Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – May 8th to 15th 1956

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2006 0020 2382 Girls Corps at MPDHS marched on the field during the annual cadet inspection on what was a very cold afternoon for shorts and a blouse. Leaders of the corps; front row, Sylvia White, Vera Sibbald, Simone Beauchamp, Betty Binkley, Doris Hyde, Murielle Martin; back row, Marie Lepage, Jean King, Hazel Boucher, Lucille Duquette, Ruth Gibson and Marita Lalonde. (Short hair was in)

 2006 0020 2385 Dancing around the Maypole was one of the highlights featured during a program in the MPDHS gym following the annual cadet inspection Wednesday afternoon. Performers included, Ann Williams, Carol Cowan, Trine Ulrichsen, Kathleen Vincent, Nancy Jardine, Helen Parker, Linda Contois, Pat Fraser, JoAnn Holmes, Diane Ball, Ruth Humphries, Pat Fitzgerald, Dorthea Reynolds, Barbara Piitz, Jackie Jenkinson and Frances Marchant, directed by Miss Barbara Murphy.

 2006 0020 2358Getting bigger every year, the MPDHS Cadet Corps is seen at their annual inspection on the playing field of the school. Some cadets had to appear in partial uniform due to the increase in numbers. At a meeting the same day a motion was approved to increase the size of the corps from 235 to 350. The  Girls Corp can be seen in white sweaters to the right. Also attending was the Midland Citizens Band and a platoon of Sea Cadets. (Many of the houses in the background along Yonge St. were constructed by military veterans of WW 11 under the Veteran’s Land Act of 1942. Over 140,000 ex-servicemen took advantage of the low cost long term loans. Recently a new subdivision was started on the vacant property shown here and the heavy hardwood bush that grew up on this open field over 60 years was cut down. Also note the ski jump towering on the horizon.)

2006 0020 2360 A feature of the annual cadet inspection at MPDHS was a gymnastics display under the direction of instructor Doug Swales. Mel Windover and Gary Baker are seen flying over six of their mates.

 2006 0020 2388 Philip Arbour Post Master at Victoria Harbour for the past 28 years, right, has reached retirement age. A Harbour resident for 60 years Mr. Arbour meets with Ken Pelletier his successor.

 2006 0020 1742 Field secretary for the CNIB, Wm. Murdoch, Mrs. A. H. Tweedle, past president of the Midland Canadian Club and Doug McMillan, president of the Unamous Hi-Y Boys, chat after Mrs. Tweedle had officially opened the boys tea in the YMCA Saturday afternoon. The tea and bake sale funds were donated to the CNIB. ( I suspect this photo is reversed as four people appear to be left handed.)

 2006 0020 1843 A familiar landmark at Midland’s Little Lake Park the old log cabin is being removed completely. A gift from the late Dr. Garnett E. Tanner, it served as the post office for the campers for a number of years and was then made into living quarters.

 2006 0020 2386Mike Dion of the Columbus Jets gets a hit as the season gets underway for Midland Lions Club Little Baseball League. Catcher for the Montreal Royals is Johnny Thomas and the umpire is Fred Scott.

 1994 0132 0032 Coke Plant

1994 0132 0030 Coke Plant

1994 0132 0031 Coke Plant

1994 0132 0029 Coke Plant Huge new bottling machine installed recently at the Penetang Bottling Co. turns out soft drinks at the rate of 240 cases an hour, a 50 percent increase over previous equipment. Process starts with the top photo where Ed Charlesbois is shown putting full cases of bottles onto the endless belt which takes them through the washer. A pneumatic machine lifts all 24 bottles from the case at one time. The delivery end of the washer is shown in the second photo, where bottles travel past an inspection point with Mrs. Phillip Quesnelle (nee Exilda Contois) shown searching for dirty, chipped or broken bottles.  Heart of the whole machine, third photo, is where the bottles receive a charge of syrup, then a charge of water and carbonation and finally the all important cap. The last photo is the delivery line where half way along the mixer turns the bottles over and over to thoroughly mix the contents. At the far end Martin Quigley takes the bottles from a turntable and places them into a case for delivery.

