Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – Nov 1st to the 15th 1955

  • Midland Industries to stay in Midland, Shoe Corporation of America changes plan to move plastics division to Toronto and will rework expansion plans and build an addition to the Midland plant in the spring.
  • Going hunting or fishing, get your licence at Benson’s Service Station, 24 hour service.
  • Classified Ad: If backaches are slowing you up, take RUMACAPS and help yourself to relief, ask your druggist. I wonder if Rumacaps was a liquid?
  • Ten Years Ago; Midland Shipyards launched its ninth tug, the “Rockhawk”. Originally intended for the United Kingdom, it was turned over to the War Assets Corporation.
  • In 1945 prime rib roast were selling for 31 cents per pound in Midland, sirlion steak was 43 cents per pound and coffee was 35 cents per pound.
  • Businesses closed in Elmvale on Rememberance Day. Midland and Pentang stores closed until 1 PM.
  • The newspaper names the members of seven deer hunting parties ready to depart from Coldwater for the fall hunt and their destinations.
  • The renowned Canadian painter David Milne was known in the Severn Falls area as a “Man of Mystery” when he lived in a log cabin there in the late 30’s.
  • Department of highways to pay Tay Twp. to complete the link between Hugel Ave. and Hwy 27 this fall, cost $10,000.00. Paving to be done in 1956.
  • Bourgeois Motors Limited is moving their showroom and sales department to a facility they are leasing at the corner of Fourth and Vinden Streets, formerly occupied by Warman Motors Limited. Larry Dumais will manage the location. Business at Hugel and Midland Avenues will be maintained.
  • Simcoe County Health Unit halts shipment from five milk producers and warn 23 others due to continual low grades on their product. Raw milk samples totalled 228 in September. All producers without electric coolers will be visited monthly and urged to install this essential piece of equipment.
  • Oldest original Midland resident Mrs. H. White dies in Toronto. Mrs. White was the daughter of Jabez Dobson and was born in Midland December 3rd 1873 and has lived in the area all her life. Her family was one of only four living here when they arrived in 1862.
  • MPDHS School board to pay entire cost of new student insurance plan, premium will be $1,054.00 for 703 students.
  • O’Leary’s Fashions opens at 110 Main Street, Penetang.
  • MPDHS Hi-Sterics by Doris Hyde; Last night a Sadie Hawkins dance was held in the gym. All those in attendance were dresssed in the best Dogpatch fashion. This dance was the last social event of the Twerp Seaon. Starting Monday the boys will have to resume all the duties of gentlemen.
  • At the Pen, Far Country, So This is Paris, The Caine Mutiny, Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle and Francis in the Navy. Roxy is showing The Gladiators, Hajji Baba, The Rainbow Jacket, The Man from Bitter Ridge and the  King of the Khyber Rifles.
  • Midland Arena to get new floors in the seating areas to reduce draughts coming up from the alleyways below. Improvement will also prevent cigarette butts from falling throught the cracks and causing a fire hazard. How things change!
  • Frank Wadge is the only living bricklayer to carry a hob for contractor Wallace and Cook when they built the old town hall which is now being razed.
  • Unemployment Insurance Commission announces new regulations that will disallow benefits to local sailors and affect 8,000 employed on the Great Lakes. News comes just beforre layup and after a season of poor grain shipments has reduced employment.

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Bert Hanly, now 83, hasn’t missed a deer hunt since he started back in 1896, including this year. Seen with his dog Digger.

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 Nearly completed home of Mr. & Mrs. John Power located at 436 Hugel Ave. across from the new high school, burns in the middle of the night. Structure valued at $12,000.00, only the two car garage was saved. Fire Chief Irwin Jackman, in the foreground, indicates that there is not enough water pressure in this new residential area to support fire fighting. 

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 Members of the Adelphi Hi-Y Club help John Power clean out the basement of his new home that was destroyed by fire Halloween night. Lawrence Currie, Glenn Nicholls, owner John Power, Bob Megaw, Martin Reynolds, Bob Bell, Frank Holmes and Roger Grey.

