Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – Jan 16th to 23rd 1956


 2006 0020 2060Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hanes of 14 Quebec Street, Midland, celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary January 9th. Charles was born at Egbert, near Camp Borden but moved with his family to Sturgeon Bay as a boy, getting his limited education at Rosemount School. There were about 40 houses and some stores clustered around James Playfair’s mill at that time recalled Charles. He worked for 35 years for various farmers in the summer and in the logging camps around Georgian Bay in the winter. Top wages farming were $20 per month with board and $26 per month in the bush. In 1915 they moved to Midland and Charles worked in the various sawmills then spent 14 years with the Benson and Bray planing mill. His next work was with the shipyard in the blacksmith shop and for the past nine years he has worked for the Midland Park Commission. Mrs. Hanes, the former Mary Potter, daughter of Jeremiah Potter, was born near Vasey and also grew up near Sturgeon Bay. Her first memory of Charles was being chased by him and a group of his friends near the swimming hole at Rosemount. Of their three sons and two daughters only Garnet lived in the Midland area. 

2006 0020 2055June Bates, 90 Fourth Street, has the largest Free Press route in Midland carrying 192 papers twice a week. She also carries for a large Toronto evening paper in which she entered a contest to increase subscriptions, which she did by adding 125 customers in two weeks and winning an all expense paid trip to New York City.

2006 0020 2056Retiring District Commissioner of Scouts for the South Georgian Bay Association, Major A. C. McCaul receives a thank you pin from Area District Commissioner Harvey Boyd at a ceremony held at the Midland Chamber of Commerce office on King Street. Mrs. M. Chilcott secretary, awaits her turn to present a set of bronze Boy Scout bookends.

 2006 0020 1981“Glow Bowl”, a symbol which once marked all the old time pharmacist shops. This one is hung in the shop of Mord S. Millard whose father, Charles G. Millard brought it to Coldwater in 1896. Filled with water and copper sulfate, it would glow. 

2006 0020 1987This old mortar and pestle survived a 1906 fire in Millard’s Drug store in Coldwater. It is still used but mostly to break up bulk drugs for animals. 

2006 0020 2771North Simcoe now has the highest ski jump tower in Canada at the new Midland Ski Resorts Ltd. about one mile west of town. The tower is 111 feet high and the ramp is 300 feet long, jumpers will be going 50 to 60 miles per hour when they reach the take off point. 

2006 0020 1986Eplett’s Electric receives a large order of Admiral televisions, black and white of course. 

2006 0020 1765Girls practicing on the pommel horse at the Midland YMCA. Left, Jackie Palmer group leader, Linda Riley on the horse, other girls in the junior gym team are Eden Morrison, Betty Jean Henderson, Peggy Jones and Lynn DeNure. Mrs. Frank Hartman (not shown) is the instructor for the class held every Friday afternoon. 

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2006 0020 2029The Canadian Steamships Line has been keeping a path open between Midland and Port McNicoll all winter to move ships for unloading, the CSL tug Tiffin has been doing this but is now stranded by a broken gear box. Don Kelly and John Dignard, both of Port McNicoll are seen using dynamite to break a channel to retrieve the tug. Six sticks are set off by a battery on their sleigh.  Bottom picture shows a geyser of ice and water in front of the Tiffin elevator.


  • Albert J. “Bert” Maddox stricken by a heart attack, 54 years of age. Bert had spent his working career in the marine freight and passenger business. He was the agent for several east coast concerns and during the war he joined the RCAF marine branch where he was in charge of several east coast bases. He held a Master’s Certificate. After the war he worked as sales manager for Midland Boat Works, general manager of the Penetang firm that ran the Midland City and City of Dover for several years, he owned his own 42 foot vessel the “Sea Flight” and turned his hobby into a photographic supply store on King Street.
  • Children’s Aid Society of North Simcoe asking for a $45,000.00 increase from last year’s actual expenditures of $219,771.00. In 1930 it was $13,012.00.
  • Deaths in Midland in 1955 were 92, exactly the same as 1954. Births in 1954 were 389, dropping to 311 in 1955. The Baby Boom is slowing down.
  • Trundlers will have to find a new home as the Pen Bowling Alley will become the new Bank of Nova Scotia in Penetang. Arrangements have been made to complete the league season in Midland.
  • House for rent at Highland Point, hardwood floors, built in cupboards, oil heated, $40.00 per month.
  • 25 YEARS AGO; Martyr’s Shrine extends their property by purchasing 100 acres, including the hill to be used as a lookout. – Public is invited to tour the new Bank of Montreal at the corner of King Street and Dominion Avenue.  – The skating rink at Little Lake Park, operated by the Charity Committee of the Town Council, was closed because privileges were being abused by adults who were crowding children off.  – The Relief Committee of Town Council decided that “certain work be done under direct relief, with no man to have more than two days work at a time, and those refusing to work would be cut off relief.”
  • Weddings; Gertrude Swale of Waubaushene and Elmer Yon of Waubaushene. Charlotte Peden, Midland, and Andrew Beaudoin of Penetang. Doris Tooz of Welland and Harvey Beauchamp of Midland. Mary Robertson of Kirkcaldy, Scotland and Donald Kinnear of Midland.
  • Midland & Penetang led the County in the number of indigent (poor non-paying) patients last year, the cost is charged back to the ratepayers as welfare and was 56% of the County total. Patient days for Collingwood were 1,961 for example where Midland’s was 4,340. St. Andrew’s also claims it supplied $3,288.00 worth of hospital extras for which it receives no compensation.
  • Ernst Leitz Canada offers a $1,000.00 annual scholarship, one year’s tuition, to Canadian high school students wishing to study veterinarian medicine. Winner to be selected by the German ambassador, Dr. Dankwort.
  • A headline you wouldn’t see now. “Lions Hear Talk on Retarded Tads”
  • New ski jump is nearly completed standing 111 feet tall, if it had been four feet taller the Department of Transport regulations would have required a beacon light for aeroplanes. (that word has disappeared from our language)
  • The newspaper advertisements for the Midland Arena showing the times of different events, mostly hockey games, is sponsored by O’Keefe’s Brewery.
  • Tiny Township hires first constable for its new police force. Applicant indicated he did not want to be chief as he had no police experience. Hired with a three month probationary period it was decided by Council that he would use any pieces of uniform from the two previous officers that would fit him until his probation ended.
  • The feature at the Roxy is Disney’s “Lady and The Tramp”
  • Milk quotas used to be reduced in North Simcoe in the winter but the demand from Toronto for milk has increased and shippers are looking for 100 extra cans per day.
  • At the IGA butter is .59 cents per pound and bologna is .19 cents per pound.

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