Hiring – Executive Director

Seeking Executive Director

  • Huronia Museum is seeking an energetic and dynamic individual to provide strategic leadership for the museum, its staff and volunteers.
  • The successful candidate will:
  • Have a strong understanding of not-for-profit/corporate maintenance.
  • Have a thorough understanding of not-for-profit challenges.
  • Find creative solutions for the challenges of a not-for-profit museum.
  • Be experienced in project implementation.
  • Have experience in human resources and self-directed work-team management.
  • Be sensitive to special needs required in managing and presenting an Indigenous collection.
  • Be able to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with community groups, funders, all levels of government and other organization to help achieve the goals of the museum. 
  • Represent the museum to promote the organization’s community profile. 
  • Have a sound understanding of budget and financial procedures. 
  • Have a firm understanding of fundraising practices and government grant programs.

Resumes may be sent to huroniamuseum@gmail.com by September 10, 2021 at 4 pm

Huronia Museum is open again!

The Huronia Museum staff are happy to announce that we are able to open the village and museum for the public.

We are admitting visitor bubbles every 15 minutes to allow time and space for social distancing and a pleasant, unhurried visit. Please contact us at 705 526 2844 or emailing us at huroniamuseum@gmail.com if you have any questions about your upcoming visit.

Huronia Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm and our last admission will be 3 pm to ensure visitors have enough time to enough the entire site.

We look forward to seeing visitors again soon!

Huronia Museum has opened the village!!!

We are excited to be able to at least be able to open the village to the public for the time being.

Looks like our first guests to the village in over a year enjoyed themselves regardless of the rain.

The village is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4.p.m. and our last admission time is 3.30. We ask that visitors wear masks and practice social distancing while visiting the village.

The museum’s gift shop is also open for browsing and shopping for one visitor bubble at a time.

Come visit us and spend some time in our village. We look forward to seeing you.

The indoor museum will open in phase three of Ontario’s Re-opening Plan.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 1st to 15th, 1961

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Due to time restraints we will forgo the news portion of our series for the first two weeks of September 1961 and do a pictorial review instead. 

One of the eye-catching displays on view at the Midland Horticultural Society “Festival of Flowers ’61” last week was this huge apartment-style birdhouse for martins. Pretty Marion Allinson of Hamilton gives an idea of the size of the house.

When the Haidee sailed into Midland Tuesday noon with these girls aboard it marked the end of another banner season at Camp Kitchikewana, operated on Beausoleil Island by Midland YMCA for more than 30 years. Many parents were on the dock to whisk the youngsters home—and back to school. 

Winner of the Simcoe County ladies’ golf championship two years ago, Mrs. Cecil English of Midland (left) regained her title in matches played at Midland Golf and Country Club last week. Her losing opponent in the final match was Mrs. Norman Holmes of Orillia. The picture was taken just after Mrs. English closed out the match on the 15th hole. 

Typical of other scenes throughout North Simcoe at this time of year is this picture of farmers threshing crops in a field. The threshing outfit, center background, was hard at work in a field near Wyebridge this week. 

The best rattler is a dead rattler most citizens believe. Here Mrs. Julian Lahey of Penetang displays a 26-inch rattlesnake her husband killed near their cottage on Cognashene Bay. 

Long awaited by Midlander’s especially, the widening of County Road 2 (Vindin Street) between Midland and Highway 27 is now underway. When the road is widened and the curves straightened Midland officials hope it will take care of much of the truck traffic which now travels along King Street. 

Many notable improvements the landscaping have been effected at Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland, in recent years. Now workmen are starting to clear up the shoreline along the Wye River. Picture above shows progress to date. 

Everybody seems pleased with their scores at the official opening of the new Huronia Lanes in Midland Wednesday night. Seated are Mayor Charles Parker, left, and Rev. Len Self; standing, left to right, Alderman Oliver Lesperance, Harley Perkins, representing the firm which installed the new alleys, and Glen Campbell, manager. (Above Campbell Auto Supply in 1961, lately the Rec Room, corner of Third and Bay) 

Midland’s newest recreation center, Brooklea Golf and Country Club, sparkles in the late summer sun. The colorful clubhouse and attractive swimming pool caught the eye of many tourists passing by on adjacent Highway 27 this summer. 