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 Home of Mr. & Mrs. John Power on Hugel Ave. is being rebuilt after the fire. The newlyweds had just returned from their honeymoon. The loss was covered by insurance. The house in the foreground, also nearing completion, is owned by Harold Wilcox.

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Halloween trick or treaters, shelling out in her store on Dominion Ave. is Mrs. Stan (Margaret) Ligowski.  A favourite photo of mine, memories of a wonderful person.

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 Ken Well’s new boat Moonstruck II is being readied in the loft of the Midland Boat Works. It will be taken to Toronto from where Mr. Wells and his wife Lucille Oille, well known sculptor, engraver and illustrator, will proceed down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Florida returning by the Atlantic Coast. Mr. Wells is a journalist and writer known for his Toronto Telegram articles from the “Owl’s Pen”, their Medonte home, also several books. In the foreground is Len Cowdrey, the plant superintendant and his son Cal Cowdrey and Bruce Cuff, at the stern is Jack Sharpe. 

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 Fairy ring on the lawn of  J. J. Quilty, 143 Yonge Street E. makes a perfect four foot diameter circle, a type of fungal growth, possibly from an old tree stump. 

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Jim Stanley pilots a bulldozer down a 60 degree slope at the new Midland ski jump, watching is William Smith one of four owners of the property where the new jump is being constructed. Mr. Smith helped with the construction of the first jump in 1935. In the upper photo a 20 foot deep excavation will provide additional length to the run. The contractor is Thos. G. Wilcox and Sons. 

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 Branch 80, Royal Canadian Legion Midland sorting remembrance day wreaths. Seated, Murray McComb, Bill Elrick, standing, Michael Doherty and Harold Kelly.

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 Phiat – Phalanx dance at the Midland YMCA in costume. Back row, Paul Dubeau, Eleanor Hawke, Marilyn Laurin, Lorraine Tremblay, Gladys and Shirley Bonner, Betty Woolley, Bill Baker and Tom Marion. Middle, Donna Brandon, Connie Ambeau, Grace Edgar, Donna Zapletal and John Reid. Front, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Markham.

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 Phiats and Phalanxeres of Midland staged a Halloween dance at the Midland YMCA, back row, Joe Faragher, Pat Leclair, Ward Barrie, Alex Owen, Jack Gardiner, front, Tom Marion, Anita Fournier, Barbara Allsopp and Ida Gillespie. 

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 Funeral at St. Paul’s United Church, Dr. Garnet E. Tanner well respected local physician and supporter of the town of Midland since his arrival in 1916. Dr. Tanner was a board member on the PUC, St. Paul’s United Church and St. Andrew’s Hospital, a charter president of Midland Kiwanis, local MPP and member of the Masonic Lodge. Fellow Masons provide an honour guard outside the church. The service was conducted by Rev. Auld and internment was at Lakeview Cemetery.

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 Mrs. Helgard Brendel on the right instructs Barbara Allsopp on the parallel bars at the Midland YMCA. Watching are Connie Ambeau, Anne Quilty, Evelyn Geier and Mrs. Otto Geier. Mrs. Brendal who instructs the business ladies gym class was a top gymnast in her native Berlin.

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 OHA Intermediate Team, Coach Vic Grigg gives his squad a pep talk. Front, Roy Colling, Connie Adams, Bruce Hook; center, “Red” Reid, Gord Dyment, “Chuck” Woods, Ted Brady; back, Morley Spiker, Homer Barrett, “Chuck” Edwards, “Babe” Deschamps and Jack LaChapelle. 

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An act that is timeless, paying our respects to those that have served and still serve, Remembrance Day, 1955. The Bracebridge Legion Pipes & Drum band is processing back down King Street from the cenotaph. Two ladies from the Legion auxiliary stand before the cenotaph after placing a wreath.

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