Looking Back 60 Years Ago This Week in North Simcoe

November 11th to the 18th 1954

Establish a Home for the Aged in North Simcoe
Penetang council offers the old town hospital to the County of Simcoe to be used as a home for the aged, no charge. New hospital on Edward Street is visible in the background.
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Charles P. Stocking Pilots of Georgian Bay Airways find the body of veteran Waubaushene resident and former lumber mill executive floating one mile west of Potato Island. Mr. Stocking was 90 years of age and had taken his 25 foot launch to his cottage at Cognashene. Having stopped at Easton’s store (Picnic Island) for gas on his way home, his boat was discovered with a funnel in the open gas tank near Potato Island.
Wet conditions slow work on the footings of the new Midland Penetanguishene District High School in Tay Township at the end of Hugel Avenue. Contractor hopes to be well under way before the snow comes. Beverly Mahoney (Truax) editor of this weeks “Hysterics”
Community TV System Planned for Two Towns
Ottawa’s Department of Transport has issued a permit for a local firm to erect a 125 foot antenna structure on the farm of Bert Robitaille in Tiny Township and to install and operate a distribution system in Midland & Penetang. Test antennas have shown reception to be very good.
Bay Mills
E.H. Cerny president of Fine Silk Limited announced today a complete reorganization of the administrative set up of the rayon and fiberglass mill in Midland. Steven Cerny, 24, is the new general manager and Syd Nicholls will be in charge of industrial fabric sales. The operation will now be known as Bay Mills.

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St. John’s Anglican Church Matchedash
Sunday saw the use of old fashioned lamps discontinued and new electric lighting dedicated.


Canadian National Railways offering low rail fares to the Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto between November 12th and 20th.
Barber & Haskill 166 Yonge St. Duo-Therm oil home heaters, self lighting, no matches or paper needed, just turn the dial.
Intermediate “A” Hockey Wednesday Nov 17th, Bracebridge Bears vs. Midland Monarchs at the Arena Gardens. General Admission 50 cents, Reserved 75 cents.
Roxy Theater The Caine Mutiny – Adult 75 cents, Children 50 cents.
Gropp Motors Limited Penetang – See the all new Buicks and Pontiacs on display. Dealers are not quoting prices on new vehicles but a used 1953 Chevrolet sedan was $1595.00 and a 1952 Pontiac was $1375.00.
Eleithia Shoppe Pre Christmas Sweater Specials – Pullovers $2.98, Cardigans $3.98. First quality nylons .98cents/pair, Taffeta Skirts $5.95.

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