Last Wednesday’s violent wind and rain storm brought this huge maple limb crashing down on the grounds of Georgian Manor in Penetang. The branches fell just short of the big windows in the new section of the building, being rushed to completion. 

This giant sunflower is apparently a gift to Mr. and Mrs. Stan Harman, Russell Street, from the Grosbeaks they feed all winter. In any event Mr. Harman says the 10-foot tall specimen was not planted by human hands. Some of its leaves measure 18 inches across. 

No strangers to Penetang are the new Presbyterian minister, Rev. Alan Ross, and his family. Mr. Ross was a student minister at Penetang before taking his first charge at Assinaboia, Sask. Mrs. Ross served as a nurse in Penetang General Hospital and the two boys, Alexander (Sandy), 3, and Jamie, 1, were born in Penetang. 

For the first time in more than five years, First Presbyterian Church, Penetang, has its own full-time minister. Induction services were held Thursday night for Rev. Alan Ross. Among the clergy taking part were, left to right front row, Rev. Ralph MacKenzie, Duntroon, Mr. Ross, Rev. J. J. Jennings, Meaford; back row, Rev. Charles Carter, Victoria Harbour, and Rev. W. L. Young, Collingwood. 

Umpires and coaches above are ironing out the ground rules prior to the game Thursday night in which Midland Indians eliminated Alliston Braves in the South Simcoe Baseball League semi-finals. Left to right are Bun Deschamp, Midland and Bill Gray, Alliston, coaches; umpires Ted Watson, Barrie, and Bill Gowan and Reg Westbrooke, Creemore. 

This new section of Midland-Penetang District High School relieved much of the crowding of last year when the new term opened Tuesday. The addition is at the rear, west portion of the school, and there’s another one on the east end. 

 W. G. D’Aoust of Penetang, left, explains a new area tourist promotion scheme to Mayor Jerome Gignac of Penetang, centre, and William Orr, president of Midland Chamber of Commerce, at a recent meeting in Barrie, sponsored by the Brewers’ Warehousing Company Limited. In the scheme, an area map and pictures of historic sites and other points of interest are to be featured in displays in Brewers’ Warehouse stores, locally. —Photo by Favero. 

The Huron Roller Mill was built in the late 1800s by George Copeland Sr. The mill was located on the corner of Brock and Main Street, and had the very technologically advanced process of grinding wheat with rollers instead of traditional stones. The mill was able to produce four hundred barrels of flour a day! To find out more about the Huron Roller Mill and the history of Penetanguishene, visit the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives! (Courtesy PCMA)

Many fine new homes have been built in Elmvale in recent months. These three are located in the southwest corner of the village, near the district high school. A number of others have been built recently in the northwest section. 

Annual field day Sunday wound up another big season for the men’s section of Midland Golf and Country Club. Winners of the four trophies this year, front row, left to right, were Les Barber (Orillia trophy), Lorne Watson (seniors), Doug Haig (club champion), and Bob Cote (Wallace trophy). Runners-up in back row are Ken Tannahill (Orillia trophy), Bill Hack (club championship) and Herb Beauchamp (Wallace trophy). Bill Hack also had low gross on field day, a 68. 

This new addition to Hillsdale Public School was put in use for the first time this week. It contains one large classroom and modern washroom facilities. W. G. Watkins, Elmvale, were the contractor and Carswell and Griesbach the architects.

The British had big plans in store for Penetanguishene in the days when Americans were considered our enemies. Pictured above are the plans, compiled under the instructions of the commanding Royal-Engineer in Canada and drawn by surveyor Nelson Walker in February and March, 1852, to strengthen Fort Penetanguishene, indicated by the shaded areas on the point at right. The triangular and square redoubts, located on the opposite shore, were to provide additional strength. The threat from the U.S. ended and the plans were abandoned. —Photo submitted by Mrs. W. W. Jury.


Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – August 23rd to 31st, 1961

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County Herald headline of August 25, 1961.

