Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – February 15th to 21st, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeKeith Cleary, left, was awarded the Roxy Theatre Trophy by Rev. J. L. Self Thursday night in ceremonies held in conjunction with the Queen of Hearts contest at the theatre. The trophy is awarded annually to the senior student who best combines athletic, scholastic and other abilities. 

With only a little more than a week of February left, the winter’s back appears to be broken for another season. In a few weeks North Simcoe mariners will be returning to their ships and navigation will be underway for another year. Here Jess Handy, Ernie Quesnelle and Mike Ianosch do some repair work on the bow of the “Assiniboia” at Port McNicoll. 

Representing the four teams in Midland YMCA’s Little Basketball League, each of these lads is hoping his team will win this trophy during the playoffs slated to start Feb. 20. Lads are, left to right, Wayne Holden, Keith Craig, Morley Bath and Rickey Lemieux. 

“Safe Hunter” badges like these are the goal of a number of Midland youths attending classes sponsored by Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Association at the Midland YMCA. Left to right are; Leib Shulman, Jim McKinnon, Terry O’Dale, Richard Charlebois and Conservation Officers, Fred Bowes, Midland, and Sandy Ellis, Maple. 

Refreshments were provided donors at the Midland Red Cross blood clinic in the municipal building. Here a group of donors sample some of the fare provided those who gave blood. Midland Lions Club, St. Andrews Nurses Alumnae assisted at the clinic. 

Chosen to reign over the MPDHS campus for the coming year as ‘Queen of Hearts” Thursday night was Jill Phipps, seated right. Other finalists in the contest held at the Roxy Theatre were Mary Lou Brissette (seated left) and Jean Abbott, Catherine Burns and Pat Playford (standing, left to right). 

Co-owners of the general store at Wyevale which was robbed Saturday night, are Mrs. Wallace MacDonald, left, and Mrs. Ruth Marcellus. Only Mrs. MacDonald and one lone customer were in the store when a man entered around 10.10 p.m. and took around $150 at gunpoint. The money was later recovered.

This general store at Wyevale was the scene of an armed robbery Saturday night, shortly before closing time.  About $150 taken from the store, which also houses the village post office, was recovered later in a snowbank near Martyrs’ Shrine, some 10 miles away, by OPP Const. George Winter of the Victoria Harbour detachment. Two Midland youths have been arrested in connection with the incident. 

The ice surface at Penetang arena got a king-sized shave Tuesday when two inches were taken off the surface with an ice-shaver. This operation will level the surface which becomes “saucered” from skating and hockey. It took four sweeps over the ice-surface to cut the depth by two inches. Each cut was a one-half inch in-depth, and it required a little more than two hours to complete a cut. Don Shave, (not a pun) arena manager, estimated several tons of ice was removed during the operation which brings the level down close to the freezing pipes. A jeep snow plow, a front-end loader and half a dozen men were used to remove the shaved ice from the arena and pile it alongside the building. 


“Hold Two Midland Lads on Armed Robbery Count”

    Free Press Herald headline of February 17th, 1960.  Two Midland youths are awaiting trial on charges of armed robbery following the hold-up of a general store in Wyevale Saturday night. They were picked up through the quick co-operation of members of the OPP detachment at Victoria Harbour, within a half an hour after the robbery was reported. Mrs. Wallace MacDonald, co-owner of the Wyevale Store, said the robbery occurred at 10:10 p.m. Saturday, shortly before the store was to be closed for the night. The other owner, Mrs. Ruth Marcellus, had already left for home. Last male customer, Douglas Hill, had also left a few minutes prior to the hold-up, she said. When a lone man entered the store, the only other person present besides Mrs. MacDonald was Mrs. Brent Moreside, a customer. Wearing a section of nylon hosiery, doubled over his face, the man told Mrs. Marcellus — “I want the money out of the till — get it.” He was carrying a revolver, the I owner said.     

“Want Board’s Power Cut – Taxation Scheme Ended”

     County Herald headline of February 19th, 1960. Midland Chamber of Commerce industrial committee has recommended that the fight against edicts laid down last year by a special committee set up under the Industrial Standards Act, be continued even more vigorously this year. The Midland officials want a formal resolution placed before the Ontario Chamber of Commerce convention this year, requesting the latter organization’s support in a move to halt what has been termed “taxation by government officials and not by Parliament.” Industrial committee spokesmen in Midland, said Ontario Department of Labor officials last year had kept up an unrelenting pressure on firms in the ladies dress and sportswear field, “to persuade, threaten or cajole them into accepting regulations which permit government officials to collect a one percent levy each  from the payrolls of firms and from wages of employees.” The labour department body also has powers to control the operations of these industries and their employees. 

    A Midland woman was among the passengers on a Canadian National Railways passenger train which collided with a 39-car freight train 32 miles west of Hornepayne Saturday. In the wreck, which killed Albert Prairie, 50, the engineer on the CNR’s crack Super Continental, was Mrs. L. E. Thomas of 298 Manly Street, Midland. She was not seriously injured. Mrs. Thomas said there was no panic among the passengers, many of whom were napping after lunch. They gave assistance to one another and to the train crew. 


BRAND—To Mr. and Mrs. G. Brand, 380 King St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, February 12, 1960, a daughter.
DECAIRE — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Decaire, 20 Poyntz St., Penetang; at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, February 1, 1960, a daughter. (Baby died.)
GORDON — To Mr. and Mrs. Ross Gordon, 297A Russell St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, February 13, 1960, a daughter.
MAXWELL — To Mr. and Mrs. Donald Maxwell, R.R. 1, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, February 4, 1960, a son.
MONAGUE — To Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Monague, Christian Island, at St. Andrews Hospital; Midland, Saturday, February 13, 1960, a son.
MOREAU To Mr. and Mrs. Baptiste Moreau, Port Severn, at St Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, February 15, I960, a son.
SANDERSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Sanderson (nee Halliburton) at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, on Saturday, February 13, 1960, a son.
SANGSTER To Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sangster, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital; Midland, Saturday, February 6, 1960, a daughter. 

