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Barbara Duke, left, of Kirkland Lake, and Mary Brett, right, of Shelburne, are the new public health nurses for the Midland – Penetang district. They are replacing Miss Jay Yule and Miss Frances Hincks.
Several persons escaped with minor injuries in this truck-car collision on Yonge Street, just west of the Midland town limits, around noon Sunday. Small truck, driven by Ed McWatters of Wyebridge, was overturned by the impact. The driver of the car, Forbes Millington of Toronto, has been charged with careless driving.
Although he’s been a regular visitor to Midland’s Little Lake Park for more than 30 years, Jack McGee, of 91 Billings Ave., Toronto, was “from Missouri” as far as big bass in the lake was concerned, until around noon August 6, that is. Then he caught the 4 1/2-pounder he’s proudly displaying to his wife and parks manager Harold McAllen, right.
Blinkum the clown delighted these Elmvale youngsters when the circus came to town last week. Talented Blinkum produced coins, wieners and other amazing things from the ears of his young admirers. In real life, he is Bill Arnott of Toronto.
Knockabout acrobatics of the Stevens Brothers proved a crowd pleaser when Murray Bros. Circus played a one day stand in Elmvale Wednesday. Their visit was sponsored by Elmvale and District Lions Club, headed by president Frank Hannah.
Nothing in Midland was in more need of a coat of paint than the light standards on the government docks at the foot of King Street. Two members of the Midland PUC staff are seen above performing the much-needed task which will spruce up the dock area immensely.
“You meet the strangest people on this job,” says Gilmour Nesbitt, left, owner of a Midland service station, as he examines “Junior,” a year-old skunk owned by R. Allen of Weston, right. “Junior” had his protective armament rendered “skunk de combat” shortly after Mr. Allen bought him from a small boy for $1. “What does he eat? “Anything,” said his proud owner.
There’s lots of room in the new boat Capt. Percy Beatty of Midland is building for himself at Port McNicoll. Capt. Beatty (facing camera) discusses a problem with Fulmar Neilsen, who is putting the finishing touches on the all-welded steel hull.
This new, all-welded hull is being fitted out for Midland’s Capt. Percy Beatty, who will make the boat his permanent home, winter, and summer. Hull is 34 feet long and has a 10′ 10″ width. The boat will cruise at 12 to 15 knots per hour.
Iain Brownlee of Midland will receive the $25 award for the outstanding student at the “University of Western Ontario’s Summer School of Indian Archaeology”, presented annually by the Huronia Historic Sites and Tourist Association. Association secretary Barry Conn Hughes announced today that the school’s director, Dr. W. W. Jury, had designated the 16-year-old Midland boy as “the obvious choice” for the award. Iain is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Brownlee, 329 King Street, and it was the first time he had attended the summer school. This fall, he enters Grade 11 at Midland-Penetang District High School.
Iain Hutchinson Brownlee – Peacefully passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, Dunnville on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Born March 26, 1943, in Port Glasgow, Scotland to John Brownlee and Robina (McMaster). Iain immigrated to Canada with his family in 1952. Iain was raised in Midland, Ontario, where he began a long broadcasting career. His distinctive voice and news writing abilities moved him first to Barrie T.V. and then to Toronto where he worked at CHUM, CKEY and CFRB from the 1960s through the 1980s. He also taught broadcasting at Niagara College in the 1970s and was the narrator of the T.V. Series ‘Wild Animals of the World’. The descendant of a long line of skilled tradesmen, Iain later became a gifted carpenter whose attention to detail was appreciated by family, friends, and contractors. He spent many summers boating on his beloved Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. Iain was devoted to and is lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Ann, his son Scott and daughter Jackie (Dan Tickler), five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maysen, Daelyn, Payton and Grady, and sister June (Baker). Gratitude and thanks for the outstanding care given by Dr. Xu, the nursing staff at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and the CCAC nurses especially Beth and Jackie. Iain requested a private cremation and interment in the family plot in Midland. A public Memorial Service will be held at BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, 315 Broad St. E., Dunnville on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Landing this 18-inch black bass would be a thrill for any fisherman. It was even more so for 8-year-old Jo-Anne Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Connie Adams, Elizabeth St., Midland. Jo-Anne made her big catch, using a leech while fishing off the dock at Port McNicoll Sunday evening. “It’s bigger than any I ever caught,” her proud father admitted.
Here we see that nasty big Ed Miller giving poor Yukon Eric the business with the corner rope during Monday night’s wrestling card at Midland Arena. Referee Bert Maxwell, natch, was nowhere to be seen when all this was going on. These scenes and others are repeated every Monday night at the Arena.
The natural gas lines in Midland are nearly ready to go into use and the local coal and oil dealers are using the newspaper to get out the message on the advantages of their products.
- County Herald headline from August 8, 1958; Councils Back Hospital for Elmvale District. Meetings held at Wyevale and Woodland Beach,” Mr. Nash continued, “show that the people are almost 100 percent behind the proposal to build a hospital, and the vote of those present indicated they are willing to have 1.9 mills added to the tax rate for hospital purposes.” He added, “We’re not going to let this matter drop; we’ll pursue it further until we have the necessary 66 percent signatures of property owners on the petition. About 80 percent of the farming area has been covered and roughly 100 of 550 cottagers.”
- Free Press Herald headline from August 13, 1958; Midland Plant will Move Toronto Personnel Here. One of Midland’s younger industries, Pinecrest Products Ltd., plans to follow a $25,000 expansion program here by moving its Toronto operation to Midland late this fall. Robert Holt, president of the ready-to-paint furniture and wood specialties company, said Webster-Smallwood Ltd. would start construction of a 3,500 square foot addition to their Centre Street (Bay St. east of William) plant within two weeks. About Nov. 1 the firm will close down its Toronto plant and conduct its operations entirely in Midland, he said. The move from Toronto would add about 20 employees to the 30 who normally work in Midland.