Closer looks at pleasure boat safety measures will provide some concrete leads out of the dilemma currently facing federal and provincial governments with respect to regulations governing pleasure boats. Officials hope the two sessions will provide some concrete leads out of the dilemma currently facing federal and provincial governments with respect to regulations governing pleasure boats. Pressures (for and against) have been mounting from boat owners, cottagers, manufacturers and tourist resort operators as a result of recent recommendations made for improved boating safety. It is expected the Ottawa conference will be a stormy session.  Manufacturers of boat engines, boats, trailers and boating equipment will hold a national industry conference at Honey Harbour. Safety and boat licensing are said to be important items on the agenda. Many people, including government officials, manufacturers and tourist resort operators, say licensing is not the answer. They point out that experience of U.S. authorities in this field bears out this contention. 

These four men, all descendants of early pioneer settlers of the Midland area, took part in the unveiling of a plaque honouring the founding of Midland Tuesday. Left to right are Mayor Charles Parker, a descendent of William Buchanan, who obtained a crown deed to the land in 1841; Harvey White, CPR agent and grandson of Jabez Dobson; Richard Moore, grandson of Richard Murphy; and Robert J. Roberts, grandson of Thomas Hartley. Dobson, Murphy, Hartley and John Smith are generally credited with being the first four settlers of the town. 

These are busy days at Midland Golf and Country Club, where the ladies are battling it out for the Simcoe County golf title. Checking a few scores are left to right, front row, Mrs. Shirley Jeffery, Mrs. Janice Laking, Barrie, Mrs. Jack Moss and Miss Margaret Robinson; back row— Mrs. C. Webb, Barrie, Mrs. Ken Williams and Mrs. V. Wilson. 

Editorial page photo entitled; “Pastoral Scene Near Penetanguishene”. 

    Midland’s Junior Band has won top honours in its class in the Canadian National Exhibition competition. Word was received yesterday that the town’s junior band had won first place in the junior brass band class at the CNE with a mark of 172 compared with its closest rival, Meaford, which obtained 160 points. 

   A petition from the Midland Hairdressers’ Association asking Midland council to enact a bylaw to govern and regulate the operation of hairdressing establishments in Midland was considered by council Monday night. Clerk-treasurer Wm. A. Hack advised council that, in view of the petition, he had obtained a copy of an Orillia bylaw pertaining to the same subject. After discussion, council decided to forward a copy of the Orillia bylaw to the local hairdressers’ association for consideration.

     Midland has been asked by the federal government to aid that body in finding a location to construct a federal building to house the post office. The site discussed at the meeting is in the downtown area, off the the main street. Following the meeting press and radio representatives were asked to withhold information to the exact location of the site until more definite action is taken. 

Dear Editor: One of the old hulls removed from Midland Bay during the springr of 1961 was that of the side-wheel steamer (steel) Imperial,  length 300 feet, width 41 ft. 9 Inches outside guards and depth 7.6 feet, gross tons 1098, registered tons 578, Official No. 121945. She was built originally as the steel side-wheel steamer Queen by W. C. White, and launched in the Lachine Canal on Nov. 14. 1888. She was towed to the Tate shipyard where she was finished and renamed Sovereign, Official No. 131945. She had a vertical beam engine built by Eagle Foundry Co., of Montreal. On March 17, 1906, she burned in winter quarters at Lachine. Insured for S50,000 and underwriters raised her in the spring of 1907 and sold her to the St. Lawrence Canadian Navigation Co. She was rebuilt at Sorel to dimensions of, length 250 feet, width 41 feet 9 inches, outside guards and depth 7.6 feet, gross tons 1098, registered tons 578 renamed Imperial. In 1927 she was sold to the Georgian Bay Tourist Co. of Midland. She was never operated by this company, but was dismantled in 1929 and her registry was closed on Nov. 20, 1929.


Free Press Herald headline of August 30, 1961. 
Based on information it had received, Midland council at a special meeting Monday night decided in favor of a plant treatment system of sewage disposal rather than a lagooning system. The decision was made at the request of the Midland Planning Board whose chairman, J. E. Lawlor, requested council’s decision as to the type of sewage disposal planned. Mr. Lawlor, who appeared with planning board members Walter Kluck and Kenneth Cowan, said the decision was imperative so the board could advise its consultants, so they could proceed with the official plan on schedule. “The consultants work will be at a standstill until we get a decision,” Mr. Lawlor added. The board chairman pointed out it would be more costly to work on an assumption of one type of sewage system and then find it had been decided to use another type of system. “It is Imperative we get a final decision so there will be no additional cost.” Mr. Lawlor added. 

