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

Click on Photos to Enlarge Five Girl Guides from Latin American countries stopped to visit Guiders in Waubaushene on their way to a World Camp of Girl Guides at Doe Lake, Huntsville on August 1st. The girls are seen on the lawn of Mrs. Alvin Tucker, Coldwater District Commissioner of Guiding. In checkered dress is Mrs. J. H. Killoran of Waubaushene, divisional commissioner for North Simcoe and Parry Sound. Also seen are Mrs. Raymond Harwood and Mrs. J. Steele. 

So successful was their venture over the holiday weekend, Midland firemen plan to operate their sight-seeing tours of Midland each Sunday from now up to and including Labor Day weekend. On the back of the old fire truck, which provides the motive power for the jitney are Chief Arnold Tippin and Irwin Jackman. In the bus are Earl Allsopp, Dalton Jennett, Art Murday, Hank Woods, Mac. Perrin, Phil Blake, Jack Small, Fred Grigg, Jack Argue, Pete Staruck, Jack Pardon, Doug Martin, Harry Howard, Harold Hamilton and Dave Hudson. 

Maybe Adam and Eve weren’t too badly dressed, after all, judging by the size of the leaves on this fig tree in Ed Fox’s Midland greenhouse. A cluster of the pear-shaped fruit can also be seen on one of the branches. The tree will bear three crops this season, rather than the normal two, Mr. Fox said. 

 In this photo are TWU Local 1033 President Harold Keefer, Richard Contois, Jack Moreau and Frank Koenig, union financial secretary. Other local union officers are Eli Gauthier, recording secretary, and Mrs. Ixma Foster, shop steward.

 About forty-five employees of Bay Mills Ltd., Midland, went on strike Wednesday at noon. Some of the workers are shown standing beside a placarded car on Fourth Street. They are Ed McMann, Raymond Wright, Vic Dalziel, Robert Fortin, Kay Lambie and Ron Keefer. 



Veteran residents said the parade staged by Midland businessmen as part of the summer carnival events held over the holiday weekend was the best seen here in many years. One of the groups which attracted a lot of attention was this group of children from the Eighth and Ottawa Streets area of Midland. Mothers of the kiddies worked long hours making authentic Robin Hood costumes, and others volunteered their services as baby sitters while the mothers worked on the project. 

Attractive float in the summer carnival parade in Midland on the Saturday of the holiday weekend was this one carrying members of the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford. The group has also been appearing at the Huron Indian Village in the park. Known as Martin’s Indian Troup the members are Gordon Martin, Shanty Johns, Alex General, Jacob Henry and Mrs. Martin. Young girl in front is Loy Hill. 

 The Grand opening of Laurin’s Service, King and Yonge Streets on August the 16th, formerly Wilford’s Service Station.

  • The headline for August 9th, 1957, County Herald; Textile Workers Stage Strike In Grievance Dispute With Firm. Walk-out Enters Third Day. While some 45 employees of Bay Mills Ltd., who left their jobs in the Fourth Street, Midland plant, Wednesday, still remained on strike last night, company officials had wired the Canadian director of their union to instruct the workers to return to work without delay. TWUA Rep Ruggles will arrive today. Local union officials said the strike was called “to clear up five grievances” which employees felt “should have been reviewed more than a month ago.”
  • The headline for August 14th, 1957, Free Press Herald; North Simcoe Man Dies As Big Airliner Crashes. John Wallace, 67, of Sturgeon Bay, died in a plane crash near Quebec City Sunday. Seventy-nine died in the crash, worst in Canada’s air history. Mr. Wallace was popular with fellow army veterans, friends made in fraternal and other organizations, through the course of his long service with the CNR, and during his years of residence in Toronto, Winnipeg and at Sturgeon Bay.
  • Following the development by the Ontario government of the Severn River area, hundreds of new cottages have been built, 600 of them in Six Mile Lake area alone, in eight years.
  • Fred Trautman of Pittsburgh, who is vacationing at Cornell’s cottage on Gloucester Pool, has been holidaying on the Severn for 50 years. In 1907 he started coming on holidays with his father who was a member of the Mordolphton Club, a group of Pittsburgh businessmen who for a period of years had headquarters where Severn Lodge is now located. Another long-time Pittsburgh organization, the Iron City Fishing Club,  celebrated its 75th anniversary at Sandy Beach, near Moon River last August.
  • (Editorial) More and more U.S. network or filmed shows are replacing Canadian productions on the CBC programming. And with them goes perhaps the last slight justification for public ownership of our broadcasting facilities.
  • (Want Ad) Six room Insul-brick house 3 miles from Midland, with or without 2 acres of land. Close to school. Protestant family preferred. Apply Box 609, Free Press Herald, Midland. (Protestant family preferred, how things have changed, haven’t they?)
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK 1932 — Midland’s King Street was thronged with people attending the Kiwanis Club Karnival, which was preceded by a monster parade. Charles Hill, a century-old veteran of the American Civil War rode in a buggy in the procession. * * * The Canada Steamship Lines freighter “Saskatoon” docked in Midland with a 174-ton cargo of sugar. It took 11 hours to unload the cargo. ** * The new Welland ship canal, construction of which was begun in 1913:, was officially opened August 7 by Lord Bessborough, governor-general. The Midland built, CSL freighter Lemoyne broke the ribbon at the Thorold lock. * * * Waubaushene ratepayers extended a vote of confidence to the school board and teaching staff and commented on the excellence of entrance examination results. * * * Robert Orr of William Street, Midland, brought in a king-sized head of lettuce to the Free Press office. The head measured 20 inches high and had a circumference of four feet. * * * A serious outbreak of leaf hoppers was causing considerable damage to Ontario potato crops. Early potatoes in the northern part of Simcoe County were seriously hit. * * * Midland businessmen sponsored a tourist week, featuring special values in the stores, a “Lamp Post Quartet” contest, a swimming meet, boating, diving and greased pole competitions. The week’s events were to be climaxed by a torch procession on the water. Merchants had offered numerous prizes to winners of the events.
  • A Boy Scout troop has been organized by a group of Christian Island boys. They are one of a few in Ontario. The new troop, which now gives the island reserve both Scouts and Brownies, was officially registered last week as the First Christian Island Troop. In charge of the 18 boys was Scoutmaster Walter Black, a school teacher on the island, and Fred King, an Indian youth, as ASM.

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