Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 16 to 23rd, 1957

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 The tail end of Hurricane Audrey which swept into Ontario June 29, caused only minor damage in North Simcoe, compared to the devastation wrought in Louisiana, Texas and even some Northern Ontario centres. At the same time, heavy rains June 28 and June 29 revived memories of Hurricane Hazel and a close watch was kept on all streams, particularly in the beach areas. Two workmen can be seen beneath the floor of the bridge, above, removing stop logs from a dam controlling Spring’s Pond, near Wyevale. A heavy flow of water is evident in the picture. 

Dr. Wilfred Jury, center, was surrounded by students of the University of Western Ontario Summer School of Indian Archeology and their hosts before a theatre party given to them, last week by the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the Roxy Theatre. The students also toured Huronia Museum. 

 Hon. Bryan L. Cathcart, minister of Travel and Publicity, unveils the historic plaque near the Shrine look-out which marks the western terminus of the 800-mile land and water route connecting Huronia and New France more than 300 years ago. Others in the photo are W. H. Cranston, chairman of the Ontario Archeological and Historic Sites Board, Lloyd Letherby, MLA, Coldwater and George Johnston, MLA,  Minesing.

 Archbishop of Montreal, His Eminence Paul-Emile Cardinal Leger addresses a crowd of pilgrims and visitors at the site of Fort Ste. Marie Saturday, before unveiling an Ontario government marker commemorating the early headquarters of the Jesuits in Ontario. 

Lloyd Atkinson (in striped jersey) oversees a test of two snow making machines at the Midland Ski Club property in preparation for the Civic Holiday weekend ski event. Enough snow will be made to put the 107-foot ski jump into operation and a competition to be held. 

Summer skiing will highlight Civic Holiday celebrations in Midland this summer. Gwen Barnett (married Doug White) is ready to go, near the ski hill where snow making machine is at work. 

 50th anniversary of Arthur “Jumbo” Dubeau’s membership in the Penetang Volunteer Fire Department at KC Hall. Group photo includes from left: Roy Patenaude, Art Dumais, Art Lizotte, Joe Marchildon, Hermos Picotte, Jack Arbour (very back), Jerry Kaus, Robert Stewart (hand on Jumbo), Len O’Leary (very back right), Mr. “Punny” Dumais, Murray Dubeau, unknown in back, Martial Desroches, Alf Cage, Laval Dubeau, Mr. Kaus Sr., Jumbo Dubeau seated.


 Jumbo Dubeau and his wife, their son Doug, daughter Leona Sullivan. 50th anniversary of Arthur “Jumbo” Dubeau’s membership in the Penetang Volunteer Fire Department at KC Hall. 



Summer Vacation School at Ebenezer United Church closed July 12 after a one week program of Bible study, films, crafts, singing and recreational games. The sixth such school held at the church was conducted by Rev. & Mrs. N. B. McLeod (Bruce McLeod later became the Moderator of the United Church of Canada). Teachers were Mrs. Jack Parker, Mrs. Jack Banks, Mrs. Robert Mosley Jr., Miss Lois Wood, Miss Mary Fagan and Mrs. Grant (Marjorie Jones) Fagan. 

These fans take their wrestling seriously. They are watching a tag-team match between the Tolos brothers and Fritz Von Erich and Art Neilsen. The one girl seems to be calling for slaughterhouse tactics, while another farther down the line bites her fingernails as she awaits the outcome of the “battle”.