   Nearly 1,850 Tay Township residents will be eligible to cast ballots in the local option vote being held in the township, Sept 6, Clerk Ralph Dalton revealed yesterday. Residents will be asked whether or not they approve women’s beverage rooms, men’s beverage rooms, dining room licences, dining lounge licences and lounge licences. 

    Tempers flared at a special meeting of Midland council, Monday night when Alderman Wm. Thompson raised a question about gravel delivered  to the town pit by two contractors. Suggesting that some doubt had been expressed that the 4,000 yards of gravel contracted for might not have been delivered in full. Mr. Thompson said. “One ratepayer said that if there is any more than 2,700 yards in the pit at the present time he’d eat it.” Mayor Charles Parker, at last week’s meeting, said of the 4,000 yards delivered about 800 had been used leaving a total of 3,200 yards still in the pit. 

     Midland council at a special meeting Monday night, unanimously agreed to start negotiations for the employment of Ule Luksep, professional engineer of Islington, as municipal engineer at a salary of $8,000 per year, his employment to commence Oct. 1. Mayor Charles Parker pointed out that when terms of the engineer’s employment had been mutually agreed upon, town solicitor Douglas Haig would prepare a bylaw setting forth the terms of employment. Council’s decision in favor of Mr. Luksep followed many meetings and interviews when nearly 20 applicants were considered for the position. 

“A GREAT SUCCESS’’ was the verdict at the closing Saturday night of the “Festival of Flowers” held in Midland curling rink. A flowerless, but attractive arrangement of wood, leaves and cones, claims the attention of Carolyn Ann Burke, Sheila Scott and Jane Scott, left to right, in the lower photo. 

F. Hopkins and his year-old-granddaughter, Charlene Hutchinson of Wyebridge, admire a huge floral arrangement displayed by Midland YMCA. 

This resuscitator was presented to Wyevale District Fire Brigade, August 21, by Wyevale LOL. Left to right are, Lorne Caston, master of the lodge; Bill Marcellus, deputy-master; Howard French, township fire chief; Graham Webb, treasurer of the lodge; and Duke Caston, chief of the district brigade. 

The past week has been a busy one at Emmaus Baptist Chapel on Yonge Street East, Midland, where a vacation Bible school was held daily. Some of the 60 children registered are seen above, with Mrs. L. Wadge, Sunday School superintendent. 

An industry which hires only handicapped persons, Midland Reliable Ltd. is busy turning out souvenir chuck wagons for next year’s Calgary Stampede. Alf Tuttle, manager of the firm (standing) is seen with Stan Vincent (left) and “Mac” McFarland. With prospects of improved business ahead, other handicapped persons are being asked to register with the firm for possible future employment. [This two storey cement block building was on the south side of Colborne Street between Manly and Russell and was at times home to Lloyd Murday’s cement casting and contruction business, Wilson & Bell Plumbing, Harvey Benoit Landscaping, Barber & Haskill appliance warehouse, Dave Hudson Electrician and is now a private dwelling.] 

Happy smiles readily indicate these gals were the big winners in the Simcoe County ladies’ golf championships in Midland last week. Mrs. Cecil English of Midland (centre front), the new county champ, is flanked by flight winners Mrs. Elwood Webb, Barrie, left, and Mrs. Bill Hack, Midland. Consolation winners in the various flights in back row are, left to right, Mrs. R. E. Smith, Barrie, Mrs. Larry Smith, Collingwood, and Mrs. R. L. Ideson, Barrie. 

A host of friends and relatives greeted Mr. and Mrs. Herman Robinson, Con. 5. Tay Township, when they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding recently.

[Caption and photos from 1960 article.] Truly a family business is the S. Reid and Sons grocery at Victoria Harbour. Founded by the late Samuel Reid 65 years ago, the store is still run by his sons, William, left, and Walter, and daughter Miss Eva J. Reid. The store has been in continuous operation on the same site since April 8, 1895. 

