Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – November 8th to the 14th, 1958

Click on Photos to EnlargeAs an instance of how time flies, Principal James Robinson of Parkview Public School pointed out that not one pupil in the school is old enough to remember firsthand the events of even World War 2. Ceremony held at the school Monday helped remind the pupils of the sacrifices made in the two world wars. Setting up display are Paul Howard, left, and Bill Young, sons of veterans of the last conflict. 

Master of ceremonies for “Service of Remembrance” held in MPDHS auditorium Monday morning was Venard Quesnelle. Service has become an annual event at the school and is attended by representatives of Canadian Legion branches within the area. 

Pupils of MPDHS held their own “Service of Remembrance” in the school auditorium Monday morning. Colour party composed of members of Midland and Penetang Legion branches dip flags as trumpeter Jim MacKinnon sounds “Last Post”. 

Four elementary school teachers and two inspectors get a practical lesson in picture taking from artist Mrs. B. Bryant of Richmond Hill, left. Others are left to right Mrs. B. Horne, Oakview Beach, near Wasaga; Helen Durkson, Waubaushene; Mrs. Wilma Fallis and Pat Johnson, both of Vasey. In the back row are Ken J. Ellis, Midland, Simcoe No. 1 inspectorate, and J. B. Mitchell, Collingwood, Simcoe 4 and Grey 4 inspectorates. 

For the second straight year, a new-Canadian from Germany has walked off with public/speaking honors in competition with other Midland public and separate school pupils. Gudrun Mandler, Regent School, emerged the winner, with Susan Richards, from St. Mary’s Separate School, as runner-up. The girls were presented with trophies by Thomas Pyman treasurer of St. Margaret’s Credit Union, left; and Mrs. James Cowan president of the Midland Home and School Association, right. The competition was held at Regent Public School auditorium Friday night. 

Pretty rough looking at the moment, this is the broad, new road (400 extension) linking Highway 103 and super-Highway 400 as seen from Highway 93 just south of Hillsdale. New turnpike road will join Highway 12 near Coldwater and link up with 103 at Waubaushene.  (this was before the Coldwater by-pass, all the traffic from Toronto on the 400 and Orillia to Midland traffic on 12 had to go through downtown Coldwater)

Vic Beatty not only has this bear backed up against the wall, but he has also him tacked to it. Which is the best place to have a bear, the Midland hunter says. Especially a big black one weighing in the 400-pound neighborhood. Mr. Beatty and his son, Ken, shot bruin during a hunting trip in the Go-Home Bay area. 

Winner of the Bank of Montreal trophy for achieving the highest general standing in the Vasey 4H Calf Club this year was Bob Rawson. Bob is seen above, left, receiving his trophy from William Child, manager of the bank’s Midland branch, at a dinner in Vasey last Wednesday night. 

Winners of cups and crests in the bicycle safety contest, junior division, conducted by Midland firemen are seen above. Left to right are front row, Jamie Lounsbery, Ralph Battrick, Jay Ellis, Ronnie Henderson; back row—Eleanor Moffatt, Sharlene Brack and Fireman Dave Hudson, chairman of the committee looking after the event. 

These boys and girls were tops in the senior division of the bicycle safety contest conducted by Midland firemen this fall. Seen with Fire Chief Arnold Tippin, they are left to right, front row, Peggy Krochko, Christiane Brinkmann, Ronnie Gosselin; back row—Maureen Mohan, Bonnie Bray, and Danny Glassier. Another crest winner, John Swan was not present when the picture was taken. 

Work of filling in the reed and brush-grown “jungle” at the northwest corner of Midland, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, is beginning to show progress. Bulldozer can be seen levelling off piles or rock, dirt and other material dumped near the road in recent weeks. (That side of the corner still looks like a jungle.) 

Four team double-header basketball sessions will be the sports venue at Midland YMCA Saturday afternoon. Getting in a little practice on the side are Lloyd Stackhouse, ‘Y’ sports director, Tim Lethbridge, Bob Megaw, and Paul Crawford, all members of Midland Braves. 


