry Sound. * * * Daytime temperatures ranged from 63 to 84 during the last few days of September and the first few of October 1949. * * * It was estimated that more than 10,000 persons witnessed the launching of the CSL’s new queen of the lakes, S.S. Coverdale, at Midland shipyard. * * * Half a dozen homes in Penetang were quarantined because of a diphtheria outbreak. Plans were underway to set up toxoid clinics for infants and preschool children.
  • Bit of Fun – Wife to husband: “I scratched the front fender of the car a little, dear. Would you mind taking a look at it? It’s in the back seat.”

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 16th to 23rd, 1959

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Click on photos to enlarge. It’s hard to say what Bonnie Reynolds is thinking as she holds this pumpkin at the Midland fair. It would make a nice tummy-filling pie or a fine jack-o-lantern at Halloween. Bonnie is the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Reynolds, Wyebridge. 

“Gee daddy isn’t, he cute”, said 4-year-old Bonnie Worthen of Midland as she cuddled this ram at Tiny and Tay Fair Saturday. He’s no toy from the midway, either. Owned by W. E. Crawford of Minesing, the quiet old ram was champion of his class at this year’s CNE. If you look closely the old fellow seems to be smiling, too. 

This year’s Tiny and Tay Fair in Midland, blessed with excellent weather for a change, attracted large crowds. Mr. Arthur Gardiner, (left) presents marching trophies to R. G. Marshall, principal of Penetang Protestant Separate School, and Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, of SS 11 Tay (Vasey). 

Although there were only 11 of them, the pupils of SS 11 Tay (Vasey), won the rural school marching award at Midland fair Friday. They are seen with a youthful member of the Lamont Pipe Band of Stayner. 

This year’s Tiny and Tay Fair in Midland, blessed with excellent weather for a change, attracted large crowds. Mayor Charles Stevenson, left, who officially opened the fair, is seen with Elsworth Collins, fair president, and Arthur Gardiner, veteran past-president. 

A resident of Midland for more than 50 years, George Shakell examines the last crop of grapes he will pick in his garden on Horrell Ave.   One of Midland’s better-known elder citizens; George Shakell has sold his Horrell Ave. home and is moving to Toronto shortly.    Now in his 81st year, Mr. Shakell was born and raised in North River. He is the last surviving member of the family of five born to his father by the latter’s first wife. After attending school at North River, Mr. Shakell worked on the farm until he was 20 years old, then helped engineers build the CPR line to Parry Sound, including the big bridge over the Severn River. After a year with the CPR, he joined the rival rail forces of the day working out of Hudson, a distributing point for Northern  Ontario. Mr. Shakell came to Midland in June 1906, just a week after his marriage to the former Emma Maude Church, who had been his schoolmate at North River. He built the two cement brick houses which still stand in fine shape opposite each other on Horrell Ave. When World War II came along Mr. Shakell was quick to join up, eventually being assigned to the 19th Battalion. He earned the Military Medal for his services overseas. A carpenter by trade, he worked in that capacity here for more than forty years. Six children, three boys and three girls comprised the family of Mr. and Mrs. Shakell.  His wife died last December. One son, William, lost his life by drowning while his father was overseas. He was only eight years old. Other members of the family are sons Roy and Nelson, both of Midland and daughters Annie (Mrs. John Little), Lillian (Mrs. Edgar Noland) and Pauline (Mrs. A. Romanchuck), all of Toronto. With little time for sports in his younger days, home and garden formed the only recreation for Mr. Shakell, who is a member of the United Church. At one time he was able to grow a good crop of peaches behind his home, but heavy frost last winter made it necessary to cut down the tree. Despite his age, Mr. Shakell said he has little to complain about as far as his health is concerned. 

Mr. & Mrs. Garfield Brown, 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have only one son, Clarence, who resides in Medonte. They have five grandchildren. Mrs. Brown (nee Eva Pulling) has been a member of the Waverley United Church for 30 years. 

Pupil’s of Evergreen School, always strong contenders for top honours at Tiny and Tay fairs, are seen marching up King Street as they vie for the rural schools marching award. 

Always an important part of the Tiny and Tay Fair at Midland are the 4-H Club competitions. The winners in the Vasey Calf Club achievement day events, left to right are Grant Robinson, top dairy calf, Bob Rawson, champion showman, and Jim Cowden, top beef calf. 

