Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – March 16th to 22nd, 1959

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Silverware these women are holding will be presented to the winners of various sections in the Georgian Bay badminton tournament finals in Midland Armory Saturday. Left to right are Muriel Cameron, Camp Borden; Marie Abbotts, Owen Sound, last year’s women’s champion who lost out in the quarter-finals this year; Pamela Nixon, Barrie; and Joyce Rutherford, Midland. 

A portion of the new lounge at Midland’s Midtown Motel and a new guest room.  New addition of the lounge and ten other units to the second storey of the motel was opened recently. 

Midland Lions will sponsor these two budding orators in the Ontario-Quebec finals of a public speaking contest for high school students. President of the Midland club, Harold Humphries is seen with Marion Lavigne and Raymond Desrochers. Marion was best of the seven English speaking finalists. Raymond, a Penetang boy, will advance in the French-speaking division. 

Seen with President Doug Bensley are the two MPDHS orators the Penetang Lions Club will send to the Ontario-Quebec finals of the public; speaking contest for high school students. Contestants are Rudie Whaling of Midland, left, and Pauline Charlebois, Penetang, a French-speaking contestant. 

Penetang Little NHL – South Georgian Bay Champions – Don Deschambault is receiving the trophy. Top, Paul Solmes, Mike Dubeau, Bill Lepage, Martin Robillard, Ron Robillard. Middle, Donald Light, Paul Devillers, Ian Dick, Jimmy Martin, Peter Berry. Front, Donald Dupuis, Ted Mason, Gerald Gignac. Free Press caption; SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY champs in the Little League NHL section, Penetang entry beat Collingwood in a photo finish. Standing under pictures of former Penetang “greats,” Don Deschambault, team captain, holds the Rev. J. L. Len Self trophy. It was presented by Frank Spence of Canadian Name Plate, the donors. (Thanks to “Waxy” Gregoire for identifying the team members.) 

It was a jubilant Midland team in the AHL section of South Georgian Bay Minor Hockey League that accepted the Pillsbury trophy Saturday from C. L. Weckman. Dennis Abbott is surrounded by his teammates as he takes over the trophy at the end of the 4-2 win over Orillia. (This photo is from the Free Press negative collection, the only one we thought, yet in the photo below that was published in the newspaper Bobby Clayton has appeared, middle right.)

Even without the trophy, the big smiles would indicate Lloyd Wilcox’ Midland rink had emerged the winners of the CSL bonspiel last Wednesday. Left to right are Harold McAllen, Graydon Rogers, Lloyd Wilcox, R. C. H. Reed, assistant superintendent of CSL who presented the trophy, and Lawrence Wilcox. The annual event attracted 30 entries, each of whom played one game at Penetang and two at Midland. 

Winners of the Orr Trophy at the annual Midland-Penetang District High School bonspiel at Midland Curling Club Saturday were John Moss’ rink, seen receiving their trophy from Principal L. M. Johnston, Members of the rink are, left to right, Rodney Rankin, John Moss, Mr. Johnston, Gunther Haibach and John Quinlan.

R. Chittick, general manager of Midland Printers Limited, congratulates Jack Jorna, who received his Canadian citizenship in Barrie Wednesday, March 11. Mr. Jorna, a compositor at the Free Press, was one of fifty new Canadians who were presented with citizenship certificates. 

Midland’s new Liquor Control Board store, at Queen and Bay streets, is rated one of the most modern of its kind by manager Lorne Garrow, center in the upper photo. Flanked by clerks Darcy Fitzgerald, left, and Ossie Downer, Mr. Garrow comes to Midland from Oshawa, where he served for the past 13 years. (You penciled the product number of your choice on a piece of paper and the staff retrieved it from the stock, seems to me that Walker’s Special Old was 68B or was that Bacardi’s light amber rum.)

Editorial: A little more than a year ago Midland’s St. Andrews Hospital was critically ill with what had been diagnosed as financial anemia. Its future, to say the least, was not rosy. The hospital board of directors had resigned. Hospital finances were in such dire straits, it was said the institution might have to close its doors. A special meeting of citizens was called to discuss the problems and to attempt to formulate some course of action which would ensure this vital community service would be continued.  The new municipal auditorium was filled to capacity. The crowd, one of the largest to attend a public meeting in Midland for some years, represented all walks of life. The air was electric with suspense as the cards were laid on the table by the various speakers. Ultimately, a new board of directors was named. Next Wednesday night the men and women who were appointed to the board that night will make their reports at the annual meeting of the Corporation of St. Andrews Hospital. The meeting will be held in the same auditorium but a different story will be told. This story will be equally as electrifying, for it will be, in a sense, the story of an uphill fight for the survival of a hospital. It will be the story of how the entire hospital staff, doctors, Midland service clubs, fraternal organizations, businessmen and citizens, the councils and citizens of the surrounding municipalities contributed funds, worked long hours and co-operated to restore this ‘patient’ to a healthier state. It will be the story of devotion to a cause, of administrative surgery and financial transfusions. It was not an easy struggle or an entirely pleasant one. The financial charts now show that as of December 31, 1958, current assets exceeded liabilities by some $14,000 and the net improvement in finances since December 31, 1957, as $56,685. The hospital is now passing through the convalescing stage. Let us hope it does not have a relapse. 