  • The headline from the Free Press Herald July 17th, 1957; Teen-aged “Mob” Mauls Two Officers at Beach. A wild half-hour pitched battle Sunday night between Tiny Twp. police and 20 to 25 teenagers will have its climax in Penetang court when four local youth will face serious charges.
  • The headline from the County Herald July 19, 1957; Pair in Beach Fracas With Police Receive Three-Month Jail Terms. This nonsense will not be tolerated said judge K. A. Cameron in Penetang court Thursday, fines third party $50.00. (Offence to sentencing in four days!)
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK —  There was no increase in Midland’s tax rate in 1932. The rate was 43 mills on a total assessment of $6,045,981. * * * Diver Robert Carson examined the hulls of sunken warships in Penetanguishene Bay. He said the hull of one of the ships. The Tigress was in good condition.  * * * A group of pilgrims from Detroit arrived in Midland on the steamer Manitoulin and motored to Martyrs’ Shrine, where they were officially welcomed by Rev. T. J. Lally, S.J., shrine director.  * * * Forty property owners on Tiny Township beaches met and organized the Tiny Beaches Property Owners Association. F. W. Grant was elected president, and L. T. Brandon, secretary treasurer, * * * Charles Stewart Hill, dean of Midland citizens, celebrated his 100th birthday July 5. Mr. Hill, who was a lover of music, was serenaded by Midland Citizens’ Band. * * * A blaze which broke out in Moreau’s store, Victoria Harbour, levelled the village’s main business block to the ground. Destroyed in the fire was the Bank of Commerce building and the Odd Fellows Temple. * * * The July 12 Orange celebration was held in Coldwater. Orange Lodges of Simcoe County combined for the march in the village. * * * Miss Mamie Shrum of Uhthoff, an expert shot-putter, entered Olympic trials at Hamilton. She set a new mark of thirty-five feet three inches at the meet.
  • “I was radium-cured of cancer”, writes Free Press Herald columnist Juanita Rourke in the July issue of Liberty. It was at  Andrews Hospital in Midland in the fall of 1948, that she was told she had Canada’s No. 2 killer disease. “If 10 years ago, I had known what I know now, I would never have waited,” she says, admitting she had not asked for a physical examination until several months after she first noted the danger signals of cancer. After her operation, she went to Toronto for radiation treatments, often used in combination with surgery to cure cancer.  Surgery, X-rays and radium treatments saved me, but it’s important to discover it early.” Speaking of her experience, she said: “fear is the worst enemy”.
  • While the passing of time has effected many changes in Penetang, as with most Ontario towns, many of the names adorning stores, shops and professional offices today were equally familiar back in 1928. An issue of the Penetanguishene Herald Sept. 20, 1928, sent to this paper by W. R. Williams, is ample evidence of the above fact. Perhaps the most noted exception is the old W. M. Thompson Co., Ltd., store, a household word in Penetang for more than a century until its sale to George Mead a few years ago. A few of the names, common in 1928, have since disappeared, some within the past decade. Among the missing now are Nettleton’s drug store, M. Gendron hardware, Martin’s meat market, R. J. Parker drug store, W. T. McDermott florist, A. F. Bickford tailor, Beauchamp’s garage, McElroy Bros. butcher shop, H. G. Todd implements and the Conrad M. Hewson travel agency. Still in business are J. W. Hollister and Son, J. M. H. McGuire, Phil Charlesbois, McDonald’s Hardware, the C. Beck Co., the Tessier and McGibbon lumber companies. The professional columns listed such names as Dr. J. M. Nettleton physician; Dr. J. B. King and Dr. James McBride dentists; Thompson and Thompson barristers (A. B. Thompson, KC, M.P. and W. M. Thompson, Jr); Hewson and Hewson, barristers. The Penetang motion picture palace of those days was called the Bijou.
  • Editorial; When Canada first adopted the income tax nearly forty years ago we thought it would be a good tax because it would tax people in proportion to their ability to pay. It would put the heaviest burdens on the strongest backs. We had no idea that it would develop into the all devouring monster it has since become. It is apparent that a tax on income is a tax on production and that the more a man produces the more he is taxed. This is a bad principle of income tax for it discourages production. A sound principle of taxation would put the tax on consumption rather than on production.
  • Parks Board by-law limits the size of outboard motors on Little Lake to 5 horsepower and sets the fine at $50.00.
  • Elmvale Brewer’s Warehouse robbed of $6,000.00 by professional thieves who either picked the front door lock or had a master key. The robbery was similar to those at warehouses in Port Severn and Jackson’s Point in recent weeks.
  • A local committee has been formed to represent the thirty tenants of the Federal-Provincial housing project on the Wireless Hill after the housing authority raised the rent 35%. The homes built for between eight and nine thousand dollars originally rented for 50 to 53 dollars. Tenants said they were willing to pay increased rents provided the rents were in line with rents charged in the commercial market for similar accommodation.
  • George Dudley of Midland, who has been elected first vice-president and chairman of the North American zone of the International Ice Hockey Association, Mr. Dudley, long connected with both the OHA and CAHA as well as the International body, is currently attending the IIHA convention in Vienna, Austria.
  • BIRTHDAYS July 6—Barbara Bannister, Waverley, July 7—Miss Ella Rowat, Hillsdale July 9— Gordon Rowat, Hillsdale July 13— Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hillsdale July 14— Evelyn Taylor, Hillsdale July 16— Mrs. Gordon Thompson, Hillsdale July 17—Bill Bannister, Waverley, 11. July 18— Mary Arbour, Midland. July 20—Mrs. Charles Hanford, Jr., Midland. Charles Palmer, Jr., Midland. July 23— Marjorie Wiles, Midland. Bob Chittick, Midland.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 8th to 15th, 1957

