Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – October 9th to 16th 1955

  • Midland’s population reaches 8,030; coming close to the 1926 high of 8,085. In 1906 the population was 3,500.
  • Post Office Department bans all envelopes measuring less than 2-3/4″ by 4″ due to difficulties with the operation of stamp cancelling machines.
  • At a recent meeting of the Midland Phalanx Club of the YMCA the following new executive was elected; primus, Jack Laird; pro primus, Tom Marion; tribune, Charles Day; quaestor, Ken Todd and scribe, Bob Bates.
  • MPDHS cadets attended the Ontario Rifle Association meet in Long Branch on Oct 1 and Ken McEachern was high scorer with a 90 percent.
  • At the Roxy, Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe in “River of No Return” and Julie Harris, James Dean and Raymond Massey in “East of Eden”.
  • The Wednesday Free Press Herald and the Friday County Herald sell for .05 cents per copy or .35 cents per month. Save a nickel.
  • In Memoriam; In loving memory of my dear son William E. “Billy” Jory, killed in action over Denmark, October 14th, 1944. Lovingly remembered by Mom.
  • D. Loney, well known barber for thirty years in Port McNicoll and Midland has purchased the business formerly owned by Omer Rivet, the shop is located in the Georgian Hotel. Mr. Rivet is retiring due to ill health after forty years.
  • 25 YEARS AGO – The Midland Steam Laundry and Bon Marche Manufacturing were completely gutted by fire – Prof. Stephen Leacock was the guest speaker at a lecture in St. Mark’s Parish Hall – MHS field day was held in a drizzling rain, junior champ was Russell Kelly; intermediate Clarke Edwards; senior, W. Thompson.
  • L. White Jr., mayor and industrial pioneer of Midland, speaking at the first annual meeting of the Midland YMCA fifty two years ago (1903) compared the cost of operating the YMCA to that of the Penetang Reformatory. He suggested that for $7.00 per year the YMCA can build up and improve the character of young men and keep them out of the reformatory, a facility where the cost is $200.00 per year.
  • McDonald’s Hardware in Penetang now selling Philco and GE televisions and Penetang Hardware is selling CBS.
  • Announcing the re-opening of Vi’s Coffee Shoppe on Highway 12 at Taylor’s Service Station.
  • Lorne Watson, photographer, is offering Sylvania flash bulbs, regularily .17 cents on for .16 cents with special allowance on used bulbs of .02 cents each.
  • A fifty-four pound muskellunge was landed by Michael Pedersen while fishing in the Honey Harbour area.
  • Three Penetang police constables are to receive a $100.00 annual pay boost. Parking meters in Penetang to be removed this week, stored until next spring.
  • Do it yourself TV antenna kit selling for $14.95 at Roebuck’s. 

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 Midland High School cheer leaders, Mary Popple, Doris Hyde, Vera Sibbald, Marg Ambeau, Jane Bell, Mary O’Leary, Peggy Couling, Marlene Fraser and Pat Martin. Opening game of the senior football season on Sept 29th saw the home team lose 28 to 5 to the Orillia Collegiate squad.   

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 Ministers and laymen at the dedication of the new St. Paul’s Protestant chapel in the Penetanguishene Hospital, members of the Midland and District Ministerial Society. 

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 Soon to be demolished, the Midland Fire Hall, until recently used as a municipal office until being condemned for only limited occupation, then reconditioned and used again for council meetings and court house. The property has been sold to Loblaws who will build a new grocery store on the site.

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