    Tay Township residents on the outskirts of Midland have reservations about the merits of Ontario Hydro’s slogan “Live Better Electrically.” It seems every time they receive their power bills, issued on a quarterly basis, they find these HEPC bywords an exceptionally bitter pill to swallow. Why? Because these homeowners know their urban counterparts just a hoot and a holler away in the town pay only half as much for the same service and the same power. A resident who lives in the new sub-division on Hugel Ave, about 150 yards west of the corporation limits, the other day compared his electrical bill for the three-month period covering November, December and January with rates for residential consumers in Midland. He found that, if his home had been in the corporation, his net cost for electricity would have been less than half the $48.86 he had to pay in the suburban location, classified by the HEPC as “rural” area. To be specific, he would have paid only $26.06.


    St. Andrews Hospital officials reported that, in spite of rising costs in 1949, the average cost of caring for patients in the hospital was lowered from $6.53 to $3.29 per day. * * * Mayor O. H. Smith of Midland asked the council to make a thorough study to determine the advisability of the town seceding from Simcoe County. He pointed out that the town paid seven per cent of the total cost of county government services, a share which represented 15 percent of the tax levy in the corporation. * * * An influenza epidemic had cut school attendance in district schools from 15 to 35 per cent. In some classes, less than 50 per cent of the pupils were in attendance. Hardest hit of all schools was Victoria Harbour where 60 of the 175 pupils enrolled were absent. * * * Penetang ratepayers were to be asked March 15 to approve a fixed assessment of $50,000 for Beatty Bros. Spencer division. The fixed assessment was to be for 10 years. * * * Midland branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society decided to disband. It was felt since so few persons were taking an interest in the organization that it might as well be terminated. There were seven women and four men at the annual meeting of the group. * * * Deputy-reeve of Vespra Township, Roy Hickling told Midland Kiwanis Club that homes in the county were being wrecked faster than new ones were being built. Deputy-reeve Hickling said this fact was borne out in the $122,000 budget which county council had approved for the children’s aid society. It was the highest amount ever approved for the county organization, he stated. * * * In the first major storm of the year, Ontario Department of Highways snowplows battled wind-packed drifts on district roads and highways to keep thoroughfares clear for traffic. Highway 27 between Midland and Barrie was blocked for several hours. 

    Coach of Penetang Hurons Junior C hockey team and an active member of Penetang’s volunteer fire brigade, Lomer Dubeau, 37, died while being rushed to a Toronto hospital yesterday morning. This newspaper was informed that Mr. Dubeau was stricken while removing snow off a roof. It is reported he had suffered a somewhat similar attack at a hockey game recently. He was one of the so-called “Old-timers” scheduled to meet radio, TV and pressmen in a minor hockey league benefit game in Penetang next week.

   According to Harvey Beauchamp, Fox Street, Penetang, at least one bear has decided to come out of winter hibernation and seek the warmth of the town. Mr. Beauchamp said he found bear tracks around his home when he went to church Sunday morning. Further investigation indicated the animal had come from the direction of Church Street, walked along his driveway and out on to Fox Street. 

    Harold S. Howes, a man who already has been “workin on de railroad” for more than 40 years, is Midland’s new CNR agent. Mr. Howes began his railroad career with the old Grand Trunk Railroad back in 1918 at Vankleek Hill, near Ottawa. He spent eight months there and followed up with many more years in a variety of Ontario communities, mostly as a telegraph operator.  

    Orillia Chamber of Commerce has donated $100 to the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board in a move to have the site of the Indian village of Cahiague authenticated. The late Leslie Wise of Coldwater, during his lifetime, took a great interest in establishing the importance of Cahiague. The mysterious Huron Indian capital has been variously claimed as being located near Warminster, Bass Lake, Hawkstone or north of Lake Couchiching. The Orillia Chamber anticipates that a plaque eventually will be erected marking Cahiague as situated at the Warminster site. Champlain’s notes contain references to Cahiague. 

    That extension of highway 400 to Coldwater is a great boon to motorists travelling between North Simcoe and Toronto. It is an excellent road and when the final surfacing is applied next spring — even though it may be closed temporarily for that action — it will be another excellent industrial and tourist asset for this entire area.  

    Midland’s contentious “hairdressing” problem seemed to be settled amicably at a special meeting of Midland council Saturday morning. Officially on the agenda for many months, the problem concerned the alleged operation of hairdressing parlours by certain persons in residential areas, and the non-assessment for business tax purposes. Hairdressers established in commercial zones and paying business tax were thus being discriminated against, it was charged. Enquiring as to how many establishments were affected. Alderman James Mackie was told there were three. A member of the hairdressers’ delegation present said she knew of six. The exact number was not confirmed. Mayor Parker told council that new provincial legislation, to become effective in March and requiring the licensing of all hairdressers in the province, would largely take care of the problem. The fee, a member of the delegation said is $5 per operator, with a deadline of March 31. After that time it will be $7. Council then passed a motion that hairdressers operating in residential zones must cease operation by Sept. 1. This, however, does not affect persons whose businesses were established in residential zones before the zoning bylaw came into effect. Such bylaws cannot be made retroactive, it was stated. A spokesman for the delegation said this would be satisfactory. 

    A large delegation attended the Tuesday night meeting to ask the Tay council to rescind, in part, the controversial “No Shooting” bylaw it passed last fall. The group consisted of the president and two of the executives of the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Club, cottagers, resort operators, farmers, businessmen and interested sportsmen. Included in the group was a good representation of the 55 property owners in the Little Lake area who signed a petition asking that the bylaw be rescinded. The delegation indicated a willingness to leave the areas mentioned in the original bylaw closed to hunting with the exception of the west shore. With but one dissenter, the property owners in this area want Little Lake left open for hunting. The majority of council sympathized with the owners’ request and expressed their agreement that the bylaw should indeed be amended, but the property committee is to submit a report first. (This is about duck hunting on Little Lake.)  

