2006-0020-3033 Newest member of the Midland Penetang District High School Board, Dr. A. H. Pinchin, middle right, is welcomed by veteran member Clarke Edwards. The other men in the photo were cropped out in the newspaper.



 2006 0020 3111.jpgRe-elected Reeve, Mrs. Florence Belcher of Victoria Harbour is congratulated by two other victors in the polls Monday. Fred Savage, former Reeve who was returned as a councillor and Winslow Beamish on right, a new comer to council. Other councillors were Ernest Cadeau and Theo Bernard. 

 2006 0020 3053.jpg Coach Bill Setterington prepares his senior basketball squad for their exhibition game against Bloor Collegiate Saturday night at MPDHS. Front row, Bob Thompson, Bob McIntyre, Bill Quinlan, coach Setterington, Ralph Asselin and Steve McGuire; back row, George Gouett, Lloyd Farqhuar, Francis Bourrie, Bob Megaw, Henry Gouett and John Deakos.

 2006-0020-3101 Long lines of standing freight cars are the trade mark of CPR yards these days in Port McNicoll and across the CPR system as employees are on strike. January 2, Canadian Pacific locomotive firemen commenced a strike which shuts down the railway.  This was ended by an act of Parliament on the evening of Friday, January 11th.

 2006-0020-3108What do you do in Port McNicoll when you can’t go railroading. First, you must chisel a hole, then find minnows for bait and then you can ice fish in Georgian Bay. John Lisowski of Port McNicoll had tried several spots before this picture was taken in the slip at Port McNicoll.

 2006-0020-3100 Mike Kosecky in the shack talks over the day’s results with John Lisowski. Whitefish and pike are usually taken in good numbers.

 2006-0020-6170 Workman above gives a good indication of the size of some of the huge pieces of equipment handled in the Waubaushene plant of the Walter Young company. This 16-cylinder diesel motor will generate 1750 hp and is to be installed in the tug David Richard (Georgian Queen).

 2006-0020-6166 Work on tugs is one line of business carried out by the Walter Young company at Waubaushene. A new 12-cylinder diesel motor has been installed in the tug Helene, owned by the Waubaushene Navigation Co. seen alongside the dock in Waubaushene. (This tug still exists as the “Daniel McAllister” at the old Port of Montreal. She is the largest preserved tug in Canada and the second oldest preserved ocean going tug in the world.) 

  • Earl Cummings was chosen commander of the Midland Power Squadron at a recent meeting. Other officers for 1957 are Lieut-commander Doug Strathearn, secretary Cecil English, treasurer Jim Brechin and lieutenant, Dalt Martin.
  • Frank Powell, Midland – Penetang District High School teacher, has been chosen 1957 president of the Midland Y’s Men’s Club. Other officers of the new executive are vice-presidents Cy Ney and Frank Hartman, secretary John Krochko. Additional executive members are Douglas Haig, Haig Abbott, Charles Walton and William Howard.
  • Playing at the Pen is that classic movie, “Fire Maidens of Outer Space”.
  • The twenty-three member Tadenac Club Limited owns an estimated 11,000 acres of land and water on Georgian Bay in Freeman Township. The prominent Toronto businessmen claim their charter and Crown patents give them exclusive hunting and fishing rights. A recent challenge to this ownership by the Midland Hunter’s and Anglers Club in a Bracebridge courtroom was indecisive.
  • Many local merchants are holding “after Christmas” or “after inventory” sales and advertising heavily in the newspaper. Many of the winners and losers of the recent municipal elections have also taken ads in the paper to thank local voters for their support.
  • Not much is happening in North Simcoe this second week of January 1957, the lead story in the January 9th Free Press is the re-election of Florence Belcher as Reeve (mayor) of Victoria Harbour, her third in as many years. The County Herald’s lead story is the Federal decision to pay municipalities a grant in lieu of property taxes on Federal land, a change which would see Midland receive a $17, 772 grant in 1957 instead of $8,841.00 taxes. The properties include the Post Office, the buildings at the town dock and the Armoury.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – January 8th to 15th 1957

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