Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – Aug 8th to 23rd, 1955

  • Tiny Township fires its road superintendent, Leslie Spring, over “defiance of councils orders” and a long standing issue regarding the repair of Hurricane Hazel damage.
  • Penetang telephone subscribers take to new dial system, very few dialing errors after Sunday morning changeover
  • Two inches of rain in Coldwater breaks long dry spell, James Lazonby’s official records show that in the first week of August the temperature rose to over 90 every day but one, June and July saw only 2 1/4 inches of rain
  • 10 years ago this week the “Hickory Lake” Penetang built minesweeper left Canada to become part of the Russian Navy –  and  –  Midland Council was asking that 25 more wartime houses be built for returning veterans. Fifty such houses had already been built
  • At the air-conditioned Pen Theatre, Randolph Scott in “The Bounty Hunter”. At the Roxy, Bob Hope in “The Seven Little Foys”
  • Leacock home on Brewery Bay put up for sale by Toronto realtor
  • July 30th, Evelyn Marie Beausoleil, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Beausoleil of Penetang marries James Gordon Walker, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Walker, Midland
  • Wilfrid Jury estimates Forget Site Huron Village near Wyebridge to be 700 years old, no sign of European contact, one longhouse is 154 feet
  • Pioneer lumberman Harry Shanacy dies as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident near the Shrine, employed by the James Playfair Lumber Co. and later in partnership with D. S. Pratt in the firm of Pratt and Shanacy
  • Garnet E. Tanner advises that he has sold the apartment block he built 25 years ago to Messrs. Earl Cumming, Ernie Nicholson and Bill Orr. Built on what was formerly known as the Horrell property the building contains 15 units and the sale includes five houses
  • Letter from 84 year old W. W. Sneath of Toronto – “I was born in Penetang and remember the old trading store of Thompson’s which each year was visited by the Doukis Indians who came to trade their furs and maple products and who owned a lot at the foot of Main St. where they pitched their tents. I also remember quite well an Indian Village on Beausoleil Island. My sister was a public school teacher in Penetang for many years.”
  • The summer months in Huronia are filled with drownings, we tend not to list them but, Wasaga Beach recorded its worst weekend with seven drownings at the beach on Sunday
  • Petty crime and vandalism rampant in the area this summer, over the weekend the Midland Library, the YMCA, the Arena Gardens, the Indian Village, Daniell’s Welding Service , two cars at the Shrine and George Paterson’s store in Port McNicoll were broken into
  • 25 years ago – Great Britain was considering the establishment of a regular air service to Canada
  • 3,848 pounds of course fish removed from Waubaushene Bay, destroyed by the Department of Lands and Forests during a recent study of the fishing conditions there. Included, carp, dogfish, suckers and gar. About four thousand fish were handled during the week long operation
  • July 30th wedding at St. Margaret’s, Margaret Jo-Ann Paradis, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Paradis, Midland, married Herman Armond Lacroix, third son of Mr. & Mrs. D. J. Lacroix of Midland.
  • Penetang court docket unusual, there were no drunk in public or impaired driving charges which usually take up so much of the court’s time
  • Officers of the Ontario Barbers’ Association of Midland – Penetang – Port McNicoll – Victoria Harbour zone announced an increase in the price of haircuts , effective Monday, adult cut going up 10 cents, 15 cents for children on Saturdays and 25 cents for brushcuts and shaves
  • Midland will miss Art Macksey who is moving to Toronto, in 48 years he has clipped a lot of us and made us like it
  • Keith Waples of Victoria Harbour was the leading driver during the 35 day summer harness meet at Woodbine Track. Waples piloted 19 winners to win the Carling Trophy
  • Midland Point resident N. F. Beck complains that every day he has to rake up garbage on his beach, he sent this paper a box full of food garbage such as orange peels, corn cobs, etc. Wonders if it comes from steamers or pleasure craft
  • Bonnie Bannan of Vasey tops in Grade 13 departmental examinations, wrote ten papers, nine firsts and one second
  • Work on paving County Road 6 between Penetang and Lafontaine was completed last week