- County Herald headline from August 15, 1958; Midland Group Protests Threat to Two Midland Firms. Midland Chamber of Commerce sent a strongly worded protest to provincial Minister of Labor Charles Daley Wednesday after two Midland manufacturers were threatened with criminal action by the Advisory Committee to the Ladies’ Dress and Sportswear Industry. Last week, Jim Thomas of Fabulous Formals Limited and Saul DeVries of Celebrity Formals, here, received letters from the Committee threatening criminal action within a week if they did not comply with its regulations. Late in May, the manufacturers were informed of the appointment of the advisory committee and its issuance of several regulations. Most contentious of these was the prohibiting of overtime work except under special conditions, and then only after a written request had been made to the committee; and the levying of a tax of one half of one per cent on the wages of employees in the industry and an additional one half of one per cent to be paid by the firm on its total payroll.
- Midland police chief Robert Cameron was knocked unconscious when hit on the head with a stone yesterday as he sought to question a man on the southerly outskirts of Midland. Later it was learned the man who threw the stone, (name withheld), 31, was an escaped mental patient from the Ontario Hospital at Smiths Falls. Chief Cameron had stopped to question the man on King Street south, near the town limits. Not satisfied with the answers, Chief Cameron asked the suspect to get in the cruiser for further questioning. He demurred and took off, with the chief in pursuit. Picking up a rock, he hurled it at Chief Cameron, striking the officer on the back of the head. Knocked out, Chief Cameron later required medical treatment for cuts about the head. Meanwhile, several citizens who saw the episode captured the suspect and took him to the police station. He was turned over to authorities at the Ontario Hospital in Penetang and will be taken back to Smiths Falls later this week.
- Of late years game dishes have lost some of the glamour previously attached to them. Roast wild goose and wild duck, black squirrel pie, fried rabbit and beaver tail were a few of the delicacies on the culinary list that caused people to smack their lips. It has been said that the plucking, drawing and general preparation of such game for the oven, is not to the liking of the present-day housewife. Despite the illegal action it was interesting to hear there are still some hunters who do not believe in throwing certain types of game in the garbage. Conservation Officer Fred Bowes of Waubaushene was surprised to discover the head, wings, legs, and feathers of a loon in the vicinity of a summer cottage. Investigating the incident, he found the occupants were roasting the prize meat on the stove in preparation for a sumptuous meal. The explanation the cook gave the Conservation Officer that the bird was actually a Canada goose, was not very convincing and it did not excuse the parties concerned from court action for an infraction of the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
- Two Midland boys whose case had been heard Monday in Midland Court were given suspended sentence of two years in the custody of Salvation Army Lieut. Swaddling, when they appeared in Penetang Court for sentence, July 31. Magistrate J. Rennicks told the boys that conditions of their probation included being in the house by 11 each night and 12 Saturday night. They must abstain from liquor, and be very careful of their company. Evidence was given by OPP Const. R. T. Donaldson was that the two had been caught stealing gasoline from a truck belonging to Angus Rawn, Wyebridge, on July 22.
- Eighty-seven of the Jones Clan met at Vasey, Aug. 9, for a happy get-together. Supper was held in the church basement, after which members of the Vasey W.I. washed the dishes, while the Clan met at the park for games and the annual business meeting. Oldest married couple present were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cumming of Barrie. They also had the most grandchildren present. The eldest person attending the reunion was Mrs. John Bacon of Midland. Western members included Phoebe Jones of British Columbia and Tom Jones of Edmonton. The most recently-married couple were Mr. and Mrs. Ron Graham (Patsy Jones). Officers for the coming year will be President, Murray Cumming, Toronto; secretary, Dean Jones, Toronto; treasurer, Jack Crooke, Midland; sports committee Earl Carscadden, Toronto, and Mary Campbell, Wyevale.
- Either Mrs. Bill Logan’s fame as a cook has spread considerably or some person was just plain hungry. In any event, the home of PUC Commissioner Logan and Mrs. Logan on Lindsay Street, Midland, was entered over the weekend. Concentrating solely on the refrigerator, the thieves made off with a roast of beef and other tasty foods. Money, however, was the object of thieves who broke into Strohm’s service station on Yonge St. W. Tuesday morning. Removing a pane of glass in a rear window, they ultimately gained entrance by removing the entire frame. Loot was about three or four dollars in change police said.
- 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – “Large gathering spent money freely” was a sub-head on the story of the Kiwanis Carnival held this week in 1933. Apparently, there were weather problems that summer too; the carnival had to be postponed from Monday till Tuesday evening but was crowded and successful. * * * Charles Hill, a Civil War veteran, and Midland’s oldest resident died one month to the day after his 101st birthday. He was reported as well and mentally active almost to the last. * * * Two thousand pilgrims, the majority of them from Welland, visited the Martyrs’ Shrine on Sunday. The majority came by chartered bus, but several hundred made the trip in their own cars. * * * Fire did considerable damage to the residence of Mrs. Coombs on Colborne Street. No water damage was caused, the firefighters confined themselves to the use of chemicals. * * * Boxing and wrestling were attractions at the Parkside Pavilion. Dancing started at 9 o’clock, with the bouts in between. The management had announced a corn roast. * * * * * * George Young, the conqueror of the Catalina Channel, was scheduled to appear at an Orillia sports day. * * * The fourth reunion of the Rumney Family was held at Couchiching Park, with about 30 present. * * * 200 of the Russell family gathered for a reunion in Little Lake Park. The youngest member was the three-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Edwards of Vasey. * * * This being a depression year, there was a long list of land for sale in arrears of taxes. * * * All records were broken at the Midland Little Lake tourist camp over the Toronto civic holiday weekend. Peak was reached Sunday evening when there were 510 tents in the camp. The previous high had been 430 tents.
- Held at Couchiching Park, Orillia, on a warm late-July day, the 26th Rumney family reunion was attended by 87— the descendants of Matthew Rumney who came to this country in 1882. The founder of the family arrived with his second wife and four children by his first wife. (The fourth Rumney reunion was recorded in 1933 and a reference is made to it this week in the Twenty-Five Years Ago column.) More than 80 sat down to a picnic supper at No. 2 Pavilion, where the official meeting was held. The president, Mrs. Harry Rumney, expressed pleasure at the large attendance and called for the secretary’s report, which was read and adopted. It was decided to hold the 1859 reunion at the same place, the last Saturday in July Officers elected for 1958-59 were: President, Nathan Edwards; vice-president, Robert Rumney; secretary, Verne Rumney; sports committee, Mr. and Mrs. Art Brand, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wilton. Youngest member present was Joanne Bidwell; oldest member believed to be Charlie Beatty; largest family, that of Mrs. Nathan Rumney.
