Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – May 1st to 7th 1956

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2006 0020 2233 Parents turned out in large numbers for the “open house” at the public school in Port McNicoll. Harold Clifford, a grade 8 student, shows his mother, Mrs. Harry Clifford, the fine lamp he has made. Principal Lyall Thorpe on the left.

 2006 0020 2234 Molly Malone, a grade 7 pupil at Port McNicoll, shows her mother Mrs. Pat Malone the dress she has made.

 2006 0020 2235 Elmvale artists display their work at the hobby show held by the Home & School Association Friday. Classes were originated several years ago by Harry Willis. Mrs. R.A. McLelland and Mrs. Frank Roberts admire the art work while Carolyn Roberts points to her favourite.

 2006 0020 2238 Leathercraft was only one of several arts on exhibit at the Elmvale Home & School Association’s hobby show at the community center, Friday. Mrs. J. Ferguson and Mrs. L. Vollett.

 2006 0020 2243 New owners of the Chalet Bleu Motel are Mr. & Mrs. Milton A. Kearns who have operated motels in Northern Ontario for some 15 years. Mr. Kearns is a native of Owen Sound. Mrs. Kearns is the former Loretta Paquette of Kapauskasing. When local insurance agent Charles White met with Mr. Kearns to update the insurance on the motel the two men realized they had grown up across the road from each other in Owen Sound.

 2006 0020 2269 Midland Jaycee’s, as part of their traffic safety program are promoting a “Road-e-o” at the town dock, 1:30 PM, May 6th. Posing as the careless driver of this car is Jaycee Bill Johnson slumped over the steering wheel.

 2006 0020 2270 Wearing their new jackets presented at a victory banquet Wednesday night are members of the Elmvale bantam hockey club runners up for the Ontario “D” title. Elvin Frankcom, captain Bill Hogg and “Mighty Mite” of the team Andy Copeland.

 2006 0020 2271 Veteran trainer of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey and baseball clubs, Tim Daley was one of the speakers at the Elmvale victory banquet to honour the juvenile and bantam teams Wednesday night. Tim is admiring the new jackets worn by Bob Greenlaw and Ed Bumstead.

 2006 0020 2256 Each of the lads pictured is a lieutenant in charge of a platoon of cadets at MPDHS. Cadets Lieutenants front row; Glenn Nichols, Bob Deakos, Hart Bezner, Jim Farmer and Bob Wilson; middle row, Len Wood, Ron McCuaig, Lloyd Scott, Lloyd Farqhuar and John Deakos; back row, Don Anderson, Ronald Blair and Conrad Maurice.

 2006 0020 2254 Senior Non Commissioned officers of the Midland Cadet Corps are seen above in the new gymnasium of MPDHS. Front row, Cadet Sgts. Paul Irvine , John Armstrong, Cadet CSM Bob Marshall, Art Desjardin, Cadet RSM Bob Abbott, Cadet CSM Paul Bissette, Bill Wagg, Cadet Sgt. Roger Adams; middle row, Cadet Sgt. Paul MacDonald, Victor Leonard, Warren Bonneville, Bev Day, Steve McGuire, Lorne Williams, Ernie Kirkup, Ronald Curry; back row, Cadet QM Sgt. Jim Rumble, Glen Mount, Bruce Bowen, Cadet T Sgt. Jim Parker, Cadet S Sgt. Garth Quinlan, Neil Goldsmith, Cadet QM Sgt. Norman Farrill.

 2006 0020 2255 Cadet Corps officers at MPDHS. Front row; Cadet Major K. McFarland, Cadet Major Dean Nicholls second in command, Cadet Lieut. Col. J. N. Jones commanding officer, Cadet Lieut. Col. R. O. Dwinnell, Cadet Major R.J. McIntyre adjutant, Cadet Major J. W. Parker; middle row, Cadet Major J. Hilliard quartermaster, Cadet Major Bob Megaw, Cadet Major Frank Holmes, Cadet Major Leonard Laurin, Cadet Major Wes Bonneville, Cadet Major Paul Dubeau; back row, Cadet Captain Price Taylor, Cadet Captain Dennis Murphy and Cadet Captain Willard Duquette.