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Local Scouts wait to board a bus to take them to the 8th World Scout Jamboree at Niagara on the Lake. Seated, Robert Sallows second Victoria Harbour; Allan Walker, 3rd Midland; Gary Hamelin, 2nd Penetang; standing, Paul Dion, 2nd Penetang; Wayne Hook, 1st Penetang; Roger Attridge, 1st Midland; Bob Desroches, 2nd Penetang; Rodney McNamara, 2nd Midland and George Duquette, 2nd Penetang.

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Sidewalk superintendents keep a close watch as the first piles are driven for the new Bell Telephone exchange and office building at Midland and Hugel Avenues. It was an added step when it was discovered that the ground was wet and unstable. The machine is placing large wooden timber mats upon which it can traverse the wet ground. Bourgeois Motors can be seen in the background.

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About 30 Midland Scouts helped in the search Wednesday for Gilbert Perrault, the 36 year old Midland man who has been missing since Monday night. Scouts searched the area around the CSL winter berth under the direction of Howard Deschamps while police and friends dragged the water of the nearby bay.

Gilbert, a town of Midland employee, had left his part time job as a caretaker at Dr. Grise’s office at about 10 PM to go to his home at Fifth and Ontario and has not been seen since. He is the father of five children and the son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Perrault of 79 Water St., Penetang. His body was later found in the bay, it was his habit to walk along the trestle between the Town House and the CSL winter berth and it is assumed he fell from it.

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Copeland Flour Mills has been experimenting with this new truck, a first in Canada and one of the few in the world. 40,000 pounds of flour can be unloaded in 45 minutes eliminating bagging and handling. Front, Bill Beeton of Copeland’s, H. L. Wilson director of sales Copeland’s, Wilf Hampson of Fruehauf Trailers. Back row; John Courtemarche of Copeland’s, Ken Stack manager of Wilson’s Transport, owners of the truck and trailer, William H. Pinchin general manager of Copeland’s Flour Mills Limited and Ken Dwytie of Fruehauf’s.

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Midland Branch 80, Royal Canadian Legion carnival parade Friday night down King Street  from the curling rink, hundreds of people lined the street. Midland Citizens Band and a fire truck led the parade. Judges were Mayor Charles Parker, Don Swinson, Helen Laidlaw and Miss Margaret Duffet. In this group can be seen, Carol Scott, Margaret Langevin, Karen Clark, Wayne Hamelin, Gerald Karch, Joseph Proulx, Shirley Proulx, Wendy Watering, Karen Labatt and Pamela Clark.

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Legion carnival parade winner Brian Hamelin receives money he won from Legion official Len Wiles. Legion Carnival Parade was held as a fundraiser for the Christmas cheer fund for children.

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Preceded by Rev. Charles Carter the flag draped coffin of Capt. Robert Mitchell is borne from Bonar Presbyterian Church  by officers of the Keewatin which the veteran mariner captained on his retirement in 1954. Six Legion members form an honour guard down the steps.

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This photo was not used in the newspaper but the individual officers were pictured. Charles Beeman  of Midland on the right, whose resignation from the OPP was effective August 15th, 1955, a member of that force for 8 1/2 years.  Constable Bert Banting,  left and Cpl. Blake Ball, center, all three Provincial Police officers are from the Victoria Harbour  office.

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Kneeling in prayer at the tomb of St. Jean de Brebeuf at Fort Ste. Marie 1 is a group Huron Natives from Loretteville,  Quebec, who made the pilgrimage to the Martyr’s Shrine over the weekend. Leading the prayer on the left is Father Adrian Poulliot S. J. who organized the pilgrimage. Natives are descendants of Huron’s who escaped massacre by the Iroquois.

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