- At Port Arthur shipyard recently the Alexander Henry was launched for the Department of Transport for service on the upper Great Lakes. This vessel will be assigned to the Parry Sound Marine Agency of the Department of Transport, which regulates channels, lighthouses and other marine services on the lakes above Sarnia. The C.G.S. “Alexander Henry” is well fitted for the task ahead of her, being a modern ship in every aspect of her design. She is an ice-breaker, supply and buoy vessel and thus is designed for the general service demanded of the Department of Transport work on these large lakes. She measures 210 feet in length, has a displacement of 2,440 tons, a beam of 45’6″ and a cruising radius of 6,000 miles. She is powered with two 10 cylinder diesel engines, each developing 1,775 h.p. The engines have been installed with the special task of ice-breaking in mind, the large fluid clutches being placed between each engine and the propeller it drives in order to take up the shock when the wheel jams against a block of ice. The ship is also equipped with a helicopter landing platform to be used for scouting weak spots in the ice when this work is going on in the spring and fall.
- WEDDINGS — Red and white carnations decorated the altar of St. James the Minor Church, Stirling, Ont., July 19 at 10 o’clock for the summer wedding, when Rev. F. J. O’Neill, P.P. united in marriage Helen Frances Kerby of Ivanhoe, daughter of Mr. Michael Kerby, and Ambrose Lalonde of Midland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lalonde of Midland. * * * Gladioli and summer flowers formed the setting for the wedding ceremony Aug. 2 when Eleanor Blanche Minaker became the bride of Frederick Clark Miller. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Minaker of Lochlin and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Miller of Toronto. * * * A summer afternoon garden wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lorne McMurtry, Midland, July 26, when Betty June Cudmore became the bride of John Roy Fenton. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Cudmore and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Fenton. Tall standards of pink and white gladioli and baskets of mixed summer flowers formed the background for the double ring ceremony conducted by Mr. A. Dellandrea, evangelist, of Port Loring, Ont. * * * Kathleen Esma Edgar, the youngest daughter of Mrs. Anne Edgar of Toronto and the late J. Edgar of Midland, was married recently to John Sluyster of Holland, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. Sluyster, in a ceremony conducted by Rev. Simon Perdue of Saint Basil’s Church, Toronto. Given in marriage by her brother, Warren Edgar, the bride wore a floor-length gown of embroidered nylon. Her tiara of seed pearls held her chapel length veil. She carried a bouquet of orchids and Lilly of the valley. * * * Standards of white gladioli and white Shasta mums formed the setting in Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, for the wedding vows exchanged by Patricia Anne Perrin, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter MacKenzie Perrin, and Ernest Bruce Cowden, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cowden of Vasey. Rev. J. Leonard Self officiated at the afternoon double-ring ceremony July 19. Organist Stanley Harman played the wedding music and soloist Mrs. Joan Smith, the aunt of the groom, sang “Wedding Prayer” before the ceremony and “Wedding Hymn” while the register was signed. Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose a white floor-length dress of lace and net over taffeta, featuring a bouffant skirt with appliqués of lace. The fitted bodice of lace was styled with a scalloped neckline and short sleeves. Her mittens were of matching lace. The French illusion veil of finger-tip length fell from a coronet of seed pearls, and she wore the gift of the groom, a string of pearls. Matron of honour was the bride’s sister, Mrs. Shirlie Germann. Bridesmaids were Miss Helen Laidlaw and Miss Norma Cowden, sister of the groom. Identically dressed in blue crystal charm sheath dresses with overskirts of pale blue silk organza, and picture hats covered in matching material, they carried old-fashioned swing style baskets of white anemone ‘mums and feathered chrysanthemums. Flower girls, Janice McGee, cousin of the bride, and Barbara Smith, cousin of the groom, wore blue Crystal charm dresses styled with pinafores of white silk organza. They carried flowers similar to the bridesmaids’ but smaller in size. Best man was Gordon Brand, cousin of the groom, and ushers were Laurence Donnell, Ward Barrie, and Pat Roberts. The men in the wedding party wore white dinner jackets and navy blue trousers. * * * St. John’s Anglican Church, Waverley, was decorated with baskets of mixed flowers for the three o’clock wedding on July 26, when Kathleen Sarah youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Truax of Waverley became the bride of Paul Eric Eplett of Toronto, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bruce Eplett of Victoria Harbour. Rev. A. G. Fairhead performed the double ring ceremony and Mrs. George Brock was organist and accompanist for the soloist; Mrs. Wm. Sibthorpe, who sang ‘A Wedding-Prayer’ before the ceremony and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’- during the signing of the register. Given in marriage by her brother Roy Truax, the bride wore a floor-length gown of embroidered organza over satin, featuring a portrait neckline and bouffant skirt with nylon tulle and lace flounces.
Tips on canoeing with the Huron by Jean de Brebeuf S.J. 1637
(Quoted word for word)
“If you don’t want to make them annoyed at the beginning, don’t keep them waiting for you to get into the canoe. ”
“Take a tinder-box with you or a burning glass, or both. This is so you can offer them a light if they want to smoke during the day or night when you make camp. Little gestures like this please them”.
“Eat their food the way they prepare it—even though it is dirty, half-cooked and tasteless. There will be other things, a lot of them, you won’t like. Put up with them for the love of God without either saying a word or as much as appearing to notice them”.
“In the first days, take everything they offer you even if you can’t eat it all. When you get used to it, you will find there is none too much”.
“Force yourself to eat at daybreak (unless you can take your dish into the canoe with you). The Huron eat only at sunrise and sunset when they are travelling, and that’s a long day to go without eating”.
“Don’t dally getting in or out of the canoe. Tuck up your soutane so it won’t get wet and drag either water or sand into the canoe. To be well dressed, have your feet and legs bare, you can wear your shoes at rapids, and on long portages, you may even put on your leggings”.
“Don’t at any time annoy even one of the Indians”.