 2006 0020 2393 Official sod turning for Midland’s new municipal building on Dominion Ave, former site of Central Public School. Mayor Charles Parker did the honours about 5:15 PM Monday evening using a gold or was it bronze handled shovel. James Clarkson, H. G. W. Paice, L. R. Diver, Neville Keefe, Mrs. Paice, Mrs. Ross Willett (Pat Carroll), Robert Cripps, alderman Ossie Downer, Charles Onley, Clint Smith, Bill Logan, R.G. Gilles, contractor Alfred Rei and deputy reeve Bill Cranston.

 2006 0020 2391 Seventeen teen aged drivers turned out to take the Midland Jaycee’s Road-e-o course at the town dock. Drivers had to complete various maneuvers and tests during the competition, a large crowd turned out despite the poor weather.  Norm Eisenberg was the overall winner and will advance to the regional finals in Woodstock. 

  • Commencing May 25th Penetang stores will be open late Friday nights instead of Saturday.
  • Workmen’s Compensation premiums to become mandatory for retailers, January 1, 1957.
  • 25 YEARS AGO this week– Canadian Department Stores celebrating its third year of operation in Midland, employed a staff of fourteen under management of Larry Barnum and was located at Bay and King Streets. — Midland Steam Laundry and Bon Marche Manufacturing Company, owned and operated by N. K. Wagg, re-opened with modern equipment following a fire which destroyed the former plants. — The Ontario Government decided to proceed with construction of two buildings for the mentally insane at Penetang at a cost of $500,000.00 and planned removal of all criminally insane from Guelph to Penetang, leaving Guelph to be used as a reformatory for first offenders. — James Hamilton died at Orr Lake at 90 years of age on the farm owned by his father and operated as a wayside inn for travellers in the district’s pioneer days (Penetanguishene Road). — Midland Kiwanis Club provided more than 10,000 bottles of milk to various Midland schools and 30 members undertook supervision of 30 boys as part of their good citizenship training.
  • Excerpt from a narrative written by Methodist missionary Rev. James Evans which first appeared in the Christian Guardian September 28th, 1836 and was re-published in eight parts in the County Herald under the title “Mission Tour on Lake Huron”. Monday August the 8th Munnedoolin Island: This morning the ground, excepting the bark wigwaums and red faces reminded one of a fair in the happiest of lands; — all astir, walking, running and in high glee. But there is one difference which has been a subject of remark among us – that among about 2,000 adults, we have never heard an angry word, or seen an angry look; much less have any of them come to blows, either in anger or diversion. About sixteen hundred men, women and children received their presents from the British Government. In this manner the Indians were annually supplied with clothing and many had spent nearly the whole summer months in journeying to the place of distribution. What was distributed; Deserving Chiefs, 2 1/2 yds woolen cloth, 1/2 yd stroud (a course woolen fabric), 3 yds linen, 1 three point blanket, 1 cotton shawl, 1 oz thread, 4 needles, 1 comb, 1 awl, 1 knife, 4 lbs tobacco, 3 lbs ball, 9 lbs shot, 4 lbs powder, 6 gun flints and if needed a gun. Deserving Warriors: 2 1/2 yds rateen (a course loosely woven cloth), 2 1/2 yds cotton, 1/2 oz thread, 3 lbs tobacco, 2 lbs ball, 7 lbs shot, 3 lbs powder, 4 flints and 1 blanket. Common Warriors: Same as last except 1 lb less tobacco. Deserving Women (being the wives of chiefs or warriors who had been in actual service during the late war): One 2 1/2 point blanket, 2 1/2 yds cloth, 1 1/4 yds molton ( a twill fabric with a velvet like nap on one side) , 2 1/2 yds printed calico, 1 oz thread, 4 needles, 1 awl, 1 knife and 1 comb. The remainder of the women received the same except lesser quantities. Boys from 10 to 15 years of age: One two point blanket, 1/2 yard rateen, 1/2 yd stroud, 2 yds cotton. Boys from 5 to 9 years of age: 3/4 yd caddies (?), 1/4 yd stroud, 1 1/2 yds cotton and one 1 point and a half blanket. Girls 10 to 15 years of age: 3/4 yard caddies, 1 1/4 yd stroud, one 2 point blanket and 2 yds calico. Girls 5 to 9 yers of age: 1/2 yd caddies, 3/4 yd stroud, 1 1/2 yd calico and one point and a half blanket. Children under 5: 1/2 yd stroud, 1 yd calico and one 1 point blanket.  Pork and flour was also distributed to all.
  • Description of Hudson Bay Point Blankets from Wikipedia: The short black lines woven into the blanket just above the bottom set of stripes are referred to as “points.” About four inches in length (except in the case of half points, which are two inches), they indicate the finished overall size (area) of a blanket and allow a blanket’s size to be easily determined while remaining folded. The “point” system was invented by French weavers in the mid-18th-century since then, as now, blankets were shrunk as part of the manufacturing process. The word point derives from the French empointer, meaning “to make threaded stitches on cloth.” Although the company had been selling blankets since its founding in 1670, the first Hudson’s Bay “pointed” blankets appeared in 1780. A four point blanket today is approximately a double bed size.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – May 1st to 7th 1956