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Mary Popple of Penetang uncovers the largest collection of native copper tools ever found while working at the Forget Site south of Wyebridge. Mary is one of the group of students in the University of Western Ontario’s Summer School of Archaeology with Dr. Wilfred Jury. 

Spectators examine the damage to a CPR locomotive that was one of two pulling the Dominion passenger train involved in a collision with a car at a level crossing near Craighurst Saturday morning that resulted in the death of three passengers in the car. 

Remains of a car involved in a collision with a CPR train at the level crossing at Craighurst Saturday morning. The driver was unhurt. Hours later a second accident at the same crossing claimed the lives of three men from Goderich. 

Getting ready to practice their kicking is a group of boys enrolled in the summer playground program at Little Lake Park sponsored by the Midland Y’s Men’s Club. 

Ring around the Rosie” is a good way to warm up after a swim for these girls who are part of summer playground program at Little Lake Park sponsored by the Midland Y’s Men’s Club. Instructor Shirlie Perrin is at the far side of the circle. 


Hurricane Audrey put a crimp on activities at the annual Waubaushene Chamber of Commerce regatta over the holiday weekend. Sole activity was a children’s fair held in the village park. Children wait impatiently as members of the CofC assemble a merry-go-round. Midland’s Citizen Band provided the entertainment. 

Foundation, fireplace and chimney are all that remain of the two-story home of the late Ernie Moores in Sunnyside, which burnt to the ground early Thursday morning. Lightning was thought to be the cause of the blaze. 