Ten Years Ago
An official award from the American Association for State and OraI History had been received by Huronia House Museum, Midland. It was one of the first Canadian institutions to be so honored by the American Association. * * * Nearly 500 attended the Newtonville SS No 10. Tay school reunion marking the 52nd anniversary of the school. * * * Joseph Victor Laderoute, an internationally known tenor, had returned to the Lafontaine haunts of his boyhood and presented a benefit concert in Holy Cross Church, Lafontaine. * * * Midland Public Utilities Commission was bringing into use its new high voltage transmission lines. * * * A joint meeting of representatives of the boards of Penetang General Hospital and St. Andrews Hospital, Midland turned down a proposal for new general hospital location somewhere between the towns. Following the joint meeting Penetang hospital board voted to transfer ownership of Penetang General Hospital to the Grey Sisters. * * * Garbage collection on the beaches, organized by Tiny Township council, was praised at the annual meeting of the Wymbolwood and Mountainview Beach Property Owners Association. There were three collections weekly at the beaches compared to one a week in the city, it was noted. * * * A joint meeting of the Kiwanis Clubs of Midland, Orillia, Barrie, Collingwood and Owen Sound was being planned the Midland club. * * * More than 200 costumed children joined in the parade which marked Penetang’s Youth Day. 

 A lifelong resident of WaverIey and Midland, Morris W. T. Drinkle died unexpectedly, August 20 at his Hanley Street home, Midland, in his 47th year. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. Howard K. Maison  of St. Phillips Church, Weston at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home Midland, August 22. Pallbearers were Garnet Drinkle, Norman Paul, Herbert Hornsby, Morris Darby, Dave Wilcox and Clarence Hall. Born August 31, 1914, in Tay Township, Mr. Drinkle was educated at Waverley Public School and on Jan. 9, 1937, at Elmvale, he married the former Sylvia M. Wood. An Anglican by faith, he was if a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 947 and the Royal Black Preceptory  No. 552. He was a Conservative in politics and was interested in baseball and hockey. He was an employee of Simmonds Transport Ltd., except for the years 1942 to 1954 when he worked in the shipyards at Midland and Collingwood. Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Paul Lalonde (Maureen) and Mrs. Eric Reynolds (Doris), both of Waverley, his mother, Mrs. Norman Drinkle of Waverley, and three grandchildren, Paul and Gregory Lalonde and Peggy Reynolds, all of Waverley. Burial was in St John’s Anglican Cemetery, Waverley. 
A Penetang resident for 50 years, Francis (Frank) Dusome died at his Jeffery Street home August 13, following a coronary thrombosis. He was in his 80th year. Requiem mass was conducted at St. Ann’s Memorial Church, Penetang, August 16, by Rev. G. J. Hamel. Pallbearers were Lawrence Ladouceur, Oliver and Norman Lapensee, Gerard Duquette, Howard Lacroix and Francis Roberts. A native of Alpena, Michigan,  Mr. Dusome came to Canada at an early age and lived in Midland for four years and in 1913 at Penetang he married the former Josephine Lapensee. Retiring as a south shore captain in 1957, Mr. Dusome was fond of fishing, hunting and boating. He is survived by his widow and four sons, Wallace, Highland Point; Leonard, Midland; Ronald, British Columbia, and Clarence, Toronto. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jim Colling (Elsie), Midland; Mrs. Jack Hood (Irene), Toronto, and Mrs. Art Booth (Marilyn) Orillia and 11 grandchildren.
A native of Lafontaine and a Victoria Harbour resident for the last 61 years, Telesphore Juneau died unexpectedly at his home following a heart attack August 20. He was in his 72nd year. Requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. J. S. Howe at St. Mary’s Church, Victoria Harbour, August 22. Pallbearers were Wilfred Vaillancourt, Lawrence Arbour, Gerald Juneau, John Carpenter, Don Eplett and Henry Lavereau. Born July 1, 1891, Mr. Juneau married the former Madeline Bourrie Dec. 26, 1951, at Victoria Harbour. He was a member of the Victoria Harbour Holy Name Society, a sailor who retired in 1956 and was interested in fishing and baseball. Besides his widow, he is survived by a brother, Eli, of Penetang and one sister, Mrs. Henrietta Dault, Victoria Harbour. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Victoria Harbour.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – August 8th to 22nd, 1961

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Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday, August 9th, 1961. This lengthy article describes the conflict at a Tiny Twp. Council meeting with two opposing cottager groups; one wanting the beach road closed the other not. Reeve Maurice had to call for order many times. 