Board of Directors of St. Andrews Hospital paid tribute this week to the excellent co-operation received the past year from the local doctors and the entire hospital staff. At the beginning of its term of office, the Board appealed to the doctors and staff to make every effort to help the Board deal with the problems that had to be solved. Without exception, a board spokesman stated, the medical men and staff of the hospital expressed willingness to co-operate fully. By maintaining patient occupancy at a relatively constant level,  minimizing Saturday operations, timing activities with the availability of nurses and streamlining the system of medical records, which in some instances needed duplication, the medical staff assisted greatly with the economy and overall operation of the hospital, it was stated. Another feature of the excellent co-operation enjoyed between the medical staff and the board was the invitation to the board chairman and the management committee to attend and discuss administration matters at the regular monthly meetings of the medical staff. At times during the year when the hospital was actually temporarily understaffed because of an unexpected increase in the number of patients, the nurses of the hospital worked cheerfully for Ionger hours to ensure that no essential duties and services were neglected. The helpful spirit of the entire staff and their patience in coping with difficulties was especially appreciated during the whole year, the board spokesman stated. 

Responsible for the smooth operation and efficiency throughout the hospital are Nursing Superintendent Miss Jean Holt and Business Administrator Alex Craig. Miss Holt is in charge of the medical responsibilities of the staff while Mr. Craig supervises the administration of the hospital. 

Last year 372 new citizens spent their first few days in St. Andrews nursery. Registered nurses Patricia Hook and Lois Rey were on duty when this photo was taken. Midland Lions Club provides a $300 annual grant for nursery equipment maintenance and supplies. 

Jean Sutton, Reg. Nurse makes sure the oxygen tent, a $1,000 gift of the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary is working properly. The tent is one of a series of gifts donated to the hospital by the Auxiliary in recent years. Nurses Alumnae also have contributed generously to the hospital. 

Nursing stations are manned 24 hours a day. Two-way intercom system permits conversation between duty nurses and any patient on the floor. Registered nurses Judy Wright, and Mrs. L. Mac Arthur are at first-floor station. Files contain medical histories of patients. 

More than 60,000 meals were served at St. Andrews in 1958, which included special diets as well as regular fare. Shirley Henry, left, receives instructions from Lyla Ritchie, a qualified dietician who is in charge of meal planning at the hospital. 

Pipes which almost obscure chief engineer Allan Busch are part of the heating system that keeps the hospital warm and comfortable, the temperature is controlled by an outside weather eye. A 24-hour duty is maintained in the boiler room. Last year 380 tons of coal were needed to heat the hospital. 

In 1958 more than 3,399 x-rays were taken on equipment in St. Andrew’s Hospital. Here Anne Gunn, the hospital’s X-ray technician prepares to take a patient’s “picture”. The equipment is comparable to any in other hospitals in Ontario. 

Members of Branch 80, Midland, proved their superiority at cribbage as District “E” of the Canadian Legion held its tournament Saturday. The Midlanders won both the ten-man team and doubles titles. Above, Herb Wiles receives the trophy from Ossie Truman of Weston, district sports officer, on behalf of the Midland victors.