Blayne Edwards tries his skill in the Vasey 4 H Tractor Club competitions at the Midland fair. 

Waiting hopefully while the judge studies their palomino ponies at Tiny and Tay Fair are (left to right) Diane Vivian (the winner), Coldwater, Eden Morrison, Mrs. Mary Henderson and Joan Edwards, Midland. Joan was thrown heavily a few minutes after this picture was taken when her pony suddenly decided to head for the rest of his stablemates. She was not seriously hurt. 

Only a few months ago, the site of Bev’s Marina in Midland was a jumbled mess of old wood from a long-deserted lumber mill. Now the land has been filled and levelled and numerous craft ride snugly in the dredged and protected harbour. The marina is located at the north end of William Street. [At one time it was Rycroft’s Marina, now in 2019 it is the site of new condominiums.] 

Ready to lead the life of Reilly, Arthur Finkle was presented with the chair to do just that, by fellow employees of the Canadian Name Plate Company Friday. Employed in the Shipping department, Mr. Finkle has been with the firm since December 1944 and is the third employee of the firm to retire on pension. He also served as chairman of the employees’ committee. Mr. Finkle is seen with Frank Spence and Ralph Sheffield, works superintendent (white shirt). 

If more new industry comes to Midland’s southeast section, hydro officials hope to be ready for it. Discussing a change in the location of metering equipment are; left to right, C. S. Wice, area manager, Penetang; Charles Stone and Claire Moffatt, line maintenance supervisors from Barrie regional office; R. B. Moffatt, secretary-manager of the Midland Chamber of Commerce; Frank Yon and Moreland Mount of Midland PUC. 

(1958 caption) First such club formed in Ontario, Midland 4-H Strawberry Club sponsored this exhibit at Tiny and Tay fair in Midland last week. Pretty Barbara Shaw of Wyebridge is seen above with some of the plants on display. The club had 15 members in its first year. (1959 caption) First of its kind to be established in Ontario, the Midland 4-H Strawberry Club will have a display at the Midland fall fair this week. Pictured above is the club’s exhibit, at the 1958 Midland fair. 

1958 Fall Fair. The next few days will be busy ones for directors of Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society whose annual fall fair will be held in Midland Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Above is a panoramic picture of last year’s fair. Among the highlights of the 1959 fair will be Scottish pipe bands and an old time fiddle contest. 

Gathered around the empty ticket booth of the midway’s “crack-the-whip” these children were a bit ahead of time when they visited the site of Midland’s Fall Fair Wednesday afternoon. They will be back again today and Saturday when the fair, sponsored by the Tiny – Tay Agricultural Society, is in full swing.

This heap of rubble is all that remains of the Gloucester Pool cottage in which Ron Silvi, 16, of Toronto, lost his life in a fire early Sunday morning. Four other boys were critically burned in the blaze, which started when Silvi attempted to revive a fire in the stove with naphtha gas. Two of the other boys died later in hospital.  