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2006 0020 2233 Parents turned out in large numbers for the “open house” at the public school in Port McNicoll. Harold Clifford, a grade 8 student, shows his mother, Mrs. Harry Clifford, the fine lamp he has made. Principal Lyall Thorpe on the left.

 2006 0020 2234 Molly Malone, a grade 7 pupil at Port McNicoll, shows her mother Mrs. Pat Malone the dress she has made.

 2006 0020 2235 Elmvale artists display their work at the hobby show held by the Home & School Association Friday. Classes were originated several years ago by Harry Willis. Mrs. R.A. McLelland and Mrs. Frank Roberts admire the art work while Carolyn Roberts points to her favourite.

 2006 0020 2238 Leathercraft was only one of several arts on exhibit at the Elmvale Home & School Association’s hobby show at the community center, Friday. Mrs. J. Ferguson and Mrs. L. Vollett.

 2006 0020 2243 New owners of the Chalet Bleu Motel are Mr. & Mrs. Milton A. Kearns who have operated motels in Northern Ontario for some 15 years. Mr. Kearns is a native of Owen Sound. Mrs. Kearns is the former Loretta Paquette of Kapauskasing. When local insurance agent Charles White met with Mr. Kearns to update the insurance on the motel the two men realized they had grown up across the road from each other in Owen Sound.

 2006 0020 2269 Midland Jaycee’s, as part of their traffic safety program are promoting a “Road-e-o” at the town dock, 1:30 PM, May 6th. Posing as the careless driver of this car is Jaycee Bill Johnson slumped over the steering wheel.

 2006 0020 2270 Wearing their new jackets presented at a victory banquet Wednesday night are members of the Elmvale bantam hockey club runners up for the Ontario “D” title. Elvin Frankcom, captain Bill Hogg and “Mighty Mite” of the team Andy Copeland.

 2006 0020 2271 Veteran trainer of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey and baseball clubs, Tim Daley was one of the speakers at the Elmvale victory banquet to honour the juvenile and bantam teams Wednesday night. Tim is admiring the new jackets worn by Bob Greenlaw and Ed Bumstead.

 2006 0020 2256 Each of the lads pictured is a lieutenant in charge of a platoon of cadets at MPDHS. Cadets Lieutenants front row; Glenn Nichols, Bob Deakos, Hart Bezner, Jim Farmer and Bob Wilson; middle row, Len Wood, Ron McCuaig, Lloyd Scott, Lloyd Farqhuar and John Deakos; back row, Don Anderson, Ronald Blair and Conrad Maurice.

 2006 0020 2254 Senior Non Commissioned officers of the Midland Cadet Corps are seen above in the new gymnasium of MPDHS. Front row, Cadet Sgts. Paul Irvine , John Armstrong, Cadet CSM Bob Marshall, Art Desjardin, Cadet RSM Bob Abbott, Cadet CSM Paul Bissette, Bill Wagg, Cadet Sgt. Roger Adams; middle row, Cadet Sgt. Paul MacDonald, Victor Leonard, Warren Bonneville, Bev Day, Steve McGuire, Lorne Williams, Ernie Kirkup, Ronald Curry; back row, Cadet QM Sgt. Jim Rumble, Glen Mount, Bruce Bowen, Cadet T Sgt. Jim Parker, Cadet S Sgt. Garth Quinlan, Neil Goldsmith, Cadet QM Sgt. Norman Farrill.