  • Free Press Herald headline from November 12, 1958; Province Aids Rink Fund Makes Third Major Grant. Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre building fund will get a $5,000 boost from the province of Ontario, according to word received this week. A letter to this effect was read at a meeting of Penetang council Monday night. Receipt of this latest grant brings the total number of provincial grants on the building to three; and a total amount of almost $15,000. The first grant was made several years ago when the rink building was first commenced under volunteer participation of the Lions Club and the Legion. When the first structure was levelled to the ground during a high wind several years ago, and building commenced again, a second grant was received. The latest grant is to assist in covering the cost of the community hall part of the building and, according to the letter, will be the final grant. The portion of the building spoken of as “the lounge” the latest building program, will now be known as a community hall, to be used for community purposes.
  • County Herald headline of November 14, 1958; Tay Township Housewife Chases Fox out of Porch. A Tay township housewife, Mrs. Lloyd Scott of Con. 6 spent a few anxious moments Wednesday afternoon when a fox wandered into the sun porch of her home. Mrs. Scott said the animal, believed to have been rabid, came in the open door and crawled in behind some bicycles. She used a broom to keep it at bay and to chase it out the door. Although the animal did not attack her, it bit her dog, Mrs. Scott said. She added that the dog had received the rabies vaccine this summer. Leaving the Scott home, the fox ran across the road to the Dan Bergie farm where it passed up some chickens but killed the Bergie cat.
  • Agnes Barbara French, wife of Roy T. French, died in St. Andrew’s Hospital, Midland, yesterday in her 79th year. The body is resting at Nicholls funeral home where the service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Wright officiating.
  • A native of the Penetang district, Dr. R. B. Lynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lynn, Champlain Road, has been chosen as one of 44 medical scientists in the field of heart and blood vessel diseases, to participate in research awards totalling more than $300,000 provided by the Ontario Heart Foundation. A specialist in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Lynn was appointed the associate professor of surgery at Queen’s University this term. He is also the thoracic surgeon at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals, and chief to surgery at Ongawanda Sanatorium.
  • After 30 years as clerk of the town of Penetang, W. H. Hewson Monday night informed council he would be tendering his resignation to become effective March 31 of 1959. Mr. Hewson said advancing years, coupled with the pressure of his own legal business had brought on the decision. Known to most of the town’s citizens as “Bill,” Mr. Hewson graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1924, and, started in the law office of his father, W. H. Hewson. The elder Hewson had been clerk of the municipality for almost 50 years at the time of his death in 1928. The younger W. H. followed in his father’s footsteps. At that time, the office of clerk and treasurer of Penetang were separate, and the treasurer’s post was held by Louis Gignac, father of Jerome Gignac. When Mr. Gignac retired in 1930, Bill Hewson took over the dual position of clerk-treasurer, which he has held since.
  • New Arrivals DUBE — To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dube, 90 Frank Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 5, a daughter. COPEGOG To Mr. and  Willis Copegog, Christian Island, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Nov. 5, a son. BEAUCHAMP — To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beauchamp, John Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 7, a son. FRENCH — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence French, Waverley, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 8, a daughter. GALEVIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Don Galevin, 347 Queen Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Nov. 9, a daughter. BEARDSALL — To Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Beardsall, 57 Elizabeth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov 9, a son. FRENCH — To Mr. and Mrs. Harold French, 367 Queen Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 10, a daughter. CONTOIS To Mr. and Mrs. James Contois, 206 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Nov. 12, a daughter. WILCOX — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wilcox, 170 Robert Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Nov. 12, a daughter.
  • Close to 175 Penetang youngsters will start their first fall season of Little NHL hockey on their own Community Arena ice next week. Many of the lads have taken part, singly or in teams, in Midland Little NHL play in previous years. Last year they were able to get in part of a season on natural ice in their own rink. One team, the AHL squad, advanced to the provincial Little NHL finals at Bowmanville.
  • Port McNicoll News This Week delayed – Marilyn Newton spent the weekend in Toronto. Donald and Donald Calvert of Rouge Hills weekended with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Calvert. Mr. and Mrs. D. Crosatto and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lanosch and Mike lanosch spent Sunday in Meaford. Donna Talbot entertained 12 friends at her home Saturday, on the occasion of her eighth birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Van Pypen and family are now residing in their new home. Among those attending Canadian Club in Midland Tuesday evening were Mrs. J. D. McPhee, Mrs. A. Gallagher, and Mrs. B. J. Brownell. Elinore Philpott, who has just returned to Canada after his second visit to Communist China, was the guest speaker. His subject was “What Is Going On in China.” Carmen Dexter spent Saturday at his home. On his return to Sarnia Sunday to rejoin his ship the S.S. Laketon, Mrs. Dexter and Carol accompanied him and returned to Port Monday.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Owing to lack of hydroelectric power, district citizens had been granted permission by the Canadian Underwriters Association to use coal oil and kerosene lamps and stoves in their homes without paying an extra premium on their fire insurance policies. * * * During a hearing at Penetang Court of Revision it was revealed that Beatty Bros Limited had paid plant wages totaling $353,527 in 1948. It was estimated that wages for the firm’s 1949 fiscal year would amount to $395,000. * * * Five area children, the son of a Penetang couple, the son of a Midland couple, the son of a Victoria Harbour couple, the daughter of an Allenwood couple and the daughter of an Elmvale couple, were born Nov. 14, the same day as Prince Charles. * * * Following a week of feverish campaign speeches, the following high school students were elected as the 1948-49 Literary Society executive: Barbara Schram, president; Don Perrault, vice-president; Jean Kilgour, secretary-treasurer; David Hudson, editor; Judy Baxter and Jack Laird, assistant editors. * * * Two Thunder Beach residents on their way home one night were attacked by two foxes. Apparently, it wasn’t rabies that ired the animals. They had been dumped by the car in which the two men had been travelling and bit the driver and his companion when they attempted to pick up the animals. * * * Orillia electors were to be asked at the Dec. 13 election in that municipality whether they were in favor of the town incorporating as a city. Those supporting the adoption of city status by the North Simcoe town said the move would relieve Orillia of the necessity of paying county levy taxation.
  • So far as Midland Alderman H. J. Beauchamp is concerned, it’s a case of “either pay up— or back to the old band hall on Dominion Avenue.” Mr. Beauchamp’s edict stems from the town’s failure to reach a satisfactory agreement with provincial officials concerning the rental of court facilities in the new municipal building. Prior to the opening of the present facilities about a year ago, the court was held in the old “band hall.” Judging by the expressed feelings of several court officials, it isn’t likely to be held there again, whether or not arrangements can be made for continued use of the municipal building. At the council meeting Monday night, Clerk Wm. Hack read a letter from a provincial official stating that “the $1,000.00 per month” rent would be considerably above that requested by any other Ontario-community. The letter intimated the province was not prepared to entertain such a rental. The $1,000-per-month figure had Mr. Hack and councillors completely mystified. Council’s request had been for $50 for each court sitting which would be $200 most months.
  • LAFONTAINE NEWS— Hubert Brunelle, Dona Desroches, and Constant Desroches have gone hunting in the Parry Sound district with a group of men from Penetang. Ovide Laurin has gone hunting with Phil Charlebois’s group at Moose Point in the 30,000 islands. Gerard Mayer has returned home from the Penetang General Hospital. He had been ill with the “shingles.” Also sick with “shingles” is Catherine Laurin, three-year-old- daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Laurin. Marc Moreau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Moreau has returned home from the Penetang General Hospital where he underwent an operation for appendicitis. A shower for Miss Jeanne Chretien was given at her parents’ home, Mr. and Mrs. Alcime Chretien. Jeanne was married Nov. 8 to Raymond Dorion, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dorion. The bride and groom motored to the USA to visit Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Moreau. Four local girls are now employed at the Penetang 5, 10 to $1.00 Store. They are Miss Lucille Forget, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philippe Forget, Miss Zita Gignac, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Gignac, Miss Prima Genier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Honore Genier, Miss Avela Maurice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Maurice. Bans were called for Nov. 29 wedding of Miss Rita Maurice, daughter of Mr. Arsene Maurice and the late Mrs. Maurice, to Ronnie Lahaie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Lahaie. Parents gathered in the school last Wednesday night to receive their children’s report cards and meet the teachers. Gideon Laurin has returned home after spending a month and a half in the Penetang General Hospital. Albert Gignac, formerly of Lafontaine, has moved to Elliot Lake with his son, Jean Marie, and family. Mr. and Mrs. Honore Beaudoin bought Mrs. Laurette Giasson’s house. They moved in Saturday. Mrs. Beaudoin’s father, Eli Contois, will reside with them. Alfred Mullie is building a double garage. He also made a new driveway. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur St. Arnaud, Oakville, spent the weekend with Mrs. George Marchand. Louis Desroches started to put siding around his house. Gabriel Marchildon motored to Toronto with the Sisters and Miss Rhea Gignac from the primary school here. They attended the teachers’ convention.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – November 1st to 7th, 1958