  • Free Press Herald headline of September 16th, 1959; Want Tighter Controls – Bingo Row Sparks Move. In future, Midland council will maintain a closer surveillance of the fund-raising activities of its’ band committee, it was intimated at Monday night’s meeting of council. Discussed at some length were the weekly bingos held to raise funds for the band operation. One of the features of the hearing was the appearance of former mayor Charles Parker, a strong supporter of the band since its inception in 1945. The band bingos, held this summer every Tuesday night at Mr. Parker’s Parkside Inn, conflicted with another bingo operated by Midland Lions Club’ at the curling club. They have been discontinued for the rest of the year, it was announced.
  • County Herald headline of September 18th, 1959; MPP Reveals Plan to Improve Area Routes. Lloyd Letherby, MPP for Simcoe East, revealed this week that further improvements would be made on Highway 501 between Port Severn and Honey Harbour. Mr. Letherby said a contract had been awarded to Miller Paving Limited to stockpile crushed gravel on the Honey Harbour Road. “Last winter work was started on the Honey Harbour Road as a winter work project. We hope to see further work done this winter in straightening out dangerous curves and improving bridges,” Mr. Letherby stated. The Simcoe East member also stated that the Department of Highways is calling for tenders for grading, culverts, granular base and hot-mix paving on Highway 93, from Craighurst to Crown Hill.
  • Free Press Herald headline of September 23rd, 1959; Youth, 16, Dies in Blaze – Four Pals Badly Burned. A weekend trip to a Severn River cottage turned into a veritable nightmare for six Toronto boys when the cottage caught fire and burned to the ground early Sunday morning. As a result one lad, Ron Silvi 16 is dead. Four others are in serious condition, two in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, and two others who were moved later from St. Andrews to the Western Hospital, Toronto. OPP Const. H. R. Banting, in charge of the investigation of the fire, said young Ross Martin showed remarkable coolness for a 15-year-old under such trying circumstances and “did a wonderful job.” Const. Banting pointed out that Martin had to practically carry his four horribly burned companions to an 18-foot cruiser and head for Port Severn, four miles away, knowing his other friend, Ron Silvi, lay dead in the ruins of the cottage.
  • A meeting of the business men’s committee of Midland Chamber of Commerce decided Monday night that retail stores would remain closed all day Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. The consensus was that, as most stores remain closed for all or part of the morning on Remembrance Day, and as Nov. 11 falls on a Wednesday (a regular half holiday), businesses should remain closed all day.
  • Seven University of Toronto students and graduates and Rev. A. Knowlton, a priest at St. Michael’s College, completed a 95-mile walking pilgrimage to Martyrs Shrine yesterday afternoon. The group, members of the world-wide university organization called the League of Christ the King, included Rev. A. Knowlton, Mary Jane Norris of Boston, Violet Amendola of Deep River, Martha Heard of Toronto, John Freer of Toronto, Michael Doran of Rochester N. Y., Rolf Hascnack and Frank Quinn, both of Toronto. “The spirit of the group was tremendous,” said John Freer, spokesman for the group, who noted that the pilgrims were in their early twenties and “there wasn’t too much foot trouble.
  • In service less than two months, the 35-foot luxury cruiser “Starflight” hit a rock and sank in nearly 20 feet of water near Minnicog Island Sunday afternoon. Built by Folmer Neilsen of Port McNicoll and launched there on July 17, the boat was the property of R. N. Starr, prominent Toronto lawyer. The all-mahogany craft had taken several months to build and contained the most modem equipment available. Emory O’Rourke, who operates a boat works at Honey Harbour, said he had managed to raise the boat and tow it to his yard at Honey Harbour. He said the rudder and strut were pushed in from the impact with the rock. It will take several weeks to repair the damage, which Mr. O’Rourke classed as “extensive.” The engine of the boat had to be removed to effect repairs.
  • Ontario Water Resources Commission has given final approval Io plans for the installation of water services to the new B Greening Wire plant. Alex Macintosh, chairman of the Midland Public Utilities Commission stated yesterday. Mr. Macintosh said the PUC had been informed Monday that the OWRC had approved the plans. He said the plans are now in the hands of Greening officials and that the OWRC is calling tenders for the construction of the service today (Wednesday). The supplying of electricity and water to the new plant, located on Midland’s eastern outskirts, were two of the main items of business discussed at the commission’s meeting Thursday night.
