Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe 1955 April 17th to 23rd

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  •  Drive-In opening April 22 – children under 12 free – come as you are, no need to dress up. “Ride Clear of Diablo” Audie Murphy; “Paris Playboys” with the Bowery Boys
  • Margaret Wice of Penetang, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. C. S. Wice receives her gold cord certificate in Guiding, only girl in area known to reach this level
  • Georgian Bay Hunters & Anglers seek a permanent location for a club house and rifle range states club president Bill Russell at their annual meeting in Waubaushene
  • Catherine Richardson and John Arpin performing together on two grand pianos to raise money for the St. Andrew’s Hospital Building Fund
  • WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) elects new officers at their April meeting
  • Grand opening of Midland’s newest hairdressing establishment, Cosy Corner Hairdressing, 288 Midland Ave. (now 316) o/o Mrs. Pauline Koziol
  • Daylight savings time, advance clocks one hour on April 25th until September 25th
  • Rural hydro to build 17.5 miles of new lines and service 407 new customers this summer
  • Penetang town foreman Ovilla Cascagnette rescues an infant and a two year old from the burning home of Alcime Light on Robert St. Wednesday morning
  • 10 year anniversary of the death of D. L. White at 86, one of the big four responsible for the beginnings of Midland’s industrial history; D. S. Pratt, F. L. Grant, James Playfair and Mr. White
  • Frank Harpell of the Midland built Gordon C. Leitch wins the top hat at Port Arthur and Capt. Sam Bell also of Midland and skipper of the Superior claims the top hat at Wallaceburg
  • Two local youths charged with the assault of Phillip Contois of Concession 18, Tiny Twp., Ed Dorion who came to Mr. Contois aid was also attacked
  • Barn of Grenville Doan on the 8th concession of Flos Twp. was completely destroyed by fire after lightning strike, 56 animals lost
  • 137 homes in the Wireless Hill area to get home mail delivery as soon as 90% have mail boxes or mail slots and house numbers
  • Bell Telephone calls tenders for their new dial exchange building to be built at the corner of Hugel and Midland Avenues, to be ready next summer.
  • Cancellation of recent powder box contract causes the lay off of fifty men at the C. Beck Company in Penetang
  • Penetang town hall undergoes renovations to allow both fire trucks to be parked inside. Main street sewer being lowered to eliminate costly pumping arrangement, sewer will be over twenty feet deep in some places
  • Funeral service for Mrs. Amelia Johnston, 71, of Victoria Harbour, who died after her dress caught fire while burning leaves in her yard

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Jack McKee piles salvaged bricks from the burned out Central School. He estimates there are 200,000 usable bricks that are being sent to the new high school and the St. Andrews Hospital addition to be used as inside layers affecting a huge savings in material costs.

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Familiar sight to several generations of tourists and North Simcoe residents, the City of Dover has been sold to John Belmore of Sault Ste. Marie. Exact fate of the veteran cruise ship is not known but the new owner is expected in town later this month to move the Dover to its new home. (Not to worry she comes back to Midland again)

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Captain Linden Burns receives his first top hat as a Great Lakes Captain as his ship the Prindoc of the Paterson Line is the first ship into Midland Harbour with 5900 tons of coal. Mrs Burns hold his regular hat while A. C. McCaul of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and Reeve W. H. Keller, far left, look on.

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Jim Radley, formerly of Liverpool, sorts life rings on the Ashcroft in preparation for her spring departure. This is Radley’s second season on the Great Lakes, Ray Denis, helmsman, is also in the photo. Many Midland men were familiar with the fitting out process, the scraping,the painting and the polishing.

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Canada Steamship Lines freighter Ashcroft departs harbour past the Century Coal Dock at the foot of William Street, the first ship to leave this season. Large pipe is the sewage outflow before the sewage plant was built at this corner.

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Hundreds of hockey fans gather on  King Street to watch the NHL final on television in the window of Beauchamp’s Electric at 308 (now 354) King Street. Traffic on King was down to one lane at times. The TV was connected to Midland’s new Tower TV system and except for a few interruptions from lightning reception was excellent.

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