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

Click on photos to enlarge  Winners of the Midland Shrine Club trophy this year as the best team in the Midland Little Hockey league’s junior OHA section were the Barrie Flyers. Front row; Ronnie Cowdy, Richard Boast, Chester Graham (captain), Bill Mackie. Back row; Bill Lahey, Howard Henderson (coach), Paul Henderson, Alan Mostyn, John Sutton, Dave Brooks, John Pettersen, Rev. Len Self (league director).

  The potato section of the annual North Simcoe Seed Fair in Elmvale Friday attracted a lot of attention. Viewing a prize winning sample of seed potatoes are Prof. P. A. Wright, left, of the department of agricultural economics, OAC, and president of the North Simcoe Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Joseph Dyer.

  Captain of the Hershey Bears, Gary French on the left, congratulates Paul Devillers, after Paul’s Cleveland Barons had won the AHL section of the Midland LHL, at Arena Gardens. Barons are a Penetang team while the Bears are made up of Midland boys.

  Mrs. Eva Kanalosy and her son Attila are refugees from Hungary and are staying with Midland restaurant owner Stephen Szabo (The Globe) and his wife. They have no word of Mr. Kanalosy, a lawyer who was with the freedom fighters during the revolution.  In a few weeks, Mr. Szabo plans to take them to Toronto. There, he hopes, he can find them a home with a Hungarian family, and perhaps a job for Mrs. Kanalosy. “She’ll have a hard time to start,” says Mr. Szabo, who spent more than a year picking sugar-beets near Winnipeg when he arrived some years ago. “But she will see a kind of freedom here she didn’t know before.”

  A raw wind and billowing smoke gave firemen a tough time when fire early Monday morning nearly gutted the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Proulx at 19 Olive Street. Only two charred suitcases were saved from the fire, which caused nearly $2,000 damage. Fireman W. E. Allsopp, at right, is entering the back of the house, where the blaze started.

  Murray Waples holds trotter Heather C. Scott while brother Keith examines a healing foot. Heather, a five year old black mare, is owned by Archie Cumming of Atwood Ontario and is one of 24 horses in the Waples’ barn.

Murray and Keith Waples with a pair of trotters.

 Holding certificates for Grade 1 boys solo at the Midland Music Festival Wednesday are; David Smith, second place; Tom Sweeting, first place; John Abbott and Brian Thompson who tied for third. The boys all sang “When I Am Big”.