Click on Photos to EnlargeA very successful season for the Vasey 4-H Calf Club, which won a number of collective and individual County honors, was climaxed by an awards dinner in Vasey United Church Wednesday night. Sponsored by Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society and Vasey Junior Farmers, the calf club had 20 members this year. All but one of them achieved a total of 800 points or better, out of a possible 1,000, on their year’s work. Left to right are; Pauline Robinson, Bob Rawson, Blayne Edwards, Grant Robinson, Lloyd Curry, Bill Armstrong, David Jones. 

This was all that was left of Port McNicoll police chief John Magnus’ car after it had rolled over several times near the CPR subway, on Highway 12 between Midland and Victoria Harbour, early Monday morning. Unconscious for several hours, Chief Magnus is now progressing satisfactorily at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. 

It seems like only a few weeks ago that Midland’s Little Leaguers, hockey version, were winding up their 1957-58 season. Wednesday night they were back again to start a new season. Action above shows a game between Toronto and the Canadiens in the National League section. 

These men found much to be happy about as they gathered together Monday night to check first returns of Midland YMCA’s campaign to raise $10,500. They found that $6,179, or 69 percent of the objective had been reached so far. From left to right are; Harold Boyd, Ed B. Kendall, Frank Bray, Bill Thompson, Charles Vent, and John Bridges. 

Dangers of setting buildings on fire purposely, as was done to the old Grant home on Wireless Hill Halloween night, were pointed out by Arnold Tippin chief of the Midland Fire Department, in a letter to this paper. Chief Tippin pointed out that the department did not light the fire, nor were any members present when it was lit. “At 8 p.m. that evening,” said Chief Tippin, “I informed the owners that wind conditions made it impossible to have the burning on that night. However, at approximately 9 p.m., I received a call by telephone stating that wind conditions were nil and that a large crowd had gathered.” “I replied that I would proceed to the property and again check wind conditions,” the chief said. Because of the huge traffic jam in the area, the fire was already going strong when Chief Tippin reached the area. A call was put into the fire hall to send the pumper and members of the brigade. The pumper too was delayed by traffic and several cars had to be moved in order to reach a hydrant with hose lines from the pumper. Cars were parked on both sides of every street bordering the area. 

Burning with intense heat, flames from the large wooden structure quickly drove all spectators back to a safe distance. A northerly wind carried burning embers and sparks in the direction of a number of houses on nearby Donalda Street. Firemen also had to control fires which sprang up in the long grass area and wild shrubs in the area. Streams of water were played on one house nearby to curtail the effects of heat from the burning home and outbuildings on the same property. It was estimated that nearly 500 cars were in the vicinity of the Halloween night blaze. 

Near perfect weather made things pleasant for the “shell outers” in Midland Halloween night. Above, Mrs. Ernie Bates fills up the bag for some youngsters from the Russell-Dominion area. Police reported it was the quietest night in years. 

These miniature paddle-wheel “steamers” may be a feature attraction at Little Lake Park next year. Representatives of an Owen Sound firm which builds the Saranac paddle boats gave a demonstration of the craft’s features to members of the parks board Oct. 28. Commissioners Walter Wood (front) and Bill Murray are getting a firsthand view of the boat’s handling and safety qualities. 