“Don’t ask too many questions— and don’t let your eagerness to learn the language lead you into passing remarks along the way. This can be carried too far. Spare those in your canoe this annoyance—especially since it won’t do you any good anyway. A quiet tongue is a good piece of equipment in times like these”.
“Take half-a-gross of awls with you, two or three dozen little pocket-knives, a hundred fish-hooks and some beads of plain and colored glass. These can be used when you meet other tribes- to buy fish and other things to make a feast for your Indians. It is best to give these things to them early on, saying, ‘Here’s something to buy fish”.
“At the portages, try to carry some little thing according to your strength. No matter how little it is, even if it is only a kettle, this pleases the Huron. “Don’t stand on ceremony with the Huron. Take anything they offer you in the way of comforts—like a good place in the cabin at night. The best comfort they can offer you will be uncomfortable enough, and they get offended by polite refusals”.
“Don’t start anything you can’t finish. Don’t, for example, offer to take a paddle unless you are willing to paddle all the way. Take at the very start the place in the canoe that you intend to keep. Don’t lend them any of your clothing unless you want them to keep it for the whole journey. It is easier to refuse at first than to ask the thing back afterward”.
“Remember, finally, that you are going to live with these peoples. The opinion they form of you on the way down is the one they will keep back in this country. If they find you irritable or troublesome, you will have a lot of trouble changing that judgment later”.
“And you are not dealing only with the men in your own canoe but with the whole country. You will continually meet people who have asked the men who brought you down what kind of man you are. It is incredible how much they observe and how they remember even the slightest fault”.
(Brebeuf had made the 800-mile journey three times when he wrote this.)
Click on photos to enlarge;A panoramic view of the Midland Armory during last week’s quilt and rug fair gives readers an idea of the attractive arrangement of the 150 quilts and 75 rugs which were on show. Quilts appear to be as varied in design as they were in number.
There was plenty to interest the record number of visitors who took in the tenth annual quilt and rug fair at Midland Armory last week. Quilting demonstration by Mrs. Newton Brown and Mrs. Mervyn Edwards of Vasey always had a good audience.
The Huron Indian Village is featured on the front covers of the 41,000 Bell Telephone directories for 1958, now being distributed in the Midland, Barrie, and Collingwood areas. Bell’s Midland manager, H. Kilroy, center, displays the first copy to Frank Bray and Tom M. McCullough of the Y’s Men’s Club, which built the popular attraction.
First drowning victim at Tiny Township beaches this season, nine-year-old John Mangos of Toronto lost his life at Balm Beach July 25, unseen by a large group of bathers. The first intimation of the tragedy came when John Craig, a cottager, stepped on the boy’s body as he was leaving the water after a swim. Mr. Craig picked up the boy from the bottom of the comparatively shallow water and brought him to shore. Although a group of volunteers immediately commenced artificial respiration, along with assistance from Midland Fire Department’s resuscitator, they were unsuccessful in their two-hour struggle to revive the lad.
Once the site of a busy sawmill in the heyday of the lumbering industry around the south end of Georgian Bay, Tannerville has in recent years blossomed into the site of many fine cottages at what is now called Tanner’s Beach. A fish-eye view of some of the cottages taken from the lakeside.
In a section of Ontario where summer camps, operated by a great variety of organizations, it may be quite a surprise to many North Simcoans to learn that the Society of Friends (Quakers) have just such a camp near Waubaushene. The most surprising thing of all, to this writer at least, is the fact that it has been there for 25 years! The site of Camp Neekaunis was purchased from the Tanners of Tannerville some 26 years ago and the camp is now capable of looking after some 50 or more children or adults during any one camp period. It operates three camp periods from the middle of July until the end of August, with Stirling Nelson as camp director. The campsite, comprising about ten acres, includes a portion of high ground from which the campers get an unobstructed view of Beausoleil Island, nine miles away. The property stretches across the CNR tracks to provide a sandy beach for swimming activities. The name Neekaunis is a fitting one, for in the Huron language it means the “meeting place of the friends.” Well appointed, the camp includes a large assembly-dining hall, a large cottage for the staff, and seven cabins. Excellent water is obtained by pump right from Georgian Bay. The above photo captures a sing-song at the camp.
Everybody works at Camp Neekaunis, operated by the Society of Friends (Quakers) near Waubaushene. Calvin Nelson, left, of Niagara Falls, and Charlotte MacInnis, Hamilton spruce up one of the seven cabins while the young campers watch from a window.
Impressive “Burial” services were held last week for a 125-foot length of plastic pipe destined to bring raw water from the bay to Midland Industries Ltd. and possibly several other east end Midland firms. It took 15 “pallbearers” to carry the long sections of pipe from the MIL plant to the pump house near the Canadian Name Plate plant. (Behind the Bausch & Lomb plant, viewed from George Street)
Hot weather is bringing Penetang’s beach park into fuller use. The float marked portion of the swimming area attracts many children who are unable to venture into deeper water. The area is supervised by Mrs. J. Puddicombe, the park lifeguard.
- The County Herald headline from August 1, 1958; Reported Flip in Plans Causes Stir Over Marina. A report that the federal government had decided to locate the Midland Yacht Club marina at a different site than originally proposed, prompted a special meeting of Midland Chamber of Commerce directors Monday night. Secretary-manager R. B. Moffatt, in a memo, reported that the club had been informed a decision had been reached by the government “on the advice of certain local citizens” to locate the marina on the southerly shore of the harbor. The location recommended by the yacht club had been at the westerly end of Midland’s harbor. He asked for instructions and the establishment of chamber policy on such a development. Chamber President Frank Bray said he could see no objection to the southerly location provided construction was of a nature to give proper protection to the boats. He added that the position of the chamber had been, and presumably still was, that the marina should be built somewhere, but that the chamber would want it built in the best and most logical location. It would be regrettable if a mistake was made as to location, he said.