  • Free Press headline of March 18, 1959; Road Crew Breaks Main Creates Crisis in Village. Highway construction workers, using a drag line on the new Coldwater bypass right-of-way, Monday afternoon broke the main water line running from the village reservoirs into Coldwater. Since the accident, which occurred about 3.30 p.m. Monday, irate councillors have dispatched telegrams and telephone calls to Highways Minister Fred Cass and Lloyd Letherby, MPP. Emergency arrangements for fire protection have been made with Simcoe County Mutual Aid Fire Association. The villagers reportedly have been without water in their taps since 9 p.m. Monday night.
  • County Herald headline of March 20, 1959; County Holds Tax Line, Road and General Levy 10.5 This year’s levy is made up of 7 mills general rate and 3.5 for roads. Last year it was 7.2 for general and 3.3 for roads. This year’s general rate of 7 mills is expected to raise $695,025 and the 3.5 mills for roads should bring in $347,512. Last year’s figures were $837,055 and $366,928, respectively. Midland’s share of the tax levy this year will be $60,175 for general and $30,087 for roads, a total of $90,262 as compared with $86,854 last year. For Penetang the figures are $17,558 for general and $8,779 for roads for a total of $26,337 as compared with $25,835 last year.
  • As Good Friday, a statutory holiday falls on the publication day for the County Herald, only one paper will be published next week. It will be the Free Press Herald, to be published and distributed to book stores and by carrier Wednesday. Rural correspondents and advertisers are requested to have their copy into this office early.
  • A teenage gang of shop-lifters was broken up on the weekend with the apprehension of six youths, Midland Police Chief Robert Cameron told this newspaper Monday. The chief said two youths had been charged and charges were pending against the others. Chief Cameron said the shoplifting crew, all Midland lads, would enter a clothing store and, while a couple of them kept the clerk occupied, another would steal an article of clothing. In other instances, they would try on an item of clothing and then leave with the new item without paying for it.
  • Thirty-one teachers at Midland-Penetang District High School will receive a $500 across-the-board wage increase, effective Sept. 1, as a result of a decision by the district board at its meeting last week. For some, experienced teachers, specialists, and heads of departments, the new salary schedule adopted by the board will mean substantial increases over the present salaries.
  • A total of 401 persons heard Victor White, a travelling missionary for the Watch Tower Society, deliver a Bible lecture on the subject, “A Paradise Earth Through God’s Kingdom.” The setting for this lecture was Parkside Pavilion, Midland, Sunday. The talk climaxed a three-day circuit assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses from an area bounded by Burks Falls on the north to Cookstown on the south and Orillia on the east. During the three days, delegates received Bible instruction and counsel in their ministerial activities. A baptism service was held Saturday afternoon.
  • Two district women were among the many motorists reported to have been caught up in the heavy gales which swept across Ontario Sunday afternoon and night. According to word reaching this paper, Miss Margaret Boden, Midland, and Miss Lena Woolley, Penetang, were en route to Toronto early Sunday evening. They were near Cookstown when the gale-force winds reportedly drove their small car across the road, turning it over several times. Damage to the vehicle was reported at around $300 but no person was seriously injured.
  • A new commercial establishment will occupy the premises now housing Bev’s Marine Ltd., Midland, May 1. Brake Specialty and Parts Company of Toronto has recently completed an agreement with B. H. Keefe, president of Bev’s Marine Ltd., for a long-term lease of the showroom and shops located at 263 Midland Ave. Russ Brazier, general manager of Brake Specialty, indicates the company would start with four employees but hoped to add to this once the business is established. The main business of the new company is the distribution of wholesale automotive parts. They now have a number of locations operating throughout Ontario.
  • Bandmaster of the Midland Salvation Army band for 25 years and a life member of Caledonian Lodge, No. 249 AF and AM, Midland, Richard Harry Gregory died at Greater Niagara Falls Hospital March 14 at the age of 80. Mr. Gregory was the husband of the late Emily L. Edwards. He is survived by a son, Raymond, and a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Mills, both of Toronto, and two brothers, George, and Gregory of Navisink, N.J. Mr. Gregory, a bricklayer and a contractor was for 10 years property building inspector for the Salvation Army in Toronto. At one time he ran a fish and chip store near the present site of Orr’s Jewellers.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Presentation of the charter of incorporation was made to Penetang Chamber of Commerce by Mayor W. D. Hunter. The charter was presented to J. M. H. McGuire, president of the chamber. * * * Penetang Hospital Board and women’s organizations in the town were making plans for a house-to-house canvass to raise funds for furnishing and equipping a new X-ray room in the proposed new hospital. Campaign objective was set at $10,000. * * * The Ontario legislature voted down a private bill calling for municipal elections at Wasaga Beach to be held during the summer rather than at the year-end. Also sought was authority for summer residents to hold municipal office. The legislature committee felt the bill left the preponderance of voting power with citizens “who would not be on the job except for a short time during the summer”. * * * Simcoe East member Wm. A. Robinson announced that letter carrier service would commence in Midland May 2. He said five to seven local men would be employed in the delivery service. * * * Audited financial statement for the town of Midland showed the town had incurred a $6,104 deficit on its 1948 operations. The mill rate in 1948 had been set at 46 mills. * * * Entries in the Midland Music Festival hit a new high in 1949. A tabulation showed 490 entries had been submitted in the various classes. It was estimated that approximately twelve to fifteen hundred contestants would be taking part. * * * Following a study made by county council’s agricultural committee and a member, of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, it was recommended that Stewart L. Page, county agricultural representative, be provided with an assistant. The assistant was to report June 1.
  • Annual spring fashion supplement, sponsored by Midland and Penetang businessmen, will appear with this issue of the County Herald. The 12-page supplement contains news and advertising messages describing the latest style trends.
  • “The people have been very good this year. It has been quite steady for the past couple of weeks,” stated Alex Macintosh, Midland’s issuer of motor vehicle licences. Indicating that he estimated about 80 percent of the licences had been sold, Mr. Macintosh said there had been no heavy, rush. “It is certainly better than last year.” Business at the Penetang licence issuing office was steady throughout Thursday, the day following the deadline, according to Mrs. Boyd Hollister. “There has been no rush, just a steady business all day long,” she said. Mrs. Hollister said she believed the majority of car owners in this area had their plates before the deadline. “We will still sell quite a few, however, to those people who have been unable to get their cars out because of the heavy snow conditions,” she said.
  • Letter to the editor; Dear Editor: I read in Wednesday’s Free Press Herald where Bev’s Marine has leased its building to a new firm, and I presume Mr. Keefe and his associates contemplate construction of a marina on property adjacent to the Midland coal docks. Neville Keefe, manager of the Georgian Bay Development Association has been asked by the town council to try to finalize purchase property which is supposedly partly owned by the railway. That’s all very good but I think the mayor and or members of council ought to do anything possible in order that this much-needed marina may become a reality. Last fall I walked over the proposed site of the marina, and it appeared to me that a tremendous work will be involved before the place can be put to use. Not only will it take a great deal of labor, but I imagine the cost will be very heavy. As there is no apparent immediate move by the government to supply funds for a marina, I believe that anyone who has enough courage and foresight to undertake the task ought to receive whatever possible support council can give. There is a steadily growing need for a marina here in Midland, not only for local boat owners but as a means of encouraging tourists to our town. Signed, an old Salt. (It is hard to imagine Midland without a marina.)

We are working at the moment on the 1943 Midland Free Press microfilms and wanted to add a page from that era.

Pages from Free Press Herald_1943-10-20 OCR



Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – March 8th to 15th, 1959

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One thing about fishing, age is no factor in the enjoyment of this universal pastime. Bobby Roduck examines one of the many “flies” tied by veteran angler G. A. Walkinshaw at the hobby show in Midland YMCA Thursday night. 