Plenty of energy, if not a great deal of finesse, characterized the final day’s action in Midland’s Little Soccer League Saturday. The scene above was taken during the National League final, won by Toronto. The league, for boys of public school age, was originated and sponsored by Huronia Soccer Club. 

  • County Herald headline November 7, 1958; Grant Penetang Firm $14,570 Assessment Cut. Faced with only three appeals,  Penetang Court of Revisions gave reductions in two cases Monday night and sustained the third at its present level. The court was composed of Jerome Gignac, Chairman Oscar Ross, Deputy-reeve Archie Verrière and Councillor Jan Uhlrichsen and Ralph White. The biggest reduction was to Beatty Bros. Ltd., and James Stewart Manufacturing Co. Ltd., with a total amount of $l4,570. The basis of the appeal presented by James Stewart Co. Manager Clayton Israel was the fact that certain portions of the plant are not being used under present production levels.
  • Free Press Herald headline November 5, 1958; Per Capita Grant Boost Likely for Municipalities. This was outlined in a letter from the Ontario Hospital Association which was read to Tiny Township council Monday. The letter was taken as an indication of the provincial government’s concern with respect to payments for indigents under the new hospital insurance scheme which becomes effective Jan. 1. The hospital association statement indicated that municipalities can pay if they so wish, the insurance registration fee of persons on relief, to eliminate some of the indigent hospitalization costs. One specific paragraph in the letter said the provincial government would be increasing unconditional per capita grants to assist municipalities with the higher indigent costs under the new insurance scheme.
  • With the capture Thursday night of six youths, five of them under sixteen years of age, Midland police believe they have nabbed a group responsible for a series of break-ins and acts of vandalism in the town within recent weeks. Police Chief Robert Cameron said the boys were caught by Const. Ross Willett after they had broken into a prefab summer cottage, owned by V. B. Strickland and located on Midland’s King Street, N.
  • One of Canada’s first female tellers, Mrs. Alma Hancock balanced her cash for the last time, Friday, Oct. 31, at the Penetang branch of The Toronto Dominion Bank, and started on a well-earned retirement. Contrary to the general opinion that women tellers were an innovation of World War II, Mrs. Hancock entered this branch of the banking service when manpower became scarce during World War I. Mrs. Hancock started as a stenographer in Midland when the manager of the bank of British North America received a call from his head office asking whether he knew of any girls who were good at figures, and who would like to enter the banking business. He knew of Mrs. Hancock, then Alma Beaudoin, and immediately mentioned her name. When she was contacted, Mrs. Hancock recalled: “I was very much thrilled and interested.” She was sent to Toronto head office of the bank where she learned the intricacies of dealing with money and finally arrived back in Midland in 1916 where she took over the teller’s cage. Speaking of the “cage” as it actually was at that time, Hancock said it gave one quite a feeling of importance to be standing, locked alone in a cage with cash in the drawer and spread out on the desk, “and a revolver by your side!” This brought up the question as to whether she ever had experienced a hold-up, to which she quickly, answered, “Oh, my goodness no. But I did detect counterfeit money on several different occasions.” The veteran teller said she had detected the spurious currency, each time by its “feel.” “The bills were very well printed, and I don’t think I could have told the difference by that, but the paper just didn’t have the right feel,” she said. She continued working in the bank for some 15 years until she married Bill Hancock, a well-known hockey coach. At that time she settled into the duties of a housewife and remained at home until early in the second World War. Short of help, with many of their employees joining the armed services; the manager of the Bank of Toronto at Penetang called on her for assistance. When her husband died before the employment emergency ended, Mrs. Hancock stayed on at her work and continued there until her retirement. Admitting she had worked for four different banks, Mrs. Hancock said, “and I never got away with a nickel of their money.” She started with the Bank of British North America; which eventually became the Bank of Montreal. In her second stint, Mrs. Hancock started with the Bank of Toronto, which became the Toronto-Dominion Bank only a few years ago. Summing up her banking experience, Mrs. Hancock said, ‘”The work was no hardship because I loved every minute of it. It is an interesting occupation, and I am sure that at my age I couldn’t have stood on my feet all day if I hadn’t been interested and liked it.” As to her retirement, Mrs. Hancock thinks she will continue to tend her garden which holds a great deal of interest for her. She would also like to do some travelling. Mrs. Hancock is a native of this district, having been born at Lafontaine, the daughter of M. Beaudoin, a well-known merchant of that village. He was also clerk-treasurer of the Township of Tiny for many years.
  • Ralph Dalton, clerk-treasurer of Tay, said yesterday he does not think there is “a single live fox in the township.” Most of the animals, Mr. Dalton said, perished in the rabies epidemic which caused considerable concern in Tay early this year. Workmen engaged clearing the way for the new road between Craighurst and Waubaushene found dozens of carcasses lying alongside the right-of-way, he reported. “We were very fortunate that the rabies epidemic hit the Township before the cattle were put out to pasture.” Said Mr. Dalton.
  • With thirty-two pairs of matched “rocks” expected to arrive from Scotland before Nov. 24, there should be a smell of heather around Penetang Memorial Community Centre when curling officially starts on that date. Prospective curling club members, who met Monday night, heard the rocks are ready for shipment from Glasgow and should be in this country before the opening date. A social evening has been scheduled for Nov. 19 when all prospective members will be invited to inspect the new lounge facilities on the mezzanine floor of the rink.
  • The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland met Oct. 15 at the home of Mrs. Lavina Faires and Miss Mary Heels. There were 16 members present. Plans were made for a bake sale and bazaar to be held at the Georgian Hotel later this month. The club’s monthly dinner meeting was held at the Georgian Hotel Oct. 27 with 16-members present. The latter part of the evening was spent at a meeting of the Horticultural Society.
