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

2006 0020 1828 Public school pupils in Coldwater may be attending this new school next fall, construction has been stalled until a new contractor can be appointed. 

2006 0020 2209 “Johnny Van”, one of the two year old pacers in Mrs. R. S. Shepherd’s Burnbrae stables, Coldwater. Johnny’s mother died when he was only a few weeks old and Mrs. Shepherd had to bottle feed him for some time. Trainer Ed Hawke has high hopes for the frisky youngster. 

2006 0020 2125 North Simcoe farms that depend on cisterns have had to rely on Earl Rowntree of Elmvale and his water truck as the long cold winter with no thaws has affected water supplies. With this 1,100 gallon tank Mr. Rowntree ranges from Midland to Stayner serving over fifty customers. Copeland flour mill Elmvale in the background. 

2006 0020 1774 Winners of the boy’s vocal solo class for Grade 3 in this year’s Midland Music Festival are Barry Schissler, Victoria Harbour first place; Ken Trew, Midland, third place and Doug French Midland, second place.  (Ken Trew “Kenny” passed away February 22, 2016 at the age of 68) 

2006 0020 2790Kitchener Canuck team, winners of the Junior OHA title in Midland’s Little Hockey League. Front, Arnie Blake, captain Tom Burgie, Paul DeVillers, J. Cathabine; middle row, Thomas Wilcox, Doug Faint, Tom Gray, Jim Murday, Tom Gordanier, Bill Mackie, Michael Dorion and Rev. Len Self; back row, Randy Small, Nelson Cote, Morley Bath, Jim Cleaver, Cecil Merkley, John Cranston and coach Wray Faint. 

2006 0020 1964 Midland’s new police chief, Robert J. Cameron, aged 49, Aberdeen Scotland born and living in Canada since 1920, will begin his duties on March 26th. Recently a lieutenant at the Ontario Reformatory in Mimico, Robert served with an artillery unit during the war. His annual salary will be $3,700.00. 

2006 0020 2169New record set for the opening of navigation in Midland when the American ice breaker USCG Mackinaw arrived on March 18. This beat the previous record set in 1953 by ten days. The traditional “topper’ party included Alderman Clint Smith, Capt. Clifford MacLean, Major A. C. McCaul of the Chamber of Commerce and William Ball chief engineer of the Mackinaw. The powerful icebreaker made quick work of the two foot thick ice in Midland and Port McNicoll harbours. 

2006 0020 2172 Imported direct from Hawaii, Hula girls entertain at the annual Midland Garrison Badminton Club party Friday night. A closer inspection revealed them to be Lorne Scammel, Bill Baker, Jim Wright; back row, Doug White, Tom Marion and Bob Hodges. 

2006 0020 2142 Principal of Sixth Street Public School, Ken Cowan shows Mrs. Fred Hoy and Mrs. Bert Kaus their sons school work. Open house is observed in all Midland public and separate schools as part of education week. 

2006 0020 2129 Auxiliary class work for girls at Sixth Street School attracted a lot of attention at the annual open house on March 8th. Second from left is teacher Miss Frances Kerr who shows samples of dish towels, dresses and cloth toys the students have made. 

2006 0020 2148 Parent teacher night at Sacred Heart Separate School on March 8th. Looking over papers in the Grade 1 room are parents Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Montgrain, 108 Gloucester Street (now 300 Gloucester Street) and daughters Mary Lou, 6, and Carol a grade 3 pupil. 

2006 0020 2171 Midland Public Schools final hockey matches, including games between the girls of the west side representing Parkview and Sixth Street schools and Regent School representing the east. Don Wilcox is seen giving some of the west side girls some pointers; Carolyn Blythe, Betty Jean Watkinson, June Elliot, Joy Lowes, Patsy O’Hara and Shannon Bazinet. 

2006 0020 1770 Six of eighteen scholarship winners in the Midland Music Festival are pictured  in front of the fireplace at the YMCA on Hugel Ave. Back row, Ellen Barber, Arlene Armstrong, Sharon Robillard. Front row, Lois Cowan, Wendy Feltham,  Penny Lapere.

 2006 0020 2151 Dr. J. W. Windrem, an Elmvale veterinary surgeon, administers rabies vaccine to Bo-Bo the pet of Miss Joanne Wadge of Midland. A rabies inoculation clinic was held at the Midland police department Saturday afternoon. Everyone looks happy except Bo-Bo. 

