Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – March 1st to 7th 1957

Click on photos to enlarge  Passenger train derails near Tiffin Elevator Wednesday March 6th, at 2 p.m. Train 603 was backing into Midland after turning on the wye at the Old Fort. Combination car #13747 was derailed and struck a nearby boxcar. There were no injuries to the crew or four passengers. This car was carrying bagged mail that can be seen being unloaded.

  Only a few of the nearly 500 reasons Midland’s Arena Gardens should be jammed to the roof for “Young Canada Night” this Thursday. Ice time and equipment costs are soaring this season for boys from the surrounding area in the league sponsored by the Midland Lions Club and the Penetang Recreation Council. Director of the league Len Self needs a good turnout if they are to come close to balancing the books this year.

  Two year old Charles Morden  of 280 Yonge Street seems to feel he has been the victim of a rather underhanded trick during the Polio vaccination clinic held at the Midland Armory. By the time Mrs. Morden and “Chuck” get to the door of the Armory he has almost forgotten about it.

 Mrs. Martin Robitaille, RR #2 Midland (their farm house stood where the current Midland Power Utilities office is located on Hwy 12 and Les Barber Blvd.), registers Linda and Gary for Polio shots at the clinic held in the Midland Armory. Simcoe County Health Unit nurses are Mrs. Dorothy Carpenter and Mrs. Bets Lemay.

  CSL’s Ashcroft appears to have a king sized smoke stack. The bulk freighter was undergoing a pre-season overhaul at the Midland Shipyard as the yard’s crane lowers a new stack lining into the main funnel.

  Shop work, both metal and wood, is a popular subject among the boys at MPDHS. “Dick” R. C. Moffatt, shop teacher, watches Neil French cut a thread on one of the machine lathes.

  Mr. & Mrs. Tom Gilbert, 143 Sixth Street seemed pleased with the workbook of their son Danny during the recent re-opening of St. Mary’s Separate School following a fire last November.

  Mrs. Frank Bray (Doreen), wife of the chairman of the Midland Public Schools Board, Frank Bray, receives flowers from Mary Yon and Raymond Cote. The presentation was an expression of thanks by St. Mary’s School for the accommodation extended by the public schools following a fire at St. Mary’s last November.

  Five year old Peggy Bray of Midland sits proudly on the bike she won with this six inch perch caught at the junior fishing derby of the Penetang Winter Carnival . Fish was the only one caught within the time limit. Peggy is the daughter of Frank and Doreen Bray.

  Two time winner of the Penetang Winter Carnival trap-shoot is Dr. Jim Fitzgerald, Burlington, son of Mr. & Mrs. A. L. Fitzgerald, Penetang. He is seen here receiving a new shotgun, first prize, from Lorraine Lacroix, carnival queen.

  These nimrods had a gay time banging away at clay pigeons in last year’s trap shooting contest at Penetang’s Winter Carnival. Saturday morning the winter wonderland trap shooting, contest will get under way at the 1957 carnival. Second from right in the  photo is A. L. Fitzgerald, veteran sportsman and one of the key figures behind the organization of the trap shoot. 



  Lorraine Lacroix, chosen queen of the Penetang Winter Carnival last Friday is pictured with her two ladies in waiting. Peggy Couling on the left and Theresa Maurice. They made a triumphant tour of Penetang with a police escort following the crowning at the Pen Theatre.

  • Another of Midland’s pioneer residents, Mrs. Albert W. Ruby died Feb. 26 at her home on Midland Avenue. She had been ill for about a year. Funeral service was held March 1 at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home with internment in Lakeview Cemetery. Rev. W. R. Auld officiated. Pallbearers were Albert Ruby, John Walter, Frederick White, Edward Parker, Floyd Scovell and George S. Dudley, Q.C. Mrs. Ruby, the former Margaret Selina Jelly, was born Aug. 13, 1873, in Shelburne, Ontario, and lived there until 1898, when she moved to Midland, as milliner for the late Christina MacLeod. In September, 1900, she married A. W. Ruby in Shelburne. A member of St. Paul’s United Church, she was an active  worker in all the church societies and was one of the first members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the YMCA. She also took an interest in the Hospital  Auxiliary until ill health caused her to give it up. With the late Mrs. W. D. Ross, she was in charge of the linens of the hospital for many years. Predeceased by her husband  and one daughter Lois, Mrs. Ruby is survived by two sons, Sargent of Midland and Walling of Toronto; two daughters, Shirley of Midland and Ruth of Little Falls, N.Y.; two brothers, Andrew Jelly of Midland and James of Collingwood; and two sisters, Mrs. Harry White (Matilda) of Shelburne and Mrs. M. J. Muter (Edyth) of Toronto.
  • Funeral service for Adelard Beriault, Penetang, was held Tuesday Feb. 19, at St. Ann’s Memorial Church. The body had rested at his home on Robert Street. Conducting the service was Father J. Marchand, assisted by Father McGough and J. Kelly. Mass was sung by Msgr. J. M. Castex. Internment was made in St. Ann’s Cemetery, and the pallbearers were Edmond Desrochers, Clilfford Moreau, Marcel Quesnelle, Ovila Desroches, Marcel Bellehumeur and Romeo Asselin.   Born in Penetang in 1883, Mr. Beriault had lived in Penetang throughout his whole life. A lumber grader, he married Elizabeth Quesnelle in Holy Cross Church, Lafontaine, 56 years ago.  Surviving besides his wife, are one son, Herman of Penetang and five daughters, Mrs. Robert Hodges (Margaret) Barrie; Mrs. Reaford McDonald (Elsie) Barrie, Mrs. Maurice Gourdeault (Marie) Montreal, Miss Leona Beriault, Montreal, and Miss Ethel Beriault, Camp Borden. There is also one sister, Mrs. Ella Mae Bonnin, Penetang, and 12 grandchildren.
  • The eleventh annual Midland Music Festival has over 600 entries and 1,000 participants.
  • “Anastasia” is playing at the Roxy with Yul Brynner and Ingrid Bergman.
  • Monsignor J. M. Castex blessed the re-modeled St. Mary’s School in Midland, Friday evening.
  • March 14th is the deadline to purchase your new vehicle licence plates and to renew your driver’s licence.
  • Just a matter of minutes after the time of Saturday’s fishing derby at Penetang Winter Carnival had been extended, Don Bulmer, R.R. 5, Barrie; pulled a 26-inch pike through a nine-inch hole in the ice to win a boat and outboard motor. Second prize went to the only other catch of the day, a salamander. [John Power commented on the salamander in his “Outdoor Diary” column saying that many people had never seen a “mud puppy”, his response, “have you looked”.]
  • Eight Goals by Don Wilcox Sets Scoring Pace in Canadiens 12-2 Victory. As close to three hundred fans on deck will readily testify, it certainly has been a long time since a Midland hockey team has packed such a potent scoring punch as Midland Canadiens unleashed at Arena Gardens last Saturday night. John Bourgeois scored two goals and Gord Brand and Al Arbour got singles.
  • Lorne Watson, photographer, is offering demonstrations of the new Polaroid Land cameras, your picture taken and finished in 60 seconds.
  • YMCA Camp “Kitchi” has had to turn away 100 applicants,  already have 1300 campers registered and 453 counselors and staff for the coming season.

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