Although its value is under dispute in government and military circles at the moment, the aeroplane still attracts the fancy of many Midland lads who formed their own model club at Midland, YMCA. Keith Craig, left, and Tom Atkinson display two of the larger models on view at the hobby show in the ‘Y’ Thursday night. 

Midlanders who failed to attend the hobby show at the YMCA Thursday night missed some interesting exhibits. This one, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Sherriff, won a special award. Examining one of the interesting articles are Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Beatty. 

One of the main features at the annual North Simcoe seed fair at Elmvale has been the potato competition. Telesphóre Forget, left, is this year’s grand champion, with Ida Maurice as reserve champion. Both men are prominent seed potato growers from the Lafontaine area.

Top honours in the bacon section of this year’s North Simcoe seed fair and bacon carcass show at Elmvale Friday was won by Adam Wolosky of Victoria Harbour. Mr. Wolosky is seen With Ron Dennis, left, of the Canada Dept. of Agriculture, and Stewart L. Page, North Simcoe ag-rep. Mr. Wolosky’s exhibit won the grand championship in its class.

Floor hockey has long been one of the favorite sports for boys of Midland YMCA. In the lower photo are the Mustangs, this year’s winners. Left to right are; kneeling, Ronnie Jeannotte, Bob Weckman, Gene Suzuki; standing, Allan Cornell, Chris Lyons, and Frank McLean. Runners-up, Golden Eagles are Rafael Shushan and Jimmy Martin in front, and Paul Henderson, Ricky Howard, and Tom Fisher, rear.

Having heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the boys of Grades 7 and 8 at Port McNicoll Public School soften up their dads a bit each year by preparing and serving a supper for them. “Cooks” above are, “left to right, Frank Kelly, Leo Beausoleil, and Ian Spencer. 

Winners of the snowshoe races staged at Penetang’s Winterama March 1 receive their prizes from Jaycee Eugene Bellehumeur, right, chairman of the snowshoe race committee. Right to left are Larry Jones, Midland, first in men’s; Tom Tobey, Honey Harbour, 2nd in men’s, and Angela King, Honey Harbour, 2nd in women’s.  Betty Jones, Midland, winner of the women’s event, was absent when the photo was taken. 

Winner of the Monarch flour contest held at Loblaw’s Midland store recently was J. A. Stewart of 303 Second Street, Midland. Mr. Stewart, right, gets his aluminum cooking wear prize from store manager “Sandy” F. A. Dempster. 

Midland Armory will be a busy spot this weekend when the Garrison Club plays host to the Georgian Bay District, badminton championships. Four Midland stars Dave Dunning, Tom Marion, Carson Brown, and John Bourgeois, are seen above tuning up for the big event.

Tractor mounted snow blower clears the snow beside the CSL freighter “Hochelaga” in front of the Port McNicoll elevator before the ice cutting crew moves in to cut the ice into moveable blocks. Once the ice has been removed the freighter can be freed ready for her first spring trip. Petroff’s tow truck is being used to move ice. (Not the same one that pulled me out of the ditch last week.)