    The traditional hearts and streamers decorated the auditorium of St. Theresa’s High School in Midland last Saturday night for a Valentine dance held by the pupils of the school. During the evening, Doreen Moreau was chosen “Queen of the Ball” from a group of St. Theresa’s girls. She was the recipient of a number of prizes donated by Midland merchants. There were also prizes for the princesses, Pat Knicely, Sharon Moreau, Sheila Parent, Beth McNamara and Joan Chambers. Ronald Belanger acted as master of ceremonies. Spot dance prizes went to Brian Berriault and Elaine Dorion. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cadeau and Mr. and Mrs. Sib Brodeur of Victoria Harbour acted as chaperones.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – February 7th to 14th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlarge If I live to be 150 years old I’ll never be that lucky again,” said Wilson French, 149 Fifth Street, Midland, after he walked away from a crash with three CNR diesel engines on Saturday afternoon, which practically demolished his car. Unable, because of snow and ice, to get up the hill at the end of Yonge Street East, Mr. French was backing his car down to put on chains when he heard the train whistle and at almost the same instant felt the train hit the right rear of his car, spin it around and drag it along the track and off into the snow. Mr. French reported only leg bruises, but his car did not fare so well. 

Founded back in 1880, Midland Boat Works recently acquired new owners in John MacRae and Ken Thistle of Toronto. Mr. MacRae (seated) is seen going over plans for future improvements with, left to right, Len Cowdrey, superintendent, Mr. Thistle, and Ross Kennedy, a friend. 

No wonder skiing is so popular when there’s “Scenery” like this around to ease the aches and pains suffered on the hills. Enjoying near perfect conditions at Midland Ski Club Jan. 31 were left to right, Pat Woods, Dorothy Shaw and Shirley Wallace, all of Midland; Jill Hodgins and Jean Campbell, Toronto; and Jan Harvey, Victoria Harbour. Jan didn’t have a name for her pups as yet. 

While there are many fine homes in the new Ingram sub-division just west of Midland, this one is just a bit different from the rest. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Walker, it’s all-electric, including heating. The Walker home is located on the bend at the south end of Norene Street. 

“Queen of Hearts” at Midland-Penetang District High School for the coming year is Jill Phipps, a special commercial student who may switch to nursing for a career. Jill was the choice of a large audience at Midland’s Roxy Theatre last night. 

Blood flowed freely in Midland and Penetang this week as citizens turned out to donate to the Red Cross Blood Donors Clinic. Here an unidentified woman is kept under close watch by a Red Cross nurse at the clinic. 

Despite the fact they got a frigid reception when they gathered at the Victoria Harbour United Church Tuesday (the furnace went on the hummer), these ladies didn’t let this mar their enjoyment of the occasion. Members of the Woman’s Auxillary, they were helping to mark the 60th anniversary of that organization at the Harbour. Six past presidents were able to attend the afternoon tea. 

Diamond Jubilee of Victoria Harbour Woman’s Auxiliary brought these six past presidents and the current holder of that office, Mrs. W. B. Reid, together for a celebration tea at the United Church Tuesday; Left to right are Mrs. Gordon Gervais, Mrs. Jas. Sykes, Mrs. Clarence MacKenzie, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. J. Todd, Mrs. J. P. Schissler, and Mrs. William Dunlop. 

These men have been enshrined in hockey’s “Hall of Fame”, either for their abilities on the ice or in executive fields, such as Midland’s George S. Dudley. Left to right they are, seated — Herb Gardiner, W. A. Hewitt, Hugh Lehmann, Art Ross, Cyclone Taylor, Dickie Boon, Claude Robinson, Moose Johnson, Paddy Moore; centre row — King Clancy, Wm. Northey, Frank Foyston, Mr. Dudley, Frank Fredrickson, Lester Patrick, Newsy Lalonde, Frank Nighbor, Joe Malone, Duke Keats, Dit Clapper, Eddie Shore, Conn Smythe; back row — Red Dutton, Lloyd Turner, Frank Goheen, Ching Johnston, Aurel Joliot, Frank Baucher, Al Pickard, Bill Cook, George Hay. 

Victoria Harbour citizens have started a fund for Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Desroches, who lost their home and all their belongings by fire early Monday evening. Neighbours had already found a doll for Timmy, 20 months, and a pair of cowboy guns for Grant, 5 years old, when this picture was taken Tuesday. Donations of money, furniture or clothing may be left at the Village office. 

This was all that was left of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Desroches following a disastrous fire early Monday evening. Mr. Desroches was working at the village’s open-air skating rink behind the firehall when the siren sounded and drove the truck to his own fire. The house is located on Bay Street, several hundred feet from the nearest hydrant.

If you remember Romper Room, do you remember, “I see Bobby, I see Suzie  – –

“Rubber Plugs Hose, Fire Guts Harbour House”
The Free Press Herald headline of February 10, 1960. A fund has been started at Victoria Harbour for a young couple and their two small children who lost their home and “everything they owned” in a disastrous fire early Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Desroches, whose home on Bay Street was gutted to the bare walls, are presently staying with Mrs. Desroches’ mother, Mrs. John Bernard, on Maple Street. With them are their two sons Grant, 5, and Timothy, 20 months. Loss of their home was the second tragedy that has struck the Desroches family in recent months? Two years ago next week they lost their son, Jimmy, then 2 ½ years. An employee of the bridge and building department of the CPR at Port McNicoll, Mr. Desroches had been laid off some time ago because of seasonal conditions. He is employed by the village, managing the open-air rink, just behind the fire hall. Mr. Desroches was at the rink Monday night around 6.30 p.m. when the fire siren sounded. He ran to the fire hall and drove the truck (a 1919 model) to the street. “Where’s the fire?” Mr. Desroches asked as the firemen quickly assembled. “At your place,” he was told. Arriving at the scene, Mr. Desroches said the fire didn’t seem to be too bad, at least from the outside. When he entered the house to save his TV set and other furniture, he found the building so full of smoke he was unable to enter. Things rapidly went from bad to worse at the scene of the fire, located nearly three blocks from the nearest hydrant. When Harbour firemen attempted to use the supply in their 500-gallon tank, no water came out of the small, high-pressure hose and the motor kept stalling. They were forced to stand by helplessly until the Port McNicoll brigade arrived to help. By this time the fire had already made great headway in the two-storey frame building. “We went back to the fire hall,” “Sib” Brodeur, assistant fire chief, told this paper, “where we found that a piece of loose rubber was plugging the nozzle of the high-pressure hose. When this was removed everything worked perfectly”. 