  • Bert Armstrong of Port McNicoll used a little applied science and recovered a wallet containing a considerable sum of money, which he lost one day last week. Bert drove his car to Benson’s service station to get some gas. He took his wallet out of his pocket, paid for the gas and then, for some reason, laid it on the trunk. A few minutes later he drove off. When he arrived home, he looked for his wallet but couldn’t find it. Then he remembered what had happened and returned to the service station. A search there proved fruitless. Placing another wallet of the same weight and in about the same position on the trunk, he drove off with two companions riding on the back bumper to see when and where the substitute wallet would fall off. Retracing his earlier route along the Evergreen side road, Mr. Armstrong discovered the second wallet fell off near Wyebridge. The three searched the side of the road near the spot where the second purse had slid off the trunk. A few yards away they found the original wallet with its contents intact.
  • PERKINSFIELD— Dr. J. M. Nettleton visited friends and week-ended at his cottage at Cawaga Beach. – Mrs. Simone Colvey (nee Asselin) has had her home south of the Separate School enlarged and modernized. She will be residing there after the sailing season is over. – Bernard Lefaive is attending the G. M. classes in Oshawa. His wife accompanied him to Oshawa. – Gildore Quesnelle entered the Richmond Hill hospital Monday, for a minor operation. – Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Villeneuve of Weston week-ended with relatives here and in Penetang – Hilare Lesperance’s burns on his hand and back have started healing a little, but he had to be transferred to a Toronto hospital for further treatment Monday. – Homer Charlebois of Barrie has moved into his new home across the road from Henry Pauze’s property. – Mrs. Albert Morin and her son, Edmund, visited Irene in Villa Marguerite Bourgeoys, Toronto, over the weekend. – Ted Beauchamp is progressing favorably in the Penetang General Hospital. – Mr. and Mrs. Etienne Marchildon, Denis and Marc, and Charles Lefaive week-ended with relatives in Hamilton.- Mrs. Art Ridout has returned home from a week’s visit to Toronto. – Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Marchildon spent the weekend with their daughters in Buffalo.
  • COLDWATER — The rubble and charred wreckage at Cecil and Lloyd Biggs’ farm on Bayview Hill is being replaced rapidly by a new barn, through help from friends and neighbors. Already the cement block foundation for the barn which was destroyed in a $25,000 fire October 12, has been completed. Cecil Biggs, who hopes the barn will be completed within a month, said that gangs of men arrive every day to assist with the work of clearing the wreckage and getting the rebuilding He stated they had brought feed for his animals, were helping with other chores and in general had made it possible for him and his brother Lloyd to make a new start.
  • Twenty-Five Years Ago This Week – F. C. Battrick, chairman of the relief committee of Midland council, submitted a new system for handling relief provisions. One of the proposals, adopted by the council was that only one week’s allowance of either, bread, milk or meat be given at a time. * * * Deputy-reeve Mackie of Midland reported to council that wood was being stolen from the civic wood yard and Reeve Hill reported that bundles of lath had disappeared from his lumber yard. * * * The annual meeting of St. Andrews Hospital Board heard a financial report from H. J. Thompson which showed an operating surplus for the year of $1,817.26. It was insufficient to meet the annual reserve for depreciation which amounted to $6,968.90, leaving a deficit of $5,151.64. * * * Krikor Hekeimian, a husky Armenian young man, had a novel way of earning his bread and butter during the depression. “Give me enough to buy a dinner and I’ll go for a swim in the lake for you. It will make a good story for your paper.” After checking his credentials, the Free Press agreed. The paper got its story after Mr. Hekeimian had his swim in Little Lake at the end of October. * *  * An advertisement guaranteed a permanent wave “for only $2.” * * * The Tobermory wireless station was closed permanently at the end of the navigational season. * * * A small item from London, England, said: “Television may be possible in every household within a year or two.”
  • Midland and district residents have started adding their donations to the Springhill Disaster Relief Fund, local bank managers advised yesterday. Of the four local banks, one had received seven donations and the others one donation each. While bank managers were reluctant to disclose any names or amounts; it is reported that the crew of the S.S. Coverdale, tied up in Midland harbor, has made a substantial donation (many Maritimers crewed on the Great Lakes). Two Midlanders, Bud Laity, tenor, and Stan Harman, organist at Knox Presbyterian Church, are among a group of district citizens who have agreed to assist in an all-night telethon tonight. CKVR-TV officials at Barrie state. The telethon is being held to raise $10,000 for the Springhill relief fund. About 100 men were saved and 70 other miners died in a “bump” in the Nova Scotia coal mine 10 days ago.
  • A native of Midland, OPP Const. Jack Ambeau joined the Victoria Harbour detachment this week. Son of Mrs. Lavena Ambeau and the late George Ambeau, Const. Ambeau has been stationed at Gananoque for the past four years. Married to the former Germaine Bellisle of Penetang, he has a one-year-old daughter, Sandra. The arrival of Const. Ambeau brings the strength of the Harbour detachment to an even dozen men, headed by Sgt. Blake Ball.
  • Visitors from many far-away places came to Midland’s Huronia Museum this past season. “They came from all over the United States, the British Isles, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and| nearly all the provinces of Canada,” declared Dick Grigg, assistant curator at the museum, yesterday. While Mr. Grigg indicated that the attendance was down slightly from last year, 10,700 were admitted to the museum during the season. “There didn’t seem to be as many American tourists around this summer and that likely accounts for the drop in attendance,” Mr. Grigg explained.
  • Editorial – If the lineup of lake freighters, presently tied up in Midland harbor, is any indication of what this area can expect once the St. Lawrence Seaway becomes fully operational, district mariners face a bleak and uncertain future, as does one vital segment of the economy of this area.
  • Road conditions in winter months demand tire safety with the vehicle equipped with chains or traction type tires, Ralph Hager, manager of petroleum company tire sales for B. F. Goodrich Canada, told an Ad and Sales club meeting in Orillia last week. “It will not be long before safety and law enforcement officials recognize the importance of proper tires and equipment for winter driving,” he said. He predicted that some areas of Canada with heavy winter traffic problems would demand that motorists have their cars equipped with either chains or winter traction tires as a safety precaution. 