  • County Herald headline of March 11, 1959; Man Attacks Young Girl – Flees from Irate Citizen. Midland police today are continuing their search for a “scruffy looking” man who attacked a 12-year-old while she and several companions were on their way home from a Girl Guide meeting about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. The girls had left St. Mark’s parish hall about 9 p.m. and had reached the intersection of Hugel and Seventh Streets when one of them was grabbed by a man who had been following them and was thrown down on the snow. The girls’ screams attracted the attention of Herb Young, 371 Bay St. W. who took after the girl’s assailant and chased him to the vicinity of Knox Presbyterian Church where the suspect escaped up a lane.
  • Free Press Herald headline of March 11, 1959; Gang of Safecrackers Loot New Supermarket. The first major robbery in Penetang since the municipal force took over from provincial police several years ago netted an estimated $4,000 to $5,000 for a crew of hungry thieves who cracked the safe at Robbie’s IGA sometime during the weekend. The new store was opened only last month. The exact time of the break-in and robbery has not been determined, according to police, although there is some indication that it took place Sunday afternoon or night. The theft was discovered when employees opened the store on Monday morning. Getting into the safe, apparently took a considerable period of time and, while working, the culprits apparently got hungry, for they drank some milk and ate apples, chocolate bars, and biscuits. No evidence of an attempt to get into the safe through its door could be seen. Instead, using an axe, pick and wrecking bar, a hole was chopped through thin metal which covered the back.
  • Drop-outs number about the same as this time last year but percentage-wise they are down slightly because of the greater attendance, MPDHS Principal L. M. Johnston told the High School board meeting Wednesday night. Of the 11 pupils that had dropped but since his last report to the board in February, Mr. Johnston pointed out nine had gone to gainful employment.
  • Active in Boy Scout work, the Simcoe County Police Association and Conservative circles, William John Moriarty, died unexpectedly at his Port McNicoll home March 11. He was in his 58th year. Born in, County Kerry, Ireland, where he was educated, he came to Canada 33 years ago. After three years as a private detective at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, he came to Port McNicoll to join the staff of the CPR police where he remained until his death.
  • After an absence of about eight years, Huronia Choral Society is being reorganized. The initial rehearsal and organizational meeting of the group, which is open to all district residents, will be held in the board room of the Midland municipal building at 8 p.m. March 17. The society, formerly led by Allan Harrington, Alex Docherty and Wm. Cameron, will have Al Hume as its new leader.
  • With the opening of its new second-storey addition, Midland’s Midtown Motel now ranks with the best between Toronto and North Bay. That’s the firm belief of the proprietors, Karl, and Keith Bertrand, who not so many years ago were operating a garage on the site of the present motel. Still leaving room for another 20-unit addition if the need arises, the new second-storey addition is located “amidships”, atop the original building. It provides a fine lounge, 18 by 30 feet, as well as 10 new sleeping units.
  • BARGE “AGAWA” Dear Editor: The steel barge “Agawa,” official No. 111807, was built at Collingwood by the Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. for the Algoma Central S.S. Co. and launched July 19, 1902. Her length was 379 feet, width 46 feet, and depth 26 feet; gross tonnage 3308. In 1907 she was made a steamer of 2468 gross tons. She stranded on Advance Reef off Michael Bay, south coast of Manitoulin Island. The tug General from Detour took her crew off. She was released June 3, 1928, taken to Collingwood and repaired with gross tonnage 3525. On May 20,  1929, she was sold to Arrow S.S. Co. of Toronto and renamed Robert P. Dunham. In 1939 she was, sold to the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Co. of Thorold and renamed Heron Bay in 1940 and is still in service. —W. R. WILLIAMS.
  • Victoria Harbour electors gave a split decision in their vote on four liquor questions Saturday. They supported women’s beverage rooms by a vote of 296 yes to 191 no, for a majority of 78 percent and defeated the men’s beverage room question by a vote of 288 yes to 198 no. On the dining room licence issue, the question was carried by a 60.87 percent majority, 294 voting yes to 189 no. The cocktail lounge licence went down to defeat with .289 voting in the affirmative to, 197 in the negative.
  • One of several visitors at Tiny Township council meeting Saturday, Ed Copeland showed council his “time books” to prove he had closed his sawmill as he had threatened late last year. “If you hadn’t put on that $9 a year business tax I wouldn’t have closed it,” Mr. Copeland told council. “For a matter of $9 you are quitting the business?” asked Deputy-reeve Eldege Quesnelle. Mr. Copeland: “That’s right, I was sick and tired of government intervention in my business.”
  • “If the library is to continue to offer the service which the statistics show the people of Midland want, the only solution is an addition to the building. It cannot be started too soon; said Dawson M. Leigh, Midland Librarian, in his annual report issued recently. The last year saw more books and magazines borrowed than ever before — 69,479; continued Mr. Leigh. “This in spite of crowded conditions which almost compel patrons to be contortionists or giraffes. This amounts to each person borrowing 8.4 books per year. From available reports, no other municipality within 40 miles can show as high a per capita average and few in Ontario.” (The national average is 3.4 volumes a year.)
  • Births – GIANETTO — To Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Gianetto, Sunnyside, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, March 6, 1959, a daughter. LAURIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Laurin, 266 Dominion Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, March 9, 1959, a son. LeFRENIERE — To Mr. and Mrs. Leonard LeFreniere, King St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, March 7, 1959, a son. PINKNEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pinkney, 109 Hugel Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, March 4, 1959, a daughter. PUDDICOMBE —To Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Puddicombe, 248 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, March 6, 1959, a daughter.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – Extensive damage, was caused to the Midland Engine Works by a fire that broke out about 8.45 p.m. The fire was believed to have been started by a spark that had smouldered for some time following casting operations in the afternoon. * * * The federal government was considering the discontinuance of the $2 licence fee on each radio receiving set, replacing it with a tax on tubes.  * * * Dr. J. M. Nettleton of Penetang was being mentioned as possible Conservative candidate for the Centre Simcoe riding in a forthcoming provincial election. * * * Ontario Department of Highways reported there were 99 fewer fatalities on the highways in 1933 than in the previous year. A total of 7,877 persons were injured in the 8,634 accidents reported. * * * Ice at Moose Point was reported to have been 36 inches thick, extending out in the bay as far as the eye could see. *  * *  Twenty-five local men had obtained employment in the general overhaul being given to the Northern Navigation Company’s cruise ship Huronic. The passenger steamer was at Midland Shipyards. * * * Moonstone defeated Jarratt 4-3 in the final game of the East Simcoe Rural League. The hockey game was played in the Palace Rink at Coldwater. Moonstone was awarded the Eplett cup. * * * Provincial Livestock Director R. W. Wade reported that Ontario municipalities had paid out $20,000 for damage caused to sheep flocks by marauding dogs.
  • Over 200 “bird bashers” from eight Simcoe and Muskoka centers will congregate in Midland this weekend for the Georgian Bay District Badminton tournament, to be held in Midland Armory Friday and Saturday. Entries for the tournament have poured in from Orillia, Bracebridge, Parry Sound, Barrie, Camp Borden, Owen Sound, Utterson, and Midland.
  • On the basis of statistics submitted in the House of Commons the other day, the Avro Arrow cost every man, woman and child in Canada about $30 each. Since the average family consists roughly of four persons, it meant $120 was being drained in one form or another of indirect and direct taxation from the family wage earners pay envelope for this item alone.
  • At a meeting in Tiny Township council chambers, Saturday, the council was approached by six members of the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Association with the idea of making Tiny marsh a wildfowl sanctuary. Many will recall when this marshland or lake, as it was known, was drained so it could be used as farmland. However, it was found later to be of no value for such a purpose and was abandoned. Tiny Township agreed this piece of property was of no use to anyone in its present condition and that it was costing the township money to maintain ditches that are there for the purpose of catching any drainage water from this property. The council was unanimous in its decision to turn over this property to the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Association for a wildfowl sanctuary.
  • Obituary – MRS. EARL PAUL A Midland resident for most of her life, Mrs. Earl Paul died in St. Andrews Hospital, March 1, in her 34th year. Funeral service was held at Nicholls funeral home March 3, with Rev. J. L. Self officiating. Pallbearers were Norman, Harry, and Ed Paul, Don and Jack Simpson and Calvin Cowdrey. Born and educated in Penetanguishene, Mrs. Paul was married April 12, 1947, at Midland. Besides her husband, she is survived, by four children, Grace, Betty, Maryann and William, and her mother, Mrs. Grace Shields of Kingston. Two brothers, Bill and Bob, both of Toronto also survive. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery vault.
  • Midland Business and Professional Women’s Club held its monthly dinner meeting in the Georgian Hotel Feb. 9. President Mrs. R. R. McGrattan was in charge. Following the business session, the annual candlelight ceremonial was held in observance of International Week. The ceremony is a tradition through which the International Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs history is recalled in a symbolic fashion. Mrs. Earl Cumming entertained the members of the club at her home Feb.3.
  • Two four-year-old Lafontaine children escaped possible death by a narrow margin Sunday afternoon when they were struck by a truck as their sleigh glided onto the main road in the village. According to Tiny Chief Fern Maurice, the pair slid in front of a truck driven by Marcel Laurin, and owned by Ovide Laurin. Louise Mullie suffered a fractured elbow and bruises, and Gerard Beausoleil was confined to hospital with severe bruises and shock. Chief Maurice said the truck had to be jacked up to remove the Beausoleil child who was caught under the rear springs.