  • Midland’s radio station CKMP was off the air for 10 hours Friday because its transmitter was struck by lightning in the early morning hours. John McCullough of the station staff explained yesterday that lightning hit the transmitter and “burned out quite a bit of equipment” before the station normally started to broadcast. Intermittent signals from the transformer made testing difficult, Mr. McCullough stated but the station was able to resume broadcasting at 4 p.m. Estimated damage from the lightning amounted to about $200. Mr. McCullough said
  • Board Robert McKee told Penetang council Monday night that, “it is a lost cause, and there hasn’t been a meeting this year”. “The basement is a mess” continued Mr. McKee. “We have a good library and the best librarian but even the library budget was prepared by the secretary.” To a question by Mayor J. J. Gignac, Mr. McKee replied that he would be willing to remain on the library board if it became active. The mayor advised that he would take up the matter with Library Board Chairman Jan Ulrichson. Asked yesterday to comment on Mr. McKee’s request to be replaced, Mr. Ulrichson told this newspaper, “it’s grossly exaggerated, I have no comment.”
  • BIRTHS – CARSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carson, 68 Ottawa St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, September 14, 1959, a daughter. DALZIEL — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dalziel, 114 Donalda St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 11, 1950, a son. FRENCH — To Mr. and Mrs. Royce French, R.R. 3, Elmvale, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Sunday, September 13, 1950, a daughter. GEROUX To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Geroux, 50 Fifth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, September 12, 1959, a daughter. Hebner To Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hebner, 190 Manley St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, September 10, 1059, a son. LALONDE — To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lalonde, Coldwater, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Thursday, September 17, 1959, a daughter. MACEY — To Mr. and Mrs. John Macey, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Wednesday, September 10, 1959, a son. MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Murray Moreau, Waubaushene, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, September 12, 1959, a son. MURDAY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murday, 104 Laclie St., Orillia, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Friday, September 11, 1959, a daughter. ROBITAILLE — To Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Robitaille, 312 Bay St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 17, 1959, a daughter. TAYLOR — To Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taylor, 543 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 10, 1959, a son. WRIGHT — To Mr. and Mrs. Garry Wright, 146 Fourth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, September 14, 1930, a daughter.
  • If proposals discussed at a meeting of the merchant’s committee of Midland Chamber of Commerce Monday night reach the firm stage, Midland’s King Street business section will undergo some face-lifting. Favoured suggestion arising out of the committee talks, was the erection of a translucent canopy along the entire length of the business section, exclusive of intersections. It was suggested that each merchant could pay for the canopy on a frontage basis. (This idea was raised again in the seventies.)
  • Fiftieth Anniversary – Like the vast majority of married couples, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Wilson of 207 Manley Street, Midland, have had their share of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, in their 50 years of wedded life. But looking back over those 50 years as they sat among their anniversary gifts last week, they were quite agreed they had enjoyed life together very much. Married in the old Methodist Church parsonage in Hillsdale Sept. 8, 1909, by the late Rev. A. Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have lived all the intervening time in Midland with the exception of three years at Caledonia, near Hamilton. “We had hoped to have Mr. Spencer at our anniversary, but he passed away last fall. He used to go hunting when he was well over 80 years of age,” said Mrs. Wilson. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson, Wilbert Wilson was born on a Medonte Township farm near Vasey. He is the only surviving member of a family of eight children. Following his school days, Mr. Wilson worked on farms and a variety of jobs, including the spell in the bush common to all young men of his era. For 28 years, however, he was a machine man for Simcoe County, doing road maintenance work. He retired officially six years ago but still does the odd job for the county, “just for something to do.” Mrs. Wilson, the former Mary Edith Grigg, also was born on a Medonte farm not far from her husband-to-be, near Orr Lake. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grigg and still has one brother, Fred of Elmvale, and one sister, Mrs. Reg Overs (Lily) of Niagara Falls, living. She attended Taylor’s School, east of Orr Lake. Growing up together in the same area, neither husband nor wife could remember any special occasion when they first met. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been valuable servants of Midland’s Calvary Baptist Church, where Mr. Wilson has been treasurer since 1937. Mrs. Wilson served as secretary of the senior mission circle for 28 years. The Wilsons have four daughters’ and one son, Aldon, who also lives in Midland. The girls are Mrs. Albert Hill (Bernice), Mrs. Tom Bell (Laurene), Mrs. Lorne Craig, (Marie) and Beth. Oddly, all are still residents of Midland, too. Too busy in his youth to engage in many sports, Mr. Wilson used to be fond of fishing. He didn’t have far to go, as the Sturgeon River ran through his father’s farm. “You could go down there at day break and come home with a dozen speckled’ trout, all weighing around two pounds, in little more than an hour,” he recalled.
  • Barnyard golfers (horseshoe pitchers) will move indoors in Midland. Peter Clause, told, this newspaper yesterday that a group of Midlanders have obtained permission to use the town-owned building on Bay Street (the old Pratt building) for indoor horseshoe pitching activities. He said three or four pits would be set up in the building. He added artificial lighting was adequate for playing the game. The club will meet every Thursday night.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – A majority of the delegates attending the Georgian Bay Municipal Electric Association annual convention at Honey Harbour protested a proposed Hydro policy to charge 60-cycle areas with conversion costs of consumer equipment in 25 cycle areas. * * * Coldwater fair officials were left holding the bag when a mid-way operator failed to put in an appearance with his rides and other attractions. No reason was given to officials for the change in arrangements. * * * Rev. Frederick Lynch S.J., committee chairman of the Salute to Canada Pageant, announced that financial loss on the pageant was in excess of $16,000. * * * S. S. Noronic, Canada Steamship Lines Queen of the Great Lakes, was destroyed by fire at a Toronto dock Sept. 17. The early morning fire snuffed out 130 lives. She had called at Midland on many occasions. * * * While no figures were revealed, Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society said the 1949 fall fair at Midland drew the largest attendance in its history. There were more than 500 individual competitors. * * * An average increase of 40 per cent was noted by property owners in Penetang when they received their 1950 assessment notice. The town had been reassessed. * * * The third survey for the proposed route of a superhighway linking Crown Hill and Waubaushene had been completed. The new route was to run in a comparatively straight line from Crown Hill to Waubaushene. * * * Midland Shipyards officials announced that its giant new bulk carrier, S.S. Coverdale, built for Canada Steamship Lines would be launched Oct. 15. Previously, it had been planned to launch the ship in mid-December.
  • Attendance at the three public schools has increased by 44 over last year, the principal’s reports to Midland Public Schools Board revealed at the board’s meeting Friday evening. Total attendance as of Sept. 11 this year was 1,219, compared with 1,175 a year ago. This year’s total is made up as follows: Parkview, 418; Regent, 645 and Sixth Street, 156.
  • Obituary – THOMAS W. SCOTT Following a lengthy illness, Thomas Wesley Scott, who had spent all his life in this district, died, in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, August 25. Funeral service, arranged by Branch 80 of the Canadian Legion, was conducted, August 29, by Rev. Charles Carter at Nichols’ funeral home. Pallbearers were James Mackie, Walter Nichols, Chris Gardner, Grover Reynolds, George Parr and Charles Stewart. Born in 1881, at Toronto, Mr. Scott was educated at Coldwater and in 1922 at Midland he married the former Margaret Stevenson. Mr. Scott had been employed as a stationary engineer with the Midland Public Utilities Commission. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Conservative in politics. He served with the 116th Battalion during World War I. Besides his widow he is survived by a son, Wesley of Peterborough, two daughters Mrs. Robert MacLeod (Audrey) and Mrs. Norman Donaldson (Betty), both of Midland and four grandchildren. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. 