  • The headline from the Midland Free Press, July 10, 1957. “Propose New Boat Club – Explore Sites For Basin” Exploratory moves for the establishment of a new boat club and basin for small watercraft at Midland got under way this week. The proposal is the outcome of a meeting of small boat owners in the YMCA, Midland, Monday night. An eight-man committee, headed by Oliver Smith, Q.C., was named to carry out a survey of waterfront sites.
  • The headline from the County Herald, July 12, 1957. “Young ‘Dig’ School Student Makes Major Archeological Find at Forget’s”. The “dig” was electrified when a Penetang girl uncovered one of the largest groups of native copper artefacts ever found in Ontario Monday. Students of the University of Western Ontario’s Summer School of Indian Archaeology dug up another piece of copper yesterday. Mary Popple of Penetang made the find while digging in the Indian refuse dump on the Forget site south-east of Wyebridge.
  • His Eminence Paul – Emile Cardinal Leger, Archbishop of Montreal, will lead a pilgrimage of 300 French-Canadians to the Jesuit Martyrs’ Shrine Saturday. The Quebec pilgrims will be repeating a journey made by their ancestors more than 340 years ago. At that time the route lay by canoe up the Ottawa River and across to Georgian Bay. In good weather it took three weeks to cover the 900 miles of rough Over the 25 portages that bypassed the worst rapids, the early travellers carried on their backs canoes and supplies that included implements, seed, chickens, pigs and calves for Ontario’s first farm. That pioneer centre of civilization in the province was at the Jesuit mission residence of Ste. Marie near where the shrine now stands. This year’s journey will be different. Canadian National Railways will take the successors of those early travellers by Pullman car from Montreal Friday night and leave them at the Martyrs’ Shrine station at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
  • One man was drowned, another is missing and believed drowned and three youths were rescued when a 16-foot outboard boat capsized about 100 feet off the point at the entrance to Thunder Bay yesterday about 2 p.m.
  • Three Goderich men were killed early Saturday morning when their 16-year-old car collided with the CPR’s Dominion transcontinental passenger train at a level crossing at Craighurst. Village residents said wigwag signals, scheduled for installation at the unprotected crossing, were lying in a nearby freight shed. A few hours before the fatal crash another car was wrecked at the same Highway 93 crossing, but the driver escaped uninjured.
  • (In 1957 weekly columns cover the social life of North Simcoe communities from Elmvale to North River, from Coldwater to Penetang and all places in between. Each area had a correspondent who compiled the local gossip. We thought we might print an entire one this week, hope you can make some connections.) In Penetang ‘On Dit’ – James McGibbon has returned to Cleveland after holidaying with Mr. and Mrs. Ted Annand. Mrs. Hortense Asselin, Winetka, Ill. spent a few days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Dubeau. Gordon Weatherell, who has been working at lumber camps in the north, spent the holiday weekend with his mother, Mrs. W. J. Weatherell. Mr. and Mrs. James Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Vaillancourt and Tommy, were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Kennedy, Bracebridge. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Lauzon, Sault Ste. Marie, were Friday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lacroix. Mr. and Mrs. Donald MacMillan, Toronto, were Saturday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Scott. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Legault week-ended in Bracebridge. Jim Annand, Cutler, and Jas. Annand, Toronto, visited their father and uncle, James Annand, who was ill in Penetang General Hospital, last weekend. Mrs. A. Barbour, Toronto, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Harry Alton, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey  McMaster, Hamilton, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Jack McCuaig. Miss Mary McCuaig returned with them to Hamilton for a holiday. Dr. Mary Anne Charlesbois has returned to Toronto after holidaying with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Charlesbois. Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Binkley and Betty have returned following a holiday trip to the west coast. Mr. and Mrs. Art Glover, Mount Dennis, visited Mr. and Mrs. Herman Legault over the weekend. Mr. and Mrs. T. Geere and Terry spent the weekend  in Bracebridge. Sgt. and Mrs. Robert Stalker, Pattie and Barbara Lynn, RCAF Station, Parent, Que., are holidaying with Mrs. Stalker’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phil D’Aoust, for a few weeks. Sgt. Stalker has been transferred to the RCAF station at Edgar and will live with his family in Orillia. Robert D’Aoust passed his Grade 4 music examinations with honours. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Leblanc, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Desrochers, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Desrochers and Mr. and Mrs. Norm Graham of Toronto attended their brother’s wedding in Penetang July Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred McConnell of Sudbury spent the weekend visiting Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grenier, Mrs. Bob Magnus and two children, Carole and Bobby, of Chapleau are on a two-week vacation in Penetang, visiting friends and relatives. Mrs. Stan Bullock of Hamilton is spending a few days visiting her daughter, Maureen and sister, Mrs. Theo Dion.  Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Westlake and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Stroh, Bobby and Greg of Bancroft spent the holiday weekend visiting Mrs. Stroh’s mother, Mrs. George Todd.
  • The newest addition to Midland’s medical fraternity, Dr. Wm. Neale, has an enviable record both as a scholar and a sportsman. He graduated from the physical education course at University of Toronto as a gold medalist, an honours grad in medicine from U. of T. and played for the Toronto Argonauts when they won the Grey Cup in 1946. He began his practice with Dr. Ed Grise July 1, and has acquired a home at 243 Yonge Street, for his wife Frances and 14-month-old son. (Took out my appendix in the summer of 58)
  • From the Want Ads – BRIDE’S long white dress, veil and tiara, size 16. Never been worn. Very reasonable. Phone L A 6-5175, Midland. (Let’s hope they decided to elope and lived happily ever after.)
  • MOUNT ST. LOUIS — A commemorative service for Ontario’s first choirmaster was held at the site of an ancient Huron town near here Thursday. It was the 309th anniversary of the death of Father Anthony Daniel, resident missionary in the palisaded town of Teanaostaye. Father Daniel died in an Iroquois raid-in-force on July 4, 1648. Many warriors were away on the annual trading trip to Quebec. Surprised during services, the priest walked in his vestments to meet the raiders to gain time for some of the women and children to escape. He was pierced by arrows, felled by a musket shot, then mutilated and thrown into the flames of his burning church. Seven hundred of the 2,000 inhabitants of the place, now an empty field, were either killed or taken captive.
  • From the want ads –  Barbara Ann Beauty Salon, 248 King St., above Jory’s Drug Store; specializing in all lines of beauty culture. Barbara Jefferis, proprietor. For appointments, phone LA. 6-5591, Midland.
  • Penetang, Saturday, will enter the ranks of those municipalities with “across” swims, when Georgian Bay District Hydro employees hold their annual picnic at Bayview Camp. C. S. Wice. Penetang area manager, this week announced that among other competitions there will a swim across Penetang Bay. The starting point will be at Asylum point with the finish line at the camp. To date there have been nine entries; one of which is from the Penetang area.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week —  The Midland-built CSL freighter Gleneagles ran aground on rocks in the Detroit River, when the steering gear jammed. Pumps were rushed to the stricken 574-foot vessel to keep her afloat. * * * Restoration of Fort Ste. Marie on the Wye River was to get under way with the reconstruction of the stone bastions during the summer. It was hoped the complete fort could be restored by 1949.  * * * A cContract for the construction of the second group of 50 “war time houses” in Midland was expected to be finalized within a few days. * * * Extensive damage was caused to the Dunlop Dairy, Coldwater, during an early morning blaze. Andrew Dunlop, the owner, was overcome by smoke while fighting the flames.  * * * Royal Ontario Museum archaeologists had begun to excavate the ancient Huron bone pit on the Joseph Daoust farm, Con. 7, Tiny Township, three miles south of Perkinsfield. * * * Work was under way at the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture’s new recreation centre at Bass Lake. The co-op park embraced 65 acres of beautifully wooded land. * * * A. B. Cathcart of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Midland, had been named to the executive committee of the deanery of East Simcoe. Other members of the committee were J. S. Drinkwater, F. Cooper, Percy Brimage and Rev. J. J. E. Mason. Jack Tipping was named lay chairman. * * * Plans were under way for the monster “Salute to Canada” pageant to be held at the Martyr’s Shrine during the summer of 1948. Eight presentations were scheduled.
  • From the editorial page “Wise and Otherwise” — Five miles of newly-paved streets make Penetang a much easier town in which to drive. Council is to be congratulated on its foresight in eliminating needless annual expenditures for maintaining gravel roads. Penetang citizens are to be congratulated on the colourful spectacle created by their flag-decked Main Street. The added colour does much to provide a holiday atmosphere for tourists entering the town.
  • More than a year of construction work will be climaxed this afternoon when Hon. Louis Cecile, Minister of Welfare for Ontario, officially opens Georgian Manor. The trim looking building, giving more the appearance of a modern motel than a home for the aged, has been constructed by Simcoe County council to house senior citizens of North Simcoe. Agitation for the home started when Penetang found itself with an empty hospital after the town’s large modern hospital was opened, Following considerable negotiation with the county council, the old building and surrounding land was finally sold to the county for $1. Although the old hospital has been incorporated in the new building, visitors will find it difficult, when inside, to determine where the old leaves off and the new starts. 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 1st to 7th 1957