  • Air conditioners recently installed in the major and minor operating rooms of Penetang General Hospital have resulted in a marked improvement, medical advisor Dr. Roland Lauzon told members of the board at their meeting Wednesday night. Cost of the equipment, $1,250, was met with donations by the Hospital Auxiliary, Penetang Legion, Elmvale Lions Club and the parish of St. Patrick’s. In the photo above Mrs. W. Binkley of the Penetang Hospital Auxiliary is seen presenting a cheque worth $650.00 to hospital board chairman Jerome Gignac.
  • March 15th, four different people in Midland have reported seeing a robin. [I wonder if it was the same robin]
  • [The life stories of our ancestors always fascinate me, so we include this one in its entirety from the March 15th 1957 County Herald] — For half a century one of Canada’s leading herbalists, E. G. Jefferis marked his 90th birthday in Stewart’s nursing home, Penetang.  Mr. Jefferis is best known in the Waubaushene area, where he resided for many years and  where one of his sons, Edwin, still lives. Edwin George Jefferis was born at Farnham, Eng., March 7, 1867. He was the oldest of eight children of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Jefferis. He was only a lad of around seven when his parents came to Canada, settling first in Stratford. A short time later they moved to North Orillia Township, where young Edwin grew up. Later, Mr. Jefferis became engaged in the lumber business, first at Gravenhurst and later at Rosseau Falls. It was while he was serving as foreman for a lumber company at Rosseau that fate directed his footsteps into the herbalist business. “I developed stomach trouble so bad that I just couldn’t keep any food in my stomach,” Mr. Jefferis recalled. “One day an edger at the mill gave me a prescription from an old Indian herbalist in Seattle. It cured me completely.” There were other people in Rosseau afflicted with the same troubles and Mr. Jefferis passed along his new knowledge. The results were so good he eventually decided to go into the business of producing herbal medicines. In the 50 years that followed he became one of Canada’s leading authorities on the subject, and his medicines were in large demand from coast to coast and in other lands. Mr. Jefferis came to Waubaushene in 1895. Earlier, in 1891, he had married the former Sarah Ann McPeake of Dalrymple, a hamlet near Brechin. They had six children, of whom five are still living. Besides Edwin in Waubaushene, there are Mrs. Jack McKerrow (Pearl) of Orillia; Mrs. E. P. Day (Stella), Mrs. William Finlayson (Mildred) and Keith, all of Toronto. The Jefferis’ had a general  store on Pine Street in  Waubaushene, which Mrs. Jefferis ran while her husband looked after his rapidly expanding herbal medicine business. The store burned in 1916, after which the Jefferis’ moved to Toronto. Mr. Jefferis continued to operate his business in Toronto for the ensuing 28 years. It was there, too, that the couple marked their golden wedding, Jan. 14, 1941. Three years later they retired from business and returned to Waubaushene, where Mrs. Jefferis died in 1945. Mr. Jefferis still has two brothers living, one in Edmonton and the other in Vancouver, and also a sister in the latter city. In addition to his fame as a herbalist, Mr. Jefferis was also well known throughout Muskoka and North Simcoe as the owner of some of the best driving teams of his day. They won many honors at fairs throughout the area. “I used to have some great road races with the late Dr. Jim Harvie of Coldwater,” Mr. Jefferis recalled. In his busier days, Mr. Jefferis used to produce some 40 different types of medicine, for both animals and humans. Under the name of E. G. Jefferis, herbalist, he produced tonics, children’s medicine (with emphasis on chronic bronchitis and allied ailments), liniments and a variety of horse conditioning powder. After 90 years, Mr. Jefferis still looks hale and hearty. His only drawback is a touch of arthritis in his hip that makes it difficult for him to walk as well as he would wish. Mr. Jefferis is also one of the original members of the Gospel Hall established in Waubaushene  some thirty years ago.
  • Midland council passes new taxi cab bylaw. The police chief was given supervision over all taxi services in town, both owners and drivers must purchase a licence, they will not be given to anyone with a criminal record or alcohol related offense and they will be revoked if offenses occur, cabs must display an illuminated sign. Women are not allowed to drive between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Canadian Name Plate pays out $3,500.00 in profit sharing to its employees bringing the total amount to $40,000.00 since the plan began 18 months ago, the equivalent of seven extra weeks pay.
  • At recent meetings of the Midland Public Schools Board, principals have complained of dogs running at large in the school yards. Regent School principal M. O. Lewis told trustees Friday night he had noticed twenty-two dogs in the schoolyard at one time and telephoned the police.
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, 1932 — One horse of a team of valuable horses drowned when the ice collapsed during ice-cutting operations in Port McNicoll Bay. With the help of rope and chains and other horses, the other horse was saved. The team was owned by Cecil Parker of Tay Township. * * * A third robbery, the second within two months, occurred at the Brewers’ warehouse in Penetang. * * * Midland, always noted as a sports town, 25 years ago had, besides its hockey and ball teams, several prominent amateur  boxers and a lacrosse team. *** Following cancellation of several hockey games because of warm weather, 600 ratepayers of Midland signed a petition to install artificial ice in the curling rink and new Midland arena. * * * A leading fashion stylist predicted shades of blue, brown and red “powerful” for spring, 1932. The broad shouldered military look was favored in dresses and coats, and waistlines were high. * * * Penetang council decided not to force Penetang milk  dealers to pasteurize milk, but a stringent milk bylaw was passed to ensure a standard purity of milk. * * * Following several days of mild spring-like weather North Simcoe was hit by the first blizzard of the winter. It came one year to the day after the severe blizzard of the winter of 1931. The department of highways snowplow made its first run of the winter on the district highway.

2 thoughts on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – March 8th to 15th 1957

  1. Another fascinating offering. In reference to the weather, several years ago, while transcribing one of the legal ledgers of William Horace Hewson (from the archives in Penetanguishene Centennial Museum), I decided to separately record weather notes that Mr. Hewson wrote, without fail, every day for years. Here are the entries for March of 1932 – he was commenting on the blizzard as well – I will post here the entries for the latter part of March:

    “Saturday 19th – Four inches of snow in night. Fresh southwest wind partly fair, but with snow flurries and very stormy.

    Monday 21st – Sunday clear fine and colder. Today fine and milder, snow in evening.

    Tuesday 22nd – Nearly a foot of new snow in night and still snowing in morning. Light northwest wind and colder. Snow stopped about 10:30 a.m. but snow flurries intense during day.

    Wednesday 23rd – Cold and mostly fair with a few light snow flurries.

    Thursday 24th – Very fine and milder. Light snow 5 p.m. but soon clearing to fine again.

    Saturday 26th – Good Friday very fine and very warm, rain in evening. Rain all night and showery this a.m. very slushy and clearing and cooler at night.

    Tuesday 29th – Sunday Easter Day very fine, bright but sloppy underfoot. Monday slightly cooler and partly dull and mostly fine. Dull and cooler in a.m., clearing at noon to fine, bright and warmer.

    Wednesday 30th – Mild south breeze, very bright, very warm; snow and ice melting very fast. Showers in evening.

    Thursday 31st – Turning cooler in night and frozen up this morning. Dull and cool during day.

    Thought you might enjoy seeing the reference that matched the entry in the local paper of the day!

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