Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 16 to 30th 1955

  • New telephone exchange on Hugel Avenue is delayed due to shortage of steel, Barrie contractor Emery Engineering and Contracting Ltd. indicated that extensive foundation work is necessary due to quick sand on the site
  • Prolonged drought sears farmland, farmers having to feed hay, grain is ripening too quickly and the local potato crop is at a critical stage of development. PUC may ban watering entirely, upper pond only half full (at this time Midland received all of its potable water from the springs and reservoirs along Vindin Street)
  • City of Dover having to turn away passengers due to capacity limits
  • Marriages; Lois Henderson and Jules Arbour, St. Anns; Laura Nina McLinchy and Duncan Wilson, St. Mark’s Anglican; Nancy Kinnear and Joseph Barron, North River United Church.
  • Ernst Leitz Canada Ltd. announces further construction, optical research department grows as senior scientists move here from Wetzlar, payroll now over $250,000.00
  • Town buys Pratt barn on the north side of Bay Street at Queen St. and three lots on Queen St. to house public works and temporarily police and fire departments, until new building on Dominion Ave. is completed. Price $15,500.00
  • Tourist bonanza, all accommodations sold out, cruises, museums, Shrine, all report over flow crowds, 1,200 people visit Indian Village in three days, local theater sets box office record. “What are we going to do next weekend, on the August holiday” was the question posed by Mrs. Lyna Rankin of the Penetang Chamber of Commerce
  • Albert L. Breithaupt, 84, uncle of local industrialist and Ontario’s lieutenant governor Louis Breithaupt drowns in a boating accident near Whalens, deceased’s boat struck by Honey Harbour water taxi
  • Nap Beauchamp, local contractor buys Hotel Commodore from current owner Fred Breakwell, August 1. Formerly known as the Northern Hotel, the name was changed when Mr. Breakwell took over several years ago
  • Tidewater elevators filled to the brim, cause local freighters to sit loaded in Midland Harbour, delayed two weeks, Lemoyne may not be unloaded
  • Fifty Hurons from Loretteville QC will make a pilgrimage in August to Huronia, plan to visit Martyrs Shrine, St. Ignace, St. Joseph and St. Louis where their ancestors once lived as well as Christian Island
  • “We are more than pleased with the Midland district labour force and the general attitude and application of the staff to their jobs, quite frankly it is much better than we anticipated when we moved from Toronto seven months ago.” said Gord Moss, president of Canadian Name Plate. 37,000 square foot plant employs 180 people (by this time next year they will be on strike)

 Again we have a shortage of negatives for the last two weeks of July, is Ken Somers on holiday? Pictures in the paper at this time were submitted by others or staff photos from Penetang, neither of which we the have originals of. We have gone back and photographed recent Penetang items from the paper, the quality is poor, but hopefully the content is of interest.                                                



Diving tower installed at Penetang’s red dock this summer has provided plenty of sport for those looking for relief from the scorching heat. With staggered boards it is possible for all to use it at once safely. David Hook on the bottom board, Stanley Legault, middle, Alvin Legault on the top. Tower was built from used material by Wilkie Garraway. (Staff photo)



The gas boat Julie F. of Midland goes back into the river at the top after crossing the portage at the Big Chute. Summer visitors find the operation of the marine railway a never ending source of interest. And still do. (Staff Photo)

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Opponents in the finals of the club championship in the ladies section of the Midland Golf and Country Club this year were Miss Margaret Robinson and Mrs. Cecil English. Mrs. English won and received the Jeffery Championship Trophy.


City of Dover approaches the government dock at Honey Harbour on her daily afternoon cruise which gives passengers a fine view of the Delawana Inn on the right and the Royal Hotel on the left. (Photo by Dorothy Bushmann)


Public School League high singles champs Tom Lancaster, 285, and Alfreda Devillers, 252.


Public School Bowling League playoff winners with their trophies, front, Ron Marchildon and Tom Lancaster, back row, Brian Dubeau, Rene Moreau and Doug Sanderson.


Teen aged bowlers in Penetangs Public School League, Alan Trudeau, David Dusome, Joe Robitaille, Willard Garraway and seated, captain Wilfred Lacroix.            


Surrounded by 30 former students who have graduated in the last ten years from the Lafontaine Continuation School are this years graduates, Viviane Marchildon, daughter of Achille Marchildon, and Leo Marion, son of Mr. & Mrs. Herman Marion. Graduates  in center wearing white gowns and mortar boards. George Johnston, the local MLA and Rev. Thomas Marchildon, pastor of Holy Cross Church, stand behind the graduates. (Photo by Rolfoto)


This group of smiling graduates and their young attendants are the senior class from Sacred Heart School being photographed following graduation exercises at St. Margaret’s Church. (Photo by Rolfoto)



Gold medalist in the 1955 class of graduates from Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing were Mary Jeanne McKay of Midland, at left, Norah Jean Forbes of Owen Sound, center, won the prize for highest standing in obstetrical nursing and Audrey Marie Murray of Victoria Harbour, who received top honours for bedside nursing. (Barrie Examiner photo by Favero)


Agnes Jean McConnell was one of three Midland girls who graduated this year from the Royal Victoria Hospital’s school of nursing. (Barrie Examiner photo by Favero)



A dance recital held by the students of Audrey McLeod at the YMCA last week played to a full house. Mrs. McLeod can be seen at the far right of the back row. (photo by Lorne Watson)



Quebec has no monopoly on quaint scenes such as this where home made bread is baked in an outdoor oven. Removing the tasty looking loaf on a “paddle” is Mrs. William Moreau of Concession 11, Tiny. Girl beside her was not identified. (Photo by Favero)

4 thoughts on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 16 to 30th 1955

  1. The Bowling Team I am interested as Willard Garraway my uncle is there a way of getting this photo please let me know

    • Pat, Thank you for your interest, yes, we will pull that newspaper from the archive, take a proper photo and replace the cropped one in the last blog. Give us until the first of the week. Regards, Tom, Huronia Museum

    • Pat, we have updated the photo of Willard Garraway in the July 16 to 30th blog post. Sorry that is the best quality available without the original photo or negative. Regards, Tom, Huronia Museum

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