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Music by the Midland Citizens Band drew generous applause from the passengers and crew of the South American when the big white cruise ship docked in Midland June 19. Most of the guests were members of the Cleveland, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce. It will be the only visit of the year by a big cruise ship to Midland, which not so many years ago was accustomed to seeing as many as three tied up at the dock at the same time. (The photo in the paper was much better but the negative has disappeared, a common thing with important events like Hurricane Hazel and ship launchings.) 

Fresh from their victory at the Waterloo Band Festival Saturday members of the Midland Citizens Band march down a street in Waubaushene Monday afternoon. The Midland band led the regatta day procession. (Looking south up Sandhill Road.) 



Two valedictorians were in attendance at public school graduation ceremonies at Parkview School Monday, June 24. Winston Schell of Regent School and Gaile Wright of Parkview.

A trio of Regent School pupils provided a popular item on the program during public school graduation ceremonies at Parkview School last Monday. Making like the Crew Cuts’ are Winston Schell, Kevin Rogers and Harry DeVries. (The newspaper cropped many of these photos, this one only showed the trio from the waist up. We like to show the whole photo so that you can say “I remember that stage” or  “that pull down screen” or “those black curtains at Parkview”. )

Leering medicine man lends atmosphere to the Y’s Men’s Indian Village this year. The crooked face represents an old Huron legend about a battle between the good and evil spirits. The good spirit told his enemy to turn around, which he did. When the evil spirit turned around again, the good spirit had caused a mountain to appear between them, and the evil one smashed his face on the side of the mountain.

Medonte author Kenneth Wells and his wife Lucille Oille will create a “cruising guide” for boaters on Georgian Bay waters. They are shown aboard Moonstruck ll, which last year carried them on a record making 6,000-mile jaunt through U. S. waters. They will now use the Moonstruck for cruising Georgian Bay waters. 