On this 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, we wanted to show the toll that influenza was having on our local population at the time with excerpts from the Midland Free Press October 31st, 1918. 


Deaths in the last week of October 1918.
(Regent Street Hospital is the Regent Street School.)
[Unless otherwise designated, the below deaths occurred in Midland.]
REAR.—On Oct. 30th. Thos. Rear, aged 75 years and 10 months.
BROCK.—On Oct. 30th. Mrs. Harold Brock, aged 26 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lucas. There are no children.
GRANT.—At Regent Street Hospital, on Oct. 28th. Miss Carrie Grant, aged 19 years.
WHEELER—On Oct. 30th, Mrs. Wm. Wheeler, aged 26 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hayward.
BEARD.—In Toronto, of pneumonia, Carrie Irene, a nurse in training, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Beard, of Coldwater, aged 20 years.
PARK.—On. Oct. 27th, Jean Keefer Beatty, wife of Mr. James Park aged 27 years.
DUPUIS.—On Oct. 26th. Joseph Dupuis, aged 35 years.
FERGUSON.—On Oct. 26th. Thomas Milton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ferguson, aged 16 years, 1 month and 11 days.
SCOTT.—On Oct. 26th, Jean Carson, beloved wife of Mr. Albert Scott aged 25 years, 11 months, and 15 days.
HOLMES.—On Oct. 23rd. Herbert Willis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Holmes, aged 15 years and 1 month.
SMALLWOOD.—On Oct. 25th.  John William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wm. Smallwood, aged 11 months and 6 days.
McCAW.—On Oct. 25th. Francis James McCaw, aged 33 years, 5 months and 8 days.
LEGAULT.—On Oct. 26th. Peter Legault, aged 20 years 1 month and 14 days.
McKAY.—On Oct 23rd. Violet Mary, wife of Dr. Chas P. McKay, aged 27 years.
LeClaire.—At North Bay, on Oct. 24th. Theodore LeClaire aged 72 years and 9 months. The body was brought here on Oct. 25th for interment.
CADIEUX.—On Oct. 25. I. Cadieux, unmarried man, aged 21 years, 8 months and 21 days. Interred in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.
MONGRAW —On Oct. 27th. Mrs. Lloyd Mongraw, aged 28 years.
ATKINSON. —On Oct. 27th.  Ena Lillie Atkinson aged 24 years and 10 months.
BELL. —On Sunday, Oct 27th. Frederick James Bell, aged 35 years, 7 months and 11 days.
HARTMAN – In Midland, on Monday, Oct. 28th. Florence Helena Lunan, wife of Mr. W. C. Hartman, aged 32 years and 5 months.
SMITH —On Oct 27th. Mrs. Eli Smith, aged 50 years Mr. Smith died a few weeks ago. One son and one daughter remain.
NOBEL__ On Oct 26th. Mrs. E. W. Nobel, aged 25 years. Her husband and four children survive.
HANES —On Oct. 26th. Mrs. Samuel Hanes, aged 20. Her husband is overseas. One child is left.
LEMEAUX. On Oct 26th. Mary Lemeaux, aged 14 years. A sister was buried just two weeks ago. Her parents live here. (s/b Lemieux, Marie (Mary)Anna Beatrice, her mother was Mary Lavereau and father Philias (Felix) Lemieux. Her sister Alice Marie died on the 18th of October.) 
GONEAU—In Penetang on Oct. 25. Mrs. Eli Goneau, aged 35 years. Her husband and eight children survive.
LONGLEAD—In Penetang, on Oct. 25th. Mrs. Wm. Longlead, aged 20 years. Mr. and Mrs. Longlead had been married only one month. One of her sisters was buried two weeks ago. (s/b Longlade, she was Marie Ella May Beausoleil, and her daughter was Laura. Her mother was Josephine Precourt and father Antoine Beausoleil)
HANES.— On Oct. 25th. An infant child of Mr. Geo. Hanes.
ANDERSON.—On Oct. 29th. Rose Eliza, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh R. Anderson, aged 1 year, 8 months and 9 days. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. A. Macriner, Fifth Street, the grandparents of the child.
BRISSETTE.—At Victoria Harbour on Oct. 27th.  Jane, wife of Mr. Nelson Brissette aged 20 years. A young child survives, besides Mr. Brissette.
WHITE.— In Penetang on Oct. 22nd, Mrs. Julian White, a sister of the late Thos. Fitzpatrick. Interment at Penetang.
JUNEAU.—At Victoria Harbor, on Oct. 29th, Mrs. Daniel Juneau, aged 25 years.
(More detailed information on some of those listed above.)
 The severity with which influenza struck Midland brought separations and sorrows hitherto unheard of in the same space of time. Last Friday the deaths were less than they had been for a few days previously. But on Saturday and Sunday, they again mounted upward, though all were cases which had been contracted a week or more earlier. Sunday was again a bad day for the sufferers, but Monday showed a little improvement, though at least three fairly well-known people succumbed.
The opening of Relief Rooms in the Brisbin Block helped to systematize the distribution of food, broths, and other necessaries, so urgently needed by helpless families, but in many instances, the victims were beyond all human assistance. Many of the town ladies are taxing their strength to the utmost in nursing the patients, while others have laid aside all personal considerations In order to assist in the relief work.
Conditions Improving.
The last two days have provided a much brighter outlook, as only odd cases were reported, and conditions are much more satisfactory than they have been since the outbreak. With reasonable precautions, the opinion is expressed by the Medical men that the worst is over.