- The Free Press Herald headline from August 6, 1958; Midland Police Smash Teen Theft Ring. Midland police believe they have broken up a gang of juveniles responsible for a crime wave which swept the town over the past week and the holiday weekend. The chief, Staff Sgt. George Wainman and Sgt. Ernie Bates are working on the case. In the past 10 days, the YMCA, Midland Public Library, and Pinecrest Products Ltd. were broken into; three residents had the tires of their cars deliberately punctured; $106.75 was stolen from four cars and a Toronto bus in Little Lake Park; a $140 camera was taken from a Toronto visitor’s car; gas was reported stolen from Murray Wagg’s boat in Midland harbor, and a car radio worth about $100 was taken from Boyd’s Service Station.
- In the June 27 issue of the County Herald, a letter of mine was published which conveyed the impression that the walls of St. Ann’s Church, Penetanguishene, are 100 percent Quarry Island limestone, whereas 80 percent would be more nearly correct. Brown granite field stones were built in at the corners and scattered throughout the walls to produce a pleasing contrast with the white limestone. The limestone was carried on horse-drawn sleighs over the bay ice during the winter, and the granite boulders were rolled onto stoneboats which were horse-drawn along winter roads. The cornerstone of the structure was laid in 1886 and the church itself was completed in Thomas Zoschke was foreman of the half-dozen stonemasons. His monument may be seen in St. Ann’s Cemetery, and his handsome stone residence bears testimony to his ability. It is on the homestead about one and a half miles from the Oak Ridge Hospital, in the direction of Midland point. (By W. R. Williams)
- A short-lived summer electrical storm Sunday afternoon turned a gay holiday picnic into tragedy when a bolt of lightning struck and killed 21-year-old Paul Hamelin at Penetang. Paul, with Urbain Moreau, in a small outboard boat, was starting for Beausoleil Island, with four companions in a larger boat, when the storm struck at about 1.15 p.m. They had just left the floating docks and had come abreast of the big concrete dock and about 200 feet out when the lightning hit Hamelin, who was riding in the front seat. Urbain Moreau, running the motor, was knocked unconscious and when he came to, found his companion stretched stiff in front of him. He later told his mother that he splashed water on Paul’s face and tried to get him to sit up before realizing his body and clothing were burnt.
- The Paterson freighter Prindoc, which arrived at Owen Sound from Collingwood recently, is expected to be laid up for an indefinite period, according to Owen Sound officials. It is believed that the lay-up is due primarily to the temporary lull in Great Lakes grain shipping. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 6,600, a keel length of 387 feet and a beam of 50 feet. Three ships are currently laid up at the CSL winter berth in Midland, with the arrival last week of the Westmount. Two other CSL ships, the Hagarty and Donnacona, have already been laid up several weeks. There is one ray of hope in the picture, however. J. G. Hendrickson, CSL manager in Midland, said the Lemoyne is being refitted for service again. The Lemoyne has been laid up at Kingston since June. Mr. Hendrickson also said there is some space available in the CSL elevator when the ships start moving again. “We’re at least keeping the rust off the machinery this year,” said an official of the CPR elevator at Port McNicoll. Last summer no grain was shipped in or out of Port for many weeks. This year the elevator at least had two ships in during July, although they were admittedly small ones.
- Lafontaine News – The Rawleigh dealer was in this area selling his products. A truck and crew were busy Wednesday renewing the white traffic line on the main road. Children are now picking the wild raspberries in the bushes. The planet Venus is seen now every morning about 4 a.m. in the east. Rosair Moreau makes large sales of new potatoes daily. Joe Mulie of Toronto was a Sunday guest of Mr. and Mrs. Mulie. Rosair Moreau is the first farmer that is ready to stook and thresh this week. Union of Electors is organizing to attend the New Brunswick congress about Aug. 30. Mr. and Mrs. Florent Marchildon and Roger Jakio of Toronto were the guests of Ed. Marchildon. Mike Jasson has moved to Midland with his family. He has been employed at the Name Plate for over a year. Albert Gignac of Preston, Ont., was visiting Mrs. Elie Moreau and Em Moreau, his brother-in-law. The bazaar is over and it has been a success. A thousand plates were served, two hundred more than last year. The Maurice Bros. sawmill will close for a couple of weeks. P. Toutant received a phone call from Midland Saturday, to say that his daughter, Mrs. Patrick Brunelle, was very sick. She is now in the hospital and Mr. Toutant will not return home for a few days yet.
- BIRTHS, — To and Mrs. R. D. Brooks, 339 Irwin St., Midland on Thursday, July 24, 1958, a daughter, Joyce Elaine. — Mr. and Mrs. Keith Wood are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Lorna Mildred, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, on Tuesday, July 22, 1958, a sister for Cheryl.
- TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK 1948- Elmvale’s newly organized trumpet band made its debut at a sports day at Vasey. The band led a parade of athletes into the Vasey Park. * * * Archaeologist Wilfrid Jury, conducting excavations on the site of old Fort Ste. Marie, Midland, reported that diggers had uncovered the outline of the first building to be built at the fort. * * * Gloucester Pool Cottagers Association requested the Department of Game and Fisheries to set up a fish sanctuary in the Severn River waterway between Big Chute and Little Chute. * * * Deploring the lack of military training facilities in this area, Branch 80, Canadian Legion, Midland, requested a battery of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters (RCA) be established at Midland. The request was sent to Prime Minister W. L. M. King. * * * CSL officials announced that the S.S. Noronic would make three post-season cruises. On all three, the ship would make Midland a port of call. The first cruise was to arrive Sept. 14. * * * A deputation from Coldwater Board of Trade, consisting of I. G. Wylie, Lloyd Letherby and Keith Robinson had interviewed the Department of Planning and Development and the Board of Railway Commissioners in Toronto in connection with the establishment of a new industry in Coldwater. * * * Eighteen students at Midland High School were to receive Honour Secondary School. Graduation Diplomas because they had attained honor standing in at least eight upper school examination papers.
- For Sale – PET SKUNKS, deodorized, frisky and healthy. Write Mr. Pilon, 56 Poyntz St., Penetang.