“Simcoe County Council Plans Manor Addition” 
If approval of the Ontario Municipal Board is forthcoming, a start will be made this year on a 50-bed addition to Georgian Manor at Penetang. Meeting in Barrie Monday, Simcoe County Council approved a motion by Reeves Albert Deconkey of Matchedash and H. J. Beauchamp of Midland that the Home for the Aged Committee of council proceeds to seek the necessary approval. The project will likely be carried out in two stages starting with the erection of a new kitchen and dining room facilities and the tearing down of what was the old Penetang General Hospital. The latter is being used for kitchen and staff facilities at present. When the first part of the project is completed, work will get underway on the dormitory part of the project. This will not likely be before 1961. 
    Public affairs committee of Midland Chamber of Commerce believes it now has sufficient information as to costs, methods and available sites for construction to proceed on an aircraft landing field for this area this spring. This was revealed in the annual report of Hugh Blair, chairman of the chamber’s public affairs committee. At the request of a number of local industrialists and others who believed an aircraft landing strip would be a valuable asset to Midland, the public affairs committee made a preliminary survey of methods, costs and sites for such a field last year, Mr. Blair said. The committee feels it now has sufficient information available so the project may be proceeded with as soon as weather permits, if the 1960 chamber directors favour the move, he said.   
    In close co-operation with the mayor and council, the committee also had pressed for action on the installation of a traffic light at King and Yonge Streets, Mr. Blair revealed. 
    The most important project undertaken by the committee in 1959 however, was a study of costs and other factors involved in the proposed sewage disposal plant, which the Ontario Water Resources Commission indicated Midland would have to build. The committee was especially concerned about this more than one million dollar outlay as industrial, and commercial taxpayers in Midland would have to pay more than half this sum. As a result of information obtained by chamber secretary-manager R. B. Moffatt from the town’s consulting engineers, it was found that the preliminary estimate of $1,000,000 for the plant covered only the actual construction costs and did not include interest charges on the money borrowed nor maintenance and operating costs over the 20-year period of the loan. Mr. Blair’s report notes that the actual total outlay for this project over a 20-year period would be about $2,500,000 or more — a bill which Midland taxpayers would have to foot. 

   “The good old hockey game” COLDWATER — An East Simcoe Rural Hockey League game at Coldwater this week, in which Victoria Harbour defeated Coldwater 9 to 5, ended in a fight during the final minutes of the match. Only a few fans saw the rugged encounter. The climax of the fracas came when Coldwater player Art Insley’s stick was broken against the head of Allan Vallee of Victoria Harbour. Vallee was treated at the Coldwater medical clinic for what Dr. G. W. Hall termed a “nasty gash”. It required four stitches to close.  This appeared in the Friday paper; Aftermath of a Donnybrook during an East Simcoe Rural Hockey League game at Coldwater Feb. 1, a charge of assault is slated to be heard by Magistrate K. A. Cameron in Midland police court Monday. Arthur Insley, Coldwater, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting Allan Vallee, a member of the Victoria Harbour team, in court last Monday. 

    25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – A Citizens’ Industrial Committee was organized to bring industries to Midland. Members were V. G. Edwards, George Ross, D. L. White, Jr., James Pinchin, Edwin Letherby, D. S. Pratt, David Hurrie, David Haig, and T. M. McCullough, (secretary pro tem). * * * A branch of the Junior Red Cross Society was organized in Midland, “following an enthusiastic meeting of Midland young ladies.” * * * Sinclair Lewis’ best-seller “Babbit”, in a motion picture version, was billed for the Capitol Theatre. Aline McMahon and Guy Kibbee had the leading roles. * * * A. J. B. Gray, the government supervisor, met with Penetang Council, to discuss among other things the problem of bringing new industries to town, “and a suggestion that this municipality and Midland work together to this end was favourably received.” * * * The leading editorial commenced: “There is cause for satisfaction in the announcement that two troops of Boy Scouts are due to be organized in Midland.” It concluded: “Bugles are still required for those boys who are practising regularly on borrowed instruments.” * * * A winter sports meet sponsored by the Penetang Kiwanis Club drew a large crowd to Payette Driving Park. Program comprised horse racing, dog races, and skiing events.

    Editorial – One of these days we are going to learn the true cost of pure water. So far in North Simcoe we have been lucky. At Tillsonburg, for example, they even have a separate municipal water system for their fire hydrant service. They believe, and rightly, that there is no need to fight fires with pure well or spring water. Over half our current water uses in Penetang, Midland, and the villages of this area do not require drinkable water either. 