 2006 0020 2304 Best catch reported locally on opening day were these 21 trout caught by John Power of Midland and Hugh McGillicuddy formerly of Midland, now living in Toronto.

 2006 0020 2252 It took the Midland Shipyard crane and several men to remove this huge stump at the top of Bay street. Tree had been cut down more than a year ago after being damaged by Hurricane Hazel. 

  • HMCS Mallard is launched from Grew Boats Monday afternoon. One of four 92 foot bird class inner patrol vessels built in Ontario for the Canadian Navy. During the war Grew constructed eight Fairmile Class and two 130 foot mine sweepers plus a number of smaller craft. Since the end of the war the plant has produced 27-foot power sea boats as well as a number of 16-foot motor boats for the navy.
  • J. F. McCaffrey, S.J., director of Martyr’s Shrine has planned even more improvements to the grounds this year, continuing the work of the last two years. Thousands of trees have been planted plus shrubs and bushes and flower beds.
  • Penetang Council creates a ten year fixed assessment for the Briethaupt Leather Company in hopes of having the tannery re-opened.
  • Beaver Lumber marks its 50th year of business, local outlet employs seven men and has been managed by Frank Swales since it opened nine years ago.
  • Vasey United Church adds thirteen new members and three transfers at a special service.
  • Midland Parks Board accepts tenders for three more cottages to be built by the first week of June. They will feature hot and cold water, picture windows, two bedrooms, three piece bath with shower, total price $6,000.00. The board hopes to eventually have fifteen of these cottages at the North West entrance to the park.
  • Stuart Johnstone’s all girl orchestra at the Parkside Pavillion Saturday night. Admission .50 cents. Caller, Hank Woods.
  • This edition of the paper contained several photos of the interior of Grew Boats and the latest improvements. (Unfortunate that we do not have any of these photos)
  • Midland Lions Club Little League Ball opens tonight, 400 players in more parks with more coaches and umpires. The international league (under 11 years ) has ten teams. A new league had to be formed for boys over 16 years.
  • Sunday afternoon in the pouring rain Msgr. J. M. Castex turned the first sod for the new Knights of Columbus Hall in Penetang.
  • Auction sale May 9th of 44 head of Holstein cows and heifers, horses, implements, and milking equipment for Ken Taylor at Lot 17, Conc. 3, on highway 12, near Martyr’s Shrine. Jerry Coughlen auctioneer.
  • Found – Flat bottomed punt. Owner may have same by identifying boat and paying for this ad.
  • Four resort areas to be connected to the Bell system by radio-telephone this summer, Cognashene Island, Six Mile Lake, Severn Lodge and Go-Home-Bay.
  • More than 100 people attend the charter night banquet of the Penetang Junior Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday evening at the Legion Hall.
  • Three weeks after Herb Beauchamp’s Wagon Wheel dance hall was razed by fire a new cement block building with rafters already installed is in its place.
  • Paving of Highway 27 between Wyebridge and Midhurst to resume soon.
  • Bernadette Leblanc, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Leblanc and Romeo Forget, son of Mr. & Mrs. Telesphore Forget at St. Ann’s. Patsy Vallee, daughter of Joseph Vallee and Jim Carruthers, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Carruthers at Knox.
  • Arnold Van Pypen has purchased the Ted Biggar store on Fourth Avenue and is to open a general insurance and real-estate business May 1.
  • Neil McCombie, son of Mr. & Mrs. T. B. McCombie of Ellen St. will be ordained a Presbyterian minister in Toronto tonight.

One thought on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years ago in North Simcoe – May 1st to 7th 1956

  1. The elementary students making useful projects was amazing until the government decided that these tech programs and the funding for them should be cut in the 1990’s in favour of trying to send all students to university. Now over 1/2 of all tech rooms are closed and the remainder are funded with the equivent of one happy meal per student per semester! How times have changed!

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