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

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 The tail end of Hurricane Audrey which swept into Ontario June 29, caused only minor damage in North Simcoe, compared to the devastation wrought in Louisiana, Texas and even some Northern Ontario centres. At the same time, heavy rains June 28 and June 29 revived memories of Hurricane Hazel and a close watch was kept on all streams, particularly in the beach areas. Two workmen can be seen beneath the floor of the bridge, above, removing stop logs from a dam controlling Spring’s Pond, near Wyevale. A heavy flow of water is evident in the picture. 

Dr. Wilfred Jury, center, was surrounded by students of the University of Western Ontario Summer School of Indian Archeology and their hosts before a theatre party given to them, last week by the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the Roxy Theatre. The students also toured Huronia Museum. 

 Hon. Bryan L. Cathcart, minister of Travel and Publicity, unveils the historic plaque near the Shrine look-out which marks the western terminus of the 800-mile land and water route connecting Huronia and New France more than 300 years ago. Others in the photo are W. H. Cranston, chairman of the Ontario Archeological and Historic Sites Board, Lloyd Letherby, MLA, Coldwater and George Johnston, MLA,  Minesing.

 Archbishop of Montreal, His Eminence Paul-Emile Cardinal Leger addresses a crowd of pilgrims and visitors at the site of Fort Ste. Marie Saturday, before unveiling an Ontario government marker commemorating the early headquarters of the Jesuits in Ontario. 

Lloyd Atkinson (in striped jersey) oversees a test of two snow making machines at the Midland Ski Club property in preparation for the Civic Holiday weekend ski event. Enough snow will be made to put the 107-foot ski jump into operation and a competition to be held. 

Summer skiing will highlight Civic Holiday celebrations in Midland this summer. Gwen Barnett (married Doug White) is ready to go, near the ski hill where snow making machine is at work. 

 50th anniversary of Arthur “Jumbo” Dubeau’s membership in the Penetang Volunteer Fire Department at KC Hall. Group photo includes from left: Roy Patenaude, Art Dumais, Art Lizotte, Joe Marchildon, Hermos Picotte, Jack Arbour (very back), Jerry Kaus, Robert Stewart (hand on Jumbo), Len O’Leary (very back right), Mr. “Punny” Dumais, Murray Dubeau, unknown in back, Martial Desroches, Alf Cage, Laval Dubeau, Mr. Kaus Sr., Jumbo Dubeau seated.


 Jumbo Dubeau and his wife, their son Doug, daughter Leona Sullivan. 50th anniversary of Arthur “Jumbo” Dubeau’s membership in the Penetang Volunteer Fire Department at KC Hall. 



Summer Vacation School at Ebenezer United Church closed July 12 after a one week program of Bible study, films, crafts, singing and recreational games. The sixth such school held at the church was conducted by Rev. & Mrs. N. B. McLeod (Bruce McLeod later became the Moderator of the United Church of Canada). Teachers were Mrs. Jack Parker, Mrs. Jack Banks, Mrs. Robert Mosley Jr., Miss Lois Wood, Miss Mary Fagan and Mrs. Grant (Marjorie Jones) Fagan. 

These fans take their wrestling seriously. They are watching a tag-team match between the Tolos brothers and Fritz Von Erich and Art Neilsen. The one girl seems to be calling for slaughterhouse tactics, while another farther down the line bites her fingernails as she awaits the outcome of the “battle”.