     After hearing presentations of a delegation of approximately a dozen ratepayers, Friday, Tiny Township council reversed their decision on approval of Midland’s request to dump garbage in Tiny Township. With Ed. Copeland as spokesman, the delegation registered a strong complaint against allowing the dump in Tiny. They urged council to turn down all requests from outside municipalities to dump in the township. Chief fear expressed by the delegation was that the dump would contaminate and pollute water in the area. A nearby swamp drains into a creek which eventually flows south and eastward and winds through Brooklea Golf Club property and into Wye Lake. 

25 Years Ago – 1936
The nine-mile stretch of road from Elmvale to Wasaga Beach., known as County Road No. 15, was officially taken over by the government as a provincial highway. * * * The four windows of the Georgian Hotel, Midland, facing on Hugel Avenue, were filled with winter sports togs, skis, hockey outfits and shooting paraphernalia to impress summer tourists with Midland’s winter attractions. * * * Summer cottages at Nottawaga Beach had their first telephones with the completion of a telephone line from Penetang down the 11th Concession. * * * Despite a period of drought Midland’s water supply, secured from the creek and five artesian wells, was still meeting all demands of more than a million gallons of water daily. * * * Bush fires in the Port Severn,  Honey Harbour and Glouster Pool vicinity were brought under control but were only two miles from the Georgian Bay power line which served Coldwater, Waubaushene, Victoria Harbour and Midland. * * * Lloyd Scott, Ray Rivers and Donald Maracle caught the first pickerel in Midland harbor in years. It measured 27 inches and weighed four and a half pounds. The fish was believed to have followed the Letherby and Sons log raft down the lake and into the harbour. * * * Declining attendance at the three Midland public schools coupled with the necessity for economy resulted in the schools’ management committee deciding that the staff could be reduced by the three retiring teachers, committee chairman T. M. McCullough revealed. * * * The Owen Sound Daily Sun-Times donated a trophy for softball competition between all towns, cities and villages bordering on Georgian Bay between Tobermory and Parry Sound. 

    A Bala girl, Miss Judy McAdam, reported this week that part of a shrine, erected more than 30 years ago on a cliff overlooking Georgian Bay, has been damaged. Miss McAdam said that, recently she took a canoe trip down the Macdonald River and stopped at the little shrine. She said the frame which held the story behind the erection of the Madonna of The Bay had been smashed and the story torn. She said if she could obtain a copy of the story, she would replace the broken frame and the story. The shrine was erected by Ted. A. Becker, Sr., of Buffalo. N.Y. in May, 1931, after he had recovered from a critical wound, received in a shooting accident near the Macdonald River outlet to the bay. [Was it ever repaired? I have never climbed up there to see the contents of the frame.] 

    Within two hours of his departure from Ottawa Air Marshal Hugh L. Campbell, Chief of Air Staff, Royal Canadian Air Force, arrived at Edgar Thursday to make an inspection tour of the air defence site. A turbo-prop Cosmopolitan aircraft of Air Transport Command flew the CAS to Camp Borden and the usually one-hour long trip to Edgar was completed by an H34 helicopter in less than 15 minutes. “Station Edgar is an important link in the Radar Control and Warning network which surrounds this continent. The officers, airmen and the airwomen who man this station maintain a 24-hour watch on the skies, 365 days of the year. They are the eyes and ears of our air defence system”, commented CAS Campbell. 

    The Town of Midland received official notification Friday, that it is being sued by W. F. “Bud” Turnbull, former superintendent of the public works department. W. A. Hack, town clerk, said yesterday the notice received indicated Mr. Turnbull was suing for damages on the grounds of wrongful dismissal. The damages sought are for an unstated amount. Midland council at a special session, March 17, asked for and received Mr. Turnbull’s resignation. 