From the August 11th, 1943 Free Press Herald comes this article on the wartime shortage of heating fuel. It’s hard to imagine what the air quality must have been in Midland on those cold, still, winter mornings when every house burnt wood or coal.

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

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Visitors to Midland-Penetang District High School’s open house last Wednesday night got a warm welcome and information on various classrooms from these pretty receptionists. Seated is Anne Hamilton and standing, left to right, Pat Crompton , Marjorie Blyth, and Madeleine Vallee. Despite other attractions, a large number of parents turned out. 

It was a good job the Waubaushene fire brigade didn’t really have to fight a fire when its members tried out their new fire engine at the government dock Friday afternoon. They had to cut through 48 inches of ice beside the dock to get the water to test this new piece of equipment. Once the engine did get some water to work with the new truck “completely satisfied” Fire Chief Joseph Moreau, several members of the brigade, and Tay Township officials. A few minutes later, Reeve Fred Kinnear had no hesitation in accepting the keys from Murray Holland, sales representative of King Seagrave Ltd. of Woodstock, makers of the truck. Mr. Kinnear, in turn, presented the keys to Chief Moreau. Completely equipped and costing approximately $17,000, the truck was purchased by Tay Township in an effort to provide better service for ratepayers in the northeastern portion of the township. It will be stored and operated by the Waubaushene volunteer brigade, which will also keep-in-shape the old model purchased from the City of Toronto years ago.

Obviously proud of their new fire truck, these four members of Waubaushene volunteer fire brigade were on hand to try out the new equipment at the government dock Friday afternoon. Left to right are; Elmer Tucker, Maynard Thiffault, Murray Moreau (in the cab) and Chief Joseph Moreau. The truck was purchased by Tay Township to service the area around Waubaushene. 

Members of Tay Township council look pleased as Reeve Fred Kinnear receives keys for a new $17,000 fire truck from Murray Holland, right, sales representative for King Seagrave Ltd., manufacturers of the truck. Left to right are Councillors Norm Widdes and Lawrence Olimer, Deputy-reeve Ray Atkinson, Reeve Kinnear, and Mr. Holland. The truck will be stationed at Waubaushene. 

Herald of spring is the open stretch of water below the bridge at Port Severn, despite the fact that the land around is still covered with several feet of snow. At rear centre can be seen a portion of the three new Trans-Canada Highway bridges that span the mighty Severn River at this point. 

Not the least dismayed by being two goals down on the round, Len Self’s junior OHA team is preparing to turn the tables on Collingwood in the second game of the Little NHL district semi-finals here Saturday. The Midland NHL squad also faces a two-goal deficit but the AHL-ers are in the happy position of having a 3-goal edge on the opposition. Three games will be played on Saturday. 

Happy trio of Penetang Little NHL pucksters won the playoff game for their “Guelph” team. Left to right, Don Tannahill scored twice; Ed Tugwell, goalie, kept the opposition down to three goals, and Patrick Quesnelle scored twice. 

There’s a lot of unprotected goal area around Ernie Dubeau, one of Penetang’s Little NHL goalies. Fans at last Wednesday night’s playoffs were amazed at the way the midget sized net-minder kept the puck out of the nets. 

Seventy-one safe driving awards were presented to drivers of commercial vehicles at a meeting of the Transportation Safety Association of Ontario in Guthrie Saturday night. Among the Midland and district men who received awards were, front row, Douglas Hebner and Jack Holden, of Hebner’s Taxi; Gilbert Ladouceur, Penetang-Midland Coach Lines; and back row, Laval Dubeau, Leo Desjardins, Ed Moreau, and Kenneth Roduck, all of Penetang-Midland Coach Lines. 