 2006 0020 2255 Cadet Corps officers at MPDHS. Front row; Cadet Major K. McFarland, Cadet Major Dean Nicholls second in command, Cadet Lieut. Col. J. N. Jones commanding officer, Cadet Lieut. Col. R. O. Dwinnell, Cadet Major R.J. McIntyre adjutant, Cadet Major J. W. Parker; middle row, Cadet Major J. Hilliard quartermaster, Cadet Major Bob Megaw, Cadet Major Frank Holmes, Cadet Major Leonard Laurin, Cadet Major Wes Bonneville, Cadet Major Paul Dubeau; back row, Cadet Captain Price Taylor, Cadet Captain Dennis Murphy and Cadet Captain Willard Duquette.

 2006 0020 2304 Best catch reported locally on opening day were these 21 trout caught by John Power of Midland and Hugh McGillicuddy formerly of Midland, now living in Toronto.

 2006 0020 2252 It took the Midland Shipyard crane and several men to remove this huge stump at the top of Bay street. Tree had been cut down more than a year ago after being damaged by Hurricane Hazel. 

  • HMCS Mallard is launched from Grew Boats Monday afternoon. One of four 92 foot bird class inner patrol vessels built in Ontario for the Canadian Navy. During the war Grew constructed eight Fairmile Class and two 130 foot mine sweepers plus a number of smaller craft. Since the end of the war the plant has produced 27-foot power sea boats as well as a number of 16-foot motor boats for the navy.
  • J. F. McCaffrey, S.J., director of Martyr’s Shrine has planned even more improvements to the grounds this year, continuing the work of the last two years. Thousands of trees have been planted plus shrubs and bushes and flower beds.
  • Penetang Council creates a ten year fixed assessment for the Briethaupt Leather Company in hopes of having the tannery re-opened.
  • Beaver Lumber marks its 50th year of business, local outlet employs seven men and has been managed by Frank Swales since it opened nine years ago.
  • Vasey United Church adds thirteen new members and three transfers at a special service.
  • Midland Parks Board accepts tenders for three more cottages to be built by the first week of June. They will feature hot and cold water, picture windows, two bedrooms, three piece bath with shower, total price $6,000.00. The board hopes to eventually have fifteen of these cottages at the North West entrance to the park.
  • Stuart Johnstone’s all girl orchestra at the Parkside Pavillion Saturday night. Admission .50 cents. Caller, Hank Woods.
  • This edition of the paper contained several photos of the interior of Grew Boats and the latest improvements. (Unfortunate that we do not have any of these photos)
  • Midland Lions Club Little League Ball opens tonight, 400 players in more parks with more coaches and umpires. The international league (under 11 years ) has ten teams. A new league had to be formed for boys over 16 years.
  • Sunday afternoon in the pouring rain Msgr. J. M. Castex turned the first sod for the new Knights of Columbus Hall in Penetang.
  • Auction sale May 9th of 44 head of Holstein cows and heifers, horses, implements, and milking equipment for Ken Taylor at Lot 17, Conc. 3, on highway 12, near Martyr’s Shrine. Jerry Coughlen auctioneer.
  • Found – Flat bottomed punt. Owner may have same by identifying boat and paying for this ad.
  • Four resort areas to be connected to the Bell system by radio-telephone this summer, Cognashene Island, Six Mile Lake, Severn Lodge and Go-Home-Bay.
  • More than 100 people attend the charter night banquet of the Penetang Junior Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday evening at the Legion Hall.
  • Three weeks after Herb Beauchamp’s Wagon Wheel dance hall was razed by fire a new cement block building with rafters already installed is in its place.
  • Paving of Highway 27 between Wyebridge and Midhurst to resume soon.
  • Bernadette Leblanc, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Leblanc and Romeo Forget, son of Mr. & Mrs. Telesphore Forget at St. Ann’s. Patsy Vallee, daughter of Joseph Vallee and Jim Carruthers, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Carruthers at Knox.
  • Arnold Van Pypen has purchased the Ted Biggar store on Fourth Avenue and is to open a general insurance and real-estate business May 1.
  • Neil McCombie, son of Mr. & Mrs. T. B. McCombie of Ellen St. will be ordained a Presbyterian minister in Toronto tonight.