Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – Aug 1st to 7th 1955

  • Sizzling cities send record crowds to resorts in Georgian Bay area, southern Ontario temperature nearly 100 degrees, 900 visits to Midland Chamber of Commerce on weekend, stays open until midnight Saturday, 35 extra homes opened rooms, 1,400 visit Indian Village
  • Roger Desroches, 9, son of Mr. & Mrs. Roland Desroches, recently of Cty Rd. 6, Lafontaine, drowns at MacLean Beach, Toronto
  • Basil Savage, 15, spending the weekend at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Sib Brodeur was badly burned when gas ignited while he was attempting to start a car, quick action by Forbes MacKenzie saved him from more serious burns
  • Third break in at Midland Drive-In within a year
  • Bill Swann, 13, son of Doug Swann, scores an ace on the 8th hole at Midland Golf & Country Club
  • 25 years ago, 1930, the opening of paved streets in Elmvale was celebrated with a giant street dance and sports day
  • Enrollment at Midland Y’s Men’s Club summer playground program hits 300, up more than 100 from last year
  • Clarke & Alvin French of Waverly, both crew on the S. S. Heron Bay, are home off their ship due to lack of water in the rivers that supply the pulp wood she carries
  • Letter to the editor – in last week’s paper you featured two photos of the City of Dover in Honey Harbour, has no one noticed the Union Jack is upside down
  • Ambrose Samuel Moreau died at his home in Penetang July 17th. Born in Randolph in 1880 and educated in Lafontaine Mr. Moreau spent 50 years in Randolph and 25 in Penetang. In 1906 he married Flora St. Amant in Victoria Harbour. Survived by sons, Herbert, Claude and Earl and eight daughters, Laura, Rita, Agatha, Isabelle, Gladys, Hortense, Berthe and Theresa
  • Norman F. Townes, 46, former resident of Flos and son of Frank Townes and the late Ida Tweedle, drowned July 25th in the Calumet River when the steamer Helena capsized
  • Raleigh 3 speed bikes from $49.95 at Olympic Sporting Goods, Midland
  • Wedding July 30th, St. Paul’s United, Evelyn Marie Beausoliel, daughter of Jerome, Penetang and James Gordon Walker, second son of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Walker, Midland
  • Donald Moran of Toronto catches 17 inch bass off the shipyard dock using a perch minnow, fish weighed over 5 pounds
  • Clarence Crawford, son of Mr. & Mrs. Bert Crawford caught in wind and drifts two miles from Canadian Name Plate plant to Triple Bay on a car tube, rescued by William Hebner and Irvin Ball and reported to police by Harold Jackson. His mother said he came home for dinner Monday but never mentioned the incident
  • Married 55 years, John Stacey and Gertrude Chase were married in the parsonage of the Presbyterian Church in Penetang, August 1, 1900. They have farmed near Wyebridge, Vasey and Wyevale and currently live on Conc. 5, Medonte. Children are Tom, Midland; Ernest, Wyebridge; John & Orval farming in Medonte, daughter Arlette, Mrs. Charles Tobey and Viola, Mrs. John Nicholson, Midland
  • Used car buy of the week at Bourgeois Motors – 1949 Morris Convertible, good body, motor and tires, $250.00

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 This class of “big tadpoles” girls shows instructor Mary Morren of Barrie they really have learned the proper way to kick. Picture was taken at Rumbles Mill, Hillsdale. Among the girls are Ann Reid, Margaret Edenhuis, Gail Tinney, Sharon Gillespie, Sharon Rumney, Susanne Troughton, Mary Pottage, Linda Cook and Joan Kendall. Most live around Hillsdale. On Mondays and Thursdays children from Elmvale, Allenwood, Waverly and Saurin, 120 strong receive their swimming instructions here.

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About 220 children have had swimming instructions so far this summer at Rumbles Mill in Hillsdale. Instructors are supplied by Simcoe County Recreation Service but donations by Hillsdale residents have played a big part in the program. Ron Chantler of Ivy is the instructor for this “fish group” which includes; Gordon McArthur, Coulson; Larry Drennan, Hillsdale; Barbara Hill, Hillsdale; Mary McArthur, Coulson; Mary Turner, Elmvale. About 100 children from Hillsdale, Mount St. Louis, Coulson, Vasey and 2nd line Flos were included in the Wednesday program. 

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 Alex Stewart of Orr Lake winner of the 10-hp hydroplane class at the Victoria Harbour regatta. Due to a false start he had to win the race twice.

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Large crowd filled every vantage point at the annual Victoria Harbour Regatta Monday. Community Center Board sponsored the event. Seated on the boat, Frances Brodeur, Victoria Harbour and Joyce Rutherford, Midland.

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A very successful annual regatta in Victoria Harbour thanks to the work of Bill Warren, “Jake” Atkinson both of Midland, Mrs. Gordon Gouett and Carson Keeler. Mrs. Gouett is the chairman of the Community Center Board which sponsored the event. Bill Ball and Bill Quinlan absent for the photo are also board members.

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Pictured on the stairway (Rear of the Preston Playfair building) leading to RCSCC “Huron” Midland these young sea cadets are ready to start on the first phase of their 1,400 mile trip to Nova Scotia. Boys will travel by PMCL coach to Orillia and by train from there to Camp Protector, Point Edward Naval Base, Sydney. Lieut. Jack Harber checks over the list of names that include, Doug Ladoucer, Jack Dalziel, Teddy King, Bob Therrien, Roger Chevrette, Bobby Fournier, Ross Lavigne, Francis Cadieux, John Cowie, John Ellsmere, Robert Beauchamp, Lloyd Leduc, Zgmut Przybysewski, Leo Therrien, Alvin Legault, Wilf McIlvarey, David Dusome, Pete Davis and Wilfred Lacroix. Bill Pelletier was unable to go due to illness.

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Francis “Dubby” Lowes had his name drawn at the Midland Minor Hockey Association carnival Friday night. Mr. Lowes works at the Midland elevator and lives at 107 Fifth Street. He is seen receiving the keys to his first car from J.G. Hendrikson as his wife and daughter Joy and Darlene watch.

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Flames consume the remains of Boyd Brown’s barn on Monday night, hay and grain was lost and barn was partially insured. Lot 9, 4th Concession, Medonte, $20,000.00 loss.

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Large crowds jam Little Lake Park over the entire holiday weekend. High heat and humidity drove people from the cities where temperature hit 100 degrees. Many people here preferred to stay under the trees and listen to Marilyn Bells progress as she swam the English Channel.

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