2006 0020 2109 First Elmvale team to ever win a provincial title. They won the OMAHA juvenile “D” crown in three straight games, beating Ayr 5-3 Saturday night. Pete Steele, Joe Marley, Dennis Turner, captain Gary Crowe, John Cole; back row Tom Copeland, Jack Fleming, Grant Ritchie, Dave Stephens, Daryl Beteau and Ron Frankcom. 

2006 0020 2156 Safe at home again after being found two miles from her home is Susanne Brown, 4, of Vasey, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Newton Brown, and her dog which accompanied her. She was found by neighbour Mervin Edwards, on Concession 4, Tay. 

  • Fire Chief Peter Grigg tenders his resignation to Midland council after 37 years with the department, citing health reasons.
  • 250 attend Spring Fashion Show put on by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland.
  • Writer to the editor, when complaining about all the potholes on King Street, also mentioned the danger of cars backing out of the angle parking
  • Only one paper next week as the publication date for the County Herald falls on Good Friday, a combined Free Press and County Herald will be distributed on Wednesday March 28th
  • Inaugurate gun club in Penetang, outcome of trap shooting competitions held at the Winter Carnival
  • Midland Public Schools Board to buy fire extinguishers for three town schools on fire departments recommendation, Regent School to remove flammable and combustible materials from basement storage
  • Daniell’s Welding delivers third steel scow, this one to the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, to be used between Kingston and Brockville
  • RCAF recruiter will be at the Midland Armouries on March 23
  • Miss Edna Breithaupt, on behalf of the company proposing to develop Giant’s Tomb, showed Tiny Twp. Council a partial plan of the proposed work
  • Town Council meetings are always interesting in Midland, last Monday’s meeting addressed a 34 point agenda, with two deputations. The meeting lasted for four hours without a break
  • At the Roxy; “Artists and Models” with Gerry Lewis and Dean Martin
  • At the Pen; “Ma & Pa Kettle at Waikiki”
  • Bad luck for Mr. & Mrs. Walter Patchell, several weeks ago Mrs. Patchell received serious back injuries in a car accident, Tuesday morning the Nottawaga Beach store, where the Patchell’s also make their home, was completely destroyed by fire
  • Powerful American ice breaker clears local harbours to release the winter fleet. CSL Captain Reg Belcher of Victoria Harbour flew from Malton to Sault Ste. Marie where he was picked up by helicopter and taken aboard the 320 foot U.S. Coast Guard ship Mackinaw to act as pilot
  • Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Butson observe their golden wedding anniversary. Residents of Midland and Penetang for over 40 years, Mr. Butson, a certified shipwright, has been a boat builder all his life and is considered to be one of the finest in Ontario
  • St. Andrew’s Hospital Midland was one of three Ontario hospitals to receive a federal Health Department grant, Midland got $106,650.00
  • Charles Onley, a Midland barrister, wins a one thousand dollar prize in a Penetang Legion fundraiser. Legion is erecting a decorative metal fence around the cenotaph
  • Johnstone’s are advertising “Western Records” by top artist, Elvis Presley, Webb Pierce, Carl Smith, Hank Snow, Jean Sheperd, Kitty Wells. Basement Store –  Phone 434
  • Webster’s in Penetang are advertising records also, “We’ve Got What It Takes to Suit Every Taste” “Whether you crave the classics or dote on Dixieland”  – 24 Robert St. W.  Phone KI-9-7477 (Penetang has direct dial system before Midland)
  • 400 Midland street lights destroyed within 10 days by BB guns
  • MPDHS board accept lowest bid for 150 tons of coal for heating the high school, J. M. Wallace and Sons Ltd had the lowest bid at $13.30 per ton
  • Three former Midland hockey players are “doing all right for themselves” in the pulp and paper town of Marathon, population 2,000. Ed Bolan, now assistant recreational director at Marathon, Jack Henderson and Gerry Gerow. Their team the Marathoners won their league title
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – More than $66,000.00 was to be spent by Midland Public Utilities for the erection of a new water storage tank in the south part of town (Hanly St.) –   Morris Shushan, his son Dave and brother Joseph purchased the Georgian Bay Cannery from Dr. G. Tanner and intend to operate the building as a fur processing plant

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