- “We seem to have set some sort of a record at our information booth on King Street,” said R. B. Moffatt, secretary-manager of Midland Chamber of Commerce. “Certainly we have not had as many people there looking for accommodation in the past ten years, at least.” “Every bit of accommodation we had on our list was completely sold out, including hotels, motels, cabins and tourist homes,” Mr. Moffatt reported. In addition, many private homes not on the list were called in an effort to find some kind of accommodation for the visitors. Despite this, many families were forced to spend the night in their cars, Mr. Moffatt said. Evidence of things to come could be seen at Barrie by noon Saturday, as police struggled to keep traffic moving on Highways 400 and 27. Police said traffic was proceeding at a stop-and-go pace over a 40-mile stretch for several hours. One lady visitor, when she arrived in Midland late Saturday afternoon, said it took two hours to get around Barrie. This used to be commonplace in the days before the opening of Highway 400 when traffic had to crawl through Allandale and Barrie on a busy weekend. In an effort to speed up the return flow to the cities on Monday, police were directing traffic onto Highway 93 Waverley to Crown Hill and all other available alternate routes.
- Waverley News— Mrs. Ames is spending this week in Toronto with her mother, Mrs. Lacey, who is quite ill. Barbara Anne and Russel Reynolds of Wyevale spent last week with their grandmother, Mrs. Clarke French, and also attended the vacation Bible school. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Adams, Mrs. Douglas Adams and Gail of Toronto were visitors of Mrs. Wm. Adams. Cindy Brown of Toronto is spending some time with her grandmother, Mrs. George Brock. Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Reynolds and Dennis spent last Sunday with Mrs. Clarke French. Miss Maysie Reynolds of Toronto holidayed with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Reynolds. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cummings and Gail of Thornhill spent last weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Herman Trew and Clarke. Gail and Carol Tinney of Hillsdale spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. H. Hornsby. Mrs. Clarke French and Dougie were in Thorold visiting Clarke while his boat was unloading.
Some older items from August of 1923, 95 years ago;
Click on photos to enlarge;Honesty of a nine-year-old girl from Udney, Ont., was rewarded last week with the presentation of a cheque for $10 by Midland Lions Club officials to Doreen Robertson. Seen with her mother, and Lions Harold Humphries, left and Alex Macintosh, Doreen found $60 entering the Lions bingo at the curling rink last Tuesday. The money was returned to a Midland woman who was also attending the bingo.
Famed designer Thor Hansen, Miss Annie Jones of Midland, Simcoe County Recreation Director Louise Colley, Barrie, and W. H. Cranston, vice-president of Shoe Corporation of Canada, Midland, are shown following the official opening ceremonies of the tenth annual quilt and open rug fair in Midland Armory last Wednesday afternoon.
The tenth annual Quilt and Rug Fair; which gets underway at Midland Armory today, promises to be one of the biggest and best in its history. Looking over some of the entries are left to right, Miss Louise Colley of Barrie, Mrs. Frank Spearing of Stayner, vice-chairman of the fair, and Miss Annie Jones, Midland, chairman. Some 150 quilts and 75 rugs, many of them for sale, will be on display.
Risking life and limb atop a 12-foot ladder for the dear old Simcoe Quilt and Rug Fair was Miss Barbara Cooper of Coldwater. Miss Cooper was one of several women who worked hard to get Midland Armory ready for the 10th annual fair, which started Wednesday and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Mrs. John Brownell and Mrs. H. K. Wiese, both of Midland, examine one of the outstanding quilts which were displayed at Simcoe County’s Tenth Annual Quilt and Rug Fair in Midland Armory last week. The quilt depicts early history of the county.
Hundreds of quilts and rugs were on display in Midland Armory last week during the county quilt and rug fair. Here Mrs. H. Beard, R.R. 3 Coldwater, feels the texture of one of an array of beautiful rugs.
Although June is traditionally the month for roses, the late spring left many fine blooms well into July. Mrs. J. N. Kelly of Toronto is seen above admiring some of the roses in the CPR gardens at Port McNicoll.
Proud owners and operators of the new Crest hardware store in Port McNicoll, Mr. and Mrs. Lennox Vasey are seen prior to the official opening of the re-modeled store last week. Both have been active in several Port McNicoll organizations for a number of years.
Just the thing for the beach, this air mattress attracted the attention of Mrs. Bergin Evans, daughter Lois, and son Allan, at the official opening of the new Crest Hardware store in Port McNicoll last week. Lennox Vasey, who has been in Port McNicoll since 1924, is the owner-manager of the new store.
Only two flat tires and no other mechanical trouble was the good luck of two young Port McNicoll men who completed an 8,300-mile holiday by car Sunday. They are Garry and Milton Newton, sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. Newton, Port McNicoll. Leaving Port in a 1953 model car, the two brothers travelled via the southeast States to Dallas, Texas, where they had their first break of four days. From Dallas, they went to Jaurez, over in Mexico, by way of El Paso. Heading north again they took in the Grand Canyon before moving on to California. After brief stops in Long Beach and San Francisco, they travelled up the coast to Vancouver. Vancouver had a special interest for Milt. His girlfriend, Jean Maher of Toronto was there on a visit, too. They had a four-day reunion. Then they headed across the Rockies and the prairies to Winnipeg, continuing on down through the States to the Soo and eventually home. Garry was especially glad to get back to Port. Seems there is a comely young lady there named Sandra Watson. During their month-long jaunt, the two boys took six rolls of colored slides. All of them turned out well, which should mean some entertaining evenings for their Port McNicoll friends.
Guess who’s enjoying himself most in this picture, taken at the midget wrestling matches at Midland Arena last Monday. Not much doubt about it — it’s Little Beaver, playfully massaging Sky-Lo-Lo’s face with a moccasin, with a little aid from his partner in the tag-team frolic, Tito Infanti.
“LAUGH? I thought I’d nearly die!” Always good for plenty of laughs, the midget wrestlers sent some of the 1,769 fans present at Midland Arena Monday night into near convulsions, as witnessed above. Seems like a sure way to relax amid world tensions.
A pretty girl on a beach always makes a good subject for photographers. Here Sharon Dalgleish, 14, of Hamilton enjoys a spot of sunbathing on the flat rocks at Paradise Point, Port McNicoll, between dips.
Little Lake Park in Midland was invaded by this hard-looking bunch of characters last week. Turned out they were taking part in a “Hobo Tramp” as part of the playground program sponsored by Midland Y’s Men. Even, their mothers would find it hard to recognize, left to right, Lynda Duggan and Bonnie Puddicombe, Midland; Patrick Morris, Toronto; Barbara Ruston of Merritt, B.C.; Russell Barber, St. Bruno, Que.; and Albert Carson, Toronto.
