Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – May 16th to 23rd, 1957

Click on Photos to Enlarge Top group in awards handed out at the 4-H achievement day in Elmvale Saturday was the Vasey Club, four of whose members won county honours. Pauline Irish, Bonnie Bannan, Pauline Robinson and Delcie Edwards. 

Thirty speckled trout were caught in district streams last weekend by former Midland ‘Y’ staffer Hugh McGillicudy, left, and John Power, County Herald outdoors columnist. Beaver ponds proved to be the most prolific source for the “square tails”, three of which would make any trout angler’s mouth water. 


The vision of Fatima is represented by this float, one of several in the religious parade which preceded Sunday’s rosary rally in Midland’s Town Park. Sheila Butineau, Judy Lemieux and Roger King represent the three children who saw the vision of the Virgin Mary, portrayed here by Patsy Knicely. 

Hard work has paid off of these girls over the years as each of them won county honour certificates for having completed six 4H homemaking club projects successfully. Miss Ruth Shaver, centre, county home economist for the Ontario Department of Agriculture, presents the awards to Rita Lalonde and Dot Caston, Wyevale; Diane French, Saurin; and Gail Langman, Allenwood. 


Mother’s Day has a special meaning for these St. Andrew’s nurses as they unveil a portrait of their teacher Miss Emma Baker who died last Wednesday. Miss Baker was superintendent of St. Andrew’s for more than 30 years. Rena Bell, Mrs. Gertrude Magee, Mrs. Olive Weeks, Mrs. Isobel Jones, Mrs. W. Leatherdale, who unveiled the portrait, Mrs. R. Simpell, Mrs. James Clarkson, Miss Jean Holt, Mrs. Glady Reid and Mrs. H. (Ann) Humphries. The portrait was painted by Harry Willis. 


Mobile shopping for patients at St. Andrew’s Hospital is a popular feature provided by the Hospital Auxiliary. Here Miss Margaret Johnston, J. H. McGill, John Calhoun and Mrs. Ernie Nicholson form a happy group around the cart. 