Sgt. Blake Ball of the Victoria Harbour OPP detachment congratulates Elwood Dalziel and Walter Cook of Hanson Transport Midland, on their safe driving records. Others in the picture are Joe LeBlanc, manager of Hanson Transport, and George Moore, Transportation Safety Association of Ontario field man. The two drivers were among a group of North Simcoe men who received safety awards and prizes at a dinner in Guthrie Saturday night. 

The cry here is not “Timber!” but it still paid to be alert as workmen dislodged this huge chunk of snow from the coping of a Midland store, high above the sidewalk. The sidewalk was blocked off while the dangerous but necessary job was carried out. (This building, known as the opera house, would be completely destroyed by fire exactly one year from the date of this article; the People’s Store fire.) 

 Awarded the trophy for the best float in the parade, at the Penetang Winterama Saturday and Sunday, was this entry of Gropp Motors. The boys and girls on the float depict the various winter sports in the Penetang area. 

This happy group of children rode Tessier’s float in the Winterama parade in Penetang Sunday. Thousands attended the two-day event. 

Winner of the open and l00 hp and over classes in scoot races at the Winterama Sunday, Leo King of Go Home Bay receives the world championship trophy from Cliff Bower. 

Music director at MPDHS, W. A. Bartlett said none of the young instrumentalists have been playing together in any fashion for more than two years. The string ensemble actually was formed only at the beginning of the present school term last September. Their progress in that short period is best told by their success at Toronto. In finishing first with 86 points, they outscored a junior ensemble from the Royal Conservatory, which has been organized for at least 15 years, and another group from University Settlement, approximately five years in formation. The MPDHS string ensemble won its class and this string quartet finished fourth in a field of six. Left to right are Robin Benson, Marion Miller, Catherine McAllister, and Lois Cowan. 

Every year Port McNicoll Public School holds a unique “father and son” banquet, where the sons actually prepare and serve the food. From Grades 7 and 8, the boys are instructed by Mrs. Mary Moriarty. Dads in the above picture are, left to right, Russel Coughlin, Elmer Callan, Bruce Duncan, and Ray Belanger. Boys are Danny Callan, left, and Bobby Duncan. 

Business is a bit slow through the big lock at Port Severn at the moment. But in a few more weeks the ice and snow will be gone and pleasure boats will again wend their way from Georgian Bay through the lock to the Severn River and the Trent Canal beyond. 

  •  The Midland Free Press headline of March 4th, 1959; 16-Month-Old Boy Dies in Isolated Baxter Home. Isolated in a Baxter Township home, three-and-a-half miles east of Highway 103, a 16-month-old boy died in the arms of his mother Friday evening before he could receive medical attention. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cadeau, Archie David Cadeau had been ill with pneumonia. The roads were blocked by snow. His two-month-old sister, Diane, was rushed to  Penetanguishene General Hospital suffering from the same illness after roads had been bulldozed Saturday. He said his son died in their three-room home while he and his father-in-law, Albert Leduc, 76, were hitching up a team of horses to take the child to a doctor. Just as they had finished putting the harness on the team, his wife said the baby had died. They have eight other children. Mr. Cadeau and his father-in-law then drove the team over the snow-clogged township road to the highway and from there to his brother’s home in Port Severn. He called Coroner R. F. Brown of Coldwater, who told him to bring the baby out. He returned home and he and his wife walked the seven miles back to Port Severn with the body of the child.
  • The County Herald headline of March 6, 1959; Camp Buildings Collapse, Loss May Reach $10,000. Officials of the Simcoe Presbytery, United Church Camp (Simpresca), located on Midland Point about six miles north of Midland, discovered Thursday morning that the camp’s dining room and the kitchen had collapsed under the weight of snow. Walter Coutts of Elmvale, chairman of the camp committee, said the loss could run as high as $10,000.  Both frame structures, the 30 by 60-foot dining room was built in 1949, and the 20 by 30-foot kitchen in 1957. He decided to inspect the camp after he had heard at a special meeting of church elders and stewards in Elmvale Wednesday night that the regular watchman at the camp, Loran Williams, had died in January. He said the committee did not know of the watchman’s death prior to the meeting. As a result, the camp had not been inspected for some time.