Every year about now the cry goes up “Beat Father Sullivan” as children attending Sacred Heart Church summer school at Port McNicoll hold their annual picnic at Paradise Point. Here the tall, long-legged priest (at left) has his usual long lead over his eager but shorter rivals in the annual race. So far nobody has come up with the obvious solution, of giving Father Sullivan a 20-yard handicap.
- Free Press headline of July 23, 1958; PUC Sets New Schedule for Water Rates in Town. Bills will be sent out every four months with the first being submitted in September. Mr. Holt explained that those who do not use water in excess of the minimum bill quota of 12,000 gallons will actually be receiving water service $2.00 cheaper than the old pre-metering system. Minimum bill, based on a consumption of 12,000 gallons for four months, would be $4.20 gross or $3.36 net. This would amount to $10.08 annually, the PUC secretary-treasurer said. He explained that charges under the block system would be as follows: for the first 3,000 gallons consumed per month, a gross charge of .35cents per gallon, for the next 9,000 gallons per month, 30c gross per thousand; and for the next 18,000 gallons consumed per month, 25c per thousand. The rates go into effect, immediately.
- County Herald headline of Jully 25, 1958; See Possible Revenue $1,500.00 in Woodlots. Existing woodlots in Tiny, Tay, Flos and Medonte Townships, if adequately managed and given proper care immediately, could provide a revenue in future years ranging from $500,000 to $l,500,000 to their owners. This information was given by Ross Grinnell, a senior official of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests, at a meeting of the four township councils and conservationists in the Waverley Orange Hall Tuesday night. Grinnell, one of the mainsprings behind the land-use survey of four North Simcoe municipalities, said this revenue factor formed one of the major focal points of the survey and the subsequent report released about a month ago.
- Free Press Herald headline of July 30, 1958; Fire Destroys Old Home Three Occupants Escape. Fire, which broke out about 10 o’clock Sunday night, destroyed the large home owned by Mrs. Albert Maurice, situated at the western end of Con. 16, Tiny Township. Occupants of the house, Mrs. Maurice, and Mr. and Mrs. Claremont Brunelle were asleep at the time. Constant Desroches, who was returning to his home from the beach, saw the flames. Desroches immediately went to the house to arouse the occupants. Flames spread so quickly that only a few items were retrieved from the burning building.
- WASAGA BEACH — Twelve Chinese waiters and restaurant employees fled from their sleeping quarters above the kitchen when a fire broke out in their restaurant here early Thursday morning. The employees escaped through an upstairs window and across a roof. The blaze in the Oriental Gardens broke out before 6 a.m. yesterday and is believed to have been caused by an explosion in a gas stove in the restaurant. The flames spread to a smoke shop next door.
- Many-former citizens of Penetang will be renewing old acquaintances this weekend when they attend anniversary services at St. James’ Church-on-the-Lines, Sunday evening. The 122-year-old church, more familiarly known as “The Garrison Church”, was started originally when Penetang was a military fort, and soldiers were stationed at the military establishment, now the site of a museum. Special speaker for the anniversary occasion will be Rev. Frank Lockwood, rural dean of Simcoe East. Rev. B. Brightling, rector of the church said this week an open invitation has been extended to anyone wishing to attend the service to be held at 7.30 p.m. Sunday.
- Tiny Township council Monday night refused to take any action on a request from Nick Pantos to swear in a man he intends to hire as a special constable. Mr. Pantos maintained he was not getting enough police protection at his Georgian Grill establishment on Balm Beach. He said, as a result, he wanted to hire Chas. Kirk as a police officer. Council contended it could not swear in the man as a special constable. Council explained, however, that there was nothing to stop Mr. Pantos from hiring the man as a “bouncer” to maintain order on the premises. The restaurant owner objected, claiming that a uniform was needed to give the man some authority. He was told there was nothing to stop him from dressing the man in some distinctive uniform. A request for permission for the man to carry a gun immediately was vetoed, and further suggestions along this line fell on deaf ears.
- Midland PUC authorities Tuesday erected three of the latest fluorescent type lighting fixtures on King Street between Dominion and Hugel Avenues. That night a section of the street was blocked off for a half hour while light meter tests were made. The new lights are part of a survey which the PUC is making on street lighting for Midland council. Other types of fluorescent and mercury vapor fixtures have been installed previously. When all tests have been completed a report is to be submitted to the council.
- Obituaries – ARTHUR EDGAR GARRAWAY Well-known in Midland and district at fall fairs and horticultural displays for his prize-winning flowers, Arthur Edgar Garraway died of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Andrews Hospital July 13. He was 73. A lover of flowers, particularly gladioli, Mr. Garraway had literally thousands of bulbs in bloom each summer at his residence 377 Midland Ave. In years gone by he won numerous prizes at local fall fairs and flower shows. Born April 15, 1885, at Woolley, Somerset, England, and educated there, Mr. Garraway had moved to this country 52 years ago and had lived in Midland for the past 44 years. On May 27, 1914, he and Nelly Trustham were married at Penetang. Mr. Garraway was a member of the Anglican Church Funeral service was held July 16 at Nicholl’s funeral home with Rev. L. J. Delaney officiating. Burial was in the Anglican Cemetery, Midland. Pallbearers were Charles Beman, Jerry Hill, James Lennox, Morland Mount, Charles Scott and Albert Vaillancourt. Mr. Garraway is survived by his wife, Nelly, and one son, George Edward of Midland. – MRS BERT BOYD An active member in all church work and a past president and a life member of the W. A. of St. Paul’s United Church, Midland, Mrs. Frances Mary Maud Boyd died July 12 at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, following a prolonged illness in the hospital for the past four months. Also an active lodge member, Mrs. Boyd was a past noble grand of the Ideal Rebekah Lodge and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Hanson J. Bradley Chapter. Born May 5, 1876, at Severn Bridge, Mrs. Boyd was educated there. She and Bert Boyd were married in Toronto in Toronto in 1906. Funeral service was held July 15 at Nicholl’s funeral home, with Rev. Wilson Morden officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Argue, Jack Pardon, Bill Jeffery, Murray Wagg, Clarke Edwards and Thomas McCullough. Predeceased by her husband in March 1942, Mrs. Boyd is survived by two sons, Harold and Gordon.