Something new has been added to the grounds of Regent Public School, Midland. Being erected by G. O. Maxwell of Balm Beach are two new portable classrooms, designed to take care of over-crowding in some classes at the school next September. Tender for the two cottage-type buildings was $4,120. 

No doubt the marine railway at Big Chute has carried some strange craft during the many years it has served as part of the Trent Canal system. Getting a lift “over the hump” is a new-type house boat, powered by a large outboard motor. It completely hides a fair-sized cruiser at the rear end of the rail car. 


County Herald headline of Friday, August 11th, 1961. There is an immediate need in Midland for off street parking space for 150-200 cars. This was evident at a meeting of the planning Board and a representative group of businessmen held in the municipal building Tuesday night. Land use, said Mr. Lawlor, is one of the biggest items in preparing an official plan, based on an estimated projection of the town’s growth over the next 20 years. By that time, if it follows the population increase curve established in the years 1947-60, the town will have a population of around 14,500. 

    Long a familiar sight on the Midland waterfront, the Georgian Bay buoy tender St. Heliers is now a long way from her familiar haunts, according to newspaper reports originating in Ottawa and the Caribbean area. The story is long and rather involved; but it is definitely known that the St. Heliers was sold last year to a firm in London, Ont., — and later in 1960 resold “to other interests.” Built as she was in 1919, the St. Heliers had a long and honorable career, and might have been thought eligible for an easier life of retirement. Renamed “Tropic -Sea,” the honest old St. Heliers left her workaday life as a buoy tender in the Great Lakes, to sail under the house flag of the Companla de Navigacion Tropicana. The company, so far as can be ascertained, flies the flag of Honduras. [The Toronto Marine Historical Association published a very interesting account of the St. Heliers’ life after Georgian Bay. In their publication she is “Ship of the Month #268” found here with reference to our own Vern Sweeting as a contributor;  https://www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca/GreatLakes/Documents/Scanner/ShipOfTheMonth.html  

    Possibility that the 17th Concession Road in Tiny Township will be opened on the westerly side of Cook’s lake is seen in a promise made by Tiny Township council to a Mrs. Allport.  Mrs. Allport told council she had purchased a permanent residence located alongside where the concession road allowance intersects with the lake. She said she intends to move there permanently and has a daughter attending school. Council promised to open the road when Mrs. Allport builds a connecting road between her property and the township allowance.  At present, access to the lake from the west is over a trespass road running through a pine patch. 

Willard Perrault, 16, of 48 Fifth Street, Midland, emerged the winner of the cross-lake swim at Midland’s Little Lake Wednesday, finishing well ahead of a field of 20 swimmers. The event was sponsored by the summer playground committee of the Midland Y’s Men’s Club. Perrault covered the distance in 26 minutes, 25 seconds, while Randy Small and Herb Chapman waged a battle for runner-up spot, Small winning out. 

Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday August 16, 1961. Midland Police Chief George Wainman announced yesterday that the new radar speed timer purchased by the town will be in use starting today. Chief Wainman stated that for the balance of this week minor speed violators will be stopped and warned without summonses being issued. 

    Commencing next year cyclists in Penetang will be required to purchase a licence for their bicycles at a cost of $1 each. This decision was reached by Penetang council, Monday night when police chairman, Councillor Ralph White asked council’s approval to purchase the plates. 

    Work is slated to get underway before the end of the month on a major addition to the Canadian Tire Associate Store on Bay Street, East, Midland. Contract for the construction of the building has been awarded to Webster-Smallwood, Midland. Present service department of the Bay Street store is to be converted to a warehouse with additional warehouse space to be built on behind it. A complete new four-car service department of modern design will be erected across the back of the property. Licensed mechanics will be employed when the building is ready for operation, some time in the spring of 1962. Another 2,000 square feet of floor space will be added to the present display area. Complete new lighting will be installed and modern self-service displays will largely replace the present counter set up. This addition and modernization will be the third expansion for Canadian Tire in Midland since 1948, designed to meet the demands of the growing community. 