Herbert Willis Holmes died on the 23rd after ten day’s illness. He had been working as a rivet heater on the new boat  (War Fiend) and was intensely interested in his work, but died the day previous to the launching. Mrs. Holmes lives on Quebec Street and has five other children, all of whom have been sick, as well as herself, but are recovering. Mr. Holmes went overseas with the 157th battalion and is at present in No. 12 Canadian Hospital, Bramshott, England. The family attends the Methodist Church, but Rev. Captain Coburn has also been confined to his room for some days and in his absence, Rev. J. J. Elliot conducted the funeral services.
After several days combating influenza on behalf of others, Miss Ena Lillie Atkinson, a nurse in the Marine Hospital, was herself attacked and died on Sunday night. She was a daughter of Mrs. R. Atkinson of Victoria Street, and a general favorite among her acquaintances.
Mrs. Lloyd Mongraw died in Dollartown on Sunday, leaving her husband and three small children. She had been ill only a few days.
MRS. (DR.) Chas. P. McKAY.
The death of Mrs. (Dr.) Chas. P. McKay occurred on the 23rd following a very brief illness. One little girl, about 9 years of age and her husband survive. The body was sent to Toronto for burial.
On the 24th Inst. Mrs. Agnes Stamp Campbell, the widow of the late Joseph Campbell, died at her home on Compton Street (College Street). She had been unwell for three or four months, but the end was doubtless hastened by an attack of influenza. She is survived by one daughter for whom a great deal of genuine sympathy is expressed.
On Monday, Mrs. James Park died after a week’s sickness. She left one baby girl about a year and a half old and her husband. Mrs. Park was formerly Miss Jean Keefer Beatty of Galt, and the body was sent to that town on Tuesday for interment.
After a splendid struggle for his life, Mr. Roland A. West breathed his
last on Friday. He had seen service and hardship at the front, where his father was killed in action and had been invalided to Canada. Having partially recovered he came to Midland to work in the Shipyards where he was taken ill and removed to the Regent St. Hospital. His mother was notified and came from Toronto to assist in nursing him. Within a few minutes of his death, she was advised that her two remaining sons were also suffering from the same disease at their home. Mrs. West bore her afflictions with a truly Christian fortitude and her resignation was not only a revelation but a source of comfort and strength to several of those who were doing what they could for other suffering victims.
Death had no terrors for Francis James McCaw, who died on Friday. He was unmarried and was living with his mother, who has three other sons and was employed in Plant No. 2 of the Midland Engine Works. On the 12th inst, he was taken ill, and though anxious to live like any other healthy man, when he realized the seriousness of his condition, he spent the last few hours of his life chanting some of his favorite hymns. He was a regular and devoted attendant at the services of the Brethren and was satisfied that death was but the beginning of a better life. Interment took place on Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Joseph Oliver Dupuis died on Saturday. The body was taken to
Penetang for interment in the Roman Catholic Cemetery on Monday.  Mr. Dupuis was born at Port Severn and came to Midland to take charge of the Hewis House when it was purchased by the present owners, though he had been in their employ in different capacities for some years. He was married twelve years ago at Byng Inlet and leaves a widow and one little girl. His illness extended over only one week.
The taking away of Mrs. Albert Scott on Saturday was one of the saddest occurrences of the present epidemic. She became ill a few days previously and though every possible assistance was obtained, she passed away. Besides her father, Mr. Wm. Carson, she leaves a husband, and two little girls aged 4 and 6. She was born in Toronto and came to Midland on May 7th, 1897. Mrs. Scott occupied an enviable position in the estimation of all those who knew her, and the regret which is expressed at her early death is only surpassed by the sympathy felt for the bereaved home, where several others, including the little tots, have been ill, but are happily recovering.
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ferguson, Fifth Street, were deprived of one of their two sons on Saturday when Thomas Milton passed away. He was born in Midland a little over sixteen years ago and spent his life here. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon.
Mr. Frederick James Bell, who died on Sunday, was born at Fenelon Falls 36 years ago. After reaching manhood he spent four years in Toronto as a builder and contractor but owing to illness he retired and came to Midland. He, however, could not lead an inactive life and went to Lions Head where he purchased a sash and door business, but again for the same reason returned to Midland about a year ago. He then opened a ladies ready-to-wear and fancy store with the assistance of his wife and was prospering until his illness assumed a serious turn about a week ago. He leaves Mrs. Bell, a son of 5 and a daughter of 8 years of age. He attended the Methodist Church and was a member of Coronation Masonic Lodge in Toronto, and also the Oddfellows in that city. Mr. Bell also leaves two sisters, Mrs. W. J. Morrow Fifth Street, and Mrs. M. Whaley, King Street Midland, and one brother, Mr. O. Bell, of Toronto who came up for the funeral, which took place on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Ernest Alexander was in Toronto last week attending the funeral of his brother, Captain R. O. Alexander, who died on the 22nd. His death was due to an automobile accident in which he was injured over a year ago. Interment took place at Bolton on Friday. Captain Alexander was born at Bolton 41 years ago. He was in business in Midland for some time then went to Toronto. When war broke out he enlisted as a lieutenant in the 118th, subsequently becoming a Captain. He was ready to accompany his battalion overseas when ordered to remain at Camp Borden as an instructor. He, however, declined to accept that position, having joined for active service and therefore resigned.