    OBITUARIES – Death came unexpectedly to GILBERT QUESNELLE at his Perkinsfield home when he suffered a coronary thrombosis, Sunday morning, Jan. 31. Born in Perkinsfield, the 37-year-old man had lived there throughout his life. He had been employed as a (rail) car cleaner in Midland. A Roman Catholic, Gilbert Quesnelle married the former Albertine Lesperance in 1944 at Perkinsfield. Besides his wife he is survived by five children, Paul, John, Marc, Pauline and Dennis, all at home. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Quesnelle, Penetang; six brothers, Phil of Highland Point, Martial of Perkinsfield, Gildore of Rexdale and Donat, Gabriel and Richard all of Penetang. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 2, from the Beausoleil Funeral Home to St. Patrick’s Church, Perkinsfield, were Rev. A. J. Desaulniers officiated. Temporary interment was in St. Ann’s Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Doug Dubeau, Ken Tannahill, Gus Lacroix, Rene Lespérance, Remi Belcourt and Carl Cusson. Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the service came from Midland, Owen Sound, Rexdale, Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener and Lafontaine.  –  A native of Lafontaine, SIMEON CHEVRETTE died in Toronto Wellesley Hospital Sunday, Jan. 31, following a heart seizure. He was in his 73rd year. Born in Lafontaine, Mr. Chevrette had lived in Penetang for 50 years. He had also spent six years in Collingwood, eight years in Barrie and had been living in Toronto since 1957. During his time in Penetang he had been employed as a moulder at P.  P Payette Co. He was a Roman Catholic in faith and a strong member of the Liberal party. In 1905 he married the former Caroline Legault in Blind River. She predeceased him in 1954. Surviving is one son, Arthur of Toronto, and four daughters, Mrs. Edna O’Hara, Ottawa; Mrs. Bertha Theakston and Mrs. Eva Law, Barrie; Mrs. Evelyn McCarthy, Toronto. There are 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held from the Beausoleil Funeral Home, Penetang, to St. Ann’s Memorial Church. Mass was sung by Father J. Kelly, assisted by Father J. Marchand and Father A. Louis Bourque.  Temporary entombment was in St. Ann’s Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Fred and Ernest Chevrette, Leonard and Charles Fournier, Philibert Charlebois and Francis Dumais. Out-of-town relatives and friends came from Ottawa, Toronto, Barrie, Midland and Lafontaine.  –  A resident of Midland for nearly 65 years, FREDERICK CHARLES BATTRICK of 312 Third Street, died at St. Andrews Hospital Feb. 4, after an illness of one month. He was in his 90th year. Funeral service was conducted at the A. Barrie and Sons funeral home by Rev. Wilson Morden of St. Paul’s United Church, of which Mr. Battrick was an honorary elder. Pallbearers were six nephews, Richard Gaunt, Alec Stott, Gordon MacLean, Watson Battrick, William Battrick, and Kenneth Battrick. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. Born in Cainsville, Ont., Nov. (date obscured) 1870, Mr. Battrick received his early education in Desoronto and Midland. In 1901 he married Annie MacDougall, who predeceased him in May 1955. He was closely associated with the early lumbering operations in Midland and vicinity, and at one time lived in Byng Inlet. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Marguerite Battrick, Midland; one son, Willard Battrick, Hamilton; two sisters, Mrs. S. S. Ropple and Miss Gertrude Battrick, both of Stratford, and one brother, Albert Battrick of Toronto. Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral came from Stratford, Toronto and Hamilton. – RAYMOND CECIL BELCHER  Following an illness of a few months Raymond Cecil (Ray) Belcher, a well-known and esteemed citizen of this village, passed away in St. Andrews Hospital, Jan. 27, at the age of 67 years. The funeral took place from the Nicholls Funeral Home, Midland, on Jan. 30, with temporary entombment in Lakeview Chapel Vault, Midland. Rev. R. G. Nodwell conducted the service and the pallbearers were T. A. Armstrong, Ralph Dalton, E. Haughton, J. W. Wallace, Capt. Percy Beatty and Capt. Jas. Sykes. Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral came from Toronto, Weston, Orillia and other points. Mr. Belcher, son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Robert Belcher was born in Victoria Harbour on Oct. 15, 1892, and lived his entire life in the village with the exception of the years spent overseas as a gunner in World War I. He attended public school and the United Church here and was a member of Victoria Lodge A.F. and A.M., and of Bayport Branch of the Canadian Legion at Port McNicoll. Surviving him are two brothers, Percy Belcher and Capt. Reginald Belcher, both of Victoria Harbour and two sisters, Lillian (Mrs. Albert Wilson) and Hazel (Mrs. Ray Smith) of Midland.  –  A citizen of Midland for 53 years, LOUIS DUNKLEMAN died in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Feb. 1. He was in his 78th year. Born in London, England, Sept. 4, 1882, and educated there Mr. Dunkelman came directly to Midland in 1907. In 1913 he married Elizabeth Oliver. Funeral service, Feb. 3, was from the A. Barrie Funeral Home and St. Mark’s Anglican Church Midland, with the Rev. L. J. Delaney officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. It was a Legion funeral, at which C. L. Wiles acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and Ted Mitchell as the bugler. Pallbearers, members of Branch 80, Canadian Legion, were Alex Heron, Ed Fox, Charles Stewart, Leslie Henderson, Herbert A. Wiles, and Charles Hounsome, Wyebridge. An Anglican, Mr. Dunkelman was a veteran of the First World War, having enlisted in the 157th Battalion, and served in France with the 1st Battalion. He had been a member of the Canadian Legion, since its founding in, Midland, a keen gardener, a member of the Horticultural Society for many years, and for 30 years was caretaker at Sixth Street School. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Oliver; two daughters, Mrs. J. Hawkesworth (Rose), Unionville, and Mrs. Ken E. Trew (Blanche), Midland; a son, Lewis Dunkelman of Meaford; two grandchildren, Betty-Lou and Bobby Dunkelman; and a sister, Mrs. T. Westworth, Midland. 