Officials of Midland and Penetang chambers of commerce met to facilitate the exchange of tourist accommodation information between the two towns. * * * For the third time in two weeks, S.S. City of Dover, sailing from Midland, was unable to accommodate all passengers who sought to board the vessel. * * * The Canadian Bandmasters’ Association 20th annual convention was held in Midland with approximately 170 bandmasters and their wives attending. * * * A soap-box derby and children’s costume parade was held on Penetang’s Main Street. Ron Ladouceur was the derby winner. * * * J. J. Macksey, Midland relief administrator, noted that the government’s new old- age pension would save Midland taxpayers approximately $4,000 annually after Jan. I. * * * Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce was making plans to host the Jaycee Region 5 conference at the Delawana Inn, Honey Harbour. * * * Kiwanian Ben Gardiner warned his fellow Midland Kiwanians that Midland was in danger of losing its CNR passenger service. * * * Midland – Orillia Combines ended a lacrosse campaign at Arena Gardens by losing to Orangeville Dufferins 15-9 in an OLA intermediate playdown series. * * * Midland’s “Mr. Hockey”, George S. Dudley was off to Yugoslavia to attend the annual meeting of the International Ice Hockey Federation. * * * Coldwater council was starting expropriation proceedings to erect a new hydro power line. The council also decided that those in arrears on water accounts would have that service cut off if the accounts were not paid.   


Editorial page picture entitled “Rails and River at the Big Chute”. [Rails are the marine railway.] 

 An interested visitor at the Indian Village in Midland’s Little Lake Park is Dr. G. E. Hall, president of the University of Western Ontario (second from right), seen talking with members of the Midland Y’s Men’s Club, sponsors of the Village. From left to right are Dr. Wilfrid Jury, noted archaeologist under whose direction the Village was erected, Clarke Edwards, Frank Bray, John Bridges, Dr. Hall, and Douglas Haig. 

Another project which is providing employment for a number of workmen and tradesmen in this area this summer is the addition to Bay Mills Ltd., on Fourth Street, Midland. Steel for the new building was put in place last week. Contractors are Webster – Smallwood Ltd., Midland. 

Midland Indians had to settle for a 5-5 tie in the opening game of the South Simcoe Baseball League playoffs with Thornton at Town Park Saturday night. Here Murray Yorke sends a fly ball to centre field for the first out of the second inning. Thornton catcher is Joe Timmons and umpire is Bill McGill of Orillia. 

County Herald headline of Friday, August 18, 1961. Hon. Michael Starr, federal minister of labor, in a letter to Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East, advised he had approved the federal government’s grant for the addition to Midland – Penetang District High School. In the original plan the cost of the nine room addition was to be borne on the basis of 75 per cent by the federal government and 25 per cent by the provincial government. “This addition will provide classrooms, laboratory, shops, and auxiliary areas necessary for an additional 220 vocational students. The estimated total cost of this vocational addition, including furniture and equipment is $787,360. The federal government’s share of this amount will be approximately $590,520.C. Gauthier, MPDHS principal, commenting on Mr. Starr’s letter said, “I am pleased that it has passed Ottawa.” 

    Unveiling of an historical plaque, commemorating the founding of Midland, will be held on the Post Office grounds, August 22, at 2.30 p.m. Mayor Charles Parker will unveil the plaque in a ceremony to which the public is invited. This plaque is one of a series being erected throughout the province by the Department of Travel and Publicity, acting on the advice of the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario. Tuesday’s ceremony is being arranged and sponsored by the Midland Chamber of Commerce, whose President, William R. Orr, will be chairman. 

    Wednesday night members of Midland council expressed concern about the garbage disposal situation. Mayor Charles Parker and most members of council had just completed an hour’s inspection of the dump. It was decided that the area to the north of the present dumping site would be under brushed and cleared immediately.  A large section of the westerly end of the dump will be filled in and closed to dumping, council decided and they hope that this work can be completed in the next two weeks. The area to be closed will be fenced and signs posted prohibiting dumping in that section. Dumping will be allowed only in the south-east section of the dump site. It was agreed.  Mayor Parker stressed that the steps being taken were only temporary until a new disposal site is found.