Additional items from 80 years ago, the Midland Free Press, September 19th, 1939. 

  • PENETANG — A. B. Thompson, Penetang, father of Pilot Officer Alfred Burke Thompson, who was reported as forced down and interned in Belgium last week, received news that his son is now reported “Missing”. The wire received from the Air Ministry read: “Regret to inform you that report of the internment of your son, Pilot Officer Alfred Burke Thompson, has not, repeat, not been confirmed. He must, therefore, be regarded as missing”.
  • PENETANG — Three hundred public utilities commissioners, their families and friends attended the annual convention of the Georgian Bay District Power Association aboard the S. S. Keewatin. The Keewatin sailed from McNicoll at 2.30 p.m. and returned around 10.30 p.m. The annual meeting of the association was held in the ship’s dance hall during the afternoon. Main speaker of the meeting was R. T. Jeffery, chief municipal engineer of the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario. Mr. Jeffery reviewed the history of the Georgian Bay Power District as regards to the increasing consumption of electricity and told the assemblage that large expenditures would soon be necessary if there was to be no shortage of power.
  • At a meeting of the Georgian Badminton Club in the Curling Rink in Midland, Monday night, the following officers were elected: President Les Taylor: Vice-President, Margaret Hartman: Captain. Cy Richardson, Penetang; Vice-Captains, Irma Finch, Penetang, Mae Greene, Midland and Willard Bacon, Midland: Secretary, Marlon Grigg; chairman Transportation. T. McCullough. It was decided to begin play tonight. The curling rink will be available to players Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights thereafter. The annual fee is to be two dollars payable on or before October 6th. Tom McCullough and George West were named as a committee to bring in recommendations regarding new net standards. Secretary’s report, read by secretary Edith Argue, showed a favourable balance of $83.15 in the Treasury.
  • PENETANG — Guards at the Fox St. station and the Penetanguishene reservoir were commenced on Saturday evening. The area surrounding the reservoir was also surrounded by lights.
  • There will be more than a few Midland residents who will shed at least a mental tear when the yacht “Venetia” goes on the auction block on the 28th of this month. For the “Venetia” is more than a yacht in the memory of many. She is remembered by most as the submarine chaser used by the United States Admiralty during the Great War which was responsible for the destruction of the German submarine which sank the “Lusitania.” She carries on her lofty smokestack two gold bars symbolic of her success in sinking two enemy U-boats during the war of 1914-18, one of which was responsible for bringing the United States into the conflict. Built in the shipyards of the Hawthorne Co. of Leith Scotland, about 1903, she passed from one private owner to another, thence to the hands of the United States government, and finally, after the war, returned again to private ownership. Purchased by the late James Playfair, she was brought to Midland from Santiago, Cal., via the Panama Canal. Until the time of his death a year ago, it was the favorite recreation of Mr. Playfair to gather together a group of his friends and cruise the inland coastal waters. Since that time the “Venetia” been tied up at the docks of the Great Lakes Boat and Machine Company. She is 226 feet in length and has a beam of 27 feet. She draws fourteen feet six inches of water. Fuelled by oil the ship has a top speed of 12 knots.
  • The distinction to be the first enlistment from Midland with the Canadian active force is claimed by John Evans (Chris) Gardner, and it would appear very likely that the Midland sleight of hand expert has pulled the double bat trick for it’s the fifth enlistment for the durable Chris. On Aug. 22, 1915, at Mons, Chris Gardner, with the Royal Horse and Field Artillery was but 25 yards away when Corporal Thomas of the Royal Irish Dragoons raised his rifle to fire the first shot from the British forces in the war. Wednesday Chris presented himself for enlistment as a sapper with the Second Field Company Canadian engineers. Winner of the Military Medal at Vimy, Chris came to Midland after the war. He joined the Simcoes in 1928 and served as company sergeant-major. Now he’s back in it again with the same enthusiasm that caused his first enlistment 27 years ago. “I passed my test O.K., and now I’m a sapper again, he smiled.
  • PENETANG — Ross M. Cockburn of Hamilton took over the management of the Canada House in Penetanguishene at the beginning of this week. Mr. Cockburn’s family, consisting of his wife and three young children, will move to Penetanguishene shortly. Several years ago Mr. Cockburn visited Penetanguishene regularly when he was a district sales manager for the AC Spark Plug Company, a subsidiary of General Motors. Recently Mr. Cockburn has been operating a service station in Hamilton, and for a time he managed a hotel on Toronto Island. Mr. Cockburn is a Great War Veteran, going overseas with the 116th battalion. Later he served with the 73rd in France and towards the end of the war transferred to the Royal Artillery. He returned with a lieutenant’s commission. He is also a former football player, being a member of the Varsity Intermediates during his college days. “Now,” said Mr. Cockburn “my sporting activities are confined to golf and watching hockey.
  • Despite the lateness of the season the Martyrs’ Shrine near here was the scene of considerable activity over the weekend. Nearly 50 women from the Catholic Women’s Business League of Toronto visited the shrine Sunday, and a special mass was conducted early Sunday afternoon for pilgrims who arrived on the Steamship Noronic from Sarnia. Of the 350 passengers on the Noronic about 150 paid a visit to the shrine.
  • H. Sheppard of Waubaushene has offered his yacht, the Ambler, as a gift to the Department of National Defence. She will probably be used in the Naval Service on the Atlantic coast.
  • The marriage of Sadie Eileen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Wm. Heels of Waubaushene to Cyril George Ney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ney of Midland, took place Saturday at 9 p.m. at the United Church manse, Midland, with the Rev. W. R. Auld officiating. The manse was prettily decorated for the occasion with hearts of France asters. The bride was lovely in a dress of teal blue crepe, matching off-the-face hat, fur jacket and corsage of white orchids. Her only attendant was her sister, Miss Helen Heels, who wore a dress of moss green wool, matching hat, black accessories and a corsage of gladioli. Mr. Ormond Blevins of North Bay was best man. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents, for the immediate families. Mr. and Mrs. Ney are residing on Third St.