M.P.D.H.S. Hi-Sterics
by ARDATH ZIMMER – The honour roll for the Christmas exams is now posted in each room. The top students of each grade are as follows: Grade 9: Pat Morrison, 91.8%; John Jensen, 89.8%; Ricky Mahon, 87.1%; Doug Mutch, 86.8%; and Larry Brennan, 86.7%. Grade 10: Paul Davidson, 86.0%; Jane Campbell, 85.1%; Bonnie Brisebois, 84.8%; Sharon Robillard, 83.5%; and Wilfred Gay, 83:3%. Grade 11: Margaret Edwards, 94.1%; Betty Jean Watkinson, 88.9%; Bev Anne Keefe, 86.4%; Mary Loney, 85.0%; and Maisie Mount, 83.6%. Grade 12: Lorna Brown, 87.1%; Earla McCuaig, 82.1%; Karen Blair, 81.2%; Pauline Robinson, 80.7%; and Tony Moffat, 80.6%. Special Commercial; Sue Quinlan, 89.0%; Barb Hill, 84.0%; and Jill Phipps, 82.0%. Grade 13: Cleon Carruthers, 79.1% and Brenda Mead, 79.3%. It is also worthy of note that the three honour roll students in Special Commercial also received 100 in a recent national spelling contest.
by ELLEN BARBER –  MPDHS students may no longer bemoan the lack of money for further education. A fund to be known as “LIFE”, Local-Industries-Fund-for-Education — has been set up by several district industries. In conjunction with the YMCA, Fern Shoe, Midland Footwear, Midland Plastics, Pillsbury of Canada and United Shoe Plastics Ltd., have made available more than $2,500 in the form of student loans and scholarships for MPDHS students. A reminder to all students hoping to win back their parents’ good grace: The February report cards will be out March 4, so a little extra study for the coming tests might be a good idea. – To improve dances at the high school and to provide the basis for future student councils who will have to deal with more than 1,000 students, the following dance rules have been adopted. It is felt these rules plus careful planning and organizing will make the dances livelier and students will have a better time.
1 – Permission to have the dance must be obtained at least two weeks in advance of the dance.
 2 – Dance committee must meet with the Principal, having a written report of the plans for the dance one week in advance of the event.
3 – Senior students will be responsible for all phases of the dance.
4 – All teachers and members of the board will receive an invitation
to a formal dance. (This has been done in the past.)
5 – Guests must come with the person sponsoring them, having a guest card showing name, name of sponsor and staff member. (These may be obtained from Mr. Powell.)
6 – Once a person has left the building, he may not re-enter.
7 – School rules must be adhered to at all times.
8 – There will be no admittance after 10:15 p.m.
9 – Dances will end at 11.45 sharp with the exception of formals.
10 – Dance committee is to be responsible for cleaning up and
removing decorations.
11 – Dress is to be school dress unless otherwise stated as in the case of a formal.
by KAREN BLAIR – The string ensemble will be playing Handel’s “Concerto Grosso No. 2″ in the Kiwanis Festival Monday night, Feb. 15, and will appear again at Eaton’s Auditorium Wednesday, Feb. 24, for their performance of the “Arundel Suite.” Tonight, Feb. 12, the Students Council is sponsoring a Valentine dance in honour of the Queen of Hearts. It will begin at 8:30 and the doors will close at 10:15. School dress is stipulated.
by SHARON ARMSTRONG – The Camera Club has purchased an enlarger. The thirty dollars required for this was borrowed from the Students’ Council. Anyone wishing to obtain a picture from the Year Book will be able to buy it from the club. A “Library Club” under the supervision of Miss McMullen has been formed. Approximately 10 students are learning how to manage a library. The members of the Drama Club are “hard at it,” working on the “Jewelled Hand” which will be their presentation at the drama festival coming up shortly.
by GERRY WITTIG – BASKETBALL – One win, the juvenile game, and two losses at Orillia closed out the basketball schedule for this year. MPDHS Juniors and Juveniles tied for second in their respective leagues and will enter a home and home playoff with the other teams. Dates of games have not yet been set. The Senior team played well at Orillia and deserved to win. Better luck next year.
YEARBOOK – Work on this year’s “Memoirs” is well underway. Photography is almost completed and features and stories are proceeding quite well. Editor Tony Moffat hopes to have the book ready for the printers by the end of March.  

    Pastor at large for the Baptist Home Mission Board for two years and minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, for 10 years. Rev. J. H. Olmsted died at his Yonge Street East home early Thursday. The veteran Baptist minister succumbed to a heart attack. He is survived by a son, Charles of Strathroy, a daughter Margery (my piano teacher, that didn’t work but she paid me to cut her grass) at home a sister in Toronto and a grandson in Strathroy. 

    Recommendations for provision of more adequate propeller guards and prohibition of enclosed cockpits on Georgian Bay scoots was brought in by a coroner’s jury at an inquest in Penetang yesterday. The inquest was held to investigate the events which led to the Jan. 31 death of Frank Parks, Toronto. The jury returned a verdict of death by accident. Evidence discounted earlier stories that Parks was attempting to jump on to the scoot after it started moving.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – February 1st to 7th, 1960

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

Click on photos to enlargeSpeaking at the annual meeting of the Tiny Tay Agricultural Society and referring to the Fall Fair, Mayor Charles Parker said, “Midland will continue to grow, and you will have to grow along with it.  He said he was somewhat disappointed to learn that the Tiny and Tay Society had abandoned the idea of setting up new, larger grounds at the end of Dominion Ave., west of town. “You are greatly handicapped by the limited area of the present site and will have to acquire a larger area sooner or later if you are going to carry on,” said Midland’s mayor. “With a little work and a little faith, we can have an even better fair.”  Mr. Gardiner explained that the property the board had purchased west of Midland had proved too rough and stony. It had been sold because it would have proven too costly to develop, Mr. Gardiner explained. 

The annual meeting of Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society, held in the Oddfellows’ Temple, Midland, Saturday night, drew a good turnout. Seen above are, left to right, Ellsworth Collins, re-elected president for 1960, and three past presidents, Victor Beatty, Arthur Gardiner and Ralph Dalton, now clerk-treasurer for Tay Township. All departments of the Society reported a good year in 1959. 

Wintertime is still a wonderful time for Canadian youngsters, despite what their disgruntled elders might say about the subject. Having a “whale of a time” in the snow at Midland Ski Club are, top to bottom, Nancy Gayle, Sharon Elizabeth and Wendy Louise Biggar, energetic daughters of Mrs. Don Simpson (nee Barb West), Midland. Mr. Biggar was killed in an RCAF flying accident before his youngest daughter Nancy Gayle was born.

Free Press August 18, 1954, Front PageCounty Herald, August 27, 1954, Front Page. 

Residents of the Midland and Penetang area will get a chance to bolster Canadian Red Cross blood supplies by attending blood donor clinics to be held in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Feb. 9 and at the Midland municipal building, Feb. 10.  Mrs. Venard LeCamp, the laboratory assistant at St. Andrews Hospital, carries out some blood typing operations. The clinic hopes to attract 600 donors. 

“Ernie Mink shows Bernie Willette the new EUREKA vacuum cleaner just arrived at H. J. Thompson and Sons Ltd. Of new design this cleaner has all the features of higher-priced machines — here are the main advantages.”

This copy and photo were used in an advertisement for H. J. Thompson and Sons Ltd, furniture and appliances.

(Ernie, seen on the left, had been a sales representative for the distributor of Eureka cleaners when he lived in Kitchener, his calls in the Georgian Bay area and his association with H. J. Thompsons and Sons Ltd. encouraged him in 1959 to move here and continue his sales career with Thompsons. Ernie died last August but his company, Mink Insurance, under the guidance of son David, continues to flourish in Midland.) 

Editorial page photo entitled “Winter at Macey’s Bay”. 

Patients at Midland’s St. Andrews Hospital might have a hard time recognizing these gals, all set for an old-fashioned sleigh ride and quite apparently enjoying the experience. In more sedate moments, they are all nurses at St. Andrews, where they assume more formal garb. Sleigh ride, held Thursday night, was made possible by the generosity of a former patient at the hospital. 