  • The headline, Midland Free Press, Wednesday, May 15th, 1957; “MIDLAND MAYOR FOURTH CANDIDATE, SEEKS ELECTION AS AN INDEPENDENT” Simcoe County is to have a four-way federal contest June 10th. The latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring —and it is no small hat — is Midland’s mayor for the past seven years, 46-year-old Charles Parker. The holder of the Mayor’s chair in Midland for the longest period in the history of the town and with a year at county council as deputy-reeve before that, Mr. Parker has spent nine of his 46 years in municipal office. Born in Tiny Township at Wyebridge, he was orphaned before he entered his teens. His father, William Parker, farmer and gospel preacher of Wyebridge, died when Charlie was nine, and his mother Celia Buchanan, died a year later. He was raised by his uncle Jack Buchanan of Moonstone, where he went to public and continuation school. Rejected for military service because of the effects of an attack of infantile paralysis at the age of three, Mr. Parker served during World War II in the Connaught Laboratories, Toronto, on army research work for which he drew army pay. He is the only one of eleven local polio cases Contracted in 1914 still alive.
  • The headline, County Herald, Friday, May 17th, 1957; “FIRST VOTE IN FORTY-TWO YEARS, ‘WETS’ GAIN 62 PERCENT EDGE” Midland electors Wednesday decided to end the town’s “dry” status in a vote that drew approximately 70 percent of those eligible to cast ballots. The “wet” forces scored their victory by an edge of 62 percent for a government-controlled retail liquor store and by 61.95 per cent for a brewers’ warehouse. At least 60 percent of the total vote was required.
  • A Victoria Harbour longshoreman narrowly missed being buried alive while unloading grain from the S.S. Georgian Bay at the CPR elevator in Port McNicoll Monday afternoon. Lloyd Russell was reported in “satisfactory” condition at St. Andrews Hospital in Midland yesterday, and his doctor said preliminary examination had not disclosed any fractures. Russell, whose usual occupation is farming, had apparently been working in the hold of the ship while the ‘leg’ which transfers the grain into the elevator was in operation. He was reported to have sunk in grain up to his chin.
  • Canada’s first summer ski jump competition will be held in Midland Civic Holiday weekend, August 3, 4, 5. What was originally a fond dream of Pete Pettersen now will be a reality. An exploratory trip to Lake Placid, home of New York State’s summer ski jump, proved that it can be done. Arrangements have now been completed by Midland Resorts Ltd. to purchase machinery that will produce sufficient quantities of ice and snow to assure ideal skiing conditions.
  • Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce will again stage a monster display of fireworks in Little Lake Park, May 20. John Gerow, chairman of the Jaycee fireworks committee, said the display would be held along the beach area east of the park boathouse. John Gianetto is treasurer of the committee and Frank Swales and Bruce Gilbert will be in charge of firing the displays. Mr. Gerow said financial assistance had been received from Branch 80, Canadian Legion, from Midland council ($50), and that Y’s Men had promised to help.
  • Probably the most enthusiastic persons present to greet Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent when he visits Penetang tomorrow afternoon will be Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides who will form a guard of honour from Main Street into the centre of Memorial Park, where a stand has been erected. The special plane flight is to arrive at Camp Borden about 11 a.m. Thursday, and from there the Prime Minister and his party will be brought to Penetang by motor cavalcade.
  • Plans for a gala garden party, which will mark the official opening of Fort Penetanguishene Officers’ Quarters Museum June 26, were launched when committee members met Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Alvin Gropp. Arts and crafts, including weaving, spinning, quilting and pottery, will be on display. There will also be a sale of candy, cookies and home-made baking. Refreshments have been arranged by the Ladies of St. Anns and the Catholic Women’s League under the joint chairmanship of Mrs. H. Picotte and Mrs. Fred DeVillers. Costumes are under the chairmanship of Mrs. W. H. Morrison.
  • Fill, sand, gravel, topsoil, top dressing hauled; grading lawns, general lawn maintenance; sodding, trees removed, lots cleared. Bruce Tinney, phone LA. 6-2193. Midland.
  • Midland – Penetang young people’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet in the basement of the Penetang library every Sunday evening at 8.30 p.m. (?)
  • WEDDING; At St. Margaret’s rectory April 22, Katherine May France, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred France of Franceville, was united in marriage to Guy Reginald Johnstone, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Johnstone of Midland. Rev. M. Beriault officiated.
  • TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK; Christian Island Indians, under the direction of Indian Agent Henry Gauthier, planted 140,000 trees on the island. * * * Wilfrid W. Jury, University of Western Ontario archaeologist, supervised the erection of a Huronian totem at the Sturgeon Bay store of R. Thomson. * * * Two large American-owned steamships were to make calls at Midland during the summer. The ships were “The City of Cleveland III”, said to be the biggest on the lakes, and “Western States.” * * * Early pilgrimages had been made to Martyrs’ Shrine by groups from Toronto and Guelph parishes. Fifteen novices from Guelph Novitiate were at the shrine, assisting with preparations for the summer activities. * * * George Mead of Penetang was installed as president of a new ball club which was being organised In Penetang. Alvin Gropp was named the honorary president. * * * Coldwater council decided to employ men to clean up garbage which had been tossed along the bank of the river in the village and to enforce the bylaw forbidding the practice. * * * Despite heavy winter snows and spring rains water levels in Lake Huron and Georgian Bay was quite low. Beach areas in Tiny had been increased considerably by the receding water level. * * * From a peak of more than 500, jobless total in the Midland Penetang district had dropped to 140, 50 of which were over-age and classed as unemployable’s.
  • W. G. Alexander of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s department has recommended that Midland council purchase a 65-foot aerial ladder truck for the town’s fire department. Mr. Alexander’s recommendation was contained along with a number of others in a report submitted by Fire Chief Arnold Tippin and read to council Monday night.
  • The presence of mind of a Midland woman, Mrs. J. T. Payette, yesterday avoided what might have been a serious accident, while Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent was being transported back to Camp Borden to catch a plane to London. Mrs. Payette was the owner of a car which was sideswiped by another on Highway 90 about one mile east of Essa. Passengers in her car included the Prime Minister, Wm. A. Robinson, Liberal candidate for Simcoe East, and one of the P.M.’s secretaries.

One thought on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – May 16th to 23rd, 1957

  1. Another enjoyable read! As well the first time I’ve ever seen a photo of any of the Belrose family. They were a large family in Penetanguishene, family to myself – and despite their large numbers, eventually the name just disappears from the area – I’ve never seen any photos of family members, so enjoyed seeing mention of, and a photo of, one Bill Belrose. I’m not sure exactly where he’d fit into the family, but with that last name, he’d most definitely be a distant cousin. Thanks again for all your hard work providing this treasure to us on a regular basis. Most enjoyable.

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