Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – September 7th to 15th, 1957

Click on Photos to Enlarge It was a lucky thing for Ed Thorne, left, that his wife attended the Lions Club bingo in Midland last Tuesday night and bought tickets on the boat and motor the club was raffling. One of them proved to be the winner and Mr. Thorne can be seen accepting his prize from Harold Humphries, 1st Vice-President of the Midland club. The Thornes operate a tourist camp in Orillia. 


The Midland Golf & Country Club held their annual juniors competition Saturday. Susan Swan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D. C. Swan emerged as the top girl with David Bertram taking home the Gordon Moss trophy for boys, for the third year in a row. Happy with the results is club pro Mark Sandow, center, who has operated a junior clinic at the club for several seasons.

 Work on the new junction of Highways 12 and 27 and County Road 6 is nearing completion. The car in the foreground is heading East into Midland from Balm Beach Road, Cty. Rd. 6. 

 Midland family returns home after three years stationed at the RCAF base in Baden Solingen Germany. Aero-engine technician Cpl. Gerald Hurl displays jackets embroidered in Germany with folklore images. Children are Raymond, 8, and Valerie, 6.

 Jesuit scientists. Standing on the steps of the rectory at Martyr’s Shrine is part of a delegation of eleven Jesuits who attended the 11th general assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics at the University of Toronto from September 4th to 14th. In front is Rev. Walter Burke- Gaffney, S. J., Canadian astronomer and leading authority on Kepler, now on the staff of St. Mary’s University, Halifax. Back row, Rev. Jean-Paul Mayaud, S. J. Paris, France, who spent 18 months in the Antarctic with a French polar expedition and Rev. R. E. Ingram, S. J., an Irish seismologist. 

Nearly 300 Canadians of Lithuanian descent listen to a talk in their native language, given by Rev. J. Gutauskas following the dedication of a cross at the Martyr’s Shrine Sunday. Cross was erected as a memorial to Lithuanians killed and persecuted by the Russians. 

This massive Lithuanian wayside Cross was dedicated at Martyr’s Shrine on Sunday by Most Reverend F. A. Marrocco, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, as a memorial to Lithuanian clergy and lay people martyred since Soviet occupation of the country in 1940. Examing the 27-foot high cross are Rev. J. Gutauskas of St. John the Baptist parish, Toronto, Rev. J. F. McCaffrey, shrine director and Rev. P. Azubalis of St. John the Baptist parish. 

High winds last week are believed to have been the cause of the sailboat “Mary Anne,” belonging to RCSCC “Huron,” sinking in the slip nearest Midland Shipyard. Only the two masts of the vessel are above water when this picture was taken. The rest of the boat can be seen just below the surface. 


  • The headline September 11th, 1957, Free Press Herald; Oppose Commercial Zoning of Lot May Halt Project With Injunction. This article was not specific to the location of the zoning question but it was in Tiny Twp. and involved the re-zoning of a lot to commercial without formal council approval. The local cottagers were complaining because they did not want their cottage area to become commercial like Balm Beach.
  • The headline September 13th, 1957, County Herald; New Deal For Beatty Steel Section Industry to Remain in Penetang. The announcement was made this week by George Kerr, president of Penetang Chamber of Commerce, that negotiations have practically been completed to keep Beatty Bros. Ltd. Penetang plant in operation, with a probability of future expansion. Mr. Kerr said negotiations had been of a three-fold nature, involving chamber of commerce, town council, labour unions, and officials of Beatty and James Stewart organizations. Assistance from Penetang Chamber of Commerce will come in the way of help with the tax load over a one-year trial period. Labour has agreed to carry on for a year under the existing contract without asking for any increase in wages. In addition, some concessions will be necessary in the matter of seniority regulations.
  • Midland council is considering a proposal to retain the parking meters on the town’s main streets until Christmas at least. Chief Robert Cameron said the meter mechanisms would not suffer anymore if as much, damage from cold weather than they would if they were stored
  • Chief Robert Cameron told council Monday night two drivers had been charged under a parks commission by-law regulating speed in the park. They had been caught racing around the track in Town Park, he said.
  • A couple of old friends teamed up to make the closing day at Richelieu Raceway, Montreal, for this season a memorable occasion for them both. As profitable as it was satisfying was the victory of Champ Volo, a three-year-old pacer, and his driver, Victoria Harbour’s Keith Waples. Satisfying because the champ set a new record for three-year-olds at Richelieu at 2.03 for the Profitable because it was a stake race worth $9,600.
  • 25 (85)Years Ago This Week * * * High winds caused serious damage to field crops and gardens in the district. In some sections, whole fields of corn were laid flat. * * * The new office of the Canadian Bank of Commerce was opened in Victoria Harbour. Formerly, it had been the site of the Bank of Toronto branch. During the month it was being renovated, the Bank of Commerce staff transacted business in the office of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Company, as their own building had been destroyed in a fire. * * * Citizens watched a total eclipse of the sun. At Parent in Northern Ontario, the sun was obstructed for 102 seconds. In most centres the eclipse lasted about 98 seconds. * * * Hundreds of Simcoe County citizens attended an outdoor service in Penetanguishene, sponsored by the Holy Name Society. The service was held in a field at the rear of St. Ann’s Memorial Church, where an altar had been set up. It was preceded by a parade which formed up in Beck’s field and marched along principal Penetang streets to the service site. * * * Midlander Harold Brownlee was one of more than 200 men who participated in the 15-mile marathon swim at the Canadian National Exhibition. The event was won by George Blagden, a Memphis, Tenn., barrister. Brownlee swam eight miles before he was pulled from the water. * * * A freak snowstorm, following on the heels of one of the hottest weeks of the season, swept across North Simcoe. The snow melted a short time after it fell. * * * Driving Miss America X, Gar Wood retained the Harmsworth Trophy title in races at Detroit. British challenger Kaye Don, driving Miss England III, had his hopes of victory dashed when his craft developed engine trouble.
  • Additional information on the $5 surcharge on automobile registrations in Ontario for 1958 has been released by the motor vehicles branch of the Ontario Department of Highways to insurance agents, according to Marcel Bellehumeur, Penetang. The original announcement indicated motorists would be required to pay an additional $5 for their 1958 licence plates unless they could file proof that their vehicle was insured for public liability and property damage. This additional fee is to be placed in the province’s Unsatisfied Judgment Fund.
  • In a ceremony Monday morning Sept. 2, in St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, Rev. Kenneth Robitaille united in marriage Barbara Estelle Schram, only daughter of Mrs. Mae Schram of Midland and Ensign William Leo Brennen, San Diego, CA., third son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brennen of Niagara Falls NY.

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