  • Coldwater — Cottage owners in the Severn River area have received additional warnings from Lands and Forests officials to have snow removed from roofs. It was reported this week that among the latest casualties of roof cave-ins were two cottages at the Swift power plant and two on the Lost Channel, all in the same day. A total of 20  cottages have been reported destroyed by the weight of snow in the Six Mile Lake area, this winter.
  • Dear Editor: I would like to go on record as making the following statement: I have been a part-time resident of Victoria Harbour for the past 21 years and I have found the town a very pleasant place to live. I think that one of its attractions is that it is a “dry town”. I hope it continues to be a town where “licker” and beer are not sold. I have six cottages which I rent and I feel many of my tenants will feel the same way that I do. —HERBERT C. MERRY.
  • (Railroading was and is a dangerous vocation.) David Moir, a 43-year-old CNR brakeman from Lindsay, met death beneath the wheels of a freight train in the Orillia yards early Saturday morning. Mr. Moir was the head brakeman on the freight which arrived in Orillia at 2.40 a.m. from Midland. It is believed he fell under the wheels as he attempted to board an express car. The accident was the third in a little more than a year in the same area in which a man was killed beneath the wheels of a train.
  • There appears to have been little danger of the tragedy which struck the Western Ontario community of Listowel on the weekend, occurring in the North Simcoe area. Seven boys practicing for a pee-wee hockey game, and the town’s recreational director, were killed when the roof of the community’s Memorial Arena (built in 1954) suddenly collapsed Saturday morning. A check of arenas in this area revealed, that snow had been cleared from all of them BEFORE the Listowel disaster. Several have been cleared three or four times during this winter of abnormal snowfall.
  • Midland Public Library Board has ordered a set of the 36-volume (Thwaites) edition of The Jesuit Relations, Librarian Dawson Leigh announced this week. Mr. Leigh said the first six volumes of the unabridged edition are scheduled to arrive at the library this month, and the remaining volumes would be here by June. He said the original edition of “The Relations” was in 72 volumes.
  • Heavy snow loads are taking their toll of summer buildings in Tiny Township, according to reports received this week. Two large buildings in the area west of Penetang Bay collapsed Friday night. The one was a building approximately 110 by 75 feet at the summer resort owned by Phil Charlebois. A complete estimate of the loss is not yet known, although it will run into several thousand dollars. Used an a community hall for the occupants of more than 20 cottages, the building was almost a total wreck. About a dozen small boats, lawn furniture, and other items stored in the building are believed to be damaged considerably. The other large structure was the big dormitory of the Bayview Scout Camp, sometimes known as Camp Tap-a-Wingo. Substantial sums had been spent in renovating the building within the past few years, and it was only last year that installation of brick siding had been completed.
  • Veteran Midland barber and one-time Midland bandsmen, D. E. “Teddy” Pearson collapsed and died in a taxi near his Sixth Street home Friday afternoon. Mr. Pearson had boarded the Hebner’s taxi at Bay and King Streets shortly after 1 p.m. As driver Jack Holden drove along Sixth Street he heard Mr. Pearson making strange sounds. He stopped, the car and summoned the aid of passerby Stan Hacker and his brother, By the time medical aid could be obtained, Mr. Pearson had died. Dr. John Cardwell, the coroner, was called to the scene. Mr. Pearson had sold his business and retired some time ago.
  • BIRTHS – BOAST To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boast, 205 King St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, Feb. 27, 1959, a daughter. BRISSETTE — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brissette, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1959, a daughter. BRODEUR—To Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Brodeur, 89 Olive St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, March 3, 1959, a son. DE COLA — To Mr. and Mrs. Victor De Cola, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, March 2, 1959, a son. KING — To Mr. and Mrs. Rufus King, Christian Island, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Tuesday, March 3, 1959, a daughter. LEITZ — To Mr. and Mrs. Guenther Leitz, Ruby St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, March 1, 1959, a son. MOREAU To Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Moreau, Victoria Harbour, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1959, a son. MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Moreau, 209 George St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, March 3, 1959, a daughter. NEWMAN — To Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Newman, 124 Seventh St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, Feb,. 28, 1959, a daughter. RUSSELL — To Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Russell (nee June Church) at Grace Hospital, Toronto, Thursday, March 5, 1959, a son. THERRIEN — To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Therrien, 273 Third St., Midland; at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, March 1, 1959, a son. THORNTON — To Mr. and Mrs. James Thornton, Waubaushene, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland; Thursday, February 26, 1959, a daughter.
  • Ten (70) Years Ago This Week – More than 5,000 persons attended the second annual winter carnival in Penetang. For the second year in succession, the event had perfect weather. * * * Shipping officials were predicting an early opening of navigation in 1949. Ice depth in Midland harbor was less than 15 inches and there was little or no ice beyond the Giant’s Tomb, it was reported. * * * Coldwater council authorized its public utilities superintendent to make nightly water shutoffs as the water level in the reservoir was becoming dangerously low. The cut-offs were necessary, it was stated, to keep the level from dropping below three feet. * * * Midland Lions Club was providing free checks on eye faults and vision defects in Midland’s elementary schools. * * *  Of the men who tried navigators’ examinations at Midland Marine School sponsored by the  Midland District High School Board, one obtained his master’s ticket and nine others obtained mates tickets inland waters. * * * Penetang council instructed Clerk W. H. Hewson to have a bylaw drafted whereby police and council would have some control over persons driving taxi cabs in the town.  * * * The post office in Coldwater had been moved from the Millard block to new quarters in the McConachie building. The shift was made on a weekend.
  • “Long overdue” was the comment of Penetang Police Chief Jack, Arbour as he read of proposed legislation which will make windshield trinkets a legal offense. “It was getting to the point where I sometimes wondered how some of the drivers could see the road through the dozens of articles they had slung from their rearview mirrors,” the chief said. Announcements made this week indicate the Ontario legislature will enact legislation which will make it an offense to clutter up car windshields with hanging objects. Included also will be windshield stickers.
  • Parents’ night for the 4th Midland Wolf Cub Pack was held at St. Paul’s United Church March 3 with 34 Cubs, four leaders, 49 parents and 12 children present. Rev. W. L. Morden presented 1st stars to the following: Arthur McComb, Bob Montgomery, Bruce Wilcox, Russel Penhale, Frank McLean, Ralph Battrick, Brian Morden, Eddie French, Ralph Rawn, Ernie Boast, Pacey Shulman, Jim Withers, and David Banks. Jamie Lounsbery was presented with his collector and cyclist badges.