Damage caused by the remains of Hurricane Audrey. A car owned by Midland postman Alf Scott suffered severe damage when it was struck by this large Maple limb on Elizabeth Street near the Post Office. 

Fans question a call by the referee at a wrestling match at the Midland Arena Gardens. Lots of action during these popular events.

Popular with the younger set at least is Yukon Eric shown here signing autographs for a group of children grouped around his corner of the ring. The bouts were held each Monday evening with proceeds going to finance minor hockey in Midland. 


  • The headline, Free Press Herald, July 3rd, 1957. Trio Swept Through Dam Sluiceway – Survive Watery Ordeal on Severn. Three people, two women, a man and two dogs were swept through the right-hand sluiceway at the dam between Six Mile Lake and Gloucester Pool. The 16-foot boat waited too long to turn and the operator grabbed the steel safety cable and was pulled from the boat, it continued and struck the log barricade capsizing and going down the 12-foot drop.
  • The headline, County Herald, Friday, July 5th, 1957. Roof Whipped Off Store at Resort – Estimate Twister Damage $25,000.00. A line storm, accompanied by winds of twister proportions, about 9 p.m. last night caused an estimated $25,000 damage to one Honey Harbour building alone and extensive damage to others nearby. Major storm victim was Edwards store near the Delawana Inn. The wind tore a 30 by 60-foot section off the roof of the store yet left china tea cups and expensive chinaware on counters and shelves below virtually intact.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – T. M. McCullough was elected district governor for Northern Ontario at a three-day convention of Ontario Y’s Men’s Clubs in Peterborough. * * * The armoury of “D” Company, Simcoe Foresters Regiment, located on the third floor of the new Penetanguishene Post Office building, was officially opened by Capt. A. B. Thompson, M.P., on behalf of the Minister of National Defence Donald Sutherland. About 60 attended the event. * * * Georgian Bay municipalities were attempting to arouse public sentiment to force the federal government to give financial assistance to idle shipyards in Midland and Collingwood. Hundreds of men in the two towns and surrounding districts were out of work because the two yards had closed down. * * * C. L. Wiles of Midland was presented with a long-service medal by Hon. Wm. Finlayson at the official opening of the Penetang armoury. Mr. Wiles was company quartermaster serjeant. Mr. Finlayson was honorary colonel of the 35th Simcoe Foresters Regiment. * * * A motion to abolish the Midland Citizens’ Band, submitted by a member of the council, received rough treatment from other councillors. After a heated discussion, the motion was withdrawn. * * * For the first time in many years, Midland’s water supply had been hit by a prolonged heat wave and drought. The supply of water from the creek which emptied into the reservoir was being augmented by water pumped from five artesian wells.
  • The home of Jim Sauvé on Harriet Street was badly damaged by a fire Saturday afternoon that started where the kitchen stove flue entered the wall. Estimates of the damage are in the $3,000.00 range.
  • The remains of Hurricane Audrey battered the North Simcoe region late Saturday morning, cutting power lines, telephone lines and slowing the daily rail service. Twelve trees were blown down in Little Lake Park.
  • June examination results were printed in Friday’s paper for MPDHS. Elementary school promotion lists were also published.
  • The CBC has lifted its ban on television deodorant advertising but there is however, to be continuing censorship which calls for “no odour reference, no demonstration”.
  • Eight Penetang people had a close call Wednesday night when a bolt of lightning burst into their home at 138 Fox Street. Mr. and Mrs. S. Machowski, their three children and three boarders were all in the house
    when lightning broke a window and put lamps, radio, telephone and television out of commission. Although no one was injured, they received quite a fright. “I couldn’t talk for an hour,” said Mrs. Machowski.
  • Last year Midland Park Commission endorsed a resolution outlawing
    outboards over five horsepoweon the waters of Little Lake. More than 90 percent of the lake is owned by and falls under the jurisdiction
    of the Parks Commission and it has agreed that high-powered  outboards
    create not only a most objectionable noise nuisance but are a definite
    hazard to the safety of swimmers and boaters.
  • Fourth annual picnic for sightless persons of Simcoe County, held at Midland’s Little Lake Park June 26, was termed a “great success” by officials of the district office of the CNIB, as well as the guests
  • Since Martyrs’ Shrine opened for the current season, 102 separate and public school groups and 19 other organised pilgrimage groups have visited the memorial. School groups came from as far away as London, St. Catharines, Belleville and Sudbury. The largest number came from