Work has resumed on Midland’s portion of the winter works program, sponsored jointly by municipal, provincial and federal authorities. Men above are installing a new cement curb on Ruby Street, despite wintry conditions. [Note the “Copeland & Strong plumbing, sheet metal, appliances” sign and the large display windows. The building later became Strong,s corner grocery store, then part of Armstrong ‘s Dairy stores.] 

Making model aeroplanes is still an exciting hobby for many boys, even with the advent of the rocket age. Displaying their DeHavilland Beaver at the hobby show held in Midland YMCA last week are left to right, Mervin English, Edo Wensveen, Tom Atkinson and Horst Jatzek, leader of the model aeroplane club. 

George LeMesurier asks, “How much am I offered?” as he held a stamp auction in connection with the hobby show at Midland YMCA last Friday and Saturday. “Clerk of the auction” is Peter Berry of Penetang. 

Next week is “White Cane Week” across Canada when residents of North Simcoe can join with other Canadians in helping their less-fortunate friends. At present, there are 56 blind persons under the jurisdiction of the Midland-Penetang District Advisory Committee of the CNIB. One of them is George Paterson, Yonge Street, Midland, seen above, enjoying a session with his “talking book” machine, one of several services provided through the local committee. One of the chief functions of the CNIB and its committees is in the preventative field. 

In one of the most horrifying accidents in this area in some years, Frank Parke, 27, of Long Branch was killed instantly Sunday morning by the whirling propeller of a “scoot” on Penetang Bay. According to police, the scoot was owned jointly by Ken Cote, Midland, and his brother Cliff, of Penetang. The three young men were setting out around 7.45 a.m. to go fishing near the Cote’s cottage, some miles “Up the Shore”, police said. Apparently, they had some difficulty with the scoot sticking to the snow and ice and Mr. Parke had been shoving the vehicle at the rear. When the scoot was some 20O feet offshore, Mr. Parke attempted to jump on the vehicle, it was stated. Either his foot slipped while he was doing so or he was sucked into the whirling blades of the propeller. Both blades of the prop were badly damaged but the craft proceeded another 200 feet out onto the bay before coming to a stop, police said. Dr. Roland Lauzon and Dr. A. D. MacKenzie attended the scene. An accountant, Mr. Parke was married but had no children. Mrs. Parke is a granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gendron, formerly well-known residents of Penetang. 

Editorial page photo entitled “Spring’s Mill, Wyevale”. Spring’s Mill, later Withall’s Mill on the Wye River at Concession 4, Tiny Township, just east of County Rd. 6. A popular scene for photographers. 

“BUSTER” GIBSON flashes a big smile as he played his accordion for Wishart Campbell, music director for radio station CFRB, Toronto. “Buster” was one of a number of persons who took part in a “talent-hunt” staged by the radio station at the lOOF Temple, Midland, on Saturday. 

Midland electrician Ed Walker is presented with a Gold Medallion Award by Harry Foy, manager of the Electric Service League. The award is presented to owners of homes that have been built and equipped to meet a high standard of electrical excellence.

Representing the Electric Homes Association of Ontario, Ronald K. Pile discusses a feature of the control panel with Mr. & Mrs. Ed Walker. The Walker’s new home is completely electrical including the heating system.  [“Live Better Electrically” was the slogan of the day, now having electric heat is no longer a celebrated option.] 

Her reign now nearly over, Gisele Bezner, 1959 Queen of Hearts, will give up her crown to her successor on Feb. 11 in the Roxy Theatre when a new queen will be chosen. Red-haired Gisele who hopes to be here for the pageant, is now in residence at Whitney Hall at University College, Toronto, studying to become a secondary school teacher. Her course is Honor English. The contest is sponsored jointly by businessmen of Midland and Penetang and Roxy Theatre manager, Wilfred LaRose. Contestants for the Queen of Hearts contest are chosen on a popularity basis by students at Midland Penetang District High School. From grades eleven, twelve and thirteen, the girls aspiring for the Queen’s crown were the top ten in number of votes polled. By general agreement, the girls wear a sweater and skirt school outfit on the first elimination night (Thursday) and the following week the five finalists will wear the gown of their choice from a selection of styles by Celebrity Formals. 



   Free Press headline of February 3, 1960. For the second year in a row, the value of building permits issued in Midland exceeded the million-dollar mark in 1959, according to figures released this week by W. F. Turnbull, the building inspector. Included in the $1,472,050 grand total was $659,850 for residential construction, an all-time high in Midland, Mr. Turnbull said. Other figures for last year were $131,000 commercial, $532,700 industrial, and $148,500 government. The latter figure is largely accounted for by the construction of two schools by the Midland Separate Schools Board. June was the best month in 1959, with permits issued having a total of $537,000. September accounted for another quarter million. April had $216,200 and October $172,400. Last year’s total was made more impressive by the fact that no permits at all were listed under the first three months of the year. Helping to swell the total for residential construction were 57 permits, including 25 for September alone. July at 10 and April at 8, were the next best months. Another 36 permits were issued for renovations, etc. Commercial permits included two service stations, a hardware store and a warehouse. The new B. Greening Wire Co. plant accounted for all but $82,700 of the industrial total. By comparison, the total value of permits issued in 1958 was $1,268,760, and in 1957 it was $748,650, just a little better than half the 1959 total.  


    County Herald headline of February 5, 1960. The uproar arising out of the alleged unsightliness and loud hum rising from Midland PUC’s new Scott Street sub-station appears to have been stifled, for a month at least. At a meeting in the commission board room Wednesday night, the PUC agreed to have a design prepared setting out any future alterations and the final appearance of the sub-station. Copies of the design will be sent to Midland council and to Walter Kluck, representing a number of homeowners adjacent to the new station who have protested both the appearance and the hum.  

BIRTHS – ADAMSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Clare Adamson, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Friday, January 29, 1960, a son.” BRANDON—To Mr. and Mrs. James Brandon, 261 Midland Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, January 27, 1960, a son. DWINNELL — To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond DwinnelI, 289 Queen St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, January 26, 1960, a son. ESPEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Espey, Sunnyside, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, January 27, 1960, a daughter. GAGNON — To Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gagnon, 382 Russell St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, January 29, 1960, a son. IRVINE — To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Irvine, 326 Midland Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, January 27, 1960, a son. ZARAWSKI — To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zarawski, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, February 1, I960, a son. WILSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson, Perkinsfield, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, January 25, 1960, a son. 

TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – Continuing mild weather led to cancellation for the year of the annual winter carnival at Penetanguishene. Outstanding among the expected events were “scoot” races. It was feared ice would be unsafe for contestants and spectators. * * * A middle-aged Honey Harbour guide was seriously burned attempting to light a fire in the kitchen stove with kerosene. Flames shot out of the stove and entered the can, which exploded in his hand. * * * It was reported that losses encountered on the care of indigent patients had caused a deficit in St. Andrews Hospital finances. The deficit was about $5,000. * * * A speaker before the Ontario Municipal Board said, in part: “The town of Midland is a compact, homogeneous and progressive municipality. It has dynamic industrialism. It shows commercial enterprise and growth.” * * * Two Midland curling club rinks had visited the international bonspiel in Quebec City the previous week. One was composed of “Smoky” Wood, Ange Hartman, Karl Bertrand and Ernie Nicholson, skip; the other, Vern Johnston, Tom McCullough, Cy Ney, and Ab Hartman, skip. The two rinks came into competition and the Hartman rink won. “A good time was had by all.” * * * Al Perkins, manager of the Roxy Theatre, won a special showman award for ingenious promotion of the film “Father Was a Fullback.” To this end, he had enlisted the combined support of high school football [One of the few times we have composition errors in the paper, the balance of this item and the beginning of the next were missing] Harbour was selected as “Campus Queen.” * * * People were still talking about “the new look” in styles and hair-dos.

    Back in the Hills of Penetang – Operating a still without a licence cost two district men a $300 fine each, or three months in jail, when they appeared before Magistrate K. A. Cameron in Penetang police court Thursday. Forced to take the alternative to the fines were a 37-year-old North West Basin man and a 32-year-old man from Perkinsfield. Neither was represented by counsel. A. A. Ingram, Midland barrister, prosecuted the charges for the Crown. RCMP Const. W. H. Cascagnette of Orillia detachment said he and Cpl. J. Lougheed came upon the two accused in a bush lot near Cook’s Lake, north of Penetang, Dec. 31. The two men were carrying three vinegar jugs containing what later proved to be spirits. Tested in Ottawa, the contents of the jugs proved to be 94.4 per cent proof spirits, containing 53.9 per cent by volume of ethyl alcohol. Investigating further, the RCMP constable said they found a home-made, commercial type still in an old wooden shack. Also in the shack were several wooden barrels containing about 115 gallons of mash which tested out at 19.7 per cent proof spirits. Displayed in court, the “still” proved to be a portion of an old copper washtub, some copper tubing and a small oil drum.

   Winter seemed a little less bleak Sunday for two Perkinsfield residents. As they sat in their home and looked out the window at the deep snow in the fields, a robin suddenly flew up and perched on the limb of a tree outside the window. The first robin spotted in Midland was seen by Garfield Steer, 108 Quebec Street, perched in a russet apple tree behind his home on Wednesday morning. 

    Ownership of one of Midland’s oldest industries has changed hands. Announcement of the purchase of the Midland Boat Works, said to have been founded in the 1880’s, was made yesterday by John MacRae and Ken Thistle, two young businessmen in Toronto. Principal shareholders in the newly reorganized company, Mr. MacRae said the purchase was completed Jan. 25. The purchase price was hot revealed. The new owners stated their present plans call for an expansion of boat storage facilities, the extension of dock facilities to double the length of existing docks with “arms” added to provide extra accommodation. Gas pumps are also to be more conveniently located, they said. Both single men, Mr. MacRae is 30 and Mr. Thistle is 31. The parents of the two men own cottages at Wymbolwood and Balm Beaches, respectively, and have summered in this area for many years. Mr. MacRae has stored his 20-foot cruiser at Midland Boat Works for the past three years. Other members of the board of directors of the newly reorganized company, which will retain the name of Midland Boat Works, are Tom McCullough of Midland, J. B. Kennedy of Toronto and Balm Beach and Richard Perry, Toronto solicitor. Superintendent of the boat works since 1912, Len Cowdrey will remain in that capacity with the new company. Founded in the early 1880s by “Pop” Smith, a canoe builder, the boat works was later purchased by John Hacker. Mr. Hacker sold his interests to Capt. John G. Gidley and the firm became known as J. G. Gidley and Son. Shortly after World War I, Mr. Gidley sold the business to Ganton Dobson. In 1922, the Honey Harbour Navigation Company, headed by N. K. Wagg, bought the small pleasure craft division of the boat works from Mr. Dobson. In 1941 the same firm bought the remaining Dobson interests known as the Georgian Bay Shipbuilding and Wrecking Company. In 1945, Midland Boat Works became the official name of the firm. During World War 11, the plant produced seven Fairmiles and two minesweepers in addition to other smaller naval craft and army pontoons. Since the war it has built small pleasure craft and in 1957 completed a 96-foot coastal patrol boat for the Royal Canadian Navy. 

    Port McNicoll — The Annual Mariners Service was held in Bonar Presbyterian Church, Sunday evening, with a capacity crowd in attendance. The church was decorated with flags and various other items of marine equipment, including a bell, ship’s wheel, starboard and portside lights, a miniature lighthouse and model ships. The service began with the sounding of the ship’s bell and the hoisting of the colours by Wayne Garrett and Jim Zummach. Rev. C. H. Carter welcomed the congregation. He especially mentioned those from a distance. The Scripture lesson from St. John, Chapter 3, was read by Capt. Fred Harpell of Midland. The guest preacher was Rev. Cameron Orr, of the Welland Canal Sailors’ Mission. The theme of his sermon was “Life”. The music was under the direction of Mrs. J. D. McPhee. Special guests were the Midland Quartet — G. Ingram, R. Bell, W. Steer and P. Smith. They sang “The Solid Rock” and “The Harbour Lights”. The choir’s anthem was “If With All Your Hearts”, by Mendelssohn. The service was closed with the singing of the National Anthem and the lowering of the colours. An hour of fellowship followed the service with refreshments served by the ladies of the church. The ushers were Capt. A. McCullagh, and Engineers C. Ward, C. Rother and A. Mateff.