Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – March 24 to 31st 1956

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2006 0020 2115Huge cakes of ice are broken off by the USCG cutter Mackinaw as she plows her way down the harbour at Port McNicoll Monday morning. The Mackinaw made the 220 mile trip from Cheboygan Michigan to facilitate the movement of the winter fleet in Midland and Port McNicoll.  She encountered 36″ thick ice in the Giant’s Tomb area. The job of keeping the harbours fluid is normally done by the CSL tug “Tiffin” which is out of service awaiting repairs. This photo shows the size of the two CPR freight sheds at Port McNicoll. I may be corrected, but I believe this shed was known as the westbound shed.

2006 0020 1772Six proud scholarship winners photographed after the final concert of the Midland Music Festival. Back row, Patricia Morrison, Jim Cleaver, Eleanor Paice and Mary Lou (Louise) Parker. Front row, Andrew Zgudziak and Jay Ellis.

 2006 0020 2161Midland merchants, Walter Woods and Web Struthers, take time from their business to create sets for the Midland Figure Skating Club’s annual carnival, sponsored by the  Midland Lion’s Club.

2006 0020 1729 Midland Y’s Men transported these Bantam basketball players to an invitational meet in Orillia on March 17th. Though they didn’t win, a good time was reported. The photo taken on the front steps of the YMCA on Hugel Avenue.  Front row, Gerry Hamilton, John Scott, Ron McConnell, Tom McCullough, Ron Hyatt; Center row, John Carpenter, Doug Setterington, Roger Leclair, John Cowie.  Back row, Wally Brock, Ross Clute, Boy Wilson and Bob Grey.

 2006 0020 2155 Four of the five trophy winners at the spring invitation jump meet at the Midland Ski Club Sunday are seen in this photo. Bob Staubhaar, Midland, winner of the class “C” division; Eric Kurrie, Midland, third in the main event;  Rheal Seguin, Ottawa, runner up and Frank Elsigan, Buffalo, the big winner. Hubert Shaunig, Midland, runner up in the “C” class was absent.

 2006 0020 2174 Midland ladies preparing costumes for the Midland Lion’s Club annual skating carnival on April 6 and 7. Mrs. H. G. W. Paice, Mrs. Francis Lowes, Mrs. Lloyd Wilcox, Mrs. Ed Walker and Mrs. Harold (Marg) McAllen.

 2006 0020 1771 Six of eighteen scholarship winners in the Midland Music Festival are seen in front of the fireplace at the YMCA on Hugel Ave. Back row, Betty French, Bob Popple, John Marshall. Front row, Robert Morrison, Ann Webster and Diane Vivian.

 2006 0020 2173The center of activity around Nottawaga Beach for many years, Patchell’s Store burnt to the ground on the morning of March 20th. Walter Patchell received burns about his face, head and arms while attempting to rescue a few belongings. Mrs. Patchell recently released from the hospital after a serious back injury had to escape in her night attire. 

  • Penetang to build town sheds at the west end of Robert Street. Fred Laurin has been retained to superintend the job
  • Junior Chambers of Commerce from Midland & Penetang bring forward a plan to re-open the 140 year old military road from the Angels to Hugel Ave as a walking trail. Future plan would be to continue south to Wyebridge
  • Fern Shoes and Midland Footwear to receive new production machinery that will increase output by 40%
  • Weddings – Shirley Fournier and Edwin Simmonds, St. Margaret’s Rectory – Shirley Henderson and Gerry Gammon – Frances Duquay and Rolland St. Onge, St. Margaret’s Church – Ann Dickie and Russell Vaillancourt, St. Margaret’s Church –
  • County Council committee accepts bid by Wilfred G. How Construction to build the 50 bed home for the aged in Penetang. How Construction was also the general contractor for the Penetang General Hospital. Work will start in April and it is expected to take eight months to complete
  • Penetang General Hospital receives chest x-ray machine
  • F Turnbull hired as new Public Works Superintendent in Midland
  • & Mrs. Cecil Woods of Wyevale had not heard from their son George in eight months until they read in a Toronto newspaper that he had become a hero of northern British Columbia, snow shoeing 125 miles in six days to get help for his injured trapping partner
  • Under a policy laid down by His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Roman Catholic Easter liturgical ceremonies used by the church in the Middle Ages will be adopted this week. Holy communion will be received Good Friday afternoon, churches will be closed at Midnight Thursday and there will be an Easter midnight mass
  • Andrew’s hospital to save $600.00 per year by using disposable paper plates and cups, savings in labour, dish washing cost, breakage costs. Board member Mrs. L. Attridge suggested that some of the elderly women patients may not appreciate their tea in a paper cup
  • The Hon. Bryan Cathcart, Ontario Minister of Travel and publicity, speaking in the provincial legislature, praised the Midland Y’s Men’s Club’s reconstruction of a Huron Village as an outstanding example of community tourist promotion, ranking it with the Stratford Festival and the Fergus Highland Games
  • Penetang Barbering service charges as of April 2, 1956. Adult haircut .75, brushcut 1.00, shaves .50, children’s haircut .50, children’s haircut Saturday .75
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – A proposal had been made to build a hotel on the eastern bank of the Wye River, adjacent to the Shrine – A new service station was being erected on the site of the Midland Steam Laundry, destroyed by fire several months previously – W. E. Preston and Co. opened a new branch in the McMurtry Block known as Preston’s Uptown grocery. It was located next to A. W. Ruby’s “High Class” pastry shop – New styles for the spring of 1932 called for skirts to be worn about 10 inches from the floor, dresses were straight cut and hats featured floppy brims worn away from the face – Stanley Dobson of Midland broke the Ontario shot put record at a YMCA track meet in Toronto
  • Thirty four new citizens were born in St. Andrew’s Hospital in the month of February, eight more than last February
  • MPDHS entered two teams in the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association competition
  • Kenneth Wells releases his newest book “By Jumping Cat Bridge”, paperback $1.99, cloth covered $4.00

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