That the epidemic is not confined locally by any means is evidenced by the fact that in Saskatchewan various families are being wiped out, the effects of which are keenly felt here. On Friday Mrs. Adam Reid was advised that her son-in-law, Mr. Frank Kennedy, had died and that her daughter was very low. She at once started for the West and while on the train, received a message stating that Mrs. Kennedy had also passed away. Both were buried at Pennant. Sask. Mr. Kennedy was formerly an operator at the G. T. R. station here; he was 29 and his wife who was Miss Clara Reid, was 26 years of age. They leave one little boy. They went west about six years ago. Miss Reid of the Public School staff is a sister and Miss Berry of the Post Office staff is a cousin of Mrs. Kennedy. Another message notified Mrs. Reid that her husband was ill at North Bay, and Mrs. Reid has gone to that town to assist him.
The death of Mrs. Will Hartman on Monday was learned throughout town with very sincere regret. She was formerly Miss Florence Helena Lunan, of Collingwood, and was married just eight weeks ago. The body was taken to Collingwood on Wednesday morning for interment. During her, all-too-brief residence Mrs. Hartman made several warm personal friends. She was a trained nurse and her self-sacrifices to save others, since the epidemic commenced, doubtless lessened her powers of resistance when influenza attacked herself.
Word was received here on Tuesday that Mrs. Chas. Appleton had died in Collingwood on Monday night and was followed the next day by her husband. They leave two young children. Mr. and Mrs. Appleton were married in Barrie about six years ago. The latter being, Miss Mamie Robinson. After their marriage, they went to the Soo until last spring, when they moved to Collingwood. Mrs. Appleton was a cousin of Mrs. Chas. Goodfellow, of Midland; Mr. Appleton belonged to Beeton.
A brother of Mr. Armand Gauthier who died on the 25th arrived from
Sturgeon Falls two days ago and was too late to see him. The funeral had taken place.
Penetang News
The Sisters of Service S. O. S. have been doing excellent work meeting every day at the Library basement, preparing and collecting nourishing food for the invalids, while numerous townspeople have generously tendered the use of their autos and helped to distribute the food to the patients. 
The remains of Mrs. Juneau were buried in the Memorial Church Cemetery on Monday morning. She left a large family of small children, being one of four who left an aggregate of thirty-three children—three leaving eight each and one leaving nine.
The remains of the late Thos. Fitzpatrick of Midland, and his sister, Mrs. White, were laid to rest on Thursday in the Memorial Church Cemetery, side by side in the same grave.
Chief Henry Jackson and Mr. Marsden, storekeeper at Christian Island, were in town on Friday and report, fifty deaths among the Indians so far and Dr. Sinclair, of the Department, is still there, but that the epidemic is abating.
Mrs. Norman McGibbon, Mrs. D. McGibbon, and Mr. C. Jarvais, in town, are still very low, but convalescing.
3.310.573   J. Borrow. Orillia.
644.328      J. Vaillancourt, Penetang.
644.094     V. R. Phillips. Orillia.
644.56       O. H. Hurst. Penetang.
644.697     R. Rumble, Penetang
642.135     J. Beaven. Collingwood.
3.310.606 W. Goodwin. Orillia.
3.180.572 L. Colburne. Collingwood.
3.109.143   J. J. Mclsaac. Orillia.
316.984     W. Shearn, Penetang.
2.356.388  E. Bush, Collingwood.
                         Lt. C. G. Frost, Orillia.
643.813     R. J. Shunn, Barrie.
853.406     F. Skelton, Collingwood.
3.232.622  N. Stalker, Penetang.
3.317.267   J. T. Bellehumeur, Penetang.
3.032.519   E. Sarazin, Midland.
331.743      E. F. Gardener, Orillia.
2.138.516   W. D. Kitchen, Hillsdale.
643.233      W. A. Cooper, Barrie.
3.317.345    J. C. Sinclair, Barrie.
338.190      V. Clark. Victoria Harbor.
——947.    C. Wests. Barrie.
112.234      F. E. Harris. Carrie.
643.941     Corp. D. Radcliffe, Orillia.
83.108        H. Beatty. Elmvale.
Mrs. Edward Sarazin has received official notice from Ottawa of the wounding of her husband. Pte. Edward Sarazin by a gunshot wound in the left arm and fracture of hand. He is now in Warden House Hospital, Deal, England.
Mr. Clarence W. Simpson, who enlisted in the British Royal Engineers for service in the water motor branch, has become a Lance Corporal. He joined the army between last Christmas and New Year’s and forty days later was in France.
On Saturday the flag on the municipal buildings was floating at half mast in honour of Pte. Fred Thompson, No. 3.317.352. who had died of wounds on the 10th. The message conveying the sad intelligence was received by his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Thompson, King Street.