- The former star pitcher for Midland Indians baseball team, Gordon Dyment was hired as a special constable by Midland Parks Commission at a meeting Thursday night. The commission decided to hire a constable in an effort to check both thievery and speeding in Little Lake Park. Hired on an hourly basis plus a gasoline allowance for his car, the constable will be retained until the end of the present season. No stranger to Midland ball fans, Dyment has had previous police experience. He was a member of the CPR police at Port McNicoll when he first attracted the attention of ball fans some six years ago. He helped pitch the Indians to several North Simcoe League titles and well along the road in OBA intermediate “A” playdowns. https://www.midlandonsportshalloffame.com/gord-dyment.html
- More than 2,100 persons attended the four-day tenth annual Simcoe County Quilt and Rug Fair held in Midland Armory July 23 to 26. The event brought visitors from as far away as Ottawa on the east to Woodstock and district on the south-west as well as hundreds from far distant centers who are holidaying in this area. Those attending arrived daily by chartered buses and motor cars. Chartered buses and special groups came from Woodstock, Thetford, Guelph, Barrie, Orillia, North River and Russell County. Considerably expanded since its inception in Midland 10 years ago, the 150 quilts and 75 rugs made by Institutes, church groups and individuals were neatly arrayed in panels along the armory walls and on special display frames situated on the drill floor. As well as exhibits from Simcoe County, there were entries from numerous other Ontario centers, and there was a quilt or rug entry from every province in the Dominion except Saskatchewan.
- A prominent United States yachtsman damaged his expensive cruiser last Thursday morning off Orillia’s Couchiching Point, after following a Canadian government chart which failed to correspond with actual channel markings. George Lauritzen, a director of the Great Lakes Cruising Club of Chicago, ran his 42-foot Morning Star II on to a rocky shoal. He passed a floating light beacon on the side indicated by the chart, but the light was not as indicated on the chart.
- Ann Silvey, two-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Silvey, Russell Street, Midland, has set some kind of a record. She has two front teeth. Mrs. Silvey discovered them earlier this week while feeding her daughter.
- A sketch of the Huron Indian village at Little Lake Park, Midland, is featured on the front cover of the new 1958 Bell Telephone directory now being distributed in Midland and surrounding area. The work of Lorne Bouchard, a well-known Canadian artist.
- At a joint meeting of Midland council and parks commission Thursday night, it was decided to offer the curling rink for sale to Midland Curling Club for $8,100. Of this sum, $5,000 would be returned to the town and $3,100 to the parks commission. The price would include the present floor in the building and certain lands under and adjacent to the building. It is understood the curling club is planning an addition to the north end of the building to expand existing facilities. Details of the agreement of sale, still to be worked out, would include the continued availability of the building for use by Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society, and an assurance that the town would continue to supply ice from its machine in Arena Gardens. The one ice making plant serves both buildings. Mayor Charles Parker said the present ice-making machinery, although 24 years old, is better than that in many newer rinks and would still be providing ice 25 years from now. Parks Chairman Wm. Murray said the commission definitely had incurred a small deficit in the operation of the building. This was largely brought about by repairs to the roof in past years, and eventually the laying of an entirely new roof.
- It never rains but what it pours. Be it weather or otherwise, the deluge always seems to come down the hardest where needed the least. Not that anyone is registering any beefs however in the latest blessings “rained” on the pitching staff of Midland Indians in the Bruce Baseball League this season. Already gifted with four fine flingers in right-handers Jack Hendrickson and Murray Yorke and southpaws Joe Faragher and Bob Hendrickson, the Braves’ box brigade was strengthened further over the past weekend with the acquisition of right-hander Gord Dyment. A former Midland resident, he was ace moundsman for Copper Cliff Redmen in the Nickel Belt Senior Baseball League this season. Dyment’s help as a pitcher wasn’t needed in vanquishing the visitors however. Far from it. For in tossing a four-hitter over the full nine-inning route at the youthful Greys, lefthander, Joe Faragher has never looked more potent. Joe had a perfect game going for himself over the first seven stanzas. Nary a runner reached first base over this stretch with “Jaunty Joe” claiming no less than a dozen strikeout victims out of the 21 batters he faced. Included in his impressive whiff list was the side in both the 2nd and 7th frames. Even though he tired somewhat in the final two chapters in allowing a pair of hits in each the 8th and 9th Faragher still managed to fan another threesome for an overall total of 15 strikeouts. (The distinctive prose of sports editor Charlie Noquet) https://www.midlandonsportshalloffame.com/charlie-noquet.html
- 25 Years Ago This Week – Population of Midland’s “tent city” on the last weekend of July exceeded that of the Dominion Day holiday weekend. There were 293 tents compared with 229 Dominion Day. * * * Four modern, young Vikings docked at Midland harbour after completing roughly one-half of a 1,500-mile jaunt from Rochester to Chicago. Their craft was a 27-foot sloop. They were two weeks coming from Rochester to Midland, making stops at Sodus Point, N.Y., Trenton and along the Trent Canal, and at Honey Harbour. * * * Tay council approved a bylaw stipulating that all dogs in the township must be kept tied from sunset to sunrise. Any dog found rambling during those hours could be destroyed at no loss to the man who destroyed the animal. * * * Attracted to the barnyard by a commotion, a California woman reported that she found a rattlesnake with its body pierced in two places and its head in shambles. Standing nearby, strutting about the snake was a Rhode Island Red hen. * * * A survey of Midland markets showed creamery butter was selling at 22c a pound; hindquarters of beef, 11cents per pound; spring lamb, 16c; veal 8c a pound; eggs, fresh extras, 15 ½ c a dozen. * * * Midland YMCA Camp Kitchikewana reported the largest attendance in its history. A total of 165 boys were registered at the month-long camp. * * * Charles Stewart Hill, Midland’s oldest resident, died in his sleep one month to the day after he had celebrated his 101st birthday. He was the last of five Canadian veterans of the American Civil War.