  • The headline from the Free Press Herald July 17th, 1957; Teen-aged “Mob” Mauls Two Officers at Beach. A wild half-hour pitched battle Sunday night between Tiny Twp. police and 20 to 25 teenagers will have its climax in Penetang court when four local youth will face serious charges.
  • The headline from the County Herald July 19, 1957; Pair in Beach Fracas With Police Receive Three-Month Jail Terms. This nonsense will not be tolerated said judge K. A. Cameron in Penetang court Thursday, fines third party $50.00. (Offence to sentencing in four days!)
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK —  There was no increase in Midland’s tax rate in 1932. The rate was 43 mills on a total assessment of $6,045,981. * * * Diver Robert Carson examined the hulls of sunken warships in Penetanguishene Bay. He said the hull of one of the ships. The Tigress was in good condition.  * * * A group of pilgrims from Detroit arrived in Midland on the steamer Manitoulin and motored to Martyrs’ Shrine, where they were officially welcomed by Rev. T. J. Lally, S.J., shrine director.  * * * Forty property owners on Tiny Township beaches met and organized the Tiny Beaches Property Owners Association. F. W. Grant was elected president, and L. T. Brandon, secretary treasurer, * * * Charles Stewart Hill, dean of Midland citizens, celebrated his 100th birthday July 5. Mr. Hill, who was a lover of music, was serenaded by Midland Citizens’ Band. * * * A blaze which broke out in Moreau’s store, Victoria Harbour, levelled the village’s main business block to the ground. Destroyed in the fire was the Bank of Commerce building and the Odd Fellows Temple. * * * The July 12 Orange celebration was held in Coldwater. Orange Lodges of Simcoe County combined for the march in the village. * * * Miss Mamie Shrum of Uhthoff, an expert shot-putter, entered Olympic trials at Hamilton. She set a new mark of thirty-five feet three inches at the meet.
  • “I was radium-cured of cancer”, writes Free Press Herald columnist Juanita Rourke in the July issue of Liberty. It was at  Andrews Hospital in Midland in the fall of 1948, that she was told she had Canada’s No. 2 killer disease. “If 10 years ago, I had known what I know now, I would never have waited,” she says, admitting she had not asked for a physical examination until several months after she first noted the danger signals of cancer. After her operation, she went to Toronto for radiation treatments, often used in combination with surgery to cure cancer.  Surgery, X-rays and radium treatments saved me, but it’s important to discover it early.” Speaking of her experience, she said: “fear is the worst enemy”.
  • While the passing of time has effected many changes in Penetang, as with most Ontario towns, many of the names adorning stores, shops and professional offices today were equally familiar back in 1928. An issue of the Penetanguishene Herald Sept. 20, 1928, sent to this paper by W. R. Williams, is ample evidence of the above fact. Perhaps the most noted exception is the old W. M. Thompson Co., Ltd., store, a household word in Penetang for more than a century until its sale to George Mead a few years ago. A few of the names, common in 1928, have since disappeared, some within the past decade. Among the missing now are Nettleton’s drug store, M. Gendron hardware, Martin’s meat market, R. J. Parker drug store, W. T. McDermott florist, A. F. Bickford tailor, Beauchamp’s garage, McElroy Bros. butcher shop, H. G. Todd implements and the Conrad M. Hewson travel agency. Still in business are J. W. Hollister and Son, J. M. H. McGuire, Phil Charlesbois, McDonald’s Hardware, the C. Beck Co., the Tessier and McGibbon lumber companies. The professional columns listed such names as Dr. J. M. Nettleton physician; Dr. J. B. King and Dr. James McBride dentists; Thompson and Thompson barristers (A. B. Thompson, KC, M.P. and W. M. Thompson, Jr); Hewson and Hewson, barristers. The Penetang motion picture palace of those days was called the Bijou.
  • Editorial; When Canada first adopted the income tax nearly forty years ago we thought it would be a good tax because it would tax people in proportion to their ability to pay. It would put the heaviest burdens on the strongest backs. We had no idea that it would develop into the all devouring monster it has since become. It is apparent that a tax on income is a tax on production and that the more a man produces the more he is taxed. This is a bad principle of income tax for it discourages production. A sound principle of taxation would put the tax on consumption rather than on production.
  • Parks Board by-law limits the size of outboard motors on Little Lake to 5 horsepower and sets the fine at $50.00.
  • Elmvale Brewer’s Warehouse robbed of $6,000.00 by professional thieves who either picked the front door lock or had a master key. The robbery was similar to those at warehouses in Port Severn and Jackson’s Point in recent weeks.
  • A local committee has been formed to represent the thirty tenants of the Federal-Provincial housing project on the Wireless Hill after the housing authority raised the rent 35%. The homes built for between eight and nine thousand dollars originally rented for 50 to 53 dollars. Tenants said they were willing to pay increased rents provided the rents were in line with rents charged in the commercial market for similar accommodation.
  • George Dudley of Midland, who has been elected first vice-president and chairman of the North American zone of the International Ice Hockey Association, Mr. Dudley, long connected with both the OHA and CAHA as well as the International body, is currently attending the IIHA convention in Vienna, Austria.
  • BIRTHDAYS July 6—Barbara Bannister, Waverley, July 7—Miss Ella Rowat, Hillsdale July 9— Gordon Rowat, Hillsdale July 13— Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hillsdale July 14— Evelyn Taylor, Hillsdale July 16— Mrs. Gordon Thompson, Hillsdale July 17—Bill Bannister, Waverley, 11. July 18— Mary Arbour, Midland. July 20—Mrs. Charles Hanford, Jr., Midland. Charles Palmer, Jr., Midland. July 23— Marjorie Wiles, Midland. Bob Chittick, Midland.

2 thoughts on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 16 to 23rd, 1957

  1. As always, this issue was most enjoyable. The mention of the wresting reminds me of stories my grandfather used to tell me – he must have attended them regularly, and he related how, at one particularly exciting match, the woman behind him was so involved in the action on the mat that she was actually smacking my grandfather on the head as she hollered at the opponents in the ring! In those days, a gentleman didn’t chastise a lady in public (even when being belted on the head) so he just tried to politely ask her to stop. So every time I see one of these wrestling stories, I wonder if it was the match at which my grandfather, Albert Chapple of Midland, came home with a sore head!

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